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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) "threads, weft" and ωψ (ops) "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.
PERİ   f   Turkish
Turkish form of PARI.
PERNILLA   f   Swedish
Swedish short form of PETRONILLA.
PERNILLE   f   Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of PETRONILLA.
PERPÉTUA   f   Portuguese
Portuguese form of PERPETUA.
PERPETUA   f   Spanish, Late Roman
Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.
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.
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.
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.
PHEBE   f   English, Biblical
Variant of PHOEBE used in some translations of the New Testament.
PHILOMENA   f   English, German, Late Greek
From Greek φιλος (philos) "friend, lover" and μενος (menos) "mind, purpose, strength, courage". 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).
PHUNTSO   m & f   Bhutanese
Bhutanese form of PHUNTSOK.
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.
PIIA   f   Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of PIA.
PIRITTA   f   Finnish
Finnish form of BIRGITTA.
PIROSKA   f   Hungarian
Hungarian form of PRISCA, influenced by the Hungarian word piros meaning "red".
PLACIDA   f   Late Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDE   m & f   French
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
POLINA   f   Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
POLISSENA   f   Italian (Rare)
Italian form of POLYXENA.
PORTIA   f   English
Variant of Porcia, the feminine form of the Roman family name PORCIUS, used by William Shakespeare for the heroine of his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). In the play Portia is a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to defend Antonio in court. It is also the name of a moon of Uranus, after the Shakespearian character.
PRASKOVYA   f   Russian
Russian form of PARASKEVE.
PRIMITIVA   f   Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of PRIMITIVUS. Saint Primitiva was an early martyr from Rome.
PRISCA   f   Biblical, Dutch, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin
Feminine form of Priscus, a Roman family name which meant "ancient" in Latin. This name appears in the epistles in the New Testament, referring to Priscilla the wife of Aquila.
PRISCILA   f   Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of PRISCILLA.
PRISCILLA   f   English, Italian, French, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman name, a diminutive of PRISCA. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lived with Priscilla (also known as Prisca) and her husband Aquila in Corinth for a while. It has been used as an English given name since the Protestant Reformation, being popular with the Puritans. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used it in his poem 'The Courtship of Miles Standish' (1858).
PRISCILLE   f   French
French form of PRISCILLA.
PRISKA   f   German, Biblical Greek
German form of PRISCA, as well as the form used in the Greek New Testament.
PRISKILLA   f   Biblical Greek
Form of PRISCILLA used in the Greek New Testament.
PRITHA   f   Hinduism, Bengali
Means "the palm of the hand" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the legendary Hindu figure Kunti.
PRIYA   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali
Means "beloved" in Sanskrit. In Hindu legend this is the name of a daughter of King Daksha.
PRUDENCE   f & m   English, French
Medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of PRUDENTIUS. In France it is both the feminine form and a rare masculine form. In England it was used during the Middle Ages and was revived in the 17th century by the Puritans, in part from the English word prudence, ultimately of the same source.
PRUDENCIA   f   Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PRUDENTIUS.
PUCK   m & f   Anglo-Saxon Mythology, Dutch
Meaning unknown, from Old English puca. It could ultimately be of either Germanic or Celtic origin. In English legend this was the name of a mischievous spirit, also known as Robin Goodfellow. He appears in Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1600).
QUINTELLA   f   English (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of QUINTUS.
RAAKEL   f   Finnish
Finnish form of RACHEL.
RABİA   f   Turkish
Turkish form of RAABI'A or RABI'A.
RACHEL   f   English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rachel) meaning "ewe". In the Old Testament this is the name of the favourite wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She was the younger sister of Jacob's first wife Leah.... [more]
RACHELE   f   Italian
Italian form of RACHEL.
RADA   f   Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADANA   f   Czech, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADHA   f & m   Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Means "success" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the favourite consort of the Hindu god Krishna.
RADMILA   f   Serbian, Croatian, Czech
Serbian, Croatian and Czech feminine form of RADOMIL.
RAGHNAID   f   Scottish
Scottish form of RAGNHILD.
RAGHNAILT   f   Irish
Irish form of RAGNHILD.
RAGNA   f   Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Ancient Scandinavian
Short form of Old Norse names beginning with the element regin "advice, counsel".
RAGNHEIÐUR   f   Icelandic
Icelandic form of RAGNHEIÐR.
RAGNHILD   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Ragnhildr, composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and hildr "battle".
RAGNHILDUR   f   Icelandic
Icelandic form of RAGNHILD.
RÁHEL   f   Hungarian
Hungarian form of RACHEL.
RAHEL   f   Biblical Latin
Biblical Latin form of RACHEL.
RAHELA   f   Romanian, Serbian
Romanian and Serbian form of RACHEL.
RÁICHÉAL   f   Irish
Irish form of RACHEL.
RAISA (1)   f   Russian
Possibly from the Greek name HERAIS. This was the name of a saint and martyr killed in Alexandria during the early 4th-century persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
RAJANI   f   Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Means "the dark one" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Kali or Durga.
RAKEL   f   Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic
Scandinavian form of RACHEL.
RAMONA   f   Spanish, Romanian, English
Feminine form of RAMÓN. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by Helen Hunt Jackson's novel 'Ramona' (1884), as well as several subsequent movies based on the book.
RANDI (2)   f   Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Modern form of the Old Norse name Ragnfríðr, which was derived from regin "advice, counsel" and fríðr "beautiful".
RAQUEL   f   Spanish, Portuguese, English
Spanish and Portuguese form of RACHEL.
RATI   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "rest, pleasure" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the wife of the Hindu god of love Kama.
RAYEN   f   Native American, Mapuche, Spanish (Latin American)
Means "flower" in Mapuche.
RAYNA (1)   f   Bulgarian
Either a Bulgarian form of REGINA or a feminine form of RAYNO.
REBECA   f   Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REBECCA.
RÉBECCA   f   French
French form of REBECCA.
REBECCA   f   English, Italian, Swedish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name רִבְקָה (Rivqah) from an unattested root probably meaning "join, tie, snare". This is the name of the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob in the Old Testament. It came into use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular with the Puritans in the 17th century.
REBECKA   f   Swedish
Swedish variant of REBECCA.
REBEKA   f   Hungarian
Hungarian form of REBECCA.
REBEKAH   f   Biblical, English
Form of REBECCA used in some versions of the Bible.
REBEKKA   f   German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Biblical Greek
Cognate of REBECCA. It is also the form used in the Greek Old Testament.
REGINA   f   English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Means "queen" in Latin (or Italian). It was in use as a Christian name from early times, and was borne by a 2nd-century saint. In England it was used during the Middle Ages in honour of the Virgin Mary, and it was later revived in the 19th century. A city in Canada bears this name, in honour of Queen Victoria.
RÉGINE   f   French
French form of REGINA.
REGINE   f   German, Norwegian
German and Norwegian form of REGINA.
REGULA   f   German (Swiss), Late Roman
Means "rule" in Latin. This was the name of a 3rd-century Swiss martyr, the patron saint of Zurich.
REIDUN   f   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hreiðunn which was derived from the elements hreiðr "nest, home" and unnr "to wave, to billow".
REINHILD   f   German
From a Germanic name which was composed of the elements ragin "advice" and hild "battle".
REINHILDE   f   German
Variant of REINHILD.
RÉKA   f   Hungarian
Hungarian form of KREKA.
RENA   f   English
Latinate feminine form of RENÉ.
RENAE   f   English
English variant of RENÉE.
RENÁTA   f   Hungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak feminine form of RENATUS.
RENATE   f   German, Dutch, Norwegian
German, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of RENATUS.
RENE   m & f   English
English form of RENÉ or RENÉE.
RENÉE   f   French, Dutch
French feminine form of RENÉ.
RENEE   f   English
English form of RENÉE.
RENITA   f   English
Probably a feminine form of RENATUS. It came into use during the 1950s.
REŞİDE   f   Turkish
Turkish feminine form of RASHID.
REVA   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "one that moves" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Rati.
REYHAN   f   Turkish, Uyghur
Turkish and Uyghur form of RAYHANA.
RHEA   f   Greek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology
Latinized form of Greek ‘Ρεια (Rheia), meaning unknown, perhaps related to ‘ρεω (rheo) "to flow" or ερα (era) "ground". In Greek mythology Rhea was a Titan, the wife of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia. Also, in Roman mythology a woman named Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome.
RHIANNON   f   Welsh, English, Welsh Mythology
Probably derived from the old Celtic name Rigantona meaning "great queen". It is speculated that this was the name of an otherwise unattested Celtic goddess of fertility and the moon. The name Rhiannon appears later in Welsh legend in the Mabinogion, borne by the wife of Pwyll and the mother of Pryderi.... [more]
RHODA   f   Biblical, English
Derived from Greek ‘ροδον (rhodon) meaning "rose". In the New Testament this name was borne by a maid in the house of Mary the mother of John Mark. As an English given name, Rhoda came into use in the 17th century.
RIFKA   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of RIVKA.
RITA   f   Italian, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of MARGHERITA and other names ending in rita. A famous bearer was American actress Rita Hayworth (1918-1987).
RIZWANA   f   Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form and variant Arabic transcription of RIDWANA.
ROBIN   m & f   English, Dutch, Swedish
Medieval diminutive of ROBERT. Robin Hood was a legendary hero and archer of medieval England who stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern times it has also been used as a feminine name, and it may sometimes be given in reference to the red-breasted bird.
ROGHAYEH   f   Persian
Persian form of RUQAYYAH.
ROHESE   f   Medieval English
Norman French form of HRODOHAIDIS.
ROKSANA   f   Russian, Polish
Russian and Polish form of ROXANA.
ROMAINE   f   French, English
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMÁNA   f   Hungarian (Rare)
Hungarian feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANA   f   Italian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Late Roman
Feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANE   f   French
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
RONA (1)   f   English
Variant of RHONA.
ROSA (1)   f   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of ROSE, though originally it may have come from the Germanic name ROZA (2). This was the name of a 13th-century saint from Viterbo in Italy. In the English-speaking world it was first used in the 19th century. A famous bearer was civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005).
ROSÁLIA   f   Portuguese
Portuguese form of ROSALIA.
ROSALÍA   f   Spanish, Galician
Spanish and Galician form of ROSALIA.
ROSALIA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Late Roman
Late Latin name derived from rosa "rose". This was the name of a 12th-century Sicilian saint.
ROSALIE   f   French, German, Dutch, English
French, German and Dutch form of ROSALIA. In the English-speaking this name received a boost after the release of the movie 'Rosalie' (1938), which was based on an earlier musical.
ROSALIN   f   English (Rare)
Medieval variant of ROSALIND.
ROSALINA   f   Portuguese, Spanish
Latinate form of ROSALINE.
ROSALIND   f   English
Derived from the Germanic elements hros "horse" and linde "soft, tender". The Normans introduced this name to England, though it was not common. During the Middle Ages its spelling was influenced by the Latin phrase rosa linda "beautiful rose". The name was popularized by Edmund Spencer, who used it in his poetry, and by William Shakespeare, who used it for the heroine in his comedy 'As You Like It' (1599).
ROSALINDA   f   Spanish, Italian
Latinate form of ROSALIND.
ROSALINE   f   English
Medieval variant of ROSALIND. This is the name of characters in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' (1594) and 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).
ROSALVA   f   Spanish
Variant of ROSALBA.
ROSAMOND   f   English
Variant of ROSAMUND, in use since the Middle Ages.
ROSAMUND   f   English (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements hros "horse" and mund "protection". The Normans introduced this name to England. It was subsequently influenced by the Latin phrase rosa munda "pure rose". This was the name of the mistress of Henry II, the king of England in the 12th century. She was possibly murdered by his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine.
ROSANA   f   Portuguese
Portuguese form of ROXANA.
ROSE   f   English, French
Originally a Norman form of a Germanic name, which was composed of the elements hrod "fame" and heid "kind, sort, type". The Normans introduced it to England in the forms Roese and Rohese. From an early date it was associated with the word for the fragrant flower rose (derived from Latin rosa). When the name was revived in the 19th century, it was probably with the flower in mind.
ROSEMONDE   f   French
French form of ROSAMUND.
ROSHAN   m & f   Persian, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "light, bright" in Persian.
ROSSANA   f   Italian
Italian form of ROXANA.
ROSWITHA   f   German
Derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and swinth "strength". This was the name of a 10th-century nun from Saxony who wrote several notable poems.
ROUTH   f   Biblical Greek
Greek form of RUTH (1).
ROXANA   f   English, Spanish, Romanian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of Ρωξανη (Roxane), the Greek form of the Persian or Bactrian name روشنک (Roshanak) which meant "bright" or "dawn". This was the name of Alexander the Great's first wife, a daughter of the Bactrian nobleman Oxyartes. In the modern era it came into use during the 17th century. In the English-speaking world it was popularized by Daniel Defoe, who used it in his novel 'Roxana' (1724).
ROXANE   f   French, English, Ancient Greek
French and English form of ROXANA. This is the name of Cyrano's love interest in the play 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (1897).
RÓŻA   f   Polish
Means "rose" in Polish. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
ROZÁLIA   f   Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of ROSALIA.
ROZALIA   f   Polish, Romanian
Polish and Romanian form of ROSALIA.
ROZÁLIE   f   Czech
Czech form of ROSALIA.
ROZĀLIJA   f   Latvian
Latvian form of ROSALIA.
ROZALIYA   f   Russian
Russian form of ROSALIA.
ROŽĖ   f   Lithuanian
Means "rose" in Lithuanian. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
RÓZSA   f   Hungarian
Means "rose" in Hungarian. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
RUCHEL   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of RACHEL.
RUF   f   Russian
Russian form of RUTH (1).
RUFINA   f   Russian, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of RUFINUS.
RUIHA   f   Maori
Maori form of LOUISA.
RUKİYE   f   Turkish
Turkish form of RUQAYYAH.
RÚNA   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of RUNA.
RUNA   f   Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Feminine form of RUNE.
RÜŞEN   m & f   Turkish
Turkish form of ROSHAN.
RŪTA   f   Lithuanian
Means "rue" in Lithuanian, the rue plant being a bitter medicinal herb which is a national symbol of Lithuania. This is also the Lithuanian form of RUTH (1).
RUTA   f   Polish
Polish form of RUTH (1).
RUTE   f   Portuguese
Portuguese form of RUTH (1).
RUTH (1)   f   English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From a Hebrew name which was derived from the Hebrew word רְעוּת (re'ut) meaning "friend". This is the name of the central character in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. She was a Moabite woman who accompanied her mother-in-law Naomi back to Bethlehem after Ruth's husband died. There she met and married Boaz. She was an ancestor of King David.... [more]
RUTHI   f   Old Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of RUTH (1).
RUUT   f   Finnish
Finnish form of RUTH (1).
RUXANDRA   f   Romanian
Romanian form of ROXANA.
SAARA   f   Finnish
Finnish form of SARAH.
SABAH   f & m   Arabic, Turkish
Means "morning" in Arabic and Turkish.
SABELA   f   Galician
Galician form of ISABEL.
SABIEN   f   Dutch
Dutch form of SABINA.
SABINA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Swedish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Sabinus, a Roman cognomen meaning "Sabine" in Latin. The Sabines were an ancient people who lived in central Italy, their lands eventually taken over by the Romans after several wars. According to legend, the Romans abducted several Sabine women during a raid, and when the men came to rescue them, the women were able to make peace between the two groups. This name was borne by several early saints.
SABINE   f   French, German, Danish
French, German and Danish form of SABINA.
SABRINA   f   English, Italian, German
Latinized form of Habren, the original Welsh name of the River Severn. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sabrina was the name of a princess who was drowned in the Severn. Supposedly the river was named for her, but it is more likely that her name was actually derived from that of the river, which is of unknown meaning. She appears as a water nymph in John Milton's masque 'Comus' (1634). It was popularized as a given name by Samuel A. Taylor's play 'Sabrina Fair' (1953) and the movie adaptation that followed it the next year.
SABRİYE   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SABRIYYA.
SACHA   m & f   French
French form of SASHA.
SADIA   f   Urdu, Bengali
Urdu and Bengali form of SA'DIA.
ŞADİYE   f   Turkish
Turkish feminine form of SHADI (1).
SAFFIRA   f   Biblical Latin
Latin form of SAPPHIRA.
SAFİYE   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SAFIYYAH.
SAGA   f   Norse Mythology, Swedish, Icelandic
Possibly means "seeing one" in Old Norse. This was the name of the Norse goddess of poetry and history, sometimes identified with the goddess Frigg. This is also a modern Swedish word meaning "story, fairy tale".
SAHAR   f   Arabic, Persian
Means "dawn" in Arabic.
ŞAHNAZ   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SHAHNAZ.
SAKINEH   f   Persian
Persian form of SAKINA.
SAL   f & m   English
Short form of SALLY, SALVADOR, and other names beginning with Sal.
SALLI   f   Finnish
Finnish form of SALLY.
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.
SALVATRICE   f   Italian
From Salvatrix, the feminine form of Salvator (see SALVADOR).
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'.
SAMIRA (1)   f   Arabic, Persian
Feminine form of SAMIR (1).
SAMİYE   f   Turkish
Turkish feminine form of SAMI (2).
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.
SANDRA   f   Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, 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-).
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.
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).
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.
SARI (1)   f   Finnish
Finnish form of SARAH.
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.
SARRA   f   Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Biblical Greek and Latin form of SARAH.
SASCHA   m & f   German
German form of SASHA.
SASHA   m & f   Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
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".
SATURNINA   f   Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of SATURNINUS. This was the name of a legendary saint who was supposedly martyred in northern France.
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.
SAUNDRA   f   Scottish
Scottish form of SANDRA.
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.
SCHOLASTIQUE   f   French
French form of SCHOLASTICA.
SÉARLAIT   f   Irish
Irish form of CHARLOTTE.
ŞEBNEM   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SHABNAM.
SEDEF   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SADAF.
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.
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.
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.
SENJA   f   Finnish
Finnish form of XENIA.
SEONAG   f   Scottish
Scottish form of JOAN (1).
SÉPHORA   f   French
French form of ZIPPORAH.
SEPPHORA   f   Biblical Greek
Greek form of ZIPPORAH.
SEPTIMA   f   Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of SEPTIMUS.
SERAFIMA   f   Russian, Macedonian
Russian and Macedonian form of SERAPHINA.
SERAFINA   f   Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish (Rare)
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.
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).
ŞERİFE   f   Turkish
Turkish feminine form of SHARIF.
SEVDA   f   Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "love" in Turkish and Azerbaijani.
SÉVERINE   f   French
French feminine form of SEVERINUS.
SEVİNC   f   Azerbaijani
Means "joy" in Azerbaijani.
SEVİNJ   f   Azerbaijani
Variant of SEVİNC.
SEWERYNA   f   Polish (Rare)
Polish form of SEVERINA.
SHABNAM   f   Persian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
SHAE   f   English (Modern)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SHAQUILA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SHAKILA.
SHARIFAH   f   Arabic, Malay
Feminine form of SHARIF.
SHAVONNE   f   Irish, English
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHAYE   f   English (Rare)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHEENA   f   Scottish, English
Anglicized form of SÌNE. This name was popularized outside of Scotland in the 1980s by the singer Sheena Easton (1959-).
SHEILA   f   Irish, English
Anglicized form of SÍLE.
SHEVAUN   f   Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHEVON   f   Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHINTA   f   Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of SITA.
SHIPHRAH   f   Biblical
Means "beautiful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the midwives who disobeys the Pharaoh's order to kill any Hebrew boys they deliver.
SHIVALI   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "beloved of SHIVA (1)" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
SHPRINTZA   f   Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZE   f   Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHULAMITE   f   Biblical
Variant of SHULAMMITE used in some versions of the Bible.
SHULAMMITE   f   Hebrew, Biblical
Derived from Hebrew שָׁלוֹם (shalom) "peace". This name occurs in the Song of Songs in the Old Testament.
SIÂN   f   Welsh
Welsh form of JEANNE.
SIBILLA   f   Italian
Italian form of SIBYLLA.
SIBYL   f   English
From Greek Σιβυλλα (Sibylla), meaning "prophetess, sibyl". In Greek and Roman legend the sibyls were ten female prophets who practiced at different holy sites in the ancient world. In later Christian theology, the sibyls were thought to have divine knowledge and were revered in much the same way as the Old Testament prophets. Because of this, the name came into general use in the Christian world during the Middle Ages. The Normans brought it to England, where it was spelled both Sibyl and Sybil. It became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was revived in the 19th century, perhaps helped by Benjamin Disraeli's novel 'Sybil' (1845).
SIBYLLA   f   Greek, German, Swedish, Late Roman, Late Greek
Greek and Latinate form of SIBYL.
SIBYLLE   f   German, French
German and French form of SIBYL.
SIDONIE   f   French
French feminine form of SIDONIUS.
SIDONY   f   English (Archaic)
Feminine form of SIDONIUS. This name was in use in the Middle Ages, when it became associated with the word sindon (of Greek origin) meaning "linen", a reference to the Shroud of Turin.
SIEGHILD   f   German (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements sigu "victory" and hild "battle".
SIEGLINDE   f   German, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements sigu "victory" and linde "gentle, soft". Sieglinde was the mother of Siegfried in the Germanic saga the 'Nibelungenlied'.
SIF   f   Norse Mythology, Danish, Icelandic
Variant of SIV.
SIGFRID (2)   f   Norwegian
Norwegian variant of SIGRID.
SIGNE   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Variant of SIGNY.
SIGNY   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern Scandinavian form of SIGNÝ.
SIGNÝ   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse name which was derived from the elements sigr "victory" and "new". In Norse legend she was the twin sister of Sigmund and the wife of Siggeir.
SIGRID   f   Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Estonian, Finnish (Archaic)
From the Old Norse name Sigríðr, which was derived from the elements sigr "victory" and fríðr "beautiful, fair".
SIGRÚN   f   Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements sigr "victory" and rún "secret". This was the name of a Valkyrie in Norse legend.
SIGRUN   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern form of SIGRÚN.
SÍLE   f   Irish
Irish form of CECILIA.
SÌLEAS   f   Scottish
Scottish form of CECILIA.
SILKE   f   German, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of CELIA or CECILIA.
SÍLVIA   f   Portuguese, Catalan
Portuguese and Catalan form of SILVIA.
SILVIA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, English, German, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of SILVIUS. Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. This was also the name of a 6th-century saint, the mother of the pope Gregory the Great. It has been a common name in Italy since the Middle Ages. It was introduced to England by Shakespeare, who used it for a character in his play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594). It is now more commonly spelled Sylvia in the English-speaking world.
SILVIE   f   Czech
Czech form of SILVIA.
SILVIYA   f   Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of SILVIA.
SIMONE (1)   f   French, English
French feminine form of SIMON (1). A famous bearer was Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.
SÍNE   f   Irish
Irish form of JEANNE.
SÌNE   f   Scottish
Scottish form of JEANNE.
SINÉAD   f   Irish
Irish form of JEANNETTE.
SÌNEAG   f   Scottish
Scottish form of JEANNETTE.
SINTA   f   Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of SITA.
SIOBHÁN   f   Irish
Irish form of Jehanne, a Norman French variant of JEANNE.
SIONED   f   Welsh
Welsh form of JANET.
ŞİRİN   f   Turkish
Turkish form of SHIRIN.
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