In the case of American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it is derived from the Italian musical term con dolcezza meaning "with sweetness".
Feminine form of PETRONIUS.
Old Norse name derived from the elements arn meaning "eagle" and bjǫrg meaning "help, save, rescue".... Read
Possibly derived from the Slavic elements dan "given" and miru "peace, world". Otherwise, it might be of Turkic origin.... Read
Means "sword" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic سيف (sayf).... Read
Latin form of PETER used occasionally in Dutch and German.... Read
From a surname, which is either Scottish or Irish in origin (see MURRAY (1) and MURRAY (2)).... Read
From an English surname that was from various place names meaning "oak clearing" in Old English.... Read
From the Old Norse name Hallvarðr, which meant "rock guardian" from hallr "rock" combined with varðr "guardian".... Read
Means "god of strength" from Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength" combined with देव (deva) meaning "god". Baladeva (also called Balarama) is the name of the older brother of the Hindu god Krishna.... Read
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of LINUS.... Read
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
Welsh form of AMBROSE. Emrys Wledig (or Ambrosius Aurelianus) was a Romano-British military leader who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. Tales of his life were used by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth to create the character of Merlin, who he called Merlinus Ambrosius or Myrddin... Read
Latinized form of the Late Greek name ‘Ελλαδιος (Helladios), which was derived from ‘Ελλαδος (Hellados) meaning "of Greece". Saint Helladius was a 7th-century archbishop of Toledo.... Read
Meaning uncertain. It possibly derives from the ethno-linguistic term Gael, which refers to speakers of Gaelic languages. Alternatively it may be a variant of GWENAËL.... Read
Latinized form of EOFORHILD. This was the name of a 7th-century English saint.... Read
Perhaps derived from Old Norse hamr "shape", and possibly originally a nickname for a person believed to be a shape changer.... Read
Welsh short form of THOMAS.
From a Scottish surname that is of unknown meaning. A famous bearer of the surname was Simon Fraser (1776-1862), a Canadian explorer.... Read
French feminine form of CYRIL.
Alternate transcription of Hebrew יָרוֹן (see YARON).... Read
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Rogelius, which was possibly derived from the name Rogatus, which was itself derived from Latin rogatus "request".... Read
French form of HONORATUS. It is also sometimes used as a French form of HONORIUS.... Read
From Μαριαμη (Mariame), the form of MARIA used by the historian Josephus when referring to the wife of King Herod.... Read
From the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
Latinized form of Greek Αλκειδης (Alkeides), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was another name for the hero Herakles.... Read
Old Irish form of LUGHAIDH.
Dutch diminutive of JOZEF.
Means "downpour" in Arabic.
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
From an occupational surname meaning "craftsman", ultimately from Old English wyrhta. Famous bearers of the surname were the Wright brothers (Wilbur 1867-1912 and Orville 1871-1948), the inventors of the first successful airplane, and Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), an American architect.... Read
From Japanese 順 (jun) meaning "obey, submit" or 淳 (jun) meaning "pure" combined with 一 (ichi) meaning "one". Other kanji combinations are possible.... Read
From the Roman name Octavianus, which was derived from the name OCTAVIUS. After Gaius Octavius (later the Roman emperor Augustus) was adopted by Julius Caesar he took the name Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus.... Read
Ukrainian form of CHRISTINA.
Means "merry moon" in Turkish.
Form of ISHMAEL used in the Latin Old Testament.
Means "he establishes" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Simeon in the Old Testament. It was also the name of one of the two pillars that stood outside Solomon's Temple, Boaz being the other.... Read
Diminutive of IVA (1), IVA (2) or IVA (3).
Original Irish form of KEVIN.
Form of SAMUEL found in the Latin Old Testament.
Means "the sea" in Welsh. This was the name of the Welsh god of the sea. He possibly forms the basis for the legendary King Lear of the Britons.... Read
Means "high rank" in Arabic.
From Serbian нов (nov) meaning "new".... Read
Old German form of LANCE.
Means "wisdom ornament" in Mongolian.
Means "unpreceded, new" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form अपूर्व and the feminine form अपूर्वा.... Read
Spanish and Italian form of Caecilius (see CECILIA).... Read
German form of BAPTISTE. It is often paired with the name Johann, in honour of Saint John the Baptist.... Read
Scottish form of Þórketill (see TORKEL).... Read
Croatian and Serbian form of ANDREW.
From Greek νεφος (nephos) meaning "cloud". In Greek legend Nephele was created from a cloud by Zeus, who shaped the cloud to look like Hera in order to trick Ixion, a mortal who desired her. Nephele was the mother of the centaurs by Ixion, and was also the mother of... Read
Means "bringing good news" in Arabic.
Finnish feminine form of CYRUS.
Short form of ANASTASIA or EUSTACIA.
Means "of God" in Hebrew. This is the name of the father of Eliasaph in the Old Testament.... Read
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of CYRIL.
Polish form of ELIZABETH.
Feminine variant of GIUSI.
Hebrew form of ISAAC. This was the name of two recent Israeli prime ministers.... Read
Portuguese form of EDITH.
Means "jewel, ornament" in Hebrew.
Portuguese form of PERPETUA.
Means "knight" in Arabic.
Old Germanic form of WALBURGA.
Hebrew form of JERAHMEEL.
Means "illusion" in Sanskrit. In Buddhist tradition this is the name of the mother of Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha). This is also another name of the Hindu goddess Durga.... Read
French form of METHUSELAH.
German, Danish, Swedish and Polish form of Clemens (see CLEMENT). Prince Klemens Metternich was a 19th-century Austrian chancellor who guided the Austrian Empire to victory in the Napoleonic Wars.... Read
Old Germanic form of MANFRED.
From an old Indo-Iranian root meaning "Aryan, noble". In India, this is a transcription of both the masculine form आर्य and the feminine form आर्या. In Iran it is only a masculine name.... Read