125 popular Danish boy names and meanings (2024)

Danish boy names

Need inspiration for Scandinavian boy names? Here, you will find an overview of the most popular Danish boy names. 

Naming your new baby is one of the most difficult and most exciting things a new parent can do. There are just so many things to consider, like the meaning, popularity and how difficult it is to pronounce.

When choosing the right name, you need to consider several factors. Like, is it important for your child to have an unusual name or a more popular name, a unique or strong baby name? Should their name sound modern and cool or romantic or adorable?

Most Nordic boy names are strong, That might have something to do with our heritage and that they make you think of the legendary Viking heroes Ragnar Lothbrok or Bjørn Ironside, which is not a bad association, if you ask me.

I’m biased, of course 😉

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Scandinavian names

Scandinavian names often have a unique meaning, and you can trace many of them back to the Vikings and the Norse gods and myths.

Norse god names, like Loke, Odin and Thor, are becoming increasingly popular amongst Danish parents. However, the old Northerners would never name their children after gods as it was regarded as disrespectful.

A warning of what would happen is seen in the myth of the farmer who names his children after the sun and the moon. The gods were so outraged that they condemned the children to pull the sun’s chariot.

Danish boy names

The 50 most popular Danish boy names 

Source: Denmark’s statistics

1. William
2. Alfred
3. Oscar
4. Noah
5. Karl
6. Lucas
7. Oliver
8. Arthur
9. August
10. Malthe
11. Valdemar
12. Emil

13. Victor
14. Aksel
15. Elias
16. Magnus
17. Viggo
18. Anton
19. Felix
20. Frederik
21. Nohr
22. Alexander
23. Theo
24. Elliot
25. Otto

26. Lauge
27. Hugo
28. Liam
29. Villads
30. Theodor
31. Loui
32. Milas
33. Anker
34. Albert
35. Johan
36. Storm
37. Adam

38. Mikkel
39. Christian
40. Matheo
41. Konrad
42. Pelle
43. Villum
44. Benjamin
45. Erik
46. ​​Asger
47. Mads
48. Walter
49. Marius
50. Mathias

Special boy names

If you’re looking for a more unique Scandinavian boy name, there are many options. In Denmark, we have more than 18,000 approved boy names.

Some of the names are inspired or borrowed from other countries, like Greek and English. My youngest son is named Toby, which is an uncommon name in Denmark and mostly used as a nickname for Tobias. We see more English names amongst Danish children, though.

I have listed some special boy names here:


Danish boy names

Popular Nordic boy names

If you’re looking for an authentic Scandinavian boy name, here’s a list of some popular approved Danish boy names.


Danish boy names

Old Viking boy names

These are some of the most popular viking boy names and their direct meaning in Danish:

Arne: eagle
Alf – elf
Asger – Odin’s spear
Aslak – god and battle
Birger: guardian
Birk – birch tree (the Danish version of Bjørk)
Bjarne and Bjarke: bear
Bjørn: bear
Bo: settler
Erik: sole ruler
Finn: A Finn or Sámi
Frode: wise and clever
Gorm: the one who honors God
Halfdan: the half Dane
Harald: army and ruler
Helge – the holy one
Knud: knot
Kåre: curly haired
Leif: descendent
Njal: giant
Roar: fame
Rune: secret
Sten: rock
Sune: son
Svend: a free man who serves someone else
Troels: Tor’s arrow
Toke: Tor and helmet
Torsten: Tor and rock
Trygve: reliable
Ulf: wolf

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    I lost them because of Religion of ex and push them to Jehovah witnesses and because I was working from when they already have 5 and 8 years, ex do not, and let those Jehovah people enter in house without tell me anything about many years until 14 and 17 of them and because I am completely Orphan from when I was born then, all she’s family was against me because I do not choose to believe in their religions Pentecostal and Jehovah, then I loose them and make them to hate me to make divorce and to win also my house in Bucharest to burn my papers of contribution of my house and do not have also good lawyer and lies in tribunal. People says, the God see everything and punish bad people but I don’t think they punish this woman and I understand that, the True Love does matters so, try to make the True Love what do not implies any material way in Yours life’s and give them real education with none idea of Concurrence but try to teach them with feelings and show them how others’ are delicate like Yours sons and You will see the best from them and they will have a real friends and lovely families.

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