Most popular Bosnian names 2011

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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:


Most popular female names


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



Most popular male names


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.


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




Meaning and origin of popular Bosnian names


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.


                                         Male names 



Origin Meaning


Bosnian Unknown, probably a modification on Adil, Adnan or Edin


Turkish Happy , jolly, blazing, bright


Arabian Earnest, religious, constructor, builder


Arabian Darling, favorite


Bosnian Unknown, probably a modification on Arim and Amin


Old-Hebrew Child of happiness and joy, youngest brother of the prophet Jusuf


Old-Hebrew Believer, beloved


Turkish Sea, who cames from the sea


Arabian Believe, authority,


Arabian Who is hammering, knocking, name of the 86 sura of the Kuran


                                    Female names



Origin Meaning


Turkish Moonlight


Arabian Religious, trustful; mother of the prophet Mohammed


Bosnian Unknow, probably shortend from Enesa and Envera


Bosnian/Arabian Unknown, probably shortend from Umihana, Rejhana, Salihana, Merhana


Arabian Long dark night


Arabian Unknown, probably modification of Meliha


Arabian Present


Arabian content, good-tempered


Arabian Who speaks good and who is healthy

Most popular Bosnian namens in Austria (Girls)


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, where Austrian hospitals post the pictures and names of their newborns.


Now the Top 5 female Bosnian Names in Austria:


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


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.