Unique Baby Names: Fresh From the Faroes
What’s hot in the Faroe Islands?
Well… not much, if you’re talking about the weather! This autonomous Danish territory, located in the North Atlantic about halfway between Norway and Iceland, reaches a mean temperature of just 50°F during the summer months.
But if it’s unique and unconventional baby names you’re interested in, the recently released Faroese popularity charts are a real treasure trove!
With less than seven hundred babies born per year on the islands, even the most popular Faroese baby names are given to only a handful of children each year. In 2018, the top names were the impeccably international Eva (given to 11 girls) and Jákup (the Faroese form of Jacob, given to 8 boys).
But there are also plenty of fascinating Faroese finds on the list — perfect for anyone looking for a truly off-the-beaten-track baby name.
40 Fresh Faroese Baby Names
Here, we round up twenty of the rarest and most intriguing new name discoveries to be made on the Faroese list, together with their meaning and approximate pronunciation in English.
Ábria: AH-bree-a, meaning unknown
Beinta: BEYN-ta, “blessed”
Bára: BEH-ra, “wave, billow”
Eia: EY-a, possibly “joy”
Eydna: ED-na, “prosperity”
Glæma: GLEH-ma, “ray of light”
Hervør: HEHR-vur, “army woman”
Lóa: LOH-a, “plover”
Osla: OS-la, “betrothed”
Ró: ROH, “tranquility”
Røskva: RUSK-va, “brave, vigorous”
Silvurlín: SIL-voor-leen, “silver; of the forest”
Smæra: SMEH-ra, “clover”
Sólrun: SOL-roon, “sun secret”
Tóra: TOH-ra, “Thor”
Vár: VEHR, “truth”
Vón: VOHN, “hope”
Anfinn: AN-fin, “eagle wanderer”
Ási: AH-see, “god”
Áslak: AS-lak, “divine battle/game”
Eiri: EY-ree, “protection”
Finnleif: FIN-leyf, “wandering heir”
Flóvin: FLOH-vin, possibly “yellow, golden”
Hákun: HEH-koon, “high son”
Hanus: HAN-noos, form of John
Hugin: HOO-gin, “mind, spirit, thought”
Ísakur: EES-a-koor, form of Isaac
Jógvan: YOOG-van, form of John
Jóni: YOH-nee, form of John
Josva: YOS-va, form of Joshua
Kári: KEHR-ee, “curly hair; obstinate”
Magni: MAG-nee, “might”
Ørvar: UHR-vehr, “arrow”
Rúnar: ROO-nehr, possibly “secret army”
Sámal: SEH-mal, form of Samuel
Virgar: VIHR-gehr, “spear bearer”
Zakaris: SAK-a-rees, form of Zachary
Do you think any of these Faroese names are usable where you live? Which is your favorite — boy and girl? Let us know!