Norse Girls Names

- also for modern girls

Let us take a closer look at the old Norse Girl's Names, that means with girl's names with origin in the periode from year 800 - 1400.

At that time, the Old-Norse language was spoken in Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroes, Åland, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales and many other regions. Many names from that periode has still in use, if not exactly like then.


Lets take a look at some of these names now, and start with one of the most popular.


Liv

Liv is a female name with its origin in the Old-Norse word "hlif" that means "shelter" or "protection". Other old-Norse variations of the name is Hlíf, Hlífa and Lífa.

Most known meaning: "protection"

Official name day in Norway: October 2.

Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about Liv: 25 783 women. Ranked as nr. 5


Annbjørg

Annbjørg is an Old-Norse female name, made from the name "Arnbjørg" which is the modern form of the Old-Norse name "Arnbjǫrg"

The first part of the name comes from the word "ǫrn", which means "eagle" or "arinn". The second part of the name is made by the words "bjarga" (save) or "bjǫrg" (help or castle).

Most known meaning: "eagle" + "save/rescue" or castle".

Official name day in Norway: May 26.


Popularity in Norway (2006)

Norwegian statistics about these names:


Annbjørg: 982 women. Ranked as nr. 339

Anbjørg: 431 women. Ranked as nr. 515


Aslaug and Åslaug

Aslaug and Åslaug are Norwegian female names with origin in the Old-Norse names "áss" and "laug".

Most known meaning: "God" and "promised"

Official name day in Norway: January 6.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about the name Aslaug:

5933 women. Ranked as nr. 101


Astrid

Astrid is a female name with Old-Norse origin. The Old-Norse form of the name was "Ástríðr", and the name means "full of love", "beauty" or "she who is loved by the Gods".

Estrith is an old-Danish form of the name, and Astridh and Æstridh are old-Swedish forms of the name.

The name is also supposed to be a short-form of the name "Katarina"


Most known meaning: "God" and "beautiful"


Official name day in Norway: April 13.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about these names:

Astrid: 20 562 women. Ranked as nr. 8

Astri: 2234 women. Ranked as nr. 223


Aud

Aud is a female name with origin in the old_norse word "auðr" which means "wealth" or "happiness".

Aud is a very common name in Norway, and was among the most used name on new-born girls during the years 1930 - 1950.

Most known meaning: "wealth"


Official name day in Norway: July 30.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about the name Aud: 13 272 women. Ranked as nr. 36


Bjørg

Bjørg is a female name with its origin in the Old-Norse word "bjǫrg" which means "rescue", "help" or "shelter".The name was first used in combination with other names, like "Torbjørg".

Most known meaning: "rescue", "help" or "shelter".


Official name day in Norway: June 11.


Popularity in Norway (2006)

Norwegian statistics about the name Bjørg:

20 191 women. Ranked as nr. 10


Borghild

Borghild is a female name from Old-Norse origin. The name comes from "castle", which in Norwegian is the word "borg".

Borg can also mean "shelter", and "hild" or "hildr" means "battle" or "fight/war".

Most known meaning: "Shelter against war"


Official name day in Norway: December 2.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about the name Borghild:

4213 women. Ranked as nr. 143


Elida

Elida is a female name with Old-Norse origin. It was some in use before 1930, but not much used after that.

The name comes from the ship "Ellidi" in "The Saga about Frithjof", and means "fast sailer", or "sailer with wings".

Most known meaning: "fast sailer", or "sailer with wings".


Official name day in Norway: None


Popularity in Norway (2006):


Norwegian statistics about the name Elida: 507 women. Ranked as nr. 466


Dagny

Dagny is a female name with origin in the Old-Norse name "Dagný", from the words "dagr" which means "day", and "ný" which means "new".

The name is most common in Island.

Most known meaning: "day" and "new"


Official name day in Norway: September 11.


Popularity in Norway:

Norwegian statistics about the name Dagny:

2702 women. Ranked as nr. 193


Gudrun

Gudrun is a female name from Old-Norse origin, made from the words "guð" which means "God" and the word "rún" which means "hidden knowledge" or also "faithful friend".

The name is known in Runic inscriptions as kuþrunᚲᚢᚦᚱᚢᚾ.

The name Gudrun was one of the most popular names in Norway in the time between 1890 and 1930, but since then the popularity has decreased.

Most known meaning: "God" and "hidden knowledge"


Official name day in Norway: November 24.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about the name Gudrun:

5255 women. Ranked as nr. 114


Gunn

Gunn is a female name with its origin in the Old-Norse word "gunnr" which means "fight", "battle" or "war".

The Old Norse name was "Gunnr", and is also known in Runic Inscriptions as kuniaᚲᚢᚾᛁᚨ

Gunn is also used in combination with a lot of other names, such as Ingunn, Gunvor, Gunhild, Hildegunn, Margunn, Torgunn, Gunnlaug, Gunnbjørg, Solgunn.

Most known meaning: "battle"


Official name day in Norway: January 9.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about the name Gunn: 9372 women. Ranked as nr. 61


Helga

Helga is an Old-Norse name, made from the male name "Helge" which again comes from the word "heilagr" or in English: "holy".

Most known meaning: "holy"


Official name day in Norway: September 30.


Popularity in Norway:

Norwegian statistics about the name Helga:

5029 women. Ranked as nr. 120


Inger

Inger is a female name from Old-Norse origin. It might be a short form of the name "Ingegerd" which is made by the old-Norse name "Ingigerðr".

Inger is a common name in all Scandinavia, and was very much used on new born girls in Norway in the periode 1920 - 1960.

In 2005 more than 34000 women in Norway was named Inger, which makes it the second most used name after "Anne".

Most known meaning: the God "Ing" and "farm" or "beautiful".


Official name day: February 26.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about the name Inger:

34 909 women. Ranked as nr. 2


Ragnhild

Ragnhild is a female name with origin in the Old-Norse name "Ragnhildr" which was quite common from year 800.

The name is known from Runic Inscriptions as "rahniltr" ᚱᚨᚺᚾᛁᛚᛏᚱ (rahniltr), or "raknhiltr" ᚱᚨᚲᚾᚺᛁᛚᛏᚱ(raknhiltr). The name is put together from "Ragn" which means "council" or "decision" and " -hildr" which means "battle".

Ragnhild is a very common name in Norway, and became most popular in Norway when the Norwegian Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha gave their first born child the name Ragnhild Alexandra (born June 9. 1930).


Official name day in Norway: May 17.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about the name Ragnhild:

15 981 women. Ranked as nr. 21


Signy and Signe

Signy is a female name after the Old-Norse names "sigr" which means "victory", and the word "nýr" which means "new".

The name "Signe" has the same meaning, and is much more used today than Signy.

Most known meaning: "victory" and "new"


Official name day in Norway: August 23.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about these names:

Signy: 914 women. Ranked as nr. 347

Signe: 6509 women. Ranked as nr. 88


Sigrid and Siri

Sigrid is a Norwegian female name from Old Norse language, and means "beautiful victory".

Name is consisting of the word "sig" that comes from the Old-Norse word "sigr" and means "victory" and "rid" from the old-norse word "fríðr" that means "beautiful".

Old-Norse variations of the name is "Sigfríðr", "Sigríða", "Sigríðr". The name is known from Runic Inscriptions as "sikriþ" ᛊᛁᚲᚱᛁᚦ (sikriþ) eller "siriþ" ᛊᛁᚱᛁᚦ (siriþ).

An even more populare variation of the name is "Siri".

Most known meaning: "beautiful victory"


Official name day in Norway: June 12.


Popularity in Norway (2006):

Norwegian statistics about these names:

Sigrid: 7546 women. Ranked as nr. 78

Siri: 8122 women. Ranked as nr. 73


Solveig

Solveig is a female name from the Old-Norse name "Sǫlveig".

The first part comes probably from the Old-Norse word "salr" which means "house", and the second part might be coming from "víg" (strength).

Most known meaning: "house" and "strength".


Official name day in Norway: September 1.


Popularity in Norway (2006)

Norwegian statistics about the name Solveig:

20 806 women. Ranked as nr. 7


Tone

Tone is a female name with origin in the Old-Norse name "Þorný" which comes from the God-name " Þórr" (Tor) and "nýr" (new).

Most known meaning: "Tor" and "new".


Official name day in Norway: June 13.


Popularity in Norway (2006)

Norwegian statistics about the name Tone:

15 171 women. Ranked as nr. 26


Turid

Turid is a variation of the female name "Torfrid" which is made from the God-name "Þórr" (Tor) and the Old-Norse word "fríðr" (beautiful).

Most known meaning: "Tor" and "beautiful".

Official name day in Norway: January 8.


Popularity in Norway (2006)

Norwegian statistics about the name Turid:

11 982 women. Ranked as nr. 43


Åshild

Åshild are in some use in Norway, but very rare in other countries.

The varyation "Áshildur" is known in Island.

In Norway "Åshild" was most popular during the 1940's.

Most known meaning: "God" and "battle".


Official name day in Norway: February 8.


Popularity in Norway (2006)

Norwegian statistics about the name Åshild:

3226 woman. Ranked as nr. 172




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