Gender: Female Meaning of Astrid: "divinely beautiful" Origin of Astrid: Scandinavian Astrid's Popularity in 2019: #518

Astrid Origin and Meaning

The name Astrid is a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "divinely beautiful".

Astrid is derived from the name Ástríðr, which is made up of the Old Norse elements that mean “god” and “beautiful.” Astrid has been a Scandinavian royal name since the tenth century, and many people associated it with the Swedish author of the Pippi Longstocking stories, Astrid Lindgren. Related names include Asta, a diminutive used throughout Scandinavia, and Astride, the French form. Despite their similarities, Astrid is unrelated to Astra, a Latin name meaning “of the stars.”

Astrid has never really assimilated into our culture the way Ingrid did, but with the renewed interest in international names, Astrid might be worth consideration by parents with Norse roots.

Astrid is the name of the teenage heroine of Janet Finch's 1999 novel White Oleander and has appeared as a character in How to Train Your Dragon and the TV shows Fringe and Once upon a Time.

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Rank in US: #518

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Pop Culture References for the name Astrid

Astra, Astrida, Atti, Assi, Astrud, Estrid, Astryr, Astrik, Astride, Astri


ivy194 Says:


Neutral on this one.

nila Says:


I love the name a bit more now, I'm married to a swede and live here so I always look out for Scandinavian names, I also have a rule for having celestial names and now that I know it means of the stars it's waaayyy up there on the list now.

AstridY Says:


I'm glad you are happy that your name is Astrid. I've always liked being Astrid also, despite all the nicknames I got as a child (and even as an adult). Enjoy your beautiful, rare name, Astrids are cool and unique!

AstridY Says:


I'm Astrid also, and many people have called me Strid!

AstridY Says:


I'm Astrid. Growing up in England, most people had never heard of the name, which I was given because I'm half Swedish. I got all the nicknames - Asteroid, Android, Droid, Astronaut, Ostrich, Assy, Asterix, Strid... Usually it didn't bother me, and I never wanted to change my name. When I was in my 40s, my father asked me if I had minded being given an unusual name. I told him not in the least. I think having an unusual name is one reason why I never really conformed or was a part of the crowd. My life has gone a very unique direction. Astrids march to the beat of a different drummer for sure!

HalloweenGirl04 Says:


I dont care what anyone else says or thinks. I love the name Astrid. It's always been a guilty pleasure name of mine. My nieces name is Astrid Faye. I think it's beautiful.

scblovesnames Says:


I just suggested this name to my sister-in-law. I pronounce it as "Ah-STRID". I'm not accustomed to hearing it without the "d" but I'm sure in your native tounge it must sound beautiful. But I think we need to be a bit more tolerant of different pronounciations due to accents. It certainly sounds lovely saying it out loud as "Ah-strie" but it isn't very intuitive for me to do so. However if a little girl happened to tell me she pronounced it that way, I would definitely try to remember that and say it that way.

kathleen12345 Says:


I don't think I've ever heard of a less appealing girls name than Astrid. And i think Aster is adorable!

loiswrenmatthews Says:


Astrid holds star-like qualities. It looks as beautiful as it sounds. The only possible nickname she might be able to have is Trudy … but even Trudy is a slight stretch … Its lack of nickname options could make it ideal for parents' who do not wish for their child's name to be shortened.

Hero_Phoebus Says:


Astrid is a strong and absolutely beautiful name with a wonderful meaning that any little girl or woman can be proud of. It is on my list of possibilities for a daughter. It reminds me of the universe and astronomy, which thoroughly contributes to my adoration for Astrid. A divine choice for any baby girl.

indiefendi2 Says:


I want to like it but all I think about is my childhood friend's mom....

NovaRaya Says:


Whenever I see this name I think of asteroids and astronauts, which is a lovely association for a name. This is simply a truly magnificent name.

Bassilly Says:


There's a middle ground here, but I think we can all agree that giving up modern society and living in a forest with nothing would be preferable to giving up and dumping trash in the ocean anyway.

Scallion Martin Says:


I love it. I also feel like it's a name a Space Princess would have.

aleerakate Says:


I remember hating my name as a child (Kathryn) and guess what, I still hate it! But that doesn't make it a horrible name or that any other parent should necessarily avoid it if they like the name (though I do recommend going with Katherine for ease of spelling based on personal experience). It also wasn't the bullying that made me hate it, I don't like the look and awkward two-syllable-when-it-really-should-be-three sound of that particular spelling.

It's not about "making it easier". Bullying is unfortunately always present and it does not matter what you name a child, if a kid wants to find a way to make fun of it they will. As I've said here, I'm Kathryn and was called "Cat Urine", who thinks of that?! Kids, kids think of that. I'm sure that there are dozens of insults that kids could come up with (easily) from your favourite names, it doesn't mean you should dismiss them, you'd be left without a name if that were the case.

Just because the Earth is already polluted doesn't mean you should give up modern society and live in a forest with nothing so that you can cause as little pollution as possible.

It's a beautiful name, if you don't like it then that is absolutely fine but don't try telling people that they should never name their child this, if anything, that's going to make any Astrid's that read it feel worse.

Bassilly Says:


I don't feel like I exaggerated anything. Just because kids can find a way to make fun of anything doesn't mean you should make it easier. That's poor logic. Just because the earth is already polluted doesn't mean you should just go ahead and dump trash in the ocean anyway.

If you like it so much, change your own name to it. That's better than putting it on an innocent kid that has no choice in the matter.

natalie Says:


i loved this name until someone said "ass turd"

TheRosemaryWest Says:


You are making it a bigger deal than it is, let's not exaggerate. Kids can find ways to make fun of any name and as she''ll grow older, she will be surrounded by more mature people. Astrid is a really beautiful name and I will definitely consider naming my daughter that in the future :)

TheRosemaryWest Says:


Interesting, I would think most people of varying ages would know the name the most for Astrid Lindgren. Her books definitely were important in my childhood.

sebrinam13 Says:


Astrid always reminds of space

MadelineM Says:


I love the beauty and originality of this name. Makes me think of stars and comets and galaxies. I didn't love the how to train you dragon character, though.

bordercollie Says:


Astrid is a fantastic name with an equally wonderful meaning. It's sort of harsh, but that's fine by me, I like girl names with substance and strength. One drawback is the rather unfortunate 'ass' syllable.

aleerakate Says:


"This name has teasing potential!" guys, kids are creative so about 80% of names have teasing potential, I'm Kathryn and used to get called "Cat Urine". And if a kid doesn't get picked on for their name, the kids will find something else to pick on them for.

I like this name and it's still growing on me. I'm in Australia and as someone mentioned we pronounce "ass" as "arse" so it's really not an issue here.

NameLover 11 Says:


I really like this name. the meaning, oh so great!!! I do slightly prefer Ingrid though.

Samsonite Says:


I want to like the name, but I keep hearing and seeing "Ass-turd." I can't be the only one.

Bassilly Says:


You were crushing on Assie? That's not exactly a good nickname haha

Bassilly Says:


Yes, but being bullied/teased through your formative years dramatically affects the rest of your life. You don't just get over being called "ass-turd" as soon as you magically "grow up." I think the only positive effect it could have is she would likely never name her child something as tease-able. I would never put a kid through a bad name just because they will eventually "grow into it."

Plus, a kid is never going to get called nick-names that aren't obvious. They're gonna get called the obvious ones by everyone except their family so I don't think you can count on that.

Bassilly Says:


They will. There's a 9 y.o on these comments saying how people already tease her. Just think about middle school.

Bassilly Says:


Everyone thinking of naming their child Astrid should read this before forcing your child to be named 'ass'. As she gets older and goes through more school (god forbid middle school) where people swear more, I guarantee she will begin to hate her name even more than she does now at 9 years old. Do you remember what you thought of your name at 9?? Probably not, because you probably have a less tease-able name.

Astrid - don't worry about the mean people! Just go by Triddy if it gets to be too much. And you can have your parents tell your teachers beforehand so they don't read your name out at roll.

JossieChris Says:


So I am reading Pippy Longstocking to my dd right now and I glance at the name Astrid of which I am quite familiar, and think that's actually pretty. Once you lose the Dexter reference (didn't much care for that character). I look up the name...and wow it's amazing! I was thinking stars and comets, but "divinely beautiful"? Can you image what it must be like to be divinely beautiful?! BUT then you read "ass turd"...and that's about it for me. Can't stop hearing it now. And I was crushing on Sassy and Assie (my nn for my sister Ashley)...Oh well

sittingintheappletree Says:


For those wondering about nicknames, my younger sister's name is Astrid and we've always called her 'Sass' (and when she was younger 'Sassy') - which I think is very cute nickname if you're not fond of 'Trid' or 'Triddy' (which I love but wouldn't suit our Astrid at all!) for a nickname.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Astrid is a really cool name, it makes me think of the galaxy and gives off a spacey aura

Triddy Says:


I'm 9 names Astrid and umm... i never grew into it i just love my name...

Triddy Says:


I'm also spanish well my parents and my name is Astrid i love it and i've never been called Ostrich but i've been called astrount (i spelled it wrong i know)

Triddy Says:


this is my name Astrid it's not spelt assturd ok?

Triddy Says:


Sometimes my classmates thought it was a funny joke that my name Astrid was like Astronut (i know i spelled it wrong) I didn't think it was funny at all and i'm a easy crier so i had to hold back tears. Now that i have read some of these comments they say they say it Ass-trid The word they use was very hurtful I DO live in America and i've never heard anyone think of it like that.

My mother always tells me my name is rare, but my bff says its not because i just know that she knows what my name means. In my old school 2 boys said that my name has the word ass. Then other girls also said that, I explained it has as not a-s-s. I'm still very proud of name. My parents always call me beautiful (you know parents) My nickname is Triddy or Trid.

I'm very happy that my name is Astrid even though some people think its bad because of how they spell it or say it. I do not judge any opininos (i spelt that wrong too) I am only a 9 year old girl with the name Astrid. :)

Triddy Says:


This is my name :)

Triddy Says:



Triddy Says:


My nickname is trid because my name is Astrid not Assie......

Poppy84 Says:


We pronounce it AST-rid. I'm glad that's the Swedish pronunciation too.
Astrid is my daughter's middle name (it has multiple layers of meaning to us) and I adore it.
Perhaps it helps that I am Australian, and here we don't say a$$, we say ar$e. My husband is American-Australian, and the teasing potential is the reason he preferred it in middle spot (whereas I would have loved it as her first name).

essberget Says:


In Norway they may pronunce it with a silent d but in Sweden we do say Ast-rid, with the d.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I love Norse names but, I'll admit that I've never seen the appeal of this particular choice.

The first time I heard it was while watching How to Train Your Dragon, which is where most people know it from. And while I loved the movie, I hated the character. She was very much your typical 'perfect' 21st century girl/unneeded love interest, inserted awkwardly into a viking tale, which served as a distraction in an otherwise wonderful movie (though I know others might disagree).

Still, putting the character aside, in terms of sound, I think it's less than pleasant. From my understanding - and from some of the comments mentioned here - people in Scandinavia pronounce it as 'Ah-stree', which is actually ok. However, your typical English pronunciation is how I hear the name uttered most and, I have to say, "ASS-trid" is not at all appealing. And I'm not going to lie, I do feel a bit bitter. Because while my favourite girl name, "Gur-trude", is commonly criticised for being thick, and cumbersome, and unattractive, "Ass-trid" is commonly praised for being light, and beautiful, and charming. Whereas I fail to see much of a difference between them and, in fact, find Astrid to be the more harsh of the two.

Having said all that, while I dislike it as a whole, I don't think it's a bad name. It has a strong appeal, a sturdy character and a very rich history, so I would rather see a thousand Astrids as opposed to one more Nevaeh or Paisleigh. And who knows, give it a while and maybe I'll start to like it.

Floris Says:


Maybe Deedee? Trudi? Trixi? Aster? Tree? Riddy? Tria?
Where I live nns can be rather random. So just chose whatever nn you like. At least that's how I see this issue :)

EW314 Says:


Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous name! My top choice for another daughter.

I love how strong, bright and sparky it sounds, and how it's familiar but not often heard. Astrid Lindgren is such a great namesake too.

Hydra Says:


Oh, that's pretty, I didn't know that. Too bad that's not how it's pronounced in America. I actually really like that.

caetano Says:



caetano Says:


Absolutely stunning name! Gorgeous.

Michaela Says:


ostrich. ass turd. Jan Levenson. No.

Lola Says:


The American pronunciation does sound like Ass rid, but in Scandinavia they pronounce it As-tri with a silent d. Just a thought!

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


But it still is retains its "Divinely beautiful" feature ;)

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I love this name! Really needs a comeback! I dont know why, but it remindes of asteroids, which I think is cool :)

Plutophelia Says:


what about Asa? It is a stretch but it is in trend. There is nothing wrong with growing into a name. You;re only a child for so long. (hopefully) the kid will be grown up much longer than they were a child.

jtay07 Says:


Two words: ass turd. I don't think I could ever get behind this name.

Catastroffy Says:


In Britain it is standardly pronounced "as-TRID". I had no idea it was said so differently in Norway.

EllaYu Says:


It's a lovely name, really top drawer, but something I think a small child would have to grow into. I had a name like that and it ended up getting shortened.

There aren't many unoffensive options for shortening Astrid.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


ah-STREED is how I pronounce it. I live in America. I did not know the d was silent.

emilypcs Says:


And later on, when Astrid runs into the room to greet Jan (her mom), Jan exclaims, "Assie!" Not a flattering nickname...

Jo Jo Says:


Me, too! But I love it enough, I can overlook this reference.

Daphodil Says:


Yes, in Norway it's pronounced "ah-stree". I really don't find the American pronunciation flattering at all...

GemmaDoll Says:


There's an episode in "The Office" where a woman has a baby and names her Astrid, they end up pronouncing it Ass-turd.

Kismet Says:


I think of this name as short, simple, and beautifully warrior-like.

cmwillard Says:


I like this name quite a bit :)

eveyalecia Says:


There was a joke in The Office about Michael naming his daughter Astrid but mistakenly thinking it was "Astird" aka "Ass Turd." That's always what I think of when I see this name, which is a shame because it is pretty.

Margot_86 Says:


Oh! I didn't even think to check for "Aster." Yeah, I prefer the spelling "Astor" as well.

JustBrowsing Says:


lovely name. Reminds me of the 'aster' flower as well.

Jessica Kainer Says:


Yes me too! I heard the name on Dexter as well. Nameberry mentions her character on the page for Aster. I prefer the spelling of Astor.

jordalini Says:


I want to like this name.. but I just don't.

Margot_86 Says:


I'm surprised Astor isn't listed on nameberry. I've loved that name ever since I first heard it on the show "Dexter."

JessicaRK467 Says:


I prefer Aster or Astor to Astrid

DaisyMaisie Says:


where i live (norway) it is pronounced without the "d"

SimoneKadele Says:


My preschool friend called my sister Astrid Ostrich... But kids will be kids, and mostly she gets tons of compliments. A lot of people seem to love her name. And it's even strangely popular in Latin America, for whatever reason...which is handy because we are both fluent in Spanish!

SimoneKadele Says:


This is my sister's name. :)

Caroline Says:


I like the meaning of the name. But I am worried that some people will make up cruel nicknames!!

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


I know a lot of people like this name, but I really don't

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Rachebug Says:


I've been loving this name ever since I met a really cool girl with this name. However she pronounces it "as-treed"

unicornluvgirl Says:


It's so pretty! It really is "divinely beautiful"

Hydra Says:


Never really been a fan. My accent makes the "ass" and "rid" sounds stand out. So I guess I don't like it because of how I say it. Kind of a shame, as it does have a nice meaning.

vintageluvs Says:


What a gorgeous meaning to an equally gorgeous name. I always thought this name was related to Aster, Greek for "star" and the flower, until I became a name nerd! It's not clunky like many of her cousins, so I can see this name becoming more popular.

banhbao Says:


I love this name, but I'm not loving how similar it may sound to the word "ostrich" :(