Old Norse Refr (m.)

Refr is a fairly common male name in the Viking world. It is found in two Swedish runic inscriptions and may originally have been a nickname, as it means ‘fox’. It forms the first element of Revesby, Lincolnshire.

Old Norse Name


Anglicised Name




Features in Saga

‘The saga of Ref the Sly.’ Króka-Refs saga. Borgfirðinga sögur. Ed. Sigurður Nordal. Islenzk Fornrit, Vol 3. (Reykjavík: Hið Isleznka Fornritafélag, 1938.) [titular character]

“The Saga of Ref the Sly.” The Sagas of Icelanders: A Selection. Jane Smiley. New York: Viking, 2000.

‘The saga of the People of Eyri’. Eyrbyggja saga. Eds. Einar Ólafur Sveinsson and Matthías Þórþarson. Íslenzk Fornrit, Vol 4. (Reykjavík: Hið Isleznka Fornritafélag, 1935.) Chapter 16, and 42.

Edwards, Paul Geoffrey, and Hermann Pálsson. Eyrbyggja Saga / Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards. (Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics 1989.)

“The saga of Gisli Sursson.’ Gíslis saga Súrssonar. Vestfirðinga sögur. Eds. Björn K. Þórólfsson and Guðni Jónsson. Íslenzk Fornrit, Vol. 6. Reykjavík: : Hið Isleznka Fornritafélag, 1943.) Chapter 10, and 27.

Gisli Sursson’s Saga and the Saga of the People of Eyri. Trans. Martin Regal and Judy Quinn. London: Penguin Classics, 2004.)

Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


male_name, personal-name

Further information

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Gillian Fellows Jenson. Scandinavian Personal Names in Licolnshire and Yorkshire. (Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, (D.B.K.), 1968.) P. 216.

E. H. Lind. Norsk-Islandska Dopnamn ock Fingerade Namn fran Medeltiden. (Uppsala: A.B. Lundequistska Bokhandel, 1915) P. 851-852.

E.H. Lind. Norsk-Isländska Dopnamn ock Fingerade Namn Från Medeltiden. Supplementband. (Oslo: Jacob Dybwads Bokhandel, 1931) P. 683 – 684.