Gender: Male Meaning of Gunnar: "bold warrior" Origin of Gunnar: Scandinavian variation of Gunther Gunnar's Popularity in 2019: #498

Gunnar Origin and Meaning

The name Gunnar is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "bold warrior".

A key figure in Norse legend and a traditional Scandinavian favorite making inroads here.

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Rank in US: #498

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Pop Culture References for the name Gunnar

Gunther, Gunter, Guntar


indiefendi2 Says:


It just doesn’t sit right with me saying “gunner” knowing that it’s goo-nar.

danirose01 Says:


I'm intrigued by this name... I hate guns but the Project Runway designer sold me on it.

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cabosanmucus Says:


if you're going this route in America, might as well spell it Gunner. Not for controversy but for pronunciation.

SoDallas3 Says:


I love the English sound of Gunnar rather than GOO-nar. For me, it has nothing to do with violence or machismo, but it feels similar in sound to Gardener which I also love. I'd still use it. Plus my boyfriend is of Scandinavian descent.

EW314 Says:


I love Scandinavian names, but this is just too much machismo. I'd perhaps name a pitbull this, but not a sweet little baby.

TaliaCat Says:


Umm, no

juliabrowneyes Says:


There was a contestant on Project Runway who was literally named Gunnar Deatherage.

Zelliew Says:


Sorry - No positive vibes here

jordalini Says:


I like this spelling more than the Gunner spelling because it brings the name back to its Scandinavian roots, and I love Scandinavian names.