Category: international baby names
During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims across the globe—about a quarter of the world’s population—fast from dawn to sunset for the month. Observance of the fast, which forms one of the Five Pillars of the Islam, helps Muslims get closer to Allah. As Muslims ready to mark Ramadan on May 26, let’s take a closer look at some awe-inspiring, and perhaps surprising, names that come from Arabic, the original language of the Koran and spoken by many millions of the faith.
French names are perennially popular in the US, but there is still a host of undiscovered gems on the French popularity list. So today, the boys follow the girls we looked at the other day: 10 of the best possibilities for an unusual name taken from the popular names of France—all in the Top 100, including some imported from other cultures.
By Meredith Testa
American parents have always seemed more attracted to French names for their daughters than their sons: from Julie in the 60s to Stephanie and Nicole and Danielle in the 80s to Charlotte today, it’s never difficult to find a French name near the top of the girls’ popularity chart.
But there remains a host of undiscovered possibilities from the French popularity list:
By Lisa Spira
Before Liam became the second most popular baby name in the United States, as it has been since 2013, it was a lesser-known Irish short form of William. It was distinctively Irish. Today, however, Liam is so popular that it feels more “American” than anything else.
Which names from other cultures might be the next popular American names?
Celebrity baby names make news this month. Two Oscar contenders became new parents in February: Natalie Portman (‘Jackie‘) named her daughter the lovely Amalia, and Mahershala Ali (‘Moonlight’) chose Bari Najima for his daughter. Also of particular note: Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego taking the Zen path for their baby boy, brother of Cy and Bowie, and Nick Cannon‘s choice of the name Golden for his son..
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