Norse men and women were given a personal name, often containing that of a god or goddess whose protection the child was put under. This was followed by their patronymic and sometimes that of their father ('-sson' for a son, '-dattir' for a daughter).
Many Norse personal names are still in use in the Scandinavian countries and other areas which came under Viking influence. In Medieval England, especially the north-east, some Norse names were retained and appear in several forms in written records.
|adal noble||al complete||alfr elf|
|aska ashes||ass god||auð clear|
|bein bone||berg hill||bjarn/bjørn bear|
|bjorg cliffs||brand blade/brand||brikt bright|
|broddr spearpoint||brynja mailcoat||dagr day|
|disa goddess||dolg battle||ey island|
|far deeds||fast strong/hard||faxi mane|
|folk people||forn old||fridr peace|
|geirr spear||gisl hostage||gotar men|
|goti steed||grimmr fierce||Guð/guth god|
|guðr battle||haf sea||halfr half|
|hallr slope||hamr skin||harðr severe|
|heim home||herra lord||hildr battle|
|hjalmr helmet||hos near||hrafn raven|
|hroðr praise||hross mare||hundr dog|
|katli/ketill cauldron||kol coal||laug bath|
|leikr contest||ljotr ugly||moðr fury|
|mund hand||ny new||oddr point|
|oðr furious||rað advice||rikr powerful|
|rog contention||salr hall||saxe short sword|
|sigr victory||snaer snow||steinn stone|
|styrkr strength||svanr seabird||svartr black|
|sveinn boy||ulfr wolf||vald power|
|valr slain||varða watch/guard||vegr honour|
|vestr west||vidr against||vig battle|
|visi prince||viss wise|
This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.
Copies may be made for personal use only.
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