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Gender: Female Meaning of Ingrid: "fair, beautiful" Origin of Ingrid: Norse Ingrid's Popularity in 2017: #932

The name Ingrid is a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "fair, beautiful". Ingrid is ranked #932 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

The luminous Ingrid Bergman's appeal was strong enough to lend universal charisma to this classic Scandinavian name, which has been somewhat neglected in the US. Even today, a child named Ingrid would be assumed to be of Scandinavian ancestry, signaling the name has never been fully integrated into the English lexicon the way other European choices from the same era like Danielle or Kathleen have.

Still popular in its native Scandinavia, where it is a royal name, its highest US ranking was Number 380 in 1967.

Its meaning refers to Ing, the Norse god of fertility, peace, and prosperity, and he's looked upon as the ancestor of the Swedish kings.

Ingrid was the name of mother figures in both Spy Kids and White Oleander.

Trivia tidbit: It's Scarlett Johansson's middle name.

Find other names based on Ingrid using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Ingrid

Ingrid Alexandra, Princess of Norway, second-in-line to the throne
Ingrid Auerswald, German Olympic sprinter
Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Norwegian actress
Ingrid Croce, widow of musician Jim Croce
Ingrid Ellen Michaelson, American singer-songwriter
Ingrid Heggø, Norwegian MP
Ingrid Klimke, German horse rider
Ingrid Law, American novelist
Ingrid Lilian Thulin, Swedish actress
Ingrid Newkirk, president of American animal rights organization PETA
Ingrid Nilsen, American YouTuber
Ingrid Nilson, American voice actress
Ingrid Oliver, English actress
Ingrid Ragnvaldsdotter, Queen consort of Harald IV of Norway
Ingrid Saskia Helena de Caluwé, Dutch MP
Ingrid Seynhaeve, Belgian model
Ingrid Vandebosch, Belgian model, wife of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon
Ingrid Vetlesen, Norwegian soprano
Ingrid Victoria Sofia Louise Margareta of Sweden, Queen Consort of Frederick IX of Denmark
Michelle Ingrid Williams, American actress
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson, American actress
Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree, Crown Princess of Sweden

Pop Culture References for the name Ingrid

Ingrid, character in Professor Layton video game series
Ingrid, makeup artist on Style Savvy Trendsetters
Ingrid, the Snow Queen on TV's "Once Upon A Time"
Ingrid Beauchamp, character in The Witches of East End series
Ingrid Cortez, character in the Spy Kids series
Ingrid Dracula, character on TV's "Young Dracula"
Ingrid Fletcher, character on British TV series "Porridge" and "Going Straight"
Ingrid Formanek, character in movie "Live from Baghdad"
Ingrid Giraffe, character on animated series "My Gym Partner's a Monkey"
Ingrid Hunnigan, character in the Resident Evil series
Ingrid Levin-Hill, character in "Down the Rabbit Hole" by Peter Abrahams
Ingrid Magnussen, character in Janet Fitch's "White Oleander"
Ingrid Third, character on animated series "Fillmore!"
Ingrid Thompson, one of the characters in Marissa Meyer's Renegades trilogy
Ingrid Thorburn, main character in the movie "Ingrid Goes West"
Ingrid Waverly, character in Page Morgan's "The Dispossessed" trilogy

Inger, Inge, Ingeborg, Ingaberg, Inga


ericakatherine Says:


I had a doll named Ingrid since I was a baby and I still have her in my room. She was my 'daughter' when I played games with her as a child so I would love to name my daughter Ingrid to honour my childhood. It's very chic and gorgeous to me, too

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


When I was in high school there was a girl named Ingrid. Her family was Polish though.

NameLover 11 Says:


This name is so pretty. Would Indie work as a nickname?? I don't know, something about this name is just so pretty. I have a friend named Ingrid and she is really nice.

nika11 Says:


This is my mom's name, and I think I would seriously consider naming my daughter someday Ingrid. It's a wonderful name. Even my friends think it's stunning. It's a very classy, classic name, with a little bit of a mysterious edge to it. Strong and feminine, but not frilly. I think that is the appeal of this name. It's recognizable, but certainly not common.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


The YouTuber Ingrid Nelsen got me into this name. I love how it fits her perfectly. I would totally use this name for my little girl.

Czar Felix Says:


I'm really not the only one who hates this name, am I? I mean, it's just so ugly. And, to me, it sounds too much like "ingrate".

Fluffykitten101 Says:


The name Ingrid is most likely a name fitting in the 'you either love it or you hate it' category whereas I am experiencing mixed emotions with it. Saying Ingrid aloud, it evokes a rather masculine and aggressive image in my imagination, even with the positive meaning slightly lightening the name for me. However, I do not have hatred for the name. Ingrid is certainly a name that baffles me!

lizway Says:


This could actually be cute on the right person!

TinyTurtle Says:


Truly in love with this name. I can totally see myself naming my daughter Ingrid. Ever since I first heard the name, I knew for sure it was the one. I love the way its spelled and the way it sounds, and since I've always loved familiar but unique names, Ingrid is for sure my top choice. Although it doesn't have very many good nicknames, it's perfect all by itself. Though 'Ings' doesn't sound too bad.

caetano Says:


me too, with a "d" it sounds way more distinguished. There are far to many names ending in the "ee" sound.

caetano Says:


Beautiful name that's really underrated.

headintheclouds Says:


I've always really loved the sound of Ingrid, and I think it's such an elegant, calm, serene name. It's refined and lovely, feminine but not flowery, and I love its -d ending. I feel Ingrid's one of those sweet-spot names where most people know of it, but it's not all that common. Plus Ingrid has the potential to transcend its ethnic roots, like how Kevin and Sean aren't just for those with Irish heritage anymore. I can imagine this name on an intelligent precocious little girl who would grow up to be a well-adjusted woman.

dizzygirl Says:


Indie could work and I think it's adorable

jordalini Says:


Gigi is a potential nn as well, which I think is really cute

epowell Says:


Just adore this name. It's new on my radar and my husband likes it too so we are pretty sold!

Essa Says:


Oh but I disagree! I think Ingrid with the d sounds so much prettier!

Claire Says:


The name is Scandinavian, and very common in Sweden and Norway (where I live). The "d" in Ingrid is actually silent, and the way the name is supposed to be pronounced is "In-gree", which I must say is much nicer than the way it's unfortunately been pronounced in the US and England. Ingrid pronounced with a "d" makes the name much harsher and less soft than it really is.

ThistleThorn Says:


I actually really like this name. It's also one of the middle names of Princess Isabella of Denmark

Talasa Says:


Here they name some good nicknames

Essa Says:


But do you actually find them appealing?

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:


Ing or Inga could work as nicknames.

faithnamer Says:


I pronounce it more like ING-Grid.

Essa Says:


I thought Ingrid Rose was just perfect (strange since I'm not usually a massive fan of Rose) and my husband also liked it but now he's decided Ingrid sounds like inbred so that's off the table.

Georgia Steele Says:


Its just how you see it. - In ( like IN the car) and grid like ( cattle GRID).

Talasa Says:


How do you pronunce it? because I pronunce it: een-greed

PineWarrior Says:


The minute I've heard this name, I've had this sort of 'lightswitch moment' where it's one of the top names I would consider if having a kid-it's a name that makes me smile.

Essa Says:


Is your name actually Ingrid? I love it but one thing that puts me off a name is the lack of nicknames, not for everyday but more pet names to call your child. All I can think of is Ingy and that really doesn't have the same appeal as Ingrid. Did you ever have any nicknames that stemmed from your name?

Ingrid Osborne Says:


I love this name 100% cause it's unique and a name to grow on and its definitely not a common name Where you hear it everywhere you go

Les Kat Says:


Every single person who made a comment on the origin of the name incorrectly thought of it as German, even my own mother!

jordalini Says:


This name is so cute, and perfect, but my SO HATES it :(

jordalini Says:


That's odd because it is norse, although many of the names do overlap, but I think Sweden before Germany. I do LOVE the name though :)

Les Kat Says:


We just named our daughter this- it was the only name we considered before and during my pregnancy. Be prepared if you use it to get a lot of "oh, is one of you German?" or "is that after a family member?" We love how classic, strong and feminine (and under-used!!) it is.

hellogoodbye111 Says:


My name! :)

Eva Thyssen Says:


I love this name!

AnonymousPerson Says:


This name doesn't have a pretty sound to it, but I don't dislike it.

MaryKathryn Says:


This name is seriously growing on me. I could see myself living in a little artsy flat with my wildly independent 2-year-old daughter Ingrid.

daucus Says:


I've been obsessed with this name for four years. It's so... autumnal and spring at the same time, and very timeless too. Never gets old. I love this, though I wouldn't give it to my baby daughter if I had one.