International names

Like Valentina, Matilda, Helena, Nora, Astrid, Morgana, Paloma, Pandora, Ravenna, Magdalena... basically, names that are easy to pronounce in Indo-european speaking countries.


October 12, 2017 6:30 PM

Specifically feminine names?

October 12, 2017 6:39 PM

Nina   Amira  Bianca

Anya  Freya  Celeste

Caitlyn  Isabella

Juliet  Maria  Greta

Hannah Ingrid  Isabelle

Heidi Genevieve Kirsten

Larissa Natalia Selena

Marissa Maribel  Natalie

Zoe  Yasmin Rosa Mia

Monica Simone Stephanie

Naomi Natasha  Nadia

Melina Michelle Sophie

Teagan Suzanne Melissa



October 12, 2017 9:21 PM

Some of these names are pronounced differently in different Indo-European languages. Would that bother you or are you looking for names that are pronounced exactly or very nearly the same in various languages? For example, I can think of at least three distinct pronounciations for Helena.

Also, there are many names that are international in the sense that there is a variant of the name in nearly all European languages. For example, there's Sophia, Sofia, Sofie, Zofia, etc. Are you open to these types of names as well?

By EVie
October 13, 2017 11:13 AM

Try browsing through the Latin lists on Behind the Name:

Latin was a lingua franca in Western Europe for so long that most of these names will be intelligible all over, or else there will be very close variants. Click on the name to see the list of variants if the original seems too Roman (e.g. Aemilia -> Emilia, Caecilia -> Cecilia). 

A number of Greek-derived names would also fit the bill. Katerina, Alexandra, Anastasia, Cassandra, Corinna, Irene/Irina, Nicola, Theodora/Dorothea. If you want names that travel well in Eastern Europe, I highly recommend looking at names of Greek origin, as the Greek Orthodox church had the equivalent influence on naming there that the Roman Catholic church had in the west.

Of Germanic origin, I'll throw out Amalia, Adela, Emma, Gisela.


October 13, 2017 7:37 PM

I like your list so far, particularly Valentina, Helena and Nora. Some other names - Hannah, Anna, Liana, Liliana, Natalia, Maria, Ella, Alma, Ingrid, Alexandra, Veronica, Chiara, Francesca, Erica, Anastasia, Clara, Nova, Luna, Louisa, Nicola, Nicoletta, Henrietta, Marisa, Rosa 

October 14, 2017 8:56 AM


Here are a few I like for you, mostly with Latin roots. Most have a close variant in many languages worldwide. 

Agnes, Alexandra, Anastasia, Anna, Antonia, Camilla/Camila, Cecelia, Claudia, Diana, Emilia, Helena, Irene, Julia, Lucia, Marina, Martina, Paula, Sabina, Tatiana, Valentina