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Same name, Different country: Alice, James, Laura, & Peter

The names I picked for today’s “Same name- different country” were all inspired by beloved characters from children’s literature. Let’s take a look at some international variations of these wonderful names.

Today’s names are – Alice, James, Laura, and Peter

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Alice
A German name meaning “noble”. Alice is rising in popularity and is currently #127 here in the U.S. It is also the name of the main character in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.

A few variations of Alice include:
Ada – German, Hungarian, & Polish
Adalheidis – Old German
Adelaida – Hungarian
Adelheid – Dutch & German
Aileas – Scottish
Aleid – Dutch
Aleida – Dutch & German
Alica – Slovak
Alicia – Spanish
Alícia – Catalan
Alicja – Polish
Alida – Dutch, German, & Hungarian
Ailís – Irish
Alis – Welsh
Aliz – Hungarian
Alli – Finnish
Alisa – Finnish & Russian
Eilís – Irish
Eilish – Irish
Heida – German
Heidi – Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian, & Swedish

Which is your favorite variation of Alice?
Alice is in my top 20 names for girls, but there is something so sweet about the name Heidi. I also love the Irish variation Eilís.

James
A variation of the name Jacob meaning “supplanter”. James is a fairly popular name at #14 in the United States. James is the lead character in Ronald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach”.

A few variations of James include:
Giacobbe – Italian
Giacomo – Italian
Hamish – Scottish
Iago – Galician
Jacob – Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, & Swedish
Jacobus – Dutch & Late Roman
Jacques – French
Jago – Cornish
Jaime – Portuguese & Spanish
Jakab – Hungarian
Jakes – Basque
Jakob – Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, German, Norwegian, & Swedish
Jákob – Hungarian
Jakov – Croatian
Jakub – Czech, Polish, & Slovak
Jeppe – Danish
Kimo – Hawaiian
Séamus – Irish
Yakov – Bulgarian, Hebrew, & Russian
Yakub – Arabic

So many takes on James! Which is your favorite variation?
I’ve loved James ever since I was a little girl. My teenage crush on Jakob Dylan draws me to the Jakob spelling as well.

Laura
A Latin name meaning “bay laurel”. Laura is a classic name that is currently #280 in the U.S. It is also well known as the name of the lovable character and author, Laura Ingalls Wilder from “The Little House on the Prairie”.

A few variations of Laura include:
Lára – Icelanic
Laure – French
Laurette – French
Laurine – French
Llora – Catalan
Lora – English & Italian
Lorette – French
Lowri – Welsh

There are tons of diminutives of Laura as well – ie: Lori, Loreen, etc.

Which is your favorite variation of Laura?
I think Lára has a lovely flare.

Peter
A Greek name that means “rock”. Peter is #205 in the U.S. There are so many great Peter’s in children’s literature! Peter Pan from J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”, “Peter Rabbit” from stories by Beatrix Potter, and Peter Pevensie from C.S.Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia”, just to name a few.

A few variations of Peter include:
Peder – Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Pedr – Welsh
Pedro – Spanish & Portuguese
Pere – Catalan
Petar – Bulgarian, Croatian
Petras – Lithuanian
Petr – Czech
Petri – Finnish
Petro – Ukrainian
Petros – Greek
Petrus – Dutch, German
Petter – Norwegian, Swedish
Pier – Dutch
Piero – Italian
Pierre – French
Piers – English
Pieter – Dutch
Pietro – Italian
Pika – Hawaiian

Which is your favorite variation of Peter?
Piero has a smooth, romantic feel to me. I also like the Greek Petros.

Wishing you a magical week!
~Meagan

Same name – different country: Lily, Henry, Sophia, & Luke

Just in case you’re new to my blog, Hello! “Same name- different country” is a little on-going series in which I explore international variations of names.

Today’s names are – Lily, Henry, Sophia, and Luke.

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Lily
An English flower name.
Lily is the #16 name for girls in the United States.

A few variations of Lily include:
Liana – Portuguese
Lileas – Scottish
Lílian – Brazilian Portuguese
Liliána – Hungarian
Liliana – Romanian & Spanish
Liliane- French
Lilias – Scottish
Lilly – Danish & Sweedish

Which is your favorite variation of Lily?
I like the look of the French Liliane. One of my favorite names for girls is Lillian. I love the idea of using Lillie as a nickname for Lillian.

Henry
A German name meaning “estate or home ruler”.
Henry is currently #43 in the United States.

A few variations of Henry include:
Américo – Portuguese & Spanish
Amerigo – Italian
Anraí – Irish
Arrigo – Italian
Eanraig – Scottish
Einrí – Irish
Émeric – French
Emmerich – German
Endika – Basque
Enric – Catalan
Enrico – Italian
Enrique – Spanish
Enzo – French & Italian
Harri – Finnish & Welsh
Heike – Ducth
Heiner – German
Heinrich – German
Heinz – German
Henning – Danish, German, Norwegian, & Swedish
Hendrik – Dutch, Estonian, & German
Hendry – Scottish
Henri – Finnish & French
Henrich – German & Slovak
Henricus – Dutch & German
Henrik – Armenian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, & Swedish
Henrikas – Lithuanian
Henrikki – Finish
Henrique – Portuguese
Henryk – Polish
Imre – Hungarian
Imrich – Slovak
Imrus – Hungarian
Jindřich – Czech
Rico – Italian

So many takes on Henry!
Which is your favorite variation of Henry?
I think Hendry is a fun alternative to Henry. Emmerich is also pretty cool.

Sophia
A Greek name, Sophia is the #1 in the United States and means “wisdom”.
I know quite a few little Sophia’s & Sophie’s!

A few variations of Sophia include:
Sofia – Catalan, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, & Swedish
Sofía – Spanish
Sofie – Czech, Danish, & Dutch
Sofija – Croatian, Latvian, Lithuanian, &Serbian
Sofiya – Bulgarian, Russian, & Ukrainian
Sohvi – Finnish
Sophie – Dutch &French
Soňa – Czech & Slovak
Sonia – Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, & Spanish
Sonja – Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Serbian, & Swedish
Sonya – Russian
Vivi – Danish, Norwegian, & Swedish
Zofia – Polish
Žofia – Slovak
Žofie – Czech
Zosia – Polish
Zsófia – Hungarian
Zsófika – Hungarian

Which is your favorite variation of Sophia?
I like Sophie best. I think it has a soft and youthful feel.
I do think Vivi is pretty cute, although it does sound a bit more usable as a nickname to me.

Luke
A Greek and Biblical name, Luke means from Lucania, Italy.
Currently # 37 in the United States, slightly less popular than Lucas, which holds the #27 spot.

A few variations of Luke include:
Lluc – Catalan
Loukas – Biblical Greek
Luc – French
Luca – Italian & Romanian
Lucas – Biblical Latin, Dutch, French, Portuguese, & Spanish
Lúcás – Irish
Luka – Croatian, German, Russian, & Serbian
Lukács – Hungarian
Lukas – Danish, German, Lithuanian, Norwegian, & Swedish
Lukáš – Czech & Slovak
Łukasz – Polish
Luuk – Dutch
Luukas – Finnish

Which is your favorite variation of Luke?
It’s wildly hard for me to choose! Luke has long been one of, if not my favorite names for boys. I think it sounds really lovely in many languages. I adore Luke and Lucas, but there is something so romantic about Luca.

Same name, Different country: Lucy, Oliver, Monica, & Stephen

“Same name, Different country” is a little series I’ll be doing periodically exploring international versions of names. I love looking up names and reading about their counterparts in different languages. This is also a really nice way to use a name to honor someone without using the exact same name – for example, using Katia to honor a Katherine.

Today’s names are – Lucy, Oliver, Monica, and Stephen.

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Lucy
Lucy is an English name and a feminine form of the Latin name, Lucius.
Lucy is currently #66 in the United States and means “light”.

A few variations of Lucy include:
Lleucu – Welsh
Luca – Croatian & Hungarian
Luce – French & Italian
Lucia – Ancient Roman, Danish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, & Sweedish
Lúcia – Portuguese
Lucie – Czech
Lucila – Spanish
Lucilla – Ancient Roman & Italian
Lucille – French
Lucinda – Portuguese
Lucja – Polish
Luzia – German & Portuguese

Which is your favorite variation of Lucy?
I’ve always liked Lucia, but I think Luzia is pretty cool too!

Oliver
A Latin name meaning “olive tree”. Oliver is currently #73 in the United States.

A few variations of Oliver include:
Álvaro – Portuguese & Spanish
Olaf – Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, & Polish
Olav – Danish & Norwegian
Olavi – Finish
Olavo – Portuguese
Olivér – Hungarian
Olivier – Dutch & French
Oliviero – Italian
Oliwier – Polish
Olof – Swedish
Olov – Swedish
Oluf – Danish

Which is your favorite variation of Oliver?
Oliver takes the cake for me, but I think Olivér and Olivier are also quite handsome.

Monica
A Latin name, Monica is currently #434 in the United States and means “advisor”. I have quite a few friends with this name.

A few variations of Monica include:
Mona – Danish, Norwegian, & Swedish
Mònica – Catalan & Spanish
Monika – Croatian, Czech, Danish, German, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak, & Swedish
Mónika – Hungarian
Monique – French

Which is your favorite variation of Monica?
After looking at Monika with a “k”, I feel like substituting the “c” for a “k” gives the name a fresh feel.

Stephen
An English and Biblical name, Stephen stems from the Greek name Stephanos. Stephen is currently #228 in the United States and means “a crown, garland”. The spelling Steven is actually more popular at #112.

A few variations of Stephen include:
Esteban or Estavan – Spanish
Étienne – French
Stefan – Bulgarian, Danish, German, Norwegian, Polish, & Swedish
Stefano – Italian
Steffan – Welsh & Swedish
Stepan – Russian
Stephanos – Ancient Greek & Biblical Greek

Which is your favorite variation of Stephen?
I have to say, there is something romantic to me about Stefano.

Pixie dust & happiness to you!
~ Meagan