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Contributor Contrib.Kate on 4/14/2011
Greenlandic name meaning "blubber" (i.e., "viscid train oil which is being used as sealing for skin boats") or "earwax" (a mainstream interpretation). It seemed to rise in popularity in the late 20th century after several books were published about the controversy surrounding the Inughuit boy Minik (c.1890-1918), who was among a group brought by the explorer Robert E. Peary from their home in northwest Greenland to New York in 1897. This name is borne by Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander of Denmark (2011-).