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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 Cool Boy Names From Ancient Cultures and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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)