45 Inuit Baby Boy Names With Meanings


Inuit boy names stem from the Inuit people, an indigenous group located in the Arctic and subarctic regions of Greenland, Quebec, Nunavut, Labrador, and Alaska. Previously, Inuits were known by the term Eskimo. However, in today’s world, this term is deemed offensive because it was forced upon the indigenous people by their colonizers. In Inuit culture, names carry a particular significance and are not chosen just for aesthetic beauty. Most Inuit names are traditional and reflect what is important to them and their culture. Like many cultures worldwide, Inuits believe that names can shape and influence a child’s personality or future. Inuit names revolve around their environment, native animals, and spirits (1). Babies are also named after their blood relatives, famous hunters, leaders, or other prominent individuals. A document known as the Inuuqatigiit, The Curriculum from the Inuit Perspective, was written in 1996. It perceives the tradition of naming as an essential institution. The purpose of the Inuuqatigiit is to become an educational link between the past and the present. The document upholds the Inuit belief that spirits live on even after death and pass on to the child through their name. There are different ways a child can attain their name. Usually, the elders or family members would advise the parents on choosing a name, but in some cases, names may appear in dreams or visions of the mother. A child’s name can also be determined by the gestures they make. If it resembles the characteristics of a deceased family member, the child may be given their name (1). So, if you wish to honor your Inuit roots or are interested in Inuit boy names, we have included a range of them in our list. Take a moment to explore them.

heart image Adlartok Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Clear sky
heart image Alornerk Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Under-feet
heart image Amaqjuaq Baby Boy Sign Boy The strong one
heart image Amaruq Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Grey wolf
heart image Aput Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Snow
heart image Atiqtalaaq Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Polar bear cub
heart image Cupun Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Inuit word for coal
heart image Ikiaq Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Red spruce
heart image Inuksuk Baby Boy Sign Boy An Alaskan cairn to mark pathways; On the right path
heart image Kallik Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Lightning.
heart image Kanaaq Unisex Baby Sign Unisex The lower part of the leg
heart image Kumaglak Baby Boy Sign Boy Kumaglak is a fictional name featured in "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner".
heart image Nanouk Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Variant of Nanuq; Polar bear
heart image Nanurjuk Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Star
heart image Nootaikok Baby Boy Sign Boy God of icebergs
heart image Nukilik Unisex Baby Sign Unisex One who is strong
heart image Nuna Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Land, Lullaby
heart image Nuniq Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Polar bear
heart image Pana Baby Boy Sign Boy God who cares for the souls in the underworld before their reincarnation
heart image Panuk Baby Boy Sign Boy Island
heart image Pilip Baby Boy Sign Boy Inuit form of Philip; Lover of horses
heart image Qimmiq Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Dog
heart image Silla Baby Boy Sign Boy God of sky
heart image Siqiniq Unisex Baby Sign Unisex The sun
heart image Taqtu Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Kidney
heart image Tehoronianhen Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Covered in clouds
heart image Tekkeitsertok Baby Boy Sign Boy God of hunting: Master of caribou
heart image Tiguaak Baby Boy Sign Boy The adopted child
heart image Toklo Baby Boy Sign Boy He is spontaneous and versatile
heart image Tonraq Baby Boy Sign Boy Tiny man
heart image Tootega Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Old woman deity who could walk on water
heart image Torngarsuk Baby Boy Sign Boy Name of a powerful sky god
heart image Tukkuttok Unisex Baby Sign Unisex He who is generous
heart image Tulimak Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Rib
heart image Tulimaq Baby Boy Sign Boy Rib
heart image Tulok Baby Boy Sign Boy Warrior or god of the stars
heart image Tulugaak Baby Boy Sign Boy Like a raven; Creator of light
heart image Ujurak Baby Boy Sign Boy Variant of Ujarak, meaning rock
heart image Umiaktorvik Unisex Baby Sign Unisex River
heart image Uukkarnit Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Calved ice
heart image Yoskolo Baby Boy Sign Boy Breaking off sugar-pine cones
heart image Yotimo Baby Boy Sign Boy A yellow jacket used for carrying pieces of meat from the house to the nest
heart image Yuka Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Good; Beautiful
heart image Yura Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Farmer
heart image Yutu Baby Boy Sign Boy To claw

The meanings of Inuit boy names can be inspired by many things, such as nature, animals, hunters, ancestors, leaders, or any prominent historical figure. According to the Inuit culture, names can also be passed down from deceased family members. The Inuits regard naming with reverence because they believe that names can impact a child’s characteristics and personality. Look at our list of names and choose the one that best reflects your tiny tot’s personality.

Infographic: Remarkable Inuit Baby Boy Names

Inuit boy names come from nature, animals, famous leaders, hunters, and more. They reflect the ideals important to the culture. Naming a child is regarded with immense significance among the Inuits. If you wish to pay homage to your Inuit ancestors through your child’s name, we have created an infographic below with a list of masculine Inuit names and their meanings.

notable inuit baby boy names with meanings (infographic)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How are Inuit children named?

The naming conventions in Inuit culture can vary slightly among different Inuit groups and regions, but some common practices exist. Inuit children are traditionally named by people with deep knowledge of traditional names and their meanings. Names are often used to honor deceased family members and preserve their memory and qualities. Nature, including animals and landscapes, is also a source of inspiration, reflecting a deep connection with the natural environment

2. Can Inuit baby boy names be used by non-Inuit families or individuals?

No strict cultural restrictions exist on who can use Inuit names. Many non-Inuit families appreciate Inuit names' and the beauty, uniqueness, and cultural significance associated with them. Hence, many parents prefer giving their baby a Inuit name. However, it is vital to adopt any cultural name with respect and sensitivity. So research the meaning and cultural context behind the name. It will ensure the name is used appropriately and respectfully.


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