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!

NAMESMEANINGGENDER
HlynurDerived from Old Norse word Hlynr meaning Maple treeBoy
HoweaOld Norse; Horse; High; Warden; Guard; Heart; Mind; Clearing in the Woods; A variation of name HowardGirl
HoytOld Norse - Descended of Mind or Spirit; A variant of HoitBoy
HrafnRavenBoy
HreinnA reindeer in Icelandic language.Boy
HuldaLoved One; Hiding; Secrecy; Sweet; Lovable; A variant transcription is HuldGirl
HuldahLoved One; Hiding; Secrecy; Sweet; Lovable; A variant transcription is HuldaGirl
IgorA man protected by God.Boy
IngridaA beautiful womanGirl
IvorBow of the warrior.Boy
JátgeirrThe fortunate spear.Boy
JerkOld Norse - Ever Ruling; Island Ruler; Ever Ruler; A variant of EricBoy
JerkerOld Norse - Ever Ruling; Island Ruler; Ever Ruler; A variant of EricBoy
JöðurrA guardianBoy
KalfrYoung cow in Icelandic language.Boy
KlepprA large stone.Boy
KlœngrClaw in Icelandic language.Boy
KnjúkrThe top of a high, steep, round mountain.Boy
KolbrunCoal or eyebrow.Girl
KolliOne who is bald.Boy
KolskeggrOne who has a black beard.Boy
KvígrA young bull.Boy
LeifA descendant, a person who is going to inheritBoy
LeifrA variant of Leifur, meaning heir.Boy
LeifurHeir or successor.Boy
LeiðolfrChief wolf.Boy
LiveA protector and defender of lifeGirl
LyallA Scottish surname derived from the Old Norse given name Liulfr which means wolfBoy
MikkaelIcelandic version of Michael, meaning who is like God.Boy
MóeiðurSomething that's bright and clear.Girl
MóðolfrThe fearless wolf.Boy
NarfiThinBoy
ÓblauðrOne who lives his life without fearBoy
OdanOld Norse - Fury; Inspiration; To blow; Owner; Proprietor; A variant is OdinBoy
ÓlafurAncestor's descendentBoy
ÖssurOne who answers.Boy
ÓðinnInspired, or one who inspires.Boy
PéturIcelandic form of Peter. It means rock.Boy
PiperA pipe playerGirl
PipereOne who plays the pipeGirl
RaghnallOld Norse - Well advised Ruler; Wise and Powerful; An Irish variant transcription of the name ReynoldBoy
RagnheiðurAdvice, a woman who is good at giving advices.Girl
RagnildOld Norse - Goddess or Warrior; All-knowing PowerGirl
RalfsA variant of Ralph. It means wolf counsel.Boy
RannveigOld Norse - A house woman; A variant of RanveigGirl
RaudThe father of the wolvesBoy
RauðrA town or village, or the color red.Boy
RefrA fox in Icelandic language.Boy
ReinaldoGermanic - Well-advised ruler; A variant of the name ReynoldBoy
RenaldoGermanic - Well-advised ruler; A variant of the name ReynoldBoy
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