100 Brilliant Boy Names in Translation

Romancing the names--Orlando for Roland

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Now it’s the boy’s turn to romance their names.

We recently posted a list of 100 girls’ names in translation, where we took some rather prosaic appellations like Helen, Henrietta and Hedwig, and gave them some international flair via their translations into other languages. Well, several of you asked us to do the same for the boys, and so here they are. Of course there are countless other versions and variations—maybe you’ll find the honor replacement you’ve been looking for!

Ralph and Roland, meet Raoul and Orlando.

  1. AdairEdgar in Scottish
  2. AlasdairScottish form of Alexander
  3. AlessandroAlexander in Italian
  4. AlwynWelsh variation of Alvin
  5. AndersScandinavian version of Andrew
  6. Arman Russian for Herman
  7. ArtairArthur in Scottish (AHR-shtuhr)
  8. Aureli — Polish for Aurelius (ow-REH-lee)          
  9. AxelDanish version of Absalom
  10. BasilioBasil in Spanish
  11. Bernez — Breton for Bernard (BAYR-nes)
  12. Briac — Brian in Breton (BREE-ayk)
  13. CiroCyrus in Italian
  14. Corrado Conrad in Italian
  15. Cristobal –- Christopher in Spanish, also Crisoforo
  16. Danilothe Slavic form of Daniel
  17. Daveth — Cornish variation of David
  18. DeviDavid in Breton (DAY-vee)
  19. DiegoSpanish version of James
  20. Doolish—Manx variation of Douglas
  21. Eamon Edmund in Irish (AY-mon)
  22. EeroEric in Finnish
  23. EetuFinnish form of Edward
  24. Etienne – Stephen in French
  25. ElihuElijah in Hebrew
  26. ElioItalian form of Elijah
  27. EliseoElisha in Spanish and Italian
  28. EmrysWelsh version of Ambrose (EM-rees)
  29. EstebanStephen in Spanish
  30. EtanEthan in Hebrew
  31. EttoreItalian version of Hector
  32. FedericoFrederick in Italian and Spanish
  33. FelipeSpanish cognate of Phillip
  34. Gabor — Gabriel in Hungarian
  35. GautierWalter in French
  36. GiottoItalian forGodfrey
  37. GiulianoJulian in Italian
  38. GwilymWelsh for William
  39. HamishJames in Scottish
  40. HarounArmenian form of Aaron
  41. HuwHugh in Welsh
  42. IainScottish version of John (EE-ayn)
  43. IlyaElijah in Russian
  44. Jaako — Finnish variation of Jacob
  45. Jacca – Jack in Cornish
  46. JagoCornish for Jacob (JAHG-o)
  47. Jakez – Jack in Breton (ZHAH-kays)
  48. Jarl –Scandinavian form of Earl (yarl)
  49. JavierXavier in Spanish, Portuguese (ha-bee-AIR)
  50. Jazon –Polish form of Jason (YAH-zon)
  51. JenoEugene in Hungarian (YEH-no)
  52. JensJohn in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish
  53. JoostDutch nickname for Joseph (YOHP)
  54. JoriGeorge in Provencal
  55. JowanJohn in Cornish (JOO-an or JO-an)
  56. Jozua Dutch version of Joshua
  57. JuriGeorge in Estonian (YOO-ree)
  58. KeoniHawaiian form of John (KEH-O-nee)
  59. LarsLaurence in Scandinavian
  60. LazzaroItalian form of Lazarus (laz-ZAH-ro)
  61. LorenzoLaurence in Italian and Spanish
  62. LucaItalian form of Luke
  63. LucanIrish for Lucius
  64. LucianoLucian in Italian, Spanish
  65. Macsen/MaxenMaximus in Welsh
  66. MateoMatthew in Spanish, Matteo in Italian
  67. MikkoFinnish form of Michael
  68. NiallNeil in Irish (NEE-al)
  69. NilsSwedish for Nicholas
  70. OdonEdmund in Hungarian
  71. OlivierFrench version of Oliver
  72. OrazioHorace in Italian
  73. Orlando — Italian cognate of Roland
  74. PaavoPaul in Finnish
  75. Padrig — Patrick in Welsh (PAHD-rig); Padraig in Irish (PAH-dreek)
  76. PaoloItalian version of Paul; in Spanish it’s Pablo
  77. PavelRussian version of Paul
  78. Pawly — Paul in Cornish
  79. PieroPeter in Italian, also Pietro
  80. PietPeter (Pete) in Dutch
  81. RaoulFrench version of Ralph (ra-OOL); Raul in Spanish
  82. RedmondRaymond in Irish
  83. Savvel – Russian form of Saul (SAH-vel)
  84. SeamusIrish form of James (SHAY-mus)
  85. Siarl– – Charles in Welsh ((SHARL)
  86. Simu—Romanian form of Simon
  87. TaaviDavid in Finnish
  88. TadeoThaddeus in Spanish, Taddeo in Italian (ta-DAY-o)
  89. TeodoroSpanish and Portuguese version of Theodore
  90. TomaThomas in Romanian
  91. UgoItalian for Hugo (OO-go)
  92. Uilleam—Scottish variant of William (OOL-yum)
  93. VanyaRussian pet form of Ivan
  94. VasiliBasil in Russian
  95. WillemWilliam in Dutch
  96. Wilmot—Manx version of William
  97. Xoan—John in Galician (zo-an)
  98. YaakovHebrew for Jacob
  99. Zacheo—Portuguese version of Zacharias/Zachary (zash-EH-o)

100. ZalmanHebrew form of Solomon    

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mill1020 Says:

July 21st, 2016 at 12:20 am

I can see Luciano and Maxen rising in popularity in the U.S.

Myosotis Says:

July 21st, 2016 at 3:57 am

I love quite a few of these.
Hamish
Lorenzo
Emrys
Taavi (I really love the idea of brothers Emrys & Taavi; immortal & beloved)
Ilya (thinking about adding this)
Luca
Alasdair
Jago (but I thought this was JAY-go)

ashthedreamer Says:

July 21st, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Great list, and I *love* Ilya and Seamus, but Elihu is NOT the Hebrew form of Elijah. They have similar meanings, and Elihu is similar in sound to the original name Elijah comes from (Eliyyahu), but Elijah means “My God is Yahweh” and Elihu means “My God is he”. Slightly different…

LePapa Says:

July 21st, 2016 at 3:18 pm

You spelled Étienne incorrectly

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