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. Convert Old Norse texts manually, the choice of runes depends on grammar.

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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  • George G George

    Guys I am writing my latest novel and would like to use Runes, having read through your website I have gathered there is no straight translation. which is fine as it is a mystery thriller, but how can I copy and Paste the symbols on to a word Doc? or is there a font I can use.

  • janette

    Can you tell me what the symbol that looks like a Y means my friend was wareing it when he died and I can’t find it anywhere

    • Mitchell

      In English the letter Z is shaped like a Y with a line down the middle of it


      That’s the Algiz rune which means elk and is often used to symbolise protection, growth, health etc…

  • Arriel

    Do you know where I can find a complete Short Twig Rune Alphabet? That aside though does it contain an e ?

  • Mikkel

    Do you know a font i Can downloade
    With the younger Danish Runes?

    Regards Mikkel from Denmark

  • Nootka_rose

    How do I translate from runes to English? I’ve looked at multiple sites and I can’t find one that will do that.

    • Viking Rune

      The expression ‘translate from runes’ is not correct. One cannot say ‘translate from letters’. It is possible to translate from a language, but the means to inscribe the words of the language is a different thing. So the question is what is the language of the inscription. Runes can be changed into letters using a simple table like those in the following articles:

      Younger Futhark

      Elder Futhark

  • Eva

    How can I write the number “1831”?

    • Viking Rune

      In the Viking Age there were no runes for the numerals.

  • Kolton Krag

    I was wondering if you could translate this for me and make sure it’s worded correctly

    Deyr fé
    deyja frændr
    deyr sjálfr it sama
    ek veit einn
    at aldri deyr
    dómr um dauðan hvern

    And what would that be in younger futhark. Short twig

  • Seth

    wow thank you this is helpfull ive been looking for something to write in that isnt complicated so i can mess with my teachers and write notes to friends (if a teacher picks it up they wont know what it says)ok so i got the alphabet written on my hand a-z and below it is the rune for th anything else i shouls get the rune for before i actualy start useing it?

    • Viking Rune

      Hello Seth. The Younger Futhark (long branch and short twig) has only 16 runes. It often uses a single rune for several sounds like úr for u and o, kaun for k and g, bjarkan for B and p, and so on. Thus it may may be rather difficult to decode a message in English written with the Younger Futhark, since the words pig and big, for example, will look the same.

  • Darrell

    Cool stuff to use as tatoo art

    • Viking Rune

      To be sure, Darrell.

  • Tank Harley

    honestly I got all except the Q correct in anglo saxon. So i just did my best not to use it when I am teaching my students the runes.

    • Viking Rune

      Thank you for sharing this, Tank.

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