Ancient Scandinavian Names

These names were used by the peoples of ancient Scandinavia. See also about Germanic names.
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AGHImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of OVE.
ÁKImAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse diminutive of names containing the element anu "ancestor, father".
ARI (2)mAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Finnish
Old Norse byname meaning "eagle".
ARNBJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse name derived from the elements arn meaning "eagle" and björg meaning "help, save, rescue".
ÁRNImAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ARNE (1).
ÁSAfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese form of ÅSA.
ÁSBJÖRNmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse name derived from the elements áss "god" and björn "bear". It is therefore a cognate of OSBORN.
ÁSDÍSfIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements áss "god" and dís "goddess".
ÁSKETILLmAncient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse áss "god" and ketill "cauldron, helmet".
ÁSLAUGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ASLAUG.
ÁSTRÍÐRfAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements áss "god" and fríðr "beautiful, beloved".
ÁSVALDRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of OSWALD.
AÐALBJÖRGfIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements aðal "noble" and björg "help, save, rescue".
AÐALSTEINNmIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements aðal "noble" and steinn "stone".
BAGGImAncient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse baggi meaning "bag, pack".
BERGLJÓTfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BERGLJOT.
BIRGIRmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BIRGER.
BJARNImAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse diminutive of BJÖRN and other names containing the element björn meaning "bear".
BJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BJØRG.
BJÖRNmSwedish, Icelandic, German, Ancient Scandinavian
From an Old Norse byname meaning "bear".
BRANDRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname meaning "sword" or "fire".
BRYNHILDRfNorse 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.
BRYNJAfIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "armour" in Old Norse.
BÚImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BO (1).
DAGNÝfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of DAGNY.
DAGRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of DAG.
DAGRÚNfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of DAGRUN.
EDDA (2)fIcelandic, 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.
EGILLmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of EGIL.
EYDÍSfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements ey "good fortune" or "island" and dís "goddess".
EYSTEINNmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements ey meaning "island" or "good fortune" and steinn meaning "stone".
FRÍÐAfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse cognate of FRIDA, also in part derived from Old Norse fríðr meaning "beautiful, beloved".
GAUTSTAFRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form (possibly) of GUSTAV. This form is only attested in the Old Norse period belonging to a horse.
GEIRRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GEIR.
GRÍMHILDRfNorse 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.
GULLAfAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GULL.
GUNNImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of GUNNE.
GUÐLAUGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements guð meaning "god" and laug possibly meaning "betrothed woman".
GUÐRÍÐRfAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements guð "god" and fríðr "beautiful".
GUÐRÚNfAncient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse form of GUDRUN, as well as the modern Icelandic form.
GYÐAfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of GYTHA.
HÁKONmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse form of HÅKON, as well as the modern Icelandic form.
HÁLFDANmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of HALFDAN.
HALLBJÖRNmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements hallr "rock" and björn "bear".
HALLRmAncient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse hallr meaning "rock".
HÁVARÐRmAncient Scandinavian
From the Old Norse elements "high" and varðr "guardian, defender".
HELGImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HELGE.
HERLEIFRmAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements herr "army" and leifr "son, descendant".
HILDRfAncient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Old Norse cognate of HILDA. In Norse legend this was the name of a valkyrie.
HJÖRDÍSfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Means "sword goddess", derived from Old Norse hjörr "sword" and dís "goddess".
HLÍFfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of LIV (1).
HRAFNmIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "raven" in Old Norse.
HRÓARRmAncient 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.
HRŒREKRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hroderich (see RODERICK).
HRÓÐGEIRRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hrodger (see ROGER).
HRÓÐÓLFRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF).
HUGLEIKRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from hugr "heart, mind, spirit" and leikr "play".
INGImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of INGE.
INGIBJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of INGEBORG.
IÐUNNfNorse 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.
ÍVARRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of IVOR.
JARLmNorwegian, 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.
KÁRImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KÅRE.
KNÚTRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KNUT.
KÓRImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name of unknown meaning.
LEIFRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of LEIF.
MAGNImAncient 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.
NJÁLLmNorse 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.
ODDRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ODD.
RAGNAfIcelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Ancient Scandinavian
Short form of Old Norse names beginning with the element regin "advice, counsel".
RAGNBJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and björg "help, save, rescue".
RAGNHEIÐRfAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name meaning "bright advice", derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and heiðr "brightness".
RAGNVALDRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and valdr "power, ruler" (making it a cognate of REYNOLD).
RÁÐÚLFRmAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Norse elements ráð meaning "counsel" and úlfr meaning "wolf".
RÚNAfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese form of RUNA.
RÚNImAncient Scandinavian, Faroese
Old Norse and Faroese form of RUNE.
SIGNÝfAncient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse name which was derived from the elements sigr "victory" and "new". In Norse legend she was the twin sister of Sigmund and the wife of Siggeir.
SIGRÚNfAncient 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.
SINDRImNorse 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.
SNORRImAncient 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.
SÓLVEIGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of SOLVEIG.
STEINNmIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse and Icelandic form of STEN.
STÍGANDRmAncient Scandinavian
Means "wanderer" in Old Norse.
STIGRmAncient Scandinavian
Means "path" in Old Norse.
SVANTEPOLKmAncient 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.
SVEINNmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of SVEN.
SVERRIRmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse form of SVERRE, as well as the modern Icelandic form.
ÞÓRAfAncient 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.
ÞÓRARINNmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse name derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with arn "eagle".
ÞÓRBJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name which meant "Thor's protection" from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with björg "help, save, rescue".
ÞÓRDÍSfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Means "Thor's goddess" from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with Old Norse dís "goddess".
ÞÓRFASTRmAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements Þórr (see THOR) and fastr "firm".
ÞÓRFREÐRmAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements Þórr (see THOR) and friðr "peace".
ÞÓRFRÍÐRfAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements Þórr (see THOR) and fríðr "beautiful".
ÞÓRGÍSLmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name meaning "Thor's shaft" from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with gísl "shaft, arrow".
ÞÓRIRmIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "Thor's warrior" from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with Old Norse vér "warrior, fighter".
ÞÓRVEIGfAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with veig "strength".
ÞÓRVÍfAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with "holy".
ÞÝRIfAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of TYRA.
TÓKImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of TYGE.
TRYGGVImIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse and Icelandic form of TRYGVE.
ÚLFRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ULF.
UNNRfAncient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse unnr "to wave, to billow" or unna "to love".
VALDÍSfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from Old Norse valr "the dead" and dís "goddess".
VÍGDÍSfAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements víg "war" and dís "goddess".
VÍGImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of VIGGO.
VRAGImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname possibly meaning "mooring post".
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