Unisex Names: Pilu


A name coming from a big Arctic island evoking scenes of nature. It’s Pilu.


The name (with the old spelling of Pilo), which comes from Greenland, may be used to refer to a flowering plant called Vaccinium uliginosum¹, otherwise known as the bog bilberry or the western blueberry². It may also be used as a shortened form of pilutaq (old spelling of pilutaĸ) meaning “leaf”¹ (the name Pilutaq is used as a mainly masculine name³).

This name, based on what I’ve read about the Western Greenland language, would be pronounced as pee-LOO.


According to a document published in 2011 by Statistics Greenland, at that time, there were 30 people being given this name (22 females and 8 males – 73.333% on the feminine side) with the oldest bearers being born in the second half of the 1970s³. From these results, it looks as if Pilu is an uncommon and (technically) young name to have.

That’s the unisex name for this month. If you have any thoughts on this, please leave them in the comments section below the sources.

Oqaasileriffik (in English) – https://oqaasileriffik.gl/en/¹
Wikipedia on Vaccinium uliginosum – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_uliginosum²
Statistics Greenland (in English) – http://www.stat.gl/default.asp?lang=en³

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