Viking Given Names

Below you will find a list of 42 genuine given Viking given names.

How to pronounce them

The names are still in use today, but are pronounced differently throughout Scandinavia. Click a name below and find out how the names are pronounced in the Oslo area, Norway. On the right an approximate  number of people bearing the name (or a close variation of it) in the Scandinavian countries today. 

Girls' names

Meaning

In Scandinavia today 
NO SE DK

Astrid

ás - the word for God in old Norse / frid - beautiful (woman)

22000 43000 6900

Brynhild

bryn - chain mail/ hild - fighter

900 100 50

Freydis

freyr - fertility goddess / dis - low rank goddess

1700 30 15

Gudrun

gud - god / run - secret knowledge

6650 19500 7650

Gunnhild

gunnr - fight / hild - fight

1300 75000 2500

Gunnvor

gunnr - fight / vor - defend

8000 25000 510

Hilde

hild - fight

18400 500 170

Ingrid

ing - viking god / frid - beautiful (woman)

25600 131400 12200

Ragnhild

regin - council / hild - fight

17000 11600 1700

Ranveig

rann - house / veig – unknown, perhaps víg: fight

1700 50 10

Sigrid

sigr - victory / frid - beautiful (woman)

8000 15000 3550

Sigrunn

sigr - victory / secret knowledge

4000 220 185

Siv

sif - a relation, an in-law

7500 6200 950

Solveig

sól - house, hall / veig – unknown, perhaps víg: fight

22500 21400 6000

Svanhild

svan - swan / hild - fight

3100 160 30

Torhild

Tor - the mighty Thor / hild - fight

9200 250 50

Torunn

Tor - the mighty Thor / unn - love

5300 400 55

Turid

Tor - the mighty Thor / frid - beautiful (woman)

12700 400 200

Vigdis

vig - fight / dis - low rank goddess

6500 145 65

Yngvild

yng - viking god / hild - fight

6000 40 30

 
bulletThe 100 most used girls' names in Norway today (From Statistics Norway)
bulletThe 100 most used girls' names in Sweden (From Statistiska centralbyrån, Sweden
bulletThe mosed used names in Denmark 2001 (From Danmarks statistik)

 

 

Boys' names

Meaning

In Scandinavia today 
NO SE DK

Arne

orn - eagle

32660 79830 18610

Bjørn

bjørn - bear

41900 60650 5360

Eirik

ei - the unique one / rik - prince

30630 315575 40210

Geir

geirr - javlin

23000 275 80

Gisle

gísl - hostage, the handle of a javlin

1275 45 45

Gunnar

gunnr - fight / ar - worrier

17990 134950 7490

Harald

har - army / vald - prince

18180 17565 2270

Håkon

hár - a prominent person / konr - family

13500 210 210

Inge

The viking god Yngve

5500 21970 20

Ivar

ýr - a coniferous tree / ar - worrier

11560 22050 640

Knut

knutr - a knot

29520 19525 24670

Leif

leif - property, inheritance

17370 70720 20140

Magnus

magnus - mighty, big

11190 72370 6550

Olav

from *Anu-laibaR. anu - ancestor / laibaR - inheritance

60920 59275 29070

Rolf

from Hródolf. rod - honour / ulfr - wolf

17750 63700 2210

Sigurd

sigr - victory / vard - guardian

6520 7970 1240

Snorre

snurre - the unruly one

1360 40 100

Steinar

steinn - stone / ar - worrier

12410 250 50

Torstein

Tor - the mighty Thor / steinn - stone

4810 90 99

Trygve

tryggr - the trustworthy one

7280 1240 75

Ulf

ulfr - wolf

2601 66020 770

Valdemar

valr - might / mar - famous

200 18500 1320

Vidar

The viking god Vidar

9810 1820 50

Yngve

The viking god Yngve

2725 20075 65

 

bulletThe 100 most used boys' names in Norway today (From Statistics Norway)
bulletThe 100 most used boys' names in Sweden (From Statistiska centralbyrån, Sweden
bulletThe mosed used names in Denmark 2001 (From Danmarks statistik)

 

- 14. august 2004 -