Feminine Names

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KRISm & fEnglish, Danish
Short form of KRISTIAN, KRISTOFFER, and other names beginning with Kris.
Variant of KRISTY.
Latvian form of CHRISTINA.
German form of CHRISTINA.
KRISTIINAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of CHRISTINA.
Icelandic form of CHRISTINA.
KRISTINfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, English
Scandinavian and German form of CHRISTINA.
Slovak form of CHRISTINA.
Latvian form of CHRISTINA.
Latvian form of CHRISTINE.
KRISTINEfNorwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, German
Scandinavian form of CHRISTINE, as well as an English and German variant.
Icelandic form of CHRISTINA.
Short form of CHRISTINA.
Czech variant of KRISTINA.
Hungarian form of CHRISTINA.
Short form of KRYSTYNA.
Polish form of CHRISTINA.
KSENIAfPolish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Polish form of XENIA, as well as a variant transcription of KSENIYA.
KSENIJAfSerbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene
Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Slovene form of XENIA.
KSENIYAfRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian form of XENIA.
KSHITIJAfIndian, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of KSHITIJ.
Means "flower" in Finnish.
KULAPf & mThai
Means "rose" in Thai.
Estonian form of KYLLIKKI.
KUMARIfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Telugu
Feminine form of KUMARA. In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' Kumari is the wife of the warrior Bhima. This is also another name of the Hindu goddess Durga.
KUMBUKANIm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "remember" in Chewa.
From Japanese (ku) meaning "long time", (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
KUNf & mChinese
From Chinese (kūn) meaning "earth, female", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
KUNEGUNDAfPolish (Rare)
Polish form of KUNIGUNDE. The 13th-century Saint Kunegunda was the daughter of Bela IV, king of Hungary. She married Boleslaus V of Poland, but after his death refused to assume power and instead became a nun.
Dutch form of KUNIGUNDE.
KUNIGUNDEfGerman (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic element kuni "clan, family" combined with gund "war". Saint Kunigunde was the wife of the Holy Roman emperor Henry II.
Means "sweet-smelling" or "good deed" in Khmer.
Means "spear" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' this is the name of the mother of the Pandavas.
KUNTOfWestern African, Akan
Means "third child" in Akan.
KUNZANGm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "all good, ever excellent" in Tibetan.
KUSUMAm & fIndonesian
Derived from Sanskrit कुसुम (kusuma) meaning "flower".
Derived from Czech kvet meaning "flower, blossom".
Feminine form of KYLE.
Variant of KYLIE.
This name arose in Australia, where it is said to mean "boomerang" in an Australian Aboriginal language. It is more likely a feminine form of KYLE, and it is in this capacity that it began to be used in America in the 1970s. A famous bearer is the Australian singer Kylie Minogue (1968-).
Short form of KYLLIKKI.
KYLLIKKIfFinnish, Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish kyllä "abundance" or kyllin "enough". This is the name of a character in the Finnish epic the 'Kalevala'.
KYOm & fJapanese
Variant transcription of KYOU.
KYOUm & fJapanese
From Japanese (kyou) meaning "unite, cooperate", (kyou) meaning "capital city", (kyou) meaning "village", (kyou) meaning "apricot", or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
Variant of KIRA (2), sometimes considered a feminine form of CYRUS.
Variant transcription of KYRIAKI.
Feminine form of KYRIAKOS.
KYRIEm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the name of a Christian prayer, also called the Kyrie eleison meaning "Lord, have mercy". It is ultimately from Greek κυριος (kyrios) meaning "lord". In America it was popularized as a masculine name by basketball player Kyrie Irving (1992-), whose name is pronounced differently than the prayer.
KYUNGm & fKorean
Variant transcription of GYEONG.
Variant transcription of GYEONG-HUI.
Variant transcription of GYEONG-JA.
Variant transcription of GYEONG-SUK.
Modern Greek form of CYBELE.
LAARNIfFilipino, Tagalog
Meaning unknown.
From Sanskrit लावण्य (lavanya) meaning "beauty, loveliness, charm".
LACEYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of LACY.
LACHESISfGreek Mythology
Means "apportioner" in Greek. She was one of the three Fates or Μοιραι (Moirai) in Greek mythology. She was responsible for deciding how long each person had to live.
Feminine form of LACHLAN.
LACI (2)fEnglish
Variant of LACY.
LACYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Lassy, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name which was Latinized as Lascius.
LADISLAVAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak feminine form of VLADISLAV.
LADONNAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name DONNA.
LAELIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of Laelius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning. This is also the name of a type of flower, an orchid found in Mexico and Central America.
Means "lark" in Danish.
LAETITIAfLate Roman, French
Original form of LETITIA, as well as the French form.
LAGINAfAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name GINA.
Means "goose" in Estonian.
Means "gift" in Finnish.
Catalan diminutive of EULALIA.
Sami variant form of HELGA.
LAILA (2)fDanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
Scandinavian and Finnish form of LÁILÁ.
LAIMAfLithuanian, Latvian, Baltic Mythology
From Latvian laime and Lithuanian laima which mean "luck, fate". This was the name of the Latvian and Lithuanian goddess of fate, luck, pregnancy and childbirth. She was the sister of the goddesses Dekla and Karta, who were also associated with fate.
Lithuanian diminutive of LAIMA.
Means "wave" in Estonian.
LAKEm & fEnglish (Rare)
From the English word lake, for the inland body of water. It is ultimately derived from Latin lacus.
LAKEISHAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KEISHA.
LAKESHIAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KESHIA.
LAKISHAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KISHA.
LAKSHMIf & mHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi
Means "sign, mark" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu and her symbol is the lotus flower, with which she is often depicted.
From a South Slavic word meaning "tulip". It is derived via Turkish from Persian لاله (laleh).
Derived from Greek λαλαγεω (lalageo) meaning "to babble, to prattle". The Roman poet Horace used this name in one of his odes.
Means "tulip" in Turkish, of Persian origin.
Means "tulip" in Persian.
Means "ruby" in Georgian, of Sanskrit origin.
LALITAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "playful, charming, desirable" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of one of the playmates of the young Krishna. It is also another name of the goddess Parvati.
LALITHAfTamil, Indian, Malayalam, Telugu
Southern Indian form of LALITA.
Derived from Persian لاله (laleh) meaning "tulip". This was the name of the heroine of Thomas Moore's poem 'Lalla Rookh' (1817). In the poem, Lalla, the daughter of the emperor of Delhi, listens to a poet sing four tales.
LAMIA (1)fArabic
Means "shining, radiant" in Arabic.
LAMIA (2)fGreek Mythology
Possibly from Greek λαιμος (laimos) "throat". In Greek mythology this is the name of a queen of Libya who was a mistress of Zeus. Hera, being jealous, kills Lamia's children, causing her to go mad and transform into a monster that hunts the children of others.
Bosnian form of LAMIA (1).
Means "soft" in Arabic.
Means "having beautiful dark lips" in Arabic.
LANf & mChinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese (lán) meaning "orchid, elegant" (which is usually only feminine) or (lán) meaning "mountain mist". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese meaning "orchid".
LANAfEnglish, Russian, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of ALANA (English) or SVETLANA (Russian). In the English-speaking world, it was popularized by actress Lana Turner (1921-1995).
Diminutive of ELAINE.
LÀNHm & fVietnamese
Means "good, favourable, gentle" in Vietnamese.
Means "sky, heaven, royal, majesty" in Hawaiian.
Possibly a newer form of LUIGSECH. It is also used as an Irish form of Louise.
Icelandic form of LAURA.
LARA (1)fRussian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian
Russian short form of LARISA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by a character from Boris Pasternak's novel 'Doctor Zhivago' (1957) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1965).
LARISAfRussian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Latvian, Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from the name of the ancient city of Larisa in Thessaly, which meant "citadel". In Greek legends, the nymph Larisa was either a daughter or mother of Pelasgus, the ancestor of the mythical Pelasgians. This name was later borne by a 4th-century Greek martyr who is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Church. The name (of the city, nymph and saint) is commonly Latinized as Larissa, with a double s.
LARISSAfEnglish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Variant of LARISA. It has been commonly used as an English given name only since the 20th century. In 1991 this name was given to one of the moons of Neptune, in honour of the mythological character.
LARKfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of songbird.
LARUNDAfRoman Mythology
Possibly connected to Greek λαλεω (laleo) "to talk, to chatter", or the Latin term Lares referring to minor guardian gods. In Roman mythology Larunda or Lara was a water nymph who was overly talkative. She revealed to Juno that her husband Jupiter was having an affair with Juturna, so Jupiter had Larunda's tongue removed. By the god Mercury she had two children, who were Lares.
Ukrainian form of LARISA.
LASHAWNf & mAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name SHAWN.
LASHONDAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name SHONDA.
LATAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "vine, creeping plant" in Sanskrit.
LATANYAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TANYA.
LATASHAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TASHA.
Variant transcription of LATIFA.
Feminine form of LATIF.
Feminine form of LATIF.
Turkish feminine form of LATIF.
LATONYAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TONYA.
LATOYAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TOYA.
LAUMAfLatvian, Baltic Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Latvian mythology this is the name of a forest spirit sometimes associated with childbirth and weaving.
LAURAfEnglish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant "laurel". This meaning was favourable, since in ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors' garlands. The name was borne by the 9th-century Spanish martyr Saint Laura, who was a nun thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors. It was also the name of the subject of poems by the 14th-century Italian poet Petrarch.... [more]
LAURAINEfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of LORRAINE influenced by the spelling of LAURA.
French form of LAURA.
Diminutive of LAURA.
From the name of the laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus.
LAURENf & mEnglish
Variant or feminine form of LAURENCE (1). Originally a masculine name, it was first popularized as a feminine name by actress Betty Jean Perske (1924-), who used Lauren Bacall as her stage name.
LAURENCE (2)fFrench
French feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Diminutive of LAURA.
LAURENTIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Italian diminutive of LAURA.
French diminutive of LAURA.
LAURIEf & mEnglish, Dutch
Diminutive of LAURA or LAURENCE (1).
Diminutive of LAURE.
Diminutive of LAURA.
LAVANYAfIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil
Means "beauty, grace" in Sanskrit.
LAVENDERfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the aromatic flower or the pale purple colour.
LAVERNm & fEnglish
Variant of LAVERNE.
LAVERNAfRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown. Laverna was the Roman goddess of thieves and thievery.
LAVERNEf & mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a French place name, ultimately derived from the Gaulish word vern meaning "alder". It is sometimes associated with the Roman goddess Laverna or the Latin word vernus "of spring".
LAVINIAfRoman Mythology, Romanian
Meaning unknown, probably of Etruscan origin. In Roman legend Lavinia was the daughter of King Latinus, the wife of Aeneas, and the ancestor of the Roman people. According to the legend Aeneas named the town of Lavinium in honour of his wife.
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name YVONNE.
Slovene form of LAURA.
LAWAHIZfArabic (Rare)
Means "glances" in Arabic.
Possibly means "beautiful" in Thai.
LAWANDAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name WANDA.
LAXMIf & mIndian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Variant transcription of LAKSHMI.
LAYLAfArabic, English
Means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet known as Qays. The story of Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. The name became used in the English-speaking world after the 1970 release of the song 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which was inspired by the medieval story.
French form of LEAH.
LEAHfEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name לֵאָה (Le'ah) which was probably derived from the Hebrew word לְאָה (le'ah) meaning "weary". Alternatively it might be related to Akkadian littu meaning "cow". In the Old Testament Leah is the first wife of Jacob and the mother of seven of his children. Jacob's other wife was Leah's younger sister Rachel, who he preferred. Leah later offered Jacob her handmaid Zilpah in order for him to conceive more children.... [more]
Irish form of HELEN.
Combination of LEE and ANN.
Probably this was originally a variant of LIANA. It is now often considered a combination of LEE and ANNA.
Combination of LEE and ANNE (1).
Possibly a combination of LEAH and BEATRICE. This name was first brought to public attention by the American actress Leatrice Joy (1893-1985).
LEDAfGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek myth she was the mother of Castor, Pollux, Helen and Clytemnestra by the god Zeus, who came upon her in the form of a swan.
LEEm & fEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old English leah meaning "clearing". The surname belonged to Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), commander of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. In his honour, it has been commonly used as a given name in the American South.
Combination of LEE and ANN.
Variant transcription of LIBA.
LEELAfIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam
Variant transcription of LILA (1).
Means "folk song" in Estonian.
LEENAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian short form of HELENA or MATLEENA.
Variant of LISA.
LEHUAf & mHawaiian
Means "ohia flower" in Hawaiian.
LEI (1)m & fHawaiian
Means "flowers, lei, child" in Hawaiian.
LEI (2)m & fChinese
From Chinese (lěi) meaning "pile of stones" (which is typically masculine) or (lěi) meaning "bud" (typically feminine). Other characters can also form this name.
LEIAfBiblical Greek, Popular Culture
Form of LEAH used in the Greek Old Testament. This is the name of a princess in the 'Star Wars' movies by George Lucas, who probably based it on Leah.
LEIGHf & mEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of LEE.
LEIGHTONm & fEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of LAYTON.
LEILAfArabic, Persian, English, Georgian
Variant of LAYLA. This spelling was used by Lord Byron for characters in 'The Giaour' (1813) and 'Don Juan' (1819), and it is through him that the name was introduced to the English-speaking world.
LEILANIf & mHawaiian
Means "heavenly flowers" or "royal child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Means "pearl lei" or "pearl child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and momi "pearl".
LEITHm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname, originally from the name of a Scottish town (now a district of Edinburgh), which is derived from Gaelic lìte "wet, damp". It is also the name of the river that flows though Edinburgh.
Lithuanian form of LEAH.
Bosnian form of LAYLA.
LELA (1)fGeorgian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from the name of a type of plant.
Italian form of LAELIA.
Means "love" in Finnish.
LENAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Short form of names ending in lena, such as HELENA, MAGDALENA or YELENA.
LENEfGerman, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian short form of HELENE or MAGDALENE.
German diminutive of HELENE or MAGDALENA.
LENKAfCzech, Slovak
Originally a diminutive of MAGDALÉNA or HELENA. It is now used as an independent name.
LENNONm & fScottish, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Leannáin, which means "descendant of Leannán". The name Leannán means "lover" in Gaelic. This surname was borne by musician John Lennon (1940-1980), a member of the Beatles.
LENNOXm & fScottish, English (Modern)
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the name of a district in Scotland. The district, called Leamhnachd in Gaelic, possibly means "place of elms".
Short form of ELENORA.
Short form of ELEANOR. This was the name of the departed love of the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Raven' (1845).
Romanian diminutive of ELENA.
Portuguese form of LEOCADIA.
LEOCADIAfSpanish, Late Roman
Late Latin name which might be derived from the name of the Greek island of Leucadia or from Greek λευκος (leukos) meaning "bright, clear, white" (which is also the root of the island's name). Saint Leocadia was a 3rd-century martyr from Spain.
Derived from the Old English elements leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" and flæd "beauty".
Polish form of LEOCADIA.
Feminine form of LEO.
LEONAfEnglish, German
Feminine form of LEON.
Feminine form of LEONARDO.
French feminine form of LEON.
LEONIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of LEONIUS.
LÉONIDEm & fFrench (Rare)
French masculine and feminine form of LEONIDAS.
French feminine form of LEONIUS.
LEONIEfGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch feminine form of LEONIUS.
LÉONNEfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of LÉON.
LEONORfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ELEANOR. It was brought to Spain in the 12th-century by Eleanor of England, who married King Alfonso VIII of Castile.
Italian short form of ELEANOR.
German short form of ELEANOR.
French form of LEONTINA.
LEONTYNEfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of LÉONTINE. This name was borne by opera singer Leontyne Price (1927-).
French feminine form of LEOPOLD.
LERATOfSouthern African, Sotho
Means "love" in Sotho.
LESEDIfSouthern African, Tswana
Means "light" in Tswana.
Short form of ALESIA.
LESLEYf & mEnglish
Variant of LESLIE.
LESLIEf & mEnglish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from a Scottish place name, probably derived from Gaelic leas celyn meaning "garden of holly". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century. In America it was more common as a feminine name after the 1940s.
Diminutive of names containing the sound les, such as LESLIE.
Means "eternal, abiding" in Indonesian.
Diminutive of OLEKSANDRA or OLENA.
Possibly derived from Latin laetus meaning "glad". Otherwise, it could be a short form of names ending in leta.
Possibly a short form of ALETHA.
LETÍCIAfPortuguese, Hungarian
Portuguese and Hungarian form of LETITIA.
Spanish form of LETITIA.
From the Late Latin name Laetitia which meant "joy, happiness". This was the name of an obscure saint, who is revered mainly in Spain. It was in use in England during the Middle Ages, usually in the spelling Lettice, and it was revived in the 18th century.
Italian form of LETITIA. It was borne by Napoleon Bonaparte's mother.
LETOfGreek Mythology
Possibly from Lycian lada meaning "wife". Other theories connect it to Greek ληθω (letho) meaning "hidden, forgotten". In Greek mythology she was the mother of Apollo and Artemis by Zeus.
Diminutive of LETTICE.
Diminutive of LETTICE.
LEUTGARDfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LUITGARD.
Short form of ALEXANDRA or ALEXA.
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS.
Short form of ALEXIA.
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA.
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA.
Short form of ALEXUS. Its use has been influenced by the Lexus brand name (a line of luxury automobiles made by Toyota).
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS.
LHAMOf & mTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "goddess" in Tibetan.
LI (1)f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "reason, logic", () meaning "stand, establish", () meaning "black, dawn", () meaning "power, capability, influence" (which is usually only masculine) or () meaning "beautiful" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
LI (2)f & mHebrew
Means "to me" in Hebrew.
Galician form of LEAH.
LIA (1)fItalian, Portuguese, Georgian, Greek, Biblical Latin
Italian, Portuguese, Georgian and Greek form of LEAH.
LIA (2)fItalian, Dutch
Short form of ROSALIA, JULIA, and other names ending in lia.
Means "grey lady" in Irish Gaelic. In Irish legend she was a poetess who became a nun, but then missed her lover Cuirithir so much that she died of grief.
LIANAfItalian, Portuguese, Romanian, English
Short form of JULIANA, LILIANA, and other names that end in liana. This is also the word for a type of vine that grows in jungles.
Short form of JULIANE.
Means "you are mine" in Hebrew.
From Yiddish לִיבֵע (libe) meaning "love", of German origin.
Variant of LIBBY.
Originally a medieval diminutive of Ibb, itself a diminutive of ISABEL. It is also used as a diminutive of ELIZABETH.
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