Masculine Names

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SWIÐHUN m Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of SWITHIN.
SWITHIN m History
From the Old English name Swiðhun or Swiþhun, derived from swiþ "strong" and perhaps hun "bear cub". Saint Swithin was a 9th-century bishop of Winchester.
SWITHUN m History
Variant of SWITHIN.
SYARHEY m Belarusian
Alternate transcription of Belarusian Сяргей (see SIARHEI).
SYD m English
Short form of SYDNEY.
SYDNEY f & m English
From a surname that 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.
SYED m Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali
Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali form of SAYYID.
SYLVAIN m French
French form of SILVANUS.
SYLVAN m English
Either a variant of SILVANUS or directly from the Latin word silva meaning "wood, forest".
SYLVESTER m English, Dutch, Danish, German
Medieval variant of SILVESTER. This is currently the usual English spelling of the name. The actor Sylvester Stallone (1946-) is a famous bearer.
SYLVESTRE m French
French form of SILVESTER.
SYLWESTER m Polish
Polish form of SILVESTER.
SYMEON m Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Old Testament Greek (though occurring rarely in the New Testament) and Latin form of SIMEON.
SYMEONU m Old Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of SIMEON.
SYMON m Ukrainian (Rare)
Ukrainian form of SIMON (1) (mostly ecclesiastical usage).
SZABOLCS m Hungarian
Meaning unknown, possibly from a Slavic word meaning "marten". It was borne by a leader of the Magyars at the time of Árpád. This is now the name of a region in Hungary.
SZCZEPAN m Polish
Polish form of STEPHEN.
SZCZĘSNY m Polish
Means "lucky, successful, happy" in Polish, a vernacular form of Felix.
SZEBASZTIÁN m Hungarian
Hungarian variant form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SZILÁRD m Hungarian
Means "solid, firm" in Hungarian, also used as a Hungarian vernacular form of Constantine.
SZILVESZTER m Hungarian
Hungarian form of SILVESTER.
SZYMON m Polish
Polish form of SIMON (1).
TAALAY m Kyrgyz
Means "lucky, happy" in Kyrgyz.
TAAVET m Estonian
Estonian form of DAVID.
TAAVETTI m Finnish
Finnish form of DAVID.
TAAVI m Estonian, Finnish
Estonian and Finnish form of DAVID.
TABASSUM m & f Arabic
Means "smiling" in Arabic.
TÁCITO m Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish (Rare)
Portuguese and Spanish form of TACITUS.
TACITO m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of TACITUS.
TACITUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "silent, mute" in Latin. This was the name of a 1st-century Roman historian.
TAD m English
Short form of THADDEUS.
TADALA m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "we have been blessed" in Chewa.
TADAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of THADDEUS.
TADDEO m Italian
Italian form of THADDEUS.
TADEÁŠ m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of THADDEUS.
TADEJ m Slovene
Slovene form of THADDEUS.
TADEO m Spanish
Spanish form of THADDEUS.
TADESSE m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "revived" in Amharic.
TADEU m Portuguese
Portuguese form of THADDEUS.
TADEUSZ m Polish
Polish form of THADDEUS.
TADG m Irish, Scottish
Old Irish form of TADHG.
TADHG m Irish, Scottish
Means "poet" in Irish. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Connacht.
TADHGÁN m Irish
Diminutive of TADHG.
TADIJA m Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of THADDEUS.
TAEGAN f & m English (Rare)
Variant of TEAGAN.
TAFADZWA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "we are pleased" in Shona.
TAFARI m Eastern African, Amharic (Rare)
Possibly means "he who inspires awe" in Amharic. This name was borne by Lij Tafari Makonnen (1892-1975), also known as Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. Rastafarians (Ras Tafari meaning "king Tafari") revere him as the earthly incarnation of God.
TAFFY m Welsh
Anglicized form of DAFYDD. It has been used as a slang term for a Welshman.
TAGE m Danish, Swedish
From the medieval Danish byname Taki, derived from Old Norse taka meaning "to take, to capture".
TAHA m Arabic
From the Arabic letters ط (called ta) and ه (called ha). These letters begin the 20th chapter of the Quran (surah Ta Ha).
TAHİR m Turkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of TAHIR.
TAHIR m Arabic
Means "virtuous, pure, chaste" in Arabic.
TAHMASP m Ancient Persian
Persian form of the Avestan name Takhmaspa, which was derived from takhma "strong, brave, valiant" and aspa "horse". This name was borne by two Safavid shahs of Persia.
TAHMID m Arabic
Means "praising" in Arabic.
TAHMURAS m Persian Mythology
Persian form of Avestan Takhma Urupi meaning "strong body". Takhma Urupi is a hero from the Avesta who later appears in the 11th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
TAHVO m Finnish
Finnish form of STEPHEN.
TAI m & f Chinese
From Chinese (tài) meaning "very, extreme" or other characters pronounced in a similar way.
TAICHI m Japanese
From Japanese (ta) meaning "thick, big" and (ichi) meaning "one", in addition to other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
TAIKI m Japanese
From Japanese (tai) meaning "big, great" and (ki) meaning "brightness" or (ki) meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAIMO m Estonian
From Estonian taim meaning "plant".
TAISTO m Finnish
Means "battle" in Finnish.
TAJ m Arabic
Means "crown" in Arabic.
TAKAHIRO m Japanese
From Japanese (taka) meaning "valuable" or (taka) meaning "filial piety" combined with (hiro) meaning "big, great" or (hiro) meaning "prosperous". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKARA m & f Japanese
From Japanese (takara) meaning "treasure, jewel", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
TAKASHI m Japanese
From Japanese (takashi) meaning "filial piety", (takashi) meaning "noble, prosperous" or (takashi) meaning "esteem, honour, venerate", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations that result in the same pronunciation.
TAKEHIKO m Japanese
From Japanese (take) meaning "military, martial" or (take) meaning "bamboo" combined with (hiko) meaning "boy, prince". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
TAKESHI m Japanese
From Japanese (takeshi) meaning "military, martial", (takeshi) meaning "strong, healthy", or other kanji having the same reading.
TAKI m Old Danish
Old Danish form of TAGE.
TAKIS m Greek
Short form of PANAGIOTAKIS and other names with similar endings.
TAKONDWA m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "we are glad" in Chewa.
TAKUMA m Japanese
From Japanese (taku) meaning "expand, open, support" and (ma) meaning "real, genuine". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKUMI m Japanese
From Japanese (takumi) meaning "artisan" or (takumi) meaning "skillful". It can also come from (taku) meaning "expand, open, support" combined with (mi) meaning "sea, ocean" or (mi) meaning "fruit, good result, truth". This name can also be formed of other kanji combinations.
TAKUYA m Japanese
From Japanese (taku) meaning "expand, open, support" combined with (ya) meaning "also" or (ya), an exclamation. This name can be formed with other kanji combinations as well.
TAL m & f Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew טַל (tal) meaning "dew".
TALAAT m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic طَلعَت (see TAL'AT).
TALAKO m Native American, Choctaw
Means "eagle" in Choctaw.
TAL'AT m Arabic
Possibly means "face, sight" in Arabic.
TALÂT m Turkish
Turkish form of TAL'AT.
TALBOT m English (Rare)
From a surname that was perhaps derived from a Germanic given name composed of the elements tal "to destroy" and bod "message".
TALFRYN m Welsh
From a Welsh place name meaning "high hill", derived from Welsh tal "high" and bryn "hill".
TÄLGAT m Tatar
Tatar form of TAL'AT.
TALGAT m Kazakh
Kazakh form of TAL'AT.
TALIB m Arabic
Means "seeker of knowledge, student" in Arabic. Abu Talib was an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad who raised him after his parents and grandparents died. His name was in fact a kunya (a nickname) formed using Abu; his real name may have been Imran.
TALIESIN m Welsh, Arthurian Romance
Means "shining brow", derived from Welsh tal "brow" and iesin "shining". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh poet and bard. In later Welsh legends he is portrayed as a wizard and prophet, or as a companion of King Arthur.
TALİP m Turkish
Turkish form of TALIB.
TALLAK m Norwegian
Variant of TOLLAK.
TALMAI m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "furrowed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name is borne by both a giant and also the father of King David's wife Maacah.
TALON m English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "talon, claw", ultimately derived (via Norman French) from Latin talus "anklebone".
TAM (1) m Scottish
Scottish short form of THOMAS.
TAM (2) m & f Hebrew
Means "honest, innocent" in Hebrew.
TAMA m Maori
Means "son, boy" in Maori.
TAMANDANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "we have exalted" in Chewa.
TAMANNA m Indian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "wish, desire" in Hindi, ultimately from Persian تمنّا (tamanna).
TAMÁS m Hungarian
Hungarian form of THOMAS.
TAMATI m Maori
Maori form of THOMAS.
TAMATOA m Tahitian
From Tahitian tama "child" and toa "warrior".
TAMAZ m Georgian
Georgian form of TAHMASP.
TAMAZI m Georgian
Georgian form of TAHMASP.
TAMERLANE m History
Westernized form of Timur i Leng (see TIMUR).
TÀMHAS m Scottish
Scottish form of THOMAS.
TAMID m Arabic
Short form of MU'TAMID.
TAMIR m Hebrew
Means "tall" in Hebrew.
TAMMARO m Italian
Italian form of the Germanic name Thancmar, which was composed of the elements thank "thought" and mari "famous".
TAMMUZ m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, Semitic Mythology
Semitic form of DUMUZI. The name of the god appears in the Book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament.
TAMRAT m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "miracle" in Amharic.
TANCRED m Old Norman
Norman form of a Germanic name meaning "thought and counsel", derived from the elements thank "thought" and rad "counsel". This was the name of a leader of the First Crusade, described by Torquato Tasso in his epic poem Jerusalem Delivered (1580).
TANCREDI m Italian
Italian form of TANCRED. Gioachino Rossini used this name in his opera Tancredi (1813).
TĀNE m Maori, Polynesian Mythology
Means "man" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Tāne was the god of forests and light. He was the son of the sky god Rangi and the earth goddess Papa, who were locked in an embrace and finally separated by their son. He created the tui bird and, by some accounts, man.
TANELI m Finnish
Finnish form of DANIEL.
TANER m Turkish
Means "born at dawn" in Turkish.
TANGAROA m Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Polynesian mythology he was the god of the sea, the son of Rangi and Papa. He separated his parents' embrace, creating the earth and the sky.
TANGI m Breton
Breton form of TANGUY.
TANGUY m Breton, French
From Breton tan "fire" and gi "dog". This was the name of a 6th-century Breton saint.
TANIEL m Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of DANIEL.
TANNER m English
From an English surname meaning "one who tans hides".
TAO m Chinese
From Chinese (tāo) meaning "large waves", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
TAONGA f & m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "we are thankful" in Tumbuka.
TAPANI m Finnish
Finnish form of STEPHEN.
TAPIO m Finnish, Finnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. Tapio was the Finnish god of forests, animals, and hunting.
TARANIS m Celtic Mythology
Derived from Celtic taran meaning "thunder", cognate with Þórr (see THOR). This was the name of the Gaulish thunder god, who was often identified with the Roman god Jupiter.
TARAS m Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian and Russian form of the Greek name Ταρασιος (Tarasios), which possibly means "from Taras". Taras was an Italian city, now called Taranto, which was founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC and was named for the Greek mythological figure Taras, a son of Poseidon. Saint Tarasios was an 8th-century bishop of Constantinople. It was also borne by the Ukrainian writer and artist Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861).
TARASIOS m Late Greek
Greek form of TARAS.
TARBEN m Danish
Danish form of TORBJÖRN.
TAREK m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic طارق (see TARIQ).
TARHUNNA m Near Eastern Mythology
From Hittite or Luwian tarh meaning "to cross, to conquer". This was the name of the Hittite god of the weather, storms, and the sky, and the slayer of the dragon Illuyanka. He was closely identified with the Hurrian god Teshub, and sometimes with the Semitic god Hadad.
TARIK m Turkish
Turkish form of TARIQ.
TARIK m Bosnian, Arabic
Bosnian form of TARIQ. It is also an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
TARIKU m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "his history, his story" in Amharic.
TARIQ m Arabic
Means "he who knocks at the door" in Arabic. This is the Arabic name of the morning star. Tariq ibn Ziyad was the Islamic general who conquered Spain for the Umayyad Caliphate in the 8th century.
TARMO m Estonian, Finnish
Means "vigour, energy, drive" in Estonian and Finnish.
TARO m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 太郎 (see TARŌ).
TARŌ m Japanese
From Japanese (ta) meaning "thick, big" and () meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TARON m Armenian
From the name of a region in historic Armenia (now in Turkey).
TAROU m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 太郎 (see TARŌ).
TARQUIN m History
From Tarquinius, a Roman name of unknown meaning, possibly Etruscan in origin. This was the name of two early kings of Rome.
TASE m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Diminutive of ATANAS.
TASGALL m Scottish
Scottish form of ÁSKETILL.
TASHI m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "good fortune" in Tibetan.
TASI f & m Chamorro
Means "sea, ocean" in Chamorro.
TASKILL m Scottish
Anglicized form of TASGALL.
TASUNKA m Native American, Sioux
From Lakota tȟašuŋke meaning "his horse". This forms the first part of the name of Tasunka Witko (1840-1877), translated as Crazy Horse, a Lakota war leader.
TATA m Anglo-Saxon
Old English name of unknown meaning.
TATANKA m Native American, Sioux
From Lakota tȟatȟáŋka meaning "bull". This is the first part of the name of the Lakota holy man and chief Tatanka Iyotake (1831-1890), translated into English as Sitting Bull.
TATE m English
From an English surname that was derived from the Old English given name Tata, of unknown origin.
TATENDA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "thank you" in Shona.
TATIANUS m Ancient Roman
Masculine form of TATIANA.
TATIUS m Roman Mythology, Ancient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning, possibly of Sabine origin. According to Roman legend, Titus Tatius was an 8th-century BC king of the Sabines who came to jointly rule over the Romans and Sabines with the Roman king Romulus.
TATTON m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's town" in Old English.
TATU m Finnish
Diminutive of TANELI.
TAU m Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "lion" in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).
TAUFIK m Indonesian
Indonesian form of TAWFIQ.
TAUNO m Finnish
Means "peaceful, modest" in Karelian Finnish.
TAUTVYDAS m Lithuanian
From the Baltic elements tauta "intelligent" and vyd "to see".
TAVISH m Scottish
Anglicized form of Thàmhais, vocative case of TÀMHAS. Alternatively it could be taken from the Scottish surname MacTavish, Anglicized form of Mac Tàmhais, meaning "son of Thomas".
TAWFIQ m Arabic
Means "good fortune", derived from Arabic وفق (wafiqa) meaning "to be successful".
TAYEB m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic طيّب (see TAYYIB).
TAYLAN m Turkish
Means "tall" in Turkish.
TAYLER f & m English (Modern)
Variant of TAYLOR.
TAYLOR m & f English
From an English surname that 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 the British-American author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).
TAYMURAZ m Ossetian
Ossetian form of TAHMURAS.
TAYYIB m Arabic
Means "pleasant, good-natured" in Arabic.
TAYYİP m Turkish
Turkish form of TAYYIB.
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.
TEAGUE m Irish
Anglicized form of TADHG. This name is also used as a slang term for an Irishman.
TEÀRLACH m Scottish
Scottish form of TOIRDHEALBHACH. This name is also used as a Scottish form of CHARLES.
TEBOHO m Southern African, Sotho
Means "gratitude" in Sotho.
TECUMSEH m Native American, Shawnee
Means "panther passing across" in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee leader who, with his brother Tenskwatawa, resisted European expansion in the early 19th century.
TED m English
Short form of EDWARD or THEODORE. A famous bearer was the American baseball player Ted Williams (1918-2002), who was born as Theodore.
TEDDIE m English
Diminutive of EDWARD or THEODORE.
TEDDY m English
Diminutive of EDWARD or THEODORE.
TEDORE m Georgian
Georgian form of THEODORE.
TEEMU m Finnish
Finnish form of NICODEMUS.
TEGID m Welsh
Possibly derived from Welsh teg "fair", or possibly from the Roman name TACITUS. This is the Welsh name of a lake in Wales, called Bala Lake in English. It also occurs in medieval Welsh legends as the husband of Ceridwen.
TEIGE m Irish
Anglicized form of TADHG.
TEIGUE m Irish
Anglicized form of TADHG.
TEIMURAZ m Georgian
Georgian form of TAHMURAS. This was the name of several kings who ruled over kingdoms located in what is now modern Georgia.
TEKOA m Biblical
Possibly means either "stockade" or "horn, trumpet" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a both a city and a son of Ashhur.
TÉLESPHORE m French (Rare)
French form of the Greek name Τελεσφορος (Telesphoros) meaning "bringing fulfillment" or "bearing fruit". Saint Telesphorus was a 2nd-century pope and martyr.
TELESPHORUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Telesphoros (see TÉLESPHORE).
TELMO m Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from a misdivision of Spanish Santelmo meaning "saint ELMO". This name is given in honour of Pedro González Telmo, a 13th-century Spanish priest.
TEMAN m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "right hand" or "south" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a grandson of Esau for whom the town of Teman in Edom was named.
TEMEL m Turkish
Means "fundamental, basic" in Turkish.
TEMIR m Kazakh
Kazakh form of Temür (see TIMUR).
TEMITOPE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "enough to give thanks" in Yoruba.
TEMO m Georgian
Short form of TEIMURAZ.
TEMPLE m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that originally belonged to a person who was associated with the Knights Templar, a medieval religious military order.
TEMÜJIN m Medieval Mongolian
Mongolian form of TEMUJIN.
TEMUJIN m History
Means "of iron" in Mongolian, derived ultimately from the Turkic word temür "iron". This was the original name of the Mongolian leader better known by the title Genghis Khan. Born in the 12th century, he managed to unite the tribes of Mongolia and then conquer huge areas of Asia and Eastern Europe.
TEMÜR m Medieval Turkic
Old Turkic form of TIMUR.
TEMUR m Georgian, Uzbek
Georgian and Uzbek form of TIMUR.
TEMURI m Georgian
Georgian form of TIMUR.
TENDAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "be thankful" in Shona.
TENDAJI m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "makes things happen" in Swahili.
TENGIZ m Georgian
Derived from Turkic tengiz meaning "sea, ocean".
TENNEY m Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of DENIS.
TENNYSON m English (Rare)
From an English surname that meant "son of Tenney", Tenney being a medieval form of DENIS. A notable bearer of the surname was British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).
TENSKWATAWA m Native American, Shawnee
Means "open door" in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee prophet. With his brother Tecumseh he led his people in resistance against European expansion in the early 19th century.
TENZIN m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
From Tibetan བསྟན་འཛིན (bstan-'dzin) meaning "upholder of teachings". This is one of the given names of the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (1935-).
TENZING m & f Tibetan
Alternate transcription of Tibetan བསྟན་འཛིན (see TENZIN).
TÉO m Portuguese
Short form of TEODORO and other names that begin with Teo.
TEO m Italian, Spanish, Croatian
Short form of TEODORO and other names that begin with Teo.
TEOBALDO m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of THEOBALD.
TEODORO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Theodoros (see THEODORE).
TEODORS m Latvian
Latvian form of Theodoros (see THEODORE).
TEODÓSIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of THEODOSIUS.
TEODOSIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of THEODOSIUS.
TEOFIL m Polish
Polish form of THEOPHILUS.
TEÓFILO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of THEOPHILUS.
TEOFILO m Italian
Italian form of THEOPHILUS.
TE'OMA m Ancient Aramaic
Old Aramaic form of THOMAS.
TEPPO m Finnish
Finnish short form of STEPHEN.
TERACH m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of TERAH.
TERAH m Biblical
Possibly means "station" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Terah is the father of Abraham. He led his people out of Ur and towards Canaan, but died along the way.
TERANCE m English
Variant of TERENCE.
TERCERO m Spanish (Rare)
Means "third" in Spanish. This name was traditionally given to the third child born.
TÉRCIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of TERTIUS.
TERELL m English
Variant of TERRELL.
TERENCE m English
From the Roman family name Terentius, which is of unknown meaning. Famous bearers include Publius Terentius Afer, a Roman playwright, and Marcus Terentius Varro, a Roman scholar. It was also borne by several early saints. The name was used in Ireland as an Anglicized form of TOIRDHEALBHACH, but it was not in use as an English name until the late 19th century.
TERENTI m Georgian, Russian
Georgian form of Terentius (see TERENCE). It is also an alternate transcription of Russian Терентий (see TERENTIY).
TERENTIUS m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of TERENCE.
TERENTIY m Russian
Russian form of Terentius (see TERENCE).
TERENZIO m Italian
Italian form of Terentius (see TERENCE).
TERHO m Finnish
Means "acorn" in Finnish.
TERJE (1) m Norwegian
Norwegian variant of TORGEIR.
TERMINUS m Roman Mythology
Means "limit, boundary, end" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman god of boundaries.
TERO m Finnish
Short form of ANTERO.
TERRANCE m English
Variant of TERENCE.
TERRELL m English
From an English surname that was probably derived from the Norman French nickname tirel "to pull", referring to a stubborn person. It may sometimes be given in honour of civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).
TERRENCE m English
Variant of TERENCE.
TERRY (1) m & f English
From an English surname that 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.
TERTIUS m Ancient Roman
This was both a Roman praenomen and a cognomen meaning "third" in Latin.
TERZO m Italian
Italian form of TERTIUS.
TESFAYE m Eastern African, Amharic
From Amharic ተስፋ (tasfa) meaning "hope".
TESHUB m Near Eastern Mythology
Meaning unknown, of Hurrian origin. This was the name of the Hurrian storm god. He was later conflated with the Hittite god Tarhunna.
TESSOUAT m Native American, Algonquin
Meaning unknown. This was the name of several 17th-century Algonquin chiefs.
TEUN m Dutch
Dutch short form of ANTONIUS.
TEUNIS m Dutch
Dutch short form of ANTONIUS.
TEUVO m Finnish
Finnish short form of THEODORE.
TEVFİK m Turkish
Turkish form of TAWFIQ.
TEVIN m English (Modern)
Invented name, probably inspired by Kevin and Devin. This name was popularized by the American singer Tevin Campbell (1976-).
TEVYE m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish form of TOBIAH. This is the name of the central character in stories written by the Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem in the late 19th century, as well as the later musical adaptation Fiddler on the Roof (1964).
TEX m English
From a nickname denoting a person who came from the state of Texas. A famous bearer was the American animator Tex Avery (1908-1980), real name Frederick, who was born in Texas.
TEZCATLIPOCA m Aztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "smoking mirror" in Nahuatl. In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was one of the chief gods, associated with the night sky, winds, war, and the north. Like his rival Quetzalcoatl, he was a creator god.
THABANI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "be happy" in Zulu and Ndebele.
THABO m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
THAD m English
Short form of THADDEUS.
THADDAEUS m Biblical
Form of THADDEUS used in most English versions of the New Testament.
THADDEUS m English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From Θαδδαιος (Thaddaios), the Greek form of the Aramaic name Thaddai. It is possibly derived from a word meaning "heart", but it may in fact be an Aramaic form of a Greek name such as Θεοδωρος (see THEODORE). In the Gospel of Matthew, Thaddaeus is listed as one of the twelve apostles, though elsewhere in the New Testament his name is omitted and Jude's appears instead. It is likely that the two names refer to the same person.
THAKSIN m Thai
Means "south, right hand" in Thai.
THALES m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek θαλλω (thallo) meaning "to blossom". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician.
THAMIR m Arabic
Means "fruitful" in Arabic.
THANASIS m Greek
Modern Greek short form of ATHANASIOS.
THANATOS m Greek Mythology
Means "death" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek god of death who resided with Hades in the underworld.
THANDO m & f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele thanda meaning "to love".
THANE m English (Rare)
From the Scottish and English noble title, which was originally from Old English thegn.
THANH f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (thanh) meaning "blue, green, young" or (thanh) meaning "sound, voice, tone".
THANKARAT m Ancient Germanic
Older Germanic form of TANCRED.
THANOS m Greek
Diminutive of ATHANASIOS.
THATCHER m English (Modern)
From an English surname that referred to a person who thatched roofs by attaching straw to them, derived from Old English þæc "thatch". The surname was borne by British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013).
THEI m Limburgish
Limburgish short form of THEODOOR.
THELONIUS m Various
Latinized form of Tielo (see TILO). A famous bearer was jazz musician Thelonious Monk (1917-1982).
THEMBA m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "trust, hope" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
THEMISTOCLES m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεμιστοκλης (Themistokles) meaning "glory of the law", from θεμις (themis) meaning "law of nature, divine law" (genitive θεμιστος) and κλεος (kleos) meaning "glory". This was the name of an Athenian statesman and general who was victorious over the Persians in the Battle of Salamis.
THEMISTOKLES m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of THEMISTOCLES.
THEMISTOKLIS m Greek
Modern Greek form of THEMISTOCLES.
THÉO m French
Short form of THÉODORE.
THEO m English, Dutch
Short form of THEODORE, THEOBALD, and other names that begin with Theo.
THEOBALD m English (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Means "bold people", derived from the Germanic elements theud "people" and bald "bold". The Normans brought the name to England, where it joined an existing Old English cognate. The medieval forms Tibald and Tebald were commonly Latinized as Theobaldus. It was rare by the 20th century.
THEOCRITUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Θεοκριτος (Theokritos), a Greek name meaning "judge of god" from θεος (theos) meaning "god" and κριτης (krites) meaning "judge, critic". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek poet.
THEODOAR m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements theud "people" and war "vigilant, cautious".
THEODOARD m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements theud "people" and wart "watcher".
THEODOOR m Dutch
Dutch form of THEODORE.
THEODOR m German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Romanian
German form of THEODORE, as well as a Scandinavian, Czech and Romanian variant of TEODOR. A famous bearer was American children's book creator Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), better known as Dr. Seuss.
THÉODORE m French
French form of THEODORE.
THEODORE m English
From the Greek name Θεοδωρος (Theodoros), which meant "gift of god" from Greek θεος (theos) meaning "god" and δωρον (doron) meaning "gift". The name Dorothea is derived from the same roots in reverse order. This was the name of several saints, including Theodore of Amasea, a 4th-century Greek soldier; Theodore of Tarsus, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury; and Theodore the Studite, a 9th-century Byzantine monk. It was also borne by two popes.... [more]
THEODORIC m History
From a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the people", derived from the elements theud "people" and ric "ruler". It was notably borne by Theodoric the Great, a 6th-century king of the Ostrogoths who eventually became the ruler of Italy. By Theodoric's time the Ostrogoths were partially Romanized and his name was regularly recorded as Theodoricus. The Gothic original may have been Þiudreiks.
THEODORUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized), Dutch
Latinized form of the Greek name Theodoros (see THEODORE).
THEODOSIUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεοδοσιος (Theodosios) meaning "giving to god", derived from θεος (theos) meaning "god" and δοσις (dosis) meaning "giving". Saint Theodosius of Palestine was a monk who founded a monastery near Bethlehem in the 5th century. This also was the name of emperors of the Eastern Roman and Byzantine Empires.
THEODOTUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεοδοτος (Theodotos) meaning "given to god", derived from θεος (theos) meaning "god" and δοτος (dotos) meaning "given". This name belonged to several early saints and martyrs.
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