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).
TYCHE f Greek Mythology
Means "fortune, chance" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess of fortune, luck and fate.
TYCHO m Danish, Dutch
Latinized form of TYGE
. This name was borne by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
TYE m English
From a surname meaning "pasture" in Middle English.
TYGE m Danish
Danish form of Tóki
, an Old Norse diminutive of names containing the element Þórr
, from the name of the Norse god THOR
. This was the native name of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
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 & m 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, 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, Turkish
From the name of the Ural Mountains, of uncertain meaning, 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.
UTTARA m & f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi
Means "north" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form उत्तर
(also written Uttar
) and the feminine form उत्तरा
(also written Uttarā
), both of which occur in the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' belonging to the son and daughter of King Virata.
UXUE f Basque
From the Basque name of the Spanish town of Ujué where there is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary
. Its name is derived from Basque usoa
UZZIAH m Biblical
Means "my power is YAHWEH
" in Hebrew. This is the name of several Old Testament characters including a king of Judah.
VÁCLAV m Czech, Slovak
Contracted form of the older name Veceslav
, from the Slavic elements veche
"more" and slava
"glory". Saint Václav (known as Wenceslas in English) was a 10th-century duke of Bohemia murdered by his brother. He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. This was also the name of several Bohemian kings.
VADIM m Russian
Meaning unknown. It is used as a Russian form of BADEMUS
, but it may actually be derived from the Slavic name VADIMIR
or else from an Old Norse source.
VAHAGN m Armenian Mythology, Armenian
From Avestan Verethragna
meaning "breaking of defense, victory". In Armenian mythology this was the name of the heroic god of war.
VÄINÄMÖINEN m Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish väinä
"wide and slow-flowing river". In Finnish mythology Väinämöinen was a wise old magician, the son of the primal goddess Ilmatar
. He is the hero of the Finnish epic the 'Kalevala'.
VAKHTANG m Georgian
Derived from Old Persian varka-tanu
meaning "wolf-bodied". This name was borne by several kings of Georgia.
VALDA f Latvian
Modern coinage from Germanic wald
meaning "power, rule". It has been in use only since the 20th century.
VALE f English
From the English word meaning "wide river valley".
VALENCIA f Various
From the name of cities in Spain and Venezuela, both derived from Latin valentia
meaning "strength, vigour".
VALENTIN m French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of Valentinus
(see VALENTINE (1)
VALENTINE (1) m English
From the Roman cognomen Valentinus
which was itself from the name Valens
meaning "strong, vigourous, healthy" in Latin. Saint Valentine was a 3rd-century martyr. His feast day was the same as the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, which resulted in the association between Valentine's day and love. As an English name, it has been used occasionally since the 12th century.
VALERIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name which was derived from Latin valere
"to be strong". This was the name of several early saints.
VALÉRY m French
Derived from the Germanic elements walha
"foreign" and ric
"power". It has been frequently confused with the name Valère
VALKYRIE f Various
Means "chooser of the slain", derived from Old Norse valr
"the slain" and kyrja
"chooser". In Norse myth the Valkyries were maidens who led heroes killed in battle to Valhalla.
VALLI f Hinduism
Means "creeping plant" in Dravidian. In Dravidian mythology the goddess Valli was the wife of Murunga.
VĂN m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 文 (văn)
meaning "literature, culture, writing". This is a common middle name for Vietnamese boys.
VANCE m English
From an English surname which was derived from Old English fenn
meaning "marsh, fen".
VANESSA f English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his poem 'Cadenus and Vanessa' (1726). He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther
Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.