Alf 1 m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse alfr
. In Norse legend this was the name of king, the suitor of a reluctant maiden named Alfhild
. She avoided marrying him by disguising herself as a warrior, but when they fought she was so impressed by his strength that she changed her mind.
Alvis m Norse Mythology, Latvian
From the Old Norse Alvíss
meaning "all wise"
. In Norse mythology this was the name of a dwarf who was to marry Thor
's daughter Thrud
. Thor was not pleased with this so he tricked Alvis by asking him questions until the sun rose, at which time the dwarf was turned into stone.
Angrboða f Norse Mythology
Means "she who brings grief"
in Old Norse, derived from angr
"grief" and boða
"to forebode, to proclaim". In Norse mythology Angrboða is a giantess and the mother of three of Loki
's children: Fenrir
Ask m Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse askr "ash tree"
. In Norse mythology Ask and his wife Embla
were the first humans created by the gods.
Balder m Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Baldr
meaning "hero, lord, prince"
, derived from baldr
meaning "brave, bold". In Norse mythology Balder was the handsome son of Odin
. Because of the disturbing dreams he had when he was young, his mother extracted an oath from every thing in the world that it would not harm him. However the devious god Loki
learned that she had overlooked mistletoe. Being jealous, he tricked the blind god Hoder
into throwing a branch of mistletoe at Balder, which killed him.
Bragi m Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Derived from Old Norse bragr
meaning "first, foremost"
. In Norse mythology Bragi is the god of poetry and the husband of Iðunn
Brokkr m Norse Mythology
in Old Norse. In Norse mythology this was the name of a dwarf, the brother and assistant of Sindri
Brynhildr f Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Brünhild
. In the Norse legend the Völsungasaga
Brynhildr was rescued by the hero Sigurd
in the guise of Gunnar
. Brynhildr and Gunnar were married, but when Sigurd's wife Gudrun
let slip that it was in fact Sigurd who had rescued her, Brynhildr plotted against him. She accused Sigurd of taking her virginity, spurring Gunnar to arrange Sigurd's murder.
Elli 3 f Norse Mythology
Means "old age" in Old Norse. In the Prose Edda this is the name of an old woman (old age personified) who wrestles with and defeats the god Thor
Fenrir m Norse Mythology
From Old Norse fen
meaning "marsh, fen"
. In Norse mythology Fenrir was a ferocious wolf, one of the offspring of Loki
and the giantess Angrboða
. Because it was foretold he would bring about disaster, the gods bound him with a magical fetter, though in the process Tyr
's hand was bitten off. At the time of Ragnarök, the end of the world, it is told that he will break free and kill Odin
Freya f Norse Mythology, English (Modern), German
From Old Norse Freyja
. This is the name of a goddess associated with love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology. She claims half of the heroes who are slain in battle and brings them to her realm of Fólkvangr. Along with her brother Freyr
and father Njord
, she is one of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir). Some scholars connect her with the goddess Frigg
Freyr m Norse Mythology, Icelandic
in Old Norse. This is the name of a Norse god. He may have originally been called Yngvi
, with the name Freyr
being his title. Freyr is associated with fertility, sunlight and rain, and is the husband of the frost giantess Gerd
. With his twin sister Freya
and father Njord
he is one of the group of deities called the Vanir.
Frigg f Norse Mythology
in Old Norse, ultimately derived from Indo-European *pri
"to love". In Norse mythology she was the wife of Odin
and the mother of Balder
. Some scholars believe that she and the goddess Freya
share a common origin.
Gandalf m Norse Mythology, Literature
Means "wand elf"
in Old Norse, from the elements gandr
"wand, staff, magic, monster" and alfr
"elf". This name belongs to a dwarf (Gandálfr) in the Völuspá
, a 13th-century Scandinavian manuscript that forms part of the Poetic Edda. The author J. R. R. Tolkien borrowed the name for a wizard in his novels The Hobbit
(1937) and The Lord of the Rings
Grid f Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Gríðr
, probably derived from either gríð "zeal, vehemence"
or grið "peace"
. In Norse myth she was a frost giantess, the mother of Vidar
. She also aided Thor
in his fight against the giant Geirrod.
Gudrun f Norse Mythology, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Old Norse name Guðrún
meaning "god's secret lore"
, derived from the elements guð
"god" and rún
"secret lore". 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.
Heidrun f Norse Mythology, German
Derived from Old Norse heiðr
meaning "bright, clear" and rún
meaning "secret". In Norse mythology this was the name of a goat that would eat the leaves from the tree of life and produce mead in her udder.
Heimdall m Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Heimdallr
, derived from Old Norse heimr
"home, house" and dallr
"glowing, shining". In Norse mythology he is the god who guards the Bifröst, the bridge that connects Asgard to the other worlds. It is foretold that he will blow the Gjallarhorn to wake the gods for the final battle at the end of the world, Ragnarök. During this battle, he will fight Loki
and they will slay one another.
Hel f Norse Mythology
In Norse mythology this was the name of the daughter of Loki
. She got her name from the underworld, also called Hel, where she ruled, which meant "to conceal, to cover" in Old Norse (related to the English word hell
Hoder m Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Hǫðr
, derived from hǫð
. In Norse mythology he was a blind god, tricked by Loki
into killing his brother Balder
Hulda 1 f Icelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse hulda
meaning "hiding, secrecy"
. This was the name of a sorceress in Norse mythology. As a modern name, it can also derive from archaic Swedish huld
meaning "gracious, sweet, lovable".
Iðunn f Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Probably derived from Old Norse ið
"again" and unna
"to love". In Norse mythology Iðunn was the goddess of spring and immortality whose responsibility it was to guard the gods' apples of youth.
Jörmungandr m Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Jǫrmungandr
, derived from jǫrmun
"great, large" and gandr
"monster, magic, wand". In Norse mythology Jörmungandr was an enormous sea serpent, also known as the World Serpent because he was said to encircle the world. He was one of the offspring of Loki
. During Ragnarök, the battle at end of the world, it is said that he will fight his old enemy Thor
and both of them will die.
Kára f Norse Mythology
Probably from Old Norse kárr
meaning "curly, curved"
. In Norse legend this was the name of a valkyrie.
Loki m Norse Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from the Germanic root *luka
meaning "knot, lock"
. In Norse mythology Loki was a trickster god associated with magic and shape shifting. Loki's children include the wolf Fenrir
, the sea serpent Jörmungandr
, and the queen of the dead Hel
. After he orchestrated the death of Balder
, the other gods tied him to a rock below a snake that dripped venom onto his face. It is told that he will break free during Ragnarök, the final battle, and slay and be slain by Heimdall
Odin m Norse Mythology, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn
, which was derived from óðr
meaning "inspiration, rage, frenzy"
. It ultimately developed from the early Germanic *Woðanaz
. The name appears as Woden
in Anglo-Saxon sources (for example, as the founder of several royal lineages in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle) and in forms such as Wotan
in continental Europe, though he is best known from Norse sources.... [more]
Saga f Norse Mythology, Swedish, Icelandic
From Old Norse Sága
, possibly meaning "seeing one"
, derived from sjá
"to see". This is the name of a Norse goddess, possibly connected to Frigg
. As a Swedish and Icelandic name, it is also derived from the unrelated word saga
meaning "story, fairy tale, saga"
Sigmund m German, Norwegian, English, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements sigu
"victory" and mund
"protector" (or in the case of the Scandinavian cognate, from the Old Norse elements sigr
"victory" and mundr
"protector"). In the Norse Völsungasaga
this is the name of the hero Sigurd
's father, the bearer of the powerful sword Gram. A notable bearer was the Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the creator of the revolutionary theory of psychoanalysis.
Sigurd m Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse name Sigurðr
, which was derived from the elements sigr
"victory" and varðr
"guardian". Sigurd was the hero of the Norse legend the Völsungasaga
, which tells how his foster-father Regin sent him to recover a hoard of gold guarded by the dragon Fafnir. After slaying the dragon Sigurd tasted some of its blood, enabling him to understand the language of birds, who told him that Regin was planning to betray him. In a later adventure, Sigurd disguised himself as Gunnar
(his wife Gudrun
's brother) and rescued the maiden Brynhildr
from a ring of fire, with the result that Gunnar and Brynhildr were married. When the truth eventually came out, Brynhildr took revenge upon Sigurd. The stories of the German hero Siegfried
were in part based on him.
Siv f Swedish, Norwegian, Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Sif
, which meant "bride, kinswoman"
. In Norse mythology she was the wife of Thor
. After the trickster Loki
cut off her golden hair, an angry Thor forced him to create a replacement.
Skaði f Norse Mythology
Means "damage, harm"
in Old Norse. In Norse mythology she was a mountain giantess associated with the winter and skiing. After the gods killed her father, they offered her a husband from among them as compensation. She ended up marrying Njord
Skuld f Norse Mythology
Means "debt, obligation"
in Old Norse. She was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse mythology. She was also one of the valkyries.
Thor m Norse Mythology, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
From the Old Norse Þórr
, ultimately from the early Germanic *Þunraz
. In Norse mythology Thor is a god of storms, thunder, war and strength, a son of Odin
. He is portrayed as red-bearded, short-tempered, armed with a powerful hammer called Mjölnir, and wearing an enchanted belt called Megingjörð that doubles his strength. During Ragnarök, the final battle at the end of the world, it is foretold that Thor will slay the monstrous sea serpent Jörmungandr
but be fatally poisoned by its venom.
Trym m Norse Mythology, Norwegian
From Old Norse Þrymr
meaning "noise, uproar"
. In Norse mythology he was a king of the giants who stole Mjölnir, Thor
's hammer. Trym demanded that he wed the beautiful Freya
in exchange for it, so Thor disguised himself in a wedding dress and killed the giant.
Tyr m Norse Mythology
, the Old Norse form of the name of the Germanic god Tiwaz
, related to Indo-European dyeus
). 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.
Urd f Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Urðr
. In Norse mythology Urd was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny. She was responsible for the past.
Vanadís f Norse Mythology
Means "goddess of the Vanir"
in Old Norse. This was an epithet of the Norse goddess Freya
, given because she was a member of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir).
Verdandi f Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Verðandi
meaning "becoming, happening"
. Verdandi was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse mythology. She was responsible for the present.
Vidar m Norwegian, Swedish, Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Víðarr
, which was possibly derived from víðr
"wide" and arr
"warrior". In Norse mythology Víðarr was the son of Odin
. At the time of the end of the world, Ragnarök, it is said he will avenge his father's death by slaying the wolf Fenrir
Yngvi m Norse Mythology
Possibly an Old Norse cognate of Ing
. This was an alternate name of the god Freyr
, who as Yngvi-Freyr was regarded as the ancestor of the Swedish royal family.