You’ve decided to spice up your life by getting a new best friend. Quite coincidentally, you’ve become fascinated with Swedish culture, visited Stockholm, fell in love with a Swede, watched a dozen of Swedish art house films, or found an awesome black metal band from Sweden you can’t stop listening to. So if this is the case, why not combine the two? What better way to celebrate your passion towards all things Sweden than to give your cute little puppy a name so Swedish it will remind you of the Nobel Prize or the everlasting winter at all times?
Swedish Dog Names in Pop Culture
The Swedes are renowned for a lot of things, be it their royal family, their standard of living, Vikings or the legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. So, it’s quite obvious that they are a nation that is, we dare say, glorious and adventurous. So it goes with the currently most beloved dog in Sweden – Arthur. Arthur was adopted by a Swedish adventure racing team comprised of five athletes or better yet, survivalists, during their 10-day climbing, trekking, kayaking and cycling adventure across Ecuador. This competition is most notable for the severe weather and challenging relief the contestants have to overcome, and the condition in which Arthur was in when the team found him was the like. He was underfed, full of fleas, and had large wounds on his back like he had been beaten. He was also eager to follow them on their way to the finish line. In the final segments of the race, the team had to cross a 34-mile, 14-hour course, by kayaking upstream. It seemed like the Cojimies River was the end of the road for the courageous Arthur, meaning he was to remain in the dense Amazon forest all on his own.
But his soon to be owners, Mikael and Helena Lindnord, were in for a surprise of their lives. While they were paddling away from the banks of the river, they heard a sudden splash! Arthur leaped in the water, determined to continue his journey to the finish line. The whole team was utterly amazed by this bravado, but the trek had to be continued without him. At the end of the 435-mile adventure and after 13 different climate zones, the Swedish team finished 12th. But there was something that was more important than winning. On the finish, Mikael realized he simply could not abandon their sixth team member to die from the wounds and the forces of nature.
The team returned to find Arthur, and luckily, they found him. But, there was another obstacle on their way to a reunion. Arthur had to be transported from Ecuador to Sweden, and that was something that was beyond their collective willpower and bravery. Fortunately, both governments agreed to help out as Arthur’s photos and the story of his lot became known worldwide. Upon arriving to his new Northern home, Arthur’s wounds were healed and he was finally free to live the life he deserved.
Swedish Dog Name Considerations
If your new canine friend happens to be a Swedish Vallhund, or his close relative, the common Vallhund, you should definitely give him a name that bears in mind his origin. So look no further than the Swedish royal family to inspire you with the noblest names the Swedes have to offer! Be it a primordial name of a Viking leader, or a name of a contemporary Duchess, Swedish history is laden with names that will bring nothing but honor to your dog. Something along the lines of Silvia, Brigitta, or Nicholas will make your Vallhund or your Swedish Lapphund the talk of the park.
When you think of Sweden, the associations that come instantly to mind are the snowy mountains and amazing nature. If you own a Samoyed, or a dog with a fur coat so white it reminds you of the Swedish highlands and snow, be sure to explore the geography of this country to find a suitable toponym. Think of the northern lights, the famous Aurora Borealis phenomenon, or the Vikings that conquered the seas and of the cold Baltic Sea, which is synonymous with Scandinavia and you’ll find the perfect Northern name in no time. And as they say in Sweden – Skoll!