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".

ALICE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, French, Portuguese, Italian
Pronounced: AL-is (English), A-LEES (French), a-LEE-che (Italian)
From the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis (see ADELAIDE). This name became popular in France and England in the 12th century. It was borne by the heroine of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865) and 'Through the Looking Glass' (1871).

AMADEUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Late Roman
Pronounced: ahm-ə-DAY-əs (English), ahm-ə-DEE-əs (English)
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.

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

AURORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Romanian, Finnish, Roman Mythology
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.

CASPER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Pronounced: KAHS-pər (Dutch)
Dutch and Scandinavian form of JASPER. This is the name of a friendly ghost in a series of comic books.

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.

CHARIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Greek, English (Rare)
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.

EDGAR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: ED-gər (English), ED-GAR (French)
Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and gar "spear". This was the name of a 10th-century English king, Edgar the Peaceful. The name did not survive long after the Norman conquest, but it was revived in the 18th century, in part due to a character by this name in Sir Walter Scott's novel 'The Bride of Lammermoor' (1819), which tells of the tragic love between Edgar Ravenswood and Lucy Ashton. Famous bearers include author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), French impressionist painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917), and author Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950).

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

ELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: EL
Diminutive of ELEANOR and other names beginning with El. This name can also be given in reference to the French pronoun elle meaning "she".

EMMANUEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, French, English
Other Scripts: עִמָּנוּאֵל (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: E-MA-NWEL (French), i-MAN-yə-wəl (English), i-MAN-yəl (English)
From the Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל ('Immanu'el) meaning "God is with us", from the roots עִם ('im) meaning "with" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". This was the foretold name of the Messiah in the Old Testament. It has been used in England since the 16th century in the spellings Emmanuel and Immanuel, though it has not been widespread. The name has been more common in continental Europe, especially in Spain and Portugal (in the spellings Manuel and Manoel).

EMRYS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh
Welsh form of AMBROSE. Emrys Wledig (or Ambrosius Aurelianus) was a Romano-British military leader who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. Tales of his life were used by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth to create the character of Merlin, who he called Merlinus Ambrosius or Myrddin Emrys.

ERNEST
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, Slovene, Polish
Pronounced: UR-nəst (English), ER-NEST (French), ER-nest (Polish)
Derived from Germanic eornost meaning "serious". It was introduced to England by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century, though it did not become common until the following century. The American author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a famous bearer of the name. It was also used by Oscar Wilde for a character in his comedy 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (1895).

EZRA
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, English, Hebrew
Other Scripts: עֶזְרָא (Hebrew)
Pronounced: EZ-rə (English)
Means "help" in Hebrew. Ezra is a prophet of the Old Testament and the author of the Book of Ezra. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation. The American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was a famous bearer.

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, Czech), he-LE-na (German), he-LE-nah (Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish), khe-LE-na (Polish), HE-le-nah (Finnish), HEL-ə-nə (English)
Latinate form of HELEN.

HENDRIK
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Dutch, German, Estonian
Pronounced: HEN-drik (Dutch, German)
Dutch and Estonian cognate of HENRY.

HOLLIS
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: HAHL-is
From an English surname which was derived from Middle English holis "holly trees". It was originally given to a person who lived near a group of those trees.

INDIGO
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: IN-di-go
From the English word indigo for the purplish-blue dye or the colour. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ινδικον (Indikon) "Indic, from India".

ISMO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Finnish
Pronounced: EES-mo
Finnish form of ISHMAEL.

JENS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Pronounced: YENS (Danish)
Danish form of JOHN.

JESPER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Danish, Swedish
Pronounced: YES-pər (Danish)
Danish form of JASPER.

JOHANNES
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Late Roman
Pronounced: yo-HA-nəs (German), yo-HAHN-nəs (Dutch), yo-HAN-əs (Danish), YO-hahn-nes (Finnish)
Latin form of Ioannes (see JOHN). Notable bearers include the inventor of the printing press Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468), astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) and composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).

JONAH
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Other Scripts: יוֹנָה (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: JO-nə (English)
From the Hebrew name יוֹנָה (Yonah) meaning "dove". This was the name of a prophet swallowed by a fish, as told in the Old Testament Book of Jonah. Jonah was commanded by God to preach in Nineveh, but instead fled by boat. After being caught in a storm, the other sailors threw Jonah overboard, at which point he was swallowed. He emerged from the fish alive and repentant three days later.

Jonah's story was popular in the Middle Ages, and the Hellenized form Jonas was occasionally used in England. The form Jonah did not become common until after the Protestant Reformation.

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).

LÉONTINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: LE-AWN-TEEN
French form of LEONTINA.

LILIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian
Other Scripts: Лилия (Russian), Лілія (Ukrainian)
Pronounced: LYEE-lyi-yə (Russian)
Spanish and Italian form of LILY, as well as a Russian and Ukrainian variant transcription of LILIYA.

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.

MAGNUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Pronounced: MAHNG-nus (Swedish), MAHNG-noos (Norwegian), MAG-nəs (English)
Late Latin name meaning "great". It was borne by a 7th-century saint who was a missionary in Germany. It became popular in Scandinavia after the time of the 11th-century Norwegian king Magnus I, who was said to have been named after Charlemagne, or Carolus Magnus in Latin (however there was also a Norse name Magni). The name was borne by six subsequent kings of Norway as well as three kings of Sweden. It was imported to Scotland and Ireland during the Middle Ages.

MAKSIM
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Russian, Belarusian, Macedonian, Ukrainian
Other Scripts: Максим (Russian, Macedonian, Ukrainian), Максім (Belarusian)
Pronounced: muk-SYEEM (Russian)
Russian, Belarusian and Macedonian form of MAXIMUS, as well as a variant transliteration of Ukrainian MAKSYM.

MONET
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Various
From a French surname which was derived from either HAMON or EDMOND. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).

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

NATHANAEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: נְתַנְאֵל (Ancient Hebrew), Ναθαναηλ (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: nə-THAN-yəl (English)
From the Hebrew name נְתַנְאֵל (Netan'el) meaning "God has given", from the elements נָתַן (natan) meaning "to give" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". It is borne by several minor characters in the Old Testament, typically spelled Nethanel or Nethaneel. In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle, probably another name of the apostle called Bartholomew.

NICOLAS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French
Pronounced: NEE-KAW-LA
French form of NICHOLAS.

NOELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: no-EL
English form of NOËLLE.

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.

SOFIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Danish, Dutch, Czech
Pronounced: zo-FEE (German), so-FEE-e (Danish), so-FEE (Dutch)
Form of SOPHIE.

TABITHA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Ταβιθα (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: TAB-i-thə (English)
Means "gazelle" in Aramaic. Tabitha in the New Testament was a woman restored to life by Saint Peter. Her name is translated into Greek as Dorcas (see Acts 9:36). As an English name, Tabitha became common after the Protestant Reformation. It was popularized in the 1960s by the television show 'Bewitched', in which Tabitha (sometimes spelled Tabatha) is the daughter of the main character.

TALIESIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh, Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: tal-ee-ES-in (Welsh)
Means "shining brow", derived from Welsh tal "brow" and iesin "shining". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh poet and bard. In later Welsh legends he is portrayed as a wizard and prophet, or as a companion of King Arthur.

VALENTIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Валентин (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)
Pronounced: VA-LAHN-TEN (French), VA-len-teen (German), və-lyin-TYEEN (Russian)
Form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).

VESLEMØY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Norwegian
Means "little girl" from Norwegian vesle "little" and møy "girl". This name was created by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg for the main character in his poem 'Haugtussa' (1895).

VICTORIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Pronounced: vik-TAWR-ee-ə (English), beek-TO-rya (Spanish), vik-TO-rya (German)
Means "victory" in Latin, being borne by the Roman goddess of victory. It is also a feminine form of VICTORIUS. This name was borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from North Africa.

Though in use elsewhere in Europe, the name was very rare in the English-speaking world until the 19th century, when Queen Victoria began her long rule of Britain. She was named after her mother, who was of German royalty. Many geographic areas are named after the queen, including an Australian state and a Canadian city.

VORTIGERN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: History
Pronounced: VAWR-ti-gərn (English)
English form of GWRTHEYRN.

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.

ZACCHAEUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: Ζακχαιος (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: za-KEE-əs (English)
From Ζακχαιος (Zakchaios), the Greek form of ZACCAI. In the New Testament he is a tax collector in Jericho who gives half his possessions to charity.

ZEPHANIAH
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: צְפַנְיָה (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced: ze-fə-NIE-ə (English)
From the Hebrew name צְפַנְיָה (Tzefanyah) meaning "YAHWEH has hidden", derived from צָפַן (tzafan) meaning "to hide" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Zephaniah.

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

ZORAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Зоран (Serbian, Macedonian)
Masculine form of ZORA.
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