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Old Norse Names and the Gods

This portion of the names article is still under development. For the present, please write gunnora@vikinganswerlady.com for specific questions regarding Viking Age names related to other gods than the ones shown here.

When complete, this article will in brief discuss some of the attributes and symbols of the various gods of the Norse, and suggest names which are related to these attributes and symbols.

This article is not intended to suggest that the Vikings would have named their children this way (see the main article on Old Norse names and naming practices for details on Viking Age naming practices). Rather, it is provided for modern people who are selecting names who wish the name selected to show a relationship or affinity for one of the gods of the Vikings.

Óđinn

Óđinn was the god of battle, and a huge proportion of the Old Norse men's names reflect battle in one or another of its aspects. The All-father was also the god of kings and of rulership, and there are names that include aspects of this as well. Óđinn was also god of madness in battle and the madness of poetry. And he was well-known for his propensity to wander the Nine Worlds in disguise, with a name to fit the disguise. The symbols of Óđinn include the spear, wolves, ravens, and eagles.

    Armor and Weapons

  • Sword
    Masculine: Brand-, -brandr, Hjor-.
    Ađalbrandr, Alibrandr, Ásbrandr, Benteinn, Brandr, Brandi, Brandulfr, Brondulfr, Brondólfr, Guđbrandr, Hildibrandr, Hjorleifr, Hjorr, Kolbrandr, Valbrandr, Vébrandr, Ţangbrandr, Ţórbrandr.

    Feminine: Hjor-.
    Hjordís


  • Helm
    Masculine: Grím-, -grímr, Ketil-, -ketill, -kel, Hjálm-, -hjálmr.
    Alfketill, Arngrímr, Arnketill, Arnkell, Áskell, Ásketill, Auđgrímr, Auđketill, Bjornketill, Brúnketill, Fargrímr, Grímarr, Grímketill, Grímkell, Grimólfr, Grímr, Grími, Gunnketill, Hallkell, Hergrímr, Hildigrímr, Hjálmarr, Hjálmgeirr, Hjálmgrímr, Hjálmgunnarr, Hjálmólfr, Hjálmr, Hjálmtýr, Hólmkell, Hólmketill, Hrafnkell, Hrafnketill, Rafnketill, Hrosskell, Rossketill, Járngrímr, Jókell, Ketilbjorn, Ketill, Kolgrímr, Kotkel, Oddkell, Otkell, Refkell, Reyrketill, Skamkell, Smiđkell, Stafngrímr, Steingrímr, Steinkell, Svarđkell, Úlfkell, Vékell, Vilhjálmr, Ţórgrímr, Ţórkell.

    Feminine: Grím-, -gríma, Hjálm-, -katla.
    Arnkatla, Gríma, Grímhildr, Hallgríma, Hallkatla, Hjálmgerđr, Katla, Oddkatla, Otkatla, Ţórkatla.


  • Spear
    Masculine: Geir-, -geirr.
    Ágeirr, Alfgeirr, Almgeirr, Álmgeirr, Arngeirr, Ásgeirr, Asgeirr, Askr, Auđgeirr, Bengeirr, Birgir, Falgeirr, Finngeirr, Fjallgeirr, Fleinn, Friđgeirr, Geirfinnr, Geirleifr, Geirmundr, Geirólfr, Geirulfr, Geirr, Geirrađr, Geirrekr, Geirrřđr, Geirţjofr, Geirvarđr, Hálfgeirr, Hallgeirr, Hergeirr, Hildiger, Hjálmgeirr, Hólmgeirr, Hróarr, Hróđarr, Róarr, Hróđgeirr, Játgeirr, Jólgeirr, Oddgeirr, Róđgeirr, Skorageirr, Végeirr, Vestgeirr, Ţjóđgeirr, Ţórgeirr

    Feminine: Geir-.
    Frakkok, Geira, Geirbjorg, Geirhildr, Geirlaug, Geirlođ, Geirný, Geirríđr.


  • Shield
    Masculine: Skjald-, Skjold-.
    Skjaldbjorn, Skjoldólfr, Skjoldúlfr, Skjoldr.

    Feminine: Skjald-.
    Skjaldvor


  • Chainmail
    Masculine: Bryn-.
    Brynjólfr, Brynjulfr.

    Feminine: Bryn-.
    Bryngerđr, Brynhildr


    Rulers, Warriors and Armies

  • Nobles and Rulership
    Masculine: Ađal-, Kon-, -ríkr, Valdi-, -valdr.
    Ađalbert, Ađalbrandr, Ađalbrikt, Ađalráđr, Ađalríkr, Ađalsteinn, Ađalvaldr, Ađgils, Ađísl, Afvaldr, Álfr, Alfvaldr, Án, Ánn, Arnaldr, Ásvaldr, Ávaldi, Ávaldr, Eiríkr, Gunnvaldr, Haraldr, Harvaldr, Hróaldr, Róaldr, Konr, Konráđr, Ráđvaldr, Reinaldr, Rognvaldr, Sigvaldi, Valdi, Valdimárr, Ţengill, Ţóraldi, Ţóraldr, Ţórvarđr.

    Feminine: Eđla


  • Warriors
    Masculine: Leikn-, -rekr, -ríkr, -sveinn, -vér, -vir, -ţegn.
    Ađalríkr, Alrekr, Bárekr, Boggvir, Drengr, Einarr, Eiríkr, Farţegn, Friđrekr, Frírekr, Gautrekr, Geirrekr, Gođrekr, Hárekr, Heiđrekr, Heinrekr, Hjálmarr, Hlođver, Hlođvir, Hroerekr, Kolsveinn, Leiknir, Óblauđr, Ófeigr, Olvir, Ozurr, Sokki, Sřrkvir, Sverkir, Starkađr, Storkuđr, Storkađr, Sterkhođr, Sveinbjorn, Sveinki, Sveinn, Sveinungr, Víglundr, Ţórir.

    Feminine: Drótt


  • Berserkers
    Masculine: Bern-, Bjarn-, Bjorn-, -bjorn, Úlf-, -úlfr, -ólfr.

    Abbe, Abjorn, Adúlfr, Aldúlfr, Álfr, Ambi, Arinbjorn, Arnbjorn, Arnulfr, Ornulfr, Ásbjorn, Esbjorn, Ćsbjorn, Ásólfr, Asolfr, Ásulfr, Auđbjorn, Auđólfr, Auđulfr, Bassi, Bergulfr, Bernharđr, Bersi, Bessi, Birgir, Birningr, Bjarki, Bjarnharđr, Bjarnheđinn, Bjarni, Bjarnvarđr, Bjólfr, Býúlfr, Bjorgólfr, Bjorn, Bjornkarl, Bjornketill, Bjornólfr, Bjornulfr, Bođólfr, Bótólfr, Bótulfr, Brandulfr, Brondulfr, Brondólfr, Brunnólfr, Eyjólfr, Eyjulfr, Farulfr, Fastulfr, Finnbjorn, Fostólfr, Frostulfr, Geirólfr, Geirulfr, Gođólfr, Grimólfr, Gunnbjorn, Gunnólfr, Hildibjorn, Hildólfr, Hildulfr, Hjálmólfr, Hringulfr, Ringulfr, Hróđólfr, Hróđulfr, Hrólfr, Hrossbjorn, Húnbogi, Húni, Húnn, Húnrřđr, Húnţjófr, Húnulfr, Ingólfr, Ísólfr, Ketilbjorn, Kolbjorn, Korpúlfr, Leiđólfr, Ljótólfr, Móđólfr, Nefjólfr, Oddbjorn, Ornólfr, Ornólfr, Ráđulfr, Rauđbjorn, Rauđulfr, Raudólfr, Runólfr, Rúnólfr, Saxólfr, Soxólfr, Sćbjorn, Sjólfr, Skjaldbjorn, Skjoldólfr, Skjoldúlfr, Snćbjorn, Snćúlfr, Snjólfr, Sokkólfr, Steinólfr, Stórólfr, Sunnólfr, Úlfarr, Úlfhedinn, Úlfkell, Úlfljotr, Úlfnađr, Úlfr, Úlfvarinn, Valbjorn, Vébjorn, Ţjóđólfr, Ţjóstólfr, Ţórbjorn, Ţórhrólfr, Ţórólfr, Ţrottólfr.

    Feminine: -bera, Hún-, Úlf-.
    Bera, Birna, Hallabera, Hallbera, Húngerđr, Úlfeiđr, Úlfheiđr, Úlfhildr, Úlfrún.


  • Armies
    Masculine: -arr, Her-.

    Agnarr, Álarr, Bođvarr, Eyjarr, Garđarr, Grímarr, Gunnarr, Hamall, Hávarr, Herburt, Herfiđr, Herfinnr, Hergeirr, Hergils, Hergrímr, Herjólfr, Herlaugr, Hermóđr, Hermundr, Hersteinn, Hervarđr, Hreiđarr, Hróarr, Reiđarr, Hrónarr, Ónarr, Óttarr, Ragnarr, Reiđarr, Róarr, Sigarr, Steinarr, Svávarr, Úlfarr, Ţjóđarr, Ţjóstarr, Ţórarr.

    Feminine: Her-.
    Herborg, Herdís, Hergerđr, Hergunnr, Herríđr, Hervor, Herţrúđr.


  • Battle
    Masculine: Bođ-, Gunn-, -gunnr, Hildi-, -leikr, Víg-.
    Áslákr, Ásleikr, Bárđr, Bođmóđr, Bođólfr, Bođvarr, Guđleikr, Gunnarr, Gunnfarđr, Gunnfrřđr, Gunnfriđr, Gunnrřđr, Gunnhvatr, Gunnhvati, Gunni, Gunnketill, Gunnlaugr, Gunnsteinn, Gunnvarđr, Hamall, Hildibjorn, Hildibrandr, Hildiger, Hildiglúmr, Hildingr, Hildir, Hildólfr, Hildulfr, Vígbjóđr, Víghvatr, Vígi, Vígleikr, Víglundr, Vígsterkr, Ţórleikr.

    Feminine: Bođ-, Gunn-, -gunnr, Hild-, Hildi-, -hildr, Víg-.
    Álfhildr, Arngunnr, Auđhildr, Berghildr, Berkhildr, Borghildr, Bođvildr, Bóthildr, Bóthilda, Brynhildr, Dómhildr, Dýrhildr, Eyildr, Gauthildr, Geirhildr, Grímhildr, Gunnfriđr, Gunnhildr, Gunnlođ, Gunnvor, Hergunnr, Hildibjorg, Hildigerđr, Hildiríđr, Hildr, Hilda, Hlađgunnr, Hrafnhildr, Hrímhildr, Olhildr, Ormhildr, Ragnhildr, Ragnhilda, Sćhildr, Svanhildr, Úlfhildr, Vígdís, Ynghildr, Yngvildr, Ţjóđhildr, Ţórgunnr, Ţórguđr, Ţórgunna, Ţórhildr, Ţórhilda.


    The Beasts of Battle

  • Wolf
    Masculine: Úlf-, -úlfr, -ólfr.

    Adúlfr, Aldúlfr, Álfr, Arnulfr, Ornulfr, Ásólfr, Asolfr, Ásulfr, Auđólfr, Auđulfr, Bergulfr, Bjólfr, Býúlfr, Bjorgólfr, Bjornólfr, Bjornulfr, Bođólfr, Bótólfr, Bótulfr, Brandulfr, Brondulfr, Brondólfr, Brunnólfr, Eyjólfr, Eyjulfr, Farulfr, Fastulfr, Fostólfr, Frostulfr, Geirólfr, Geirulfr, Gođólfr, Grimólfr, Gunnólfr, Hildólfr, Hildulfr, Hjálmólfr, Hringulfr, Ringulfr, Hróđólfr, Hróđulfr, Hrólfr, Húnulfr, Ingólfr, Ísólfr, Korpúlfr, Leiđólfr, Ljótólfr, Móđólfr, Nefjólfr, Ornólfr, Ornólfr, Ráđulfr, Rauđulfr, Raudólfr, Runólfr, Rúnólfr, Saxólfr, Soxólfr, Sjólfr, Skjoldólfr, Skjoldúlfr, Snćúlfr, Snjólfr, Sokkólfr, Steinólfr, Stórólfr, Sunnólfr, Úlfarr, Úlfhedinn, Úlfkell, Úlfljotr, Úlfnađr, Úlfr, Úlfvarinn, Ţjóđólfr, Ţjóstólfr, Ţórbjorn, Ţórhrólfr, Ţórólfr, Ţrottólfr.

    Feminine: Úlf-.
    Úlfeiđr, Úlfheiđr, Úlfhildr, Úlfrún.


  • Raven
    Masculine: Hrafn-, Korp-, Krák-.
    Hrafn, Rafn, Rampn, Hrafnkell, Hrafnketill, Rafnketill, Klćngr, Korpr, Korpúlfr, Krákneflingar, Krákr, Krumr, Krymlingar, Rafnsvartr.

    Feminine: Hrafn-.
    Hrafnhildr, Rafnhildr, Hrefna


  • Eagle
    Masculine: Arn, -arinn, Orn-, -orn.
    Alfarinn, Ambi, Arn, Arnaldr, Arnbjorn, Arnbrandr, Arnfiđr, Arnfinnr, Arngeirr, Arngrímr, Arnhaldr, Arnhallr, Árni, Arnketill, Arnkell, Arnlaugr, Arnljótr, Arnoddr, Arnórr, Arnţórr, Arndórr, Anđor, Andor, Arnríđr, Arnrřđr, Arnsteinn, Arnulfr, Arnţjófr, Orn, Ornólfr, Ornólfr, Véorn, Véţorn, Ţórarinn.

    Feminine: Arn-, -arna.
    Arnbjorg, Arndís, Arneiđr, Arnfríđr, Arngunnr, Arnkatla, Arnóra, Arnţóra, Arnţrúđr, Ţórarna


    Other Names

  • Madness, Terror, and Fate
    Masculine: Á-, Ag-, -móđr, Ţjóst-.
    Agmundr, Agnarr, Almóđr, Ámundi, Ámundr, Ármóđr, Arnmóđr, Ásmóđr, Bođmóđr, Egill, Galmann, Geilir, Grái, Grettir, Hermóđr, Olmóđr, Ondóttr, Órćkja, Řrlygr, Ótta, Óttarr, Ţjóstarr, Ţjóstólfr, Ţórmóđr.

    Feminine: Dóm-, Ol-, -veig.
    Ćgileif, Ćsa, Ćsileif, Álmveig, Dómhildr, Hallveig, Mjađveig, Olhildr, Olrún, Rannveig, Sólveig, Solveig, Ţórveig.


  • Disguise-names of Óđinn
    Masculine: Gaut-, -gautr, Grím-, -grímr.

    Algautr, Arngrímr, Ásgautr, Auđgrímr, Bolverkr, Gauti, Gautr, Gautrekr, Gautviđr, Grímarr, Grímketill, Grímkell, Grimólfr, Grímr, Grími, Hergrímr, Hildigrímr, Hjálmgrímr, Járngrímr, Kolgrímr, Stafngrímr, Steingrímr, Valgautr, Ţórgautr, Ţórgrímr.

    Feminine: Gaut-, Grím-, -gríma.
    Gauthildr, Gríma, Grímhildr, Hallgríma


Ţórr

Ţórr was the god of weather and of storm, armed with the hammer or axe that represented the lightning, shown with fire-like red hair and beard, and flashing, piercing eyes. He is also a fertility god because of the strong link between weather and the harvest. Ţórr was known also as "Mankind's Warder", the guardian of people, and especially the patron of the karl or free man. The god was also known as "The Holy God" and "The Hallower" and his hammer was used to consecrate and make holy, as well as to defend and protect. Ţórr was known for his strength and courage, as well as for driving his goat-drawn rumbling chariot across the skies.

  • Strength, Might
    Masculine: Fast-, -fasti, Harđ-, Rik-, -rekr, -ríkr.
    Ađalríkr, Áfastr, Alrekr, Fasti, Fastulfr, Gautrekr, Geirrekr, Gođrekr, Harđgrípr, Heiđrekr, Heinrekr, Hólmfastr, Hrćrekr, Hroerekr, Ríkarđr, Ríkharđr, Rođrekr, Ţjóđrekr

    Feminine: Fast-, -fasta, ţrúđr.
    Alţrúđr, Arnfasta, Arnţrúđr, Fasta, Fastgerđr, Fastgćrđr, Fastheiđr, Fasthćiđr, Fastný, Fastríđr, Fastvé, Faství, Gunnţrúđr, Jarđrúđr, Jarţrúđr


  • Wrath, Courage
    Masculine: -diarfR, -hvatr, -hvati, -móđr.
    ÁdiarfR, Almóđr, Ásmóđr, Bođmóđr, Gunnhvatr, Gunnhvati, Hermóđr, Ófeigr, Olmóđr, Sighvatr, Sigvatr

    Feminine: -móđ.
    Ásmóđ, Fjolmóđ, Fiolmóđ


  • Warder, Defender
    Masculine: -varđr, -varr.
    Ávarr, Bjarnvarđr, Finnvarđr, Geirvarđr, Guđvarđr, Gunnvarđr, Hallvarđr, Hávarđr, Hervarđr, Játvarđr

    Feminine: -vor.
    Ásvor, Eyvor, Guđvor, Gunnvor, Hallvor, Hervor, Kjalvor, Salvor, Skjaldvor, Sólvor, Solvor, Steinnvor, Steinvor, Steinor


  • Holy
    Masculine: Helg-.
    Helgi

    Feminine: Helg-, Hćlg-, -helga.
    Auđhelga, Helga, Hćlga, Helgunnr, Hćlgunnr


  • Other Masculine Names Associated with Ţórr
    Eindriđi, Eindriđr (found as one of the names of Ţórr)
    Vagn "wain, wagon, chariot"
    Rauđr "red"; Rođbert, Rođbjartr "red-bright"; Rođrekr "red might"
    Brúsi, Bukkr, Bukki, Hafr "buck, he-goat"
    Hamarr "hammer"
    Blígr, Glúmr, Ondóttr "one who stares, piercing gaze, firey gaze"
    Bóndi, Karl, Karli, Karlsefni "farmer, yeoman"


  • Names Compounded with the name of Ţórr
    Masculine: Ţór-, -ţórr.
    Arnţórr, Bergţórr, Hafţórir, Hafţórr, Halldórr, Hallţórr, Steindórr, Steinţórr, Ţóraldi, Ţóraldr, Ţórálfr, Ţórbeinir, Ţórbeinn, Ţórbergr, Ţórbjorn, Ţórbrandr, Ţórđr, Ţórrođr, ţórrřđr, Ţórfinnr, Ţórgautr, Ţórgeirr, Ţórgestr, Ţórgils, Ţórgísl, Ţórgnýr, Ţórgrímr, Ţórhaddr, Ţórhalli, Ţórhallr, Ţórhrólfr, Ţórir, Ţóriroddr, Ţórlákr, Ţollákr, Ţórleifr, Ţórleikr, Ţórljótr, Ţórmóđr, Ţóroddr, , Ţórormr, Ţórvaldr, Ţórvarđr, Ţórviđr

    Feminine: Ţór-, -ţóra, -dóra.
    Arnóra, Arnţóra, Bergţóra, Eyţóra, Hafţóra, Halldóra, Hallţóra, Ingiţóra, Ţóra, Ţórarna, Ţórbjorg, Ţórdís, Ţórelfr, Ţórfinna, Ţórfríđa, Ţórfríđr, Ţúríđr, Ţórgerđr, Ţórgćrđr, Ţórgríma, Ţórgunnr, Ţórguđr, Ţórgunna, Ţórhalla, Ţórheiđr, Ţórhćiđr, Ţórhildr, Ţórhilda, Ţóríđr, Ţuríđr, Ţórkatla, Ţórlaug, Ţórleif, Ţórljót, Ţórlof, Ţórný, Ţórodda, Ţórunn, Ţórvé, Ţýri, Ţórví, Ţýrví, Ţórveig, Ţórvia, Ţórvor


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