New Icelandic Names Include Ísbjörn and Árvök Skip to content

New Icelandic Names Include Ísbjörn and Árvök

The Human Name Council has for the past eight months reviewed suggestions for 35 first names and two middle names.

From Laugardalur in Reykjavík. Photo by Bernhild Vögel.

The council has given a green light on some of them, including the man’s name Ísbjörn (literal translation: Polar Bear) and the woman’s name Árvök (literal translation: River Air Hole).

Other men’s names that have been approved are Spóli, Moli, Sturri, Mikkael, Kris, Gael, Keran, Emerald, Edilon, Bastían and Emmanúel, Morgunbladid reports.

However, boys cannot be named Chris, Elias, Byrnir, Bastian and Emmanuel. The Human Name Council rejected these names on the grounds that their spelling isn’t in accordance with the general spelling rules of the Icelandic language.

New women’s names, in addition to Árvök, are Elvi, Reyn, Adalrós, Manúela, Atalía, Ollý, Álfrós, Emeralda, Adríana, Isabella and Amilía.

However, girls cannot be named Cara, Milicia, Aisha, Zíta or Leach, because of the same reason that the aforementioned men’s names were rejected. The middle name Valagils was also approved.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article