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30 Breathtaking Scandinavian Baby Names for Girls

From Freya to Axel to Elsa, Scandinavian baby names are having a moment. Often rooted in the Old Norse language and culture, Scandinavian names are traditional and full of style and grace. If the region’s ability to predict design and fashion is any indication, these names will soon be popular. So whether you’re looking to honor your Scandi ancestry or just thinking outside the box, you’re sure to adore these 30 breathtaking Scandinavian names for girls that originate from the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. 

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1. Alva

A name common to Sweden and Norway, this moniker is a great alternative to Ava. The name Alva means “elf” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin.

 

2. Andrine

The name Andrine means “brave” or “strong” and is of Norwegian Scandinavian origin. It’s no doubt a name of strength, but it also sounds heroic and peaceful.

 

3. Annika

This exotic version of “Anne” adds something a little special and is a title that has become quite popular. The name Annika means “grace and favor” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin.

 

4. Astrid

The name Astrid means “divinely beautiful” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin. Astrid is a popular name in Europe, particularly in Scandinavian countries. It was the 3rd most popular name for girls in Sweden in 2019. What girl wouldn’t want a name that means “divinely beautiful”? Pronounced differently around the world, from AH-strid in Sweden to AH-stree in Norway, A-strit in Germany and AS-TREED in France.

 

5. Birgit

The name Birgit means “strength” and is of Scandinavian origin.

 

6. Dahlia

Pronounced: Dah-leeyah. Dahlia is a floral choice that isn’t overdone or too frilly. The name Dahlia means “Dahl’s flower” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin. Lia is often chosen as a nickname for girls named Dahlia.

 

7. Eira

The name Eira means “merciful” and is of Norwegian Scandinavian origin. As well as being a traditional Nordic unisex name, Eira also is a Welsh name, meaning “snow.”

 

8. Elsa

Probably the best-known Scandinavian girl name, thanks to the Frozen Disney movie. This name holds a top spot in the hearts of many Scandinavians. If you prefer something a little less popular you could opt for the name Else. The name Elsa means “pledged to God” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin.

 

9. Else

The name Else means “God is my oath” and is of Norwegian Scandinavian origin.

 

10. Freya

This short but sweet name is rooted in history and belonged to the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. Freya or Freja is a popular name across the Scandi region and now belongs to many girls in Sweden and especially in Denmark. The name Freya means “lady” and is of Scandinavian origin.

 

11. Inga

The name Inga means “guarded by Ing” and is of Scandinavian origin. Strong sounding, yes, but we also think some might find it honorable and charming.

 

12. Jensine

Here’s a Scandinavian name that is unmatched in how absolutely cool it is. The name Jensine means “God is gracious” and is of Danish, Norwegian Scandinavian origin.  

 

13. Kaia

The name Kaia means “pure” and is of Scandinavian origin. This name also can go with lots of different last names, as it’s universally disarming and stylish.

 

14. Karena

 An alternative to the better-known Karen, this is a beautiful Scandinavian girl’s name that has worldwide potential. The name Karena means “pure” and is of Scandinavian origin.

 

15. Kiersten

Kiersten sounds both exotic and timeless. The name Kiersten means “anointed” and is of Scandinavian origin. 

 

16. Linnea

Another popular Scandinavian name, this beaut is derived from the name of Swedish scientist Karl von Linné, the botanist who created the Linnaean system of classifying plants and animals. The name Linnea means “lime tree” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin.

 

17. Liv

Another one of those names that sound fun-loving, and sweet. The name Liv means “life” and is of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian Scandinavian origin.

 

18. Lovisa

An exotic name associated with strong individuals of the past, that sounds warm and inviting. The name Lovisa means “renowned warrior” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin.

 

19. Malin

The name is both simple and exotic and widely used throughout the Nordic region. The name Malin means “high tower or woman of Magdela” and is of Scandinavian, Finnish, and Swedish origin.

 

20. Mariella

A Scandinavian take on the name Marie, this name is just attractive in both appearance and sound. The name Mariella means “bitter sea” and is of Danish and Italian origin.

 

21. Mia

The name Mia means “bitter” and is of Scandinavian origin. Mia can also mean ocean Goddess or Queen. Short, sweet, and to the point, this is definitely a good name for a powerful woman.

 

22. Nessa

The name Nessa means “headlands” or “promontory” and is of Scandinavian origin. 

 

23. Petrina

The name Petrina means “rock, stone” and is of Danish Scandinavian origin.

 

24. Sondre

Looking for a cute and quirky name for a baby girl? Sondre might be the most perfect candidate. The meaning of the name Sondre is unknown and is of Norwegian origin.

 

25. Sunniva

If you’re looking for a pretty name with a mythology meaning, this is the one for you. The name Sunniva means “sun gift” and is of Norwegian Scandinavian origin.

 

26. Svea

The name Svea means “spear or Swede” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin. If you’re looking for a name with Viking vibes, Svea would be it.

 

27. Teresia

The name Teresia means “reaper” and is of Swedish Scandinavian origin.

 

28. Trina

A simple and beautiful option for any girl. The name Trina means “pure” and is of Scandinavian origin. 

 

29. Tyra

This name just sounds beautiful, stylish, and confident. The name Tyra means “thunder goddess” and is of Scandinavian origin.

 

30. Viveca

A name that’s extremely popular among Scandinavian girls’ names. Viveca is a strong title and perfect for anyone who wants a vibrant-sounding name. The name Viveca means “alive” and is of Scandinavian origin.

See our complete list of Scandinavian girl baby names 

 

What are your favorite Scandinavian baby names for girls?
We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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