50 Norwegian Girl Names

50 Norwegian Girl Names

In ancient Norway, naming customs were pretty clear-cut: the firstborn male received their paternal grandfather’s name, the firstborn daughter got their paternal grandmother’s name, the second-born son received their maternal grandfather’s name, and so on.

However, naming traditions have long since diversified for both boys and girls. Nowadays, there are some truly beautiful Norwegian girl names that are worth bringing over to our side of the Atlantic. While their spelling and pronunciation may raise a few American eyebrows, these Scandinavian names are rich in meaning and melodic to the ear.

First, there’s Elin, which is simply the Norwegian variant of Ellen. Like its English counterpart, Elin is derived from the Greek meaning ‘sun ray or shining light.’ While it’s one of the most popular girl names in Norway, it’s yet to even break past the top 1,000 mark over here.

There’s also Ingrid, which most folks are familiar with. This name in particular comes from the Old Norse word for ‘beloved’ and ‘beautiful.’ It’s a classic name that’s rather rare here in the U.S., having only just slid under the 1500 mark of most popular American baby names in 2020.

Last but not least, there’s Laila, a lovely-sounding name that’s also popular in a number of Middle Eastern countries. Originally from the Sami people of Finland, this variant of Helga means ‘holy.’ But fun fact: in the Arab world, it means ‘dusk’ or ‘night.’

We’ve got some other beautiful Norwegian girl names on our list below, so keep reading.

Aasta

Meaning: Love
Origin: Norwegian

Astlyr

Meaning: Divine strength
Origin: Norwegian

Audny

Meaning: New prosperity
Origin: Norwegian

Beret

Meaning: A glorious and bright individual
Origin: Norwegian

Bestla

Meaning: Mother of Odin
Origin: Norwegian

Birget

Meaning: A protecting woman
Origin: Norwegian

Bodile

Meaning: A fighting woman
Origin: Norwegian

Dagrun

Meaning: A secret lore
Origin: Norwegian

Dalr

Meaning: From the valley
Origin: Norwegian

Diss

Meaning: One who is spirited
Origin: Norwegian

Dordi

Meaning: A gift from God
Origin: Norwegian

Eir

Meaning: Name of the goddess of healing
Origin: Norwegian

Elin

Meaning: Sun ray or shining light
Origin: Greek

Ella

Meaning: One who is a beautiful fairy
Origin: Norwegian

Emilie

Meaning: To strive or excel or rival
Origin: Norwegian

Frikka

Meaning: A peaceful ruler
Origin: Norwegian

Garthf

Meaning: Protection
Origin: Norwegian

Geirbjorg

Meaning: The godless
Origin: Norwegian

Gimle

Meaning: New heaven
Origin: Norwegian

Guthr

Meaning: Warlike
Origin: Norwegian

Hallfrid

Meaning: One who is half beautiful
Origin: Norwegian

Hela

Meaning: Name of the goddess of the underworld
Origin: Norwegian

Hyndla

Meaning: A giant
Origin: Norwegian

Idun

Meaning: One who is active
Origin: Norwegian

Inga

Meaning: The hero’s daughter
Origin: Norwegian

Ingrid

Meaning: Beloved, beautiful
Origin: Old Norse

Jannie

Meaning: God is gracious
Origin: Norwegian

Kine

Meaning: She is of Christian Faith
Origin: Norwegian

Kjellfrid

Meaning: A beautiful kettle
Origin: Norwegian

Laila

Meaning: Night
Origin: Arabic

Lovise

Meaning: Famous warrior
Origin: Norwegian

Lull

Meaning: Woman who is a legendary soldier
Origin: Norwegian

Marete

Meaning: Pearl
Origin: Norwegian

Maya

Meaning: Magical
Origin: Norwegian

Nikolina

Meaning: One who achieves victory for people
Origin: Norwegian

Noah

Meaning: Relaxation, restful, harmony
Origin: Norwegian

Ragnfrid

Meaning: Of the Gods
Origin: Norwegian

Rebekka

Meaning: A girl who traps and baits
Origin: Norwegian

Regna

Meaning: To advise and to make a decision
Origin: Norwegian

Sarah

Meaning: Princess
Origin: Norwegian

Siw

Meaning: She who is a bride
Origin: Norwegian

Solfrid

Meaning: She is beuatiful like the Sun
Origin: Norwegian

Sophie

Meaning: She is wise and clever
Origin: Norwegian

Tone

Meaning: A new thunder or storm
Origin: Norwegian

Torill

Meaning: Thunder God’s battle
Origin: Norwegian

Tuva

Meaning: A beautiful lady, charming
Origin: Norwegian

Unn

Meaning: She who is loved
Origin: Norwegian

Valjeta

Meaning: Dawning
Origin: Norwegian

Vibeke

Meaning: Little woman
Origin: Norwegian

Vigdis

Meaning: The battle goddess
Origin: Norwegian