[ 2 syll. in-ge, ing-e ] The baby girl name Inge is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced in German as IHNG-Gah †. Inge has its origins in the Old Norse language. It is used largely in Dutch, German, and Scandinavian. The name Inge means 'he who is foremost'. Its meaning is from the word Ing. The name is derived as the short form of Germanic names starting with 'Ing-' in reference to the Norse god Ing. As a feminine name, it is mostly used outside of Sweden and Norway, such as in the countries Germany and Denmark. See Inge for more information.
In addition, Inge is a contracted form (Scandinavian) of the German and Scandinavian Ingeborg.
Inge is also a diminutive (Scandinavian) of the English, German, and Scandinavian Ingrid.
Inge is the feminine version of the German Ingo.
Forms of Inge include the German, Russian, and Scandinavian Inga, the name Ingaberg, the name Ingaborg, the name Ingeberg, the name Ingebord, the name Inger, the French and Frisian Inka, the Frisian Inke, the Frisian Inken, and the name Inngeborg.
Another form of the name is the German and Scandinavian diminutive Ingela.
See also the related form, the German Ingelore.
Inge is uncommon as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names. In 2018, among the family of girl names directly related to Inge, Ingrid was the most regularly used.
† Pronunciation for Inge: IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; NG as in "sing (S.IH.NG)" ; G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"