Icy names

As much as I hate ice and am terrified of walking over it, it’s just the right time of year to do a post featuring ice-themed names. A large portion of these names are Icelandic and Ancient Germanic.

Unisex:

Agloolik is an Inuit spirit who lives under the ice and helps hunters and fishers.

Uukkarnit means “calved ice” in Inuit.

Male:

Aisi means “ice” in Tongan, an Austronesian language spoken in the Polynesian state of Tonga.

Fárbauti was the ruler of the Norse Jötunn (ice giants) and their domain, Jötunheimr. The name itself means “cruel or dangerous striker.”

Himanshu means “ice particle” in Sanskrit.

Ijsbrand is a Dutch name taken from the Germanic elements is (ice, iron) and brand (sword).

Ísarr is an Icelandic and Old Norse name meaning “ice army.”

Isbert means “bright ice” in Ancient Germanic.

Ísbjörn means “ice bear” in Icelandic.

Íseldur is an Icelandic name composed of the elements íss (ice) and eldr (fire).

Isfrid is an Ancient Germanic name composed of the elements îs (ice) and fridu (peace). However, it’s also possible the Is- element is a shortening of isan (iron).

Isgrim means “ice mask” in Ancient Germanic.

Ishard is an Ancient Germanic name composed of the elements îs and hardus (Gothic for “brave, hardy.” For obvious reasons, I wouldn’t recommend using this in an Anglophone country!

Ísleifr means “ice heir” in Old Norse.

Ísleikr means “ice game” in Old Norse.

Ismund means “ice protection” in Ancient Germanic.

Isólfr means “ice wolf” in Old Norse. The Ancient Germanic form is Isulf.

Isward means “ice guard” in Ancient Germanic.

Izō means “ice” in Japanese.

Izotz means “ice” in Basque.

Jaki means “ice floe” in Icelandic.

Ledimir means “ice peace” in Serbian and Croatian.

Female:

Higalik means “ice house” in Inuit.

Hika can mean “ice perfume,” “ice flower,” “ice petal,” or “ice smell” in Japanese.

Ísbjört means “bright ice” in Icelandic. This is a contemporary, not traditional, name.

Ísdís means “ice goddess” in Icelandic. This is a contemporary, not traditional, name.

Ísey means “ice island” in Icelandic. This is a contemporary, not traditional, name.

Íshildur means “ice battle” in Icelandic.

Íslaug is an Icelandic name composed of the elements íss and laug (possibly “betrothed woman”).

Isolde is of uncertain etymology, either Celtic or Germanic. One theory is that it comes from Ishild, a potential Germanic name meaning “ice battle.” Other forms include but are not limited to Isolda (Latinate), Izolda (Polish, Russian, and Georgian), Yseult (French, and my personal favorite form of the name), Iseult and Iseut (Medieval English), Eseld (Cornish), Isotta (Italian), Esyllt (Welsh), and Yseut and Ysolt (Medieval French).

Ísrún means “ice secret” in Icelandic.

Íssól is an Icelandic name composed of the elements íss and sól (sun). The name was officially approved in 2007. Like many countries, Iceland has a list of approved names, and anyone who wants to use something not on the list has to get legal permission.

Ísveig means “ice power/strength” in Icelandic.

Jökla means “icicle” or “glacier” in Icelandic.

Kassoq means “a bluish piece of ice” in Greenlandic.

Kawisenhawe means “she holds the ice” in Mohawk.

Nilak means “freshwater ice” in Greenlandic.

Qinoq means “ice sludge” in Greenlandic.

Advertisements

Share your thoughts respectfully

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s