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Will Ferrell on his son Magnus' name

11/10/2006 at 06:57 PM ET

Tndc_4Will Ferrell answered questions from People magazine readers.  One reader asked how he and wife Viveca Paulin chose the unique name Magnus for his 2 1/2 year old son.

Will’s response: "My wife was born in Sweden and we loved the idea of a Scandinavian name.  I’ve gotten a lot of flack: ‘What kind of ego do you have to have to name your child the great one?’  That is not it at all."

According to, Magnus, pronounced MAG-ness, is of Latin origin, means great.  It’s a royal name in Norway and Denmark as well as a saint’s name.  It originated in Scandinavia to Scotland. 

Will and Viveca are expecting another baby, another boy at the end of December.

Source: People magazine, November 20th issue. Photo thumbnail courtesy of DailyCeleb.

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Majbritt on

My 7 year old cousin is named Magnus. We pronounce it differently here in Denmark though.

Heavenly_Hibiscus on

Magnus is my brothers middle name. So I am used to it & find it quite amusing they have gotten “flack” over it!

Christina on

I think it’s a very nice name!

Hea on

“Magnus, pronounced MAG-ness,”

No, it’s pronounced Magnus more or less. At least that’s how it’s pronounced here in Sweden and the rest of scandinavia as far as I know. Never ever heard anyone say MAG-ness.

laura schindler on

I think it’s a good name. Just think, he could be called a lot worse! Forget about the naysayers, you made a fine choice!


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