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).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Linn, Linnaea, Linnéa, Nea

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Nicknames for Linnea

Linn, Nea, Nay-Nay, Linna, Linny

Meanings and history of the name Linnea

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

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

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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