From a Late Latin name that was derived from scholasticus meaning "rhetorician, orator". Saint Scholastica was a 6th-century Benedictine abbess, the sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia.... Read
Yiddish form of BENEDICT.
Means "the warrior" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and koa "warrior, koa tree".... Read
Diminutive of CONCEPCIÓN. This name can also mean "seashell" in Spanish.... Read
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "long ford" in Old English.... Read
Norwegian feminine form of BENEDICT.
Means "lady" in Late Latin. This was the name of three early saints.... Read
Old Welsh form of MORGAN (1).
From a surname, an Anglicized form of the Dutch de Raedt, derived from raet "advice, counsel". Margaret Mitchell used this name for the character Rhett Butler in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936).... Read
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
From a surname that was derived from the given name PIERS.... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic جلال (see JALAL).... Read
Italian form of REYNOLD. This is the Italian name of the hero Renaud, a character in several Renaissance epics.... Read
Means "day" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified the daytime. According to Hesiod she was the daughter of Nyx, the personification of the night.... Read
Means "affection, kindness" in Arabic.
Short form of TERENCE or TERRY (1).
Lithuanian form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
Means "lord of hordes" from Sanskrit गण (gana) meaning "horde, multitude" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler". This is the name of the Hindu god of wisdom and good luck, the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is often depicted as a stout man with the head of an elephant.... Read
Latinized form of the Greek name Πελαγιος (Pelagios), which was derived from πελαγος (pelagos) "the sea". This was the name of several saints and two popes.... Read
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi प्रतीक, Gujarati પ્રતિક or Bengali প্রতীক (see PRATIK).... Read
Means "power of god", derived from Old English god combined with ric "power, rule". This name died out a few centuries after the Norman Conquest.... Read
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
Germanic name derived from the elements theud "people" and man "man".... Read
Means "ruler, king, sultan" in Arabic. In the Arab world this name is typically masculine, but Turkey it is given to both boys and girls.... Read
Means "good-tempered, well-disposed", derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su) meaning "good" combined with शील (shila) meaning "conduct, disposition". This is a transcription of both the feminine form सुशीला and the masculine form सुशील. This name is borne by wives of the Hindu gods Krishna and Yama.... Read
Hungarian form of Desiderius (see DESIDERIO).
Latvian form of YEVGENIY.
Means "image of the mother" in Yoruba.
Possibly means "brook" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a daughter of Saul. She was married to David, but after David fled from Saul he remarried her to someone else. Later, when David became king, he ordered her returned to him.... Read
From Old Norse bragr meaning "first, foremost" or "poetry". In Norse mythology Bragi is the god of poetry and the husband of Iðunn.... Read
German cognate of ALBERT.
Alternate transcription of Arabic ظهير or زاهر or ظاهر (see ZAHIR).... Read
From the Gaelic name Tuilelaith, which was derived from Irish tuile "abundance" and flaith "princess".... Read
Feminine form of CAELIUS.
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "white field" in Old English.... Read
Croatian and Serbian form of SŁAWOMIR.
From Dutch mirte, a cognate of MYRTLE.
Possibly means either "white fire" or "white bull" in Irish. According to legend this was the name of the only Irish person to survive the great flood. This name was also borne by many Irish saints.... Read
Means "uncle", from Hebrew אָח ('ach) "brother" and אֲב ('av) "father". This was the name of a king of Israel, the husband of Jezebel, as told in the Old Testament. He was admonished by Elijah for his sinful behaviour. Herman Melville later used this name in his novel 'Moby-Dick' (1851),... Read
Variant of HOSHEA used in some versions of the Bible.... Read
Means "his history, his story" in Amharic.
Possibly a Romanian masculine form of ALINA. Alternatively it may derive from Romanian alina "to soothe".... Read
Form of AZAZIAH used in the Greek Bible.
Derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of JOHN. It is often regarded as an independent name. During the Middle Ages it was very common, and it became a slang word meaning "man". It was frequently used in fairy tales and nursery rhymes, such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk',... Read
Scottish form of ELEANOR.
From a surname that was derived from the name of the city of Leicester, originally denoting a person who was from that place. The city's name is derived from the river name Ligore combined with Latin castra "camp".... Read
Means "pride, joy" in Turkish.
French feminine form of ARNOLD.
French form of DOMITILLA.
Limburgish short form of ARNOLD.
Short form of EDWARD or THEODORE. A famous bearer was the American baseball player Ted Williams (1918-2002), who was born as Theodore.... Read
Possibly derived from Welsh mad "fortunate" combined with a diminutive suffix.... Read
Means "violet flower", derived from Greek ιον (ion) "violet" and ανθος (anthos) "flower". This was the name of an ocean nymph in Greek mythology.... Read
From a surname that has several different origins. It could be from the Old English given names Cyneric "royal power" or Cenric "bold power", or from the Welsh name Cynwrig "chief hero". It can also be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Mac Eanraig meaning "son of HENRY".... Read
From Sino-Korean 昰 (ha) meaning "summer, name" combined with 昀 (yun) meaning "sunlight". Other hanja character combinations are possible.... Read
Latinized form of JOSIAH used in some English versions of the Old Testament.... Read
Old Slavic form of ATHANASIUS.
Kazakh and Kyrgyz form of AYGÜL.
Means "friend of god", derived from Old English god combined with wine "friend". This was the name of the powerful 11th-century Earl of Wessex, the father of King Harold II of England.... Read
Old Germanic form of WALTER.
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUMIŁ.
Means "desiring peace" from Old English wil "will, desire" and friþ "peace". Saint Wilfrid was a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon bishop. The name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest, but it was revived in the 19th century.... Read
Derived from Basque abe meaning "pillar". It is a Basque equivalent of Pilar.... Read
Variant of AUDREY, used since the 19th century.
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOGUMIŁ.
Spanish and Portuguese form of FERDINAND.
Roman family name that was originally a diminutive of MARCUS. This was the name of two popes.... Read
French form of Gratianus (see GRATIAN).
Patronymic derived from CHRYSES. In Greek legend she was the daughter of Chryses, a priest of Apollo. After she was taken prisoner by the Greeks besieging Troy, Apollo sent a plague into their camp, forcing the Greeks to release her.... Read
German and Scandinavian form of SEVERINUS.
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of RODERICK. A notable bearer was Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, also known as El Cid, an 11th-century Spanish military commander.... Read
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of CHRISTOPHER.