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  1. #1
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    Apr 2011
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    An international challenge!

    Hi berries! I hope soon I am asking for help for myself, but today's challenge is to help my friend. Here is her naming situation.

    She and her husband are Iranians living in Switzerland. They are looking for a name for their daughter that meets the following criteria:

    - international

    - short (maybe 2 syllables)

    Not a lot to go on, but I would love to share with them any suggestions the Berrie community can come up with, particularly ones that would work well for that combination of cultures.

    Thank you for your help!
    Mama to twin boys Oliver Graham and Luke Axel

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Canada
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    I think these names could work. They're easy to spell and pronounce and easy to cross borders. Some of these names are Persian and some are European choices.


    Sara
    Nina
    Mira
    Maya
    Anna
    Elena/Lena
    Mila
    Afra/Aphra
    Astera
    Farah
    Noor
    Lala
    Daria
    Bibi
    Esther/Ester
    Jasmine
    Leila/Laila/Layla
    Parisa
    Roxana/Roksana
    Soraya
    Azura
    Persis
    Zarina/Sarina
    Shirin
    Vashti
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
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    What part of Switzerland do your friends live in (German, Italian or French speaking one) and are they going to stay there for a while? Some names have various spellings and if their daughter grows up in the Italian speaking part of the country, they might want to choose a different spelling that in the German or French part (all are internationally usable but it would make it easier for the daughter).

    Anyways, names that definitely work internationally are usually quite simple and can be found in a lot of countries' top 10.
    Names with mythology origins are also very international.

    Clara
    Nora
    Emma
    Ella
    Hannah
    Alice
    Leila
    Laura
    Lena
    Lili / Lily / etc.
    Julia
    Rosalie
    Viola
    Dahlia
    Penelope
    Flora
    Polly

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  4. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
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    Thanks Micha and opheliaflora!
    They live in the German speaking part of Switzerland and are planning to be there for quite a while (unfortunately- I want them to move back to Sweden!).
    I'll run those names by her and see what she thinks. Thanks for the help!
    Mama to twin boys Oliver Graham and Luke Axel

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
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    I'm in the Southern part of Germany, pretty close to Switzerland and as our family is also quite international, we have the same set of criteria. Here are a few names from our list and some others they might like:

    Carolin
    Freja
    Eva
    Maia/Maya
    Luisa
    Zara
    Elena
    Aria/Arya
    Lara
    Mia
    Alma
    Anya
    Sonja
    Ella
    Sophie/Sophia
    Nora
    Clara
    Cora
    Hana
    Helen
    Lilian (Lily)
    Liesel

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