Feminine Names

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MÒR f Scottish
Means "great" in Scottish Gaelic. It is sometimes translated into English as Sarah.
MOR f & m Hebrew
Means "myrrh" in Hebrew.
MÒRAG f Scottish
Diminutive of MÒR.
MORAN f & m Hebrew
Means "viburnum shrub" in Hebrew.
MORANA f Slavic Mythology, Croatian
From a Slavic root meaning "death, plague". In Slavic mythology this was the name of the goddess of winter and death.
MORDAD f Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of AMORDAD. This is the name of the fifth month in the Iranian calendar.
MOREEN f Irish, English
Anglicized form of MÓIRÍN. It is sometimes used as a variant of MAUREEN.
MORENA f Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of MORENO.
MORGAINE f Arthurian Romance
Variant of MORGAN (2), from a French form.
MORGAN (1) m & f Welsh, English, French
From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which was possibly derived from Welsh mor "sea" and cant "circle". Since the 1980s in America Morgan has been more common for girls than boys, perhaps due to stories of Morgan le Fay or the fame of actress Morgan Fairchild (1950-).
MORGAN (2) f Arthurian Romance
Modern form of Morgen, which was used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century for the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, who was unnamed in earlier stories. Geoffrey probably did not derive it from the Welsh masculine name Morgan, which would have been spelled Morcant in his time. He may have based it on the Irish name MUIRGEN.
MORGANA f English (Rare)
Feminine form of MORGAN (1).
MORGANE f French
French, either a form of MORGAN (2) or a feminine form of MORGAN (1).
MORIAH f English (Modern)
From Hebrew מֹרִיָה (Moriyah) possibly meaning "seen by YAHWEH". This is a place name in the Old Testament, both the land where Abraham is to sacrifice Isaac and the mountain upon which Solomon builds the temple. They may be the same place. Since the 1980s it has occasionally been used as a feminine given name in America.
MORIKO f Japanese
From Japanese (mori) meaning "forest" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
MORNA f Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MUIRNE.
MORRIGAN f Irish Mythology
Derived from Irish Mór Ríoghain meaning "great queen". In Irish myth she was a goddess of war and death who often took the form of a crow.
MORTA f Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of MARTHA.
MORVARID f Persian
Means "pearl" in Persian.
MORVEN f Scottish
From a Scottish place name meaning "big gap". This was the name of Fingal's kingdom in James Macpherson's poems.
MORWENNA f Cornish, Welsh
Means "maiden" in Cornish (related to the Welsh word morwyn). This was the name of a 6th-century Cornish saint.
MOTYA m & f Russian
Diminutive of MATVEY or MATRONA.
MOUNA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic منى (see MUNA).
MOYRA f Irish, Scottish
Variant of MOIRA.
MOZHDEH f Persian
Means "good news" in Persian.
MOZHGAN f Persian
Means "eyelashes" in Persian.
MPHATSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
MPHO m & f Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
MRIDULA f Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit मृदु (mridu) meaning "soft, delicate, gentle".
MTENDERE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
MU m & f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "admire, desire", () meaning "tree, wood", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
MUADHNAIT f Irish
Means "little noble one", derived from Irish muadh "noble, good" combined with a diminutive suffix.
MUBINA f Arabic
Feminine form of MUBIN.
MUDIWA f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "beloved" in Shona.
MÜGE f Turkish
Means "lily of the valley" in Turkish (species Convallaria majalis).
MUHSINA f Arabic
Feminine form of MUHSIN.
MUIREALL f Scottish
Scottish form of MUIRGEL.
MUIREANN f Irish
Variant of MUIRENN.
MUIRENN f Irish, Irish Mythology
Either derived from Gaelic muir "sea" and fionn "fair, white", or else a variant of MUIRNE.
MUIRGEL f Irish
Means "bright sea", derived from Gaelic muir "sea" and geal "bright".
MUIRGEN f Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "born of the sea" in Gaelic. In Irish legend this was the name of a woman (originally named Líban) who was transformed into a mermaid. After 300 years she was brought to shore, baptized, and transformed back into a woman.
MUIRGHEAL f Irish
Modern form of MUIRGEL.
MUIRÍN f Irish
Modern form of MUIRGEN.
MUIRNE f Irish Mythology
Means "festive" in Irish Gaelic. In Irish legend this was the name of the mother of Fionn mac Cumhail.
MÜJDE f Turkish
Turkish form of MOZHDEH.
MÜJGAN f Turkish
Turkish form of MOZHGAN.
MUKAMI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "the one who milks the cows" in Kikuyu.
MUKTA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "liberated, set free" in Sanskrit.
MUMBI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "she who shapes" in Kikuyu. In Kikuyu mythology Mumbi was the wife of Gikuyu and the mother of his nine daughters.
MUMINA f Arabic
Feminine form of MUMIN.
MÜMİNE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of MUMIN.
MUNA f Arabic
Means "wishes, desires", from the plural of Arabic منية (munyah).
MUNASHE m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona.
MUNIRA f Arabic
Feminine form of MUNIR.
MÜNİRE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of MUNIR.
MUNKHTSETSEG f Mongolian
Alternate transcription of Mongolian Cyrillic Мөнхцэцэг (see MÖNKHTSETSEG).
MUNYA f Arabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.
MURDAG f Scottish
Feminine form of MURDO.
MURIEL f English, French, Irish
Medieval English form of a Celtic name that was probably related to the Irish name MUIRGEL. The Normans brought it to England from Brittany. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1856).
MURIELLE f French
French variant of MURIEL.
MURNA f Irish
Anglicized form of MUIRNE.
MURPHY m & f Irish, English
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of MURCHADH".
MURRON f Scottish
Scottish form of MUIRENN.
MUTHONI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "mother-in-law" in Kikuyu.
MWANAJUMA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Friday" in Swahili.
MY f Swedish
Swedish diminutive of MARIA.
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.
MYEONG-SUK f Korean
From Sino-Korean (myeong) meaning "bright, light, clear" combined with (suk) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming". Other hanja combinations are possible.
MYF f Welsh
Short form of MYFANWY.
MYFANWY f Welsh
Means "my woman" from the Welsh prefix my "my" combined with banw "woman".
MYKHAILA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian feminine form of MICHAEL.
MYLA f English (Modern)
Possibly a feminine form of MILES, influenced by similar-sounding names such as Kyla.
MYLÈNE f French
Combination of MARIE and HÉLÈNE. It can also be used as a French form of MILENA.
MYNTE f Danish
Means "mint" in Danish.
MYRA f English
Created by the 17th-century poet Fulke Greville. He possibly based it on Latin myrra meaning "myrrh" (a fragrant resin obtained from a tree). Otherwise, he may have simply rearranged the letters from the name MARY. Although unrelated etymologically, this is also the name of an ancient city of Anatolia.
MYRIAM f French
French form of MIRIAM.
MYRNA f Irish
Anglicized form of MUIRNE.
MYRRINE f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μυρρα (myrrha) meaning "myrrh".
MYRTHE f Dutch
From Dutch mirte, a cognate of MYRTLE.
MYRTIE f English
Diminutive of MYRTLE.
MYRTLE f English
Simply from the English word myrtle for the evergreen shrub, ultimately from Greek μυρτος (myrtos). It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.
MYRTO f Greek
Greek form of MYRTLE.
MYSIE f Scottish
Variant of MAISIE.
MYUNG m & f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul (see MYEONG).
MZIA f Georgian
Derived from Georgian მზე (mze) "sun".
NA f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "elegant, graceful, delicate" or other characters pronounced similarly.
NAAMA f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of NAAMAH.
NA'AMAH f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of NAAMAH.
NAAMAH f Biblical
Means "pleasant" in Hebrew. This name is borne in the Old Testament by both a daughter of Lamech and a wife of Solomon. Some later Jewish texts give Naamah as the name of Noah's wife, even though she is not named in the Old Testament.
NABILA f Arabic
Feminine form of NABIL.
NAĎA f Czech
Diminutive of NADĚŽDA.
NADA (1) f Arabic
Means either "generosity" or "dew" in Arabic.
NADA (2) f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
Means "hope" in South Slavic.
NADÈGE f French
French form of NADEZHDA.
NADEJDA f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Надежда (see NADEZHDA).
NADĚŽDA f Czech
Czech form of NADEZHDA.
NADEŽDA f Slovak, Serbian, Latvian
Slovak, Serbian and Latvian form of NADEZHDA.
NADEZHDA f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian
Means "hope" in Slavic.
NADIA (1) f French, Italian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Variant of NADYA (1) used in the western world, as well as an alternate transcription of the Slavic name. It began to be used in France in the 19th century. The name received a boost in popularity from the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci (1961-).
NADIA (2) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نديّة (see NADIYYA).
NADICA f Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of NADA (2).
NADINE f French, German, English
French elaborated form of NADIA (1).
NADIRA f Arabic
Feminine form of NADIR.
NADİRE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of NADIR.
NADIYA f Ukrainian
Diminutive of NADEZHDA, as well as being the modern Ukrainian word meaning "hope".
NADİYE f Turkish
Turkish form of NADIYYA.
NADIYYA f Arabic
Means "moist, tender, delicate" in Arabic.
NADJA f German, Slovene
German and Slovene form of NADYA (1).
NADRA f Arabic
Means "radiance" in Arabic.
NADYA (2) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نديّة (see NADIYYA).
NADZEYA f Belarusian
Belarusian form of NADEZHDA.
NADZIEJA f Polish
Polish cognate of NADEZHDA, being the modern Polish word meaning "hope".
NAENIA f Roman Mythology
Means "incantation, dirge" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of funerals.
NAFISA f Arabic
From Arabic نفيس (nafis) meaning "precious, valuable".
NAFISET f Circassian
Circassian form of NAFISA.
NAFULA f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of WAFULA.
NAGORE f Basque
From the name of a Basque village where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
NAHAL f Hebrew
Means "stream" in Hebrew.
NAHEED f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ناهید (see NAHID).
NAHIA f Basque
Means "desire" in Basque.
NAHID f Persian
Modern Persian form of ANAHITA. This is also the Persian name for the planet Venus.
NAIA f Basque
Means "wave, sea foam" in Basque.
NAIARA f Basque
From the Basque name of the Spanish city of Nájera, which is Arabic in origin. In the 12th century there was a reported apparition of the Virgin Mary in a nearby cave.
NAIDA f Croatian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from Greek Ναιαδ (Naiad), a type of water nymph in Greek mythology.
NAILA f Arabic
Feminine form of NAIL. This was the name of the wife of Uthman, the third caliph of the Muslims. She tried in vain to prevent a mob from murdering her husband, and had several fingers cut off in the process.
NAİLE f Turkish
Turkish form of NAILA.
NA'IMA f Arabic
Feminine form of NA'IM.
NAİME f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of NA'IM.
NAINSÍ f Irish
Irish form of NANCY.
NAIRA f Native American, Aymara
Means "eye" in Aymara.
NAJA f Native American, Greenlandic, Danish
Means "boy's younger sister" in Greenlandic. It was popularized in Denmark by the writer B. S. Ingemann, who used it in his novel 'Kunnuk and Naja, or the Greenlanders' (1842).
NAJMA f Arabic
Feminine form of NAJM.
NAJWA f Arabic
Means "secret, whisper" in Arabic.
NAKATO f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "second of twins" in Luganda.
NALANI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the heavens" or "the chiefs" from Hawaiian , a definite article, and lani "heaven, sky, chief".
NALIAKA f Eastern African, Luhya
Means "born during the weeding season", from Luhya liliaka meaning "weeding".
NALINI f Indian, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit.
NAMRATA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "bowing, humility" in Sanskrit.
NAN f English
Originally a diminutive of ANN. It may have originated with the affectionate phrase mine Ann, which was later reinterpreted as my Nan. It is now also used as a short form of NANCY.
NANA (1) f Greek
Diminutive of IOANNA.
NANA (2) f Japanese
From Japanese (na) meaning "vegetables, greens" and/or (na), a phonetic character. The characters can be in either order or the same character can be duplicated, as indicated by the symbol . Other kanji with the same pronunciations can also be used to form this name.
NANA (3) f Georgian
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a 4th-century queen consort of Georgia who is regarded as a saint in the Orthodox Church.
NANABAH f Native American, Navajo
Means "she returns" from Navajo náánádááh.
NANAKO f Japanese
From Japanese (na) meaning "vegetables, greens" duplicated and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
NANAMI f Japanese
From Japanese (nana) meaning "seven" and (mi) meaning "sea". It can also come from (na) meaning "vegetables, greens" duplicated and (mi) meaning "beautiful". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
NANAYA f Sumerian Mythology, Semitic Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly related to INANNA. This was the name of a goddess worshipped by the Sumerians and Akkadians. She was later conflated with the goddesses Anahita and Aphrodite.
NANCE f English
Short form of NANCY.
NANCY f English
Previously a medieval diminutive of ANNIS, though since the 18th century it has been a diminutive of ANN. It is now usually regarded as an independent name. During the 20th century it became very popular in the United States. A city in the Lorraine region of France bears this name, though it derives from a different source.
NANDAG f Scottish
Scottish diminutive of ANNA.
NANDITA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From Sanskrit नन्द (nanda) meaning "joy".
NANETTE f English
Diminutive of ANNE (1).
NANI f Hawaiian
Means "beauty, glory" in Hawaiian.
NANJALA f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of WANJALA.
NANNA (1) f Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Norse Mythology
Possibly derived from Old Norse nanþ meaning "daring, brave". In Norse legend she was a goddess who died of grief when her husband Balder was killed.
NANNIE f English
Diminutive of ANNE (1).
NANNY f English
Diminutive of ANNE (1).
NANULI f Georgian
Diminutive of NANA (3).
NAOKO f Japanese
From Japanese (nao) meaning "straight" and (ko) meaning "child", as well as other kanji combinations.
NAOMH f Irish
Means "holy" in Irish Gaelic.
NA'OMI f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of NAOMI (1).
NAOMI (1) f English, Hebrew, Biblical
From the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omi) meaning "pleasantness". In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth. After the death of her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. There she declared that her name should be Mara (see Ruth 1:20).... [more]
NAOMI (2) f & m Japanese
From Japanese (nao) meaning "straight" and (mi) meaning "beautiful" (usually feminine) or (mi) meaning "self" (usually masculine). Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
NARANGEREL f Mongolian
Means "sun light" in Mongolian.
NARANTSETSEG f Mongolian
Means "sun flower" in Mongolian.
NARCISSA f Late Roman
Feminine form of NARCISSUS.
NARCISSE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of NARCISSUS. This is also the French word for the narcissus flower.
NARELLE f English (Australian)
Meaning unknown. It was borne by the wife of Umbarra, who was a 19th-century leader of the Yuin, an Aboriginal people.
NARGES f Persian
Means "daffodil, narcissus flower" in Persian, ultimately derived from Greek (see NARCISSUS).
NARI f Korean
Means "lily" in Korean.
NARINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of NARENDRA used by Sikhs.
NASEEM m & f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم or Urdu نسیم (see NASIM).
NASHWA f Arabic
Means "ecstasy, elation" in Arabic.
NASIM m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "breeze" in Arabic.
NASIMIYU f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of SIMIYU.
NASIRA f Arabic
Feminine form of NASIR.
NASRIN f Persian, Bengali
Means "wild rose" in Persian.
NASSIM m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم (see NASIM).
NASTASIA f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Настасья (see NASTASYA).
NASTASYA f Russian
Short form of ANASTASIYA.
NASTJA f Slovene
Diminutive of ANASTAZIJA.
NASTYA f Russian
Diminutive of ANASTASIYA.
NAT m & f English
Short form of NATHAN, NATHANIEL, NATALIE, or other names beginning with Nat.
NATA f Russian
Short form of NATALYA.
NATACHA f French, Portuguese
French and Portuguese form of NATASHA.
NATALI f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of NATALIE.
NATÁLIA f Portuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATÀLIA f Catalan
Catalan form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATÁLIE f Czech
Czech form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATALIE f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
From the Late Latin name Natalia, which meant "Christmas Day" from Latin natale domini. This was the name of the wife of the 4th-century martyr Saint Adrian of Nicomedia. She is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church, and the name has traditionally been more common among Eastern Christians than those in the West. It was popularized in America by actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), who was born to Russian immigrants.
NATĀLIJA f Latvian
Latvian form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATALIJA f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
Serbian, Croatian, Slovene and Macedonian form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATALIYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATALKA f Ukrainian, Polish
Ukrainian and Polish diminutive of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATALYA f Russian
Russian form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATAŠA f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak
Form of NATASHA in several languages.
NATASA f Greek
Greek diminutive of ANASTASIA.
NATASHA f Russian, English
Russian diminutive of NATALYA. This is the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' (1865). It has been used in the English-speaking world only since the 20th century.
NATASZA f Polish
Polish form of NATASHA.
NATELA f Georgian
Derived from Georgian ნათელი (nateli) meaning "light, bright".
NATHÁLIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATHALIE f French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
French form of NATALIE, as well as a Dutch, German and Scandinavian variant.
NATIA f Georgian
Diminutive of NATELA.
NATISHA f African American (Rare)
Variant of NATASHA, probably modeled on LATISHA.
NATSUKI f Japanese
From Japanese (na) meaning "vegetables, greens" and (tsuki) meaning "moon". Alternatively, it can come from (natsu) meaning "summer" and (ki) meaning "hope". Other kanji combinations can form this name as well.
NATSUKO f Japanese
From Japanese (natsu) meaning "summer" and (ko) meaning "child", as well as other kanji combinations.
NATSUMI f Japanese
From Japanese (natsu) meaning "summer" and (mi) meaning "beautiful". It can also come from (na) meaning "vegetables, greens" and (tsumi) meaning "pick, pluck". Other kanji combinations are possible.
NAUSICAA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ναυσικαα (Nausikaa) meaning "burner of ships". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of a daughter of Alcinous who helps Odysseus on his journey home.
NAVA f Hebrew
Means "beautiful" in Hebrew.
NAVDEEP m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
NAVNEET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and नित्य (nitya) meaning "eternal".
NAWAL f Arabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
NAWRA f Arabic
Means "flower, blossom" in Arabic.
NAYARA f Spanish
Spanish form of NAIARA.
NAYELI f Native American, Zapotec
Possibly from Zapotec nadxiie lii meaning "I love you" or nayele' meaning "open".
NAZ f Turkish
Means "coy" in Turkish, of Persian origin.
NAZARET f & m Spanish, Armenian
From Nazareth, the town in Galilee where Jesus lived. This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Armenian.
NAZIHA f Arabic
Feminine form of NAZIH.
NAZLI f Persian
Means "delicate, beautiful, coy" in Persian.
NAZLI f Turkish
Turkish form of NAZLI.
NDIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
NEA f Swedish, Finnish
Short form of LINNÉA.
NEAS f Irish Mythology
Old Irish form of NEASA.
NEASA f Irish, Irish Mythology
Meaning uncertain. In Irish legend she was the mother of Conchobhar, king of Ulster. According to some versions of the legend she was originally named Assa meaning "gentle", but was renamed Ni-assa "not gentle" after she sought to avenge the murders of her foster fathers.
NEASSA f Irish
Variant of NEASA.
NEBİLE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of NABIL.
NEDA (2) f Persian
Persian form of NIDA.
NEDELJKA f Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of NEDELJKO.
NEDELKA f Macedonian
Macedonian feminine form of NEDELJKO.
NEDELYA f Bulgarian
Means "Sunday" in Bulgarian.
NEDILJKA f Croatian
Feminine form of NEDELJKO.
NEDYALKA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian feminine form of NEDELJKO.
NEEA f Finnish
Short form of LINNEA.
NEELA f Tamil, Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Tamil நீலா or Hindi नीला (see NILA).
NEELAM f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi नीलम (see NILAM).
NEELIMA f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu
Alternate transcription of Marathi/Hindi नीलिमा or Telugu నీలిమ (see NILIMA).
NEELTJE f Dutch
Diminutive of CORNELIA.
NEFELI f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of NEPHELE.
NEFERTARI f Ancient Egyptian
From Egyptian Nfrt-jrj meaning "the most beautiful". This was the name of an Egyptian queen of the New Kingdom, the favourite wife of Rameses II.
NEFERTITI f Ancient Egyptian
From Egyptian Nfrt-jytj meaning "the beautiful one has come". Nefertiti was a powerful Egyptian queen of the New Kingdom, the principal wife of Akhenaton, the pharaoh that briefly imposed a monotheistic religion centered around the sun god Aton.
NEFİSET f Turkish
Turkish form of NAFISA.
NEHA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu
Possibly from Sanskrit स्नेह (sneha) meaning "love, tenderness".
NEHİR f Turkish
Means "river" in Turkish.
NEILINA f Scottish
Feminine form of NEIL.
NEITH f Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian Nit, possibly meaning "water". This was the name of an early Egyptian goddess of weaving, hunting and war. Her character may have some correspondences with the goddesses Tanith, Anat or Athena.
NEJA f Slovene
Diminutive of JERNEJA.
NEKANE f Basque
Means "sorrows" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Dolores.
NEKESA f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of WEKESA.
NELA f Croatian, Slovak, Portuguese, Czech
Short form of names ending in nela, such as ANTONELA.
NELDA f English
Possibly an elaboration of NELL using the popular name suffix da.
NELE f German, Dutch
Diminutive of CORNELIA.
NELI f Bulgarian
Diminutive of NEDELYA or ANELIYA.
NÉLIDA f Literature, Spanish
Created by French author Marie d'Agoult for her semi-autobiographical novel 'Nélida' (1846), written under the name Daniel Stern. It was probably an anagram of her pen name DANIEL.
NELINHA f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of MANUELA.
NELL f English
Medieval diminutive of names beginning with El, such as ELEANOR, ELLEN (1) or HELEN. It may have arisen from the medieval affectionate phrase mine El, which was later reinterpreted as my Nel.
NELLA f Italian
Short form of ANTONELLA.
NELLE f English
Variant of NELL.
NELLI f Russian, Finnish
Russian and Finnish form of NELLY.
NELLIE f English
Diminutive of NELL.
NELLY f English
Diminutive of NELL.
NEMESIS f Greek Mythology
Means "distribution of what is due, righteous anger" in Greek. In Greek mythology Nemesis was personification of vengeance and justice.
NENA f English
Variant of NINA (1).
NENSI f Croatian
Croatian form of NANCY.
NEO (1) f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "gift" in Tswana, a derivative of naya "to give".
NEPHELE f Greek Mythology
From Greek νεφος (nephos) meaning "cloud". In Greek legend Nephele was created from a cloud by Zeus, who shaped the cloud to look like Hera in order to trick Ixion, a mortal who desired her. Nephele was the mother of the centaurs by Ixion, and was also the mother of Phrixus and Helle by Athamus.
NEPHTHYS f Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian Nebt-Het meaning "lady of the house", derived from Egyptian nbt "lady" and hwt "house". This was the name of an Egyptian goddess associated with the air, death and mourning. She was wife of the desert god Seth.
NERE f Basque
Means "mine" in Basque.
NEREA f Basque
Variant of NERE.
NEREIDA f Spanish
Derived from Greek Νηρειδες (Nereides) meaning "nymphs, sea sprites", ultimately derived from the name of the Greek sea god NEREUS, who supposedly fathered them.
NERGİS f Turkish
Means "daffodil, narcissus flower" in Turkish, ultimately derived from Greek (see NARCISSUS).
NERGÜI m & f Mongolian
Means "no name" in Mongolian. This name was traditionally given in order to mislead bad spirits.
NERIDA f Indigenous Australian
Possibly means "water lily" in an Australian Aboriginal language.
NERINA f Italian
Feminine form of NERIO.
NERISSA f Literature
Created by Shakespeare for a character in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). He possibly took it from Greek Νηρεις (Nereis) meaning "nymph, sea sprite", ultimately derived from the name of the Greek sea god NEREUS, who supposedly fathered them.
NERMİN f Turkish
Means "soft" in Turkish.
NERTHUS f Germanic Mythology
Latinized form of Nerþuz, the Germanic (feminine) equivalent of Njǫrðr (see NJORD). Nerthus was a Germanic goddess of fertility as described by the Roman historian Tacitus in the 1st century.
NERYS f Welsh
Perhaps an elaboration of Welsh ner "lord", with the intended meaning of "lady".
NES f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of AGNES.
NESİM m & f Turkish
Turkish form of NASIM.
NESKE f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish diminutive of AGNES.
NESRİN f Turkish
Turkish form of NASRIN.