Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. /ˈɡuː.dʁuːn/(German)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From the Old Norse name Guðrún meaning "god's secret lore", derived from the elements guð "god" and rún "secret lore, rune". In Norse legend Gudrun was the wife of Sigurd. After his death she married Atli, but when he murdered her brothers, she killed her sons by him, fed him their hearts, and then slew him. Her story appears in Norse literature such as the Eddas and the Völsungasaga. She is called Kriemhild in German versions of the tale. This is also an unrelated character in the medieval German epic Kudrun.

Related Names

VariantGuðrún(Norse Mythology)
Other Languages & CulturesGuðrún(Icelandic) Guðrún(Old Norse)


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Name Days

Austria: August 17
Norway: November 24
Sweden: November 24


Depiction of Gudrun from an 1880 bookDepiction of Gudrun from an 1880 book


Entry updated December 7, 2022