Names Categorized "word names"

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ABBEYfEnglish
Diminutive of ABIGAIL.
ACACIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a type of tree, ultimately deriving from Greek ακη (ake) "thorn, point".
ACE (1)mEnglish
From the English word meaning "highest rank". More commonly a nickname, it is occasionally used as a given name.
AI (1)fJapanese
From Japanese (ai) meaning "love, affection", (ai) meaning "indigo", or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
AMARYLLISfLiterature
Derived from Greek αμαρυσσω (amarysso) "to sparkle". This was the name of a heroine in Virgil's epic poem 'Eclogues'. The amaryllis flower is named for her.
AMBERfEnglish, Dutch
From the English word amber that denotes either the gemstone, which is formed from fossil resin, or the orange-yellow colour. The word ultimately derives from Arabic عنبر ('anbar). It began to be used as a given name in the late 19th century, but it only became popular after the release of Kathleen Winsor's novel 'Forever Amber' (1944).
AMETHYSTfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the purple semi-precious stone, which is derived from the Greek negative prefix α (a) and μεθυστος (methystos) meaning "intoxicated, drunk", as it was believed to be a remedy against drunkenness.
AMITYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "friendship", ultimately deriving from Latin amicitia.
AMORm & fRoman Mythology, Late Roman, Spanish, Portuguese
Means "love" in Latin. This was another name for the Roman god Cupid. It also means "love" in Spanish and Portuguese, and the name can be derived directly from this vocabulary word.
ANEMONEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the anemone flower, which derives from Greek ανεμος (anemos) "wind".
ANGELm & fEnglish, Bulgarian, Macedonian
From the medieval Latin masculine name Angelus which was derived from the name of the heavenly creature (itself derived from the Greek word αγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger"). It has never been very common in the English-speaking world, where it is sometimes used as a feminine name in modern times.
ANIMA (2)fEnglish (Rare)
Means "soul, spirit" in Latin. In Jungian psychology the anima is an individual's true inner self, or soul.
ANISEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the herb, also called aniseed.
APRILfEnglish
From the name of the month, probably originally derived from Latin aperire "to open", referring to the opening of flowers. It has only been commonly used as a given name since the 1940s.
ARCHERmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "bowman, archer", of Old French origin.
ARIAfEnglish
Means "song" or "melody" in Italian (literally means "air"). An aria is an elaborate vocal solo, the type usually performed in operas. As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century. It is not common in Italy.
ARTmEnglish
Short form of ARTHUR.
ASHm & fEnglish
Short form of ASHLEY. It can also come directly from the English word denoting either the tree or the residue of fire.
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.
ATLASmGreek Mythology
Possibly means "enduring" from Greek τλαω (tlao) meaning "to endure". In Greek mythology he was a Titan punished by Zeus by being forced to support the heavens on his shoulders.
AUGUSTmGerman, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Catalan, English
German, Polish, Scandinavian and Catalan form of AUGUSTUS.
AURAfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Finnish
From the word aura (derived from Latin, ultimately from Greek αυρα meaning "breeze") for a distinctive atmosphere or illumination.
AUREOLEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "radiant halo", ultimately derived from Latin aureolus "golden".
AUTUMNfEnglish
From the name of the season, ultimately from Latin autumnus. This name has been in general use since the 1960s.
AZALEAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, ultimately derived from Greek αζαλεος (azaleos) "dry".
AZUCENAfSpanish
Means "madonna lily" in Spanish.
AZUREfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word that means "sky blue". It is ultimately (via Old French, Latin and Arabic) from Persian لاجورد (lajvard) meaning "azure, lapis lazuli".
BAPTISTmGerman
German form of BAPTISTE. It is often paired with the name Johann, in honour of Saint John the Baptist.
BARIŞmTurkish
Means "peace" in Turkish.
BASIL (1)mEnglish
From the Greek name Βασιλειος (Basileios) which was derived from βασιλευς (basileus) meaning "king". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name (in various spellings) has come into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.
BEAUmEnglish
Means "beautiful" in French. It has been occasionally used as an American given name since the late 19th century. It appears in Margaret Mitchell's novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936) as the name of Ashley and Melanie's son.
BEEfEnglish
Short form of BEATRIX and other names beginning with B.
BERRY (2)fEnglish (Rare)
From the English word referring to the small fruit. It is ultimately derived from Old English berie. This name has only been in use since the 20th century.
BERYLfEnglish
From the English word for the clear or pale green precious stone, ultimately deriving from Sanskrit. As a given name, it first came into use in the 19th century.
BESTEfTurkish
Means "melody" in Turkish.
BETONYfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the minty medicinal herb.
BILLmEnglish
Short form of WILLIAM. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been influenced by an earlier Irish pronunciation of the name. Famous bearers include basketball player Bill Russell (1934-), comedian Bill Cosby (1937-), American president Bill Clinton (1946-), and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (1955-).
BISHOPmEnglish
Either from the English occupational surname, or else directly from the English word. It is ultimately derived from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos) "overseer".
BLAZEmEnglish (Modern)
Modern variant of BLAISE influenced by the English word blaze.
BLOSSOMfEnglish
From the English word blossom, ultimately from Old English blóstm. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
BOOKERmEnglish
From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books". A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.
BRAN (1)mIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran was a mariner who was involved in several adventures.
BRANDYfEnglish
From the English word brandy for the alcoholic drink. It is ultimately from Dutch brandewijn "burnt wine". It has been in use as a given name since the 1960s.
BRIARm & fEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the thorny plant.
BRITANNIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the Latin name of the island of Britain, in occasional use as an English given name since the 18th century. This is also the name of the Roman female personification of Britain pictured on some British coins.
BROOKm & fEnglish
From an English surname which denoted one who lived near a brook.
BRYONYfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a type of Eurasian vine, formerly used as medicine. It ultimately derives from Greek βρυω (bryo) "to swell".
BUCKmEnglish
From an English nickname meaning simply "buck, male deer", ultimately from Old English bucc.
BUDmEnglish
Short form of BUDDY.
BUDDYmEnglish
From the English word meaning "friend". It probably originated as a nursery form of the word brother.
BUNNYfEnglish
Diminutive of BERENICE.
BURGUNDYfEnglish (Rare)
This name can refer either to the region in France, the wine (which derives from the name of the region), or the colour (which derives from the name of the wine).
CADENCEfEnglish (Modern)
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow". It has been in use only since the 20th century.
CALANTHEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a type of orchid, ultimately meaning "beautiful flower", derived from Greek καλος (kalos) "beautiful" and ανθος (anthos) "flower".
CALLAfEnglish
From the name of a type of lily. Use of the name may also be inspired by Greek καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty".
CAMELLIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flowering shrub, which was named for the botanist and missionary Georg Josef Kamel.
CANDYfEnglish
Diminutive of CANDACE. It is also influenced by the English word candy.
CAPRICEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "impulse", ultimately (via French) from Italian capriccio.
CARAfEnglish
From an Italian word meaning "beloved". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century, though it did not become popular until after the 1950s.
CAROL (1)f & mEnglish
Short form of CAROLINE. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from CAROLUS. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word, which means "song" or "hymn".
CARVERmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which meant "wood carver".
CASHmEnglish
From an English occupational surname for a box maker, derived from Norman French casse meaning "case". A famous bearer of the surname was American musician Johnny Cash (1932-2003).
CASSIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of CASSIUS.
CATf & mEnglish
Diminutive of CATHERINE. It can also be a nickname from the English word for the animal.
CEDARf & mEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the coniferous tree, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κεδρος (kedros).
CELANDINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which derives from Greek χελιδων (chelidon) "swallow (bird)".
CELESTEf & mItalian, English
Italian feminine and masculine form of CAELESTIS. It is also the English feminine form.
CHALICEfEnglish (Rare)
Means simply "chalice, goblet" from the English word, derived from Latin calix.
CHANCEmEnglish
Originally a diminutive of CHAUNCEY. It is now usually given in reference to the English word chance meaning "luck, fortune" (ultimately derived from Latin cadens "falling").
CHARISMAfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "personal magnetism", ultimately derived from Greek χαρις (charis) "grace, kindness".
CHARITYfEnglish
From the English word charity, ultimately derived from Late Latin caritas meaning "generous love", from Latin carus "dear, beloved". Caritas was in use as a Roman Christian name. The English name Charity came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation.
CHASEmEnglish
From a surname meaning "chase, hunt" in Middle English, originally a nickname for a huntsman.
CHASTITYfEnglish
From the English word chastity, which is ultimately from Latin castus "pure". It was borne by the daughter of Sonny Bono and Cher, which probably led to the name's increase in popularity during the 1970s.
CHERIEfEnglish
Derived from French chérie meaning "darling". In America, Cherie came into use shortly after the variant Sherry, and has not been as common.
CHERISHfEnglish
From the English word meaning "to treasure".
CHERRYfEnglish
Simply means "cherry" from the name of the fruit. It can also be a diminutive of CHARITY. It has been in use since the late 19th century.
CHIPmEnglish
Diminutive of CHARLES or CHRISTOPHER. It can also be from a nickname given in reference to the phrase a chip off the old block, used of a son who is similar to his father.
CHRISTIANmEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the medieval Latin name Christianus meaning "a Christian" (see CHRISTOS). In England it has been in use since the Middle Ages, during which time it was used by both males and females, but it did not become common until the 17th century. In Denmark the name has been borne by ten kings since the 15th century. A famous bearer was Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), the Danish author of such fairy tales as 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Emperor's New Clothes'.
CHRISTMASm & fEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the holiday, which means "Christ festival".
CLARITYfEnglish (Rare)
Simply means "clarity, lucidity" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clarus "clear".
CLAYmEnglish
From an English surname that originally referred to a person who lived near or worked with clay. This name can also be a short form of CLAYTON.
CLEMATISfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for a type of flowering vine, ultimately derived from Greek κλημα (klema) "twig, branch".
CLEMENCYfEnglish (Rare)
Medieval variant of CLEMENCE. It can also simply mean "clemency, mercy" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clemens "merciful".
CLIFFmEnglish
Short form of CLIFFORD or CLIFTON.
CLOVERfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the wild flower, ultimately deriving from Old English clafre.
COLUMBINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a variety of flower. It is also an English form of COLOMBINA, the pantomime character.
COMFORTfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word comfort, ultimately from Latin confortare "to strengthen greatly", a derivative of fortis "strong". It was used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation.
CONSTANTmFrench, English (Rare)
From the Late Latin name CONSTANS. It was also used by the Puritans as a vocabulary name, from the English word constant.
CORALfEnglish, Spanish
From the English and Spanish word coral for the underwater skeletal deposits which can form reefs. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κοραλλιον (korallion).
CORIANDERfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the spice, also called cilantro, which may ultimately be of Phoenician origin (via Latin and Greek).
COYmEnglish
From a surname which meant "quiet, shy, coy" from Middle English coi.
CROCIFISSAfItalian
Means "crucifix" in Italian.
CRYSTALfEnglish
From the English word crystal for the clear, colourless glass, sometimes cut into the shape of a gemstone. The English word derives ultimately from Greek κρυσταλλος (krystallos) meaning "ice". It has been in use as a given name since the 19th century.
CYANf & mEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "greenish blue", ultimately derived from Greek κυανος (kyanos).
DAFFODILfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, ultimately derived from Dutch de affodil meaning "the asphodel".
DAHLIAfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the flower, which was named for the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl.
DAISYfEnglish
Simply from the English word for the white flower, ultimately derived from Old English dægeseage meaning "day eye". It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.
DALEm & fEnglish
From an English surname which originally belonged to a person who lived near a dale or valley.
DAWNfEnglish
From the English word dawn, ultimately derived from Old English dagung.
DEACONmEnglish (Modern)
Either from the occupational surname Deacon or directly from the vocabulary word deacon, which refer to a cleric in the Christian church (ultimately from Greek διακονος (diakonos) meaning "servant").
DEANmEnglish
From a surname, see DEAN (1) and DEAN (2). The actor James Dean (1931-1955) was a famous bearer of the surname.
DELIGHTfEnglish (Rare)
Means simply "delight, happiness" from the English word.
DELLm & fEnglish
From an English surname which originally denoted a person who lived in a dell or valley.
DENmEnglish
Short form of DENNIS.
DERBYmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of DARBY.
DESTINYfEnglish
Means simply "destiny, fate" from the English word, ultimately from Latin destinare "to determine", a derivative of stare "to stand". It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world only since the last half of the 20th century.
DIAMONDfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word diamond for the clear colourless precious stone, the birthstone of April. It is derived from Late Latin diamas, from Latin adamas, which is of Greek origin meaning "invincible, untamed".
DIANTHAfDutch, English (Rare)
From dianthus, the name of a type of flower (ultimately from Greek meaning "heavenly flower").
DICK (1)mEnglish
Medieval diminutive of RICHARD. The change in the initial consonant is said to have been caused by the way the trilled Norman R was pronounced by the English.
DIRKmDutch, German, English
Short form of DIEDERIK. The name was popularized in the English-speaking world by actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who had some Dutch ancestry. This is also the Scots word for a type of dagger.
DOTfEnglish
Diminutive of DOROTHY.
DOTTYfEnglish
Diminutive of DOROTHY.
DOVmHebrew
Means "bear" in Hebrew.
DOVEfEnglish
From the English word for the variety of bird, seen as a symbol of peace.
DRAKEmEnglish
From an English surname derived from the Old Norse byname Draki or the Old English byname Draca both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δρακων (drakon) meaning "dragon, serpent". This name coincides with the unrelated English word drake meaning "male duck".
DREWmEnglish
Short form of ANDREW.
DUKEmEnglish
From the noble title duke, which was originally derived from Latin dux "leader".
DUSTYm & fEnglish
From a nickname originally given to people perceived as being dusty. It is also used a diminutive of DUSTIN. A famous bearer was British singer Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), who acquired her nickname as a child.
DUTCHmEnglish
From a nickname given to Americans of German descent. It is derived from Deutsch, the German word for the German people.
EARLmEnglish
From the aristocratic title, which derives from Old English eorl "nobleman, warrior". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
EARNESTmEnglish
Variant of ERNEST influenced by the spelling of the English word earnest.
EASTERfEnglish
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.
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.
ECHOfGreek Mythology
Means "echo" from the word for the repeating reflected sound, which derives from Greek ηχη (eche) "sound". In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.
ELLEfEnglish (Modern)
Diminutive of ELEANOR and other names beginning with El. This name can also be given in reference to the French pronoun elle meaning "she".
ELMERmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the Old English name ÆÐELMÆR. In the United States it is sometimes given in honour of brothers Jonathan (1745-1817) and Ebenezer Elmer (1752-1843), who were active in early American politics.
EMERALDfEnglish (Modern)
From the word for the green precious stone, which is the birthstone of May. The emerald supposedly imparts love to the bearer. The word is ultimately from Greek σμαραγδος (smaragdos).
EPIPHANYfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the Christian festival (January 6) which commemorates the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. It is also an English word meaning "sudden appearance" or "sudden perception", ultimately deriving from Greek επιφανεια (epiphaneia) "manifestation".
EROLmTurkish
Means "brave" in Turkish.
ESPERANZAfSpanish
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Sperantia which was derived from sperare "to hope".
ESSENCEfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word essence which means either "odour, scent" or else "fundamental quality". Ultimately it derives from Latin esse "to be".
ESTRELLAfSpanish
Spanish form of STELLA (1), coinciding with the Spanish word meaning "star".
FAITHfEnglish
Simply from the English word faith, ultimately from Latin fidere "to trust". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
FANCYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word fancy which means either "like, love, inclination" or "ornamental". It is derived from Middle English fantasie, which comes (via Norman French and Latin) from Greek φαινω (phaino) "to show, to appear".
FAWNfEnglish
From the English word fawn for a young deer.
FELICIDADfSpanish
Spanish form of FELICITAS. It also means "happiness" in Spanish.
FELICITYfEnglish
From the English word felicity meaning "happiness", which ultimately derives from Latin felicitas "good luck". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans around the 17th century. It can sometimes be used as an English form of the Latin name FELICITAS. This name was revived in the late 1990s after the appearance of the television series 'Felicity'.
FERNfEnglish
From the English word for the plant, ultimately from Old English fearn. It has been used as a given name since the late 19th century.
FFIONfWelsh
Means "foxglove" in Welsh.
FIFEmScottish
From a Scottish place name which was formerly the name of a kingdom in Scotland. It is said to be named for the legendary Pictish hero Fib.
FLETCHERmEnglish
From a surname meaning "maker of arrows" in Middle English, ultimately from Old French flechier.
FLICKfEnglish
Diminutive of FELICITY.
FLIPmDutch
Diminutive of FILIP.
FLOWERfEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word flower for the blossoming plant. It is derived (via Old French) from Latin flos.
FORDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "ford" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the American industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947).
FORESTmEnglish
Variant of FORREST, or else directly from the English word forest.
FORTUNEfEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word fortune, ultimately from Latin fortuna, a derivative of fors "luck".
FOSTER (1)mEnglish
From an English surname which has several different origins: see FOSTER (1), FOSTER (2), FOSTER (3) and FOSTER (4).
FOXmEnglish (Rare)
Either from the English word fox or the surname Fox, which originally given as a nickname. The surname was borne by George Fox (1624-1691), the founder of the Quakers.
GAGEmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname of Old French origin meaning either "measure", originally denoting one who was an assayer, or "pledge", referring to a moneylender. It was popularized as a given name by a character from the book 'Pet Sematary' (1983) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1989).
GAL (1)f & mHebrew
Means "wave" in Hebrew.
GALE (1)fEnglish
Variant of GAIL.
GALE (2)mEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from Middle English gaile "jovial".
GARDENfBasque
Means "transparent, clear" in Basque.
GARLANDmEnglish
From a surname meaning "triangle land" from Old English gara and land. The surname originally belonged to a person who owned a triangle-shaped piece of land.
GARNET (1)fEnglish
From the English word garnet for the precious stone, the birthstone of January. The word is derived from Middle English gernet meaning "dark red".
GAYfEnglish
From the English word gay meaning "gay, happy". By the mid-20th century the word had acquired the additional meaning of "homosexual", and the name has subsequently dropped out of use.
GIOIAfItalian
Means "joy" in Italian.
GLORYfEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word glory, ultimately from Latin gloria.
GRACEfEnglish
From the English word grace, which ultimately derives from Latin gratia. This was one of the virtue names created in the 17th century by the Puritans. The actress Grace Kelly (1929-1982) was a famous bearer.
GRANTmEnglish, Scottish
From an English and Scottish surname which was derived from Norman French grand meaning "great, large". A famous bearer of the surname was Ulysses Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War who later served as president. In America the name has often been given in his honour.
GRAYm & fEnglish
From an English surname meaning "grey", originally given to a person who had grey hair or clothing.
GREYm & fEnglish (Rare)
Variant of GRAY.
GRIFFINmEnglish
Latinized form of GRUFFUDD. This name can also be inspired by the English word griffin, a creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, ultimately from Greek γρυψ (gryps).
HALE (2)mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "nook, retreat" from Old English healh.
HALLmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old English heall "manor, hall", originally belonging to a person who lived or worked in a manor.
HAPPYf & mEnglish (Rare)
From the English word happy.
HARDYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Middle English hardi "brave, hardy".
HARMONYfEnglish
From the English word harmony, ultimately deriving from Greek ‘αρμονια (harmonia).
HARPERf & mEnglish
From an Old English surname which originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps. A notable bearer was the American author Harper Lee (1926-2016), who wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.
HAVENf & mEnglish
From the English word for a safe place, derived ultimately from Old English hæfen.
HAZANfTurkish
Means "autumn" in Turkish.
HAZEfEnglish (Rare)
Short form of HAZEL.
HAZELfEnglish
From the English word hazel for the tree or the light brown colour, derived ultimately from Old English hæsel. It was coined as a given name in the 19th century.
HEATHmEnglish
From an English surname which denoted one who lived on a heath. It was popularized as a given name by the character Heath Barkley from the 1960s television series 'The Big Valley'.
HEATHERfEnglish
From the English word heather for the variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky areas. It is derived from Middle English hather. It was first used as a given name in the late 19th century, though it did not become popular until the last half of the 20th century.
HEAVENfEnglish (Modern)
From the English vocabulary word meaning "paradise".
HERBmEnglish
Short form of HERBERT.
HERONmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘ηρως (heros) meaning "hero". This was the name of a 1st-century Greek inventor (also known as Hero) from Alexandria.
HERSHmYiddish
Means "deer" in Yiddish. The deer is particularly associated with the tribe of Naphtali (see Genesis 49:21).
HOLLYfEnglish
From the English word for the holly tree, ultimately derived from Old English holen.
HONEYfEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word honey, ultimately from Old English hunig. This was originally a nickname for a sweet person.
HONORfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of HONOUR, using the American spelling.
HONOURfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word honour, which is of Latin origin. This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century. It can also be viewed as a form of HONORIA or HONORATA, which are ultimately derived from the same source.
HOPEfEnglish
From the English word hope, ultimately from Old English hopian. This name was first used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
HUNTERm & fEnglish
From an occupational English surname for a hunter, derived from Old English hunta. A famous bearer was the eccentric American journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005).
HYACINTH (2)fEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower (or the precious stone which also bears this name), ultimately from Greek ‘υακινθος (hyakinthos).
IBTISAMfArabic
Means "smile" in Arabic.
IMANIf & mEastern African, Swahili, African American
Means "faith" in Swahili, ultimately of Arabic origin.
INDIAfEnglish
From the name of the country, which is itself derived from the name of the Indus River. The river's name is ultimately from Sanskrit सिन्धु (Sindhu) meaning "body of trembling water, river".
INDIGOf & mEnglish (Rare)
From the English word indigo for the purplish-blue dye or the colour. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ινδικον (Indikon) "Indic, from India".
IRISfGreek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Greek
Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.
IVORYm & fAfrican American
From the English word for the hard, creamy-white substance which comes from elephant tusks and was formerly used to produce piano keys.
IZOTZmBasque
Means "ice" in Basque.
JACINTHfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the orange precious stone, originating from the same source as Hyacinth.
JADEf & mEnglish, French
From the name of the precious stone that is often used in carvings. It is derived from Spanish (piedra de la) ijada meaning "(stone of the) flank", relating to the belief that jade could cure renal colic. As a given name, it came into general use during the 1970s. It was initially unisex, though it is now mostly feminine.
JASMINEfEnglish, French
From the English word for the climbing plant with fragrant flowers which is used for making perfumes. It is derived from Persian یاسمن (yasamen) (which is also a Persian name).
JASPERmEnglish, Dutch, Judeo-Christian Legend
Means "treasurer" in Persian. This name was traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus. It has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since the Middle Ages. The name can also be given in reference to the English word for the gemstone.
JAVANmBiblical
Means "Greece" in Hebrew, possibly related to ION (2). In the Old Testament this is the name of a grandson of Noah and the ancestor of the Greek peoples.
JAY (1)mEnglish
Short form of names beginning with the sound J, such as JAMES or JASON. It was originally used in America in honour of founding father John Jay (1749-1825), whose surname was derived from the jaybird.
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).
JEWELf & mEnglish
In part from the English word jewel, a precious stone, derived from Old French jouel, which was possibly related to jeu "game". It is also in part from the surname Jewel or Jewell (a derivative of the Breton name JUDICAËL), which was sometimes used in honour of the 16th-century bishop of Salisbury John Jewel. It has been in use as a given name since the 19th century.
JOBmBiblical, Biblical French, Dutch
From the Hebrew name אִיּוֹב ('Iyyov) which means "persecuted, hated". In the Book of Job in the Old Testament he is a righteous man who is tested by God, enduring many tragedies and hardships while struggling to remain faithful.
JOEYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of JOSEPH. It is occasionally used as a feminine diminutive of JOSEPHINE or JOHANNA.
JONQUILfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower, derived ultimately from Latin iuncus "reed".
JOYfEnglish
Simply from the English word joy, ultimately derived from Norman French joie, Latin gaudia. It has been regularly used as a given name since the late 19th century.
JULYfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the month, which was originally named for Julius Caesar.
JUNEfEnglish
From the name of the month, which was originally derived from the name of the Roman goddess Juno. It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
JUNIORmEnglish
From a nickname which was originally used for a boy who had the same name as his father.
JUNIPERfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of tree, derived ultimately from Latin iuniperus.
JUSTICEm & fEnglish
From an occupational surname which meant "judge, officer of justice" in Old French. This name can also be given in direct reference to the English word justice.
KESTRELfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the bird of prey, ultimately derived from Old French crecelle "rattle", which refers to the sound of its cry.
KIMIMELAfNative American, Sioux
Means "butterfly" in Lakota.
KINGmEnglish
From a nickname which derives from the English word king, ultimately from Old English cyning.
KITm & fEnglish
Diminutive of CHRISTOPHER or KATHERINE. A notable bearer was Kit Carson (1809-1868), an American frontiersman and explorer.
KITTYfEnglish
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
LACYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Lassy, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name which was Latinized as Lascius.
LAKEm & fEnglish (Rare)
From the English word lake, for the inland body of water. It is ultimately derived from Latin lacus.
LALAfBulgarian
From a South Slavic word meaning "tulip". It is derived via Turkish from Persian لاله (laleh).
LANCEmEnglish
From the Germanic name Lanzo, originally a short form of names that began with the element land meaning "land". During the Middle Ages it became associated with Old French lance "spear, lance". A famous bearer is American cyclist Lance Armstrong (1971-).
LANEmEnglish
From a surname meaning "lane, path" which originally belonged to a person who lived near a lane.
LARKfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of songbird.
LAURELfEnglish
From the name of the laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus.
LAVENDERfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the aromatic flower or the pale purple colour.
LAWmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LIBERTYfEnglish
Simply from the English word liberty, derived from Latin libertas, a derivative of liber "free". Interestingly, since 1880 this name has charted on the American popularity lists in three different periods: in 1918 (at the end of World War I), in 1976 (the American bicentennial), and after 2001 (during the War on Terrorism).
LILACfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the shrub with purple or white flowers. It is derived via Arabic from Persian.
LILYfEnglish
From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.
LINNAEAfEnglish (Rare)
From the word for the type of flower, also called the twinflower (see LINNÉA).
LINNETfEnglish (Rare)
Either a variant of LYNETTE or else from the name of the small bird, a type of finch.
LOTUSfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the lotus flower (species Nelumbo nucifera) or the mythological lotus tree. They are ultimately derived from Greek λωτος (lotos). In Greek and Roman mythology the lotus tree was said to produce a fruit causing sleepiness and forgetfulness.
LOVE (2)fEnglish
Simply from the English word love, derived from Old English lufu.
LUCKYm & fEnglish, Indian, Hindi
From a nickname given to a lucky person. It is also sometimes used as a diminutive of LUKE.
LYKKEfDanish
Means "good fortune, happiness" in Danish.
LYRICfEnglish (Modern)
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).
MAGNOLIAfEnglish
From the English word magnolia for the flower, which was named for the French botanist Pierre Magnol.
MAJORmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from the given name Mauger, an Old French form of the Germanic name Malger meaning "council spear". The name can also be given in reference to the English word major.
MAREfEstonian, Slovene, Macedonian, Croatian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with Mar.
MARIGOLDfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which comes from a combination of MARY and the English word gold.
MARLINmEnglish
Possibly a variant of MERLIN.
MARTENmDutch
Dutch form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTINmEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Finnish
From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. He was a favourite saint during the Middle Ages, and his name has become common throughout the Christian world.... [more]
MASONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "stoneworker", from an Old French word of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").
MAYfEnglish
Derived from the name of the month of May, which derives from Maia, the name of a Roman goddess. May is also another name of the hawthorn flower. It is also used as a diminutive of MARY, MARGARET or MABEL.
MEADOWfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word meadow, ultimately from Old English mædwe.
MELODYfEnglish
From the English word melody, which is derived (via Old French and Late Latin) from Greek μελος (melos) "song" combined with αειδω (aeido) "to sing".
MERCYfEnglish
From the English word mercy, ultimately from Latin merces "wages, reward", a derivative of merx "goods, wares". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
MERIT (1)mEnglish (Rare)
Either a variant of MERRITT or else simply from the English word merit, ultimately from Latin meritus "deserving".
MERLEf & mEnglish
Variant of MERRILL or MURIEL. The spelling has been influenced by the word merle meaning "blackbird" (via French, from Latin merula).
MERRY (1)fEnglish
From the English word merry, ultimately from Old English myrge. This name appears in Charles Dickens' novel 'Martin Chuzzlewit' (1844), where it is a diminutive of MERCY.
MERRY (2)mLiterature
The name of a hobbit in J. R. R. Tolkien's novel 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954). His full given name was Meriadoc, a semi-translation into English of his true hobbit name Kalimac meaning "jolly, merry".
MICAfEnglish
Short form of MICHAELA.
MIRACLEfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word miracle for an extraordinary event, ultimately deriving from Latin miraculum "wonder, marvel".
MISTYfEnglish
From the English word misty, ultimately derived from Old English. The jazz song 'Misty' (1954) by Erroll Garner may have helped popularize the name.
MODESTYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word modesty, ultimately from Latin modestus "moderate", a derivative of modus "measure".
MONDAYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the day of the week, which was derived from Old English mona "moon" and dæg "day". This was formerly given to girls born on Monday.
MONTEmEnglish
Either a diminutive of MONTGOMERY or from the Spanish or Italian vocabulary word meaning "mountain".
MORDADfPersian Mythology
Modern Persian form of AMORDAD. This is the name of the fifth month in the Iranian calendar.
MYRTLEfEnglish
Simply from the English word myrtle for the evergreen shrub, ultimately from Greek μυρτος (myrtos). It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.
NANNYfEnglish
Diminutive of ANNE (1).
NARIfKorean
Means "lily" in Korean.
NEWTmEnglish
Short form of NEWTON.
NOBLEmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "noble, notable". The name can also be given in direct reference to the English word noble.
NOVAfEnglish
Derived from Latin novus meaning "new". It was first used as a name in the 19th century.
OCEANm & fEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word ocean for a large body of water. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ωκεανος (Okeanos), the name of the body of water thought to surround the Earth.
ODEmMedieval English
Medieval English form of Odo (see OTTO).
OLIVEfEnglish
From the English word for the type of tree, ultimately derived from Latin oliva.
OPALfEnglish
From the English word opal for the iridescent gemstone, the birthstone of October. The word ultimately derives from Sanskrit उपल (upala) meaning "jewel".
OPHRAHmBiblical
Means "fawn" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of both a man mentioned in genealogies and a city in Manasseh.
ORm & fHebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
PACEmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the Middle English word pace meaning "peace".
PAGEmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of PAIGE.
PANSYfEnglish
From the English word for a type of flower, ultimately deriving from Old French pensee "thought".
PASTORmSpanish, Late Roman
From a Late Latin name meaning "shepherd". This was the name of at least three saints.
PATIENCEfEnglish
From the English word patience, ultimately from Latin patientia, a derivative of pati "to suffer". This was one of the virtue names coined by the Puritans in the 17th century.
PEACEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word peace, ultimately derived from Latin pax.
PEARLfEnglish
From the English word pearl for the concretions formed in the shells of some mollusks, ultimately from Late Latin perla. Like other gemstone names, it has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. The pearl is the birthstone for June, and it supposedly imparts health and wealth.
PENfEnglish
Short form of PENELOPE.
PENNYfEnglish
Diminutive of PENELOPE.
PEONYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower. It was originally believed to have healing qualities, so it was named after the Greek medical god Pæon.
PETUNIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, derived ultimately from a Tupi (South American) word.
PHOENIXm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird which appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years. The name of the bird was derived from Greek φοινιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".
PIERCEmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name PIERS.
PIETYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "piety, devoutness". This was a rare virtue name used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
PIPERfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute). It was popularized as a given name by a character from the television series 'Charmed', which debuted in 1998.
PLACIDmEnglish (Rare)
English form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
POPPYfEnglish (British)
From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English popæg.
PORTERmEnglish
From an occupational English surname meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.
POSYfEnglish
Diminutive of JOSEPHINE. It can also be inspired by the English word posy for a bunch of flowers.
PRAISEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word praise, which is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Late Latin preciare, a derivative of Latin pretium "price, worth".
PRECIOUSfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word precious, ultimately derived from Latin pretiosus, a derivative of Latin pretium "price, worth".
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