The name is derived from the old name for Sweden, Svea rike, literally meaning “kingdom of the Swedes.” Svea meaning “swede” and rike meaning “kingdom.”
The name became especially popular in Sweden during the first half of the 20th-century. It was used as a patriotic name.
The name is still relatively common in Sweden, in 2007, it was the 97th most popular female name in Sweden.
Its designated name-day is January 2nd
. The name is also in usage in Estonia, the designated name-day being August 14.