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Gender: Male Meaning of Viggo: "war" Origin of Viggo: Scandinavian

The name Viggo is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "war". Viggo and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Though to most Americans Viggo is a one-person name attached to intense actor Mortensen, it is actually an old Norse name dating back to the Vikings, and is currently the 32nd most popular appellation in Sweden. Viggo Mortensen is a Jr., sharing his name with his Danish father. We think this name is so, well, vigorous, that it might appeal to others as well. Taylor and Natalie Hanson seemed to agree when they chose it for their fourth child.

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Famous People Named Viggo

Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr., Danish-American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter
Viggo Olfert Fischer Kampmann, Prime Minister of Denmark
(Harald) Viggo Hansteen, Norwegian politician
Viggo Brun, Norwegian mathematician
Viggo Christensen, first Lord Mayor of Copenhagen
Viggo Moriah Hanson (b. 2008), son of American musician Taylor Hanson
Viggo Sebastian Turnbull (b. 2017), son of actress Nadia Bjorlin and husband Grant Turnbull

Pop Culture References for the name Viggo

Viggo Grimborn from the Dragons: Race to the Edge series


Leonina Says:


Also, I think it's a top 50 name in Denmark and Sweden. Rather fashionable in those Nordic countries. Although (apparently) not for Swedish expats. Never met a Viggo when going to the Swedish church or the Swedish association...

Mhill46 Says:


This is one of those names where at first sight I'm like, "" but the more I see it, the more I like it. Definitely going on the "maybe" list.

kpearl8 Says:


I love this name, but it's so tied to the actor in my mind. Maybe if I ever meet a Viggo in real life...

CB Says:


I love this name. It's really vivacious and energetic, while also sounding masculine and strong. It's definitely a frontrunner on my boy's list.

beachbear Says:


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Wittyusername103 Says:


Nope. Not here for this. It literally means war.

headintheclouds Says:


Update: I met a young boy named Viggo Artur recently. It was so handsome, gallant, earnest, classic, dignified and slightly offbeat- just perfect on him, that it's really made me love the name Viggo.

TulliaCicero Says:


From when I've heard Viggo Mortensen pronouncing his name, it's in-between Vih-go & Vee-go. Either way, it's a one-person name for me...& what a person! ; )

priviledgedpistachios Says:


A weird name, but a good weird name. Viggo might not be my style yet, but I bet that in a week, I'll be crushing on it

Zelliew Says:


I agree !

yvonne_virginia Says:


I don't see the appeal of this name... somehow I just can't like it.

headintheclouds Says:


I was very intrigued when I first encountered this name. Viggo seems like a very tough macho sort of name, yet also gives an effortlessly cool sort of vibe, with a hint of hipsterism (is this a word? xD). I love its unusual sound and feel, and it's starting to become one of my favorite boy's names- I'm really loving Viggo Theodore at the moment.

+ Also wondering how popular Viggo actually is in the Scandinavian region; whether it's really a dated name or skews younger, etc. I do think Viggo is one of the more accessible and recognizable Scandinavian names for the general public though.

Guest Says:


When I hear it it's Vee-go.

mabespark Says:


Is this pronounced Vih-go or Vee-go? Either way, I'm crushing on it.