117 Scandinavian Names For Babies And Pets

Martha Martins
Feb 16, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Jun 07, 2022
Edited by Shubhra Shukla
Scandinavian names for pets have become extremely popular in present times.
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Names with Scandinavian origins have always attracted parents’ interest to name their babies and pets in many Scandinavian regions like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

Recently, it has been seen that couples living beyond these regions are also finding Scandinavian names attractive. There are several Scandinavian names for babies and pets that, as a couple, you would like a lot.

This article is about the most popular, unique, and top Scandinavian names with meanings for baby boys, baby girls, and pets. The list of Scandinavian boys, girls, and pets names is virtually endless.

Unlike traditional times, Scandinavian names are not only limited to Scandinavian regions.

Many parents love to name their kids and pets with beautiful Scandinavian names that have amazing and deep meanings. If you are looking for a Viking and classy Scandinavian name to give to your children or beloved pets, you have come to the right place.

Your search ends here as these are the top names that are used by many parents. These unique names and their meanings are attractive and grab everyone’s attention.

These most popular names are divided into several most searched categories from which you can pick as per your choice.

All of these categories are very popular among parents as they help to look for the right name for your baby or pet according to the type you are looking for. Afterward, do check our other articles on Scandinavian girl names and Scandinavian boy names as well.

Top Scandinavian Names

Parents in Scandinavian countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, and Finland use many popular Scandinavian names for their children. Looking for a Scandinavian version of your baby's name?

For Nordic names in the region, there are popular name options with Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, and several others. Here is a list of the top Scandinavian baby names you can consider for your baby.

Anders (Scandinavian and Hebrew origin), meaning 'strong or manly', is a variation of the word 'Andrew'. 

Anderson (Scandinavian origin) means 'son of Anders'.

Andrea (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'strong or manly', is a feminine variant of the word 'Andrew'. 

Axel (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'father of peace', is a variant of 'Absalom'. 

Axl (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'father of peace', is a Scandinavian version of 'Absalom'. 

Dahlia (Swedish and Hebrew origin), meaning 'Dahl’s flower', is a short form of the flower name. 

Emanuel (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'God is with us', is a spelling variation of the word 'Emmanuel'. 

Erik (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'eternal ruler', is a spelling variant of 'eric'.

Gunnar (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'bold warrior', is a variation of the word 'Gunther'.

Gunner (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'bold warrior', is a variation of the word 'Gunther'. 

Harold (Scandinavian origin) means 'army ruler'. 

Kai (Hawaiian origin) means 'sea or forgiveness'. 

Kaia (Latin, Scandinavian, Hawaiian origin), meaning 'rejoice or sea', is used to name a baby girl.

Karina (Scandinavian, German, Polish, Russian origin), meaning 'sweets', is a derivative of the word 'Carina'.

Kristian (Danish and Greek origin), meaning 'Christian, is a Greek name that is also a variant of the word 'Christian'. 

Leif (Scandinavian name) means 'Heir or descendant'.

Mia (Scandinavian origin) means 'mine or bitter'. 

Mikaela (Sweden, Hebrew, and Finnish origin), meaning 'who is like God '', is a variant and short form of the word 'Michela', Hebrew. 

Valentin (French, German, Russian, Czech, Hebrew, and Scandinavian origin), meaning 'strength or health', is a variant of the word 'Valentine'. 

Scandinavian names are a good combination of traditional and modern.

Medieval Scandinavian Names

Traditional Scandinavian baby names are also very popular in many Scandinavia regions and around the world. A traditional Scandinavian baby name will depict the victory and the history associated with it.

These boys' names talk about the rulers and the kings of ancient Greek medieval times. Here is a list of traditional/medieval Scandinavian names that are popular even today and will help you identify the best Scandinavian baby name for your kid.

Anwend (Scandinavian origin) means 'a Viking king'.

Arnora (Scandinavian, Ancient Greek origin) meaning 'Daughter of Einar of Laugarbrekka'.

Asser (Denmark Scandinavian origin) means 'a man in Jutland'.  

Asved (Eastern Scandinavia origin) meaning 'Manly'. 

Fastvi (Scandinavian, Ancient Greek, Sweden origin) meaning 'A woman mentioned on a rune stone'.

Gudrid (Scandinavian, Greenland, and Vinland origin), meaning 'power', is a medieval Scandinavian name for a female baby referring to a Viking who visited Greenland and Vinland.

Halfdan (Norway origin) meaning 'The son of a Norwegian Viking king'.

Harald (Denmark, Norway origin) means 'Famous Denmark and Norway kings'.

Thyre (Latin, Denmark, and Scandinavian origin) meaning 'Wife of a Denmark king Gorm'.

Toke (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'strength', is an Eastern Norse Mythology name used in traditional times of emperors. 

Viborg (Scandinavian, Ancient Greek origin), meaning 'women of a rune stone', talks about the female power and prosperity girls bring with them. 

Popular Scandinavian Names

Popular Scandinavian baby names are always a big topic to discuss. These Norwegian and Scandinavian names are famous in many countries of the world other than the Scandinavian regions.

Families all over the world love to choose from popular Scandinavian baby names that have beautiful meanings. Here is a list of the most popular Scandinavian names for babies to choose from.

Annika (Norway origin), meaning 'beauty, grace, and wonder queen', is a Norwegian name used for female Scandinavian babies.

Dane (Denmark origin) meaning 'God will judge you'.

Emil (Roma, Latin origin) meaning 'Rival'.

Eric (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a strong ruler, leader', or 'wise, gentle, and loving person'.

Felix (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a happy, lucky, caring, and successful person'.

Gustavo (Scandinavian, Swedish origin) meaning 'protected by God'.

Ida (Greek origin) meaning 'bringing help to the one in need'.

Ingrid (Scandinavian, Greek, Norway origin), meaning 'beautiful', is a Norwegian name used for naming male Scandinavian children.

Karen (Dutch origin) meaning 'something pure or clean'.

Sonja (Greek origin), meaning 'wise or wisdom', is a variant of the word 'Sophia', which is a Greek name.

Old Scandinavian Boy Names

Traditional Scandinavian boy names are very common in traditional as well as modern families, as most of the Old Scandinavian boy names are formed according to Old Norse mythology. Their popularity is seen among parents belonging to several countries along with the Scandinavian countries. Here is a list of top traditional Scandinavian boy names for your baby. 

Backe (Scandinavian, Dutch origin), meaning 'a beaker', is a short form of the word 'Bakke'.

Borg (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'fortification', is a variation of the word 'Borg', which is formed from Old Norse mythology. 

Christensen (Norway, Sweden, Swedish, Norway origin), meaning 'Son of Christen/ Christian', is a Norwegian name used for baby boys. 

Kron (German origin), meaning 'Royal Household', is derived from the German name 'Krone'.

Oscar (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'God’s Spear', is an Old Norse name that is a variant of 'Asger'.

Riis (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'a scrub', is a variant of the word 'ris'.

Thor (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'thunder',is a Scandinavian name for baby boys, which is formed with Old Norse mythology. 

Toft (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'homestead or curtilage',is an Old Norse legend name for boy babies.

Truelson (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'God of Thunder', is a short form for the word 'Thor', which itself depicts the king of thunder.

Trygg (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'trustworthy or faithful person', is an Old Norse name for Scandinavian boys.

Common Scandinavian Names

Many common Scandinavian names have popularity in many countries. Each name has a unique and different meaning which is very deep and meaningful.

You will see many traditional Scandinavian families have children with these common Scandinavian names. Here is a list of common Scandinavian names that are very popular among parents to make it easier for you to identify the most popular name for your baby.

Agata (Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian origin), meaning 'a good woman', is a variant of the word 'Agatha'.

Agne (Ancient Greek origin), meaning 'something pure', is a variation of the ancient Greek word and short form of  'Agnes'.

Barbro (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'a foreign woman', is a derived version of 'Barbara'. 

Britta (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'strength or power', is a spelling derivative of 'Birgit' or 'Britt'. 

Daven (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'who is beloved', is a feminine variation of the word 'David'.

Grethe (German origin), meaning 'a pearl', is the German variation of the word 'Greta'.

Hedvig (German origin), meaning 'war', is a variant of the word 'Hedda'.

Janne (German and Norway origin), meaning 'God is gracious', derives from the word 'Johanna'.

Maja (German, Slovene, Swedish and Scandinavian origin), meaning 'splendid', is a short form for the word 'Maya'. 

Nessa (Scottish, Scandinavian, Swedish, and Russian origin), meaning 'headlands and promontory', is a Scandinavian girl name. 

Traditional Scandinavian Names For Babies

Traditional Scandinavian names are very popular for giving a unique name with a unique meaning to your child. These names depict victory, rulers, conquerors, and emperors from history. Here is a list of top traditional Scandinavian names that you can consider for your children.

Asmund (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'gold or protector'. 

Asbjorn (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'diving bear', is an Old Norse name given to many Scandinavian babies.

Ax (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who likes peaceful situations'.

Bimansha (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a mighty woman from the sea'.

Botill (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who likes to command others'.

Eirny (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a person born with new healings and is fresh'.

Eggert (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a person who is strong and has a lot of potential within'.

Eudeat (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'an ancient saint pilgrim'.

Rheta (Scandinavian origin)meaning 'to give advice'.

Smilla (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who is always smiling beautifully'.

Modern Scandinavian Baby Boy Names

Modern Scandinavian boy names are very popular among parents. Scandinavian families look for many modern Scandinavian names to give to their beloved children. Here is a list of Modern Scandinavian Baby boy names that you can consider.

Carl (German origin) meaning 'a free man'.

Casper (Persian origin) meaning 'king of the treasure'.

Dolf (German origin), meaning 'a noble person'.

Haakon (Danish origin) meaning 'Of High Kin'.

Levi (Danish origin) meaning 'knight'.

Marcus(Danish, Roman origin) meaning 'Mainly'.

Neil (Scandinavian, Danish origin) meaning 'champion'.

Steen (Scandinavian, Danish origin) meaning 'stone'.

Valdemar (German origin) meaning 'a famous ruler'.

Zakkai (Hebrew origin) meaning 'something pure or clear'.

Modern Scandinavian Baby Girl Names

Modern Scandinavian baby girl names are equally popular among parents. Many couples from different countries refer to modern Scandinavian names for their baby girls. Their popularity remains the same among many Scandinavian parents and other parents as well who are from different regions of the world. Here is a list of modern Scandinavian names for girls.

Alma (Swedish, Latin origin), meaning 'soul or nurturing of the soul', is a Scandinavian name for a baby girl.

Audhilda (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'a rich warrior woman', is an Old Norse Scandinavian baby girl name.

Bina (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a bee'.

Caia (Ancient Greek origin) meaning 'clean and clear'.

Ella (German origin), meaning 'fairy maiden', is a Scandinavian name used to name baby girls.

Fillippa (Ancient Greek, Italian and Swedish origin) meaning 'lover of Horses', is a feminine variation of 'Philips''. 

Isabella (Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish origin) meaning 'taking a pledge to God'.

Julia (Roman origin), meaning 'youth', is a Roman derivative of 'Julius'.

Laura (Latin origin), meaning 'victory', is a short form of the 'Laurel Plant'. 

Runa (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a secret tradition', is an Old Norse Scandinavian baby girl name.

Scandinavian Dog Names

Dogs are the best pets that are very loyal and trustworthy. Humans love to make dogs a part of their life. Many people look for unique and beautiful names for their beloved dogs.

Scandinavian dogs' names have deep and unique meanings that depict their nature. These names attract people’s interest very much. Here is a list of the best and very popular Scandinavian names for dogs.

Akkeri (Scandinavian origin), meaning ‘anchor’, is a fun dog name.

Anders (Swedish origin) means 'manly'.

Aren (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'an eagle of a powerful canine', is used for feminine Scandinavian dogs.

Aska (Scandinavian origin), meaning ‘ashes’, is an interesting dog name.

Astrid (Scandinavian Origin), meaning ‘beautiful’, is an exciting dog name.

Bergen (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who loves to dwell in the mountains', is used to name male dogs with the Scandinavian name.

Bern (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who is as strong as a bear'. 

Birgin (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'one who lives on the hillside'.

Dane (Scandinavian, Denmark origin) meaning 'lovely'. 

Kelby (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'a place of mountain and spring', can be used to name calm and polite dogs. 

Rune (Scandinavian Origin), meaning ‘Secret’, is a fantastic dog name.

Runnel (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who rules with counsel'.

Tordis (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'Thor’s goddess or woman', is a feminine Scandinavian name used for female dogs. 

Ulf (Scandinavian Origin), meaning ‘Wolf’, is an interesting dog name.

Ulrika (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who brings prosperity and power with itself'.

Scandinavian Cat Names

Just like dogs, cats also make for a popular pet that many people love to have in their life. The love you have for your pets can be justified only with a beautiful name that has a deep and amazing meaning.

Scandinavian cat names are very popular among many people not only in Scandinavian regions but also in other countries. Here is a list of the best Scandinavian cat names for your lovely and naughty cats.

Alexander (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a defender of mankind'.

Arne (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'the one as swift and powerful as an eagle', also depicts the strong one that rules others.

Dagney (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who brings you to hope every single day'.

Gamble (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who is trustworthy and loyal', beautifully depicts the loyalty of pets towards their masters.

Hedda (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who wins fights by settling scores', also refers to the one who is a victorious battle maiden.

Issac (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who loves laughing and has a beautiful laugh'.

Kristopher (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'Christ bearer'.

Oswaldo (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who is born with divine power'.

Quenby (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'queen of hearts', mainly refers to female or feminine pets.

Rae (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'a doe'.

Ronnie (Scandinavian origin), meaning 'a mighty ruler', is a short form of Ronald. 

Roscoe (Scandinavian origin) meaning 'the one who is born in the deer forest'.

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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