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SHAEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHAELYNfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of SHAE and LYNN.
SHAFAQATm & fArabic
Means "compassion, pity" in Arabic.
SHAFIQmArabic
Means "compassionate" in Arabic.
SHAFIQAfArabic
Feminine form of SHAFIQ.
SHAHARf & mHebrew
Variant transcription of SHACHAR.
SHAHDfArabic
Means "honey" in Arabic.
SHAHEENmPersian
Variant transcription of SHAHIN.
SHAHIDmArabic, Urdu
Means "witness" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الشاهد (al-Shahid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
SHAHINmPersian
Means "peregrine falcon" in Persian.
SHAHIRAfArabic
Means "renowned" in Arabic.
SHAHJAHANmUrdu
Means "king of the world" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and جهان (jahan) "world". This was the name of the 17th-century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
SHAHNAZf & mPersian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "pride of the king" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and ناز (naz) "pride".
SHAHNOZAfUzbek
Uzbek form of SHAHNAZ.
SHAHRAZADfPersian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) "city" and آزاد (azad) "free". This is the name of the fictional storyteller in 'The 1001 Nights'. She tells a story to her husband the king every night for 1001 nights in order to delay her execution.
SHAHRIARmPersian
Variant transcription of SHAHRIYAR.
SHAHRIVARmPersian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Kshathra Vairya meaning "desirable power". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a god of metal and a protector of the weak. This is also the name of the sixth month of the Iranian calendar.
SHAHRIYARmPersian
Means "lord" in Persian.
SHAHRIZADfArabic
Variant transcription of SHAHRAZAD.
SHAHROKHmPersian
Means "royal face" in Persian.
SHAHRUKHmUrdu, Indian, Hindi
Urdu and Hindi form of SHAHROKH. A notable bearer is Indian actor Shahrukh Khan (1965-).
SHAHRZADfPersian
Variant transcription of SHAHRAZAD.
SHAHZADmPersian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "prince, son of the king" in Persian.
SHAImHebrew
Either from Hebrew שַׁי (Shai) meaning "gift" or else a Hebrew diminutive of ISAIAH.
SHAILAJAfHinduism, Indian, Telugu
Means "daughter of the mountain" in Sanskrit, from शैल (shaila) meaning "mountain" and (ja) meaning "born". This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
SHAIMAfArabic
Possibly means "beauty marks" in Arabic. This was the name of the daughter of Halima, the foster mother of the Prophet Muhammad.
SHAIMAAfArabic
Variant transcription of SHAIMA.
SHAINAfYiddish
Variant transcription of SHAYNA.
SHAINDELfYiddish
Diminutive of SHAYNA.
SHAKEDf & mHebrew
Means "almond" in Hebrew.
SHAKEELmArabic
Variant transcription of SHAKIL.
SHAKILmArabic
Means "handsome" in Arabic.
SHAKILAfArabic
Feminine form of SHAKIL.
SHAKIRmArabic
Means "thankful" in Arabic.
SHAKIRAfArabic
Feminine form of SHAKIR.
SHAKTIf & mHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "power" in Sanskrit. In Hinduism a shakti is the female counterpart of a god. The name Shakti is used in particular to refer to the female counterpart of Shiva, also known as Parvati among many other names.
SHAKUNTALAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta) meaning "bird". This is the name of a character in Hindu legend, her story adapted by Kalidasa for the 5th-century play 'Abhijnanashakuntalam'. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta. After a curse is laid upon them Dushyanta loses his memory and they are separated, but eventually the curse is broken after the king sees the signet ring he gave her.
SHAKURmArabic
Means "thankful" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الشكور (al-Shakur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
SHAKURAfArabic
Feminine form of SHAKUR.
SHALEVm & fHebrew
Means "calm, tranquil" in Hebrew.
SHALIMmSemitic Mythology
From the Semitic root shalam meaning "peace". This was the name of an Ugaritic god associated with the evening.
SHALMANESERmAncient Assyrian (Anglicized), Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From שַׁלְמַנְאֶסֶר (Shalman'eser), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Shulmanu-ashared meaning "SHULMANU is preeminent". This was the name of five Assyrian kings, including the 9th-century BC Shalmaneser III who expanded the empire. He is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
SHALOMmHebrew
Means "peace" in Hebrew.
SHAM'AfArabic
Means "lamp" or "candle" in Arabic.
SHAMASHmSemitic Mythology
Means "the sun" in Akkadian. This was the Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian name of Utu.
SHAMGARmBiblical
Possibly means "sword" in Hebrew. Shamgar was one of the Old Testament judges.
SHAMILmArabic, Kazakh, Avar, Chechen, Azerbaijani
From Arabic شاميل (shamil) meaning "comprehensive, universal".
SHAMIRAfHebrew
Means "guardian, protector" in Hebrew.
SHAMMURAMATfAncient Assyrian
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from a Western Semitic language and meaning "high heaven". Shammuramat was a 9th-century BC queen of Assyria. After her young son inherited the throne, she acted as his regent for five years. The legendary figure Semiramis may be based on her.
SHAMSfSemitic Mythology
Means "the sun" in Arabic. This was a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess of the sun, identified with the Akkadian sun god Shamash (whose name is related) and the northern Arabian goddess Nuha.
SHAMS AL-DINmArabic
From Arabic شَمس (shams) meaning "sun" and دين (din) meaning "religion, faith".
SHAMSUDDINmArabic
Variant transcription of SHAMS AL-DIN.
SHAMUSmIrish
Anglicized form of SÉAMUS.
SHANfWelsh
Anglicized form of SIÂN.
SHANAfEnglish
Variant of SHANNA.
SHANAEfEnglish (Modern)
Elaboration of the popular name element Shan.
SHANDARmUrdu
Means "fabulous" in Urdu.
SHÁŃDÍÍNf & mNative American, Navajo
Means "sunshine" in Navajo.
SHANEmIrish, English
Anglicized form of SEÁN. It came into general use in America after the release of the western movie 'Shane' (1953).
SHANENEfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ene.
SHANI (1)f & mHebrew
Means "red, scarlet" in Hebrew.
SHANI (2)mHinduism
From the Sanskrit name of the planet Saturn. This is the name of a celestial Hindu god.
SHANIAfEnglish (Modern)
In the case of singer Shania Twain (1965-), who chose it as her stage name, she has claimed it was based on an Ojibwa phrase meaning "on my way". This appears to be untrue.
SHANICEfAfrican American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ice.
SHANIKAfAfrican American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ka.
SHANIQUAfAfrican American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and qua.
SHANKARAmHinduism
Derived from the Sanskrit elements शम् (sham) meaning "auspicious, lucky" and कर (kara) meaning "maker". This is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. This was also the name of a 9th-century Indian religious philosopher also known as Shankaracharya.
SHANNAfEnglish
Possibly a feminine variant of SHANNON.
SHANNONf & mEnglish
From the name of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, called Abha an tSionainn in Irish. It is associated with the goddess Sionann and is sometimes said to be named for her. However it is more likely the goddess was named after the river, which may be related to Old Irish sen "old, ancient". As a given name, it first became common in America after the 1940s.
SHANONf & mEnglish
Variant of SHANNON.
SHANTAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "pacified, calm" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the 'Ramayana' this is the name of a daughter of King Dasharatha.
SHANTANUmHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "wholesome" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' this is the name of a king of Hastinapura.
SHANTHIfTamil, Indian, Malayalam, Kannada
Southern Indian form of SHANTI.
SHANTIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "quiet, peace, tranquility" in Sanskrit.
SHAPURmPersian
Means "son of the king" in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
SHAQUILLEmEnglish (Modern)
Variant of SHAKIL. This name is borne by basketball player Shaquille O'Neal (1972-).
SHARARmBiblical
Means "enemy" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Ahiam.
SHAREEFmArabic
Variant transcription of SHARIF.
SHARIfEnglish
Diminutive of SHARON or a variant of SHERRY.
SHARIAHmArabic
Means "divine law, noble law" in Arabic, ultimately from an old Arabic word meaning "pathway".
SHARIFmArabic, Urdu, Pashto, Persian, Malay
Means "eminent, virtuous" in Arabic. This was a title used by the descendants of Muhammad.
SHARIFAfArabic
Variant transcription of SHARIFAH.
SHARIFAHfArabic, Malay
Feminine form of SHARIF.
SHARLAfEnglish
Variant of CHARLA.
SHARMAmIndian, Hindi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
SHARMILAfTamil, Indian, Marathi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
SHARONfEnglish
From an Old Testament place name, in Hebrew שָׁרוֹן (Sharon), which means "plain", referring to the fertile plain near the coast of Israel. This is also the name of a type of flowering shrub, the rose of Sharon. It has been in use as a given name since the 1920s, possibly inspired by the heroine in the serial novel 'The Skyrocket' (1925) by Adela Rogers St. Johns.
SHARONAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of SHARON.
SHARRU-UKINmAkkadian, Ancient Assyrian
Original Akkadian form of SARGON.
SHARYLfEnglish
Variant of CHERYL.
SHARYNfEnglish
Variant of SHARON.
SHASHIm & fIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Traditional name for the moon, it literally means "having a hare" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form शशि and the feminine form शशी.
SHA'ULmBiblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of SAUL.
SHAULmHebrew
Modern Hebrew form of SAUL.
SHAUNmEnglish
Anglicized form of SEÁN.
SHAUNAfEnglish
Feminine form of SHAUN.
SHAVONNEfIrish, English
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHAW (1)mEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from Old English sceaga meaning "thicket".
SHAW (2)mScottish
Anglicized form of SEAGHDH.
SHAWNmEnglish
Anglicized form of SEÁN.
SHAWNAfEnglish
Feminine form of SHAWN.
SHAWNEEfEnglish (Modern)
Means "southern people" in the Algonquin language. The Shawnee were an Algonquin tribe who originally lived in the Ohio valley.
SHAY (1)mIrish
Anglicized form of SÉAGHDHA.
SHAY (2)m & fHebrew
Variant transcription of SHAI.
SHAYEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHAYLAfEnglish
Variant of SHEILA, influenced by the spelling and sound of KAYLA.
SHAYLYNfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of SHAE and LYNN.
SHAYMAfArabic
Variant transcription of SHAIMA.
SHAYNAfYiddish
Means "beautiful" in Yiddish.
SHAYNAHfYiddish
Variant transcription of SHAYNA.
SHAYNEmEnglish
Variant of SHANE.
SHAZIfArabic
Means "fragrant" in Arabic.
SHEAm & fIrish
Anglicized form of SÉAGHDHA, sometimes used as a feminine name.
SHEALTIELmBiblical
Means "I have asked of God" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father of Zerubbabel in the Old Testament.
SHEAMUSmIrish
Anglicized form of SÉAMUS.
SHEARDmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "gap between hills" in Old English.
SHEBAmBiblical
Means "oath" in Hebrew. This is the name of several characters in the Old Testament. Also in the Bible, this is a place name, referring to a region in Ethiopia. The queen of Sheba visited Solomon after hearing of his wisdom.
SHEELAfIndian, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil
Variant transcription of SHILA.
SHEENAfScottish, English
Anglicized form of SÌNE. This name was popularized outside of Scotland in the 1980s by the singer Sheena Easton (1959-).
SHEHERAZADEfLiterature
Anglicized form of SHAHRAZAD.
SHEILAfIrish, English
Anglicized form of SÍLE.
SHEINEfYiddish
Variant of SHAYNA.
SHEKHARmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati
Means "crest, peak" in Sanskrit.
SHEKINAHfVarious
From the Hebrew word שׁכִינה (shekhinah) which means "God's manifested glory" or "God's presence". This word does not appear in the Bible, but later Jewish scholars used it to refer to the dwelling place of God, especially the Temple in Jerusalem.
SHELmEnglish
Short form of SHELDON.
SHELAHmBiblical
Means "petition" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of both a grandson of Shem and a son of Judah.
SHELBYm & fEnglish
From a surname, which was possibly a variant of SELBY. Though previously in use as a rare masculine name, it was popularized as a feminine name by the main character in the movie 'The Woman in Red' (1935). It was later reinforced by the movie 'Steel Magnolias' (1989) in which Julia Roberts played a character by this name.
SHELDONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "valley with steep sides" in Old English. Sheldon is the name of several locations in England.
SHELENAfAfrican American (Rare)
Probably a combination of the prefix She and LENA.
SHELIAfEnglish
Variant of SHEILA.
SHELLfEnglish
Short form of MICHELLE or SHELLEY. It can also be simply from the English word shell (ultimately from Old English sciell).
SHELLEYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "clearing on a bank" in Old English. Two famous bearers of the surname were Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), a romantic poet whose works include 'Adonais' and 'Ozymandias', and Mary Shelley (1797-1851), his wife, the author of the horror story 'Frankenstein'. As a feminine given name, it came into general use after the 1940s.
SHELLYf & mEnglish
Variant of SHELLEY.
SHELOMOHmBiblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of SOLOMON.
SHELTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "shelf town" in Old English.
SHEMmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "name" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Shem is one of Noah's three sons (along with Japheth and Ham) and the ancestor of the Semitic peoples.
SHEMAIAHmBiblical
Means "heard by YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This name is borne by many characters in the Old Testament including a prophet in the reign of Rehoboam.
SHEMERmBiblical
Possibly means "preserved" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the owner of the hill upon which Samaria was built.
SHEMU'ELmBiblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of SAMUEL.
SHEONAfScottish
Variant of SHONA.
SHERmUrdu, Pashto
Means "lion" in Persian. A famous bearer of this name was Sher Shah, a 16th-century Mughal ruler.
SHERAGAmJewish
Means "light, candle" in Aramaic.
SHERAHfBiblical
Means "kinswoman" in Hebrew. This was the name of a daughter of Ephraim in the Old Testament.
SHEREEfEnglish
Variant of SHERRY. This particular spelling was popularized by American actress Sheree North (1932-2005), who was born Dawn Shirley Crang.
SHEREENfPersian
Variant transcription of SHIRIN.
SHERIfEnglish
Variant of SHERRY.
SHERIDANm & fEnglish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Sirideáin meaning "descendant of Sirideán". The name Sirideán means "searcher" in Gaelic.
SHERIEfEnglish
Variant of SHERRY.
SHERIFmArabic
Variant transcription of SHARIF.
SHERLOCKmLiterature
Used by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his character Sherlock Holmes, who was a detective in Doyle's mystery stories beginning in 1887. The character's name was from an English surname meaning "shear lock", originally referring to a person with closely cut hair.
SHERMANmEnglish
From a surname meaning "shear man" in Old English, originally denoting a person who cut cloth. Famous bearers of the surname include American politician Roger Sherman (1721-1793) and American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891).
SHERRIfEnglish
Variant of SHERRY.
SHERRYfEnglish
Before the 20th century this was probably from the Irish surname Ó Searraigh meaning "descendant of Searrach" (a name meaning "foal" in Gaelic). Later it may have been reinforced by the French word chérie meaning "darling", or the English word sherry, a type of fortified wine named from the Spanish town of Jerez. This name came into popular use during the 1920s, inspired by other similar-sounding names and by Collette's novels 'Chéri' (1920, English translation 1929) and 'The Last of Chéri' (1926, English translation 1932), in which it is a masculine name.
SHERWOODmEnglish
From an English place name (or from a surname which was derived from it) meaning "bright forest". This was the name of the forest in which the legendary outlaw Robin Hood made his home.
SHERYLfEnglish
Variant of CHERYL.
SHEVAUNfIrish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHEVONfIrish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHIm & fChinese
From Chinese (shí) meaning "time, era, season", (shí) meaning "real, honest", (shǐ) meaning "history" or (shí) meaning "stone". Other characters can form this name as well.
SHIBmBengali
Bengali form of SHIVA (1).
SHICHIROmJapanese
Variant transcription of SHICHIROU.
SHICHIROUmJapanese
From Japanese (shichi) meaning "seven" and (rou) meaning "son". This was traditionally a name given to the seventh son. Other kanji combinations can be possible.
SHIDEHfPersian
Means "bright" in Persian.
SHIHABmArabic
Means "shooting star, meteor" in Arabic.
SHIKHAfIndian, Hindi
Means "crest, peak" in Sanskrit.
SHIKOBAm & fNative American, Choctaw
Means "feather" in Choctaw.
SHILAfIndian, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शील (shila) meaning "conduct, disposition, character".
SHILOHm & fBiblical
From an Old Testament place name possibly meaning "tranquil" in Hebrew. It is also used prophetically in the Old Testament to refer to a person, often understood to be the Messiah (see Genesis 49:10). This may in fact be a mistranslation. This name was brought to public attention after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie gave it to their daughter in 2006.
SHIMMELmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of SHIMON.
SHINmJapanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
SHIN'ICHImJapanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" or (shin) meaning "fresh, new" combined with (ichi) meaning "one". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
SHINJUfJapanese
From Japanese 真珠 (shinju) meaning "pearl".
SHINOBUf & mJapanese
From Japanese (shinobu) meaning "endurance", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
SHINTAfIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of SITA.
SHIORIf & mJapanese
As a feminine name it can be from Japanese (shi) meaning "poem" combined with (ori) meaning "weave". It can also be from (shiori) meaning "bookmark" (usually feminine) or (shiori) meaning "lithe, bending" (usually masculine), as well as other kanji or kanji combinations.
SHIPHRAHfBiblical
Means "beautiful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the midwives who disobeys the Pharaoh's order to kill any Hebrew boys they deliver.
SHIR (1)fHebrew
Means "song" in Hebrew.
SHIR (2)mPersian (Rare)
Modern Persian form of SHER.
SHIRAfHebrew
Means "poetry" or "singing" in Hebrew.
SHIREENfPersian
Variant transcription of SHIRIN.
SHIRIfHebrew
Means "my song" in Hebrew.
SHIRINfPersian
Means "sweet" in Persian. This was the name of a character in Persian and Turkish legend.
SHIRLEYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "bright clearing" in Old English. This is the name of the main character in Charlotte Brontë's semi-autobiographical novel 'Shirley' (1849). The child actress Shirley Temple (1928-2014) helped to popularize this name.
SHIRLIfHebrew
Means "song for me" in Hebrew.
SHIROmJapanese
Variant transcription of SHIROU.
SHIROUmJapanese
From Japanese (shi) meaning "four" and (rou) meaning "son". This was traditionally a name for the fourth son. Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHIVmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
Northern Indian form of SHIVA (1).
SHIVA (1)mHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit शिव (shiva) meaning "benign, kind, auspicious". Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and restoration, the husband of the mother goddess Parvati. His aspect is usually terrifying, but it can also be gentle.
SHIVA (2)fPersian
Means "charming, eloquent" in Persian.
SHIVALIfHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "beloved of SHIVA (1)" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
SHIZUKAfJapanese
From Japanese (shizu) meaning "quiet" combined with (ka) meaning "summer" or (ka) meaning "fragrance". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHLOMITfHebrew
Means "peaceful" in Hebrew.
SHLOMOmHebrew
Hebrew form of SOLOMON.
SHMUELmHebrew
Hebrew form of SAMUEL.
SHOmJapanese
Variant transcription of SHOU.
SHOBHAfIndian, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शोभा (shobha) meaning "brilliance".
SHOHREfPersian
Variant transcription of SHOHREH.
SHOHREHfPersian
Means "famous" in Persian.
SHOKUFEHfPersian
Means "blossom" in Persian.
SHOLTOmScottish
Anglicized form of SÌOLTACH.
SHONAfScottish
Anglicized form of SEONAG or SEÒNAID. Though unconnected, this is also the name of an ethnic group who live in southern Africa, mainly Zimbabwe.
SHONDAfEnglish
Probably a blend of SHONA and RHONDA.
SHOSHANAfHebrew
Variant transcription of SHOSHANNAH.
SHOTAmJapanese
Variant transcription of SHOUTA.
SHOUmJapanese
From Japanese (shou) meaning "soar, glide" or (shou) meaning "prize, reward". Other kanji with identical pronunciations can also form this name.
SHOUHEImJapanese
From Japanese (shou) meaning "soar, glide" and (hei) meaning "level, even, peaceful", in addition to other combinations of kanji which are pronounced the same way.
SHOUTAmJapanese
From Japanese (shou) meaning "soar, glide" and (ta) meaning "thick, big". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
SHPRESAfAlbanian
From Albanian shpresë meaning "hope".
SHPRINTZAfYiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZEfYiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZELfYiddish
Possibly a Yiddish diminutive of ESPERANZA.
SHQIPEfAlbanian
Either from Albanian shqipe meaning "eagle" or shqip meaning "Albanian" (words which may be interrelated).
SHRAGAmJewish
Variant transcription of SHERAGA.
SHRESTHmIndian, Hindi
Means "most excellent, best" in Sanskrit.
SHREYAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati
Means "superior, best" in Sanskrit.
SHRIfHinduism
Means "diffusing light, radiance, beauty" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. This word is also commonly used as a title of respect in India.
SHRIDEVIfHinduism
From the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI combined with Sanskrit देवी (devi) meaning "goddess". This is another name of Lakshmi.
SHRINIVASmIndian, Marathi
Means "the abode of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI combined with Sanskrit निवास (nivasa) meaning "abode, house".
SHRIPATImHinduism
Means "husband of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI combined with Sanskrit पति (pati) meaning "husband, lord". This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu.
SHRIVATSAmIndian, Hindi (Rare)
Means "beloved of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI combined with Sanskrit वत्स (vatsa) meaning "beloved, dear". This is the name of a mark on Vishnu's chest.
SHUfChinese
From Chinese (shū) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming", besides other characters which are pronounced similarly.
SHUFENfChinese
From Chinese (shū) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" combined with (fēn) meaning "fragrance, aroma, perfume". Other character combinations are possible as well.
SHUGmScottish
Scottish diminutive of HUGH.
SHUIm & fChinese
From Chinese (shuǐ) meaning "water", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
SHUKRImArabic
Means "thanking" in Arabic.
SHUKRIYAfArabic
Variant transcription of SHUKRIYYA.
SHUKRIYYAfArabic
Feminine form of SHUKRI.
SHULAfArabic
Means "flame" in Arabic.
SHULAMITfHebrew
Variant transcription of SHULAMMITE.
SHULAMITEfBiblical
Variant of SHULAMMITE used in some versions of the Bible.
SHULAMITHfHebrew
Variant transcription of SHULAMMITE.
SHULAMMITEfHebrew, Biblical
Derived from Hebrew שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". This name occurs in the Song of Songs in the Old Testament.
SHULMANUmSemitic Mythology
Possibly cognate with the Western Semitic god SHALIM. Shulmanu was an Eastern Semitic (Mesopotamian) god associated with battle.
SHUN (1)f & mChinese
From Chinese (shùn) meaning "obey, submit" or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
SHUN (2)f & mJapanese
From Japanese 駿 (shun) meaning "fast", (shun) meaning "talented", or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
SHURAf & mRussian
Russian diminutive of ALEKSANDRA or ALEKSANDR.
SHWETAfIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati
Means "white" in Sanskrit.
SHYAMAm & fHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit श्याम (shyama) meaning "dark, black, blue". This is a transcription of the masculine form श्याम, which is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, as well as the feminine form श्यामा, one of the many names of the wife of the god Shiva. It is also the name of a Jain goddess.
SHYAMALmBengali
From Sanskrit श्यामल (shyamala), a derivative of श्याम (shyama) meaning "dark, black, blue".
SIÂNfWelsh
Welsh form of JEANNE.
SIANAfWelsh
Diminutive of SIÂN.
SIANIfWelsh
Diminutive of SIÂN.
SIARHEImBelarusian
Belarusian form of SERGIUS.
SIARLmWelsh
Welsh form of CHARLES.
SIAVASHmPersian, Persian Mythology
Means "possessing black stallions" in Avestan. This is the name of a prince in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
SIAVUSHmPersian
Variant transcription of SIAVASH.
SIBmBengali
Variant transcription of SHIB.
SIBÉALfIrish
Irish form of ISABEL.
SIBILLAfItalian
Italian form of SIBYLLA.
SIBONAKALISOm & fSouthern African, Zulu
From Zulu isibonakaliso meaning "sign, token, proof".
SIBONGILEfSouthern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "we are thankful" in Zulu and Ndebele.
SIBUSISIWEfSouthern African, Ndebele
Means "we are blessed" in Ndebele.
SIBUSISOmSouthern African, Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele
Means "blessed" in Zulu, Swazi and Ndebele.
SIBYLfEnglish
From Greek Σιβυλλα (Sibylla), meaning "prophetess, sibyl". In Greek and Roman legend the sibyls were ten female prophets who practiced at different holy sites in the ancient world. In later Christian theology, the sibyls were thought to have divine knowledge and were revered in much the same way as the Old Testament prophets. Because of this, the name came into general use in the Christian world during the Middle Ages. The Normans brought it to England, where it was spelled both Sibyl and Sybil. It became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was revived in the 19th century, perhaps helped by Benjamin Disraeli's novel 'Sybil' (1845).
SIBYLLAfGreek, German, Swedish, Late Roman, Late Greek
Greek and Latinate form of SIBYL.
SIBYLLEfGerman, French
German and French form of SIBYL.
SIDmEnglish
Short form of SIDNEY.
SIDDHARTHAmSanskrit, Bengali
Means "one who has accomplished a goal", derived from Sanskrit सिद्ध (siddha) meaning "accomplished" and अर्थ (artha) meaning "goal". Siddhartha Gautama was the real name of Buddha.
SIDDHIfIndian, Marathi
Means "accomplishment, success, attainment" in Sanskrit, referring to spiritual or psychic powers attained through meditation or yoga.
SIDIKAfTurkish
Means "truth" in Turkish.
SIDNEYm & fEnglish
From the English surname SIDNEY. It was first used as a given name in honour of executed politician Algernon Sidney (1622-1683). Another notable bearer of the surname was the poet and statesman Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586).
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