Magnus name popularity, meaning and originName Popularity: 93%
Magnus name meaning:
Translating as 'great' from Latin, the name Magnus was first seen in Roman times. However, the name gained popularity throughout the Middle Ages, particularly in Scandinavian countries.
The name's popularity can be traced back to the Frankish King, Charlemagne, who was more commonly known as Carolus Magnus, which translates to Charles the Great.
Although not strictly Viking in origin Magnus is particularly associated with Norway, and virtually every king from the 11th to 14th century here was called Magnus.
Most people in the UK are more familiar with the name via a well-known Scottish broadcaster who's parents liked it so much they named him it twice: Magnus Magnusson!
Overall UK ranking: 348 out of 4789
128 recorded births last year
Change in rank
- Scotland (120)
Ranking for this name in various UK regions
Historical popularity of Magnus
The graph below shows the popularity of the boys's name Magnus from all the UK baby name statistics available. It's a quick easy way to see the trend for Magnus in 2023