Used by British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton for a blind flower-seller in his novel 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (1834). He perhaps based it on Latin nidus "nest".
Alternate transcription of Macedonian Мирче (see MIRČE).... Read
From the Hebrew name יוֹנָה (Yonah) meaning "dove". This was the name of a prophet swallowed by a fish, as told in the Old Testament Book of Jonah. Jonah was commanded by God to preach in Nineveh, but instead fled by boat. After being caught in a storm, the other... Read
From the Greek name Νεοπτολεμος (Neoptolemos) meaning "new war", derived from νεος (neos) "new" and πολεμος (polemos) "war". In Greek legend this was the name of the son of Achilles, brought into the Trojan War because it was prophesied the Greeks could not win it unless he was present. After... Read
Form of CUNOBELINUS used by Shakespeare in his play 'Cymbeline' (1609).... Read
Alternate transcription of Russian Севастьян (see SEVASTYAN).... Read
From a noble title that derives from the Old French word marche "march, borderland". The title originally referred to someone who ruled on the borderlands of a realm.... Read
Anglicized masculine form of AILBHE.
Latinized form of Gislin (see GHISLAIN).
Means "other, different" in Turkish.
From the name of an Irish goddess, who according to legend gave her name to Ireland (which is called Éire in Irish). In reality, the goddess probably got her name from that of the island, which may mean something like "abundant land" in Old Irish.... Read
Derived from a Slovene surname, which is of unknown meaning.... Read
From a Scottish surname that was derived from various place names, themselves derived from Gaelic druim meaning "ridge".... Read
The name was first used by Oscar Wilde in his novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' (1891), which tells the story of a man whose portrait ages while he stays young. Wilde may have taken it from the name of the ancient Greek tribe the Dorians, or from the surname... Read
Means "lily of the valley" in Turkish (species Convallaria majalis).... Read
Means "flag" in Albanian.
From a Scottish surname that was originally from a Norman French place name meaning "bad town". A famous bearer of the surname was the American author Herman Melville (1819-1891), who wrote several novels including 'Moby-Dick'.... Read
Means "love of God", derived from Latin amare "to love" and Deus "God". A famous bearer was the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who was actually born Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart but preferred the Latin translation of his Greek middle name. This name was also assumed as a middle name... Read
Derived from the Old Norse elements borg "fortification" and hildr "battle". In Norse mythology she was the wife of Sigmund.... Read
Portuguese form of CORNELIUS.
Polish, Czech and Romanian form of MARIANUS. It is sometimes used as a masculine form of MARIA.... Read
Finnish diminutive of LAURENCE (1) or HILARIUS.
Old Germanic form of ROSALIND.
Ukrainian form of JOSEPH.
Form of ARTHUR in several languages.
Italian form of GENEVIÈVE.
Short form of FRANCIS. The singer Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was a famous bearer.... Read
Ancient Attic Greek variant of MELISSA.
From the Akkadian name Nabu-apla-usur meaning "Nabu protect my son", derived from the god's name NABU combined with aplu meaning "son, heir" and an imperative form of naṣāru meaning "to protect". This was the name of a 7th-century BC king of the Babylonian Empire, the first of the Chaldean dynasty.... Read
Means "rose cheeked" in Persian.
Means "the moon" in Thai (a poetic word).
Estonian feminine form of LOUIS.
French form of Eugenius (see EUGENE).
Derived from Greek μυρον (myron) meaning "sweet oil, perfume". Myron was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek sculptor. Saints bearing this name include a 3rd-century bishop of Crete and a 4th-century martyr from Cyzicus who was killed by a mob. These saints are more widely revered in the Eastern... Read
Uyghur elaboration of REYHAN using the suffix گۇل (gul) meaning "flower, rose".... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic حيدر (see HAIDAR).... Read
Old Romanian diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element rad "happy, willing". This was the name of a 13th-century ruler of Wallachia.... Read
Means "conqueror of an expert army" in Sanskrit.
Diminutive of ALISON, ALEXANDRA or other names beginning with the same sound.... Read
Croatian diminutive of JOSEPH.
Old Germanic form of OTTO.
Means "to use words of good omen" from Greek () "good" and φημι (phemi) "to speak, to declare". Saint Euphemia was an early martyr from Chalcedon.... Read
Diminutive of ALBERT, HERBERT, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").... Read
English form of the Greek name Ανδρεας (Andreas), which was derived from ανδρειος (andreios) "manly, masculine", a derivative of ανηρ (aner) "man". In the New Testament the apostle Andrew, the first disciple to join Jesus, is the brother of Simon Peter. According to tradition, he later preached in the Black... Read
Basque and Galician form of XAVIER.
Meaning uncertain. It was perhaps inspired by the fictional place name Arlo Hill from the poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590) by Edmund Spenser. Spenser probably got Arlo by altering the real Irish place name Aherlow, which is Gaelic meaning "between two highlands".... Read
Variant of ROXANE influenced by REX.
Means "zebra" in Kikuyu. This is one of Mumbi's nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.... Read
Derived from Old Norse heiðr meaning "bright, clear" and rún meaning "secret". In Norse mythology this was the name of a goat that would eat the leaves from the tree of life and produce mead in her udder.... Read
Italian form of SILVESTER.
Combination of JOHANN and BAPTIST, in honour of Saint John the Baptist.... Read
Means "adorable" in Esperanto.
Means "shining, radiant" in Arabic.
Means "madonna lily" in Spanish.
Norwegian form of EYSTEINN.
Form of THEKLA in several languages.
Old Norse name meaning "Thor's protection", from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with bjǫrg "help, save, rescue".... Read
Derived from Greek μητηρ (meter) "mother" (genitive μητρος) and φανης (phanes) "appearing". Saint Metrophanes was the first bishop of Byzantium (4th century).... Read
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEONARD. A notable bearer was Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the 'Mona Lisa'. Another famous bearer was Leonardo Fibonacci,... Read
Meaning unknown. This name was popularized by the American actor Marlon Brando (1924-2004), who was named after his father.... Read
Scottish short form of ROBERT.
Dutch and Frisian form of GERARD.
Italian form of the Roman name Ursinus, itself derived from Ursus (see URS). This is the name of a character in Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night' (1602).... Read
Old Norse and Icelandic form of SOLVEIG.
Meaning unknown. This name was borne by a 17th-century chief of the Powhatan people. He was also known as Powhatan, as a result of confusion between his name and his birthplace.... Read
Old Norse form of FRITJOF.
Italian form of HERCULES.
From Chinese 儒 (rú) meaning "scholar", 如 (rú) meaning "like, as, if", or other characters with similar pronunciations.... Read
Means "pious, devout" in Arabic.
Portuguese form of VERONICA.
Feminine diminutive of MICHELE (1).
Modern Greek variant of Georgios (see GEORGE).
Form of ASHER used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.... Read
Modern Greek form of AGNES.
Modern Greek transcription of EUTHYMIA.
Russian form of HERODION.