As your little angel steps in your life, gleaming with happiness and hope, it’s time to name your baby girl according to the Icelandic traditions.
Iceland, popularly known as the Land of Fire and Ice, is the home to some of the most active volcanoes, geysers, and largest glaciers in Europe. Vikings were the first to settle in this pristine white ice-covered island, and hence the language has Gaelic and Nordic roots.
It is a big deal to select the newborn's names in Iceland as every name should behold the Icelandic tradition and be approved by the naming committee. When it comes to selecting names, Iceland has unusual rules. Firstly Icelanders don't have family names. Secondly, nobody can take their spouse's name upon marriage. Thirdly, when selecting baby names Iceland sticks to a limited list of approved names.
When Icelanders name their daughters, usually, the last name gains the suffix 'dóttir' (daughter), while the male Icelanders use the suffix' son'. The most common and traditional Icelandic form uses patronymic references, but in today's world of gender equality, several Icelandic names are using matronymic references as well.
Ancient Icelandic Girl Names
From the strange encounter with the Elves to the famous Santa Clause, history and mythology play a pivotal role in determining female names in Iceland. Here are some Icelandic female names bearing the rich cultural history.
1.Adalbjorg: derived from Old Norse, meaning noble protection. The bearer of the name resembles a strong woman.
2.Alfdis: meaning divine women/ goddess. It is one of the rare names for a female in Iceland.
3.Andrea: a feminine version of Andrew, meaning the defender of humanity.
4.Arthea: a name for girls representing the follower of Thor or a lofty hill.
5.Audbjorg: the bearer of good luck, the one who saves.
6.Ása: this Icelandic name means Goddess.
7.Dagný: pronounced as DAHG-nee. It means a new day.
8.Embla: according to Norse mythology, she was the first female on Earth.
9.Elisabet: a popular female name meaning the one who is deeply in love with God.
10.Elva: meaning river or elf, according to Norse mythology.
11.Eydis: the Iceland name for the Goddess of good fortune.
12.Fridrika: the Icelandic female name for a peaceful ruler.
13.Gunndís: Icelandic female depicting the battle goddess.
14.Halldora: in Norse mythology, this female name represents the Goddess of Thunder.
15.Helga: an Icelandic female moniker meaning holy.
16.Inga: it is the name of an old Germanic God.
17.Katrín: the Icelandic form of Catherine meaning pure. It is a popular name for a baby girl.
18. Kristjana: meaning the follower of Jesus Christ. It is the Icelandic form of Kristina.
19.Ljot: meaning light. It represents a girl who fills everyone's life with light.
20.Matthildur: this Icelandic name represents a woman who is strong and mighty.
21.Ragnheiður: represents a woman who is good at giving advice.
22.Salka: it is the Icelandic name for Sarah, meaning a princess.
23.Sóley: pronounced as Sley, this popular girls name means the island of Sun.
24.Sigríður: it means victory, beautiful, or wisdom. It is the Icelandic version of Sigrid.
25.Sigurbjorn: she who is a victorious soldier in the old history of Norse.
26.Sigurdís: in Norse mythology, this name refers to the Goddess of Victory.
27.Silja: it is an Icelandic name for girls, pronounced as Celia, which means heaven.
28.Skaði: this Icelandic female name means the Goddess of Snow.
29.Snædís: it is a popular female name meaning the snow goddess.
30.Sóldís: an Icelandic female, bearing the name of the Goddess of Sun.
31.Thordis: she who is the woman of Thor.
32.Thórunn: meaning the love of Thor.
33.Ylfa: in the old culture, this girls name means a she-wolf.
Unique Icelandic Female Names
In Icelandic culture, names bear the rich history of the land; hence the Icelandic female names are already pre-approved by the naming committee. Here are some unique female names which are gorgeous for your baby girl.
34.Ari: one of the most common girls names in Iceland.
35.Analía: meaning charming, this is one of the approved Icelandic names for girls in Iceland.
36.Alda: this Icelandic female name means wave or long-lived.
37.Atli: it refers to a child having strong will power. In the old Norse form, Atli refers to the Gothic form of Attila.
38.Arna: meaning the mountain of strength, this is one of the popular Icelandic female names.
39.Bryndis: aptly fitting a little girl having a brave heart.
40.Clara: it is one of the most popular English names for girls. But to add a stylish Icelandic touch, you can spell it as Klara, Clarah, or Klarah.
41.Eva: it is a notable alternative for Eve in Icelandic form, meaning life.
42.Elsie: meaning pledged to God. This name was first documented in the year 1872 in Sweden.
43.Eydís: meaning a combination of island and dis. In the old Norse form, this name represents a female deity.
44.Freyja: pronounced as Freya, it is an approved female name and the female version for Freyr. It means master or the Vanir Goddess according to old Norse form.
45.Havarr: it is a unique girls' name having a combination of the old Norse of har and her. While Har represents high, Her's elementary meaning is an army.
46.Isabella: the one who is pledged to God.
47.Sindri: meaning sparking in old Norse form; this is one of the popular boys' name in Iceland but can become a rare girl's name too.
48.Zóphía: it is an approved Icelandic name that indicates a girl having a strong personality and fierce heart.
Popular Girls Names In Iceland
Are you bored with the legacy and ancient Icelandic names? While Rós, María, Guðrún, Kristín, and Anna are some of the most popular girls names in Iceland, here is a list of the modern-day Icelandic girl names, each portraying a beautiful meaning.
49.Abígael: one of the modern Icelandic name meaning the leader of the dance.
50.Emilia: meaning one who excels. It is one of the Icelandic names for females.
51.Emma: one of the popular names for girls meaning universally whole.
52.Lilith: in the old Norse form, it means the person of the night.
53.Lilja: this is a Scandinavian name referring to the flower lily.
54.Sara: name of Iceland princess. It is one of the popular names for girls.
55.Arna: meaning see the one that rules or eagle
56.Birta: it refers to a woman who has a vibrant and bright aura.
57.Brynhildur: refers to an armoured warrior woman.
58.Drifa: Icelandic name referring to snow.
59.Faida: one of the commonly used modern names meaning the folded wings.
60.Fjola: popular names of Iceland, meaning a violet flower.
61.Harpa: popular names referring to the harp.
62.Hrefna: represents the raven, one who is as beautiful as the raven.
63.Idunn: one who is active in love or see a way to revive nature.
64.Hjordis: it refers to a sword maiden.
65.Hodd: a woman, having beautiful hair cascade.
66.Margrjet: it is an English translation for Margaret, which means pearl.
67.óeiður: see things which are bright and clear.
Icelandic Baby Girl Names Inspired By Nature
In a country with such a stunning natural landscape, it's no surprise that Icelandic names based on nature are perfect for your baby girl.
68.Osk: meaning desiring or longing. It is a short and sweet name used in Iceland.
69.Sigurbjon: meaning a victorious soldier. If you want to see your girl grow to be a strong woman, give this unique name.
70.Snæbjörn: it means a snow bear. See it as a complement for your white bundle of joy.
71.Sunna: one of the common names means she is the Sun.
72.Slava: popular names referring to the Swallow, a bird.
73.Svanhildur: meaning the swan. It is also a variant for Schwanhilde.
74.Tinna: it means the river. It is an Icelandic form of Tina.
75.Ástheiduir: meaning the daylight or a bright day.
76.Unndis: see the woman of wave or a loving woman.
77.Saga: the one who can see it all. It is one of the ancient names for girls in Iceland.
78.Viktorã: pronounced as Victoria. one of the popular names meaning victory.
79.Valgeråur: one of the unique Icelandic female names meaning the ruler or protection
80.Valdis: in Old Norse form, it was the name given to the Goddess of death.
Famous Icelandic Girl Names
From the pages of history to the modern-day, these are some of the most well-known names for girls in Iceland.
81.Skadi: the legendary Goddess of hunting and skiing.
82.Brynhild: it refers to the mythological Valkyrie, who becomes mortal to avenge herself.
83.Lagertha: a victorious shieldmaiden in Norse mythology.
84.Hervor: refers to the wielder of the magic sword Tryfing.
85.Hildr: the name of a Valkyrie in old Norse form.
86.Astrilde: she was known as the Goddess of love, an equivalent of cupid.
87.Signy: a popular name in Norse mythology, meaning 'sigr' for victory and 'ny' meaning new.
88.Hulda: refers to a sorcerer from Norse mythology, meaning secrecy or hiding.
89.Nanna: the one who is daring and brave. It has a legendary reference to Norse Mythology.
90.Eisa: she was the daughter of the mischievous God Loki.
91.Eir: pronounced as Ire, the Norse mythology refers to this name to the goddess healing and medicine. The name means mercy.
92.Verdandi: in Norse form, she was the Goddess who changed destiny.
93.Gerd: she was the Goddess of fertility in Norse mythology. The name signifies the enclosure.
94.Groa: meaning grows. It has ancient references to Norse mythology.
95.Gudrun: meaning God's secret love.
96.Vor: she was the Goddess of the wisdom in Norse Mythology. The name means the careful one.
97.Weth: referred to as the Goddess of anger, the name signifies destruction.
98.Joro: meaning Earth. She was the Goddess of Earth in ancient mythology.
99.Lounn: meaning youth, she was known as the Goddess of youth in history.
100.Gejfun: it means chaste. She was the Goddess of Chastity.
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