Old Norse Origin Names

This is a list of names in which the origin is Old Norse. Old Norse was the North Germanic language spoken by the peoples of ancient Scandinavia.
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GUSTAW   m   Polish
Polish form of GUSTAV.
GUSZTÁV   m   Hungarian
Hungarian form of GUSTAV.
GUÐBRANDR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GUDBRAND.
GUÐFRIÐR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of GODAFRID.
GUÐLAUG   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements guð meaning "god" and laug possibly meaning "betrothed woman".
GUÐLEIF   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Feminine form of GUÐLEIFR.
GUÐLEIFR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GLEB.
GUÐMUNDR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GUDMUND.
GUÐRÍÐR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements guð "god" and fríðr "beautiful".
GUÐRÚN   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse form of GUDRUN, as well as the modern Icelandic form.
GUUS   m   Dutch
Short form of AUGUSTUS or GUSTAAF.
GYDA   f   Danish
Danish form of Gyða (see GYTHA).
GYÐA   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of GYTHA.
GYTHA   f   English (Archaic)
From Gyða, an Old Norse diminutive of GUÐRÍÐR. It was borne by a Danish noblewoman who married the English lord Godwin of Wessex in the 11th century. The name was used in England for a short time after that, and was revived in the 19th century.
HAAKON   m   Norwegian
Variant of HÅKON.
HAGEN (2)   m   Danish
Danish form of HÅKON.
HÅKAN   m   Swedish
Swedish form of Hákon (see HÅKON).
HÁKON   m   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse form of HÅKON, as well as the modern Icelandic form.
HÅKON   m   Norwegian
Modern Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Hákon, which meant "high son" from "high" and konr "son, descendant". This was the name of seven kings of Norway.
HALDOR   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hallþórr, which meant "Thor's rock" from hallr "rock" combined with the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR).
HÁLFDAN   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HALVDAN.
HALLBJÖRN   m   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements hallr "rock" and björn "bear".
HALLDÓR   m   Icelandic
Icelandic form of HALDOR.
HALLDOR   m   Norwegian
Variant of HALDOR.
HALLDÓRA   f   Icelandic
Icelandic feminine form of HALDOR.
HALLE (1)   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Halli, a diminutive of names containing the element hallr meaning "rock".
HALLI   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HALLE (1).
HALLR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse hallr meaning "rock".
HALLSTEINN   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HALSTEIN.
HALLÞÓRA   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Feminine form of HALLÞÓRR.
HALLÞÓRR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HALDOR.
HALLVARD   m   Norwegian
Variant of HALVARD.
HALLVARÐR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HALVARD.
HALSTEIN   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hallsteinn, derived from the elements hallr "rock" and steinn "stone".
HALSTEN   m   Swedish
Old Swedish form of Hallsteinn (see HALSTEIN).
HALVAR   m   Swedish
Swedish form of HALVARD.
HALVARD   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hallvarðr, which meant "rock guardian" from hallr "rock" combined with varðr "guardian".
HALVDAN   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hálfdan, composed of the elements hálfr "half" and Danr "Dane", originally a nickname for a person who was half Danish.
HALVOR   m   Norwegian
Variant of HALVARD.
HARALD   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Scandinavian and German cognate of HAROLD. This was the name of several kings of Norway and Denmark.
HARALDR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HAROLD.
HARALDUR   m   Icelandic
Icelandic cognate of HAROLD.
HÅVARD   m   Norwegian
Norwegian form of HÁVARÐR.
HÁVARÐR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
From the Old Norse elements "high" and varðr "guardian, defender".
HEGE   f   Norwegian, Danish
Diminutive of HELGA.
HEIDRUN   f   Norse Mythology, German
Derived from Old Norse heiðr meaning "bright, clear" and rún meaning "secret". In Norse mythology this was the name of a goat that would eat the leaves from the tree of life and produce mead in her udder.
HEIÐRÚN   f   Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of HEIDRUN.
HEL   f   Norse Mythology
In Norse mythology this was the name of the daughter of Loki. She got her name from the underworld, also called Hel, where she ruled, which meant "to conceal, to cover" in Old Norse (related to the English word hell).
HELGE   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Old Norse name Helgi, derived from heilagr meaning "holy, blessed".
HELGI   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HELGE.
HELKA   f   Finnish
Finnish form of HELGA.
HELLA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Variant of HELGA.
HELLE (1)   f   Danish
Danish variant of HELGA.
HEMINGR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HEMMING.
HEMMING   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Perhaps derived from Old Norse hamr "shape", and possibly originally a nickname for a person believed to be a shape changer.
HERLEIF   m   Norwegian
Modern Scandinavian form of HERLEIFR.
HERLEIFR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements herr "army" and leifr "son, descendant".
HERTA   f   German
Variant of HERTHA.
HERTHA   f   German
Form of NERTHUS. The spelling change from N to H resulted from a misreading of Tacitus's text.
HILDA   f   English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon (Latinized), Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element hild "battle". The short form was used for both Old English and continental Germanic names. Saint Hilda of Whitby was a 7th-century English saint and abbess. The name became rare in England during the later Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century.
HILDR   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Old Norse cognate of HILDA. In Norse legend this was the name of a valkyrie.
HILDUR   f   Icelandic, Norwegian
Icelandic form of HILDR.
HJALMAR   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Hjálmarr meaning "helmeted warrior" from the element hjalmr "helmet" combined with arr "warrior".
HJÁLMARR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HJALMAR.
HJÖRDÍS   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Means "sword goddess", derived from Old Norse hjörr "sword" and dís "goddess".
HJÖRDIS   f   Swedish
Modern Swedish form of HJÖRDÍS.
HJØRDIS   f   Danish, Norwegian
Modern Danish and Norwegian form of HJÖRDÍS.
HLÍF   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of LIV (1).
HOLGER   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Hólmgeirr, derived from the elements hólmr "island" and geirr "spear". This was the name of one of Charlemagne's generals, a nobleman from Denmark.
HÓLMGEIRR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HOLGER.
HOWARD   m   English
From an English surname which can derive from several different sources: the Anglo-Norman given name Huard, which was from the Germanic name HUGHARD; the Anglo-Scandinavian given name Haward, from the Old Norse name HÁVARÐR; or the Middle English term ewehirde meaning "ewe herder". This is the surname of a British noble family, members of which have held the title Duke of Norfolk from the 15th century to the present. A famous bearer of the given name was the American industrialist Howard Hughes (1905-1976).
HOWIE   m   English
Diminutive of HOWARD.
HRAFN   m   Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "raven" in Old Norse.
HREIÐARR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of REIDAR.
HREIÐUNN   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of REIDUN.
HRÓALDR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ROALD.
HRÓARR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name, derived from the element hróðr "fame" combined with either geirr "spear" (making it a relation of HRÓÐGEIRR), arr "warrior" or varr "vigilant, cautious". This is the name of a legendary Danish king, the same one who is featured in the Anglo-Saxon poem 'Beowulf' with the name Hroðgar.
HRŒREKR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hroderich (see RODERICK).
HRÓLFR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Contracted form of HRÓÐÓLFR.
HRÓÐGEIRR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hrodger (see ROGER).
HRÓÐÓLFR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF).
HRÓÐVALDR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ROALD.
HUGLEIKR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from hugr "heart, mind, spirit" and leikr "play".
HULD   f   Norse Mythology
Old Norse variant of HULDA (1).
HULDA (1)   f   Icelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse hulda meaning "hiding, secrecy". This was the name of a sorceress in Norse mythology. As a modern name, it can also derive from archaic Swedish huld meaning "sweet, lovable".
IDONEA   f   English (Archaic)
Medieval English name, probably a Latinized form of IÐUNN. The spelling may have been influenced by Latin idonea "suitable". It was common in England from the 12th century.
IDONY   f   English (Archaic)
Medieval English vernacular form of IDONEA.
IDUN   f   Norse Mythology
Modern Scandinavian form of IÐUNN.
IGOR   m   Russian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Russian form of Yngvarr (see INGVAR). The Varangians brought it to Russia in the 10th century. It was borne by two Grand Princes of Kiev. Famous bearers include Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), a Russian composer whose most famous work is 'The Rite of Spring', and Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), the Russian-American designer of the first successful helicopter.
IHAR   m   Belarusian
Belarusian form of IGOR.
IHOR   m   Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of IGOR.
INDRIÐI   m   Icelandic
Icelandic form of EINDRIDE.
INGE   f & m   Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Dutch
Short form of Scandinavian and German names beginning with the element ing, which refers to the Germanic god ING. In Sweden and Norway this is primarily a masculine name, elsewhere it is usually feminine.
INGEBJØRG   f   Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish variant of INGEBORG.
INGEBORG   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Old Norse name Ingibjörg, which was derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with björg meaning "help, save, rescue".
INGEGÄRD   f   Swedish
Swedish variant of INGEGERD.
INGEGERD   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Ingigerðr, which was derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with garðr meaning "enclosure".
INGEMAR   m   Swedish
From the Old Norse name Ingimárr, derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with mærr "famous".
INGER   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Variant of INGRID or INGEGERD.
INGI   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of INGE.
INGIBJÖRG   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of INGEBORG.
INGIGERÐR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of INGEGERD.
INGIMÁRR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of INGEMAR.
INGMAR   m   Swedish
Variant of INGEMAR. This name was borne by the Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007).
INGOLF   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Old Norse name Ingólfr, which was derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with úlfr meaning "wolf".
INGÓLFR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of INGOLF.
INGRID   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Old Norse name Ingríðr meaning "Ing is beautiful", derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with fríðr "beautiful". A famous bearer was the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982).
INGRÍÐR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of INGRID.
INGVAR   m   Swedish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Yngvarr, which was derived from the name of the Germanic god YNGVI combined with arr meaning "warrior".
INGVILD   f   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Yngvildr, derived from the name of the Norse god YNGVI combined with hildr "battle".
INKA   f   Frisian, Finnish, German
Frisian and Finnish feminine form of INGE, and a German variant.
INKERI   f   Finnish
Finnish form of INGRID.
ÍOMHAR   m   Irish
Irish form of IVOR.
IOMHAR   m   Scottish
Scottish form of IVOR.
IÐUNN   f   Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Probably derived from Old Norse "again" and unna "to love". In Norse mythology Iðunn was the goddess of spring and immortality whose responsibility it was to guard the gods' apples of youth.
IVAR   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of IVOR.
ÍVARR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of IVOR.
IVOR   m   Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English (British)
From the Old Norse name Ívarr, which was derived from the elements yr "yew, bow" and arr "warrior". During the Middle Ages it was brought to Britain by Scandinavian settlers and invaders, and it was adopted in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
JALMARI   m   Finnish
Finnish form of HJALMAR.
JARI   m   Finnish
Short form of JALMARI.
JARL   m   Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "chieftain, nobleman, earl" in Old Norse. In Norse legend Jarl was the son of the god Ríg and the founder of the race of warriors.
JARLE   m   Norwegian
Variant of JARL.
JERK   m   Swedish
Old Swedish variant of ERIK.
JERKER   m   Swedish
Old Swedish variant of ERIK.
JERRIK   m   Danish
Danish variant of ERIK.
JÖRDIS   f   German
German form of HJÖRDÍS.
JORUN   f   Norwegian
Variant of JORUNN.
JORUNN   f   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Jórunnr, derived from the elements jór "horse" and unna "love".
JÓRUNNR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of JORUNN.
KÅRE   m   Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse name Kári meaning "curly, curved".
KÁRI   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KÅRE.
KEIR   m   Scottish, English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of KERR.
KELD   m   Danish
Danish form of KETIL.
KERR   m   Scottish, English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname which was derived from a place name meaning "rough wet ground" in Old Norse.
KETIL   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Ketill meaning "kettle, cauldron" (later also acquiring the meaning "helmet"). In old Scandinavian rituals the ketill was used to catch the blood of sacrificed animals.
KETILL   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KETIL.
KETILRIÐR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KJELLFRID.
KETTIL   m   Swedish
Swedish form of KETIL.
KJELD   m   Danish
Danish form of KETIL.
KJELL   m   Swedish, Norwegian
Variant of KETIL.
KJELLFRID   f   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Ketilriðr, derived from the elements ketill meaning "kettle" and fríðr meaning "beautiful".
KJETIL   m   Norwegian
Variant of KETIL.
KNUD   m   Danish
Danish form of KNUT.
KNUT   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Derived from Old Norse knútr meaning "knot". Knut was a Danish prince who defeated Æðelræd II, king of England, in the early 11th century and became the ruler of Denmark, Norway and England.
KNUTE   m   Norwegian
Norwegian variant of KNUT.
KNÚTR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KNUT.
KOREY   m   English
Variant of COREY.
KÓRI   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name of unknown meaning.
KORI   f   English
Feminine form of COREY.
KORY   m   English
Variant of COREY.
KUSTAA   m   Finnish
Finnish form of GUSTAV.
KUSTI   m   Finnish
Finnish diminutive of KUSTAA or AUKUSTI.
KYÖSTI   m   Finnish
Finnish form of GUSTAV.
LÁILÁ   f   Sami
Sami variant form of HELGA.
LAILA (2)   f   Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
Scandinavian and Finnish form of LÁILÁ.
LEIF   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Leifr meaning "descendant, heir". Leif Eriksson was a Norse explorer who reached North America in the early 11th century. He was the son of Erik the Red.
LEIFR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of LEIF.
LEIFUR   m   Icelandic
Icelandic form of LEIF.
LEIV   m   Norwegian
Norwegian variant of LEIF.
LIV (1)   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from the Old Norse name Hlíf meaning "protection". Its use has been influenced by the modern Scandinavian word liv meaning "life".
LIV (2)   f   English
Short form of OLIVIA.
LIVIA (2)   f   English
Short form of OLIVIA.
LIVVY   f   English
Diminutive of OLIVIA.
LOKE   m   Norse Mythology, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern Scandinavian form of LOKI.
LOKI   m   Norse Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from the Indo-European root *leug meaning "to break". In Norse legend Loki was a trickster god associated with magic and fire. Over time he became more and more evil, and he was eventually chained to a rock by the other gods.
MAGNE   m   Norwegian
Modern form of MAGNI as well as a variant of MAGNUS.
MAGNHILD   f   Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse magn "mighty, strong" and hildr "battle". This was the name of a novel by the Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.
MAGNHILDR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of MAGNHILD.
MAGNI   m   Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse element magn meaning "mighty, strong". In Norse mythology this name is borne by a son of Thor and the giant Járnsaxa.
NANNA (1)   f   Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Norse Mythology
Possibly derived from Old Norse nanþ meaning "daring, brave". In Norse legend she was a goddess who died of grief when her husband Balder was killed.
NERTHUS   f   Germanic Mythology
Latinized form of Nerþuz, the Germanic (feminine) equivalent of Njörðr (see NJORD). Nerthus was a Germanic goddess of fertility as described by the Roman historian Tacitus in the 1st century.
NJORD   m   Norse Mythology, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old Norse Njörðr, which was possibly derived from the Indo-European root *ner meaning "strong, vigourous". Njord was the Norse god of the sea, sailing, fishing and fertility. With his children Freyr and Freya he was a member of the Vanir.
NJÖRÐR   m   Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of NJORD.
NOLL   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of OLIVER.
ODD   m   Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse oddr meaning "point of a sword".
ODDMUND   m   Norwegian
Possibly a modern coinage based on the Old Norse elements oddr "point of a sword" and mundr "protection".
ODDR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ODD.
ODEN   m   Norse Mythology
Swedish form of ODIN.
ODIN   m   Norse Mythology, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn which was derived from óðr "inspiration, rage, frenzy". It ultimately developed from the early Germanic *Woðanaz. In Norse mythology Odin was the highest of the gods, presiding over art, war, wisdom and death. He resided in Valhalla, where warriors went after they were slain.
OILI   f   Finnish
Finnish form of OLGA.
ØIVIND   m   Norwegian
Variant of ØYVIND.
OLA (1)   m   Norwegian, Swedish
Norwegian and Swedish short form of OLAF.
OLAF   m   Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Polish
From the Old Norse name Áleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant", derived from the elements anu "ancestor" and leifr "descendant". This was the name of five kings of Norway, including Saint Olaf (Olaf II).
ÓLAFUR   m   Icelandic
Icelandic form of OLAF.
OLAV   m   Norwegian, Danish
Variant of OLAF.
OLAVI   m   Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of OLAF.
OLAVO   m   Portuguese
Portuguese form of OLAF.
ÓLAVUR   m   Faroese
Faroese form of OLAF.
OLE   m   Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of OLAF.
OLEG   m   Russian
Russian form of HELGE. The Varangians brought this name from Scandinavia to Russia. It was borne by an important 10th-century Grand Prince of Kiev.
OLEV   m   Estonian
Estonian form of OLAF.
OĽGA   f   Slovak
Slovak form of OLGA.
OLGA   f   Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Serbian, Bulgarian
Russian form of HELGA. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.
OLGICA   f   Macedonian, Serbian
Macedonian and Serbian diminutive of OLGA.
OLHA   f   Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of OLGA.
OLI   m   English
Short form of OLIVER.
OLIVÉR   m   Hungarian
Hungarian form of OLIVER.
OLIVER   m   English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak
From Olivier, a Norman French form of a Germanic name such as ALFHER or an Old Norse name such as Áleifr (see OLAF). The spelling was altered by association with Latin oliva "olive tree". In the Middle Ages the name became well-known in Western Europe because of the French epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which Olivier was a friend and advisor of the hero Roland.... [more]
OLIVERA   f   Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Feminine form of OLIVER.
OLIVETTE   f   Literature
Feminine form of OLIVER. This was the name of the title character in the French opera 'Les noces d'Olivette' (1879) by Edmond Audran.
OLÍVIA   f   Portuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian form of OLIVIA.
OLIVIA   f   English, Italian, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.... [more]
OLIVIE   f   French, Czech
French and Czech form of OLIVIA.
OLIVIER   m   French, Dutch
French and Dutch form of OLIVER.
OLIVIERO   m   Italian
Italian form of OLIVER.
OLIWIA   f   Polish
Polish form of OLIVIA.
OLIWIER   m   Polish
Polish form of OLIVER.
OLJA   f   Serbian
Serbian diminutive of OLGA.
OLLE   m   Swedish
Swedish diminutive of OLAF.
OLLI   m   Finnish
Finnish diminutive of OLAVI.
OLLIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of OLIVER, OLIVIA or OLIVE.
OLOF   m   Swedish
Swedish form of OLAF.
OLOV   m   Swedish
Swedish form of OLAF.
OLUF   m   Danish
Danish variant of OLAF.
OLYA   f   Russian
Diminutive of OLGA.
OLYVIA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of OLIVIA.
ǪRVAR   m   Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of ORVAR.
ORVAR   m   Swedish, Norse Mythology
Means "arrow" in Old Norse. Orvar Odd is a legendary Norse hero who is the subject of a 13th-century Icelandic saga.
OSBORN   m   English
Derived from the Old English elements os "god" and beorn "bear". During the Anglo-Saxon period there was also a Norse cognate Ásbjörn used in England, and after the Norman conquest the Norman cognate Osbern was introduced. It was occasionally revived in the 19th century, in part from a surname that was derived from the given name.
OSBORNE   m   English
From a surname which was a variant of OSBORN.
OSBOURNE   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of OSBORN.
ÓSCAR   m   Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of OSCAR.
ÒSCAR   m   Catalan
Catalan form of OSCAR.
OSCAR   m   English, Irish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Irish Mythology
Possibly means "deer friend", derived from Gaelic os "deer" and cara "friend". Alternatively, it may derive from the Old English name OSGAR or its Old Norse cognate ÁSGEIRR, which may have been brought to Ireland by Viking invaders and settlers. In Irish legend Oscar was the son of the poet Oisín and the grandson of the hero Fionn mac Cumhail.... [more]
ÓSKAR   m   Icelandic
Icelandic form of OSCAR.
OSKAR   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish
Scandinavian, German, Polish and Slovene form of OSCAR. A famous bearer was Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), who saved over a thousand Polish Jews during World War II.
OSKARI   m   Finnish
Finnish form of OSCAR.
OSKARS   m   Latvian
Latvian form of OSCAR.
OSKU   m   Finnish
Short form of OSKARI.
OSMOND   m   English (Rare)
From the Old English elements os "god" and mund "protection". During the Anglo-Saxon period a Norse cognate Ásmundr was also used in England, and another version was imported by the Normans. Saint Osmund was an 11th-century Norman nobleman who became an English bishop. Though it eventually became rare, it was revived in the 19th century, in part from a surname that was derived from the given name.
OSVALD   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of OSWALD.
OSZKÁR   m   Hungarian
Hungarian form of OSCAR.
ÓÐINN   m   Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ODIN.
OVE   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Probably a modern form of the Old Danish name Aghi, originally a short form of names that contain the Old Norse element ag "edge of a sword" or agi "terror".
ØYDIS   f   Norwegian
Norwegian form of EYDÍS.
ØYSTEIN   m   Norwegian
Norwegian form of EYSTEINN.
ØYVIND   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Eyvindr, which was derived from ey meaning "island" or "good fortune" and vindr possibly meaning "victor".
OZ (1)   m   English
Short form of OSWALD, OSBORN, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
OZZIE   m   English
Diminutive of OSWALD, OSBORN, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
OZZY   m   English
Variant of OZZIE.
PIRITTA   f   Finnish
Finnish form of BIRGITTA.
PIRJO   f   Finnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIRKKO   f   Finnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PRIITA   f   Finnish
Finnish form of BRITA.
RAFE   m   English
Variant of RALPH. This form became common during the 17th century, reflecting the usual pronunciation.
RAGHNAID   f   Scottish
Scottish form of RAGNHILD.
RAGHNAILT   f   Irish
Irish form of RAGNHILD.
RAGHNALL   m   Irish, Scottish
Gaelic form of RAGNVALD.
RAGNA   f   Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Ancient Scandinavian
Short form of Old Norse names beginning with the element regin "advice, counsel".
RAGNAR   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of RAYNER.
RAGNARR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of RAGANHAR.
RAGNBJÖRG   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and björg "help, save, rescue".
RAGNFRÍÐR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of RANDI (2).
RAGNHEIÐR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name meaning "bright advice", derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and heiðr "brightness".
RAGNHEIÐUR   f   Icelandic
Icelandic form of RAGNHEIÐR.
RAGNHILD   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Ragnhildr, composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and hildr "battle".
RAGNHILDR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of RAGNHILD.
RAGNHILDUR   f   Icelandic
Icelandic form of RAGNHILD.
RAGNVALD   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern Scandinavian form of RAGNVALDR.
RAGNVALDR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and valdr "power, ruler" (making it a cognate of REYNOLD).
RALPH   m   English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Contracted form of the Old Norse name RÁÐÚLFR (or its Norman form Radulf). Scandinavian settlers introduced it to England before the Norman conquest, though afterwards it was bolstered by Norman influence. In the Middle Ages it was usually spelled Ralf, but by the 17th century it was most commonly Rafe, reflecting the normal pronunciation. The Ralph spelling appeared in the 18th century. A famous bearer of the name was Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American poet and author who wrote on transcendentalism.
RALPHIE   m   English
Diminutive of RALPH.
RANDAL   m   English
Variant of RANDALL.
RANDALL   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval given name RANDEL.
RANDEL   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of RANDOLF and other names beginning with the Germanic element rand meaning "rim (of a shield)".
RANDELL   m   English
Variant of RANDALL.
RANDI (2)   f   Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Modern form of the Old Norse name Ragnfríðr, which was derived from regin "advice, counsel" and fríðr "beautiful".
RANDOLF   m   English
From the Germanic elements rand meaning "rim (of a shield)" and wulf meaning "wolf". The Normans brought this name to England, where there existed already an Old Norse cognate Randúlfr, which had been introduced by Scandinavian settlers. Randolf became rare after the Middle Ages, though it was revived in the 18th century (usually in the spelling Randolph).
RANDOLPH   m   English
Variant of RANDOLF. This spelling was adopted in the 18th century.
RANDÚLFR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of RANDOLF.
RANDY   m & f   English
Diminutive of RANDALL, RANDOLF or MIRANDA.
RANULF   m   Scottish
Scottish form of the Old Norse name Randúlfr, a cognate of RANDOLF. Scandinavian settlers and invaders introduced this name to Scotland in the Middle Ages.
RANULPH   m   Scottish
Variant of RANULF.
RÁÐÚLFR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Norse elements ráð meaning "counsel" and úlfr meaning "wolf".
REIDAR   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hreiðarr which was derived from the elements hreiðr "nest, home" and arr "warrior".
REIDUN   f   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hreiðunn which was derived from the elements hreiðr "nest, home" and unnr "to wave, to billow".
RIITTA   f   Finnish
Finnish short form of PIRITTA.
ROALD   m   Norwegian
Modern form of the Old Norse name Hróðvaldr or Hróaldr, composed of the elements hróðr "fame" and valdr "ruler". This name was borne by the children's author Roald Dahl (1916-1990).
ROAR   m   Norwegian
Newer Scandinavian form of HRÓARR.
ROFFE   m   Swedish
Swedish diminutive of ROLF.
ROLF   m   German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
From the Germanic name Hrolf (or its Old Norse cognate Hrólfr), a contracted form of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF). The Normans introduced this name to England but it soon became rare. In the modern era it has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world as a German import.
ROLLO   m   English
Latinized form of Roul, the Old French form of ROLF. Rollo (or Rolf) the Ganger was an exiled Viking who, in the 10th century, became the first Duke of Normandy. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century.
ROLO   m   English (Rare)
Variant of ROLLO.
RON (1)   m   English
Short form of RONALD.
RONALD   m   Scottish, English
Scottish form of RAGNVALDR, a name introduced to Scotland by Scandinavian settlers and invaders. It became popular outside Scotland during the 20th century. A famous bearer was American actor and president Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
RONALDA   f   Scottish
Feminine form of RONALD.
RONALDO   m   Portuguese
Portuguese form of RONALD. A notable bearer is the retired Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (1976-), who is commonly known only by his first name.
RONNETTE   f   English (Rare)
Feminine form of RONALD.
RONNIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of RONALD or VERONICA.
RONNY   m   English
Diminutive of RONALD.
ROUL   m   Medieval French, Medieval English
Norman French form of ROLF.
RUARC   m   Irish
Probably an Irish form of HRŒREKR, introduced by Scandinavian settlers and invaders. Alternatively it may be derived from Irish ruarc "squall, rainstorm".
RUDOLF   m   German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Russian, Armenian
From the Germanic name Hrodulf, which was derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wulf "wolf". It was borne by three kings of Burgundy, as well as several Habsburg rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria. Anthony Hope used this name for the hero in his popular novel 'The Prisoner of Zenda' (1894).
RÚNA   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of RUNA.
RUNA   f   Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Feminine form of RUNE.
RUNE   m   Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Derived from Old Norse rún meaning "secret lore".
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