70 Super Swedish Names You Should be Using
By Linda Rosenkrantz
I was recently reading an article about Noomi Rapace, the Swedish actress who starred in the original version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, then went on to play the lead in Prometheus, with a full slate of other English language leading roles on her upcoming agenda (as Amy Winehouse? Maria Callas?). And of course, being one of the berries-in-chief, I was naturally drawn to her name, the charming Swedish version of Naomi.
Which naturally led me to search for other wonderful Swedish names that are either underused or completely unheard of in this country. Here is a long list of some of the best; I’ve indicated those that are in Sweden’s Top 100—where Alice and Lucas reign in top place—and those that have made it onto the US Top 1000. Also note that some of these names are found in other Scandinavian countries as well.
Annika—#644 in the US
Astrid—#776 in the US
Greta—#632 in the US
Ingrid —#871 in the US
Anders—#818 in the US
Bo—#595 in the US
Gunnar #398 in the US
Leif —#969 in the US
Magnus —#796 in the US
Nils #16 in Sweden
Odin —#383 in the US
Soren—#568 in the US
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on August 1st, 2017 at 12:54 am
Linnea is one of my all-time faves. And I’d totally use Alice for a future daughter if I didn’t already have an Elise,.
on August 1st, 2017 at 2:49 am
Ola is a swedish BOYS name!
on August 1st, 2017 at 3:59 am
Linnea is also one of my all time favourites with the nickname Leya/Leia
on August 1st, 2017 at 5:11 am
I’m Swedish and a lot of these names are not Swedish or Scandinavian. Tait, Edzard, Quenby, Idony and Milian are some of the names on the list that I have never heard in Sweden or the other Scandinavian countries- and Ola is a swedish male name…
on August 2nd, 2017 at 11:12 am
Svea is NOT pronounced SVEE-ah! It’s SVAY-AH. I should know; it was my mormor’s (grandmother’s) name, and she was born in Sweden!
on August 2nd, 2017 at 5:02 pm
I’ve been a Nameberry fan for years, and I’m so pleasantly surprised to see that BOTH of my children’s names are on this list! Annika and Magnus. <3
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