Viking

Old Norse Víkingr (m.)

The male name Víkingr is recorded in some eighteen Viking Age runic inscriptions from Denmark and Sweden, and there is evidence it was used in Norway in the Viking Age and even later. It probably derives from the appellative (common noun) víkingr, the meaning of which varies through time and in the different sources. In Lincolnshire, the place-name Wickenby is formed of either the name or the appellative plus Old Norse -by ‘farm, settlement’.

 

Old Norse Name

Víkingr

Anglicised Name

Viking

Gender

Male

Ascribed Culture

  • Scandinavian

Collection

Viking Names

Keywords

male_name, personal-name

Further information

References

Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1968), pp. 338-339.

Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (1998), p. 138.

Judith Jesch, The Viking Diaspora. London: Routledge (2015), pp. 4-8.

Judith Jesch, ‘What does the word “viking” really mean?’, The Conversation (5 April 2017).