What’s Your Viking Name?

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I love all things Scandinavian – the film, the food, the Vikings! If you go back far enough in my tree, there’s a little Viking blood. Both of my grandparents were Norwegian from Norway, and if you trace back far enough, there are definitely some Vikings in their family tree. My grandma’s last name was even an old Viking name, which I think is very cool 😉

I’m so fascinated with these early Scandinavian Viking relatives. They seem to have wild and interesting stories, according to what I’ve pieced together online. For example, one of my distant relatives was well known for stabbing her husband in the eye outside a church in Norway hundreds of years ago. I would love to visit all the places where my Viking relatives were in Scandinavia, and I’m always looking to learn more about Viking history.

Do you think the Vikings are cool? I am fascinated by how much of a mark they left on the world and how far their reach was. I also think their beliefs, practices, and culture are fascinating. I could look at Viking ships all day long. I can’t believe that they traveled across vast oceans in them. Amazing!

I thought it would be fun to celebrate Viking culture with a name quiz. If you were a viking, what would your name be? Take my latest quiz: What’s Your Viking Name? to find out!

Discussion questions: Do you find the Vikings fascinating? What do you like most about them? Now that you have a Viking name, get your own Scandinavian name too: What’s Your Scandinavian Name? Have you considered visiting the land of the Vikings? Check out What Nordic Country Are You? to see which country you should visit.

What do you think?

11 thoughts on “What’s Your Viking Name?

  1. ENTPgal

    Vaetild the Powerful – I can dig it.

    Interestingly enough, I’ve been looking a little bit into my maternal heritage. My mother and her siblings always thought they were half Norwegian/half Austrian.

    But I found out that my mother’s maternal grandparents were both from Austrian occupied Czechoslovakia, in the Moravian region; then I did a little research and found out that ethnic Germans had been settling in the region for four centuries. Both my great-grandparents spoke German, but if their families had been there for centuries it’s probable that they may have intermarried with the Czechs somewhere along the way. Additionally, my great-grandmother’s maiden name was likely German, but could possibly have been a derivative of a Hungarian word. The Austro-Hungarian empire, and Czechoslovakia, has a muddled history and has thus complicated my search a bit.

    As for my mother’s Norwegian half, well that wasn’t so straightforward either. Her paternal grandmother was actually half Danish. So we have Viking blood from two sides. One of my Danish ancestors was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen. And supposedly, my Norwegian ancestors were descendants of Erik the Red.

    It’s crazy what you find out when you go looking into your family history. Really, one day I think I’m a quarter Austrian, next I think I’m Czech, then I think I’m German – maybe German/Czech, or German/Hungarian, or maybe even German/Czech/Hungarian. It’s crazy and it may seem silly but it affects your personal identity a bit.

    Truly, it’s fascinating stuff. If anybody reading this hasn’t done a little digging into your family history, I suggest you do.

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    1. kari Post author

      I am Norwegian on my mom’s side too! Maybe we are related 🙂

      And I agree that it’s fascinating what comes up when you start digging. Plain old “Norwegian” is really Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Scottish, and so on. And my dad’s side is too complicated even to get into 😉

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  2. Alyssa

    Your Viking Name Is: Hildirid the Snake in the Eye. I love name quizzes. 😉
    I have English, French, and a little bit Austrian blood. My dad is French and Austrian and my mother is English. I can speak a little bit of French and German, from some lessons in high school, but most of it is forgotten. I used to love learning languages as a kid!

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  3. Wiki

    Asa, The Deep minded…..Mmm ! Quite fitting in a way, Lol ! I am rather a thinker. Actually, My Great Grandparents came from Norway so I am partly Normegian, mixed with some Scottish and Yorkshire/English blood.

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