Eivind

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “happy victor; gift victor.”
Nor (I-vind)

A few weeks ago I was browsing through some Norwegian birth announcements and noted several unusual names that appeared over and over again. Eivind was one of them. Apparently, Eivind is the Norwegian form of the proto Norse auja “happy, lucky or gift” and windur meaning “victor, winner.” In Norwegian and Scandinavian history, the name was borne by a 9th-century viking by the name of Eyvind Lambi, he figures in the famous Egil’s Saga. Another popular form in Norway is Øyvind and in Sweden it appears as Ejvind.

Currently, the name is the seventy fouth most popular male name in Norway, while its slashed counterpart (see above) comes in much higher at # 27. The name is not as popular in Sweden as it is in Norway.

Its designated name-day was exactly one week ago, August 26th.

Update: Eivind and Øyvind no longer appear in the Norwegian top 100, but as of 2010, its Faroese form of Eivindur was the 8th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Eivin (Danish/Norwegian)
  • Ejvin/Eyvin (Danish)
  • Ejvind (Danish/Faroese/Swedish)
  • Even (Danish/Faroese/Swedish)
  • Oyvind (Danish)
  • Øivind/Øjvind (Danish/Norwegian)
  • Evind (Faroese/Scandinavian)
  • Eivindur (Faroese)
  • Oyvindur (Faroese)
  • Öjvind (Faroese/Swedish)
  • Eyvindur (Icelandic)
  • Eivinn (Norwegian)
  • Ovind (Norwegian)
  • Øivin(n) (Norwegian)
  • Øven (Norwegian)
  • Eyvindr (Old Norse)
  • Eiven (Sami)
  • Eivind/Eyvind (Scandinavian)
  • Evin (Scandinavian)
  • Önder (Swedish)
  • Önnert (Swedish)
  • Öyvind (Swedish)
Feminine forms include:
  • Evena (Norwegian)
  • Evina/Evine (Norwegian)
  • Evinda (Norwegian)
  • Øivine/Øyvine (Norwegian)

Victor, Victoria

Origin: Latin
Meaning: “victory.”

Both names are derived from the Latin, meaning, “victory.”

Victoria is the feminine form of Victorius, but it was also the name of the Roman goddess of Victory, the counterpart of the Greek goddess, Nike.

The name was borne by an early North African Christian martyr, its masculine counterpart, was also borne by several early saints, including three popes.

Victoria did not come into use in the English-speaking world till the 19th-century, when Victoria became queen of the British Empire. This period in history, the Victorian Era, was named in her honour, as were several geographic locations throughout the former British Empire.

Currently, in the United States, Victoria is the 27th most popular female name. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 41 (Belgium, 2006)
  • # 56 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
  • # 28 (Chile, 2006)
  • # 16 (Czech Republic, 2009)
  • # 17 (Denmark, 2009)
  • # 44 (Germany, 2009)
  • # 10 (Hungary, 2008)
  • # 27 Vittoria (Italy, 2006)
  • # 297 (the Netherlands, 2008)
  • # 26 (Norway, 2009)
  • # 2 Wiktoria (Poland, 2008)
  • # 8 (Russia, Moscow, 2007)
  • # 58 (Spain, 2008)
  • # 92 (Sweden, 2009)

As for its masculine counterpart, Victor, was never a popular choice in the English speaking world, but has always been quite common in Latin American countries and on continental Europe. His rankings are as follows:

  • # 15 (Belgium, 2006)
  • # 37 (Chile, 2006)
  • # 45 (Czech Republic, 2009)
  • # 7 (Denmark, 2009)
  • # 270 (Germany, 2009)
  • # 206 (the Netherlands, 2008)
  • # 9 Wiktor (Poland, 2008)
  • # 8 (Sweden, 2009)
  • # 111 (the United States, 2008)

Other forms of Victoria include:

  • Victòria (Catalan)
  • Viktorie (Czech: diminutive form is Viktorka)
  • Viktoria (Danish/German/Swedish)
  • Victoria (Dutch/English/Finnish/German/Norwegian/Romanian/Spanish/Swedish)
  • Vihtoriina (Finnish)
  • Victoire (French)
  • Victorine (French)
  • Viktória (Hungarian/Slovak)
  • Viktorina (Hungarian)
  • Viktoría (Icelandic)
  • Vittoria (Italian)
  • Vittoriana (Italian)
  • Vittorina (Italian)
  • Viktorija Викторија (Latvian/Lithuanian/Serb0-Croatian/Slovene)
  • Wiktoria (Polish)
  • Vitória (Portuguese)
  • Viktoriya Виктория (Russian/Ukrainian)

Common English diminutives include: Vicky/Vicki or Tori. A Romanian short form is Vica. Vicki/Vikki is also used as a short form in the German speaking countries as well as in Scandinavia.

Wiktorka and Wisia are the Polish short forms.

Male variations include:

  • Viktor (Albanian/Czech/Dutch/Finnish/German/Hungarian/Slovak/Swedish)
  • Vítor (Asturian)
  • Viktar Віктар (Belarusian)
  • Victor (Danish/Dutch/German/English/French/Norwegian/Portuguese/Romanian/Swedish)
  • Vittorio (Italian)
  • Victorius (Latin)
  • Viktoras (Lithuanian)
  • Wiktor (Polish)
  • Vítor (Portuguese)
  • Viktor Виктор (Russian/Ukrainian)
  • Víctor (Spanish)

The name was borne by famous French author, Victor Hugo.