for Icelandic emigrants who settled in North America in the decades before and after 1900 I repetedly come across Icelandic place names. Not only in the area of New Iceland, Manitoba, Canada, where it was almost mandatory to give the farms Icelandic names, but also in other settlements in US and Canada, though obviously on a much, much smaller scale. And again, not only farms got Icelandic names, also areas like Thingvalla
in N-Dakota (after Ţingvellir in Iceland), Post offices like Kristnes
in Saskatchewan (after a well known farm and settlement place in Iceland from around year 900) and towns like Árborg
, Manitoba (who gave the town that name, and why Árborg?). This is just to name some places. What kind
of names could there be except for names of farms, areas and post offices - in use or not in use any more? Are there names of mountains, hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, creeks, plains, churches, towns, villages, streets, houses, etc., etc.??
What about Icelandic names on Washington Island? in Minnesota? in Washington? In Utah? Alberta? Br. Columbia? There must
it would be a very interesting task to collect as many names as possible that reminds us of Icelandic traces around in N-America.
So how about taking part in the search for Icelandic Place names? You all originate from some Icelandic settlements in Canada or US. Search your mind and/or ask relatives. Then submit to me by filling in the form below:
Submissions can also be sent by e-mail to Hálfdan Helgason