Sol

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse/Latin/Spanish
Meaning: “sun”

The name is believed to be of ancient Indo-European roots and in Norse Mythology, she is the personification of the sun. Sól appears in Old Nordic literature, such as, the Prose Edda, where she is attested as being the sister of the Moon (Máni) and the daughter of Mundilfari. It is foretold that in the coming days of Ragnarók, she shall be devoured by the Fenris wolf, but beforehand, she shall give birth to a daughter who will take her place after the great battle.

Many scholars have theorized that the goddess may be an extension of a proto-European bronze age goddess and may be related to the Sanskrit Surya. This theory is supported by the fact that similar attestations and names appear in other Pre-Christian European religions, such as the Lithuanian Saulė, the Gaulic Saulis and the Slavic Solnitse. In Roman mythology, Sol was personified as a man.

In modern Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian, it is the word for sun and is occasionally bestowed as a female given name. It has recently become more common in Latin America, where it was originally used as a short form of Marisol, but is now more often used as an independent given name.

Currently, Sol is the 27th most popular female name in Argentina, (2009).

 

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Solveig

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: speculated, but most populary believed to mean “sun way; path to the sun.”
Nor (sol-VIGH;VYE); Swe (sol-VAY).

The name is of Old Norse origins, composed of the elements, sol, meaning,” sun” and veig “way”or “path.” The word veig can also mean “strength,” leading some to believe that the name might actually mean “sun strength.”

Some also believe that the name is composed of the elements solr meaning “yellow coloured” or salr meaning “house, home or hall” and that the second element of the name is either from the word, vig, meaning, “battle” or the word, vigja, meaning,  “to hollow”.

Though the name is technically used throughout Scandinavia, it has been most popular in Norway, no doubt due to the symbolic character of Solveig in Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.

In the play, Ibsen uses Solveig as a symbol of redemption for the protaganist, Peer Gynt. There is a lot of play on words used throughout the play, and since Solveig represent’s Gynt’s path to redemption and salvation, the meaning of her name as “path to the sun,” is a key factor to the plot of the story.

A popular Norwegian nickname for this is Vivi.

Solveig is currently the 76th most popular female name in Norway (2007).

  • Solvej/Solvey (Danish)
  • Solveigh (German)
  • Solveig (Icelandic)
  • Solveiga (Latvian/Russian)
  • Sølvi (Norwegian)
  • Solvig (Swedish: obscure form)
  • Sylvi (Swedish/Norwegian/Finnish)

Other forms include: The name also appears in Icelandic as Sólveig, Sólveigu and Sólveigar.