Feminine Names

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OLAUG f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Ólaug, derived from the elements anu "ancestor" and laug possibly meaning "betrothed woman".
OLAYINKA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.
OLDŘIŠKA f Czech
Czech feminine form of ULRICH.
OLEKSANDRA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of ALEXANDRA.
OLENA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of HELEN.
OLESYA f Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian diminutive of OLEKSANDRA. This was the name of an 1898 novel by the Russian author Aleksandr Kuprin.
OĽGA f Slovak
Slovak form of OLGA.
OLGA f Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek
Russian form of HELGA. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, grand prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.
OLGICA f Macedonian, Serbian
Macedonian and Serbian diminutive of OLGA.
OLHA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of OLGA.
OLIMPIA f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian (Rare)
Form of OLYMPIAS in several languages.
OLINE f Norwegian, Danish
Feminine form of OLE.
OLIVA f Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "olive". This was the name of a 2nd-century saint from Brescia.
OLIVE f English, French
From the English and French word for the type of tree, ultimately derived from Latin oliva.
OLIVETTE f Literature
Feminine form of OLIVER. This was the name of the title character in the French opera 'Les noces d'Olivette' (1879) by Edmond Audran.
OLÍVIA f Portuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian form of OLIVIA.
OLIVIA f English, Italian, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.... [more]
OLIVIE f French (Rare), Czech (Rare)
French and Czech form of OLIVIA.
OLIWIA f Polish
Polish form of OLIVIA.
OLJA f Serbian
Serbian diminutive of OLGA.
OLLIE m & f English
Diminutive of OLIVER, OLIVIA or OLIVE.
OLUBUNMI f Western African, Yoruba
Means "gift of God" in Yoruba.
OLUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's work" in Igbo.
OLUFUNKE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has cared for" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gave me joy" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWAKANYINSOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has added sweetness to my wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEGUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has been victorious" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "we thank God" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEYI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.
OLUWATOYIN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.
OLUWAYEMISI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.
OLWEN f Welsh
Means "white footprint" from Welsh ol "footprint, track" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". In Welsh legend Olwen was a beautiful maiden, the lover of Culhwch and the daughter of the giant Yspaddaden. Her father insisted that Culhwch complete several seemingly impossible tasks before he would allow them to marry, and Culhwch was successful with all of them.
OLWIN f Welsh
Variant of OLWEN.
OLWYN f Welsh
Variant of OLWEN.
OLYA f Russian
Diminutive of OLGA.
OLYMPE f French
French form of OLYMPIAS.
OLYMPIA f Greek, Slovak
Feminine form of OLYMPOS.
OLYMPIAS f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of OLYMPOS. This was the name of the mother of Alexander the Great. It was also borne by a 4th-century saint.
OMEGA m & f Various
From the name of the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Ω. It is often seen as a symbol of completion.
OMER m & f Hebrew
Means "sheaf of wheat" in Hebrew.
OMID m & f Persian
Means "hope" in Persian.
OMOBOLANLE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "a child who met wealth at home" in Yoruba.
OMOLARA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "a child is family" in Yoruba.
ONA (1) f Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ANNA.
ONA (2) f Catalan
Short form of MARIONA. It also coincides with a Catalan word meaning "wave".
ONDINA f Portuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of UNDINE.
ONEIDA f English
From the name of a Native American tribe, perhaps meaning "standing rock".
ONI f Western African, Yoruba
Possibly means "born in sacred abode" in Yoruba.
ONÓRA f Irish
Irish form of HONORA.
ONYEKACHI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.
ONYEKACHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Variant of ONYEKACHI, using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
OONA f Irish, Finnish
Irish variant and Finnish form of ÚNA.
OONAGH f Irish
Variant of ÚNA.
OPAL f English
From the English word opal for the iridescent gemstone, the birthstone of October. The word ultimately derives from Sanskrit उपल (upala) meaning "jewel".
OPALINE f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of OPAL.
OPEYEMI m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.
OPHELIA f English, Literature
Derived from Greek οφελος (ophelos) meaning "help". This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem 'Arcadia'. It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play 'Hamlet' (1600), in which it belongs to Hamlet's lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself. In spite of this, the name has been used since the 19th century.
OPHÉLIE f French
French form of OPHELIA.
OPRAH f Various
In the case of television personality Oprah Winfrey, it was a childhood mispronunciation of her real name ORPAH that became permanent.
OR m & f Hebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
ORA (1) f & m English
Perhaps based on Latin oro "to pray". It was first used in America in the 19th century.
ORA (2) f Hebrew
Strictly feminine form of OR.
ORABELA f Esperanto
Means "golden-beautiful" in Esperanto.
ORAH f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אוֹרָה (see ORA (2)).
ORALEE f English (Rare)
Possibly a variant of AURÉLIE.
ORALIE f English (Rare)
Possibly a variant of AURÉLIE.
ÓRFHLAITH f Irish
Means "golden princess" from Irish ór "gold" combined with flaith "princess". This was the name of a sister of the Irish king Brian Boru.
ORI m & f Hebrew
Means "my light" in Hebrew.
ORIA f Italian
Italian form of AUREA.
ORIANA f Italian, Spanish
Possibly derived from Latin aurum "gold" or from its derivatives, Spanish oro or French or. In medieval legend Oriana was the daughter of a king of England who married the knight Amadis.
ORIANE f French
French form of ORIANA.
ORIANNE f French
French form of ORIANA.
ORIETTA f Italian
Diminutive of ORIA.
ORINDA f English (Rare)
Probably an elaboration of Spanish oro "gold". This was the pseudonym of the English poet Katherine Philips (1631-1664).
ORINTHIA f Literature
Possibly related to Greek ορινω (orino) meaning "to excite, to agitate". George Bernard Shaw used this name in his play 'The Apple Cart' (1929).
ORIT f Hebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
ORLA (1) f Irish
Anglicized form of ÓRFHLAITH.
ORLAGH f Irish
Anglicized form of ÓRFHLAITH.
ORLANDA f Italian
Feminine form of ORLANDO.
ORLI f Hebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
ORLY f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אוֹרְלִי (see ORLI).
ORNA (1) f Irish
Anglicized form of ODHARNAIT.
ORNA (2) f Hebrew
Feminine form of OREN.
ORNAT f Irish
Anglicized form of ODHARNAIT.
ORNELLA f Italian
Created by the Italian author Gabriele d'Annunzio for his novel 'La Figlia di Jorio' (1904). It is derived from Tuscan Italian ornello meaning "flowering ash tree".
'ORPAH f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ORPAH.
ORPAH f Biblical
Means "back of the neck" in Hebrew. Orpah is Naomi's second daughter-in-law in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.
ORPHA f Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, English
Form of ORPAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
ORSINA f Italian
Feminine form of ORSINO.
ORSOLA f Italian
Italian form of URSULA.
ORSOLYA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of URSULA.
ORTRUN f German (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements ort "point" and run "secret".
ORVOKKI f Finnish
Means "pansy flower" in Finnish.
OSANE f Basque
Means "cure, remedy" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Remedios.
OSANNA f Italian (Rare)
Italian form of HOSANNA. This was the name of a 15th-century Italian saint and mystic.
OSANNE f French (Rare)
French form of OSANNA.
OSHER m & f Hebrew
Means "happiness" in Hebrew.
OSHRAT f Hebrew
Feminine form of OSHER.
OTÁVIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of OCTAVIA.
OTGONBAYAR m & f Mongolian
Means "youngest joy" in Mongolian.
OTÍLIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of ODILIA.
OTILIA f Romanian
Romanian form of ODILIA.
OTOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
OTTAVIA f Italian
Italian form of OCTAVIA.
OTTILIA f Swedish
Swedish form of ODILIA.
OTTILIE f German
German form of ODILIA.
OTTOLINE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of OTTILIE. A famous bearer was the British socialite Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938).
OTYLIA f Polish
Polish form of ODILIA.
OUIDA f Various
Used by the English author Ouida (1839-1908), born Marie Louise Ramé to a French father. Ouida was a pseudonym that arose from her own childhood pronunciation of her middle name LOUISE.
OURANIA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ουρανιος (ouranios) meaning "heavenly". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of astronomy and astrology, one of the nine Muses.
OWENA f Welsh
Feminine form of OWEN (1).
OXANA f Ukrainian, Russian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian/Russian Оксана (see OKSANA).
ØYDIS f Norwegian
Norwegian form of EYDÍS.
OYIBO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
ÖYKÜ f Turkish
Means "story" in Turkish.
OYUNCHIMEG f Mongolian
Means "wisdom ornament" in Mongolian.
ÖZGE f Turkish
Means "other, different" in Turkish.
ÖZGÜR m & f Turkish
Means "free" in Turkish.
ÖZLEM f Turkish
Means "yearning" in Turkish.
PA f Hmong
Means "flower" in Hmong.
PAAIE f Manx
Manx form of PEGGY.
PACA f Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PACÍFICA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of the Late Latin name Pacificus meaning "peacemaker".
PADERAU f & m Welsh
Means "beads" or "rosary" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
PADMA f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form पद्मा and the masculine form पद्म. According to Hindu tradition a lotus holding the god Brahma arose from the navel of the god Vishnu. The name Padma is used in Hindu texts to refer to several characters, including the goddess Lakshmi and the hero Rama.
PADMAVATI f Hinduism
Means "resembling lotuses", derived from the Sanskrit word पद्म (padma) meaning "lotus" combined with वती (vati) meaning "resemblance". This is the name of the foster-mother of the god Hindu Skanda.
PADMINI f Indian, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu
Means "a multitude of lotuses", a derivative of Sanskrit पद्म (padma) meaning "lotus".
PÁDRAIGÍN f Irish
Irish form of PATRICIA.
PAGET f English (Rare)
From a surname that meant "little page" (see PAIGE).
PAIGE f English
From an English surname meaning "servant, page" in Middle English. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PAISLEY f English (Modern)
From a Scottish surname, originally from the name of a town, which may ultimately be derived from Latin basilica "church". This is also a word (derived from the name of that same town) for a type of pattern commonly found on fabrics.
PÄIVÄ f Finnish
Means "day" in Finnish.
PÄIVI f Finnish
Derived from Finnish päivä "day".
PAKPAO f Thai
Means "kite" in Thai.
PÁLA f Icelandic
Icelandic feminine form of PAUL.
PALESA f Southern African, Sotho
Means "flower" in Sotho.
PALLABI f Bengali
Bengali feminine form of PALLAV.
PALLAS (1) f Greek Mythology
Probably derived from a Greek word meaning "maiden". In Greek mythology this was the name of a friend of the goddess Athena. Athena accidentally killed her, and subsequently took the name Pallas in honour of her friend.
PALOMA f Spanish
Means "dove, pigeon" in Spanish.
PAM f English
Short form of PAMELA.
PAMELA f English
This name was invented in the late 16th century by the poet Sir Philip Sidney for use in his poem 'Arcadia'. He possibly intended it to mean "all sweetness" from Greek παν (pan) "all" and μελι (meli) "honey". It was later employed by author Samuel Richardson for the heroine in his novel 'Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded' (1740), after which time it became used as a given name. It did not become popular until the 20th century.
PAMELIA f English
Elaborated form of PAMELA.
PAMELLA f English
Variant of PAMELA.
PANAGIOTA f Greek
Feminine form of PANAGIOTIS.
PANDORA f Greek Mythology
Means "all gifts", derived from a combination of Greek παν (pan) "all" and δωρον (doron) "gift". In Greek mythology Pandora was the first mortal woman. Zeus gave her a jar containing all of the troubles and ills that mankind now knows, and told her not to open it. Unfortunately her curiosity got the best of her and she opened it, unleashing the evil spirits into the world.
PANIZ f Persian
Possibly means "sugar" in Persian.
PANNA f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
PANNI f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
PANSY f English
From the English word for a type of flower, ultimately deriving from Old French pensee "thought".
PAOLA f Italian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
PAOLINA f Italian
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAPA f Polynesian Mythology
Means "earth" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Papa or Papatuanuku was the goddess of the earth and the mother of many of the other gods. She and her husband Rangi, the god of the sky, were locked in a tight embrace. Their children decided to separate them, a feat of strength accomplished by the god Tane.
PAQUITA f Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PARASKEVA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of PARASKEVE.
PARASKEVE f Late Greek
Derived from Greek παρασκευη (paraskeue) meaning "preparation" or "Friday" (being the day of preparation). This was the name of a 2nd-century saint who was martyred in Rome.
PARASKEVI f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of PARASKEVE.
PARASKEVOULA f Greek
Diminutive of PARASKEVI.
PARASTOO f Persian
Means "swallow (bird)" in Persian.
PARASTU f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پرستو (see PARASTOO).
PARI f Persian
Means "fairy" in Persian.
PARIS (2) f Various
From the name of the capital city of France, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.
PARISA f Persian
Means "like a fairy" in Persian.
PARKER m & f English
From an English occupational surname that meant "keeper of the park".
PARMINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit परम (parama) meaning "highest, best" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
PARNEL f English (Archaic)
Contracted form of PETRONEL. In the later Middle Ages it became a slang term for a promiscuous woman, and the name subsequently fell out of use.
PARRIS m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that originally denoted a person who came from the French city of Paris (see PARIS (2)).
PARTHENIA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek παρθενος (parthenos) meaning "maiden, virgin". This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Athena.
PARTHENOPE f Greek Mythology
Means "maiden's voice", derived from Greek παρθενος (parthenos) "maiden, virgin" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek legend this is the name of one of the Sirens who enticed Odysseus.
PƏRVANƏ f Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of PARVANEH.
PARVANA f Azerbaijani, Persian
Alternate transcription of Azerbaijani PƏRVANƏ or Persian پروانه (see PARVANEH).
PARVANEH f Persian
Means "butterfly" in Persian.
PARVATI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "of the mountains" in Sanskrit. Parvati is a Hindu goddess of love and power, the wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesha.
PARVEEN f & m Indian, Hindi
Hindi form of PARVIN, also used as a masculine name.
PƏRVİN f Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of PARVIN.
PARVIN f Persian, Azerbaijani
Means "the Pleiades" in Persian. The Pleiades are a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
PASCALE f French
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCALINE f French
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCUALA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PASCAL.
PASQUALINA f Italian
Italian feminine form of PASCAL.
PASSANG m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "good, excellent" in Tibetan.
PASTORA f Spanish
Feminine form of PASTOR.
PAT m & f English
Short form of PATRICK or PATRICIA. A famous bearer of this name was Pat Garrett (1850-1908), the sheriff who shot Billy the Kid.
PATIENCE f English
From the English word patience, ultimately from Latin patientia, a derivative of pati "to suffer". This was one of the virtue names coined by the Puritans in the 17th century.
PATIGUL f Uyghur
Uyghur elaboration of PATIME using the suffix گۇل (gul) meaning "flower, rose".
PATIME f Uyghur
Uyghur form of FATIMAH.
PATKA f Polish, Slovak
Diminutive of PATRYCJA or PATRÍCIA.
PATRÍCIA f Slovak, Portuguese, Hungarian
Slovak, Portuguese and Hungarian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIA f English, Spanish, German, Late Roman
Feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK). In medieval England this spelling appears in Latin documents, but this form was probably not used as the actual name until the 18th century, in Scotland.
PATRICIE f Czech
Czech feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIJA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRIZIA f Italian
Italian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRYCJA f Polish
Polish feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATSY f & m English, Irish
Variant of PATTY, also used as a diminutive of PATRICK.
PATTI f English
Variant of PATTY.
PATTIE f English
Variant of PATTY.
PATTY f English
Originally a variant of Matty, a 17th-century diminutive of MARTHA. It is now commonly used as a diminutive of PATRICIA.
PÀULA f Sardinian
Sardinian feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULA f German, English, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, Croatian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL). This was the name of a 4th-century Roman saint who was a companion of Saint Jerome.
PAULE f French
French feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULETTA f English
Latinate feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULETTE f French, English
French feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULIEN f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAULIINA f Finnish
Finnish form of PAULINA.
PAULÍNA f Slovak
Slovak form of PAULINA.
PAULINE f French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAULINHA f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of PAULA.
PAVICA f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of PAULA.
PAVLA f Czech
Czech feminine form of PAUL.
PAVLÍNA f Czech
Czech form of PAULINA.
PAVLINA f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Greek form of PAULINA.
PAX f Roman Mythology
Means "peace" in Latin. In Roman mythology this was the name of the goddess of peace.
PAYTON f & m English (Modern)
Variant of PEYTON.
PAZ (1) f Spanish
Means "peace" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Paz, meaning "Our Lady of Peace".
PAZ (2) f & m Hebrew
Means "gold" in Hebrew.
PEACE f English (Rare)
From the English word peace, ultimately derived from Latin pax.
PEARL f English
From the English word pearl for the concretions formed in the shells of some mollusks, ultimately from Late Latin perla. Like other gemstone names, it has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. The pearl is the birthstone for June, and it supposedly imparts health and wealth.
PEARLE f English
Variant of PEARL.
PEARLIE f English
Diminutive of PEARL.
PEG f English
Short form of PEGGY.
PEGGIE f English
Variant of PEGGY.
PEGGY f English
Medieval variant of Meggy, a diminutive of MARGARET. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
PEIGI f Scottish
Scottish diminutive of MARGARET.
PELAGEYA f Russian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PELAGIA f Ancient Greek, Greek, Polish
Feminine form of PELAGIUS. This was the name of a few early saints, including a young 4th-century martyr who threw herself from a rooftop in Antioch rather than lose her virginity.
PELAGIYA f Russian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PELE f Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire who is said to live in Kilauea.
PEMA m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Tibetan form of PADMA.
PEMBE f Turkish
Means "pink" in Turkish.
PEMPHERO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
PEN f English
Short form of PENELOPE.
PENE f English (Rare)
Short form of PENELOPE.
PÉNÉLOPE f French
French form of PENELOPE.
PENELOPE f Greek Mythology, English
Possibly derived from Greek πηνελοψ (penelops), a type of duck. Alternatively it could be from πηνη (pene) "threads, weft" and ωψ (ops) "face, eye". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of the wife of Odysseus, forced to fend off suitors while her husband is away fighting at Troy. It has occasionally been used as an English given name since the 16th century.
PENINNAH f Biblical
Means "precious stone, pearl" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the wives of Elkanah, the other being Hannah.
PENJANI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "seek for, look for" in Tumbuka.
PENKA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
PENNY f English
Diminutive of PENELOPE.
PEONY f English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower. It was originally believed to have healing qualities, so it was named after the Greek medical god Pæon.
PEPCA f Slovene
Slovene diminutive of JOŽEFA.
PEPITA f Spanish
Spanish feminine diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPPI (2) f Finnish
Usual Finnish form of Pippi Longstocking's name (see PIPPI).
PERCHUHI f Armenian
Means "elegant lady" in Armenian.
PERDITA f Literature
Derived from Latin perditus meaning "lost". Shakespeare created this name for the daughter of Hermione in his play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610).
PERİ f Turkish
Turkish form of PARI.
PERLA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of PEARL.
PERLE f French, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
PERLIE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of PEARL.
PERLITA f Italian, Spanish
Diminutive of PERLA.
PERMELIA f English (Archaic)
Meaning unknown, possibly an early American alteration of PAMELA.
PERNILLA f Swedish
Swedish short form of PETRONILLA.
PERNILLE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of PETRONILLA.
PERONEL f English (Archaic)
Contracted form of PETRONEL.
PERPÉTUA f Portuguese (Rare)
Portuguese form of PERPETUA.
PERPETUA f Spanish (Rare), Late Roman
Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.
PERRINE f French
French feminine form of Perrin, a diminutive of PIERRE.
PERSEFONI f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of PERSEPHONE.
PERSEPHONE f Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown, probably of Pre-Greek origin, but perhaps related to Greek περθω (pertho) "to destroy" and φονη (phone) "murder". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She was abducted to the underworld by Hades, but was eventually allowed to return to the surface for part of the year. The result of her comings and goings is the changing of the seasons. With her mother she was worshipped in the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were secret rites practiced at the city of Eleusis near Athens.
PERSIS f Biblical, Biblical Greek
Greek name meaning "Persian woman". This was the name of a woman mentioned in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament.
PERVİN f Turkish
Turkish form of PARVIN.
PÉŤA m & f Czech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PEŤA m & f Czech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PETA f English (Australian)
Feminine form of PETER.
PETIA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Петя (see PETYA).
PETRA f German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Swedish, Finnish, English
Feminine form of PETER. This was also the name of an ancient city in the region that is now Jordan.
PETRINA f English (Rare)
Diminutive of PETRA.
PETRONA f Spanish
Possibly a feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONEL f English (Archaic)
Medieval English form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELA f Romanian, Slovak, Polish
Romanian, Slovak and Polish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELLA f Dutch, Swedish
Dutch and Swedish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONILLA f Italian, Late Roman
From a Latin name, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of PETRONIUS. This was the name of an obscure 1st-century Roman saint, later believed to be a daughter of Saint Peter.
PÉTRONILLE f French
French form of PETRONILLA.
PETROULA f Greek
Greek feminine form of PETER.
PETRUŠKA f Czech
Diminutive of PETRA.
PETULA f English (Rare)
Meaning unknown, created in the 20th century. The name is borne by the British singer Petula Clark (1932-), whose name was invented by her father.
PETUNIA f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, derived ultimately from a Tupi (South American) word.
PETYA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Russian masculine diminutive of PYOTR or Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
PEYTON m & f English
From an English surname, originally a place name meaning "PÆGA's town". A famous bearer was Peyton Randolph (1721-1775), the first president of the Continental Congress. It is also borne by American football quarterback Peyton Manning (1976-).
PHAEDRA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Φαιδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρος (phaidros) meaning "bright". Phaedra was the daughter of Minos and the wife of Theseus in Greek mythology. Aphrodite caused her to fall in love with her stepson Hippolytos, and after she was rejected by him she killed herself.
PHAENNA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek φαεινος (phaeinos) "shining". According to some Greek myths this was the name of one of the three Graces or Χαριτες (Charites).
PHARAILDIS f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Derived from the Germanic elements fara "journey" and hild "battle". This was the name of an 8th-century saint from Ghent, Belgium.
PHEBE f English, Biblical
Variant of PHOEBE used in some translations of the New Testament.