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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Photo:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/83/Infantas_Isabella_Clara_Eugenia_and_Catalina_Micaela%2C_1570.jpg

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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Photo:

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.