15 Names for Your Cat Based on Norse Mythology

Updated on October 3, 2019
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Teeuwynn lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, one dog, one cat, and two rats. She is a long-time pet lover.

Picking a Name for Your Cat

There is a whole world of places to get cat names from, so how do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your new kitty? One way is to look at what a name means. Mythology is a great place to turn for names brimming with meaning. Everything from gods and goddesses, to nymphs and even mystic locations, can make great names for your kitten or cat.

Norse mythology comes from the region of Northern Europe known as Scandinavia, in which a pantheon of gods led by Odin, the All-Father, have adventures, fight their enemies, and fight each other in these myths. In this article, we'll look at 15 names out of Norse mythology that could be just right for your cat.

1. Asgard

Asgard is one of the nine worlds of Norse mythology. It is the home of Odin and many of the Norse gods. It exists floating in the sky. It is invisible to the mortal world, and connected to it by a rainbow bridge called Bifrost. This name could work well for a cat with silvery or multi-colored fur.

2. Embla

This name comes from the Old Norse term for "elm." It means uncertain, so it might work perfectly for a more timid cat. In Norse mythology, Embla was the first human woman. She and her husband, Ask, were made by three gods out of two trees.

3. Frey & Freya

Frey and Freya are brother and sister gods in Norse mythology. Frey is the god of rain, sun, and harvest time. Freya is a goddess of love and fertility. She enjoys the finer things in life. Freya is also a skilled magic user. These names might be good for cats who enjoy the finer things in life too.

The goddess Freya
The goddess Freya

4. Gandalf

You may have thought this name was only good for Tolkien wizards, but it originally comes from Norse mythology. The name means "wand elf" in Old Norse, so it's not surprising Tolkien used it in his novels. This name might be good for a wise, strong, or mysterious cat.

5. Hel

Hel is the daughter of the mischievous god, Loki. Her name comes from the Norse underworld, also called Hel. The word means "to conceal" in Old Norse. Hel ruled the underworld she was named for. This name might work for a black cat or a cat with a darker or more majestic nature.

The goddess Hel
The goddess Hel | Source

6. Loki

Loki is the trickster god. Loki can manipulate just about anything, even having the ability to change his own form and gender. Loki has a love of pranks and will go to elaborate ends to play jokes on others. Loki can be selfish, but he is also the funniest of the Norse gods. This name could work well for a playful, adventurous, or silly kitty.

7. Mjolnir

Mjolnir (pronounced myawl-nir) is the name of the thunder god Thor's hammer. Mjolnir is so powerful it can level mountains to the ground with just one blow. The hammer has a short handle and was made by dwarves. Mjolnir might make a good name for a heavier set or stocky cat because the hammer is so stout and powerful.

8. Odin

Odin was the head of all the Norse gods. The one-eyed god had a pair of ravens that flew all over the world spying for him. Odin is the god of wisdom, war, and art. He lives in the palace of Valhalla, a place where warriors who fought bravely enough went after they died in battle. Odin could be a good name for a black cat, a brave or wise cat, or an especially good name for a one-eyed cat!

9. Rune

Runes are a set of letters that make up a written language. The earliest runes date back to 150 A.D. Rune could be a good name for most any cat, as most cats are curious, mysterious, and wise.

10. Saga

A saga is a long tale or story, so perhaps this name would be good for a cat with a long "tail." The name may come from the Old Norse for "seeing one." Saga was the goddess of history and poetry.

11. Sigurd

Sigurd was a Norse hero who had many adventures. He slew the dragon Fafnir and recovered his hoard of gold. When he tasted the dragon's blood, Sigurd gained the ability to talk with birds. Sigurd comes from the Old Norse words for "victory" and "guardian."

This name could be wonderful for a cat who likes to bird watch or likes to go on adventures.

Sigurd, Nordic hero
Sigurd, Nordic hero | Source

12. Sindri

Sindri may mean either "small" or "sparkling" in Old Norse. In mythology, Sindri was a dwarf who made all sorts of magical creations for the gods. This name might be good for a small cat or one with a lively personality.

13. Thor

Thor is the god of lightning, thunder, storms, and strength. He wields a mighty hammer, Mjolnir, that is perhaps the most famous weapon in Norse mythology. Thor is usually described as having red hair, so this name might be good for a red or russet colored cat. It would also be a great name for a very large and powerful cat.

Thor, God of Thunder
Thor, God of Thunder | Source

14. Tyr

In Norse mythology, Tyr is a god of law and heroic glory. The god usually appears with only one hand. This name would be wonderful for a cat missing a paw or part of his or her tail or for one that has a very stern temperament.

15. Valkyrie

A Valkyrie is a warrior maiden who looks at mortal battles and chooses from those who die only the bravest to join the gods in the halls of Valhalla. The Valkyrie prepare the gods' battle forces for the coming of Ragnarok—the end times battle. Valkyrie are always brave and stalwart, but they can be loving too.

This name would be wonderful for a strong female cat who isn't afraid of anything!

A Valkyrie
A Valkyrie | Source

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      2 months ago

      Hello im getting a chocolate sphynx and cant decide on a name i hsve a whippet named Fryja .. what do you guys think

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      8 months ago

      My grandmother had a cat named Gandalf. He wss so handsome & majestic. I loved that cat!

    • Teeuwynn Woodruff profile imageAUTHOR

      Teeuwynn Woodruff 

      2 years ago from Washington State

      I like that spelling too. But no one can pronounce my name either! Hope you enjoyed the article.

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      Jennifer Wilber 

      2 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      My cat's name is Freyja (I preferred the older spelling, even though people get confused about the pronunciation). We considered naming our second cat Odin to go with Freyja, but he seemed more like a Salem, so we went with that instead. Half the time I just end up calling Freyja "Miss Fluffypants" instead though.

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      Teeuwynn Woodruff 

      2 years ago from Washington State

      Thank you, K.S. I really appreciate your feedback. I like having pets with meaningful names. I'm glad you like the article. I think Gandalf is perfect for a cat too!

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      K S Lane 

      2 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This is so cute! I love the idea of naming a cat after something meaningful like mythology, rather than the generic "Fluffy" or "Mr. Tibbles." Gandalf is a particularly great name, in my opinion.


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