Vikings feminized male names

At the April 24, 2010 Midlands Viking Symposium, Dr Philip Shaw from the University of Leicester delivered a paper on his research on Viking naming practices. His research discussed the common practice of giving female children names derived from male names.

Shaw said, "Viking Age Scandinavia saw a remarkable surge in the creation of such names, reflecting in some cases a need for a new way of signalling relationships between female children and their fathers. In other cases, the female versions of new male names are actually more popular than the male originals, suggesting a more conservative attitude to naming boys than girls."