Post # 1
On many of these name threads, we see the same English names over and over. What are your favorite ethnic names? Does it mean anything? Have an English equivalent? What about a nickname?
My favorites for a boy are Amador (Spanish for Lover) and Giosue (Italian form of Joshua). For a girl, I love Rayen (meaning Flower) and Lucero (Spanish for Light).
Post # 3
English is ethnic, no?
I like Welsh names, and French names. I love the name Etienne.
Post # 4
I don’t think anyone’s ever said, “Your name’s John? Where’s that from?” It’s only ethnic in non-English speaking communities. By the way, Etienne is lovely!
Post # 5
I love Italian names. All of them… Giuseppina, Gianna, Paola, Francesca, Vincenzo, Giovanni all of them. Im not in the slightest bit Italian and neither is my husband so it might be odd for us to use them.
Post # 6
@HonoraryNerd: Well, I am mexican so yeah many spanish names hehe. Lucero is actually more like “Morning Light”. Light would be Luz, which is commonly used as a name around here.
Post # 8
For a girl: Sandhya, Meghna, Riya, Parvati, Leila, Saira, Samara!
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
Oooh I like rayen. So.far I love Claude.
Post # 10
Mexican as well. Makes me sad that all my favorite Hispanic names sound strange with FIs German last name. And yea, Luz is light, but I’ve seen Lucero, the name, translated the same way. I’m a total coconut, though, so my knowledge of Spanish isn’t great.
Post # 11
The dictionary translates “Lucero” as the morning “star”. So that would be Venus lol.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@HonoraryNerd: Do Tobias and/or Claudia count? Those are the names we like best and neither is considered an English name even though they are pretty easy to pronounce in English.
Post # 13
@HonoraryNerd: I like Tatiana, Katarina, Catalina for girls and Maksim for a boy.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I really love the name Javier, but DH & I are both pretty white :/.
Post # 15
My kids will have Hebrew names.
I don’t like using the term “ethnic” to denote non-Anglo.
Post # 16
@HonoraryNerd: My favorite girl’s name has always been Marisol. I’m Mexican so I actually have three cousins and two aunts with that name. 🙂 I also like Esperanza (Hope) and really Mari-anything. Mariluz is another pretty one.
Also… perhaps this thread would be better titled “Favorite non-Anglo names”. Cause, yeah, “ethnic” is sticky.