Which historical figure is credited with giving Greenland its name?

Which historical figure is credited with giving Greenland its name?




Erik the Red

Answer: Erik Thorvaldsson, known as Erik the Red was a Norwegian Viking, remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland.




Erik the Red gave Greenland its name over 1,000 years ago and ushered in the country’s Viking era. When Erik was exiled from Iceland circa 980, he decided to explore the land to the west (Greenland). Erik gained his famous nickname because of his red hair and the fact that he was a volatile and violent man. Leif Erikson, the famous Icelandic explorer, was Erik’s son.




Erik Thorvaldsson (Old Norse: Eiríkr Þorvaldsson; 950 – c. 1003), known as Erik the Red (Old Norse: Eiríkr hinn rauði)[1] was a Norwegian Viking, remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland.