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Gender: Male Meaning of Thor: "thunder" Origin of Thor: Norse

The name Thor is a boy's name of Norse origin meaning "thunder". Thor and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Thor, the powerful name of the Norse god of thunder, strength and rain, would make a bold statement. Long a comic book staple, Thor has now invaded the big screen, and could land on birth certificates as well.

Thor Heyerdahl was a famous Norwegian anthropologist/adventurer, author of the book Kon Tiki.

In Norse mythology, Thor was the son of Odin--another crossover name possibility--who was sometimes referred to as Bjorn in Old Norse poetry. Tor is a popular variation (which is also the Hebrew name of a bird that symbolizes the arrival of spring).

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Famous People Named Thor

Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer
Thor Freudenthal, Film director
Thor Fields, American actor and guitarist

Pop Culture References for the name Thor

Thor, Norse god of thunder
Thor, superhero in Marvel's "Thor" and "The Avengers" series, based on the god
Thor, main character of anime/manga "Jyu-Oh-Sei" (Planet of the Beast King)
Thor Lundgren, character in the TV show "Nurse Jackie"

Thor's International Variations

Thorian, Thoren (Scandinavian)


pindorama Says:


Theodore nn Thor?

ceruleanstardust Says:


I really like Thor (and Thora), but does it sound too much like the word thaw?

patriciatm Says:


My husband loves Thor (the superhero) but I can't bring myself to use this name. I am on the hunt for a name that could be linked back to charcter but isnt so obvious.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't think this is usable, but Thora for a girl is lovely, and very usable.

Miri Says:



The Ubiquitous Shadow Says:


I love the name, although the superhero Thor is so very tied to the name that teasing will occur

EW314 Says:


Out of interest, what's his full name? Theodore? Thor is an awesome nn!

Amaya Says:


My uncle is named Thor and loves It. I considered it but seeing as my husband and I both wear glasses, I would hate to have our child teased with "Thor eyes".

Mirimouse Says:


I would love to meet a baby Thor!

mabespark Says:


Very macho, but is it too tied to the superhero?

LexieM Says:


I really love Thor as a nn. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to use it as a fn and I think as a nn it’s a wonderful choice. I’ve been considering it as a nn for Theodor/e or Victor etc

vampangel Says:


I actually like Thor, but would probably go with Thorn instead, I don't know if I'd be brave enough to use Thor.

nicgeere Says:


It's our boys nick name, while we decide on a life long one.