Bellula's Personal Name List
Pronounced: a-de-LEE-na (Italian), a-dhe-LEE-na (Spanish)
French feminine form of ADRIAN
Pronounced: a-LEE-thya (European Spanish), a-LEE-sya (Latin American Spanish), ə-LEE-shə (English), ə-LEE-see-ə (English)
From the English word for the tree, derived from Old English æspe
. It is also the name of a ski resort in Colorado.
Other Scripts: Αθηνη (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: ow-RO-ra (Spanish, Classical Latin), ə-RAWR-ə (English), OW-ro-rah (Finnish)
Means "dawn" in Latin. Aurora was the Roman goddess of the morning. It has occasionally been used as a given name since the Renaissance.
Other Scripts: ⴱⴰⵢⴰ (Tifinagh), باية (Arabic)
Algerian Kabyle name of unknown meaning.
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Breacáin
"descendant of Breacán
", or else directly from the English word bracken
, which refers to a coarse fern.
The real name of the fairy tale character Sleeping Beauty, i.e., the title character in the Brothers Grimm tale 'Little Briar-Rose', which comes from a combination of Briar
(referring to the bloom of a wild rose bush, or (allegorically) "a rose among thorns"). This is a translation of Dornröschen
, composed of German dorn
"thorn" and rose
"rose" combined with the diminutive suffix -chen
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow". It has been in use only since the 20th century.
Pronounced: kə-SAN-drə (English), kə-SAHN-drə (English), kas-SAN-dra (Italian), ka-SAN-dra (German)
From the Greek name Κασσανδρα (Kassandra)
, derived from possibly κεκασμαι (kekasmai)
"to excel, to shine" and ανηρ (aner)
"man" (genitive ανδρος
). In Greek myth
Cassandra was a Trojan princess, the daughter of Priam
. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo
, but when she spurned his advances he cursed her so nobody would believe her prophecies.
In the Middle Ages this name was common in England due to the popularity of medieval tales about the Trojan War. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.
Pronounced: KAS-see-a (Classical Latin), KA-shə (English), KAS-ee-ə (English)
Other Scripts: Χαρις (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: KAR-is (English)
Feminine form of CHARES
. It came into use as an English given name in the 17th century.
Pronounced: do-rah-LEE-che (Literature)
This name was probably invented by the Italian poet Ariosto, who intended it to mean "gift of the dawn" in Greek (from doron and lykè). It belongs to a Saracen princess in his epic "Orlando Furioso" (1516).
The common flower name for Leontopodium alpinum, it's derived from the German elements edel "noble" and weiß "white." The name of the flower is spelled Edelweiß in German; Edelweiss is an Anglicized spelling.
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, Czech), he-LE-na (German), he-LE-nah (Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish), khe-LE-na (Polish), HE-le-nah (Finnish), HEL-ə-nə (English)
Pronounced: HEL-en-or (English)
Borne by a character in Edmund Spenser's 1590 masterpiece, The Faerie Queene
Hellenore is the young and beautiful wife of an old miser, Malbecco. Hellenore's name is very likely meant to be an elaboration of the name Helen
, as the text implies a connection between Hellenore and Helen of Troy.
From the name of geographic places called Holland, or from surname Holland
The surname is derived from any of the eight villages named Holland, located in the counties of Essex, Lancaster and Lincoln, England. The name of the villages means "ridge land" in Old English.
The name of the region in the Netherlands is probably from Old Dutch holt lant "wood land" describing the district around Dordrecht.
The name of a leading female character from the TV show Firefly
movie created by Joss Whedon.
It is sometimes claimed to be a feminine form of the Basque masculine name Inar, with the meaning "ray of light", or a feminine name of Arabic origin with the meaning "heaven sent". Both of these origins, however, seem suspicious at best.
Pronounced: yo-HA-na (German), yo-HAHN-nah (Danish, Dutch), YO-hahn-nah (Finnish)
Latinate form of Ioanna
Formed from JO
and the popular name suffix lene
. This name was created in the 20th century.
Pronounced: joo-lee-ET, JOOL-yət
Other Scripts: χάρη
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.
Used for a character in the Japanese anime metaseries 'Mobile Suit Gundam SEED', first released in 2002. It was probably inspired by the similar-sounding phrase lunar maria
"broad, dark areas of the moon" (Latin: Maria Lunae
), ultimately from Latin luna
"moon" (compare Luna
"goddess of the moon") and mare
"sea" (plural maria
; "applied to lunar features by Galileo and used thus in 17th-century Latin works. They originally were thought to be actual seas").
Pronounced: LID-ee-ən (English), li-DEE-ən (English)
Variant of Lydia
, occasionally used in Scandinavia as a masculine form. In some cases it may be directly from the word which means "of ancient Lydia" (and also refers to "a mode of ancient Greek music, reputed to be light and effeminate").
Feminine form of MAËL
, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS
Simply means "maple" in English, derived from Old English mapulder
As a given name Maple has been occasionally found from the late 1600s onwards, on both men and women, which leads modern-day academics to the assumption that back then it was first and foremost a transferred use of the surname (which is derived from the name of the tree and originally referred to someone who lived by or near a maple tree).
In this day and age, however, Maple is almost exclusively used as a feminine name, likely influenced by the similar sound of the name Mabel
In the literary world, Maple is the name of a young girl in Robert Frost's poem entitled Maple.
Pronounced: NA-DEEN (French), na-DEE-nə (German), nə-DEEN (English)
Pronounced: NAT-ə-lee (English), NA-ta-lee (German)
From the Late Latin name Natalia
, which meant "Christmas Day" from Latin natale domini
. This was the name of the wife of the 4th-century martyr Saint
Adrian of Nicomedia. She is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church, and the name has traditionally been more common among Eastern Christians than those in the West. It was popularized in America by actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), who was born to Russian immigrants.
From the word invented by composer John Field to refer to a piece of music evocative of or appropriate to the night, . Chopin popularized the term, and it has been adapted to other literary forms. On rare occasions, used as both a given name and surname.
From the Latin word novem, meaning "nine". November was the ninth month of the Roman calendar before January and February were added around 713 BC.
It is now the eleventh month of the year.
From the traditionally English habitational surname meaning "oak clearing", from the Old English oak 'oak' and leah 'clearing'.
Possibly derived from Latin aurum "gold" or from its derivatives, Spanish oro or French or. In medieval legend Oriana was the daughter of a king of England who married the knight Amadis.
Other Scripts: سامية
Variant transcription of Samiya
Usage: Norwegian, Swedish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Slovak, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Other Scripts: Σοφια (Greek), София (Russian, Bulgarian), Софія (Ukrainian)
Pronounced: zo-FEE-a (German), so-FEE-a (Italian), soo-FEE-ə (Portuguese), saw-FEE-a (Greek), SO-fee-ah (Finnish)
Other Scripts: Ξανθη (Ancient Greek)
Derived from Greek ξανθος (xanthos)
meaning "yellow" or "fair hair". This was the name of a few minor figures in Greek mythology
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French feminine form of Zephyrinus