Short form of WILLIAM. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been influenced by an earlier Irish pronunciation of the name. Famous bearers include basketball player Bill Russell (1934-), comedian Bill Cosby (1937-), American president Bill Clinton (1946-), and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (1955-).
Dutch and Danish short form of SUSANNA.
Italian form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
Means "fragrant" in Comanche. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Comanche.... Read
Biblical Hebrew form of MICHAEL.
English form of Ιησους (Iesous), which was the Greek form of the Aramaic name יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a). Yeshu'a is itself a contracted form of Yehoshu'a (see JOSHUA). Yeshua ben Yoseph, better known as Jesus Christ, was the central figure of the New Testament and the source of the Christian religion. The... Read
Romanian diminutive of AUREL.
Combination of JEAN (1) and PIERRE.
From an English and Scottish surname that was derived from Norman French grand meaning "great, large". A famous bearer of the surname was Ulysses Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War who later served as president. In America the name has often been given... Read
From the Slavic element milu meaning "gracious, dear", originally a short form of names that began with that element. A city in Italy bears this name, though it originates from a different source.... Read
From Sino-Vietnamese 珠 (châu) meaning "pearl, gem".... Read
Means "good listener" in Persian.
From Japanese 蓮 (ren) meaning "lotus", 恋 (ren) meaning "love", or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.... Read
Original Welsh form of GLADYS.
Brazilian Portuguese form of NAOMI (1).
From Turkish er "brave man" and doğan "falcon".... Read
Dutch variant of names beginning with Eli, such as ELIJAH or ELISABETH.... Read
French feminine form of MAËL.
Hebrew form of RAPHAEL. This name does not appear in any surviving Hebrew text of the Old Testament Apocrypha.... Read
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
Finnish form of BIRGITTA.
Derived from the Old English elements os "god" and beorht "bright". After the Norman Conquest, this Old English name was merged with its Norman cognate. It was rare in the Middle Ages, and eventually died out. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.... Read
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the given name FIONNLAGH.... Read
Portuguese form of ELIZABETH. This more recent form is used alongside the traditional Portuguese form Isabel.... Read
From the Old Norse name Gunnvǫr meaning "cautious in war" from gunnr "war" combined with vǫr "vigilant, cautious".... Read
Variant of KAJA (1). Note, this is primarily a masculine name in Sweden (see KAJ (1)).... Read
French feminine diminutive of CHARLES.
Means "I will thank YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This is a modern Hebrew name probably inspired by ODELIA (1).... Read
Means "praised, commendable" in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Muslim belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first... Read
Medieval Slavic form of BRATISLAV.
Yiddish variant of HANNAH.
Means "flower of life" in Albanian, from lule "flower" and jetë "life".... Read
Polish form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
Means "maiden, virgin" in Finnish.
German variant form of ROBERT. The military commander Prince Rupert of the Rhine, a nephew of Charles I, introduced this name to England in the 17th century.... Read
Derived from Sanskrit कुसुम (kusuma) meaning "flower".... Read
Danish form of APOLLONIA.
Derived from Celtic taran meaning "thunder", cognate with Þórr (see THOR). This was the name of the Gaulish thunder god, who was often identified with the Roman god Jupiter.... Read
Old Norse form of INGOLF.
Derived from the Germanic elements wig "war" and brand "sword".... Read
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.
Italian form of PARIS (1).
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of AUGUSTUS.
From the Germanic *Ingwaz, possibly meaning "ancestor". This was the name of an obscure old Germanic fertility god who was considered the ancestor of the tribe the Ingaevones. It is possible he was an earlier incarnation of the god Freyr.... Read
Anglicized form of SEÁN. It came into general use in America after the release of the western movie 'Shane' (1953).... Read
Hebrew form of SENNACHERIB.
Ukrainian form of EUGENE.
Means "son of Herakles" in Greek, derived from the name of the mythic hero HERAKLES combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides).... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic عليّ (see ALI (1)).... Read
Means "an eye-catching object" from Arabic رنا (rana) meaning "to gaze".... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic أنور (see ANWAR).... Read
From the Latin Cupido meaning "desire". This was the name of the Roman god of love, the son of Venus and Mars. He was portrayed as a winged, blindfolded boy, armed with a bow and arrows, which caused the victim to fall in love. His Greek equivalent was Eros.... Read
From Sino-Vietnamese 玉 (ngọc) meaning "jade, precious stone, gem".... Read
Portuguese feminine form of CAESARIUS.
Derived from the Germanic elements heid "kind, sort, type" and ric "power, ruler".... Read
Original Latin form of MARTIAL.
Portuguese form of AMANTIUS.
Danish and Norwegian short form of JOHANNE, or a German and Dutch short form of JOHANNA. This can also be a Dutch short form of JOHANNES (masculine).... Read
Diminutive of ROBERT or ROBERTA.
Either a variant of KURT or short form of CURTIS.
Possibly cognate with the Western Semitic god SHALIM. Shulmanu was an Eastern Semitic (Mesopotamian) god associated with battle.... Read
Latvian form of ALEXANDER.
Ancient Greek name meaning "common fate". This is the name of a woman mentioned in Paul's epistle to the Philippians in the New Testament.... Read
Dutch variant of ELISABETH.
Anglicized form of RUADH. A notable bearer was the Scottish outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy (1671-1734). It is often associated with French roi "king".... Read
Means "look, appearance" in Sanskrit.
Diminutive of EDVÁRD or EDUÁRD.
Means "fortunate, lucky" in Arabic.
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit.
Alternate transcription of Persian شهره (see SHOHREH).... Read
Form of XENIA in several languages.
Portuguese form of TULLIO.
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of Clemens (see CLEMENT).... Read
Derived from Nakh vakha "to live".
Form of NICHOLAS in several languages.
Modern Persian form of AHURA MAZDA.
Romanian short form of IOANA.
Meaning unknown, perhaps related to Old Norse stilling "calm", or perhaps of German origin.... Read
Greek form of HYACINTHUS.