Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. GUYN-tu(German)

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Gundahar, derived from the elements gund "war" and hari "army, warrior". This was the name of a semi-legendary 5th-century Burgundian king. He appears in the Germanic saga the Nibelungenlied, which has him wooing the Icelandic queen Brünhild. He wins her hand in marriage with the help of the hero Siegfried. He ultimately betrays Siegfried, but Siegfried's widow Kriemhild (Günther's sister) takes her revenge upon him.

Related Names

VariantsGünter, Gunter, Gunther(German) Gundahar(Germanic Mythology)
Other Languages & CulturesGundahar(Ancient Germanic) Gunnar(Danish) Gunner(English) Gunnar(Icelandic) Gunārs(Latvian) Gunnar, Gunnarr(Norse Mythology) Gunder, Gunnar(Norwegian) Gunnarr(Old Norse) Gunder, Gunnar(Swedish)
Surname DescendantsGünther, Gunther(German)
Same SpellingGunther


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Entry updated November 16, 2019