Variant of SAUNDRA
. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by a character in Theodore Dreiser's novel 'An American Tragedy' (1925) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1931).
From Turkish son
meaning "last, final" and gül
SONJAfGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of SONYA
From a nickname which is commonly used to denote a young boy, derived from the English word son
Russian diminutive of SOPHIA
. This is the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' (1869, English translation 1886).
SOPHIAfEnglish, Greek, German, Ancient Greek
Means "wisdom" in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia
"Holy Wisdom", which is the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.... [more]
SORAf & mJapanese
From Japanese 空 (sora)
or 昊 (sora)
which both mean "sky". Other kanji with the same pronunciations can also form this name.
SORAYAfPersian, Spanish, French
Persian form of THURAYYA
. It became popular in some parts of Europe because of the fame of Princess Soraya, wife of the last Shah of Iran, who became a European socialite.
Danish form of SEVERINUS
. Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a Danish philosopher who is regarded as a precursor of existentialism.
Possibly derived from Romanian soare
SOROUSHmPersian Mythology, Persian
Modern Persian form of Avestan Sraosha
meaning "obedience". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel), later equated with the angel Gabriel
From the name of the sour tasting plant, which may ultimately derive from Germanic sur
Means "born safely" from Greek σως (sos)
"safe, whole, unwounded" and γενης (genes)
"born". This was the name of an astronomer from Alexandria employed by Julius Caesar to correct the Roman calendar.
Derived from Turkic suslä
"menacing". This is the name of a trickster god in Caucasian mythology. He is the hero of the Nart sagas.
From Japanese 颯 (sou)
meaning "sudden, sound of the wind" and 真 (ma)
meaning "real, genuine". Other kanji combinations are possible.
From Japanese 颯 (sou)
meaning "sudden, sound of the wind" and 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big". This name can also be formed of other kanji combinations.
Means "from the city of Sparta" in Latin. Spartacus was the name of a Thracian-born Roman slave who led a slave revolt in Italy in the 1st century BC. He was eventually killed in battle and many of his followers were crucified.
From a surname which meant "dispenser of provisions", derived from Middle English spense
"larder, pantry". A famous bearer was American actor Spencer Tracy (1900-1967). It was also the surname of Princess Diana (1961-1997).
From a nickname which may have originally been given to a person with spiky hair.
From the English word spirit
, ultimately from Latin spiritus
"breath", a derivative of spirare
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English springan
"to leap, to burst forth".
Roman praenomen, or given name, which is of uncertain meaning, probably of Etruscan origin. It may be related to the Late Latin word spurius
"of illegitimate birth", which was derived from Etruscan srural
SPYRIDONmGreek, Late Greek
Late Greek name derived from Greek σπυριδιον (spyridion)
meaning "basket" or Latin spiritus
meaning "spirit". Saint Spyridon was a 4th-century sheep farmer who became the bishop of Tremithus and suffered during the persecutions of Diocletian.
STACYf & mEnglish
Either a diminutive of ANASTASIA
, or else from a surname which was derived from Stace
, a medieval form of EUSTACE
. As a feminine name, it came into general use during the 1950s, though it had earlier been in use as a rare masculine name.
From a surname which was from a place name meaning "landing-place ford" in Old English.
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "stone ford" in Old English.
From a surname meaning "stone clearing" in Old English. A notable bearer of the surname was the British-American explorer and journalist Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), the man who found David Livingstone in Africa. As a given name, it was borne by American director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), as well as the character Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947).
From the English word for the celestial body, ultimately from Old English steorra
Means "cross" in Greek, referring to the cross of the crucifixion.
Official Dutch form of STEPHEN
, used on birth certificates but not commonly in daily life.
STELLA (1)fEnglish, Italian, Dutch, German
Means "star" in Latin. This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'. It was a nickname of a lover of Jonathan Swift, real name Esther Johnson (1681-1728), though it was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century. It appears in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947), belonging to the sister of Blanche DuBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski.
Meaning unknown, perhaps related to Old Norse stilling
"calm", or perhaps of German origin.
From the Greek name Στεφανος (Stephanos)
meaning "crown", more precisely "that which surrounds". Saint Stephen was a deacon who was stoned to death, as told in Acts in the New Testament. He is regarded as the first Christian martyr. Due to him, the name became common in the Christian world. It was popularized in England by the Normans.... [more]
From a Scottish surname which was derived from city of Stirling, which is itself of unknown meaning. The name can also be given in reference to the English word sterling
meaning "excellent". In this case, the word derives from sterling silver, which was so named because of the emblem that some Norman coins bore, from Old English meaning "little star".
Short form of STEVEN
. A notable bearer was American technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs (1955-2011).
Medieval English variant of STEPHEN
, and a Dutch variant of STEFAN
. The filmmaker Steven Spielberg (1946-), director of 'E.T.' and 'Indiana Jones', is a famous bearer of this name.
Possibly means "flowing god" in Slavic. Stribog was the Slavic god of the wind, cold, ice and frost.
From an occupational surname originally belonging to a person who was a steward. It is ultimately derived from Old English stig
"house" and weard
"guard". As a given name, it arose in 19th-century Scotland in honour of the Stuart royal family, which produced several kings and queens of Scotland and Britain between the 14th and 18th centuries.
STYLIANOSmGreek, Late Greek
Derived from Greek στυλος (stylos)
meaning "pillar". Saint Stylianos was a 7th-century hermit from Adrianopolis in Asia Minor who is regarded as a patron saint of children.
SU (2)f & mChinese
From Chinese 素 (sù)
meaning "plain, simple" or 肃 (sù)
meaning "respectful", besides other characters pronounced in a similar way.
SU-BINf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean 秀 (su)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" combined with 斌 (bin)
meaning "refined". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
Contraction of SUSAN
and ELLEN (1)
. Margaret Mitchell used this name in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936), where it belongs to Scarlett's sister.
Medieval Spanish form of Suerius
, probably a Latinized form of a Germanic name composed of an unknown first element combined with hari
Means "forgotten, overlooked" in Arabic. Al-Suha
(also called Alcor
) is the name of a star in the constellation Ursa Major.
Derived from Arabic سَهُلَ (sahula)
meaning "level, even". This is the Arabic name of the second brightest star in the sky, known in the western world as Canopus.
From Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good" and अर्थ (artha)
meaning "wealth, property" (borrowed into Indonesian as harta
). This was the name of an Indonesian general (1921-2008) who seized power to become the country's second president.
SU-JINf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean 收 (su)
meaning "gather, harvest" or 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 珍 (jin)
meaning "precious, rare". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
From the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with the name of the mythological hero KARNA
. Sukarno (1901-1970), who did not have a surname, was the first president of Indonesia.
Means "fragrance, pleasant smell" in Thai, ultimately of Pali origin.
From Sino-Korean 淑 (suk)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" and 子 (ja)
meaning "child". Other hanja characters can form this name as well. Korean feminine names ending with the character 子
(a fashionable name suffix in Japan, read as -ko
in Japanese) declined in popularity after 1945 when Korea was liberated from Japanese rule.
Turkish form of SOLOMON
. Süleyman the Magnificent was a sultan of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. He expanded Ottoman territory into Europe and Persia, reformed the government, and completed several great building projects.
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Súilleabháin
meaning "descendant of Súilleabhán". The name Súilleabhán
means "little dark eye" in Irish.
SULTANm & fArabic, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali, Avar
Means "ruler, king, sultan" in Arabic. In the Arab world this name is typically masculine, but Turkey it is given to both boys and girls.
Means "following good advice", from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with मन्त्र (mantra)
meaning "instrument of thought, prayer, advice".
SUMATIfHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "wise, good mind", derived from Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good" and मति (mati)
meaning "mind, thought". In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' this is the name of King Sagara's second wife, who bore him 60,000 children.
Means "high above" in Arabic. This was the name of the first martyr for Islam.
From Japanese 澄 (sumi)
meaning "clear" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Means "before the morning", derived from Latin sub
"under, before" and mane
"morning". Summanus was the Roman god of the night sky and night lightning, a nocturnal counterpart to Jupiter
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English sumor
. It has been in use as a given name since the 1970s.
From the Turkish word for a type of duck, the shelduck (genus Tadorna).
SUNANm & fThai
Possibly means "good word" in Thai.
Derived from Sanskrit सुन्दर (sundara)
meaning "beautiful". This is the name of several minor characters in Hindu texts, and is also another name of the Hindu god Krishna
From the name of the day of the week, which ultimately derives from Old English sunnandæg
, which was composed of the elements sunne
"sun" and dæg