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    Scandinavian names that work in English

    What ideas do you have for girls names that work well in both Swedish/Danish/Finnish and English?

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    I'm currently massively in love with the idea of Laerke (Danish word for "lark", I believe), said LAIR-keh, kind of. It's quite unusual, but still looks similar enough to the English word that I think it'd work. I've been going on an international name hunt over the past week or two, and I also really like Kaia/Kaja, Dagny, and Elisabet (eh-LEE-sah-bet/eh-LEE-zah-bet). I'm clearly not a Scandinavian expert, though--I found very few that seemed to have that balance of unusual quirkiness but still usability in the United States. I do really love those four, though, and would be delighted to meet a little girl with any of those names!
    Ashley
    twenty-something namenerd and aspiring novelist

    Isabelle + Arianne + Olivia + Violet + Charlotte + Emmeline + Eleni + Grace + Audrey + Eva + Catherine + Tess + Zoe
    Caleb + Everett + Jack + Avery + Samuel + Zane + Brody + Declan + Caspar + Grant + Rory + Thomas + Peter

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    My favourites are: Katja/Katia, Astrid, Ingrid, Beatrix, and Viveka.

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    There are the more common Scandinavian names (some made famous by famous Scandinavians) like:
    Annika
    Astrid
    Ingrid
    Greta
    Liv
    Lykke
    Maja
    Maren

    Then there are the Scandinavian variations of already known names like:
    Cathrine/Katrine/Kathrine (Catherine/Katherine)
    Filippa (Philippa)
    Josefina/Josefine (Josephine)
    Karolina (Caroline)
    Lovisa (Louisa)
    Margareta/Margrete/Margrethe (Margaret)

    Lastly there are the somewhat-uncommon-but-still-doable ones like:
    Alma
    Alva
    Alvilda
    Asta
    Frida
    Ida
    Kaja
    Kajsa
    Katinka
    Laerke/Lerke
    Lilja
    Linnea
    Malin
    Margit
    Ronja
    Saga
    Silja
    Sunniva
    Tuva
    Vilja

    Quote Originally Posted by aym View Post
    ... Rune ...
    I would be immensely surprised to see Rune on a girl in Scandinavia as it's predominantly a boys name
    Zelia • Twenty • Film, history and royalty connoisseur • I have a personal blog and one about royalty
    Exporting old Danish names, Greenlandic names and Greenlandic sibling names
    Henry Ásgeirr Edmund • Amaury Charles Théoden "Theo" • Alexander Adelin Lórien "Sasha" • Asa Edouard Ivik
    Cosima Ingrid Zenobia "Mimi" • Johanna Ivalo Galadriel "Anna" • Gaia Margaret Undómiel • Asta Catherine Françoise

    And for the moment: Atticus Aksel Inigo • Aviaaja Cleopatra Hero "Avi" • Fabiola Agnes Lúthien

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