missreader's Personal Name List


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic, American

Other Scripts: عائشة (Arabic)

Means "alive" in Arabic. This was the name of Muhammad's third wife, the daughter of Abu Bakr. Some time after Muhammad's death she went to war against Ali, the fourth caliph, but was defeated.

This name began to be used in America in the 1970s, possibly inspired by princess Aisha of Jordan (1968-), the daughter of King Hussein and his British-born wife. It received a boost in popularity after Stevie Wonder used it for his first daughter in 1975.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Celtic Mythology

Rating: 38% based on 4 votes

Possibly means "invincible" in Celtic. This was the name of a Briton goddess of victory who was invoked by Boudicca before her revolt.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AN-thə-nee, AN-tə-nee

Personal note: Middle name for "Samuel." Namesake: NCIS

Rating: 46% based on 5 votes

English form of the Roman family name Antonius, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. The most notable member of the Roman family was the general Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English), who for a period in the 1st century BC ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Augustus. When their relationship turned sour, he and his mistress Cleopatra were attacked and forced to commit suicide, as related in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606).

The name became regularly used in the Christian world due to the fame of Saint Anthony the Great, a 4th-century Egyptian hermit who founded Christian monasticism. Its popularity was reinforced in the Middle Ages by the 13th-century Saint Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of Portugal. It has been commonly (but incorrectly) associated with Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower", which resulted in the addition of the h to this spelling in the 17th century.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew

Other Scripts: אָשֵׁר (Hebrew)

Pronounced: A-shər (English)

Rating: 29% based on 9 votes

Means "happy" or "blessed" in Hebrew. Asher in the Old Testament is a son of Jacob and Leah's handmaid Zilpah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: AWS-tən

Rating: 0% based on 3 votes

Variant of AUSTIN


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Ancient Celtic

Pronounced: BOO-di-kə (English)

Rating: 24% based on 5 votes

Derived from Brythonic boud meaning "victory". This was the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni who led the Britons in revolt against the Romans. Eventually her forces were defeated and she committed suicide.


Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: Native American, Nahuatl

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

Means "star" in Nahuatl.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: אֵלָה (Hebrew)

Rating: 38% based on 4 votes

Means "oak tree" or "terebinth tree" in Hebrew.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Ευγενεια (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: e-oo-KHE-nyah (Spanish), e-uw-GEN-yah (Polish), yoo-JEE-nee-ə (English), yoo-JEEN-yə (English)

Feminine form of Eugenius (see EUGENE). It was borne by a semi-legendary 3rd-century saint who escaped persecution by disguising herself as a man. The name was occasionally found in England during the Middle Ages, but it was not regularly used until the 19th century.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical, English, Biblical Latin

Other Scripts: Ευνικη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: YOO-nis (English)

Rating: 28% based on 6 votes

Latinized form of the Greek name Ευνικη (Eunike) which meant "good victory" from ευ (eu) "good" and νικη (nike) "victory". The New Testament mentions her as the mother of Timothy. As an English name, it was first used after the Protestant Reformation.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ευτερπη (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 33% based on 3 votes

Means "delight" in Greek, ultimately from ευ (eu) "good" and τερπω (terpo) "to satisfy, to cheer". In Greek mythology she was one of the nine Muses, the muse of music and joy. She was said to have invented the double flute.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Scottish

Rating: 47% based on 3 votes

Derived from the Gaelic phrase giolla Chríost meaning "servant of Christ".


Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: GRAYS

Rating: 80% based on 7 votes

From the English word grace, which ultimately derives from Latin gratia. This was one of the virtue names created in the 17th century by the Puritans. The actress Grace Kelly (1929-1982) was a famous bearer.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HOP

Rating: 48% based on 5 votes

From the English word hope, ultimately from Old English hopian. This name was first used by the Puritans in the 17th century.


Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: Indian, Hinduism

Other Scripts: जया, जय (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Derived from Sanskrit जय (jaya) meaning "victory". This is a transcription of both the feminine form जया (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga) and the masculine form जय (borne by several characters in Hindu texts).


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: जयशरी (Hindi)

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Means "goddess of victory" in Sanskrit.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: (Japanese)

Pronounced: kah-tsoo

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

Means "victory" in Japanese.


Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIN

Rating: 43% based on 4 votes

From an English surname which was derived from Welsh llyn "lake". Before the start of the 20th century it was primarily used for boys, but it has since come to be more common for girls. In some cases it may be thought of as a short form of LINDA or names that end in lyn or line.

MAI (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: 舞, 麻衣, 真愛 (Japanese)

Pronounced: mah-ee

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

From Japanese "dance" or 麻衣 "linen robe". It can also come from (ma) "real, true" combined with (ai) "love, affection".


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Native American, Tupí

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Means "wise" in Tupí.


Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Basque, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic

Other Scripts: Μαρια (Greek), Маріа (Church Slavic)

Pronounced: mah-REE-ah (Italian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch), mə-REE-ə (Catalan, English), MAHR-yah (Polish), MAH-ree-ah (Finnish)

Rating: 80% based on 3 votes

Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.

This was the name of two ruling queens of Portugal. It was also borne by the Habsburg queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780), whose inheritance of the domains of her father, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, began the War of the Austrian Succession.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman, Romanian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French

Pronounced: MER-ee-əs (English), MAR-ee-əs (English), MAH-ree-uws (German)

Personal note: Middle name for "Asher." Namesake: Les Miserables

Rating: 70% based on 5 votes

Roman family name which was derived either from MARS, the name of the Roman god of War, or else from the Latin root mas, maris meaning "male". Gaius Marius was a famous Roman consul of the 2nd century BC. Since the start of the Christian era, it has occasionally been used as a masculine form of MARIA.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: (Japanese)

Pronounced: mah-sah-ṙoo

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Means "victory" in Japanese.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew

Other Scripts: מֶלֶך (Hebrew)

Rating: 33% based on 3 votes

Means "king" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Micah (not the prophet).


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Arthurian Romance, English

Pronounced: MUR-lin (English)

Form of the Welsh name Myrddin (meaning "sea fortress") used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th-century Arthurian tales. Writing in Latin, he likely chose the form Merlinus over Merdinus in order to prevent associations with French merde "excrement".

Geoffrey based parts of Merlin's character on Myrddin Wyllt, a semi-legendary madman and prophet who lived in the Caledonian Forest. Other parts of his life were based on that of the historical 5th-century Romano-British military leader Ambrosius Aurelianus. In Geoffrey's version of the tales and later embellishments Merlin is a wizard and counselor for King Arthur.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Native American, Inuit

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Variant of NANUQ. This was the (fictional) name of the subject of Robert Flaherty's documentary film 'Nanook of the North' (1922).


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Native American, Zapotec

Rating: 37% based on 3 votes

Means "I love you" in the Zapotec language.

NEO (1)

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: Southern African, Tswana

Rating: 57% based on 3 votes

Means "gift" in Tswana.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Νικη (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 30% based on 4 votes

Means "victory" in Greek. Nike was the Greek goddess of victory.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ορφευς (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: AWR-fee-əs (English)

Rating: 75% based on 2 votes

Perhaps related to Greek ορφνη (orphne) meaning "the darkness of night". In Greek mythology Orpheus was a poet and musician who went to the underworld to retrieve his dead wife Eurydice. He succeeded in charming Hades with his lyre, and he was allowed to lead his wife out of the underworld on the condition that he not look back at her until they reached the surface. Unfortunately, just before they arrived his love for her overcame his will and he glanced back at her, causing her to be drawn back to Hades.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Other Scripts: رباب (Arabic)

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

From the Arabic word rababah, a musical instrument. This was the name of the wife of Muhammad's grandson Husayn.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: French, Italian

Rating: 33% based on 3 votes

French form of Radulf (see RALPH).


Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Jewish, Biblical

Other Scripts: שְׁמוּאֵל (Hebrew)

Pronounced: SAM-yoo-əl (English), SAM-yəl (English), SAH-moo-el (Finnish)

Personal note: Nickname: "Sam"

Rating: 58% based on 9 votes

From the Hebrew name שְׁמוּאֵל (Shemu'el) which could mean either "name of God" or "God has heard". Samuel was the last of the ruling judges in the Old Testament. He anointed Saul to be the first king of Israel, and later anointed David.

As a Christian name, Samuel came into common use after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers include American inventor Samuel Morse (1791-1872), Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), and American author Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: סֶלַה (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: SEE-lə (English)

Rating: 50% based on 2 votes

From a Hebrew musical term which occurs many times in the Old Testament Psalms. It was probably meant to indicate a musical pause.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Literature

Rating: 50% based on 3 votes

Means "victory mood" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Turin was a cursed hero, the slayer of the dragon Glaurung. He was also called Turambar, Mormegil, and other names. This is also the Anglicized name of the city of Torino in Italy.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Turkish

Rating: 37% based on 3 votes

Means "victory" in Turkish.


Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: veek-TWAWR

Rating: 50% based on 4 votes

French form of VICTORIA


Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman, Roman Mythology

Pronounced: vik-TAWR-ee-ə (English), vik-TO-ree-ah (German)

Rating: 85% based on 6 votes

Means "victory" in Latin, being borne by the Roman goddess of victory. It is also a feminine form of VICTORIUS. This name was borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from North Africa.

Though in use elsewhere in Europe, the name was very rare in the English-speaking world until the 19th century, when Queen Victoria began her long rule of Britain. She was named after her mother, who was of German royalty. Many geographic areas are named after the queen, including an Australian state and a Canadian city.


Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Indian, Hinduism

Other Scripts: विजय, विजया (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Means "victory" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form विजय and the feminine form विजया, both of which are used frequently in Hindu texts. It is the name of a grandson of Indra, a son of Krishna and it is another name of the goddess Durga. This was also the name of a semi-legendary 6th-century BC king of Sri Lanka.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Finnish

Pronounced: VOYT-to

Rating: 53% based on 3 votes

Means "victory" in Finnish.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: זִמְרִי (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: ZIM-rie (English)

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

Means either "my praise" or "my music" in Hebrew. This is the name of a king of Israel in the Old Testament who rules for only seven days.
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