• Sweden edition
 
Most popular Swedish baby names unveiled

Most popular Swedish baby names unveiled

Published: 20 Jan 2011 13:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Jan 2011 13:53 GMT+01:00

Altogether, 895 girls born in Sweden in 2010 were named Maja, or 1.6 percent of the total girls born, according to figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

It was the third time in the last five years that Maja topped the agency's list of popular girl names.

Among boys born in Sweden last year, Oscar was the most popular name, moving up from the number three spot in 2009.

The name has been among the 10 most popular names given to boys born in Sweden since the year 2000.

A total of 1,108 boys were named Oscar last year, or 1.9 percent of all boys born in the country.

Three new names also made their way into the top-ten list of popular boy names: Theo, Liam, and Leo. Dropping out of the top-ten were Erik, Victor, and Axel.

Among girl names, Alice, Emma and Ella all dropped in popularity, but remained in the top 10, while Julia climbed from seventh to third place.

One new name also appeared on the list of the 10 most popular girl names: Olivia.

Tove, Minna and Novalie were the three girl names which displayed the biggest jump in popularity between 2009 and 2010, although none managed to crack the top 10. Kajsa, Emelie and Cornelia, on the other hand, had the biggest decrease.

Among boy names, Frank, Elvin and Milo climbed the most in popularity, while Carl, Marcus and Jonathan had the greatest drop.

SCB also noted that many parents chose to exercise a bit of creativity in naming their children, with 4,092 girls and 3,775 boys receiving names with spellings that gave each of them a one-of-a-kind name in Sweden.

Popular Boy Names 2010 (2009)

1. Oscar (3)

2. William (3)

3. Lucas (3)

4. Elias (2)

5. Alexander (6)

6. Hugo (5)

7. Oliver (7)

8. Theo (16)

9. Liam (15)

10. Leo (14)

Popular Girl Names 2010 (2009)

1. Maja (2)

2. Alice (1)

3. Julia (7)

4. Linnéa (8)

5. Wilma (9)

6. Ella (3)

7. Elsa (3)

8. Emma (4)

9. Alva (6)

10. Olivia (17)

Source: Statistics Sweden

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:46 January 20, 2011 by kcussmilsum
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
13:52 January 20, 2011 by Rolle
Whatever happenden with good ol' fashioned swedish boys names? what a piece of sh.. names are people going with these days... 'Theo', 'Hugo', f.ing 'Liam'??!!?!
15:06 January 20, 2011 by Sweetdishgurl
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
15:32 January 20, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Why didn't 'Elvis' make the list?!?!
16:03 January 20, 2011 by gabeltoon
Living in SCOTLAND I LIKE THE SOUND OF GOOD OLD swedish names. Some of these modern names are so stupid.Don't the parents think about the ridicual the kids will get.
16:44 January 20, 2011 by Antonito
Sweetdishgurl:

You are very impolite.

Wherever you live you should respect cultures, specially that of the country you are staying.

I live in Sweden and I do not consider Swedish stupids.

Being or not being stupid is not a question of the passport one has, but probably a question of the comments one makes.
18:18 January 20, 2011 by Arturio
Why Arturio is not in the list?
21:17 January 20, 2011 by Tennessee Thunder
Just name everyone Eva and Eric and be done with it,,the Swedish gov will tell ya what to name your kids.
21:43 January 20, 2011 by Rolle
@Tennessee Thunder: Actually Eric with 'c' is the.. hmmm... 'unswedish' way of spelling it (is actually pretty common, but i just lack the word for describing it). Now, put a 'k' to it and is another matter.
23:32 January 20, 2011 by CanisTrigger
The most beautiful name for a girl is Esme. For a boy, definitely Benjamin.
00:30 January 21, 2011 by technoviking
At least Muhammed's not on there... yet.
03:59 January 21, 2011 by Aureliano Buendia
@ technoviking -- my favorite swedish names are Jimmie for men and Selma for women! you know what I mean ;)
05:28 January 21, 2011 by paulhenri
Tennessee Thunder wrote, "...the Swedish gov will tell ya what to name your kids."

From The Local 2007: To my understanding, it is illegal for a child to have his/her mother's surname as the child's middle name...and more...

"...Sweden started regulating names in the early twentieth century, after concern that disreputable people were adopting noble names....

...the name law is controversial in a number of respects. It bans people from adopting first names or place names as surnames, or for people to adopt a 'generally known' foreign surname - meaning Springsteen might be tricky, while a more obscure name might be easier to get past the bureaucrats.

Swedish law also has plenty to say about first names. The tax authority can veto parents' choice of name for a new-born baby if officials decide the name could "cause trouble" for the child later in life.

They can also ban names if they 'have the character of a surname' - even though using surnames as given names is a common practice outside the Nordic region."

etc. etc. etc.

http://www.thelocal.se/9212/20071126/
13:55 January 21, 2011 by Maruf
One person is asking to the tree, "What's your name?" The tree is replaying, "I'm introduced by my fruits!!"

So human being is familiarized by his/her deeds !!
15:15 January 21, 2011 by Tusker
If your child is to grow up and become either a plumber or electrician, in Sweden, you cannot name them, either Trustworthy nor Reliable.
16:00 January 21, 2011 by MarshaLynn
My great-grandmother was Swedish. Her name was Emma Kristina. Her sisters' names were Maria Louisa and Selma Josephine. Her brothers were Anton, Gustaf, Oscar and Eric. Her parents' names were Jonas Peter and Maria Kristina. That was well over 100 years ago!

I did not realize Sweden has laws governing what parents can name their children. I would find it intolerable to have a government that so seriously restricts every aspect of people's lives.
16:14 January 21, 2011 by bcterry
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
20:45 January 21, 2011 by Nordland88
Where are the names from Nordic mythology and history?

Is this cultural amnesia? or end-stage americanisation?
00:20 January 22, 2011 by kcussmilsum
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
18:39 January 22, 2011 by Maler1971
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
20:40 January 22, 2011 by Chickybee
It is quite disgusting that Muslims can show such disrespect by describing Swedes as stupid when it comes to the selection of Swedish boy and girls' names.

Muslims are neverending in complaining about discrimination and alienation - however they forget just how fortunate they are to live in a country as tolerant and generous as Sweden.

What thanks does Sweden get? A fanatical and deranged suicide bomber who was an asylum seeker from Iraq. It would be better for Sweden if it has to take in Iraqi immigrants to take Christian ones as they will have more rerspect and gratitude for what Sweden is doing.

Areas with high Muslim demographics not only are overrepresented in crime statistics but also have more instances of racial and religous hatred. That's a fact that multiculturalism cannot explain - it is simply not working.
21:34 January 22, 2011 by bcterry
"Areas with high Muslim demographics not only are overrepresented in crime statistics but also have more instances of racial and religous hatred. That's a fact that multiculturalism cannot explain - it is simply not working."

Wherever they go, they bring their intolerant SXXX with them.
19:32 January 23, 2011 by kcussmilsum
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
00:00 January 25, 2011 by Maler1971
..........that was called "sarcasm" in case you didnt get it .
Today's headlines
Science
Swedish women in two-year sex pill study
Contraceptive pills have been linked to mood swings. Photo: Shutterstock

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings. READ  

National
Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe
The ship was rescued on Thursday. Photo: Swedish Coast Guard

Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe

After fears a ship carrying around 52 tonnes of oil could sink in Stockholm's archipelago, Sweden's Coast Guard said the vessel had been towed to safety. READ  

National
Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal
A scene from a video of the attack published by Dagens Nyheter

Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal

A policewoman accused of letting her dog attack a drunk man while she repeatedly hit him with a baton, has had her conviction overturned by a court in Stockholm. READ  

Entertainment
What's On: October 31st - November 7th
Uma Thurman will soon be on her way to Stockholm. Photo: TT

What's On: October 31st - November 7th

Halloween fun and an international film festival are the big events hitting Stockholm this week. We cast our eye over the capital and the rest of the country for the best activities to check out this week. READ  

International
Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark
Gottrid Svartholm Warg. File photo: TT

Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark

Sweden's Pirate Bay Founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking crimes in a Danish court on Thursday. READ  

National
Malmö loses out as rare toads move in
The European green toad. Photo: H. Krisp (WikiCommons)

Malmö loses out as rare toads move in

After a rare species of toad moved into southern Sweden's Malmö, builders have had to tone down massive expansion plans in the area. READ  

Politics
Palestine recognized as state by Sweden
Sweden's Foreign Minister is Margot Wallström. Photo: TT

Palestine recognized as state by Sweden

The Swedish government has officially decided to recognize Palestine, with the move announced in a speech by the country's new Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. READ  

Interview
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
For ten days, Globen is transformed into a giant pumpkin. Photo: Shockholm

Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween

American Bill Schacht missed the spooky outfits, family feasts and charity events he associated with Halloween when he moved to Sweden. So he did something about it. The Local meets the founder of the capital's annual Shockholm parade. READ  

Business & Money
Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall
A Vattenfall plant in Germany. Photo: TT

Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has reported losses for the third quarter in a row. READ  

International
Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza
Malala receives the Children's Prize from Queen Silvia. Photo: TT

Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza

UPDATED: Girls' rights champion Malala Yousafzai, who was in Sweden to accept the World's Children's Prize on Wednesday, said she would use all her winnings to help rebuild schools in war-ravaged Gaza. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
People-watching: October 30th
National
Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
National
Timeline: Julian Assange sex allegations
Sport
World Cup ski race on 'fake' Stockholm slope
Blog updates

29 October

Scariest day (Blogweiser) »

"This is what’s frightening me on Halloween. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OFZVCu8J0&list=UUJu5J7jG4uoYSjWbpFsJBuQ Follow my posts on FB. ..." READ »

 

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 
 
 
Society
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Society
Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
National
The Local meets Health Minister Gabriel Wikström
Gallery
Property of the week: Österåker
Society
Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
National
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
National
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Gallery
Zlatan's career in pictures
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: October 25th and 26th
Lifestyle
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,005
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN