Names

Names

The following section lists names appropriate to Northern and Ethelling cultures. Other cultures in the world of Midhgardhur obviously have their own naming traditions. Non-humans may have their own alien naming traditions, but tend to adopt names matching the surrounding human cultures (e.g., an alfur from Nyrheimur has a Northern name, a lytling from Ethelland has an Ethelling name, etc.). This pattern holds true across much of the world.

Northern Names

Northern Names follow a consistent pattern. Every Northerner has a given name. Male names differ from female names. When further specification is required, the Northerners add a patronymic (a name derived from the father’s name) or a nickname, or both. Hence, a Northern man might simply be named Arngrimur, or more specifically Arngrimur Ketilsson (Arngrimur son of Ketill) or Arngrimur the Bold, or even Arngrimur Ketilsson the Bold.

See this website for more ideas: Old Norse Names

Male Names

Adhalsteinn, Adhils, Aella, Aghi, Agmundur, Agnar, Aki, Aleifur, Alfarr, Alrek, An, Angantyr, Anlaf, Anskar, Aran, Ari, Armod, Arnfinn, Arngrimur, Arni, Arnlaug, Arnthorr, Arnulf, Arnvidhur, Asbjorn, Asgeirr, Asgrimur, Asketill, Askold, Askur, Asmundur, Asvaldur, Atli, Auda, Bard, Barri, Beiti, Bergthor, Bersi, Bild, Birgir, Bjarki, Bjarkmar, Bjarni, Bjartur, Bjorn, Bodhvarr, Borgar, Bosi, Brandur, Brynjarr, Brynjolf, Budli, Bui, Dagfinnur, Dagur, Drott, Eddval, Egill, Eileifur, Einarr, Eindridhi, Eirikur, Eitill, Eldgrimur, Erlendur, Erlingur, Eylimi, Eyolf, Eysteinn, Eyvindur, Fafnir, Finnur, Finnbogi, Fjolmod, Fjolnir, Fjori, Floki, Flosi, Folki, Franmar, Freki, Fridgeirr, Fridleif, Fridhjofur, Frodhi, Frosti, Fyri, Gardar, Gardi, Gauk, Gauti, Gautrek, Gautstafur, Gair, Geirmund, Geirrod, Geirstein, Geirthjof, Gest, Gilli, Gilling, Gizur, Gjuki, Glammad, Gorm, Gothorm, Grani, Granmar, Grettir, Grimur, Grimhild, Gripir, Grundi, Gudhbrandur, Gudhfridhur, Gudhormur, Gudmund, Gulbrandur, Gunnarr, Gunnbjorn, Gunnlaug, Gust, Guthorm, Hadding, Haeming, Hafgrimur, Hagal, Hak, Haki, Hakon, Halfdan, Hallbjorn, Halldorr, Hallsteinn, Hallthorr, Hallvardhur, Hamdir, Haraldur, Harek, Hasteinn, Hauk, Havard, Hedin, Heidrek, Heimir, Helgi, Hemming, Herbjorn, Herleifur, Herthjof, Hervard, Hildigrimur, Hjalmarr, Hjalprek, Hjalti, Hjorleif, Hjorolf, Hjort, Hjorvard, Hlodvard, Hlodhver, Hodbroddur, Hogni, Hoketill, Holgi, Holmgeir, Hoskuld, Hosvir, Hraerek, Hrafn, Hrafnkel, Hrani, Hrapp, Hreggvid, Hrethel, Hringur, Hroaldur, Hroarr, Hrodhgeirr, Hrodholfur, Hrodmar, Hroerekur, Hroi, Hrolfur, Hrollaug, Hrosskel, Hrotti, Hugleikur, Hunding, Hunthjof, Hvitserkur, Hymling, Idmund, Illugi, Imsigull, Ingi, Ingimarr, Ingjald, Ingolfur, Ingvarr, Isleifur, Ivarr, Jarnskeggi, Jokul, Jormunrek, Kalf, Kali, Kari, Karlsefni, Ketill, Kjar, Knui, Knutur, Kol, Kolbein, Kolskeggi, Kori, Krabbi, Kraki, Lambi, Leifur, Ljot, Ljotolf, Magnus, Melnir, Neri, Njall, Oddur, Ofeig, Ogmund, Olafur, Olvir, Orkning, Ormur, Orr, Orri, Otrygg, Ottar, Ozur, Radhulfur, Ragnarr, Ragnvaldur, Randulfur, Ref, Reginn, Rennir, Rodstaff, Rognvaldur, Rolf, Runi, Runolf, Saemundur, Sigfrodhur, Sigmundur, Sigsteinn, Sigurdhur, Sighvat, Sigvaldi, Sindri, Sinfjotli, Sirnir, Sjolf, Skjoldur, Skuli, Skuma, Sladfid, Smid, Snaeulf, Snaevar, Snidil, Snorri, Sokki, Solmundur, Somarlidhur, Solvi, Sorkvir, Sorli, Soti, Starkad, Steinn, Steinkel, Steinthorr, Stigandur, Stigur, Storvirk, Styr, Styrkarr, Svafnir, Svafrlami, Svart, Sveinn, Sverrir, Svidi, Svipdagur, Thjodrek, Thjodolf, Thjostolf, Thorbjorn, Thorbrandur, Thordhur, Thorfinn, Thorgeirr, Thorgestur, Thorgnyr, Thorgisl, Thorgrimur, Thorhall, Thorir, Thorkell, Thorketill, Thorleifur, Thorleikur, Thormodhur, Thorir, Thormodhur, Thorsteinn, Thorvaldur, Thrand, Thvari, Tind, Toki, Tosti, Tryggvi, Tyrfing, Ubbi, Ulfur, Ulfhedinn, Valdimarr, Vidgrip, Vifill (“beetle,” common thrall name), Vignir, Vikar, Visin, Vogg, Volund, Yngvi, Ynvar

Female Names

Adhalbjorg, Aesa, Alfdis, Alfhildur, Alof, Arnbjorg, Arnora, Asa, Asdis, Asfridhur, Asgerd, Aslaug, Asleif, Asta, Astridhur, Aud, Bekkhild, Bera, Bergljot, Bergthor, Bestla, Bodvild, Borghildur, Borgny, Brynhildur, Brynja, Busla, Dagmaer, Dagny, Dotta, Edda, Edny, Elsa, Elva, Eirika, Eydis, Eyfura, Fjotra, Freydis, Fridha, Galumvor, Geirrid, Gjaflaug, Grima, Grimhildur, Groa, Gudhlaug, Gudhridhur, Gudhrun, Gullrond, Gunnbjorg, Gunnhildur, Gunnvor, Gydha, Halldis, Hallfridhur, Hallgerd, Hallthora, Hallveig, Hekja, Helga, Herborg, Herdis, Herkja, Hervor, Hildigunn, Hildirid, Hildur, Hjordis, Hjotra, Hleid, Hrafnhild, Hrefna, Hrodrglod, Hrodyn, Hvit, Idhunn, Inga, Ingibjorg, Ingigerghur, Ingridhur, Ingunn, Ingvildur, Isgerd, Jorunnur, Kara, Katla, Kolfrosta, Kostbera, Lofnheid, Lofthaena, Lyngheid, Myrgjol, Nauma, Oddrun, Olof (Fem. of Olafur), Olvor, Ragna, Ragnbjorg, Ragnfridhur, Ragnheidhur, Ragnhildur, Rannveig, Runa, Saereid, Signy, Sigridhur, Sigrun, Sigrlinn, Silksif, Sinrjod, Skjalf, Solveig, Svanhvit, Svanhildur, Sylgja, Thjodhild, Thora, Thorbjorg, Thordis, Thorfinna, Thorfridhur, Thorgerdur, Thorgunna, Thorhalla, Thorhildur, Thorkatla, Thorny, Thorunn, Throa, Thurid, Thyra, Thyri, Tofa, Unnur, Vaetild, Valdis, Valgerdur, Var, Vigdis, Yngvildur, Yrsa

Patronymics

Patronymics are names formed from the name of a parent, specifically the father. It takes the form of a possessive form of a name plus the word “son” or “dottir” (daughter). Hence, a man named Grimur may be known as Grimur Leifsson if he is the son of Leifur. A woman named Brynhildur may be known as Brynhildur Grimsdottir if she is the daughter of a man named Grimur. If you are not sure how to form the possessive of a name, you can compound with a hyphen, like “Grimur’s-dottir,” or “daughter of Grimur.”

Common Nicknames

Absent-minded, Bag-nose, Bare-foot, Bare-legs, Beard, Belly-shaker, Berserks-killer, Bitter, Black, Blind, Blood-axe, Blue-tooth, Bold, Braggart, Brave, Broad-shouldered, Bull, Bear, Candle, Clerk, Crow, Deep-minded, Dueller, Fair, Fat, Feeble, Fetter-hound, Finehair, Fish-hook, Flat-nose, Flayer, Fool, Fork-beard, Fosterer, Gentle, Goat-shoe, Golden, Good, Gossip, Grey, Grey-cloak, Hairy, Hairy-breeks, Hairy-cheek, Half-troll, Handsome, Hardhradhi (“Ruthless”), Hard-mouth, Hard-sailor, Hare-foot, Heath-cock, Hook, Horse-head, Hot-head, Hunter, Huntsman, Iron-wood, Iron-side, Keen-eyed, Killer, Lace-cuff, Lean, Learned, Lesser, Little, Long-leg, Lucky, Mansion-might, Mighty, Night-sun, Noisy, Old, One-hand, Overbearing, Pale, Paunch-shaker, Peaceful, Peacock, Pickled, Pilgrim, Pin-leg, Pious, Powerful, Proud, Priest, Prow-gleam, Quiet, Rascal, Raven, Red, Serpent-tongue, Shabby, Short, Showy, Silk-beard, Skinflint, Skull-splitter, Sleekstone-eye, Slender, Smooth-tongue, Snake-in-the-eye, Stout, Strong, Stubborn, Swarthy, Swift-sailor, Tall, Tree-foot, Unruly, Wealthy, Wartooth, Wealthy, Whelp, White, Wild, Wise, Worrier, Wry-mouth, Wry-neck, XXX’s-bane, XXX’s-killer, XXX-slayer, Yeoman, Young
Other common nicknames include those based on place of origin, such as “Northerner,” “Southerner,” “Easterner,” Westerner," “of XXX,” etc.

Ethelling Names

Common Ethelling names differ somewhat from common Northern names, just as the Theodisc language differe somewhat from the Northern Thjodhisk. Naming traditions among the Ethellingar are in flux; the old tradition is similar to the North (given name and patronymic and/or nickname), but the newer tradition is to establish family names based on location or profession, like “Baker,” “Fletcher,” “Cooper,” “Lake,” etc.

For more ideas, see this website: Anglo-Saxon Names

Male Ethelling Names

Aldhelm, Aelfgar, Aelfheah, Aelfraed, Aelfric, Aelfstan, Aelfwine, Aelfwold, Aesc, Aethelbeorht, Aethelfridh, Aethelmaer, Aethelric, Aethelstan, Aethelwine, Aethelwold, Aethelwulf, Alcuin, Arcil, Bede, Bergred, Caedmon, Cerdric, Cuthred, Cwicca, Cwichelm, Cynefridh, Dunstan, Eadberht, Eadgar, Eadgils, Eadmund, Eadweard, Eadwig, Eadwine, Ealdgydh, Ealdraed, Eastmund, Ecceard, Ecgberht, Ecgferth, Ella, Eoforwine, Erkenbert, Froda, Gerbert, Glaedwine, Godric, Godwine, Guthfrith, Guthwulf, Harold, Hrodhgar, Hrodhulf, Ine, Leofdaeg (also f.), Leofric, Leofwine, Merla, Offa, Ordlaf, Osbeorn, Osberht, Osgar Osmund, Osweald, Oswine, Oswy, Raedweald, Saxwulf, Scyld, Sigeberht, Swidhhin, Weohstan, Weohweard, Wilfridh, Wilheard, Wine, Winfridh, Wulfgar, Wulfgeat, Wulfhere, Wulfric, Wulfstan

Female Ethelling Names

Aelfflaed, Aelfgifu, Aelfthrydh, Aethelflaed, Aethelthrydh, Cyneburga, Eadburga, Eadgydh, Eanfled, Emma, Eoforhild, Fridhuswith, geatflaeda, Godgyfu, Hereweard, Hereweald, Hild, Hilda, Leofdaeg (also m.), Mildburg, Mildgydh, Mildthrydh, Sunngifu, Wilburh, Wulfrida, Yrse

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