Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “new victory.”
Dan (SEE-neh); Swe (SEEG-neh)
The name is a Danish form of the Old Norse, Signý, which is composed of the elements, sig (victory) and ný (new).
The name appears several times in Old Norse literature, the most notable is probably Signy who appears in the Völsunga saga, which recounts the tragic tale of Signy and Sigmund, a brother and sister who seek the revenge of their father from Siggeir, Signy’s husband and father’s murderer. Signy rescues her brother from her evil husband, takes the form of a sorceress, and sleeps with her brother for three days, in which time she becomes pregnant with Sinfjötli. She eventually kills herself by throwing herself onto Siggeir’s funeral pyre.
The second Signy appears in a Medieval Germanic romantic legend, according to the Gesta Danorum, this tale is also rather tragic. It recounts the love of Hagbard towards his brothers’ enemy’s daughter, Signy. When Hagbard is sentenced to hang by her father, she decides to burn herself in the castle while watching her lover hang.
As of 2010, its Danish form was the 32nd most popular female name in Denmark. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 45 (Sweden, 2010)
- # 69 (Norway, 2010)
Other forms of the name include:
- Signý (Icelandic/Old Norse)
- Sivnne (Sami)
- Signa (Scandinavian)
- Signy (Scandinavian)
- Signea (Swedish)