Naming a baby: rituals, rights & regulations

The Current

Shakespeare famously wrote "What's In a Name?" but he was writing about Romeo and Juliet lightyears before children named Moon Unit, Diva Muffin and ESPN - like the channel were frolicking forth. We know those kids weren't Icelandic because Iceland has rules on what's appropriate when it comes to naming children. Then again so does Quebec. As an Iceland teen goes to court to try to reclaim a name that means Breeze, we're asking about the pressure, legal ... cultural ... social ... personal, that confronts parents as they choose names for their babies.

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