Danish Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Denmark, officially The Kingdom of Denmark, is the southernmost Scandinavian country, located south-west of Sweden and south of Norway. What you might not have known is that the Kingdom of Denmark also includes two autonomous constituent countries, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. But enough Geography, let's talk about Danish culture, and more specifically, the girls.

The general consensus about Danish girls is that they tend to be modest and shy. They are very well mannered and non-confrontational. You will see this reflected by their conservative Nordic names. Let's take a look.

Danish Girl Names

Name

Meaning

Agnes

 Latinized form of the Greek name Hagnes, which Is derived from the Greek word hagnos, meaning “chaste.” 

Alma

This name became popular after the Battle of Alma, a battle that took place near the River Alma in Crimea. The name itself was most likely derived from the Latin word almus, meaning “nourished.”

Andrea 

The feminine form of the name Andrew, which is the English form of the Greek name Andreas. This name comes from the Greek word andreios, meaning “manly, masculine” which itself is derived from the Greek word aner meaning “man.”

Clara

The feminine form of the Late Latin name clarus, meaning “bright, clear, famous.”

Ella 

Diminutive form of Eleanor, Ellen, or other names beginning with El, or a short form for names ending in ella.

Emma 

This name was originally used as a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ermen, which meant “whole, universal.”

Emilie

 Scandinavian feminine form of the name Emil. Derived from the Roman family name Aemilius, which was derived from the Latin word aemulus, this name means “rival.”

Freja

This is the Danish and Swedish version of the Old Norse name Freyja, which means “lady.”

Ida 

This name was derived from the Germanic element id, which meant “work, labour.”

Filippa  

Swedish Feminine form of the name Philip, which comes from the Greek name Philippos, meaning “friend of horses.”

Felicia

a Feminine form of the Latin name Felicius, which is derived from the name Felix which means “lucky, successful”.

Freja  

The Swedish and Danish spelling of the name Freya, which comes from the Old Norse word “Freyja,” meaning “lady.”

Frida

 Derived from the Old Norse name Fríða, the name Frida is a short form for names containing the element fríðr, which means “beautiful, beloved.”

Ida

This name was derived from the Germanic element id, which meant “work, labour.”

Johanne

 French Norwegian and Danish form of the name Joanna, which is the English form of the Latin Iohanna. This name is the feminine form of the Greek name Ioannes, which was derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan, meaning “Yahweh is gracious” or “God is gracious.”

Josefine 

Scandinavian form of the French name Joséphine, which is the Latin form of the Greek name Ioseph. This name was originally derived from the Hebrew name Yosef, meaning “God shall grow.”

Julie

French Danish and Norwegian form of the name Julia, which is the feminine version of the Roman family name Julius. Possibly derived from the Greek word ioulos, which means “downy-bearded youth.”

Karla

German Scandinavian and Croatian feminine form of the name Charles. This name was either derived from the Germanic elements karl, meaning “man,” or hari, meaning “army, warrior.”

Katrine

Danish and Norwegian form of the name Katherine, which comes from the Greek name Aikaterine.

  • The name Aikaterine possibly comes from an earlier Greek name Hekaterine, which came from the Greek word hekateros, meaning “each of the two” or is derived from the name of the Greek Goddess Hecate

Laura

The well-known circular wreath worn in Ancient Rome, as a symbol of glory and honor, were made from the leaves of laurel trees, this is where the Late Latin name Laurus comes from. Laura is the feminine form of this name which means “victorious.”

Lærke

Unlike most common names, this name is a strictly Danish name. Lærke means “lark” in Danish.

Liva

 Possibly a variation of the Scandinavian name Liv, which is derived from the Old Norse name Hilf, which means “protection.”

Maja

a diminutive form of the name Maria. Let's look at some related names:

  • Maria – From the Hebrew name Miryam, the meaning of this name is unknown. This name might mean “sea of bitterness” or “rebelliousness.” It is however more likely that this name was derived from the Egyptian name Mry, which means “beloved.”
  • Maiken – A Danish and Norwegian diminutive form of the name Maria.

Mathilde

a cognate of the name Mathilda, which is derived from the Germanic name Mathildis, meaning “strength in battle.”

Nanna

Derived from the Old Norse word nanþ, which means “daring, brave.” In Norse Mythology, Nanna is the name of a Goddess.

Nora

Short form for names like Honora or Eleanor.

Olivia

This name was first used by William Shakespeare, possibly derived from the names Oliver and Oliva, or from the Latin word oliva, which means “olive.”

Sofie

A more Danish variant of the name Sophia which in Greek means “wisdom.”

Signe

 Signe or Signy are more modern forms of the Ancient Scandinavian name Signý.

  • Signý, is an Old Norse name that is derived from the elements sigr, meaning “victory” and ný, meaning “new.”

Victoria

The feminine form of the Latin name Victorius, this name means “victory.”

Mother carrying her little baby girl in her arms.

The most common Danish girl names (and my favourite)

Some of the more popular Danish names from this list are:

Alma, Anna, Freja, Ida and Sofie.

You might notice that some of these names are similar to Swedish or other Scandinavian names, that’s why my personal favourite is the name Lærke. It is specifically Danish in both origin and meaning.

Conclusion

Whether you want to give your daughter a Danish name or you were just interested in finding out the meaning of the name of a Danish girl you know, we hope you found our list of popular Danish names helpful. If you’re interested in more Scandinavian names be sure to check out or list on Swedish and Norwegian names.

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