[Heralds] Yet another name question

Jodi McMaster jodimc at texas.net
Thu May 3 20:52:38 PDT 2001

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> Ok, I think I am about to open another can of worms, but here I go anyway. I have another newbie that wants his name to be Odin Silverwolf.

A good article generally on Viking names (Old Norse) is available at

Here's a quote from an old S. Gabriel report on <Odin>:

The closest name we found was <Odin>, which was used by Scandinavian
settlers in England. (3) Clark, Cecily.  Words, Names and History:
Selected Papers, ed. Peter Jackson (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1995).

However, it doesn't appear in the list from the Landnamabok.

<Silverwolf> doesn't sound like a typical Norse byname; for some
examples, see
http://www.sit.wisc.edu/~sfriedemann/names/vikbynames.htm.  It doesn't
look like any of them fit the color+animal pattern, but there is
<gylðir> 'howler, wolf'.  <Silverwolf> doesn't show up in R&W, either.
Looking under the entries beginning with black, I don't see any support
for the color+animal, but that doesn't mean there isn't an example

Aelfuynn, amused by by the notation under <Blackers>, which notes
<Walter Blachers> 1189 indicates the nickname Black arse.

AElfwyn aet Gyrwum
mka Jodi McMaster

AElfwyn's Attic

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