Category: Norse mythological names
Even if you havenât hit the multiplex lately, youâve probably heard that the hammer-wielding Thor is winning critical acclaim and drawing in crowds.Â Could the movie inspire parents to look north to Norse mythology names for baby name inspiration?
After all, weâve borrowed from Greek and Roman mythology for generations.Â From classics like Diana to current favorites like Luna, thereâs no shortage of appealing options.Â Pierce Brosnan has a son called Paris, and Chris Noth named his firstborn Orion.
Norse mythology names are not as well known, and many of them are awkward in English.Â (Frigg would be downright cruel, no matter how noble the figure.)Â Most of the list below comes from the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda, two compilations dating to the thirteenth century, but including much older oral traditions.
Whether youâre a fan of the comic or looking for a name that celebrates your Scandinavian heritage, there are some interesting possibilities to be found.
Astrilde â Invented in the sixteenth century invention as a Norse equivalent of Cupid, sheâs not part of the original pantheon, but appears in plenty of poems.
Atla â A minor water goddess.
Edda â Several theories explain why Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson chose to name his collection the Prose Edda.Â One of the most popular theories is that it comes from a Latin phrase meaning âI compose.âÂ The Edda Awards are Reykjavikâs answer to the Oscars.
Weâre all familiar with the ancient Greek and Roman pantheons of mythological deities, from Adonis and Athena to Zeus, but there a number of other ancient names from other cultures with their own pantheons of intriguing god and goddesses.Â Weâve delved into the some of the most intriguing mythologiesâEgyptian, Â Phoenician, Norse, Celtic, Indian, African, et al– and discovered some striking ancient names for the intrepid baby namer.
ĂINE (AWN-ya)– Irish Celtic goddess of love, summer, wealth and fertility
AINO (EYE-no)Â –Â A Finnish mythological water sprite
ANAHITA –Â A Persian mythological goddess of river and water
ANNIKKI (accent on the first syllable) –Â A forest goddess in Finnish mythology
ANU â Irish Celtic goddess of fertility, magic, moon, air and prosperity
ASTARTE – Ancient Phoenician goddess of love, fertility, motherhood and war (morphed into Greek mythology as Aphrodite)
ASTRILD â Norse goddess of love
ATLAâNorse water goddess
BELISAMA â A Celtic goddess of light and fire
BRANWEN âIrish Celtic goddess of love, beauty, sexuality and the sea
BRIGHID (pronounced breed) — Â Irish goddess of fertility and creativity, martial arts and healing
DANU –Â Irish Celtic mother of the deities , goddess of rivers, water, magic, prosperity and wisdom
ELAINE â A Welsh Celtic maiden moon goddess
FREYA â Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, magic and wisdom; the most beautiful of the goddesses
INANNA –Â A Sumerian goddess of the earth, sky and loveâand also war
ISIS â an Egyptian goddess, known as mistress of charms or enchantments
KALMA â Finnish goddess of death and decay (maybe skip this one)
KALI â Hindu goddess of power (andâoopsâdestruction)
LAKSHMIâHindu goddess of beauty and prosperity, purity, chastity and generosity
LEZAÂ — African goddess of protection and divination