Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. BRUYN-hilt(German)

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic elements brun "armour, protection" and hild "battle". It is cognate with the Old Norse name Brynhildr (from the elements bryn and hildr). In Norse legend Brynhildr was the queen of the valkyries who was rescued by the hero Sigurd. In the Germanic saga the Nibelungenlied she was a queen of Iceland and the wife of Günther. Both of these characters were probably inspired by the eventful life of the 6th-century Frankish queen Brunhilda (of Visigothic birth).

Related Names

VariantsBrunhilde(German) Brunhild(Germanic Mythology)
Other Languages & CulturesBrunilda(Albanian) Brunhild, Brunihild(Ancient Germanic) Brunhilda(History) Brynhildur(Icelandic) Brunilda(Italian) Brynhild, Brynhildr(Norse Mythology) Brynhild(Norwegian) Brynhildr(Old Norse) Brunilda, Nilda(Portuguese) Brunilda, Nilda(Spanish)
Same SpellingBrunhild


Brünhild bringing Sieglinde to her surprised sisters, by Arthur Rackham (1910)Brünhild bringing Sieglinde to her surprised sisters, by Arthur Rackham (1910)

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Entry updated January 21, 2022