IKEA-inspired baby names to go with that flatpack cot you bought

Who doesn’t love IKEA? I mean, the Swedish furniture giant is known for its affordable and stylish wares. And now IKEA has gone one step further by launching a range of IKEA-inspired baby names to go with that flat-pack cot you bought.

Swedish furniture giant IKEA is famous for its interestingly-named and reasonably priced products, and one blogger is reasoning that naming your ACTUAL BABY after something plucked from the IKEA catalog might not be a terrible idea. #OhReally?

“Work surprisingly well!”

Naming your baby after IKEA furniture might seem ridiculous at first glance, but don’t dismiss the idea!” blogger LucyBC wrote on the UK parenting website Baby Centre. “IKEA is known for the charming Scandinavian names it gives its products and many works surprisingly well as baby names.”

We love her positivity, but Lucy didn’t stop there. Oh no. She’s provided proof, nutting out a list of IKEA names she thinks might look good on your baby.

She settled on monikers like Tobias, Stig, Franklin, Ingo, and Freddie for boys. Norna, Cilla, Malinda, Elly, Henrika and Johanne were a few on her list for girls. (We came up with Billy all by ourselves, because who hasn’t bought a Billy bookcase at one time or another, or pondered a Billy-named baby?!)

Say my name, say my name

We’ve got to say we don’t hate this concept. A lot of the IKEA names really do seem like they’d look great on a skinny-jeaned, nut-milk swilling toddler. That said, this is probably because a lot of the IKEA product names are actually … names! Shock horror! Of course, names are good names for babies, y’all. Sheesh.

While some media outlets are loudly proclaiming IKEA baby names to be the Next Big Thing, we are – as yet – unconvinced.

The fact that little Elly, Tobias, Billy, and Villas are sitting in daycare centers and schools across the globe is not really scientific proof that IKEA is the hottest baby-name inspirers going around. 

More to the story

There’s an entertaining flip side to this story and it’s the IKEA names you don’t want to call your baby. In fact, we think this might be the real story, truth be told. We’ve spent many seconds combing the IKEA catalog to create our own list inspired by the Baby Centre one. Here it is, without further ado!

Ikea names NOT to call your baby (unless they have a “big personality” or are a Viking)

  1. Bagel
  2. Song
  3. Bolster
  4. Orskov
  5. Format
  6. Charm roll
  7. Document
  8. Vox nan
  9. Fumble
  10. Horde
  11. Popping
  12. Yearling


I think IKEA-inspired baby names might be a fun way to go, but I’m sure there are better ones out there. I’ve really enjoyed thinking about this topic and I hope you have too!

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