Vikings are some of the earliest documented warriors that originated from what is now known as Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Before there were cities and towns, this vast nation was a bare and virtually untouched rural land. In addition to being incredibly badass soldiers, Vikings were explorers and, rulers, and had a very distinct sense of style. So what are the best boy and girl Viking names for dogs?
Now, on your quest to find a Scandinavian dog name, you could be looking for an idea that’s bold, beautiful, strong yet adorable, and Viking names are just that. We have the most popular female and male Scandinavian dog names, creatures from Norse mythology, a few Norse dog names with meanings, and finally an honorable mention of a few of the most famous Vikings!
The Best Female Viking Dog Names
The Best Male Viking Dog Names
Norse Mythology Dog Names
Some of the most unique names we could consider for our pets may come from our list of Norse Mythological creatures, gods, and goddesses. Not only are they bold and different, but they each also offer a diverse story. Choosing one of these for your pup may be a great conversation starter!
Old Norse Dog Names with Meanings
Out of the ordinary and paired with a lovely meaning, there is sure to be a fitting Scandinavian dog name for your new pooch among the list below. You could consider one if your pup has similar qualities to its meaning, or simply because you love the way a Norse dog name sounds!
- Arvid (Tree of the Eagle)
- Dagmar (Maid)
- Frode (Wise)
- Eira (Mercyful)
- Ragna (Giving Advice)
- Ase (God Like)
- Frigg (Beloved)
- Tait (Cheerful)
- Rona (My Joy)
- Siri (Marvelous Victory)
- Dag (Day)
- Gunilla (Battle in War)
- Rinda (Giant)
- Frey (Lord)
- Oydis (Goddess of Good Luck)
- Runa (Secret Tradition)
- Rania (Delightful)
- Saga (Tale)
Famous Viking Dog Names
For those who have Viking or Scandinavian descendants, and are versed in the culture may recognize this next few. Each a trailblazer in their own way, these famous Vikings are some of the most prominent in history! Any dog would be thrilled to have one of these iconic names.
- Erik the Red – Founder of Greenland
- Ivar the Boneless – Warrior who was prone to broken bones
- Ragnar Lothbrok – Viking Warrior
- Gunnar Hamundarson – Warrior whose jump exceeded his height
- Leif Erikson – First to lead Viking expeditions
- Rollo of Normandy – First ruler of Normandy
Finding the Right Viking Dog Names
Selecting a great name for your brand new pooch should be a wonderful and fulfilling experience – the final step in the first chapter of your life together! However, with endless name suggestions, the process can become muddy and overwhelming. Below are a few tips that will help narrow down your search and ultimately find the one your pup was meant to have.
- See how your pet reacts when you say it out loud. This may be a clear indication that they love or hate a name. If an option provokes an alarming bark, we know that’s not the name for your pup! If you get a curious head tilt or a few puppy kisses, we can bet you have found a winner!
- Think of the personality your puppy has (or is likely to have). Most dog breeds have specific qualities, so even before your puppy comes home, it is somewhat easy to pick a name. Or, you may choose to have your furry friend at home with you for a few days while you get to know him or her and then pick the name to express their character.
- One or two-syllable names are easier to say. Really long names are a pain, especially during training, so just keep that in mind if you find one you love. A little “Queen Elizabeth the 3rd” may be the fitting name for your regal pup, but using that as her proper name and calling her Lizzie will probably serve you and her much better.
If not, we have linked a few of our other popular dog name posts and hope with one of them you’ll have better luck.
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