Birger

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “to help; to rescue.”

The name is derived from the Old Norse verb, bjarga, meaning “to help; to rescue.”

As of 2010, Birgir was the 8th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Bille (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Byrge (Danish/Norwegian)
  • Børge (Danish/Norwegian)
  • Birgar (Faroese)
  • Birgir (Faroese/Icelandic/Old Norse)
  • Piri (Finnish)
  • Pirje (Finnish)
  • Pirjeri (Finnish)
  • Pirkeri (Finnish)
  • Pirkka (Finnish)
  • Berge (Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Berger (Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Birge (Norwegian)
  • Bjørger (Norwegian)
  • Borge (Norwegian)
  • Borger (Norwegian)
  • Byrger (Norwegian)
  • Bør/Børe (Norwegian)
  • Børger (Norwegian)
  • Børje/Børjer (Norwegian)
  • Børre (Norwegian)
  • Birki (Sami)
  • Birger (Scandinavian/Sami)
  • Bergerus (Swedish)
  • Beriel (Swedish)
  • Birgel (Swedish)
  • Bigge (Swedish)
  • Birre (Swedish)
  • Börel (Swedish)
  • Börge (Swedish)
  • Böril (Swedish)
  • Börje (Swedish)

A few obscure feminine forms include the Norwegian Birga and Børrea.

The designated name-days are: June 9 (Sweden), June 17 (Finland) and October 21 (Norway).

Sources

  1. http://www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Birger
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/birger
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