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Polaris of Enlightenment

Rare Nordic names are gaining popularity in Norway

Published 21 May 2024
Names such as Lerke and Erle are taken from nature.

Rare Nordic names are now increasingly being chosen by parents in Norway. Names such as Embla, Tiril and Live have become very popular in recent years.

Classic Nordic names such as Olav, Ingrid and Solveig are still used in Norway, but are now losing ground to lesser-known names of Nordic origin, according to Ivar Utne, a name researcher at the University of Bergen.

Many of the original Nordic names that are popular now have been used very little historically. Names like Frida, Tuva, Ylva and Live have hardly been used before, he tells

He believes that parents want to be a little more original when choosing names, and that it is becoming increasingly popular to give their children Nordic names that were not previously used in the country. These include mythological names such as Frøy, Ask and Embla, which historically have not been used to any great extent.

Inspired by nature

Many of them are taken from nature, such as the birds Lerke and Erle or Tiril from the flower Tiriltunge. These are Nordic words, but they have not been used as names. It’s old in a new way, you could say, says Utne.

In addition to Nordic names, the letter L has also become popular.

We see it in Amalie and Ella or in Lukas and Elias for boys. Just a few decades ago, the L sound was hardly in use.

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