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  1. #1
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    Scandinavian names that work in English

    I really love Scandinavian names - am fascinated by the region and its culture and history, and would like to expand my lists with more, but the catch is they have to be easy to say and spell for English speakers, and not be seen as too unusual as I live in Australia. Bonus points for connections to Norse mythology.

    For girls I already like:

    Elin
    Freya/Freja
    Ingrid
    Linnea
    Saga
    Sigrid

    And for boys:

    Anders
    Leif
    Stellan
    Viggo (though sadly this is probably unusable for me as everyone in my family knows I'm a bit of a Mortensen fangirl )
    Rose, 22, cat lady, gamer, fantasy geek, name nerd.

    Alana, Annora, Ceridwen, Cordelia, Elora, Elowen, Eluned, Freya, Guinevere, Ingrid, Linnea, Meriel, Sigrid, Thora
    ♦♦♦
    Alasdair, Arthur, Caedmon, Conor, Emrys, Euan, Leif, Nathaniel, Oisin, Seth, Soren, Taliesin, Tristan

  2. #3
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    Leif isn't that usable due to English speakers will naturally pronounce it Leef/Leaf. I would replace it with Magnus or Erik.
    Callisto Sunniva ° Sylvan Petar ° Alice Ravenna ° Cedric Dimitri ° Saoirse Madeline ° Hermes David ° Felicity Nimue ° Roman Wesley

  3. #5
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    Aine, 15. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
    -Stephen King


    Adelpha Brontë Swanhild * Verity Saskia Blythe * Rosalind Junia Dorothy * Aurelia Solveig Firefly * Artemisia Sonnet Milan * Anouk Illyria Calliope* Dulcinea Guinevere Sarai * Gaia Beatrix Avalon * Olympia Cerys Pearl * Nell Bernadette Cecily * Titania Pavonine Astarte * Aglaea Thisbe Hyacinth * Ophelia Roxanne Mireille * Aviva Paloma Lazuli * Clementine Philomena Grey * Ambrosia Genevieve Wren

    Honor names bolded

  4. #7
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    Yay Scandinavian names , I’m Norwegian :-)

    Elida - Scandinavian name, a (more common) variation of Ellida, which is a feminine form of Elliði, a ship name in medieval saga (meaning "fast-sailing ship" in Old Norse)
    Pronounced "eh-LEE-dah"

    Gyda/Gyða - pronounced “GEE-duh” ( Gee as in "Geese"). It means warlike in Norse

    More coming later, I have to go

  5. #9
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    What about:
    Svea
    Annika
    Lisbeth
    Erika
    Anja
    Sonja
    Malin
    Agneta
    Britt

    Arvid
    Bjorn
    Gunnar
    Ivar
    Jonas
    Jens
    Nils
    Lars
    Johan

    Not sure if they are all strictly scandinavian, but they are definitely used there
    * Favourites *
    Thea Adrienne - Agnes Adair - Milas Hugo
    Nel Dorota - Bram Percy


    * Currently like *
    Arlo - Hector - Frey - Walt - Gregor - Ingrid - Alma - Pia - Percy - Iain - Corin - Laurens - Lyra - Hilde - Audra - Joris - Tobias - Ines - Vera - Marit

    * Can't use because I'm not brave enough and/or not in an English speaking country *
    Bramwell - Emrys - Pascoe - Faraday - Barnabas - Prior - Pyotr
    Hesper - Greer - Solveig - Parnell - Junot - Tuppence - Endellion - Arianell

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