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What's Your Norse Name?
Arnbjøre is an Old Norse name that roughly translates to “eagle rescue.” So, pretty much that one scene at the end of Lord of the Rings. The name carries a certain divine grace.
A surprising number of Norse names have to do with battles, and winning them, but Brynhildur actually translates to something along the lines of “protection in battle,” and is derived from Brynhildr, who was the queen of the Valkyries. The name carries with it a promise of protection and peace.
Baldur is derived from the Old Norse term for “prince,” which in turn is derived from the name of the gods Odin and Frigg’s first son, Balder. It is an old and powerful name.
Dagrun translates to something along the lines of “the day’s secret” or “the day’s secret lore” and carries with it an air of mystery and allure.
Eberhard probably comes from the German words ebur meaning “wild boar” and hard meaning “brave,” so the rough translation would be “brave or hardy boar,” and considering one of those took down King Robert in Game of Thrones, that’s pretty badass.
Elfa translates to “elf” because all of the Scandinavian countries are just one big fantasy novel. It’s thought to be related to the Norse legend of Alfhild, a maiden who tried to get out of her marriage to the king by disguising herself as a warrior. But, after engaging her potential mate in combat, she was so impressed by his fighting abilities that she married him anyway.
No Norse name is complete without a reference to warfare, and Gunnar is about as simple as it gets. It roughly translates to “warrior."
Congratulations, you got the most badass name on this list, because Hallbjörn translates to “rock bear.” So awesome.
Translates from Old Norse to "sword goddess.” This name signifies a powerful divinity running through whoever carries it.
Knut is derived from Old Norse word meaning “knot,” and could be symbolic of the union of two bloodlines, or the strength created by tying together two different clans.
Not to be confused with the name of the Norse trickster god, Loki, Lykke is actually a Danish word that translates to "good fortune and happiness."
Magnus is actually a late Latin name that translates to “great,” and is most likely meant to convey that the holder of the name is someone of great power and class.
Olaf is derived from the Old Norse term "ancestor's descendant,” and historically belonged to the first several kings of Norway. It’s now a symbol of royal lineage and has become a name that commands respect.
It’s no coincidence that Hróarr sounds like something a powerful viking warrior might yell on the battlefield. The name could possibly translate a few different ways: “famous spear,” “warrior of fame,” or possibly even “cautious fame."
Sigfrid is derived from the German words for “victory” and “peace,” and is a variation of the name of the Old Norse hero Siegfried, who was an invulnerable warrior except for a spot in the small of his back which had been covered by a leaf when he bathed in the blood of a dragon.
Sounds like a pleasant, sleepy name, right? Wrong. It’s derived from the Old Norse word snerre which means “attack” or “onslaught.” Badass.