Aafje f Dutch
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element alf
Aaliyah f Arabic, English (Modern)
Feminine form of Aali
. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by the singer Aaliyah Haughton (1979-2001), who was known simply as Aaliyah.
Aarti f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From the name of a Hindu ritual in which offerings of lamps or candles are made to various gods, derived from Sanskrit आरात्रिक (aratrika)
Abijah m & f Biblical
Means "my father is Yahweh"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of several characters, both male and female, including the second king of Judah (also known as Abijam
Abilene f English (Rare)
From a place name mentioned briefly in the New Testament. It is probably from Hebrew אָבֵל ('avel)
meaning "meadow, grassy area". It has occasionally been used as a given name in modern times.
Abishag f Biblical
Means "my father strays"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Abishag is a young woman who tends King David
in his old age.
Abital f Biblical
Means "my father is the night dew"
in Hebrew. She is the fifth wife of David
in the Old Testament.
'Abla f Arabic
in Arabic. The 7th-century Arabic poet Antara dedicated much of his poetry to a woman named Abla.
Acacia f English (Rare)
From the name of a type of tree, ultimately derived from Greek ἀκή (ake)
meaning "thorn, point".
Ada f English, German, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names such as Adelaide
that begin with the element adal
meaning "noble". This name was borne by Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), the Countess of Lovelace (known as Ada Lovelace), a daughter of Lord Byron. She was an assistant to Charles Babbage, the inventor of an early mechanical computer.
Adah f Biblical
in Hebrew. This was the name of the wives of both Lamech and Esau in the Old Testament.
Addison f & m English
From an English surname meaning "son of Adam"
. Its recent popularity as a feminine name stems from its similarity in sound to Madison
Adela f English, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Slovak, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element adal
. Saint Adela was a 7th-century Frankish princess who founded a monastery at Pfazel in France. This name was also borne by a daughter of William the Conqueror.
Adelaide f English, Italian, Portuguese
Means "noble type"
, from the French form of the Germanic name Adalheidis
, which was composed of the elements adal
"noble" and heid
"kind, sort, type". It was borne in the 10th century by Saint Adelaide, the wife of the Holy Roman emperor Otto the Great. In Britain the parallel form Alice
, derived via Old French, has historically been more common, though this form did gain some currency in the 19th century due to the popularity of the German-born wife of King William IV, for whom the city of Adelaide in Australia was named in 1836.
Adélie f French
Elaborated form of Adèle
. Adélie Land in Antarctica was named in 1840 by the French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville in honour of his wife Adèle (who was sometimes called Adélie).
Aderyn f Welsh
in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
Adhara f Astronomy
Derived from Arabic عذارى ('adhara)
. This is the name of the second brightest star (after Sirius) in the constellation Canis Major.
Aditi f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada
Means "boundless, entire"
or "freedom, security"
in Sanskrit. This is the name of an ancient Hindu goddess of the sky and fertility. According to the Vedas she is the mother of the gods.
Adoración f Spanish
in Spanish. This name refers to the event that is known in Christian tradition as the Adoration of the Magi, which is when the three Magi presented gifts to the infant Jesus
and worshipped him.
Adva f Hebrew
Means "small wave, ripple"
Aegle f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Αἴγλη (Aigle)
, which meant "light, radiance, glory"
. This was the name of several characters in Greek myth, including one of the Heliades and one of the Hesperides.
Ælfgifu f Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements ælf
"elf" and giefu
"gift". This was the name of the first wife of the English king Æðelræd II.
Aelita f Literature, Russian, Latvian
Created by Russian author Aleksey Tolstoy for his science fiction novel Aelita
(1923), where it belongs to a Martian princess. In the book, the name is said to mean "starlight seen for the last time" in the Martian language.
Aella f Greek Mythology
in Greek. In Greek myth this was the name of an Amazon warrior killed by Herakles
during his quest for Hippolyta's girdle.
Aeron m & f Welsh
Derived either from Welsh aeron
or else from the name of the River Aeron in Wales.
Æðelflæd f Anglo-Saxon
Old English name composed of the elements æðel
"noble" and flæd
"beauty". Æðelflæd was a 10th-century queen of Mercia.
Afërdita f Albanian
Means "daybreak, morning"
in Albanian, from afër
"nearby, close" and ditë
Afon f & m Welsh
in Welsh. This is a Welsh name of recent origin.
Afra 1 f Late Roman, Italian
Originally used by the Romans as a nickname for a woman from Africa. This was the name of two early saints.
África f Spanish
Spanish form of Africa 1
. It is usually taken from the title of the Virgin Mary
, Nuestra Señora de África
, the patron saint of the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in North Africa.
Africa 1 f African American (Rare)
From the name of the continent, which is of Latin origin, possibly from the Afri people who lived near Carthage in North Africa. This rare name is used most often by African-American parents.
Agatha f English, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἀγαθή (Agathe)
, derived from Greek ἀγαθός (agathos)
. Saint Agatha was a 3rd-century martyr from Sicily who was tortured and killed after spurning the advances of a Roman official. The saint was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). The mystery writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a famous modern bearer of this name.
Agaue f Greek Mythology
Means "illustrious, noble"
in Greek. This was the mother of Pentheus in Greek myth.
Aglaia f Greek Mythology, Greek
Means "splendour, beauty"
in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the three Graces or Χάριτες
(Charites). This name was also borne by a 4th-century saint from Rome.
Agnes f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Estonian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἁγνή (Hagne)
, derived from Greek ἁγνός (hagnos)
. Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb"
, resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side. Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe.... [more]
Agrippa m & f Ancient Roman, Biblical
Roman cognomen of unknown meaning, possibly from a combination of Greek ἄγριος (agrios)
meaning "wild" and ἵππος (hippos)
meaning "horse" or alternatively of Etruscan origin. It was also used as a praenomen, or given name, by the Furia and Menenia families. In the New Testament this name was borne by Herod Agrippa (a grandson of Herod the Great), the king of Israel who put the apostle James to death. It was also borne by the 1st-century BC Roman general Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa.
Agrippina f Ancient Roman
Feminine derivative of Agrippa
. This name was borne by the scheming mother of the Roman emperor Nero, who eventually had her killed. This was also the name of a 3rd-century Roman saint who is venerated in Sicily.
Agrona f Celtic Mythology (Hypothetical)
Perhaps derived from an old Celtic element agro
meaning "battle, slaughter"
. This is possibly the name of a Brythonic goddess for whom the River Ayr in Scotland was named.
Agurne f Basque
From Basque agur
meaning "greeting, salutation"
Ah m & f Chinese
From the Chinese character 阿 (ā)
, which has no distinct meaning. It is not normally given as a name, but it can be prefixed to another name to make it a diminutive.
Ahinoam f Biblical
Means "my brother is pleasant"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of wives of both Saul
Ai 1 f Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai)
meaning "love, affection", 藍 (ai)
meaning "indigo", or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
Ai 2 f Chinese
From Chinese 爱 (ài)
meaning "love, affection", 蔼 (ǎi)
meaning "friendly, lush", or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Aigerim f Kazakh
Means "wonderful moon"
, from Kazakh ай (ay)
meaning "moon" and керім (kerim)
Aiko f Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai)
meaning "love, affection" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child", as well as other character combinations.
Ailbhe f & m Irish
Possibly derived from the old Irish root albho
. In Irish legend this was the name of a female warrior of the Fianna. It was also the name of a 6th-century masculine saint, the founder of a monastery at Emly.
Ailsa f Scottish
From Ailsa Craig
, the name of an island off the west coast of Scotland, which is of uncertain derivation.
Aimi f Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai)
meaning "love, affection" and 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful". Other combinations of kanji characters are possible.
Aina 3 f Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai)
meaning "love, affection" and 菜 (na)
meaning "vegetables, greens", as well as other character combinations.
Áine f Irish
in Gaelic. This was the name of the queen of the fairies in Celtic mythology. It is also taken as an Irish form of Anne
Ainhoa f Basque
From the name of a town in southwest France where there is a famous image of the Virgin Mary
Ainsley f & m Scottish, English (Modern)
From a surname that was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves derive from Old English anne
"alone, solitary" or ansetl
"hermitage" and leah
Airi 1 f Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai)
meaning "love, affection" combined with 莉 (ri)
meaning "white jasmine" or 梨 (ri)
meaning "pear". Other combinations of kanji characters are possible.
Airi 2 f Finnish
From Finnish airut
meaning "messenger, herald"
, also influenced by place names beginning with the same sound.
Aisha f Arabic, Urdu, American
in Arabic. This was the name of Muhammad
's third wife, the daughter of Abu Bakr
. Some time after Muhammad's death she went to war against Ali
, the fourth caliph, but was defeated. This name is used more by Sunni Muslims and less by Shias.... [more]
Aisling f Irish
in Irish Gaelic. This name was created in the 20th century.
Aistė f Lithuanian
From the name of the Baltic tribe of the Aesti, mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus, called the Aisçiai
Aitana f Spanish
From the name of a mountain range in Valencia, eastern Spain. The Spanish poet Rafael Alberti used it for his daughter in 1941.
Aiza f Urdu
Meaning unknown, possibly of Arabic origin.
Akane f Japanese
From Japanese 茜 (akane)
meaning "deep red, dye from the rubia plant". Other kanji or combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
Akari f Japanese
From Japanese 明 (aka)
meaning "bright" or 朱 (aka)
meaning "vermilion red" combined with 里 (ri)
meaning "village" or 莉 (ri)
meaning "white jasmine". Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
Akemi f Japanese
From Japanese 明 (ake)
meaning "bright" and 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful". Other kanji combinations are possible.