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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Swain

Boy, lad; one who herds swine

Scandinavian

Donar

God of Thunder

Scandinavian

Haroldo

Army ruler

Scandinavian

Iomhair

Yew, bow army

Scandinavian

Halvor

Guardian of the rock

Scandinavian

Ker

From the swampy place.

Scandinavian

Osmonde

God's protection

Scandinavian

Kris

A diminutive form of Christopher.

Scandinavian

Bjorn

Bear

Scandinavian

Lambert

Land brilliant

Scandinavian

Jorian

Scandinavian

Olof

Ancestor's relic

Scandinavian

Thorsson

Thunder

Scandinavian

Jens

God is gracious

Scandinavian

Haldane

Half Dane

Scandinavian

Cnut

Knot

Scandinavian

Hoyce

Spirit, soul

Scandinavian

Roald

Famous ruler

Scandinavian

Hjalmar

Army helmet

Scandinavian

Jurgen

Scandinavian

Havelock

Sea competition

Scandinavian

Waydell

Able to go; river ford

Scandinavian

Torgny

Thor's roar

Scandinavian

Gustovo

Royal staff; staff of the gods

Scandinavian

Steinard

Stone fighter

Scandinavian

Discover the land of fjords and high seas with Scandinavian boy names. Pulled from the beautiful lands of Northern Europe, these names range from mighty to gentle. Check some out with us below.

Our favorite place to start with any origin is their names’ meanings, and Scandinavian boy names have some of the best. The ultimate meaning likely goes to Osman, a handsome choice meaning “God’s protection.” We also love Thorin’s “thunder” and Bjorn’s “bear” for their energy. Kirk’s meaning of “church” is a crowd pleaser too, along with Bodie’s “shelter.” Some might argue that Leif’s meaning is the most fitting for a new baby, however, as it’s hard to beat “heir” or “loved” since your little guy is both.

Scandinavian boy names might seem rare, but many occupy the top baby names list. There’s Axel, a fast-rising superstar with an exciting styling. He’s rugged and outdoorsy, and we see why he continues to win over parents. There are also well-loved classics on the charts, like Eric, his variant Erick, and Ronald. Eric’s meaning of “everlasting ruler” gives him bonus points in our book, but Ronald’s “ruler’s counsel” isn’t too shabby either. Parents seem to agree, as these names have maintained popularity through generations. Gunner is another who seems to keep picking up steam. This tough-guy alternate to Hunter is one that we see plenty of room for toward the top of the charts.

If you want to pick a name on the rise, we’d look at Odin. This Norse god is rising fast on the charts, and he fits in well with other popular names like Aidan and Owen. Jensen and Kasen are also seeing a steady uptick in use. They aren’t mega popular yet, but they’re slowly inching their way higher. We see room for Hansen, too, as this pick checks many of today’s top baby name style boxes.

Maybe you’re not looking for something popular, and that’s okay, too. We love Rune, a unique pick meaning “secret.” We can definitely picture a kiddo searching for imaginary treasure in the sandbox when we hear the name. The rare Brandell has similar styling to the well-known Brandon, but he has the ultra-cool meaning of “sword” and the bonus of being uncommon. Sven is another standout, and his meaning of “boy” fits any little guy. There are plenty of Scandinavian boy names not yet rocking the charts, making them the perfect place to find your ideal baby name.

Another angle of naming is searching for names related to others, whether you want to honor a loved one or pick a name that’s similar. Kristoff is the Scandinavian variant of Christopher, and his crisp K styling makes him feel fresh. There’s also Anders, a twist on the classic Andrew. You can honor a John with Hans, or pay tribute to a Michael with Mikko. As you can see, the variants range from obvious associations to fresh sounds and styles.

Explore our list of Scandinavian boy names and see what amazing monikers you’ll uncover.