Its source is an Old Norse expression meaning "Sweden."
This girl's name is used in Swedish.
It is derived from Svearike, an Old Norse name used to personify the Swedish nation, much as Britannia personifies Great Britain and Columbia personifies America.
Though the second part of Svearike is known to derive from the Ancient Germanic rike, meaning ''Ruler,'' the original meaning of the first part of the name, Svea, has been lost. That part of the name has been used by Swedish families to name their daughters since the early 19th century, most likely intending its meaning to be ''Sweden.''