Icelandic/Scandinavi an names

(34 Posts)
eltsihT Tue 19-Feb-13 08:05:18

My hubby is icelandic, and we have a really boring British surname. We have agreed to give our kids icelandic names so that they arn't called John Smith.

Being a school teacher I have been a little grumpy and ruled out any names that I can't pronounce correctlty by reading them and any with non English characters (ð etc)

We have a son called Ragnar and a yellow bump, pretty set on Lilja for a girl, but would love some suggestions for boys (and girls too), been thinking about Ólafur for a boy but if we shorten the names our boys would be raggi and oli (rags and holes) am I over thinking this???

eltsihT Wed 22-May-13 09:39:28

Thanks everyone for the replies, we have settled on Einar Henry for a boy, or Hazel Ingunn for a girl.

mathanxiety Mon 11-Mar-13 05:16:45

For a girl:
Pernilla (Swedish)
Dagmar
Elin
Erla
Eva
Lara
Margret
Fjola
Sigrid (Siri)
Ros
Sigrun
Rakel

For a boy:
Ari
Einar
Hannes
Jens
Jonas
Hakon
Finnur
Gunnar
Geir
Oskar
Gisli
Sindri

No accents included in my spellings, sorry.

Jonsi, how do you pronounce that? Yon_see? Is it male or female?

forevergreek Sun 10-Mar-13 18:18:56

my (female) friend is kolbrun (kolla)

otherwise girls:
Anika
Agnes

boys:
Abel

Littleniff Sat 09-Mar-13 23:39:56

Jonsi

Marmom Fri 08-Mar-13 08:32:55

Icelandic/Old Norse

"Ari" meaning "eagle" or "fast flying one". Etymologically closely related to the Icelandic word "ör" (arrow).

I love this name for a boy, but Ari is a unisex name.

HeffaFlump Mon 25-Feb-13 23:57:23

Danica is a lovely Scandinavian name for a girl & works well in England with the pronunciation etc

OddFrog Mon 25-Feb-13 23:31:33

I like Espen for a boy.

FatJasper Mon 25-Feb-13 23:13:32

Love Smilla and Hedda.

serin Mon 25-Feb-13 23:04:18

Tuuli for a girl (Too Lee)

Lars for a boy

NoRoomForMeInMyBed Mon 25-Feb-13 16:00:01

DS2 is Magnus, people always comment on it and it never gets shortened. It suits him perfectly...I love your choice of names OP, love Lilja!

haggisaggis Mon 25-Feb-13 13:03:47

Anders, Lars, Thor are 3 I like (and ds is one of them!)

HoneyandRum Mon 25-Feb-13 12:58:38

My dd's godfather is Icelandic, his name is Ingvar (which I love) his kids are called Christian (spelt Islandic way which I can't remember!) Katerina and Johannes (Yo-hannes) they live in the US so all the names have worked in an English speaking context. Ingvar is still my favorite - awesome name and awesome bloke!

iheartmycat Sun 24-Feb-13 22:45:38

Stian

Britt-Helena

Ferdinand, shortened to Feddi - very nice.

itisimplicit Fri 22-Feb-13 20:58:04

My (Swedish) uncle is named Nils, and my female relatives are Dagmar, Helga, Ingrid and Heike.

telsa Fri 22-Feb-13 20:49:31

Hildur
Bjork!
Larus
Sindri
Tryggvi
Vigdis

Thorkell

Lyftiduft Thu 21-Feb-13 23:23:36

have you seen this site, I love it geek www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Main_Page

I also think you're overthinking Raggi and Oli smile

Einar? Stefan? Sindri?
I've taught a Lars and Nils (British but some Scandi heritage).

Inga? I like Lilja a lot.

I have an Eirik.

I think Viktor is a great name as well.

RedRobin1 Thu 21-Feb-13 23:05:59

Linnea for a girl

Lars and Viggo are great. Too bad I had no excuse to use such names as I'm from nowhere near Scandinavia...

Sashapineapple Thu 21-Feb-13 22:39:48

Can only think boys, either Soren or Lars.

When I was at Uni I knew a girl named Smilla (like the book 'miss smilla's feeling for snow') and she was always called Smile by everyone - lovely! I also love Erika or Ingrid - and is Pippi (Longstocking) scandinavian?

emsyj Thu 21-Feb-13 21:37:32

Astrid was on our list for DD2, lovely name - I went to school with an Icelandic girl called Stanen, which I always thought was very pretty.

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