Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Odin

Odin is one of the chief gods of Norse mythology. The Odin we’re most familiar with is the one inspired by the Viking Age but this god was originally formed in Germanic mythologies before the Common Era as Wōđinaz widely associated with the concept of “poetic fury” – alternately meaning “excited, manic, violent” and “mind, wit, soul”. In other words, Odin is generally viewed as both frenzied and wise. By the Viking Age (8th to 12th centuries) he became more fully developed as the Old Norse Óðinn. In the beginning, Odin was regarded as the Father of all gods and men, a wise seer with all-knowing mental agility, the gift of shape-shifting and the ability to travel to any of the nine Nordic realms. Each day Odin would send his two ravens across the land to spy and return revealing vital information about the happenings of the world. By the Viking Age, Odin became associated with war and battle; he presided over Valhalla (“hall of the slain”), the place where all Nordic heroes went after glorious death in brave battle. The souls of the heroes of Valhalla were preparing for Ragnarök, a great battle where many gods would die (including Odin, Thor and Loki) and when the earth would fall under water before being renewed again. During Ragnarök, Odin was swallowed whole by the monstrous wolf Fenrir. When the Romans came in contact with the Scandinavians they correlated Odin with Mercury, their god of trade, commerce and gain (and they related the Nordic god Thor to Mars, the god of war). For more information on the mythologies of Odin, please see literary references below. The mythological name Odin is a Top 100 favorite in Norway and used with mild frequency in the United States, Canada and Australia.

All About the Baby Name – Odin

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME ODIN

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME ODIN

Oddly enough the name Odin appeared once on the American male naming charts in 1884 but we consider this an aberration. His next appearance on the charts would not come for another 123 years in 2008. The name still ranks low on the charts, but at least it can take solace in the fact that it’s on there at all. Odin is both mythological and heroic in terms of masculine name choices, but it remains unusual. Americans are more likely to embrace names from Greco-Roman or Celtic mythology rather than Scandinavian or Germanic. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a Norse god more prominent than Odin (until we see Thor or Loki on the charts which is not likely). Odin is not a name for every parent – and we’re sure you’ll hear about the similarity in sounds to “odor” – but it’s off-beat and different enough to be interesting. A great choice for Scandinavian-American parents who want to show off a little bit of their colorful heritage.

Quick Facts

ON ODIN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Nordic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

573

PRONUNCIATION:

O-din

SIMPLE MEANING:

Poetic fury

Characteristics

OF ODIN

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Odin

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ODIN

Odin is a major god in Norse mythology who has quite a respectable resume, being the god of war, death, deceit, poetry and wisdom – quite an eclectic mix! Odin endured self-inflicted hardships in order to attain his exalted position, including hanging himself on the “world tree” for nine days. He also fathered the thunder god, Thor (among other offspring), and was the architect of the Valhalla, the hall of those who died heroically in battle. Odin carries a magical spear, wears a self-reproducing ring, rides an eight-legged horse, is accompanied everywhere by two wolves and also has two ravens who fly around the world everyday bringing back news updates. Oh, and did we mention, he only has one eye, but sees just fine? Sounds like a fun guy! Among his saving graces is the belief that he was the early model for Santa Claus, when merged with the Christian St. Nicholas, and that his one many-legged steed morphed into the eight reindeer. Sounds good to us.

Popular Songs

ON ODIN

Odin Owns Ye All
a song by Einherjer

Famous People

NAMED ODIN

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Odin.

Children of Famous People

NAMED ODIN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Odin

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ODIN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Odin