From the Germanic element hug, meaning "heart, mind, spirit". It was common among Frankish and French nobility, being borne by Hugh Capet, a 10th-century king of France who founded the Capetian dynasty. The Normans brought the name to England and it became common there, even more so after the time of the 12th-century bishop Saint Hugh of Lincoln, who was known for his charity. This was also the name of kings of Cyprus and the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. The name is used in Ireland and Scotland as the Anglicized form of Aodh and Ùisdean.
Means "she is mine" in Hebrew.
Spanish form of the Latin name Macarius, derived from the Greek name Μακαριος (Makarios), which was in turn derived from Greek μακαρ (makar) meaning "blessed, happy". This was the name of several early saints.... Read
Polish form of BARTHOLOMEW.
From Japanese 悠 (yuu) meaning "distant, leisurely" or 優 (yuu) meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" combined with 真 (ma) meaning "real, genuine". Other combinations of kanji can form this name as well.... Read
Means "justice" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic عَدَلَ ('adala) meaning "to act justly".... Read
Means "good news" in Persian.
Dutch diminutive of HELEN.
Derived from the ethnic term Hun, which refers to the nomadic people from Central Asia who expanded into Europe in the 4th century. The word Hun is from Latin Hunnus, which is possibly of Turkic origin.... Read
Swedish diminutive of DANIEL or DAN (3).
From the Latin Mercurius, probably derived from Latin mercari "to trade" or merces "wages". This was the name of the Roman god of trade, merchants, and travellers, later equated with the Greek god Hermes. This is also the name of the first planet in the solar system and a metallic... Read
Catalan and Occitan form of PAUL. It also coincides with the Catalan word for "peace".... Read
Latvian form of YEVGENIY.
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element adal meaning "noble".... Read
Derived from the Slavic elements gosti "guest" and slava "glory".... Read
Polish feminine form of DOBROMIL.
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of HILARION.
Czech, Slovak, Croatian and Sorbian form of HANNAH.... Read
Dutch diminutive of JOHAN.
Greek form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
Means "dart, plant shoot, sprout" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a grandson of Shem who is an ancestor of Abraham. In English bibles it is written as Salah or Shelah.... Read
Means "intention, aim" in Arabic.
Roman cognomen meaning "auspicious, lucky" in Latin. It was also occasionally used as a praenomen, or given name. This was the name of several early Christian saints.... Read
Means "generous amount" in Finnish.
Means "shining over heaven", from Japanese 天 (ama) meaning "heaven, sky" and 照 (terasu) meaning "shine". This was the name of the Japanese sun goddess, the ruler of the heavens. At one time the Japanese royal family claimed descent from her.... Read
Means "born on Saturday" in Luhya.
Means "chosen" in Arabic.
Danish and Norwegian short form of JOHANNE, or a German and Dutch short form of JOHANNA. This can also be a Dutch short form of JOHANNES (masculine).... Read
Alternate transcription of Greek Χαραλαμπος (see CHARALAMPOS).... Read
From the Late Latin name Romanus meaning "Roman". This name was borne by several early saints.... Read
Hebrew form of SENNACHERIB.
Czech and Slovak feminine form of DRAGOSLAV.
Means "favourite" in Turkish.
Lithuanian short form of KOTRYNA.
Means "my people are alive" in Hebrew.
Means "sun" in Spanish or Portuguese.
Combination of HANNE (1) and ELEONORE.
Portuguese feminine form of CAESARIUS.
Possibly from Zrin, the name of a village in Croatia, or from the noble Zrinski family that originated there.... Read
From the Old Norse name Hálfdan, composed of the elements hálfr "half" and Danr "Dane", originally a nickname for a person who was half Danish.... Read
Alternate transcription of Russian Арсений (see ARSENIY).... Read
Means "rose lady" in Armenian.
Means "comfort" in Arabic.
Means "king of the world" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and جهان (jahan) "world". This was the name of the 17th-century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.... Read
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ragin "advice, counsel".... Read
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.
Anglicized form of EITHNE.
Lithuanian form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).
From Japanese 新 (arata) meaning "fresh, new". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.... Read
Italian and Spanish form of CLAUDIUS.
Croatian diminutive of ANTHONY.
Italian form of MARCELLUS.
Sardinian feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).... Read
Diminutive of ELEANOR, ELLEN (1), and other names beginning with El. It can also be a short form of names ending in ella.... Read
Medieval English and Scottish form of NICHOLAS. This was the middle name of character in the novel 'Rob Roy' (1817) by Sir Walter Scott.... Read
Latin name meaning "just". This name was borne by at least eight saints.... Read
Derived from the Old Norse elements aðal "noble" and steinn "stone".... Read
From an English surname that referred to the medieval occupational of a walker, also known as a fuller. Walkers would tread on wet, unprocessed wool in order to clean and thicken it. The word ultimately derives from Old English wealcan "to walk".... Read
Possibly from Wernerius, a Latinized form of the Germanic name WERNER. This was the name of a 12th-century Italian scholar and jurist.... Read
Anglicized form of MACSEN.
Latin name that was a derivative of FLORUS. This was the name of a 9th-century Swiss saint.... Read
Croatian form of BLAGOY, as well as a Bulgarian variant.... Read
Polish form of STANISLAV. Two kings of Poland have borne this name.... Read
Means "beautiful raven" from Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is the sister of the British king Bran and the wife of the Irish king Matholwch.... Read
Original Latin form of DURANTE.
From the Germanic name Hludwolf, which was composed of the elements hlud "famous" and wolf "wolf".... Read
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 義郎 (see YOSHIROU).... Read
Derived from Welsh cyn "chief" and bel "war".
French form of MICHAEL. Michel de Notredame, also known as Nostradamus, was the 16th-century French astrologer who made predictions about future world events. This is also the German diminutive form of MICHAEL.... Read
Original Latin form of VALERIAN.
Means "glory of religion", derived from Arabic عزّ ('izz) meaning "glory, power" and دين (din) meaning "religion". In the 13th century Izz al-Din Aybak became the first Mamluk ruler of Egypt. The Mamluks were a warrior caste who were originally slaves.... Read
Low German form of GEORGE.
Short form of names ending with iina.
Old Norse form of FRITJOF.
Russian form of THEODORE. It was borne by three tsars of Russia. Another notable bearer was Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), the Russian author of such works as 'Crime and Punishment' and 'The Brothers Karamazov'.... Read
Means "martyrdom" in Spanish.
Latinized form of Greek Ιοκαστη (Iokaste), which is of unknown meaning. In Greek mythology she was the mother Oedipus by the Theban king Laius. In a case of tragic mistaken identity, she married her own son.... Read
Danish form of Gyða (see GYTHA).
Means "gentle, kind" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition اللطيف (al-Latif) is one of the 99 names of Allah.... Read
Feminine form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).