Gender: Male Meaning of Soren: "stern" Origin of Soren: Danish and Norwegian variation of Severus Soren's Popularity in 2019: #551

Soren Origin and Meaning

The name Soren is a boy's name of Danish origin meaning "stern".

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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Rank in US: #551

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indiefendi2 Says:


I like that this is centuries old and has a philosophical connection yet sounds modern as ever. Couldn't ask for more.

renaissancetoni Says:


I’ve loved this name since I was a child, it’s one of my absolute favourites and I’ve kept hold of it since then it’s such a beautiful name for a boy, I just love it!!

OctaviaBarnes Says:


It seems to me more like Japanese name. But I was quite surprised it was from Severus (I actually was thinking about Severus Snape when I opened that page LOL)

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?