Variant of JONATHAN influenced by JOHN.
Variant of PER. The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen used this name for the main character in his play 'Peer Gynt' (1867).... Read
Derived from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and μηλον (melon) "fruit". The second element has also been interpreted as Greek μελος (melos) "song". In Greek myth Philomela was the sister-in-law of Tereus, who raped her and cut out her tongue. Prokne avenged her sister by killing her son by Tereus,... Read
Means "seeing, observing, understanding" in Sanskrit.... Read
Latinized form of the Greek personal name ‘Ηρακλειος (Herakleios), which was derived from the name of the Greek hero HERAKLES. This was the name of a 7th-century Byzantine emperor, known for his victories over the Sassanid Persian Empire. This name was also borne by two early saints.... Read
Italian and Spanish feminine form of DIONYSIUS.
Derived from the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and noð "boldness, daring". This name became rare after the Norman Conquest.... Read
From Japanese 健 (ken) meaning "healthy, strong" or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.... Read
Dutch variant of DIEDERIK.
Means "friend of power" from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and κρατος (kratos) "power".... Read
From the Greek name ‘Ιερωνυμος (Hieronymos) meaning "sacred name", derived from ‘ιερος (hieros) "sacred" and ονομα (onoma) "name". Saint Jerome was responsible for the creation of the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Bible, in the 5th century. He is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. The name was... Read
First part of compound Arabic names beginning with نور ال (Nur al) meaning "light of the" (such as نور الدين (Nur al-Din) "light of religion").... Read
Russian form of PANCRATIUS.
Danish diminutive of EDITH, DOROTHEA or names containing dit. It was popularized by Martin Andersen Nexø's novel 'Ditte, Child of Man' (1921) and the film adaptation (1946).... Read
Masculine or feminine diminutive of WILLIAM. A notable bearer is the retired American baseball player Willie Mays (1931-).... Read
Form of DOROTHEA in several languages.
Means "light of religion", from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" combined with دين (din) "religion, faith".... Read
Possibly a derivative of CLARA.
Means "splendour, glory" in Arabic.
Form of Antonius (see ANTHONY) used in various languages.... Read
Either a diminutive of MARY or a variant of MIRANDA.... Read
From the Hebrew name Yehochanan, an extended form of Yochanan (see JOHN). It is borne by a few minor characters in the English Old Testament.... Read
Italian and Spanish form of MARINUS.
Polish form and Latin variant of SIBYLLA.
Dutch diminutive of ANNA.
Medieval name, a masculine form of AMICE. It appears in the medieval French poem 'Amis and Amiles', about two friends who make sacrifices for one another.... Read
Derived from Greek σωτηρια (soteria) meaning "salvation".... Read
Means "my mother is supreme" in Igbo.
From the name of a village in Andorra where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The name of the village may derive from Latin meridies meaning "midday".... Read
Derived from Turkic tengiz meaning "sea, ocean".
From Brendanus, the Latinized form of the Irish name Bréanainn, which was derived from a Welsh word meaning "prince". Saint Brendan was a 6th-century Irish abbot who, according to legend, crossed the Atlantic and reached North America with 17 other monks.... Read
Alternate transcription of Azerbaijani VÜQAR.
From the Old Norse name Halli, a diminutive of names containing the element hallr meaning "rock".... Read
Derived from Lithuanian ramus meaning "calm" combined with the patronymic suffix ūnas.... Read
Italian form of PETER. Pietro was the given name of the Renaissance painter known as Perugino.... Read
Possibly related to Greek ορινω (orino) meaning "to excite, to agitate". George Bernard Shaw used this name in his play 'The Apple Cart' (1929).... Read
Alternate transcription of Russian Севастьян (see SEVASTYAN).... Read
Diminutive of YANN or YANNA (2).
Russian diminutive of IRINA.
Derived from Slovak ruže meaning "rose".
Feminine form of GERD (1).
Possibly a Dutch form of BALDO.
Derived from Bulgarian огнен (ognen) "fiery".... Read
Hebrew form of ISAAC. This was the name of two recent Israeli prime ministers.... Read
From the Hebrew name מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh), which is most likely derived from Egyptian mes meaning "son", but could also possibly mean "deliver" in Hebrew. The meaning suggested in the Old Testament of "drew out" from Hebrew משה (mashah) is probably an invented etymology (see Exodus 2:10). The biblical Moses was... Read
From Sino-Korean 夏 (ha) meaning "summer, great, grand" combined with 准 (jun) meaning "approve, permit". This name can be formed by other hanja characters as well.... Read
Diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element milu "gracious, dear".... Read
Alternate transcription of Russian Аркадий (see ARKADIY).... Read
Russian and Ukrainian form of DAMIAN.
Medieval Slavic form of MOJMÍR.
Feminine form of LECHOSŁAW.
Meaning uncertain, possibly a combination of RICHARD and MARY. This name has been used since at least the late 18th century, mainly confined to the town of Bury in Lancashire.... Read
Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of Clemens (see CLEMENT).... Read
Irish cognate of LLYR. Ler was an Irish god of the sea, the father of Manannan mac Lir.... Read
From a Scottish surname, of Norman origin, which probably originally referred to the town of Brix in France. The surname was borne by Robert the Bruce, a Scottish hero of the 14th century who achieved independence from England and became the king of Scotland. It has been in use as... Read
Variant of MORGAN (2), from a French form.
Derived from the Old English element ealh "temple" combined with stan "stone".... Read
Short form of SEBASTIAAN.
Old Norse form of ODDBJØRN.
Feminine form of NARCISSUS.
Means "ear of corn" in Latin. This is the name of a star, also known as Spica, in the constellation Virgo.... Read
Combination of ANA and MARIJA.
Means "divine victory" from Sanskrit जय (jaya) meaning "victory" and देव (deva) meaning "god". This was the name of a 13th-century Indian poet.... Read
Italian form of BERTHOLD.
Derived from the Slavic element rad "happy, willing" combined with another element of unknown meaning.... Read
Bulgarian masculine form of LUDMILA.
Old Germanic form of DIETER.
Ancient Greek form of ACHILLES.
Means "lovely" in Armenian.
Old English form of WILFRED.
Scandinavian short form of MONIKA.
Latin name meaning "just". This name was borne by at least eight saints.... Read
Means "hope" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian امید (omid).... Read
From Sino-Vietnamese 德 (đức) meaning "virtue".... Read
From Amharic ቆንጆ (qonjo) meaning "beautiful".... Read
Means "saints" in Spanish.
From Greek Βακχος (Bakchos), derived from ιαχο (iacho) meaning "to shout". This was another name of the Greek god Dionysos, and it was also the name that the Romans commonly used for him.... Read
Feminine form of XANTHIPPOS. This was the name of the wife of Socrates. Because of her supposedly argumentative nature, the name has been adopted (in the modern era) as a word for a scolding, ill-tempered woman.... Read
Finnish diminutive of ANNA.
Dutch and Limburgish short form of AMBROOS.
From the Old Norse elements alfr "elf" and vinr "friend".... Read
Derived from the Gaelic phrase giolla Chríost meaning "servant of Christ".... Read