Scandinavian names for girls

30 Breathtaking Scandinavian Baby Names for Girls

From Freya to Axel to Elsa, Scandinavian names are having a moment. Scandinavia refers to the three kingdoms of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark in the north of Europe. Other Nordic countries like Finland and Iceland also share a lot of cultural and linguistic similarities. Often rooted in Old Norse mythology and culture, Scandinavian girl names are traditional and full of style and grace. If Scandinavia’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 popular names and unique Scandinavian baby names for girls that originate from the countries of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.  


1. Alva

Origin: English, Swedish, Scandinavian
Meaning: White, elf
Similar names: Alma, Agnes, Alberte


2. Andrine

Origin: Norwegian
Meaning: Brave strong, feminine of Greek Andreas
Similar names: Agneta, Abellona, Anja


3. Annika

Origin: Swedish
Meaning: Grace, favor
Similar names: Aino, Anneli, Annegrete


4. Astrid 

Origin: Swedish
Meaning: Divinely beautiful
Similar names: Agnetha, Asa, Asta


5. Birgit 

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Strength
Similar names: Birna, Brigitta, Brita


6. Dagny

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: New day
Similar names: Danique, Ebba, Daven


7. Dahlia

Origin: Swedish
Meaning: Dahl’s flower, named after Anders Dahl, an 18th-century botanist.
Similar names: Clara, Dagna, Delling


8. Dorte

Origin: Danish
Meaning: Gift of God
Similar names: Eva, Eveliina, Gry


9. Elsa

Origin: Swedish and German
Meaning: Pledged to God
Similar names: Eira,
Ella, Emma


10. Freya

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Lady, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility.
Similar names: Freja, Frida, Guðrún


11. Inga

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Guarded by Ing
Similar names: Ingrid, Inger, Hedda


12. Juni

Origin: Scandinavian, Finnish, Swedish
Meaning: June
Similar names: Íris, Josefine, Johanne


13. Kaia

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Pure
Similar names: Kajsa, Kallan, Kelda


14. Karina 

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Pure, from the feminine form of the Latin ‘carus’.
Similar names: Kari, Katarina, Karla


15. Kiersten

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Anointed
Similar names: Kerttu, Kristín, Kerstin


16. Linnea

Origin: Swedish
Meaning: Lime tree, Linden tree
Similar names: Lærke, Livia, Laila


17. Liv

Origin: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Meaning: Life
Similar names: Lilja, Leticia, Lisolette


18. Lovisa

Origin: Swedish
Meaning: Renowned warrior
Similar names: Lotte, Litzy, Lundy


19. Malin

Origin: Scandinavian, Finnish, and Swedish
Meaning: High tower or woman of Magdela
Similar names: Mette, Mille, Meja


20. Mariella

Origin: Danish and Italian
Meaning: Bitter sea
Similar names: Mathilde, Marny, Maibrit


21. Mia

Origin: Danish and Italian
Meaning: Bitter sea, sometimes Mia is shortened version of the name Mariah which came from the Hebrew name, Miryam.
Similar names: Maya, Merle, Mari


22. Nessa

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Headlands or promontory
Similar names: Olga, Nora, Oda


23. Petrina

Origin: Danish
Meaning: Rock, stone
Similar names: Oline, Odda, Pala


24. Sondre

Origin: Norwegian
Meaning: Unknown
Similar names: Selma, Signe, Sigrid


25. Sunniva

Origin: Norwegian
Meaning: Sun gift
Similar names: Sigríður, Sofie, Solveig


26. Svea

Origin: Swedish
Meaning: Spear or Swede
Similar names: Saga, Sanna, Suren


27. Teresia

Origin: Swedish
Meaning: Reaper
Similar names: Thelma, Tekla, Tonje


28. Trina

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Pure
Similar names: Tiril, Ulla, Ronja


29. Tyra

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Thunder goddess, a feminine form of Thor
Similar names: Tuva, Venla, Tea


30. Viveca

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Alive
Similar names: Vera, Vilde, Wilma


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