Alcyone's Personal Name List

ADARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: אַדָרָה (Hebrew)
Rating: 51% based on 9 votes
Means "noble" in Hebrew.

ADERYN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 47% based on 3 votes
Means "bird" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.

ADHARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Astronomy
Rating: 54% based on 8 votes
Derived from Arabic عذارى ('adhara) meaning "maidens". This is the name of the second brightest star (after Sirius) in the constellation Canis Major.

ADLAI
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: עַדְלָי (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: AD-lay (English), AD-lie (English)
Rating: 50% based on 7 votes
Contracted form of ADALIA. This is the name of the father of one of King David's herdsmen in the Old Testament.

ADRIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AYD-ree-ə
Rating: 45% based on 8 votes
Short form of ADRIANA.

ALANNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: ə-LAN-ə
Rating: 54% based on 11 votes
Feminine form of ALAN.

ALANNAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern), Irish
Pronounced: ə-LAN-ə (English)
Rating: 33% based on 9 votes
Variant of ALANA. It has been influenced by the affectionate Anglo-Irish word alannah, from the Irish Gaelic phrase a leanbh meaning "O child".

ALARIC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Ancient Germanic
Pronounced: AL-ə-rik (English)
Rating: 46% based on 7 votes
From the Gothic name Alareiks which meant "ruler of all", derived from the Germanic element ala "all" combined with ric "ruler, power". This was the name of a king of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in the 5th century.

ALCYONE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Αλκυονη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: al-SIE-ə-nee (English)
Rating: 49% based on 9 votes
Latinized form of Greek Αλκυονη (Alkyone), derived from the word αλκυων (alkyon) meaning "kingfisher". In Greek myth this name belonged to a daughter of Aeolus and the wife of Ceyx. After her husband was killed in a shipwreck she threw herself into the water, but the gods saved her and turned them both into kingfishers. This is also the name of the brightest of the Pleiades, the seven stars in the constellation Taurus.

ALEXANDER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Slovak, Biblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Αλεξανδρος (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: a-lig-ZAN-dər (English), a-le-KSAN-du (German), ah-lək-SAHN-dər (Dutch), AW-lek-sawn-der (Hungarian)
Rating: 74% based on 9 votes
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.

ALEXANDRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Αλεξανδρα (Greek), Александра (Russian, Ukrainian)
Pronounced: al-əg-ZAN-drə (English), a-le-KSAN-dra (German), ah-lək-SAHN-drah (Dutch), A-LUG-ZAHN-DRA (French), a-le-KSAN-dhra (Greek), ə-li-SHUN-drə (European Portuguese), a-le-SHUN-dru (Brazilian Portuguese), a-lek-SAN-dra (Romanian, Spanish, Italian), A-lek-san-dra (Slovak), A-LE-KSAN-DRA (Classical Greek)
Rating: 51% based on 9 votes
Feminine form of ALEXANDER. In Greek mythology this was a Mycenaean epithet of the goddess Hera, and an alternate name of Cassandra. It was borne by several early Christian saints, and also by the wife of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia. She was from Germany and had the birth name Alix, but was renamed Александра (Aleksandra) upon joining the Russian Church.

ALEXANDRINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: A-LEK-SAHN-DREEN
Rating: 40% based on 9 votes
French elaborated form of ALEXANDRA. This was the name of a Danish queen, the wife of King Christian X.

ALEXIS
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: German, French, English, Greek, Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: Αλεξης (Greek), Αλεξις (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: a-LE-ksis (German), A-LEK-SEE (French), ə-LEK-sis (English)
Rating: 46% based on 9 votes
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.

ALISTAIR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish
Rating: 77% based on 7 votes
Anglicized form of ALASDAIR.

ALUDRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Astronomy
Rating: 56% based on 7 votes
Derived from Arabic العذرا (al-'adhra) meaning "the maiden". This is the name of a star in the constellation Canis Major.

AMALIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Pronounced: ah-MAH-lee-ah (Dutch), a-MA-lya (German)
Rating: 48% based on 8 votes
Latinized form of the Germanic name Amala, a short form of names beginning with the element amal meaning "work".

AMARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Western African, Igbo
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Means "grace" in Igbo.

AMBROSE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AM-broz
Rating: 66% based on 8 votes
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius, which was derived from the Greek name Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios) meaning "immortal". Saint Ambrose was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Milan, who is considered a Doctor of the Church. Due to the saint, the name came into general use in Christian Europe, though it was never particularly common in England.

AMBROSIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: Αμβροσια (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of Ambrosios (see AMBROSE).

AMBROSINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: am-BRO-zeen
Rating: 51% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of AMBROSE.

ANATOLE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French
Pronounced: A-NA-TAWL
Rating: 55% based on 8 votes
French form of ANATOLIUS.

ANDROMEDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Ανδρομεδα, Ανδρομεδη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: AN-DRO-ME-DA (Classical Greek), an-DRAH-mi-də (English)
Rating: 71% based on 8 votes
Means "to be mindful of a man" from the Greek element ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος) combined with μεδομαι (medomai) "to be mindful of". In Greek mythology Andromeda was an Ethiopian princess rescued from sacrifice by the hero Perseus. A constellation in the northern sky is named for her. This is also the name of a nearby galaxy, given because it resides (from our point of view) within the constellation.

ANNORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 51% based on 7 votes
Medieval English variant of HONORA.

ANSEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AN-səl
Rating: 63% based on 7 votes
From a surname which was derived from the given name ANSELM. A famous bearer was American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984).

ANWEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 47% based on 7 votes
Means "very beautiful" in Welsh.

ARACELI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: a-ra-THE-lee (European Spanish), a-ra-SE-lee (Latin American Spanish)
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Means "altar of the sky" from Latin ara "altar" and coeli "sky". This is an epithet of the Virgin Mary in her role as the patron saint of Lucena, Spain.

ARACELY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Rating: 37% based on 7 votes
Variant of ARACELI.

ARDEN
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AHR-dən
Rating: 40% based on 8 votes
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".

ARIADNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish
Other Scripts: Ариадна (Russian)
Pronounced: a-RYAD-na (Spanish, Polish)
Rating: 36% based on 7 votes
Spanish, Catalan, Russian and Polish form of ARIADNE.

ARIADNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Αριαδνη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: A-REE-AD-NE (Classical Greek), ar-ee-AD-nee (English)
Rating: 54% based on 10 votes
Means "most holy", composed of the Cretan Greek elements αρι (ari) "most" and αδνος (adnos) "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.

ARLETTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: AR-LET
Rating: 30% based on 2 votes
French form of HERLEVA.

ARMELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: AR-MEL
Rating: 30% based on 6 votes
Feminine form of ARMEL.

ARTEMIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology, Greek
Other Scripts: Αρτεμις (Greek)
Pronounced: AR-TE-MEES (Classical Greek), AHR-tə-mis (English)
Rating: 40% based on 8 votes
Meaning unknown, possibly related either to Greek αρτεμης (artemes) "safe" or αρταμος (artamos) "a butcher". Artemis was the Greek goddess of the moon and hunting, the twin of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was known as Diana to the Romans.

ASHER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: אָשֵׁר (Hebrew)
Pronounced: A-shər (English)
Rating: 48% based on 8 votes
Means "happy, blessed" in Hebrew. Asher in the Old Testament is a son of Jacob by Leah's handmaid Zilpah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The meaning of his name is explained in Genesis 30:13.

ATTICUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Literature
Rating: 40% based on 9 votes
From a Roman name meaning "from Attica" in Latin. Attica is the region surrounding Athens in Greece. The author Harper Lee used this name in her novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1960).

AUDRA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AWD-rə
Rating: 63% based on 7 votes
Variant of AUDREY, used since the 19th century.

AUGUST
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Catalan, English
Pronounced: OW-guwst (German), OW-goost (Polish), AW-gəst (English)
Rating: 76% based on 8 votes
German, Polish, Scandinavian and Catalan form of AUGUSTUS.

AVELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: AV-ə-lien, av-ə-LEEN
Rating: 44% based on 8 votes
From the Norman French form of the Germanic name Avelina, a diminutive of AVILA. The Normans introduced this name to Britain. After the Middle Ages it became rare as an English name, though it persisted in America until the 19th century.

AYLA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: אֵלָה (Hebrew)
Rating: 43% based on 7 votes
Variant transcription of ELAH.

AYLA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Turkish
Rating: 43% based on 7 votes
Means "moonlight, halo" in Turkish.

BELÉN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: be-LEN
Rating: 50% based on 7 votes
Spanish form of Bethlehem, the name of the town in Judah where King David and Jesus were born. The town's name is derived via Greek from Hebrew בֵּית לָחֶם (beit lachem) meaning "house of bread".

BETHANY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: BETH-ə-nee (English)
Rating: 25% based on 2 votes
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.

BEV
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 14% based on 7 votes
Short form of BEVERLY.

BEVERLY
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: BEV-ər-lee
Rating: 23% based on 8 votes
From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English city, itself meaning "beaver stream" in Old English. It came into use as a masculine given name in the 19th century, and it became common as an American feminine name after the publication of George Barr McCutcheon's novel 'Beverly of Graustark' (1904).

BRANWEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Pronounced: BRAN-wen (Welsh)
Rating: 55% based on 8 votes
Means "beautiful raven" from Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is the sister of the British king Bran and the wife of the Irish king Matholwch.

BRENNAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, English
Pronounced: BREN-ən (English)
Rating: 38% based on 8 votes
From an Irish surname derived from Ó Braonáin meaning "descendant of Braonán". Braonán is a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop" (with a diminutive suffix).

BRIAR
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: BRIE-ər
Rating: 45% based on 8 votes
From the English word for the thorny plant.

BRYNJA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Pronounced: BRIN-yah (Icelandic)
Rating: 35% based on 8 votes
Means "armour" in Old Norse.

CAI (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Rating: 55% based on 2 votes
Variant of KAI (1).

CAIRO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: KIE-ro
Rating: 41% based on 8 votes
From the name of the city in Egypt, called القاهرة (al-Qahirah) in Arabic, meaning "the victorious".

CAITRIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Possibly a form of CAITRÍONA.

CAIUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Ancient Roman
Rating: 64% based on 8 votes
Roman variant of GAIUS.

CALYPSO
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Καλυψω (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: kə-LIP-so (English)
Rating: 34% based on 7 votes
From Greek Καλυψω (Kalypso) which probably meant "she that conceals", derived from καλυπτω (kalypto) "to cover, to conceal". In Greek myth this was the name of the nymph who fell in love with Odysseus after he was shipwrecked on her island of Ogygia. When he refused to stay with her she detained him for seven years until Zeus ordered her to release him.

CAMBRIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Pronounced: KAM-bree-ə (English)
Rating: 47% based on 7 votes
Latin form of the Welsh Cymru, the Welsh name for the country of Wales, derived from cymry meaning "the people". It is occasionally used as a given name in modern times.

CAMDEN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: KAM-dən
Rating: 26% based on 7 votes
From a surname which was from a place name perhaps meaning "enclosed valley" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the English historian William Camden (1551-1623).

CAMILLE
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: KA-MEE (French), kə-MEEL (English)
Rating: 63% based on 9 votes
French feminine and masculine form of CAMILLA. It is also used in the English-speaking world, where it is generally only feminine.

CAROLINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
Pronounced: KA-RAW-LEEN (French), KER-ə-lien (English), KER-ə-lin (English), KAR-ə-lien (English), KAR-ə-lin (English), ka-ro-LEE-nə (German)
Rating: 76% based on 9 votes
French feminine form of CAROLUS.

CELESTINE
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SEL-əs-teen
Rating: 46% based on 7 votes
English form of CAELESTINUS. It is more commonly used as a feminine name, from the French feminine form Célestine.

CERIDWEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Pronounced: ke-RID-wen
Rating: 67% based on 9 votes
Possibly from Welsh cyrrid "bent" or cerdd "poetry" combined with ven "woman" or gwen "white, fair, blessed". According to medieval Welsh legend this was the name of a sorceress or goddess who created a potion that would grant wisdom to her son Morfan. The potion was instead consumed by her servant Gwion Bach, who was subsequently reborn as the renowned bard Taliesin.

CLAIRE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: KLER
Rating: 74% based on 8 votes
French form of CLARA.

CLARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Pronounced: KLA-ra (Italian, German, Spanish), KLA-ru (Portuguese), KLER-ə (American English), KLAR-ə (American English), KLAH-rə (British English)
Rating: 70% based on 9 votes
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.

CLARISSE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: KLA-REES
Rating: 47% based on 7 votes
French form of CLARICE.

COLIN (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish, Irish, English
Pronounced: KAHL-in (Scottish, Irish, English), KOL-in (English)
Rating: 51% based on 8 votes
Anglicized form of CAILEAN or COILEAN.

CONNOR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, English (Modern)
Pronounced: KAHN-ər (English)
Rating: 51% based on 8 votes
Variant of CONOR.

CORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Κορη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: KAWR-ə (English), KO-ra (German)
Rating: 51% based on 8 votes
Latinized form of KORE. It was not used as a given name in the English-speaking world until after it was employed by James Fenimore Cooper for a character in his novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1826). In some cases it may be a short form of CORDULA, CORINNA or other names beginning with a similar sound.

CORBIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KAWR-bin
Rating: 36% based on 8 votes
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-).

CORINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Romanian
Pronounced: ko-RI-na (German)
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Variant of CORINNA.

CORINNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Κοριννα (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: kə-REEN-ə (English), kə-RIN-ə (English), ko-RI-na (German)
Rating: 41% based on 8 votes
Latinized form of the Greek name Κοριννα (Korinna), which was derived from κορη (kore) "maiden". This was the name of a Greek lyric poet of the 5th century BC. The Roman poet Ovid used it for the main female character in his book 'Amores'. In the modern era it has been in use since the 17th century, when Robert Herrick used it in his poem 'Corinna's going a-Maying'.

CORINNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: KAW-REEN (French), kə-REEN (English), kə-RIN (English)
Rating: 51% based on 8 votes
French form of CORINNA. The French-Swiss author Madame de Staël used it for her novel 'Corinne' (1807).

CYAN
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: SIE-an
Rating: 29% based on 7 votes
From the English word meaning "greenish blue", ultimately derived from Greek κυανος (kyanos).

CYBELE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Near Eastern Mythology (Hellenized)
Other Scripts: Κυβελη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: SIB-ə-lee (English)
Rating: 36% based on 7 votes
Meaning unknown, possibly from Phrygian roots meaning either "stone" or "hair". This was the name of the Phrygian mother goddess associated with fertility and nature. She was later worshipped by the Greeks and Romans.

DAHLIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: DAL-yə
Rating: 66% based on 7 votes
From the name of the flower, which was named for the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl.

DANIA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian
Rating: 27% based on 7 votes
Italian diminutive of DANIELA.

DECLAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 39% based on 8 votes
Anglicized form of Irish Deaglán, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Declan was a 5th-century missionary to Ireland.

DELPHINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: DEL-FEEN
Rating: 60% based on 9 votes
French form of DELPHINA.

DESMOND
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Irish
Pronounced: DEZ-mənd
Rating: 53% based on 8 votes
From an Irish surname which was derived from Deasmhumhain meaning "South Munster", originally indicating a person who came from that region in Ireland.

DESPOINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology, Greek
Other Scripts: Δεσποινα (Greek)
Pronounced: DHE-spee-na (Greek)
Rating: 24% based on 8 votes
Means "mistress, lady" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a daughter of Demeter and Poseidon.

DEVI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil
Other Scripts: देवी (Sanskrit, Hindi), தேவி (Tamil)
Rating: 39% based on 8 votes
Derived from Sanskrit देवी (devi) meaning "goddess". Devi is the Hindu mother goddess who manifests herself as all other goddesses.

DORIAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: DAWR-ee-ən (English), DAW-RYAHN (French)
Rating: 58% based on 8 votes
The name was first used by Oscar Wilde in his novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' (1891), which tells the story of a man whose portrait ages while he stays young. Wilde may have taken it from the name of the ancient Greek tribe the Dorians, or from the surname DORAN.

EIRA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 63% based on 8 votes
Means "snow" in Welsh.

ELENI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek
Other Scripts: Ελενη (Greek)
Pronounced: e-LEN-ee
Rating: 39% based on 7 votes
Modern Greek form of HELEN.

ELIANA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Pronounced: e-LYA-na (Italian)
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ÉLIANE.

ELIAS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Ηλιας (Greek)
Pronounced: ə-LEE-əsh (Portuguese), e-LEE-as (German), E-lee-ahs (Finnish), i-LIE-əs (English), ee-LIE-əs (English)
Rating: 53% based on 7 votes
Cognate of ELIJAH. This is the form used in the Greek New Testament.

ELIORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: אֱלִיאוֹרָה (Hebrew)
Rating: 40% based on 6 votes
Feminine form of ELIOR.

ELIZA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Pronounced: i-LIE-zə (English), e-LYEE-za (Polish)
Rating: 52% based on 9 votes
Short form of ELIZABETH. It was borne by the character Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's play 'Pygmalion' (1913) and the subsequent musical adaptation 'My Fair Lady' (1956).

ELLIOTT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EL-ee-ət
Rating: 60% based on 7 votes
From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of the medieval name ELIAS.

ELSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Swedish, Icelandic, Finnish, Italian
Pronounced: EL-sə (English), EL-za (German), EL-sah (Finnish)
Rating: 50% based on 8 votes
Short form of ELISABETH.

ELUNED
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Pronounced: el-IN-ed, el-EEN-ed
Rating: 41% based on 8 votes
Derived from Welsh eilun "image, idol". This was the name of a 5th-century Welsh saint.

ELYSIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Rating: 49% based on 8 votes
From Elysium, the name of the realm of the dead in Greek and Roman mythology, which means "blissful".

EMERSON
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EM-ər-sən
Rating: 28% based on 8 votes
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.

ENID
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Rating: 38% based on 8 votes
Derived from Welsh enaid meaning "soul" or "life". She is the wife of Geraint in Welsh legend and Arthurian romance.

ÉOWYN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature
Pronounced: AY-ə-win (English)
Rating: 59% based on 7 votes
Means "horse joy" in Old English. This name was invented by J. R. R. Tolkien who used Old English to represent the Rohirric language. In his novel 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) Eowyn is the niece of King Theoden of Rohan. She slays the Lord of the Nazgul in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

ESTAVAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish
Rating: 33% based on 7 votes
Spanish form of STEPHEN.

EVADNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Ευαδνη (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 39% based on 9 votes
From Greek Ευαδνη (Euadne), which is of unknown meaning, though the first element is derived from Greek ευ (eu) "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.

EVERETT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EV-ə-rit, EV-rit
Rating: 37% based on 7 votes
From a surname which was derived from the given name EVERARD.

EVREN
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Turkish
Rating: 23% based on 6 votes
Means "cosmos, the universe" in Turkish.

FAINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Russian
Other Scripts: Фаина (Russian)
Pronounced: fu-EE-nə
Rating: 43% based on 6 votes
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from PHAENNA.

FIERA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Esperanto
Pronounced: fee-E-ra
Rating: 65% based on 2 votes
Means "proud" in Esperanto.

FLEUR
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, Dutch, English (Rare)
Pronounced: FLUUR (French, Dutch), FLUR (English)
Rating: 49% based on 7 votes
Means "flower" in French. This was the name of a character in John Galsworthy's novels 'The Forsyte Saga' (1922).

FREYA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Norse Mythology, English (British, Modern), German
Pronounced: FRAY-ə (English), FRE-ya (German)
Rating: 70% based on 7 votes
From Old Norse Freyja meaning "lady". This was the name of the goddess of love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology. She claimed half of the heroes who were slain in battle and brought them to her realm of Fólkvangr. Along with her brother Freyr and father Njord, she was one of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir). Some scholars connect her with the goddess Frigg.

This is not the usual spelling in any of the Scandinavian languages (in Sweden and Denmark it is Freja and in Norway it is Frøja) but it is the common spelling of the goddess's name in English. In the 2000s it became popular in Britain.

GALADRIEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature
Pronounced: gə-LAD-ree-əl (English)
Rating: 61% based on 7 votes
Means "maiden crowned with a radiant garland" in Sindarin. Galadriel was a Noldorin elf princess renowned for her beauty and wisdom in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels. The elements are galad "radiant" and riel "garlanded maiden". Alatáriel is the Quenya form of her name.

GAVIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Scottish
Pronounced: GAV-in (English)
Rating: 30% based on 7 votes
Medieval form of GAWAIN. Though it died out in England, it was reintroduced from Scotland in the 20th century.

GIDEON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, English, Hebrew
Other Scripts: גִּדְעוֹן (Hebrew)
Pronounced: GID-ee-ən (English)
Rating: 61% based on 7 votes
Means "feller" or "hewer" in Hebrew. Gideon is a hero and judge of the Old Testament. He led the vastly outnumbered Israelites against the Midianites, defeated them, and killed their two kings. In the English-speaking world, Gideon has been used as a given name since the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular among the Puritans.

GINEVRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian
Pronounced: jee-NEV-ra
Rating: 63% based on 7 votes
Italian form of GUINEVERE. This is also the Italian name for the city of Geneva, Switzerland. It is also sometimes associated with the Italian word ginepro meaning "juniper".

GOVANNON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh Mythology
Rating: 23% based on 7 votes
Welsh cognate of GOIBNIU.

GRAY
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: GRAY
Rating: 42% based on 6 votes
From an English surname meaning "grey", originally given to a person who had grey hair or clothing.

GUINEVERE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: GWIN-ə-vir (English)
Rating: 71% based on 7 votes
From the Norman French form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar, derived from the elements gwen meaning "fair, white" and sebara meaning "phantom, magical being". In Arthurian legend she was the beautiful wife of King Arthur. According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, she was seduced by Mordred before the battle of Camlann, which led to the deaths of both Mordred and Arthur. According to the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, she engaged in an adulterous affair with Sir Lancelot.

The Cornish form of this name, Jennifer, has become popular in the English-speaking world.

HALSTEN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish
Rating: 33% based on 7 votes
Old Swedish form of Hallsteinn (see HALSTEIN).

HANNELORE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: HA-nə-lo-rə
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
Combination of HANNE (1) and ELEONORE.

HARMONIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: ‘Αρμονια (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 33% based on 7 votes
Means "harmony, agreement" in Greek. She was the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite, given by Zeus to Cadmus to be his wife.

HELENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Finnish, Estonian, Slovene, Croatian, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: ‘Ελενη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: HE-le-na (German), he-LE-nah (Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish), khe-LE-na (Polish), HE-le-nah (Finnish), HEL-ə-nə (English)
Rating: 52% based on 6 votes
Latinate form of HELEN.

HONORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish, English
Rating: 27% based on 7 votes
Variant of HONORIA. It was brought to England and Ireland by the Normans.

HONORIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Late Roman
Rating: 26% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of HONORIUS.

IDONEA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Archaic)
Rating: 40% based on 6 votes
Medieval English name, probably a Latinized form of IÐUNN. The spelling may have been influenced by Latin idonea "suitable". It was common in England from the 12th century.

IDONY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Archaic)
Rating: 43% based on 6 votes
Medieval English vernacular form of IDONEA.

ILA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi
Other Scripts: इला (Hindi)
Rating: 35% based on 6 votes
Means "earth" or "speech" in Sanskrit.

INDIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil
Other Scripts: इन्दिरा (Sanskrit), इन्दिरा, इंदिरा (Hindi), इंदिरा (Marathi), ಇಂದಿರಾ (Kannada), இந்திரா (Tamil)
Rating: 53% based on 8 votes
Means "beauty" in Sanskrit. This is another name of Lakshmi, the wife of the Hindu god Vishnu. A notable bearer was India's first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi (1917-1984).

IONA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Scottish
Pronounced: ie-ON-ə (English)
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
From the name of the island off Scotland where Saint Columba founded a monastery. The name of the island is Old Norse in origin, and apparently derives simply from ey meaning "island".

IONE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology, English
Other Scripts: Ιονη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: ie-O-nee (English), IE-o-nee (English), ie-ON (English)
Rating: 51% based on 7 votes
From Greek ιον (ion) meaning "violet flower". This was the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, though perhaps based on the Greek place name Ionia, a region on the west coast of Asia Minor.

IRA (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, English, Hebrew
Other Scripts: עִירָא (Hebrew)
Pronounced: IE-rə (English)
Rating: 63% based on 6 votes
Means "watchful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of King David's priest. As an English Christian given name, Ira began to be used after the Protestant Reformation. In the 17th century the Puritans brought it to America, where remained moderately common into the 20th century.

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, Spanish), EE-REES (French)
Rating: 60% based on 6 votes
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 word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the name of the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.

ISADORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 46% based on 7 votes
Variant of ISIDORA. A famous bearer was the American dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927).

ISIDOR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, Russian, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Исидор (Russian, Macedonian)
Pronounced: EE-see-dawr (German)
Rating: 53% based on 7 votes
German, Russian and Macedonian form of ISIDORE.

ISIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Other Scripts: Ισις (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: IE-sis (English)
Rating: 49% based on 7 votes
Greek form of Egyptian Ist (reconstructed as Iset or Ueset), which possibly meant "the throne". In Egyptian mythology Isis was the goddess of the sky and nature, the wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus. She was originally depicted wearing a throne-shaped headdress, but in later times she was conflated with the goddess Hathor and depicted having the horns of a cow on her head. She was also worshipped by people outside of Egypt, such as the Greeks and Romans.

ISLAY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish
Pronounced: IE-lə
Rating: 21% based on 7 votes
From the name of the island of Islay, which lies off of the west coast of Scotland.

ISRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: إسراء (Arabic)
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
Means "nocturnal journey", derived from Arabic سرى (sara) "to travel at night".

IVOR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English (British)
Pronounced: IE-vawr (English), EE-vawr (English)
Rating: 66% based on 8 votes
From the Old Norse name Ívarr, which was derived from the elements yr "yew, bow" and arr "warrior". During the Middle Ages it was brought to Britain by Scandinavian settlers and invaders, and it was adopted in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

IVY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: IE-vee
Rating: 53% based on 7 votes
From the English word for the climbing plant that has small yellow flowers. It is ultimately derived from Old English ifig.

JAYA
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Hinduism, Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi
Other Scripts: जया, जय (Sanskrit), ஜெயா, ஜெய (Tamil), జయ (Telugu), जया (Hindi, Marathi)
Rating: 20% based on 4 votes
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). As a modern personal name, this transcription is both feminine and masculine in southern India, but typically only feminine in the north.

JEFFREY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: JEF-ree
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Medieval variant of GEOFFREY. In America, Jeffrey has been more common than Geoffrey, though this is not true in Britain.

JEREMY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: JER-ə-mee (English), JER-mee (English)
Rating: 41% based on 7 votes
Medieval English form of JEREMIAH, and the form used in some English versions of the New Testament.

JORY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Cornish
Rating: 60% based on 2 votes
Cornish form of GEORGE.

JULIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: yuy-lee-AH-nah (Dutch), yoo-LYA-na (German), joo-lee-AHN-ə (English), khoo-LYA-na (Spanish)
Feminine form of Iulianus (see JULIAN). This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr from Nicomedia, and also of the Blessed Juliana of Norwich, also called Julian, a 14th-century mystic and author. The name was also borne by a 20th-century queen of the Netherlands. In England, this form has been in use since the 18th century, alongside the older form Gillian.

JULY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: ju-LIE
Rating: 20% based on 7 votes
From the name of the month, which was originally named for Julius Caesar.

KAI (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Frisian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch
Pronounced: KIE (German, Swedish, Finnish)
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Frisian diminutive of GERHARD, NICOLAAS, CORNELIS or GAIUS.

KAI (3)
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Hawaiian
Rating: 47% based on 7 votes
Means "sea" in Hawaiian.

KAIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Norwegian, Estonian
Rating: 49% based on 7 votes
Diminutive of KATARINA or KATARIINA.

KALI
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Hinduism, Bengali, Tamil
Other Scripts: काली (Sanskrit), কালী (Bengali), காளி (Tamil)
Pronounced: KAH-lee (English)
Rating: 27% based on 6 votes
Means "the black one" in Sanskrit. The Hindu goddess Kali is the fierce destructive form of the wife of Shiva. She is usually depicted with black skin and four arms, holding a severed head and brandishing a sword. As a personal name, it is generally masculine in India.

KEIR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish, English (Rare)
Rating: 47% based on 6 votes
From a surname which was a variant of KERR.

KERENSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
Means "love" in Cornish.

KIERAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: KEER-awn, KEE-ar-awn
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
Anglicized form of CIARÁN.

KIRA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Russian
Other Scripts: Кира (Russian)
Pronounced: KYEE-rə
Rating: 50% based on 7 votes
Russian feminine form of CYRUS.

KIRAN
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, Nepali, Urdu
Other Scripts: किरण (Hindi, Marathi, Nepali), ಕಿರಣ್ (Kannada), కిరణ్ (Telugu), കിരൺ (Malayalam), கிரன் (Tamil), કિરણ (Gujarati), کرن (Urdu)
Rating: 39% based on 7 votes
Derived from Sanskrit किरण (kirana) which can mean "dust" or "thread" or "sunbeam".

KIRSI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Finnish
Pronounced: KEER-see
Rating: 20% based on 7 votes
Finnish form of CHRISTINA, or a short form of KIRSIKKA. It also means "frost" in Finnish.

LAURE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: LAWR
Rating: 27% based on 7 votes
French form of LAURA.

LAUREL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LAWR-əl
Rating: 71% based on 7 votes
From the name of the laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus.

LEANDER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Λεανδρος (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: lee-AN-dər (English)
Rating: 60% based on 8 votes
Latinized form of the Greek name Λεανδρος (Leandros), derived from λεων (leon) meaning "lion" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek legend Leander was the lover of Hero. Every night he swam across the Hellespont to meet her, but on one occasion he was drowned when a storm arose. When Hero saw his dead body she threw herself into the waters and perished.

LELAND
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Rating: 36% based on 7 votes
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).

LENNOX
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish, English (Rare)
Pronounced: LEN-əks
Rating: 21% based on 8 votes
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the name of a district in Scotland. The district, called Leamhnachd in Gaelic, possibly means "place of elms".

LENORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 55% based on 2 votes
Short form of ELENORA.

LENORE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: lə-NAWR
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Short form of ELEANOR. This was the name of the departed love of the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Raven' (1845).

LEONA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German
Pronounced: lee-O-nə (English), LE-o-na (German)
Rating: 39% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of LEON.

LEONIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Late Roman
Rating: 34% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of LEONIUS.

LILA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi
Other Scripts: लीला (Hindi)
Rating: 44% based on 8 votes
Means "play, amusement" in Sanskrit.

LILAC
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: LIE-lək
Rating: 54% based on 8 votes
From the name of the shrub with purple or white flowers. It is derived via Arabic from Persian.

LILITH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Near Eastern Mythology, Judeo-Christian Legend
Pronounced: LIL-ith (English)
Rating: 43% based on 6 votes
Derived from Akkadian lilitu meaning "of the night". This was the name of a demon in ancient Assyrian myths. In Jewish tradition she was Adam's first wife, sent out of Eden and replaced by Eve because she would not submit to him. The offspring of Adam (or Samael) and Lilith were the evil spirits of the world.

LINNÉA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Pronounced: lin-NE-ah
Rating: 60% based on 8 votes
From the name of a flower, also known as the twinflower. The Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus named it after himself, it being his favourite flower.

LIOR
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: לִיאוֹר (Hebrew)
Rating: 48% based on 8 votes
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.

LIORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: לִיאוֹרָה (Hebrew)
Rating: 55% based on 8 votes
Strictly feminine form of LIOR.

LLYR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh Mythology
Rating: 49% based on 8 votes
Means "the sea" in Welsh. This was the name of the Welsh god of the sea. He possibly forms the basis for the legendary King Lear of the Britons.

LOGAN
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Scottish, English
Pronounced: LO-gən (English)
From a surname which was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.

LORE (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Basque
Rating: 46% based on 8 votes
Means "flower" in Basque.

LOREA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Basque
Rating: 33% based on 7 votes
Variant of LORE (2).

LOREDANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Romanian
Rating: 33% based on 7 votes
Used by the French author George Sand for a character in her novel 'Mattea' (1833) and later by the Italian author Luciano Zuccoli in his novel 'L'amore de Loredana' (1908). It was possibly based on the Venetian surname Loredan, which was derived from the place name Loreo.

LORELEI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Germanic Mythology
Pronounced: LAWR-ə-lie (English)
Rating: 55% based on 8 votes
From a Germanic name meaning "luring rock". This is the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River. Legends say that a maiden named the Lorelei lives on the rock and lures fishermen to their death with her song.

LORENA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian
Rating: 27% based on 7 votes
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LORRAINE.

LORRAINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: lə-RAYN
Rating: 28% based on 8 votes
From the name of a region in France, originally meaning "kingdom of LOTHAR". Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France that is now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen (from Latin Lothari regnum). As a given name, it has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It became popular after World War I when the region was in the news, as it was contested between Germany and France.

LYSANDER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Λυσανδρος (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 68% based on 8 votes
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυσανδρος (Lysandros), derived from Greek λυσις (lysis) meaning "a release" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). This was the name of a notable 5th-century BC Spartan general and naval commander.

MADELAINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 60% based on 2 votes
Variant of MADELINE.

MADELEINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English, Swedish
Pronounced: MAD-LEN (French), MAD-ə-lin (English), MAD-ə-lien (English), mahd-e-LEN (Swedish)
Rating: 56% based on 7 votes
French form of MAGDALENE.

MAE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAY
Rating: 53% based on 8 votes
Variant of MAY. A famous bearer was American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.

MAËLLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, Breton
Pronounced: MA-EL (French)
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
French feminine form of MAËL.

MAËLYS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MA-E-LEES
Rating: 53% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.

MAEVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Tahitian, French
Pronounced: MA-E-VA (French)
Rating: 41% based on 8 votes
Means "welcome" in Tahitian. It gained popularity in France during the 1980s.

MAEVE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish, Irish Mythology
Pronounced: MAYV (Irish)
Rating: 65% based on 8 votes
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Medb meaning "intoxicating". In Irish legend this was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht. Her fight against Ulster and the hero Cúchulainn is told in the Irish epic 'The Cattle Raid of Cooley'.

MAIARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Native American, Tupí
Rating: 38% based on 6 votes
Means "wise" in Tupí.

MALACHI
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: מַלְאָכִי (Hebrew)
Pronounced: MAL-ə-kie (English)
Rating: 58% based on 8 votes
From the Hebrew מַלְאָכִי (Mal'akhiy) meaning "my messenger" or "my angel". This is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Malachi, which some claim foretells the coming of Christ. In England the name came into use after the Protestant Reformation.

MALACHY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 39% based on 8 votes
Anglicized form of MÁEL SECHNAILL or MÁEL MÁEDÓC, influenced by the spelling of MALACHI. Saint Malachy (in Irish, Máel Máedóc) was a 12th-century archbishop of Armagh renowned for his miracles.

MAREN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish, Norwegian
Pronounced: MAH-ren (Danish)
Rating: 57% based on 7 votes
Danish form of MARINA.

MARGO
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-go
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
Variant of MARGOT.

MARIELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MA-RYEL
Rating: 41% based on 7 votes
French diminutive of MARIE.

MARIKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Georgian
Other Scripts: Μαρικα (Greek), მარიკა (Georgian)
Pronounced: ma-RYEE-ka (Polish), MAW-ree-kaw (Hungarian), MAH-ree-kah (Finnish)
Rating: 36% based on 7 votes
Diminutive of MARIA or other names beginning with Mari.

MARINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, English, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian, Georgian, Ancient Roman
Other Scripts: Μαρινα (Greek), Марина (Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian), მარინა (Georgian)
Pronounced: ma-REE-na (Italian, Spanish, German), mə-REEN-ə (English), mu-RYEE-nə (Russian)
Rating: 43% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of MARINUS.

MARINUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Ancient Roman, Dutch
Rating: 33% based on 7 votes
From the Roman family name Marinus, which derives either from the name MARIUS or from the Latin word marinus "of the sea".

MARIUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Ancient Roman, Romanian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French
Pronounced: MA-ree-oos (Classical Latin), MER-ee-əs (English), MAR-ee-əs (English), MA-ryuws (German), MA-RYUYS (French)
Rating: 61% based on 8 votes
Roman family name which was derived either from MARS, the name of the Roman god of War, or else from the Latin root mas, maris meaning "male". Gaius Marius was a famous Roman consul of the 2nd century BC. Since the start of the Christian era, it has occasionally been used as a masculine form of MARIA.

MAVOURNEEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 50% based on 1 vote
Derived from the Irish phrase mo mhúirnín meaning "my darling".

MÉLISANDE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Rating: 58% based on 9 votes
French form of MILLICENT used by Maurice Maeterlinck in his play 'Pelléas et Mélisande' (1893). The play was later adapted by Claude Debussy into an opera (1902).

MELISENDE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Medieval French
Rating: 60% based on 2 votes
Old French form of MILLICENT.

MELUSINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Mythology
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
Meaning unknown. In European folklore Melusine was a water fairy who turned into a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. She made her husband, Raymond of Poitou, promise that he would never see her on that day, and when he broke his word she left him forever.

MERCIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 39% based on 7 votes
Latinate form of MERCY. This was also the name of an old Anglo-Saxon kingdom, though it has a different origin.

MIRA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Other Scripts: मीरा (Hindi, Marathi), മീര (Malayalam), மீரா (Tamil), ಮೀರಾ (Kannada)
Rating: 57% based on 7 votes
Means "sea, ocean" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a 16th-century Indian princess who devoted her life to the god Krishna.

MIRA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Polish
Other Scripts: Мира (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian)
Pronounced: MYEE-ra (Polish)
Rating: 51% based on 7 votes
Short form of names containing the Slavic element miru meaning "peace" or "world".

MIREIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Catalan, Spanish
Pronounced: mee-RE-yə (Catalan)
Rating: 51% based on 7 votes
Catalan form of Mirèio (see MIREILLE).

MIREILLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MEE-RAY
Rating: 51% based on 8 votes
From the Occitan name Mirèio, which was first used by the poet Frédéric Mistral for the main character in his poem 'Mirèio' (1859). He probably derived it from the Occitan word mirar meaning "to admire".

MIRJA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Finnish
Pronounced: MEER-yah
Rating: 35% based on 6 votes
Finnish form of MIRIAM.

MIRO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Slovene, Croatian
Rating: 45% based on 6 votes
Short form of MIROSLAV.

MORRIGAN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish Mythology
Rating: 26% based on 7 votes
Derived from Irish Mór Ríoghain meaning "great queen". In Irish myth she was a goddess of war and death who often took the form of a crow.

MYRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MIE-rə
Rating: 45% based on 6 votes
Created by the 17th-century poet Fulke Greville. He possibly based it on Latin myrra meaning "myrrh" (a fragrant resin obtained from a tree). Otherwise, he may have simply rearranged the letters from the name MARY. Although unrelated etymologically, this is also the name of an ancient city of Anatolia.

MYRON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: Μυρων (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: MIE-rən (English), MUY-RAWN (Classical Greek)
Rating: 40% based on 6 votes
Derived from Greek μυρον (myron) meaning "sweet oil, perfume". Myron was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek sculptor. Saints bearing this name include a 3rd-century bishop of Crete and a 4th-century martyr from Cyzicus who was killed by a mob. These saints are more widely revered in the Eastern Church, and the name has generally been more common among Eastern Christians. As an English name, it has been used since the 19th century.

NAIARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Basque
Rating: 25% based on 6 votes
From the Basque name of the Spanish city of Nájera, which is Arabic in origin. In the 12th century there was a reported apparition of the Virgin Mary in a nearby cave.

NEPHTHYS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Rating: 40% based on 2 votes
Greek form of Egyptian Nebt-Het meaning "lady of the house", derived from Egyptian nbt "lady" and hwt "house". This was the name of an Egyptian goddess associated with the air, death and mourning. She was wife of the desert god Seth.

NEVENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian
Other Scripts: Невена (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian)
Rating: 40% based on 2 votes
Derived from South Slavic neven meaning "marigold".

NIALL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, Scottish
Pronounced: NYEE-əl (Irish)
Rating: 53% based on 6 votes
Original Gaelic spelling of NEIL.

NILA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Tamil, Indian, Hindi
Other Scripts: நீலா (Tamil), नीला (Hindi)
Rating: 25% based on 6 votes
Means "dark blue" in Sanskrit.

NIMUE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: NIM-oo-ay (English)
Rating: 30% based on 6 votes
Meaning unknown. In Arthurian legends this is the name of a sorceress, also known as the Lady of the Lake, Vivien, or Niniane. Various versions of the tales have Merlin falling in love with her and becoming imprisoned by her magic. She first appears in the medieval French 'Lancelot-Grail' cycle.

NOLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Irish
Pronounced: NO-lə
Rating: 41% based on 7 votes
Diminutive of MAGNOLIA, FINOLA or other names containing a similar sound.

NORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Italian
Pronounced: NAWR-ə (English), NO-ra (German)
Rating: 48% based on 6 votes
Short form of HONORA or ELEANOR. Henrik Ibsen used it for a character in his play 'A Doll's House' (1879).

NOVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: NO-və
Rating: 39% based on 7 votes
Derived from Latin novus meaning "new". It was first used as a name in the 19th century.

OCEAN
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: O-shən
Rating: 27% based on 7 votes
Simply from the English word ocean for a large body of water. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ωκεανος (Okeanos), the name of the body of water thought to surround the Earth.

OCTAVIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: awk-TAY-vee-ə (English), ok-TA-bya (Spanish), ok-TA-wee-a (Classical Latin)
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of OCTAVIUS. Octavia was the wife of Mark Antony and the sister of Roman emperor Augustus. In 19th-century England it was sometimes given to the eighth-born child.

ODESSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Rating: 41% based on 7 votes
From the name of a Ukrainian city that sits on the north coast of the Black Sea. This name can also be used as a feminine form of ODYSSEUS.

OLWEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 43% based on 6 votes
Means "white footprint" from Welsh ol "footprint, track" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". In Welsh legend Olwen was a beautiful maiden, the lover of Culhwch and the daughter of the giant Yspaddaden. Her father insisted that Culhwch complete several seemingly impossible tasks before he would allow them to marry, and Culhwch was successful with all of them.

OPHELIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Literature
Pronounced: o-FEEL-yə (English)
Rating: 41% based on 8 votes
Derived from Greek οφελος (ophelos) meaning "help". This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem 'Arcadia'. It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play 'Hamlet' (1600), in which it belongs to Hamlet's lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself. In spite of this, the name has been used since the 19th century.

OPHÉLIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: AW-FE-LEE
Rating: 43% based on 7 votes
French form of OPHELIA.

ORLA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: OR-la
Rating: 55% based on 6 votes
Anglicized form of ÓRFHLAITH.

OTHNIEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: עָתְנִיאֵל (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: AWTH-nee-əl (English)
Rating: 36% based on 7 votes
Means "lion of God" or "strength of God" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is a nephew of Caleb who becomes the first of the ruling judges of the Israelites.

PANDORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Πανδωρα (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: PAN-DAW-RA (Classical Greek), pan-DAWR-ə (English)
Rating: 16% based on 7 votes
Means "all gifts", derived from a combination of Greek παν (pan) "all" and δωρον (doron) "gift". In Greek mythology Pandora was the first mortal woman. Zeus gave her a jar containing all of the troubles and ills that mankind now knows, and told her not to open it. Unfortunately her curiosity got the best of her and she opened it, unleashing the evil spirits into the world.

PARTHENOPE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Παρθενοπη (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Means "maiden's voice", derived from Greek παρθενος (parthenos) "maiden, virgin" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek legend this is the name of one of the Sirens who enticed Odysseus.

PATIENCE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: PAY-shənts
Rating: 33% based on 8 votes
From the English word patience, ultimately from Latin patientia, a derivative of pati "to suffer". This was one of the virtue names coined by the Puritans in the 17th century.

PERSEPHONE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Περσεφονη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: PER-SE-PO-NE (Classical Greek), pər-SEF-ə-nee (English)
Rating: 58% based on 8 votes
Meaning unknown, probably of Pre-Greek origin, but 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.

PHAEDRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Φαιδρα (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 65% based on 8 votes
From the Greek Φαιδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρος (phaidros) meaning "bright". Phaedra was the daughter of Minos and the wife of Theseus in Greek mythology. Aphrodite caused her to fall in love with her stepson Hippolytos, and after she was rejected by him she killed herself.

POLYMNIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Πολυμνια, Πολυυμνια (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 30% based on 4 votes
Means "abounding in song", derived from Greek πολυς (polys) "much" and ‘υμνος (hymnos) "song, hymn". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of dance and sacred songs, one of the nine Muses.

PORTER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: PAWR-tər
Rating: 9% based on 7 votes
From an occupational English surname meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.

QUINLAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: KWIN-lən
Rating: 17% based on 7 votes
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Caoinlean meaning "descendant of Caoinlean". The name Caoinlean means "slender" in Gaelic.

RAINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian
Other Scripts: Райна (Bulgarian)
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Variant transcription of RAYNA (1).

RAVENNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 33% based on 8 votes
Either an elaboration of RAVEN, or else from the name of the city of Ravenna in Italy.

RAYA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian, Russian
Other Scripts: Рая (Bulgarian, Russian)
Rating: 24% based on 7 votes
Diminutive of RAYNA (1) or RAISA (1).

REED
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: REED
Rating: 10% based on 2 votes
From an English surname which comes from multiple sources, including Old English read meaning "red" (originally a nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion) and Old English ried meaning "clearing" (given to a person who lived in a clearing in the woods).

REID
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: REED
Rating: 23% based on 7 votes
From a surname, a Scots variant of REED.

REMIEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Judeo-Christian Legend
Rating: 46% based on 8 votes
Means "mercy of God" in Hebrew. The Book of Enoch names him as one of the seven archangels.

RILEY
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: RIE-lee
Rating: 6% based on 7 votes
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.

RÍONA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 30% based on 7 votes
Either a variant of RÍOGHNACH or a short form of CATRIONA.

RIVER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: RIV-ər
Rating: 69% based on 9 votes
From the English word that denotes a flowing body of water. The word is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Latin ripa "riverbank".

ROLAND
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Hungarian, Medieval French
Pronounced: RO-lənd (English), RAW-LAHN (French), RO-lant (German), RO-lawnd (Hungarian)
Rating: 47% based on 7 votes
From the Germanic elements hrod meaning "fame" and land meaning "land", though some theories hold that the second element was originally nand meaning "brave". Roland was a semi-legendary French hero whose story is told in the medieval epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which he is a nephew of Charlemagne killed in battle with the Saracens. The Normans introduced this name to England.

ROMAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Slovene, Croatian, German
Other Scripts: Роман (Russian, Ukrainian)
Pronounced: ru-MAN (Russian), RAW-man (Polish)
Rating: 53% based on 8 votes
From the Late Latin name Romanus which meant "Roman".

RÓNÁN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: RON-awn
Rating: 51% based on 9 votes
Means "little seal", derived from Irish rón "seal" combined with a diminutive suffix.

RONEN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: רוֹנֶן (Hebrew)
Rating: 36% based on 8 votes
Derived from Hebrew רוֹן (ron) meaning "song, joy".

ROSELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French (Rare)
Rating: 37% based on 6 votes
French diminutive of ROSE.

SAFIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Esperanto
Pronounced: sa-FEE-ra
Rating: 37% based on 7 votes
Means "like a sapphire" in Esperanto.

SAGE
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: SAYJ
Rating: 65% based on 8 votes
From the English word sage, which denotes either a type of spice or else a wise person.

SAPPHIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: Σαπφειρη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: sə-FIE-rə (English)
Rating: 48% based on 8 votes
From the Greek name Σαπφειρη (Sappheire), which was from Greek σαπφειρος (sappheiros) meaning "sapphire" or "lapis lazuli" (ultimately derived from the Hebrew word סַפִּיר (sappir)). Sapphira is a character in Acts in the New Testament who is killed by God for lying.

SASKIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch, German
Pronounced: SAHS-kee-a: (Dutch), ZAS-kya (German)
Rating: 61% based on 7 votes
From the Germanic element Sahs "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Germanic word sahs meaning "knife".

SEVDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Turkish, Azerbaijani
Rating: 36% based on 7 votes
Means "love" in Turkish and Azerbaijani.

SIDONIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Late Roman
Rating: 40% based on 2 votes
Feminine form of SIDONIUS.

SILAS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Σιλας (Greek)
Pronounced: SIE-ləs (English)
Rating: 46% based on 8 votes
Probably a short form of SILVANUS. This is the name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. Paul refers to him as Silvanus in his epistles, though it is possible that Silas was in fact a Greek form of the Hebrew name SAUL (via Aramaic).

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

SIMONE (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: SEE-MAWN (French), sə-MON (English)
Rating: 34% based on 7 votes
French feminine form of SIMON (1). A famous bearer was Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.

SOLÈNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: SAW-LEN
Rating: 26% based on 7 votes
Variant of SOLANGE.

SOMERLED
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish
Rating: 47% based on 7 votes
Anglicized form of the Old Norse name Somarliðr meaning "summer traveller". This was the name of a 12th-century Scottish warlord who created a kingdom on the Scottish islands.

SONIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian
Pronounced: SON-yə (English), SAWN-yə (English), SO-nya (Italian)
Rating: 30% based on 2 votes
Variant of SONYA.

STELARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Esperanto
Pronounced: ste-LA-ra
Rating: 21% based on 7 votes
Means "like a constellation" in Esperanto.

STELLAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish
Rating: 45% based on 8 votes
Meaning unknown, perhaps related to Old Norse stilling "calm", or perhaps of German origin.

SULLIVAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SUL-i-vən
Rating: 26% based on 7 votes
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Súilleabháin meaning "descendant of Súilleabhán". The name Súilleabhán means "little dark eye" in Irish.

SYLVIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: SEEL-VEE
Rating: 63% based on 9 votes
French form of SILVIA.

TANITH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Near Eastern Mythology
Rating: 56% based on 7 votes
Derived from Semitic roots meaning "serpent lady". This was the name of the Phoenician goddess of love, fertility, the moon and the stars.

THEA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English
Pronounced: TE-a (German), THEE-ə (English)
Rating: 51% based on 7 votes
Short form of DOROTHEA or THEODORA.

THEIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Θεια (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 43% based on 7 votes
Possibly derived from Greek θεα (thea) meaning "goddess". In Greek myth this was the name of a Titan goddess of sight, glittering and glory. She was the wife of Hyperion and the mother of the sun god Helios, the moon goddess Selene, and the dawn goddess Eos.

THEO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Dutch
Pronounced: THEE-o (English), TAY-o (Dutch)
Rating: 41% based on 7 votes
Short form of THEODORE, THEOBALD, and other names that begin with Theo.

THEODORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Greek, Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: Θεοδωρα (Greek)
Pronounced: thee-ə-DAWR-ə (English)
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of THEODORE. This name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by several empresses including the influential wife of Justinian in the 6th century.

THEODOSIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Greek, Greek
Other Scripts: Θεοδοσια (Greek)
Rating: 37% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of THEODOSIUS.

THERON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: Θηρων (Ancient Greek)
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
Derived from Greek θηραω (therao) meaning "to hunt".

THOR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Norse Mythology, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Pronounced: THOR (English), TOR (Danish), TOOR (Swedish, Norwegian)
Rating: 65% based on 6 votes
From the Old Norse Þórr meaning "thunder", ultimately from the early Germanic *Þunraz. Thor was the Norse god of strength, thunder, war and storms, the son of Odin. He was armed with a hammer called Mjolnir, and wore an enchanted belt that doubled his strength.

THORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Rating: 63% based on 6 votes
Modern form of ÞÓRA.

TIERNAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 43% based on 6 votes
Anglicized form of TIGHEARNÁN.

TIRZAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: תִּרְצָה (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: TIR-zə (English)
Rating: 44% based on 7 votes
From the Hebrew name תִּרְצָה (Tirtzah) meaning "favourable". Tirzah is the name of one of the daughters of Zelophehad in the Old Testament. It also occurs in the Old Testament as a place name, the early residence of the kings of the northern kingdom.

TULLY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: History
Rating: 23% based on 7 votes
Form of Tullius (see TULLIO) used to refer to the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero.

ULRIC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: UL-rik
Rating: 45% based on 4 votes
Middle English form of the Old English name Wulfric meaning "wolf power". When it is used in modern times, it is usually as a variant of ULRICH.

VAUGHN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh, English
Pronounced: VAWN
Rating: 35% based on 8 votes
From a Welsh surname which was derived from Welsh bychan meaning "little".

VERA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Вера (Russian, Serbian, Macedonian)
Pronounced: VYE-rə (Russian), VEER-ə (English), VER-ə (English), VE-ra (German), VE-rah (Swedish), VE-raw (Hungarian)
Rating: 69% based on 7 votes
Means "faith" in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus "true". It has been in general use in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.

VERE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Rating: 22% based on 5 votes
From a Norman surname which was from a French place name, which was itself derived from a Gaulish word meaning "alder".

VERED
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: וֶרֶד (Hebrew)
Rating: 52% based on 6 votes
Means "rose" in Hebrew.

VERENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Late Roman
Pronounced: ve-RE-na (German)
Rating: 45% based on 2 votes
Possibly related to Latin verus "true". This might also be a Coptic form of the Ptolemaic name BERENICE. Saint Verena was a 3rd-century Egyptian-born nurse who went with the Theban Legion to Switzerland. After the legion was massacred she settled near Zurich.

VERITY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: VER-i-tee
Rating: 47% based on 7 votes
From the English word meaning "verity, truth". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.

VERONICA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Romanian, Late Roman
Pronounced: və-RAHN-i-kə (American English), və-RAWN-i-kə (British English)
Rating: 70% based on 6 votes
Latin alteration of BERENICE, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning "true image". This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus' face with a towel and then found his image imprinted upon it. Due to popular stories about her, the name was occasionally used in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani. As an English name, it was not common until the 19th century, when it was imported from France and Scotland.

VIVIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Late Roman
Pronounced: vee-VYA-na (Italian)
Rating: 45% based on 6 votes
Feminine form of Vivianus (see VIVIAN). Saint Viviana (also known as Bibiana) was a Roman saint and martyr of the 4th century.

VLADIMIRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Slovene, Croatian
Rating: 46% based on 5 votes
Feminine form of VLADIMIR.

VOIRREY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Manx
Rating: 55% based on 6 votes
Vocative form of MOIRREY.

WINTER
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: WIN-tər
Rating: 55% based on 8 votes
From the English word for the season, derived from Old English winter.

WREN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: REN
Rating: 52% based on 6 votes
From the English word for the small songbird. It is ultimately derived from Old English wrenna.

XANDER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Dutch, English (Modern)
Pronounced: KSAHN-dər (Dutch), ZAN-dər (English)
Rating: 28% based on 6 votes
Short form of ALEXANDER. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by a character on the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003).

XAVIERA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 32% based on 6 votes
Feminine form of XAVIER.

XIOMARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Rating: 51% based on 7 votes
Possibly a Spanish form of GUIOMAR.

ZARA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: ZAHR-ə
Rating: 41% based on 7 votes
English form of ZAÏRE. In England it came to public attention when Princess Anne gave it to her daughter in 1981. Use of the name may also be influenced by the trendy Spanish clothing retailer Zara.

ZENOVIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek
Other Scripts: Ζηνοβια (Greek)
Rating: 33% based on 6 votes
Modern Greek form of ZENOBIA.

ZÉPHYRINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French (Rare)
Rating: 43% based on 6 votes
French feminine form of Zephyrinus (see ZEFERINO).

ZIMRI
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: זִמְרִי (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: ZIM-rie (English)
Rating: 54% based on 7 votes
Means "my praise" or "my music" in Hebrew. This is the name of a king of Israel in the Old Testament. He ruled for only seven days, when he was succeeded by the commander of the army Omri.

ZINOVIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek
Other Scripts: Ζηνοβια (Greek)
Rating: 40% based on 7 votes
Modern Greek form of ZENOBIA.

ZOLTÁN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Hungarian
Pronounced: ZOL-tan
Rating: 43% based on 4 votes
Possibly related to the Turkish title sultan meaning "king, sultan". This was the name of a 10th-century ruler of Hungary, also known as Zsolt.

ZORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Зора (Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)
Rating: 49% based on 7 votes
From a South and West Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora".

ZORION
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Basque
Rating: 33% based on 7 votes
Means "happiness" in Basque.
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