Category: International Baby Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
When you think of all the wonderful words that start with the syllable am—amiable, amorous, amity, amazing, amusing, ambitious—you can see that giving a child a name with this beginning element might give him or her a terrific head start. And if you’re up on your Latin, you’ll know that a lot of these girls’ baby names have love in their meaning.
AMABEL—The enchanting mother name of Mabel and predecessor of Anabel means ‘lovable’ and goes back several centuries—it was very popular in the Middle Ages– and would make a charming choice for anyone looking for a distinctive ‘bel’ name.
You might know the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (it rhymes with Gates, not Keats) from his much-loved poems like The Lake Isle of Innisfree, possibly the most peaceful poem ever written, or memorable lines like “tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”
One thing (among many) Yeats is remembered for is his retelling of Irish myths and legends. He helped to introduce characters from ancient literature – and their names – to the English-speaking world. Today we take it for granted that it’s easy to access Irish culture – like stories, music, and of course names – but that wasn’t always the case.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The first day of the new season is upon us! Happy Autumn!
For our annual Autumn blog we usually go with the more obvious choices—the colors of the turning leaves — the various autumnal hues of red, gold and brown–and the names of the trees themselves, plus Fall flower names, the ancient harvest goddesses and such. But this year we’re offering a potpourri of more subtle references to the starting season, including some interesting international ideas.
While scrolling through the 2015 names list (because what else would one do in their spare time?) a lovely name caught my eye – Arantxa. Also spelled Aranza or Arantzazu, it’s a Basque name meaning “thornbush”. I’ve never seen this name before, and a cursory glance around name sites showed it indeed to be a rarity.
As a matter of fact, Basque name imports from that area of northern Spain and southern France are few and far between. Here are some other choice international baby names picks for your consideration!
Most x’s are pronounced as “sh” in Basque. English (or other well-known) equivalent names are included in italics!
By Emily Cardoza
Though summer vacation has just about ended, visions of white sand beaches and gentle waves endure – even if only as screensavers. Why not continue the summer holidays through an exploration of island-inspired baby names for girls?
Each of these names corresponds to one of the thousands of islands abiding worldwide – but they’re more than just place-names. Many islands were named for inspiring individuals, historical events, or geographical phenomena. Let’s travel through them!