333 Norwegian Baby Names With Meanings

So you want an unusual and distinctive name for the new member of your family? Then you might want to consider a Norwegian baby name. Norwegian names have historical associations and beautiful meanings, making them a perfect naming option.

The Norwegian baby-naming patterns have changed significantly throughout the centuries. Initially, a child could be given just one given name and no surname. A patronymic naming pattern existed, with names ending in suffixes such as –sson and -ssen for sons and -sdatter and -sdotter for daughters. Later, the double ‘s’ was dropped from male surname suffixes and the single ‘s’ was dropped from the female surname suffixes.

Around a hundred years ago, there was a custom of using combination names. Parents gave as many as five names to their children, which included names of parents, grandparents, relatives, and even ancestors.

When the Norwegians immigrated to America, they were not consistent in their use of surnames. So in 1923, a law was ordered in which each family could have a single, family name, which would be handed down the generations. While most of the families adopted a patronymic name, some even adopted occupational surnames, place surnames, or characteristic surnames.

From the world of Scandinavia, MomJunction brings you an exhaustive collection of Norwegian baby names with meanings.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
EllaOne who is a beautiful fairy; one who enjoys lifeGirl
Emilthis means a person who is lively and eager.Boy
Emiliesomeone who is extremely laborious, hard working and striving.Girl
Emmathe meaning of this name is universal whole.Girl
IngridDaughter of a heroGirl
ÍsakIcelandic variant of Isaac, meaning he laughs.Boy
JacobHebrew - Yahweh may protect; Holder of Heel; Supplanter; Derived from the Yaakov or Yakubel in HebrewBoy
LucasOne who gives lightBoy
MayaUncertain; Perhaps Mother or Great One; Illusion; Imaginative; MagicalGirl
NoahRelaxation, restful, harmony, calm.Unisex
NorahThe person who is possessing the quality of honourable.Girl
OliverThe one who represents the emblem of peace or olive tree.Boy
OliviaThe one who is closer to olive tree.Girl
OskarOne with the fastness of a divine spearBoy
PhillipA friend and lover of horsesBoy
SarahPrincessGirl
SophiaShe who posesses great knoledge and wisdomGirl
SophieShe is wise and cleverGirl
WilliamWill or Desire to ProtectBoy
AastaLoveGirl
AbellonaThe sun GoddessGirl
AegileifDaughter of Hrolf Helgason.Girl
AesirOf the Gods.Boy
AevarName of Ketil's son.Boy
AgotA woman who is good hearted.Girl
AlfarinName of Hlif's son.Boy
AlfgeirElfin's spearBoy
AlfriggName of a mythical dwarf.Boy
AlfrothulOf the sun.Boy
AmundA bridal gift.Boy
AndvaranautBrunhild's ringBoy
AndvariName of a mythical treasure guardian.Boy
AngerbodaA giant.Girl
AngerbothaOne who is giant.Girl
AnnarFather of the world.Boy
AnnbjørgEagle protectionGirl
AnnikinA form of Anne, meaning grace or mercy.Girl
AnridWife of Ketil Fjorleifarson.Girl
AnsfridProtected by GodBoy
ArildWar Chief, Battle CommanderBoy
ArkynEternal king's son.Boy
ArmodName of Geirleif's blood brother.Boy
ArnbjørgA form of Annbjørg, meaning eagle protection.Girl
ArneotOne who frightens eagles.Boy
ArngeirThe eagle's spear.Boy
ArnlaugNorwegian word for eagle.Boy
ArosFrom the river's mouth.Boy
ArvaklName of a mythical horse.Boy
ArwedEagle of the woods; a clear minded and has a good judgementBoy
AsbiomA divine bear.Boy
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