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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Bjørg

Poulina Joanesardottir in Faroese Costume via Nordic Fashion Biennale

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “salvation; help.”
(BYERG)

The name comes directly from the Old Norse meaning, “salvation; help.”

As of 2010, Bjørg was the 4th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Bjørg (Faroese/Norwegian)
  • Björg (Icelandic/Swedish)
  • Bjørga/Bjørge (Norwegian)
  • Borgine (Norwegian)
  • Biergá (Sami)

Ophelia

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “help”
o-FEEL-yə

The name is derived from the Greek οφελος (ofelos) meaning “help.”

It first appears in Jacopo Sannazaro’s poem Arcadia. Shakespeare bestowed the name upon his tragic heroine of Hamlet (1600). Despite its tragic connotations, the name seems to have been used since at least the 19th-century.

Its French form of Ophélie is currently the 101st most popular female name in Quebec Canada (2010) and the 242nd most popular in France, (2009).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Ophelia (Dutch/English)
  • Ophélie (French)
  • Ofelia (Italian/Polish/Scandinavian/Romanian/Spanish)
  • Ofélia (Portuguese)
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