Arieanne's Personal Name List

ADELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Spanish

Pronounced: ə-DEL-ee-ə (English)

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Elaborated form of ADELA

ADERYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 28% based on 5 votes

Means "bird" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.

ADILET

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Kyrgyz

Other Scripts: Адилет (Kyrgyz)

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Means "justice" in Kyrgyz, ultimately from Arabic.

ADRASTOS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Αδραστος (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

Means "not inclined to run away" in Greek. This was the name of a king of Argos in Greek legend.

AESON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Αισων (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 40% based on 1 vote

From the Greek Αισων (Aison), which is of unknown meaning. Aeson was the father of Jason in Greek legend.

AFANEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh (Rare)

Pronounced: a-VAN-en

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Means "raspberry" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.

ALAINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ə-LAYN-ə

Rating: 25% based on 4 votes

Variant of of ALANA, probably influenced by ELAINE.

ALBA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Catalan

Pronounced: AHL-bah (Italian, Spanish), AHL-bə (Catalan)

Rating: 30% based on 3 votes

This name is derived from two distinct names, ALBA (2) and ALBA (3), with distinct origins, Latin and Germanic. Over time these names have become confused with one another. To further complicate the matter, alba means "dawn" in Italian, Spanish and Catalan. This may be the main inspiration behind its use in Italy and Spain.

ALCYONE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Αλκυονη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: al-SIE-ə-nee (English)

Rating: 3% based on 3 votes

Latinized form of Greek Αλκυονη (Alkyone), derived from the word αλκυων (alkyon) or ‘αλκυων (halkyon) meaning "kingfisher". In Greek myth this name belonged to a daughter of Aeolus and the wife of Ceyx. After her husband was killed in a shipwreck she threw herself into the water, but the gods saved her and turned them both into kingfishers. This is also the name of the brightest of the Pleiades, the seven stars in the constellation Taurus.

ALEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-LEE-ə

Rating: 3% based on 3 votes

Variant of AALIYAH

ALEXANDER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian, Slovak, Biblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Αλεξανδρος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: al-əg-ZAN-dər (English), ah-lek-SAHN-der (German), ah-lək-SAHN-dər (Dutch)

Rating: 60% based on 1 vote

Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξανδρος (Alexandros), which meant "defending men" from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, help" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek mythology this was another name of the hero Paris, and it also belongs to several characters in the New Testament. However, the most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, King of Macedon. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame, and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe.

The name has been used by kings of Scotland, Poland and Yugoslavia, emperors of Russia, and eight popes. Other notable bearers include English poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744), American statesman Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), Scottish-Canadian explorer Sir Alexander MacKenzie (1764-1820), Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), and Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), the Scottish-Canadian-American inventor of the telephone.

ALINA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Romanian, German, Italian, Polish

Pronounced: ah-LEE-nah (German, Italian, Polish)

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Short form of ADELINA and names that end in alina.

ANDRASTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Celtic Mythology

Rating: 33% based on 3 votes

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

ANDROMEDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ανδρομεδη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: an-DRAW-mə-də (English)

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

Means "to think of a man" from the Greek element ανδρος (andros) "of a man" combined with μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to be mindful of". Andromeda is a constellation in the northern sky, which gets its name from a mythical Greek princess who was rescued from sacrifice by Perseus. This is also the name of a nearby galaxy, given because it resides (from our point of view) within the constellation.

ANNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Catalan, Occitan, Breton, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Αννα (Greek), Анна (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Church Slavic)

Pronounced: AN-a (English), AHN-nah (Italian, Dutch, Polish), AH-nah (German, Russian)

Rating: 72% based on 5 votes

Form of Channah (see HANNAH) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling. The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary. In the English-speaking world, this form came into general use in the 18th century, joining Ann and Anne.

The name was borne by several Russian royals, including an 18th-century empress of Russia. It was also the name of the main character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'Anna Karenina' (1877), a woman forced to choose between her son and her lover.

ANWEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 45% based on 4 votes

Means "very beautiful" in Welsh.

AODHÁN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology

Rating: 43% based on 4 votes

From the old Irish name Áedán, a diminutive of Áed (see AODH). This was the name of an Irish monk and saint of the 7th century. It was also borne by several characters in Irish mythology.

AOIBHE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: EE-va

Rating: 50% based on 3 votes

Derived from Gaelic aoibh "beauty". It is also used as an Irish form of Eve.

AOIBHEANN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: EE-van

Rating: 53% based on 3 votes

Means "beautiful sheen" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of the mother of Saint Enda. It was also borne by Irish royalty.

AOIFE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: EE-fa

Rating: 58% based on 4 votes

Means "beauty" from the Gaelic word aoibh. In Irish legend Aoife was a warrior princess. In war against her sister Scathach, she was defeated in single combat by the hero Cúchulainn. Eventually she was reconciled with her sister and became the lover of Cúchulainn. This name is sometimes used as a Gaelic form of EVE or EVA.

ARABELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

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

ARDGHAL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: AHR-dahl

Rating: 30% based on 3 votes

Means "high valour", derived from the Irish elements ard "high" and gal "valour".

ARTEMIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Αρτεμις (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: AHR-tə-mis (English)

Rating: 0% based on 1 vote

Meaning unknown, possibly related either to Greek αρτεμης (artemes) "safe" or αρταμος (artamos) "a butcher". Artemis was the Greek goddess of the moon and hunting, the twin of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was known as Diana to the Romans.

ARWEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Literature

Rating: 36% based on 5 votes

Means "noble maiden" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Arwen was the daughter of Elrond and the lover of Aragorn.

ATHENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Αθηνα (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Meaning unknown, perhaps derived from Greek αθηρ (ather) "sharp" and αινη (aine) "praise". Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare, the daughter of Zeus and the patron goddess of the city of Athens in Greece. She is associated with the olive tree and the owl.

AUBREY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AWB-ree

Rating: 13% based on 4 votes

Norman French form of the Germanic name ALBERICH. As an English masculine name it was common in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the 19th century. Since the mid-1970s it has more frequently been given to girls, probably because of its similarity to Audrey.

AVRIL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French (Rare), English (Rare)

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

Rating: 10% based on 3 votes

French form of APRIL

AYŞE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Turkish

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Turkish form of AISHA

BASTIEN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French

Pronounced: bas-TYAWN

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

Short form of SÉBASTIEN

BEDIVERE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

From the Welsh name Bedwyr, which is of unknown meaning. In Arthurian legends Bedivere was one of the original companions of King Arthur. He first appears in early Welsh tales, and his story was later expanded by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. He is the one who throws the sword Excalibur into the lake at the request of the dying Arthur.

BELENUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Celtic Mythology

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Probably from a Celtic word meaning "bright, brilliant". This was the name of a Gaulish solar god who was often equated with Apollo.

BERTRAM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, German, Ancient Germanic

Pronounced: BUR-trəm (English), BER-trahm (German)

Rating: 37% based on 3 votes

Means "bright raven", derived from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with hramn "raven". The Normans introduced this name to England. Shakespeare used it in his play 'All's Well That Ends Well' (1603).

BOADICEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Ancient Celtic (Latinized)

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Latinized form of BOUDICCA

BRANWEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh, Welsh Mythology

Pronounced: BRAN-wen

Rating: 30% based on 4 votes

Means "beautiful raven" from Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is the sister of the British king Bran and the wife of the Irish king Matholwch.

BRISEIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Βρισηις (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

Patronymic derived from Βρισευς (Briseus), a Greek name of unknown meaning. In Greek mythology Briseis (real name Hippodameia) was the daughter of Briseus. She was captured during the Trojan War by Achilles. After Agamemnon took her away from him, Achilles refused to fight in the war.

BROGAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Derived from Gaelic bróg "shoe" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of several Irish saints, including Saint Patrick's scribe.

BRONWEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Pronounced: BRAHN-wen

Rating: 42% based on 5 votes

Derived from the Welsh elements bron "breast" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".

CADEYRN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Celtic

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Means "battle king" from Welsh cad "battle" and teyrn "king, monarch". Cadeyrn (also known as Catigern) was a 5th-century king of Powys in Wales, the son of Vortigern.

CADOGAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh, Irish

Rating: 35% based on 4 votes

Anglicized form of CADWGAN

CAERWYN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Derived from the Welsh elements caer "fortress" and gwyn "white, fair".

CALISTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Pronounced: kə-LIS-tə (English), kah-LEE-stah (Spanish)

Rating: 50% based on 4 votes

Feminine form of CALLISTUS. As an English name it might also be a variant of KALLISTO.

CAMERON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Scottish, English

Pronounced: KAM-rən (English), KAM-ə-rən (English)

Rating: 30% based on 4 votes

From a Scottish surname meaning "crooked nose" from Gaelic cam "crooked" and sròn "nose".

CAOIMHE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, Scottish

Pronounced: KEE-va, KWEE-va

Rating: 50% based on 4 votes

Derived from Gaelic caomh meaning "beautiful, gentle, kind".

CARLOTTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian

Pronounced: kahr-LOT-tah

Rating: 47% based on 3 votes

Italian form of CHARLOTTE

CELESTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, English

Pronounced: che-LE-ste (Italian), sə-LEST (English)

Rating: 30% based on 3 votes

Italian feminine and masculine form of CAELESTIS. It is also the English feminine form.

CERIDWEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh, Welsh Mythology

Pronounced: ke-RID-wen

Rating: 43% based on 4 votes

Means "blessed poetry" from Welsh cerdd "poetry" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". This is the name of a Celtic goddess of poetry.

CERNUNNOS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Celtic Mythology (Latinized)

Rating: 40% based on 3 votes

Means "horned" in Celtic. This was the name of the Celtic god fertility, animals, wealth, and the underworld. He was usually depicted having antlers, and was identified with the Roman god Mercury.

CERYS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 25% based on 4 votes

Variant of CARYS

CIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: KEE-an, KEEN

Rating: 58% based on 4 votes

Means "ancient" in Gaelic. This was the name of the mythical ancestor of the Cianachta in Irish legend. Cian was also the name of a son-in-law of Brian Boru.

CONCHOBHAR

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology

Rating: 37% based on 3 votes

Original Irish form of CONOR

CONRÍ

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish

Rating: 30% based on 3 votes

Means "wolf king" in Irish Gaelic.

CÚCHULAINN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish Mythology

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Means "hound of Culann" in Irish. This was the usual name of the warrior hero who was named Sétanta at birth, given to him because he took the place of one of Culann's hounds after he accidentally killed it. Irish legend tells of Cúchulainn's many adventures, including his single-handed defense of Ulster against the army of queen Medb.

DAMIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Polish, Dutch

Pronounced: DAY-mee-ən (English), DAHM-yahn (Polish)

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

From the Greek name Δαμιανος (Damianos) which was derived from Greek δαμαω (damao) "to tame". Saint Damian was martyred with his twin brother Cosmo in Syria early in the 4th century. They are the patron saints of physicians. Due his renown, the name came into general use in Christian Europe. Another saint by this name was Peter Damian, an 11th-century cardinal and theologian from Italy.

DAVINIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Variant of DAVINA

DERRICK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DER-ik

Rating: 25% based on 4 votes

Variant of DEREK

DEVIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Irish

Pronounced: DEV-in

Rating: 30% based on 4 votes

From a surname, either the Irish surname DEVIN (1) or the English surname DEVIN (2).

DIONYSOS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Διονυσος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: dee-o-NOO-sos (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 70% based on 1 vote

From Greek Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS" combined with Νυσα (Nysa), the name of a legendary mountain. In Greek mythology Dionysos was the god of wine, revelry, fertility and dance. He was the son of Zeus and Semele.

DIONYSUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Διονυσος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: die-ə-NIE-səs (English)

Rating: 40% based on 3 votes

Latin form of DIONYSOS

DOMINIC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DAHM-ə-nik

Rating: 78% based on 4 votes

From the Late Latin name Dominicus meaning "of the Lord". This name was traditionally given to a child born on Sunday. Several saints have borne this name, including the 13th-century founder of the Dominican order of friars. It was in this saint's honour that the name was first used in England, starting around the 13th century. It is primarily used by Catholics.

DRUSTAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Celtic

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Older form of TRISTAN. This name was borne by a 7th-century Scottish saint.

DRYSTAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

Welsh form of TRISTAN

ÉABHA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: AY-va

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Irish form of EVE

EDWARD

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Polish

Pronounced: ED-wərd (English), ED-vahrt (Polish)

Rating: 37% based on 3 votes

Means "rich guard", derived from the Old English elements ead "rich, blessed" and weard "guard". Saint Edward the Confessor was the king of England shortly before the Norman conquest. He was known as a just ruler, and because of his popularity this name remained in use after the conquest when most other Old English names were replaced by Norman ones. The 13th-century king Henry III named his son and successor after the saint, and seven subsequent kings of England were also named Edward. This is one of the few Old English names to be used throughout Europe (in various spellings).

EILWEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 30% based on 3 votes

Perhaps means "white brow" from Welsh ael "brow" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".

EIRIAN

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 43% based on 3 votes

Means "bright, beautiful" in Welsh.

EIRWEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 43% based on 3 votes

Means "white snow" from the Welsh elements eira "snow" and gwen "white, blessed".

ELAINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Arthurian Romance

Pronounced: i-LAYN (English)

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

From an Old French form of HELEN. It appears in Arthurian legend; in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation 'Le Morte d'Arthur' Elaine was the daughter of Pelleas, the lover of Lancelot, and the mother of Galahad. It was not commonly used as an English given name until after the appearance of Tennyson's Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859).

ELECTRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Ηλεκτρα (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ə-LEKT-rə (English)

Rating: 10% based on 1 vote

Latinized form of Greek Ηλεκτρα (Elektra), derived from ηλεκτρον (elektron) meaning "amber". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and the sister of Orestes. She helped her brother kill their mother and her lover Aegisthus in vengeance for Agamemnon's murder.

ELIZABETH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Biblical

Pronounced: i-LIZ-ə-bəth (English)

Rating: 78% based on 4 votes

From Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע ('Elisheva') meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance". The Hebrew form appears in the Old Testament where Elisheba is the wife of Aaron, while the Greek form appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.

Among Christians, this name was originally more common in Eastern Europe. It was borne in the 12th century by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, a daughter of King Andrew II who used her wealth to help the poor. In medieval England it was occasionally used in honour of the saint, though the form Isabel (from Occitan and Spanish) was more common. It has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Famous modern bearers include the British queen Elizabeth II (1926-) and actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011).

ERIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ερις (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 43% based on 3 votes

Means "strife" in Greek. In Greek mythology Eris was the goddess of discord. She was the sister and companion of Ares.

EROS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ερως (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ER-aws (English)

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

Means "love" in Greek. In Greek mythology he was a young god, the son of Aphrodite, who was armed with arrows that caused the victim to fall in love.

EVADNE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Ευαδνη (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 70% based on 1 vote

From Greek Ευαδνη (Euadne), which is of unknown meaning, though the first element is derived from Greek ευ "good". In Greek legend Evadne was the wife of Capaneus. After Capaneus was killed by a lightning bolt sent from Zeus she committed suicide by throwing herself onto his burning body.

EVANDER (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology

Other Scripts: Ευανδρος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ee-VAN-dər (English), ə-VAN-dər (English)

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

Variant of Evandrus, Latin form of the Greek name Ευανδρος (Euandros) which meant "good man", derived from Greek ευ "good" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Roman mythology Evander was an Arcadian hero of the Trojan War who founded the city of Pallantium near the spot where Rome was later built.

EVANGELINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ə-VAN-jə-leen

Rating: 73% based on 4 votes

Means "good news" from Greek ευ "good" and αγγελμα (angelma) "news, message". It was (first?) used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic poem 'Evangeline' (1847).

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: 75% based on 4 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.

GABRIELLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English

Pronounced: ga-bree-EL

Rating: 37% based on 3 votes

French feminine form of GABRIEL. This was the real name of French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971).

GAVIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish

Pronounced: GAV-in (English)

Rating: 23% based on 4 votes

Medieval form of GAWAIN. Though it died out in England, it was reintroduced from Scotland in the 20th century.

GRACE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: GRAYS

Rating: 56% based on 5 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.

GRANT

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish

Pronounced: GRANT

Rating: 68% based on 4 votes

From an English and Scottish surname which was derived from Norman French grand meaning "great, large". A famous bearer of the surname was Ulysses Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War who later served as president. In America the name has often been given in his honour.

GRATIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: History

Pronounced: GRAY-shən (English)

Rating: 10% based on 3 votes

From the Roman name Gratianus, which meant "grace" from Latin gratus. Saint Gratian was the first bishop of Tours (4th century). This was also the name of a Roman emperor.

GWENDOLEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Pronounced: GWEN-də-lin (English)

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Means "white ring", derived from the Welsh elements gwen "white, fair, blessed" and dolen "ring". This was the name of a mythical queen of the Britons who defeated her husband in battle, as told by Geoffrey of Monmouth.

GWENEVERE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: GWEN-ə-vir

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Variant of GUINEVERE

GWRTHEYRN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Celtic

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Means "supreme king" from Welsh gor "over" and teyrn "king, monarch". It is possible that this is not a name, but a title. Gwrtheyrn (also known as Vortigern) was a 5th-century king of the Britons. It was he who invited Horsa and Hengist to Britain, which eventually led to the Anglo-Saxon conquest of England.

HALA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Other Scripts: هالة (Arabic)

Rating: 7% based on 3 votes

Means "halo around the moon" in Arabic. This was the name of a sister-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.

HENRIETTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Dutch

Pronounced: hen-ree-ET-ə (English)

Rating: 70% based on 4 votes

English form of HENRIETTE. It was introduced to England by Henriette Marie, the wife of the 17th-century English king Charles I. The name Henriette was also Anglicized as Harriet, a form which was initially more popular.

IAIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Scottish

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Scottish form of JOHN

INDIRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian, Hinduism

Other Scripts: इन्दिरा (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Means "beauty" in Sanskrit. This is another name of Lakshmi, the wife of the Hindu god Vishnu. A notable bearer was India's first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi (1917-1984).

ISABELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian

Pronounced: ee-zah-BEL-lah (Italian), iz-ə-BEL-ə (English)

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Latinate form of ISABEL. This name was borne by many medieval royals, including queen consorts of England, France, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary, as well as the powerful ruling queen Isabella of Castile (properly called Isabel).

JULIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Finnish, Ancient Roman, Biblical

Pronounced: JOO-lee-ə (English), YOO-lee-ah (German), HOO-lyah (Spanish), YUWL-yah (Polish), YOO:-lee-ah (Ancient Roman)

Rating: 55% based on 4 votes

Feminine form of JULIUS. A person by this name has a brief mention in the New Testament. It was borne by a few early saints and martyrs, including the patron saint of Corsica. Shakespeare used the name in his comedy 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594). It has been common as a given name in the English-speaking world only since the 18th century. A famous bearer is American actress Julia Roberts (1967-).

KEEGAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: KEE-gən

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

From an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Aodhagáin, which means "descendent of Aodhagán". The given name Aodhagán is a double diminutive of AODH.

KIERA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: KEER-a, KEE-ar-a

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Anglicized form of CIARA (1)

KIERAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: KEER-awn, KEE-ar-awn

Rating: 45% based on 4 votes

Anglicized form of CIARÁN

KREIOS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Κρειος (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

Possibly derived from Greek κρειων (kreion) "lord, master". This was the name of a Titan in Greek mythology.

LANDON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LAN-dən

Rating: 33% based on 4 votes

From a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "long hill" (effectively meaning "ridge"). Use of the name may have been inspired in part by the actor Michael Landon (1936-1991).

LEANDER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Λεανδρος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: lee-AN-dər (English)

Rating: 10% based on 1 vote

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.

LEANDROS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Λεανδρος (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 60% based on 1 vote

Greek form of LEANDER

LEOLIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Variant of LLYWELYN influenced by Latin leo "lion".

LEONIDAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek, Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Λεωνιδας (Greek)

From Greek λεων (leon) "lion". Leonidas was a Spartan king of the 5th century BC who sacrificed his life defending the pass of Thermopylae from the Persians. This was also the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr, the father of Origen, from Alexandria.

LIAM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: LEE-əm (English)

Rating: 83% based on 4 votes

Irish short form of WILLIAM

LISETTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English

Pronounced: lee-ZET (French)

Rating: 43% based on 3 votes

Diminutive of ÉLISABETH

LOGAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Scottish, English

Pronounced: LO-gən

Rating: 33% based on 4 votes

From a surname which was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.

LUCIAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Romanian, English

Pronounced: LOO-shən (English)

Rating: 55% based on 4 votes

Romanian and English form of LUCIANUS. Lucian is the usual name of Lucianus of Samosata in English.

MADOC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Possibly derived from Welsh mad "fortunate" combined with a diminutive suffix.

MAIARA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Native American, Tupí

Rating: 10% based on 3 votes

Means "wise" in Tupí.

MALINA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish (Rare)

Other Scripts: Малина (Bulgarian, Serbian)

Pronounced: mah-LEE-nah (Polish)

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Means "raspberry" in several Slavic languages.

MARCAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, Scottish

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Irish and Scottish form of MARK

MARINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian, Ancient Roman

Other Scripts: Μαρινα (Greek), Марина (Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian), მარინა (Georgian)

Pronounced: mah-REE-nah (Italian, Spanish, German, Russian)

Rating: 30% based on 3 votes

Feminine form of MARINUS

MARYAM

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic, Iranian

Other Scripts: مريم (Arabic), مریم (Persian)

Rating: 30% based on 4 votes

Arabic and Persian form of MARIA. In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.

MELAINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Μελαινα (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Ancient Greek form of MELANIE. This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology.

MERCEDES

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish

Pronounced: mer-THE-dhes (Spanish), mer-SE-dhes (Latin American Spanish)

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

Means "mercies" (that is, the plural of mercy), from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, María de las Mercedes, meaning "Mary of Mercies". It is ultimately from the Latin word merces meaning "wages, reward", which in Vulgar Latin acquired the meaning "favour, pity".

MERRICK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: MER-ik

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

From an English surname which was originally derived from a Norman given name, composed of the Germanic elements meri "fame" and ric "power".

MIKHAIL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Russian, Bulgarian

Other Scripts: Михаил (Russian, Bulgarian)

Pronounced: mee-khah-EEL (Russian)

Rating: 55% based on 4 votes

Russian form of MICHAEL, and a variant Bulgarian transcription of MIHAIL. This was the name of two Russian tsars. It was also borne by the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-).

MIRIAM

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew, English, German, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew

Other Scripts: מִרְיָם (Hebrew)

Pronounced: MIR-ee-əm (English)

Rating: 50% based on 3 votes

Original Hebrew form of MARY. It is used in the Old Testament, where it belongs to the elder sister of Moses and Aaron. It has long been popular among Jews, and it has been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.

MORGAINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arthurian Romance

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Variant of MORGAN (2), from a French form.

MORRIGAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish Mythology

Rating: 13% based on 3 votes

Derived from Irish Mór Ríoghain meaning "great queen". In Irish myth she was a goddess of war and death who often took the form of a crow.

MURCHADH

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, Scottish

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Derived from Gaelic muir "sea" and cadh "warrior".

NASRIN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Iranian

Other Scripts: نسرین (Persian)

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Means "wild rose" in Persian.

NERYS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 25% based on 4 votes

Perhaps an elaboration of Welsh ner "lord", with the intended meaning of "lady".

NIAMH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: NEEV

Rating: 23% based on 4 votes

Means "bright" in Irish. She was the daughter of the sea god in Irish legends. She fell in love with the poet Oisín, son of Fionn.

NIMUE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arthurian Romance

Pronounced: NIM-oo-ay

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Meaning unknown. In Arthurian legends this is the name of a sorceress, also known as the Lady of the Lake, Vivien, or Niniane. Various versions of the tales have Merlin falling in love with her and becoming imprisoned by her magic. She first appears in the medieval French 'Lancelot-Grail' cycle.

OLIVIA

Gender: Feminine

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

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

Rating: 33% 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'.

OLWEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Rating: 25% based on 4 votes

Means "white footprint" from Welsh ol "footprint, track" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". In Welsh legend Olwen was a beautiful maiden, the lover of Culhwch and the daughter of the giant Yspaddaden. Her father insisted that Culhwch complete several seemingly impossible tasks before he would allow them to marry, and Culhwch was successful with all of them.

PÁDRAIGÍN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: PAW-dri-geen

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

Irish form of PATRICIA

PHOEBE

Gender: Feminine

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

Other Scripts: Φοιβη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: FEE-bee (English)

Rating: 38% based on 4 votes

Latinized form of the Greek name Φοιβη (Phoibe), which meant "bright, pure" from Greek φοιβος (phoibos). In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter, the moon goddess Artemis. The name appears in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Cenchreae. In England, it began to be used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. A moon of Saturn bears this name (in honour of the Titan).

PUCK

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Anglo-Saxon Mythology, Dutch

Pronounced: PUK (English)

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

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).

RAVEN

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: RAY-vən

Rating: 28% based on 4 votes

From the name of the bird, ultimately from Old English hræfn. The raven is revered by several Native American groups of the west coast. It is also associated with the Norse god Odin.

RHIANNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ree-AN-ə

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Probably a variant of RHIANNON

RHIANNON

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh, English, Welsh Mythology

Pronounced: hri-AN-ahn (Welsh), ree-AN-ən (English), REE-ən-ən (English)

Rating: 23% based on 4 votes

Derived from the old Celtic name Rigantona meaning "great queen". In Welsh mythology Rhiannon was the goddess of fertility and the moon. This name is also borne by a princess in Welsh legends, the wife of Pwyll. As an English name, it became popular due to the Fleetwood Mac song 'Rhiannon' (1976).

RODERICK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish, Welsh

Pronounced: RAHD-ə-rik (English), RAHD-rik (English)

Rating: 30% based on 4 votes

Means "famous power" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ric "power". This name was in use among the Visigoths; it was borne by their last king (also known as Rodrigo), who died fighting the Muslim invaders of Spain in the 8th century. It also had cognates in Old Norse and West Germanic, and Scandinavian settlers and Normans introduced it to England, though it died out after the Middle Ages. It was revived in the English-speaking world by Sir Walter Scott's poem 'The Vision of Don Roderick' (1811).

SAGE

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: SAYJ

Rating: 65% based on 4 votes

From the English word sage, which denotes either a type of spice or else a wise person.

SAXON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: SAK-sən

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

From a surname which was derived from the name of the Germanic tribe the Saxons, ultimately deriving from the Germanic word sahs meaning "knife". This name can also be given in direct reference to the tribe.

SELENE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, Greek

Other Scripts: Σεληνη (Greek)

Pronounced: sə-LEE-nee (English)

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Means "moon" in Greek. This was the name of a Greek goddess of the moon, sometimes identified with the goddess Artemis.

SIENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: see-EN-ə

Rating: 10% based on 3 votes

Variant of SIENNA, with the spelling perhaps influenced by that of the Italian city.

SKYE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: SKIE

Rating: 50% based on 4 votes

From the name of the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland. It is sometimes considered a variant of SKY.

TARANIS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Celtic Mythology

Rating: 0% based on 1 vote

Derived from Celtic taran meaning "thunder", cognate with Þórr (see THOR). This was the name of the Gaulish thunder god, who was often identified with the Roman god Jupiter.

TEAGAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Tadhgáin meaning "descendent of Tadhgán". The given name Tadhgán is a diminutive of TADHG.

THALIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Θαλεια (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 50% based on 4 votes

From the Greek Θαλεια (Thaleia), derived from θαλλω (thallo) meaning "to blossom". In Greek mythology she was one of the nine Muses, the muse of comedy and pastoral poetry. This was also the name of one of the three Graces or Χαριτες (Charites).

TREVELYAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: trə-VEL-yən

Rating: 27% based on 3 votes

From a surname which was derived from a Cornish place name meaning "homestead on the hill".

VALERIUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman

Pronounced: və-LER-ee-əs (English)

Rating: 40% based on 3 votes

Roman family name which was derived from Latin valere "to be strong". This was the name of several early saints.

WARRICK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: WAWR-ik, WAHR-ik

Rating: 37% based on 3 votes

From a surname which was a variant of WARWICK.

WILLIAM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: WIL-ee-əm, WIL-yəm

Rating: 70% based on 4 votes

From the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements wil "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection". Saint William of Gellone was an 8th-century cousin of Charlemagne who became a monk. The name was common among the Normans, and it became extremely popular in England after William the Conqueror was recognized as the first Norman king of England. It was later borne by three other English kings, as well as rulers of Scotland, Sicily (of Norman origin), the Netherlands and Prussia.

Other famous bearers include William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero, and William Tell, a legendary 14th-century Swiss hero. In the literary world it was borne by dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616), poet William Blake (1757-1827), poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850), dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), author William Faulkner (1897-1962), and author William S. Burroughs (1914-1997).

WINTER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: WIN-tər

Rating: 23% based on 4 votes

From the English word for the season, derived from Old English winter.

ZEPHYRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: ?

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

Feminine form of ZEPHYR

ZIBA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Iranian

Other Scripts: زیبا (Persian)

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Means "beautiful" in Persian.

ZOSIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Polish

Pronounced: ZAW-shah

Rating: 20% based on 3 votes

Diminutive of ZOFIA
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