In 2020, Lars was the most popular name with around 83.4,000 people going by that name. Mikael (around 80,000) and Anders (around 77,000) were the second and third most common male given names in Sweden in December 2020.
By far the most popular female name is Anna, with over 100,000 girls and women bearing this name in 2020. Eva (about 85.4,000) and Maria (about 85.2,000) were the second and third most common female given names in Sweden in December 2020.
With 794 name registrations, Alice was the most popular name for newborn girls in Sweden in 2020. Maja, Elsa and Astrid were other popular names this year. Noah was the most popular name among newborn boys in 2020.
Some of the most classic names in Sweden are Karl, Erik, Lars, Anders for men and Maria, Elisabeth, Anna, Kristina and Margareta for women.
Mila (Cyrillic: Мила, Polish: Miła) is a Slavic female name originating from Central or Eastern Europe. It is a diminutive of Slavic names beginning or ending with Mila, derived from the element Mil (Мил), meaning “gracious” or “dear”.
Ella. The name Ella comes from German and means “everything, completely” or “fairy girl”. However, it is more commonly used in Swedish as a diminutive of Elisabeth or Eleonor (meaning “shining light”).
In Sweden a person must have a surname and one or more given names. Two first names are common. Surnames are inherited from parents, in the order “like older siblings, if any; given by parents; or mother’s surname”, while first names must be chosen by parents at birth.
In most cases, couples adopt a new name for the same reasons as the Wetterlunds: to rebel against the hegemony of traditional Swedish surnames ending in “-son” – Johansson, Andersson and Karlsson are the most common. And it doesn’t end there. Out of the 100 most common names here, 42 end in “-son.”
Sven (also Svend in Danish and Norwegian and also most commonly Svein in Norwegian) is a Scandinavian given name that is also used in the Netherlands and German-speaking countries. The name itself is Old Norse for “young man” or “young warrior”. The original spelling in Old Norse was sveinn.
In Sweden, middle names are uncommon. However, Swedes are allowed to have as many first names as they like, and some use two surnames. Each baby must be registered with an officially approved name in the strictly regulated societies of the Far North of Europe.
Mohammed has been Sweden’s No. 1 boy name for years. And sticking to a small pool of names isn’t a particularly uncommon concept in this country, either: my own family from Warrington has called every boy Tom or Jim for generations.
Mia has roots in Latin languages such as Spanish and Italian as well as Hebrew. It is also used in Scandinavian countries as an abbreviation for Maria.
What does Karen mean? Karen is originally a Danish name, coming from the Greek word Aikaterine, which is believed to mean “pure”. Kaja and Katherine are both related Danish names. The name can also mean “clear” in French, although it retains the meaning of “pure” in most other backgrounds.
Milo likely comes from multiple sources. In the Slavic languages, the root mil- means “dear” or “beloved” and the name may have come from a Latinized form of this root. However, some believe that the name is related to the Latin word “miles” for “soldier” or even to the ancient Greek word “milos” for “yew flower”.
In Nepali, Maya means love. The name is also anchored in ancient Greek. The origin of Maya in Greece is the name Maia, the oldest of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes, based on Greek and Roman mythology.
Freja origin and meaning
The name Freja is a girl’s name of Swedish origin and means “lady, noble”. One of the most popular names in Scandinavia, Freja – or Freyja – was a major deity of Norse paganism.