Annfinn

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Danish/Faroese/Norwegian
Meaning: “Finnish eagle.”
(AHN-fin)

The name is a modern form of the Old Norse male name, Arnfinnr, which is composed of the elements, arn (eagle) and finn (Finn; Sami). In ancient Nordic culture, the people Finnic people were believed to possess magical powers, due to their shamanic associations. Hence, the finn element of a name was believed to bring luck and protection to the bearer.

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

Other forms of the name include:

  • Annfinn (Danish/Faroese/Norwegian)
  • Arnfinn (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Arnfinnur (Icelandic)
  • Amfinn (Norwegian)
  • Arfinn (Norwegian)
  • Årfinn (Norwegian)
  • Arnfinnr (Old Norse)

Feminine forms include the Icelandic, Arnfinna and the Norwegian, Anfine.

Annfrid

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “beautiful eagle.”
Nor/Swe (AHN-freed); Far/Ice (ARN-freeth)

The name is a modern Norwegian and Swedish form of the Old Norse female name, Arnfríðr, which is composed of the Nordic elements, arn (eagle) and fríðr (beautiful; fair; beloved).

As of 2010, its Faroese form of Arnfríð was the 8th most popular name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Arnfríð (Faroese)
  • Arnfríður (Icelandic)
  • An(n)frid (Norwegian)
  • Arnfrid (Norwegian)
  • Årfrid (Norwegian)
  • Årfryd (Norwegian)
  • Arnfríðr (Old Norse)
  • Emfre (Swedish)
  • Emfred (Swedish)
  • Emfrid (Swedish)
  • Emfrö (Swedish)
  • Ärnfrid (Swedish)
A common Norwegian short form is Andi.
A famous bearer is Anni-Frid Lyngstad (b.1945), Norwegian-born Swedish pop singer of ABBA fame.

Aras

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “eagle.”
(AH-rahs)

The name comes directly from the Lithuanian meaning, “eagle.”

The name is borne by Survivor winner and actor, Aras Baskaukas (b.1981).

Though of a different etymological root, the name is also found in Greek mythology as the name of an autocthon. He is believed to have founded the town of Arantea, and was worshipped as a minor god.

Currently, Aras is the 329th most popular male name in Germany, (2011).

Arvid

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “wood eagle; forest eagle or; wide or large eagle.”
(AHR-veed)

This trendy Swedish and Norwegian male name is derived from the Old Norse Arnviðr which is composed of the elements arn meaning eagle and viðr either meaning “wood” or “forest” or “wide; large.” The name currently ranks in Sweden and Norway’s top 100 male names. In Norway, he came in at a wopping # 5 for 2008, meanwhile in Sweden, he came in at # 27. The name seems to be rising, as in the previous year of Sweden’s top 100 list of 2007, Arvid was down a few spots at # 30. He has a cool and gothic vibe like the rising Atticus, so a name like this could very well catch on in the States. Hey, you never know. Its designated name day in Sweden is August 31, while in Norway its April 1st.