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  2. These strong warrior names include a mixture of famous warriors’ names and names with strong meanings. In the latter case, the name’s meaning is also included besides the name itself. Here are 50 strong warrior names of Viking males: Odin; Ragnar; Thor; Tyr; Magnus; Módi; Magni; Bjørn; Ivar; Halfdan; Harald; Erik; Knut; Fenrir ; Fenris; Sigurd; Uhtred; Leif; Heimdall; Njord; Vali; Vidar

    • Bjørn
    • Ole
    • Kjell
    • Knut
    • Svein
    • Arne
    • Geir
    • Tor/Thor
    • Terje
    • Erik/Eirik

    Bjørn is a germanic name of Norse origin which literally means “bear”. The name is most common in the Scandinavian countries, including the Faroe Islands. While still in use today, the name was most popular between 1940 to 1960. Several notable Scandinavian citizens have been/are names bjørn from Norse and medieval kings to a founding member of ABB...

    Ole is one variant that stems from the old Norse name “Olafr”, which means ancestor, descendants. Like many other names of Norse origin, its popularity is falling. However, it is quite commonly used in binomial names. One example is former manchester united (soccer) player and now manager Ole-Gunnar Solskjær

    Kjell is an Old Norse name that stems from the word “ketill”, which means “kettle” and/or “helmet”. While it can be used throughout Scandinavia, it is most common in Norway and Sweden. The name is not as popular as it once was and remains more common among older males. One of them is former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.

    This masculine name stems from the old Norse word “Knutr”, which means knot. While most common in Norway and Sweden, the name can also be found in Denmark and Germany. The name has been given to a variety of prominent Scandinavian figures throughout time, from danish Viking kings to Nobel literature prize winner Knut Hamsun. In the united states, f...

    Svein is the modern variant of the old Norse name “Sveinn”, which means “boy”, “lad” or “young man”. The name is most popular in Norway, but can also be found in Sweden. The name was most popular between 1940-1960. Another variant “Sven”, is more popular in Sweden as well as outside Scandinavia including Germany and holland. Kristoff, one of the ch...

    While you can occasionally come across Arne as a surname in England, it is a common masculine first name in Scandinavia. The name stems from the Norse word for eagle, “arni”. The use of the name is distributed quite evenly between Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, where it can also be used in binomial names. One example is the Norwegian, former Liverpoo...

    Geir is a masculine name that is most commonly used in Norway and Finland. The name comes from the Norse word “Geirr”, which means spear. The name saw peak popularity in Norway between 1950 to 1970. That being said, some variants using Geir as the second element are still quite prominent, including Asgeir and Torgeir.

    This name is familiar to most who know anything about the old Norse mythology. It is derived from the Norse god of thunder“Thor”. According to Norse mythology, thunder and lighting were the product of thors wrath and anger as he rode the skies in his goat-pulled chariot, wielding his mountain-crushing hammer, Mjolnir. The name is most common in Nor...

    Terje is a common Norwegian name that is a variant of the name Torgeir, meaning “Thor’s spear”. This actually makes it a variant of Geir, featured earlier. The name is most common in Norway. Its popularity has decreased ever since the 1980s but still remains a prominent given name in Norway. Fans of snowboarding might recognize the name from legend...

    Erik and Eirik are both variants of the old Norse name “Erikr” which translates to “sole ruler” or “Eternal ruler, ever-powerful”. Variants of the name is found in prominent numbers throughout Scandinavia and Finland. The name has also spread to other parts of Europe, including Germany, Holland, and England where it remains a common name throughout...

  3. Finn is a Viking male name that is believed to have referred to, as one might expect, the Vikings’ neighboring people that spoke a strange language and had very pale complexions and hair. Finn was typically used as an extension of another Viking name, resulting in such names as Finngeirr ( geirr means spear), Finnbog ( bog means bow), and Thorfinn.

  4. Name. Source. Banki: R.S., Runby, Uppland, Sweden: Bard: Laxdale Saga: Bardi: Laxdale Saga: Beigarth: King Hrolf and his Champions: Beiner: Laxdale Saga: Berg: The Vapnfjord Men: Bergfinn: Gunnlaug Wormtongue: Bergthor: Eyrbyggja Saga: Bergvid: R.S., Åda, Södermanland, Sweden: Bersi: Laxdale Saga: Bior (Bjor) R.S., Galterland, Aust-Agder, Norway: Bjalki: King Hrolf and his Champions: Bjarki

    • Nordic Ancestry DNA Basic Theory and Terminology
    • Viking Background Haplogroups
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    So having Viking ancestry, among other things, means a person is a descendant of someone who was born in Scandinavia. However, with respect to our genes, there is no such thing as “stemming from Scandinavia”. We all stem from Africa. But some of us have ancestor lines that passed through Denmark, Norway or Sweden at some point in time. We’re intere...

    The most important haplogroup that may be a strong predictor of Viking genetic background is I1. But also R1a, R1b, G2, N, and a few others may well point to your Viking roots. SNP that defines I1 haplogroup is M253. It is critical to understand that not all Vikings were I1 and not all I1 were Vikings. I1 was a modification of I that emerged about ...

    Haplogroups have subgroups called subclades. Subclades are branches within haplogroups defined by consecutive new mutations. For a regularly updated complete I1 haplogroup tree with all subclades check this page. Mutations occur once in a certain number of generations. Comparing various genetic profiles, the emergence of some mutations could be loc...

    A good place to start would be learning your haplogroup. This can be done through testing for Y-DNA STR markers. STRs do not directly define haplogroups (SNPs do) but STRs can be used to predict your haplogroup with a high degree of certainty. The more markers are tested, the higher is test quality. Standard sets are 37, 67 and 111 markers. In cert...

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