Greenland welcomes only about 850 babies* per year. Because the number is so low, the country doesn’t bother with baby name rankings — but, recently, it has been publishing the top one or two names per gender in its annual “Greenland in Figures” report.
In 2019, the most popular names in Greenland in were…
- Liam and Inuk for baby boys
- Liam is an Irish short form of William, which comes “from the Norman form of an Old French personal name” made up of the Germanic elements wil, meaning “will,” “desire,” and helm, meaning “helmet.” “protection.”
- Inuk is Greenlandic for “human being, man.”
- Naja and Nina for baby girls
- Naja is Greenlandic for “younger sister (of a male).” The “j” makes a y-sound, so you’d pronounce it naya.
- Nina is a short form of names that end in -nina, or -nine.
For the top names of 2018 and 2017 — as well as rankings for the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s — check out the Popular Baby Names in Greenland post from last year.
- Greenland in Figures 2020 (pdf)
- Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
*Canada’s Nunavut welcomes roughly the same number of babies per year.