Flickr photo by Mikael Miettinen
I've got Scandinavian baby names on the mind today because I was just at IKEA for the first time in my life, and wow, what a language. I can't pronounce the names of half of the products I bought, and I come from Swedish ancestry.
I considered a Swedish name for my children, but I found the pronunciations difficult. My cousin found a good one -- she named her baby daughter Malin, a very pretty and simple Swedish name that means "Magdalene," I'm assuming after the pretty famous one.
Astrid is another nice Swedish name I like ... but if you're a fan of The Office, you'll remember that this is what Michael's former love interest Jan named her baby girl. The big joke was that Michael pronounced it: Ass-turd.
Here's another nice one: Lykke. As in Lykke Li, the indie music artist. I love her voice and her songs, but I still don't know how to say her name ... is it Like or Lickey and Lykey?
Remember ABBA? Course you do. Their musical group is an acronym for the foursome's first names -- Anni-Frid, Bjorn, Benny, and Agnetha -- and why do you think that is, hmmm?
It wasn't meant to be for my kids, but I still love the look, feel, and sound of many Scandinavian names. I took a coast around to pick out some of my favorites:
Do you like any of these names -- would you consider a Scandinavian name for your baby or do all those symbols and tricky pronunciations throw you off?