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Swedish boy names: Popular Swedish male names

Today, we’re going to introduce you to some of our favorite Swedish boy names, and what they mean, to help you make the right choice. So, let’s begin…

Known for their commitment to hygge, stunning landscapes, and eye-catching flag, the Swedish are a hot topic right now.

Just like other members of the Scandinavian landscape, Sweden is capturing the attention of people around the world who want to bring a little Scandi style into their lives. 

Even if you don’t want to move to Sweden yourself, you might be keen to bring some of the country’s unique culture into your life. After all, Sweden isn’t just one of the most attractive places in the world to visit — it’s also one of the happiest. 

As the whole Scandinavian style of living earns a much-deserved boom in attention, parents everywhere are embracing popular Swedish boy names for their children. 

Fortunately, thanks to origins in Old Norse, Viking mythology, and more, there are plenty of great titles to choose from. 

Even if you’re not planning on naming a new arrival any time soon, learning about Swedish men’s names can be an excellent way to discover what makes the Swedes so special. 

Here are today’s most popular Swedish male names…

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Popular Swedish male names

Now more people are embracing the Swedish art of “balanced” living, male Swedish names are growing increasingly popular around the world. 

You’re probably already quite familiar with an Adam or a Liam in your town or city. Perhaps you even know a Hugo, or an Adrian. 

Here are some of the more popular names, and their meanings. 

1. Lukas (Lucas)

With a variety of spellings, including Lucas, Lukas, and even “Luka,” this name has an impact all over the world. The name actually comes from a Greek term “Loukas,” which originally meant a man form Lucania. 

However, it’s been adopted in Sweden, Germany, and various other locations too. Lukas is a popular name for Swedish boys right now, and it often translates to mean “Light.” 

2. Leo

Most people don’t know this, but Leo is actually quite a popular Nordic name. Most people associate Leo with lions, thanks to the astrology sign, and the Latin translation. 

Leo is a common name around the world; in Sweden, it can sometimes mean “Pure,” and it’s also frequently pronounced “Lay-o” rather than “Lee-o.” 

3. Elias

Another name with various origins, Elias comes from a Nordic background, and it translates to mean “the Lord is my God” in most circles. 

This is a highly biblical title in Sweden, which started to gain a lot of popularity around the 1880s. It’s common to see the spelling “Elis” in Sweden, and “Elijas” in Finland. 

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4. Alfred

If you’re looking for Swedish men’s names which have a strong presence in the UK, Alfred is a good choice. Alfred is popular in Sweden thanks largely to the chemist and engineer, Alfred Wilhelm Volkmann

It’s no surprise this name is often associated with intelligent men, as it translates to mean “wise”. 

5. Ludvig

Though arguments abound about whether Ludvig is a traditional Swedish boys’ name, most people agree it has Scandinavian origins. The moniker, sometimes spelled Ludwig, means famous warrior, and it’s great if you’re looking for a name which denotes power. 

6. Nils

Commonly found throughout Denmark and Sweden, Nils comes from the Greek moniker, Nikoalas, which meant victory of the people. The shorter name “Nils” shares the same meaning across the Scandinavian landscape today. Niels is also a possible spelling.

7. Walter

Walter is a name common across Sweden, England, and Germany. The term comes from Germanic origins, like many of the most popular Swedish boy names. In terms of meaning, this is a compound name which combines “wald” and “heri” to mean power or warrior. 

8. Oscar 

Although Oscar is one of the more popular names in the Western world today, it’s also intricately connected to Scandinavia. 

This wonderful name has two separate elements, “Os” which means Deer, and “Car” which means friend or loving. Essentially, the moniker translates to “friend of deer”. 

9. Stefan

Stefan is a great alternative to more common names like “Stephen” in the Western world. The most common spelling in Sweden is Staffan, but you can also find alternates like Steffen, and Stefanus too. Linked to royalty, the name Stefan means “crown” or wealth. 

10. Lars

Charmingly exotic in its own way, Lars comes from the Scandinavian translation for a Latin world, Laurentius. The original name just meant a man from the place of Laurel. However, most Swedes prefer the metaphorical meaning: victory. 

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Swedish boy names linked with strength

Thanks in part to Nordic and Viking origins, many of the best Swedish boy names are linked to ideas of nobility and strength. 

If you want the kind of title for your new son that’s going to convey big things for his future, here are some options to consider. 

1. Alrik

This amazing Scandinavian name is most common in Sweden, and it’s the perfect title for someone with a big future ahead of them. Alrik means “all ruler” or ruler of all. There are some regions tracing Alrik’s origins back to Germany too. 

2. Egil

Occasionally spelled “Egill”, Egil is a popular Swedish boy’s name coming from the Old Norse version of the title, with the double “l”. This was the name of a legendary warrior from Scandinavia, making it a great choice for any young boy. 

3. Goran

Göran has both Scandinavian and Slavic origins. In the Sweden landscape, it can mean farmer, or earth worker. However, a lot of people also connect this title to highlanders, and people who live on the mountains. 

4. Karl

A good alternative spelling to Carl, Karl has both Dutch and Scandinavian origins. Experts trace the meaning of this name back to a common Germanic word which basically just meant “man.” However, it also has connections to “free men” and “freedom.”

5. Klas

Klas, similar in style to Klaus, is a name common across Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. In Sweden, the name translates to mean “People’s victory.” It can also mean triumph of the people. 

6. Leif

This name might sound a little softer than some of the other titles we’ve covered so far, but it still conveys strength. Connected to related names like Olaf, Leif comes from the Old Norse word Leifr, which meant heir or descendant. 

7. Sten

It doesn’t get much stronger than this. Sten is a traditional Scandinavian name which literally means “Stone.” The name comes from a literal translation of the title “Peter” into the languages of the North Germanic region. 

8. Ville

Ville has its own celebrated name day in Scandinavia, on the 6th of April. Beloved in both Sweden and Finland, the name basically means “Strong mind” or “Protection.” In French, it simply translates to “town” or village. 

9. Olav

Similar to Olaf, like Leif, Olav is a Scandinavian name with Proto-Norse origin, commonly used throughout Sweden. There’s even another version of the title with an “e” on the end. Olav means grandfather, ancestor, or descendent. 

10. Alexius

If you think your new son is going to grow up to be a hero, then Alexius could be the perfect Swedish male name. The male version of “Alexis,” this title translates to mean protector of humanity or defender of the people. 

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Swedish male names for warriors

Today, Sweden is all about the art of living a balanced life and practicing fantastic traditions like Fika. However, back in the early days of Scandinavia, Sweden was filled with fighters and warriors, ready to hunt and protect their land. 

Here are some names to convey the warrior history. 

1. Einar

Jens is an interesting option for those interested in Scandinavian male names because it is often referred to as the Scandi version of “John.” The title comes from Johannes, which is a popular title throughout Denmark and Sweden. 

Jens is pretty popular in the Netherlands and Germany, it hasn’t gained much attention in the US yet. 

2. Gerhart

Gerhart, or Gerhard depending on your preference, has a heritage in both Sweden and Norway. The name means to be strong with a spear, or brave in battle (particularly when fighting with a spear). 

3. Gunne

A Swedish version of the name “Gun,” which has begun to gain some popularity around the world, Gunne comes from Old Norse. The title is a reference to the older word “Gunnr” which means war, and it usually translates to war, or army. 

4. Halvar

Halvar certainly sounds like a name from Norse mythology. It’s actually a Swedish version of a more Norwegian name: Halvard. The title translates to Defender of the Rock, which might sound odd, but it actually describes a great warrior or protector. 

5. Iver

Iver, sometimes linked to Ivan, is a popular boy’s name in Sweden and another title for a little warrior. The moniker translates from Old Norse to mean “warrior with a bow,” or “archer.” The spelling “Ivar” is also popular. 

6. Lothar

With roots in both German and Scandinavian, Lothar now has quite the standing among Swedish family. With Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian parents all using this name, it’s pretty popular across the Nordic landscape. The name means “famous army.” 

7. Rainer

A beautifully unique name you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in the world. Rainer is a version of the Germanic name “Raginheri,” and it also links to “Ragnar.” Rainer means strong, or “army” in some parts of Sweden. 

8. Sigge

We think this would be a great name for a rock star in the making. Sigge means “victory” in Sweden, and it can also translate to “Victory Bear” or “Victorious Protection.” An alternative spelling in the UK might be “Ziggy.”  

9. Torgny

This is another great name if you want your child to really stand out at school. Torgny means “Thor’s noise,” or “Thor’s Loud Weapon” and it can even have connections to thunder and lightning, the weapons Thor uses. 

10. Viggo

Viggo is starting to gain some recognition around the world, but it’s still most popular in Sweden and other parts of Scandinavia. Also spelled “Wiggo,” the title comes from the Old Norse name, Vigge, which meant “battle” or “fight.” 

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Popular Swedish male names for legends

As mentioned above, Swedish male names have a lot of different roots. Some come from Germanic names, while others are linked to Christianity. Although some of the most popular titles refer to the legendary gods and myths the Vikings of old used to tell

Here are some popular Swedish names for men, inspired by legends. 

1. Ansgar

A powerful name with a lot of audio impact, Ansgar is a Germanic name most common in Sweden and Norway. The term translates to mean “god spear” or spear of the gods, making it a fierce title for a young Swedish boy. 

2. Balder

In Iceland, the moniker “Baldr” means price, or light. In Sweden, and other parts of Scandinavia using the Old Norse translation, it refers to a god of Norse mythology. Balder was the god of light, love, happiness, and beauty. 

3. Gösta

Popular in both Sweden and Finland, for male and female children, Gösta used to be a pet name or a term of endearment before it became a real given name. It means “Staff of the Geats” or essentially staff of the Gods. 

4. Ingemar

Ingmar, or Ingemar is a Scandinvian name which  combines Ing (Norse god) and the word Mar, which means famous. Most Swedish experts agree it means something like “famous God”, but the title doesn’t refer to a specific deity. 

5. Mats

Similar to Matthew, or Matthias, Mats is a popular name throughout Sweden, and it’s been the title for various actors, and a Norwegian composer too. Mats translates to mean gift of God, just like Matthew, or Mattias. 

6. Thor

Thor is a popular male name in Sweden, thanks to its links with the Norse God of Thunder and Lighting. The name “Thor” is usually pronounced “Toor” in Swedish, which is a surprise to most English people who hear it. 

7. Loki

We can’t mention Thor without referencing Loki too. The most common spelling in Sweden is actually “Loke,” and it references the Norse legend and trickster God you may be familiar with thanks to pop culture. 

8. Salomon

Salomon might sound like a biblical name, but it has many connections to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden too. Salomon basically means “Peace,” and it’s the title for a Swedish international footballer too. 

Extra inspiration for Swedish baby boy names

So far, we’ve covered quite a few Swedish boy names with various meanings. As you might have noticed, the Swedes like to connect their names with history, mythology, nature, and various other connotations. 

If you still haven’t found your ideal baby boy name yet, or you’re looking for Swedish names for men to help with your next great novel, here are a few more. 

1. Acke

Acke is a great name for a baby boy. Although in the UK and other Western parts of the world the term sounds quite harsh, it means “man of peace.” Great for any parent hoping for a calmer child, this name is sure to earn plenty of attention. 

2. Adolf

This name has lost its popularity over the years for obvious reasons. However, what most people don’t realise is Adolf was extremely popular in Sweden. It actually means “noble wolf” and has a wonderful link to nature. 

3. Casper

Casper isn’t just a friendly ghost, it’s also a great Swedish boy name. Casper means “treasurer” or “treasure.” This moniker is common in Sweden and various parts of Scandinavia, but it’s gaining a good foothold in other parts of the world too. 

4. Claes

Setting your little one up for success is easy with a name like Claes. Though this name looks very exotic, it’s quite similar to Nicholas. The title means “victory of the people,” making it a good option for a future leader. 

5. Eskil

Eskil is a Swedish name at heart, but it has connections with Christianity, rather than the Nordic culture. Eskil means “vessel of God”, and it’s one of the many monikers from Sweden with a unique and impressive sound. 

6. Fredek

Similar in a lot of ways to “Frederick,” Fredek is a good boy name if you’re looking for something just a little different for your child. There are Hungarian elements to this title too. Fredek means “peaceful ruler.” 

7. Jager

Here’s a name with a good amount of power behind it. Jager uses the “h” sound or the “y” sound at the beginning, rather than a hard J. It means “the Hunter,” and it’s gaining a lot of presence throughout the UK and America too. 

8. Viktor 

Viktor is another name which promises to set a young man up for success in the future. This Swedish boy name is the Scandi version of the better-known Victor. It means “victorious,” unsurprisingly, or can also translate to “the conqueror.” 

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Exploring Swedish male names

A person’s name is a crucial part of their identity. 

Although we can’t always choose our own name, we use it as an insight into ourselves, our family, and our history. Names can link us to the past and previous generations. 

The right moniker also has the power to build confidence and help you to discover yourself. 

While a Swedish boy’s name might not be the perfect choice for every new family, it’s an excellent way to find yet another connection to the wonderful world of Scandinavia

If you already love the unique culture Sweden has to offer, a great name could be a better way to connect with that. 

Don’t forget to check out our other naming lists here on Scandification for more insights into the kind of fantastic titles you can trace back to Sweden. 

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Viking and Norse names, and their origin
Your guide to Scandinavian people traits
Popular Scandinavian female names
Popular Scandinavian men’s names 

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