Gender neutral language in Icelandic

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Gender neutral language

Family namesEdit

Traditionally, many Icelandic family names specify the person as being either male or female using the suffixes -son ("son") or -dóttir ("daughter"). Some nonbinary people change their surname to end in -bur or -barn, meaning "offspring" or "child". Alternatively, they may choose to drop the suffix altogether (for example, "Steinars" instead of "Steinarsson"/"Steinarsdóttir"/"Steinarsbur"). Currently, changing to a gender-neutral family name is only allowed for people who have their gender registered as "X".[1]


  1. Becker, Linda (17 May 2021). "From Iceland — What's In A Name? Nonbinary People In Iceland Finding Their Voice". The Reykjavik Grapevine. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 17 May 2021.