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
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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


Bosnian female Names – The Trends

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Sara from the popular movie Esma´s secret

Today more about female Bosnian names in Austria. I´ve used the same categories as in the boy´s post.

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Names that appear in Austrian, but are not usual in Bosnia:

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  • In the girl´s section you can find a bunch of names, which only appear in Austria. Among these names are Ella, Emma, Elina, Lara, Jessica and Sabrina. None of these names have a Hebrew or religion connection, which was the case on the equal male category. This shows us that parents of girls are more willing to choose a name that has no relation to their country of origin or their religion.

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Names which are common in Austria and also in Bosnia:

This is the most popular category on the girl´s side. Particularly the name Sara stands out.

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  • Sara is the clear winner of my analysis. More than 15 % of all girls received this name. There are many reasons for this huge popularity. The name ranks on the highest places in the Top 10 of Austria (mostly in the spelling Sarah) and Bosnia-Hercegovina. Sara is also very international; she could come from almost every part of the world. Also it has the same pronunciation in both countries and it´s easy to spell. I would recommend Sara for all parents who don’t want to stand out and who are familiar in both cultures. But they have to keep in mind that their little Sara will likely have to share her name with many other girls.
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  • On the second place is Hana. The popularity of Hana has the same reasons. But unlike Sara, Hana had the state as a granny-name in the past. This state is changing. Due to her internationality and simple pronunciation Hana is very likely to be even more popular.
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  • Other names in that category are: Ena, Melisa, Lina, Soraya and Selina.

 

Names that are only common in Bosnia, but you can easily spell and pronounce them in Austria. They don’t appear too foreign.

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  • With the letter A: Names that start and end with an “A” always have enjoyed an immense popularity among the Bosnian population. A classic and a name, which is never out of date is Amina. The name is currently the most popular female name in Bosnia-Hercegovina. You can compare Amina with English classics like Mary and Elizabeth. They are always very fashionable. Besides Amina, there are also Ajla, Adna, Aida, Anisa, Azra and many more.
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  • With the letter E and I: Many of these names have a Muslim background. You can find Elma, Emina, Esma, Ilda, and Ilma in this category.
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  • Also represented are names with a consonant in the beginning.
    • Jasmina
    • Lamija, Latifa, Lejla
    • Medina, Merjem, Mirela
    • Nadja, Nejla
    • Samira, Sejla, Selma

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Names, which sound rather foreign in Austria or are hard to pronounce:

  • There are only few parents, who go with a traditional name for girls. They fear that their child will never be fully accepted and so they often choose the easier way and simply give an adapted name. This is very sad, because many names, which were common for centuries in Bosnian families, are slowly dying out. But still there are some brave people, whose children received names like Dafina, Hasra, Nadza, Sevzada and Zemka.
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