Bragi

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “poetry.”
(BRAH-gee)

The name is derived from the Old Norse, bragr, meaning, “poetry”. In Norse Mythology, Bragi was the god of poetry and the husband of Idunn.

He is believed to greet the noble dead into the halls of Valhalla.

The name was also borne by several Norse skalds, whether Bragi was their true given name or a title given to them due to their talents in poetry is unknown.

It is believed that the modern English verb “to brag” is possibly related to bragr as this was also the term used for toasting in Nordic culture. Most of these toasts encompassed long tomes for the person being toasted about, hence, bragging.

As of 2010, Bragi was the 7th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands, while its modern Scandinavian version of Brage is currently the 59th most popular male name in Norway, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Bragi (Faroese/Icelandic/Old Norse)
  • Brage (Scandinavian)