Frigg

Frigg is the name of a goddess in Norse mythology, the goddess of marriage, childbirth, and the earth. She is also depicted as having the power of foreknowledge and is the wife of Odin. Frigg comes from an Old Norse source meaning “beloved” or “to love” deriving from a PIE root word meaning “to love, to please”….

Gondlir

Gondlir is the anglicized form of Göndlir, one of the many epithets of the Norse god Odin. It means “wand-wielder” or “wand-bearer” derived from Old Norse gandr (magic staff). Origin: Old Norse Variants: Göndlir (Old Norse)  

Ygritte

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…

Froy

Froy could be an anglicized form of Frøy, a Norwegian unisex name, the Norwegian form of Freyr, the name of the Norse god of fertility and the weather. His name comes from Proto-Germanic *frawjaz meaning “lord”. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Frøy (Norwegian) Fray (Norwegian) Frey Freyr   Female forms: Freya (Norse mythology, English) Freyja (Norse mythology, Icelandic) Freja (Danish,…

Fulla

Fulla (also known as Volla) is the name of a goddess in Norse mythology, a hand-maiden of Frigg. Her name is of uncertain origin and meaning. It may be related to Old Norse fullr meaning “full” and essentially meaning “bountiful”, derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *pleh₁- (to fill); or from Old Norse fyl meaning “foal” derived from Proto-Germanic *fulją. Fulla is also a Catalan…

Sigmund

Sigmund is the name of a hero in Norse mythology, the son of King Völsung. When his sister Signy marries Siggeir, king of Gautland, a wedding feast is held and the god Odin appears disguised as an old beggar. He plunges a sword into a tree, Barnstokkr, which stands in the center of King Völsung’s hall, and whichever man is able to pull it…

Tova

Tova is a Hebrew female name meaning “good”, though it’s also a Swedish variant of Tove, a modern form of Old Norse Tófa which is a short form of Old Norse Þórfríðr (or Thorfrither) meaning “Thor is beautiful” or “beautiful Thor” from Þórr/Thor (Thor) and fríðr (beautiful, beloved), Thor being the Norse god of thunder, strength, war and storms; his name fittingly means “thunder”. Origin:…

Finn

Finn comes from an Irish name meaning “fair”, “blessed” or “white” derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Finn is the older spelling of Fionn, which belongs to the name of a warrior in Irish myth known as Fionn mac Cumhaill (or Finn MacCool in English) and the leader of the Fianna. His birth name was Deimne but he was…

Saga

Saga is the name of an Old Norse goddess of wisdom and seems to be another name for the goddess Frigg. The name seems to come from Old Norse sjá meaning “to see”, likely in reference to the fact that she is a seeress. Saga is also a word derived from Old Norse saga meaning “saga, story”, cognate with…

Hilda

Hilda comes from Germanic element hild meaning “battle” as well as being a nickname for any name beginning with Hilde– such as Hildebrand or Hildred. Hilda is also a cogante of Old Norse Hildr, the name of a Valkyrie in Norse mythology who had the power to revive the dead. Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Hildy (English) Hylda (English) Hilde (German, Dutch, Norwegian)…

Frey

Frey is a variant of Freyr, the name of the Norse god of fertility and the weather, and the twin brother of Freya, as well as the husband of Gerd, a frost giantess, for whom he gave up a magical sword just to be with her though, without it, he will be killed during Ragnorak. His name comes from…

Odin

Odin is an Anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn which comes from óðr meaning “inspiration, rage, frenzy”. It comes from Proto-Germanic *Wodanaz meaning “poetic fury” derived from *wodaz (rage, manic inspiration, mad, furious, possessed). In Norse mythology, Odin is the chief god of the Norse pantheon, a complex character who presided over war, art, wisdom, death, and magic, as well as poetry…

Gerda

Gerda is the feminine form of Dutch and German given name Gerd, a short form of Gerhard, the Scandinavian form of Gerard meaning “brave spear, hardy spear” from Germanic elements ger (spear) and hard (brave, hardy). Gerda is also the name of a Norse goddess and jotunn (giant) in Norse mythology, the wife of Freyr. The name comes from Old Norse garðr meaning “protection, fenced-in,…

Sol

Sol is the Latin name for “sun”, and the name of the Roman god of the sun as well as being the Spanish and Potuguese word for “sun” deriving from Latin as well. It’s also a short form of Solomon, deriving from Hebrew shalom meaning “peace”. As a surname, it’s seems to have originated from Latin sol. Spelled Sól, it’s…

Ingram

Ingram is an English surname derived from Norman French Enguerrand which is the Medieval French form of Engilram, a Germanic name. The second part of the name comes from Germanic hramn (raven) though the first part of the name is a little trickier. It could be from Angil, the name of a Germanic tribe possibly meaning “angel”, though it could also be derived…

Thurstan

Thurstan comes from an English surname derived from Norse given name Torsten, from Old Norse Þórsteinn meaning “Thor’s stone”, Thor being the Norse god of thunder, strength, war, and storms . His name means “thunder”. Origin: Old Norse Variants: Thorstein (Norwegian) Torstein (Norwegian) Torsten (Swedish, Danish, German) Thorsten (Danish, Swedish, German) Torsti (Finnish) Turstin (Medieval English)…

Ran

Ran is a Japanese feminine name meaning “orchid” (蘭) though there could be other meanings depending on the kanji used. Ran is also a Chinese surname (冉) which could mean “tender” or “weak”. Rán (pronounced rawn) is also the name of a goddess of the sea in Norse mythology who captures sailors in her net and drowns them….