The names don't necessarily have to be generic Yugoslavian (slavic) names...I just meant that he isn't against Croatian, Serbian, or Bosnian names as at the end of the day he's a hodge podge of ethnic groups so they don't have to conform to anything or nothing. Generic secular are always good, though. Of course names that are too "nationalistic" would definitely be out.....Ratko and Slobodan, etc...nothing with negative connotations.
I was surprised he liked Zlata/Zlatan since they seemed kind of out there. I thought enough Americans had read "Zlata's Diary" but maybe not.
Slavic names are very charming, I've always had a thing for them to be honest. Sweet Yugoslavian/Serbian names:
Ljuba (meaning "love")
I know a few Yugoslavian people, and here are their names (at least the ones that haven't been mentioned yet):
Mima (although I'm not sure that's spelled right, I've never seen that one on paper)
Hope I helped!
Jugo names are so pretty - i loved reading them in Zlata's Diary. I like Charlotte Emina, Elizabeth Mirna, Madeline Alma from your choices. I'd throw in Danica, Petra, Jasmina, Zora as possible mn's for girls. If DH really likes Emily, what about using Ema or Emilija somewhere? Eloise Emilija might be cute.
For boys, i find it harder to make combos. Reid Alen or Frederick Alen are good though. I like Branko, Dejan, Marko, Neven. Theodore Neven?
I love former Yugo names. I have lots of friends from there.
Frederick=use Rick instead of Fred. I never understood why people didn't consider that option. Or why peeps named Richard are called Dick, for that matter. Hey, you could even use Erick--;)
Boy Serbian names:
Brojan(sounds nice w/ Frederick). Branko. Darko. Dejan. Dobrilo(means 'encourages good in others). Dragan. Drago. Dragomir. Dragoslav. Filip. Goran. Ilija(I know it looks hard w/ all the i's, l's, and the j, but after looking at it closely it resembles Elijah & Elias). Janko. Javor. Josif. Jovan. Lazar. Marko. Stevan. Velimir/Velemir/Vladimir. Viktor. Zubin.
boy YUGOSLAVIAN names:
Drazen. Florin. Greg. Haris. Milan. Nikola. Sven.
Girl Serbian names:
Ana. Dragana. Filipa. Jovana. Suzana. Zora. Natasa.
girl YUGALSAVIAN names:
Amina. Iva. Julia. Monica. Natasa. Zora.
Other suggestions for girls' first names:
Theodora(nn Dora/Dori. Theo.)
Lilibeth(another nn for Elizabeth is apparently Tibby....)
Gabriella(Gabby. Ella. Brie.)
Suggestions for boys?
Pierce(similar to Piers).
Yup, that's it for suggestions, I think. Let me make some combinations, see what you think:
Frederick Brojan(Rick. Erick.).
Elise Emina. Elise Mira.