STERLING m English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from city of Stirling, which is itself of unknown meaning. The name can also be given in reference to the English word sterling
meaning "excellent". In this case, the word derives from sterling silver, which was so named because of the emblem that some Norman coins bore, from Old English meaning "little star".
STEVE m English
Short form of STEVEN
. A notable bearer was American technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs (1955-2011).
STEVEN m English, Dutch
Medieval English variant of STEPHEN
, and a Dutch variant of STEFAN
. The filmmaker Steven Spielberg (1946-), director of 'E.T.' and 'Indiana Jones', is a famous bearer of this name.
STRIBOG m Slavic Mythology
Possibly means "flowing god" in Slavic. Stribog was the Slavic god of the wind, cold, ice and frost.
STUART m English, Scottish
From an occupational surname originally belonging to a person who was a steward. It is ultimately derived from Old English stig
"house" and weard
"guard". As a given name, it arose in 19th-century Scotland in honour of the Stuart royal family, which produced several kings and queens of Scotland and Britain between the 14th and 18th centuries.
STYLIANOS m Greek, Late Greek
Derived from Greek στυλος (stylos)
meaning "pillar". Saint Stylianos was a 7th-century hermit from Adrianopolis in Asia Minor who is regarded as a patron saint of children.
SU (2) f & m Chinese
From Chinese 素 (sù)
meaning "plain, simple" or 肃 (sù)
meaning "respectful", besides other characters pronounced in a similar way.
SU-BIN f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 秀 (su)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" combined with 斌 (bin)
meaning "refined". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SUELLEN f English
Contraction of SUSAN
and ELLEN (1)
. Margaret Mitchell used this name in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936), where it belongs to Scarlett's sister.
SUHA f Arabic
Means "forgotten, overlooked" in Arabic. Al-Suha
(also called Alcor
) is the name of a star in the constellation Ursa Major.
SUHAIL m Arabic, Urdu
Means "level, even" in Arabic. This is the Arabic name of the second brightest star in the sky, known in the western world as Canopus.
SUHARTO m Indonesian, Javanese
From Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good" and अर्थ (artha)
meaning "wealth, property" (borrowed into Indonesian as harta
). This was the name of an Indonesian general (1921-2008) who seized power to become the country's second president.
SU-JIN f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 收 (su)
meaning "gather, harvest" or 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 珍 (jin)
meaning "precious, rare". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SUKARNO m Indonesian, Javanese
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.
SUKHON f Thai
Means "fragrance, pleasant smell" in Thai, ultimately of Pali origin.
SUK-JA f Korean
From Sino-Korean 淑 (suk)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" and 子 (ja)
meaning "child". Other hanja characters can form this name as well. Korean feminine names ending with the character 子
(a fashionable name suffix in Japan, read as -ko
in Japanese) declined in popularity after 1945 when Korea was liberated from Japanese rule.
SÜLEYMAN m Turkish
Turkish form of SOLOMON
. Süleyman the Magnificent was a sultan of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. He expanded Ottoman territory into Europe and Persia, reformed the government, and completed several great building projects.
SULLIVAN m English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Súilleabháin
meaning "descendant of Súilleabhán". The name Súilleabhán
means "little dark eye" in Irish.
SULTAN m & f Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali
Means "ruler, king, sultan" in Arabic. In the Arab world this name is typically masculine, but Turkey it is given to both boys and girls.
SUMANTRA m Bengali
Means "following good advice", from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with मन्त्र (mantra)
meaning "instrument of thought, prayer, advice".
SUMATI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "wise, good mind", derived from Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good" and मति (mati)
meaning "mind, thought". In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' this is the name of King Sagara's second wife, who bore him sixty thousand children.
SUMAYYA f Arabic
Means "high above" in Arabic. This was the name of the first martyr for Islam.
SUMIKO f Japanese
From Japanese 澄 (sumi)
meaning "clear" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SUMMANUS m Roman Mythology
Means "before the morning", derived from Latin sub
"under, before" and mane
"morning". Summanus was the Roman god of the night sky and night lightning, a nocturnal counterpart to Jupiter
SUMMER f English
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English sumor
. It has been in use as a given name since the 1970s.
SUNAN m & f Thai
Possibly means "good word" in Thai.
SUNDARA m Hinduism
Derived from Sanskrit सुन्दर (sundara)
meaning "beautiful". This is the name of several minor characters in Hindu texts, and is also another name of the Hindu god Krishna
SUNDAY f English
From the name of the day of the week, which ultimately derives from Old English sunnandæg
, which was composed of the elements sunne
"sun" and dæg
SUNIL m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
From Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good, very" combined with नील (nila)
meaning "dark blue".
SUNITA f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "well conducted, wise", derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with नीत (nita)
meaning "conducted, led". In Hindu legend this is the name of the daughter of King Anga of Bengal.
SUNITI f Indian, Hindi
Means "good conduct" from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with नीति (niti)
meaning "guidance, moral conduct".
SUNNIVA f Norwegian
Scandinavian form of the Old English name Sunngifu
, which meant "sun gift" from the Old English elements sunne
"sun" and giefu
"gift". This was the name of a legendary English saint who was shipwrecked in Norway and killed by the inhabitants.
SUNNY f English
From the English word meaning "sunny, cheerful".
SUNSHINE f English
From the English word, ultimately from Old English sunne
"sun" and scinan
SUOMA f Finnish
Derived from Finnish Suomi
SUSAN f English
English variant of SUSANNA
. This has been most common spelling since the 18th century. A notable bearer was the American feminist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906).
SUSANNA f Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
From Σουσαννα (Sousanna)
, the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah)
. This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan)
meaning "lily" (in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn
"lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel
clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministers to Jesus
SUSUMU m Japanese
From Japanese 進 (susumu)
meaning "advance, make progress", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
SUZU f Japanese
From Japanese 鈴 (suzu)
meaning "bell" or other kanji having the same pronunciation.
SUZUME f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 雀 (suzume)
meaning "sparrow", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations which are pronounced the same way.
SVANTEPOLK m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of SVYATOPOLK
. It was borne by the prominent 13th-century Swedish nobleman Svantepolk Knutsson. He may have been named after a relative of his Pomeranian mother.
SVAROG m Slavic Mythology
Derived from Slavic svar
"bright, clear". This was the name of the Slavic god of the sky and sun. He was originally the supreme god in Slavic mythology.
SVEA f Swedish
From a personification of the country of Sweden, in use since the 17th century. It is a derivative of Svear
, the Swedish name for the ancient Germanic tribe the Swedes. The Swedish name of the country of Sweden is Sverige
, a newer form of Svear rike
meaning "the realm of the Svear".
SVERRE m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Sverrir
which meant "wild, swinging, spinning".
SVETOVID m Slavic Mythology
Derived from the Slavic elements svetu
"blessed, holy" and vidu
"sight, view". This was the name of a four-headed Slavic god of war and light.
SVEVA f Italian
Meaning unknown, possibly related to the name of the Germanic tribe of the Suebi.
SWARNA m & f Indian, Telugu, Hindi
Means "good colour" or "golden", a contraction of the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" and वर्ण (varna)
meaning "colour". This is a transcription of both the masculine form स्वर्ण
and the feminine form स्वर्णा
SWATI f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From the Indian name of the third brightest star in the night sky, called Arcturus in the western world.
SWITHIN m History
From the Old English name Swiðhun
, derived from swiþ
"strong" and perhaps hun
"bear cub". Saint Swithin was a 9th-century bishop of Winchester.
SYBIL f English
Variant of SIBYL
. This spelling variation has existed since the Middle Ages.
SYDNEY f & m English
From a surname which was a variant of the surname SIDNEY
. This is the name of the largest city in Australia, which was named for Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney in 1788. Since the 1990s this name has been mainly feminine.
SZABOLCS m Hungarian
Meaning unknown, possibly from a Slavic word meaning "marten". It was borne by a leader of the Magyars at the time of Árpád
. This is now the name of a region in Hungary.
TABEA f German
German short form of TABITHA
. This form was used in earlier editions of the Luther Bible.
TABITHA f English, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "gazelle" in Aramaic. Tabitha in the New Testament was a woman restored to life by Saint Peter
. Her name is translated into Greek as Dorcas (see Acts 9:36). As an English name, Tabitha
became common after the Protestant Reformation. It was popularized in the 1960s by the television show 'Bewitched', in which Tabitha (sometimes spelled Tabatha) is the daughter of the main character.
TACEY f English (Archaic)
Derived from Latin tace
meaning "be silent". It was in use from the 16th century, though it died out two centuries later.
TACITUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "silent, mute" in Latin. This was the name of a 1st-century Roman historian.
TADHG m Irish, Scottish
Means "poet" in Irish. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Connacht.
TAFARI m Eastern African, Amharic
Possibly means "he who inspires awe" in Amharic. This name was borne by Lij Tafari Makonnen (1892-1975), also known as Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. Rastafarians (Ras Tafari
meaning "king Tafari") revere him as the earthly incarnation of God.
TAHA m Arabic
From the Arabic letters ط
) and ه
). These letters begin the 20th chapter of the Qur'an (surah Ta Ha).
TAHIR m Arabic
Means "virtuous, pure, chaste" in Arabic.
TÁHIRIH f History
Variant of TAHIRA
. This was the title of Fatimah Baraghani, a 19th-century Persian poet, theologian and reformer.
TAHMASP m Ancient Persian
Persian form of the Avestan name Takhmaspa
, which was derived from takhma
"strong, brave, valiant" and aspa
"horse". This name was borne by two Safavid shahs of Persia.
TAHMURAS m Persian Mythology
Persian form of Avestan Takhma Urupi
meaning "strong body". Takhma Urupi is a hero from the Avesta who later appears in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.