Princess of Sweden

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The daughter of the Crown Princess Victoria ( Ingrid Alice Desiree) of Sweden and her husband  Prince Daniel Duke of Västergötland was born yesterday. Today they announced her name

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Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland

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She was named after her two grandmothers Silvia and Ewa. The princess will one day inherit the throne.

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The name Estelle is not very popular in Sweden, only 64 newborns received this name in 2011. Less than 10 girls got the names Silvia and Ewa. Only 12 babies are named Mary.  All her names are very unpopular right now, but they might gain popularity again because of the new princess. The most popular female names in Sweden are Maja, Alice, Julia, Linnéa and Wilma right now.

Picture: http://kurier.at/freizeit/leute/3910585-schwedens-kleine-prinzessin-heisst-estelle.php#zurueck
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4 thoughts on “Princess of Sweden

  1. That’s a lovely name – it’s sweet and old-fashioned, but still sounds quite contemporary and usable. Princess Estelle sounds like something in a storybook.

    We had a celebrity baby named Estelle last year, and I’m also interested to see whether more little Estelles pop up. So far I haven’t seen much evidence.

    Silvia is a long-time favourite of mine.

    • I was quite surprised of their choice, because I thought they would pick a more traditional name for their firstborn. But french names are often used by the Swedish Royal family, because the founder of this family was a Frenchman with the last name Bernadotte.

      • In the beginning of the 19th century the kingdom was reigned by the childless Charles XIII. The parliament decided to choose themselves the next king. They picked a person, whom Napoleon would like to see in this position. Their choice was Jean-Babtiste Bernadotte, a Marshal of France. He was adopted by Charles XIII and became later king Charles XIV of Sweden. He was also the king of Norway for some time. The family history is the reason why the Swedish Royal family is so down to earth and seem like a average family.

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