02. Sep 2022
Maria and Jákup still the most common names

The list of popular names has changed significantly in the past 20 years.

Maria, Anna and Annika are the most common names among women of all ages residing in the Faroes on 1 January 2022. Next on the list are names such as Beinta, Katrin, Rannvá and Marjun.

Maria, Anna and Annika have topped the list of common women’s names every year since the first list of popular names was compiled in 2001. The only change in the top 10 between the 2001 and the 2021 list is that Durita has now been replaced by Heidi.

Jákup and Jógvan were the most common names for men of all ages residing in the Faroes on 1 January 2022. These two names have topped the list every year since the first list in 2001. Rúni, Martin and Høgni have also featured near the top of the list since 2001. As with the women’s lists, not much has changed in the top 10 since 2001. The only change is that Jan has been replaced by Jónas in the top 10 on the 2021 list.

Names significantly more common now than 20 years ago include Lea, Emma, Ronja and Olivia for the women and Mattias, Silas, Lukas and Boas for the men.

Many new names have been added to the list since 2001, the most popular of which are Nóa, Bragi and Liam for the men and Brá, Vón and Ria for the women.

Double names are becoming less common. Out of the 100 most common women’s names in 2021, only two were double names – Anna Maria and Anna Sofía. Hans Jacob was the only double name in the men’s top 100.

Read more in the theme page about names or try the name search function.

About names

The above list covers first names of persons residing in the Faroe Islands on 1 January. All names are listed in accordance with the national register. Double first names, e.g. Hans Petur or Anna Maria, are listed as a single name.

Since it can take up to six months before a child is officially named, the name list is updated after 1 July.