50 Scandinavian Baby Names

50 Scandinavian Baby Names

The term “Scandinavian” typically refers to the countries of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. These three countries are close geographically, and extremely similar linguistically. In some cases, people may use the term to cover countries like Iceland (a territory of Denmark) and Finland as well, but these areas have different language systems. These northern European countries suffer from long, harsh winters, but often rank as some of the happiest countries in the world. Their Viking heritage lives on in some of their names.

Many names are popular across all three Scandinavian countries since their language are so similar. Some Scandinavian names have English counterparts, such as the boys’ name Casper. This is the Nordic version of Jasper, a Biblical name meaning treasurer. Rakel is a popular girl’s name that comes from the Hebrew-origin English name, Rachel, meaning “ewe.”

Some Scandinavian names are steeped in the cultural history and traditions of the region. The feminine name Edda is still used today, though its roots are in ancient Scandinavian. A 13th-century Icelandic collection of stories and poems was called The Edda. Freya, the Norse goddess of love and fertility, is still a popular character to name your daughter after today.

Østen is a traditional boy’s name that comes from Old Norse. The root meanings of the syllables roughly translate to “good fortune” and “stone.” There are several different spellings and variations of the name that are used throughout the region. Leif is a Scandinavian name meaning heir or beloved. Many people relate the name to the famous Norse explorer Leif Erikson, believed to be the first European to visit North America.

Aaren

Meaning: Lofty or inspired
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Ake

Meaning: Ancestor
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Alarik

Meaning: Leader of all
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Algot

Meaning: Surname
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Alvis

Meaning: All-wise
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Ame

Meaning: The eagle rules
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Andor

Meaning: Thor’s eagle
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Anitra

Meaning: Variant of Anne
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Anker

Meaning: He who harvests; harvester
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Apsel

Meaning: Father of peace
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Astrid

Meaning: Godly strength
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Balder

Meaning: Prince
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Barend

Meaning: Firm bear
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Bergen

Meaning: Mountain dweller
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Bern

Meaning: Strong as a bear
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Birger

Meaning: Helping
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Boden

Meaning: A shelter
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Borc

Meaning: Castle
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Brede

Meaning: Glacier
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Brigida

Meaning: Strength. Mythological Celtic goddess of fire and poetry
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Broderic

Meaning: Brother
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Callan

Meaning: Flowing water
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Carrson

Meaning: Son of Carr
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Dag

Meaning: Day
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Dana

Meaning: From Denmark
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Edda

Meaning: Grandmother
Origin: Norse
Gender: Girl

Edzard

Meaning: Strong edge
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Else

Meaning: Abbreviation of Elisabeth
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Eric/Erica

Meaning: Ever kingly
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy/Girl

Fenris

Meaning: Figure in Scandinavian mythology
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Floris

Meaning: In blossom
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Folke

Meaning: People
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Freya

Meaning: Lady. Freya was the goddess of love and fertility
Origin: Norse
Gender: Girl

Frederik

Meaning: Peaceful ruler
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Garth

Meaning: Garden
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Gerda

Meaning: Guardian. Peace. Fertility. Famous bearer: Gerda was the beautiful mythological Scandinavian wife of Frey (Freyr)
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Greta

Meaning: Pearl. Abbreviation of Margaret
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Gunnar

Meaning: Battler; warrior
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Helga

Meaning: Holy; devout
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Howard

Meaning: Noble watchman. Surname of one of the great houses of English nobility
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Hulda

Meaning: Muffled or covered
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Igor

Meaning: Hero
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Inga

Meaning: Diminutive of lngeborg: Ing’s protection (Ing was the Norse god of peace and fertility). Hero’s daughter
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Girl

Jakob

Meaning: Supplanter
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Jasper

Meaning: Treasure keeper
Origin: Persian
Gender: Boy

Jena

Meaning: God is gracious
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Karl

Meaning: Man; manly
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Leif

Meaning: Heir; loved
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Østen

Meaning: Magnificient
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Rakel

Meaning: Ewe, female sheep
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Girl