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Gender: Female Pronunciation: li-NAY-ah Meaning of Linnea: "twinflower, lime tree" Origin of Linnea: Swedish

The name Linnea is a girl's name of Swedish origin meaning "twinflower, lime tree". Linnea and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

Linnea is an attractive Scandinavian name that derives from the renowned 18th century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who developed the Linnean system of classifying plants and animals.

Linnea is megapopular in Sweden and Norway, ranking in the Top 8--it was the Number 1 name in Norway in a recent year, and actually appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 in 1903, reaching as high as 744 in 1945.

There is a charming children's book called Linnea in Monet's Garden in which the protagonist visits the Giverny gardens that inspired the great Impressionist painter.

All in all, Linnea is a lovely, lilting name that could make an interesting namesake for an Aunt Lynn or Linda.

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Famous People Named Linnea

Linnea Eleanor "Bunny" Yeager, American photographer and pin-up model
Linnea Barbara Quigley, American actress
Linnéa Handberg Lund aka Papaya, Danish Eurodance singer
Linnea Berthelsen, Danish actress
Linnea Sinclair, American SF novelist
Ellen Petrea "Linnea" Henriksson, Swedish pop singer of "Idol 2010"
Linnéa Mary Hansdotter Deb, Swedish pop singer-songwriter
Linnea Dale, Norwegian pop singer
Linnéa Paulina Hillberg, Swedish actress
Linnea Johnson, American poet
Linnea Mellgren, Swedish figure skater
Linnea Marie Torstenson, Swedish handballer

Pop Culture References for the name Linnea

"Linnea in Monet's Garden," children's book by Christina Bjork
"Linnea," short story by by D. J. Malcom and its main character