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Kuuna   WKûna
 Woman or wife. Kona is believed to be a loan word from the Norse period (985-1470). The word was later used in the pidgin language between European whalers and Greenlanders, and was was first written down as ’Kona (Agnak)’, in the Danish historian Peder Hansen Resens German – Greenlandic word list dated 1654. The name was common in Southern Greenland and later spread to Western and Northern Greenland.

Derivatives of the name is to be found in old parish registers as Kona and Konánguak ('dear woman' in Paamiut around 1773, Konalik (Kuunalik, ’equipped as a woman’) in Qeqertarsuaq in 1782 and Kunelik (Kuunalik) in Frederiksdal in 1824. ’Gunnelle’ which is depicted in Salomon von Hauen’s painting of the four Greenlanders in Bergen dated 1654, possibly is a Europeanized version of the name Kuunalik.

It is possible that the girls name Konnane (Kunnana) from Nuuk (1743) is derived from the name Kuuna.

Kuuna also is a boys name (under 11 males are registrered as name bearers).

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