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Baby names for boys straight from Sweden

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Sweet names for baby boys with Swedish roots

The Scandinavian country of Sweden boasts many strong, Nordic baby names. If you're looking for a name that's been popular in the country over the last year, or one with a distinctly Swedish sound to it, you've come to the right place.

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The first group of names here are 2015's top 50 most popular boy names chosen by Swedish parents. You'll notice that many of these names are quite familiar to us, and have popped up on our own popularity charts in the past. For example, Sweden's No. 1 overall choice in 2015, William, has been riding high in the U.S. since basically forever, only dropping out of the top 10 for a period of years from the mid-'70s to 2006 — and even then, it never dipped below the 20 spot. Lucas, Liam, Oscar and Elias are all tops with U.S. parents, too.

There are a few others that are pretty interesting choices — not because they're names we're familiar with, but because they have sort of a vintage American feel to them, namely Melvin and Alfred. Others are distinctly Scandinavian in nature with that Nordic flair we love, making them an amazing choice for parents searching for a unique moniker or hoping to honor their Swedish heritage.

Sweet names for baby boys with Swedish roots
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Here are a few more names with Swedish etymologies that, while not securing top spots in Sweden, are still solid choices for your tiny tot. No matter what baby name you ultimately choose, looking these over can really bolster your baby name list, adding unique and interesting choices to your old favorites.

  • Alf: derived from Old Norse word alfr, which means "elf"
  • Alvar: from the Old Norse name Alfarr, which comes from words meaning "elf" and "warrior"
  • Björn: this name means "bear"
  • Claes: the Swedish shortened form of Nicholas
  • Einar: meaning "alone, warrior," this comes from an Old Norse name, Einarr
  • Göran: this is the medieval Swedish form of George
  • Halvar: the Swedish variant of the Norwegian name Halvard
  • Ivar: the Scandinavian form of the English name Ivor
  • Lennart: this name is the Swedish and Low German form of Leonard
  • Olav: the Swedish version of Olaf
  • Rikard: the Scandinavian form of Richard
  • Severin: the German and Scandinavian form of the name Severinus, an old Roman family name
  • Torgny: This comes from the Old Norse name Þórgnýr, which means "Thor's noise"

Before you go, check out our slideshow below:

Sweet names for baby boys with Swedish roots
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