Category: Scandinavian baby names
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.
By Sophie Kihm
Scandinavian names are among my very favorites. I love their minimalism—which is very reflective of the culture. Names from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland can make great imports: It’s easy to picture American children with many of the following baby names.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Last week was the birthday of Henrik Ibsen, the towering nineteenth century Norwegian playwright and poet who was one of the founders of Modernism in the theater. Known for his realistic exploration of controversial social issues, his plays A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler are considered feminist landmarks.
Ibsen‘s twenty-six frequently produced plays are populated by a wide range of characters. Those listed below offer an interesting selection of Norwegian names of that period (though a few are imports from other cultures), from the familiar (Ingrid, Nora, Finn) to those that are less known.
Scandinavian names have been slow to enter the American stockpot of names. Maybe it’s because they’re not as romantic as the Italians, as genial as the Irish, as energetic as the Russians, or as instantly chic as the French.
But there are a lot of great, neglected Swedish, Norwegian and Danish names to be discovered, and those of internationally known Scandinavian celebrities have provided a pathway in. Here are the names of some such notables, both past and present, which are both appealing and accessible– and definitely worth considering.
Astrid—the prolific Swedish author Astrid Lindgren is best known as the creator of Pippi Longstocking. Her royal Scandinavian name has been neglected here in favor of the more familiar Ingrid, but is just as attractive.
Being a Swedish Sarah (the #1 name the year I was born), I grew up in a sea of Saras and Sarahs, with a bunch of peers named Emma, Hanna, Sofia, Julia and Josefin as well as Johan, Daniel, Joakim and Mikael. Not so different when compared to those with an Anglo-Saxon background, I guess! And, indeed, Sweden has become increasingly globalized when it comes to baby names.
The 2011 Top 10 for girls and boys year 2011 were: