MissMarmelstein's Personal Name List

ADAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: עָדָה(Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: AY-də(English)
Means "adornment" in Hebrew. This was the name of the wives of both Lamech and Esau in the Old Testament.
ADAIR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: ə-DEHR
From an English surname that was derived from the given name EDGAR.
ANAÏS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Occitan, Catalan, French
Pronounced: A-NA-EES(French)
Occitan and Catalan form of ANNA.
ANDERS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Pronounced: AN-desh(Swedish) AHN-nəsh(Norwegian) AHN-us(Danish)
Scandinavian form of Andreas (see ANDREW). A famous bearer was the Swedish physicist Anders Jonas Ångström (1814-1874).
ARAMINTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Meaning unknown. This name was (first?) used by William Congreve in his comedy The Old Bachelor (1693) and later by Sir John Vanbrugh in his comedy The Confederacy (1705). This was the real name of abolitionist Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), who was born Araminta Ross.
ARIADNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Αριαδνη(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: A-REE-AD-NEH(Classical Greek) ar-ee-AD-nee(English)
Means "most holy", composed of the Cretan Greek elements αρι (ari) meaning "most" and αδνος (adnos) meaning "holy". In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos. She fell in love with Theseus and helped him to escape the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, but was later abandoned by him. Eventually she married the god Dionysus.
ASA
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: אָסָא(Hebrew)
Pronounced: AY-sə(English)
Possibly means "healer" in Hebrew. This name was borne by the third king of Judah, as told in the Old Testament.
AURELIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Roman, Romanian, Italian, Spanish, Polish
Pronounced: ow-REH-lee-a(Classical Latin) ow-REH-lya(Italian, Spanish, Polish)
Feminine form of AURELIUS.
BALTASAR (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: bal-ta-SAR
Spanish form of BALTAZAR.
BEÑAT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Basque
Basque form of BERNARD.
BENNETT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: BEHN-it
Medieval form of BENEDICT. This was the more common spelling in England until the 18th century. Modern use of the name is probably also influenced by the common surname Bennett, itself a derivative of the medieval name.
CALIXTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of CALIXTUS.
CASPAR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Judeo-Christian Legend
Latin variant of JASPER.
CECILY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SEHS-ə-lee
English form of CECILIA. This was the usual English form during the Middle Ages.
COSIMA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian
Pronounced: KAW-zee-ma
Italian feminine form of COSIMO.
COSME
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Portuguese, Spanish
Pronounced: KOZ-meh(Spanish)
Portuguese and Spanish form of COSMAS.
EIRA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Means "snow" in Welsh.
ERLING
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Pronounced: EHR-ling
Means "descendant of the jarl", a derivative of the Old Norse word jarl meaning "chieftain, nobleman, earl".
ESMÉE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (British), Dutch
Pronounced: EHZ-may(English) EHZ-mee(English) ehs-MEH(Dutch)
Feminine form of ESMÉ.
EVERETT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EHV-ə-rit, EHV-rit
From a surname that was derived from the given name EVERARD.
FELICITY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: fə-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. This name was revived in the late 1990s after the appearance of the television series Felicity.
FERRAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Catalan
Pronounced: fə-RAN
Catalan form of FERDINAND.
GASPAR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, Judeo-Christian Legend
Pronounced: gas-PAR(Spanish)
Spanish and Portuguese form of JASPER, as well as the Latin form.
IOLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Probably a variant of IOLE.
IRIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Greek
Other Scripts: Ιρις(Greek)
Pronounced: IE-ris(English) EE-ris(German, Dutch) EE-rees(Finnish, Spanish, Catalan, Italian) EE-REES(French)
Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.
ISAAC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Spanish, Catalan, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: יִצְחָק(Hebrew)
Pronounced: IE-zək(English)
From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) meaning "he will laugh, he will rejoice", derived from צָחַק (tzachaq) meaning "to laugh". The Old Testament explains this meaning, by recounting that Abraham laughed when God told him that his aged wife Sarah would become pregnant with Isaac (see Genesis 17:17), and later Sarah laughed when overhearing the same prophecy (see Genesis 18:12). When Isaac was a boy, God tested Abraham's faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son, though an angel prevented the act at the last moment. Isaac went on to become the father of Esau and Jacob with his wife Rebecca.

As an English Christian name, Isaac was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, though it was more common among Jews. It became more widespread after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers include the physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992).

JUDE (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: JOOD(English)
Variant of JUDAS. It is used in many English versions of the New Testament to denote the second apostle named Judas, in order to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot. He was supposedly the author of the Epistle of Jude. In the English-speaking world, Jude has occasionally been used as a given name since the time of the Protestant Reformation.
KERENSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Means "love" in Cornish.
LEANDER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Λεανδρος(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: lee-AN-dər(English)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λεανδρος (Leandros), derived from λεων (leon) meaning "lion" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek legend Leander was the lover of Hero. Every night he swam across the Hellespont to meet her, but on one occasion he was drowned when a storm arose. When Hero saw his dead body she threw herself into the waters and perished.
LEO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Croatian, Late Roman
Pronounced: LEH-o(German, Danish, Finnish) LEH-yo(Dutch) LEE-o(English)
Derived from Latin leo meaning "lion", a cognate of LEON. It was popular among early Christians and was the name of 13 popes, including Saint Leo the Great who asserted the dominance of the Roman bishops (the popes) over all others in the 5th century. It was also borne by six Byzantine emperors and five Armenian kings. Another famous bearer was Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), a Russian novelist whose works include War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Leo is also the name of a constellation and the fifth sign of the zodiac.
LINO (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician
Pronounced: LEE-no(Italian, Spanish) LEE-naw(Galician)
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of LINUS.
LUCINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Roman Mythology
Pronounced: loo-SIE-nə(English) loo-SEE-nə(English)
Derived from Latin lucus meaning "grove", but later associated with lux "light". This was the name of a Roman goddess of childbirth.
MARGALIT
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: מַרְגָלִית(Hebrew)
Means "pearl" in Hebrew, ultimately from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites).
MARGOT
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MAR-GO
French short form of MARGARET.
MATILDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Swedish, Finnish
Pronounced: mə-TIL-də(English) MAH-teel-dah(Finnish)
From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle", from the elements maht "might, strength" and hild "battle". Saint Matilda was the wife of the 10th-century German king Henry I the Fowler. The name was common in many branches of European royalty in the Middle Ages. It was brought to England by the Normans, being borne by the wife of William the Conqueror himself. Another notable royal by this name was a 12th-century daughter of Henry I of England, known as the Empress Matilda because of her first marriage to the Holy Roman emperor Henry V. She later invaded England, laying the foundations for the reign of her son Henry II.

The name was very popular until the 15th century in England, usually in the vernacular form Maud. Both forms were revived by the 19th century. This name appears in the popular Australian folk song Waltzing Matilda, written in 1895.

NOAM
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Hebrew, French
Other Scripts: נוֹעַם(Hebrew)
Pronounced: NAW-AM(French)
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
PASCAL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French, German, Dutch
Pronounced: PAS-KAL(French) pas-KAL(German) pahs-KAHL(Dutch)
From the Late Latin name Paschalis, which meant "relating to Easter" from Latin Pascha "Easter", which was in turn from Hebrew פֶּסַח (pesach) meaning "Passover". Passover is the ancient Hebrew holiday celebrating the liberation from Egypt. Because it coincided closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the same Latin word was used for both. The name Pascal can also function as a surname, as in the case of Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), the French philosopher, mathematician and inventor.
PASCUAL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: pas-KWAL
Spanish form of PASCAL.
PETRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Swedish, Finnish, English
Pronounced: PEH-tra(German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak) PEH-traw(Hungarian) PEHT-rah(Finnish) PEHT-rə(English)
Feminine form of PETER. This was also the name of an ancient city in the region that is now Jordan.
RHYS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh, English
Pronounced: REES
Means "enthusiasm" in Welsh. Several Welsh rulers have borne this name, including the 12th-century Rhys ap Gruffydd who fought against the invading Normans.
SALOMÉ
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, Spanish, Portuguese
Pronounced: SA-LAW-MEH(French) sə-loo-MEH(Portuguese)
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of SALOME.
SORCHA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish, Scottish
Pronounced: SAWR-ə-khə(Irish) SAWR-khə(Irish)
Means "radiant" in Gaelic. It is sometimes used as an Irish form of Sarah.
VIOLET
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: VIE-lit, VIE-ə-lit
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.
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