slight night shiver's Personal Name List

ANDROMEDA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Ανδρομεδη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: an-DRAW-mə-də (English)

Means "to think of a man" from the Greek element ανδρος (andros) "of a man" combined with μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to be mindful of". Andromeda is a constellation in the northern sky, which gets its name from a mythical Greek princess who was rescued from sacrifice by Perseus. This is also the name of a nearby galaxy, given because it resides (from our point of view) within the constellation.

BELLATRIX

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Astronomy

Means "female warrior" in Latin. This is the name of the star that marks the left shoulder of the constellation Orion.

BONNIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BAHN-ee

Means "pretty" from the Scottish word bonnie, which was itself derived from Middle French bon "good". It has been in use as an American given name since the 19th century, and it became especially popular after the movie 'Gone with the Wind' (1939), in which it was the nickname of Scarlett's daughter.

BRYNN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: BRIN

Feminine variant of BRYN

CALLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KAL-ə

From the name of a type of lily. Use of the name may also be inspired by Greek καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty".

CONN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish

Means "chief" in Irish Gaelic.

CORALIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Either a French form of KORALIA, or a derivative of Latin corallium "coral" (see CORAL).

CYAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: SIE-an

From the English word meaning "greenish blue", ultimately derived from Greek κυανος (kyanos).

CYBELE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Near Eastern Mythology (Hellenized)

Other Scripts: Κυβελη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: SIB-ə-lee (English)

Meaning unknown, possibly from Phrygian roots meaning either "stone" or "hair". This was the name of the Phrygian goddess of fertility and nature, later worshipped by the Greeks and Romans.

ESTELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: es-TEL-ə

Latinate form of ESTELLE. This was the name of the heroine, Estella Havisham, in Charles Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations' (1860).

FINLEY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Irish, Scottish, English

Anglicized form of FIONNLAGH

FINN (2)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Danish, Norwegian, Swedish

From the Old Norse name Finnr which meant "Sámi, person from Finland".

FINNEGAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English (Modern)

Pronounced: FIN-ə-gən

From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Fionnagáin meaning "descendent of Fionnagán". The name Fionnagán is a diminutive of FIONN. This was the name of a character in James Joyce's novel 'Finnegans Wake' (1939), the title of which was based on a 19th-century Irish ballad called 'Finnegan's Wake'.

GUINEVERE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arthurian Romance

Pronounced: GWIN-ə-vir (English)

From the Norman French form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar, composed of the elements gwen meaning "fair, white" and hwyfar meaning "smooth". In Arthurian legend she was the beautiful wife of King Arthur. According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, she was seduced by Mordred before the battle of Camlann, which led to the deaths of both Mordred and Arthur. According to the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, she engaged in an adulterous affair with Sir Lancelot.

The Cornish form of this name, Jennifer, has become popular in the English-speaking world.

IONE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, English

Other Scripts: Ιονη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ie-O-nee (English), IE-o-nee (English), ie-ON (English)

From Greek ιον (ion) meaning "violet flower". This was the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, though perhaps based on the Greek place name Ionia, a region on the west coast of Asia Minor.

JUNIPER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: JOON-ə-pər

From the English word for the type of tree, derived ultimately from Latin iuniperus.

KARA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Variant of CARA

LILIAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French

Pronounced: LIL-ee-ən (English)

Variant of LILLIAN

LLOYD

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LOID

From a surname which was derived from Welsh llwyd meaning "grey". The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-) is a famous bearer of this name.

LYRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Astronomy

Pronounced: LIE-rə (English), LEE-rə (English)

The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus.

NEVA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Short form of GENEVA

PHAEDRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Φαιδρα (Ancient Greek)

From the Greek Φαιδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρος (phaidros) meaning "bright". Phaedra was the daughter of Minos and the wife of Theseus in Greek mythology. Aphrodite caused her to fall in love with her stepson Hippolytos, and after she was rejected by him she killed herself.

QUINLAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: KWIN-lən

From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Caoinlean meaning "descendent of Caoinlean". The name Caoinlean means "slender" in Gaelic.

SAFFRON

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: SAF-rən

From the English word which refers either to a spice, the crocus flower from which it is harvested, or the yellow-orange colour of the spice. It is ultimately derived from Arabic زعفران (za'faran).

THORSTEN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Swedish, Danish, German

Pronounced: TAWR-sten (German)

Variant of TORSTEN

WINTER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: WIN-tər

From the English word for the season, derived from Old English winter.
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