Hungarian and Slovak form of CORNELIA.
Means "good peace" from Irish síth "peace" and maith "good".... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم (see NASIM).... Read
Old Slavic form of BARTHOLOMEW.
Either a feminine form of Þórr (see THOR) or else a short form of the various Old Norse names beginning with the element Þór. In Norse myth Thora was the wife of the Danish king Ragnar Lodbrok.... Read
French form of the Germanic name Chlotichilda, which was composed of the elements hlud "fame" and hild "battle". Saint Clotilde was the wife of the Frankish king Clovis, whom she converted to Christianity.... Read
Medieval diminutive of PATRICK.
From Kazakh нұр (nur) meaning "light" and сұлтан (sultan) meaning "sultan, king" (both words of Arabic origin).... Read
Catalan form of MERCEDES.
Variant of RANDOLF. This spelling was adopted in the 18th century.... Read
Feminine form of EUTHYMIUS.
Old Norse diminutive of names containing the element anu "ancestor, father".... Read
Feminine form of FLORINUS.
Means "complete victory" in Sanskrit.
Diminutive of JACK or JACQUELINE. A notable bearer was baseball player Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.... Read
Alternate transcription of Telugu సుధీర్ or Kannada ಸುಧೀರ್ (see SUDHIR).... Read
Swedish feminine form of HENRY.
Arabic form of AMRAM. This is the name Muslims traditionally assign to the father of the Virgin Mary (analogous to the Christian Joachim).... Read
Medieval Slavic form of JAROPEŁK.
Derived from Serbo-Croatian sin meaning "son".
Means "horizon" in Hebrew.
From a surname that was from a place name, itself derived from Old English beonet "bent grass" and leah "woodland, clearing". Various towns in England bear this name.... Read
From Armenian լուսին (lusin) meaning "moon".... Read
Latinate form of MARGARET.
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
Sardinian form of ANGELA.
Means "announced" in Italian, referring to the event in the New Testament in which the angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary of the imminent birth of Jesus.... Read
Derived from the Germanic element ag meaning "edge of a sword".... Read
Means either "fair spear" or "fair hair" in Welsh. The first element is either rhon "spear" or rhawn "(coarse) hair", and the second element is gwen "fair, white, blessed".... Read
Portuguese form of MARIUS.
Latinized form of BASILEIOS.
Means "Jew" in Hebrew, ultimately referring to a person from the tribe of Judah. In the Old Testament this is the name of a servant of King Jehoiakim.... Read
Means "desirable" in Sanskrit.
Form of Hadrianus (see HADRIAN) used in several languages. Several saints and six popes have borne this name, including the only English pope, Adrian IV, and the only Dutch pope, Adrian VI. As an English name, it has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it was not popular... Read
From Ashtaroth, the plural form of ASHTORETH used in the bible to refer to Phoenician idols. This spelling was used in late medieval demonology texts to refer to a type of (masculine) demon.... Read
Short form of KONSTANTINOS.
Means "good nature" in Turkish.
Greek form of DEMOCRITUS.
Variant of LÉONTINE. This name was borne by opera singer Leontyne Price (1927-).... Read
Old Germanic form of SIEGBERT.
Croatian form of ANTHONY.
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسام (see HUSAM).... Read
Means "kernel, grain" in Irish. This was the name of a 5th-century Irish saint, sister of Saint Fidelma and follower of Saint Patrick.... Read
Anglicized form of TADHG.
Feminine form of GOBÁN. This was the name of a 6th-century Irish abbess, the patron saint of Ballyvourney.... Read
German feminine form of CRESCENTIUS.
From the Hebrew name יִשְׂרָאֵל (Yisra'el) meaning "God contends", from the roots שָׂרָה (sarah) meaning "to contend, to fight" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament, Israel (who was formerly named Jacob; see Genesis 32:28) wrestles with an angel. The ancient and modern states of Israel took their... Read
Old Norse form of HOLGER.
Derived from Finnish hiljaisuus meaning "silence".
Armenian form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
Means "little noble one", derived from Irish muadh "noble, good" combined with a diminutive suffix.... Read
Yiddish diminutive of MIRIAM.
Variant of HONORIA. It was brought to England and Ireland by the Normans.... Read
Croatian and Serbian cognate of VERA (1).
Means "most holy", composed of the Cretan Greek elements αρι (ari) "most" and αδνος (adnos) "holy". In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos. She fell in love with Theseus and helped him to escape the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, but was later abandoned by him. Eventually she... Read
Combination of MARIA and GRAZIA.
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird that appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years. The name of the bird was derived... Read
Finnish short form of ALEKSANTERI or ALEKSI, an Italian short form of ALESSANDRO, and a Spanish short form of ALEJANDRO or ALEJANDRA.... Read
From a Scottish surname, originally derived from the English place name Grantham, which probably meant "gravelly homestead" in Old English. The surname was first taken to Scotland in the 12th century by the Norman baron William de Graham. A famous bearer was Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), the Scottish-Canadian-American inventor who... Read
Anglicized form of the Chinese name Kong Fuzi. The surname 孔 (Kong) means "hole, opening" and the title 夫子 (Fuzi) means "master". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Chinese philosopher. His given name was Qiu.... Read
Czech and Slovak feminine form of DRAGOMIR.
Variant of BAST. This form of the name, a diminutive, was given to her after the similar goddess Sekhmet (protector of Upper Egypt) became more important.... Read
From Sino-Korean 炳 (byeong) meaning "bright, luminous, glorious" combined with 浩 (ho) meaning "great, numerous, vast" or 昊 (ho) meaning "summer, sky, heaven". Other hanja character combinations are possible.... Read
Icelandic form of ÁSBJǪRN.
Alternate transcription of Arabic فاروق (see FARUQ).... Read
Used by the French author George Sand for a character in her novel 'Mattea' (1833) and later by the Italian author Luciano Zuccoli in his novel 'L'amore de Loredana' (1908). It was possibly based on the Venetian surname Loredan, which was derived from the place name Loreo.... Read
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and φανης (phanes) "appearing". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian playwright.... Read
English form of the Roman family name Antonius, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. The most notable member of the Roman family was the general Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English), who for a period in the 1st century BC ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Augustus. When their... Read
Means "possessing drops of rain" from Sanskrit इन्दु (indu) meaning "a drop" and र (ra) meaning "acquiring, possessing". Indra is the name of the ancient Hindu warrior god of the sky and rain. He is the chief god in the Rigveda.... Read
Polish form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).
Greek form of HYACINTHUS.
Finnish form of GERTRUDE.
Possibly from the Slavic elements gora meaning "mountain" and miru meaning "peace, world".... Read
From a German surname that was derived from Old High German linta meaning "linden tree".... Read
From Turkic el meaning "country, society" combined with the Persian suffix دار (dar) meaning "possessor".... Read