erb816's Personal Name List

BECKETT

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: BEK-it

Personal note: 03. Beckett Sebastian

Rating: 50% based on 2 votes

From an English surname which could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".

CAMERON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KAM-rən

Personal note: 09. Cameron Michael

Rating: 55% based on 2 votes

From a Scottish surname meaning "crooked nose" from Gaelic cam "crooked" and sròn "nose".

DOMINIC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DAWM-i-nik

Personal note: 01. Dominic Edmond

Rating: 62% based on 66 votes

From the Late Latin name Dominicus meaning "of the Lord". This name was traditionally given to a child born on Sunday. Several saints have borne this name, including the 13th-century founder of the Dominican order of friars. It was in this saint's honour that the name was first used in England, starting around the 13th century. It is primarily used by Catholics.

FAYE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: FAY

Personal note: 2. Faye Evangeline

Rating: 95% based on 2 votes

Variant of FAY.

HERA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: ‘Ηρα (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: HE-RA (Classical Greek), HER-ə (English)

Personal note: 4. Hera Genevieve

Rating: 50% based on 1 vote

Uncertain meaning, possibly from either Greek ‘ηρως (heros) "hero, warrior"; ‘ωρα (hora) "period of time"; or ‘αιρεω (haireo) "to be chosen". In Greek mythology Hera was the queen of the gods, the sister and wife of Zeus. She presided over marriage and childbirth.

HUGH

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HYOO

Personal note: 04. Hugh Donovan

Rating: 73% based on 3 votes

From the Germanic element hug, meaning "heart, mind, spirit". It was common among Frankish and French nobility, being borne by Hugh Capet, a 10th-century king of France who founded the Capetian dynasty. The Normans brought the name to England and it became common there, even more so after the time of the 12th-century bishop Saint Hugh of Lincoln, who was known for his charity. This was also the name of kings of Cyprus and the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. The name is used in Ireland and Scotland as the Anglicized form of Aodh and Ùisdean.

ISAAC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin

Other Scripts: יִצְחָק (Hebrew)

Pronounced: IE-zək (English)

Personal note: 06. Isaac Harrison

Rating: 71% based on 20 votes

From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) meaning "he will laugh, he will rejoice", derived from צָחַק (tzachaq) meaning "to laugh". The Old Testament explains this meaning, by recounting that Abraham laughed when God told him that his aged wife Sarah would become pregnant with Isaac (see Genesis 17:17). When Isaac was a boy, God tested Abraham's faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son, though an angel prevented the act at the last moment. Isaac went on to become the father of Esau and Jacob with his wife Rebecca.

As an English Christian name, Isaac was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, though it was more common among Jews. It became more widespread after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers include the physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992).

JULIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Ukrainian, Ancient Roman, Biblical

Other Scripts: Юлия (Russian), Юлія (Ukrainian)

Pronounced: JOO-lee-ə (English), YOO-lya (German, Polish), YOO-lee-ah (Swedish, Danish, Finnish), KHOO-lya (Spanish), YOO-lyi-yə (Russian), YOO-lee-a (Classical Latin)

Personal note: 3. Julia Seraphine

Rating: 75% based on 4 votes

Feminine form of the Roman family name JULIUS. Among the notable women from this family were Julia Augusta (also known as Livia Drusilla), the wife of Emperor Augustus, and Julia the Elder, the daughter of Augustus and the wife of Tiberius. A person by this name has a brief mention in the New Testament. It was also borne by a few early saints and martyrs, including the patron saint of Corsica. Additionally, Shakespeare used it in his comedy 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).

It has been common as a given name in the English-speaking world only since the 18th century. A famous modern bearer is American actress Julia Roberts (1967-).

KERENSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Personal note: 8. Kerensa Josephine

Rating: 50% based on 1 vote

Means "love" in Cornish.

LYDIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Λυδια (Ancient Greek), Лѷдіа (Church Slavic)

Pronounced: LID-ee-ə (English), LUY-dya (German)

Personal note: 7. Lydia Madeleine

Rating: 83% based on 3 votes

Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

MALCOLM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Scottish, English

Pronounced: MAL-kəm

Personal note: 05. Malcolm Elliott

Rating: 54% based on 71 votes

From Scottish Máel Coluim which means "disciple of Saint COLUMBA". This was the name of four kings of Scotland starting in the 10th century, including Malcolm III, who became king after killing Macbeth, the usurper who had murdered his father. The character Malcolm in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Macbeth' (1606) is based on him. Another famous bearer was Malcolm X (1925-1965), an American civil rights leader.

MIRANDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Dutch

Pronounced: mə-RAN-də (English)

Personal note: 9. Miranda ​Willow

Rating: 53% based on 23 votes

Derived from Latin mirandus meaning "admirable, wonderful". The name was created by Shakespeare for the heroine in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), about a father and daughter stranded on an island. It did not become a common English given name until the 20th century. This is also the name of one of the moons of Uranus, named after the Shakespearian character.

NATHANIEL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Biblical

Other Scripts: נְתַנְאֵל (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: nə-THAN-yəl (English)

Personal note: 07. Nathaniel Emory

Rating: 97% based on 3 votes

Variant of NATHANAEL. It has been regularly used in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation. This has been the most popular spelling, even though the spelling Nathanael is found in most versions of the New Testament. The American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), author of 'The Scarlet Letter', was a famous bearer of this name.

NICHOLAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: NIK-ə-ləs, NIK-ləs

Personal note: 08. Nicholas Everett

Rating: 70% based on 86 votes

From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and λαος (laos) "people". Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, as well as Greece and Russia. He formed the basis for the figure known as Santa Claus (created in the 19th century from Dutch Sinterklaas), the bringer of Christmas presents.

Due to the renown of the saint, this name has been widely used in the Christian world. It has been common in England since the 12th century, though it became a bit less popular after the Protestant Reformation. The name has been borne by five popes and two czars of Russia.

OWEN (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Welsh, English

Pronounced: O-in (English)

Personal note: 0a10. Owen Edward

Rating: 95% based on 2 votes

Modern form of OWAIN.

PENELOPE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, English

Other Scripts: Πηνελοπη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: pi-NEL-ə-pee (English)

Personal note: 5. Penelope Wren

Rating: 50% based on 2 votes

Possibly derived from Greek πηνελοψ (penelops), a type of duck. Alternatively it could be from πηνη (pene) "threads, weft" and ωψ (ops) "face, eye". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of the wife of Odysseus, forced to fend off suitors while her husband is away fighting at Troy. It has occasionally been used as an English given name since the 16th century.

PERSEPHONE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Περσεφονη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: PER-SE-PO-NE (Classical Greek), pər-SEF-ə-nee (English)

Personal note: 6. Persephone Dawn

Rating: 100% based on 1 vote

Meaning unknown, probably of Pre-Greek origin, but perhaps related to Greek περθω (pertho) "to destroy" and φονη (phone) "murder". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She was abducted to the underworld by Hades, but was eventually allowed to return to the surface for part of the year. The result of her comings and goings is the changing of the seasons.

SABRINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, German

Pronounced: sə-BREEN-ə (English), sa-BREE-na (Italian), za-BREE-na (German)

Personal note: 1. Sabrina Rose

Rating: 50% based on 7 votes

Latinized form of Habren, the original Welsh name of the River Severn. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sabrina was the name of a princess who was drowned in the Severn. Supposedly the river was named for her, but it is more likely that her name was actually derived from that of the river, which is of unknown meaning. She appears as a water nymph in John Milton's masque 'Comus' (1634). It was popularized as a given name by Samuel A. Taylor's play 'Sabrina Fair' (1953) and the movie adaptation that followed it the next year.

VIVIENNE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: VEE-VYEN

Personal note: a10. Vivienne Iris

Rating: 80% based on 1 vote

French form of VIVIANA.

WESLEY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: WES-lee, WEZ-lee

Personal note: 02. Wesley Bennett

Rating: 50% based on 21 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.
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