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Old Norse

Old Norse Religion

Gods

Aesir

Gods led by Odin

God

Attributes

Family

Odin Allfather, chief god son of Borr + Bestla, brother of Vé + Vili
Thor thunderer, hammerthrower, husband of Sif, son of Fjorgyn
Týr   son of Odin
Bragi poetry son of Odin
Heimdall poss Vanir guards Asgard, watchman son of Odin
Hermodur   son of Odin
Ullr archery, skiing son of Odin
Sigi   son of Odin
Víðarr   son of Odin
Hodur blind, kills Baldr through Loki's trick son of Odin
Baldr handsome hero killed by Loki's trick son of Odin
Mimir hostage beh by Vanir, head prophetic -
Fjorgyn fertility mother of Thor
Vali will survive Ragnarok son of Odin + Rind
Forseti   -
Freyr   -
Haenir   -
Loki trickster son of Farbauti, husband of Angrboda the giantess
Volundr smith -
Niðruðr Volundr's enemy -
Oðr   husband of Freyja
Aegir sea husband of Ran
Hel underworld daughter of Loki + Angrboda

Draupnir - Odin’s ring

Disir - Norse goddesses

Vanir

Group of gods of the race of Njord especially associated with fertility and often in conflict with the Aesir.

Name

Attributes

Family

Njorðr plenty, seafaring husband of Skald
Freya promiscuous fertility daughter of Njord, sister of Frey, wife of Odin
Frigg maternal fertility wife of Odin, mother of Baldr
Fulla   -
Gefjun   -
Gerdðr   wife of Freyr, daughter of Gymir
Iðunn guards Apples of Youth wife of Bragi
Nanna   wife of Baldr
Sigyn   wife of Loki

Giants

Male

Baugi Bergelmir Farbauti Gymir Hrungir Thjazi
Thjazi Thrymr Ymir      

Female

Angrboda Bestla Gerdr Skaði

Iotnar - race of giants

Surt - fire giant of Musspellheim who will destroy world at Ragnarok

Norns

Three Weird Sisters
Urd past
Verlandi present
Skuld future

Valkyries

‘Choosers of the slain’
Brynhild Gud Herfjoter Hild Hlok

Sea Kings

Atall Gylfi Thvinnill

Creatures

Nid Hog gnaws World Tree  
Ratatosk mischievous squirrel  
Sleipnir eight-legged horse son of Loki
Fenrir wolf son of Loki
Surtur demon of fire  
Garm hound of Hel  
Fafnir dragon killed by Sigurd son of Hreidmar
Hugin and Munin Odin’s ravens  
Audumla magic cow of the giants  
Andvari dwarf  

People

Sol girl who drives sun chariot
Mani boy who drives moon chariot
Ask first man
Embla first woman

Places

Asgard home of the Gods
Gimli gilded hall in Asgard for good men
Yggdrasil world tree, ash
Iotunheim land of Frost giants
Niflheim kingdom of Hel
Muspellheim home of the giants

Old Norse Names

Norse men and women were given a personal name, often containing that of a god or goddess whose protection the child was put under. This was followed by their patronymic and sometimes that of their father (‘-sson’ for a son, ‘-dattir’ for a daughter).

Many Norse personal names are still in use in the Scandinavian countries and other areas which came under Viking influence. In Medieval England, especially the north-east, some Norse names were retained and appear in several forms in written records.

Name Elements

adal noble? al complete alfr elf aska ashes ass god auð clear
bein bone berg hill bjarn/bjørn bear bjorg cliffs?   brand blade/brand
brikt bright broddr spearpoint brynja mailcoat dagr day disa goddess dolg battle
ey island far deeds? fast strong/hard faxi mane folk people forn old
fridr peace geirr spear gisl hostage gotar men goti steed grimmr fierce
Guð/guth god guðr battle   haf sea halfr half hallr slope
hamr skin harðr severe heim home herra lord hildr battle hjalmr helmet
hos near? hrafn raven hroðr praise hross mare hundr dog katli/ketill cauldron
kol coal laug bath leikr contest ljotr ugly moðr fury mund hand
ny new oddr point oðr furious rað advice rikr powerful rog contention
salr hall saxe short sword sigr victory snaer snow steinn stone styrkr strength
svanr seabird svartr black sveinn boy ulfr wolf vald power valr slain
varða watch/guard vegr honour vestr west vidr against vig battle visi prince
viss wise          

Old Norse Names

Male

Given Name and Variants

Diminutives

Origin and Meaning

Abi    
Adalbrikt   noble + bright
Adalradr   noble + advice
Adalstein   noble + stone
Adils    
Aegir    
Aevar    
Aflaeg    
Agder, Agdir, Agger    
Aghi  

ag awe/fear or edge/point

Agmund, Agmundr    
Agnarr, Agne    
Ake, Aki   OG Anicho ano ancestor
Alaf, Aleifr, Ailaifr    
Alfaster    
Alfgautr, Algot, Algut   elf + Goth
Alfgeir, Alfgeirr, Alfger   elf + spear
Alfr, Alf   elf
Alfrim    
Alfwald   elf + rule
Ali    
Alkai    
Alphege    
Alrik    
Alvis    
Amund, Amunde, Amundi   ag awe, fear or edge, point + portector
An    
Anakol    
Andvett    
Ansgar    
Anulo    
Anund, Anundr    
Anurend    
Api    
Aram    
Ardgar    
Arlogh    
Armod    
Arnbjørn, Arinbjorn, Arunbjorn   eagle + bear
Arne, Arni, Arn, Are, Ari   eagle
Arnfinn, Arnfinnr   eagle + Finn
Arngeir   eagle + spear
Arngrim   Eagle + fierce
Arnkel, Arnkell, Arnketil, Arkil?   Eagle + cauldron
Arnlaug, Arnlaugr   eagle + consecrated
Arnljot    
Arnsten   eagle + stone
Arnthorr, Arnor, Arndor, Andor   eagle + Thor
Arnulf   eagle + wolf
Arnvid, Arnwidr   eagle + tree/wood
Arva    
Arwid    
Asbiorn, Asbjorn, Abjørn   god + bear
Asbrand   God + flaming sword
Asfrith   God + peace
Asgaut, Asgautr   God + Goth
Asgeir, Asgeirr, Asger   god + spear
Asgrim   God + fierce
Asi, Aesi, Esa, Esi   God
Asketill, Askel, Askell, Ask, Eskil   God + cauldron
Aslak    
Asmund, Asmundr   god + protection
Asolf   God + wolf
Assar, Asser, Assur, Asuert?    
Asvald    
Asvard, Aswarth?   God + guard
Aswith    
Athulf    
Atle, Atli    
Atzer    
Audbjorn    
Audfinnr    
Audgisli    
Audi   noble?
Audolf, Audulfr    
Audun    
Aun, Auun    
Avarr, Awair    
Azer, Azur    
Baegseg, Bagsecg   A berserker?
Baggi    
Bakki, Bakr    
Baldr, Baldur   bold/strong (prnce, ruler)
Baldvini   OG bold + friend
Balki    
Balle, Balli    
Banke    
Bard, Baard, Bardi, Bardr    
Baug    
Beinir    
Beiti    
Bekki    
Belgr    
Beli    
Benesing    
Bentein    
Bergfinn    
Bergljotur    
Bergthor    
Berse, Bersi    
Biari    
Bildr    
Bili    
Birghir, Byrghir, Birger, Borg, Borgar, Bork, Borkr Byrghe, Byrie  

biarga to help

Birning    
Bjalfi    
Bjarking    
Bjarnar, Bjarni    
Bjartmar    
Bjorgolf   Fortification + wolf
Bjorn, Biorn Bern, Berner   Bear
Bjornolf, Bironulf   bear + wolf
Blaeingr    
Blann    
Blesi    
Bligr    
Bodvar, Bodvarr, Bødvar    
Bolle, Bolli    
Bolverk    
Borolf    
Bosi    
Botolf, Botulfr, Blotulffr   Bettering? + wolf
Bragi    
Brand    
Breidr, Broddi, Broddr, Brodir   Brother
Brondolf    
Brotulfr   Brother? + wolf
Bruni   Brown
Brusa, Bruse, Brusi    
Bryndolf, Brynjolf, Brynju, Brynjulffr, Brynolff    
Bue, Bui   ?bua to live/dwell
Bugge    
Bundi    
Buti, Butr, Butti    
Dag, Dagr   day
Dagfinn   day + Finn
Didrik   OG Theodoric people + power
Dolgfinnr    
Domalde    
Domarr    
Dote    
Dunfjall    
Durin    
Dusi    
Dyggve    
Dyri    
Edgierr    
Egil   edge/point
Eid    
Eilaf, Elof   always or alone + lafr heir/descendant
Eileifr, Eilif, Eilifr, Elf, Elif   ei always or einne alone/one + lifr alive
Einar, Ejnar   one/alone + army
Eindride, Eindridi, Endridi, Einraedi?    
Eirik, Erik   always or alone + ruler
Ekbert   Edge + bright
Eldgrim    
Ellingr    
Emmerik    
Engelbrekt   OG Angle + bright
Eowils    
Erengisl    
Erland, Erlend   orlendr stranger/foreigner
Erling, Yrling    
Ernmund   Eagle + protection
Esgar   God + spear
Eydis    
Eyiolfr, Eyjolf  

Anja luck/gift + wolf

Eymundr, Emund    
Eyrar    
Eystein, Eysteinn    
Eyvald    
Eyvind, Eyvindr, Evynd    
Faraldr    
Farle    
Farmann   Traveller?
Faste, Festi    
Faxi   Mane
Fili    
Finnbogi    
Finnleik    
Finnulf   Finn + wold
Finnur, Finn   A Finn
Finnvid   Finn + tree/wood
Fleinn    
Flic    
Floki    
Flosi    
Fogl   Ger bird?
Folke, Folki   People/tribe
Folkvardr   People + guard
Folkvid   People + tree
Forne, Forni    
Fornjot    
Fotr    
Fraena, Franna    
Frakki    
Fredi   Peace
Freysteinn   Frey + stone
Freyvid   Frey + tree
Fridgeir   Peace + spear
Fridleifr   Peace + heir/descendant
Fridmund   Peace + protection
Frithi, Fraethi    
Frithugist    
Frode, Frodi  

Frodr knowing/learned

Frosten, Frosti    
Fyrkat    
Gaddr, Gaedar    
Gaetir    
Gagni    
Galli    
Galti    
Gamal, Gamall, Gamel, Gamli   Old?
Gardar, Gardi    
Gauk, Gaukr, Goukr    
Gaut, Gauti, Gouti   A Goth
Gautvid   Goth + wood
Geir   spear
Geirfinn   Spear + Finn
Geirleif, Gerleff   Spear + descendant
Geirmund, Germund   spear + protection
Geirstein   Spear + stone
Geirulfr, Geirolf   Spear + wolf
Geiti, Geitir    
Gelli, Gellir    
Gerske    
Gert   Enclosure?
Gest    
Giertjof    
Gikel    
Gilli    
Gisli    
Gismund   Hostage/pledge +protection
Gissur, Gizur    
Gjuki    
Gladr    
Glam, Glum    
Gnorre    
Gnupa    
Godefred, Godfred, Guthfrith?   OG god or good + peace
Godrod    
Goff    
Gor    
Gorm    
Goslar    
Gram    
Grani    
Grein    
Grettir    
Grimaldi    
Grimalf   Fierce + elf
Grimar, Grimr, Grim   Fierce
Grimkel, Grimkell   Fierce + cauldron
Grimolf   Fierce + wolf
Grip, Gripr    
Gris    
Grjotgard    
Groafeld    
Gryffi    
Gudberd    
Gudbrand, Gudrand    
Gudbrod    
Gudkell   God + cauldron
Gudlaug, Gudlaugr   God + consecrated
Gudleif   God + descendant
Gudleik, Gudleikr    
Gudmund, Gudmundr   God + protection
Gudrik   God + power
Gudrod, Gudrodr, Gudrød    
Gundvast    
Gungnir    
Gunnar, Gunni   Strife
Gunnbjorn   Strife + bear
Gunnfrodr   Strife + knowing
Gunnlaug   Strife + consecrated
Gunnolfr, Gunnulf, Gunulf   Strife + wolf
Gunnstein   Strife + stone
Gunnvardr   Strife + guard
Guthlac    
Guthred    
Guttorm, Guttormr, Guthorm    
Gydur, Gyrd, Gyrdh, Gyrth   OE gyth strife
Gyriar    
Haarek    
Hadd, Haddr    
Haemgisl    
Haeng    
Haeringr    
Haesten    
Haf, Hafr, Havvar   Sea?
Hafgrim   Sea? + fierce
Haflidi   Sea? + traveller?
Hafthi   Sea?
Hagall    
Hagbard, Hagbardr    
Haisl    
Hake, Haki, Hagi? Hakr?, Hauk, Haukr    
Hakon, Haakon  

Ha horse or high + konr son

Haland, Halland   Rock + land?
Haldor, Halldor   Rock + Thor
Hall, Halli  

Hallr rock

Hallfred   Rock + peace
Hallgeir   Rock + spear
Hallgrim   Rock + fierce
Hallkel   Rock + cauldron
Hallmund   Rock + protector
Hallstein   Rock + stone
Hallvard, Halvardr   Rock + guard
Halvdan, Halfdan, Haldan, Helfdan   Half Dane
Hamall    
Hamr   shape
Hamund   Shape + protection
Harald, Harivald?   Army + ruler
Hardbein    
Harthaknut, Hardicanute    
Harek    
Hariso, Haro    
Hastein    
Hasvir    
Havard, Havardr, Havarr, Hervardr   Horse or high + guard?
Havgrímur    
Havlock    
Hedin, Heðinn    
Hegg, Heggr    
Heidar    
Heimdall    
Heimir    
Heinrek    
Heiti    
Hekja    
Helge, Helgi  

Heilagr prosperous, later holy

Heming, Hemingr, Hemming   Shape
Her   Army?
Hergeirr   Army + spear
Herimann   Army + man
Heriold   Army + old?
Heriolf, Herjolf, Herulf   Army + wolf
Herlaug   Army + consecrated
Herlef, Herleif, Herlugh?   Army + descendant
Hermund   Army + protection
Heroth, Herrodr    
Herstein   Army + stone
Hialmi    
Hiarni    
Hildiger   Battle + spear?
Hildiglum    
Hildir   Battle
Hildulf   Battle + wolf
Hjalkar    
Hjalmar  

Hjlamr helmet

Hjalti    
Hjarrandi    
Hjor, Hjort, Hiortr   Hjorr sword
Hjorleif, Hiorleifr   Sword + descendant
Hjorvardr   Sword + guard
Hlenni    
Hlifolf, Lifolf   Defence + wolf
Hlodvir, Hldver    
Hnaef, Hnef, Hanef    
Hnaki    
Hoðbroddr    
Hoder    
Hofn    
Hogne, Hogni    
Holdbodi    
Holger, Hogar?   Island + spear
Holmfast, Holvast    
Holmgaut   Island + Goth
Holmgeir, Holmger   Island + spear
Holmstein   Island + stone
Holti    
Hord   Hjord sword
Horic, Horik    
Horkuldr    
Horni    
Horsa    
Hoskuld, Hoskuldr    
Hosvi, Hosvir    
Hradi    
Hrafn, Rafn   Raven
Hrafnkel   Raven + cauldron
Hran, Hrane, Hrani    
Hrapp, Hrappr    
Hreidar, Hreider    
Hrein    
Hrifla    
Hring, Hringr    
Hroald, Hroaldr   Fame + ruler
Hrodgeir, Roar   Fame + spear
Hrodni    
Hrodulfr, Hrodwulfr    
Hrokr    
Hrolf, Hrolfr   Fame + wolf
Hrollaug   Fame + consecrated
Hromund, Hromundr   Fame + protection
Hrorekr, Hraerek, Rørek, Rorik   Fame + power
Hrossbjorn   Horse + bear
Hrosskel   Horse + cauldron
Hrunbogi    
Hrut    
Hryggr    
Hrymr    
Hubba    
Hugin    
Hund, Hundi   dog
Hundolfr   Dog + wolf
Hunketill   Hun warrior/bearcub? + cauldron
Hunrodr    
Iarund    
Illugi    
Inge, Ingi   Ing, fertility god
Ingemar, Ingimar   Ing + fame
Ingimund, Ingimundr, Ingmund   Ing + protection
Ingjald, Ingialdr   Ing + old?
Inglofr, Ingulfr, Ingolf   Ing + wolf
Inguar, Ingvar, Ingvarr, Ingwar, Hinguar Yngvar, Yngvarr   Ing + warrior
Iofurr    
Iokell    
Iolfr    
Ioli    
Iorekr    
Iorundr    
Iri    
Isi    
Isleif, Isleifr    
Isolfr, Iulfr    
Ivak    
Ivar, Ivarr, Iwar  

Yr yew/bow + herr army/warrior

Jamsgar    
Jango    
Jarl    
Jarlabanke    
Jatgeir    
Joalf    
Joar, Johar    
Jobjørn    
Jomar    
Jønis    
Jorund    
Kadal    
Kaerir    
Kaeti    
Kalf, Kalfr, Kalv    
Kali    
Kari, Karr?   Curly-haired
Karl, Karle, Karli    
Karlsefni    
Karulfr    
Kati, Katr    
Keikr    
Ketilbiorn, Ketilbjørn   Cauldron + bear
Ketilgrimr   Cauldron + fierce
Ketill, Kelli, Keti, Ketil   Sacrificial cauldron
Ketilmund   Cauldron + protection
Ketilvast    
Kiallakr    
Kilvert    
Kjartan    
Kjarval    
Kjölbye    
Kjotvi    
Klakkr    
Kleppr    
Knud, Knut, Knutr, Cnut, Canute   Knot
Kodran    
Kokul    
Kolan    
Kolbein, Kolbeinn    
Kolbjørn    
Kolfastr    
Kolfr, Koli, Kolr, Kol    
Kolskegg    
Konal    
Konofogur    
Kori    
Kormak, Kormakr    
Kotkel    
Krabbi    
Kragge    
Kraka, Kraki, Krakr    
Kran    
Kristrod    
Krodo    
Kupsi, Copsi    
Laef    
Lambi    
Langlif    
Lauur    
Leidolf    
Leif, Leifr   Heir/descendant
Leiknen    
Leikr    
Leistr    
Leivur    
Lifsten    
Ljot, Lutr?    
Ljotolf    
Loarr    
Loden, Lodin    
Lodmund    
Logi    
Logmann    
Lopt    
Lothen    
Lulach    
Luloecen    
Lyting    
Maans    
Magni, Magnus    
Mak    
Makglave    
Mallymkun    
Malti    
Mani, Manne, Manni    
Mar    
Margad    
Marki    
Melsnati    
Midiungr    
Miklof    
Moddan    
Modolf, Modolfr   Mind + wolf
Modsognir    
Mord, Mordr, Modor, Modi?  

Modr mind/courage

Mthir    
Mugi, Mugin    
Munan    
Mundi    
Myrkjartan    
Naddod, Naddodd    
Nafena, Nafni    
Nannulf  

Nanþ daring + wolf

Nari    
Nate    
Nefstein    
Nessi    
Njal    
Nokkvi    
Nor    
Nordmadr    
Notger, Notker   Need + spear
Odd, Oddi  

Oddr point (of a weapon)

Oddleif    
Odinkar    
Odkell   Point + cauldron
Ødvast    
Odward    
Ofeig, Ófeigr    
Offe    
Øgmund    
Øgot    
Ohthere, Ohtor    
Olaf, Olav, Oleif, Olof Ola, Olle

Anu ancestor + heir

Olrik    
Ølve    
Olvir    
Omar    
Onäm    
Ondott    
Ongul    
Onund, Ønundr    
Öpir    
Ordulf    
Orgunleidi    
Orlyg    
Orm, Ormarr, Ormr    
Orn, Ornr    
Ornolf, Ørnulf    
Oscytell, Otkell   God + cauldron
Osferth    
Ospak    
Øssur    
Osten    
Osulf    
Osvif    
Othen, Othi    
Otrygg    
Ottar, Otir, Otti    
Oyvind    
Ozur, Ozurr    
Pallig    
Palling    
Palne    
Peningr    
Radbard    
Ragi, Wraghi    
Ragnar, Ragni, Regin, Regner, Reyni  

Regin advice/decision

Ragnfast    
Randulf Randi? Rand rim/edge (of a shield) + wolf
Randver    
Raud, Raudr    
Ref, Refr    
Reginulfr   Advice + wolf
Riggall   Ric power?
Rimbert    
Ring    
Ringerike    
Rodfos    
Roginfred   Advice + peace
Rognval, Rognvald, Røgnvald, Ragnall, Raegnald?   Advice + ruler
Rollo    
Runi   Secret lore
Runolf, Runolfr   Secret lore + wolf
Saebjorn    
Saefari    
Saemund    
Sali    
Salmund, Salmundr    
Salte    
Sam, Samr    
Sandr    
Saxe, Saxi    
Saxulf    
Scandlain    
Scula    
Serk    
Sibba    
Sidroc    
Sigbjorn, Sigbiorn   Victory + bear
Sigefred, Sicfrith? Sigeferth?   Victory + peace
Sigfast, Sigfus   Victory +
Sigulf, Sigwulf, Sigolfr, Sighulf   Victory + wolf
Sighvat   Victory +
Sigmund   Victory + protection
Sigsteinn   Victory + stone
Sigtrygg   Victory + true/trusty
Sigurd, Sirurd, Sigrod? Siggi Victory + vordr guardian
Sigvald, Sigvaldi   Victory + ruler
Sindri    
Singasven    
Sirgadd    
Sistryg    
Sivid    
Siward    
Skakli    
Skalti    
Skamkel    
Skapti    
Skar    
Skardi    
Skarf    
Skarphedin    
Skeggi    
Skial    
Skidi    
Skioldung    
Skirnir    
Skirr    
Skjalg    
Skjøld    
Skjoldorf    
Skopti    
Skorri    
Skrapi, Skrapr    
Skroppa    
Skrymir    
Skuf    
Skule, Skuli    
Skumollfi    
Skuti    
Snaebjorn   Snow bear
Snaekol, Snaekolf, Snae-Ulf   Snow wolg
Snaer    
Sniallr    
Snorre, Snorri    
Snortr    
Sokni    
Solmund    
Solsiskar    
Sølve, Solvi    
Sondulfr    
Sorkvir    
Sorli    
Sorr    
Soti    
Soxulfr    
Spiallbudi    
Stari    
Starkad    
Starri    
Steig    
Steinbjorn   Stone + bear
Steingrim   Stone + fierce
Steinkel, Stenkil   Stone + cauldron
Steinn, Stein, Steinar   Stone
Steinolf   Stone + wolf
Steinthor   Stone + Thor
Steinvor   Stone + cautious
Stigandr, Stigandi   Wanderer
Storí  

?Sture to be self-willed

Storolf    
Sturla    
Stuv    
Styr, Styrr    
Styrbjørn    
Styrkaar, Styrkar, Styrkarr    
Styrmirr    
Suaerkuir    
Sudberdur    
Sudreyar    
Suidger    
Sumarlidr, Sumarlidi, Summarliethi, Sumarr   Summer traveller
Sune, Suni    
Surt    
Svadi    
Svafar, Svafi    
Svan    
Svart    
Svartlingr    
Sveidi    
Svein, Sven, Svend   Sveinn boy/lad
Sveinbjorn   Boy + bear
Sverre, Sverrir   To spin/swirl about
Sverting    
Swegen    
Syr    
Tandri    
Teit, Teitr    
Thambarsk    
Thangbrand    
Therir    
Thialfi    
Thidrandi    
Thidranki    
Thidrik    
Thilfr    
Thiodulfr, Thjodolf    
Thjostar    
Thjostolf, Thjostólfr    
Thond    
Thoralf   Thor + elf
Thorarin   Thor +
Thorberg   Thor + fortification?
Thorbjorn, Thorbjørn   Thor + bear
Thorbrand   Thor +
Thord, Thordar, Thored, Torrad   Thor +
Thorfast, Thurfastr   Thor +
Thorfinn, Torfi?   Thor + Finn
Thorfredr, Thurferth, Thurid   Thor + peace
Thorgaut   Thor + Goth
Thorgeif   Thor +
Thorgeir, Thorgeirr, Thurgar   Thor + spear
Thorgest   Thor +
Thorgil, Thorgils, Thorgisl, Thurgils Thurgeis, Turgeis,   Thor + pledge
Thorgrim   Thor + fierce
Thorhall, Thorhallur   Thor + rock
Thorir, Thore, Thori, Thorri, Ture   Thor + verr man
Thorkel, Thorkeld, Thorkell, Thorketill, Thorketl, Thurkil Torkell   Thor + cauldron
Thorlac, Thorlak, Thurlak   Thor +
Thorleifr   Thor + descendant
Thorleik   Thor +
Thormod, Tormod   Thor + mind/courage
Thorn   Thor +
Thororm   Thor +
Thorstein, Torstein, Torsten   Thor + stone
Thorulf, Thorulffr, Thorolf   Thor + wolf
Thorvald, Thorwald   Thor + rule
Thorvid   Thor + wood/tree
Thostar    
Thrain    
Thrand, Thrandr, Thrond    
Throst    
Thrydrikr    
Thrykki    
Thyrne    
Tindr    
Tjodolv    
Tjorvi    
Tofi, Tufi    
Toglos    
Toke, Toki    
Tola, Toli    
Topi, Tupi    
Toraldr, Torold, Taraldr    
Toste, Tosti, Tostig    
Trandil    
Trelle    
Trondelag, Tronde   From Trondelag, Norway
Trygg, Tryggvi, Trygves  

Tryggr true/trusty

Tufkal    
Tumi    
Tuscar    
Tyrkir    
Ubba, Ubbi    
Ukyrni    
Ulf, Ulfr, Ulffr, Ulfar, Ufi?   wolf
Ulfhaugr    
Ulfkell, Ulfketel, Ulfketill, Ulfkil   Wolf + cauldron
Ulfljot    
Uni    
Urm    
Vaerdalen    
Vagn    
Valbrand    
Valgard    
Vali    
Valr    
Valthjof    
Vandil    
Vandrad    
Var    
Vebjorn    
Vebrand    
Vedmundr    
Vegeir    
Veleif    
Verland    
Vermund    
Vert    
Vestein, Vésteinn    
Vestgeir, Vestar?    
Vestnor    
Vestuidi    
Veturlidi    
Vidfari    
Vidkun, Vidkunn   Wide + wise
Vifil, Vifill    
Vig   War
Vigbjord, Vigibjord    
Vigfus    
Vigleikr    
Vigmundr   War + protection
Vigot    
Vigrid    
Vikar    
Vikingr    
Viljalmr, Vili   OG home + helmet
Vinandr    
Vindr    
Waels    
Walram    
Willibald   OG will/desire + bold
Yaroslav, Jaroslav   Slavic spring + Slav

Female

Given Name and Variants

Diminutives

Origin and Meaning

Aesa, Aese, Asa, Ása, Ase   Goddess
Agnis    
Aldis, Alfdis   elf or old + goddess
Alfgifu, Elfgifu. Alfifa    
Alfhildr, Alvild, Alfeid?   elf + battle
Alof    
Arnbjorg   eagle + fort
Arnfrid   Eagle + peace
Arngunn   Eagle + strife
Arnkatla   Eagle + cauldron
Arnora Erna Eagle?
Arnthrud, Arnthrudr   Eagle + strength
Asdis  

Áss god + dis goddess

Asfrid   God + peace
Asgard, Asgerd, Ásgerd   God + enclosure (home of the gods)
Aslaug   god + consecrated
Asleif   God + descendant
Asny   God + new
Asta   Love
Astrid, Astridr, Estrid, Estrith   god + fridr fair
Asvoor    
Aud    
Audbjorg    
Audhild    
Aundur    
Baugeid    
Bera    
Bergljot    
Bergthora    
Besje    
Bjadmunja, Bjadmynja    
Bjartney    
Bjorg, Biorg   fortification
Borghild   fort + battle
Bothild, Bóthild, Botilda, Boðvildr?   bettering/remedy/compensation + battle
Dageid    
Dagna, Dagne, Dagny   day + new
Dalla    
Disa   goddess
Dota, Dotta    
Driva    
Drott    
Dyna    
Edit   OG riches + strife
Edla    
Ellisif Elli  
Ermingard, Ermingerd   OG entire +
Eyfura    
Fastvi    
Frakokk    
Freya, Freyja   Goddess of love (frowa woman)
Freydis   Frey + goddess
Freygerd   Frey + Gerd
Frida   Peace
Frideburg   Peace + fortification?
Fridgerd   Peace + enclosure
Frigga    
Fylgja    
Geira, Geyra   Spear
Geirlaug   Spear + consecrated
Gerd   A goddess (gardr enclosure)
Gerlød    
Gillaug    
Ginnlaug    
Gjaflaug    
Goda   God
Goi    
Gorm, Gum?    
Gøthid    
Gragas    
Grelauga    
Grelud    
Grima   Fierce
Grimhild   Fierce + battle
Groa   To grow or Celtic gruach woman
Gudbjorg   God + fortification
Gudfinna   God + Finn
Gudfrid, Gudrid   God + peace
Gudny   God + new
Gudrun   God + secret law
Gullaug   God + consecrated
Gulli   God
Gunnborg   Strife + fortificatio
Gunnhild, Gunhild, Gunnhildr   Strife + battle
Gunnlaug   Strife + consecrated
Gunnor, Gunnvor   Strife + cautious
Gurith    
Gurney    
Gyda, Gyrd, Gyrid, Gytha   OE gyth strife
Halla  

Hallr rock?

Hallbera, Hallberta   Rock + bright
Halldis   Rock + goddess
Halldora   Rock + Thor
Hallfrid   Rock + peace
Hallgerd   Rock + enclousre
Hallgrim   Rock + fierce
Hallkatla   Rock +
Hallveig   Rock + war?
Hedinfrid    
Hedvig    
Helga, Helge   Prosperous, blessed
Herbjorg, Herborga   Army + fortification
Hervor   Army + cautious?
Hetha    
Hialp    
Hildigunn, Hildigunnr, Hidegunr   Battle + strife
Hildirid   Battle + fair
Hildr, Hild   Battle
Hin    
Hjördis, Herdis   Sword + goddess
Hlif, Liv   Defence
Hlodyn    
Holmfrid, Holmfried   Island + peace
Hosvi    
Hrafnhild, Rauenilde, Ravenild   Raven + battle
Hrefna   Raven?
Hrodny   Fame + new
Hugi   OG heart/mind?
Hungerd   Warrior? + enclosure
Hvarflod    
Inga, Inge   Ing, god of fertility
Ingebjørg, Ingibjorg   Ing + fortification
Ingegerd, Ingegerdr, Ingigerd   Ing + enclosure
Ingelborg   Angle + fortification
Ingeleth, Ingelieth    
Ingemund   Ing + protection
Ingerid, Ingeride, Ingerith, Ingerithe, Ingirid, Ingiridr, Ingreda, Ingrede, Ingrid, Ingrith   Ing + fair
Ingunn, Inginn    
Ingirun   Ing + secret lore
Ingolv    
Isgerd    
Jaddvor    
Jaldrud    
Jodis    
Jofrid    
Joreid    
Jorun, Jorunn    
Kadlin    
Katla, Catla   Cauldron?
Ketiløy    
Kraka    
Kula    
Ladoga    
Langlif    
Lathgertha    
Liot, Ljót    
Ljufa    
Luta    
Madrene    
Maere    
Mærita, Mærta    
Magnhildr   Strength? + battle
Malmfrid    
Malmury    
Medana    
Meregrota    
Moeid    
Nanna  

Nanþ daring

Nidbjorg    
Nud    
Oddbjorg   Point + fortification
Oddny   Point + new
Odindis, Odindisa    
Olof, Oluva, Olve    
Ormhild    
Osk    
Ota    
Ottkatla   Point + cauldron
Rafarta    
Ragna  

Regin Advice/decision

Ragnelf   Advice + elf
Ragnheidr, Ragneid    
Ragnhild, Ragnhildr, Ragenel, Ragenhild, Ragenild , Ragenild, Ragenilda, Raghnil, Reynilda   Advice + battle
Rane    
Rannveig    
Reginleif    
Rigware, Ringuar, Ringwar, Ryngewar, Ryngeware    
Rogned    
Rudda    
Runa   Secret lore
Runild, Runill   Secret lore + battle
Rusila    
Saeunn    
Salbjorg    
Sela    
Siegrith, Sigerith, Sigreda, Sigrid   Victory +
Sifled    
Sigga, Sigge   Victory
Signild   Victory + battle
Signy   Victory + new
Sigrun   Victory + secret lore
Sigvid   Victory + tree/wood
Sigvor   Victory + cautious
Sigyn   Victory +
Sinna    
Skaði    
Snaefrid, Snofrid, Snøfrid   Snow + peace
Sølva    
Solveig   salr house/hall + strength
Solvor   House/hall + cautious
Steinunn    
Steinvor   Stone + cautious
Stikla    
Sueuilda    
Svala    
Svanhild, Swanild, Swanilda, Swonild   Swan + battle
Svanlaug   Swan + consecrated
Sverra   To spin/swirl about
Syflede    
Thjodhild    
Thjodhold    
Thola, Tola    
Thora, Thura, Thara?   Thor, god of thunder
Thorbjorg, Thorborg   Thor + fortification
Thordis   Thor + goddess
Thorelf   Thor + elf
Thorfinna   Thor + Finn
Thorfridr Tofa, Tove Thor + peace
Thorgerd   Thor + enclosure
Thorgunna   Thor + strife
Thorhalla   Thor + rock
Thorhild, Thourild, Thurid, Thurild   Thor + battle
Thorkatla   Thor + cauldron
Thorlaug   Thor + consecration
Thorleif, Torleiva   Thor + descndant
Thorljot   Thor +
Thorunn   Thor + secret lore
Thorvor, Thorve, Thorvi   Thor + cautious
Thraslaug    
Thrudr   Strength
Thyra, Thyre    
Thyrrni    
Thyrvi    
Tjorven    
Tjotta    
Ulfheid    
Ulfhild, Ulfhildr   Wolf + battle
Una, Unn    
Uppsala    
Valborg   Placename
Valgerd, Valgerdr    
Vandrad    
Vebjorg    
Vendela    
Vibrog    
Vigdis   War + goddess
Visna    
Ylwa    
Yngvild    
Yri    
Yrsa    

Old Norse Bynames

Nicknames were frequently used for easier identification, some of which later became surnames. They could be complimentary or derogatory - depending upon who or what gave them. Famous nicknames include: Fairhair, Finehair, Tarrybreeks, The Saint, The Red, Bareleg, Cripplehand, The Deep-minded.
Awair Hakkandi Hvelpr Hvit, Hvitr, Hviti white/fair Keikr Kept
Kisi Leggr hollow-bone Leppr lock of hair Loðinn hairy Miðlangr long in the middle Mildr merciful
Miuk Muli ridge Musi mouse Nagli nail Orri peacock
Rauðskeggjaði redbeard Refr Sauðr sheep Scurfa Sekkr outlawed Selki
Silki Skalli hall? Skami disgrace Skammhals short neck Skammlaus shameless? Skammr short
Skardi Skarki Skarphedin Skokull Skraemir Skrauti
Skyti Slagr blow/strike Slengr Slodi Snipr Sokki fighting?
Spakr learned Spilli destroy? Stafn ship’s prow Staki stab Stakkr stab Stiartr
Stif Strabain straw-legs Strikr Strutr Svarni Thraeingr
Thumli thumb? Uglubard        

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