There are some names that are not quite English, or American, but not quite not English either. These include international variations of classic English names – such as Katarina for Katherine – and names that are widely heard around the world but remain unusual in English-speaking countries.
The list below – we’re just doing the girls today – is taken from the most popular names rosters throughout Europe and South America and, in a few cases, further afield. If you want an exotic name for your daughter that sill feels familiar, this list is a good place to start.
ALBA—Pronounced AHL-bah, this means dawn and is popular in Spain.
ANNIKA – Golfer Sorenson has made this one more familiar in the U.S., but it’s most popular in Denmark.