Old Norse Boy Names – Alphabetical List and Meanings

While his father Sigvald Earl is fighting in England, his son Haakon must stay at home and participate in normal daily activities with his family. (Screen dump: NRK TV – “Newton”)

There are many powerful and beautiful Norse first names. Why not naming the newborn baby boy “Brynjulf” (from Old Norse brynj – breastplate and ulfr – wolf) – or what about “Sigurd” (sigr – victory / vard – guardian)?

In the Viking Age, no children got a god name like Odin (Óðinn) or Thor (Thórr), which would have been an insult to the Norse culture.

However, variations of “Thor” were popular and many boys got names with the prefix “Thor” as in Thoralf, Thorbjorn, Thorgeir and Thorgrim.

Today, to give the child a Norse god name is accepted and something that reminds Norwegians of their history.

Note that the meanings of many of the boy names often are related to warfare and courage – something that should not come as a surprise.

The alphabetical list is not complete – there are more names, but hopefully it provides insight and inspiration.

The names are English forms of the Old Norse boy names but still very close to the original.

You will find the meanings in parenthesis with the Norse word (s) in italics.

Also read: Alphabetical list of Old Norse girl names

 

Old Norse Boy Names – Alphabetical List

A

Aasbjorn – Aasgeir (ás – god / geirr – javelin) – Aasgrim – Aaskell – Aaskjell – Aasleik – Aasleif – Aasleiv – Aasvald – Aasvard –  Ag – Aggrim – Agmund (agn  – respect, fear or tip of a sword / mundr –  protector) – Agnar (agn – respect, fear, or tip of a sword / arr – warrior) – Aake – Almar – Alvald – Alvar – Alvbjørn – Alvfinn – Alvgaut – Alvgeir – Arn (arn – eagle) – Arnbjorn – Arnfinn (arn – eagle / Finnr – a Sami or Finn) – Arnfred – Arngeir – Arngrim – Arni (same as Arn)  – Arnkjell – Arnleif – Arnleiv – Arnljot (arn – eagle / ljótr– light, shining) – Arnmod – Arnstein (arn – eagle / steinn – stone) – Arnthor – Arnulf (arn – eagle / ulfr – wolf) – Arnvald – Arnvid – Atli («little father») – Audar – Audbjorn – Audfinn – Audgrim – Audkjell – Audmund – Audstein – Audulv – Audun (audr – wealth / vin – friend) – Audvald

B

Bard – Bendik – Berg – Bergsvein – Berulf – Berulv – Besse – Birgir – Bjarni – Bjermund – Bjorgulv – Bjorn (the big brown animal, bear) – Bjornar – Bjornulv – Bodolf – Bogi (bogi – bow, or búi – farmer) – Boldolv – Bodvar – Borgi –Borgir – Borgulv – Borgvald – Borri – Botolv – Bredi – Bragi (The Viking god Bragi) – Brusi – Brynjulf (brynj – breastplate / ulfr – wolf)

C

(None)

D

Dagfinn (dagr – day / Finnr – a Sami or Finn) – Dreng – Dyri

E

Egil (egg – sharp side of a blade, or awe) – Eigil (same as Egil) – Eilif – Eiliv – Eimund – Einar – Einvald – Eldar – Eric (from Eirik: ei – the unique one / rik – prince) – Erik (same as Eric) – Erland – Erlend (erlendr – forreigner or stranger) – Erling (Erling – son or descendant of the Earl) – Eystein (ey – happiness / steinn – stone) – Eyyolf – Eyyolv

F

Fartein – Faste – Finn (Finnr – a Sami or a Finn) – Finnbjorn – Finngard – Folki – Folkvald – Freyr (Freyr – The Viking god Freyr, also named Yngvi-Freyr or Yngvi) – Fridleiv – Fridthjof – Frodi (fródr – wise or scholar)

G

Gauti – Geir (geirr – javlin) – Geirbrand – Geirmund – Geirolf – Geirolv – Geirstein – Geirulf – Geirulv – Gisli (gísl – hostage or the handle of a javlin) – Gissur – Glumir – Gorm (from Guttorm: gud – god / tormr – to protect or do honor)  – Grim – Grimkjell – Gudbjorn – Gudleik – Gudleiv – Gudmund – Gudolf – Gudolv – Gudstein – Gullbjorn – Gullbrand – Gullik – Gunbjorn – Gunnar (gunnr – fight / arr – worrier) – Gunnbjorn – Gunner – Gunnolf – Gunnolv – Gunnsten – Gunnstein – Gunnvald (gunnr – war or warfare / valdr – leader or ruler) – Gunnvar – Gutorm – Guttorm (gud – god / tormr – to protect or do honor)

H

Haabjorn – Hagbart  – Haagen – Haaken – Haakon (hár – a prominent person / konr – family) – Haarek – Haarik – Haavald – Haavard ( – tall, horse or combat / vard – guardian) – Haavid – Halfdan (hálfr – half / danr – Danish) – Hallbjorn –Hallfred – Hallgeir – Hallgrim – Halli – Hallkjell – Hallstein – Hallthor – Hallvard – Hallvor – Harald (har – army / vald – prince )– Hauk  (haukr – hawk) – Heming – Hemming – Herbjorn (her – army / bjorn – the big brown animal, bear) – Herbrad – Herleif – Herleik – Herleiv – Hermod (her – army / módr – courage) – Hermund – Hervard – Hildebrand – Hildemar – Hjalmar – Hogni (protect) – Holgir

I

Ingar – Ingebjorn – Ingemar – Ingolf – Ingvald – Ingvar – Ivar (ýr – a coniferous tree / arr – worrier) – Iver

J

Joar (– horse / arr – warrior) – Jogeir – Jor – Jorik – Jorulv – Jorund – Jostein ( – horse / steinn – stone)

K

Kaalv – Kaarbjorn – Kaare (kárr – curly hair) – Ketil (ketil – offering bowl, later also helmet. A ketil was used to gather the blood from sacrificed animals) –  Kjetil (same as Ketil) – Kleng – Knut (knutr – a knot) – Kol – Kolbein – Kolbjorn – Kolfinn – Kolgrim – Koll – Kolstein

L

Leid – Leidolv – Leidulf – Leidulv – Leidvor – Leif (leifr – property, inheritance) – Leiv (same as Leif)

M

Magnar – Magni (magn – power, strength)

N

Narfi (narrow) – Narvi (same as Narfi) – Nottolv

O

Olaf (Óláfr – ancestor / inheritance) – Olav (same as Olaf) – Odd (oddr – tip of a blade, for example spearhead, arrowhead, sword tip) – Oddbjorn – Oddfred – Oddgeir – Oddleif – Oddleiv – Oddmar – Oddmund – Oddvar – Odin (Óðinn – The Viking god Odin) – Olbjorn – Olgir – Olgeir – Olvar – Ottar

P

(None)

 

Read about the other names on Thornews