Rán

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Female Female Name

Usage

Old Norse Old Norse
Iceland Icelandic

Origin and Meaning

Old Norse name of uncertain meaning. Theories include:

1) Old Norse rán = 'robbery', 'theft' [1]

2) Old Norse rámr = 'hoarse' [2]

Related Names

Rán
Frequency of X occurance as female name todayFrequency of occurance as male name today
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Icelandic Old Norse

Combinations

For combinations see RAN (name element)

Grammar

Iceland - Icelandic
Nominative: Rán
Accusative: Rán
Dative: Rán
Genitive: Ránar

Further Information

Norse Mythology

  • Rán is an Ásynja and the ruler over the realm of the dead at the bottom of the sea to which people who have drowned go. She embodies the sinister side of the sea: In sagas drowning is more or less idiomatically equated with 'falling into Rán's hands.

Rán and her husband Ægir had nine daughters ("billow maidens"), each name reflecting a different characteristic of ocean waves:

[3] [1]

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[4]
41 440 0 0
Sweden Sweden[5]
2 10 0 0
Denmark Denmark[6]
1 n.a. 0 n.a.
Norway Norway[7]
0 n.a. 0 n.a.
Finland Finland[8]
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 Rán.

Sources: [5] [6] [7] [8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)
  2. Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  3. Hermann Pálsson: Nafnabókin (1991)
  4. Hagstofa Íslands, National statistics office of Iceland, http://www.hagstofan.is/
  5. 5.0 5.1 Statistiska Centralbyrån, National statistics office of Sweden, http://www.scb.se/
  6. 6.0 6.1 Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark, http://www.dst.dk
  7. 7.0 7.1 Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway, http://www.ssb.no
  8. 8.0 8.1 Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland, http://www.vrk.fi