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Beautiful Icelandic Names and What They Mean

Picture of Camille Buckley
Updated: 25 September 2017

Icelandic is a pretty fascinating language for many reasons such as its closeness to Old Norse, which is where most of the connections are made to current Icelandic names. Here are some of the most beautiful ones, their origins, their pronunciations, and what the words mean in English.

Arnljótur, male

Pronounce it like this: arrn-ljo-tor

Gígja, female

Pronounce it like this: gee-yuh

Mæja, female

Pronounce it like this: my-yuh

Svanhildur, female

Pronounce it like this: svan-hil-dor

Unnur, female

Pronounce it like this: un-nor

Embla, female

Pronounce it like this: em-blah

Eir, female

Pronounce it like this: eyr

Brynja, female

Pronounce it like this: bryn-juh

Alda, female

Pronounce it like this: al-duh

Rúnar, male

Pronounce it like this: roon-are

Fannar, male

Pronounce it like this: fahn-narr

Sverrir, male

Pronounce it like this: svear-rear

Lilja, female

Pronounce it like this: lil-juh

Jökull, male

Pronounce it like this: juh-kutl

Hjörtur, male

Pronounce it like this: hjoir-tor

Indriði, male

Pronounce it like this: in-dree-thee

Þór, male

Pronounce it like this: thor

Njáll, male

Pronounce it like this: nyatl

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