10-Year-Old Girl's Name Prevents Her From Obtaining Icelandic Passport

| by Amanda Schallert

A 10-year-old girl was recently denied an Icelandic passport because her name is Harriet.

Iceland’s government rejected the request because Harriet Cardew’s name is not on a list of specific names for children approved by officials, according to the Huffington Post.

There are about 1,853 girl and 1,712 boy names on the approved list, which contains names with the Icelandic grammar and linguistics structure. Parents who are citizens of Iceland must submit their names to the National Registry months before they have a child to approve them.

The Cardew family has four kids, two who have passports with their names on them because they were born in France. The other children – Harriet and Duncan – have had “Girl” and “Boy” written on their passports for the past years because they are Icelandic citizens.

When the Cardew family recently tried to renew Harriet’s passport, the government denied her completely, though the family had hoped to travel to France in the coming months.

Parents Tristan and Kristin Cardew appealed the decision and are applying to the British Embassy, where Tristan Cardew is from, to try to get a passport.

"They have deprived our daughter of freedom of movement," Kristin Cardew said to

Tristan Cardew added that he thinks the Icelandic rules about names are “silly.”

Iceland is not the only country that discourages parents from naming their children in certain ways. Germany and Italy, among other countries, also ban specific names that are common in America, such as Duke, Tom and Sarah.

Source: The Huffington Post