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28th Jul 2020

11 gorgeous baby names we want to steal from Scandinavia right now

How chic are these?!

Trine Jensen-Burke

Scandinavia is known for being a pretty darn cool corner of the earth.

Not only is it home to such iconic brands as H&M, Ikea, Acne, Lego, Stokke, Spotify, Ganni and many, many (many!) more, but it is also consistently voted the best, safest and happiest place in the world to live.

And guess what, guys – it doesn’t even end at hip cities and cool architecture and northern lights and more hygge than you can shake a stick at.

Scandinavians also have some serious swagger and street-cred when it comes to baby names. Don’t believe us? Here are 11 Scandi chic names to ensure your kid will be the coolest in his class – by miles:

1. Ingrid

Ingrid is a beautiful Scandinavian name – and is also currently the name of Norway’s heir to the throne, Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

2. Axel

Axel means “my father is peace” and can also be spelled Aksel. (Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie also has this name)

3. Elin

Elin is a form of Helen/Ellen, and is also the name of one of Sweden’s most famous fashion bloggers, Elin Kling.

4. Matias

Matias is a popular name for baby boys in Scandinavia these days – can also be spelled Mathias. Meaning: ‘Gift of God.’

5. Elsa

Elsa is a short form of Elizabeth. And, also, apparently it was used in some random Disney movie not long ago…

6. Balder

Balder is an old viking name meaning ‘brave warrior’ – and if that’s not Scandi cool for you, we don’t know what is!

7. Freja

Freja is the goddess of love in Norse mythology (and, also, the name of Danish supermodel Freja Beha Erichsen)

8. Andreas

Andreas is probably a Greek name originally, but is also very popular in the Scandinavian countries. The name is said to mean ‘manly’ or ‘brave.’

9. Sanna

Sanna means “lily flower.” The name is popular in all of Scandinavia right now, but skyrocketing in Norway, as Sanna is a character’s name on the insanely popular Norwegian teen drama, Skam.

10. Emil

Emil is a popular name for Scandinavian baby boys, maybe especially in Sweden – inspired by the books about Emil i Lönneberga by famous Swedish children’s book author, Astrid Lindgren (who, of course, also penned the books about Pippi Longstocking)

11. Kaia

Kaia means “pure,” and is a popular girl’s name in both Norway, Sweden and Denmark.