Scandinavian Names for Boys

Scandinavian names for boys have their origins in Sweden, Norway, or Denmark.
More popular choices such as Stellan and Soren have migrated to the US in recent years, as parents look for new international sources for unusual names with meaning.Note that Finland is not considered a Scandinavian country so Finnish names are not included in this group of Scandinavian names for boys.

Below, our full roster of Scandinavian names for boys.The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity.Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
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Top Scandinavian Names for Boys

  • Axel

    A classic in its native Scandinavia, Axel has a cool rock 'n' roll flavor in the US, thanks to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose (born William). Axel is a popular Scandinavian form of the Biblical Absalom,... Read More 

  • Gunner

    The kind of nouveau macho name favored by NRA-leaning parents. Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers gave it to his son in 2009. Gunnar is another spelling that makes the name a bit less militaristic. Read More 

  • Anderson

    Anderson shot up quite a bit on the popular names list in the 2000's, no doubt in large part due to the prominence of white-haired cable newsman... Read More 

  • Erik

    Gives a slightly updated feel to the stale Eric.Read More 

  • Emanuel

    Fewer letters does not always mean easier—the traditional spelling is the one most people will recognize.Read More 

  • Gunnar

    A key figure in Norse legend and a traditional Scandinavian favorite making inroads here.Read More 

  • Axl

    Guns 'n' Roses musician Axl (born William) Rose created this name by dropping a vowel, a la Barbra Streisand. The traditional Axel is more popular, though celebrity parents Fergie and Josh Duhamel... Read More 

  • Kristian

    Variation of Christian.Read More 

  • Harold

    The name of the last Anglo-Saxon king of England before the Norman conquest, and a name that's long been associated with a pipe-smoking, bespectacled grandpa or uncle.

    After years in... Read More 

  • Valentin

    Romantic name used throughout Europe, though sure to lead to pronunciation problems here. Though it's never been too widely used in the US, it's quite popular in Switzerland, France, Austria, and... Read More