Iceland Rejects Name ‘Harriet’

June 27, 2014 by staff 

Iceland Rejects Name ‘Harriet’, A 10-year-old Icelandic girl has been denied a passport renewal because her name was not approved by authorities, according to media reports. British-born Tristan Cardew and his Icelandic wife are appealing against the decision that nearly stranded their daughter Harriet ahead of a family vacation, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Icelandic law requires that children’s names be approved by the National Registry or cleared by authorities.

The newspaper said Harriet previously traveled on a passport under the name “Girl” because her name was not approved. When her passport renewal was refused, Harriet was granted an emergency British passport to travel, according to local news site Visir. The British Embassy in Reykjavík said it was providing consular support to the Cardew family. It’s not the first time the naming policy has been challenged: Last year, Bjarkardóttir Rúnarsdottir won legal action to shed the moniker “Girl” and go by her real name, which means “Light Breeze.”

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