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Gender: M Meaning of Sven: "youth" Origin of Sven: Norse

Especially for parents of Scandinavian descent, Sven is an accessible and attractive name with an appealing mix of strength and swagger. It comes from the ancient Swedish tribe, the Sviars, who gave their name to Svealand, which later morphed into Sweden.

Sven is now most popular not in its native Sweden but in The Netherlands, where it is currently in the Top 20.

An internationally noted bearer is Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist, known for his work on Ingmar Bergman films. Svens have appeared as characters in Titanic, Pixar's Cars (voiced by Arnold Schwarzenegger), as a Nintendo Pokemon and a manga character, and Marlon Brando portrayed an unlikely Sven in one of his late movies, Free Money.

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Famous People Named Sven

Sven Thorgren, Swedish snowboarder
Sven Nys, Belgian cyclist
Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
Sven Anders Hedin, Swedish geographer
Sven Väth, German DJ
Sven Kramer, Dutch speed skater
Sven Bender, German footballer
Sven Kums, Belgian footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Sven

Sven, a character in video game Skyrim
Sven, a reindeer in the Disney movie Frozen
Sven Vollfied, one of the main characters in the anime Black Cat
Sven Gunderson, minor character in film "Titanic"

Svewn, Sveyn, Swen, Swenson

Sven's International Variations

Svend (Danish) Svens (Swedish) Svein (Norwegian)