Hit me with your favourite Scandinavian boys name(s)

(113 Posts)
Wildwaterfalls Sun 20-Oct-13 11:42:51

Just that really. Expecting DS1 and thinking of Casper, but want to explore other / more Scandinavian options.

What do you think of Sven? Is Thor too odd?

Or how about Gustav?

Merrylegs Sun 20-Oct-13 11:46:38

Espen.
Magnus.

Sharpkat Sun 20-Oct-13 11:49:25

Ottoman

chocoluvva Sun 20-Oct-13 11:49:28

I love Thorfinn.

I know a couple of Scottish children called 'Magnus' and a 'Sweyn'.

Eric?
Rognvald?
Erlend?
Olaf?
Tom?

Sharpkat Sun 20-Oct-13 11:49:38

Or even Otto

TeamSouthfields Sun 20-Oct-13 11:50:34

please not.Sven

TeamSouthfields Sun 20-Oct-13 11:53:35

Theo

Fabian

Selks Sun 20-Oct-13 11:53:45

Nils
Tage
Emil

Ingmar is my favourite.

TeamSouthfields Sun 20-Oct-13 11:55:21

jack

lucas

bundaberg Sun 20-Oct-13 11:56:54

Thor or Thorsten (with Thor as short version) is awesome

I have a Linus which obv I think is great :-D

also like Lars and Otto (not sure that's really scandinavian, but has the feel of it!)
Ivar
Leif

chocoluvva Sun 20-Oct-13 11:57:06

Einar perhaps?

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Sun 20-Oct-13 11:59:41

Friend has a brother called Ulric which I think is quite nice?

solveproblem Sun 20-Oct-13 12:06:02

Emil
Edvin
Olle
Pelle
Hilding (my favorite)
Jonas

Queenofknickers Sun 20-Oct-13 12:06:55

Morten, Kristian

MrsMarigold Sun 20-Oct-13 12:07:54

Soren

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 20-Oct-13 12:09:35

Lars is lovely.

higgle Sun 20-Oct-13 12:09:55

Agnar.

bundaberg Sun 20-Oct-13 12:11:30

Soren of coruse! how did i forget Soren. DS3 nearly got that name

BikeRunSki Sun 20-Oct-13 12:33:28

Jan
Stephan ( not sure if that is Scandinavian)

BikeRunSki Sun 20-Oct-13 12:33:47

Anders

CordeliaRose Sun 20-Oct-13 12:35:45

Anders
Andreas
Magnus
Mattias
Nils
Niklas
Viggo

ReindeerBollocks Sun 20-Oct-13 12:43:43

Wilhelm, thorlief or Lars
I like Scandinavian names (partly because my name is Scandinavian in origin)

Wildwaterfalls Sun 20-Oct-13 14:29:43

Lovely suggestions here. Thank you.

Like Jonas, Linus, Magnus, Morten and Erik particularly.

Interesting to hear Sven not a good idea... Still the football manager memory?

Interested to hear thoughts on Gustav if anyone has any.

lillajag Sun 20-Oct-13 14:51:51

Some of these names sounds like the grandparents of my friends :P no offence, but I haven't come across many Sven, Sören or Leif under 60...

My favourite Scandi names are August, Alfred, Frank and Gustav smile

Stellan?

BlackberrySeason Sun 20-Oct-13 16:49:02

I knew a mid 30s Soren and know a Leif under 30 smile

BlackberrySeason Sun 20-Oct-13 16:50:09

Also know a Thor aged around 40 - he is great and his name suits him smile

womma Sun 20-Oct-13 16:50:47

Lars is my favourite.

solveproblem Sun 20-Oct-13 16:59:24

I know a 30 year old Leif and a twelve year old Sven.

BlackberrySeason Sun 20-Oct-13 16:59:33

Waves to Wild, sorry hadn't seen you were the op!

solveproblem Sun 20-Oct-13 16:59:56

Gustav is good, very strong and royal.

Helspopje Sun 20-Oct-13 17:06:16

I like Kaspar too

There is a good website called Nordic names if interested.

Wildwaterfalls Sun 20-Oct-13 17:18:55

Hi Blackberry! Fun to keep bumping into you smile!

Cremolafoam Sun 20-Oct-13 17:21:56

Jussi
Henning
Torsten
Mads
Dag

Xavielli Sun 20-Oct-13 17:22:33

Emil
Eskil
Luis
Ulf
Kaj
Viktor
Jonas
Micah/Mika
Anders
Lars
(Based on people I used to play computer games with)

Saralyn Sun 20-Oct-13 17:35:22

Eirik
Erlend
Joachim

filee777 Sun 20-Oct-13 17:35:51

Erik, without a doubt!

ZZZenagain Sun 20-Oct-13 17:38:27

I like Ansgar.
I know a lovely man called Olaf and my dd has a friend called Haakon. Otherwise can't think of many Scandinavian names.

13loki Sun 20-Oct-13 18:02:16

I live in Sweden and work with
Olof
Erik
Magnus
Patrik
Kristofer
David
Kalle

DS has Loki as middle name. If DD2 was a boy she would be Sören Thor. I like Kjell (sounds more like Shell) but not for the UK.

notanyanymore Sun 20-Oct-13 18:03:13

Thor

13loki Sun 20-Oct-13 18:16:16

Kids I know include
Jesper
Kaspar
Felix
Gustav
Thorsten
Tomas
Ebbe
Melker
Jonathon
Pelle

ZZZenagain Sun 20-Oct-13 18:18:09

From your OP, IME Sven is alright, Thor is too out there and Gustav sounds like a great-grandfather.

That aside I have nothing against the look or sound of the actual names.

Handsfullandlovingit Sun 20-Oct-13 18:21:33

Jens, Svend, Rasmuss, Torben, Hans, Henrik are Danes I know . Svend is too much in my book!

Odin
Bjarne
Gustav

vikinglights Sun 20-Oct-13 18:29:01

Magnus
sigurd
Auden
Runar

janx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:32:17

Timo
Carsten

Cremolafoam Sun 20-Oct-13 18:47:38

Gunnar
Bjärne
Oleg
Micke
Pontus

TheWave Sun 20-Oct-13 18:47:56

Hendrik
Marius

Wildwaterfalls Sun 20-Oct-13 20:28:07

Brilliant suggestions! Have added Pontus, Erik, Timo and Viktor to the list (and tentatively crossed out Sven) smile

LentilAsAnything Sun 20-Oct-13 20:40:39

Torbjörn*. Pleeeeease use it. If I had any Scandinavian heritage I would have used it. It means Thunder Bear. Doesn't get much more awesome than that.

*or Thorbjörn, Torbjørn or Thorbjørn.

BNmum Sun 20-Oct-13 20:43:56

Henrik, I love it!

Wildwaterfalls Sun 20-Oct-13 20:48:04

Haha Lentil will put it on the list for you.

Love Henrik but can't have it for family reasons!

TheBeanAndTheBee Sun 20-Oct-13 21:38:39

Magni
Ulf

filee777 Sun 20-Oct-13 22:00:51

Also Timion

I think thats a beautiful name.

LentilAsAnything Sun 20-Oct-13 22:17:43

smile

Rhubarbgarden Sun 20-Oct-13 22:18:10

I love Gustav. But I'm biased because I have a Gus and we sometimes lengthen it to Gustav despite deliberately giving him a name that couldn't be shortened as I supposedly hate nicknames

PipkinsPal Sun 20-Oct-13 22:27:00

Morten (Harkett) lovely arms.

Miopiccolotopolino Sun 20-Oct-13 22:50:20

Not Gustav, sorry. It's very old fashioned but not in a good way iyswim.

I like:

Leif
Magnus
Casper
Henrik
Johan
Kent
Lennart
Ruben

I actually like Sven.

Wildwaterfalls Mon 21-Oct-13 09:03:29

Quick question for bundaberg with DS Linus - do you pronounce it Lee-nus or Lye-nus?

Wildwaterfalls Mon 21-Oct-13 09:06:49

Rhubarb I love Gus! And possibly Gussie when he's little, although that is a bit PG Wodehouse...

RandomCitizen Mon 21-Oct-13 09:16:29

<looks round shiftily>
I have a Gustav.

I call him goose. He was born in the snow last year, so he was my little snow goose smile

I don't like the shortening to Gus as so many people have suggested to me in real life - but then I say it more like 'Goostaf' you know, like the goos bit rhymes with woof, so Gus would sound strange.

Woman at the drs checking his appointment pronounced it gus, as in bus, - tav as in chav the other day.!

RandomCitizen Mon 21-Oct-13 09:18:28

Btw if your family is connected to this sort of provenance then you can have anything and it won't be odd.

If you've no connection then yes, Thor might sound a bit odd!

We have Russian/German family so hopefully can get away with it smile

bundaberg Mon 21-Oct-13 09:38:11

We pronounce it lie-nus (like in snoopy) but I know that isn't the correct Scandinavian pronunciation!

I think it should be linn-us (short I rather than e sound)

Rhubarbgarden Mon 21-Oct-13 10:34:15

We do also call him Gussy, I must admit. Probably more than Gustav. Will probably drop it as he gets older - can't imagine a teenage boy called Gussy!

Wildwaterfalls Mon 21-Oct-13 10:54:15

We are a Swedish / Dutch family (outs self) and most of these names work in all languages, although pronunciation is an issue.

Linus would be Leenus, Linnus or Lienus depending on the language. And I don't even want to try and spell how you pronounce Gustav (Guus) in Dutch but it involves lots of gurgling!

BurberryQ Mon 21-Oct-13 10:56:18

how about Axel?

RandomCitizen Mon 21-Oct-13 10:57:16

LOL, is it sort of 'Hjustaf'?

Wildwaterfalls Mon 21-Oct-13 11:00:27

Goose is a very cute nickname! I love it!

Quite like Axel - will put on list.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 21-Oct-13 11:02:03

We are Anglo-Dutch. So when we are over in Holland, my Gus gets the, er, sneeze pronunciation. I don't think you can avoid differences in pronunciation. Both my kids cope fine with their names being pronounced differently by different family members. After all, there are even differences within the UK - my Yorkshire family's good solid 'Gus' is very different from the almost 'Gas' he gets down here in the south east.

Wildwaterfalls Mon 21-Oct-13 11:02:13

Oh and my attempt at the Dutch pronunciation:

Ggghhhuuustaaaaf

Haha. So gurgling followed by long vowels.

Wildwaterfalls Mon 21-Oct-13 11:04:14

Oh and my attempt at the Dutch pronunciation:

Ggghhhuuustaaaaf

Haha. So gurgling followed by long vowels.

Wildwaterfalls Mon 21-Oct-13 11:16:34

Yes Rhubarb I think you're right and pronunciation differences are unavoidable. DD's name is Dutch and although the Swedish and English broadly get it right they sometimes go a bit off-piste and it doesn't really bother me (or her, but then she's 14 months!)

roguepixie Mon 21-Oct-13 11:24:23

Thys? Think it is Dutch in origin but appears as a Scaninavian name too.

bsc Mon 21-Oct-13 11:31:43

merrylegs I think we were separated at birth!
Magnus and Espen my absolute favourite boys names!

I like MT too! [Grin]

addenuf Mon 21-Oct-13 12:49:29

Frederic, Henning, Krister, Sverrir, Jonas - I love Wallender

Cremolafoam Mon 21-Oct-13 15:01:03

Has nobody said Stig?

bionic77 Mon 21-Oct-13 15:04:10

Love Stellan or Carsten.

Helspopje Mon 21-Oct-13 15:12:27

Isnt carsten German? Means Christian anyway so ?Kristian

I'd go Kaspar/Caspar, Kristian, Arlo, Jens, Ole/Olle, Konstantin, Jesper, Rune, Thorsten and would've loved Loki as a middle but all the boys in our family get Somer/Zomer for some reason. confused

FWIW, the last Scandi named boy I met was called Atli

dyslexicdespot Mon 21-Oct-13 15:20:53

Loki is not really the kind of half god you would want to name a child after!

norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/the-aesir-gods-and-goddesses/loki/

vladthedisorganised Mon 21-Oct-13 15:22:55

August, Nils, Mikkael, Jan, Anders, Lukas

bruffin Mon 21-Oct-13 15:43:55

I have worked with a Jussi, Tovoi (Topi), Timo who were all Finns.

Wildwaterfalls Mon 21-Oct-13 16:15:17

Ooh Stig: very cool.

For some reason Jussi makes me think of a dog but I think that's watching too much Wallander on tv...

BlessedAssurance Mon 21-Oct-13 17:18:40

I have a lot of names, from my family=Johan, Jørgen, Ole, Jan Erik, Jan Arne, Vidar, Esben, Joachim, Andreas, Magnus, Tormod, Jarle, Ulf, Tore, Kjell and Kjetil pronounced Chell and Chesil, i would give you the names of my workmates but have to go. Will come back with more.

BlessedAssurance Mon 21-Oct-13 17:19:52

Kjetil is pronounced Chetil

FruitbatAuntie Mon 21-Oct-13 17:23:20

My DS has both Soren and Lief as middle names and he is only one, def not just for over 60s!

13loki Mon 21-Oct-13 17:56:33

And yet Loki is not uncommon. Although admittedly more commonly spelt Loke. Anyway, I forgot Hannes, Hans, Håkan, Björn, Åke (although that I only know from compound names.

Xavielli Tue 22-Oct-13 07:47:57

Vesa

Rhienne Tue 22-Oct-13 08:03:37

Sweden's namelists for 2012:
www.scb.se/Pages/TableAndChart____347443.aspx

lovelilies Tue 22-Oct-13 08:36:54

my Danish cousin is called Lars grin

Playboxpony Tue 22-Oct-13 09:45:48

Frederik
Espen
Calle
Eivind
Mats
Sebastian
Felix

Good list here of Norwegian names http://www.ssb.no/a/kortnavn/navn/gutter2003-2012.html

Inglori0us Tue 22-Oct-13 10:17:11

Fredrik is my favourite.
My DH is obsessed with the name Ragnar. Don't know why.

telsa Tue 22-Oct-13 10:56:07

Kaspar, Mikkel, Jakob

Wildwaterfalls Tue 22-Oct-13 11:18:12

I like Fredrik, Thijs, Henrik, Per, Johan but they are all rules out as they're close family members! Bit annoying to have a family with such nice names smile

I like Magnus, it was on my list of boys names. Also like Brimar and Ebbi but OH vetoed them.

Also like Otto, but the dog is called that ;)

TeamSouthfields Tue 22-Oct-13 15:04:59

Malakai

TeamSouthfields Tue 22-Oct-13 15:08:33

Marcello

Matteo

Montana

Torin
Helgi
Thorkell

Astralabe Tue 22-Oct-13 20:18:15

My friend spells Nils as Niels for her son - maybe its the Danish vs Swedish way? I absolutely love it now although its a pain I think for her with the whole 'not neil, nielS' all the time..

mummymummymillionmillion Tue 22-Oct-13 20:23:17

Yes I like August too.

Yika Tue 22-Oct-13 22:19:39

I love Gustav, it's one of my favourite names.

How about Olli or Olaf? Ranulf?

AngusMcFife Wed 23-Oct-13 04:14:33

Ahhhh. This thread makes me very happy :D. I love Scandinavia and Scandinavian names. Other names I think are lovely, aside from most of what's already been said, are Sigurd, Svein, Roald and Sivert.
Admittedly I'm big on the Norwegian side of things. However, I work with a Torben (live in Scotland) and think that it's a brilliant name

CoolStoryBro Wed 23-Oct-13 04:19:57

Jonni pronounced Yoni. Very MN.

WinnieF Wed 23-Oct-13 04:33:21

Malthe
Theis
Lukas
Sebastian
August
Mads

ImAFrequentNameChanger Wed 23-Oct-13 13:11:49

I love Soren & Lars.

Frikadellen Wed 23-Oct-13 17:39:22

Grew up in Denmark

VERY surprised to se someone say Soren is a old mansname where I live it is a solid standard (like George) you always know someone with that name I love it and dd3 has the feminine version as her middle name.

Always liked Lars Other suggestions would be

Aksel
Klaus
Niels
Svend-Erik
Jens
Ole
Jens-Ole
Torben
Magnus (though not sure i would in the UK due to how harsh the G gets pronounced)
Jesper
Hans
Mattias
Morten
Evald

bundaberg Wed 23-Oct-13 19:20:42

i'm really loving Jesper. I think oi would maybe get exasperated with explaining that it isn't Jasper though <sigh> might put it on my list anyway

PunkyPod Wed 23-Oct-13 19:51:31

Jussi, juha, Immo, Taneli, Leo, Lexa, Sami, Marko, Ville, Mikael, Onni, Ossi, Otso, Pekka.

Wildwaterfalls Wed 23-Oct-13 20:31:19

Some great names here. Quite like Torben and Hans. Becoming quite attached to Gustav and Linus too though! Thanks all

BeyondAnyFuckingJoke Thu 24-Oct-13 23:02:23

DS1 was very nearly øyvind

BeyondAnyFuckingJoke Thu 24-Oct-13 23:03:04

Or sami

moas Fri 25-Oct-13 14:26:26

My ds1 is called Axel, gets good feedback all the time. We live in UK, in Sweden I wouldn't have picked it, too common there. Currently expecting dc2. If it's a boy we're considering Gusten, Tor, Olof, Loke.
Mind Axel can be spelled Aksel too, more Norwegian than Swedish. Will follow the thread to pick up ideas myself!

Wildwaterfalls Fri 25-Oct-13 21:00:51

I like Axel a lot moas! It is on the list. Congratulations on DC2 smile

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