Names? International? Weird?

So, as the name geek I am, I do think a lot about the names I would want to give my kids, nameberry is where I do most of my thinking, but I have to keep it real, I’m portuguese and most of the names I like would never work (very traditional country, everyone is pretty much named the same), so I try to find “international” names I like but that the same time are usable.
So I wanted to turn it the other way around. I wanted to show you some names and see what the “international” reaction is… It’s not that I like most of them, because I really don’t. It might just be interesting for you to know what else is out there…

Fruit Names: (Not used at all here, tho)
Amora (Blackberry)
Uva (Grape) (Similar to the popular [name_f]Ava[/name_f] or the more unusual [name_f]Una[/name_f]) (too related UVA radiation much?)

Some Popular Girl Names:
[name_f]Leonor[/name_f] (it is pronounced just like [name_f]Leonore[/name_f])
[name_f]Joana[/name_f] (I guess in english would be pronounced [name_u]Joan[/name_u]-na. Alternative spelling to [name_f]Johanna[/name_f]?)
[name_f]Mara[/name_f] (I read it Mah-ra)
[name_f]Anita[/name_f] (n. 100)

[name_f]Do[/name_f] you consider any of these international names? Or even like any of those?

Some Popular Boy Names:
[name_m]Luis[/name_m] (you would read it just like [name_m]Lewis[/name_m])
[name_m]Gaspar[/name_m] ([name_m]Caspar[/name_m], [name_m]Jasper[/name_m] and [name_m]Gaspar[/name_m]?)

Same with the girls’ names… Any you consider “international”? Or like at all?


Lua (means [name_f]Moon[/name_f])
[name_f]Serena[/name_f] (means calm)
[name_f]Mariana[/name_f] ([name_f]Maria[/name_f] + [name_f]Ana[/name_f])
[name_f]Alma[/name_f] (means soul)
Lira ([name_f]Lyra[/name_f])


So… that’s it. I would like to get some opinions on these or some suggestions of names that you think are versatile enough to be considered a “international” name, either because of its many variations or special meaning?
Please share some of your “odd” ones with me!

XX: [name_f]Carolina[/name_f] :wink:

[name_f]Emilia[/name_f] *
[name_f]Amalia[/name_f] *
[name_f]Serena[/name_f] *
[name_f]Mariana[/name_f] *
[name_f]Cecilia[/name_f] *
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f] *
[name_f]Eliana[/name_f] *
[name_f]Noemi[/name_f] *
[name_m]Abel[/name_m] *

Amora *
[name_f]Leonor[/name_f] *
[name_f]Lara[/name_f] *
[name_f]Marta[/name_f] *
[name_m]Miguel[/name_m] *
[name_m]Lucas[/name_m] *
[name_m]Xavier[/name_m] *
[name_m]Luis[/name_m] *
[name_m]Marco[/name_m] *
[name_f]Eveline[/name_f] *
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] *
[name_f]Adelia[/name_f] *
[name_f]Camelia[/name_f] *
[name_f]Monica[/name_f] *
[name_m]Alaric[/name_m] *

Uva (Uvula? Vulva?)
Melancia (reminds me of melatonin)
[name_f]Bianca[/name_f] *
[name_f]Irene[/name_f] * (consider an “old lady” name where I live)
[name_f]Gaia[/name_f] *
[name_f]Greta[/name_f] *
[name_f]Guadalupe[/name_f] (cantaloupe comes to mind)

I know a Portuguese girl who lives in [name_f]England[/name_f] called [name_f]Joana[/name_f], we pronounce her name like jo-[name_f]ANNE[/name_f]-uh. The English version is [name_f]Joanna[/name_f]/[name_f]Joanne[/name_f]. And yes, very much so a variation of Johanna.

The ones with an asterisk I would consider to be “international” names. I hope I understood the question correctly.

Oh yeah, you’re right! [name_u]Jo[/name_u]-[name_f]Anne[/name_f]-uh is more of a correct pronounciation of [name_f]Joana[/name_f]! And yeah, your reply was very much what I was looking for, thanks!

Some Popular Girl Names:
[name_f]Leonor[/name_f] (it is pronounced just like [name_f]Leonore[/name_f]): Not difficult to get, and [name_f]Princess[/name_f] [name_f]Leonor[/name_f] of Spain (future queen, too) will make it more easy on future children imo.
[name_f]Lara[/name_f]: The -ra part is bound to be pronounced differently, and I know several kids named directly [name_f]Larra[/name_f] to avoid those issues.
[name_f]Joana[/name_f] (I guess in english would be pronounced [name_u]Joan[/name_u]-na. Alternative spelling to [name_f]Johanna[/name_f]?): Would get constantly mistaken for [name_f]Johanna[/name_f].
[name_f]Luana[/name_f]: Same for [name_f]Luna[/name_f].
[name_f]Bianca[/name_f]: I like it, and it is international… It’s the same in Italian if I’m not mistaken.
[name_f]Mara[/name_f] (I read it Mah-ra): It is confused with [name_f]Maria[/name_f] at a first glance, but it’s not difficult.
[name_f]Rita[/name_f]: I don’t like it, but it’s pretty simple and straightforward.
[name_f]Leticia[/name_f]: The many spellings of this name cause trouble.
[name_f]Yasmin[/name_f]: I don’t like it, at all.
[name_f]Marta[/name_f]: [name_f]Martha[/name_f]-without-h will just get repetitive, but it’s not too hard to get.
[name_f]Miriam[/name_f]: [name_u]Truly[/name_u] international!
[name_f]Nuria[/name_f]: It’s not hard to get at all, but pretty undiscovered. Could totally work!
[name_f]Filipa[/name_f]: [name_f]Philippa[/name_f] issues
[name_f]Lorena[/name_f]: This is my mom’s name and she hates it! I don’t think it’s to hard, the r’s pronounced differently, though.
[name_f]Naiara[/name_f]: No pronounciation issues, and a pretty name.
[name_f]Emilia[/name_f]: Popular everywhere, and lovely everywhere.
[name_f]Petra[/name_f]: Usable!
[name_f]Anita[/name_f] (n. 100): Well-known, but nicknamey and stereotypical imo.

[name_f]Do[/name_f] you consider any of these international names? Or even like any of those?
My faves from this list are [name_f]Leonor[/name_f], [name_f]Bianca[/name_f], [name_f]Emilia[/name_f], [name_f]Nuria[/name_f] and [name_f]Petra[/name_f].

Some Popular Boy Names:
[name_m]Santiago[/name_m]: Well-known, and no pronounciation issues
[name_m]Miguel[/name_m]: Same, but to me it is too rooted for Latino/Spanish/Portuguese stereotypical characters.
[name_m]Diogo[/name_m]: [name_m]Diego[/name_m] issues? And maybe the last o pronounced as “ou”
[name_m]Lucas[/name_m]: No issues, totally international.
[name_m]Dinis[/name_m]: No pron. issues, but unknown.
[name_m]Gustavo[/name_m]: Same as [name_m]Miguel[/name_m] imo.
[name_m]Mateus[/name_m]: Spelling issues, and [name_m]Mateo[/name_m]/[name_m]Matteo[/name_m]/[name_m]Matthew[/name_m]/[name_m]Matteus[/name_m]…
[name_m]Luis[/name_m] (you would read it just like [name_m]Lewis[/name_m]): Spelling issues, and confusion.
[name_m]Enzo[/name_m]: [name_f]Lovely[/name_f], not to known but not too hard either.
[name_m]Matias[/name_m]: [name_m]Matthias[/name_m] confusion, but straightforward pronounciation.
[name_m]Xavier[/name_m]: International!
Filipe: [name_m]Felipe[/name_m]/[name_m]Philip[/name_m]
Nuno: Neh
[name_m]Hugo[/name_m]: Totally international!
[name_m]Marco[/name_m]: [name_m]Marcus[/name_m]? But not too hard
[name_m]Ivan[/name_m]: International enough
[name_u]Jaime[/name_u]: Pronounciation and spelling issues
[name_m]Gil[/name_m]: International
[name_m]Gaspar[/name_m] ([name_m]Caspar[/name_m], [name_m]Jasper[/name_m] and [name_m]Gaspar[/name_m]?): Too confusing, imo.
[name_m]Marcelo[/name_m]: Would get pronounced as “mar-che-llo”

Same with the girls’ names… Any you consider “international”? Or like at all?
[name_m]Santiago[/name_m], [name_m]Lucas[/name_m], [name_m]Enzo[/name_m], [name_m]Xavier[/name_m], [name_m]Hugo[/name_m], [name_m]Ivan[/name_m].

Lua (means [name_f]Moon[/name_f]): Short, easy and sweet. [name_f]Luna[/name_f] issues, though.
[name_f]Amalia[/name_f]: [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] confusion, but a huge history on its own. Easy, super international and princess [name_f]Amalia[/name_f].
[name_f]Serena[/name_f] (means calm): Totally international
[name_f]Mariana[/name_f] ([name_f]Maria[/name_f] + [name_f]Ana[/name_f]): Too many similar names
[name_f]Cecilia[/name_f]: International, not a cute meaning.
[name_f]Alma[/name_f] (means soul): International
[name_f]Irene[/name_f]: Different pronounciation, but super international
[name_f]Morgana[/name_f]: Internatonal!
Deolinda: Deodorant?
[name_f]Eveline[/name_f]: [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u]
[name_f]Gaia[/name_f]: Unheard, but international
[name_f]Greta[/name_f]: Super international
Guiomar: Whaaat?
[name_f]Halia[/name_f]: Too difficult imo
[name_f]Ivone[/name_f]: [name_f]Yvonne[/name_f] is more used, I think.
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f]: International and usable
[name_f]Adelia[/name_f]: [name_f]Adela[/name_f] would be easier, I believe.
[name_f]Alda[/name_f]: Old? [name_f]Ada[/name_f]?
[name_f]Camelia[/name_f]: Usable, though [name_f]Camellia[/name_f] and [name_f]Camila[/name_f] are more known
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f]: Totally usable
[name_f]Celina[/name_f]: Same. [name_f]Selina[/name_f] though.
[name_f]Coralia[/name_f]: Not hard at all.
[name_f]Eliana[/name_f]: Same
[name_f]Guadalupe[/name_f]: Too long and too many possible mispronounciations.
[name_f]Noemi[/name_f]/Noemia: [name_f]Noemi[/name_f] and [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] are used everywhere
[name_f]Samira[/name_f]: [name_u]Haven[/name_u]'t heard it, but it isn’t to hard
Lira ([name_f]Lyra[/name_f]): [name_f]Lyra[/name_f]
[name_f]Magali[/name_f]: I don’t like it…
[name_f]Magda[/name_f]: I prefer [name_f]Lena[/name_f], but international
[name_f]Marcela[/name_f]: See [name_m]Marcelo[/name_m]
[name_f]Monica[/name_f]: I prefer [name_f]Monique[/name_f], but it’s not difficult
[name_f]Riva[/name_f]: Pron. “ree-vah”?
[name_f]Tabita[/name_f]: [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f]

[name_m]Abel[/name_m]: International!
Acaccio: Accio?
Aires: Buenos Aires? But I like it, it’s different.
[name_m]Alaric[/name_m]: International!
[name_m]Alvaro[/name_m]: Not hard, and distinctibly ethnic with an air of modernity. I love it!
[name_m]Apolo[/name_m]: International as either [name_m]Apolo[/name_m] or [name_m]Apollo[/name_m]
[name_m]Aramis[/name_m]: [name_u]Haven[/name_u]'t heard it, but itsn’t not hard
[name_u]Ari[/name_u]: International, kinda gender neutral, I guess.
Assis: Asset? Access? Axis?
[name_m]Bruno[/name_m]: International!
[name_m]Caio[/name_m]: [name_m]Caius[/name_m] is more used, I think.
[name_m]Calisto[/name_m]: Pretty international
[name_m]Ciro[/name_m]: Different pron., but international.
Crispim: [name_m]Crispin[/name_m]
[name_m]Dion[/name_m]: Easy and simple
[name_m]Hermes[/name_m]: Same
Icaro: I didn’t even like the story
[name_m]Judas[/name_m]: Int.!
[name_m]Leonel[/name_m]: [name_u]Lionel[/name_u] confusion
Lineu: Not too easy
[name_m]Milton[/name_m]: International!
Miro: Different pron. probably
[name_m]Nero[/name_m]: Same
Nilton: Doesn’t really flow, but it’s pretty easy.
[name_m]Omar[/name_m]: I don’t like it, but it’s easy and simple.
[name_m]Ravi[/name_m]: Same
Robim: [name_u]Robin[/name_u] all the way!
Teon: [name_m]How[/name_m] is it pronounced?
Zairo: I’ve heard [name_f]Zaira[/name_f], so I guess it could work.