The usual Old Norse form of Norway is Noregr, and the usual mediŠval Latin form Nor(th)vegia, though the earliest known written occurrence of the name is English (in the late-9th-century account of the travels of Ohthere of Hňlogaland), in the form norweg. Some mediŠval texts attribute the name eponymously to the mythical King Nˇrr, son of SnŠr (a personification of snow), again a descendant of Fornjˇt, a legendary ruler of Finland. However, it's generally assumed the name is derived from Old Norse *norvegr, meaning "the northern route" (the way northwards). Norse also had the terms austrvegr "the lands in the east" (Russia), vestrvegr "the lands in the west" (Britain and Ireland) and survegr "the lands in the south" (the Mediterranean). There is, however, some possibility that mediŠval forms in nor-, north- are folk-etymologizations and that the name has other origins.
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