Masculine Names

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MOSTAFAmArabic
Variant transcription of MUSTAFA.
MOSTYNmWelsh
From a Welsh place name which means "moss town" in Old English.
MOTmNear Eastern Mythology
Means "death" in Ugaritic. This was the name of the Ugaritic god of death and the lord of the netherworld. He was a son of the supreme god El.
MOTELmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MORDECAI.
MOTImEastern African, Oromo
Means "leader" in Oromo.
MOTIEJUSmLithuanian
Older Lithuanian form of MATTHEW.
MOTKEmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MORDECAI.
MOTYAm & fRussian
Diminutive of MATVEY or MATRONA.
MOYSEImOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of MOSES.
MOYSESmBiblical Latin
Variant Latin form of MOSES. This spelling is used in some versions of the Vulgate.
MÓZESmHungarian
Hungarian form of MOSES.
MOZESmDutch
Dutch form of MOSES.
MPHATSOm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
MPHOm & fSouthern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
MSTISLAVmCzech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Means "vengeance and glory" from the Slavic elements misti "vengeance" and slava "glory".
MTENDEREm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
MUm & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "admire, desire", () meaning "tree, wood", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
MUBINmArabic
Means "clear, distinct" in Arabic.
MUBIRUmEastern African, Ganda
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a figure in Ganda mythology associated with forests and hunting.
MÜCAHİTmTurkish
Means "fighter" in Turkish.
MUDIWAf & mSouthern African, Shona
Means "beloved" in Shona.
MUFADDALmArabic
Means "preferred" in Arabic.
MUHAMADmIndonesian, Malay, Avar
Indonesian, Malay and Avar variant of MUHAMMAD.
MUHAMADKHANmAvar
Combination of MUHAMAD and the Turkic title khan meaning "ruler, leader".
MUHAMEDmBosnian
Bosnian form of MUHAMMAD.
MUHAMMADmArabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tajik, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "praiseworthy", derived from Arabic حمد (hamid) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Muslim belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Qur'an. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.... [more]
MUHAMMADUmWestern African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of MUHAMMAD.
MUHAMMEDmTurkish, Arabic
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD, as well as a variant transcription of the Arabic name.
MUHAMMETmTurkish
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD.
MUHEMMETmUyghur
Uyghur form of MUHAMMAD.
MUHSİNmTurkish
Turkish form of MUHSIN.
MUHSINmArabic
Means "beneficent" in Arabic.
MUHTARmTurkish
Turkish form of MUKHTAR.
MUIRmScottish
From a surname which was originally taken from a Scottish place name meaning "moor, fen". It also means "sea" in Scottish Gaelic.
MUIRCHERTACHmIrish
Means "mariner" in Gaelic. This was the name of a 6th-century Irish high king.
MUIREDACHmIrish
Means "lord" in Irish. This was the name of several legendary and historical kings of Ireland.
MUIRISmIrish
Irish form of MAURICE.
MUJOmBosnian
Bosnian diminutive of MUSTAFA.
MUKESHAmHinduism
Means "ruler of Muka" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Shiva, given to him because he killed Muka, a demon in the form of a wild boar.
MUKHAMEDmKazakh
Kazakh form of MUHAMMAD.
MUKHAMMEDmKazakh
Kazakh form of MUHAMMAD.
MUKHTARmArabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic.
MUKULmIndian, Hindi
Means "bud, blossom" in Sanskrit.
MÜMİNmTurkish
Turkish form of MUMIN.
MUMINmArabic
Means "believer" in Arabic.
MÜMTAZmTurkish
Turkish form of MUMTAZ.
MUMTAZmArabic
Means "distinguished" in Arabic.
MUNASHEm & fSouthern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona.
MUNDZUKmMedieval Turkic
Old Turkic form of BENDEGÚZ.
MUNGOmScottish
Possibly derived from Welsh mwyn "gentle, kind". This was a nickname of the 6th-century Saint Kentigern.
MÜNİRmTurkish
Turkish form of MUNIR.
MUNIRmArabic
Means "bright, shining" in Arabic.
MUNROmScottish
Variant of MONROE.
MURADmArabic, Urdu, Azerbaijani, Avar
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic. This name was borne by several Ottoman sultans.
MURALImHinduism, Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi
Means "flute" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, given to him because he played the flute.
MURATmTurkish, Bosnian
Turkish and Bosnian form of MURAD.
MURCHADHmIrish, Scottish
Derived from Gaelic muir "sea" and cadh "warrior".
MURDOmScottish
Anglicized form of MUIREADHACH or MURCHADH.
MURDOCHmIrish
Anglicized form of MUIREDACH.
MURPHYm & fIrish, English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of MURCHADH".
MURRAYmScottish, English
From a surname, which is either Scottish or Irish in origin (see MURRAY (1) and MURRAY (2)).
MURROUGHmIrish
Anglicized form of MURCHADH.
MURTADAmArabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic.
MURTAGHmIrish
Anglicized form of MUIRCHERTACH or MUIREDACH.
MURTAZmGeorgian
Georgian form of MURTADA.
MURTAZAmArabic
Variant transcription of MURTADA.
MURUGANmHinduism, Tamil
Possibly from a Dravidian word meaning "youth". This is the name of a Tamil war god identified with Skanda.
MUSAmArabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of MOSES.
MUS'ADmArabic
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
MUSCOWEQUANmNative American, Cree
Means "hard quill" in Cree. This was the name of a 19th-century Cree chief.
MUSTAFAmArabic, Turkish
Means "the chosen one" in Arabic, an epithet of Muhammad. This was the name of four Ottoman sultans. Another famous bearer was Mustafa Kemal (1881-1938), also known as Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.
MUSTAPHAmArabic
Variant transcription of MUSTAFA.
MU'TAMIDmArabic
Means "relying on, leaning on" in Arabic. Al-Mu'tamid was a 9th-century Abbasid caliph. This was also the name of an 11th-century Abbadid ruler of Seville, who was a patron of the arts and a poet.
MU'TASIMmArabic
Means "taking refuge in" in Arabic.
MWANGImEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "rapid expansion" in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations. The Mwangi generation started around the beginning of the 20th century and lasted for about 30 years.
MWENYEmEastern African, Swahili
Means "owner, lord" in Swahili.
MYEONGm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean (myeong) meaning "bright, light, clear" or other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
MYGHALmCornish
Cornish form of MICHAEL.
MYKHAILmUkrainian
Ukrainian variant form of MICHAEL.
MYKHAILOmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of MICHAEL.
MYKHAYLOmUkrainian
Variant transcription of MYKHAILO.
MYKOLAmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of NICHOLAS.
MYKOLASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of MICHAEL.
MYKYTAmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of NIKETAS.
MYLES (2)mGreek Mythology
Probably from Greek μυλη (myle) meaning "mill". This was the name of a king of Laconia in Greek mythology.
MYRDDINmWelsh Mythology
Original Welsh form of MERLIN.
MYRONmEnglish, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μυρον (myron) meaning "sweet oil, perfume". Myron was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek sculptor. Saints bearing this name include a 3rd-century bishop of Crete and a 4th-century martyr from Cyzicus who was killed by a mob. These saints are more widely revered in the Eastern Church, and the name has generally been more common among Eastern Christians. As an English name, it has been used since the 19th century.
MYUNGm & fKorean
Variant transcription of MYEONG.
NAAJImArabic
Means "saved" in Arabic.
NABILmArabic
Means "noble" in Arabic.
NABUmNear Eastern Mythology
Possibly from a Semitic root meaning "to announce". This was the name of an Assyrian and Babylonian god of wisdom, letters and writing.
NACEmSlovene
Variant of IGNAC.
NACHOmSpanish
Diminutive of IGNACIO.
NACİmTurkish
Turkish form of NAAJI.
NACIOmSpanish
Short form of IGNACIO.
NADABmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "generous" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of Aaron in the Old Testament. He was consumed by flames and killed when he offered unauthorized fire to God. It was also the name of the second king of Israel.
NADEEMmArabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of NADIM.
NADERmArabic
Variant transcription of NADIR.
NADIMmArabic, Urdu
Means "drinking companion", derived from Arabic ندم (nadima) meaning "to drink together".
NADİRmTurkish
Turkish form of NADIR.
NADIRmArabic
Means "rare" in Arabic.
NAGENDRAmHinduism, Indian, Kannada, Telugu
Means "lord of snakes" from Sanskrit नाग (naga) meaning "snake" (also "elephant") combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA, used here to mean "lord". This is another name for Vasuki, the king of snakes, in Hindu mythology.
NAGImArabic
Variant transcription of NAJI.
NAGIBmArabic
Variant transcription of NAJIB.
NAHORmBiblical
Means "snorting" in Hebrew. Nahor is the name of both the grandfather and a brother of Abraham in the Old Testament.
NAHUELmNative American, Mapuche
Means "jaguar" in Mapuche.
NAHUMmBiblical
Means "comforter" in Hebrew, from the root נָחַם (nacham). Nahum is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament. He authored the Book of Nahum in which the downfall of Nineveh is foretold.
NAICHEmNative American, Apache
Means "mischief maker" in Apache. This name was borne by a 19th-century Chiricahua Apache chief, the son of Cochise.
NAİLmTurkish
Turkish form of NAIL.
NAILmArabic, Tatar
Means "attainer" in Arabic.
NA'IMmArabic
Means "tranquil, happy, at ease" in Arabic.
NAİMmTurkish
Turkish form of NA'IM.
NAIRYOSANGHAmPersian Mythology
Derived from Avestan nairyo "male" and sangha "word". Nairyosangha was a Zoroastrian Yazata (or angel) who served as a messenger for Ahura Mazda.
NAJDENmMacedonian
Macedonian form of NAYDEN.
NAJImArabic
Means "intimate friend" in Arabic. It can also be a variant transcription of NAAJI.
NAJIBmArabic
Means "noble" or "intelligent" in Arabic.
NAJMmArabic
Means "star" in Arabic.
NALAmHinduism
Means "stem" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a king of the Nishadha people in the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata'.
NALANIf & mHawaiian
Means "the heavens" or "the chiefs" from Hawaiian , a definite article, and lani "heaven, sky, chief".
NALDOmItalian
Short form of names ending in naldo.
NANABOZHOmNew World Mythology
Means "my rabbit" in Ojibwe. In Anishinaabe mythology Nanabozho (also called Wenabozho) is the name of a trickster spirit.
NANDmIndian, Hindi
Modern northern Indian form of NANDA.
NANDAmHinduism, Indian, Kannada, Tamil
Means "joy" in Sanskrit. In Hindu texts this is a name of both Vishnu and the foster-father of Krishna, as well as various other characters. In Buddhist texts this is the name of a god and a disciple of Buddha. Nanda was also the name of a 4th-century BC king who founded a dynasty in Magadha in India.
NANDOmSpanish
Short form of FERNANDO.
NÁNDORmHungarian
Originally this was a Hungarian word referring to a Bulgarian people that lived along the Danube. Since the 19th century it has been used as a Hungarian short form of FERDINAND.
NANNA (2)mNear Eastern Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the Sumerian god of the moon. He was the son of Enlil and the husband of Ningal.
NANOOKmNative American, Inuit
Variant of NANUQ. This was the (fictional) name of the subject of Robert Flaherty's documentary film 'Nanook of the North' (1922).
NANUQmNative American, Inuit
Means "polar bear" in Inuktitut.
NAOISEmIrish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Meaning unknown, presumably of Gaelic origin. In Irish legend he was the young man who eloped with Deirdre, the beloved of Conchobhar the king of Ulster. Conchobhar eventually succeeded in having Naoise murdered, which caused Deirdre to die of grief.
NAOKImJapanese
From Japanese (nao) meaning "straight" and (ki) meaning "tree", as well as other combinations of different kanji with the same pronunciations.
NAOMHÁNmIrish, Scottish
Means "little saint", derived from Irish naomh "saint" combined with a diminutive suffix.
NAOMI (2)f & mJapanese
From Japanese (nao) meaning "straight" and (mi) meaning "beautiful" (usually feminine) or (mi) meaning "self" (usually masculine). Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
NAOUMmBiblical Greek
Form of NAHUM used in the Greek Old Testament.
NAPHTALImBiblical
Means "my struggle, my strife" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is a son of Jacob by Rachel's servant Bilhah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
NAPIERmEnglish (Rare)
From an English and Scots surname which meant "linen keeper" in Middle English, from Old French nappe "table cloth".
NAPOLEONmHistory, English
From the old Italian name Napoleone, used most notably by the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), who was born on Corsica. The etymology is uncertain, but it is possibly derived from the Germanic Nibelungen meaning "sons of mist", a name used in Germanic mythology to refer to the keepers of a hoard of treasure (often identified with the Burgundians). Alternatively, it could be connected to the name of the Italian city of Napoli (Naples).
NAPOLEONEmItalian
Original Italian form of NAPOLEON. Besides the French emperor, it was borne by the 14th-century cardinal Napoleone Orsini and the Italian writer and politician Napoleone Colajanni (1847-1921).
NAQImArabic
Means "pure, clean" in Arabic.
NARANBAATARmMongolian
Means "sun hero" in Mongolian.
NARAYANmIndian, Hindi, Nepali, Marathi, Odia, Bengali
Modern northern Indian form of NARAYANA.
NARAYANAmHinduism, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil
Means "path of man" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of the god of creation, later synonymous with the god Brahma, and even later with Vishnu.
NARAYANANmIndian, Malayalam, Tamil
Malayalam and Tamil variant of NARAYANA.
NARCÍSmCatalan
Catalan form of NARCISSUS. This is also the Catalan word for the narcissus flower.
NARCISOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NARCISSUS. This is also the word for the narcissus flower in those languages.
NARCISSEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of NARCISSUS. This is also the French word for the narcissus flower.
NARCISSUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Late Roman, Biblical
Latinized form of Greek Ναρκισσος (Narkissos), possibly derived from ναρκη (narke) meaning "sleep, numbness". Narkissos was a beautiful youth in Greek mythology who stared at his own reflection for so long that he eventually died and was turned into the narcissus flower.... [more]
NARCYZmPolish
Polish form of NARCISSUS. This is also the Polish word for the narcissus flower.
NAREKmArmenian
From the name of a 10th-century Armenian saint, Grigor of Narek, who came from the town of Narek (formerly in Armenia, now in eastern Turkey).
NARENDRAmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu
Means "lord of men" from Sanskrit नर (nara) meaning "man" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA, used here to mean "lord".
NARINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
Variant of NARENDRA used by Sikhs.
NARSESmAncient Persian (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of the Persian name Narseh, which was derived from Avestan NAIRYOSANGHA. This name was borne by a Byzantine general of Armenian descent who helped restore Italy to the Roman Empire during the reign of Justinian I in the 6th century.
NASEEMm & fArabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of NASIM.
NASEERmArabic
Variant transcription of NASIR.
NASHmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer of the surname was the mathematician John Nash (1928-2015). The name was popularized in the 1990s by the television series 'Nash Bridges'.
NASIBmArabic
Means "noble" in Arabic.
NASIMm & fArabic, Urdu
Means "breeze" in Arabic.
NASIRmArabic
Means "helper" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different Arabic names.
NASSERmArabic
Variant transcription of NASIR.
NASSIMm & fArabic
Variant transcription of NASIM.
NATm & fEnglish
Short form of NATHAN, NATHANIEL, NATALIE, or other names beginning with Nat.
NATALEmItalian
Masculine form of NATALIA.
NATALIOmSpanish
Masculine form of NATALIA.
NATALIUSmLate Roman
Masculine form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATANAELmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of NATHANAEL.
NATANAILmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of NATHANAEL.
NATEmEnglish
Short form of NATHAN or NATHANIEL.
NATHANmEnglish, French, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name נָתָן (Natan) meaning "he gave". In the Old Testament this is the name of a prophet during the reign of King David. He chastised David for his adultery with Bathsheba and for the death of Uriah the Hittite. Later he championed Solomon as David's successor. This was also the name of a son of David and Bathsheba.... [more]
NATHANAËLmFrench
French form of NATHANAEL.
NATHANAELmBiblical, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name ןְתַןְאֵל (Netan'el) meaning "God has given", from the elements נָתַן (natan) meaning "to give" and אֵל (el) meaning "God". It is borne by several minor characters in the Old Testament, typically spelled Nethanel or Nethaneel. In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle, probably another name of the apostle called Bartholomew.
NATHANAHELmBiblical Latin
Form of NATHANAEL used in the Latin Bible.
NATHANIELmEnglish, Biblical
Variant of NATHANAEL. It has been regularly used in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation. This has been the most popular spelling, even though the spelling Nathanael is found in most versions of the New Testament. The American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), author of 'The Scarlet Letter', was a famous bearer of this name.
NAUMmRussian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Russian and Bulgarian form of NAHUM.
NAVDEEPm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
NAVEEDmPersian, Arabic
Variant transcription of NAVID.
NAVEENmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam
Variant transcription of NAVIN.
NAVIDmPersian, Arabic
Means "good news" in Persian.
NAVINmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam
Means "new" in Sanskrit.
NAVNEETm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and नित्य (nitya) meaning "eternal".
NAYDENmBulgarian
Means "found" in Bulgarian.
NAZARmRussian, Ukrainian, Turkmen, Armenian
Russian, Ukrainian, Turkmen and Armenian form of NAZARIUS.
NAZARETf & mSpanish, Armenian
From Nazareth, the town in Galilee where Jesus lived. This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Armenian.
NAZARIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of NAZARIUS.
NAZARIUSmLate Roman
Latin name meaning "from Nazareth". Nazareth was the town in Galilee where Jesus lived. This name was borne by several early saints, including a man martyred with Celsus in Milan.
NAZARIYmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of NAZARIUS.
NAZIHmArabic
Means "honest, virtuous" in Arabic.
NAZZARENOmItalian
Italian form of the Late Latin Nazarenus, which meant "from Nazareth, Nazarene". Nazareth was the town in Galilee where Jesus lived. According to the New Testament, the phrase Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum meaning "Jesus the Nazarene, king of the Jews", was inscribed on the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
NDIDIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
NEACELmScottish
Scottish form of NICHOLAS.
NEALmEnglish
Variant of NEIL.
NEBİLmTurkish
Turkish form of NABIL.
NEBOmBiblical
Form of NABU used in the Old Testament.
NEBOJŠAmSerbian, Croatian
Means "fearless" in Serbian and Croatian.
NEBUCHADNEZZARmAncient Near Eastern (Anglicized), Biblical
From the Akkadian name Nabu-kudurri-usur meaning "NABU preserve my firstborn son". This name was borne by a 12th-century BC king of the Babylonian Empire. It was also borne by a 6th-century BC king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. He captured Jerusalem, and ultimately destroyed the city's temple and deported many of its citizens, as told in the Old Testament.
NECHTANmIrish Mythology, Ancient Celtic
Celtic name of uncertain meaning, possibly meaning "damp" (cognate with NEPTUNE). In Irish mythology Nechtan was the husband of Boand, the goddess of the River Boyne. This name was also borne by the 5th-century Saint Nectan of Hartland in Devon, who was supposedly born in Ireland. It was also the name of several kings of the Picts.
NECULAImRomanian
Romanian variant form of NICHOLAS.
NEDmEnglish
Diminutive of EDWARD or EDMUND. It has been used since the 14th century, and may have had root in the medieval affectionate phrase mine Ed, which was later reinterpreted as my Ned.
NEDELCHOmBulgarian
Masculine form of NEDELYA.
NEDELJKOmCroatian, Serbian
Derived from Croatian nedjelja and Serbian недеља (nedelja) meaning "Sunday".
NEDELKOmMacedonian
Macedonian form of NEDELJKO.
NEDİMmTurkish
Turkish form of NADIM.
NEDYALKOmBulgarian
Bulgarian form of NEDELJKO.
NEELAMf & mIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of NILAM.
NEELYmEnglish
From a Scottish surname, an Anglicized form of Mac an Fhilidh meaning "son of the poet" in Gaelic.
NEEMIASmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of NEHEMIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
NEERmLimburgish
Short form of RENEER.
NEERAJmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Variant transcription of NIRAJ.
NEHEMIAHmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH comforts" in Hebrew, derived from נָחַם (nacham) meaning "to comfort" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. According to the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament he was a leader of the Jews who was responsible for the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the return from the Babylonian captivity.
NEIFIONmWelsh
Welsh form of NEPTUNE.
NEILmIrish, Scottish, English
From the Gaelic name Niall, which is of disputed origin, possibly meaning "champion" or "cloud". This was the name of a semi-legendary 4th-century Irish king, Niall of the Nine Hostages.... [more]
NEIRINmWelsh
Older form of ANEIRIN.
NEJCmSlovene
Diminutive of JERNEJ.
NEKODAmBiblical
Means "marked" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the head of a family of temple servants.
NELINHOmPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of MANUEL.
NELSmDanish
Danish variant of NILS.
NELSONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of NEIL". It was originally given in honour of the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). His most famous battle was the Battle of Trafalgar, in which he destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, but was himself killed. Another notable bearer was the South African statesman Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). Mandela's birth name was Rolihlahla; as a child he was given the English name Nelson by a teacher.
NELUmRomanian
Romanian diminutive of ION (1).
NEMANJAmSerbian
Possibly from Slavic ne maniti meaning "not deceiving, not luring, not attracting". Another theory states that it means "without possessions", derived from Serbo-Croatian nemati meaning "have not". This was the name of a 12th-century Serbian king, and the name of the dynasty he began.
NEMOmLiterature
Means "nobody" in Latin. This was the name used by author Jules Verne for the captain of the Nautilus in his novel 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' (1870). It was later used for the title character (a fish) in the 2003 animated movie 'Finding Nemo'.
NENADmSerbian, Croatian
Means "unexpected" in Serbian and Croatian. In the Serbian folk song 'Predrag and Nenad' this is the name of Predrag's brother.
NENOmSerbian, Croatian
Diminutive of NENAD.
NEO (1)f & mSouthern African, Tswana
Means "gift" in Tswana, a derivative of naya "to give".
NEO (2)mVarious
From the prefix meaning "new", ultimately derived from Greek νεος (neos).
NEOFITmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of NEOPHYTOS.
NEOFYTOSmGreek
Modern Greek form of NEOPHYTOS.
NEOPHYTOSmAncient Greek
Greek name meaning "newly planted", from a word which was derived from νεος (neos) "new" and φυτον (phyton) "plant".
NEOPTOLEMUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Νεοπτολεμος (Neoptolemos) meaning "new war", derived from νεος (neos) "new" and πολεμος (polemos) "war". In Greek legend this was the name of the son of Achilles, brought into the Trojan War because it was prophesied the Greeks could not win it unless he was present. After the war he was slain by Orestes fighting over Hermione.
NEPTUNEmRoman Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Latin Neptunus, which is of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Indo-European root *nebh "wet, damp, clouds". Neptune was the god of the sea in Roman mythology, approximately equivalent to the Greek god Poseidon. This is also the name of the eighth planet in the solar system.
NEREOmItalian
Italian form of NEREUS.
NEREUSmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Derived from Greek νηρος (neros) meaning "water". In Greek myth this was the name of a god of the sea, the father of the Nereids. It is mentioned briefly in the New Testament, belonging to a Christian in Rome. This was also the name of a Roman saint of the 1st century, a member of the army, who was martyred with his companion Achilleus because they refused to execute Christians.
NERGÜIm & fMongolian
Means "no name" in Mongolian. This name was traditionally given in order to mislead bad spirits.
NERIAHmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lamp of YAHWEH" in Hebrew, from נִיר (nir) meaning "lamp, light" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of the father of Baruch in the Old Testament.
NERIOmItalian
Possibly a variant of NEREO.
NERO (1)mAncient Roman
Roman cognomen, which was probably of Sabine origin meaning "strong, vigourous". It was borne most infamously by a tyrannical Roman emperor of the 1st century.
NERO (2)mItalian
Short form of RANIERO.
NERSESmArmenian
Armenian form of Narseh (see NARSES). Saint Nerses was a 4th-century patriarch of the Armenian Church.
NERVAmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from Latin nervus "strength". This is the name by which the 1st-century Roman emperor Marcus Cocceius Nerva is commonly known.
NESİMm & fTurkish
Turkish form of NASIM.
NESTORmGreek Mythology, Russian
Means "homecoming" in Greek. In Homer's 'Iliad' this was the name of the king of Pylos, famous for his great wisdom and longevity, who acted as a counselor to the Greek allies.
NESTOREmItalian
Italian form of NESTOR.
NESTORImFinnish
Finnish form of NESTOR.
NETHANEELmBiblical
Form of NATHANAEL used in some versions of the Old Testament.
NETHANELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of NATHANAEL, also used in some versions of the English-language Old Testament.
NETHANIAHmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH has given" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Ishmael (the assassin of Gedaliah), as well as other minor characters.
NEVANmIrish
Anglicized form of NAOMHÁN.
NEVENmCroatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Masculine form of NEVENA.
NEVILLEmEnglish (British)
From an English surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "new town" in Norman French. As a given name it is chiefly British and Australian.
NEVIOmItalian
Italian form of the Roman family name Naevius, which was derived from Latin naevus "mole (on the body)". A famous bearer was the 3rd-century BC Roman poet Gnaeus Naevius.
NEWTmEnglish
Short form of NEWTON.
NEWTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "new town" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the English physicist Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
NEZİHmTurkish
Turkish form of NAZIH.
NGẢImVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (ngải) meaning "sagebrush, wormwood".
NGAWANGm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "powerful speech" in Tibetan, from ངག (ngag) meaning "speech" and དབང (dbang) meaning "power, force".
NGỌCf & mVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (ngọc) meaning "jade, precious stone, gem".
NGOZIf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
NGUYÊNmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (nguyên) meaning "original, first".
NHUNGf & mVietnamese
Means "velvet" in Vietnamese.
NIALLmIrish, Scottish
Original Gaelic spelling of NEIL.
NICmEnglish
Short form of NICHOLAS, or sometimes DOMINIC.
NICANORmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Νικανωρ (Nikanor), which was derived from νικη (nike) "victory". This name was borne by several notable officers from ancient Macedon.
NICCOLÒmItalian
Italian form of NICHOLAS. A famous bearer was Niccolò Machiavelli, a 16th-century political philosopher from Florence.
NICHOLASmEnglish
From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and λαος (laos) "people". Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, as well as Greece and Russia. He formed the basis for the figure known as Santa Claus (created in the 19th century from Dutch Sinterklaas), the bringer of Christmas presents.... [more]
NIĈJOmEsperanto
Esperanto diminutive of NICHOLAS.
NICKmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of NICHOLAS.
NICKYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NICOmItalian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of NICHOLAS (or sometimes NICODEMUS).
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