Norwegian Dog Names. A List Of Viking Names For Dogs

Norwegian Dog Names

Norwegian dog names are names for your dog that originate from the area of Norway.  Recently, with the resurgence in Viking culture and historical significance, many of us have decided to bring a bit of Norway into our homes.  Giving our pup a Norwegian dog name is one way to do that.

Hi my name is Mike and I work with dogs.  Decided to create this site to answer some commonly asked questions and spread some dog knowledge to folks like you.  Today we will be discussing Norewegian dog names or Viking names for dogs.  Lets get into it.

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Norwegian Dog Names Explained

So lets talk about some Norwegian dog names.  Just north of mainland Europe and UK lies the kingdom of Norway.  This is the area I’m referring to when I talk about Norwegian dog names or Viking names for dogs.  Norway is a beautiful bit of country with many fjords and mountains.  The landscapes are breathtaking and the culture has seen quite a resurgence lately in the states.

One of the main things people all over the world pick up from Norway is their beautiful and unique names.  Maybe you love the sound or what the names stand for.  There is no question that calling your dog Thor or Loki just sounds cool!  Lets check out some of the top Norwegian dog names in the male and female categories.

norwegian dog names explained

Bjorn (Male)

This name is used by people all over Scandinavia for male dog and human male names as well.  There are many variations of the name as well including Biorn, Biornus and Beorn.  The name means bear and is usually associated with the larger dog breeds like a great Dane or Pit Bull.  You may have also heard the Name Bjorn Ironsides from the history channel Vikings TV show.  That character embodies what I believe a person or dog named Bjorn should be.  Large, imposing and in charge!

Magnus (Male)

This is another extremely popular name in the Norway area.  In fact, many kings of Norway were named Magnus.  This name is actually derived from a Latin base word meaning great.  Scandinavian royalty picked it up years later and it became very popular among future rulers and the general population.  During this time, it actually developed a second meaning in old Norse meaning power house in todays language.

Magnus is a great name for a male dog.  It’s meanings speak of power and greatness.  A good calling for any dog.

Knut (Male)

This is another old Norse word that means knot.  A favorite historically and still used by many different Scandinavian peoples today as well.  Traditionally, this name was picked up by the royal families first and then passed down to the general population.  Over time it became one of the more popular male names and is still utilized quite a bit for humans and dogs in Norway today.  Other variations of this name include Knud, Knutur, Cnut and Knutr.

Olaf (Male)

Olaf is another name that is extremely popular in Scandinavia and other parts of the world.  One of the reasons it became so popular in the US was because of the frozen movie franchise.  The name Olaf actually stands for ancestors descendant and is derived from the old Norse name Aleifr.  Some other common variations of the name include Oluf, Olav and Aelaf.

Balder (Male)

This is a name that comes from Norse Mythology.  Balder is a son of the god Odin and goddess Frigg.  He is brothers with Thor and Loki.  This name has several meanings such as brave, defiant, lord and prince.  The thought is that this name was derived from a Germanic word Baloraz which means heroic prince.

A great name for your noble pup indeed!  Other variations also include Baldr, Baldur and Baldure.

Hilde (Female)

The name Hilde comes from the Old Norse word Hildir.  This word means battle.  A great name for a big and bold female dog.  This name also has roots in north mythology as well.  One of the famous Valkyries was names Hilde.  She would bring all of the fallen warriors to the halls of Valhalla when their time was up on earth.

Tove (Female)

Another great name here is Tove.  This name stands for either Thor’s peace or beautiful Thor.  This name was also popular among the royal families of Scandinavia before becoming more widespread in the general population.

Elin (Female)

This is basically the Norwegian version of the name Ellen, Helen or Helene.  The Greek version of this name means torch but the Norwegian ones tends to translate more into “fiery one”.  I would give this name to a dog that has fierce determination or will.  Strong willpower and determination are great traits to have in a dog but they also require patience and willpower of your own to overcome.

Astrid (Female)

Astrid is another name from Norse mythology.  It means Beautiful or fair as a god.  There are many variants to this name as well.  Assan, Asta, Astride, Astriour, Astrithir and Asta are some of the most common.  A warrior goddess in human form is the common depiction of this name.  Does your dog embody the qualities of a female warrior?  If so, this might be the name for them?

Ingrid (female)

Ingrid is another name with the meaning of beauty or beautiful goddess.  This is derived again from Norse mythology.  Some variations include Ingerid, Ingfrid, Ingri and Inger.  At one time, this was the most popular name given to newborn baby girls.  It has gradually declined since the early 1900s but still holds prominence as a common female name in Scandinavia.

other common norwegian dog names

Other Common Norwegian Names And Meanings

Anders (male):  Manly, brave or valiant

Anitra(female): Grace or peace

Axel (male): Father of peace

Bergen (male):  Mountain dweller

Bo (male/female): Precious and commanding

Britta (female): Exalted one

Eric(male): Mighty and Brave

Erica(female): Noble, forever strong

Fredrik(male): Peaceful ruler

Freya (female): Love and nobility

Garth (male): Gardener

Greta (female): Pearl or abbreviation for the name Margaret

Gustav (male): Kingly

Haley (female): Heroine or brave one

Hans (male): God has been gracious.  Also known as a variation of the name John.

Hansel (male):  Gift from god

Helga (female): Blessed and holy

Jakob (male): Supplanter

Jarl (male): Nobleman or royalty

Kaira (female): Pure or abbreviation of Katherine

Kallan (female):  Powerful in battle

Karah (female): Pure

Karl (male): Strong or manly

Mia (female): Mother or mine

Nissa (female): Goal

Olga (female): Holy or blessed

Rolf (male): Powerful, rules with council

Rorik (male): Red

Sibylla (female): Prophetess

Sunniva (female): Gift of the sun

Tate (male): Cheerful

Tia (female): Thor’s Thunder

Ulfred (male): Wealthy

Vivianna (female): Refuge

How To Pick A Dog Name

What’s in a name?  A whole lot actually!  Choosing a name that fits your dog is something that many of us will stress and strain over after getting a new dog.  Naming your dog is definitely a big decision but it’s important to take some enjoyment out of it.  Having fun with naming your dog is a great way to get the whole dog ownership process started on the right foot.  Lets go over a few tips and ideas for naming your dog.

  1.  Select Your Dog Before Choosing A Name:  I’ve worked with owners who have pre chosen names for their dogs and owners who selected names after bringing their new dogs home.  From what I’ve seen, the personality can have a tendency to make or break a name.  For example, you don’t name a small chihuahua who barks all the time and is constantly getting into mischief “Patience”.  After you get to know them a bit, the name you choose will definitely be a better fit because you are more familiar with their personality in general.
  2.  Say your Chosen Name Out Loud:  When choosing a name, it’s important to take it for a spin.  The name may look good on paper but be harder to say or pronounce.  You may also use it a few times and decide you don’t want to be yelling this out your back door when it’s time to call your dog inside the house.  There are many reasons why a name might look good on paper but not translate the same when spoken.  Do yourself a favor and take it for a spin before giving it to your new dog.
  3.  Keep An Eye On Syllables:  Names are generally better if they are 2 or 3 syllables at most.  Longer names are harder to pronounce and can be a hassle to call out all the time.  Shorter names tend to feel better and are easier to say in general.  Think about keeping your name short.  For example, Thor is easy to call out while Kristofer is a bit more involved.
  4. Don’t Be Afraid To Change:  While it is not always ideal to change names, many dogs have gone by more than one name.  They tend to listen to the way their name is spoken and not only the name itself.  A good example is adoption,  If you adopt an older dog, odds are it had another name before coming to you.  You could keep the older name if you know it but your dog will also get used to the new name over time as well.  It works the same with all dogs.  If you do feel like changing the name after a few days, go for it.

Norwegian Dog Names Summarized

We have covered a fair few names here in this article.  Norwegian dog names have their own charm and flair.  These names can roll off the tongue rather nicely and give your dog a more distinguished air as well.  While we have covered some of the more common Viking or Norwegian dog names, this is by no means a complete list.  There are many many more names out there that can be chosen as well.

I think an important thing to remember when selecting any dog name is to enjoy the process.  Have fun with it.  Creativity and interjecting both you and your dogs personality into the equation never hurts as well.  Also, don’t be afraid to change the name if you find that it’s not fitting.  You should know rather quickly and it won’t mess your dog up too much in the long run.  Sure there may be some confusion for a few days but your dog will catch on and be able to adapt and overcome!

Are you new to dog ownership?  Did you just get a new dog?  Maybe you could use a bit of help with training but you can’t afford thousands of dollars on expensive trainers.  I’d suggest taking a loot at this guide here and doing it yourself.  The thing with dog trainers is that they can be a valuable resource and starting point but you have to reinforce the training your dog gets.  If your dog has a good training session but there’s no follow up from you, they will never improve or change the way you want them too.

In home dog training can also be very expensive and take quite a long time to be effective when not reinforced by you the dog owner.  I’d strongly suggest trying the do it yourself method to see what kind of results you can get on your own.

Remember that vets can be great resources when it comes to your dog as well.  Don’t stress over reaching out to your vet.  Asking questions is the only way you’re going to get answers.  When it comes to our pets, we should be vigilant.  Being vigilant with dog training and providing the right environment for your new dog is just as important as the training itself.  Get your dog on the right path as early as possible and it will be easier and easier to keep them there.  Some intense training will be required at first but it will eventually be learned behavior and you can start to relax and really enjoy your time with your furry pal.

Check out this guide here for some more information and provide your dog the foundation it needs starting right now! 




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