Medieval Scandinavian Submitted Names

These names were used by medieval Scandinavian peoples.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Agneli m Medieval English, Medieval Scandinavian
From the Nordic name elements ag meaning "edge of sword, blade" and nelli.
Amleth m Literature, Medieval Scandinavian
Origins uncertain. This earlier form of Hamlet appeared in a story published by Danish writer Christiern Pedersen in 1514, based on a legend recorded by Saxo Grammaticus in his 'History of the Danes'.
Asward m Medieval Scandinavian
Anglo-Scandinavian form of Ásvarðr.
Beregolf m Medieval Scandinavian
Former Anglo-Scandinavian form of Bergulfr.
Berguluer m Medieval Scandinavian
Former Anglo-Scandinavian form of Bergulfr.
Bjaðǫk f Medieval Scandinavian
Unknown etymology. It has been suggested that this is a Norse form of an unknown Gaelic name.
Blotstulka f Medieval Scandinavian
The name of a purported medieval Swedish queen consort, meaning "the female sacrificer" or "the maiden sacrificer".
Brettiva f Norwegian (Archaic), Medieval Scandinavian
Scandinavian form of the Old English name Brihtgifu, a metathesis of Beorhtgifu.
Brynhilda f Medieval Scandinavian, Swedish (Archaic)
Medieval Norwegian and Swedish variant of Brynhildr.
Brynildir f Medieval Scandinavian
Old Norwegian form of Brynhild.
Byrghita f Old Swedish, Medieval Scandinavian
Old Swedish and Medieval Norwegian variant of Birgitta.
Eilif m Medieval Scandinavian, Danish, Faroese, Norwegian, Swedish (Rare)
Eilif originates from the Norse name Æilífr, which is either a variant of Æilæifr or combined by either aina, which means "alone" or "one", or aiwa, which means "always", and Leifr which means "heir".
Ellisif f Icelandic, Medieval Scandinavian
Icelandic form of Elizabeth. It originated as a "Nordicized" form of Yelizaveta, the original Russian name of the 11th-century Rus' princess (daughter of the Kievan ruler Yaroslav) who married King Haraldr III of Norway.
Elsebe f Low German (Archaic), Medieval Baltic, Medieval Scandinavian, Old Norwegian, Norwegian (Rare)
Low German variant of Elsabe, recorded between the 15th and 18th centuries, which was also used in 15th-century Latvia and in Medieval Norway.
Eymundr m Medieval Scandinavian
From Old Norse ey "island, flat land along a coast", and mund "protection".
Eyvǫr f Medieval Scandinavian
Derived from the elements *auja "gift, good fortune" (or ey "island"; compare Eyja) and vor "vigilant, cautious" (also associated with vár, a poetic word for "woman").
Farulf m Ancient Germanic, Medieval Scandinavian
Germanic name derived from the elements fara "journey" (possibly via Gothic faran "to travel"; alternatively it could be from Langobardic fara "family, line, kind") and wulf "wolf" (Gothic vulfs)... [more]
Frögärd f Medieval Scandinavian
Potentially from frö meaning "seed" and the Old Norse garðr meaning "enclosure".
Gamalbarn m Medieval Scandinavian, Medieval English
Hypothetical Anglo-Scandinavian name meaning "young Gamall", from a combination of the Old Norse name Gamall and barn "child, young man". (Gamall was originally a byname taken from the Old Norse adjective gamall "old", which gives *Gamalbarn the seemingly self-contradictory meaning "old child".)... [more]
Gamalkarl m Medieval Scandinavian, Medieval English
Hypothetical Anglo-Scandinavian name meaning "old Karl", from Old Norse gamall "old" combined with Karl.
Gereke m Medieval Scandinavian
Meaning uncertain. The first element is possibly derived from Old Norse geirr "spear". The second element could possibly be related to Old Norse rikr "mighty, rich" or leikr "game, play".
Gilla f Medieval Scandinavian, Old Swedish, Swedish (Rare)
Of debated origin and meaning. Some academics consider this name a short form of Gillaug, while others see it as a feminine form of Gilli... [more]
Godfraid m Medieval Irish, Medieval Scandinavian
Variant of Gofraid, a Norse-Gaelic form of Guðfriðr.
Gudve f Norwegian (Archaic), Medieval Scandinavian
Variant of Guðvé or Gudveig recorded in the late Middle Ages.
Gunna f Medieval Scandinavian, Old Danish, Old Swedish, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Faroese
Old Norse pet form of names containing the name element GUNN (see also Gunni) and a pet form of Guðrún.
Heri m Medieval Scandinavian, Faroese, Danish
Faroese name of uncertain derivation, used since at least the 14th century. It is possibly a diminutive of names beginning with the Old Norse element herr meaning "army", or derived from Old Norse héri "hare" or "hare-hearted"... [more]
Hervor f Swedish, Norwegian (Rare), Medieval Scandinavian
Swedish and Norwegian form of Hervǫr. This was the name of two heroines in the 'Hervarar saga', written in the 13th century. It also appears in 'Landnámabók' (in chapter 10, belonging to Hervor, daughter of Þórgerðr Eylaugsdóttir).
Kartoka m Medieval Scandinavian
Anglo-Scandinavian form of Kár-tóki.
Kristrún f Medieval Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Combination of krist "Christ" and the Old Norse name element rún "secret; secret lore".
Lydik m Medieval Scandinavian
Scandinavian form of Lüdeke.
Magnhilda f Medieval Scandinavian
Younger form of Magnhildr recorded from the 14th century onwards.
Malmfred f Medieval Scandinavian
The name of a Russian princess and Queen of Norway and (later) Denmark in the 12th century.
Myskia m & f Medieval Scandinavian (Rare), Old Swedish (Rare)
Derived from Old Swedish *myskia "bat".
Næskunungr m Ancient Scandinavian, Medieval Scandinavian
Originally a byname meaning "king over a small area", from Old Norse nės "ness, promontory, spit of land" and konungr "king". The name appears on at least one runestone (as niskunukʀ) and was later used sparingly (as Næskonung) up until the late middle ages.
Osbern m Medieval Scandinavian, Anglo-Norman, Norman (Archaic)
Derived from Old English ōs and Old Icelandic áss or óss "god" and Old English bera and Old Icelandic bjǫrn "bear".
Otgisl m Medieval Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse auðr meaning "wealth, riches" and gísl meaning "pledge, hostage".
Quant m Ancient Germanic, Medieval Scandinavian
Middle High German, Middle Low German quant "smart aleck, pranskter, rogue, imp".
Ragnhilda f Medieval Scandinavian
Medieval Norwegian form of Ragnhildr.
Ragnilda f Old Swedish, Medieval Scandinavian
Medieval Norwegian variant and Old Swedish cognate of Ragnhilda.
Salmundr m Medieval Scandinavian
Either a medieval Scandinavian adoption of Salomon or a combination of Old Norse name elements salr "hall, house" and mundr "protection".
Simian m Medieval Scandinavian, Lengadocian, Provençal, Gascon
Languedocian, Provençal and Gascon form of Simeon as well as a Medieval Scandinavian variant of this name.
Svanlaug f Medieval Scandinavian, Icelandic, Norwegian (Rare)
Combination of the Old Norse name elements svanr "(male) swan" and laug, itself derived from Proto-Germanic *-lauʒ- "to celebrate marriage; to swear a holy oath; to be dedicated; promised (in names)".
Thorfinn m Medieval Scandinavian
From the Old Norse name Þórfinnr, derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see Thor) combined with Finnr "Sámi, Laplander". One famous bearer was Thorfinn "Skullsplitter", Earl of Orkney.
Ulfhard m Medieval German, Medieval Scandinavian
Variant form of Wulfhard and in some cases also of Odalfrid. For the latter, also compare the Frisian cognates Olfert and Ulfert.
Ulvhild f Medieval Scandinavian
Composed of the elements ulv ("wolf") and hild ("battle")... [more]
Wulfhild f Medieval German, Medieval Scandinavian
The name is formed from the Germanic name elements wulf "wolf" and hild "battle".... [more]