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Icelandic Naming Trends Changing

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Alexander and Emilía were the most popular baby names of 2016 in Iceland according to a new report from Statistics Iceland. Both names only ranked 500th to 700th in popularity for older age groups. Vísir reported first.

Alexander was followed in popularity by Aron and Mikael for newborn male children, and Emilía, Emma, and Elísabet were the names most frequently given to female children born in 2016.

The statistics show changes in Icelandic naming trends in recent years. Though some names, like Kristján, Anna, Katrín, and Elísabet, have shown steady popularity over time, fewer children born in the last ten years have been given the previously popular names Guðrún, Kristín, Sigurður, Gunnar, and Ólafur.

Fewer children are inheriting their grandparents’ given names than in previous generations, although still more than 35 percent of people under 30 have inherited at least one of their grandparents’ given names.

The majority of children received two or more given names, while around 62 percent of the population as whole have double names. Þór and María are the most popular second names among male and female children respectively, while Jón Þór and Anna María are the most popular double names in the overall population.

The 200 most popular names in Iceland are shared by 80 percent of the population. Of these the most popular are Jón, Sigurður, and Guðmundur for men, and Guðrún, Anna, and Kristín for women.

Around 82 percent of people in Iceland have patronymics or matronymics as their last name.

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