My Sims sibset: Margo Hermione and Willoughby Asa

Fortress Hohensalburg in  Winter

Fortress Hohensalzburg in Winter


Margo Hermione


Elliot Spektor

Hermione June

Moa Apollonia

Amelia Ivy

Rupert Harry

Elliot Spektor´s middle name is after the American singer Regina Spektor.  Moa was named after the Swedish writer Moa Martinson. I read a book written by the author and found the name quite interesting. Moa is actually quite popular in Sweden, it ranked #23 in 2011. Amelia´s namesake is Amy Pond from Doctor Who.


Willoughby Asa and Rosemary


Eliza Franny

Wentworth Joe

Augusta Lucy


I wanted a Jane Austen themed sibset, but in the end it didn´t quite work out. However, I think that the names do go well together.

What is you favourite name out of these sibsets?

If you like Sara, you might like…

Delila/ Dalila

Delila (DE-LEE-LA) is easy to pronounce and is also used in different cultures. Delila has several origins, it can be either an Arabic name with meaning of sign and leader, or it can be a Hebrew name. The version Dalila is currently ranked #30 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Hebrew version Delilah is ranked #172 in the USA.


Lina is like Sara a nice, friendly name popular in many different countries. Lina is pronounced LEE-NAH and is an Arabic name with the meaning tender, affectionate. In addition, Lina is also used in countries such as Austria and Sweden, as a standalone form of names like Karolina and Nikolina. The name is currently in the Top 100 in more than 8 countries.


Mejra is one of my personal favorites. It is a short, two-syllable name deriving from Meryam, which is the Arabic version of Mary. Mejra is pronounced like MAY-RAH and is quite underused in Bosnia, because it is considered to be old-fashioned. However, due to its similarity to popular names like Nejra and Maya, it may rise in the near future.


The name Mira, which is pronounced MEE-RAH, has very much in common with Sara. Both names are short and sound quite international. The name is used in many different cultures. Mira is a Slavic name deriving from the word Mir, which means peace. It is also an Indian name with the meaning sea, ocean. Furthermore, Mira is used as a standalone short from of the Arabic name Amira.


Sura is only one letter different from Sara, but the name has its own distinct sound. Sura, which is pronounced SOO-RAH, is a short form of the Arabic name Surura. Furthermore, Sura is also the term used for the “chapters” in the Quran.

Hyphenated Names- Mia and Max

Children playing
Today´s post is about hyphenated names taken from the Austrian name statistics. This post will be about the names Mia and Max, which are very popular in German-speaking countries. Mia is currently the 17th most popular first name in Austria and the number one in Germany. Max, which is often seen as an abbreviation of Maximilian, is quite often used on it´s one. It is currently number 51 in Austria and number 17 in Germany. Although, Mia is so popular most people combine it with the two most common second names Sophie and Marie. Therefore, I have put together a selection of more uncommon and unusual names, which were hyphenated with Mia and Max in the past.



























Other post about hyphenated names:
Hyphenated Names -Anna
Hyphenated Names- Lea and Lena
Leonie in Austria

Uncommon Bosnian Names – F

Bosnian peasant  women

Bosnian peasant women

Female Names

Name Origin Meaning Pronunciation
Faiza Arabian winner FA-IZ-A
Fahima Arabian understanding, intelligent FA-HI-MA
Farida Arabian lonely, plump FA-RI-DA
Fehmija Arabian intelligent FEH-MI-A
Fermana Persian permission of the emperor FER-MA-NA

Male Names

Name Origin Meaning Pronunciation
Faim Arabian superior,  handsome FA-IM
Fatih Arabian pioneer, winner FA-TIH
Fehmi Arabian very intelligent FEH-MI
Feuz Arabian happiness, victory FE-UZ
Firdus Arabian Paradise FIR-DUZ


My Sims sibsets: Sojourner May

Winter in Salzburg

Winter in Salzburg

I am currently playing Sims 3, but I started with the first version. The main reason I love playing this game, is the possibility to name generations of families. In my Sims world, the definition of a “normal” name is reversed. Therefore, you may encounter multiple Sims called Hugo and Ottilie , but there is only one Sarah (the name was an accident). Furthermore, I often choose names that have a connection to something I hear or read of. Many Sims “born” last summer , for example,  have names influenced by the Olympic Games in London.

The following sims were the children of the first person I created in Sims 3.


Sojourner May


Austen Winter (b)

Willoughby Asa


Helena Wren

Margo Hermione

Rory Pilgrim

Ottilie Maeve

Pandora Alice

Harper Bronte (g)

Sojourner May was the first person I created in Sims 3. She was named after Sojourner Truth, the famous American women´s rights activist. Austen´s namesake was the English novelist Jane Austen. The other sims just received names I liked. You may wonder why Harper Bronte is the only girl with a unisex name. I felt that Harper Bronte would complement the sibset and hoped that a boy would be born. However, I only got girls and I didn´t want to waste the name, so the last girl received it.

Most popular Bosnian names – Top 99


Female Male
51 Alma Matej
52 Nika Anel
53 Zara Dino
54 Aida Jasmin
55 Anđela Afan
56 Irma Amir
57 Melina Ibrahim
58 Nadija Amel
59 Belma Danin
60 Marta Maid
61 Alina Alem
62 Edina Alen
63 Hena Faruk
64 Nađa Ivano
65 Larisa Adem
66 Almina Andrej
67 Amela Eldin
68 Zana Filip
69 Kanita Danis
70 Merima Demir
71 Uma Adis
72 Anela Almin
73 Asija Ermin
74 Ela Ismail
75 Farah Din
76 Lucija Jusuf
77 Matea Mak
78 Anesa Enis
79 Lorena Ilhan
80 Samra Mehmed
81 Emma Mihael
82 Najla Sanjin
83 Almedina Karlo
84 Nikolina Mustafa
85 Edna Emil
86 Klara Elmin
87 Lara Omer
88 Maida Anis
89 Aldina Antonio
90 Fatima Belmin
91 Karla Damir
92 Katarina Hasan
93 Nela Mateo
94 Aiša Abdulah
95 Dženana Amin
96 Ilda Edvin
97 Magdalena Gabrijel
98 Majra Ishak
99 Nina Leon

Most popular Bosnian names 2011 – Top 50

Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina via Wikipedia

Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina via Wikipedia

The data of the most popular Bosnian names 2011 was published last year in spring, but I totally forget to post more than the Top 10. It might be late, but here are the Top 50

Place Female Male
1 Amina Tarik
2 Lamija Amar
3 Emina Ajdin
4 Lejla Adn
5 Sara Ahmed
6 Hana Harun
7 Ajna Vedad
8 Adna Kenan
9 Ajla Faris
10 Nejla Hamza
11 Ema Muhamed
12 Amna Ajnur
13 Asja Luka
14 Amila Benjamin
15 Sajra Eman
16 Ena Armin
17 Ana Adnan
18 Nejra Imran
19 Merjem Daris
20 Petra Davud
21 Elma Emin
22 Iman Ivan
23 Lana Nedim
24 Naida Emir
25 Esma Kerim
26 Marija Edin
27 Ilma Marko
28 Iva David
29 Ajša Eldar
30 Dalija Haris
31 Sumeja Petar
32 Azra Bakir
33 Džana Amer
34 Ilhana Mirza
35 Mia Ali
36 Medina Anes
37 Berina Josip
38 Sarah Emrah
39 Šejla Arman
40 Nedžla Adi
41 Jasmina Aldin
42 Amra Rijad
43 Tajra Dženan
44 Ivana Mahir
45 Minela Omar
46 Selma Džan
47 Džejla Ante
48 Erna Ensar
49 Melisa Nikola
50 Anida Bilal

Leopold II and his family

Leopold II and his family
Peter Leopold Johannes Anton Joachim Gotthard was born in 1747 as the ninth child of Queen Maria Theresia and her husband Franz Stephan. He received the name Peter, which was very unusual for the Hapsburgs, at the desire of his godmother Elisabeth, Empress of Russia. In 1765, he not only married the Spanish princess Maria Ludovica, but also became the ruler of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Leopold, having a good education, enacted multiple reforms and leaded the country out of misery into prosperity. In 1790, his older brother, Joseph II Holy Roman Emperor, died surprisingly at the age of 48, he succeeded his brother and became himself the Holy Roman Emperor and ruler of all Hapsburg territories. However, two years later he died and was succeeded by his son Franz. His wife Maria Ludovica, with whom he had 16 children, only outlived him by two months. They left behind many under-age children, who then were raised by relatives.

 Their children:

Maria Theresia Josepha Charlotte Johanna

married in 1787 Anton of Saxony; had four children who all died in their infancy

Franz Joseph Karl

known as Franz II ,Holy Roman Emperor; married four times and had 13 children

Ferdinand Joseph Johann Babtist

Franz I as a child

Franz I as a child

known as Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany; married two times and had 6 children.

Maria Anna Ferdinanda Leopoldine Charlotte Josepha

was an abbess of a female monastery in Prague

Carl Ludwig Johann Joseph Laurentius

known as Duke of Teschen, married Henriette Alexandrine princess of Nassau-Weilburg; they had 7 children

Alexander Leopold Johann Joseph Eusebius

died in an accident at the age of 22

Albrecht Johann Joseph 

died shortly after his birth

Maximilian Johann Joseph

died at the age of 4

Joseph Anton Johann Baptist

married three times and had 8 children

Maria Klementina Josepha Johanna Fidelis

married Francesco of Sicily; died at the age of 24 at the birth of her second child

Anton Viktor Joseph Johann Raimund

never married

Maria Amalia Josepha Johanna Katharina Theresia

died at the age of 18

Johann Baptist Joseph Fabian Sebastian

married against the will of his family the non-aristocratic Anna Plochl, who was the daughter of a local postmaster; had one son named Franz; there is also a movie based on the love story of archduke Johann and Anna Plochl

Rainer Joseph Johann Michael Franz Hieronymus

married Maria Elisabeth of Savoyen-Carignan and had 8 children

Ludwig Joseph Anton

died unmarried and without issues

Rudolf Johann Joseph Rainer

was archbishop of Olmütz

Latin Names Part III

I have finished my studies of Latin some months ago, but I forgot to post the last part of my Latin Names series. The first and the second part dealt with male and female name. The post today is all about ancient place names. Some of them are not as usable as others. My favourite is Aventin, which is one of the seven hill Rome was built on. Aventin is very similar to  Valentin and it also has the consonant V in it, which is quite fashionable nowadays. Adding an “E”, it  becomes a girl name. In my sims game I have a father called Aventin and a daughter Aventine named after him.

Latin Place Names

























Uncommon Bosnian Names -E

Bosnische Bauerntracht

Bosnian national costume

Male Names

Name Origin Meaning Pronunciation
Elhan Arabian person who talks, read and sings best EL-HAHN
Eljese Hebrew name of a prophet EL-YEH-ZEH
Eman Arabian a person who is reliable and credible EH-MAHN
Emdžed Arabian the most celebrated, noble EM-JED
Ezan Arabian call to prayer EH-ZAN

Female Names


Name Origin Meaning Pronunciation
Eleza Arabian the most beautiful and sweet EH-LEZ-A
Elfija Arabian a good friend EL-FEE-A
Elifa Arabian beautiful, nice, well-known ELIF-A
Elmaza Arabian diamond, precious stone EL-MAH-ZA
Emuna Arabian strong, persistent EH-MUH-NA