nilamalin's Personal Name List

ALINDE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish

Pronounced: a-LIND-e

Rating: 54% based on 5 votes

Possibly a form of [Adalind] or [Ethelinda].

ALTEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish

Rating: 50% based on 6 votes

Italian and Spanish form of [Althea].

ALVILDE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Danish, Norwegian

Rating: 42% based on 5 votes

Variant of Alvhilde, a form of [Alfhild] used in Norway since the beginning of the 19th century (see also [Alvilda]). A literary bearer was Norwegian novelist Alvilde Prydz (1846-1922).

AMANDUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Late Roman

Rating: 41% based on 22 votes

Derived from Latin amanda meaning "lovable, worthy of love". Saint Amandus was a 5th-century bishop of Bordeaux. It was also borne by a 7th-century French saint who evangelized in Flanders.

BARTOLOMEUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish

Pronounced: barr-tolo-meh-oos

Rating: 70% based on 4 votes

Swedish form of Bartholomew

BASTIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: German

Pronounced: BAHS-tee-ahn

Rating: 51% based on 26 votes

Short form of SEBASTIAN

BERENGARIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Ancient Germanic (Latinized)

Rating: 33% based on 24 votes

Latinized feminine form of BERENGAR. This name was borne by a 13th-century queen of Castile.

BLANKA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian, Serbian

Rating: 30% based on 25 votes

Form of BLANCHE

BONIFATIUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Late Roman

Rating: 22% based on 25 votes

Latin form of BONIFACE

CONCORDIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Roman Mythology

Pronounced: kən-KAWR-dee-ə (English)

Rating: 30% based on 21 votes

Means "harmony" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of harmony and peace.

DESIDERIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Late Roman

Rating: 43% based on 27 votes

Feminine form of DESIDERIO. This was the Latin name of a 19th-century queen of Sweden, the wife of Karl XIV. She was born in France with the name Désirée.

DISA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Southern African

Pronounced: DEE-sah (Swedish)

Rating: 44% based on 5 votes

From a medieval Swedish form of the Old Norse name Dísa, a short form of other feminine names containing the element dís "goddess". This is the name of a genus of South African orchids, which honours a heroine in Swedish legend. Disa has also been used as a Swedish short form of [Desideria].

DOROTEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Croatian

Pronounced: do-ro-TE-ah (Italian, Spanish)

Rating: 58% based on 27 votes

Form of DOROTHEA

EDMUND

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, German, Polish

Pronounced: ED-mənd (English), ED-muwnt (German, Polish)

Rating: 58% based on 22 votes

Means "rich protector" from Old English ead "rich, blessed" and mund "protector". This was the name of two Anglo-Saxon kings of England. It was also borne by two saints, including a 9th-century king of East Anglia who, according to tradition, was shot to death with arrows after refusing to divide his Christian kingdom with an invading pagan Danish leader. This Old English name remained in use after the Norman conquest (even being used by king Henry III for one of his sons), though it became less common after the 15th century.

Famous bearers of the name include the English poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), the German-Czech philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) and New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), the first person to climb Mount Everest.

ELDRID

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Norwegian

Rating: 48% based on 5 votes

From the Old Norse name Eldríðr, possibly from the elements eldr "fire" and fríðr "beautiful". Alternatively it may have derived from the Old English name [Æðelþryð] or the Old High German name Hildifrid (via Frankish Eldrit).

ELM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Catalan, English

Rating: 50% based on 4 votes

Catalan form of [Elmo].
Also used as a diminutive of [Elmer].
May also be from the name of the Elm tree.

ELVIRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Italian

Pronounced: el-BEE-rah (Spanish), el-VEE-rah (Italian)

Rating: 40% based on 26 votes

Spanish form of a Visigothic name, possibly composed of the Germanic elements al "all" and wer "true".

ESKIL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish

Pronounced: ES-kil

Rating: 43% based on 4 votes

From Old Norse Askettil, meaning "god kettle" or "god helmet".
Saint Eskil is said to have been stoned to death in Sweden in 1080.

FALE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish (Rare), Ancient Scandinavian

Pronounced: FAH-le

Rating: 35% based on 4 votes

Originally Fardhe, a short form of Farthegn meaning "traveller".

FELICITAS (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Roman Mythology

Rating: 35% based on 24 votes

Means "good luck, fortune" in Latin. In Roman mythology the goddess Felicitas was the personification of good luck.

FENIX

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: FEE-niks

Rating: 55% based on 4 votes

Variant of [Phoenix]

FIDELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish (Rare)

Rating: 39% based on 13 votes

Feminine form of FIDEL

FILEMON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish (Rare)

Pronounced: fee-lə-MAWN (Dutch)

Rating: 43% based on 4 votes

Dutch and Scandinavian form of [Philemon].

FLORIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: German, Polish, French

Pronounced: FLO-ree-ahn (German), FLAWR-yahn (Polish)

Rating: 50% based on 25 votes

From the Roman name Florianus, a derivative of FLORUS. Saint Florian, a martyr of the 3rd century, is the patron saint of Poland and Upper Austria.

FORTUNATA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Late Roman

Rating: 38% based on 11 votes

Feminine form of FORTUNATO

FREDRIKA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Finnish

Pronounced: fred-REE-kah (Swedish)

Rating: 54% based on 27 votes

Swedish and Finnish feminine form of FREDERICK

GABRIEL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: גַּבְרִיאֵל (Ancient Hebrew), Γαβριηλ (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ga-bree-EL (French), GAHP-ree-el (German), GAH-bryel (Spanish), GAY-bree-əl (English), GAHP-ryel (Polish)

Rating: 67% based on 32 votes

From the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el) meaning "strong man of God". Gabriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition. He appears in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, where he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary. According to Islamic tradition he was the angel who dictated the Qur'an to Muhammad.

This name has been used occasionally in England since the 12th century. It was not common in the English-speaking world until the end of the 20th century.

ILIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish (Rare)

Rating: 48% based on 6 votes

Swedish form of [AEGIDIUS], via the German form [GILGEN] or [ILGEN].

IMRE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Hungarian

Pronounced: EEM-re

Rating: 43% based on 25 votes

Hungarian form of EMMERICH. This was the name of an 11th-century Hungarian saint, the son of Saint Istvan. He is also known as Emeric.

IRMELIN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Norwegian, German (Rare), Swedish

Pronounced: IH-M-E-LEN (Norwegian)

Rating: 50% based on 5 votes

A diminutive of [Irma].

ISADORA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Rating: 61% based on 27 votes

Variant of ISIDORA. A famous bearer was the American dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927).

JUNIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical, Ancient Roman

Rating: 53% based on 12 votes

Feminine form of JUNIUS. This was the name of an early Christian mentioned in the New Testament (there is some debate about whether the name belongs to a man or a woman).

KASPER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Pronounced: KAHS-per (Polish), KAHS-pər (Dutch)

Rating: 53% based on 23 votes

Polish, Dutch and Scandinavian form of JASPER

LEANDER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Λεανδρος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: lee-AN-dər (English)

Rating: 58% based on 31 votes

From the Greek Λεανδρος (Leandros) which means "lion of a man" from Greek λεων (leon) "lion" and ανδρος (andros) "of a man". In Greek legend Leander was the lover of Hero. Every night he swam across the Hellespont to meet her, but on one occasion he was drowned when a storm arose. When Hero saw his dead body she threw herself into the waters and perished.

LEONIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Dutch

Pronounced: LE-o-nee (German), lay-o-NEE (Dutch)

Rating: 49% based on 9 votes

German and Dutch feminine form of LEONIUS

LEONOR

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Portuguese

Rating: 59% based on 25 votes

Spanish and Portuguese form of ELEANOR. It was brought to Spain in the 12th-century by Eleanor of England, who married king Alfonso VIII of Castile.

LILJA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Icelandic, Finnish

Pronounced: LIL-yah (Icelandic)

Rating: 57% based on 25 votes

Icelandic and Finnish cognate of LILY

MAGDALENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish, Occitan, Slovene, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Romanian, Finnish, English

Other Scripts: Магдалена (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian)

Pronounced: mahk-dah-LE-nah (German), mahg-dah-LE-nah (Polish), mag-da-LAY-na (English)

Rating: 59% based on 25 votes

Latinate form of MAGDALENE

MÅNSTRÅLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish (Modern, Rare)

Rating: 37% based on 6 votes

Means "moonbeam" in Swedish. This is the middle name of Swedish actress Rebecka Liljeberg (1981-).

MATTEUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian

Pronounced: maht-TE-oos

Rating: 60% based on 25 votes

Swedish and Norwegian form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.

MINOO

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Iranian

Other Scripts: مینو (Persian)

Rating: 26% based on 23 votes

Means "heaven, paradise" in Persian.

MIO

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: 美桜, 美緒 (Japanese)

Rating: 38% based on 23 votes

From Japanese 美 (mi) "beautiful" combined with 桜 (ou) "cherry blossom" or 緒 (o) "thread".

MIRANDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: mə-RAN-də

Rating: 51% based on 26 votes

Derived from Latin mirandus meaning "admirable, wonderful". The name was created by Shakespeare for the heroine in his play 'The Tempest' (1611). It did not become a common English given name until the 20th century. This is also the name of one of the moons of Uranus.

MIRJAM

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch, German, Finnish, Estonian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian

Other Scripts: Мирјам (Serbian)

Pronounced: MIR-yahm (German)

Rating: 42% based on 23 votes

Form of MIRIAM

NIKODEMUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Finnish

Other Scripts: Nikodemus

Pronounced: Nik-a-dee-məs

Rating: 55% based on 6 votes

Finnish Variant of [Nicodemus]. From the Greek name Νικοδημος (Nikodemos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and δημος (demos) "the people".

NOOMI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Finnish, Swedish

Pronounced: NAW-mi

Rating: 35% based on 4 votes

Variant of [Naomi].

OFELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Italian

Pronounced: o-FE-lyah

Rating: 51% based on 27 votes

Spanish and Italian form of OPHELIA

PASCAL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French, German, Dutch

Pronounced: pas-KAHL (French), pahs-KAHL (Dutch)

Rating: 34% based on 25 votes

From the Late Latin name Paschalis, which meant "relating to Easter" from Latin Pascha "Easter", which was in turn from Hebrew פֶּסַח (pesach) "Passover". Passover is the ancient Hebrew holiday celebrating the liberation from Egypt. Because it coincided closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the same Latin word was used for both. The name Pascal can also function as a surname, as in the case of Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher, mathematician and inventor.

PROSPER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French, English

Pronounced: pro-SPER (French), PRAHS-pər (English)

Rating: 21% based on 10 votes

From the Latin name Prosperus, which meant "fortunate, successful". This was the name of a 5th-century saint, a supporter of Saint Augustine. It has never been common as an English name, though the Puritans used it, partly because it is identical to the English word prosper.

REBECKA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish

Rating: 35% based on 26 votes

Swedish variant of REBECCA

ROSA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English

Pronounced: RO-sah (Spanish, Dutch), RAW-zah (Italian), RO-zə (English)

Rating: 47% based on 12 votes

Generally this can be considered a Latin form of ROSE, though originally it may have come from the Germanic name ROZA (2). This was the name of a 13th-century saint from Viterbo in Italy. In the English-speaking world it was first used in the 19th century. A famous bearer was civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005).

RUFUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman, English, Biblical

Pronounced: ROO-fəs (English)

Rating: 48% based on 24 votes

Roman cognomen which meant "red-haired" in Latin. Several early saints had this name, including one mentioned in one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament. As a nickname it was used by William II Rufus, a king of England, because of his red hair. It came into general use in the English-speaking world after the Protestant Reformation.

SAGA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Norse Mythology, Swedish

Pronounced: SAH-gah (Swedish)

Rating: 50% based on 25 votes

Possibly means "seeing one" in Old Norse. This was the name of the Norse goddess of poetry and history, sometimes identified with the goddess Frigg. This is also a modern Swedish word meaning "story, fairy tale".

SALOMON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Σαλωμων (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: sa-lo-MAWN (French)

Rating: 36% based on 23 votes

French, Scandinavian, Finnish and Polish form of SOLOMON

SALVE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish (Rare)

Rating: 48% based on 4 votes

Variant of [Sölve].

SANTE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Old Swedish

Rating: 50% based on 4 votes

Medieval Swedish form of [Alexander].

SASKIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch, German

Pronounced: SAHS-kee-ah: (Dutch), ZAHS-kee-ah (German)

Rating: 49% based on 24 votes

From the Germanic element sachs "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Germanic word sahs meaning "knife".

SIGNE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Rating: 43% based on 3 votes

Variant of SIGNY

SINDRE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Norwegian

Rating: 38% based on 25 votes

Norwegian form of SINDRI

SMILLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, German, Literature

Pronounced: SMEEL-lah

Rating: 35% based on 4 votes

This name was invented by Danish author Peter Høeg (for the heroine of his 1992 novel 'Smilla's Sense of Snow'), who based it on Danish smil "smile". According to NordicNames.de "it has become extremely popular in the Nordic countries, especially in Sweden."

SNÖFRID

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish (Rare)

Rating: 32% based on 5 votes

Swedish form of the Old Norse name Snæfríðr, derived from the elements snær "snow" and fríðr "beautiful, fair".

STELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian

Pronounced: STEL-ə (English)

Rating: 57% based on 27 votes

Means "star" in Latin. This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'. It was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century. It appears in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947), belonging to the sister of Blanche DuBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski.

SUNNIVA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Norwegian

Rating: 47% based on 26 votes

Scandinavian form of the Old English name Sunngifu, which meant "sun gift" from the Old English elements sunne "sun" and giefu "gift". This was the name of a legendary English saint who was shipwrecked in Norway and killed by the inhabitants.

SUSANNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic

Other Scripts: Сусанна (Russian), שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Ancient Hebrew), Сѹсанна (Church Slavic)

Pronounced: soo-ZAHN-nah (Italian), soo-ZAN-ə (English)

Rating: 56% based on 27 votes

From Σουσαννα (Sousanna), the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah). This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan) meaning "lily" (in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn "lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministered to Christ.

As an English name, it was occasionally used during the Middle Ages in honour of the Old Testament heroine. It did not become common until after the Protestant Reformation, at which time it was often spelled Susan.

SYLVESTER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: sil-VES-tər

Rating: 44% based on 25 votes

Medieval variant of SILVESTER. This is currently the usual English spelling of the name. The actor Sylvester Stallone (1946-) is a famous bearer.

TEODORA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Romanian, Polish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian

Other Scripts: Теодора (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian)

Pronounced: te-o-DAW-rah (Italian), te-o-DHO-rah (Spanish), te-aw-DAW-rah (Polish)

Rating: 56% based on 11 votes

Feminine form of Theodoros (see THEODORE).

TULLIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Ancient Roman

Rating: 45% based on 24 votes

Feminine form of Tullius (see TULLIO).

TUVE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish

Rating: 42% based on 5 votes

Variant of [TURE].

VALENTIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, French, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian

Other Scripts: Валентин (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)

Pronounced: VAH-len-teen (German), vah-lyen-TEEN (Russian), vah-leen-TEEN (Russian)

Rating: 69% based on 26 votes

Form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).

VEMUND

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Norwegian, Swedish (Rare)

Rating: 43% based on 4 votes

Modern Norwegian and Swedish form of [Vémundr].

VENDEL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish

Pronounced: VEN-del

Rating: 40% based on 4 votes

Swedish form of [Wendel].

VENDELA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish

Rating: 39% based on 25 votes

Swedish feminine form of WENDEL
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