Feminine Names

gender
usage
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 Φαίδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρός (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 φαεινός (phaeinos) meaning "shining". According to some Greek myths this was the name of one of the three Graces or Χάριτες (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.
Pheobe f English
Variant of Phoebe.
Pherenike f Ancient Greek
Ancient Attic Greek form of Berenice.
Philadelphia f English (Rare)
From the name of a city in Asia Minor mentioned in Revelation in the New Testament. The name of the city meant "brotherly love" from Greek φιλέω (phileo) meaning "to love" and ἀδελφός (adelphos) meaning "brother". It is also the name of a city in the United States.
Phile f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Philon (see Philo).
Philipa f English (Rare)
Feminine form of Philip.
Philippa f English (British), German
Latinate feminine form of Philip. As an English name, it is chiefly British.
Philippina f German (Rare)
Elaborated form of Philippa.
Philippine f French
Elaborated feminine form of Philippe.
Phillipa f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Philip.
Phillis f English
Variant of Phyllis.
Philomel f Literature
From an English word meaning "nightingale" (ultimately from Philomela). It has been used frequently in poetry to denote the bird.
Philomela f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Φιλομήλη (Philomele), derived from φίλος (philos) meaning "lover, friend" and μῆλον (melon) meaning "fruit". The second element has also been interpreted as Greek μέλος (melos) meaning "song". In Greek myth Philomela was the sister-in-law of Tereus, who raped her and cut out her tongue. Prokne avenged her sister by killing her son by Tereus, after which Tereus attempted to kill Philomela. However, the gods intervened and transformed her into a nightingale.
Philomena f English, German, Late Greek
From Greek φίλος (philos) meaning "friend, lover" and μένος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force". This was the name of an obscure early saint and martyr. The name came to public attention in 1802 after a tomb seemingly marked with the name Filumena was found in Rome, supposedly belonging to another martyr named Philomena. This may have in fact been a representation of the Greek word φιλομήνη (philomene) meaning "loved".
Philomène f French
French form of Philomena.
Phoebe f English, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Φοίβη (Phoibe), which meant "bright, pure" from Greek φοῖβος (phoibos). In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter, the moon goddess Artemis. The name appears in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Cenchreae. In England, it began to be used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. A moon of Saturn bears this name (in honour of the Titan).
Phoenix m & f English (Modern)
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird that appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years. The name of the bird was derived from Greek φοῖνιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".
Photine f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek φῶς (phos) meaning "light" (genitive φωτός (photos)). This is the name traditionally given to the Samaritan woman Jesus met at the well (see John 4:7). She is venerated as a saint by the Eastern Church.
Phúc m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phúc) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing".
Phuntso m & f Bhutanese
Bhutanese form of Phuntsok.
Phuntsok m & f Tibetan
Means "abundant, excellent" in Tibetan.
Phương f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phương) meaning "direction, way".
Phượng f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phượng) meaning "phoenix". This refers to the mythological creature known as the Chinese phoenix or the Fenghuang.
Phyliss f English
Variant of Phyllis.
Phyllida f English (Rare)
From Φυλλίδος (Phyllidos), the genitive form of Phyllis. This form was used in 17th-century pastoral poetry.
Phyllis f Greek Mythology, English
Means "foliage" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a woman who killed herself out of love for Demophon and was subsequently transformed into an almond tree. It began to be used as a given name in England in the 16th century, though it was often confused with Felicia.
Pía f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Pius.
Pich f & m Khmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
Piedad f Spanish
Means "mercy, piety" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin pietas.
Pien f Dutch
Diminutive of Josephine.
Piera f Italian
Italian feminine form of Peter.
Pierina f Italian
Feminine diminutive of Piero.
Pierrette f French
Feminine diminutive of Pierre.
Pietra f Italian
Italian feminine form of Peter.
Pietrina f Italian
Feminine diminutive of Pietro.
Piety f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "piety, devoutness". This was a rare virtue name used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
Pihla f Finnish
Derived from Finnish pihlaja meaning "rowan tree".
Piia f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of Pia.
Pika 2 f Slovene
Means "dot" in Slovene. This is the Slovene name for Pippi Longstocking, Pika Nogavička.
Pilar f Spanish
Means "pillar" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María del Pilar, meaning "Mary of the Pillar". According to legend, when Saint James the Greater was in Saragossa in Spain, the Virgin Mary appeared on a pillar.
Pili f Spanish
Diminutive of Pilar.
Pilirani m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
Pille f Estonian
Possibly an 18th-century Estonian derivative of the German name Sibylle.
Piloqutinnguaq f Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "little leaf" in Greenlandic.
Pilvi f Finnish, Estonian
Means "cloud" in Finnish and Estonian.
Pina f Italian
Short form of names ending in pina.
Pınar f Turkish
Means "spring" in Turkish.
Pinelopi f Greek
Modern Greek form of Penelope.
Ping m & f Chinese
From Chinese (píng) meaning "level, even, peaceful". Other characters can also form this name.
Pinja f Finnish
Means "stone pine" in Finnish.
Pip m & f English
Diminutive of Philip or Philippa. This was the name of the main character in Great Expectations (1860) by Charles Dickens.
Pipaluk f Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "nurse" in Greenlandic.
Piper f English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute). It was popularized as a given name by a character from the television series Charmed, which debuted in 1998.
Pippa f English
Diminutive of Philippa.
Pippi f Literature
Created by the daughter of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for the main character in her mother's Pippi Longstocking series of stories, first published 1945. In the books Pippi (Swedish name Pippi Långstrump; full first name Pippilotta) is a brash and exceptionally strong young girl who lives in a house by herself.
Pipra f Esperanto
From Esperanto pipro meaning "pepper".
Piret f Estonian
Estonian form of Birgitta.
Piri f Hungarian
Diminutive of Piroska.
Piritta f Finnish
Finnish form of Birgitta.
Pirjo f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of Piritta.
Pirkko f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of Piritta.
Piroska f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Prisca, influenced by the Hungarian word piros meaning "red".
Pistis f Greek Mythology
Means "trust, faith" in Greek. In Greek mythology Pistis was the personification of trust.
Plácida f Spanish (Rare)
Spanish feminine form of Placidus (see Placido).
Placida f Late Roman, Italian (Rare)
Feminine form of Placidus (see Placido).
Placide m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see Placido).
Pleasance f English (Archaic)
From the medieval name Plaisance, which meant "pleasant" in Old French.
Pleun m & f Dutch
Diminutive of Apollonius, now commonly used as a feminine name.
Pocahontas f Indigenous American, Powhatan
Means "playful one" in Powhatan, an Algonquian language. This was the nickname of a 17th-century Powhatan woman, a daughter of the powerful chief Wahunsenacawh. She married the white colonist John Rolfe and travelled with him to England, but died of illness before returning.
Pola f Polish
Short form of Apolonia.
Polina f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of Paulina or a short form of Apollinariya.
Pollie f English
Variant of Polly.
Polly f English
Medieval variant of Molly. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
Pollyanna f Literature
Combination of Polly and Anna. This was the name of the main character in Eleanor H. Porter's novel Pollyanna (1913).
Polona f Slovene
Short form of Apolonija.
Polya f Bulgarian
Diminutive of Polina.
Polymnia f Greek Mythology
Means "abounding in song", derived from Greek πολύς (polys) meaning "much" and ὕμνος (hymnos) meaning "song, hymn". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of dance and sacred songs, one of the nine Muses.
Polyxena f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Πολυξένη (Polyxene), which was from the word πολύξενος (polyxenos) meaning "entertaining many guests, very hospitable", itself derived from πολύς (polys) meaning "many" and ξένος (xenos) meaning "foreigner, guest". In Greek legend she was a daughter of Priam and Hecuba, beloved by Achilles. After the Trojan War, Achilles' son Neoptolemus sacrificed her.
Polyxene f Greek Mythology
Ancient Greek form of Polyxena.
Polyxeni f Greek
Modern Greek form of Polyxena.
Pomare m & f Tahitian
Means "night cough", from Tahitian po "night" and mare "cough". This name was borne by four kings and a queen of Tahiti. The first king adopted the name after his child died of a cough in the night.
Pomona f Roman Mythology
From Latin pomus "fruit tree". This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.
Pomponia f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Pomponius.
Pooja f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Nepali
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi/Nepali पूजा, Gujarati પૂજા, Bengali পূজা, Gurmukhi ਪੂਜਾ, Telugu పూజా, Malayalam പൂജ, Tamil பூஜா or Kannada ಪೂಜಾ (see Puja).
Poornima f Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Tamil பூர்ணிமா, Kannada ಪೂರ್ಣಿಮಾ or Hindi/Marathi पूर्णिमा (see Purnima).
Poppy f English (British)
From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English popæg.
Porcia f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Porcius.
Porntip f Thai
Means "divine blessing", derived from Thai พร (phon) meaning "blessing" and ทิพย์ (thip) meaning "divine".
Porsche f English (Modern)
From the name of the German car company, which was founded by Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951). His surname is derived from the given name Boris.
Portia f English
Variant of Porcia, the feminine form of the Roman family name Porcius, used by William Shakespeare for the heroine of his play The Merchant of Venice (1596). In the play Portia is a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to defend Antonio in court. It is also the name of a moon of Uranus, after the Shakespearean character.
Posie f English
Variant of Posy.
Posy f English
Diminutive of Josephine. It can also be inspired by the English word posy for a bunch of flowers.
Prachi f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
From Sanskrit प्राच्य (prachya) meaning "eastern, ancient".
Praise f & m English (African)
From the English word praise, which is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Late Latin preciare, a derivative of Latin pretium "price, worth". This name is most common in English-speaking Africa.
Pranee f Thai
Means "living being, one that breathes" in Thai, of Sanskrit origin.
Pranvera f Albanian
Derived from Albanian pranverë meaning "spring", itself from pranë "nearby, close" and verë "summer".
Praskovia f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Прасковья (see Praskovya).
Praskoviya f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Прасковья (see Praskovya).
Praskovya f Russian
Russian form of Paraskeve.
Pratibha f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "light, splendour, intelligence" in Sanskrit.
Pratima f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "image, likeness, reflection" in Sanskrit.
Praveena f Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Pravina.
Pravina f Indian, Marathi, Tamil
Feminine form of Pravin.
Praxis f Greek Mythology
Means "action, sex" in Greek. This was another name for the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
Precious f English (Modern)
From the English word precious, ultimately derived from Latin pretiosus, a derivative of Latin pretium "price, worth".
Preethi f Indian, Kannada, Tamil
South Indian form of Priti.
Preeti f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Alternate transcription of Hindi प्रीति or प्रीती, Marathi प्रीती or Gujarati પ્રીતિ (see Priti).
Prema f Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of Prem.
Presley f & m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "priest clearing" (Old English preost and leah). This surname was borne by musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977).
Priita f Finnish (Rare)
Finnish form of Brita.
Primitiva f Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of Primitivus. Saint Primitiva was an early martyr from Rome.
Primrose f English (Rare)
From the English word for the flower, ultimately deriving from Latin prima rosa "first rose".
Primula f English (Rare)
From the name of a genus of several species of flowers, including the primrose. It is derived from the Latin word primulus meaning "very first".
Princess f English (Modern)
Feminine equivalent of Prince.
Pris f English
Short form of Priscilla.
Prisca f Biblical, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin
Feminine form of Priscus, a Roman family name meaning "ancient" in Latin. This name appears in the epistles in the New Testament, referring to Priscilla the wife of Aquila.
Priscila f Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of Priscilla.
Priscilla f English, Italian, French, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman name, a diminutive of Prisca. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lived with Priscilla (also known as Prisca) and her husband Aquila in Corinth for a while. It has been used as an English given name since the Protestant Reformation, being popular with the Puritans. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used it in his 1858 poem The Courtship of Miles Standish.
Priscille f French
French form of Priscilla.
Priska f German, Biblical Greek
German form of Prisca, as well as the form used in the Greek New Testament.
Priskilla f Biblical Greek
Form of Priscilla used in the Greek New Testament.
Prissy f English
Diminutive of Priscilla.
Pritha f Hinduism, Bengali
Means "the palm of the hand" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the legendary Hindu figure Kunti.
Priti f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "pleasure, joy, love" in Sanskrit.
Priya f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali
Means "beloved" in Sanskrit. In Hindu legend this is the name of a daughter of King Daksha.
Priyanka f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali
From Sanskrit प्रियंकर (priyankara) meaning "agreeable, amiable".
Proserpina f Roman Mythology
Means "to emerge" in Latin. She was the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Persephone.
Pru f English
Short form of Prudence.
Prudence f & m English, French
Medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of Prudentius. In France it is both the feminine form and a rare masculine form. In England it was used during the Middle Ages and was revived in the 17th century by the Puritans, in part from the English word prudence, ultimately of the same source.
Prudencia f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Prudentius.
Prudentia f Late Roman
Feminine form of Prudentius.
Prue f English
Short form of Prudence.
Prune f French
Means "plum" in French.
Prunella f English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower, also called self-heal, ultimately a derivative of the Latin word pruna "plum".
Psyche f Greek Mythology
Means "the soul", derived from Greek ψύχω (psycho) meaning "to breathe". The Greeks thought that the breath was the soul. In Greek mythology Psyche was a beautiful maiden who was beloved by Eros (or Cupid in Roman mythology). She is the subject of Keats's poem Ode to Psyche (1819).
Ptolemais f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Ptolemaios (see Ptolemy).
Pua f Hawaiian
Means "flower, offspring" in Hawaiian.
Puabi f Akkadian
Means "word of my father", from Akkadian meaning "mouth" and abu meaning "father". Puabi was a 26th-century BC Akkadian noblewoman who was buried in the Sumerian city of Ur.
Pualani f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly flower" or "royal offspring" from Hawaiian pua "flower, offspring" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Puanani f Hawaiian
Means "beautiful flower" or "beautiful offspring" from Hawaiian pua "flower, offspring" and nani "beauty, glory".
Puck m & f Anglo-Saxon Mythology, Dutch
Meaning unknown, from Old English puca. It could ultimately be of either Germanic or Celtic origin. In English legend this was the name of a mischievous spirit, also known as Robin Goodfellow. He appears in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream (1600). It is used in the Netherlands as mainly a feminine name.
Puja f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Nepali
Means "honour, worship" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu ritual of reverence.
Puk f Dutch
Dutch variant of Puck.
Puleng f Southern African, Sotho
Means "in the rain" in Sotho.
Punita f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Feminine form of Punit.
Purdie m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from the Norman French expression pur die "by God". It was perhaps originally a nickname for a person who used the oath frequently.
Purificación f Spanish
Means "purification" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary after her childbirth.
Purnama f & m Indonesian
Means "full moon" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पूर्णिमा (purnima).
Purnima f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada
Means "full moon" in Sanskrit.
Pushpa f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali
Means "flower" in Sanskrit. This is a trascription of both the feminine form पुष्पा and the masculine form पुष्प. Especially in Nepal it is frequently masculine.
Puteri f Malay
Means "daughter, princess" in Malay, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्री (putri).
Putri f Indonesian
Means "daughter" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्री (putri).
Putu m & f Balinese
Means "grandchild" in Balinese. Traditionally, this name is given to the first-born child.
Qamar m & f Arabic
Means "moon" in Arabic.
Qiana f African American (Modern)
From the word for the silk-like material, introduced by DuPont in 1968 and popular in the fashions of the 1970s.
Qing f & m Chinese
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Qiu m & f Chinese
From Chinese (qiū) meaning "autumn", (qiū) meaning "hill, mound", or other characters with a similar pronunciation. The given name of the philosopher Confucius was .
Quanna f African American (Rare)
Combination of the popular name prefix Qua and Anna.
Queen f English
From an old nickname that was derived from the English word queen, ultimately from Old English cwen meaning "woman, wife".
Queenie f English
Diminutive of Queen.
Queralt f Catalan
From the name of a Spanish sanctuary (in Catalonia) that is devoted to the Virgin Mary.
Quetzalli f Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Means "feather, precious thing" in Nahuatl.
Quin m & f English (Rare)
Variant of Quinn.
Quinn m & f Irish, English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cuinn meaning "descendant of Conn".
Quintella f English (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of Quintus.
Quintina f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Quintinus.
Quirina f Late Roman
Feminine form of Quirinus.
Quirine f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of Quirinus.
Quispe f Indigenous American, Quechua
Means "free" in Quechua.
Quý f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quý) meaning "precious, valuable".
Quỳnh f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quỳnh) meaning "deep red". This is also the Vietnamese name for a variety of flowering plant (genus Epiphyllum).
Raabi'a f Arabic
Means "fourth" in Arabic. This name was borne by an 8th-century Sufi mystic from Basra in Iraq.
Raakel f Finnish
Finnish form of Rachel.
Rabab f Arabic
Variant of Rubab.
Rabi'a f Arabic
Feminine form of Rabi 1. This can also be another way of transcribing the name رابعة (see Raabi'a).
Rabia f Turkish
Turkish form of Raabi'a or Rabi'a.
Rachael f English
Variant of Rachel, the spelling probably influenced by that of Michael.
Rachana f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Nepali
Means "creation, preparation" in Sanskrit.
Racheal f English
Variant of Rachel.
Rachel f English, Hebrew, French, Dutch, German, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rachel) meaning "ewe". In the Old Testament this is the name of the favourite wife of Jacob. Jacob was tricked by her father Laban into marrying her older sister Leah first, though in exchange for seven years of work Laban allowed Jacob to marry Rachel too. Initially barren and facing her husband's anger, she offered her handmaid Bilhah to Jacob to bear him children. Eventually she was herself able to conceive, becoming the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.... [more]
Rachele f Italian
Italian form of Rachel.
Rachelle f English
Variant of Rachel influenced by the spelling of Rochelle.
Rachida f Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic رشيدة or راشدة (see Rashida) chiefly used in Northern Africa.
Rachna f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi रचना (see Rachana).
Racquel f English
Variant of Raquel.
Rada f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
Radana f Czech
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
Radha f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Means "success" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the favourite consort of the Hindu god Krishna.
Radinka f Serbian
Diminutive of Radmila.
Radka f Czech, Bulgarian
Feminine form of Radko.
Radmila f Serbian, Croatian, Czech
Serbian, Croatian and Czech feminine form of Radomil.
Radojka f Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
Radomiła f Polish (Rare)
Polish feminine form of Radomil.
Radomila f Czech (Rare)
Feminine form of Radomil.
Radomíra f Czech
Czech feminine form of Radomir.
Radomira f Serbian
Feminine form of Radomir.
Rae f English
Short form of Rachel. It can also be used as a feminine form of Ray.
Raelene f English (Rare)
Combination of Rae and the popular name suffix lene.
Raelyn f English (Modern)
Combination of Rae and the popular name suffix lyn.
Raelynn f English (Modern)
Combination of Rae and the popular name suffix lynn.
Rafaela f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Raphael.
Raffaela f German (Rare)
German feminine form of Raphael.
Raffaella f Italian
Italian feminine form of Raphael.
Rafiqa f Arabic
Feminine form of Rafiq.
Raganhildis f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Reinhild.
Raghnaid f Scottish
Scottish form of Ragnhild.
Raghnailt f Irish
Irish form of Ragnhild.
Ragna f Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Ancient Scandinavian
Short form of Old Norse names beginning with the element regin "advice, counsel".
Ragnbjǫrg f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and bjǫrg "help, save, rescue".
Ragnheiðr f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name meaning "bright advice", derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and heiðr "brightness".
Ragnheiður f Icelandic
Icelandic form of Ragnheiðr.
Ragnhild f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Ragnhildr, composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and hildr "battle".
Ragnhildur f Icelandic
Icelandic form of Ragnhild.
Rahab f Biblical
Means "spacious" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a woman of Jericho who helped the Israelites capture the city.
Rahat m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "rest, comfort" in Arabic.
Ráhel f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Rachel.
Rahel f Biblical Latin, German
Biblical Latin form of Rachel, as well as a German form.
Rahela f Romanian, Croatian, Serbian
Romanian, Croatian and Serbian form of Rachel.
Rahma f Arabic
Means "mercy, compassion" in Arabic.
Ráichéal f Irish
Irish form of Rachel.
Raimonda f Italian
Italian feminine form of Raymond.
Raimunde f German (Rare)
German feminine form of Raymond.
Rain 1 f & m English (Rare)
Simply from the English word rain, derived from Old English regn.
Raina f Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Райна (see Rayna 1).
Rainbow f English (Rare)
From the English word for the arc of multicoloured light that can appear in a misty sky.
Raine f & m English (Rare)
Possibly based on the French word reine meaning "queen". A famous bearer is the British socialite Raine Spencer (1929-), the stepmother of Princess Diana. In modern times it can also be used as a variant of Rain 1 or a short form of Lorraine.
Raisa 1 f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Possibly from the Greek name Herais. This was the name of a saint and martyr killed in Alexandria during the early 4th-century persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
Raisa 2 f Yiddish
From Yiddish רויז (roiz) meaning "rose".
Raisa 3 f Arabic
Feminine form of Rais.
Raisel f Yiddish (Rare)
Diminutive of Raisa 2.
Raja 1 f Arabic
Means "hope" in Arabic.
Rajani f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Means "the dark one" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Kali or Durga.
Rajinder m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of Rajendra used by Sikhs.
Rajiya f Arabic
Means "hopeful" in Arabic.
Rajkumari f Indian, Hindi
Means "princess" in Sanskrit.
Rajni f Indian, Hindi
Means "queen" in Sanskrit.
Rajya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رجية (see Rajiya).
Rakel f Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic
Scandinavian form of Rachel.
Rakhi f Indian, Hindi
From a word for a type of ritual wristband, ultimately from Sanskrit रक्षा (raksha).
Raleigh m & f English
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning either "red clearing" or "roe deer clearing" in Old English. A city in North Carolina bears this name, after the English courtier, poet and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618).
Ralitsa f Bulgarian
Means "larkspur (flower)" in Bulgarian.
Raluca f Romanian
Romanian diminutive of the Greek name Rallou, of uncertain meaning. It was popularized by the actress Rallou Karatza (1778-1870), a daughter of the prince of Wallachia Ioannis Karatzas, who was of Greek background.
Rama 2 f Hinduism
Means "wife" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the goddess Lakshmi.
Ramla f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رملة (see Ramlah).
Ramlah f Arabic, Malay
Means "sand" in Arabic. This was the name of one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad.
Ramóna f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Ramona.
Ramona f Spanish, Romanian, English
Feminine form of Ramón. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by Helen Hunt Jackson's novel Ramona (1884), as well as several subsequent movies based on the book.
Ran f Japanese
From Japanese (ran) meaning "orchid" or other kanji pronounced in the same way.
Rana 1 f Arabic
Means "eye-catching object" from Arabic رنا (rana) meaning "to gaze".
Randa f Arabic
Means "scented tree" in Arabic.
Randi 1 f English
Diminutive of Miranda.
Randi 2 f Norwegian, Danish
Modern form of the Old Norse name Ragnfríðr, which was derived from regin "advice, counsel" and fríðr "beautiful".
Randy m & f English
Diminutive of Randall, Randolf or Miranda.
Rani 1 f Indian, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi
Means "queen" in Sanskrit.
Raniya f Arabic
Means "looking at", derived from Arabic رنا (rana) meaning "to gaze".
Ranka f Croatian
Feminine form of Ranko.
Ranya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رانية (see Raniya).
Raphaela f German
Feminine form of Raphael.
Raphaëlle f French
French feminine form of Raphael.
Rapunzel f Literature
From the name of an edible plant. It is borne by a long-haired young woman locked in a tower in an 1812 German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm. An evil sorceress gave her the name after she was taken as a baby from her parents, who had stolen the rapunzel plant from the sorceress's garden. The Grimms adapted the story from earlier tales (which used various names for the heroine).
Raquel f Spanish, Portuguese, English
Spanish and Portuguese form of Rachel.
Rasa f Lithuanian, Latvian
Means "dew" in Lithuanian and Latvian.
Rasha f Arabic
Means "young gazelle" in Arabic.
Rashida f Arabic
Feminine form of Rashid.
Rashmi f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil
Means "ray of sunlight" or "rope" in Sanskrit.
Rasima f Arabic
Feminine form of Rasim.
Rathna f & m Tamil
Southern Indian variant of Ratna.
Rathnait f Irish
Derived from Irish rath "grace, prosperity" combined with a diminutive suffix.
Rati f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "rest, pleasure" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the wife of the Hindu god of love Kama.
Ratna f & m Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Nepali, Indonesian
Derived from Sanskrit रत्न (ratna) meaning "jewel, treasure". This is a transcription of both the feminine form रत्ना and the masculine form रत्न.
Ratnam m & f Indian, Telugu
Southern Indian variant of Ratna.
Ratree f Thai
From the name of a variety of jasmine flower, the night jasmine, ultimately from a poetic word meaning "night".
Ratu f Indonesian
Means "queen" in Indonesian and Javanese.
Rauha f Finnish
Means "peace" in Finnish.