Hyphenated Names – Lea(h) and Lena

two girls playing

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Today I want to present you some more hyphenated names from the Austrian name statistics. All this names were given to girls between 1984 and 2010. I chose the more unconventional and unique one´s. Most of the following names were only given to one person. The most popular combinations with Lea were Lea-Sophie (137 times) and Lea-Marie (79 times), Lena was often linked with Marie (163 times) and also with Lea (100 times).

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Lea(h)

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Lea-Alexandria

Lea-Arwen

Lea-Carlotta

Lea-Cúline

Lea-Felicitas

Lea-Fee

Lea-Fiona

Lea-Latife

Lea-Marit

Lea-Mavie

Lea-Noora

Lea-Theresia

Lea-Verona

Leah-Anastasia

Leah-Elise

Leah-Ophelia

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Lena

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Lena-Adriana

Lena-Fiora

Lena-Mathilde

Lena-Mattea

Lena-Paulina

Lena-Valentina

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The Baggett family

Bugget family  in 1925

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I came across this lovely family by accident some days ago. The Baggett family is not famous, but they chose very interesting names for their offspring, which also feel very up-to-date. The family photo above is from 1925, so most of the children are born in the beginning of the 20th century

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The parents are named Edward and Mary

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The children (eldest to youngest):

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Agnes

Elsa

Harley

Lola (twin)

Neva (twin)

Cleo

Edith

Dorothy (called Dot)

Wilma (called Billie)

Roland (called Hank)

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Most of these names feel very “modern” today, but they were also quite popular back in 1900.

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Agnes occupied the 41 position in the US-American statistics back then. Today Agnes is also represented, but mostly in Northern European states. In Norway it ranked on #98 and in Sweden it is even on #15.

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Elsa is a diminutive of Elisabeth and was on #335 in 1900. Today Elsa is gaining much popularity. In France it ranked #70 and in Sweden even #7 in 2010.

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Harley was on #224 back in 1900. Today it feels fresh again. In England and Wales it is currently at #57. In the USA more girls than boys receive this name nowadays.

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Lola ranked #114 in 1900. Nowadays Lola is one of the hottest names around the world. In Australia it ranked #96, in Great Brittan #33, in Belgium #35 and in France it’s on the 10th position of the most common female names in 2010.

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Neva, which is a short form of Geneva was quite popular back then, it ranked #260. Neva is nowhere popular today. But it might be a great alternative for parents, who like unusual names, which are very simple and have historical roots.

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Cleo, a variation of Clio or a diminutive of Cleopatra, ranked #226 for girls and #393 for boys in 1900. Today Cleo is on the 323th position in France. Even if the name doesn´t show up in the statistics of the USA today, it seem very fresh due to its similarity to over-popular Chloe.

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Edith ranked on #36 in 1900. Today it is getting more and more attention, it is on #819 in the USA and #60 in Sweden.

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Dorothy was the most popular name of the sibset. It was on the 27 position and stayed popular for decades. Dorothy even was on the second place for several years. Today it doesn´t rank anywhere, but it might have a comeback in some years.

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Wilma, which is a diminutive of German Wilhelmina, was on #187 in 1900, it reached its peak in the late 1920s on # 62 in the USA. In 2010 it was #5 in Sweden and even Number 1 in 2007.

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Roland is used quite often in the last hundred years. On #156 in 1900 and currently it´s on #769 in the USA.

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Hyphenated Names – Anna

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Hyphenated names are quite popular in Austria. But most people don´t use their whole name in real live.   I know for example girls called Anna-Maria and Lisa-Marie, who only go by Anna and Lisa. Hyphenated names are mostly given to girls, but some parents choose them also for boys. I am acquainted with siblings called Lisa-Marie and Tim-Luca.

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But there are also some parents, who use hyphenated names to combine popular  names like Anna and Lea with more unusual choices.  I have searched out some of these combinations on the Austrian first name statistics.

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I will start today with Anna and some interesting combinations.

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Anna-Alice

Anna-Amalia

Anna-Aurora

Anna-Beatrice

Anna-Cäcilia

Anna-Constanze

Anna-Fiorella

Anna-Gloria

Anna-Henriette

Anna-Laurence

Anna-Loretta

Anna-Maximilia

Anna-Philoxena

Anna-Roma

Anna-Viola

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.