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Gender: Female Pronunciation: goo-drun Meaning of Gudrun: "battle" Origin of Gudrun: Scandinavian

The name Gudrun is a girl's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "battle". Gudrun and is often added to lists like Names with Military Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover name game: from one gender to the other".

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Difficult name familiar here mainly via D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love.

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Famous People Named Gudrun

Gudrun, Germanic mythological figure
Gudrun Ure, Scottish actress
Gudrun Schyman, Swedish politician
Gudrun Landgrebe, German actress
Gudrun Pausewang, German children's author
Guðrún Helgadóttir, Icelandic children's author
Gudrun Sjödén, Swedish clothing designer

Pop Culture References for the name Gudrun

Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir, main character in the Medieval Icelandic Laxdæla saga

Guthrunn, Guthrun, Guthrunne, Gudrunne, Gudruna, Gudrunn, Gudrinn, Gudren, Gudrin, Gudrid, Gudritin


ginnnn Says:


i REALLY love this name. i'm not even exaggerating. my mother was planning to give me this name (as a result of reading dh lawrence's "women in love" and liking the character of gudrun), but decided that it would be a bad decision and went to "amy". although i probably would have hated having this name if i was given it, i've still completely fallen in love with it. i can understand why others might not like it - it does sound harsh, and it doesn't really sound very feminine at all. i know a lot of people won't understand my thought process behind this, but i still really like it, and i really like the meaning too.

although a nickname wouldn't be necessary at all for this, i think "gin" ("jin") would be nice if it didn't already have the name of an alcoholic beverage. it has a nice place of origin, and can be easily adapted and introduced to an english-speaking country. again, it would be perfect if it wasn't already an alcoholic drink.

beachbear Says:


How was the race? Did you have a gudrun?

Daiseymae Says:


If you like this name so much, then name your daughter it. I don't like it. Oh the horror that I expressed my opinion! Everyone is not going to like a name. Some posts will be negative. This isn't the "I Love Gudren" forum. Go regurgitate your drivel to someone who actually cares. Boo hoo!

lirio Says:


Saying 'I don't give a crap what you think' is the most ridiculous thing to say on a comment thread literally designed for people to discuss their ideas. Why are you here if you're not interested in reading what other people think?? You were the one that started the thread, so you obviously think that people should listen to your opinion, but at the same think it's OK to dismiss other people's opinions as irrelevant. You can't have it both ways. If you want people to value your opinion then you have to show you value theirs. Otherwise you just sound like a petulant child. You can insult all you want, but the fact remains that it is a double standard to say Gudrun is unusable because it was the name of Himmler's daughter (who was a child in the war) when lots of people use Eva, the name of Hitler's wife who actually participated in the war as an adult. Especially when for most people Gudrun from Women in Love is the first thing that comes to mind, not some obscure Nazi child.

Daiseymae Says:


Agreed. It is harsh and very unappealing.

lesliemarion Says:


How is it relevant that a Nazi named his daughter Gudrun? The head Nazi's wife was named Eva and it is a highly popular and loved name in the U.S. Hmmmm.... could it be that Gudrun "sounds" German and that "makes" it bad? Who to malign next... Gertrude, Wilhelmina, Winifred? As a German-American, I have no tolerance for this sort of thing.

Daiseymae Says:


It was Himmler's daughter's name.

lirio Says:


My head's telling me you're right. But somehow my heart disagrees... I can't figure out why but I think I really like this name!

Daiseymae Says:


I would stay away from this one.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I only know this name at all via "Women in Love". It doesn't work that well in English speaking countries, although not difficult to spell or pronounce, because the sound is harsh and not very appealing.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I'm pretty sure that Gudrun means "divine rune/divine wisdom" not "battle". Either way, I think that it's a bit too harsh, and the nickname possibilities don't look too promising.