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Maialen –

Maialen – | Name News | Scoop.it
Maialen is the Basque form of Magdalene, originally a title meaning “of Magdala” in reference to someone who came from the town or village of Magdala, originally located at the Sea of Galilee. Magdala comes from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Magdalene (English, German) Magdalena (English, German, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Slovene, Czech, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian,…
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Cool Sci-Fi Futuristic Boy Names | For Characters or Babies | EverythingBabyNames - YouTube

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Tarquin, Jove, Ostadar (wow!), Cassio, Eryx, Noaz, Viridian, Helix, Altair, Zephyr, Evren, Cobalt, Omega.

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Eder, Ederne

Eder, Ederne | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Basque or Biblical Hebrew Meaning: "handsome; beautiful;" or "flock." Basque (ED-er); Sp/Por (EY-deer). Fem. (ed-DER-neh) The name comes from the Basque word for "handsome; beautiful." Alternately, Eder can also be from the Biblical Hebrew עֵדֶר; (flock). In the Bible, this is the name of the son of Beriah and of a place where it is…
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Echeveria

Meaning: ("The new house", a surname of Basque origin spelled Etxeberria in that language and widespread in Spanish speaking countries.
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50 Basque names for baby girl - the best baby names - www.namesoftheworld.net

Are you looking for a cute baby girl name? Watch this video and discover 50 of the best female names from Basque country! More Basque names for women
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A primer on Gascon names

Happy Orthodox Christmas to those who celebrate! Gascon is a dialect of Occitan, and primarily spoken in Gascony and Béarn in southwestern France, and Catalonia's Aran Valley. The Gascon spoken in Catalonia has recently diverged quite a bit from the Gascon spoken in France, due to the influences from Spanish and Catalan. This dialect within…
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Nothing Like a Name: Basque Names

Nothing Like a Name: Basque Names | Name News | Scoop.it
While scrolling through the 2015 names list (because what else would one do in their spare time?) a lovely name caught my eye - Arantxa. Also spelled Aranza or Arantzazu, it's a Basque name meaning "thornbush". I've never seen this name before, and a cursory glance around name sites showed it indeed to be a rarity.

As a matter of fact, Basque names are few and far between. Here are some choice picks (other than Arantxa) for your consideration!
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Roses and Cellar Doors: X-cellent.

X-names may be hard to come by in English, but I bet we can find plenty abroad....
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Special thanks to the languages of the Iberian peninsula (Galician, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, Basque) for providing the lion's share of these names.

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18 Up and Coming Latino and Latina Names

Many of the names making headlines over the past few years are lyrical, stunning choices that have sparked imagination among the Latino population and beyond. While telenovelas and reality shows have helped some break the top 1,000, others are Spanish, Basque, or Portuguese standards with a splash of modern appeal. They are versatile and travel well across cultures and naming styles, and we love them all!
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Featuring Cataleya, Montserrat, Elian, Adriel and more.

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Inigo: Baby Name of the Day - Appellation Mountain

Inigo: Baby Name of the Day - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Looking for a rare name with Spanish roots and ties to the history of architecture? Inigo might be the one name that checks both boxes.
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I'm intrigued by the mystery Welsh connection...wonder if the name does have roots there too.

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Marian name spotlighted over at Appellation Mountain

Marian name spotlighted over at Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Abby at Appellation Mountain is discussing Aranza today, one of the fastest-rising girl's names of 2014 according to the SSA stats and a diminutive of the Marian name Arantzazu. It's a pretty great...
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Name Spotlight: Xavier

Name Spotlight: Xavier | Name News | Scoop.it
Derived from the Basque word for home, etxeberria, Xavier is probably the most popular baby name that starts with an X. Xavier has experienced sustained popularity in use since the 1940s but really took off in the early 1980s.
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Name Musings: August 2018

Name Musings: August 2018 | Name News | Scoop.it
Oops! I'm five days late with this. Blame the start of the new school year and all the marvellous chaos it involves. August, for me, was a fantastic month for looking up the 2017 name stats from different countries and there are lots of goodies to be had i
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Itzayana

Itzayana | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Mexican-Spanish Meaning: debated Gender: female Pronunciation: EET-say-YAH-nah I know when I created this blog almost 10 years ago, the intention was to focus on "legit names" with a history and origin. My views have evolved. I now no longer really believe that there are legit names and non-legit names. There are "name-snobs" who believe…
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Popular Baby Names in Puerto Rico, 2016

Popular Baby Names in Puerto Rico, 2016 | Name News | Scoop.it
Valentina and Sebastian were the most popular baby names in Puerto Rico in 2016.
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50 Basque names for baby boy - the best baby names - www.namesoftheworld.net

Are you looking for Basque names? In this video you can watch some of the best male names from Basque Country. More names in Euskera for men
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International Baby Names: 12+ Basque Country Beauties

International Baby Names: 12+ Basque Country Beauties | Name News | Scoop.it
Not quite French and not quite Spanish, these are the unique names from the Basque country.
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Sunday Summary: 9th of 2016 - Appellation Mountain

Sunday Summary: 9th of 2016 - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Inigo and Ignacio, Taryn and Tara, is three the new two when it comes to middle names, and about those monkeys ... 
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"I’m fascinated by this process – the paths that names travel through different languages and historical moments. And I’m equally fascinated by how parents choose those names – the information we have, the facts we discover, the parts we get wrong. ... Sometimes it’s hart to put the pieces together. ... 

But that is, I think, what makes this subject so very interesting. There’s always another story to pursue, another nuance to understand, another piece of history to consider."


Yes, all of this! And thanks to Abby for the kind mention :)


And I love that the monkeys get post-its to show their names. (Though I thought at first they were hedgehogs.)

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How accurate are cosmopolitans baby name predictions? Part 3.

How accurate are cosmopolitans baby name predictions? Part 3. | Name News | Scoop.it
Starwars Names: Leia: Leia is rising up 98 births to place it 509. It first entered the top 1000 in 2005 and with the new film out soon it could rise again. Luke: America seems behind the trends with this one, it peaked in the 1990's here but it's rising in America and currently sits at…
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See how Star Wars names, food names and Hispanic names are living up to expectations,

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Duana Names: All The Worldwide Names You Love|Lainey Gossip Lifestyle

Duana Names: All The Worldwide Names You Love|Lainey Gossip Lifestyle | Name News | Scoop.it
So while I’ve been recovering from the cold that will not die, and which is currently threatening to develop into the potentially WORST stealth side effect ever, you’ve been sending me your International Names that are ripe for co-opting.
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Basque names, Hesper,* zippy diminutives, Swiss names, German names, and one of my favourite films, which it's almost time to watch again, Love Actually.


I feel like I've seen this name somewhere else recently. Ah yes, in this post about names from Tennyson's works. While I was searching for it, I also found it on For Real Baby Names a couple of years ago.

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Name of the Week

Name of the Week | Name News | Scoop.it
An exotic, stylish saintly choice with a fashionable 'x' and superhero edge. Origin: Xavier was introduced as a name given in honour of St Francis of Xavier (1506–1552). His birth name was Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta, but was later given the name 'Xavier' in honour of the place of...
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