Names Starting with A

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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.
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.
Russian form of EUDOCIA.
Possibly from the name of the prayer Ave Maria, in which Ave is Latin meaning "greetings, salutations".
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.
Means "good news" in Armenian.
AVEZAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of AVIS.
AVGUSTmSlovene, Russian, Ukrainian
Slovene, Russian and Ukrainian form of AUGUSTUS.
Slovene feminine form of AUGUSTUS.
Slovene form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).
Means "my father" in Hebrew. It is also a diminutive of AVRAHAM or AVIRAM.
Variant transcription of AVIYA.
ÂVIÂJAfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "cousin" in Greenlandic.
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.
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".
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.
Feminine variant of AVIV.
AVIYAm & fHebrew
Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
'AVIYAHm & fBiblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
Georgian form of AUXENTIOS.
Russian form of AUXENTIOS.
Greek form of AURA.
AVRAAMUmOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of ABRAHAM.
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.
Short form of AVTANDIL.
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.
Welsh form of AUSTIN.
AXELmDanish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Medieval Danish form of ABSALOM.
Feminine form of AXEL.
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design", or other kanji characters with the same pronunciation.
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" combined with (ka) or (ka) which both mean "flower". Other kanji combinations are possible.
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.
Means "stag, hart" in Hebrew.
Means "doe, gazelle, hind" in Hebrew.
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.
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.
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.
Means "beloved" in Kazakh.
AYBEKmKyrgyz, Kazakh
Variant transcription of AIBEK.
Means "high moon" in Turkish.
Means "returning, visitor" in Arabic.
AYDAN (1)fTurkish
Means "from the moon" in Turkish.
Means "enlightened" in Turkish.
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.
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".
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.
Means "right-handed, blessed, lucky" in Arabic.
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.
Means "mirror" in Turkmen, ultimately from Persian آینه (ayneh).
Kazakh form of AÝNA.
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.
Turkish form of AISHA.
AYSELfTurkish, Azerbaijani
Means "moon flood" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon" and sel "flood, stream".
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and su meaning "water".
Means "as beautiful as the moon" in Turkish.
AYTAÇm & fTurkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and taç meaning "crown" (of Persian origin).
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and ten meaning "skin" (of Persian origin).
From Japanese (ayu) meaning "walk" and (mu) meaning "dream, vision". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
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.
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.
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.
Means "YAHWEH is strong" in Hebrew. This is the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament.
Means "reserved" in Hebrew. This is both the name of a minor character and a place name in the Old Testament.
Spanish form of ASENATH.
AZHARmArabic, Urdu
Means "shining, bright" in Arabic.
Variant transcription of AZIZ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Means "madonna lily" in Spanish.
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".
Means "azure, sky blue" in Italian.