The Nordic culture and Vikings of ancient Scandinavia are a great source of unique dog names. These Viking names for dogs come from the famous seafaring people who pirated, raided and traded throughout Northern Europe. They make fantastic, adventurous dog names.
As the Nordic culture expanded so did its fantastic mythology, which is still represented today in our popular culture. We’ve pulled some of our favorites for a list of Norse mythology dog names.
Finally, we’ve listed out male and female Norse dog names which will give you a ton more ideas for unique names for your pup.
Famous Viking Names for Dogs
These famous Vikings come from the history of the Norse people of present-day Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. They were expert sailors and navigators who were dominant in their time.
Some of these characters have been popularized in ancient stories as well as modern retellings including Marvel Comic’s Thor series. These Viking names for dogs are fun whether for a fierce pup or a friendly hound.
- Berserker – a fierce warrior who found in a trance-like fury
- Bjorn – (Bjorn Ironside) 9th century Viking who ruled Sweden.
- Bloodaxe – (Eric Bloodaxe) Viking who brought Norway together as a nation.
- Canute – (Cnut the Great) Son of Denmark’s King Sweyn Forkbeard who helped his father conquer England
- Erik the Red – (or Red) Famous Viking who developed the first settlements on Greenland.
- Forkbeard – (Sweyn Forkbeard) King of the Danes who sported a split beard.
- Freydis – (Freydis Eiriksdottir) Daughter of Eric the Red who fought battles against the Native Americans
- Gunnar – (Gunnar Hamundarson) Icelandic Viking warrior who was a skilled archer and stone thrower.
- Halfdan – (Halfdan Ragnarsson) The first Viking King of Northumberland
- Harald – (Harald Hardrada) Famous Viking king of Norway or Harald Bluetooth, first to rule all of Denmark.
- Ironside – See Bjorn above
- Ivar – (Ivar the Boneless) Leader of the Vikings who fought with the Anglo-Saxons.
- Leif – (Leif Eriksson) First European to land in North America, son of Erik the Red
- Olaf – (Olaf Tryggvason) An early king of Norway who spread Christianity to the people
- Ragnar – (Ragnar Lothbrok) Primary character in Vikings TV show and legendary Viking leader, though his story is likely a mix of multiple people.
- Rollo – Viking from the 9th & 10th centuries who was the original Duke or Normandy.
- Siggy – (Sigurd Ragnarsson) – Sigurd Snake-in-the-eye a son of Ragnar
- Sweyn – (Sweyn Forkbeard) Viking King and son of Harald Bluetooth who ruled Denmark and England (for only five weeks)
- Ubba – Leader of the Great Army who fought the Anglo-Saxons.
Norse Mythology Dog Names
Norse mythology contains the stories of Scandinavian gods and goddesses such as Odin and Thor.
Our list of Norse mythology dog names contains many names that are still familiar to people today, as well as some that make for some not-so-common dog names.
- Aegir – Means elderly magician
- Asgard – One of the 9 worlds of Norse mythology
- Baldur – A beloved figure in Norse mythology, who is cheerful, good, kind, and handsome
- Brynhild – a beautiful Vakyrie (warrior maiden)
- Frigg – Odin’s wife, representative of beauty and love
- Frey – Brother of Freyja, god of rain, sun and harvest
- Freya – Norse goddess of love
- Heimdal – Norse god who guard the rainbow bridge between Asgard and the mortal realm of Midgard
- Idun – (pronounced EE-dune) goddess of youth and springtime
- Jotun – Giants who conflict with the Norse gods
- Kraken – Mythical sea monster
- Loki – Norse god who is known for mischief and slyness
- Magni – god of brute force and strength
- Mjolnir – (pronounced MEYOL-neer) Thor’s hammer
- Modi – Son of Thor, saint of Berserkers
- Njord – God of the sea
- Odin – Elder, wise Norse god
- Ragnarok – Future end of the world with wars, disasters and the end of gods, after which the world will be reborn
- Saga – Norse goddess of stories
- Sindri – Dwarf who made Thor’s hammer
- Skadi – Norse goddess of winter with hunting and skiing skills
- Sol – Goddess whose name means Sun. Fortold to be killed by a monstrous wolf during Ragnarok.
- Surtr – Fire giant
- Thor – Norse god who is well known in modern times from Marvel Comics
- Tyr – Norse god of war
- Vale – the son of Odin
- Valhalla – Norse afterlife (heaven)
- Valkyrie – warrior maiden
- Vili – brother of the god Odin, who helped slay the giant Ymir
- Ymir – (pronounced EE-mere) The first Jotun (giant) whose body the world was made from
Norse Mythology Wolf Names
Norse mythology, which speaks of a world inhabited by humans, gods, giants and monsters even contained some powerful wolves. These Norse mythology wolf names might make a really cool dog name!
- Fenrir – A son of Loki, huge ferocious wolf
- Freki – Wolf warrior created by Odin
- Garmr – Hellhound who protects Hel, the overseer of the realm of the dead
- Geri – Wolf warrior created by Odin
- Hati – Warg who chases the moon and swallows it during Ragnarok.
- Skoll – Warg who chases the sun
Male Norse Dog Names
Nordic heritage has a wonderful history and legend. These strong people had some wonderful, unique names that may still be common among the Norwegian people. Here’s a giant list of male Norse dog names, many including their meanings, that might be a perfect fit for your furry friend!
- Ake – ancestors
- Alva – Elf
- Arne – eagle
- Bein – bone
- Birger – rescue
- Bjorn – bear
- Bodil – battle
- Brann – fire
- Enar – fighter
- Erik – ruler
- Erling – heir
- Frode – wise
- Gandalf – wand elf
- Garth – garden
- Hakan – of the chosen
- Harald – commander
- Hilde – battle
- Hjalmar – helmeted warrior
- Ingrid – beautiful goddess
- Jarl – (pronounced yarrl) Wealthy noble class of vikings who employed other vikings
- Jarv – Wolverine
- Karl – Viking social class of craftsman, warriors, farmers, and sailors
- Kelby – farm near a spring
- Keldan – from the spring
- Magnus – great
- Orm – snake
- Orvar – arrow
- Roar – spear
- Rune – secret
- Sjor – sea
- Sten – stone
- Sune – son
- Svend – young
- Ulf – wolf
Female Norse Dog Names
The Norse people had some beautiful sounding names, some of which are still in use to this day. They are a great opportunity to reflect you or you dog’s heritage, or a perfect way to find a name that’s totally unique. Check out our list of female Norse dog names and their meanings for your girl pup!
- Akkeri – anchor
- Ama – eagle
- Aska – ashes
- Asta – love
- Astrid – beautiful
- Dagmar – maiden of the day
- Dahlia – from the valley
- Edda – great grandmother
- Eir – mercy
- Estrid – god and beautiful
- Frida – peace
- Gertrud – spear
- Gisli – ray of light
- Halle – rock
- Helga – sacred
- Hilda – battle
- Inga – of the god Ing
- Kari – gust of wind
- Kelda – fountain
- Liv – of life
- Magna – strong
- Nanna – daring and brave
- Rana – nobility
- Randi – shield or shrine
- Rane – queen, pure
- Revna – raven
- Rinda – giant
- Rona – mighty strength
- Runa – secret
- Saga – story
- Sif – wife and bride
- Signe – victorious
- Sigrid – victory
- Thyra – helpful
- Tora – of Thor
- Tove – beautiful
- Ulfhild – wolf
- Yrsa – she-bear
Giving Your Dog a Viking Nickname
Now that you’ve selected a great Viking or Norse dog name you can make it even more authentic by giving them an extra nickname for fun.
The Norse people didn’t have unique last names so instead they used nicknames that were often based on their appearance or achievements. Some examples include: Erik the Red and Ivar the Boneless.
Here are some ideas for fun nicknames:
- the Black
- the Fluff-Butt
- the Frantic
- the Giant
- the Guardian
- the Hunter
- Little Bear
- the Long-Eared
- the Red
- the Shaggy
- the Swift
- the Yellow
More Dog Names
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