The Exoticizer

Make your favorite baby names more international by exoticizing them. The examples here show how to put an exotic spin on classic baby names.
  • Anya

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Anya is an exotic Russian version that succeeds in making Ann dynamic. After reentering the Top 1000 in 1998, it currently ranks 555th.

    Anya is the form found most frequently in Russia,... Read More 

  • Chiara

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Chiara is a lovely and romantic Italian name that's familiar but not widely used here: a real winner. You might consider Chiara instead of Claire, Clara, Cara, or even Keira.

    Santa... Read More 

  • Christo

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This unusual name, which is jauntier than Chris when used as a diminutive of Christopher, is associated with the Bulgarian installation artist of that name, responsible for wrapping many public... Read More 

  • Christopher

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Christopher is an evergreen classic that dropped from Top 25 status in 2013, in spite of its appealingly strong, sincere, straightforward image, combined with a softer, more modern sound than,... Read More 

  • Cisco

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The ultimate sidekick name. Start with Francisco and then, if this fits, okay.Read More 

  • Claire

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, with a barely distinguishable French accent, is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical... Read More 

  • Clarissa

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Clarissa, the daintier version of Claire, has a long literary history of its own, having been featured in the novels of Samuel Richardson, Charles Dickens, and Virginia Woolf—Clarissa was the... Read More 

  • Elena

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Elena, the pan-European version of Helen has never been as popular in the U.S. as it is now -- ranking at Number 106 -- due to the overall popularity of E-names, and to Elena's accessibility as... Read More 

  • Eleonara

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The usual form of Eleonara is Eleanora, with each syllable pronounced, but transposing, adding, or subtracting a vowel or syllable here or there works fine and adds to the exotic, feminine spin on... Read More 

  • Elizabeth

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Elizabeth, one of the premiere classic girls' names, is now just outside the Top 10 at Number 13, having been replaced in 2014 by the rising Charlotte. Yet Elizabeth has so much going for it—rich... Read More 

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