Ancient Scandinavian Names

These names were used by the peoples of ancient Scandinavia. See also about Germanic names.
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AGHI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of OVE.
AGMUNDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of AMUND.
AGNARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of AGNAR.
ÁKI m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse diminutive of names containing the element anu "ancestor, father".
ÁLEIFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of OLAF.
ALFARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ALVAR.
ALFVIN m Ancient Scandinavian
From the Old Norse elements alfr "elf" and vinr "friend".
ARI (2) m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Finnish
Old Norse byname meaning "eagle".
ARNBJǪRG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements arn meaning "eagle" and bjǫrg meaning "help, save, rescue".
ÁRNI m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ARNE (1).
ARNVIÐR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ARVID.
ÁSA f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese form of ÅSA.
ÁSBJǪRN m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements áss "god" and bjǫrn "bear". It is therefore a cognate of OSBORN.
ÁSDÍS f Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements áss "god" and dís "goddess".
ÁSGEIRR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ASGER.
ÁSKETILL m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse áss "god" and ketill "cauldron, helmet".
ÁSLAUG f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ASLAUG.
ÁSTRÍÐR f Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements áss "god" and fríðr "beautiful, beloved".
ÁSVALDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of OSWALD.
AÐALSTEINN m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements aðal "noble" and steinn "stone".
BAGGI m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse baggi meaning "bag, pack".
BÁRÐR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BÅRD.
BERGLJÓT f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BERGLJOT.
BIRGIR m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BIRGER.
BJARNI m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse diminutive of BJǪRN and other names containing the element bjǫrn meaning "bear".
BJARTR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJARTE.
BJǪRG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJØRG.
BJǪRN m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJÖRN.
BRANDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname meaning "sword" or "fire".
BRYNHILDR f Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of BRÜNHILD. In the Norse legend the 'Volsungasaga' Brynhildr was rescued by the hero Sigurd in the guise of Gunnar. Brynhildr and Gunnar were married, but when Sigurd's wife Gudrun let slip that it was in fact Sigurd who had rescued her, Brynhildr plotted against him. She accused Sigurd of taking her virginity, spurring Gunnar to arrange Sigurd's murder.
BRYNJA f Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "armour" in Old Norse.
BÚI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BO (1).
DAGMÆR f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of DAGMAR.
DAGNÝ f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of DAGNY.
DAGR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of DAG.
DAGRÚN f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of DAGRUN.
DANR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of DAN (3).
EDDA (2) f Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Possibly from Old Norse meaning "great-grandmother". This was the name of two 13th-century Icelandic literary works: the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda. This is also the name of a character in the Poetic Edda, though it is unclear if her name is connected to the name of the collection.
EGILL m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of EGIL.
EILEIFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ELOF.
EINARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of EINAR.
EIRÍKR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ERIC.
ERLENDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ERLAND.
ERLINGR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ERLING.
EYDÍS f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements ey "good fortune" or "island" and dís "goddess".
EYSTEINN m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements ey meaning "island" or "good fortune" and steinn meaning "stone".
FÉLAGI m Ancient Scandinavian
Means "fellow, partner" in Old Norse.
FINNR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of FINN (2).
FÓLKI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of FOLKE.
FRÍÐA f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse cognate of FRIDA, also in part derived from Old Norse fríðr meaning "beautiful, beloved".
FRÓÐI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of FRODE.
GAUTI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GÖTE.
GAUTSTAFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form (possibly) of GUSTAV. This form is only attested in the Old Norse period belonging to a horse.
GEIRR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GEIR.
GRÍMHILDR f Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of KRIEMHILD. In the Norse 'Volsungasaga' Grímhildr is the mother of Gunnar and Gudrun, while in the later Germanic counterpart the 'Nibelungenlied' Kriemhild is the sister of Günther and she herself has a role equivalent to Gudrun.
GULLA f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GULL.
GUNNI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GUNNE.
GUÐLAUG f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements guð meaning "god" and laug possibly meaning "betrothed woman".
GUÐLEIFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GLEB.
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.
GYÐA f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of GYTHA.
HÁKON m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse form of HÅKON, as well as the modern Icelandic form.
HÁLFDAN m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of HALFDAN.
HALLBJǪRN m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements hallr "rock" and bjǫrn "bear".
HALLR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse hallr meaning "rock".
HARALDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HAROLD.
HÁVARÐR m Ancient Scandinavian
From the Old Norse elements "high" and varðr "guardian, defender".
HELGI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HELGE.
HERLEIFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements herr "army" and leifr "son, descendant".
HILDR f Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Old Norse cognate of HILDA. In Norse legend this was the name of a valkyrie.
HLÍF f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of LIV (1).
HRAFN m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "raven" in Old Norse.
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).
HRÓÐGEIRR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hrodger (see ROGER).
HRÓÐÓLFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF).
HUGLEIKR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from hugr "heart, mind, spirit" and leikr "play".
INGI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of INGE.
INGUNN f Norwegian, Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
From the name of the Germanic god ING combined with Old Norse unna meaning "love".
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.
ÍVARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of IVOR.
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.
KÁLFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Means "calf" in Old Norse.
KÁRI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KÅRE.
KETILL m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KETIL.
KNÚTR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KNUT.
KÓRI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name of unknown meaning.
LEIFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of LEIF.
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.
MUNDI m Ancient Scandinavian
Short form of Old Norse names ending with the element mundr "protection".
NJÁLL m Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse form of Niall (see NEIL). This is the name of the hero of a 13th century Icelandic saga, based on the life of a 10th-century Icelandic chieftain.
ODDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ODD.
ODDVARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ODDVAR.
ÓLAUG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of OLAUG.
ǪLVIR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of OLVE.
RAGNA f Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Ancient Scandinavian
Short form of Old Norse names beginning with the element regin "advice, counsel".
RAGNARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of RAGANHAR.
RAGNBJǪRG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and bjǫrg "help, save, rescue".
RAGNHEIÐR f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name meaning "bright advice", derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and heiðr "brightness".
RAGNVALDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and valdr "power, ruler" (making it a cognate of REYNOLD).
RÁÐÚLFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Norse elements ráð meaning "counsel" and úlfr meaning "wolf".
RÚNA f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese form of RUNA.
RÚNI m Ancient Scandinavian, Faroese
Old Norse and Faroese form of RUNE.
SIGNÝ f Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse name that was derived from the elements sigr "victory" and nýr "new". In Norse legend she was the twin sister of Sigmund and the wife of Siggeir.
SIGRÚN f Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements sigr "victory" and rún "secret". This was the name of a Valkyrie in Norse legend.
SINDRI m Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Possibly means either "small, trivial" or else "sparkling" in Old Norse. In Norse legend this was the name of a dwarf who, with his brother Brokk, made many magical items for the gods.
SNORRI m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from Old Norse snerra "attack, onslaught". This name was borne by Snorri Sturluson, a 13th-century Icelandic historian and poet, the author of the Prose Edda.
SÓLVEIG f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of SOLVEIG.
STÁLI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of STÅLE.
STEINN m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse and Icelandic form of STEN.
STÍGANDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Means "wanderer" in Old Norse.
STIGR m Ancient Scandinavian
Means "path" in Old Norse.
SUNDRI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of SONDRE.
SVANTEPOLK m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of SVYATOPOLK. It was borne by the prominent 13th-century Swedish nobleman Svantepolk Knutsson. He may have been named after a relative of his Pomeranian mother.
SVEINN m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of SVEN.
SVERRIR m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse form of SVERRE, as well as the modern Icelandic form.
ÞÓRA f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Either a feminine form of Þórr (see THOR) or else a short form of the various Old Norse names beginning with the element Þór. In Norse myth Thora was the wife of the Danish king Ragnar Lodbrok.
ÞÓRARINN m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse name derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with arn "eagle".
ÞÓRBJǪRG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name meaning "Thor's protection", from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with bjǫrg "help, save, rescue".
ÞÓRDÍS f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Means "Thor's goddess" from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with Old Norse dís "goddess".
ÞÓRFASTR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements Þórr (see THOR) and fastr "firm".
ÞÓRFREÐR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements Þórr (see THOR) and friðr "peace".
ÞÓRFRÍÐR f Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements Þórr (see THOR) and fríðr "beautiful".
ÞÓRGÍSL m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name meaning "Thor's shaft" from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with gísl "shaft, arrow".
ÞÓRIR m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "Thor's warrior" from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with Old Norse vér "warrior, fighter".
ÞÓRNÝ f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of TORNY.
ÞÓRVEIG f Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with veig "strength".
ÞÓRVÍ f Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with "holy".
ÞRÓNDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of TROND.
THRUD f Ancient Scandinavian (Anglicized)
From the Old Norse Þrúðr meaning "strength". In Norse mythology this was the name of a daughter of Thor and Sif.
ÞRÚÐR f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of THRUD.
ÞÝRI f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of TYRA.
TÓKI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of TYGE.
TRYGGVI m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse and Icelandic form of TRYGVE.
ÚLFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ULF.
UNNR f Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse unnr "to wave, to billow" or unna "to love".
VALDÍS f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from Old Norse valr "the dead" and dís "goddess".
VÍGDÍS f Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements víg "war" and dís "goddess".
VÍGI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of VIGGO.
VRAGI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname possibly meaning "mooring post".
YNGVARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of INGVAR.