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In Viking days, great care was taken when assigning a name to a baby.
Traditional Viking naming conventions meant that names were often chosen in one of three ways.
Babies could be named after a relative, which was believed to pass on the ancestor’s luck to the new babe.
Then of course there were the Gods. Naming a child after a God was just one of the ways that Vikings chose to honour the gods they revered so much. New names were also created that stemmed from God names, such as Thorald or Thorgest from the name Thor.
Another naming tradition in Viking families was to name all siblings with names that began with the same letter or sound, such as Astrid, Aster, Asta, Ashild, etc.
The result is a whole list of baby names that pay tribute to these incredible Scandinavian seafarers. You can find some of our favourites in the galleries below …
Meaning: Forebear, ancestor
Meaning: Eternal ruler
Meaning: Man of peace
Meaning: Dweller in the valley, God is my judge, from Denmark
Meaning: King forever, eternal ruler
Meaning: Heir of the clan chief
Meaning: “He who stands alone”
Meaning: Lord and ruler
Meaning: Bow warrior, archer
Meaning: Descendant, beloved
Meaning: The trickster god
Meaning: Big, mighty
Meaning: God of the Viking gods
Meaning: Army ruler
Meaning: Fame and spear
Meaning: God of thunder and lightning
Meaning: Noble ruler
Meaning: Beautiful goddess, divine strength
Meaning: As beautiful as a god
Meaning: Poetry, wealthy, happy
Meaning: Noble, forever strong
Freya (or Freja)
Meaning: Fertility and love goddess
Meaning: Woman of peace
Meaning: Divine woman
Meaning: Hero’s daughter
Meaning: Chaste, pure
Meaning: Shield maiden
Meaning: Of life
Meaning: Goddess of poetry and history
Meaning: The village with willows
Meaning: Beautiful victory woman
Meaning: Secret lore
Meaning: of the god Thor
This article first appeared on Practical Parenting and has been republished with permission.