Little World Wanderers

Names I've heard around airports and train stations, collected over the years from different countries on my travels. Perfect global mix for parents with insatiable wanderlust.
  1. Aidan
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "little and fiery"
    • Description:

      Aidan was originally a pet form of the Irish name Aodh (pronounced 'ee'), the name of the old Celtic god of the sun and fire. The name was borne by numerous early Irish saints, one of whom was noted for his kindness and generosity.
  2. Alanna
    • Origin:

      Variation of Alana
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      The extra n makes it feel less like an feminization of Alan and more like a name unto itself. Alanna is more common in Puerto Rico than the original Alana.
  3. Amelia
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "work"
    • Description:

      Amelia is one of the hottest girls' names, a successor to the megapopular Emma and Emily. Amelia, which spent several years at Number 1 in England, is now comfortably ensconced in the US Top 10.
  4. Ananda
    • Origin:

      Hindi
    • Meaning:

      "bliss"
    • Description:

      Genuine Indian name some parents turn to as an Amanda alternative; also connected to a network of spiritual communities.
  5. Araminta
    • Origin:

      Invented hybrid name from Arabella and Aminta
    • Description:

      Araminta is an enchanting eighteenth-century invention familiar in Britain and just beginning to be discovered here. It was used in 1693 by William Congreve in his comedy The Old Bachelor, and in 1705 by the versatile Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace as well as a playwright, for his comedy The Confederacy.
  6. Andras
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      • Bruno
        • Origin:

          Germanic
        • Meaning:

          "brown"
        • Description:

          It’s ok, we can talk about Bruno now!

      • Chloe
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "young green shoot"
        • Description:

          Chloe is a pretty springtime name symbolizing new growth. Though slightly off its peak in the Top 10 in 2010, Chloe still ranks in the Top 20 and is solidly a modern classic.
      • Connor
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "lover of hounds"
        • Description:

          Connor, the appealing name of an early semi-legendary king of Ulster in Irish mythology, sits firmly in the Top 100 and taken together with its alternate spellings would rank even higher. In its native Ireland the Conor version is one of the highest charting boys’ name.
      • Constance
        • Origin:

          English version of Latin Constantia
        • Meaning:

          "steadfastness"
        • Description:

          Constance is one of the more subtle of the virtue baby names, but still has quite a prim and proper image. One impediment to its revival has been the decidedly dated nickname Connie, though modern parents might well opt for using the strong and dignified name in full.
      • Deacon
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "messenger, servant"
        • Description:

          This name was transposed from the word for a church officer to a baby name when Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe chose it for their son, after a baseball player ancestor, and Don Johnson followed suit. Its popularity also got a boost from Nashville character Deacon Claybourne -- only to fall a bit in recent years.
      • Domitille
        • Origin:

          French feminine variation of Roman family name Domitius, Latin
        • Meaning:

          "tamed"
        • Description:

          Domitille is the French form of the ancient royal name Domitilla. Domitille is used today, and is much fresher than similar-sounding Dominique.
      • Devika
        • Elise
          • Origin:

            French variation of Elizabeth
          • Meaning:

            "pledged to God"
          • Description:

            Elise is one of those golden names that stylish but not TOO popular. Its appeal is due in large part to its French flair and to the love for El-names in general.
        • Esperanza
          • Origin:

            Spanish
          • Meaning:

            "hope, expectation"
          • Description:

            Esperanza is a Spanish classic that's found its way onto the national popularity list in recent years. It came into the spotlight not long ago when jazz singer Esperanza Spalding "stole" the Best New Artist Grammy from favorite Justin Bieber. It's also the name of the main character in the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, about a young Latina growing up in Chicago.
        • Etienne
          • Origin:

            French variation of Stephen
          • Meaning:

            "garland, crown"
          • Description:

            It's the French Steve yet feels oh so much more debonair. Well-used and still a popular classic in French-speaking lands, but one of the many French names for boysunfamiliar to most English speakers, except maybe fashionistas who associate it with designer Etienne Aigner. A new way to honor Grandpa Steve?
        • Evangeline
          • Origin:

            Greek
          • Meaning:

            "bearer of good news"
          • Description:

            Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelia and Evangelina — two variants of Evangeline — are sure to tag along for the ride.
        • Gawain
          • Origin:

            Welsh
          • Meaning:

            "May hawk"
          • Description:

            This name of the courteous Knight of the Round Table, the nephew of King Arthur, has long been superseded by its Scottish form, Gavin.
        • Guillaume
          • Origin:

            French variation of William
          • Description:

            An everyday name in France, a charismatic possibility here.