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ALOYSmMedieval Occitan
Medieval Occitan form of LOUIS.
ALOYSIUSmEnglish
Latinized form of Aloys, an old Occitan form of LOUIS. This was the name of a 16th-century Italian saint, Aloysius Gonzaga. The name has been in occasional use among Catholics since his time.
ALPmTurkish
Means "hero" in Turkish.
ALPHAf & mEnglish
From the name of the first letter in the Greek alphabet, Α.
ALPHAEUSmBiblical, Biblical Latin
From Αλφαιος (Alphaios), the Greek form of a Hebrew name that meant "changing". In the New Testament this is the name of the fathers of the apostles James and Levi.
ALPHEGEmHistory
Middle English form of ÆLFHEAH.
ALPHONSEmFrench
French form of ALFONSO.
ALPHONSINEfFrench
French feminine diminutive of ALFONSO.
ALPHONSUSmHistory
Latinized form of ALFONSO. This name was borne by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, an 18th-century Italian bishop who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church.
ALPHONZOmEnglish (Rare)
Uncommon variant of ALFONSO.
ALPINmScottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ailpein, possibly derived from a Pictish word meaning "white". This was the name of two kings of Dál Riata and two kings of the Picts in the 8th and 9th centuries.
ALTAfVarious
Possibly from Latin altus or Italian/Spanish alto meaning "high".
ALTAIRmAstronomy, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "the flyer" in Arabic. This is the name of a star in the constellation Aquila.
ALTANmTurkish
Means "red dawn" in Turkish.
ALTANSARNAIfMongolian
Means "golden rose" in Mongolian.
ALTANTSETSEGfMongolian
Means "golden flower" in Mongolian.
ALTE (1)fYiddish
Feminine form of ALTER.
ALTE (2)mFrisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ald meaning "old".
ALTERmYiddish
Means "old" in Yiddish. This name was traditionally given to a sickly newborn by Jewish parents in order to confuse the Angel of Death, in the hopes that he would go looking for somebody younger or somebody else.
ALTHEAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αλθαια (Althaia), perhaps related to Greek αλθος (althos) "healing". In Greek myth she was the mother of Meleager. Soon after her son was born she was told that he would die as soon as a piece of wood that was burning on her fire was fully consumed. She immediately extinguished the piece of wood and sealed it in a chest, but in a fit of rage many years later she took it out and set it alight, thereby killing her son.
ALTONmEnglish
From an Old English surname which was derived from a place name meaning "town at the source of the river".
ALTTImFinnish
Finnish form of ALBERT.
ALTWIDUSmAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Derived from the Germanic elements ald "old" and witu "forest".
ALUDRAfAstronomy
Derived from Arabic العذرا (al-'adhra) meaning "the maiden". This is the name of a star in the constellation Canis Major.
ALUNmWelsh
Welsh form of ALAN. This name appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth.
ALVmNorwegian
Variant of ALF (1).
ALVA (1)fSwedish, Norwegian
Feminine form of ALF (1).
ALVA (2)mEnglish
Variant of ALVAH. A famous bearer of this name was the inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).
ALVAHmBiblical
Means "his highness" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned in the Old Testament as belonging to a descendant of Esau.
ALVARmSwedish, Estonian
From the Old Norse name Alfarr, formed of the elements alfr "elf" and arr "warrior".
ÁLVAROmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish form of a Germanic name, perhaps ALFHER. Verdi used this name in his opera 'The Force of Destiny' (1862).
ALVENAfEnglish
Feminine form of ALVIN.
ALVINmEnglish
From a medieval form of any of the Old English names ÆLFWINE, ÆÐELWINE or EALDWINE. It was revived in the 19th century, in part from a surname which was derived from the Old English names.
ALVINAfEnglish
Feminine form of ALVIN.
ALVISmNorse Mythology
Means "all wise" in Old Norse. In Norse mythology this was the name of a dwarf who was to marry Thor's daughter Thrud. Thor was not pleased with this so he tricked Alvis by asking him questions until the sun rose, at which time the dwarf was turned into stone.
ALVISEmItalian
Venetian form of LOUIS.
ALWILDAfHistory
Latinized form of ALFHILD. This was the name of a legendary female Scandinavian pirate, also called Awilda.
ALWINmGerman, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
From either of the two Germanic names ALFWIN or ADALWIN.
ALWINEfGerman (Rare)
Feminine form of ALWIN.
ALWYNmWelsh
From the name of the River Alwen in Wales.
ALYAfArabic, Indonesian, Malay
Means "sky, heaven, loftiness" in Arabic.
ALYCEfEnglish
Variant of ALICE.
ALYCIAfEnglish
Variant of ALICIA.
ALYONAfRussian
Originally a Russian diminutive of YELENA. It is now used independently.
ALYOSHAmRussian
Diminutive of ALEKSEY.
ALYSfEnglish
Variant of ALICE.
ALYSIAfEnglish
Variant of ALICIA.
ALYSONfEnglish
Variant of ALISON.
ALYSSAfEnglish
Variant of ALICIA. The spelling has probably been influenced by that of the alyssum flower, the name of which is derived from Greek α (a), a negative prefix, combined with λυσσα (lyssa) "madness, rabies", since it was believed to cure madness.
ALYXfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of ALEX.
ALŽBĚTAfCzech
Czech form of ELIZABETH.
ALŽBETAfSlovak
Slovak form of ELIZABETH.
AMAfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
AMAALfArabic
Means "hopes, aspirations" in Arabic.
AMABELfEnglish (Rare)
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS.
AMABILIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of AMABILIS.
AMABILISmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "lovable". Saint Amabilis was a 5th-century priest in Riom, central France.
AMADAfSpanish
Feminine form of AMADO.
AMADEJmSlovene
Slovene form of AMADEUS.
AMADEOmItalian
Italian variant of AMADEUS. This was the name of a 19th-century king of Spain (born in Italy).
AMADEUSmLate Roman
Means "love of God", derived from Latin amare "to love" and Deus "God". A famous bearer was the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who was actually born Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart but preferred the Latin translation of his Greek middle name. This name was also assumed as a middle name by the German novelist E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822), who took it in honour of Mozart.
AMADI (1)mWestern African, Igbo
Means "free man" in Igbo.
AMADI (2)mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "seemed destined to die at birth" in Yoruba.
AMADOmSpanish
Spanish form of AMATUS.
AMADORmSpanish
Spanish form of AMATOR.
AMADOUmWestern African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of AHMAD used in parts of western Africa.
AMAHLEm & fSouthern African, Zulu
Means "the beautiful ones" in Zulu.
AMAIAfBasque
Means "the end" in Basque. This is also the name of a mountain and a village in the Basque region of Spain.
AMAL (1)f & mArabic
Means "hope, aspiration" in Arabic. It is related to Amaal.
AMAL (2)mBiblical
Means "work" in Hebrew. This was the name of an Asherite in the Old Testament.
AMALAfTamil, Indian, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit अमल (amala) meaning "clean, pure".
AMALBERTmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements amal meaning "work, labour" and beraht meaning "bright".
AMÁLIAfHungarian, Portuguese, Slovak
Hungarian, Portuguese and Slovak form of AMALIA.
AMALIAfSpanish, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Germanic name Amala, a short form of names beginning with the element amal meaning "work".
AMÁLIEfCzech
Czech form of AMALIA.
AMALIEfNorwegian, Danish, German (Rare)
Norwegian, Danish and German form of AMALIA.
AMALIJAfLithuanian, Slovene, Croatian
Lithuanian, Slovene and Croatian form of AMALIA.
AMALRICmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements amal meaning "work, labour" and ric meaning "power". This was the name of a 6th-century king of the Visigoths, as well as two 12th-century rulers of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
AMALTHEAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Αμαλθεια (Amaltheia), derived from μαλθασσω (malthasso) meaning "to soften, to soothe". In Greek myth she was a goat who nursed the infant Zeus.
AMANCIOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of AMANTIUS.
AMANDmFrench
French form of AMANDUS.
AMANDAfEnglish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Late Roman
In part this is a feminine form of AMANDUS. However, it was not used during the Middle Ages. In the 17th century it was recreated by authors and poets who based it directly on Latin amanda meaning "lovable, worthy of love". Notably, the playwright Colley Cibber used it for a character in his play 'Love's Last Shift' (1696). It came into regular use during the 19th century.
AMANDEEPm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Punjabi ਅਮਨ (aman) meaning "peace" (ultimately from Arabic) and Sanskrit दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
AMANDINEfFrench
French diminutive of AMANDA.
AMANDOmPortuguese, Spanish, Italian
Portuguese, Spanish and Italian form of AMANDUS.
AMANDUSmLate Roman
Derived from Latin amanda meaning "lovable, worthy of love". Saint Amandus was a 5th-century bishop of Bordeaux. It was also borne by a 7th-century French saint who evangelized in Flanders.
AMANIf & mArabic
Means "wishes" in Arabic.
AMANTIUSmLate Roman
Means "loving" in Latin. This was the name of several early saints. It has sometimes been confused with the name Amandus.
AMAR (1)mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "immortal" in Sanskrit.
AMAR (2)mBosnian
Bosnian form of 'AMMAR.
AMARAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "grace" in Igbo.
AMARACHIfWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's grace" in Igbo.
AMARANTAfSpanish (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish and Italian form of AMARANTHA.
AMARANTHAfVarious
From the name of the amaranth flower, which is derived from Greek αμαραντος (amarantos) meaning "unfading". Αμαραντος (Amarantos) was also an Ancient Greek given name.
AMARDEEPm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
AMARIAHmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH has said" in Hebrew. This was the name of several Old Testament characters.
AMARILISfSpanish
Spanish form of AMARYLLIS.
AMARJEETm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and जिति (jiti) meaning "victory, conquering".
AMARUmNative American, Aymara
Means "snake" in Aymara.
'AMARYAHUmBiblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of AMARIAH.
AMARYLLISfLiterature
Derived from Greek αμαρυσσω (amarysso) "to sparkle". This was the name of a heroine in Virgil's epic poem 'Eclogues'. The amaryllis flower is named for her.
AMATAfLate Roman
Feminine form of AMATUS.
AMATERASUfFar Eastern Mythology
Means "shining over heaven", from Japanese (ama) meaning "heaven, sky" and (terasu) meaning "shine". This was the name of the Japanese sun goddess, the ruler of the heavens. At one time the Japanese royal family claimed descent from her.
AMATOmItalian
Italian form of AMATUS.
AMATORmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "lover (of God)". Saint Amator was a 5th-century bishop of Auxerre.
AMATOREmItalian
Italian form of AMATOR.
AMATUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "beloved". The 7th-century Saint Amatus was the first abbot of Remiremont Abbey.
AMAURYmFrench
French form of AMALRIC.
AMBAKOUMmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of HABAKKUK.
ÁMBARfSpanish
Spanish cognate of AMBER.
AMBERfEnglish, Dutch
From the English word amber that denotes either the gemstone, which is formed from fossil resin, or the orange-yellow colour. The word ultimately derives from Arabic عنبر ('anbar). It began to be used as a given name in the late 19th century, but it only became popular after the release of Kathleen Winsor's novel 'Forever Amber' (1944).
AMBERLYfEnglish (Modern)
Elaboration of AMBER, influenced by the spelling of the name KIMBERLY.
AMBRAfItalian
Italian cognate of AMBER.
AMBRAMmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of AMRAM.
AMBREfFrench
French cognate of AMBER.
AMBROGINOmItalian
Diminutive of AMBROGIO.
AMBROGIOmItalian
Italian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROISEmFrench
French form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROOSmDutch
Dutch form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSEmEnglish
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius, which was derived from the Greek name Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios) meaning "immortal". Saint Ambrose was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Milan, who is considered a Doctor of the Church. Due to the saint, the name came into general use in Christian Europe, though it was never particularly common in England.
AMBROSImGeorgian
Georgian form of Ambrosios (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSIAfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Ambrosios (see AMBROSE).
AMBRÓSIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSIOmSpanish
Spanish form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROŽmSlovene, Czech (Rare)
Slovene and Czech form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROZIJEmCroatian (Rare)
Croatian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROŻYmPolish (Rare)
Polish form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBRUSmHungarian
Hungarian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMÉmMedieval French
Old French form of AIMÉ.
AMEDEAfItalian
Italian feminine form of AMADEUS.
AMÉDÉEmFrench
French form of AMADEUS.
AMEDEOmItalian
Italian form of AMADEUS. A notable bearer of this name was Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1856), an Italian chemist most famous for the constant that now bears his name: Avogadro's Number. Another famous bearer was the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
AMÉEfMedieval French
Old French form of AIMÉE.
AMEL (1)mBosnian
Bosnian masculine form of AMAL (1).
AMEL (2)fArabic (Maghrebi)
North African form of AMAAL.
AMELAfBosnian
Bosnian feminine form of AMAL (1).
AMÉLIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of AMELIA.
AMELIAfEnglish, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Variant of AMALIA, though it is sometimes confused with EMILIA, which has a different origin. The name became popular in England after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century - it was borne by daughters of George II and George III. Another famous bearer was Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), the first woman to make a solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean.
AMÉLIEfFrench
French form of AMELIA.
AMELIEfGerman
German variant of AMELIA.
AMELINAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of EMMELINE.
AMENEMHETmAncient Egyptian
Means "AMON is foremost" in Egyptian. This was the name of four Egyptian pharaohs, including the founder of the 12th dynasty.
AMENHOTEPmAncient Egyptian
From the Egyptian Ymnhtp meaning "peace of Amon", derived from the name of the Egyptian god AMON combined with htp "peace, satisfaction". This was the name of four pharaohs of the New Kingdom, including Amenhotep III, known as the Magnificent, who ruled over Egypt during a time of great prosperity.
AMEQRANmNorthern African, Berber
Means "eldest" in Tamazight.
AMERETATfPersian Mythology
Means "immortality" in Avestan. This was the name of a Zoroastrian goddess (one of the Amesha Spenta) of plants and long life.
AMÉRICAfSpanish, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of AMERIGO.
AMERICAfEnglish
In the English-speaking world, this name is usually given in reference to the United States of America (see AMERIGO). It came into use as an American name in the 19th century.
AMÉRICOmPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of AMERIGO.
AMERIGOmItalian
Medieval Italian form of EMMERICH. Amerigo Vespucci (1451-1512) was the Italian explorer who gave the continent of America its name (from Americus, the Latin form of his name).
AMETHYSTfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the purple semi-precious stone, which is derived from the Greek negative prefix α (a) and μεθυστος (methystos) meaning "intoxicated, drunk", as it was believed to be a remedy against drunkenness.
AMETSm & fBasque
Means "dream" in Basque.
AMEYALLIf & mNative American, Nahuatl
Means "spring, fountain" in Nahuatl.
AMHLAIDHmScottish
Scottish form of OLAF.
AMHLAOIBHmIrish
Irish form of OLAF.
AMI (1)mBiblical
Means "trustworthy, reliable" in Hebrew. This was the name of a servant of King Solomon in the Old Testament.
AMI (2)fEnglish
Variant of AMY.
AMI (3)fJapanese
From Japanese (a) meaning "second, Asia" and (mi) meaning "beautiful". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AMICEfMedieval English
Medieval name derived from Latin amicus meaning "friend". This was a popular name in the Middle Ages, though it has since become uncommon.
AMICHAImHebrew
Means "my people are alive" in Hebrew.
AMIEfEnglish
Variant of AMY.
AMIHANfFilipino, Tagalog
Means "north wind, winter storm" in Tagalog.
AMIKAfEsperanto
Means "friendly" in Esperanto.
AMÍLCARmPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of HAMILCAR.
AMILCAREmItalian
Italian form of HAMILCAR.
AMILIAfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of either AMALIA or EMILIA.
AMINmArabic, Persian, Urdu
Derived from Arabic امين (amin) meaning "truthful". This was the name of the sixth Abbasid caliph.
AMINAfBosnian, Arabic
Bosnian form of AMINAH (2). It is also a variant transcription of Arabic AMINAH (1) or AMINAH (2).
AMINAH (1)fArabic, Malay, Indonesian
Derived from Arabic أمن (amina) meaning "feel safe". This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's mother, who died when he was young.
AMINAH (2)fArabic
Feminine form of AMIN.
AMINDAfEsperanto
Means "lovable" in Esperanto.
AMINTAmLiterature
Form of AMYNTAS used by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso for his play 'Aminta' (1573). In the play Aminta is a shepherd who falls in love with a nymph.
AMIR (1)mArabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian
Means "commander, prince" in Arabic. This was originally a title, which has come into English as the Arabic loanword emir.
AMIR (2)mHebrew
Means "treetop" in Hebrew.
AMIRA (1)fArabic
Variant transcription of AMIRAH.
AMIRA (2)fHebrew
Feminine form of AMIR (2).
AMIRAHfArabic
Feminine form of AMIR (1).
AMIRANmGeorgian, Literature
Variant of AMIRANI. This is the name of the central character in the medieval Georgian romance 'Amiran-Darejaniani' by Moses of Khoni. The author was inspired by the mythical Amirani and the stories surrounding him, and loosely based his tale on them.
AMIRANImGeorgian Mythology
Meaning unknown, probably of Proto-Kartvelian origin. This is the name of a hero from Georgian mythology whose story is similar to that of Prometheus from Greek mythology.
AMISmMedieval English, Medieval French
Medieval name, a masculine form of AMICE. It appears in the medieval French poem 'Amis and Amiles', about two friends who make sacrifices for one another.
AMISTAfChamorro
Means "loyalty" in Chamorro, derived from Spanish amistad "friendship".
AMIT (1)mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali
Means "immeasurable, infinite" in Sanskrit.
AMIT (2)m & fHebrew
Means "friend" in Hebrew.
AMITAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Feminine form of AMIT (1).
AMITABHmIndian, Hindi
Means "immeasurable splendour" in Sanskrit. A famous bearer is Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan (1942-).
AMITTAImBiblical
Means "my truth" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of the prophet Jonah.
AMITYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "friendship", ultimately deriving from Latin amicitia.
AMJADmArabic
Means "more glorious" in Arabic.
'AMMARmArabic
Means "virtuous, pious" in Arabic.
AMMARmArabic
Means "virtuous, devout" in Arabic.
AMMIELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "God is my kinsman" in Hebrew. This is the name of one of the spies sent out by Moses in the Old Testament.
AMMONmEgyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Yamanu (see AMON).
AMNAfArabic
Means "safety" in Arabic.
AMNONmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "faithful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the eldest son of King David. He was killed by his brother Absalom in revenge for the rape of his sister Tamar.
AMONmEgyptian Mythology (Anglicized)
From Αμμων (Ammon), the Greek form of Egyptian Ymn (reconstructed as Yamanu) which meant "the hidden one". In early Egyptian mythology he was a god of the air, creativity and fertility, who was particularly revered in Thebes. Later, during the Middle Kingdom, his attributes were combined with those of the god Ra and he was worshipped as the supreme solar deity Amon-Ra.
AMONDIfEastern African, Luo
Feminine form of OMONDI.
AMON-RAmEgyptian Mythology (Anglicized)
Combination of the names of the gods AMON and RA. During the later Middle Kingdom the attributes of these two deities were merged.
AMORm & fRoman Mythology, Late Roman, Spanish, Portuguese
Means "love" in Latin. This was another name for the Roman god Cupid. It also means "love" in Spanish and Portuguese, and the name can be derived directly from this vocabulary word.
AMORDADfPersian Mythology
Modern Persian form of AMERETAT.
AMOREm & fItalian
Italian form of AMOR.
AMOSmEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew עָמַס ('amas) meaning "load, burden". Amos is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Amos, which speaks against greed, corruption and oppression of the poor. Written about the 8th century BC, it is among the oldest of the prophetic books. As an English name, Amos has been used since the Protestant Reformation, and was popular among the Puritans.
AMOURm & fFrench
French form of AMOR.
AMPAROfSpanish
Means "protection, shelter" in Spanish.
AMPELIOmItalian
Italian form of Ampelius, the Latin form of the Greek name Αμπελιος (Ampelios), which was derived from αμπελος (ampelos) meaning "vine". Saint Ampelius was a 7th-century bishop of Milan.
AMPELIOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of AMPELIO.
AMPELIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ampelios (see AMPELIO).
AMPORNfThai
Derived from Thai อํา (am) "hidden, concealed" and พร (phon) "blessing".
AMRAMmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Hebrew
Means "exalted nation" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Amram is the father of Moses.
AMRITmIndian, Hindi
Means "immortal" from Sanskrit (a) meaning "not" and मृत (mrta) meaning "dead". In Hindu texts it refers to a drink which gives immortality.
AMRITAfIndian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali
Feminine form of AMRIT.
AMSEmFrisian
Originally a short form of the Germanic name ADELMAR.
AMULIUSmRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Roman mythology Amulius overthrew his brother Numitor, king of Alba Longa, but was eventually deposed by Numitor's grandsons Romulus and Remus.
AMUNDmNorwegian
Derived from the Old Norse name Agmundr, from the element egg "edge of a sword" or agi "awe, terror" combined with mundr "protection".
AMURDADfPersian Mythology
Middle Persian form of AMERETAT.
AMYfEnglish
English form of the Old French name Amée meaning "beloved" (modern French aimée), a vernacular form of the Latin Amata. As an English name, it was in use in the Middle Ages (though not common) and was revived in the 19th century.
AMYASmEnglish (Rare)
Meaning unknown, perhaps a derivative of AMIS. Alternatively, it may come from a surname which originally indicated that the bearer was from the city of Amiens in France. Edmund Spenser used this name for a minor character in his epic poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
AMYNTASmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek αμυντωρ (amyntor) meaning "defender". This was the name of several kings of Macedon.
AN (1)m & fChinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese (ān) meaning "peace, quiet" or other characters with a similar pronunciation. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese meaning "safe, secure".
AN (2)mSumerian Mythology
Means "heaven, sky" in Sumerian. An was the supreme Sumerian god of the heavens, the father of Enlil and Enki. His cuneiform sign 𒀭 (dingir) was prefixed to the names of other deities in writing, though it was not pronounced.
ANABELfSpanish
Spanish form of ANNABEL.
ANABELAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of ANNABEL.
ANACLETOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ANACLETUS.
ANACLETUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ανακλητος (Anakletos), derived from ανακλητος (anakletos) meaning "invoked". This was the name of the third pope.
ANAHf & mBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "answer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name belongs to one female character and two male characters.
ANAHERAfMaori
Means "angel" in Maori.
ANAHIDfArmenian
Armenian variant of ANAHITA.
ANAHITAfPersian, Persian Mythology
Means "immaculate, undefiled" from Avestan a "not" and ahit "unclean". This was the name of the Persian goddess of fertility and water. She was sometimes identified with Artemis, Aphrodite and Athena.
ANAIAHmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "YAHWEH has answered" in Hebrew. This is the name of a minor character in the Old Testament.
ANAÏSfOccitan, Catalan, French
Occitan and Catalan form of ANNA.
ANAKINmPopular Culture
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a character (also known as Darth Vader) in the 'Star Wars' movie saga, created by George Lucas. Lucas may have based it on the surname of his friend and fellow director Ken Annakin.
ANAKLETOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of ANACLETUS.
ANAKONImHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ANTHONY.
ANAMARIAfRomanian
Combination of ANA and MARIA.
ANAMARIJAfCroatian, Macedonian
Combination of ANA and MARIJA.
ANAN (1)m & fWestern African, Akan
Means "fourth born child" in Akan.
ANAN (2)mBiblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "cloud" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned very briefly in the Old Testament.
ANANDmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Bengali
Means "happiness, bliss" in Sanskrit.
ANANDAmTamil
Variant of ANAND.
ANANDIfIndian, Hindi
Feminine form of ANAND.
ANANImBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my cloud" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned in the Old Testament as belonging to a descendant of King David.
ANANIASmBiblical, Biblical Latin
From ‘Ανανιας (Hananias), the Greek form of HANANIAH. In Acts in the New Testament this is the name of three characters: a disciple in Damascus, the husband of Sapphira, and the high priest of the Jews who tries Paul.
ANANOfGeorgian
Georgian variant of ANA.
ANANTmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Modern form of ANANTA.
ANANTAm & fHinduism
Means "infinite, endless" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form अनन्त / अनंत (an epithet of the Hindu god Vishnu) and the feminine form अनन्ता / अनंता (an epithet of the goddess Parvati).
ANANTHmTamil, Indian, Telugu, Kannada
Southern Indian form of ANANTA.
ANANTHAmTamil, Indian, Telugu, Kannada
Southern Indian form of ANANTA.
ANAPAmEgyptian Mythology
Reconstructed Egyptian form of ANUBIS.
ANAR (1)mAzerbaijani
Means "will understand" in Azerbaijani.
ANAR (2)fKazakh
Variant of ANARA.
ANARAfKazakh, Kyrgyz
Means "pomegranate" in Kazakh and Kyrgyz, ultimately from Persian.
ANARGULfKazakh
Means "blooming pomegranate tree" in Kazakh.
ANARGYROSmGreek
From the Greek term αναργυρος (anargyros) meaning "poor, incorruptible", derived from Greek α (a), a negative prefix, combined with αργυρος (argyros) "silver". This term referred to saints who did not accept payment for their services.
ANARUmMaori
Maori form of ANDREW.
ANASmArabic
Means "friendliness" in Arabic. This was the name of one of the Prophet Muhammad's companions.
ANASSmArabic
Variant transcription of ANAS.
ANASTASmRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIAfGreek, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, English, Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ANASTASIUS. This was the name of a 4th-century Dalmatian saint who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Due to her, the name has been common in Eastern Orthodox Christianity (in various spellings). As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages. A famous bearer was the youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II, who was rumoured to have escaped the execution of her family in 1918.
ANASTASIEfFrench
French form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTASIJAfLatvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Serbian
Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian and Serbian form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTASIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIOSmGreek, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αναστασιος (Anastasios) which meant "resurrection" from Greek αναστασις (anastasis) (composed of the elements ανα (ana) "up" and στασις (stasis) "standing"). This was the name of numerous early saints and martyrs, including a 7th-century monk and writer from Alexandria who is especially venerated in the Eastern Church.
ANASTASIYmRussian (Archaic), Bulgarian (Archaic)
Older Russian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIYAfRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIA. This name was borne by the wife of the Russian czar Ivan the Terrible.
ANASTÁZIAfSlovak
Slovak form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTÁZIEfCzech
Czech form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTAZIEfCzech
Czech form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTAZIJAfCroatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTAZJAfPolish
Polish form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTAZYmPolish
Polish form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASZTÁZmHungarian
Hungarian form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASZTÁZIAfHungarian
Hungarian form of ANASTASIA.
ANAT (1)fSemitic Mythology
Possibly derived from a Semitic root meaning "water spring". Anat was a goddess of fertility, hunting and war worshipped by the Semitic peoples of the Levant. She was the sister and consort of the god Hadad.
ANAT (2)f & mHebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ANATH (1). In modern times it is often used as a feminine name.