Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “forest warrior or; wide or large warrior.”
The name is derived from the Old Norse male name Víðarr, which is composed of the elements víðr which can either mean “forest” or “wide; large” and arr meaning “warrior.” In Norse Mythology the name is borne by the son of Odin and the giantess Grid. He is fated to avenge his father’s death at the time of Ragnarök (the end of the world in Norse Mythology). Odin is fated to die by being devoured by the wolf. Vidar appears in both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda and is also a subject featured on the carvings of the Gosforth Cross in England. Traditionally, it is believed that Vidar will kill the wolf by pulling his jaws apart. Ouch! After the great battle of Ragnarök is to pass, Vidar will survive and rule his own hall in the Viking netherworld, upon the remains of Asgard. He is said to don a powerfully made leather shoe, which will help him kill the wolf in the future. He is said to be extremely powerful. Other forms of the name include Vithar and Vitharr. The name is currently popular in Norway where it came in as the 9th most popular male name of 2008. Its designated name day in Sweden is August 31, while in Norway it is on December 29.