AERON (1)m & fWelsh
Either derived from Welsh aeron
meaning "berry" or else from the name of a river in Wales.
AKIRAm & fJapanese
From Japanese 昭 (akira)
meaning "bright", 明 (akira)
meaning "bright" or 亮 (akira)
meaning "clear". Other kanji with the same pronunciation can also form this name.
ALMASf & mArabic
Means "diamond" in Arabic, ultimately from Persian.
ALPHAf & mEnglish
From the name of the first letter in the Greek alphabet, Α
ANGELm & fEnglish, Bulgarian, Macedonian
From the medieval Latin masculine name Angelus
which was derived from the name of the heavenly creature (itself derived from the Greek word αγγελος (angelos)
meaning "messenger"). It has never been very common in the English-speaking world, where it is sometimes used as a feminine name in modern times.
ARDENm & fEnglish
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".
ARIELm & fHebrew, English, French, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "lion of God" in Hebrew, from אֲרִי ('ari)
meaning "lion" and אֵל (el)
meaning "God". In the Old Testament it is used as another name for the city of Jerusalem. Shakespeare used it as the name of a spirit in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), and one of the moons of Uranus bears this name in his honour. As an English name, it became more common for females in the 1980s, especially after it was used for the title character in the Walt Disney film 'The Little Mermaid' (1989).
ARLIEf & mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "eagle wood" in Old English. This name can also be a diminutive of ARLENE
ASTONm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from either a place name meaning "east town" in Old English or from the given name ÆÐELSTAN
ASUKAf & mJapanese
From Japanese 明日 (asu)
meaning "tomorrow" and 香 (ka)
meaning "fragrance", or from 飛 (asu)
meaning "to fly" and 鳥 (ka)
meaning "bird". Other kanji combinations can be possible as well.
ATHOLm & fScottish
From the name of a district in Scotland which was derived from Gaelic ath Fodhla
AYTAÇm & fTurkish
Derived from Turkish ay
meaning "moon" and taç
meaning "crown" (of Persian origin).
BLAIRm & fScottish, English
From a Scottish surname which is derived from Gaelic blár
meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
BRETTm & fEnglish
From a Middle English surname meaning "a Breton", referring to an inhabitant of Brittany. A famous bearer is the American football quarterback Brett Favre (1969-).
BROOKm & fEnglish
From an English surname which denoted one who lived near a brook.
CAROL (1)f & mEnglish
Short form of CAROLINE
. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from CAROLUS
. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word, which means "song" or "hymn".
CARONf & mWelsh
Derived from Welsh caru
meaning "to love".
CASEYm & fEnglish, Irish
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cathasaigh
meaning "descendant of CATHASACH
". This name can be given in honour of Casey Jones (1863-1900), a train engineer who sacrificed his life to save his passengers. In his case, Casey
was a nickname acquired because he was raised in the town of Cayce, Kentucky.
CEDARf & mEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the coniferous tree, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κεδρος (kedros)
CHANGm & fChinese
From Chinese 昌 (chāng)
meaning "flourish, prosper, good, sunlight" (which is usually only masculine), 畅 (chàng)
meaning "smooth, free, unrestrained" or 长 (cháng)
meaning "long". Other Chinese characters are also possible.
CHENGm & fChinese
From Chinese 成 (chéng)
meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or 诚 (chéng)
meaning "sincere, honest, true", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
DARBYm & fEnglish
From an English surname, which was derived from the name of the town of Derby
, meaning "deer town" in Old Norse.
DARCYf & mEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from Norman French d'Arcy
, originally denoting one who came from Arcy in France. This was the surname of a character in Jane Austen's novel 'Pride and Prejudice' (1813).
DERYAf & mTurkish
Means "sea, ocean" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian.
DEVONm & fEnglish
Variant of DEVIN
. It may also be partly inspired by the name of the county of Devon in England, which got its name from the Dumnonii, a Celtic tribe.
DUSTYm & fEnglish
From a nickname originally given to people perceived as being dusty. It is also used a diminutive of DUSTIN
. A famous bearer was British singer Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), who acquired her nickname as a child.
EMERYm & fEnglish
Norman form of EMMERICH
. The Normans introduced it to England, and though it was never popular, it survived until the end of the Middle Ages. As a modern given name, it is likely inspired by the surname Emery
, which was itself derived from the medieval given name. It can also be given in reference to the hard black substance called emery.
EVRENm & fTurkish
Means "cosmos, the universe" in Turkish. In Turkic mythology the Evren is a gigantic snake-like dragon.
FIOREf & mItalian
Means "flower" in Italian. It can also be considered an Italian form of the Latin names FLORA
FLANNm & fIrish
Means "red" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of a 9th-century king of Tara in Ireland.
HAVENf & mEnglish
From the English word for a safe place, derived ultimately from Old English hæfen
HUANGm & fChinese
From Chinese 煌 (huáng)
meaning "bright, shining, luminous" (which is usually only masculine) or 凰 (huáng)
meaning "phoenix" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
HUSNIm & fArabic
Derived from Arabic حسن (husn)
meaning "beauty, excellence, goodness".
HYEONm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean 賢 (hyeon)
meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or other characters which are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.
İLKAYf & mTurkish
Means "new moon" in Turkish, derived from ilk
"first" and ay
IVORYm & fAfrican American
From the English word for the hard, creamy-white substance which comes from elephant tusks and was formerly used to produce piano keys.
JADENm & fEnglish (Modern)
An invented name, using the popular aden
suffix sound found in such names as Braden
. This name first became common in American in the 1990s when similar-sounding names were increasing in popularity. It is sometimes considered a variant of JADON
JAMIEm & fScottish, English
Originally a Lowland Scots diminutive of JAMES
. Since the late 19th century it has also been used as a feminine form.
JEONGf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean 靜 (jeong)
meaning "quiet, still, gentle" or 貞 (jeong)
meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.
JEWELf & mEnglish
In part from the English word jewel
, a precious stone, derived from Old French jouel
, which was possibly related to jeu
"game". It is also in part from the surname Jewel
(a derivative of the Breton name JUDICAËL
), which was sometimes used in honour of the 16th-century bishop of Salisbury John Jewel. It has been in use as a given name since the 19th century.
JIANGm & fChinese
From Chinese 江 (jiāng)
meaning "river, Yangtze", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
JI-MINf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean 志 (ji)
meaning "will, purpose, ambition" or 智 (ji)
meaning "wisdom, intellect" combined with 旼 (min)
meaning "gentle, affable", 敏 (min)
meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or 珉 (min)
meaning "jade, stone resembling jade". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
JINANm & fArabic
Means "garden" or "paradise" in Arabic.
JOYCEf & mEnglish
From the medieval masculine name Josse
, which was derived from the earlier Iudocus
, which was a Latinized form of the Breton name Judoc
meaning "lord". The name belonged to a 7th-century Breton saint, and Breton settlers introduced it to England after the Norman conquest. It became rare after the 14th century, but was later revived as a feminine name, perhaps because of similarity to the Middle English word joise
"to rejoice". This given name also formed the basis for a surname, as in the case of the Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941).
JU-WONm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean 周 (ju)
meaning "circumference" combined with 元 (won)
meaning "first, origin" or 媛 (won)
meaning "beautiful woman". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
KADEKm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Possibly from Balinese adik
meaning "younger sibling". This name is traditionally given to the second-born child.
KAEDEf & mJapanese
From Japanese 楓 (kaede)
meaning "maple" or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
KAIPOm & fHawaiian
Means "the sweetheart" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and ipo
KAORUf & mJapanese
From Japanese 薫 (kaoru)
, 香 (kaoru)
, 馨 (kaoru)
all meaning "fragrance, fragrant", as well as other kanji having the same reading.
KAPUAf & mHawaiian
Means "the flower" or "the child" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and pua
KEAHIf & mHawaiian
Means "the fire" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and ahi
KEALAf & mHawaiian
Means "the path" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and ala
KEANUm & fHawaiian
Means "the cool breeze" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and anu
"coolness". This name is now associated with Canadian actor Keanu Reeves (1964-).
KELLYm & fIrish, English
Anglicized form of the Irish given name CEALLACH
or the surname derived from it Ó Ceallaigh
. As a surname, it has been borne by actor and dancer Gene Kelly (1912-1996) and actress and princess Grace Kelly (1929-1982).
KEONEm & fHawaiian
Means "the homeland" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and one
KERRYm & fEnglish
From the name of the Irish county, called Ciarraí
in Irish Gaelic, which means "CIAR
KETUTm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "small banana". This name is traditionally given to the fourth child.
KYRIEm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the name of a Christian prayer, also called the Kyrie eleison
meaning "Lord, have mercy". It is ultimately from Greek κυριος (kyrios)
meaning "lord". In America it was popularized as a masculine name by basketball player Kyrie Irving (1992-), whose name is pronounced differently than the prayer.
LEITHm & fEnglish (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.
LINDYm & fEnglish
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
LIRONm & fHebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
LOGANm & fScottish, English
From a surname which was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.
MARIAf & mItalian, 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
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]
MARIEf & mFrench, Czech, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
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]
MEADEm & fEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which 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
MERLEf & mEnglish
Variant of MERRILL
. The spelling has been influenced by the word merle
meaning "blackbird" (via French, from Latin merula
MIN-SUm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean 民 (min)
meaning "people, citizens" or 旼 (min)
meaning "gentle, affable" combined with 秀 (su)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" or 洙 (su)
, which refers to a river in China. Other hanja combinations are possible.
MITRA (1)m & fHinduism, 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.
MOANAf & mMaori, Hawaiian, Tahitian
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea" in Maori and Hawaiian (as well as in other Polynesian languages).
MONETf & mVarious
From a French surname which was derived from either HAMON
. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
NAOMI (2)f & mJapanese
From Japanese 直 (nao)
meaning "straight" and 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" (usually feminine) or 己 (mi)
meaning "self" (usually masculine). Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
NITYAf & mIndian, 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
OCEANm & fEnglish (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.
ODELLm & fEnglish
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "woad hill" in Old English. A woad is a herb used for dyeing.
OMEGAm & fVarious
From the name of the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Ω
. It is often seen as a symbol of completion.
PADMAf & mHinduism, 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
QUINNm & fIrish, English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cuinn
meaning "descendant of CONN
RAINEf & mEnglish (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
RAVENf & mEnglish
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
REYESf & mSpanish
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.
RILEYm & fEnglish
From a surname which 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.
RIVERm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the English word that denotes a flowing body of water. The word is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Latin ripa
ROBINm & fEnglish, 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.
ROTEMm & fHebrew
From the name of a desert plant (species Retama raetam), possibly derived from Hebrew רְתֹם (retom)
meaning "to bind".
ROWANm & fIrish, English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin
meaning "descendant of RUADHÁN
". This name can also be given in reference to the rowan tree.
SELBYm & fEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning "willow farm" in Old Norse.
SEONGm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean 成 (seong)
meaning "completed, finished, succeeded", as well as other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
SEUNGm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean 昇 (seung)
meaning "rise, ascent", 勝 (seung)
meaning "victory, excel" or 承 (seung)
meaning "inherit", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
SEVANf & mArmenian
From the name of the largest lake in Armenia, which may be from the Urartian word suinia
simply meaning "lake".
STACYf & mEnglish
Either a diminutive of ANASTASIA
, or else from a surname which was derived from Stace
, a medieval form of EUSTACE
. As a feminine name, it came into general use during the 1950s, though it had earlier been in use as a rare masculine name.
SU-BINf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean 秀 (su)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" combined with 斌 (bin)
meaning "refined". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SU-JINf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean 收 (su)
meaning "gather, harvest" or 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 珍 (jin)
meaning "precious, rare". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SUNANm & fThai
Possibly means "good word" in Thai.
SUNNYf & mEnglish
From the English word meaning "sunny, cheerful".
TERRY (1)m & fEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval name Thierry
, a Norman French form of THEODORIC
TERRY (2)m & fEnglish
Diminutive of TERENCE
. 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.
TIRTAm & fIndonesian
Means "sacred water, place of pilgrimage" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit तीर्थ (tirtha)
TRACYf & mEnglish
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
WAYANm & fIndonesian, Balinese
From Balinese wayah
meaning "old, mature", ultimately from Sanskrit वयस् (vayas)
meaning "energy, strength, age". This name is traditionally given to the first-born child.
XIANGm & fChinese
From Chinese 翔 (xiáng)
meaning "soar, glide", 祥 (xiáng)
meaning "good luck, good omen", 香 (xiāng)
meaning "fragrant" (which is usually only feminine) or 湘 (xiāng)
, which refers to the Xiang River in southern China. This name can also be formed from other characters.
XINYIm & fChinese
From Chinese 欣 (xīn)
meaning "happy, joyous, delighted" or 心 (xīn)
meaning "heart, mind, soul" combined with 怡 (yí)
meaning "joy, harmony". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
YAHUIf & mChinese
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ)
meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 惠 (huì)
meaning "favour, benefit". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
YAZHUf & mChinese
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ)
meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 筑 (zhù)
meaning "lute, zither, build". Other character combinations are also possible.
YEONGf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean 英 (yeong)
meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero", as well as other hanja characters which are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name. This name was borne by Jang Yeong-sil (where Jang
is the surname), a 15th-century Korean scientist and inventor.
YIJUNm & fChinese
From Chinese 怡 (yí)
meaning "joy, harmony" combined with 君 (jūn)
meaning "king, ruler". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
YOSHIm & fJapanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi)
meaning "good luck", 義 (yoshi)
meaning "righteous", or 良 (yoshi)
meaning "good, virtuous, respectable", as well as other kanji with the same reading.
YUUKIm & fJapanese
From Japanese 優 (yuu)
meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or 悠 (yuu)
meaning "distant, leisurely" combined with 希 (ki)
meaning "hope", 輝 (ki)
meaning "brightness" or 生 (ki)
meaning "living". Other combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
ZHENGm & fChinese
From Chinese 正 (zhèng)
meaning "right, proper, correct" or 政 (zhèng)
meaning "government", as well as other hanja characters with a similar pronunciation.
ZHONGm & fChinese
From Chinese 中 (zhōng)
meaning "middle" or 忠 (zhōng)
meaning "loyalty, devotion". Other characters can form this name as well.