Manx Submitted Names
are used on the Isle of Man.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ALLOW m Manx (Archaic)
Manx name of uncertain origin, used until the 17th century. Kneen (1937) suggests Old Norse alfr
"elf"; Gill (1963) points to the Manx surname Callow
, which derives from MacCalo
, an Anglicized form of either of the Gaelic surnames Mac Calbach
"son of Calbhach" (the Gaelic name Calbhach
meaning "bold") or Mac Caolaidhe
"son of Caoladhe" (the Gaelic name Caoladhe
being a derivative of caol
ALLY f Manx
Derived from Manx aaley
"beautiful". It is also a variant of Ailie
AVERICK f Manx
Manx form of Aifric
, from Gaelic aith-bhric
meaning "somewhat dappled, speckled". According to 'An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language' (1896) by Alexander MacBain, the old Gaelic feminine name Affric
belonged to a water nymph in local folklore who gave her name to the river Affric (which itself gave its name to the Scottish glen and loch Affric).
BAHEE f Manx
Of very uncertain origin and meaning. Folk etymology, however, seems to connect this name to both Margaret
BLAA f Manx
Derived from Manx blaa
"bloom, flower" (but also "pride, heyday"), this name has been occasionally used as an equivalent of Flora
CALY f Manx
Manx name derived from Irish Cailleach
"a nun; a female servant of a saint" (literally "veiled one").
CALYBRID f Manx
Means "servant of Saint Bridget", formed from Irish cailleach
"nun", originally "veiled one", combined with the name Bríd
. Prefixed names of saints and otherwise sacred personages were used chiefly in the North of the Isle of Man ("and especially in the parish of Lezayre"), though the fashion died out in the early 17th century (perhaps when sacred names became acceptable for everyday use; see Bridget
CALYCRIST f Manx
Means "servant of Christ" from Old Irish cailleac
"nun" (originally "veiled one") combined with Crist
". It is the feminine equivalent of Gilchrist
CALYPATRIC f Manx (Archaic)
Means "devotee of Saint Patrick", from Old Irish caillech
"(female) servant, nun" combined with the name Patrick
. It was used in the Isle of Man until the 17th century, when the names of saints were no longer considered too holy for everyday use.
CALYVORR f Manx
Means "servant of the Virgin Mary", from the Irish prefix cailleach
"nun" (originally "veiled one") combined with the name Máire
(which was considered too holy for everyday use until the 17th century).
CALYVORRA f Manx
Combination of the Old Irish cailleac
, meaning "female devotee, servant, nun (of)" and Vorra
, "Mary (Mother of Jesus)" (see Voirrey
). Perhaps Vorra/Voirrey (Mary) was considered too holy for use as a feminine name, due to the Christian saint, and thus "servant of" prefixed it... [more]
COONEE f Manx (Archaic)
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Theories include a diminutive of Constance
as well as a derivation from Manx cooney
"help" (possibly with the intended meaning of "helpful").
DOONA f Manx
Derived from Manx doo
"black; black-haired, black headed".
EALISH f Manx, Literature
Variant of Aalish
. It was used in Manx translations of Alice in Wonderland
(Ealish ayns Cheer ny Yindyssyn
GENNET f Manx
According to the Manx scholar W.W.Gill this name is not connected with Jane or John, but with the Frankish name Genida
GILANDER m Manx
Anglicised form of a Gaelic name meaning "the servant of (St) Andrew".
GLENNIE f Manx
"I have known but one instance of this name, but as it was given to a child because she was born in a glen (Glen Aldyn), it is worth recording as a case of an invented name, independent of the Scottish and Irish family name of the same origin, and the cognomen in the old song 'John O'Dwyer a'gleanna'... [more]
GRAIHAGH f Manx (Modern)
Derived from Manx graihagh
"lovable; loving; affectionate", this name is a modern coinage.
GRAYSE f Manx (Modern)
Derived from Manx grayse
"grace; virtue; charisma" and used as a Manx equivalent of English Grace
JUNEY f Manx
Variant of Joney
. Due to its resemblance to Judy
, folk etymology likes to - erroneously - connect this name to Judith
KIRRY f Manx
Manx diminutive of the feminine given name Katherine
and its variants. It also may be inspired by the Manx word kirree
meaning "sheep", and is found as the subject of two Manx folk songs: 'Ny Kirree Fo 'Niaghtey' (English: 'The Sheep Under the Snow') and 'O Kirree T'ou Goll Dy Faagail Mee' ('Oh Kirree, Thou Wilt Leave Me').
LAILIE f Manx
'Supposed to be a sort of byproduct of Elizabeth
was formerly not common in Cornwall; but Lailie seems more likely to be the Lelia
occasionally used in England (French Lelie
), from an old Latin source.'
LEAR m Theatre, Manx
, probably a Latinized form of Welsh Llyr
. King Lear is the title character of a tragic play by Shakespeare (1606). His name and story were taken directly from Geoffrey of Monmouth's tale of King Leir, a legendary king of the ancient Britons.
MERICKE f Manx (Archaic)
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Current theories include a transcription/reading error of Avericke
, an adoption of the Yorkshire name Merica
or a transferred use of the surname Mericke
(which shares its source with the English surname Merick
NESSIE f English, Scottish, Manx
Originally a diminutive of Agnes
, used independently from at least the 18th century. It is now also used as a diminutive of Vanessa
. Since the 1950s it has been used as a nickname for the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
ORRY m Manx
Derived from Goree or Gorry, Manx
forms of the Old Norse/Gaelic
name Godred, an old form of Godfrey
. Godred Crovan or "King Orry" is an important figure in Manx folklore, surviving in folk songs and local legends... [more]
PAYL m Manx
Manx palatalized form of Paul
, probably introduced from Scotland.
PYEE f Manx
Variant of Paaie
, a Manx form of Peggy
("with loss of intervocalic consonant").