Masculine Names

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AIKEmFrisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element agil meaning "edge (of a sword), blade".
AILBHEf & mIrish
Possibly derived from the old Gaelic root albho meaning "white". In Irish legend this was the name of a female warrior of the Fianna. It was also the name of a 6th-century masculine saint.
AILILLmIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "elf" in Irish Gaelic. This name occurs frequently in Irish legend, borne for example by the husband of Queen Medb.
AILÍNmIrish
Irish cognate of ALAN.
AILPEINmScottish
Scottish Gaelic form of ALPIN.
AIMAN (2)mArabic
Variant transcription of AYMAN.
AIMÉmFrench
From Old French Amé, the masculine form of Amée (see AMY).
AIMILIOSmGreek
Variant transcription of EMILIOS.
AIMOmFinnish
Means "generous amount" in Finnish.
AINĀRSmLatvian
From Latvian aina meaning "scene, sight".
AINDREAmScottish
Scottish form of ANDREW.
AINDRÉASmIrish
Irish form of ANDREW.
AINDRIÚmIrish
Irish form of ANDREW.
AINEIASmGreek Mythology
Original Greek form of AENEAS.
AINGERUmBasque
Basque form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
AINSLEYf & mScottish, English (Modern)
From a surname which was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves derive from Old English anne "alone, solitary" or ansetl "hermitage" and leah "woodland, clearing".
AIOLOSmGreek Mythology
Means "quick-moving, nimble" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek god of the winds.
AITHANmBiblical Greek
Form of ETHAN used in the Greek Old Testament.
AITORmBasque
Possibly means "good fathers" from Basque aita "father" and on "good". This was the name of a legendary ancestor of the Basques.
AJAXmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αιας (Aias), perhaps deriving from Greek αιαστης (aiastes) "mourner" or αια (aia) "earth, land". In Greek mythology this was the name of two of the heroes who fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War, the son of Telamon and the son of Oileus. When the armour of the slain hero Achilles was not given to Ajax Telamonian, he became mad with jealousy and killed himself.
AJAYmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
Means "unconquered", from Sanskrit (a) meaning "not" and जय (jaya) meaning "victory, conquest".
AJDINmBosnian
Bosnian form of AYDIN.
AJEETmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali
Variant transcription of AJIT.
AJITmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali
Means "unconquered, invincible", from Sanskrit (a) meaning "not" and जित (jita) meaning "conquered". This is a name of the gods Shiva and Vishnu, and of a future Buddha.
AJITHmTamil, Indian, Malayalam
Southern Indian form of AJIT.
AKACHIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "the hand of God" in Igbo.
AKAKImGeorgian
Georgian form of AKAKIOS.
AKAKIOSmGreek, Ancient Greek
From a Greek word meaning "innocent, not evil", derived from α (a), a negative prefix, combined with κακη (kake) "evil". This was the name of three early saints, two of whom were martyred.
AKAMUmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ADAM.
AKASHmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "open space, sky" in Sanskrit.
AKBARmArabic, Persian, Urdu, Indian (Muslim)
Means "greater, greatest" in Arabic. This was the name of a 16th-century Mughal ruler who expanded the empire to include most of India.
ÅKEmSwedish
Swedish form of ÁKI.
AKEEMmAfrican American
Perhaps a variant of HAKIM.
AKHENATONmAncient Egyptian
Possibly means "spirit of ATON" in Egyptian. Akhenaton was a 14th-century BC Egyptian pharaoh of the New Kingdom, who is best known for promoting the monotheistic worship of the sun god Aton. He changed his name from Amenhotep IV in order to honour the god. After his death polytheism resumed.
AKHILmIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam
Means "whole, complete" in Sanskrit.
AKHMADmChechen, Ingush
Chechen and Ingush form of AHMAD.
ÁKImAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse diminutive of names containing the element anu "ancestor, father".
AKI (1)mFinnish
Short form of JOAKIM.
AKIBAmHebrew
Form of YAAKOV. Akiba ben Joseph was a prominent 1st-century Jewish sage.
AKIMmRussian
Russian form of JOACHIM.
AKIOmJapanese
From Japanese (aki) meaning "bright, luminous" combined with (o) meaning "man, husband", (o) meaning "male" or (o) meaning "hero, manly". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AKIRAm & fJapanese
From Japanese (akira) meaning "bright", (akira) meaning "bright" or (akira) meaning "clear". Other kanji with the same pronunciation can also form this name.
AKIVAmHebrew
Variant transcription of AKIBA.
AKONImHawaiian
Short form of ANAKONI.
ÁKOSmHungarian
Possibly of Turkic origin meaning "white falcon". This was the name of a medieval Hungarian clan.
AKPANmWestern African, Ibibio
Means "first-born son" in Ibibio.
AKPOFUREm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "life is peaceful" in Urhobo.
AKRAMmArabic
Means "most generous" in Arabic (a superlative form of Karim).
AKSELImFinnish
Finnish form of AXEL.
AKSHAYmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada
Means "undecaying" in Sanskrit.
AKUmFinnish
Short form of AUKUSTI.
AKUCHIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "wealth from God" in Igbo.
ALmEnglish
Short form of ALBERT and other names beginning with Al. A notable bearer is American actor Al Pacino (1940-).
ALAmArabic
Means "excellence, elevation" in Arabic.
ALA AL-DINmArabic
Means "excellence of religion" from Arabic علاء ('ala) meaning "excellence, elevation" combined with دين (din) meaning "religion, faith". This was the name of several sultans of Delhi.
ALAATTİNmTurkish
Turkish form of ALA AL-DIN.
ALADDINmLiterature
Anglicized form of ALA AL-DIN. This is the name of a mischievous boy in one of the tales of 'The 1001 Nights'. He is trapped in a cave by a magician but escapes with the help of a genie.
ALAINmFrench
French form of ALAN.
ALAJOSmHungarian
Hungarian form of ALOYSIUS.
AL-AMIRmArabic (Rare)
Means "the commander, the prince" in Arabic. This was the name of a 10th-century Fatimid imam.
ALANmEnglish, Scottish, Breton, French
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It was used in Brittany at least as early as the 6th century, and it possibly means either "little rock" or "handsome" in Breton. Alternatively, it may derive from the tribal name of the Alans, an Iranian people who migrated into Europe in the 4th and 5th centuries.... [more]
ALAOISmIrish
Irish form of ALOYSIUS.
ALARICmAncient Germanic
From the Gothic name Alareiks which meant "ruler of all", derived from the Germanic element ala "all" combined with ric "ruler, power". This was the name of a king of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in the 5th century.
ALASDAIRmScottish
Scottish form of ALEXANDER.
ALASTAIRmScottish
Anglicized form of ALASDAIR.
ALASTARmIrish
Irish form of ALEXANDER.
ALBAERmLimburgish
Limburgish form of ALBERT. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Albert.
ALBANmGerman, French, Albanian, English (Rare)
From the Roman cognomen Albanus which meant "from Alba". Alba (from Latin albus "white") was the name of various places within the Roman Empire, including the city Alba Longa. This name was borne by Saint Alban, the first British martyr (4th century). According to tradition, he sheltered a fugitive priest in his house. When his house was searched, he disguised himself as the priest, was arrested in his stead, and was beheaded. As an English name, Alban was occasionally used in the Middle Ages and was revived in the 18th century, though it is now uncommon.
ALBANOmItalian
Italian form of Albanus (see ALBAN).
ALBERICHmAncient Germanic, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements alf "elf" and ric "power". Alberich was the name of the sorcerer king of the dwarfs in Germanic mythology. He also appears in the 'Nibelungenlied' as a dwarf who guards the treasure of the Nibelungen.
ALBERICOmItalian
Italian form of ALBERICH.
ALBERTmEnglish, French, Catalan, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Romanian, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Adalbert, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright". This name was common among medieval German royalty. The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht. Though it became rare in England by the 17th century, it was repopularized in the 19th century by the German-born Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.... [more]
ALBERTASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of ALBERT.
ALBERTE (1)mGalician
Galician form of ALBERT.
ALBERTOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ALBERT.
ALBERTUSmAncient Germanic (Latinized), Dutch
Latinized form of Adalbert (see ALBERT).
ALBINOmItalian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of ALBINUS.
ALBINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of ALBUS. Saint Albinus (also called Aubin) was a 6th-century bishop of Angers in Brittany.
ALBOINmAncient Germanic
Form of ALFWIN. This was the name of a 6th-century king of the Lombards who began the Lombard conquest of Italy.
ALBORZmPersian
From the name of a mountain range (of unknown etymology) in northern Iran.
ALBRECHTmGerman
German cognate of ALBERT.
ALBUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "white, bright" in Latin.
ALBYmIrish
Anglicized masculine form of AILBHE.
ALCAEUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλκαιος (Alkaios), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength". This was the name of a 7th-century BC lyric poet from the island of Lesbos.
ALCIBIADESmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλκιβιαδης (Alkibiades), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and βια (bia) "force" with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was the name of a notable Greek statesman and general during the Peloponnesian War. He changed allegiance from Athens to Sparta and back again during the course of the war.
ALCIDEmItalian, French (Rare)
Italian and French form of ALCIDES.
ALCIDESmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Portuguese, Spanish
Latinized form of Greek Αλκειδης (Alkeides), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was another name for the hero Herakles.
ALDEBRANDmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements ald meaning "old" and brand meaning "sword" or "fire". Saint Aldebrand was a 12th-century bishop of Fossombrone in Italy.
ALDEGARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form (possibly) of OLEGARIO.
ALDENmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the Old English given name EALDWINE.
ALDERTmFrisian, Dutch
Frisian form of a Germanic name, either ALDHARD or ADALHARD.
ALDHARDmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ald "old" and hard "brave, hardy".
ALDINmBosnian
Bosian form of ALA AL-DIN.
ALDOmItalian, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ald "old", and possibly also with adal "noble".
ALDOUSmEnglish (Rare)
Probably a diminutive of names beginning with the Old English element eald "old". It has been in use as an English given name since the Middle Ages, mainly in East Anglia. The British author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was a famous bearer of this name.
ALDRICmFrench, Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic name, derived from the elements ald "old" and ric "ruler, power". Saint Aldric was a 9th-century bishop of Le Mans.
ALDUSm & fMedieval English
Medieval variant of ALDOUS.
ALDWINmAncient Germanic
From a Germanic name, derived from the elements ald "old" and win "friend".
ALE (1)m & fFinnish, Italian, Spanish
Finnish short form of ALEKSANTERI or ALEKSI, an Italian short form of ALESSANDRO, and a Spanish short form of ALEJANDRO or ALEJANDRA.
ALE (2)mFrisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element adal meaning "noble".
ALECmEnglish
Short form of ALEXANDER.
ALEĈJOmEsperanto
Esperanto diminutive of ALEXANDER.
ALEDmWelsh
From the name of a Welsh river, of uncertain meaning.
ALEIXmCatalan
Catalan form of ALEXIS.
ALEIXOmPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of ALEXIS.
ALEJANDROmSpanish
Spanish form of ALEXANDER.
ALEJOmSpanish
Spanish form of ALEXIS.
ALEKOSmGreek
Diminutive of ALEXANDROS.
ALEKSANDËRmAlbanian
Albanian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDRmRussian, Armenian, Ukrainian
Russian and Armenian form of ALEXANDER. This name was borne by the 19th-century Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin.
ALEKSANDRASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDREmGeorgian
Georgian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDROmEsperanto
Esperanto form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDRSmLatvian
Latvian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANTERImFinnish
Finnish form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSEImRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of ALEKSEY.
ALEKSEJmSlovene
Slovene form of ALEXIS.
ALEKSEYmRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Russian form of ALEXIS. This was the name of a 17th-century czar of Russia.
ALEKSImFinnish
Finnish form of ALEXIS.
ALEKSYmPolish
Polish form of ALEXIS.
ALEMmBosnian
Bosnian form of ALIM.
ALEMAYEHUm & fEastern African, Amharic
Means "I have seen the world" in Amharic.
ALENmCroatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene form of ALAN.
ALESANDERmBasque
Basque form of ALEXANDER.
ALESSANDROmItalian
Italian form of ALEXANDER. A famous bearer was Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), the Italian physicist who invented the battery.
ALESSIOmItalian
Italian form of ALEXIS.
ÀLEXmCatalan
Catalan short form of ALEXANDER.
ALEXm & fEnglish, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Russian
Short form of ALEXANDER, ALEXANDRA, and other names beginning with Alex.
ALEXANDERmEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Slovak, Biblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξανδρος (Alexandros), which meant "defending men" from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, help" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek mythology this was another name of the hero Paris, and it also belongs to several characters in the New Testament. However, the most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, king of Macedon. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame, and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe.... [more]
ALEXANDRmCzech
Czech form of ALEXANDER.
ALEXANDREmFrench, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
Form of ALEXANDER. This name was borne by the 19th-century French author Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), who wrote 'The Three Musketeers'.
ALEXANDRUmRomanian
Romanian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEXEImRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of ALEKSEY.
ALEXEJmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of ALEXIS.
ALEXEYmRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of ALEKSEY.
ALEXIOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of ALEXIUS.
ALEXISm & fGerman, French, English, Greek, Ancient Greek
From the Greek name Αλεξις (Alexis), which meant "helper" or "defender", derived from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, to help". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. It is used somewhat interchangeably with the related name Αλεξιος or Alexius, borne by five Byzantine emperors. In the English-speaking world it is more commonly used as a feminine name.
ALEXIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξιος (Alexios), a derivative of Αλεξις (see ALEXIS). This was the name of five Byzantine emperors. It was also borne by a 5th-century Syrian saint who is especially venerated in the Eastern Church.
ALF (1)mSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse alfr "elf". In Norse legend this was the name of king, the suitor of a reluctant maiden named Alfhild. She avoided marrying him by disguising herself as a warrior, but when they fought she was so impressed by his strength that she changed her mind.
ALF (2)mEnglish
Short form of ALFRED.
ALFBERNmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements alf "elf" and bern "bear".
ALFEOmItalian
Italian form of ALPHAEUS.
ALFHARDmAncient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements alf "elf" and hard "brave, hardy".
ALFHERmAncient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements alf "elf" and hari "army, warrior" (making it a cognate of ALVAR).
ALFIEmEnglish
Diminutive of ALFRED.
ALFONSmGerman, Dutch, Polish, Ancient Germanic
German, Dutch and Polish form of ALFONSO.
ALFONSOmSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of a Visigothic Germanic name, probably meaning "noble and ready", from the element adal "noble" combined with funs "ready". Other theories claim the first element is hadu or hild (see ILDEFONSO), both of which mean "battle". It is possible that two or more names merged into a single form. This was the name of six kings of Portugal and kings of several ancient regions of Spain.
ALFONZmSlovene
Slovene form of ALFONSO.
ALFRmNorse Mythology
Old Norse form of ALF (1).
ALFRÉDmHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of ALFRED.
ALFREDmEnglish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Dutch
Derived from the Old English name Ælfræd, composed of the elements ælf "elf" and ræd "counsel". Alfred the Great was a 9th-century king of Wessex who fought unceasingly against the Danes living in northeast England. He was also a scholar, and he translated many Latin books into Old English. His fame helped to ensure the usage of this name even after the Norman conquest, when most Old English names were replaced by Norman ones. It became rare by the end of the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 18th century.... [more]
ALFREDASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of ALFRED.
ALFREDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ALFRED.
ALFWINmAncient Germanic
From the Germanic elements alf "elf" and win "friend".
ALGARmEnglish (Rare)
Means "elf spear" from Old English ælf "elf" and gar "spear". This Old English name was rarely used after the Norman conquest, being absorbed by similar-sounding names and Norman and Scandinavian cognates. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
ALGERmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name ALGAR.
ALGERNONmEnglish
Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from aux gernons "having a moustache", which was applied to William de Percy, a companion of William the Conqueror. It was first used a given name in the 15th century (for a descendant of William de Percy).
ALHAJImWestern African, Hausa
Means "pilgrim" in Hausa, a derivative of Arabic حَجِّي (hajji) meaning "pilgrimage, hajj".
'ALImArabic
Variant transcription of ALI (1).
ALI (1)mArabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar, Kazakh
Means "lofty, sublime" in Arabic. Ali was a cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and the fourth caliph to rule the Muslim world. His followers were the original Shia Muslims, who regard him as the first rightful caliph.... [more]
ALİmTurkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of ALI (1).
ALIAKSANDRmBelarusian
Belarusian form of ALEXANDER.
ALIAKSEImBelarusian
Belarusian form of ALEXIS.
ALIKHANmKazakh
Combination of the name ALI (1) and the Turkic title khan which means "ruler, leader".
ALİMmTurkish
Turkish form of ALIM.
ALIMmArabic, Uyghur
Means "learned, expert, scholar" in Arabic.
ALIMJANmUyghur
Uyghur elaboration of ALIM using the suffix جان (jan) meaning "dear".
ALINmRomanian
Possibly a Romanian masculine form of ALINA. Alternatively it may derive from Romanian alina "to soothe".
ALINAFEm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "he is with us" in Chewa.
ALIPRANDmAncient Germanic
From the Germanic elements alja meaning "other, foreign" and brand meaning "sword" or "fire".
ALISHERmUzbek, Kazakh, Tajik
Combination of ALI (1) and SHER.
ALISTAIRmScottish
Anglicized form of ALASDAIR.
ALISTERmScottish
Anglicized form of ALASDAIR.
ALJAŽmSlovene
Derived from a Slovene surname, which is of unknown meaning.
ALJOŠAmSlovene, Croatian, Serbian
Slovene, Croatian and Serbian form of ALYOSHA.
ALKEmFrisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element adal meaning "noble".
ALKIVIADISmGreek
Modern Greek form of Alkibiades (see ALCIBIADES).
ALLAHmTheology
Derived from Arabic الإله (al-ilah) meaning "the deity". It is primarily used to refer to the Islamic God, though it was originally used by pre-Islamic Arabs, and is sometimes used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews.
ALLANmEnglish, Scottish, Danish
Variant of ALAN. The American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) got his middle name from the surname of the parents who adopted him.
ALLARDmDutch
Dutch form of ADALHARD.
ALLEmFrisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element adal meaning "noble".
ALLENmEnglish, Scottish
Variant of ALAN. A famous bearer of this name was Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), an American beat poet. Another is the American film director and actor Woody Allen (1935-), who took the stage name Allen from his real first name.
ALLONmBiblical
Means "oak" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
ALLY (2)mScottish
Diminutive of ALISTAIR.
ALLYNm & fEnglish
Variant or feminine form of ALAN.
ALMASf & mArabic
Means "diamond" in Arabic, ultimately from Persian.
ALMIR (2)mBosnian
Bosnian form of AL-AMIR.
ALMIROmPortuguese
Portuguese form of ADELMAR.
ALMOGm & fHebrew
Means "coral" in Hebrew.
ÁLMOSmHungarian
Possibly from Hungarian álom "dream", though perhaps of Turkic origin meaning "bought". This was the name of the semi-legendary father of Árpád, the founder of the Hungarian state. Álmos's mother Emese supposedly had a dream in which a turul bird impregnated her and foretold that her son would be the father of a great nation.
ALOISmGerman, Czech
German and Czech form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOÍSIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOISIOmItalian
Italian form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZmSlovene, Slovak, Croatian
Slovene, Slovak and Croatian form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZIJmSlovene
Slovene form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZIJEmCroatian
Croatian form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZYmPolish
Polish form of ALOYSIUS.
ALON (1)mHebrew
Means "oak tree" in Hebrew.
ALON (2)mFilipino, Tagalog
Means "wave" in Tagalog.
ALONSOmSpanish
Spanish variant of ALFONSO.
ALONZOmItalian
Italian variant of ALFONSO.
ALOYSmMedieval Occitan
Medieval Occitan form of LOUIS.
ALOYSIUSmEnglish
Latinized form of Aloys, an old Occitan form of LOUIS. This was the name of a 16th-century Italian saint, Aloysius Gonzaga. The name has been in occasional use among Catholics since his time.
ALPmTurkish
Means "hero" in Turkish.
ALPHAf & mEnglish
From the name of the first letter in the Greek alphabet, Α.
ALPHAEUSmBiblical, Biblical Latin
From Αλφαιος (Alphaios), the Greek form of a Hebrew name that meant "changing". In the New Testament this is the name of the fathers of the apostles James and Levi.
ALPHEGEmHistory
Middle English form of ÆLFHEAH.
ALPHONSEmFrench
French form of ALFONSO.
ALPHONSUSmHistory
Latinized form of ALFONSO. This name was borne by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, an 18th-century Italian bishop who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church.
ALPHONZOmEnglish (Rare)
Uncommon variant of ALFONSO.
ALPINmScottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ailpein, possibly derived from a Pictish word meaning "white". This was the name of two kings of Dál Riata and two kings of the Picts in the 8th and 9th centuries.
ALTAIRmAstronomy, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "the flyer" in Arabic. This is the name of a star in the constellation Aquila.
ALTANmTurkish
Means "red dawn" in Turkish.
ALTE (2)mFrisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ald meaning "old".
ALTERmYiddish
Means "old" in Yiddish. This name was traditionally given to a sickly newborn by Jewish parents in order to confuse the Angel of Death, in the hopes that he would go looking for somebody younger or somebody else.
ALTONmEnglish
From an Old English surname which was derived from a place name meaning "town at the source of the river".
ALTTImFinnish
Finnish form of ALBERT.
ALTWIDUSmAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Derived from the Germanic elements ald "old" and witu "forest".
ALUNmWelsh
Welsh form of ALAN. This name appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth.
ALVmNorwegian
Variant of ALF (1).
ALVA (2)mEnglish
Variant of ALVAH. A famous bearer of this name was the inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).
ALVAHmBiblical
Means "his highness" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned in the Old Testament as belonging to a descendant of Esau.
ALVARmSwedish, Estonian
From the Old Norse name Alfarr, formed of the elements alfr "elf" and arr "warrior".
ÁLVAROmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish form of a Germanic name, perhaps ALFHER. Verdi used this name in his opera 'The Force of Destiny' (1862).
ALVINmEnglish
From a medieval form of any of the Old English names ÆLFWINE, ÆÐELWINE or EALDWINE. It was revived in the 19th century, in part from a surname which was derived from the Old English names.
ALVISmNorse Mythology
Means "all wise" in Old Norse. In Norse mythology this was the name of a dwarf who was to marry Thor's daughter Thrud. Thor was not pleased with this so he tricked Alvis by asking him questions until the sun rose, at which time the dwarf was turned into stone.
ALVISEmItalian
Venetian form of LOUIS.
ALWINmGerman, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
From either of the two Germanic names ALFWIN or ADALWIN.
ALWYNmWelsh
From the name of the River Alwen in Wales.
ALYOSHAmRussian
Diminutive of ALEKSEY.
AMABILISmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "lovable". Saint Amabilis was a 5th-century priest in Riom, central France.
AMADEJmSlovene
Slovene form of AMADEUS.
AMADEOmItalian
Italian variant of AMADEUS. This was the name of a 19th-century king of Spain (born in Italy).
AMADEUSmLate Roman
Means "love of God", derived from Latin amare "to love" and Deus "God". A famous bearer was the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who was actually born Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart but preferred the Latin translation of his Greek middle name. This name was also assumed as a middle name by the German novelist E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822), who took it in honour of Mozart.
AMADI (1)mWestern African, Igbo
Means "free man" in Igbo.
AMADI (2)mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "seemed destined to die at birth" in Yoruba.
AMADOmSpanish
Spanish form of AMATUS.
AMADORmSpanish
Spanish form of AMATOR.
AMADOUmWestern African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of AHMAD used in parts of western Africa.
AMAHLEm & fSouthern African, Zulu
Means "the beautiful ones" in Zulu.
AMAL (1)f & mArabic
Means "hope, aspiration" in Arabic. It is related to Amaal.
AMAL (2)mBiblical
Means "work" in Hebrew. This was the name of an Asherite in the Old Testament.
AMALBERTmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements amal meaning "work, labour" and beraht meaning "bright".
AMALRICmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements amal meaning "work, labour" and ric meaning "power". This was the name of a 6th-century king of the Visigoths, as well as two 12th-century rulers of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
AMANCIOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of AMANTIUS.
AMANDmFrench
French form of AMANDUS.
AMANDEEPm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Punjabi ਅਮਨ (aman) meaning "peace" (ultimately from Arabic) and Sanskrit दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
AMANDOmPortuguese, Spanish, Italian
Portuguese, Spanish and Italian form of AMANDUS.
AMANDUSmLate Roman
Derived from Latin amanda meaning "lovable, worthy of love". Saint Amandus was a 5th-century bishop of Bordeaux. It was also borne by a 7th-century French saint who evangelized in Flanders.
AMANIf & mArabic
Means "wishes" in Arabic.
AMANTIUSmLate Roman
Means "loving" in Latin. This was the name of several early saints. It has sometimes been confused with the name Amandus.
AMAR (1)mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "immortal" in Sanskrit.
AMAR (2)mBosnian
Bosnian form of 'AMMAR.
AMARDEEPm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
AMARIAHmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH has said" in Hebrew. This was the name of several Old Testament characters.
AMARJEETm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and जिति (jiti) meaning "victory, conquering".
AMARUmNative American, Aymara
Means "snake" in Aymara.
'AMARYAHUmBiblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of AMARIAH.
AMATOmItalian
Italian form of AMATUS.
AMATORmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "lover (of God)". Saint Amator was a 5th-century bishop of Auxerre.
AMATOREmItalian
Italian form of AMATOR.
AMATUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "beloved". The 7th-century Saint Amatus was the first abbot of Remiremont Abbey.
AMAURYmFrench
French form of AMALRIC.
AMBAKOUMmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of HABAKKUK.
AMBRAMmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of AMRAM.
AMBROGINOmItalian
Diminutive of AMBROGIO.
AMBROGIOmItalian
Italian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROISEmFrench
French form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROOSmDutch
Dutch form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSEmEnglish
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius, which was derived from the Greek name Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios) meaning "immortal". Saint Ambrose was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Milan, who is considered a Doctor of the Church. Due to the saint, the name came into general use in Christian Europe, though it was never particularly common in England.
AMBROSImGeorgian
Georgian form of Ambrosios (see AMBROSE).
AMBRÓSIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSIOmSpanish
Spanish form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).