Hola123's Personal Name List

ABRAM (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Other Scripts: אַבְרָם (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: AY-brəm (English)
Rating: 60% based on 2 votes
Means "high father" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament God changed Abram's name to Abraham (see Genesis 17:5).

ADA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish
Pronounced: AY-də (English), A-da (Polish), AH-dah (Finnish)
Rating: 58% based on 26 votes
Short form of ADELAIDE and other names beginning with the same sound. This name was borne by Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), the Countess of Lovelace (known as Ada Lovelace), a daughter of Lord Byron. She was an assistant to Charles Babbage, the inventor of an early mechanical computer.

ADELAIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Germanic
Rating: 51% based on 27 votes
Shortened form of ADALHEIDIS.

ADERYN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 40% based on 25 votes
Means "bird" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.

ADRIAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Romanian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian
Other Scripts: Адриан (Russian)
Pronounced: AY-dree-ən (English), A-dryan (Polish), A-dree-an (German), u-dryi-AN (Russian)
Rating: 57% based on 24 votes
Form of Hadrianus (see HADRIAN). Several saints and six popes have borne this name, including the only English pope, Adrian IV, and the only Dutch pope, Adrian VI. As an English name, it has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it was not popular until modern times.

ADRIENNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: A-DREE-YEN
Rating: 49% based on 27 votes
French feminine form of ADRIAN.

AGNES
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Other Scripts: ‘Αγνη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: AG-nis (English), AK-nəs (German), AHKH-nəs (Dutch), AHNG-nes (Swedish)
Rating: 56% based on 26 votes
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek ‘αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste". Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb", resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side. Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe, being especially popular in England in the Middle Ages.

ALAINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: ə-LAYN-ə
Rating: 43% based on 26 votes
Variant of ALANA, probably influenced by ELAINE.

ALBA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Catalan
Pronounced: AL-ba (Italian, Spanish), AL-bə (Catalan)
Rating: 41% based on 12 votes
This name is derived from two distinct names, ALBA (2) and ALBA (3), with distinct origins, Latin and Germanic. Over time these names have become confused with one another. To further complicate the matter, alba means "dawn" in Italian, Spanish and Catalan. This may be the main inspiration behind its use in Italy and Spain.

ALEC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AL-ək
Rating: 49% based on 25 votes
Short form of ALEXANDER.

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: 57% based on 29 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.

ALVINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: al-VEEN-ə
Rating: 37% based on 25 votes
Feminine form of ALVIN.

AMADEUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Late Roman
Pronounced: ahm-ə-DAY-əs (English), ahm-ə-DEE-əs (English)
Rating: 50% based on 23 votes
Means "love of God", derived from Latin amare "to love" and Deus "God". A famous bearer was the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who was actually born Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart but preferred the Latin translation of his Greek middle name. This name was also assumed as a middle name by the German novelist E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822), who took it in honour of Mozart.

AMBROSE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AM-broz
Rating: 50% based on 12 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.

ANTHONY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AN-thə-nee (American English), AN-tə-nee (British English)
Rating: 50% based on 24 votes
English form of the Roman family name Antonius, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. The most notable member of the Roman family was the general Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English), who for a period in the 1st century BC ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Augustus. When their relationship turned sour, he and his mistress Cleopatra were attacked and forced to commit suicide, as related in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606).

The name became regularly used in the Christian world due to the fame of Saint Anthony the Great, a 4th-century Egyptian hermit who founded Christian monasticism. Its popularity was reinforced in the Middle Ages by the 13th-century Saint Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of Portugal. It has been commonly (but incorrectly) associated with Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower", which resulted in the addition of the h to this spelling in the 17th century.

ARDEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AHR-dən
Rating: 32% based on 24 votes
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".

ARWEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature
Rating: 50% based on 24 votes
Means "noble maiden" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Arwen was the daughter of Elrond and the lover of Aragorn.

ASHER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: אָשֵׁר (Hebrew)
Pronounced: A-shər (English)
Rating: 50% based on 24 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.

AVELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: AV-ə-lien, av-ə-LEEN
Rating: 47% based on 24 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.

BEATRICE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, English, Swedish
Pronounced: be-a-TREE-che (Italian), BEE-ə-tris (English), BEET-ris (English), BE-ah-trees (Swedish), be-ah-TREES (Swedish)
Rating: 60% based on 26 votes
Italian form of BEATRIX. Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290) was the woman who was loved by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. She serves as Dante's guide through paradise in his epic poem the 'Divine Comedy' (1321). This is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599), in which Beatrice and Benedick are fooled into confessing their love for one another.

BELLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: BEL-ə
Rating: 38% based on 24 votes
Short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful".

BENTLEY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: BENT-lee
Rating: 33% based on 12 votes
From a surname which was from a place name, itself derived from Old English beonet "bent grass" and leah "woodland, clearing". Various towns in England bear this name.

BERLIN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Rating: 28% based on 24 votes
From the name of the city in Germany, which is of uncertain meaning.

BETRYS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Pronounced: BET-rees
Rating: 58% based on 4 votes
Welsh form of BEATRICE.

BEVIN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 31% based on 24 votes
Anglicized form of BÉBINN.

BRONWYN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 50% based on 27 votes
Variant of BRONWEN.

BROOKLYN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: BRUWK-lən
Rating: 27% based on 25 votes
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.

BRYNN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: BRIN
Rating: 47% based on 27 votes
Feminine variant of BRYN.

CADE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KAYD
Rating: 40% based on 21 votes
From a surname which was originally derived from a nickname meaning "round" in Old English.

CALLIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KAL-ee
Rating: 44% based on 25 votes
Diminutive of CAROLINE, or sometimes of names beginning with Cal.

CALLUM
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish
Pronounced: KAL-um
Rating: 63% based on 22 votes
Variant of CALUM.

CAMDEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: KAM-dən
Rating: 32% based on 20 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).

CAMILA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese
Pronounced: ka-MEE-la (Spanish)
Rating: 48% based on 24 votes
Spanish and Portuguese form of CAMILLA.

CASH
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KASH
Rating: 19% based on 23 votes
From an English occupational surname for a box maker, derived from Norman French casse meaning "case". A famous bearer of the surname was American musician Johnny Cash (1932-2003).

CERRIDWEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 29% based on 23 votes
Variant of CERIDWEN.

CERYS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 34% based on 23 votes
Variant of CARYS.

CHANNING
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: CHAN-ing
Rating: 26% based on 26 votes
From an English surname of uncertain origin.

CHARLOTTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Pronounced: shah-LOT-ah
Rating: 47% based on 22 votes
Swedish variant of CHARLOTTE.

CLAIRE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: KLER
Rating: 66% based on 23 votes
French form of CLARA.

CONRÍ
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Rating: 32% based on 21 votes
Means "wolf king" in Irish Gaelic.

CONSTANTINE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: History
Pronounced: KAWNS-tən-teen (English)
Rating: 35% based on 4 votes
From the Latin name Constantinus, a derivative of CONSTANS. Constantine the Great (272-337) was the first Roman emperor to adopt Christianity. He moved the capital of the empire from Rome to Byzantium, which he renamed Constantinople (modern Istanbul).

DELANEY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: də-LAYN-ee
Rating: 45% based on 25 votes
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)
Rating: 59% based on 22 votes
Means "delicate, weak, languishing" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is the lover of Samson, whom she betrays to the Philistines by cutting his hair, which is the source of his power. Despite her character flaws, the name began to be used by the Puritans in the 17th century. It has been used occasionally in the English-speaking world since that time.

DEVIN
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English, Irish
Pronounced: DEV-in
Rating: 42% based on 22 votes
From a surname, either the Irish surname DEVIN (1) or the English surname DEVIN (2).

DIMITRI
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Russian, French
Other Scripts: Димитрий (Russian)
Pronounced: dyi-MYEE-tryee (Russian), DEE-MEE-TREE (French)
Rating: 70% based on 24 votes
Variant of DMITRIY, using the Church Slavic spelling.

DREW
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: DROO
Rating: 34% based on 21 votes
Short form of ANDREW.

EAVAN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: EE-van
Rating: 28% based on 21 votes
Anglicized form of AOIBHEANN.

EBBA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Rating: 28% based on 22 votes
From the Old English name Æbbe, meaning unknown, perhaps a contracted form of a longer name. Saint Ebba was a 7th-century daughter of king Æthelfrith of Bernicia and the founder of monasteries in Scotland. Another saint Ebba was a 9th-century abbess and martyr who mutilated her own face so that she would not be raped by the invading Danes.

EDEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew, English (Modern)
Other Scripts: עֵדֶן (Hebrew)
Pronounced: EE-dən (English)
Rating: 40% based on 22 votes
Means "place of pleasure" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament the Garden of Eden was the place where the first people, Adam and Eve, lived before they were expelled.

EIRA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 62% based on 23 votes
Means "snow" in Welsh.

ELI (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: עֵלִי (Hebrew), Ηλι (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: EE-lie (English)
Rating: 65% based on 12 votes
Means "ascension" in Hebrew. In the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament he is a high priest of the Israelites. He took the young Samuel into his service and gave him guidance when God spoke to him. Because of the misdeeds of his sons, Eli and his descendants were cursed to die before reaching old age.

Eli has been used as an English Christian given name since the Protestant Reformation. A notable bearer was the American inventor of the cotton gin Eli Whitney (1765-1825).

ELIN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Welsh
Pronounced: E-lin (Swedish, Norwegian)
Rating: 33% based on 23 votes
Scandinavian and Welsh form of HELEN.

ELINOR
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EL-ə-nawr
Rating: 65% based on 26 votes
Variant of ELEANOR.

ELLIOT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EL-ee-ət
Rating: 59% based on 22 votes
From a surname which was a variant of ELLIOTT.

EMMA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Pronounced: EM-ə (English), E-MA (French), EM-mah (Finnish), E-ma (German)
Rating: 58% based on 25 votes
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element ermen meaning "whole" or "universal". It was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife both of king Ethelred II (and by him the mother of Edward the Confessor) and later of king Canute. It was also borne by an 11th-century Austrian saint, who is sometimes called Hemma.

After the Norman conquest this name became common in England. It was revived in the 18th century, perhaps in part due to Matthew Prior's poem 'Henry and Emma' (1709). It was also used by Jane Austen for the central character, the matchmaker Emma Woodhouse, in her novel 'Emma' (1816).

ENYA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: EN-ya
Rating: 49% based on 23 votes
Anglicized form of EITHNE.

ESMERALDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, English, Literature
Pronounced: es-me-RAL-da (Spanish), esh-mə-RAL-də (Portuguese), ez-mə-RAHL-də (English)
Rating: 52% based on 23 votes
Means "emerald" in Spanish and Portuguese. Victor Hugo used this name in his novel 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1831), in which Esmeralda is the Gypsy girl who is loved by Quasimodo. It has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since that time.

ESPERANZA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: es-pe-RAN-tha (European Spanish), es-pe-RAN-sa (Latin American Spanish)
Rating: 41% based on 21 votes
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Sperantia which was derived from sperare "to hope".

ESTELA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Portuguese, Spanish
Rating: 43% based on 22 votes
Portuguese and Spanish form of ESTELLE.

EVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: Ευα (Greek), Ева (Bulgarian, Russian, Church Slavic), ევა (Georgian)
Pronounced: E-ba (Spanish), E-va (Italian, Czech, Slovak, Icelandic), EE-və (English), E-fa (German), AY-vah (Dutch), E-vah (Danish), YE-və (Russian), E-wa (Classical Latin)
Rating: 50% based on 25 votes
Latinate form of EVE. This form is used in the Latin translation of the New Testament, while Hava is used in the Latin Old Testament. It is also a variant transcription of Russian YEVA. This name appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852) belonging to the character Little Eva, whose real name is in fact Evangeline.

EVAN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh, English
Pronounced: EV-ən (English)
Rating: 35% based on 24 votes
Anglicized form of Iefan, a Welsh form of JOHN.

EVANGELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: ə-VAN-jə-leen
Rating: 58% based on 24 votes
Means "good news" from Greek ευ (eu) "good" and αγγελμα (angelma) "news, message". It was (first?) used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic poem 'Evangeline' (1847). It also appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852) as the full name of the character Eva.

EVIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EE-vee, EV-ee
Rating: 43% based on 22 votes
Diminutive of EVE or EVELYN.

EVREN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Turkish
Rating: 38% based on 21 votes
Means "cosmos, the universe" in Turkish.

FATIMA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: فاطمة (Arabic)
Rating: 44% based on 5 votes
Variant transcription of FATIMAH.

FIONA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Scottish, English
Pronounced: fee-O-nə
Rating: 67% based on 7 votes
Feminine form of FIONN. This name was (first?) used by Scottish poet James Macpherson in his poem 'Fingal' (1762).

GEORGIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Greek
Other Scripts: Γεωργια (Greek)
Pronounced: JAWR-jə (English)
Rating: 58% based on 22 votes
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).

GRACE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: GRAYS
Rating: 53% based on 25 votes
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.

GRIER
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Scottish, English (Rare)
Pronounced: GREER (English)
Rating: 35% based on 8 votes
From a surname which was a variant of GREER.

GUINEVERE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: GWIN-ə-vir (English)
Rating: 57% based on 24 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.

GWENDOLEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Pronounced: GWEN-də-lin (English)
Rating: 45% based on 24 votes
Means "white ring", derived from the Welsh elements gwen "white, fair, blessed" and dolen "ring". This was the name of a mythical queen of the Britons who defeated her husband in battle, as told by Geoffrey of Monmouth.

GWENYTH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh
Pronounced: GWEN-ith (English)
Rating: 48% based on 24 votes
Variant of GWYNETH.

HADRIAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: History
Pronounced: HAY-dree-ən (English)
Rating: 52% based on 22 votes
From the Roman cognomen Hadrianus, which meant "from Hadria" in Latin. Hadria was a town in northern Italy (it gave its name to the Adriatic Sea). A famous bearer of the name was Publius Aelius Hadrianus, better known as Hadrian, a 2nd-century Roman emperor who built a wall across northern Britain.

HALLE (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: HAL-ee
Rating: 30% based on 24 votes
In the case of American actress Halle Berry (1966-), it is from the name of a department store in Cleveland where she was born (the store was founded by brothers bearing the German surname Halle, a cognate of HALL).

HARPER
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: HAHR-pər
Rating: 43% based on 26 votes
From an Old English surname which originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps. A notable bearer was the American author Harper Lee (1926-2016), who wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

HAYDEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: HAY-dən
Rating: 41% based on 24 votes
From an English surname which was derived from place names meaning either "hay valley" or "hay hill", derived from Old English heg "hay" and denu "valley" or dun "hill".

HOLLY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: HAHL-ee
Rating: 50% based on 22 votes
From the English word for the holly tree, ultimately derived from Old English holen.

HUDSON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: HUD-sən
Rating: 38% based on 21 votes
From an English surname which meant "son of HUDDE". A famous bearer of the surname was the English explorer Henry Hudson (1570-1611).

HUGO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Pronounced: OO-go (Spanish), HYOO-go (English), HUY-kho (Dutch), HOO-go (German)
Rating: 57% based on 21 votes
Latinized form of HUGH. As a surname it has belonged to the French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885), the writer of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Misérables'.

IDRIS (2)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh
Rating: 30% based on 5 votes
Means "ardent lord" from Welsh udd "lord, prince" combined with ris "ardent, enthusiastic, impulsive".

IMOGEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (British)
Pronounced: IM-ə-jən
Rating: 45% based on 6 votes
The name of a princess in the play 'Cymbeline' (1609) by Shakespeare. He based her on a legendary character named Innogen, but the name was printed incorrectly and never corrected. The name Innogen is probably derived from Gaelic inghean meaning "maiden".

INDIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: IN-dee-ə
Rating: 47% based on 7 votes
From the name of the country, which is itself derived from the name of the Indus River. The river's name is ultimately from Sanskrit सिन्धु (Sindhu) meaning "body of trembling water, river".

INDIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: in-dee-AN-ə
Rating: 35% based on 23 votes
From the name of the American state, which means "land of the Indians". This is the name of the hero in the 'Indiana Jones' series of movies, starring Harrison Ford.

INÉS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: ee-NES
Rating: 33% based on 23 votes
Spanish form of AGNES.

INGRID
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Pronounced: ING-rid (Swedish), ING-ree (Norwegian), ING-grit (German), ING-greet (German)
Rating: 27% based on 7 votes
From the Old Norse name Ingríðr meaning "Ing is beautiful", derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with fríðr "beautiful". A famous bearer was the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982).

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: 66% based on 25 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.

JAMES
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: JAYMZ (English)
Rating: 68% based on 26 votes
English form of the Late Latin name Iacomus which was derived from Ιακωβος (Iakobos), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name Ya'aqov (see JACOB). This was the name of two apostles in the New Testament. The first was Saint James the Greater, the apostle John's brother, who was beheaded under Herod Agrippa in the Book of Acts. The second was James the Lesser, son of Alphaeus. Another James (known as James the Just) is also mentioned in the Bible as being the brother of Jesus.

Since the 13th century this name has been used in England, though it became more common in Scotland where it was borne by several kings. In the 17th century the Scottish king James VI inherited the English throne, becoming the first ruler of all Britain, and the name grew much more popular. Famous bearers include the English explorer Captain James Cook (1728-1779), the Scottish inventor James Watt (1736-1819), and the Irish novelist and poet James Joyce (1882-1941). This name has also been borne by six American presidents. A notable fictional bearer is the British spy James Bond, created by author Ian Fleming.

JAYNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: JAYN
Rating: 36% based on 24 votes
Variant of JANE.

JOAQUÍN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: kho-a-KEEN, khwa-KEEN
Rating: 38% based on 22 votes
Spanish form of JOACHIM.

JUDAS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: Ιουδας (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: JOO-dəs (English)
Rating: 31% based on 25 votes
From Ιουδας (Ioudas), the Greek form of JUDAH. This is the name of several characters in the New Testament including the infamous Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus to the Jewish authorities in exchange for money.

JUNO
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Roman Mythology
Pronounced: YOO-no (Classical Latin), JOO-no (English)
Rating: 49% based on 23 votes
Meaning unknown, possibly related to an Indo-European root meaning "youth", or possibly of Etruscan origin. In Roman mythology Juno was the wife of Jupiter and the queen of the heavens. She was the protectress of marriage and women, and was also the goddess of finance.

KATIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Russian
Other Scripts: Катя (Russian)
Pronounced: KA-tyə (Russian)
Rating: 55% based on 23 votes
Italian diminutive of CATERINA, as well as a Russian variant transcription of KATYA.

KATYA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Russian
Other Scripts: Катя (Russian)
Pronounced: KA-tyə
Rating: 56% based on 25 votes
Diminutive of YEKATERINA.

KEANU
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Hawaiian
Rating: 30% based on 21 votes
Means "the cool breeze" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and anu "coolness".

KIAN (2)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Rating: 39% based on 23 votes
Variant of CIAN.

KONSTANTIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, Hungarian, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Константин (Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)
Pronounced: KAWN-stan-teen (German), kən-stun-TYEEN (Russian)
Rating: 43% based on 21 votes
Cognate of CONSTANTINE.

KURT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, English
Pronounced: KUWRT (German), KURT (English)
Rating: 38% based on 22 votes
German contracted form of CONRAD. A famous bearer was the American musician Kurt Cobain (1967-1994).

KURTIS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KUR-tis
Rating: 27% based on 22 votes
Variant of CURTIS.

LAYLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic, English
Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic)
Pronounced: LAY-lə (English)
Rating: 45% based on 23 votes
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.

LENNON
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Scottish, English (Rare)
Pronounced: LEN-ən
Rating: 26% based on 24 votes
Anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Leannáin, which means "descendant of Leannán". The name Leannán means "lover" in Gaelic. This surname was borne by musician John Lennon (1940-1980), a member of the Beatles.

LEONARDO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, History
Pronounced: le-o-NAR-do (Italian), le-o-NAR-dho (Spanish), lee-ə-NAHR-do (English)
Rating: 59% based on 24 votes
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEONARD. A notable bearer was Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is also known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the 'Mona Lisa'. Another famous bearer was Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th-century Italian mathematician. A more recent bearer is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-).

LIBBY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIB-ee
Rating: 34% based on 21 votes
Originally a medieval diminutive of Ibb, itself a diminutive of ISABEL. It is also used as a diminutive of ELIZABETH.

LINDEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIN-dən
Rating: 33% based on 25 votes
From a German surname which was derived from linde meaning "lime tree".

LOUIS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French, English, Dutch
Pronounced: LWEE (French), LOO-is (English), LOO-ee (English), loo-EE (Dutch)
Rating: 62% based on 6 votes
French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of LUDWIG. This was the name of 18 kings of France, starting with Louis I the son of Charlemagne. Others include Louis IX (Saint Louis) who led two crusades and Louis XIV (called the Sun King) who was the ruler of France during the height of its power, the builder of the Palace of Versailles, and the longest reigning monarch in the history of Europe. It was also borne by kings of Germany (as Ludwig), Hungary (as Lajos), and other places.

Apart from royalty, this name was only moderately popular in France during the Middle Ages. After the French Revolution, when Louis XVI was guillotined, it became less common.

The Normans brought the name to England, where it was usually spelled Lewis, though the spelling Louis has been more common in America. Famous bearers include French scientist Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Métis leader Louis Riel (1844-1885), who led a rebellion against Canada, Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), who wrote 'Treasure Island' and 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', and American jazz musician Louis Armstrong (1901-1971).

LOURDES
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: LOR-dhes (Spanish), LOORD (French), LOORDZ (English)
Rating: 39% based on 24 votes
From the name of a French town. It became a popular center of pilgrimage after a young girl from the town had visions of the Virgin Mary in a nearby grotto.

LUCIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: loo-CHEE-a (Italian), loo-TSEE-a (German), LOO-tsya (German), LOO-shə (English), loo-SEE-ə (English), LOO-chya (Romanian), LOO-kee-a (Classical Latin)
Rating: 64% based on 24 votes
Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus she is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.

LYRIC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: LIR-ik
Rating: 32% based on 23 votes
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).

MADDISON
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: MAD-ə-sən
Rating: 22% based on 27 votes
Variant of MADISON.

MADDOX
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: MAD-əks
Rating: 25% based on 24 votes
From a Welsh surname meaning "son of MADOC". It was brought to public attention when the actress Angelina Jolie gave this name to her adopted son in 2002.

MANDY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAN-dee
Rating: 30% based on 21 votes
Diminutive of AMANDA.

MATEO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish, Croatian
Pronounced: ma-TE-o (Spanish)
Rating: 43% based on 22 votes
Spanish form of MATTHEW. This form is also sometimes used in Croatia, from the Italian form MATTEO.

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-kha-el (German), MEE-kah-el (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
Rating: 48% based on 21 votes
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 Daniel in the Old Testament he is named as a protector of Israel. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies in the war against Satan, and is thus considered the patron saint of soldiers in Christianity.

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-).

MILO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Ancient Germanic
Pronounced: MIE-lo (English)
Rating: 59% based on 14 votes
Old Germanic form of MILES, as well as the Latinized form. This form of the name was used in official documents during the Middle Ages, and it has been used independently since the 19th century.

MOSES
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: מֹשֶׁה (Hebrew)
Pronounced: MOZ-is (English)
Rating: 27% based on 22 votes
From the Hebrew name מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh) which is most likely derived from Egyptian mes meaning "son", but could also possibly mean "deliver" in Hebrew. The meaning suggested in the Old Testament of "drew out" from Hebrew משה (mashah) is probably an invented etymology (see Exodus 2:10). The biblical Moses was drawn out of the Nile by the pharaoh's daughter and adopted into the royal family, at a time when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. With his brother Aaron he demanded the pharaoh release the Israelites, which was only done after God sent ten plagues upon Egypt. Moses led the people across the Red Sea and to Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments from God. After 40 years of wandering in the desert the people reached Canaan, the Promised Land, but Moses died just before entering it.

In England, this name has been commonly used by Christians since the Protestant Reformation, though it had long been popular among Jews.

NATALIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Pronounced: NAT-ə-lee (English), NA-ta-lee (German)
Rating: 49% based on 21 votes
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.

NOLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Irish
Pronounced: NO-lə
Rating: 47% based on 22 votes
Diminutive of MAGNOLIA, FINOLA or other names containing a similar sound.

NOLAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, English
Pronounced: NO-lan
Rating: 58% based on 23 votes
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Nualláin meaning "descendant of NUALLÁN". The baseball player Nolan Ryan (1947-) is a famous bearer of this name.

NOVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: NO-və
Rating: 47% based on 26 votes
Derived from Latin novus meaning "new". It was first used as a name in the 19th century.

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: 78% based on 5 votes
Feminine form of OCTAVIUS. Octavia was the wife of Mark Antony and the sister of Roman emperor Augustus. In 19th-century England it was sometimes given to the eighth-born child.

OLYMPIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek, Slovak
Other Scripts: Ολυμπια (Greek)
Rating: 70% based on 5 votes
Feminine form of OLYMPOS.

OMRI
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: עָמְרִי (Hebrew)
Pronounced: AWM-rie (English)
Rating: 31% based on 21 votes
Possibly means "life" or "servant" in Hebrew (or a related Semitic language). This was the name of a 9th-century BC military commander who became king of Israel. He appears in the Old Testament, where he is denounced as being wicked.

ORION
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Ωριων (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: AW-REE-AWN (Classical Greek), o-RIE-ən (English)
Rating: 64% based on 7 votes
Meaning unknown, but possibly related to Greek ‘οριον (horion) "boundary, limit". Alternatively it may be derived from Akkadian Uru-anna meaning "light of the heavens". This is the name of a constellation, which gets its name from a legendary Greek hunter killed by a scorpion sent by Gaia.

OZZY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AHZ-ee
Rating: 21% based on 24 votes
Variant of OZZIE.

RAINE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: RAYN
Rating: 43% based on 23 votes
Possibly based on the French word reine meaning "queen". A famous bearer is the British socialite Raine Spencer (1929-), the stepmother of Princess Diana. In modern times it can also be used as a variant of RAIN (1) or a short form of LORRAINE.

RHYS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh
Pronounced: HREES (Welsh), REES (English)
Rating: 61% based on 27 votes
Means "enthusiasm" in Welsh. Several Welsh rulers have borne this name.

RIO (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Japanese
Other Scripts: 莉央, 莉緒, 里桜, etc. (Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced: REE-O
Rating: 8% based on 6 votes
From Japanese (ri) meaning "white jasmine" or (ri) meaning "village" combined with (o) meaning "center", (o) meaning "thread" or (o) meaning "cherry blossom". Other kanji combinations are also possible.

RIVER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: RIV-ər
Rating: 51% based on 24 votes
From the English word that denotes a flowing body of water. The word is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Latin ripa "riverbank".

RÓNÁN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: RON-awn
Rating: 65% based on 23 votes
Means "little seal", derived from Irish rón "seal" combined with a diminutive suffix.

ROSA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Pronounced: RO-sa (Spanish), RAW-za (Italian), RAW-zu (Portuguese), RO-sah (Dutch), RO-za (German), RO-zə (English)
Rating: 43% based on 22 votes
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of ROSE, though originally it may have come from the Germanic name ROZA (2). This was the name of a 13th-century saint from Viterbo in Italy. In the English-speaking world it was first used in the 19th century. A famous bearer was civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005).

ROSALIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, German, Dutch, English
Pronounced: RAW-ZA-LEE (French), ro-za-LEE (German), RO-zə-lee (English)
Rating: 58% based on 6 votes
French, German and Dutch form of ROSALIA. In the English-speaking this name received a boost after the release of the movie 'Rosalie' (1938), which was based on an earlier musical.

ROSEMARY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: ROZ-mə-ree
Rating: 42% based on 6 votes
Combination of ROSE and MARY. This name can also be given in reference to the herb, which gets its name from Latin ros marinus meaning "dew of the sea". It came into use as a given name in the 19th century.

ROWAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish, English (Modern)
Pronounced: RO-ən (English)
Rating: 51% based on 23 votes
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning "descendant of RUADHÁN". This name can also be given in reference to the rowan tree.

SAMSON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, English, French, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: שִׁמְשׁוֹן (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: SAM-sən (English), SAHN-SAWN (French)
Rating: 30% based on 22 votes
From the Hebrew name שִׁמְשׁוֹן (Shimshon) which meant "sun". Samson was an Old Testament hero granted exceptional strength by God. His mistress Delilah betrayed him and cut his hair, stripping him of his power. Thus he was captured by the Philistines, blinded, and brought to their temple. However, in a final act of strength, he pulled down the pillars of the temple upon himself and his captors.

This name was known among the Normans due to the Welsh bishop Saint Samson, who founded monasteries in Brittany and Normandy in the 6th century. In his case, the name may have been a translation of his true Celtic name. As an English name, Samson was common during the Middle Ages, having been introduced by the Normans.

SANTIAGO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese
Pronounced: san-TYA-gho (Spanish)
Rating: 46% based on 23 votes
Means "Saint James", derived from Spanish santo "saint" combined with Yago, an old Spanish form of JAMES, the patron saint of Spain. This is the name of the capital city of Chile, as well as several other cities in the Spanish-speaking world.

SAWYER
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: SOI-ər, SAW-yər
Rating: 50% based on 26 votes
From a surname meaning "sawer of wood" in Middle English. Mark Twain used it for the hero in his novel 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876).

SHAY (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: SHAY
Rating: 26% based on 22 votes
Anglicized form of SÉAGHDHA.

SHEA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: SHAY
Rating: 30% based on 21 votes
Anglicized form of SÉAGHDHA, sometimes used as a feminine name.

SHILOH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: שִׁלוֹ, שִׁילֹה (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: SHIE-lo (English)
Rating: 30% based on 25 votes
From an Old Testament place name possibly meaning "tranquil" in Hebrew. It is also used prophetically in the Old Testament to refer to a person, often understood to be the Messiah (see Genesis 49:10). This may in fact be a mistranslation. This name was brought to public attention after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie gave it to their daughter in 2006.

SOL (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese
Rating: 37% based on 12 votes
Means "the sun" in Spanish or Portuguese.

STELLA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Dutch, German
Pronounced: STEL-ə (English)
Rating: 61% based on 24 votes
Means "star" in Latin. This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'. It was a nickname of a lover of Jonathan Swift, real name Esther Johnson (1681-1728), though it was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century. It appears in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947), belonging to the sister of Blanche DuBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski.

SUMMER
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SUM-ər
Rating: 48% based on 23 votes
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English sumor. It has been in use as a given name since the 1970s.

SYDNEY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SID-nee
Rating: 33% based on 24 votes
From a surname which was a variant of the surname SIDNEY. This is the name of the largest city in Australia, which was named for Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney in 1788. Since the 1990s this name has been mainly feminine.

TALLULAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: tə-LOO-lə
Rating: 48% based on 24 votes
Popularly claimed to mean "leaping waters" in the Choctaw language, it may actually mean "town" in the Creek language. This is the name of waterfalls in Georgia. It was borne by American actress Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968), who was named after her grandmother, who may have been named after the waterfalls.

TATUM
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: TA-təm
Rating: 35% based on 22 votes
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's homestead" in Old English.

TAYLOR
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: TAY-lər
Rating: 24% based on 24 votes
From an English surname which originally denoted someone who was a tailor, from Norman French tailleur, ultimately from Latin taliare "to cut". Its modern use as a feminine name may have been influenced by British author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).

TIAGO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Portuguese
Rating: 35% based on 22 votes
Portuguese form of JAMES, derived from SANTIAGO.

ULYSSES
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Roman Mythology, English
Pronounced: yoo-LIS-eez (American English), YOOL-i-seez (British English)
Rating: 27% based on 6 votes
Latin form of ODYSSEUS. It was borne by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War, who went on to become an American president. Irish author James Joyce used it as the title of his book 'Ulysses' (1920), which loosely parallels Homer's epic the 'Odyssey'.

WESLEY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: WES-lee, WEZ-lee
Rating: 58% based on 23 votes
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "west meadow" in Old English. It has been sometimes given in honour of John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism.

WESTON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: WES-tən
Rating: 37% based on 15 votes
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "west town" in Old English.

WILLIAM
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: WIL-yəm
Rating: 65% based on 25 votes
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 in the 11th century. 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).

WILLOW
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: WIL-o
Rating: 60% based on 25 votes
From the name of the tree, which is ultimately derived from Old English welig.

YOLANDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, English
Pronounced: yo-LAN-da (Spanish), yo-LAHN-də (English)
Rating: 27% based on 23 votes
From the medieval French name Yolande, which was probably a form of the name Violante, which was itself a derivative of Latin viola "violet". Alternatively it could be of Germanic origin.

This name was borne by a 12th-century empress of the Latin Empire in Constantinople, who was originally from Flanders. It was also used by her descendants in the royal families of Hungary (spelled Jolánta) and Spain (sometimes spelled Violante). The Blessed Yolanda of Poland was a daughter of Béla IV of Hungary who married a Polish duke. Another notable bearer was a 13th-century countess of Vianden in Luxembourg who joined a convent against her parents' wishes, later becoming the subject of medieval legend.

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