Diest's Personal Name List

AILÍS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: AY-leesh
Rating: 24% based on 5 votes
Irish form of ALICE.

AINSLEY
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Scottish, English (Modern)
Pronounced: AYNZ-lee
Rating: 28% based on 6 votes
From a surname which was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves derive from Old English anne "alone, solitary" or ansetl "hermitage" and leah "woodland, clearing".

ALESSIO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Italian
Rating: 48% based on 6 votes
Italian form of ALEXIS.

ALICE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, French, Portuguese, Italian
Pronounced: AL-is (English), A-LEES (French), a-LEE-che (Italian)
Rating: 75% based on 6 votes
From the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis (see ADELAIDE). This name became popular in France and England in the 12th century. It was borne by the heroine of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865) and 'Through the Looking Glass' (1871).

ALISTER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish
Rating: 60% based on 2 votes
Anglicized form of ALASDAIR.

ALTAIR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Astronomy, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Rating: 32% based on 5 votes
Means "the flyer" in Arabic. This is the name of a star in the constellation Aquila.

AMARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Western African, Igbo
Rating: 36% based on 5 votes
Means "grace" in Igbo.

AMARANTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French (Rare)
Rating: 12% based on 5 votes
French form of AMARANTHA.

ANDERS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Pronounced: AHN-desh (Swedish), AHN-ders (Swedish, Danish)
Rating: 40% based on 6 votes
Scandinavian form of Andreas (see ANDREW). A famous bearer was the Swedish physicist Anders Jonas Ångström (1814-1874).

ANNELIESE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Dutch
Pronounced: A-nə-lee-zə (German), ahn-nə-LEE-sə (Dutch)
Rating: 85% based on 6 votes
Combination of ANNA and LIESE.

ANSELM
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, English (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Pronounced: AN-zelm (German), AN-selm (English)
Rating: 18% based on 6 votes
Derived from the Germanic elements ans "god" and helm "helmet, protection". This name was brought to England in the late 11th century by Saint Anselm, who was born in northern Italy. He was archbishop of Canterbury and a Doctor of the Church.

ARIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AHR-ee-ə
Rating: 53% based on 7 votes
Means "song" or "melody" in Italian (literally means "air"). An aria is an elaborate vocal solo, the type usually performed in operas. As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century. It is not common in Italy.

ARTHUR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: AHR-thər (English), AR-TUYR (French), AR-tuwr (German), AHR-tuyr (Dutch)
Rating: 47% based on 6 votes
The meaning of this name is unknown. It could be derived from the Celtic elements artos "bear" combined with viros "man" or rigos "king". Alternatively it could be related to an obscure Roman family name Artorius. Arthur is the name of the central character in Arthurian legend, a 6th-century king of the Britons who resisted Saxon invaders. He may or may not have been a real person. He first appears in Welsh poems and chronicles (some possibly as early as the 7th century) but his character was not developed until the chronicles of the 12th-century Geoffrey of Monmouth.

The name came into general use in England in the Middle Ages due to the prevalence of Arthurian romances, and it enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 19th century. Famous bearers include German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), mystery author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), and science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008).

AVELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: AV-ə-lien, av-ə-LEEN
Rating: 65% based on 4 votes
From the Norman French form of the Germanic name Avelina, a diminutive of AVILA. The Normans introduced this name to Britain. After the Middle Ages it became rare as an English name, though it persisted in America until the 19th century.

AYŞE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Turkish
Rating: 20% based on 4 votes
Turkish form of AISHA.

AYSEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Turkish, Azerbaijani
Rating: 12% based on 5 votes
Means "moon stream" in Turkish and Azerbaijani.

AZAR
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Persian
Other Scripts: آذر (Persian)
Rating: 12% based on 5 votes
Means "fire" in Persian.

CECILY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SES-i-lee
Rating: 36% based on 5 votes
English form of CECILIA. This was the usual English form during the Middle Ages.

CIARÁN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: KEER-awn, KEE-ar-awn
Rating: 20% based on 2 votes
Diminutive of CIAR. This was the name of two Irish saints: Saint Ciarán the Elder, the patron of the Kingdom of Munster, and Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, the founder of a monastery in the 6th century.

CORBIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KAWR-bin
Rating: 23% based on 4 votes
From a French surname which was derived from corbeau "raven", originally denoting a person who had dark hair. The name was probably popularized in America by actor Corbin Bernsen (1954-).

ELIŠKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Czech, Slovak
Rating: 50% based on 4 votes
Czech and Slovak diminutive of ELIZABETH.

ELLIOT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: EL-ee-ət
Rating: 60% based on 5 votes
From a surname which was a variant of ELLIOTT.

ELYSIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Rating: 46% based on 5 votes
From Elysium, the name of the realm of the dead in Greek and Roman mythology, which means "blissful".

ELŻBIETA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Polish
Pronounced: elzh-BYE-ta
Rating: 50% based on 5 votes
Polish form of ELIZABETH.

EMMELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Archaic)
Pronounced: EM-ə-leen, EM-ə-lien
Rating: 54% based on 5 votes
From an Old French form of the Germanic name Amelina, originally a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element amal meaning "work". The Normans introduced this name to England.

FRIEDERIKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: free-də-REE-kə
Rating: 30% based on 6 votes
German feminine form of FREDERICK.

GIDEON
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical, English, Hebrew
Other Scripts: גִּדְעוֹן (Hebrew)
Pronounced: GID-ee-ən (English)
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
Means "feller" or "hewer" in Hebrew. Gideon is a hero and judge of the Old Testament. He led the vastly outnumbered Israelites against the Midianites, defeated them, and killed their two kings. In the English-speaking world, Gideon has been used as a given name since the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular among the Puritans.

GILBERT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Pronounced: GIL-bərt (English), ZHEEL-BER (French), KHIL-bərt (Dutch), GIL-bert (German)
Rating: 42% based on 5 votes
Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic elements gisil "pledge, hostage" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.

GODELIEVE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: kho-də-LEE-və
Rating: 30% based on 3 votes
Dutch (Flemish) form of GODELIVA.

ISAAC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Other Scripts: יִצְחָק (Hebrew)
Pronounced: IE-zək (English)
Rating: 45% based on 6 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).

ISEULT
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: i-SOOLT (English), i-ZOOLT (English), EE-səlt (English)
Rating: 28% based on 5 votes
Medieval variant of ISOLDE.

ISIDOR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, Russian, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Исидор (Russian, Macedonian)
Pronounced: EE-see-dawr (German)
Rating: 22% based on 5 votes
German, Russian and Macedonian form of ISIDORE.

ISOBEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Scottish
Rating: 53% based on 6 votes
Scottish form of ISABEL.

ISRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: إسراء (Arabic)
Rating: 45% based on 4 votes
Means "nocturnal journey", derived from Arabic سرى (sara) "to travel at night".

IZAR
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Basque
Rating: 14% based on 5 votes
Means "star" in Basque.

JAMIE
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Scottish, English
Pronounced: JAY-mee
Rating: 32% based on 5 votes
Originally a Lowland Scots diminutive of JAMES. Since the late 19th century it has also been used as a feminine form.

KATJA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Slovene
Pronounced: KAT-ya (German), KAHT-yah (Dutch)
Rating: 44% based on 5 votes
Form of KATYA.

KIRA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KEE-rə
Rating: 43% based on 3 votes
Variant of CIARA (1).

KYRILU
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Medieval Slavic
Other Scripts: Кѷрилъ (Church Slavic)
Rating: 20% based on 3 votes
Medieval Slavic form of CYRIL.

LÆRKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish
Rating: 14% based on 5 votes
Means "lark" in Danish.

LILEAS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Scottish
Rating: 20% based on 5 votes
Scottish form of LILLIAN.

LINNET
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: li-NET, LIN-ət
Rating: 36% based on 5 votes
Either a variant of LYNETTE or else from the name of the small bird, a type of finch.

LUCIAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Romanian, English
Pronounced: LOO-chyan (Romanian), LOO-shən (English)
Rating: 52% based on 5 votes
Romanian and English form of LUCIANUS. Lucian is the usual name of Lucianus of Samosata in English.

LUKA
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic
Other Scripts: Лука (Serbian, Macedonian, Russian), ლუკა (Georgian), Лѹка (Church Slavic)
Rating: 78% based on 5 votes
Form of LUKE.

LUMI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Finnish
Pronounced: LOO-mee
Rating: 36% based on 5 votes
Means "snow" in Finnish.

MAËLYS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MA-E-LEES
Rating: 30% based on 4 votes
Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.

MALLORY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: MAL-ə-ree
Rating: 65% based on 2 votes
From an English surname which meant "unfortunate" in Norman French. It first became common in the 1980s due to the television comedy 'Family Ties', which featured a character by this name.

MARIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: MER-is, MAR-is
Rating: 30% based on 4 votes
Means "of the sea", taken from the Latin title of the Virgin Mary, Stella Maris, meaning "star of the sea".

MARIT
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian
Rating: 36% based on 5 votes
Swedish and Norwegian form of MARGARET.

MATTHIAS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Ματθιας (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: ma-TEE-as (German), MA-TYAS (French), mə-THIE-əs (English), MAT-tee-as (Classical Latin)
Rating: 48% based on 5 votes
Variant of Matthaios (see MATTHEW) which appears in the New Testament as the name of the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. This was also the name of kings of Hungary, including Matthias I who made important reforms to the kingdom in the 15th century.

MELUSINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Mythology
Rating: 28% based on 5 votes
Meaning unknown. In European folklore Melusine was a water fairy who turned into a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. She made her husband, Raymond of Poitou, promise that he would never see her on that day, and when he broke his word she left him forever.

MIRA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Other Scripts: मीरा (Hindi, Marathi), മീര (Malayalam), மீரா (Tamil), ಮೀರಾ (Kannada)
Rating: 50% based on 5 votes
Means "sea, ocean" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a 16th-century Indian princess who devoted her life to the god Krishna.

NIMUE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: NIM-oo-ay (English)
Rating: 22% based on 5 votes
Meaning unknown. In Arthurian legends this is the name of a sorceress, also known as the Lady of the Lake, Vivien, or Niniane. Various versions of the tales have Merlin falling in love with her and becoming imprisoned by her magic. She first appears in the medieval French 'Lancelot-Grail' cycle.

OWEN (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Welsh, English
Pronounced: O-in (English)
Rating: 40% based on 2 votes
Modern form of OWAIN.

QUENTIN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: KAHN-TEN (French), KWEN-tin (English)
Rating: 34% based on 5 votes
French form of the Roman name QUINTINUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint, a missionary who was martyred in Gaul. The Normans introduced this name to England. In America it was brought to public attention by president Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918), who was killed in World War I.

QUINCY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KWIN-see
Rating: 26% based on 5 votes
From a surname which was derived (via the place name CUINCHY) from the personal name QUINTIUS. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts.

RÉMY
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French
Pronounced: RE-MEE
Rating: 50% based on 5 votes
French form of the Latin name Remigius, which was derived from Latin remigis "oarsman". Saint Rémy was a 5th-century bishop who converted and baptized Clovis, king of the Franks.

RENATE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Dutch, Norwegian
Pronounced: re-NA-tə (German), rə-NAH-tə (Dutch)
Rating: 55% based on 4 votes
German, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of RENATUS.

RUNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Rating: 58% based on 5 votes
Feminine form of RUNE.

SASKIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch, German
Pronounced: SAHS-kee-a: (Dutch), ZAS-kya (German)
Rating: 53% based on 6 votes
From the Germanic element Sahs "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Germanic word sahs meaning "knife".

SEM
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Dutch
Other Scripts: Σημ (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: SEM (Dutch)
Rating: 30% based on 5 votes
Form of SHEM used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.

SETH (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: שֵׁת (Ancient Hebrew), Σηθ (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: SETH (English)
Rating: 72% based on 5 votes
Means "placed" or "appointed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the third named son of Adam and Eve. In England this name came into use after the Protestant Reformation.

SIOFRA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: SHEEF-rə
Rating: 50% based on 4 votes
Means "elf, sprite" in Irish Gaelic.

TAMSIN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (British)
Pronounced: TAM-sin
Rating: 36% based on 5 votes
Contracted form of THOMASINA. It was traditionally used in Cornwall.

ULRIKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: uwl-REE-kə
Rating: 16% based on 5 votes
German feminine form of ULRICH.

VALENCIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Pronounced: ba-LEN-sya (Latin American Spanish), ba-LEN-thya (European Spanish), və-LEN-see-ə (English)
Rating: 40% based on 5 votes
From the name of cities in Spain and Venezuela, both derived from Latin valentia meaning "strength, vigour".

VALERIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: va-LE-rya (Italian), ba-LE-rya (Spanish)
Rating: 55% based on 4 votes
Feminine form of VALERIUS. This was the name of a 2nd-century Roman saint and martyr.

VASILISA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Russian
Other Scripts: Василиса (Russian)
Pronounced: və-syi-LYEE-sə
Rating: 44% based on 5 votes
Russian feminine form of BASIL (1).

VICTORIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Pronounced: vik-TAWR-ee-ə (English), beek-TO-rya (Spanish), vik-TO-rya (German)
Rating: 47% based on 6 votes
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.

VINCENT
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak
Pronounced: VIN-sənt (English), VEN-SAHN (French)
Rating: 82% based on 6 votes
From the Roman name Vincentius, which was from Latin vincere "to conquer". This name was popular among early Christians, and it was borne by many saints. As an English name, Vincent has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it did not become common until the 19th century. Famous bearers include the French priest Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) and the post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).

VIVIEN (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature
Rating: 42% based on 5 votes
Used by Alfred Lord Tennyson as the name of the Lady of the Lake in his Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859). Tennyson may have based it on VIVIENNE, but it possibly arose as a misreading of NINIAN. A famous bearer was British actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), who played Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind'.

WILLEM
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: VIL-ləm, WIL-ləm
Rating: 47% based on 6 votes
Dutch form of WILLIAM. Willem the Silent, Prince of Orange, was the leader of the Dutch revolt against Spain that brought about the independence of the Netherlands. He is considered the founder of the Dutch royal family. In English he is commonly called William of Orange.

WILLIAM
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: WIL-yəm
Rating: 78% based on 6 votes
From the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements wil "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection". Saint William of Gellone was an 8th-century cousin of Charlemagne who became a monk. The name was common among the Normans, and it became extremely popular in England after William the Conqueror was recognized as the first Norman king of England in the 11th century. It was later borne by three other English kings, as well as rulers of Scotland, Sicily (of Norman origin), the Netherlands and Prussia.

Other famous bearers include William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero, and William Tell, a legendary 14th-century Swiss hero. In the literary world it was borne by dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616), poet William Blake (1757-1827), poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850), dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), author William Faulkner (1897-1962), and author William S. Burroughs (1914-1997).

YLVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian
Rating: 34% based on 5 votes
Means "she-wolf", a derivative of Old Norse úlfr "wolf".

YVETTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: EE-VET (French), i-VET (English)
Rating: 18% based on 5 votes
French feminine form of YVES.
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