ARDIT m Albanian
Means "golden day"
in Albanian, from ar
"gold" and ditë
ARIES m Roman Mythology
in Latin. This is the name of a constellation and the first sign of the zodiac. Some Roman legends state that the ram in the constellation was the one who supplied the Golden Fleece sought by Jason
AUREA f Late Roman
Late Latin name that was derived from aureus "golden"
. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint from Ostia (near Rome), as well as an 11th-century Spanish saint.
AURELIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Latin aureus
meaning "golden, gilded"
. Marcus Aurelius was a 2nd-century Roman emperor and philosophical writer. This was also the name of several early saints.
AUREOLE f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "radiant halo"
, ultimately derived from Latin aureolus
CHRYSANTA f English (Rare)
Shortened form of the word chrysanthemum
, the name of a flowering plant, which means "golden flower" in Greek.
CRESSIDA f Literature
Medieval form of CHRYSEIS
. Various medieval tales describe her as a woman of Troy, daughter of Calchus, who leaves her Trojan lover Troilus for the Greek hero Diomedes. Shakespeare's play Troilus and Cressida
(1602) was based on these tales.
EURIG m Welsh
Derived from Welsh aur
EURWEN f Welsh
Derived from Welsh aur
"gold" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
FLAVIAN m History
From the Roman family name Flavianus
, which was derived from FLAVIUS
. This was the name of several early saints including a 5th-century patriarch of Constantinople who was beaten to death.
FLAVIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name meaning "golden"
from Latin flavus
"yellow, golden". Flavius was the family name of the 1st-century Roman emperors Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. It was used as a personal name by several later emperors, notably by Constantine
GOLDA f Yiddish
From Yiddish גאָלד (gold)
. This is the name of Tevye's wife in the musical Fiddler on the Roof
(1964). It was also borne by the Israeli prime minister Golda Meir (1898-1978).
GOLDIE (1) f English
From a nickname for a person with blond hair, from the English word gold
NUBIA f Various
From the name of the ancient region and kingdom in Africa, south of Egypt. It possibly derives from the Egyptian word nbw
ORABELA f Esperanto
in Esperanto, ultimately from Latin aurea
"gold" and bella
ÓRFHLAITH f Irish
Means "golden princess"
from Irish ór
"gold" combined with flaith
"princess". This was the name of a sister of the Irish king Brian
ORIANA f Italian, Spanish
Possibly derived from Latin aurum
"gold" or from its derivatives, Spanish oro
or French or
. In medieval legend Oriana was the daughter of a king of England who married the knight Amadis.
ORINDA f English (Rare)
Probably an elaboration of Spanish oro "gold"
. This was the pseudonym of the English poet Katherine Philips (1631-1664).
ORIOL m Catalan
From a Catalan surname meaning "golden"
. It has been used in honour of Joseph Oriol, a 17th-century saint.
ORVILLE m English
This name was invented by the 18th-century writer Fanny Burney, who perhaps intended it to mean "golden city" in French. Orville Wright (1871-1948), together with his brother Wilbur, invented the first successful airplane.
ROSAURA f Spanish
Means "golden rose"
, derived from Latin rosa
"rose" and aurea
"golden". This name was (first?) used by Pedro Calderón de la Barca for a character in his play Life Is a Dream
RUKMINI f Hinduism
Means "adorned with gold"
in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of a princess who became the wife of Krishna
SAFFRON f English (Rare)
From the English word that refers either to a spice, the crocus flower from which it is harvested, or the yellow-orange colour of the spice. It is derived via Old French from Arabic زعفران (za'faran)
, itself probably from Persian meaning "gold leaves".
SWARNA m & f Indian, Telugu, Hindi
Means "good colour"
, a contraction of the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" and वर्ण (varna)
meaning "colour". This is a transcription of both the masculine form स्वर्ण
and the feminine form स्वर्णा
VANNA (2) f & m Khmer
in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit.
ZARATHUSTRA m History
Possibly means "golden camel"
in Old Iranian, derived from zarat
meaning "golden" combined with ushtra
meaning "camel". Zarathustra was the Persian prophet who founded the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism about the 10th century BC.