Norwegian boy names: the best male names from Norway


Looking for an unusual name for your baby boy? Why not check out some cute Norwegian boy names?

Choosing a Norwegian name for your baby boy is a fun idea!

Norwegian men’s names tend to have tall, blond, healthy and sporty connotations – and who wouldn’t want that for their newborn baby boy? 

Some traditional Norwegian boy names have their roots in the natural world, while others come from Nordic mythology.

Whatever the origins of your chosen name, you can’t go wrong with this selection of handsome Norwegian boy names!

We’ve looked into the most popular Norwegian boy names, as well as some of the more uncommon Norwegian boy names. So, read on for a good insight into the best Norwegian boy names and meanings.

Top Norwegian boy names

If you want some idea of what Norwegians are calling their baby boys, here’s a list of the top ten Norwegian boy names, with the number of boys who were given that name in 2021.

  • Noah/Noa (402)
  • Oskar/Oscar (370)
  • Oliver (367)
  • Lucas/Lukas (364)
  • Isak/Isac/Isaac (361)
  • Aksel/Axel (346)
  • Emil (346)
  • Filip/Philip/Fillip/Phillip (346)
  • Jakob/Jacob (325)
  • William (313)

Norwegian boy names and their meanings

The best Norwegian boy names not only sound good, but have appealing and interesting meanings and origins.

So we’ve checked out what the top ten Norwegian boys’ names mean and why you should choose them.

A Norwegian boy name suggests a healthy, outdoors lifestyle.
Nicolette Attree (CC)

Noah/Noa

The origins of the name Noah are fairly obvious – it’s a Hebrew name that comes from the bible.

It means “rest” or “repose” and is an increasingly popular name for boys throughout Europe and the US. In fact, it regularly ranks as the most picked boys’ name in the world!

The original Noah was considered to be such a good, perfect person that he was chosen by God to repopulate the earth after the great flood – so a great role model for a baby boy!

Oskar/Oscar

The name Oscar has Celtic and Old Norse roots. The Norse version is a corruption of the name Ásgeirr, which means “the spear of god”.

It’s been a popular choice throughout the ages in Norway, with two kings – Oscar I and II of Sweden and Norway – and a prime minister, Oscar Fredrik Torp (who was the premier from 1951–55) holding the name.

Oliver

A perennial favourite name, Oliver derives from the old Norse name Áleifr, which means “ancestor’s descendent.” 

It also has Latin and French roots, which come the word meaning “olive tree”.  

There are lots of cool Norwegian names for boys

The best-known Nordic Oliver is the rally driver Oliver Solberg, son of the Swedish rally driver Pernilla Walfridsson and the Norwegian driver Petter Solberg, who was World Rally Champion in 2003.

Lucas/Lukas

The name Lukas has Greek origins and means “the man from Luciana” (a region of southern Italy). It also has Latin roots which mean “bringer of light”.

The Urban Dictionary has Lukas as a fun-loving, handsome, clever guy!

Isak/Isac/Isaac 

Of Hebrew origin, the name Isak or Isaac has a great derivation – it means “to laugh” or “rejoice”. And who wouldn’t want that for their baby boy?

Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular choice throughout Europe and the US, with Isaac Newton topping the most famous Isaac list. Though Norwegian footballer Isak Hansen-Aarøen, who currently plays with Manchester United’s under 21s team is one to watch!

Aksel/Axel

Popular throughout Scandinavia, the name Aksel comes from the Hebrew name Absolom meaning the “father is peace”.

Emminent Norwegian Aksels have included politicians Aksel Zachariassen and Aksel Hagen, the yacht-racing navigator Aksel Magdahl, the alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal, and  the actor/director Aksel Hennie.

Emil

The male version of Emily, the popular Germanic name Emil is actually of Latin origin. Its means “to strive or excel”, or “rival”, so is a fitting name for Norwegian martial artist, Emil Weber Meek.

Filip

Filip/Philip/Fillip/Phillip are all variations of the Greek name Philippos, which means “horse lover.” Filip is the most common form seen in the Scandinavian countries. 

Norwegian boy names have a sporty, outdoors connotation
Norwegian boy names have a sporty, outdoors connotation

It makes a great name for any animal lovers, as well as those with a sporty bent, such as Norwegian footballers Filip Brattbakk and Filip Rønningen Jørgensen and runner Filip Ingebrigtsen.

Jakob/Jacob

The Scandinavian version of the Hebrew name Jacob, Jakob is a popular choice that means “he who supplants”. 

An apt name for the Norwegian runner Jakob Ingebrigtsen (brother of Filip Ingebrigtsen), who won gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 1500 metres!

William

The Germanic name William comes from the words wil (will or desire) and helm (helmet or protection), and is generally taken to mean “resolute protector”.

The name has had royal connections throughout the ages, from William the Conqueror through Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway to the UK’s current Prince William.

Most popular Norwegian boys name overall

If none of the above take your fancy, why not go further back in time to some of the more traditional Norwegian boy names.

Some of the old Norwegian boy names are pretty unusual outside of Norway itself today and are surely ripe for a comeback!

So, here are the top ten most popular Norwegian boy names of all time, plus the number of males in Norway registered with that name.

  • Jan (46,548)
  • Bjorn (36,181)
  • Per (35,726)
  • Ole (30,658)
  • Lars (29,570)
  • Kjell (24,991)
  • Thomas (24,391)
  • Svein (23,547)
  • Knut (23,460)
  • Martin (21,915)

Unusual Norwegian boy names

And if you’re looking something completely different, you’ll need to search further down the list of the top 100 Norwegian boy names to find some unique Norwegian boy names.  

Some more unusual options include Dag (which means “day”), the Old Norse name Ingolf (which means “Wolf god”) or Jarl (which means “nobleman” or “chieftain”).

If you’d prefer something more regal, why not try Olav (“relic” or “ancestor’s heritage”), who was King of Norway Olav V (1957–1991) – although the name is perhaps better known today as the snowman from Frozen

Haakon is a regal Norwegian boy name that means "the highest son".
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway / World Economic Forum (CC)

Alternatively Haakon is another royal name, which means “the highest son” and was often given to the heir to the throne. It’s the name of the current Crown Prince of Norway (born 1973), and may well see an increase in popularity when he becomes king.

And one of our favourite Norwegian boy names is Roald, which means “fame”, “ruler” or “leader”. This very apt name is shared by two eminent Norwegians, the children’s author Roald Dahl and the explorer Roald Amundsen.

But if some of these suggestions are a bit too out-there for a first name, you could always choose a Norwegian middle name for your boy, so that he has the option to use it when, or if, he wants!

Norwegian dog names

Alternatively, you could a choose Norwegian boy name for your dog, so that you can be as outlandish as you dare – the dog won’t mind!

Why not choose a cute Norwegian boy name for your dog?
Sigrid.c via Wikipedia (CC)

Some popular options include Loki (after the Marvel trickster god), Arne (meaning “eagle”), Enok (meaning “faithful”), the old Norse name Balder (meaning “prince”), and Bjorn (which means “bear”).

For more cool ideas for baby boy names see also:
Cool male Viking names and their meanings
The best Norse names and their meanings
The most popular Swedish boys names
Scandinavian boys names

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