Origin of ValkyrieOld Norse valkyrja, literally , chooser of the slain from valr, those slain (see Valhalla) + kj?sa, to choose
Origin of ValkyrieOld Norse Valkyrja ; see welə- in Indo-European roots.
From Old Norse valkyrja (“chooser of the slain", singular), plural valkyrjur (plural), either from Germanic roots equivalent to, or formed in Norse from, the elements valr (“the slain") + kjÃ³sa (“to choose"). Cognate to Old English wÃ¦lcyrge. First attested in English as a proper noun (Valkyries) in the 1770s; attested as a common noun (valkyries) since the 1880s.
- Alternative spelling of valkyrie.
The proper noun Valkyries was attested before the common noun valkyries. See the entry valkyrie for more.