Last Updated onParents all over the United States are looking for the most unique names for their babies and who could blame them, right?! A name should represent your child’s personality and should mean something important since it will follow your little one his or her entire life. A well-chosen name should come with a story and a meaning. Some parents spend months searching for those letters to come to life. Their child represents their most precious gift of all and the name should fit just like a puzzle piece.
- 1 1. Anders
- 2 2. Felix
- 3 3. Silva
- 4 4. Oliver
- 5 5. Fredrick
- 6 6. Emma
- 7 7. Oskar
- 8 8. Frida
- 9 9. Ella
- 10 10. Elias
- 11 11. Mathias
- 12 12. Hanna
- 13 13. Johannes
- 14 14. Mathilde
- 15 15. Aurora
- 16 16. Benjamin
- 17 17. Victoria
- 18 18. Sebastian
- 19 19. Amanda
- 20 20. Tobias
- 21 21. Annika
- 22 22. Henrik
- 23 23. Kristoffer
- 24 24. Nora
- 25 25. Erik
- 26 Best Norwegian Baby Names – FAQ
- 27 Bottom Line
1. AndersThis is the Scandinavian version of the name Andrew.
Meaning of Andersson of Andrew, courageous
Origin of AndersNorwegian, Swedish, Greek
Pronunciation of AndersAHN-ders, AN-duhrz
Variations of AndersAnderson, Andrew, Andreas, Andre
Anders TrendsAnders was more popular as a boy name in the U.S. between 1967 and 2010. It was more commonly-met in states like New York, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Fun FactIn Greek, Anders originates from “Andros” which means manly and warrior.
NicknameAndy, Andie, Drew
Famous People Named AndersAnders Holm (comedian), Anders Bagge (composer)
2. FelixAlthough this name has Scandinavian origins, many Spanish-speaking countries use it as well.
Meaning of FelixHappiness, prosperous, lucky
Origin of FelixLatin
Pronunciation of FelixF-EE-l-ih-k-s
Variations of FelixFelice, Felizio, Flicks
Felix TrendsThis is a very popular name, with over 61,300 newborns named Felix since 1880. In 2018, 1,630 families named their sons Felix.
Fun FactFelix the Cat is a popular cartoon character.
NicknameFex, Fefe, Fee
Famous People Named FelixFelix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (German composer), Felix Herngren (actor, comedian)
3. SilvaThe initial Scandinavian version of this name was Silia or Silja.
Meaning of Silvaforest, woodland maid
Origin of SilvaNorwegian, Latin
Pronunciation of Silvas-ih-l-v-uh
Variations of SilvaSilvia, Silvana, Sylvie, Sylvia
Silva TrendsThis was a more popular name between 1983 and 1996. You could find girls named Silva in California, New York, and Texas.
Fun FactDa or De Silva is a surname that’s very common in countries like Brazil and Portugal.
Famous People Named SilvaSylva Koscina (actress), Silva Bendrāte (politician and radio journalist)
4. OliverThis name has several different roots many meanings but, in Norwegian, it means “the kind one.”
Meaning of Oliverkind one, peace, olive tree, the ancestor’s descendant
Origin of OliverScandinavian, English, Old Norse, Latin, French
Pronunciation of Oliveroh-l-ee-v-EH-r
Variations of OliverOlivier, Olivero, Noll, Olaf
Oliver TrendsSince 1880, almost 100,000 newborns have been named Oliver. In 2012, nearly 5,900 baby boys were given this name.
Fun FactOliver Twist is the main character of an English musical that bases its story on a novel written by Charles Dickens.
NicknameOlley, Nolly, Ollie
Famous People Named OliverOliver Platt (actor), Oliver Hardy (comedian)
5. FredrickSome of this name’s characteristics are intuition, inspiration, and spirituality.
Meaning of Fredrickpeaceful ruler
Origin of FredrickScandinavian, Czechoslovakian, English
Pronunciation of Fredrickf-r-EH-d-r-ih-k
Variations of FredrickBedrich, Friedrich, Frederick
Fredrick TrendsSince 1880, over 62,200 baby boys have been given this name. It was a very popular name in the 1950s.
Fun FactFrederick the Great was a Prussian ruler who reined from 1740 until 1786.
Famous People Named FredrickFrederick Douglass (autobiographer), Frederick Catherwood (architect)
6. EmmaEmma is a simple yet beautiful and feminine name.
Meaning of Emmauniversal, all-embracing
Origin of EmmaScandinavian, Germanic, Latin
Pronunciation of EmmaEH-m-uh
Variations of EmmaEmmett, Emily, Emmanuela, Emmalee
Emma TrendsThis name was very fashionable in the 1900s. Since 1880, over 550,000 baby girls have been named Emma. In 2003, almost 22,700 newborns were given this name.
Fun FactThis name started to become popular in the United States in the 1990s.
Famous People Named EmmaEmma Stone (actress), Emma Thompson (actress)
7. OskarOskar is a great name for your baby boy and it means deer lover or gentle friend.
Meaning of OskarDivine spear, deer lover
Origin of OskarOld Norse, Irish
Pronunciation of Oskaros-kar
Variations of OskarOscar, Osgood, Oszkár
Oskar TrendsSince 1880, over 187,200 newborns have been named Oscar. In 2006, more than 3,500 baby boys were named Oscar.
Fun FactThe famous Oscar, the golden movie award statuette was previously known as the iron man.
Famous People Named OskarOscar Wilde (poet), Oscar de la Renta (fashion designer)
8. FridaFrida or Frieda comes from the word “friede” which translates into peace.
Meaning of Fridapeaceful ruler, peace
Origin of FridaScandinavian, German, Spanish
Pronunciation of FridaFRIY-D-ah
Variations of FridaFrederica, Fridah, Frideborg
Frida TrendsSince 1880, almost 3,000 baby girls have been given this name. It is a unique and exotic name.
Fun FactFrida Kahlo, the famous painter, went through no less than 35 surgeries because of a bus accident she had when she was very young. This is not a “fun” fact but it is very interesting.
Famous People Named FridaFrida Kahlo (painter), Frida Söderström (online star)
9. EllaElla is a short and sweet girl name that has three different origins.
Meaning of Ellaall, young girl
Origin of EllaOld Norse, Old German, Spanish
Pronunciation of EllaEH-l-uh
Variations of EllaEllaruth, Ellasyn, Ellen, Eleanor
Ella TrendsSince 1880, over 254,300 baby girls have been named Ella. In 2010, almost 9,800 newborns were given this name, in the U.S.
Fun FactElla can also be a nickname for names such as Gabriella or Isabella.
Famous People Named EllaElla Fitzgerald (singer), Ella Anderson (TV actress)
10. EliasElias is a more musical and exotic version of the name Elijah.
Meaning of EliasGod is the Lord
Origin of EliasNorwegian, English, Hebrew
Pronunciation of Eliasee-LIE-uhs
Variations of EliasEllison, Ellis, Ellsworth
Elias TrendsSince 1880, nearly 54,500 newborns have been given this name. In 2012, almost 3,200 baby boys were named Elias.
Fun FactPeople from several countries consider this a beautiful and loved name: Norway, France, UK, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Italy.
Famous People Named EliasElias Howe (inventor), Elias Canetti (winner of the Nobel prize)
11. MathiasThis name is an eight in terms of numerology which is associated with power, abundance, and wealth.
Meaning of MathiasGift of God
Origin of MathiasGerman, Scandinavian, Greek, Hebrew
Pronunciation of Mathiasmuh-TEE-us
Variations of MathiasMateus, Matthew, Matteo, Mattison
Mathias TrendsSince 1880, almost 3,200 baby boys have been named Mathias. In 2012, around 350 newborns were given this name.
Fun FactIt was a very popular name in the 1800s. Then, it almost disappeared only to resurface in 2003.
NicknameMats, Mat, Massey, Matty
Famous People Named MathiasMatthias Bieber (hockey player), Matthias Bartke (politician)
12. HannaHanna is the Slavic and Scandinavian version of the English name Hannah.
Meaning of Hannagraceful, God is merciful
Origin of HannaScandinavian, Hebrew
Pronunciation of HannaHan-NUH
Variations of HannaHannah, Hannan, Hannicka, Hania
Hanna TrendsSince 1880, almost 32,000 baby girls have been named Hanna in the United States.
Fun FactHannah is a Biblical name that appears in the Old Testament.
Famous People Named HannaHannah Simone (actress), Hannah Jeter (model)
13. JohannesThis name has old origins but, nowadays, you will find multiple exotic and modern alternatives.
Meaning of JohannesGod is Gracious
Origin of JohannesHebrew, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of Johannesjoh-han-eez
Variations of JohannesJohn, Johann, Jackson, Jenkins, Jones, Hans, Sean,
Johannes TrendsSince 1880, 644 baby boys have been given this name. In 2010, 221 families decided to name their sons Johannes.
Fun FactJohannes Brahms was a well-known pianist and composer who started playing piano at only 7 years old.
NicknameJoe, Joensy, Jones, Johnsie
Famous People Named JohannesJóhannes Ásbjörnsson (TV show host), Johannes Bitter (handball goalkeeper)
14. MathildeThis is an elegant and classy girl’s name.
Meaning of Mathildestrong in war, battle maiden, battle maiden, battle might
Origin of MathildeFrench, German, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of Mathildemuh-til-duh
Variations of MathildeMathilda, Mattye, Matilda, Matelda, Tilda
Mathilde TrendsUntil 1916, this name was a very popular one. Since 1880, 645 newborns have been named Mathilde, in the U.S.
Fun FactMatilda is the main character of the novel with the same name. There was even a movie made based on the book.
NicknameMattie, Tillie, Maddy, Maddie
Famous People Named MathildeMatilda Price (model), Matilda Brown (actress)
15. AuroraAurora was a character of Roman mythology.
Meaning of AuroraGold, dawn, dawn goddess
Origin of AuroraLatin, Greek, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of Aurorauh-r-OH-r-aa
Variations of AuroraAurelia, Aurore, Aurelie, Aurorah
Aurora TrendsSince 1988, this name’s popularity has constantly increased. In 2012, almost 1,900 baby girls were named Aurora.
Fun FactIn the Maleficent movie series, there’s a good character called Aurora.
Famous People Named AuroraAurora Perrineau (actress), Aurora Rose Reynolds (novelist)
16. BenjaminThis name first appeared in the Bible as one of Jacob’s sons (the youngest one).
Meaning of Benjamin“The Son of My Right Hand”
Origin of BenjaminHebrew, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of BenjaminB-EH-N-j-uh-m-ih-n
Variations of BenjaminBenyamin, Ben
Benjamin TrendsSince 1880, over 663,400 baby boys have been given this name. In 1989, no less than 15,700 newborns were named Benjamin.
Fun FactBenjamin Button is the main character played by Brad Pitt in a fantasy romantic drama movie.
Famous People Named BenjaminBen Affleck (actor), Ben Kingsley (actor)
17. VictoriaThis name has been used since the existence of Roman mythology. Victoria was the victory goddess.
Meaning of VictoriaVictory, winner, conqueror
Origin of VictoriaLatin, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of VictoriaVIK-tor-ee-AH
Variations of VictoriaVictoire, Viktoria, Victorienne
Victoria TrendsSince 1880, more than 448,200 baby girls have been given this name. In 1993, almost 13,000 newborns were named Victoria.
Fun FactBased on numerology, the name Victoria comes with the following characteristics: wisdom, intuition, eccentricity, and solitude.
Famous People Named VictoriaQueen Victoria (of the United Kingdom), Victoria Beckham (singer, fashion designer)
18. SebastianThis is a much loved name in countries like Norway, England, Austria, Sweden, and Denmark.
Meaning of Sebastianvenerable, revered one
Origin of SebastianLatin, Greek, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of Sebastianseh-BAS-tyehn
Variations of SebastianSebastien, Bastien
Sebastian TrendsAfter 1988, this name became very popular in the United States. In 2012, almost 6,700 newborns were named Sebastian.
Fun FactNumerologists say that boys named Sebastian tend to be more caring and compassionate.
NicknameBasty, Seby, Sebie
Famous People Named SebastianSebastian Stan (actor), Sebastian Bach (musician)
19. AmandaAmanda as a girl’s name first appeared in the 1600s and it is another alternative to the name Miranda.
Meaning of AmandaLove, worthy of love
Origin of AmandaLatin, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of Amandauh-man-duh
Variations of AmandaAmandah, Amandy
Amanda TrendsSince 1880, nearly 780,000 newborns have been given this name. It was a very popular name choice between 1970 and 2012.
Fun FactThose named Amanda are believed to be beautiful girls and fun to be around.
Famous People Named AmandaAmanda Bynes (actress), Amanda Seyfried (actress)
20. TobiasEver since the Middle Ages, this particular name has been linked to “Tobias and the Angel” which is a Biblical tale.
Meaning of TobiasGod is Good
Origin of TobiasHebrew, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of Tobiastuh-bahy-uh s
Variations of TobiasTobiah, Tobin, Tova
Tobias TrendsThis name was popular around 2007 when almost 560 families chose to name their sons Tobias.
Fun FactTobias Snape is a well-known Harry Potter character.
Famous People Named TobiasToby Keith (singer), Tobias Harris (basketball player)
21. AnnikaAnnika is a commonly-met name in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Germany.
Meaning of Annikamerciful, gracious
Origin of AnnikaGerman, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of AnnikaAHN-i-kuh
Variations of AnnikaAnna, Annie, Hannah, Anne
Annika TrendsIn the U.S., this name became popular after 1990. In 2003, 1,087 newborns were named Annika.
Fun FactThose named Annika are believed to be adventurous, intellectual, and easygoing.
Famous People Named AnnikaAnnika Beck (tennis player), Annika Kipp (TV presenter)
22. HenrikHenrik is the Scandinavian version of the English name Henry.
Meaning of HenrikLord’s manor, ruler of the home
Origin of HenrikOld English, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of HenrikHEHN-rihk
Variations of HenrikHendrick, Hedric, Hendrix, Hendrickson
Henrik TrendsSince 1880, over 628,500 baby boys have been named Henry which is a derivate of Henrik.
Fun FactThis name can be found in numerous countries, in a diverse range of alternatives: Henri (French), Heinrich (German), etc.
Famous People Named HenrikHenrik Lundqvist (ice hockey goaltender), Henrik Edward Larsson (football manager)
23. KristofferThe American form of Kristoffer is Christopher.
Meaning of KristofferBearing of Christ
Origin of KristofferGreek, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of Kristofferk-r-ih-s-t-aw-f-uh-r
Variations of KristofferKristofer, Kristopher, Christopher
Kristoffer TrendsIn the 1970s, Kristoffer was a more popular name than it is today. Nowadays, parents prefer to name their sons Christopher. In 1978, 312 newborns were named Kristoffer. Since 1880, almost 2 million baby boys have been named Christopher in the U.S. In 1984, over 60,000 newborns were given this name.
Fun FactIn Sweden, there’s a name day celebration for those who are named Kristoffer and it is on the 15th of March.
Famous People Named KristofferKris Humphries (basketball player), Christopher Walken (actor)
24. NoraThis name was initially the short version of Eleanor.
Meaning of Noradignified, light, honor, the bright one
Origin of NoraIrish, Latin, Greek, French, Scandinavian
Pronunciation of Noran-AW-r-ah
Variations of NoraNorah, Noralie, Honor, Noria, Norina, Noreen
Nora TrendsSince 1880, this name was given to 119,310 baby girls. In 2012, almost 2,900 newborns were named Nora.
Fun FactThis honorable name comes with the following characteristics: creativity, popularity, happiness, and optimism.
Famous People Named NoraNora Dunn (actress), Nora Roberts (novelist)
25. ErikErik is a very beautiful yet common name in all the Scandinavian countries.
Meaning of ErikRuler of all
Origin of ErikScandinavian
Pronunciation of ErikEH-r-ih-k
Variations of ErikEric, Erikson, Erico
Erik TrendsSince 1880, there have been 146,000 baby boys who got the name Erik. It was particularly popular between 1970 and 2012.
Fun FactMany Scandinavian Vikings and Kings had this name.
Famous People Named ErikEric Clapton (musician), Erik Cassel (entrepreneur)
Best Norwegian Baby Names – FAQ
According to the National Museum of Denmark, in the Viking age, many names were chosen after animals and Gods, like Thor. Here are some of the vest Viking names of those times and their meanings: Orm – serpent; Ulf – wolf; Bjørn – bear; Frode – clever and wise; Sten – stone; Torsten – stone, Thor. Here’s a brief list of popular female names from the Viking period: Astrid – loved, beautiful; Frida – peace; Hilda – fighter; Helga – sacred; Revna – raven; Gertrud – spear.
Female names: Emma; Nora; Olivia; Emilie; Leah; Sara; Sofie. Male names: Lucas; Filip; Oskar; Oliver; Noah; Jakob; Henrik.
Here are some of the coolest Scandinavian baby names: Annika; Juni (Yoo-nee); Danique (the Scandinavian version of Danielle); Malin (MAH-lin); Freya (in Norse mythology, this was the name of the goddess of beauty).
For girls, some of the most common names are Emma, Sophie, and Zoe. For boys, the most common first names are Alexander, Lucas, and Elias. As for the unisex names, here are some of the most popular ones: Danny, Nicky, and Robin.