How popular is the baby name Engla in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Engla.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Engla


Posts that Mention the Name Engla

Popular Baby Names in Iceland, 2018

According to Registers Iceland, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Embla and Aron.

Here are Iceland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Embla, 26 baby girls
  2. Emilía, 24
  3. Freyja, 23
  4. Hekla, 23
  5. Sara, 23
  6. Lilja, 21
  7. Hanna, 19
  8. Alexandra, 18
  9. Anna, 18
  10. Katla, 18

Boy Names

  1. Aron, 51 baby boys
  2. Alexander, 37
  3. Emil, 32
  4. Kári, 31
  5. Viktor, 31
  6. Óliver, 28
  7. Guðmundur, 27
  8. Jökull, 26
  9. Mikael, 25
  10. Jón, 23

Many of these names have equivalent English forms, but several do not, such as…

  • Embla – possibly based on the Old Norse word almr, meaning “elm.” Not to be confused with Engla.
  • Hekla – based on the Old Norse word hekla, meaning “cloak.” Also the name of an active volcano.
  • Katla – based on the Old Norse word ketill, meaning “(sacrificial) cauldron.”
  • Kári – based on the Old Norse word kárr, meaning either “curly (hair)” or “obstinate.”
  • Guðmundur – based on the Old Norse elements gud, meaning either “god” or “good,” and mund, meaning “protection.”
  • Jökull – means “glacier, ice” in Icelandic.

I didn’t post 2017 rankings for Iceland, but in 2016 the top two names were Emilía and Alexander.

Sources: Aron and Hekla Most Popular Baby Names, Aron And Hekla Iceland’s Most Popular Names Of 2018, Nafngjafir 2018 (January), Nafngjafir – leiðrétting (March), Nordic Names

The Rise and Fall of Engla (in Sweden)

Last week I posted about the usage of the name Estelle in Sweden, and one of the sources I used for that post mentioned the intriguing case of Engla.

In the early 2000s, the name Engla was on the upswing in Sweden.

Then tragedy struck: a 10-year-old named Engla Juncosa Höglund was abducted in April of 2008. Days later, she was found brutally murdered. Controversially, Engla’s funeral was broadcast live on national TV in Sweden in May. The murderer was apprehended and his trial went on for months.

What happened to the baby name Engla as a result? In the U.S., I would have expected to see a continued rise in usage, thanks solely to the extra exposure. But in Sweden, the opposite occurred:

  • 2017: 20 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2016: 17 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2015: 29 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2014: 16 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2013: 26 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2012: 37 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2011: 51 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2010: 40 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2009: 44 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2008: 169 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2007: 224 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2006: 209 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2005: 147 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2004: 105 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2003: 94 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2002: 75 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2001: 56 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 2000: 30 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 1999: 16 baby girls named Engla in Sweden
  • 1998: 11 baby girls named Engla in Sweden

Even more surprisingly (to me), the name never recovered.

Within a span of 20 years, the name went from being unpopular, to ranking in the top 100 for several years straight, to being unpopular all over again.

The name Engla can be traced back to the Germanic name element engel, which referred to the Angles (as in “Anglo-Saxon”).

Sources: Estelle – Reactions to a royal name-giving in Sweden (PDF), Name Statistics – Statistics Sweden, Live Engla Funeral Broadcast Debated, Engel – Nordic Names Wiki