12 European Baby Names About to Blow Up in the U.S.

Sacha Strebe

When you discover you’re pregnant for the first time, it’s an overwhelming combination of pure bliss fused with simultaneous anxiety, fear, and excitement—an overwhelming mix of emotions that words fail to describe. Aside from preparing yourself (and the family home) for this magical new arrival, you also have to choose a name. For some parents, this is an easy decision: Either they’ve had it picked out their whole life or they want to honor a family elder by carrying their name through the generations.

For many others, it’s a nine-month search through books, websites, family members, friends, countries, and even popular culture to find The One that will define their bundle of joy for the rest of their lives. It’s a big decision. Inspired by our friends at PureWow, we looked abroad for some interesting European names we think will be big in the U.S. Of course, these are purely suggestions and we’d love to know what your favorites are, so be sure to leave them in the comments. Since we’ve already uncovered some of our favorite French baby names (including under-the-radar ones), here are a few more picks from Italy, Poland, Spain, and more.

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