Feminine Names

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SALLY   f   English
Diminutive of SARAH.
SALMA   f   Arabic
Means "safe", derived from Arabic سلم (salima) "to be safe".
SALOME   f   English, German, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From an Aramaic name which was related to the Hebrew word שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". According to the historian Josephus this was the name of the daughter of Herodias (the consort of Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee). In the New Testament, though a specific name is not given, it was a daughter of Herodias who danced for Herod and was rewarded with the head of John the Baptist, and thus Salome and the dancer have traditionally been equated.... [more]
SALOMÉ   f   French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of SALOME.
SALOMEA   f   Polish
Polish form of SALOME.
SALTANAT   f   Kazakh
Possibly means "festival" in Kazakh.
SALUD   f   Spanish
Spanish cognate of SALUT.
SALUT   f   Catalan
Means "health" or "cheers" in Catalan.
SALVATRICE   f   Italian
From Salvatrix, the feminine form of Salvator (see SALVADOR).
SALVATRIX   f   Late Roman
Feminine form of SALVATOR.
SALWAH   f   Arabic
Means "comfort" in Arabic.
SAM (1)   m & f   English
Short form of SAMUEL, SAMSON or SAMANTHA.
SAMANTA   f   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SAMANTHA.
SAMANTHA   f   English, Italian, Dutch
Perhaps intended to be a feminine form of SAMUEL, using the name suffix antha (possibly inspired by Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower"). It originated in America in the 18th century but was fairly uncommon until 1964, when it was popularized by the main character on the television show 'Bewitched'.
SAMAR   f   Arabic
Means "evening conversation" in Arabic.
SAMARA   f   English (Modern)
Possibly derived from the biblical place name Samaria, which means "watch mountain" in Hebrew.
SAMEERA (1)   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SAMIRA (1).
SAMEERA (2)   f   Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi
Variant transcription of SAMIRA (2).
SAMIA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SAMIYA.
SAMINA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of THAMINA.
SAMIRA (1)   f   Arabic, Persian
Feminine form of SAMIR (1).
SAMIRA (2)   f   Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu
Feminine form of SAMIR (2).
SAMIYA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of SAMI (2).
SAMİYE   f   Turkish
Turkish feminine form of SAMI (2).
SAMMI   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of SAMANTHA.
SAMMIE   f & m   English
Diminutive of SAMUEL, SAMSON or SAMANTHA.
SAMMY   m & f   English
Diminutive of SAMUEL, SAMSON or SAMANTHA.
SAMNANG   m & f   Khmer
Means "lucky" in Khmer.
SAMUELA   f   Italian
Feminine form of SAMUEL.
SANA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SANAA (1).
SANAA (1)   f   Arabic
Means "brilliance, radiance, splendour" in Arabic.
SANAA (2)   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "artwork" in Swahili.
SANAZ   f   Persian
Possibly means "full of grace" in Persian.
SANCHA   f   Spanish
Feminine form of SANCHO.
SANCHIA   f   Spanish
Feminine form of SANCHO.
SANDA   f   Romanian, Croatian
Romanian and Croatian short form of ALEXANDRA.
SANDHYA   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "twilight" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the daughter of the Hindu god Brahma.
SANDIE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SANDY.
SANDRA   f   Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian
Short form of ALESSANDRA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by author George Meredith, who used it for the heroine in his novel 'Emilia in England' (1864) and the reissued version 'Sandra Belloni' (1887). A famous bearer is American actress Sandra Bullock (1964-).
SANDRINE   f   French
Elaborated form of SANDRA.
SANDY   m & f   English
Originally a diminutive of ALEXANDER. As a feminine name it is a diminutive of ALEXANDRA or SANDRA. It can also be given in reference to the colour.
SANELA   f   Croatian
Apparently derived from Latin sana meaning "healthy".
SANEM   f   Turkish
Means "idol" in Turkish.
SANG   m & f   Korean
From Sino-Korean (sang) meaning "common, frequent, regular" or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
SANGO   f   Popular Culture
Means "coral" in Japanese. This name is used in the Japanese comic book and television show 'InuYasha'.
SANIYYA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of SANI.
SANJA   f   Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Croatian and Serbian sanjati meaning "dream".
SANJANA   f   Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "uniting, joining" in Sanskrit.
SANJICA   f   Croatian
Diminutive of SANJA.
SANNA   f   Swedish, Finnish
Short form of SUSANNA. It can also be derived from Swedish sann meaning "true".
SANNE   f   Dutch, Danish
Dutch and Danish short form of SUSANNA.
SANNI   f   Finnish
Finnish diminutive of SUSANNA.
SANTA   f   Italian
Feminine form of SANTO.
SANTINA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of SANTO.
SANTUZZA   f   Italian
Diminutive of SANTA.
SANYA (1)   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SANIYYA.
SANYA (2)   m & f   Russian
Diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SAOIRSE   f   Irish
Means "freedom" in Irish Gaelic.
SAPIR   f   Hebrew
Means "sapphire" in Hebrew.
SAPPHEIRE   f   Biblical Greek
Greek form of SAPPHIRA.
SAPPHIRA   f   Biblical
From the Greek name Σαπφειρη (Sappheire), which was from Greek σαπφειρος (sappheiros) meaning "sapphire" or "lapis lazuli" (ultimately derived from the Hebrew word סַפִּיר (sappir)). Sapphira is a character in Acts in the New Testament who is killed by God for lying.
SAPPHIRE   f   English (Rare)
From the name of the gemstone, the blue birthstone of September, which is derived from Greek σαπφειρος (sappheiros), ultimately from the Hebrew word סַפִּיר (sappir).
SAPPHO   f   Ancient Greek
Possibly from Greek σαπφειρος (sappheiros) meaning "sapphire" or "lapis lazuli". This was the name of a 7th-century BC Greek poetess from Lesbos.
SAQUI   f   Native American, Mapuche
Means "favourite" in Mapuche.
SÁRA   f   Hungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak form of SARAH.
SARAH   f   English, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lady, princess, noblewoman" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Abraham's wife, considered the matriarch of the Jewish people. She was barren until she unexpectedly became the pregnant with Isaac at the age of 90. Her name was originally Sarai, but God changed it at the same time Abraham's name was changed (see Genesis 17:15).... [more]
SARAI   f   Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my princess" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, this was Sarah's name before God changed it (see Genesis 17:15).
SARAID   f   Irish
Means "excellent" in Irish Gaelic.
SARALA   f   Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Kannada
Feminine form of SARAL.
SARANGEREL   f   Mongolian
Means "moonlight" in Mongolian.
SARANNA   f   English (Rare)
Combination of SARAH and ANNA, in occasional use since the 18th century.
SARASWATI   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "possessing water" from Sanskrit सरस् (saras) meaning "fluid, water, lake" and वती (vati) meaning "having". This is the name of a Hindu river goddess, also associated with learning and the arts, who is the wife of Brahma.
SÁRI   f   Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of SARAH.
SARI (1)   f   Finnish
Finnish form of SARAH.
SARI (2)   f   Indonesian
Means "essence" in Indonesian.
SARIAH   f   Mormon
Possibly from an alternate reading of Hebrew שׂריה (see SERAIAH). In the Book of Mormon this is the name of Lehi's wife.
SÁRIKA   f   Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of SARAH.
SARIKA   f   Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From a Sanskrit word referring to a type of thrush (species Turdus salica) or myna bird (species Gracula religiosa).
SARINA   f   English (Modern)
Meaning unknown, perhaps a diminutive of SARA or a variant of SERENA.
SARIT   f   Hebrew
Hebrew diminutive of SARAH.
SARITA (1)   f   Spanish
Spanish diminutive of SARAH.
SARITA (2)   f   Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "flowing" in Sanskrit.
ŠÁRKA   f   Czech
Meaning unknown. In Czech legend Šárka was a maiden who joined other women in declaring war upon men. She tricked the men by having herself tied to a tree, and, after they came to her rescue, offering them mead laced with a sleeping potion. After the men fell asleep the other women slew them.
SARNAI   f   Mongolian
Means "rose" in Mongolian.
SARRA   f   Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Biblical Greek and Latin form of SARAH.
SAŠA   m & f   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Croatian, Serbian and Slovene diminutive of ALEKSANDER or ALEKSANDRA.
SASCHA   m & f   German
German form of SASHA.
SASHA   m & f   Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SASHI   m & f   Indian, Kannada
Variant transcription of SHASHI.
SASHKA   f   Macedonian, Bulgarian
Macedonian and Bulgarian diminutive of ALEKSANDRA.
SASITHORN   f   Thai
Means "the moon" in Thai (a poetic word).
SASKIA   f   Dutch, German
From the Germanic element Sahs "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Germanic word sahs meaning "knife".
SASSA   f   Swedish
Swedish diminutive of ASTRID, ALEXANDRA or SARAH.
SATCHEL   m & f   English (Rare)
From a surname derived from Old English sacc meaning "sack, bag", referring to a person who was a bag maker.
SATI   f   Hinduism
Means "truthful" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this was the name of a goddess, a wife of Shiva. After her death she was reborn as the goddess Parvati.
SATOMI   f   Japanese
From Japanese (sato) meaning "village" or (sato) meaning "intelligent, clever, bright" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SATU   f   Finnish
Means "fairy tale, fable" in Finnish.
SATURNINA   f   Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of SATURNINUS. This was the name of a legendary saint who was supposedly martyred in northern France.
SAUDA   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "dark complexion" in Swahili.
SAULE   f   Latvian, Baltic Mythology
Latvian form of SAULĖ.
SAULĖ   f   Lithuanian, Baltic Mythology
Means "sun" in Lithuanian. This was the name of the Lithuanian sun goddess.
SAULIĀ   f   Baltic Mythology (Hypothetical)
Possible earlier form of SAULĖ.
SAUNDRA   f   Scottish
Scottish form of SANDRA.
SAVANNA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of SAVANNAH.
SAVANNAH   f   English
From the English word for the large grassy plain, ultimately deriving from the Taino (Native American) word zabana. It came into use as a given name in America in the 19th century. It was revived in the 1980s by the movie 'Savannah Smiles' (1982).
SAVERIA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of XAVIER.
SAVINA   f   Italian
Italian variant of SABINA.
SAVITRI   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "relating to the sun" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a hymn dedicated to Savitr, a Hindu sun god, and it is also the name of his daughter. It is borne by several other characters in Hindu epics, including a wife of Brahma, a wife of Shiva, and a daughter of Daksha. In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' it is borne by King Satyavan's wife, who successfully pleas with Yama, the god of death, to restore her husband to life.
SAWSAN   f   Arabic
Arabic form of SUSANNA.
SAXA   f   Ancient Germanic
Germanic form of SASKIA.
SAYAKA   f   Japanese
From Japanese (sa) meaning "sand" or (sa) meaning "thread, silk" with (ya) meaning "also" or (ya), an interjection, combined with (ka) meaning "fragrance" or (ka) meaning "increase". This name can also be composed of other kanji combinations. It is often written さやか using the hiragana writing system.
SAYEN   f   Native American, Mapuche
Means "sweet, lovely" in Mapuche.
SAYURI   f   Japanese
From Japanese (sa) meaning "small" and 百合 (yuri) meaning "lily". This name can also be composed of other kanji combinations.
SAYYIDA   f   Arabic
Means "lady, mistress" in Arabic.
SCARLET   f   English (Modern)
Either a variant of SCARLETT or else from the English word for the red colour. The word is derived (via Old French and medieval Latin) from Persian سقرلاط (saghrilat), the name of a type of cloth.
SCARLETT   f   English
From a surname which denoted a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet (a kind of cloth, ultimately derived from Persian سقرلاط (saghrilat)). Margaret Mitchell used this name for Scarlett O'Hara, the main character in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936). Scarlett's name came from her grandmother's maiden name.
SCHEHERAZADE   f   Literature
Anglicized form of SHAHRAZAD.
SCHOLASTICA   f   Late Roman
From a Late Latin name which was derived from scholasticus meaning "rhetorician, orator". Saint Scholastica was a 6th-century Benedictine abbess, the sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia.
SCHOLASTIQUE   f   French
French form of SCHOLASTICA.
SCHWANHILD   f   German
Variant of SWANHILD.
SCILLA   f   Italian
Short form of PRISCILLA. This is also the Italian word for the squill flower (genus Scilla).
SCOUT   f   English (Rare)
From the English word scout meaning "one who gathers information covertly", which is derived from Old French escouter "to listen". Harper Lee used this name in her novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1960).
SEANNA   f   English (Rare)
Feminine form of SEÁN.
SÉARLAIT   f   Irish
Irish form of CHARLOTTE.
SEBASTIANA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SÉBASTIENNE   f   French
French feminine form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SEBLE   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "harvest" in Amharic.
ŞEBNEM   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SHABNAM.
SEDA   f   Turkish
Means "voice, echo" in Turkish.
SEDEF   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SADAF.
SEDNA   f   Mythology
Meaning unknown. This is the name of the Inuit goddess of the sea, sea animals and the underworld. According to some legends Sedna was originally a beautiful woman thrown into the ocean by her father.
SEEMA   f   Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of SIMA (2).
SEETA   f   Indian, Hindi
Variant transcription of SITA.
SEETHA   f   Tamil
Tamil form of SITA. The name of the mythological figures is சீதை, while சீதா is the spelling used for people.
SEFFORA   f   Biblical Latin
Latin form of ZIPPORAH.
SÉGOLÈNE   f   French
Possibly a French form of SIEGLINDE.
ŞEHRAZAD   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SHAHRAZAD.
ŞEHRAZAT   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SHAHRAZAD.
SEIJA   f   Finnish
Derived from Finnish seijas meaning "tranquil, serene".
SEKAI   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "be humourous" in Shona.
SELA   f   Biblical
Means "rock" in Hebrew. This was the name of a city, the capital of Edom, in the Old Testament.
SELAH   f   Biblical
From a Hebrew musical term which occurs many times in the Old Testament Psalms. It was probably meant to indicate a musical pause.
SELBY   m & f   English (Rare)
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning "willow farm" in Old Norse.
SELENA   f   Spanish, Russian, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of SELENE. This name was borne by popular Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995), who was known simply as Selena.
SELENE   f   Greek Mythology, Greek
Means "moon" in Greek. This was the name of a Greek goddess of the moon, sometimes identified with the goddess Artemis.
SELIMA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SALIMA.
SELINA   f   English
Possibly a variant of CÉLINE or SELENE. As an English name, it first came into use in the 17th century.
SELMA   f   English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic
Meaning unknown, possibly a short form of ANSELMA. It could also have been inspired by James Macpherson's 18th-century poems, in which it is the name of Ossian's castle.
SELVAGGIA   f   Italian
Means "wild" in Italian.
SEMELE   f   Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly of Phrygian origin. In Greek mythology she was one of the many lovers of Zeus. Hera, being jealous, tricked Semele into asking Zeus to display himself in all his splendour as the god of thunder. When he did, Semele was struck by lightning and died, but not before giving birth to Dionysos.
SEMİHA   f   Turkish
Feminine form of SEMİH.
ŞENAY   f   Turkish
Means "merry moon" in Turkish.
SENCE   f   Medieval Spanish
Old variant of SANCHIA.
SENGA   f   Scottish
Sometimes explained as an anagram of AGNES, but more likely derived from Gaelic seang "slender".
SENJA   f   Finnish
Finnish form of XENIA.
SENKA   f   Serbian, Croatian
Means "shadow" in Serbian and Croatian.
SENS   f   Medieval Spanish
Old variant of SANCHA.
SENTA   f   German
Diminutive of KRESZENTIA.
SEO-HYEON   f   Korean
From Sino-Korean (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" combined with (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SEO-HYUN   f   Korean
Variant transcription of SEO-HYEON.
SEONA   f   Scottish
Anglicized form of SEONAG or SEÒNAID.
SEONAG   f   Scottish
Scottish form of JOAN (1).
SEÒNAID   f   Scottish
Scottish diminutive of JOAN (1).
SEONG   m & f   Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded", as well as other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
SEONG-HYEON   m & f   Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" combined with (hyeon), which refers to a device used to lift a tripod cauldron. Other hanja character combinations are possible.
SEONG-MIN   m & f   Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or (seong) meaning "nature, character, sex" combined with (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp". Many other hanja character combinations are possible.
SEO-YEON   f   Korean
From Sino-Korean (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" and (yeon) meaning "beautiful, graceful", besides other hanja character combinations.
SEO-YUN   f   Korean
From Sino-Korean (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" and (yun) meaning "soft, sleek", as well as other hanja character combinations.
SÉPHORA   f   French
French form of ZIPPORAH.
SEPPHORA   f   Biblical Greek
Greek form of ZIPPORAH.
SEPTEMBER   f & m   English (Rare)
From the name of the ninth month (though it means "seventh month" in Latin, since it was originally the seventh month of the Roman year), which is sometimes used as a given name for someone born in September.
SEPTIMA   f   Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of SEPTIMUS.
SEQUOIA   f & m   English (Rare)
From the name of huge trees that grow in California. The tree got its name from the Cherokee scholar Sequoya (also known as George Guess), the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.
SERA   f   English (Rare)
Either a variant of SARAH or a short form of SERAPHINA.
SERAFIMA   f   Russian, Macedonian
Russian and Macedonian form of SERAPHINA.
SERAFINA   f   Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Polish form of SERAPHINA.
SERAPHINA   f   English (Rare), German (Rare), Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim which was Hebrew in origin and meant "fiery ones". The seraphim were an order of angels, described by Isaiah in the Bible as having six wings each. This was the name of a 13th-century Italian saint who made clothes for the poor. As an English name, it has never been common.
SÉRAPHINE   f   French
French form of SERAPHINA.
SEREN   f   Welsh
Means "star" in Welsh.
SERENA   f   English, Italian, Late Roman
From a Late Latin name which was derived from Latin serenus meaning "clear, tranquil, serene". This name was borne by an obscure early saint. Edmund Spenser also used it in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
SERENITY   f   English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "serenity, tranquility", ultimately from Latin serenus meaning "clear, calm".
ŞERİFE   f   Turkish
Turkish feminine form of SHARIF.
SERINA   f   English
Variant of SERENA.
ŞERMİN   f   Turkish
Means "shy" in Turkish.
SERPİL   f   Turkish
Means "grow" in Turkish.
SERRENA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SERENA.
SETARE   f   Persian
Variant transcription of SETAREH.
SETAREH   f   Persian
Means "star" in Persian.
SETHUNYA   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "bloom, flower" in Tswana.
SETSUKO   f   Japanese
From Japanese (setsu) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can also be possible.
SEUNG   m & f   Korean
From Sino-Korean (seung) meaning "rise, ascent", (seung) meaning "victory, excel" or (seung) meaning "inherit", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
SEVAN   f & m   Armenian
From the name of the largest lake in Armenia, which may be from the Urartian word suinia simply meaning "lake".
SEVDA   f   Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "love" in Turkish and Azerbaijani.
SÉVÉRINE   f   French
Variant of SÉVERINE.
SÉVERINE   f   French
French feminine form of SEVERINUS.
SEVGİ   f   Turkish
Means "love" in Turkish.
SEVİL   f   Turkish
Means "loved" in Turkish.
SEVİNC   f   Azerbaijani
Means "joy" in Azerbaijani.
SEVİNÇ   f   Turkish
Means "joy" in Turkish.
SEVİNJ   f   Azerbaijani
Variant of SEVİNC.
SEWERYNA   f   Polish
Polish form of SEVERINA.
SEZIM   f   Kazakh
Means "sensitive" in Kazakh.
SHABNAM   f   Persian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
SHACHAR   f & m   Hebrew
Means "dawn" in Hebrew.
SHADI (2)   f   Persian
Means "happiness" in Persian.
SHADIYA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of SHADI (1).
SHADYA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SHADIYA.
SHAE   f   English (Modern)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHAELYN   f   English (Rare)
Combination of SHAE and LYNN.
SHAFAQAT   m & f   Arabic
Means "compassion, pity" in Arabic.
SHAFIQA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of SHAFIQ.
SHAHAR   f & m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of SHACHAR.
SHAHD   f   Arabic
Means "honey" in Arabic.
SHAHIRA   f   Arabic
Means "renowned" in Arabic.
SHAHNAZ   f & m   Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "pride of the king" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and ناز (naz) "pride".
SHAHNOZA   f   Uzbek
Uzbek form of SHAHNAZ.
SHAHRAZAD   f   Persian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) "city" and آزاد (azad) "free". This is the name of the fictional storyteller in 'The 1001 Nights'. She tells a story to her husband the king every night for 1001 nights in order to delay her execution.
SHAHRIZAD   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SHAHRAZAD.
SHAHRZAD   f   Persian
Variant transcription of SHAHRAZAD.
SHAILAJA   f   Hinduism, Indian, Telugu
Means "daughter of the mountain" in Sanskrit, from शैल (shaila) meaning "mountain" and (ja) meaning "born". This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
SHAIMAA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SHAYMA.
SHAINA   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of SHAYNA.
SHAINDEL   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of SHAYNA.
SHAKED   f & m   Hebrew
Means "almond" in Hebrew.
SHAKILA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of SHAKIL.
SHAKIRA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of SHAKIR.
SHAKTI   f & m   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "power" in Sanskrit. In Hinduism a shakti is the female counterpart of a god. The name Shakti is used in particular to refer to the female counterpart of Shiva, also known as Parvati among many other names.
SHAKUNTALA   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta) meaning "bird". This is the name of a character in Hindu legend, her story adapted by Kalidasa for the 5th-century play 'Abhijnanashakuntalam'. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta. After a curse is laid upon them Dushyanta loses his memory and they are separated, but eventually the curse is broken after the king sees the signet ring he gave her.
SHAKURA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of SHAKUR.
SHALEV   m & f   Hebrew
Means "calm, tranquil" in Hebrew.
SHAM'A   f   Arabic
Means "lamp" or "candle" in Arabic.
SHAMIRA   f   Hebrew
Means "guardian, protector" in Hebrew.
SHAN   f   Welsh
Anglicized form of SIÂN.
SHANA   f   English
Variant of SHANNA.
SHANAE   f   English (Modern)
Elaboration of the popular name element Shan.
SHANELLE   f   English (Modern)
Variant of CHANEL.
SHANENE   f   English (Rare)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ene.
SHANI (1)   f & m   Hebrew
Means "red, scarlet" in Hebrew.
SHANIA   f   English (Modern)
In the case of singer Shania Twain (1965-), who chose it as her stage name, she has claimed it was based on an Ojibwa phrase meaning "on my way". This appears to be untrue.
SHANICE   f   African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ice.
SHANIKA   f   African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ka.
SHANIQUA   f   African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and qua.
SHANNA   f   English
Possibly a feminine variant of SHANNON.
SHANNAH   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SHANNA.
SHANNEN   f   English (Modern)
Variant of SHANNON.
SHANNON   f & m   English
From the name of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, called Abha na tSionainn in Irish. It is associated with the goddess Sionann and is sometimes said to be named for her. However it is more likely the goddess was named after the river, which may be related to Old Irish sen "old, ancient". As a given name, it first became common in America after the 1940s.
SHANON   f & m   English
Variant of SHANNON.
SHANTA   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "pacified, calm" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the 'Ramayana' this is the name of a daughter of King Dasharatha.
SHANTAE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHANTÉ.
SHANTEL   f   English
Variant of CHANTEL.
SHANTELLE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHANTEL.
SHANTHI   f   Tamil, Indian, Malayalam, Kannada
Southern Indian form of SHANTI.
SHANTI   f   Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "quiet, peace, tranquility" in Sanskrit.
SHAQUILA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SHAKILA.
SHARALYN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHERILYN.
SHARI   f   English
Diminutive of SHARON or a variant of SHERRY.
SHARIFA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of SHARIFAH.
SHARIFAH   f   Arabic, Malay
Feminine form of SHARIF.
SHARISE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHARISSE.
SHARLA   f   English
Variant of CHARLA.
SHARLEEN   f   English
Variant of CHARLENE.
SHARLENE   f   English
Variant of CHARLENE.
SHARMILA   f   Tamil, Indian, Marathi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
SHARON   f   English
From an Old Testament place name, in Hebrew שָׁרוֹן (Sharon), which means "plain", referring to the fertile plain near the coast of Israel. This is also the name of a type of flowering shrub, the rose of Sharon. It has been in use as a given name since the 1920s, possibly inspired by the heroine in the serial novel 'The Skyrocket' (1925) by Adela Rogers St. Johns.
SHARONA   f   English (Rare)
Elaborated form of SHARON.
SHARRON   f   English
Variant of SHARON.
SHARYL   f   English
Variant of CHERYL.
SHARYN   f   English
Variant of SHARON.
SHASHI   m & f   Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Traditional name for the moon, it literally means "having a hare" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form शशि and the feminine form शशी.
SHAUNA   f   English
Feminine form of SHAUN.
SHAVONNE   f   Irish, English
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHAWNA   f   English
Feminine form of SHAWN.
SHAWNDA   f   English
Variant of SHONDA.
SHAWNEE   f   English (Modern)
Means "southern people" in the Algonquin language. The Shawnee were an Algonquin tribe who originally lived in the Ohio valley.
SHAY (2)   m & f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of SHAI.
SHAYE   f   English (Rare)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHAYLA   f   English
Variant of SHEILA, influenced by the spelling and sound of KAYLA (1).
SHAYLYN   f   English (Rare)
Combination of SHAE and LYNN.
SHAYMA   f   Arabic
Possibly means "to look out" in Arabic.
SHAYNA   f   Yiddish
Means "beautiful" in Yiddish.
SHAYNAH   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of SHAYNA.
SHAZI   f   Arabic
Means "fragrant" in Arabic.
SHEA   m & f   Irish
Anglicized form of SÉAGHDHA, sometimes used as a feminine name.
SHEELA   f   Indian, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil
Variant transcription of SHILA.
SHEELAGH   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SHEILA.
SHEENA   f   Scottish, English
Anglicized form of SÌNE. This name was popularized outside of Scotland in the 1980s by the singer Sheena Easton (1959-).
SHEENAGH   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SHEENA.
SHEHERAZADE   f   Literature
Anglicized form of SHAHRAZAD.
SHEILA   f   Irish, English
Anglicized form of SÍLE.
SHEINE   f   Yiddish
Variant of SHAYNA.
SHEKINAH   f   Various
From the Hebrew word שׁכִינה (shekhinah) which means "God's manifested glory" or "God's presence". This word does not appear in the Bible, but later Jewish scholars used it to refer to the dwelling place of God, especially the Temple in Jerusalem.
SHELAGH   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SHEILA.
SHELBY   m & f   English
From a surname, which was possibly a variant of SELBY. Though previously in use as a rare masculine name, it was popularized as a feminine name by the main character in the movie 'The Woman in Red' (1935). It was later reinforced by the movie 'Steel Magnolias' (1989) in which Julia Roberts played a character by this name.
SHELENA   f   African American (Rare)
Probably a combination of the prefix She and LENA.
SHELIA   f   English
Variant of SHEILA.
SHELL   f   English
Short form of MICHELLE or SHELLEY. It can also be simply from the English word shell (ultimately from Old English sciell).
SHELLEY   f & m   English
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "clearing on a bank" in Old English. Two famous bearers of the surname were Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), a romantic poet whose works include 'Adonais' and 'Ozymandias', and Mary Shelley (1797-1851), his wife, the author of the horror story 'Frankenstein'. As a feminine given name, it came into general use after the 1940s.
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