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  •  But this is a recent change (1+ / 0-)
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    Until the mid-1990s, if you wanted to become an Icelandic citizen, you did have to take an Icelandic name--in particular a name that could be declined in Icelandic.  See the work of the scholar Kendra Willson.

    Laxness had a patronymic, but was permitted to adopt the name of the river near his beloved home, I believe.

    There is still a naming committee that approves names of children.  There has been recent discussion of it in the press, I think....

    •  Heh, it's far from just Laxness. (0+ / 0-)

      And he chose that name, but he could have picked anything.  But for just another prominent example, our last prime minister was Geir Haarde (who is the son of a Norwegian immigrant).

    •  And even native born girls today still have to (0+ / 0-)

      ...do that. Just ask poor Blaer.

      Personally, I think any group or government agency that is that obsessed with declensions should...

      ....wait for it...

      ...declench.

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      by DarthMeow504 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:21:21 AM PST

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