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Although I am not planning on having barn (children) for some years yet, I often find myself brainstorming options for baby navn (names). I have always been of the opinion that it must be extremely difficult to choose a navn that will stick with your barn for the rest of his or her life. First of all, there are so many great names, it seems like it would be so difficult to choose the one you and the other parent like the best. Secondly, some navn that seem suitable for a barn simply are not suitable for a voksen (adult). Lastly, a navn might just simply not fit an individual. I know several people that have changed their birth navn to something else because they really disliked it.
In any case, every barn needs a navn and most turn out just fine. I have a very traditional and popular Norwegian navn-Kari. I think it suits me and I like it much better than the 2nd choice my parents were considering-Rebecca (sorry to the Rebecca´s out there-the navn just wouldn´t fit me.
As with most things, navn go through historical cycles as far as popularity. Names that were popular hundreds of years ago are popular again today. However, there are of course many navn used today that did not exist hundreds of years ago, or they are spelled differently now.
I encourage you to watch and listen to You Tube video in which a native Norwegian pronounces Norwegian baby gutt og jente navn (boys and girls names).
Interesting navn facts:
-In 1904, the male navn Kristian was the most popular. In 1953, it was down in the 90s and by 1974, Kristian came back and is still a very popular Norwegian navn.
-1 in 5 Norwegian navn are originate in the Bible.
-Mohammed is the most popular male navn in Oslo.
-Norwegian parents are not choosing names that include the uniquely Norwegian alphabetic characters æ,ø, and å because they are typically difficult to pronounce for non-natives. I personally think this is a bummer because names with these characters are usually pretty strong names that would be a shame to see disappear (although they will likely come back in the future some time). I´m thinking of names like Jørgen, Bjørg and Bjørn, Håkon,
Please find here a list of popular navn used in Norway:
|M/F||Norwegian Baby Names||Meaning of Name||Origin|
|M||Aksel||father of peace||Norw.|
|M||Alf||lives in the netherworld||Norw.|
|M||Andor||eagle of Thor||Norw.|
|M||Aricin||eternal; king’s son||Norw.|
|M||Arkin||eternal; king’s son||Norw.|
|M||Arnljot||frightens the eagle||Norw.|
|M||Arvid||tree of eagles||Norw.|
|M||Åsgeir||spear of the gods||Norw.|
|M||Askel||father of peace||Hebrew|
|F||Audun||deserted or desolate||Norw.|
|M||Audun||friend of prosperity||Norw.|
|M||Axell||father of peace||Hebrew|
|M||Borg||from the castle||Norw.|
|M||Brede||broad; the glacier||Norw.|
|F||Brynhild||coat of mail||Norw.|
|M||Davin||brightness of the Finns||Norw.|
|M||Denby||village of the Danes||Norw.|
|F||Dordi||gift from God||Greek|
|F||Elise||consecrated to God||Norw.|
|F||Erica||ever powerful||Old Norse|
|M||Eskil||vessel of God||Norw.|
|M||Eystein||turned toward luck||Norw.|
|M||Filip||lover of horses||Greek|
See this website for much more information on Norwegian navn, including those that signify bravery and heroism.