Feminine Names

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ORLANDA f Italian
Feminine form of ORLANDO.
ORLI f Hebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
ORLY f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אוֹרְלִי (see ORLI).
ORNA (1) f Irish
Anglicized form of ODHARNAIT.
ORNA (2) f Hebrew
Feminine form of OREN.
ORNAT f Irish
Anglicized form of ODHARNAIT.
ORNELLA f Italian
Created by the Italian author Gabriele d'Annunzio for his novel La Figlia di Jorio (1904). It is derived from Tuscan Italian ornello meaning "flowering ash tree".
'ORPAH f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ORPAH.
ORPAH f Biblical
Means "back of the neck" in Hebrew. Orpah is Naomi's second daughter-in-law in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.
ORPHA f Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, English
Form of ORPAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
ORSINA f Italian
Feminine form of ORSINO.
ORSOLA f Italian
Italian form of URSULA.
ORSOLYA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of URSULA.
ORTRUN f German (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements ort "point" and run "secret".
ORVOKKI f Finnish
Means "pansy flower" in Finnish.
OSANE f Basque
Means "cure, remedy" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Remedios.
OSANNA f Italian (Rare)
Italian form of HOSANNA. This was the name of a 15th-century Italian saint and mystic, as well as a 16th-century Montenegrin saint.
OSANNE f French (Rare)
French form of OSANNA.
OSHER m & f Hebrew
Means "happiness" in Hebrew.
OSHRAT f Hebrew
Feminine form of OSHER.
OTÁVIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of OCTAVIA.
OTGONBAYAR m & f Mongolian
Means "youngest joy" in Mongolian.
OTÍLIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of ODILIA.
OTILIA f Romanian, Spanish
Romanian and Spanish form of ODILIA.
OTOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
OTTAVIA f Italian
Italian form of OCTAVIA.
OTTILIA f Swedish
Swedish form of ODILIA.
OTTILIE f German
German form of ODILIA.
OTTOLINE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of OTTILIE. A famous bearer was the British socialite Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938).
OTYLIA f Polish
Polish form of ODILIA.
OUIDA f Various
Used by the English author Ouida (1839-1908), born Marie Louise Ramé to a French father. Ouida was a pseudonym that arose from her own childhood pronunciation of her middle name LOUISE.
OURANIA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ουρανιος (ouranios) meaning "heavenly". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of astronomy and astrology, one of the nine Muses.
OWENA f Welsh
Feminine form of OWEN (1).
OXANA f Ukrainian, Russian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian/Russian Оксана (see OKSANA).
ØYDIS f Norwegian
Norwegian form of EYDÍS.
OYIBO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
ÖYKÜ f Turkish
Means "story" in Turkish.
OYUNCHIMEG f Mongolian
Means "wisdom ornament" in Mongolian.
OZANA f Romanian (Rare), Croatian (Rare)
Romanian and Croatian form of OSANNA.
ÖZGE f Turkish
Means "other, different" in Turkish.
ÖZGÜR m & f Turkish
Means "free" in Turkish.
ÖZLEM f Turkish
Means "yearning" in Turkish.
PA f Hmong
Means "flower" in Hmong.
PAAIE f Manx
Manx form of PEGGY.
PACA f Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PACÍFICA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of the Late Latin name Pacificus meaning "peacemaker".
PADERAU f & m Welsh
Means "beads" or "rosary" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
PADMA f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form पद्मा and the masculine form पद्म. According to Hindu tradition a lotus holding the god Brahma arose from the navel of the god Vishnu. The name Padma is used in Hindu texts to refer to several characters, including the goddess Lakshmi and the hero Rama.
PADMAVATI f Hinduism
Means "resembling lotuses", derived from the Sanskrit word पद्म (padma) meaning "lotus" combined with वती (vati) meaning "resemblance". This is the name of the foster-mother of the god Hindu Skanda.
PADMINI f Indian, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu
Means "multitude of lotuses", a derivative of Sanskrit पद्म (padma) meaning "lotus".
PÁDRAIGÍN f Irish
Irish form of PATRICIA.
PAGET f English (Rare)
From a surname that meant "little page" (see PAIGE).
PAIGE f English
From an English surname meaning "servant, page" in Middle English. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PAISLEY f English (Modern)
From a Scottish surname, originally from the name of a town, which may ultimately be derived from Latin basilica "church". This is also a word (derived from the name of that same town) for a type of pattern commonly found on fabrics.
PÄIVÄ f Finnish
Means "day" in Finnish.
PÄIVI f Finnish
Derived from Finnish päivä meaning "day".
PAKPAO f Thai
Means "kite" in Thai.
PÁLA f Icelandic
Icelandic feminine form of PAUL.
PALESA f Southern African, Sotho
Means "flower" in Sotho.
PALINA f Belarusian
Belarusian form of POLINA.
PALLABI f Bengali
Bengali feminine form of PALLAV.
PALLAS (1) f Greek Mythology
Probably derived from a Greek word meaning "maiden". In Greek mythology this was the name of a friend of the goddess Athena. Athena accidentally killed her, and subsequently took the name Pallas in honour of her friend.
PALOMA f Spanish
Means "dove, pigeon" in Spanish.
PAM f English
Short form of PAMELA.
PAMELA f English
This name was invented in the late 16th century by the poet Sir Philip Sidney for use in his poem Arcadia. He possibly intended it to mean "all sweetness" from Greek παν (pan) meaning "all" and μελι (meli) meaning "honey". It was later employed by author Samuel Richardson for the heroine in his novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (1740), after which time it became used as a given name. It did not become popular until the 20th century.
PAMELIA f English
Elaborated form of PAMELA.
PAMELLA f English
Variant of PAMELA.
PANAGIOTA f Greek
Feminine form of PANAGIOTIS.
PANDORA f Greek Mythology
Means "all gifts", derived from a combination of Greek παν (pan) meaning "all" and δωρον (doron) meaning "gift". In Greek mythology Pandora was the first mortal woman. Zeus gave her a jar containing all of the troubles and ills that mankind now knows, and told her not to open it. Unfortunately her curiosity got the best of her and she opened it, unleashing the evil spirits into the world.
PANIZ f Persian
Possibly means "sugar" in Persian.
PANKA f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of PANNA.
PANNA f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
PANNI f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
PANSY f English
From the English word for a type of flower, ultimately deriving from Old French pensee "thought".
PAOLA f Italian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
PAOLINA f Italian
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAPA f Polynesian Mythology
Means "earth" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Papa or Papatuanuku was the goddess of the earth and the mother of many of the other gods. She and her husband Rangi, the god of the sky, were locked in a tight embrace. Their children decided to separate them, a feat of strength accomplished by the god Tāne.
PAQUITA f Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PARASKEVA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of PARASKEVE.
PARASKEVE f Late Greek
Derived from Greek παρασκευη (paraskeue) meaning "preparation" or "Friday" (being the day of preparation). This was the name of a 2nd-century saint who was martyred in Rome.
PARASKEVI f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of PARASKEVE.
PARASKEVOULA f Greek
Diminutive of PARASKEVI.
PARASTOO f Persian
Means "swallow (bird)" in Persian.
PARASTU f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پرستو (see PARASTOO).
PARI f Persian
Means "fairy" in Persian.
PARIS (2) f Various
From the name of the capital city of France, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.
PARISA f Persian
Means "like a fairy" in Persian.
PARKER m & f English
From an English occupational surname that meant "keeper of the park".
PARMINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit परम (parama) meaning "highest, best" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
PARNEL f English (Archaic)
Contracted form of PETRONEL. In the later Middle Ages it became a slang term for a promiscuous woman, and the name subsequently fell out of use.
PARRIS m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that originally denoted a person who came from the French city of Paris (see PARIS (2)).
PARTHENIA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek παρθενος (parthenos) meaning "maiden, virgin". This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Athena.
PARTHENOPE f Greek Mythology
Means "maiden's voice", derived from Greek παρθενος (parthenos) meaning "maiden, virgin" and οψ (ops) meaning "voice". In Greek legend this is the name of one of the Sirens who enticed Odysseus.
PƏRVANƏ f Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of PARVANEH.
PARVANA f Azerbaijani, Persian
Alternate transcription of Azerbaijani PƏRVANƏ or Persian پروانه (see PARVANEH).
PARVANEH f Persian
Means "butterfly" in Persian.
PARVATI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "of the mountains" in Sanskrit. Parvati is a Hindu goddess of love and power, the wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesha.
PARVEEN f & m Indian, Hindi
Hindi form of PARVIN, also used as a masculine name.
PƏRVİN f Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of PARVIN.
PARVIN f Persian
Means "the Pleiades" in Persian. The Pleiades are a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
PASCALE f French
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCALINE f French
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCUALA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PASCAL.
PASQUALINA f Italian
Italian feminine form of PASCAL.
PASSANG m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "good, excellent" in Tibetan.
PASTORA f Spanish
Feminine form of PASTOR.
PAT m & f English
Short form of PATRICK or PATRICIA. A famous bearer of this name was Pat Garrett (1850-1908), the sheriff who shot Billy the Kid.
PATIENCE f English
From the English word patience, ultimately from Latin patientia, a derivative of pati "to suffer". This was one of the virtue names coined by the Puritans in the 17th century.
PATIGÜL f Uyghur
Uyghur elaboration of PATIME using the suffix گۇل (gul) meaning "flower, rose".
PATIME f Uyghur
Uyghur form of FATIMAH.
PATKA f Polish, Slovak
Diminutive of PATRYCJA or PATRÍCIA.
PATRÍCIA f Slovak, Portuguese, Hungarian
Slovak, Portuguese and Hungarian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIA f English, Spanish, German, Late Roman
Feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK). In medieval England this spelling appears in Latin documents, but this form was probably not used as the actual name until the 18th century, in Scotland.
PATRICIE f Czech
Czech feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIJA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRIZIA f Italian
Italian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRYCJA f Polish
Polish feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATSY f & m English, Irish
Variant of PATTY, also used as a diminutive of PATRICK.
PATTI f English
Variant of PATTY.
PATTIE f English
Variant of PATTY.
PATTY f English
Originally a variant of Matty, a 17th-century diminutive of MARTHA. It is now commonly used as a diminutive of PATRICIA.
PÀULA f Sardinian
Sardinian feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULA f German, English, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, Croatian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL). This was the name of a 4th-century Roman saint who was a companion of Saint Jerome.
PAULE f French
French feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULETTA f English
Latinate feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULETTE f French, English
French feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULIEN f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAULIINA f Finnish
Finnish form of PAULINA.
PAULÍNA f Slovak
Slovak form of PAULINA.
PAULINE f French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAULINHA f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of PAULA.
PAVICA f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of PAULA.
PAVLA f Czech
Czech feminine form of PAUL.
PAVLÍNA f Czech
Czech form of PAULINA.
PAVLINA f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Greek form of PAULINA.
PAX f Roman Mythology
Means "peace" in Latin. In Roman mythology this was the name of the goddess of peace.
PAYTON f & m English (Modern)
Variant of PEYTON.
PAZ (1) f Spanish
Means "peace" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Paz, meaning "Our Lady of Peace".
PAZ (2) f & m Hebrew
Means "gold" in Hebrew.
PEACE f English (Rare)
From the English word peace, ultimately derived from Latin pax.
PEARL f English
From the English word pearl for the concretions formed in the shells of some mollusks, ultimately from Late Latin perla. Like other gemstone names, it has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. The pearl is the birthstone for June, and it supposedly imparts health and wealth.
PEARLE f English
Variant of PEARL.
PEARLIE f English
Diminutive of PEARL.
PEG f English
Short form of PEGGY.
PEGGIE f English
Variant of PEGGY.
PEGGY f English
Medieval variant of Meggy, a diminutive of MARGARET. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
PEIGI f Scottish
Scottish diminutive of MARGARET.
PELAGEYA f Russian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PELAGIA f Ancient Greek, Greek, Polish
Feminine form of PELAGIUS. This was the name of a few early saints, including a young 4th-century martyr who threw herself from a rooftop in Antioch rather than lose her virginity.
PELAGIYA f Russian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PELE f Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire who is said to live in Kilauea.
PEMA m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Tibetan form of PADMA.
PEMBE f Turkish
Means "pink" in Turkish.
PEMPHERO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
PEN f English
Short form of PENELOPE.
PENE f English (Rare)
Short form of PENELOPE.
PÉNÉLOPE f French
French form of PENELOPE.
PENELOPE f Greek Mythology, English
Possibly derived from Greek πηνελοψ (penelops), a type of duck. Alternatively it could be from πηνη (pene) meaning "threads, weft" and οψ (ops) meaning "face, eye". In Homer's epic the Odyssey this is the name of the wife of Odysseus, forced to fend off suitors while her husband is away fighting at Troy. It has occasionally been used as an English given name since the 16th century.
PENINNAH f Biblical
Means "precious stone, pearl" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the wives of Elkanah, the other being Hannah.
PENJANI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "seek for, look for" in Tumbuka.
PENKA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
PENNY f English
Diminutive of PENELOPE.
PEONY f English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower. It was originally believed to have healing qualities, so it was named after the Greek medical god Pæon.
PEPCA f Slovene
Slovene diminutive of JOŽEFA.
PEPITA f Spanish
Spanish feminine diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPPI (2) f Finnish
Usual Finnish form of Pippi Longstocking's name (see PIPPI).
PERCHUHI f Armenian
Means "elegant lady" in Armenian.
PERDITA f Literature
Derived from Latin perditus meaning "lost". Shakespeare created this name for the daughter of Hermione in his play The Winter's Tale (1610).
PERİ f Turkish
Turkish form of PARI.
PERLA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of PEARL.
PERLE f French, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
PERLIE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of PEARL.
PERLITA f Italian, Spanish
Diminutive of PERLA.
PERMELIA f English (Archaic)
Meaning unknown, possibly an early American alteration of PAMELA.
PERNILLA f Swedish
Swedish short form of PETRONILLA.
PERNILLE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of PETRONILLA.
PERONEL f English (Archaic)
Contracted form of PETRONEL.
PERPÉTUA f Portuguese (Rare)
Portuguese form of PERPETUA.
PERPETUA f Spanish (Rare), Late Roman
Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.
PERRINE f French
French feminine form of Perrin, a diminutive of PIERRE.
PERSEFONI f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of PERSEPHONE.
PERSEPHONE f Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown, probably of Pre-Greek origin, but perhaps related to Greek περθω (pertho) meaning "to destroy" and φονη (phone) meaning "murder". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She was abducted to the underworld by Hades, but was eventually allowed to return to the surface for part of the year. The result of her comings and goings is the changing of the seasons. With her mother she was worshipped in the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were secret rites practiced at the city of Eleusis near Athens.
PERSIS f Biblical, Biblical Greek
Greek name meaning "Persian woman". This was the name of a woman mentioned in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament.
PERVİN f Turkish
Turkish form of PARVIN.
PERWÎN f Kurdish
Kurdish form of PARVIN.
PÉŤA m & f Czech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PEŤA m & f Czech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PETA f English (Australian)
Feminine form of PETER.
PETIA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Петя (see PETYA).
PETRA f German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Swedish, Finnish, English
Feminine form of PETER. This was also the name of an ancient city in the region that is now Jordan.
PETRINA f English (Rare)
Diminutive of PETRA.
PETRONA f Spanish
Possibly a feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONEL f English (Archaic)
Medieval English form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELA f Romanian, Slovak, Polish
Romanian, Slovak and Polish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELLA f Dutch, Swedish
Dutch and Swedish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONILLA f Italian, Late Roman
From a Latin name, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of PETRONIUS. This was the name of an obscure 1st-century Roman saint, later believed to be a daughter of Saint Peter.
PÉTRONILLE f French
French form of PETRONILLA.
PETROULA f Greek
Greek feminine form of PETER.
PETRUŠKA f Czech
Diminutive of PETRA.
PETULA f English (Rare)
Meaning unknown, created in the 20th century. The name is borne by the British singer Petula Clark (1932-), whose name was invented by her father.
PETUNIA f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, derived ultimately from a Tupi (South American) word.
PETYA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Russian masculine diminutive of PYOTR or Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
PEYTON m & f English
From an English surname, originally a place name meaning "PÆGA's town". A famous bearer was Peyton Randolph (1721-1775), the first president of the Continental Congress. It is also borne by American football quarterback Peyton Manning (1976-).
PHAEDRA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Φαιδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρος (phaidros) meaning "bright". Phaedra was the daughter of Minos and the wife of Theseus in Greek mythology. Aphrodite caused her to fall in love with her stepson Hippolytos, and after she was rejected by him she killed herself.
PHAENNA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek φαεινος (phaeinos) meaning "shining". According to some Greek myths this was the name of one of the three Graces or Χαριτες (Charites).
PHARAILDIS f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Derived from the Germanic elements fara "journey" and hild "battle". This was the name of an 8th-century saint from Ghent, Belgium.
PHEBE f English, Biblical
Variant of PHOEBE used in some translations of the New Testament.
PHEOBE f English
Variant of PHOEBE.
PHERENIKE f Ancient Greek
Ancient Attic Greek form of BERENICE.
PHILADELPHIA f English (Rare)
From the name of a city in Asia Minor mentioned in Revelation in the New Testament. The name of the city meant "brotherly love" from Greek φιλεω (phileo) meaning "to love" and αδελφος (adelphos) meaning "brother". It is also the name of a city in the United States.
PHILE f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Philon (see PHILO).
PHILIPA f English (Rare)
Feminine form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPA f English (British), German
Latinate feminine form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPINA f German (Rare)
Elaborated form of PHILIPPA.
PHILIPPINE f French
Elaborated feminine form of PHILIPPE.
PHILLIPA f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of PHILIP.
PHILLIS f English
Variant of PHYLLIS.
PHILOMEL f Literature
From an English word meaning "nightingale" (ultimately from PHILOMELA). It has been used frequently in poetry to denote the bird.
PHILOMELA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek φιλος (philos) meaning "lover, friend" and μηλον (melon) meaning "fruit". The second element has also been interpreted as Greek μελος (melos) meaning "song". In Greek myth Philomela was the sister-in-law of Tereus, who raped her and cut out her tongue. Prokne avenged her sister by killing her son by Tereus, after which Tereus attempted to kill Philomela. However, the gods intervened and transformed her into a nightingale.
PHILOMENA f English, German, Late Greek
From Greek φιλος (philos) meaning "friend, lover" and μενος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force". This was the name of an obscure early saint and martyr. The name came to public attention in the 19th century after a tomb seemingly marked with the name Filumena was found in Rome, supposedly belonging to another martyr named Philomena. This may have in fact been a representation of the Greek word φιλομηνη (philomene) meaning "loved".
PHILOMÈNE f French
French form of PHILOMENA.
PHOEBE f English, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Φοιβη (Phoibe), which meant "bright, pure" from Greek φοιβος (phoibos). In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter, the moon goddess Artemis. The name appears in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Cenchreae. In England, it began to be used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. A moon of Saturn bears this name (in honour of the Titan).
PHOENIX m & f English (Modern)
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird that appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years. The name of the bird was derived from Greek φοινιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".
PHOTINE f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek φως (phos) meaning "light" (genitive φωτος (photos)). This is the name traditionally given to the Samaritan woman Jesus met at the well (see John 4:7). She is venerated as a saint by the Eastern Church.
PHÚC m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phúc) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing".
PHUNTSO m & f Bhutanese
Bhutanese form of PHUNTSOK.
PHUNTSOK m & f Tibetan
Means "abundant, excellent" in Tibetan.
PHƯƠNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phương) meaning "direction, way".
PHƯỢNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phượng) meaning "phoenix". This refers to the mythological creature known as the Chinese phoenix or the Fenghuang.
PHYLISS f English
Variant of PHYLLIS.
PHYLLIDA f English (Rare)
From Φυλλιδος (Phyllidos), the genitive form of PHYLLIS. This form was used in 17th-century pastoral poetry.
PHYLLIS f Greek Mythology, English, German
Means "foliage" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a woman who killed herself out of love for Demophon and was subsequently transformed into an almond tree. It began to be used as a given name in England in the 16th century, though it was often confused with Felicia.
PÍA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PIUS.
PICH f & m Khmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
PIEDAD f Spanish
Means "mercy, piety" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin pietas.
PIEN f Dutch
Diminutive of JOSEPHINE.
PIERA f Italian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIERINA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of PIERO.
PIERRETTE f French
Feminine diminutive of PIERRE.
PIETRA f Italian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIETRINA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of PIETRO.
PIETY f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "piety, devoutness". This was a rare virtue name used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
PIHLA f Finnish
Derived from Finnish pihlaja meaning "rowan tree".
PIIA f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of PIA.
PIKA (2) f Slovene
Means "dot" in Slovene. This is the Slovene name for Pippi Longstocking, Pika Nogavička.
PILAR f Spanish
Means "pillar" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María del Pilar, meaning "Mary of the Pillar". According to legend, when Saint James the Greater was in Saragossa in Spain, the Virgin Mary appeared on a pillar.
PILI f Spanish
Diminutive of PILAR.
PILIRANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
PILOQUTINNGUAQ f Native American, Greenlandic
Means "little leaf" in Greenlandic.
PILVI f Finnish
Means "cloud" in Finnish.
PINA f Italian
Short form of names ending in pina.
PINAR f Turkish
Means "spring" in Turkish.
PING m & f Chinese
From Chinese (píng) meaning "level, even, peaceful". Other characters can also form this name.
PINJA f Finnish
Means "stone pine" in Finnish.
PIP m & f English
Diminutive of PHILIP or PHILIPPA. This was the name of the main character in Great Expectations (1860) by Charles Dickens.
PIPALUK f Native American, Greenlandic
Means "nurse" in Greenlandic.
PIPER f English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute). It was popularized as a given name by a character from the television series Charmed, which debuted in 1998.
PIPPA f English
Diminutive of PHILIPPA.
PIPPI f Literature
Created by the daughter of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for the main character in her mother's Pippi Longstocking series of stories, first published 1945. In the books Pippi (Swedish name Pippi Långstrump; full first name Pippilotta) is a brash and exceptionally strong young girl who lives in a house by herself.
PIPRA f Esperanto
Means "peppery" in Esperanto.
PIRI f Hungarian
Diminutive of PIROSKA.
PIRITTA f Finnish
Finnish form of BIRGITTA.
PIRJO f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIRKKO f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIROSKA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of PRISCA, influenced by the Hungarian word piros meaning "red".
PISTIS f Greek Mythology
Means "trust, faith" in Greek. In Greek mythology Pistis was the personification of trust.
PLACIDA f Late Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLEASANCE f English (Archaic)
From the medieval name Plaisance, which meant "pleasant" in Old French.
POCAHONTAS f Native American, Powhatan
Means "playful one" in Powhatan, an Algonquian language. This was the name of a 17th-century Powhatan woman, a daughter of the powerful chief Wahunsenacawh. She married the white colonist John Rolfe and travelled with him to England, but died of illness before returning.
POLA f Polish
Short form of APOLONIA.
POLINA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
POLLIE f English
Variant of POLLY.
POLLY f English
Medieval variant of MOLLY. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
POLLYANNA f Literature
Combination of POLLY and ANNA. This was the name of the main character in Eleanor H. Porter's novel Pollyanna (1913).
POLONA f Slovene
Short form of APOLONIJA.
POLYA f Bulgarian
Diminutive of POLINA.
POLYMNIA f Greek Mythology
Means "abounding in song", derived from Greek πολυς (polys) meaning "much" and ‘υμνος (hymnos) meaning "song, hymn". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of dance and sacred songs, one of the nine Muses.
POLYXENA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Πολυξενη (Polyxene), which was from the word πολυξενος (polyxenos) meaning "entertaining many guests, very hospitable", itself derived from πολυς (polys) meaning "many" and ξενος (xenos) meaning "foreigner, guest". In Greek legend she was a daughter of Priam and Hecuba, beloved by Achilles. After the Trojan War, Achilles' son Neoptolemus sacrificed her.