TRENT m English
From a surname which originally denoted someone who lived by the River Trent
in England. Trent
is also a city in Italy, though the etymology is unrelated.
TRENTON m English
From the name of a New Jersey city established in the 17th century by William Trent. It means "TRENT
TREVELYAN m English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a Cornish place name meaning "homestead on the hill".
TREVOR m Welsh, English
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "big village" from Welsh tref
"village" and mawr
TREY m English
From an English nickname meaning "three".
TRI m & f Indonesian
Means "three, third" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit त्रि (tri)
TRINIDAD f & m Spanish
Means "trinity" in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity. An island in the West Indies bears this name.
TRINITY f English
From the English word Trinity
, given in honour of the Christian belief that God has one essence, but three distinct expressions of being: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It has only been in use as a given name since the 20th century.
TRISTAN m Welsh, English, French, Arthurian Romance
Old French form of the Pictish name Drustan
, a diminutive of DRUST
. The spelling was altered by association with Latin tristis
"sad". Tristan is a character in medieval French tales, probably inspired by older Celtic legends, and ultimately merged into Arthurian legend. According to the story Tristan was sent to Ireland in order to fetch Isolde
, who was to be the bride of King Mark of Cornwall. On the way back, Tristan and Isolde accidentally drink a potion which makes them fall in love. Their tragic story was very popular in the Middle Ages, and the name has occasionally been used since that time.
TROND m Norwegian
From the Old Norse byname Þróndr
which indicated a person from Trøndelag, a region in central Norway, possibly derived from þróast
meaning "to grow, to prosper".
TROY m English
From a surname that originally denoted a person from the city of Troyes in France. This was also the name of the ancient city that was besieged by the Greeks in Homer
TRUMAN m English
From a surname which meant "trusty man" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). It was also borne by American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984).
TRYPHENA f Biblical
From the Greek name Τρυφαινα (Tryphaina)
, derived from Greek τρυφη (tryphe)
meaning "softness, delicacy". This name is mentioned briefly in the New Testament.
TRYPHON m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek τρυφη (tryphe)
meaning "softness, delicacy". Saint Tryphon, a gooseherder from Syria, was martyred in the 3rd century.
TSISANA f Georgian
Probably derived from Georgian ცის (tsis)
meaning "of the sky", the genitive case of ცა (tsa)
TSISIA f Georgian
Derived from Georgian ცის (tsis)
meaning "of the sky", the genitive case of ცა (tsa)
TSIURI f Georgian
Means "heavenly, celestial" in Georgian, a derivative of ცა (tsa)
TSUBAKI f Japanese
From Japanese 椿 (tsubaki)
meaning "camellia flower", as well as other combinations of kanji which are pronounced the same way.
TSUBASA m & f Japanese
From Japanese 翼 (tsubasa)
meaning "wing", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
TSUKIKO f Japanese
From Japanese 月 (tsuki)
meaning "moon" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji are possible.
TU m & f Chinese
From Chinese 图 (tú)
meaning "chart, map" or other characters with similar pronunciations.
TÚ m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 秀 (tú)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding".
TUBA f Arabic, Turkish
From the name of a type of tree that is believed to grow in heaven in Islamic tradition. It means "blessedness" in Arabic.
TUCKER m English (Modern)
From an occupational surname derived from Old English tucian
meaning "one who fulls cloth".
TUDOR (1) m Welsh
Welsh form of the old Celtic name Teutorigos
, meaning "ruler of the people" (cognate with THEODORIC
). As a surname it was borne by five monarchs of England beginning with Henry VII in the 15th century.
TULLIO m Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Tullius
, which is of unknown meaning. A famous bearer was Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman orator and author.
TULLY m History
Form of Tullius
) used to refer to the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero.
TÜNDE f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian tündér
meaning "fairy". The Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty created this name in the 19th century.
TUOR m Literature
Means "strength vigour" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Tuor was the mortal man who came to the hidden city of Gondolin to warn of its imminent doom. When Gondolin was attacked and destroyed he escaped with his wife Idril
and son Eärendil, and sailed into the west.
TURIN m Literature
Means "victory mood" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Turin was a cursed hero, the slayer of the dragon Glaurung. He was also called Turambar, Mormegil, and other names. This is also the Anglicized name of the city of Torino in Italy.
TUTANKHAMON m Ancient Egyptian
Means "image of the life of Amon", derived from Egyptian tut
"image" combined with ankh
"life" combined with the name of the god Amon
. This was the name of an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, most famous because of the treasures found in his tomb.
TUULIKKI f Finnish, Finnish Mythology
Means "little wind" in Finnish, derived from tuuli
"wind". This was the name of a Finnish forest goddess, the daughter of Tapio.
TWILA f English
Meaning unknown. Perhaps based on the English word twilight
, or maybe from a Cajun pronunciation of French étoile
"star". It came into use as an American given name in the late 19th century.
TYBALT m Literature
Medieval form of THEOBALD
. This is the name of a cousin of Juliet killed by Romeo in Shakespeare's drama 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).
TYCHO m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Τυχων (Tychon)
meaning "hitting the mark". This was the name of a Greek saint. It was also borne by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
TYE m English
From a surname meaning "pasture" in Middle English.
TYLER m English
From an English surname meaning "tiler of roofs". The surname was borne by American president John Tyler (1790-1862).
TYR m Norse Mythology
Norse form of the name of the Germanic god Tiwaz
, related to Indo-European dyeus
). In Norse mythology Tyr was the god of war and justice, the son of the god Odin
. He carried a spear in his left hand, since his right hand was bitten off by the wolf Fenrir. At the time of the end of the world, the Ragnarok, Tyr will slay and be slain by the giant hound Garm.
TYRONE m English
From the name of a county in Northern Ireland which is derived from Irish Gaelic Tir Eoghain
meaning "land of EOGHAN
". This name was popularized by American actor Tyrone Power (1914-1958), who was named after his great-grandfather, an Irish actor.
TYSON m English
From an English surname which could be derived from a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Old French tison
meaning "firebrand". Alternatively, it could be a variant of DYSON
. A famous bearer of the surname was boxer Mike Tyson (1966-).
UDANE f Basque
Derived from Basque uda
UILANI f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly beauty" or "royal beauty" from Hawaiian u'i
"youth, beauty" and lani
"heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
U-JIN m Korean
From Sino-Korean 宇 (u)
meaning "house, eaves, universe" or 佑 (u)
meaning "help, protect, bless" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 鎭 (jin)
meaning "town, market place". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
ULRIC m English (Rare)
Middle English form of the Old English name Wulfric
meaning "wolf power". When it is used in modern times, it is usually as a variant of ULRICH
ULRICH m German, French, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Odalric
meaning "prosperity and power", from the element odal
"heritage" combined with ric
"power". It has long been confused with the Germanic name Hulderic
. This was the name of two German saints. Another famous bearer was Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531), also known as Huldrych, the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland.
ULTÁN m Irish
Means "of Ulster" in Gaelic. Ulster is a region in the north of Ireland. This name was borne by two 7th-century Irish saints.
ULYSSES m Roman Mythology, English
Latin form of ODYSSEUS
. It was borne by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War, who went on to become an American president. Irish author James Joyce used it as the title of his book 'Ulysses' (1920), which loosely parallels Homer
's epic the 'Odyssey'.
UMA f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi
Means "flax" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati
. In Hindu texts it is said to derive from the Sanskrit exclamation उ मा (u ma)
meaning "O (child), do not (practice austerities)!" which was addressed to Parvati by her mother.
UMAR m Arabic
Means "populous, flourishing", derived from Arabic عمر ('umr)
"life". Umar was a companion and strong supporter of Muhammad
who became the second caliph of the Muslims. He is considered to be one of the great founders of the Muslim state. The name was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Persia, Umar Khayyam.
UME f Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume)
meaning "plum". In Japan the plum blossom is thought to symbolize devotion. Different kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
UMEKO f Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume)
meaning "plum" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
UMID m Uzbek
Means "hope" in Uzbek, ultimately from Persian امید (omid)
ÜMİT m Turkish
Means "hope" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian امید (omid)
UMUT m & f Turkish
Variant of ÜMİT
. The Turkish words umut
are etymologically related synonyms.
ÚNA f Irish
Possibly derived from Irish uan
UNDINE f Literature
Derived from Latin unda
meaning "wave". The word undine
was created by the medieval author Paracelsus, who used it for female water spirits.
UNITY f English (Rare)
From the English word unity
, which is ultimately derived from Latin unitas
UPTON m English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "upper town" in Old English. A famous bearer of this name was the American novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968).
URAL m Bashkir
From the name of the Ural Mountains, which is possibly from Turkic aral
meaning "island, boundary". This is the name of the title character in the Bashkir epic 'Ural-batyr'.
URANUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ουρανος (Ouranos)
, the name of the husband of Gaia
and the father of the Titans in Greek mythology. His name is derived from ουρανος (ouranos)
meaning "the heavens". This is also the name of the seventh planet in the solar system.
URD f Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse Urðr
meaning "fate". In Norse mythology Urd was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny. She was responsible for the past.
URIAH m Biblical
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיָה ('Uriyah)
which meant "YAHWEH
is my light". In the Old Testament this is the name of a Hittite warrior in King David
's army, the first husband of Bathsheba
. David desired Bathsheba so he placed Uriah in the forefront of battle so he would be killed.
URIEL m Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיאֵל ('Uri'el)
which meant "God is my light". Uriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition. He is mentioned only in the Apocrypha, for example in the Book of Enoch where he warns Noah
of the coming flood.
URIJAH m Biblical
Form of URIAH
used in some English versions of the Old Testament (for a character in the Book of Jeremiah).
UROŠ m Serbian, Slovene
Serbian form of an old Hungarian name, possibly from úr
meaning "man, lord" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of five Serbian kings.
URS m German
German form of the Latin name Ursus
, which meant "bear". Saint Ursus was a 3rd-century soldier in the Theban Legion who was martyred with Saint Victor. He is the patron saint of Solothurn in Switzerland.
URSA f Late Roman
Feminine form of URSUS
. This is the name of two constellations in the northern sky: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
URSULA f English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Finnish, Late Roman
Means "little bear", derived from a diminutive form of the Latin word ursa
"she-bear". Saint Ursula was a legendary virgin princess of the 4th century who was martyred by the Huns while returning from a pilgrimage. In England the saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and the name came into general use at that time.
USAGI f Popular Culture
Means "rabbit" in Japanese. This name was used on the Japanese television show 'Sailor Moon'.
USHAS f Hinduism
Means "dawn" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of the dawn, considered the daughter of heaven.
UTHER m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Uthyr
, derived from Welsh uthr
"terrible". In Arthurian legend Uther was the father of King Arthur
. He appears in some early Welsh texts, but is chiefly known from the 12th-century chronicles of Geoffrey of Monmouth.
UTHMAN m Arabic
Means "baby bustard" in Arabic (a bustard is a type of large bird). Uthman was a companion of Muhammad
who married two of his daughters. He was the third caliph of the Muslims.