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(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???

chocoluvva Tue 19-Feb-13 10:04:11


(I know three scottish females called Ola). Wouldn't that be a more obvious abbreviation of Olafur? (trying to be helpful emoticon).

FWIW, I do think you're overthinking the raggy/holey thing smile

drwitch Tue 19-Feb-13 10:09:59

Loki (norse god of mischief) for boy
Mia for girl

Rhubarbgarden Tue 19-Feb-13 13:56:55


mumzy Tue 19-Feb-13 22:54:14

Thor , Eric, Astrid, Ingrid,

BlueChampagne Wed 20-Feb-13 13:53:56

Helgi or Hedda

Agree with chocoluvva about overthinking raggy/holey thing

LindaMcCartneySausage Wed 20-Feb-13 14:05:13

Erik or Magnus for boys would work very well in English if you are worried about pronunciation issues. I like both names very much. Freyja for a girl

In fact, Magnus is on my shortlist for my due-in-a-week yellow bump (we're Scottish) if it's a boy.

tigrou Wed 20-Feb-13 14:08:30

Halla, or there was a thread a while back about the name Lillimor (not totally sure of spelling) for a girl, which is apparently Norse in origin and verey lovely

Katla Thu 21-Feb-13 20:15:12

I like Aksel and Viggo for a boy. Svandis for a girl.

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.

sausageandorangepickle Thu 21-Feb-13 22:01:02

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?

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

Can only think boys, either Soren or Lars.

schroedingersdodo Thu 21-Feb-13 23:00:39

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

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

Linnea for a girl

SchroSawMargeryDaw Thu 21-Feb-13 23:07:38

I have an Eirik.

I think Viktor is a great name as well.

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

have you seen this site, I love it geek

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.

BlueChampagne Fri 22-Feb-13 15:09:37


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


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

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

Pannacotta2013 Sun 24-Feb-13 00:14:46

Ferdinand, shortened to Feddi - very nice.

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



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!

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

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

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!

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

Tuuli for a girl (Too Lee)

Lars for a boy

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