The archbishops of Salzburg

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The city Salzburg is since the 7 century a diocesan town. The bishops and later archbishops were the clerical and secular rulers of the area. They built the city and often redesigned it.

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As a name nerd, I had to look up the names of the bishops. And here are to most unusual and interesting ones:

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Rupert

Vitalis

Virgil

Arno

Liupram

Thiemo

Pilgrim

Konrad

Weichart

Bernhard

Leonhard

Matthäus

Ernst

Wolf Dietrich

Markus Sittikus

Paris

Maximilian Gandolph

Franz Anton

Hieronymus

Leopold

Augustin Johann

Balthasar

Ignaz

Eduard

Alois

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Meaning and origin of popular Bosnian names

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I often have been asked  about the meaning of Bosnian names. So today I will write down the meaning and origin of the most popular names. I got all my information from my 3 Bosnian name dictionaries.

Some names only have adjectives to describe them. This is very common for Muslim Names. Every name has a positive meaning, because this is very important in the religion.

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                                         Male names 

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Name

Origin Meaning

Adin

Bosnian Unknown, probably a modification on Adil, Adnan or Edin

Ajdin

Turkish Happy , jolly, blazing, bright

Amar

Arabian Earnest, religious, constructor, builder

Anes

Arabian Darling, favorite

Armin

Bosnian Unknown, probably a modification on Arim and Amin

Benjamin

Old-Hebrew Child of happiness and joy, youngest brother of the prophet Jusuf

Davud

Old-Hebrew Believer, beloved

Denis

Turkish Sea, who cames from the sea

Edin

Arabian Believe, authority,

Tarik

Arabian Who is hammering, knocking, name of the 86 sura of the Kuran

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                                    Female names

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Name

Origin Meaning

Ajla

Turkish Moonlight

Amina

Arabian Religious, trustful; mother of the prophet Mohammed

Ena

Bosnian Unknow, probably shortend from Enesa and Envera

Hana

Bosnian/Arabian Unknown, probably shortend from Umihana, Rejhana, Salihana, Merhana

Lejla

Arabian Long dark night

Melisa

Arabian Unknown, probably modification of Meliha

Nejla

Arabian Present

Sara

Arabian content, good-tempered

Selma

Arabian Who speaks good and who is healthy

Names of the Habsburg family

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History was always my favorite subject at school. There was a time, where I read a lot about the Habsburg family. The Habsburgs were over 500 years the rulers of big parts of middle Europe. Such a family also had very interesting names. Last year I read a book about the infancy in the Habsburg family.

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I wrote some of the names, which were mentioned, down. All this girls were born between the 15 and the 18 century. Some of them became queens and some died in infancy.

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Isabella Clara Eugenia

This name sounds very stylish and modern, but it´s the oldest on my list. I also noticed that the initial letters together result in the word ICE. Ice could be an original nick name for girls, to whom Isabella sounds to frilly.

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Maria Antonia Josepha Benedicta Rosalia

As a result of the rising popularity of Benedikt, Benedicta could be a great version for girls. Rosalia might appeal to parents, who like names, which have a Mediterranean feeling.

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Marianna Apollonia Giuseppa Antonia Scolastica

Apollonia is a long loved favorite of mine, but nowadays it seems to extinct.

Scolastica with the meaning pupil is a very rare name. Besides this princess, I never saw this name somewhere.

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Gregoria Maximiliana

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Ludovica Francisca Elisabetha

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Katharina Renea

Renea is probably a version of Renata.

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Maria Josepha Clementia Anna Gabriela Antonia Francisca Dominica Theresia Eva Plecida

This princess received the amount of 11 names. I think that they wanted to honor as much godparents as possible. Among them, there are also some extraordinary and rare ones like Clementia, Dominica and Plecida

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Maria Theresia Walburgis Amalia Christina

She was the mother of Marie Antoinette and other 14 children. Maria Theresia was the most famous queen of the Habsburg monarchy.

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Maria Carolina Ludovica Josepha Joanna Antonia

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Maria Eleonora

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Maria Leopoldine

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Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna

This was the birth name of the archduchess, who later became famous as Marie Antoinette.

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German Word Names

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I always liked English word names like Remember and Sunday. I searched for such names also in German, but I have found only a few. Therefore I collected German word, that also could be a first name. In addition to my own ideas, some members of the internet platform http://vornamen-forum.de/ helped me a lot.

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Some of these names might be extreme suggestions as first names, but in the middle spot they are perfectly suitable. There are already enough girls with the middle names Marie and Sophie in Austria and Germany. The word names provide a nice alternative. I think, that most of these names are unisex.

On the left side is the German word on the right the English translation.

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Calender:

  • Januar, Januarius (January)
  • April (April)
  • Mai (May)
  • Juni,Junius (June)
  • Juli  (July)
  • August (August)
  • September (September)
  • November (November)
  • Silvester (New Year´s Eve)
  • Montag (Monday)
  • Donnerstag (Thursday)
  • Samstag (Saturday)
  • Sonntag (Sunday)
  • Winter (Winter)
  • Sommer (Summer)

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Geography:

  • Adria
  • Agram (capital city of Croatia)
  • Ambras (castle in Lower Austria)
  • Benin (Country in Africa)
  • Berlin, Berlyn
  • Irland (Ireland)
  • Israel
  • Liberia
  • Linz (city in Austria))
  • Mali
  • Marokko (Marocco)
  • Nil (Nile)
  • Oman
  • Orient
  • Sahara
  • Samoa

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Artistic:

  • Ave (from the Song Ave-Maria)
  • Azur (Azure)
  • Echo
  • Fabel (Fable)
  • Harmonie (Harmony)
  • Magenta
  • Melodie (Melody)
  • Poesie (Poetry)
  • Poet
  • Sinfonie (Symphony)

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Nature: 

  • Alraune (Mandrake-flower)
  • Amaryllis
  • Amethyst
  • Ammer (Bunting)
  • Anemone
  • Arkade (Arcade)
  • Azalee (Azalea)
  • Bach (Creek)
  • Birke (Birch)
  • Birkenfeld ( German surname, which could be translated as a birch field)
  • Frost
  • Klee (Clover)
  • Lavendel (Lavender)
  • Linde (Linden)
  • Magnolie (Magnolia)
  • Malve (Mallow)
  • Marille (Apricot)
  • Mond  (Moon)
  • Mondschein (Moonlight)
  • Ozean (Ocean)
  • Rose
  • Schnee (Snow)
  • Sonne (Sun)
  • Sonnenschein (Sunshine)
  • Star (Starling)
  • Sturm (Storm)
  • Wolke (Cloud)

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Adjectives: 

  • Ernst (Ernest)
  • Lieblich (dulcet, lovely)
  • Sonnig (sunny)

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Others: 

  • Avare (ancient Folk)
  • Ehre (Honor)
  • Elfe, Elfa (Elf, Fairy)
  • Engel (Angel)
  • Freude (Joy)
  • Friede (Peace)
  • Galaxie; Galaxia (Galaxy)
  • Levit (Levite)
  • Liebe (Love)
  • Lira
  • Magie (Magic)
  • Melancholie (Melancholy)
  • Morgen (Morning)
  • Treue (Loyalty)
  • Wille, Willa (Will)
  • Wunder (Wonder)

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Bosnian female Names – The Trends

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Sara from the popular movie Esma´s secret

Today more about female Bosnian names in Austria. I´ve used the same categories as in the boy´s post.

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Names that appear in Austrian, but are not usual in Bosnia:

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  • In the girl´s section you can find a bunch of names, which only appear in Austria. Among these names are Ella, Emma, Elina, Lara, Jessica and Sabrina. None of these names have a Hebrew or religion connection, which was the case on the equal male category. This shows us that parents of girls are more willing to choose a name that has no relation to their country of origin or their religion.

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Names which are common in Austria and also in Bosnia:

This is the most popular category on the girl´s side. Particularly the name Sara stands out.

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  • Sara is the clear winner of my analysis. More than 15 % of all girls received this name. There are many reasons for this huge popularity. The name ranks on the highest places in the Top 10 of Austria (mostly in the spelling Sarah) and Bosnia-Hercegovina. Sara is also very international; she could come from almost every part of the world. Also it has the same pronunciation in both countries and it´s easy to spell. I would recommend Sara for all parents who don’t want to stand out and who are familiar in both cultures. But they have to keep in mind that their little Sara will likely have to share her name with many other girls.
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  • On the second place is Hana. The popularity of Hana has the same reasons. But unlike Sara, Hana had the state as a granny-name in the past. This state is changing. Due to her internationality and simple pronunciation Hana is very likely to be even more popular.
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  • Other names in that category are: Ena, Melisa, Lina, Soraya and Selina.

 

Names that are only common in Bosnia, but you can easily spell and pronounce them in Austria. They don’t appear too foreign.

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  • With the letter A: Names that start and end with an “A” always have enjoyed an immense popularity among the Bosnian population. A classic and a name, which is never out of date is Amina. The name is currently the most popular female name in Bosnia-Hercegovina. You can compare Amina with English classics like Mary and Elizabeth. They are always very fashionable. Besides Amina, there are also Ajla, Adna, Aida, Anisa, Azra and many more.
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  • With the letter E and I: Many of these names have a Muslim background. You can find Elma, Emina, Esma, Ilda, and Ilma in this category.
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  • Also represented are names with a consonant in the beginning.
    • Jasmina
    • Lamija, Latifa, Lejla
    • Medina, Merjem, Mirela
    • Nadja, Nejla
    • Samira, Sejla, Selma

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Names, which sound rather foreign in Austria or are hard to pronounce:

  • There are only few parents, who go with a traditional name for girls. They fear that their child will never be fully accepted and so they often choose the easier way and simply give an adapted name. This is very sad, because many names, which were common for centuries in Bosnian families, are slowly dying out. But still there are some brave people, whose children received names like Dafina, Hasra, Nadza, Sevzada and Zemka.
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Bosnian male names in Austria – The Trends

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Today I would like to write more about the boy names in detail. I have tried to classify them in different categories.

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Names that appear in Austrian, but are not usual in Bosnia:

  •  There are only a few boy names that fit in this category. The only names, I have found in my list were Elias and Samuel. But both have Hebrew roots and they also exist in Muslim countries, only in a modified form.

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Names that are common in Austria and also in Bosnia:

  • Those are very popular. You can find names like Adem, Benjamin, David, Den(n)is, Emil, Ervin and Jakob in this group. I expect an increase of baby boys with these names. Particularly younger parents will embrace them, because they are the perfect combination of two different cultural backgrounds.
  • Ervin or Erwin, which is a very popular name among older men in Austria, is rarely used on babies by Austrians nowadays. But Bosnian parents are not discouraged to use it. So you don’t have to be surprised to find an 8 year old Ervin in elementary school and a 70 year old Erwin in a retirement home.

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Names that are only common in Bosnia, but you can easily spell and pronounce them in Austria. They don’t appear too foreign.

  • This is the biggest group. I have divided them in sub-categories.´
    • The”trendy” A-Names: Almost every tenth boy got such name. A majority of them has no or only a minor connection with real Muslim Names. There you can find names like Adin, Ajdin, Adnan, Alen, Aldin, Almin, Alvin, Anes, Amar, Elmedin, Elmir, Elvin, Eman, Emin, Eniz, Ermin and much more. They sound very similar and only few letters distinguish them. Many of them only base on Muslim names, for example based on Edin (Faith), people create “new” names like Eldin, Elmin, Elvin and so on. Most parents only care for a melodious name with an easy spelling and they don’t bother them too much with meaning and tradition.

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    • The “soft” boy names: Those are names, which sound very soft and feminine for foreigners, but which are popular and accepted in the Bosnian culture. In this category are names like Anel, Amel, Anes, Melis, Meris, Sanel, Semin and the probably the best know example Jasmin.

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    • The peculiar ones: I classify names in this category, if they are easily pronounceable, but sound somehow strange in German speaking countries. In this category are Din, Alladin and Elvis. Elvis was very popular, but I hardly believe that all Bosnian parents, who chose the name, were big Elvis-Fans. The connection with the singer was often rather accidental. Elvis fits in with all those names with the initial letters EL like Eldin, Elvin and Elvir.

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Names, which sound foreign in Austria or are hard to pronounce:

  • All names with the initial letters DZ like Dzelaludin and also traditional names like Ahmed, Hamza, Hilal, Ibrahim, Ilhan, Mahir, Mehmed, Muhamed, Ramadan, Nuradin, Mirza, Muris. This is a very small group, because most parents don’t want their kids to have names that sound too foreign. They also don’t want them to have problems with the spelling and pronunciation.

Most popular Bosnian names in Austria (Boy Edition)

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Now here are the 5 most popular male bosnian names in Austria for newborns:

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Most popular male Bosnian names in Austria

Place in Bosnia(2010) Place in Austria (2010)
1 Place Benjamin   (11) 9 27
2 Place Adin   (10) 6 285
3 Place Edin   (7) 21 181
4 Place Ajdin   / Anes / Davud / Denis / Tarik                 (a  6) 4   /24 /22/ 0/ 2 299/   219/ 345/ 125/ 191
5 Place Am(m)ar   / Armin (a 5) 1   / 15 299   / 90

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Annotation: There were 169 boys with 86 diffrent names. There are no realy winners but you can see that names with the initial letters A and E are very popular.

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Interesting facts: More than 50% of the boys have got names , that start with the latter A or E, further 20 % received a name with the initial letters B and D.

Most popular Bosnian namens in Austria (Girls)

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The topic today are firstnames , that bosnian-muslim parents choose for their children, which were born in Austria. Maybe I have to explain this to my English readers. Many Bosnian families fleed to Austria, because of the war in Yugoslavia from 1992-1995. A majority stayed and settled here after the war  . Today people with Ex-Yugoslavian origen are the biggest immigrant group in Austria.

As I couldn`t find any data about this topic, I started my own research. In that purpose I analysed the firstnames of 321 children with bosnian-muslim lastnames. These babies were born over a period of the last 2 -3 years (middle 2008 to end 2011). My resource was the website babyweb.at, where Austrian hospitals post the pictures and names of their newborns.

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Now the Top 5 female Bosnian Names in Austria:

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Most popular female Bosnian names in Austria

Place in Bosnia (2010) Place in Austria (2010)
1 Place Sara   (22) 4 2
2 Place Han(n)a   (10) 9 4
3 Place Nejla   (8) 10 349
4 Place Amina / Melis(s)a (a 6) 1 / 45 75 / 125
4 Place Ajla   / Ena / Lejla/ Selma (a 5) 4   / 15 /7 / 36 141   / 286 / 145 / 239

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All in all there were 152 girls with 70 diffrent names. Sara is on the first place with more than 22 mentions, thats a rate of 15%.

The third colum shows the place, that the name has in the Bosnian firstname statistic and the fourth colum shows the Austrian statistic.

Next time I will write about the Top 5 for boys.

Hello world!

This is my first blog and it is all about names. I am a name nerd from the beginning. As soon as I could I write , I made lists of names for future pets. Nowadays I read books about this topic and collect them, but I am also a frequent reader of English and American name blogs. I couldn´t find any in German, so I thought I just start my own. As I grow up with two diffrent cultural backrounds (Austrian and Bosnia-Hercegovica), I wanted to express this also in this blog. I am going to write about names from all over the world but mostly I will deal with “German” and Bosnian-Muslim names.

My next post will be about a research I have made on bosnian names in Austria