To anyone who thinks the pressure of naming a baby is a big deal, don’t consider moving to Iceland. Naming a newborn in Iceland is a big deal, and in fact all names must be approved by a naming committee. Additionally, a baby’s name in Iceland is not revealed until an official naming ceremony, according to LifeWithAView.com. “Generally a baby’s name is not revealed until its official naming ceremony, even between family members. Until then, newborns are often called drengur (boy), stúlka (girl), or elskan (“my love” or “sweetheart”)”.
Further, “A person’s last name indicates the first name of his/her father (or in some cases the mother.) For example, If Jón Einarsson has a baby boy, his name would be Baby Jónsson (son of Jón). However, if Jón has a baby girl, her name would be Baby Jónsdóttir (dóttir of Jón). Occasionally a family name will be used, but this is less common. The family name would come from parents of foreign origin.” Having a name picked out for an unborn child is not common practice in Iceland. It’s usually months after the birth that the baby is named. Parents legally have up to six months after the birth to name their baby, and during this time, it’s not uncommon for a child to be nameless,” adds LifeWithAView.com.
Luckily, there are a lot of pre-approved baby names for the folks of Iceland, and some we can even draw inspiration from. Keep reading for 25 Icelandic names that are both unique and gorgeous!
NordicNames.de states that Atli is an approved male name in Iceland, however I think it would make a darling name for a little girl or boy. “Old Norse form of the Gothic name Attila. In the Nordic countries, the name has sometimes been associated with the vocabulary word atal = ‘violent, wild,” writes NordicNames.de. If you are looking to raise a wild child, with a mind of his or her own, give them a strong name like Atli. The name Atli is currently ranked number 8.479 for boys names and number 10,133 or girls names, according to BabyCenter.com.
This name was first added to the list of accepted names in Iceland in 2010. If you are looking for a unique name, this is it. Names.org writes, “Out of 5,838,786 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Havar was not present.” NordicNames.de writes that the name Havarr is an old norse name that is a combination of har and her. Har is a name element meaning high, and her is a name element meaning army. Havarr is another name that would be equally as cute for a boy or girl.
Sindri is a commonly used boy name in Iceland, but this is another one I think would make a super cute girls name as well. To top it off, the name is said to mean sparking in old Norse, according to NordicNames.de. Additionally, the name Sindri is ranked at number 13.432 for boys names and is not listed for girls names in the United States, according to BabyCenter.com. As a girls name, it would be very rare! NordicNames.de adds that the name is also old Norse for both spark sprayer or blacksmith. Regardless, it’s a charming name for a little boy or girl.
Alda is such a strikingly pretty name! It is a female name in Iceland, meaning wave, according to NordicNames.de. It’s earliest document use was in Sweden in 1863. This timeless name is sure to enchant any new parent, so consider adding it to your list of possible girl names! BabyCenter.com states that the name means long-lived, so you can rest assured that you would be giving your daughter a good foundation with a name like Alda. NordicNames.de also states the name is a German short form of Adela and a Swedish pet form of Alexandra, other charming name possibilities!
Another gorgeous name and one of my favorites on the list, Clara is next up. Clara is a female Icelandic name that originates from the male name Clarus. Clarus means loud, clear and famous, according to NordicNames.de. Clara is actually gaining in popularity, and is ranking at number 85 on the list for baby girl names, according to BabyCenter.com. Alternative spellings are Klara, Clarah or Klarah, if you like the name but want to keep it a little more unique! If you like Clara but are looking for more options; similar sounding names include Claire, Chloe, Cora or Clary.
The name Elsie is name most commonly used for girls. It is of Scottish origin meaning "pledged to God". Elsie is ranked #301 on our popularity charts,”writes NameBerry.com. This approved Icelandic name was first documented in Sweden in 1872. “Elsie was a popular name at the end of the nineteenth century until its image was damaged in this country by the association with Elsie the Borden cow. But it's rising now on the heels of Ella and Ellie, suddenly sounding fresh and frisky.” adds NameBerry.com. This name is so darling and absolutely deserves a resurgence in popularity.
Cyrus is an approved boys name in Iceland. The female form is Kyra. According to NameBerry.com, “The name Cyrus is a boy's name of Persian origin meaning "sun". Cyrus is ranked #427 on our popularity chart.” The name is certainly popular in pop culture, with Cyrus’s appearing on the following television series; Law & Order, Gossip Girl, Scandal, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and more, as noted on NameBerry.com. Used for either a boy or girl, Cyrus is a downright cute name for any adventurous little one, so consider dropping this name by your partner to consider for your list of possibilities.
Haddi is an accepted male name in Iceland, however spelled as Haddie, this name is growing in popularity as a girls name in the United States. The Icelandic female version of the name Haddi is Hadda. The name Haddi was first accepted as a males name in Iceland in 2007, according to NordicNames.de. “While this version of the name has never made it into the US Top 1000, it is nonetheless slowly on the rise. In 2015, 162 girls were given this name. The related Hattie is the highest it's ever been, currently at Number 488,” writes NameBerry.com.
The name Abel is a commonly used name for males in Iceland, and has actually been rejected for use as a girls name in Iceland. Regardless, I think it would be an adorable name for a boy or girl. “Abel has literary connections to the novels of Dickens and Trollope, and is also one of the few well-known Old Testament names not plagued by overuse. Having been chosen for their second son by Amy Pohler and Will Arnett could give it a real popularity bounce,” writes NameBerry.com. Abelle is a more commonly used version for girls, though it is also very uncommon.
Ranking in on US popularity charts at number 839, according to BabyCenter.com, the name Analia is next on the list of gorgeous Icelandic names. “Analia is a melodic newcomer to the US Top 1000, a fresher spin on the Olde Worlde Anamaria. It charted in the US from 2009 to 2012, and then reentered the popularity list in 2015,” states NameBerry.com. Analia is an approved female name in Iceland, but is actually more popular in Sweden and Finland. The feminine name Analia, is both unique and charming. It is definitely one to consider for your girls name lists if you want to raise a one-of-a-kind little lady!
Emil is an approved male name in Iceland, though it’s roots are German. The name is said to mean industrious, according to BabyCenter.com. “In the US, the preferred boys' spin on the mega-popular Emily and Emma is Emmett, but in much of Europe it's Emil. As Emmett gets trendier in the US, parents in search of a more unusual Em name may look to Emil,” suggests NameBerry.com. Emil is a delightful name for either a little boy or girl, and a strong one at that. You might want to consider adding it to your list of gender neutral names!
Whimsical, wonderful, Freyja! I think this name is just so magical and fairytale like. It is an approved female name in Iceland and is the female version of the males name Freyr. In old Norse it is said to mean master, as stated on NordicNames.de. The name Freyja has actually been declining in popularity and is currently ranked at 1,085, according to BabyCenter.com. In Norse mythology, “Freyja is a Vanir goddess (Snorri included her in his list of Ásynjur as well), the goddess of love. When she cries, her tears are golden. She is the daughter of Njǫrðr and his sister. Her husband is Óðr,” writes NordicNames.de.
Very rarely used as either a boy or girls name in the US, Orri is an accepted male name in Iceland. When used as a male's name, it ranks in at number 13,433 as of 2016, according to BabyCenter.com. It does not rank in anywhere on popularity charts as a girl’s name. Regardless, how darling is the name? It is a charming little two-syllable name, perfect for any outdoorsy adventuring little one. This old Norse name means black grouse, according to NordicNames.de. For a boy or girl, the name Orri sure is soaring with tons of charm!
Though it is only accepted as a male name in Iceland, August would make a sweet girl’s name as well. “The name August is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "great, magnificent". August is ranked #191 on our popularity charts,” states NameBerry.com. The name August is not present on popularity charts for girls in the US. Given a name that literally means magnificent, giving your little one the name August is sure to get them started off with a well-meaning name, which is the foundation for everything that follows in his or her life. Consider jotting it down on your names to ponder!
Oh dearie, I think I have fallen for this sweet name! Dyri is an accepted males name in Iceland, according to NordicNames.de. “People with this name tend to be idealistic, highly imaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and often find it. They tend to be visionary and may inspire others. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become dreamers, or misuse power,” states SheKnows.com. What more could any parent want for their little one? Dyri is a very uncommon name, and one with an incredible meaning behind it, so why not consider it?
Rising in popularity in the US, and an approved female name in Iceland, Zophia is next on the list. It’s a unique twist on the always popular Sophia. “From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 436 babies born with the first name Zophia in the United States,” states Names.org. It’s a unique name, with a sound that is fit for a warrior princess, so you should absolutely consider jotting it down on your lists of possibilities for a little girl with a fierce heart and personality. BabyCenter.com states that the name is currently ranking at number 4446 on US popularity charts.
An old Norse name approved for male use in Iceland, Kolli is next on the list. Additionally, the name is another gender neutral one that would make a charming name for a little girl or boy. SheKnows.com states that the name means dark. Additionally, SheKnows.com adds, “People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and rebellious.”
A name fit for a little girl with a brave spirit, Bryndis is next on the list. The name Bryndis is an approved female name in Iceland, and a rarely used name in the US, making it perfect for anyone looking for a fierce and unique name for a little girl. TheNameMeaning.com states that the name Bryndis means armored goddess. BabyCenter.com reports that the name ranks in at number 8,976 on popularity charts in the US. “As clear and cool as an icicle, the name Bryndis is appropriate for an elegant but introverted girl,” suggests Parents.com.
The most popular and widespread name featured on this list is the next name, Isabella. “The name Isabella is a girl's name of Hebrew, Spanish, Italian origin meaning "pledged to God". Isabella is ranked #4 on our popularity charts,” writes NameBerry.com. It’s an approved name in Iceland, but it didn’t officially make the approval list until 2009, according to NordicNames.de. The name Isabella has a lot of royalty behind it with royal Isabella’s in courts in England, France, Portugal and Hungary, according to BabyCenter.com. This royal name comes with darling nickname options including Izzy, Isa and Bella.
Inga is an approved female name in Iceland, and how sweet is it? “The name Inga is a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "guarded by Ing"...Ing was a powerful Norse god whose name inspired several modern variations,” as stated by NameBerry.com. Another gorgeous Icelandic name with mythological ties, Inga is a truly gorgeous name for a little girl. The name is rising in popularity, currently ranked at number 383 in the US. If you don’t mind a more common name, Inga is a sweet choice to consider, with a strong meaning and a gentle ring to it.
“The name Asa is a girl's name of Hebrew, Japanese origin meaning "doctor, healer; or, born in the morning,” states NameBerry.com. An approved Icelandic female name, Asa is short, simple yet holds a delightful meaning. There are currently approximately 447 females with the name Asa in Iceland, according to NordicNames.de. The name currently ranks in at number 3,773 on US popularity charts, according to BabyCenter.com. This charming name with Icelandic inspiration is for sure one to consider for anyone expecting a little girl. With a name like Asa, you will be setting your little one off with a sweet namesake that holds a delightful meaning...perfect for any little one with parents in the medical field!
“Eva is a simple, classic Hebrew name for girls, but be warned: There are suddenly a lot of little girls named Eva (and Ava and Eve) around, perhaps inspired by Eva Longoria--Eva has been a Top 100 name since 2009. Pronunciation can be ee-va, eh-va, or ay-va,” writes NameBerry.com. Eva is an accepted girls name in Iceland. There are approximately 1,287 females with the first name Eva, according to NordicNames.de. If you are looking for a more common name, Eva might be one Icelandic name to consider. A popular alternative is the notable name Eve, which is also an accepted female name in Iceland!
Arna is a female approved name in Iceland, the male version of the name is Arni. The name Arna is also common in Norway and Finland, according to NordicNames.ne. ThinkBabyNames.com states that the name Arna originates from Hebrew roots and means mountain of strength. I would say a meaning like that, with a name as adorable as Arna, is a good reason to consider adding this name to your list of possible girl names! The name is another very uncommon one, ranking in at number 11,749 on US popularity charts, according to BabyCenter.com, so you can rest assured any little Arna would be one of a kind.
An old Norse name approved for females, Eydis is next on the list. The name is a combination of name elements ey, meaning island and dis, which is closely related to the name element for female deity, according to NordicNames.de. Extremely uncommon in the United States, Eydis is ranked at number 11,686 on popularity charts, according to BabyCenter.com. “Eydís is a particularly intuitive et imaginative woman who breathes charm, vivacity, femininity and sensitivity. Her first name is characterized by the master number 11 which means that she is capable of living her dreams; be it through the realization of one of her high ideals or through that of her own social ambition. She is incredibly creative and this could be facilitative to her success,” writes FirstNamesMeanings.com.
In old Norse, Ari means eagle, according to NordicNames.de. The name Ari is an approved male name in Iceland but is commonly used as a girls name as well in many other countries. As a boys name Ari is currently ranked at number 402 and as a girls name it is ranked at 801. More commonly used female variations of the name include; Aria, Arie and Ariah. You can’t go wrong with this short and charming name either way. NameBerry.com states that the name also means lion, so you can rest assured your little one will carry a name that is fierce!
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