Norwegian Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Norway, or officially the Kingdom of Norway, is the northernmost Scandinavian country, well known for its beautiful fjords and the astonishing Northern Lights. Norwegian girls are known for their blonde hair and warm smiles. They are also known for being very rugged and enjoy the outdoors, even though its typically freezing when they find themselves hiking in the mountains.

Enough about the culture, you are here to learn more about Norwegian girl names, here are the most common names and their meanings!

Norwegian Girl Names and their Meanings

Name

Meaning

Ada

 Short form of the name Adelaide, which comes from the Germanic name Adelheidis. This name is derived as a combination of the Germanic elements adal and heid, meaning “noble” and “kind, sort, type.”

Anna

 Derived from the name Hannah, which comes from the Hebrew name Channah, meaning “grace, favor.”

Asta

Short form of the name Astrid, which is a more modern spelling of the Old Norse name Ástríðr. This name combines the elements Old Norse áss, meaning “god” and friðr, meaning “beautiful, beloved.”

Aurora

This name simply means “dawn” in Latin.

Céline

This popular Norwegian name was derived as the French feminine form of the Roman family name Caelinus.

  •  The name Caelinus was itself derived from another Roman family name, Caelius, which comes from the Latin word Caelum meaning “heaven.”

Emma

This name was Originally derived as a short form of other names that began with the Germanic element ermen, meaning “whole” or “universal.”

Emilie

a Scandinavian feminine form of the name Emil, which is derived from the Roman family name Aemilius. The name Aemilius itself was derived from the Latin word aemulus, which means “rival.”

Elise

A short form of the name Elizabeth, which is the Latin form of the Greek name Elisabet. The Greek form of this name comes from the Hebrew name Elisheva which means “my God is an oath.”

Ella

 a Diminutive form of the names Eleanor, Ellen and other names beginning with El, and is also used a short form for names ending in ella.

Eline

 A variant of the name Elina which is the Swedish form of the name Helen. This name is also used as a diminu\tive form of the name Adelaide.

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.”

Hedda 

Diminutive of the name Hedvig which is the Scandinavian form of the name Hedwig. This name comes from the Germanic name Hadewig, which is derived from the Germanic elements hadu, meaning “battle, combat” and wig, meaning “war.”

Ida

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

Ingrid

From the Old Norse name Ingriðr, which means “Ing is beautiful.”

Jenny

This name might strike you as furthest from Norwegian as one would think, that might be true regarding its origin. However the name Jenny is quite common in Norway.

  • Originally a medieval English diminutive of the name Jane, however in more recent times it’s mostly considered a diminutive of the name Jennifer, which means this name would have two meanings.
  •  Jane is the medieval English form of the name Jehanne, which is an old French Feminine form of the name Iohannes. Derived as a Latin form of another Greek name, which itself is derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan, this name means “God is gracious.   
  • Jennifer was ultimately derived from the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar, this name gets it’s meaning from the elements gwen, meaning “fair, white” and sebara, meaning “phantom, magical being.”

Julia

Feminine form of the Roman family name Julius, which was possibly derived from the Greek word ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded youth.”

Karoline

Feminine form of the name Carolus, which is the Latin variant of the name Charles.

  • There are two theories about where this name gets its meaning from; one theory is that it was derived from the Germanic name Karl, which means “man” or from the Germanic name element hari, which means “army, warrior.”

Leah

From the Hebrew name Leah, which was most likely derived from the Hebrew word le’ah, meaning “weary.”

Lilly

a Scandinavian form of the name Lily, which is ultimately derived from the Latin lilium. Lilium is the Latin name for the species of Lily flowers.

Linnea

A Swedish name, given in honour of the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, this name has caught on in Norway as a popular girl’s name.

Live

Norwegian variant of the name Liv, which is derived from the Old Norse name Hilf, meaning “protection.”

Maja

Usually a diminutive form of the name Maria, which is ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Miryam. This name was most likely derived from the Egyptian word mry, which means “beloved.”

  • Marie is also a common girl’s name in Norway; it is the French form of the name Maria.
  • Mia is a Scandinavian diminutive version of the name Maria.

Mathilde

A cognate of the name Matilda, which is derived from the Germanic name Mahthildis, which comes from the elements maht, meaning “might, strength” and hild, meaning “battle.”

Nora

Short form of the names Honora or Eleanor.

Oda

The Feminine form of the name Otto, which is a more modern form of the names Audo or Odo. Derived from the Germanic element aud meaning “wealth, fortune.”

Olivia

This particular spelling of the name was first used by William Shakespeare, possibly based on the names Oliver or Oliva, or simply derived from the Latin word oliva, meaning “olive.”

Sara

A form of the name Sarah more common in Norway, this name means “lady, noblewoman.”

Selma

Unknown origin possibly derived as a short form of the Germanic name Anselma, which combines the elements ans “god” and helm “helmet, protection.”

Sofia

Sofia is a, common in Norway, form of the name Sophia. This name means “wisdom” in Greek.

Tuva

 a Swedish and Norwegian form of the name Tove, which comes from the Old Norse name Tófa, which is a short form of the Old Norse name Þórfríðr. The name Þórfríðr combines the Old Norse elements Þórr, meaning “thunder” and fríðr, meaning “beautiful.”

Victoria

This name means “victory.” In Latin, and it is also the feminine form of the Roman name Victorius.

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Popular Norwegian girl names and my favorite

Many of the popular Norwegian names seem to be either Scandinavian forms of universally popular names or modern forms of Old Norse names, and they’re all equally beautiful.

Some of the more popular names from this list are:

 Asta, Elise, Frida, Live and one name I believe is a beautiful name, Aurora.

Many of these names share similarities to other Scandinavian names so don't be surprised if you come across Swedish or Danish danish girls with similar names but with a slightly different spelling.

Conclusion

Our list covers some of the most popular Norwegian names, so whether you were looking for a name for your daughter, or simply wanted to know the meaning behind the name of a Norwegian girl you are interested in, this list has you covered.

If you’re looking for different variations of some of these names, or other Nordic-sounding names you can check out our list on Swedish or Danish names here.

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