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Thread: Would You Name Your Children After Any Germanic/Norse Gods ?

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    I know a Danish girl named Sif, and for male names, there are quite some with roots in germanic name tradition, like Torben/Thorben or Thorsten/Torsten, which are fairly common in Germany (although Torben got a pretty bad reputation, not for its roots, but for that it's the prefered choice of '68 "alternative" teachers LOL).
    Names like Wolfgang, Adolf etc are all in a heathen name tradition, too.

    Helmut Schmidt called his wife Hannelore "Loki", a name she used then herself as an author. Although as a 'real' name this would be pretty inappropiate.

    Urd or Urda was not uncommon until a few decades ago either.
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    I think they are a good idea only when the names are fairly common already. Using uncommon, godlike names might make the child seem pretentious even before people meet him/her, and I wouldn't want to do that to a child.

    In Sweden specifically, I think Tor, Siv, Freja and Saga are fine, especially the latter two have become more popular again. Oden, Tyr, Heimdal etc. all seem over-the-top to me.

    Tor itself sounds both neutral and powerful, but, oddly, derivatives like Torsten and Torleif sound a lot less so. These (and Siv) also sound quite archaic and is what I associate with old people's names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe Jens Lornsen View Post
    What is that 'Lars' for a God , then ?
    Sorry, Lars is not Norse. I confused it with another name, Vidar, who is the son of Odin.
    Vidar is the god who kills Fenris in Ragnarok.

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    Lars is a form of Lawrence/Laurence.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars
    Lars is a common male name in Germanic-speaking countries, excluding the Anglosphere.
    Lars is derived from the Roman name Laurentius, which means "from Laurentum" or "crowned with laurel". Lawrence and Laurence are of the same origin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
    Lars is a form of Lawrence/Laurence.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars
    Yes. I confused it with the name Vidar as stated in my post.

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