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Gender: Male Meaning of Gunnar: "bold warrior" Origin of Gunnar: Scandinavian variation of Gunther Gunnar's Popularity in 2017: #437

The name Gunnar is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "bold warrior". Gunnar is ranked #437 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

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

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Famous People Named Gunnar

Gunnar Hámundarson aka Gunnar of Hlíðarendi, Icelandic chieftain
Gunnar Nelson, Icelandic mixed martial artist
Gunnar Einarsson, Icelandic footballer
Gunnar Peterson, American celebrity physical trainer
(Karl) Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist; winner of the Nobel Prize
(Johan) Gunnar Gren, Swedish footballer
Gunnar Vingren, Swedish Pentecostal missionary
Gunnar Fridtjof Thurmann Sønsteby, leader of the Norwegian resistance in WWII
Gunnar Nilsson, Swedish racing driver
(Nils) Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish footballer
Gunnar Sizemore, American voice actor
Gunnar Heinsohn, German author and sociologist
Gunnar Deatherage, American fashion designer and contestant on "Project Runway"
Gunnar Eric Nelson, American musician, son of actor/musician Ricky Nelson, twin brother of Matthew Gray Nelson
Gunnar Esiason (b. 1991), son of NFL player Boomer Esiason
Gunnar Tiga Peterson (b. 2000), son of reality TV personality Gervase Peterson ("Survivor")
Gunnar Flowers (b. 2009), son of singer Brandon Flowers of The Killers
Gunnar West Montana (b. 2014), son of country singer Randy Montana
Gunnar Carmack Gray (b. 2015), son of baseball player Sonny Gray
Gunnar Knox Klinkhammer (b. 2015), son of ice hockey player Rob Klinkhammer

Pop Culture References for the name Gunnar

Gunnar Scott, character on TV show "Nashville"
Gunnar, character from the TV series "Sinbad"

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.