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Unit 13 (Final Major Project) The Fall Of Jarl Baardsen Character Name Ideas

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Jarl Baardsen’s name 

The names that have been selected below will be for the Viking Jarl- the main character of my book. As you can see from the names I have selected they are linked to that of the Old Norse Gods; this wasn’t on purpose. Giving the main character a God like name would make him seem powerful among his clan and to those opposing him. I will refrain from using the most powerful of God’s names like Thor or Odin as they were very important to the Vikings.

ORVAR m Swedish, Norse Mythology
Means “arrow” in Old Norse. Orvar Odd is a legendary Norse hero who is the subject of a 13th-century Icelandic saga.

VIDAR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse Víðarr, which is possibly derived from víðr “wide” and arr “warrior”. In Norse mythology Víðarr was the son of Odin and Grid. At the time of the end of the world, the Ragnarok, he will avenge his father’s death.

GUNNAR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse name Gunnarr which was derived from the elements gunnr “war” and arr “warrior” (making it a cognate of GÜNTHER). In Norse legend Gunnar was the husband of Brynhildr. He had his brother-in-law Sigurd murdered based on his wife’s false accusations that Sigurd had taken her virginity.

MAGNI m Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse element magn meaning “mighty, strong”. In Norse mythology this name is borne by a son of Thor and the giant Járnsaxa

The next set of names will be for his 8 children (5 boys and 3 girls) and his wife. As the Jarl has a powerful name, it only seems fitting that his children and wife have powerful names also. His boys will have similar names to him: warlike and strong, while the girls will be that of beauty and strength. Each name has a very powerful meaning.

Female names 

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MEANING: Divine woman

SIV: ORIGIN/USAGE: Danish, Norwegian, Old Norse, Swedish


ASLAUG: ORIGIN/USAGE: Norwegian, Old Norse

MEANING: Woman engaged to god

EERIKA: ORIGIN/USAGE: Finnish, Old Norse

MEANING: Ruling forever

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ASTRID:  ás – the word for God in old Norse / frid – beautiful (woman)

1 person likes this name for the wife of Gunvaldsson

SVANHILD:  svan – swan / hild – fight

Male names (Jarl’s sons) 

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SNORRI: Old Norse name derived from the word snerra, meaning “attack.

ÁSBJORN: Old Norse name composed of the elements “god, divinity” and bjorn “bear,” hence “divine-bear.

SVEINN: Old Norse name meaning “boy.”

BRANDR: Old Norse name derived from the word brand “blade, sword,” a derivative of brinnan meaning “to flash.”

ÁRI: Old Norse name meaning “eagle.”

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Håkon:  hár – a prominent person / konr – family

VALDEMAR: valr – might / mar – famous

As the priest who was kidnapped from Lindisfarne England his name will be that of nobility, religion or a name which makes him appear friendly or nice. I want to make the priest slave a character who people will feel sorry for as he was kidnapped from his home, giving him an innocent name will definitely get the sympathy I am looking for. However, when the story progresses we see that these Vikings are not as vicious as people think, but I will not shy away from the abuse he will suffer from other Vikings as not all Vikings treated their slaves rightfully. Some Vikings even beheaded their slaves when they were done with them – I will share that in the story, the priest witnessing one of his brother’s being beheaded in front of his eyes as he was deemed a bad slave.

Male names: First Name (Slave/Priest) 

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BANNING: Anglo-Saxon name meaning small and fair

ELMER: Anglo-Saxon derives from the Old English of “Noble”

ERIAN: Anglo-Saxon coming from the Greek word for “Enchanted”

OSWIN: Anglo-Saxon meaning “Divine Friend” which come from Old English

1 person likes this name

SENER: Anglo-Saxon deriving from the English word for “Bringing Joy”

Male Names: Last Name (Slave/Priest) 

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Means “cleric” or “scribe”, from Old English clerec meaning “priest”, ultimately from Latin clericus. A famous bearer was William Clark (1770-1838), an explorer of the west of North America.

I like this name

Means “male deer”. It was originally acquired by a person who owned harts, lived in a place frequented by harts, or bore some resemblance to a hart.

From an English place name meaning “priest’s cottage”.

Derived from Middle English hop “small valley”.

Feedback for names:

Name for Jarl Baardsen:

Shannon: Vidar because it sounds masculine – a name that a Viking would have. Orvar and Gunnar don’t sound like names that you can connect with.

Tim: Magni is a strong powerful name. It ties into Norse Mythology because he is the son of Thor, who was a important god to the Vikings. Orvar doesn’t sound powerful enough and doesn’t have a deeper meaning to that of Magni.

Adam: I like the name Gunnar because of its meaning and it is not that hard to pronounce which will be easier for the audience. Least favourite is Magni because it doesn’t sound threatening enough for a Viking and makes you think of the name Magnus which sounds much better.

James: I don’t think any of the names are good, you should try and find names which are more powerful and meaningful to the Vikings.

Sean: Magni is taken from the dwarf name, which I like and I also like Orvar as it sounds like a name a Viking would have. Vidar is my least favourite as it does not sound as Viking as the other names

Beth: Gunnar sounds quite modern, while Orvar sounds quite powerful and for someone with significance. Vidar reminds me of the hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, which doesn’t sound like a Viking name. Magni sounds like a young – like a child nickname.

Astrid: Gunnar sounds like a name that would send fear into its enemy – a typical Viking name. Orvar because in my language (Dutch) it sounds like a bird

From asking a range of different people on their opinions on which name I should used for my main Vikings shows the very different opinions people have. While some enjoy a name because it relates to a game they are very passionate about will be a name someone else hates as it is not powerful enough for a Viking clan leader. The most popular name amongst people is Gunnar due to it being easy to pronounce, sounding modern and also being strong and powerful – a name people can related too. Orvar was the least favourite amongst people as it didn’t hold the same stance as Gunnar did, people deeming it too weak for a Viking while someone thought the name sounded like a bird due to their language Dutch.

My personal opinion, however, is the name Gunnar does not match his last name as they both start with Gun. But because people enjoy this name more than the other names I will select a different last name, changing Gunvaldsson to a name that fits perfectly with Gunnar

Name for Jarl Baardsen’s Wife:

Tim: Astrid because it sounds right – it sounds like a typical Viking wife name. Svanhild it doesn’t have a good ring, it is too long.

Adam: I like the name Eerika because it is a memorable name and also not complicated as Svanhild which would be hard to remember

Sean: I also like the name Eerika it is unique and the most original as the other names (Astrid and Helga) are too generic.

Shannon: Eerika because Helga is a typical Viking name while Eerika is quite modern. People in the audience will be able to connect more with Eerika than Helga or Astrid

Astrid: I like the name Astrid because it is my name and I want to be included in the book

Name for Priest:

Sean: Elmer reminds me of Lord Of The Rings because it sounds fancy and suits the priest.

Adam: I like the name Oswin as it is catchy, it also sounds gentle and matches with how you are perceiving your character as gentle. Banning doesn’t sound like a name, just sounds like someone got banned.

Shannon: Oswin matches the character best but I also like the name Elmer as it means noble and priests are very noble

Astrid: I like the name Elmer as it fits with the character you are trying to create

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