Hungarian Girls' names?

My husband is Hungarian and I would love to pay homage to that in our daughter’s middle name, but I’m having difficulty finding Hungarian names that “really work.” We’ve decided on the first name [name]Lucy[/name] and our last name is S***o.

Thank you so much for any suggestions!



Is your husband a Hungarian speaker (not sure if he’s actually from Hungary or just of Hungarian decent?), have him go on some Hungarian websites and do research as well. It helps a lot.

[name]Zsuzsanna[/name] and Zsofia are pretty.

In an English-speaking country you can’t use diacritical (accent) marks in names, so I would try to avoid ones that absolutely depend on them for proper pronunciation. Hungarian is an odd, odd language, completely unrelated to English or any other European language (except perhaps Finnish), so it will strike the anglophone ear as very exotic.

You could take two tacks: 1) use [name]Christian[/name] names in their Hungarian version; 2) pick true Hungarian names where the pronunciation is absolutely unambiguous.

[name]Alida[/name] ([name]Adelaide[/name])
[name]Aliz[/name] ([name]Alice[/name])
[name]Aranka[/name] (Hungarian name meaning ‘gold’)
Cili ([name]Cecilia[/name])
[name]Dorika[/name] ([name]Dorothy[/name])
[name]Emese[/name] (Hungarian name meaning ‘mother’)
Franciska ([name]Frances[/name])
Hajna (Hungarian name meaning ‘dawn’-- J is prn Y)
Ildi ([name]Hilda[/name])
[name]Ilona[/name] ([name]Helen[/name])
[name]Juliska[/name] ([name]Julia[/name])
[name]Kati[/name] ([name]Katherine[/name])
[name]Mara[/name] ([name]Mary[/name])
[name]Mariska[/name] (little [name]Mary[/name])
[name]Milena[/name] ([name]Milena[/name])
[name]Petra[/name] ([name]Peter[/name], feminine)
[name]Rozalia[/name] ([name]Rosalie[/name])
[name]Sarika[/name] ([name]Sarah[/name])
[name]Teodora[/name] ([name]Theodora[/name])
[name]Timea[/name] (modern invented Hungarian name)
[name]Zita[/name] (felicity)

As a Hungarian… I totally have to agree with you!
The names that are containing á, é, í, ö, ü, ó, ú, ű… or any other use accent marks are really hard to pronounce correctly in countries that are not using them othervise.
Same goes for letter combinations that sound like only one letter like dz, dzs, gy, ly, ny, sz, ty, zs… :confused:

So… yea… Hungarian names are a bit of a challenge. But here is a somewhat short list from me too, that might be able to help you out:

(Name - meaning)

Bolda - old Hungarian form of ‘boldog’, wich means happy (Boldog is used as a male name)
Borsika - savory (like the herb)
Cinnia - a form of [name_f]Zinnia[/name_f]
[name_f]Emese[/name_f] - mother (in a sweet, kind way)
Eperke - little strawberry
Dalma - a made up name by the poet Mihály Vörösmarty
Evetke - squirrel
Galamb - pigeon
Gerle - dove
Hajnal, Hajnalka - [name_f]Dawn[/name_f]
Hanga - the Hungarian name of the flower erica
Harmat, Harmatka - morning dew
Havaska - nickname for the white daffodil (but I would faster associate it with the word hó(snow)-> havas(snowy) )
Helka - name of a fairy in the “Rege of Balaton”, an old legend in Hungary
[name_f]Ilona[/name_f] - variation of [name_f]Helen[/name_f]
Imola - made up name by the writer Mór Jókai (and it is the name of a type of cornflower)
[name_f]Katica[/name_f] - ladybug
[name_f]Katalin[/name_f] - [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] (and [name_f]Kati[/name_f], [name_f]Kata[/name_f], [name_f]Kat[/name_f]ó are amongst the nicknames for this name)
Lelle - horn, horn-blower, soul (but is also a placename in Estonia)
[name_f]Lilla[/name_f] - a made up mix of [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] and [name_f]Livia[/name_f] (by poet Mihály Csokonai [name_m]Vit[/name_m]éz)
[name_f]Margit[/name_f] - variation of [name_f]Margaret[/name_f]
Orgona - [name_f]Lilac[/name_f] (like the flower)
[name_f]Piroska[/name_f] - variation of [name_f]Priscilla[/name_f]
[name_f]Sarolta[/name_f] - variation of [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f]
[name_f]Viola[/name_f] - variation for Ibolya (like the flower)
Zolna - a made up name by the poet Mihály Vörösmarty

I hope this list could help a bit, and not cause an even bigger chaos with Hungarian names :smiley: