Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. MANG-nuys(Swedish) MAHNG-noos(Norwegian) MOW-noos(Danish) MAG-nəs(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Late Latin name meaning "great". It was borne by a 7th-century saint who was a missionary in Germany. It became popular in Scandinavia after the time of the 11th-century Norwegian king Magnus I, who was said to have been named after Charlemagne, or Carolus Magnus in Latin (however there was also a Norse name Magni). The name was borne by six subsequent kings of Norway as well as three kings of Sweden. It was imported to Scotland and Ireland during the Middle Ages.

Related Names

VariantsMåns(Swedish) Magne(Norwegian) Mogens(Danish)
Other Languages & CulturesMauno, Manu, Maunu(Finnish) Magnús(Icelandic) Mághnus, Manus(Irish) Mack(Medieval English)
Surname DescendantMagnusson(Swedish)
Same SpellingMagnús


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   strange   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Austria: April 16
Austria: September 6
Denmark: January 28
Denmark: September 6
Estonia: August 19
Norway: April 16
Poland: September 6
Sweden: August 19


Entry updated June 13, 2019