Elaborated form of NORMA.
French and Hungarian form of LENA.
Latinized form of the Greek name Αριστοκλης (Aristokles) meaning "the best glory", derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the real name of the philosopher Plato.... Read
Yiddish variant of ISRAEL.
Means "YAHWEH is he" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a king of Israel. He ruled in the 9th century BC, coming to power by overthrowing Jehoram. This was also the name of a prophet during the reign of the king Baasha.... Read
Diminutive of ALEKSANDRA, ALBINA, and other names beginning with Ал.... Read
From Sanskrit सुख (sukha) meaning "pleasant, happy" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".... Read
Feminine form of ZAAHIR (1).
French form of DESIDERATA. In part it is directly from the French word meaning "desired, wished".... Read
Means "bright edge" from the Old English elements ecg "edge of a sword" and beorht "bright". This was the name of kings of Kent and Wessex as well as two English saints. The name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest but was revived in the 19th century.... Read
Variant of SIBYL. This name was borne by actress Cybill Shepherd (1950-), who was named after her grandfather Cy and her father Bill.... Read
Variant of ROXANE influenced by REX.
Dutch cognate of REIN (1).
Turkish form of RAABI'A or RABI'A.
Hebrew form of RAPHAEL. This name does not appear in any surviving Hebrew text of the Old Testament Apocrypha.... Read
Old Norse form of GUNBORG.
Means "divine warrior", from Japanese 神 (jin) meaning "god" and 武 (mu) meaning "military, martial". In Japanese legend this was the name of the founder of Japan and the first emperor, supposedly ruling in the 7th century BC.... Read
Dutch feminine form of Iacomus (see JAMES).
Brazilian variant of MARCIANA.
Modern Persian form of Avestan Hvare Khshaeta meaning "shining sun". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel) who was associated with the sun.... Read
Portuguese form of Tiburtius (see TIBURCIO).
Feminine form of MAXIMILIANUS.
Anglicized form of SHAHRAZAD.
Derived from Turkmen anna "Friday" and gül "flower, rose".... Read
Anglicized form of OWAIN.
Old Germanic form of FULK.
Derived from Welsh gwalch "hawk", possibly combined with mei "May (the month)". This is the name of a character in Welsh legend. He is probably the antecedent of Gawain from Arthurian romance.... Read
Italian and Spanish form of MARINUS.
Means "one who confronts" in Arabic.
Romanian diminutive of PETER.
Alternate transcription of Serbian Ђуро (see ĐURO).... Read
Southern Indian form of AJIT.
Danish variant of CHRISTIAN.
From a Scottish surname that was originally derived from a place name, itself probably derived from the Brythonic element cet meaning "wood". This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles. It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.... Read
From a surname that originally belonged to a person who worked as a servant.... Read
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from a Western Semitic language and meaning "high heaven". Shammuramat was a 9th-century BC queen of Assyria. After her young son inherited the throne, she acted as his regent for five years. The legendary figure Semiramis may be based on her.... Read
From the English word, referring to a story about the past (or by extension, a heroic character in such a story), ultimately from Latin legere "to read".... Read
Armenian form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
Means "star flower" in Mongolian.
From Tatar Uruslan, which was possibly from Turkic arslan meaning "lion". Yeruslan Lazarevich is the name of a hero in Russian and Tatar folktales. These tales were based on (or at least influenced by) Persian tales of their hero Rostam.... Read
From the Greek name Λινος (Linos) meaning "flax". In Greek legend he was the son of the god Apollo, who accidentally killed him in a contest. Another son of Apollo by this name was the music teacher of Herakles. The name was also borne by the second pope, serving after... Read
Georgian form of TAHMURAS. This was the name of several kings who ruled over kingdoms located in what is now modern Georgia.... Read
Feminine form of GROZDAN.
Means "like a ruby" in Esperanto.
Means "all praise to God" in Igbo.
From Greek Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS". By extension, it means "goddess". This was the name of an obscure Greek goddess who, according to some legends, was the mother of Aphrodite.... Read
Valencian diminutive of JOAQUIM.
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Ηρακλειτος (Herakleitos) meaning "glory of Hera", derived from the name of the goddess HERA combined with κλειτος (kleitos) "glory". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher from Ephesus.... Read
Derived from Irish Gaelic meaning "salmon".
Possibly a feminine form of ANDREI.
From the Hebrew name יָרָבְעָם (Yarav'am) meaning "the people contend". According to the Old Testament, this was the name of the leader of the revolt against King Rehoboam of Israel. The kingdom was split into Judah in the south and Israel in the north, with Jeroboam becoming the first king... Read
Short form of German names containing the element bern "bear".... Read
Means "sweet, goodly" in Irish Gaelic. In Irish mythology Sadb was the mother of Oisín.... Read
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ALFRED.
Elaborated form of SHARON.
Older Germanic form of KRIEMHILD.
Slovak feminine form of ALOYSIUS.
Alternate transcription of Arabic ضياء الدين (see ZIYA AL-DIN), as well as the usual Urdu transcription.... Read
Dutch form of MARJOLAINE.
Russian and Armenian form of ALEXANDER. This name was borne by the 19th-century Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin.... Read
Means "foremost of noble women" in Egyptian. This was the name of a pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. She may have been the first woman to take the title of Pharaoh.... Read
Means "sea, ocean" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a 16th-century Indian princess who devoted her life to the god Krishna.... Read
Turkish form of SHADI (1).
Means "laurel" in Hebrew, of Greek origin.
Germanic name derived from the element hrok meaning "rest". This was the name of a 14th-century French saint who nursed victims of the plague but eventually contracted the disease himself. He is the patron saint of the sick.... Read
Esperanto form of ALEXANDER.
Croatian diminutive of BARBARA.
Lithuanian diminutive of LAIMA.
Possibly means "quiet warrior" in Kikuyu.