Unisex Names

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LAURIE f & m English, Dutch
Diminutive of LAURA or LAURENCE (1).
LAVERN m & f English
Variant of LAVERNE.
LAVERNE f & m English
From a surname that was derived from a French place name, ultimately derived from the Gaulish word vern meaning "alder". It is sometimes associated with the Roman goddess Laverna or the Latin word vernus "of spring".
LAXMI f & m Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Alternate transcription of Telugu లక్ష్మి or Marathi/Hindi लक्ष्मी (see LAKSHMI), as well as the most common Nepali transcription.
LEE m & f English
From a surname that was derived from Old English leah meaning "clearing". The surname belonged to Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), commander of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. In his honour, it has been commonly used as a given name in the American South.
LEHUA f & m Hawaiian
Means "ohia flower" in Hawaiian.
LEI (1) m & f Hawaiian
Means "flowers, lei, child" in Hawaiian.
LEI (2) m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lěi) meaning "pile of stones" (which is typically masculine) or (lěi) meaning "bud" (typically feminine). Other characters can also form this name.
LEIGH f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of LEE.
LEIGHTON f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of LAYTON.
LEILANI f & m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly flowers" or "royal child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
LEITH m & f English (Rare)
From a surname, originally from the name of a Scottish town (now a district of Edinburgh), which is derived from Gaelic lìte "wet, damp". It is also the name of the river that flows though Edinburgh.
LENNON m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Leannáin, which means "descendant of Leannán". The name Leannán means "lover" in Irish. This surname was borne by musician John Lennon (1940-1980), a member of the Beatles.
LENNOX m & f Scottish, English (Modern)
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the name of a district in Scotland. The district, called Leamhnachd in Gaelic, possibly means "place of elms".
LÉONIDE m & f French (Rare)
French masculine and feminine form of LEONIDAS.
LESLEY f & m English
Variant of LESLIE.
LESLIE f & m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from a Scottish place name, probably derived from Gaelic leas celyn meaning "garden of holly". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century. In America it was more common as a feminine name after the 1940s.
LHAMO f & m Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "goddess" in Tibetan.
LI (1) f & m Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "reason, logic", () meaning "stand, establish", () meaning "black, dawn", () meaning "power, capability, influence" (which is usually only masculine) or () meaning "beautiful" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
LI (2) f & m Hebrew
Means "to me" in Hebrew.
LIAN (2) m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lián) meaning "lotus, water lily", (lián) meaning "waterfall", or other Chinese characters that are pronounced similarly.
LILIAN f & m English, French
English variant of LILLIAN, as well as a French masculine form.
LIM m & f Chinese
Hokkien Chinese form of LIN.
LIMBANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "be strong" in Chewa.
LIMBIKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "work hard" in Chewa.
LIN m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lín) meaning "forest" or (lín) meaning "fine jade, gem". Other characters can also form this name.
LINDSAY f & m English, Scottish
From an English and Scottish surname that was originally derived from the name of the region Lindsey, which means "LINCOLN island" in Old English. As a given name it was typically masculine until the 1960s (in Britain) and 1970s (in America) when it became popular for girls, probably due to its similarity to Linda and because of American actress Lindsay Wagner (1949-).
LINDSEY f & m English, Scottish
Variant of LINDSAY.
LINDY m & f English
Originally this was a masculine name, coming into use in America in 1927 when the dance called the Lindy Hop became popular. The dance was probably named for aviator Charles Lindbergh. Later this name was used as a diminutive of LINDA.
LING f & m Chinese
From Chinese (líng) meaning "spirit, soul", (líng) meaning "bell, chime", or other Chinese characters that are pronounced similarly.
LINH f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (linh) meaning "spirit, soul".
LIOR m & f Hebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
LIRON m & f Hebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
LISHAN f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "award" in Amharic.
LOGAN m & f Scottish, English
From a surname that was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.
LONDON f & m English (Modern)
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain. As a surname it was borne by the American author Jack London (1876-1916).
LOREN m & f English
Either a short form of LAURENCE (1) (masculine) or a variant of LAUREN (feminine).
LORETO f & m Italian, Spanish
From the name of a town in Italy, originally called Lauretum in Latin, meaning "laurel grove". Supposedly in the 13th century the house of the Virgin Mary was miraculously carried by angels from Nazareth to the town.
LOU f & m English, French
Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS. Famous bearers include the baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) and the musician Lou Reed (1942-2013).
LUCKY m & f English, Indian, Hindi
From a nickname given to a lucky person. It is also sometimes used as a diminutive of LUKE.
LUCRÈCE f & m French
French form of both LUCRETIA and its masculine form Lucretius.
LUNGILE f & m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
LUPE f & m Spanish
Short form of GUADALUPE.
LUX f & m Various
Derived from Latin lux meaning "light".
LYNN f & m English
From an English surname that was derived from Welsh llyn meaning "lake". Before the start of the 20th century it was primarily used for boys, but it has since come to be more common for girls. In some cases it may be thought of as a short form of LINDA or names that end in lyn or line.
MAAYAN f & m Hebrew
Means "spring of water" in Hebrew.
MACHLAH f & m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MAHLAH.
MACKENZIE f & m English
From the Gaelic surname Mac Coinnich, which means "son of COINNEACH". A famous bearer of the surname was William Lyon MacKenzie (1795-1861), a Canadian journalist and political rebel. As a feminine given name, it was popularized by the American actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959-). In the United Kingdom it is more common as a masculine name.
MADALITSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
MADE m & f Indonesian, Balinese
From Sanskrit मध्य (madhya) meaning "middle". This name is traditionally given to the family's second-born child.
MADHU f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu
From Sanskrit मधु (madhu) meaning "sweet, honey". This is another name of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu year (which occurs in March and April).
MADHUR m & f Indian, Hindi
Means "sweet" in Sanskrit.
MADISON f & m English
From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie Splash (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. A famous bearer of the surname was James Madison (1751-1836), one of the authors of the American constitution who later served as president.
MAHINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of MAHENDRA used by Sikhs.
MAHLAH f & m Biblical
From the Hebrew name מַחְלָה (Machlah), possibly from חָלָה (chalah) meaning "weak, sick". This name is used in the Old Testament as both a feminine and masculine name. In some versions of the Bible the masculine name is spelled Mahalah.
MAKANA m & f Hawaiian
Means "gift" in Hawaiian.
MAKARA m & f Khmer
Means "January" in Khmer.
MAKENA f & m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.
MAKOTO m & f Japanese
From Japanese (makoto) meaning "sincerity", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations.
MALAK f & m Arabic
Means "angel" in Arabic.
MANAIA f & m Maori
From the name of a stylized design common in Maori carvings. It represents a mythological creature with the head of a bird and the body of a human.
MANDEEP m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
MANINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
MANJEET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and जिति (jiti) meaning "victory, conquering".
MANU (2) m & f French, Spanish, German, Finnish
Short form of MANUEL or EMMANUEL (and also of MANUELA in Germany).
MARAM f & m Arabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.
MARÍA f & m Spanish, Galician, Icelandic
Spanish, Galician and Icelandic form of MARIA. It is occasionally used as a masculine middle name (or the second part of a double name) in Spanish-speaking regions.
MARIA f & m Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Sardinian, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.... [more]
MARIE f & m French, Czech, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
French and Czech form of MARIA. A notable bearer of this name was Marie Antoinette, a queen of France who was executed by guillotine during the French Revolution. Another was Marie Curie (1867-1934), a physicist and chemist who studied radioactivity with her husband Pierre.... [more]
MARIJN m & f Dutch
Dutch masculine and feminine form of MARINUS.
MARTIE m & f English
Diminutive of MARTIN, MARTINA or MARTHA.
MASAMI f & m Japanese
From Japanese (masa) meaning "become" or (masa) meaning "right, proper" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji.
MASOZI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
MATIJA m & f Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Slovene, Croatian and Serbian form of MATTHIAS, used to refer to the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. It is occasionally used as a feminine name.
MATTIE f & m English
Diminutive of MATILDA or MATTHEW.
MĀUI m & f Hawaiian, Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Hawaiian mythology Māui was a trickster who created the Hawaiian Islands by having his brothers fish them out of the sea. He was also responsible for binding the sun and slowing its movement.
MAVUTO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "troubles, problems" in Chewa.
MAWUNYO m & f Western African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
MAXI m & f Spanish, German
Spanish short form of MAXIMILIANO (masculine) or German short form of MAXIMILIANE (feminine) or MAXIMILIAN (masculine).
MAYAMIKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
MAYESO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
MCKINLEY f & m English
From a surname, the Gaelic form of which is Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH". A famous bearer was the assassinated American president William McKinley (1843-1901).
MEADE m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that indicated one who lived on a meadow (from Middle English mede) or one who sold or made mead (an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey; from Old English meodu).
MEGA f & m Indonesian
Means "cloud" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit मेघ (megha).
MEHR m & f Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA. As a Persian vocabulary word it means "friendship" and "sun". It is also the name of the seventh month of the Persian calendar. All these derive from the same source: the Indo-Iranian root *mitra meaning "oath, covenant, agreement".
MEL m & f English
Short form of MELVIN, MELANIE, MELISSA, and other names beginning with Mel.
MEREDITH m & f Welsh, English
From the Welsh name Maredudd or Meredydd, possibly meaning "great lord" or "sea lord". Since the mid-1920s it has been used more often for girls than for boys in English-speaking countries, though it is still a masculine name in Wales. A famous bearer of this name as surname was the English novelist and poet George Meredith (1828-1909).
MERLE f & m English
Variant of MERRILL or MURIEL. The spelling has been influenced by the word merle meaning "blackbird" (via French, from Latin merula).
MERLYN m & f English
Variant of MERLIN, sometimes used as a feminine form. It has perhaps been influenced by the Welsh word merlyn meaning "pony".
MEZTLI m & f Aztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "moon" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the Aztec god (or goddess) of the moon.
MICAIAH m & f Biblical
Means "who is like YAHWEH?" in Hebrew. This name occurs in the Old Testament belonging to both males and females.
MICAJAH m & f Biblical
Variant of MICAIAH.
MICHA (2) m & f German, Dutch
Short form of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICHI (1) m & f Japanese
From Japanese (michi) meaning "path". Other kanji can also form this name.
MICHI (2) m & f German
German diminutive of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICKEY m & f English
Diminutive or feminine form of MICHAEL. This was the name that Walt Disney gave to Ub Iwerks' cartoon character Mickey Mouse, who was originally named Mortimer Mouse. Another famous bearer was the American baseball player Mickey Mantle (1931-1995).
MIES f & m Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA or BARTHOLOMEUS.
MIKHAYHU m & f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MICAIAH.
MILLE f & m Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Danish and Norwegian short form of EMILIE (feminine) and Swedish short form of EMIL (masculine).
MIN m & f Chinese, Korean
From (mǐn) meaning "quick, clever, sharp", (mín) meaning "people, citizens", or other Chinese/Sino-Korean characters that are pronounced similarly.
MINATO m & f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese (minato) meaning "harbour", as well as other combinations of kanji having the same pronunciation.
MINENHLE f & m Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini "day" and hle "beautiful".
MING m & f Chinese
From Chinese (míng) meaning "bright, light, clear" or (míng) meaning "inscribe, engrave", as well as other characters that are pronounced similarly.
MIN-JUN m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with (jun) meaning "talented, handsome". Other hanja combinations are possible.
MINKE m & f Frisian, Dutch
Diminutive and feminine form of MEINE.
MINORU m & f Japanese
From Japanese (minoru) meaning "to bear fruit", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
MIN-SU m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "people, citizens" or (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with (su) meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" or (su), which refers to a river in China. Other hanja combinations are possible.
MIŠA m & f Serbian, Slovene
Serbian diminutive of MIHAILO, MIROSLAV and other names beginning with a similar sound. In Slovenia it is typically feminine.
MITRA (1) m & f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "friend" in Sanskrit, a cognate of MITHRA. This is a transcription of both the feminine form मित्रा and the masculine form मित्र, which is the name of a Hindu god of friendship and contracts who appears in the Rigveda.
MO f & m English
Short form of MAUREEN, MAURICE, MORRIS, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
MOANA f & m Maori, Hawaiian, Tahitian
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea" in Maori and Hawaiian (as well as in other Polynesian languages).
MODESTE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of MODESTUS.
MOERANI m & f Tahitian
From Tahitian moe "sleep" and rani "heaven, sky".
MOHANA m & f Hinduism
Means "bewitching, infatuating, charming" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form मोहन (an epithet of the Hindu gods Shiva, Krishna and Kama) and the feminine form मोहना.
MOHINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of MAHENDRA used by Sikhs.
MONET f & m Various
From a French surname that was derived from either HAMON or EDMOND. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONTANA f & m English (Modern)
From the name of the American state, which is derived from Latin montanus "mountainous".
MOR f & m Hebrew
Means "myrrh" in Hebrew.
MORAN f & m Hebrew
Means "viburnum shrub" in Hebrew.
MORGAN (1) m & f Welsh, English, French
From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which was possibly derived from Welsh mor "sea" and cant "circle". Since the 1980s in America Morgan has been more common for girls than boys, perhaps due to stories of Morgan le Fay or the fame of actress Morgan Fairchild (1950-).
MOTYA m & f Russian
Diminutive of MATVEY or MATRONA.
MPHATSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
MPHO m & f Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
MTENDERE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
MU m & f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "admire, desire", () meaning "tree, wood", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
MUDIWA f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "beloved" in Shona.
MUNASHE m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona.
MURPHY m & f Irish, English
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of MURCHADH".
MYEONG m & f Korean
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.
MYUNG m & f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul (see MYEONG).
NĀLANI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the heavens" or "the chiefs" from Hawaiian , a definite article, and lani "heaven, sky, chief".
NAO f & m Japanese
From Japanese (nao) meaning "straight" or from a combination of (na), a phonetic character, and (o) meaning "center". Other kanji or kanji combinations can form this name as well.
NAOMI (2) f & m Japanese
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.
NARCISSE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of NARCISSUS. This is also the French word for the narcissus flower.
NARINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of NARENDRA used by Sikhs.
NASEEM m & f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم or Urdu نسیم (see NASIM).
NASIM m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "breeze" in Arabic.
NASSIM m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم (see NASIM).
NAT m & f English
Short form of NATHAN, NATHANIEL, NATALIE, or other names beginning with Nat.
NAVDEEP m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
NAVNEET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and नित्य (nitya) meaning "eternal".
NAZARET f & m Spanish, Armenian
From Nazareth, the town in Galilee where Jesus lived. This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Armenian.
NDIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
NEELAM f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi नीलम (see NILAM).
NEO (1) f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "gift" in Tswana, a derivative of naya "to give".
NERGÜI m & f Mongolian
Means "no name" in Mongolian. This name was traditionally given in order to mislead bad spirits.
NESİM m & f Turkish
Turkish form of NASIM.
NETA f & m Hebrew
Means "plant, shrub" in Hebrew.
NGAWANG m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "powerful speech" in Tibetan, from ངག (ngag) meaning "speech" and དབང (dbang) meaning "power, force".
NGỌC f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (ngọc) meaning "jade, precious stone, gem".
NGOZI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
NHUNG f & m Vietnamese
Means "velvet" in Vietnamese.
NICKY m & f English
Diminutive of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NIKA (1) f & m Russian
Russian short form of VERONIKA and other names ending in nika. It can also be a short form of NIKITA (1) (masculine).
NIKEPHOROS m & f Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "carrying victory" from Greek νικη (nike) meaning "victory" and φερω (phero) meaning "to carry, to bear". This name was borne by several Byzantine emperors, including the 10th-century Nikephoros II Phokas. Besides being a masculine personal name, it was also a title borne by the goddess Athena.
NIKORA m & f Maori
Maori form of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NILAM f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "dark blue, sapphire" in Sanskrit.
NIMA (1) f & m Arabic
Means "blessing" in Arabic.
NIMAT f & m Arabic
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of NIMA (1).
NING f & m Chinese
From Chinese (níng) meaning "peaceful, calm, serene", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
NISHAT m & f Arabic, Bengali
Means "energetic, lively" in Arabic.
NITYA f & m Indian, Hindi
Means "always, eternal" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form नित्या (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga) and the masculine form नित्य.
NITZAN m & f Hebrew
Means "flower bud" in Hebrew.
NJINGA m & f Central African, Mbundu
Possibly from a Bantu root meaning "to twist, to wrap" (kujinga in Kimbundu), alluding to the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the neck of the newborn. This name was borne by kings and queens of the African kingdoms of Ndongo and Kongo, notably a 17th-century queen of Ndongo who resisted the Portuguese.
NKEMDILIM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "let mine be mine" in Igbo.
NKRUMA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.
NOAM m & f Hebrew, French
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
NOGA f & m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of NOGAH, usually used as a feminine name.
NOLLAIG m & f Irish
Means "Christmas" in Irish.
NOOR (1) f & m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu نور (see NUR).
NOR (1) f & m Malay
Malay variant of NUR.
NOUR f & m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نور (see NUR).
NOY f & m Hebrew
Means "beauty" in Hebrew.
NSIA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
NSONOWA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.
NTHANDA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "star" in Tumbuka.
NUKA m & f Native American, Greenlandic
Means "younger sibling" in Greenlandic.
NUR f & m Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition النور (al-Nur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
NURUL m & f Arabic, Indonesian, Malay
First part of compound Arabic names beginning with نور ال (Nur al) meaning "light of the" (such as نور الدين (Nur al-Din) meaning "light of religion").
NYOMAN m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "end, remainder". This name is traditionally bestowed upon the third-born child.
OAKLEY m & f English
From an English surname that was from various place names meaning "oak clearing" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the American sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860-1926).
OCEAN m & f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word ocean for a large body of water. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ωκεανος (Okeanos), the name of the body of water thought to surround the Earth.
ODELL m & f English
From a surname that was originally from an English place name, itself derived from Old English wad "woad" (a plant that produces a blue dye) and hyll "hill".
OFIR m & f Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of OPHIR. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name.
OFRA m & f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of OPHRAH. Originally it was a masculine name, but it is now used for females too.
OGHENEKARO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God first" in Urhobo.
OGHENEKEVWE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God provided for me" in Urhobo.
OGHENERO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God exists" in Urhobo.
OLAMIDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.
OLAYINKA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.
OLLIE m & f English
Diminutive of OLIVER, OLIVIA or OLIVE.
OLUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's work" in Igbo.
OLUFUNKE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has cared for" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gave me joy" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWAKANYINSOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has added sweetness to my wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEGUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has been victorious" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "we thank God" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEYI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.
OLUWATOYIN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.
OLUWAYEMISI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.
OMEGA m & f Various
From the name of the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Ω. It is often seen as a symbol of completion.
OMER m & f Hebrew
Means "sheaf of wheat" in Hebrew.
OMID m & f Persian
Means "hope" in Persian.
OMOBOLANLE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "a child who met wealth at home" in Yoruba.
ONYEKACHI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.
ONYEKACHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo, a variant of ONYEKACHI using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
OPEYEMI m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.
OR m & f Hebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
ORA (1) f & m English
Perhaps based on Latin oro "to pray". It was first used in America in the 19th century.
ORI m & f Hebrew
Means "my light" in Hebrew.
OSHER m & f Hebrew
Means "happiness" in Hebrew.
OTGONBAYAR m & f Mongolian
Means "youngest joy" in Mongolian.
OTOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
OYIBO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
ÖZGÜR m & f Turkish
Means "free" in Turkish.
PADERAU f & m Welsh
Means "beads" or "rosary" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
PADMA f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form पद्मा and the masculine form पद्म. According to Hindu tradition a lotus holding the god Brahma arose from the navel of the god Vishnu. The name Padma is used in Hindu texts to refer to several characters, including the goddess Lakshmi and the hero Rama.
PARKER m & f English
From an English occupational surname that meant "keeper of the park".
PARMINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit परम (parama) meaning "highest, best" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
PARRIS m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that originally denoted a person who came from the French city of Paris (see PARIS (2)).
PARVEEN f & m Indian, Hindi
Hindi form of PARVIN, also used as a masculine name.
PASSANG m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "good, excellent" in Tibetan.
PAT m & f English
Short form of PATRICK or PATRICIA. A famous bearer of this name was Pat Garrett (1850-1908), the sheriff who shot Billy the Kid.
PATSY f & m English, Irish
Variant of PATTY, also used as a diminutive of PATRICK.
PAYTON f & m English (Modern)
Variant of PEYTON.
PAZ (2) f & m Hebrew
Means "gold" in Hebrew.
PEMA m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Tibetan form of PADMA.
PEMPHERO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
PENJANI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "seek for, look for" in Tumbuka.
PÉŤA m & f Czech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PEŤA m & f Czech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PETIA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Петя (see PETYA).
PETYA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Russian masculine diminutive of PYOTR or Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
PEYTON m & f English
From an English surname, originally a place name meaning "PÆGA's town". A famous bearer was Peyton Randolph (1721-1775), the first president of the Continental Congress. It is also borne by American football quarterback Peyton Manning (1976-).
PHOENIX m & f English (Modern)
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird that appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years. The name of the bird was derived from Greek φοινιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".
PHÚC m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phúc) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing".
PHUNTSO m & f Bhutanese
Bhutanese form of PHUNTSOK.
PHUNTSOK m & f Tibetan
Means "abundant, excellent" in Tibetan.
PICH f & m Khmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
PILIRANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
PING m & f Chinese
From Chinese (píng) meaning "level, even, peaceful". Other characters can also form this name.
PIP m & f English
Diminutive of PHILIP or PHILIPPA. This was the name of the main character in Great Expectations (1860) by Charles Dickens.
PLACIDE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
POMARE m & f Tahitian
Means "night cough", from Tahitian po "night" and mare "cough". This name was borne by four kings and a queen of Tahiti. The first king adopted the name after his child died of a cough in the night.
PRESLEY f & m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "priest clearing" (Old English preost and leah). This surname was borne by musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977).
PRUDENCE f & m English, French
Medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of PRUDENTIUS. In France it is both the feminine form and a rare masculine form. In England it was used during the Middle Ages and was revived in the 17th century by the Puritans, in part from the English word prudence, ultimately of the same source.
PUCK m & f Anglo-Saxon Mythology, Dutch
Meaning unknown, from Old English puca. It could ultimately be of either Germanic or Celtic origin. In English legend this was the name of a mischievous spirit, also known as Robin Goodfellow. He appears in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream (1600).
PURDIE m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from the Norman French expression pur die "by God". It was perhaps originally a nickname for a person who used the oath frequently.
PURNAMA f & m Indonesian
Means "full moon" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पूर्णिमा (purnima).
PUTU m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Means "grandchild" in Balinese. Traditionally, this name is given to the first-born child.
QAMAR m & f Arabic
Means "moon" in Arabic.
QING f & m Chinese
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QIU m & f Chinese
From Chinese (qiū) meaning "autumn", (qiū) meaning "hill, mound", or other characters with a similar pronunciation. The given name of the philosopher Confucius was .
QUINN m & f Irish, English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cuinn meaning "descendant of CONN".
QUÝ f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quý) meaning "precious, valuable".
QUỲNH f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quỳnh) meaning "deep red".
RADHA f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Means "success" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the favourite consort of the Hindu god Krishna.
RAHAT m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "rest, comfort" in Arabic.
RAIN (1) f & m English (Rare)
Simply from the English word rain, derived from Old English regn.
RAINE f & m English (Rare)
Possibly based on the French word reine meaning "queen". A famous bearer is the British socialite Raine Spencer (1929-), the stepmother of Princess Diana. In modern times it can also be used as a variant of RAIN (1) or a short form of LORRAINE.
RAJANI f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Means "the dark one" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Kali or Durga.
RAJINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of RAJENDRA used by Sikhs.
RANDY m & f English
Diminutive of RANDALL, RANDOLF or MIRANDA.
RASHMI f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil
Means "ray of sunlight" or "rope" in Sanskrit.
RATHNA f & m Tamil
Southern Indian variant of RATNA.
RATNA f & m Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Nepali, Indonesian
Derived from Sanskrit रत्न (ratna) meaning "jewel, treasure". This is a transcription of both the feminine form रत्ना and the masculine form रत्न.
RATNAM m & f Indian, Telugu
Southern Indian variant of RATNA.
RAVEN f & m English
From the name of the bird, ultimately from Old English hræfn. The raven is revered by several Native American groups of the west coast. It is also associated with the Norse god Odin.
RAVID m & f Hebrew
Means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.
RAVINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of RAVINDRA used by Sikhs.
RAYAN m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ريّان (see RAYYAN).
RAYYAN m & f Arabic
Means "watered, luxuriant" in Arabic. According to Islamic tradition this is the name of one of the gates of paradise.
RAZ m & f Hebrew
Means "secret" in Hebrew.
REAGAN f & m English (Modern), Irish
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ríagáin meaning "descendant of RIAGÁN". This surname was borne by American president Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
REESE m & f Welsh, English
Anglicized form of RHYS, also used as a feminine form.
REFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "we were given" in Tswana.
REILLY m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname that was derived from the given name Raghailleach, meaning unknown.
REMINGTON m & f English
From an English surname that was derived from the name of the town of Rimington in Lancashire, itself meaning "settlement on the Riming stream". It may be given in honour of the American manufacturer Eliphalet Remington (1793-1861) or his sons, founders of the firearms company that bears their name.
REN m & f Japanese
From Japanese (ren) meaning "lotus", (ren) meaning "love", or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
RENE m & f English
English form of RENÉ or RENÉE.
REYES f & m Spanish
Means "kings" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, La Virgen de los Reyes, meaning "The Virgin of the Kings". According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to King Ferdinand III of Castile and told him his armies would defeat those of the Moors in Seville.
RICKI m & f English
Masculine and feminine diminutive of RICHARD.
RICMOD f & m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element ric "ruler, mighty" combined with muot "spirit, mind".
RILEY m & f English
From a surname that comes from two distinct sources. As an Irish surname it is a variant of REILLY. As an English surname it is derived from a place name meaning "rye clearing" in Old English.
RIN f & m Japanese
From Japanese (rin) meaning "dignified, severe, cold" or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
RINI m & f Dutch
Diminutive of MARINUS, MARINA or CATHARINA.
RINY m & f Dutch
Diminutive of MARINUS, MARINA or CATHARINA.
RIVER m & f English (Modern)
From the English word that denotes a flowing body of water. The word is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Latin ripa "riverbank".
ROBBIE m & f English
Diminutive of ROBERT or ROBERTA.
ROBIN m & f English, Dutch, Swedish
Medieval diminutive of ROBERT. Robin Hood was a legendary hero and archer of medieval England who stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern times it has also been used as a feminine name, and it may sometimes be given in reference to the red-breasted bird.
ROMILDA f & m Italian, Ancient Germanic
Means "famous battle" from the Germanic elements hrom "fame" and hild "battle".
RON (2) m & f Hebrew
Means "song, joy" in Hebrew.
RONG f & m Chinese
From Chinese (róng) meaning "glory, honour, flourish, prosper", (róng) meaning "fuse, harmonize" or (róng) meaning "appearance, form" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
RONNIE m & f English
Diminutive of RONALD or VERONICA.
ROSARIO f & m Spanish, Italian
Means "rosary", and is taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora del Rosario meaning "Our Lady of the Rosary". This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Italian.