Previous Names of the Day

AJIT   m   Indian Apr 30th
Means "he who has not been conquered" or "invincible", from Sanskrit (a) "not" and जित (jita) "conquered". This is a name of the gods Shiva and Vishnu, and of a future Buddha.

RHIANNON   f   Welsh, English, Welsh Mythology Apr 29th
Probably derived from the old Celtic name Rigantona meaning "great queen". It is speculated that this was the name of an otherwise unattested Celtic goddess of fertility and the moon. The name Rhiannon appears later in Welsh legend in the Mabinogion, borne by the wife of Pwyll and the mother of Pryderi.

ODIN   m   Norse Mythology, English (Modern) Apr 28th
Anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn which was derived from óðr "inspiration, rage, frenzy". It ultimately developed from the early Germanic *Woðanaz. In Norse mythology Odin was the highest of the gods, presiding over art, war, wisdom and death. He resided in Valhalla, where warriors went after they were slain.

PHILIP   m   English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Biblical Apr 27th
From the Greek name Φιλιππος (Philippos) which means "friend of horses", composed of the elements φιλος (philos) "friend, lover" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse". This was the name of five kings of Macedon, including Philip II the father of Alexander the Great.

NAILA   f   Arabic Apr 26th
Feminine form of NAIL. This was the name of the wife of Uthman, the third caliph of the Muslims. She tried in vain to prevent a mob from murdering her husband, and had several fingers cut off in the process.

SHIVA (1)   m   Indian, Hinduism Apr 25th
Derived from Sanskrit शिव (shiva) meaning "benign, kind, auspicious". Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and restoration, the husband of the mother goddess Parvati. His aspect is usually terrifying, but it can also be gentle.

NEIL   m   Irish, Scottish, English Apr 24th
From the Gaelic name Niall, which is of disputed origin, possibly meaning "champion" or "cloud". This was the name of a semi-legendary 4th-century Irish king, Niall of the Nine Hostages. In the early Middle Ages the name was adopted by Viking raiders and settlers in Ireland in the form Njal.