Norwegian Names

Male Names
  • Anders (Greek) - Man, warrior [Danish, Dutch, English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Variant of Andreas used in Scandanavia, in Frisian and in some Dutch dialects.

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen is the current Prime Minister of Denmark, and Anders Celsius was a Swedish astronomer after whom the Celsius temperature scale is named.

  • Erik (Norse) - Eternal ruler [Czech, Danish, English, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Slovak and Swedish speaking countries]

    Erik is a popular name, a cognate of the Old Norse name that gave Eric. However, there are some who believe the name comes to the Old Norse via the Germanic ehre (honor) and the Proto-Germanic rik (king), hence "honorable king". This was the name of twel

  • Hans (Hebrew) - God is gracious [English speaking countries]
  • Harold (English) - Leader of an army [English speaking countries]

    There have been two English kings named Harold. The second, Harold Godwinson, was killed in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. By popular legend, he died when an arrow was shot in his eye. There have also been three Kings of Denmark named Harald and five kin

  • Martin (Latin) - From the god Mars [English and Norwegian speaking countries]

    Martin is derived from Latin "Martinus," which came from the name "Mars," the Roman god of war.

    Saint Martin of Tours was a bishop of Tours whose shrine became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela. He

  • Olaf (Norse) - Ancestor [Danish, Dutch, English, German and Norwegian speaking countries]

    The name Olaf is derived from the Old Norse elements for "ancestor" and "descendant, relics, remains". Famous bearers of the name include Olaf Trygvasson (956-1000), King of Norway, and Olaf II, also known as "Saint Olaf", who introduced Christianity in N

  • Sebastian (Latin) - Man from Sebaste [Danish, English, German, Norwegian and Spanish speaking countries]

    In early Christian lore, Saint Sebastian was a Roman soldier who was martyred when his Christian faith was discovered. Sebastian was an extremely popular saint in the Middle Ages.

    In Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', Sebastian is the twin br

  • Soren (Italian) - Stern, severe [English speaking countries]

    Søren is the correct spelling. It is derived directly from the Italian name Severino.

Female Names
  • Brenda (Norse) - Sword [English speaking countries]

    Possibly from the Old Norse word 'brand' meaning 'sword', or a feminine form of Brendan. The name was used first in Scotland, and has since spread to the rest of the world.

    Brenda Lee is an American country singer and Brenda Blethyn is an E

  • Emily (Latin) - Rival; emulating [English speaking countries]

    From the Latin Aemilia, a derivative of Aemilius, an old Roman family name believed to be derived from aemulus (trying to equal or excel, emulating, rival).

    Another explanation concerning the meaning of the name could point in the direction

  • Hilda (Germanic) - Battle; war [Danish, English, German, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]
  • Julie (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [Danish, English, French and Norwegian speaking countries]

    Famous Julies include actresses Julie Andrews, Julie Delpy and Julie Walters.

    Julie was the 3rd most popular name in Norway in 2006, as well as being the 4th most popular in Belgium and 10th in Denmark.

  • Kirsten (Latin) - Follower of Christ [English speaking countries]
  • Sarah (Hebrew) - Princess [English, French, German, Hebrew, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Sarah was the wife of Abraham, and the mother of Isaac.
    Her name was first Sarai ("my princess"), which God changed to Sarah ("princess") as her descendants were to be the future nation of Israel.

    Famous bearer

Gender Neutral Names
  • Andrea (Greek) - Man, warrior; manly [Danish, English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    A feminine name in the English speaking world, but used for boys in Italy.

    Examples of it being used as a female name include Irish singer Andrea Corr, and author Andrea Levy.

    Male Andreas include singer Andrea Bocelli, pain

  • Halle (English) - Home rule [English speaking countries]

    Popularized in the US by actress Halle Berry.

  • Kari (Norse) - Gust of wind; curly-haired [English, Norwegian and Icelandic speaking countries]

    As a female name, Kari is the Norwegian form of Katherine, or the short form of the name Karita (Scandinavian form of Charity).

    Kari is also an old Scandinavian boys' name, from the Old Norse meaning "gust of wind; curly-haired". According

  • Ola (Norwegian) - Ancestor [English, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish speaking countries]

    As a male name, Ola is the Norwegian and Swedish variant of Olaf, meaning "ancestor" or "descendant". As a female name, Ola is the Polish short form of Aleksandra, meaning "defender of mankind".