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

Linnea Origin and Meaning

The name Linnea is a girl's name of Swedish origin meaning "twinflower, lime tree".

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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biancat Says:


I loved the book as a kid and if I had a girl this name would be on my top ten list of names. It just sounds so pretty, is not really common where I live but doesn't sound to exotic and works well with other names girls in my country have

kankhen Says:


Does anyone know what the name Inea means or what origin it is? I spent all morning doing research and couldn't find any info. Linnea is the closest I've found.

julia5500 Says:


This was my cat's name when we adopted her, and we changed it right away. I can see it on an older person, but can't imagine a baby named Linnea. Perhaps it's just NMS.

alice77 Says:


Linnea is the name of like every redneck girl in sweden

cyoung325 Says:


That's exactly why I'm looking into Linnea! Too bad DH will most likely say no, but I think it's similar enough to honor a Linda.

Haids1987 Says:


I went to school with a girl with this name and she pronounced it LIN-nay. She was very sweet and kind, but I like the Nameberry pronunciation better. :)

Mulvihilld13 Says:


One of my best friend's names, although she spells her name "Lynnea" and we call her "Nea" for short.

hollyannabell Says:


I have a friend called Lin, just last night would out it was short for Linnea.

EW314 Says:


Light, fresh and pretty. I can see why this has proved so popular in Sweden, and I think it's only due to lack of exposure that it hasn't (yet) caught on elsewhere.

I can see this trending upwards in the US now that all the Lindas are heading towards grandmother age (sorry!) and therefore becoming honour-name-worthy.

nellbelle Says:


I love this name so much!

scblovesnames Says:


I'm kind of shocked this didn't stay in the U.S. Top 1000 actually. It's an incredibly pretty name to me. I really like it a lot. I see this has the potential to come back into popularity here. Of course those who live in Sweden probably feel the name is way overused there.

scblovesnames Says:


Gosh this is pretty, it's made my updated shortlist. I just love it. Linnea Laurel or Laurel Linnea though? I'm not sure. I like Linnea Laurel nicknamed Lila

Linnea Hernandez Says:


My name is Linnea. My mother named me after a contestant on a game show. Unlike other pronunciations , my name is pronounced Lane-ya.

headintheclouds Says:


Love Linnea! It's pretty, feminine, fresh and modern-sounding with a classic touch. Linnie or Lea would be nice nicknames, but the full name sounds beautiful. It's definitely one of my favorite girl names.

Lilibet Says:


beautiful name. stuck between this and madeleine

Guest Says:


I just realized how gorgeous this name is.

Alicia1 Says:


Pretty name, i like the way its pronounced.

ldougie Says:


The instant I saw this in the recently searched bar, I thought of guinea pigs, but thats just me.

fuzzycub Says:


Very pretty; Linnie is a cute nickname.