131 Scandinavian Baby Girl Names With Meanings

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Scandinavian girl names are mystical and versatile. Scandinavia comprises nations such as Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. These countries are known for their pristine natural beauty and landscapes. Scandinavia is also known for their harsh weather conditions. However, the indigenous inhabitants were so accustomed to the conditions and the rugged terrain that over the years they gained physical attributes to suit their environment. As they experience very sparse and watery sunshine throughout the year, most of the indigenous inhabitants lose the majority of the melanin from their cells and have a pale countenance. Amazingly they also possess striking blue eyes and blonde hair.

As striking as these features are, Scandinavian names are also beautiful and unique. Scandinavia follows the patronymic naming system where an individual's family name was formed by taking the first name of the father and adding a gender-specific suffix to it (1). These names are often inspired by the old Norse Gods, some of which have become famous globally due to their references in popular culture. They include Thor the God of Thunder and Loki the God of Mischief. These characters have made an appearance in the American-based Marvel Series the Avengers, and are admired by people all over the world.
The Nordic inhabitants also revered nature and its elements. They particularly worshiped the sea and were expert sailors. Many Scandinavian names bear resemblances to these aspects, such as the Gods they worshiped, the natural elements, and their physical features. Some of the names that are still widely used across the globe are Bimasha meaning ‘a mighty woman from the sea,’ Estrid meaning ‘a beautiful goddess’ and Olga meaning ‘the holy light.’ In this post, we list some adorable Scandinavian names with meanings. Scroll down.

NameGenderMeaning
heart image Annika Baby Girl Sign Girl Beautiful; Grace; Favor
heart image Astrid Baby Girl Sign Girl Godly strength
heart image Carina Baby Girl Sign Girl Beloved; Pure
heart image Dahlia Baby Girl Sign Girl Dahlia flower
heart image Erika Baby Girl Sign Girl Eternal ruler
heart image Freya Baby Girl Sign Girl Noble woman
heart image Freyja Baby Girl Sign Girl Lady of love, beauty and death
heart image Karlie Baby Girl Sign Girl Free woman
heart image Laila Baby Girl Sign Girl Night
heart image Liv Baby Girl Sign Girl Life; Protection; Shelter
heart image Agnes Baby Girl Sign Girl Chaste; Pure
heart image Airic Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Ruler; Eternal ruler
heart image Aivy Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Gift of God
heart image Betla Baby Girl Sign Girl A woman who finds God in her oath
heart image Bimasha Baby Girl Sign Girl She is a mighty woman from the sea
heart image Botill Baby Girl Sign Girl One who likes to command
heart image Brigid Baby Girl Sign Girl A Celtic goddess of poetry and fire
heart image Britta Baby Girl Sign Girl Exalted one; Mighty; Help
heart image Brynja Baby Girl Sign Girl An armoured and protected woman
heart image Carianne Baby Girl Sign Girl A merciful and pure woman
heart image Crysten Baby Girl Sign Girl Follows Christ
heart image Dagmar Baby Girl Sign Girl Day; Maiden
heart image Dagmara Baby Girl Sign Girl Maiden; Unmarried
heart image Dagna Baby Girl Sign Girl A special day
heart image Dagny Baby Girl Sign Girl A special new day
heart image Edda Baby Girl Sign Girl One with a clear vision; Great grandmother inheritance
heart image Eirny Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is born of new healing and is fresh
heart image Eivin Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Island; Good fortune; Victor
heart image Elizabet Baby Girl Sign Girl My God is an oath
heart image Elna Baby Girl Sign Girl A creative person
heart image Else Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is noble; An abbreviated form of Elisabeth
heart image Elvi Baby Girl Sign Girl Noble friend
heart image Erica Baby Girl Sign Girl Forever strong; Noble leader
heart image Erikka Baby Girl Sign Girl A ruler
heart image Erilyn Baby Girl Sign Girl A combination of two words Eric and Lynn
heart image Erleen Baby Girl Sign Girl Noble woman
heart image Erlene Baby Girl Sign Girl An elfin; A noble woman
heart image Erth Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Earth
heart image Ertha Baby Girl Sign Girl Earth
heart image Eryn Baby Girl Sign Girl A poetic form of referring to Ireland
heart image Erynn Baby Girl Sign Girl A word which is used in poetry for referring to Ireland
heart image Erynne Baby Girl Sign Girl Ireland
heart image Esabell Baby Girl Sign Girl Someone who is devoted to God
heart image Eslanda Baby Girl Sign Girl An Irish word for truth
heart image Estrid Baby Girl Sign Girl Beautiful goddess
heart image Etna Baby Girl Sign Girl A 5th century Irish saint.
heart image Eyra Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Arrow or warrior
heart image Eyre Baby Girl Sign Girl One who lives at the gravel bank river
heart image Gamela Baby Girl Sign Girl One who resembles an older or elder person
heart image Gefion Baby Girl Sign Girl One who bestows treasures
heart image Gefjun Baby Girl Sign Girl The person who provides prosperity
heart image Gerd Baby Girl Sign Girl A plot of ground where plants are cultivated
heart image Gersemi Baby Girl Sign Girl Precious as a gem and valuable as a jewel
heart image Gulla Baby Girl Sign Girl Yellow or divine sea
heart image Halda Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is half-Danish
heart image Hanne Baby Girl Sign Girl Grace; Charm; Elegance
heart image Inger Unisex Baby Sign Unisex God's protection; Hero's daughter
heart image Iverson Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Son of Iver; Archer's son
heart image Jakobina Baby Girl Sign Girl May the Lord watch over her
heart image Jaris Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Strong and courageous
heart image Jennsen Baby Girl Sign Girl God has shown favor
heart image Joen Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Strong; Independent; Unique
heart image Kajsa Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure
heart image Kamri Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Unique; Adventurous; Charismatic
heart image Karalee Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure; Fair
heart image Karalie Baby Girl Sign Girl Genuine
heart image Karalyn Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure; True; Bright
heart image Khristene Baby Girl Sign Girl She is of Chrisian faith
heart image Kirci Baby Girl Sign Girl A blossom of a cereal herb amaranth
heart image Klara Baby Girl Sign Girl The clear, bright one
heart image Kristin Baby Girl Sign Girl Follower of Christ
heart image Kristina Baby Girl Sign Girl Christian
heart image Kristinn Baby Girl Sign Girl Shw who believes in Christ
heart image Laris Unisex Baby Sign Unisex To be crowned with laurel
heart image Lisana Baby Girl Sign Girl my God is perfection
heart image Lise Baby Girl Sign Girl Pledged to God; God is abundance
heart image Loxie Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Unique; Spirited; Adventurous
heart image Lynea Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Lime; Linden tree
heart image Lynnea Baby Girl Sign Girl A name of a flower
heart image Mattis Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Strong and steadfast
heart image Nelsa Baby Girl Sign Girl Strong-minded; Independent
heart image Nessa Baby Girl Sign Girl Miracle; Holy; Pure
heart image Nessarose Baby Girl Sign Girl The rose of the peninsula
heart image Norell Baby Girl Sign Girl From the Northern land or part
heart image Nysse Baby Girl Sign Girl The graceful of all
heart image Odda Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is complete in every aspect
heart image Oddlaug Baby Girl Sign Girl Derived of water
heart image Oddny Baby Girl Sign Girl The Chosen one; Preferred one; Head of a village or society in Arabic
heart image Oddrun Baby Girl Sign Girl Someone who is chosen or preferred upon
heart image Oddveig Baby Girl Sign Girl Salvation or to be relieved
heart image Oletha Baby Girl Sign Girl The person who is remarked by simplicity; Having a humble opinion of himself
heart image Olga Baby Girl Sign Girl Holy; Blessed
heart image Onnika Baby Girl Sign Girl Light reflection of nimble or shine
heart image Orvis Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Spear of power; Strength
heart image Paley Unisex Baby Sign Unisex One with the pale eyes
heart image Paxson Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Peaceful, son of peace
heart image Pernilla Baby Girl Sign Girl Rock; Stone; A variant of Petra
heart image Petronella Baby Girl Sign Girl Country bumpkin; Rock; Stone
heart image Quinnie Baby Girl Sign Girl Living like royalty
heart image Rakel Baby Girl Sign Girl Ewe; A variant of Rachel
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Scandinavian girl names reflect the rich history and culture of its people and land. The indigenous inhabitants of the land were named after Norse gods and natural elements. Some names are inspired by the physical traits of a person. The names bestowed upon the children have deep symbolism and meanings. So browse through the list, and pick a name that catches your fancy. Whether to honor your Scandinavian roots or your love for Scandinavian culture and landscapes, these names can be a beautiful gift to your little princess.

Infographic: Scintillating Scandinavian Baby Girl Names

Scandinavian countries have a rich heritage and culture. Scandinavian baby girl names represent the vibrant history of this region. If you’re inspired to gift your little princess a name from this culture, look no further. We present Scandinavian girl names along with meanings in the infographic below. Scroll on and pick your favorite name.

splendid scandinavian names for your daughter (infographic)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some naming traditions or customs in Scandinavian culture?

The Scandinavian countries embraced a cherished tradition of baby naming, wherein the birth order played a pivotal role, and names were bestowed, honoring both sides of the family. A beautiful example of this tradition unfolded as the firstborn son inherited the name of his paternal grandfather, while the initial first daughter was bestowed with the name of her paternal grandmother. Similarly, the second son and daughter embrace names from the maternal side.

2. Can I use a Scandinavian baby girl's name if I am not Scandinavian?

If you discover a Scandinavian name that resonates deeply with your heart and feels perfectly befitting for your precious child, the cultural background should not be a hindrance. Astrid, a name treasured not only in Scandinavian countries but also within French and German cultures, radiates its profound meaning of 'god, beautiful.' Likewise, Elsa and Oda, multicultural gems, signify 'my God is an oath' and 'wealth,' respectively, gracing any deserving child.

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  1. Scandinavia Names, FamilySearch
    https://www.familysearch.org/en/wiki/Scandinavia_Names
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