[Heralds] Yet another name question

C. L. Ward gunnora at vikinganswerlady.org
Fri May 4 06:36:51 PDT 2001

Andrea / Maridonna suggested:
>Since Odin is right out, could other Od- given
>names be suggested? GB has Oddi, Oddkell,
>Oddleifr, Oddmar, Oddr, Oddvakr, The Old Norse Name,
>page 13

The name-element Odd- is identical with Old Icelandic oddr, "point,
weapon-point, spear-point, arrow-point." Óðinn is from a root of óðr, "fury,
rage, madness in battle, the madness of poets", which appears in the
Landnámabók by-name "inn óði", "he who is mad, frantic, raging".  The
difference in the roots is also present in the pronounciation:  "Odd-" is
the hard "d" sound, while "Óð-" is the unvoiced "th" of "this".

Which is not to say that the Odd- names aren't good ones, of course.


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