Icelandic names and naming practice
- Statistical Series
- 26 February 2018
- Vol 103, Issue 4
- ISSN: 1670-4770
The analysis of naming practice in Iceland shows e.g. that only 200 given names (eiginnöfn) account for the names of almost 80% of the male or female population, more than 35% of people less than 30 years old inherit some of their grandparents’ given names. This percentage is higher for older generations, over 8% of people less than 50 years old inherit some of their parents’ names, more often men than women. The percentage is about the same for older generations.