Reykjavik Dog Names

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Introduction

The city of Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland, as well as its capital. Believed to be the first permanent settlement in Iceland, this cultural hub is located on the southern shores of Faxa Bay and is considered to be among one of the safest, cleanest, and greenest cities in the world. In 1924, a ban on owning dogs as pets was enacted in order to stop the spread of a difficult to treat tapeworm known as echinococcosis, a parasite that easily passes between humans and canines. Although the ban was redacted sixty years later in 1984, the population of pet dogs in the city is still much smaller than the population of cats.

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Reykjavik Dog Name Considerations

If you have a canine companion that is an Icelandic breed or that has an Icelandic history, you may find some inspiration from looking more closely at the capital of Iceland, the city of Reykjavik. You can narrow down a list of names based on a specific city in several different ways. Names can be chosen based on the meaning of the name and the dog's physical appearance, such as Kolur or Orri for a dog with a dark coat, Fandis or Jónas for one with a white coat, or Pála for a smaller dog, or based on their individual personalities, such as Njáll for a dog with a competitive spirit, Trygivvi for a loyal, dependable canine, or Alda or Eygló for a dog that likes to swim. Another option is to use a name of someone that you admire and that is connected to the town, such as athletes like Helga Þorsteinsdóttir, singers like Bubbi Morthens, Björk, or Svala Björgvinsdóttir, or influential politicians like Dagur Eggertsson or Vigdis Finnbogadottir. You can also look to landmarks and features of the city itself for names, selecting a name like Faxa, for Faxa Bay where Reykjavik can be found, or a name like Tjornin after the picturesque Tjornin pond. 

Male Reykjavik Dog Names

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Alti
An approved name in Iceland that is associated with violence or wildness
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Ari
An Old Norse name that is common to Iceland and means eagle
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Áskell
An Icelandic name that means divine kettle
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Baldur
An Icelandic name that means lord or prince
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Bjarni
Reykjavik born Bjarni Tryggvason served as a Payload Specialist on a Space Shuttle mission in 1997
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Bryndis
An Icelandic name that means armored goddess
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Bubbi
Icelandic singer and songwriter Bubbi Morthens was born in Reykjavik
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Cyrus
An Icelandic name that means sun or farsighted
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Dagur
An Icelandic name that means day, and the name of the current mayor of Reykjavik
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Einar
Einar Sveinsson was the City Architect of Reykjavik from 1934 to 1973
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Emil
A name approved for use in Iceland that means industrious
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Fridrick
An Icelandic name meaning lord or master
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Fródi
A name meaning wise from Iceland
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Gullfoss
A breathtaking waterfall that is located just outside of Reykjavik
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Hinrik
An Icelandic name that means home-ruler
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Hrafn
An Icelandic name meaning raven
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Ívar
A name that means bow warrior in Icelandic
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Jónas
The Icelandic version of the Greek name Ionas, meaning dove
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Kolur
An Icelandic name that means black or coal
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Magnus
Creator, director, and star of the kids show Lazy Town, Magnus Scheving, was born in Reykjavik
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Njáll
A name meaning champion; from Iceland
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Orri
A name from Iceland that means black grouse
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Samur
An Israeli name that former First Lady of Iceland gave to her Icelandic Shepherd; means conversation that stretches into the night
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Sjon
The Icelandic poet from Reykjavik, novelist, and lyricist, Sjon, has had his work translated into thirty languages
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Skúli
Icelandic jazz and jazz fusion composer and bassist Skúli Sverrisson was born in Reykjavik
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Tjornin
Tjornin Pond’s warm geothermal waters are home to many waterfowl throughout the year
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Trabant
Electronic pop/rock band Trabant, known for flamboyant live performances and raw, powerful music, formed in Reykjavik
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Tryggvi
An Icelandic game that means trustworthy
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Úlfur
A name that means wolf in Icelandic
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Viggó
An Icelandic name referring to lightning

Female Reykjavik Dog Names

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Alda
Originally Swedish, but commonly seen in Iceland as well, this name means wave
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Alfa
There is an Elf school located in Reykjavik, referred to by its Icelandic name of Alfaskolinn
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Ása
An Icelandic name that refers to a god
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Ásdír
Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir, born in Reykjavik, represented Iceland in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics
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Auður
One of the most accomplished Icelandic authors and winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize in 1998 and 2004, Auður Jónsdóttir, was born in Reykjavik
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Barbára
A name from Iceland that means foreign or strange
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Björk
Singer-songwriter Björk Guðmundsdóttir was born and raised in Reykjavik
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Edda
Edda Björgvinsdóttir is a well-known Icelandic actress, comedian, and motivational speaker
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Eygló
Icelandic swimmer Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics
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Fandis
A name from Iceland that means snow woman or snow goddess
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Faxa
Reykjavik is located on the southern shore of Faxa Bay
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Freyja
An approved name in Iceland that means master
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Helga
An Icelandic name that means holy or dedicated to the gods; Helga Þorsteinsdóttir, Icelandic heptathlete was born in Reykjavik
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Hilda
A German and Scandinavian name which means battle
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Hjordis
A name from Iceland that means sword maiden
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Ída
An Icelandic name that means industrious
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Inga
An Old Norse name used in Iceland that means guarded by Ing
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Lára
The Icelandic form of the Latin name Laura, meaning Laurel
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Louisa
A leading figure in the Icelandic avant-guarde community in the 1930s, Louisa Matthiasdotter, was born in Reykjavik
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Nína
Named Reykjavik City Poet in 1989, Nína Björk Árnadóttir, was also a playwright and a novelist
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Pála
An Icelandic name; the feminine form of Páll, meaning small
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Peace
Yoko Ono developed the Imagine Peace Tower that is featured in Reykjavik
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Saga
A name meaning the seeing one; from Iceland
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Salveig
A name from Iceland meaning strong house
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Selma
Icelandic singer Selma Björnsdottir was born in Reykjavik
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Sindri
A name used in Iceland that means sparking
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Svala
Singer-songwriter Svala Björgvinsdóttir, born in Reykjavik, had her first number one hit in Iceland at nine years old
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Svana
Icelandic word that means swan
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Vigdis
The fourth president of Iceland, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, was the first democratically elected female president and the longest-serving head of state
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Zophia
An approved name in Iceland that means wisdom and skill

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