50 Icelandic Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Kim •  Updated: 02/07/21 •  10 min read
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What images or thoughts come to mind when you think about Iceland? Most people will think of cold, snow, ice, etc. The very name is evocative of everything cold!

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Do you have Icelandic roots? Have you ever traveled to Iceland? Are you having trouble finding a name for your adopted puppy or dog? Then you’ve come to the right place! You may want to consider Icelandic names for your canine companion! What could be more unique?

We’ve put together a list of names that might be a good fit for your fur baby but first let’s take a look at some facts about Iceland.

OK, now let’s get started with that list of Icelandic dog names we promised!

Icelandic Dog Names Male

Here are some Icelandic names for boy dogs!

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1). Mosfellsbaer: this is the name of a town in Iceland that’s about 12 kilometers outside the capital. This just feels like it would be a great name for a large dog.

2). Esjan: is the name of a volcanic mountain range located in the southwest of the island. This name means “rock flake or carving stone.”

3). Halfdan: this is a name that means “half Dane, or half Norse man.” This might be a the perfect name for a Husky!

4). Ari: is a name that means “eagle.”

5). Armann: means “messenger.” Has your fur baby brought a message from heaven? We’re pretty sure the message is all about love and joy when you adopt a fur baby.

6). Bjork: is a name that means “birch tree.” If you live in an area with a lot of birch trees, this would be a very unique name for your dog.

7). Bragi: is the name of one of the ancient Norse gods. He was god of poetry and was considered to be very wise. He was married to Iounn and for some reason, he had runes cut into his tongue.

8). Diorik: is a name that means “a ruler, he who rules.” We’re pretty sure your canine companion rules your heart!

9). Dogg: is a name that means “dew.” This would be a great name for a dog who likes to be out when the dew is still on the grass.

10). Einar: is a name that means “he who fights alone, great warrior.”

11). Geir: is a name that means “spear, lance.” We hope your fur baby doesn’t have lance or a spear; however, this would be a great name for a hunting dog.

12). Gisli: is a name that means “ray of sunshine.” Has your dog brought sun and light into your life? Then why not choose this name for him?

13). Greipur: is an Old Norse name that means “between the thumb and other fingers.” It’s thought that this name referred to a large hand or a man with a strong hand.

14). Grimur: is one of Odin’s names, which means “disguised man.”

15). Gunnar: is a name that means “warrior,” and just happens to be one of the most common names in Iceland!

Icelandic Dog Names Female

Now, here are some unique and pretty Icelandic names for girl dogs!

16). Frigg: is the name of Odin’s wife in Norse mythology. She understood peoples’ faith.

17). Barbara: is an Icelandic name, with Greek roots, which means “foreign, unknown.” If you’re not certain of your dog’s breed, this might be a pretty name for her!

18). Bjorg: is a name that means “rescue, salvation, protection.” If your fur baby was adopted from a rescue or shelter, then this might be a fitting name. She now has a furever home with you, which is a place of protection and love for her.

19). Eir: is the name of the Norse goddess of healing. Has your fur baby brought healing into your life?

20). Freyja: is the name of the Norse goddess of love and fertility, who was responsible for peace, healthy crops and prosperity.

21). Gerour: is an ancient Nordic name that means “protection.” If your dog is a watchdog or is very protective of you and your home, then this would be a great name for her.

22). Ingibjorg: is a name that means “stronghold, protection.” Is your dog the foundation of your love? Is she protective of you and your family?

23). Falda: is a name that means “folded wings.” We think this sounds like a great name for a dog who is an angel straight from heaven.

24). Hekla: is a name that means “cloak of mist.” This might be perfect for a girl dog who is very dark grey, or greyish-white.

25). Sula: is a name that means “the sun.”

Nordic Dog Names

Here are some great Nordic names for dogs!

26). Olaf (m): is a Nordic name that means “ancestor’s descendant.” And there’s a St. Olaf from Norway, who was responsible for taking down pagan temples and building Christian churches. He also brought many bishops and priests from England to Norway.

27). Leif (m): this is an Old Norse name that means “heir, descendant, beloved.” What a name full of meaning to give your dog!

28). Bjorn (m): this is a Nordic name that means “bear.” This is the perfect name for your dog if he resembles a bear!

29). Astrid: this is a Scandinavian name that means “a beautiful, fair goddess.”

30). Frode (m): this Nordic name means “wise one.” Does your fur baby seem to be extremely wise and intelligent? Then why not choose this name for him?

31). Alf (m): this is an Old Norse name that means “elf.” This would be a really cute name for a small dog!

32). Bein (m): is a name that means “bone, leg.” This might be a great name for a dog who really loves bones, or who has very long legs.

33). Ulf (m): is a name that means “wolf,” and is very common in Scandinavia and even Germany. This would be a unique name for a boy dog who strongly resembles a wolf.

34). Rune (m): this is an Old Norse name that means “secret.” Does your dog hide things from you? Does he like to bury and hide toys? Then this would be a great name for him!

35). Akkeri: is a Nordic name that means “anchor.” What better name could you choose, especially if your dog is the anchor in your life?

36). Erling (f): is a Nordic name that means “heir.” This might be a pretty name for a dog who is the daughter of a dog you already have.

37). Revna (f): is a name that means “raven.” This would be a pretty name for a dog whose fur is very black.

38). Dagmar (f): is an Old Norse name that means “daughter, mother, maiden.”

39). Enar (m): is a Nordic name that means “warrior.”

40). Rana (f): is a Nordic name that means “nobility.” This might be a pretty name for a dog who is a purebred.

Ice Dog Names

Here are some dog names that will remind you of ice!

41). Crystal: this name is inspired by “ice crystal,” which is a type of ice that is formed under thermodynamic conditions and is secondary in the ice formation process. This would be a pretty name for a dog that has white or light-colored fur.

42). Icicle: is a spike of ice that forms when water drips or falls down an object, such as a roof. This would be a cute name for any boy dog!

43). Glacier: is a type of snow that falls and compresses into large, thickened ice masses over time.

44). Glaze: is a type of ice called “glazed frost,” which is smooth, transparent, and may occur when freezing rain or drizzle hits a surface such as a road or even trees.

45). Hoarfrost: is a white-grey crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor, which is formed in clear, still weather. It can cover everything from plants, cars, and even fences.

46). Berg: this is a large piece of freshwater ice that’s broken off a glacier or an ice shelf, and then floats off in open water such as the ocean.

47). Floe: this is the term used for a floating sheet of ice.

48). Sleet: is a type of rain that contains ice.

49). Slush: is a mix of small ice crystals and a liquid (such as water). It can form when ice or snow melts and may often mix with dirt and other types of materials.

50). Snow: is made up of individual ice crystals that grow while falling in the air—usually in clouds and then fall and accumulate on the ground.

Fun Facts About Iceland

Did you know that this island nation was one of the last countries to have settlers? And Iceland had one of the first parliaments in the world. The national parliament was founded in Thingvellir back in 930. Who knew?

Another interesting fact is that the country is one of the least populated places in the world. The reason is that much of the country is not habitable due to all the glaciers and more. As a result, Iceland has about 8 people per square mile. However, most people there to reside in cities. Reykjavik is home to about 1/3 of the country’s people. Oh, and Iceland’s population is about 300,000 people. That’s it!

Did you know that the word “geyser” is an Icelandic word? It comes from the Old Norse and it was spelled “geysa,” which means to rush or gush forth. Iceland is famous for its geysers, which have been enjoyed for centuries.

We didn’t know this until researching this article, but Iceland has no standing army, air force or navy! However, it does have a Crisis Response Unit that is a small peacekeeping force of about 200 people. And the country does have a national coast guard and air defense system. But it has no standing military.

And we learned that Iceland has no McDonald’s! If you want food from the golden arches, then you’ll have to travel back to mainland Europe! One more funny fact is that the last cheeseburger sold in this island nation is on display in the museum. When you visit the National Museum in Iceland, you’ll see the meal, which was bought back in 2009.

Here are a couple more fun facts about Iceland:

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article filled with Iceland dog names! And we hope you’ve found a great, unique and meaningful name for your dog!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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