michaelbaker's Personal Name List

AMADEUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Late Roman

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

Rating: 45% 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.

AMBER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Dutch

Pronounced: AM-bər (English), AHM-bər (Dutch)

Rating: 70% based on 1 vote

From the English word amber that denotes either the gemstone, which is formed from fossil resin, or the orange-yellow colour. The word ultimately derives from Arabic عنبر ('anbar). It began to be used as a given name in the late 19th century, but it only became popular after the release of Kathleen Winsor's novel 'Forever Amber' (1944).

AMBROSIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Αμβροσια (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 20% based on 2 votes

Feminine form of Ambrosios (see AMBROSE).

ARABELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Rating: 10% based on 2 votes

Medieval Scottish name, probably a variant of ANNABEL. It has long been associated with Latin orabilis meaning "invokable".

AURORA

Gender: Feminine

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

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

Rating: 45% based on 2 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.

AUTUMN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AW-təm

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

From the name of the season, ultimately from Latin autumnus. This name has been in general use since the 1960s.

CADENCE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-dənts

Rating: 15% based on 2 votes

From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow". It has been in use only since the 20th century.

CAESAR

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman

Pronounced: SEE-zər (English)

Rating: 15% based on 2 votes

From a Roman cognomen which possibly meant "hairy", from Latin caesaries "hair". Julius Caesar and his adopted son Julius Caesar Octavianus (commonly known as Augustus) were both rulers of the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Caesar was used as a title by the emperors that came after them.

CALYPSO

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Καλυψω (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: kə-LIP-so (English)

Rating: 35% based on 2 votes

From Greek Καλυψω (Kalypso) which probably meant "she that conceals", derived from καλυπτω (kalypto) "to cover, to conceal". In Greek myth this was the name of the nymph who fell in love with Odysseus after he was shipwrecked on her island of Ogygia. When he refused to stay with her she detained him for seven years until Zeus ordered her to release him.

CEDRIC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SED-rik

Rating: 75% based on 2 votes

Invented by Sir Walter Scott for a character in his novel 'Ivanhoe' (1819). Apparently he based it on the actual name Cerdic, the name of the semi-legendary founder of the kingdom of Wessex in the 6th-century. The meaning of Cerdic is uncertain, but it does not appear to be Old English in origin. It could be connected to the Brythonic name CARATACOS. The name was also used by Frances Hodgson Burnett for the main character in her novel 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (1886).

CHELSEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: CHEL-see

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

From the name of a district in London, originally derived from Old English and meaning "landing place for chalk or limestone". It has been in general use as an English given name since the 1970s.

CORDELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: kawr-DEL-ee-ə, kawr-DEL-yə

Rating: 10% based on 2 votes

From Cordeilla, possibly a Celtic name of unknown meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cordeilla was the youngest of the three daughters of King Lear and the only one to remain loyal to her father. When adapting the character for his play 'King Lear' (1606), Shakespeare altered the spelling to Cordelia.

CORNELIUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman, English, Dutch, German, Biblical

Pronounced: kər-NEE-lee-əs (English), kawr-NAY-lee-us (Dutch), kawr-NE-lee-uws (German)

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

Roman family name which possibly derives from the Latin element cornu "horn". In Acts in the New Testament Cornelius is a centurion who is directed by an angel to seek Peter. After speaking with Peter he converts to Christianity, and he is traditionally deemed the first gentile convert. The name was also borne by a few early saints, including a 3rd-century pope. In England it came into use in the 16th century, partly due to Dutch influence.

CYRUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Ancient Greek (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Κυρος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: SIE-rəs (English)

Rating: 15% based on 2 votes

From Κυρος (Kyros), the Greek form of the Persian name Kūrush, which may mean "far sighted" or "young". The name is sometimes associated with Greek κυριος (kyrios) "lord". It was borne by several kings of Persia, including Cyrus the Great, who conquered Babylon. He is famous in the Old Testament for freeing the captive Jews and allowing them to return to Israel. As an English name, it first came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation.

KALLIOPE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Καλλιοπη (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

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.

LIZAVETA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian

Other Scripts: Лизавета (Russian)

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

Short form of YELIZAVETA

LYRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Astronomy

Pronounced: LIE-rə (English), LEE-rə (English)

Rating: 50% based on 1 vote

The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus.

MAGNUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman

Pronounced: MAG-nəs (English)

Rating: 20% based on 2 votes

Late Latin name meaning "great". It was borne by 7th-century saint who was a missionary in Germany. It became popular in Scandinavia after the time of the 11th-century Norwegian king Magnus I, who was said to have been named after Charlemagne, or Carolus Magnus in Latin. The name was borne by six subsequent kings of Norway as well as three kings of Sweden. It was imported to Scotland and Ireland during the Middle Ages.

MAY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAY

Rating: 70% based on 1 vote

Derived from the name of the month of May, which derives from Maia, the name of a Roman goddess. May is also another name of the hawthorn flower. It is also used as a diminutive of MARY, MARGARET or MABEL.

MELODY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MEL-ə-dee

Rating: 60% based on 2 votes

From the English word melody, which is derived (via Old French and Late Latin) from Greek μελος (melos) "song" combined with αειδω (aeido) "to sing".

MICHAEL

Gender: Masculine

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

Other Scripts: מִיכָאֵל (Ancient Hebrew), Μιχαηλ (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: MIE-kəl (English), MI-khah-el (German)

Rating: 100% based on 2 votes

From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha'el) meaning "who is like God?". This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Michael is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers.

The popularity of the saint led to the name being used by nine Byzantine emperors, including Michael VIII Palaeologus who restored the empire in the 13th century. It has been common in Western Europe since the Middle Ages, and in England since the 12th century. It has been borne (in various spellings) by rulers of Russia (spelled Михаил), Romania (Mihai), Poland (Michał), and Portugal (Miguel). Other bearers of this name include the British chemist/physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), musician Michael Jackson (1958-2009), and basketball player Michael Jordan (1963-).

OCTAVIUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman

Pronounced: ahk-TAYV-ee-əs (English)

Rating: 10% based on 2 votes

Roman family name meaning "eighth" from Latin octavus. This was the original family name of the emperor Augustus (born Gaius Octavius).

ORION

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ωριων (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: o-RIE-ən (English)

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

Meaning unknown, but possibly related to Greek ‘οριον (horion) "boundary, limit". This is the name of a constellation, which gets its name from a legendary Greek hunter killed by a scorpion sent by Gaia.

PHILOMENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Late Greek

Pronounced: fil-ə-MEEN-ə (English)

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

Means "friend of strength" from Greek φιλος (philos) "friend, lover" and μενος (menos) "strength". This was the name of an obscure early saint and martyr. The name came to public attention in the 19th century after a tomb seemingly marked with the name Filumena was found in Rome, supposedly belonging to another martyr named Philomena. This may have in fact been a representation of the Greek word φιλομηνη (philomene) meaning "loved".

RUBY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ROO-bee

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

Simply means "ruby" from the name of the precious stone (which ultimately derives from Latin ruber "red"), which is the birthstone of July. It came into use as a given name in the 19th century.

SEBASTIAN

Gender: Masculine

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

Pronounced: ze-BAHS-tee-ahn (German), sə-BAS-chən (English), se-BAHS-tyahn (Polish)

Rating: 30% based on 1 vote

From the Latin name Sebastianus which meant "from Sebaste". Sebaste was the name a town in Asia Minor, its name deriving from Greek σεβαστος (sebastos) "venerable" (a translation of Latin Augustus, the title of the Roman emperors). Saint Sebastian was a 3rd-century Roman soldier martyred by arrows after it was discovered he was a Christian. Due to the saint's popularity, the name came into general use in medieval Europe, especially in Spain and France. It was also borne by a 16th-century king of Portugal who died in a crusade against Morocco.

SILAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Σιλας (Greek)

Pronounced: SIE-ləs (English)

Rating: 50% based on 2 votes

Short form of SILVANUS. This is the name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. It was not used as an English name until after the Protestant Reformation.

SOLEIL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Various

Pronounced: so-LAY

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

Means "sun" in French. It is not commonly used as a name in France itself.

SYMPHONY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: SIM-fə-nee

Rating: 20% based on 2 votes

Simply from the English word, ultimately deriving from Greek συμφωνος (symphonos) "concordant in sound".

ULYSSES

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Roman Mythology, English

Pronounced: yoo-LIS-eez (English)

Rating: 5% based on 2 votes

Latin form of ODYSSEUS. It was borne by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War, who went on to become an American president. Irish author James Joyce used it as the title of his book 'Ulysses' (1920), which loosely parallels Homer's epic the 'Odyssey'.
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