kookiemonster71's Personal Name List

ADAIR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: ə-DER
Rating: 60% based on 8 votes
From an English surname which was derived from the given name EDGAR.

ADALIA
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: אֲדַלְיָא (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: a-də-LIE-ə (English), ə-DAH-lee-ə (English)
Rating: 59% based on 8 votes
Possibly means "YAHWEH is just" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Haman.

ADARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: אַדָרָה (Hebrew)
Rating: 44% based on 8 votes
Means "noble" in Hebrew.

ADELA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Pronounced: ə-DEL-ə (English), a-DE-la (Polish)
Rating: 69% based on 8 votes
Originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element adal meaning "noble". Saint Adela was a 7th-century Frankish princess who founded a monastery at Pfazel in France. This name was also borne by a daughter of William the Conqueror.

ADORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: a-DHO-ra
Rating: 48% based on 8 votes
Short form of ADORACIÓN.

ALAINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: ə-LAYN-ə
Rating: 49% based on 7 votes
Variant of ALANA, probably influenced by ELAINE.

ALANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: ə-LAN-ə
Rating: 53% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of ALAN.

ALONDRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: a-LON-dra
Rating: 62% based on 6 votes
Derived from Spanish alondra meaning "lark".

AMANDINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: A-MAHN-DEEN
Rating: 68% based on 5 votes
French diminutive of AMANDA.

AMAR (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Other Scripts: अमर (Hindi, Marathi), অমর (Bengali)
Rating: 34% based on 5 votes
Means "immortal" in Sanskrit.

AMARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Western African, Igbo
Rating: 62% based on 5 votes
Means "grace" in Igbo.

AMBROSE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AM-broz
Rating: 63% based on 3 votes
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius, which was derived from the Greek name Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios) meaning "immortal". Saint Ambrose was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Milan, who is considered a Doctor of the Church. Due to the saint, the name came into general use in Christian Europe, though it was never particularly common in England.

APOLENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Czech, Slovak
Rating: 44% based on 5 votes
Czech and Slovak form of APOLLONIA.

APOLLINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: A-PAW-LEEN
Rating: 72% based on 5 votes
French form of APOLLONIA.

ASA
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: אָסָא (Hebrew)
Pronounced: AY-sə (English)
Rating: 56% based on 17 votes
Possibly means "healer" in Hebrew. This name was borne by the third king of Judah, as told in the Old Testament.

ASHA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Other Scripts: आशा (Hindi, Marathi), ಆಶಾ (Kannada), ആശാ (Malayalam)
Rating: 60% based on 5 votes
Derived from Sanskrit आशा (asha) meaning "wish, desire, hope".

AURELIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Roman, Romanian, Italian, Spanish, Polish
Pronounced: ow-RE-lya (Italian, Polish)
Rating: 75% based on 6 votes
Feminine form of AURELIUS.

AUTUMN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AW-təm
Rating: 64% based on 5 votes
From the name of the season, ultimately from Latin autumnus. This name has been in general use since the 1960s.

AVISHAI
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: אֲבִישַׁי (Hebrew)
Rating: 35% based on 4 votes
Hebrew form of ABISHAI.

BEVERLY
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: BEV-ər-lee
Rating: 45% based on 6 votes
From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English city, itself meaning "beaver stream" in Old English. It came into use as a masculine given name in the 19th century, and it became common as an American feminine name after the publication of George Barr McCutcheon's novel 'Beverly of Graustark' (1904).

CAMELLIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: kə-MEEL-ee-ə, kə-MEL-ee-ə
Rating: 50% based on 6 votes
From the name of the flowering shrub, which was named for the botanist and missionary Georg Josef Kamel.

CAPRINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Rating: 25% based on 2 votes
From the name of the Italian island of Capri.

CARINA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Late Roman
Pronounced: kə-REEN-ə (English), ka-REE-na (German)
Rating: 48% based on 4 votes
Late Latin name derived from cara meaning "dear, beloved". This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr. It is also the name of a constellation in the southern sky, though in this case it means "keel" in Latin, referring to a part of Jason's ship the Argo.

CASSANDRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Κασσανδρα (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: kə-SAN-drə (English), kə-SAHN-drə (English), kas-SAN-dra (Italian), ka-SAN-dra (German)
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
From the Greek name Κασσανδρα (Kassandra), derived from possibly κεκασμαι (kekasmai) "to excel, to shine" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek myth Cassandra was a Trojan princess, the daughter of Priam and Hecuba. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but when she spurned his advances he cursed her so nobody would believe her prophecies.

In the Middle Ages this name was common in England due to the popularity of medieval tales about the Trojan War. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.

CASSARAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: kə-SER-ə, KAS-ə-rə
Rating: 45% based on 4 votes
Recently created name intended to mean "what will be, will be". It is from the title of the 1956 song 'Que Sera, Sera', which was taken from the Italian phrase che sarà sarà. The phrase que sera, sera is not grammatically correct in any Romance language.

CELESTE
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Italian, English
Pronounced: che-LE-ste (Italian), sə-LEST (English)
Rating: 66% based on 7 votes
Italian feminine and masculine form of CAELESTIS. It is also the English feminine form.

CELINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Polish
Pronounced: tse-LYEE-na
Rating: 40% based on 5 votes
Short form of MARCELINA.

CÉLINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: SE-LEEN
Rating: 57% based on 6 votes
French feminine form of CAELINUS. This name can also function as a short form of MARCELINE.

CHARLES
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: CHAHRLZ (English), SHARL (French)
Rating: 80% based on 6 votes
From the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word meaning "man". However, an alternative theory states that it is derived from the common Germanic name element hari meaning "army, warrior".

The popularity of the name in continental Europe was due to the fame of Charles the Great (742-814), commonly known as Charlemagne, a king of the Franks who came to rule over most of Europe. His grandfather Charles Martel had also been a noted leader of the Franks. It was subsequently the name of several Holy Roman Emperors, as well as kings of France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Hungary (in various spellings). After Charlemagne, his name was adopted as a word meaning "king" in many Eastern European languages, for example Czech král, Hungarian király, Russian король (korol), and Turkish kral.

The name did not become common in Britain until the 17th century when it was borne by the Stuart king Charles I. It had been introduced into the Stuart royal family by Mary Queen of Scots, who had been raised in France.

Famous bearers of the name include naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) who revolutionized biology with his theory of evolution, novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) who wrote such works as 'Great Expectations' and 'A Tale of Two Cities', French statesman Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), and American cartoonist Charles Schulz (1922-2000), the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

CICELY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SIS-ə-lee
Rating: 72% based on 5 votes
Medieval variant of CECILY.

CLAIRE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: KLER
Rating: 85% based on 8 votes
French form of CLARA.

CLARICE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: klə-REES
Rating: 40% based on 51 votes
Medieval vernacular form of the Late Latin name Claritia, which was a derivative of CLARA.

CLARISA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: kla-REE-sa
Rating: 58% based on 5 votes
Spanish variant of CLARISSA.

CLARISSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Pronounced: klə-RIS-ə (English)
Rating: 82% based on 5 votes
Latinate form of CLARICE. This was the name of the title character in a 1748 novel by Samuel Richardson. In the novel Clarissa is a virtuous woman who is tragically exploited by her family and her lover.

CLARK
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KLAHRK
Rating: 15% based on 2 votes
From an English surname meaning "cleric" or "scribe", from Old English clerec which originally meant "priest". A famous bearer of the surname was William Clark (1770-1838), an explorer of the west of North America. It was also borne by the American actor Clark Gable (1901-1960).

CYNTHIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Κυνθια (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: SIN-thee-ə (English)
Rating: 41% based on 27 votes
Latinized form of Greek Κυνθια (Kynthia) which means "woman from Kynthos". This was an epithet of the Greek moon goddess Artemis, given because Kynthos was the mountain on Delos on which she and her twin brother Apollo were born. It was not used as a given name until the Renaissance, and it did not become common in the English-speaking world until the 19th century.

DAFINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Albanian, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Дафина (Macedonian)
Rating: 68% based on 5 votes
Albanian and Macedonian form of DAPHNE.

DAHLIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: DAL-yə
Rating: 77% based on 7 votes
From the name of the flower, which was named for the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl.

DAMIAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Polish, Dutch
Pronounced: DAY-mee-ən (English), DA-myan (Polish)
Rating: 37% based on 10 votes
From the Greek name Δαμιανος (Damianos) which was derived from Greek δαμαζω (damazo) "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 to 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.

DAMON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Greek Mythology, English
Other Scripts: Δαμων (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: DAY-mən (English)
Rating: 32% based on 10 votes
Derived from Greek δαμαζω (damazo) meaning "to tame". According to Greek legend, Damon and Pythias were friends who lived on Syracuse in the 4th century BC. When Pythias was sentenced to death, he was allowed to temporarily go free on the condition that Damon take his place in prison. Pythias returned just before Damon was to be executed in his place, and the king was so impressed with their loyalty to one another that he pardoned Pythias. As an English given name, it has only been regularly used since the 20th century.

DANIELA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, German, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, English
Other Scripts: Даниела (Bulgarian, Macedonian)
Pronounced: da-NYE-la (German)
Feminine form of DANIEL.

DANTE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Italian
Pronounced: DAN-te
Rating: 47% based on 26 votes
Medieval short form of DURANTE. The most notable bearer of this name was Dante Alighieri, the 13th-century Italian poet who wrote the 'Divine Comedy'.

DANYA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: דַּנְיָה (Hebrew)
Rating: 42% based on 6 votes
Feminine form of DAN (1).

DAVID
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Hebrew, French, Scottish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: דָּוִד (Hebrew), Давид (Russian, Serbian, Macedonian)
Pronounced: DAY-vid (English), dah-VEED (Hebrew), DA-VEED (French), da-BEEDH (Spanish), DA-vit (German), DAH-vid (Swedish, Norwegian), DAH-vit (Dutch), du-VYEET (Russian)
Rating: 62% based on 5 votes
From the Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dawid), which was probably derived from Hebrew דוד (dwd) meaning "beloved". David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel, ruling in the 10th century BC. Several stories about him are told in the Old Testament, including his defeat of Goliath, a giant Philistine. According to the New Testament, Jesus was descended from him.

This name has been used in Britain since the Middle Ages. It has been especially popular in Wales, where it is used in honour of the 5th-century patron saint of Wales (also called Dewi), as well as in Scotland, where it was borne by two kings. Famous bearers include empiricist philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873), musician David Bowie (1947-2016), and soccer player David Beckham (1975-). This is also the name of the hero of Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical novel 'David Copperfield' (1850).

DEAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: DEEN
Rating: 58% based on 6 votes
From a surname, see DEAN (1) and DEAN (2). The actor James Dean (1931-1955) was a famous bearer of the surname.

DELILAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, English
Other Scripts: דְּלִילָה (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: di-LIE-lə (English)
Rating: 80% based on 3 votes
Means "delicate, weak, languishing" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is the lover of Samson, whom she betrays to the Philistines by cutting his hair, which is the source of his power. Despite her character flaws, the name began to be used by the Puritans in the 17th century. It has been used occasionally in the English-speaking world since that time.

DELORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: də-LAWR-ə
Rating: 56% based on 5 votes
Altered form of DOLORES.

DESMOND
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Irish
Pronounced: DEZ-mənd
Rating: 78% based on 6 votes
From an Irish surname which was derived from Deasmhumhain meaning "South Munster", originally indicating a person who came from that region in Ireland.

DEVIKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi
Other Scripts: देविका (Hindi)
Means "little goddess" from Sanskrit देवी (devi) meaning "goddess" and (ka) meaning "little".

DIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Roman Mythology
Other Scripts: Диана (Russian, Bulgarian)
Pronounced: die-AN-ə (English), DYA-na (Spanish, Italian, German, Polish), dee-A-nə (Catalan), dee-AH-nah (Dutch), dee-A-na (Classical Latin)
Rating: 68% based on 5 votes
Probably derived from an old Indo-European root meaning "heavenly, divine", related to dyeus (see ZEUS). Diana was a Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, forests, and childbirth, often identified with the Greek goddess Artemis.

As a given name, Diana has been regularly used since the Renaissance. It became more common in the English-speaking world following Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Rob Roy' (1817), which featured a character named Diana Vernon. It also appeared in George Meredith's novel 'Diana of the Crossways' (1885). A notable bearer was Diana Spencer (1961-1997), the Princess of Wales.

DONOVAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, English
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Donndubháin meaning "descendant of DONNDUBHÁN".

DRAKE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: DRAYK
Rating: 55% based on 2 votes
From an English surname derived from the Old Norse byname Draki or the Old English byname Draca both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δρακων (drakon) meaning "dragon, serpent". This name coincides with the unrelated English word drake meaning "male duck".

DREW
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: DROO
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
Short form of ANDREW.

ELISE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, English
Pronounced: e-LEE-zə (German), e-LEE-se (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish), i-LEES (English), i-LEEZ (English)
Rating: 50% based on 2 votes
Short form of ELIZABETH.

ELLIS (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EL-is
Rating: 60% based on 6 votes
From an English surname which was derived from the given name ELIJAH.

ÉLODIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: E-LAW-DEE
Personal note: Rhymes with Melody
Rating: 77% based on 6 votes
French form of ALODIA.

ÉLOÏSE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: E-LAW-EEZ
Rating: 74% based on 7 votes
French form of ELOISE.

EMANUEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Romanian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Czech, Slovak, Croatian
Pronounced: e-MA-nwel (German), E-ma-noo-el (Slovak)
Rating: 56% based on 5 votes
Form of EMMANUEL.

EMMANUELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: E-MA-NWEL
Rating: 50% based on 6 votes
French feminine form of EMMANUEL.

ESHE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Eastern African, Swahili
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
Variant of ASHA (2).

ESTELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: es-TEL (English), ES-TEL (French)
Rating: 62% based on 6 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).

EVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: Ευα (Greek), Ева (Bulgarian, Russian, Church Slavic), ევა (Georgian)
Pronounced: E-ba (Spanish), E-va (Italian, Czech, Slovak, Icelandic), EE-və (English), E-fa (German), AY-vah (Dutch), E-vah (Danish), YE-və (Russian), E-wa (Classical Latin)
Rating: 57% based on 7 votes
Latinate form of EVE. This form is used in the Latin translation of the New Testament, while Hava is used in the Latin Old Testament. It is also a variant transcription of Russian YEVA. This name appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852) belonging to the character Little Eva, whose real name is in fact Evangeline.

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: 44% based on 30 votes
Variant of Evandrus, the Latin form of the Greek name Ευανδρος (Euandros), derived from Greek ευ (eu) meaning "good" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "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.

EVE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Biblical
Other Scripts: חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: EEV (English)
Rating: 57% based on 6 votes
From the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah), which was derived from the Hebrew word חוה (chawah) "to breathe" or the related word חיה (chayah) "to live". According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis, Eve and Adam were the first humans. God created her from one of Adam's ribs to be his companion. At the urging of a serpent she ate the forbidden fruit and shared some with Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Despite this potentially negative association, the name was occasionally used by Christians during the Middle Ages. In the English-speaking world both Eve and the Latin form Eva were revived in the 19th century.

FARAI
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Southern African, Shona
Rating: 52% based on 5 votes
Means "rejoice" in Shona.

FARRAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: فرح (Arabic)
Rating: 40% based on 6 votes
Variant transcription of FARAH.

FORREST
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: FAWR-əst
Rating: 62% based on 5 votes
From an English surname meaning "forest", originally belonging to a person who lived near a forest. In America it has sometimes been used in honour of the Confederate Civil War general Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877). This name was borne by the title character in the movie 'Forrest Gump' (1994) about a loveable simpleton. Use of the name increased when the movie was released, but has since faded away.

FRANCESCA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Catalan
Pronounced: fran-CHES-ka (Italian)
Rating: 68% based on 6 votes
Italian and Catalan feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).

FREEMAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: FREE-mən
Rating: 42% based on 6 votes
From an English surname meaning "free man". It originally denoted a person who was not a serf.

GLORIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German
Pronounced: GLAW-ree-ə (English), GLAW-rya (Italian)
Rating: 54% based on 5 votes
Means "glory" in Latin. The name (first?) appeared in E. D. E. N. Southworth's novel 'Gloria' (1891) and subsequently in George Bernard Shaw's play 'You Never Can Tell' (1898). It was popularized in the early 20th century by American actress Gloria Swanson (1899-1983). Another famous bearer is feminist Gloria Steinem (1934-).

HADRIAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: History
Pronounced: HAY-dree-ən (English)
Rating: 38% based on 45 votes
From the Roman cognomen Hadrianus, which meant "from Hadria" in Latin. Hadria was a town in northern Italy (it gave its name to the Adriatic Sea). A famous bearer of the name was Publius Aelius Hadrianus, better known as Hadrian, a 2nd-century Roman emperor who built a wall across northern Britain.

HALINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Polish
Pronounced: kha-LEE-na
Rating: 15% based on 2 votes
Polish form of GALINA.

HARMON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: HAHR-mən
From a surname which was derived from the given name HERMAN.

HARMONY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: HAHR-mə-nee
Rating: 62% based on 6 votes
From the English word harmony, ultimately deriving from Greek ‘αρμονια (harmonia).

HYPATIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: ‘Υπατια (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 50% based on 5 votes
Derived from Greek ‘υπατος (hypatos) meaning "highest, supreme". Hypatia of Alexandria was a 5th-century philosopher and mathematician, daughter of the mathematician Theon.

IMANI
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Eastern African, Swahili, African American
Rating: 38% based on 5 votes
Means "faith" in Swahili, ultimately of Arabic origin.

INDIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil
Other Scripts: इन्दिरा (Sanskrit), इन्दिरा, इंदिरा (Hindi), इंदिरा (Marathi), ಇಂದಿರಾ (Kannada), இந்திரா (Tamil)
Rating: 57% based on 6 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).

JACINDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 68% based on 6 votes
Variant of JACINTA.

JOELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 43% based on 6 votes
Feminine form of JOEL.

JOSEPHINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Dutch
Pronounced: JO-sə-feen (English), yo-ze-FEE-nə (German)
Rating: 47% based on 6 votes
English, German and Dutch form of JOSÉPHINE.

KAMIL (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: كامل (Arabic)
Rating: 29% based on 26 votes
Means "perfect" in Arabic.

KANE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 32% based on 5 votes
Anglicized form of CATHÁN.

KETURAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: קְטוּרָה (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: ki-TOOR-ə (English), kee-TYOOR-ə (English)
Rating: 47% based on 6 votes
Means "incense" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is Abraham's wife after Sarah dies.

LEANDER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Λεανδρος (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: lee-AN-dər (English)
Rating: 67% based on 7 votes
Latinized form of the Greek name Λεανδρος (Leandros), derived from λεων (leon) meaning "lion" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). 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.

LEELA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam
Other Scripts: लीला (Hindi), లీలా (Telugu), ಲೀಲಾ (Kannada), லீலா (Tamil), ലീലാ (Malayalam)
Rating: 42% based on 5 votes
Variant transcription of LILA (1).

LENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Other Scripts: Лена (Russian), Λενα (Greek)
Pronounced: LE-na (German, Polish, Italian), LYE-nə (Russian), LEE-nə (English)
Rating: 60% based on 2 votes
Short form of names ending in lena, such as HELENA, MAGDALENA or YELENA.

LENORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 66% based on 5 votes
Short form of ELENORA.

LEO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Croatian, Late Roman
Pronounced: LE-o (German, Danish, Finnish), LAY-o (Dutch), LEE-o (English)
Rating: 50% based on 2 votes
Derived from Latin leo meaning "lion", a cognate of LEON. It was popular among early Christians and was the name of 13 popes, including Saint Leo the Great who asserted the dominance of the Roman bishops (the popes) over all others in the 5th century. It was also borne by six Byzantine emperors and five Armenian kings. Another famous bearer was Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), a Russian novelist whose works include 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'. Leo is also the name of a constellation and the fifth sign of the zodiac.

LIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, English
Rating: 50% based on 5 votes
Short form of JULIANA, LILIANA, and other names that end in liana. This is also the word for a type of vine that grows in jungles.

LILIAN
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: LIL-ee-ən (English), LEE-LYAHN (French)
Rating: 57% based on 6 votes
English variant of LILLIAN, as well as a French masculine form.

LILIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, English
Pronounced: lee-LYA-na (Italian, Polish), lil-ee-AN-ə (English)
Rating: 66% based on 7 votes
Latinate form of LILLIAN.

LILLIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIL-ee-ə, LIL-yə
Rating: 65% based on 6 votes
Short form of LILLIAN or an elaborated form of LILY.

LILLIAN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIL-ee-ən
Rating: 70% based on 2 votes
Probably originally a diminutive of ELIZABETH. It may also be considered an elaborated form of LILY, from the Latin word for "lily" lilium. This name has been used in England since the 16th century.

LINNAEA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: li-NAY-ə
Rating: 37% based on 6 votes
From the word for the type of flower, also called the twinflower (see LINNÉA).

LINNÉA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Pronounced: lin-NE-ah
Rating: 63% based on 7 votes
From the name of a flower, also known as the twinflower. The Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus named it after himself, it being his favourite flower.

LIONEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: LYAW-NEL (French), LIE-nəl (English)
Rating: 50% based on 6 votes
French diminutive of LÉON. A notable bearer is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).

LIORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: לִיאוֹרָה (Hebrew)
Rating: 80% based on 5 votes
Strictly feminine form of LIOR.

LIVIA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Romanian, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: LEE-vya (Italian)
Rating: 55% based on 6 votes
Feminine form of LIVIUS. This was the name of the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus.

LORENZO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Italian, Spanish
Pronounced: lo-REN-tso (Italian), lo-REN-tho (European Spanish), lo-REN-so (Latin American Spanish)
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
Italian and Spanish form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)). Lorenzo de' Medici (1449-1492), known as the Magnificent, was a ruler of Florence during the Renaissance. He was also a great patron of the arts who employed Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and other famous artists.

LYDIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Λυδια (Ancient Greek), Лѷдіа (Church Slavic)
Pronounced: LID-ee-ə (English), LUY-dya (German)
Rating: 80% based on 8 votes
Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

MAGDALENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Polish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Occitan, Slovene, Czech, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Romanian, English
Other Scripts: Магдалена (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian)
Pronounced: mag-da-LE-na (Polish), mak-da-LE-na (German), mag-da-LAY-na (English)
Rating: 75% based on 6 votes
Latinate form of MAGDALENE.

MAGDALENE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Μαγδαληνη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: mak-da-LE-nə (German), MAG-də-leen (English)
Rating: 68% based on 6 votes
From a title which meant "of Magdala". Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament, was named thus because she was from Magdala - a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew. She was cleaned of evil spirits by Jesus and then remained with him during his ministry, witnessing the crucifixion and the resurrection. She was a popular saint in the Middle Ages, and the name became common then. In England it is traditionally rendered Madeline, while Magdalene or Magdalen is the learned form.

MAHALIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 36% based on 5 votes
Variant of MAHALA.

MARGAUX
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MAR-GO
Rating: 60% based on 5 votes
Variant of MARGOT influenced by the name of the wine-producing French town. It was borne by Margaux Hemingway (1954-1996), granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway, who had it changed from Margot.

MARIEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MER-ee-əl, MAR-ee-əl
Rating: 60% based on 5 votes
Diminutive of MARY influenced by MURIEL. In the case of actress Mariel Hemingway (1961-), the name is from the Cuban town of Mariel.

MARIELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MA-RYEL
Rating: 65% based on 6 votes
French diminutive of MARIE.

MARJANI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Eastern African, Swahili
Rating: 45% based on 4 votes
Means "coral" in Swahili, originally a borrowing from Arabic.

MARLENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Polish
Pronounced: mahr-LEEN-ə (English), mar-LE-na (Polish)
Rating: 60% based on 5 votes
Latinate form of MARLENE.

MARQUISE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: African American (Modern)
Pronounced: mahr-KEE
Rating: 30% based on 5 votes
Variant of MARQUIS. Technically, marquise is the feminine form of the title marquis.

MAXWELL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAKS-wel
Rating: 58% based on 6 votes
From a Scottish surname meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English wella "stream". A famous bearer of the surname was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.

MILENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian
Other Scripts: Милена (Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian, Russian)
Pronounced: myee-LE-na (Polish), mee-LE-na (Italian)
Rating: 54% based on 5 votes
Feminine form of MILAN. It began to be used in Italy in honour of Milena Vukotić (1847-1923), mother of Helen of Montenegro, the wife of Italian king Victor Emmanuel III. In Italy it can also be considered a combination of MARIA and ELENA.

NADIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: نادرة (Arabic)
Rating: 15% based on 2 votes
Feminine form of NADIR.

NA'IMA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: نعيمة (Arabic)
Rating: 64% based on 5 votes
Feminine form of NA'IM.

NALINI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi
Other Scripts: ನಳಿನಿ (Kannada), നളിനി (Malayalam), நளினி (Tamil), नलिनी (Hindi)
Personal note: Like NALINA as well but not listed here.
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit.

NAOMI (2)
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Japanese
Other Scripts: 直美, 直己, etc. (Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced: NA-O-MEE
Rating: 53% based on 6 votes
From Japanese (nao) meaning "straight" and (mi) meaning "beautiful" (usually feminine) or (mi) meaning "self" (usually masculine). Other kanji combinations can also form this name.

NEVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 44% based on 5 votes
Short form of GENEVA.

NIOBE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Νιοβη (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 38% based on 5 votes
Meaning unknown. In Greek mythology Niobe was the daughter of Tantalos, a king of Asia Minor. Because she boasted that she was superior to Leto, Leto's children Apollo and Artemis killed her 14 children with poison arrows. In grief, Niobe was turned to stone by Zeus.

NIZHONI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Native American, Navajo
Means "beautiful" in Navajo.

NOELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: no-EL
Rating: 40% based on 5 votes
English form of NOËLLE.

OCTAVIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: awk-TAY-vee-ə (English), ok-TA-bya (Spanish), ok-TA-wee-a (Classical Latin)
Rating: 66% based on 5 votes
Feminine form of OCTAVIUS. Octavia was the wife of Mark Antony and the sister of Roman emperor Augustus. In 19th-century England it was sometimes given to the eighth-born child.

ODELIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 77% based on 6 votes
Form of ODILIA.

ODESSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Rating: 72% based on 5 votes
From the name of a Ukrainian city that sits on the north coast of the Black Sea. This name can also be used as a feminine form of ODYSSEUS.

OLIVIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Pronounced: o-LIV-ee-ə (English), o-LEE-vya (Italian, German), o-LEE-bya (Spanish), O-lee-vee-ah (Finnish)
Rating: 60% based on 6 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'.

PHAEDRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Φαιδρα (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 67% based on 6 votes
From the Greek Φαιδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρος (phaidros) meaning "bright". Phaedra was the daughter of Minos and the wife of Theseus in Greek mythology. Aphrodite caused her to fall in love with her stepson Hippolytos, and after she was rejected by him she killed herself.

QUINCY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KWIN-see
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
From a surname which was derived (via the place name CUINCHY) from the personal name QUINTIUS. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts.

RACHELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: RAY-chəl, rə-SHEL
Rating: 34% based on 5 votes
Variant of RACHEL influenced by the spelling of ROCHELLE.

RAMSEY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: RAM-zee
Rating: 42% based on 43 votes
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "wild-garlic island" in Old English.

RAQUEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, English
Pronounced: ra-KEL (Spanish)
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
Spanish and Portuguese form of RACHEL.

REUBEN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, Hebrew, English
Other Scripts: רְאוּבֵן (Hebrew)
Pronounced: ROO-bən (English)
Rating: 63% based on 7 votes
Means "behold, a son" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the eldest son of Jacob and Leah and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Reuben was cursed by his father because he slept with Jacob's concubine Bilhah. It has been used as a Christian name in Britain since the Protestant Reformation.

RIGEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Astronomy
Derived from Arabic الرجل (al-Rijl) meaning "foot". This is the name of the star that forms the left foot of the constellation Orion.

ROSA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Pronounced: RO-sa (Spanish), RAW-za (Italian), RAW-zu (Portuguese), RO-sah (Dutch), RO-za (German), RO-zə (English)
Rating: 54% based on 5 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).

ROSAIRE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French
Pronounced: RO-ZER
Rating: 60% based on 5 votes
Means "rosary" French.

SAFIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Esperanto
Pronounced: sa-FEE-ra
Personal note: suh FIE ruh
Rating: 62% based on 5 votes
Means "like a sapphire" in Esperanto.

SAGE
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: SAYJ
Rating: 54% based on 5 votes
From the English word sage, which denotes either a type of spice or else a wise person.

SAPPHIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: Σαπφειρη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: sə-FIE-rə (English)
From the Greek name Σαπφειρη (Sappheire), which was from Greek σαπφειρος (sappheiros) meaning "sapphire" or "lapis lazuli" (ultimately derived from the Hebrew word סַפִּיר (sappir)). Sapphira is a character in Acts in the New Testament who is killed by God for lying.

SEIJA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Finnish
Pronounced: SAY-yah
Derived from Finnish seijas meaning "tranquil, serene".

SHANIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: shə-NIE-ə
Rating: 34% based on 5 votes
In the case of singer Shania Twain (1965-), who chose it as her stage name, she has claimed it was based on an Ojibwa phrase meaning "on my way". This appears to be untrue.

SILAS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Σιλας (Greek)
Pronounced: SIE-ləs (English)
Rating: 55% based on 2 votes
Probably a short form of SILVANUS. This is the name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. Paul refers to him as Silvanus in his epistles, though it is possible that Silas was in fact a Greek form of the Hebrew name SAUL (via Aramaic).

As an English name it was not used until after the Protestant Reformation. It was utilized by George Eliot for the title character in her novel 'Silas Marner' (1861).

SKYE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: SKIE
Rating: 54% based on 5 votes
From the name of the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland. It is sometimes considered a variant of SKY.

SOLOMON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, English, Jewish
Other Scripts: שְׁלֹמֹה (Hebrew)
Pronounced: SAHL-ə-mən (American English), SAWL-ə-mən (British English)
Rating: 78% based on 5 votes
From the Hebrew name שְׁלֹמֹה (Shelomoh) which was derived from Hebrew שָׁלוֹם (shalom) "peace". As told in the Old Testament, Solomon was a king of Israel, the son of David and Bathsheba. He was renowned for his wisdom and wealth. Towards the end of his reign he angered God by turning to idolatry. Supposedly, he was the author of the Book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.

This name has never been overly common in the Christian world, and it is considered typically Jewish. It was however borne by an 11th-century Hungarian king.

SUBIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Eastern African, Swahili
Rating: 38% based on 4 votes
Means "patience" in Swahili.

SUNITA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Other Scripts: सुनीता (Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali)
Rating: 50% based on 5 votes
Means "well conducted, wise", derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su) meaning "good" combined with नीत (nita) meaning "conducted, led". In Hindu legend this is the name of the daughter of King Anga of Bengal.

TAHIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: طاهرة (Arabic)
Rating: 38% based on 4 votes
Feminine form of TAHIR.

TAMAR
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: תָּמָר (Hebrew), თამარ (Georgian)
Pronounced: TAH-mahr (English), TAY-mahr (English)
Rating: 50% based on 5 votes
Means "palm tree" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah and later his wife. This was also the name of a daughter of King David. She was raped by her half-brother Amnon, leading to his murder by her brother Absalom. The name was borne by a 12th-century ruling queen of Georgia who presided over the kingdom at the peak of its power.

THADDEUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: Θαδδαιος (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: THAD-ee-əs (English)
Rating: 72% based on 5 votes
From Θαδδαιος (Thaddaios), the Greek form of the Aramaic name Thaddai. It is possibly derived from a word meaning "heart", but it may in fact be an Aramaic form of a Greek name such as Θεοδωρος (see THEODORE). In the Gospel of Matthew, Thaddaeus is listed as one of the twelve apostles, though elsewhere in the New Testament his name is omitted and Jude's appears instead. It is likely that the two names refer to the same person.

THELONIUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Various
Rating: 50% based on 5 votes
Latinized form of Tielo (see TILO). A famous bearer was jazz musician Thelonious Monk (1917-1982).

THERON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: Θηρων (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 40% based on 4 votes
Derived from Greek θηραω (therao) meaning "to hunt".

TIFFANY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: TIF-ə-nee
Rating: 50% based on 4 votes
Medieval form of THEOPHANIA. This name was traditionally given to girls born on the Epiphany (January 6), the festival commemorating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. The name died out after the Middle Ages, but it was revived by the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961), the title of which refers to the Tiffany's jewelry store in New York.

TIMO (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Finnish, German, Dutch
Pronounced: TEE-mo
Personal note: TEE-moh
Rating: 38% based on 5 votes
Finnish, German and Dutch short form of Timotheus (see TIMOTHY).

TIRZAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: תִּרְצָה (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: TIR-zə (English)
Rating: 53% based on 3 votes
From the Hebrew name תִּרְצָה (Tirtzah) meaning "favourable". Tirzah is the name of one of the daughters of Zelophehad in the Old Testament. It also occurs in the Old Testament as a place name, the early residence of the kings of the northern kingdom.

TRUMAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: TROO-mən
Rating: 52% based on 5 votes
From a surname which meant "trusty man" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). It was also borne by American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984).

ULYSSES
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Roman Mythology, English
Pronounced: yoo-LIS-eez (American English), YOOL-i-seez (British English)
Latin form of ODYSSEUS. It was borne by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War, who went on to become an American president. Irish author James Joyce used it as the title of his book 'Ulysses' (1920), which loosely parallels Homer's epic the 'Odyssey'.

VALENTINE (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: VA-LAHN-TEEN
Rating: 56% based on 5 votes
French feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).

VANCE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: VANS
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
From an English surname which was derived from Old English fenn meaning "marsh, fen".

VERENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Late Roman
Pronounced: ve-RE-na (German)
Rating: 60% based on 7 votes
Possibly related to Latin verus "true". This might also be a Coptic form of the Ptolemaic name BERENICE. Saint Verena was a 3rd-century Egyptian-born nurse who went with the Theban Legion to Switzerland. After the legion was massacred she settled near Zurich.

VERITY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: VER-i-tee
Rating: 61% based on 7 votes
From the English word meaning "verity, truth". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.

VERONA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Rating: 30% based on 5 votes
From the name of the city in Italy, which is itself of unknown meaning.

VINCENT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak
Pronounced: VIN-sənt (English), VEN-SAHN (French)
Rating: 67% based on 6 votes
From the Roman name Vincentius, which was from Latin vincere "to conquer". This name was popular among early Christians, and it was borne by many saints. As an English name, Vincent has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it did not become common until the 19th century. Famous bearers include the French priest Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) and the post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).

VIOLET
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: VIE-lit, VIE-ə-lit
Rating: 70% based on 7 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.

VIVEKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Rating: 32% based on 5 votes
Swedish form of WIEBKE.

XANTHIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 44% based on 5 votes
Modern elaborated form of XANTHE.

YADIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish (Latin American), American (Hispanic)
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from an Arabic name. It has been used in Mexico since at least the 1940s, perhaps inspired by the Colombian actress Yadira Jiménez (1928-?), who performed in Mexican films beginning in 1946.

YASMINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Persian
Other Scripts: یاسمینا (Persian)
Rating: 40% based on 5 votes
Variant of YASMIN.

YELENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Russian
Other Scripts: Елена (Russian)
Pronounced: yi-LYE-nə, i-LYE-nə
Rating: 55% based on 6 votes
Russian form of HELEN.

ZAIDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: زايدة (Arabic)
Rating: 47% based on 3 votes
Feminine form of ZAYD.
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