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This is a list of names in which the gender is feminine; and the usage is English.
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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]
SARANNA   f   English (Rare)
Combination of SARAH and ANNA, in occasional use since the 18th century.
SARINA   f   Dutch, English (Modern)
Diminutive of SARA. In modern times it may also be a variant of SERENA.
SASHA   m & f   Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
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).
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.
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.
SELBY   m & f   English (Rare)
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning "willow farm" in Old Norse.
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.
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.
SEQUOIA   f & m   English (Rare)
From the name of huge trees that grow in California. The tree got its name from the 19th-century Cherokee scholar Sequoyah (also known as George Guess), the inventor of the Cherokee writing system.
SERA   f   English (Rare)
Either a variant of SARAH or a short 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.
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".
SERINA   f   English
Variant of SERENA.
SERRENA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SERENA.
SHAE   f   English (Modern)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHAELYN   f   English (Rare)
Combination of SHAE and LYNN.
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.
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.
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.
SHANTAE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHANTÉ.
SHANTEL   f   English
Variant of CHANTEL.
SHANTELLE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHANTEL.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SHEILA   f   Irish, English
Anglicized form of SÍLE.
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.
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.
SHELLY   f & m   English
Variant of SHELLEY.
SHENA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of SHEENA.
SHEREE   f   English
Variant of SHERRY. This particular spelling was popularized by American actress Sheree North (1932-2005), who was born Dawn Shirley Crang.
SHERI   f   English
Variant of SHERRY.
SHERIDAN   m & f   English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Sirideáin meaning "descendant of Sirideán". The name Sirideán means "searcher" in Gaelic.
SHERIE   f   English
Variant of SHERRY.
SHERILL   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHERYL.
SHERILYN   f   English
Variant of CHERILYN.
SHERISSE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHARISSE.
SHERLEY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SHIRLEY.
SHERRI   f   English
Variant of SHERRY.
SHERRIE   f   English
Variant of SHERRY.
SHERRY   f   English
Before the 20th century this was probably from the Irish surname Ó Searraigh meaning "descendant of Searrach" (a name meaning "foal" in Gaelic). Later it may have been reinforced by the French word chérie meaning "darling", or the English word sherry, a type of fortified wine named from the Spanish town of Jerez. This name came into popular use during the 1920s, inspired by other similar-sounding names and by Collette's novels 'Chéri' (1920, English translation 1929) and 'The Last of Chéri' (1926, English translation 1932), in which it is a masculine name.
SHERYL   f   English
Variant of CHERYL.
SHERYLL   f   English
Variant of CHERYL.
SHEVAUN   f   Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHEVON   f   Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHIRLEE   f   English
Variant of SHIRLEY.
SHIRLEY   f & m   English
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "bright clearing" in Old English. This is the name of the main character in Charlotte Brontë's semi-autobiographical novel 'Shirley' (1849). The child actress Shirley Temple (1928-2014) helped to popularize this name.
SHONDA   f   English
Probably a blend of SHONA and RHONDA.
SHYLA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of SHEILA.
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).
SIDNEY   m & f   English
From the English surname SIDNEY. It was first used as a given name in honour of executed politician Algernon Sidney (1622-1683). Another notable bearer of the surname was the poet and statesman Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586).
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.
SIENA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of SIENNA, with the spelling perhaps influenced by that of the Italian city.
SIENNA   f   English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "orange-red". It is ultimately from the name of the city of Siena in Italy, because of the colour of the clay there.
SIERRA   f   English (Modern)
Means "mountain range" in Spanish, referring specifically to a mountain range with jagged peaks.
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.
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.
SIMONETTE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of SIMONE (1).
SINCLAIR   m & f   English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a Norman French town called "Saint CLAIR". A notable bearer was the American author Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951).
SINDY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CINDY.
SISSIE   f   English
Variant of SISSY.
SISSY   f   English
Diminutive of CECILIA, FRANCES or PRISCILLA. It can also be taken from the nickname, which originated as a nursery form of the word sister.
SKY   f   English (Modern)
Simply from the English word sky, which was ultimately derived from Old Norse sky "cloud".
SKYE   f   English (Modern)
From the name of the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland. It is sometimes considered a variant of SKY.
SKYLAR   m & f   English (Modern)
Variant of SKYLER.
SKYLER   m & f   English (Modern)
Variant of SCHUYLER. The spelling was modified due to association with the name Tyler and the English word sky.
SLOAN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SLOANE.
SLOANE   f   English (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from an Anglicized form of the given name SLUAGHADHÁN.
SOMMER   f   English (Modern)
Variant of SUMMER, coinciding with the German word for summer.
SONDRA   f   English
Variant of SAUNDRA. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by a character in Theodore Dreiser's novel 'An American Tragedy' (1925) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1931).
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).
SOPHIA   f   English, Greek, German, Ancient Greek
Means "wisdom" in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia "Holy Wisdom", which is the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.... [more]
SOPHIE   f   French, English, German, Dutch
French form of SOPHIA.
SOPHY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SOPHIE or a diminutive of SOPHIA.
SORREL   f   English (Rare)
From the name of the sour tasting plant, which may ultimately derive from Germanic sur "sour".
SPARROW   m & f   English (Rare)
From the name of the bird, ultimately from Old English spearwa.
SPIRIT   f   English (Rare)
From the English word spirit, ultimately from Latin spiritus "breath", a derivative of spirare "to blow".
SPRING   f   English
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English springan "to leap, to burst forth".
STACEE   f   English (Rare)
Feminine variant of STACY.
STACEY   f & m   English
Variant of STACY.
STACI   f   English
Feminine variant of STACY.
STACIA   f   English
Short form of ANASTASIA or EUSTACIA.
STACIE   f   English
Feminine variant of STACY.
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.
STAR   f   English
From the English word for the celestial body, ultimately from Old English steorra.
STARLA   f   English
Elaborated form of STAR.
STARR   f   English
Variant of STAR.
STEFANI   f   English
Variant of STEPHANIE.
STELLA (1)   f   English, Italian, Dutch, German
Means "star" in Latin. This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'. It was a nickname of a lover of Jonathan Swift, real name Esther Johnson (1681-1728), though it was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century. It appears in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947), belonging to the sister of Blanche DuBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski.
STEPH   f & m   English
Short form of STEPHEN or STEPHANIE.
STEPHANIA   f   English
Latinate feminine form of STEPHEN.
STEPHANIE   f   English, German
Feminine form of STEPHEN.
STEPHANY   f   English
Variant of STEPHANIE.
STEVIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of STEPHEN or STEPHANIE. A famous bearer is the American musician Stevie Wonder (1950-).
STONE   m & f   English (Modern)
From the English vocabulary word, ultimately from Old English stan.
STORM   m & f   English (Modern), Danish, Norwegian
From the vocabulary word, ultimately from Old English storm, or in the case of the Scandinavian name, from Old Norse stormr.
SUE   f   English
Short form of SUSANNA.
SUELLEN   f   English
Contraction of SUSAN and ELLEN (1). Margaret Mitchell used this name in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936), where it belongs to Scarlett's sister.
SUKIE   f   English
Diminutive of SUSANNA.
SUMMER   f   English
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English sumor. It has been in use as a given name since the 1970s.
SUNDAY   f   English
From the name of the day of the week, which ultimately derives from Old English sunnandæg, which was composed of the elements sunne "sun" and dæg "day".
SUNNY   f & m   English
From the English word meaning "sunny, cheerful".
SUNSHINE   f   English
From the English word, ultimately from Old English sunne "sun" and scinan "shine".
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).
SUSANNA   f   Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
From Σουσαννα (Sousanna), the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah). This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan) meaning "lily" (in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn "lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministers to Jesus.... [more]
SUSIE   f   English
Diminutive of SUSAN.
SUZ   f   English
Short form of SUSAN.
SUZAN (1)   f   English
Variant of SUSAN.
SUZANNA   f   English
Variant of SUSANNA.
SUZANNE   f   French, English, Dutch
French form of SUSANNA.
SUZI   f   English
Diminutive of SUSAN.
SUZIE   f   English
Diminutive of SUSAN.
SUZY   f   English
Diminutive of SUSAN.
SYBELLA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SIBYLLA.
SYBIL   f   English
Variant of SIBYL. This spelling variation has existed since the Middle Ages.
SYDNE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SYDNEY.
SYDNEY   f & m   English
From a surname which was a variant of the surname SIDNEY. This is the name of the largest city in Australia, which was named for Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney in 1788. Since the 1990s this name has been mainly feminine.
SYDNIE   f   English (Modern)
Variant of SYDNEY.
SYLVIA   f   English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German
Variant of SILVIA. This has been the most common English spelling since the 19th century.
SYMPHONY   f   English (Rare)
Simply from the English word, ultimately deriving from Greek συμφωνος (symphonos) "concordant in sound".
TABATHA   f   English
Variant of TABITHA.
TABBY   f   English
Diminutive of TABITHA.
TABITHA   f   English, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "gazelle" in Aramaic. Tabitha in the New Testament was a woman restored to life by Saint Peter. Her name is translated into Greek as Dorcas (see Acts 9:36). As an English name, Tabitha became common after the Protestant Reformation. It was popularized in the 1960s by the television show 'Bewitched', in which Tabitha (sometimes spelled Tabatha) is the daughter of the main character.
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.
TAEGAN   f & m   English (Rare)
Variant of TEAGAN.
TAHNEE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TAWNY.
TALIA (2)   f   English (Australian)
From the name of a town in South Australia, perhaps meaning "near water" in an Australian Aboriginal language.
TALLULAH   f   English (Rare)
Popularly claimed to mean "leaping waters" in the Choctaw language, it may actually mean "town" in the Creek language. This is the name of waterfalls in Georgia. It was borne by American actress Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968), who was named after her grandmother, who may have been named after the waterfalls.
TAMARA   f   Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian
Russian form of TAMAR. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world. It was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
TAMEKA   f   English
Variant of TAMIKA.
TAMELA   f   English
Probably a combination of TAMARA and PAMELA. It first arose in the 1950s.
TAMERA   f   English
Variant of TAMARA.
TAMI   f   English
Variant of TAMMY.
TAMIA   f   English (Modern)
Elaborated form of the popular name syllable Tam, from names such as TAMARA or TAMIKA. It was popularized by Canadian singer Tamia Hill (1975-), who is known simply as Tamia.
TAMIKA   f   English
Variant of TAMIKO, inspired by the American jazz singer Tamiko Jones (1945-) or the American movie 'A Girl Named Tamiko' (1963).
TAMMARA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TAMARA.
TAMMI   f   English
Variant of TAMMY.
TAMMIE   f   English
Variant of TAMMY.
TAMMY   f   English
Short form of TAMARA and other names beginning with Tam.
TAMRA   f   English
Contracted form of TAMARA.
TAMSEN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TAMSIN.
TAMSIN   f   English (British)
Contracted form of THOMASINA. It was traditionally used in Cornwall.
TAMSYN   f   English (British)
Variant of TAMSIN.
TAMZEN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TAMSIN.
TANIA   f   English, Italian
Variant of TANYA.
TANSY   f   English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which is derived via Old French from Late Latin tanacita.
TANYA   f   Russian, English
Russian diminutive of TATIANA. It began to be used in the English-speaking world during the 1930s.
TANZI   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TANSY.
TARA (1)   f   English
Anglicized form of the Irish place name Teamhair, which possibly means "elevated place" in Gaelic. This was the name of the sacred hill near Dublin where the Irish high kings resided. It was popularized as a given name by the novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1939), in which it is the name of the O'Hara plantation.
TARAH   f   English (Modern)
Variant of TARA (1).
TARINA   f   English (Rare)
Perhaps an elaborated form of TARA (1).
TARYN   f   English
Probably a feminine form of TYRONE. Actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian created it for their daughter Taryn Power (1953-).
TASHA   f   Russian, English
Short form of NATASHA.
TATIANA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, a derivative of the Roman name TATIUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
TATIANNA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of TATIANA.
TATUM   f   English (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's homestead" in Old English.
TATYANNA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of TATIANA.
TAWNEE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TAWNY.
TAWNIE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TAWNY.
TAWNY   f   English (Modern)
From the English word, ultimately deriving from Old French tané, which means "light brown".
TAYLA   f   English (Modern)
Probably a feminine form of TAYLOR influenced by similar-sounding names such as KAYLA (1).
TAYLER   f & m   English (Modern)
Variant of TAYLOR.
TAYLOR   m & f   English
From an English surname which originally denoted someone who was a tailor, from Norman French tailleur, ultimately from Latin taliare "to cut". Its modern use as a feminine name may have been influenced by British author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).
TEAGAN   m & f   English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Tadhgáin meaning "descendant of Tadhgán". The given name Tadhgán is a diminutive of TADHG.
TEAL   f   English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of duck or the greenish-blue colour.
TEALE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TEAL.
TEMPERANCE   f   English (Archaic)
From the English word meaning "moderation" or "restraint". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
TEMPEST   f   English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "storm". It appears in the title of William Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest' (1611).
TEMPLE   m & f   English (Rare)
From a surname which originally belonged to a person who was associated with the Knights Templar, a medieval religious military order.
TERA   f   English
Variant of TARA (1).
TERESA   f   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Finnish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Cognate of THERESA. Saint Teresa of Ávila was a 16th-century Spanish nun who reformed the Carmelite monasteries and wrote several spiritual books. It was also borne by the beatified Albanian missionary Mother Teresa (1910-1997), who worked with the poor in Calcutta. She adopted the name in honour of the French saint Thérèse de Lisieux, who is the patron of missionaries.
TERI   f   English
Either a strictly feminine form of TERRY (1) or a diminutive of THERESA.
TERRA   f   English
Variant of TARA (1), perhaps influenced by the Latin word terra meaning "land, earth".
TERRI   f   English
Either a strictly feminine form of TERRY (1) or a diminutive of THERESA.
TERRIE   f   English
Either a strictly feminine form of TERRY (1) or a diminutive of THERESA.
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 or THERESA. 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.
TESS   f   English, Dutch
Diminutive of THERESA. This is the name of the main character in Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles' (1891).
TESSA   f   English
Diminutive of THERESA.
TESSIE   f   English
Diminutive of THERESA.
TETTY   f   English (Archaic)
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
THANKFUL   f   English (Archaic)
From the English word thankful. This was one of the many virtue names used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
THELMA   f   English
Meaning unknown. It was a rare name when British author Marie Corelli used it for the Norwegian heroine of her novel 'Thelma' (1887). The name became popular around the end of the 19th century after the novel was published. It is sometimes claimed to derive from Greek θελημα (thelema) meaning "will", though this seems unlikely.
THEODORA   f   English, Greek, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of THEODORE. This name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by several empresses including the influential wife of Justinian in the 6th century.
THERESA   f   English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Spanish and Portuguese name Teresa. It was first recorded as Therasia, being borne by the Spanish wife of Saint Paulinus of Nola in the 4th century. The meaning is uncertain, but it could be derived from Greek θερος (theros) "summer", from Greek θεριζω (therizo) "to harvest", or from the name of the Greek island of Therasia (the western island of Santorini).... [more]
THERESE   f   German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
German and Scandinavian variant of THERESA.
THOMASINA   f   English
Medieval feminine form of THOMAS.
TIA   f   English
Short form of names ending with tia. It has been suggested that its use since the 1950s is the result of the brand name for the coffee liqueur Tia Maria. In the brand name, Tia is not a given name; rather, it means "aunt" in Spanish or Portuguese.
TIANA   f   English
Short form of TATIANA or CHRISTIANA.
TIANNA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of TIANA.
TIARA   f   English (Modern)
From the English word for a semicircle crown, ultimately of Greek origin.
TIBBY   f & m   English
Diminutive of TABITHA or THEOBALD.
TIERNEY   m & f   Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of TIGHEARNACH. In part, it is from a surname derived from the given name.
TIFFANI   f   English
Variant of TIFFANY.
TIFFANY   f   English
Medieval form of THEOPHANIA. This name was traditionally given to girls born on the Epiphany (January 6), the festival commemorating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. The name died out after the Middle Ages, but it was revived by the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961), the title of which refers to the Tiffany's jewelry store in New York.
TIFFINY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TIFFANY.
TILDA   f   English, Swedish, Finnish
Short form of MATILDA.
TILLIE   f   English
Diminutive of MATILDA.
TILLY   f   English
Diminutive of MATILDA.
TIMOTHA   f   English (Rare)
Feminine form of TIMOTHY.
TINA   f   English, Italian, Dutch, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Short form of CHRISTINA, MARTINA, and other names ending in tina. In addition to these names, it is also used in Dutch as a diminutive of CATHARINA and in Croatian as a diminutive of KATARINA.
TISHA   f   English, African American
Short form of LETITIA or LATISHA.
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.
TOBY   m & f   English
Medieval form of TOBIAS. It was sometimes used as a feminine name in the 1930s and 40s due to the influence of American actress Toby Wing (1915-2001).
TOMMIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of THOMAS, sometimes used as a feminine form.
TONI (2)   f   English
Short form of ANTONIA.
TONIA   f   English
Variant of TONYA.
TONYA   f   English, Russian
English diminutive of ANTONIA or a Russian diminutive of ANTONINA. In the English-speaking world its use has likely been positively influenced by the name TANYA.
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.
TORI   f   English
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
TORIA   f   English
Short form of VICTORIA.
TORY (2)   f   English
Variant of TORI.
TOTTIE   f   English
Diminutive of CHARLOTTE.
TOTTY   f   English
Diminutive of CHARLOTTE.
TRACEE   f   English
Feminine variant of TRACY.
TRACEY   f & m   English
Variant of TRACY.
TRACI   f   English
Feminine variant of TRACY.
TRACIE   f   English
Feminine variant of TRACY.
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.
TREASURE   f   English (Modern)
From the English word, ultimately from Greek θησαυρος (thesauros) "treasure, collection".
TRECIA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TRICIA.
TRESHA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of TRICIA.
TRIA   f   English (Rare)
Perhaps a short form of DEMETRIA and other names ending in a similar sound.
TRICIA   f   English
Short form of PATRICIA.
TRINA   f   English
Short form of KATRINA.
TRINITY   f   English
From the English word Trinity, given in honour of the Christian belief that God has one essence, but three distinct expressions of being: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It has only been in use as a given name since the 20th century.
TRISH   f   English
Short form of PATRICIA.
TRISHA   f   English
Short form of PATRICIA.
TRISTA   f   English
Feminine form of TRISTAN.
TRISTEN   m & f   English (Modern)
Variant of TRISTAN, sometimes used as a feminine form.
TRISTIN   m & f   English (Modern)
Variant of TRISTAN, sometimes used as a feminine form.
TRIX   f   English
Short form of BEATRIX.
TRIXIE   f   English
Diminutive of BEATRIX.
TRUDI   f   German, English
Diminutive of GERTRUDE and other Germanic names ending with the element thrud "strength".
TRUDIE   f   English, Dutch
Diminutive of GERTRUDE.
TRUDY   f   English, Dutch
Diminutive of GERTRUDE.
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.
TWYLA   f   English
Variant of TWILA.
ULYSSA   f   English (Rare)
Feminine form of ULYSSES.
UNICE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of EUNICE.
UNIQUE   f   English (Modern)
From the English word unique, ultimately derived from Latin unicus.
UNITY   f   English (Rare)
From the English word unity, which is ultimately derived from Latin unitas.
URSELLA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of URSULA.
URSULA   f   English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Finnish, Late Roman
Means "little bear", derived from a diminutive form of the Latin word ursa "she-bear". Saint Ursula was a legendary virgin princess of the 4th century who was martyred by the Huns while returning from a pilgrimage. In England the saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and the name came into general use at that time.
VAL   m & f   English
Short form of VALENTINE (1), VALERIE, and other names beginning with Val.
VALARIE   f   English
Variant of VALERIE.
VALARY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of VALERIE.
VALE   f   English
From the English word meaning "wide river valley".
VALERIE   f   English, German, Czech
English and German form of VALERIA and Czech variant of VALÉRIE.
VALORIE   f   English
Variant of VALERIE.
VANESSA   f   English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his poem 'Cadenus and Vanessa' (1726). He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.
VELDA   f   English
Meaning unknown, possibly a derivative of the Germanic element wald meaning "power, rule".
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.
VELVET   f   English
From the English word for the soft fabric. It became used as a given name after the main character in Enid Bagnold's book 'National Velvet' (1935) and the movie (1944) and television (1960) adaptations.
VENETIA   f   English
Originally this was probably a Latinized form of GWYNEDD or GWYNETH. It also coincides with the name of the city in Italy, called Venice in English. This name was borne by the celebrated beauty Venetia Stanley (1600-1633). Benjamin Disraeli used it in his novel entitled 'Venetia' (1837).
VERA (1)   f   Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Georgian
Means "faith" in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus "true". It has been in general use in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.
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