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Contributor Contrib.star3catcher on 4/22/2012
Means "victorious girl-friend" from the Old Norse elements sigr "victory" and vinr "friend" (feminine vina). In Norse mythology Sigyn was the wife of the trickster god Loki. When he was chained to a rock by the other gods, Sigyn stayed by her husband's side, holding a basin over his face to catch the venom dripping from a serpent that SKAÐI had fastened above him; still a few drops fell onto Loki, causing him to writhe in pain so violently that he caused earthquakes. According to Cleasby-Vigfusson this is the source of the Old Norse name SIGNÝ. It was used by Norwegian author Olav Duun in his novel 'Sigyn' (1913).