Meg_Simpson's Personal Name List

ADINA (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: עֲדִינָא (Ancient Hebrew)

Possibly related to Hebrew עֲדִינָא ('adina') "slender, delicate". This is the name of a soldier in the Old Testament.

ÁINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: AWN-ye

Means "radiance" in Gaelic. This was the name of the queen of the fairies in Celtic mythology. It is also taken as an Irish form of Anne.

ALEŠ

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Czech, Slovak, Slovene

Diminutive of ALEXEJ or ALEKSANDER

ALEXIS

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: German, French, English, Greek, Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Αλεξης (Greek), Αλεξις (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ah-LEK-sis (German), al-ek-SEE (French), ə-LEK-sis (English)

From the Greek name Αλεξις (Alexis), which meant "helper" or "defender", derived from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, to help". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. It is used somewhat interchangeably with the related name Αλεξιος or Alexius, borne by five Byzantine emperors. In the English-speaking world it is more commonly used as a feminine name.

ALLISON

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AL-i-sən

Variant of ALISON

ANJA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, German

Other Scripts: Ања (Serbian)

Pronounced: AHN-yah (Swedish, Finnish, Croatian, Serbian, German)

Form of ANYA

AOIFE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: EE-fa

Means "beauty" from the Gaelic word aoibh. In Irish legend Aoife was a warrior princess. In war against her sister Scathach, she was defeated in single combat by the hero Cúchulainn. Eventually she was reconciled with her sister and became the lover of Cúchulainn. This name is sometimes used as a Gaelic form of EVE or EVA.

AURORA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Romanian, Finnish, Roman Mythology

Pronounced: ow-RO-rah (Spanish), ə-RAWR-ə (English), OW-ro-rah (Finnish)

Means "dawn" in Latin. Aurora was the Roman goddess of the morning. It has occasionally been used as a given name since the Renaissance.

BĚLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech

Derived from the old Slavic word белъ (belu) meaning "white".

BRADY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Irish

Pronounced: BRAY-dee

From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendent of BRÁDACH".

CARLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, English, German, Dutch

Pronounced: KAHR-lah (Spanish, German, Dutch), KAHR-lə (English)

Feminine form of CARLO, CARLOS or CARL

CHARLOTTE

Gender: Feminine

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

Pronounced: shar-LOT (French), SHAHR-lət (English), shahr-LAW-tə (German), shahr-LAWT-tə (Dutch)

French feminine diminutive of CHARLES. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. A notable bearer was Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), the eldest of the three Bronte sisters and the author of 'Jane Eyre' and 'Villette'.

CLAUDIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: klo-DEE

French feminine variant of CLAUDE

DANIEL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Armenian, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: דָּנִיֵּאל (Hebrew), Даниел (Macedonian), Դանիէլ (Armenian), დანიელ (Georgian), Δανιηλ (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: DAN-yul (English), dah-nee-EL (Jewish), dan-YEL (French), DAH-nee-el (German), DAHN-yel (Polish)

From the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning "God is my judge". Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams. The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.

Due to the popularity of the biblical character, the name came into use in England during the Middle Ages. Though it became rare by the 15th century, it was revived after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers of this name include English author Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli (1700-1782), and American frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820).

DUŠAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak, Slovene, Macedonian

Other Scripts: Душан (Serbian, Macedonian)

Derived from Slavic dusha meaning "soul, spirit".

ELIN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Welsh

Pronounced: E-lin (Swedish, Norwegian)

Scandinavian and Welsh form of HELEN

ELISABET

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Ελισαβετ (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: e-LEE-sah-bet (Swedish, Norwegian), E-lee-sah-bet (Finnish)

Scandinavian and Finnish form of ELIZABETH. It is also used in Spain alongside the traditional form Isabel.

ELISABETH

Gender: Feminine

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

Pronounced: e-LEE-zah-bet (German), e-LEE-sah-bet (Danish), i-LIZ-ə-bəth (English)

German and Dutch form of ELIZABETH. It is also a variant English form, reflecting the spelling used in the Authorized Version of the New Testament.

FIONNUALA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology

Means "white shoulder" from Irish fionn "white, fair" and guala "shoulder". In Irish legend Fionnuala was one of the four children of Lir who were transformed into swans for a period of 900 years.

GINEVRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian

Pronounced: jee-NEV-rah

Italian form of GUINEVERE. This is also the Italian name for the city of Geneva, Switzerland. It is also sometimes associated with the Italian word ginepro meaning "juniper".

HAILEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: HAY-lee

Variant of HAYLEY

HANIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Polish

Pronounced: HAHN-yah

Polish diminutive of HANNA (1)

HANNAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Biblical

Other Scripts: חַנָּה (Hebrew)

Pronounced: HAN-ə (English), HAH-nah (German)

From the Hebrew name חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour" or "grace". Hannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament. As an English name, Hannah was not regularly used until after the Protestant Reformation. The Greek and Latin version Anna is used in the New Testament; this form has traditionally been more widely used as a Christian name.

HEIDI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English

Pronounced: HIE-dee (German, English), HAY-dee (Finnish)

German diminutive of ADELHEID. This is the name of the title character in the children's novel 'Heidi' (1880) by Johanna Spyri. The name began to be used in the English-speaking world shortly after the 1937 release of the movie adaptation, which starred Shirley Temple.

ILSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German

Pronounced: IL-sah

Variant of ILSE

INDIGO

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: IN-di-go

From the English word indigo for the purplish-blue dye or the colour. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ινδικον (Indikon) "Indic, from India".

INGRID

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German

Pronounced: ING-rid (Swedish), ING-ree (Norwegian), ING-grit (German)

From the Old Norse name Ingríðr meaning "Ing is beautiful", derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with fríðr "beautiful". A famous bearer was the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982).

IPHIGENEIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ιφιγενεια (Ancient Greek)

Derived from Greek ιφιος (iphios) "strong, stout" and γενης (genes) "born". In Greek myth Iphigenia was the daughter of king Agamemnon. When her father offended Artemis it was divined that the only way to appease the goddess was to sacrifice Iphigenia. Just as Agamemnon was about to sacrifice his daughter she was magically transported to the city of Taurus.

In Christian tradition this was also the name of a legendary early saint, the daughter of an Ethiopian King Egippus.

ISABEL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German

Pronounced: ee-sah-BEL (Spanish), IZ-ə-bel (English), ee-za-BEL (French), ee-zah-BEL (German)

Medieval Occitan form of ELIZABETH. It spread throughout Spain, Portugal and France, becoming common among the royalty by the 12th century. It grew popular in England in the 13th century after Isabella of Angoulême married the English king John, and it was subsequently bolstered when Isabella of France married Edward II the following century.

This is the usual form of the name Elizabeth in Spain and Portugal, though elsewhere it is considered a parallel name, such as in France where it is used alongside Élisabeth. The name was borne by two Spanish ruling queens, including Isabel of Castile, who sponsored the explorations of Christopher Columbus.

JANEK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Polish, Czech

Pronounced: YAH-nek (Polish)

Polish and Czech diminutive of JAN (1)

JANNICK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Danish

Danish diminutive of JAN (1)

JONÁŠ

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Czech, Slovak

Czech and Slovak form of JONAH

JUSTINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Slovene, Czech, Lithuanian, Late Roman

Pronounced: jus-TEE-nə (English)

Feminine form of Iustinus (see JUSTIN).

KALLIOPE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Καλλιοπη (Ancient Greek)

Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.

KLAUDIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Polish, Slovak

Pronounced: KLOWT-yah (Polish)

Polish and Slovak feminine form of CLAUDIUS

LIBUŠE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech

Derived from the Czech element lib meaning "love". In Czech legend Lubuše was the founder of Prague.

LIVIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Romanian, Ancient Roman

Pronounced: LEE-vyah (Italian)

Feminine form of LIVIUS. This was the name of the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus.

LORELEI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Germanic Mythology

Pronounced: lawr-e-LIE, LAWR-e-lie

From a Germanic name meaning "luring rock". This is the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River. Legends say that a maiden named the Lorelei lives on the rock and lures fishermen to their death with her song.

LUCIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman

Pronounced: loo-CHEE-ah (Italian), LOO-tsee-ah (German), LOO-shə (English), loo-SEE-ə (English)

Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.

LYDIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Finnish, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Λυδια (Ancient Greek), Лѷдіа (Church Slavic)

Pronounced: LID-ee-ə (English), LUY-dee-ah (German, Finnish)

Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

MAHULENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech

Possibly inspired by MAGDALENA. The Czech author Julius Zeyer created it for a character in his play 'Radúz and Mahulena' (1898).

MARIAN (2)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Polish, Czech, Romanian

Pronounced: MAHR-yahn (Polish)

Polish, Czech and Romanian form of MARIANUS. It is sometimes used as a masculine form of MARIA.

MARION (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English

Pronounced: MER-ee-ən (English), MAR-ee-ən (English)

Medieval French diminutive of MARIE

MAŠA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Slovene, Croatian

Slovene and Croatian form of MASHA

MIKULÁŠ

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Slovak, Czech

Slovak and Czech form of NICHOLAS

NIKOLA (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Hungarian, Czech, Basque, Medieval Slavic

Other Scripts: Никола (Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Church Slavic)

Cognate of NICHOLAS

RADIM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Czech

Short form of RADOMIR

SADIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SAY-dee

Diminutive of SARAH

SAŠA

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Croatian, Serbian, Slovene

Other Scripts: Саша (Serbian)

Croatian, Serbian and Slovene diminutive of ALEKSANDER or ALEKSANDRA

VÁCLAV

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Czech, Slovak

Contracted form of the older name Veceslav, from the Slavic elements veche "more" and slava "glory". Saint Václav (known as Wenceslas in English) was a 10th-century duke of Bohemia murdered by his brother. He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. This was also the name of several Bohemian kings.

VILIAM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Slovak

Slovak form of WILLIAM

VJERA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Croatian, Serbian

Croatian and Serbian cognate of VERA (1).

YANNICK

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Breton, French

Masculine and feminine diminutive of YANN
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