Short form of ALBERT
and other names beginning with Al
. A notable bearer is American actor Al Pacino (1940-).
English form of ANNE (1)
. In the English-speaking world, both this spelling and Anne
have been used since the Middle Ages, though Ann
became much more popular during the 19th century.
From Japanese 彩 (aya)
meaning "colour" or 綾 (aya)
meaning "design" combined with 乃 (no)
, a possessive particle. Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
CLARAfItalian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus
which meant "clear, bright, famous". The name Clarus
was borne by a few early saints. The feminine form was popularized by the 13th-century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara
in Italian), a friend and follower of Saint Francis, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages, originally in the form Clare
, though the Latinate spelling Clara
became more popular in the 19th century.
Simply from the English word flower
for the blossoming plant. It is derived (via Old French) from Latin flos
HUAf & mChinese
From Chinese 华 (huá)
meaning "splendid, illustrious, Chinese" or 花 (huā)
meaning "flower, blossom" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
From Japanese 海 (kai)
meaning "sea, ocean" combined with 斗 (to)
, which refers to a Chinese constellation, or 翔 (to)
meaning "soar, fly". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
LEONmEnglish, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon)
meaning "lion". During the Christian era this Greek name was merged with the Latin cognate Leo
, with the result that the two forms are used somewhat interchangeably across European languages. In England during the Middle Ages this was a common name among Jews. A famous bearer was Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), a Russian Communist revolutionary.
From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium
LINGf & mChinese
From Chinese 灵 (líng)
meaning "spirit, soul", 铃 (líng)
meaning "bell, chime", or other Chinese characters which are pronounced similarly.
From Japanese 真 (ma)
meaning "real, genuine" or 満 (ma)
meaning "full" combined with 優 (yu)
meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or 夕 (yu)
meaning "evening". This name can also be constructed from other kanji combinations.
From Japanese 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" and 紀 (ki)
meaning "chronicle". Other kanji combinations are possible.
From Japanese 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" combined with 空 (ku)
meaning "sky" or 久 (ku)
meaning "long time". It can also come from a nanori reading of 未来 (mirai)
meaning "future". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
MIRIAMfHebrew, English, German, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of MARY
. It is used in the Old Testament, where it belongs to the elder sister of Moses
. She watched over the infant Moses as the pharaoh's daughter drew him from the Nile. The name has long been popular among Jews, and it has been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
From Japanese 菜 (na)
meaning "vegetables, greens" and/or 奈 (na)
, a phonetic character. The characters can be in either order or the same character can be duplicated, as indicated by the symbol 々
. Other kanji with the same pronunciations can also be used to form this name.
OLIVERmEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak
, a Norman French form of a Germanic name such as ALFHER
or an Old Norse name such as Áleifr
). The spelling was altered by association with Latin oliva
"olive tree". In the Middle Ages the name became well-known in Western Europe because of the French epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which Olivier was a friend and advisor of the hero Roland.... [more]
RENm & fJapanese
From Japanese 蓮 (ren)
meaning "lotus", 恋 (ren)
meaning "love", or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
RINf & mJapanese
From Japanese 凛 (rin)
meaning "dignified, severe, cold" or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
Simply from the name of the precious stone (which ultimately derives from Latin ruber
"red"), which is the birthstone of July. It came into use as a given name in the 19th century.
YUKIf & mJapanese
From Japanese 幸 (yuki)
meaning "happiness" or 雪 (yuki)
meaning "snow". It can also come from 由 (yu)
meaning "reason, cause" combined with 貴 (ki)
meaning "valuable" or 紀 (ki)
meaning "chronicle". Other kanji or kanji combinations are also possible.
YUUm & fJapanese
From Japanese 優 (yuu)
meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness", 悠 (yuu)
meaning "distant, leisurely", 勇 (yuu)
meaning "brave", or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
From Japanese 柚 (yuzu)
meaning "grapefruit, pomelo, citrus fruit" and 希 (ki)
meaning "hope". Other combinations of kanji can form this name as well.