Alternate transcription of Persian شهریار (see SHAHRIYAR).
Possibly means "staff of the Geats", derived from the Old Norse elements gautr "Geat, Goth" and stafr "staff". However, the root name Gautstafr is not well attested in the Old Norse period. Alternatively, it might be derived from the Slavic name GOSTISLAV. This name has been borne by six kings... Read
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "watch hill" in Old English.... Read
Alternate transcription of Hebrew נֶטַע (see NETA).... Read
Latinized form of ‘Υγινος (Hyginos), a Greek name derived from ‘υγιεινος (hygieinos) meaning "healthy". This was the name of the ninth pope.... Read
Means "trustworthy, reliable" in Hebrew. This was the name of a servant of King Solomon in the Old Testament.... Read
From an English surname that was derived from the Germanic given name WILLIHARD (or the Old English cognate Wilheard).... Read
French and Polish form of ROCCO.
From the Greek name Αντιγονος (Antigonos), derived from αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and γονευς (goneus) "ancestor". This was the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals. After Alexander died, he took control of most of Asia Minor.... Read
From the Old English name Wigstan, composed of the elements wig "battle" and stan "stone". This was the name of a 9th-century Anglo-Saxon saint. It became rare after the Norman Conquest, and in modern times it is chiefly known as the first name of the British poet W. H. Auden... Read
Means "warlike" or "fighter" in Irish Gaelic.
Bulgarian form of GABRIEL.
Contracted form of PETRONEL. In the later Middle Ages it became a slang term for a promiscuous woman, and the name subsequently fell out of use.... Read
From a surname that was derived from the given name HERMAN.... Read
Russian form of MIECZYSŁAW.
Arabic, Malay, Indonesian, Bosnian and Dhivehi form of ABRAHAM.... Read
From Lakota tȟatȟáŋka meaning "bull". This is the first part of the name of the Lakota holy man and chief Tatanka Iyotake (1831-1890), translated into English as Sitting Bull.... Read
Lithuanian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Feminine form of CHANDAN.
Portuguese cognate of INMACULADA.
Form of FELIX used in the Greek New Testament.
From a surname that was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "fortified town". A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), an explorer of Africa and Asia.... Read
Means "generous" in Arabic, ultimately from hashama "to crush". The meaning derives from the traditional Arab act of crushing bread into crumbs in order to share it. This was the name of an 8th-century caliph of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain.... Read
Malay, Uyghur and Albanian form of ISHMAEL. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic إسماعيل (see ISMA'IL).... Read
From a surname that was derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer of the surname was the mathematician John Nash (1928-2015). The name was popularized in the 1990s by the television series 'Nash Bridges'.... Read
Scandinavian form of LUDWIG.
Danish and Norwegian form of OLAF.
Means "the black god" from Slavic cherno "black" and bogu "god". Chernobog was the Slavic god of darkness, evil and grief.... Read
From an English surname that was from a place name meaning "mill stream" in Old English.... Read
Georgian form of FEREYDOUN.
Derived from the Old Norse elements áss meaning "god" and laug possibly meaning "betrothed woman".... Read
Means "rain clouds" in Arabic.
Means "the only one" in Finnish. In the Finnish epic the 'Kalevala' this is the name of a girl who drowns herself when she finds out she must marry the old man Väinämöinen.... Read
From a surname that was derived from the name of the city of Leicester, originally denoting a person who was from that place. The city's name is derived from the river name Ligore combined with Latin castra "camp".... Read
Means "victorious" in Esperanto.
Romanian form of STYLIANOS.
Invented by Sir Walter Scott for a character in his novel 'Ivanhoe' (1819). Apparently he based it on the actual name Cerdic, the name of the semi-legendary founder of the kingdom of Wessex in the 6th century. The meaning of Cerdic is uncertain, but it does not appear to be... Read
Perhaps a form of MILLICENT. It was borne by the Irish writer and socialite Melesina Trench (1768-1827).... Read
Hungarian form of Desiderius (see DESIDERIO).
Icelandic form of ERLING.
Galician short form of RODRIGO.
Sardinian form of ANGELA.
Derived from the Germanic element geb "gift" combined with hard "brave, hardy". Saint Gebhard was a 10th-century bishop of Constance.... Read
Esperanto diminutive of PAUL. This name also means "papa" in Esperanto.... Read
From Sino-Vietnamese 平 (bình) meaning "level, even, peaceful".... Read
Biblical Greek form of Yochanan (see JOHN).
Russian form of NICODEMUS.
Derived from the Germanic elements is "ice, iron" and brand "sword".... Read
From Chinese 磊 (lěi) meaning "pile of stones" (which is typically masculine) or 蕾 (lěi) meaning "bud" (typically feminine). Other characters can also form this name.... Read
From Sino-Korean 智 (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" combined with 厚 (hu) meaning "thick". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.... Read
Italian form of the Latin name Caietanus, which meant "from Caieta". Caieta (now called Gaeta) was a town in ancient Italy, its name deriving either from Kaiadas, the name a Greek location where prisoners were executed, or else from Caieta, the name of the nurse of Aeneas. Saint Gaetano was... Read
Old Germanic form of GUNTRAM.
Limburgish short form of RUTGER.
Anglicized form of the Irish place name Teamhair, which possibly means "elevated place" in Gaelic. This was the name of the sacred hill near Dublin where the Irish high kings resided. It was popularized as a given name by the novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936) and the subsequent movie... Read
Akkadian cognate of HADAD.
Swedish form of BENEDICT.
Means "open door" in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee prophet. With his brother Tecumseh he led his people in resistance against European expansion in the early 19th century.... Read
Means "clever, skillful" in Sanskrit.
French form of DESIDERATA. In part it is directly from the French word meaning "desired, wished".... Read
From Lakota tȟašuŋke meaning "his horse". This forms the first part of the name of Tasunka Witko (1840-1877), translated as Crazy Horse, a Lakota war leader.... Read
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
Variant of BLÁTHNAT using a different diminutive suffix.... Read
Combination of MARIA with JOHANNA or JOSEPHINE.
Means "miracle" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Milagros.... Read
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Greek form of PAULINA.
Swedish and Danish variant of LOUIE.
Middle English form of EALDGYÐ.
Possibly from the old Slavic root zeti meaning "son-in-law".... Read
From the Greek Μεδουσα (Medousa), which was derived from μεδω (medo) meaning "to protect, to rule over". In Greek myth this was the name of one of the three Gorgons, ugly women who had snakes for hair. She was so hideous that anyone who gazed upon her was turned to... Read
Means "thought, intellect" in Khmer.
From a surname meaning "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person. A notable bearer of the name was Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), who, with William Clark, explored the west of North America.... Read
Means "powerful speech" in Tibetan, from ངག (ngag) meaning "speech" and དབང (dbang) meaning "power, force".... Read
Italian form of SIGISMUND.
From a surname that was a variant of LENNOX.
From Japanese 夏 (natsu) meaning "summer" and 子 (ko) meaning "child", as well as other kanji combinations.... Read
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "ore hill" in Old English.... Read