Icelandic Girls Can’t Be Called Harriet, Government Tells Family

Jon Henley, Guardian (London), June 26, 2014

You can be Aagot, Arney or Ásfríður; Baldey, Bebba or Brá. Dögg, Dimmblá, Etna and Eybjört are fine; likewise Frigg, Glódís, Hörn and Ingunn. Jórlaug works OK, as do Obba, Sigurfljóð, Úranía and–should you choose–Vagna.

But you cannot, as a girl in Iceland, be called Harriet.

“The whole situation,” said Tristan Cardew, with very British understatement, “is really rather silly.”

With his Icelandic wife Kristin, Cardew is appealing against a decision by the National Registry in Reykjavik not to renew their 10-year-old daughter Harriet’s passport on the grounds that it does not recognise her first name.

Since the registry does not recognise the name of Harriet’s 12-year-old brother Duncan either, the two children have until this year travelled on passports identifying them as Stúlka and Drengur Cardew: Girl and Boy Cardew.

“But this time, the authorities have decided to apply the letter of the law,” Cardew, a British-born cook who moved to Iceland 14 years ago, told the Guardian. “And that says no official document will be issued to people who do not bear an approved Icelandic name.”

The impasse meant the family, from Kópavogur, risked missing their holiday in France next week until they applied to the British embassy for an emergency UK passport, which should now allow them to leave.

Names matter in Iceland, a country of barely 320,000 people whose phone book lists subscribers by their first name for the very sensible reason that the vast majority of Icelandic surnames simply record the fact that you are your father’s (or mother’s) son or daughter. Jón Einarsson’s offspring, for example, might be Ólafur Jónsson and Sigríður Jónsdóttir.

The law dictates that the names of children born in Iceland must–unless both parents are foreign–be submitted to the National Registry within six months of birth. If it is not on a recognised list of 1,853 female and 1,712 male names, the parents must seek the approval of a body called the Icelandic Naming Committee.

For the 5,000 or so children born in Iceland each year, the committee reportedly receives about 100 applications and rejects about half under a 1996 act aimed mainly at preserving the language of the sagas.

Among its requirements are that given names must be “capable of having Icelandic grammatical endings”, may not “conflict with the linguistic structure of Iceland”, and should be are “written in accordance with the ordinary rules of Icelandic orthography”.

What this means in practice, according to the Reykjavik Grapevine is that names containing letters that do not officially exist in Iceland’s 32-letter alphabet, such as “c”, are out.

Similarly, names unable to accommodate the endings required by the nominative, accusative, genitive and dative cases used in Icelandic are also routinely turned down. “That was the problem with Harriet,” said Cardew. “It can’t be conjugated in Icelandic.”

The country’s naming laws have come under increasing fire in recent years: last year Blær–“Light Breeze”–Bjarkardóttir Rúnarsdottir won the right to be officially known by her given name, as opposed to “Girl”, when a court ruled that denying her was a violation of the Icelandic constitution. The former mayor of Reykjavik, Jón Gnarr, has also called Iceland’s naming law “unfair, stupid [and] against creativity”.

The Cardews could get round Harriet’s problem by giving her an Icelandic middle name.

“But it’s a bit late for that, and way too silly,” said Cardew. “Are they saying they don’t want us here?”

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  • Sometimes I think we ought to have state preclearance of first names here, to avoid the ghetto names.

    But then I snap out of it, and realize that Nedeshawntavious and La’Aquanetta-boo serve a purpose. It means, “do not socialize with me, do not hire me, avoid me like the plague, don’t even look in my eyes for an extended period of time.”

    Much like the sagging pants. Yeah, it’s unsightly. But it’s also a self-selecting negative status marker, and it makes life easier for the cops if they willingly immobilize their legs and make it hard for them to run.

    • M.Magog

      It was a folly to ever think that they could be remade into a darker version of us. I think calling one of those a name like Nancy or Bill is the real abomination.

      • JDInSanD

        As is their use of the last names Washington or Jefferson. Or Smith or Jones for that matter.

        • M.Magog

          YES!!! I agree. I think the law should be that they are required to have african and whacked out afro-centric names. I think the law should even be that members of ethnic groups have names which designate that group. It should be illegal to pose as something one is not.

          • SentryattheGate

            In the late 50’S, here in the US, our public school in Missouri (with a strong Germanic immigrant background) refused to allow my sister (Johanna became Joan) and I to go by our Germanic names. Our mother was a Holocaust survivor, married to our dad, US Army. We were forced to Americanize them. But, later, my kids went to school with Jose, Miguel, Juan, Abhira, Muhammed, etc.(allowed to keep their ethnic names, yet their ethnicities have NO roots in the history of the US).)

          • JDInSanD

            My grandmother’s name was Americanized by the nuns in kindergarten and it appears that way on her high school diploma but we placed her given name on her gravestone.

    • r j p

      You forgot Shitavious.

      And the first six entries to my list of names:

      Trovolus Pickett
      Derodte Wright
      Dionte Maxwell
      T’Shonda Davis
      Jamar King Mabry
      Ondray Harris

      • Ngati Pakeha

        Shitavious? Please tell me you’re joking?

        • Katherine McChesney

          There’s also a Shithead. Pronounced Shi-thead.

          • Ngati Pakeha

            Thank you for ending my state of naïveté. They wonder why they can’t get a job. Priceless.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            Priceless? Never heard that one. Girl or boy?

          • Ngati Pakeha

            The letter ‘c’ is hard, hence it is pronounced like the letter ‘c’ in the word ‘castle’. That being the case ‘priceless’ becomes ‘prikless’ even though it looks like ‘priceless’. At its rational base we must assume it is a feminine name, or, if I may suggest it could be a useful new name for transgenders whom having recently been the recipient of an operation. Lol. There you go.

          • StillModerated

            Surely not! It’s spelled Shi Thead but pronounced Shuff Aid.

          • Katherine McChesney

            There is no ‘ff’ in Shithead. LOL.

          • I actually met the poor girl named “Shithead” here in Colorado Springs. It is pronounced Shith-aid. I was working for a Blackjack pizzeria at the time. My friend Ron has a son, Patrick who went to middle school with the poor girl. She’s a tall mulatto gal, slender and nice, but with saddest eyes I have ever seen outside of prison.

            My daughter is Ariadne, named for the wife of Theseus.

            Shitavious was convicted of murder somewhere in the rust belt, probably Ohio.

          • ElComadreja

            Thanks. I’d forgotten the exact nature of Shitavious’s offense.

          • What else is a black guy going to do when he’s been named something like “Shitavious”? That would probably peeve me a fair bit.

          • SentryattheGate

            What do you call him for short?

          • Katherine McChesney

            I don’t call him at all.

        • obot

          There’s also a Craphonso, who played in the NFL.

          • Ngati Pakeha

            I really have stirred a hornets nest!

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          I’ve seen references to “Latrina” and there really was a case where some vibrant feral lump of diversity insisted in court that her name, spelled “Lee – ah”, should be pronounced “Lee-dash-ah” because “the dash don’t be silent”.

          • Ngati Pakeha

            You have to love it. A grammatical masterpiece asserting the sounding out of the “-“.

          • TL2014

            You made my evening!!! “Priceless” is an understatement! Thank you!!

          • RisingReich

            My Dad and I are laughing over dinner at that. Shitavious!

          • toldev

            I had seen that name mentioned in this forum before. I thought somebody was making it up as a joke.

        • Sick of it

          I’ve heard of a black woman named Gonorrhea.

          • SoulInvictus

            I personally knew a former rural home health nurse that had to be the one to break it to a black woman why it would be a bad idea to name her baby, I kid you not, Vagina.

          • Was the baby a boy?

          • SoulInvictus

            No, but that would have been even priceless-er. Imagine that poor little turds first day of school for every grade.

            Teacher: Va.. err…. um…. Gina Jackson?
            Turdavious Jackson: My name ain’t Gina b***h.
            Teacher: Uh, huh. Alright there… Vagina.

            Poof, I think I just wrote a Martin Lawrence or Tyler Perry movie.
            Throw in a fat/woman latex suit and check please.

          • SFLBIB

            I once heard of one named “Female” [pronounced Fe-mal’-eh] Jones. Asked how she got such an unusual name, she would reply that the doctor who delivered her wrote it on her birth certificate.

          • Lord Sandwich

            And her sister Chlamydia?

          • r j p

            Imagine getting Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in one night.
            I am guessing you are going home with at least a trio of diseases.

        • r j p

          No, search it. Shitavious Cook.

          There is also a La-A, pronouced La dash Ah.

          • Ngati Pakeha

            Just as well the vast majority of them drop out of school before they can learn other terms like; semicolon, ampersand & πr²!

        • ElComadreja

          He’s not. I remember the news story it came from. I don’t remember exactly what Shitavious’s crime was but it was TNB.

      • Ron Cheaters

        That list is great, can I add a Vibert Godfrey Gilroy in there.

        • r j p

          Let me add six names from the bottom of the list (as compiled):

          Rev. Jawanza K. Colvin
          Rahsaan “Uncle Bless” Capers
          Curtrise Garner
          Dantrell Fuller
          Laburron Jackson
          Demarcus Feltus
          Chiwetel Ejiofor

          • Lemarcus Davidson is lucky we have courts.

          • r j p

            Tennis courts?

          • Since tennis in the USA is played on concrete courts, we could do it that way, but I hadn’t suspected anyone else of suggesting we play the word the other way.

          • r j p

            I love hard courts.

          • Hallie Eva

            Chiwetel Ejiofor is a British born actor who played the lead in that gum boil propaganda flick, “Twelve Years a Slave.”
            [I did not see the film.]

      • Kenner

        Contrast: This inspired me to list the names of all the black female singers, group or solo, that recorded at Motown in the sixties:
        Mary [2] Carolyn [2] Gladys [2], Florence, Diana, Cindy, Kim, Brenda, Annette, Martha, Wanda, Mildred, Betty, Rosalind, Bertha, Katherine, Ann, Sandra, Lois, Norma.
        Not a ‘La Shaniqua’ to be found.

        • It’s possible that the black women talent at Motown really did have some ostentatious ghetto first names, but Berry Gordy quickly pasted over them with normal “white bread” names, just as we know he put his talent through finishing school.

          What might argue against that is that the 1960s Motown talent were young adults, meaning they were born in the 1930s and 1940s, and the trend of unusual black names for black newborns didn’t start until about 1960 or so.

          • ElComadreja

            It really took off in the 70’s.

          • Kenner

            Ghetto-awful names weren’t common in the sixties. Outside of the Supremes, he wasn’t that involved in the other female singer’s personal stuff.
            But the image of Gordy lining them up and naming them, like Adam named the animals, is hilarious. He would have been covered with tooth and claw wounds.

      • Who Me?

        Shanaenae Jackson (Sha-nay-nay)

    • propagandaoftruth

      Random ooking sounds that arise in low IQ, often intoxicated black brains bubble up to become names that intrinsically irritate more intelligent people.

  • Truthseeker

    I actually like this law. It makes me sad when I see “Mohammed” topping baby name lists in Britain, or Spanish names among the most popular baby names in America.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Except the law doesn’t apply to the Third Worlder invaders infiltrating Iceland. They can name their brats whatever they want.

      If Iceland is truly serious about preserving its heritage it will close its borders.

      • Anna Tree

        Maybe because they are okay for whites to assimilate but want to recognize a non-white instantly from their name…

        I second you that Iceland should close its borders for sure to non-whites. To have at least one white country and people surviving the violent future coming on all of us… although of course I hope we won’t get to this because we will stand for ourselves in the next decade, before it is too late.

  • Ed

    English people always want to go somewhere and change the rules. Just stay on your own island.

    • David Ashton

      Fair enough. But we are on the receiving end now.

      • Ed

        That’s on you. Stand up and fight.

        • David Ashton

          Do I detect an ignorant insult in your advice?

          • M.Magog

            No, you detect anguish at seeing the position you are in and the fact that you are allowing your marginalization to continue even further!

          • David Ashton

            Your strictures do not apply to me personally or my colleagues.

          • M.Magog

            So then ,you are proud of your march to oblivion, then why don’t you pick up the pace then?

    • So CAL Snowman

      By change the rules do you mean establishing English Common law where once there was no law but the law of the jungle? You do realize that the foundation of the United States legal and judicial system is based on English Common law and not the Navajo code of the desert, right? You do realize that English colonization changed the world and ushered in the era of the industrial revolution right? If the English stayed on their own island we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now because we would still be living (technologically speaking) in the middle ages. Hail England, the Great White Mother of the United States of America (1776-1861).

      • Anglo

        I’m proud of my Anglo-Saxon heritage.

      • Anna Tree

        All this is true but it seems to me it would have been better for the whites to have kept our technologies, innovations, medicine, science, education etc to ourselves.

        The financial, industrial, infrastructural etc help to third world countries has made possible the exponential increase in their population and therefor triggered their mass-immigration to our white lands, and their numeral superiority over us, moreover when we opened the gates and almost stopped making children.

        If the English stayed on their own island, we wouldn’t be living in the middle ages, the non-whites would.

        • So CAL Snowman

          English colonization led to the rise of the mercantile economy which in turn gave rise to the industrial revolution. If the English never left their tiny, North Atlantic island to conquer the world, England would never have produced the industrial revolution.

      • Ed

        True but what is going on here is this English fellow wants to spread the English brand of multiculturalism to Iceland. Icelanders are not heathens or barbarians they don’t need to change their culture to suit him.

        • David Ashton

          True enough. The “brand of multiculturalism” is not “English” by definition or intent. It has been opposed throughout by the majority of our population in Britain but imposed incrementally by the political class. Any “march to oblivion” is nothing to be proud of – in any white nation, including the USA.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Great idea. If all the little brown men would stay the hell off of it.

  • LovelyNordicHeidi

    The law dictates that the names of children born in Iceland must–unless both parents are foreign–be submitted to the National Registry within six months of birth. If it is not on a recognised list of 1,853 female and 1,712 male names, the parents must seek the approval of a body called the Icelandic Naming Committee.
    ————————————

    I like the Icelandic way of thinking. I wish we had this in Germany. It would help to scare off the immigrants, because they wouldn’t be able to have the name of their prophet and such. I’m so done with all the non-German names in Germany…..

    • wildfirexx

      Yes, but eventually these foreigners may wish to change their first and last names into german names, so they become less distinguable only by name, just as most the Jewish people did in the past!

    • If I had been born in Germany, I would probably have been named “Otto”, but the result would have likely been the same.

  • HJ11

    Good for Iceland. Uphold your identity and heritage. We need more Whites to stand up for their identity and heritage.

  • MekongDelta69

    A long time ago on AmRen, a bunch of us had a debate about black names.

    A few people kept saying things like, “What is WRONG with these people, that they can’t give their kids normal names?”
    (And they had a good point.)

    Some other of us said just what Q.D. said below in this thread (i.e.), “No, it’s good that they give their kids totally wacked out names. You’ll never have to guess what race the perp is in an article where they never mention race. You’ll always know in advance what you’ll be facing when you see their name on a resume, or on a loan application (or anything like that). You’ll always know who to avoid.” (etc., etc., etc.)

    A long time ago, I used to think as the first group did, b/c I saw it as a chipping away of our culture.

    But once I saw our culture was irredeemable, I figured, “Hey, you might as well stick out like a sore thumb, so we can readily identify the enemy.”

    • M.Magog

      “OUR” culture….. WHITE people’s culture… is NOT affected by blacks using ersatz afro centric names such as Latifa Bunifa Sharifa Monifa Jackson!!!! Our culture belongs to us, it was a mistake to ever try to pass those things off as assimilable.

      • MekongDelta69

        I think you slightly misread what I said.

        I never said Le’Genius Wisdomtavious was assimilable.
        Just the opposite…

        • 1G25

          Plaxico axes, “Whuchoo mean, ‘asimbeyul?’ “

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Western culture does not simply “belong” to whites. This implies that it can be taken from them, which is wrong.

        Only white people can create western culture, no one else. If white people disappear, western culture will disappear along with them.

        • M.Magog

          I stand corrected. Let me say then OUR culture IS us, it is inseparable from our genetics.

      • ElComadreja

        The biggest lie ever told was that they are human and equal. It’s been a tragedy for everyone, even them. They can’t possibly live up to white civilized standards and as a result they’re dragging us all down into the hole that they’re in with the help of their white liberal enablers. 200,000 or more years of evolution is being wiped out in a relative blink of an eye.

    • Tarczan

      Do you remember when a guy named D’Brickashaw was the No. 1 NFL draft pick? I always wondered if the NFL President looked at his name and said to himself “D’Brickashaw- what the **** kind of name is that”?

      • MekongDelta69

        Actually I do. (Why, I don’t know – maybe b/c it was so outrageous, it stuck in my head).

        D’Brickashaw Ferguson – LT – NY Jets.
        (I remembered his last name, but I Googled the rest!)

      • He was born when The Thorn Birds was the hot TV miniseries, that being a modern adaptation of The Scarlet Letter. The priest in that was named Father Ralph De Bricassart. The parents changed the spelling a little bit.

    • ElComadreja

      It’s a surefire way to identify criminals that the media won’t describe or post pictures of.

    • I don’t want them to have “normal” names.

  • M.Magog

    wow, so this immigrant to Iceland thinks their culture and laws are too “silly”. Why doesn’t he leave then? When one marries outside one’s group, one is creating problems for one’s children. Best to take it all like a man, not a whiner.

  • Tarczan

    Are Barrack or Hussein on the list?

    • M.Magog

      I knew someone from Iceland named Ymir. Pronounced like “Emir”.I asked why he had an Arabic name, turns out it is an old Icelandic name.

    • If Sayaka and I have a son, I would like him to to be “Owen”.

  • Sick of it

    Here’s a thought – If you don’t like the way things are in Iceland, move.

  • wildfirexx

    Wow, with only 320,000 Icelandic inhabitants in Iceland, they could easily be absorbed by a foreign invasion of third world immigrants…that’s about as many immigrants and refugees we receive in Canada in one year!

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Canada has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world. The third world immigration to that country is so massive, you can actually see Canadian living standards decline all around you.

      • Jim

        And how does the average Canadian (white) feel about this?

        • RisingReich

          They pretty much aren’t allowed to have an opinion. Speak ill of the tribe up there and it’s prison time.

          • Mrfinoni

            Yes! Canada invented political correctness. The lack of gratitude amongst the minorities is shocking…. then again not really! LOL.
            The radical liberal feminists are winning the cultural war in Canada. Plus there has been much unneeded division amongst the Whites in Canada, partly due to the French/English equation. Race realists have to step very carefully here. At the same time a recently ‘retired’ school administrator confided that a school can function as long as Blacks don’t exceed 10% and even 10% can be problematic. So the average person knows about Blacks partly due to their insane crime rate…. with minimal history of slavery in Canada. All our Blacks minus a few are recent arrivals so where is the justification for their deviant behaviour???

        • Ron Cheaters

          Kinda shitty. I just arrived in Toronto today from Nova Scotia and I have to try to remember what country I’m in.
          There was an mohammed security guard at the airport. When he wasn’t degrading the white folks by patting them down for weapons. Hewas standing there looking at his smartphone looking like a dummy.

          Had to keep looking over my shoulder to feel safe. Now Halifax wants to be just like Toronto. And I want to fight it but everywhere I speak the truth I get censored or degraded. Because the truth busts the bubble.

          Sad because I moved to Nova Scotia to get away from that diversity. And for the first time in my life I feel FREE!

        • Anna Tree

          For example, in Quebec, the French opened the gates to North Africans to keep French language stronger above English, but now understand their mistake and are turning defensing more about their heritage. Another example: in Alberta, it depends where the white Canadian live: cities are Progressive Conservative, even Liberal but all the rest is Wildrose.

          I think a traditionalist nationalist/white revival was the reason more and more voted for the Wildrose Party… I hoped that this party could stand up for the whites, unfortunately sometimes they backed up when they kind of tried, or were never clear enough.

          If whites don’t show now more strength in their convictions, soon it will be too late. In France Le Pen started long ago: in the long run the FN party got stronger.

          Build it and they will come.

          But regarding your question, I think that it is in Canada quite the same as in the US: the richer/more educated believes their own multiculturalist multiracialist utopias, notably in their gated or richer communities, the middle class fell for those elites propaganda but is feeling the increase of immigrants in their communities, notably in the schools and in crimes, the poorer class has no choice but to live and suffer in the diversity imposed on them.

          I do see more whites commenting against immigration, more are thumbing up (my) racialist comments. I hope the trend will get stronger.

          • Jim

            Thank you. I do hope that whites everywhere wake up in time. It sure is a mystery to me as to why any white person would worship the not-so-golden calf of diversity.

          • Sick of it

            More like a calf made of excrement.

    • antiquesunlight

      I can’t even imagine what it must be like to live in a country with only 320 thousand people in it. In square miles, Iceland is 2/3 the size of the state of Georgia (where I live), but its population is about 4/125 the size of Georgia’s. There are about 440 thousand people just in the city of Atlanta.

      Must be nice.

      • Iceland has about the same number of people as the city of St. Louis, and the demographics are a lot better. With a small population, Iceland has the ability to generate all its electric power using natural renewable resources found on its own island.

        • antiquesunlight

          Interestingly (or not), the illegal population of Georgia (480,000) is 3/2 the size of Iceland’s total population.

  • M.Magog

    and then drop her in the ocean hopefully

  • MBlanc46

    I’m glad that we don’t have that sort of regulation in the US, but I do sympathize with the Icelanders trying to preserve their heritage and culture.

    • De Doc

      As a result, certain Americans ethnic groups get such names L’Quanisha & Shitavious.

      • MBlanc46

        Which, as someone else here points out, allows them to be identified by race simply by name. I find it quite useful when reading newspaper crime reports. The Chicago Tribune would never identify the perp by race, but all I have to do is check the name.

  • Alexandra1973

    My Polish and Belarussian great-grandparents Anglicized their names after legally immigrating here 100 years ago.

    I’ve actually seen White girls with black names. Pretty scary. Given that, I can’t really blame Iceland there.

    • Sick of it

      Some of those names were white names first, but I’ve also known white girls with the obviously weird black names.

      • ElComadreja

        They sometimes use old Roman, Greek and other names and usually spell them wrong or bastardize them in some other way.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    Hey GM. I was in Melbourne for work last week (Our head office is in Melbourne) and I swear Australia is getting more ‘ethnic’ every time I come over. The so-called intelligentsia of Toorak and Double Bay could show the libtards of San Francisco and New York a thing or two. If I could talk to your PM Mr Abbott I would tell him I am sick of bumping into Aussie blokes with names like Mustafa and Abdul. Having said that it would probably be me being locked up. I first visited Australia in the mid seventies and they would have put me in a mental hospital if I had explained what the main cities would look like in less than a generation.

  • Magician

    It will be funny if it becomes illegal to name a newborn baby “Mohamed” in Europe and America. We will see the # of muslims plummet in those areas.

    • Alexandra1973

      Nah. They’d probably declare jihad.

      • Ron Cheaters

        Yeah the same way they go nuts over any depiction of their holy prophet mohammed. Not being able to name your turd mohammed would be akin to preventing the second coming.

  • Ella

    This is Iceland! The English did not settle Iceland so get your Viking name books out and start selecting first names like Gunnar, Thor, Helge, and Dagmaer if you desire your children to be full citizens. Many Scandinavians and Germans had their names Anglicized when they went through US customs. Why so shocked?

    • Lagerstrom

      I love all those names. I was tempted to call our son Gunnar, but went with the Scottish instead.

  • Mahound

    What about DeShawn, Shaneeka, or maybe simply Mohammed?

  • ViktorNN

    As much as I am a defender of free expression in general, I like Iceland’s laws concerning names.

    Iceland is a very unique place on the planet in terms of the island itself and the people who live on it. These people mentioned in the article are actually quite lucky and fortunate to live there. Play by the rules – which are clearly intended to define and preserve the unique character of the place – or GTFO.

  • Harriet is a wonderful name.

  • 1G25

    They don’t give a rat’s posterior about the UN or its inspectors. Under the treaty which allows a US Air Force base on the island, if a negro steps off a plane there, or much less, is stationed there, the act becomes a “material breach of contract,” meaning the treaty is void, and the Air Force has a limited amount of time to get off the island.

  • IstvanIN

    Iceland is run by fools and is doomed. They are building a mosque in their capital and importing Africans and muslims. The only thing that can help Iceland now is a volcanic explosion.

    • As it turns out, they have those.

    • SSkreelings

      The largest mosque in Europe is currently in Milan. Spain is home to well over half a million Muslims – that they know of. And the new candidate for the largest mosque in Europe is presently being built in London.
      More of what you won’t read about in our news media.

      • IstvanIN

        The site of a bullring is being turned into a mosque in Barcelona.

    • Anglo

      Right. I understand Iceland wanting to preserve their culture and identity; but, at the same time, letting in Africans and Muslims is certainly schizo.

      • Lagerstrom

        As long as those Somali pirated name their kids Gudrun and Einar, I’m sure they’d be most welcome.

  • SFLBIB

    “… names unable to accommodate the endings required by the nominative, accusative, genitive and dative cases used in Icelandic are also routinely turned down. ‘That was the problem with Harriet,’ said Cardew. ‘It can’t be conjugated in Icelandic.’”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t conjugate nouns; you conjugate verbs. Nouns and pronouns are declined.

    • SSkreelings

      There are major languages where a name – and all nouns – are conjugated – i.e. have different endings depending on how they are used in a sentence – subject, indirect object, object of address, direct object, etc. Russian adds ending suffixes to nouns, including names, in several declension cases. German used to, but I believe that has fallen out of use. And don’t forget Latin: ‘et tu, Brute’. His name was Brutus. When addressed in the vocative form, that became ‘Brute’.

      Having said that, I don’t know how you would decline names like TaKweesha, or Q’nona, or Tyreeshus. Those may not be acceptable Icelandic names after all.
      So a sentence like, “Yo, Tryeeshus, where you be gettin’ dat Glock?”, Tyreeshus would probably not be declined when the judge sentences him to life in prison.

  • Jacobite2

    Yeah, I sure appreciate some Brit a**hole telling me all about societal cohesion and racial integrity. Mr Cardew comes from a pathetic, sniveling, whipped-dog country where the most common boy’s name is Mohammed, and he seems to think this is a wonderful thing. He’s either too stupid or too Leftist to be allowed to visit any decent country, much less live there. Kick his multi-culti behind out today. He is on ‘their’ side, and that’s all ‘you’ need to know.

  • M.

    If Icelanders really want to preserve their heritage, then they should shut down their damned borders to the Third World, which they’re not. So, whatever…

    • Puggg

      That should be pretty easy to do. Water on all sides, cold water at that.

      • M.

        Makes you realize that legal immigration is the most dangerous of all. It’s like Australia today: it plays tough on illegals, but on the other hand, Third-World legal immigration is thriving. I mean, what’s the point?!

  • Funny, but he would have lasted about five minutes at my high school. Lots of the guys drove to school with guns in their cars and dressed to go hunting in the gym locker room. I had lower, more peaceful ambitions, so my girlfriend and I would head off to the empty German room to make out.

  • TTownTony

    I have NO problem with this whatsoever. Years ago I knew an Icelandic discus thrower on our university’s track team. His name was Thorstein Hafsteinson. His wife’s name was Disa Glysisdottir, she was a javelin thrower (Whatever you do, don’t make her mad!). They were quite a beautiful couple, strong and athletic!

    If they had children later, a boy would have had the surname Thorsteinsson while a girl would have been Disasdottir!

  • Ngati Pakeha

    Good points. Ngati Pakeha refers to NZer’s whose forefathers came from Britain. It’s as much as a political statement as anything. I’m in the South Island and yes we are soon going to be swamped with lots of foreigners and you know what I mean by that. Indians and Phillipinos seem to be the main lot coming over. They are seriously depressing local wages, both blue and white collar.

    Our current government is our version of your Liberals (National). They talk a good game but certainly don’t play one. I have distant relatives in Scotland who cannot come here or Australia. As you say, those that come must jump over a very high bar. Which, confuses me even more when I see large numbers of people from the subcontinent especially. They must be exploiting an avenue for science graduates. I’m also very suspicious of some of these student visas that seem to be give out like confetti.

    Yes, they may get immigrants in on the condition they move to a more bucolic setting but the reality is that they will promise to go anywhere but will end up finding a way to stay in the cities with their kin. To be honest if they tried to move to the town I’m from originally they will not be made welcome

  • Cid Campeador

    BUt they’re ramped it up. Now the have a preponderance of ridiculous first names as well.
    De, Le are the most prevalent of Prefixes. De means of and Le means the. Do they really KNOW that?

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Such as?

    And would you proffer a description of the parents?

    This intrigues me.

  • Who Me?

    New teacher, first day of school is faced with some truly remarkable feat of name construction by the parent of one of her students. Stumped, teacher asks the little girl, “What does your mama call, you?”
    Kid answers, “She call me A$$hole.”
    Classroom erupts, and teacher wonders about her choice of career…….

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    Keep the Icelandic names, and hold on to your culture-under assault as privileged, White, parochial, etc. etc. Do not give citizenship until a long waiting period and exhaustive investigation. Residency as well.

  • Simonetta

    In 1979 Jesse Jackson went on a trip to the Middle East where he had a chance to meet Yassir Arafat. They talked about the parallels between the blacks in America and the Palestinians in Israel.
    After the meeting, Rev. Jackson was overheard saying ” been a long time since I said ‘Yah Sur’ to anyone.”

    • Katherine McChesney

      I never found Jackson remotely humorous. But, thanks for the laugh.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I find this difficult to believe. Surely Whites know better. Unless it’s a multiracial couple.

  • gemjunior

    Here we go – people in a country who don’t want to abide by the rules. Tough – let them give an Icelandic name to the child and call her what they want at home. When in Rome, do what the Romans do. And another thing, why in the world does this woman have two fathers – Bjarkardottir Runarsdottir? It’s completely odd.