We have taken a look at the Norwegian Names statistics for boys in the years 1880 to 2010 (source: Statistisk Sentralbyrå), and like for the girl’s statistics, we have found some interesting facts also for the boy's names.
From 1880 and until 1905, Ole was the Top 10
name every year, except for 7 years with Johan. Ole was number one also in
1905, and that year Norway got our first own king for centuries.
The new King had a young son, named Olav, and for the next 5 years, Olav was the top name.
Ole has never been on Top 1 since 1905. From 1911 to 1935 the winner every year was Arne, when Kjell took over for 3 years, and then Per was the winner in 1939.
In 1936 we had a new popular name in Norway: Jan
Every single year from 1940 to 1973, Jan was the number 1 name in Norway. Since then it has been 6 years with Thomas, 14 years with Kristian, and then some years each for Martin, Markus, Andreas, Mathias, Jonas and Lucas.
Ole, Johan, Karl, Hans, Kristian, Peder, Olaf, Nils, Martin, Lars
Ole, Johan, Karl, Hans, Kristian, Nils, Olaf, Peder, Lars, Oskar
Ole, Johan, Hans, Karl, Kristian, Einar, Harald, Olaf, Olav, Sverre
Olav, Arne, Johan, Ole, Einar, Erling, Hans, Harald, Sverre, Olaf
Arne, Hans, Kåre, Olav, Rolf, Odd, Johan, Ole, Per, Einar
Arne, Odd, Kjell, Per, Kåre, Olav, Gunnar, Rolf, Knut, Leif
Jan, Per, Kjell, Arne, Bjørn, Odd, Svein, Tor, Harald, Knut
Jan, Per, Bjørn, Svein, Kjell, Arne, Tor, Knut, Terje, Odd
Jan, Per, Bjørn, Geir, Tor, Kjell, Terje, Svein, Knut, Rune
Jan, Geir, Rune, Bjørn, Lars, Per, Morten, Trond, Terje, Tor
Kristian, Thomas, Lars, Stian, Jan, Anders, Morten, Olav, Øyvind, Tor
Kristian, Thomas, Kristoffer, Andreas, Alexander, Stian, Daniel, Martin, Marius, Anders
Markus, Kristian, Martin, Sander, Kristoffer, Mathias, Andreas, Jonas, Henrik, Daniel
Other European Names