Kris-tine's Personal Name List

ADELAIDE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, Portuguese

Pronounced: AD-ə-layd (English), ah-de-LIE-de (Italian), ə-də-LIED (Portuguese)

Rating: 70% based on 4 votes

From the French form of the Germanic name Adalheidis, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and heid "kind, sort, type". It was borne in the 10th century by Saint Adelaide, the wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great. The name became common in Britain in the 19th century due to the popularity of the German-born wife of King William IV, for whom the city of Adelaide in Australia was named in 1836.

ANAÏS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Occitan, Catalan, French

Pronounced: a-na-EES (French)

Rating: 60% based on 3 votes

Occitan and Catalan form of ANNA

ANEMONE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-NEM-ə-nee

Rating: 17% based on 3 votes

From the name of the anemone flower, which derives from Greek ανεμος (anemos) "wind".

ANNE (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Basque

Pronounced: AHN (French), AN (English), AH-nə (German), AHN-nə (Dutch)

Rating: 85% based on 4 votes

French form of ANNA. In the 13th-century it was imported to England, where it was also commonly spelled Ann. The name was borne by a 17th-century English queen and also by the second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn (the mother of Queen Elizabeth I), who was eventually beheaded in the Tower of London. This is also the name of the heroine in 'Anne of Green Gables' (1908) by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery.

ANOUK

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch, French

Rating: 75% based on 4 votes

Dutch and French diminutive of ANNA

ASHER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew

Other Scripts: אָשֵׁר (Hebrew)

Pronounced: A-shər (English)

Rating: 40% based on 2 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.

AVERY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AY-vər-ee, AYV-ree

Rating: 50% based on 2 votes

From a surname which was itself derived from the Norman French form of the given names ALBERICH or ALFRED.

BLYTHE

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: BLIEDH

Rating: 50% based on 2 votes

From a surname which meant "cheerful" in Old English.

BOOKER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BUWK-ər

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books". A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.

CALLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KAL-ee

Rating: 23% based on 3 votes

Diminutive of CAROLINE, or sometimes of names beginning with Cal.

CALLIOPE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Καλλιοπη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: kə-LIE-ə-pee (English)

Rating: 50% based on 3 votes

Latinized form of KALLIOPE

DAGMAR

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, German, Czech, Finnish

Pronounced: DAHK-mahr (German)

Rating: 33% based on 3 votes

From the Old Norse name Dagmær, derived from the elements dagr "day" and mær "maid". This was the name adopted by the popular Bohemian wife of the Danish king Valdemar II when they married in 1205. Her birth name was Markéta.

DANIEL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Armenian, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: דָּנִיֵּאל (Hebrew), Даниел (Macedonian), Դանիէլ (Armenian), დანიელ (Georgian), Δανιηλ (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: DAN-yul (English), dah-nee-EL (Jewish), dan-YEL (French), DAH-nee-el (German), DAHN-yel (Polish)

Rating: 85% based on 2 votes

From the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning "God is my judge". Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams. The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.

Due to the popularity of the biblical character, the name came into use in England during the Middle Ages. Though it became rare by the 15th century, it was revived after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers of this name include English author Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli (1700-1782), and American frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820).

DIDIER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French

Pronounced: deed-YAY

Rating: 15% based on 2 votes

French form of DESIDERIO

EDDIE

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ED-ee

Rating: 20% based on 2 votes

Diminutive of EDWARD, EDMUND, and other names beginning with Ed.

EIRA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian

Rating: 47% based on 3 votes

Modern form of EIR

FAYE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: FAY

Rating: 53% based on 3 votes

Variant of FAY

GRETCHEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, English

Pronounced: GRET-khen (German), GRECH-ən (English)

Rating: 10% based on 2 votes

German diminutive of MARGARETA

HAMPUS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish

Rating: 35% based on 2 votes

Swedish diminutive of HANS

HARLAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HAHR-lən

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

From a surname which was from a place name meaning "hare land" in Old English. In America it has sometimes been given in honour of Supreme Court justice John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911).

HAYWOOD

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HAY-wuwd

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "fenced wood" in Old English.

HOLLIS

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HAHL-is

Rating: 60% based on 1 vote

From an English surname which was derived from Middle English holis "holly trees". It was originally given to a person who lived near a group of those trees.

IMOGEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (British)

Pronounced: IM-ə-jən

Rating: 80% based on 2 votes

The name of a princess in the play 'Cymbeline' (1609) by Shakespeare. He based her on a legendary character named Innogen, but the name was printed incorrectly and never corrected. The name Innogen is probably derived from Gaelic inghean meaning "maiden".

INANNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Near Eastern Mythology

Pronounced: i-NAH-na

Rating: 35% based on 2 votes

Possibly derived from Sumerian (n)in-an-na "lady of the sky". Inanna was the Sumerian goddess of the earth, love, fertility and war. She descended into the underworld where the ruler of that place, her sister Ereshkigal, had her killed. The god Enki interceded, and Inanna was allowed to leave the underworld as long as her husband Dumuzi took her place.

ISABEL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German

Pronounced: ee-sah-BEL (Spanish), IZ-ə-bel (English), ee-za-BEL (French), ee-zah-BEL (German)

Rating: 70% based on 2 votes

Medieval Occitan form of ELIZABETH. It spread throughout Spain, Portugal and France, becoming common among the royalty by the 12th century. It grew popular in England in the 13th century after Isabella of Angoulême married the English king John, and it was subsequently bolstered when Isabella of France married Edward II the following century.

This is the usual form of the name Elizabeth in Spain and Portugal, though elsewhere it is considered a parallel name, such as in France where it is used alongside Élisabeth. The name was borne by two Spanish ruling queens, including Isabel of Castile, who sponsored the explorations of Christopher Columbus.

ISADORA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Rating: 80% based on 2 votes

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

ISOLDE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare), German, Celtic Mythology

Pronounced: i-ZOL-də (English), i-SOL-də (English), ee-ZAWL-du (German)

Rating: 70% based on 2 votes

The origins of this name are uncertain, though some Celtic roots have been suggested. It is possible that the name is ultimately Germanic, perhaps from a hypothetic name like Ishild, composed of the elements is "ice" and hild "battle".

In Arthurian legend she was an Irish princess betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. She became the lover of his knight Tristan, which led to their tragic deaths. The story was popular during the Middle Ages and the name became relatively common in England at that time. It was rare by the 19th century, though some interest was generated by Richard Wagner's opera 'Tristan und Isolde' (1865).

KATHERINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KATH-ə-rin, KATH-rin

Rating: 80% based on 1 vote

From the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). The etymology is debated: it could derive from the earlier Greek name ‘Εκατερινη (Hekaterine), which came from ‘εκατερος (hekateros) "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the goddess HECATE; it could be related to Greek αικια (aikia) "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name". In the early Christian era it became associated with Greek καθαρος (katharos) "pure", and the Latin spelling was changed from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.

The name was borne by a semi-legendary 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was tortured on a spiked wheel. The saint was initially venerated in Syria, and returning crusaders introduced the name to Western Europe. It has been common in England since the 12th century in many different spellings, with Katherine and Catherine becoming standard in the later Middle Ages.

Famous bearers of the name include Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century mystic, and Catherine de' Medici, a 16th-century French queen. It was also borne by three of Henry VIII's wives, including Katherine of Aragon, and by two empresses of Russia, including Catherine the Great.

KATHLEEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: kath-LEEN

Rating: 20% based on 2 votes

Anglicized form of CAITLÍN

KAYLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

Rating: 20% based on 2 votes

Combination of KAY (1) and the popular name suffix lee.

KEITH

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish

Pronounced: KEETH

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

From a Scottish surname which was originally derived from a place name, itself probably derived from the Brythonic element cet meaning "wood". This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles. It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.

KEITHA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Scottish

Rating: 15% based on 2 votes

Feminine form of KEITH

KELLY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: KEL-ee

Rating: 60% based on 1 vote

Anglicized form of the Irish given name CEALLACH or the surname derived from it Ó Ceallaigh. As a surname, it has been borne by actor and dancer Gene Kelly (1912-1996) and actress and princess Grace Kelly (1929-1982).

LACHLAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Scottish, English (Australian)

Rating: 60% based on 2 votes

Originally a Scottish nickname for a person who was from Norway. In Scotland, Norway was known as the "land of the lochs", or Lochlann.

LIVIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Romanian, Ancient Roman

Pronounced: LEE-vyah (Italian)

Rating: 70% based on 2 votes

Feminine form of LIVIUS. This was the name of the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus.

LOÏC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French, Breton

Rating: 50% based on 2 votes

Breton form of LOUIS

LUCAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Biblical Latin

Pronounced: LOO-kəs (English), LUY-kahs (Dutch), luy-KAH (French), LOO-kəsh (Portuguese)

Rating: 80% based on 2 votes

Latin form of Loukas (see LUKE).

LUCIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman

Pronounced: loo-CHEE-ah (Italian), LOO-tsee-ah (German), LOO-shə (English), loo-SEE-ə (English)

Rating: 83% based on 3 votes

Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th-century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.

MABEL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAY-bəl

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS. This spelling and Amabel were common during the Middle Ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. It was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854), which featured a character named Mabel (as well as one named Amabel).

MAËLYS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Rating: 30% based on 2 votes

Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.

MAGGIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAG-ee

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

Diminutive of MARGARET

MATHIS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: German, French

Pronounced: MAH-tis (German)

Rating: 40% based on 2 votes

German and French form of MATTHIAS

MATS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian

Rating: 10% based on 2 votes

Swedish and Norwegian short form of MATTHIAS

MAYNARD

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAY-nərd

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

From an English surname which was derived from the Germanic given name MEGINHARD.

NATHANIEL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Biblical

Pronounced: nə-THAN-ee-əl (English), nə-THAN-yəl (English)

Rating: 55% based on 2 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.

NED

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: NED

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

Diminutive of EDWARD or EDMUND. It has been used since the 14th century, and may have had root in the medieval affectionate phrase mine Ed, which was later reinterpreted as my Ned.

NIKETAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Νικητας (Ancient Greek)

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

Derived from Greek νικη (nike) meaning "victory". Saint Niketas was a 4th-century bishop of Remesiana in Serbia. He is a patron saint of Romania.

PERSIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical

Rating: 15% based on 2 votes

Greek name meaning "Persian woman". This was the name of a woman mentioned in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament.

REED

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: REED

Rating: 40% based on 1 vote

From an English surname which comes from multiple sources, including Old English read meaning "red" (originally a nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion) and Old English ried meaning "clearing" (given to a person who lived in a clearing in the woods).

ROMAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Slovene, Croatian, German

Other Scripts: Роман (Russian, Ukrainian)

Pronounced: rah-MAHN (Russian), RAW-mahn (Polish)

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

From the Late Latin name Romanus which meant "Roman".

ROSCOE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: RAHS-ko

Rating: 20% based on 1 vote

From an English surname, originally derived from a place name, which meant "doe wood" in Old Norse.

RUSSEL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: RUS-əl

Rating: 40% based on 1 vote

Variant of RUSSELL

RUXANDRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Romanian

Rating: 25% based on 2 votes

Romanian form of ROXANA

SADIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SAY-dee

Rating: 40% based on 1 vote

Diminutive of SARAH

SAGA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Norse Mythology, Swedish

Pronounced: SAH-gah (Swedish)

Rating: 25% based on 2 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".

SIRI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Rating: 40% based on 2 votes

Short form of SIGRID

SUNNIVA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Norwegian

Rating: 25% based on 2 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.

SVEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish

Rating: 20% based on 2 votes

From a personification of the country of Sweden, in use since the 17th century. It is a derivative of Svear, the Swedish name for the ancient Germanic tribe the Swedes. The Swedish name of the country of Sweden is Sverige, a newer form of Svea rike meaning "the realm of the Svear".

VALDEMAR

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish

Rating: 60% based on 2 votes

Scandinavian form of WALDEMAR. This was the name of four kings of Denmark.

VILLE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Finnish, Swedish

Rating: 30% based on 2 votes

Finnish and Swedish diminutive of WILLIAM

WILLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: WIL-ə

Rating: 50% based on 2 votes

Feminine form of WILLIAM
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