International Baby Names

Looking for baby names that reflect your ethnic heritage or want an unusual name from another culture? Here you'll find list of Irish baby names and Spanish names, of international variations of classic names and creative baby names from around the world.

  • Best Cool Unusual Boys' Names

    Here is a list of 100 cool and unusual boy's names with the most potential---they have genuine roots, are attractive, and work in the modern world. Best of all, they're still widely underused! Click here to see lots more boys' names and here to view our full menu of unusual names.

  • Best Cool Unusual Girls' Names

    This is a list of the best, cool unusual girls' names---those that have deep roots, are attractive, and can fit into contemporary life, yet are not on the brink of widespread discovery. And by unusual girls’ names, we mean those used for 25 or fewer baby girls last year. Click here to see lots more girls' names and here to view our full menu of unusual names.

  • Boy Names from Africa

    African baby names for boys from a range of cultures and tribes include the choices here.

  • British Boy Names

    Do British baby names have a distinct style? You bet, and often it's a step or two ahead of American baby names. Some of the hottest baby boy names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool and underused choices in the U.S., as seen below.

  • British Girl Names

    Do British baby girl names have a distinct style? You bet, and often British names are a step or two ahead of American style. Some of the hottest baby girl names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool -- and underused -- choices in the U.S.. Here, some of the most intriguing British baby names for girls.

  • Catherine/Katherine's International Variations

    Variations of the classic baby names Catherine and Katherine are found around the world.

  • Christina's International Variations

    Christina, the feminine of Christopher, has many intriguing international variations.

  • Christopher's International Variations

    Christopher, one of the most popular baby boy names in the US over the past decades, has many intriguing international variations.

  • Cool Boy Names From Ancient Cultures

    Unique baby names are the order of the day, yet why invent a unique name when there are so many ancient names -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool? Here's a selection of worthy ancient choices, from a range of eras and places, that make unique baby names for boys.

  • Cool Boy Names From Around the World

    Cool boy names from Italy and Ireland, Scandinavia to the Middle East and beyond include the following choices.

  • Cool Girl Names from Ancient Cultures

    There are so many ancient names for girls -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool. Here's a selection of worthy ancient names, from a range of eras and places, that make unique baby names for girls.

  • Cool Girl Names From Around the World

    Cool names for girls from a range of cultures and countries include the following choices.

  • Cornish Baby Names

    Cornish baby names -- names with Celtic roots connected to the gorgeous southwest corner of England -- are an evocative group. Some Cornish baby names you might want to consider for your child include:

  • Dutch Baby Names for Boys

    Popular baby names for boys in The Netherlands range from familiar English nicknames such as Tom and Nick to Latinate choices like Guido and Adrianus to fashionably short European baby names like these.

  • Dutch Baby Names for Girls

    Popular girl baby names in the Netherlands range from the familiar (to an English speaker) like Lisa and Kim through exotic baby names like Anouk to the intriguingly unusual. A sampling of baby names frequently heard in The Netherlands for girls:

  • Elizabeth's International Variations

    Elizabeth is one of the most classic baby names you can choose for your little girl. And it's one that comes with a host of international variations that can make for original nicknames or spins on Elizabeth.

  • Exotic Lite Baby Names

    Maybe you want an exotic name for your baby....but not too exotic. Something international, yet recognizable to most Americans. Your category? Could be the Exotic Lite baby names here, from a range of cultures.

  • Fictional Princess Names

    Fictional princess names -- from fairy tales to modern cartoons -- are well-known to little girls, most of whom would be delighted to have one for her very own. Here, the wide range of fictional princess names.

  • Finnish Baby Names

    Finnish names may look simple, but those double vowels are undeniably exotic to native English speakers. Some prime Finnish baby name examples:

  • Finnish Baby Names for Boys

    Although Finnish baby names are Scandinavian, they sound a lot quirkier to the American ear than Swedish, Norwegian and Danish baby names do. Here are some of the more accessible.

  • Finnish Baby Names for Girls

    Even though Finnish baby names are Scandinavian, they sound much quirkier to the American ear than Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish baby names do. Here are some of the most accessible baby names to the English speaker, though not all are popular in Finland itself.

  • French Baby Girl Names

    French baby girl names aren't limited to the same old noms--the Michelles and Danielles and Gabrielles. Here are some fresh French baby names for girls.

  • French Baby Names for Boys

    Charming French baby names for boys, far beyond old-fashioned Jean and Jacques, are just waiting to be discovered. Here: some of the best new French baby names for boys.

  • French Word Names

    The parent in search of truly distinctive baby names has to move farther than ever away from the established roster. One new direction -- or is it two? -- for the intrepid baby namer is toward international word names, which combine two of today's coolest trends. We combed our own diccionarios for French, Italian, and Spanish words that could make perfectly appropriate, attractive baby names, and here are some French choices. But no reason to stop here--consider words from the language of your own ethnic background, be it Czech or Chinese, and add them to the list of your personal possibilities.

    Here, some French words turned baby names for your consideration:

  • George's International Variations

    George is one of those classic baby names that bridges many cultures and languages, each of which feature of variation on the name. Here, the international variations of the baby name George.

  • Girl Names from Africa

    African baby girl names hail from all around the continent and offer an exotic yet usable complement of choices. While these are some of our favorites, for even more African baby girl names, go to Supersearch and search by origin.

  • Goddess Baby Names

    Goddess names, the names of mythological figures from all over the world, seem more baby appropriate now that ever, with the rise of ancient Roman names and the discovery of many antique choices. Baby names for your own little goddess might include the following.

  • Helen's International Variations

    Helen is a girl's name with a long and legendary history. Meaning "the bright one" in Greek, she was the beautiful queen in Homer's Iliad. Here are her many foreign variations.

  • International Variations of Alexandra

    Alexandra has been in the Top 100 for 20 years and with so many little girls named Alexa, Alexis, and Alex around, you might want to explore some of the name's international options.

  • International Variations of Ann

    The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls' baby names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Modern parents who might consider Ann a bit bland, have their choice of dozens of cool international versions.

  • Irish Baby Girl Names

    Irish baby girl names have been well used outside the Emerald Isle for decades, but there's a new wave of choices that sound fresh and intriguing. Here are some of our favorite Irish names for girls; or go here for a full list of Irish baby names.

  • Irish Baby Names

    Irish baby names on Ireland's recent Top 100 popularity list include the following native choices. Click here for the full list of Irish baby names on Nameberry.

  • Irish Baby Names for Boys

    Irish baby names for boys have been growing in popularity in the U.S. in recent years. While Irish names have become more popular for both genders, we see the style factor on the rise particularly in boys' names unheard of here a generation ago, such as Aidan and Finn. Click here for the full list of Irish baby names. Some of our favorite Irish baby names for boys you might want to consider:

  • Irish Surname Names

    Many of the best Irish baby names are not first names at all but Irish surname names. Here's a whole group of rollicking names that work for both girls and boys....or you can use one from your own family background. Or click here for our full list of Irish baby names.

  • Italian Baby Boy Names Beyond Giovanni & Giuseppe

    Italian baby boy names heard more often in Rome, Italy than Rome, New York, but eminently usable here as Italian baby names continue to grow in favor.

  • Italian Baby Girl Names Beyond Rosa & Rosetta

    Looking for Italian baby girl names? Here are some fresh choices for your little signorina.

  • Italian Word Names

    One new direction -- or is it two? -- for the intrepid baby namer is toward foreign-word names, which combine two of today's coolest trends. We combed our own diccionarios for Italian words that could make perfectly appropriate, attractive baby names. But no reason to stop here--consider words from the language of your own ethnic background, be it Czech or Chinese, and add them to the list of your personal possibilities.

  • Jacob's International Variations

    Jacob has been the Number 1 boy baby name in the US for so long now you might want to think about using one of its international variations.

  • Jane's International Variations

    Jane is one of the classic baby names for girls that has a wide range of variations around the world.

  • John's International Variations

    For centuries the most popular of all boy baby names, borne by saints, kings, and countless other illustrious notables, John is still in the Top 20. For a new spin on one of the longest-running favorite baby names, try one of John's international variations.

  • Joseph's International Variations

    Grandpa Joe's namesakes can take many forms, as the baby names here demonstrate.

  • Julia's International Variations

    Julia is one of the most classic baby girl names, one that has a wide range of appealing variations around the world.

  • Katherine's International Variations

    Katherine is one of the most classic baby names for girls, one that has spawned a host of variations around the world.

  • Latin Baby Names

    Latin culture is having an important influence on the United States, and that includes Latin baby names. Baby names that a generation ago might have been used exclusively by Hispanic parents are now filtering into the mainstream. Here, some Latin baby names increasing in popularity.

  • Margaret's International Variations

    Margaret is among the most classic baby names, with a wide range of intriguing variations throughout the Western World.

  • Mary's International Variations

    Mary may not be exactly stylish among baby girl names now, but as the top girls' name for centuries, it's spawned many intriguing international variations.

  • Michael's International Variations

    Michael is one of the most popular baby names of the past century. To honor a dad or grandpa named Michael, or find a fresh way to spin the old favorite, consider these international baby names that are variations on the original.

  • Olympic Baby Names

    Take a peek at these Olympic baby names dating from the 1896 games until now. The Olympics spotlights global choices that might not otherwise attract our attention. These gold medal baby names show real promise:

  • Operatic Baby Names

    You don’t have to be an opera buff to appreciate the rich variety of baby names found in the classic repertoire. It’s an especially appealing category because it contains such an interesting mix of languages: there are frilly French female names, unusual Italian mens’ names, as well as some usable German and Russian character names. These range from leads such as Aida and Tristan, to featured players to those with minor roles. So, omitting common names like Amelia, Norma and Susanna, and the more uber-the-top names like Brunhilde, here are some lyrical opera baby names:

  • Paul's International Variations

    Paul is one of those classic baby names that's neither in style nor thoroughly out. Paul's many international versions all start with P.

  • Peter's International Variations

    Peter is one of the classic if not fashionable baby names that may be more appealing in one of its international variations.

  • Place Names Off The Map

    The coolest place names are those that are undiscovered. Some place names can be used for boys, but most of the cool place names work best for baby girls. Here are some choices on (and off) the map.

  • Prince Names

    The prince names here are those chosen by royal families around the world for their little boys over the past decade or so. Your idea of prince names can be expanded to include those used over past generations -- Charles and Andrew, say -- and to extend to fictional princes such as Phillip or...well, maybe not Charming. Some of the real little princes have three or four middle names. For more details, see our blog on prince names.

  • Princess Names

    The princess names for girls here are those chosen by royal families around the world over the past decade or so. Your idea of princess names can be expanded to include those used over past generations -- Anne and Elizabeth and even Diana, say -- and to extend to fictional princesses such as Ariel and Aurora. Many of the real little princesses have three or four middle names.

  • Roman Names

    Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as baby names, partly thanks to The Hunger Games, the futuristic book that featured Roman names for most of the male characters, partly because of the HBO series Rome, and also thanks to the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and its hero Atticus Finch. Roman baby names on today's roster include several familiar choices along with even more fascinating names yet to be revived.

  • Roman Names for Boys

    Names from Ancient Rome are enjoying a major style revival. Among the Roman choices for boys are the following, all at home in the modern world.

  • Roman Names for Girls

    Names from Ancient Rome are enjoying a major style revival. Among the Roman choices for girls are the following, all at home in the modern world.

  • Royal Baby Names

    Royal baby names are those used by royal families in recent years. Many of them have been used by royal families over the centuries, while some of newcomers to the royal name lexicon. Royal baby names include:

  • Russian Baby Girl Names

    Russian baby names for girls, long a style backwater, are coming into their own as a fashionable choice. Here are some of the most appealing Russian baby girl names.

  • Russian Names for Boys

    Russian names for boys from the Nameberry database include the choices here.

  • Saints' Names

    Here's proof that you can find saints' names that go way beyond the stodgy Anne or Francis. Following is a selection of some of the coolest saints' names for babies.

  • Scottish Baby Names

    The Scots--originally a Celtic tribe that migrated from northern Ireland-- have a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in their baby names. This list includes both uniquely Scottish Gaelic baby names, and others that have been used in Scotland for so long and often that they are thought of internationally as typically Scottish.

  • Scottish Names for Boys

    Scottish names for boys in the Nameberry database include the choices here.

  • Scottish Names for Girls

    Scottish names for girls found in the Nameberry database include the choices here.

  • Spanish Baby Girl Names

    Spanish baby girl names range far beyond the usual choices. Here are some Spanish girl names you may not have considered.

  • Spanish Baby Names for Boys

    Spanish baby names for boys that move beyond the obvious choices like Juan and Jose include:

  • Spanish Word Names

    The parent in search of truly distinctive baby names has to move farther than ever away from the established roster. One new direction -- or is it two? -- for the intrepid baby namer is toward foreign-word names, which combine two of today's coolest trends. We combed our own diccionarios for French, Italian, and Spanish words that could make perfectly appropriate, attractive baby names, and here are some Spanish ideas. But no reason to stop here--consider words from the language of your own ethnic background, be it Czech or Chinese, and add them to the list of your personal possibilities.

  • Steampunk Baby Names

    The steampunk movement has been inspired by literature and cinema, blending futuristic themes with 19th century Victorian style. Think alternate history meets science fiction entwined with elements of steam power and clockwork. Here is a list of baby names incorporating this unique style.

  • Stephen's International Variations

    Stephen is one of the classic baby boy names widely used in the middle of the last century. Some variations you might want to consider instead:

  • Supermodel Baby Names

    It's not enough that supermodels are skinny, gorgeous, world-revered millionaires. They've got babies, too, and not just ordinary babies, but babies with incredibly cool names. Here is the recent crop of supermodel baby names:

  • Supermodel Names

    Supermodels provide a real international smorgasbord (excuse the expression, girls) of beautiful baby girl names.

  • Thomas's International Variations

    Thomas is among the most classic baby boy names, with variations in several Western cultures.

  • Unusual International Baby Girl Names

    There are hundreds of unusual international baby girl names throughout this site. Here's a handful of the most appealing.

  • William's International Variations

    William may be both the most classic AND the most fashionable of boy names today. Here are some of its international variations.