Ragnar Hansson is a filmmaker, director, comedian, graphic designer, and podcaster born and raised in Iceland. He has two daughters, Akira Maja (3.5) and Ripley Anna (6). They invited us to Nauthólsvík, a geothermal beach near Reykjavik for a chilly dip, playtime, and a picnic.
While we were exploring the beach, he explained to us that it's not permitted to use names for your children that are not already on the list of official Icelandic names. Since he is a self described sci-fi geek, he petitioned the government to have Akira (of the Japanese anime movie) and Ripley (of Sigourney Weaver's character in the Alien movies) added to the list. Lucky for these two unique girls, Mannanafnanefnd (the Icelandic Naming Committee) approved his request.