(former pinner) Who named these? I've always been confused by this. ---When the early settler Hrafna-Flóki left Iceland after staying there for one winter he had lost all his cattle and barely survived himself. So he didn't want anyone to move up here, so he named it Iceland. Greenland was quite the opposite. When Erik the Red settled there, he loved it so he named it Greenland and wanted everyone to move up there.