Category: International Baby Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Now it’s the boy’s turn to romance their names.
We recently posted a list of 100 girls’ names in translation, where we took some rather prosaic appellations like Helen, Henrietta and Hedwig, and gave them some international flair via their translations into other languages. Well, several of you asked us to do the same for the boys, and so here they are. Of course there are countless other versions and variations—maybe you’ll find the honor replacement you’ve been looking for!
We have a great source for classic names you probably haven’t considered – at least if you’re American. The birth announcements in the London Telegraph include dozens of baby names that are classic and stylish and also rarely heard outside of Britain.
We pulled 60 unusual classic baby names – 30 for girls and 30 for boys – from a recent crop of birth announcements to feature here. Might one of these be perfect for your non-British baby?
By Arika Okrent
Looking for a unique name with some historical cachet? The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources is the place to go. It is a hefty work of scholarship that “aims to contain all given (fore, Christian) names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600, less the names of historical/non-contemporary people and names occurring only in fictional literature or poetry.”
The dictionary so far has over 1000 names, documented with citations and etymologies. They are constantly adding to the collection, planned in two phases, first looking at Western Europe and Hungary and then Eastern Europe. They also maintain an active blog with interesting facts about medieval naming practices and a “Mystery Monday” feature, covering documented names that have uncertain etymologies.
Here are 17 medieval names that would make great hipster baby names today.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Why would you choose a baby name from another culture? There are several good reasons. First of all, there is the sheer beauty of so many of them. Then there is the honor factor. Say you have a beloved grandmother named Barbara you want to pay tribute to, but you can’t quite see yourself as a parent of a baby Barbara. Then how about the more vibrant Russian version, Varvara?
Or maybe there’s a name you love but find too common or popular or plain? There are countless lovely foreign variations of Elizabeth and Margaret and Katherine that are still substantive but more distinctive.
So here’s a start on the almost endless possibilities for romancing a name.
By Sophie Kihm
I hate to break it to you, but Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe aren’t Armenian names. However, that’s about the breadth of most Americans’ knowledge of the subject. Let’s change that, shall we? I’ve got 20 great Armenian names to talk about today–all of them would be equally striking on an Armenian-American (or any!) baby.