Athena Nike's Personal Name List

ADAIR

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English (Rare)

Rating: 67% based on 26 votes

From an English surname which was derived from the given name EDGAR.

ALEXANDRE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: French, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan

Pronounced: a-lek-SAWNDR (French), ə-lə-SHAN-drə (Portuguese), ə-lə-SHAN-drə (Brazilian Portuguese), a-le-SHAN-dre (Galician)

Rating: 76% based on 33 votes

Form of ALEXANDER. This name was borne by the 19th-century French author Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), who wrote 'The Three Musketeers'.

DANTE

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Italian

Pronounced: DAHN-te

Rating: 70% based on 32 votes

Medieval short form of DURANTE. The most notable bearer of this name was Dante Alighieri, the 13th-century Italian poet who wrote 'The Divine Comedy'.

ELIOT

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: EL-ee-ət

Rating: 71% based on 31 votes

From a surname which was a variant of ELLIOTT. A famous bearer of the surname was T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), an Anglo-American poet and dramatist, the writer of 'The Waste Land'. As a given name, it was borne by the American mob-buster Eliot Ness (1903-1957).

MINNIE

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: MIN-ee

Rating: 44% based on 13 votes

Diminutive of WILHELMINA

SILAS

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek

Other Scripts: Σιλας (Greek)

Pronounced: SIE-ləs (English)

Personal note: My #1 favorite.

Rating: 68% based on 33 votes

Probably a short form of SILVANUS. This is the name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. Paul refers to him as Silvanus in his epistles, though it is possible that Silas was in fact a Greek form of the Hebrew name SAUL (via Aramaic).

As an English name it was not used until after the Protestant Reformation. It was utilized by George Eliot for the title character in her novel 'Silas Marner' (1861).

STERLING

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: STUR-ling

Rating: 60% based on 33 votes

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".
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