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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

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

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.

Mira

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

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.

Mia

Mia-Alice

Mia-Elisa

Mia-Josephine

Mia-Lou

Mia-Louisa

Mia-Lucia

Mia-Magdalena

Mia-Mavie

Mia-Miranda

Mia-Noelle

Mia-Pascale

Mia-Pauline

Mia-Rika

Mia-Valentina

Max

Max-Albert

Max-Benedikt

Max-Ferdinand

Max-Florian

Max-Julius

Max-Leopold

Max-Magnus

Max-Maria

Max-Ulrich

Max-Xaver

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

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

New Year Babies 2013

Happy New Year

David from Innsbruck was the first Austrian baby who was born in 2013 , just 5 minutes after midnight. He is the first child of Sylvia and Thomas. David was followed by Dominik from Lower Austria, who was born 9 minutes past midnight. The first girl arrived at O:14 and is named Amelie Johanna. In the following part I have listed the New Year Babies from all Austrian states.

The Tyrol

David

Lower Austria

Dominik

Salzburg

Amelie Johanna

Upper Austria

Karolina

Carinthia

Marcel

Styria

Illhan*

Estora Selina**

Vienna

Ronela

Burgenland

Erik

Voralberg

Bastian Emanuel

* Little Illhan is of Syrian-Persian origin

** Estora is the first girl born in Styria, she was closely followed by a boy called Leon

Source: http://oesterreich.orf.at/stories/2565294/01.01.2013

Photo: http://www.wallpaperswala.com/happy-new-year/ 01.01.2013

Name Sightings 2012 (Family and Friends)

Little Enis reading Jane Austen

Little Enis reading Jane Austen

2012 was quite an interesting year for me as many family members and friends became parents. All of these children ,except of Alex Kevin and Florian, have at least one Bosnian parent. I am looking forward to the next years as a majority of them are first-time parents and will likely have some more children in the near future. And maybe you are wondering why almost no one has a middle name. The reason is that it is very uncommon to give children more than one name in Bosnia; although, I think it is a waste of  a good naming opportunity. Also added here are some names of children born in 2011 as I never mentioned them in my blog before.

Born in 2012

Ajdin (half-brother Adin and father named Adil)

Alex Kevin

Anida

Denni

Enida

Enis ( with sister Anesa)

Florian

Hava

Lina

Meliha

Mensur

Nikolina (with grown up half-sister Albina)

Sara

Semin

Born in 2011

Adin

Ajla (born on my birthday)

Amel (boy)

Melina

Tamina

Reyhana

Most popular Austrian names 2011 (Top 30)

The Statistik Austria released the official name statistics last month , but it took me some time to read trough it and analyse the changes. The official statics combines names with different spelling, but same pronunciation, like Hannah and Hanna.

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Top 30 Austrian Baby names 2011

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Top 10:

Boys:

  •  New: Julian (8) and Sebastian (9)
  • Out:  Simon (14) and Florian (17)
  • Greatest rise: Julian (+4)

Girls

  • New: Emma (9)
  • Out : Lea (14)
  • Greatest rise: Emma (+4)

Top 20:

Boys:

  • New: Matthias (20)
  • Out: Daniel (23)
  • Greatest rise: Leon (+5) and Raphael (+4)
  • Greatest loss: Simon (-7) and Florian (-7)

Girls:

  • New: Emilia (20)
  • Out: Victoria (23)
  • Greatest rise: Emilia (+7) and Valentina (+6)
  • Greatest loss: Lea (-5)

Top 30

Boys:

  • New: Leo (30)
  • Out: Gabriel (32)
  • Greatest rise: Leo (+12)

Girls:

  • New: Lina (29) and Helena (30)
  • Out: Selina (35) and Marlene (36)
  • Greatest rise: Lina (+7) and Helena (+8)
  • Greatest loss: Emily (-6) and Victoria (-5)

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Source: Statistik Austria

Hyphenated Names – Lea(h) and Lena

two girls playing

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Today I want to present you some more hyphenated names from the Austrian name statistics. All this names were given to girls between 1984 and 2010. I chose the more unconventional and unique one´s. Most of the following names were only given to one person. The most popular combinations with Lea were Lea-Sophie (137 times) and Lea-Marie (79 times), Lena was often linked with Marie (163 times) and also with Lea (100 times).

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Lea(h)

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Lea-Alexandria

Lea-Arwen

Lea-Carlotta

Lea-Cúline

Lea-Felicitas

Lea-Fee

Lea-Fiona

Lea-Latife

Lea-Marit

Lea-Mavie

Lea-Noora

Lea-Theresia

Lea-Verona

Leah-Anastasia

Leah-Elise

Leah-Ophelia

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Lena

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Lena-Adriana

Lena-Fiora

Lena-Mathilde

Lena-Mattea

Lena-Paulina

Lena-Valentina

Leonie in Austria

The name Leonie was covered last week at Appellation Mountain and I was surprised, how it was described. It was depicted as an uncommon French classic, but I never really thought about it in that way. In Austria it is at the moment one of the most common female names for newborns.

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Popularity

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Leonie, which derives from the Latin word for lion ( lat. leo, leonis) is connected to the generation, which was born in the beginning of the 21 century in Austria and Germany. You can find a girl named so in every elementary school and playground. Since 1984 7587 girls received this name, here not included are spelling modifications like Leoni and Léonie and also not included are hyphenated names. In 2003 this first name was in the Top Ten of the most common names for the first time in Austria. Several years before, its popularity started. In 2000 it was on the 55th position, one year later it raised 21 places and the following year it was already on the 14th position. To demonstrate its popularity in recent years I have created the following chart.

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Year

Place

2010

5

2009

3

2008

1

2007

2

2006

2

2005

1

2004

3

2003

9

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Hyphenated Names

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My last example with the name Anna showed that Austrian parents like to give hyphenated names to their children, especially to their daughters. I have often found names hyphenated with Leonie in the Austrian name statistics. Many parents tend to combine the popular and trendy Leonie to something more uncommon like Clio and Mercedes. But others just stick to the already over-popular name the most popular second names Sophie and Marie. Since 1984 49 girls received the name Leonie-Sophie and further 21, Leonie-Marie. The majority of these following names are only given to one person.

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Leonie-Alexia

Leonie-Aurora

Leonie-Carolina

Leonie-Cecile

Leonie-Clio

Leonie-Constance

Leonie-Delphine

Leonie-Elisa

Leonie-Florentina

Leonie-Helen

Leonie-Jumana

Leonie-Lucia

Leonie-Madeleine

Leonie-Mercedes

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Alternatives

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Names, which start with LEO experience a huge popularity in whole western Europe. But there are many names, which have a similar sound, but are not so common.

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Name Origin Meaning
Lioba Gothic Love, Lover
Leocadia/ Leokadia Greek Name of a greek island
Leona Latin Lioness
Leonarda Latin Derives from Leonard
Leonhilde Germanic Modification of  Leonhard and Hildegard
Leonilda Italian Modification of  Leonhilde
Leonies Latin Lion
Leonor(a)(e) Unknown Derives from Eleonore
Leontine(a) Latin Derives from  Leontinus
Leopoldin(e)(a) Germanic Derives from Leopold
Leora Hebrew My light

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Source: Statistik Austria

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Picture: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/5/5a/Leonie_Aviat.jpg

Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau and Salome Alt- A love story

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Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau became archbishop of Salzburg at the young age of 28. Shortly after his arrival in Salzburg, he fell in love with a beautiful merchant´s daughter, named Salome Alt. They wanted to marry but their appeal for an dispensation by the pontifex, which would allow the archbishop to marry legally despite his profession, was refused.  Nevertheless, they lived together for over 22 years. To keep their relationship a secret, the archbishop built the palace Mirabell, back than called Altenau. Today the palace is situated in the centre of Salzburg, but in the 17th century it was situated on the edge of the mediaeval city. The archbishop and his mistress had 16 children, of only little is known today. Only 10 children survived their infancy,  two of their sons married and further two followed their father´s profession and became clergymen.  Salome Alt was never an ordinary mistress as she was always the only woman in the bishop´s live. Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau died after political conflicts in the dungeons of his former fortress Hohensalzburg. Salome had to flee with their children to a cousin in Upper Austria. She died there at the old age of 94.

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The names of the children (all were born in the beginning of the 17 century), which are known, are:

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Hannibal

Helena

Euphemia

Maria Salome

Eusebia

Cäcilie

Anton

Wolf Dietrich

Viktor

Johann Georg Eberhard

Susanna

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Sources:
http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Wolf-Dietrich_von_Raitenau_P1380516.JPG&filetimestamp=20071008131032
http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Salome_Alt.jpg&filetimestamp=20060223125631