A reader of Little Scandinavian, Jessica gave us an excellent idea; “Scandinavian baby names! You should do a post on them! I am due with number 4 soon (a girl after three boys) and I’m after a Scandinavian name to go with her brothers. So far I have Mathilda, Agnes, Agneta and Lena/Leni.” What a great idea -of course we can help. Read on!
Choosing the right name for your baby is so important. if you are looking into Scandinavian names, here’s a few suggestions to get you started!
We do have some very traditional baby names in Scandinavia, descended from Old Norse. My husband has one, Børre, which with the ø sound can be a bit of a challenge when not in Scandinavia… But as long as the special characters are avoided, the names can work very well in English speaking countries as well as in Scandinavia.
Girls old norse baby names include Alva, Astrid, Dagny, Eira, Embla, Freja, Gunhild, Inger, Kari, Saga and Solveig. Boys old norse baby names include Erik, Folke, Gudmund, Gustav, Haldor, Iver, Leif, Odin, Sten, Sveinn, Thor and Torsten.
Of more modern Scandinavian baby names each and every country releases their top 10 list, one list for each country. Some names are popular across the borders though, as highlighted in the tag cloud below.
Top 10 Danish boys baby names
Top 10 Danish girls baby names
Top 10 Norwegian boys baby names
Top 10 Norwegian girls baby names
Top 10 Swedish boys baby names
Top 10 Swedish girls baby names
We’ve also written a post on Royal baby names from Scandinavia, with several of my favourite names included. Highly recommend to check it out!
What names do you like and please share below, if there’s a name that should be included that is not yet featured. Thanks!
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