Ancient Scandinavian Submitted Names
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GÓI f & m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Name of a month in the Old Norse calendar, lasting from the middle of February to the middle of March. In Norse mythology Gói is the daughter of Þorri
. She is captured by King Hrólfr
of the Hill, who makes her his wife.
GRÍMR m Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Means "masked person" or "shape-changer" in Old Norse (derived from gríma
"mask, helmet"). This was a byname of the god Odin
, perhaps given to boys in an attempt to secure the protection of the god.
GRÍÐR f Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
From Old Norse gríð
meaning "vehemence, greed, eagerness" or from Old Norse grið
meaning "peace, protection, mercy, truce". This is the name of a giantess in Norse mythology. Gríðr has a son, Víðarr
, by Odin
GYLFI m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Modern form of GylfR
, an Old Norse name derived from gjalfr
"roar, heavy sea" or gólf
"grain cultivator". In Norse mythology, Gylfi was the name of a sea giant. It was also the name of a mythical Swedish king.
HÆGVALDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Germanic name elements heggr
"birdcherry tree" and valdr
"ruler", "mighty one", "powerful one".
HÆRLAUGR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse combination of herr
'army' and laug
'to celebrate marriage, to swear a holy oath; to be dedicated, promised'.
HÁREKR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse combination of ha
(Germanic name element of uncertain origin) and ríkr
"mighty, distinguished, rich".
HEIÐR m & f Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from heiðr
"bright, clear; honour", from which Heidi
also derives. This is the name of several characters in Norse mythology: a giant, the son of Hrímnir
; another name for the seeress Gullveig
; and a name often given to witches or seeresses, possibly an epithet for "good" witches.
HEIÐREKR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Germanic name elements heiðr
"bright", "clear", "cloudless" and ríkr
"mighty", "distinguished", "rich".
HJALLKÁRR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse combination of hjalli
'ledge, terrace on the mountain-side' and kárr
'obstinate, pugnacious, reluctant'.
HJÁLMÞÉR m Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Derived from Old Norse hjalmr
("helmet, protection") and -þér
("servant"). In Norse mythology Hjálmþér and his brother Ǫlvir
are the children of a jarl (or chieftain). Their wicked stepmother forces them to work as thralls (slaves or servants) until they have performed an impossible task.
HLAÐGERÐR f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name. A combination of hlaða
"to weave" (or maybe hlað
"lace-work, headdress") and garðr
HLÉDÍS f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Combination of the Old Norse name elements hlē-r
"ocean, sea (used in poetic contexts)" and dís
"goddess; woman, lady; sister" or dis
"wise woman, seeress; woman, virgin".
HLÍFÞRASA f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse combination of hlíf
"cover, shelter, protection, esp. shield" and þrasa
"to snort, to talk big, to make a bold show".
HLÍN f Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Means "protection" in Old Norse, the root of which is Old Icelandic hleina
"to save, protect, defend" (ultimately relating to Old English hlæna
and modern English lean
; also "the related noun hlein
is used of the upright warp-weighted loom, which is leaned against a wall in use")... [more]
HRIST f Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "the shaker" from Old Norse hrista
"shake, quake". In Norse poetry the name was frequently used as a kenning for "woman"; in mythology it belonged to a Valkyrie.