Ancient Persian Submitted Names

These names were used in ancient Persia.
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ABANDOKHT f Ancient Persian
Means "daughter of Aban".
ACHAEMENES m Ancient Persian (Latinized)
Latinized form of Haxāmaniš via its Greek form Achaimenes. This was the name of the founder of the Achaemenid Dynasty, as well as the name of a son of Darius the Great.
ADRINA f Ancient Persian
Means "flaming lights" in Persian.
ADURNARSEH m Ancient Persian
From the Middle Persian name Adurnarseh (also found written as Adarnarseh), which is derived from Middle Persian ādur (also ātur) meaning "fire" combined with the name Narseh... [more]
AMESTRIS f Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Ionic Greek variant of Άμαστρις (Amāstris), the Hellenized form of an Old Persian name, perhaps from a hypothetic name like *Amāstrī- (composed of the elements *ama- "strength, strong" and *strī- "woman")... [more]
AMYTIS f Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Greek form of an uncertain Persian name, perhaps *Umati which is equivalent to Avestan humaiti meaning "having good thought" (derived from hu "good, well, beautiful" and maiti "thought, opinion", from man "to know, to think")... [more]
ANOSHIRUVAN m Ancient Persian
Means "immortal soul", derived from Middle Persian anōš (also anōsh) meaning "immortal" combined with Middle Persian ruwān meaning "soul". This was an epithet of Khosrau I, a popular 6th-century emperor of the Sassanid Persian Empire.
APAMA f Ancient Persian
Meaning uncertain, probably related to Avestan apama- "the latest", hence "the youngest (child), nestling". This was the name of Apama, the first Queen of the Seleucid Empire, and wife of Seleucus I Nicator... [more]
APAME f Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
A variant of Apama. A bearer of this name is Apame, a concubine of King Darius I.
ARAXA m Ancient Persian
Origin is unknown.
ARIABIGNES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
One of the sons of the Persian king Darius I. He participated in the Second Persian invasion of Greece as one of the four admirals of the fleet of his brother Xerxes I, and was killed in the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC.
ARIAMNES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Possibly an abbreviated form of Ariaramnes. This was the name of a satrap of Cappadocia, who lived in the 4th century BC.
ARIARAMNES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Ariyāramna. This was the name of the paternal great-grandfather of Darius the Great.
ARIARATHES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of an Old Persian male name, of which the first element is derived from Old Persian aryā "Aryans". The second element is not really certain, but may have been derived from Old Persian wratha "joy"... [more]
ARIASPES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Of ancient Persian origin, but the meaning is unknown to me at this time. This was the name of one of the three legitimate sons of King Artexerxes II Mnemon, who lived in the 4th century BC.
ARIOBARZANES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of the Old Persian name *Arya-bṛz-ana- which possibly meant "making the Aryans great", of which the first element is derived from Old Persian aryā "Aryans". The second element is not really certain, perhaps *brzi- "high"... [more]
ARIYĀRAMNA m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian aryā "Aryans" combined with Old Persian rāman "peace, joy".
ARSACES m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Arsakes, itself the Hellenized form of Old Persian Arshaka.
ARŠĀMA m Ancient Persian
Means "a hero's strength", derived from Old Persian aršan "male, hero" combined with Old Persian ama "strength".
ARSAMES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Aršāma. This was the name of the paternal grandfather of Darius the Great, who possibly may briefly have been King of Persia.
ARSHAKA m Ancient Persian
Original Old Persian form of Arsaces. Of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive arsha- "bear", or from arshen- "male".
ARTABĀNU m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian arta "truth, right, righteous" combined with Old Persian bānu "light, ray".
ARTABANUS m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Artabānu via its Greek form Artabanos. This name was borne by at least four kings of Parthia.
ARTABAZUS m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Artavazda via its Greek form Artabazos. This name was borne by two Persian satraps from Phrygia.
ARTAFARNAH m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian arta "truth, right, righteous" combined with Old Persian farnah "glory, splendour, fortune".
ARTAKAMA f Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian arta "truth, right, righteous" combined with Old Persian kāma "desire, wish". A well-known bearer of this name was Artakama, the second wife of Ptolemy I Soter I; her husband was the founder of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in ancient Egypt.
ARTAPHERNES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Artafarnah. This was the name of a brother of King Darius I of Persia.
ARTASTŪNĀ f Ancient Persian
The name of a daughter of Cyrus the Great, meaning "pillar of Arta, the deified true".
ARTAVASDES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Variant hellenization of Artavazda (also compare Artabazos). This name was borne by three ancient kings of Armenia.
ARTAVAZDA m Ancient Persian
The first element of this name is derived from Old Persian arta "truth, right, righteous". The second element is still uncertain to me.
ARTAXIAS m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), Ancient Greek
Variant form of Artaxes. This was the name of the founder of the Artaxiad dynasty, who lived in the 2nd century BC.
ARTYSTONE f Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Greek form of a Persian name, which is otherwise attested only in the Elamite form Ir-taš-du-na, Ir-da-iš-du-na (more than 20 occurrences). These forms reflect an Old Persian *Ṛtastūnā "pillar of Ṛta, the deified Truth"... [more]
ASPAČANĀ m Ancient Persian
Means "horse lover", derived from Old Persian aspa "horse" combined with Old Persian čanā "desire, love".
ASPACANAH m Ancient Persian
Ancient Persian masculine name meaning "delighting in horses".
ASTYAGES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Old Persian Ishtovigu or Ištovigu, which apparently derives from Old Iranian rishti vaiga, meaning "swinging the spear". This was the name of a Median king, who lived in the 6th century BC.
ATOSSA f Ancient Persian (Hellenized), Persian
Greek form of the Persian name *Utauθa, also recorded in Avestan as Hutaosā, which may have meant "well trickling" or "well granting". Hutaosā was the queen of Kavi Vištāspa, royal patron of the prophet Zarathustra; Cyrus gave the name to his eldest daughter, who married Darius and became the mother of Xerxes... [more]
ATROPATES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Āturpāt. This name was borne by a Persian satrap from the 4th century BC.
ĀTURPĀT m Ancient Persian
Old Persian form of the Avestan name Ātarepāta (also found written as Āterepāta), which is derived from Avestan ātar "fire" combined with Avestan pāiti "to protect, to defend" or Avestan pāyu "protector"... [more]
BARDIA m Persian, Ancient Persian
Derived from Proto-Iranian *bardz- "be high", interpreted as meaning "high in status, magnificent". Bardia or Bardiya was the younger son of Cyrus II "the Great".
BARHADBESCIABAS m Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Name of a Christian martyr who was decapitated during the reign of Shapur II.
BARSINE f Ancient Persian, Persian
Means "clover" in Persian. This name was borne by a mistress of Alexander the Great (daughter of Artabazus) and also by one of his wives (Barsine-Stateira, daughter of King Darius III).
BIGTHAN m Ancient Persian
From the Persian name meaning "God's gift". In the Old Testament this is the name of an eunuch in service of the Persian king Xerxes. Mordecai rested in the courtyard one day and overheard Bigthan, along with Teresh, plotting to kill the king... [more]
CAMISSARES m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Kamisares (also spelled Kamissares), which is the hellenized form of an ancient Persian male name. Its meaning is currently unknown to me. This was the name of an Achaemenid satrap from the 4th century BC.
CASSANDANE f Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Κασσανδάνη (Kassandanē), the Hellenized form of an uncertain Old Persian name. Cassandane was an Achaemenian Persian noblewoman and the "dearly loved" wife of Cyrus the Great.
CATANES m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Katana via its Greek form Katanes.
CHITHRAFARNA m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian čiça "to shine, to appear" (equivalent to Avestan čiθra) combined with Old Persian farnah "glory, splendour, fortune".
CYAXARES m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Kyaxares, which is the hellenized form of the Old Persian male name Hvakhshathra or Uvakhšatara. The meaning of the name is uncertain. This was the name of a Median king from the 6th century BC.
DATAFARNAH m Ancient Persian
The first element of this name is derived from Old Persian dāta, which can mean "law" but also "gave, given" (as past tenses of the verb dadātuv "to give, to put"). The second element of this name is derived from Old Persian farnah "glory, splendour, fortune"... [more]
DATAPHERNES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Datafarnah. This was the name of a Persian general from the 4th century BC.
DERAFSH m Persian, Ancient Persian
Meaning, "the standard."
FARBOD m Ancient Persian, Persian
The name refers to an ancient Persian figure known to be the keeper or protector of the glory.
FARHAD m Ancient Persian, Persian, Indian, Pakistani
Means "elation" or "happiness" in ancient Persian. This name was borne by the first blacksmith in Persia, as well as by a hero in the romantic Persian story "Shireen Farhad".
FARHENG m Ancient Persian, Mazanderani
Means "knowledge, education" in Mazanderani.
FARNAKA m Ancient Persian
The first element of this name is derived from Old Persian farnah "glory, splendour, fortune". The second element is still uncertain to me.
FARNASPA m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian farnah "glory, splendour, fortune" combined with Old Persian aspa "horse".
FARNAVAZ m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian farnah "glory, splendour, fortune". The meaning of the second element is currently still unknown to me.
FRENI f Ancient Persian (Latinized)
This name was borne by the eldest daughter of Zarathushtra.
GAUBARUVA m Ancient Persian
The first element is derived from Old Persian gau "cow, ox, cattle". The second element is not really certain.
GOBRYAS m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Gaubaruva. This name was borne by several Persian noblemen; one of them was both the father-in-law as well as the brother-in-law of Darius the Great.
GOTARZES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Gōdarz, an ancient Persian male name of unknown meaning. This name was borne by two kings of Parthia.
GUBAZES m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Greek Γουβάζης (Goubázēs) or Γωβάζης (Gōbázēs), which itself is the hellenized form of an ancient Persian compound name. The original Persian form of the name is unclear, as is its meaning... [more]
HAXĀMANIŠ m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian haxā "friend" combined with Old Persian manah "mind, thinking power".
HORMISDAS m Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of Hormizd. This name was borne by Pope Hormisdas, who was Italian-born and lived in the 6th century AD.
HORMIZD m Ancient Persian, History
Possibly a variant of Hormazd. This name was borne by six Persian kings of the Sassanid Empire.
HYSTASPES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Vishtaspa. This was the name of the father of Darius the Great.
IOTAPA f Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Yutâb via its hellenized form Iotape. Throughout history, this name was borne by a queen and several princesses.
IOTAPE f Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of the Persian feminine name یوتاب (Yutâb), which is also found written as Youtab and Euttob.
JOBIAS f Ancient Persian (Latinized)
According to the Passion of St. Marcellus, Iobia or Jobias was a daughter of the Persian king Sapor (Shapur II, tenth king of the Sasanian Empire). Saint Cyriacus is credited with exorcising a demon from Jobias and Artemia, daughter of Emperor Diocletian... [more]
KATANA m Ancient Persian
Means "honourable", as it is derived from Old Persian kata "honoured".
KHOSRAU m Ancient Persian
Common variant form (or variant transcription) of the Middle Persian name Husraw (also found written as Husrav), which is the Middle Persian form of the Avestan name Husravah (also found written as Haosravah and Husrava)... [more]
KIANDOKHT f Ancient Persian (Archaic)
Its an ancient name for females.Related to males name #kian .it's a persian and also rare name even there.but a beautiful name.Kianian was the name of an ancient kingdom thus it means king somehow.
MANUCHEHR m Ancient Persian, Persian
Meaning heaven's face. It consists of two parts Manu (Manou) which means heaven in old Persian language and Chehr which means face.
MARDONIUS m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Marduniya via its Greek form Mardonios. This name was borne by the son-in-law of Darius the Great.
MARDUNIYA m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian mṛdu "soft, mild".
MARZBAN m Persian, Ancient Persian
Meaning "guardian of Persia" (modern day Iran). Derived from marz "border, boundary" and the suffix -pān "guardian"
MASIŠTA m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian mathishta "greatest, biggest" - also compare Avestan masišta "longest" and Parthian masišt or msyšt "greatest".
MASISTES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Masišta. This was the name of one of the sons of Darius the Great.
MEHRNAZ f Ancient Persian
Means “beauty of the sun”, “charm of the sun” or “beautiful kindness”. It comes from the words Mehr meaning “kindness” or “the sun” and naz meaning “charm” or “beauty”... [more]
MIHRAB m Ancient Persian
Derived from Middle Persian mihr meaning "sun" combined with Middle Persian āb meaning "water". As such, one could say that the meaning of this name is roughly "sun in the water" (in reference to the reflection of sunlight in the water)... [more]
MITHRADATES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of the Old Persian name Mithradatha (see Mithridates).
NAUDAR m Ancient Persian
Ancient Persian form of the Avestan name Naotara or Nautara, which most likely means "younger, newer" and is derived from Avestan nauua or nava meaning "new, fresh". It is also possible that the name is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-Iranian nutára "quick", thus giving the name the overall meaning of "the quick one".
OROPHERNES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of an ancient Persian name, which must have consisted of two elements. The first element is still unknown to me, but the second element must probably have been derived from Old Persian farnah "glory, splendour, fortune"... [more]
ORSABARIS f History, Ancient Persian (Hellenized, ?)
Allegedly the Greek form of a Persian name meaning "brilliant Venus". This was the name of a 1st-century BC princess of Pontus, a state founded by the Persian Mithridatic dynasty, of which Orsabaris was a member as the youngest daughter of Mithridates VI.
OTANES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Utāna, an ancient Persian male name that I don't know the meaning of yet. This name was borne by one of the seven Persian noblemen that helped Darius the Great come to power.
OXARTES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of the Old Persian male name Vaxš-ard, which is a variant form of Vaxšuvarda (also seen spelled as Vakhshuvarda). As such, this name is basically a variant form of Oxyartes - please click on the link of that name for more information.
OXATHRES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of the Ghata Avestan male name Huxšathra, which is said to be a distinct Zoroastrian name. It is probably related to Old Persian Vaxšuvadarva (see Oxyartes), which is why Oxathres (and its variant form Oxyathres) are often confused with Oxyartes (and its variant form Oxartes)... [more]
OXYARTES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of the Old Persian male name Vaxšuvarda (also seen spelled as Vakhshuvarda), which was derived from older Persian Vaxšuvadarva. At the moment, it is still unknown to me what the original meaning of this name was in Persian... [more]
OXYATHRES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Variant form of Oxathres. A known bearer of this name was Oxyathres of Persia, a brother of King Darius III Codomannus (4th century BC).
PABAG m Ancient Persian
Middle Persian form of Babak.
PACORUS m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Pakor via its Greek form Pakoros. This name was borne by two kings of Parthia.
PARMYS f Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Uparmiya. This was the name of a Persian princess, who was the granddaughter of Cyrus the Great and went on to become the wife of Darius the Great.
PEROZ m Ancient Persian
Middle Persian form of Firuz.
PHAIDYME f Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of an unidentified Old Persian name. According to Herodotus this was borne by the daughter of Otanes who in turn married Сambyses, False Smerdis (real name: Gaumata) and Darius.
PHARNABAZUS m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Farnavaz via its Greek form Pharnabazos. This name was borne by two Persian generals.
PHARNACES m Ancient Persian (Latinized)
Latinized form of Farnaka via its Greek form Pharnakes. This name was borne by several ancient Persians, one of them being the paternal uncle of Darius the Great.
PHARNASPES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Farnaspa. This was the name of the father-in-law of Cyrus the Great.
PHRAATES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Farhad. This name was borne by five kings of Parthia.
PHRAORTES m Ancient Persian
Phraortes (c. 665-633 BC) was the son of Deioces, and the second king of the Median Empire.
PISINAH m Ancient Persian
Uncertain etymology.
POURIA m Ancient Persian, Persian
A name with Avestic root Pouruyô, meaning "first; foremost; most ancient." The name Pouria is commonly associated with 13-14th century CE Iranian philosopher and pahlevan martial artist Pouria-ye-Vali.
QUHYAR m Ancient Persian
Was the last ruler of the Karenid dynasty (in modern Iran), ruling briefly in 839 until his assassination.
RASTAG m Ancient Persian
Middle Persian.
RESPENDIAL m Alanian, History, Ancient Persian (Latinized)
Respendial was a Western Alanian King in the Iberian Peninsula. He led one of two groups of Alans, an Iranian people, across the Rhine and into the region.
ŠĀBUHRDUXTAG f Ancient Persian
Means "daughter of Shapur" in Middle Persian.
SASAN m Ancient Persian, Persian
Sasan is considered the eponymous ancestor of the Sasanian Dynasty (ruled 224-651) in Persia, was "a great warrior and hunter" and a Zoroastrian high priest in Pars. He lived some time near the fall of the Arsacid (Parthian) Empire in the early 3rd century CE.
SEAR m Ancient Persian (Modern, Rare)
Face; Personality; Character;
SENNEN m Ancient Persian
This is the name of a Persian saint, martyred with St. Abdon.
SPITAMANEH m Ancient Persian
Derived from Old Persian spita "white" combined with Old Persian manah "mind, intelligence, mentality", thus meaning something like "clear-minded".
SPITAMENES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Spitamaneh. This was the name of a Sogdian warlord from the 4th century BC.
STATEIRA f Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Allegedly means "creation of the stars", in which case it would be related to Persian sitareh "star". This was probably the usual name of Alexander the Great's second wife, a daughter of the Persian king Darius III, formally named Barsine... [more]
THRITI f Ancient Persian (Latinized)
This name was borne by one of the daughters of Zarathushtra.
TIRIDATA m Ancient Persian
Derived from the name of the Persian god Tiri combined with Old Persian dāta, which can mean "law" but also "gave, given" (as past tenses of the verb dadātuv "to give, to put" - also compare Middle Persian dādan "to give")... [more]
TIRIDATES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Tiridata. Throughout history, this name was borne by three kings of Parthia and three kings of Armenia.
TISSAPHERNES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Chithrafarna. This was the name of a Persian soldier and statesman from the 4th century BC.
TOMYRIS f Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History, Kazakh, Uzbek
From Eastern Iranian Tahmirih meaning "brave". This was the name of the Queen of the Massagetae, who defeated Cyrus the Great during his invasion of her country.
TUS m Ancient Persian
Origin is Parsi... [more]
UPARMIYA f Ancient Persian
The meaning of this Old Persian female name is not certain; it may be related to Old Persian upara "higher, superior".
VANUSHE f Ancient Persian, Mazanderani
Means "violet" in Mazanderani.
VARAZDAT m Ancient Persian, Armenian, History
Derived from Middle Persian warāz meaning "boar" combined with Middle Persian dādan "to give". For the latter element, also compare Old Persian dāta, which can mean "law" but also "gift" as well as "gave, given" (as past tenses of the verb dadātuv "to give, to put")... [more]
VIDARNA m Ancient Persian
Apparently means "the ripper", derived from the Old Persian verb darīdan "to rip up, to tear up".
VOLOGASES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Walagash. This name was borne by six kings of Parthia.
WALAGASH m Ancient Persian
Of ancient Persian origin, the meaning of this male name is unfortunately uncertain.
YOUTAB f Ancient Persian
Means "bright and unique" in Persian. ... [more]