How popular is the baby name Freyja in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Freyja.
According to Registers Iceland, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Embla and Aron.
Here are Iceland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
- Embla, 26 baby girls
- Emilía, 24
- Freyja, 23
- Hekla, 23
- Sara, 23
- Lilja, 21
- Hanna, 19
- Alexandra, 18
- Anna, 18
- Katla, 18
- Aron, 51 baby boys
- Alexander, 37
- Emil, 32
- Kári, 31
- Viktor, 31
- Óliver, 28
- Guðmundur, 27
- Jökull, 26
- Mikael, 25
- Jón, 23
Many of these names have equivalent English forms, but several do not, such as…
- Embla – possibly based on the Old Norse word almr, meaning “elm.” Not to be confused with Engla.
- Hekla – based on the Old Norse word hekla, meaning “cloak.” Also the name of an active volcano.
- Katla – based on the Old Norse word ketill, meaning “(sacrificial) cauldron.”
- Kári – based on the Old Norse word kárr, meaning either “curly (hair)” or “obstinate.”
- Guðmundur – based on the Old Norse elements gud, meaning either “god” or “good,” and mund, meaning “protection.”
- Jökull – means “glacier, ice” in Icelandic.
I didn’t post 2017 rankings for Iceland, but in 2016 the top two names were Emilía and Alexander.
Sources: Aron and Hekla Most Popular Baby Names, Aron And Hekla Iceland’s Most Popular Names Of 2018, Nafngjafir 2018 (January), Nafngjafir – leiðrétting (March), Nordic Names
The recent news about the Icelandic girl named Blær reminds me…
Did you know that the Mannanafnanefnd, Iceland’s Personal Names Committee, puts its baby name rulings online? Every acceptance and rejection going back to 2001 is available.
One particularly interesting ruling is the split decision that happened in late 2008 over the name Skallagrímur, which was ultimately rejected.
But the Mannanafnanefnd’s rulings are in Icelandic, and if you don’t read Icelandic, well, they’re a bit hard to make out. :) So, to make it easier, here are current lists of Iceland’s approved and rejected baby names:
- Approved boy names include Dagmann, Gunnar, Krummi, Rasmus, Sigurkarl & Yngvi
- Approved girl names include Baldvina, Freyja, Hrafntinna, Otkatla, Tristana & Vala
- Approved middle names include Austdal, Finndal, Gnurr, Öxdal, Storm & Víking
- Rejected names (boys, girls & middles) include Ben, Dominic, Harriet, Jennifer, Liam & Yasmin
Over 1,700 boy names and over 1,800 girl names have been given the Iceland’s stamp of approval so far.
Sources: I ain’t the only one who loves names!, Icelandic Name Committee Reaches Rare Split Decision
UPDATED, 7/9/14 – The government of Iceland now has a separate website for approved and rejected baby names. I’ve just updated all the links.