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        International Baby Names

        by Pamela Redmond and Linda Rosenkrantz, creators of Nameberry
        Looking for baby names that reflect your ethnic heritage or want an unusual name from another culture? Here you'll find list of Irish baby names and Spanish names, of international variations of classic names and creative baby names from around the world. For the top international baby names, check out our Popular Names page. There you'll find the newest name popularity lists from countries including the US, the UK, Australia, Sweden, Spain, and many other countries. Our curated lists of the best international names are here.

        • All-American Baby Names

          American baby names come from a range of sources as diverse as the U.S. itself, including American place names, hero names, and invented names.

        • American Boy Names

          American boy names range from place names to hero names to Native American names to boy names with a Western ring.

        • American Girl Names

          American girl names tend to be US place-names, newly-minted names, American hero names, and of course Native American names.

        • Ancient Roman Names

          Ancient Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as fashionable baby names, especially for boys — with names such as Felix, Atticus, Cassius and Cyrus powering up the US popularity charts.

        • Ancient Roman Names for Boys

          Names from Ancient Rome are enjoying a major style revival. The fashion for Roman boy names was influenced by Hunger Games and by the HBO series Rome. Many of these names, such as Cyrus and Julius, had been buried for centuries, only to seem fresh and new in the modern US.

        • Ancient Roman Names for Girls

          Ancient Roman names are white hot right now. Stars such as Octavia Spencer and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have brought attention to this attractive group of names. Roman names for girls have history but feel fresh. They are feminine but connote strength, such as Aurelia and Livia.

        • Australian Baby Names: Aussie Favorites

          In a multicultural nation like Australia, how do you define Australian names? Here we've listed Aussie names that stem from Indigenous Australian languages, place names or names that have become indelibly linked with the land Down Under through literature or popular culture, such as Matilda and Kylie. Along with Matilda and Kylie, other Australian names in the US Top 1000 include Adelaide, Darwin, Lachlan, Kiara, Miles, Sydney, Talia, and Victoria. Aussie baby names that are less common in the US but have the potential to become American hits include Acacia, Lowan, Lucinda, and Walken. While many popular Australian boy and girl names are similar to those names widely-used in other English-speaking lands, the choices here might be thought of as distinctly Australian baby names.

        • Best American Baby Names

          American baby names come from a range of sources, just like Americans themselves. There are Native American baby names, American place names for babies, names important in American history and namesakes for American heroes and artists, and baby names invented by Americans and used primarily in the US.

        • Best British Boy Names

          British baby names have a style all their own, and fashionable English names are often a step or two ahead of American baby names. Some of the hottest baby boy names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool and underused choices in the U.S., as seen below.

        • Best British Girl Names

          Do British baby girl names have a distinct style? You bet, and often the style of English names is a step or two ahead of the style of American names.

        • Best International Variations of Elizabeth

          Regal Elizabeth is one of the most classic baby names you can choose for your little girl. Famous bearers of the strong and traditional female name Elizabeth include two British monarchs (including the current Queen, Elizabeth II), Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, philanthropist and wife of Alexander Hamilton, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, pioneering physician Elizabeth Blackwell, and iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor.

        • Best Irish Boy Names

          Irish baby names for boys have been growing in popularity in the U.S. in recent years, with Liam reaching Number 1 and all the different spellings of Aiden climbing to the top of the list. Along with Liam and Aiden, other Irish boy names on the US Top 1000 include Finn, Declan, Connor, and Brody. In Ireland, top Irish boy names include Conor, Fionn, Oisin, and Cillian. Unique Irish names for boys attracting attention include Cashel, Cormac, and Rafferty.

        • Best Scottish Boy Names

          Scottish names for boys are a handsome group, including choices that have traveled far beyond Scotland's shores, such as Douglas and Malcolm and the nouveau Knox, along with many names that are still most at home in the Highlands, from Hamish to Kelso to Baird.

        • Best Scottish Names for Girls

          Scottish baby names for girls are a lovely bunch, including choices that a very familiar to American ears, such as Isla and Fiona, as well as names that have yet to cross over, like Elspeth and Aberdeen.

        • Boy Names from Africa

          African baby names for boys from a range of cultures and tribes include the choices here. For our full list of African baby names, click here.

        • Boy Names Uncommon in the US

          There are many thousand boy names uncommon in the US that are nevertheless widely used in their native lands. Does that mean they're ripe for import? Perhaps. Many unusual names for boys and girls here are anything but rare in their cultures of origin. The international boy names uncommon in the US but popular in their own countries include the following.

        • Cool Boy Names From Around the World

          Cool boy names from Italy and Ireland, Scandinavia to the Middle East and beyond include a wide variety of choices. Some of these names, such as Cruz and Orion, are cool in the US and abroad, but many have yet to be discovered by American parents.

        • Cool Girl Names From Around the World

          Cool names for girls from a range of cultures and countries are ripe for the picking no matter where you live. As the world becomes a smaller place, baby names become more international, with names like Lucy and Jenna being swapped for Luciana and Gemma.

        • Cornish Baby Names

          Cornish baby names -- names with Celtic roots connected to the gorgeous southwest corner of England -- are an evocative group. Some Cornish baby names you might want to consider for your child include:

        • Dutch Baby Names for Boys

          Popular baby names for boys in The Netherlands range from familiar English nicknames such as Tom and Nick to Latinate choices like Guido and Adrianus to fashionably short European baby names like these.

        • Dutch Baby Names for Girls

          Popular girl baby names in the Netherlands range from the familiar (to an English speaker) like Lisa and Kim through exotic baby names like Anouk to the intriguingly unusual. A sampling of baby names frequently heard in The Netherlands for girls:

        • English Names with International Style

          English names have traveled to non-English speaking cultures in recent years, moving up the popularity lists in several European countries including France, Germany, and Sweden. Note that when we say English names, we may include names that technically have their origins in other cultures but that have enjoyed widespread use in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and other English-speaking locales for decades. The traditional English names enjoying new international popularity and style include the following selections.

        • Exotic Lite Baby Names

          Maybe you want an exotic name for your baby....but not too exotic. Something international, yet recognizable to most Americans. Your category? Could be the Exotic Lite baby names here, from a range of cultures.

        • Finnish Baby Names

          Finnish names may look simple, but those double vowels are undeniably exotic to native English speakers. Some prime Finnish baby name examples:

        • Finnish Baby Names for Boys

          Although Finnish baby names are Scandinavian, they sound a lot quirkier to the American ear than Swedish, Norwegian and Danish baby names do. Here are some of the more accessible.

        • Finnish Baby Names for Girls

          Even though Finnish baby names are Scandinavian, they sound much quirkier to the American ear than Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish baby names do. Here are some of the most accessible baby names to the English speaker, though not all are popular in Finland itself.

        • French Baby Names for Boys

          Charming French baby names for boys, far beyond old-fashioned Jean and Jacques, are just waiting to be discovered. Here: some of the best new French baby names for boys.

        • French Word Names

          The parent in search of truly distinctive baby names has to move farther than ever away from the established roster. One new direction -- or is it two? -- for the intrepid baby namer is toward international word names, which combine two of today's coolest trends. We combed our own diccionarios for French, Italian, and Spanish words that could make perfectly appropriate, attractive baby names, and here are some French choices. But no reason to stop here--consider words from the language of your own ethnic background, be it Czech or Chinese, and add them to the list of your personal possibilities.

          Here, some French baby names fashioned from French words for your consideration:

        • Girl Names from Africa

          African names for baby girls hail from all around the continent and offer an exotic yet usable complement of choices. While these are some of our favorites, for even more African baby girl names, go to Supersearch and search by origin.

        • Greek Baby Names for Modern Kids

          Classic Greek baby names are a rich source of modern names, But which Greek names work best for today's babies? Some names of ancient gods and goddesses have become newly baby-appropriate, while there are many other traditional names that have Greek roots. Here is our pick of the best Greek baby names today.

        • Hawaiian Baby Names

          Hawaiian names are becoming more widely-used in the US in recent years, especially for girls. As the world gets smaller, parents in the mainland US and beyond become more familiar with Hawaiian names. Two important influences: the presidency of Barack Obama, who was born and raised in Hawaii and whose oldest daughter Malia bore a Hawaiian name, and the Disney animated film Moana. If you're looking for a Hawaiian name for your baby, consider these choices for both girls and boys.

        • Hebrew Baby Names

          Hebrew baby names include many of the most popular names used in the contemporary Western world. Names from the Bible along with names used in contemporary Israel are worth consideration. Here is a selection of the most widely-used Hebrew names for babies. If you're interested in finding a Hebrew name for your child, whether a modern or traditional choice, also see our full lists of Hebrew names for girls and Hebrew names for boys.

        • Hipster British Baby Names for Boys

          Hipster British baby names for boys feel fresher and funkier than the classic royal names most often associated with the British Isles. These quirky British boy names are popular — though, naturally, not *too* popular! — with hipster parents from London to Liverpool. There are some clear trends to be seen here: lively -o and -ee ending sounds are big with the Brits, old man chic is most definitely in, and nicknames as given names are everywhere. If you're looking for a great British baby boy name beyond James or George, you'll find a wealth of wonderful options in this list — no matter whether your taste leans more toward Milo or Marmaduke!

        • Hipster British Baby Names for Girls

          Hipster British baby names for girls are an exotic and eclectic bunch! From sweet vintage nicknames like Peggy and Posy, to elaborate choices like Pandora and Pollyanna, the Brits are renowned for bestowing quirky baby girl names on their daughters. All of these beautiful British girl names have serious style cred in London right now, but they hit the hipster sweet spot in terms of popularity — none rank in the Top 100 baby girl names in England & Wales, and most sit much lower down the list. If you're looking for a cool British girl name beyond Emma or Elizabeth, here are some of our favorite hipster picks!

        • Irish Surname Names

          Many of the best Irish baby names are not first names at all but Irish surname names. Here's a whole group of rollicking names that work for both girls and boys....or you can use one from your own family background. Or click here for our full list of Irish baby names.

        • Italian Baby Boy Names Beyond Giovanni & Giuseppe

          Italian baby boy names are heard more often in Rome, Italy than Rome, New York, but are eminently usable here as Italian baby names continue to grow in favor.

        • Italian Word Names

          One new direction -- or is it two? -- for the intrepid baby namer is toward foreign-word names, which combine two of today's coolest trends. We combed our own diccionarios for Italian words that could make perfectly appropriate, attractive Italian baby names. But no reason to stop here--consider words from the language of your own ethnic background, be it Czech or Chinese, and add them to the list of your personal possibilities.

        • Japanese Baby Names

          Japanese baby names are only beginning to be used in the West, as the world becomes smaller and international names become more accepted in most countries. Some Japanese baby names that translate easily to Western culture and language include the following.

        • Latinxx Baby Names

          Latin culture is having an important influence on the United States, and that includes Latinx baby names. Baby names that a generation ago might have been used exclusively by Latinx parents are now filtering into the mainstream. Here, some Latin baby names increasing in popularity.

        • Mexican Baby Names

          Mexican baby names are typically Spanish names along with names from indigenous Mexican cultures and languages, such as Nahuati, known historically as Aztec or Mayan, and Zapotec. Spanish baby names popular in Mexico differ from those most popular in the US, Spain, or South American countries, so we focus on the top Spanish names in Mexico on this list. Also, some of the top Mexican names derive from other languages and cultures, such as the Greek Andrea and the Hebrew Daniel. Baby names popular in Mexico include the following.

        • Olympic Baby Names

          Take a peek at these Olympic baby names dating from the 1896 games until now. The Olympics spotlights global choices that might not otherwise attract our attention. Names of Olympians range from trendy and well-used to never-before-seen picks, but we’ve chosen to feature some of more unique Olympian names here. These gold medal baby names show real promise:

        • Popular English Boy Names

          English names for boys -- that is, names that originate in the English language -- are used around the world. Many of the top boys' names today are English. These popular English boy names include occupational names such as Hunter and Mason and surname-names like Auden and Colton, as well as English word names such as the newly-trendy Bear. Some classics such as James and Edward are English, as are many common nicknames such as Joe, Jim, and Mike. Here are the most popular English names for boys around the world. For the complete roster, browse our master list of English boy names.

        • Popular English Girls' Names

        • Popular Irish Baby Names

          The top Irish baby names are very different in the US and in Ireland, with selections from each country rarely heard in the other. For more details on which Irish names are popular where, go to our popular names page. These are the most popular Irish names for boys and girls in both countries, and among Nameberry visitors. You can also check out our curated lists of our favorite Irish baby names for boys and girls.

        • Popular Italian Baby Names

          We include hundreds of Italian baby names on Nameberry, but which are most popular among parents in Italy? According to the most recent statistics, these are the top 100 names for babies in Italy, including Italian names along with English or mutli-cultural names popular in Italy.

        • Posh Baby Names

          The following names are the names most indicative of the upper class in Britain over the last thirty years based on peerage birth announcements compared with national statistics. In other words, these names are uncommon choices in Britain except for among the upper class where they are well used.

        • Prince Names

          The prince names here are those chosen by royal families around the world for their little boys over the past decade or so. Your idea of prince names can be expanded to include those used over past generations—Charles and William, say—and to extend to fictional princes such as Phillip or...well, maybe not Charming.

        • Princess Names

          The princess names for girls here are those chosen by royal families around the world over the past decade or so. Your idea of princess names can be expanded to include those used over past generations—Anne and Elizabeth and even Diana, say— and to extend to fictional princesses such as Ariel and Aurora.

        • Royal Baby Names

          Royal baby names on this list are those used by royal families in recent years. Along with the traditional George, Charlotte, and Louis, other royal names making news range from the down-to-earth Archie to the fashionable Leonore to the popular Emma. The royal boy and girl names here include those used by British royal parents as well as those from other countries throughout Europe, including Spain, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

        • Russian Baby Girl Names

          Russian baby names for girls, long a style backwater, are coming into their own as a fashionable choice. Many of the top supermodels of recent years have been from Russia, Ukraine, and other parts of Eastern Europe and have imported their Russian names along with their willowy beauty. And a recent First Daughter had not one Russian name but two: Sasha Obama's nickname would usually be a short form in Russia for Alexandra, but her proper name was the classic Russian girls' name Natasha.

        • Scottish Baby Names

          Scottish names reflect the rich cultural heritage of The Scots, originally a Celtic tribe that migrated from northern Ireland. This list includes both uniquely Scottish Gaelic baby names, and other names that have been used predominantly in Scotland for so long and often that they are thought of internationally as typically Scottish names, such as Isla and Maisie.

        • Spanish Baby Girl Names

          Spanish baby names for girls include several choices familiar to non-Spanish speakers: Maria, Sofia, and Lucia, for instance. And then there are other girls' names, popular in Latin and South America as well as in Spain, largely unused outside Spanish-speaking cultures.. Spanish girls' names popular in the US, Latin America, South America, and Spain include Lucia, Sofia (the Spanish spelling of the popular Sophia) and the classic Maria. The list of most popular names in Spain includes such girls' names as Vega, Laia, Candela, Aitana, and Jimena, all still very exotic in the English-speaking community. What follows is a select list of Spanish names for girls.

        • Spanish Baby Names

          Spanish baby names are widely-used in the US, and many of the same Spanish names are on the popularity lists throughout North and South America as well as in Spain. The names on this list include the best-known Spanish baby names and the most usable Spanish names for girls and boys that bridge cultures.

        • Spanish Baby Names for Boys

          Spanish baby names for boys include lots of choices widely known through the Western World: Juan and Jose, Pablo and Pedro. The parent who wants to find Spanish boys' names that move beyond the obvious choices still has a lot of attractive options. Some of these Spanish names for boys are popular in Spain: Hugo and Iker, for instance, while others, such as Angel, are popular in the US.

        • Spanish Word Names

          The parent in search of truly distinctiveSpanish baby names has to move farther than ever away from the established roster. One new direction -- or is it two? -- for the intrepid baby namer is toward foreign-word names, which combine two of today's coolest trends. We combed our own diccionarios for French, Italian, and Spanish words that could make perfectly appropriate, attractive baby names, and here are some Spanish ideas. But no reason to stop here--consider words from the language of your own ethnic background, be it Czech or Chinese, and add them to the list of your personal possibilities.

        • Stylish Girls' Names That End in Consonants

          If you are searching for a stylish and undeniably feminine name but want to avoid that flowery vowel ending, here are 101 stylish girl names that end in consonants...or consonant sounds. This list mixes English traditional names (Margaret) and those with French chic (Delphine) with more unusual choices from across the world (Ceridwen, Pilar and Zerlin). If your last name starts with a vowel, these consonant-ending names for girls may be particularly appealing.

        • Top Irish Baby Names

          Irish baby names on Ireland's recent Top 100 popularity list include the following native choices. In the US, top names from this list include Irish boy names Liam and Finn. Liam and Finn are international stars too, making the lists of top names in nations as diverse as Germany, Sweden, and New Zealand. Irish girl names Caitlin and Tara have been trending downward in the US in recent years, though we're starting to hear more girls named Saoirse and Niamh. Irish baby names that are top-ranked in their native land include the following.

        • Uncommon Girl Names in the US

          Uncommon girl names in the US may be well-liked and widely-used in other countries around the world. Astrid might be uncommon in Seattle, for instance, but standard in Stockholm, while Alba is unusual in Milwaukee but everywhere in Madrid. Restricting our search to the Top 100 names of European countries, on the theory that almost every name from Asian and African cultures will be rare in the US, these are the girl names uncommon in the United States but heard on every street corner from Manchester to Minsk.

        • Unique French Baby Girl Names

          French baby girl names aren't limited to the same old noms--the Michelles and Danielles and Gabrielles. Here are some unique French baby names for girls. For even more unique choices, you might also want to check out our master list of French girl names.

        • Unique International Variations of Katherine

          Katherine is one of the most enduring classic baby names for girls. Famous Katherines and Catherines from history include three wives of Henry VIII (Catherine of Aragon, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr), Russian Empress Catherine the Great, and legendary Hollywood actress Katharine Hepburn. Iconic literary Catherines include Catherine "Cathy" Earnshaw from Emily Bront?'s Wuthering Heights, Catherine "Kitty" Bennet and Catherine Morland from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, and Catherine Barkley from Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. And Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is a highly influential modern bearer of the classic girl name Catherine.

        • Unique Irish Baby Names

          Unique baby names and Irish baby names are two groups with plenty of style power, so what happens when you mix the two? Although Irish baby names have become much more popular in the US in recent years, there are still plenty of unique Irish names waiting to be discovered. We nominate these choices for parents looking for baby names that are both Irish and unique, especially in the US.

        • Unique Irish Girl Names

          Irish baby names have been well used for girls outside the Emerald Isle for decades, but there's a new wave of Irish girl names that sound fresh and intriguing. Some of these beautiful Irish names for girls, such as Aoife, Niamh, and Saoirse, have been in Ireland's Top 100 for years, and are just starting to catch on in England and the US too. Here are some of our favorite rare Irish names for girls. You may also want to expand your search to our full list of Irish girl names. Or go here for a list of the best Irish baby names for boys.

        • Unique Italian Baby Names for Girls

          Looking for Italian baby names for a daughter that go beyond the expected choices? Beautiful Italian baby girl names don't stop with Alessia and Emilia: gorgeous girl names in Italy's Top 100 include unusual options like Azzurra, Chiara, Eleonora, and Ginevra. If you're looking for girl names that work in English and Italian, or just baby girl names with Italian flair, you'll find plenty of fresh and stylish Italian names for your little signorina in this list.

        • Unusual International Baby Girl Names

          There are hundreds of unusual international baby girl names throughout this site. Here's a handful of the most appealing.

        • Writing-Related Names

          Literary names have become a very stylish group in recent years, and here's an offshoot that's gotten less attention. With credit to @Vana , a berry who created an original list of similar names, these names all relate to writing itself. Writing-related baby names can connect to poetry, plot structure, and literary devices. If you're a writer or simply a book lover, one of those original word names connected to writing may be, well, right for you.

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