Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European


Gunnar is the Scandinavian form of Old Norse Gunnarr (a cognate of German Gunther), made up of Old Norse elements gunnr “battle, war” and arr “warrior”, both derived from a PIE origin. Gunnar is the name of a historical king who appears in the Germanic saga Nibelungenlied.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “warrior, soldier”

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic


  • Gunner (English)
  • Günther (German)
  • Günter (German)
  • Gunter (German)
  • Gundahar (Ancient Germanic)
  • Gunnarr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Gunder (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian)
  • Gunārs (Latvian)

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