Bellula's Personal Name List

ADELINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, German, Bulgarian, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Аделина Bulgarian
Pronounced: a-de-LEE-na Italian
a-dhe-LEE-na Spanish
From a Latinized Germanic name which was derived from the element adal meaning "noble".

ADRIENNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: A-DREE-YEN
French feminine form of ADRIAN.

AINSLIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: AYNZ-lee
Variant of AINSLEY.

ALICIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, English, Swedish
Pronounced: a-LEE-thya European Spanish
a-LEE-sya Latin American Spanish
ə-LEE-shə English
ə-LEE-see-ə English
Latinized form of ALICE.

ARIANNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: A-RYAN
Variant of ARIANE.

ASPEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: AS-pən
From the English word for the tree, derived from Old English æspe. It is also the name of a ski resort in Colorado.

ATHENE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology
Other Scripts: Αθηνη Ancient Greek
Variant of ATHENA.

AURORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Romanian, Finnish, Roman Mythology
Pronounced: ow-RO-ra SpanishClassical 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.

BAYA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Berber, Northern African
Other Scripts: ⴱⴰⵢⴰ (Berber Tifinagh)
Kabyle name of unknown meaning.

BRACKEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
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.

BRIAR-ROSE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature
Pronounced: BRIE-ər-ROZ
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 and Rose (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.

CADENCE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: KAY-dəns
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow". It has been in use only since the 20th century.

CASSANDRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Κασσανδρα Ancient Greek
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 and Hecuba. 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.

CASSIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Roman
Pronounced: KAS-see-a Classical Latin
KA-shə English
KAS-ee-ə English
Feminine form of CASSIUS.

CHARIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Greek, English (Rare)
Other Scripts: Χαρις Ancient Greek
Pronounced: KAR-!s English
Feminine form of CHARES. It came into use as an English given name in the 17th century.

DANILYN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Filipino
Combination of Dani (1) and Lynn.

DORALICE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature, Italian
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).

EDELWEISS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AY-dəl-wies
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.

ELIŠKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak diminutive of ELIZABETH.

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 GermanCzech
he-LE-na German
he-LE-nah DutchSwedishNorwegianDanish
khe-LE-na Polish
HE-le-nah Finnish
HEL-ə-nə English
Latinate form of HELEN.

HELLENORE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare), Literature
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.

HOLLAND
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (American, Rare)
Pronounced: HAH-lənd
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.

INARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Portuguese (Brazilian), Popular Culture
The name of a leading female character from the TV show Firefly and Serenity 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.

JOHANNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian, English, Late Roman
Pronounced: yo-HA-na German
yo-HAHN-nah DanishDutch
YO-hahn-nah Finnish
Latinate form of Ioanna (see JOANNA).

JOLENE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: jo-LEEN
Formed from JO and the popular name suffix lene. This name was created in the 20th century.

JOSIANE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: ZHO-ZYAN
Diminutive of JOSÉPHINE.

JULIET
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: joo-lee-ET
, JOOL-yət
Anglicized form of JULIETTE or GIULIETTA. This spelling was first used by Shakespeare for the lover of Romeo in his play 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).

KAJSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Pronounced: KIE-sah
Swedish diminutive of KATARINA.

KARIANNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Norwegian
Combination of Kari and Anne.

KARIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: χάρη
Pronounced: Ka-reese
Variant of Charis or Carys.

LILIANNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French (Rare)
Pronounced: LEE-LYAN
Variant of LILIANE.

LUNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Roman Mythology, Italian, Spanish, English
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.

LUNAMARIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Popular Culture
Pronounced: LOO-nah-mah-REE-ah
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").

LYDIAN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare), Scandinavian
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").

MAËLYS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MA-E-LEES
Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.

MAPLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: American (Rare), Literature
Simply means "maple" in English, derived from Old English mapulder "maple tree".
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.

MARCELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MAR-SU-LEEN
French feminine form of MARCELLINUS.

MORGANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: mawr-GAN-ə
Feminine form of MORGAN (1).

NADINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, German, English
Pronounced: NA-DEEN French
na-DEE-nə German
nə-DEEN English
French elaborated form of NADIA (1).

NATALIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
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.

NOCTURNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: NAHK-turn
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.

NOVEMBER
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: nov-EHM-ber
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.

OAKLEY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: OK-lee
From the traditionally English habitational surname meaning "oak clearing", from the Old English oak 'oak' and leah 'clearing'.

ORIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish
Pronounced: o-RYA-na
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.

ORIANE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: AW-RYAN
French form of ORIANA.

SAMIYAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: سامية
Variant transcription of Samiya.

SOFIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Norwegian, Swedish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Slovak, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Other Scripts: Σοφια Greek София RussianBulgarian Софія Ukrainian
Pronounced: zo-FEE-a German
so-FEE-a Italian
soo-FEE-ə Portuguese
saw-FEE-a Greek
SO-fee-ah Finnish
Form of SOPHIA.

XANTHE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
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.

ZÉPHYRINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French (Rare)
French feminine form of Zephyrinus (see ZEFERINO).
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