Various Names

These names do not "belong" to any one culture. They are put here because they cannot be categorized anywhere else.
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ALLEGRIAfVarious
Means "cheerfulness, joy" in Italian.
ALTAfVarious
Possibly from Latin altus or Italian/Spanish alto meaning "high".
AMARANTHAfVarious
From the name of the amaranth flower, which is derived from Greek αμαραντος (amarantos) meaning "unfading". Αμαραντος (Amarantos) was also an Ancient Greek given name.
APHRAfVarious
Meaning uncertain; possibly a variant of AFRA (1), or possibly a variant of Aphrah, a biblical place name meaning "dust". This name was born by the English writer Aphra Behn (1640-1689).
ARCADIAfVarious
Feminine form of ARCADIUS. This is the name of a region on the Greek Peloponnese, long idealized for its natural beauty.
ASHANTIf & mVarious
From the name of an African people who reside in southern Ghana. It possibly means "warlike" in the Twi language.
AYNfVarious
This name was assumed by Ayn Rand (1905-1982), originally named Alice Rosenbaum, a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She apparently based it on a Finnish name she had heard, but never seen written.
BERLINfVarious
From the name of the city in Germany, which is of uncertain meaning.
BIJOUfVarious
Means "jewel" in French.
CAMBRIAfVarious
Latin form of the Welsh Cymru, the Welsh name for the country of Wales, derived from cymry meaning "the people". It is occasionally used as a given name in modern times.
CAPRINAfVarious
From the name of the Italian island of Capri.
CARAMIAfVarious
From the Italian phrase cara mia meaning "my beloved".
CHARITAfVarious
Latinate form of CHARITY.
CIELfVarious
Means "sky" in French. It is not used as a given name in France itself.
COCOfVarious
Diminutive of names beginning with Co, influenced by the word cocoa. However, this was not the case for French fashion designer Coco Chanel (real name Gabrielle), whose nickname came from the name of a song she performed while working as a cabaret singer.
CONDOLEEZZAfVarious
In the case of American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it is derived from the Italian musical term con dolcezza meaning "with sweetness".
DAGNEYfVarious
Variant of DAGNY.
DEJAfVarious
Means "already" from the French phrase deja vu meaning "already seen".
EDSELmVarious
Variant of ETZEL notably borne by Edsel Ford (1893-1943), the son of the American industrialist Henry Ford.
ELIÁNmVarious
In the case of Elian Gonzalez it is a combination of ELIZABETH and JUAN (1), the names of his parents.
ELIDIfVarious
Meaning unknown, possibly of Greek or Welsh origin. It may have been inspired by the name of the Ηληδα (Ilida) Valley in western Greece.
ELYSIAfVarious
From Elysium, the name of the realm of the dead in Greek and Roman mythology, which means "blissful".
FERRERmVarious
From a surname which meant "blacksmith" in Catalan. This name is often given in honour of Saint Vicente Ferrer, a 14th-century missionary who is the patron saint of builders.
FIRENZEfVarious
From the name of an Italian city, commonly called Florence in English.
GENISTAfVarious
From the Latin name of the broom plant.
GETHSEMANEfVarious
From a biblical place name, the garden where Jesus was arrested, located on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. It is derived from Γεθσημανι (Gethsemani), the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "oil vat". It is very rarely used as a given name.
GORETTIfVarious
From the surname of Maria Goretti, a 20th-century Italian saint who forgave her murderer on her deathbed. Her surname was derived from the given name GREGORIO.
HALCYONfVarious
From the name of a genus of kingfisher birds, derived from Greek αλκυων (from the same source as Alcyone).
HERKmVarious
Short form of HERCULES.
IANTHAfVarious
Variant of IANTHE.
IOLANTHEfVarious
Probably a variant of YOLANDA influenced by the Greek words ιολη (iole) "violet" and ανθος (anthos) "flower". This name was (first?) used by Gilbert and Sullivan in their comic opera 'Iolanthe' (1882).
JEUNESSEfVarious
Means "youth" in French. It is not used as a given name in France itself.
JUNÍPEROmVarious
This was the name assumed by the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan monk Miguel José Serra, a missionary to California. He named himself after one of Saint Francis's companions, who was named from Latin iuniperus "juniper".
KAISERmVarious
German form of the Roman title Caesar (see CAESAR). It is not used as a given name in Germany itself.
KOBE (2)mVarious
From the name of the city in Japan. The parents of basketball player Kobe Bryant (1978-) chose this name after seeing Kobe beef (which is from the Japanese city) on a menu.
KOHINOORfVarious
From Koh-i-noor, the name of a famous gemstone, meaning "mountain of light" in Persian.
LUXf & mVarious
Derived from Latin lux meaning "light".
MÄDCHENfVarious
Means "girl" in German. It is not used as a name in Germany itself.
MELIORAfVarious
Derived from Latin melior meaning "better".
MELITAfVarious
In the case of Queen Victoria's granddaughter Princess Victoria Melita (1876-1936) it was derived from Melita, the Latin name of the island country of Malta, where she was born.
MONETf & mVarious
From a French surname which was derived from either HAMON or EDMOND. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
NEO (2)mVarious
From the prefix meaning "new", ultimately derived from Greek νεος (neos).
NUBIAfVarious
From the name of the ancient region and kingdom in Africa, south of Egypt. It possibly derives from the Egyptian word nbw meaning "gold".
NYALAfVarious
From the name of a type of African antelope, ultimately derived from the Bantu word nyálà.
NYSSAfVarious
From the name of an ancient town of Asia Minor where Saint Gregory was bishop. Nyssa is also the genus name of a type of tree, also called the Tupelo.
ODESSAfVarious
From the name of a Ukrainian city that sits on the north coast of the Black Sea. This name can also be used as a feminine form of ODYSSEUS.
OMEGAm & fVarious
From the name of the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Ω. It is often seen as a symbol of completion.
OPRAHfVarious
In the case of television personality Oprah Winfrey, it was a childhood mispronunciation of her real name ORPAH that became permanent.
OUIDAfVarious
Used by the English author Ouida (1839-1908), born Marie Louise Ramé to a French father. Ouida was a pseudonym that arose from her own childhood pronunciation of her middle name LOUISE.
PARIS (2)fVarious
From the name of the capital city of France, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.
RIO (1)mVarious
Means "river" in Spanish or Portuguese. A city in Brazil bears this name. Its full name is Rio de Janeiro, which means "river of January", so named because the first explorers came to the harbour in January and mistakenly thought it was a river mouth.
ROMA (2)fVarious
From the name of the Italian city, commonly called Rome in English.
SARAVAmVarious
From a phrase used by members of the Candomblé religion (an African religion which was taken to Brazil by African slaves) which means "good luck".
SHEKINAHfVarious
From the Hebrew word שׁכִינה (shekhinah) which means "God's manifested glory" or "God's presence". This word does not appear in the Bible, but later Jewish scholars used it to refer to the dwelling place of God, especially the Temple in Jerusalem.
SOLEILfVarious
Means "sun" in French. It is not commonly used as a name in France itself.
THELONIUSmVarious
Latinized form of Tielo (see TILO). A famous bearer was jazz musician Thelonious Monk (1917-1982).
TIERRAfVarious
Means "earth" in Spanish.
TIVOLIm & fVarious
From the name of a picturesque Italian town, used as a summer resort by the ancient Romans.
VALENCIAfVarious
From the name of cities in Spain and Venezuela, both derived from Latin valentia meaning "strength, vigour".
VALKYRIEfVarious
Means "chooser of the slain", derived from Old Norse valr "the slain" and kyrja "chooser". In Norse myth the Valkyries were maidens who led heroes killed in battle to Valhalla.
VERONAfVarious
From the name of the city in Italy, which is itself of unknown meaning.
ZONAfVarious
Means "girdle, belt" in Greek. This name was made popular by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Zona Gale.