Naming a Baby In Iceland Is a Major Production

Iceland has a few peculiarities when it comes to names. First of all, Icelanders don't have family names. Secondly, one cannot take up their spouse's last name upon marriage. Thirdly, when naming a child, one has to stick to a limited list of names. So, how do they go about naming their babies? Let’s say a man named Egil Jónsson marries a woman named Selma Traustadóttir. Once they're married they’re names won't change. They will both keep their own names. Now, let’s say that Egill and Selma have a baby boy and they name him Gunnar. His last name then will follow his father’s first name, making him Gunnar Egilsson. Then, a few years later, they have a baby girl and name her Helga. Her name will follow her mother’s first name, becoming Helga Egilsdóttir. The reason for the change in the last name is their gender. The ending -son is for boys and -dóttir for girls. Icelanders are given six months to name their child, after which they are fined for not registering a name.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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