Gunther is the name of a historical king who appears in the Germanic saga Nibelungenlied, wanting to marry Brunhild, a shieldmaiden or valkyrie, but a fiercely strong and independent woman. She sets a series os tasks for Gunther that are impossible for him to do, so his oath-brother (and later brother-in-law) Siegfried took his place with the aid of an invisible cloak, won the trials, and eventually Brünhild’s hand in marriage to Gunther (all without her knowing the truth for years to come). However, in the end, Gunther ends up betraying Siegfried, having him killed, and later he himself meets a violent end.
The name is comes from Germanic Gundahar meaning “war, army/warrior” made up from Germanic elements gund (war) and hari (army, warrior). Gunther is also as surname originating from the given name.
- Günther (German)
- Günter (German)
- Gunter (German)
- Gundahar (Ancient Germanic)
- Gunnarr (Ancient Scandinavian)
- Gunder (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian)
- Gunnar (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic)
- Gunner (English)
- Gunārs (Latvian)