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.
|Ulfhrafn||A combination of the words wolf and raven.||Boy|
|Úlfur||Wolf in Icelandic language. A variant of Ulfr.||Boy|
|Una||Icelandic word for friend.||Girl|
|Unndis||Loving woman, or woman of the wave||Girl|
|Unnr||A variant of Unnur, meaning wave.||Girl|
|Vagn||A carriage in Icelandic language.||Boy|
|Valdimar||Ruler of the ocean.||Boy|
|Valdis||An Old Norse name, meaning goddess of the dead.||Girl|
|Valgerður||Ruler or protection||Girl|
|Vestmaðr||A Western man||Boy|
|Veturliði||Winter sea traveler.||Boy|
|Vigharthur||One who is fearless in war.||Boy|
|Vígolfr||The battling wolf.||Boy|
|Viktoría||Icelandic form of Victoria, meaning victory.||Girl|
|Ylfa||A female wolf.||Girl|