Feminine Names

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ANAH f & m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "answer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name belongs to one female character and two male characters.
ANAHERA f Maori
Means "angel" in Maori.
ANAHID f Armenian
Armenian variant of ANAHITA.
ANAHITA f Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "immaculate, undefiled" from Avestan a "not" and ahit "unclean". This was the name of the Persian goddess of fertility and water. She was sometimes identified with Artemis, Aphrodite and Athena.
ANAÏS f Occitan, Catalan, French
Occitan and Catalan form of ANNA.
ANAMARIA f Romanian
Combination of ANA and MARIA.
ANAMARIJA f Croatian, Macedonian
Combination of ANA and MARIJA.
ANAN (1) m & f Western African, Akan
Means "fourth born child" in Akan.
ANANDI f Indian, Hindi
Feminine form of ANAND.
ANANO f Georgian
Georgian variant of ANA.
ANANTA m & f Hinduism
Means "infinite, endless" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form अनन्त / अनंत (an epithet of the Hindu god Vishnu) and the feminine form अनन्ता / अनंता (an epithet of the goddess Parvati).
ANAR (2) f Kazakh
Variant of ANARA.
ANARA f Kazakh, Kyrgyz
From Kazakh and Kyrgyz анар (anar) meaning "pomegranate", a word ultimately derived from Persian.
ANARGUL f Kazakh
Means "blooming pomegranate tree" in Kazakh.
ANA SOFÍA f Spanish
Combination of ANA and SOFÍA.
ANASTÁCIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTASIA f Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, English, Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ANASTASIUS. This was the name of a 4th-century Dalmatian saint who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Due to her, the name has been common in Eastern Orthodox Christianity (in various spellings). As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages. A famous bearer was the youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II, who was rumoured to have escaped the execution of her family in 1918.
ANASTASIE f & m French, Romanian (Rare)
French form of ANASTASIA (feminine) and Romanian form of ANASTASIUS (masculine).
ANASTASIJA f Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Serbian
Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian and Serbian form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTASIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIA. This name was borne by the wife of the Russian czar Ivan the Terrible.
ANASTÁZIA f Slovak
Slovak form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTÁZIE f Czech
Czech form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTAZIE f Czech
Czech form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTAZIJA f Croatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene form of ANASTASIA.
ANASTAZJA f Polish
Polish form of ANASTASIA.
ANASZTÁZIA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of ANASTASIA.
ANAT (1) f Semitic Mythology
Possibly derived from a Semitic root meaning "water spring". Anat was a goddess of fertility, hunting and war worshipped by the Semitic peoples of the Levant. She was the sister and consort of the god Hadad.
ANAT (2) f & m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ANATH (1). In modern times it is often used as a feminine name.
ANATOLIA f Late Roman
Feminine form of ANATOLIUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century Italian saint and martyr. This is also a place name (from the same Greek origin) referring to the large peninsula that makes up the majority of Turkey.
ANCA f Romanian
Possibly originally a diminutive of ANA.
ANCUȚA f Romanian
Diminutive of ANCA.
ANĐA f Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of ANĐELA.
ANĐELA f Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of ANGELA.
ANDĚLA f Czech
Czech form of ANGELA.
ANĐELKA f Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of ANGELA.
ANDI f English
Diminutive of ANDREA (2).
ANDIE m & f English
Diminutive of ANDREW or ANDREA (2).
ANDILE m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
ANDJELA f Serbian
Alternate transcription of Serbian Анђела (see ANĐELA).
ANDRA f Romanian, English
Feminine form of ANDREI or ANDREW. As an English name it has only been used since the 20th century.
ANDRADA f Romanian
Possibly a feminine form of ANDREI.
ANDRASTE f Celtic Mythology
Possibly means "invincible" in Celtic. This was the name of a Briton goddess of victory who was invoked by Boudicca before her revolt.
ANDRÉA f French, Portuguese (Brazilian)
French and Portuguese feminine form of ANDREW.
ANDREA (2) f English, German, Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Dutch, Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of ANDREW. As an English name, it has been used since the 17th century, though it was not common until the 20th century.
ANDRÉE f French
French feminine form of ANDREW.
ANDREEA f Romanian
Romanian feminine form of ANDREW.
ANDRÉIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of ANDREIA.
ANDREIA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of ANDREW.
ANDREINA f Italian
Feminine form of ANDREA (1).
ANDREJA (1) f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian feminine form of ANDREJ.
ANDRIANA f Greek, Bulgarian
Feminine form of ANDREAS (Greek) or ANDREY (Bulgarian).
ANDRIJANA f Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of ANDRIJA.
ANDRINA f English (Rare)
Feminine form of ANDREW.
ANDRINE f Norwegian
Norwegian feminine form of ANDREAS.
ANDROMACHE f Greek Mythology
Derived from the Greek elements ἀνήρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός) and μάχη (mache) meaning "battle". In Greek legend she was the wife of the Trojan hero Hector. After the fall of Troy Neoptolemus killed her son Astyanax and took her as a concubine.
ANDROMEDA f Greek Mythology
Means "to be mindful of a man" from the Greek element ἀνήρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός) combined with μέδομαι (medomai) meaning "to be mindful of". In Greek mythology Andromeda was an Ethiopian princess rescued from sacrifice by the hero Perseus. A constellation in the northern sky is named for her. This is also the name of a nearby galaxy, given because it resides (from our point of view) within the constellation.
ANDY m & f English
Diminutive of ANDREW or sometimes ANDREA (2). American pop artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a famous bearer of this name.
ANDŻELIKA f Polish
Polish variant of ANGELIKA.
ANE (1) f Danish
Danish diminutive of ANNA.
ANE (3) f Basque
Basque form of ANNA.
ANELIA f Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Анелия (see ANELIYA).
ANELIE f German
Short form of ANNELIESE.
ANELIYA f Bulgarian
Diminutive of ANNA.
ANEMONE f English (Rare)
From the name of the anemone flower, which is derived from Greek ἄνεμος (anemos) meaning "wind".
ANETA f Polish, Czech
Polish and Czech diminutive of ANNA.
ANETT f Hungarian
Hungarian form of ANNETTE.
ANETTE f Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Scandinavian variant of ANNETTE.
ANEŽKA f Czech
Czech form of AGNES.
ANFISA f Russian
Russian form of the Greek name Ἀνθοῦσα (Anthousa), which was derived from Greek ἄνθος (anthos) meaning "flower". This was the name of a 9th-century Byzantine saint.
ANGEL m & f English, Bulgarian, Macedonian
From the medieval Latin masculine name Angelus, which was derived from the name of the heavenly creature (itself derived from the Greek word ἄγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger"). It has never been very common in the English-speaking world, where it is sometimes used as a feminine name in modern times.
ÁNGELA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ÀNGELA f Catalan
Catalan feminine form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ÂNGELA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ANGÉLA f Hungarian
Hungarian feminine form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ANGELA f English, Italian, German, Dutch, Romanian, Slovene, Slovak, Russian, Macedonian, Late Roman
Feminine form of Angelus (see ANGEL). As an English name, it came into use in the 18th century.
ANGÈLE f French
French feminine form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ÁNGELES f Spanish
Means "angels", taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles, meaning "Our Lady the Queen of the Angels".
ANGELIA f English
Elaborated form of ANGELA.
ANGÉLICA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ANGELICA.
ANGELICA f English, Italian, Romanian
Derived from Latin angelicus meaning "angelic", ultimately related to Greek ἄγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger". The poets Boiardo and Ariosto used this name in their Orlando poems (1483 and 1532), where it belongs to Orlando's love interest. It has been used as a given name since the 18th century.
ANGELIEN f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of ANGELA.
ANGELIKA f German, Polish, Hungarian
Form of ANGELICA in several languages.
ANGELIKI f Greek
Greek form of ANGELICA.
ANGELINA f Italian, English, Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek
Latinate diminutive of ANGELA. A famous bearer is American actress Angelina Jolie (1975-).
ANGELINE f French
French diminutive of ANGELA.
ANGÉLIQUE f French
French form of ANGELICA.
ANGELIQUE f Dutch
Dutch form of ANGÉLIQUE.
ANGELITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of ANGELA.
ANGELLE f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of ANGEL.
ANGERONA f Roman Mythology
Possibly from Latin angor "strangulation, torment" or angustus "narrow, constricted". Angerona was the Roman goddess of the winter solstice, death, and silence.
ANGHARAD f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "more love" in Welsh. In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, Angharad Golden-hand is the lover of Peredur.
ÀNGHELA f Sardinian
Sardinian form of ANGELA.
ANGIE f English
Diminutive of ANGELA.
ANGYALKA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of ANGELICA.
ANH m & f Vietnamese
This name is frequently combined with a middle name to create a compound name; the meaning of Anh changes depending on the Sino-Vietnamese characters underlying the compound. It is often from Sino-Vietnamese (anh) meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero", though in compounds it often takes on the meaning "intelligent, bright".
ANHELINA f Ukrainian, Belarusian
Ukrainian and Belarusian form of ANGELINA.
ANI (2) f Armenian
From the name of an old Armenian city, of unknown meaning. Now in eastern Turkey, in the 10th and 11th centuries it was the capital of the Kingdom of Armenia, though it was later abandoned and is now only ruins.
ANIA f Polish, Russian
Polish diminutive of ANNA, and an alternate transcription of Russian Аня (see ANYA).
ANICA f Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Slovene, Croatian and Serbian diminutive of ANNA.
ANIELA f Polish
Polish form of ANGELA.
ANIELKA f Polish
Diminutive of ANIELA.
ANIKA (2) f Indian, Hindi
Feminine form of ANIK.
ANIKÓ f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
ANILA f Indian, Hindi
Feminine form of ANIL.
ANIMA (1) f Indian, Hindi
Means "minuteness" from Sanskrit अणिमन (animan). In yoga texts, this is the name of the ability to make oneself infinitely small so to be invisible.
ANIMA (2) f English (Rare)
Means "soul, spirit" in Latin. In Jungian psychology the anima is an individual's true inner self, or soul.
ANINA f German
Diminutive of ANNA.
ANISA f Arabic, Indonesian
Feminine form of ANIS.
ANISE f English (Rare)
From the English word for the herb, also called aniseed.
ANISHA f Indian, Hindi
Means "nightless, sleepless" in Sanskrit.
ANIȘOARA f Romanian
Romanian elaboration of ANA.
ANISSA f English
This name was first brought to public attention in 1966 by the child actress Anissa Jones (1958-1976). In her case it was a transcription of the Arabic name أنيسة (see ANISA), given to honour her Lebanese heritage. Other parents who have since used this name may view it simply as an elaboration of ANNA using the popular name suffix issa.
ANITA (1) f Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovene, English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Latvian
Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian and Slovene diminutive of ANA.
ANITA (2) f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
Feminine form of ANIT.
ANIYA f English (Modern)
Modern name, possibly based on ANYA or AALIYAH.
ANJA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, German, Dutch
Form of ANYA in several languages.
ANJALI f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "salutation" in Sanskrit.
ANKE f Low German, Dutch
Low German and Dutch diminutive of ANNA and other names beginning with An.
ANKHBAYAR m & f Mongolian
Means "first joy" in Mongolian.
ANKICA f Croatian
Diminutive of ANKA.
ANN f English, Manx
English and Manx form of ANNE (1). In the English-speaking world, both this spelling and Anne have been used since the late Middle Ages. Currently Ann is less popular than Anne (and both are less popular than their relatives Anna and Hannah).
ANNA f English, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Faroese, Catalan, Occitan, Breton, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of Channah (see HANNAH) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna. The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary.... [more]
ANNABEL f English, Dutch
Variant of AMABEL influenced by the name ANNA. This name appears to have arisen in Scotland in the Middle Ages.
ANNABELLA f Italian, English (Modern)
Latinate form of ANNABEL. It can also be taken as a combination of ANNA and BELLA.
ANNABELLE f English, French
Variant of ANNABEL. It can also be taken as a combination of ANNA and BELLE.
ANNABETH f English (Rare)
Combination of ANNA and BETH.
ANNACHIARA f Italian
Combination of ANNA and CHIARA.
ANNAG f Scottish
Scottish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNAGÜL f Turkmen
Derived from Turkmen anna "Friday" and gül "flower, rose".
ANNAIG f Breton
Breton diminutive of ANNA.
ANNALEE f English (Modern)
Combination of ANNA and LEE.
ANNALENA f German
Combination of ANNA and LENA.
ANNA-LIISA f Finnish
Combination of ANNA and LIISA.
ANNALISA f Italian
Combination of ANNA and LISA.
ANNALISE f English (Modern)
Combination of ANNA and LISE.
ANNA MARIA f Italian
Combination of ANNA and MARIA.
ANNAMÁRIA f Hungarian
Combination of ANNA and MÁRIA.
ANNAMARIA f Italian
Combination of ANNA and MARIA.
ANNE (1) f French, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, German, Dutch, Basque
French form of ANNA. It was imported to England in the 13th century, but it did not become popular until three centuries later. The spelling variant Ann was also commonly found from this period, and is still used to this day.... [more]
ANNEGRET f German
Combination of ANNA and GRETE.
ANNEKE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of ANNA.
ANNE-LAURE f French
Combination of ANNE (1) and LAURE.
ANNELI f Finnish, Estonian, Swedish, German
Finnish, Estonian and Swedish form of ANNELIE, as well as a German variant.
ANNELIE f German, Swedish
German diminutive of ANNA or short form of ANNELIESE.
ANNELIEN f Dutch
Combination of ANNA and lien (from names such as CAROLIEN).
ANNELIESE f German, Dutch
Combination of ANNA and LIESE.
ANNELISE f Danish
Danish form of ANNELIESE.
ANNE-MARIE f French
Combination of ANNE (1) and MARIE.
ANNEMARIE f Dutch, German, Danish
Combination of ANNA and MARIE.
ANNEMIEK f Dutch
Combination of ANNA and MIEKE.
ANNEMIEKE f Dutch
Combination of ANNA and MIEKE.
ANNE-SOPHIE f French
Combination of ANNE (1) and SOPHIE.
ANNET f Dutch
Dutch variant of ANNETTE.
ANNETT f German
German variant of ANNETTE.
ANNETTA f Italian
Latinate diminutive of ANNA.
ANNETTE f French, English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch
French diminutive of ANNE (1). It has also been widely used in the English-speaking world, and it became popular in America in the late 1950s due to the fame of actress Annette Funicello (1942-).
ANNI f Finnish, German, Danish
Finnish, German and Danish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNICE f English
Variant of ANNIS.
ANNICK f Breton, French
French form of Breton Annaig, a diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIE f English, French, Dutch
Diminutive of ANNE (1).
ANNIINA f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIKA f Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, German, English (Modern)
Swedish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIKEN f Norwegian
Norwegian diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIKKI f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIS f English
Medieval English form of AGNES.
ANNISA f Indonesian
Indonesian feminine form of ANIS.
ANNMARIE f English
Combination of ANN and MARIE.
ANNORA f English (Rare)
Medieval English variant of HONORA.
ANNUKKA f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNUNZIATA f Italian
Means "announced" in Italian, referring to the event in the New Testament in which the angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary of the imminent birth of Jesus.
ANNUSHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
ANNUSKA f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
ANNY f French
Diminutive of ANNE (1).
ANONA f English
Meaning unknown. It was possibly inspired by an American song by this name written by Vivian Grey in 1903 and recorded by musician Vess Ossman. The lyrics tell of a Native American woman named Anona from Arizona.
ANONG f Thai
Means "beautiful woman" in Thai.
ANOUK f Dutch, French
Dutch and French diminutive of ANNA.
ANOUSH f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Անուշ (see ANUSH).
ANOUSKA f Various
Variant of ANNUSHKA.
ANS f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of ANNA.
ANSA f Finnish
Derived from Finnish ansio "virtue" or ansa "trap".
ANSELMA f German, Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of ANSELM.
ANTANINA f Belarusian, Lithuanian
Belarusian and Lithuanian feminine form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO).
ANTEA f Croatian (Modern)
Feminine form of ANTE (1).
ANTHEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Ἄνθεια (Antheia), derived from ἄνθος (anthos) meaning "flower, blossom". This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Hera.
ANTHOUSA f Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ANFISA.
ANTÍA f Galician
Galician feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTICA f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of ANTONIA.
ANTIGONE f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἀντί (anti) meaning "against, compared to, like" and γονή (gone) meaning "birth, offspring". In Greek legend Antigone was the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta. King Creon of Thebes declared that her slain brother Polynices was to remain unburied, a great dishonour. She disobeyed and gave him a proper burial, and for this she was sealed alive in a cave.
ANTIOPE f Greek Mythology
Derived from the Greek elements ἀντί (anti) meaning "against, compared to, like" and ὄψ (ops) meaning "voice". This was the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a daughter of Ares who was one of the queens of the Amazons. She was kidnapped and married by Theseus.
ANTJE f Frisian, Dutch, Low German
Frisian, Dutch and Low German diminutive of ANNA.
ANTOINETTE f French
Feminine diminutive of ANTOINE. This name was borne by Marie Antoinette, the queen of France during the French Revolution. She was executed by guillotine.
ANTONELA f Croatian
Croatian form of ANTONELLA.
ANTONELLA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONETTE f English
Diminutive of ANTONIA.
ANTÓNIA f Portuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTÔNIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIE (1) f Czech
Czech form of ANTONIA.
ANTONIETTA f Italian
Diminutive of ANTONIA.
ANTONIJA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Croatian, Serbian and Slovene form of ANTONIA.
ANTOŅINA f Latvian
Latvian form of ANTONINA.
ANTONINA f Italian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO).
ANTONIYA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of ANTONIA.
ANU (1) f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of ANNA.
ANUJA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Feminine form of ANUJ.
ANUKI f Georgian
Diminutive of ANA.
AÑULI f Western African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
ANUNCIACIÓN f Spanish
Spanish cognate of ANNUNZIATA.
ANUPAMA f Indian, Hindi
Feminine form of ANUPAM.
ANUŠA f Slovene
Diminutive of ANA.
ANUSH f Armenian
Means "sweet" in Armenian. This was the name of an 1890 novel by the Armenia writer Hovhannes Tumanyan. It was adapted into an opera in 1912 by Armen Tigranian.
ANUSHKA f Russian
Variant of ANNUSHKA.
ANWEN f Welsh
Means "very beautiful" in Welsh.
ANYA f Russian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
ANŽELIKA f Latvian, Lithuanian
Latvian and Lithuanian form of ANGELICA.
ANZHELA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ANGELA.
ANZHELIKA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ANGELICA.
AOI f & m Japanese
From Japanese (aoi) meaning "hollyhock, althea" or an adjectival form of (ao) meaning "green, blue". Other kanji with the same reading can form this name as well.
AOIBHE f Irish
Variant of AOIFE.
AOIBHEANN f Irish
Means "beautiful, pleasant, radiant" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of the mother of Saint Enda. It was also borne by Irish royalty.
AOIBHÍN f Irish
Variant of AOIBHEANN.
AOIBHINN f Irish
Variant of AOIBHEANN.
AOIDE f Greek Mythology
Means "song" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the original three muses, the muse of song.
AOIFE f Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "beauty" from the Irish word aoibh. In Irish legend Aoife was a warrior princess. In war against her sister Scathach, she was defeated in single combat by the hero Cúchulainn. Eventually she was reconciled with her sister and became the lover of Cúchulainn. This name is sometimes used as a Gaelic form of EVE or EVA.
APARAJITA f Bengali, Indian, Hindi
Means "unconquered" in Sanskrit.
APARECIDA f Portuguese
Means "appeared" in Portuguese, taken from the Brazilian title of the Virgin Mary Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida, meaning "Our Lady of the Conception Who Appeared". It refers to a statue of the Virgin Mary that was said to have been pulled from a river by fishermen in the 18th century. Our Lady of Aparecida is regarded as the patron saint of Brazil.
APARNA f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali
Means "leafless, not having eaten leaves" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
APHRA f Various
Meaning uncertain; possibly a variant of AFRA (1), or possibly a variant of Aphrah, a biblical place name meaning "dust". This name was borne by the English writer Aphra Behn (1640-1689).
APHRODITE f Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly of Phoenician origin. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified with the Roman goddess Venus. She was the wife of Hephaestus and the mother of Eros, and she was often associated with the myrtle tree and doves. The Greeks connected her name with ἀφρός (aphros) meaning "foam", resulting in the story that she was born from the foam of the sea. Many of her characteristics are based on the goddess known as Ashtoreth to the Phoenicians and Ishtar to the Mesopotamian Semitic peoples, and on the Sumerian goddess Inanna.
APIKALIA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of ABIGAIL.
APOLENA f Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of APOLLONIA.
APOLLINARIYA f Russian
Russian feminine form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLLINE f French
French form of APOLLONIA.
APOLLONIA f Ancient Greek, Italian
Feminine form of APOLLONIOS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr from Alexandria.
APOLÓNIA f Portuguese (European)
European Portuguese form of APOLLONIA.
APOLÔNIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of APOLLONIA.
APOLONIA f Spanish, Polish
Spanish and Polish form of APOLLONIA.
APOLONIJA f Slovene
Slovene form of APOLLONIA.
APOORVA m & f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi अपूर्व or अपूर्वा (see APURVA).
APPHIA f Biblical
Greek form of a Hebrew name that possibly meant "increasing". This is a name mentioned in Paul's epistle to Philemon in the New Testament.
APRIL f English
From the name of the month, probably originally derived from Latin aperire "to open", referring to the opening of flowers. It has only been commonly used as a given name since the 1940s.
APURVA m & f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "unpreceded, new" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form अपूर्व and the feminine form अपूर्वा.
AQILA f Arabic
Feminine form of AQIL.
AQUILA m & f Biblical, Ancient Roman
From a Roman cognomen meaning "eagle" in Latin. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lives with Aquila and his wife Priscilla (or Prisca) for a time.
AQUILINA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of AQUILINUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint from Byblos.
ARABELLA f English
Medieval Scottish name, probably a variant of ANNABEL. It has long been associated with Latin orabilis meaning "invokable, yielding to prayer".
ARACELI f Spanish
Means "altar of the sky" from Latin ara "altar" and coeli "sky". This is an epithet of the Virgin Mary in her role as the patron saint of Lucena, Spain.
ARACELIS f Spanish
Variant of ARACELI.
ARACELY f Spanish
Variant of ARACELI.
ARACHNE f Greek Mythology
Means "spider" in Greek. In Greek myth Arachne was a mortal woman who defeated Athena in a weaving contest. After this Arachne hanged herself, but Athena brought her back to life in the form of a spider.
ARADHANA f Indian, Hindi
Means "worship" in Sanskrit.
ARAMINTA f English (Rare)
Meaning unknown. This name was (first?) used by William Congreve in his comedy The Old Bachelor (1693) and later by Sir John Vanbrugh in his comedy The Confederacy (1705). This was the real name of abolitionist Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), who was born Araminta Ross.
ARAN (1) f & m Irish
From the name of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.
ARANKA f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian arany meaning "gold". It is used as a vernacular form of AURÉLIA.
ARANTXA f Basque
Diminutive of ARANTZAZU.
ARANTZAZU f Basque
From the name of a place near the Spanish town of Oñati where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its name is derived from Basque arantza "thornbush".
ARÁNZAZU f Spanish
Spanish form of ARANTZAZU.
ARATI f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi आरती (see AARTI).
ARAX f Armenian
From the name of an Armenian river, also called the Aras.
ARBANA f Albanian
From Albanian arbën meaning "Albanian".
ARCADIA f Various
Feminine form of ARCADIUS. This is the name of a region on the Greek Peloponnese, long idealized for its natural beauty.
ARCELIA f Spanish
Variant of ARACELI.
ARCHANA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
Means "honouring, praising" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu ritual.
ARDATH f English
From the name of a plain that appears in the apocryphal book of 2 Esdras (verse 9:26) in some versions of the Old Testament. This place name was used by Marie Corelli for the title of an 1889 novel, which is probably the reason it gained some currency as a given name just after this time.
ARDEN m & f English
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".
ARDITA f Albanian
Feminine form of ARDIT.
ARDITH f English
Variant of ARDATH.
ARETE f Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Means "virtue" in Greek. In Greek mythology Arete was the personification of virtue and excellence.
ARETHA f English
Possibly derived from Greek ἀρετή (arete) meaning "virtue". This name was popularized in the 1960s by American singer Aretha Franklin (1942-).
ARETHUSA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ἀρέθουσα (Arethousa) meaning "quick water", which is possibly derived from ἄρδω (ardo) meaning "water" and θοός (thoos) meaning "quick, nimble". This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who was transformed into a fountain.
ARETI f Greek
Modern Greek form of ARETE.
AREVIG f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Արեւիկ (see AREVIK).
AREVIK f Armenian
Means "like the sun" in Armenian.
AREZOO f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آرزو (see AREZOU).
AREZOU f Persian
Means "desire" in Persian.
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