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

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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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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


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

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.