Bestla

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Female Female Name

Usage

Old Norse Old Norse
Iceland Icelandic

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Origin and Meaning

Old Norse name with probably very old Germanic roots and of unknown meaning. Theories include 'wife' or 'bark, bast' [1] [2] [3]

Related Names

Bestla
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Icelandic Old Norse

Matronyms [What's That?]

Male

Bestluson Iceland

Female

Bestludóttir Iceland

Grammar

Iceland - Icelandic
Nominative: Bestla
Accusative: Bestlu
Dative: Bestlu
Genitive: Bestlu

Further Information

Earliest Documented Usage

  • Iceland:
    • In the census of 2008 [3]
    • Officially accepted as a given name on 14 May 2012 [4]

Norse Mythology

Namesakes

  • Bestla is the name of a moon of Saturn

Statistics

Name Count per Country

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Country
Commonness
Commonness
Female ♀ Male ♂
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
Iceland Iceland[5]
1 3 0 0
Sweden Sweden[6]
0 0 0 0
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 Bestla.

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

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)
  2. Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Guðrún Kvaran: Nöfn Íslendinga (2011)
  4. Mannanafnaskrá at island.is, http://www.island.is
  5. Hagstofa Íslands, National statistics office of Iceland, http://www.hagstofan.is/
  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