Old Norse Valr (m.)

Valr is an original byname meaning ‘hawk, falcon’. Valr is recorded as a male personal name and byname in West Scandinavia and is found in a Swedish runic inscription.

Valr is the first element in the place-name Walesby, Nottinghamshire, and a place of the same name in Lincolnshire.

Walshcroft Wapentake in Lincolnshire also contains either this name or the Old Norse male name Váli and Old Norse kross, the cross probably marking the location of the Viking Age meeting-place. Cameron suggests that the same man gave his name to Walesby and the wapentake.

Old Norse Name


Anglicised Name




Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


bird, byname, Lincolnshire, male_name, Nottinghamshire, personal-name, wapentake

Further information

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Lena PetersonNordiskt runnamnslexikon: Femte, reviderade utgåvanUppsala: Institutet för språk och folkminnen (2007), p. 246.

Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (1998), p. 134.

Kenneth Cameron with John Field and John Insley, The Place-Names of Lincolnshire III, English Place-Name Society Volume LXVI (1992), p. 1.

Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1968), pp. 329-330.

J.E.B. Gover, Allen Mawer and F.M. Stenton, The Place-Names of Nottinghamshire. English Place-Name Society Volume XVII (1940), pp. 63-64.

E.H. Lind, Norsk-isländska dopnamn ock fingerade namn från medeltiden. Uppsala: A.B. Lundequistska Bokhandel (1915), cols 1070-1071.