Category: international baby names
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 Abby Sandel
That tracks with the trend reports French baby name site Meilleurs Prenom’s Stephanie Rapoport has filed for Nameberry in recent years. Louis and Louise are in the nation-wide Top Ten for France, and other names, like Lilou and Louna, have been in favor, too.
At first glance, American parents have let this trend pass us by. But when Lu– names are added in, it’s a different story.
The names of some Olympic greats get a second chance at stardom as popular baby names. The Russian name Nadia, for instance, vaulted from nowhere to Number 360 in the US in 1976, after Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci charmed the world and won three gold medals. And American skier Bode Miller nudged his unusual name along with the original Sanskrit Bodhi back onto the Top 1000 for boys.
This year, the baby name possibilities introduced by Olympic athletes are more varied and fascinating than ever. Our picks for the dozen Olympic names most likely to make it to the baby names popularity list:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
It’s always so interesting to see not only the variety of wonderful names picked by Berries each month, but to read their inspiration stories.
In July there was a great deal of family history honored, and also a helpful nurse, a shared vocation, beloved book and movie characters, an esteemed artist and—my personal favorite—the island on which an immigrant great-grandfather father first set foot on US soil. Not to mention Syrian, German, Spanish, French, Swiss, Armenian and Israeli roots!