SONJA f German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of SONYA
SONYA f Russian, English
Russian diminutive of SOPHIA
. This is the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' (1869, English translation 1886).
STACY f & m English
Either a diminutive of ANASTASIA
, or else from a surname which was derived from Stace
, a medieval form of EUSTACE
. As a feminine name, it came into general use during the 1950s, though it had earlier been in use as a rare masculine name.
SU-BIN f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 秀 (su)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" combined with 斌 (bin)
meaning "refined". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SU-JIN f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 收 (su)
meaning "gather, harvest" or 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 珍 (jin)
meaning "precious, rare". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SUK-JA f Korean
From Sino-Korean 淑 (suk)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" and 子 (ja)
meaning "child". Other hanja characters can form this name as well. Korean feminine names ending with the character 子
(a fashionable name suffix in Japan, read as -ko
in Japanese) declined in popularity after 1945 when Korea was liberated from Japanese rule.
SUNAN m & f Thai
Possibly means "good word" in Thai.
SUNNY f English
From the English word meaning "sunny, cheerful".
SUOMA f Finnish
Derived from Finnish Suomi
SUSAN f English
English variant of SUSANNA
. This has been most common spelling since the 18th century. A notable bearer was the American feminist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906).
SVEVA f Italian
Meaning unknown, possibly related to the name of the Germanic tribe of the Suebi.
SWATI f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From the Indian name of the third brightest star in the night sky, called Arcturus in the western world.
SYBIL f English
Variant of SIBYL
. This spelling variation has existed since the Middle Ages.
TABEA f German
German short form of TABITHA
. This form was used in earlier editions of the Luther Bible.
TACEY f English (Archaic)
Derived from Latin tace
meaning "be silent". It was in use from the 16th century, though it died out two centuries later.
TALIN f Armenian
From the name of an Armenian town (meaning unknown) which is home to a famous 7th-century cathedral.
TAMAR f Hebrew, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "palm tree" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah
and later his wife. This was also the name of a daughter of King David
. She was raped by her half-brother Amnon
, leading to his murder by her brother Absalom
. The name was borne by a 12th-century ruling queen of Georgia who presided over the kingdom at the peak of its power.
TAMIA f English (Modern)
Elaborated form of the popular name syllable Tam
, from names such as TAMARA
. It was popularized by Canadian singer Tamia Hill (1975-), who is known simply as Tamia.
TANSY f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which is derived via Old French from Late Latin tanacita
TARYN f English
Probably a feminine form of TYRONE
. Actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian created it for their daughter Taryn Power (1953-).
TATUM f English (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's homestead" in Old English.
TAWNY f English (Modern)
From the English word, ultimately deriving from Old French tané
, which means "light brown".
TERHI f Finnish
Short form of Terhenetär
, which was derived from Finnish terhen
"mist". In the Finnish epic the 'Kalevala' Terhenetär is a sprite associated with mist and forests.
TERRA f English
Variant of TARA (1)
, perhaps influenced by the Latin word terra
meaning "land, earth".
TERRY (1) m & f English
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval name Thierry
, a Norman French form of THEODORIC
TERRY (2) m & f English
Diminutive of TERENCE
. A famous bearer was Terry Fox (1958-1981), a young man with an artificial leg who attempted to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He died of the disease before crossing the country.
TESNI f Welsh
Means "warmth from the sun" in Welsh.
TEUTA f Albanian
Possibly derived from an Illyrian word or title meaning "queen". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Illyrian queen.
THAÏS f Ancient Greek
Possibly means "bandage" in Greek. This was the name of a companion of Alexander the Great. It was also borne by a 4th-century saint from Alexandria, a wealthy socialite who became a Christian convert. She has been a popular subject of art and literature, including an 1891 novel by Anatole France and an 1894 opera by Jules Massenet.
THEDA f German
Short form of THEODORA
. A famous bearer was actress Theda Bara (1885-1955), who was born Theodosia Goodman.
THEIA f Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek θεα (thea)
meaning "goddess". In Greek myth this was the name of a Titan goddess of sight, glittering and glory. She was the wife of Hyperion and the mother of the sun god Helios, the moon goddess Selene, and the dawn goddess Eos.
ÞÓRA f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Either a feminine form of Þórr
) or else a short form of the various Old Norse names beginning with the element Þór
. In Norse myth Thora was the wife of the Danish king Ragnar Lodbrok.
TÍMEA f Hungarian
Created by the Hungarian author Mór Jókai for a character in his novel 'The Golden Man' (1873). The name is apparently based on the Greek word ευθυμια (euthymia)
meaning "good spirits, cheerfulness".
TIRTA m & f Indonesian
Means "sacred water, place of pilgrimage" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit तीर्थ (tirtha)
TITTY f English
Diminutive of LETITIA
. This is now a slang word for the female breast, and the name has subsequently dropped out of common use.
TOPAZ f English (Rare)
From the English word for the yellow precious stone, the birthstone of November, ultimately derived from Greek τοπαζος (topazos)
TOPSY f English (Rare)
From a nickname which is of unknown meaning, perhaps deriving from the English word top
TORNY f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórný
which was derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with ný
TRACY f & m English
From an English surname which was taken from a Norman French place name meaning "domain belonging to THRACIUS
". Charles Dickens used it for a male character in his novel 'The Pickwick Papers' (1837). It was later popularized as a feminine name by the main character Tracy Lord in the movie 'The Philadelphia Story' (1940). This name is also sometimes used as a diminutive of THERESA
TÜNDE f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian tündér
meaning "fairy". The Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty created this name in the 19th century.
TWILA f English
Meaning unknown. Perhaps based on the English word twilight
, or maybe from a Cajun pronunciation of French étoile
"star". It came into use as an American given name in the late 19th century.
TYCHE f Greek Mythology
Means "fortune, chance" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess of fortune, luck and fate.
UDANE f Basque
Derived from Basque uda
UMEKO f Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume)
meaning "plum" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
UNITY f English (Rare)
From the English word unity
, which is ultimately derived from Latin unitas
USAGI f Popular Culture
Means "rabbit" in Japanese. This name was used on the Japanese television show 'Sailor Moon'.
USHAS f Hinduism
Means "dawn" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of the dawn, considered the daughter of heaven.
VALDA f Latvian
Modern coinage from Germanic wald
meaning "power, rule". It has been in use only since the 20th century.
VALLI f Hinduism
Means "creeping plant" in Dravidian. In Dravidian mythology the goddess Valli was the wife of Murunga.
VANNA (2) f & m Khmer
Means "golden" in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit.
VARDO f Georgian
Derived from Georgian ვარდი (vardi)
meaning "rose", ultimately from Persian via Armenian.
VARPU f Finnish
From the Finnish name for a type of berry bush.
VELDA f English
Meaning unknown, possibly a derivative of the Germanic element wald
meaning "power, rule".
VELIA f Italian
From the Roman family name Velius
which possibly means "concealed" in Latin.
VELMA f English
Probably a variant of WILMA
, the spelling with an e
perhaps due to the influence of SELMA
. This name has been in use since the 19th century.
VENUS f Roman Mythology
Means "love, sexual desire" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of love and sex. Her character was assimilated with that of the Greek goddess Aphrodite
. As the mother of Aeneas
she was considered an ancestor of the Roman people. The second planet from the sun is named after her.
VERNA f English
Feminine form of VERNON
, sometimes associated with the Latin word vernus
"spring". It has been in use since the 19th century.
VESNA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Means "messenger" in Slavic. This was the name of a Slavic spirit associated with the springtime. In many Slavic languages this is now the poetic word for "spring". It has been used as a given name only since the 20th century.
VESTA f Roman Mythology
Probably a Roman cognate of HESTIA
. Vesta was the Roman goddess of the hearth. A continuous fire, tended by the Vestal Virgins, was burned in the Temple of Vesta in Rome.
VIRVA f Finnish
Possibly derived from Finnish virvatuli
meaning "will o' the wisp". In folklore, will o' the wisp is a floating ball of light that appears over water.
WANDA f Polish, English, German, French
Possibly from a Germanic name meaning "a Wend", referring to the Slavic people who inhabited eastern Germany. In Polish legends this was the name of the daughter of King Krak, the legendary founder of Krakow. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by the author Ouida, who used it for the heroine in her novel 'Wanda' (1883).
WASSA f Anglo-Saxon
Meaning uncertain. It may be a short form of a longer name such as Wāðsige
, composed of the elements wāð
"hunt" and sige
WAYAN m & f Indonesian, Balinese
From Balinese wayah
meaning "old, mature", ultimately from Sanskrit वयस् (vayas)
meaning "energy, strength, age". This name is traditionally given to the first-born child.
WENDY f English
In the case of the character from J. M. Barrie's play 'Peter Pan' (1904), it was created from the nickname fwendy
"friend", given to the author by a young friend. However, the name was used prior to the play (rarely), in which case it could be related to the Welsh name GWENDOLEN
and other names beginning with the element gwen
meaning "white, fair, blessed". The name only became common after Barrie's play ran.
WILDA f English
Meaning unknown, perhaps from a German surname, or perhaps from the English word wild
. It has been in use since the 19th century.
XENIA f Greek, Ancient Greek
Means "hospitality" in Greek, a derivative of ξενος (xenos)
"foreigner, guest". This was the name of a 5th-century saint who is venerated in the Eastern Church.
XIANG m & f Chinese
From Chinese 翔 (xiáng)
meaning "soar, glide", 祥 (xiáng)
meaning "good luck, good omen", 香 (xiāng)
meaning "fragrant" (which is usually only feminine) or 湘 (xiāng)
, which refers to the Xiang River in southern China. This name can also be formed from other characters.
XINYI m & f Chinese
From Chinese 欣 (xīn)
meaning "happy, joyous, delighted" or 心 (xīn)
meaning "heart, mind, soul" combined with 怡 (yí)
meaning "joy, harmony". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
YAARA f Hebrew
Means "honeycomb" and "honeysuckle" in Hebrew.
YAHUI f & m Chinese
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ)
meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 惠 (huì)
meaning "favour, benefit". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
YAWEN f Chinese
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ)
meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 雯 (wén)
meaning "cloud patterns". This name can be formed of other character combinations as well.
YAZHU f & m Chinese
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ)
meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 筑 (zhù)
meaning "lute, zither, build". Other character combinations are also possible.
YENTL f Yiddish
Yiddish form of the French nickname Gentille
, meaning "noble, aristocratic".
YEONG f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 英 (yeong)
meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero", as well as other hanja characters which are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name. This name was borne by Jang Yeong-sil (where Jang
is the surname), a 15th-century Korean scientist and inventor.
YIJUN m & f Chinese
From Chinese 怡 (yí)
meaning "joy, harmony" combined with 君 (jūn)
meaning "king, ruler". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
YOSHI m & f Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi)
meaning "good luck", 義 (yoshi)
meaning "righteous", or 良 (yoshi)
meaning "good, virtuous, respectable", as well as other kanji with the same reading.
YOUKO f Japanese
From Japanese 陽 (you)
meaning "light, sun, male" or 洋 (you)
meaning "ocean" combined with 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji characters are possible.
YUINA f Japanese
From Japanese 結 (yui)
meaning "tie, bind" and 菜 (na)
meaning "vegetables, greens". Other kanji combinations are possible.
YUUKA f Japanese
From Japanese 優 (yuu)
meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" and 花 (ka)
meaning "flower, blossom". It can also be composed of different kanji which have the same pronunciations.
YUUKI m & f Japanese
From Japanese 優 (yuu)
meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or 悠 (yuu)
meaning "distant, leisurely" combined with 希 (ki)
meaning "hope", 輝 (ki)
meaning "brightness" or 生 (ki)
meaning "living". Other combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
YUUKO f Japanese
From Japanese 優 (yuu)
meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness", 悠 (yuu)
meaning "distant, leisurely" or 裕 (yuu)
meaning "abundant" combined with 子 (ko)
meaning "child". This name can be formed of different kanji characters as well.
YUUNA f Japanese
From Japanese 優 (yuu)
meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or 柚 (yuu)
meaning "grapefruit, pomelo, citrus fruit" combined with 菜 (na)
meaning "vegetables, greens" or 奈 (na)
, a phonetic character. Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
ZABEL f Armenian
Armenian form of ISABEL
. A 13th-century ruling queen of Cilician Armenia bore this name.
ZAÏRE f Literature
Used by Voltaire for the heroine of his tragic play 'Zaïre' (1732), about a Christian woman enslaved by Muslims. The heroine is named Zara
in some English translations. Voltaire may have based the name on ZAHRAH