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Jón and Gudrún still ahead; Birta and Aron catching up

According to the National Registry, at the end of 2004, the first names Jón and Gudrún remained the most common names in Iceland. There was a considerable difference in names between generations, and among the youngest generation such traditional names were much less common. Names like Birta (“Brightness”) and Aron, of which there were few, if any, a few decades ago, are now increasingly popular.

Another noticeable change is the number of people with two given names. Over 80% of newborns have two given names, compared to less than 20% of those over 85 years old.

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