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What does Bjorn mean?

Bjorn Pronunciation of Bjorn as a boys' name is pronounced bee-YORN. It is of Scandinavian and Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Bjorn is "bear". Variant of Bernard. Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg. Also form of Bern.

ASSOCIATED WITH scandinavian, norse, bear


VARIANTS Bjarn, Bjarne, Bjorne, Bjornsterne

RELATIONS VIA BERNARD Barny, Bear, Bern, Bernd, Bernt

(male) Bjogan, ..

(female) Bjoan, ..

Bjorn Kurt (B.K.), ..

How popular is Bjorn?

Bjorn is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#47735 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Bjorn entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #869 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bjorn name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bjorn outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Bjorn (#869 IN RECENT RANKINGS) are Bear (#1005) and Bernard (#1151). These forms of Bjorn were at the top of their popularity in the 1920s (USAGE OF 0.38%) and have become much less common since (USAGE 0.03%, DOWN 91.1%). Bernard is the clear favorite, although Bear seems to be gaining favor too, while Bernard has become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bjorn, Bear, Bernard in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bjorn outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bjorn is alike in pronunciation to Beirne, Berne, Biron, Born, Borne, Bourn, Bourne, Buiron, Burn, Burne, Byrn and Byrne. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Borg, Boyn, Bron, Brown, Gjorn, Jorn, Lorn and Thorn. Like Bjorn, these names are not commonly used.

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