Neat history, but I've always thought it was an Indian (dot) name. It's very pretty.
Very pretty name. The meaning is nice too.
I don't know how it's pronounced, but as I found it in the Anglo-Saxon roots alongside Godiva, I'd pronounce it sun-EYE-vah, since it has the same spelling, root, and function.
It sounds very sweet.
Sunniva Ørstavik is a Norwegian civil servant. She is a sociologist by education, and was secretary-general of the Norwegian Council for Mental Health from 2005 to 2010 and the Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud from 2010 to 2016.
Saint Sunniva (10th century) is the patron saint of Bergen and Western Norway.
I love this name, and have so off and on. My SO likes Eva, so this could always be an option. Too bad I'm way too young to have kids, because I'd consider this!
This is a sweet, cute, uncommon name. I love it. I may name one of my daughters Sunneva and shorten it to Eva.
Gorgeous meaning!
Also used in Sweden.
Honestly, the first thing that popped into my head was "Son of a-!"
It does appear to have a somewhat more pleasant pronunciation.
I've fallen for Sunniva! It's such a beautiful, sweet, strong name with an adorable nickname in Sunny. I'm really loving Sunniva Isobel!
This is a lovely name. I named my second daughter Sunniva. We live in the US, and pronounce it Sun-EE-va. I love that we can use the nicknames Sun, Eva, Eve, Neva, or Neve. It reminds me of a warm person, but very dignified. It is perfect for our daughter!
Sungifu was a princess in Ireland, and she ran away from her father, the king, that wanted to marry her to a man that she didn't love. She floated on her boat with some of her servants to the little island on the west coast of Norway, Selje, and there she lived. There is a monastery there now, named after her.
Pronounced Soohn-eva

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