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What does Gunnar mean?

Gunnar Pronunciation of Gunnar [gun-nar] as a boys' name is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Gunnar is "battler, warrior". From Old Norse gunnr "strife", and arr "warrior". The name of the husband of Brunhilda in the Nibelungenlied. Author Gunter Grass.

Associated with: norse, warrior, old, strife (war), grass (meadow).


Gunnar has 14 variants: Guenter, Guenther, Gullan, Gun, Gunn, Gunne, Gunner, Gunners, Guntar, Gunter, Guntero, Gunthar, Gunther and Guntur.

Creative forms:
(male) Gunri, Gunroy, ..

(female) Gunda, Gunger, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gunnar Aayan (G.A.), ..

How popular is Gunnar?

Gunnar is an uncommon first name for men. Gunnar is also a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gunnar was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #381 in the U.S. in the year 2014, and is at #386 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gunnar name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gunnar outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent variation form of Gunnar (#386 from current records) listed in the Top 2000 is Gunner (#238 from current records). These relations of Gunnar were popular with parents presently (adoption of 0.1%). Gunnar has been the top favorite, though Gunner is now higher in the list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gunnar, Gunner in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gunnar and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gunnar is alike in pronunciation to Gainer, Gainor, Gayner, Gaynnor and Gaynor. Other suggested similar names are Abnar, Anwar, Bonar, Bonnar, Danar, Dunbar, Einar, Ejnar, Finbar, Finnbar, Gannet, Gannon, Gardnar, Garnar, Garner, Garpar (see Gaspard), Gaspar, Gennadi, Gennaro, Gennaros (see Gennaro), Glennard, Guinn, Gulzar, Gur, Gustaf, Gustav, Gustaw, Inar, Kumar, Ragnar and Raynar. Like Gunnar, these names are not commonly used.

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