EchoSketcher's Personal Name List

ARTURO

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Italian, Spanish

Pronounced: ahr-TOO-ro

Rating: 60% based on 3 votes

Italian and Spanish form of ARTHUR

ASİL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Turkish

Rating: 50% based on 3 votes

Means "noble" in Turkish.

ATLAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ατλας (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: AT-ləs (English)

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

Means "not enduring" from the Greek negative prefix α combined with τλαω (tlao) "to endure". In Greek mythology he was a Titan punished by Zeus by being forced to support the heavens on his shoulders.

BEATRIX

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Dutch, Late Roman

Pronounced: BEE-ə-triks (English), BE-ah-triks (German), BAY-ah-triks (Dutch)

Rating: 56% based on 9 votes

Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian. In England it became rare after the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the British author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), the creator of Peter Rabbit.

CAROL (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KER-əl, KAR-əl

Rating: 34% based on 7 votes

Short form of CAROLINE. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from CAROLUS. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word, which means "song" or "hymn".

CELYN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 26% based on 8 votes

Means "holly" in Welsh.

DAMHNAIT

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: DEV-nawt

Rating: 27% based on 6 votes

Means "fawn" from Gaelic damh "stag, ox" combined with a diminutive suffix.

DEREK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DER-ik

Rating: 56% based on 9 votes

From the older English name Dederick, which was in origin a Low German form of THEODORIC. It was imported to England from the Low Countries in the 15th century.

EURYDICE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Ευρυδικη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: yoo-RID-i-see (English)

Rating: 70% based on 1 vote

From the Greek Ευρυδικη (Eurydike) which meant "wide justice", derived from ευρυς (eurys) "wide" and δικη (dike) "justice". In Greek myth she was the wife of Orpheus. Her husband tried to rescue her from Hades, but he failed when he disobeyed the condition that he not look back upon her on their way out.

EVAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh, English

Pronounced: EV-ən (English)

Rating: 50% based on 9 votes

Anglicized form of Iefan, a Welsh form of JOHN.

FABIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: German, Dutch, Polish, History

Pronounced: FAH-bee-ahn (German, Dutch), FAH-byahn (Polish), FAY-bee-ən (English)

Rating: 47% based on 7 votes

From the Roman cognomen Fabianus, which was derived from FABIUS. Saint Fabian was a 3rd-century pope.

FLORIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: German, Polish, French

Pronounced: FLO-ree-ahn (German), FLAWR-yahn (Polish)

Rating: 75% based on 2 votes

From the Roman name Florianus, a derivative of FLORUS. Saint Florian, a martyr of the 3rd century, is the patron saint of Poland and Upper Austria.

FRANCESCA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Catalan

Pronounced: frahn-CHES-kah (Italian)

Rating: 63% based on 8 votes

Italian and Catalan feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).

GENEVRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Various

Rating: 80% based on 2 votes

Variant of GINEVRA

GLADYS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh, English

Pronounced: GLAD-is (English)

Rating: 90% based on 2 votes

From the old Welsh name Gwladus, possibly derived from gwlad "country". It has historically been used as a Welsh form of CLAUDIA. This name became popular outside of Wales after it was used in Ouida's novel 'Puck' (1870).

HELENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Finnish, Estonian, Slovene, Croatian, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: ‘Ελενη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: he-LE-nah (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish), hay-LAY-nah (Dutch)

Rating: 87% based on 3 votes

Latinate form of HELEN

HERMIONE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: ‘Ερμιονη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: hər-MIE-ə-nee (English)

Rating: 58% based on 9 votes

Derived from the name of the Greek messenger god HERMES. In Greek myth Hermione was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. This is also the name of the wife of Leontes in Shakespeare's play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610). It is now closely associated with the character Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series of books, first released in 1997.

HYACINTHE

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: French

Rating: 70% based on 1 vote

French masculine and feminine form of HYACINTHUS

JEREMY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Biblical

Pronounced: JER-ə-mee (English), JER-mee (English)

Rating: 59% based on 9 votes

Medieval English form of JEREMIAH, and the form used in some versions of the New Testament.

JOSEPHINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German

Pronounced: JO-sə-feen (English), yo-ze-FEE-nə (German)

Rating: 57% based on 9 votes

English and German form of JOSÉPHINE

JUDAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Biblical

Pronounced: JOO-dəs (English)

Rating: 19% based on 8 votes

From Ιουδας (Ioudas), the Greek form of JUDAH. Judas Iscariot is the apostle who betrays Jesus in the New Testament.

KATHERINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KATH-ə-rin, KATH-rin

Rating: 75% based on 2 votes

From the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). The etymology is debated: it could derive from the earlier Greek name ‘Εκατερινη (Hekaterine), which came from ‘εκατερος (hekateros) "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the goddess HECATE; it could be related to Greek αικια (aikia) "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name". In the early Christian era it became associated with Greek καθαρος (katharos) "pure", and the Latin spelling was changed from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.

The name was borne by a semi-legendary 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was tortured on a spiked wheel. The saint was initially venerated in Syria, and returning crusaders introduced the name to Western Europe. It has been common in England since the 12th century in many different spellings, with Katherine and Catherine becoming standard in the later Middle Ages.

Famous bearers of the name include Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century mystic, and Catherine de' Medici, a 16th-century French queen. It was also borne by three of Henry VIII's wives, including Katherine of Aragon, and by two empresses of Russia, including Catherine the Great.

KATJA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Slovene

Pronounced: KAHT-yah (German, Dutch)

Rating: 10% based on 2 votes

German, Scandinavian, Dutch and Slovene form of KATYA

LAURENCE (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LAWR-ənts

Rating: 80% based on 3 votes

From the Roman cognomen Laurentius, which meant "from Laurentum". Laurentum was a city in ancient Italy, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus "laurel". Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome. According to tradition he was roasted alive on a gridiron because, when ordered to hand over the church's treasures, he presented the sick and poor. Due to the saint's popularity, the name came into general use in the Christian world (in various spellings).

In the Middle Ages this name was common in England, partly because of a second saint by this name, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury. Likewise it has been common in Ireland due to the 12th-century Saint Laurence O'Toole (whose real name was Lorcán). Since the 19th century the spelling Lawrence has been more common, especially in America. A famous bearer was the British actor Laurence Olivier (1907-1989).

LUKAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Lithuanian

Pronounced: LOO-kahs (German)

Rating: 43% based on 3 votes

German, Scandinavian and Lithuanian form of LUKE

LUNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Roman Mythology

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.

MATTHIAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Ματθιας (Greek)

Pronounced: mah-TEE-ahs (German), mə-THIE-əs (English)

Rating: 47% based on 7 votes

Variant of Matthaios (see MATTHEW) which appears in the New Testament as the name of the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. This was also the name of kings of Hungary, including Matthias I who made important reforms to the kingdom in the 15th century.

OPHÉLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: o-fay-LEE

Rating: 60% based on 1 vote

French form of OPHELIA

PAUL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Biblical

Pronounced: PAWL (English), POL (French), POWL (German)

Rating: 62% based on 9 votes

From the Roman family name Paulus, which meant "small" or "humble" in Latin. Saint Paul was an important leader of the early Christian church, his story told in Acts in the New Testament. His original Hebrew name was Saul. Most of the epistles in the New Testament were authored by him.

Due to the renown of Saint Paul the name became common among early Christians. It was borne by a number of other early saints and six popes. In England it was relatively rare during the Middle Ages, but became more frequent beginning in the 17th century. A notable bearer was the American Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere (1735-1818), who warned of the advance of the British army. Famous bearers in the art world include the French impressionists Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) and Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), and the Swiss expressionist Paul Klee (1879-1940). It is borne by British musician Paul McCartney (1942-). This is also the name of the legendary American lumberjack Paul Bunyan.

RAVENNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Rating: 22% based on 9 votes

Either an elaboration of RAVEN, or else from the name of the city of Ravenna in Italy.

ROBIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Dutch, Swedish

Pronounced: RAH-bin (English)

Rating: 36% based on 8 votes

Medieval diminutive of ROBERT. Robin Hood was a legendary hero and archer of medieval England who stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern times it has also been used as a feminine name, and it may sometimes be given in reference to the red-breasted bird.

ROSE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French

Pronounced: ROZ

Rating: 50% based on 1 vote

Originally a Norman form of a Germanic name, which was composed of the elements hrod "fame" and heid "kind, sort, type". The Normans introduced it to England in the forms Roese and Rohese. From an early date it was associated with the word for the fragrant flower rose (derived from Latin rosa). When the name was revived in the 19th century, it was probably with the flower in mind.

ROWENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ro-EE-nə

Rating: 65% based on 4 votes

Meaning uncertain, possibly a Latinized form of a Germanic name derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wynn "joy". According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, this was the name of a daughter of the Saxon chief Hengist. It was popularized by Sir Walter Scott, who used it for a character in his novel 'Ivanhoe' (1819).

SASKIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch, German

Pronounced: SAHS-kee-ah: (Dutch), ZAHS-kee-ah (German)

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

From the Germanic element sachs "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Germanic word sahs meaning "knife".

SERAPHINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare), German (Rare), Late Roman

Rating: 43% based on 8 votes

Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim which was Hebrew in origin and meant "fiery ones". The seraphim were an order of angels, described by Isaiah in the Bible as having six wings each. This was the name of a 13th-century Italian saint who made clothes for the poor. As an English name, it has never been common.

SKYE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: SKIE

Rating: 40% based on 2 votes

From the name of the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland. It is sometimes considered a variant of SKY.

SOLANGE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: so-LAWNZH

Rating: 35% based on 8 votes

French form of the Late Latin name Sollemnia, which was derived from Latin sollemnis "religious". This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.

TESNI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 40% based on 9 votes

Means "warmth from the sun" in Welsh.

THEKLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Greek, Late Greek

Other Scripts: Θεκλα (Greek)

Rating: 50% based on 8 votes

From the ancient Greek name Θεοκλεια (Theokleia), which meant "glory of God" from the Greek elements θεος (theos) meaning "god" and κλεος (kleos) meaning "glory". The 1st-century Saint Thekla was supposedly the first female martyr. She appears (as Θεκλα) in the apocryphal 'Acts of Paul and Thecla' from the 2nd century.

THOMAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Θωμας (Greek)

Pronounced: TAHM-əs (English), TOM-əs (English), to-MAH (French), TO-mahs (German, Dutch), tho-MAHS (Greek)

Rating: 100% based on 3 votes

Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of the apostle who initially doubts the resurrected Jesus. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.

In England the name was introduced by the Normans and became very popular due to Saint Thomas Becket, a 12th-century archbishop of Canterbury and martyr. Another notable saint by this name was the 13th-century Italian philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas, who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. Other famous bearers include philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), American president Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), novelist Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), and inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931).

TISIPHONE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Τισιφονη (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 24% based on 9 votes

Means "avenging murder" in Greek, derived from τισις (tisis) "vengeance" and φονη (phone) "murder". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ερινυες (Erinyes) in Greek mythology. She killed Cithaeron with the bite of one of the snakes on her head.

ULRIC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: UL-rik

Rating: 34% based on 7 votes

Originally this was a medieval form of the Old English name Wulfric meaning "wolf power". When it is used in modern times, it is usually as a variant of ULRICH.

YVES

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French

Pronounced: EEV

Rating: 63% based on 3 votes

Medieval French form of IVO (1). This was the name of two French saints: an 11th-century bishop of Chartres and a 13th-century parish priest and lawyer, also known as Ivo of Kermartin, the patron saint of Brittany.

ZOLA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ZO-lə

Rating: 42% based on 9 votes

Meaning unknown, perhaps an invented name. It has been in occasional use in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. It coincides with an Italian surname, a famous bearer being the French-Italian author Émile Zola (1840-1902).
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