Rejects the name approved for human use

Posted November 30, 2021

The mysterious and little-known Horse Name Committee has once again made headlines, Visir reports.

The owner of the horse, Þeba Lind Karlsdóttir, has received the disappointing news that she will not be able to name her horse Lán, on the grounds that she believes it is a genderless name and that apparently all horses must have male or female names. Interestingly, even the Icelandic Naming Committee, which applies only to human Icelanders and is generally known for its strict guidelines, allows genderless names for people. Additionally, the Icelandic Naming Committee considers Lán a feminine name.

The news surprised eba, who told reporters: “I didn’t even know there was a horse names committee.”

Þeba is more confused by the decision than anything else, saying: “I find this completely unacceptable. First, because the name has been approved by the [human] naming committee, and also because the name is feminine. I should be able to give my mare that name.

This is not the first time that the Horse Name Committee has made the news. In 2017, that same committee prevented another woman from naming her horse as she liked it, having rejected the name Mósan on the grounds that the name violated Icelandic naming conventions. Although it was reported at the time that the Department of Industry and Innovation was investigating whether or not the Horse Names Committee had this power, apparently nothing came of it. Moreover, this ministry no longer exists.

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