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The book by Astrid Lindgren was one of my favorite books when I was a child, and I've always loved this name ever since!
-- GLynElisabeth  1/22/2006
This name was NOT invented by Astrid Lindgren, she probably thought she invented it, but it appeared in a book long before her book was released, so it may not be a Swedish name, it is probably a Russian short form of Veronica, meaning "one who brings victory".
-- Destry  3/4/2006
She invented it in the sense that she took it from the lake name and it was not an existing name in Sweden before the book, but is now a very popular name. That it appears elsewhere does not change that.
-- Anonymous User  6/24/2006
Sure it does. You can´t invent something that already existed! It is a Russian short form of Veronica, that even appeared in a book before having been used by Astrid Lindgren.
-- Destry  8/10/2006
But Astrid Lindgren invented it in Sweden. And 12 years after the book released the name got a nameday. So in Sweden she invented it.
-- honungspinglan  3/25/2007
I searched a bit in the internet and found out more about the name to make sure that it was not invented by Lindgren. It appeared in a book named "The Candlesticks and the Cross" by Ruth Freeman Solomon which was published in 1967 (Lindgren´s book was published in the late 70´s or early 80´s). The story is set in Russia and Ronja is the name of a Russian character which makes it more obvious that it really is a Russian short form of Veronica meaning "one who brings victory". It could also be a feminine form of Ronald or a variation on the Hebrew name Ronia which means "my joy". Whatever meaning it is the name is definitely not made up but one with a real meaning.
-- Destry  3/4/2006
This is the Russian pet form of Veronica.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  6/25/2007
Ronja is also used in Finland - another thing is that it's a very yong name - Ronja got popular in 80's-90's and it's popularity seems to be still growing.
The Finnish (official) name day is on 4.2.
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2008
Swedish NHL player Daniel Sedin, with the Vancouver Canucks, has a daughter named Ronja.
-- Anonymous User  4/7/2008
This name is a Russian pet form of either Veronica or Roxana. Lindgren didn't invent this name. It was used in another book way before Lindgren first released her book.
-- Lily8  7/13/2008
Pronounced RON-yah in Swedish.
-- Beautiful Victory  12/12/2009

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