If you want to name your baby girl Harriet, don’t live in Iceland.
The country recently denied 10-year-old Harriet Cardew’s passport renewal request because her name doesn’t comply with Icelandic baby naming laws. Her name doesn’t appear on the approved list of 1,853 female and 1,712 boy names, The Guardian reports.
Icelandic laws state that unless both parents are foreign, they must submit their name choice to the National Registry for approval within six months of birth. The name must fulfill requirements that include “Icelandic grammatical endings,” “linguistic structure of Iceland” and “Icelandic orthography.”
According to the Guardian, approved names include (but are not limited to!) Aagot, Arney, Ásfríður, Baldey, Bebba, Brá, Dögg, Dimmblá, Etna, Eybjört, Frigg, Glódís, Hörn, Ingunn, Jórlaug, Obba, Sigurfljóð, Úranía and Vagna.
But not Harriet.
Don’t try to tell me government isn’t always looking out for the greater good!