English, Female, Literature, Mythology, Norse mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Y names


Ygritte is a female name, a created name for a wilding character in author George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. Though I couldn’t find any information of where Martin got the name from, I can’t help but wonder if he was inspired by Ygraine, the name of Arthur’s mother from the Arthurian legends, or perhaps Ingrid since the wildlings seem to have a lot of Norse inspired names. Ingrid comes from Old Norse Ingríðr meaning “Ing is beautiful”, Ing being another name for Yngvi, the name of an Old Norse god of fertility who may have been an older form or a different name for FreyrYngvi may be derived from Proto-Germanic *Ingwaz meaning “ancestor”.

Origin: English, Proto-Germanic




  • Ygritta (English)
  • Igritte (English)



2 thoughts on “Ygritte”

  1. Thanks for the explanation. I’ve been busting my brains trying to remember where I’d encountered “Ygritte” before Game of Thrones – medieval French, I was thinking – but you’re probably right that it was actually Ygraine.


    1. I was the same way when I first came across Ygritte. I was so certain I had come across it before somewhere in the many numerous Arthurian legends but when I looked it up I couldn’t find it anywhere. Perhaps because Ygraine and Ygritte are so similar (there aren’t very many names starting with Yg- after all) that the familiarity caused some confusion and that’s why Ygritte sounds so familiar even though it doesn’t seem to have had any use before Martin’s character in Game of Thrones. Still, I would love to know how he came up with the name.


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