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Origin and Meaning
Old Norse name
1) From Indo-Germanic *iemo- = 'twin', 'hermaphrodite' 
2) From Old Norse ymja = 'to whine', 'to cry' 
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- Ymir is the name of a proto-giant. He originated in Ginnungagap from the melting ice drops of the rivers Élivágar and grew to gigantic proportions, fed by the proto-cow Auðumla. Ymir is the progenitor of all giants. The birth of his descendants occurs by autogamy: When Ymir was asleep, he sweated and beneath his left armpit a man and a woman grew, and one of his legs begat a son with the other leg. He is the father of Þruðgelmir and the grandfather of Bergelmir. After the birth of the first gods Óðinn, Vili and Vé, Ymir is killed by the same and all the giants drown in his blood, except for Bergelmir (and his wife?). The gods brought Ymir's body to the middle of Ginnungagap and began to create the world out of him: His blood became the sea and all the waters, his flesh the earth, his bones the mountains, his teeth and splinters of bone the rocks, his skull the sky, his hair the trees, his brain the clouds and from his brows Miðgarðr.
- Ymir is the name of a moon of Saturn
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Sources:    
- ↑ Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)
- ↑ Gulbrand Alhaug: 10 001 navn - Norsk fornavnleksikon (2011)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway, http://www.ssb.no
- ↑ Hagstofa Íslands, National statistics office of Iceland, http://www.hagstofan.is/
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Statistiska Centralbyrån, National statistics office of Sweden, http://www.scb.se/
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark, http://www.dst.dk
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland, http://www.vrk.fi