abbeynotch's Personal Name List

AMADEUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Late Roman

Pronounced: ahm-ə-DAY-əs (English), ahm-ə-DEE-əs (English)

Rating: 85% based on 2 votes

Means "love of God", derived from Latin amare "to love" and Deus "God". A famous bearer was the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who was actually born Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart but preferred the Latin translation of his Greek middle name. This name was also assumed as a middle name by the German novelist E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822), who took it in honour of Mozart.

AURORA

Gender: Feminine

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

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

Rating: 40% based on 3 votes

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

AVRIL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French (Rare), English (Rare)

Pronounced: av-REEL (French), AV-ril (English)

Rating: 40% based on 3 votes

French form of APRIL

BEATRICE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, English, Swedish

Pronounced: be-ah-TREE-che (Italian), BEE-ə-tris (English), BEE-tris (English), BE-ah-trees (Swedish), be-ah-TREES (Swedish)

Rating: 53% based on 3 votes

Italian form of BEATRIX. Beatrice Portinari was the woman who was loved by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. She served as Dante's guide through paradise in his epic poem 'The Divine Comedy' (1321). This was also the name of a character in Shakespeare's play 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599).

BEATRIX

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Dutch, Late Roman

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

Rating: 90% based on 2 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.

BENJAMIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Biblical

Other Scripts: בִּנְיָמִין (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: BEN-jə-min (English), ben-zha-MEN (French), BEN-yah-meen (German)

Rating: 50% based on 3 votes

From the Hebrew name בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin) which means "son of the south" or "son of the right hand". Benjamin in the Old Testament is the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and the founder of one of the southern tribes of the Hebrews. He was originally named בֶּן־אוֹנִי (Ben-'oniy) meaning "son of my sorrow" by his mother Rachel, who died shortly after childbirth, but it was later changed by his father.

As an English name, Benjamin came into general use after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), an American statesman, inventor, scientist and philosopher.

BEOWULF

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Anglo-Saxon Mythology

Pronounced: BAY-ə-woolf (English)

Rating: 37% based on 3 votes

Possibly means "bee wolf" (in effect equal to "bear") from Old English beo "bee" and wulf "wolf". This is the name of the main character in the anonymous 8th-century epic poem 'Beowulf'. The poem tells how Beowulf slays the monster Grendel and its mother, but goes on to tell how he is killed in his old age fighting a dragon.

BERNARD

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, Polish, Croatian, Slovene, Ancient Germanic

Pronounced: bər-NAHRD (English), BUR-nərd (English), ber-NAHR (French), BER-nahrt (Polish, Croatian)

Rating: 30% based on 1 vote

Derived from the Germanic element bern "bear" combined with hard "brave, hardy". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Beornheard. This was the name of several saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon who built hospices in the Swiss Alps in the 10th century, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century theologian and Doctor of the Church. Another famous bearer was George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), an Irish playwright and essayist.

BIRGITTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish

Pronounced: bir-YIT-tah (Swedish), bir-GIT-tah (Swedish)

Rating: 70% based on 2 votes

Most likely a Scandinavian form of BRIDGET via the Latinized form Brigitta. Alternatively it could be a feminine derivative of BIRGER. This is the name of the patron saint of Europe, Birgitta of Sweden, the 14th-century founder of the Bridgettine nuns. Her father's name was Birger.

BRIDGET

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, English, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: BRIJ-ət (English)

Rating: 65% based on 2 votes

Anglicized form of the Irish name Brighid which means "exalted one". In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, the daughter of the god Dagda. In the 5th century it was borne by Saint Brigid, the founder of a monastery at Kildare and a patron saint of Ireland. Because of the saint, the name was considered sacred in Ireland, and it did not come into general use there until the 17th century. In the form Birgitta this name has been common in Scandinavia, made popular by the 14th-century Saint Birgitta of Sweden, patron saint of Europe.

BURTON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BURT-ən

Rating: 43% based on 4 votes

From a surname which was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "fortified town". A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), an explorer of Africa and Asia.

CARLISLE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KAHR-liel

Rating: 60% based on 4 votes

From a surname which was derived from the name of a city in northern England. The city was originally called by the Romans Luguvalium meaning "stronghold of LUGUS". Later the Brythonic element ker "fort" was appended to the name of the city.

ERIN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Irish

Pronounced: ER-in

Rating: 65% based on 2 votes

Anglicized form of EIREANN. It has been used as a given name since the middle of the 20th century.

FILIPPA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian, Greek, Swedish, Italian

Other Scripts: Филиппа (Russian), Φιλιππα (Greek)

Rating: 57% based on 3 votes

Russian, Greek, Swedish and Italian feminine form of PHILIP

GAGE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: GAYJ

Rating: 30% based on 3 votes

From an English surname meaning "measure" in Middle English, originally denoting one who was an assayer. It was popularized as a given name by a character from the book 'Pet Sematary' (1983) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1989).

HADAS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: הֲדַס (Hebrew)

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Means "myrtle tree" in Hebrew.

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: 70% based on 2 votes

Latinate form of HELEN

HELENE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: ‘Ελενη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: he-LE-nu (German)

Rating: 50% based on 1 vote

Ancient Greek form of HELEN, as well as the modern German and Scandinavian form.

JACK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JAK

Rating: 80% based on 2 votes

Derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of JOHN. It is often regarded as an independent name. During the Middle Ages it was very common, and it became a slang word meaning "man". It was frequently used in fairy tales and nursery rhymes, such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Little Jack Horner', and 'Jack Sprat'. American writers Jack London (1876-1916) and Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) were two famous bearers of this name. It is also borne by American actor Jack Nicholson (1937-).

JANE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JAYN

Rating: 60% based on 1 vote

Medieval English form of Jehanne, an Old French feminine form of Iohannes (see JOHN). This became the most common feminine form of John in the 17th century, surpassing Joan. Famous bearers include the uncrowned English queen Lady Jane Grey (1536-1554), who ruled for only 9 days, the British novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817), who wrote 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Pride and Prejudice', and the British primatologist Jane Goodall (1934-). This was also the name of the central character in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Jane Eyre' (1847).

LEO

Gender: Masculine

Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Croatian, Late Roman

Pronounced: LE-o (German), LAY-o (Dutch), LEE-o (English)

Rating: 77% based on 3 votes

Derived from Latin leo "lion", a cognate of LEON. It was popular among early Christians and was the name of 13 popes, including Saint Leo the Great who asserted the dominance of the Roman bishops (the popes) over all others in the 5th century. It was also borne by six Byzantine emperors and five Armenian kings. Another famous bearer was Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), a Russian novelist whose works include 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'. Leo is also the name of a constellation and the fifth sign of the zodiac.

LEONARDO

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, History

Pronounced: le-o-NAHR-do (Italian, Spanish), lee-ə-NAHR-do (English)

Rating: 73% based on 3 votes

Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEONARD. A notable bearer was Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is also known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the 'Mona Lisa'. Another famous bearer was Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th-century Italian mathematician. A more recent bearer is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-).

LEOPOLD

Gender: Masculine

Usage: German, Dutch, English, Slovene, Polish

Pronounced: LE-o-pawlt (German), LAY-o-pawlt (Dutch), LEE-ə-pold (English), le-AW-pawlt (Polish)

Rating: 70% based on 3 votes

Derived from the Germanic elements leud "people" and bald "bold". The spelling was altered due to association with Latin leo "lion". This name was common among German royalty, first with the Babenbergs and then the Habsburgs. Saint Leopold was a 12th-century Babenberg margrave of Austria, who is now considered the patron of that country. It was also borne by two Habsburg Holy Roman Emperors, as well as three kings of Belgium. Since the 19th century this name has been occasionally used in England, originally in honour of Queen Victoria's uncle, a king of Belgium, after whom she named one of her sons. It was later used by James Joyce for the main character, Leopold Bloom, in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920).

MAUD

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Dutch

Pronounced: MAWD (English)

Rating: 40% based on 1 vote

Usual medieval form of MATILDA. Though it became rare after the 14th century, it was revived and once more grew popular in the 19th century, perhaps due to Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'Maud' (1855).

MAUDE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAWD

Rating: 40% based on 1 vote

Variant of MAUD

NICOLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, Dutch, German, Czech

Pronounced: nee-KOL (French), ni-KOL (English)

Rating: 80% based on 2 votes

French feminine form of NICHOLAS, commonly used in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century. A famous bearer is American-Australian actress Nicole Kidman (1967-).

OLIVE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AHL-iv

Rating: 70% based on 5 votes

From the English word for the type of tree, ultimately derived from Latin oliva.

OLIVIA

Gender: Feminine

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

Pronounced: ə-LIV-ee-ə (English), o-LEE-vee-ah (German)

Rating: 73% based on 3 votes

This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.

The name has been used in the English-speaking world since the 18th century, though it did not become overly popular until the last half of the 20th century. Its rise in popularity in America was precipitated by a character on the 1970s television series 'The Waltons'.

OPHELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Literature

Pronounced: o-FEEL-yə (English)

Rating: 77% based on 3 votes

Derived from Greek οφελος (ophelos) meaning "help". This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem 'Arcadia'. It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play 'Hamlet' (1600), in which it belongs to Hamlet's lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself. In spite of this, the name has been used since the 19th century.

PERDITA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Literature

Rating: 18% based on 4 votes

Derived from Latin perditus meaning "lost". Shakespeare created this name for the daughter of Hermione in his play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610).

PUCK

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Anglo-Saxon Mythology, Dutch

Pronounced: PUK (English)

Rating: 18% based on 4 votes

Meaning unknown, from Old English puca. It could ultimately be of either Germanic or Celtic origin. In English legend this was the name of a mischievous spirit, also known as Robin Goodfellow. He appears in Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1600).

REN

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: 蓮, 恋 (Japanese)

Rating: 30% based on 3 votes

From Japanese "lotus" or "romance, love".

SABINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, German

Pronounced: sa-BEEN (French), za-BEE-nə (German)

Rating: 45% based on 2 votes

French and German form of SABINA

SAMARA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Rating: 60% based on 3 votes

Possibly derived from the biblical place name Samaria, which means "watch mountain" in Hebrew.

SOPHIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, German, Dutch

Pronounced: so-FEE (French), SO-fee (English), ZO-fee (German)

Rating: 58% based on 4 votes

French form of SOPHIA

STANLEY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: STAN-lee

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

From a surname meaning "stone clearing" in Old English. A notable bearer of the surname was the British-American explorer and journalist Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), the man who found David Livingstone in Africa. As a given name, it was borne by American director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), as well as the character Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947).

STEPHEN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Biblical

Pronounced: STEEV-ən (English), STEF-ən (English)

Rating: 50% based on 1 vote

From the Greek name Στεφανος (Stephanos) meaning "crown". Saint Stephen was a deacon who was stoned to death, as told in Acts in the New Testament, and he is regarded as the first Christian martyr. Due to him, the name became common in the Christian world. It was popularized in England by the Normans.

This was the name of kings of England, Serbia, and Poland, as well as ten popes. It was also borne by the first Christian king of Hungary (10th century), who is regarded as the patron saint of that country. More recent bearers include British physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-) and the American author Stephen King (1947-).

TITUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin

Pronounced: TI-tuws (Ancient Roman), TIE-təs (English)

Rating: 40% based on 2 votes

Roman praenomen, or given name, which is of unknown meaning, possibly related to Latin titulus "title of honour". In the New Testament, Titus is a companion of Saint Paul. He became the first bishop of Crete and was the recipient of one of Paul's epistles. This name was also borne by a 1st-century Roman emperor. Shakespeare later used it for the main character in his tragedy 'Titus Andronicus' (1593). As an English name, Titus has been occasionally used since the Protestant Reformation.

WES

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Rating: 75% based on 2 votes

Short form of WESLEY
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