Name Conversations / Questions

Nice alternative to [name_u]Emmett[/name_u] & El(l)io(t)t!


I love Russian names and have tons of them on my list. [name_f]My[/name_f] SO has Russian heritage and I can speak Russian. One of my twins is a [name_m]Leonid[/name_m] (Lenya), as you probably know :wink:
I tend to like Russian boys names more than girls names, as the girls names tend to be rather frilly, which isn’t my style. But [name_f]Elizaveta[/name_f] is on the top of my list.

[name_f]My[/name_f] other favorite Russian boys names are Artemy, Yermolai/Ermolai, [name_u]Sasha[/name_u], Gerasim, [name_u]Boris[/name_u], [name_m]Gennady[/name_m], [name_u]Nikita[/name_u], [name_m]Pyotr[/name_m], Yefim/Efim, [name_m]Zinovy[/name_m], [name_m]Anatoly[/name_m], [name_m]Lavrenty[/name_m] & Nikifor.

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Polish names are great. I’ve always wanted to honor my Polish heritage in my children’s names, but my SO and I couldn’t agree on any of them. A little [name_m]Tadeusz[/name_m] would be so wonderful.

[name_f]My[/name_f] other Polish favorites are [name_f]Beata[/name_f], [name_f]Betsabe[/name_f], Eligia, [name_f]Elzbieta[/name_f] & [name_f]Malgosia[/name_f], and for boys [name_m]Cezary[/name_m], [name_m]Felicjan[/name_m], [name_m]Gerwazy[/name_m], [name_m]Janusz[/name_m], Jozafat & [name_m]Konstantyn[/name_m].


[name_f]My[/name_f] favorite Russian name is [name_m]Luka[/name_m]! Followed by [name_m]Osip[/name_m] and [name_f]Mariya[/name_f] “Masha”

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[name_m]Anatoly[/name_m] is really sweet, but it also feels a lot more “stereotypical” Russian than [name_m]Leonid[/name_m], for example, which is why I don’t think I could get away w/ using it without having any Russian heritage. Though, funnily enough, two of my father’s names are Russian and both my middle names rank very high in Moskow, so maybe as a nod to that, haha.
For girls, I tend to prefer the nicknames - [name_f]Masha[/name_f], [name_f]Anushka[/name_f], Polya, [name_f]Vika[/name_f], however, many of the ones currently popular on NB have taken me a while to come around to as they’ve been really popular 40+ years ago where I grew up.

As for Polish names, I really like [name_m]Anatol[/name_m] (which I like even more than Anatoly), Jaromir, [name_m]Kazimierz[/name_m] & Zuzia but have no idea how popular/dated they are. [name_m]Janusz[/name_m] is also really sweet and [name_f]Elzbieta[/name_f] & [name_f]Betsabe[/name_f] could make really sweet nicknames for [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] if one can’t quite commit to them.
One name I’m surprised is not more popular on here is [name_f]Anka[/name_f], I feel like it would fit quite a few people’s styles.

I see you also have a [name_m]German[/name_m] flag in your UC, is that also part of your heritage?

I didn’t know [name_m]Luka[/name_m] was a Russian name, here it’s mainly used as a spelling variation of [name_u]Luca[/name_u], for both boys and girls. [name_m]Osip[/name_m] is really sweet, maybe w/ the nickname [name_u]Pip[/name_u]? And [name_f]Masha[/name_f] is such a sweet nickname!


Also, I’ve been looking at the names on my family tree and have come across Iscla and Balmon, which may be surnames, with Spanish/Catalan naming laws you can never be sure, but have not had any luck with finding out the meaning - does anyone have an idea?

I don’t know if this works but Maša is a nice name that is Slavic or spelled alternately Masha! I know a Masha irl as she is Serbian lol. Other slavic names that I like are Malina, Danica, Violeta, and Sofija. Violeta and Malina aren’t really traditional Slavic names, I think they’re more modern Slavic names, but they have nice meanings to them! For boys I think Novak & Ivo are also nice names!

I don’t have any [name_m]German[/name_m] relatives, but we moved to [name_u]Germany[/name_u] when I was about in my early teens. [name_f]My[/name_f] SO is half [name_m]German[/name_m] though.

Oh, how fun to have so many different languages you can fall back on when naming your children! [name_f]Do[/name_f] you speak any other languages besides Icelandic, Russian and [name_m]German[/name_m] (if you’ve lived there long enough to speak it)?

Also, do you and your SO use the same pronunciations for your kids‘ names (if you speak different languages?) or do you both use the pronunciation that is used where you live? I’m always curious if people use names that sound the same in different languages or if the differences between pronunciations make the names more interesting.

You don’t have to answer any of those of course, haha, just what you’re comfortable with sharing!

I also speak Polish (I’m 25% Polish), [name_f]English[/name_f] of course, [name_u]French[/name_u] (conversational level) and a tiny bit of Swedish. [name_f]My[/name_f] SO speaks Russian, [name_m]German[/name_m] and Hebrew with his family. [name_f]My[/name_f] oldest son (who has a different dad) is trilingual, we raise our other sons bilingual.

We pronounce our children’s names almost the same in every language, but there are minor differences. For example, my SO usually pronounces the y in [name_m]Endymion[/name_m] as ü (as in new) while I say it like “ih”. All of this means I’m not a stickler for pronunciation. In our families we get all kinds of pronunciations :sweat_smile: I say en-dih-MEE-ohn, some of our family members says en-DIH-mee-ohn (like you would do in English). And with [name_m]Leonid[/name_m], we did correct some of our family members who kept saying LEO-nid instead of Leo-NEED. We use the Russian nickname [name_f]Lenya[/name_f], and so do SO’s family members, but some of my family insists on calling him [name_m]Leo[/name_m] because they don’t know the first thing about Russian or the diminutives. I asked them to use his full name instead.
So yeah, it’s always rather complicated in our families :roll_eyes: But also very interesting.

I love this but sadly my sister (who I don’t really get along with) is named Mah!na. :pensive: :joy:

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[name_f]Malina[/name_f] means raspberries in Russian :slight_smile: I find it cute, though


Same! [name_u]Abbott[/name_u] in general is charming, @MG1257. :slight_smile:

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[name_f]Lenya[/name_f] is really sweet (though I also like [name_m]Leo[/name_m], but prefer the [name_f]English[/name_f] pronunciation to the “European E” [name_m]Leo[/name_m], however, the [name_m]Lio[/name_m] spelling doesn’t appeal to me at all). Does [name_m]Endymion[/name_m] also have a (Russian) nickname?

Haha, but with that many different cultures involved, I don’t think I would expect anything different. And that you’re able to pass all the different traditions on to your sons must be awesome!

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Not unlike your own combos! [name_f]Polly[/name_f] [name_f]Cordelia[/name_f] and [name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_u]Antonia[/name_u] are so beautiful and [name_m]Fitzwilliam[/name_m] [name_m]Henry[/name_m] feels like it would be Mr. Darcy’s full name.

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Oh, thank you! :blush:

Greatest compliment I’ve ever received on a name. :wink:

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It means the same thing in Polish. Personally I don’t really like [name_f]Malina[/name_f], but the meaning doesn’t bother me. There’s also Jagoda, which means berry in Polish (and strawberry in a few other languages, I think?) and that’s a very popular name in Poland.

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Been thinking about hypothetical twins named [name_m]Gilbert[/name_m] and [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]. How darling would that be?! I’m thinking [name_m]Gilbert[/name_m] [name_u]March[/name_u] and [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] [name_f]Eve[/name_f]. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


They would, indeed, be adorable. I’m not the biggest [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] fan, though [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] is adorable, but [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] and [name_m]Gilbert[/name_m] are so charming, they remind me very much of [name_u]Anne[/name_u] of [name_u]Green[/name_u] Gables.


I forgot to reply to this earlier, sorry :sweat_smile:

[name_m]Endymion[/name_m] doesn’t have a Russian nickname. We called him Dymi for a while right after he was born, but that didn’t seem to fit him. Then my oldest son started calling him [name_m]Enno[/name_m] and that kind of stuck.