From 1880 to 1920, Anna was the dominant female name, while Ole and Johan were the most common male names in Norway. During mid-century, the trend was characterized by “typical Norwegian” names like Gerd and Kjell, while the 80’s were marked by American names. Today, the trend is moving toward biblical names.
Mythological names like Freya, Balder, Trym, Brage, Ask and Embla are popular, in addition to animal names like Falk, Ravn, Jerv, Ørn, Elg og Orm (Falk, Raven, Wolverine, Eagle, Moose and Adder).
In the 1700’s, certain priests wanted to stop using the names of wild animals such as Ulf and Bjørn (Wolf and Bear), and replace them with “proper Christian names”.
Today, the priest would be very satisfied with the baby name trends: Norwegian parents look into the Bible and select name as Sarah, Maria, Sofia, Markus, Jonas and Thomas.
In 2012, the most commonly used Norwegian given names were Nora and Lukas.
Top Ten Girls Names 2012 Top Ten Boys Names 2012
Overview of the most popular girls and boys names through the 1900’s
1900’s: Anna, Astrid, Borghild / Johan, Ole, Olav
1910’s: Anna, Solveig, Astrid / Arne, Olav, Johan
1920’s: Solveig, Gerd, Ruth / Arne, Odd, Kåre
1930’s: Bjørg, Inger, Astrid / Arne, Kjell, Per
1940’s: Anne, Inger, Kari / Jan, Per, Kjell
1950’s: Anne, Inger, Kari / Jan, Per, Bjørn
1960’s: Anne, Hilde, Nina / Jan, Bjørn, Per
1970’s: Anne, Monica, Linda / Jan, Thomas, Lars
1980’s: Silje, Kristine, Camilla / Kristian, Thomas, Stian
1990’s: Ida, Karoline, Marte / Kristian, Martin, Kristoffer
2000: Emma, Sara, Thea / Markus, Mathias, Kristian
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Illustrating photo: Klikk
Source: Statistics Norway