Nordic Names Blog - Greenlandic Name Suffixes

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23 February 2020

Many traditional Greenlandic names have typical Greenlandic suffixes.

Suffixes of names are endings, which usually create a version of the name with a (slightly) different meaning than the form without the suffix. The tradition to use these kind of suffixes is the reason why many Greenlandic given names are quite long. Once you can recognize the suffixes, the names are much easier to understand.

It is also possible to use Greenlandic suffixes for foreign names - for example Jenseraq or Sofiarak!

Here are some examples for you:

-nnguaq/-nguaĸ

-luk

-naaq/-nâĸ

-raĸ/-raq

-paluk

-toq/-toĸ


For more Greenlandic suffixes, have a look at our category of Greenlandic suffixes


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References

  1. Nuka Møller: Kalaallit aqqi (2015)