Your Favorite Names from Around the World
Names travel among cultures further and faster now than ever before.
The British like such French names as Sophie and Chloe, while in France there’s a craze for British names such as Emma and Tom. And then there are those names used throughout Europe that are gaining some attention in the US: Cosima, Leonie, Roman.
Our question for you is: What are your favorite names from around the world? They may be familiar or exotic, but we’d love to hear specifics and well as which cultures have names you find most appealing.
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on January 7th, 2015 at 2:16 am
Wiley (Scottish diminutive of William)
Macsen (Welsh variation of Maximus)
These are just a few of my favorite names from around the world. I especially love Greek names!
on January 7th, 2015 at 3:44 am
Malaika and Zendaya are my Swahili and (Shona) favorites right now. So stunning!
on January 7th, 2015 at 5:05 am
Hungarian girl names: Imola, Emese, Dalma, Ilona, Hanga, Lenke, Minka, Enikő, Kinga, Réka, Sarolta, Tímea, Tünde, Zeline, Zolna, Zinka
Hungarian boy names: Bercel, Levente, Zente, Zalán, Attila, Bence, Domán, Domonkos, Endre
Scandinavian: Linnea & Soren
Dutch: Mirthe & Willem
German: Anneliese & Bruno
French: Elodie & Marcel
Greek: Penelope & Alexander
Arabic: Amina & Moses
Russian: Nastya & Maxim
on January 7th, 2015 at 8:45 am
Belén (Spanish) and Soleil (French) are my favorite girl names from abroad.
on January 7th, 2015 at 9:07 am
The thing is, I’m a Pennsylvania Dutch (heritage) girl who is determined to giver her daughters all long, flowy Greek and Latinate names! But, for me, I think it’s actually almost more about getting that “eccentric aristocrat,” historic upper-crusty Brit feel, but with a touch of ethereal magic…. e.g., Amarantha, Ilaria, etc.
on January 7th, 2015 at 9:38 am
I love Catalan names, such as Laia and Jordi; Welsh names such as Gwilym, Emlyn, Angharad, and Olwen; and Hebrew names such as Akiva and Lior, Aviya and Nurit.
on January 7th, 2015 at 12:03 pm
Emma can hardly be considered a “British” name… It’s more like pan-European. It was introduced to Britain via the (French) Normans, and it’s use has been consistent in France whereas in the UK it’s had many ups and downs.
Famous French Emma’s abound– Emma Bovary, for starters.
on January 7th, 2015 at 12:06 pm
I love Maeve and Mateo. Linnea, Moira, Marceline, Diego, and a bunch of others, too.
on January 7th, 2015 at 2:40 pm
Gosh – I love names from so many cultures. In fact, I used to plan on naming my children all names that mean joy (since my name Gioia is Italian for “joy”). We had:
Ronen (hebrew) etc.
Now – I find myself drawn to Evren for a boy… which is Turkish and Adilet for a girl, which is also used in Turkey.
Though – my daughter is Clarisse. . . which is French.
And – all of our children will have Filipio middle names, since their father is from the Philippines. I guess we are multicultural!
on January 7th, 2015 at 3:18 pm
@Sleaterm : Soleil is not a firstname in France.
I love the following :
-Jonas, Mathias, Elias, Bengt an Jens; Elin & Svea (Sweden)
-Kieran and Rory (Ireland)
… and so many others!
on January 7th, 2015 at 4:17 pm
I love many types of names, so here are some that I love!!!
Irish- Declan, Bradan, Bridget
Italian- Giovanna, Celia
on January 7th, 2015 at 4:38 pm
My daughter’s middle name is the Aztec word for flower, Xochitl. Her first name, Noemi is the Spanish translation of Naomi in the Bible. I love Spanish and Italian names.
on January 7th, 2015 at 5:41 pm
Aoife (Irish Gaelic)
Sasha for Alexander (Russian)
on January 7th, 2015 at 7:18 pm
Just one for me: Italia. Beautifully exotic and unique without crossing into weird. And thanks to one of my favorite actresses, Italia Ricci, there are very positive connotations there for me. She’s immensely talented and seems to be a genuinely sweet, great person overall. Wouldn’t mind my daughter bearing her name at all…*LOL* Except that I don’t have a drop of Italian blood in me, so it may come off seeming a bit strange if I were to use it!
on January 7th, 2015 at 7:52 pm
Basically, I looked up all of my favorite names and put anything not strictly English or Latin so they would be from other places! I tried to put all origins for each name on here so they would be accurate! I seem to be drawn to French girls names and Irish boys names the most!
Russian: Anya, Anastasia, Natalia
German: Adelaide, Alice, Amelia, Bernadette, Elsa
Italian: Ariana, Gabriella, Mirabella, Sienna, Violetta
Scottish: Allison, Blair, Elsie, Elspeth, Maisie, Paisley
French: Annabelle, Belle, Charlotte, Claire, Clementine, Elle, Elodie, Estelle, Genevieve, Juliette, Madeleine, Mirabelle, Noel, Noelle, Rosalie, Sophie, Vivienne
Greek: Athena, Cora, Lydia, Melody, Ophelia, Penelope, Sophia
Hebrew: Ariel, Elizabeth, Seraphina
Irish: Bridget, Caitlin, Maeve
Arabic: Delilah, Farrah, Layla
Persian: Leila, Lila, Lilac
French/Hebrew: Marie, Seraphine
Hebrew: Asher, Ethan, Ezra, Gabriel
German: August, Axel, Emmett
French: Blaise, Chandler, Percy
Scottish: Brody, Lennox
Irish: Declan, Fallon, Finn, Flynn, Liam, Niall, Nile, Riley, Ronan, Rory, Torin
Irish/Scottish: Finlay, Finley, Rowan
Old German/Latin: Milo
on January 7th, 2015 at 7:55 pm
LilBit0318: Would you consider using just Talia? Its a name of its own but you could use it without being Italian and no one would think it strange.
on January 7th, 2015 at 8:50 pm
I don’t know how to even list them all! Names from other cultures pretty much makes up half my list, so I feel like this could go on forever.
Poppy (British? I don’t know if this should even count, but it’s rarely used here in the US)
Beatriu (Catalan? Either that or Basque; I can never remember)
… and a million more. Those are just the top of the list, and I can’t really recall the others right now.
Caspar/Casper (French, Danish, German, Scandinavian?! I know Caspar’s the French version, but I don’t honestly know which Casper belongs to)
Benedikt (although I’d likely not use it; German)
Florian (I claim German and Swiss, because it’s had pretty good usage in both places)
Bastian (German?)/Sebastian (international?!)
Hugo (international? I don’t know who to attribute this to, but it has such international usage!)
… and the same.
on January 7th, 2015 at 9:19 pm
Urgh, that’s supposed to be Hélène, not Hélne… :/ I also adore the Danish Helene (pronounced heh-LAY-neh) and Lærke (lair-keh), which I somehow forgot earlier…
on January 7th, 2015 at 9:22 pm
*le sigh* Also the Welsh Anwen (g), Ianto (YAHN-toe, b), Rhys (b), and Bryn (b). And the Basque Alaia! And the Hawaiian/Armenian Ani! And Annemijn (which I haven’t really found that much info on, but I assume it’s a Dutch name said anna-meen?)!
I knew I was forgetting names…
on January 8th, 2015 at 6:33 am
I’m really into Dutch boy names at the moment: Lars, Mads, Jens etc. but my two other favourites, Baptiste and Zuleika are also noticeably not of English origin. The same goes for my three favourite girl names: Carlotta, Marguerite and Leonora…
on January 8th, 2015 at 4:47 pm
Irish: Kieran/Ciaran, Declan, Roisin, Sinead, Mairead, Niamh, Nollaig, Siobhan, Sean, Seamus, Muireann, Aoife, Brigid, Saoirse, Conor
Welsh: Olwen, Sian
Swedish (Scandinavian, in general): Linnea, Kerstin, Kristin (en), Annika, Christian
German: Heidi, Liesl/Liesel, Gretel/Gretl, Katarina/Katharina, Christian
Greek: Ioanna, Maximos, Apostoli
French: Noelle, Oceane, Jacqueline, Marie-Christine
on January 8th, 2015 at 4:49 pm
Hebrew: Litze, Liraz, Liora (How’s that for a sibset of girls?)
on January 12th, 2015 at 9:53 pm
Corentin (French, of Breton origin)
on January 13th, 2015 at 12:04 am
I remeber when I was around the age of 12 and 13 I adamantly believed that I was going to call my childen all Greek names (that was at the time I was obsessed with Greek Mythology). I just founf their names so ancient and exotic. Now I’m more interested in names coming from Ireland, Wales and Scandinavia. i’m particularly into the Irish names. I’ve always found the more unique the name is, the better.
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