Swedish Names

Male Names
  • Anders (Greek) - Man, warrior [Danish, Dutch, English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Variant of Andreas used in Scandanavia, in Frisian and in some Dutch dialects.

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen is the current Prime Minister of Denmark, and Anders Celsius was a Swedish astronomer after whom the Celsius temperature scale is named.

  • Erik (Norse) - Eternal ruler [Czech, Danish, English, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Slovak and Swedish speaking countries]

    Erik is a popular name, a cognate of the Old Norse name that gave Eric. However, there are some who believe the name comes to the Old Norse via the Germanic ehre (honor) and the Proto-Germanic rik (king), hence "honorable king". This was the name of twel

  • Hans (Hebrew) - God is gracious [English speaking countries]
  • Hugo (Germanic) - Mind, heart or spirit [English, French, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Victor Hugo was a French novelist and poet, famous for 'Les Misérables' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'.

    The current President of Venezuela is Hugo Chávez and Hugo Banzer is a former Bolivian president.

    Hugo Grotius, who

  • Joel (Hebrew) - The Lord is God [English, French, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Spelt Joël in French.

    Joel was a prophet in the Old Testament.

    Famous bearers include film directors Joel Schumacher and Joel Coen, and singer Joel Madden.

    It was the 124th most popular name in USA in 2006. It

  • Lars (Latin) - Man from Laurentum [English speaking countries]
  • Malaki (Hebrew) - My messenger [English and Swedish speaking countries]

    Swedish and Hawaiian variant of Malakhi.

  • Soren (Italian) - Stern, severe [English speaking countries]

    Søren is the correct spelling. It is derived directly from the Italian name Severino.

  • Vincent (Latin) - Conquering [Danish, Dutch, English, French and Swedish speaking countries]

    St Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of Lisbon.

    St Vincent and the Grenadines is an island chain in the Lesser Antilles, with St Vincent being the largest island.

    Famous bearers include artist Vincent van Gogh and ac

Female Names
  • Annika (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [Dutch, English, Finnish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Annika Sörenstam is a successful Swedish professional golfer.

  • Astrid (Norse) - God + fair, beautiful [Dutch, English, German, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Compound name, from the elements 'as', which relates to the Aesir [a group of gods formed around Odin] and 'trud', 'fair' or 'beautiful'. It was the name of one of the Valkyries.

  • Britt (Gaelic) - The exalted one [English and Swedish speaking countries]
  • Britta (Gaelic) - The exalted one [English and Swedish speaking countries]
  • Clara (Latin) - Clear; bright; famous [Catalan, English, French, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Clara is a town in Offaly, in the middle of Ireland. Famous Claras include American nurse Clara Barton (born Clarissa Barton) who organized the American Red Cross, and German pianist Clara Schumann, wife of the Romantic composer Robert Schumann.

  • Dalia (English) - Dweller in the valley [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Variant form of Dahlia; Dalia is also a Hebrew name meaning "branch".

  • Ella (Greek) - Torch; bright light [English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Ella originated as a short form of any of the various names containing the Germanic element ali (foreign, other).

    Ella is now taken as a variant of Ellen, and also a possible nickname to other names with a strong el-sound in them.

  • Elsa (Hebrew) - My God is a vow; joyful [English, Finnish, German, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Originally a pet form of Elizabeth, Elsa is now in common use as an independent given name. Elsa may also be taken as coming from the Hebrew meaning "joyful".

    Elsa Schiaparelli was a fashion designer of the 1920s and 30s. Elsa was the name

  • Hilda (Germanic) - Battle; war [Danish, English, German, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]
  • Josefina (Hebrew) - He will enlarge [English, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    A feminine form of Joseph or José.

  • Karin (Greek) - Pure [Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Japanese and Swedish speaking countries]

    As a Japanese name, Karin may be written with the characters for "summer" (ka) and "forest" or "bell" for 'rin' - among other possibilities.

  • Katarina (Greek) - Pure [Croatian, English, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Serbian and Swedish speaking countries]
  • Kia (English) - Pet form of Kiana [English and Swedish speaking countries]

    Kia is a Swedish pet form of Kristina.

    In the English-speaking world, its use is recent, and probably arbitrary, or a pet form of Kiana.
    In New Zealand and Australia it may have been inspired by the Maori phrase 'kia ora' (be well),

  • Matilda (Germanic) - Powerful battler [English, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish speaking countries]

    Latinized form of Mathilda.

    Matilda of Flanders was Queen consort of the Kingdom of England and the wife of William the Conqueror.

    "Matilda," by Roald Dahl, is a children's book about a girl with extraordinary mental powers.<

  • Mia (Hebrew) - Uncertain, maybe bitter [Danish, English and Swedish speaking countries]

    Mia is the Danish and Swedish pet form of Maria, and is also commonly used as an independent given name. In other languages it is used as a nickname for Maria, and sometimes Amelia, among others. Mia is a possessive form in Italian and Spanish, and in som

  • Naima (Arabic) - Tranquil [African, Arabic, English and Swahili speaking countries]
  • Nathalie (Italian) - Christ's birthday [English and French speaking countries]
  • Sarah (Hebrew) - Princess [English, French, German, Hebrew, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Sarah was the wife of Abraham, and the mother of Isaac.
    Her name was first Sarai ("my princess"), which God changed to Sarah ("princess") as her descendants were to be the future nation of Israel.

    Famous bearer

  • Susanna (Hebrew) - Lily; rose [English speaking countries]

    From the Greek form of the Hebrew name Shoshanah, traditionally translated as "lily" or occasionally as "rose".

  • Virginia (Latin) - Maiden [Danish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    The American state of Virginia was named after English Queen Elizabeth I - known as the 'Virgin Queen' because she never married.

    Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and Virginia Wade is a Wimbledon winning tennis player.

Gender Neutral Names
  • Anika (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [Dutch, English, Finnish, Hindi and Swedish speaking countries]

    As a female name the name has origins in Hebrew, Latin and Japanese. In this form it is used in Dutch, Finnish and Swedish. As a male name however, it is Sanskrit in origin and is pronounced slightly different [see second given pronunciation].

  • Ola (Norwegian) - Ancestor [English, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish speaking countries]

    As a male name, Ola is the Norwegian and Swedish variant of Olaf, meaning "ancestor" or "descendant". As a female name, Ola is the Polish short form of Aleksandra, meaning "defender of mankind".