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This is a list of names in which the gender is masculine; and the meaning contains the keywords light or bright.
gender
usage
Abenner m Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of Abner.
Abner m English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Means "my father is a light" in Hebrew, from אָב ('av) meaning "father" and נֵר (ner) meaning "lamp, light". In the Old Testament, Abner was a cousin of Saul and the commander of his army. After he killed Asahel he was himself slain by Asahel's brother Joab. It has been used as an English Christian given name since the Protestant Reformation. It was popular with the Puritans, who brought it to America in the 17th century.
Adalberht m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Albert.
Adalbert m Ancient Germanic, German
Old Germanic form of Albert. This is the name of a patron saint of Bohemia, Poland and Prussia. He is known by his birth name Vojtěch in Czech and Wojciech in Polish.
Adelbert m German, Dutch (Rare)
German and Dutch variant of Adalbert.
Æðelberht m Anglo-Saxon
Old English cognate of Adalbert (see Albert). This was the name of a Saxon king of England and two kings of Kent, one of whom was a saint. It became unused after the Normans introduced their form of Adalbert after their invasion.
Ajnur m Bosnian
Bosnian masculine form of Aynur.
Akihiko m Japanese
From Japanese (aki) or (aki) both meaning "bright" combined with (hiko) meaning "boy, prince". Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
Akihito m Japanese
From Japanese (aki) or (aki) both meaning "bright" combined with (hito) meaning "compassionate". Other kanji combinations are possible. Akihito (1933-), name written , was the emperor of Japan from 1989 to 2019.
Akimitsu m Japanese
From Japanese (aki) meaning "bright" and (mitsu) meaning "light". Other combinations of kanji can also form this name.
Akio m Japanese
From Japanese (aki) meaning "bright, luminous" combined with (o) meaning "man, husband", (o) meaning "male" or (o) meaning "hero, manly". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Akira m & f Japanese
From Japanese (akira) meaning "bright", (akira) meaning "bright" or (akira) meaning "clear". Other kanji with the same pronunciation can also form this name. A famous bearer was the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), given name written .
Al m English
Short form of Albert and other names beginning with Al. A notable bearer is American actor Al Pacino (1940-).
Albaer m Limburgish
Limburgish form of Albert. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Albert.
Albert m English, French, Catalan, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Romanian, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Adalbert meaning "noble and bright", composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright". This name was common among medieval German royalty. The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht. Though it became rare in England by the 17th century, it was repopularized in the 19th century by the German-born Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.... [more]
Albertas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Albert.
Alberte 1 m Galician
Galician form of Albert.
Alberto m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Albert.
Albertus m Ancient Germanic (Latinized), Dutch
Latinized form of Adalbert (see Albert). This is the official Dutch form of the name, used on birth certificates but commonly rendered Albert in daily life.
Albie m English
Diminutive of Albert.
Albin m Swedish, French, English, Slovene, Polish
Form of Albinus in several languages.
Albino m Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Albinus.
Albinus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of Albus. Saint Albinus (also called Aubin) was a 6th-century bishop of Angers in Brittany.
Albrecht m German
German cognate of Albert.
Albus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "white, bright" in Latin.
Alik m Russian
Diminutive of Aleksandr, Albert and other names beginning with the same sound.
Alin m Romanian
Possibly a Romanian masculine form of Alina. Alternatively it may derive from Romanian alina "to soothe".
Alpertti m Finnish (Rare)
Finnish form of Albert.
Altti m Finnish
Finnish form of Albert.
Amalbert m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements amal meaning "work, labour" and beraht meaning "bright".
Amandeep m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Punjabi ਅਮਨ (aman) meaning "peace" (ultimately from Arabic) and Sanskrit दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Amardeep m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Andebert m Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic element and "wrath, zeal" combined with beraht "bright".
Angilberct m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Engelbert.
Ansobert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic cognate of Osbert.
Anwar m Arabic, Urdu, Indonesian
Means "brighter, more luminous" in Arabic. This name was borne by Egyptian president Anwar Sadat (1918-1981), who was assassinated three years after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Anwer m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic أنور (see Anwar).
Apollo m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ἀπόλλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo meaning "strength". Another theory states that Apollo can be equated with Appaliunas, an Anatolian god whose name possibly means "father lion" or "father light". The Greeks later associated Apollo's name with the Greek verb ἀπόλλυμι (apollymi) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis. He was the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom. Later he also became the god of the sun and light.
Arash m Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means either "truthfulness" or "bright" in Persian. In Persian legend Arash was a Persian archer who was ordered by the Turans to shoot an arrow, the landing place of which would determine the new location of the Persian-Turan border. Arash climbed a mountain and fired his arrow with such strength that it flew for several hours and landed on the banks of the far-away Oxus River.
Argi m Basque
Means "light" in Basque.
Argider m Basque
Derived from Basque argi "light" and eder "beautiful".
Aubert m French
French variant of Albert.
Aubin m French
French form of Albinus.
Avenir m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of Abner.
Aveniru m Old Church Slavic
Old Church Slavic form of Abner.
Avner m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Abner.
Azhar m Arabic, Urdu, Malay
Means "shining, bright" in Arabic.
Baer m Limburgish
Short form of Albaer and other Limburgish names ending in baer, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
Barak 1 m Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lightning" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, Barak was a military commander under the guidance of the prophetess Deborah. They defeated the Canaanite army led by Sisera.
Basu m Bengali
Bengali form of Vasu.
Belenus m Gaulish Mythology
Probably from a Celtic word meaning "bright, brilliant". This was the name of a Gaulish solar god who was often equated with Apollo.
Beli m Welsh Mythology
Probably a Welsh derivative of Belenus. Beli Mawr was a Welsh ancestor deity who established several royal lines in Wales.
Beorhtric m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and ric "ruler".
Beorhtsige m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and sige "victory".
Bèr m Limburgish
Variant of Baer.
Berahthraban m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Bertram, using an extended form of the second element.
Berahthram m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Bertram.
Berhane m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "my light" in Amharic.
Berhanu m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "his light" in Amharic.
Berhtoald m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Berthold.
Bert m English, German, Dutch
Short form of Albert and other names containing the element bert, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
Berthold m German
Means "bright ruler" from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with wald "rule".
Bertie m & f English
Diminutive of Albert, Herbert and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
Bertil m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of Bertilo or Berthold.
Bertilo m Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous".
Berto m Italian, Spanish
Short form of Roberto, Alberto and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
Bertoldo m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of Berthold.
Bertram m English, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright raven", derived from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with hramn "raven". The Normans introduced this name to England. Shakespeare used it in his play All's Well That Ends Well (1603).
Bertrand m French, English, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements beraht meaning "bright" and rand meaning "rim (of a shield)". From an early date it has been confused with Bertram and the two names have merged to some degree. A famous bearer was English philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).
Bhaskara m Hinduism
Means "shining", derived from a combination of Sanskrit भास (bhasa) meaning "light" and कर (kara) meaning "maker". This is another name of the sun and the Hindu god Shiva. It was additionally borne by a 12th-century Indian astronomer, also known as Bhaskaracharya.
Bile m Irish Mythology
Possibly an Irish form of Belenus, though it may derive from an Irish word meaning "hero". In Irish mythology this was the name of one of the Milesians who was drowned while invading Ireland.
Bine 2 m Slovene
Diminutive of Albin.
Birûsk m Kurdish
Means "lightning" in Kurdish.
Bjarte m Norwegian
From the Old Norse byname Bjartr, which meant "bright".
Bjartr m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of Bjarte.
Bjartur m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Bjartr (see Bjarte).
Bob m English, Dutch
Short form of Robert. It arose later than Dob, Hob and Nob, which were medieval rhyming nicknames of Robert. It was borne by the character Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol (1843). Other famous bearers include American folk musician Bob Dylan (1941-) and Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
Bobbie f & m English
Variant of Bobby. As a feminine name it can be a diminutive of Roberta or Barbara.
Bobby m English
Diminutive of Bob. Hockey greats Bobby Hull (1939-) and Bobby Orr (1948-) have borne this name.
Brecht m Dutch
Short form of names containing brecht, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
Burak m Turkish
From Arabic براق (Buraq), the name of the legendary creature that, according to Islamic tradition, transported the Prophet Muhammad. Its name is derived from Arabic برق (barq) meaning "lightning".
Byeong-Ho m Korean
From Sino-Korean (byeong) meaning "bright, luminous, glorious" combined with (ho) meaning "great, numerous, vast" or (ho) meaning "summer, sky, heaven". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
Byung-Ho m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 병호 (see Byeong-Ho).
Cahaya m & f Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Malay and Indonesian.
Cahya m & f Indonesian
Variant of Cahaya.
Cahyo m & f Javanese
Javanese form of Cahaya.
Callahan m English
From a surname, the Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Ceallacháin, which means "descendant of Ceallachán".
Carlisle m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from the name of a city in northern England. The city was originally called by the Romans Luguvalium meaning "stronghold of Lugus". Later the Brythonic element ker "fort" was appended to the name of the city.
Carlyle m English
Variant of Carlisle.
Ceallach m Irish
Irish name of uncertain origin, traditionally said to mean "bright-headed". Alternatively it could be derived from Old Irish ceallach "war, strife" or ceall "church".
Ceallachán m Irish
Diminutive of Ceallach.
Ceallagh m Irish
Variant of Ceallach.
Charon m Greek Mythology
Possibly means "fierce brightness" in Greek. In Greek mythology Charon was the operator of the ferry that brought the newly dead over the River Acheron into Hades.
Clair m French, English
French form of Clarus (see Clara).
Clarus m Late Roman
Masculine Latin form of Clara. This was the name of several early saints.
Colbert m English
From an English surname that was derived from a Norman form of the Germanic name Colobert.
Colobert m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements col, possibly meaning "helmet", and beraht meaning "bright".
Cunobelinus m Brythonic
Possibly means "hound of Belenus" from the old Celtic element koun "hound" combined with the name of the god Belenus. This was the name of a 1st-century king of southeast Britain.
Cuthberht m Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of Cuthbert.
Cuthbert m English (Rare)
Derived from the Old English elements cuþ "famous" and beorht "bright". Saint Cuthbert was a 6th-century hermit who became the bishop of Lindisfarne, an island off the coast of England. He was known as performer of healing miracles. Because of the saint, this name remained in use in England even after the Norman Conquest. It became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was (briefly) revived in the 19th century.
Cymbeline m Literature
Form of Cunobelinus used by Shakespeare in his play Cymbeline (1609).
Daiki m Japanese
From Japanese (dai) meaning "big, great" combined with (ki) meaning "brightness", (ki) meaning "tree" or (ki) meaning "valuable". Other combinations of kanji can also form this name.
Deep m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi दीप, Gujarati દીપા, Bengali দীপ or Gurmukhi ਦੀਪ (see Dip).
Delbert m English
Short form of Adelbert. As an American name it was first used in the New York area by people of Dutch ancestry.
Dilbert m Popular Culture
Meaning unknown. The second element is probably intended to be from Germanic beraht "bright". This is the title character in a comic strip by Scott Adams.
Dip m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Masculine form of Dipa.
Diya 2 m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ضياء (see Ziya).
Eadberht m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and beorht "bright". This was the name of an 8th-century king of Northumbria and three kings of Kent.
Ecgberht m Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of Egbert.
Eckbert m German (Rare)
German cognate of Egbert.
Egbert m English, Dutch
Means "bright edge" from the Old English elements ecg "edge of a sword" and beorht "bright". This was the name of kings of Kent and Wessex as well as two English saints. The name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest but was revived in the 19th century.
Eirian f & m Welsh
Means "bright, beautiful" in Welsh.
Ekkebert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic cognate of Egbert.
Elbert m Dutch
Dutch variant of Adelbert.
Elior m Hebrew
Means "my God is my light" in Hebrew.
Elnur m Azerbaijani
Means "light of the people" in Azerbaijani, ultimately derived from Turkic el meaning "country, society" and Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
Elouan m Breton, French
Possibly from a Breton word meaning "light". This name was borne by an obscure 6th-century saint who is now venerated mainly in Brittany and Cornwall.
Endrit m Albanian
From Albanian dritë meaning "light".
Engelbert m German, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements angil, the name of a Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles, and beraht "bright". Saint Engelbert was a 13th-century archbishop of Cologne murdered by assassins.
Enver m Turkish, Bosnian
Turkish and Bosnian form of Anwar.
Ethelbert m English (Archaic)
Middle English form of Æðelberht. The name was very rare after the Norman Conquest, but it was revived briefly in the 19th century.
Faivish m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish form of Phoebus, apparently used as a translation of Shimshon (see Samson).
Fayvel m Yiddish (Rare)
Alternate transcription of Yiddish פֿייװל (see Feivel).
Feivel m Yiddish (Rare)
Diminutive of Faivish.
Filbert m Eastern African
Variant of Filibert. It is particularly used in Tanzania due to track star Filbert Bayi (1953-), who set a world record running the 1500 meter in 1974.
Filibert m German (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Means "much brightness" from the Germanic elements filu "much" and beraht "bright".
Filiberto m Italian
Italian form of Filibert.
Fotios m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Photios.
Fotis m Greek
Modern Greek variant of Photios.
Fulbert m French, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic elements fulc "people" and beraht "bright". Saint Fulbert was an 11th-century bishop of Chartres.
Gautbert m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements gaut "Geat, Goth" and beraht "bright".
Gib m English
Medieval diminutive of Gilbert.
Gijs m Dutch
Short form of Gijsbert.
Gijsbert m Dutch
Dutch form of Gisbert.
Gil 2 m English
Short form of Gilbert and other names beginning with Gil.
Gilbert m English, French, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic elements gisil "pledge, hostage" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century English saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.
Gilberto m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Gilbert.
Giltbert m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements gild "sacrifice, value" and beraht "bright".
Gisbert m German, Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic name in which the second element is beraht "bright". The first element is probably a shortened form of gisil "pledge, hostage" (making it a variant of Gilbert), though it could be related to Gallo-Celtic gaiso "spear".
Giselbert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Gilbert.
Gisilbert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Gilbert.
Gladwin m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from the Old English given name Glædwine.
Glædwine m Anglo-Saxon
Old English name derived from the elements glæd "bright" and wine "friend". This name was not actually recorded in the Old English era, though it is attested starting in the 11th century.
Godabert m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements god "god" and beraht "bright".
Gurdeep m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit गुरु (guru) meaning "teacher, guru" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Hadubert m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements hadu "battle" and beraht "bright".
Hardeep m Indian (Sikh)
From the name of the Hindu god Hari and Sanskrit दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Haribert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Herbert.
Haru m & f Japanese
From Japanese (haru) meaning "light, sun, male", (haru) meaning "spring" or (haru) meaning "clear weather". Other kanji or kanji combinations can form this name as well.
Haruki m Japanese
From Japanese (haru) meaning "clear weather" or (haru) meaning "light, sun, male" combined with (ki) meaning "brightness" or (ki) meaning "living". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Haruto m Japanese
From Japanese (haru) meaning "light, sun, male", (haru) meaning "distant, remote" or (haru) meaning "clear weather" combined with (to), which refers to a Chinese constellation, or (to) meaning "soar, fly". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Hasso m German
German diminutive of Hadubert.
Herb m English
Short form of Herbert.
Herbert m English, German, Dutch, Czech, Swedish, French
Derived from the Germanic elements hari "army" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Herebeorht. In the course of the Middle Ages it became rare, but it was revived in the 19th century.
Herberto m Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of Herbert.
Herbie m English
Diminutive of Herbert.
Heribert m German
German form of Herbert.
Heriberto m Spanish, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of Herbert.
Hideaki m Japanese
From Japanese (hide) meaning "excellent, fine" and (aki) meaning "bright", as well as other combinations of kanji.
Hikari f & m Japanese
From Japanese (hikari) meaning "light". Other kanji can also form this name. It is often written with the hiragana writing system.
Hikaru m & f Japanese
From Japanese (hikaru) meaning "light" or (hikaru) meaning "brightness". Other kanji can also form this name.
Hildebert m German (Rare)
Means "bright battle" from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and beraht "bright".
Hildiberht m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Hildebert.
Hiroki m Japanese
From Japanese (hiro) meaning "big, great" and (ki) meaning "brightness" or (ki) meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
Hob m Medieval English
Medieval short form of Robert.
Hoebaer m Limburgish
Limburgish form of Hubert. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Hubert.
Hopcyn m Welsh
Welsh form of Hopkin.
Hopkin m Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of Hob.
Hrodebert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Robert.
Huang m & f Chinese
From Chinese (huáng) meaning "bright, shining, luminous" (which is usually only masculine) or (huáng) meaning "phoenix" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
Hubert m English, German, Dutch, French, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright heart", derived from the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind" and beraht "bright". Saint Hubert was an 8th-century bishop of Maastricht who is considered the patron saint of hunters. The Normans brought the name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Hygebeorht. It died out during the Middle Ages but was revived in the 19th century.
Hubrecht m Dutch (Archaic)
Dutch variant of Hubert.
Hugubert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Hubert.
Hui f & m Chinese
From Chinese (huì) meaning "intelligent, wise" (which is usually only feminine), (huī) meaning "brightness", besides other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Humbert m French, German (Rare), English (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Means "bright warrior", derived from the Germanic elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, though it has always been uncommon there. It was borne by two kings of Italy (called Umberto in Italian), who ruled in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Humberto m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Humbert.
Hunberct m Ancient Germanic
Germanic form of Humbert.
Huub m Dutch
Dutch short form of Hubert.
Huy m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (huy) meaning "brightness".
Hye m Korean
From Sino-Korean (hye) meaning "bright, intelligent" or other characters that are pronounced in the same way. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character. A notable bearer was a 6th-century king of Baekje.
Ifa m Eastern African, Oromo
Means "light" in Oromo.
Ilbert m English (Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from the Germanic given name Hildebert.
Jatau m Western African, Hausa
Means "fair-coloured, light" in Hausa.
Jeong-Hui f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean (jeong) meaning "right, proper, correct" or (jeong) meaning "quiet, still, gentle" combined with (hui) meaning "beauty" or (hui) meaning "bright, splendid, glorious". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
Jip m & f Frisian, Dutch
Frisian short form of Germanic names such as Gijsbert or Gijsberta. This is the name of a boy in the Dutch children's book series Jip and Janneke, first published 1952.
Joon-Ho m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 준호 (see Jun-Ho).
Jothi f & m Tamil
Tamil form of Jyoti.
Jung-Hee f & m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 정희 (see Jeong-Hui).
Jun-Ho m Korean
From Sino-Korean (jun) meaning "talented, handsome" combined with (ho) meaning "stove, bright" or (ho) meaning "summer, sky, heaven". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
Jyothi f & m Indian, Telugu, Malayalam
Telugu and Malayalam form of Jyoti.
Jyoti f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit ज्योतिस् (jyotis) meaning "light". This is a transcription of both the feminine form ज्योती and the masculine form ज्योति.
Kazuki m Japanese
From Japanese (kazu) meaning "one" or (kazu) meaning "harmony, peace" combined with (ki) meaning "brightness", (ki) meaning "hope" or (ki) meaning "tree", as well as other combinations of kanji characters.
Kelley f & m English
Variant of Kelly.
Kelly m & f Irish, English
Anglicized form of the Irish given name Ceallach or the surname derived from it Ó Ceallaigh. As a surname, it has been borne by actor and dancer Gene Kelly (1912-1996) and actress and princess Grace Kelly (1929-1982).
Kidlat m Filipino, Tagalog
Means "lightning" in Tagalog.
Kōki m Japanese
From Japanese () meaning "light" or () meaning "happiness, good luck" combined with (ki) meaning "hope" or (ki) meaning "brightness". This name can be formed from other combinations of kanji characters as well.
Kōnane m & f Hawaiian
Means "bright" in Hawaiian.
Kouki m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 光希 or 幸輝 (see Kōki).
Krešimir m Croatian
From the Slavic elements kresu "spark, light, rouse" and miru "peace, world". This was the name of four kings of Croatia.
Kresimir m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of Krešimir.
Krešo m Croatian
Diminutive of Krešimir.
Kuldeep m Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit कुल (kula) meaning "family" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Kunibert m German (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements kuni "clan, family" and beraht "bright".
Lambaer m Limburgish
Limburgish form of Lambert. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Lambert.
Lambert m German, Dutch, French, English, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements landa "land" and beraht "bright". Saint Lambert of Maastricht was a 7th-century bishop who was martyred after denouncing Pepin II for adultery.
Lamberto m Italian
Italian form of Lambert.
Lammert m Dutch
Dutch variant of Lambert.
Landebert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Lambert.
Lasha m Georgian
Possibly from a Northwest Caucasian word meaning "light". This was a name of Giorgi IV, a 13th-century king of Georgia.
Leolin m Welsh
Variant of Llywelyn influenced by Latin leo "lion".
Leudoberct m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Lubbert.
Leukippos m Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "white horse", derived from Greek λευκός (leukos) meaning "white, bright" and ἵππος (hippos) meaning "horse". This name was borne by a 5th-century BC Greek philosopher, as well as by several characters in Greek mythology.
Lior m & f Hebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
Lleu m Welsh Mythology
Probably a Welsh form of Lugus. In the Mabinogion, Lleu Llaw Gyffes is the son of Arianrhod. He was raised by his uncle Gwydion, who helped him overcome the curses that his mother placed upon him.
Llew m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Variant of Lleu. It can also be a short form of Llewelyn. It coincides with the Welsh word llew meaning "lion".
Llewellyn m Welsh
Variant of Llewelyn.
Llewelyn m Welsh
Variant of Llywelyn influenced by the Welsh word llew "lion".
Llywelyn m Welsh
Possibly a Welsh form of the old Celtic name Lugubelenus, a combination of the names of the gods Lugus and Belenus. Alternatively it may be derived from Welsh llyw "leader". This was the name of several Welsh rulers, notably the 13th-century Llywelyn the Great who fought against England.
m Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of Lugh.
Lubbert m Frisian
Derived from the Germanic elements leud "people" and beraht "bright".
Lucian m Romanian, English
Romanian and English form of Lucianus. Lucian is the usual name of Lucianus of Samosata in English.
Luciano m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Lucianus.
Lucianus m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from the Roman praenomen Lucius. Lucianus (or Λουκιανός in his native Greek) of Samosata was a 2nd-century satirist and author. This name was also borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from Antioch.
Lucien m French
French form of Lucianus.
Lucifer m Judeo-Christian Legend
Means "bringing light", derived from Latin lux "light" and ferre "to bring". In Latin this name originally referred to the morning star, Venus, but later became associated with the chief angel who rebelled against God's rule in heaven (see Isaiah 14:12). In later literature, such as the Divine Comedy (1321) by Dante and Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton, Lucifer became associated with Satan himself.
Lucijan m Croatian
Croatian form of Lucian.
Lucilio m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of Lucilius.
Lucilius m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was a derivative of the given name Lucius. This was the family name of the 2nd-century BC Roman satirist Gaius Lucilius.
Lúcio m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Lucius.
Lucio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Lucius.
Lucius m Ancient Roman, Biblical, English
Roman praenomen, or given name, which was derived from Latin lux "light". This was the most popular of the praenomina. Two Etruscan kings of early Rome had this name as well as several prominent later Romans, including Lucius Annaeus Seneca (known simply as Seneca), a statesman, philosopher, orator and tragedian. The name is mentioned briefly in the New Testament belonging to a Christian in Antioch. It was also borne by three popes, including the 3rd-century Saint Lucius. Despite this, the name was not regularly used in the Christian world until after the Renaissance.
Łucjan m Polish (Archaic)
Older Polish form of Lucianus.
Lucjan m Polish
Polish form of Lucianus.
Lucjusz m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of Lucius.
Lug m Irish Mythology
Old Irish form of Lugh.
Lugaid m Irish Mythology
Old Irish form of Lughaidh.
Lugh m Irish Mythology
Probably an Irish form of Lugus. In Irish mythology Lugh was a divine hero who led the Tuatha De Danann against the Fomorians who were led by his grandfather Balor. Lugh killed Balor by shooting a stone into his giant eye.
Lughaidh m Irish, Irish Mythology
Derived from the name of the Irish god Lugh. This was the name of several characters in Irish legend, including the king Lughaidh mac Con.
Lugus m Gaulish Mythology
Probably from early Celtic meaning "light", ultimately from the Indo-European root *leuk "light, brightness". This was the name of a Celtic (Gaulish) god of commerce and craftsmanship, who was equated by the Romans with Mercury. He probably forms the basis for the characters and names of Lugh (Irish) and Lleu (Welsh).
Luken m Basque
Basque form of Lucianus.
Lukyan m Russian (Archaic), Ukrainian (Archaic)
Russian and Ukrainian form of Lucianus.
Lux f & m Various
Derived from Latin lux meaning "light".
Malo m Breton
Means "bright pledge", derived from Old Breton mach "pledge, hostage" and lou "bright, brilliant". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint, supposedly a companion of Saint Brendan on his trans-Atlantic journey. He later went to Brittany, where he founded the monastic settlement of Saint-Malo.
Mandeep m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Maor m Hebrew
Means "a light" in Hebrew.
Meallán m Irish
Possibly means "lightning" in Irish Gaelic.
Meir m Hebrew
Means "giving light" in Hebrew.
Melchior m Dutch (Rare), Judeo-Christian Legend
Possibly from the Hebrew roots מֶלֶכְ (melekh) meaning "king" and אוֹר ('or) meaning "light". This was a name traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus. According to medieval tradition he was a king of Persia.
Melchiorre m Italian
Italian form of Melchior.
Melchor m Spanish
Spanish form of Melchior.
Melker m Swedish
Swedish form of Melchior.
Mellan m Irish
Anglicized form of Meallán.
Merle f & m English, Estonian
Variant of Merrill or Muriel. The spelling has been influenced by the word merle meaning "blackbird" (via French, from Latin merula). This name is also common in Estonia, though a connection to the English-language name is uncertain.
Merrill m English
From an English surname that was derived either from the given name Muriel or from place names meaning "pleasant hill".
Meyer m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew מֵאִיר (see Meir). It also coincides with a German surname meaning "mayor, leader".
Ming m & f Chinese
From Chinese (míng) meaning "bright, light, clear" or (míng) meaning "inscribe, engrave", as well as other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Minh m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (minh) meaning "bright". A famous bearer was the communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969).
Mitsuaki m Japanese
From Japanese (mitsu) meaning "light" and (aki) meaning "bright, luminous". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Münir m Turkish
Turkish form of Munir.
Munir m Arabic
Means "bright, shining" in Arabic.
Myeong m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (myeong) meaning "bright, light, clear" or other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
Myung m & f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul (see Myeong).
Navdeep m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Neriah m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lamp of Yahweh" in Hebrew, from נֵר (ner) meaning "lamp, light" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of the father of Baruch in the Old Testament.
Noga f & m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of Nogah, usually used as a feminine name.
Nogah m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "brightness" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of King David in the Old Testament.
Noor 1 f & m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu نور (see Nur).
Noor-Ali m Persian
From Persian نور (nur) meaning "light" (of Arabic origin) combined with the name Ali 1. Though usually transcribed into Latin characters with a dash or a space, it is not written with a space in Persian.
Nor 1 f & m Malay
Malay variant of Nur.
Nor 2 m Limburgish
Short form of Norbaer.
Norbaer m Limburgish
Limburgish form of Norbert. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Norbert.
Norbert m German, English, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements nord meaning "north" and beraht meaning "bright". This was the name of an 11th-century German saint who made many reforms within the church.
Norberto m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Norbert.
Noriaki m Japanese
From Japanese (nori) meaning "law" or (nori) meaning "rule, ceremony" combined with (aki) meaning "bright, light, clear". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Nour f & m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نور (see Nur).
Noureddin m Persian
Persian form of Nur ad-Din.
Noureddine m Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic نور الدين (see Nur ad-Din) chiefly used in Northern Africa.