Icelandic Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Icelandic Girl Names and their Meanings

Whether you have a baby girl on the way and are looking for a name or you’re just interested in knowing more about the name of an Icelandic girl you know, this list covers some of the most common Icelandic girl’s names and their meanings.

A little bit about Iceland.

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, with a population of around 350,000 and an area of around 105,000 km2, making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

Although there are no forests in Iceland, it is still full of natural beauty as Iceland is covered in glaciers and is full of volcanic mountains. Iceland is also known as a good place to see and experience the Northern Lights from.

Toddler age girl sitting with her smiling mother.

Icelandic Names and Meanings

Name

Meaning

Andrea 

Feminine form of the name Andrew, which comes from the Greek name Andreas, derived from the Greek word andreios, meaning “manly, masculine.”

Anna 

A form of the name Hannah, which was originally derived from the Hebrew name Channah, meaning “favour, grace.”

  • Hanna is another version of the name Anna that is also very popular in Iceland.

Brynja 

The name Brynja means “armour” in Old Norse.

Elisabet 

A form of the name Elisabeth, which comes from the Greek name Elisabet, a name derived from the Hebrew name Elisheva which meant “my God is an oath.”

  • Elisa is a short form of the name Elisabet.
  • Ísabella Icelandic form of the name Isabel, which is another form of the name Elisabet.

Embla 

The meaning of this name is unknown for certain, it is possibly related to the Old Norse word almr, meaning “elm.”

Emilia 

Feminine form of the name Emil, which comes from the Roman family name Aemilius. This name was derived from the Latin word aemulus, which meant “rival.”

Emma 

This name was originally used as a short form of Germanic names that began with the name element ermen, which meant “whole” or “universal.”

Eva 

Latinate form of the name Eve, which comes from the Hebrew name Chawwah, a name that was originally derived from the Hebrew word chawah, meaning “to breathe.”

Freyja 

Icelandic form of the name Freya, which means “lady.” This was also the name of the Nordic goddess of love, beauty, war and death.

Guðrún 

Icelandic form of the name Gudrun, which means “god’s secret lore.” This name was derived from the Nordic elements Guð, meaning “god” and rún, meaning “secret lore.”

Helga 

Feminine form of the name Helge, which comes from the Old Norse name Helgi, derived from the Old Norse word heliagr, meaning “holy, blessed.”

Hildur 

Icelandic form of the name Hildr, Old Norse cognate of the name Hilda which was originally used as a short form for names that contained the Germanic element hild, which means “battle.”

Inga 

Strictly feminine form of the unisex name Inge, which is used as a short form of Scandinavian and German names that begin with the element ing, from the Germanic word ingwaz, possibly meaning “ancestor.”

Íris

 Icelandic form of the name Iris, which means “rainbow” in Greek.

Ísabella

 Icelandic form of the name Isabel.

Júlía 

Icelandic form of the name Julia, which is the feminine form of the Roman family name Julius, derived from the Greek word ioulos, meaning “down-bearded youth.”

Karen

 Danish short form of the name Katherine, which comes from the Greek name Aikaterine. Possibly derived from the Greek word hekateros, meaning “each of the two.”

  • Katrín is another form of the name Katherine.

Klara

 A form of the name Clara, which is the feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus, which means “clear, bright, famous.”

Kristín 

Icelandic form of the name Christina, which is a feminine form of the name Christian. Derived from the Medieval Latin name Christianus, which meant “a Christian.”

Lilja

 Icelandic and Finnish form of the name Lily, From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.

Margrét

Icelandic form of the name Margaret, derived from the Latin name Margarita, which was ultimately derived from the Greek word margarites, meaning “pearl.”

Ragnheiður 

Icelandic form of the Old Norse name Ragnheiðr, which means “bright advice.”

Rakel 

Scandinavian form of the name Rachel, which comes from the Hebrew name Rachel, meaning “ewe.”

Ronja 

This name was invented by a Swedish children’s author, Astrid Lindgren, who based it on the middle portion of Juronjaure, the name of a lake in Sweden.

Saga 

This name most likely means “Seeing One” in Old Norse.

Sara 

This name means “lady, noblewoman, princess” in Hebrew.

Sigrún 

This name was derived from the Old Norse elements sigr, meaning “victory” and run, meaning “secret.”

Viktoría 

Icelandic form of the name Victoria, which in Latin means “victory.”

Most Common Icelandic Girl Names

Some of the more common names from this list are

Andrea, Ana, Emma, Klara and Sara.

You may notice some similarities between Icelandic girl’s names and other Nordic girl’s names like Swedish or Danish, however most of the Icelandic girl’s names have a spelling that is unique to Iceland.

Conclusion

That concludes our list of some of the most common Icelandic girl’s names and their meanings.

If the name you were looking for was not covered on this list, or you’re simply interested in similar names, make sure to check out our lists on Danish, Norwegian or Swedish girl’s names and their meanings.

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