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Real Challenge - Scandinavian/Scottish girl names?

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Blumke Wed 10-Jun-09 12:02:07

Scottish mum married to lovely viking and living here in Scandinavia.

Here you must choose a name from the official
names list- very strict criteria
a) must be traditional name
b) must be spelt correctly
c) must not be too similar to sibling names/previously deceased children
d) must not cause "emotional damage" to the child - ie Teresa Green, Ivor Biggun type names forbidden
e) must not form an inappropriate acronym ie
Helena Emma Lovisa Largren -- H.E.L.L

Trying to find something that fits a girl (boy's name already clear) and that crosses over well. Much as I love this country I could never call my daughter Hedwig or Gun.

So far the possibles from the list are-

Elisabet (that's the spelling here)

What do you think?
I love Flora but is it too much like margarine?

All ideas very gratefully received!

Fimbo Wed 10-Jun-09 12:03:56

From your list I like Fiona and Harriet.

UpSinceCrapOClock Wed 10-Jun-09 12:04:18


SoupDragon Wed 10-Jun-09 12:04:27

Are you not allowed to use a Scottish name given that you are Scottish??

Fimbo Wed 10-Jun-09 12:04:50

Would they accept Iona or Ailsa?

midnightexpress Wed 10-Jun-09 12:05:17

How about Freya? I really like it, though it is getting quite common in some parts. I know a Scottish/Danish couple who have a Freya, a Matilda and a Sophia

TheApprentice Wed 10-Jun-09 12:06:55

I like all those names! I have a Scottish friend living in England and her little girl is called Fiona which I think is lovely, and not that common these days.

TwoSunnyDays Wed 10-Jun-09 12:35:42

What about Matild/a Astrid or Inga?

VeryAnnieMary Wed 10-Jun-09 12:40:19

Lovely poem called The Fionas

georgiemum Wed 10-Jun-09 12:41:56


BlackEyedDogstar Wed 10-Jun-09 12:45:39

lydia and Harriet for me from your list

I like Astrid - tis on my list

my Scots/Dane pal has a Nina

arolf Wed 10-Jun-09 12:55:33

Flora is not such a bad name :-) does lead to some mild teasing at school in the UK (margarine related), but it's an unusual name, and I ALWAYS get complimented on it. Although every other Flora I've ever met (about 7 of them in 27 years) has been Flora Jane, so that's probably a middle name to avoid!
Oh, and it's always been shortened to Flo up in Scotland, which my mother hates.

usernametaken Wed 10-Jun-09 13:12:22


Ok, not really Scottishy, but a mixture of Scandlish!

hannahsaunt Wed 10-Jun-09 13:13:07


fanjoforthemammaries7850 Wed 10-Jun-09 13:27:30

Kirsten smile

CravingOlives Wed 10-Jun-09 13:29:44

I like Flora, Harriet and Elisabet from your list, all lovely names.

Tinasan Wed 10-Jun-09 14:03:50

Love Helena. How about Catriona(pronounced Katrina), Mhorag, Kirstie, Seona (pronounced Shona)?

barnsleybelle Wed 10-Jun-09 14:12:09

I have a Freya which is a scandinavian name.

wombleprincess Wed 10-Jun-09 14:13:18

probably being completely dumb but what is wrong with theresa green?

wombleprincess Wed 10-Jun-09 14:15:19

so what happens if she is born in scotland and you give her a non allowed name?

a very long and complicated way of circumnavigating state requirements..... so i like them all apart from lydia. in terms of scottishness i would say fiona strikes me as most scottish..

prettybird Wed 10-Jun-09 14:18:20

Is Elsa on the list? It was my grandmother's name and she was Danish - but not sure if the rules applied back in 1914! grin

That was one of our choices if ds had been a dd.

nevergonnapost Wed 10-Jun-09 14:27:33

isla, heather,iona,

Broodzilla Wed 10-Jun-09 15:03:19

I was also going to suggest Elsa (Ailsa would be the Scottish version, right?) or Jenna.
Although, I'm not sure how I feel about names that would be pronounced differently in Swedish/English (like Jenna, which would have a soft J in Swedish!) funnily enough, have a similar problem over here. Completely stuck for boys names...

shootfromthehip Wed 10-Jun-09 15:07:55

Clara/ Klara or Isla are both lovely too.

Of your list I like Helena or Elisabet

niccibabe Wed 10-Jun-09 17:52:31

Hi, I know a Norwegian/Scottish girl called Louisa - which is lovely - and according to all concerned fits well in both languages.

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