Paris44's Personal Name List

ACACIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-KAY-shə

From the name of a type of tree, ultimately deriving from Greek ακη (ake) "thorn, point".

ALEXA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ə-LEK-sə

Short form of ALEXANDRA

ALI (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Arabic, Persian, Pakistani, Urdu, Pashto

Other Scripts: عليّ (Arabic), علی (Persian, Urdu), علي (Pashto)

Pronounced: ‘ah-LEE: (Arabic)

Means "lofty, sublime" in Arabic. Ali was a cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and the fourth caliph to rule the Muslim world. His followers were the original Shiite Muslims, who regard him as the first rightful caliph.

This name is borne by the hero in 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves', the tale of a man who finds the treasure trove of a band of thieves. Another famous bearer is the boxer Muhammad Ali (1942-), who changed his name from Cassius Clay upon his conversion to Islam.

ALIX

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Medieval French variant of ALICE

ALLEGRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare), Italian (Rare)

Pronounced: ə-LEG-rə (English), ahl-LE-grah (Italian)

Means "cheerful, lively" in Italian. It is not a traditional Italian name. It was borne by a short-lived illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron.

ANYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian

Other Scripts: Аня (Russian)

Russian diminutive of ANNA

ASTRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: AS-trə

Means "star", ultimately from Greek αστηρ (aster). This name has only been (rarely) used since the 20th century.

AVA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AY-və

Variant of EVE. A famous bearer was the American actress Ava Gardner (1922-1990).

AVALON

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: AV-ə-lahn

From the name of the island paradise to which King Arthur was brought after his death. The name of this island is perhaps related to Welsh afal meaning "apple", a fruit which was often linked with paradise.

AVERY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AY-vər-ee, AYV-ree

From a surname which was itself derived from the Norman French form of the given names ALBERICH or ALFRED.

AVI

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: אֲבִי (Hebrew)

Means "my father" in Hebrew. It is also a diminutive of AVRAHAM or AVIRAM.

AVIVA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: אֲבִיבָה (Hebrew)

Pronounced: ah-VEEV-ah

Feminine variant of AVIV

AVRIL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French (Rare), English (Rare)

Pronounced: av-REEL (French), AV-ril (English)

French form of APRIL

BELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BEL-ə

Personal note: This is what I am gonna name my future daughter

Short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful".

BIJOU

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Various

Means "jewel" in French.

BLAIR

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Scottish, English

From a Scottish surname which is derived from Gaelic blár meaning "plain, field, battlefield".

BLAISE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French

Pronounced: BLEZ

From the Roman name Blasius which meant "lisping" from Latin blaesus. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662).

BLAKE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BLAYK

From a surname which was derived from Old English blæc "black" or blāc "pale". A famous bearer of the surname was the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).

BRANDI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BRAN-dee

Variant of BRANDY

BRENNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BREN-ə

Possibly a variant of BRENDA or a feminine form of BRENNAN.

BRENTON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BREN-tən

From a surname which was derived from an English place name which meant "Bryni's town". Bryni was Old English name meaning "fire".

BRETT

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BRET

From a Middle English surname meaning "a Breton", referring to an inhabitant of Brittany. A famous bearer is the American football quarterback Brett Favre (1969-).

BRIAR

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: BRIE-ər

From the English word for the thorny plant.

BRIDGET

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, English, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: BRIJ-ət (English)

Anglicized form of the Irish name Brighid which means "exalted one". In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, the daughter of the god Dagda. In the 5th century it was borne by Saint Brigid, the founder of a monastery at Kildare and a patron saint of Ireland. Because of the saint, the name was considered sacred in Ireland, and it did not come into general use there until the 17th century. In the form Birgitta this name has been common in Scandinavia, made popular by the 14th-century Saint Birgitta of Sweden, patron saint of Europe.

BRÎSKA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Kurdish

Means "glitter" in Kurdish.

BRITTANY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BRIT-nee, BRIT-ə-nee

From the name of the region in the northwest of France, called in French Bretagne. It was named for the Briton settlers who fled to that area after the Anglo-Saxon invasion of England. As a given name, it first came into common use in America in the 1970s.

BRODY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BRO-dee

From an Irish surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "ditch" in Gaelic.

BUFFY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: BUF-ee

Diminutive of ELIZABETH, from a child's pronunciation of the final syllable. It is now associated with the main character from the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003).

CALISTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Pronounced: kə-LIS-tə (English), kah-LEE-stah (Spanish)

Feminine form of CALLISTUS. As an English name it might also be a variant of KALLISTO.

CALLIOPE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Καλλιοπη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: kə-LIE-ə-pee (English)

Latinized form of KALLIOPE

CALYPSO

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Καλυψω (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: kə-LIP-so (English)

From Greek Καλυψω (Kalypso) which probably meant "she that conceals", derived from καλυπτω (kalypto) "to cover, to conceal". In Greek myth this was the name of the nymph who fell in love with Odysseus after he was shipwrecked on her island of Ogygia. When he refused to stay with her she detained him for seven years until Zeus ordered her to release him.

CAMBRIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Various

Pronounced: KAM-bree-ə (English)

Latin form of the Welsh Cymru, the Welsh name for the country of Wales, derived from cymry meaning "the people". It is occasionally used as a given name in modern times.

CAPRICE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

From the English word meaning "impulse", ultimately (via French) from Italian capriccio.

CARMELA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Spanish

Pronounced: kahr-ME-lah

Italian and Spanish form of CARMEL

CASSIDY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAS-i-dee

From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Caiside meaning "descendent of CAISIDE".

CEDAR

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: SEE-dər

From the English word for the coniferous tree, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κεδρος (kedros).

CELESTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, English

Pronounced: che-LE-ste (Italian), sə-LEST (English)

Italian feminine and masculine form of CAELESTIS. It is also the English feminine form.

CHANEL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: shə-NEL

From a French surname which meant "pipe". It has been used as an American given name since 1970s, influenced by the Chanel brand name (a line of women's clothing and perfume), which was named for French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971).

CHARLOTTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch

Pronounced: shar-LOT (French), SHAHR-lət (English), shahr-LAW-tə (German), shahr-LAWT-tə (Dutch)

French feminine diminutive of CHARLES. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. A notable bearer was Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), the eldest of the three Bronte sisters and the author of 'Jane Eyre' and 'Villette'.

CHER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SHER

Short form of CHERYL. In the case of the American musician Cher (1946-), it is short for her real name CHERILYN.

CLARISSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, Portuguese

Pronounced: klə-RIS-ə (English)

Latinate form of CLARICE

CLARITY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: KLER-i-tee, KLAR-i-tee

Simply means "clarity, lucidity" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clarus "clear".

CLOVER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: KLO-vər

From the English word for the wild flower, ultimately deriving from Old English clafre.

CORALIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

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

CORYNN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Variant of CORINNE

CYAN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: SIE-an

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

CYMBELINE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Literature

Pronounced: SIM-bə-leen (English)

Form of CUNOBELINUS used by Shakespeare in his play 'Cymbeline' (1609).

DAKOTA

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: də-KO-tə

Means "allies, friends" in the Dakota language. This is the name of a Native American people of the northern Mississippi valley.

DEIRDRE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Irish, Irish Mythology

Pronounced: DEER-drə (English), DEER-dree (English), DER-dre (Irish)

From the older Gaelic form Derdriu, meaning unknown, possibly derived from a Celtic word meaning "woman". This was the name of a tragic character in Irish legend who died of a broken heart after Conchobhar, the king of Ulster, forced her to be his bride and killed her lover Naoise.

It has only been commonly used as a given name since the 20th century, influenced by two plays featuring the character: William Butler Yeats' 'Deirdre' (1907) and J. M. Synge's 'Deirdre of the Sorrows' (1910).

DELIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, Spanish, Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Δηλια (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: DEEL-ee-ə (English), DEEL-yə (English), DEL-yah (Italian, Spanish)

Means "of Delos" in Greek. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis, given because she and her twin brother Apollo were born on the island of Delos. The name appeared in several poems of the 16th and 17th centuries, and it has occasionally been used as a given name since that time.

DELILAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, English

Other Scripts: דְּלִילָה (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: di-LIE-lə (English)

Means "delicate, weak, languishing" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is the lover of Samson, whom she betrays to the Philistines by cutting his hair, which is the source of his power. Despite her character flaws, the name began to be used by the Puritans in the 17th century. It has been used occasionally in the English-speaking world since that time.

DELTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: DEL-tə

From the name of the fourth letter in the Greek alphabet, Δ. It is also the name for an island formed at the mouth of a river.

DESDEMONA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Literature

Pronounced: dez-də-MON-ə (English)

Derived from Greek δυσδαιμων (dysdaimon) meaning "ill-fated". This was the name of the murdered wife of Othello in Shakespeare's play 'Othello' (1603).

DÉSIRÉE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

French form of DESIDERATA. In part it is directly from the French word meaning "desired, wished".

EDAN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, Scottish

Variant of AIDAN

ELECTRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Other Scripts: Ηλεκτρα (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ə-LEKT-rə (English)

Latinized form of Greek Ηλεκτρα (Elektra), derived from ηλεκτρον (elektron) meaning "amber". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and the sister of Orestes. She helped her brother kill their mother and her lover Aegisthus in vengeance for Agamemnon's murder.

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".

ELOISE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: EL-o-eez, el-o-EEZ

From the Old French name Héloïse, which is probably from the Germanic name Helewidis, composed of the elements heil "hale, healthy" and wid "wide". It is sometimes associated with the Greek word ‘ηλιος (helios) "sun" or the name Louise, though there is not likely an etymological connection. This name was borne in the 12th century by Saint Eloise, the wife of the French theologian Peter Abelard. She became a nun after her husband was castrated by her uncle.

There was a medieval English form of this name, Helewis, though it died out after the 13th century. In the 19th century it was revived in the English-speaking world in the form Eloise.

EMERSON

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: EM-ər-sən

From an English surname meaning "son of EMERY". The surname was borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American writer and philosopher who wrote about transcendentalism.

EMMETT

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: EM-it

From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name EMMA.

ESSENCE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ES-ənts

From the English word essence which means either "odour, scent" or else "fundamental quality". Ultimately it derives from Latin esse "to be".

EVANDER (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology

Other Scripts: Ευανδρος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ee-VAN-dər (English), ə-VAN-dər (English)

Variant of Evandrus, Latin form of the Greek name Ευανδρος (Euandros) which meant "good man", derived from Greek ευ "good" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Roman mythology Evander was an Arcadian hero of the Trojan War who founded the city of Pallantium near the spot where Rome was later built.

EVANGELINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ə-VAN-jə-leen

Means "good news" from Greek ευ "good" and αγγελμα (angelma) "news, message". It was (first?) used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic poem 'Evangeline' (1847). It also appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852) as the full name of the character Eva.

EVE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, French, Biblical

Other Scripts: חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: EEV (English), EV (French)

From the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah), which was derived from the Hebrew word חוה (chawah) "to breathe" or the related word חיה (chayah) "to live". According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis, Eve and Adam were the first humans. She gave the forbidden fruit to Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Despite this potentially negative association, the name was occasionally used during the Middle Ages. In the English-speaking world both Eve and the Latin form Eva were revived in the 19th century.

EVELYN

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English, German

Pronounced: EV-ə-lin (English), EV-lin (English)

From an English surname which was derived from the given name AVELINE. In the 17th century when it was first used as a given name it was more common for boys, but it is now regarded as mainly feminine due to association with the related name Evelina.

FAE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: FAY

Variant of FAY

FERENC

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Hungarian

Pronounced: FE-rents

Hungarian form of FRANCIS

FINN (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish Mythology, Irish

Older Irish form of FIONN. This is also the usual Anglicized spelling of the name. As a surname it is borne by Huckleberry Finn, a character in Mark Twain's novels.

FIZZA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic

Other Scripts: فضّة (Arabic)

Variant transcription of FIDDA

FLORA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Italian, Roman Mythology

Pronounced: FLAWR-ə (English), FLO-rah (German)

Derived from Latin flos meaning "flower". Flora was the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, the wife of Zephyr the west wind. It has been used as a given name since the Renaissance, starting in France. In Scotland it was sometimes used as an Anglicized form of Fionnghuala.

GALA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian

Other Scripts: Гала (Russian)

Short form of GALINA

GAVIN

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish

Pronounced: GAV-in (English)

Medieval form of GAWAIN. Though it died out in England, it was reintroduced from Scotland in the 20th century.

GEMMA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Catalan, English (British), Dutch

Pronounced: JEM-mah (Italian), JEM-ə (English)

Medieval Italian nickname meaning "gem, precious stone". It was borne by the wife of the 13th-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

GENEVIÈVE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: zhe-nə-VYEV, zhawn-VYEV

From Genovefa, a Gaulish name possibly meaning "tribe woman". Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, inspired the city to resist the Huns in the 5th century.

GEORGINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Dutch, German, Spanish

Pronounced: jor-JEE-nə (English)

Feminine form of GEORGE

GISELLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English (Modern)

Pronounced: zhee-ZEL (French), ji-ZEL (English)

Derived from the Germanic word gisil meaning "hostage" or "pledge". This name may have originally been a descriptive nickname for a child given as a pledge to a foreign court. It was borne by a daughter of the French king Charles III who married the Norman leader Rollo in the 10th century. The name was popular in France during the Middle Ages (the more common French form is Gisèle). Though it became known in the English-speaking world due to Adolphe Adam's ballet 'Giselle' (1841), it was not regularly used until the 20th century.

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.

GWENDOLEN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Pronounced: GWEN-də-lin (English)

Means "white ring", derived from the Welsh elements gwen "white, fair, blessed" and dolen "ring". This was the name of a mythical queen of the Britons who defeated her husband in battle, as told by Geoffrey of Monmouth.

HADLEY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HAD-lee

From an English surname which was derived from a place name meaning "heather field" in Old English.

HAYLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: HAY-lee

Variant of HAYLEY

HAZEL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HAY-zəl

From the English word hazel for the tree or the light brown colour, derived ultimately from Old English hæsel. It was coined as a given name in the 19th century.

HOLLY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: HAHL-ee

From the English word for the holly tree, ultimately derived from Old English holen.

HONEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: HUN-ee

Simply from the English word honey, ultimately from Old English hunig. This was originally a nickname for a sweet person.

HONOUR

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: AHN-ər

From the English word honour, which is of Latin origin. This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century. It can also be viewed as a form of HONORIA or HONORATA, which are ultimately derived from the same source.

INDIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: IN-dee-ə

From the name of the country, which is itself derived from the name of the Indus River. The river's name is ultimately from Sanskrit सिन्धु (Sindhu) meaning "body of trembling water, river".

INNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian

Other Scripts: Инна (Russian)

Pronounced: EE-nah

Meaning unknown, perhaps originally a short form of names ending in ина (ina).

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.

IRIS

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish

Other Scripts: Ιρις (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: IE-ris (English), EE-ris (German, Dutch), EE-rees (Finnish)

Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow. This name can also be given in reference to the English word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the name of the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.

IVONA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Macedonian

Czech, Slovak, Croatian and Macedonian form of YVONNE

IVORY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: African American

Pronounced: IE-və-ree, IEV-ree

From the English word for the hard, creamy-white substance which comes from elephant tusks and was formerly used to produce piano keys.

IVY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: IE-vee

From the English word for the climbing plant that has small yellow flowers. It is ultimately derived from Old English ifig.

IXCHEL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Mayan Mythology

Means "rainbow lady" in Mayan. She was the Mayan goddess of the earth, the moon, and medicine. She was often depicted with a snake in her hair and crossbones embroidered on her skirt.

JACINTHA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch (Rare)

Pronounced: yah-SIN-tah

Latinate form of JACINTHE

JANESSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: jə-NES-ə

Elaborated form of JANE, influenced by VANESSA.

JASPER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Dutch, Judeo-Christian Legend

Pronounced: JAS-pər (English), YAHS-pər (Dutch)

Means "treasurer" in Persian. This name was traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus. It has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since the Middle Ages. The name can also be given in reference to the English word for the gemstone.

JAYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: JAY-lə

Combination of JAY (1) and the popular name suffix la.

JAZMINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: JAZ-min

Variant of JASMINE

JERICHO

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: יְרֵחוֹ (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: JER-i-ko (English)

From the name of a city in Israel which is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain, but it may be related to the Hebrew word יָרֵחַ (yareach) meaning "moon", or otherwise to the Hebrew word רֵיחַ (reyach) meaning "fragrant".

JESSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JES-ə

Diminutive of JESSICA

JEZEBEL

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: אִיזֶבֶל (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: JEZ-ə-bel (English)

From the Hebrew אִיזֶבֶל ('Izevel) which probably means "where is the prince?", a ritual question spoken in ceremonies honouring Baal. Alternatively, it may mean "not exalted". In the Old Testament Jezebel is the evil wife of Ahab, king of Israel. She is eaten by dogs, fulfilling Elijah's prophecy.

JOANN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JON, jo-AN

Variant of JOAN (1)

JODIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: JO-dee

Feminine variant of JODY

JOELLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Feminine form of JOEL

JOLIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Various

Pronounced: JO-lee (English), zho-LEE (French)

Means "pretty" in French. This name was popularized by American actress Angelina Jolie (1975-), whose surname was originally her middle name. It is not used as a given name in France.

JOVE

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: Roman Mythology (Anglicized)

Pronounced: JOV (English)

From Latin Iovis, derived from the stem of Iuppiter (see JUPITER). This was another name of the Roman god Jupiter.

JULIETTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: zhoo-lee-ET

French diminutive of JULIE

JUNIPER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: JOON-ə-pər

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

KAI (3)

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Hawaiian

Means "sea" in Hawaiian.

KALI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian, Hinduism

Other Scripts: काली (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Pronounced: KAH-lee

Means "the black one" in Sanskrit. The Hindu goddess Kali is the fierce destructive form of the wife of Shiva. She is usually depicted with black skin and four arms, holding a severed head and brandishing a sword.

KAYLEE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KAY-lee

Combination of KAY (1) and the popular name suffix lee.

KEELY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KEE-lee

From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Caolaidhe meaning "descendent of Caoladhe". The given name Caoladhe is derived from the Gaelic word caol "slender".

KELILA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: כְּלִילָה (Hebrew)

Means "crown of laurel" in Hebrew.

KENDRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KEN-drə

Feminine form of KEN (1) or KENDRICK

KENZIE

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KEN-zee

Short form of MACKENZIE

KOLBY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KOL-bee

Variant of COLBY

KOURTNEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: KORT-nee

Variant of COURTNEY

KYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KIE-lə

Feminine form of KYLE

KYRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: KIE-rə, KEE-rə

Variant of KIRA (2), sometimes considered a feminine form of CYRUS.

LANDON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LAN-dən

From a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "long hill" (effectively meaning "ridge"). Use of the name may have been inspired in part by the actor Michael Landon (1936-1991).

LANI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hawaiian

Means "sky, heaven, royal, majesty" in Hawaiian.

LAUREN

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LAWR-ən

Variant or feminine form of LAURENCE (1). Originally a masculine name, it was first popularized as a feminine name by actress Betty Jean Perske (1924-), who used Lauren Bacall as her stage name.

LAVENDER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

From the English word for the aromatic flower or the pale purple colour.

LAYLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Arabic, English

Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic)

Pronounced: LAY-lə (English)

Means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet known as Qays. The story of Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. The name became used in the English-speaking world after the 1970 release of the song 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which was inspired by the medieval story.

LEIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Λεια (Ancient Greek)

Form of LEAH used in the Greek Old Testament.

LEXI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LEKS-ee

Diminutive of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS

LIAM

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Irish, English

Pronounced: LEE-əm (English)

Irish short form of WILLIAM

LILA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: लीला (Hindi)

Means "play, amusement" in Sanskrit.

LILIYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian

Other Scripts: Лилия (Russian, Bulgarian), Лілія (Ukrainian)

Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian cognate of LILY

LILY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIL-ee

From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.

LINDSAY

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish

Pronounced: LINDZ-ee

From an English and Scottish surname which was originally derived from the name of the region Lindsey, which means "LINCOLN island" in Old English. As a given name it was usually masculine until the 1970s, when it became popular for girls, probably due to its similarity to Linda and because of American actress Lindsay Wagner (1949-).

LIVIA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: LIV-ee-ə

Short form of OLIVIA

LIVIANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian, Ancient Roman

Pronounced: lee-VYAH-nah (Italian)

Feminine form of the Roman family name Livianus, which was itself derived from the family name LIVIUS.

LIVIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech

Czech feminine form of LIVIUS

LIVVY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Diminutive of OLIVIA

LUNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Roman Mythology

Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.

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.

LYRIC

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: LIR-ik

Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).

MADISON

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAD-i-sən

From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie 'Splash' (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. A famous bearer of the surname was James Madison (1751-1836), one of the authors of the American constitution who later served as president.

MARGARITA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Late Roman

Other Scripts: Маргарита (Russian, Bulgarian)

Pronounced: mahr-gah-REE-tah (Spanish, Russian)

Latinate form of MARGARET. This is also a Latin word meaning "pearl" and a Spanish word meaning "daisy flower" (species Leucanthemum vulgare).

MARILYNN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MER-ə-lin, MER-lin, MAR-ə-lin, MAR-lin

Variant of MARILYN

MARLYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAHR-lin

Variant of MARILYN

MASON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MAY-sən

From an English surname meaning "stoneworker", from an Old French word of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").

MAYBELLINE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Diminutive of MABEL

MCKENNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: mə-KEN-ə

From the Gaelic surname Mac Cionaodha, which means "son of CIONAODH".

MCKENZIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: mə-KEN-zee

Variant of MACKENZIE

MERCURY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Roman Mythology (Anglicized)

Pronounced: MURK-yə-ree (English)

From the Latin Mercurius, probably derived from Latin mercari "to trade" or merces "wages". This was the name of the Roman god of trade, merchants, and travellers, later equated with the Greek god Hermes. This is also the name of the first planet in the solar system.

MIKA (1)

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Finnish

Pronounced: MEE-kah

Finnish short form of MIKAEL

MYRTLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MUR-təl

Simply from the English word myrtle for the evergreen shrub, ultimately from Greek μυρτος (myrtos). It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.

NADIA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian

Pronounced: NAD-yə (English), NAHD-yə (English)

Variant of NADYA (1) used in the Western world, as well as a variant transcription of the Slavic name. It began to be used in France in the 19th century. The name received a boost in popularity due to the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci (1961-).

NICOLETTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Diminutive of NICOLE

NIKE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Νικη (Ancient Greek)

Means "victory" in Greek. Nike was the Greek goddess of victory.

NIKOLAI

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Russian, Bulgarian

Other Scripts: Николай (Russian, Bulgarian)

Pronounced: nee-kah-LIE (Russian)

Variant transcription of NIKOLAY

NOËLLE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: no-EL

Feminine form of NOËL

NOÉMIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: no-ay-MEE

French form of NAOMI (1)

NONA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Ancient Roman (Rare)

Feminine form of NONUS. It was also used in 19th-century England, derived directly from Latin nonus "ninth" and traditionally given to the ninth-born child.

NORA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Irish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Italian

Pronounced: NAWR-ə (English), NO-rah (German)

Short form of HONORA or ELEANOR. Henrik Ibsen used it for a character in his play 'A Doll's House' (1879).

ODETTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: o-DET

French diminutive of ODA or ODILIA. This is the name of a princess who has been transformed into a swan in the ballet 'Swan Lake' (1877) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

OFELIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Italian

Pronounced: o-FE-lyah

Spanish and Italian form of OPHELIA

OKSANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Ukrainian, Russian

Other Scripts: Оксана (Ukrainian, Russian)

Pronounced: ahk-SAH-nah (Russian)

Ukrainian form of XENIA

ONA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Lithuanian

Lithuanian form of ANNA

PANDORA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Πανδωρα (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: pan-DAWR-ə (English)

Means "all gifts", derived from a combination of Greek παν (pan) "all" and δωρον (doron) "gift". In Greek mythology Pandora was the first mortal woman. Zeus gave her a jar containing all of the troubles and ills that mankind now knows, and told her not to open it. Unfortunately her curiosity got the best of her and she opened it, unleashing the evil spirits into the world.

PANSY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PAN-zee

From the English word for a type of flower, ultimately deriving from Old French pensee "thought".

PARIS (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Various

Pronounced: PER-is (English), PAR-is (English)

From the name of the capital city of France, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.

PARISA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Persian

Other Scripts: پریسا (Persian)

Means "like a fairy" in Persian.

PAXTON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: PAKS-tən

From a surname which was derived from an English place name meaning "Pœcc's town". Pœcc is an Old English name of unknown meaning.

PENNY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PEN-ee

Diminutive of PENELOPE

PERPETUA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish, Late Roman

Pronounced: per-PE-twah (Spanish)

Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.

PERSEPHONE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek Mythology

Other Scripts: Περσεφονη (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: pər-SEF-ə-nee (English)

Meaning unknown, 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.

PETRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English

Other Scripts: Πετρα (Greek), Петра (Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian)

Pronounced: PET-rah (Finnish), PET-rə (English)

Feminine form of PETER. This was also the name of an ancient city in the region that is now Jordan.

PEYTON

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PAY-tən

From an English surname, originally a place name meaning "PÆGA's town". A famous bearer was Peyton Randolph (1721-1775), the first president of the Continental Congress. It is also borne by American football quarterback Peyton Manning (1976-).

PHOENIX

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: FEE-niks

From the name of a beautiful immortal bird which appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years. The name of the bird was derived from Greek φοινιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".

PILAR

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish

Pronounced: pee-LAHR

Means "pillar" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María del Pilar, meaning "Mary of the Pillar". According to legend, when Saint James the Greater was in Saragossa in Spain, the Virgin Mary appeared on a pillar.

PIPER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: PIEP-ər

From a surname which was originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute). It was popularized as a given name by a character from the television series 'Charmed', which debuted in 1998.

PIPPA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PIP-ə

Diminutive of PHILIPPA

POLLY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PAHL-ee

Medieval variant of MOLLY. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.

POMONA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Roman Mythology

From Latin pomus "fruit tree". This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.

PORSCHE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: PAWR-shə

From the name of the German car company, which was founded by Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951). His surname is derived from the given name BORIS.

PORTIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PAWR-shə

Variant of Porcia, the feminine form of the Roman family name PORCIUS, used by William Shakespeare for the heroine of his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). In the play Portia is a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to defend Antonio in court. It is also the name of a moon of Uranus, after the Shakespearian character.

POSY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PO-zee

Diminutive of JOSEPHINE. It can also be inspired by the English word posy for a bunch of flowers.

PRIMROSE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: PRIM-roz

From the English word for the flower, ultimately deriving from Latin prima rosa "first rose".

PRISCA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Biblical, Dutch, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin

Pronounced: PRIS-kə (English)

Feminine form of Priscus, a Roman family name which meant "ancient" in Latin. This name appears in the epistles in the New Testament, referring to Priscilla the wife of Aquila.

PRIYA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian, Hinduism

Other Scripts: प्रिया (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Means "beloved" in Sanskrit. In Hindu legend this is the name of a daughter of King Daksha.

PRU

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PROO

Short form of PRUDENCE

PRUDENCE

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English, French

Pronounced: PROO-dənts (English)

Medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of PRUDENTIUS. In France it is both the feminine form and a rare masculine form. In England it was used during the Middle Ages and was revived in the 17th century by the Puritans, in part from the English word prudence, ultimately of the same source.

RAELYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: RAY-lin

Combination of RAE and the popular name suffix lyn.

REAGAN

Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English, Irish

Pronounced: RAY-gən

From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ríagáin meaning "descendent of RIAGÁN". This surname was borne by American president Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).

RIKKI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: RIK-ee

Feminine form of RICKY

RILEY

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: RIE-lee

From a surname which comes from two distinct sources. As an Irish surname it is a variant of REILLY. As an English surname it is derived from a place name meaning "rye clearing" in Old English.

RIO (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Japanese

Other Scripts: 莉央, 莉緒, 里桜 (Japanese)

Pronounced: ṙee-o

From Japanese 莉 (ri) "jasmine" or 里 (ri) "village" combined with 央 (o) "center", 緒 (o) "thread" or 桜 (ou) "cherry blossom".

RONI (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: רוֹנִי (Hebrew)

Means "my joy" or "my song" in Hebrew.

ROSALIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, German, English

Pronounced: ro-za-LEE (French), RO-zə-lee (English)

French and German form of ROSALIA. In the English-speaking this name received a boost after the release of the movie 'Rosalie' (1938), which was based on an earlier musical.

ROSETTA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Italian

Pronounced: ro-ZET-tah

Italian diminutive of ROSA (1)

ROSETTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

French diminutive of ROSE

ROXANA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Spanish, Romanian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)

Pronounced: rahk-SAN-ə (English), rok-SAHN-ah (Spanish)

Latin form of Ρωξανη (Roxane), the Greek form of the Persian or Bactrian name روشنک (Roshanak) which meant "bright" or "dawn". This was the name of Alexander the Great's first wife, a daughter of the Bactrian nobleman Oxyartes. In the modern era it came into use during the 17th century. In the English-speaking world it was popularized by Daniel Defoe, who used it in his novel 'Roxana' (1724).

ROXY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: RAHK-see

Diminutive of ROXANA

RUNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Norwegian, Danish, Swedish

Feminine form of RUNE

SÄDE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Finnish

Pronounced: SA-de

Means "ray of light" in Finnish.

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).

SAFIRA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Esperanto

Pronounced: sah-FEE-rah

Means "like a sapphire" in Esperanto.

SARINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Meaning unknown, perhaps a diminutive of SARA or a variant of SERENA.

SASCHA

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: German

Pronounced: ZAH-shah

German form of SASHA

SASSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Swedish

Swedish diminutive of ASTRID, ALEXANDRA or SARAH

SCARLETT

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SKAHR-lət

From a surname which denoted a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet (a kind of cloth, ultimately derived from Persian سقرلاط (saghrilat)). Margaret Mitchell used this name for Scarlett O'Hara, the main character in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936). Scarlett's name came from her grandmother's maiden name.

SCOTT

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Scottish

Pronounced: SKAHT

From an English and Scottish surname which referred to a person from Scotland or a person who spoke Scottish Gaelic. It is derived from Latin Scoti meaning "Gaelic speaker", with the ultimate origin uncertain.

SERAPHINA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare), German (Rare), Late Roman

Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim which was Hebrew in origin and meant "fiery ones". The seraphim were an order of angels, described by Isaiah in the Bible as having six wings each. This was the name of a 13th-century Italian saint who made clothes for the poor. As an English name, it has never been common.

SERENITY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: sə-REN-i-tee

From the English word meaning "serenity, tranquility", ultimately from Latin serenus meaning "clear, calm".

SHAELYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: SHAY-lin

Combination of SHAE and LYNN

SHILOH

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: Biblical

Other Scripts: שִׁלוֹ, שִׁילֹה (Ancient Hebrew)

Pronounced: SHIE-lo (English)

From an Old Testament place name possibly meaning "tranquil" in Hebrew. It is also used prophetically in the Old Testament to refer to a person, often understood to be the Messiah (see Genesis 49:10). This may in fact be a mistranslation. This name was brought to public attention after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie gave it to their daughter in 2006.

SHOSHANNAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew

Other Scripts: שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Hebrew)

Hebrew form of SUSANNA

SIANI

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Welsh

Diminutive of SIÂN

SIENNA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: see-EN-ə

From the English word meaning "orange-red". It is ultimately from the name of the city of Siena in Italy, because of the colour of the clay there.

SKYLAR

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: SKIE-lər

Variant of SKYLER

STELLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian

Pronounced: STEL-ə (English)

Means "star" in Latin. This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'. It was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century. It appears in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947), belonging to the sister of Blanche DuBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski.

STEPHANIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German

Pronounced: STEF-ə-nee (English), SHTE-fah-nee (German)

Feminine form of STEPHEN

STERLING

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: STUR-ling

From a Scottish surname which was derived from city of Stirling, which is itself of unknown meaning. The name can also be given in reference to the English word sterling meaning "excellent". In this case, the word derives from sterling silver, which was so named because of the emblem that some Norman coins bore, from Old English meaning "little star".

STORM

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: STORM

From the English word storm, ultimately from Old English.

SUMMER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: SUM-ər

From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English sumor. It has been in use as a given name since the 1970s.

SUZETTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: soo-ZET

French diminutive of SUSANNA

TACEY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Archaic)

Derived from Latin tace meaning "be silent". It was in use from the 16th century, though it died out two centuries later.

TALLULAH

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: tə-LOO-lə

Popularly claimed to mean "leaping waters" in the Choctaw language, it may actually mean "town" in the Creek language. This is the name of waterfalls in Georgia. It was borne by American actress Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968), who was named after her grandmother, who may have been named after the waterfalls.

TALON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

From the English meaning "talon, claw", ultimately derived (via Norman French) from Latin talus "anklebone".

TARU

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Finnish

Pronounced: TAH-roo

Means "legend, myth" in Finnish.

TARYN

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TAHR-in

Probably a feminine form of TYRONE. Actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian created it for their daughter Taryn Power (1953-).

TEAGAN

Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Tadhgáin meaning "descendent of Tadhgán". The given name Tadhgán is a diminutive of TADHG.

TESSA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TES-ə

Diminutive of THERESA

TOPAZ

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: TO-paz

From the English word for the yellow precious stone, the birthstone of November, ultimately derived from Greek τοπαζος (topazos).

TRACE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TRAYS

Short form of TRACY

TRENT

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TRENT

From a surname which originally denoted someone who lived by the River Trent in England. Trent is also a city in Italy, though the etymology is unrelated.

TREY

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TRAY

From an English nickname meaning "three".

TRIXIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TRIK-see

Diminutive of BEATRIX

VENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: वेणा (Hindi)

Derived from Sanskrit वेन (vena) meaning "yearning".

VERA (1)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Portuguese

Other Scripts: Вера (Russian, Serbian, Macedonian)

Pronounced: VYE-rah (Russian), VEER-ə (English), VER-ə (English)

Means "faith" in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus "true". It has been in general use in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.

VERITY

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Archaic)

Pronounced: VER-i-tee

From the English word meaning "verity, truth". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.

VERONICA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, Romanian, Late Roman

Pronounced: və-RAHN-i-kə (English)

Latin alteration of BERENICE, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning "true image". This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus' face with a towel and then found his image imprinted upon it. Due to popular stories about her, the name was occasionally used in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani. As an English name, it was not common until the 19th century, when it was imported from France and Scotland.

VICTORIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman, Roman Mythology

Pronounced: vik-TAWR-ee-ə (English), vik-TO-ree-ah (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.

VIENNE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

From the French name of the capital city of Austria, known in English as Vienna.

VIMALA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Indian

Other Scripts: विमला (Hindi)

Feminine form of VIMAL

VIOLA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Pronounced: vie-O-lə (English), vee-O-lə (English), VIE-ə-lə (English), VYO-lah (Italian)

Means "violet" in Latin. This was the name of the heroine in Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night' (1602).

VIOLET

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: VIE-lət, VIE-ə-lət

From the English word violet for the purple flower, ultimately derived from Latin viola. It was common in Scotland from the 16th century, and it came into general use as an English given name during the 19th century.

VIOLETTE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

French form of VIOLET

WILLOW

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: WIL-o

From the name of the tree, which is ultimately derived from Old English welig.

WINTER

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: WIN-tər

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

XANDER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Dutch, English (Modern)

Pronounced: KSAHN-dər (Dutch), ZAN-dər (English)

Short form of ALEXANDER. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by a character on the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003).

XENA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Popular Culture

Pronounced: ZEE-nə

Probably a variant of XENIA. This was the name of the main character in the 1990s television series 'Xena: Warrior Princess'.

XENIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Greek, Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Ξενια (Greek)

Means "hospitality" in Greek. This was the name of a 5th-century saint who is venerated in the Eastern Church.

XENON

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Greek

Other Scripts: Ξενων (Ancient Greek)

Derived from Greek ξενος (xenos) meaning "stranger, foreigner".

YESENIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Spanish (Latin American)

From Jessenia, the genus name of a type of tree found in South America. This name was first used by Yolanda Vargas in the Telenovela 'Yesenia' (1970).

ZALA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Slovene

Diminutive of ROZALIJA

ZANDER

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Modern)

Pronounced: ZAN-dər

Variant of XANDER

ZANE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ZAYN

From an English surname of unknown meaning. It was introduced as a given name by American author Zane Grey (1872-1939). Zane was in fact his middle name - it had been his mother's maiden name.

ZELDA (2)

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: ZEL-də

Short form of GRISELDA

ZEPHYR

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Greek Mythology (Anglicized)

Other Scripts: Ζεφυρος (Ancient Greek)

Pronounced: ZEF-ər (English)

From the Greek Ζεφυρος (Zephyros) meaning "the west wind". Zephyros was the Greek god of the west wind.

ZETA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: ?

Variant of ZITA (1)

ZINNIA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English (Rare)

Pronounced: ZIN-ee-ə

From the name of the flower, which was itself named for the German botanist Johann Zinn.

ZOË

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Dutch, English

Pronounced: ZO-ee (English)

Dutch form and English variant of ZOE

ZORA

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian

Other Scripts: Зора (Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)

From a South and West Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora".
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