Danish Names for Girls
Origin:Danish variation of Katherine
Description:Karen is a Danish diminutive of Katherine, an English name derived from the Greek Aikaterine. The etymology of Aikaterine is contested, but generally considered to have arisen from the Greek root katharos, meaning "pure." Kaja is a related name, as it is another Danish variation of Katherine.
Description:Juni is the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish form of the month name June. While Juni feels cute and fresh, most Americans would assume it was a nickname or a Joni variation. We prefer Juna or the English June.
Origin:Danish and Norwegian variation of Christine
Description:Kristen may be somewhat past its fashion high point, but it remains forever crystalline clear. Possible problem: confusion with the similar Scandinavian names Kristin, Kirsten, Kirstie, et al.
Origin:Diminutive of Elisabeth, Hebrew
Meaning:"pledged to God"
Description:Lise is most often found in the U.S. as the second half of the hybrid name Annalise. Canadian journalist Lyse Doucet bears a pretty alternative spelling, pronounced LEESE.
Origin:Danish feminine form of Benedict
Description:Bente, pronounced ben-tah, is a popular girls' name in both The Netherlands and Denmark though largely unknown in the English-speaking world. It suffers by being a near-homonym of the English word bent, not the best dictionary equivalent for a first name. Still, if you're looking for a girls' name that equates to Ben or Benjamin or Benedict, this may be one of your best bets.
Meaning:"variation of Celia"
Description:This Danish variation of Celia / Cecilia is quite popular in Denmark in recent years.
Origin:Spelling variation of Karen, Danish variation of Katherine
Description:Modernized spelling not enough to revive Karen.
Origin:Scandinavian variation of Johanna
Meaning:"God is gracious"
Description:A Scandinavian short form of Johanna, properly pronounced with a Y sound at the start, but would likely be read as the more prosaic "John-a" in an English-speaking context.
Description:While Americans may be more familiar with the male form of this name, thanks to actor Viggo Mortensen, Vigga is a popular name in contemporary Denmark and prime for wider export. It's a name with a a lot of vigor.
Meaning:"God is gracious"
Description:Sure to be mispronounced.
Meaning:"god is my oath"
Description:This Danish diminutive of Elizabeth could be a sweet, less-Frozen alternative to Elsa.
Description:This spelling variation of Peta, chosen by Ani DiFranco for her daughter, might be a little difficult to pull off. Alternative suggestions: Petra and Petal.