Choosing a name for your baby can be daunting. Exciting, sure, but there are so many possibilities! How do you choose one from the seemingly endless supply of words in the world? How do you know you've found the right name, even before you've met your babe?
We're here to help, mama. Nordic names are trending in a big way right now and we've rounded up the ones gaining popularity in America. Whether you're looking to honor your Nordic ancestry or just searching for a powerful name to give your little warrior a boost of courage in life, we've got you covered. All of the names below have gained popularity in America in the last two years, according to the Social Security Administration.
Having a little girl? Freyja and Freya are gaining popularity right now. It means "lady" or "a noble woman." Freya was the Norse goddess of love and fertility. This name is soaring in popularity around the world, especially in England and Wales.
Axl and Axel are also trending right now. The name means "father of peace" and started gaining steam in America when Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses became popular.
All three spellings of Rayna, Reina and Raina are trending in the U.S. right now. The name means "song of the Lord" and has ties to Hebrew and Scandinavian cultures.
Want your child to grow up pondering philosophy and the meaning of life? Soren means "stern" and is a Danish and Norwegian variation of Severus. The most famous Soren might be nineteenth-century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
Astrid is one of the most popular names on our list. When you consider that it means "divinely beautiful," you might understand why.
Anika is a pretty name that means "sweetness of face." Nordic pronunciation emphasizes the first syllable. This name also has African roots, where the second syllable is emphasized. We think both versions would make for a sweet name for your baby.
Even casual fans of Norse mythology and history will probably recognize the name Odin. That's because Odin was the father of all Norse gods and he presided over art, culture, wisdom, and law. The 2001 novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman and the success of Marvel's Thor franchise might be responsible for Odin's recent surge in popularity.
Disney fans might want to consider Elsa for their little one. It has Germanic and Scandinavian origins and means "pledged to God." If you're not a fan of Frozen, you might like its sister name, Elsie.
Ingrid is another option for a little girl. It means "fair; Ing is beautiful" and refers to Ing, the Norse god of fertility, peace, and prosperity.
Jensen is also shooting up the popularity charts. This Danish name means "son of Jens." It's the most common surname in Denmark and might be gaining in popularity thanks to actor Jensen Ackles.
Looking for a Nordic-inspired name that's been in vogue in America for a while now? We checked the list of most popular baby names over the last 100 years and came up with Eric, Carl, Wayne, Brenda and Karen.