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100+ Norwegian Dog Names & Meanings: Popular Norse Ideas

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Norwegian Elkhound in winter

Norway is a Scandinavian country full of wonderful people who value humility, equality, respect, and simplicity. Known for their historic Viking references, this snowy nation is quick to welcome the world but will defend themselves whole-heartedly when in the presence of a threat! This culture is also rich in folklore tales and mythological creatures, which results in endless options for a pet’s name.

So, if you’re searching for one that represents your dignified yet playful pup who isn’t afraid of a little snow, a Norwegian name may just be for you. Whether you popped over to our list to find a name to honor your heritage (or a pup with Norwegian heritage), or you merely appreciate and love a name inspired by such a wondrous country, we have the only guide you’ll need. We have gathered our favorite list of female and male names, Norwegian words with meanings, and included a few great options from Norwegian Folklore and the Old Norse language.

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Female Norwegian Dog Names

  • Viola
  • Elsa
  • Olava
  • Ingrid
  • Astrid
  • Kira
  • Wench
  • Thea
  • Mira
  • Ida
  • Kare
  • Sigrid
  • Kori
  • Linn
  • Elin
  • Inger
  • Lene
  • Frida
  • Pia
  • Alva
  • Hege
  • Aurora
  • Nora
  • Luna
  • Bella
Norwegian dog in the wind
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Male Norwegian Dog Names

  • Alf
  • Balder
  • Jonas
  • Lars
  • Jan
  • Nils
  • Henrik
  • Ragnar
  • Svein
  • Munch
  • Terje
  • Edvard
  • Gimle
  • Hosflot
  • Viking
  • Casper
  • Thorvald
  • Frans
  • Kristoff
  • Oskar
  • Noway
  • Magnus
  • Stein
  • Bjorn
  • Askel
  • Olaf
  • Iver
  • Frederik
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Norwegian Dogs Names with Meanings

Although choosing a name in another language may seem a little daunting, it can actually be quite fun. The Norwegian language is so unique and beautiful – and sometimes may even seem a bit odd to say out loud! Give it go as you read through our list of meaningful names.

  • Herlig (Lovely)
  • Iskald (Frosty)
  • Elske (Love)
  • Runa (Mighty strength)
  • Solveig (Strong house)
  • Kjell (Kettle or Cauldron)
  • Marit (Pearl)
  • Asta (Devine beauty)
  • Ylva (Wolf)
  • Storfekjott (Beef)
  • Kropp (Body)
  • Vin (Wine)
  • Enok (Faithful)
  • Svinekjott (Pork)
  • Anja (Gracious)
  • Inge (Heros daughter)
  • Silje (Blind)
  • Eira (Protection or Help)
  • Einar (One warrior)
  • Heldig (Lucky)
  • Bodil (Leader)
  • Syv (Seven)
  • Colby (Dark)
  • Uting (Punctual)
  • Liten (Little)
  • Vakker (Beautiful)
  • Forspill (Foreplay or better translated to Pre-Drink)
  • Fiske (Fish)
  • Ildsjel (Fire soul)
  • Stygg (Ugly)
  • Kos (Cozy)
  • Blomst (Flower)
  • Kvinne (Woman)
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Norwegian Dog Names From Old Norse Mythology

As we mentioned, folklore, mythology, and Vikings are fairly prominent in Norwegian culture. From the famous characters we see depicted in Hollywood to those that are found only in the tales told only by Norwegian storytellers, our list of names influenced by the Old Norse are listed below.

  • Loki (Trickster God)
  • Odin (Father of Norse Gods)
  • Modi (Son fo Thor)
  • Fenrir (Monstrous Wolf)
  • Freyr (Lord)
  • Asgard (Home of the Gods)
  • Jotun (Giant)
  • Thor (God of Thunder)
  • Ziu (Son of Jotun)
  • Frigga (Wife of Odin)
  • Skadi (God of Bow Hunting)
  • Harbard (Odin’s Disguise)
  • Geir (Spear)
  • Knut (Knot)
  • Vali (Son of Odin)
  • Freya (God of Fertility)
  • Tyr (God of Law)
  • Saga (Goddess of Wisdom)
  • Ragnarok (Norse Judgement Day)
  • Vili (Odins Brother)
  • Hel (Goddess of the Underworld)
  • Bragi (God of Poetry)

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Adopting a new puppy is exciting, and we want you to be just as enthusiastic about them when finding the perfect name. You may have found something quirky in choosing a name like Liten or Vakker, or simply decided on Viking as it’s a pretty cool name in itself! Either way, we hope you had fun exploring our list of Norwegian names while searching for the one that best suits your new pup.

If you are still on the hunt, you may have better luck with one of our other dog name posts linked below.

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