If names like Matthew and Elizabeth tickle your fancy but you fear your child's last initial will be forever tacked to his name, take a peek across the pond. Many of the highest-ranking names in the U.S. enjoy similar appeal on a global scale. We rounded up some of our favorite international variations of popular names. While a few might sound pretentious to American ears, many have already crept into the top 1,000. Check out what we found.
Did you know this number three name shares its roots with James?
Still in the top five, this name is now outranked by its Irish Gaelic diminutive.
Michael has remained in the top ten since the 1940s. Only its Spanish version has ever ranked in the U.S.
We love that most international variants of Alexander still let you call him Al.
Over the last twenty years, Elijah has made a steady climb toward the top ten. We think some of its other variations deserve a shot.
This biblical name has dropped a bit in the last few years, but remains solidly top 20. Many of its variants read more like alternate spellings.
Combined with its alternate spelling Sofia (ranked thirteenth), more than 30,000 sets of parents chose this classic name for their baby girls last year.
A shining example of how international variants can become U.S. hits, Isabella began as an Italian version of Isabel.
Since the names share roots, you can also use any of these variations for Emma, currently the second most popular baby girl name in the U.S.
Elizabeth loses none of its beauty and elegance when translated to other languages. Also use these as alternatives to Ella.
Many of these names already hold prominent spots on the U.S. charts.
Common for both first and middle names, try out another country's take on Grace to give an overused name some added flair.