100 Popular Swedish Girl Names: And Their Meanings

These top 100 Swedish girl names are pretty and popular!

If you’re looking for popular Swedish girl names, our list has some amazing options for your short list.

We’ve included not only the names best-loved in Swedish culture and unique and cool options too. Some names may evoke visions of the stereotypical tall Swedish girl with blonde hair and blue eyes. Yet all of the names are perfect for babies of all colors, shapes, and sizes.

We include in-depth facts, origins, and meanings so you can discover the ideal name to fit your girl. Let’s dig in!

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100 Popular Swedish Names for Girls

Here are charming Swedish female names you’ll adore!


Alice remains a sweet favorite among Swedish girl names, hitting a high of #76 in the U.S. top 1000 girl names in 2020. Its classic, fresh appeal may be the reason for its rise in popularity or for the way it reminds one of that adventurous and free-spirited beloved character, Alice in Wonderland!

  • Origin: German, French
  • Meaning: Kind, noble, graceful
  • Pronunciation: ah-LEES
  • Namesakes: Alice Babs, a Swedish singer and actress, named Sweden’s Royal Court Singer in 1972. Alice Wetterlund, an American comedian, actress, and podcaster, best known for her role in Silicon Valley and Resident Alien.
  • Popularity: Alice ranked the most popular name for Swedish girls in 2020 (1).
Classic, Popular


Short and melodic, Alma has a beautiful sound to it that’s easy to say and spell. Name meanings are important to many Swedes, and Alma’s meaning of being caring and nurturing is perfect for either gender.

  • Origin: Latin, Swedish, other likely origins
  • Meaning: Loving, nourishing
  • Namesakes: Alma Deutscher, British composer. Alma Jodorowsky, French actress.
  • Popularity: In the Top 10 in 2019 and Top 50 in 2020, Alma is well-loved in Sweden.
Fashionable, Charming


Anneli is a charming Swedish variation of Anna, commonly heard in Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Estonia. Anna is the shortened version of Hannah, derived from the Hebrew name Channah, meaning “favor or grace.”

  • Origin: Swedish, Danish
  • Meaning: Full of grace, favor
  • Pronunciation: ah-nah-lee
  • Variations: Annely, Annelie, Anneli, Anelie
  • Namesakes: Anneli Alhanko, a Swedish ballet dancer and actress, one of the Royal Swedish Ballet company’s premier prima ballerinas. Anneli Magnusson, better known as Pandora, a Swedish Eurodance singer.
Common, Pretty


Some name researchers think Annika means “sweet-faced.” As a modern version of the classic Anna, Annika can be a beautiful choice.

  • Origin: Swedish, Russian
  • Meaning: Grace or purity
  • Namesakes: Annika Johansson, the Swedish freestyle skier. Annika Jankell, Swedish TV host.
  • Popularity: At position 14 in Sweden for 2020, Annika is fashionable.
Pretty, Popular


A Swedish female name is sometimes made from two hyphenated names, like the cute and timeless Ann-Marie. You may want to try your own combo by putting two names from our list together for something unique and meaningful!

  • Origin: Hebrew, Swedish
  • Meaning: Beloved and of the sea
  • Variations: Anne-Marie, Annemarie
  • Namesakes: Anne-Marie Rindom, Danish Olympic sailor.
  • Popularity: Positioned at 89 in Sweden in 2019, Ann-Marie is popular.
Classic, Charming


A long-standing, favored female name in Scandinavia, Astrid is fit for royalty. It could be perfect for your little princess!

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Godly strength, divinely beautiful
  • Namesakes: Queen Astrid of Belgium. Princess Astrid of Norway. Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author.
  • Popularity: Highly popular in Sweden, Astrid reached position three in 2019.
Classic, Fashionable


Alva is the Swedish feminine form of Alf or Alv, derived from the Old Norse word “alfr,” meaning “elf.” It could also come from the Gothic name Alfons, meaning “noble ready or brave,” or the Biblical male name Alvah, meaning “his highness.” Perhaps a charming name for your very own little highness!

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Elf
  • Pronunciation: al-VAH
  • Variations: Elva, Alvar
  • Namesakes: Alva Myrdal, a Swedish politician and sociologist, recipient of the Noble Peace Prize in 1982, with Alfonso García Robles. Alva Belmont, an American multi-millionaire socialite and a significant figure in the women’s suffrage movement.
  • Popularity: Alva is very popular in Sweden, ranked #18 in 2020 and less popular in the U.S., last listed in the top 1000 girl names in the 60s.
Vintage, Popular


Barbro is the Swedish take on Barbara, derived from the Greek word “barbaros” for “foreign.” It was popularized through the 3rd-century martyr, Saint Barbara, whom her father killed through lightning. Barbara has remained a favorite throughout the ages, taking on different forms across various languages- such as Barbo in Norwegian, Baiba in Latvian, Bärbel in German, and Barunka in Czech.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Foreign, strange
  • Pronunciation: BAR-bro
  • Variations: Barbara, Babette, Barbra, Bobbie
  • Namesakes: Babben Larsson, a Swedish comedian, and actress voted in 2006 on Folktoppen as the most popular female comedian in Sweden. Barbro Lönnkvist, a Swedish orienteer and member of the winning World Orienteering Championships team in 1981.
Classic, Unique


Birgitta is the beautiful Swedish version of the Irish Gaelic girl’s name Brighid or the well-known English name Bridget. It likely rose to prominence among Scandinavian countries through Bridget of Sweden or Saint Birgitta. She is known for founding the Bridgettine nuns and as the patron saint of Europe, Sweden, and widows.

  • Origin: Swedish, Icelandic
  • Meaning: Exalted one
  • Pronunciation: bir-GEE-tah
  • Variations: Brigita, Bridget, Bridgette, Birgit
  • Namesakes: Princess Birgitta of Sweden, eldest sister of Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden. Birgitta Haukdal, an Icelandic singer in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Popularity: Birgitta was pretty popular in the past but rare today among Swedish female names.
Vintage, Charming


If you’re hoping to find a catchy, old-fashioned girl name that sounds fresh and cute, Britta may be a keeper! This delightful name is a diminutive of Birgitta, first inspired by Brighid, the goddess of fire, poetry, and wisdom in Irish mythology.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Exalted one
  • Pronunciation: BRIT-ah
  • Variations: Brita, Brigita, Britt, Gittan, Gitta
  • Namesakes: Britta Johansson Norgren, a Swedish professional cross-country skier. Britta Seeger, a German business executive and 2nd female member on the Board of Management for Daimler AG.
  • Popularity: Britta is pretty rare in Sweden, with only 13 girls given this name in 2020.
Cute, Trendy
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Cajsa is the diminutive of Katarina, a Swedish name derived from the English favorite, Katherine. The exact meaning is debatable, but most sources say it originates from the Greek “katharos” for“pure.” The name belonged to Anna Christina Warg, better known as Cajsa Warg, a treasured 16th-century cookbook author and one of the most famous cooks in Swedish history.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Pronunciation: KIE-sah
  • Variations: Kajsa, Kaja
  • Namesakes: Cajsa Persson, a Swedish professional golfer.
Vintage, Trendy


Calla is the Swedish shortened form of Carolina or Karolina. This fashionable name is heard in various languages, ultimately derived from the Latin male name Carolus, meaning “free-man.” If you’re looking for something super unique and stylish, Calla is one for the shortlist.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Freeholder, song of joy, strong
  • Pronunciation: kay-LAH
  • Variations: Kalla, Cally, Cari, Carrol, Calle
  • Namesakes: Calla Curman, a Swedish writer, feminist and salon owner from the 1930s.
Classic, Fashionable


Carina is a variation of Karin, a typical girl’s name in Scandinavia, Germany, and the Netherlands. It’s another charming adaptation of the Greek favorite Katherine. While many agree that “pure and chaste” is the Greek meaning, other sources suggest it means “beloved” in Latin.

  • Origin: Swedish,
  • Meaning: Pure, chaste
  • Pronunciation: ka-REEN-ah
  • Variations: Karina, Carin, Karin, Karine, Kaarina
  • Namesakes: Carina Jaarnek, a Swedish singer, and former member of the dansband Frösöflickorna. Carina Berg, a Swedish comedian and TV presenter and winner of the “Best female television presenter” award in 2015.
  • Popularity: Carina is not as popular as it used to be, but remains common among Swedish female names.
Pretty, Modern


With its funky sound and simple spelling, Cleo appeals in its light-heartedness. It can add style to a longer or common surname.

  • Origin: Greek, Swedish, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Glorious, famous
  • Variations: Kleo, Chleo
  • Popularity: At position 13 in Sweden in 2020, Cleo is a leading name.
Vintage, Trendy, Quirky


Dagmar is a classic Scandinavian girl’s name, derived from the Old Norse name Dagmær, with “dagr” meaning “day” and “mær” meaning “maid, mother or daughter.” Famous 1950s American actress Virginia Ruth Lewis chose Dagmar as her professional nickname. Often shortened to Dagge, Dasha, or Mara, it’s no wonder this unique, old-fashioned name has kept up appearances for so many years.

  • Origin: Swedish, Danish
  • Meaning: Maid of the day
  • Pronunciation: DANG-mar
  • Variations: Dagmara
  • Namesakes: Dagmar Koller, an Austrian actress and singer, regarded as the leading German musical star of her time.
Old-fashioned, Unique


Almost unheard of in America, Ebba is extremely popular in Sweden. A short, melodic name that seems to ebb and flow in its sound, Ebba can be a charming choice.

  • Origin: German, English, Swedish
  • Meaning: Strength of the boar, fortress of riches
  • Namesakes: Ebba Einarsson, Swedish singer/actress. Ebba Forsberg, Swedish rower.
  • Popularity: At position 6 in Sweden in 2020, Ebba is much-loved.
Strong, Fashionable


Elin is the gorgeous Swedish take on the names Ellen or Helen. While Ellen is a diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning “my God is my oath,” it’s also related to Eleanor, meaning “the other Aenor.” Helen is of Greek origin, meaning “light or bright,” possibly derived from the Greek name Selene meaning “moon.”

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Greek
  • Meaning: Sunray, torch of light, God’s promise
  • Pronunciation: eeh-leen
  • Variations: Elín, Elna, Ellen
  • Namesakes: Elin Lanto, a Swedish singer, best known for her no. 1 debut single, “I Won’t Cry.” Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model and ex-wife of Tiger Woods.
  • Popularity: Elin ranked a high of #61 in 2020 among the top 100 Swedish girl names, while its counterpart Elina ranked #91.
Charming, Pretty


Ellinor is the Swedish version of the Old French name Eleanor, which originates from the medieval Latin name Alienò. Eleanor belonged to many royal women throughout the Middle Ages, notably Queen Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor of Aquitaine- both French noble-woman who married English kings in the 12th-century. It also offers some gorgeous nicknames, such as Ella, Elle, Ellie, Nellie, or Nora.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Sympathy, compassion
  • Pronunciation: eeh-lee-nawr
  • Variations: Ellinore, Eleonora, Elinor, Elynor
  • Popularity: Ellinor was most popular in the late 90s and early 2000s and is now less common, with only 56 girls receiving the name in Sweden in 2020.
Charming, Elegant


Elsa is considered a “Swedified” version of the French, Elise, a short form of Elisabeth. The mighty and compelling animated Disney character, Elsa, from the “Frozen” movies, helped make this name very popular outside Scandinavia. This animated Elsa embodies the stereotypical Swedish looks of blonde hair, blue eyes, and fair skin.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Pledged to God
  • Namesakes: Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.” Elsa Hosk, Swedish model.
  • Popularity: At position 11 in Sweden in 2019, Elsa is a trendy name.
Strong, Popular


Emelie is the pretty Swedish take on the English favorite, Emily, derived from the Roman family name Aemilius, with “aemulus” meaning “rival.” This lovely name is not to get mixed up with Emma, which is derived from the ancient Germanic word “ermen,” meaning “universal or whole.”

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Competitor, rival
  • Pronunciation: EHM-eh-lee
  • Variations: Emelia, Emilie, Emilia, Emeli, Emily, Emmelie, Emmy
  • Namesakes: Emelie Forsberg, a Swedish professional sky runner and ski mountaineer winning multiple World and European Championships since 2012.
  • Popularity: Emelie is pretty common among Swedish girl names, while its counterparts Emilia and Emma rated much higher in the top 50 in 2020.
Pretty, Strong
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The feminine form of Erik, Erika is popular throughout Scandinavia and Germany. With its bold yet beautiful sound and powerful leadership meaning, Erika could be a great Swedish girl name choice.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Eternal ruler
  • Variations: Erica, Ericka, Ereka
  • Namesakes: Erika Linder, Swedish model/actress. Erika Hansen, American swimmer.
  • Popularity: Ranked at 80 in Sweden in 2019, Erika is an admired name.
Strong, Pretty


Erna is the female version of Ernest, originating from the Germanic word “eornost,” meaning “serious.” In Norse mythology, Erna was the mother of 11 sons and the wife of Jarl, the son of the god Ríg, known as the legendary ancestor of mighty warriors.

  • Origin: Swedish, Germanic
  • Meaning: Serious
  • Variations: Ernestine, Ernesta
  • Namesakes: Erna Sellmer, a German film actress, best known for her role as Frau Gerber in the 1970s Swiss-Canadain T.V. show George.
  • Popularity: Erna was last recorded on Swedish naming records in 2008 and is now very rare.
Unique, Cute


Evy is the sweet Swedish diminutive of Eva, Evanna, or Evelina, originating from the classic Hebrew name Eve. A mysterious name, taken from the root Hebrew word “chawah” meaning “to breathe” and “chayah” meaning “to live,” it’s no wonder Eve has taken so many wonderful forms across the ages.

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Living and breathing
  • Pronunciation: eeh-vee
  • Variations: Eva, Evi, Eve, Ava, Avah, Eeva
  • Namesakes: Evy Leibfarth, an American professional slalom canoeist and Olympic medalist. Evy Palm, a Swedish professional long-distance runner.
  • Popularity: Evy hit the charts in Sweden in 2014 and continues to rise steadily in popularity while remaining pretty rare.
Cute, Classic


The Scandinavian feminine form of Philip, Felippa is common in Sweden and Denmark. It has a distinctive sound and may be ideal if you have a namesake Philip in your family. It might also work if you love horses.

  • Origin: Greek, Swedish, Italian
  • Meaning: Friend of horses
  • Namesakes: Felippa Hamilton, Swedish-French model.
  • Popularity: The fashionable Felippa ranked at 89 in Sweden in 2020.
Vintage, Popular


Fredrika is the charming Swedish take on the English male name Frederick. It consists of the Germanic elements “frid” for “peace” and “ric,” meaning “ruler or mighty.” This beautiful old name is typically shortened to Rika in Swedish and Riika or Riikka in Finnish.

  • Origin: Swedish, Finnish
  • Meaning: Peaceful ruler
  • Pronunciation: frehd-REE-ka
  • Variations: Friederike, Frieda, Friede
  • Namesakes: Fredrika Runeberg, a Finish novelist and one of the first female journalists in Finland. Fredrika Bremer, regarded as the Swedish Jane Austen of the 1800s.
  • Popularity: Fredrika slipped off the Swedish popularity charts in 2017 and remains a pretty rare girl’s name.
Classic, Elegant


One of Scandinavia’s favorites, Freja, and its alternate spellings, are used often. Frejya, the Norse Goddess, not only ruled love and fertility, but also battle and death, so this name is power-packed.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Goddess of love
  • Variations: Freyja, Freya, Frida
  • Namesakes: Freja Olofsson, Swedish footballer. Freja Beha Erichson, Danish model.
  • Popularity: Positioned in Sweden’s Top 5 in 2020, Freja is an in-demand name.


Frida is an old classic when it comes to Swedish girl names and contains the Germanic element “frid,” meaning “peace.” While it’s decreasing in popularity in Sweden, making way for a slew of international girl names, Frida remains a hot favorite in Norway, ranking at #6 in 2020.

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Peace
  • Pronunciation: FREE-dah
  • Variations: Frieda, Freida
  • Namesakes: Frida Gustavsson, a Swedish model and actress known for starring as Vibeke in the 2021 film Tigrar.
  • Popularity: Frida was most popular from the late 90s until the mid-2000s in Sweden and is less popular today.
Quirky, Fashionable, Classic


Gerda originates from Gerd, derived from an Old Norse word “garðr” for “enclosure.” This unique name isn’t short of fantasy stories either- in Norse mythology, the god Freyr fell in love with a captivating frost giant known as Gerd.

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Protection
  • Pronunciation: Yah-dah
  • Variations: Gerd
  • Namesakes: Gerda Hellberg, a leading Swedish women’s rights activist in the early 1900s, founded the first Swedish student women’s association. Gerda Höjer, a Swedish nurse and politician, awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal after WWII.
  • Popularity: Gerda is very rare among Swedish names for girls.
Old-fashioned, Charming


Göta is the feminine form of Göte, derived from the Old Norse word “gautr” for Goth or Geats. The Goths were a large North Germanic tribe residing in Götaland, situated in the southern parts of Sweden. You will also come across many places and natural features with this name, such as the Göta älv River, and Göta älvbron bridge in Gothenburg, and Göta Lejon Theater in Stockholm.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Goth
  • Pronunciation: yeh-tah
  • Variations: Gota
  • Namesakes: Göta Ljungberg, a famous Swedish singer from the 1920s.
Old-fashioned, Quirky


Originating from the Greek Margarites, meaning pearl, then the German version, Margarete, the Scandinavian forms became Margareta and Greta. With its short and bold sound, Greta still holds a feminine quality that’s very appealing.

  • Origin: Greek, German, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Variations: Margareta
  • Namesakes: Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate change activist. Greta Garbo, American actress.
  • Popularity: The popular Greta placed at 88 in Sweden in 2020.
Classic, Strong
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If you’re looking for something unique to Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, then Gry is a keeper! You may also love the way it reminds one of the day’s first light, just before sunrise- perfect for parents who are early risers!

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Dawn
  • Pronunciation: uuy
  • Namesakes: Gry Forssell, a Swedish television and radio show host.
  • Popularity: Gry is less common in Sweden, with 27 girls receiving the name in 2020.
Quirky, Cute


Cheerfully pretty, Hailey is an upbeat name and a highly favored pick for Swedish girls. It might be an option if you love names like Bailey or Cailey.

  • Origin: English, Norse, Irish
  • Meaning: Hay’s meadow, hero, wise one
  • Variations: Hayley, Hailie, Hailee
  • Namesakes: Hailey Hernandez, the Olympic diver. Hailey Whitters, the country songwriter.
  • Popularity: In 2020, the highly-regarded Hailey positioned at #8 in Sweden.
Cute, Popular


Hanna comes from Hannah, traditionally known as Channah, consisting of the Hebrew element “chanan,” meaning “favor and grace.” In the Torah (Hebrew Bible), Hannah is the wife of Elkanah and mother of the prophet Samuel.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Grace of God
  • Pronunciation: HAN-nah
  • Variations: Hannah, Hanne, Anna, Anne
  • Namesakes: Hanna Alström, a Swedish actress, best known for her role in the Kingsman action spy comedy films.
  • Popularity: Hanna remains a pretty popular name in Sweden, ranked #70 in 2020, while its variant Hannah is less common.
Classic, Pretty


Hedda is the Scandinavian take on the Old German name, Hedvig, which means combat in relation to a battle or war. You might want to consider this if you’re thinking of a strong name beginning with ‘H.’

  • Origin: Old German, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Battle, war
  • Namesakes: Hedda Stiernstedt, Swedish actress. Hedda Berntsen, Norwegian skier.
  • Popularity: The sought-after Hedda ranked 34 in Sweden in 2020.
Strong, Vintage


Hedvig comes from the Old Germanic name Hadewig, with “hadu” meaning “battle or combat” and “wig” meaning “war.” Indeed a feisty little name for parents who wish to raise a strong and independent young lady.

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Strife, contention
  • Pronunciation: HEHD-veeg
  • Variations: Hedwig, Hedda, Edda, Edwige, Helvi, Heta, Hedvika
  • Popularity: Hedvig increased rapidly in popularity from 2008, ranking #78 in the top 100 Swedish names for girls in 2020.
Popular, Strong


Helga offers loads of Swedish and Scandinavian charm if that’s what you’re after. It’s derived from the Old Norse name Helgi, which originates from “heilagr,” meaning “holy and blessed.” The masculine form is Helge, and common nicknames include Hege, Hella, and Helle. You will also come across this unique beauty in many German-speaking countries.

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Holy, blessed
  • Pronunciation: HEHL-giah
  • Variations: Helge, Helgi, Olga
  • Namesakes: Helga de la Brache, a Swedish con artist from the 1800s. Helga Vlahović, a Croatian journalist, producer, and TV personality, who was famous in the 80s.
  • Popularity: Helga is much less prevalent today among Swedish girls, with only 10 given the name in 2020.
Classic, Strong


Hilda stems from the German language and the mighty female legends, Hildegarde and Brunhild, of Norse Mythology. Hilda is usually in the Top 100 names in Sweden.

  • Origin: German, Old Norse
  • Meaning: Battle woman
  • Popularity: Sweden’s ever-favorite Hilda positioned at 85 in 2019.
Vintage, Strong


Hilma is the short form of the German, Wilhelmina, meaning a fierce protector. Typically in the Top 100, Hilma is a standard name in Sweden. It might be an option if you like the similar Swedish favorites, Hilda and Wilma.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Determined protector
  • Namesakes: Hilma Klint, a Swedish artist.
Vintage, Strong


Ida is common only as a female name in Germany, yet in Scandinavia is considered gender-neutral. It’s also a name used in many other countries and has different meanings, such as “rice paddy by the wall” in Japan. If you’re hoping for a short name with complex origins and meanings, Ida could work.

  • Origin: Greek, Old German, Other origins
  • Meaning: Labor, Work, other meanings
  • Pronunciation: ee-dah
  • Popularity: A popular choice in Sweden, Ida placed 67 in 2019.
Vintage, Popular


Ines originates from the Latinized Greek name, Hagne, meaning chaste or pure, which developed into Agnes. St. Agnes was a Roman virginal saint and the name eventually evolved into Ines or Inez in many countries. Ines is short and sweet, with a lot of history behind it!

  • Origin: Greek, Latin, Spanish, French
  • Meaning: Chaste or pure, sacred or holy
  • Pronunciation: ee-nes
  • Variations: Inez
  • Popularity: At position 14 in 2020, Ines is a leading Swedish favorite.
Vintage, Trendy
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Ingeborg originates from the Old Norse name Ingibjǫrg, derived from the ancient Scandinavian element “bjǫrg” meaning “help, rescue or save.” Inge comes from the Old Norse Yngvi, referring to an ancient god known as Freyr- often associated with kingship, fertility, and peace. Yngvi-Freyr is considered an ancestor of the Swedish royal house. If you happen to love a bit of ancient history, you could shorten this unusual name to Inge or Inga.

  • Origin: Germanic, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Help, rescue, protection
  • Pronunciation: ing-ah-bor
  • Variations: Ingeburg, Inga, Inge, Inha
  • Namesakes: Ingeborg Nyberg, a Swedish singer and actress, best known for her 1956 song Aftonklockor. Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, who married the Swedish Prince Carl Duke of Västergötland.
Old-fashioned, Quirky


Ingrid is connected with Ing, the god of fertility in Old Norse mythology. Ingrid means “the beauty of Ing” as the name adds the root of “frior” for “beautiful.” Ingrid is an iconic Swedish name for girls!

  • Origin: Old Norse, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Fertility, beauty
  • Variations: Inga, Inge
  • Namesakes: Ingrid of Sweden, Queen Consort. Ingrid Syrstad Engen, Norwegian footballer. Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress.
  • Popularity: Sweden’s much-loved Ingrid positioned at 10 in 2019.
Strong, Vintage


In Greek mythology, Iris sent messages from a rainbow. The iris of our eyes also relates to color, and the iris flower’s colors are in many different shades. The dreamy name Iris certainly has a deeply colorful meaning for an inspired choice!

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Rainbow, colorful
  • Namesakes: Iris Murdoch, the Irish-British novelist. Iris van Herpen, the Dutch fashion designer.
  • Popularity: At position 33 in Sweden in 2020, Iris is very popular.
Classic, Strong


Isabella flows off the tongue in an elegant sound that’s soft and pleasing to the ears. It originates from the Hebrew Elisheba, which formed into Elisabeth and similar variations. The Spanish and Italians created Isabella as their version of Elisabeth, adding “bella,” meaning pretty in both languages.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Italian, Swedish
  • Meaning: Devoted to God or God is my oath, and pretty
  • Variations: Bella
  • Namesakes: Queen Isabella of Spain. Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress.
  • Popularity: The sought-after Isabella placed 65 in Sweden in 2020.
Pretty, Charming


Jannike is the Scandinavian female version of Jan, which originates from the German name Johannes or Greek girl’s name Ioannes. All are derived from the traditional Hebrew Yochanan, meaning “Yahweh is gracious.” An encouraging name fit for a religious family, offering both Janna and Nike as charming nicknames.

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: God is merciful
  • Pronunciation: YAHN-ni-keh
  • Variations: Jannicke
  • Popularity: Jannike is very rarely heard today in Sweden.
Old-fashioned, Elegant


The feminine form of Julius, from the mythological Roman god, Jupiter, Julia has enduring style and beauty. Short yet flowing, Julia might be the perfect name if you’re hoping for a charmingly romantic option.

  • Origin: Latin, Ancient Roman
  • Meaning: Supreme God, or youthful with soft hair
  • Variations: Julie, Juliana
  • Namesakes: Julia Roberts, the American actress.
  • Popularity: At position 25 in 2020, Julia is a trendy name in Sweden.
Classic, Charming


If you want either a cute option ending in ‘i’ or have a June baby to name, Juni might be perfect! A similar option, although not Swedish, is the ancient name Juno.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: The month of June
  • Popularity: At position 7 in gender-neutral names, Juni is very popular in Sweden.


Here’s a Swedish beauty if you’re looking for something unique with a modern twist. Justina originates from the Latin name Iustina, with “lusus” meaning “fair or just.” While Justina is typically heard in Swedish circles, you’ll also come across other lovely variations: such as Justyna is Polish, Justiina in Finnish, Justa or Juste in Croatian, and Youstina in Arabic.

  • Origin: Latin, Swedish
  • Meaning: Fair, just
  • Pronunciation: yus-tee-nah
  • Variations: Justine, Justyna, Justa, Juste
  • Namesakes: Justina Casagli, a Swedish opera singer from the mid-1800s.
  • Popularity: Justina is uncommon in Sweden and slipped off the top 1000 in the U.S. in 1999.
Cute, Classic


Kajsa is the Swedish diminutive of Katarina, related to the English name Katherine. This charming favorite comes from the Greek word “katharos” for “pure.” If you happen to love the feel of this one, want something a little different, Kajsa could be a keeper.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Pure, chaste
  • Pronunciation: KIE-sah
  • Variations: Cajsa, Kaja, Katya, Kaisa
  • Namesakes: Kajsa Ernst, a Swedish actress known for her debut 1999 film in Kjell Sundvalls, In Bed with Santa. Kajsa Grytt, a Swedish punk-rock musician and singer-songwriter.
  • Popularity: Kajsa was pretty popular among Swedish female names from the late 90s until 2009 and has since dropped in popularity.
Modern, Fashionable


Karita is another alternative to Carita, a charming and very rare Swedish name meaning “to esteem or love.” It is certainly a delightful name for parents who wish to dote forever upon their new sweet addition to the family. Carita’s name day in Sweden is traditionally May 7.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: To esteem or love, dearness
  • Pronunciation: kah-REE-tah
  • Variations: Carita
  • Namesakes: Karita Mattila, a Finnish opera singer known worldwide in major opera houses.
Classic, Pretty
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Kerstin is the Swedish take on Christina, derived from the Latin girl’s name Chrstianaus meaning “follower of Christ. This old name referred to early Christians, both male and females, from the Middle Ages and became quite prominent from the 17th-century.

  • Origin: Swedish, Germanic
  • Meaning: A believer or Christian
  • Pronunciation: SHASH-tin
  • Variations: Kjerstin, Kirstin, Kirsten, Kirsti, Kersti, Stina, Kristin, Kresten, Christen
  • Namesakes: Kerstin Anderson, an American stage actress and singer, best known for starring as Maria Von Trapp in the U.S. 2015 Sound of Music tour. Kerstin Ekman, a Swedish novelist, famous for writing Blackwater (Händelser vid vatten) and the Kvinnorna och staden trilogy.
  • Popularity: Kerstin has increased slightly in Sweden but remains pretty rare, with 81 girls receiving the name in 2020.
Cute, Classic


Kristina is an enduring classic name with a feminine sound yet also a solid strength. As your Kristina grows up, there’s also plenty of options for a nickname she likes best. The possibilities include Kristi, Kris, Tina, or even Kiki.

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Slavic, German
  • Meaning: Christian or made whole
  • Variations: Kristin, Christina
  • Namesakes: Kristina Ohlsson, Swedish political scientist/novelist. Kristina “Kiki” Mladenovic, French tennis player.
  • Popularity: A leading name in Sweden, Kristina positioned at five in 2019.
Classic, Pretty


To some English speakers, the double ‘i’ in Liia can look funny at first. Americans may be used to this as it’s used in the state name Hawaii. The middle double vowels help set Liia apart from the other ‘Li’ names. Liia can be a more unusual alternative to Lila.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Latin, Finnish
  • Meaning: Weary, and just/fair-minded, and bringer of gospel
  • Variations: Lia, Lya, Liah, Lyah
  • Popularity: At position 39 in 2020, the interesting Liia is well-loved in Sweden.
Cute, Unique


In Sweden, Lilly is a chart-topping favorite. In many English-speaking countries, the flowery Lilly is often in the top 100 or 200. Cute possible nicknames for Lilly include Lil and Li Li or Lee Lee.

  • Origin: Latin, English, Swedish
  • Meaning: Lily flower
  • Pronunciation: lee-lah
  • Variations: Lily, Lilli, Lili
  • Namesakes: Lilly Burns, TV producer. Lilly King, Olympic swimmer.
  • Popularity: Lilly bloomed at position 10 in 2019, then blossomed to 5 in 2020.
Classic, Pretty


Linea originates from the twinflower plant with two small, dangling pink bell-shaped flowers per stem. Discovered by Swedish naturalist/explorer Carolus Linnaeus, Linea might be a fresh pick if you want a floral name.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
  • Variations: Linnea
  • Popularity: Wildflower-inspired Linea is widely popular in Sweden, placing 22 in 2020.
Unique, Pretty


Lisbet is the gorgeous Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish short form of Elisabet, the Scandinavian version of Elizabeth. You may recall it sounding very similar to Queen Elizabeth II’s own moniker, Lilibet, used as a term of endearment as a child. Elizabeth comes from the Hebrew Elisheva, meaning “my God is my oath.”

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: God’s promise
  • Pronunciation: LEES-bet
  • Variations: Lisbeth, Lilibeth, Lilibet, Libbie, Libby
  • Popularity: Lisbet is pretty rare today among Swedish female names.
Unique, Elegant


Here’s a short, catchy name for that shortlist of yours, derived from the Old Norse name Hlíf meaning “shelter or protection.” It’s also making some splashes in the U.S. charts, slipping into the top 1000 girl names from 2011. The word is also similar to the modern Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish translation of “life.”

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Protection, defense
  • Pronunciation: LEEV
  • Variations: Live, Liva
  • Namesakes: Liv Ullmann, a Norwegian, Japanese-born actress and director, considered one of the finest actresses in Europe.
  • Popularity: Liv increased significantly from the 90s, ranking #54 in Sweden in 2020.
Cute, Popular


Lotta is the charming diminutive of Charlotta, a Swedish variation of the French name Charlotte. This pretty name is the female version of Charles, meaning “free-man” or “petite.” If you can’t resist Lotta’s rarity, you may equally love that it belongs to the River Lotta, which flows through Finland and Russia.

  • Origin: Swedish, Finnish
  • Meaning: Strong, vigorous
  • Pronunciation: LOT-tah
  • Variations: Lotte, Lota, Lottie, Lotti, Lotty, Lo
  • Namesakes: Lotta Schelin, a Swedish professional footballer. Lotta Triven, a Swedish 17th-century writer, historian, poet, and first woman published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
  • Popularity: Lotta remains rare in Sweden, with 17 girls receiving the name in 2020.
Unique, Cute


Lovisa is the Swedish take on the French Germanic name Louise. This beautiful name has been in use since the 17th-century, often shortened to Lova or Lo. It also belonged to a fascinating 16th-century Swedish noblewoman, Lovisa von Burghausen. She was kidnapped after the Battle of Narva in 1704 and sold as a slave many times before regaining her freedom. Perhaps a perfect fit for your very own little brave and free-spirited girl.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Pronunciation: loo-VEE-sah
  • Variations: Lovis, Louise, Louisa, Luise, Luisa, Ludvig
  • Namesakes: Princess Lovisa of Sweden and Norway, and Queen of Denmark from 1906 to 1912. Lovisa Augusti, a famous Swedish opera singer.
  • Popularity: Lovisa ranked #57 among the top 100 Swedish girl names in 2020, while its alternatives Lova and Lovis ranked #37 and #86, respectively.
Popular, Strong


Luna is arguably the top girl name worldwide for 2021 as it held position one in many countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. At position 16 in Sweden and five in Finland, Luna is still highly popular in Scandinavia.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Moon
  • Pronunciation: loo-NAH
  • Namesakes: Luna Wedler, Swiss actress. Luna Blaise, American actress.
  • Popularity: The very popular Luna placed 16 in 2021 in Sweden.
Trendy, Strong
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Lykke offers loads of Scandinavian charisma if that’s what you’re after in a name. Then what better way to wish your daughter a life of happiness and fulfillment than naming her “good fortune?” Lykke is also pretty common in Norway and Denmark.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Good fortune, happiness
  • Pronunciation: lee-kie-eh
  • Namesakes: Lykke Li, a Swedish indie-pop singer and model, best known for her 2008 debut album Youth Novels.
  • Popularity: Lykke hit the charts in 2005, reaching a high of #63 in the top 100 Swedish girl names
Popular, Cute


The Hebrew, migdal, for high tower, and the Greek, Magdala, the Biblical place, are the origin of the French-Swedish created Madeleine. Madeleine is sophisticated, with a lot of elegance, and it also has nickname possibilities like Maddie.

  • Origin: French, Swedish, English
  • Meaning: High tower and from Magdala
  • Pronunciation: mah-dah-lee-en
  • Namesakes: Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Madeleine Kamman, French chef.
  • Popularity: Placing 59 in Sweden in 2019, Madeleine is much-loved.
Classic, Fashionable


Magdalena is heard among many languages throughout Europe and Scandinavia, believed to originate from the Biblical girl’s name Magdalene. The most well-known character Mary Magdalene of the New Testament, received her name from a village on the Sea of Galilee. This Swedish version may be a perfect fit for parents looking for something a little out of the ordinary, easily shortened to Maggie, Alena, Lene, or Lena.

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Of Magdala
  • Pronunciation: MAG-da-leea-nah
  • Variations: Madeleine, Magdalina, Magali, Magdaline
  • Namesakes: Magdalena of Sweden, a Swedish 3rd-century princess and daughter of Charles VII. Magdalena Tul, a Polish singer and composer.
  • Popularity: Magdalena was most popular in Sweden in the late 90s and early 2000s and has since dropped in popularity.
Old-fashioned, Charming


Maja is the Nordic version of the names May and Maria that relate to the goddess Maia of Roman mythology. Maja is a simple yet stylish and cool name that might be just right for your little goddess!

  • Origin: Greek, Roman, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Splendid, goddess, star of the sea
  • Variations: Maya
  • Namesakes: Maja Ivarsson, the rock singer. Maja Ostaszewska, the Polish actress.
  • Popularity: At position four in 2019, Maja is a chart-topper in Sweden.
Trendy, Strong


Malin is the Scandinavian form of the Biblical Hebrew place name, Magdala, in Galilee. Madeleine is the French version of Magdala and also popular, but Malin offers a shorter, cooler Scandinavian option.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Little warrior
  • Namesakes: Malin Levenstad, Swedish footballer. Malin Sofia Katarina Berggren, Swedish singer-songwriter.
  • Popularity: Ranked at 12 in Sweden in 2019, Malin is a common name.


Margareta is from the Greek margarites meaning pearl. It’s a beautifully flowing and feminine name, yet also embodies a sense of strength and quality.

  • Origin: Greek, German, Scandinavian, Slavic
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Variations: Greta
  • Namesakes: Margareta Kozuch, German volleyball player. Margareta Hennix, Swedish ceramic artist.
  • Popularity: Margareta shines with popularity at position 40 in Sweden in 2019.
Pretty, Charming


Popular worldwide, Maria is a longtime favorite in Sweden that connects to royalty. Maria is derived from both the Old Testament Miryam and the New Testament Mary. Maria is classically pretty and never seems to go out of style!

  • Origin: Hebrew, Latin, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Of the sea, bitter, and beloved
  • Pronunciation: mah-ree-ahh
  • Variations: Marie
  • Namesakes: Princess Maria Elizabeth of Sweden. Maria Sharapova, a Russian tennis player.
  • Popularity: Maria is a long-loved name and was 58 in 2019 in Sweden.
Classic, Pretty


Märta is the Swedish short form of Margareta, a variation of Margaret. This classic English name comes from the Greek “margarites,” meaning “pearl,” including other Latin and French derivatives. History-lovers may appreciate the famous 4th-century martyr, Saint Margaret, who bore the name and is known as the patron saint of expectant mothers. According to legends, she is depicted in Medieval art escaping from a dragon’s belly and is one of the saints who spoke with the mighty warrior Joan of Arc. In Sweden, the name day for Märta is May 11.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Pronunciation: mehr-tah
  • Variations: Meta, Greta, Meta, Mette, Merete, Marita, Marit
  • Namesakes: Märta Torén, a Swedish actress popular in the 40s and 50s. Märta Björnbom, a Swedish lawyer and one of the first women to complete a law degree in Sweden in the 20th-century.
  • Popularity: Märta is pretty common in Sweden, ranked #74 in the top 100 in 2020.
Cute, Quirky, Classic


Matilda is commonly used not only in Sweden but also in England and Australia. Possible nicknames include Tilda and Tilly. If you’re hoping for a name with a strong personality, Matilda might be the one.

  • Origin: Old German, English, Swedish
  • Meaning: Mighty in battle
  • Pronunciation: mah-teel-dah
  • Variations: Mathilde
  • Namesakes: Matilda Smedius, a Swedish actress.
  • Popularity: At position 45 in Sweden in 2020, Matilda is strongly popular.
Vintage, Strong


Meja is a delightful modern Swedish name derived from the Germanic element “magan,” meaning “strength.” This could be a perfect name for parents who wish to raise a strong and independent little soul.

  • Origin: Swedish, Germanic
  • Meaning: Strength
  • Pronunciation: MAY-ah
  • Namesakes: Meja Anna Pernilla Kullersten, a Swedish composer and singer best known for her songs Private Emotion, sung with Ricky Martin and her hit single All ‘Bout the Money.
  • Popularity: Meja was most popular in Sweden between 2007 and 2011 and, while slightly less popular, ranked #47 in the top 100 Swedish girl names in 2020.
Popular, Modern
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Mikaela is the Swedish female version of Michael, which originates from the Hebrew name Mikha’el, meaning “who is like God?” You will come across this beautiful name in Israel and parts of Eastern Europe. It’s also not short of stunning variations to choose from, such as Micaela in Portuguese, Mikayla or Mekayla in English, Michalina in Polish, and Michèle or Michelle in French.

  • Origin: Swedish, Finnish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who resembles God?
  • Pronunciation: MEE-kah-eh-lah
  • Variations: Mikaéla, Micaela, Mikael, Mika, Miska, Mihaela, Makayla
  • Namesakes: Michaela Watkins, an American actress and comedian, best known for starring on Saturday Night Live, including the sitcoms Trophy Wife and The Unicorn. Mikaela Shiffrin, an American Olympic gold medalist and World Cup mountain skier.
  • Popularity: Mikaela was most popular in Sweden in the late 90s and early 2000s and has since dropped in popularity.
Classic, Strong


Mila can be a girl name on its own or used as a nickname for Milena or Melina. With its mixed origin and multiple positive meanings, Mila can be a short and sophisticated selection.

  • Origin: Slavic, Russian, Spanish
  • Meaning: Hardworking and dear one and miracles
  • Namesakes: Mila Kunis, American actress.
  • Popularity: In 2020, the attractive Mila placed at #29 in Sweden, making this a popular pick.
Pretty, Cute


Moa is a cute favorite among Swedish girls, likely derived from the Swedish word “moder” for “mother.” This enchanting name also belonged to 9 species of extinct flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. The largest Moa species was 12 ft tall and weighed about 230kg! Certainly a majestic and strong name for parents looking for something trendy and a little out of the ordinary.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: Mother
  • Pronunciation: moo-ah
  • Variations: Móa
  • Namesakes: Moa Martinson (born Helga Maria Swarts) was one of Sweden’s well-known left-wing authors during the mid-90s.
  • Popularity: Moa has remained a popular name in Sweden, showing a slight decrease from 2019 but still in the top 100 girl names.
Popular, Quirky


Nanna is derived from the Old Norse word “nanþ” meaning “daring or brave.” In Norse mythology, Nanna Nepsdóttir was the wife of Baldr, known as the goddess of joy, peace, and the moon. In Sweden, the name for Nanna is April 3.

  • Origin: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Daring, brave
  • Pronunciation: NAHN-nah
  • Variations: Nana
  • Namesakes: Nanna Hoffman, a successful 19th-century entrepreneur and director of August Hoffmanns pianofabrik, a piano factory. Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, an Icelandic musician and lead vocalist for the band Of Monsters and Men.
  • Popularity: Nanna is pretty uncommon in Sweden, last listed on the Swedish popularity charts in 2018.
Classic, Strong


Nathalie is the French form of Natalie, also commonly heard in German, Dutch, Italian and Scandinavian families. Natalie is derived from the Latin term “natale domini,” meaning the “birth of the Lord,” best referred to as Christmas! If you happen to adore this festive, family-centered occasion each year, then Nathalie could make a wonderful fit.

  • Origin: French, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Birth of Christ
  • Pronunciation: nah-TAH-lee
  • Variations: Natalie, Natalee, Nataly, Natalia, Natalyia, Natalija, Natali, Natalya, Natalka
  • Namesakes: Nathalie Kelley, an Australian-Peruvian actress best known for starring in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift film, including The Vampire Diaries and Dynasty television series.
  • Popularity: Nathalie was most popular among Swedish girl names from the 90s to 2015 and has since dropped in popularity.
Classic, Pretty


Nea is an alternative short form of Linnéa, which sits in the top 40 Swedish girl names in 2020. Linnéa refers to a dainty plant genus, Linnaea borealis, growing throughout the northern hemisphere, from Siberia to Sweden and North America. A gorgeous flower, named after its founder, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus and known for being one of his favorites!

  • Origin: Swedish, Finnish
  • Meaning: Linnaea borealis, Twinflower
  • Pronunciation: nee-AH
  • Variations: Neea, Nia, Nya, Niah, Nyah, Niya
  • Namesakes: Linnea Södahl, better known as Nea, a Swedish singer-songwriter for Zara Larsson, and Tove Styrke, famous for writing the international hit song Lush Life.
  • Popularity: Nea slipped onto the Swedish popularity charts in 2001 and steadily increased while remaining pretty rare.
Trendy, Pretty


Nellie is the English and Swedish diminutive of Nell, which originates from Eleanor, Cornelia, Ellen, or Helen. Each comes with its unique origins and meanings, so Nellie could perfectly suit the more culturally-versatile family.

  • Origin: Swedish, Greek, English, Frenc
  • Meaning: Horn, sunray
  • Pronunciation: NEH-li
  • Variations: Nelly, Nelle, Elle, Ellie, Elly, Ella
  • Namesakes: Nellie Bly, an American journalist and inventor best known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days and pioneering investigative journalism in the 1800s. Nelly Thüring, a Swedish photographer and politician, one of the first women elected to the Swedish parliament in the 1920s.
  • Popularity: Nellie is quite popular and listed #44 in the top 100 girl names in 2020.
Popular, Vintage


Ottilia is the Swedish version of Odilia, an ancient Germanic girl name consisting of the elements “odal” for “fatherland” and “aud” for “wealth or fortune.” The common masculine form is Otto. Ottilia also offers a range of gorgeous language variations, such as Odile or Odette in French, Otilia in Spanish, and Oda or Aud in Norwegian. In Sweden, Ottilia’s name day is April 9.

  • Origin: Swedish, Germanic
  • Meaning: Prosperity in battle
  • Pronunciation: oot-TEE-lee-ah
  • Variations: Othilian, Otilia, Odila, Odile, Odelia, Otylia, Odília
  • Namesakes: Ottilia Adelborg, a Swedish children’s book illustrator and author from the early 1900s. Ottilia Littmarck, a Swedish actress and theatre director of Södra Teatern in Stockholm.
  • Popularity: Ottilia is less common in Sweden today, with 26 girls given the name in 2020, while Othilia seems slightly more popular.
Unique, Vintage


Rebecka is the Swedish version of Rebecca, which originates from the Hebrew name Rivqah meaning “join, tie or snare.” Other sources suggest it means “captivating beauty or hearty,” derived from the Hebrew verb “rbq” meaning “to tie firmly.” This adorable name belonged to the matriarch Rebecca from the Old Testament, the wife of Isaac and mother to Jacob and Esau.

  • Origin: Swedish
  • Meaning: One who ties and joins, captivating
  • Pronunciation: reh-beh-kiah
  • Variations: Rebecca, Rhebekka, Rebekka, Rebeka, Becca, Becka, Rebeca
  • Namesakes: Rebecka Hemse, a Swedish actress known for starring as Inger in the Swedish Beck criminal detective films series.
  • Popularity: Rebecka is less popular today among Swedish girl names, while it’s counterpart Rebecca is slightly more popular.
Classic, Charming


Ronja is thought to have been created by Scandinavians from the Latin/Greek/Persian name Roxana and the Latin Viktoria. Ronja is both strong and unique. If you like Sonja, Ronja might be an alternative to consider.

  • Origin: Old Norse, Latin, Greek, Persian
  • Meaning: “The advice of the ruler” or reign and power
  • Namesakes: Ronja Maltzahn, the singer-songwriter.
  • Popularity: Ronja, an enduring Nordic favorite, positioned at 24 in 2020 in Sweden.
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Runa is the feminine form of Rune, a masculine derivative of the Old Norse word “rún” meaning “secret lore or traditions.” Runes were also an ancient alphabet used among various Germanic languages before Latin was widely distributed. In Japanese, Runa means “mighty strength.”

  • Origin: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Secret myths or traditions
  • Pronunciation: ROO-nah
  • Variations: Rúna
  • Popularity: Runa is pretty rare in Sweden but increasing slowly, with 23 girls receiving the name in 2020.
Classic, Strong


In Norse mythology, Saga is the goddess of storytelling, history, and poetry. A saga in English means a long story, so this name is relatable in English-speaking countries. If you like names such as Journey and Sonnet, you may want to consider Saga.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Goddess of storytelling
  • Popularity: Saga is trendy and positioned at #14 in Sweden in 2019.
Strong, Quirky


The Sami people are indigenous to the northern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Sami has a spirited vibe and a pleasant, casual appeal. It could be a good option if you don’t want the formal Samantha and would like to reference Scandinavia.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: The Sami people
  • Namesakes: Sami Hyppia, Finnish football manager. Sami Reinwein, German tennis player.
  • Popularity: Sami is a very popular gender-neutral name in Sweden, placing 12th in 2020.
Unique, Fashionable


Sara is the Swedish spelling of the Biblical Sarah. First recorded as a baby name in 1464, Sara is still in demand. Sweet in sound and simple to say and spell, Sara is simply a standout!

  • Origin: Hebrew, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Noblewoman or lady
  • Pronunciation: SAAH-rah
  • Variations: Sarah
  • Namesakes: Sara Fabel, Finnish model/tattoo artist. Sara Gilbert, American actress.
  • Popularity: At 29 in 2019, Sara is one of Sweden’s most popular names.
Classic, Pretty


Sascha is the Russian short form of Alexander and Alexandra, which are Latinized names from the Greek Alexandros. With its sweet sashaying sound and elegant spelling, Sascha is sublime.

  • Origin: Latin, Greek, Russian, Slavic
  • Meaning: Defender, protector of mankind
  • Namesakes: Sascha Radetsky, a German tennis player.
  • Popularity: Sascha is super popular and ranked at position 4 for unisex names in Sweden in 2019.
Strong, Pretty


Selma stems from the German name, Anselhelm. It’s the German version of the Biblical Hebrew, Salome. Selma is a common girl name throughout Scandinavia and Iceland.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Old High German
  • Meaning: God’s protection or God’s helmet
  • Variations: Salma, Zelma
  • Namesakes: Selma Blair, American actress. Selma Diamond, Canadian-American comedian.
  • Popularity: Super popular in Sweden, Selma took position 8 in 2020.
Vintage, Strong


From “sigr” for victory and “frior” for beauty, Sigrid is a Scandinavian name with an engaging meaning. If you’re considering Ingrid, then Sigrid might also make your list.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Victory and beauty
  • Style: Strong, Vintage
  • Namesakes: Sigrid Solbakk Raabe, Norwegian singer/songwriter.
  • Popularity: The sought-after Norse name Sigrid was 43 in Sweden in 2019.


A short and sweet nature name, Sky has a lot of appeal. It’s considered a gender-neutral name but is used more for girls. Sky could be a heavenly choice for your new baby!

  • Origin: Scandinavian, English
  • Meaning: The heavens, the sky
  • Variations: Skye
  • Namesakes: Sky Ferreira, American singer/songwriter.
  • Popularity: Sky reached 36 on Sweden’s unisex name chart in 2020, making it a popular name.
Modern, Fashionable


Sonja is the Scandinavian version of the Greek Sophia, and has the same meaning of “wisdom.” It’s a shorter yet rhythmically flowing name with a sweet and sophisticated feel.

  • Origin: Greek, Scandinavian, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Meaning: Wisdom
  • Variations: Sonya, Sonia
  • Namesakes: Queen Sonja of Norway. Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater. Sonja Richter, Danish a classic and common Scandinavian name, Sonja, placed #90 in Sweden in 2019.
Pretty, Strong


The Swedish name for girls beginning with S, Svea, meaning Sweden, offers a mighty dash of culture! Svea is derived from the Old High German, “sweba,” meaning free, and the Nordic, “sve”, meaning the sea. Some name researchers assert that Svea means “little Swedish girl.”

  • Origin: Old High German, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Sweden
  • Pronunciation: S’VAY-ah
  • Popularity: The much-loved Svea placed at #81 in Sweden in 2020.
Strong, Common
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In Greek mythology, Thea was the goddess of light, the sun, the moon, and dawn. In its sound, Thea is an alternative to Leah. Very popular in Sweden and Israel in 2020, Thea was mildly popular in the U.S.

  • Origin: Swedish, Greek
  • Meaning: Goddess
  • Namesakes: Thea LaFond, Dominican Olympic jumper. Thea Gill, Canadian actress.
  • Popularity: The sought-after Thea positioned at 32 in Sweden in 2020.
Classic, Quirky


Therese is the French form of the German name Theresa. Theresa and Therese are thought to be derived from a Greek, or neighboring island once called Thera, Thira, or Therassa. The classic nickname for Therese/Theresa is Teri, which could also be spelled Terri or Terry.

  • Origin: French, Greek, Swedish
  • Meaning: Harvester
  • Pronunciation: teh-REHS
  • Variations: Teresa, Theresa, Therasia
  • Namesakes: Therese Johaug, Norwegian skier.
  • Popularity: The elegant Therese placed at 45 in Sweden in 2019.
Classic, Strong


If you’re looking for a different short and strong ‘T’ name from ones like Tina or Tilly, consider Tuva. It’s easy to spell and say and offers a confident vibe.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Swedish
  • Meaning: God is good and tuft of grass
  • Namesakes: Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress. Tuva Semmingsen, Norwegian singer.
  • Popularity: One of Sweden’s best-loved names, Tuva took position 62 in 2020.
Strong, Popular, Common


In Norse mythology, Tyra is connected with Thor and means “thunder warrior.” Tyra is also an Irish/Gaelic name with the meaning “land of yew trees.” For a bold name with an interesting sound, Tyra is a great choice.

  • Origin: Norse
  • Meaning: God of battle
  • Namesakes: Tyra Kleen, Swedish artist/activist. Tyra Banks, American model/entrepreneur.
  • Popularity: The popular Tyra ranked 61 in Sweden in 2019.
Strong, Vintage


Ulrika is the feminine form of the German male name Ulrich. It’s a very rare name outside Scandinavia but common and well-loved in Sweden. Some name researchers think that in addition to meaning powerful in battle, Ulrika means “power of the wolf.”

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Powerful
  • Variations: Ulrica
  • Namesakes: Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden. Ulrika Jonson, Swedish-British TV personality.
  • Popularity: The royally popular Ulrika was positioned at 55 in Sweden in 2019.
Strong, Vintage


Meaning truth in Latin and faith in Russian, Vera offers a significant message. It also has a soft yet strong sound that brings femininity – especially with it’s ‘ah’ ending. Like other names once associated with older women, such as Clara, Edith, and Helen, Vera is a popular baby name today.

  • Origin: Latin, Russian
  • Meaning: Truth and faith
  • Namesakes: Vera Wang, American fashion designer. Vera Krasova, Russian model.
  • Popularity: The versatile Vera was a Swedish chart-topper in 2019 at position five.
Vintage, Strong


Viktoria, meaning winner in Latin, is a strong name and the female form of Viktor. Cute nicknames for Viktoria include Viki or Vikki. Tori is another nickname option.

  • Origin: Latin, German
  • Meaning: Victorious, winning
  • Variations: Viki, Vikki, Tori
  • Namesakes: Viktoria Komova, a Russian gymnast. Viktoria Kampbell, a Canadian actress.
  • Popularity: Viktoria was victorious in popularity at #83 in Sweden in 2019.
Strong, Popular


Wilda is an uncommon name choice in most countries but a popular Nordic pick. If you like the Scandinavian favorites Hilda and Wilma, you might also want to consider Wilda.

  • Origin: Old German, Old English
  • Meaning: Untamed and wild, or willow tree
  • Variations: Vilda
  • Popularity: Wilda is a Top 100 name in Sweden, placing 95 in 2019.
Vintage, Popular


Soft in sound, yet strong in its meaning, Wilma is derived from the German Wilhelmina, meaning helmet. Wilma can be a great option for a female name that’s both feminine and mighty.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Strength, protector
  • Variations: Vilma
  • Namesakes: Wilma Elles, German actress/model. Wilma Flintstone, “The Flintstones” animated character.
  • Popularity: Wilma endures as a strong Swedish favorite at 44 in 2020.
Vintage, Strong


Ylva is one of the oldest recorded names in Sweden, belonging to a 13th-century Swedish noblewoman Ingrid Ylva. Legends called her a white witch, able to muster up magical powers to fulfill good fortunes for her family. In one story, when her home village Bjälbo was under attack, she ran to the top of the church tower and ripped a feather pillow apart, which turned into armored knights on the land below. Later on, her victorious descendants would sit upon the Swedish throne.

  • Origin: Swedish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: She-wolf
  • Pronunciation: yeel-vah
  • Variations: Ylfa
  • Namesakes: Ylva Eggehorn, a Swedish poet and hymn writer. Ylva Johansson, a prominent Swedish politician, serving as European Commissioner of Home Affairs since 2019.
  • Popularity: Ylva remains a consistent old favorite in Sweden, with 62 girls receiving the name in 2020.
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Swedish Names FAQs

What are the Most Common Girl Names In Sweden?

Astrid, Maja, Vera, Ebba, and Eleana are the most common girl names in Sweden. Other popular Swedish baby names are Ines, Alma, Ellie, Lilly, and Kristina. Interestingly, Kristina is also one of the most common names among Swedish adult women.

What Names are Illegal In Sweden?

Elvis, IKEA, Superman, Metallica, and Veranda are illegal names in Sweden. They are unlawful according to the 1982 Naming Law that such names “cause offense or discomfort.”

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Sarah-Lynn Robertson

Sarah-Lynn Robertson is a freelance writer from the sunny and colorful country of South Africa. She writes for various websites and blogs on a wide range of topics and also dabbles in some copywriting from time to time. As a qualified environmental researcher, Sarah found she loved freelance writing way more interesting than sifting through endless spreadsheets of data for days on end. When she isn’t writing, Sarah loves reading, running, camping, and fishing with her husband, and taking her fluffy, four-legged friend Chester for a stroll or two.