Feminine Names

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Variant transcription of LUSINE.
Turkish feminine form of LUTFI.
LUTGARDISfAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Germanic name LUITGARD.
Means "poetry" in Estonian.
LUUSfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish form of LUCIA.
Possibly a form of LAVINIA. It has been used in America since the 19th century.
LUXf & mVarious
Derived from Latin lux meaning "light".
Means "light" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Luz, meaning "Our Lady of Light".
LUZIAfPortuguese, German
Portuguese and German form of LUCIA.
Perhaps a variant of LYDIA.
LÝDIAfSlovak, Faroese
Slovak and Faroese form of LYDIA.
LYDIAfEnglish, German, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
Czech form of LYDIA.
French form of LYDIA.
Means "good fortune, happiness" in Danish.
Variant of LEILA.
Variant of LILOU.
Variant of LYNN.
Variant of LINDA.
Form of LUNED first used by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem 'Gareth and Lynette' (1872). In modern times it is also regarded as a diminutive of LYNN.
LYNNf & mEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from Welsh llyn "lake". Before the start of the 20th century it was primarily used for boys, but it has since come to be more common for girls. In some cases it may be thought of as a short form of LINDA or names that end in lyn or line.
LYNNAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of LYNN.
Variant of LYNN.
The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus.
LYRICfEnglish (Modern)
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).
Frisian diminutive of ELISABETH. It also coincides with the French word for "lily".
LYSANDRAfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Lysandros (see LYSANDER).
Variant of LISANNE.
LYSISTRATEfAncient Greek
Derived from λυσις (lysis) "a release, loosening" and στρατος (stratos) "army".
LYSSA (1)fEnglish
Short form of ALYSSA.
LYSSA (2)fGreek Mythology
Means "rage, fury, anger" in Greek. In Greek mythology Lyssa is a goddess associated with uncontrolled rage.
LYUBAfRussian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of LYUBOV.
LYUBOVfRussian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Derived from the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYUDMILAfRussian, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Russian and Bulgarian form of LUDMILA. This was the name of a character in Aleksandr Pushkin's poem 'Ruslan and Lyudmila' (1820).
Ukrainian form of LUDMILA.
LYYDIAfFinnish (Rare)
Finnish variant of LYDIA.
LYYTIfFinnish (Rare)
Finnish diminutive of LYDIA.
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MAALAfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MAHLAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Finnish form of MARIA.
MAARIKAfEstonian, Finnish
Diminutive of MAARJA (Estonian) or MAARIA (Finnish).
Finnish form of MARGARET.
Estonian form of MARIA.
Dutch feminine form of MARTIN.
Maori form of MARTHA.
MAAYANf & mHebrew
Means "spring of water" in Hebrew.
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS. This spelling and Amabel were common during the Middle Ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. It was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854), which featured a character named Mabel (as well as one named Amabel).
MABELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of MABEL.
Variant of MABEL. It also coincides with the French phrase ma belle meaning "my beautiful".
Variant of MABEL.
Means "youth" in Welsh. This was the name of an obscure 6th-century Welsh saint. She was one of the daughters of Saint Brychan.
From the name of a barrio (district) in Seville, which got its name from a temple which may have been named for a person named Macarius (see MACARIO). The Virgin of Macarena, that is Mary, is widely venerated in Seville.
Feminine form of MACARIO.
MACHLAHf & mBiblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MAHLAH.
Dutch form of MATILDA.
Variant of MACY.
MACKENZIEf & mEnglish
From the Gaelic surname Mac Coinnich, which means "son of COINNEACH". A famous bearer of the surname was William Lyon MacKenzie (1795-1861), a Canadian journalist and political rebel. As a feminine given name, it was popularized by the American actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959-).
From an English surname which was from various towns named Massy in France. The towns themselves were originally named from a Gallo-Roman personal name that was Latinized as Maccius. This is the name of a chain of American department stores founded by Rowland Hussey Macy (1822-1877).
Irish form of MAGDALENE.
Portuguese form of MAGDALENA.
Romanian form of MAGDALENE.
MADALITSOm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
From the Latvian name for a type of flowering plant, known as cleavers or bedstraw in English.
Means "girl" in German. It is not used as a name in Germany itself.
Italian form of MAGDALENE.
Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.
Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.
MADEm & fIndonesian, Balinese
From Sanskrit मध्य (madhya) meaning "middle". This name is traditionally given to the family's second-born child.
Derived from Dutch madeliefje meaning "daisy".
MADELINEfEnglish, French
English form of MAGDALENE. This is the name of the heroine in a series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, first published 1939.
Dutch form of MAGDALENE.
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MADHAVIfHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of MADHAVA. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
MADHUf & mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu
From Sanskrit मधु (madhu) meaning "sweet, honey". This is another name of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu year (which occurs in March and April).
MADHURm & fIndian, Hindi
Means "sweet" in Sanskrit.
MADHURIfIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada
Means "sweetness" in Sanskrit.
Azerbaijani form of MADINA.
MADINAfKazakh, Avar, Chechen
From the name of the city of Medina, Arabic المدينة (al-Madinah), which means "the city". The Saudi city is considered an Islamic holy site because the Prophet Muhammad was based there for a period.
MADISONf & mEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie 'Splash' (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. A famous bearer of the surname was James Madison (1751-1836), one of the authors of the American constitution who later served as president.
Czech diminutive of MARIE.
Georgian form of MADONNA.
From a title of the Virgin Mary meaning "my lady" in Italian. A famous bearer of the name is American singer Madonna Ciccone (1958-), known simply as Madonna.
Variant of MAY. A famous bearer was American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.
Icelandic diminutive of MARIA.
Feminine form of MAËL.
MAELETHfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MAHALATH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MAËLLEfFrench, Breton
French feminine form of MAËL.
Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.
MAEVAfTahitian, French
Means "welcome" in Tahitian. It gained popularity in France during the 1980s.
MAEVEfIrish, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Medb meaning "intoxicating". In Irish legend this was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht. Her fight against Ulster and the hero Cúchulainn is told in the Irish epic 'The Cattle Raid of Cooley'.
MAFALDAfItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of MATILDA.
MAGALIfFrench, Occitan
Occitan form of MAGDALENE.
Variant of MAGALI.
MAGDALÉNAfCzech, Slovak, Hungarian
Czech, Slovak and Hungarian form of MAGDALENE.
MAGDALENEfGerman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From a title which meant "of Magdala". Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament, was named thus because she was from Magdala - a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew. She was cleaned of evil spirits by Jesus and then remained with him during his ministry, witnessing the crucifixion and the resurrection. She was a popular saint in the Middle Ages, and the name became common then. In England it is traditionally rendered Madeline, while Magdalene or Magdalen is the learned form.
MAGDALINAfOld Church Slavic, Bulgarian
Old Slavic form of MAGDALENE, as well as a Bulgarian variant form.
Modern Greek form of MAGDALENE.
Hungarian form of MAGDALENE.
Diminutive of MARGARET.
Derived from Old Norse magn "mighty, strong" and hildr "battle". This was the name of a novel by the Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.
From the English word magnolia for the flower, which was named for the French botanist Pierre Magnol.
Means "oryx" in Arabic. The oryx is a variety of antelope that is said to represent beauty.
Variant of MAHALAH or MAHALATH. It has occasionally been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
From the Hebrew name מָחֲלַת (Machalat) meaning "lyre". In the Old Testament she is the daughter of Ishmael and the wife of Esau.
MAHAUTfFrench (Archaic)
Medieval French form of MATHILDE.
Means "related to the moon" in Persian.
MAHINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
Variant of MAHENDRA used by Sikhs.
Variant transcription of MAHIN.
MAHLAHf & mBiblical
From the Hebrew name מַחְלָה (Machlah), possibly from חָלָה (chalah) meaning "weak, sick". This name is used in the Old Testament as both a feminine and masculine name. In some versions of the Bible the masculine name is spelled Mahalah.
Means "like the moon" in Persian.
Means "moonlight" in Persian.
MAHTHILDISfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MATILDA.
Possibly inspired by MAGDALENA. The Czech author Julius Zeyer created it for a character in his play 'Radúz and Mahulena' (1898).
Possibly means "moon-like" in Persian.
MAI (1)fVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (mai) meaning "plum, apricot" (refers specifically to the species Prunus mume).
MAI (2)fJapanese
From Japanese (mai) meaning "dance" or 麻衣 (mai) meaning "linen robe". It can also come from (ma) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (ai) meaning "love, affection". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
French form of MAIA (1).
MAIA (1)fGreek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Portuguese, Georgian
Meaning unknown. In Greek and Roman mythology she was the eldest of the Pleiades, the group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, who were the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Her son by Zeus was Hermes.
MAIA (2)fRoman Mythology
Means "great" in Latin. This was the name of a Roman goddess of spring, the wife of Vulcan. The month of May is named for her.
MAIA (3)fBasque
Basque form of MARIA.
Basque form of MAGDALENE.
MAIARAfNative American, Tupi
Means "great grandmother, wise" in Tupi.
Scottish form of MARGARET.
Finnish variant of MARIA.
MAIKEfFrisian, German
Frisian diminutive of MARIA.
MAIKENfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian diminutive of MARIA.
From the name of a type of vine that grows in Hawaii and is used in making leis.
Variant of MAYLIS.
Means "little" in Estonian.
Welsh form of MARY.
Irish form of MARY.
Derived from Finnish mairea "gushing, sugary".
Irish form of MARGARET.
Scottish form of MARGARET.
Scottish form of MARY.
Irish diminutive of MARY.
Combination of MAIR and Welsh gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed".
Diminutive of MAIREAD.
MAITE (1)fSpanish
Contraction of MARÍA and TERESA.
MAITE (2)fBasque
Means "lovable" in Basque.
MAKANAm & fHawaiian
Means "gift" in Hawaiian.
MAKARAm & fKhmer
Means "January" in Khmer.
Means "liked" in Turkish.
Possibly means "greatness" in Ethiopic. This was the name of an Ethiopian queen of the 10th-century BC. She is probably the same person as the Queen of Sheba, who visited Solomon in the Old Testament.
MAKENAf & mEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.
MAKOTOm & fJapanese
From Japanese (makoto) meaning "sincerity", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations.
Derived from Georgian მაყვალი (maqvali) meaning "blackberry".
MALAfIndian, Hindi
Means "necklace" in Sanskrit.
Means "garland of flowers" in Thai.
Means "angels" from the plural of Arabic ملك (malak).
MALAKf & mArabic
Means "angel" in Arabic.
Means "sad, grieved" in Pashto. This was the name of a Pashtun woman who encouraged the Afghan forces during the 1880 Battle of Maiwand against the British.
MALANDRAfEnglish (Rare)
Invented name, a prefixed form of ANDRA.
MALATIfIndian, Hindi
Means "jasmine" in Sanskrit.
MALENAfSwedish, Spanish, Czech
Swedish and Spanish short form of MAGDALENA, and a Czech short form of MAHULENA.
MALENEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of MAGDALENA.
Polish form of MARGARET.
Means "flower" in Thai.
Hawaiian form of MARIA.
Means "calm" in Hawaiian.
Means "queen" in Arabic, the feminine form of MALIK (1).
MALINfSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian short form of MAGDALENE.
MALINA (1)fScottish
Feminine form of MALCOLM.
MALINA (2)fBulgarian, Serbian, Polish
Means "raspberry" in several Slavic languages.
MALINALLIfNative American, Nahuatl
Means "grass" in Nahuatl.
MALINIfIndian, Hindi
Means "fragrant" in Sanskrit.
Means "queen" in Hebrew.
Irish form of MOLLY.
MALLEfMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARY.
MALLORYfEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which meant "unfortunate" in Norman French. It first became common in the 1980s due to the television comedy 'Family Ties', which featured a character by this name.
Welsh form of MAUD.
MALVINAfScottish, English, Literature
Created by the poet James MacPherson in the 18th century for a character in his Ossian poems. He probably intended it to mean "smooth brow" in Gaelic.
Polish form of MALVINA.
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" or (ma) meaning "flax" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful". Other combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
Diminutive of MARY or MARGARET.
MANAIAf & mMaori
From the name of a stylized design common in Maori carvings. It represents a mythological creature with the head of a bird and the body of a human.
From Japanese (mana) meaning "love, affection" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful" or (mi) meaning "sea, ocean". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Means "heather" in Georgian.
MANDEEPm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Diminutive of AMANDA.
Diminutive of MANDA.
Diminutive of AMANDA.
MANINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
MANISHAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Feminine form of MANISH.
MANJEETm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and जिति (jiti) meaning "victory, conquering".
MANJUfIndian, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu
Means "lovely, beautiful" in Sanskrit.
MANJULAfIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam
Means "pleasing, beautiful" in Sanskrit.
MANJUSHAfIndian, Marathi, Hindi
Means "small box, small chest" in Sanskrit.
Spanish feminine diminutive of MANUEL.
MANONfFrench, Dutch
French diminutive of MARIE.
MANU (2)m & fFrench, Spanish, German, Finnish
Short form of MANUEL or EMMANUEL (and also of MANUELA in Germany).
Diminutive of MANUELA.
Russian diminutive of MARIA.
MANYARAfSouthern African, Shona
Means "you have been humbled" in Shona.
MAO (1)fJapanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" or (mai) meaning "dance" combined with (o) meaning "center", (o) meaning "thread" or (o) meaning "cherry blossom". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MARA (1)fBiblical
Means "bitter" in Hebrew. This is a name taken by Naomi in the Old Testament (see Ruth 1:20).
MARA (2)fHungarian, Croatian, Serbian
Hungarian variant of MÁRIA, and a Croatian and Serbian variant of MARIJA.
Means "made of the sea" in Esperanto.
Means "deer" in Armenian, referring to the Caspian Red Deer.
MARAMf & mArabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.
MARAMAfPolynesian Mythology
Means "moon" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology she was the goddess of the moon and death.
Polish feminine form of MARCELLINUS.
French feminine form of MARCELLINUS.
French feminine form of MARCELLUS.
French feminine diminutive of MARCELLUS.
French feminine form of MARCELLINUS.
Diminutive of MARCIA.
Portuguese form of MARCIA.
MARCIAfEnglish, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MARCIUS. It was borne by a few very minor saints. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 18th century.
Diminutive of MARCIA.
Diminutive of MARCIA.
MAREfEstonian, Slovene, Macedonian, Croatian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with Mar.
Welsh form of MARGARET.
MAREIKEfFrisian, German
Frisian and German diminutive of MARIA.
MARENfDanish, Norwegian
Danish form of MARINA.
Estonian form of MARGARET.
Russian form of MARTHA.
Manx form of MARGARET.
Means "pearl" in Hebrew, ultimately from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites).
From the name of a type of flowering plant common in Israel, called the scarlet pimpernel in English.
MARGAREETAfFinnish (Rare)
Finnish variant form of MARGARET.
Derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning "pearl", probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit मञ्यरी (manyari). Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Later legends told of her escape from a dragon, with which she was often depicted in medieval art. The saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and her name has been widely used in the Christian world.... [more]
MARGARÉTAfHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of MARGARET.
German form of MARGARET.
MARGARETHAfDutch, German
Dutch and German form of MARGARET.
MARGARETHEfGerman, Danish
German and Danish form of MARGARET.
Latinate form of MARGARET.
Variant transcription of MARGARIT.
MARGARIDAfPortuguese, Galician, Catalan, Occitan
Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and Occitan form of MARGARET. This is also the Portuguese and Galician word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
Armenian form of MARGARET, also meaning "pearl" in Armenian.
MARGARITAfSpanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Greek, Late Roman
Latinate form of MARGARET. This is also a Latin word meaning "pearl" and a Spanish word meaning "daisy flower" (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
Variant of MARGOT influenced by the name of the wine-producing French town. It was borne by Margaux Hemingway (1954-1996), granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway, who had it changed from Margot.
Diminutive of MARGARET.
Welsh form of MARGARET.
Medieval English form of MARGARET.
Italian form of MARGARET. This is also the Italian word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MARGITfHungarian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, German
Hungarian and Scandinavian form of MARGARET.
Slovak form of MARGARET.
Variant of MARGOT.
French short form of MARGARET.
MARGREETfLimburgish, Dutch
Limburgish form of MARGARET and a Dutch variant of MARGRIET.