The Hamlet of Repulse Bay has sent a letter to the Nunavut government officially requesting to change its name to Naujaat.

The Hamlet Council passed a motion at its meeting on Tuesday to formally request the change. The hamlet then sent a letter to Nunavut's Minister of Community Government and Services Tom Sammurtok.

In a news release, the hamlet's SAO Kowesa Etitiq said public consultations were held this winter on the community radio station and there was a call for written submissions.

It also held an unofficial plebiscite during a byelection on May 12 where 82 people voted to change the name of the hamlet to Naujaat and 73 voted to keep it as Repulse Bay.

Naujaat is the area's Inuktitut name and means "nesting place for seagulls" in English. The community's website says English sailor Christopher Middleton named it the "Bay of Repulse" in 1742, frustrated that it was a bay and not the entrance to the Northwest Passage like he had hoped.