Pronounced: ah-nah-stah-SEE-yah (Russian), a-nə-STAY-zhə (English), a-nə-STAS-yə (English), ah-nahs-TAH-syah (Spanish), ah-nahs-TAH-zyah (Italian)
Personal note: Stas
Rating: 64% based on 42 votesFeminine form of ANASTASIUS. This was the name of a 4th-century Dalmatian saint who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Due to her, the name has been common in Eastern Orthodox Christianity (in various spellings). As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages. A famous bearer was the youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II, who was rumoured to have escaped the execution of her family in 1918.CYRIL
Pronounced: SIR-əl (English), SEER-əl (English), TSI-ril (Czech)
Rating: 48% based on 41 votesFrom the Greek name Κυριλλος (Kyrillos) which was derived from Greek κυριος (kyrios) "lord", a word used frequently in the Greek Bible to refer to God or Jesus.
This name was borne by a number of important saints, including Cyril of Jerusalem, a 4th-century bishop and Doctor of the Church, and Cyril of Alexandria, a 5th-century theologian. Another Saint Cyril was a 9th-century linguist and a Greek missionary to the Slavs. The Cyrillic alphabet, which is still used today, was created by him and his brother Methodius in order to translate the Bible into Slavic, and thus this name has been especially popular in Eastern Christianity. It came into general use in England in the 19th century.DAVID
Pronounced: DAY-vid (English), dah-VEED (Jewish, Spanish), da-VEED (French), DAH-vit (German, Dutch), DAH-vid (Swedish, Norwegian), dah-VEET (Russian)
Rating: 63% based on 43 votesFrom the Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dawid), which was probably derived from Hebrew דוד (dwd) meaning "beloved". David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel, ruling in the 10th century BC. Several stories about him are told in the Old Testament, including his defeat of Goliath, a giant Philistine. According to the New Testament, Jesus was descended from him.
This name has been used in Britain since the Middle Ages. It has been especially popular in Wales, where it is used in honour of the 5th-century patron saint of Wales (also called Dewi), as well as in Scotland, where it was borne by two kings. Famous bearers include empiricist philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873), musician David Bowie (1947-2016), and soccer player David Beckham (1975-). This is also the name of the hero of Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical novel 'David Copperfield' (1850).DMITRI
Other Scripts: Дмитрий (Russian)
Rating: 70% based on 41 votesEDITH
Pronounced: EE-dith (English), E-dit (German, Swedish)
Personal note: Edie
Rating: 48% based on 36 votesFrom the Old English name Eadgyð, derived from the elements ead "wealth, fortune" and gyð "war". It was popular among Anglo-Saxon royalty, being borne for example by Saint Eadgyeth;, the daughter of King Edgar the Peaceful. The name remained common after the Norman conquest. It became rare after the 15th century, but was revived in the 19th century.ELIZAVETA
Other Scripts: Елизавета (Russian)
Pronounced: ye-lee-zah-VYE-tah, ee-lee-zah-VYE-tah
Personal note: Liz
Rating: 55% based on 42 votesEZRA
Other Scripts: עֶזְרָא (Hebrew)
Pronounced: EZ-rə (English)
Rating: 59% based on 41 votesMeans "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.GABRIEL
Pronounced: ga-bree-EL (French), GAH-bryel (Spanish), GAHP-ree-el (German), GAHB-ree-el (Finnish), GAY-bree-əl (English), GAHP-ryel (Polish)
Personal note: Gabe
Rating: 70% based on 37 votesFrom the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el) meaning "God is my strong man". Gabriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition, often appearing as a messenger of God. In the Old Testament he is sent to interpret the visions of the prophet Daniel, while in the New Testament he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary. According to Islamic tradition he was the angel who dictated the Qur'an to Muhammad.
This name has been used occasionally in England since the 12th century. It was not common in the English-speaking world until the end of the 20th century.ISERYiddish form of ISRAEL.JILLIAN
Personal note: Jillie
Rating: 48% based on 42 votesVariant of GILLIAN.LEV (2)Means "heart" in Hebrew.LILA (1)Means "play, amusement" in Sanskrit.LYDIA
Pronounced: LID-ee-ə (English), LUY-dee-ah (German, Finnish)
Rating: 64% based on 42 votesMeans "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor. 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.MILOŠ
Other Scripts: Милош (Serbian, Macedonian)
Rating: 55% based on 24 votesOriginally a diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element milu "gracious, dear". This was the name of a 14th-century Serbian hero who apparently killed the Ottoman sultan Murad I at the Battle of Kosovo.NAOMI (1)
Other Scripts: נָעֳמִי (Hebrew)
Pronounced: nay-O-mee (English), nie-O-mee (English)
Rating: 55% based on 42 votesFrom the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omiy) meaning "pleasantness". In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth. After the death of her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. There she declared that her name should be Mara (see Ruth 1:20).
Though long common as a Jewish name, Naomi was not typically used as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation. A notable bearer is the British model Naomi Campbell (1970-).NIKOLAI
Other Scripts: Николай (Russian, Bulgarian)
Pronounced: nee-kah-LIE (Russian)
Rating: 71% based on 42 votesROSAMUND
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 58% based on 40 votesDerived from the Germanic elements hros "horse" and mund "protection". The Normans introduced this name to England. It was subsequently influenced by the Latin phrase rosa munda "pure rose". This was the name of the mistress of Henry II, the king of England in the 12th century. She was possibly murdered by his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine.UNDINE
Rating: 29% based on 17 votesDerived from Latin unda meaning "wave". The word undine was created by the medieval author Paracelsus, who used it for female water spirits.