Agent Pilchard's Personal Name List

AALIYAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic, English (Modern)

Other Scripts: عالية (Arabic)

Pronounced: ə-LEE-ə (English)

Feminine form of AALI. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by the singer Aaliyah Haughton (1979-2001), who was known simply as Aaliyah.

ABEGAIL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Variant of ABIGAIL

ABIGAIL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Biblical, Biblical Latin

Other Scripts: אֲבִיגַיִל (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: AB-i-gayl (English), AH-bee-giel (German)

From the Hebrew name אֲבִיגָיִל ('Avigayil) meaning "my father is joy". In the Old Testament this is the name of Nabal's wife. After Nabal's death she became the third wife of King David.

As an English name, Abigail first became common after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular among the Puritans. The biblical Abigil refers to herself as a servant, and beginning in the 17th century the name became a slang term for a servant, especially after the release of the play 'The Scornful Lady' (1616) which featured a character named Abigail. The name went out of fashion at that point, but it was revived in the 20th century.

ABIGAYLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: AB-i-gayl

Variant of ABIGAIL

ABRAHAM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Hebrew, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin

Other Scripts: אַבְרָהָם (Hebrew)

Pronounced: AY-brə-ham (English), AH-brah-hahm (Dutch)

This name may be viewed either as meaning "father of many" in Hebrew or else as a contraction of ABRAM (1) and הָמוֹן (hamon) "many, multitude". The biblical Abraham was originally named Abram but God changed his name (see Genesis 17:5). He led his followers from Ur into Canaan, and is regarded by the Jews as being the founder of the Hebrews through his son Isaac and by the Muslims as being the founder of the Arabs through his son Ishmael.

As an English Christian name, Abraham became common after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the American president during the Civil War.

ADAM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Hebrew, Arabic, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew

Other Scripts: Адам (Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Macedonian), אָדָם (Hebrew), آدم (Arabic), ადამ (Georgian), Αδαμ (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: A-dəm (English), a-DAWN (French), AH-dahm (German, Polish), AH:-dahm (Dutch), ah-DAHM (Russian, Ukrainian)

This is the Hebrew word for "man". It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם ('adam) meaning "to be red", referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Akkadian adamu meaning "to make". According to Genesis in the Old Testament Adam was created from the earth by God (there is a word play on Hebrew אֲדָמָה ('adamah) "earth"). He and Eve were supposedly the first humans, living happily in the Garden of Eden until Adam ate a forbidden fruit given to him by Eve.

As an English Christian name, Adam has been common since the Middle Ages, and it received a boost after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790).

ADANNAYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Western African, Igbo

Means "her father's daughter" in Igbo.

ADHARA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Astronomy

Derived from Arabic عذارى ('adhara) meaning "maidens". This is the name of the second brightest star (after Sirius) in the constellation Canis Major.

ÁEDÁN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Irish, Irish Mythology

Older form of AODHÁN. This was the name of a 6th-century king of the Scots.

AELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Αελλα (Ancient Greek)

Means "whirlwind" in Greek. In Greek myth this was the name of an Amazon warrior killed by Herakles during his quest for Hippolyta's girdle.

AEMILIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Ancient Roman

Feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

AGNETHA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Scandinavian variant of AGNES

AIDAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, Scottish, English (Modern)

Pronounced: AY-dən

Anglicized form of AODHÁN. In the latter part of the 20th century it became popular in America due to its sound, since it uses the same fashionable aden suffix sound found in such names as Braden and Hayden.

AIMI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: 愛美 (Japanese)

Pronounced: ah-ee-mee

From Japanese 愛 (ai) "love, affection" and 美 (mi) "beautiful".

ÁINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: AWN-ye

Means "radiance" in Gaelic. This was the name of the queen of the fairies in Celtic mythology. It is also taken as an Irish form of Anne.

AKEMI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: 明美 (Japanese)

Pronounced: ah-ke-mee

From Japanese 明 (ake) "bright" and 美 (mi) "beautiful".

AKIRA

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: 昭, 明, 亮 (Japanese)

Pronounced: ah-kee-ṙah

From Japanese "bright", "bright" or "clear".

ALAIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Basque

Means "joyful, happy" in Basque.

ALAINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ə-LAYN-ə

Variant of of ALANA, probably influenced by ELAINE.

ALANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ə-LAN-ə

Feminine form of ALAN

ALANIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-LAN-is

Feminine form of ALAN. Canadian musician Alanis Morissette (1974-) was named after her father Alan. Her parents apparently decided to use this particular spelling after seeing this word in a Greek newspaper.

ALANNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ə-LAN-ə

Feminine form of ALAN

ALANNAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern), Irish

Pronounced: ə-LAN-ə (English)

Variant of ALANA. It has been influenced by the affectionate Anglo-Irish word alannah, from the Irish Gaelic phrase a leanbh meaning "O child".

ALANNIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-LAN-is

Variant of ALANIS

ALAYNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ə-LAYN-ə

Variant of ALAINA

ALBERT

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Slovene, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic

Other Scripts: Альберт (Russian)

Pronounced: AL-bərt (English), al-BER (French), AHL-bert (German, Polish), AHL-bərt (Dutch)

From the Germanic name Adalbert, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright". This name was common among medieval German royalty. The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht. Though it became rare in England by the 17th century, it was repopularized in the 19th century by the German-born Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.

This name was borne by two 20th-century kings of Belgium. Other famous bearers include the German physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), creator of the theory of relativity, and Albert Camus (1913-1960), a French-Algerian writer and philosopher.

ALBERTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, German

Pronounced: al-BUR-tə (English), ahl-BER-tah (Italian, Polish, German)

Feminine form of ALBERT. This is the name of a Canadian province, which was named in honour of a daughter of Queen Victoria.

ALBERTE (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Galician

Pronounced: al-BER-te

Galician form of ALBERT

ALBERTE (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Danish

Danish feminine form of ALBERT

ALBERTINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, German, Dutch, Portuguese

Pronounced: ahl-ber-TEE-nah (Italian, German)

Feminine diminutive of ALBERT

ALBERTINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

French feminine form of ALBERT

ALEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-LEE-ə

Variant of AALIYAH

ALEASE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Possibly a variant of ALICIA

ALEIDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch, German

Pronounced: ah-LIE-dah (Dutch)

Dutch and German short form of ADELAIDE

ALENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Czech, Slovak, Slovene

Short form of MAGDALENA or HELENA

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)

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.

ALEXIS

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: German, French, English, Greek, Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Αλεξης (Greek), Αλεξις (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ah-LEK-sis (German), al-ek-SEE (French), ə-LEK-sis (English)

From the Greek name Αλεξις (Alexis), which meant "helper" or "defender", derived from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, to help". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. It is used somewhat interchangeably with the related name Αλεξιος or Alexius, borne by five Byzantine emperors. In the English-speaking world it is more commonly used as a feminine name.

ALIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Other Scripts: علياء (Arabic)

Variant transcription of ALYA

ALIAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Variant of AALIYAH

ALICE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French, Portuguese, Italian

Pronounced: AL-is (English), a-LEES (French), ah-LEE-che (Italian)

From the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis (see ADELAIDE). This name became popular in France and England in the 12th century. It was borne by the heroine of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865) and 'Through the Looking Glass' (1871).

ALICIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, English

Pronounced: a-LEE-thya (Spanish), a-LEE-sya (Latin American Spanish), ə-LIS-yə (English), ə-LIS-ee-ə (English), ə-LISH-ə (English), ə-LEE-shə (English)

Latinized form of ALICE

ALIDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch, German, Hungarian

Pronounced: ah-LEE-dah (German)

Diminutive of ADELAIDE

ALINA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Means "noble" in Arabic.

ALINA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Romanian, German, Italian, Polish

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

Short form of ADELINA and names that end in alina.

ALISA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian, Finnish

Other Scripts: Алиса (Russian)

Pronounced: ah-LEE-sah (Russian), AH-lee-sah (Finnish)

Russian and Finnish form of ALICE

ALISSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ə-LIS-ə

Variant of ALYSSA

ALISYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-LIS-yə

Personal note: from Baby Name Expert

Variant of ALICIA

ALIYA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Kazakh, Tatar, Arabic

Other Scripts: Әлия (Kazakh), عليّة (Arabic)

Kazakh and Tatar form of ALIYAH (1). It is also a variant transcription of Arabic ALIYAH (1).

ALIYA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: עֲלִיָּה (Hebrew)

Variant transcription of ALIYAH (2)

ALIYAH (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Other Scripts: عليّة (Arabic)

Feminine form of ALI (1)

ALIYAH (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: עֲלִיָּה (Hebrew)

Means "to ascend" in Hebrew. This is also a Hebrew word referring to immigration to Israel.

ALIYYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Other Scripts: عليّة (Arabic)

Variant transcription of ALIYAH (1)

ALIYYAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Other Scripts: عليّة (Arabic)

Variant transcription of ALIYAH (1)

ALIZA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: עַלִיזָה (Hebrew)

Pronounced: ah-LEE-zah

Means "joyful" in Hebrew.

ALYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Other Scripts: علياء (Arabic)

Means "sky, heaven, loftiness" in Arabic.

ALYSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ə-LIS-ə

Variant of ALICIA

ALYSE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: AL-is

Variant of ALICE

ALYSSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ə-LIS-ə

Variant of ALICIA. The spelling has probably been influenced by that of the alyssum flower, the name of which is derived from Greek α "against" combined with λυσσα (lyssa) "madness, rabies", since it was believed to cure madness.

AMAIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Basque

Means "the end" in Basque. This is also the name of a mountain and a village in the Basque region of Spain.

AMALA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: अमला (Hindi)

Derived from Sanskrit अमल (amala) meaning "clean, pure".

AMÁLIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovak

Hungarian, Portuguese and Slovak form of AMALIA

AMALIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch, German, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)

Pronounced: ah-MAH-lee-ah (Dutch, German), AH-mah-lee-ah (Finnish)

Latinized form of the Germanic name Amala, a short form of names beginning with the element amal meaning "work".

AMÁLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech

Czech form of AMALIA

AMALIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German

Pronounced: ah-MAH-lee-ə

German variant of AMALIA

AMALIJA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian

Lithuanian, Slovene and Croatian form of AMALIA

AMAYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Basque, Spanish

Variant of AMAIA

AMBER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Dutch

Pronounced: AM-bər (English), AHM-bər (Dutch)

From the English word amber that denotes either the gemstone, which is formed from fossil resin, or the orange-yellow colour. The word ultimately derives from Arabic عنبر ('anbar). It began to be used as a given name in the late 19th century, but it only became popular after the release of Kathleen Winsor's novel 'Forever Amber' (1944).

AMÉLIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Portuguese

Portuguese form of AMELIA

AMELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic

Pronounced: ə-MEE-lee-ə (English), ə-MEEL-yə (English), ah-ME-lyah (Italian), ah-ME-lee-ah (German)

Variant of AMALIA, though it is sometimes confused with EMILIA, which has a different origin. The name became popular in England after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century - it was borne by daughters of George II and George III. Another famous bearer was Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), the first woman to make a solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean.

AMÉLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: a-may-LEE

French form of AMELIA

AMELIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German

Pronounced: AH-me-lee, ah-me-LEE

German variant of AMELIA

AMETHYST

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: AM-ə-thist

From the name of the precious stone, which is Greek in origin and means "not drunk", as it was believed to be a remedy against drunkenness.

AMILIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-MEE-lee-ə, ə-MEEL-yə

Variant of either AMALIA or EMILIA

AMY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AY-mee

English form of the Old French name Amée meaning "beloved" (modern French aimée), a vernacular form of the Latin Amata. As an English name, it was in use in the Middle Ages (though not common) and was revived in the 19th century.

ANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, Slovene, Bulgarian, Romanian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian

Other Scripts: Ана (Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian), ანა (Georgian)

Pronounced: AH-nah (Spanish)

Form of ANNA

ANAÏS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Occitan, Catalan, French

Pronounced: a-na-EES (French)

Occitan and Catalan form of ANNA

ANDREW

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Biblical

Pronounced: AN-droo (English)

From the Greek name Ανδρεας (Andreas), which was derived from ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος (andros) "of a man"). In the New Testament the apostle Andrew, the first disciple to join Jesus, is the brother of Simon Peter. According to tradition, he later preached in the Black Sea region, with some legends saying he was crucified on an X-shaped cross. Andrew, being a Greek name, was probably only a nickname or a translation of his real Hebrew name, which is not known.

This name has been common (in various spellings) throughout the Christian world, and it became very popular in the Middle Ages. Saint Andrew is regarded as the patron of Scotland, Russia, Greece and Romania. The name has been borne by three kings of Hungary, American president Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), and, more recently, English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-).

ANELIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German

Short form of ANNELIESE

ANGEL

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English, Bulgarian, Macedonian

Other Scripts: Ангел (Bulgarian, Macedonian)

Pronounced: AYN-jəl (English)

From the medieval Latin masculine name Angelus which was derived from the name of the heavenly creature (itself derived from the Greek word αγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger"). It has never been very common in the English-speaking world, where it is sometimes used as a feminine name in modern times.

ANGELICA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, Romanian, Literature

Pronounced: an-JEL-i-kə (English), ahn-JE-lee-kah (Italian)

Derived from Latin angelicus meaning "angelic", ultimately related to Greek αγγελος (angelos) "messenger". The poets Boiardo and Ariosto used this name in their 'Orlando' poems (1495 and 1532), where it belongs to Orlando's love interest. It has been used as a given name since the 18th century.

ANIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Polish, Russian

Other Scripts: Аня (Russian)

Pronounced: AHN-yah (Polish)

Polish diminutive of ANNA, and a variant Russian transcription of ANYA.

ANIELA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Polish

Pronounced: ahn-YE-lah

Polish form of ANGELA

ANILA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: अनिला (Hindi)

Feminine form of ANIL

ANISSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Combination of ANNA and the popular name suffix issa. This name was first brought to public attention by the child actress Anissa Jones (1958-1976).

ANJA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, German

Other Scripts: Ања (Serbian)

Pronounced: AHN-yah (Swedish, Finnish, Croatian, Serbian, German)

Form of ANYA

ANNABELLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French

Pronounced: AN-ə-bel (English)

Variant of ANNABEL. It can also be taken as a combination of ANNA and BELLE.

ANNALEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Combination of ANNA and LEE

ANNALISA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian

Combination of ANNA and LISA

ANNELI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Finnish

Pronounced: AHN-ne-lee

Finnish diminutive of ANNA

ANNELIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Pronounced: AH-ne-lee (German)

Short form of ANNELIESE

ANNELIESE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Dutch

Pronounced: ah-ne-LEE-zə (German), ahn-nə-LEE-sə (Dutch)

Combination of ANNA and LIESE

ANNELISE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Danish

Danish form of ANNELIESE

ANYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian

Other Scripts: Аня (Russian)

Russian diminutive of ANNA

ARELI

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: אַרְאֵלִי (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: ay-REE-lie (English)

Means "lion of God, hero" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Gad in the Old Testament.

ARIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AHR-ee-ə

Means "song" or "melody" in Italian (literally means "air"). An aria is an elaborate vocal solo, the type usually performed in operas. As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century.

ARIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ar-ee-AN-ə, ar-ee-AHN-ə

Variant of ARIANNA

ARIELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ar-ee-EL-ə, er-ee-EL-ə

Strictly feminine form of ARIEL

ARYANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Variant of ARIANA

ASHLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ASH-lee

Feminine variant of ASHLEY

ASHLEY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ASH-lee

From an English surname which was originally derived from place names meaning "ash tree clearing", from Old English æsc and leah. Until the 1960s it was more commonly given to boys in the United States, but it is now most often used on girls.

ASHLYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ASH-lin

Combination of ASHLEY and the popular name suffix lyn.

ASHLYNN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ASH-lin

Variant of ASHLYN

AUTUMN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AW-təm

From the name of the season, ultimately from Latin autumnus. This name has been in general use since the 1960s.

AVA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AY-və

Variant of EVE. A famous bearer was the American actress Ava Gardner (1922-1990).

AVA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Persian

Other Scripts: آوا (Persian)

Means "voice, sound" in Persian.

AVANI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: अवनी (Hindi)

Means "earth" in Sanskrit.

AYALA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: אַיָּלָה (Hebrew)

Pronounced: ie-ah-LAH

Means "doe, gazelle, hind" in Hebrew.

AYLA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: אֵלָה (Hebrew)

Variant transcription of ELAH

AYLA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Turkish

Possibly means "moonlight, halo" in Turkish.

AYLA (3)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Literature

Created for the novel 'Clan of the Cave Bear' (1980) by author Jean M. Auel. In the novel Ayla is an orphaned Cro-Magnon girl adopted by Neanderthals. Ayla is the Neanderthal pronunciation of her real name, which is not given.

AYLİN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Turkish, Azerbaijani

Means "moon halo" in Turkish and Azerbaijani.

BAILEY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BAY-lee

From a surname derived from Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", originally denoting one who was a bailiff.

BAYLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: BAY-lee

Variant of BAILEY

BELINDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: bə-LIN-də

The meaning of this name is not known for certain. The first element could be related Italian bella "beautiful". The second element could be related to Germanic lind "serpent, dragon" or linde "soft, tender". This name first arose in the 17th century, and was subsequently used by Alexander Pope in his poem 'The Rape of the Lock' (1712).

BEN (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, German, Dutch

Pronounced: BEN

Short form of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT. A notable bearer was Ben Jonson (1572-1637), an English poet and playwright.

BENAIAH

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: בְּנָיָהוּ (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: bi-NIE-ə (English), bi-NAY-ə (English)

From the Hebrew name בְּנָיָהוּ (Benayahu) meaning "YAHWEH has built". This was the name of numerous Old Testament characters.

BENJ

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BENJ

Short form of BENJAMIN

BENJAMIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Biblical

Other Scripts: בִּנְיָמִין (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: BEN-jə-min (English), ben-zha-MEN (French), BEN-yah-meen (German)

From the Hebrew name בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin) which means "son of the south" or "son of the right hand". Benjamin in the Old Testament is the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and the founder of one of the southern tribes of the Hebrews. He was originally named בֶּן־אוֹנִי (Ben-'oniy) meaning "son of my sorrow" by his mother Rachel, who died shortly after childbirth, but it was later changed by his father.

As an English name, Benjamin came into general use after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), an American statesman, inventor, scientist and philosopher.

BENJI

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BEN-jee

Diminutive of BENJAMIN

BENJY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BEN-jee

Diminutive of BENJAMIN

BENNIE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BEN-ee

Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT

BENNY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BEN-ee

Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT

BENSON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BEN-sən

From a surname which originally meant "son of BENEDICT".

BETHAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Pronounced: BETH-an

Welsh diminutive of ELIZABETH

BETHANY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Biblical

Pronounced: BETH-ə-nee (English)

From the name of a biblical town, possibly derived from Hebrew בֵּית־תְּאֵנָה (beit-te'enah) meaning "house of figs". In the New Testament the town of Bethany was the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. It has been in use as a rare given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, used primarily by Catholics in honour of Mary of Bethany. In America it became moderately common after the 1950s.

BONNIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BAHN-ee

Means "pretty" from the Scottish word bonnie, which was itself derived from Middle French bon "good". It has been in use as an American given name since the 19th century, and it became especially popular after the movie 'Gone with the Wind' (1939), in which it was the nickname of Scarlett's daughter.

BRENDAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: BREN-dən (English)

From Brendanus, the Latinized form of the Irish name Bréanainn which was derived from a Welsh word meaning "prince". Saint Brendan was a 6th-century Irish abbot who, according to legend, crossed the Atlantic and reached North America with 17 other monks.

BRENDON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BREN-dən

Variant of BRENDAN

BRENNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BREN-ə

Possibly a variant of BRENDA or a feminine form of BRENNAN.

BRENNAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: BREN-ən (English)

From an Irish surname derived from Ó Braonáin meaning "descendent of Braonán". Braonán is a given name meaning "sorrow" (Irish braon "tear drop" and a diminutive suffix).

BRIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: bree-AN-ə, bree-AHN-ə, brie-AN-ə

Feminine form of BRIAN. This name was used by Edmund Spenser in 'The Faerie Queene' (1590). The name was not commonly used until the 1970s, when it rapidly became popular in the United States.

BRITNEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: BRIT-nee

Variant of BRITTANY

BRITTANY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BRIT-nee, BRIT-ə-nee

From the name of the region in the northwest of France, called in French Bretagne. It was named for the Briton settlers who fled to that area after the Anglo-Saxon invasion of England. As a given name, it first came into common use in America in the 1970s.

BRITTNEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: BRIT-nee

Variant of BRITTANY

BROOKE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BRUWK

Variant of BROOK. The name came into use in the 1950s, probably influenced by American socialite Brooke Astor (1902-2007). It was further popularized by actress Brooke Shields (1965-).

BROOKLYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: BRUWK-lin

From the name of the borough of New York City, originally derived from Dutch Breukelen meaning "broken land". It can also be viewed as a combination of BROOK and the popular name suffix lyn.

BRYANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Variant of BRIANA

CADEN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-dən

Sometimes explained as a derivative of the Irish surname Caden, which is a reduced form of the Gaelic surname Mac Cadáin meaning "son of Cadán". In actuality, its popularity in America beginning in the 1990s is due to its sound - it shares its fashionable aden suffix sound with other popular names like Hayden, Aidan and Braden.

CAI (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Variant of KAI (1)

CAILYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lin

Variant of KAYLYN

CAITLÍN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: KAHT-leen

Irish form of Cateline, the Old French form of KATHERINE.

CAITLIN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: KAHT-leen (Irish), KAYT-lin (English)

Anglicized form of CAITLÍN

CAITLYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAYT-lin

Variant of CAITLIN

CALISTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Portuguese, Spanish

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

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

CAMERON

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Scottish, English

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

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

CAMRYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAM-rin

Feminine variant of CAMERON

CAOIMHE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, Scottish

Pronounced: KEE-va, KWEE-va

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

CARINA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Late Roman

Pronounced: kə-REEN-ə (English), kah-REE-nah (German)

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.

CAROLYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KER-ə-lin, KAR-ə-lin

Variant of CAROLINE

CARYS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Derived from Welsh caru meaning "love". This is a relatively modern Welsh name, in common use only since the middle of the 20th century.

CASSIDY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAS-i-dee

From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Caiside meaning "descendent of CAISIDE".

CATALINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish

Pronounced: kah-tah-LEE-nah

Spanish form of KATHERINE

CATARINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Occitan, Galician

Pronounced: kah-tah-REE-nah (Italian), ka-ta-REE-na (Galician)

Italian, Portuguese, Occitan and Galician form of KATHERINE

CERYS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Variant of CARYS

CHARIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Ancient Greek, English (Rare)

Other Scripts: Χαρις (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: KAR-is (English)

Feminine form of CHARES. It came into use as an English given name in the 17th century.

CHARLIE

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: CHAHR-lee

Diminutive or feminine form of CHARLES. A famous bearer is Charlie Brown, the main character in the comic strip 'Peanuts' by Charles Schulz.

CHARLOTTE

Gender: Feminine

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

Pronounced: shar-LOT (French), SHAHR-lət (English), shahr-LAW-tə (German), shahr-LAWT-tə (Dutch)

French feminine diminutive of CHARLES. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. A notable bearer was Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), the eldest of the three Bronte sisters and the author of 'Jane Eyre' and 'Villette'.

CHAYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: חַיָה (Hebrew)

Feminine form of CHAYYIM

CHLOE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Χλοη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: KLO-ee (English)

Means "green shoot" in Greek. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter. The name is also mentioned by Paul in one of his epistles in the New Testament. As an English name, Chloe has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

CHRISTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Danish, English

Pronounced: KRIS-tah (German), KRIS-tə (English)

Short form of CHRISTINA

CHRISTIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Late Roman

Pronounced: kris-tee-AN-ə (English)

Latin feminine form of CHRISTIAN

CHRISTOPHER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KRIS-tə-fər

From the Late Greek name Χριστοφορος (Christophoros) meaning "bearing Christ", derived from Χριστος (Christos) combined with φερω (phero) "to bear, to carry". Early Christians used it as a metaphorical name, expressing that they carried Christ in their hearts. In the Middle Ages, literal interpretations of the name's etymology led to legends about a Saint Christopher who carried the young Jesus across a river. He has come to be regarded as the patron saint of travellers.

As an English given name, Christopher has been in general use since the 15th century. In Denmark it was borne by three kings (their names are usually spelled Christoffer), including the 15th-century Christopher of Bavaria who also ruled Norway and Sweden. Other famous bearers include Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), English playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), and the fictional character Christopher Robin from A. A. Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh' books.

CIARA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: KEER-a, KEE-ar-a

Feminine form of CIAR. Saint Ciara was an Irish nun who established a monastery at Kilkeary in the 7th century.

CIARÁN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: KEER-awn, KEE-ar-awn

Diminutive of CIAR. This was the name of two Irish saints: Saint Ciarán the Elder, the patron of the Kingdom of Munster, and Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, the founder of a monastery in the 6th century.

CIERA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: see-ER-ə

Variant of SIERRA

CLARA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, English, Late Roman

Pronounced: KLAH-rah (Italian, German, Spanish), KLER-ə (English), KLAR-ə (English)

Feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus which meant "clear, bright, famous". The name Clarus was borne by a few early saints. The feminine form was popularized by the 13th-century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara in Italian), a friend and follower of Saint Francis, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages, originally in the form Clare, though the Latinate spelling Clara became more popular in the 19th century.

CLAUDIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Biblical, Ancient Roman

Pronounced: KLAW-dee-ə (English), KLOW-dee-ah (German, Dutch), KLOW-dyah (Italian, Spanish)

Feminine form of CLAUDIUS. It is mentioned briefly in the New Testament. As a Christian name it was very rare until the 16th century.

COLBY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KOL-bee

From a surname, originally from various English place names, derived from the Old Norse nickname Koli (meaning "coal, dark") and býr "town".

CONNOR

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAHN-ər (English)

Variant of CONOR

CORBIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KAWR-bin

From a French surname which was derived from corbeau "raven", originally denoting a person who had dark hair. The name was probably popularized in America by actor Corbin Bernsen (1954-).

CORMAC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish

Possibly derived from Irish Gaelic corb "raven" or "wheel" and mac "son". This was the name of a 3rd-century king of Ireland.

CRISTINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian

Pronounced: kree-STEE-nah (Italian, Spanish)

Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian form of CHRISTINA

DANA (2)

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DAY-nə

From a surname which originally belonged to a person who was Danish. It was originally given in honour of American lawyer Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882), the author of 'Two Years Before the Mast'.

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 (Jewish), da-VEED (French), DAH-vit (German, Dutch), dah-VEET (Russian)

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) and soccer player David Beckham (1975-). This is also the name of the hero of Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical novel 'David Copperfield' (1850).

DAVIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DAV-in

Possibly a variant of DEVIN influenced by DAVID.

DAVINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (British)

Pronounced: də-VEEN-ə

Feminine form of DAVID. It originated in Scotland.

DAWN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DAWN

From the English word dawn, ultimately derived from Old English dagung.

DAWSON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DAW-sən

From a surname meaning "son of DAVID". This name was popularized in the late 1990s by the television drama 'Dawson's Creek'.

DEACON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: DEE-kən

Either from the occupational surname Deacon or directly from the vocabulary word deacon, which refer to a cleric in the Christian church (ultimately from Greek διακονος (diakonos) meaning "servant").

DEANNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: dee-AN-ə, DEEN-ə

Either a variant of DIANA or a feminine form of DEAN. This name was popularized by the Canadian actress and singer Deanna Durbin (1921-), whose birth name was Edna. Her stage name was a rearrangement of the letters of her real name.

DECLAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish

Anglicized form of Irish Deaglán, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Declan was a 5th-century missionary to Ireland.

DELANEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: də-LAYN-ee

From a surname: either the English surname DELANEY (1) or the Irish surname DELANEY (2).

DELILAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, English

Other Scripts: דְּלִילָה (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: di-LIE-lə (English)

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.

DEVIN

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English, Irish

Pronounced: DEV-in

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

DEVON

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DEV-ən, də-VAHN

Variant of DEVIN. It may also be partly inspired by the name of the county of Devon in England, which got its name from the Dumnonii, a Celtic tribe.

DEVYN

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: DEV-in

Variant of DEVIN

DONOVAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English

From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Donndubháin meaning "descendent of DONNDUBHÁN".

DREW

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DROO

Short form of ANDREW

DUSTY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DUS-tee

From a nickname originally given to people perceived as being dusty. It is also used a diminutive of DUSTIN. A famous bearer was British singer Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), who acquired her nickname as a child.

DYLAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh, English, Welsh Mythology

Pronounced: DUL-an (Welsh), DIL-ən (English)

From the Welsh elements dy "great" and llanw "tide, flow". In Welsh mythology Dylan was a god or hero associated with the sea. He was the son of Arianrhod and was accidentally slain by his uncle Govannon.

Famous bearers include the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) and the American musician Bob Dylan (1941-), real name Robert Zimmerman, who took his stage surname from the poet's given name. Due to those two bearers, use of the name has spread outside of Wales in the last half of the 20th century. It received a further boost in popularity in the 1990s due to a character on the television series 'Beverly Hills 90210'.

EBONY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: EB-ə-nee

From the English word ebony for the black wood which comes from the ebony tree. It is ultimately from the Egyptian word hbnj. In America this name is most often used by black parents.

EDISON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ED-i-sən

From an English surname which meant either "son of EDA (2)" or "son of ADAM". A famous bearer of the surname was the inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931).

EDWARD

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Polish

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

Means "rich guard", derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" 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).

ELAHEH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Persian

Other Scripts: الهه (Persian)

Means "goddess" in Persian.

ELEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Short form of ELEANOR. This was also the name of an ancient Italian town (modern Velia) which is well known for being the home of the philosopher Parmenides and his student Zeno of Elea, who was famous for his paradoxes.

ELIANA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

Pronounced: e-LYAH-nah (Italian)

Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ÉLIANE

ELIANA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: אֶלִיעַנָה (Hebrew)

Means "my God has answered" in Hebrew.

ELISA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, English

Pronounced: e-LEE-zah (German, Italian), E-lee-sah (Finnish)

Short form of ELISABETH

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)

Short form of ELIZABETH

ELISSA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Roman Mythology

Meaning unknown (possibly Phoenician in origin). This is another name of Dido, the legendary queen of Carthage.

ELISSA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Variant of ELISA

ÉLODIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: ay-lo-DEE

French form of ALODIA

ELYSE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Diminutive of ELIZABETH. It was popularized in the early 1980s by a character from the television comedy 'Family Ties'.

ELYSIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Various

From Elysium, the name of the realm of the dead in Greek and Roman mythology, which means "blissful".

EMALEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Variant of EMILY

EMELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: i-MEE-lee-ə, i-MEEL-yə

Variant of AMELIA

EMELIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish

Swedish feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

EMELY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: EM-ə-lee

Variant of EMILY

EMER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: EE-mur

Possibly from Gaelic eimh "swift". In Irish legend she was the wife of Cúchulainn. She was said to possess the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, voice, speech, needlework, wisdom and chastity.

EMERSON

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: EM-ər-sən

From an English surname meaning "son of EMERY". The surname was borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American writer and philosopher who wrote about transcendentalism.

EMERY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: EM-ə-ree

Norman form of EMMERICH. The Normans introduced it to England, and though it was never popular, it survived until the end of the Middle Ages. As a modern given name, it is likely inspired by the surname Emery, which was itself derived from the medieval given name. It can also be given in reference to the hard black substance called emery.

EMILEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: EM-ə-lee

Personal note: from Baby Name Expert

Variant of EMILY

EMÍLIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Portuguese, Slovak

Portuguese and Slovak feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

EMILIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Finnish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English

Pronounced: e-MEEL-yah (Italian, Spanish, Polish), E-mee-lee-ah (Finnish)

Feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

ÉMILIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: ay-mee-LEE

French feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

EMÍLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech

Czech feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

EMILIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish

Pronounced: e-MEE-lee-ə (German), e-MEE-lee-e (Norwegian)

German and Scandinavian feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

EMILIJA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Lithuanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian

Other Scripts: Емилија (Serbian, Macedonian)

Pronounced: EM-ee-lee-yah (Serbian, Croatian)

Feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

EMILIYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Bulgarian

Other Scripts: Емилия (Bulgarian)

Bulgarian feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).

EMILY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: EM-ə-lee

English feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL). In the English-speaking world it was not common until after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century; the princess Amelia Sophia (1711-1786) was commonly known as Emily in English, even though Amelia is an unrelated name.

Famous bearers include the British author Emily Bronte (1818-1848), who wrote 'Wuthering Heights', and the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

ESSIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ES-ee

Diminutive of ESTELLE or ESTHER

ETHAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Jewish, French, Biblical, Biblical Latin

Other Scripts: אֵיתָן (Hebrew)

Pronounced: EE-thən (English)

Means "solid, enduring" in Hebrew. This is the name of a wise man in the Old Testament. After the Protestant Reformation it was occasionally used as a given name in the English-speaking world, and it became somewhat common in America due to the fame of the revolutionary Ethan Allen (1738-1789). It only became popular towards the end of the 20th century. This was the name of the main character in Edith Wharton's novel 'Ethan Frome' (1911).

ÉVA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hungarian

Pronounced: AY-vaw

Hungarian form of EVE

EVA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin

Other Scripts: Ева (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Church Slavic), ევა (Georgian)

Pronounced: E-vah (Italian, Spanish, Danish), EE-və (English), E-fah (German), AY-vah (Dutch)

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.

EVADNE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Ευαδνη (Ancient Greek)

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.

EVAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh, English

Pronounced: EV-ən (English)

Anglicized form of Iefan, a Welsh form of JOHN.

EVANDER (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology

Other Scripts: Ευανδρος (Ancient Greek)

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

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.

EVE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French, Biblical

Other Scripts: חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: EEV (English), EV (French)

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. She gave the forbidden fruit to Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Despite this potentially negative association, the name was occasionally used during the Middle Ages. In the English-speaking world both Eve and the Latin form Eva were revived in the 19th century.

FAWN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: FAWN

From the English word fawn for a young deer.

FELICITY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: fi-LIS-i-tee

From the English word felicity meaning "happiness", which ultimately derives from Latin felicitas "good luck". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans around the 17th century. It can sometimes be used as an English form of the Latin name FELICITAS (1). This name was revived in the late 1990s after the appearance of the television series 'Felicity'.

GABRIELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Hungarian, English, Swedish

Pronounced: gah-BRYEL-lah (Italian)

Feminine form of GABRIEL

GEMMA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Catalan, English (British), Dutch

Pronounced: JEM-mah (Italian), JEM-ə (English)

Medieval Italian nickname meaning "gem, precious stone". It was borne by the wife of the 13th-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

GENEVIÈVE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: zhe-nə-VYEV, zhawn-VYEV

From Genovefa, a Gaulish name possibly meaning "tribe woman". Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, inspired the city to resist the Huns in the 5th century.

GEORGE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Romanian

Pronounced: JORJ (English)

From the Greek name Γεωργιος (Georgios) which was derived from the Greek word γεωργος (georgos) meaning "farmer, earthworker", itself derived from the elements γη (ge) "earth" and εργον (ergon) "work". Saint George was a 3rd-century Roman soldier from Palestine who was martyred during the persecutions of emperor Diocletian. Later legends describe his defeat of a dragon, with which he was often depicted in medieval art.

Initially Saint George was primarily revered by Eastern Christians, but returning crusaders brought stories of him to Western Europe and he became the patron of England, Portugal, Catalonia and Aragon. The name was rarely used in England until the German-born George I came to the British throne in the 18th century. Five subsequent British kings have borne the name.

Other famous bearers include two kings of Greece, the composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), the first president of the United States, George Washington (1732-1797), and the Pacific explorer George Vancouver (1757-1798). This was also the pen name of authors George Eliot (1819-1880) and George Orwell (1903-1950), real names Mary Anne Evans and Eric Arthur Blair respectively.

GEORGIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Greek

Other Scripts: Γεωργια (Greek)

Pronounced: JOR-jə (English)

Latinate feminine form of GEORGE. This is the name of an American state, which was named after the British king George II. A famous bearer was the American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986).

GEORGIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: jor-JYAH-nə, jor-JAY-nə

Feminine form of GEORGE. This form of the name has been in use since the 18th century.

GINNY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JIN-ee

Diminutive of VIRGINIA

GRACE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: GRAYS

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.

GRIFFIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: GRIF-in

Personal note: from Baby Name Expert

Latinized form of GRUFFUDD. This name can also be inspired by the English word griffin, a creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, ultimately from Greek γρυψ (gryps).

HANNAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Biblical

Other Scripts: חַנָּה (Hebrew)

Pronounced: HAN-ə (English), HAH-nah (German)

From the Hebrew name חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour" or "grace". Hannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament. As an English name, Hannah was not regularly used until after the Protestant Reformation. The Greek and Latin version Anna is used in the New Testament; this form has traditionally been more widely used as a Christian name.

HAZEL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HAY-zəl

From the English word hazel for the tree or the light brown colour, derived ultimately from Old English hæsel. It was coined as a given name in the 19th century.

HEIDI

Gender: Feminine

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

Pronounced: HIE-dee (German, English), HAY-dee (Finnish)

Personal note: from Baby Name Expert

German diminutive of ADELHEID. This is the name of the title character in the children's novel 'Heidi' (1880) by Johanna Spyri. The name began to be used in the English-speaking world shortly after the 1937 release of the movie adaptation, which starred Shirley Temple.

HOLLY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HAHL-ee

From the English word for the holly tree, ultimately derived from Old English holen.

IMOGEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (British)

Pronounced: IM-ə-jən

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".

IRIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish

Other Scripts: Ιρις (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: IE-ris (English), EE-ris (German, Dutch), EE-rees (Finnish)

Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow. This name can also be given in reference to the English word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the name of the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.

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)

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.

ISABELLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, German, Dutch

Pronounced: ee-za-BEL (French), IZ-ə-bel (English), ee-sah-BEL-lə (Dutch)

French form of ISABEL

ISLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Scottish

Pronounced: IE-lə

Variant of ISLAY, typically used as a feminine name.

ITALIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian

From the Italian name of the country of Italy, Italia (see ITALUS).

IVORY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: African American

Pronounced: IE-və-ree, IEV-ree

From the English word for the hard, creamy-white substance which comes from elephant tusks and was formerly used to produce piano keys.

IVY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: IE-vee

From the English word for the climbing plant that has small yellow flowers. It is ultimately derived from Old English ifig.

JACOB

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Jewish, Biblical

Other Scripts: יַעֲקֹב (Hebrew)

Pronounced: JAY-kəb (English), YAH-kawp (Dutch)

From the Latin Iacobus, which was from the Greek Ιακωβος (Iakobos), which was from the Hebrew name יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqov). In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) is the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel, and his name is explained as meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter". Other theories claim that it is in fact derived from a hypothetical name like יַעֲקֹבְאֵל (Ya'aqov'el) meaning "may God protect".

The English names Jacob and James derive from the same source, with James coming from Latin Iacomus, a later variant of Iacobus. Unlike English, many languages do not have separate spellings for the two names.

In England, Jacob was mainly regarded as a Jewish name during the Middle Ages, though the variant James was used among Christians. Jacob came into general use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was Jacob Grimm (1785-1863), the German linguist and writer who was, with his brother Wilhelm, the author of 'Grimm's Fairy Tales'.

JADE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French

Pronounced: JAYD (English)

From the name of the precious stone that is often used in carvings. It is derived from Spanish (piedra de la) ijada meaning "(stone of the) flank", relating to the belief that jade could cure renal colic. As a given name, it came into general use during the 1970s.

JADEN

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: JAY-dən

An invented name, using the popular aden suffix sound found in such names as Braden, Hayden and Aidan. This name first became common in American in the 1990s when similar-sounding names were increasing in popularity. It is sometimes considered a variant of JADON.

JADON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: יָדוֹן (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: JAH-dən (English), JAY-dən (English)

Possibly means either "thankful" or "he will judge" in Hebrew. This name is borne by a minor character in the Old Testament.

JAIME (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JAY-mee

Variant of JAMIE. The character Jaime Sommers from the television series 'The Bionic Woman' (1976-1978) helped to popularize the name. It can sometimes be given in reference to the French phrase j'aime meaning "I love", though it is pronounced differently.

JAMIE

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Scottish, English

Pronounced: JAY-mee

Originally a Lowland Scots diminutive of JAMES. Since the late 19th century it has also been used as a feminine form.

JANAE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Elaborated form of JANE

JANE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JAYN

Medieval English form of Jehanne, an Old French feminine form of Iohannes (see JOHN). This became the most common feminine form of John in the 17th century, surpassing Joan. Famous bearers include the uncrowned English queen Lady Jane Grey (1536-1554), who ruled for only 9 days, the British novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817), who wrote 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Pride and Prejudice', and the British primatologist Jane Goodall (1934-). This was also the name of the central character in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Jane Eyre' (1847).

JAYA

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: Indian, Hinduism

Other Scripts: जया, जय (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Derived from Sanskrit जय (jaya) meaning "victory". This is a transcription of both the feminine form जया (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga) and the masculine form जय (borne by several characters in Hindu texts).

JAYDEN

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: JAY-dən

Variant of JADEN

JAYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: JAY-lə

Combination of JAY (1) and the popular name suffix la.

JAYLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: JAY-lee

Combination of JAY (1) and LEE.

JAYLIN

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: African American (Modern), English (Modern)

Pronounced: JAY-lin

Variant of JALEN. It can also be a feminine elaboration of JAY (1).

JAYNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: JAY-nə

Variant of JANE

JEMIMA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical, English

Other Scripts: יְמִימָה (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: jə-MIE-mə (English)

Means "dove" in Hebrew. This was the oldest of the three daughters of Job in the Old Testament. As an English name, Jemima first became common during the Puritan era.

JEMMA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (British)

Pronounced: JEM-ə

Variant of GEMMA

JENAE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Diminutive of JENNIFER

JENNIFER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish

Pronounced: JEN-i-fər (English)

From a Cornish form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (see GUINEVERE). This name has only been common outside of Cornwall since the beginning of the 20th century, after it was featured in George Bernard Shaw's play 'The Doctor's Dilemma' (1906).

JESSICA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian

Pronounced: JES-i-kə (English)

This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name ISCAH, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century.

JIA

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Chinese

Other Scripts: 佳, 家 (Chinese)

From Chinese "good, fine" or "home, family".

JOELLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Feminine form of JOEL

JOLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Various

Pronounced: JO-lee (English), zho-LEE (French)

Means "pretty" in French. This name was popularized by American actress Angelina Jolie (1975-), whose surname was originally her middle name. It is not used as a given name in France.

JOSEPH

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Biblical

Other Scripts: יוֹסֵף (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: JO-səf (English), zho-ZEF (French), YO-zef (German)

From Ioseph, the Latin form of Greek Ιωσηφ (Ioseph), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". In the Old Testament, Joseph is the eleventh son of Jacob. Because he was the favourite of his father, his older brothers sent him to Egypt and told their father that he had died. In Egypt, Joseph became an advisor to the pharaoh, and was eventually reconciled with his brothers when they came to Egypt during a famine. This name also occurs in the New Testament, belonging to Saint Joseph the husband of Mary and Joseph of Arimathea.

In the Middle Ages, Joseph was a common Jewish name, being less frequent among Christians. In the late Middle Ages Saint Joseph became more highly revered, and the name became popular in Spain and Italy. In England it became common after the Protestant Reformation. This name was borne by rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and Portugal. Other notable bearers include Polish-British author Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) and the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (1878-1953).

JOSHUA

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Biblical

Other Scripts: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: JAH-shə-wə (English), JAW-shwə (English)

From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu'a) meaning "YAHWEH is salvation". Joshua was one of the twelve spies sent into Canaan by Moses, as told in the Old Testament. After Moses died Joshua succeeded him as leader of the Israelites. As an English name, Joshua has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

The name Jesus comes from a Greek translation of the Aramaic short form יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a), which was the real name of Jesus.

JOSIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JO-zee

Short form of JOSEPHINE

KADEN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-dən

Variant of CADEN

KAELEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

Variant of KAYLEE

KAI (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Frisian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch

Pronounced: KIE (German, Finnish)

Meaning uncertain, possibly a Frisian diminutive of GERHARD, NICOLAAS, CORNELIS or GAIUS.

KAI (3)

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Hawaiian

Means "sea" in Hawaiian.

KAIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Norwegian, Estonian

Diminutive of KATARINA or KATARIINA

KAILA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Yiddish

Other Scripts: קַײלָע (Yiddish)

Yiddish form of KELILA

KAILEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

Variant of KAYLEE

KAILEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

Variant of KAYLEE

KAILYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lin

Variant of KAYLYN

KAITLIN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAYT-lin

Variant of CAITLIN

KAITLYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAYT-lin

Variant of CAITLIN

KAITLYNN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAYT-lin

Variant of CAITLIN

KALEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hawaiian

Means "joy, happiness" in Hawaiian.

KALEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

Variant of KAYLEE

KALIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

Variant of KAYLEE

KALINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Bulgarian, Macedonian, Polish

Other Scripts: Калина (Bulgarian, Macedonian)

Means "viburnum tree" in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Polish.

KALLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KAL-ee

Variant of CALLIE

KALYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lin

Variant of KAYLYN

KAMRYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAM-rin

Feminine variant of CAMERON

KATARINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene

Other Scripts: Катарина (Serbian)

Pronounced: kah-tah-REE-nah (German)

Cognate of KATHERINE

KATELYNN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAYT-lin

Variant of CAITLIN

KATIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian

Other Scripts: Катя (Russian)

Pronounced: KAH-tyah

Variant transcription of KATYA

KATYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian

Other Scripts: Катя (Russian)

Pronounced: KAH-tyah

Diminutive of YEKATERINA

KAYLA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KAY-lə

Personal note: from Baby Name Expert

Combination of KAY (1) and the popular name suffix la. Use of the name was greatly increased in the 1980s after the character Kayla Brady began appearing on the American soap opera 'Days of Our Lives'.

KAYLA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Yiddish

Other Scripts: קַײלָע (Yiddish)

Variant transcription of KAILA

KAYLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

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

KAYLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

Variant of KAYLEE

KAYLIN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lin

Variant of KAYLYN

KAYLYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lin

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

KAYLYNN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lin

Variant of KAYLYN

KEELEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KEE-lee

Variant of KEELY

KEELY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KEE-lee

From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Caolaidhe meaning "descendent of Caoladhe". The given name Caoladhe is derived from the Gaelic word caol "slender".

KEILA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Possibly a variant of KAYLA (1)

KEIRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Variant of KIRA (2). This spelling was popularized by British actress Keira Knightley (1985-).

KELLY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: KEL-ee

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).

KELSIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KEL-see

Variant of KELSEY

KENNEDY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English, Irish

Pronounced: KEN-ə-dee

From an irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cinnéidigh meaning "descendent of CENNÉTIG". The name is often given in honour of assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).

KEVIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Irish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Pronounced: KEV-in (English)

Anglicized form of the Irish name Caoimhín, derived from the older Irish Cóemgein, composed of the Old Irish elements cóem "kind, gentle, handsome" and gein "birth". Saint Caoimhín established a monastery in Glendalough, Ireland in the 6th century and is the patron saint of Dublin. It became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland in the 20th century.

KIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish

Diminutive of KRISTINA

KIANA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hawaiian

Hawaiian form of DIANA

KIERA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish

Pronounced: KEER-a, KEE-ar-a

Anglicized form of CIARA (1)

KIERSTEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Variant of KIRSTEN

KILEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KIE-lee

Variant of KYLIE

KIRI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Maori

Means "skin of a tree or fruit" in Maori. This name has been brought to public attention by New Zealand opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa (1944-).

KIRSTEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Danish, Norwegian, English

Pronounced: KEER-sten (Danish, Norwegian)

Danish and Norwegian form of CHRISTINA

KRISTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, English, Finnish

Pronounced: KRIS-tah (German), KRIS-tə (English), KREES-tah (Finnish)

Short form of KRISTINA

KRISTEN (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KRIS-tin

Variant of KRISTIN

KYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KIE-lə

Feminine form of KYLE

KYLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KIE-lee

Variant of KYLIE

KYRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KIE-rə, KEE-rə

Variant of KIRA (2), sometimes considered a feminine form of CYRUS.

LACHLAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Scottish, English (Australian)

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

LAELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Ancient Roman

Feminine form of Laelius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning. This is also the name of a type of flower, an orchid found in Mexico and Central America.

LÁILÁ

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Sami

Sami variant form of HELGA

LAINEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: LAYN-ee

Variant of LANEY

LALA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Bulgarian

Other Scripts: Лала (Bulgarian)

From a South Slavic word meaning "tulip". It is derived via Turkish from Persian لاله (laleh).

LANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Russian, Croatian, Serbian

Other Scripts: Лана (Russian, Serbian)

Pronounced: LAH-nə (English)

Short form of ALANA (English) or SVETLANA (Russian). In the English-speaking world, it was popularized by actress Lana Turner (1921-1995).

LANDON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LAN-dən

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).

LANEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LAYN-ee

Diminutive of ELAINE

LÁRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Icelandic

Pronounced: LOW-rah

Icelandic form of LAURA

LÁRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Icelandic

Pronounced: LOW-rah

Icelandic form of LAURA

LAYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic, English

Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic)

Pronounced: LAY-lə (English)

Means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet known as Qays. The story of Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. The name became used in the English-speaking world after the 1970 release of the song 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which was inspired by the medieval story.

LEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Croatian

Pronounced: LE-ah (German, Finnish)

Form of LEAH

LEAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew

Other Scripts: לֵאָה (Hebrew)

Pronounced: LEE-ə (English)

From the Hebrew name לֵאָה (Le'ah) which was probably derived from the Hebrew word לְאָה (le'ah) meaning "weary". Alternatively it might derive from a Chaldean name meaning "mistress" or "ruler" in Akkadian. In the Old Testament, Leah is the first wife of Jacob and the mother of seven of his children. Although this name was used by Jews in the Middle Ages, it was not typical as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation, being common among the Puritans.

LEELA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: लीला (Hindi)

Variant transcription of LILA (1)

LEIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Λεια (Ancient Greek)

Form of LEAH used in the Greek Old Testament.

LEILA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic, Persian, English, Georgian

Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic), لیلا (Persian), ლეილა (Georgian)

Pronounced: LAY-lə (English), LEE-lə (English), LIE-lə (English)

Variant of LAYLA. This spelling was used by Lord Byron for characters in 'The Giaour' (1813) and 'Don Juan' (1819), and it is through him that the name was introduced to the English-speaking world.

LELA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Variant of LEILA

LELAND

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

From a surname, originally from an English place name, which meant "fallow land" in Old English. A famous bearer was the politician, businessman and Stanford University founder Leland Stanford (1824-1893).

LELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian

Italian form of LAELIA

LEYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, English (Modern)

Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic)

Variant of LEILA

LÍA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Galician

Pronounced: LEE-a

Galician form of LEAH

LÍA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Galician

Pronounced: LEE-a

Galician form of LEAH

LIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, English

Short form of ELIANA (1), JULIANA, LILIANA, and other names that end in liana. This is also the word for a type of vine that grows in jungles.

LIBBY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIB-ee

Originally a medieval diminutive of Ibb, itself a diminutive of ISABEL. It is also used as a diminutive of ELIZABETH.

LIBERTY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIB-ər-tee

Simply from the English word liberty, derived from Latin libertas, a derivative of liber "free". Interestingly, since 1880 this name has charted on the American popularity lists in three different periods: in 1918 (at the end of World War I), in 1976 (the American bicentennial), and after 2001 (during the War on Terrorism).

LIGEIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Λιγεια (Ancient Greek)

Derived from Greek λιγυς (ligys) meaning "clear-voiced, shrill, whistling". This was the name of one of the Sirens in Greek legend. It was also used by Edgar Allan Poe in his story 'Ligeia' (1838).

LILA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: लीला (Hindi)

Means "play, amusement" in Sanskrit.

LILAC

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: LIE-lək

From the name of the shrub with purple or white flowers. It is derived via Arabic from Persian.

LILIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian, Ukrainian

Other Scripts: Лилия (Russian), Лілія (Ukrainian)

Variant transcription of LILIYA

LILIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, English

Pronounced: lee-LYAH-nah (Italian, Polish), lil-ee-AN-ə (English)

Latinate form of LILLIAN

LILIBETH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Diminutive of ELIZABETH

LILLIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIL-ee-ə, LIL-yə

Short form of LILLIAN or an elaborated form of LILY.

LILLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIL-ee

Variant of LILY

LILLY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Pronounced: LIL-ee (English)

English variant of LILY. It is also used in Scandinavia, as a form of LILY or a diminutive of ELISABETH.

LILY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIL-ee

From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.

LILYANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Bulgarian

Other Scripts: Лиляна (Bulgarian)

Bulgarian form of LILLIAN

LINDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Dutch, German, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Ancient Germanic

Pronounced: LIN-də (English), LIN-dah (German), LEEN-dah (Italian, Finnish, Estonian)

Originally a medieval short form of Germanic names containing the element linde meaning "soft, tender". It also coincides with the Spanish word linda meaning "beautiful".

LINDSAY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish

Pronounced: LINDZ-ee

From an English and Scottish surname which was originally derived from the name of the region Lindsey, which means "LINCOLN island" in Old English. As a given name it was usually masculine until the 1970s, when it became popular for girls, probably due to its similarity to Linda and because of American actress Lindsay Wagner (1949-).

LINDSEY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish

Pronounced: LINDZ-ee

Variant of LINDSAY

LINDY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIN-dee

Originally this was a masculine name, coming into use in America in 1927 when the dance called the Lindy Hop became popular. The dance was probably named for aviator Charles Lindbergh. Later this name was used as a diminutive of LINDA.

LINNÉA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish

Pronounced: lin-NE-ah

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.

LYRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Astronomy

Pronounced: LIE-rə (English), LEE-rə (English)

The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus.

LYRIC

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: LIR-ik

Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).

MACEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: MAY-see

Variant of MACY

MACIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAY-see

Variant of MACY

MADALYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAD-ə-lin

Variant of MADELINE

MADELEINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, Swedish

Pronounced: ma-də-LEN (French), mad-LEN (French), MAD-ə-lin (English), MAD-ə-lien (English)

French form of MAGDALENE

MADELYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAD-ə-lin

Variant of MADELINE

MAE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAY

Variant of MAY. A famous bearer was American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.

MAEGAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: MEG-ən

Variant of MEGAN

MAI (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Vietnamese

Means "apricot blossom" in Vietnamese.

MAI (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: 舞, 麻衣, 真愛 (Japanese)

Pronounced: mah-ee

From Japanese "dance" or 麻衣 "linen robe". It can also come from 真 (ma) "real, true" combined with 愛 (ai) "love, affection".

MAIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Georgian

Other Scripts: Μαια (Ancient Greek), მაია (Georgian)

Pronounced: MAY-ə (English), MIE-ə (English)

Meaning unknown. In Greek and Roman mythology she was the eldest of the Pleiades, the group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, who were the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Her son by Zeus was Hermes.

MAIA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Roman Mythology

Pronounced: MAY-ə (English), MIE-ə (English)

Means "great" in Latin. This was the name of a Roman goddess of spring, the wife of Vulcan. The month of May is named for her.

MAIA (3)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Basque

Basque form of MARIA

MAIARA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Native American, Tupí

Means "wise" in Tupí.

MALEAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Variant of MALIA

MALIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hawaiian

Either a Hawaiian form of MARIA or a variant of MALIE.

MALINA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Scottish

Feminine form of MALCOLM

MALINA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish (Rare)

Other Scripts: Малина (Bulgarian, Serbian)

Pronounced: mah-LEE-nah (Polish)

Means "raspberry" in several Slavic languages.

MARIA

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Basque, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic

Other Scripts: Μαρια (Greek), Маріа (Church Slavic)

Pronounced: mah-REE-ah (Italian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch), mə-REE-ə (Catalan, English), MAHR-yah (Polish), MAH-ree-ah (Finnish)

Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.

This was the name of two ruling queens of Portugal. It was also borne by the Habsburg queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780), whose inheritance of the domains of her father, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, began the War of the Austrian Succession.

MARIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Ancient Roman

Pronounced: mah-RYAH-nah (Spanish)

Roman feminine form of MARIANUS. After the classical era it was frequently interpreted as a combination of MARIA and ANA. In Portuguese it is further used as a form of MARIAMNE.

MARIELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian

Pronounced: mah-RYEL-lah

Italian diminutive of MARIA

MARLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Variant of MARLEY

MARLEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: MAHR-lee

From a surname which was taken from a place name meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the Jamaican musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).

MARTIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Finnish

Other Scripts: Мартин (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)

Pronounced: MAHR-tən (English), mar-TEN (French), MAHR-teen (German, Finnish), MAHR-tin (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish), MAWR-teen (Hungarian), mahr-TIN (Bulgarian)

From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. He was a favourite saint during the Middle Ages, and his name has become common throughout the Christian world.

An influential bearer of the name was Martin Luther (1483-1546), the theologian who began the Protestant Reformation. The name was also borne by five popes (two of them more commonly known as Marinus). Other more recent bearers include the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968), and the American filmmaker Martin Scorsese (1942-).

MARY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Biblical

Pronounced: MER-ee (English), MAR-ee (English)

Usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριαμ (Mariam) and Μαρια (Maria) - the spellings are interchangeable - which were from the Hebrew name מִרְיָם (Miryam). The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".

This is the name of several New Testament characters, most importantly Mary the virgin mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. Due to the Virgin Mary this name has been very popular in the Christian world, though at certain times in some cultures it has been considered too holy for everyday use. In England it has been used since the 12th century, and it has been among the most common feminine names since the 16th century. The Latinized form Maria is also used in English as well as in several other languages.

This name has been borne by two queens of England, as well as a Queen of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots. Another notable bearer was Mary Shelley (1797-1851), the author of 'Frankenstein'. A famous fictional character by this name was Mary Poppins, from the children's books by P. L. Travers.

MARYANNE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: mer-ee-AN, mar-ee-AN

Personal note: from Baby Name Expert

Combination of MARY and ANNE (1)

MARYBETH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: mer-ee-BETH, mar-ee-BETH

Combination of MARY and BETH

MASON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAY-sən

From an English surname meaning "stoneworker", from an Old French word of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").

MEADOW

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: MED-o

From the English word meadow, ultimately from Old English mædwe.

MEAGAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MEG-ən

Variant of MEGAN

MEAGHAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MEG-ən

Variant of MEGAN

MEGAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh, English

Pronounced: MEG-ən (English)

Welsh diminutive of MARGARET. In the English-speaking world outside of Wales it has only been regularly used since the middle of the 20th century.

MEGHAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MEG-ən

Variant of MEGAN

MEI (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Chinese

Other Scripts: 美, 梅 (Chinese)

From Chinese "beautiful" or "plum".

MELANIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Dutch

Pronounced: MEL-ə-nee (English), ME-lah-nee (German)

From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a Roman saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the 5th century. Her grandmother was also a saint with the same name.

The name was common in France during the Middle Ages, and was it introduced from there to England, though it eventually became rare. Interest in it was revived by the character Melanie Wilkes from the novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1939).

MELINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French, Greek

Elaboration of Mel (either from names such as MELISSA or from Greek μελι meaning "honey"). A famous bearer was Greek-American actress Melina Mercouri (1920-1994), who was born Maria Amalia Mercouris.

MELINDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: mə-LIN-də

Combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the popular name suffix inda. It was created in the 18th century, and may have been inspired by the similar name Belinda.

MELODY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MEL-ə-dee

From the English word melody, which is derived (via Old French and Late Latin) from Greek μελος (melos) "song" combined with αειδω (aeido) "to sing".

MIA

Gender: Feminine

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

Pronounced: MEE-ah (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German), MEE-ə (English)

Scandinavian, Dutch and German diminutive of MARIA. It coincides with the Italian word mia meaning "mine".

MICHAEL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: מִיכָאֵל (Ancient Hebrew), Μιχαηλ (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: MIE-kəl (English), MI-khah-el (German), MEE-kah-el (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)

From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha'el) meaning "who is like God?". This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Michael is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers.

The popularity of the saint led to the name being used by nine Byzantine emperors, including Michael VIII Palaeologus who restored the empire in the 13th century. It has been common in Western Europe since the Middle Ages, and in England since the 12th century. It has been borne (in various spellings) by rulers of Russia (spelled Михаил), Romania (Mihai), Poland (Michał), and Portugal (Miguel). Other bearers of this name include the British chemist/physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), musician Michael Jackson (1958-2009), and basketball player Michael Jordan (1963-).

MICHELLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, Dutch

Pronounced: mee-SHEL (French), mi-SHEL (English)

French feminine form of MICHEL. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century.

MIELA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Esperanto

Pronounced: mee-E-lah

Means "honey-sweet" in Esperanto.

MINDY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MIN-dee

Diminutive of MELINDA

MISSY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MIS-ee

Diminutive of MELISSA

MISTY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MIS-tee

From the English word misty, ultimately derived from Old English. The jazz song 'Misty' (1954) by Erroll Garner may have helped popularize the name.

MITZI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German

Pronounced: MIT-see

German diminutive of MARIA

MOLLY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAHL-ee

Diminutive of MARY. It developed from Malle and Molle, other medieval diminutives. James Joyce used this name in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920), where it belongs to Molly Bloom, the wife of the main character.

NATALEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: NAT-ə-lee

Variant of NATALIE

NATALIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Polish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Georgian, Late Roman

Other Scripts: ნატალია (Georgian)

Pronounced: nah-TAH-lyah (Polish, Italian, Spanish)

Latinate form of Natalia (see NATALIE).

NATALIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, German

Pronounced: nat-a-LEE (French), NAD-ə-lee (English), NAH-tah-lee (German)

From the Late Latin name Natalia, which meant "Christmas Day" from Latin natale domini. This was the name of the wife of the 4th-century martyr Saint Adrian of Nicomedia. She is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church, and the name has traditionally been more common among Eastern Christians than those in the West. It was popularized in America by actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), who was born to Russian immigrants.

NATALYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian

Other Scripts: Наталья (Russian)

Pronounced: nah-TAH-lyah

Russian form of Natalia (see NATALIE).

NAYELI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Native American, Zapotec

Means "I love you" in the Zapotec language.

NEHA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: नेहा (Hindi)

Means "loving" in Sanskrit.

NELLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: NEL-ee

Diminutive of NELL

NELLY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: NEL-ee

Diminutive of NELL

NEVAEH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ni-VAY-ə

The word heaven spelled backwards. It became popular after the musician Sonny Sandoval from the rock group P.O.D. gave it to his daughter in 2000.

NIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Welsh form of NIAMH

NIA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Eastern African, Swahili

Means "purpose" in Swahili.

NIAMH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: NEEV

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.

NICOLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, Dutch, German, Czech

Pronounced: nee-KOL (French), ni-KOL (English)

French feminine form of NICHOLAS, commonly used in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century. A famous bearer is American-Australian actress Nicole Kidman (1967-).

NOELLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: no-EL

English form of NOËLLE

PATRICK

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English, French, German

Pronounced: PAT-rik (English), pat-REEK (French), PAHT-rik (German)

From the Latin name Patricius, which meant "nobleman". This name was adopted in the 5th-century by Saint Patrick, whose birth name was Sucat. He was a Romanized Briton who was captured and enslaved in his youth by Irish raiders. After six years of servitude he escaped home, but he eventually became a bishop and went back to Ireland as a missionary. He is traditionally credited with Christianizing the island, and is regarded as Ireland's patron saint.

In England and elsewhere in Europe during the Middle Ages this name was used in honour of the saint. However, it was not generally given in Ireland before the 17th century because it was considered too sacred for everyday use. It has since become very common there.

PAYTON

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: PAY-tən

Variant of PEYTON

PERSEPHONE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Περσεφονη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: pər-SEF-ə-nee (English)

Meaning unknown, perhaps related to Greek περθω (pertho) "to destroy" and φονη (phone) "murder". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She was abducted to the underworld by Hades, but was eventually allowed to return to the surface for part of the year. The result of her comings and goings is the changing of the seasons.

PETER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Slovak, Biblical

Pronounced: PEE-tər (English), PE-ter (German, Slovak), PAY-tər (Dutch)

Derived from the Greek Πετρος (Petros) meaning "stone". This is a translation used in most versions of the New Testament of the name Cephas, meaning "stone" in Aramaic, which was given to the apostle Simon by Jesus (compare Matthew 16:18 and John 1:42). Simon Peter was the most prominent of the apostles during Jesus' ministry and is often considered the first pope.

Due to the renown of the apostle, this name became common throughout the Christian world (in various spellings). In England the Normans introduced it in the Old French form Piers, which was gradually replaced by the spelling Peter starting in the 15th century.

Besides the apostle, other saints by this name include the 11th-century reformer Saint Peter Damian and the 13th-century preacher Saint Peter Martyr. It was also borne by rulers of Aragon, Portugal, and Russia, including the Russian tsar Peter the Great (1672-1725), who defeated Sweden in the Great Northern War. Famous fictional bearers include Peter Rabbit from Beatrix Potter's children's books, and Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up in J. M. Barrie's 1904 play.

PEYTON

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PAY-tən

From an English surname, originally a place name meaning "PÆGA's town". A famous bearer was Peyton Randolph (1721-1775), the first president of the Continental Congress. It is also borne by American football quarterback Peyton Manning (1976-).

PHYLLIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, English, German

Other Scripts: Φυλλις (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: FIL-is (English)

Means "foliage" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a woman who killed herself out of love for Demophon and was subsequently transformed into an almond tree. It began to be used as a given name in England in the 16th century, though it was often confused with Felicia.

POPPY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (British)

Pronounced: PAH-pee

From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English popæg.

PRIYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian, Hinduism

Other Scripts: प्रिया (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Means "beloved" in Sanskrit. In Hindu legend this is the name of a daughter of King Daksha.

REESE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh

Anglicized form of RHYS

RICHARD

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Czech, Dutch, Ancient Germanic

Pronounced: RICH-ərd (English), ree-SHAHR (French), RIKH-ahrt (German)

Means "brave power", derived from the Germanic elements ric "power, rule" and hard "brave, hardy". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, and it has been very common there since that time. It was borne by three kings of England including Richard I the Lionheart, leader of the Third Crusade in the 12th century. Famous bearers include two German opera composers, Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and Richard Strauss (1864-1949), as well as British explorer Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) and American musician Little Richard (1932-).

RILEY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: RIE-lee

From a surname which comes from two distinct sources. As an Irish surname it is a variant of REILLY. As an English surname it is derived from a place name meaning "rye clearing" in Old English.

RIVER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: RIV-ər

From the English word that denotes a flowing body of water. The word is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Latin ripa "riverbank".

ROSALIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Late Roman

Pronounced: ro-zah-LEE-ah (Italian)

Late Latin name derived from rosa "rose". This was the name of a 12th-century Sicilian saint.

ROSE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French

Pronounced: ROZ

Originally a Norman form of a Germanic name, which was composed of the elements hrod "fame" and heid "kind, sort, type". The Normans introduced it to England in the forms Roese and Rohese. From an early date it was associated with the word for the fragrant flower rose (derived from Latin rosa). When the name was revived in the 19th century, it was probably with the flower in mind.

ROSIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ROZ-ee

Diminutive of ROSE

RYLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: RIE-lee

Feminine variant of RILEY

SAVANNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: sə-VAN-ə

Variant of SAVANNAH

SAVANNAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: sə-VAN-ə

From the English word for the large grassy plain, ultimately deriving from the Taino (Native American) word zabana. It came into use as a given name in America in the 19th century. It was revived in the 1980s by the movie 'Savannah Smiles' (1982).

SCARLETT

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SKAHR-lət

From a surname which denoted a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet (a kind of cloth, ultimately derived from Persian سقرلاط (saghrilat)). Margaret Mitchell used this name for Scarlett O'Hara, the main character in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936). Scarlett's name came from her grandmother's maiden name.

SERENITY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: sə-REN-i-tee

From the English word meaning "serenity, tranquility", ultimately from Latin serenus meaning "clear, calm".

SHANIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: shə-NIE-ə

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.

SHAYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SHAY-lə

Variant of SHEILA, influenced by the spelling and sound of KAYLA (1).

SHAYNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Yiddish

Other Scripts: שֵׁײנָא (Yiddish)

Means "beautiful" in Yiddish.

SHYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Variant of SHEILA

SIENNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: see-EN-ə

From the English word meaning "orange-red". It is ultimately from the name of the city of Siena in Italy, because of the colour of the clay there.

SKY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: SKIE

Simply from the English word sky, which was ultimately derived from Old Norse sky "cloud".

SKYE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: SKIE

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

SKYLAR

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: SKIE-lər

Variant of SKYLER

SKYLER

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: SKIE-lər

Variant of SCHUYLER. The spelling was modified due to association with the name Tyler and the English word sky.

STACEY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: STAY-see

Variant of STACY

STAR

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: STAHR

From the English word for the celestial body, ultimately from Old English steorra.

STARLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: STAHR-lə

Elaborated form of STAR

STEPHANIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German

Pronounced: STEF-ə-nee (English), SHTE-fah-nee (German)

Feminine form of STEPHEN

SULLIVAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SUL-i-vən

From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Súilleabháin meaning "descendent of Súilleabhán". The name Súilleabhán means "little dark eye" in Irish.

SUMMER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SUM-ər

From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English sumor. It has been in use as a given name since the 1970s.

SUNITA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian, Hinduism

Other Scripts: सुनीता (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Means "well conducted, polite", derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su) "good" combined with नीत (nita) "conducted". In Hindu legend this is the name of the daughter of King Anga of Bengal.

SUNITHA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: सुनीथा (Hindi)

Means "good guidance, righteous" from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su) "good" combined with नीथ (nitha) "way, mode".

SUNITI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: सुनीती (Hindi)

Means "good conduct" from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su) "good" combined with नीति (niti) "conduct, guidance".

TABEA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: German

Pronounced: tah-BE-ah

German short form of TABITHA. This form was used in earlier editions of the Luther Bible.

TABITHA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Biblical, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Ταβιθα (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: TAB-i-thə (English)

Means "gazelle" in Aramaic. Tabitha in the New Testament was a woman restored to life by Saint Peter. Her name is translated into Greek as Dorcas (see Acts 9:36). As an English name, Tabitha became common after the Protestant Reformation. It was popularized in the 1960s by the television show 'Bewitched', in which Tabitha (sometimes spelled Tabatha) is the daughter of the main character.

TAHLIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Variant of TALYA

TAHNEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: TAW-nee

Variant of TAWNY

TALIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: טַלְיָה, טַלְיָא (Hebrew)

Variant transcription of TALYA

TALYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: טַלְיָה, טַלְיָא (Hebrew)

Means "dew from God" in Hebrew.

TAMARA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian

Other Scripts: Тамара (Russian, Serbian, Macedonian)

Pronounced: tah-MAH-rah (Russian, Spanish, Italian), tə-MAHR-ə (English), TAM-ə-rə (English)

Russian form of TAMAR. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world. It was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980). This name also coincides with a Sanskrit word meaning "spice".

TAMERA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Variant of TAMARA

TAMIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Elaborated form of the popular name syllable Tam, from names such as TAMARA or TAMIKA. It was popularized by Canadian singer Tamia Hill (1975-), who is known simply as Tamia.

TARYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TAHR-in

Probably a feminine form of TYRONE. Actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian created it for their daughter Taryn Power (1953-).

TAWNY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: TAW-nee

From the English word, ultimately deriving from Old French tané, which means "light brown".

TAYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: TAY-lə

Probably a feminine form of TAYLOR influenced by similar-sounding names such as KAYLA (1).

TAYLER

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: TAY-lər

Variant of TAYLOR

TEAGAN

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

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

TEGAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Derived from Welsh teg "fair".

TEMPERANCE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Archaic)

Pronounced: TEM-prənts, TEM-pər-ənts

From the English word meaning "moderation" or "restraint". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.

THALIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Θαλεια (Ancient Greek)

Personal note: from Baby Name Expert

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).

THOMAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Θωμας (Greek)

Pronounced: TAHM-əs (English), TOM-əs (English), to-MAH (French), TO-mahs (German, Dutch), tho-MAHS (Greek)

Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of the apostle who initially doubts the resurrected Jesus. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.

In England the name was introduced by the Normans and became very popular due to Saint Thomas Becket, a 12th-century archbishop of Canterbury and martyr. Another notable saint by this name was the 13th-century Italian philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas, who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. Other famous bearers include philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), American president Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), novelist Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), and inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931).

TIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: tee-AN-ə

Short form of TATIANA or CHRISTIANA

TIANNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: tee-AN-ə

Variant of TIANA

TIARA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: tee-AHR-ə

From the English word for a semicircle crown, ultimately of Greek origin.

TIFFANY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TIF-ə-nee

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.

TIGER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: TIE-gər

From the name of the large striped cat, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek τιγρις (tigris), ultimately of Iranian origin. A famous bearer is American golfer Tiger Woods (1975-).

TILLY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TIL-ee

Diminutive of MATILDA

TYRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

From the Old Norse name Þýri, a variant of the Norse names ÞÓRVÍ or ÞÓRVEIG.

VIOLET

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: VIE-lət, VIE-ə-lət

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.

WENDY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: WEN-dee

In the case of the character from J. M. Barrie's play 'Peter Pan' (1904), it was created from the nickname fwendy "friend", given to the author by a young friend. However, the name was used prior to the play (rarely), in which case it could be related to the Welsh name GWENDOLEN and other names beginning with the element gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed".

WILLIAM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: WIL-ee-əm, WIL-yəm

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).

WINIFRED

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh, English

Pronounced: WIN-i-frid

Anglicized form of GWENFREWI, the spelling altered by association with WINFRED. It became used in England in the 16th century.

WINTER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: WIN-tər

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

WREN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: REN

From the English word for the small songbird. It is ultimately derived from Old English wrenna.

ZAHRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic, Persian

Other Scripts: زهراء (Arabic), زهرا (Persian)

Means "brilliant, bright" in Arabic. This is an epithet of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatimah.
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