Previous Names of the Day

COSMO   m   English Nov 22nd
English form of COSMAS. It was introduced to Britain in the 18th century by the second Scottish Duke of Gordon, who named his son and successor after his friend Cosimo III de' Medici.

AONGHUS   m   Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology Nov 21st
Possibly meaning "one strength" derived from Irish óen "one" and gus "force, strength, energy". Aonghus (sometimes surnamed Mac Og meaning "young son") was the Irish god of love and youth. The name was also borne by an 8th-century Pictish king and several Irish kings.

PADMAVATI   f   Indian, Hinduism Nov 20th
Means "possessing lotuses", derived from the Sanskrit word पद्म (padma) "lotus" combined with वती (vati) "possessing". This is the name of the foster-mother of the god Hindu Skanda.

DONATO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese Nov 19th
From the Late Latin name Donatus meaning "given". Several early saints had this name. The name was also borne by two Renaissance masters: the sculptor Donato di Niccolo di Bette Bardi (also known as Donatello), and the architect Donato Bramante.

INDRAJIT   m   Indian, Hinduism Nov 18th
Means "conqueror of Indra" from the name of the god INDRA combined with Sanskrit जित (jit) "conquering". In Hindu legend this is another name of Meghanada, the son of Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka. He was given this name by Brahma after he defeated Indra.

ÁLMOS   m   Hungarian Nov 17th
Means "sleepy, dreamy" in Hungarian. This was the name of the semi-legendary father of Árpád, the founder of the Hungarian state. Álmos's mother Emese supposedly had a dream in which a turul bird impregnated her and foretold that her son would be the father of a great nation.

MEDUSA   f   Greek Mythology (Latinized) Nov 16th
From the Greek Μεδουσα (Medousa), which was derived from μεδομαι (medomai) meaning "to plan, to contrive". In Greek myth this was the name of one of the three Gorgons, ugly women who had snakes for hair.