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100 Gorgeous Girl Names in Translation

How to romance a name

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.

AilisAlice in Irish—AY-leesh

AlejandraAlexandra in Spanish—al-le-KHAHN-dra

AlessandraAlexandra in Italian

AlizAlice in Hungarian—ah-LEEZ

AmelieFrench for Amelia

AnaisProvincial French/Catalan form of Annaa-na-EES

AnakelaHawaiian for Angela

Aniela–Polish form of Angela

AnikaA Czech, German, Dutch and Danish form of AnnAH-nee-ka

AnoukDutch and French diminutive of Anna

Aziliz—Breton form of Ceciliaah-ZEE-leez

Barabala Scottish form of Barbara

Barbo—Swedish for Barbara

Beatriz—Spanish for Beatrice

BertilleFrench for Berta

BethanWelsh diminutive of Elizabeth

BiancaItalian for Blanche

Britta Swedish form of Bridget

CatalinaSpanish form of Catherine

CatrionaGaelic form of Catherineka-TREE-na

CharlottaSwedish variant of Charlotte

ChiaraClaire in Italian

CinziaItalian for CynthiaCHIN-zee-a

Devorah Hebrew form of Deborah

EabhaIrish form of EvaAy-va

EilisIrish Gaelic form of Elizabeth and/or AliceAY-leesh

EleniGreek for Helen

EdwigeFrench for Hedwig

ElisabettaItalian for Elizabeth

ElishevaHebrew for Elizabeth

Elspeth—Scottish form of Elizabeth

EnricaItalian for Henrietta

EsperanzaSpanish for Hope

FeSpanish form of FaithFay

Fiorenza, FiorellaItalian for Florence

FlorisDutch form of Florence

Francesca—Italian for Frances

GiadaJade in Italian—JAH-da

GioiaItalian for Joy

GinevraItalian form of Guinevere/Genevieve, also the city of Geneva

Gladez—Welsh variation of Gladys

Grazia, GraziellaItalian for Grace

IlariaSpanish for Hillary

IleanaHungarian for Helen

Ines, Inez, YnezSpanish, Portuguese for Agnes

IrinaRussian for Irene

IsabeauIsabel in French

IshbelScottish variation of Isobel

Jacinda—Greek for Hyacinth

Jelica—Serbian diminutive of Helen

JovanaSerbian form of Jean

KaleaHawaiian form of Claire

Kalola—Hawaiian form of Carol

KelynCornish for Holly

KianaHawaiian for Diana

Kikilia—Cecilia in Hawaiian

KlementinaRussian form of Clementine

LeniGerman diminutive of Helene or Magdalena

LiliaSpanish and Hawaiian for Lily

LiliasScottish version of Lillian

LloraCatalan form of Laura

Lujza–Hungarian for Louisaloo-EE-zha

LydieFrench for Lydia

MagdalenaMadeline in Polish, German, Dutch, Swedish and more

MaiScandinavian pet form of MariaMI

MaireIrish form of Mary

MaliaHawaiian form of Mary

ManonFrench pet form of Marie

MaredWelsh form of Margaret

MargitHungarian and Scandinavian form of Margaret

MariskaCzech form of Mary

MarjaDutch and Finnish form of MariaMAHR-ya

MaryaRussian variant of Maria; Cornish for Mary

MoiraScottish form of Mary

MornaScottish version of Myrna

NanouDutch and French derivative of Anne

Noemi Italian, Spanish, German and Czech form of Naomi

OnaLithuanian for Hannah

OnoraIrish Gaelic for Honor

OttaviaItalian for Octavia

Paola, Italian for Paula

PatriziaItalian for Patricia

Phyllida, old English form of Phyllis

Raina–Polish and Czech form of Regina

Roisin—Irish form of Rosero-SHEEN

RozaPolish and Russian form of Rose

SandrineFrench for Sandra

SannaScandinavian short form of Susannah, used independently

ShoshanaHebrew form of Susanna, also means lily and rose

SianWelsh form of Jean, JeanSHAN

SineadIrish form of Janeshin-AID

Siobhananother Irish form of Jane shi-VAWN

TamsinBritish contracted form of Thomasina

VarvaraRussian for Barbara

VeronaCzech form of Veronica, in addition to being the Italian city name

Veronique French form of Veronica

VikaPolynesian form of Victoria

ZabelArmenian form of Isabel

ZofiaCzech, Polish and Ukranian forms of Sofia

Zuzana, Zuzanna—Polish, Czech for Susannah

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6 Responses to “100 Gorgeous Girl Names in Translation”

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leighmiller Says:

July 8th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

I’ve never heard Onora before. It’s lovely!

teacupsandtiaras Says:

July 8th, 2016 at 1:56 pm

I love this. I really hope we get to see a guys’ list too!

cmariac Says:

July 8th, 2016 at 9:56 pm

love Aliz and a lot of others on this list! Glad that pronunciations were included as well

mother_dragons Says:

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

JulesBerry Says:

July 9th, 2016 at 10:45 pm

So great. I agree with others, please do one for boys!!

lalala__lauren Says:

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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