Alberich – Name Meaning

Alberich is a Germanic name derived from the Old High German words “alb” and “rîhhi”, meaning “elf ruler”. It was popularized by the character of Alberich in Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The name has been used in Germany since at least the Middle Ages.

In Wagner’s opera, Alberich is a dwarf who guards a magical ring that grants its wearer immense power. He is portrayed as an evil and cunning character who will do anything to get what he wants. He is also known for his ability to shape-shift into various forms, including a dragon.

The name Alberich has been used in literature and film since Wagner’s time. It has been used as a villainous name in fantasy works such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. It has also been used as a heroic name in works such as Marvel Comics’ Thor series.


Alberich is not a particularly common name in modern times, but it does have some popularity in Germany and other German-speaking countries. In 2019, it ranked #1,845 on the list of most popular baby names in Germany.

Famous People Named Alberich

There are several famous people named Alberich:

  • Alberich Bormann (1883–1945), German Nazi official
  • Alberich Zwyssig (1808–1854), Swiss composer
  • Alberich de Meyer (born 1972), Belgian fashion photographer

By Ava Isabella Hartley

Ava Isabella Hartley is a renowned expert in the field of onomastics, the study of names and their meanings, with a particular focus on baby names. She holds a Master's degree in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and has over 15 years of experience in the study of etymology, name trends, and cultural naming practices.

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