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CHALON f & m English
The name may derive from the Chalon people, one of eight divisions of the Ohlone (Costanoan) people of Native Americans who lived in Northern California. It may also derive from the French surname Chalon, of unknown meaning, possibly derived from the French town Châlons-sur-Marne... [more]
CHAMOMILE f & m English (American, Rare)
After the herb used for tea. Ultimately from Greek khamaimēlon
"earth apple", because the flowers smell reminiscent of apples.
CHANCY m & f English
Possibly either a diminutive (in the case of the masculine use) or an inteded feminine form (in the case of the feminine use) of Chance
or a variant of Chauncy
CHANEY m & f English
From the traditionally English surname, a variant Chesney
, or from the French habitational surname from any of the various places called Chanet
or Le Chanet
. From the Latin canna
'reed' and the suffix -etum
denoting an inhabitant, essentially meaning "lives among reeds".
CHANIE m & f English (Rare)
Unisex name of unknown origin in rare use in English speaking parts of the US, Canada and South Africa. In some cases may be a variant of Chaney
CHANLIN m & f English
Likely an invented name combining the name element Chan
CHAOS m & f Greek Mythology (Latinized), English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "gaping void," ultimately from the Greek khaos
"abyss, that which gapes wide open, is vast and empty." In Hesiod's 'Theogeny,' Chaos is the primeval emptiness of the Universe, who gave birth to Gaea (Mother Earth), Tartarus (embodiment of the underworld), Eros (god of love), Erebus (embodiment of silence), and Nyx (embodiment of night).
CHARDONNAY f English
Derived from the name of the type of white wine, believed to be named after the village of Chardonnay in the Mâconnais region of France, where Pouilly-Fuissé is currently produced; it is possible that the variety was first bred there... [more]
CHARTREUSE f English (Rare), French (Rare)
French color name meaning "a clear, light green with a yellowish tinge" or "an aromatic liqueur, usually yellow or green, made by the Carthusian monks at Grenoble, France." It originated in around 1865 from the French Carthusian monastery, La Grande Chartreuse, which is near Grenoble, where the liqueur is made.... [more]
CHATTY f English
Diminutive of Charlotte
mentioned by Charlotte M. Yonge in her 'History of Christian Names'. Perhaps it was an individual nickname for this writer, who produced 160 books.
CHAUCER m English
Transferred use of an occupational surname meaning "a worker who makes leggings or breeches". Could be chosen as a given name in honor of legendary English author Geoffrey Chaucer
(1343-1400) who is most well known for his classic 'The Canterbury Tales'.
CHAY m English
Diminutive of Charles
. 'Appeared in 1975 when the British yachtsman Chay Blyth was receiving a great deal of publicity. Further used since then. In the case of Mr Blyth, the name is a pet form of Charles
CHELAN f English (Canadian), American
From the name of a lake and city in the American state of Washington, which is derived from the Salish Indian word Tsi-Laan
meaning "deep water".
CHELESE f English (British)
Chelese has its root in Old English, and the meaning of Chelese is "chalk landing place". Chelese is an alternate spelling of Chelsea
(Old English): from "cealc hyo".
CHENEY f English
From the traditionally English surname, a variant of Chesney
, or from the French habitational surname from a place in Yonne, derived from a Romano-Gallic estate, Caniacum
, meaning "estate of a man named Canius
CHENILLE f English (Rare)
From the English word for the soft fabric, which is borrowed from French chenille
"caterpillar" (literally "little dog").
CHERWIN m English, Dutch, Dutch (Surinamese)
This name is either a half-invented first name (or a combination of two existing names), with the second element being derived from Old High German wini
"friend" - or derived from the surname Cherwin
, which is of uncertain meaning... [more]
CHESNEY m & f English
From the traditionally English and French topographic surname for someone who lived by or in an oak wood, from the Old French chesnai
"oak grove", from chesne
CHESTNUT m English (American)
From the English word "chestnut" referring to "a tree or shrub of the genus Castanea; the nut or wood of said tree; and a dark, reddish-brown color". From the Middle English chasteine
, from the Old French chastaigne
, from the Latin castanea
, from the Ancient Greek καστάνεια
(kastaneia) 'chestnut'.... [more]
CHEVIOT m English
Derived from the Cheviot Hills, on the border between England and Scotland; the meaning of their name is unknown, but is presumed to be Celtic
. They were the site of the famous Battle of Otterburn in the 14th century, immortalised in "The Ballad of Chevy
Chase", a popular favourite in the 18th and 19th centuries.
CHEVY m & f English
A literary place name. There is a famous old poem called "The Ballad of Chevy Chase". A chase is a parcel of hunting land, and Chevy refers to the Cheviot
Hills on the Scottish border.... [more]
CHIDIOCK m English (Rare)
From an English surname derived from the name of the village Chideock
in Dorset (recorded in the Domesday Book as Cidihoc
), which is of unknown meaning. (It has been suggested that the suffix hoc
referred to Hock
, a festival held on the second Tuesday after Easter to commemorate the massacre of the Danes at the time of King Æðelred
the Unready.) Chidiock Tichborne (1558-1586) was an English poet who was executed for his participation in the failed Babington Plot.
CHIERE f English
Possibly derived from the Old French chiere
, from chier
, meaning "dear, dearest".
CHIFFON f English (Rare)
Borrowing from French chiffon
, from Middle French chiffe
"cloth, old rag" from Old French chipe
"rag", from Middle English chip, chippe
"chip, shard, fragment" from Old English ċipp
"chip, splinter, beam" from Proto-Germanic kippaz, kipaz
(“log, beam”)... [more]
CHILLI f English (Australian, Modern, Rare)
Named for the spicy fruit from Central and South America used in cooking. The word is from the Nahuatl language. Has gained some interest in Australia since restaurateur Pete Evans chose this name for his eldest daughter around 2005.
CHILTON m English
Transferred use of the last name, meaning "A town by the river"
CHOICE m English
From the English word, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews-
CHORD m English
Meaning "chord" as of the musical triad, or the third. Actor Chord Overstreet is a famous bearer.
CHOSEN f & m English (Rare)
From the past participle of choose
from Old English cēosan
, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kiezen
CHRISHAEL f English (American)
Known to be used in the United States as early as 1980. Elaborated form of Chris using the French feminine name suffix -elle.
CHRISHAN m English
Modern spelling of Christian
. This is the middle name of American rapper Christopher Chrishan Dotson (1989-).
CHRYSANTHEMUM f English
Taken directly from the name of the flower, which is derived from Greek khrusos
"gold" and anthemon