What's In a Name?

Common Alaskan Malamute Names:

Timber, Bear, Sitka, Nanuk, Shadow, Sasha, Tasha,
Tundra, Wolf, Dakota, Kodiak, Yukon

For everyone who writes asking me to translate a favorite word into "Eskimo"
(and I never know the answer of course - like I would??? LOL), try this:

Interactive InupiaQ Eskimo Dictionary/Translator

University of Alaska Fairbanks Native Language Center also has some good ideas

This site has EVERYTHING!!! Chinaroad Lowchens of Australia
(Scroll down the page to the Eskimo Dictionary)

Inuktitut Dictionary

Interesting article about the Arctic - This forum thread is quite long, but  so worth it!  Gorgeous pictures and information about how hard life is in the arctic where the Malamute is from...

Want to know more about these awesome people of the arctic....a forum

Top most common names for 2013:
2013 names

Alaskan/Inuit Words and their Meanings:

(many are from the book Arctic Odyssey)

aga - mother

alapa - it - s cold!Antique looking image of Inuit 4 dog sled team

anatkok - shaman

anauytuk - a snow - stick

anut - harness for dog

anyu - snow used for a specific purpose

aqeutaq - incantation to drive away evil spirits

arnaq - woman

ataciara - a familiar spirit

atka - guardian spirit

iqniq - fire (the name given to bright metors)

ihun - lake trout

imnek - cliff

innuk - men (2 people)

itigiaq - weasel

kamik - eskimo boot

itsalik - deerskin tent

kesuk - water - sky

kia - who -

kataq - pot, dish

kilalurak - white whale

naneq - inuit lamp

kammuk - deerskin boot

mumik - drumstick

ikiaq (ikiq) - red spruce

ikun - knife or skin - scraper of horn or stone

ilipikuk - sealskin footwear

qilaq - sky or heaven

qopuk - ice - crack

qorviq - chamber pot

sieraq - connors (small fish)

sitamat - four (4)

tallut - caribou hunting pits

tipuk - herrings

tonraq - a tiny man, a spirit (a ghost)

tattilgat - brown crane bird

tikivik - thimble holder

tamaiijja - "there you are"

qilamitaun - Inuit bolas (Northern Alaska)

tullik - yellow billed loon

ukluk - skin of the brown bear

ulo - woman - s knife or skin scraper

unisat - cache

unedlaq - basket

unalaq - west wind

tupilek - a shaman - s familiar spirits

Tuluqaqaq - a limestone cliff

tulugaq - raven

tukturaluk - caribou (said with amazement)

tornuaq - an (evil) spirit

tomkin - home of the spirits

uvinaq - lemming nest

Walliarmiut - Inuit people to the west

nannuraluk - polar bear

nawyat - seagull

nukka - younger sister

okauyak - a shrub

qaqsrauk - loon

una - this one

ugyuk - bearded seal

uglu - seal hole in the ice

okauyak - a shrub

nannuraluk - polar bear

kannannaq - north wind

inallu - the little intestine

igalaq - window of igloo

iglopuk - large snow house

ageatulaitpoq - there - s no bottom to his stomach
(is there a more PERFECT Malamute name - - - - )

nagojut - friendly

ileanaitut - glad

injuquaq - old man

kalnaq - long - stemmed pipe

kanut - white geese

keruguq -   used to tie a dog

kannoyak - cotton grass

kulitak - heavy skin coat

kulliq - lamp

kinalik - eider duck

kilaun - drum

kilallurak - white whale

mumik - drumstick (Northern Alaska/dance)

naga - NO!

qatqain - come

qeorvik - a piece of wood

purnaq - fat (from a duck)

poallu - skin mitts

pinahut - three (3)

onipqaqtoq - tell a story (Mackenzie region)

tavrani tavra - stop stop!

umiak - large skin - covered boat

umiaktorvik - river

tiquana - adopted son

tiguaq - an adopted child


Words for ice and snow from Labradoran Inuit

ice - sikko

bare ice - tingenek

snow (in general) - aput

snow (like salt) - pukak

soft deep snow - mauja

snowdrift - tipvigut

soft snow - massak

watery snow - mangokpok

snow filled with water - massalerauvok

soft snow - akkilokipok


Words for snow and ice from West Greenlandic inuit

sea ice - siku

pack - ice/large expanses of ice in motion - sikursuit

compacted drift ice/ice field (plural) = sikut iqimaniri

new ice - sikuliaq/sikurlaaq

solid ice cover = nutaaq

thin ice - sikuaq

rotten (melting) ice floe sikurluk

iceberg - iluliaq

part of iceberg below waterline - ilulisap itsirnga

piece of fresh-water ice - nilak

lumps of ice stranded on the beach - issinnirit

glacier (also ice forming on objects) sirmiq

Inland Ice - sirmirsuaq

snow blown in (e.g. doorway) - sullarniq

rime/hoar-frost - qaqurnak/kanirniq/kaniq

frost (on inner surface of e.g. window) - iluq

icy mist - pujurak/pujuq kanirnartuq

hail - nataqqurnat

avalanche - aput sisurtuq

slush (on ground) - aput masannartuq

snow in air/falling - qaniit

snowflake - qanik

snowflakes - nittaallat

air thick with snow - nittaalaq

flurries - nittaalaq nalliuttiqattaartuq

hard grains of snow - nittaalaaqqat

feathery clumps of falling snow - qanipalaat

new fallen snow - apirlaat

snow crust - pukak

snowy weather - qannirsuq/nittaatsuq

snowstorm - pirsuq/pirsirsursuaq

large ice floe - iluitsuq

snowdrift - apusiniq

ice floe - puttaaq

hummocked ice - maniillat

pressure ridges in pack ice - ingunirit

drifting lump of ice - kassuq

dirty lump of glacier-calved ice = anarluk

ice-foot left adhering to shore - qaannuq

icicle - kusugaq

opening in sea ice - imarnirsaq/ammaniq

open water amidst ice - imaviaq

navigable fissure in sea ice - quppaq

rotten snow/slush on sea - qinuq

wet snow falling - imalik

rotten ice with streams forming - aakkarniq

snow patch on mountain, etc. - aputitaq

wet snow on top of ice - putsinniq/puvvinniq

smooth stretch of ice - manirak

stretch of snow-free ice - quasaliaq

lump of old ice frozen into new ice - tuaq

new ice formed in crack in old ice - nutarniq

bits of floating - naggutit

hard snow - mangiggal/mangikaajaaq

small ice floe (not large enough to stand on) - masaaraq

ice swelling over partially frozen river, etc. from water seeping up to the surface - siirsinniq

piled-up ice-floes frozen together - tiggunnirit

mountain peak sticking up through inland ice - nunataq

calved ice from end of glacier - uukkarnit

edge of the sea ice - sinaaq


Common Expressions in Alaska Native Languages

courtesy of the Alaska Native Language Center (more resources)

hello - aang
good-bye - ukudigada
thank you qagˆ - aasakung
Happy Holiday - Kamgan Ukudigaa
Siberian Yupik
how are you? - natesiin?
good-bye (I'll see you) - esghaghlleqamken
thank you - igamsiqanaghhalek
welcome (thank you all for coming) - quyanaghhalek tagilusi
Merry Christmas - Quyanaghhalek Kuusmemi

Central Yup'ik
hello (good to see you) - cama-i
hi! what's up? - waqaa
good-bye - piura
thank you - quyana
welcome - quyana tailuci
Merry Christmas - Alussistuaqegcikici
how are you? - cangacit?

thank you - quyanaq
welcome - qaimarutin
hello, how are you? - qanuq itpich?
(In Inupiaq, the vowels [a, i, u] are pronounced in the same way as the same vowels in Spanish or Italian; r is similar to English r; ; is similar to French or German r; is the ng sound; ñ is pronounced ny as in Spanish. Double letters are pronounced long [held longer] and single letters are short.)
hello - cama'i
thank you - quyanaa
Happy Holidays - Spr`´aasnikam

hello (how are you?) - sán uu dáng giidang?
thank you - háw'aa


thank you - 'awa'ahdah


hello (how are you?) - wa.é ák.wé?
thank you - gunalchéesh
Merry Christmas - Xristos Khuwdziti
thank you - way dankoo

Gwich'in Athabascan
hello (how are you?) - neenjit dôonch'yàa?
thank you - mahsi'
welcome my friend - shijyaa

Hän Athabascan
thank you - mahsi'
our friends - nijaa



Ahtna Athabascan
thank you - tsin'aen
Merry Christmas - C'ehwggelnen Dzaen
my friend - slatsiin

Deg Hit'an Athabascan
thank you - dogedinh
my friend - sits'ida'on

Koyukon Athabascan
hello - dzaanh nezoonh
thank you - baasee'
welcome - enaa neenyo
good luck friend - gganaa'

Tanana Athabascan
hello (how are you?) - do'eent'aa?
thank you - maasee'
his friend - betlanh

Tanaina Athabascan
thank you - chin'an
my friend - shida
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Baughn for the above

If anyone has any others please drop me an and I'll be happy to add them.  Please don't write and ask me how to say something in Inuit - I would have no clue.  Your best chance is to contact a University with Indian Studies somewhere in northern Canada or Alaska.