The Top 10 most popular Norwegian Boy's Names in 2012

1. Lukas / Lucas

Oh yes. It was Lucas again in 2012.  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 made a change, when Lucas was one place down, and became the second most popular name.

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

2. Emil

It was one place down for Emil in 2012 compared to 2011. 

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

Then, in 2009 and in 2010 it was the second most popular name, while it was the most popular of all boy’s names in Norway in 2011.

Emil comes from French, and means "Friendly".

3. Mathias / Matias

The name was keeping it’s position also in 2012!

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. Jonas

We got a new number 4 in 2012, ladies and gentlemen. It was Jonas.

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

 According to the website "", the name is a form of Jonah, that comes from the hebraic word "yonah" that means "pigeon".

5. Alexander / Aleksander

Also the number 10 in 2010,  Alexander or Aleksander was out of the Top 10 in 2011.

The experts told us that Mathias, Alexander and Kristoffer might be on their way down the popularity lists.  Well.  It seems like they were wrong!

The meaning of the name is "defender" or also "defending man".

It actually is coming from the Greek name Alexandros, which can be split in two parts: "alex" and "andros".  "Alex is coming from the Greek word "alexein" which means defend or help. The other part, "andros" comes from the Greek word "aner" that means man.

6. William

Two places down in 2012 compared to 2011.

As a newbe on the Top 10 list in 2009, it reached the rank of #no 8.  In 2010 it climbed to a 4th place, and kept it's popularity even in 2011.

William had never been on that list before 2009, 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 for the first time.

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".

7. Oscar / Oskar

New on the Top 10 in 2012 was Oscar (also written Oskar).

Oscar is a boy's name with Angelsaxian origin.

It has 2 parts: "os" that means God, and "gar" that means "spear".  Another possible meaning is "deer lover", if derived from the Gaelic "os" meaning deer and "cara" meaning lover.

8. Magnus

Just like Mathias and William, Magnus was still holding it's popularity in 2012.  Almost.

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 was in 2011.  Number 8 in 2012 is not bad at all.

An old Norwegian name, with roots back to the age of the vikings.

Magnus comes from latin, and means "Big".

9. Marcus or Markus

Marcus 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.

2 places down to be number 8 in 2011, and almost kept it's position in 2012.  Well done.

Marcus comes from the name of "the God Mars".

10. Oliver

The boy's 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.

Out of the list from last year:

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 in 2011.  Did not follow up in 2012.

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


Short names are increasing their popularity, just like the biblical names. That made Noah popular enough to reach number 9 in the competition of the most popular name in Norway 2011.  Not so in 2012.

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


Tobias was on the Top 10 list both in 2004 and 2005, but has been out since then. It had a come-back, and climbed to a strong number 10 in 2011, but fell out of the Top 10 in 2012.

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

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