According to Statistics Norway, the most popular baby names in the country last year were Nora and Noah — both of which happen to be quite similar to the name of the country itself (Norge, pronounced nor-geh).
Here are Norway’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Nora/Norah, 409 baby girls
Noah/Noa, 402 baby boys
Aksel/Axel, 346 (3-way tie)
Emil, 346 (3-way tie)
Filip/Philip/Fillip/Phillip, 346 (3-way tie)
In the girls’ top 10, Frida replaced Emilie.
In the boys’ top 10, Isak and Aksel replaced Liam and Henrik.
Names that saw notable increases in usage include…
Girl names: Ada (9th), Alma (12th), Iben (19th), Ellie (32nd), Hedvig (38th), Mie (42nd), Mille (46th), Hermine (48th), Klara, and Noelle
Boy names: Oskar (2nd), Isak (5th), Aksel (6th), Ludvig (19th), Gustav (25th), Falk, Harald, Joel, and Luca
In the capital city, Oslo, the top names last year were Sofia and Oskar.
And the year before, in 2020, the top names in Norway were Nora and Jakob.
Back when sea voyages were the only way to reach distant lands, many babies ended up being born aboard ships. And many of these ship-born babies were given names that reflected the circumstances of their birth. A good portion of them, for instance, were named after the ships upon which they were born.
I’ve gathered hundreds of these ship-inspired baby names over the years, and I think it’s finally time to post what I’ve found…
Emma Abergeldie Walsh, born in 1884
Eva Abernyte Congdon, born in 1875
Herbert Bealie Abington Tait, born in 1884
Abyssinia Louise Juhansen, born in 1870
Abyssinia Elfkin, born in 1872
Louise Abyssinia Bellanger, born in 1874
John Achilles Denchey, born in 1871
U. Actoea Jones, born in 1868
John Adriatic Gateley Collins, born in 1879
Adriatic O’Loghlin Gould, born in 1880
Agnes Adriatic Cook, born in 1880
Frederick Agamemnon Dingly, born in 1876
Mary Alaska Magee, born in 1884
Gertrude Alcester Dart, born in 1884
Mary Duncan Alcinosa Greenwood, born in 1887
Aldergrove Andrew Fullarton Feathers, born in 1875
Ethel Aldergrove Winning, born in 1883
Rosalia Aleppo Rosenthal, born in 1866
Aleppo Atalanta Boardsen, born in 1883
Caroline Alexandrina Phillips, born in 1873
Mary Alexandrina Hedges, born in 1874
Alexandrina Horsnell, born in 1874
Louis Algeria Noizet, born in 1872
Edward Aliquin Poley, born in 1860
Joseph Allanshaw Moss, born in 1883
Frederick Allanshaw Shields, born in 1883
Almora May Leech, born in 1856
Emily Almora Hamper, born in 1883
Joseph Henry Almora Alford, born in 1883
Mary Almora Clothier, born in 1887
Almora Merten, born in 1887
William Alnwick Bull, born in 1861
Mary Alpheta Stone, born in 1877
Alsatia Campbell Carnalian, born in 1877
Eliza Altmore Harris, born in 1883
Alumbagh Eleanor Bright, born in 1868
Sarah Louise Alumbagh Hancock, born in 1868
Alvington Oak Silvester, born in 1879
William Amoor Walker, born in 1864
Anchoria Adelaide Williams, born in 1890
Mary Angerona Harwood, born in 1875
Clara Anglesey Oakley, born in 1859
Emma Jane Anglesey Conbrough, born in 1874
James Craig Anglia Watt, born in 1871
Emma Anglia Hewitt, born in 1873
Margaret Anglia Smith Mulholland, born in 1874
Mary Saxon Copeland, born in 1860
Lilias Antiope Carrick, born in 1884
Arthur Aorangi Burrow, born in 1884
Aorangi Millar, born in 1885
Ellen Corbet Aorangi Browne, born in 1891
Aorangi Townsend, born in 1934
Isabella Arabic East, born in 1887
Arcadia Herbert, born in 1877
Archer Grainger Bryans, born in 1883
Beatrice Archer Shambers, born in 1885
Sigri Argo Larsen, born in 1877
Aricania Pereg, born in 1883
Helen Arizona Erickson, born in 1881
Sarah Arizona Duggan, born in 1881
Ole Arizona Melting, born in 1881
Agnes Arizona Kane, born in 1884
Elenor Arizona Poulteny, born in 1884
Elizabeth Arizona Harvey, born in 1887
Marie Arizona Malm, born in 1887
Arundal Sheal Davis, born in 1870
Leopold Arundel Hofmeyer, born in 1876
George Arundel Baylis, born in 1876
Charles Arundel Holden, born in 1876
Herbert John Arvon Hughes, born in 1881
James Alfred George Henry Ashmore Curtis, born in 1882
He in turn gave his name to Medford, Minnesota, in the 1850s. His father, Englishman William K. Colling, was an early Minnesota settler who “said that he had a son who was born on board the ship Medford, and was named Medford, in honor of the ship, and proposed that the town should be named Medford in honor of the boy.”
A few weeks ago, I got an email from a reader looking for lists of old-fashioned double names. She was aiming for names like Thelma Dean, Eula Mae, and Gaynell — names that would have sounded trendy in the early 1900s. She also mentioned that she’d started a list of her own.
So I began scouring the interwebs. I tracked down lists of old-fashioned names, and lists of double names…but I couldn’t find a decent list of double names that were also old-fashioned.
I loved the idea of such a list, though, so I suggested that we work together to create one. She generously sent me the pairings she’d collected so far, and I used several different records databases to find many more.
I restricted my search to names given to girls born in the U.S. from 1890 to 1930. I also stuck to double names that I found written as single names, because it’s very likely that these pairings were used together in real life (i.e., that they were true double names and not merely first-middle pairings).
Pairings that seemed too timeless, like Maria Mae and Julia Rose, were omitted. I also took out many of the pairings that feature now-trendy names — think Ella, Emma, and Lucy — because they just don’t sound old-fashioned anymore (though they would have a few decades ago).
The result isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a decent sampling of real-life, old-fashioned double names. I’ve organized them by second name, and I also added links to popularity graphs for names that were in the SSA data during the correct time period (early 1900s).
Britta her husband Morgan live in Sweden. They’re expecting their third baby in a couple of months and would like some help choosing a name.
They already have two sons, Linden and Everett, so they’d like the baby’s first name to be similar in style to these. Britta also mentions:
We definitely want a more English/American first name while the middle name should be more Scandinavian. The name should also be pronounced similarly both in Swedish and in English.
The baby’s surname will sound like Bergstrand.
So far, for boy names, they’re considering Amos. Here are some other names I thought they might like:
Carl/Karl Casper/Kasper Conrad/Konrad Felix Frank Gabriel Glenn Grant Grover
Harris Henry Herman Linus Nelson Nolan Norris Oliver Oscar/Oskar
Otis Philip Reuben/Ruben Roland Sidney Simon Tobias Victor/Viktor Vincent
For girl names, Morgan likes Rowyn and Rowena. Britta doesn’t care for names that end with a vowel-sound, though. So how about:
Agnes Alice Beatrice Charlotte Clara/Klara Edith Florence/Flora Frida Greta
Harriet Henrietta Josephine Madeleine Marion Nora Pauline Petra Ramona
Rosa Roselle Sabine Selma Susanne Sylvia Therese Ursula Viola
(It was hard to avoid vowel endings altogether, but I did try!)
As for middles: Linden’s middle name is Anders, and Everett’s middle name is André, so my first instinct was to suggest they continue the pattern with something like Andrea or Andreas.
Other than that, I have a hard time coming up with middles when there’s no first name in place. I personally like Astrid, Gustav, Inger, Johan, Olga, Sören…but how well these work will depend a lot upon the sound/rhythm of the first name.
Do you like any of the above names with Linden and Everett? What others would you suggest to Britta and her husband?
Update – The baby is here! Scroll down to see what name Britta and Morgan chose.