Björk

Björk is an Icelandic and Swedish female name meaning “birch tree” via Old Norse bjǫrk (birch) via Proto-Germanic *berkō which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

Björk (also spelled Bjork) is also a Swedish and Norwegian surname, a locational name for someone who lived near some birch trees.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “birch tree”

Usage: Icelandic, Swedish

Pronunciation: b-yurk (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Bjørk (Norwegian, Danish, Faroese)
  • Bjork (anglicized spelling of the name)

Male forms:

  • Birkir (Icelandic)
  • Bjarki (Icelandic)

Birch

Birch is the name of any of various trees in the genus Betula. It comes from English birċe, bierċe (birch) via Proto-Germanic *birkijǭ which ultimately derives from a PIE root word meaning “to shine”.

Birch is also a surname originating as a locational/topographical name for someone who lived near some birch trees.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “birch (tree)” 

Usage: English

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