Meaning: “god’s helmet.”
The name is derived from the Old Norse male name, Ásketill, which is composed of the Norse elements, áss (god) and ketill (kettle; cauldron; helmet).
The name was borne by a 11th-century Swedish saint and martyr, whose veneration was especially popular in medieval England, as a result, the name was occasionally used in England up until the Reformation, when the name went out of fashion.
The designated name-day in Sweden is June 12.
Other forms of the name include:
- Askel/Askil (Danish/Norwegian)
- Askild (Danish/Norwegian)
- Eskild (Danish)
- Eskil (Danish/Faroese/Norwegian/Swedish)
- Áskil (Faroese)
- Eskel (Finnish/Swedish)
- Eskeli (Finnish)
- Esko (Finnish/German)
- Áskæll/Áskell (Old Norse)
- Ásketill (Old Norse)
- Askjell (Norwegian)
Female forms include the Icelandic Áskatla and the Danish/Norwegian, Askeline.