Gender Masculine

Meaning & History

From Týr, the Old Norse form of the name of the Germanic god *Tīwaz, related to Indo-European *Dyēws (see Zeus). In Norse mythology he was a god associated with war and justice, by some accounts a son of Odin. While the gods bound the great wolf Fenrir, Tyr placated the beast by placing his right hand in its mouth. After the binding was successful, Fenrir bit off Tyr's hand. At the time of the end of the world, Ragnarök, it is foretold that Tyr will slay and be slain by the giant hound Garm.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesTiw(Anglo-Saxon Mythology) Tīwaz(Germanic Mythology)
Same SpellingTýr

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Entry updated December 7, 2022