Place Names & Personal Names
The institute’s staff fields questions on place names and other onomastic issues. This includes providing consultation for the public, institutions and private companies on matters such as collecting, cataloging and preserving traditional place names as well as selecting new names, e.g., streets and neighborhoods. Inquiries should be addressed to nafn [at] arnastofnun.is or directly to staff members of the onomastics department.
The Archive of Icelandic Place Names includes an index of almost all farms in Iceland. A portion of the archive is currently accessible through Sarpur, the database for Icelandic cultural history.
Efforts are currently underway to create an online database, nafnið.is, which will facilitate access to the archive for scholars and the public alike. Rannís, the Icelandic Center for Research, recently awarded a grant to support the project with work commencing in 2019.