Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “warrior of Thor.”
Germ/Nor/Swe (TOR-reh)

The name is believed to be a contracted form of the Old Norse, Þórir, which is composed of the elements, Þór (Thor) and verr (warrior; man). It has also been suggested that the latter element may actually be from *wihar (priest), hence it may actually mean “priest of Thor.”

The name can be traced all the way back to a 10th-century Rune of Uppland, Sweden. Inscribed is the following epithet to a man named Tore:

“Ingrid and Ingegerd erected this stone in memory of Tore, their father.” (Uppland, 996 CE).

Currently, Tore is the 252nd most popular male name in Germany, (2011). Another spelling is Thore.