The names listed here occur in Norse mythologies and legends.

ALVIS   m   Norse Mythology
Means "all wise" in Old Norse. In Norse mythology this was the name of a dwarf who was to marry Thor's daughter Thrud. Thor was not pleased with this so he tricked Alvis by asking him questions until the sun rose, at which time the dwarf was turned into stone.

BALDER   m   Norse Mythology
Means "prince" from Old Norse. In Norse mythology Balder was the son of Odin and Frigg. Because of the disturbing dreams he had when he was young, his mother extracted an oath from every thing in the world that it would not harm him. However the evil fire god Loki learned that she had overlooked mistletoe. Being jealous, he tricked the blind god Hoder into throwing a branch of mistletoe at Balder, which killed him.

FREY   m   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: FRAY
Variant of FREYR

FREYA   f   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: FRAY-a
Means "lady" from Old Norse. This is the name of the goddess of love and beauty in Norse mythology. She claimed half of the heroes who were slain in battle, and brought them to her realm in Asgard.

FREYR   m   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: FRAYR
Means "lord" from Old Norse. This was another name of the Norse god Ing. Freyr was actually derived from a title of Ing, Yngvi Freyr, meaning "lord Ing". Freyr (or Ing) presided over fertility, sunlight and rain, and was the husband of the frost giantess Gerd.

FRIGG   f   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: FRIG
Means "beloved" in Old Norse, ultimately derived from Indo-European *pri "to love". In Norse mythology she was the goddess of the earth, air and fertility, and the wife of Odin.

GERD   f   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: GERD
Derived from Old Norse garr meaning "enclosure". In Norse myth Gerd was a fertility goddess, a frost giantess who was the wife of Freyr.

GRID   f   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: GRID
Means "peace" in Old Norse. In Norse myth she was a frost giantess, the mother of Varr by Odin. She also aided Thor in his fight against the giant Geirrod.

GUDRUN   f   Norse Mythology, Scandinavian, German
Means "god's secret lore", derived from the Old Norse elements gu "god" and run "secret lore". In Norse legend Gudrun was the wife of Sigurd. After his death she married Atli, but when he murdered her brothers, she killed her sons by him, fed him their hearts, and then slew him.

HEIDRUN   f   Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse heidr meaning "heath". In Norse mythology this was a goat who would eat the leaves from the tree of life and produce mead in her udder.

ING   m   Germanic Mythology, Norse Mythology
From old Germanic Ingwaz, which possibly means "he who is foremost". Ing was the name of a Norse and Germanic fertility god, known in Scandinavia as Yngvi Freyr (see FREYR).

JARL   m   Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Means "nobleman, earl" in Old Norse. In Norse legend Jarl was the son of the god Rig and the founder of the race of warriors.

LOKI   m   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: LO-kee
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from the Indo-European root *leug meaning "to break". In Norse legend Loki was a trickster god associated with magic and fire. Over time he became more and more evil, and he was eventually chained to a rock by the other gods.

ODIN   m   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: O-din
Anglicized form of the Old Norse name inn which was derived from the early Germanic name Woanaz, which perhaps meant "wind". In Norse mythology Odin was the highest of the gods, presiding over art, war, wisdom and death. He resided in Valhalla, where warriors go after they were slain.

SIF   f   Norse Mythology
Variant of SIV

SIGRUN   f   Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements sigr "victory" and run "secret". This was the name of a Valkyrie in Norse legend.

SIGURD   m   Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements sigr "victory" and vrr "guardian". Sigurd was the hero of the Norse legend the 'Volsungasaga'. The saga tells how his foster-father Regin sent him to recover a hoard of gold guarded by the dragon Fafnir. After slaying the dragon Sigurd tasted some of its blood, enabling him to understand the language of birds.

SINDRI   m   Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Possibly means either "small, trivial" or else "sparkling" in Old Norse. In Norse legend this was the name of a dwarf who, with his brother Brokk, made many magical items for the gods.

SIV   f   Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Means "bride" in Old Norse. In Norse mythology Siv was the wife of Thor.

THOR   m   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: THOR
From the Old Norse name rr, meaning "thunder". Thor was the Norse god of strength, thunder and war, the son of Odin. He was armed with a hammer called Mjolnir, and wore an enchanted belt which doubled his strength.

RR   m   Norse Mythology
Original form of THOR

TYR   m   Norse Mythology
Pronounced: TIR
Old Norse form of the name of the Germanic god Tiwaz, related to Indo-European dyeus (see ZEUS). In Norse mythology Tyr was the god of war and justice, the son of the god Odin. He carries a spear in his left hand, since his right hand was bitten of by the wolf Fenrir. At the time of the end of the world, the Ragnarok, Tyr will slay and be slain by the giant hound Garm.

VALKYRIE   f   Norse Mythology
Means "chooser of the slain", derived from Old Norse valr "the slain" and kyrja "chooser". In Norse myth the Valkyries were maidens who led heroes killed in battle to Valhalla.

VIDAR   m   Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse Varr, which is of uncertain meaning. In Norse mythology Varr was the son of Odin and Grid. At the time of the end of the world, the Ragnarok, he will avenge his father's death.

VLUND   m   Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of WIELAND