Old Norse Ingiríðr (f.)

Ingiríðr is very common in Norway but less so in Iceland. It is also recorded in Denmark and Sweden. The name is also attested in medieval documents from Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. It is also the first element of the place-name Ingerthorpe, West Yorkshire. 

It is an Old Norse compound name with its first element Ingi, which is of doubtful origin but might relate to a Greek word meaning ‘lance’ or ‘staff’  combined with fríðr, related to Gothic  frījōn ‘to love’, with original meaning ‘loved’, later ‘fair’. In origin it is thus the same name as Ingifríðr. 

Old Norse Name


Anglicised Name




Features in Saga

Íslendingabók. Landnámabók, ed. Jakob Benediktsson. Íslenzk fornrit I. Reykjavík: Hið íslenzka fornritafélag, 1968, ch. 185.

Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


female_name, Lincolnshire, personal-name, West_Yorkshire

Further information

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Judith Jesch, ‘Scandinavian women’s names in English place-names’, in A Commodity of Good Names. Essays in honour of Margaret Gelling, ed. O. J. Padel and David N. Parsons. Donington: Shaun Tyas (2008), pp. 154-162, at p. 159

Carole Hough, ‘Women in English place-names’, in ‘Lastworda Betst’. Essays in memory of Christine E. Fell with her unpublished writings, ed. Carole Hough and Kathryn A. Lowe. Donington: Shaun Tyas (2002), pp. 41-106, at pp. 87, 98.

Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Settlement Names in the East Midlands. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1978), pp. 151, 344, 348.

E.H. Lind, Norsk-isländska dopnamn ock fingerade namn från medeltiden. Uppsala: A.B. Lundequistska Bokhandel (1915), col. 638-640.