Names Starting with N

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NJERIfEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "travelling one" in Kikuyu. Njeri (or Wanjeri) is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.
NJORDmNorse Mythology, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old Norse Njörðr, which was possibly derived from the Indo-European root *ner meaning "strong, vigourous". Njord was the Norse god of the sea, sailing, fishing and fertility. With his children Freyr and Freya he was a member of the Vanir.
NJÖRÐRmNorse Mythology
Old Norse form of NJORD.
Means "woman, girl" in Hmong.
NKECHINYEREfWestern African, Igbo
Means "what God has given" or "gift of God" in Igbo.
NKEMDILIMm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "let mine be mine" in Igbo.
NKIRUKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "the best is still to come" in Igbo.
NKOSANAmSouthern African, Xhosa
Means "prince" in Xhosa.
NKOSAZANAfSouthern African, Xhosa
Means "princess" in Xhosa.
NKRUMAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.
NNAMDImWestern African, Igbo
Means "my father is alive" in Igbo. This name is given to a child when it is believed that he is a reincarnation of his grandfather.
NNEKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "my mother is supreme" in Igbo.
NNENNAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "father's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her paternal grandmother.
NNENNEfWestern African, Igbo
Means "mother's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her maternal grandmother.
NOA (2)fJapanese
From Japanese (no), a possessive particle, and (a) meaning "love, affection". This name can also be constructed from other kanji or kanji combinations.
NOACHmHebrew, Dutch, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew and Dutch form of NOAH (1).
NOAH (1)mEnglish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name נֹחַ (Noach) meaning "rest, repose", derived from the root נוּחַ (nuach). According to the Old Testament, Noah was the builder of the Ark that allowed him, his family, and animals of each species to survive the great Flood. After the Flood he received the sign of the rainbow as a covenant from God. He was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.... [more]
NOAH (2)fBiblical
From the Hebrew name נֹעָה (No'ah) meaning "motion". In the Old Testament this is the name of a daughter of Zelophehad.
Swedish form of NOAH (1).
NOAMm & fHebrew
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
From an English surname meaning "noble, notable". The name can also be given in direct reference to the English word noble.
From Japanese (noboru) meaning "rise, ascend" or other kanji pronounced in the same way.
From Japanese (nobu) meaning "trust", (nobu) meaning "prolong, stretch", or other kanji and kanji combinations. It is sometimes a short form of longer names beginning with this sound.
From Japanese (noburu) meaning "extend, stretch" or other kanji having the same pronunciation.
From Japanese (nobu) meaning "trust" or (nobu) meaning "extend, stretch, open" combined with (yuki) meaning "row, line" or (yuki) meaning "happiness". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
NOEmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of NOAH (1) used in the Greek and Latin Bible.
Means "Christmas" in French. In the Middle Ages it was used for children born on the holiday. A famous bearer was the English playwright and composer Noël Coward (1899-1973).
English form of NOËL.
Galician feminine form of NOËL.
Means "heavenly mist" from Hawaiian noe "mist" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOELENEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of NOEL.
Spanish feminine form of NOËL.
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOËLLEfFrench, Dutch
Feminine form of NOËL.
English form of NOËLLE.
NOÉMIfHungarian, French
Hungarian and French form of NAOMI (1).
NOEMIfItalian, German, Czech, Biblical Latin
Italian, German and Czech form of NAOMI (1).
Spanish form of NAOMI (1).
Portuguese form of NAOMI (1).
NOÊMIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of NAOMI (1).
French form of NAOMI (1).
NOEMINfBiblical Greek
Form of NAOMI (1) used in the Greek Old Testament.
NOGAf & mHebrew
Variant transcription of NOGAH.
NOGAHm & fBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "brightness" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of King David in the Old Testament. In modern times it is sometimes used as a feminine name.
Spanish form of NAOMI (1).
Irish diminutive of NORA.
Lithuanian form of NOAH (1).
NOKOMISfNew World Mythology
Means "my grandmother" in Ojibwe. In Anishinaabe mythology this is the name of Nanabozho's grandmother. It was used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for the grandmother of Hiawatha in his poem 'The Song of Hiawatha' (1855).
Limburgish short form of ARNOLD.
NOLAfEnglish, Irish
Diminutive of MAGNOLIA, FINOLA or other names containing a similar sound.
NOLANmIrish, English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Nualláin meaning "descendant of NUALLÁN". The baseball player Nolan Ryan (1947-) is a famous bearer of this name.
NOLENEfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of NOLA.
Limburgish diminutive of ARNOLD.
NOLLmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of OLIVER.
NOLLAIGm & fIrish
Means "Christmas" in Irish.
From the Breton phrase Noyal Gwenn meaning "holy one from Noyal". This was the epithet of a 6th-century saint and martyr from Brittany.
Derived from Greek νομικος (nomikos) "relating to the law".
NOMUSAfSouthern African, Ndebele
Means "merciful" in Ndebele.
Possibly derived from Latin nonna meaning "nun". This was the name of the mother of Saint David.
NONA (1)fRoman Mythology
Derived from Latin nonus meaning "ninth", referring to the nine months of pregnancy. This was the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy. She was also one of the three Fates (or Parcae).
NONA (2)fEnglish, Ancient Roman (Rare)
Feminine form of NONUS. It was also used in 19th-century England, derived directly from Latin nonus "ninth" and traditionally given to the ninth-born child.
NONHELEMAfNative American, Shawnee
Possibly means "not a man" in Shawnee. This was the name of an 18th-century Shawnee chief, the sister of Hokolesqua.
NONHLEfSouthern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with hle "beautiful".
Diminutive of IONE or NORA.
Russian form of NONA (2).
NONUSmAncient Roman (Rare)
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "ninth" in Latin. This was a very rare praenomen.
Finnish form of NOAH (1).
NOOR (1)f & mArabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of NUR.
NOOR (2)fDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ELEONORA.
Finnish form of NORA.
NOORTJEfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch diminutive of ELEONORA.
NOR (1)f & mMalay
Malay variant of NUR.
NOR (2)mLimburgish
Short form of NORBAER.
NÓRAfHungarian, Irish
Hungarian and Irish Gaelic form of NORA.
NORAfIrish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Italian
Short form of HONORA or ELEANOR. Henrik Ibsen used it for a character in his play 'A Doll's House' (1879).
NORAHfIrish, English
Variant of NORA.
Limburgish form of NORBERT. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Norbert.
NORBERTmGerman, English, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements nord "north" and beraht "bright". This was the name of an 11th-century German saint who made many reforms within the church.
NORBERTOmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of NORBERT.
NORBUmTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "jewel" in Tibetan.
NOREENfIrish, English
Diminutive of NORA.
NORENEfIrish, English
Diminutive of NORA.
From Japanese (nori) meaning "ceremony, rites" or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
From Japanese (nori) meaning "law, rule" or (nori) meaning "rule, ceremony" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Italian diminutive of NORA.
Short form of NORMAN.
NORMAfEnglish, Italian, Literature
Created by Felice Romani for the main character in the opera 'Norma' (1831). He may have based it on Latin norma "rule". This name is also frequently used as a feminine form of NORMAN.
NORMANmEnglish, Ancient Germanic
From an old Germanic byname meaning "northman", referring to a Viking. The Normans were Vikings who settled on the coast of France, in the region that became known as Normandy. In England the name Norman or Normant was used before the Norman conquest, first as a nickname for Scandinavian settlers and later as a given name. After the Conquest it became more common, but died out around the 14th century. It was revived in the 19th century, perhaps in part due to a character by this name in C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Daisy Chain' (1856).
From a surname which was derived from the same source as the name NORMAN.
NORMINAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of NORMA.
From an English surname, either NORRIS (1) or NORRIS (2).
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "north town" in Old English.
From a surname which was originally taken from a place name meaning "north wood" in Old English.
NOSIPHOfSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa
From the Zulu and Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isipho "gift".
NOSIZWEfSouthern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isizwe "nation".
Yiddish form of Natan (see NATHAN).
NOTAHmNative American, Navajo
Means "almost there" in Navajo.
Means "sun" in Hmong.
NOURf & mArabic
Variant transcription of NUR.
NOUREDDINEmArabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of NUR AD-DIN (chiefly Maghrebi).
Means "sweet, pleasant" in Persian.
Derived from Latin novus meaning "new". It was first used as a name in the 19th century.
From Serbian нов (nov) meaning "new".
NOWELLmEnglish (Rare)
From the surname Nowell (a variant of NOEL).
NOXOLOfSouthern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the Xhosa and Ndebele feminine prefix no- combined with uxolo "peace".
NOYf & mHebrew
Means "beauty" in Hebrew.
Means "divine beauty" in Hebrew.
NSIAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
NSONOWAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.
NTHANDAm & fSouthern African, Tumbuka
Means "star" in Tumbuka.
NTOMBIfSouthern African, Zulu
Means "girl" in Zulu.
NTOMBIFUTHIfSouthern African, Zulu
Means "a girl again" in Zulu.
NTOMBIZODWAfSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "only girls", from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele intombi "girl" and zodwa "only".
Means "green" in Hmong.
NUADAmIrish Mythology
Possibly means "protector" in Celtic. In Irish myth he was an Irish god and a leader of the Tuatha De Danann. He was killed in battle against the Fomorii.
Short form of FIONNUALA.
NUALLÁNmAncient Irish
Derived from Irish nuall "noble, famous" combined with a diminutive suffix.
From Chinese (nuǎn) meaning "warm, genial" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
From the name of the ancient region and kingdom in Africa, south of Egypt. It possibly derives from the Egyptian word nbw meaning "gold".
NUDDmWelsh Mythology
Welsh cognate of NUADA.
NUHmArabic, Turkish
Arabic and Turkish form of NOAH (1).
NUHA (1)fArabic
Means "mind, wisdom" in Arabic.
NUHA (2)fSemitic Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess of the sun, identified with Shams.
NUKAm & fNative American, Greenlandic
Means "younger sibling" in Greenlandic.
NUMITORmRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Roman mythology Numitor was the king of Alba Longa and the father of Rhea Silvia. He was overthrown by his brother Amulius, but reinstated by his grandsons Romulus and Remus.
NUÑOmMedieval Spanish
Spanish form of NUNO.
NUNOmPortuguese, Medieval Portuguese
Medieval Portuguese and Spanish name, possibly from Latin nonus "ninth" or nunnus "grandfather". Saint Nuno was a 14th-century Portuguese general who defeated a Castilian invasion.
Short form of ANNUNZIATA.
Diminutive of NUNZIA.
Masculine short form of ANNUNZIATA. It also coincides with the related Italian word nunzio "messenger" (ultimately from Latin nuntius).
NURf & mArabic, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition النور (al-Nur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Strictly feminine form of NUR.
Means "light of religion", from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" combined with دين (din) "religion, faith".
NURASYLmKazakh (Rare)
From Kazakh нұр (nur) meaning "light" (of Arabic origin) and асыл (asyl) meaning "precious, noble".
Means "bright moon" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Turkic ay meaning "moon".
Turkish form of NUR AD-DIN.
Means "radiant rose" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose".
NÚRIAfCatalan, Portuguese
From a Catalan title of the Virgin Mary, Nostra Senyora de Núria, meaning "Our Lady of Nuria". Nuria is a sanctuary in Spain in which there is a shrine containing a famous statue of Mary.
Spanish form of NÚRIA.
From Kazakh нұр (nur) meaning "light" (of Arabic origin) combined with Islam, the name of the religion (ultimately from Arabic إسلام).
Means "buttercup flower" in Hebrew (genus Ranunculus).
From Kazakh нұр (nur) meaning "light" (of Arabic origin) and ұлан (ulan) meaning "soldier".
Combination of Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and the name MUHAMAD.
From Kazakh нұр (nur) meaning "light" and сұлтан (sultan) meaning "sultan, king" (both words of Arabic origin).
Means "radiant skin" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian تن (tan) meaning "body".
NURUfEastern African, Swahili
Means "light" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur).
Variant transcription of NUR AD-DIN.
NURULm & fArabic, Indonesian, Malay
First part of compound Arabic names beginning with نور ال (Nur al) meaning "light of the" (such as نور الدين (Nur al-Din) "light of religion").
NURULLAHmArabic, Turkish
Means "light of ALLAH", from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" combined with الله (Allah).
From Kazakh нұр (nur) meaning "light" (of Arabic origin) and жан (zhan) meaning "soul" (of Persian origin).
NWANNEKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "my siblings are supreme" in Igbo.
From the name of a type of African antelope, ultimately derived from the Bantu word nyálà.
NYAMBURAfEastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu mbura meaning "rain". This is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.
NYARAIfSouthern African, Shona
Means "be humble" in Shona.
Means "graceful" in Turkmen.
NYDIAfEnglish (Rare), Spanish, Literature
Used by British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton for a blind flower-seller in his novel 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (1834). He perhaps based it on Latin nidus "nest".
Diminutive of ANEIRIN.
NYMPHODORAfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νυμφη (nymphe) "bride, nymph" and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Menodora and Metrodora.
Frisian diminutive of KATHERINE.
NYNNIAWmAncient Celtic
Meaning unknown, presumably of Welsh origin. According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, this was the name of a Welsh prince who fought against the invading forces of Julius Caesar. It was also borne by an 8th-century Welsh historian, usually known by the Latinized form Nennius.
NYOMANm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "end, remainder". This name is traditionally bestowed upon the third-born child.
NYONGESAmEastern African, Luhya
Means "born on Saturday" in Luhya.
NYREEfEnglish (New Zealand)
Anglicized form of NGAIRE. It was borne by New Zealand actress Nyree Dawn Porter (1936-2001).
From the name of an ancient town of Asia Minor where Saint Gregory was bishop. Nyssa is also the genus name of a type of tree, also called the Tupelo.
NYXfGreek Mythology
Means "night" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess of the night, the daughter of Khaos and the wife of Erebos.
NYYRIKKImFinnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a Finnish god of the hunt, the son of Tapio.