Double Whammy: Popularity of names in Sweden and Norway, 2016 (de-merged)

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The first Scandinavian name statistics for 2016 are out. William takes the top spot in both Sweden and Norway. For the girls, Alice replaces Elsa as the top Swedish girl name while Nora takes back the honour of being the top Norwegian girl name from Emma.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 names from both countries, starting with:

SWEDEN

GIRLS
Rank Name Number Rank change N° change
1 Alice 893 1 65
2 Elsa 634 -1 -230
3 Ella 614 1 3
4 Alicia 608 11 142
5 Ebba 596 0 20
6 Julia 591 1 24
7 Olivia 578 -1 6
8 Agnes 567 0 18
8 Saga 567 -5 -89
10 Alma 547 1 50
BOYS
1 William 831 0 -130
2 Liam 788 0 38
3 Hugo 687 1 -24
4 Alexander 651 4 76
5 Charlie 643 0 -15
6 Elias 641 -3 -71
7 Oliver 594 -1 -32
8 Oscar 587 9 128
9 Adam 574 2 37
10 Noah 563 4 47

In the top 10, Alicia, Alma, Oscar, Adam and Noah replace Maja (13th), Alva (15th), Leo (14th), Axel (15th) and Vincent (16th).

According to The Local, the jump for Alicia may have been influenced by actress Alicia Vikander receiving an Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, becoming the first Swedish actor/ess to receive an Oscar since Ingrid Bergman back in 1974.

NORWAY

GIRLS
Rank Name Number Rank change N° change
1 Nora 513 1 85
2 Emma 410 -1 -42
3 Olivia 323 0 -35
4 Ella 313 0 -20
5 Sofie 310 0 -10
6 Emilie 309 0 -8
7 Ingrid 300 2 25
8 Anna 273 -1 -36
8 Sara 273 0 -24
10 Thea 263 0 -8
BOYS
1 William 498 0 23
2 Oliver 385 0 -33
3 Emil 369 2 10
4 Mathias 363 0 -12
5 Noah 344 6 53
6 Henrik 338 1 10
7 Elias 332 -1 -4
8 Jonas 324 1 20
9 Liam 321 -6 -77
10 Tobias 310 2 37

No new girl names in the top 10, but Noah and Tobias replace Magnus (11th) and Aksel (12th).

Looking at the newcomers to the top 100:

  • Sweden: Cleo, Penny, Mila, Linn, Celine, Julie, Frans, Louie, Elvin, Jacob, Wilhelm, Mio and Vide replace Tindra, Hedvig, Laura, Anna, Melina, Lo, Algot, Eddie, Linus, Alex, Hampus, Edwin and Neo.
  • Norway: Hennie, Leonora, Maiken, Vilja, Filippa, Jens, Birk, Viljar, Emilian, Einar and Olai replace Karoline, Ingeborg, Elvira, Aria, Madelen, Lina, Silje, Alexandra, Anne, Tilde, Axel, Edvin, Muhammad, Peder, Petter and Sivert.*
* – from the latest data, not from the year before

Going back to Sweden for a minute, from the same article from The Local, they mentioned about the name Frans and its rise to the top 100. In 2015, it was given t0 125 boys (placing it in 107th place), but that grew to 210 in 2016 (placing it in 66th place). The article says it was likely influenced by the singer Frans, whose song “If I Am Sorry” charted, in its peak, at number 1 in 2016.

One of the other names mentioned by the article is Cleo. In 2016, it was given to 156 girls (placing it in 81th place), up from just 40 in 2015 (placing it in 232nd place). However, the cause for the jump, whatever it might be, is uncertain to me at this point. There is a Swedish rap artist and singer/songwriter going by the name Cleo and she released her fourth album called “Vi Har Sagt Allt” in 2016. However, her album isn’t even charted in the Sverigetopplistan.

I’ve placed PDFs for this particular post providing you information about the top 100 names in Sweden and Norway as well as names that have made great strides or falling way down in the charts over the past 19-20 years.

Sweden: GirlsSweden: BoysNorway: GirlsNorway: Boys

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below the sources.

Main sources:
Statistics Sweden (in Swedish) – http://www.scb.se/be0001/
Statistics Norway (in Norwegian) – http://www.ssb.no/navn/

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