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Searching for a cool Viking name for your little warrior? Look no further! Here's a list of popular choices, from both then and now.

We can see from the number of people reading this page that more people than ever before are searching for a Norse-inspired name for their new creatures. That includes children, by the way!

A picture of Vikings in Norway

Naming your new arrival is a difficult and highly personal choice. Scandinavian names are popular and not just in the Nordic region.

Why choose a Viking name?

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 for the sudden international popularity, many Norse-inspired names remain popular Scandinavian names to this day. Most have moved 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 from the era. Many have their roots in the names of Norse goddesses and some even have come back into fashion in recent years as popular baby girl names in Norway.


Not a name that's unique to the Viking era, but still a cracker of a name for your favourite little princess.

Read more: The Viking Lifestyle

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.

Statue of the Norse Goddess Freya in Stockholm, Sweden.

Freya is one of the permanent goddesses of the Norse Pantheon. Today owners of girl Siberian huskies the world over celebrate her name. This beautiful statue of Freya stands proudly in Stockholm, the capital of 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 throughout Scandinavia for centuries. But it can also be commonly found all across the world.

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Famous Scandinavian people with the name include Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal. Princess Ingrid Alexandra, the elder child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, also carries the name.


One of the most beautiful names in the Scandinavian repertoire (at least in this writer's 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.

Blonde Viking woman with sword

A famous Norwegian with the name is Solveig Kloppen, a journalist, actress and host of the Norwegian edition of Pop Idol. The 48-year-old was born in Trondheim and also previously worked as a stand-up comedian.


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.

Read more: Why Did The Viking Age Start?

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. A natural gas field in the North Sea between Norway and the United Kingdom also 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. Siv Stubsveen started her career as a model and saleswoman before turning her hand to hosting on Norwegian TV and radio.

Toy Viking ship


For the shield maiden in your life – Gunhild is derived from the words war and battle. The name has many other spellings that are used across the Nordic countries, 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.

Gunhild Stordalen is a Norwegian physician and environmental advocate. She is the founder and president of EAT Foundation, Co-founder of Stordalen Foundation and CEO of GreeNudge, and often features in debates on climate change, public health, and the global food system.


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. Whether you prefer a popular name or one less familiar, you'll find something for you on this list.

Let's dive right in…

Viking reenactment in Trondheim, Norway


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.

Tor Erling Staff was a Norwegian barrister known for taking on controversial cases, Tor Mikkel Wara is a Norwegian politician who became Minister of Justice and Public Security in 2018, and Tor Endresen is a Norwegian singer who represented Norway in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest.


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.

Read more: A Viking Timeline

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!

Viking ship in the ocean


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.

Per Ivar Staberg is a former Norwegian football referee and player, while Ivar Johannes Koteng is a Norwegian businessman and chairman of Rosenborg football club.


The highest and most complex of all the gods from Norse mythology, Odin reined over art, war, wisdom, and death.

Wooden status of Norse God Odin

Perhaps because of Odin's role in folklore, the name hasn’t survived well over the centuries. Nevertheless, for the main dude in your life, the name Odin is hard to match.

Odin Staveland is a Norwegian musician and composer, while Odin Thiago Holm is a teenage footballer from Trondheim who signed for Oslo side Vålerenga in 2019,


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.

Harald Hårfagre (Harald Fairhair) is portrayed by medieval Icelandic historians as the first King of Norway. Much of what we think we know about this famous Harald is based on sagas that were written long after his death.


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.

The Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Knut Bjørnsen was a speed skater who turned professional sports commentator for national broadcaster NRK.


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.

Oseberg Viking Ship

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, especially in the USA.

Leif Juster was a hugely popular Norwegian comedian, singer and actor, while Leif Garrett is an American singer, actor, and TV star.

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Bradley Kurtz in an American freelance writer living in Trondheim.

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156 thoughts on “Viking Names”

    • It’s great you say that. I name my dogs after Vikings. I have Tofi, Ragna & Gunnar. Looking for one more. Considering Odin.

    • In my Norwegian family there has been many names but i dont know if all of them has Norwegian origln: Teodor. Bård Severin, Bjarne parelius, nanna. Alise. Karine. Karin petra. Arnholda. Bjørnar. Olaf. Bertheus. Birger noralf. Erika. Bjørg. Magne. Tor. Odin. Henry. Carl. Magnar. Hjalmar. Jon. Solveig. Bertheus. Bernhard. Hans. Agnethe. Henriette. André

        • Yup, kind of. I’m Norwegian and my name is Bård, and it’s from old, old times in Norway/Iceland. It is pronounced like “board” (in English), but with a sharp, hard and short ‘r’ and ‘d’. In Iceland one to two thousand years ago, the name was “Barður” or simply “Barðr”. The letter ‘ð’ in Icelandic is pronounced like the letters “th” in the English word “the”, and the ‘r’ is sharp and hard, opposite of english/American ‘r’. Now that’s a proper viking name..!

      • I know I’m a viking at heart and by birth. Nowegian father and a Swedish mother and they gave me the name Åsa Möllestål.I now live in the very south of Sweden that once was danish. My name has the meaning of A Godess of the heights and my lastname is Mill Steel. Yeah, pretty sure there’se some viking blood running tru my veins 🐺🍖🌊🛶👑💎🎶💰🪓🏹⚔🩸⚰🏴‍☠️🍻

        • Most scholars believe that the viking ethos wouldn’t have allowed for female vikings. Even though they had far more rights than in other societies, that was mostly domestic. There were shield maidens but none considered vikings.

          • I am compelled to agree with Eileen’s comment. It is wrong to consider female Norse any the less than Vikings, unless you wish to define the Vikings as raiders or at best traders with a very “persuasive edge in bargaining”. As to the name Åsa, it suggests Swedish. In Norwegian it would be Åse. My name is an old Norse male name.

    • My sons names are Odin and Loki. My first dogs name was freya and the one i’ve got now is called hella. Greatings from the Netherlands (holland)

    • My family is from Visby, Gotland and Stockholm. One family last name is Broms meaning horsefly! Some first names are Torvo, Ernst, Alf, Gitta, Katja, Hulda, Brit.

    • Same with the female name Gunn. It is my name 😉 means she who is prepared for battle, and was one of the valkyries.

  1. Norwegian here: Magnus is a Latin name, not Norse. It literally means “Great”. Several Scandinavian kings have indeed been given the name Magnus, but only after their countries were converted to Christianity.

    The first King Magnus in Scandinavia was Magnus I (the Good), son of Norway’s patron saint King Olaf Haraldsson (the Holy) who made Christianity the official region in Norway shortly before being killed at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030. Technically, the Viking age was still ongoing during Magnus I’s reign (1035-1047), as historians regard Harald Hardråde’s fall in 1066 at the Battle of Stamford Bridge to be the end of the Viking Era. In this sense, Magnus could be considered a Viking name. It is a stretch however, as its origin clearly is Latin.

    Otherwise, great list!

  2. Leif is not pronounced leaf in Norwegian (and sounds silly in English) They Canadian ‘Eh’ is better sounding, as in ‘LehF’
    If you don’t speak ‘C’nadian’ – try ey = LeyF

      • it depends on the local dialekt, whether it is pronounced leyf or life, but it is never spoken as leaf.
        it is the same as Heidi. there are no heedees, it is either hi dee or hay dee, I know three and they all pronounce their names haydee. mvh

    • I know all about that. My husband is Leif, we live in Australia, and people don’t know what to call him, so he is Leaf, until we correct them.

      • My brothers name is leif and my name is jan (yohn) my mom said she wanted us to have norsk names but would be good in America too. So my brother gets called leaf and people think I’m a girl if they are only reading g my name and then when I introduce myself they are convinced I’m saying my name is John Over an over I have come to love my name and I’m sure my brother does too but I’m pretty sure she picked worst possible names for American culture. And maybe proper pronouncioution is closer to life but I say leyhf like she said

  3. My son name is Odin 😍 he is almost 4months old now, and he is the best. Bjarte is my boyfriends name and my name is Ingeborg.

  4. My grandfathers were Thorvald Jeagar and Gunderson Hammer. We used to joke that we had a Thor and a Hammer. Then my mom was Auslaug Kristine. She changed her name to Kris so nobody called her Ass-log.

    • Thorvald originated from the Norse god Tor. Meaning Thor’s power / (anger)… vald – dialect form of “vold” meaning violence. Also my grandfathers name. 🙂

      • Thorvald is my middle name (between David and Olson) and was also my great grandfather’s name. My 4 brothers and I all go back a generation on my Dad’s side with middle names including Olaf (our grandfather who emigrated from Norway via Sarpsborg to Canada), then Thorvald, then Mathias, then Christian and then Harald. We all have rather generic first names so often call each other by our middle names as our “codenames”.

  5. I met a man in L.A. this past Søndag, at a Sjømannskirken service, whose name was GORM. He said his father in Norway had read about an early Viking King named Gorm, and said, Thats my boy! I had never heard this name….

    • A boy’s name of Danish origin (norse). Danish king Gorm ? – 958. Meaning: Danish: God-given,

      Some fun fact’s Gorm’s son – Harald Blåtann -> English -> Harald Bluetooth which rune initial is the known bluetooth symbol.

      • Gorm is possibly a short form for Guttorm, which means boy-snake. This name was used in Old Norse in the Viking Age, in Norway. It probably has nothing to do with God. It was originally not used by Christians. Old Norse names are often made up of two names that are joined together. Various animals are used.

  6. Very nice list. Kjetil and I just named out new Mexican street dog, Odin. He doesn’t know it yet but he is moving to Vestfold for the new year. (both my dog and my husband) Perfect!
    Tusen Takk.

  7. My father,s name was INGVAR ,My name is INGVAR, My sister’s name is TORDIS, My brother’s name is HANS ,My uncle’s names were ARTHUR, KARL ,JENTOFT, , Cousin’s name was ASBJORN, SOREN, ANTON, INGE,

    • My father wished name me Leif, after his younger brother, who was killed in an accident.
      The catholic priest refused to baptize me as it was not a Christian name, this has been a sore spot for me all my life.

      • My first name is Dag, baptised Pierre….
        Dag means Day and is the God of the Day in norwegian old mythology.
        Of course the Norse names aren’t in the Papist Pantheon!
        Then my full name is Dag Pierre Renberg!!

      • My husband’s grandfather changed the spelling of his last name from Andersen to Anderson to “Americanize” it in the early 1920s in Queens, NY. That has been a sore spot for him all his life, too…that “e” says a lot about his heritage. My husband wanted to change it back to Andersen shortly after we were married, but his father angrily insisted he should not. My husband honored his father by not changing it, but regrets it to this day!

  8. For the first sorry my bad eng.

    My name is Bjørn born i Hamburg, but i live for about 32
    years i Denmark.

    My 1 brother is named don`t laugh Orm (Wurm in u know). That happen while my mother was waiting and my father read the book Red Wurm (Den røde orm ) he keept
    the rec. for the funnist name that week.

    2 brother was named Arne

    and 3 Lars Thune
    oh by the way IM the oldest

  9. My first name is Thorald, and my middle name is Magnus and I live in Scotland, which was unusual name when I was at school, when I started working my first name got shortened to Thor and I have called myself this for many years now, and is always a topic when meeting women (back in the day) or someone new. I would not change my name for anything and I’m extremely proud of it.

    • The Norsemen were in the Orkneys ,and Scotland as well, in Smaland Sweden ,where my people came from, Ive heard them referred to as the “Scots” of Sweden, not sure why, but I know there were many rocks in their farmland, maybe similar to Scotland..?

  10. Is there a Norwegian place or history with the name dalton. It’s a family name like mine but we have always wondered where my fafar got it.

    • Not Norwegian. After John Dalton 1766-1844, an English Physicist. A Dalton is a unit of mass equal to 1/12 of the atomic mass of the most abundant carbon isotope 12C.

  11. My friends name is Ils
    thats “ils”
    sorry the font here made that capital i look like and L so I used small letters. Its a beautiful norse variant of ILSE which may also be a variant of something else.

    • Yes my mor mors name is Else (elsa) bestafars is m
      Mange (like mungnah I believe)very cool oldschool norsk names. But now she sounds like like a disney character thanks to the movie frozen I really wish movies especially like marvel’s thor would stop using our culture to make money an butchur norse mythology and norsk culture while doing it. The only thing the movie thor had that was accurate was thor was Odin’s son, the history show the vikings was alright in the beginning but than got kinda outlandish. Can’t let people mistell our cultures stories an heritage it’s why most people think vikings were horns on there head an were savages when in fact they were much more hygienic an much more socially modern as far as men an woman being equal.

  12. A kind of funny thing.
    My grandmother had a very special name, that her patents made up. I have given my daughter the same name as a second first name. Mercia… after seeing Vikings i found out that Mercia was the old name for the middel of England in the viking era.
    I Think it is a beautiful name ❤️

  13. I’m Eríka, fiancé is Kristján, our son is Lochlan Jággar Ray And our last name is Jónasson 🙂 oh and we are Canadian/Icelandic 🇨🇦🇮🇸

  14. My name is Niels which is a pretty common Nordic name these days. “Sadly” it is derived from Nicholas after the nordic crusades were over so its basically a Christian name and not an authentic one.

  15. My name is Svein and my wife is Rannveig.
    We are immigrants from Norway 50 years ago.
    To gode Viking navn. Er det noen som veit forskjellen mellom Sven, Svein og Svend.??

    • Hei, Svein is the norwegian version, Sven the swedish and Svend is the danish way of spelling. All the same name.

  16. My Grandfather’s name was Embret, but he changed it to Edward when he came to America. What is the origin and meaning of Embret? I have seen it in a number of Danish ballads, but nothing to answer for meaning.

    He came from the Eastern side of Norway as a young man and died at 101 in 1973.

    He now has a great, great grandson in Thailand named Poobadin Embret.

  17. My oldest son, who is about to turn 13, name is Gunnar. My father and aunt spent a large ammount of their adult life tracing our family tree back to the 1300’s. When my wife and I started dating, my father teased her alot about giving him a grandson and naming him Sven Gunnar and boy did that get a rise out of her. However, she did honor his Norweigian pride by naming our son Gunnar Lee, (My middle name). My father was the proudest Norweigian in all of Minnesota. His 1st namesake with a Scandinavian 1st name.

  18. My name is not very commoneven in Norway. Vemund is a name of a Viking king when there were several small kingdoms. He was killed in an inn with his men when it was set on fire. There are two of us in Washington state myself and grandson.

    • Though not the most common, Vemund is a known name in Norway. Typical of the Viking kings was that they settled along the coast, and built up wealth by demanding toll for those passing by. What you write about setting fire to a place was not unusual in order to kill enemies, In Norwegian, it is called “Innebrenning”; (burning inside).
      In the Viking period it was important to have friends. “Eye for eye and tooth for tooth” applied as dictated by Håvamål “;the message from above” as given by Odin the head of the Gods. A kind of bible to the Vikings.

  19. Before finding oil in Norway the country was very poor as my father had visited there .In those times Norwegians were not regarded as important nation .But now after becoming rich the nation has become very proud specially about their names .Wealth has retirned respect to nation .But thete is a fact in this transformation …By their wealgh Norwegian has not become wiser and smarter but more pride than their humble neighbors .

    • Eli Rudd

      We were occupied by our “humble” neighbours Denmark and Sweden for centuries.
      So I find this not to be true.
      Norwegians are down to earth, we have Janteloven so bragging or thinking we are better is not in our nature.

    • Norwegians were proud of their ancestors even when they were poor. That has nothing to do with being humble. Wealth has nothing to do with respect or wisdom or being important or humble either. This total confusion of ideas is anything but a fact.

  20. My second name is Siv, my grandmother was Gunhild and my grandfather was Einar. My ex is called Leif (pronounced Leyf in Sweden) – and that’s just part of it. Love these names, apart from mine which reminds me of old wrinkly ladies of my childhood. I will soon be one of them…

    • Siv a beautiful name with Norse (norrøn) origin – meaning: kinship, friendship, can also be translated ‘bride’. 🙂

  21. I saw a photo above of Queen Aase’s ship. Probably spelled with the a with the circle over it. I saw that at the Viking Museum in Oslo many years ago. Although, I get called “Ass” or “Ace” a lot, I still feel proud that my parents named me after a famous Viking queen whose name meant “daughter of the gods.”

  22. My mother’s cousins in Norway were Bodvar and Rigmor. I love these names. I don’t remember what Bodvar means but Rigmor means king’s mother. Might not be a Viking name but wonderful nonetheless.

  23. My name is Ingrid and both my grandfathers are Harold/Harald. Not uncommon names, obviously, but nice to see the Norwegian roots of both. 🙂

  24. My great grandmother from Hammerfest Norway’s name was Emma Gustave but I don’t remember her proper last name and my great grandfather from Sweden was named Jon, unfortunately as happened my Great, great grandparents last name was changed at Ellis Island to Anderson, a true shame to do to people.

    • Many Scandinavian names were changed. Alot were taken from where they lived or where born. My last name is Lodahl which means low valley. There is an area in northern Norway called Lovdahlen. I’m assuming that’s where my great grandfather Andreas Lars Lodahl came from.

  25. For some reason, Harald Hårfagre always seems to get translated to Harold Fairhair.. While fager can indeed mean fair or pretty, in this case it does not. Harald swore an oath that he would not cut his hair until he had gathered all the parts of Norway into one kingdom. It took him seven years to do so, and by then his hair was quite long. Thus, Hårfagre, in this instance, means “with the long hair”

    • Actually, he was called Luva, which in modern language would be Dreadlocks, when he had long hair. He not only did not cut it, he also did not comb it. He was not called Hårfagre until after he had his hair cut, so it does mean “fair or pretty”.

  26. My name is Carl sometimes spelled Karl. I am English but My family came to England as Vikings. The name origin may be associated with Viking ‘Housecarls’ or ‘Huscarls’ men who were employed as Viking or Anglo Saxon personal body guard or private professional warrior guards.

  27. My paternal grandfather was Ludwig; my maternal grandfather, Haakon. All four grandparents emigrated from Norway and our family’s proud Norwegian heritage is carried on by my children, Siri and Erik.

  28. My grandfather was Thorvald, although we thought he said “Torvald” because he couldn’t pronounce the “th” sound. Now I see that he was correct all along. My father wanted to name me “Astrid” after an ancestor but my mother put her foot down, thus I am Catherine. I like that name anyway. I have another grandfather, “Tosten,” and an aunt “Berglot.” That one is very unwieldy and not very pretty. So, we called her “Beggie,” which is not much better. Also, had, an uncle “Johannes.” Way back there were “Mari,” and “Thea.”

  29. I was born and raised in Norway, my name is Herborg been told it is Icelandic viking name. My daughters middle name is Ragnhild after my mother. ( warrior woman)

  30. My family were Vikings that settled in the upper Shetlands about 1500 years ago. They immigrated to the US in the 1930’s. My Grandfather was named Magnus, as well is my Uncle. I love that name!

  31. Yup he was called blue tooth because he ate so many blueberries and he was known for uniting norway during his rule hence bluetooth which connects us

  32. Also interesting last name fact and my history could be slightly off so feel free to jump in with corrections but I believe the the reason alot of Scandinavian last names have the “son” on the end of them was because originally last name wernt like official you were thor son of Odin for example so when the church came in an wanted everyone’s names for all their documents the church insisted on last names so they would just go ok I’m leif son of Erik so (leif erikson) and also many american norwegian names got changed when coming through immigration because they Americans couldn’t pronounce alot of our names so they simplified alot of them

    • The last name ending with “-son” or “-sen” reflects on the old surname system. I am son of Per; thus my natural surname would be Persson, but it is not. My surname does not follow the old system. The Icelandics still practice it, and also use the ending “dottir” (daughter) the same way. Above you make it sound as if you being called Johnson was due to lack of another, but it means originally your ancestor was “the son of John”. Names ending with -son or -sen with a first name before that is probably the most common surname in Norrway or Scandinavia in general.

  33. How Nice! Ny mothers name was Herborg, (means army and castle) I am Ragnhild, and I am norwegian. Bouth are norwegian viking names.

  34. Although my parents wanted to name me Sigrid, they opted for a name that began with the letter “K” since my four older sisters names began with that letter. So, my middle name became Sigrid.

  35. My name is Ingrid. Brought up in Scotland but have a Faroese father. I wanted my children to have Scandinavian names and so we have, Anja. Sólja,Gunnar and Jóra, I hope they grow up loving them as much as I do!

  36. My Norwegian immigrant parents named their three kids Steinar (me), Sonja and Bjarne. My father’s name was Amund before he Anglicized it to Andrew when he came to the U.S. My grandfathers were Olaf and Einar. The name Steinar has been a source of confusion. Many people think initially it is my last name. It was no fun having that name as a kid. This day and age however when people ask me about my name I am proud to explain my Norwegian heritage. I noticed the name Steinar was the name of the lead character in an obscure Viking movie made in 2013.

  37. I have spent unproductive hours trying to convince my daughter and son to name their girls after my grandmother who was born in Tromso, Gjertine. No luck. She was born with the last name of Ingebritsdatter, which changed to Johnson upon immigration at age 5. The kids have given us a Sophia, Eleanor, Madeline, and the closest to Scandinavian we got is Annalise (Scandinavian / Germanic contraction of Anna Elizabeth). In our family we speak the full name when referring to or talking to a family member. So while Annalise could have many nicknames or shortened names from her friends, she is our lovely Annalise. (Germans pronounce the e at the end.)
    PS – when in high school, My Dad and I owned a female black Lab. We bred her, and I got to keep a male pup, and regard him as all mine. I named him Thor. Now I see these other Norwegian names, and think, if I ever get a dog (after my wife passes so I can have a dog), I’ll look at these namers afresh.

  38. Ok, Americans, here’s the deal – no one names their child Loki or Odin. That’s the equivalent of naming your child Lucifer or Jehova. You’re also missing the top viking names like Gunnar, Sven, Gunvald, Leif, Hjalmar, Ragnar, Styrbjörn. Also Tor is usually not used stand alone but combined with other names line Torbjörn and Torvald.

    • Hei Oskar! Both Loke and Odin are more common lateley in Norway, especially Odin has been used more though. And we spell it Loke. Tor is also quite common as a stand alone name, but even more used like this; Tor-Arne, Tor-Gunnar, Tor-Erling etc. For statistics about norwegian names you can check out http://www.ssb.no/navn

  39. I would disagree with naming your child Odin, i know plenty that’s named Odin (so it’s not a unpopular name to namer your child at all, least not where i’m from), though naming your child Tor is more common, though the name usually come in a combination, it’s not always the case.

  40. how is Ole pronounced. I knew a Norwegian whose name was Ole pronounced OO-lah. I have been told that it should be pronounced All-lee. Who is right?

  41. My great grandfather Christian Amland emigrated from Norway in the late 1800’s. His children are Harold, Ella, and Rolf, all born after 1900. My father, born in 1936 was named Rolf, after his father. I am very proud of my Amland family name, and heritage. And I would like to know more about my family history in Norway going back to the early centuries. Help from you historians? My name is Jeffrey Amland.

  42. My name is Björn Gunnar. I was baptized in the church in Gamla Uppsala which was built on the ruins of the ancient pagan temple. My family has lived in the area at least 500 years. The viking culture is all around. Rune stones are all over the landscape. I’ve always liked the other version of my name: Torbjörn, Styrbjörn and Ambjörn

  43. My mother is half Swedish and half Norwegian. Even though I was raised in the US, I grew up surrounded by a lot of the cultural practices, foods and customs of both of these Scandinavian people. My name is Erika with “k:” because my Grandmother said that was the proper Swedish way to spell it. My brother’s name is Anders, which I am surprised no one has mentioned. My grandmother (from Norway) had an American first name (Myrtle) but Johanna was her middle name. My MorFar from Sweden was named Olaf but his first name was Fabian. Back in the old country we had photos of relatives all lined up in front of their barn with all the children in a row by height. I remember some of their names: Eina, Inga, Alma, Anna, Ragnhild, Manfred, Hillman and I forget the rest. My brother is very invested in keepin the culture alive in his children. He has three very tall, strapping boys, now all in their 20s. They are named Lars, Thor and Erik (after me, also with a “k”)., One thing I also wanted to mention about names in Scandinavia (at least in Sweden) is that your “Name Day” is considered more important than your birthday. 🙂 I believe mine is January 24th (even though I was born in October). Skol!

  44. Love reading about all these Norske names. I have a funny story, that is true. My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Aas, pronounced Ahhs. Her youngest brother changed it to Owens, legally. He said too many people misspelled it and mispronounced it and kidded him about being an a–hole. He was just sick of it! I am 3rd generation half Norwegian and 5th generation half German, and very proud of it. My maiden name was Klinefelter. Also spelled Kleinfelter or Kleinfeldter, means small meadow, so I was told. My mother’s maiden name was Kaupanger, pronounced Kah-punger, hard “G”. Another true story. When my norse aunt, Edna Kaupanger was to marry Henry Sand. Henry’s mother put the engagement announcement in their local newspaper in Dixon, IL. She really didn’t know the last name, so the announcement, read,” Miss Edna Cowpuncher is engaged to Mr. Henry Sand.” I have a copy of that announcement! We all got a good laugh out of that one!

  45. I was surprised Einar was not on the list. It was my Great, Great Grandfather’s name meaning warrior and is from the Viking era. My family settled in North East Iowa to this day there is alway Lese on the table for holidays in remembrance of my Norse ancestry.

  46. this is interesting i was asked to write a norse movie i call Orbit of the Sun. you can be sure Solveig will be one of the names uses which means path of the sun. there are nordics living at alki area of seattle we have business together, they are still considerd a race, not norweigan nor danish, i am nordic origins but my national origins are british my birth is united states but also a citizen of canada from ontario. included in the movie will be mentiond icelandic spar, whic by the water service marshals who requested it at kohls department store in fedeh norsemen used to navigate by the sun, even after the sun had set. a common mistake of their adversaries that they were safe when the sun had set. the spar was also used to draw scot plaid as it was a light diffuser and split bands of light into a possible pattern. dont forget the great clansmen just a short distance from the north sea. i had been convince by certain nordics that they owned the third planet from the sun and actualy i believed them for quite a while. they are very convincining. they are a race and i wouldnt argue that fact. Ajax. this was settled long before races began. ask odin. hope the movie does well and is purchased soon.

  47. i made a slightmistake on my lst comment about where i mentioned icelandic spar. they also made compasses with chemicals they got from china. they were everywhere. they thought they were oceanliners. there are many nordics living here, namesakes of the great like ethelred and ethelfled and their parents and many more they moved fron alki to bellevue area drinking is on of their talents and a lot of it. also harold godwids namesake, he is head of my octagon business. but also is the namesake of harald bluetooth and harald fairhair. there were other haralds, like the one who united sweden. different harald. this harald lived near the mockbeggars near rochester uk in later years. waiting for another day, i guess. ethics have it he won against wm of normandy as he was done when his horse died. those were the rules. harold is now young. his recent benefactor lived in bellvue and worked at the fire department in an asset position.

  48. My parents were Sverre (an old king’s name) and Hjordis. I almost never see either one come up in all the Norske pages I’m on!!!

  49. I married a Norwegian named Arthur Hansen who was born in America. His parents names were Almer Hansen (father) and Elna Hansen mother), They both had the same last name before marrying in the US. Always found this very interesting.

  50. My name is Åge Reidar. I live in Norway, born and raised here. In Sweden, the name Åge is spelt Aake. On Iceland Aki or Oki. In Denmark, it is Aage. The name is old norse and means “forefather”. I was named after my mother, who is Åse; and my father, who was Reidar. The name ÅSE is directly from the old norse religion ÅSATRO; the religion of the Vikings. Their gods (the admired ones) had the group name of ÆSER. My fathers name is from the old norse HARIAR, which means “warrior”. My oldest son is KNUT GAUTE. Knut means “knot”. Gaute is originally “GOTER”, which means “a male coming from Sweden, that is the Gotaland. The name Sweden didn’t exist at the time. My youngest son is TRYGVE OLAV. Trygve is from the old norse TRYGGR, which means “Steady/Secure”. Olav is well known and widely used from before Viking time, meaning stem father. My oldest daughter is ANE MARTE. Ane is the feminine version of ARNE, coming fra ARN or ØRN, meaning “Eagle”. Marte is hebrew, meaning “Housewife”. My youngest daughter is DINA. It’s widely used all over the world; probably because of its’ use in the Bible. It means “Judge” or “Wise”.

  51. I am of predominant Norwegian blood on my mother’s side. She was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, USA and only spoke Norwegian until the age of four. All of my Norwegian relatives are deceased. So, I am starting my genealogy dig into the family history. I would love to visit Norway and all of Scandinavia but am at a loss where to start. Thought of living in Norway for several months to get acquainted with the culture, language and customs.
    I live in a small town west of Phoenix, Arizona. My dermatologist said my skin is such that I should live in Scandinavia, not the hot Arizona desert.lol I would welcome any suggestions or establish contacts in Norway, Sweden or the UK.

  52. On my Norwegian side, Christine was the popular choice. My mother, her Aunt, her Great aunt and her great grandmother. Her Father (and half brother) were Otto, after his Swedish father. His brothers were Tonnes (Thomas and Carl). His sisters were Rachel and elizabeth.
    My great-grand mother, for whom I was named, was Karen. My mother’s grandfather and their infant son were Johannes. He changed it to John and Larsen to Lawson upon Naturalization. Is there a translation for Gjertine? It’s Karen’s middle name and my Aunt Chris’s 2nd middle name.

  53. My father was born in Norway as Peder Pedersen. When he arrived at Ellis Island, his name was changed to Peter Folden. (His birthplace was an island called Foloy or Foldoy). In looking into my family tree, it was confusing as many people took their surname from birth names, locales or even took the surname of their spouse (male or female). Ex: One female cousin married a man from Poland. No one could pronounce his name so he soon answered to his WIFE’S surname.) My mother’s family used 3 different surnames. My father-in-law’s father was born Torkelsen which became Thompson at immigration to U.S. So what was my REAL last name? … before marriage?? …. after marriage?? Never could get an answer from either parent – both now deceased


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