155 Norwegian Baby Girl Names With Meanings

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Just as the Scandinavian mountains in the Kingdom of Norway stand tall and majestic, these Norwegian baby girl names will let your child reach new heights. Norway is located in Northern Europe, specifically in the northernmost part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The Kingdom of Norway was formed in 872 after the unification of numerous petty kingdoms. Norway has a unique culture that is rooted in farming and exists to this day. The people of Norway had to resort to agriculture due to the scarcity of resources resulting from the harsh climate and unfair property laws. This struggle brought about a romantic nationalistic movement in the 19th century, and its traces are still noticeable in the Norwegian language and media. Norwegian names are tied to the country’s history, culture, folklore, and literature. Some names have connections to Christianity, as children, to this day, are named after biblical characters and famous saints. Many names are also based on mythological characters. A distinct quality of Norwegian names is that people rarely use hereditary surnames. However, this is an exception for the upper class and a few families that had members serving as civil servants. The Norwegian people followed a three-part naming system consisting of the first name (given name), a patronymic name (father’s first name), and a farm name, which indicates where they were born or where they resided. The farm name usually changes whenever a person relocates (1). Certain suffixes are attached to the patronymic name as an indication that he or she is the son or daughter of so and so. The suffixes are -ønn, -son, and -sen for sons and -datter or -dotter for females. Another unique feature of Norwegian names is that a person may have multiple names, but it will be considered a single personal name. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the best-known Norwegian baby girl names, so scroll on!

NameGenderMeaning
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Ella
Baby Girl Sign Girl Beautiful light; Goddess
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Emilie
Baby Girl Sign Girl Someone who is extremely laborious and hard working
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Emma
Baby Girl Sign Girl Whole; Universal
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Ingrid
Baby Girl Sign Girl Goddess of fertility
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Maya
Baby Girl Sign Girl Illusion; Magic
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Noah
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Rest
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Norah
Baby Girl Sign Girl Honor; Respect; Shining light; Sunrays
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Olivia
Baby Girl Sign Girl Peace; Olive tree
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Sarah
Baby Girl Sign Girl Princess; Noblewoman
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Sophia
Baby Girl Sign Girl She who possesses great knowledge and wisdom
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Sophie
Baby Girl Sign Girl She who is wise
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Aasta
Baby Girl Sign Girl Love
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Abellona
Baby Girl Sign Girl The sun Goddess
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Aegileif
Baby Girl Sign Girl Daughter of Hrolf Helgason
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Agot
Baby Girl Sign Girl A woman who is good-hearted
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Angerboda
Baby Girl Sign Girl A giant
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Angerbotha
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is a giant
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Annikin
Baby Girl Sign Girl A form of Anne, Grace or mercy
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Anrid
Baby Girl Sign Girl Wife of Ketil Fjorleifarson
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Ashilda
Baby Girl Sign Girl A variant of Ashild; God fighting
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Astlyr
Baby Girl Sign Girl Divine strength
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Astryd
Baby Girl Sign Girl Divine strength
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Asvor
Baby Girl Sign Girl Wife of Asrod
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Asvoria
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is divinely prudent
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Aud
Baby Girl Sign Girl Deserted or isolated
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Audhilda
Baby Girl Sign Girl Rich warrior woman
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Audhumbla
Baby Girl Sign Girl Name of a giant cow that nursed Ymir
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Audney
Baby Girl Sign Girl New found wealth
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Audny
Baby Girl Sign Girl New prosperity
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Auduna
Baby Girl Sign Girl Deserted
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Aundy
Baby Girl Sign Girl New founded prosperity
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Beret
Baby Girl Sign Girl A glorious and bright individual
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Bergdis
Baby Girl Sign Girl Spirit protection
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Bergliot
Baby Girl Sign Girl Helpful light
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Bergthora
Baby Girl Sign Girl Thor's spirit
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Bestla
Baby Girl Sign Girl Mother of Odin
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Bifrost
Baby Girl Sign Girl The bridge from the Earth to Asgard
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Birget
Baby Girl Sign Girl A protecting woman
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Bodile
Baby Girl Sign Girl A fighting woman
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Bodilla
Baby Girl Sign Girl A fighting woman; A variant of Bodile
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Borghilda
Baby Girl Sign Girl Wife of Sigmund; A variant of Borghild
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Brisingamen
Baby Girl Sign Girl Freya's necklace
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Brunnehilde
Baby Girl Sign Girl The armored and fighting woman
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Bryne
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex From the brook
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Bryngerd
Baby Girl Sign Girl The mother of Tonguestein.
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Brynhilde
Baby Girl Sign Girl The armored fighting woman.
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Dagrun
Baby Girl Sign Girl A secret lore
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Dalr
Baby Girl Sign Girl From the valley
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Diss
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is spirited
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Dordi
Baby Girl Sign Girl A gift from God
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Dorte
Baby Girl Sign Girl God's gift
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Eir
Baby Girl Sign Girl Finnish form of Edwin; A rich friend
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Ellisif
Baby Girl Sign Girl Consecrated to God
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Ericka
Baby Girl Sign Girl A feminized form of the name Erick meaning ruler of people
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Erika
Baby Girl Sign Girl Eternal ruler
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Erikka
Baby Girl Sign Girl A ruler
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Erkengota
Baby Girl Sign Girl An ancient character of mythology
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Ernaline
Baby Girl Sign Girl Capable; Serious; Battle to the death
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Erneburga
Baby Girl Sign Girl A historical figure in Yorkshire
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Errika
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who rules eternally
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Eryka
Baby Girl Sign Girl Someone who rules for eternity
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Estrith
Baby Girl Sign Girl A royal person of Norway
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Fjord
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Narrow, deep inlet
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Fjorgyn
Baby Girl Sign Girl Mother of Thor
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Frikka
Baby Girl Sign Girl A peaceful ruler
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Garthf
Baby Girl Sign Girl Protection
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Geirbjorg
Baby Girl Sign Girl Sister of Bersi; The Godless
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Geirrid
Baby Girl Sign Girl Sister of Geirrod
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Gimle
Baby Girl Sign Girl New heaven
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Ginnungagap
Baby Girl Sign Girl The abyss that gives birth to all living things
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Gjalp
Baby Girl Sign Girl A giant
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Gna
Baby Girl Sign Girl One of Frigga's ladies in waiting
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Grid
Baby Girl Sign Girl Name of a wife of Odin
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Grima
Baby Girl Sign Girl Son of Njal; Feminine form of Grim
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Grimhilda
Baby Girl Sign Girl Mother of Gudrun
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Grimhilde
Baby Girl Sign Girl A variant of the name Grimhilda. It means mother of Gudrun.
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Gudrid
Baby Girl Sign Girl Divinely inspired wisdom
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Gullveig
Baby Girl Sign Girl Name of a witch
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Gunhilde
Baby Girl Sign Girl Battle maiden
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Gunnhildr
Baby Girl Sign Girl Battle maiden
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Gunnlod
Baby Girl Sign Girl Mother of Bragi
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Guthr
Baby Girl Sign Girl Warlike
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Gydda
Baby Girl Sign Girl Aggressive; Destructive; Forceful
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Gytha
Baby Girl Sign Girl Warlike; Aggressive in doing everything
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Haldana
Baby Girl Sign Girl A woman who is half-Danish
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Haldora
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is half-spirited
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Halla
Baby Girl Sign Girl An unexpected gift; Half protected
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Halldis
Baby Girl Sign Girl A firm helper
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Hallfrid
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is half beautiful
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Hallgerd
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is half-protected
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Haralda
Baby Girl Sign Girl An army ruler
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Hela
Baby Girl Sign Girl Goddess of the underworld
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Helja
Baby Girl Sign Girl Name of a saga
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Herdis
Baby Girl Sign Girl A group of warriors
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Hildigunn
Baby Girl Sign Girl A warrior woman
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Hiordis
Baby Girl Sign Girl The second wife of Sigmund
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Hlif
Baby Girl Sign Girl Mother of Atli.
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Holter
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex From the wooded hill
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Hrodny
Baby Girl Sign Girl Mother of Hoskuld
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Hvergelmir
Baby Girl Sign Girl The home of Nidhug
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Norwegian baby girl names are deeply connected with the nation's history, folklore, literature, and culture, especially its farming culture. A unique feature of Norwegian names is that they do not use hereditary surnames. Instead, they include suffixes to the patronymic names and, sometimes, even farm names that change depending on the location of the individual. The list we compiled will help you explore these names from Norway so you can decide on a perfect one for your daughter.

Infographic: Marvelous Norwegian Baby Girl Names With Meanings

Norwegian names contain in them the essence of the Scandinavian culture, which traces its roots all the way back to the Viking Age. Norwegians often bear more than one personal name. Have a look at the following infographic, which lists some of the most beautiful Norwegian names for girls and their meanings. You can pick one or maybe even two!

illustrious norwegian baby girl names with meanings (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do the most popular Norwegian girl names mean?

Emma is a famous Norwegian name for girls that means ‘great.’ Maja is another name that has become popular5 and means ‘good mother.’

2. How do I choose an authentic Norwegian name for my baby girl?

Choosing an authentic Norwegian name for your baby girl can be a wonderful way to celebrate your heritage or simply appreciate the beauty of Norwegian culture. A popular database like Nordic Names is invaluable as they provide extensive lists of authentic Norwegian names, often including their meanings and pronunciations. This helps in understanding Norwegian literature and folklore and the significance of given names, family names, and any cultural or historical influences that might shape Norwegian names.

3. Can I combine a Norwegian name with a name from another culture?

Yes, you can combine a Norwegian name with a name from another culture. This practice is widespread in multicultural societies or when parents have diverse backgrounds. When combining names from different cultures, it's essential to consider pronunciation, meaning, and cultural significance to ensure the name remains respectful and appropriate.

4. What are some unique Norwegian names that are not commonly used?

Unique and extraordinary Norwegian names like Ingrid, meaning ‘Ing is beautiful,’ Oda, meaning ‘fortune,’ and Freya meaning ‘lady,’ surely make your little sunshine stand out.

5. What are some Norwegian names that have historical or cultural significance?

Freya is one such name in Norse mythology that means ‘lady’ and is associated with the Goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. Another important name is Gudrun, which means ‘God’s secret lore’ and is the name of Sigurd’s wife in Norse mythology (2).

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