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Popularity of the Baby Name Paninnguaq

Posts that Mention the Name Paninnguaq

More Greenlandic Names

We looked at popular baby names in Greenland yesterday, but we aren’t stopping there! Because the source I used for that post also listed many of the Greenland’s less-popular names. (The list included any first name that was being used by at least five people country-wide as of 2011.)

Here’s a sampling of the Greenlandic names on that list. I focused on ones with particularly intriguing definitions…

Female names:

  • Akitsinnguaq, meaning “little incomparable one,” based on the word akitsivoq, “surpasses her peers” (in either beauty or lovability).
  • Atangana, meaning “the one who remained (when all the siblings had died).”
  • Aviaaja, meaning “cousin,” “second cousin,” or “half-cousin.”
  • Inaluk, meaning “gut casing.”
  • Maannguaq, meaning “little thin-skinned one,” based on the word maarpoq, “to whine, to wail.”
  • Maliina, meaning “the one to follow.”
  • Manumina, meaning “small piece of fur under the chin.”
  • Naduk, short for inequnartoq, meaning “sweet,” “cute.” Alternatively, based on the name Arnatuk, “seeks a mother” (i.e., “a soul being born into different shapes and animals before crawling into the womb of a woman to be born again and re-claim his name”).
  • Navarana, meaning “the one that alternates between different parties.” Mythology name.
  • Qivioq refers to down on a bird’s skin or wooly hair/fleece on an animal’s skin.
  • Qupanuk, meaning “snow bunting.”
  • Sikkersoq, meaning “bud,” “sprout,” “blossom.” The word also means “burst out laughing.”
  • Tukummeq, based on the word tukumavoq, meaning “agile, vigorous, swift.”
  • Tupaarnaq, meaning “wild thyme.”
  • Uiloq, meaning “mussel,” “bivalve,” “shell.”

Male names:

  • Angula, based on the word angulavaa, which means “chewing and sucking out the fat of a birdskin (for the sake of taste).”
  • Angutivik, meaning “genuine man.”
  • Aqissiaq, meaning “ptarmigan chick.” Mythology name.
  • Avatannguaq, meaning “little sealskin float” (for use in a kayak).
  • Ilasiaq, meaning “a companion (child) acquired (through magic).” Mythology name.
  • Imina, based on the word imiit, meaning “scoop, bailer, mug” (for water).
  • Maligiaq, meaning “mid-size wave.”
  • Malinnguaq, meaning “little wave.”
  • Masauna, based on the word masaut, meaning “wet snow.”
    • “When the sea-ice becomes soft and unsafe, the wet snowcover is called masaut.”
  • Miteq, meaning “sea duck.”
  • Nanoq, meaning “polar bear.”
  • Panigpak, meaning “genuine daughter.”
    • Why “daughter” for a son? “The first born after a recent passing was named after the deceased, regardless of gender.”
  • Putdlaq, meaning “bubble” (the container for the soul while on Earth).
  • Qarsoq, meaning “arrow.”
  • Qillaq, meaning “knot,” “laced together.”
    • Qillaq was the top name for baby boys in Greenland in 2007.
  • Qisunnguaq, meaning “little wood,” “little tree.”
  • Qulutaq, meaning “snow bunting.” (Same meaning as Qupanuk, above.)
  • Sequssuna, meaning “egg insdie a bird” (i.e., not yet laid).
  • Sorlannguaq, meaning “little root (of a plant).” Can refer to golden root or to saltmarsh starwort.
  • Uvdloriaq, meaning “star.”

Names that showed up in the data for both genders:

  • Akisooq, meaning “precious one.”
  • Angerla, short for angerlartok, meaning “the one who has returned.”
  • Inequ, short for inequnaq, meaning “sweet,” “cute,” “attractive.” (Similar to Naduk, above.)
  • Ungaaq, meaning “baby” (or “younger sibling”), based on the word ungaa, which signifies a baby’s cry.

That suffix -nnguaq is common in Greenlandic names. It essentially adds “little” or “sweet” to the meaning of the root word. I’ve been listening to audios featuring various -nnguaq names (like this one with Paninnguaq) and can’t really hear that “q” at the end. Omniglot confirms that certain consonants (t, k, q, p, g) at the end of Greenlandic words are weakly articulated.

Sources: Names in Greenland as of 1 July 2011 (PDF), Nordic Names, Search Names – Oqaasileriffik

Popular Baby Names in Greenland

According to Statistics Greenland, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Inuk & Norsaq (boy names) and Ivaana & Malu (girl names).

The year before, in 2017, the top baby names were Inuk and Pipaluk.

Greenland doesn’t release top-10 lists every year, but does occasionally put out a name report. The most recent, published in mid-2011, includes top-10 lists for five recent decades…

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 1960s

Girl Names (1961-1970) Boy Names (1961-1970)
1. Ane
2. Marie
3. Karen
4. Sofie
5. Johanne
6. Kristine
7. Margrethe
8. Dorthe
9. Else
10. Anna
1. Hans
2. Jens
3. Karl
4. Lars
5. Peter
6. Niels
7. Ole
8. Kristian
9. Jørgen
10. Johan

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 1970s

Girl Names (1971-1980) Boy Names (1971-1980)
1. Ane
2. Karen
3. Marie
4. Dorthe
5. Johanne
6. Mette
7. Naja*
8. Susanne
9. Anna
10. Sofie
1. Hans
2. Karl
3. Jens
4. Peter
5. Lars
6. Niels
7. Thomas
8. Jakob
9. Martin
10. Knud

*Naja means “younger sister (of a male)” in Greenlandic.

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 1980s

Girl Names (1981-1990) Boy Names (1981-1990)
1. Ane
2. Johanne
3. Marie
4. Karen
5. Paninnguaq*
6. Sofie
7. Louise
8. Anna
9. Nivi*
10. Naja
1. Hans
2. Karl
3. Jens
4. Malik*
5. Peter
6. Lars
7. Kristian
8. Ole
9. Thomas
10. Niels

*Paninnguaq means “little daughter,” Nivi means “girl, maiden,” and Malik means “wave.”

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 1990s

Girl Names (1991-2000) Boy Names (1991-2000)
1. Paninnguaq
2. Ane
3. Nivi
4. Naja
5. Ivalu*
6. Pipaluk*
7. Sofie
8. Sara
9. Marie
10. Camilla
1. Malik
2. Hans
3. Karl
4. Jens
5. Peter
6. Kristian
7. Lars
8. Aputsiaq*
9. Inunnguaq*
10. Nuka*

*Ivalu means “sinew,” Pipaluk means “little possession,” Aputsiaq means “snow flake,” Inunnguaq means “little person/human being,” and Nuka means “younger brother (of a male).”

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 2000s (first decade)

Girl Names (2001-2010) Boy Names (2001-2010)
1. Ivaana*
2. Pipaluk
3. Nivi
4. Paninnguaq
5. Ivalu
6. Naasunnguaq*
7. Julie
8. Ane
9. Isabella
10. Kimmernaq*
1. Malik
2. Aputsiaq
3. Minik*
4. Hans
5. Inunnguaq
6. Kristian
7. Nuka
8. Salik*
9. Peter
10. Inuk* and Ivik* (tied)

*Ivaana means “brood egg,” Naasunnguaq means “little flower,” Kimmernaq means “lingonberry,” minik is a glue-like whale oil that is used as a sealing for skin boats, Salik means “the cleanser,” Inuk means “human being” — Inunnguaq from the ’90s list is a diminutive form of Inuk — and Ivik means “(blade of) grass.”

The recent rise of Salik can be traced back to the 1980s:

In the beginning of the ’80s the artist Keld Hansen published a series of children’s books about a boy named Salik, who lived in Greenland in the 1600s. In that same period, Peter Berliner, a psychologist, did a series of radio programs where the main character was named Salik. Statistics Greenland depicted a rise in the number of boys names immediately after that.

The 2011 report includes many other Greenlandic names as well, but I’ll put those into a separate post a few days from now. Until then, which of all the above names do you like best?

P.S. Almost forgot to define Malu and Norsaq from the first sentence! Malu is a short form of Marie-Louise, and a norsaq is a harpoon-throwing stick.

Sources: Statistics Greenland, Greenland in Figures 2018 (PDF), Greenland in Figures 2019 (PDF), Names in Greenland as of 1 July 2011 (PDF), Nordic Names, Search Names – Oqaasileriffik