Monday, September 16, 2013

10 Viking Baby Names

Happy Monday!

(I got a little help from the kids: chalk board Viking babies!)

What's in a name? I love names and everything about them.
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After recently visiting Birka, a preserved nearby Swedish Viking community dating back to the 700's, it had me thinking about Viking/Old Norse names and people we know with these names. For you, today, I gathered a list of 10 Viking/Old Norse names that are common. We've had at least one or more of each of these names on class lists, in activities or in our acquaintance.  (No, this is not an announcement though! No, new names needed in our household. Not even for a fish.) Happy Naming! 

10 Viking or Old Norse names

Astrid: This popular name means "divine beauty." It is most popular in Scandinavian languages. It's most famous bearer being Astrid Lindgren, a Swedish author and creator of Pippi Longstocking.

: The goddess of love and beauty, also spelled Freyja and Freja. The kids have all had a Freya in their classroom or activity roll call. It's been popular recently in England, but remains rare in the US.

Inger or Ingrid (a variation) means "beautiful goddess" in Old Norse. In Norse mythology, Ing was another name of Freyr, and important god of farming, weather and fertility.

Saga: A goddess often depicted drinking with Odin, she’s the source of the word saga – and could join Story on the playground.

Sigrid and Signe: a feminine variation derived from the Old Norse name, Sigríðr, meaning "victory", "wisdom", and "beautiful". Sigrid = Sigr + fríðr ("victory" and "beautiful", respectively) originates in Old Norse and means "marvelous victory"

 Old Norse and is derived from the word for bear.

Eric:  In Old Norse, it is a variant of the names 'Eirikr and Eyrekr'. These names are made up of two parts, 'ei', meaning 'always' and 'einn', meaning 'only'. 'Eric' means that 'he will always be a king'.

Gunnar: This is derived from the old Norse words that mean war and warrior.

Old Norse for a sharp end of an arrow or edge of blade. Odd is the 11th most common male name in Norway.

Vidar: Norse God Odin’s son, who was the god of revenge.

Photos: Top: Viking Baby Chalk drawing by our youngest: two seafaring Viking babies. Bottom Left: More on our new friend Freya soon who visited last week. Back to the chalkboard again with a greeting: "Välkommen, Freya "is Swedish for Welcome, Freya.  Bottom Right: Fellow Viking passenger spotted on our return ferry from Björka.

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  1. Since we live in a Norwegian community - at least that is who primary settled this area, many of these beautiful names are familiar to me especially with the older generation.

    1. Thank you for sharing. It's so interesting to hear this.

  2. My daughters are Iðunn and Gerður - it does not get much more Norse than that...

  3. My daughers are Iðunn and Gerður - it doesn´t get much more Norse than that.

  4. My mother was Ingrid and my father Conrad


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