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.
As usual, the disclaimer: Some of the names below were already on the rise. Others may have been influenced by more than just the single pop culture person/event listed. I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence in each case.
I was surprised that Adonis and Wade jumped in usage as much as they did.
I was also surprised that Wrigley barely jumped at all in usage. Maybe “Wrigley” reminds too many people of gum?
Where the heck is Usain? Why is Usain not in the data yet? Sure, track and field is relatively unpopular in the United States. Still, I thought Rio might do it — with the help of that viral photo of Usain Bolt cheekily grinning at the competition in the middle of that 100 meter sprint.
Finally, as a former ’80s kid, I did have my fingers crossed for Voltron. Oh well…
How about you? Did any of these rises/falls surprise you?
It’s December 2 — the doubly momentous day on which Britney Spears celebrates her birthday and on which we start another round of the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
Which baby names will see significant movement on the charts in 2016 thanks to popular culture (TV, movies, music, sports, politics, products, current events, video games, etc.)? Below are some possibilities. Leave a comment with the names you’d add — and don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.
While cleaning out my bookmarks the other day, I rediscovered this post on French names from francophile blog Polly-Vous Francais. It contrasts the names found in the birth and death announcements of a French newspaper. Here’s a sampling:
Anselme Edouard Guillaume Hipployte Hugo Lancelot Louis Timothée Victor Vladimir
Albert Emile Gabriel Jacques Jean Paul Pierre Roger Vincent Yves