TABEA f German
German short form of TABITHA
. This form was used in earlier editions of the Luther Bible.
TABITHA f English, Biblical, Biblical Greek
in Aramaic. Tabitha in the New Testament was a woman restored to life by Saint Peter
. Her name is translated into Greek as Dorcas
(see Acts 9:36
). As an English name, Tabitha
became common after the Protestant Reformation. It was popularized in the 1960s by the television show Bewitched
, in which Tabitha (sometimes spelled Tabatha) is the daughter of the main character.
TACEY f English (Archaic)
Derived from Latin tace
meaning "be silent"
. It was in use from the 16th century, though it died out two centuries later.
TACITUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "silent, mute"
in Latin. This was the name of a 1st-century Roman historian.
TADHG m Irish, Scottish
in Irish. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Connacht.
TAFARI m Eastern African, Amharic (Rare)
Possibly means "he who inspires awe"
in Amharic. This name was borne by Lij Tafari Makonnen (1892-1975), also known as Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. Rastafarians (Ras Tafari
meaning "king Tafari") revere him as the earthly incarnation of God.
TAFFY m Welsh
Anglicized form of DAFYDD
. It has been used as a slang term for a Welshman.
TAGE m Danish, Swedish
From the medieval Danish byname Taki
, derived from Old Norse taka
meaning "to take, to capture".
TAHA m Arabic
From the Arabic letters ط
) and ه
). These letters begin the 20th chapter of the Quran (surah Ta Ha).
TAHEL f Hebrew
Means "you will shine"
in Hebrew, from the root הָלַל (halal)
meaning "to praise, to shine".
TÁHIRIH f History
Variant of TAHIRA
. This was the title of Fatimah Baraghani, a 19th-century Persian poet, theologian and reformer.
TAHMASP m Ancient Persian
Persian form of the Avestan name Takhmaspa
, which was derived from takhma
"strong, brave, valiant" and aspa
"horse". This name was borne by two Safavid shahs of Persia.
TAHMINA f Persian Mythology, Tajik, Bengali
Derived from Avestan takhma
meaning "strong, brave, valiant"
. This is the name of a character in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
. She is a daughter of the king of Samangan who marries the warrior hero Rostam
and eventually bears him a son, whom they name Sohrab
TAHMURAS m Persian Mythology
Persian form of Avestan Takhma Urupi
meaning "strong body"
. Takhma Urupi is a hero from the Avesta who later appears in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
TAI m & f Chinese
From Chinese 太 (tài)
meaning "very, extreme" or other characters pronounced in a similar way.
TAICHI m Japanese
From Japanese 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big" and 一 (ichi)
meaning "one", in addition to other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
TAIKI m Japanese
From Japanese 大 (tai)
meaning "big, great" and 輝 (ki)
meaning "brightness" or 樹 (ki)
meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAIMI f Finnish, Estonian
From Finnish taimi
meaning "sapling, young tree"
or Estonian taim
(words from a common origin).
TAKAHIRO m Japanese
From Japanese 貴 (taka)
meaning "valuable" or 孝 (taka)
meaning "filial piety" combined with 大 (hiro)
meaning "big, great" or 浩 (hiro)
meaning "prosperous". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKAKO f Japanese
From Japanese 孝 (taka)
meaning "filial piety" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child", as well as other combinations of kanji characters.
TAKARA m & f Japanese
From Japanese 宝 (takara)
meaning "treasure, jewel", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
TAKASHI m Japanese
From Japanese 孝 (takashi)
meaning "filial piety", 隆 (takashi)
meaning "noble, prosperous" or 崇 (takashi)
meaning "esteem, honour, venerate", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations that result in the same pronunciation.
TAKEHIKO m Japanese
From Japanese 武 (take)
meaning "military, martial" or 竹 (take)
meaning "bamboo" combined with 彦 (hiko)
meaning "boy, prince". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
TAKESHI m Japanese
From Japanese 武 (takeshi)
meaning "military, martial", 健 (takeshi)
meaning "strong, healthy", or other kanji having the same reading.
TAKUMA m Japanese
From Japanese 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" and 真 (ma)
meaning "real, genuine". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKUMI m Japanese
From Japanese 匠 (takumi)
meaning "artisan" or 巧 (takumi)
meaning "skillful". It can also come from 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" combined with 海 (mi)
meaning "sea, ocean" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth". This name can also be formed of other kanji combinations.
TAKUYA m Japanese
From Japanese 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" combined with 也 (ya)
meaning "also" or 哉 (ya)
, an exclamation. This name can be formed with other kanji combinations as well.
TALBOT m English (Rare)
From a surname that was perhaps derived from a Germanic given name composed of the elements tal
"to destroy" and bod
TALFRYN m Welsh
From a Welsh place name meaning "high hill"
, derived from Welsh tal
"high" and bryn
TALIB m Arabic
Means "seeker of knowledge, student"
in Arabic. Abu Talib was an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad
who raised him after his parents and grandparents died. His name was in fact a kunya (a nickname) formed using Abu
; his real name may have been Imran
TALIESIN m Welsh, Arthurian Romance
Means "shining brow"
, derived from Welsh tal
"brow" and iesin
"shining". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh poet and bard. In later Welsh legends he is portrayed as a wizard and prophet, or as a companion of King Arthur
TALIN f Armenian
From the name of an Armenian town (meaning unknown), which is home to a famous 7th-century cathedral.
TALITHA f Biblical
Means "little girl"
in Aramaic. The name is taken from the phrase talitha cumi
meaning "little girl arise" spoken by Jesus
in order to restore a young girl to life (see Mark 5:41
TALLULAH f English (Rare)
Popularly claimed to mean "leaping waters" in the Choctaw language, it may actually mean "town" in the Creek language. This is the name of waterfalls in Georgia. It was borne by American actress Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968), who was named after her grandmother, who may have been named after the waterfalls.
TALON m English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "talon, claw"
, ultimately derived (via Norman French) from Latin talus
TALULLA f Irish
From the Gaelic name Tuilelaith
, which was derived from Irish tuile
"abundance" and flaith
TAMAR f Hebrew, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "date palm"
in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah
and later his wife. This was also the name of a daughter of King David
. She was raped by her half-brother Amnon
, leading to his murder by her brother Absalom
. The name was borne by a 12th-century ruling queen of Georgia who presided over the kingdom at the peak of its power.
TAMARA f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Lithuanian, Georgian
Russian form of TAMAR
. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world. It was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
TAMIA f English (Modern)
Elaborated form of the popular name syllable Tam
, from names such as TAMARA
. It was popularized by Canadian singer Tamia Hill (1975-), who is known simply as Tamia.
TAMIKA f English
Variant of TAMIKO
, inspired by the American jazz singer Tamiko Jones (1945-) or the American movie A Girl Named Tamiko
TAMIKO f Japanese
From Japanese 多 (ta)
meaning "many", 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
TAMMARO m Italian
Italian form of the Germanic name Thancmar
, which was composed of the elements thank
"thought" and mari
TANCRED m Old Norman
Norman form of a Germanic name meaning "thought and counsel"
, derived from the elements thank
"thought" and rad
"counsel". This was the name of a leader of the First Crusade, described by Torquato Tasso in his epic poem Jerusalem Delivered
TĀNE m Maori, Polynesian Mythology
in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Tāne was the god of forests and light. He was the son of the sky god Rangi
and the earth goddess Papa
, who were locked in an embrace and finally separated by their son. He created the tui bird and, by some accounts, man.
TANGAROA m Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Polynesian mythology he was the god of the sea, the son of Rangi
. He separated his parents' embrace, creating the earth and the sky.
TANGUY m Breton, French
From Breton tan
"fire" and gi
"dog". This was the name of a 6th-century Breton saint.
TANITH f Semitic Mythology
Derived from Semitic roots meaning "serpent lady"
. This was the name of the Phoenician goddess of love, fertility, the moon and the stars. She was particularly associated with the city of Carthage, being the consort of Ba'al Hammon
TANNER m English
From an English surname meaning "one who tans hides"
TANSY f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which is derived via Old French from Late Latin tanacita
TAO m Chinese
From Chinese 涛 (tāo)
meaning "large waves", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
TARA (1) f English
Anglicized form of the Irish place name Teamhair
, which possibly means "elevated place"
in Gaelic. This was the name of the sacred hill near Dublin where the Irish high kings resided. It was popularized as a given name by the novel Gone with the Wind
(1936) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1939), in which it is the name of the O'Hara plantation.
TARA (2) f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Nepali
in Sanskrit. Tara is the name of a Hindu astral goddess, the wife of Brhaspati. She was abducted by Soma, a god of the moon, leading to a great war that was only ended when Brahma
intervened and released her. This is also the name of a Buddhist deity (a female Buddha).
TARANIS m Celtic Mythology
Derived from Celtic taran
, cognate with Þórr
). This was the name of the Gaulish thunder god, who was often identified with the Roman god Jupiter
TARAS m Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian and Russian form of the Greek name Ταράσιος (Tarasios)
, which possibly means "from Taras"
. Taras was an Italian city, now called Taranto, which was founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC and was named for the Greek mythological figure Taras, a son of Poseidon
. Saint Tarasios was an 8th-century bishop of Constantinople. It was also borne by the Ukrainian writer and artist Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861).
TARHUNNA m Near Eastern Mythology
From Hittite or Luwian tarh
meaning "to cross, to conquer"
. This was the name of the Hittite god of the weather, storms, and the sky, and the slayer of the dragon Illuyanka. He was closely identified with the Hurrian god Teshub
, and sometimes with the Semitic god Hadad
TARIQ m Arabic
Means "he who knocks at the door"
in Arabic. This is the Arabic name of the morning star. Tariq ibn Ziyad was the Islamic general who conquered Spain for the Umayyad Caliphate in the 8th century.
TARŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TARON m Armenian
From the name of a region in historic Armenia (now in Turkey).
TARQUIN m History
, a Roman name of unknown meaning, possibly Etruscan in origin. This was the name of two early kings of Rome.
TARU f Finnish
Means "legend, myth"
in Finnish. It is also used as a diminutive of TARJA
TARYN f English
Probably a feminine form of TYRONE
. Actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian created it for their daughter Taryn Power (1953-).
TASHLULTUM f Akkadian
Meaning unknown, presumably of Akkadian origin. It appears to end with the Akkadian feminine suffix -tum
. This was the name of a wife of Sargon
TASUNKA m Native American, Sioux
From Lakota tȟašuŋke
meaning "his horse"
. This forms the first part of the name of Tasunka Witko (1840-1877), translated as Crazy Horse, a Lakota war leader.
TATANKA m Native American, Sioux
From Lakota tȟatȟáŋka
. This is the first part of the name of the Lakota holy man and chief Tatanka Iyotake (1831-1890), translated into English as Sitting Bull.
TATE m English
From an English surname that was derived from the Old English given name Tata
, of unknown origin.
TATIANA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus
, a derivative of the Roman name TATIUS
. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна
) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
TATIUS m Roman Mythology, Ancient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning, possibly of Sabine origin. According to Roman legend, Titus Tatius was an 8th-century BC king of the Sabines who came to jointly rule over the Romans and Sabines with the Roman king Romulus.
TATTON m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's town"
in Old English.
TATUM f English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's homestead"
in Old English.
TAU m Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).
TAUNO m Finnish
Means "peaceful, modest"
in Karelian Finnish.
TAVISH m Scottish
Anglicized form of Thàmhais
, vocative case of TÀMHAS
. Alternatively it could be taken from the Scottish surname MacTavish
, Anglicized form of Mac Tàmhais
, meaning "son of Thomas".
TAWFIQ m Arabic
Means "good fortune"
, derived from Arabic وفق (wafiqa)
meaning "to be successful".
TAWNY f English (Modern)
From the English word, ultimately deriving from Old French tané
, which means "light brown"
TAYLOR m & f English
From an English surname that originally denoted someone who was a tailor, from Norman French tailleur
, ultimately from Latin taliare
"to cut". Its modern use as a feminine name may have been influenced by the British-American author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).
TEAGAN m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Tadhgáin
meaning "descendant of Tadhgán"
. The given name Tadhgán
is a diminutive of TADHG
TEAGUE m Irish
Anglicized form of TADHG
. This name is also used as a slang term for an Irishman.
TEAL f English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of duck or the greenish-blue colour.
TECUMSEH m Native American, Shawnee
Means "panther passing across"
in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee leader who, with his brother Tenskwatawa
, resisted European expansion in the early 19th century.
TED m English
Short form of EDWARD
. A famous bearer was the American baseball player Ted Williams (1918-2002), who was born as Theodore.
TEGAN f Welsh
Derived from Welsh teg
TEGID m Welsh
Possibly derived from Welsh teg
"fair", or possibly from the Roman name TACITUS
. This is the Welsh name of a lake in Wales, called Bala Lake in English. It also occurs in medieval Welsh legends as the husband of Ceridwen
TEGWEN f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements teg
"fair" and gwen
TEIMURAZ m Georgian
Georgian form of TAHMURAS
. This was the name of several kings who ruled over kingdoms located in what is now modern Georgia.
TEKAKWITHA f Native American, Mohawk
Means "she who bumps into things"
or "she who puts things in place"
in Mohawk. Tekakwitha, also named Kateri
, was the first Native American Catholic saint.
TEKOA m Biblical
Possibly means either "stockade"
or "horn, trumpet"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a both a city and a son of Ashhur.
TÉLESPHORE m French (Rare)
French form of the Greek name Τελεσφόρος (Telesphoros)
meaning "bringing fulfillment"
or "bearing fruit"
. Saint Telesphorus was a 2nd-century pope and martyr.
TELLERVO f Finnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. Tellervo was a Finnish forest goddess. She is variously described as either the wife or daughter of Tapio.
TELMO m Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from a misdivision of Spanish Santelmo
meaning "saint ELMO"
. This name is given in honour of Pedro González Telmo, a 13th-century Spanish priest.
TEMAN m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "right hand"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a grandson of Esau
for whom the town of Teman in Edom was named.