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12: Ulrik inn svarti Þórvaldzson -New Name (NP)

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Spelling (no example given) most important.

Submitted through the Barony of Wiesenfeuer

Ulrik "The Black" Thorvaldsson or Ulrik inn svarti Þórvaldzson

The name <Ulrik> originates from Old High German <Ulrich>. Checking the Diplomatarium Danicum, the

earliest use in Danish appears in 1348, in reference to a Bishop Ulrik, who was likely German in

origin.[1] In Old Norse, the closest East Scandinavian name is <Ulfríkr>. Lena Peterson's Nordiskt

Runnamnslexikon[2] cites this name from several following runic inscriptions, and we can round out

this information by looking up the individual inscriptions in the Rundata: • N223†B, Rogaland,

Norway, c.990-1010 • N237†A, Rogaland, Norway, c.990-1010 • Sö280,

Södermanland, Sweden, Viking Age • U241, Uppland, Sweden, c.1050-a generation forward E.H. Lind's

Dopnamn col. 1056 (an Appendix H source) has the West Scandinavian version, <Úlfrekr>, from the

1000s. Old Norse doesn't use double given names or unmarked patronymics. [3]

[1] "Du har søgt på: Ulrik". Diplomatarium Danicum. [Accessed Feb 20, 2023]

[2] Peterson, Lena. Nordiskt Runnamnslexikon. Dictionary of Names in Nordic Runic Inscriptions

(04/08/2016). (Appendix H source, [Accessed Feb 20,


[3] (See SENA Appendix A

The name <Þórvaldr>, or "Thorvald", is Old West Norse. E.H. Lind Dopnamn cols. 1212-1214 shows that

it was very common in Norway and Iceland from the time of the Settlement of Iceland to the end of

our period. The name does appear in a couple of runic inscriptions, per Lena Peterson's Nordiskt

Runnamnslexikon[2], but both are Old West Norse: • BrOlsen;185a $ , Isle of Man, c.940 • N62,

Oppland, Norway, c.1050-1100

The byname "the black" is expressed in a variety of ways. There are rafts of bynames that specify

that an individual had black hair, black beard, black skin, etc. for example. Here are some with

the simple meaning of dark or black: • <blakkr>, <blQkk>; <inn blakki> from as early as c.900. "The

dark- black, dark-brown", is probably from the skaldic use of the adjective <blakkr> for the color

of wolves and the sides of ships. <surtr>, borne by the grandson of an icelandic settler. "Black";

noun, a side-form from

<svartr>. • <inn svarti> This extremely common byname was in use from the earliest times, since we

know that the great-grandfather of at least one Icelandic settler had this name. "The black", with

black hair or black beard.[4]

[4] The bynames are from two Appendix H sources: Finnur Jónsson. Tilnavne i den Islandske

Oldlitteratur. Copenhagen: H. H. Thieles Bogtrykkeri. 1908. E.H. Lind. Norsk-isländska personbinamn

från medeltiden. Uppsala : A.-B. Lundequist, 1905-1915.

( is the source to check. German names may be combined

with Scandinavian names up to 1100. DMNES ( has forms of

the name in the vicinity of a spelling <Odalrich> before 1100.

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