Searching for a cool Viking name for your little warrior? Look no further!
More people than ever before are searching for a Norse-inspired name for their new creatures (including children).
Perhaps it’s because Norway frequently tops the charts as the happiest country in the world, or because current pop-culture has made cool Viking names so in-demand.
Whatever the reason of the sudden international popularity, many of these names have retained popularity in Scandinavia, coming in and out of fashion to varying degrees over the years.
We've pulled together a list, albeit not exhaustive, that won't give your adorable little Viking an axe to grind. Let's get going…
Female Viking names
In no particular order, here are some of the most popular women's viking names. Many come from Norse goddesses and some have come back into fashion in recent years.
Not a name that's unique to the Viking era, but still a cracker of a name for your princess.
Astrid means Godly Strength in ancient Norse and is still commonly used today. Take one of Norway’s newest superstars for example, Astrid S. The royal families in Scandinavia also commonly use the name.
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. This statue of Freya stands proudly in Stockholm, Sweden, on Djurgården Bridge:
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.
One of the most beautiful names in the Scandinavian repertoire (at least in this writers opinion), the original Norse meaning of Solveig is ‘strong house', but it can also be taken to mean daughter of the sun or the sun's path.
Solveig is a central character in the play Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, which could explain the name's popularity in Germany and France, as the play is popular there. To pronounce it correctly, ignore the g and emphases the first syllable, as so: SOHL-veye.
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. With the increasing international popularity of the Norwegian singer Sigrid, we could see the name become even more common outside of Norway.
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.
Although the name continued to feature in folklore long after the Christianisation fo Norway, Frigg is rarely used these days, yet it remains a name full of historical value. A Finnish band are named after the goddess, and there is a sports club in Oslo that takes the name.
Th goddess of fertility and agriculture, Siv (or Sif) was the wife of Thor in Norse mythology. Because of this, the name has been taken to mean ‘bride' over the years. and is translated as bride. It was mentioned multiple times in the works of Snorri Sturluson.
The name is a popular one today. Siv Jensen is the current Minister of Finance. and has led the Progress Party since 2006.
For the shield maiden in your life – Gunhild is derived from the words war and battle. The name has many other spellings, including Gunnhild, Gundhild, Gunhilda, and Gunnhildr.
The name also lends itself to the French clothing company Gunhild. The label was named after its founder, the Norwegian designer Gunhild Nygaard, who setup the company after years working with the likes of Givenchy and Christian Dior.
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.
Male Viking Names
Now for the guys! Many of these names are taken directly from Norse gods. Some of these are well-known thanks to the popular culture of today, others less so. Let's dive right in…
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.
While Freya is the name of every other female husky, Loki is the male equivalent. Originally, Loki was the trickster god in Norse mythology. Of course, Loki appears in the Marvel cinematic universe as an antihero, often in conflict with Thor.
Loki's relation with the gods varies by source. He occupied a ‘moral middle ground', sometimes assisting the gods and other times behaving with malice. If your little one seems to have a split personality, perhaps this is the name for them!
What could be cooler than the name Bear? Yes, as in the animal, as this is the direct translation from Norwegian to English. This name has seen a rise in popularity after the Vikings TV series, but has been a staple in Norway for… well… ever.
The name is often written simply as ‘Bjorn' in English even though ø and o are different letters, and therefore different sounds, in Norwegian. Speak to a Norwegian to get the true sound, but to get you started it's closer to ‘bjurn' than ‘bjorn'.
Add Ivar to the list of names made popular by the Vikings TV series. The name has a rich history among Kings, warriors, and other famous figures of folklore. Its meaning can best be described as ‘bow warrior', or archer.
Ivar is not as common as a name today in Scandinavia as it once was. That said, it is also the source of the Scottish name Ivor, which is more common on the British Isles.
The highest and most complex of all the gods from Norse mythology, Odin reined over art, war, wisdom, and death.
Perhaps because of Odin's role in folklore, the name hasn’t survived well over the centuries. Nonetheless, for the main dude in your life, the name Odin can’t be beaten.
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.
Knut translates to knot and has been a popular name throughout Scandinavia and Europe for some time. A number of royals 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.
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.
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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