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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.

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


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

Eurovision Song Contest: Ireland-UK

Burankovskiye Babuski for Russia via Wikipedia


The second part of my Eurovision Song Contest review.

Country Singer/Band Real Names
Ireland “Jedward” John and Edward Grimes
Israel “Izabo”
Ran Shem-Tov
Shiri Hadar
Jonathan Levi
Nir Mantzur
Italy “Nina Zilli” Maria Chiara Fraschetta
Latvia “Anmary” Linda Amantova
Lithuania “Donny Montell” Donatas Montvydas
Macedonia Kaliopi Bukle
Malta Kurt Calleja
Moldova Pasha Parfeny
Montenegro “Rambo Amadeus” Antonije Pušić
Netherlands “Joan Franka” Ayten Kalan*
Norway “Tooji” Touraj Keshtkar*
Portugal Filipa Sousa
Romania “Mandiga” Elena Gheorghe
Russia “Buranovskiye Babushki”
Granya Baysarova
Alevtina Begisheva
Zoya Dorodova
Galina Koneva
Natalya Pugachyova
Valentina Pyatchenko
Yekaterina Shklyaeva
San Marino Valentina Monetta
Serbia Željko Joksimović
Slovakia “Max Jason Mai“ Miroslav Šmajda
Slovenia Eva Bato
Spain “Pastora Soler” Pilar Sánchez Luque
Sweden “Loreen” Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui*
Switzerland “Sinplus” Ivan and Gabriel Broggini
Turkey Can Bonomo
Ukraine “Gaitana” Gaita-Lurdes Essami
United Kingdom “Engelbert Huperdinck” Arnold George Dorsey


*Netherlands: Ayten Kalan is of Turkish descent

*Norway: Touraj Keshtkar was born in Iran

*Sweden: Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui is of  Moroccan descent