Best Nordic Baby Names for the Modern World

What do you think would be the best girl baby names for the modern world, especially for English speakers?


I’m not sure what the “modern world” part is supposed to imply (the Nordic countries most definitely still exist!), but there are plenty of Nordic girls’ names which I like.


This is leaving aside the more international names that are common in Scandinavia (e.g. [name_f]Anna[/name_f], [name_f]Emma[/name_f], [name_f]Sofia[/name_f]).

[name_f]Greta[/name_f] and [name_f]Ingrid[/name_f]!

As someone who lives in a Nordic country, plenty of nordic names are used today in “the modern world”…

Anyways, for English speakers I suggest:



Freyja (my baby)
[name_f]Linn[/name_f]éa (my niece)
SØLVI (spelling is so much prettier than [name_f]Solveig[/name_f]!)
[name_f]Thora[/name_f]- possible future baby name however I struggle with the pronunciation. I dislike the proper “thomas”-type pronunciation and prefer the phonetic English. Problem is my ancestor I would use it for was Norwegian and pronounced it the proper way. Also TH seems hard for a child to say.

Like lumen, I’m not sure what you mean by modern world. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you mean names that would travel well, or work in other non-Nordic countries, or old Nordic names that sound “fresh”?

Some Nordic and Norse-origin names are familiar already, and if you want something that travels well, you’re better off with names that have intuitive pronunciations for non-native speakers (so, not Arnbjørg). I.e., [name_f]Astrid[/name_f], [name_f]Ingrid[/name_f], [name_f]Sigrid[/name_f], Eydis, [name_f]Freya[/name_f], [name_f]Frida[/name_f], [name_f]Britta[/name_f], [name_f]Liv[/name_f], Ingvild, Siv, [name_f]Thora[/name_f], [name_f]Tova[/name_f], [name_f]Eir[/name_f], and [name_f]Eira[/name_f].

Then there are the cognates of other European names, like [name_f]Cathrine[/name_f], [name_f]Elin[/name_f] and [name_f]Sofia[/name_f].