Nameberry’s New International Baby Names
Bente, the Danish feminine form of Benedict pronounced ben-tah, is a popular girls' name in both The Netherlands and Denmark though largely unknown in the English-speaking world. It suffers by being a near-homonym of the English word bent, not the best dictionary equivalent for a first name. Still, if you're looking for a girls' name that equates to Ben or Benjamin or Benedict, this may be one of your best bets.
- Bente, the Danish feminine form of Benedict pronounced ben-tah, is a popular girls' name in both The Netherlands and Denmark though largely unknown in the English-speaking world. It suffers by being a near-homonym of the English word bent, not the best dictionary equivalent for a first name. Still, if you're looking for a girls' name that equates to Ben or Benjamin or Benedict, this may be one of your best bets." >
- Fedde, a Top 100 boys' name in The Netherlands, is a Frisian short form for names beginning with Frid, which means "peace." As with many names popular in contemporary Holland, this short form stands on its own. Pronunciation is feh-deh. A girl's name with a similar sound and feel also popular in the Netherlands and new on Nameberry is Fenne." >
- Feline -- and Felina and Felinus -- do have the same root, the considerably more charming pronunciation in modern-day Europe is fee-LEEN-ah. Some websites mistakenly relate it to Felix and give its meaning as happy or fortunate." >
- Ireland and drawn from the Gaelic Forbhlaith or Forbflaith. While it went through a period of dormancy after the Middle Ages, there are some modern women named Ferelith, including actress Ferelith Young and Princess of Denmark Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon." >
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- Lieke is one of those diminutives, like Lena, that can be short for a range of names such as Angelique ending in its sound -- which, by the way, is the two-syllable LEE-ka. Despite its versatility, we don't see Lieke's popularity translating to English-speaking cultures." >
- New Zealand, is an exotic, evocative choice for a sea lover. Moana is a Polynesian sea god and was also an alternate name for the heroine Ofelia in Pan's Labyrinth. Moana may also be a color name for a deep ocean blue. Another intriguing Maori girls' name new on Nameberry is Aroha, which means love." >
- Teun, pronounced like something between ton and tune in English, is one of the most popular boys' names in The Netherlands, consistent with that country's preference for short, simple names. The equivalent of the English Tony, it doesn't travel quite as well as Dutch favorites Sem and Bas do." >
- Sarah Palin spelled it Trig, as in the nickname for trigonometry, but Trygg is a genuine Norwegian first name for boys. It means "true" and might make an intriguing middle name choice." >
- Tycho and Tychon are Greek names with modern variations such as the Danish Tyge, the Swedish Tyko, and the Dutch Tygo that are popular throughout modern Europe. Tycho was the name of a Greek saint and a Danish astronomer. Its meaning in the original Greek is "hitting the mark." Perfect!" >
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on April 24th, 2014 at 11:17 pm
Some of these are rough.
on April 24th, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Tycho is cool, and Tycho Brahe is a neat namesake. I’m not into Leike.
on April 25th, 2014 at 6:53 am
Psyched to see a Polynesian Name made the list. We need more of those!!!!
on April 25th, 2014 at 7:14 am
is Moana pronounced mo-nah or mo-ah-nah? It looks beautiful, but my only issue with it would be if it’s pronounced mo-nah as it sounds very similar to moaner.
on April 25th, 2014 at 7:20 am
Lada is very much associated with the Russian car manufacturer in the UK. That’s a shame, since I find it pretty.
on April 25th, 2014 at 7:20 am
These are all so adorable! Although, they’d have a difficult time throughout life in the U.S. with pronunciation. My favorite is Trygg, totally usable!
on April 25th, 2014 at 7:53 am
Love Tycho and Trygg is a family name. But why no babies of colour?
on April 25th, 2014 at 9:01 am
Another one that is very popular here in Germany but unheard of elsewhere is Finja / Finnja with the pronunciation of Finn-ya.
on April 25th, 2014 at 9:52 am
I’m in love with Ferelith, it’s a recent crush! It sounds like a faerie name; so beautiful. And I love Morgana so if Moana is said Mo-ah-na that’s a bonus. I’ve never heard of the Russian car manufacturer, and I live in the UK, I’m assuming it’s said Lah-duh.
on April 25th, 2014 at 10:33 am
Interesting! While most of these aren’t my style, I love to see more international names added to the database. I quite like Moana, Onni, and Lieke, but Lada does make me think of the car company.
on April 25th, 2014 at 10:45 am
I was enchanted by Ferelith until I said it aloud a few times and realized it sounded like Fearless with a lisp. Maybe for a character in a novel , , ,
on April 25th, 2014 at 11:24 am
Just one correction, Trygg doesn’t mean “true” but “safe, reliable or faithful”. It’s a word name, not often used in Norway. We use Old Norse byname Tryggve/Trygve instead. When using the word ‘trygg’ it is almost always meant as ‘safe’.
I like Lieke, Ferelith, Tycho and Moana. Tycho is the coolest 🙂
Lada is a joke here because of the Russian car. Along the lines of “Why walk when you can drive a Lada?”…. Would not consider at all!
on April 25th, 2014 at 11:42 am
I have never heard of the Russian car manufacturer. I love Lada. I think in America it wouldn’t be a problem.
on April 25th, 2014 at 2:57 pm
I like Ferelith, Moana, Onni, and Tycho.
Bente sounds pretty, but for some reason makes me think of Bento, like the bento boxes in Japan.
on April 25th, 2014 at 3:02 pm
I like Tycho.
on April 25th, 2014 at 6:26 pm
Ferelith!! I’m in love. It’s like Meredith in syllables, right? Fer-eh-lith? Or more like fee-ruh-lith?
Wonder if the similar irish name mentioned in the description, forbhlaith, is pronounced forv-la? If so, also really cool sounding.
Onni would be a great middle.
Trygg makes me think of a dog’s name, and given the meaning (especially the one offered in the comments above), sounds like a great dog name actually!
on April 26th, 2014 at 2:58 am
As a proud Dutch citizen I love to see some Dutch names appear on here. Unfortunately I still don’t see my own name, Maiken, which is a very popular name in Scandinavia and Maaike is very popular in The Netherlands!! Please add them!
on April 26th, 2014 at 5:01 am
Tycho is awesome!
on April 26th, 2014 at 5:37 am
I love Lieke, Lada, and Moana — especially Lieke! 😀
on April 26th, 2014 at 10:46 am
Hi everyone — It’s mo-ah-na, as here: http://www.forvo.com/word/moana_pozzi/#it
Miloowen, by my estimation, there are three babies of color of the 12 pictured. The unifying theme is headgear!
on April 27th, 2014 at 9:14 am
I really like Benta and Fedde! They are so nice! I also liked the look Onni, but it reminds me of another name, can’t remember which.
on April 27th, 2014 at 9:33 am
I really like Bente, Fedde, Onni and Tycho.
on July 6th, 2015 at 11:00 pm
Lada immediately made me think of the clunky car. It also is too close to “laddie,” IMO.
My favorite from the list is a secondary name, Aroha. It sounds beautiful & I love the meaning. 🙂
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