Ulf/ Leif/ Hugo?? Sorry… long!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ulf is too much like Elf for me. It’s all I would think of and he’d get teased a lot in school.

Hugo is probably my favorite, but Leif is ok, although he’ll get a lot of people calling him Erikson.

Post # 3
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


I would go with Hugo. If you’re living in the U.S. the other 2 names are just too unusual here. Sorry.

Post # 5
11604 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, I don’t love any of them.  Hugo is the most passable in my book.  I don’t like Ulf (like PP says, it sounds like Elf) and I don’t like Leif. 

Post # 6
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016


Hej! 🙂

I think the problem is that the swedish names are not easy for americans to pronaaunciate as they should, and honestly the names sound ugly in an american accent… Maybe you can change it so the middle name is scandinavian? And then you have the problem with namnes containing Å Ä Ö…

Here are some  names:











Post # 7
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I love Hugo, but I am also biased because I am due on Tuesday, and that is what we are naming our son.  For us, it is a family name, but why not have a family name for the middle name.  I think, in the long run, you are going to want a name that you really like over a family name since you will be hearing it a lot!  🙂

Post # 8
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Well, there’s always Tor.

Off the top of my head I can think of Bjørn/Bjarke (BJÖRN), Malte, Balder, Ask, Loke, Bjarne/Bjarni, Mads/Mats, Mikkel, Emil, Anders, Niels/Nils, Jens, Jan, Johan, Jon, Lars, Ulrik, Peter, Hans, Jonas, Asger/Anskar and Kim – if you want a Scandi name.

(Though from personal experience, Americans *cannot* pronounce Bjørn, so you probably want to stay clear of that one)

Post # 9
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love the name Hugo! 🙂

Post # 10
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I liked PP’s suggestion of Jonas… I’ve always loved that name. I’m not much help in the Scandi name department… but I think it’s more important to choose a name you LOVE than a name that is Scandinavian. What about giving your son the middle name Ulf, after your dad, and choosing another name you really like as the first name? Is the middle name something you could see as your son’s first name? None of the names are my favourite but they don’t need to be 😉

Post # 11
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

salmonofmarriage:  Honestly, I like all three names.  I prefer Leif but if Hugo speaks to you then go with it.  Ulf is less common in the US but it’s your association with your dad that kills it for me.  In many cultures it’s unlucky to name a child after someone who is living; not to mention your son will either be called Little Ulf or Ulf Junior (or some other nickname) at family get togethers where your dad is present.

Post # 12
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I have a Swedish boy in my class: Axel. I have always loved that name and this student is absolutely LOVELY.

A Danish boy: Lucas. I also love tht name

We have a Hugo at our school as well, and though at first I thought it was a bit of a throw back, it has really grown on me and doesn’t even sound odd now.

Ulf… I don’t know if that would ever exactly roll off my tongue.

Post # 15
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague


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