Arabic baby names—Christian and Muslim—are steeped in history. Baby boy names include the traditional Salim, meaning "peaceful." Popular baby girl names include Aisha, as well as the more traditional Akeelah.
Traditional Chinese baby boy names connote strength, prosperity, or characteristics you hope your baby will exhibit—like Quon (meaning "bright, shining"). Baby girl names tend to skew towards beauty, grace, flowers, or trees—like Lian.
The Czech Republic has given us some of the most famous people in sports, literature, and business. Hoping your baby girl will grow up to be a successful businesswoman? Consider Ivana. Hockey fan? Try Dominik. Lit buff? Maybe Milan.
The Dutch are known for their creativity, even in names. Famous Dutch include artist Vincent van Gogh, performer-cum-female spy Mata Hari (born MargarethaGeertruida and made famous by Greta Garbo), and celebrity James Van Der Beek.
Can't decide on just one name? In Finland, it's not uncommon to give your baby up to three names. One of the most popular Finnish baby girl names is Aino, but there are plenty of other Finnish favorites from which to choose.
Historically, Gaelic baby names come from a small pool of acceptable names, but not today. In fact, some of the most popular names are Gaelic, including the ever-popular Aiden ("little fire") and Cameron (as in Diaz or Crowe).
For a classic German name, just think of the children in The Sound of Music. (Nevermind that they're supposed to be Austrian!) German baby names tend to have strong consonants, like Friedrich, Kurt, Louisa, Brigitta, and wee Gretel
If Greek names bring to mind only Zeus, Aphrodite, or Apollo, think again. Beyond mythical Greek baby name, there's Alexander for your baby boy—still popular after thousands of years—or Sophia for your baby girl, and hundreds more classic and creative names to choose from.
Hawaiian baby names are, like the place itself, beautiful and exotic. Some of the more popular names include Ailani ("high chief"), Leia ("child of heaven"), Keanu ("cool breeze over the mountains"), Kai (the sea), and Kona (as in "lady," not "coffee").
They're so common that you may not have noticed some of the most popular baby names these days are Hebrew, including Jacob, Noah, Ava, and Abigail, for starters. Even classics like Abraham and Sarah are still in favor.
Indian baby names are typically associated with Hindu gods—think Indra ("supreme ruler of the gods") and Anahita ("goddess of fertility and water")— or Sanskrit words like Arun ("sun") or Chandra ("of the moon") that represent the natural world.
Irish baby names tend to be magical, timeless, and musical in nature. And a few of today's trendiest Irish names are actually surnames. (Do Brady, Cullen, and Quinn ring a bell?) Other infamous Irish names: Sinead, Connor, and Arthur.
Milan, Rome, Venice—in addition to being great places to visit, they are unique Italian baby names. But if you are looking for more traditional Italian or Latin names, Antonio, Angelo, and Mia are popular picks.
Whether you choose a traditional Japanese baby name (Masao) or a more modern one (Hina), one thing is for sure, it's meaning in Japanese is likely to be complex. One Japanese name could have dozens of meanings!
As Hispanic culture expands in the United States, so does the popularity of Latin baby names. Latin and Latina celebrities tend to top the list (Eva, Antonio, Penelope) and names like Dora and Diego aren't just for explorers anymore.
Many Native American names are drawn from nature, like Jacy ("moon") or Koko ("night"). And it's not uncommon in Native American culture for a person's name to evolve over time. It reminds us of the way nicknames come and go as you get older.
Norse names dominate Viking and Scandinavian history and seem to us to run the gamut from tough and strong, like Bjami ("bear"), to lovely and delicate, like Dahlia ("from the valley"). Browse our full list of Norse baby names and meanings to see if you agree.
Because Iran (formerly Persia) has a large Islamic population, many Persian names overlap with Arabic Muslim names. Ava ("voice"), Faraz ("above"), and Jasper ("treasurer") are some of our favorites, but read on for more Persian baby name ideas.
Unlike in countries where unisex names blur the distinction between boys and girls, there's no mistaking a Polish girl name. In our entire list of Polish baby names, we could only find a handful of girl names that didn't end in "a." If you're not a fan of gender bending baby names, a Polish name could be just what you're looking for.
Popular Russian baby girl names include Anastasia (meaning "resurrection") and Svetlana (meaning "luminescent"). Browse our list of Russian baby names to find the perfect name for your baby girl or boy.
Vikings, dragons, and Norse gods, oh my! Scandinavia is the geographic region that includes Denmark, Norway and Sweden, so be sure to take a look at those names as well for a full list of Scandinavian baby names.
Brave, heroic, reckless—well, you may not want that last quality for your baby, but from William Wallace (Braveheart) to Alexander Graham Bell, Sean Connery, and Kelly Macdonald, Scotland has given us plenty of brave, creative, and inventive names to choose from.
Looking for a unique spin on common names? Consider a Slavic variation. For example—Danica, meaning "morning star," is a Slavic variation of Daniella. Browse our list of Slavic baby names to find a unique name for your baby boy or baby girl.
Browse our list of Swedish baby names to find the perfect one for your baby girl or boy. Popular names include Lucas, Erik, Anna, Elias, and Elsa. You might recognize the name Annika from Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking. It's the most recognizable Swedish name we can remember from children's literature.
Immortalized in a dessert (the nutty confection "Turkish delight") and in Homer's Iliad, Turkey has influenced cultures around the world. From to Adem to Yasmin maybe you'll find your own inspiration in our Turkish baby names.
Browsing our Ukrainian baby names you'll find unique spellings of Orthodox Greek and Catholic saints names. Why's that? It appears to be the most common baby-naming tradition in the Ukraine. From Aneta (meaning "grace") to Yasir (meaning "peaceful"), you're sure to find a name fitting for your little angel.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, has a decidedly un-Welsh name. But browse through our list to find plenty of traditional Welsh baby names and their meanings. One of our favorites: Owain (meaning "young warrior").
You may already be familiar with Yiddish names if you've ever watched Fiddler on the Roof or An American Tail. Our trick for spotting Yiddish names is noting their creative spellings when written in Roman letters, for example Schmuel for Samuel.
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