Norwegian Dog Names: Getting a Taste of the Land of the Midnight Sun

Wyatt Robinson
Written by Wyatt Robinson

Naming your dog is a great responsibility. Some people may just pick a random name, but others will rather take their time and choose an unusual, trendy, or probably a cute one for their pooch. If you belong to the latter group, you might want to consider Norwegian dog names.

Apart from being beautiful, Norwegian dog names contain a dash of exoticism drawn from the Nordic culture that is hard to resist. Norwegian names have gone through several transformations over the past century. However, they have managed to retain their rich aspects of history, culture, nature, religion, and both positive and negative traits among other things. Whichever trait of your dog appeals to you most, you are bound to find a Norwegian name that suits him or her perfectly.

Below, we have collected quite a variety of Norwegian names to choose from. Whether your dog is male or female, you are spoilt for choice here. We have also further categorized them into names inspired by Norse mythology, which was a strong religious belief for most of the country’s first settlers. An additional category includes cute dog names.

Norwegian Dog Names by Gender

Whether your dog is male or female, there is no shortage of Norwegian dog names you can choose from. Check them out below:

#1: Male Dog Names

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  • Arne. Does your dog enjoy bird watching or chasing after them? Then this name will do him justice. It originates from Old Norse word arni which means ‘eagle.’ A famous bearer of the name was Arne Nordheim, a composer who was the recipient of many awards for his mastery. For a dog with keen intelligence.

  • Bjørn. The moniker is used by Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, and many other European countries with Nordic roots. Variants of the name include Bjorn, Biorn, Biornus, Brum, and Beorn. It means ‘bear.’ A distant nickname is Nalle which means ‘teddy bear.’ A famous Norwegian bearer of the name is Bjørn Eidsvåg, a Lutheran minister and musician.

  • Geir. The name originates from Old Norse word geirr which means ‘spear.’ It’s also used as an element for other names such as Asgeir and Torgeir. A famous possessor of the name was Geirr Tveitt, a pianist and composer.

  • Kjell. This is a masculine Norwegian and Finnish name which means ‘kettle,’ ‘helmet,’ or ‘cauldron’ in Old Norse. Kjeld and Keld are names which share the same origin with the moniker. The name is one of the most common ones in Norway with about 60,000 men sharing it as their first name.

  • Knut. The name is derived from an Old Norse word that means ‘knot.’ The name was a favorite of many monarchs for most European royal houses. It continues to be a common name with lead figures in Norway; the current leader of the Christian Democratic Party bears the name (Knut Arild Hareide). Variants include: Knud, Knutur, Canuto, Cnut, Canutus, and Knútr.

  • Morten. This is a masculine name from Old Latin, and it means ‘dedicated to Mars,’ ‘of Mars,’ or ‘warlike’. The name will do for a guard or a courageous dog due to its association with Mars, the Roman god of war. Other related names include: Martin, Martyn, Marta, and Martina.

  • Odd. What about naming your dog who stands out from the rest as just Odd. The name is from Old Norse word oddr which stands for the sharp part of an arrow or blade. In Iceland the variant used is Oddur.

  • Svein. This is an uncommon masculine name which means ‘boy’ or ‘lad.’ It originates from Old Norse. One of the earliest bearers of the name is Svein Håkonsson, a onetime co-ruler of Norway in the early 11th century.

  • Terje. This is a Norwegian name that will do for either a male or female dog. In Norway, it’s a masculine given name and a feminine one in Estonia. It’s related to the Scandinavian name Torgeir. The name is associated with sun and fire. It will do for a dog who enjoys the outdoors.

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#2: Female Dog Names

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  • Elin. This is a Norwegian variant of the name Ellen or Helene. Its ancient Greek equivalent, Helen, means ‘torch.’ The moniker will do for a fiery dog whose eyes shine bright with alertness. Elin Nilsen, the Norwegian cross-country skier champion, is a famous bearer of the moniker. She was active during the 1990s and early 2000, winning several Olympic medals.

  • Hege. This a simple and strong Norwegian feminine name. It’s derived from a Hebrew word which means ‘word,’ ‘groaning,’ and separation. Helga is a common variant of the name; others include: Helge, Oili, Olga, Helgi, Helja, Helle, and Helka. The moniker will do for a she-dog who is vocal—one who barks for no reason at all.

  • Hilde. The name originates from Old Norse word hildr which means ‘battle.’ The name will do for a big female dog. In Norse mythology, Hild was a Valkyrie who guided the fallen warriors into Valhalla, the afterlife. The name’s association with battle is so strong that in the past, war was referred to as Hild’s Game.

  • Inger. The name is usually used as a nickname for Ingrid or Ingegerd. It originates from Old Norse and means ‘beloved’ or ‘beautiful.’ Other related names include: Ingfrid, Ingri, Ingrida, Ingrīda, and Ingerid. The name will do for a strong, beautiful, and determine female fur baby.

  • Kari. This is a feminine Norwegian and Germanic name that is an alternate version of Carol. It means ‘free man,’ ‘beloved,’ or ‘pure.’ The name is also Anglicized to Kerry. It will do for a cool four-legged friend—preferably one with a white coat. If yours is a black dog, then you can go with Ciardha—a related name which means ‘the black haired one.’

  • Marit. This is a Scandinavian feminine name which means ‘pearl.’ It’s derived from Old Persian word margarita. It’s an alternate variant of the English name Margaret. Other variants include Maggie, Madge, Marge, Megan Margie, Meg, Rita, Gretchen, Margarete, Peggy, and Mairead. It will do for a kind-hearted pup.

  • Randi. The name is used as both a nickname and a given name in Norway. It’s mostly a feminine name, but it can also be used as a masculine one. It comes from Old Norse entomological elements that mean ‘God-lovable.’ It’s closely associated with feminine names like Miranda and masculine ones like Randy, Randolf, and Andrew.

  • Silje. Does your dog keep on bumping into things? If so, then this would a perfect name for her. It’s a Norwegian short form of Caecilia or Cecilie. It originates from a Latin word that means ‘blind.’ One of the famous possessors of the moniker is Silje Holtet, a Norwegian screenwriter and actress.

  • Solveig. The name comes from the elements of sun and strength. It’s from Old Norse, and it means ‘strong house.’ When used as a feminine form, it means ‘daughter of the sun’. The moniker will do for a lively and outdoorsy pet. The name has found its way into literary works with the main character in Matthew J. Kirby’s ‘Icefall’ bearing it.

  • Tove. This is a strong Norwegian feminine name which is derived from the Old Norse word Tofa. It’s a tweaked form of Thorfrithr, which stands for ‘beautiful Thor.’ Some translations also have it meaning ‘peace of Thor.’

  • Wenche. Wenche, Venke, Wenke, or Venche is a popular female name which means ‘friend.’ Wenche Ross was a famous Norwegian theatre and TV actress. It’s a variant of a Germanic word ‘wen.’ The name will do for a people-friendly fur baby.

Dog Names from Norse Mythology

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Norse mythology comes with a wealth of names that you can borrow. These are names of gods and goddesses of the old Nordic religion, which was unique to the Scandinavian region in the past. They also had heroes, nymphs, and mystical places which were greatly revered.

These names continue to be significant to this day due to the resurgence of Wiccan religions and deep-rooted history from countries such as Norway. Let’s look at some of the pooch-appropriate names from Asgard and other Nordic realms.

  • Asgard. Name your pup after the home of Odin and other gods like Thor. It’s located in the sky and is hidden from the mortals. However, it’s connected to the mortal world Midgard through a rainbow bridge known as the Bifrost. It’s also where Valhalla is located. The name will do for a dog with beautiful and shiny fur that sparkles in the sun.

  • Baldur. This is a moniker that will do for a loyal and cheerful furry friend. The name means ‘white,’ so it will do for a pup with a white coat like a Samoyed. Baldur is a brother to Thor and Vali. He is described as being friendly and kind, with light shining through him.

  • Fenrir. Borrow a name from this monstrous wolf. Fenrir stands for ‘the one who dwells in the marshes.’ He was the son of Loki, the trickster god. He is depicted in runestones as a huge, ferocious being with slavering jaws. The name will do for a huge breed or wolf-like dog breeds.

  • Freya. Freya or Freyja is the goddess of war, love, beauty, and fertility. She was from the Vanir tribe of Norse gods, but later became part of the honorary Aesir deities. Her name will do for a dog who enjoys the company of cats; in the myths, she is depicted as riding a chariot pulled by cats.

  • Freyr. The name stands for ‘lord,’ and this god is associated with loyalty, prosperity, and fine weather. Frey is depicted being the bringer of peace and pleasure. He is also said to be a good practitioner of magic. If your dog brings peace and tranquility into your life, then this is the name for him.

  • Heimdall. Name your dog after the Heimdall borough in Trondheim, Norway. The name is also borrowed from the Norse mythology, where it’s the name of the god who guards the Bifrost. The name will do for a dog who likes to keep watch; in the tales, Heimdall requires only a short rest during his guard duty.

  • Jotun. Is your dog gigantic? A pet who dwarfs everything in the room? If so, this would be a perfect name for him. Jotnar (plural of Jotun) are a race of frost giants who are in constant conflict with the Norse gods and goddesses.

  • Loki. Name your mischievous dog after the Norse god of mischief. Loki is the adopted brother of Thor and is known to use trickery in trying to gain the Asgardian throne. Although he is described as a selfish deity, he is one of the funniest gods in mythology. He is said to have the ability to take any form or gender to reach his goals.

  • Mjolnir. This is the hammer wielded by Thor. A single swing brings lightning and thunderstorms. It’s said to only respond to only those who are ‘worthy’—those with good intentions. It’s one of the most fearsome weapons from Norse and other mythologies for that matter. The moniker will do for a pup who enjoys playing with toys.

  • Odin. Odin is probably the most important figure in the Norse mythology. He is also known as the All-Father and was the father of other great figures like Thor. He is associated with wisdom, loyalty, and of course, wrath. The other deities called on or prayed to him for strength and power during their conquest. If yours is a multi-pet home, then the name will suit the alpha. Variants of the name: Woden, Wodan, Woutan, and Wotan.

  • Ragnarok. This is an event that is supposed to happen in the future. It’s described as an apocalyptic ending where battles will spring from all corners of the world. Both mortals and gods will die during these battles. The world will be consumed by earthquakes, fires, and other such natural disasters. If your pooch has bouts of violent tantrums, then this name will do him justice.

  • Thor. Name your red-haired dog after the god of thunder, lightning, and storms. In the myths, he is depicted as having red hair and wielding a killer hammer, the Mjolnir. The name will also do for a great guard dog since Thor is the protector of mankind.

  • Tyr. Tyr, Tiw, or Ziu is a son of Jotun and is said to be a loyal god. He let himself get bit by the ferocious dog Garmr, which led to other gods capturing the dog. Tyr is the equivalent of Mars, the god of war in the ancient Roman mythologies. The name will do for a loyal dog who throws himself at danger to guard you.

  • Vali. If you have a fast growing dog, or one who doesn’t seem to stop growing big, then here is a name just for him. Vali was a son of Odin although some tales have him as a son of Loki. He is said to have grown to adulthood in a single day after birth.

  • Valkyrie. The name belongs to an order of female warriors who fought for Asgard. They answered to the kings and queens and were said to choose who amongst them would join Odin in Valhalla after death. They usually fell in love with mortals and were depicted as riding fierce horses to battles accompanied by ravens.

Cute Norwegian Dog Names

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There some Norwegian names that are plain cute. These are short and easy-to-call-out monikers that will make getting the attention of your pup fun.

  • Ida. Looking for a cute name for a female pooch? This is both a Germanic and Norwegian name. As a Norwegian one, it’s derived from the goddess Iðunn, a deity associated with youth and apples. The Germanic variant stands for ‘labor’ or ‘work.’ A famous bearer of the moniker is Ida Jenshus, a musician based in Norway. It will do for an ever-busy dog or one who is well trained and handy around the house.

  • Jan. The name is a shortened form of Johannes. It means ‘God is gracious.’ The name is not just unique to Norway but can also be found in Dutch, Danish, Hebrew, and Slavic name lists. The name is associated with optimism and determination. It will do for a dog who gets his way no matter what.

  • Lars. Give your fashionable pup a name that means ‘crowned with laurel.’ Lawrence, Lauritz, and Laurits are variants of the name. A famous Norwegian possessor of the moniker is Lars Holte, a DJ and trance music producer.

  • Lif. The name is derived from the Old Norse word hlif which stands for ‘protection’ or ‘shelter.’ The name is also associated with the word liv which means life. Your dog is there to make your life happier and better, making it a suitable name. In Norse mythology, the duo Lif and Lífþrasir are supposed to survive Ragnarok, saving mankind in the process.

  • Ole. Name your pup after this simple Norwegian and Danish masculine name. It means ‘ancestor’s descendants’ and is derived from Olafr, which is an Old Norse moniker. Other related names include: Olov, Olin, Ola, Olaf, Olav, Oluf, Olof, and Olen. The name is also used as a middle name in some African communities to refer to ‘the son of.’

  • Per. The moniker is a shorted form of Peter. It’s a masculine Scandinavian name. Its means ‘stone’ or ‘rock.’ The Hebrew origin of the name is associated with St. Peter, the disciple of Jesus from the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The Greek variation of the moniker is Petros, and the French one is Pierre.

Wrap Up

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There are different ways of naming dogs. If you would like to go with themed names, Norwegian dog names are a great choice.

Norwegian names are representations of history, culture, nature, places, religion, and other physical and behavioral attributes. The variety of names ensures that you can match your dog to a name that best represents him/her. You also get to celebrate and appreciate the rich Norwegian culture.

Your dog gets to keep their name for a lifetime, which is why you should consider the name you choose carefully. Among the factors to consider when choosing a name is the ease of pronunciation, how the meaning of the name relates to your dog, and how fast your dog can get used to it. With the above list and categories, you are sure to find just the right one.

Did you find a name that appealed to you? Tell us why it is perfect for your dog. Which other names did you like and why? We would like to hear all about it. Leave us your feedback in the comments section below. Next, check out our article on best dog food for puppies so you can better care for your new friend now that you have a name for them.

About the author
Wyatt Robinson
Wyatt Robinson

Wyatt Robinson had a great 25-years career as a veterinarian in United Kingdom. He used to be a member of British Veterinary Association and worked in 3 pet hospitals in London and Manchester. He is shining when he sees his pets healthy and full of energy and it is his duty to help other dog owners to keep their best friends full of life.