Walburga

Walburga is a German female name, most famously associated with an 8th century English saint who did missionary work in Germany. Walpurgis night is a celebration that takes place on April 30th, celebrated in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, often associated with witches and bonfires. The festival long preceded the arrival of Christianity and Saint Walburga but became associated with Saint Walburga in an effort to distance it from its pagan roots.

The name is composed of Proto-Germanic elements *waldaną (to rule) and burg (stronghold, fortress; castle, city) essentially meaning “ruler of the fortress”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “ruler of the fortress”

Usage: German

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Variants:

  • Waldeburg (Ancient Germanic)
  • Walpurga (German, Latin)
  • Wealdburg (Old English)
  • Valpurga (Latin)
  • Walpurgis (German, Latin)
  • Walburgis (German)
  • Valborg (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Faroese)
  • Valpuri (Finnish)
  • Vappu (Finnish diminutive of Valpuri)