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OTTOLINEfEnglish (Rare)
Diminutive of OTTILIE. A famous bearer was the British socialite Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938).
OTYLIAfPolish
Polish form of ODILIA.
ØYDISfNorwegian
Norwegian form of EYDÍS.
PAAIEfManx
Manx form of PEGGY.
PADMAf & mHinduism, 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.
PÁLAfIcelandic
Icelandic feminine form of PAUL.
PAOLAfItalian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
PAOLINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PARASKEVAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of PARASKEVE.
PƏRVANƏfAzerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of PARVANEH.
PARVATIfHinduism, 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.
PARVEENf & mIndian, Hindi
Hindi form of PARVIN, also used as a masculine name.
PƏRVİNfAzerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of PARVIN.
PASSANGm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "good, excellent" in Tibetan.
PATIMEfUyghur
Uyghur form of FATIMAH.
PATRÍCIAfSlovak, Portuguese, Hungarian
Slovak, Portuguese and Hungarian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIAfEnglish, 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.
PATRICIEfCzech
Czech feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIJAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRIZIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRYCJAfPolish
Polish feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PÀULAfSardinian
Sardinian feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULAfGerman, English, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, 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.
PAULEfFrench
French feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULIENfDutch
Dutch feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAULIINAfFinnish
Finnish form of PAULINA.
PAULÍNAfSlovak
Slovak form of PAULINA.
PAULINEfFrench, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAVLAfCzech
Czech feminine form of PAUL.
PAVLÍNAfCzech
Czech form of PAULINA.
PAVLINAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Greek form of PAULINA.
PEIGIfScottish
Scottish diminutive of MARGARET.
PELAGIAfAncient 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.
PELAGIYAfRussian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PEMAm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Tibetan form of PADMA.
PÉNÉLOPEfFrench
French form of PENELOPE.
PENELOPEfGreek 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.
PERİfTurkish
Turkish form of PARI.
PERNILLAfSwedish
Swedish short form of PETRONILLA.
PERNILLEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of PETRONILLA.
PERPETUAfSpanish (Rare), Late Roman
Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.
PERSISfBiblical, 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.
PERVİNfTurkish
Turkish form of PARVIN.
PETRONAfSpanish
Possibly a feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONELfEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval English form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELAfRomanian, Slovak, Polish
Romanian, Slovak and Polish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELLAfDutch, Swedish
Dutch and Swedish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONILLAfItalian, 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.
PHEBEfEnglish, Biblical
Variant of PHOEBE used in some translations of the New Testament.
PHILOMENAfEnglish, German, Late Greek
From Greek φιλος (philos) "friend, lover" and μενος (menos) "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".
PHILOMÈNEfFrench
French form of PHILOMENA.
PHOEBEfEnglish, 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).
PHUNTSOm & fBhutanese
Bhutanese form of PHUNTSOK.
PHYLLISfGreek 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.
PÍAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of PIUS.
PIIAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of PIA.
PIRITTAfFinnish
Finnish form of BIRGITTA.
PIROSKAfHungarian
Hungarian form of PRISCA, influenced by the Hungarian word piros meaning "red".
PLACIDAfLate Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
POLINAfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
PORTIAfEnglish
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.
PRASKOVYAfRussian
Russian form of PARASKEVE.
PRIMITIVAfSpanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of PRIMITIVUS. Saint Primitiva was an early martyr from Rome.
PRISCAfBiblical, 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.
PRISCILAfPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of PRISCILLA.
PRISCILLAfEnglish, 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).
PRISCILLEfFrench
French form of PRISCILLA.
PRISKAfGerman, Biblical Greek
German form of PRISCA, as well as the form used in the Greek New Testament.
PRISKILLAfBiblical Greek
Form of PRISCILLA used in the Greek New Testament.
PRITHAfHinduism, Bengali
Means "the palm of the hand" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the legendary Hindu figure Kunti.
PRIYAfHinduism, 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.
PRUDENCEf & mEnglish, 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.
PRUDENCIAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of PRUDENTIUS.
PUCKm & fAnglo-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).
QUINTELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of QUINTUS.
RAAKELfFinnish
Finnish form of RACHEL.
RABİAfTurkish
Turkish form of RAABI'A or RABI'A.
RACHELfEnglish, 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]
RACHELEfItalian
Italian form of RACHEL.
RADAfRussian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADANAfCzech, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADHAf & mHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Means "success" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the favourite consort of the Hindu god Krishna.
RADMILAfSerbian, Croatian, Czech
Serbian, Croatian and Czech feminine form of RADOMIL.
RAGHNAIDfScottish
Scottish form of RAGNHILD.
RAGHNAILTfIrish
Irish form of RAGNHILD.
RAGNAfIcelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Ancient Scandinavian
Short form of Old Norse names beginning with the element regin "advice, counsel".
RAGNHEIÐURfIcelandic
Icelandic form of RAGNHEIÐR.
RAGNHILDfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Ragnhildr, composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and hildr "battle".
RAGNHILDURfIcelandic
Icelandic form of RAGNHILD.
RÁHELfHungarian
Hungarian form of RACHEL.
RAHELfBiblical Latin
Biblical Latin form of RACHEL.
RAHELAfRomanian, Croatian, Serbian
Romanian, Croatian and Serbian form of RACHEL.
RÁICHÉALfIrish
Irish form of RACHEL.
RAISA (1)fRussian
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.
RAJANIf & mHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Means "the dark one" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Kali or Durga.
RAKELfNorwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic
Scandinavian form of RACHEL.
RAMONAfSpanish, 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)fNorwegian, Danish, Swedish
Modern form of the Old Norse name Ragnfríðr, which was derived from regin "advice, counsel" and fríðr "beautiful".
RAQUELfSpanish, Portuguese, English
Spanish and Portuguese form of RACHEL.
RATIfHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "rest, pleasure" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the wife of the Hindu god of love Kama.
RAYNA (1)fBulgarian
Either a Bulgarian form of REGINA or a feminine form of RAYNO.
REBECAfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REBECCA.
RÉBECCAfFrench
French form of REBECCA.
REBECCAfEnglish, 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.
REBECKAfSwedish
Swedish variant of REBECCA.
REBEKAfHungarian
Hungarian form of REBECCA.
REBEKAHfBiblical, English
Form of REBECCA used in some versions of the Bible.
REBEKKAfGerman, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Biblical Greek
Cognate of REBECCA. It is also the form used in the Greek Old Testament.
REGINAfEnglish, 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.
RÉGINEfFrench
French form of REGINA.
REGINEfGerman, Norwegian
German and Norwegian form of REGINA.
REGULAfGerman (Swiss), Late Roman
Means "rule" in Latin. This was the name of a 3rd-century Swiss martyr, the patron saint of Zurich.
REIDUNfNorwegian
From the Old Norse name Hreiðunn which was derived from the elements hreiðr "nest, home" and unnr "to wave, to billow".
REINHILDfGerman
From a Germanic name which was composed of the elements ragin "advice" and hild "battle".
RÉKAfHungarian
Hungarian form of KREKA.
RENAfEnglish
Latinate feminine form of RENÉ.
RENAEfEnglish
English variant of RENÉE.
RENÁTAfHungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak feminine form of RENATUS.
RENATEfGerman, Dutch, Norwegian
German, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of RENATUS.
RENEm & fEnglish
English form of RENÉ or RENÉE.
RENÉEfFrench, Dutch
French feminine form of RENÉ.
RENEEfEnglish
English form of RENÉE.
RENITAfEnglish
Probably a feminine form of RENATUS. It came into use during the 1950s.
REŞİDEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of RASHID.
REVAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "one that moves" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Rati.
REYHANfTurkish, Uyghur
Turkish and Uyghur form of RAYHANA.
RHEAfGreek 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.
RHIANNONfWelsh, 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]
RHODAfBiblical, 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.
RIFKAfYiddish
Yiddish form of RIVKA.
RITAfItalian, 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).
RIZWANAfUrdu, Arabic
Urdu form and variant Arabic transcription of RIDWANA.
ROBINm & fEnglish, 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.
ROGHAYEHfPersian
Persian form of RUQAYYAH.
ROHESEfMedieval English
Norman French form of HRODOHAIDIS.
ROKSANAfRussian, Polish
Russian and Polish form of ROXANA.
ROMAINEfFrench, English
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMÁNAfHungarian (Rare)
Hungarian feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANAfItalian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Late Roman
Feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANEfFrench
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROSA (1)fSpanish, 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).
ROSÁLIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of ROSALIA.
ROSALÍAfSpanish, Galician
Spanish and Galician form of ROSALIA.
ROSALIAfItalian, Late Roman
Late Latin name derived from rosa "rose". This was the name of a 12th-century Sicilian saint.
ROSALIEfFrench, 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.
ROSALINfEnglish (Rare)
Medieval variant of ROSALIND.
ROSALINDfEnglish
Derived from the Germanic elements hros meaning "horse" and lind meaning "soft, tender, flexible". 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).
ROSALINDAfSpanish, Italian
Latinate form of ROSALIND.
ROSALINEfEnglish
Medieval variant of ROSALIND. This is the name of characters in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' (1594) and 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).
ROSAMONDfEnglish
Variant of ROSAMUND, in use since the Middle Ages.
ROSAMUNDfEnglish (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.
ROSANAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of ROXANA.
ROSEfEnglish, 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.
ROSEMONDEfFrench
French form of ROSAMUND.
ROSHANm & fPersian, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "light, bright" in Persian.
ROSSANAfItalian
Italian form of ROXANA.
ROSWITHAfGerman
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 and dramas.
ROXANAfEnglish, 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).
ROXANEfFrench, 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).
RÓŻAfPolish
Means "rose" in Polish. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
ROZÁLIAfHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of ROSALIA.
ROZALIAfPolish, Romanian
Polish and Romanian form of ROSALIA.
ROZÁLIEfCzech
Czech form of ROSALIA.
ROZĀLIJAfLatvian
Latvian form of ROSALIA.
ROZALIYAfRussian
Russian form of ROSALIA.
ROŽĖfLithuanian
Means "rose" in Lithuanian. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
RÓZSAfHungarian
Means "rose" in Hungarian. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
RUCHELfYiddish
Yiddish form of RACHEL.
RUFfRussian
Russian form of RUTH (1).
RUIHAfMaori
Maori form of LOUISA.
RUKİYEfTurkish
Turkish form of RUQAYYAH.
RÚNAfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese form of RUNA.
RUNAfNorwegian, Danish, Swedish
Feminine form of RUNE.
RÜŞENm & fTurkish
Turkish form of ROSHAN.
RŪTAfLithuanian
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).
RUTAfPolish
Polish form of RUTH (1).
RUTEfPortuguese
Portuguese form of RUTH (1).
RUTH (1)fEnglish, 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]
RUTHIfOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of RUTH (1).
RUUTfFinnish
Finnish form of RUTH (1).
RUXANDRAfRomanian
Romanian form of ROXANA.
SAARAfFinnish
Finnish form of SARAH.
SABAHf & mArabic, Turkish
Means "morning" in Arabic and Turkish.
SABELAfGalician
Galician form of ISABEL.
SABIENfDutch
Dutch form of SABINA.
SABINAfItalian, 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.
SABINEfFrench, German, Danish
French, German and Danish form of SABINA.
SABRINAfEnglish, Italian, German, French
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.
SABRİYEfTurkish
Turkish form of SABRIYYA.
SACHAm & fFrench
French form of SASHA.
SADIAfUrdu, Bengali
Urdu and Bengali form of SA'DIA.
ŞADİYEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of SHADI (1).
SAFİYEfTurkish
Turkish form of SAFIYYAH.
SAGAfNorse 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".
SAHARfArabic, Persian
Means "dawn" in Arabic.
ŞAHNAZfTurkish
Turkish form of SHAHNAZ.
SAKINEHfPersian
Persian form of SAKINA.
SALf & mEnglish
Short form of SALLY, SALVADOR, and other names beginning with Sal.
SALLIfFinnish
Finnish form of SALLY.
SALOMEfEnglish, 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]
SALOMÉfFrench, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of SALOME.
SALOMÈfItalian
Italian form of SALOME.
SALOMEAfPolish
Polish form of SALOME.
SALVATRICEfItalian
From Salvatrix, the feminine form of Salvator (see SALVADOR).
SAMANTAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SAMANTHA.
SAMANTHAfEnglish, 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'.
SAMİYEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of SAMI (2).
SANDHYAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "twilight" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the daughter of the Hindu god Brahma.
SANDRAfItalian, 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-).
SAPPHIRAfBiblical
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.
SÁRAfHungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak form of SARAH.
SARAHfEnglish, 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]
SARAIfBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my princess" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, this was Sarah's name before God changed it (see Genesis 17:15).
SARASWATIfHinduism, 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)fFinnish
Finnish form of SARAH.
SARIAHfMormon
Possibly from an alternate reading of Hebrew שׂריה (see SERAIAH). In the Book of Mormon this is the name of Lehi's wife.
SARRAfBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Biblical Greek and Latin form of SARAH.
SASCHAm & fGerman
German form of SASHA.
SASHAm & fRussian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SASKIAfDutch, German
From the Germanic element Sahs "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Germanic word sahs meaning "knife".
SATURNINAfAncient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of SATURNINUS. This was the name of a legendary saint who was supposedly martyred in northern France.
SAULĖfLithuanian, Baltic Mythology
Means "sun" in Lithuanian. This was the name of the Lithuanian sun goddess.
SAUNDRAfScottish
Scottish form of SANDRA.
SAVITRIfHinduism, 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.
SAWSANfArabic
Arabic form of SUSANNA.
SÉARLAITfIrish
Irish form of CHARLOTTE.
SÉBIREfNorman
Norman form of SIBYL.
ŞEBNEMfTurkish
Turkish form of SHABNAM.
SEDEFfTurkish
Turkish form of SADAF.
SEETHAfTamil
Tamil form of SITA. The name of the mythological figures is சீதை, while சீதா is the spelling used for people.
SÉGOLÈNEfFrench
Possibly a French form of SIEGLINDE.
SEHERfTurkish
Turkish form of SAHAR.
ŞEHRAZADfTurkish
Turkish form of SHAHRAZAD.
ŞEHRAZATfTurkish
Turkish form of SHAHRAZAD.
SELENAfSpanish, 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.
SELINAfEnglish
Possibly a variant of CÉLINE or SELENE. As an English name, it first came into use in the 17th century.
SELMAfEnglish, 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.
SENJAfFinnish
Finnish form of XENIA.
SEONAGfScottish
Scottish form of JOAN (1).
SÉPHORAfFrench
French form of ZIPPORAH.
SERAFIMAfRussian, Macedonian
Russian and Macedonian form of SERAPHINA.
SERAFINAfItalian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish (Rare)
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Polish form of SERAPHINA.
SERAPHINAfEnglish (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.
SÉRAPHINEfFrench
French form of SERAPHINA.
SERENAfEnglish, 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).
ŞERİFEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of SHARIF.
SÉVERINEfFrench
French feminine form of SEVERINUS.
ŞEYMAfTurkish
Turkish form of SHAIMA.
SHABNAMfPersian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
SHAEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHAHNAZf & mPersian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "pride of the king" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and ناز (naz) "pride".
SHAHNOZAfUzbek
Uzbek form of SHAHNAZ.
SHAHRAZADfPersian (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.
SHAILAJAfHinduism, 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.
SHAKTIf & mHinduism, 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.
SHAKUNTALAfHinduism, 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.
SHANTAfHinduism, 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.
SHARIFAHfArabic, Malay
Feminine form of SHARIF.
SHAVONNEfIrish, English
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHAYEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHEENAfScottish, English
Anglicized form of SÌNE. This name was popularized outside of Scotland in the 1980s by the singer Sheena Easton (1959-).
SHEILAfIrish, English
Anglicized form of SÍLE.
SHEVAUNfIrish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHEVONfIrish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHINTAfIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of SITA.
SHIPHRAHfBiblical
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.
SHIVALIfHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "beloved of SHIVA (1)" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
SHPRINTZAfYiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
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