TAFARI m Eastern African, Amharic (Rare)
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'.
TAI m & f Chinese
From Chinese 太 (tài)
meaning "very, extreme" or other characters pronounced in a similar way.
TAICHI m Japanese
From Japanese 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big" and 一 (ichi)
meaning "one", in addition to other combinations of kanji which are pronounced the same way.
TAIKI m Japanese
From Japanese 大 (tai)
meaning "big, great" and 輝 (ki)
meaning "brightness" or 樹 (ki)
meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKAHIRO m Japanese
From Japanese 貴 (taka)
meaning "valuable" or 孝 (taka)
meaning "filial piety" combined with 大 (hiro)
meaning "big, great" or 浩 (hiro)
meaning "prosperous". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKAKO f Japanese
From Japanese 孝 (taka)
meaning "filial piety" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child", as well as other combinations of kanji characters.
TAKARA m & f Japanese
From Japanese 宝 (takara)
meaning "treasure, jewel", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
TAKASHI m Japanese
From Japanese 孝 (takashi)
meaning "filial piety", 隆 (takashi)
meaning "noble, prosperous" or 崇 (takashi)
meaning "esteem, honour, venerate", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations which result in the same pronunciation.
TAKEHIKO m Japanese
From Japanese 武 (take)
meaning "military, martial" or 竹 (take)
meaning "bamboo" combined with 彦 (hiko)
meaning "boy, prince". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
TAKESHI m Japanese
From Japanese 武 (takeshi)
meaning "military, martial" or other kanji having the same reading.
TAKUMA m Japanese
From Japanese 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" and 真 (ma)
meaning "real, genuine". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKUMI m Japanese
From Japanese 匠 (takumi)
meaning "artisan" or 巧 (takumi)
meaning "skillful". It can also come from 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" combined with 海 (mi)
meaning "sea, ocean" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth". This name can also be formed of other kanji combinations.
TAKUYA m Japanese
From Japanese 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" combined with 也 (ya)
meaning "also" or 哉 (ya)
, an exclamation. This name can be formed with other kanji combinations as well.
TAL m & f Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew טַל (tal)
TALBOT m English (Rare)
From a surname which was perhaps derived from a Germanic given name composed of the elements tal
"to destroy" and bod
TALFRYN m Welsh
From a Welsh place name meaning "high hill", derived from Welsh tal
"high" and bryn
TALIB m Arabic
Means "seeker of knowledge, student" in Arabic. Abu Talib was an uncle of Muhammad
who raised him after his parents and grandparents died. His name was in fact a kunya (a nickname) formed using Abu
; his real name may have been Imran
TALIESIN m Welsh, Arthurian Romance
Means "shining brow", derived from Welsh tal
"brow" and iesin
"shining". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh poet and bard. In later Welsh legends he is portrayed as a wizard and prophet, or as a companion of King Arthur
TALIN f Armenian
From the name of an Armenian town (meaning unknown) which is home to a famous 7th-century cathedral.
TALITHA f Biblical
Means "little girl" in Aramaic. The name is taken from the phrase talitha cumi
meaning "little girl arise" spoken by Jesus
in order to restore a young girl to life (see Mark 5:41).
TALLULAH f English (Rare)
Popularly claimed to mean "leaping waters" in the Choctaw language, it may actually mean "town" in the Creek language. This is the name of waterfalls in Georgia. It was borne by American actress Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968), who was named after her grandmother, who may have been named after the waterfalls.
TALON m English (Modern)
From the English meaning "talon, claw", ultimately derived (via Norman French) from Latin talus
TALULLA f Irish
From the Gaelic name Tuilelaith
, which was derived from Irish tuile
"abundance" and flaith
TAMAR f Hebrew, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "palm tree" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah
and later his wife. This was also the name of a daughter of King David
. She was raped by her half-brother Amnon
, leading to his murder by her brother Absalom
. The name was borne by a 12th-century ruling queen of Georgia who presided over the kingdom at the peak of its power.
TAMARA f Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian
Russian form of TAMAR
. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world. It was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
TAMIA f English (Modern)
Elaborated form of the popular name syllable Tam
, from names such as TAMARA
. It was popularized by Canadian singer Tamia Hill (1975-), who is known simply as Tamia.
TAMIKA f English
Variant of TAMIKO
, inspired by the American jazz singer Tamiko Jones (1945-) or the American movie 'A Girl Named Tamiko' (1963).
TAMIKO f Japanese
From Japanese 多 (ta)
meaning "many", 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
TAMMARO m Italian
Italian form of the Germanic name Thancmar
, which was composed of the elements thank
"thought" and meri
TANCRED m Old Norman
Norman form of a Germanic name meaning "thought and counsel", derived from the elements thank
"thought" and rad
"counsel". This was the name of a leader of the First Crusade, described by Torquato Tasso in his epic poem 'Jerusalem Delivered' (1580).
TANE m Maori, Polynesian Mythology
Means "man" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Tane was the god of forests and light. He was the son of the sky god Rangi
and the earth goddess Papa
, who were locked in an embrace and finally separated by their son. He created the tui bird and, by some accounts, man.
TANGAROA m Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Polynesian mythology he was the god of the sea, the son of Rangi
. He separated his parents' embrace, creating the earth and the sky.
TANITH f Near Eastern Mythology
Derived from Semitic roots meaning "serpent lady". This was the name of the Phoenician goddess of love, fertility, the moon and the stars.
TANNER m English
From an English surname meaning "one who tans hides".
TANSY f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which is derived via Old French from Late Latin tanacita
TAO m Chinese
From Chinese 涛 (tāo)
meaning "large waves", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
TARA (1) f English
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 adaptation (1939), in which it is the name of the O'Hara plantation.
TARA (2) f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Nepali
Means "star" in Sanskrit. Tara is the name of a Hindu astral goddess, the wife of Brhaspati. She was abducted by Soma, a god of the moon, leading to a great war that was only ended when Brahma
intervened and released her. This is also the name of a Buddhist deity (a female Buddha).
TARANIS m Celtic Mythology
Derived from Celtic taran
meaning "thunder", cognate with Þórr
). This was the name of the Gaulish thunder god, who was often identified with the Roman god Jupiter
TARAS m Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian and Russian form of the Greek name Ταρασιος (Tarasios)
, which possibly means "from Taras". Taras was an Italian city, now called Taranto, which was founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC and was named for the Greek mythological figure Taras, a son of Poseidon
. Saint Tarasios was an 8th-century bishop of Constantinople. It was also borne by the Ukrainian writer and artist Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861).
TARIK m Turkish
Turkish form of TARIQ
. This name is spelled with a Turkish dotless i
, as Tarık
TARIQ m Arabic
Means "he who knocks at the door" in Arabic. This is the Arabic name of the morning star. Tariq ibn Ziyad was the Islamic general who conquered Spain for the Umayyad Caliphate in the 8th century.
TAROU m Japanese
From Japanese 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big" and 郎 (rou)
meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TARQUIN m History
From the Roman name Tarquinius
which is of unknown meaning, possibly Etruscan in origin. This was the name of two early kings of Rome.
TARU f Finnish
Means "legend, myth" in Finnish. It is also used as a diminutive of TARJA
TARYN f English
Probably a feminine form of TYRONE
. Actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian created it for their daughter Taryn Power (1953-).
TASUNKA m Native American, Sioux
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.
TATANKA m Native American, Sioux
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.
TATE m English
From an English surname which was derived from the Old English given name Tata
, of unknown origin.
TATIANA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus
, a derivative of the Roman name TATIUS
. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна
) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
TATIUS m Roman Mythology, Ancient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning, possibly of Sabine origin. According to Roman legend, Titus Tatius was an 8th-century BC king of the Sabines who came to jointly rule over the Romans and Sabines with the Roman king Romulus.
TATTON m English (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's town" in Old English.
TATUM f English (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's homestead" in Old English.
TAU m Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "lion" in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).
TAUNO m Finnish
Means "peaceful, modest" in Karelian Finnish.
TAVISH m Scottish
Anglicized form of Thàmhais
, vocative case of TÀMHAS
. Alternatively it could be taken from the Scottish surname MacTavish
, Anglicized form of Mac Tàmhais
, meaning "son of Thomas".
TAWFIQ m Arabic
Means "good fortune", derived from Arabic وفق (wafiqa)
meaning "to be successful".
TAWNY f English (Modern)
From the English word, ultimately deriving from Old French tané
, which means "light brown".
TAYLOR m & f English
From an English surname which originally denoted someone who was a tailor, from Norman French tailleur
, ultimately from Latin taliare
"to cut". Its modern use as a feminine name may have been influenced by British author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).
TEAGAN m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Tadhgáin
meaning "descendant of Tadhgán". The given name Tadhgán
is a diminutive of TADHG
TEAL f English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of duck or the greenish-blue colour.
TECUMSEH m Native American, Shawnee
Means "panther passing across" in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee leader who, with his brother Tenskwatawa
, resisted European expansion in the early 19th century.
TED m English
Short form of EDWARD
. A famous bearer was the American baseball player Ted Williams (1918-2002), who was born as Theodore.
TEGID m Welsh
Possibly derived from Welsh teg
"fair", or possibly from the Roman name TACITUS
. This is the Welsh name of a lake in Wales, called Bala Lake in English. It also occurs in medieval Welsh legends as the husband of Ceridwen
TEGWEN f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements teg
"fair" and gwen
TEIMURAZ m Georgian
Georgian form of TAHMURAS
. This was the name of several kings who ruled over kingdoms located in what is now modern Georgia.
TEKAKWITHA f Native American, Mohawk
Means "she who bumps into things" or "she who puts things in place" in Mohawk. Tekakwitha, also named Kateri
, was the first Native American Catholic saint.
TEKOA m Biblical
Possibly means either "stockade" or "horn, trumpet" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a both a city and a son of Ashhur.
TÉLESPHORE m French (Rare)
French form of the Greek name Τελεσφορος (Telesphoros)
which means "bringing fulfillment" or "bearing fruit". Saint Telesphorus was a 2nd-century pope and martyr.
TELLERVO f Finnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. Tellervo was a Finnish forest goddess. She is variously described as either the wife or daughter of Tapio.
TELMO m Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from a misdivision of Spanish Santelmo
meaning "saint ELMO
". This name is given in honour of Pedro González Telmo, a 13th-century Spanish priest.
TEMAN m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "right hand" or "south" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a grandson of Esau for whom the town of Teman in Edom was named.
TEMPERANCE f English (Archaic)
From the English word meaning "moderation" or "restraint". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
TEMPEST f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "storm". It appears in the title of William Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest' (1611).
TEMPLE m & f English (Rare)
From a surname which originally belonged to a person who was associated with the Knights Templar, a medieval religious military order.
TEMUJIN m History
Means "of iron" in Mongolian, derived ultimately from the Turkic word temür
"iron". This was the original name of the Mongolian leader better known by the title Genghis
Khan. Born in the 12th century, he managed to unite the tribes of Mongolia and then conquer huge areas of Asia and Eastern Europe.
TENNYSON m English (Rare)
From an English surname which meant "son of Tenney", Tenney
being a medieval form of DENIS
. A notable bearer of the surname was British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).
TENSKWATAWA m Native American, Shawnee
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.
TENZIN m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
From Tibetan བསྟན་འཛིན (bstan-'dzin)
which means "upholder of teachings". This is one of the given names of the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (1935-).
TEODOR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Slovak, Czech, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
Form of THEODORE
TERAH m Biblical
Possibly means "station" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Terah is the father of Abraham
. He led his people out of Ur and towards Canaan, but died along the way.
TERCERO m Spanish
Means "third" in Spanish. This name was traditionally given to the third child born.
TERENCE m English
From the Roman family name Terentius
which is of unknown meaning. Famous bearers include Publius Terentius Afer, a Roman playwright, and Marcus Terentius Varro, a Roman scholar. It was also borne by several early saints. The name was used in Ireland as an Anglicized form of TOIRDHEALBHACH
, but it was not in use as an English name until the late 19th century.
TERESA f Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Finnish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Cognate of THERESA
. Saint Teresa of Ávila was a 16th-century Spanish nun who reformed the Carmelite monasteries and wrote several spiritual books. It was also borne by the beatified Albanian missionary Mother Teresa (1910-1997), who worked with the poor in Calcutta. She adopted the name in honour of the French saint Thérèse de Lisieux, who is the patron of missionaries.