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AVA (1)fEnglish
Variant of EVE. A famous bearer was the American actress Ava Gardner (1922-1990).
AVA (2)fPersian
Means "voice, sound" in Persian.
AVA (3)fGerman, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This was the name of a 9th-century Frankish saint. It was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Melk, Austria.
AVAGmArmenian
Means "senior, elder, chief" in Armenian.
AVALONfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the island paradise to which King Arthur was brought after his death. The name of this island is perhaps related to Welsh afal meaning "apple", a fruit which was often linked with paradise.
AVANIfIndian, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "earth" in Sanskrit.
AVANTIfIndian, Hindi
From the name of an ancient kingdom of central India which had its capital at Ujjain.
AVDOTYAfRussian
Russian form of EUDOCIA.
AVEfEstonian
Possibly from the name of the prayer Ave Maria, in which Ave is Latin meaning "greetings, salutations".
AVEDISmArmenian
Western Armenian transcription of AVETIS.
AVELINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the Norman French form of the Germanic name Avelina, a diminutive of AVILA. The Normans introduced this name to Britain. After the Middle Ages it became rare as an English name, though it persisted in America until the 19th century.
AVERILLm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
AVERYm & fEnglish
From a surname which was itself derived from the Norman French form of the given names ALBERICH or ALFRED.
AVETISmArmenian
Means "good news" in Armenian.
AVEZAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of AVIS.
AVGUSTmSlovene, Russian, Ukrainian
Slovene, Russian and Ukrainian form of AUGUSTUS.
AVGUSTAfSlovene
Slovene feminine form of AUGUSTUS.
AVGUŠTINmSlovene
Slovene form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).
AVImHebrew
Means "my father" in Hebrew. It is also a diminutive of AVRAHAM or AVIRAM.
AVIAfHebrew
Variant transcription of AVIYA.
ÂVIÂJAfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "cousin" in Greenlandic.
AVIGAILfHebrew
Hebrew form of ABIGAIL.
'AVIGAYILfBiblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ABIGAIL.
AVILAfAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This name is also given in honour of the 16th-century mystic Saint Teresa of Ávila, Ávila being the name of the town in Spain where she was born.
AVILIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning. Saint Avilius was a 1st-century patriarch of Alexandria.
AVINASHmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada
Means "indestructable" in Sanskrit.
AVISfEnglish
Probably a Latinized form of the Germanic name Aveza, which was derived from the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". The Normans introduced this name to England and it became moderately common during the Middle Ages, at which time it was associated with Latin avis "bird".
AVISHAImHebrew
Hebrew form of ABISHAI.
AVITUSmAncient Roman
From a Roman family name which meant "ancestral" in Latin. This was the name of an emperor who briefly reigned over the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century. It was also the name of several saints, including a 6th-century bishop of Vienne.
AVIVm & fHebrew
Means "spring" in Hebrew.
AVIVAfHebrew
Feminine variant of AVIV.
AVIYAm & fHebrew
Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
'AVIYAHm & fBiblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
AVKSENTImGeorgian
Georgian form of AUXENTIOS.
AVKSENTIYmRussian
Russian form of AUXENTIOS.
AVRAfGreek
Greek form of AURA.
AVRAAMUmOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of ABRAHAM.
AVRUMmYiddish
Yiddish form of ABRAHAM.
AVTANDILmGeorgian, Literature
Created by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for his 12th-century epic 'The Knight in the Panther's Skin'. Rustaveli based it on Persian آفتاب (aftab) "sunshine" and دل (dil) "heart". In the poem Avtandil is a knight who is sent by Tinatin to search for the mysterious knight of the title.
AVTOmGeorgian
Short form of AVTANDIL.
AWHINAfMaori
Means "help, support" in Maori.
AWINITAfNative American, Cherokee
Means "fawn" in Cherokee.
AWITIfEastern African, Luo
Means "thrown away" in Luo, possibly used for a child born prematurely.
AWOTWIm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "eighth born child" in Akan.
AWSTINmWelsh
Welsh form of AUSTIN.
AXELmDanish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Medieval Danish form of ABSALOM.
AXELLEfFrench
Feminine form of AXEL.
AYAfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design", or other kanji characters with the same pronunciation.
AYAKAfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" combined with (ka) or (ka) which both mean "flower". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AYAKOfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design" or (aya) meaning "brilliant fabric design, kimono design" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji characters are also possible.
AYALmHebrew
Means "stag, hart" in Hebrew.
AYALAfHebrew
Means "doe, gazelle, hind" in Hebrew.
AYAMEfJapanese
From Japanese 菖蒲 (ayame) meaning "iris". Other kanji or combinations of kanji can also form this name.
AYANDAm & fSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they are increasing" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
AYANEfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design" or (aya) meaning "brilliant fabric design, kimono design" combined with (ne) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AYANOfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" or (aya) meaning "design" combined with (no), a possessive particle. Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
AYAULYMfKazakh
Means "beloved" in Kazakh.
AYBEKmKyrgyz, Kazakh
Variant transcription of AIBEK.
AYBERKmTurkish
Means "high moon" in Turkish.
AYDAfArabic
Means "returning, visitor" in Arabic.
AYDAN (1)fTurkish
Means "from the moon" in Turkish.
AYDINmTurkish
Means "enlightened" in Turkish.
AYELETfHebrew
Means "gazelle, hind". It is taken from the Hebrew phrase אַיֶלֶת הַשַׁחַר ('ayelet hashachar), literally "gazelle of dawn", which is a name of the morning star.
AYESHAfArabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of AISHA.
AYGÜLfTurkish
Means "moon rose" in Turkish.
AYGULfAzerbaijani, Uyghur
Azerbaijani and Uyghur form of AYGÜL.
AYGÜNfTurkish, Azerbaijani
Derived from the Turkic elements ay "moon" and gün "sun".
AYISHAHfArabic
Variant transcription of AISHA.
AYLA (1)fHebrew
Variant transcription of ELAH.
AYLA (2)fTurkish
Means "moonlight, halo" in Turkish.
AYLA (3)fLiterature
Created for the novel 'Clan of the Cave Bear' (1980) by author Jean M. Auel. In the novel Ayla is an orphaned Cro-Magnon girl adopted by Neanderthals. Ayla is the Neanderthal pronunciation of her real name, which is not given.
AYLENfNative American, Mapuche
Possibly means either "happiness" or "clear" in Mapuche.
AYLİNfTurkish, Azerbaijani
Means "of the moon" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon".
AYLMERmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of ELMER.
AYMANmArabic
Means "right-handed, blessed, lucky" in Arabic.
AYNfVarious
This name was assumed by Ayn Rand (1905-1982), originally named Alice Rosenbaum, a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She apparently based it on a Finnish name she had heard, but never seen written.
AÝNAfTurkmen
Means "mirror" in Turkmen, ultimately from Persian آینه (ayneh).
AYNAfKazakh
Kazakh form of AÝNA.
AÝNABATfTurkmen
Derived from Turkmen "moon" and nabat "sugar".
AYNURfTurkish, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Uyghur
Means "moon light" in Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kazakh and Uyghur, ultimately from Turkic ay meaning "moon" and Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
AYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy" in Yoruba, or a short form of names containing that element.
AYODELEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come home" in Yoruba.
AYOKUNLEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy has filled the home" in Yoruba.
AYOMIDEf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my joy has arrived" in Yoruba.
AYOTUNDEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy has returned" in Yoruba.
AYŞEfTurkish
Turkish form of AISHA.
AYSELfTurkish, Azerbaijani
Means "moon flood" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon" and sel "flood, stream".
AYSUfTurkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and su meaning "water".
AYSUNfTurkish
Means "as beautiful as the moon" in Turkish.
AYTAÇm & fTurkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and taç meaning "crown" (of Persian origin).
AYTENfTurkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and ten meaning "skin" (of Persian origin).
AYUMUmJapanese
From Japanese (ayu) meaning "walk" and (mu) meaning "dream, vision". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
AYYUBmArabic
Arabic form of JOB.
AZADmPersian, Indian, Hindi, Azerbaijani, Turkish
Means "free" in Persian. This word has derivatives in several other languages, such as Hindi, Turkish and Armenian.
AZALEAfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the flower, ultimately derived from Greek αζαλεος (azaleos) "dry".
AZARf & mPersian
Means "fire" in Persian.
AZARELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "God has helped" in Hebrew. This is the name of several minor Old Testament characters.
AZARIAHmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH has helped" in Hebrew, derived from עָזַר ('azar) meaning "help" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of many Old Testament characters including of one of the three men the Babylonian king ordered cast into a fiery furnace. His Babylonian name was Abednego.
AZARIASmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of AZARIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
AZAZELmBiblical
Means "scapegoat" in Hebrew. This is the name of the recipient of a sacrificial goat in the Old Testament. The identity of Azazel is not clear; it may in fact be the name of the place where the goat is to be sacrificed, or it may be the name of some sort of evil desert demon.
AZAZIAHmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH is strong" in Hebrew. This is the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament.
AZELmBiblical
Means "reserved" in Hebrew. This is both the name of a minor character and a place name in the Old Testament.
AZENETHfSpanish
Spanish form of ASENATH.
AZHARmArabic, Urdu
Means "shining, bright" in Arabic.
'AZIZmArabic
Variant transcription of AZIZ.
AZİZmTurkish
Turkish form of AZIZ.
AZIZmArabic, Persian, Urdu, Uzbek
Means "powerful, respected, beloved", derived from Arabic عزّ ('azza) meaning "to be powerful" or "to be cherished". In Islamic tradition العزيز (al-'Aziz) is one of the 99 names of Allah. A notable bearer of the name was Al-'Aziz, a 10th-century Fatimid caliph.
AZİZEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of AZIZ.
AZRAfArabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Persian, Urdu
Means "virgin" in Arabic.
AZRAELmJudeo-Christian Legend
Variant of AZRIEL. This was the name of an angel in Jewish and Muslim tradition who separated the soul from the body upon death. He is sometimes referred to as the Angel of Death.
AZRIELmBiblical
Means "my help is God", derived from Hebrew עָזַר ('azar) meaning "help" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". This was the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament.
AZUBAHfBiblical
Means "forsaken" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Caleb's wife.
AZUBUIKEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "the past is your strength" or "your back is your strength" in Igbo.
AZUCENAfSpanish
Means "madonna lily" in Spanish.
ĄŽUOLASmLithuanian
Means "oak tree" in Lithuanian.
AZURAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaboration of AZURE.
AZUREfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word that means "sky blue". It is ultimately (via Old French, Latin and Arabic) from Persian لاجورد (lajvard) meaning "azure, lapis lazuli".
AZZURRAfItalian
Means "azure, sky blue" in Italian.