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CHOUfJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese (chou) meaning "butterfly".
CHOUKOfJapanese
From Japanese (chou) meaning "butterfly" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can be possible.
CHRISm & fEnglish, Dutch
Short form of CHRISTOPHER, CHRISTIAN, CHRISTINE, and other names that begin with Chris.
CHRISSIEfEnglish
Diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRISSYfEnglish
Diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRISTmTheology
Modern English form of CHRISTOS.
CHRISTABELfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of CHRISTINA and the name suffix bel. This name occurs in medieval literature, and was later used by Samuel Coleridge in his poem 'Christabel' (1800).
CHRISTELLEfFrench
French diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRISTERmSwedish, Danish
Swedish and Danish diminutive of CHRISTIAN.
CHRISTIfEnglish
Diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRISTIAANmDutch
Dutch form of CHRISTIAN.
CHRISTIANmEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the medieval Latin name Christianus meaning "a Christian" (see CHRISTOS). In England it has been in use since the Middle Ages, during which time it was used by both males and females, but it did not become common until the 17th century. In Denmark the name has been borne by ten kings since the 15th century. A famous bearer was Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), the Danish author of such fairy tales as 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Emperor's New Clothes'.
CHRISTIANAfEnglish, Late Roman
Latin feminine form of CHRISTIAN.
CHRISTIANEfGerman, French
German and French feminine form of CHRISTIAN.
CHRISTIE (2)mScottish, Irish
Scottish and Irish diminutive of CHRISTOPHER.
CHRISTINAfEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Greek
From Christiana, the Latin feminine form of CHRISTIAN. This was the name of an early, possibly legendary, saint who was tormented by her pagan father. It was also borne by a 17th-century Swedish queen and patron the arts who gave up her crown in order to become a Roman Catholic.
CHRISTINEfFrench, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
French form of CHRISTINA, as well as a variant in other languages.
CHRISTMASm & fEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the holiday, which means "Christ festival".
CHRISTOFFERmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian variant of KRISTOFFER.
CHRISTOFOROSmGreek
Modern Greek transcription of CHRISTOPHER.
CHRISTOPHERmEnglish
From the Late Greek name Χριστοφορος (Christophoros) meaning "bearing CHRIST", derived from Χριστος (Christos) combined with φερω (phero) "to bear, to carry". Early Christians used it as a metaphorical name, expressing that they carried Christ in their hearts. In the Middle Ages, literal interpretations of the name's etymology led to legends about a Saint Christopher who carried the young Jesus across a river. He has come to be regarded as the patron saint of travellers.... [more]
CHRISTOSmTheology, Greek
From Greek Χριστος (Christos) meaning "anointed", derived from χριω (chrio) meaning "to anoint". This was a name applied to Jesus by early Greek-speaking Christians. It is a translation of the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach), commonly spelled in English messiah, which also means "anointed".... [more]
CHRISTY (2)mScottish, Irish
Scottish and Irish diminutive of CHRISTOPHER.
CHRIZANNEfSouthern African, Afrikaans
Combination of CHRISTINE and ANNE (1) used in South Africa.
CHRYSANTAfEnglish (Rare)
Shortened form of the word chrysanthemum, the name of a flowering plant, which means "golden flower" in Greek.
CHRYSANTHIfGreek
Modern Greek feminine form of CHRYSANTHOS.
CHRYSANTHOSmGreek, Ancient Greek
Means "golden flower" from Greek χρυσεος (chryseos) "golden" combined with ανθος (anthos) "flower". This name was borne by a semi-legendary 3rd-century Egyptian saint.
CHRYSEISfGreek Mythology
Patronymic derived from CHRYSES. In Greek legend she was the daughter of Chryses, a priest of Apollo. After she was taken prisoner by the Greeks besieging Troy, Apollo sent a plague into their camp, forcing the Greeks to release her.
CHRYSESmGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek χρυσεος (chryseos) meaning "golden". In Greek mythology Chryses was the father of Chryseis, a woman captured by Agamemnon during the Trojan War.
CHRYSSAfGreek
Feminine form of CHRYSANTHOS.
CHUCHOmSpanish
Spanish diminutive of JESÚS.
CHUCKmEnglish
Diminutive of CHARLES. It originated in America in the early 20th century. Two famous bearers of this name were pilot Chuck Yeager (1923-), the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound, and the musician Chuck Berry (1926-2017), one of the pioneers of rock music.
CHUKSmWestern African, Igbo
Diminutive of Igbo names beginning with the element Chukwu meaning "God".
CHUKWUmMythology
Derived from Igbo chi "god, spirtual being" and ukwu "great". In Igbo mythology Chukwu is the supreme god who created the universe. Christian Igbo people use this name for the Christian god.
CHUKWUDImWestern African, Igbo
Variant of CHIDI, using Chukwu as the first element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
CHUKWUEMEKAmWestern African, Igbo
Means "God has done something great" in Igbo.
CHUKWUMAmWestern African, Igbo
Variant of CHIMA, using Chukwu as the first element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
CHULDAHfBiblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of HULDAH.
CHUNf & mChinese
From Chinese (chūn) meaning "spring (the season)" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
CHUSm & fSpanish
Diminutive of JESÚS or JESUSA.
CHUYmSpanish
Diminutive of JESÚS.
CIANmIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "ancient" in Gaelic. This was the name of the mythical ancestor of the Cianachta in Irish legend. Cian was also the name of a son-in-law of Brian Boru.
CIANÁNmIrish
Diminutive of CIAN. This was the name of a 5th-century Irish saint.
CIANNAITfIrish
Feminine form of CIAN.
CIARmIrish
Derived from Irish ciar meaning "black".
CIARA (1)fIrish
Feminine form of CIAR. Saint Ciara was an Irish nun who established a monastery at Kilkeary in the 7th century.
CIARA (2)fEnglish (Modern)
Variant of SIERRA. Use of the name has perhaps been influenced by the brand of perfume called Ciara, which was introduced by Revlon in 1973.
CIARÁNmIrish
Diminutive of CIAR. This was the name of two Irish saints: Saint Ciarán the Elder, the patron of the Kingdom of Munster, and Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, the founder of a monastery in the 6th century.
CIARDHAmIrish
Derived from Irish ciar "black".
CIBRÁNmGalician
Galician form of Cyprianus (see CYPRIAN).
CICELYfEnglish
Medieval variant of CECILY.
CICEROmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "chickpea" from Latin cicer. Marcus Tullius Cicero (known simply as Cicero) was a statesman, orator and author of the 1st century BC.
CIELfVarious
Means "sky" in French. It is not used as a given name in France itself.
ĈIELAfEsperanto
Means "heavenly, from the sky" in Esperanto.
ÇİĞDEMfTurkish
Means "crocus" in Turkish.
CİHANmTurkish
Turkish form of JAHAN.
CİHANGİRmTurkish
Turkish form of JAHANGIR.
CILAfPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of CECILIA.
CILIfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of CECILIA.
CILKAfSlovene
Slovene diminutive of CECILIA.
CILLAfSwedish, Dutch
Diminutive of CECILIA.
CILLEfDanish
Danish diminutive of CECILIA.
CILLIANmIrish
Probably from Gaelic ceall "church" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint who evangelized in Franconia. He was martyred in Würzburg.
CILLÍNmIrish
Variant of CILLIAN.
CINÁEDmScottish, Irish
Means "born of fire" in Gaelic. This was the name of the first king of the Scots and Picts (9th century). It is often Anglicized as Kenneth.
CINDERELLAfLiterature
From the French name Cendrillon which means "little ashes". This is best known as the main character in the fairy tale 'Cinderella'.
CINDIfEnglish
Diminutive of CYNTHIA.
CINDRAfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of CINDY and SANDRA.
CINDYfEnglish
Diminutive of CYNTHIA.
CINTAfIndonesian
Means "love" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit चिन्ता (chinta).
CÍNTIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of CYNTHIA.
CINTIAfSpanish, Hungarian
Spanish and Hungarian form of CYNTHIA.
CINZIAfItalian
Italian form of CYNTHIA.
CIONAODHmIrish
Modern Irish form of CINÁED.
CIPRIANmRomanian
Romanian form of Cyprianus (see CYPRIAN).
CIPRIANOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Cyprianus (see CYPRIAN).
CIRCEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κιρκη (Kirke), which possibly meant "bird". In Greek mythology Circe was a sorceress who changed Odysseus's crew into hogs but was forced by him to change them back.
CIRÍACOmPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese form and Spanish variant of CYRIACUS.
CIRIACOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of CYRIACUS.
CIRILmSlovene
Slovene form of CYRIL.
CIRILAfSlovene
Slovene feminine form of CYRIL.
CIRILLOmItalian
Italian form of CYRIL.
CIRINOmItalian, Spanish
Diminutive of CIRO.
CIROmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of CYRUS.
CISSYfEnglish
Variant of SISSY.
CITLALIf & mNative American, Nahuatl
Means "star" in Nahuatl.
CITRAfIndonesian
Means "image" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit चित्र (chitra).
CLAESmSwedish
Swedish short form of NICHOLAS.
CLAIRmFrench, English
French form of Clarus (see CLARA).
CLAIREfFrench, English
French form of CLARA.
CLANCYmIrish, English (Rare)
From the Irish surname Mac Fhlannchaidh which means "son of Flannchadh". The Gaelic name Flannchadh means "red warrior".
CLARAfItalian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus which meant "clear, bright, famous". The name Clarus was borne by a few early saints. The feminine form was popularized by the 13th-century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara in Italian), a friend and follower of Saint Francis, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages, originally in the form Clare, though the Latinate spelling Clara became more popular in the 19th century.
CLAREfEnglish
Medieval English form of CLARA. This is also the name of an Irish county, which was originally named for the Norman invader Richard de Clare (known as Strongbow), whose surname was derived from the name of an English river.
CLARENCEmEnglish
From the Latin title Clarensis which belonged to members of the British royal family. The title ultimately derives from the name of the town of Clare in Suffolk. As a given name it has been in use since the 19th century.
CLARETTAfItalian
Diminutive of CLARA.
CLARIBELfEnglish
Combination of CLARA and the popular name suffix bel. This name was used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (in the form Claribell) and by Shakespeare in his play 'The Tempest' (1611). Alfred Lord Tennyson also wrote a poem entitled 'Claribel' (1830).
CLARICEfEnglish
Medieval vernacular form of the Late Latin name Claritia, which was a derivative of CLARA.
CLARINDAfEnglish
Combination of CLARA and the popular name suffix inda. It was first used by Edmund Spenser in his epic poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
CLARISAfSpanish
Spanish variant of CLARISSA.
CLARISSAfEnglish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Latinate form of CLARICE. This was the name of the title character in a 1748 novel by Samuel Richardson. In the novel Clarissa is a virtuous woman who is tragically exploited by her family and her lover.
CLARISSEfFrench
French form of CLARICE.
CLARITIAfLate Roman
Possibly a derivative of CLARA.
CLARITYfEnglish (Rare)
Simply means "clarity, lucidity" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clarus "clear".
CLARKmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "cleric" or "scribe", from Old English clerec which originally meant "priest". A famous bearer of the surname was William Clark (1770-1838), an explorer of the west of North America. It was also borne by the American actor Clark Gable (1901-1960).
CLARUSmLate Roman
Masculine Latin form of CLARA. This was the name of several early saints.
CLAUDmEnglish
Variant of CLAUDE.
CLAUDEm & fFrench, English
French masculine and feminine form of CLAUDIUS. In France the masculine name has been common since the Middle Ages due to the 7th-century Saint Claude of Besançon. It was imported to Britain in the 16th century by the aristocratic Hamilton family, who had French connections. A famous bearer of this name was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
CLAUDETTEfFrench
French feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
CLÁUDIAfPortuguese
Portuguese feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
CLÀUDIAfCatalan
Catalan feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
CLAUDIAfEnglish, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Biblical, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of CLAUDIUS. It is mentioned briefly in the New Testament. As a Christian name it was very rare until the 16th century.
CLAUDIEfFrench
French feminine variant of CLAUDE.
CLAUDINEfFrench
Feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
CLÁUDIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of CLAUDIUS.
CLAUDIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of CLAUDIUS.
CLAUDIUmRomanian
Romanian form of CLAUDIUS.
CLAUDIUSmAncient Roman
From a Roman family name which was possibly derived from Latin claudus meaning "lame, crippled". This was the name of a patrician family prominent in Roman politics. The ancestor of the family was said to have been a 6th-century BC Sabine leader named Attius Clausus, who adopted the name Appius Claudius upon becoming a Roman citizen. The family produced several Roman emperors of the 1st century, including the emperor known simply as Claudius. He was poisoned by his wife Agrippina in order to bring her son Nero (Claudius's stepson) to power. The name was later borne by several early saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Besançon.
CLAUSmGerman, Danish
German short form of NICHOLAS.
CLAYmEnglish
From an English surname that originally referred to a person who lived near or worked with clay. This name can also be a short form of CLAYTON.
CLAYTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from various English place names, all meaning "clay settlement" in Old English.
CLEDWYNmWelsh
Derived from the Welsh element caled "rough" combined with gwyn "white, fair, blessed".
CLEENAfIrish
Anglicized form of CLÍODHNA.
CLEISTHENESmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Κλεισθενης (Kleisthenes), derived from κλεος (kleos) "glory" and σθενος (sthenos) "strength". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian statesman and reformer. He helped establish democracy in Athens.
CLELIAfItalian
Italian form of CLOELIA.
CLEMmEnglish
Short form of CLEMENT.
CLEMATISfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for a type of flowering vine, ultimately derived from Greek κλημα (klema) "twig, branch".
CLÉMENCEfFrench
French feminine form of Clementius (see CLEMENT).
CLEMENCEfEnglish
Feminine form of Clementius (see CLEMENT). It has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it became rare after the 17th century.
CLEMENCYfEnglish (Rare)
Medieval variant of CLEMENCE. It can also simply mean "clemency, mercy" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clemens "merciful".
CLEMENSmGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Original Latin form of CLEMENT, as well as the German, Dutch and Scandinavian form.
CLÉMENTmFrench
French form of Clemens (see CLEMENT).
CLEMENTmEnglish
English form of the Late Latin name Clemens (or sometimes of its derivative Clementius) which meant "merciful, gentle". This was the name of 14 popes, including Saint Clement I, the third pope, one of the Apostolic Fathers. Another saint by this name was Clement of Alexandria, a 3rd-century theologian and church father who attempted to reconcile Christian and Platonic philosophies. It has been in general as a given name in Christian Europe (in various spellings) since early times. In England it became rare after the Protestant Reformation, though it was revived in the 19th century.
CLEMENTEmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Clemens (see CLEMENT).
CLEMENTIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of Clemens or Clementius (see CLEMENT).
CLÉMENTINEfFrench
French feminine form of CLEMENT.
CLEMENTIUSmLate Roman
Derivative of Clemens (see CLEMENT).
CLÉOfFrench
Short form of CLÉOPÂTRE.
CLEOf & mEnglish
Short form of CLEOPATRA, CLEON or CLEOPAS.
CLEONmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Κλεων (Kleon), a Greek name derived from κλεος (kleos) "glory".
CLEOPASmBiblical, Biblical Latin
Shortened form of the Greek name Kleopatros (see CLEOPATRA). In the New Testament Cleopas is a disciple who sees Jesus after his resurrection.
CLEOPATRAfAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Κλεοπατρα (Kleopatra) which meant "glory of the father", derived from κλεος (kleos) "glory" combined with πατηρ (pater) "father" (genitive πατρος), This was the name of queens of Egypt from the Ptolemaic royal family, including Cleopatra VII, the mistress of both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Augustus she committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp. Shakespeare's tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606) is based on her.
CLEOPHASmBiblical
Form of CLOPAS used in several versions of the New Testament.
CLETUSmEnglish
Short form of ANACLETUS. This name is sometimes used to refer to the third pope, Saint Anacletus. It can also function an an Anglicized form of KLEITOS.
CLEVEmEnglish
Short form of CLEVELAND.
CLEVELANDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "hilly land". This was the surname of American president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908). It is also the name of an American city, which was founded by surveyor Moses Cleaveland (1754-1806).
CLIFFmEnglish
Short form of CLIFFORD or CLIFTON.
CLIFFORDmEnglish
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "ford by a cliff" in Old English.
CLIFTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "settlement by a cliff" in Old English.
CLÍMACOmSpanish
Spanish form of Climacus, derived from Greek κλιμαξ (klimax) "ladder". The 7th-century monk Saint John Climacus (also known as John of the Ladder) acquired this name because he wrote a book called 'The Ladder of Divine Ascent'.
CLIMENTmCatalan
Catalan form of Clemens (see CLEMENT).
CLINTmEnglish
Short form of CLINTON. A notable bearer is American actor Clint Eastwood (1930-), who became famous early in his career for his western movies.
CLINTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally from an Old English place name meaning "settlement on the River Glyme". A famous bearer of the surname was American president Bill Clinton (1946-).
CLÍODHNAfIrish, Irish Mythology
Possibly means "shapely" in Irish Gaelic. In Irish legend this was the name of a beautiful goddess. She fell in love with a mortal named Ciabhan and left the Land of Promise with him, but when she arrived on the other shore she was swept to sea by a great wave.
CLIVEmEnglish
From a surname meaning "cliff" in Old English, originally belonging to a person who lived near a cliff.
CLODAGHfIrish
From the name of a river in Tipperary, Ireland.
CLODOVICUSmAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of Chlodovech (see LUDWIG).
CLOEfSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of CHLOE.
CLOÉfPortuguese, French
Portuguese form and French variant of CHLOE.
CLOELIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of CLOELIUS. In Roman legend Cloelia was a maiden who was given to an Etruscan invader as a hostage. She managed to escape by swimming across the Tiber, at the same time helping some of the other captives to safety.
CLOELIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning.
CLOPASmBiblical
Meaning unknown, probably of Aramaic origin. In the New Testament Clopas is mentioned briefly as the husband of one of the women who witnessed the crucifixion, sometimes identified with Alphaeus.
CLOTILDAfEnglish
English form of CLOTILDE.
CLOTILDEfFrench, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
French form of the Germanic name Chlotichilda which was composed of the elements hlud "fame" and hild "battle". Saint Clotilde was the wife of the Frankish king Clovis, whom she converted to Christianity.
CLOVERfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the wild flower, ultimately deriving from Old English clafre.
CLOVISmAncient Germanic (Latinized), French
Shortened form of Clodovicus, a Latinized form of Chlodovech (see LUDWIG). Clovis was a Frankish king who united France under his rule in the 5th century.
CLYDEmEnglish
From the name of the River Clyde in Scotland, which is of unknown origin. It became a common given name in America in the middle of the 19th century, perhaps in honour of Sir Colin Campbell (1792-1863) who was given the title Baron Clyde in 1858.
CLYTEMNESTRAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κλυταιμνηστρα (Klytaimnestra), from κλυτος (klytos) "famous, noble" and μνηστηρ (mnester) "courter, wooer". In Greek legend Clytemnestra was the wife of Agamemnon and the mother of Orestes and Electra. While her husband was away during the Trojan War she took a lover, and upon his return she had him murdered. She was subsequently killed by Orestes.
CNAEUSmAncient Roman
Roman variant of GNAEUS.
CNUTmHistory
Variant of KNUT.
COBAfDutch
Short form of JACOBA.
COBUSmDutch
Short form of JACOBUS.
COBYm & fEnglish
Masculine or feminine diminutive of JACOB.
COCHISEmNative American, Apache
From Apache chis meaning "oak, wood". This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Chiricahua Apache.
COCOfVarious
Diminutive of names beginning with Co, influenced by the word cocoa. However, this was not the case for French fashion designer Coco Chanel (real name Gabrielle), whose nickname came from the name of a song she performed while working as a cabaret singer.
CODYmEnglish, Irish
From the Gaelic surname Ó Cuidighthigh, which means "descendant of CUIDIGHTHEACH". A famous bearer of the surname was the American frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917).
CÓEMGEINmIrish
Original Irish form of KEVIN.
COENmDutch
Short form of COENRAAD.
COENRAADmDutch
Dutch form of CONRAD.
COHENmEnglish
From a common Jewish surname which was derived from Hebrew כֹּהֵן (kohen) meaning "priest". This surname was traditionally associated with the hereditary priests who claimed descent from the biblical Aaron.
COILEANmIrish
Irish form of CAILEAN.
COINNEACHmScottish
Derived from Gaelic caoin "handsome". It is often Anglicized as Kenneth.
COKKIEfDutch
Dutch diminutive of CORNELIA.
COLmMedieval English
Medieval short form of NICHOLAS.
COLAmAnglo-Saxon
Old English byname meaning "charcoal", originally given to a person with dark features.
COLBERTmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from a Norman form of the Germanic name COLOBERT.
COLBYmEnglish
From a surname, originally from various English place names, derived from the Old Norse nickname Koli (meaning "coal, dark") and býr "town".
COLEmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from the Old English byname COLA.
COLETTEfFrench
Short form of NICOLETTE. Saint Colette was a 15th-century French nun who gave her money to the poor. This was also the pen name of the French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954).
COLIN (1)mScottish, Irish, English
Anglicized form of CAILEAN or COILEAN.
COLIN (2)mEnglish
Medieval diminutive of Col, a short form of NICHOLAS.
COLINEfFrench
Diminutive of NICOLE.
COLLEENfEnglish
Derived from the Irish word cailín meaning "girl". It is not commonly used in Ireland itself, but has been used in America since the early 20th century.
COLMmIrish
Variant of COLUM.
COLMÁNmIrish
Diminutive of Colm (see COLUM). This was the name of a large number of Irish saints.
COLOBERTmAncient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements col, possibly meaning "helmet", and beraht meaning "bright".
COLOMBAfItalian
Italian feminine form of COLUMBA.
COLOMBANOmItalian
Italian form of COLUMBANUS.
COLOMBEfFrench
French feminine form of COLUMBA.
COLOMBINAfItalian
Italian feminine diminutive of COLUMBA. In traditional Italian pantomimes this is the name of a stock character, the female counterpart of Arlecchino (also called Harlequin). This is also the Italian word for the columbine flower.
COLOMBOmItalian
Italian form of COLUMBA.
COLTONmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which was originally from a place name meaning "COLA's town".
COLUMmIrish
Irish form of COLUMBA. This is also an Old Irish word meaning "dove", derived from Latin columba.
COLUMBAm & fLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "dove". The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in Christianity. This was the name of several early saints both masculine and feminine, most notably the 6th-century Irish monk Saint Columba (or Colum) who established a monastery on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. He is credited with the conversion of Scotland to Christianity.
COLUMBANmIrish
Possibly an Irish diminutive of COLUMBA. Alternatively, it may be derived from Old Irish colum "dove" and bán "white". The 7th-century Saint Columban of Leinster was the founder of several monasteries in Europe.
COLUMBANUSmLate Roman
This name can be viewed as a derivative of COLUMBA or a Latinized form of COLUMBAN, both derivations being approximately equivalent. This is the name of Saint Columban in Latin sources.
COLUMBINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a variety of flower. It is also an English form of COLOMBINA, the pantomime character.
COLWYNmWelsh
From the name of a river in northern Wales.
CÔMEmFrench
French form of COSMAS.
COMFORTfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word comfort, ultimately from Latin confortare "to strengthen greatly", a derivative of fortis "strong". It was used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation.
COMGANmIrish
Anglicized form of COMHGHÁN.
COMHGHALLmIrish
Means "joint pledge" from Irish comh "together" and gall "pledge".
COMHGHÁNmIrish
Means "born together" from Irish comh "together" and gan "born".
CONALLmIrish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Means "strong wolf" in Gaelic. This is the name of several characters in Irish legend including the hero Conall Cernach ("Conall of the victories"), a member of the Red Branch of Ulster, who avenged Cúchulainn's death by killing Lugaid.
CONANmIrish
Means "little wolf" or "little hound" from Irish "wolf, hound" combined with a diminutive suffix. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories.
CONCEPCIÓNfSpanish
Means "conception" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. A city in Chile bears this name.
CONCEPTAfIrish
Latinate form of CONCEPCIÓN.
CONCETTAfItalian
Italian cognate of CONCEPCIÓN.
CONCETTOmItalian
Masculine form of CONCETTA.
CONCHAfSpanish
Diminutive of CONCEPCIÓN. This name can also mean "seashell" in Spanish.
CONCHITAfSpanish
Diminutive of CONCHA.
CONCHOBHARmIrish, Irish Mythology
Original Irish form of CONOR.
CONCORDIAfRoman Mythology
Means "harmony" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of harmony and peace.
CONDOLEEZZAfVarious
In the case of American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it is derived from the Italian musical term con dolcezza meaning "with sweetness".
CONFUCIUSmHistory
Anglicized form of the Chinese name Kong Fuzi. The surname (Kong) means "hole, opening" and the title 夫子 (Fuzi) means "master". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Chinese philosopher. His given name was Qiu.
CÔNGmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (công) meaning "fair, equitable, public".
CONLAOCHmIrish Mythology
Possibly derived from Gaelic conn "chief" and flaith "lord". This was the name of several characters in Irish legend including a son of Cúchulainn who was accidentally killed by his father.
CONLETHmIrish
Modern form of the old Irish name Conláed, possibly meaning "chaste fire" from Gaelic connla "chaste" and aodh "fire". Saint Conláed was a 5th-century bishop of Kildare.
CONLEYmIrish
Anglicized form of CONLETH.
CONNmIrish
Means "chief" in Irish Gaelic.
CONNELLmEnglish (Rare)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Conaill meaning "descendant of CONALL".
CONNIEf & mEnglish
Diminutive of CONSTANCE and other names beginning with Con. It is occasionally a masculine name, a diminutive of CORNELIUS or CONRAD.
CONORmIrish, English, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Conchobhar, derived from Old Irish con "hound, dog, wolf" and cobar "desiring". It has been in use in Ireland for centuries and was the name of several Irish kings. It was also borne by the legendary Ulster king Conchobar mac Nessa, known for his tragic desire for Deirdre.
CONRADmEnglish, German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements kuoni "brave" and rad "counsel". This was the name of a 10th-century saint and bishop of Konstanz, in southern Germany. It was also borne by several medieval German kings and dukes. In England it was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, but has only been common since the 19th century when it was reintroduced from Germany.
CONRADOmSpanish
Spanish form of CONRAD.
CONRÍmIrish
Means "wolf king" in Irish Gaelic.
CONSOLATAfItalian
Means "consoled" in Italian. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María Consolata.
CONSTANÇAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSTANCEfEnglish, French
Medieval form of CONSTANTIA. The Normans introduced this name to England (it was the name of a daughter of William the Conqueror).
CONSTÂNCIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSTANSmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "constant, steadfast". This was the name of a 4th-century Roman emperor, a son of Constantine the Great.
CONSTANTmFrench, English (Rare)
From the Late Latin name CONSTANS. It was also used by the Puritans as a vocabulary name, from the English word constant.
CONSTANȚAfRomanian
Romanian form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSTANTIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Constantius, which was itself derived from CONSTANS.
CONSTANTIJNmDutch
Dutch form of Constantinus (see CONSTANTINE).
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