MoonAgeDaydreamer's Personal Name List
Pronounced: u-nu-stu-SYEE-yə (Russian), a-nə-STAY-zhə (English), a-nə-STAS-yə (English), a-nas-TA-sya (Spanish), a-nas-TA-zya (Italian), A-NA-STA-SEE-A (Classical Greek)
Personal note: Stas
Rating: 64% based on 45 votes
Feminine 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.
Pronounced: SIR-əl (English), SEE-REEL (French), TSI-ril (Czech)
Rating: 46% based on 44 votes
From the Greek name Κυριλλος (Kyrillos)
which was derived from Greek κυριος (kyrios)
meaning "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.
Usage: English, Hebrew, French, Scottish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: דָּוִד (Hebrew), Давид (Russian, Serbian, Macedonian)
Pronounced: DAY-vid (English), dah-VEED (Hebrew), DA-VEED (French), da-BEEDH (Spanish), DA-vit (German), DAH-vid (Swedish, Norwegian), DAH-vit (Dutch), du-VYEET (Russian)
Rating: 64% based on 46 votes
From the Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dawid)
, which was derived from Hebrew דּוֹד (dod)
meaning "beloved" or "uncle". 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
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).
Rating: 70% based on 44 votes
Pronounced: EE-dith (English), E-dit (German, Swedish)
Personal note: Edie
Rating: 52% based on 39 votes
From the Old English
, 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.
Pronounced: yi-lyi-zu-VYE-tə, i-lyi-zu-VYE-tə
Personal note: Liz
Rating: 56% based on 45 votes
Pronounced: EZ-rə (English)
Rating: 60% based on 44 votes
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: French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, English, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Pronounced: GA-BREE-YEL (French), ga-BRYEL (Spanish), GA-bree-el (German, Classical Latin), GAHB-ree-el (Finnish), GAY-bree-əl (English), GAB-ryel (Polish)
Personal note: Gabe
Rating: 71% based on 41 votes
From the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el)
meaning "God is my strong man", derived from גֶּבֶר (gever)
meaning "strong man, hero" and אֵל (el)
meaning "God". Gabriel is an archangel 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
. 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.
Other Scripts: אִיסֶר (Yiddish)
Rating: 35% based on 41 votes
Personal note: Jillie
Rating: 49% based on 45 votes
Other Scripts: לֵב (Hebrew)
Rating: 47% based on 44 votes
Means "heart" in Hebrew.
Other Scripts: लीला (Hindi)
Rating: 60% based on 44 votes
Other Scripts: Λυδια (Ancient Greek), Лѷдіа (Church Slavic)
Pronounced: LID-ee-ə (English), LUY-dya (German)
Rating: 65% based on 46 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
Other Scripts: Милош (Serbian, Macedonian)
Rating: 53% based on 27 votes
Originally 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.
Pronounced: nay-O-mee (English), nie-O-mee (English)
Rating: 56% based on 45 votes
From the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omi)
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-).
Other Scripts: Николай (Russian, Bulgarian)
Pronounced: nyi-ku-LIE (Russian)
Rating: 71% based on 45 votes
Rating: 60% based on 43 votes
Derived 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.
Pronounced: UN-deen (English), un-DEEN (English)
Rating: 33% based on 20 votes
Derived from Latin unda meaning "wave". The word undine was created by the medieval author Paracelsus, who used it for female water spirits.
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