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The Scandinavian naming pool is composed of mostly Christian names, but it also holds a great deal of their original, Scandinavian names.

The original names of the Scandinavian peoples were of Germanic origin and followed the standard Germanic “dithemic” pattern. That is, each name was composed of two simple, small words or elements. These names were meant to relfect the values of their war-like society. Some (like Ingrid, or Thorstan) etc. reflect the old gods: Thor, Ing, etc.


Later, the Scandinavians converted to Christianity, which infused the culture with a wide varity of new names, deriverd from Christian souces of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin
Jakob

Early Scandinavians, in the form of Vikings, left many of their names in the places they conquered and/or settled. Such names include: Olaf in Scotland and Ireland (Aulay) Erik in England (Eric), Ivor in Wales (Ifor), and Helga and Ivor in Russia (Olga, Igor).

They occasionally took a name some back to Scandinava too, like Njal and Birgit from Ireland (the Irish Niul, Neil or Bridget, Brighid).


The following is a list of names of Scandinavian origin hosted by Edgar’s Name Pages:

Astrid
Brand
Canute
Dagmar

Elin
Eric/Erik
Gamel
Gerda
Greta

Gustav
Gytha

Haakon
Helga
Hilda
Huldah
Ingram
Ivor
Jakob

Jan
Jon
Karen
Kari

Karl/Carl
Katrina
Kim
Kristen
Kristin
Kristina
Kristine
Kristopher
(Kristoffer)
Marta
Olaf
Rolf
Sigrid
Thora
Thurstan
Urban


Also,
Dustin - This was a Scandinavian surname, that was transferred to become a first name in English

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