Searching for a Viking name for your little warrior? Look no further!
Perhaps it’s because of Norway standing out as the happiest country in the world, or the pop-culture currently in vogue that handles on Viking matters; people are looking for good ol’ Viking names for their creatures (including children).
A lot of these are still popular and found quite often in Scandinavia. Here is a list of names that won’t give your adorable little Viking an axe to grind.
Translated from the old language Freya means lady. If you’re familiar with Norse mythology this name will be at the top of your head for female names.
Freya is one of the permanent goddesses of the Norse Pantheon. Today owners of girl Siberian huskies the world over celebrate her name.
The hammer-wielding god of thunder and lightning – or the handsome, tight clad saviour of American pop-culture; either way you look at it Thor is a pretty heroic name for your little dude.
You will receive thunderous applause for authenticity if you go with the Scandinavian spelling Tor, pronounced more or less as it’s spelled.
Not necessarily unique to Vikings, but still a cracker of a name for your princess.
Astrid means Godly Strength in ancient Norse and is still commonly found today. Take one of Norway’s newest superstars for example, Astrid S. The royal families in Scandinavia also commonly use the name.
What could be cooler than the name Bear? Yes, as in the animal. This name has seen a rise in popularity after the Vikings TV series, but has been a staple in Norway for…well…ever.
It is recommended you speak to a Norwegian friend for the pronunciation of ‘Ø’, the 28th letter of the alphabet.
Another name with heavenly roots, Ingrid means beautiful goddess.
From Queens and actors to students. Ingrid has been a popular name in Scandinavia, but it can be found all across the world, but with extra concentration in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
Many a Viking and many a modern-day Scandinavian go by this name. Its original translation means ‘great’, which sheds light on why there are so many kings named Magnus.
Regardless of if you have plans for your family to ascend to the throne, Magnus makes a pretty sweet name for creatures, big or small.
One of the most beautiful names in the Scandinavian repertoire (at least in this writers opinion), the original translation for Solveig combines the words sun and strength.
While Freya is the name of every other female husky, Loki is the male equivalent. Originally, Loki was the trickster god in Norse mythology.
He occupied a moral middle ground, being both benevolent and ill-intentioned depending on what situations suited him the best.
The original translation of Sigrid comes in several different variants due to dialects. Victory, wisdom, and beauty are all on the list of translations from Old Norse.
Now, Sigrid is a common, yet beautiful, name that can be found in plenty of places outside of Scandinavia.
Add Ivar to the list of names made popular by the Vikings TV series. This name has a rich history of Vikings, kings, warriors, and much more. Ivar is not as common as a name today in Scandinavia as it once was.
A fun one (though not necessarily recommended) for English speakers; Frigg was the goddess of earth, air, and fertility in the Norse Pantheon. She was also the wife of Odin.
Frigg hasn’t been too popular in Norway or elsewhere recently, but it is still a beautiful name with traditional and historic value.
The highest of all gods from Norse mythology, Odin reined over art, war, wisdom, and death.
Perhaps because of its role in Norse mythology, the name Odin hasn’t survived well over the past 10, odd centuries. Nonetheless, for the main dude in your life, the name Odin can’t be beaten.
Siv, or Sif, was the wife of Thor and is translated as bride. It was mentioned multiple times in the works of Snorri Sturluson. A popular name still today it is often translated as ‘victorious defender’.
Yet another name of kings, including the current monarch in Norway: Kong Harald V. This name remains popular today: though is often shortened to Harry in many countries.
For the shield maiden in your life – Gunhild is derived from the words war and battle. The name also lends itself to the French clothing company Gunhild, named after its founder, the Norwegian designer Gunhild Nygaard.
Knut translates to knot and has been a popular name throughout Scandinavia and Europe for some time.
A number of royalties have lived under this name, including a prince of Denmark who defeated the kind of England in the 11th century to become the king of Norway, Denmark, and England.
A popular Viking name all across Scandinavia, Ragnar was made popular internationally by the success of the Vikings TV show and its lead character Ragnar “Lothbrok” Sigurdsson. Other famous Ragnars include wartime politician Ragnar Sigvald Skancke, and Ragnar Frisch, the co-recipient of the first Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
An easily recognizable name, this name is often attributed to the translation of story, tale or fairy-tale. Yet, Saga was also the name of the Norse goddess of poetry and history and sometimes identified as the goddess Frigg.
This name is really only found in Iceland, Sweden, and Norway, which makes it score high on the originality charts outside of Scandinavia.
Made famous by the Nordic explorer Leif Ericsson, who reached North America sometime in the 11th century. This named has remained prevalent across the globe to the modern day. And yes, it is pronounced like a leaf on a tree.
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