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

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.

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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

 

Most popular Bosnian names – Top 99

Place

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
Source: http://www.fzs.ba/

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
Source: http://www.fzs.ba/

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

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 Bosnian names 2011

Bosnia-Hercegovina map

I am sorry for not writing so long, but I was quite busy with end term tests and a new summer job. The most popular Bosnian names of 2011 were released some weeks ago and here they are:

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Most popular female names

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Position Name
1 Amina
2 Lamija
3 Emina
4 Lejla
5 Sara
6 Hana
7 Ajna
8 Adna
9 Ajla
10 Nejla

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Most popular male names

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Position Name
1 Tarik
2 Amar
3 Ajdin
4 Adin
5 Ahmed
6 Harun
7 Vedad
8 Kenan
9 Faris
10 Hamza

Most popular Bosnian names Top 50 and Top 99 also available

Pronunciation explanations: The ´j´ is pronounced like a ´y´, so Lejla is like Leyla and Ajna is Ayna.

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What do you think? Could these names be used by non- Bosnian parents?

 

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Source :www.fzs.ba

Uncommon Bosnian Names – D

historic View of Sarajevo

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Male Names 

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Name Origin Meaning Pronunciation
Daim Arabian Constant, respected DAH-IM
Damad Arabian Groom, son-in-law DAH-MAD
Demirel Turkish Hand of iron DEH-MI-REL
Derijan Arabian Awareness, comprehension DEH-RI-AN
Dilaver Persian Brave, industrious DIL-AV-ER

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Female Names

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Name Origin Meaning Pronunciation
Damija Arabian A good Person DAM-IA
Darija Persian Mistress, ruler DARI-A
Defina Arabian Solitary, chaste DE-FI-NA
Delila Arabian Clue, direction sign DEH-LI-LA
Dima Arabian Long, silent rainfall DIH-MA

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Picture: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/Sarajevo_Historic_View.jpg

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Uncommon Bosnian Names – B

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Male Names

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Name

Origin Meaning Pronunciation

Bajram

Turkish Celebration, enjoyment BAY-RAM

Basil

Arabian Brave BA-SIL

Bejan

Arabian Awake, communicative BEY-AN

Benadem

Arabian Son of Adem BEN-AD-EM

Besam

Arabian Always smiling, blithe BE-SAM

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Female Names

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Name

Origin Meaning Pronunciation

Bahija

Arabian Beauty, elegance BAH-I-YA

Bedila

Arabian Wife, believer BED-I-LA

Behar(a)

Arabian Spring, spring flower BEH-AR-(A)

Beraeta

Arabian Innocence, abstinence BER-AE-TA

Bilala

Arabian Good, healthy BIL-A-LA

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The H in Bahija and in Behar is pronounced like the “ch” in the English word loch.

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Photo taken by me in the Bosnian National Museum in Sarajevo

Uncommon Bosnian Names – A

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Until now I have only written about popular Bosnian name. So I decided to make a series of posts about underused rare Bosnian names, which have a beautiful and positive meaning.

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All names and meanings are from my Bosnian name dictionary, which I have mentioned before. In the next weeks I am going to present 5 female and 5 male names from the initial letters A to Z.

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A

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Male Names

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Name

Origin Meaning Pronunciation

Adžem

Arabian Stranger, Non-Arab AH-JEM

Alemdar

Arabian-Persian Leader AH-LEM-DAR

Arslan

Arabian Leo, Hero AHR-SLAN

Avam

Arabian Good swimmer AH-VAM

Azem

Arabian Trustful friend AH-ZEM

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The R is rolled as the R in Spanish, for example carro

The Bosnian Z is pronounced like the Z in Zero.

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Female Names

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Name

Origin Meaning Pronunciation

Abasa

Arabian Leones AH-BAZ-A

Ademija

Arabian Humane AH-DE-MIA

Adla, Adila

Arabian Respectable, felicitated AHD-LA, AHD-I-LA

Altuna, Altana

Turkish Gold, Gold coin AHL-TUH-NA

Ambera

Arabian Pretty fragrance, perfume AHM-BER-A

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Photo: Taken by me