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Inuit names are fortunately being revived after almost becoming lost and replaced by alternate naming conventions. Enjoy 387 Inuit names and meanings below ordered by name A to Z. While paging through, choose names to see their meanings and assocations. Don't forget to like us on Facebook. And, thanks for your participation and support perfecting the best baby names and meanings site on the web.

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Add A'akuluujjusi to my list of names for baby. A'akuluujjusi
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Goddess who created ... Worker Freedom
Add Adlartok to my list of names for baby. Adlartok
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Clear sky Leader Success
Add Aga to my list of names for baby. Aga
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Mother Helper Friendship
Add Aglakti to my list of names for baby. Aglakti
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Person who makes wor ... Specialist Spiritualism
Add Agloolik to my list of names for baby. Agloolik
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Good spirit that liv ... Leader Creation
Add Aguta to my list of names for baby. Aguta
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Gatherer of the dead Marketer Freedom
Add Ahnah to my list of names for baby. Ahnah
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Wise woman Marketer Friendship
Add Aipaloovik to my list of names for baby. Aipaloovik
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An evil sea god asso ... Entertainer Freedom
Add Aipalovik to my list of names for baby. Aipalovik
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Evil god of the sea Philanthropist Success
Add Aippaq to my list of names for baby. Aippaq
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companion Philanthropist Spiritualism
Add Aituserk to my list of names for baby. Aituserk
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Prize  Marketer Generosity
Add Akiak to my list of names for baby. Akiak
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Brave Philanthropist Spiritualism
Add Akkikiktok to my list of names for baby. Akkikiktok
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Costs little Leader Solitude
Add Akkilokipok to my list of names for baby. Akkilokipok
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Soft snow Worker Stability
Add Akkituyok to my list of names for baby. Akkituyok
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Expensive Specialist Recognition
Add Aklaq to my list of names for baby. Aklaq
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black bear Philanthropist Friendship
Add Aklark to my list of names for baby. Aklark
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brown bear Helper Friendship
Add Akluitok to my list of names for baby. Akluitok
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Rich Leader Recognition
Add Akna to my list of names for baby. Akna
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Goddess of fertility ... Helper Friendship
Add Akrittok to my list of names for baby. Akrittok
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Soft Philanthropist Solitude
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The Inuit Creation Belief

Inuit (“real peopleE believe the god of creation was the Raven who possessed the powers of both bird and man, and could transform into man simply by lifting his beak over his head like a mask. When everything was dark and silent, Raven made the world and waters with the beat of his wings, then filled the earth with pea-pod plants. Five days later, one of the pods opened allowing the first Inuit man to emerge. Dizzy and confused, the man drank from a pool of water. Noticing this motion, Raven landed to observe the man. Realizing he would need food, Raven went retrieved some berries that would become the source of all crops. From clay and with the beating of his wings, Raven also created sheep, fish, birds, and other animals to serve as food for man. He also created the bear as something for man to fear. Later, Raven noticed man was lonely. So, using clay and fine water grass from the creek for hair, Raven created the first Inuit woman to be man’s companion and helper. Man was very pleased. Raven taught the Inuit couple how to make clothes from skins of muskrat and seal, snares to catch deer, and a bed from dry moss. In it, they slept very warmly; protected against the frigid polar night. And together they began the Inuit people, filling the earth with their children.

Survival of Inuktun - the Inuit Language

Inuktun is a beautiful language spoken by native people of the snow-covered North including Alaska, and arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, Denmark, and Russia. Native people speaking Inuktun include what some incorrectly refer to as Eskimo. It has survived in the igloo somewhat through storytelling often accompanied by song. Many events are described in these songs that tend to focus on hunting tales especially involving hardship during the hunt. Inuktun is divided into two major dialects: Inupik and Yupik, which can be divided further but are themselves pretty similar especially in terms of grammatical structure.

Inuit Names and Naming Conventions

Inuit have developed one of the deepest and most intricate naming systems in the world based on a powerful form of commemoration some describe as reincarnation; or, that the name itself is the person’s soul. [1] Names are passed from one generation to the next making babies the “boneEof all ancestors who shared the name before. Naming is furthermore central to Inuit culture in that those who share the same name are expected to help each other, [2] with social bonds being particularly important in a resource-sparse arctic climate where daily life can often be a matter of survival. Traditional Inuit names reflect important cultural elements such as religion, the natural polar environment, and their community living harmoniously within that environment. Names also referred to their ancestors, and also anatomy or personal / physical attributes. For example:


Religion, Spirits, Mythology

Names with religious or spiritual connections include good or guardian spirit names like Agloolik or Atka, and evil spirits and gods such as Aipalovik, Keelut, and Tonrar.

Natural Environment

Many aspects of the physical enviroment such as features and animals may be used. For example, names meaning snow, ice, or mountain such as Massak, or Nunataq. Considering the Raven is the Inuit’s creator god, reference to animals carries a special significance. In-fact, Inuit assign diety status or associate supernatural powers with many animals. Inuit animal names include Nanuq - God of Polar Bears, Chu meaning beaver, Oogrooq meaning seal, Tikaani meaning wolf, and many others.

Anatomy and Physical Attributes

Physical attributes are selected as meanings for those traits Inuit parents wish their children to possess such as strength, beauty, and intelligence.


Revival of Inuit Names

After decades of pressure and influence to change their naming conventions, many Inuit are cooperating in an effort to revive their traditional names. Names are being changed back in court and restoring a sense of autonomy and pride in their culture.



References:
  1. Williamson 1974: 23-24
  2. Alia, Valerie. Names and Nunavut: Culture and Identity in Arctic Canada. Pg. 19.





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