We want to name our baby Penelope but we can’t decide on a nickname? Help!
If you love a unique baby name or are into your history, Norse baby names are a great place to start. While we usually associate the term ‘Norse’ with Vikings, it generally means Norwegian or Scandinavian people, particularly in ancient times.
Nonetheless, the Viking reference does give rise to some pretty badass Nordic names. With imagery of warriors, mythical creatures, and religious connotations, these old Norse names will make your little boy or girl stand out.
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The Vikings were around between the 8th and 11th century, and chose their names based on the gods or mythical animals. Some even had ‘bynames’, which could mean ‘son or daughter of’, or some even refer to personal qualities and possessions, such as Asgot with the Mighty Sword.
As Viking men travelled more often than women, we’re more likely to see Norse baby boy names, such as:
As with many other cultures, for example, with Japanese baby names, old Norse names tend to give boys more powerful, warrior-like characteristics. Norse baby girl names, meanwhile, follow the classic diminutive pattern of small and timid characteristics, such as:
However, just like Celtic baby names, there are a few female Viking baby names for the aspiring warrior princess.
If you can picture your little girl killing it on the football field or leading the boardroom, you’ll want to give her one of the bravest Viking baby names. Try one of these for a beautiful, heroic moniker:
This derivative of Brunhild relates to the Visigothic legend, and literally means ‘fighter.’
A variant of the Westernized Bridget, this means a ‘protecting woman.’
Perfect for little ones with a lot of character, Diss means ‘one who is spirited.’
A versatile name that can be lengthened to Geraldine, in Norse this means ‘the one who rules with the mighty spear.’
Keep one eye on the weather on the night of your baby’s birth. If it’s a thunderstorm, you may want to consider naming her Turid – which means ‘the master of natural thunder.’
If you’ve already got little ones renowned for tearing up the house, this epithet could be perfect for your next baby girl! Olaug means ‘the destroyer’ – great for kids who love to draw on the walls.
If you’re looking for something of a rarer Scandinavian baby name, be prepared to have trouble with the spelling! Many old Norse baby names use diacritics (accents or punctuation marks above letters), so be mindful of this, too. You can choose names such as:
If you’ve not found your perfect Viking baby name just yet, have a scroll through our list of top Norse names for your newborn.
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