182 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!

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
FrayIt refers to the foremost person; LordBoy
FrayaIt means a woman who is the foremost; LadyGirl
FreaDerived from Old Norse goddess's name Freyja, it means the Lady or MistressGirl
FreiIt means the Lord or Master; a free manBoy
FreiaIt refers to a woman who the Lady or MistressGirl
FrejaReferring to a Lady or a Mistress; a Goddess of beautyGirl
FreoIt refers to a Lord or Master; a noblemanBoy
FreyaIn Norse mythology, Freya was the goddess of love; LadyGirl
FridgeirPeace spearBoy
FridmarBrilliant or shining peaceBoy
FridrOne who is beautiful.Girl
FridrikOne who governs peacefully.Girl
FridrikaIcelandic form of Fredrica, meaning peaceful ruler.Girl
FriggOne who belongs to Iceland or one who comes from Iceland.Girl
FróðiA learned or wise man.Boy
GerdurProtection, a protective woman.Girl
GertaGermanic - Spear; Strength; Power; Old Norse - EnclosureGirl
GilsOld Norse - Father of Hedin; A variant form of Gisle and Gisli; Small goat; Son of the bishop's servant;Boy
GlibHair of GodBoy
GreiprA man of great strength.Boy
GrímurOne who wears a mask, one who is concealed.Boy
GuentherThaey have good qualities of leadership and organization.They feel happy to serve and others.Boy
GustavsStaff of the Geats or Goths or gods.Boy
HagenA chosen son or descendent; High; A derivative from HakonBoy
HakoHighest number in the raceBoy
HaldenOld Norse - Half Dane; English - From DenmarkBoy
HaldisTeutonic - Spirit of Stone; Old Norse - Firm HelperUnisex
HaldorOld Norse - Rock; Thor; God of Thunder; Derived from word HallrBoy
HalldenOld Norse - Half Dane; English - From Denmark; A variant of name HaldenBoy
HalleHalle is Heroine; A variant is Halli; It is derived from Hallr which means rockGirl
HaraldurLeader of an army.Boy
HaukrHawk in the Icelandic language.Boy
HávarrHigh warrior.Boy
HawkOld Norse - Falcon; Bird of PreyBoy
HawkeA falcon bird of preyGirl
HealfdeneHalf DaneBoy
HelgaBlessed; Holy; A variant of Old Norse name Hella meaning Flat stone; Flag stone or Flat mountainGirl
HelgeOld Norse - Holy; Blessed; Derived from Helgi and HeilagrBoy
HinrikA form of Henry. It means estate ruler.Boy
HjalmarOld Norse - Warrior Helmet; Helmeted warrior;Boy
HjalteYounger form of Hjalti meaning man from HjaltlandBoy
Hjordis"Sword goddess", from Old Norse; A variant form is HjordosGirl
Hjordos"Sword goddess", from Old Norse; A variant form is HjordisGirl
HjörtrA male deer.Boy
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