Feminine Names

gender
usage
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, Estonian, 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 variant of HELGA.
HELLA f Danish, German
Variant 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.
HELVE f Estonian
Means "flake, snowflake" in Estonian.
HELVI f Finnish
Finnish vernacular form of HEDVIG.
HELVIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of HELVIUS.
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 Heinrich (see HENRY).
HENNIE m & f Dutch
Dutch diminutive and feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENNY f & m Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Diminutive of HENRIETTE, HENDRIKA or other names containing hen. In Dutch it can also be masculine as a diminutive of HENDRIK.
HENRIETTA f English, Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish
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 HENRI.
HENRIIKKA f Finnish
Finnish feminine form of Heinrich (see HENRY).
HENRIKA f Swedish (Rare)
Swedish feminine form of HENRIK.
HENRIKE f German
German feminine form of Heinrich (see HENRY).
HENRYKA f Polish
Polish feminine form of Heinrich (see 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.
HETA f Finnish
Finnish vernacular form of HEDVIG.
HETTIE f English
Diminutive of HENRIETTA or HESTER.
HEULWEN f Welsh
Means "sunshine" in Welsh.
HIBA f Arabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
HIBIKI m & f Japanese
From Japanese (hibiki) meaning "sound, echo".
HIBO f Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of HIBA.
HIFUMI m & f Japanese
From Japanese (hi) meaning "one", (fu) meaning "two" and (mi) meaning "three".
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.
HIKMAT m & f Arabic
Derived from Arabic حكمة (hikmah) meaning "wisdom".
HILA f Hebrew
Means "halo, aura" in Hebrew, from the root הָלַל (halal) meaning "to praise, to shine".
HILAL m & f Arabic, Turkish
Means "crescent moon" in Arabic, also referring to the new moon on the Islamic calendar. As a given name it is typically masculine in Arabic and feminine in Turkish.
HILARIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of HILARIUS.
HILARY f & m English
Medieval English form of HILARIUS or HILARIA. During the Middle Ages it was primarily a masculine name. It was revived in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century as a predominantly feminine name. In America, this name and the variant Hillary seemed to drop in popularity after Hillary Clinton (1947-) became the first lady.
HILD f Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of HILDA.
HILDA f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon (Latinized), Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element hild "battle". The short form was used for both Old English and continental Germanic names. Saint Hilda of Whitby was a 7th-century English saint and abbess. The name became rare in England during the later Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century.
HILDE f German, Dutch, Norwegian
German, Dutch and Norwegian variant of HILDA.
HILDEGARD f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and gard "enclosure". Saint Hildegard was a 12th-century mystic from Bingen in Germany who was famous for her writings and poetry and also for her prophetic visions.
HILDIGARDIS f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HILDEGARD.
HILDITRUT f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HILTRUD.
HILDIWARA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ALDARA.
HILDR f Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Old Norse cognate of HILDA. In Norse legend this was the name of a valkyrie.
HILDRED f & m English
Possibly from the Old English masculine name Hildræd, which was composed of the elements hild "battle" and ræd "counsel". This name was revived in the late 19th century, probably because of its similarity to the popular names Hilda and Mildred.
HILDUR f Icelandic, Norwegian
Icelandic form of HILDR.
HILJA f Finnish, Estonian
Means "silent, quiet" in Finnish and Estonian (a rare poetic word).
HILLA f Finnish
Short form of names beginning with Hil. It also means "cloudberry" in Finnish.
HILLARY f English
Variant of HILARY. A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), the first man to climb Mount Everest.
HILLEVI f Swedish, Finnish
Swedish and Finnish form of HEILWIG.
HILMA f Finnish, Swedish
Possibly a variant of HELMA or a feminine form of HILMAR.
HILTRAUD f German
Variant of HILTRUD.
HILTRUD f German
Means "strength in battle", derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and thrud "strength".
HINA f Japanese
From Japanese (hi) meaning "light, sun, male" or (hi) meaning "sun, day" combined with (na) meaning "vegetables, greens". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HINATA f & m Japanese
From Japanese 日向 (hinata) meaning "sunny place", 陽向 (hinata) meaning "toward the sun", or a non-standard reading of 向日葵 (himawari) meaning "sunflower". Other kanji compounds are also possible. Because of the irregular readings, this name is often written using the hiragana writing system.
HIND f Arabic
Possibly means "group of camels" in Arabic. Hind bint Abi Umayyah, also known as Umm Salama, was one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad. This is also the Arabic name for the country of India.
HINE f Maori
Means "girl" in Maori.
HIPPOLYTA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of HIPPOLYTE (1). Shakespeare used this name in his comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595).
HIPPOLYTE (1) f Greek Mythology
Feminine form of HIPPOLYTOS. In Greek legend Hippolyte was the daughter of Ares, and the queen of the Amazons. She was killed by Herakles in order to obtain her magic girdle.
HIRA f & m Urdu, Nepali, Punjabi, Indian, Gujarati, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit हीर (hira) meaning "diamond". It is typically feminine in Pakistan and unisex in India and Nepal.
HİRANUR f Turkish
From Hira, from Arabic حراء (Hira), the name of the cave where the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation, combined with Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
HIROKO f Japanese
From Japanese (hiro) meaning "tolerant, generous", (hiro) meaning "abundant" or (hiro) meaning "prosperous" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HIRUNE f Basque
Variant of IRUNE.
HITOMI f Japanese
From Japanese (hitomi) meaning "pupil of the eye". It can also come from (hito) meaning "history" and (mi) meaning "beautiful", as well as other kanji combinations. This name is often written with the hiragana writing system.
HIWOT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "life" in Amharic.
HJÖRDÍS f Icelandic
Icelandic form of HJÖRDIS.
HJÖRDIS f Swedish
Swedish form of the Old Norse name Hjǫrdís meaning "sword goddess", derived from the elements hjǫrr "sword" and dís "goddess".
HJØRDIS f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of HJÖRDIS.
HLA m & f Burmese
Means "pretty, favourable" in Burmese.
HLENGIWE f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "helped, rescued, redeemed" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
HLÍF f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of LIV (1).
HNUB f Hmong
Means "sun" in Hmong.
HOA f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hoa) meaning "flower".
HODAN f Eastern African, Somali
Means "rich, lush" in Somali.
HODE f Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish short form of HADASSAH.
HODEL f Yiddish (Rare)
Diminutive of HODE. This is the name of Tevye's second daughter in the musical Fiddler on the Roof (1964), based on late 19th-century stories by Sholem Aleichem.
HODIA f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of HODIAH.
HODIAH f Biblical
Means "majesty of YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This is the name of a wife of Ezra in the Old Testament.
HODIYAH f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of HODIAH.
HŌKŪLANI f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly star" from Hawaiian hōkū "star" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
HOLLIE f English
Variant of HOLLY.
HOLLIS m & f English
From an English surname that was derived from Middle English holis "holly trees". It was originally given to a person who lived near a group of those trees.
HOLLY f English
From the English word for the holly tree, ultimately derived from Old English holen.
HONEY f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word honey, ultimately from Old English hunig. This was originally a nickname for a sweet person.
HỒNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hồng) meaning "pink, rosy".
HONG m & f Chinese
From Chinese (hóng) meaning "rainbow", (hóng) meaning "enlarge, expand, great" (which is usually only masculine) or 鸿 (hóng) meaning "wild swan, great, vast" (also usually only masculine). Other characters can also form this name.
HONOKA f Japanese
From Japanese (hono) meaning "harmony" (using an obscure nanori reading) and (ka) meaning "flower", as well as other combinations of kanji that have the same pronunciation. Very often it is written using the hiragana writing system.
HONOR f & m English (Rare)
Variant of HONOUR, using the American spelling.
HONORA f Irish, English
Variant of HONORIA. It was brought to England and Ireland by the Normans.
HONORATA f Late Roman, Polish
Feminine form of HONORATUS.
HONORIA f Late Roman
Feminine form of HONORIUS.
HONORINA f Late Roman
Feminine form of HONORINUS.
HONORINE f French
French form of Honorina, a feminine form of the Roman name Honorinus, a derivative of HONORIUS. Saint Honorina was a 4th-century martyr from the Normandy region in France.
HONOUR f English (Rare)
From the English word honour, which is of Latin origin. This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century. It can also be viewed as a form of HONORIA or HONORATA, which are ultimately derived from the same source.
HOODA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هدى (see HUDA).
HOPE f English
From the English word hope, ultimately from Old English hopian. This name was first used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
HORATIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of HORATIUS.
HORTENSE f French, English
French form of HORTENSIA.
HORTENSIA f Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of the Roman family name Hortensius, possibly derived from Latin hortus meaning "garden".
HOSANNA f Biblical
From the Aramaic religious expression הושע נא (Hosha' na') meaning "deliver us" in Hebrew. In the New Testament this is exclaimed by those around Jesus when he first enters Jerusalem.
HOSHI f Japanese
From Japanese (hoshi) meaning "star" or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
HOSHIKO f Japanese
From Japanese (hoshi) meaning "star" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HOSNI m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسني (see HUSNI).
HOTARU f Japanese
From Japanese (hotaru) meaning "firefly".
HOUA f Hmong
Means "clouds" in Hmong.
HOUDA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هدى (see HUDA).
HOURIG f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Հուրիկ (see HURIK).
HOZAN m & f Kurdish
Means "poet, intellect" in Kurdish.
HRAFNHILDR f Ancient Scandinavian
From the Old Norse elements hrafn "raven" and hildr "battle".
HRAFNHILDUR f Icelandic
Icelandic form of HRAFNHILDR.
HRISTINA f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian form of CHRISTINA.
HRODOHAIDIS f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROSE.
HROTSUITHA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROSWITHA.
HUA f & m Chinese
From Chinese (huá) meaning "splendid, illustrious, Chinese" or (huā) meaning "flower, blossom" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
HUAN f & m Chinese
From Chinese (huān) meaning "happy, pleased", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
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.
HUDA f Arabic
Means "right guidance" in Arabic.
HUỆ f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (huệ) meaning "bright, intelligent" or (huệ) meaning "tuberose (flower)".
HUGUETTE f French
Feminine form of HUGUES.
HUHANA f Maori
Maori form of SUSAN.
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.
HULD f Norse Mythology
Old Norse variant of HULDA (1).
HULDA (1) f Icelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse hulda meaning "hiding, secrecy". This was the name of a sorceress in Norse mythology. As a modern name, it can also derive from archaic Swedish huld meaning "gracious, sweet, lovable".
HULDAH f Biblical
Means "weasel, mole" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament belonging to a prophetess.
HÜLYA f Turkish
Means "daydream" in Turkish.
HUMAIRA f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic حميراء (see HUMAYRA), as well as the usual Urdu transcription.
HUMAYRA f Arabic
Means "red" in Arabic. This was a name given by the Prophet Muhammad to his wife Aisha.
HÜMEYRA f Turkish
Turkish form of HUMAYRA.
HUNTER m & f English
From an occupational English surname for a hunter, derived from Old English hunta. A famous bearer was the eccentric American journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005).
HƯƠNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hương) meaning "fragrant".
HURIK f Armenian
Means "small fire" in Armenian.
HUSNA f Arabic
Means "more beautiful" in Arabic.
HUSNI m & f Arabic
Derived from Arabic حُسْن (husn) meaning "beauty, excellence, goodness".
HUSNIYA f Arabic (Rare)
Strictly feminine form of HUSNI.
HÜSNİYE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of HUSNI.
HUT-HERU f Egyptian Mythology (Hypothetical)
Reconstructed Egyptian form of HATHOR.
HWAN m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (hwan) meaning "shining, brilliant, lustrous" or other characters that are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character.
HYACINTH (2) f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower (or the precious stone that also bears this name), ultimately from Greek hyakinthos (see HYACINTHUS).
HYACINTHA f History (Ecclesiastical)
Latinate feminine form of HYACINTHUS, used to refer to the 17th-century Italian saint Hyacintha Mariscotti (real name Giacinta).
HYACINTHE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of HYACINTHUS.
HYE-JIN f Korean
From Sino-Korean (hye) meaning "bright, intelligent" or (hye) meaning "favour, benefit" combined with (jin) meaning "precious, rare". This name can be formed by a variety of other hanja character combinations as well.
HYEON m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or other characters that are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.
HYEON-JEONG f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or (hyeon) meaning "shine, glitter" combined with (jeong) meaning "court" or (jeong) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
HYEON-JU f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" and (ju) meaning "jewel, pearl". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
HYLEDD f Welsh
Variant of HELEDD.
HYPATIA f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ὕπατος (hypatos) meaning "highest, supreme". Hypatia of Alexandria was a 5th-century philosopher and mathematician, daughter of the mathematician Theon.
HYUN m & f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul (see HYEON).
HYUN-JOO f & m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 현주 (see HYEON-JU).
HYUN-JUNG f & m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 현정 (see HYEON-JEONG).
IAEL f Biblical Greek
Form of JAEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
IAHEL f Biblical Latin
Form of JAEL used in the Latin Old Testament.
IANTHA f Various
Variant of IANTHE.
IANTHE f Greek Mythology
Means "violet flower", derived from Greek ἴον (ion) meaning "violet" and ἄνθος (anthos) meaning "flower". This was the name of an ocean nymph in Greek mythology.
IARA f Indigenous American, Tupi
Means "lady of the water", from Tupi y "water" and îara "lady, mistress". In Brazilian folklore this is the name of a beautiful river nymph who would lure men into the water. She may have been based upon earlier Tupi legends.
IBB f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of ISABEL.
IBBIE f English
Diminutive of ISABEL.
IBEN f Danish, Norwegian
Possibly a feminine form of IB. It is associated with Danish ibenholt meaning "ebony".
IBOLYA f Hungarian
Means "violet" in Hungarian, ultimately from Latin viola.
IBTIHAJ f Arabic
Means "joy" in Arabic.
IBTISAM f Arabic
Means "smile" in Arabic.
ICÍAR f Spanish
Spanish variant of ITZIAR.
IDA f English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element id meaning "work, labour". The Normans brought this name to England, though it eventually died out there in the Middle Ages. It was strongly revived in the 19th century, in part due to the heroine in Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem The Princess (1847), which was later adapted into the play Princess Ida (1884) by Gilbert and Sullivan.... [more]
IDALIA f Ancient Germanic (Latinized), Greek Mythology, Polish (Rare)
Possibly from a Germanic name derived from the element idal, an extended form of id meaning "work, labour". Unrelated, this was also an epithet of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, given because the city of Idalion on Cyprus was a center of her cult.... [more]
ÍDE f Irish
Possibly derived from Old Irish ítu meaning "thirst". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
IDELLA f English
Elaboration of IDA.
IDELLE f English (Rare)
Elaboration of IDA.
IDIDA f Biblical Latin
Form of JEDIDAH used in the Latin Old Testament.
IDOIA f Basque
From the name of a sanctuary in Isaba, Navarre, possibly meaning "pond" in Basque, an important place of worship of the Virgin Mary.
IDONEA f English (Archaic)
Medieval English name, probably a Latinized form of IÐUNN. The spelling may have been influenced by Latin idonea "suitable". It was common in England from the 12th century.
IDONY f English (Archaic)
Medieval English vernacular form of IDONEA.
IDOWU m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born after twins" in Yoruba.
IDOYA f Basque
Variant of IDOIA.
IDRIL f Literature
Means "sparkle brilliance" in Sindarin. In the Silmarillion (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Idril was the daughter of Turgon, the king of Gondolin. She escaped the destruction of that place with her husband Tuor and sailed with him into the west.
IDUN f Norse Mythology, Swedish, Norwegian
Modern Scandinavian form of IÐUNN.
IDUNN f Norse Mythology, Norwegian
Norwegian variant form of IÐUNN.
IEDIDA f Biblical Greek
Form of JEDIDAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
IEKIKA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of JESSICA.
IESHA f African American (Modern)
Variant of AISHA. It was popularized by the song Iesha (1991) by Another Bad Creation.
IEVA f Lithuanian, Latvian
Lithuanian and Latvian form of EVE. This is also the Lithuanian and Latvian word for a type of cherry tree (species Prunus padus).
IFE f Western African, Yoruba
Means "love" in Yoruba.
IFIOK m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "wisdom" in Ibibio.
IGA f Polish
Diminutive of JADWIGA or IGNACJA.
IGE f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born feet first" in Yoruba.
IGNACIA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGNACJA f Polish (Rare)
Polish feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGNATIA f Late Roman
Feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGONE f Basque
Feminine form of IGON. It is a Basque equivalent of Ascensión.
IGRAINE f Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown, from Igerna, the Latinized form of Welsh Eigyr. In Arthurian legend she is the mother of King Arthur by Uther Pendragon and the mother of Morgan le Fay by Gorlois. The Welsh form Eigyr or Eigr was rendered into Latin as Igerna by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth.
IHAB m & f Arabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
IHINTZA f Basque
From Basque ihintz meaning "dew". It is a Basque equivalent of Rocío.
IHSAN m & f Arabic
Means "charity" in Arabic.
IIDA f Finnish
Finnish form of IDA.
IINA f Finnish
Short form of names ending with iina.
IINES f Finnish
Finnish form of AGNES.
IIRIS f Finnish
Finnish form of IRIS.
IISA f Finnish
Short form of names containing is, such as ISABELLA or ALIISA.
İKRA f Turkish
Turkish form of IQRA.
IKRAAM f & m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic إكرام (see IKRAM).
IKRAM f & m Arabic
Means "honour" in Arabic, from the root كَرُمَ (karuma) meaning "to be generous".
ILA f Indian, Hindi
Means "earth" or "speech" in Sanskrit.
ILANA f Hebrew
Feminine form of ILAN.
ILANIT f Hebrew
Feminine form of ILAN.
ILARGI f Basque
Means "moon" in Basque, a compound of hil "month" and argi "light".
ILARIA f Italian
Italian feminine form of HILARIUS.
ILARY f Italian (Modern)
Italian form of HILARY.
İLAYDA f Turkish
Possibly derived from the name of a Turkish water sprite.
ILDA f Italian
Italian form of HILDA.
ILDI f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ILDIKÓ.
ILDIKÓ f Hungarian
Possibly a form of HILDA. This name was borne by the last wife of Attila the Hun.
ILDÓ f Hungarian (Rare)
Hungarian diminutive of ILDIKÓ.
ILEANA f Romanian, Spanish, Italian
Possibly a Romanian variant of ELENA. In Romanian folklore this is the name of a princess kidnapped by monsters and rescued by a heroic knight.
ILENE f English
Variant of EILEEN, probably inspired by the spelling of Irene.
ILENIA f Italian
Meaning unknown, possibly an elaborated variant of ELENA.
ILHAM m & f Arabic, Indonesian, Uyghur
Means "inspiration" in Arabic.
ILI f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
ILIANA f Greek, Bulgarian
Feminine form of ILIAS (Greek) or ILIYA (Bulgarian).
ILIKE f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
ILINA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of ILIYA.
ILINCA f Romanian
Romanian diminutive of ELENA.
ILINKA f Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian
Feminine form of ILIJA.
ILITHYIA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Εἰλείθυια (Eileithyia), which was derived from εἰλήθυια (eilethyia) meaning "the readycomer". This was the name of the Greek goddess of childbirth and midwifery.
ILIYANA f Bulgarian
Feminine form of ILIYA.
ILKA f Hungarian, German
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
İLKAY f & m Turkish
Means "new moon" in Turkish, derived from ilk "first" and ay "moon".
İLKNUR f Turkish
Means "first light" in Turkish.
ILLUMINATA f Late Roman
Means "illuminated, brightened, filled with light" in Latin. This name was borne by a 4th-century saint from Todi, Italy.
ILMA (1) f Finnish (Rare)
Means "air" in Finnish.
ILMA (2) f Bosnian
Meaning unknown, possibly from Arabic عِلْم ('ilm) meaning "knowledge".
ILMATAR f Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish ilma "air" combined with a feminine suffix. In Finnish mythology Ilmatar was a semi-androgynous goddess of the heavens. She was the mother of Ilmarinen, Väinämöinen and Lemminkäinen.
ILME f Estonian
Estonian form of ILMA (1).
ILONA f Hungarian, German, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Hungarian form of HELEN. In Finland it is associated with the word ilona, a derivative of ilo "joy".
ILONKA f Hungarian, Czech
Hungarian and Czech diminutive of ILONA.
ILSA f German
Variant of ILSE.
ILSE f German, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH.
ILTA f Finnish
Means "evening" in Finnish.
IMAAN f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic إيمان (see IMAN).
IMACULADA f Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of INMACULADA.