Origin: < Old Norse, probably literally future, homonymous with skuld debt, bondage in payment of debt, derivative from root of skulushall, must; cognate with Old Englishscyld,Old Saxonsculd,Old High Germanscult (GermanSchuld)
1770, from O.N. norn (pl. nornir), one of the female fates of Scand. mythology, related to Swed. dial. norna "to warn, to communicate secretly," perhaps ult. imitative of low murmuring (cf. M.H.G. narren "to growl, snarl").