This weeks installation of Scandinavian names, we shall focus on the names of the Danes.
Denmark is made up of approximately 5.4 million people and the official language is Danish, a Northern Germanic language closely related to Norwegian, Swedish, German, Dutch and English.
The top 10 names of Denmark for 2009 are:
Many of the above names are strikingly similar to the names in the American and British charts. The trend for both males and females tend to be classics.
Some of the below names are quite up and coming in Denmark, Isalina and Ofelia for example, others are quite traditional and may be considered a bit bland by some Danes, Johanna & Katrine.
Below is a selection of Danish names that might make cool alternatives to names currently popular in the United States.
Instead of Abigail=========Abbelone/Abelone
Instead of Emma=========Emma-Sofie
Instead of Sophia or Anna===Annasophie
Instead of Isabella=========Isalina
Instead of Jasmine========Rasmine
Instead of Cameron for a girl==Kamma
Instead of Mia or Maya=====Annemaja
Instead of Morgan for a girl===Rigmor
Instead of Reese==========Rise
Instead of William========Villum
Like the other Scandinavian countries, the Danes also have a fondness for double names and smush names. Below is a list of Danish double and smush names that would work well in an English-speaking society.
Combos and Smushes
Looking for a unique and interesting name that is not made up. Below is a list of some fairly traditional Danish names that would work well in English
Names Compatible in English
Looking for a nature name but perhaps don’t want anything too obvious? Or perhaps you are of Danish heritage and are just looking for a cool Danish name. Below is a list of some up and coming nature/word names used in Denmark. The number of bearers with those names in Denmark are in parenthesis.
- Bellis (name of a flower)-12
- Chili (chillie)-209
- Cirkeline (circle)-189
- Figen (fig)-35
- Hyben (rosehip)-3
- Lærke (lark) LAIR-keh
- Lykke (happy)
- Mejse (titmouse) MAY-seh-104
- Mynte (mint)-85
- Nellike (clove)-1 NELL-ee-ke
- Nynne (hum)-874
- Persille (parsley)-3
- Pil (willow)-207
- Silke (silk)
- Solsikke (sunflower)-1 SOL-sik-ke
- Terne (tern; sea swallow)-16
- Vibe (lapwing)-485
- Anker (anchor)-actually an Old Norse name that may have a different etymology but coincides with the modern Danish word for anchor-1538
- Baldrian (valerian)-10
- Birk (birch)
- Falk (falcon)-47
- Lue (flames)-4
- Sejer (victory)-103
- Skov (forest)-4
- Svend (sojourner)-21395
- Tjørn (thorn)-3
- Ulv (wolf)
And finally, here are the Danish equivalents to common English given names