219 Icelandic Baby Names With Meanings

Are you enamored by Blue Lagoon, Northern lights, and Reynisfjara shore? Then how about picking an Icelandic name to showcase the love for the country?

Iceland is very strict about baby naming laws. Parents have to meet certain rules of gender, grammar, and meaning to save the child from embarrassment in future. Also, the name should contain letters that occur in the Icelandic alphabet. There is also a list of 1853 approved names for girls and 1712 approved names for boys. So parents have to select names for this list or seek permission from the special committee if their chosen name is not on the list. The authorities will see if the name is compatible with the Icelandic tradition or not.

Even the surnames in Iceland follow an interesting tradition. The surnames are not family names, but are patronymic or matronymic. The father’s first name becomes the child’s last name along with the suffix, -son or -dottir. For example, if the father’s name is Erik, the son’s last name will be Erikson and the daughter’s last name will be Erikdottir. There are a few families who have true family names, but these families are originally from other countries. The law also allows the use of both the parents’ name as the last name.

Below is MomJunction's exhaustive collection of Icelandic baby names with meanings. Keep scrolling.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
MargrjetIcelandic version of Margaret, meaning pearl.Girl
MatthildurOne who is mighty and strong.Girl
MóeiðurSomething that's bright and clear.Girl
MóðolfrThe fearless wolf.Boy
NarfiThinBoy
ÓblauðrOne who lives his life without fearBoy
ÓlafurAncestor's descendentBoy
ÖlvirOne who is lucky or olive tree.Boy
OskLonging or desiring.Girl
ÖssurOne who answers.Boy
ÓðinnInspired, or one who inspires.Boy
PéturIcelandic form of Peter. It means rock.Boy
RagnheiðurAdvice, a woman who is good at giving advices.Girl
RauðrA town or village, or the color red.Boy
RefrA fox in Icelandic language.Boy
RutShe who is loyal friendGirl
SagaThe all-seeing oneGirl
SalbjörgHouse, hall or castleGirl
SalkaIcelandic version of Sarah, meaning princess.Girl
SóleyThe island of SunGirl
SchwanhildeIcelandic term for swan.Girl
SigríðurIceland form of Sigrid, meaning victory, wisdom or beautiful.Girl
SigurbjornA victorious soldier.Girl
SigurdísVictorious woman, or the goddess of victoryGirl
SigurdurHe who is a victorious defenderBoy
SigurrósShe who is a rose of victoryGirl
SindriHe who splarklesBoy
SkeggrThinBoy
SkjöldolfrThe protector wolf.Boy
SmiðrA smith in Icelandic language.Boy
SnædísShe who is a goddess of SnowGirl
SnæbjörnSnow bearGirl
SnædísSnow goddess.Girl
SóldísSun goddess, or woman of the great hallGirl
SteinunnStone or wave.Girl
StyrrBattleBoy
SumarliðiSummer-farerBoy
SunnaShe is the SunGirl
SvalaIcelandic word for Swallow, the bird.Girl
SvanaOne who is like a swan in the battle, one who fights ellegantlyGirl
SvanhildurA variant of Schwanhilde, meaning swan.Girl
SvarthöfðiBlack head.Boy
SvarturThe color blackBoy
SveinnA Boy or a lad, one who is youngBoy
SæbjörnSea bear in Icelandic.Boy
ThordisWoman of ThorGirl
TinnaIcelandic form of Tina, meaning river.Girl
TorfiThe turf, a layer of earth covered with grassBoy
TraustiOne who is dependable.Boy
UggiFear of something, phobia, fearBoy
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