AISHA f Arabic, Urdu, American
in Arabic. This was the name of Muhammad
's third wife, the daughter of Abu Bakr
. Some time after Muhammad's death she went to war against Ali
, the fourth caliph, but was defeated. This name is used more by Sunni Muslims and less by Shias.... [more]
AMBROSE m English
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius
, which was derived from the Greek name Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios)
. Saint Ambrose was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Milan, who is considered a Doctor of the Church. Due to the saint, the name came into general use in Christian Europe, though it was never particularly common in England.
AMERETAT f Persian Mythology
in Avestan. This was the name of a Zoroastrian goddess (one of the Amesha Spenta) of plants and long life.
AMRIT m Indian, Hindi
from Sanskrit अ (a)
meaning "not" and मृत (mrta)
meaning "dead". In Hindu texts it refers to a drink that gives immortality.
ATROPOS f Greek Mythology
Means "inevitable, inflexible"
in Greek, derived from the negative prefix α (a)
combined with τροπος (tropos)
meaning "direction, manner, fashion". Atropos was one of the three Fates or Μοιραι
(Moirai) in Greek mythology. When her sister Lachesis decided that a person's life was at an end, Atropos would choose the manner of death and cut the person's life thread.
BO (1) m Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse byname Búi
, which was derived from Old Norse bua
meaning "to live"
CAN m Turkish
Means "soul, life"
in Turkish, from Persian جان (jan)
CANER m Turkish
From Turkish can
meaning "soul, life"and er
meaning "brave man".
CANSU f Turkish
From Turkish can
meaning "soul, life" and su
CHAYIM m Hebrew
Derived from the Hebrew word חַיִּים (chayyim)
. It has been used since medieval times.
DUKVAKHA m Chechen
Means "to live long"
, derived from Nakh duqa
"many" and vakha
EASTER f English
From the English name of the Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus
. It was ultimately named for the Germanic spring goddess Eostre. It was traditionally given to children born on Easter, though it is rare in modern times.
ERCAN m Turkish
From Turkish er
meaning "brave man" and can
meaning "soul, life".
EVE f English, Biblical
From the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah)
, which was derived from the Hebrew word חָוָה (chawah)
meaning "to breathe"
or the related word חָיָה (chayah)
meaning "to live"
. According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis, Eve and Adam
were the first humans. God created her from one of Adam's ribs to be his companion. At the urging of a serpent she ate the forbidden fruit and shared some with Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden
FLORENCE f & m English, French
From the Latin name Florentius
or the feminine form Florentia
, which were derived from florens "prosperous, flourishing"
was borne by many early Christian saints, and it was occasionally used in their honour through the Middle Ages. In modern times it is mostly feminine.... [more]
JEHIEL m Biblical
Means "God will live"
in Hebrew. This is the name of several people in the Old Testament, including one of King David
's lute players.
KLOTHO f Greek Mythology
in Greek. In Greek mythology Klotho was one of the three Fates or Μοιραι
(Moirai). She was responsible for spinning the thread of life.
LACHESIS f Greek Mythology
in Greek. She was one of the three Fates or Μοιραι
(Moirai) in Greek mythology. She was responsible for deciding how long each person had to live.
LEBERECHT m German (Rare)
Means "live rightly"
from German lebe
"live" and recht
"right". This name was created in the 17th century.
LIV (1) f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from the Old Norse name Hlíf
. Its use has been influenced by the modern Scandinavian word liv
LULJETA f Albanian
Means "flower of life"
in Albanian, from lule
"flower" and jetë
MACBETH m History
Anglicized form of the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha
meaning "son of life"
, implying holiness. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king. Shakespeare based his play Macbeth
loosely on this king's life.
MAHATMA m History
From the Indian title महात्मा (Mahatma)
meaning "great soul"
, derived from Sanskrit महा (maha)
meaning "great" and आत्मन् (atman)
meaning "soul, spirit, life". This title was given to, among others, Mohandas Karamchand, also known as Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).
MEI (2) f Japanese
From Japanese 芽 (me)
meaning "bud, sprout" combined with 依 (i)
meaning "rely on", 生 (i)
meaning "life" or 衣 (i)
meaning "clothing, garment". Other kanji combinations are possible.
NNAMDI m Western African, Igbo
Means "my father is alive"
in Igbo. This name is given to a child when it is believed that he is a reincarnation of his grandfather.
NURCAN f Turkish
Means "bright soul"
in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur)
meaning "light" and Persian jan
meaning "soul, life".
OMRI m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "life"
in Hebrew (or a related Semitic language). This was the name of a 9th-century BC military commander who became king of Israel. He appears in the Old Testament, where he is denounced as being wicked.
SU-JIN f & m Korean
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.
TUTANKHAMON m Ancient Egyptian
Means "image of the life of Amon"
, derived from Egyptian tut
"image" combined with ankh
"life" combined with the name of the god Amon
. This was the name of an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, most famous because of the treasures found in his tomb.
UMAR m Arabic, Urdu
Means "populous, flourishing"
, derived from Arabic عمر ('umr)
meaning "life". Umar was a companion and strong supporter of the Prophet Muhammad
who became the second caliph of the Muslims. He is considered to be one of the great founders of the Muslim state. The name was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Persia, Umar Khayyam.
VITALE m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Vitalis
, which was derived from Latin vitalis
meaning "of life, vital"
. Vitalis was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
VITUS m Ancient Roman
Roman name that was derived from Latin vita "life"
. Saint Vitus was a child martyred in Sicily in the early 4th century. From an early date this name was confused with the Germanic name Wido
VIVIAN m & f English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Latin name Vivianus
, which was derived from Latin vivus "alive"
. Saint Vivian was a French bishop who provided protection during the Visigoth invasion of the 5th century. It has been occasionally used as an English (masculine) name since the Middle Ages. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name, in which case it is either an Anglicized form of BÉBINN
or a variant of VIVIEN (2)
YEONG-SU m Korean
From Sino-Korean 永 (yeong)
meaning "perpetual, eternal" and 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan", as well as other hanja character combinations.
ZENOBIA f Ancient Greek
Means "life of Zeus"
, derived from Greek Ζηνο (Zeno)
, a prefix form of the name of ZEUS
, combined with βιος (bios)
meaning "life". This was the name of a 3rd-century queen of Palmyra. After claiming the title Queen of the East
and expanding her realm into Roman territory she was defeated by Emperor Aurelian. Her Greek name was used as an approximation of her native Aramaic name.
ŽIVA f Slavic Mythology, Slovene
Means "living, alive"
in Slavic. This was the name of a Slavic goddess associated with life, fertility and spring.
ZOE f English, Italian, German, Ancient Greek
in Greek. From early times it was adopted by Hellenized Jews as a translation of EVE
. It was borne by two early Christian saints, one martyred under Emperor Hadrian, the other martyred under Diocletian. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by a ruling empress of the 11th century. As an English name, Zoe
has only been in use since the 19th century. It has generally been more common among Eastern Christians (in various spellings).