15 Names for Your Dog Based on Norse Mythology
There is a whole world of places to get dog names from. So how do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your pooch? One way is to look for what a name means. Mythology is a great place to turn to for names brimming in meaning. Everything from gods and goddesses to nymphs and even mystic locations can make great names for your dog or puppy.
Norse mythology has a wealth of meaningful names. This mythology comes from the region of Northern Europe known as Scandinavia. A pantheon of gods led by Odin, the All-Father, have adventures, fight their enemies and each other in the myths.
In this article, we'll look at 15 names out of Norse mythology that could be just right for your dog.
Fenrir is a monstrously ferocious wolf in Norse mythology. He is huge, with slavering jaws. Fenrir is a son of the trickster god, Loki. He is one of the most intimidating figures in Norse mythology taking part in Ragnarok, the destruction of the world.
Fenrir is a great name for any giant breed dog, particularly one used for protection. It could also be a great name for a dog that looks like a wolf, like an Alaskan Malamute or Alsatian Shepherd.
Odin is the head of the Norse gods. He is known as the All Father. He is a god of battle, prophecy, and poetry among other things. Odin keeps close contact with the wild, mystic warriors known as berserkers.
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 dog.
4 & 5. 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.
A Valkyrie is a warrior maiden who looks at mortal battles and chooses the most brave that die 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.
Ragnarok is a terrifying disaster that occurs sometime in the future in Norse mythology. When Ragnarok comes there will be huge battles all over the world, natural disasters like earthquakes and fires will occur. Gods will die. Eventually, the world will be swallowed up by water. But after this disaster, the world will reappear, clean once more, and will be repopulated by two surviving people.
This name might be great for a tough or intimidating dog who is very kind and sweet at his core to the family he loves.
Mjolnir 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 dwarfs. Because it is so stout and powerful, Mjolnir might make a good name for a heavier set or stocky dog.
Jotun are giants who are often in conflict with the Norse gods. Jotun are huge, but their appearance varies a lot otherwise. Some are beautiful while others have claws in strange places or are somehow deformed. The Jotun are forces of chaos in the world.
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.
Baldur is a beloved figure in Norse mythology. He is good, kind, handsome, and cheerful. Some scholars believe Baldur's name means “white.” He is sometimes described as having a light coming from within. Baldur could be a wonderful name for a light colored dog or one that is particularly kind and friendly.
Tyr is a Norse god often invoked for victory in battle. He may also have been involved in law. He lost one of his hands to the giant wolf Fenrir when he was the only god brave and willing enough to place his hand within the wolf's mouth to get Fenrir to let the gods put chains around him. When the gods refused to let Fenrir go, he bit Tyr's hand off.
Asgard is one of the nine worlds of Norse mythology. It exists in the sky. It is invisible to the mortal world, but connected to it by a rainbow bridge called Bifrost.
Heimdal is one of the Norse gods known as the Aesir. He is a continuously vigilant presence who guards the rainbow bridge between Asgard and the mortal realm of Midgard. Heimdal has amazing eyesight and only needs to rest a few minutes a day. This name could be wonderful for a bird dog or watch dog.
Runes are a set of letters that make up a written language. The earliest runes date back to 150 A.D.
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