Bellula's Personal Name List
Pronounced: a-de-LEE-na (Italian), a-dhe-LEE-na (Spanish)
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
). 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).
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.
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.
Pronounced: KAHS-pər (Dutch)
Dutch and Scandinavian form of JASPER
. This is the name of a friendly ghost in a series of comic books.
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.
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: 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).
and other names beginning with El
. This name can also be given in reference to the French pronoun elle
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
, though it has not been widespread. The name has been more common in continental Europe, especially in Spain and Portugal (in the spellings Manuel
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.
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).
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.
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: HEN-drik (Dutch, German)
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
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.
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
From the English word indigo
for the purplish-blue dye or the colour. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ινδικον (Indikon)
"Indic, from India".
Pronounced: YENS (Danish)
Pronounced: YES-pər (Danish)
Pronounced: yo-HA-nəs (German), yo-HAHN-nəs (Dutch), yo-HAN-əs (Danish), YO-hahn-nes (Finnish)
Latin form of Ioannes
). Notable bearers include the inventor of the printing press Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468), astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) and composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
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.
Pronounced: joo-lee-ET, JOOL-yət
Pronounced: LYEE-lyi-yə (Russian)
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.
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.
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
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
From a French surname which was derived from either HAMON
. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
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.
Pronounced: nə-THAN-yəl (English)
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.
Pronounced: zo-FEE (German), so-FEE-e (Danish), so-FEE (Dutch)
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.
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
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)
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).
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.
Pronounced: VAWR-ti-gərn (English)
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
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.
Pronounced: ze-fə-NIE-ə (English)
From the Hebrew name צְפַנְיָה (Tzefanyah)
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.
French feminine form of Zephyrinus
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Other Scripts: Зоран (Serbian, Macedonian)