Etymology of First Names

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The Etymology of First Names

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AAREN form of AARON or ERIN

AARON Most likely of unknown Egyptian origin. Some of the popular etymologies in existance are: "high mountain" (Hebrew) and "messenger" (Arabic). Aaron in the Old Testament was the brother of Moses and the first priest.

ABDUL "servant of" (Arabic)

ABDULLAH "servant of God" (Arabic). A name of Muhammad the prophet.

ABE short form of ABRAHAM

ABIGAIL "father's joy" (Hebrew). The wife of king David in the Old Testament.

ABNER "father of light" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament Abner was the uncle of Saul and the commander of his army.

ABRAHAM This name may be viewed either as "father of many" (Hebrew) or as a contraction of ABRAM and hamon "many". The biblical Abraham was originally named Abram but God changed his name (see Genesis 17:5). Abraham lead the Hebrews into Canaan. He is regarded by the Jews as being the founder of the Hebrews through his son Isaac and by the Muslims as being the founder of the Arabs through his son Ishmael.

ABRAM "high father" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament God changed Abram's name to Abraham (see Genesis 17:5).

ABSALOM "father of peace" (Hebrew). A rebellious son of king David in the Old Testament.

ACE "highest rank" (English). Originally a nickname.

ADA short form of ADELAIDE

ADAH "adornment" (Hebrew). The name of the wives of both Lamech and Esau in the Old Testament.

ADALHEID German form of ADELAIDE

ADALIAH "the Lord is just" (Hebrew). The father of one of King David's herdsmen in the Old Testament.

ADAM "red skin" or "red earth" (Hebrew). The biblical Adam was created from the earth. He and Eve were supposedly the first people.

ADELA short form of ADELAIDE

ADELAIDE "noble person" (Teutonic). This is the French form of Teutonic Adalheidis. The wife of Otto the Great. Also the wife of King William IV of England. A city in Australia bears this name.

ADELE French short form of ADELAIDE

ADELINE form of ADELAIDE  

ADIL ˇ°justiceˇ± from Arabic adala ˇ°to act justlyˇ±

ADLAI form of ADALIAH

ADOLF form of ADOLPHUS. Adolf Hitler destroyed the usage of this name.

ADOLPHUS "noble wolf" (Teutonic)

ADORA "adoration" or "glorious lady" (Latin) from the longer name Adoracion. Visit a web page devoted to the name Adora.

ADRIAN "of Hadria" (Latin). Hadria was a town in northern Italy (it gave it's name to the Adriatic Sea). Hadrian the Emperor was a famous bearer of the name.

ADRIANNE English feminine form of ADRIAN

ADRIENNE French feminine form of ADRIAN

AGATHA "good" from Greek agathos. A saint and martyr of the third century.

AGNIESZKA Polish form of AGNES

AGNES "chaste" from Greek hagnos. A virgin saint who was martyred by Roman emperor Diocletian.

AHMAD "more commendable" (Arabic)

AIMEE French form of AMY

AINSLIE meaning unknown (Old English). From a surname which was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire.

AJIT "he who has not been conquered" or "invincible", from Sanskrit a "not" and jita "conquered". The name of the gods Shiva and Vishnu, and of a future Buddha.

AKEMI "bright beautiful" (Japanese)

AKI either "autumn" (Japanese) or from a rearrangement of the first two syllables of Kiashishigi, the Japanese name of the Wandering Tattler (a bird).

AL short form of names beginning with al

ALAIN French form of ALAN

ALAINA feminine form of ALAIN

ALAN There are several theories on the meaning of this name. Possibly: "peace" or "handsome" or "hound" or "rock" (Celtic).

ALANA feminine form of ALAN

ALANNAH form of ALANA

ALARIC "ruler of all" or "noble ruler" (Teutonic). A king of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in 410.

ALBERT "noble bright" (Old English). The name has been popular among European royalty.

ALEASE form of ELOISE, ALICIA or ALEXIA?

ALEC pet form of ALEXANDER

ALESSANDRA Italian form of ALEXANDRA

ALEXANDER "defending men" (Greek). Alexander the Great of Macedonia built a large empire in the fourth century BC. It was also the name of eight popes.

ALEXANDRA feminine form of ALEXANDER

ALEXANDRIA feminine form of ALEXANDER. The name of a city in Egypt.

ALEXIA feminine form of ALEXIS

ALEXIS "helper" or "defender" from Greek alexios.

ALFONSO "noble ready" or "battle ready" from Teutonic adal "noble" or hilde "battle" combined with funs "ready". This was the name of four kings of Portugal and kings of several ancient regions of Spain.

ALFRED either "elf counsel" or "all peace" (Old English). Alfred the Great was a king of Wessex.

ALF short form of ALFRED

ALGAR "elf spear" (Old English)

ALI "lofty" or "sublime" (Arabic). A cousin of Muhammad and the fourth caliph to rule the Muslim world.

ALICE short form of Adalheidis (see ADELAIDE). The heroine of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass'.

ALICIA Latinized form of ALICE

ALIDA form of ADELAIDE

ALINE pet form of ADELINE

ALISHA form of ALICIA

ALISON French form of ALICE

ALISTAIR Gaelic form of ALEXANDER

ALLAN form of ALAN

ALLANNAH form of ALANA influenced by the spelling of HANNAH

ALLEGRA "cheerful" or "lively" (Italian)

ALLEGRIA form of ALLEGRA

ALLIE pet form of ALISON

ALLISON form of ALISON

ALLY pet form of ALISON

ALLYSON form of ALISON

ALONSO Italian and Spanish form of ALFONSO

ALVIN form of ELWIN

ALWYN form of ALVIN

ALYSSA form of ALICIA

AMADEO form of AMADEUS

AMADEUS "love of God" (Latin)

AMANDA "lovable" (Latin)

AMARDAD "immortality" (Persian)

AMBER "amber" or "yellow" (Arabic)

AMBRE French form of AMBER

AMBROSE "immortal" from the Latin name Ambrosius, which comes from Greek ambrosios.

AMELIA form of EMILY

AMIEL "God of my people" (Hebrew).

AMIR "prince" or "commander" (Arabic). Originally a title, related to the Arabic loanword emir.

AMOS "borne by God" (Hebrew). The name of a minor prophet and a book in the Bible.

AMY "love" (Latin) or short form of AMELIA

ANAIS Provençal and Catalan form of ANNA

ANASTASIA "resurrection" from Greek ana "not" and stasis "still".

ANDERS Scandinavian form of ANDREW

ANDRE French form of ANDREW

ANDREA feminine form of ANDREW

ANDREW "manly" (Greek). An apostle who was the brother of the apostle Simon Peter. He is the patron saint of Scotland and Russia.

ANDY short form of ANDREW

ANGELA "messenger" from the Greek word angelos.

ANGUS "one" or "choice" from the Gaelic name Aonghas. The name of a Celtic god. Also, the name of an eighth century Pictish king.

ANIA Russian? or Polish? form of ANNA?

ANISE The name comes from the name of the herb.

ANITA Spanish pet form of ANN

ANN English form of HANNAH or sort form of ANNABEL

ANNA Latin form of HANNAH

ANNABEL "lovable" (Latin). From the name Amabel.

ANNE French form of HANNAH

ANNELIESE German combination of ANNA and LIESA

ANNETTE French pet form of ANNE

ANNICK Breton pet form of ANN

ANSGAR form of OSCAR. Saint Ansgar was a missionary who tried to Christianize the Danes and Norwegians.

ANTHEA "flowery" from Greek antheios.

ANTHONY possibly "priceless" (Greek) or "flower" from Greek anthos but most likely of unknown Etruscan origin. From a Roman family name. Mark Anthony was a Roman general.

ANTJE Low German and Dutch form of ANN

ANTONIA feminine form of ANTHONY

ANTONIO Spanish form of ANTHONY

APRIL "born in April" (English)

ARABELLA "yeilding to pray" from Latin orabilis.

ARACELIS "altar of the sky" from Latin ara "altar" and celi "sky".

ARCHIBALD "noble bold" (Teutonic)

ARCHIE short form of ARCHIBALD

ARDEN "eager" (Latin)

ARIA "song" (Hebrew)

ARIEL "lion of God" (Hebrew). A spirit in 'The Tempest' by Shakespeare. One of Uranus' moons bears this name.

ARISTIDE "best" or "excellent" from the Greek word aristos. Aristides the Just was an Athenian statesman.

ARKADI Russian form of the name Arkadios, which means "of Arcadia" in Greek. Arcadia was a region in Greece.

ARKADY form of ARKADI

ARLENE "pledge" (Gaelic)

ARLIE possibly "eagle wood" (from an Old English surname), or form of ARLENE.

ARNE either "fireplace" or "eagle" (Scandinavian), or short form of ARNOLD or ADRIAN

ARNOLD either "honest" or "eagle power" (Teutonic). Arnold was a musician in the court of Charlemange.

ART short form of ARTHUR

ARTHUR Great mystery surrounds the origins of this name. There are many theories: "bear" from Celtic artos; "stone" from Irish art; "Thor the eagle" from Scandinavian Arnthor; or it could possibly be from the Roman family name Artorius. The name comes from the main character in 'The Tales of King Arthur'. He supposedly drew a sword from a stone to become the king of the Britons. He may or may not have been an actual person.

ARVID "eagle tree" from Scandinavian arn "eagle" and vidhr "tree".

ASA either "doctor" (Hebrew) or a short form of names containing áss "god" in Old Norse

ASHLEY "ash clearing" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

ASHTAD "justice" (Persian)

ASMA "appellations" or "prestige" (Arabic). Daughter of Abu Bakr, the first caliph of the Muslims.

ASTAROTH meaning unknown. Astaroth was the Phoenician goddess of love. Called Ishtar by the Babylonians and Aphrodite by the Greeks.

ASTOR "god Thor"? (Scandinavian). Thor was the Norse god of strength and thunder.

ATARAH "crown" (Hebrew). A minor Old Testament character.

ATHENA meaning unknown (Greek). The name of the Greek goddess of wisdom.

AUBREY "elf power" (Teutonic). From the name Alberic. This was the name of the king of the elves in Germanic mythology.

AUDREY "noble strength" (Teutonic)

AUGUST either "venerable" or "consecrated" (Latin) from the Latin name Augustine, or "born in August" (English). Augustus Caesar was the first Roman emperor. Also the name of a saint and church father.

AUSTIN form of AUGUST

AUTUMN "autumn" (English). From the name of the season.

AVA "water" (Persian)

AVERY Norman French form of ALFRED

AVIA form of AVA

AVRA feminine form of ABRAHAM?

AXEL Scandinavian form of ABSALOM or possibly "divine reward" (Teutonic)

AYELET "doe" (Hebrew)

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BAHMAN "good mind" (Persian)

BALDWIN "bold friend" (Teutonic). The name of five crusader kings of Jerusalem.

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BARBARA "foreign" from Greek barbaros. A saint killed by her father. She is the patron of architects, geologists, stonemasons and artillerymen.

BARNABAS "son of consolation" or "son of the prophet" (Aramaic). A companion of Paul on his missionary journeys.

BARNABY Teutonic form of BARNABAS

BARNEY short form of BARNABAS, BERNARD or BARNABY

BARRY either "spear" or "fair hair" (Gaelic) or from the name of the Barry Islands. The Barry Islands are off Wales and are named after a man named Barruch who lived there.

BART short form of BARTHOLOMEW

BARTHOLOMEW "son of Talmai" (Aramaic). Talmai is a Hebrew name that apparently means "abounding in furrows". In the New Testament Bartholomew was an apostle who was also known as Nathanael.

BASIL "royal" (Greek). One of the fathers of the Eastern Christian church.

BEA short form of BEATRICE

BEATRICE "happy" from Latin beatrix.

BEHRAM "victory" (Persian)

BELINDA "beautiful snake" (Teutonic). The snake signifies wisdom.

BELLE "beautiful" (French)

BEN short form of BENJAMIN or "son" (Hebrew)

BENEDICT "blessed" (Latin). A saint of the fifth and sixth centuries who reformed the monasteries.

BENJAMIN "son of the south" or "son of the right hand" (Hebrew). The biblical Benjamin, twelfth son of Jacob, founded one of the southern tribes of the Jews.

BENOIT French form of BENEDICT?

BERNADETTE feminine form of BERNARD

BERNARD "bear brave" (Teutonic)

BERND short form of BERNHARD

BERNHARD German form of BERNARD

BERNICE "bringing victory" (Greek). Originated in the royal house of Macedon in Alexander the Great's time.

BERTHA "bright" or "famous" (Old English)

BERTRAM "bright raven" from Teutonic beraht, combined with hraban. The raven signifies wisdom.

BERYL "beryl" (Sanskrit). From the name of the pale green precious stone (emerald is a variety).

BETH short form of ELIZABETH or BETHANY

BETHANY "house of _?_" (Hebrew), possibly "house of sorrow" or "house of poverty". From a biblical place name. In the New Testament Bethany was the town where Lazarus lived.

BETSY short form of ELIZABETH

BETTINA Spanish and Italian form of BETTY.

BETTY short form of ELIZABETH

BEULAH "married [woman]" (Hebrew). The name is used in the Old Testament as a place name in Isaiah 62:4.

BEVERLEY "beaver stream" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

BIANCA Italian form of BLANCHE. Shakespeare uses characters named Bianca in 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'Othello'.

BILL short form of WILLIAM

BIRGIT Scandinavian form of BRIDGET. The name of the patron saint of Sweden.

BJOERN "bear" (Scandinavian)

BLAINE from a surname meaning "servant of Blaan". Blaan was a Scottish saint.

BLAIR "a plain" (Celtic). From a surname.

BLANCHE "white" or "fair" (French)

BOB short form of ROBERT

BOBBY short form of ROBERTA, ROBERT or BARBARA

BOGDAN "gift from God" (Slavic)

BONNIE either "good" (Latin) or "pretty" (Celtic)

BORIS "battle" (Slavic) or short form of BORISLAV. The name of a Russian saint and a Bulgarian king.

BORISLAV "battle glory" from Slavic bor "battle" and slav "glory".

BRADLEY "broad clearing" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

BRAM short form of ABRAHAM

BRAND "sword" from Old Norse brandr.

BRANDE form of BRANDI

BRANDI "brandy" (English)

BRANDON either "hill covered with broom" or "from the beacon hill" (Old English) or "descendent of BRENDAN" from an Irish surname.

BRANDT form of BRAND

BRENDA feminine form of BRAND or BRENDAN

BRENDAN "dark haired" (Celtic) or possibly a form of BRAND.

BRENT "of Brent" (Celtic). From a surname. Brent is an English place name meaning "hill" in Celtic.

BRETT "a Briton" (Latin)

BRIAN Most likely "hill", but possibly "high" or "noble" (Celtic)

BRICE "speckled" (Celtic)

BRIDGET "high goddess" (Irish). The name of a Irish goddess who presided over poetry.

BRITTANY "of Britain" (Latin)

BROCK "badger" (Old English). From a surname.

BRONWEN "fair breast" from Welsh bron "breast" and gwen "fair".

BROOK from a surname which denoted one who lived near a brook.

BROOKE form of BROOK

BRUCE "woods" or "thicket" (Celtic). From a Scottish surname. Robert Bruce was a Scottish hero of the fourteenth century.

BRUNO "brown" (Teutonic)

BRYAN form of BRIAN

BRYANT form of BRIAN

BRYCE form of BRICE

BRYN "hill" or "mound" (Welsh)

BUCK "male deer" (Old English). Originally a nickname.

BURT short form of BURTON

BURTON "fortified town" (Old English). From a surname which was from a place name.

BYRNE "coat of mail" (Old English)

BYRON "place of the cow sheds" (Old English). From a surname which was from a place name. Lord Byron was a famous English poet.

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CADI short form of CATRIN

CAITLIN Irish form of CATHERINE

CAL short form of CALVIN

CALVIN "bald" (Latin). Jean Calvin was a French Protestant theologian.

CAMERON "crooked nose" (Gaelic). From a Scottish surname. The Camerons were one of the great Highland clans.

CAMILLA meaning unknown (Etruscan) or "attendant at a religious service" (Latin). It is from the Roman family name Camillus, although the name may be of non-Roman origin. This was the name of a legendary warrior maiden of the Volscians.

CAMILLE French form of CAMILLA

CAMPBELL "crooked mouth" (Gaelic). From a Scottish surname. The Campbells were one of the great Highland clans.

CAMRON form of CAMERON?

CANDACE "incandescent" or "white" from Latin canditia "whiteness". The title of the queens of Ethiopa in New Testament times.

CANDY short form of CANDACE

CARA "beloved" (Latin) or "friend" (Gaelic)

CAREY meaning unknown (Gaelic). Possibly from an Irish surname.

CARINA pet form of CARA

CARL form of CHARLES

CARLA feminine form of CHARLES

CARLO Italian form of CHARLES

CARLOS Spanish and Portuguese form of CHARLES

CARLTON form of CHARLTON

CARLY feminine form of CHARLES

CARMEL "garden" (Hebrew). From the title of Mary, 'Our Lady of Carmel'. Carmel is a mountain in Israel mentioned in the Old Testament.

CARMELLA Latinized form of CARMEL

CARMEN Spanish form of CARMEL or "song" or "hymn" (Latin)

CAROL feminine form of CHARLES

CAROLINA Latin feminine form of CHARLES

CAROLINE French feminine form of CHARLES

CAROLYN form of CAROLINE

CARRIE short form of CAROLINE

CARSTEN form of KARSTEN

CASEY From the Irish surname Ó Cathasaigh, which means "descendent of Cathasaigh". Cathasaigh means "vigilant" in Gaelic. Casey also serves as a form of CASS

CASPER Dutch form of JASPER

CASS short form of CASSANDRA

CASSANDRA "inflaming men with love" (Greek). A legendary Trojan princess.

CASSARAH "what will be, will be" from Latin que sera, sera. A recently created name.

CASSIA either "cassia" (English) from the name of the spice tree (see KEZIA), or form of CASSANDRA.

CASSIDY "descendent of Caiside" (Gaelic). From the Irish surname Ó Caiside.

CATARINA form of CATHERINE

CATHERINE form of KATHERINE

CATRIN Welsh form of KATHERINE

CATRINA form of CATHERINE

CATHY short form of CATHERINE

CECIL "blind" (Latin). From a Roman family name Caecilius.

CECILIA feminine form of CECIL

CEDRIC It is most likely from the name Cerdic, which is of unknown meaning. But it possibly means "bounty spectacle" from the Welsh name Cedrych, or possibly "lord of wars" (Old English). Cerdic was the founder of the kingdom of Wessex.

CELESTE "heavenly" (Latin)

CELINE form of CECILIA or short form of MARCELINE or "heavenly" (Latin)

CHAD "battle" or "warrior" (Celtic)

CHANCE "chance" (English)

CHANDLER "candle seller" (French). From a surname.

CHANDRA "moon" (Sanskrit)

CHANNING "a canal" (French). From a surname or a place name.

CHANTAL either "a song" (French) or "stony place" from a French surname, which came from a place name.

CHANTEL form of CHANTAL

CHARISSA "grace" from Greek charis.

CHARITY "love" (Latin)

CHARLENE feminine form of CHARLES

CHARLES "free man" (Teutonic), related the Old English word ceorl "man". Charlemange was a great king of the Franks. Kings of England, France, Spain, Sweden, Hungary have also had this name.

CHARLOTTE French feminine form of CHARLES

CHARLTON The meaning of this name may be viewed either as "settlement of free men" or "settlement of CHARLES" (Old English).

CHARMAINE meaning unknown (Latin). From the Roman family name Carmineus.

CHARNA "dark" (Slavic)

CHARNETTE pet form of CHARNA?

CHASTITY "chastity" (English)

CHELSEA "landing place [on the river] for chalk or limestone" (Old English). From a place name in London.

CHER form of CHERIE.

CHERI form of CHERIE.

CHERIE either "darling" (Anglicized French chérie "darling") or a form of CHARITY.

CHERRY form of CHERIE.

CHERYL form of CHERIE

CHESLEY meaning unknown (Old English). Probably from a place name or a surname.

CHESTER "of Chester" (Latin). From a surname. Chester was an encampment of the Romans in Britain. The name comes from Latin castrum "a fortified place".

CHET short form of CHESTER

CHLOE "green shoot" (Greek). The Greek name Khloe was an epithet of the goddess Demeter. The name is also mentioned by Paul in one of his letters in the New Testament.

CHLORIS "green" from Greek khloros. Khloris, in Greek mythology, was a minor goddess of vegetation.

CHRIS short form of CHRISTOPHER, CHRISTIAN or CHRISTINE

CHRISTA short form of CHRISTINA

CHRISTIAN "Christian" (Latin)

CHRISTIANNE feminine form of CHRISTIAN

CHRISTINA "Christian" (Latin)

CHRISTINE English form of CHRISTINA

CHRISTOPHER "bearing Christ" (Greek). Christopher was the legendary saint who carried young Jesus across a river. He is the patron saint of travellers.

CHRISTY pet form of CHRISTINE

CHRYSANTA "golden flower" (Greek). From chrysanthemum, the flowering plant.

CHUCK short form of CHARLES

CICELY feminine form of CECIL

CINDY short form of CYNTHIA

CLAIRE form of CLARE

CLANCY "red warrior" (Gaelic). From the Irish surname Mac Fhlannchaidh.

CLARA form of CLARE

CLARE "clear" or "bright" from Latin clarus.

CLARENCE "of Clare" (Latin). Clare is a place in Ireland.

CLARICE Italian pet form of CLARE

CLARISSA Latinized form of CLARICE

CLARK "cleric" or "scolar" (Old English). From a surname.

CLAUDE form of CLAUDIUS

CLAUDETTE French feminine form of CLAUDIUS

CLAUDIA feminine form of CLAUDIUS

CLAUDINE feminine form of CLAUDIUS

CLAUDIUS "of Clauda" (Latin). Clauda was the name of an island near Crete. It signifies a broken or weeping voice.

CLAY "clay" (Old English) or form of CLAYTON. From a surname.

CLAYTON "clay settlement" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

CLEMENT "meek" or "gentle" (Latin). The name of 14 popes.

CLEO short form of CLEOPATRA

CLEOPATRA "glory of her father" from Greek kleos "glory" and pater "father". This was the name of several women in the Ptolemaic royal family of Egypt.

CLIFF form of CLIVE or short form of CLIFFORD or CLIFTON

CLIFFORD "ford by a cliff" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

CLIFTON "settlement by a cliff" (Old English). From a surname.

CLINTON "[dweller at the] farmstead on the summit" (Teutonic). From a surname.

CLIVE "[dweller by the] cliff" (Teutonic). From a surname.

CLYDE meaning unknown (Celtic). From a river name in Scotland.

COLETTE short form of NICOLETTE

COLLEEN "girl" from Irish cailin.

COLIN short form of NICHOLAS or form of COLUMBIA

COLTON "coal town" (Old English). From a surname, which was from a place name.

COLUMBA "dove" (Latin). Saint Columbia was a sixth century Irish monk.

CONAN possibly either "high" or "hound" (Gaelic). Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the author behind Sherlock Holmes.

CONNOR "dog lover" (Gaelic). The name of an early Irish king.

CONRAD "able council" (Teutonic). A tenth century Swiss bishop.

CONSTANTINE "constant" or "steadfast" from Constantinus which is from Latin constans. The first Christian Roman emperor.

CORA female form of COREY or short form of CORINNA

CORAL "coral" (English). From the underwater skeletal deposits.

CORBIN possibly "raven" (Latin)

CORDELL "maker of cord" or "seller of cord" (Teutonic). From a surname.

COREEN form of CORINNA

COREY possibly "ravine" (Celtic)

CORIN possibly "spear" from Latin Quirinus. The name of a Roman god.

CORINNA "maiden" (Greek) from the Greek name Korinna.

CORINNE form of CORINNA

CORNELIA feminine form of CORNELIUS

CORNELIUS "horn sun" from Latin cornu "horn" and Greek helios "sun".

COSMO "order" (Greek) from the Greek name Kosmas, from Greek kosmos. He was a saint martyred with his brother Damian.

COURTNEY "short nose" (French) or from a French place name meaning "domain of CURTIS".

CRAIG "[dweller by the] crag" from the Welsh word craig. Originally from a surname.

CRISPIN "curly hair" from Latin crispus.

CRYSTAL "crystal" (English or Greek). From Greek krystallos "ice".

CURT form of KURT or short form of CURTIS

CURTIS "courteous" (French)

CUTHBERT "famous bright" (Teutonic)

CYNTHIA "of Cynthus" (Greek). Cynthia was an epithet of the Greek moon goddess Artemis. Cynthus was the mountain on which she was born. See also PHOEBE and DIANA.

CYRIL "lord" or "ruler" (Greek). A Greek evangelist.

CYRUS meaning unknown (Persian) or perhaps "lord" (Greek). The name of several kings of Persia.

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DAFYDD Welsh form of DAVID

DAKARAI "happiness" (African)

DALE "[dweller by the] dale" (Old English). From a surname.

DALLAS meaning unknown (Gaelic). From a surname which was from a Scottish place name. The name of a Texan city.

DAMIAN "to tame" (Greek). A saint martyred with his brother Cosmo.

DAMON form of DAMIAN

DAN short form of DANIEL or "he judged" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament Dan was one of the twelve sons of Jacob.

DANA feminine form of DAN or DANIEL or possibly from a surname.

DANIA feminine form of DANIEL

DANIEL "God judges" (Hebrew). An Old Testament prophet who lived during the captivity in Babylon.

DANIELLE French feminine form of DANIEL

DANTE "enduring" from the Italian name Durante, which was related to the Latin word durantem. This was the name of an Italian poet.

DANYA feminine form of DANIEL

DAPHNE "laurel" (Greek). The name of a nymph that was turned into laurel in Greek mythology.

DARA "pearl of wisdom" (Hebrew)

DAREO form of DARIUS

DARIA feminine form of DARIUS

DARIEN form of DARIUS

DARIUS "possess good" (Persian). This is the Greek form of Persian Darayavahush, composed of the elements daraya "to possess" and vahu "good". Darius the Great was a king of Persia.

DARLEEN "darling" (Middle English)

DARLENE form of DARLEEN

DARRELL form of DARRYL

DARREN from an Irish surname or possibly a form of DARIEN

DARRYL "of Airelle" (French). From the Norman surname d'Airelle. Airelle was a place name in France.

DAVE short form of DAVID

DAVID "friend" or "beloved" (Hebrew). The biblical David was a king of Israel. Jesus was supposedly descended from him. This is also the name of the patron saint of Wales.

DAVIS From a surname based on the name DAVID.

DAWN "dawn" (English). Related to the name of Aurora, the Roman goddess of morning.

DAWSON "son of DAVID" (Old English). From a surname.

DEAN either "[dweller in a] valley" (Old English) or "dean" (Latin)

DEANNA form of DIANA or female form of DEAN

DEBBIE short form of DEBORAH

DEBORAH "bee" (Hebrew). The name of the nurse of Rebecca in the Old Testament. Also in the Old Testament, the name of a heroine who led the Israelites in defeating the Canaanites.

DEBRA short form of DEBORAH

DELPHIA Greek; from Philadelphia, "brotherly love", the name of a city in the New Testament and a city in the United States.

DELPHINE "of Delphi" (Greek). Delphi was a city in ancient Greece. The word is possibly related to the Greek word for "dolphin".

DELPHINIA Form of DELPHINE. Delphinia was a name of the Greek goddess Artemis. She had a shrine at Delphi in Greece.

DEMETRIUS "of Demeter" (Greek). Demeter was a Greek goddess.

DENA "dale" or "valley" (American Indian)

DENIS "of Dionysus" (Greek). Dionysus was the Greek god of wine. Saint Denis is the patron saint of France. DION and DWIGHT are related.

DENISE feminine form of DENIS

DENNIS form of DENIS

DENNY short form of DENIS

DENZEL "of Denzell" (Celtic). From a surname. Denzell was a place name in Cornwall.

DEREK short form of THEODORIC

DERRICK short form of THEODORIC

DÉSIRÉE "desired" (French)

DESMOND "man from south Munster" (Celtic). From a surname.

DEVEN "of the vines" (French) or "poet" (Celtic)

DEWEY Welsh form of DAVID

DEXTER either "one who dyes" (from an Old English surname), or "right-handed" or "skilled" (Latin).

DIANA "divine" (Latin). Diana was the Roman name of the Greek moon goddess Artemis. See also PHOEBE and CYNTHIA.

DIANE French form of DIANA

DICK short form of RICHARD

DIEDERICK Dutch form of THEODORIC

DIEGO Spanish form of JACOB or possibly "teaching" (Greek) or possibly a Latinized form of an Iberian name.

DIETER short form of DIEDERICK

DIMITRI Russian form of DEMETRIUS

DINAH "judged" or "vindicated" (Hebrew). The daughter of Jacob and Leah in the Old Testament.

DION "of Dionysus" (Greek). Dionysos was the Greek god of wine. DENIS and DWIGHT are related.

DIRK pet form of DIEDERICK

DMITRI short Russian form of DEMETRIUS

DMYPHNAH "suitable one" (Gaelic)

DOIREANN possibly "sullen" or possibly "daughter of FINN" (Irish)

DOLLY pet form of DOROTHY

DOLORES "sorrows" (Spanish). From the title Maria de los Dolores, meaning "Mary of Sorrows".

DOMINIC "of the Lord" from Latin Dominus "the Lord". The name traditionally given to a child born on Sunday. Saint Dominic founded the Dominican order of monks.

DOMINIQUE French feminine/masculine form of DOMINIC

DONALD "world rule" or "great chief" (Celtic). From a Scottish surname.

DONARD The first element is either Celtic dubno "world" or Gaelic donn "brown". The second element is unknown.

DONNA either "lady" (Italian) or feminine form of DONALD

DORA short form of DOROTHY or DORIS

DOREAN form of DOIREANN

DOREEN possibly a made up name but perhaps a form of DOIREANN or an Irish form of DOROTHY. The name was (first?) used by novelist Edna Lyall in her novel 'Doreen'.

DORES form of DORIS or Portuguese form of DOLORES

DORIAN masculine form of DORIS or short form of ISIDORE or possibly form of DARIUS. The name was first used by writer Oscar Wilde.

DORIS "of Doris" (Greek). Doris was a region of ancient Greece where the Dorian tribe settled. Doris was also the name of a minor Greek goddess of the sea.

DOROTHEA "gift of God" (Greek). This is the name Theodora with the elements reversed.

DOROTHY form of DOROTHEA

DOUG short form of DOUGLAS. Visit a web page devoted to the name Doug.

DOUGLAS "dark blue" or "blood river" (Celtic). From a Scottish surname. Douglas was originally a river name, the site of a particularly bloody battle.

DREW either a short form of ANDREW or "skillful" (Teutonic)

DUANE form of DWAYNE

DULCIE "sweet" (Latin)

DUNCAN "brown warrior" or "dark chief" (Celtic). From a surname. The name of two kings of Scottland, including the one who was featured in Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth'.

DUSTIN "Thor's stone" from Old Norse Dorsteinn. Thor was the Norse god of strength and thunder.

DWAYNE "dark" or "black" from the Gaelic name Dubhan, which contains the root dubh, meaning "dark" or "black".

DWIGHT "of Dionysus" (Greek). From a surname. Dionysos was the Greek god of wine. DENIS and DION are related.

DYLAN "of the sea" or "son of the waves" (Welsh). The name of the Welsh god of the sea.

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EAMONN Irish form of EDMUND

EARL "intelligence" (Teutonic) or "nobleman" (Middle English)

EARNEST "earnest" from Teutonic Ernst.

EBERHARD "boar hardy" from Teutonic eber "wild boar" and hard "hardy".

EBONY "ebony" (English). From the name of the black wood.

ED short form of EDGAR, EDMUND, EDRIC, EDWARD or EDWIN

EDGAR "rich spear" or "blessed spear" from Old English ead "rich/blessed" combined with gar "spear".

EDITH "rich war" or "blessed war" from Old English ead "rich/blessed" combined with gyth "war".

EDMOND French form of EDMUND

EDMUND "rich protector" or "blessed protector" from Old English ead "rich/blessed" and mund "protector". A ninth century king of the East Angles.

EDNA "pleasure" (Hebrew)

EDRIC "rich ruler" or "blessed ruler" from Old English ead "rich/blessed" and ric "ruler".

EDWARD "rich guard" or "blessed guard" from Old English ead "rich/blessed" and weard "guard". The name of eight English kings.

EDWIN "rich friend" or "blessed friend" from Old English ead "rich/blessed" combined with wine "friend".

EDWINA feminine form of EDWIN

EFRAIM form of EPHRAIM

EILEEN form of HELEN

ELAINE French form of HELEN

ELEANOR meaning unknown (Teutonic) or "pity" (Greek) or form of HELEN

ELENA Italian and Spanish form of HELEN

ELEONOR form of ELEANOR

ELFA form of ELVA

ELI "offering" or "high" (Hebrew). A high priest of Israel and a teacher of Samuel in the Old Testament.

ELIANE "sun" from Greek helios. The name comes from the Roman family name Aelianus.

ELIAS form of ELIJAH

ELIJAH "God is the Lord" (Hebrew). A prophet in the Old Testament.

ELINOR form of HELEN

ELISE short form of ELIZABETH

ELIZABETH "oath of God" (Hebrew). The wife of Aaron in the Old Testament. The mother of John the Baptist in the New Testament. Also the name of two English queens.

ELLE short form of ELLEN

ELLEN English form of HELEN

ELLIOT form of ELI. From a surname.

ELMER "noble famous" (Teutonic)

ELMO "helmet" or "protection" (Teutonic)

ELOISE meaning unknown (French)

ELSIE form of ALICE

ELSPET Scottish form of ELIZABETH

ELVA "elfin" (Teutonic) or meaning unknown (Irish).

ELVIS meaning unknown. Possibly a form of ELWIN. Made popular by the singer Elvis Presley.

ELWIN either "noble friend" or "elf friend" (Teutonic)

ELYSE short form of ELIZABETH?

EMELINE "work" (Teutonic)

EMIL "industrious" (Latin) or "work" (Teutonic) or possibly from the Roman family name Aemilius, which means "rival".

EMILIE French or German form of EMILY

EMILIO Italian form of EMIL

EMILY feminine form of EMIL

EMMA "whole" or "universal" (Teutonic). The mother of Edward the Confessor.

EMMANUEL "God is with us" (Hebrew). The foretold name of the Messiah in the Old Testament.

EMMET form of EMIL

ENID "soul" or "life" from Welsh enaid

ENRIQUE Spanish form of HENRY

EOIN Gaelic form of JOHN

EPHRAIM "fruitful" (Hebrew). A son of Joseph in the Old Testament.

ERIC "ruler of all" (Old Norse). Erik the Red was a 10th century navigator and explorer.

ERICA either "heather" (Latin) or feminine form of ERIC

ERIN "Ireland" from the Gaelic word Eireann "western island", or "peace" (Celtic)

ERWIN form of IRWIN

ESMERALDA "emerald" (Spanish)

ESMOND "grace protection" (Old English)

ESPIRIDION Spanish form of SPIRIDION

ESTÉBAN Spanish form of STEPHEN

ESTELLE form of ESTHER

ESTHER "star" (Persian) or "secret" (Hebrew). Esther was a heroine of the Old Testament. The name is possibly a Hebrew form of Ishtar, a Persian goddess.

ETHAN "firmness" (Hebrew)

ETHEL "noble" (Teutonic)

ETIENNE French form of STEPHEN

EUDORA "good gift" (Greek). One of the Greek goddesses who controlled the waves.

EUGENE "well born" from Greek eugenes.

EUGENIA feminine form of EUGENE

EUSTANCE "fruitful" from Greek eustachus.

EVA "life giving" from Hebrew Chavva. Eve and Adam of the Old Testament were supposedly the first people.

EVAN Welsh form of JOHN

EVANDER "good man" (Greek) or form of IVOR

EVE English form of EVA

EVELYN possibly "bird" (Latin). From Aveline, which is from Avila, which may be from Latin avis "bird".

EVERT Low German form of EBERHARD

EWA Polish form of EVA

EZEKIEL "God strengthens" (Hebrew). A major prophet in the Old Testament. A book in the Old Testament is named for him.

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FABIAN "bean" from the prominent Roman family name Fabius, which was from Latin fab.

FABIA feminine form of FABIAN

FABIO Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of FABIAN

FAE form of FAY

FAITH "faith" (English)

FAIZEL "a judge" (Arabic)

FARIDA "unique" (Arabic)

FATIMA "to abstain" (Arabic)

FAY "fairy" (Middle English)

FELICIA feminine form of FELIX

FELINA "cat" (Latin)

FELIX "happy" or "lucky" (Latin). The name of many early saints.

FERDINAND possibly "peace boldness" (Gothic)

FERNANDO Spanish form of FERDINAND

FIDEL "faithful" from Latin fidelis.

FIDO "I am faithful" (Latin). Usually a dog's name.

FINGAL "white stranger" (Irish). A mythical Irish hero.

FINN form of FION. The name of a legendary Irish hero.

FINOLA "white shoulder" from Irish Fionnuala.

FION "fair" or "white" (Irish).

FIONA feminine form of FION

FLETCHER "maker of arrows" (Old English). From a surname.

FLORA "flower" (Latin). Flora was the name of the Roman goddess of flowers and spring.

FLORENCE "of Florence" or "prosperous" (Latin)

FLOYD form of LLOYD or "will" (Irish)

FORREST "[dweller by the] forest" (French). From a surname.

FRANCESCO form of FRANCIS

FRANCIS "a Frenchman" (Latin)

FRANK short form of FRANCIS or "frank" (English)

FRASER meaning unknown (Celtic). From a Scottish surname.

FRAVARDIN "guardian spirit" (Persian)

FRED short form of FREDERICK

FREDERICA feminine form of FREDERICK

FREDERICK "peaceful ruler" (Teutonic). Rulers of Prussia, Denmark and the Holy Roman Empire have borne this name.

FRIEDA short form of FRIEDERIKE

FRIEDERIKE German form of FREDERICA

FRITZ German pet form of FREDERICK

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GABE short form of GABRIEL

GABRIEL "strong man of God" (Hebrew). Along with Michael, one of the two archangels mentioned in the Bible.

GABRIELLE feminine form of GABRIEL. Visit a web page devoted to the name Gabrielle.

GAIL short form of ABIGAIL

GAILA form of GAIL

GAIUS "to rejoice" (Latin)

GALADRIEL "maiden crowned with a radiant garland" (Sindarin). Galadriel was a Noldorin elf princess renowned for her beauty and wisdom in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels. The elements are galad "radiant" and riel "garlanded maiden". Altariel is the Quenya form of her name. Visit a web page devoted to the name Galadriel.

GALE form of GAIL or "gale" (English)

GARETH "gentle" (Welsh). A character in 'The Tales of King Arthur'. He was a knight.

GARNET either "protection" (Old English) from a surname, or "garnet" (English) from the name of the precious stone.

GARNETTE feminine form of GARNET

GARTH "[dweller by the] garden" or "[one who works in the] garden" (Teutonic). From a surname.

GARY short form of GERALD or GARETH

GASPAR form of JASPER

GAVIN form of GAWAIN

GAWAIN "white hawk" or "small hawk" or possibly "battle hawk" (Celtic). A character in 'The Tales of King Arthur'. He was a knight of the Round Table.

GAYLA form of GAIL

GAYLE form of GAIL

GAYNOR medieval form of GUINEVERE

GEERT Low German and Dutch form of GERARD

GEFFREY form of GEOFFREY

GEMMA "gem" (Italian) or feminine form of JAMES.

GENA short form of EUGENIA

GENE short form of EUGENE

GENEVIEVE "white wave" or "tribe woman" (Celtic) or form of GUINEVERE. The name of the patron saint of Paris.

GENNARO "January" (Latin). From the name of the month which derives from the name of the Roman god Janus. Gennaro is the name of the patron saint of Naples.

GEOFF short form of GEOFFREY

GEOFFREY "God's peace" or "glad peace" (Teutonic). Possibly from the name Godfrey.

GEORG German form of GEORGE

GEORGE "farmer" from Greek georgos "earthworker". Saint George was the name of the patron saint of England and Portugal. Six English kings have had this name as well as two kings of Greece.

GEORGES French form of GEORGE

GEORGETTE French feminine form of GEORGE

GEORGINA Latin and English feminine form of GEORGE

GEORGINE French feminine form of GEORGE

GERALD "spear rule" or "firm spear" (Teutonic)

GERARD "spear brave" from Teutonic ger "spear" combined with hard "brave".

GERMAIN French form of GERMAN

GERMAINE French feminine form of GERMAN

GERMAN "of Germany" from Latin Germanus.

GERONTIUS "old man" (Latin)

GERTRUDE "spear strength" (Teutonic). The name of two famous thirteenth century nuns.

GIDEON "feller" or "hewer" (Hebrew). An Old Testament hero.

GIGI French pet form of GEORGINE or VIRGINIA

GILBERT "bright pledge" (Teutonic)

GILES "young goat" from Greek aigidion, or "companion" (Teutonic)

GILLIAN English feminine form of JULIAN or possibly "girl" (Teutonic)

GINA either a short form of GEORGINA or "silvery" (Japanese)

GINGER pet form of VIRGINIA

GINNY pet form of VIRGINIA

GIOVANNI Italian form of JOHN

GISELLE "hostage" or "pledge" from Old German gisel.

GLADYS either from Welsh gwladus, which is of unknown meaning, or form of CLAUDIA.

GLEN "[dweller in the] valley" (Celtic). From a surname.

GLENN form of GLEN

GLORIA "glorius" (Latin). The name first appears in George Bernard Shaw's play 'You Never Can Tell'. The name was not used before the twentieth century.

GOMER "complete" (Hebrew)

GORDON "great hill" or "hero" (Celtic). From a surname. Gordon is a place name in England.

GOVAD "wind" (Persian)

GRACE "grace" (English or Latin)

GRACIELA pet form of GRACE?

GRAEME form of GRAHAM

GRAHAM "gravelly homestead" or "Granta's homestead" or "from the gray home" (Old English). From a Scottish surname.

GRANIA "love" (Gaelic)

GRANT "great" (French). From a surname.

GREGORY "to be watchful" (Greek). The name of 16 popes.

GRETCHEN German and Dutch pet form of MARGARET

GRIFFITH Anglicized form of GRUFFYDD

GRUFFUDD form of GRUFFYDD

GRUFFYDD "_ prince" (Welsh). The first element is unknown. A Welsh ruler who reigned shortly before the English conquest.

GUDRUN "god secret" (Old Norse). Heroine from Norse legend.

GUILLAUME French form of WILLIAM

GUILLERMO Spanish form of WILLIAM

GUINEVERE "fair smooth" or possibly "white wave" (Celtic). A character in 'The Tales of King Arthur'. She was the wife of King Arthur.

GUNNAR "war" from Old Norse gunnr.

GUNTHER "war army" from Teutonic gund "war" and heri "army".

GUS short form of AUGUST, ANGUS or GUSTAV

GUSTAV "Gautr staff" (Teutonic). Gautr was a tribal name. This name has been borne by kings of Sweden.

GUTO pet form of GRUFFUDD

GUY meaning unknown (German) or "a guide" (French)

GWEN "fair" or "blessed" (Welsh) or short form of GWENDOLEN, GWENLLIAN, GWENETH or GWENDA

GWENDA "fair good" (Welsh)

GWENDOLEN "fair ring" or "blessed ring" (Welsh)

GWENDOLINE form of GWENDOLEN

GWENDOLYN form of GWENDOLEN

GWENETH form of GWYNETH

GWENLLIAN "fair flaxen" or "blessed flaxen" (Welsh). A Welsh royal name.

GWYNETH "happiness" (Welsh)

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HAILEY form of HAYLEY

HAMID form of MUHAMMAD

HAMISH Scottish form of JAMES

HANA feminine form of HANI

HANAA form of HANA

HANI "happy" from Arabic hani'a.

HANIYYA feminine form of HANI

HANNA form of HANNAH

HANNAH "favor" or "grace" (Hebrew). The mother of Samuel the prophet in the Old Testament. This is the origin of the name ANNA.

HANS Danish, Dutch and German form of JOHN

HARLAN "army land" (Teutonic).

HAROLD "leader of the army" (Teutonic). The name of two kings of England and three kings of Norway.

HARRIET feminine form of HARRY

HARRY form of HENRY

HARTMUT "hardy mind" from Teutonic hart "strong, hardy" and muot "spirit, mind".

HARVEY "battle worthy" (French from Celtic). From a surname.

HASKEL form of EZEKIEL?

HAYLEY "hay clearing" (Old English). From a last name which was from the place name Hailey.

HAZEL either "one that sees God" (Hebrew) or "hazel" (English). The Hebrew name is generally male while the English name is generally female.

HEATHER "heather" (English)

HECTOR "stay" or "restrain" (Greek). A Trojan champion in Greek legend.

HEIDI short form of ADALHEID

HEIDRUN possibly "person secret" (Teutonic)

HEIKE pet form of HENRIKE

HELEN "the bright one" from Greek helios "sun". The name of the legendary woman whose kidnapping by Paris was the cause of the Trojan War. Also, the famous mother of emperor Constantine.

HENDERSON "son of HENRY" (Middle English). From a Scottish surname.

HENRIK Scandinavian form of HENRY

HENRIKE Scandinavian feminine form of HENRY

HENRY "home ruler" (Teutonic). The name of eight kings of England and four kings of France.

HERBERT "army bright" (Teutonic). Introduced to Britain by the Normans.

HERMAN "army man" (Teutonic). Herman Melville was the famous writer who penned 'Moby Dick'.

HERMINE German feminine form of HERMAN

HERON "heron" (English). From the name of the bird.

HILDA short form of names containing Teutonic hild "battle".

HILLARY "cheerful" (Greek) or perhaps "protector" (Teutonic)

HOLLY "holly" (English). From the name of the tree.

HOMER "pledge" (Greek). A Greek epic poet who wrote the 'Iliad' and 'The Odyssey'.

HOPE "hope" (English)

HORACE "good eyesight" from the Latin Horatius. The name of a Roman poet.

HORMAZD form of HORMAZED

HORMAZED "lord of wisdom" (Persian)

HORST "wood" (German)

HOTAKA Japanese; from the name of a mountain.

HOWARD The meaning of this name is unknown, but there are several theories: "heart brave", "high warden", or "ewe herder" (Teutonic). Originally the surname of an English noble family.

HUBERT "heart bright" or "mind bright" (Teutonic). Saint Hubert is the patron saint of hunters.

HUGH from Teutonic hug, meaning "heart" or "mind" or "spirit"

HUGO form of HUGH

HUMBERT "warrior famous" (Teutonic). The name of the ancestor of the former Italian royal family.

HUMPHREY "house peace" (Old English)

HYMAN "man" (Yiddish)

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IAGO Welsh and Spanish form of JACOB

IAIN Scottish form of JOHN

IAN modern Scottish form of JOHN

IDA form of EDITH or "work" (Teutonic). Possibly connected with Mount Ida in Crete.

IDESTA The first element is probably from Teutonic id "work".

IGNATIUS meaning unknown (Latin). From the Roman family name Egnatius.

IHAB "gift" (Arabic)

IKE form of ISAAC

ILANA "tree" (Hebrew)

ILENE form of HELEN or form of IRENE

IMAMU "spiritual leader" (African)

IMEN "faith" (Arabic)

IMMANUEL form of EMMANUEL

INA short form of names ending with ina

INEZ Spanish form of AGNES

INGHAM "Angle raven" (Teutonic). The Angles were a Germaninc tribe that eventually settled in England.

INGOLF probably either "Ing wolf" (Scandinavian) or "Angle wolf" (Teutonic). Ing was the Norse god of fertility. The Angles were a Germaninc tribe.

INGRID "Ing beautiful" (Teutonic). Ing was the Norse god of fertility.

IONA form of IONE or from the name of the island off Scotland where Saint Columbia founded a monastery.

IONE "violet" or "from Ionia" (Greek). Ionia was a region in Asia Minor.

IRA "to watch" (Hebrew)

IRENE "peace" (Greek). The Greek island of Santorini is named for Saint Irene.

IRIS either "rainbow" (Greek) or "iris" (English) from the name of the iris flower or the colored part of the eye. Iris was the name of a Greek goddess.

IRMA form of EMMA

IRVIN form of IRVING or form of IRWIN

IRVINE form of IRVING

IRVING meaning unknown (Gaelic). From a Scottish surname which was in turn form a Scottish place name.

IRWIN "boar friend" (Teutonic)

ISAAC "laughter" (Hebrew). The biblical Isaac was the son of Abraham and the father of Jacob.

ISABEL Spanish form of ELIZABETH

ISADOR form of ISIDORE

ISAIAH "salvation of the Lord" (Hebrew). A major prophet from the Old Testament.

ISHMAEL "God will hear" (Hebrew). A son of Abraham and the traditional ancestor of the Arabs.

ISIDORA feminine form of ISIDORE

ISIDORE "gift of Isis" from Greek Isidoros. Isis was the Egyptian moon goddess.

ISOLDE "of fair aspect" (Celtic). The lover of Tristram in Celtic legend.

ISRA "nocturnal journey" from Arabic sara "to travel at night".

ISRAEL "he who wrestles with God" (Hebrew). The biblical Israel (formerly called Jacob) wrestled with an angel. The modern state of Israel takes its name from him.

IVAN Russian or Croatian form of JOHN

IVANA feminine form of IVAN

IVOR "bow warrior" (Scandinavian)

IVY "ivy" (English). From the plant name.

IZZY short form of ISIDORE, ISAAC or ISRAEL

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JABRIL Arabic? form of GABRIEL?

JACK French short form of JACOB or JAMES or a pet form of JOHN

JACLYN form of JACQUELINE

JACOB "to hold the heel" or "supplanter" (Hebrew). The biblical Jacob (later called Israel) was born holding on to his brother's heel. He was the son of Isaac and Rebecca.

JACQUELINE French feminine form of JACOB

JADA form of JADE

JADE "jade" (English). From the name of the precious stone.

JAFAR "stream" (Arabic). The brother of Ali, the fourth caliph.

JAGO Cornish form of JACOB

JAMAL "beauty" (Arabic)

JAMES Latin/English form of JACOB that comes to us through the Latin form Jacomus. The biblical James was an important apostle. He was the brother of the apostle John. A James is also mentioned in the Bible as being the brother of Jesus.

JAMIE Scottish pet form of JAMES or feminine form of JAMES

JAN Dutch and Polish form of JOHN or form of JANE

JANE form of JOANNE

JANET pet form of JANE

JANICE form of JANE

JANNAH form of JANE

JARED "one that rules" (Hebrew). A close descendant of Adam in the Old Testament.

JAROMIR "spring peace" or "spring great" (Slavic)

JARON "to sing" or "to shout" (Hebrew)

JAROSLAV "spring glory" (Slavic)

JASMINE from Persian Yasmin, the name of a climbing plant with fragrant flowers.

JASON "healer" from Greek iasthai "to heal". He was the leader of the Argonauts in Greek legend. This is the name that was used to translate the Hebrew name Joshua.

JASPER either "treasurer" (Persian) or "jasper" (Greek). Jasper is a green precious stone.

JAY short form of names beginning with 'K' or a form of GAIUS

JEAN form of JANE or French form of JOHN

JEANNE French feminine form of JOHN. John of Arc is known in France as Jeanne d'Arc.

JEB possibly a short form of JACOB

JED short form of JEDIDIAH

JEDIDIAH "beloved of the Lord" (Hebrew). A name given to Solomon by Nathan.

JEFF short form of JEFFREY

JEFFERSON "son of JEFFREY" (Teutonic). From a surname.

JEFFREY form of GEOFFREY or "good peace" (Teutonic)

JEMIMA"dove" (Hebrew). One of the Daughters of Job in the Old Testament.

JENNA short form of JENNIFER

JENNI short form of JENNIFER

JENNIFER Cornish form of GUINEVERE or possibly form of GENEVIEVE

JENNY short form of JENNIFER

JEREMIAH "high of the Lord" (Hebrew). One of the major prophets of the Old Testament.

JEREMY form of JEREMIAH

JEROME "sacred name" (Greek). Saint Jerome was responsible for the creation of the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Bible.

JESSE "the Lord exists" or "gift" (Hebrew). The father of King David in the Old Testament.

JESSICA "the Lord beholds" or "the Lord's gift" (Hebrew) or female form of JESSE. The name of a character in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'.

JESUS Greek form of JOSHUA. The central figure of the New Testament and the founder of the Christian religion.

JILL form of GILLIAN

JIM form of JAMES

JO short form of JOSEPH, JOSEPHINE, JONATHAN, JOANNE, or JOLENE

JOACHIM "established by the Lord" (Hebrew). The name of a king of Judah in the Old Testament.

JOAN feminine form of JOHN. Joan of Arc was a French heroine who battled the English.

JOANNE feminine form of JOHN

JOAQUIM Spanish form of JOACHIM

JOB "persecuted" (Hebrew). An Old Testament character who was mistreated by God to in order to test him.

JODIE form of JUDITH

JOE form of JO

JOEL "the Lord is God" or possibly "one that commands" (Hebrew). A minor prophet in the Old Testament.

JOELLE French feminine form of JOEL

JOHAN form of JOHN

JOHN "the Lord has favored" (Hebrew). John is the name of two important New Testament characters. The first was John the Baptist. The second was the apostle John, brother of the apostle James, who was also supposedly the author of the fourth Gospel and Revelation in the New Testament. The name was borne by 23 popes. Also, the name of rulers of Hungary, Poland, Portugal and France. This has been the most popular of male Christian names.

JOLENE form of JULIANA or blend of name elements jo + lene.

JONAH "a dove" from Hebrew yonah. A prophet swallowed by a whale in the Old Testament. He emerged from the whale three days later.

JONAS Greek form of JONAH

JONATHAN "the Lord has given" (Hebrew). A son of Saul and friend of David in the Old Testament.

JONIE feminine form of JOHN or JONAH

JORDAN "descend" or "flowing down" (Hebrew). Jordan is the name of a river flowing through modern day Jordan and Israel. It became a personal name after crusaders brought back water from that river to baptize their children.

JÖRG German short form of GEORGE

JORGE Spanish and Portuguese form of GEORGE

JORIE feminine form of JORDAN or a variant of the French word jolie "pretty".

JOSÉ Spanish form of JOSEPH

JOSEPH "the Lord added" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament, the name of the eleventh son of Jacob. In the New Testament the name of the husband of Mary.

JOSEPHINE feminine form of JOSEPH

JOSH short form of JOSHUA

JOSHUA "the Lord is my salvation" (Hebrew). The successor of Moses in the Old Testament. The name Jesus was a form of Joshua.

JOSIAH "the Lord supports" (Hebrew)

JOY "joy" (English)

JOYCE meaning unknown from the Celtic name Jodocus, or possibly "joyful" from the Latin name Jocosa.

JUAN Spanish form of JOHN

JUDAH "praised" (Hebrew). One of the twelve sons of Jacob and ancestor of a large tribe in the Old Testament.

JUDAS Greek form of JUDAH. Judas Iscariot was the apostle who betrayed Jesus.

JUDE form of JUDAS. Associated with the second apostle named Judas (not Judas Iscariot).

JUDITH feminine form of JUDAH. The wife of Esau in the Old Testament. Also the main character of the the Old Testament book of Judith.

JUDY short form of JUDITH

JULIA Latin feminine form of JULIUS

JULIAN form of JULIUS

JULIANA feminine form of JULIAN

JULIANNE feminine form of JULIAN

JULIE feminine form of JULIUS

JULIET pet form of JULIE. The lover of Romeo in Shakespeare's play.

JULIUS "mossy bearded" or "soft haired" from Greek ioulos or "descended from Jove" from the Latin family name Jovilios. Jove was a name of the Roman god Jupiter. Julius Caesar was a great leader of the Roman empire.

JUNE "ever youthful" (Latin) or "born in June" (English)

JÜRGEN German form of GEORGE

JUSTIN "just" (Latin)

JUSTINE French feminine form of JUSTIN

JUTTA German form of JUDITH

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KAE form of KAY or GAIUS or short KYLIE

KANE "warrior" from the Anglicized Gaelic name Cathan, which is from the Gaelic word cathaoir.

KARA pet form of KATHERINE or form of CARA

KAREN Danish form of KATHERINE

KARL German form of CHARLES

KARLA German or Scandinavian feminine form of CHARLES

KARSTEN Low German form of CHRISTIAN

KASPAR form of CASPER

KATARINA form of KATHERINE

KATE short form of KATHERINE

KATHERINE from the Greek name Aikaterina. It has been linked with Greek aikia "torture" but that theory is unlikely. The Romans derived it from Greek katharos "pure" and changed their spelling from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this. The name belonged to a Christian martyr who was tortured on the famous Catherine wheel. Catherine the Great was an empress of Russia. The name was also borne by three of king Henry the Eighth's wives.

KATHLEEN English form of CAITLIN or "little darling" (Celtic)

KATHRYN form of KATHERINE

KATHY short form of KATHERINE

KATIE form of KATE.

KATINA form of KATARINA

KATRINA Scottish form of KATHERINE

KAY short form of names beginning with 'K'

KAYLA form of KAYLEY

KAYLEY From the Irish surname Ó Caollaidhe, which means "descendent of Caollaidhe". Caollaidhederives from Gaelic caol "slender".

KEITH "wood" or "wind" (Celtic). From a Scottish surname.

KELLY Several theories. It could be related to the first name Ceallach or the surname O Ceallaigh, which may mean either "church" or "warrior" (Gaelic). Or it is possibly related to a Pictish word meaning "wood" or "holly".

KELSEY possibly "Ceol's island" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

KELVIN Celtic; from the name of a river in Scotland.

KEN short form of KENNETH

KENDRA feminine form of KENDRICK

KENDRICK Many possibilities: "royal power" from Old English Cyneric, "bold power" from Old English Ceneric, "high hill" from Welsh Cynwrig, or "son of HENRY" from the Gaelic surname Mac Eanraig.

KENNETH either "handsome" from Gaelic Coinneach, or "born of fire" from Gaelic Cinaed. The name of the first king of the Picts and Scots.

KENRICK form of KENDRICK

KERI form of KERRY

KERRY "Ciar's people" (Gaelic). From the name of the Irish county.

KEVIN form of KENNETH

KEZIA "cassia" (Hebrew). From the name of the spice tree. In the Old Testament Kezia was a daughter of Job.

KHORDAD "perfection" (Persian)

KHORSHED "sun" (Persian)

KIERAN "black" from Irish ciar.

KIM short form of KIMBERLY

KIMBERLY "land belonging to Cyneburg" (Old English). The name is from a town name in South Africa. The town was named for Lord Kimberley.

KIP short form of KIPLING

KIPLING "one who cures salmon or herring" from Middle English kypre. This was originally a surname.

KIRA "sun" (Persian)

KIRK "church" from Old Norse kirkja.

KIRSTEN Scandinavian form of CHRISTINA

KIRSTIN Scottish form of CHRISTINA

KIRSTY pet form of KIRSTIN

KIT short form of CHRISTOPHER or KATHERINE

KRIS short form of KRISTA, KRISTIAN, KRISTINA or KRISTOFER

KRISTA Czech, Estonian and Latvian form of CHRISTINA

KRISTIAN Scandinavian form of CHRISTIAN

KRISTIN short form of KRISTINA

KRISTINA Swedish and Czech form of CHRISTINA

KRISTOFER Scandinavian form of CHRISTOPHER

KRYSIA Polish short form of KRYSTYNA

KRYSIU Polish pet form of KRYSZTOF

KRYSTYNA Polish form of CHRISTINA

KRYSZTOF Polish form of CHRISTOPHER

KURT contracted form of CONRAD

KYLA feminine form of KYLE

KYLE "narrow" or "narrow channel" (Gaelic). From a Scottish surname.

KYLIE "boomerang" (Australian Aborigine) or form of KELLY

KYRA feminine form of CYRIL

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LACEY French; from a place name.

LAILA form of LEILA

LALO "to sing a lullaby" (Latin)

LANA short form of ALANA

LANCE "servant" or "helper" (Latin). Short form of the name of Lancelot, a character in 'The Tales of King Arthur'. Lancelot was a knight of the Round Table.

LANE "[living near a] lane" (Old English). From a surname.

LARA short form of LARISSA

LARISSA "laughing" from Latin hilaris, or feminine form of LARRY.

LARRY short form of LAURENCE

LARS Scandinavian short form of LAURENCE

LATASHA an alteration of TASHA which is from NATASHA.

LATISHA form of LETITIA

LATONYA an alteration of TONYA which is from ANTONIA.

LATOYA form of LATONYA

LAURA "laurel" (Latin) from the name of the laurel tree.

LAUREL "laurel" (English) from the name of the laurel tree, or pet form of LAURA.

LAUREN pet form of LAURA or a form of LAURENCE

LAURENCE "of Laurentum" or "crowned with laurel" which both derive from Latin laurus "laurel". Laurentum was a town in Latium. Saint Laurence was a third century martyr.

LAURETTA pet form of LAURA

LAURIE form of LAURA

LAURINDA pet form of LAURA

LAVERNE "of Laverna" (Latin) or from a place name. Laverna was the Roman goddess of theivery. La Verne is a place in California.

LAVONE meaning unknown. Possibly a made up name.

LAWRENCE form of LAURENCE

LAWSON From a surname which means "son of LAURENCE".

LEA form of LEE

LEAH "cow" or "weary" (Hebrew) or "mistress" or "ruler" (Assyrian). She was a wife of Jacob in the Old Testament.

LEANDER "lion man" (Greek)

LEANDRA feminine form of LEANDER

LEANNA form of LEE-ANNA

LEANNE form of LEE-ANNE or LIANNE

LEE either "meadow" (from an Old English surname) or short form of LEO, LEON or LESLIE.

LEIF short form of names containing Old Norse leifr "heir"

LEILA "night" (Arabic). Used by Lord Byron in 'The Giaour' and 'Don Juan'.

LEILANI "heavenly flower" (Hawaiian)

LEMUEL "devoted to God" or "belonging to God" (Hebrew). The name of a king in the Old Testament. The name of the hero of Jonathan Swift's novel 'Gulliver's Travels'.

LENA short form of HELEN

LEO "lion" (Latin). The name of 13 popes.

LEON "lion" (Greek)

LEONA feminine form of LEON

LEONARD "lion-like" (Teutonic). Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian artist and thinker.

LEONOR form of ELEONOR

LEROY "the king" (French)

LESIA pet form of ALEXANDRA

LESLIE "meadow land" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

LESTER "of Leicester" (Old English). From a surname. Leicester is an English place name.

LETITIA "gladness" (Latin)

LEVI "attached" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah.

LEWIS "fame warrior" from Teutonic hlud "fame" and wig "warrior".

LEXA short form of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS

LIAM Irish short form of WILLIAM

LIANE short form of ELIANE

LIANNE form of JULIANNE

LIDA form of LYDIA

LIESA German pet form of ELIZABETH

LILA "lilac" (Persian)

LILIAN "lily" (Latin)

LILITH "serpent" (Hebrew). The Assyrian goddess of night who became Adam's demon wife.

LILY "lily" (English). The lily is a symbol of purity.

LINDA "beautiful" (Spanish) or short form of BELINDA or MELINDA

LINDSAY short form of LINDSEY

LINDSEY "Lincoln island" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

LINUS "flax" (Greek). The name of a musician who taught Hercules in Greek legend. Also the name of a son of Apollo.

LINWOOD "stream forest" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

LIONEL French pet form of LEON

LISA short form of ELIZABETH

LISANNE possibly form of LISA - ANNE.

LLOYD "grey" (Celtic)

LOGAN From a surname which was from a Scottish place name.

LOIS "good" or "desirable" (Greek). Lois is mentioned in the New Testament as being the Grandmother of the Timothy who received two epistles from Saint Paul.

LONNIE short form of ALONSO

LORA "weeper" (Latin) or form of LAURA or short form of LORRAINE

LORETTA form of LAURETTA

LORI pet form of LAURA

LORINDA form of LAURINDA

LORNA "of Lorne" (Celtic) or from the title 'Marquess of Lorne'. Lorne is a Scottish place name.

LORNE masculine form of LORNA

LORRAINE "kingdom of Lothair" (Teutonic) or "sorrowing" (Latin) or form of LAURA-ANN. Lothair was a Frankish king. His realm is now the part of France that is called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen.

LOUIS French form of LEWIS. The name of 18 kings of France.

LOUISE French feminine form of LOUIS

LUANNA form of LUCY-ANNA

LUCAS earlier form of LUKE

LUCIA feminine form of LUCIUS

LUCIEN French form of LUCIUS

LUCILLA Latin pet form of LUCIA

LUCILLE French pet form of LUCIA

LUCINA "grove" from Latin lucus, but later associated with lux "light". The name of the goddess of childbirth.

LUCIUS "light" from Latin lux.

LUCJAN Polish form of LUCIUS

LUCY feminine form of LUCIUS

LUDWIG German form of LEWIS

LUIGI Italian form of LOUIS

LUKE "of Lucania" from Greek Loukas. Luke was the author of the third Gospel and Acts in the New Testament. He was supposedly a doctor who travelled in the company of Paul.

LUTHER "noted warrior" or "hero of the people" (German). From the name Lothair. Martin Luther was the leader of the Reformation.

LYDA form of LYDIA

LYDIA "of Lydia" (Greek). Lydia was a region in Asia.

LYLE "from the island" from French de l'isle

LYNN short form of LYNNA or LINDA

LYNNA "a cascade" (Teutonic)

LYNWOOD form of LINWOOD

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MABEL "my fair maid" from French ma belle, or "lovely" from Latin amabilis.

MADELEINE form of Magdalene, which means "of Magdala". Magdalene was the title of one of the characters named Mary (not the mother of Jesus) in the New Testament. She was from a village called Magdala.

MADGE pet form of MARGARET.

MADISON From the surname, which means "son of MAUD".

MAE short form of MABEL or MAVIS or female form of MATTHEW

MAGNUS "the great" (Scandinavian). Originally a suffix to the names of rulers in Scandinavian countries.

MAIA "great" (Latin). The name of a Roman goddess.

MAIRE Irish form of MARY

MAIREAD Gaelic form of MARGARET

MAIRI Scottish form of MARY

MALCOLM "disciple of Saint COLUMBA" (Celtic)

MALEAH form of MELIA?

MALIKA "queen"? or "princess"? (African)

MANDI short form of AMANDA

MANDY short form of AMANDA

MANJUSHA "a box of jewels" from Sanskrit mani "jewel".

MANON French pet form of MAIRE

MANUEL short form of EMMANUEL

MARA either "bitter" (Hebrew) or "the sea" (Gaelic) or short form of TAMARA. A name of Naomi in the Old Testament (see Ruth 1:20).

MARC French form of MARK

MARCEL French form of MARCELLUS

MARCELINE feminine form of MARCELLUS

MARCELLA feminine form of MARCELLUS

MARCELLUS pet form of MARCUS

MARCIA feminine form of MARCUS

MARCO Italian form of MARK

MARCUS form of MARIUS or meaning unknown (Latin). This is the original Latin form of the name MARK.

MARCY form of MARCIA

MARGARET "pearl" or "precious" (Greek). Saint Margaret was martyred at Antioch in the fourth century.

MARGERY form of MARGARET

MARIA Latin form of MARY

MARIAH form of MARIA

MARIAM Arabic form of MARY

MARIAN form of MARY-ANN or form of MARION

MARIE French form of MARY

MARIETTA Italian pet form of MARIA

MARIGOLD from MARY + gold. From the name of the flower.

MARILYN form of MARY-ELLEN

MARINA "of the sea" (Latin). From the Roman family name Marinus.

MARIO Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of MARIUS

MARION French pet form of MARIE or masculine form of MARY

MARIS "of the sea" (Latin). From the title of Mary stella maris, meaning "star of the sea".

MARISA form of MARIA or MARIS

MARITA contraction of MARIA and CATARINA or Spanish pet form of MARY. The name of an Egyptian martyr.

MARIUS "of Mars" (Latin). From a Roman family name. Mars was the Roman god of War.

MARJANI "coral" (African)

MARJORIE form of MARGARET

MARK English form of MARCUS or short form of MARCUS. Mark was the author of the second Gospel in the New Testament.

MARLENA form of MARLENE

MARLENE blend of MARIA and Magdalene. Refers, therefore, to Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament. First used by a German actress.

MARLON possibly a pet form of MARC

MARLY meaning unknown (French). Marly is a place near Paris, France.

MARLYN form of MARLENE influenced by MARILYN

MARSHA form of MARCIA

MARSHALL "marshall" (Old English). From the name of the official.

MARTHA "mistress of the house" or "lady" (Aramaic). The sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany in the New Testament.

MARTIN "or Mars" (Latin) from the Latin name Martinus. Possibly a form of MARIUS.

MARVIN meaning unknown (Celtic) or possibly "sea friend" (Old English)

MARY The meaning of this popular name is not known for certain, but there are several theories: "bitterness", "rebelliousness", "wished for child" or "drop of the sea" (Hebrew), or possibly an Egyptian name. Miriam was the original form. This is the name of several New Testament characters including the mother of Jesus.

MASON "stoneworker" (Teutonic). From a surname.

MATILDA "noble lady" (Teutonic)

MATT short form of MATTHEW or MATTHIAS

MATTHEW "gift of the Lord" (Hebrew). Matthew was the name of an apostle (a tax collector) and also the name of the author of the second Gospel in the New Testament.

MATTHIAS Greek and Latin form of MATTHEW. The name of the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot in the New Testament.

MAUD short form of MATILDA

MAUREEN pet form of MAIRE

MAURICE "dark skinned" (Latin). The name of a Byzantine emperor.

MAVIS "song thrush" (French)

MAXIMILLIAN "great" (Latin). Name of a third century saint.

MAXWELL English form of MAXIMILLIAN

MAY "born in May" (English) or form of MAE

MAYA form of MAY or MAIA

MAYIM possibly "water" (Hebrew)

MEAGHAN Irish form of MEGAN

MEG short form of MARGARET

MEGAN Welsh short form of MARGARET

MELANIE "black" or "dark complexion" from Greek melaina. A saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the fifth century.

MELBA From the surname of singer Nellie Melba (a stage name) which was from the name of the city Melbourne, where she was born.

MELIA Polynesian? form of MARY?

MELINDA The first element is from Latin mel. Possibly "honey snake" with the second element being Teutonic linde. The snake signifies wisdom.

MELISSA "honeybee" (Greek). The name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus. Visit a web page devoted to the name Melissa.

MELODY "singing" (Greek) or "melody" (English)

MELOR acronym of Marx Engels Lenin October Revolution. This name commemorates the creation of the former soviet state. It was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.

MELVILLE from a French place name

MELVIN form of MELVILLE or "smooth brow" (Celtic)

MELVYN form of MELVIN

MEREDITH "guardian of the sea" or "great chief" (Celtic)

MERLIN "sea hill" from Welsh Myrddin. The name of a legendary wizard.

MERRICK form of MAURICE

MERYL form of MURIEL

META German pet form of MARGARET

MIA "mine" (Italian) or short form of MARIA

MICHAEL "who is like God?" (Hebrew). One of the two archangels (with Gabriel) in the Bible. He was the leader of the heavenly hosts and is the patron saint of soldiers. Also the name of eight Byzantine emperors.

MICHELE Italian form of MICHAEL

MICHELLE French feminine form of MICHAEL

MICK shortening of MICHAEL

MIGUEL Spanish form of MICHAEL

MIKE short form of MICHAEL

MIKHAIL Russian form of MICHAEL

MIKKEL Scandinavian form of MICHAEL or "enormous" (Scandinavian)

MILDRED "gentle strength" (Old English)

MILES form of MICHAEL

MILO Latinized form of MILES

MILTON "mill town" (Old English). From a surname which was from an English place name. It was the surname of a famous English poet.

MINDY short form of MELINDA

MIRANDA "admirable" or "lovely" from Latin mirandus. She was the heroine of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. Visit a web page devoted to the name Miranda.

MIRIAM older form of MARY. The elder sister of Moses.

MIROSLAV "peace glory" or "great glory" (Slavic)

MITCH short form of MITCHELL

MITCHELL form of MICHAEL. From a surname.

MOHAMMAD form of MUHAMMAD

MOIRA Anglicized form of MAIRE

MOLLY short form of MARCELLA or form of MARY

MONA short form of MONICA or "noble" (Celtic)

MONICA "advisor" (Latin) or "alone" (Greek) or possibly an African name. Saint Monica was the mother of Saint Augustus.

MONIQUE French form of MONICA

MORGAN "seaman" (Celtic)

MORRIS form of MAURICE

MORTEN Danish form of MARTIN

MORTIMER "[dweller by] the still water" (French). From a surname.

MOSES Most likely "son" from Egyptian mesu, but perhaps "deliver" (Hebrew). The meaning suggested in the Old Testament "to draw out" (Hebrew) is unlikely. The biblical Moses was drawn out of the Nile by the Pharoah's daughter. He lead the Jews out of captivity in Egypt and received the Ten Commandments from God. He was the brother of Aaron.

MUHAMMAD "the praised one" or "praiseworthy" (Arabic). The prophet who founded Islam. This name, with all of its variants, is one of the most popular in the world.

MURIEL form of MYRA or "sea bright" (Celtic) or "merry" (Middle English)

MURRAY "of Moray" (Celtic). Moray is a Scottish place name.

MYRA "myrrh" or "fragrant" (Greek). Myrrh is a fragrant resin obtained from a tree.

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NADIA "hope" (Slavic)

NADINE French form of NADIA

NANCY pet form of ANN

NAOMI "pleasantness" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament, the mother-in-law of Ruth. Also "above all, beauty" (Japanese).

NAT short form of NATHAN or NATHANIEL

NATALIE "Christmas Day" from Latin natale domini.

NATASHA Russian pet form of NATALIE

NATHALIE French form of NATALIE

NATHAN either "gift" (Hebrew) or short form of JONATHAN or NATHANIEL. A prophet in the Old Testament. Also a son of David in the Old Testament.

NATHANIEL "God has given" (Hebrew). The name of an apostle in the New Testament also known as Bartholomew.

NED short form of EDWARD or EDMUND

NEIL "champion" (Celtic)

NELL short form of HELEN

NELSON "son of NEIL" (Teutonic)

NICHOLAS "victory people" (Greek). Saint Nicholas became our Santa Claus. Nicholas was also the name of two czars of Russia.

NICK short form of NICHOLAS

NICKY short form of VERONICA or NICHOLAS

NICODEMUS "victory of the people" (Greek). The name of a character in the New Testament.

NICOLA Latin feminine form of NICHOLAS

NICOLAS Spanish form of NICHOLAS

NICOLE French feminine form of NICHOLAS

NICOLETTE feminine pet form of NICHOLAS

NIGEL Latinised form of NEIL or "swarthy" (Latin)

NIKKI short form of NICOLE or NICOLA

NIKOLAAS Dutch form of NICHOLAS

NIMBUS "rain cloud" or "halo" (Latin)

NINA Russian pet form of ANN or "mighty" (American Indian). Possibly from the name of the Babylonian goddess of the sea.

NINEL A reversal of the name Lenin. Lenin was the founder of the former Soviet state. This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.

NITA possibly "bear" (American Indian) or short form of names ending in nita.

NIVEN "servant of the saint" from the name Naoimhean, which is from Gaelic Gille Naomh.

NOAH "a ceasing" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament he was the builder of the ark which allowed him, his family, and two of each animal to survive the great flood.

NOAM "delight" or "joy" (Hebrew)

NOEL "Christmas" (French)

NOLA pet form of FINOLA or feminine form of NOLAN.

NOLAN From the Irish surname Ó Nuallain, which means "descendent of Nuallan". Nuallan means "champion" or "chariot fighter".

NORA "honor" (Latin) or pet form of ELEANOR

NORBERT "north bright" (Teutonic)

NOREEN pet form of NORA

NORMAN "northman" or "from Normandy" (Old English). The Normans were Vikings who settled on the coast of France. The region became known as Normandy.

NORWOOD "[of the] north wood" (Old English). From a surname or a place name.

NOVA "new" (Latin)

NOVIA form of NOVA

NYDIA perhaps "nest" from Latin nidus.

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OCTAVIA "eighth" (Latin)

ODILA feminine form of OTTO

OLAF "ancestor descendent" from Old Norse anu "ancestor" and leifr "descendent". The name of kings of Norway and Sweden.

OLGA "blessed" or "holy" (Scandinavian)

OLIVER "olive tree" (French). The Olive tree was an emblem of peace.

OLIVIA feminine form of OLIVER

OLLIE short form of OLIVER

OLYMPIA meaning unknown. From the Greek Olympus, the name of the mountain home of the Greek gods.

OMAR "populous" or "flourishing" (Arabic). A strong supporter of Muhammad and the second caliph of the Muslims. Considered to be one of the great founders of the Muslim state.

OPHELIA "help" (Greek). The name of a character in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

ORINDA possibly a form of ORRIN or possibly "fire serpent" (Teutonic).

ORIS probably an early form of HORACE

ORLANDO form of ROLAND

ORRIN perhaps from the Greek name Orestes, which means "mountain". Orestes was the son of Agamemnon in greek myth.

ORSON "bear" (French). Ultimately from Latin ursus "bear".

ORVILLE meaning unknown. The name was invented by writer Fanny Burney in 1778.

OSBORN "god bear" from Old English os "god" and beorn "bear".

OSCAR "god spear" from Old English os "god" and gar "spear". A king of Sweden.

OSMAN form of UTHMAN

OSMOND "god protector" from Old English os "god" and mund "protector".

OSWALD "god rule" from Old English os "god" and wald "rule". A king of Northumbria.

OSWIN "god friend" from Old English os "god" and wine "friend".

OTIS "son of Ote" (Teutonic). From a surname. The name Ote may be related to OTTO.

OTTILA feminine form of OTTO

OTTO "wealthy" (Teutonic). Otto the Great was the founder of the Holy Roman Empire.

OVID "lamb"? (Latin). The name of a Roman poet.

OWEN Welsh form of EUGENE or form of EVAN

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PABLO Spanish form of PAUL

PACO Spanish pet form of FRANCESCO

PAGE from a surname which denoted a person who was a page to a lord.

PAIGE form of PAGE

PAMELA "all sweetness" (Greek)

PANDORA "every gift" from Greek pan "all" or "every" combined with doron "gift". In Greek mythology Pandora was the woman who unleashed hardship into the world.

PAOLA Italian feminine form of PAUL

PAOLO Italian form of PAUL

PARIS meaning unknown (Greek). He kidnapped Helen and began the Trojan War.

PASCAL "Easter child" (French). Blaise Pascal was a notable mathematician and philosopher.

PASCALE feminine form of PASCAL

PAT short form of PATRICK or PATRICIA

PATRICK "nobleman" (Latin). The patron saint of Ireland.

PATRICIA feminine form of PATRICK

PAUL "small" or "humble" from Latin paulus. Paul was an important leader of the early Christian church mentioned in Acts in the New Testament (originally named Saul). That same man authored most of the epistles in the New Testament. Also the name of six popes.

PAVEL Russian form of PAUL

PEARL "pearl" (English). From the name of the concretions formed in the shells of some mollusks.

PEDRO Spanish form of PETER

PEGGY pet form of MEG

PENELOPE "penelope" (Greek). Penelopes were a kind of bird with a purple neck. The name first appears belonging to the wife of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey.

PENNY short form of PENELOPE

PEONY "peony" (Greek). A flower name. It was believed to have healing qualities so was named after P©ˇon, the doctor of the gods.

PER Scandinavian form of PETER

PERCIVAL Perhaps an invented name, but it could it could mean "pierce valley" (Middle English) or it could be a Celtic name of unknown origin. A character in 'The Tales of King Arthur'. He was added to the tales later.

PERCY short form of PERCIVAL or from a Norman place name. Percy Bysshe Shelley was a famous poet.

PERRY "traveller" or "pilgrim" from the Latin name Peregrine.

PETER "rock" (Greek). The biblical apostle Simon was called Peter by Jesus because he was to be the rock upon which the Christian church was to be built. Peter the Great was a czar of Russia.

PHILIP "horse lover" (Greek). Saint Philip was an apostle. Also the name of an early figure in the Christian church mentioned in Acts in the New Testament. The name was also borne by five kings of Spain and six kings of France.

PHILLIS "dear" (Greek)

PHOEBE "light" or "radiant" (Greek). Phoebe was an epithet of the Greek moon goddess Artemis. See also CYNTHIA and DIANA.

PHYLLIS form of PHILLIS

PIERCE form of PIERS

PIERRE French form of PETER

PIERS Middle English form of PETER

PIETER Dutch form of PETER

POLLY form of MOLLY

PORTIA from the Roman family name Porcius, which possibly means "pig". A character in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'.

PRESTON "priest town" (Old English). From a surname which was from a place name.

PRISCA "ancient" (Greek). From Priscus, a Roman family name.

PRISCILLA pet form of PRISCA

PTOLEMA Greek; feminine form of Ptolemy. Ptolemy was the name of several Greco-Egyptian rulers of Egypt. Also the name of a Greek astronomer.

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QASIM "one who divides goods among his people" from Arabic qasama "to share" or "to divide". The name of a son of Muhammad who died while young.

QUENTIN "fifth" (Latin). Traditionally given to the fifth child born.

QUINCY "[estate belonging to] Quintus" (French). From a surname.

QUINTON form of QUENTIN

QUIQUE pet form of ENRIQUE

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RACHEL "ewe" (Hebrew). She was the favorite wife of Jacob in the Old Testament and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.

RAE "a doe" (Teutonic) or form of RAY

RAEBURN "[dweller by the] stream where does drink" (Teutonic)

RAJIV "striped" (Sanskrit). The name of a kind of fish and of the blue lotus.

RALPH short form of RUDOLPH

RAMESH "ruler of Rama" from Sanskrit Rama, a name of Lakshmi (wife of the god Vishnu), and isa "ruler". This was a name of Vishnu.

RAMON Spanish form of RAYMOND

RAMONA feminine form of RAMON

RANDALL form of RANDOLF

RANDI feminine spelling of RANDY

RANDOLF "shield wolf" (Teutonic)

RANDY short form of RANDALL, RANDOLF or MIRANDA

RANULF form of RANDOLF

RAPHAEL "healing of God" (Hebrew). The name of an archangel.

RAQUEL Spanish form of RACHEL

RASHNE "judge" (Persian)

RAVEN "raven" (English). From the name of the bird.

RAY "wise" (Teutonic)

RAYMOND "wise protection" (Teutonic)

REBECCA "a snare" or "fat and full" (Hebrew). The wife of Isaac in the Old Testament.

REED "ruddy" (Teutonic)

REENE possibly a form of RENÉE

REESE form of RHYS

REGINA "queen" (Latin) or feminine form of REGINALD

REGINALD form of REYNOLD

REID form of REED

REN "water lily" (Japanese)

RENARD "counsel hard" (Teutonic)

RENATA original Latin form of RENÉE

RENATO original Latin form of RENÉ

RENÉ "born again" from Latin renatus.

RENÉE feminine form of RENÉ

RENITA "to be firm" (Latin) or form of RENATA

REUBEN "behold, a son" or "renewer" or "son of vision" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament he was the first son of Jacob and Leah.

REUEL "friend of God" (Hebrew)

REVA an anagram of VERA

REX "king" (Latin)

REYNALDO Spanish form of REYNOLD

REYNOLD "advice ruler" from Teutonic ragin "advice" and wald "strength".

RHEA meaning unknown (Latin). The mother of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome, was Rhea Silvia. Also the name of a Roman goddess.

RHIANNON "nymph" or "goddess" from Welsh rhianon. The name of a mythical princess.

RHONDA "good spear" (Celtic) or form of ROSE-ANNA. Possibly influenced by the Rhondda River in South Wales. Rhondda means "the noisy one".

RHYS "ardour" (Welsh)

RIA short form of MARIA or VICTORIA or form of RHEA

RICARDO Spanish and Portuguese form of RICHARD

RICHARD either "stern ruler" (Teutonic) or "high king" (Gaelic). The name of three kings of England including Richard the Lion-hearted.

RICHELLE feminine form of RICHARD

RICK short form of ERIC, RICHARD, RODERICK or THOEDORIC

RICKENA meaning unknown. Possibly an anglicized form of a Czechoslovakian name.

RIDLEY "reed clearing" or "cleared wood" (Old English). From a surname.

RILEY "rye clearing" (Old English). From a surname, which was probably from a place name.

RIO "river" (Spanish)

RITA short form of names ending in rita

ROALD "fame power" (Teutonic)

ROBERT "fame bright" (Teutonic)

ROBERTA feminine form of ROBERT

ROBIN short form of ROBERT

ROCCO Italian form of Teutonic hrok "rest"

ROCHELLE feminine form of ROCCO or from a French place name or "little rock" (French)

RODERICK "fame power" (Teutonic)

RODGER form of ROGER

RODNEY "Hroda's island" (Old English). From a surname.

RODOLPH "fame wolf" (Teutonic). The name of Holy Roman Emperors and rulers of Austria.

RODRIGO Spanish form of RODERICK. The name of the last Visigothic king of Spain (eighth century).

ROGER "fame spear" or "quiet" (Teutonic). A Roger conquered Sicily from the Arabs. His son, also Roger, ruled Sicily as king.

ROLAND "counsel for the land" (Teutonic). The name of a legendary Frankish hero.

ROLF short form of RODOLPH

ROLO short form of RODOLPH or ROLAND

ROMAN "Roman" (Latin). From the Roman family name Romanus. The name derives from the name of Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome.

RON short form of RONALD or VERONICA

RONALD form of REYNOLD

RONI "shout for joy" or "my song of joy" (Hebrew) or short form of VERONICA

RORY "red king" from Celtic Ruaidhri. The name of the last high king of Ireland. He reigned from 1166-70.

ROSA "rose" (Latin)

ROSALIND either "horse serpent" (Teutonic) or "beautiful rose" (Latin). The name of characters in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Love's Labour Lost'.

ROSALINE form of ROSALIND

ROSALYN form of ROSALIND

ROSANNE form of ROSE-ANNE. Influenced by the name ROXANNE.

ROSE "rose" (English)

ROSEMARY form of ROSE-MARY

ROSINA Italian pet form of ROSA

ROSITA Spanish pet form of ROSA

ROSS "[dweller at the] promontory" (Celtic). From a surname.

ROWENA "fair lance" from Welsh rhon "lance" and gwen "spear".

ROXANNA form of ROXANNE

ROXANNE "dawn" (Persian). The wife of Alexander the Great.

ROY "red" (Gaelic)

ROYAL "royal" (English). Possibly from a surname.

ROYALE form of ROYAL

RUDOLF form of RODOLPH

RUFUS "red" (Latin). Originally a nickname.

RUNA "secret lore" (Scandinavian)

RUPERT Old German form of ROBERT. The name was brought to England by Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the nephew of Charles I. He was a military commander.

RUSSEL form of RUSSELL

RUSSELL "red" (French). From a surname.

RUTH "satisfied" (Hebrew). A woman of the Old Testament who was an ancestor of king David.

RYAN possibly "a king" (Irish). From a surname.

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SABRINA meaning unknown (Celtic). From a river name. Sabrina was the name of a princess in Celtic legend.

SACHA Russian pet form of ALEXANDER

SADIE pet form of SARAH

SALAL "salal" (English). From the plant name.

SALLY short form of SARAH

SALOME feminine form of SOLOMON

SAM short form of SAMSON, SAMUEL, or SAMANTHA

SAMANTHA "listener" (Aramaic)

SAMSON "his ministry" or "sun" (Hebrew). A hero of the Old Testament.

SAMUEL "name of God" (Hebrew). A judge in the Old Testament.

SANDRA short form of ALESSANDRA

SANYA "radiant" (Arabic)

SAPPHIRE "lapis lazuli" or "sapphire" from the Greek name Sapphira, which is from the Hebrew word sappir. Sapphira was a character in Acts in the New Testament who was killed by saint Peter. The name may also be given to simply mean "sapphire" in English.

SARA form of SARAH

SARAH "lady" or "princess" (Hebrew). The wife of Abraham in the Old Testament. Her name was originally Sarai (see Genesis 17:15).

SAROSH "prayer" (Persian)

SASHA form of SACHA

SAUL "asked for" or "prayed for" (Hebrew). The name of a king of Israel. Also the original name of Saint Paul.

SCARLET form of SCARLETT or "scarlet" (English).

SCARLETT "scarlet" (English). From a surname which indicated a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet (a kind of cloth). This was the name of the main character in the novel 'Gone With the Wind' by Margaret Mitchell. It came from her grandmother's maiden name.

SCOTT "a Scot" (Old English)

SEAMUS Irish form of JAMES.

SEAN Irish form of JOHN

SEBASTIAN "revered" (Greek).

SELMA form of THELMA

SEPP German form of JOSEPH

SERENA "tranquil" (Latin). The name of an early saint.

SERGE French form of SERGIO

SERGIO possibly "servant" (Latin). From the Roman family name Sergius.

SETH "placed" or "appointed" (Hebrew). A son of Adam and Eve in the Old Testament.

SHAINA form of SHAYNAH

SHAN form of SIAN

SHANA Irish form of JANE

SHANE Irish form of JOHN

SHANNON Celtic; From the name of the Shannon River in Ireland.

SHARI pet form of SHARON

SHARON "plain" (Hebrew). The name of a fertile plain in the Old Testament.

SHAUN Anglicized form of SEAN

SHAUNA feminine form of SHAUN

SHAWN Anglicized form of SEAN

SHAWNA feminine form of SHAWN

SHAYLA form of SHEILA

SHAYNAH "beautiful" (Hebrew or Yiddish)

SHEA "majestic" (Gaelic)

SHEENA Scottish Gaelic form of JANE

SHEHREVAR "desirable power" (Persian)

SHEILA Irish form of CECILIA

SHELDON "valley with steep sides" (Old English). From a surname which was from a place name. Sheldon is the name of several English locations.

SHELLEY "clearing on a bank" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

SHERI form of CHERIE

SHERRY form of CHERIE

SHERYL form of CHERYL

SHIRLEY "bright clearing" (Old English). From a place name or a surname.

SHIRRAL meaning unknown. Possibly a form of SHERYL or from a surname.

SHONA Scottish form of JANE

SIAN Welsh form of JANE

SIBYL "prophetess" (Greek). The name of a group of pagans who followed Apollo.

SIDNEY from "Saint Denys" (Saint DENIS) or meaning unknown (Old English)

SIEGFRIED "victory peace" (Teutonic). A hero from Germanic legend. Based on the Icelandic hero Sigurd.

SIGMUND "victory shield" or "victory protector" (Teutonic)

SILVANA feminine form of SILVANO

SILVANO "wood" from Latin silva.

SILVESTER "woodman" (Latin)

SILVIA "wood" or "belonging to the forest" (Latin). Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome.

SILVIO masculine form of SILVIA. The name of several of the legendary kings of Alba Longa.

SIMEON older form of SIMON. In the Old Testament he was the second son of Jacob.

SIMON "obedient" or "hearkening" (Hebrew). In the New Testament, Simon was the most important of Jesus' apostles. He was called Peter by Jesus.

SIMONE French feminine form of SIMON

SKYE "sky" (English)

SLY short form of SILVESTER

SOFRONIO Italian form of SOPHRONIO

SOL "the sun" (Latin) or short form of SOLOMON

SOLOMON "peace" (Hebrew). A son of David, and a king of Israel. He was known for his wisdom.

SOMMER possibly the German form of SUMMER

SONIA Russian form of SOPHIA

SOPHIA "wisdom" (Greek)

SOPHRONIO "self-controlled" (Greek)

SPENCER "dispenser of provisions" (French)

SPIRIDION "spirit" from Latin spiritus

SPRING "spring" (English). From the name of the season.

STACEY short form of ANASTASIA

STANISLAW either "camp glory" (Polish) or Polish form of STANLEY

STANLEY "stone clearing" (Old English)

STEFAN German form of STEPHEN

STELLA "star" (Latin)

STEPHANIE feminine form of STEPHEN

STEPHEN "crown" (Greek). Saint Stephen was an early Christian martyr mentioned in Acts in the New Testament.

STEVE short form of STEVEN

STEVEN form of STEPHEN

STEWART "keeper of the estate" (Teutonic)

STORM "storm" (English)

STUART form of STEWART

SUMAN "good mind" or "wise" (Sanskrit)

SUMMER "summer" (English). From the name of the season.

SUNSHINE "sunshine" (English)

SUSAN short form of SUSANNAH

SUSANNAH "lily" (Hebrew). A woman falsely accused of adultery in the Old Testament.

SYBIL form of SIBYL

SYLVIA form of SILVIA

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TABITHA "roe-buck" (Hebrew). A woman in the New Testament who was restored to life by Saint Peter. The name in Greek is Dorcas.

TAD short form of THADDEUS

TALLULAH "leaping waters" (American Indian). The name of waterfalls in Georgia.

TALULLA "abundance lady" from Gaelic Tuilelaith

TAMARA "date palm" (Hebrew). The daughter-in-law of Judah in the Old Testament. Also in the Old Testament, a daughter of David. The name can also mean "spice" (Sanskrit).

TAMID form of MUHAMMAD

TAMIKA meaning unknown. Possibly a made-up name.

TAMMY short form of TAMZEN

TAMSIN form of TAMZEN

TAMSON form of TAMZEN

TAMZEN Cornish feminine form of THOMAS

TANI This name can mean several things in many different langauges: "valley" (Japanese); "sweetheart" (Melanesian); "youth" (Tonkinese); "bull that charges randomly" (Andalusian)

TANNER "one who tans hides" (Old English). From a surname.

TANYA short form of TATIANA

TARA "hill" (Gaelic). According to legend, Tara in Ireland was the place where the Irish kings resided. It can also mean "carrying" or "shining" (Sanskrit) or it can be a short form of ASTAROTH.

TARAS Russian form of the name Tarasios, which possibly means "of Tarentum" (Greek). Tarentum is a town in Italy.

TARYN A modern reshaping of the name TARA.

TASHA short form of NATASHA or LATASHA

TATIANA meaning unknown (Slavic). A Russian saint.

TAYLOR "a cutter of cloth" from Middle English taillour "tailor". From a surname.

TED short form of EDWARD or THEODORE

TEMAN "right hand" or "south" (Hebrew)

TEMANI "of Teman" (Hebrew). Teman is a place name. It is equivalent to Yemen, the name of a country on the Arabian peninsula.

TEMPEST "storm" (English)

TERENCE "tender" or "good" or "gracious" (Latin)

TERESA form of THERESA

TERI short form of THERESA

TERRI short form of THERESA

TERRY short form of TERENCE or THERESA or French short form of THEODORE

THADDEUS meaning unknown (Aramaic). A name of the apostle Judas, the son of James (not the apostle Judas Iscariot).

THAN "death" (Greek). This is apparently a form of Greek Thanatos.

THELMA "nursling" or "infant" (Greek). The name carries a connotation of youth.

THEO short form of THEOBALD, THEODORIC or THEODORE

THEOBALD "bold over the people" (Teutonic)

THEODORA feminine form of THEODORE. This name is the same as Dorothea with the elements reversed.

THEODORE "gift of God" (Greek)

THEODORIC "ruler of the people" (Teutonic). A king of the Ostrogoths.

THERESA "woman of Therasia" or "summer" (Greek). Therasia is the name of island off Greece.

THERON "hunter" (Greek)

THOMAS "twin" (Aramaic). He was the apostle who doubted the resurrected Jesus.

THORBURN "[dweller by] Thor's stream" (Teutonic). Thor was the Norse god of strength and thunder.

TIA short form of names ending with tia.

TIFFANY "manifestation of God" from Greek Theophania. Traditionally given to girls born on the Epiphamy (January 6).

TIM short form of TIMOTHY, TIMON, or TIMEUS

TIMEUS "perfect" (Greek)

TIMON "worthy" (Greek)

TIMOTHY "honored by God" (Greek). A companion of Saint Paul on his missionary journeys. The recipient of two epistles from Saint Paul in the New Testament.

TINA short form of CHRISTINA or KATINA

TISHA short form of LATISHA

TITO Italian form of TITUS

TITUS "to honor" or "safe" (Greek). A companion of Paul and the first bishop of Crete in the New Testament.

TIVOLI possibly from an Italian place name. Tivoli is a city near Rome.

TOBIAS "the Lord is good" (Hebrew). A hero in the Old Testament.

TOBY short form of TOBIAS or Welsh short form of THOMAS

TODD "fox" or "fox hunter" (Old English)

TOM short form of THOMAS

TONY short form of ANTHONY

TONYA short form of ANTONIA

TOR "Thor" (Old Norse). Thor was the Norse god of strength and thunder.

TORA feminine form of TOR

TORI short form of VICTORIA

TORSTEN "Thor's stone" (Old Norse)

TRACEY form of TRACY

TRACY short form of THERESA or "path" or "road" (French)

TRANTER "wagoneer" (Old English). From a surname.

TRAVIS "toll collector" (Middle English). From a surname.

TRECIA form of TRICIA

TREFOR original Welsh form of TREVOR

TRENT "[dweller by the] Trent" (Old English). From a surname. The Trent is a river in England.

TREVOR "big village" (Welsh). From a surname.

TRICIA short form of PATRICIA

TRINA short form of CATRINA

TRISHA form of TRICIA

TRISTAN "sad" from Latin tristus. The hero of a Celtic legend. The name was originally Tristram.

TRISTRAM form of TRISTAN

TROY "from Troyes" (French). From a surname.

TRUDY short form of GERTRUDE

TULLIO meaning unknown (Latin). From a Roman family name.

TULLY possibly form of TULLIO

TYLER "a tiler of roofs" (Middle English). From a surname.

TYRONE "of Tyrone" (Celtic). Tyrone is the name of a county in Nortern Ireland.

TYSON meaning unknown (French). From a surname.

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UGO Italian form of HUGH

ULAND "noble country" (Teutonic)

ULANDUS form of ULAND?

ULF "wolf" (Teutonic)

ULRIC form of ULRICH

ULRICH "wolf power" (old English). The name of two German saints.

ULTAN "of Ulster" (Irish). Ulster is a region of Ireland.

ULYSSES perhaps "the hateful one" or "wounded in the thigh" (Greek). This is the Latin form of the Greek name Odysseus, the hero of Homer's 'Odyssey'.

UMBERTO Italian form of HUMBERT

URI "light" (Hebrew)

URIAH "God is light" (Hebrew). The name of a Hittite warrior killed by king David.

URIEL "light of God" (Hebrew). The name of an archangel.

URIEN "privileged birth" from Celtic orbo "privileged" and gen "birth".

URSULA "little bear" (Latin). Ursula was the virgin saint of Britain who was martyred under Attila the Hun.

UTHMAN "baby bustard" (Arabic). A bustard is a bird similar to a crane.

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VALDEMAR Scandinavian form of VLADIMIR

VALERIE "strong" (Latin). From a Roman family name. The name of an early saint.

VALESKA "glorious ruler" (Slavic)

VANDA form of WANDA

VANESSA The name was invented by Jonathan Swift.

VAUGHAN "little" (Celtic). From a Welsh surname.

VAUGHN form of VAUGHAN

VERA either "truth" (Latin) or "faith" (Slavic)

VERENA possibly a pet form of VERA. A popular Swiss name.

VERITY "verity" (English). Verity means truth.

VERN short form of VERNON or form of WERNER or WARREN

VERNON "alder tree" (French). From a surname.

VERONICA either "true image" (Latin) or Latin form of BERNICE

VICKI short form of VICTORIA

VICKY short form of VICTORIA

VICTOR "victor" (English or Latin)

VICTORIA "victory" (Latin). A queen of England. A city in Canada bears this name.

VILMAR form of WILMER

VINCENT "conquering" (Latin)

VIOLET "violet" (English). From the flower.

VIRGIL meaning unknown (Latin). A Roman poet.

VIRGINIA "chaste" (Latin). According to legend, she was a Roman woman killed by her father so as to keep her a virgin.

VIVIAN "lively" (Latin)

VLADILEN contraction of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Lenin was the founder of the former Soviet state.

VLADIMIR "to rule with peace" (Slavic). The Russian form of the Ukranian name Wolodymyr. The name of a prince of Kiev.

VOLODYMYR form of VLADIMIR

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WADE "a ford" (Middle English). From a surname.

WALDO short form of Teutonic names containing wald "rule"

WALLACE "Celtic" or "foreigner" (French). William Wallace was a Scottish hero.

WALLY short form of WALTER or WALLACE

WALTER "rule people" or "rule army" (Teutonic). Composed of the elements wald "rule" combined with either heri "army" or harja "people".

WALTON from a surname which was originally from a place name.

WALTRAUD "rule strength" or "foreigner strength" (Teutonic). From wald "rule" or walh "foreigner" combined with thrud "strength".

WARREN "enclosure" (Teutonic) or "from La Varenne" (French). From a surname.

WASHINGTON from an Old English surname. The name is usually given in honour of America's first president.

WAYNE "wagon maker" from Old English waegn "wagon". From a surname.

WENDELL "A Wend" (Teutonic). From an Old German name. The Wends were a Slavic people living between the Elbe and the Ober.

WENDY short form of GWENDOLEN, GENEVIEVE, JENNIFER or GUINEVERE. First used in J. M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan' in 1904.

WERNER "Warin warrior" (Teutonic). The Warins were a Germanic tribe.

WESLEY "west meadow" (Old English). From a surname.

WHITNEY "from the white island" (Old English). From a surname.

WIL short form of WILBUR, WILFRED, WILLEM or WILLIAM

WILBUR "bright resolve" (Teutonic)

WILFRED "much peace" (Old English)

WILFRID form of WILFRED

WILFRIED form of WILFRED

WILHELM German form of WILLIAM

WILL form of WIL

WILLA feminine form of WILLIAM

WILLARD "bold resolve" (Teutonic)

WILLEM Dutch form of WILLIAM

WILLIAM "will helmet" (Teutonic). From German Wilhelm. The name has belonged to rulers of England, Prussia and Germany.

WILLIS from a surname related to the name WILLIAM

WILLOW "willow" (English)

WILMA short feminine form of WILHELM

WILMER "will famous" (English) or masculine form of WILMA

WILMOT From a surname that derives from the first name WILLIAM.

WINIFRED "friend of peace" (Old English)

WINONA "firstborn" (American Indian)

WINSTON "joy stone" (Old English). From a surname or a place name. Winston Churchill was the English prime minister during World War II.

WOLF "wolf" (English) or short form of WOLFGANG or WOLFRAM

WOLFGANG "wolf strife" (Teutonic)

WOLFRAM "wolf raven" (Teutonic)

WOODROW "row of houses by a wood" (Old English). From a surname which was from a place name. Made popular in part by American president Woodrow Wilson.

WRIGHT "carpenter" (Old English). From a surname.

WYNONNA form of WINONA

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XANTHE "yellow" or "fair hair" from Greek xanthos.

XAVIER "bright" (Arabic) or perhaps "new house" (Basque). Saint Francis Xavier was the missionary who popularized the name.

XENIA "hospitable" deriving from Greek xenos "stranger".

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YAKOV modern Hebrew and Russian form of JACOB

YAN French form of JOHN

YANN Breton form of JOHN

YANNIC pet form of YANN

YANNIS Greek form of JOHN

YASIR "to be rich" or "to be easy" from Arabic yasira "to make easy".

YASMINE Persian form of JASMINE

YITZHAK modern Hebrew form of ISAAC

YOLANDA "violet flower" from Greek ion "violet" and anthos "flower".

YOSHI "better" or "best" (Japanese)

YSEULT French form of ISOLDE

YURI Russian form of GEORGE

YVES "yew" (Teutonic)

YVETTE French feminine form of YVES

YVONNE feminine form of YVES

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ZACHARY "the memory of the Lord" (Hebrew). A prophet of the Old Testament.

ZAHRAH either "splendor of the east" or "flower" (Arabic)

ZAK short form of ZACHARY or ISAAC

ZANE meaning unknown. From a surname.

ZARA form of ZAHRAH

ZARAY form of ZAHRAH

ZAVIER form of XAVIER

ZED short form of ZEDEKIAH

ZEDEKIAH "justice of the Lord" (Hebrew). The name of several characters in the Bible.

ZEKE short form of Zechariach (see ZACHARY) or EZEKIEL

ZENA form of XENIA or short form of ROSINA or ZENOBIA

ZENOBIA "Zeus life" (Greek). Zeus was the king of the Greek gods.

ZEPHYR "the west wind" (Greek). The name of the Greek god of the west wind.

ZINA form of XENIA or short form of ROSINA or ZINAIDA ZINAIDA "of Zeus" from the Greek name Zenais. Zeus was the king of the Greek gods.

ZINOVIA Russian form of ZENOBIA ZOE "life" (Greek). Saint Zoe was a third century martyr.

ZSA ZSA pet form of ZSUSANNA ZSUSANNA Hungarian form of SUSANNAH

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