Baldr

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Male Male Name

Usage

Old Norse Old Norse

Origin and Meaning

Old Norse name of a god meaning 'lord, prince'

From Old Norse baldr = 'strong', 'bold', 'dangerous' (see BALD) [1] [2] [3] [4]

Related Names

Balder
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Danish Finish Norwegian Swedish
Baldor
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Baldr
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Old Norse
Baldur
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See also Baldi

Combinations

For combinations see BALD (name element)

Further Information

Norse Mythology

Baldr is the god of beauty, purity, innocence, joy and peace. He is the second son of Óðinn and Frigg and his brother is Hermóðr. He is one of the Æsir.

Baldr's wife is Nanna. They have got a son named Forseti and live in a place named Breiðablik.

Frigg made every object on earth vow never to hurt Baldr because she had had a dream of Baldr's death. All objects but the mistletoe made the vow. Loki heard of this and made a spear from that weed and gave it to Baldr's blind half brother Hǫðr who inadvertently killed his brother.

Baldr was ceremonially burnt upon his ship called Hringhorni. Nanna, his wife, also threw herself on the funeral fire to be reunited with her husband. [5]

In the Old Norse poetry, baldr was used as a poetic word for 'man, prince, ruler' [1]

Text from the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson:

Annarr sonr Óðins er Baldr, ok er frá honum gott at segja.
The second son of Óðinn is Baldr, and good things are to be said of him.

Hann er svá fagr álitum ok bjartr svá at lýsir af honum,
He is so beautiful to look at and so bright that light shines from him,

ok eitt gras er svá hvítt at jafnat er til Baldr's brár.
and a grass/herb is so white that it is likened to Baldr's brow.

Þat er allra grasa hvítast,
It is the whitest grass of all,

ok þar eptir máttu marka fegrð hans bæði á hár ok á líki.
and from that you may judge his fairness, both in har and in body.

Hann er vitrastr ása ok fegrst talaðr ok líknsamastr.
He is the wisest of the Æsir, and the fairest-spoken and most gracious.

En sú náttúra fylgir honum at engi má haldask dómr hans.
And his spirits follow him so that none may gainsay his judgments.

Hann býr þar sem heita Breiðablik þat er á himni.
He dwells in the place called Breiðablik, which is in heaven.

Í þeim stað má ekki vera óhreint.
In that place may nothing be unclean.

Statistics

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Commonness
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Sweden Sweden[6]
0 0 0 1
Denmark Denmark[7]
0 n.a. 0 n.a.
Norway Norway[8]
0 n.a. 0 n.a.
Finland Finland[9]
0 0 0 0
  #: count of main first name only
  &: count of both main and additional first names
Name counts are approximate as statistics normally is not published
for names given to less than 3 or 5 persons per country.

 

No recent statistics trend found in databases for Baldr.

Sources: [6] [7] [8] [9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Leiv Heggstad, Finn Hødnebø og Erik Simensen: Norrøn Ordbok (1997)
  2. Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  3. Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  4. Elof Hellquist: Svensk etymologisk ordbok (1922)
  5. Lars Magnar Enoksen: Norrøne guder og myter (2008)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Statistiska Centralbyrån, National statistics office of Sweden, http://www.scb.se/
  7. 7.0 7.1 Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark, http://www.dst.dk
  8. 8.0 8.1 Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway, http://www.ssb.no
  9. 9.0 9.1 Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland, http://www.vrk.fi