Jump to content

Eastern European Baby Names


  • Please log in to reply
23 replies to this topic

#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 black cherry

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)
15088987[/url]']
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.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.