Slavic names hype amongst Celebrities

Only a few weeks before 22nd January, when Shakira announced the birth of her baby boy Milan, I was discussing names with my sisters.

As a happy coincidence (neither of us were aware of Shakira’s baby name choice), my sister was convincing me that a Milan, a common name in Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia as well as Bulgaria, Czech and Slovakia is a really good name. So good in fact, that it could have a world wide appeal. It is its pleasant sound, soft and sensual that makes this name so attractive, she explained.

The meaning of Milan is related to Slavic words of kind, dear and loving. It was in the top 5 names for boys born in Serbia in 2012.

But it was still a nice surprise when I heard that Shakira, out of all the names in the world, picked out Milan for her baby. Although we are yet to see if this will start off a trend in baby boy names in the rest of the world, there definitely is something in what my sister was saying just a few weeks before.

Shakira is not the only world class celebrity who took inspiration from Serbia and Croatia, in the process of naming her baby.

Beyonce inspired by Croatian beauty names daughter Blue Ivy

Beyonce named her child Blue Ivy touched by the beauty of a blue tree she saw on a walk on  Island Hvar in Croatia in September 2011, holidaying with her husband Jay Z while she was pregnant.

On hearing this, the mayor of Hvar granted Blue Ivy a honorary citizen of town Hvar, because of the media attention Hvar seems to have gotten after Beyonce’s name-giving story. How about that?

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Viktoria Knoblauh

Viktoria Knoblauh is a Hungarian-Croatian actress, singer and performance artist who lives in London but is originally from Vojvodina(Serbia), ex-Yugoslavia. In order to creatively channel her ever increasing information hoarding tendencies, she engages herself in writing articles about art, culture and fashion. Viktoria holds a degree in English from Joszef Attila University (Szeged , Hungary) as well as European Contemporary Theatre Arts and Performance from Rose Bruford Drama School , London. She also studied visual theatre and puppetry at Institute Del Theatro, Barcelona and at Lecoq physical theatre method based London International School of Performing Arts .In the past she worked in a wide range of different jobs including 5 years of interpreting in psychotherapy for rehabilitation of torture victims from war (UNHCR and Cordelia Foundation).

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