The Top 10 most popular

Norwegian Boy's Names in 2011

1. Emil

From beeing the number 2 both in 2009 and in 2010, it was the most popular of all boy’s names in 2011.

In 2007, Emil was the 9th most popular babyname in Norway, and in 2008 it was no#4.

Emil comes from French, and means "Friendly".

2. Lukas / Lucas

From beeing no#5 on the list in 2007, Lucas was the most popular name for baby boys both in 2008, 2009, and in 2010.

2011 has made a change!

The name comes from the latin Lucanos, and means "Light", but can also mean "Man from Luciania".

3. Mathias

The name is keeping it’s position!

The name Mathias has changed in popularity over the last years. From beeing the Winner Name in 2007, it became second in 2008. In 2009 it was no#5 in popularity, while it ranked as no#3 in the list for 2010, and still was in 2011.

Mathias is a greek name form, and means "Mattheus".

4. William

Still number 4!

As a newbe on the Top Ten list, it reached the rank of #no 8 in 2009, and in 2010 it climbed to a 4th place!

William had never been on that list before, at least not after 1900. All years after 1995 the name William has increased its popularity, and in 2009 it finally reached the Top 10.

In Sweden this was the most popular baby name for boys in 2004.

William is the English form of the German name Wilhelm, and is today recognized to have the meaning as "protector of the Kingdom".

The first part of the name "Wil" means "will of desire", and "helm" means "helmet /protection".

5. Magnus

Just like Mathias and William, Magnus is still holding it's popularity.

From beeing no#7 both in 2007 and in 2008, it ended no#10 in 2009.In 2010 it increased it's popularity to be no.5, and still is in 2011.

6. Filip / Phillip / Fillip / Philip

Different ways of spelling the same name, but it’s no doubt we got a new number 6 into the popularity list.

The name Phillip comes from Greek, and means something like ”who loves horses”.

7. Oliver

The boy name Oliver have had an exploding popularity, from beeing no#18 in 2007, no#8 in 2008, and in 2009 no# 4.

In 2010 it lost some of it's popularity and ended as no#9 in the Top Ten, but in 2011 it was fighting it’s way back to be number 7.

The name Oliver refers to the olive tree.

8. Marcus or Markus

2 places down in 2011!

It was the 3rd most popular name in Norway in both 2007 and 2008.

In the statistics from 2009 it became no#7, and in 2010 it climbed to 6th place. The experts claims that Marcus is one of the names that is about to loose it’s popularity, even in longer terms.

Marcus comes from the name of "the God Mars"

9. Noah

Short names are increasing their popularity, just like the biblical names.

That makes Noah popular enough to reach number 9 in the competition of the most popular name in Norway 2011.

The name Noah has Hebraic origin, and means ”comfort” or also ”resting”. (source:

10. Tobias

Tobias was on the Top 10 list both in 2004 and 2005, but has been out since then. Now it seems like there is a come-back, and climbed to a strong number 10 in 2011.

The name Tobias comes from the Greek ”Tobiah”, which again comes from the Hebraic name ”Tobiyah” and means ”God is good”. (source:

Some that did not make it this time

Jonas was ranked number 7 in 2010, but is out of the Top 10 in 2011.

The same for Kristian or Christian, that fell out of the list after beeing number 8 in 2010.

Also the number 10 in 2010: Alexander or Aleksander is out of the Top 10 in 2011.

Experts believes that up-coming names now will be Oliver, Oskar, Theo, Theodor, Julian and Leon, while Mathias, Alexander and Kristoffer might be on their way down the popularity lists.

Go to Top 10 list 2012