Athena Nike's Personal Name List

ADAIR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: ə-DER
Rating: 65% based on 36 votes
From an English surname which was derived from the given name EDGAR.

ALEXANDRE
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
Pronounced: A-LUG-ZAHNDR (French), ə-li-SHUN-drə (European Portuguese), a-le-SHUN-dree (Brazilian Portuguese), a-le-SHAN-dre (Galician)
Rating: 73% based on 43 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: DAN-te
Rating: 72% based on 43 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: 73% based on 41 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: 45% based on 23 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: 66% based on 45 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 44 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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