Nordic Names Blog - Norwegian Statistics 2020

From Nordic Names - - All rights reserved.


7 February 2021

Top 3

The most popular baby names in Norway in 2020 were Nora/Norah (416 girls) and Jakob/Jacob (422 boys).

Nora/Norah switched places with Emma in 2020. It has been a top 10 name for 20 years now and was on the very top in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Emma (362 girls) is on the second place. It has also been a very popular name for quite a long time now. It entered the top 10 list back in 2002 and has been on the very top 9 times since. Ella (337 girls) entered the top 10 in 2015 and 2020's third place is its highest ranking so far.

Jakob/Jacob has been on the top 10 list for 9 years now and it is the third year we find it on the very top of the list.

Emil (419 boys) is on the second place. It has been a regular member of the top 10 for 15 years now climbing up and down again and again after topping the list in 2011. Noah/Noa (396 boys) is no 3. It enterted the top 10 list in 2011 and 2020's third place is its highest ranking so far.

New Names on the Top 10 List

Emilie (no 6) returned to the top 10 list of 2020 after falling down to place 12 in 2019. Sara/Sarah/Zara (no 12) and Ada (no 15) left the top 10 list.

Liam is new among the boys on place 8. The name that left the top 10 instead is Aksel/Axel which is on place 11.

New Names on the Top 50 List

New female names are Hedvig (no 40) and Solveig (no 45). The names that left the list are Julia and Kaja.

New male names are Odin (no 39), Gustav (no 45) and Erik (no 50) which entered instead of Daniel, Martin and Sigurd.

Highest Risers

Ellinor is the highest rising female name, from no 37 up to no 27. Viktor/Victor is the highest riser among the male names, from no 47 up to no 29.

On the other hand there were some names that lost in popularity as well. The ones that fell deepest were Lilly/Lily among the female names, from no 25 to no 39 and Adrian among the male names, from no 33 to no 49.

Top 50 List

The complete top 50 list you can find here.



  1. Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway,