Gender: Feminine
Origin: German
Meaning: debated
Germ (SFEN-yah)

It could either be a feminine form of of the Scandinavian male name, Sven, or it could be derived from any ancient Germanic name containing the element, Swan, such as Swanhild, hence the name could simply be from the German meaning, “swan.” Since Svenja has never had a history of usage in Scandinavia, the latter etymology is the most likely.

The name was especially popular in Germany in the early 1990s, she is currently the 201st most popular female name in Germany, (2011). Another spelling is Swenja.

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