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105 Catchy Danish Names for Boys

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Danish names for boys are as strong and fascinating as the people of Denmark have been for thousands of years.

Are you looking for Danish boy names, thanks to the renewed interest in Norse stories and legends? Or perhaps you want to celebrate your Danish heritage? Regardless of the reason, we have over 100 interesting Danish male names to consider! Many belonged to kings, saints, artists, scientists, and other fascinating men.

We’ve included traditional and modern Danish boy names, together with popular names in Denmark, the U.S., or both. You’ll find lots of ideas for Danish male names as you write your list of possibilities!


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105 Most Popular Danish Names for Boys

These Danish boy names invoke the strength and beauty of Denmark.

Adam

Adam appears in the Quran and the Bible, making it a popular name in countries with large Christian and Muslim communities. Unlike many popular names, which have many variations, Adam stays mostly the same across cultures.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of the red earth
  • Namesakes: Adam Driver, an American actor known for his role in several Star Wars movies. Adam Levine, the lead singer, and guitarist of Maroon 5.
  • Popularity: Adam is in the top 100 most popular names in the U.S.
Popular, Traditional

Aksel

Aksel is popular in Nordic countries and is a beautiful Danish boy’s name! Aksel and Axel are both common forms of the name, so you can pick the variation you like best.

  • Origin: Medieval Danish, Old Norse
  • Meaning: My father is peace
  • Pronunciation: AHK-sell
  • Variations: Axel
  • Namesakes: Prince Axel of Denmark. Axel Algmark, a Swedish pop singer. Aksel Lund Svindal, a Norwegian alpine ski racer.
Stylish

Albert

Many people think of Albert Einstein when they hear this name, making it an excellent choice for parents who value curiosity, knowledge, and education. Albert is an older name, but as many of those vintage names come back into fashion, it will be interesting to see if Albert has a resurgence.

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: Noble, bright, famous
  • Pronunciation: AL-bert
  • Variations: Adelbert
  • Namesakes: Albert Brooks, an American actor, comedian, and director. Albert Einstein, considered one of the greatest scientists of all time.
  • Popularity: Albert used to be a popular name, but it is now less popular.
Vintage

Alexander

Alexander has been a popular name for ages and brings the great conqueror and ruler Alexander the Great to mind. Alexander is a great choice for a Danish boy’s name as it can be shortened to various nicknames.

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Defender of men
  • Variations: Aleksandar, Aleksander, Aleksandr, Alec, Alek, Alex, Alexandre, Aleks and Aleksa
  • Namesakes: Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Alexander McQueen, a fashion designer.
  • Popularity: Alexander is a very popular name in the U.S., constantly hitting the top 20 most popular boys’ names.
Popular, Classic

Alfred

Although Alfred is considered an old-fashioned name whose popularity is dwindling in the U.S., it’s still a very popular choice in Great Britain, Africa, and Scandinavian countries. Also, as vintage names come into fashion again, it could see new life.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Elfin counselor
  • Variations: Al, Alf, Alfie, Fred, Freddy
  • Namesakes: Alfred Hitchcock, an English director known for Psycho. Alfred the Great, an early King of England.
  • Popularity: Alfred has not been a popular choice in the U.S. in recent years.
Vintage, Old-fashioned

Amberson

Amberson originated in Denmark, and its meaning makes it a great choice for a family that values vigor and energy. It’s unusual in the U.S. that your baby boy likely won’t meet anyone else with the same name, and it sounds stylish and distinguished.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Power, vigor
  • Variations: Ambrose, Emerson
  • Popularity: Amberson is a rare name in the U.S.
Unusual, Stylish, Cool

Anker

Anker may have indicated someone who made ships’ anchors, or it can be a name for a house with an anchor displayed in front. Its seafaring roots make it a great name for a family that loves the ocean and water.

  • Origin: Middle High German
  • Meaning: Anchor
  • Namesakes: Anker Eli Petersen, a Faroese writer, and artist. Anker Boye, a Danish politician.
  • Popularity: Anker is a rare name, not often heard today.
Strong

Anton

Every baby is priceless, making Anton a great choice for a Danish boy’s name! It’s a cute, short name that’s not too popular, so he likely won’t have classmates with the same name.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Priceless one
  • Variations: Anthony, Antoine, Antonio, Antony
  • Namesakes: Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer. Apolo Anton Ohno, an American speed skater, and Olympian.
Inspirational

Arne

Arne is from the Viking Age and is still popular in some Nordic countries to this day. It’s a strong name for a boy whose parents want him to be a courageous leader!

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Eagle, ruler
  • Pronunciation: AHR-ne
  • Variations: Aren, Arnold
  • Popularity: Arne is a common name in Scandinavian countries.
Unusual, Heroic

Arthur

Arthur has been a beloved boys’ name ever since the legend of King Arthur, the heroic king who pulled a sword from a stone and went on the quest for the Holy Grail. It’s a great name for a family that loves fantasy stories and tales of bravery and glory.

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: Bear, courageous, noble
  • Variations: Art, Armel, Artis, Artie, Arturo, Auberon
  • Namesakes: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series. Arthur Miller, writer of Death of a Salesman and other plays.
  • Popularity: Arthur is a popular name in the U.S. and is even more popular in several European countries.
Heroic, Strong
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Asger

Asger means Odin’s spear, or the “spear of God,” and is an unusual, heroic name. Thanks to the popularity of Thor, due to the Marvel movies, people are learning more about Norse mythology, which would be a great name for those interested in Norse gods.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Odin’s spear
  • Pronunciation: AHSG-er
  • Namesakes: Asger Lund Christiansen, a Danish cellist and composer. Asger Sørensen, a Danish soccer player.
  • Popularity: Asger is among the top 50 most popular Danish boy names in Denmark, although it’s not popular in the U.S.
Strong, Old-fashioned

Asmund

Asmund is a popular Danish boy’s name belonging to figures in Icelandic sagas and stories. It’s a wonderful Danish name for boys that isn’t popular in the United States, so if you’re looking for a very unique name, Asmund is a keeper!

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Divine protection
  • Pronunciation: aa-SMuw-ND
  • Variations: Osmund
  • Popularity: Although Asmund is almost unheard of in the U.S., it is common in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries.
Unusual, Vintage

August

August is used as a first name and a surname. It’s a popular first name in Denmark, and it was also a title given to Roman emperors. It has a noble, elegant feel and would make a great Danish male name!

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Majestic dignity, esteemed
  • Variations: Augustin, Augustine, Austin, Auguste, Augusto, Agostino
  • Namesakes: August Krogh, a Danish professor. August Strindberg, a Swedish writer and painter.
  • Popularity: August is a popular name in Denmark.
Heroic, Strong

Bendt

Bendt is a trendy-sounding name that’s unusual in the U.S. Most parents would agree that their baby is blessed, making this a great Danish male name for a little boy!

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: The blessed one
  • Pronunciation: BENT
  • Variations: Benedict, Bernhard
  • Namesakes: Bendt Rothe, a Danish actor. Bendt Bendtsen, a Danish member of the European Parliament.
  • Popularity: Bendt is a rare name and isn’t in the top 1,000 U.S. names for baby boys.
Stylish, Modern

Benjamin

Benjamin is a popular name across many countries. The phrase “The Benjamin of the family” is common across many countries, often referring to the youngest boy in the family. It comes from the biblical story of Jacob, whose youngest son was Benjamin. It’s a beautiful name with ancient origins for a little boy- whether he’s the first or last boy in the family!

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of the right hand
  • Variations: Ben, Benny, Benito, Benj, Benji
  • Namesakes: Benjamin Franklin, a U.S. Founding Father. Ben Affleck, an American actor, and director of Argo and other movies.
  • Popularity: Benjamin is consistently one of the top 10 most popular boys’ names in the U.S.
Traditional, Classic

Bertram

The raven was an important bird in Norse, Germanic, and other European mythologies. It was the bird of Odin, king of the Norse gods, so it has royal connotations. It would be a fantastic choice for a little boy whose parents are interested in Norse mythology or who appreciates birds and wildlife.

  • Origin: German, Danish
  • Meaning: Glorious raven
  • Namesakes: Master Bertram, or Bertram of Minden, a German Gothic painter. Bertram Ramsay, a British Royal Navy commander.
  • Popularity: Bertram was popular in medieval times in Europe but is much less common now.
Vintage

Birger

Birger has several painters, poets, and actors among its namesakes, making it a great choice for a family that values creativity and the arts! It’s not a common name in the U.S., so it would also be a great option that celebrates Nordic heritage without being a name that other kids will likely have.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: One who helps, guardian
  • Pronunciation: BIHR-GehR
  • Variations: Børge, Birgir, Byrgir, Börje
  • Popularity: Birger is an unusual name.
  • Namesakes: Birger Sandzén, a Swedish-American painter.
Unusual

Birk

Since Birk means “birch tree,” it invokes the beauty of nature and a love of the natural world. A family that loves trees and forests and being outdoors may find Birk the perfect Danish boy name for their little one!

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Birch tree
  • Variations: Bjørk, Berkhard, Burkhard
  • Popularity: Birk has gained popularity in Denmark over recent decades but is a rare name in the U.S.
Nature-loving, Cool

Björn

Although Björn has been used as a name since the days of Vikings, it jumped in popularity after Björn Borg, a tennis player who won five Wimbledon titles and six French opens. It also belonged to the Swedish pop group ABBA singer, so it would be an excellent choice for parents who love their music!

  • Origin: Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Meaning: Bear
  • Pronunciation: byorn
  • Variations: Bjarne, Bjarke, Beorn
  • Namesakes: Björn Th. Björnsson, an Icelandic writer. Björn Andrésen, a Swedish actor and musician who recently had a role in Midsommar. Bjørn Wiinblad, a Danish artist.
  • Popularity: Björn is popular in Nordic countries.
Cool, Stylish

Bo

Bo is short, sweet, and to the point (and easy for a young son to spell). Although it’s a short name, it packs a punch and indicates a strong leader, making it a great choice as a Danish name for boys.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Commanding
  • Namesakes: Bo Carpelan, a Finnish poet and author. Bo Widerberg, a Swedish film director.
Strong, Heroic
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Casper

Casper was only associated with the friendly ghost from children’s cartoons for a long time, but that image is changing! It’s an ancient name, and Casper was one of the three magi who brought gifts when Christ was born. It was recently used by Claudia Schiffer, who named her son Casper.

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Persian
  • Meaning: King of treasure
  • Variations: Caspar, Cas, Jasper
Cute, Vintage

Christen

Christen is a wonderful name of faith for a baby boy! Although it’s more common as a girl’s name in the U.S., it would be a lovely nod to Danish heritage to name a son Christen!

  • Origin: German, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Christian man
  • Variations: Christer, Kresten
Religious, Spiritual

Christian

Christian is a beautiful religious name for a family that values their faith! Thanks to several famous creative men, including actors and designers, it’s also a good choice for a family that values the arts and creative pursuits. It could easily be shortened to Chris, a very popular name in the U.S.

  • Origin: English, Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Follower of Christ, Carrier of the cross
  • Namesakes: Christian Slater, an American actor and former teen heartthrob. Christian Bale, an Oscar-winning actor from Vice and American Hustle. Christian Louboutin, a shoe designer.
Religious, Traditional

Christiansen

Although Christiansen is more common as a last name in Denmark (2% of the entire population has the name), it’s also used as a first name. If you appreciate names that used to be common last names, like Harrison and Jackson, you may love Christiansen as an option!

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Son of the Christian
Religious, Elegant

Dag

Dag is short but sweet! The name can mean “day” or can be a reference to Dagr, who was a personification of the day. Thanks to its symbolism as a fresh new start and the world of possibility that every new day brings, it’s a wonderfully optimistic Danish boy’s name!

  • Origin: Old Norse, Danish
  • Meaning: Day
  • Namesakes: Dag Terje Andersen, a Norwegian politician. Dag Erik Pedersen, a Norwegian cyclist.
Strong, Stylish

Edvard

Edvard is the Scandinavian form of the more common (in the United States) name, Edward. It makes a great Danish name for boys and has many shorter nicknames. Edvard invokes the idea of a protector and guardian, making it a strong name for a baby boy!

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Wealthy guard, guardian of his property
  • Variations: Edward, Eduardo, Duarte, Ed, Eddy, Eddie, Ted, Teddy, Ned
  • Namesakes: Edward “Ted” Kennedy, an American politician. Prince Edward, the son of Queen Elizabeth II.
Heroic, Strong

Edvin

Although Edvin means “rich friend,” you can certainly interpret that to mean more than just material riches. A rich friend could be someone rich in kindness, intelligence, or any other attributes! Edvin makes a great Danish male name, whether you take it to mean literal riches or more figurative ones.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Rich friend
  • Variations: Edwin
  • Namesakes: Edvin Adolphson, a Swedish film actor and director whose first movie was in 1912. Edvin Paulsen, Norwegian gymnast.
Traditional, Vintage

Einar

Einar indicates a brave person who continues to fight, even when he’s alone. It’s also tied to the idea of warriors who died in battle and went to Valhalla, according to Norse mythology. It’s a beautiful name for a family that appreciates Norse tales and myths.

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Old Norse
  • Meaning: The one who fights alone
  • Pronunciation: EYE-nar
  • Namesakes: Einár, a Swedish rapper. Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway.
Heroic

Elias

Elias is a form of Elijah, and like the biblical prophet, the name can indicate someone who is a devout man of God. It’s a popular name in many languages and is a lovely, religious Danish boy’s name for a devout family!

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Yahweh is my God
  • Pronunciation: EH-lie-ahs
  • Variations: Elijah
  • Namesakes: Elias Venezis, a Greek writer.
Religious

Elliot

Elliot is a popular name that indicates the importance and magnificence of God. It would be a great choice for a family that reveres God. It’s popular in England, France, Scotland, and other European countries.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is high
  • Variations: Eliot, Elliotte, Elliott, Elyot
  • Popularity: Elliot is a very popular name in Denmark.
Traditional, Vintage
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Emil

Emil indicates a hard-working person who aims to excel at what he does. It’s a great, inspirational name for a family that believes their son can accomplish anything he puts his mind to!

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Industrious, to excel
  • Pronunciation: AY-mul
Strong, Inspirational

Erik

Erik is a firm, classic name that’s a great choice for a Danish boy’s name! Although it’s more common to spell as Eric in the U.S., the Scandinavian spelling indicates a Danish heritage or appreciation and makes the name more interesting.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Sole ruler
  • Variations: Eric, Erich, Erikk, Erik, Erick, Eirik
  • Namesakes: Erik Refilsson, a legendary Swedish king. Erik Acharius, a Swedish botanist.
Classic

Erling

This is a name for a boy of noble birth, but it makes a great Danish boy name for any special son! Erling isn’t a common name in the U.S., making it a fun option if you’re looking for an unusual choice.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Nobleman’s offspring
  • Pronunciation: EHR-link
  • Namesakes: Erling Aastad, a Norwegian long jumper, and sprinter. Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, a Danish cellist.
Unusual

Felix

Most parents think they’re the lucky ones when they have a darling little child! Felix celebrates their good luck and the luck of their little boy to be born into their family. It makes a beautiful Danish boy’s name that isn’t used all that often anymore.

  • Origin: Danish, Latin
  • Meaning: The lucky one
  • Pronunciation: FEE-liks‎
  • Namesakes: Félix Rodríguez, a Major League Baseball pitcher. Prince Felix of Denmark, a Danish prince.
Vintage

Franz

Franz means either “free man” or “Frenchman,” and would be an excellent choice for a family of Francophiles. It’s not a common name in the U.S., but it’s also not unheard of, so it’s an excellent name if you’re looking for options that won’t be repeated among your son’s friends.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Free
  • Variations: Frans, Francis
  • Namesakes: Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, whose assassination is considered the start of WWI. Franz Behr, a German composer.
  • Popularity: Franz is not a common name in the U.S.
Old-fashioned

Frederik

Frederik was a more popular name a few generations ago but has dropped since. It will be a great vintage option if you’re looking for an older name for your son! It also has plenty of options for nicknames. Frederik’s meaning of a “peaceful ruler” indicates a gentle leader who can guide his people without threats and violence. It would be an excellent option for parents who value that trait!

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Peaceful ruler
  • Variations: Frederick, Friedrich, Freddy, Fred, Freddie, Frederic
Classic, Vintage

Frode

If Frode reminds people of Frodo from The Hobbit, that’s because both names are derived from the same source. This would be a great Danish boy’s name for a little boy whose parents love J.R.R. Tolkien and the magical world he created.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Wise and clever
  • Pronunciation: FRAW-deh
  • Namesakes: Frode Rønning, a former speed skater and coach from Norway.
Inspirational

Georg

Georg brings to mind the thrill of being outdoors, working the land, and nurturing plants and animals. It’s a wonderful Danish name for boys in a family that loves natural food and appreciates the beauty of nature.

  • Origin: Danish, German
  • Meaning: Farming man
  • Variations: Jørgen, Jørn, George, Geordie, Georgie
  • Popularity: Georg is not a popular name in the U.S., although the alternative George is more common.
Vintage, Nature-loving

Gorm

Gorm is a very unusual name and indicates bravery and strength. This is a winner if you’re looking for a name to celebrate these strong qualities.

  • Origin: Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Meaning: The one who only fears the gods
  • Variations: Gormsen
Strong, Religious

Gregers

Gregers is an attractive Danish boy’s name for parents who value watchfulness and intent- a great option if you wish to raise a little go-getter!

  • Origin: Danish, Greek, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Awake, watchful
  • Variations: Gregos, Gregory
Old-fashioned
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Hagen

Hagen is an uncommon name, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking for a unique Danish boy’s name. It would be a good name for a firstborn son, which goes along with its meaning. It also celebrates protection and safety and would be a great name to indicate calm in a storm.

  • Origin: German, Dutch
  • Meaning: The highest son, protected place
  • Popularity: Hagen is a rare name in the U.S. and doesn’t even appear on Social Security listings.
Cool

Harald

Harald is a strong name that indicates power and outstanding leadership. The Danish version of the name is much less common than the English version, making it an excellent option.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Powerful man in the army
  • Variations: Harold, Haroldo, Aroldo
Strong

Helge

Helge is a unique Danish name for boys, with a great spiritual aspect. If you’re looking for a distinct-sounding Scandinavian name, this could be your choice!

  • Origin: Scandinavian, German, Dutch
  • Meaning: The holy one
  • Variations: Helgi
  • Namesakes: Helge, a 9th-century Danish king. Helge Bostrom, a Canadian ice hockey player.
Unusual

Hemming

Hemming may have indicated a shape-shifter and would be a fun name with mystical connotations. It’s easy to pronounce, so even though it’s unusual, your son shouldn’t struggle with having to correct people when they say it!

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Changing shapes
Free-spirited

Hugo

Hugo was a popular name among ancient French nobility and would be perfect for your own little prince! The emphasis on the “mind” makes it a great Danish boy’s name for families who value knowledge and learning.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Mind
  • Variations: Ugo, Hugh
  • Namesakes: Hugo Weaving, an Australian actor who starred in the Lord of the Rings series. Hugo van der Goes, a Flemish painter.
  • Popularity: Hugo is a fairly popular name, hovering at the bottom of the 500 most popular names in the U.S. for the last 20 years. It is a very popular name in Europe.
Intellectual

Jerrik

Jerrick belonged to several kings of Scandinavian countries, such as Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. It’s a great name that speaks of royalty and good leadership. Although your baby boy may not grow up to be a king, he can grow up to have the traits of a great leader!

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: King forever, strong and gifted ruler
  • Pronunciation: YEH-rik
  • Variations: Eric, Erik
  • Popularity: Jerrik was popular in English-speaking countries 200 years ago but is not common today.
Elegant, Vintage

Jesper

Jesper has been a popular name in fiction in recent years, with characters in the popular movie Klaus and in the popular YA novel, Six of Crows, both having the name. It could be a fun, cool Danish boy’s name for your little one to make his own!

  • Origin: Scandinavian, ancient Persian
  • Meaning: King of treasure, treasurer
  • Variations: Jasper, Casper
  • Namesakes: Jesper Nordin, a Danish conductor. Jesper Mørkøv, a Danish racing cyclist.
Cool, Trendy

Johan

Johan is not a popular name in the U.S., although it has jumped considerably in popularity in the last 20 years. It’s a beautiful, lyrical name that invokes the goodness of God. It’s a unique choice for a religious family.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: YOH-hahn
  • Variations: Johannes, John, Johnny, Giovanni
  • Namesakes: Johan Gustaf Hellsten, a Finnish president. Johan Norberg, a Swedish writer.
Elegant, Stylish

Jorgen

Jorgen is a fun, interesting name that invokes the idea of green and growing things. It’s a great, nurturing name that celebrates life, farming, and growth!

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: YOR-gen
  • Variations: Jory, Joren
Nature-loving

Kai

Kai has a variety of origins and meanings around the world. The Danish Kai meaning “earth,” celebrates the natural world and the beauty of this world we call home. It would be perfect for parents who love being outdoors.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Earth
  • Variations: Kai, Kaj, Kay
  • Popularity: Kai is one of the top 100 most popular names in the U.S.
Trendy, Cool, Nature-loving
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Karl

Karl denotes a firm and manly man and makes a great Danish name for boys whose parents value those attributes! Of course, being a strong man can mean many things, and if you value mental and emotional strength, this could be an excellent option.

  • Origin: English, Scandinavian, German
  • Meaning: Freeman, strong man
  • Variations: Carl, Charles
  • Namesakes: Karl Lagerfeld, a German fashion designer. Karl Malden, an American actor from On The Waterfront and Birdman of Alcatraz.
Classic, Traditional

Knud

This Old Norse name is wonderful for parents who want to embrace their Danish heritage or celebrate their culture! While Knud is used in Denmark, it’s very unusual in the United States and would be a great option that likely won’t have too many duplicates.

  • Origin: Danish, Old Norse
  • Meaning: Knot
  • Pronunciation: NUWD
  • Namesakes: Knud Kristensen, Prime Minister of Denmark. Knud Pedersen, a Danish artist.
Unusual

Konrad

Konrad is a great name for someone who gives bold advice without holding back. It’s an interesting name that invokes strong Danish and Scandinavian heritage.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Bold counsel
  • Variations: Conrad, Coen, Conrado
  • Popularity: Konrad is a rare name in the U.S.
Vintage

Lars

Lars is a short, sweet name that celebrates success. It may be a perfect name for a family that values athletic competition since laurel crowns were usually given in sporting events. Whether you want to celebrate actual victory or the human spirit, Lars is a wonderful Danish boy’s name!

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Crowned with laurel, victory
  • Variations: Laurentius, Lawrence, Lauritz, Laurits, Lorenz
  • Namesakes: Lars Ulrich, a musician with the band Metallica. Lars von Trier, a Danish, Oscar-nominated film director.
Inspirational, Heroic

Lauge

Lauge refers to a business partner, referring to someone who puts down money with someone else on a venture. It celebrates business acumen and financial intelligence.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Partner
  • Variations: Lage
  • Popularity: Although Lauge is not popular in the U.S., but is in the top 50 boys’ names in many Nordic countries.
Unusual, Intellectual

Leif

Leif is a cool-sounding name, perhaps because it’s often associated with a teen heartthrob from a few generations ago. It would be a great way to honor Danish heritage and have a unique name for your son that most people are familiar with but don’t use often.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Descendant, heir
  • Pronunciation: LAY-fe or life
  • Namesakes: Leif Erikson, a Norse explorer. Leif Garrett, a teen heartthrob, singer, actor, and television personality from the 70s.
  • Popularity: Leif is a popular name in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway
Cool

Liam

Liam is a very popular name that indicates the strength of will and physical strength. It belongs to several high-profile actors and singers, making it a great Danish male name!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Strong-willed warrior, protector
  • Pronunciation: LEE-am
  • Namesakes: Liam Gallagher, a singer with the rock band Oasis. Liam Hemsworth, an Australian actor who starred in The Hunger Games trilogy. Liam Payne, a member of the boy band One Direction.
  • Popularity: Liam was the most popular name in the U.S. in 2020.
Trendy, Strong

Loui

This Danish short version of Louis is a fun twist on a more common name. It’s a playful name for a free-spirited, happy-go-lucky boy.

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: Famous warrior
  • Variations: Louie, Louis, Lewis
Free-spirited, Modern

Lucas

Lucas is a wonderful Danish name for boys whose parents believe they bring light and love into the world! It’s associated with illumination and shining light, so it’s a beautiful, optimistic name for a baby.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Bright, shining, bringer of light
  • Variations: Luke, Lucius,
  • Namesakes: Lucas Glover, an American golfer, and U.S. Open winner. Lucas Bryant, a Canadian-American actor, known for the Haven series.
  • Popularity: Lucas is one of the top 10 most popular boys’ names in the U.S.
Inspirational

Madsen

Madsen is the Danish version of Matthew and has the same feel as names like Harrison- they sound like last names but also make distinguished-sounding first names. If you’re looking for a twist on a traditional name, Madsen is a great option!

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Variations: Matthew, Mads, Matt
Cool, Trendy
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Magnus

Thanks to its use as a name for kings in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, Magnus is still a popular name in those countries today. It’s also popular in fiction books, movies, and video games. It would be an excellent choice for a family that wants to honor their Scandinavian heritage or show their love for fantasy stories.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Great one
  • Namesakes: Magnus the Good, a king of Denmark. Magnus, a pseudonym for magician Jeff McBride.
  • Popularity: Magnus is a very popular name in Denmark.
Heroic, Inspirational

Malthe

Malthe indicates a strong leader and warrior who isn’t afraid in battle. It’s a great Danish name for boys whose parents love the Danish culture and want to add a bit of it to their lives.

  • Origin: Old High German
  • Meaning: Powerful warrior
  • Pronunciation: MAAL-Tah
  • Variations: Malte, Molte, Helmold
Heroic, Inspirational, Strong

Marius

Marius is an elegant name that many people associate with the hero in the novel and musical Les Miserables. Because it invokes the god of war, Marius can be seen as the name of a mighty warrior as well.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: Dedicated to Mars
  • Variations: Mario, Marios
  • Namesakes: Marius Amundsen, a Norwegian soccer player. Marius Girard, a French poet.
  • Popularity: Marius is a popular name in France and Denmark.
Elegant, Heroic

Matheo

Matheo is a lyrical-sounding change-up to the more popular name Matthew. It’s a beautiful Danish male name celebrating a bouncing baby boy!

  • Origin: French, Spanish
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Pronunciation: MAET-THiyow
  • Variations: Matthew, Matteo, Mattia, Matt
Spiritual, Stylish

Mathias

Mathias symbolizes how many parents feel about their new baby- that he’s a beautiful “gift of God.” It’s a beautiful Danish boy name that isn’t very common in the United States.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Variations: Matheo, Matthew, Matt
  • Namesakes: Mathias Énard, a French novelist. Mathias Lauridsen, a Danish male model.
Classic

Mikkel

Mikkel is an interesting twist on the more traditional (at least in the U.S.) name Michael. Most parents would agree that their baby is a “gift of God,” making this a stunning way to celebrate the newest addition to the family!

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Gift of God, who is like God
  • Pronunciation: MIK-kehl
  • Variations: Michael
  • Namesakes: Mikkel Aaland, a Norwegian-American photographer. Mikkel Parlo, a Danish mixed martial artist.
Stylish

Milas

Milas is the name of a city in Turkey, and is a popular boy’s name in Scandinavia. There are a few theories on its original meanings- it likely refers to a “soldier,” or means “great” and “powerful,” or possibly “pleasant.” The good news is that you can take the meaning that speaks to you most!

  • Origin: Latin, Slavic
  • Meaning: Soldier, great, pleasant
  • Pronunciation: MAYLAHZ
  • Popularity: Milas is one of Denmark’s top 50 most popular boys’ names.
Strong

Nikolai

Nikolai is an interesting-sounding name that isn’t heard too often in the U.S. The shortened version is cute for small boys, and it makes a great Danish boy’s name!

  • Origin: Eastern Slavic
  • Meaning: People’s triumph
  • Pronunciation: NI-koh-lai
  • Variations: Nicholas, Nikolay, Nikki, Niki
  • Namesakes: Prince Nikolai of Denmark. Nikolai Kulemin, a Russian ice hockey star.
Elegant

Njal

Njal is the Danish version of the more popular name Niall. It’s a short but melodic name that isn’t very common in the U.S. You and your son will likely have to explain how to pronounce the name to people (especially teachers), but it sure has a beautiful sound!

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning: Giant, champion
  • Pronunciation: N-YAWL
  • Variations: Niall
Unusual, Stylish

Noah

For many people, Noah invokes the biblical figure who built an ark and saved his people from a flood. He’s a symbol of faithfulness to God, even while facing mockery and criticism from others. It’s a strong, fascinating name, and its promise of rest also makes it a comforting one.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Rest, comfort
  • Namesakes: Noah Baumbach, an American film director who directed Marriage Story. Noah Welch, an ice hockey player.
  • Popularity: For many years, Noah was the most popular boy’s name in the U.S. It’s now the 2nd most popular.
Classic, Popular
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Nohr

Nohr is a beautiful name that invokes the natural world and brings images of an icy winter wonderland to mind. If you love the name North, but don’t want to look like you named your child after a Kardashian, Nohr may be the perfect alternative for you!

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: North
  • Popularity: Nohr is among Denmark’s 50 most popular boys’ names.
Popular

Odin

Because Odin is the father of all Norse gods, his name is associated with various traits and characteristics. He was the god of art, culture, and wisdom and was charming, handsome, and intelligent. Odin is a great all-around choice for a Danish boy’s name!

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Frenzy, Raging, Wealthy
  • Popularity: Odin is becoming a popular name in Denmark.
Heroic, Strong

Oliver

Oliver is a lovely Danish boy’s name, making a strong comeback, similar to many other vintage names. It’s the main character’s name in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and is a delightful name for a baby!

  • Origin: Old Norse, Latin
  • Meaning: Ancestor’s descendants, olive tree
  • Variations: Olivier, Olívio, Ollie
  • Namesakes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, a Swedish ice hockey player. Oliver Hardy, a comic actor and part of the Laurel & Hardy duo from the 30s and 40s.
  • Popularity: Oliver is one of the top 10 most popular boys’ names in the U.S.
Vintage

Oluf

Olaf is the more commonly heard version of Oluf and, for many children, will always be associated with the adorably hilarious snowman in Frozen. That makes Oluf an intriguing possibility- not quite the same as the more common name but a special nod to Danish heritage!

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Descendent of the ancestors
  • Pronunciation: AW-luf
  • Variations: Olaf
Inspirational

Orn

Orn is a popular girl’s name in Iceland and a popular Danish name for boys. It comes from the Old Norse word “arn,” meaning “eagle.” It’s perfect for a little boy whose parents value the strength and intelligence an eagle symbolizes!

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: An eagle

Oscar

Oscar was a very popular name among Swedish royalty. Depending on which meaning you choose, this is a great Danish boy’s name to celebrate bravery and heroism or to emphasize a love of nature and living creatures.

  • Origin: Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning: Divine spear, friend of a deer
  • Variations: Oskar
  • Namesakes: Oscar Hammerstein II, a songwriter and musical director known for The King & I and The Sound of Music. Oscar de la Renta, a fashion designer. Oscar Wilde, an Irish writer, and poet.
  • Popularity: Oscar is very popular in Scandinavian countries
Popular, Vintage

Otto

Otto was the name of several ancient German kings. It’s a great Danish name for boys whose parents want to wish them all the success and prosperity they can in the world.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Wealth, prosperity
  • Variations: Otis
  • Popularity: Otto fell out of popularity in the U.S. following the First World War but has risen again in recent years.
Old-fashioned

Palle

Palle would be a sweet nod to Danish heritage for a petite baby boy! It’s derived from the same root as Paul, so it would also be a fun twist on a classic boys’ name.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Tiny, petite
  • Pronunciation: PAH-le
  • Namesakes: Palle Danielsson, a Swedish bassist.
Cute

Peter

Peter is a biblical name popular in many different countries, including the U.S. and Denmark. It indicates a strong person who won’t be moved by those around him. He stands, like a rock, while everyone else may fall away. St. Peter was a disciple of Jesus and is considered the head of the Catholic Church on earth.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Rock
  • Variations: Pieter, Pietro, Pedro
  • Namesakes: Peter Alonso, a baseball player. Peter Cetera, a singer-songwriter who was in the band Chicago. ​​Peter Dinklage, an actor, best known for Game of Thrones.
  • Popularity: Peter is the most popular boys’ name in Denmark
Classic, Traditional, Strong

Rasmus

Rasmus comes from Erasmus of Formia, who was a well-known saint. It makes a wonderful Danish boy’s name for a religious family. It also belonged to many prominent Danes, so it’s a wonderful nod to the heritage and culture of Denmark.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Dear, beloved
  • Variations: Erasmus
  • Namesakes: Rasmus Bjerg, a Danish actor. Rasmus Falk, a Danish soccer player.
  • Popularity: Rasmus is a common Scandinavian boys’ name.
Religious
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Reno

Reno is a cool-sounding name that invokes thoughts of The Biggest Little City in the World. It’s a popular Danish name, so it’s perfect if you love either Danish culture or the exciting Western feel of the town of Reno.

  • Origin: Danish, Swedish, Spanish
  • Meaning: The one who was reborn
  • Variations: Moreno
  • Namesakes: Reno Olsen, a Danish cyclist. Reno Bertoia, a Canadian-American baseball player.
Stylish, Cool

Rolf

In Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, Rolf can be used alone as a first name or as part of a double or longer name. It brings forth the image of lone wolves- strong and silent and very effective.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Legendary wolf
  • Variations: Rudolph, Rudolf, Ulf
  • Namesakes: Rolf de Heer, a Dutch-Australian film director. Rolf Jacobsen, a poet.
  • Popularity: Rolf is popular in Scandinavian countries.
Strong, Heroic

Ruben

Ruben is the Danish form of Reuben, the firstborn son of Jacob in the Bible. The name is widespread across many countries because of its religious significance. Reuben is also one of the tribes of Israel and was the brother who tried to spare Joseph when his siblings wanted to kill him.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: “Behold, a son”
  • Variations: Reuben, Robin
  • Namesakes: Ruben, a Norwegian singer-songwriter. Ruben Fleischer, a film director, and producer.
Vintage, Traditional

Salomon

Salomon comes from Solomon, an Aramaic derivative of the Hebrew word “shalom,” meaning “peace.” It’s a beautiful sentiment and indicates the hope many parents have that their children will contribute to peace and harmony in the world.

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: Peace
  • Variations: Solomon, Sulaiman, Sulayman
Spiritual

Sibbi

Sibbi is thought to be short for Sigbjǫrn, and there are ancient runes with the name carved into them. It’s a lovely Old Norse name and would be the perfect Danish boy’s name for a family fascinated with the ancient history and mythology surrounding the Vikings.

  • Origin: Danish, Old Norse
  • Meaning: A victorious hero, a warrior who won
  • Popularity: Sibbi is pretty popular in Denmark.
Heroic, Unusual

Soren

Soren comes from an early Christan saint- Saint Severin. The name is popular in fiction, and there are several recent characters in books, TV shows, and movies with the name. It’s a wonderful option for parents who want to showcase their Danish heritage.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Stern, severe
  • Namesakes: Søren Gade, a Danish politician. Søren Larsen, a Danish football player.
  • Popularity: Although Soren is still relatively rare in the U.S., it’s a popular name in Denmark.
Trendy, Cool

Stefan

Christians regard Saint Stephen as the first martyr of the faith. As with many biblical names, variations are often found in many counties. Stefan is a stylish, urban-sounding option that makes a great choice for a Danish boy’s name! The meaning of a “crown or garland” often signifies victory.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Crown, garland
  • Pronunciation: STEH-fn
  • Variations: Stephen, Stephanos, Steven, Steve, Esteban
  • Popularity: Stefan is a popular name in Denmark.
Stylish, Popular

Storm

Storm is a wonderful Danish boy’s name because it means precisely what it says! It’s no wonder that a country situated next to a stormy sea would have names that invoke the weather. Storm is the perfect name for a nature-loving family that values the cycle of the seasons and appreciates the natural world.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Tempest, whirlwind
  • Variations: Stromer, Stromr
  • Popularity: Storm is popular in Denmark and Sweden.
Trendy, Popular

Sune

Although Sune is a female name in Afrikaans, it’s a male name in Denmark and other Nordic countries. Since it means “son” in Old Norse, it’s perfect for a family who is delighted that they’re having a baby boy!

  • Origin: Old Norse, Afrikaans
  • Meaning: Son
  • Pronunciation: soo-NAY
Cool

Svante

Svante is a name that indicates a holy people or that celebrates people. It’s a wonderful Danish boy’s name for a family that delights in celebrating all people, and it’s an optimistic name that looks toward a future where everyone can be loved and celebrated.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Celebrating people
  • Pronunciation: SVAENT-iy
  • Namesakes: Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish chemist. Svante Bielke, a Lord High Chancellor of Sweden.
Unusual, Inspirational
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Theodor

Theodor is the German variation of Theodore and is an unexpected way to spell the name in the U.S. Almost every parent would agree that their adorable baby is a gift of God, making this a stunning choice for a Danish boy’s name.

  • Origin: Ancient Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Variations: Theo, Theodore
  • Namesakes: Theodor Svedberg, a Swedish chemist and Nobel laureate.
  • Popularity: Both Theo and Theodor are in Denmark’s top 50 most popular names.
Classic, Traditional

Thor

Thanks to the Marvel movies, most people know Thor is the god of thunder and war. It’s a powerful name and would be a perfect choice for a family that loves either the Marvel universe or Norse mythology.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Thunder
  • Variations: Thorin, Thorsson, Thorvald, Tor
  • Popularity: Thor is increasing in popularity in Denmark.
Strong

Tore

Tore is another great Danish name that celebrates Norse mythology. Thor’s warriors would be heroic and strong, which is a unique choice if you don’t want to go with Thor’s more commonly known name.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Thor’s warrior
  • Pronunciation: TOR
  • Namesakes: Tore Blom, a Swedish track and field Olympian. Tore Brunborg, a Norwegian musician.
Strong, Unusual

Trygve

Trygve is an unusual name in the U.S. and is a wonderful men’s name with a nod to Danish roots. Being “reliable” and “trustworthy” are admirable traits, and every parent could be proud of a son who lived up to this name!

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Reliable, trustworthy
  • Pronunciation: TRIG-vee
  • Namesakes: Trygve Berge, a Norwegian Olympic skier. Trygve Bratteli, a Norwegian Prime Minister.
Unusual

Tue

Tue is a short but memorable Danish name for boys! If he holds to the meaning of being a peaceful man, that doesn’t mean he’s a pushover. Instead, being a man of peace makes him strong and a great leader who can resolve issues with maturity and grace.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Peaceful man
  • Popularity: Tue is a rare name
Cool, Modern

Valdemar

This wonderfully Nordic-sounding name is perfect for a family looking for Danish boy names! It belonged to several Danish kings, making it a gorgeous, royal-sounding name for any little boy.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Renowned ruler
  • Variations: Vladimir, Waldemar,
  • Namesakes: Valdemar Poulsen, a Danish inventor.
Inspirational

Victor

Victor is a common name across several countries and languages. The meaning of victory makes it a strong name for a family that values sports victories and victories in life as a whole.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Victorious
  • Variations: Vittorio, Viktor
  • Namesakes: Victor Assis Brasil, a Brazilian jazz saxophonist. Victor Kros, a Dutch soccer player.
  • Popularity: Victor is a popular name in Denmark
Classic, Popular

Vidar

Vidar is a marvelous Norse name that is an excellent choice for anyone looking to honor their Danish heritage. Because it indicates a fighter, it’s a good, strong choice for a baby boy!

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Fighter in the woods
  • Variations: Vithar, Vidarr
Strong, Heroic

Viggo

The most famous Viggo is Viggo Mortensen, who played Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and other notable roles. Viggo would be a great name for a family that loves fantasy stories, Old Norse mythology, or simply wants to indicate a love for Danish names!

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Warlike
  • Pronunciation: VEE-go
  • Namesakes: Viggo Mortensen, an actor known for Green Book and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Viggo Brodersen, a Danish composer, and pianist.
Heroic, Strong

Villads

Villads is another name that sings the praises of its owner in battle. It indicates a strong man who is ready to lead men to war.

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: Ready for battle, resolute warrior
  • Variations: Willehad
Strong, Heroic
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Villum

Villum celebrates a man who is a protector of others. It’s a lovely name to indicate selfless sacrifice and an honorable person. It’s also a fantastic choice for a Danish boy’s name!

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Resolute protector
  • Variations: Wilhelm
Heroic, Strong

Vilmar

Vilmar is an interesting-sounding name with a distinct Scandinavian sound. It’s a wonderfully unusual Danish name for a baby boy if that’s what you’re after!

  • Origin: Old High German
  • Meaning: Desires fame, known for strong will
  • Variations: Wilmar, Willmar
  • Popularity: Although Vilmar is most popular in Denmark, it’s still a pretty rare name.
Strong

Walter

Walter is often considered an old-fashioned name, and it will be interesting to see if it has a resurgence as many other older names have experienced. It has been slowly inching up the charts in the U.S. in the past few years. Walter would be a great name that’s common in both the U.S. and Denmark, so you can celebrate both cultures.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Commander of the army
  • Variations: Gutierre, Gualtiero, Walther
  • Namesakes: Walter Cronkite, a journalist. Walter Matthau, an actor, known for The Odd Couple.
  • Popularity: Walter is among the top 300 most popular boy names in the U.S.
Classic, Traditional, Old-fashioned

Willamar

Having a child with a strong will isn’t a bad thing! As long as that will is shaped so they’re steadfast in the things that matter most! Willamar celebrates steadfastness and integrity and makes a special Danish boy’s name.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: Known for strong will
  • Variations: Willmar, Willimar
  • Popularity: Willamar is a rare name
Strong, Independent

William

William is a common name that has been in use for hundreds of years. It’s the name of kings and artists and lots of notable men! It’s an admirable Danish boy’s name and offers many nickname options, so you can choose one that suits your son the best!

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: Resolute protector, strong-willed warrior
  • Variations: Wilhelm, Will, Willie, Liam, Bill, Billy
  • Namesakes: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. William Byron, a NASCAR driver. William Shakespeare, a famous English playwright.
  • Popularity: William is the most popular boys’ name in Denmark
Classic, Traditional
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Laura Falin is a freelance writer from Colorado. She worked in TV news for more than ten years, and since then has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves being outdoors and reading.
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