Interestingly, Scandinavian countries have got some pretty strict naming laws. In Denmark, you can choose from a list of only 7,000 pre-approved names, in Iceland, there is a Naming Committee which decides whether a name is acceptable or not and in Norway you can't choose a name that is traditionally a last name! But trust us, all that legislation doesn't prevent them from having some really beautiful names...
Scandinavian baby names:
Annika is a beautiful Swedish girls name. It is a diminutive of Anna and has several lovely meanings: 'grace', 'gracious', 'graceful' and 'favoured'.
Arvid is a Scandinavian boys name of Old Norse origin, meaning 'forest of eagles'. It can also refer to a 'king' or 'legend'.
Ida is a popular girls name in both Scandinavia and Germany. It means 'labour' or 'work' and is also the name of the Old Norse goddess 'Iðunn'.
Axel is a boys name that pops up all over Europe in Scandinavia, France, Germany and Holland. It means 'father of peace'. In Norway, it is often spelt 'Aksel' and in Finland 'Akseli'. There is also a feminine version of the name - Axelle.
Janica is a Scandinavian girls name which can also be spelt 'Jannike'. It means 'God is gracious'. It is also popular in Eastern Europe and relates to Roman mythology - Jan was the wife of Janus, the god of beginnings, transitions and time.
Ebbe is a Scandinavian boys name which is also occasionally used in Germany. It is a diminutive of 'Ebsen' and means 'wild boar' or 'strong as a boar'. The feminine version of the name is Ebba.
Kajsa is a Scandinavian girls name, most common in Sweden, meaning 'pure'. It is often used as a diminutive of Katarina or Karin.
Frans is a popular boys name in Scandinavia and Germany. In Swedish or Danish it means 'free'.
Laila is a Scandinavian girls name meaning 'nightfall'. It is derived from the Arabic Leila meaning 'night' 'dark' or 'beauty' and the Persian meaning 'dark-haired'. It has several alternative spellings - Laijla, Laíla and Lailah.
Loke is a Scandinavian boys name which is a modern spelling of the Old Norse God (and Marvel baddie played by Tom Hiddleston) Loki. It means 'He who breaks or destroys' so it is the perfect name for a boisterous little boy.
Linnea or Linnéa is a Scandinavian girls name meaning 'lime tree' or 'twinflower'. There are two masculine versions: Linnaeus and Linné.
Matteo or Matteus is a boys name which is popular in Scandinavia and Italy. It simply means 'Gift from God'.
Lykke is a Scandinavian girls name from the Danish meaning 'happiness' or 'good fortune'. It is pronounced louk-keh although the Swedish indie singer Lykke Li is often pronounced lik-keh lee.
Mikael is a Scandinavian boys name which can also be spelt as Michiel, Mikel or Mikkel. It is a Scandinavian version of the English name Michael and means 'who is like God' or 'gift from God'.
Maja is an intriguing Scandinavian, Geman and Arabic girls name meaning 'splendid'. It can be pronounced like my-a, ma-zha or ma-ha.
Neo is a boys name that is popular in Scandinavia, meaning 'new'.
Mina is a Scandinavian and Gemeran girls name meaning 'love'. It is a perfect fit for the trend of short girls names ending in 'a'.
Nils is a Scandinavian boys name. It means 'victory of the people': a compound name composed of the elements nikē (Goddess of victory) and laos (the people).
Saga is a Scandinavian girls name meaning 'seeing one'. It is also the name of Saga Norén, the lead character from the hit Swedish TV crime series The Bridge.
Olle is the Scandinavian version of the boys name 'Ollie'. It is a wise name, coming from the Old Norse name Óláfr or bin, meaning 'ancestor's descendant'. In Swedish it is a diminutive of the name Olaf. It can also be spelt Ole.
Sanna is a Scandinavian girls name meaning 'truth'. It can be a shortening of Susanna and may also mean 'Lily' or 'lotus flower',
Sigge is a Scandinavian boys name meaning 'victory or 'victory bear'.
Sigrid is a Scandinavian girls name which could be the feminine form of 'Sigge'. It means 'beautiful victory'.
Viggo is a Scandinavian boys name, mostly used in Denmark and Norway. It can also be spelt Wiggo. It either comes from the Old Norse meaning 'battle' or 'fight' but it may also come from the Iceland name Vöggur meaning 'one who lies in a cradle' - which makes it a cute baby name.
Synnove is a Scandinavian girls name meaning 'gift of the sun'. It can also be spelt Sunniva.
Wilmer is a Scandinavian or Geman boys name meaning 'resolute' or 'famous'.
Ulla is a Scandinavian girls name meaning 'determined'. Ulla may also be an abbreviation of Ursula or Ulrika.
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