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EFTYCHIAfGreek
Modern Greek form of EUTYCHIA.
EGBERTmEnglish, Dutch
Means "bright edge" from the Old English elements ecg "edge of a sword" and beorht "bright". This was the name of kings of Kent and Wessex as well as two English saints. The name was rarely used after the Norman conquest but was revived in the 19th century.
EGEMENmTurkish
Means "dominant" in Turkish.
EGIDIJUSmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of Aegidius (see GILES).
EGÍDIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Aegidius (see GILES).
EGIDIOmItalian
Italian form of Aegidius (see GILES).
EGILmNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse name Egill, a diminutive of names that began with the element agi "awe, terror". This was the name of a semi-legendary Icelandic warrior.
EGILHARDmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements agil "edge of a sword" and hard "brave, hardy".
EGILLmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of EGIL.
EGLANTINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the flower also known as sweetbrier. It was first used as a given name (in the form Eglentyne) in Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century story 'The Prioress's Tale'.
EGLĖfLithuanian
Means "spruce tree" in Lithuanian. In a Lithuanian legend Eglė was a young woman who married a sea snake.
EGONmGerman
Derived from the Germanic element ag, which means "edge of a sword".
EGUZKImBasque
Means "sun" in Basque.
EGUZKIÑEfBasque
Feminine form of EGUZKI.
EHAfEstonian
Means "dusk" in Estonian.
EHECATLmAztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "wind" in Nahuatl. Ehecatl was the name of the Aztec wind god.
EHMETmUyghur
Uyghur form of AHMAD.
EHSANm & fPersian
Persian form of IHSAN.
EHUDmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Meaning unknown, possibly related to Hebrew אֶחָד ('echad) meaning "one". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the biblical judges. He killed Eglon, the king of Moab, and freed the city of Jericho from Moabite rule.
ÉIBHEARmIrish, Irish Mythology
Meaning unknown. According to Irish legend this name belonged to two of the sons of Míl, Éibhear Dunn and Éibhear Finn, the first of the Gaels to conquer Ireland.
EIBHLÍNfIrish
Irish form of AVELINE.
EIDEARDmScottish
Scottish form of EDWARD.
EIDELfYiddish
Means "delicate" in Yiddish.
EIDERfBasque
Feminine form of EDER (2).
EIFIONmWelsh
Meaning unknown. This was an old Welsh name that was revived in the 19th century.
EIJAfFinnish
Possibly from the Finnish happy exclamation eijaa.
EIKEmGerman
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ag "edge".
EILEENfIrish, English
Anglicized form of EIBHLÍN. It is also sometimes considered an Irish form of HELEN. It first became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland near the end of the 19th century.
EILERTmFrisian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Frisian and Scandinavian form of EGILHARD.
EILIDHfScottish
Diminutive of EILIONOIR, sometimes taken to be a Gaelic form of HELEN.
EILIONOIRfScottish
Scottish form of ELEANOR.
EILÍSfIrish
Irish Gaelic form of ELIZABETH (or sometimes of ALICE).
EILISHfIrish
Anglicized form of EILÍS.
EILUNEDfWelsh
Variant of ELUNED.
EILWENfWelsh
Perhaps means "white brow" from Welsh ael "brow" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
EIMEARfIrish
Variant of ÉIMHEAR.
ÉIMHEARfIrish, Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of EMER.
ÉIMHÍNmIrish
Possibly means "swift, prompt" in Irish Gaelic.
EIMHIRfScottish
Scottish form of EMER.
EINARmNorwegian, Icelandic, Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse name Einarr, derived from the elements ein "one, alone" and arr "warrior". This name shares the same roots as einherjar, the word for the slain warriors in Valhalla.
EINDRIDEmNorwegian
Derived from the Old Norse name Eindriði, possibly from the elements ein "one, alone" and ríða "to ride".
EINIfFinnish
Feminine form of EINO.
EINIONmWelsh
Probably from the Latin name Ennianus, a derivative of Ennius (see ENNIO). It is also a modern Welsh word meaning "anvil". This was the name of a 5th-century Welsh king who is considered a saint in some Christian traditions.
EINOmFinnish
Meaning unknown, possibly a Finnish form of a Scandinavian name.
EINRÍmIrish
Irish form of HENRY.
EIRfNorse Mythology, Icelandic, Norwegian
Means "mercy" in Old Norse. This was the name of a Norse goddess of healing and medicine.
EIRA (1)fWelsh
Means "snow" in Welsh.
EIRA (2)fSwedish, Norwegian
Modern form of EIR.
EIREANNfEnglish (Rare), Irish (Rare)
From Éireann, the genitive case of Gaelic Éire, meaning "Ireland". It is commonly Anglicized as Erin.
EIREENfIrish
Irish form of IRENE.
EIRENEfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of IRENE.
EIRIANf & mWelsh
Means "bright, beautiful" in Welsh.
EIRIKmNorwegian
Norwegian form of Eiríkr (see ERIC).
EIRÍKURmIcelandic
Icelandic form of Eiríkr (see ERIC).
EIRINIfGreek
Variant transcription of IRINI.
EIRLYSfWelsh
Means "snowdrop" in Welsh.
EIRWENfWelsh
Means "white snow" from the Welsh elements eira "snow" and gwen "white, blessed".
EITANmHebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ETHAN.
EITHNEfIrish, Scottish
Means "kernel, grain" in Irish. This was the name of a 5th-century Irish saint, sister of Saint Fidelma and follower of Saint Patrick.
EIŽENSmLatvian
Latvian form of Eugenius (see EUGENE).
EJDERmTurkish
Means "dragon" in Turkish, of Persian origin.
EJIROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Short form of EJIROGHENE or other names containing ejiro "praise".
EJIROGHENEm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "praise God" in Urhobo.
EJVINDmDanish
Danish form of ØYVIND.
EKA (1)m & fIndonesian
Means "one, first" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit एक (eka).
EKA (2)fGeorgian
Short form of EKATERINE.
EKAINmBasque
Means "June (the month)" in Basque.
EKAITZmBasque
Means "storm" in Basque.
EKATERINAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Russian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of KATHERINE, and a variant Russian transcription of YEKATERINA.
EKATERINEfGeorgian
Georgian form of KATHERINE.
EKATERINIfGreek
Modern Greek form of KATHERINE.
EKBERmTurkish
Turkish form of AKBAR.
EKENEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "praise, thanks" in Igbo.
EKENEDILICHUKWUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "all praise to God" in Igbo.
EKEWAKAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of EDWARD.
EKİNfTurkish
Means "harvest, culture" in Turkish.
EKKEBERTmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ECKBERT.
EKKEHARDmGerman, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ag "edge" and hard "brave, hardy".
EKOm & fIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of EKA (1).
EKREMmTurkish
Turkish form of AKRAM.
EKUNDAYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "sorrow becomes joy" in Yoruba.
EKWUEMEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "he says, he does" in Igbo.
ELmNear Eastern Mythology
From a Semitic word meaning "god", perhaps originally derived from a root meaning "power". This was the name of the chief Semitic god, the father of the gods and mankind. In some cases it was used as a title and applied to other gods of the pantheon. It was used by the Hebrews to refer to Yahweh.
ELA (1)fPolish
Diminutive of ELŻBIETA.
ELA (2)fTurkish
Means "hazel (colour)" in Turkish.
ELADIOmSpanish
Spanish form of HELLADIUS.
ELAHf & mHebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "oak tree" or "terebinth tree" in Hebrew. This was the name of the fourth king of Israel, as told in the Old Testament. He was murdered by Zimri, who succeeded him. In modern Hebrew this is typically a feminine name.
ELAHEHfPersian
Means "goddess" in Persian.
ELAINfWelsh
Means "fawn" in Welsh.
ELAINAfEnglish
Variant of ELAINE.
ELAINEfEnglish, Arthurian Romance
From an Old French form of HELEN. It appears in Arthurian legend; in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation 'Le Morte d'Arthur' Elaine was the daughter of Pelleas, the lover of Lancelot, and the mother of Galahad. It was not commonly used as an English given name until after the appearance of Tennyson's Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859).
ELAMmBiblical
Possibly means either "hidden" or "eternity" in Hebrew. This was the name of several characters in the Old Testament, including a son of Shem who was the ancestor of the Elamite peoples.
ELANORfLiterature
Means "star sun" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien this is Sam's eldest daughter, named after a type of flower.
ELAZARmHebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of ELEAZAR.
ELBAfSpanish
Possibly a Spanish variant form of ALBA (3).
ELBERTmDutch
Dutch variant of ADELBERT.
ELCHINmAzerbaijani
Variant transcription of ELÇIN.
ELÇINmAzerbaijani
Possibly means "ambassador" in Azerbaijani.
ELDAfItalian
Italian form of HILDA.
ELDADmBiblical
Means "God has loved" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is one of the two elders who prophesizes in the Israelite camp.
ELDARmAzerbaijani
From Turkic el meaning "country, society" combined with the Persian suffix دار (dar) meaning "possessor".
ELDONmEnglish
From a surname which was from a place name meaning "Ella's hill" in Old English.
ELDREDmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from EALDRÆD.
ELEAfEnglish
Short form of ELEANOR. This was also the name of an ancient Italian town (modern Velia) which is well known for being the home of the philosopher Parmenides and his student Zeno of Elea, who was famous for his paradoxes.
ELEANORfEnglish
From the Old French form of the Occitan name Aliénor. Among the name's earliest bearers was the influential Eleanor of Aquitaine (12th century), who was the queen of Louis VII, the king of France, and later Henry II, the king of England. She was named Aenor after her mother, and was called by the Occitan phrase alia Aenor "the other AENOR" in order to distinguish her from her mother. However, there appear to be examples of bearers prior to Eleanor of Aquitaine. It is not clear whether they were in fact Aenors who were retroactively recorded as having the name Eleanor, or whether there is an alternative explanation for the name's origin.... [more]
ELEANORAfEnglish
Latinate form of ELEANOR.
ELEAZARmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אֶלְעָזָר ('El'azar) meaning "my God has helped". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the sons of Aaron.
ELECTRAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ηλεκτρα (Elektra), derived from ηλεκτρον (elektron) meaning "amber". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and the sister of Orestes. She helped her brother kill their mother and her lover Aegisthus in vengeance for Agamemnon's murder. Also in Greek mythology, this name was borne by one of the Pleiades, who were the daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
ELEFTHERIAfGreek
Feminine form of ELEFTHERIOS.
ELEFTHERIOSmGreek
Modern Greek form of Eleutherios (see ELEUTHERIUS).
ELEKmHungarian
Hungarian form of ALEXIS.
ELENfWelsh
Welsh form of HELEN. This was the name of a 4th-century Welsh saint. It also appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, belonging to a woman who built the roads in Wales.
ELENAfItalian, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Russian, Greek, German, Medieval Slavic
Cognate of HELEN, and a variant transcription of Russian YELENA.
ELENEfGeorgian, Sardinian
Georgian and Sardinian form of HELEN.
ELENIfGreek
Modern Greek form of HELEN.
ELEONORfSwedish
Swedish variant of ELEANOR.
ELEONÓRAfHungarian
Hungarian form of ELEANOR.
ELÉONOREfFrench
French form of ELEANOR.
ELEONOREfGerman
German form of ELEANOR.
ELERIfWelsh
Meaning unknown. In Welsh legend she was the daughter of the chieftain Brychan.
ELETTRAfItalian
Italian form of ELECTRA.
ELEUTERIOmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of ELEUTHERIUS.
ELEUTHERIOSmLate Greek
Original Greek form of ELEUTHERIUS.
ELEUTHERIUSmLate Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ελευθεριος (Eleutherios) which meant "free". This was the name of a 2nd-century pope, as well as several saints.
ELFAfIcelandic
Feminine form of ALF (1).
ELFLEDAfEnglish (Archaic)
Middle English form of both the Old English names ÆÐELFLÆD and ÆLFFLÆD. These names became rare after the Norman conquest, but Elfleda was briefly revived in the 19th century.
ELFREDAfEnglish
Middle English form of the Old English name Ælfþryð meaning "elf strength", derived from the element ælf "elf" combined with þryð "strength". Ælfþryð was common amongst Anglo-Saxon nobility, being borne for example by the mother of King Æðelræd the Unready. This name was rare after the Norman conquest, but it was revived in the 19th century.
ELFRIEDEfGerman
German form of ELFREDA.
ELHAMfPersian
Persian form of ILHAM.
ELI (1)mEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "ascension" in Hebrew. In the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament he is a high priest of the Israelites. He took the young Samuel into his service and gave him guidance when God spoke to him. Because of the misdeeds of his sons, Eli and his descendants were cursed to die before reaching old age.... [more]
ELI (2)mHebrew
Means "my God" in Hebrew.
ELI (3)fSpanish, Norwegian, Danish
Spanish, Norwegian and Danish short form of ELISABET or ELIN.
ELIAmItalian, Dutch
Italian and Dutch form of ELIJAH.
ELIAKIMmBiblical
Means "God rises" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the master of Hezekiah's household.
ELIÁNmVarious
In the case of Elian Gonzalez it is a combination of ELIZABETH and JUAN (1), the names of his parents.
ELIANm & fDutch
Dutch variant of names beginning with Eli, such as ELIJAH or ELISABETH.
ELIANA (1)fItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ÉLIANE.
ELIANA (2)fHebrew
Means "my God has answered" in Hebrew.
ÉLIANEfFrench
Probably from Aeliana, the feminine form of the Roman name Aelianus, which was derived from the Roman family name AELIUS. This was the name of an early saint and martyr.
ÉLIÁSmHungarian
Hungarian form of ELIJAH.
ELÍASmSpanish, Icelandic
Spanish and Icelandic form of ELIJAH.
ELIASmPortuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Cognate of ELIJAH. This is the form used in the Greek New Testament.
ELIASZmPolish
Polish form of ELIJAH.
ELIDIfVarious
Meaning unknown, possibly of Greek or Welsh origin. It may have been inspired by the name of the Ηληδα (Ilida) Valley in western Greece.
ÉLIEmFrench
French form of ELIJAH.
ELIEZERmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Hebrew אֱלִיעֶזֶר ('Eli'ezer) meaning "my God is help". In the Old Testament this is the name of both a servant of Abraham and one of the sons of Moses (see Exodus 18:4 for an explanation of the significance of the name).
ELİFfTurkish
Turkish form of Alif, the name of the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, ا. It also means "slender", from the Turkish phrase elif gibi, literally "shaped like elif".
ELIGIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ELIGIUS.
ELIGIUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name derived from Latin eligere "to choose". The 7th-century Saint Eligius is the patron saint of metalworkers.
ELIGIUSZmPolish
Polish form of ELIGIUS.
ELIHUmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew, English (Archaic)
Means "my God is he" in Hebrew. This was the name of several characters in the Old Testament including one of the friends of Job.
ELIINAfFinnish
Finnish form of HELEN.
ELIISAfFinnish
Finnish short form of ELISABET.
ELIISABETfEstonian
Estonian form of ELIZABETH.
ELIJAHmEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical
From the Hebrew name אֱלִיָּהוּ ('Eliyyahu) meaning "my God is YAHWEH", derived from the elements אֵל (el) and יָה (yah), both referring to the Hebrew God. Elijah was a Hebrew prophet and miracle worker, as told in the two Books of Kings in the Old Testament. He was active in the 9th century BC during the reign of King Ahab of Israel and his Phoenician-born queen Jezebel. Elijah confronted the king and queen over their idolatry of the Canaanite god Ba'al and other wicked deeds. At the end of his life he was carried to heaven in a chariot of fire, and was succeeded by Elisha. In the New Testament, Elijah and Moses appear next to Jesus when he is transfigured.... [more]
ELIKAPEKAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ELIZABETH.
ELINfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Welsh
Scandinavian and Welsh form of HELEN.
ELĪNAfLatvian
Latvian form of HELEN.
ELINAfFinnish, Swedish
Finnish and Swedish form of HELEN.
ELIOmItalian
Italian form of AELIUS or HELIOS.
ELIODOROmItalian
Italian form of HELIODORO.
ELIOENAImBiblical
Means "my eyes look to God" in Hebrew. This was the name of several minor characters in the Old Testament.
ELIORmHebrew
Means "my God is my light" in Hebrew.
ELIORAfHebrew
Feminine form of ELIOR.
ELIOTmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of ELLIOTT. A famous bearer of the surname was T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), an Anglo-American poet and dramatist, the writer of 'The Waste Land'. As a given name, it was borne by the American mob-buster Eliot Ness (1903-1957).
ELIOTTmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of ELLIOTT.
ELIOUmBiblical Greek
Form of ELIJAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
ELIPHALETmBiblical
Variant of ELIPHELET used in some versions of the Old Testament to refer to the son of David.
ELIPHELETmBiblical
Means "God is release" in Hebrew. This is the name of several people in the Old Testament including a son of David.
ELISmSwedish, Medieval English
Swedish variant of ELIAS, as well as the Medieval English form.
ELISABEDfGeorgian
Georgian form of ELIZABETH.
ELÍSABETfIcelandic
Icelandic form of ELIZABETH.
ELISABETfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, Spanish, Biblical Greek
Scandinavian and Finnish form of ELIZABETH. It is also used in Spain alongside the traditional form Isabel.
ELISABETAfRomanian
Romanian form of ELIZABETH.
ELISABETEfPortuguese
Portuguese form of ELIZABETH. This more recent form is used alongside the traditional Portuguese form Isabel.
ÉLISABETHfFrench
French form of ELIZABETH.
ELISABETHfGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
German and Dutch form of ELIZABETH. It is also a variant English form, reflecting the spelling used in the Authorized Version of the New Testament.
ELISABETTAfItalian
Italian form of ELIZABETH.
ELISAIEmBiblical Greek
Form of ELISHA used in the Greek Old Testament.
ELISAVETfGreek
Greek form of ELIZABETH.
ELISAVETAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of ELIZABETH.
ÉLISEfFrench
French short form of ÉLISABETH.
ELISEDDmAncient Celtic
Derived from Welsh elus meaning "kind". This was the name of two kings of Powys in Wales.
ELISEOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ELISHA.
ELISHAmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name אֱלִישַׁע ('Elisha'), a contracted form of אֱלִישׁוּעַ ('Elishu'a) meaning "my God is salvation". According to the Old Testament, Elisha was a prophet and miracle worker. He was the attendant of Elijah and succeeded him after his ascension to heaven.
ELISHEBAfBiblical
Form of ELIZABETH used in many versions of the Old Testament, where it belongs to the wife of Aaron.
ELISHUAmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew אֱלִישׁוּעַ ('Elishu'a), an extended form of אֱלִישַׁע (see ELISHA). In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of King David.
ELISIEmMacedonian
Macedonian form of ELISHA.
ELIŠKAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak diminutive of ELIZABETH.
ELISOfGeorgian
Georgian short form of ELIZABETH.
ELISSA (1)fRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown (possibly Phoenician in origin). This is another name of Dido, the legendary queen of Carthage.
ELITAfLatvian
Meaning unknown.
ELIUDmBiblical
Greek form of a Hebrew name meaning "God is grandeur". The Gospel of Matthew lists him as an ancestor of Jesus.
ELIXABETEfBasque
Basque form of ELIZABETH.
ELIYAHUmHebrew
Variant transcription of ELIYYAHU.
ELIZAfEnglish, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Short form of ELIZABETH. It was borne by the character Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's play 'Pygmalion' (1913) and the subsequent musical adaptation 'My Fair Lady' (1956).
ELIZABETAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of ELIZABETH.
ELIZABETHfEnglish, Biblical
From Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע ('Elisheva') meaning "my God is an oath", derived from the roots אֵל (el) referring to the Hebrew God and שָׁבַע (shava') meaning "oath". The Hebrew form appears in the Old Testament where Elisheba is the wife of Aaron, while the Greek form appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.... [more]
ELIZAVETAfRussian
Variant transcription of YELIZAVETA.
ELJASmFinnish
Finnish form of ELIJAH.
ELKANmHebrew
Modern variant of ELKANAH.
ELKANAHmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "God has purchased" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Samuel.
ELKE (1)fDutch, German, Frisian
Frisian diminutive of ADELHEID.
ELKE (2)fHebrew
Feminine form of ELKANAH.
ELLA (1)fEnglish
Norman form of the Germanic name Alia, which was a short form of names containing the Germanic element alja meaning "other". It was introduced to England by the Normans and used until the 14th century, and it was later revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the American singer Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996).
ELLA (2)fEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Diminutive of ELEANOR, ELLEN (1), and other names beginning with El. It can also be a short form of names ending in ella.
ELLANHERmAncient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements aljan "strength, power" and hari "army, warrior".
ELLARmScottish
Anglicized form of EALAIR.
ELLEfEnglish (Modern)
Diminutive of ELEANOR and other names beginning with El. This name can also be given in reference to the French pronoun elle meaning "she".
ELLEN (1)fEnglish
Medieval English form of HELEN. This was the usual spelling of the name until the 17th century, when Helen became more common.
ELLEN (2)fDutch
Short form of ELEONORA.
ELLERYmEnglish
From an English surname which was originally derived from the medieval masculine name HILARY.
ELLIfGreek, German, Finnish
Diminutive of names beginning with El, such as ELIZABETH.
ELLIEfEnglish
Diminutive of ELEANOR, ELLEN (1), and other names beginning with El.
ELLINORfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of ELEANOR.
ELLIOTmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of ELLIOTT.
ELLIOTTmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of the medieval name ELIAS.
ELLIS (1)mEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the given name ELIJAH.
ELLIS (2)mWelsh
Anglicized form of ELISEDD.
ELLYfEnglish, Dutch
Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH or an English variant of ELLIE.
ELMAfDutch, German, English
Short form of WILHELMINE or names ending in elma, such as ANSELMA. It has also been recorded as a combination of ELIZABETH and MARY, as in the case of the 19th-century daughter of the Earl of Elgin, who was named using her mother's first and middle names.
ELMARmGerman
Descended from various Germanic names such as Agilmar, which was derived from the elements agil "edge (of a sword), blade" and mari "famous".
ELMASfTurkish
Means "diamond" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian.
ELMERmEnglish
From a surname which 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.
ELMIRAfLiterature
Shortened form of EDELMIRA. It appears in the play 'Tartuffe' (1664) by the French playwright Molière (often spelled in the French style Elmire).
ELMOmEnglish, German, Italian
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element helm meaning "helmet, protection". It is also a derivative of ERASMUS, via the old Italian diminutive Ermo. Saint Elmo, also known as Saint Erasmus, was a 4th-century martyr who is the patron of sailors. Saint Elmo's fire is said to be a sign of his protection.
ELNATHANmBiblical
From Hebrew אֶלְנָתָן ('Elnatan) meaning "God has given". In the Old Testament this is the name of both a grandfather of King Jehoiachin and a son of Akbor.
ELNORAfEnglish
Contracted form of ELEANORA.
ELNURmAzerbaijani
Means "light of the people" in Azerbaijani, ultimately derived from Turkic el "country, society" and Arabic نور (nur) "light".
ELODIAfSpanish
Spanish form of ALODIA.
ÉLODIEfFrench
French form of ALODIA.
ELOFmSwedish
From the Old Norse name Eileifr, which was derived from the elements ei "ever, always" and leifr "descendant, heir".
ÉLOImFrench
French form of ELIGIUS.
ELOImCatalan
Catalan form of ELIGIUS.
ELOÍSAfSpanish
Spanish form of ELOISE.
ELOISAfItalian
Italian form of ELOISE.
ÉLOÏSEfFrench
French form of ELOISE.
ELOISEfEnglish
From the Old French name Héloïse, which is probably from the Germanic name Helewidis, composed of the elements heil "hale, healthy" and wid "wide". It is sometimes associated with the Greek word ‘ηλιος (helios) "sun" or the name Louise, though there is not likely an etymological connection. This name was borne in the 12th century by Saint Eloise, the wife of the French theologian Peter Abelard. She became a nun after her husband was castrated by her uncle.... [more]
ELONmBiblical
Means "oak" in Hebrew. This was the name of one of the ruling judges of the Israelites according to the Old Testament.
ELOUANmBreton, French
Possibly from a Breton word meaning "light". This name was borne by an obscure 6th-century saint who is now venerated mainly in Brittany and Cornwall.
ELOVmSwedish
Variant of ELOF.
ELOWENfCornish
Means "elm tree" in Cornish. This is a recently coined Cornish name.
ELOYmSpanish
Spanish form of ELIGIUS.
ELPIDAfGreek
Modern Greek form of ELPIS.
ELPIDIOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ELPIDIUS.
ELPIDIUSmLate Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ελπιδιος (Elpidios), which was derived from ελπις (elpis) "hope". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who spent twenty years in a cave in Cappadocia.
ELPISfAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "hope" in Greek. In Greek mythology Elpis was the personification of hope. She was the last spirit to remain in the jar after Pandora unleashed the evils that were in it.
ELRICmMedieval English
Middle English form of either of the Old English names ÆLFRIC or ÆÐELRIC. Both were rarely used after the Norman conquest.
ELRONDmLiterature
Means "star dome" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Elrond was the elven ruler of Rivendell.
ELROYmEnglish
Altered form of LEROY, using the Spanish definite article el as opposed to the French le.
ELSfDutch
Short form of ELISABETH.
ELSDONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "Elli's valley" in Old English.
ELSIEfEnglish
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
ELSJEfDutch
Diminutive of ELISABETH.
ELSPETfScottish
Scottish form of ELIZABETH.
ELSPETHfScottish
Scottish form of ELIZABETH.
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