Nordic Names Blog - New Icelandic Names 2021-01

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5 February 2021
In January 2021, ten names were submitted to the Icelandic naming committee for approval. Three of them were approved and seven rejected:

Female Names

  • Ailsa: Originally a place name Ailsa Craig, an island off the west coast of Scotland, this name is used as a given name mostly in Scotland as well but it was rejected in Iceland.
  • Alaia: This spelling of the Basque name meaning 'joyful, happy' was rejected.
  • Alaía: ... but this slightly different spelling was approved.
  • Alia: Same problem with this name which can be a Latin name meaning 'other', 'another' or Arabic meaning 'sky', 'heaven', 'loftiness'. This spelling was rejected while
  • Alía: ... this spelling was approved.
  • Leah: This English spelling with a silent h at the end was rejected. The proper Icelandic spelling is Lea.
  • Viðey: This new combination of the name elements VID and EY was approved. It was previously only used as a horse name.

Male Names

  • Alpha: This Latin spelling of άλφα (alpha) the first letter in the Greek alphabeth was rejected
  • Aquamann: This idea for a given name was probably inspired by the American film 'Aquaman' which was shot in Iceland - but it was rejected
  • Esjarr: This creative spelling of Esjar was rejected as well.


See also

For more information and new Icelandic names of other months see Icelandic Approved Names.


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