Hrafn

Old Norse Hrafn (m.)

The Old Norse male name Hrafn is found throughout Scandinavia, but is particularly common in Iceland. It means ‘raven’ and belongs to a common group of male names which refer to animals, such as Arn ‘eagle’, Björn ‘bear’, Ulfr ‘wolf’.

When found in place-names, it is possible that it represents either the Old Norse common noun hrafn ‘raven’ or the Old English common noun hræfn ‘raven’, rather than a personal name. It may also represent a possible Old English personal name Hræfn.

Old Norse Name

Hrafn

Anglicised Name

Hrafn

Gender

Male

Ascribed Culture

  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Viking
  • Scandinavian

Collection

Viking Names

Keywords

male_name, personal-name

Further information

This object is related to Ranskill, Nottinghamshire.
Find out about Ranskill, Nottinghamshire.

References

Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1968), pp. 210-212.