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Gender Female
Word/name Swedish
Meaning She-wolf
Other names
Related names Ulf

Ylva (She-wolf, female Wolf) is an old Swedish female given name. It is the female form of the masculine given name Ulf and is one of the earliest names to appear in documents. The oldest written proof of the name's occurrence in Sweden was Ingrid Ylva, the mother of Birger Magnusson von Bjälbo from about 1200.

Women with the given name[edit]


The name has increased in popularity and become internationally better known because of the mother of Vicky the Viking. Ylva is also a character in The Long Ships or Red Orm (original Swedish Röde Orm) by Frans Gunnar Bengtsson.

Other uses[edit]

Ylva is also a type of sailing ship (see Ylva).


This article is based on a translation of the German Wikipedia article.