michelle.ramirez's Personal Name List

ADELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: A-DU-LEEN (French), AD-ə-lien (English)
Rating: 68% based on 5 votes
Diminutive of ADÈLE.

ALEJANDRO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: a-le-KHAN-dro
Rating: 54% based on 5 votes
Spanish form of ALEXANDER.

ALEXANDRIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: al-əg-ZAN-dree-ə
Rating: 70% based on 4 votes
Feminine form of ALEXANDER. Alexander the Great founded several cities by this name (or renamed them) as he extended his empire eastward. The most notable of these is Alexandria in Egypt, founded by Alexander in 331 BC.

ARABELLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 58% based on 4 votes
Medieval Scottish name, probably a variant of ANNABEL. It has long been associated with Latin orabilis meaning "invokable".

BRENDAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, English
Pronounced: BREN-dən (English)
Rating: 38% based on 4 votes
From Brendanus, the Latinized form of the Irish name Bréanainn which was derived from a Welsh word meaning "prince". Saint Brendan was a 6th-century Irish abbot who, according to legend, crossed the Atlantic and reached North America with 17 other monks.

BRIAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, English, Ancient Irish
Pronounced: BRIE-ən (English)
Rating: 50% based on 4 votes
The meaning of this name is not known for certain but it is possibly related to the old Celtic element bre meaning "hill", or by extension "high, noble". It was borne by the semi-legendary Irish king Brian Boru, who thwarted Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century. He was slain in the Battle of Clontarf, though his forces were decisively victorious. The name was common in Ireland before his time, and even more so afterwards. It came into use in England in the Middle Ages, introduced by Breton settlers. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.

BROOKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: BRUWK
Rating: 23% based on 4 votes
Variant of BROOK. The name came into use in the 1950s, probably influenced by American socialite Brooke Astor (1902-2007). It was further popularized by actress Brooke Shields (1965-).

COLETTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: KAW-LET
Rating: 50% based on 4 votes
Short form of NICOLETTE. Saint Colette was a 15th-century French nun who gave her money to the poor. This was also the pen name of the French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954).

DILLON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: DIL-ən
Rating: 33% based on 4 votes
Variant of DYLAN based on the spelling of the surname Dillon, which has an unrelated origin.

DUSTIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: DUS-tin
Rating: 13% based on 4 votes
From an English surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Þórsteinn (see TORSTEN). The name was popularized by the actor Dustin Hoffman (1937-), who was apparently named after the earlier silent movie star Dustin Farnum (1874-1929).

ENRIQUE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: en-REE-ke
Rating: 34% based on 5 votes
Spanish form of HENRY.

ERIK
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, German, Dutch, English
Pronounced: E-rik (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German), E-reek (Finnish, Slovene, Hungarian), AY-rik (Dutch), ER-ik (English)
Rating: 38% based on 4 votes
Scandinavian form of ERIC. This was the name of kings of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. King Erik IX of Sweden (12th century) is the patron saint of that country.

ESTELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: es-TEL (English), ES-TEL (French)
Rating: 35% based on 4 votes
From an Old French name which was derived from Latin stella, meaning "star". It was rare in the English-speaking world in the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century, perhaps due to the character Estella Havisham in Charles Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations' (1860).

EZEKIEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, English
Other Scripts: יְחֶזְקֵאל (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: i-ZEE-kee-əl (English)
Rating: 23% based on 4 votes
From the Hebrew name יְחֶזְקֵאל (Yechezqel) meaning "God strengthens". Ezekiel is a major prophet of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Ezekiel. He lived in Jerusalem until the Babylonian conquest and captivity of Israel, at which time he was taken to Babylon. The Book of Ezekiel describes his vivid symbolic visions that predict the restoration of the kingdom of Israel. As an English given name, Ezekiel has been used since the Protestant Reformation.

FAYE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: FAY
Rating: 30% based on 4 votes
Variant of FAY.

GAVIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Scottish
Pronounced: GAV-in (English)
Personal note: This is my son's name. He was born in May 2007
Rating: 46% based on 5 votes
Medieval form of GAWAIN. Though it died out in England, it was reintroduced from Scotland in the 20th century.

GIOVANNI
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Italian
Pronounced: jo-VAN-nee
Rating: 53% based on 4 votes
Italian form of Iohannes (see JOHN). The Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516) and the painter and sculptor Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) were two famous bearers of this name.

GUNNAR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Norse Mythology
Pronounced: GOON-nahr (Swedish)
Rating: 45% based on 4 votes
From the Old Norse name Gunnarr which was derived from the elements gunnr "war" and arr "warrior" (making it a cognate of GÜNTHER). In Norse legend Gunnar was the husband of Brynhildr. He had his brother-in-law Sigurd murdered based on his wife's false accusations that Sigurd had taken her virginity.

ILANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: אִילָנָה (Hebrew)
Rating: 40% based on 4 votes
Feminine form of ILAN.

ISAAC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: יִצְחָק (Hebrew)
Pronounced: IE-zək (English)
Rating: 38% based on 5 votes
From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) meaning "he will laugh, he will rejoice", derived from צָחַק (tzachaq) meaning "to laugh". The Old Testament explains this meaning, by recounting that Abraham laughed when God told him that his aged wife Sarah would become pregnant with Isaac (see Genesis 17:17). When Isaac was a boy, God tested Abraham's faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son, though an angel prevented the act at the last moment. Isaac went on to become the father of Esau and Jacob with his wife Rebecca.

As an English Christian name, Isaac was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, though it was more common among Jews. It became more widespread after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers include the physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992).

JACI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 13% based on 4 votes
Diminutive of JACQUELINE.

JAEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: יָעֵל (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: JAY-əl (English), JAYL (English)
Rating: 17% based on 3 votes
From the Hebrew name יָעֵל (Ya'el) meaning "ibex, mountain goat". This name appears in the Old Testament belonging to the wife of Heber the Kenite. After Sisera, the captain of the Canaanite army, was defeated in battle by Deborah and Barak he took refuge in Heber's tent. When he fell asleep Jael killed him by hammering a tent peg into his head.

JOANNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Polish, Biblical
Pronounced: jo-AN-ə (English), yaw-AN-na (Polish)
Rating: 35% based on 4 votes
English and Polish form of Latin Iohanna, which was derived from Greek Ιωαννα (Ioanna), the feminine form of Ioannes (see JOHN). This is the spelling used in the English New Testament, where it belongs to a follower of Jesus who is regarded as a saint. In the Middle Ages in England it was used as a Latinized form of Joan (the usual feminine form of John) and it became common as a given name in the 19th century.

JORDAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Јордан (Macedonian)
Pronounced: JAWR-dən (English)
Rating: 38% based on 4 votes
From the name of the river which flows between the countries of Jordan and Israel. The river's name in Hebrew is יַרְדֵן (Yarden), and it is derived from יָרַד (yarad) meaning "descend" or "flow down". In the New Testament John the Baptist baptizes Jesus Christ in its waters, and it was adopted as a personal name in Europe after crusaders brought water back from the river to baptize their children. There may have been some influence from the Germanic name JORDANES, notably borne by a 6th-century Gothic historian.

This name died out after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. In America and other countries it became fairly popular in the second half of the 20th century. A famous bearer of the surname is former basketball star Michael Jordan (1963-).

JOSHUA
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Other Scripts: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: JAW-shoo-ə (English)
Rating: 58% based on 4 votes
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu'a) meaning "YAHWEH is salvation". As told in the Old Testament, Joshua was a companion of Moses. He went up Mount Sinai with Moses when he received the Ten Commandments from God, and later he was one of the twelve spies sent into Canaan. After Moses died Joshua succeeded him as leader of the Israelites and he led the conquest of Canaan. His original name was Hoshea.

The name Jesus comes from a Greek translation of the Aramaic short form יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a), which was the real name of Jesus. As an English name, Joshua has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

KIERSTEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Rating: 35% based on 4 votes
Variant of KIRSTEN.

LAUREL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LAWR-əl
Rating: 38% based on 4 votes
From the name of the laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus.

LEILA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic, Persian, English, Georgian
Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic), لیلا (Persian), ლეილა (Georgian)
Pronounced: LAY-lə (English), LEE-lə (English), LIE-lə (English)
Rating: 53% based on 4 votes
Variant of LAYLA. This spelling was used by Lord Byron for characters in 'The Giaour' (1813) and 'Don Juan' (1819), and it is through him that the name was introduced to the English-speaking world.

LORRAINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: lə-RAYN
Rating: 25% based on 4 votes
From the name of a region in France, originally meaning "kingdom of LOTHAR". Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France that is now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen (from Latin Lothari regnum). As a given name, it has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It became popular after World War I when the region was in the news, as it was contested between Germany and France.

LYLE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIE-əl, LIEL
Rating: 23% based on 4 votes
From an English surname which was derived from Norman French l'isle "island".

NATHANIEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Other Scripts: נְתַנְאֵל (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: nə-THAN-yəl (English)
Personal note: My son's middle name
Rating: 70% based on 5 votes
Variant of NATHANAEL. It has been regularly used in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation. This has been the most popular spelling, even though the spelling Nathanael is found in most versions of the New Testament. The American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), author of 'The Scarlet Letter', was a famous bearer of this name.

NICOLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English, Dutch, German
Pronounced: NEE-KAWL (French), ni-KOL (English), nee-KAWL (German)
Rating: 15% based on 4 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-).

NOAH (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Other Scripts: נֹחַ, נוֹחַ (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: NO-ə (English)
Rating: 36% based on 5 votes
Derived from the Hebrew name נֹחַ (Noach) meaning "rest, comfort". According to the Old Testament, Noah was the builder of the Ark that allowed him, his family, and animals of each species to survive the great Flood. After the Flood he received the sign of the rainbow as a covenant from God. He was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

As an English Christian name, Noah has been used since the Protestant Reformation, being common among the Puritans. A famous bearer was the American lexicographer Noah Webster (1758-1843).

NORAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish, English
Pronounced: NAWR-ə
Rating: 48% based on 4 votes
Variant of NORA.

REINA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Rating: 68% based on 4 votes
Means "queen" in Spanish.

ROSELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French (Rare)
Rating: 65% based on 4 votes
French diminutive of ROSE.

ROYCE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: ROIS
Rating: 28% based on 4 votes
From a surname which was derived from the medieval given name Royse, a variant of ROSE.

RYAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, English
Pronounced: RIE-ən (English)
Rating: 68% based on 4 votes
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Riain meaning "descendant of Rían". The given name Rían probably means "little king" (from Irish "king" combined with a diminutive suffix).

SASHA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Other Scripts: Саша (Russian, Ukrainian)
Pronounced: SA-SHA (French)
Rating: 58% based on 4 votes
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.

SCOTT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Scottish
Pronounced: SKAHT (American English), SKAWT (British English)
Rating: 50% based on 4 votes
From an English and Scottish surname which referred to a person from Scotland or a person who spoke Scottish Gaelic. It is derived from Latin Scoti meaning "Gaelic speaker", with the ultimate origin uncertain.

TESSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: TES-ə
Rating: 53% based on 4 votes
Diminutive of THERESA.

VALERIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Czech
Pronounced: VAL-ə-ree (English), VA-lə-ree (German)
Rating: 45% based on 4 votes
English and German form of VALERIA and Czech variant of VALÉRIE.

VERONICA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Romanian, Late Roman
Pronounced: və-RAHN-i-kə (American English), və-RAWN-i-kə (British English)
Rating: 65% based on 4 votes
Latin alteration of BERENICE, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning "true image". This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus' face with a towel and then found his image imprinted upon it. Due to popular stories about her, the name was occasionally used in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani. As an English name, it was not common until the 19th century, when it was imported from France and Scotland.

VICTOR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Late Roman
Pronounced: VIK-tər (English), VEEK-TAWR (French)
Rating: 60% based on 4 votes
Roman name meaning "victor, conqueror" in Latin. It was common among early Christians, and was borne by several early saints and three popes. It was rare as an English name during the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885), who authored 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Misérables'.

VIOLET
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: VIE-lit, VIE-ə-lit
Rating: 88% based on 4 votes
From the English word violet for the purple flower, ultimately derived from Latin viola. It was common in Scotland from the 16th century, and it came into general use as an English given name during the 19th century.

XAVIER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish (Archaic)
Pronounced: ZAY-vyər (English), ig-ZAY-vyər (English), GZA-VYE (French), sha-VYER (Portuguese)
Rating: 25% based on 4 votes
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) who was borne in a village of this name. He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries. His surname has since been adopted as a given name in his honour, chiefly among Catholics.
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