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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.BRUYN-hilt German
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Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic elements brun "armour, protection" and hild "battle". It is cognate with the Old Norse name Brynhildr (from the elements bryn and hildr). In Norse legend Brynhildr was the queen of the Valkyries who was rescued by the hero Sigurd. In the Germanic saga the 'Nibelungenlied' she was a queen of Iceland and the wife of Günther. Both of these characters were probably inspired by the eventful life of the 6th-century Frankish queen Brunhilda (of Visigothic birth).
VariantsBrunhilde German Brunhild Germanic Mythology
Other Languages & CulturesBrunhild, Brunhilde, Brunihild Ancient Germanic Brynhildr Ancient Scandinavian Brunhilda History Brynhildur Icelandic Brunilda Italian Brynhild, Brynhildr Norse Mythology Brynhild Norwegian Brunilda, Nilda Portuguese Brunilda, Nilda Spanish
Same SpellingBrunhild

Images

Brünhild bringing Sieglinde to her surprised sisters, by Arthur Rackham (1910)Brünhild bringing Sieglinde to her surprised sisters, by Arthur Rackham (1910)

Categories

legend, queens
Entry updated October 20, 2016   Contribute