Feminine Names

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NESS (1) f Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of NEAS.
NESS (2) f English
Short form of VANESSA.
NESSA (1) f English
Short form of VANESSA and other names ending in nessa.
NESSA (2) f Hebrew (Rare)
Means "miracle" in Hebrew.
NESSA (3) f Irish, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of NEASA.
NEST f Welsh
Welsh diminutive of AGNES.
NESTA f Welsh
Welsh diminutive of AGNES.
NESTAN f Georgian
From the first part of NESTAN-DAREJAN.
NESTAN-DAREJAN f Literature
Created by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for a character in his 12th-century epic 'The Knight in the Panther's Skin'. Rustaveli derived it from the Middle Persian phrase نیست اندر جهان (nist andar jahan) meaning "unlike any other in the world" or "unique". In the poem Nestan-Darejan is a princess loved by Tariel.
NESTANI f Georgian
From the second part of NESTAN-DAREJAN.
NETA f & m Hebrew
Means "plant, shrub" in Hebrew.
NETTA (1) f English
Short form of names ending in netta.
NETTA (2) f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew נֶטַע (see NETA).
NETTIE f English
Diminutive of names ending in nette, such as ANNETTE or JEANETTE.
NEUS f Catalan
Catalan cognate of NIEVES.
NEVA f English
Short form of GENEVA.
NEVADA f English
From the name of the American state, which means "snow-capped" in Spanish.
NEVAEH f English (Modern)
The word heaven spelled backwards. It became popular after the musician Sonny Sandoval from the rock group P.O.D. gave it to his daughter in 2000.
NEVE f Irish
Anglicized form of NIAMH.
NEVENA f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from South Slavic neven meaning "marigold".
NEVES f Portuguese
Portuguese form of NIEVES.
NEVRA f Turkish
Turkish form of NAWRA.
NEŽA f Slovene
Slovene form of AGNES.
NEZİHE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of NAZIH.
NGAIO f Maori
Maori name that is derived from the name of a type of tree, also called the mousehole tree. This name was borne by New Zealand crime writer Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982).
NGAIRE f Maori
Possibly from the name of the town of Ngaere in New Zealand, of Maori origin meaning "wetland".
NGAWANG m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "powerful speech" in Tibetan, from ངག (ngag) meaning "speech" and དབང (dbang) meaning "power, force".
NGỌC f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (ngọc) meaning "jade, precious stone, gem".
NGOZI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
NGUYỆT f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (nguyệt) meaning "moon".
NHUNG f & m Vietnamese
Means "velvet" in Vietnamese.
NIA (1) f Welsh
Welsh form of NIAMH.
NIA (2) f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "purpose" in Swahili.
NIA (3) f English, Georgian
Short form of ANTONIA, SIDONIA and other names ending in nia.
NIAMH f Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "bright" in Irish. She was the daughter of the sea god in Irish legends. She fell in love with the poet Oisín, son of Fionn.
NICHOLE f English
Variant of NICOLE.
NICKY m & f English
Diminutive of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NICOL (2) f Dutch, German, Czech
Dutch, German and Czech variant of NICOLE.
NICOLA (2) f German, Czech, English
Latinate feminine form of NICHOLAS. In the English-speaking world this name is more common outside of America, where Nicole is more usual.
NICOLASA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLE f French, English, Dutch, German
French feminine form of NICHOLAS, commonly used in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century. A famous bearer is American-Australian actress Nicole Kidman (1967-).
NICOLET f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLETA f Romanian
Romanian feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLETTA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of NICOLA (1).
NICOLETTE f French
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NICOLINA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of NICOLA (1).
NICOLINE f Dutch
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NICTE f Native American, Mayan
Means "flower" in Mayan.
NİDA f Turkish
Turkish form of NIDA.
NIDA f Arabic, Urdu
Means "call, proclaim" in Arabic.
NIDIA f Spanish
Variant of NYDIA.
NIENKE f Frisian
Frisian diminutive of KATHERINE.
NIEVES f Spanish
Means "snows" in Spanish, derived from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves meaning "Our Lady of the Snows".
NÎGA f Kurdish
Means "sight" in Kurdish.
NIGELLA f English (Rare)
Feminine form of NIGEL.
NİHAL f Turkish
Turkish form of NIHAL (1).
NIHAL (1) f Arabic
Means "drink" in Arabic.
NIINA f Finnish
Short form of ANNIINA.
NIKA (1) f & m Russian
Russian short form of VERONIKA and other names ending in nika. It can also be a short form of NIKITA (1) (masculine).
NIKA (2) f Slovene, Croatian
Feminine form of NIKOLA (1).
NIKE f Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Means "victory" in Greek. Nike was the Greek goddess of victory.
NIKEISHA f African American (Rare)
Combination of the name prefix Ni and the name KEISHA.
NIKEPHOROS m & f Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "carrying victory" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and φερω (phero) "to carry, to bear". This name was borne by several Byzantine emperors, including the 10th-century Nikephoros II Phokas. Besides being a masculine personal name, it was also a title borne by the goddess Athena.
NIKHILA f Indian, Telugu, Hindi
Feminine form of NIKHIL.
NIKI (1) f Greek
Modern Greek form of NIKE.
NIKI (2) f English
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NIKITA (2) f Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit निकेत (niketa) meaning "house, habitation".
NIKITHA f Indian, Telugu, Tamil
Southern Indian variant of NIKITA (2).
NIKKI f English
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NIKOL f Czech, Bulgarian
Czech and Bulgarian form of NICOLE.
NIKOLA (2) f German, Polish, Czech, Slovak
German, Polish, Czech and Slovak feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLE f Basque, English
Basque form of NICOLE, as well as an English variant.
NIKOLETA f Greek
Greek feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLETT f Hungarian
Hungarian form of NICOLETTE.
NIKOLETTA f Hungarian, Greek
Hungarian and Greek form of NICOLETTA.
NIKOLINA f Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKORA m & f Maori
Maori form of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NİL f Turkish
From the Turkish name for the Nile River, derived from Greek Νειλος (Neilos), possibly of Semitic origin meaning "river".
NILA f Tamil, Indian, Hindi
Means "dark blue" in Sanskrit.
NILAM f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "dark blue, sapphire" in Sanskrit.
NILDA f Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of BRUNILDA.
NILI f Hebrew
Acronym of the phrase נצח ישׂראל לא ישׁקר (Netzach Yisrael Lo Yishaker) meaning "the eternity of Israel will not lie". This phrase appears in the Old Testament in Samuel 15:29. It was used as the name of a Jewish spy network in Palestine during World War I.
NILIMA f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu
Means "dark blue" in Sanskrit.
NILOOFAR f Persian
Means "water lily" in Persian.
NILOUFAR f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian نیلوفر (see NILOOFAR).
NİLÜFER f Turkish
Turkish form of NILOFER.
NIMA (1) f & m Arabic
Means "blessing" in Arabic.
NIMAT f & m Arabic
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of NIMA (1).
NİMET f Turkish
Turkish form of NIMAT.
NIMUE f Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown. In Arthurian legends this is the name of a sorceress, also known as the Lady of the Lake, Vivien, or Niniane. Various versions of the tales have Merlin falling in love with her and becoming imprisoned by her magic. She first appears in the medieval French 'Lancelot-Grail' cycle.
ŅINA f Latvian
Latvian form of NINA (1).
NINA (1) f Russian, Italian, English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Polish, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names that end in nina, such as ANTONINA or GIANNINA. It was imported to Western Europe from Russia and Italy in the 19th century. This name also nearly coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NINA (2) f Native American, Quechua, Aymara
Means "fire" in Quechua and Aymara.
NINA (3) f Russian
Russian form of NINO (2).
NINE f Frisian
Frisian short form of KATHERINE.
NINEL f Russian
Reversal of the name Lenin. Lenin was the founder of the former Soviet state. This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
NINETTE f French
Diminutive of NINA (1).
NING f & m Chinese
From Chinese (níng) meaning "peaceful, calm, serene", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
NINGAL f Sumerian Mythology
Means "great lady", from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and 𒃲 (gal) meaning "big, great". This was the name of a goddess of reeds in Sumerian mythology. She was the daughter of Enki and the wife of Nanna.
NINHURSAG f Sumerian Mythology
Means "lady of the mountain", from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and 𒉺𒂅 (hursaĝ) meaning "mountain". This was the name of the Sumerian mother and fertility goddess, the primary consort of Enki.
NINLIL f Sumerian Mythology
Derived from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and possibly 𒆤 (lil) meaning "wind". This was the name of a Sumerian goddess, the consort of Enlil.
NINO (2) f Georgian
Meaning unknown, possibly from a Greek feminine form of NINOS. Saint Nino (sometimes called Nina) was a Greek-speaking woman from Asia Minor who introduced Christianity to Georgia in the 4th century.
NINON f French
French diminutive of ANNE (1).
NINSUN f Sumerian Mythology
From Sumerian nin-sumun-a(k) meaning "lady of the wild cow", derived from 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and the genitive form of 𒄢 (sumun) meaning "wild cow". In Sumerian mythology Ninsun was the divine mother of Gilgamesh.
NIOBE f Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek mythology Niobe was the daughter of Tantalos, a king of Asia Minor. Because she boasted that she was superior to Leto, Leto's children Apollo and Artemis killed her 14 children with poison arrows. In grief, Niobe was turned to stone by Zeus.
NIRUPAMA f Indian, Hindi, Kannada
Means "unequaled, matchless" in Sanskrit.
NİSA f Turkish
From Arabic نساء (nisa) meaning "women". This is the name of the fourth chapter of the Quran (surah an-Nisa).
NİSANUR f Turkish
From the name NİSA combined with Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
NISHAT m & f Arabic, Bengali
Means "energetic, lively" in Arabic.
NISSA f Hebrew
Means "sign" in Hebrew.
NITA (1) f English
Short form of ANITA (1) and other names ending in nita.
NITA (2) f Native American, Choctaw
Means "bear" in Choctaw.
NITHYA f Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam
Southern Indian form of NITYA.
NITIKA f Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit नीति (niti) meaning "guidance, moral conduct".
NITYA f & m Indian, Hindi
Means "always, eternal" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form नित्या (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga) and the masculine form नित्य.
NITZA f Hebrew
Strictly feminine variant of NITZAN.
NITZAN m & f Hebrew
Means "flower bud" in Hebrew.
NIUSHA f Persian
Means "good listener" in Persian.
NIVES f Italian, Croatian
Italian form of NIEVES.
NIVIARSIAQ f Native American, Greenlandic
Means "girl" in Greenlandic. This is the name of a variety of flower that grows on Greenland.
NIZHONI f Native American, Navajo
Means "beautiful" from Navajo nizhóní.
NJÁLA f Icelandic
Icelandic feminine form of NJÁLL.
NJERI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "travelling one" in Kikuyu. Njeri (or Wanjeri) is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.
NJINGA m & f Central African, Mbundu
Possibly from a Bantu root meaning "to twist, to wrap" (kujinga in Kimbundu), alluding to the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the neck of the newborn. This name was borne by kings and queens of the African kingdoms of Ndongo and Kongo, notably a 17th-century queen of Ndongo who resisted the Portuguese.
NKAUJ f Hmong
Means "woman, girl" in Hmong.
NKECHINYERE f Western African, Igbo
Means "what God has given" or "gift of God" in Igbo.
NKEMDILIM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "let mine be mine" in Igbo.
NKIRUKA f Western African, Igbo
Means "the best is still to come" in Igbo.
NKOSAZANA f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "princess" in Xhosa.
NKRUMA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.
NNEKA f Western African, Igbo
Means "my mother is supreme" in Igbo.
NNENNA f Western African, Igbo
Means "father's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her paternal grandmother.
NNENNE f Western African, Igbo
Means "mother's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her maternal grandmother.
NOA (1) f Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Biblical
Modern Hebrew form of NOAH (2), the daughter of Zelophehad in the Bible. It is also the form used in several other languages, as well as the spelling used in some English versions of the Old Testament.
NOA (3) f Japanese
From Japanese (no), a possessive particle, and (a) meaning "love, affection". This name can also be constructed from other kanji or kanji combinations.
NO'AH f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of NOAH (2).
NOAH (2) f Biblical
From the Hebrew name נֹעָה (No'ah) meaning "motion". In the Old Testament this is the name of a daughter of Zelophehad. In English this name is typically spelled the same as the name of the male biblical character Noah, though in Hebrew they are written distinctly.
NOAM m & f Hebrew, French
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
NOELA f Galician
Galician feminine form of NOËL.
NOELANI f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly mist" from Hawaiian noe "mist" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
NOÈLE f French
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOELENE f English (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of NOEL.
NOELIA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of NOËL.
NOELLA f French
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOËLLE f French, Dutch
Feminine form of NOËL.
NOELLE f English
English form of NOËLLE.
NOÉMI f Hungarian, French
Hungarian and French form of NAOMI (1).
NOEMI f Italian, German, Czech, Biblical Latin
Italian, German and Czech form of NAOMI (1).
NOEMÍ f Spanish
Spanish form of NAOMI (1).
NOÉMIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of NAOMI (1).
NOÊMIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of NAOMI (1).
NOÉMIE f French
French form of NAOMI (1).
NOEMIN f Biblical Greek
Form of NAOMI (1) used in the Greek Old Testament.
NOGA f & m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of NOGAH, usually used as a feminine name.
NOHEMI f Spanish
Spanish form of NAOMI (1).
NÓIRÍN f Irish
Irish diminutive of NORA (1).
NOKOMIS f New World Mythology
Means "my grandmother" in Ojibwe. In Anishinaabe mythology this is the name of Nanabozho's grandmother. It was used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for the grandmother of Hiawatha in his poem 'The Song of Hiawatha' (1855).
NOLA f English, Irish
Diminutive of MAGNOLIA, FINOLA and other names containing a similar sound.
NOLENE f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of NOLA.
NOLLAIG m & f Irish
Means "Christmas" in Irish.
NOLWENN f Breton
From the Breton phrase Noyal Gwenn meaning "holy one from Noyal". This was the epithet of a 6th-century saint and martyr from Brittany.
NOMIKI f Greek
Derived from Greek νομικος (nomikos) meaning "relating to the law".
NOMUSA f Southern African, Ndebele
Means "merciful" in Ndebele.
NON f Welsh
Possibly derived from Latin nonna meaning "nun". This was the name of the mother of Saint David.
NONA (1) f Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin nonus meaning "ninth", referring to the nine months of pregnancy. This was the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy. She was also one of the three Fates (or Parcae).
NONA (2) f English, Ancient Roman (Rare)
Feminine form of NONUS. It was also used in 19th-century England, derived directly from Latin nonus "ninth" and traditionally given to the ninth-born child.
NONHELEMA f Native American, Shawnee
Possibly means "not a man" in Shawnee. This was the name of an 18th-century Shawnee chief, the sister of Hokolesqua.
NONHLE f Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with hle "beautiful".
NONIE f English
Diminutive of IONE or NORA (1).
NONNA f Russian
Russian form of NONA (2).
NOOR (1) f & m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu نور (see NUR).
NOOR (2) f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ELEONORA.
NOORA (1) f Finnish
Finnish form of NORA (1).
NOORA (2) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نورة or نورا (see NURA).
NOORTJE f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch diminutive of ELEONORA.
NOR (1) f & m Malay
Malay variant of NUR.
NÓRA f Hungarian, Irish
Hungarian and Irish Gaelic form of NORA (1).
NORA (1) f Irish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, German, Dutch, Italian
Short form of HONORA or ELEANOR. Henrik Ibsen used it for a character in his play 'A Doll's House' (1879).
NORA (2) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نورة or نورا (see NURA).
NORAH (2) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نورة or نورا (see NURA).
NOREEN f Irish, English
Diminutive of NORA (1).
NORENE f Irish, English
Diminutive of NORA (1).
NORIKO f Japanese
From Japanese (nori) meaning "law, rule" or (nori) meaning "rule, ceremony" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
NORINA f Italian
Italian diminutive of NORA (1).
NORMA f English, Italian, Literature
Created by Felice Romani for the main character in the opera 'Norma' (1831). He may have based it on Latin norma "rule". This name is also frequently used as a feminine form of NORMAN.
NORMINA f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of NORMA.
NOSIPHO f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa
From the Zulu and Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isipho "gift".
NOSIZWE f Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isizwe "nation".
NOU f Hmong
Means "sun" in Hmong.
NOUR f & m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نور (see NUR).
NOURA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نورة or نورا (see NURA).
NOUSHA f Persian
Means "sweet, pleasant" in Persian.
NOVA f English
Derived from Latin novus meaning "new". It was first used as a name in the 19th century.
NOXOLO f Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the Xhosa and Ndebele feminine prefix no- combined with uxolo "peace".
NOY f & m Hebrew
Means "beauty" in Hebrew.
NOYA f Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew נוֹי (noi) meaning "beauty".
NSIA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
NSONOWA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.
NTHANDA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "star" in Tumbuka.
NTOMBI f Southern African, Zulu
Means "girl" in Zulu.
NTOMBIFUTHI f Southern African, Zulu
Means "a girl again" in Zulu.
NTOMBIZODWA f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "only girls", from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele intombi "girl" and zodwa "only".
NTSUAB f Hmong
Means "green" in Hmong.
NUALA f Irish
Short form of FIONNUALA.
NUAN f Chinese
From Chinese (nuǎn) meaning "warm, genial" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
NUBIA f Various
From the name of the ancient region and kingdom in Africa, south of Egypt. It possibly derives from the Egyptian word nbw meaning "gold".
NUHA (1) f Arabic
Means "mind, wisdom" in Arabic.
NUHA (2) f Semitic Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess of the sun, identified with Shams.
NUKA m & f Native American, Greenlandic
Means "younger sibling" in Greenlandic.
NUNZIA f Italian
Short form of ANNUNZIATA.
NUNZIATINA f Italian
Diminutive of NUNZIA.
NUR f & m Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition النور (al-Nur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
NURA f Arabic
Strictly feminine form of NUR.
NURAY f Turkish
Means "bright moon" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Turkic ay meaning "moon".
NURCAN f Turkish
Means "bright soul" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian jan meaning "soul, life".
NURGÜL f Turkish
Means "radiant rose" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose".
NÚRIA f Catalan, Portuguese
From a Catalan title of the Virgin Mary, Nostra Senyora de Núria, meaning "Our Lady of Nuria". Nuria is a sanctuary in Spain in which there is a shrine containing a famous statue of Mary.
NURIA f Spanish
Spanish form of NÚRIA.
NURIT f Hebrew
Means "buttercup flower" in Hebrew (genus Ranunculus).
NURTEN f Turkish
Means "radiant skin" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian تن (tan) meaning "body".
NURU f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "light" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur).
NURUL m & f Arabic, Indonesian, Malay
First part of compound Arabic names beginning with نور ال (Nur al) meaning "light of the" (such as نور الدين (Nur al-Din) "light of religion").
NUŠA f Slovene
Short form of ANUŠA.
NWANNEKA f Western African, Igbo
Means "my siblings are supreme" in Igbo.
NYALA f Various
From the name of a type of African antelope, ultimately derived from the Bantu word nyálà.
NYAMBURA f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu mbura meaning "rain". This is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.
NYARAI f Southern African, Shona
Means "be humble" in Shona.
NYAZIK f Turkmen
Means "graceful" in Turkmen.
NYDIA f English (Rare), Spanish, Literature
Used by British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton for a blind flower-seller in his novel 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (1834). He perhaps based it on Latin nidus "nest".
NYLA f English
Possibly a feminine form of NILES, influenced by similar-sounding names such as Kyla.
NYMPHODORA f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek νυμφη (nymphe) "bride, nymph" and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Menodora and Metrodora.
NYNKE f Frisian
Frisian diminutive of KATHERINE.
NYOMAN m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "end, remainder". This name is traditionally bestowed upon the third-born child.
NYREE f English (New Zealand)
Anglicized form of NGAIRE. It was borne by New Zealand actress Nyree Dawn Porter (1936-2001).
NYSSA f Various
From the name of an ancient town of Asia Minor where Saint Gregory was bishop. Nyssa is also the genus name of a type of tree, also called the Tupelo.
NYX f Greek Mythology
Means "night" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess of the night, the daughter of Khaos and the wife of Erebos.
OAKLEY m & f English
From an English surname that was from various place names meaning "oak clearing" in Old English.
OANA f Romanian
Romanian short form of IOANA.
OANEZ f Breton
Derived from Breton oan "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus) and used as a Breton form of AGNES.
OBDULIA f Spanish
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a saint from Toledo, Spain. The details of her life are unknown.
OCEAN m & f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word ocean for a large body of water. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ωκεανος (Okeanos), the name of the body of water thought to surround the Earth.
OCÉANE f French
Derived from French océan meaning "ocean".
OCTÁVIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of OCTAVIA.
OCTAVIA f English, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of OCTAVIUS. Octavia was the wife of Mark Antony and the sister of the Roman emperor Augustus. In 19th-century England it was sometimes given to the eighth-born child.
ODA f German, Norwegian, Ancient Germanic
Feminine form of Odo (see OTTO).
ODALIS f & m Spanish
Spanish form of ODILIA.
ODALYS f Spanish
Variant of ODALIS.
ODARKA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian variant of DARIYA.
ODELIA (2) f Hebrew
Means "I will thank YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This is a modern Hebrew name probably inspired by ODELIA (1).
ODELL m & f English
From a surname that was originally from an English place name, itself derived from Old English wad "woad" (a plant that produces a blue dye) and hyll "hill".
ODESSA f Various
From the name of a Ukrainian city that sits on the north coast of the Black Sea. This name can also be used as a feminine form of ODYSSEUS.
ODETA f Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ODETTE.
ODETTA f English (Rare)
Latinate form of ODETTE.
ODETTE f French
French diminutive of ODA or ODILIA. This is the name of a princess who has been transformed into a swan in the ballet 'Swan Lake' (1877) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
ODHARNAIT f Irish
Means "little pale green one", derived from Irish odhra "pale green, sallow" combined with a diminutive suffix.
ODILE f French
French form of ODILIA.
ODILIA f Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element odal meaning "fatherland" or aud meaning "wealth, fortune". Saint Odilia (or Odila) was an 8th-century nun who is considered the patron saint of Alsace. She was apparently born blind but gained sight when she was baptized.
ODTSETSEG f Mongolian
Means "star flower" in Mongolian.
OENONE f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Οινωνε (Oinone), derived from οινος (oinos) meaning "wine". In Greek mythology Oenone was a mountain nymph who was married to Paris before he went after Helen.
OFÉLIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of OPHELIA.
OFELIA f Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of OPHELIA.
OFIR m & f Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of OPHIR. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name.
OFIRA f Hebrew
Feminine form of OFIR.
OFRA m & f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of OPHRAH. Originally it was a masculine name, but it is now used for females too.
OGECHUKWUKAMA f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's time is the best" in Igbo.
OGHENEKARO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God first" in Urhobo.
OGHENEKEVWE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God provided for me" in Urhobo.
OGHENERO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God exists" in Urhobo.
OGNENA f Macedonian
Macedonian feminine form of OGNYAN.
OGNYANA f Bulgarian
Feminine form of OGNYAN.
OIGHRIG f Scottish
Means "new speckled one" in Scottish Gaelic.
OIHANA f Basque
Means "forest" in Basque.
OILI f Finnish
Finnish form of OLGA.
OINONE f Greek Mythology
Greek form of OENONE.
OKSANA f Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian form of XENIA.
OLA (2) f Polish
Polish short form of ALEKSANDRA.
OLALLA f Spanish
Spanish variant of EULALIA. This was the name of two 4th-century saints from Spain.
OLAMIDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.
ÓLAUG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of OLAUG.