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Gender: Male Meaning of Ragnar: "warrior or judgment" Origin of Ragnar: Norse

The name Ragnar is a boy's name of Norse origin meaning "warrior or judgment". Ragnar and is often added to lists like Strong Boy Names That Mean Power and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

An fearsome old Norse name with a long history in Scandinavia. It's gotten a boost in the States from popularity of the History Channel drama "Vikings," in which the protagonist is named Ragnar. Ragnar Lodbrok (meaning "shaggy pants") was a legendary warrior whose story was told in the Viking sagas. Ragnar also recalls name of the Norse Judgment Day, Ragnarök.

Easier versions here would be Raynor or Rainier, as in the late prince of Monaco.

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Famous People Named Ragnar

Ragnar Þórhallsson, Icelandic musician of band Of Monsters and Men
Ragnar Klavan, Estonian footballer
Ragnar Sigurðsson, Icelandic footballer
Ragnar Hovland, Norwegian novelist
Ragnar Arthur Granit, Finnish-Swedish physiologist
Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch, Norwegian economist who coined "macro/microeconomics"

Pop Culture References for the name Ragnar

Ragnar Lodbrok, a legendary Norse ruler and hero from the Viking Age and main character in the 2013 TV series "Vikings"
Ragnar Danneskjold, character in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events.
Ragnarok, freeware roguelike video game for DOS
Ragnar the Red, a song from the video game "Skyrim"
Ragnar McRyan, character in video game 'Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen'
Ragnar Volarus, character in Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy

Rannier, Rainor, Rainier, Regner, Raneir, Rayner, Reinold, Reiner, Ranier, Ragnor, Rainer, Raynar

Ragnar's International Variations

Ranieri (Italian) Raynor (Scandinavian) Reinhold (Swedish)


sriowa Says:




i'm sorry

Ship In A Bottle Says:


Ah, a fine but bloody tale..

TinyTurtle Says:


Norse names are truly some of the best names. From Astrid to Freya to Olaf to Ragnar, you can't go wrong with a good ol' Norse name.

Orchid_Lover Says:


Holy smokes jumped to 19 in 2014

KimiGrace Says:


This is seriously growing on me...damn you, Vikings, for being so GOOD.

Orchid_Lover Says:


8 Ragnars on the SSA list in 2013, I wonder if it will ever stick around or just keep making these occasional appearances.

oiseau Says:


Love the show Vikings, and also this name! Bjorn is another great one.

Sunshine Kid Says:


I really like this name, it sounds continental and handsome!