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Gender: Male Meaning of Soren: "stern" Origin of Soren: Danish and Norwegian variation of Severus Soren's Popularity in 2017: #580

The name Soren is a boy's name of Danish origin meaning "stern". Soren is ranked #580 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

This gentle Scandinavian name, soft and sensitive, is being discovered in a major way by parents in the US. It's most closely identified with the nineteenth century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, but there have been modern fictional Sorens as well, in The Matrix Reloaded and the book series Guardians of Ga'Hook, Charlie and Lola, and Underworld.

In Scandinavia this name would be spelled as Sören or Søren, leading to it being pronounced "Sur-en". But with a plain old English "O", "Sorr-en" would actually be the correct (and more English-speaker friendly) pronunciation.

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Famous People Named Soren

Soren Aabye Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author
Soren Andersen, Danish former professional footballer
Soren "Snuffe" Akeby, Swedish football manager and the current manager of IFK Varnamo
Soren Pedersen Abildgaard, Danish naturalist, writer and illustrator
Soren Anton Wilhelm Sorenssen, Norwegian jurist and politician
Soren Absalon Larsen, Danish physicist
Soren Alfred Jensen, Danish gymnast
Soren Thomas Busk, former Danish football defender
Soren Berg, a Danish professional footballer
Soren Bertram, a German football midfielder
Soren Brandy, a German footballer
Soren Brunak, Danish physical and biological scientist
Soren Ejlersgard Christensen, Danish footballer
Soren Colding, Danish former professional football player
Soren Claeson, Swedish wrestler
Soren Christian Gjessing, Norwegian military officer and cartographer
Soren Dressler, German former footballer
Soren Elung Jensen, Danish film actor
Soren Eismann, German footballer who plays for Hallescher FC
Soren Emil Carlsen, Danish-American Impressionist painter
Soren Edsberg, Danish-born Latter-day Saint painter
Soren Frederiksen, Danish former association footballer
Soren Albert Fulton, American actor
Soren Engell Friis, Danish professional football midfielder
Soren Fredrik Voie, Norwegian politician
Soren Gade Jensen, Danish politician
Soren Gyldendal, Danish bookstore owner who in 1770 founded what was to become Denmark's largest publishing house, Gyldendal
Soren Gonther, German footballer who currently plays for FC St. Pauli
Soren Huss, Danish singer, songwriter and musician
Soren Hancke, Danish competitive sailor
Soren Hjorth, Danish railway pioneer and inventor
Soren Georg Abel, Norwegian priest and politician
Soren Hansen, Danish professional golfer
Soren Halfar, German footballer who currently plays for SV Sandhausen
Soren Holdgaard, Danish professional football defender
Soren Henriksen, former Danish cricketer
Soren Hyldgaard, Danish film composer
Soren Hald Moller, former Danish High Commissioner in Greenland
Soren Pedersen Jaabaek, Norwegian politician
Soren Kolbye Jensen, Danish professional football defender
Soren Jochumsen, retired Danish professional footballer
Soren Johansson, retired Swedish ice hockey player
Soren Jorgensen Aandahl, Norwegian politician
Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Danish film director, musician, and song writer
Soren Larsen, Danish professional football striker
Soren Yves Lausberg, German track cyclist
Soren Ludolph, German middle-distance runner
Soren Lyng Christiansen, Danish former professional football forward
Soren Lindsted, Danish former football player
Soren Dyrberg Malling, Danish actor
Soren Madsen, guitarist and former member of Danish band "Michael Learns to Rock"
Soren Regis Mounir, (aka. Dorian Gray) a Swiss-American singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist, record producer and radio commentator
Soren Mussmann, Danish professional football defender
Soren Nystrom Rasted, Danish musician, producer and songwriter
Soren Rieks, Danish professional football midfielder
Soren Robert Lund, Danish architect
Soren Ryge Petersen, Danish tv host, journalist and writer
Soren Reiff, Danish guitar player, producer, composer and author
Soren Spanning, Danish actor
Soren Larsen Sorensen, Danish gymnast
Soren Skov, Danish former professional football player
Soren Seidel, German football player
Soren Ulrik Thomsen, Danish poet
Soren Ulrik Vestergaard, former Danish professional football player
Soren Arthur Gonzalez (b. 2009), son of singer Jaci Velazquez and Nic Gonzalez
Soren Erik Adler Frederiksen (b. 2011), son of singer Lars Frederiksen of Rancid
Soren Bouvier (b. 2013), daughter of singer Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan
Tobias Sorensen, Danish male model

Pop Culture References for the name Soren

Soren, protagonist of the "Guardians of Ga'hoole" series
Soren, vampire in the "Underworld" film series
Soren Lorensen, Lola's imaginary friend in the "Charlie and Lola" book series
Soran, character in film "Star Trek Generations"
Also a Persian boys' name referring to the Suren-Pahlavi clan.
Soren, mage/sage in the "Fire Emblem" video game series
Soren, character in HerInteractive's "Sea of Darkness"
Soren, character in "The Prince and Me," a servant to Prince Edward
Søren Stearns, character in The Original Sinners Series by Tiffany Reisz
Soren the Architect, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
Soren, Werewolf, character in in book series 'The Gray Wolves' by Quinn Loftis
Soren Shieldbreaker, free-folk leader and famed warrior in George R.R. Martin's 'A Dance with Dragons" from his ASOIAF series
Soren Tarbic, a character in the Ziva Payvan series written by EJ Fisch
Soren, character in the "Ash Princess" by Laura Sebastian
Soren, character in the animated TV series "The Dragon Prince"


beachbear Says:


I want to like this name but I can't unsee "sore" at the beginning...

JanetSnakehole Says:


My husband was completely stuck on this name, and I finally gave in (I loved it, but I was afraid of using such a different name). Soren is 18 months old now and I wouldn't change his name for anything in the world. We only ever receive compliments on it and it fits him perfectly.

autumnreverie Says:


Oren, Orrie, Or, Sonny, So.

Noni Says:


Makes me think of an elf (the type like in LotR not santa's elves). A woodland elf maybe? lol

Noni Says:


Cool, it's now more appealing to me lol

Wildmoonchild Says:


Such a soft and understated name but I wish I could stop thinking of sorrow and sadness when I say it aloud. Ren is also a wicked cool nn for Soren!

Wildmoonchild Says:


Really? That's a shame!

Ziggy2112 Says:


A not-so-obvious nod to Snape

Willow_Carter Says:


I used to see this name and really dislike it? But it's growing on me, it's soft and reminds me of a woodland or something.

headintheclouds Says:


Soren has really crept up my radar- made me go, "huh, Soren!" and view it in a new light. I love how simple and streamlined it sounds, and the potential nickname Ren which I adore. For me, there's just an appealing cleanness and sharpness to Soren that embody the simplicity, minimalism and style that come to mind when you think of the Scandinavian region.

Rhapsodise Says:


So I'm from Sweden and being neighbours to Norway and Denmark, we actually have this name too. I don't know why we're not mentioned, but anyway, it's not spelled Soren and we don't pronounce it Sorr-en. In fact, we spell it either Sören or Søren depending on which Nordic country. The ö/ø letter is pronounced like "i" in "bird" or "ea" in "heard", hence the proper pronunciation is SIR-en. Compare with Serena. :)

Daphodil Says:


I never understood the appeal of this. Fun fact: Søren is also a common curse word (it's a different way to say "Satan")

EW314 Says:


Wow, I would never have guessed this is a form of Severus. Thank God for the Danes and Norwegians! This is such a beautiful, simple, classy but unusual choice for a boy. I can really see Soren catching on.

maibritt Says:


the german form (also used in some other countries) is spelled with an ö . The ö is pronounced like the beginning of the french word oeuf (egg) or kind of like rhyming with heard.

SB Says:


Snape. Snape. Severus Snape. Dumbledore!!!!

I actually really like the name Soren. There might be some potential for teasing though.

Frankyette Says:


I came here to see if anyone mentioned him

MelancholyMusic Says:


I actually like how it sounds like soaring.

Khyrzton Says:


Either are cooler

Megan R Says:


*whispers* Soren Bowie.

indiefendi2 Says:


you mean ø?

Khyrzton Says:


Need the umlaut on the O.

Guest Says:


Søren Kirkegaard makes me like this. I also like that it sounds like "soaring". Like an eagle! 😍 But the name is actually pronounced SIR-en with an er sound. I'm adding this to my list ☺️

Mistyswirl Says:


its Guardians of Ga'Hoole, not Guardians of Ga'Hook fyi. will someone plz change this?

jan11th Says:


I used to like this a lot but now i think of a sad boy :/

ShannonLim Says:


Sorrel would be a cute nickname :)

Hydra Says:


I love this name so much it hurts inside my soul.......oh my gawd, that's some hardcore metal, that. But seriously, I really like it.

HatGirl Says:


don't forget soren from my little pony

Guest Says:


I was gonna put that a couple days ago, that's exactly what I sing when I hear this name lmfao

jan11th Says:


Love this name. Soft and could fit a cute shy boy.

alexandramae Says:


I love Soren and Ren but I don't think Soren really needs a nickname. Orrie maybe?

fuzzycub Says:


Haha... please don't name your kid Soso... it means "just okay, not very good."

caroblaise Says:


"We're soren! Flyin'! There's not a star in Heaven that we can't reeeeach!"

sashapizzarova Says:


This is one of those names without a nickname. Ren perhaps but there's not much to choose from.

DearestJules Says:


Maybe Reno? Renny? Soso?

vintageluvs Says:


Cute nn options for Soren? Definitely cannot use Sorry, but possibly Ren, or even more a stretch, Sam? All the names I love have nicknames except Soren! Any suggestions besides the ones already mentioned?