Nordic Names Blog - New Icelandic Names 2021-11

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Erykah Árnþór Ullr Gunni Leonardo Gottlieb Ítalía Éljagrímur Lán Tereza Arún Lílú Jasmine

5 December 2021
In November 2021, 17 names were submitted to the Icelandic naming committee for approval. 13 of them were approved and 4 were rejected:

Female Names

  • Erykah: This creative spelling was approved now. In 2005 and in 2006 it had been rejected. Previously, only the spelling variants Erica and Erika were allowed to use.
  • Frostsólarún: This combination of three name elements FROST, SOL and RUN was rejected.
  • Geitin: This Icelandic vocabulary word for a 'goat' was rejected.
  • Ítalía: This Icelandic spelling of Italia was approved.
  • Jasmine: Previously, only Jasmín and Jasmin were allowed to use in Iceland. Now also this variant with a final -e was approved.
  • Lán: This Icelandic vocabulary word for 'loan', 'luck' was approved.
  • Lílú: This Icelandic spelling of Lilou was approved.
  • Tereza: This creative spelling was approved. Previously, only the spelling variants Teresa and Theresa were allowed to use.

Male Names

  • Árnþór: Previously, only the Icelandic form Arnþór was allowed to use in Iceland. Now Árnþór was approved as well.
  • Arún: This Icelandic spelling of Arun was approved.
  • Éljagrímur: This new combination was approved. The first name element means 'snow shower'.
  • Gottlieb: This German name was approved to use as given name in Iceland now as well.
  • Gunni: This short form of names containing the name element GUNN has been used in the Nordic countries for many centuries. Now it was approved to use as a proper given name in Iceland as well.
  • Heiðr: This Old Norse form of Heiður was rejected. Both Heiðr and Heiður was and is much more common as a female name.
  • Leonardo: This Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Leonhard was approved now. In 2018, it had been rejected.
  • Linnet: To use this name as a male name in Iceland was rejected.
  • Ullr: This Old Norse formr of Ullur (approved in 2020) was approved to use in Iceland now as well.


See also

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


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