The Best Baby Boy Names Inspired by The History Channel’s "Vikings"

Because your little guy deserves a seriously legendary name

Vikings premiered in 2013 and since then has become a hit TV show, with high praise from critics and a fourth season on the way. While the show’s story and cinematography are great, it’s the characters that really draw you in. In honour of the male warriors on the show—mind you, the females also kick butt—we give you five boy names for the Vikings fan in you.

Ragnar

Star of the show, Ragnar is an old Scandinavian name meaning “warrior” or “judgement”. Notable Ragnars include Ragnar Granit and Ragnar Frisch, both Nobel Prize winners and of course, Ragnar Lodbrok, a Viking hero who found his way into poetry and legend. Variations of Ragnar include Raynar, Rayner and Reiner.

Rollo

Brother of Ragnar in the show, Rollo is a livelier variation of the name Roland and means “wolf”. It is also a Latin variation of the name Rolf. Notable Rollo’s include Rollo May, an American existential psychologist.

Bjorn

Son of Ragnar Lodbrok, Bjorn is one of the most recognizable Swedish name because of notables Bjorn Borg, an accomplished tennis player and Bjorn Werner, an outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts. Bjorn means “bear” and variations include the German name Bernard.

Olaf

While the character in the show isn’t prominent, the name Olaf has become household thanks to Disney’s Frozen. A Norse name meaning “ancestor’s relic”, Olaf seems a silly name despite its regality in Norway (many kings of Norway were named Olaf). So if you don’t feel like naming your son after a snowman, despite your little girl’s protests, try variations like Olin or the Irish equivalent, Auley.

Thor

Sadly, Chris Hemsworth has yet to make an appearance on the show as the Norse god, but Thor is mentioned often enough to make the list. With the powerful meaning of “thunder”, variations include Thorin (any Tolkien fans?), Ty and Tyrus. 

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