New International Names Enter America’s Lexicon
New international names are entering the American lexicon from around the world at an ever-faster pace, as parents look for names that connect to their countries of origin or ancestral heritage.
And some parents are simply looking for names that have more international reach and meaning than the usual English choices.
Celebrities and athletes often popularize their names internationally. The current interest in multicultural mythology and religion is another source of international names.
We analyzed the Social Security list to find international names becoming more popular in the US. Most of the choices here were given to at least 100 babies in the US last year, but retain a distinctive flavor.
Aditi – Ancient Hindu mother goddess
Ainhoa – Religiously significant Basque place name that makes the Spanish Top 100
Akshara – Strong Sanskrit name
Araceli – Spanish mountain climber name
Aranza – Basque name meaning thorns
Atarah – Hebrew Biblical name
Avani – Hindi name meaning “the good earth”
Aviva – Hebrew name with a springtime meaning
Azeneth – Egyptian name popular in Spanish-speaking South America.
Brisa – Spanish for breeze
Elowen – Cornish tree name
Hawa – The Arabic version of Eve
Inaya – Arabic name meaning concerned
Irie – Jamaican word meaning positive and powerful
Kamari – Swahili for moonlight
Kavya – Sanskrit for poem
Maite – Basque name meaning beloved, top name in South America
Monserrat – Catalan place-name
Nechama – Hebrew name popular in the Hasidic community
Noelani – Hawaiian for heavenly mist
Nori – Japanese for seaweed
Oriana – Italian name with a golden meaning
Raya – Hebrew name meaning friend
Sana – Arabic name that easily crosses cultures
Yesenia – Spanish botanical name
Zaynab – One of the most popular Muslim girls’ names, with Quranic as well as botanical signicance
Ziva – Name related to Israeli independence
Atreus – Greek mythology name
Bilal – Arabic name significant in the Muslim faith
Dhruv – Legendary king and devotee of Vishnu, one of the principal Hindu dieties
Eamon – Patriotic Irish name
Eliel – Hebrew relative of Eli
Emir – Arabic title of honor
Khaza — Arabic name with celebrity connection
Leif – Adventurous Scandinavian name being rediscovered
Massimo — Italian for the greatest
Neymar – Invented name of Brazilian footballer
Osiris – Egyptian god-king who was reborn every year
Rishi — Sanskrit for seer or sage
Yadiel – Spanish version of an archangel names
Zamir – Hebrew name meaning song or bird
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on January 6th, 2020 at 8:52 pm
Soleil is French
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