TIRTA m & f Indonesian
Means "sacred water, place of pilgrimage" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit तीर्थ (tirtha)
TITUS m Ancient Roman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Roman praenomen, or given name, which is of unknown meaning, possibly related to Latin titulus
"title of honour". It is more likely of Oscan origin, since it was borne by the legendary Sabine king Titus Tatius.... [more]
TIVOLI m & f Various
From the name of a picturesque Italian town, used as a summer resort by the ancient Romans.
TIZIANO m Italian
Italian form of the Roman cognomen Titianus
, which was derived from the Roman praenomen TITUS
. A famous bearer was the Venetian Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecellio (1488-1576), known in English as Titian.
TOBIAH m Biblical
From the Hebrew name טוֹבִיָּה (Toviyyah)
which meant "YAHWEH
is good". This was the name of an Ammonite in the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament.
TOBIAS m Biblical, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of TOBIAH
. This is the name of the hero of the apocryphal Book of Tobit, which appears in many English versions of the Old Testament. It relates how Tobit
's son Tobias, with the help of the angel Raphael
, is able to drive away a demon who has plagued Sarah
, who subsequently becomes his wife. This story was popular in the Middle Ages, and the name came into occasional use in parts of Europe at that time. In England it became common after the Protestant Reformation.
TOBIN m English
From an English surname which was itself derived from the given name TOBIAS
TOBIT m Biblical, Biblical Latin
From Greek Τωβιθ (Tobith)
, from the Hebrew name טוֹבִיה (Tovih)
meaning "my good". The apocryphal Book of Tobit, which is canonical in many Christian traditions but not in Judaism, tells the story of Tobit's son Tobias
. He is sent by his father to collect money in Media, aided by the angel Raphael
in the guise of a man. At the end of the story Tobit's blindness is cured.
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).
TODD m English
From a surname meaning "fox", derived from Middle English todde
TOLLAK m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórleikr
, which meant "Thor's play" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with leikr
"play, game (involving weapons)".
TOM (1) m English, Dutch
Short form of THOMAS
. Tom Sawyer was the main character in several of Mark Twain's novels, first appearing in 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876). Other famous bearers include American actors Tom Hanks (1956-) and Tom Cruise (1962-).
TOR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern Scandinavian form of Þórr
). It was not used as a personal name until the 18th century. It is sometimes used as a short form of names of Old Norse origin that begin with the element Tor
, which is also from Þórr
TORBJÖRN m Swedish
From the Old Norse name Þórbjörn
, which meant "Thor's bear" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with björn
TORGEIR m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórgeirr
, which meant "Thor's spear" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with geirr
TORGNY m Swedish
From the Old Norse name Þórgnýr
meaning "Thor's noise" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with gnýr
"noise, grumble, murmur".
TORIBIO m Spanish
Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Turibius
, of unknown meaning. Saint Toribio was a 16th-century archbishop of Lima.
TORKEL m Norwegian, Swedish
From the Old Norse name Þórketill
meaning "Thor's cauldron" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with ketill
TORLEIF m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórleifr
meaning "Thor's descendant" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with leifr
TORMOD m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórmóðr
, which meant "Thor's mind" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with móðr
TORNIKE m Georgian
Georgian form of Greek Τορνικιος (Tornikios)
or Τορνικης (Tornikes)
, the name of a prominent Byzantine family that was of Armenian or Georgian descent. The family name may be derived from Armenian թոռնիկ (tornik)
, a diminutive of թոռն (torn)
meaning "grandchild". Usage as a given name probably began in honour of the family, a notable member of which was a saint.
TOŠE m Macedonian
Variant transcription of TOSHE
. This is the usual Romanized spelling of the name of the Macedonian pop star Toše Proeski (1981-2007).
TOUSSAINT m French
Means "all saints" in French. This is the name of a Christian festival celebrated on November 1.
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
TRAFFORD m English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "fishtrap ford" in Old English.
TRAHAEARN m Welsh
Means "very much like iron", derived from Welsh tra
"very, over" and haearn
TRAJAN m History, Macedonian
From the Roman cognomen Traianus
, which is of unknown meaning. The Roman emperor Trajan (full name Marcus Ulpius Traianus) is considered among the most capable men to have led the empire. His military accomplishments include victories over Dacia and Parthia.
TRAUGOTT m German
Derived from German trau
"trust" and Gott
"God". This name was created in the 17th century.
TRAVIS m English
From the English surname Travis
(a variant of TRAVERS
). It was used in America in honour of William Travis (1809-1836), the commander of the Texan forces at the Battle of the Alamo.
TRENT m English
From a surname which originally denoted someone who lived by the River Trent
in England. Trent
is also a city in Italy, though the etymology is unrelated.
TRENTON m English
From the name of a New Jersey city established in the 17th century by William Trent. It means "TRENT
TREVELYAN m English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a Cornish place name meaning "homestead on the hill".
TREVOR m Welsh, English
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "big village" from Welsh tref
"village" and mawr
TREY m English
From an English nickname meaning "three".
TRI m & f Indonesian
Means "three, third" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit त्रि (tri)
TRINIDAD f & m Spanish
Means "trinity" in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity. An island in the West Indies bears this name.
TRISTAN m Welsh, English, French, Arthurian Romance
Old French form of the Pictish name Drustan
, a diminutive of DRUST
. The spelling was altered by association with Latin tristis
"sad". Tristan is a character in medieval French tales, probably inspired by older Celtic legends, and ultimately merged into Arthurian legend. According to the story Tristan was sent to Ireland in order to fetch Isolde
, who was to be the bride of King Mark of Cornwall. On the way back, Tristan and Isolde accidentally drink a potion which makes them fall in love. Their tragic story was very popular in the Middle Ages, and the name has occasionally been used since that time.
TROND m Norwegian
From the Old Norse byname Þróndr
which indicated a person from Trøndelag, a region in central Norway, possibly derived from þróast
meaning "to grow, to prosper".
TROY m English
From a surname that originally denoted a person from the city of Troyes in France. This was also the name of the ancient city that was besieged by the Greeks in Homer
TRUMAN m English
From a surname which meant "trusty man" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). It was also borne by American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984).
TRYPHON m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek τρυφη (tryphe)
meaning "softness, delicacy". Saint Tryphon, a gooseherder from Syria, was martyred in the 3rd century.
TSUBASA m & f Japanese
From Japanese 翼 (tsubasa)
meaning "wing", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
TU m & f Chinese
From Chinese 图 (tú)
meaning "chart, map" or other characters with similar pronunciations.
TÚ m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 秀 (tú)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding".
TUCKER m English (Modern)
From an occupational surname derived from Old English tucian
meaning "one who fulls cloth".
TUDOR (1) m Welsh
Welsh form of the old Celtic name Teutorigos
, meaning "ruler of the people" (cognate with THEODORIC
). As a surname it was borne by five monarchs of England beginning with Henry VII in the 15th century.
TULLIO m Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Tullius
, which is of unknown meaning. A famous bearer was Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman orator and author.
TULLY m History
Form of Tullius
) used to refer to the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero.
TUOR m Literature
Means "strength vigour" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Tuor was the mortal man who came to the hidden city of Gondolin to warn of its imminent doom. When Gondolin was attacked and destroyed he escaped with his wife Idril
and son Eärendil, and sailed into the west.
TURIN m Literature
Means "victory mood" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Turin was a cursed hero, the slayer of the dragon Glaurung. He was also called Turambar, Mormegil, and other names. This is also the Anglicized name of the city of Torino in Italy.
TUTANKHAMON m Ancient Egyptian
Means "image of the life of Amon", derived from Egyptian tut
"image" combined with ankh
"life" combined with the name of the god Amon
. This was the name of an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, most famous because of the treasures found in his tomb.
TYBALT m Literature
Medieval form of THEOBALD
. This is the name of a cousin of Juliet killed by Romeo in Shakespeare's drama 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).
TYCHO m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Τυχων (Tychon)
meaning "hitting the mark". This was the name of a Greek saint. It was also borne by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
TYE m English
From a surname meaning "pasture" in Middle English.
TYLER m English
From an English surname meaning "tiler of roofs". The surname was borne by American president John Tyler (1790-1862).
TYR m Norse Mythology
Norse form of the name of the Germanic god Tiwaz
, related to Indo-European dyeus
). In Norse mythology Tyr was the god of war and justice, the son of the god Odin
. He carried a spear in his left hand, since his right hand was bitten off by the wolf Fenrir. At the time of the end of the world, the Ragnarok, Tyr will slay and be slain by the giant hound Garm.
TYRONE m English
From the name of a county in Northern Ireland which is derived from Irish Gaelic Tir Eoghain
meaning "land of EOGHAN
". This name was popularized by American actor Tyrone Power (1914-1958), who was named after his great-grandfather, an Irish actor.
TYSON m English
From an English surname which could be derived from a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Old French tison
meaning "firebrand". Alternatively, it could be a variant of DYSON
. A famous bearer of the surname was boxer Mike Tyson (1966-).
U-JIN m Korean
From Sino-Korean 宇 (u)
meaning "house, eaves, universe" or 佑 (u)
meaning "help, protect, bless" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 鎭 (jin)
meaning "town, market place". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
ULRIC m English (Rare)
Middle English form of the Old English name Wulfric
meaning "wolf power". When it is used in modern times, it is usually as a variant of ULRICH
ULRICH m German, French, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Odalric
meaning "prosperity and power", from the element odal
"heritage" combined with ric
"power". It has long been confused with the Germanic name Hulderic
. This was the name of two German saints. Another famous bearer was Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531), also known as Huldrych, the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland.
ULTÁN m Irish
Means "of Ulster" in Gaelic. Ulster is a region in the north of Ireland. This name was borne by two 7th-century Irish saints.
ULYSSES m Roman Mythology, English
Latin form of ODYSSEUS
. It was borne by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War, who went on to become an American president. Irish author James Joyce used it as the title of his book 'Ulysses' (1920), which loosely parallels Homer
's epic the 'Odyssey'.
UMAR m Arabic
Means "populous, flourishing", derived from Arabic عمر ('umr)
"life". Umar was a companion and strong supporter of Muhammad
who became the second caliph of the Muslims. He is considered to be one of the great founders of the Muslim state. The name was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Persia, Umar Khayyam.
UMID m Uzbek
Means "hope" in Uzbek, ultimately from Persian امید (omid)
ÜMİT m Turkish
Means "hope" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian امید (omid)
UMUT m & f Turkish
Variant of ÜMİT
. The Turkish words umut
are etymologically related synonyms.
UPTON m English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "upper town" in Old English. A famous bearer of this name was the American novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968).
URAL m Bashkir
From the name of the Ural Mountains, which is possibly from Turkic aral
meaning "island, boundary". This is the name of the title character in the Bashkir epic 'Ural-batyr'.
URANUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ουρανος (Ouranos)
, the name of the husband of Gaia
and the father of the Titans in Greek mythology. His name is derived from ουρανος (ouranos)
meaning "the heavens". This is also the name of the seventh planet in the solar system.
URIAH m Biblical
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיָה ('Uriyah)
which meant "YAHWEH
is my light". In the Old Testament this is the name of a Hittite warrior in King David
's army, the first husband of Bathsheba
. David desired Bathsheba so he placed Uriah in the forefront of battle so he would be killed.
URIEL m Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיאֵל ('Uri'el)
which meant "God is my light". Uriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition. He is mentioned only in the Apocrypha, for example in the Book of Enoch where he warns Noah
of the coming flood.
URIJAH m Biblical
Form of URIAH
used in some English versions of the Old Testament (for a character in the Book of Jeremiah).
UROŠ m Serbian, Slovene
Serbian form of an old Hungarian name, possibly from úr
meaning "man, lord" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of five Serbian kings.
URS m German
German form of the Latin name Ursus
, which meant "bear". Saint Ursus was a 3rd-century soldier in the Theban Legion who was martyred with Saint Victor. He is the patron saint of Solothurn in Switzerland.