Gender: Masculine
Origin: Danish/Norwegian/Swedish/Old Norse
Meaning: “bear.”

The name is derived from an Old Norse by name meaning “bear.” In modern Scandinavian languages, the modern word for bear is still björn (Swedish) and bjørn (Danish/Norwegian).

Other forms of the name include:

Besse (Danish)
Bjarke (Danish)
Bjarne (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish)
Bjarno (Danish)
Bjerne (Danish)
Bjørn (Danish/Faroese/Norwegian)
Bjørn0 (Danish)
Bersi (Faroese/Icelandic/Old Norse)
Bessi (Faroese/Icelandic)
Birni (Faroese)
Bjarki (Faroese/Icelandic)
Bjarni (Faroese/Icelandic)
Björn (Icelandic/Swedish)
Bjønne (Norwegian)
Bjørne (Norwegian)
Björne (Swedish)
Björner (Swedish)

A few feminine forms include the Iceland and Faroese Bera, Birna and Bersa.

Bjorn is also used in German-speaking countries and in the Netherlands.

The designated name-day in Sweden is June 18.



1 thought on “Bjorn

  1. Cool name. It’s interesting how bears inspired so many names – from Ursula to Bernard, from Arthur to Arcadia. They must have been very revered creatures in Ancient Times.

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