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Gender: Female Pronunciation: SOLE-vay Meaning of Solveig: "the strong house or daughter of the sun" Origin of Solveig: Scandinavian

The name Solveig is a girl's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "the strong house or daughter of the sun". Solveig and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Common in Scandinavia, this name has rarely come to our shores. The name of the heroine in Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Solveig is currently a widely-used name in Norway. Pronounced authentically, with a silent 'g', it becomes much more appealing.

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Famous People Named Solveig

Solveig Heilo, Norwegian singer of band Katzenjammer
Solveig Ingersdatter Gulbrandsen, Norwegian footballer
Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress
Solveig Torsvik, Norwegian politician
Solveig Sollie, Norwegian politician
Solveig Kringlebotn, Norwegian operatic soprano
Solveig Horne, Norwegian politician
Solveig Nordlund, Swedish-Portuguese filmmaker
Solveig Kloppen, Norwegian journalist, actress and TV presenter
Solveig Hansen, Danish fashion model
Solveig Slettahjell, Norwegian jazz singer

Pop Culture References for the name Solveig

"Solveig's Song," in Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," composed by Edvard Grieg
Solveig, main character in Matthew J. Kirby's "Icefall"

Sotvag, Solve


Leonina Says:


Solvej is also a spelling of the name (the Danish one). And there's also Sølvi, which has a different pronunciation but is still really lovely (imo).
Spelled like that they might have less pronunciation issues in an English speaking country?

Leonina Says:


I'd say that the Swedish pronunciation is closer to SOOL-vay than SOLE-vay. Anyhow, nice name :)

Leonina Says:


So pretty. Soolvey. (my dad is Swedish. But I fear like everybody would mispronounce that)

maibritt Says:


That is a really beautiful name! Love it!

katinka Says:


Love the meaning of this! It has a very pretty sound, too, as long as you're willing to negotiate the inevitable spelling difficulties.

Jamanda83 Says:


This is my niece's middle name. We are American, but she was born in Germany. Her full name is Lilje Solveig pronounced Lil ya Soul vee.

caetano Says:


I actually prefer the g pronounced.Gives it an edge.

SimoneKadele Says:


I'd pronounce this SOLE-vay in English. It is a pretty (yet more complicated) alternative to Sylvie.

summersnow Says:


I think it sounds really pretty but if you live in an English speaking country, especially America, no way is anyone gonna pronounce this right. I'd go for a westernized spelling if you were stuck on it, unless you wanted your daughter to be called Sol-Vegg, which is how I pronounced it in my head when I first saw it.

rie Says:


Pretty o:

indiefendi2 Says:


Gorgeous, lilting, and exotic when said. Looks kind of ugly on paper.

TaliaCat Says:


I knew a girl by this name. Kind of cool when pronounced "SOL-vay," the way it should be. But I think everyone in English-speaking countries would pronounce it wrong, and it is not pretty when the "g" is pronounced.