Write Your Name in Runes: Convert Letters to Runic Symbols

The Rune Converter transforms Roman alphabet, as used in modern English, into five systems of Germanic runic writing: Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon runes, Long Branch Younger Futhark, Short Twig Younger Futhark and staveless runes (note that it does not translate the words themselves, it only converts letters into runes). A possibility to choose between these allows to establish a connection with a certain bloodline, tradition or historical period: for instance, if one wishes to emphasize the Viking connection, why use the Elder Futhark, if Vikings did not use it? One should choose between one of the Younger Futhark options instead.

Note that the present converter works with modern English only. Letters with Old Norse (or any other) diacritics will not be converted into runes.

Got Old Norse Word or Phrase to Convert Into Runes?

Here is the guide that will help: How to Write in Old Norse With Futhark Runes

What Types of Runes Are Supported?

  • Elder Futhark is the most ancient Germanic runic alphabet that was in use from the 2nd to 8th centuries by all Germanic tribes. This system of runic writing has a very peculiar and complex inner structure.
  • Anglo-Saxon Futhorc.
  • Long Branch variant of the Younger Futhark, also known as Danish runes, is the normal or standard representation of the Younger Futhark, which began to develop at the end of the 8th century and was accepted by the 10th century in the whole of Scandinavia.
  • Short Twig variant of the Younger Futhark is also known as Rök runes. It was used in Norway and Sweden along with the Long Branch variant that was more characteristic for Denmark.
  • Staveless or Hälsinge runes were used only in a restricted area and may be a good example of minimalism. They also may be interpreted as a secret writing system.

What To Write With Runes?

Viking runes

Perhaps the most obvious idea is to write with runes one’s own name. For more creative solutions and complex phrases one may find helpful to read about the magic runes or runic love quotes. Note that Scandinavians had a tradition to write with runes various Latin sentences.

Before You Ask a Question in the Comments Section Below

Make sure you checked the following articles:

How to Write in Norse Runes
How to Write A Name in Runes for a Tattoo
How to Translate into Runes Correctly
How to Write an Authentic Runic Inscription
Should I Write in Runes Phonetically?

Please do not post requests to translate anything into Old Norse. This page is about how to convert letters into runes, not about how to translate from English into ancient languages.

Waiver of Liability

Keep in mind that computer generated texts should be used with caution for any permanent use like tattoos or engravings. This tool is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind.

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  • seamus

    how can I correctly translate Fenrir and Ragnarok into the old futhark. Cant find any inscription of them.
    Btw such a great page with insight into futhark.

    • Viking Rune

      Seamus, Elder Futhark was not used for Old Norse, so there is no correct way to do that.

  • Thom

    I’m trying to convert my last name into elder futhark however with the spelling of Thom the h is silent and so it is spoken “Tom”. My question is do I use “t” and “h”, just “t” or “th” runes?

    • Viking Rune

      Thom, both variants are possible. If you’d like to stick to the phonetic approach, use t instead of th.

  • Persephone

    I’m getting married soon and I was looking for a runic quote about marriage could you help me?

  • Priscilla

    On google the P S A are different which one is correct

    • Viking Rune

      Who cares about Google?

      • (Anonymous)

        A lot of people actually.

        • Viking Rune

          Okay. Let them study from Google.

      • Christian Finley

        Ferris bueller…
        …ur my hero….

        Srsly tho. The dedication and patience I’m seeing as I read through these comments is amazing.

        Made my day

  • Humberto

    Hi, I really appreciate the effort you have put into gathering and publishing all this information, there are lot of resources and information that i have read and I think is is the most useful site i came across.
    I found the site looking for a way to translate to runes a phrase or verse i found, I heard about it in the Vikings TV show (Rollo’s war cry) and finally found what i think is the original verse, now, I found a version written in what i think is modern Icelandic, i ran it trough the translator to put it in long branch (i think that is the time around when it was written) but i was curious about something, i read that there is no such thing as 2 letters repeated in runic, and the translator showed that this phrase: beygjattu skalli, translates and includes repeated symbols, now I haven’t read the whole information about this, but i’m wondering, should i take this repeated symbols out? or leave it? i wan’t to make this as accurate as possible, considering the limitations of languajes used to write the verse and the translation (and the fact that i will have this tattooed on my arm)

    • Viking Rune

      The converter is for modern English only. To write in runes Old Norse (or Icelandic, which is pretty close) follow this tutorial.

  • carolina

    i don’t know how to do this it’s really hard

    • Viking Rune

      How can I help you, Carolina?

  • Adrian

    Thank you for your site. Making a knife from scratch for my girlfriend and wanted to put her name in runes from my ancestry. Red hair and fair eyes, Anglo-Saxon. I’m going to engrave her name on the blade to show how I usually honor a blade by naming it. Thanks for all the options as well.

    • Viking Rune

      Hello Adrian. So you have to choose what runic system would best fit your project. Then you just convert the name into runes and engrave it.

  • Dan Gray

    Do you have an email address that I could send my design to if you would possibly check it?

    • Viking Rune

      Feel free to contact me via my FB page.

  • Ceyla

    How would I write my name in elder futhark, my name is Ceyla ( the c sounds like an s , the y is like crayon ) should I translate my name from Sela or the original Ceyla ?

    • Viking Rune

      Both variants would be okay.

  • Dameon Miller

    Your S is backwards on your converter. On every runs alphabet i looked up shows the S the other way around

    • Viking Rune

      Have you looked up the actual runic inscriptions?

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