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#1 natalia2482

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:01 AM

Hi all, we are having trouble with picking out baby names.  We have a few on a short list, but so hard to decide.  I can't say that I'm totally sold on any of them and finding it hard to find any other suggestions.  We are after Eastern European names.....something that could be pronounced in English without sounding too odd.

These are the names we have on our list.

Boys:  Aleksander, Luka, Marko
Girls:  Ava, Elena, Monika

#2 chic mummy

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:03 AM

i love aleksander for a boy and ava and monika for a girl.

lovely names OP.

i also loved the girls name sadie which i believe is eastern european

#3 Missy Shelby

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

Out of your name suggestions I like best Luka for a boy and for a girls name Elena.

I quite like all your suggestions OP so whatever you choose, imo will be nice.

#4 Frau Farbissina

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:20 AM

I like all the names on your list!!


Here are some more names - food for thought

Angelika
Sonja
Karolina
Klaudia
Alina
Marina

Arek
Sebastian
Andrei
Anton
Filip
Dominik
Micha

ETA - here is a list of top 100  Eastern European names (pulled from where I'm not sure!) Scroll down a bit to get to the list

Edited by Frau Farbissina, 18 November 2012 - 08:22 AM.


#5 PoshMosh

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:37 AM

Aleksander or Ava are nice.

#6 flipped out

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

I love Elena. What about Anastasia or Nadia also? Or Stefan for a boy?

#7 natalia2482

Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

Frau, thanks for the top 100 list. I'll check that out now.

Flipped out, I ante Stefan also!

thanks for the suggestions all . . . keep them coming:)

#8 kerilyntaryn

Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:50 AM

I like Luka the best or Alexander or Marcus
I like Elena and Ava from the girls,  Monika is nice too though

others

Nadia
Nadine
Natasha
Malika
Mara
Milena
Raya
Vesna
Svetlana
Susannah
Catalina
Anya
Astrid
Audra
Danica
Dominique
Jana
Yana
Ivan
Helena
Greta
Erika
Emilia
Kalina
Lara
Larissa
Lena
Katerina
Marina
Marika
Sasha
Tatiana
Valerie
Vera
Melissa
Nikita
Odessa
Oksana
Raina
Tanya
Anna
Yelena
Zena
Zora
Edina
Ayla
Celina
Kara
Kira
Maya
Lydia
Zaria
Anastasia
Luba
Tamara
Ida
Irena
Adriana
Cecilia
Alissa

Augustin
Jonas
Darius
Thomas
Theodore
Simeon
Tavian
Henrick
Anton
Roman
Victor
Damien
Damon
Aydin
Evren
Jarek
Julian
Jovan
Joseph
Nicolas
Maxim
Michael
Ivan
Dominic
Hendrick
Dmitri
Erik

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 18 November 2012 - 11:52 AM.


#9 YandiGirl

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:00 PM

Why are you after eastern European names? Are you are your partners' heritage EE? If so, why not look at names from that particular country, rather than being general?

#10 Gudrun

Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:14 PM

Sanja
Marija
Milica
Nina
Tina
Irena/Irina
Lidija
Radmila
Anica
Zorica
Zanetta
Berislava
Magda/Magdalena
Tanja
Cvita
Elza
Svetlana/Sveta/Lana
Kristina
Karolina
Katarina
Valentina
Vera
Vesna
Violeta
Danica
Hana
Ana
Iva
Mila
Miriam
Rosalia
Ruzica
Gordana
Jadranka
Jasna
Jelena
Ljuba/Luba
Biljana
Bojana
Dana
Rada
Petra
Snezana
Aniela/Anielka
Katinka
Helinka
Elvira
Ivanka
Jana
Minka
Menka
Zorka
Valeska
Yola


Zoran
Goran
Andelko
Zeljko
Petar
Anto
Rafael
Dragan
Nenad
Vlado
Teo
Boris
Ivo
Mario
Miroslav/Milo
Ivan
Igor
Lazar
Cezary
Darko
Imre
Emir

Edited by Gudrun, 18 November 2012 - 02:10 PM.


#11 Bam1

Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:50 PM

QUOTE (YandiGirl @ 18/11/2012, 01:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why are you after eastern European names? Are you are your partners' heritage EE? If so, why not look at names from that particular country, rather than being general?


Why does it or the person's heritage matter?  Maybe the OP was just being general as most on this board may know an EE name but not know the specific country of origin, and in the end it may not matter which particular EE country the name comes from.

I like the name Dragon but its a hard name to pull off here, Luka is always a great name.


#12 natalia2482

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

Both mine and DH's families are eastern European. We don't care which region the name is from as most are versatile across the eastern region. Just wanting suggestions from anyone as we keep wondering if there is something better we haven't come across. thank you so much to all for the suggestions so far:)

#13 RealityBites

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:55 PM

I have an Anna and a Sascha. We are struggling to find any Eastern European (Russian/Ukrainian/Polish) we like that aren't two syllable and end in 'a'  biggrin.gif

#14 kerilyntaryn

Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:43 PM

I think if you have 2 syllables ending with a,  you should have the same for the next one

#15 leisamd

Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:03 AM

ooooh, pick me!  I hheart.gif EE names, especially for boys!  My youngest is Igor.  biggrin.gif  My DH is from an EE background.

Some others we like:

Artyom
Sascha
Pavel/Pascha
Liev/Lyov
Vasiliy
Ivan
Dragan
Victor
Vitaliy
Dimitry

My DH really likes the -islav & -omir names, he always joked that he'd name a son Vladislavomir one day (then his son can have Vladislavomiravich as a middle name).  I vetoed that wink.gif

Girls (sorry RealityBites, lots of 2 syllable -a names here!):
Helena
Olga
Anya
Irina
Darya
Lidya
Natasha
Nina
Sabina
Suzanna (I am banned from contemplating any version of this name, as well as any form or mary or Katerina, due to the sheer number of them already in the family/community!)

HTH!


#16 YandiGirl

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:55 PM

QUOTE (Bam1 @ 18/11/2012, 11:50 AM)
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Why does it or the person's heritage matter?  Maybe the OP was just being general as most on this board may know an EE name but not know the specific country of origin, and in the end it may not matter which particular EE country the name comes from.


Because......as I said in my post, if it's because their heritage is EE, why not look at that particular country and the names used there...... rolleyes.gif

#17 la di dah

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

QUOTE (YandiGirl @ 18/11/2012, 01:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why are you after eastern European names? Are you are your partners' heritage EE? If so, why not look at names from that particular country, rather than being general?

My heritage is Eastern European but it covers several countries because even when my family didn't move city, the city has been many different nations? Be tough to assign "particular country" to a lot of Eastern Europe, Poland/Ukraina/Russia/Lithuania all have wiggled about.

Anyway in no particular order and covering several languages:

Girls
Zuzana
Zelda
Raina and Reina/Rayna - from what I've seen online Reina/Rayna is considered more Yiddish and Raina is more Bulgarian but a lot of old census records don't seem to be aware of these distinctions. roll2.gif
Izolda
Irina
Nina
Katia
Ekaterina
Angelica
Valeriya/Valeria
Liliya
Kaila/Keila/Kayla - yes I still like this name, but nobody else does, nor do most people think of it as EE.
Golda/Golde
Aleksandrina and Alexandra etc.
Tatiana
Liba
Veronika


Boys
Aron
Aleksander/Alexander
Dmitri
Lev
Viktor
Lazar
Tuvia/Tevye
Herschel, which nobody but me likes at all.
Isaak
Gavril

#18 leisamd

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:51 AM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 19/11/2012, 02:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My heritage is Eastern European but it covers several countries because even when my family didn't move city, the city has been many different nations? Be tough to assign "particular country" to a lot of Eastern Europe, Poland/Ukraina/Russia/Lithuania all have wiggled about.


The country that my In-Laws emigrated from doesn't exist anymore, the village they lived in still does...

#19 miss_heidi

Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

I am eastern european, and couldnt find a boys name sad.gif

Everything reminded me of an old uncle or dad or a old family friend, or would be difficult to pronounce or would be ruined with an australian accent, and the one name i DID like - Milan - my (Australian) husband doesnt like, he thinks it sounds pretentious

So instead Ive gone for an English/German name that can be pronounced by my family easily and is still European..

The other option for us is Theo, or Teodore, which can work in either...

I know how you feel though, i am still looking for a name potentially, and still not being sold on any....

Filip isnt too bad, Marko and Luka are good but very common (especially Luka, which essentially is going to become Lucas or Luke when he goes to school....)

#20 miss_heidi

Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:51 AM

QUOTE (YandiGirl @ 19/11/2012, 01:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Because......as I said in my post, if it's because their heritage is EE, why not look at that particular country and the names used there...... rolleyes.gif


She is probably stuck with the names just from her country, and often the names across the EE block of countries are interchangeable across borders
SO basically she is just broadening her options, i did the same type of search....

#21 natalia2482

Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

I did try searching just by Ukraine, but nothing has stood out. I wanted to broaden the search also because even though both mine and dh's backgrounds are Ukrainian, before our families migrated to Australia they moved from Ukraine into what used to be Yugoslavia, which doesn't exist anymore. So that's why we're looking at all eastern european names.

#22 leisamd

Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:24 AM

Theodore can also be Fyodor (as in Dostoyevski) if you want to EE it up.  

Or if you like Theo you could consider Leo?  Tolstoy went by Leo (full name was Liev I believe...)

Interestingly, my friend who emigrated from the region less than 10 years ago says that many of her friends still over there give their children very westernized names.  She laughed that I - an aussie girl married to a EE boy - would give my son the name Igor, when her friends were calling their children Italian, French & English names.

#23 nomi_gee

Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:28 AM

All beautiful names OP! I especially love Luka wub.gif .
Some names that come to mind are:

Girls:

Danuta (My mum's name. I know it should technically be pronounced "Dan-ush-a" but most people in Oz pronounce it as it's spelt "Dan-u-ta")
Halina/Helena
Delfina
Janina
Anya
Jolanta/Yolanda
Marisha
Lusia
Tylda

Boys:

Sasza/Sasha
Felix
Bronek
Dariusz
Jarek
Tobiasz

Best of luck with making your final choices original.gif

#24 FiveAus

Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:31 AM

QUOTE (nomi_gee @ 21/11/2012, 07:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
All beautiful names OP! I especially love Luka wub.gif .
Some names that come to mind are:

Girls:

Danuta (My mum's name. I know it should technically be pronounced "Dan-ush-a" but most people in Oz pronounce it as it's spelt "Dan-u-ta")
Halina/Helena
Delfina
Janina
Anya
Jolanta/Yolanda
Marisha
Lusia
Tylda

Boys:

Sasza/Sasha
Felix
Bronek
Dariusz
Jarek
Tobiasz

Best of luck with making your final choices original.gif


Oh yes, Yolanda and Tylda are gorgeous names. And Felix is 100% awesome.




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