The Wægmundings were a prominent probably Swedish clan (an ätt, see Norse clans) in Beowulf. A name such as Wægmunding meant "belongs to Wægmund", i.e. they were the descendants of a man named Wægmund. This was the normal way of naming a Germanic clan (see e.g. Sigurd the Völsung, descendant of king Völsung), Folkung (descendants of Folke) and Yngling (descendants of Yngvi-Freyr).