Previous Names of the Day

GERTRUDE   f   English, German, Dutch Apr 17th
Means "spear of strength", derived from the Germanic elements ger "spear" and thrud "strength". Saint Gertrude the Great was a 13th-century nun and mystic writer. It was probably introduced to England by settlers from the Low Countries in the 15th century.

AMATERASU   f   Far Eastern Mythology Apr 16th
Means "shining over heaven", from Japanese 天 (ama) "heaven, sky" and 照 (terasu) "shine". This was the name of the Japanese sun goddess, the ruler of the heavens. At one time the Japanese royal family claimed descent from her.

MARLENE   f   German, English Apr 15th
Blend of MARIA and MAGDALENE. It refers, therefore, to Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament. The name was popularized by the German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), whose real name was Maria Magdalene von Losch.

UMAR   m   Arabic Apr 14th
Means "populous, flourishing", derived from Arabic عمر ('umr) "life". Umar was a companion and strong supporter of 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.

CLARE   f   English Apr 13th
Medieval English form of CLARA. This is also the name of an Irish county, which was originally named for the Norman invader Richard de Clare (known as Strongbow), whose surname was derived from the name of an English river.

OPHRAH   m   Biblical Apr 12th
Means "fawn" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of both a man mentioned in genealogies and a city in Manasseh.

RYAN   m   Irish, English Apr 11th
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Riain meaning "descendent of Rían". The given name Rían probably means "little king" (from Irish "king" combined with a diminutive suffix).