WTDY of Valkyrie?

Recently, I was reading some of [name]Hans[/name] [name]Christian[/name] [name]Andersen[/name]'s fairy tails and I noticed the word Valkyrie. I looked it up, and it’s a name from Norse mythology referring to any of the beautiful maidens who bring the souls of slain warriors to [name]Odin[/name].
I think that’s a pretty cool meaning, and it’s on my guilty pleasure list right now. But, the more I think about it, Valkyrie might be usable. It might have some pronounciation troubles ([name]Val[/name]-keer-ee is how I’m saying it), but it comes with the wearable nicknames [name]Val[/name], [name]Vali[/name] and Kyri. I don’t know how good the full name would look on a resume or official document, though.

What’s your opinion of this mythology name? Is viable as a first name, or more suited for the middle slot? Or am I crazy to think Valkyrie can be used on a kid?


It’s a nice name, although I think it would often be confused with [name]Valerie[/name].

I like it till I try to pn it. I mean, I like the name, but unknown pn put me off.

Valkyrie is ‘VALKirree’. Two syllables. I can’t see it as a name.

edit Three sorry, I clearly can’t count "-_-

I think its far too much name for a 21st century child. It should be reserved as a guilty pleasure or middle name, imo.

This is one of my guilty pleasure names. I think it could work!

I don’t think so…

If I met someone named Valkyrie, I would assume her parents are big [name]Wagner[/name] fans… and would probably hear “Ride of the Valkyries” playing in my head (as it is from reading your post). It is quite a well-known piece of music and I would think someone with that name would have to get used to people humming or singing it at her.

Operation Valkyrie was also a plot to kill Hitler during WWII (as depicted in the 2008 movie Valkyrie), so it’s quite a loaded word/name. On the other hand, that should it familiar to a lot of people.

EDIT: I’m really sad that when I googled Valkyrie, almost all the immediate results refer to the Tom Cruise movie. Sigh…

It would work and I like it. Look up World of Warcraft Valkyrie they are maidens who bring back the dead it is pretty neat. I am going to add it to my list too. SO liked [name]Valerie[/name] so maybe he will like this twist :slight_smile: You can also spell it differently Valkerie, Valkari, etc… It is def. a beautiful name!

This was exactly my first thought.
Also Valkyrie has this eerie otherworldly quality that reminds me of specters and people dying too young of heroic deaths. I love the word but I would never consider it for a first name. For me it’s too much and has too many dark associations to war and destruction.
Maybe a middle name?

Ooh. It has kind of an ugly mythological story though. Yes, a Valkyrie is a beautiful maiden, but they take the Norse souls up to “heaven” where all day every day they fight and at the end of the day their limbs are put back together and then they get drunk until dawn. It brings up bloody and gross images for me. Sorry, not a fan.

Now I’ve got Ride of the Valkyries stuck in my head!

I personally wouldn’t use it.

This was on my list for a while. I don’t think the Norse mythological image is ‘gross’ or particularly bloody. The Valkyries were like the Viking version of angels, and the heaven that they went to where they fought battles all day was a good thing, in their opinion. That’s what they wanted, because if they got there it meant they’d died bravely.

I like it. It has some pretty accessible nicknames which get around the initial eyebrow raise reaction and it’s so similar to [name]Valerie[/name]. My only criticism is it might get mistaken for [name]Valerie[/name] quite a bit.

Maybe you’d like Valhalla? It’s a little more out there.

When I hear Valkyrie, this is what I imagine:

Nice idea, but I don’t think it would be good for a name in this century. Sorry, it’s not even that it’s too much (Because I’m all about out-There names) I just can’t see it… It would be mispronounced ALL the time as well.

This is all I think of. It’s not necessarily a bad association; the men involved were very courageous. But the overwhelming sadness of the failed plot and the subsequent executions that were so sadly depicted in the film just make the word a heart-wrenching one for me.

Makes me think of that [name]Tom[/name] [name]Cruise[/name] WW2 Movie.

All I think of is Flight of the Valkyries and [name]Wagner[/name].