Names Categorized "black"

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BERAHTHRABANmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM, using an extended form of the second element.
BERAHTHRAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM.
BERTRAMmEnglish, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright raven", derived from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with hramn "raven". The Normans introduced this name to England. Shakespeare used it in his play 'All's Well That Ends Well' (1603).
BERTRANDOmItalian
Italian form of BERTRAND.
BLAKEmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old English blæc "black" or blac "pale". A famous bearer of the surname was the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).
BRAN (1)mIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran was a mariner who was involved in several adventures.
BRAN (2)mWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "raven" in Welsh. In Welsh legend Bran the Blessed (called also Bendigeid Vran) was the son of the god Llyr. Later Welsh legends describe him as a king of Britain who was killed attacking Ireland.
BRENNUSmAncient Celtic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Celtic name (or title) that possibly meant either "king, prince" or "raven". Brennus was a Gallic leader of the 4th century BC who attacked and sacked Rome.
BRENOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BRENNUS.
CATAHECASSAmNative American, Shawnee
Means "black hoof" in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee warrior and chief of the 18th century.
CHARNAfYiddish
From a Slavic word meaning "black".
CHERNOBOGmSlavic Mythology
Means "the black god" from Slavic cherno "black" and bogu "god". Chernobog was the Slavic god of darkness, evil and grief.
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.
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".
COLAmAnglo-Saxon
Old English byname meaning "charcoal", originally given to a person with dark features.
COLBYmEnglish
From a surname, originally from various English place names, derived from the Old Norse nickname Koli (meaning "coal, dark") and býr "town".
CORBINmEnglish
From a French surname which was derived from corbeau "raven", originally denoting a person who had dark hair. The name was probably popularized in America by actor Corbin Bernsen (1954-).
CORMACmIrish
Possibly derived from Irish Gaelic corb "raven" or "wheel" and mac "son". This was the name of a 3rd-century king of Ireland.
CORMAGmScottish
Scottish form of CORMAC.
CRAWFORDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "crow ford" in Old English.
DOUGALmScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Dubhghall, which meant "dark stranger" from dubh "dark" and gall "stranger".
DUANEmEnglish, Irish
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Dubhán meaning "descendant of DUBHÁN".
DUBHÁNmIrish
Irish name derived from dubh "dark, black" combined with a diminutive suffix.
DUBHSHLÁINEmAncient Irish
Old Irish name derived from dubh "dark, black" and either slán "defiance" or Sláine, the Gaelic name of the River Slaney.
DUBHTHACHmAncient Irish
Old Irish name derived from dubh "dark, black" in combination with a second element of unknown meaning.
EBONYfEnglish
From the English word ebony for the black wood which comes from the ebony tree. It is ultimately from the Egyptian word hbnj. In America this name is most often used by black parents.
EMERYm & fEnglish
Norman form of EMMERICH. The Normans introduced it to England, and though it was never popular, it survived until the end of the Middle Ages. As a modern given name, it is likely inspired by the surname Emery, which was itself derived from the medieval given name. It can also be given in reference to the hard black substance called emery.
ENGUERRANDmMedieval French
Medieval French form of the Germanic name Engilram, which was composed of the elements Angil, the name of a Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles, and hramn "raven". This was the name of several French nobles from Picardy.
FECHÍNmIrish
Means "little raven" from Irish fiach "raven" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of an Irish saint of the 7th century who died of the yellow plague.
FERRERmVarious
From a surname which meant "blacksmith" in Catalan. This name is often given in honour of Saint Vicente Ferrer, a 14th-century missionary who is the patron saint of builders.
FIACHNAmIrish
Derived from Gaelic fiach meaning "raven". This was the name of a king in Irish legend.
FIACHRAmIrish, Irish Mythology
Derived from Gaelic fiach meaning "raven". In Irish legend Fiachra was one of the four children of Lir transformed into swans for a period of 900 years. This is also the name of the patron saint of gardeners, a 7th-century Irish abbot who settled in France.
GUNDHRAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of GUNTRAM.
GUNTRAMmGerman
Means "war raven" from the Germanic elements gund "war" and hramn "raven". This was the name of a 6th-century Frankish king.
HRAFNmIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "raven" in Old Norse.
ISA (3)mFrisian, Ancient Germanic
Short form of Germanic names beginning with the element is "ice, iron".
JETfDutch
Short form of HENRIËTTE or MARIËTTE.
JETTmEnglish (Modern)
From the English word jet, which denotes either a jet aircraft or an intense black colour (the words derive from different sources).
KALEmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of CHARLES.
KALIf & mHinduism, Bengali, Tamil
Means "the black one" in Sanskrit. The Hindu goddess Kali is the fierce destructive form of the wife of Shiva. She is usually depicted with black skin and four arms, holding a severed head and brandishing a sword. As a personal name, it is generally masculine in India.
KANNANmTamil
Tamil form of KRISHNA.
KARA (2)mTurkish
Means "black, dark" in Turkish.
KEIRAfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of CIARA (1). This spelling was popularized by British actress Keira Knightley (1985-).
KERRYm & fEnglish
From the name of the Irish county, called Ciarraí in Irish Gaelic, which means "CIAR's people".
KIARAfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of CIARA (1) or CHIARA. This name was brought to public attention in 1988 after the singing duo Kiara released their song 'This Time'. It was further popularized by a character in the animated movie 'The Lion King II' (1998).
KIARANmEnglish (Rare)
Anglicized form of CIARÁN.
KIERAfIrish, English
Anglicized form of CIARA (1).
KIERANmIrish, English
Anglicized form of CIARÁN.
KIERONmIrish, English
Anglicized form of CIARÁN.
KIERRAfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of KIARA influenced by the spelling of SIERRA.
KISHANmIndian, Hindi, Gujarati
Possibly a variant of KRISHNA.
KORBINIANmGerman
Derived from Latin corvus meaning "raven". This was the name of an 8th-century Frankish saint who was sent by Pope Gregory II to evangelize in Bavaria. His real name may have been Hraban (see Raban).
KÖRBLmGerman
Diminutive of KORBINIAN.
KRISHNAmHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "black, dark" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu god believed to be an incarnation of the god Vishnu. He was the youngest of King Vasudeva's eight children, six of whom were killed by King Kamsa because of a prophecy that a child of Vasudeva would kill Kamsa. Krishna however was saved and he eventually killed the king as well as performing many other great feats. In some Hindu traditions, Krishna is regarded as the supreme deity. He is usually depicted with blue skin.
KRISNAmIndonesian
Indonesian form of KRISHNA.
KUROmJapanese
Variant transcription of KUROU.
KYRAfEnglish
Variant of KIRA (2), sometimes considered a feminine form of CYRUS.
KYRANmIrish
Variant of KIERAN.
LI (1)f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "reason, logic", () meaning "stand, establish", () meaning "black, dawn", () meaning "power, capability, influence" (which is usually only masculine) or () meaning "beautiful" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
LONÁNmIrish
Means "little blackbird", derived from Irish Gaelic lon "blackbird" combined with a diminutive suffix.
MAKVALAfGeorgian
Derived from Georgian მაყვალი (maqvali) meaning "blackberry".
MELm & fEnglish
Short form of MELVIN, MELANIE, MELISSA, and other names beginning with Mel.
MELAINAfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology.
MELÁNIAfHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of MELANIE.
MELANIAfItalian, Spanish, Polish, Late Roman
Italian, Spanish and Polish form of MELANIE.
MÉLANIEfFrench
French form of MELANIE.
MELÁNIEfCzech
Czech form of MELANIE.
MELANIEfEnglish, German, Dutch
From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a Roman saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the 5th century. Her grandmother was also a saint with the same name.... [more]
MELANTHAfEnglish (Rare)
Probably a combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the suffix antha (from Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower"). John Dryden used this name in his play 'Marriage a la Mode' (1672).
MELANTHIOSmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μελας (melas) "black, dark" and ανθος (anthos) "flower". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of an insolent goatherd killed by Odysseus.
MELINAfEnglish, Greek
Elaboration of Mel, either from names such as MELISSA or from Greek μελι (meli) meaning "honey". A famous bearer was Greek-American actress Melina Mercouri (1920-1994), who was born Maria Amalia Mercouris.
MELINDAfEnglish, Hungarian
Combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the popular name suffix inda. It was created in the 18th century, and may have been inspired by the similar name Belinda. In Hungary, the name was popularized by the 1819 play 'Bánk Bán' by József Katona.
MERLEf & mEnglish
Variant of MERRILL or MURIEL. The spelling has been influenced by the word merle meaning "blackbird" (via French, from Latin merula).
MINDYfEnglish
Diminutive of MELINDA.
NIGELmEnglish
From Nigellus, a medieval Latinized form of NEIL. It was commonly associated with Latin niger "black". It was revived in the 19th century, perhaps in part due to Sir Walter Scott's novel 'The Fortunes of Nigel' (1822).
NIGELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of NIGEL.
RABANmAncient Germanic
From a Germanic byname derived from hraban meaning "raven".
RAMBERTmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hramn "raven" and beraht "bright".
RAVENf & mEnglish
From the name of the bird, ultimately from Old English hræfn. The raven is revered by several Native American groups of the west coast. It is also associated with the Norse god Odin.
RAVENNAfEnglish (Rare)
Either an elaboration of RAVEN, or else from the name of the city of Ravenna in Italy.
ROANmFrisian
Variant of RONNE.
RONNEmFrisian
Frisian short form of Germanic names beginning with the element hraban meaning "raven".
SABLEfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word meaning "black", derived from the name of the black-furred mammal native to Northern Asia, ultimately of Slavic origin.
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".
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.
SOLONmAncient Greek
Possibly from Greek σολος (solos) meaning "lump of iron". This was the name of an Athenian statesman who reformed the laws and government of the city.
TRAHAEARNmWelsh
Means "very much like iron", derived from Welsh tra "very, over" and haearn "iron".
VASCOmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
From the medieval Spanish name Velasco which possibly meant "crow" in Basque. A famous bearer was the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to India.
VELASCOmMedieval Spanish
Medieval Spanish form of VASCO.
VULFERAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WOLFRAM.
WOLFRAMmGerman
Derived from the Germanic element wulf meaning "wolf" combined with hramn "raven".