Feminine Names

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NİDAfTurkish
Turkish form of NIDA.
NIDAfArabic, Urdu
Means "call, proclaim" in Arabic.
NIDIAfSpanish
Variant of NYDIA.
NIENKEfFrisian
Frisian diminutive of KATHERINE.
NIEVESfSpanish
Means "snows" in Spanish, derived from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves meaning "Our Lady of the Snows".
NÎGAfKurdish
Means "sight" in Kurdish.
NIGELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of NIGEL.
NIINAfFinnish
Short form of ANNIINA.
NIKA (1)f & mRussian
Russian short form of VERONIKA and other names ending in nika. It can also be a short form of NIKITA (1) (masculine).
NIKEfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Means "victory" in Greek. Nike was the Greek goddess of victory.
NIKEISHAfAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the name prefix Ni and the name KEISHA.
NIKEPHOROSm & fAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "carrying victory" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and φερω (phero) "to carry, to bear". This name was borne by several Byzantine emperors, including the 10th-century Nikephoros II Phokas. Besides being a masculine personal name, it was also a title borne by the goddess Athena.
NIKHILAfIndian, Telugu, Hindi
Feminine form of NIKHIL.
NIKI (1)fGreek
Modern Greek form of NIKE.
NIKI (2)fEnglish
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NIKITA (2)fIndian, Marathi, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit निकेत (niketa) meaning "house, habitation".
NIKITHAfIndian, Telugu, Tamil
Southern Indian variant of NIKITA (2).
NIKKIfEnglish
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NIKOLfCzech, Bulgarian
Czech and Bulgarian form of NICOLE.
NIKOLA (2)fGerman, Polish, Czech, Slovak
German, Polish, Czech and Slovak feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLEfBasque, English
Basque form of NICOLE, as well as an English variant.
NIKOLETAfGreek
Greek feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLETTfHungarian
Hungarian form of NICOLETTE.
NIKOLETTAfHungarian, Greek
Hungarian and Greek form of NICOLETTA.
NIKOLINAfBulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKORAm & fMaori
Maori form of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NILAfTamil, Indian, Hindi
Means "dark blue" in Sanskrit.
NILAMf & mIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "dark blue, sapphire" in Sanskrit.
NILIfHebrew
Acronym of the phrase נצח ישׂראל לא ישׁקר (Netzach Yisrael Lo Yishaker) meaning "the eternity of Israel will not lie". This phrase appears in the Old Testament in Samuel 15:29. It was used as the name of a Jewish spy network in Palestine during World War I.
NILIMAfIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu
Means "dark blue" in Sanskrit.
NILOOFARfPersian
Means "water lily" in Persian.
NILOUFARfPersian
Variant transcription of NILOOFAR.
NİLÜFERfTurkish
Turkish form of NILOFER.
NIMA (1)f & mArabic
Means "blessing" in Arabic.
NIMATf & mArabic
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of NIMA (1).
NİMETfTurkish
Turkish form of NIMAT.
NIMUEfArthurian Romance
Meaning unknown. In Arthurian legends this is the name of a sorceress, also known as the Lady of the Lake, Vivien, or Niniane. Various versions of the tales have Merlin falling in love with her and becoming imprisoned by her magic. She first appears in the medieval French 'Lancelot-Grail' cycle.
NINA (1)fRussian, Italian, English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Polish, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names that end in nina, such as ANTONINA or GIANNINA. It was imported to Western Europe from Russia and Italy in the 19th century. This name also nearly coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NINA (2)fNative American, Quechua, Aymara
Means "fire" in Quechua and Aymara.
NINA (3)fRussian
Russian form of NINO (2).
NINEfFrisian
Frisian short form of KATHERINE.
NINELfRussian
Reversal of the name Lenin. Lenin was the founder of the former Soviet state. This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
NINETTEfFrench
Diminutive of NINA (1).
NINGf & mChinese
From Chinese (níng) meaning "peaceful, calm, serene", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
NINGALfSumerian Mythology
Means "great lady", from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and 𒃲 (gal) meaning "big, great". This was the name of a goddess of reeds in Sumerian mythology. She was the daughter of Enki and the wife of Nanna.
NINHURSAGfSumerian Mythology
Means "lady of the mountain", from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and 𒉺𒂅 (hursaĝ) meaning "mountain". This was the name of the Sumerian mother and fertility goddess, the primary consort of Enki.
NINLILfSumerian Mythology
Derived from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and possibly 𒆤 (lil) meaning "wind". This was the name of a Sumerian goddess, the consort of Enlil.
NINO (2)fGeorgian
Meaning unknown, possibly from a Greek feminine form of NINOS. Saint Nino (sometimes called Nina) was a Greek-speaking woman from Asia Minor who introduced Christianity to Georgia in the 4th century.
NINONfFrench
French diminutive of ANNE (1).
NINSUNfSumerian Mythology
From Sumerian nin-sumun-a(k) meaning "lady of the wild cow", derived from 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and the genitive form of 𒄢 (sumun) meaning "wild cow". In Sumerian mythology Ninsun was the divine mother of Gilgamesh.
NIOBEfGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek mythology Niobe was the daughter of Tantalos, a king of Asia Minor. Because she boasted that she was superior to Leto, Leto's children Apollo and Artemis killed her 14 children with poison arrows. In grief, Niobe was turned to stone by Zeus.
NIRUPAMAfIndian, Hindi, Kannada
Means "unequaled, matchless" in Sanskrit.
NISHATm & fArabic, Bengali
Means "energetic, lively" in Arabic.
NISSAfHebrew
Means "sign" in Hebrew.
NITA (1)fEnglish
Short form of ANITA (1) and other names ending in nita.
NITA (2)fNative American, Choctaw
Means "bear" in Choctaw.
NITHYAfTamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam
Southern Indian form of NITYA.
NITIKAfIndian, Hindi
From Sanskrit नीति (niti) meaning "guidance, moral conduct".
NITYAf & mIndian, Hindi
Means "always, eternal" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form नित्या (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga) and the masculine form नित्य.
NITZAfHebrew
Strictly feminine variant of NITZAN.
NITZANm & fHebrew
Means "flower bud" in Hebrew.
NIUSHAfPersian
Means "good listener" in Persian.
NIVESfItalian, Croatian
Italian form of NIEVES.
NIVIARSIAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "girl" in Greenlandic. This is the name of a variety of flower that grows on Greenland.
NIZHONIfNative American, Navajo
Means "beautiful" from Navajo nizhóní.
NJÁLAfIcelandic
Icelandic feminine form of NJÁLL.
NJERIfEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "travelling one" in Kikuyu. Njeri (or Wanjeri) is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.
NKAUJfHmong
Means "woman, girl" in Hmong.
NKECHINYEREfWestern African, Igbo
Means "what God has given" or "gift of God" in Igbo.
NKEMDILIMm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "let mine be mine" in Igbo.
NKIRUKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "the best is still to come" in Igbo.
NKOSAZANAfSouthern African, Xhosa
Means "princess" in Xhosa.
NKRUMAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.
NNEKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "my mother is supreme" in Igbo.
NNENNAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "father's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her paternal grandmother.
NNENNEfWestern African, Igbo
Means "mother's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her maternal grandmother.
NOA (2)fJapanese
From Japanese (no), a possessive particle, and (a) meaning "love, affection". This name can also be constructed from other kanji or kanji combinations.
NOAH (2)fBiblical
From the Hebrew name נֹעָה (No'ah) meaning "motion". In the Old Testament this is the name of a daughter of Zelophehad.
NOAMm & fHebrew
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
NOELAfGalician
Galician feminine form of NOËL.
NOELANIfHawaiian
Means "heavenly mist" from Hawaiian noe "mist" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
NOÈLEfFrench
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOELENEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of NOEL.
NOELIAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of NOËL.
NOELLAfFrench
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOËLLEfFrench, Dutch
Feminine form of NOËL.
NOELLEfEnglish
English form of NOËLLE.
NOÉMIfHungarian, French
Hungarian and French form of NAOMI (1).
NOEMIfItalian, German, Czech, Biblical Latin
Italian, German and Czech form of NAOMI (1).
NOEMÍfSpanish
Spanish form of NAOMI (1).
NOÉMIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of NAOMI (1).
NOÊMIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of NAOMI (1).
NOÉMIEfFrench
French form of NAOMI (1).
NOEMINfBiblical Greek
Form of NAOMI (1) used in the Greek Old Testament.
NOGAf & mHebrew
Variant transcription of NOGAH.
NOGAHm & fBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "brightness" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of King David in the Old Testament. In modern times it is sometimes used as a feminine name.
NOHEMIfSpanish
Spanish form of NAOMI (1).
NÓIRÍNfIrish
Irish diminutive of NORA.
NOKOMISfNew World Mythology
Means "my grandmother" in Ojibwe. In Anishinaabe mythology this is the name of Nanabozho's grandmother. It was used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for the grandmother of Hiawatha in his poem 'The Song of Hiawatha' (1855).
NOLAfEnglish, Irish
Diminutive of MAGNOLIA, FINOLA or other names containing a similar sound.
NOLENEfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of NOLA.
NOLLAIGm & fIrish
Means "Christmas" in Irish.
NOLWENNfBreton
From the Breton phrase Noyal Gwenn meaning "holy one from Noyal". This was the epithet of a 6th-century saint and martyr from Brittany.
NOMIKIfGreek
Derived from Greek νομικος (nomikos) "relating to the law".
NOMUSAfSouthern African, Ndebele
Means "merciful" in Ndebele.
NONfWelsh
Possibly derived from Latin nonna meaning "nun". This was the name of the mother of Saint David.
NONA (1)fRoman Mythology
Derived from Latin nonus meaning "ninth", referring to the nine months of pregnancy. This was the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy. She was also one of the three Fates (or Parcae).
NONA (2)fEnglish, Ancient Roman (Rare)
Feminine form of NONUS. It was also used in 19th-century England, derived directly from Latin nonus "ninth" and traditionally given to the ninth-born child.
NONHELEMAfNative American, Shawnee
Possibly means "not a man" in Shawnee. This was the name of an 18th-century Shawnee chief, the sister of Hokolesqua.
NONHLEfSouthern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with hle "beautiful".
NONIEfEnglish
Diminutive of IONE or NORA.
NONNAfRussian
Russian form of NONA (2).
NOOR (1)f & mArabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of NUR.
NOOR (2)fDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ELEONORA.
NOORAfFinnish
Finnish form of NORA.
NOORTJEfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch diminutive of ELEONORA.
NOR (1)f & mMalay
Malay variant of NUR.
NÓRAfHungarian, Irish
Hungarian and Irish Gaelic form of NORA.
NORAfIrish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Italian
Short form of HONORA or ELEANOR. Henrik Ibsen used it for a character in his play 'A Doll's House' (1879).
NORAHfIrish, English
Variant of NORA.
NOREENfIrish, English
Diminutive of NORA.
NORENEfIrish, English
Diminutive of NORA.
NORIKOfJapanese
From Japanese (nori) meaning "law, rule" or (nori) meaning "rule, ceremony" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
NORINAfItalian
Italian diminutive of NORA.
NORMAfEnglish, Italian, Literature
Created by Felice Romani for the main character in the opera 'Norma' (1831). He may have based it on Latin norma "rule". This name is also frequently used as a feminine form of NORMAN.
NORMINAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of NORMA.
NOSIPHOfSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa
From the Zulu and Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isipho "gift".
NOSIZWEfSouthern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isizwe "nation".
NOUfHmong
Means "sun" in Hmong.
NOURf & mArabic
Variant transcription of NUR.
NOUSHAfPersian
Means "sweet, pleasant" in Persian.
NOVAfEnglish
Derived from Latin novus meaning "new". It was first used as a name in the 19th century.
NOXOLOfSouthern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the Xhosa and Ndebele feminine prefix no- combined with uxolo "peace".
NOYf & mHebrew
Means "beauty" in Hebrew.
NOYAfHebrew
Means "divine beauty" in Hebrew.
NSIAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
NSONOWAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.
NTHANDAm & fSouthern African, Tumbuka
Means "star" in Tumbuka.
NTOMBIfSouthern African, Zulu
Means "girl" in Zulu.
NTOMBIFUTHIfSouthern African, Zulu
Means "a girl again" in Zulu.
NTOMBIZODWAfSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "only girls", from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele intombi "girl" and zodwa "only".
NTSUABfHmong
Means "green" in Hmong.
NUALAfIrish
Short form of FIONNUALA.
NUANfChinese
From Chinese (nuǎn) meaning "warm, genial" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
NUBIAfVarious
From the name of the ancient region and kingdom in Africa, south of Egypt. It possibly derives from the Egyptian word nbw meaning "gold".
NUHA (1)fArabic
Means "mind, wisdom" in Arabic.
NUHA (2)fSemitic Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess of the sun, identified with Shams.
NUKAm & fNative American, Greenlandic
Means "younger sibling" in Greenlandic.
NUNZIAfItalian
Short form of ANNUNZIATA.
NUNZIATINAfItalian
Diminutive of NUNZIA.
NURf & mArabic, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition النور (al-Nur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
NURAfArabic
Strictly feminine form of NUR.
NURAYfTurkish
Means "bright moon" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Turkic ay meaning "moon".
NURGÜLfTurkish
Means "radiant rose" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose".
NÚRIAfCatalan, Portuguese
From a Catalan title of the Virgin Mary, Nostra Senyora de Núria, meaning "Our Lady of Nuria". Nuria is a sanctuary in Spain in which there is a shrine containing a famous statue of Mary.
NURIAfSpanish
Spanish form of NÚRIA.
NURITfHebrew
Means "buttercup flower" in Hebrew (genus Ranunculus).
NURTENfTurkish
Means "radiant skin" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian تن (tan) meaning "body".
NURUfEastern African, Swahili
Means "light" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur).
NURULm & fArabic, Indonesian, Malay
First part of compound Arabic names beginning with نور ال (Nur al) meaning "light of the" (such as نور الدين (Nur al-Din) "light of religion").
NWANNEKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "my siblings are supreme" in Igbo.
NYALAfVarious
From the name of a type of African antelope, ultimately derived from the Bantu word nyálà.
NYAMBURAfEastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu mbura meaning "rain". This is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.
NYARAIfSouthern African, Shona
Means "be humble" in Shona.
NYAZIKfTurkmen
Means "graceful" in Turkmen.
NYDIAfEnglish (Rare), Spanish, Literature
Used by British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton for a blind flower-seller in his novel 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (1834). He perhaps based it on Latin nidus "nest".
NYMPHODORAfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νυμφη (nymphe) "bride, nymph" and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Menodora and Metrodora.
NYNKEfFrisian
Frisian diminutive of KATHERINE.
NYOMANm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "end, remainder". This name is traditionally bestowed upon the third-born child.
NYREEfEnglish (New Zealand)
Anglicized form of NGAIRE. It was borne by New Zealand actress Nyree Dawn Porter (1936-2001).
NYSSAfVarious
From the name of an ancient town of Asia Minor where Saint Gregory was bishop. Nyssa is also the genus name of a type of tree, also called the Tupelo.
NYXfGreek Mythology
Means "night" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess of the night, the daughter of Khaos and the wife of Erebos.
OANAfRomanian
Romanian short form of IOANA.
OANEZfBreton
Derived from Breton oan "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus) and used as a Breton form of AGNES.
OBDULIAfSpanish
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a saint from Toledo, Spain. The details of her life are unknown.
OCEANm & fEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word ocean for a large body of water. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ωκεανος (Okeanos), the name of the body of water thought to surround the Earth.
OCÉANEfFrench
Derived from French océan meaning "ocean".
OCTÁVIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of OCTAVIA.
OCTAVIAfEnglish, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of OCTAVIUS. Octavia was the wife of Mark Antony and the sister of the Roman emperor Augustus. In 19th-century England it was sometimes given to the eighth-born child.
ODAfGerman, Norwegian, Ancient Germanic
Feminine form of Odo (see OTTO).
ODALISf & mSpanish
Spanish form of ODILIA.
ODALYSfSpanish
Variant of ODALIS.
ODARKAfUkrainian
Ukrainian variant of DARIYA.
ODELIA (2)fHebrew
Means "I will thank YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This is a modern Hebrew name probably inspired by ODELIA (1).
ODELLm & fEnglish
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "woad hill" in Old English. A woad is a herb used for dyeing.
ODESSAfVarious
From the name of a Ukrainian city that sits on the north coast of the Black Sea. This name can also be used as a feminine form of ODYSSEUS.
ODETAfLithuanian
Lithuanian form of ODETTE.
ODETTAfEnglish (Rare)
Latinate form of ODETTE.
ODETTEfFrench
French diminutive of ODA or ODILIA. This is the name of a princess who has been transformed into a swan in the ballet 'Swan Lake' (1877) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
ODHARNAITfIrish
Means "little pale green one", derived from Irish odhra "pale green, sallow" combined with a diminutive suffix.
ODILEfFrench
French form of ODILIA.
ODILIAfAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element odal meaning "fatherland" or aud meaning "wealth, fortune". Saint Odilia (or Odila) was an 8th-century nun who is considered the patron saint of Alsace. She was apparently born blind but gained sight when she was baptized.
ODTSETSEGfMongolian
Means "star flower" in Mongolian.
OENONEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Οινωνε (Oinone), derived from οινος (oinos) meaning "wine". In Greek mythology Oenone was a mountain nymph who was married to Paris before he went after Helen.
OFÉLIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of OPHELIA.
OFELIAfSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of OPHELIA.
OFIRm & fHebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of OPHIR. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name.
OFIRAfHebrew
Feminine form of OFIR.
OFRAm & fHebrew
Hebrew form of OPHRAH. Originally it was a masculine name, but it is now used for females too.
OGECHUKWUKAMAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's time is the best" in Igbo.
OGHENEKAROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God first" in Urhobo.
OGHENEKEVWEm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God provided for me" in Urhobo.
OGHENEROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God exists" in Urhobo.
OGNENAfMacedonian
Macedonian feminine form of OGNYAN.
OGNYANAfBulgarian
Feminine form of OGNYAN.
OIGHRIGfScottish
Means "new speckled one" in Scottish Gaelic.
OIHANAfBasque
Means "forest" in Basque.
OILIfFinnish
Finnish form of OLGA.
OKSANAfUkrainian, Russian
Ukrainian form of XENIA.
OLA (2)fPolish
Polish short form of ALEKSANDRA.
OLALLAfSpanish
Spanish variant of EULALIA. This was the name of two 4th-century saints from Spain.
OLAMIDEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.
OLAYINKAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.
OLEKSANDRAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of ALEXANDRA.
OLENAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of HELEN.
OĽGAfSlovak
Slovak form of OLGA.
OLGAfRussian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek
Russian form of HELGA. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, grand prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.
OLGICAfMacedonian, Serbian
Macedonian and Serbian diminutive of OLGA.
OLHAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of OLGA.
OLIVAfLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "olive". This was the name of a 2nd-century saint from Brescia.
OLIVEfEnglish, French
From the English and French word for the type of tree, ultimately derived from Latin oliva.
OLIVETTEfLiterature
Feminine form of OLIVER. This was the name of the title character in the French opera 'Les noces d'Olivette' (1879) by Edmond Audran.
OLÍVIAfPortuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian form of OLIVIA.
OLIVIAfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.... [more]
OLIVIEfFrench (Rare), Czech (Rare)
French and Czech form of OLIVIA.
OLIWIAfPolish
Polish form of OLIVIA.
OLJAfSerbian
Serbian diminutive of OLGA.
OLLIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of OLIVER, OLIVIA or OLIVE.
OLUBUNMIfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "gift of God" in Yoruba.
OLUCHIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's work" in Igbo.
OLUFUNKEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has cared for" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILAYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God gave me joy" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILOLAf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWAKANYINSOLAm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has added sweetness to my wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEGUNm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has been victorious" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEUNm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "we thank God" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEYIf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.
OLUWATOYINm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.
OLUWAYEMISIf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.
OLWENfWelsh
Means "white footprint" from Welsh ol "footprint, track" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". In Welsh legend Olwen was a beautiful maiden, the lover of Culhwch and the daughter of the giant Yspaddaden. Her father insisted that Culhwch complete several seemingly impossible tasks before he would allow them to marry, and Culhwch was successful with all of them.
OLWINfWelsh
Variant of OLWEN.
OLWYNfWelsh
Variant of OLWEN.
OLYAfRussian
Diminutive of OLGA.
OLYMPEfFrench
French form of OLYMPIAS.
OLYMPIAfGreek, Slovak
Feminine form of OLYMPOS.
OLYMPIASfAncient Greek
Feminine form of OLYMPOS. This was the name of the mother of Alexander the Great. It was also borne by a 4th-century saint.
OMEGAm & fVarious
From the name of the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Ω. It is often seen as a symbol of completion.
OMIDm & fPersian
Means "hope" in Persian.
OMOBOLANLEf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "a child who met wealth at home" in Yoruba.
OMOLARAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "a child is family" in Yoruba.
ONA (1)fLithuanian
Lithuanian form of ANNA.
ONA (2)fCatalan
Short form of MARIONA. It also coincides with a Catalan word meaning "wave".
ONDINAfPortuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of UNDINE.
ONEIDAfEnglish
From the name of a Native American tribe, perhaps meaning "standing rock".
ONIfWestern African, Yoruba
Possibly means "born in sacred abode" in Yoruba.
ONÓRAfIrish
Irish form of HONORA.
ONYEKACHIf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.
ONYEKACHUKWUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Variant of ONYEKACHI, using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
OONAfIrish, Finnish
Irish variant and Finnish form of ÚNA.
OONAGHfIrish
Variant of ÚNA.
OPALfEnglish
From the English word opal for the iridescent gemstone, the birthstone of October. The word ultimately derives from Sanskrit उपल (upala) meaning "jewel".
OPALINEfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of OPAL.
OPEYEMIm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.
OPHELIAfEnglish, Literature
Derived from Greek οφελος (ophelos) meaning "help". This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem 'Arcadia'. It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play 'Hamlet' (1600), in which it belongs to Hamlet's lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself. In spite of this, the name has been used since the 19th century.
OPHÉLIEfFrench
French form of OPHELIA.
OPRAHfVarious
In the case of television personality Oprah Winfrey, it was a childhood mispronunciation of her real name ORPAH that became permanent.
ORm & fHebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
ORA (1)f & mEnglish
Perhaps based on Latin oro "to pray". It was first used in America in the 19th century.
ORA (2)fHebrew
Strictly feminine form of OR.
ORABELAfEsperanto
Means "golden-beautiful" in Esperanto.
ORAHfHebrew
Variant transcription of ORA (2).
ORALEEfEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a variant of AURÉLIE.
ORALIEfEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a variant of AURÉLIE.
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