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

Most popular Bosnian names 2011

Bosnia-Hercegovina map

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:

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Most popular female names

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

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Most popular male names

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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.

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

 

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Source :www.fzs.ba

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

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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Photo: http://pagophila.wordpress.com/category/filme/bosnien-h

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.