19 February 2023
In January 2023, 16 names were submitted to the Icelandic naming committee for approval. 16 of them were approved and 1 was rejected:
- Adolfína: This Icelandic spelling of Adolfina was approved.
- Hyrrokkin: This name of a jǫtunn in the Norse mythology was approved. It means 'the one who has withered from fire'.
- Kisa: This name also means 'kitten' in Icelandic and is strongly associated with cats so its usage as a human given name was rejected.
- Klaría: This Icelandic spelling of Claria was approved.
- Nathalía: Previously, only the spelling without the h was accepted in Iceland. This variant spelling had been rejected in August 2020 but was now approved.
- Sólbráð: This Icelandic vocabulary name means 'sun-thaw', 'thawing of (the uppermost layer of) snow or ice in sunlight (though the air temperature is still below zero)' and it was approved.
- Valía: This Icelandic spelling of Valia was approved.
- Æja: This Icelandic variant spelling of Eja was approved as well.
- Amir: This name of Arabic origin was approved.
- Bendt: This creative spelling of Bent was approved to be used in Iceland as well.
- Hakim: Another name of Arabic origin, which was approved in January. It means 'judge', 'ruler'.
- Kenny: This English pet form of Kenneth was approved.
- Múr: This name of unknown origin and meaning was approved. The literal meaning in Icelandic would be 'brick wall', so a relation does not seem likely?
- Sonny: Another English name, which was approved now. It means 'little son'
- Xavier: This name deriving from a Basque place name meaning 'new house' was approved.
- Zachary: This English derivation of the Hebrew name זְכַרְיָה (Zecharyah) meaning 'Yahweh (God) remembers' was approved.
For more information and new Icelandic names of other months see Icelandic Approved Names.