Linnea Name Meaning & Origin

Linnea

Pronunciation: li-NAY-ə, LI-nee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Linnea:

Popular name originally bestowed in honor of the Swedish botanist Karl von Linné (1707 - 78), who gave his name to the Linnaean system of classifying plants and animals and to a type of flower (linnaea).

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Comments and insights on the name Linnea: | Edit

Accurate Swedish pronunciation of this name can be found on forvo.com: http://forvo.com/word/linn%C3%A9a/

Anneli, Lianne and Linnea are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Linnea: | Edit

Linnea has been my name for over 70 years and I rarely meet anyone with the same name. I always get comments from strangers saying how pretty it is and receive very creative ways of spelling and pronoucing it. I was 15 when I saw my name in print and it belonged to someone else. I was stunned. In 1991, the US Post Office issued a 29 cent First Class Twinflower Stamp. I have written to them to ask permission to use the image in a small quilt for a local competition. Crossing my fingers. Just found out that Linnea (which has been an old fashioned name) is now the 8th most popular name in Sweden. WooHoo!

Since naming my (now) 3-yr-old Linnea, I have met 3 additional "little" Linnea's in the Boston metro area and heard of several adult Linneas, mostly Scandinavian women in their 50s. But everyone I've spoken with has only positive associations with the name.

This is my name and I love it! I live in a largely Scandinavian area of the US and am in my 20's. I know of two other Linneas around my age.

We pronounce my 3-yr-old daughter's name "lin-NAY-a"; most of our European friends say "LIN-ee-a". She now corrects adults who "mispronounce" her name.

Our daughter's middle name is Linnéa. In Sweden, at least, it's pronounced "lin-NAY-ah". :)

My name is Linnea and I get nothing but compliments :) I love it! Many mispronunciations, however!

My Name is also Linnea. I have lived mostly in the south my whole life and have yet to have the priviledge of meeting anyone with my name. I was named after my great grandma however and she was swedish. I love my name and have always had positive things said about it!!!

Nicknames for Linnea: | Edit

Linn, Nea, Nay-Nay, Linna, Linny

Meanings and history of the name Linnea: | Edit

Associated with a small nordic flower called the twinflower, latin name Linnaea borealis. The plant was named after Carl Linnaeus, the swedish botanist, whose favourite was this little pink-belled forest flower. It is the official flower of the Swedish province of Småland, but is loved all over Sweden.
Old Norse "lime tree"

Famous real-life people named Linnea: | Edit

Linnéa Vikstr°om, Swedish Singer
Linnea Dale, Norwegian singer
Linnéa Darell, Swedish politician
Linnea Gustafsson, Swedish orienteering competitor
Linnéa Handberg Lund, Danish eurodance musician
Linnéa Hillberg, Swedish actress
Linnea Johnson, American poet and feminist writer
Linnea Mellgren, Swedish figure skater; two-time Nordic silver medalist and Swedish national silver medalist
Linnea Quigley, American scream queen, B movie actress, and film producer
Linnea Sinclair American Science Fiction Romance, Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance author
Linnea Torstenson, Swedish handball player
Linnea Henriksson, Swedish singer, came fourth place on Swedish Idol 2010

Linnea in song, story & screen: | Edit

The perky protagonist of "Linnea in Monet's Garden" and related books by Cristina Bjork and Lena Anderson.

The life of the namesake and the naming of the twinflower is described beautifully in "Karl, Get Out of the Garden! Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything" Picture book written by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Catherine Stock

In the satirical film Nashville (1975), Linnea Reese, a gospel singer, wife of Delbert Reese and loving mother of two deaf children is played by actress Lily Tomlin

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