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.
Short form of MELVIN, MELANIE, MELISSA, and other names beginning with Mel.... Read
Means "king" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الملك (al-Malik) is one of the 99 names of Allah. This can also be another way of transcribing the name مالك (see MAALIK).... Read
Alternate transcription of Arabic جابر (see JABIR).... Read
Hungarian and French form of NAOMI (1).
Alternate transcription of Hebrew עֲלִיָּה (see ALIYA (2)).... Read
Spanish short form of MAXIMILIANO (masculine) or German short form of MAXIMILIANE (feminine) or MAXIMILIAN (masculine).... Read
Scandinavian and Finnish form of LAURENCE (1).
Short form of ALICIA, FELICIA or LETITIA.
Contracted form of FRANCESCO.
From Hungarian gyöngy meaning "pearl", of Turkic origin.... 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
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 경자 (see GYEONG-JA).... Read
Elaborated form of KARIN.
Derived from medieval Italian ardito "bold".
Biblical Hebrew form of OPHRAH.
Old Norse form of EINDRIDE.
Slovene, Macedonian, Serbian and Croatian form of MARIANUS.... Read
Corsican form of Paulus (see PAUL).
Dutch and Limburgish short form of WILHELMINA.
Derived from the Germanic elements ald "old" and hard "brave, hardy".... Read
From Latin dulcis meaning "sweet". It was used in the Middle Ages in the spellings Dowse and Duce, and was recoined in the 19th century.... Read
Means "practical" in Greek. This was another name for the Greek goddess Aphrodite.... Read
Means "learned, knowing, expert" in Arabic.
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ) meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 筑 (zhù) meaning "lute, zither, build". Other character combinations are also possible.... Read
Slovene form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).
Means "handsome" in Arabic, from the root حَسُنَ (hasuna) meaning "to be beautiful, to be good". Hasan was the son of Ali and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. He was poisoned by one of his wives and is regarded as a martyr by Shia Muslims. This was also the... Read
Derived from Old Persian varka-tanu meaning "wolf-bodied". This name was borne by several kings of Georgia.... Read
From the Sanskrit prefix सु (su) meaning "good" combined with the name of the mythological hero KARNA. Sukarno (1901-1970), who did not have a surname, was the first president of Indonesia.... Read
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Cyprianus (see CYPRIAN).... Read
From the Old Norse name Ásgeirr, derived from the elements áss meaning "god" and geirr meaning "spear".... Read
Swedish diminutive of HANS.
Alternate transcription of Russian Евгений (see YEVGENIY).... Read
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אֲבִיָה (see AVIA).... Read
Diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear".... Read
From Sino-Vietnamese 明 (minh) meaning "bright". A famous bearer was the communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969).... Read
Means "sage, poet" in Sanskrit, perhaps ultimately deriving from a root meaning "to see".... Read
Spanish form of JACOB (or JAMES).
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Clemens (see CLEMENT).... Read
Derived from the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".... Read
Finnish form of PAUL used in the Bible.
Germanic name derived from the element wig meaning "war".... Read
Alternate transcription of Armenian Խաժակ (see KHAZHAK).... Read
From a surname that was derived from the Old English given names CYNEWEARD or CYNEHEARD.... Read
Frisian, Dutch and Low German diminutive of ANNA.
Slovene form of ZUAN, GIAN or JEAN (1).
Possibly a feminine form of PETRONIUS.
Portuguese feminine form of EDWARD.
Meaning unknown, possibly from an Arabic word meaning "reward".... Read
Icelandic form of SIGURD.
From Lithuanian mantus meaning "intelligent". Herkus Mantas was a 13th-century Prussian hero who fought against the Teutonic Knights.... Read
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of NEOPHYTOS.
Ukrainian form of GREGORY.
Means "God knows" in Igbo.
Alternate transcription of Arabic راوية (see RAWIYA).... Read
Means "sweet, honey" in Basque.
Alternate transcription of Persian داریوش (see DARIUSH).... Read
From the English meaning "talon, claw", ultimately derived (via Norman French) from Latin talus "anklebone".... Read
Possible Germanic form of ROLAND.
Feminine form of BEATHAN.
Dutch form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
From an Irish surname, either Mac Giolla Ruaidh, which means "son of the red-haired servant", or Mac Giolla Rí, which means "son of the king's servant".... Read
Combination of JOSÉ and MARÍA, the names of the parents of Jesus.... Read
Derived from a diminutive of the Germanic element asc meaning "ash tree".... Read
Means "handsome" in Arabic.
From Sino-Korean 俊 (jun) meaning "talented, handsome" combined with 鎬 (ho) meaning "stove, bright" or 昊 (ho) meaning "summer, sky, heaven". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.... Read
Old Norse form of BORGHILD.
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and su meaning "water".... Read
Arabic and Turkish form of Yosef (see JOSEPH).
From Chinese 舟 (zhōu) meaning "boat, ship", in addition to other characters that are pronounced similarly.... Read