Given Name GÜNTHER

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: GUYN-tu (German)   [details]

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Gundahar, derived from the elements gund "war" and hari "army, warrior". This was the name of a semi-legendary 5th-century Burgundian king. He appears in the Germanic saga the 'Nibelungenlied', which has him wooing the Icelandic queen Brünhild. He wins her hand in marriage with the help of the hero Siegfried. He ultimately betrays Siegfried, but Siegfried's widow Kriemhild (Günther's sister) takes her revenge upon him.
VARIANTS: Günter, Gunter, Gunther (German), Gundahar (Germanic Mythology)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Gundahar (Ancient Germanic), Gunnarr (Ancient Scandinavian), Gunnar (Danish), Gunnar, Gunnarr (Norse Mythology), Gunnar (Norwegian), Gunnar (Swedish)
SAME SPELLING: Gunther
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