104 Frisian Baby Name List With Meanings

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Frisians are the inhabitants of Frisia, an area located on the Northern coast of Germany and the Netherlands. Frisian baby names are not too common, as there are only 500,000 Frisian speakers in the world. Despite the low number of speakers, Frisian is a recognized language in Europe and is known to be closely related to English and other Germanic languages (1). Being different from most of the European languages, traditional Frisian names are distinctive. But since most Frisians are now living in the Dutch portion of Frisia, we’re also seeing an influx of Frisian baby names. Until the 19th century, patronymics were customary in Frisia, which means the child had to use their father’s name as the second or last name. This led to a change in the family name with every generation. It was in the first half of the 19th century that Napoleon passed a law for permanent Frisian surnames or family names. But after the cease of the French reign, the Frisians returned to their patronymic naming system, except a few. Again, in 1829, Hanover’s royal government decreed the usage of permanent family names. Present Frisians continue to follow this convention. Like names from any country or language, Frisian names also depict human values upheld by the community. These names are also inspired by the natural resources in this region. What makes these names stand out is the unique combination of letters that form a name. As a language, the survival of a small and unpopular language like Frisian’s seems uncertain. So, Frisian names are responsible for keeping the language and culture alive. They are symbols of a region’s heritage and traditions. If these names gain more popularity, there are chances that people from across the world might develop an interest in learning the language. This can then help preserve the Frisian culture. Below is our thorough list of Frisian baby names, both contemporary and traditional, along with their meanings.

NameGenderMeaning
heart image Afke Baby Girl Sign Girl Appears in Friesland
heart image Andine Baby Girl Sign Girl Warrior
heart image Anna Baby Boy Sign Boy Grace; Favor
heart image Anske Baby Girl Sign Girl Eagle
heart image Antina Baby Girl Sign Girl He (God) was gracious
heart image Antine Baby Girl Sign Girl He (God) was gracious; A form of Antina
heart image Aukje Baby Girl Sign Girl Elf
heart image Bodee Baby Boy Sign Boy He who is God's messenger
heart image Botha Baby Boy Sign Boy Messenger
heart image Botho Baby Boy Sign Boy A form of Botha, meaning messenger
heart image Bram Baby Boy Sign Boy Father of a multitude
heart image Daan Baby Boy Sign Boy God is a judge
heart image Diethard Baby Boy Sign Boy He who is brave and courageous
heart image Dieuwe Baby Boy Sign Boy People
heart image Dieuwke Baby Girl Sign Girl People
heart image Duko Baby Boy Sign Boy Famous wolf
heart image Ede Baby Girl Sign Girl A noble and kind hearted individual
heart image Eibe Baby Boy Sign Boy Shining sword
heart image Eitel Baby Boy Sign Boy Shining sword
heart image Eltje Baby Girl Sign Girl Of noble kind
heart image Emma Baby Girl Sign Girl Whole; Universal
heart image Ene Unisex Baby Sign Unisex An eagle
heart image Ese Baby Boy Sign Boy A Frisian word meaning God
heart image Esegar Baby Boy Sign Boy Referring to God
heart image Eva Baby Girl Sign Girl Life; The living one
heart image Evi Baby Girl Sign Girl One who breathes and lives
heart image Famke Baby Girl Sign Girl Little girl
heart image Fedde Baby Boy Sign Boy Peace
heart image Fenja Baby Girl Sign Girl Peace; Protection; Safety
heart image Fenne Baby Girl Sign Girl A form of Fenja, meaning peace and protection
heart image Fenneke Baby Girl Sign Girl Peace; Protection; Safety
heart image Fiete Baby Boy Sign Boy Frisian form of Frederick, meaning peace.
heart image Finn Baby Boy Sign Boy Fair; Person from Finland
heart image Fokko Baby Boy Sign Boy Folk; War band
heart image Friso Baby Boy Sign Boy Frisian
heart image Gerit Baby Boy Sign Boy Frisian variation of Gerhard; Strong spear
heart image Gesa Baby Girl Sign Girl Spear; Strength; Power
heart image Gesche Baby Girl Sign Girl Frisian form of Gertrude; Spear; Strength; Power
heart image Gesina Baby Girl Sign Girl Frisian form of Gertrude; Spear; Strength; Power
heart image Hauke Baby Boy Sign Boy Mind; Spirit
heart image Heilke Baby Girl Sign Girl Healthy and safe
heart image Imka Baby Girl Sign Girl Universal
heart image Imke Baby Girl Sign Girl A form of Imka meaning Imke
heart image Imko Baby Boy Sign Boy Universal
heart image Imme Baby Girl Sign Girl Frisian form of Irmgard; Universal; Fence
heart image Inko Baby Boy Sign Boy Ancestor
heart image Jelke Baby Boy Sign Boy Frisian form of Julius; Dedicated to Jupiter
heart image Jelmer Baby Boy Sign Boy Noble; Honorable
heart image Jelte Baby Boy Sign Boy Frisian form of William; Will, desire, helmet, protection
heart image Jesca Baby Girl Sign Girl Frisian form of Jessica; God beholds
heart image Jesse Baby Boy Sign Boy God exists; Gift
heart image Jorina Baby Girl Sign Girl Frisian form of Gregoria; Watchful
heart image Julia Baby Girl Sign Girl Downy-bearded; Youthful; Descended from Jove or Jupiter; Supreme God; God's peace for the weary
heart image Keno Baby Boy Sign Boy Tribe; Clan
heart image Klaes Baby Boy Sign Boy The victory of the people
heart image Levi Baby Boy Sign Boy Joined; Attached; United
heart image Lucas Baby Boy Sign Boy Bringer of light
heart image Luuk Baby Boy Sign Boy From Loukas; A person from Lucania
heart image Meiko Baby Boy Sign Boy Strength; Power; Courage
heart image Mila Baby Girl Sign Girl Gracious; Dear
heart image Milan Baby Boy Sign Boy Beloved
heart image Nienke Baby Girl Sign Girl Frisian form of Katherine; Pure
heart image Noah Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Rest
heart image Okke Baby Boy Sign Boy Strength and ferocity of a horn
heart image Olbert Baby Boy Sign Boy Famous for his inheritance
heart image Raik Baby Boy Sign Boy Advice
heart image Rayk Baby Boy Sign Boy Advice
heart image Renske Baby Girl Sign Girl Advice
heart image Sara Baby Girl Sign Girl Princess
heart image Sebe Baby Boy Sign Boy Victory
heart image Sedemaiden Baby Girl Sign Girl An unmarried young woman from the day of victory
heart image Sedemay Baby Boy Sign Boy The servant of the victory day
heart image Sem Baby Boy Sign Boy A son of Noah
heart image Seppe Baby Boy Sign Boy Victory
heart image Siebe Baby Boy Sign Boy Victory
heart image Silke Baby Girl Sign Girl Frisian form of Cecily; Blind
heart image Sophie Baby Girl Sign Girl She who is wise
heart image Svantje Baby Girl Sign Girl Swan
heart image Swantje Baby Girl Sign Girl Frisian form of Schwanhild; Swan
heart image Sylke Baby Girl Sign Girl Sylke is a form of Cecilia and means blind
heart image Tabe Baby Boy Sign Boy People
heart image Taleja Baby Girl Sign Girl Of a noble kind
heart image Tammo Baby Boy Sign Boy He who is famous; Well-known
heart image Tess Baby Girl Sign Girl Harvester; Late summer
heart image Thade Baby Boy Sign Boy Ruler of the people
heart image Tibe Baby Boy Sign Boy People
heart image Tibo Baby Boy Sign Boy Frisian term for people
heart image Tjaard Baby Boy Sign Boy He who is brave
heart image Tjalf Baby Boy Sign Boy People of offspring
heart image Tjark Baby Boy Sign Boy Ruler of the people
heart image Tjarko Baby Boy Sign Boy Ruler of the people; A variant of Tjark
heart image Ulfert Baby Boy Sign Boy Protector of the inheritance
heart image Uwe Baby Boy Sign Boy Point; Edge
heart image Walda Baby Girl Sign Girl Ruler
heart image Walraven Baby Boy Sign Boy Ruler; Raven
heart image Wibe Baby Boy Sign Boy Fight; Battle or war
heart image Wibeke Baby Girl Sign Girl Fight; Battle or war
heart image Wibke Baby Girl Sign Girl Spelling variation of Wibeke; Fight; Battle
heart image Wiebe Baby Boy Sign Boy A form of Wibe; Battle; War
heart image Wilko Baby Boy Sign Boy A form of William; Helmet; Protection
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Frisian baby names are known for their distinctive spelling and pronunciation. Frisian language may be related to English and other Germanic languages, but Frisian names are still unique. These names stand for the region’s history and heritage. They are a way to keep children connected to their Frisian roots. These names are meaningful and uncommon, which make them a perfect choice for parents looking for rare names for their child.

Infographic: Wonderful Frisian Baby Names

Frisian baby names are meaningful, backed by the region’s history, and are uncommon in other countries. These names have a unique sound and can make a child stand out. The infographic below can acquaint you with some cool Frisian names. So, go through the well-curated list of names and finalize the one you like the most for your little one.

fabulous frisian names for babies (infographic)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some positive qualities or characteristics associated with Frisian baby names?

Frisian baby names embody a host of positive qualities and characteristics. They evoke strength, resilience, and a deep connection to nature, reflecting the Frisian people's values. These names also emphasize loyalty, hospitality, and cultural pride, fostering a sense of unity and reflecting their indigenous tradition.

2. What are some potential challenges or drawbacks of choosing a Frisian name for a baby?

Lack of thorough background knowledge or cultural context and Improper pronunciation of the names may be two of the common challenges while choosing a Frisian baby name. These factors must be carefully considered to ensure that the name selected respects cultural sensitivities while being consistent with individual ideals and significant ties to the Frisian heritage.

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