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Name Interview with Ingrid

What is your name? 
Ingrid.

What decade were you born in? 
Late 90's.

How did you get your name?
My parents wanted a Norwegian name, and they eventually settled on Ingrid.

How did you feel about your name growing up?
I'm still a teenager, but I like having an unusual name.

How do you feel about your name now?
The same, I guess.

If you have any kids, what are their name(s)? 
No kids. :)

What is the name of your best friend?
Katarina.  Occasionally Kit-Kat.

What are some common names for your age group?
Emily, Hannah, Caitlin, Mackenzie...

If you had to give yourself a new first name, what would it be?
Either Theadora or Hermione!

Of the kids you've met most recently, which are your favorites and least favorites?
I know a Aurora who's a toddler. I really like that name a lot.

What are your favorite names at the moment?
Theadora, Genevieve, Isadora, Lumina, Rosalia, Hermione, and Lavender.

What advice would you give expecting parents looking for the perfect name?
Remember to look everywhere--from street names to name websites to people you know.  You never know how you'll find the perfect name.



Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid is a Scandinavian girl's name meaning "Ing's beauty" or "beautiful Ing," in Old Norse. Ing (modern Inga is more popular) was the Old Norse goddess of the earth's fertility. She would ride over the land each year to get it ready for spring planting. The goddess Ing's name was apparently a trancription of Freyr, an important Old Norse god, or she was his ancestor. The name's popularity can be traced back to the "queen mother" of Denmark named Ingrid. This Queen of Denmark and Princess of Sweden's full name was Ingrid Victoria Sofia Louise Margareta. Currently, there is a Princess Ingrid Alexandra in Norway, heir apparent. There was also Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld, an astronomer, and a noble woman named Ingrid Ylva, known as the White Witch. Inga would make a nice nickname, and Astrid the perfect sister.

Today, the most well known namesake is Ingrid Bergman, an actress from Sweden. Ingrid was a character used in Janet Fitch's novel White Oleander, and a children's book called Ingrid and the Wolf. A quick search indicated that it was not a character in The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson (that was Gerda), as other baby name sites have suggested.

The name Ingrid has ranked on the U.S. top 1000 every year since 1913, starting low at #934, going up to #456 in 1946, then #404 in 1966, and ending back down at #856 in 2011. There were 305 baby girls given the name Ingrid in 2011. Five different spellings of Isabelle ranked above it, as well as Ivy, Iris, Imani, Isla, Isis, Itzel, Irene, Iliana, and Ivanna. Whitepages tells me that Ingrid was most popular in 1967, where I have it as 1966. It also says Ingrid was introduced in the 20th century and that 41,189 people living in the U.S. have this name, 47% between the ages of 30 and 54. 26% are under 12, 13% over 55, and 13% between 13 and 29. There were 21 baby girls named Inga in 2011.


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