Previous Names of the Day

HENRY   m   English Aug 29th
From the Germanic name Heimirich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler". It was later commonly spelled Heinrich, with the spelling altered due to the influence of other Germanic names like Haganrich, in which the first element is hagan "enclosure".

SIMEON   m   Biblical, Bulgarian, Serbian Aug 28th
From the Hebrew name Shim'on (see SIMON). In the Old Testament this is the name of the second son of Jacob and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. In the New Testament this is the name of a man who blessed the newborn Jesus. It was also borne by a powerful 10th-century ruler of Bulgaria.

PILAR   f   Spanish Aug 27th
Means "pillar" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María del Pilar, meaning "Mary of the Pillar". According to legend, when Saint James the Greater was in Saragossa in Spain, the Virgin Mary appeared on a pillar.

GILBERT   m   English, French, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic Aug 26th
Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic elements gisil "pledge, hostage" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.

SHAKUNTALA   f   Indian Aug 25th
Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta) meaning "bird". This is the name of the main character in the 5th-century play 'Abhijnanashakuntalam' by Kalidasa. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta.

WILLIAM   m   English Aug 24th
From the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements wil "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection". Saint William of Gellone was an 8th-century cousin of Charlemagne who became a monk.

DELIA (1)   f   English, Italian, Spanish, Greek Mythology Aug 23rd
Means "of Delos" in Greek. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis, given because she and her twin brother Apollo were born on the island of Delos. The name appeared in several poems of the 16th and 17th centuries, and it has occasionally been used as a given name since that time.