Post # 1
Hello lovely bees!
We are struggling with boys names. Help appreciated! Background info:
1) I have Scandinavian heritage and grew up in USA
2) My husband is Irish from Ireland- so the baby’s middle and last name will be Irish.
3) Our girl’s name is Pearl after grandmothers on both sides named Margaret (meaning= “pearl”)
My father’s name is Ulf, a name which I actually love for several reasons. It’s short, easy to spell and pronounce, has no nicknames, has a strong meaning, and obvious personal heritage. But, when I say it, all I hear and see my Dad, not necessarily our potential son.
So we picked another Scandinavian name: Leif. Another short name, but not so easy to say correctly. Can be pronounced leaf, life, or layf (the true Scandinavian way of pronouncing it). We were set on this name for a while. Unfortunately, every time I thought of the name, I had morning sickness. Seriously, it was weird, and did NOT happen for any other name. I was turned off from the name because of this, and maybe deep down even though it ticks a lot of boxes for us, I felt maybe I didn’t really love the name- but I keep wanting to love it, so who knows!
Finally we keep coming back to one of our favorite names that is unrelated to any of our family history: Hugo. My husband and I both love the name, and I can see it easily for a future son. It just sounds fun and classic and I like saying it. But it saddens me that there is no heritage behind it. Any opinions on above names? Am I missing a fun, classic Scandinavian name? Now that my morning sickness is gone, should I try out Leif again? Or Ulf? Or another name entirely?
THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP OR OPINIONS!!
Post # 2
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
I would go with Hugo. If you’re living in the U.S. the other 2 names are just too unusual here. Sorry.
Post # 4
I know this list is long, but it gives you all the boys names that are Scandinavian origin. There are quite a few that are more “common” sounding. http://nameberry.com/search/?starts_with=&search=find+names&page=1&derivation=&ends_with=&contains=&syllables=&language_id=45&gender=M
Post # 5
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
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
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
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 # 10
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
- 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
- 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 # 14
Thanks for the suggestions bees! Input appreciated 🙂 Will have to sit on it for a while and see how we feel!