Form of MELANIE used in various languages.
From the Hebrew name יְשַׁעְיָהוּ (Yesha'yahu) meaning "YAHWEH is salvation", from the roots יָשַׁע (yasha') meaning "to save" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. Isaiah is one of the four major prophets of the Old Testament, supposedly the author of the Book of Isaiah. He was from Jerusalem... Read
Form of GIDEON used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.... Read
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
Means "born during the weeding season", from Luhya liliaka meaning "weeding".... Read
Alternate transcription of Hindi सीता (see SITA).... Read
Means "blessed" in Swahili.
Modern Greek form of JACOB (or JAMES).
Latinate form of CHARITY.
Russian form of NICODEMUS.
Means "feather" in Choctaw.
Spanish form of Sandalius, a Latinized form of the Gothic name Sandulf meaning "true wolf", derived from sand "true" and ulf "wolf". This was the name of a 9th-century Spanish saint martyred by the Moors.... Read
Italian form of the Roman cognomen Scaevola, which was derived from Latin scaevus "left-handed". The first bearer of this name was Gaius Mucius Scaevola, who acquired it, according to legend, after he thrust his right hand into a blazing fire in order to intimidate the Etruscan king Porsenna, who was... Read
Variant of CALLISTUS, the spelling perhaps influenced by Latin calix "wine cup". This was the name of three popes (also known as Callistus).... Read
Finnish diminutive of ISAAC.
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
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 from a Turkic root meaning "falcon". The Hungarian poet and dramatist Mihály Vörösmarty used it in his play 'Csongor és Tünde' (1830).... Read
From Finnish velloa "to surge, to swell". This was the name of a Finnish goddess of the sea, the wife of Ahti.... Read
Feminine form of Zosimos (see ZOSIMUS).
Italian and Portuguese form of CHRISTINA.
Turkish form of Arabic إرَم (Iram), the name of a beautiful city mentioned in the 89th chapter (surah al-Fajr) of the Quran.... Read
Italian form of Innocentius (see INNOCENT).
Anglicized form of SUIBHNE.
Spanish and Italian form of a Visigothic Germanic name, probably meaning "noble and ready", from the element adal "noble" combined with funs "ready". Other theories claim the first element is hadu or hild (see ILDEFONSO), both of which mean "battle". It is possible that two or more names merged into... Read
From Olivier, a Norman French form of a Germanic name such as ALFHER or an Old Norse name such as Áleifr (see OLAF). The spelling was altered by association with Latin oliva "olive tree". In the Middle Ages the name became well-known in Western Europe because of the French epic... Read
Spanish form of ZECHARIAH.
Latinized form of Greek Μεγαιρα (Megaira), which was derived from μεγαιρω (megairo) "to grudge". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ερινυες (Erinyes) in Greek mythology. The name is used as a word in several European languages to denote a shrewish, ill-tempered woman (for example, French mégère... Read
Anglicized form of MÓIRÍN. It is sometimes used as a variant of MAUREEN.... Read
Polish form of ELIZABETH.
From the Greek name Ιασων (Iason), which was derived from Greek ιασθαι (iasthai) "to heal". In Greek mythology Jason was the leader of the Argonauts. After his uncle Pelias overthrew his father Aeson as king of Iolcos, Jason went in search of the Golden Fleece in order to win back... Read
Derived from the Old English elements ælf "elf" and wine "friend". This name was not commonly used after the Norman Conquest.... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic نديّة (see NADIYYA).... Read
Means "cloud, sky" in Dakota and Lakota. This is the first part of the names of the Dakota chief Mahpiya Wicasta (1780-1863), known as Cloud Man, and the Lakota chiefs Mahpiya Luta (1822-1909), known as Red Cloud, and Mahpiya Iyapato (1838-1905), known as Touch the Clouds.... Read
Means "saviour" in Basque.
Means "seeker of knowledge, student" in Arabic. Abu Talib was an uncle of Muhammad who raised him after his parents and grandparents died. His name was in fact a kunya (a nickname) formed using Abu; his real name may have been Imran.... Read
From an English surname, originally derived from a place name, itself derived from Old Norse rá "roebuck" and skógr "wood, forest".... Read
Means "first born child" in Akan.
Means "high above" in Arabic. This was the name of the first martyr for Islam.... Read
Form of ASHER used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.... Read
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese form of RUNA.
Feminine form of ABHILASH.
Derived from Arabic ضياء (diya) meaning "splendour, light, glow". This was the name of a 14th-century Islamic Indian historian.... Read
Croatian and Serbian form of ZHIVKO.
Old German form of LANCE.
Means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.
Means "respect and honour me" in Yoruba.
Possibly means "he will establish" in Hebrew. In the New Testament this name is listed as an ancestor of Jesus.... Read
Means "leader, guide" in Arabic.
Means "happiness, luck" in Arabic.
French form of Seraphinus (see SERAPHINA).
Latinate form of MIRABELLE.
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "sixth" in Latin. It was traditionally given to the sixth child.... Read
Dutch form of KATHERINE, used especially in Flanders.... Read
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ELEONORA.
Finnish form of CHRISTINA, or a short form of KIRSIKKA. It also means "frost" in Finnish.... Read
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROOZ).... Read
Slovak, Czech and Hungarian form of MARIANUS.
Latin masculine and feminine form of JOVITA.
From Weland, the Old English cognate of WIELAND.
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of VIBIUS.
Form of BERTHA in several languages.
Means "fragrant" in Malay and Indonesian.
Variant and masculine form of YAFFA.
Modern Hebrew form of ELAH, usually used as a feminine name.... Read
Norwegian short form of EINDRIDE.
From the Roman cognomen Lucanus, which was derived from the name of the city of Luca in Tuscany (modern Lucca). Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, commonly called Lucan, was a 1st-century Roman poet.... Read
Portuguese variant form of BETHANY.
In the case of American author Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), it is an Anglicized form of his mother's surname De Chiel, which is of unknown meaning.... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic منى (see MUNA).... Read
Diminutive of WŁODZIMIERZ.
Means "reflection of the moon on a lake" in Turkish.... Read
Finnish form of PAUL used in the Bible.
Feminine form of DECIMUS.
Ukrainian and Belarusian form of MARINA.
Brazilian Portuguese feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).... Read
Spanish form of HERMINIUS.
Biblical Greek form of PAUL.
Alternate transcription of Greek Σεραφειμ (see SERAFIM).... Read
Derived from Greek μητηρ (meter) "mother" (genitive μητρος) and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr who was killed with her sisters Menodora and Nymphodora.... Read
Derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology.... Read
From a surname that was a variant of GRAHAM.
Roman family name derived from Latin salvus meaning "safe". This was the family name of the short-lived Roman emperor Otho. It was also borne by several early saints.... Read