Gaelic, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Thunder/Lightning, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Torin is a male given name with several possible etymologies:

  • it’s an Irish Gaelic name meaning “chief”;
  • it could be related to Irish toirneach meaning “thunder” or Old Irish torann meaning “noise; noise of battle; thunder; tumult);
  • Torin could also be a contracted form of Thorfinn or Torfinn, a Scandinavian male name made up of Thor, the Norse god of thunder whose name means “thunder”; and finn, which comes from Old Norse finnr meaning “Finn, Sami, Lapp”, a given name and byname used to refer to someone who came from Finland or was part of the Sami people (also known as Lapps). Although the origin behind  finnr is uncertain it has also been linked to Old Norse meaning “wanderer”;
  • Torin could also be related to Thorin, a Germanic male name used to represent the god Thor; Thorin is also used by J.R.R. Tolkien used the name for one of his characters, a dwarf who features in The Hobbit, the name borrowed from Norse mythology, also the name of a dwarf;
  • Tor is a modern Scandinavian form of Þórr (Thor), so Torin could be an elaborated form of that;
  • Torin is also a Finnish word, the genitive singular form of tori meaning “market, market square, town square”.

Origin: Irish Gaelic; Proto-Indo-European


Male forms:

  • Tor (Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish)
  • Þór (Icelandic)
  • Þórr (Old Norse)
  • Thorfinn (Norwegian)
  • Thorfin (Old Danish, Old Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Torfinn (Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Swedish)
  • Thorin (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish)


Female forms:

  • Torina (Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Tora (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish)
  • Thora (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Faroese, Finnish, Greenlandic, German)



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