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Icelandic Baby Names: Unique Nordic Names

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Are you looking for an Icelandic name for your new baby? From this not-so-icy Nordic island comes a bevy of beautiful and unique names. Come find names like Svana and Hinrik -- and even more in our collection of Icelandic baby names for boys and girls!

Iceland was settled between 870-930 AD by Norse settlers from Scandinavian countries. Its language is called Icelandic and is descended from Old Norse, which is the language of the Viking Age. Icelandic names are often of Old Norse origin or are Icelandic versions of names from other countries and cultures.

It's interesting to note that last names as is known in most Western cultures are not used in Iceland. Instead, the father's name is incorporated into a child's name as a new, unique surname that reflects his or her father's first name plus the Icelandic word for "son" or "daughter." Sometimes, the choice is made to use the mother's name, and sometimes both names are used!

Icelandic Girl Baby Names

Anna: This name is well known worldwide, but is hugely popular in Iceland

Asdis: This Icelandic name means "goddess"

Ásta: This Old Norse name means "star-like" or "love"

Auðbjörg: This name means "luck" or "one who saves"

Birna: This Icelandic name means "bear" or "she-bear"

Björk: The name of the musician means "birch tree"

Dagný: This Old Norse name means "new day"

Elín: This is the Icelandic version of Ellen or Helene

Elísabet: This is the Icelandic version of the popular name Elizabeth

Eyrún: This Old Norse name means "fortune" or "gift"

Helga: This German name is popular in Iceland, and means "pious"

Ingibjörg: This Norse name means "under the protection of Ing" (a Germanic god)

Kristín: This is the Icelandic version of Kristin, which is an English name meaning "follower of Christ"

Kristjana: This is another version of Kristin

Sigrún: This is the name of a valkyrie in Norse mythology (a valkyrie, indicentally, is a female who chooses who will die in battle)

Svana: This is a name that has Germanic origins and is the short form of Svanhildur, which means "swan" and "battle"

Get more Icelandic girl names here!

 

Icelandic Boy Baby Names

Arnar: This Icelandic name means "clever warrior"

Björn: This Old Norse name means "bear"

Eyþór: This Icelandic name means "lucky fisherman" or "luck from Thor"

Gunnar: This popular Icelandic name is a German version of the name Gunther and means "warrior"

Haukur: This Germanic name has an uncertain meaning but is very popular in Iceland

Hinrik: This is the Icelandic form of Henry

Jón: This popular Icelandic name is a version of John

Magnús: This Latin name is popular in Iceland and means "great"

Matthías: This German name, popular in Iceland, means "gift of the lord"

Ragnar: This is an Old Norse name and means "judgment warrior"

Snorri: This Old Norse name means "attack" or "onslaught"

Tómas: This is the Icelandic version of the popular name Thomas

Þorsteinn: This Old Norse name is a combination of "Thor" and "stone"

Tryggvi: This is the Icelandic form of the name Trygve, which means "trustworthy"

Viktor: This popular Icelandic name is a variation of Victor, which means "champion"

Get more Icelandic boy names here!

You can see that there are many beautiful and unique names to choose from if you're seeking an Icelandic name for your new baby! From Old Norse origins and mythology to modern Icelandic versions of popular worldwide names, our list is a great place to get started, whether you are Icelandic, perhaps you wish to honor an ancestor from Iceland or you just love the sound and look of Icelandic names!

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