37 Romansh Baby Names

37 Romansh Baby Names

Romansh might be an official national language in Switzerland, but it largely remains unknown and underappreciated by most of the world. Native to the Grisons region, a mountainous part of eastern Switzerland, it has Latin roots and was most spoken at the height of the Roman empire.

If you have family links to the area or you simply want to keep the culture alive, you might be considering using a Romansh name for your child. Doing so is a hard-earned right — although Romansch was made an official language in Switzerland in 1938, Romansch people were only allowed to give their offspring names from their own language in 1940.

Andrin is a male name and the Romansch form of the German name Heinrich — it belongs to Switzerland’s Engadine valley (in the eastern Swiss Alps) and means “ruler of the home.” Whether or not you want your son to be your king, it could make for a great name.

There are also plenty of lovely female names from the Engadine valley. These include Madlaina, the Romansch form of Magdalena, and Staschia, the Romansch version of Anastasia.

Fadri is a somewhat rarer Romansch name and the Romansch form of Frederick. It’s a male name, but there are also female versions — such as Fadrina and Fadrica.

Uorsin is a male name meaning “bear.” Whether you want your child to be feared or cuddled, it can make for a cute name. It was initially the diminutive of the name “Ors,” but is now more popular than its predecessor.

Alesch

Meaning: Defender of men”. It is a Romansh name for Alexander
Origin: Greek
Gender: Boy

Allegra

Meaning: Cheerful
Origin: Italian
Gender: Girl

Andrin

Meaning: Form of the German name Heinrich
Origin: Romansch
Gender: Boy

Angiola

Meaning: Derived from Angela, meaning “messenger”
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Antonin

Meaning: Beyond praise. This is the Romansh form of Anthony
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Aurél

Meaning: Golden. The name is linked to Aurelius and is famous due to Marcus Aurelius
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Balser

Meaning: Ba’al protect the king. It is a version of Balthazar, who was one of the three Magi who visited Jesus during His birth
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Basilissa

Meaning: Derived from Basil, meaning “kingly”
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Beata

Meaning: Blessed
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Benedegt

Meaning: Blessed. This is the Romansh form of the word, Benedict
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Catarina

Meaning: Derived from Catherine, meaning “pure”
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Chasper

Meaning: Treasurer. It is related to Casper, the friendly ghost
Origin: Persian
Gender: Boy

Cornelia

Meaning: Horn
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Guida

Meaning: French origin, Derived from Guy, meaning wide
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Domeni

Meaning: Derived from Dominic, meaning “belonging to the Lord
Origin: Latin
Gender: Bo

Dorina

Meaning: Romansh name for Dorothy
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Fadri

Meaning: Romansch form of Frederick
Origin: Romansch
Gender: Boy

Felici

Meaning: Derived from Felix, meaning “happy”
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Flurin

Meaning: Derived from Florian, meaning “a flower”
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Giachen

Meaning: Derived from Jacob, meaning “to follow”
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Boy

Iona

Meaning: Refers to a Scottish island
Origin: Norse
Gender: Girl

Jaronas

Meaning: Derived from Jerome, meaning “sacred name”
Origin: Greek
Gender: Boy

Madlaina

Meaning: Romansch form of Magdalena
Origin: Romansch
Gender: Girl

Mose

Meaning: To draw out of water
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Boy

Lidia

Meaning: Greek origin, Derived from Lydia, meaning noble
Origin: Norse
Gender: Girl

Ludivic

Meaning: Derived from Lewis, meaning “famous warrior”
Origin: German
Gender: Boy

Luzia

Meaning: Derived from Lucille) meaning “light”
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Mattia

Meaning: A gift of God
Origin: Romansh
Gender: Girl

Moreno

Meaning: Brunette
Origin: Maltese
Gender: Girl

Niculin

Meaning: Victory of the people
Origin: Greek
Gender: Boy

Ottavia

Meaning: Eighth
Origin: Romansh
Gender: Girl

Petrica

Meaning: A rock
Origin: Romansh
Gender: Girl

Rapoto

Meaning: Bold counsel
Origin: Romansh
Gender: Boy

Rico

Meaning: Home ruler
Origin: Romansh
Gender: Boy

Staschia

Meaning: Romansch version of Anastasia
Origin: Romansch
Gender: Girl

Uorsin

Meaning: Diminutive of the name “Ors”
Origin: Romansch
Gender: Boy

Varena

Meaning: True
Origin: Romansh
Gender: Girl