100 Gorgeous Girl Names in Translation
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Why would you choose a <a href=”https://nameberry.com/girls-names”>girls’ name</a> name from another culture? There are several good reasons. First of all, there is the sheer beauty of so many of them. Then there is the honor factor. Say you have a beloved grandmother named Barbara you want to pay tribute to, but you can’t quite see yourself as a parent of a baby Barbara. Then how about the more vibrant Russian version, Varvara?
Or maybe there’s a name you love but find too common or popular or plain? There are countless lovely foreign variations of Elizabeth and Margaret and Katherine that are still substantive but more distinctive.
So here’s a start on the almost endless possibilities for romancing a name.
Aniela–Polish form of Angela
Barbo—Swedish for Barbara
Gladez—Welsh variation of Gladys
Jelica—Serbian diminutive of Helen
Kalola—Hawaiian form of Carol
Kikilia—Cecilia in Hawaiian
Lujza–Hungarian for Louisa—loo-EE-zha
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on July 8th, 2016 at 12:34 pm
I’ve never heard Onora before. It’s lovely!
on July 8th, 2016 at 1:56 pm
I love this. I really hope we get to see a guys’ list too!
on July 8th, 2016 at 9:56 pm
love Aliz and a lot of others on this list! Glad that pronunciations were included as well
on July 9th, 2016 at 8:27 am
Amazing post! Please one of these for boys names.
Two little corrections: Alejandra is said al-le-HAN-dra. “Han” with a sound similar to that in house
Fe is said FEH. A short, abrupt sound like the first e in elephant
on July 9th, 2016 at 10:45 pm
So great. I agree with others, please do one for boys!!
on July 16th, 2016 at 2:58 pm
I know someone whose family is Serbian named Jelica! It’s pronounced yell-SAH.
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