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110+ Norse Viking Dog Names (With Definitions)

James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.

Viking with Wolf

Viking with Wolf

The simple truth is that Vikings loved their dogs. Many graves of Viking heroes included the skeleton of their faithful canines. Breeds of Old Norse dogs include the Elkhound, Lundehund, Buhund, and more.

This ancient relationship mainly relied on two types of dogs: hunters and herders. The hunting dogs were so big that they could take down elk, moose, and bears. The herding dogs were energetic and were often with them as they discovered new lands.

As you start your relationship with your dog, honor them with a Viking dog name!

Viking Dog Names: A-E

NameDefinition

Aegir

a sea god, husband of Ran, and host at feast of the gods spoiled by Loki.

Agnar

awe, terror and edge of a sword

Alfheim

the domain of elves.

Alfhild

elf and battle

Alfvin

elf and friend

Algautr

elf and Geat, Goth

Alvar

elf and warrior

Arvid

eagle and tree

Asgard

the home of the Aesir and location of Valhalla

Asger

god and spear

Aslaug

figure in Norse mythology, the third wife of Ragnar Lodbrok

Astrid

divine strength

Audhild

wealth, fortune and battle

Axel

Medieval form of ABSALOM.

Baggi

bag, pack

Balder

a god, a son of Odin and Frigg and the twin brother of Hod, by whom he was killed.

Bergljot

protection, help and light

Berserker

Old Norse warriors fighting in a fury

Bestla

Norse mythical character

Birger

help, save, rescue

Bjarte

bright

Bodil

remedy and battle

Bodolf

Norwegian politician

Borghild

fortification and battle

Borr

Norse mythical character

Bragi

the god of poetry and eloquence, son of Odin, husband of Idun: may be an apotheosis of the 9th-century poet Bragi Boddason.

Brandr

sword or fire

Brynhildr

She accused Sigurd of taking her virginity, spurring Gunnar to arrange Sigurd's murder.

Brynja

armour

Brynjar

armour and warrior

Buri

the first of the gods, revealed when the cow Audhumla licked away the salty ice that covered him.

Dag

day

Dagmar

day and maid

Dagny

day and new

Draugr

Undead creature from Norse mythology

Einar

one, alone and warrior

Eirik

Norwegian form of ERIC

Eric The Red

Norse explorer

Eysteinn

island or good fortune and stone

Dog in Water

Dog in Water

F-L

NameDefinition

Fenrir

Monstrous wolf in Norse mythology

Folke

people

Freya

the goddess of love and fertility, sister of Frey, daughter of Njord; one of the Vanir.

Frigg

wife of Odin and chief of the goddesses.

Fritjof

thief of peace

Frode

learned, wise

Garmr

A wolf or dog described as a guardian of Hel's gate.

Geir

spear

Gunnar

the husband of Brynhild: corresponds to Gunther in the Nibelungenlied.

Gunne

war

Hallr

rock

Halstein

rock and stone

Halvard

rock guardian

Heimdallr

the god of dawn and light.

Hel

the goddess ruling Niflheim: a daughter of Loki and Angerboda.

Helge

holy, blessed

Herja

valkyrie

Herleifr

army and son, descendant

Hildr

In Norse legend this was the name of a valkyrie.

Hjalmar

helmeted warrior

Hoenir

a god, one of the Aesir, companion of Odin and Loki, hostage to the Vanir.

Holger

island and spear

Hrafn

raven

Hrafnhildr

raven and battle

Hugi

a young man, a personification of thought, who defeated Thialfi in a race.

Huginn

Pair of birds in Norse mythology

Hugleikr

heart, mind, spirit and leikr play

Idun

a goddess, keeper of the apples of youth and wife of Bragi

Ingrid

Old Norse name meaning Ing is beautiful

Ironside

a strong person with great power of endurance or resistance.

Ivar

Scandinavian form of IVOR.

Ivar The Boneless

King of Jorvik

Jormungandr

sea serpent in Norse mythology

Jotun

any of a race of giants frequently in conflict with the gods.

Kraken

a legendary sea monster causing large whirlpools off the coast of Norway.

Lagertha

Legendary Viking shieldmaiden and ruler

Laufey

Norse mythical character

Loki

a trickster god, born of Jotun ancestry but accepted among the Aesir

Dog in Norway

Dog in Norway

Viking Dog Names: M-Z

NameDefinition

Magnus

the Great Year: a cycle of years, usually a thousand, that begins with a Golden Age

Mani

another name for Manes.

Mjollnir

Hammer of the god Thor in Norse mythology

Muninn

Pair of birds in Norse mythology

Nanna

the wife of Balder.

Njord

One of the Vanir, a group of gods within Norse mythology

Norns

an extinct Norse dialect, spoken until early modern times

Odin

the ruler of the Aesir and god of war, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom; Wotan: the chief god.

Olaf

ancestor's descendant

Osborn

god and bear

Ragna

advice, counsel

Ragnarok

End times in Norse mythology

Raider

a person or thing that raids.

Randolf

rim (of a shield) and wolf

Ratatoskr

Norse mythical animal

Reidar

nest, home and warrior

Rollo Of Normandy

9th and 10th-century Viking and later count of Normandy

Rune

a script used for writing the Germanic languages, especially of use in Scandinavia and Britain

Saga

Prose stories, mostly concerning ancient Nordic history

Sigrid

victory and beautiful, fair

Sigurdr

Fictional character in Germanic and Norse mythology

Sigyn

wife of Loki, who held a cup over Loki after his imprisonment

Skadi

Norse goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains

Skirnir

the servant of Frey: symbol of the sun.

Skoll

animal in Norse mythology

Solveig

sun and strength

Steinn

Old Norse and Icelandic form of STEN.

Surtr

Norse mythical character

Thiazi

Norse mythical character

Thor

the god of thunder, rain, and farming, represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Mjolnir

Tyr

the god of strife.

Urd

fate

Valkyrie

any of the beautiful maidens attendant upon Odin who bring souls to Valhalla

Vallhalla

City & Municipality in Norway

Varg

wolves in Norse mythology

Varulv

Mythological human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolflike creature

Vegard

holy and enclosure

Vidar

a son of Odin, who will survive Ragnarok after killing Fenrir.

Vili

Norse gods

Ymir

Primeval being in Norse mythology

Norway Wolf

Norway Wolf

Three Tips for Choosing a Norse Dog Name

With so many choices it can become very difficult to find the name that fits your hound. This quick synopsis will aim to help you determine how to better isolate the name that suits your dog.

1. Role in Legend

The most common way to choose a name is to find which legend you best identify with. If you love how Thor interacts with the other pantheon, perhaps that is worthy of note. Maybe you love how tricky Loki is, and that reflects how smart and adaptive your canine is.

2: Old Norse Ancient Words

Many of the suggestions on this list are based off the ancient dialect that Vikings once spoke. Those Old Norse words often had meanings smooshed together. For example, they may smoosh together "battle" and "shield" to help emphasize strong determination. Looking to this ancient dialect can help find the best name.

3: Look to Nature

The stories and legends of ancient times were often inspired by the beauty that surrounded these people. This same natural beauty exists today and can be a wonderful source of inspiration. From crashing beach waves to snow-capped mountains, to pristine lakes... Norway is a beautiful country with amazing scenery.

Now that you've reviewed these tips, feel free to take a fresh look at the names above. Alternatively, if you prefer to watch a video to help with name selection, take a look at the video below.

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