From YAMATO, an ancient name for Japan. It can also refer to the Yamato period in Japanese history, which lasted into the 8th century. The individual kanji are 大 meaning "great" and 和 meaning "harmony".... Read
From a Late Latin name meaning "shepherd". This was the name of at least three saints.... Read
Means "image, likeness, reflection" in Sanskrit.
From a Scottish surname that was originally derived from a place name in Berwickshire meaning "spacious fort". It was originally used in honour of Charles George Gordon (1833-1885), a British general who died defending the city of Khartoum in Sudan.... Read
Derived from Old English cyne "royal" and ric "power".... Read
From the Old Norse name Dagfinnr, which was composed of the elements dagr "day" and finnr "Sámi, person from Finland".... Read
Means "full moon" in Arabic.
Finnish variant of LYDIA.
Short form of KONSTANTINOS.
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD. This name was borne sultans of the Ottoman Empire (with the older form Mehmed).... Read
Means "peace blessing" in Mongolian.
From the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word meaning "man". However, an alternative theory states that it is derived from the common Germanic name element hari meaning "army, warrior".... [more]... Read
Means "goddess" in Tagalog.
Church Slavic form of VLADIMIR.
Derived from the Germanic elements adal "noble" and bern "bear".... Read
Russian form of AGRIPPINA.
From the Irish Mac Dara, which means "oak tree". This was the name of a 6th-century saint from Connemara. It is also used as an Anglicized form of DÁIRE.... Read
Variant of SHAKIL. This name is borne by basketball player Shaquille O'Neal (1972-).... Read
Means "bright soul" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian jan meaning "soul, life".... Read
Means "cherry" in Turkish.
Scottish form of Þórketill (see TORKEL).... Read
Combination of ALI (1) and SHER.
Combination of ABU and FADL. This was another name for Abbas, the son of the fourth caliph Ali.... Read
From a surname that was a variant of BARRETT.
Icelandic form of DANIEL.
Norwegian and Danish form of ÁSBJǪRN.
Slovene and Croatian diminutive of WILLIAM.
Hungarian form of BALTHAZAR.
Means "God will divide" in Hebrew. This is the son of Naphtali in the Old Testament.... Read
Means "YAHWEH is father" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, he was the commander of King David's army. In separate incidents he killed both Abner and Absalom. When Solomon came to power he was executed.... Read
Hungarian form of GISELLE.
Created by the Finnish writer Mika Waltari for a character in his historical novel 'The Egyptian' (1945). He may have based it on the name MINOS, as the character is herself of Cretan origin.... Read
Diminutive of JELENA. It also means "fir tree" in Slovene.... Read
Meaning unknown, possibly invented by Michael William Balfe for the main character in his opera 'The Bohemian Girl' (1843).... Read
Means "voice, sound" in Persian.
Belarusian form of NADEZHDA.
Bengali form of SHIVA (1).
Old Norse name derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and bjǫrg "help, save, rescue".... Read
From a surname that was derived from the name of the town of Foulden in Norfolk, itself meaning "bird hill" in Old English.... Read
Variant of NADYA (1) used in the western world, as well as an alternate transcription of the Slavic name. It began to be used in France in the 19th century. The name received a boost in popularity from the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci (1961-).... Read
Form of MARCELLUS used in several languages. A notable bearer was the French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922).... Read
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Dubhghaill meaning "descendant of Dubhghall" (see DOUGAL). Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories.... Read
Old Swedish form of Hallsteinn (see HALSTEIN).
Combination of JEAN (1) and CLAUDE.
From a surname that meant "blacksmith" in Catalan. This name is often given in honour of Saint Vicente Ferrer, a 14th-century missionary who is the patron saint of builders.... Read
Means "witness" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الشاهد (al-Shahid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.... Read
Form of HEZEKIAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
Old English form of KENELM.
From Sino-Vietnamese 海 (hải) meaning "sea, ocean".... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة (see AISHA).... Read
German form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Hungarian form of GALLUS.
Italian form of AMADEUS. A notable bearer of this name was Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1856), an Italian chemist most famous for the constant that now bears his name: Avogadro's Number. Another famous bearer was the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).... Read
Means "jewel" in Tibetan.
From a surname that was derived from the Germanic given name GODEHARD.... Read
From a surname that was originally taken from a place name meaning "valley island" in Old English.... Read
Modern Greek form of Eleutherios (see ELEUTHERIUS).... Read
Means "famous battle" from the Germanic elements hrom "fame" and hild "battle".... Read
Derived from the Germanic elements heil "happy, hearty, healthy" and wig "war".... Read
Means "calm, tranquil" in Hebrew.
From a surname that was derived from the Old English name ÆÐELMÆR. In the United States it is sometimes given in honour of brothers Jonathan (1745-1817) and Ebenezer Elmer (1752-1843), who were active in early American politics.... Read
From an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Aodhagáin, which means "descendant of Aodhagán". The given name Aodhagán is a double diminutive of AODH.... Read
Feminine form of ELIGIUS.
Alternate transcription of Russian Макарий (see MAKARIY).... Read
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Nualláin meaning "descendant of NUALLÁN". The baseball player Nolan Ryan (1947-) is a famous bearer of this name.... Read
Means "lady of the mountain", from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and 𒉺𒂅 (hursaĝ) meaning "mountain". This was the name of the Sumerian mother and fertility goddess, the primary consort of Enki.... Read
Italian cognate of ASUNCIÓN.
Meaning unknown. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Ham. He is said to be the ancestor of the Canaanite people.... Read
Feminine form of QUINTINUS.
From Hebrew רַן (ran) meaning "to sing".... Read
Means "armour" in Old Norse.
German and Scandinavian form of SUSANNA.
From a title meaning "master, owner" in Persian. It is not generally used as a name itself.... Read
Old Norse form of VEGARD.
Means "dawn" in Lithuanian.
Lithuanian form of DOROTHEA.
German short form of ELEANOR.