74 Inuit Baby Names With Meanings

Just like every other culture and religion, naming is extremely important for the Inuit people. But what sets Inuit people apart is the fact that they name their children after body parts. For instance, baby name Taqtu, means ‘kidney’, Putuguq means ‘big toe’, and Shin means ‘lower part of the leg’. They even take inspiration from celestial bodies, for example, Siqiniq, which means ‘sun’, Taqqiq, which means moon, and Nanurjuk, which means ‘Betelgeuse star in the Orion constellation’.

Inuit people are strict followers of animism, which explains their love for spiritual names, such as Nuliajuk, which means a ‘woman with a fin, who is the leader of all the seals in the sea’, Ijiraq, which means ‘caribou like spirit’, and Nanurluk, which is the name of a mythical, large polar bear.

Inuit people even name their children after parents, grandparents, ancestors, or anyone they respect. They believe that the purpose of naming children after people they love is to ensure that the person lives on, even after death. It’s their way of keeping the memories alive. Also, Inuit elders do not call the grandchildren by names. They refer to them as irnngutaq, which means ‘grandchild’.

Now that MomJunction has acquainted you with a small, but important part of Inuit naming customs and conventions, let’s proceed to the baby name list below. We’ve handpicked the best and unconventional Inuit baby names for you.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
AdlartokClear skyUnisex
AhnahA wise woman.Girl
AknaInuit goddess of fertility and childbirth.Girl
AlasieShe who is honest and noble.Girl
AlornerkUnder-feetUnisex
AmaqjuaqThe strong oneBoy
AmaruqGrey wolfUnisex
AmkaOne with a friendly spirit.Girl
AnjijInuit form of Anne. It means grace.Girl
AputInuit word for snow.Unisex
AqakuktuqInuit word for fish catcher.Girl
ArnaalukBig woman or spirit of the woman under the sea.Girl
ArnakuagsakOld woman from the sea. Goddess of the hunters.Girl
ArnapkapfaalukName of the goddess who inspires fear in the hearts of hunters.Girl
ArnaqWoman, girlGirl
AsiaqGoddess prayed for good weather.Girl
AtaksakGoddess of the ruler of the sky.Girl
AtiqtalaaqAtiqtalaaq means Polar bear cub in Inuit language.Unisex
AtiqtalikPolar bear motherGirl
A’akuluujjusiName of the Goddess who created animals from her clothes.Girl
CupunInuit word for coal.Unisex
ElisapeeElisapee is a spelling variation of Elisapie. It means my God is an oath.Girl
ElisapieInuit form of the name Elizabeth. It means my God is an oath.Girl
HittyA form of Hiti. It means hyena.Girl
IkiaqRed spruce in Inuit language.Unisex
InuksukThe name refers to inuksuk, an Alaskan cairn to mark pathways. It means on the right path.Boy
IsapoinhkyakiSinging crow woman.Girl
JissikaInuit form of Jessica. It means rich or God beholds.Girl
KallikThis name means lightning.Unisex
KanaaqLower part of the leg.Unisex
KatsitsanóronPrecious flowerGirl
KireamaA hillGirl
KirimaKirima means A HillGirl
KumaglakKumaglak is a fictional name featured in "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner".Boy
MeriwaThornGirl
NanoukNanouk is a variant of Nanuq, which means polar bear.Unisex
NanurjukThe starUnisex
NootaikokGod of icebergsBoy
NukilikOne who is strongUnisex
NuliajukA woman with a fin.Girl
NuniqNuniq is a form of Nanuq, a fictional name featured in the film "Nanook of the North". It means polar bear.Unisex
Nuvua"This fictional name was featured in the movie ""The Journey Home""."Girl
PanaGod who cares for the souls in the underworld before their reincarnation.Boy
PanukIslandBoy
PilipInuit form of Philip. It means lover of horses.Boy
QimmiqDogUnisex
SillaGod of skyBoy
SiqiniqThe sunUnisex
TanaraqName of Tundra's granddaughter.Girl
TapeesaArctic flower.Girl
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