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PronouncedPron.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.
VariantsGünter, Gunter, Gunther German Gundahar Germanic Mythology
Other Languages & CulturesGundahar Ancient Germanic Gunnarr Ancient Scandinavian Gunder, Gunnar Danish Gunnar Icelandic Gunnar, Gunnarr Norse Mythology Gunder, Gunnar Norwegian Gunder, Gunnar Swedish
Same SpellingGunther


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute