145 Old Norse Baby Names With Meanings

What comes to your mind when you hear or read about Old Norse? Norse mythology would be the answer for most of you. But there’s a lot to Old Norse language apart from mythology – unique names being one of them.

Old Norse names, dominant in the Scandinavian and Viking history range from strong, robust, and tough to delicate and lovely. Parents often named their children after their deceased hero or relative with the hope that they will inherit the same traits, virtues, or personality of the ones whose names they bore. If a relative died when the child was in the womb, it was mandatory to give the child the name of that particular relative. If the honored relative or ancestor had a common name, then the ancestor's nickname or by-name would also be attached to the name. Hence, names remained almost the same in the families for long periods of time. Names of Norse gods and goddesses were also common as first names. And there was no system of surnames in ancient times. A patronymic or metronymic system was used.

From the language of Norse Sagas, mythology, and Viking Age, MomJunction brings you an extensive collection of Old Norse names with meanings. Most of these names are still used in Scandinavia, but in anglicized form and with a different pronunciation. Keep scrolling!

AdalbjorgNoble protection.Girl
AdalheidisNoble kind, of the noble sort.Girl
AdalstiennNoble stone.Boy
AdalwardThe noble guardian.Boy
AgeOld Norse - Representatives of Ancestors; Derivative of AageBoy
AkeOld Norse - Representatives of Ancestors; A Derivative from name AageBoy
AlfdisGoddess, divine womanGirl
AlfildOld Norse - Elf; Supernatural Being; Battle; Magical CounselGirl
AlfinaOld Norse - Elf; Supernatural Being; Battle; Magical CounselGirl
AlvildaOld Norse - Elf; Supernatural Being; Elf Battle; Victory; A variant transcription of AlfhildGirl
AnsgarOld Norse - God Spear; Gentle Friend; A variant name of OscarBoy
ArickOld Norse - Ever Ruling, Island Ruler; Germanic - Powerful RulerBoy
ArikHebrew - Lion of God; Latin - Ram; Greek - Excellent PurposeBoy
ArlanGaelic - A Pledge; Old Norse - Foreigner, Stranger; A variant of name ArienBoy
ArnaEagle or ruleGirl
ArnleifThe eagle inheritor.Girl
ArrickGermanic - Powerful Ruler; Old Norse - Ever Ruling; Lone Ruler; Island Ruler; A variant of AricBoy
ArtheaA variant of Artice, meaning lofty hill' or 'follower of Thor'.Girl
ArticeOf lofty hill or the follower of Thor.Girl
ArtinaA variant of Artice, meaning lofty hill' or 'follower of Thor'.Girl
ArvieEnglish - Friend of the People; Old Norse - Eagle Tree; A variant of name ArvidBoy
AsatrusFaith in the God; and is also true to GodBoy
AsbjornOld Norse - Divine BearBoy
AsgerdGod's fenceGirl
AstriOld Norse - Divinely Beautiful; Fair Beautiful Goddess; Divine Beauty; FairGirl
AudbjorgA combination of luck and one who saves.Girl
BaldurOne who comes from IcelandBoy
BirkirBirch treeBoy
BirtingrA smart, capable and illustrious man.Boy
BjarkiA small bearBoy
BorjeOld Norse - From the fortified Hill or Castle; A variant of the name BorgBoy
BotildaOld Norse - A commanding Heroine; Battle for HelpGirl
BrenndahOld Norse - Sword; Torch; Burning; Stinking HairGirl
BrunhildLike battle armor; Dark; NobleGirl
DagbjartDaylight, bright dayBoy
DagbjarturDaylight or bright day.Boy
DagomaraA glorious dayGirl
DyriDeer in Icelandic language.Boy
EysteinnThe stone island.Boy
EyvindurLucky warrior.Boy
FinnurOne from Finland.Boy
FraidaSomeone who is beautiful and adored by allGirl
FramSomeone who is forward, outward and braveBoy
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