Names Categorized "modern english"

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AALIYAHfArabic, English (Modern)
Feminine form of AALI. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by the singer Aaliyah Haughton (1979-2001), who was known simply as Aaliyah.
ADALYNfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of ADELINE using the popular name suffix lyn.
ADALYNNfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of ADELINE using the popular name suffix lyn.
ADDYSONfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of ADDISON.
ADELYNfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of ADELINE using the popular name suffix lyn.
AIDANmIrish, Scottish, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of AODHÁN. In the latter part of the 20th century it became popular in America due to its sound, since it uses the same fashionable aden suffix sound found in such names as Braden and Hayden.
AINSLEYf & mScottish, English (Modern)
From a surname which was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves derive from Old English anne "alone, solitary" or ansetl "hermitage" and leah "woodland, clearing".
ALAINAfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of ALANA, probably influenced by ELAINE.
ALANNAHfEnglish (Modern), Irish
Variant of ALANA. It has been influenced by the affectionate Anglo-Irish word alannah, from the Irish Gaelic phrase a leanbh meaning "O child".
AMBERLYfEnglish (Modern)
Elaboration of AMBER, influenced by the spelling of the name KIMBERLY.
ANIYAfEnglish (Modern)
Modern name, possibly based on ANYA or AALIYAH.
ANNABELLAfItalian, English (Modern)
Latinate form of ANNABEL. It can also be taken as a combination of ANNA and BELLA.
ANNALISEfEnglish (Modern)
Combination of ANNA and LISE.
ASHLEAfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of ASHLEY.
ASHLEEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of ASHLEY.
ASHLEIGHfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of ASHLEY.
ASHLIEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of ASHLEY.
ASHLYNfEnglish (Modern)
Combination of ASHLEY and the popular name suffix lyn.
ASIA (1)fEnglish (Modern), Italian (Modern)
From the name of the continent, which is perhaps derived from Akkadian asu, meaning "east".
ASPENfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word for the tree, derived from Old English æspe. It is also the name of a ski resort in Colorado.
AUBREEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of AUBREY.
BECKETTmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".
BLAZEmEnglish (Modern)
Modern variant of BLAISE influenced by the English word blaze.
BRAELYNfEnglish (Modern)
A recently created name, formed using the popular name suffix lyn.
BRANSONmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which meant "son of BRANDR".
BREANNfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BREANNEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRIANNEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRIDGERmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which originally indicated a person who lived near or worked on a bridge.
BRIELLEfEnglish (Modern)
Short form of GABRIELLE. This is also the name of towns in the Netherlands and New Jersey, though their names derive from a different source.
BROOKLYNfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the borough of New York City, originally derived from Dutch Breukelen meaning "broken land". It can also be viewed as a combination of BROOK and the popular name suffix lyn.
BRYNNfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of BRYN.
CADENmEnglish (Modern)
Sometimes explained as a derivative of the Irish surname Caden, which is a reduced form of the Gaelic surname Mac Cadáin meaning "son of Cadán". In actuality, its popularity in America beginning in the 1990s is due to its sound - it shares its fashionable aden suffix sound with other popular names like Hayden, Aidan and Braden.
CASSIDYf & mEnglish (Modern)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Caiside meaning "descendant of CAISIDE".
DELANEYfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname: either the English surname DELANEY (1) or the Irish surname DELANEY (2).
DENZELmEnglish (Modern)
Possibly a variant of DENZIL. This spelling of the name was popularized by American actor Denzel Washington (1954-), who was named after his father.
EASTONmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which was derived from place names meaning "east town" in Old English.
EMMALYNfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of EMMELINE, or else a combination of EMMA and the fashionable name suffix lyn.
FALLONfEnglish (Modern)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Fallamhain meaning "descendant of Fallamhan". The given name Fallamhan meant "leader". It was popularized in the 1980s by a character on the soap opera 'Dynasty'.
FREYAfNorse Mythology, English (British, Modern), German
From Old Norse Freyja meaning "lady". This was the name of the goddess of love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology. She claimed half of the heroes who were slain in battle and brought them to her realm of Fólkvangr. Along with her brother Freyr and father Njord, she was one of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir). Some scholars connect her with the goddess Frigg.... [more]
GISELLEfFrench, English (Modern)
Derived from the Germanic word gisil meaning "hostage, pledge". This name may have originally been a descriptive nickname for a child given as a pledge to a foreign court. It was borne by a daughter of the French king Charles III who married the Norman leader Rollo in the 10th century. The name was popular in France during the Middle Ages (the more common French form is Gisèle). Though it became known in the English-speaking world due to Adolphe Adam's ballet 'Giselle' (1841), it was not regularly used until the 20th century.
GRACELYNfEnglish (Modern)
Elaboration of GRACE using the popular name suffix lyn.
HALLE (2)fEnglish (Modern)
In the case of American actress Halle Berry (1966-), it is from the name of a department store in Cleveland where she was born (the store was founded by brothers bearing the German surname Halle, a cognate of HALL).
HAYLEYfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English town (meaning "hay clearing" from Old English heg "hay" and leah "clearing"). It was popularized by the British child actress Hayley Mills (1946-), though the name did not become common until over a decade after she first became famous.
HEAVENfEnglish (Modern)
From the English vocabulary word meaning "paradise".
JARON (2)mEnglish (Modern)
Invented name, probably based on JARED and DARREN.
JAYLENEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine elaboration of JAY (1) using the popular suffix lene.
JAZLYNfEnglish (Modern)
Modern name, a combination of the popular name elements Jaz and lyn.
JESSIKAfGerman, English (Modern)
German and English variant of JESSICA.
JORDYNfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of JORDAN.
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).
KIERRAfEnglish (Modern)
Variant of KIARA influenced by the spelling of SIERRA.
KINGSLEYmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "king's wood" in Old English.
KINGSTONmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "king's town" in Old English.
KINLEYfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was an Anglicized form of Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH".
KINSLEYfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was derived from the given name CYNESIGE.
KYLERmEnglish (Modern)
Probably a variant of KYLE, blending it with TYLER. It also coincides with the rare surname Kyler, an Anglicized form of Dutch Cuyler, which is of uncertain meaning.
LONDONf & mEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain. As a surname it was borne by the American author Jack London (1876-1916).
LYRICfEnglish (Modern)
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).
MADDOXmEnglish (Modern)
From a Welsh surname meaning "son of MADOC". It was brought to public attention when the actress Angelina Jolie gave this name to her adopted son in 2002.
MALLORYfEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which meant "unfortunate" in Norman French. It first became common in the 1980s due to the television comedy 'Family Ties', which featured a character by this name.
MALONEmEnglish (Rare)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Maoil Eoin meaning "descendant of a disciple of Saint JOHN".
MARLEYfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was taken from a place name meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the Jamaican musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
MCKENNAfEnglish (Modern)
From the Gaelic surname Mac Cionaodha, which means "son of CIONAODH".
MEADOWfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word meadow, ultimately from Old English mædwe.
MILEYfEnglish (Modern)
In the case of actress and singer Miley Cyrus (1992-), it is a shortened form of the nickname Smiley, given to her by her father because she often smiled. Although it was not at all common before she brought it to public attention, there are some examples of its use before her time, most likely as a diminutive of MILES.
NASHmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer of the surname was the mathematician John Nash (1928-2015). The name was popularized in the 1990s by the television series 'Nash Bridges'.
NEVAEHfEnglish (Modern)
The word heaven spelled backwards. It became popular after the musician Sonny Sandoval from the rock group P.O.D. gave it to his daughter in 2000.
ODINmNorse Mythology, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn, which was derived from óðr "inspiration, rage, frenzy". It ultimately developed from the early Germanic *Woðanaz. The name appears as Woden in Anglo-Saxon sources (for example, as the founder of several royal lineages in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle) and in forms such as Wotan, Wuotan or Wodan in continental Europe. However Odin is most known from Norse mythology, as the highest of the gods, presiding over art, war, wisdom and death. He resided in Valhalla, where warriors went after they were slain.
PRECIOUSfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word precious, ultimately derived from Latin pretiosus, a derivative of Latin pretium "price, worth".
PRINCESSfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine equivalent of PRINCE.
REILLYm & fEnglish (Modern)
From an Irish surname which was derived from the given name Raghailleach, meaning unknown.
RYLEIGHfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of RILEY.
SALENAfEnglish (Modern)
Perhaps an invented name based on similar-sounding names such as SELINA.
SAMARAfEnglish (Modern), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Possibly derived from the name of the city of Samarra (in Iraq) or Samara (in Russia). The former appears in the title of the novel 'Appointment in Samarra' (1934) by John O'Hara, which refers to an ancient Babylonian legend about a man trying to evade death. Alternatively, this name could be derived from the word for the winged seeds which grow on trees such as maples and elms.... [more]
SHAEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHANAEfEnglish (Modern)
Elaboration of the popular name element Shan.
STONEm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the English vocabulary word, ultimately from Old English stan.
TIARAfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word for a semicircle crown, ultimately of Greek origin.
XANDERmDutch, English (Modern)
Short form of ALEXANDER. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by a character on the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003).
YASMINfPersian, Arabic, English (Modern)
From Persian یاسمن (yasamen) meaning "jasmine". In modern times it has been used in the English-speaking world, as a variant of JASMINE.
YASMINEfPersian, Arabic, English (Modern)
Variant transcription of YASMIN.
ZARA (1)fEnglish (Modern)
English form of ZAÏRE. In England it came to public attention when Princess Anne gave it to her daughter in 1981. Use of the name may also be influenced by the trendy Spanish clothing retailer Zara.
ZARIAfEnglish (Modern)
Possibly based on ZAHRAH or the Nigerian city of Zaria.