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It is pronounced as Lee-NEH-ah. English speakers pronounce it as Lee-NAY-ah.
Ylva  7/23/2005
My name is Linnea after a Swedish great-grandmother and it can be pronounced Luh-nee-ah, or La-nay-ah.
Linnea  8/27/2005
Oh, I think this is such a lovely name. It sounds very elegant, and it's a flower-related name that I don't see used often. I might name my daughter this.
vattenkvinna  4/11/2006
Linnea Borealis is the national flower of Sweden.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2006
I know someone who pronounces it LIN-ee-uh.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2006
This is one of my absolute favorite names. It's beautiful, and it is nice to see a flower name other then 'Lily' or 'Rose'.
mekkoneko  7/11/2006
My name is Linnea. I pronounce it as: Ly-nay, like Renee'.
linneamber  9/20/2006
I think Linnéa and Dahlia could be great names for twins.
Psycho_Princess  10/10/2006
Linnea is a beautiful name, I pronounce it LIN-ee-uh.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
Linnea is pronounced "lih-NAY-ah". Although everyone is free to interpret their own preferred pronunciation, it is my name and it drives me nuts when people pronounce it "LYNN-eee-ah". That is definitely not the Swedish pronunciation! [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  11/9/2006
Lovely, feminine, and not too common.
Belus  1/4/2007
I changed my name to Linea when I was 12, because I thought Linnéa was kinda boring.
honungspinglan  1/6/2007
Linnea is a nice name, and from that name we have Nea which is by me a superb name.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2007
A girl I know who was born in 2000 is named Linnea and I think that that's beautiful. Every time I hear this name I think of a very intelligent dirty-blond haired, green-eyed beauty with a firey temper.
― Anonymous User  4/3/2007
I got some Swedes to pronounce this in person (since reading about it from Swedes wasn't helping me too much, especially when they contradict each other). It really sounded a lot closer to LEE-neh-ah/LEEN-neh-ah than to li-NAY-ah, though it didn't sound exactly like either of those. It was pretty far from the English li-NAY-ah.
I love this name but could never use it for this reason.
Camilla  6/26/2007
I really love this name! It has a beautiful light and flowery sound to it. A possible nickname could be Linnie.
bobcat_explorer  8/5/2007
The flower is Linnaea, not Linnea, pronounced li-NAY-ah, at least in the US.
earthnut  8/20/2007
Surnames were not used in Sweden in Linnaeus' time, so when his father enrolled at university he coined the Latinised (the language of academics) surname Linnaeus which referred to a big Linden tree which stood on the family property 'Linnagård' Hence the name could be taken to mean linden (lime) tree.
reniannen17  9/2/2007
Carl Linnaeus was the real name of the botanist, and how he signed. Carolus Linnaeus was the Latin form that he used when he enrolled at the University of Lund and when he published his works in Latin. He took the name Carl von Linné in 1761, when he was ennobled. 'Linné' is a shortened form of 'Linnaeus' and 'von' was added to signify his ennoblement. In Sweden, he is commonly known as Carl von Linné and elsewhere he is known as Linnaeus.
earthnut  9/14/2007
Love this name, I think it's so beautiful! Going to change my middle name to this in a few months time.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2007
A beautful sweet yet spunky name. I love it. I pronounce it (LYNN-EE-UH). Although I don't mind it pronounced (LUH-NAY-UH.)
― Anonymous User  1/22/2008
This name just makes me think of a girl who is annoyingly "ghetto."
― Anonymous User  5/22/2008
This reminds me of a book I read all the time when I was younger, "Linnea in Monet's Garden". It was my favorite book because I was obsessed with art, especially impressionism. A fabulous book and a fabulous name. There's a good chance my future daughter might have this name because of what it means to me.
blueskidoo  8/21/2008
I think this is a really pretty name, but the first Linnea I ever met was a really dreadfully annoying girl. As much as I like it, I could never use it without thinking of her.
― Anonymous User  11/5/2008
Ghetto and cliche.
― Anonymous User  11/30/2008
Linnea (LEEN-neh-ah) is Linnéa's Finnish form.
Yippal  7/30/2009
It's not a bad name, but it sounds kind of boring. It makes me think of a linea nigra, which is a black line that pregnant woman get on their navel.
bananarama  4/6/2010
I love this name. I first heard of Linnaea, and loved that, although the first 'a' continued to bother me--there were too many vowels in a row. And then I came across the Swedish version--Linnéa--and found it to be absolutely perfect, even with the accent mark (since they're hardly ever used in English).

I am a bit intrigued by how many people find this name to be "ghetto." It's a shame that any name that ends in the "ay-uh" sound will probably get this unjust label, even one that's been around probably since the 18th century.
erb816  12/20/2010
I despise solely nature-related names. Having said that, I shall base my review off of the written word and to-the-ear pronunciation.

The mere spelling and pronunciation sounds horribly trendy and "fad." Hearing it spoken, I am immediately brought to "Nevaeh," which is gag-inducing. "Linnéa" holds the appearance of being unprofessional, uneducated, pretentious, ornate, pompous, childish, and my personal opinion of "Ugly."
Regardless, it possesses slightly more substance than opponents "Jaylyn," "Kaycee," and "LaToyah."

It will be a tough scooter to pass off as a Ferrari in the business world. In all honesty, I am not sure that I would hire a Linnéa Mason as a heart surgeon. Nor a Linnéa Landry as a lawyer.

Consider the big picture... "Will this name prove to be an added and unneeded barrier?" "Will my child he wrongly denied a career position?" among others.
Francesca  5/19/2011
I've only recently found this name, and I think it is extremely gorgeous!
Joy12  5/26/2011
A fairly traditional Scandinavian name "ghetto"? Or in any way related to fad names like "Neveah"? Okay... Names that actually mean something and aren't overly common are NOT fad names.

I think this name is beautiful, but I know someone with this name (with slight variation to spelling) who is a bit unpleasant. That clouds my otherwise positive perception of the name.
― Anonymous User  1/14/2012
Oh my God, I love this name! And I also like the flower. I wish I was Linnéa. Unfortunately, my real name is Tereza and I don't like it very much.
Rivallien  2/4/2012
My oh my. Some of the previous comments seem a bit odd. Ghetto? Really? I have a hard time putting the father of the taxonomic system and famous botanist together with ghetto-speak.

The name is popular in Sweden (as well as Norway and Finland, to a lesser extent), and has been for quite a while. It's perceived over there as classic. Not one of the overly modern, "oonik" appellations so common these days.

It's my daughter's name and although we have had some mispronunciations over the years, most people catch on when corrected.

During my university convocation, some of the science grads heard me call her name before the ceremony began, and instantly got the reference. Others have remarked that it's pretty sounding.

As for (gasp), career prospects, I see, just doing a quick cursory glance around the web, a politician (and member of parliament), singers, artists, an author, a well known photographer, dozens of small business owners. I'll take my chances.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2012
Although very popular in Norway and Sweden, Linnea is very uncommon in the US for babies nowadays. It was only given to 146 little girls here in 2012. This name is not 'ghetto' at all, it's beautiful and classic.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I instantly fell in love with the name Linnea when I first heard it (I didn't really care too much for the girl tho). I couldn't get it out of my head after I found out I was pregnant and any other name made my nose curl. After searching the meaning and history, there was no doubt that I had found my first born's name. I did play on the spelling and went with Lynnea instead, it just flowed better in my opinion. Of course there have been plenty of mispronunciations but after the first correction most seem to get it and find it beautiful. Also most pronounce it without the ah/uh at the end so I haven't come across to much hassle there. It's an absolute beautiful, different name with history to it. And it fits my daughter to a tee, she's smart, beautiful, sweet and funny... my Lynnea Sky.
DeeBee  8/2/2014
My name is Linnaya. My biological mom wanted to be creative with the spelling. It is pronounced lih NAY uh. I live in the US and constantly am told by coworkers and higher ups that it is an absolutely beautiful name and because it is so unique they always remember me. I love my name and what I means I always have and always will.
Lovelylittleblue  11/27/2014
Linnéa is a very common and classic Swedish name. It's pronounced Li-nee-uh here. To anyone thinking it's akin to Neveah or any other modern names with a unique spelling: You REALLY need to get out a little!
Crumbs  1/14/2015
Absolutely beautiful. A great alternative for Nevaeh with a bit more history, too.
Icycoldhot  4/13/2015
My mother was born in Sweden in 1923. Her mother, my Mormor :) pronounced Linnea Lih-nay-ah. My first born granddaughter, one week new today is named in honor of her and I. Linnea Grace.
karen2448  3/7/2016
My daughter's name is Linnea. My husband's sister lives in Sweden and we thought it was a beautiful name! So unique, her name is Linnea Rose.
Andrea05  3/24/2016
This is my name, only it is spelled Lynnea. I personally love it. It fits my
nature well. I love having people at Starbucks try to say it from the spelling alone. If they can, I try to put a dollar in the tip jar if I can!
Cre8tivPixi  5/2/2016
Linnéa is used among the Swedish speakers who live in Finland. I am not sure, but it might be given among Finnish speakers too.
lilolaf  6/3/2016
The name Linnea was given to 177 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Linnéa Henriksson is a Swedish singer.
lichnost  7/25/2016
Carl Linnaeus invented the dichotomous key. A key designed to ease classification of organisms.
Sushisorbet  11/29/2016
I think it's sort of strange, since from what I've learned, Swedish doesn't use the accented e.
It's also a little annoying how people (english speakers) say it as "Lyn-ay-uh" since that's nothing what the Swedish version sounds like. Luckily, this name isn't overly popular.
― Anonymous User  11/8/2017
Ghetto? Really?! This happens to be my name and I can tell you that everyone who hears it just loves it. I get many wonderful comments on it. That being said, my name is spelled differently, Lenea. I was named after a Polynesian girl my mother grew up with. I feel very honored to have this name and just love it!
748020  12/26/2017
To me it’s “Lin-nay-ah” not “Lin-ee-ah”.
Any potterhead will know what I mean.
Linneadabest  2/19/2018
I love my name. I don’t care if you spell it wrong, or say it wrong.
I want to put a jaw drop on the kids' faces at school.
Linneadabest  2/19/2018
Linnea is absolutely stunning! It’s a classic name that is uncommon but not too strange. Although it is an older name, it feels fresh because it is not overused. Cute nicknames could come from it like ‘Linny’ or ‘Nea’. I love names that reference nature, whether it be celestial/gems/plants and Linnea is a flower. It would suit a little girl all the way into adulthood. Overall Linnea is solid, unique, classic and beautiful!
livingstar  3/7/2018

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