Swedish Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Sweden, the Capital of Scandinavia

Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. Bordering Norway to the west and north, Finland to the East and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel in the southwest.

It is the third-largest country in the European Union at 450,295 square kilometers, however, with a total population of around 10 million Sweden has a relatively low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometer.

People most commonly associate Sweden with snow and cold weather, but in reality, Sweden has a relatively balanced climate.

I’ve heard people refer to Swedish women as “cold,” but that’s probably not the case. Swedish women tend to be shyer and more reserved, rather than cold, so I can see why some people might think that.

Sweden Girl Names

Name

Meaning

Alva 

The feminine form of the name Alf, which is derived from the Old Norse alfr, meaning “elf.”

Astrid 

a modern form of the Ancient Scandinavian name “ÁSTRÍÐR,” which was Derived from the Old Norse elements áss meaning “god” and fríðr meaning “beautiful.”

Alice

Derived from the Old French name Aalis, which is a short form of the name Adelais, which itself is a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis. This name combines the Germanic elements adal, meaning “noble” and heid, meaning “kind, sort, type.

Alicia

is a more Swedish variant of the name Alice.

Ebba  

Feminine version of the name Ebbe, which is a diminutive form of the name Eberhard, meaning “wild boar.” In Scandinavia, this name is also used as a diminutive of the name Esben.

Elin 

a Scandinavian form of the Greek name Helene, which gets its meaning from either the Greek word helene meaning “torch” or selene meaning “moon.”

Ella  

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

Elsa 

Elsa is a short form of the name Elizabeth, which in Hebrew means, “my oath is a god.”

Eva

This name was derived from the Hebrew name Chawwah which either comes from the Hebrew word “Chawah” meaning “to breathe” or “Chayah” meaning “to live.” Eva is the Latinate form of the name Chawwah.

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.”

Ingrid  

Derived from the Old Norse name Ingríðr, which means “Ing is beautiful.” This name combines the Germanic Name Ing, which is derived from the name of an obscure Germanic god Ingwaz, and the Old Norse element friðr, which means “beautiful, beloved.”

Klara  

A variant of the name Clara, derived as a feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus, which meant “clear, bright, famous.” In Sweden, this variant of the name is far more popular than it’s original form.

Lena

Short form of names ending in lena, such as Helena, Magdalena, Yelena, etc.

Lilly

As the flower of the same name, the word Lily was ultimately derived from the Latin word lilium.

Linnea 

From the name of the twinflower, Linnaea borealis, which was named after Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus.


Carl Linnaeus, later ennobled as Carl von Linné, was a well-known and well-respected scientist, so it is also entirely possible that the masculine versions of this name, Linné, and Linnaeus, were given to children in his honor.

Maria  

The name Maria originates from the Hebrew name Miryam, whose meaning is unknown for certain. Some believe that the name means “sea of bitterness” or “rebelliousness,” however it was most likely derived from the Egyptian name mry, meaning “beloved.”


  • Majken - A more Swedish variant of the name Maiken a Danish and Norwegian diminutive of the name Maria.
  • Maja – a diminutive form of the name Maria, common in Slavic countries as well as Scandinavian.

Nova  

Derived from the Latin word novus, which means “new.”

Saga  

In modern Swedish, the word saga means “story, fairy tale,” In Old Norse, this word possibly meant “seeing one.” Saga is also the name of a Norse Goddess.

Signe  

A variant of the name Signy, which is a Modern Scandinavian form of the name Signý. This name gets it’s meaning from the Old Norse elements sigr, meaning “victory” and , meaning “new.”

Sigrid 

From the Old Norse name Sigríðr, which combines the Old Norse elements sigr meaning “victory” and fríðr meaning “beautiful, fair.”

Siv 

In Old Norse, the word Siv meant “bride.” In Norse mythology, the name Siv was borne by the wife of Thor. The name Sif is a variant of this name.

Tyra 

From the Old Norse name Þýri, which is a variant of the Norse names Þórví or Þórveíg.


  • Þórví and Þórveíg are Old Norse names which combine the element Þórr, meaning “thunder,” with the elements , meaning “holy,” or veig meaning “strength.”

Vera

The name Vera has been present in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, in Russian the word Vera means “faith,” however this name is also associated with the Latin word verus, meaning “true.”

Unrecognizable young mother holding her baby son in her arms

The most common Swedish girl names (and my favourite)

Some more common names from this list are:

Alice or Alicia, Ebba, Freja, Linnea and my personal favorite, Saga.

You shouldn’t be too surprised to see these popular names show up in other Nordic countries like Denmark and Norway.

Conclusion

Whether you wanted to give your daughter a Swedish name, or just wanted to show off to a Swedish girl, we hope this list helped you better understand the origin and meaning behind some of the more popular names. You may come across different variations of these names in other Scandinavian countries like Denmark or Norway, so be sure to also check those out!

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