Feminine Names

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GUNILLA f Swedish
Swedish variant of GUNHILD.
GUNN f Norwegian
Modern form of GUNNR.
GUNNEL f Swedish
Swedish variant of GUNHILD.
GUNNHILDUR f Icelandic
Icelandic form of GUNHILD.
GUNNR f Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse gunnr meaning "war". This was the name of a valkyrie in Norse legend.
GUNNVOR f Norwegian
Variant of GUNVOR.
GUNVOR f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Gunnvǫr meaning "cautious in war" from gunnr "war" combined with vǫr "vigilant, cautious".
GUO m & f Chinese
From Chinese (guó) meaning "country" or other Chinese characters pronounced in a similar way.
GURDEEP m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit गुरु (guru) meaning "teacher, guru" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
GURMEET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit गुरु (guru) meaning "teacher, guru" and मित्र (mitra) meaning "friend".
GURO f Norwegian
Norwegian diminutive of GUDRUN.
GURPREET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit गुरु (guru) meaning "teacher, guru" and प्रीति (priti) meaning "pleasure, joy, love".
GURUTZE f Basque
Feminine form of GURUTZ.
GUSSIE f English
Diminutive of AUGUSTA.
GUSTA f Dutch
Short form of AUGUSTA.
GUÐLAUG f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements guð meaning "god" and laug possibly meaning "betrothed woman".
GUÐRÍÐR f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements guð "god" and fríðr "beautiful".
GUÐRÍÐUR f Icelandic
Icelandic form of GUÐRÍÐR.
GUÐRÚN f Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse form of GUDRUN, as well as the modern Icelandic form.
GUUSJE f Dutch
Feminine form of GUUS.
GWAWR f Welsh
Means "dawn" in Welsh.
GWEN f Welsh, English
From Welsh gwen, the feminine form of gwyn meaning "white, fair, blessed". It can also be a short form of GWENDOLEN, GWENLLIAN, and other names beginning with Gwen.
GWENAËLLE f French, Breton
Feminine form of GWENAËL.
GWENDA f Welsh, English
Derived from the Welsh elements gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed" and da meaning "good". This name was created in the 20th century.
GWENDOLEN f Welsh
Means "white ring", derived from the Welsh elements gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed" and dolen meaning "ring, loop". This was the name of a mythical queen of the Britons who defeated her husband in battle, as told by Geoffrey of Monmouth.
GWENETH f Welsh
Variant of GWYNETH.
GWENFREWI f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed" and ffrewi meaning "reconciliation, peace". Saint Gwenffrewi or Winifred was a 7th-century Welsh martyr.
GWENITH f Welsh
Variant of GWYNETH, perhaps influenced by the Welsh word gwenith meaning "wheat".
GWENLLIAN f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed" and probably lliain meaning "flaxen". This name was popular among medieval Welsh royalty. It was borne by the 14th-century daughter of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd.
GWENYTH f Welsh
Variant of GWYNETH.
GWLADUS f Welsh
Original Welsh form of GLADYS.
GWLADYS f Welsh
Variant of GLADYS.
GWYNEDD f & m Welsh
From the name of a region in Wales, named after an ancient kingdom, which may be derived from the old Welsh given name Cunedda.
GWYNEIRA f Welsh
Means "white snow" from the Welsh element gwyn meaning "white, fair, blessed" combined with eira meaning "snow".
GWYNETH f Welsh, English (Modern)
Possibly a variant of GWYNEDD or a form of Welsh gwyn meaning "white, fair, blessed". It has been common in Wales since the 19th century.
GYDA f Danish
Danish form of Gyða (see GYTHA).
GYEONG m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (gyeong) meaning "capital city", (gyeong) meaning "scenery, view", (gyeong) meaning "respect, honour", or other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.
GYEONG-HUI f Korean
From Sino-Korean (gyeong) meaning "respect, honour" and (hui) meaning "beauty". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
GYEONG-JA f Korean
From Sino-Korean (gyeong) meaning "congratulate, celebrate" or (gyeong) meaning "respect, honour" combined with (ja) meaning "child". This name can be formed of other hanja character combinations as well. Korean feminine names ending with the character (a fashionable name suffix in Japan, read as -ko in Japanese) became less popular after Japanese rule of Korea ended in 1945.
GYEONG-SUK f Korean
From Sino-Korean (gyeong) meaning "capital city" and (suk) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
GYNETH f Literature
Perhaps a variant of GWYNETH. Sir Walter Scott used this name for the daughter of King Arthur in his work The Bridal of Triermain (1813).
GYÖNGYI f Hungarian
From Hungarian gyöngy meaning "pearl", of Turkic origin.
GYÖRGYI f Hungarian
Hungarian feminine form of GEORGE.
GYÖRGYIKE f Hungarian
Diminutive of GYÖRGYI.
GYPSY f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word Gypsy for the nomadic people who originated in northern India. The word was originally a corruption of Egyptian. It is sometimes considered pejorative.
GYÐA f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of GYTHA.
GYTHA f English (Archaic)
From Gyða, an Old Norse diminutive of GUÐRÍÐR. It was borne by a Danish noblewoman who married the English lord Godwin of Wessex in the 11th century. The name was used in England for a short time after that, and was revived in the 19th century.
HABIBA f Arabic
Feminine form of HABIB.
HACER f Turkish
Turkish form of HAGAR.
HADAR f & m Hebrew
Means "splendour, glory" in Hebrew.
HADAS f Hebrew
Means "myrtle tree" in Hebrew.
HADASA f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew הֲדַסָּה (see HADASSAH).
HADASSAH f Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew הֲדַס (hadas) meaning "myrtle tree". In the Old Testament this is the Hebrew name of Queen Esther.
HADEWIDIS f Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements hadu meaning "battle, combat" and wid meaning "wide".
HADEWIG f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HEDWIG.
HADEWYCH f Dutch
Dutch form of HEDWIG.
HADIA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هادية (see HADIYA).
HADIL f Arabic
Means "cooing (of a pigeon)" in Arabic.
HADIYA f Arabic
Feminine form of HADI.
HADİYE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of HADI.
HADIYYA f Arabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
HADLEY f & m English
From an English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "heather field" in Old English.
HADRIANA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of HADRIANUS.
HADYA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هادية (see HADIYA).
HADYN m & f English (Rare)
Variant of HAYDEN.
HAF f Welsh
Means "summer" in Welsh.
HAFSA f Arabic
Means "gathering" in Arabic. This was the name of the daughter of Umar, the second caliph, and a wife of Muhammad.
HAFSAH f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حفصة (see HAFSA).
HAFZA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حفصة (see HAFSA).
HAGAR f Biblical, Biblical German, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "flight" in Hebrew, though it could also be of unknown Egyptian origin. In the Old Testament she is the concubine of Abraham and the mother of Ishmael, the founder of the Arab people. After Abraham's wife Sarah finally gave birth to a child, she had Hagar and Ishmael expelled into the desert. However, God heard their crying and saved them.
HAGGITH f Biblical
Means "festive" in Hebrew, derived from the root חָגַג (chagag). In the Old Testament this is the name of one of King David's wives.
HAGIR f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هاجر (see HAJAR).
HAGIT f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of HAGGITH.
HAGNE f Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of AGNES.
HAI m & f Chinese
From Chinese (hǎi) meaning "sea, ocean" or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
HAIDEE f Literature
Perhaps intended to derive from Greek αἰδοῖος (aidoios) meaning "modest, reverent". This name was created by Lord Byron for a character (written as Haidée) in his 1819 poem Don Juan.
HAIFA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هيفاء (see HAYFA).
HAILWIC f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HEILWIG.
HAIZEA f Basque
Means "wind" in Basque.
HAJAR f Arabic
Arabic form of HAGAR.
HAJNA f Hungarian
Shortened form of HAJNAL. The Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty used it in his epic poem Zalán Futása (1825).
HAJNAL f Hungarian
Means "dawn" in Hungarian.
HAJNALKA f Hungarian
Means "morning glory (flower)" in Hungarian.
HAJNI f Hungarian
Diminutive of HAJNAL or HAJNALKA.
HALA f Arabic
Means "halo around the moon" in Arabic. This was the name of a sister-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.
HALCYON f Various
From the name of a genus of kingfisher birds, derived from Greek ἀλκυών (from the same source as ALCYONE).
HALCYONE f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀλκυόνη (see ALCYONE), via the misspelled variant Ἁλκυόνη (Halkyone). The spelling variation was due to a false association with ἅλς (hals) meaning "salt, sea".
HALE (1) f Turkish
Turkish form of HALA.
HALİDE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of KHALID.
HALIMA f Arabic
Feminine form of HALIM. Halima was the name of the foster mother of the Prophet Muhammad.
HALİME f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of HALIM.
HALINA f Polish, Belarusian
Polish and Belarusian form of GALINA.
HALKYONE f Greek Mythology
Greek variant (or misspelling) of HALCYONE.
HALLDÓRA f Icelandic
Icelandic feminine form of HALDOR.
HALLE (2) f English (Modern)
In the case of American actress Halle Berry (1966-), it is from the name of a department store in Cleveland where she was born (the store was founded by brothers bearing the German surname Halle, a cognate of HALL).
HALLEL f Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew הָלַל (halal) meaning "praise". This is the name of a Jewish prayer, consisting of several psalms.
HALLIE f English
Diminutive of HARRIET.
HALYNA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of GALINA.
HAMIDA f Arabic
Feminine form of HAMID (1).
HAMİDE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of HAMID (1).
HAMIDE f Persian
Persian feminine form of HAMID (1).
HANA (1) f Arabic, Bosnian
Means "bliss, happiness" in Arabic.
HANA (2) f Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Sorbian
Czech, Slovak, Croatian and Sorbian form of HANNAH.
HANA (3) f Japanese
From Japanese (hana) or (hana) both meaning "flower". Other kanji or kanji combinations can form this name as well.
HANA (4) f Korean
Means "one" in Korean.
HANAA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هناء (see HANA (1)).
HANAE f Japanese
From Japanese (hana) or (hana), which both mean "flower", combined with (e) meaning "picture" or (e) meaning "favour, benefit". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HANAKO f Japanese
From Japanese (hana) meaning "flower" and (ko) meaning "child", as well as other kanji combinations.
HANAN (2) f Arabic
Means "mercy, compassion" in Arabic.
HANDAN f Turkish
From Persian خندان (khandan) meaning "laughing, smiling".
HANDE f Turkish
From Persian خنده (khandeh) meaning "laughter, smile".
HANEUL m & f Korean
Means "heaven, sky" in Korean.
HẰNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hằng) meaning "lady".
HANGA f Hungarian
Means "heather" in Hungarian.
HANIA (1) f Polish
Polish diminutive of HANNA (1).
HANIA (2) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هنيّة (see HANIYYA).
HANIFA f Arabic
Feminine form of HANIF.
HANİFE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of HANIF.
HANIYA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هنيّة (see HANIYYA).
HANIYAH f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هنيّة (see HANIYYA).
HANIYYA f Arabic
Means "pleasant" in Arabic.
HANNAH f English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Arabic, Biblical
From the Hebrew name חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour, grace", derived from the root חָנַן (chanan). In the Old Testament this is the name of the wife of Elkanah. Her rival was Elkanah's other wife Peninnah, who had children while Hannah remained barren. After a blessing from Eli she finally became pregnant with Samuel.... [more]
HANNE (1) f & m Danish, Norwegian, German, Dutch
Danish and Norwegian short form of JOHANNE, or a German and Dutch short form of JOHANNA. This can also be a Dutch short form of JOHANNES (masculine).
HANNELE f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of JOHANNA or HANNAH.
HANNELORE f German
Combination of HANNE (1) and ELEONORE.
HANNIE f Dutch
Diminutive of JOHANNA.
HAPPY f & m English (Rare)
From the English word happy, derived from Middle English hap "chance, luck", of Old Norse origin.
HAREGEWOIN f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "grape vine" in Amharic.
HARINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of HARENDRA used by Sikhs.
HARIS (2) m & f Greek
Modern Greek form of CHARES or CHARIS.
HARLEY m & f English
From a surname that was derived from a place name, itself from Old English hara "hare" and leah "woodland, clearing".
HARLOW f & m English
From a surname derived from a place name, itself derived from Old English hær "rock" or here "army", combined with hlaw "hill".
HARMONIA f Greek Mythology
Means "harmony, agreement" in Greek. She was the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite, given by Zeus to Cadmus to be his wife.
HARMONY f English
From the English word harmony, ultimately deriving from Greek ἁρμονία (harmonia).
HARPER f & m English
From an Old English surname that originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps. A notable bearer was the American author Harper Lee (1926-2016), who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.
HARPREET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From the name of the Hindu god HARI and Sanskrit प्रीति (priti) meaning "pleasure, joy, love".
HARRIET f English
English form of HENRIETTE, and thus a feminine form of HARRY. It was first used in the 17th century, becoming very common in the English-speaking world by the 18th century. A famous bearer was Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), the American author who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin.
HARRIETT f English
Variant of HARRIET.
HARSHADA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Feminine form of HARSHAD.
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.
HARUKA f & m Japanese
From Japanese (haruka) meaning "distant, remote". It can also come from (haru) meaning "spring" or (haru) meaning "clear weather" combined with (ka) meaning "flower, blossom" or (ka) meaning "fragrance". Additionally, other kanji combinations can form this name.
HARUKO f Japanese
From Japanese (haru) meaning "spring" or (haru) meaning "light, sun, male" combined with (ko) meaning "child", as well as other kanji combinations.
HARUNA f Japanese
From Japanese (haru) meaning "clear weather", (haru) meaning "distant, remote" or (haru) meaning "spring" combined with (na) meaning "vegetables, greens". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HASNA f Arabic
Means "beauty" in Arabic.
HATHOR f Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian hut-Heru meaning "the house of Horus", derived from Egyptian hwt "house" combined with Hr the god HORUS. In Egyptian mythology she was the goddess of love, often depicted with the head of a cow.
HATİCE f Turkish
Turkish form of KHADIJA.
HATIDŽA f Bosnian
Bosnian form of KHADIJA.
HATSHEPSUT f Ancient Egyptian
Means "foremost of noble women" in Egyptian. This was the name of a pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. She may have been the first woman to take the title of Pharaoh.
HATTIE f English
Diminutive of HARRIET.
HATTY f English
Diminutive of HARRIET.
HAUKEA f Hawaiian
Means "white snow" from Hawaiian hau "snow" and kea "white".
HAUNANI f Hawaiian
Means "beautiful snow" from Hawaiian hau "snow" and nani "beauty, glory".
HAURVATAT f Persian Mythology
Means "health, perfection, wholeness" in Avestan. This was the name of a Zoroastrian goddess (one of the Amesha Spenta) of health and water.
HAVA f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew חַוָּה (see CHAVA).
HAVEN f & m English
From the English word for a safe place, derived ultimately from Old English hæfen.
HAVVA f Turkish
Turkish form of EVE.
HAWA f Arabic
Arabic form of EVE.
HAWISE f Medieval English
English form of a medieval French name appearing in various spellings such as Haueis or Haouys, which were derived from HADEWIDIS. The name was borne by a number of Norman and Anglo-Norman noblewomen from the 11th to 13th centuries.
HAYDÉE f Spanish, French (Rare)
Spanish and French form of HAIDEE, from Lord Byron's Don Juan (1819). It was later used by Alexander Dumas for a character in The Count of Monte Cristo (1844).
HAYDEN m & f English
From an English surname that was derived from place names meaning either "hay valley" or "hay hill", derived from Old English heg "hay" and denu "valley" or dun "hill".
HAYFA f Arabic
Means "slender" in Arabic.
HAYLEY f English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally derived from the name of an English town (meaning "hay clearing" from Old English heg "hay" and leah "clearing"). It was popularized by the British child actress Hayley Mills (1946-), though the name did not become common until over a decade after she first became famous.
HA-YUN f Korean
From Sino-Korean (ha) meaning "summer, name" combined with (yun) meaning "sunlight". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
HAZAL f Turkish
Means "dried leaf, fallen leaf" in Turkish.
HAZAN f Turkish
Means "autumn" in Turkish.
HAZE f English (Rare)
Short form of HAZEL.
HAZEL f English
From the English word hazel for the tree or the light brown colour, derived ultimately from Old English hæsel. It was coined as a given name in the 19th century.
HE f & m Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "river, stream", () meaning "harmony, peace", or () meaning "lotus, water lily" (which is usually only feminine). Other characters can form this name as well. A famous bearer was the 15th-century explorer Zheng He.
HEATHER f English
From the English word heather for the variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers, which commonly grow in rocky areas. It is derived from Middle English hather. It was first used as a given name in the late 19th century, though it did not become popular until the last half of the 20th century.
HEAVEN f English (Modern)
From the English vocabulary word meaning "paradise".
HEBE f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἥβη (hebe) meaning "youth". In Greek mythology Hebe was the daughter of Zeus and Hera. She was a goddess of youth who acted as the cupbearer to the gods.
HECATE f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Ἑκάτη (Hekate), possibly derived from ἑκάς (hekas) meaning "far off". In Greek mythology Hecate was a goddess associated with witchcraft, crossroads, tombs, demons and the underworld.
HECUBA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἑκάβη (Hekabe), which is of uncertain meaning. According to Greek mythology this was the name of the primary wife of King Priam of Troy. By him she was the mother of Hector, Paris, Cassandra and many others.
HED m & f Hebrew
Means "echo" in Hebrew.
HEDDA f Norwegian, Swedish
Diminutive of HEDVIG. This is the name of the heroine of the play Hedda Gabler (1890) by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen.
HÉDI (1) f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of HEDVIG.
HEDIİYE f Turkish
Turkish form of HADIYYA.
HEDVIG f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian
Scandinavian and Hungarian form of HEDWIG.
HEDVIGA f Slovak
Slovak form of HEDWIG.
HEDVIKA f Czech, Slovene
Czech and Slovene form of HEDWIG.
HEDWIG f German
From the Germanic name Hadewig, derived from the Germanic elements hadu "battle, combat" and wig "war". This was the name of a 13th-century German saint, the wife of the Polish duke Henry the Bearded. It was subsequently borne by a 14th-century Polish queen (usually known by her Polish name Jadwiga) who is now also regarded as a saint.
HEDY f German, Dutch
Diminutive of HEDWIG and other Germanic names beginning with the element hadu meaning "battle, combat".
HEFINA f Welsh
Feminine form of HEFIN.
HEGE f Norwegian, Danish
Diminutive of HELGA.
HEIDA f German
German diminutive of ADELHEID.
HEIDE f German
German diminutive of ADELHEID. It also coincides with the German word meaning "heath".
HEIDEMARIE f German
Combination of HEIDE and MARIE.
HEIDI f German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, English
German diminutive of ADELHEID. This is the name of the title character in the children's novel Heidi (1880) by the Swiss author Johanna Spyri. The name began to be used in the English-speaking world shortly after the 1937 release of the movie adaptation, which starred Shirley Temple.
HEIDRUN f Norse Mythology, German
Derived from Old Norse heiðr meaning "bright, clear" and rún meaning "secret". In Norse mythology this was the name of a goat that would eat the leaves from the tree of life and produce mead in her udder.
HEIKE f & m Low German, Frisian, Dutch
Low German diminutive of HENRIKE or HEINRICH.
HEILWIG f German (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements heil "happy, hearty, healthy" and wig "war".
HEINRIKE f German (Rare)
Feminine form of HEINRICH.
HEINTJE f Dutch
Feminine diminutive of HENDRIK.
HEIRANI f Tahitian
From Tahitian hei "crown, garland" and rani "heaven, sky".
HEIÐRÚN f Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of HEIDRUN.
HEITIARE f Tahitian
From Tahitian hei "crown, garland" and tiare "flower".
HEKABE f Greek Mythology
Greek form of HECUBA.
HEKATE f Greek Mythology
Greek form of HECATE.
HEKLA f Icelandic
From the name of an active Icelandic volcano, derived from Old Norse hekla meaning "cloak".
HEL f Norse Mythology
In Norse mythology this was the name of the daughter of Loki. She got her name from the underworld, also called Hel, where she ruled, which meant "to conceal, to cover" in Old Norse (related to the English word hell).
HELAH f Biblical
Means "rust" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name is mentioned as one of the wives of Asher.
HELEDD f Welsh
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a semi-legendary 7th-century Welsh princess.
HELEEN f Dutch
Dutch variant of HELEN.
HELEENA f Finnish
Finnish variant of HELENA.
HELEENTJE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of HELEN.
HELEN f English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek Mythology (Anglicized)
English form of the Greek Ἑλένη (Helene), probably from Greek ἑλένη (helene) meaning "torch" or "corposant", or possibly related to σελήνη (selene) meaning "moon". In Greek mythology Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, whose kidnapping by Paris was the cause of the Trojan War. The name was also borne by the 4th-century Saint Helena, mother of the Roman emperor Constantine, who supposedly found the True Cross during a trip to Jerusalem.... [more]
HELÉNA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of HELEN.
HELĒNA f Latvian
Latvian form of HELEN.
HÉLÈNE f French
French form of HELEN.
HELENE f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Ancient Greek form of HELEN, as well as the modern Scandinavian and German form.
HELENKA f Czech, Polish
Czech and Polish diminutive of HELENA.
HELEWIDIS f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ELOISE.
HELI (2) f Finnish
Diminutive of HELENA.
HELKA f Finnish
Finnish form of HELGA.
HELLÄ f Finnish
Means "gentle, tender" in Finnish.
HELLE (1) f Danish, Norwegian
Danish variant of HELGA.
HELLE (2) f Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek mythology Helle was the daughter of Athamus and Nephele. She and her brother Phrixus escaped sacrifice by fleeing on the back of a golden ram, but during their flight she fell off and drowned in the strait that connects the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara, which was thereafter called the Hellespont ("the sea of Helle").
HELLEN f English
Variant of HELEN.
HELMA f German, Dutch
Short form of WILHELMINA.
HELMI f Finnish, Swedish
Diminutive of VILHELMIINA or VILHELMINA. It also means "pearl" in Finnish.
HELMINE f German
Short form of WILHELMINE.
HELOÍSA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of ELOISE.
HÉLOÏSE f French
French form of ELOISE.
HEMA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada
Means "golden" in Sanskrit.
HEMERA f Greek Mythology
Means "day" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified the daytime. According to Hesiod she was the daughter of Nyx, the personification of the night.
HENDA f Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish variant of HANNAH.
HENDEL f Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish diminutive of HANNAH.
HENDRIKA f Dutch
Feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENDRIKJE f Dutch
Feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENDRINA f Dutch
Feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENE f Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish variant of HANNAH.
HENG m & f Chinese
From Chinese (héng) meaning "constant, persistent", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
HENNA f Finnish
Finnish feminine form of HENRY.
HENNIE m & f Dutch
Dutch diminutive and feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENNY m & f Dutch
Dutch diminutive and feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENRIETTA f English, Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch
Latinate form of HENRIETTE. It was introduced to England by Henriette Marie, the wife of the 17th-century English king Charles I. The name Henriette was also Anglicized as Harriet, a form that was initially more popular.
HENRIËTTE f Dutch
Dutch form of HENRIETTE.
HENRIETTE f French, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
French feminine diminutive of HENRY.
HENRIIKKA f Finnish
Finnish feminine form of HENRY.
HENRIKA f Swedish (Rare)
Swedish feminine form of HENRY.
HENRIKE f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
German and Scandinavian feminine form of HENRY.
HENRYKA f Polish
Polish feminine form of HENRY.
HENYE f Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish variant of HANNAH.
HEPHZIBAH f Biblical
Means "my delight is in her" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is the wife of King Hezekiah of Judah and the mother of Manasseh.
HERA f Greek Mythology
Uncertain meaning, possibly from Greek ἥρως (heros) meaning "hero, warrior"; ὥρα (hora) meaning "period of time"; or αἱρέω (haireo) meaning "to be chosen". In Greek mythology Hera was the queen of the gods, the sister and wife of Zeus. She presided over marriage and childbirth.
HERAIS f Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name that was probably derived from the name of the Greek goddess HERA.
HERENUI f Tahitian
From Tahitian here "loved, dear" and nui "big".
HERLEVA f Ancient Germanic
Germanic name, possibly a derivative of hari "army", era "honour", or erla "noble" (or their Old Norse cognates). This was the name of the mother of William the Conqueror, who, according to tradition, was a commoner.
HERMIA f Literature
Feminine form of HERMES. Shakespeare used this name in his comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595).
HERMINE f German, French
Feminine form of HERMAN.
HERMÍNIA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of HERMINIUS.
HERMIONE f Greek Mythology
Derived from the name of the Greek messenger god HERMES. In Greek myth Hermione was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. This is also the name of the wife of Leontes in Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale (1610). It is now closely associated with the character Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series of books, first released in 1997.
HERO (1) f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἥρως (heros) meaning "hero". In Greek legend she was the lover of Leander, who would swim across the Hellespont each night to meet her. He was killed on one such occasion when he got caught in a storm while in the water, and when Hero saw his dead body she drowned herself. This is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing (1599).
HERODIAS f Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Feminine form of HEROD. This was the name of a member of the Herodian ruling family of Judea, a sister of Herod Agrippa and the wife of Herod Antipas. She appears in the New Testament, where she contrives to have her husband Antipas imprison and execute John the Baptist.
HEROIDIAS f Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of HERODIAS.
HERSILIA f Roman Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Roman legend this was the name of a Sabine woman who became the wife of Romulus.
HERTA f German
Variant of HERTHA.
HERTHA f German
Form of NERTHUS. The spelling change from N to H resulted from a misreading of Tacitus's text.
HERUT f Hebrew
Means "freedom" in Hebrew.
HESTER f English, Biblical Latin
Latin form of ESTHER. Like Esther, it has been used in England since the Protestant Reformation. Nathaniel Hawthorne used it for the heroine of his novel The Scarlet Letter (1850), Hester Prynne, a Puritan woman forced to wear a red letter A on her chest after giving birth to a child out of wedlock.
HESTIA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἑστία (hestia) meaning "hearth, fireside". In Greek mythology Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and domestic activity.
HETTIE f English
Diminutive of HENRIETTA or HESTER.
HEULWEN f Welsh
Means "sunshine" in Welsh.
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