Feminine Names

gender
usage
Roxelana f History
From a Turkish nickname meaning "Ruthenian". This referred to the region of Ruthenia, covering Belarus, Ukraine and western Russia. Roxelana (1502-1558), also known by the name Hürrem, was a slave and then concubine of Süleyman the Magnificent, sultan of the Ottoman Empire. She eventually became his wife and produced his heir, Selim II.
Roxie f English
Diminutive of Roxana.
Roxy f English
Diminutive of Roxana.
Royal m & f English
From the English word royal, derived (via Old French) from Latin regalis, a derivative of rex "king". It was first used as a given name in the 19th century.
Royale f & m English (Rare)
Variant of Royal.
Royalty f English (Modern)
From the English word royalty, derived (via Old French) from Latin regalitas, a derivative of rex "king".
Royse f Medieval English
Medieval variant of Rose.
Roz f English
Short form of Rosalind, Rosamund and other names beginning with the same sound.
Róża f Polish
Means "rose" in Polish. It is a cognate of Rosa 1.
Róza f Hungarian
Variant of Rózsa.
Roza 1 f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "rose" in some Slavic languages. It is a cognate of Rosa 1.
Roza 2 f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic short form of feminine names beginning with the element hrod meaning "fame".
Rozabela f Esperanto
Means "rosy-beautiful" in Esperanto, ultimately from Latin rosa "rose" and bella "beautiful".
Rozália f Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of Rosalia.
Rozalia f Polish, Romanian
Polish and Romanian form of Rosalia.
Rozálie f Czech
Czech form of Rosalia.
Rozālija f Latvian
Latvian form of Rosalia.
Rozalija f Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of Rosalia in several languages.
Rozaliya f Russian
Russian form of Rosalia.
Rozanne f English
Variant of Rosanne.
Rozárie f Czech (Rare)
Czech form of Rosaria.
Rožė f Lithuanian
Means "rose" in Lithuanian. It is a cognate of Rosa 1.
Rozenn f Breton
Means "rose" in Breton.
Rozika f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of Rozalija.
Rozina f Hungarian (Modern)
Hungarian form of Rosina.
Rózsa f Hungarian
Means "rose" in Hungarian. It is a cognate of Rosa 1.
Rózsi f Hungarian
Diminutive of Rózsa.
Ru m & f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "scholar", () meaning "like, as, if", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
Ruba f Arabic
Means "hill" in Arabic.
Rubab f Arabic
From an Arabic word referring to a type of stringed musical instrument. This was the name of the wife of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Husayn.
Rubena f Esperanto
From Esperanto rubeno meaning "ruby", ultimately from Latin ruber "red".
Rubina f Portuguese, Italian (Rare)
Derived from Portuguese rubi or Italian rubino meaning "ruby", ultimately from Latin ruber "red".
Ruby f English
Simply from the name of the precious stone (which ultimately derives from Latin ruber "red"), which is the birthstone of July. It came into use as a given name in the 16th century.
Rubye f English
Variant of Ruby.
Rudīte f Latvian
From Latvian ruds meaning "red, red-haired".
Rudo m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "love" in Shona.
Rue f English
From the name of the bitter medicinal herb, ultimately deriving from Greek ῥυτή (rhyte). This is also sometimes used as a short form of Ruth 1.
Ruf f Russian
Russian form of Ruth 1.
Rufaro f Southern African, Shona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
Rugilė f Lithuanian
From Lithuanian rugys meaning "rye".
Ruiha f Maori
Maori form of Louisa.
Rukiye f Turkish
Turkish form of Ruqayyah.
Rukmini f Hinduism
Means "adorned with gold" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of a princess who became the wife of Krishna.
Rumbidzai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona rumbidza meaning "praise".
Rumena f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of Rumen.
Rumiana f Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Румяна (see Rumyana).
Rumyana f Bulgarian
Feminine form of Rumen.
Rúna f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese feminine form of Rune.
Runa f Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Feminine form of Rune.
Rupa f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Nepali
Means "shape, form" in Sanskrit.
Ruperta f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Rupert.
Rupinder m & f Indian (Sikh)
Means "greatest beauty" from Sanskrit रूप (rupa) meaning "beauty, form" combined with the name of the Hindu god Indra, used here to mean "greatest".
Ruqayya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رقيّة (see Ruqayyah).
Ruqayyah f Arabic
Derived either from Arabic رقى (ruqia) meaning "rise, ascent" or from رقية (ruqyah) meaning "spell, charm, incantation". This was the name of one of the daughters of the Prophet Muhammad. She became a wife of Uthman, the third caliph of the Muslims.
Ruşen m & f Turkish
Turkish form of Roshan.
Rusiko f Georgian
Diminutive of Rusudan.
Ruska f Georgian
Diminutive of Rusudan.
Ruslana f Ukrainian
Feminine form of Ruslan.
Rusudan f Georgian
Possibly derived from Persian روز (ruz) meaning "day". This name was borne by a 13th-century ruling queen of Georgia.
Rusudani f Georgian
Form of Rusudan with the nominative suffix, used when the name is written stand-alone.
Rút f Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of Ruth 1.
Rut f Spanish, Icelandic, Swedish, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Form of Ruth 1 in several languages.
Rūta f Lithuanian, Latvian
Means "rue" in Lithuanian, the rue plant being a bitter medicinal herb that is a national symbol of Lithuania. This is also the Lithuanian form of Ruth 1.
Ruta f Polish, Latvian
Polish and Latvian form of Ruth 1.
Rute f Portuguese
Portuguese form of Ruth 1.
Rutendo f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "thankfulness" in Shona.
Ruth 1 f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From a Hebrew name that was derived from the Hebrew word רְעוּת (re'ut) meaning "friend". This is the name of the central character in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. She was a Moabite woman who accompanied her mother-in-law Naomi back to Bethlehem after Ruth's husband died. There she met and married Boaz. She was an ancestor of King David.... [more]
Ruthi f Old Church Slavic
Old Church Slavic form of Ruth 1.
Ruthie f English
Diminutive of Ruth 1.
Rutt f Estonian
Estonian form of Ruth 1.
Ruut f Finnish
Finnish form of Ruth 1.
Ruwa f Arabic
Means "beauty" in Arabic.
Ruxandra f Romanian
Romanian form of Roxana.
Ruya f Arabic
Means "vision, sight" in Arabic.
Ruža f Croatian, Serbian
Means "rose" in Croatian and Serbian. It is a cognate of Rosa 1.
Růžena f Czech
Derived from Czech růže meaning "rose".
Ružena f Slovak
Derived from Slovak ruže meaning "rose".
Ruzha f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "hollyhock" in Bulgarian and Macedonian (referring to flowering plants from the genera Alcea and Althaea).
Ružica f Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of Ruža.
Ryana f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Ryan.
Ryann f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Ryan.
Ryanne f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Ryan.
Rylee f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Riley.
Ryleigh f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Riley.
Ryley m & f English (Modern)
Variant of Riley.
Rylie f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Riley.
Sa'adah f Arabic
Means "happiness, luck" in Arabic.
Saana f Finnish
From the name of a mountain in northern Finland.
Saar 1 f Dutch
Dutch short form of Sarah.
Saara f Finnish
Finnish form of Sarah.
Sabah f & m Arabic, Turkish
Means "morning" in Arabic and Turkish.
Sabeen f Urdu
Possibly from Arabic meaning "follower of another religion", a name given to the Prophet Muhammad and other Muslims by non-Muslim Arabs.
Sabela f Galician
Galician form of Isabel.
Sabia f Irish Mythology
Latinized form of Sadb.
Sabien f Dutch (Modern)
Dutch form of Sabina.
Sabina f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Swedish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Sabinus, a Roman cognomen meaning "a Sabine" in Latin. The Sabines were an ancient people who lived in central Italy, their lands eventually taken over by the Romans after several wars. According to legend, the Romans abducted several Sabine women during a raid, and when the men came to rescue them, the women were able to make peace between the two groups. This name was borne by several early saints.
Sabīne f Latvian
Latvian form of Sabina.
Sabine f French, German, Dutch, Danish
French, German, Dutch and Danish form of Sabina.
Sable f English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "black", derived from the name of the black-furred mammal native to Northern Asia, ultimately of Slavic origin.
Sabrina f English, Italian, German, French
Latinized form of Habren, the original Welsh name of the River Severn. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sabrina was the name of a princess who was drowned in the Severn. Supposedly the river was named for her, but it is more likely that her name was actually derived from that of the river, which is of unknown meaning. She appears as a water nymph in John Milton's masque Comus (1634). It was popularized as a given name by Samuel A. Taylor's play Sabrina Fair (1953) and the movie adaptation that followed it the next year.
Sabriye f Turkish
Turkish form of Sabriyya.
Sabriyya f Arabic
Feminine form of Sabri.
Sacagawea f Indigenous American
Probably from Hidatsa tsakáka wía meaning "bird woman". Alternatively it could originate from the Shoshone language and mean "boat puller". This name was borne by a Native American woman who guided the explorers Lewis and Clark. She was of Shoshone ancestry but had been abducted in her youth and raised by a Hidatsa tribe.
Sacha m & f French
French form of Sasha.
Sachie f Japanese
From Japanese (sachi) meaning "happiness, good luck" and (e) meaning "branch" or (e) meaning "favour, benefit". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Sachiko f Japanese
From Japanese (sachi) meaning "happiness, good luck" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Sacnicte f Indigenous American, Mayan
Means "white flower" in Mayan.
Sadaf f Arabic
Means "seashell, mother-of-pearl" in Arabic.
Sadb f Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "sweet, goodly" in Irish. In Irish mythology Sadb was the mother of Oisín.
Säde f Finnish
Means "ray of light" in Finnish.
Sadhbh f Irish, Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of Sadb.
Sa'dia f Arabic
Feminine form of Sa'di.
Sadia f Urdu, Bengali
Urdu and Bengali form of Sa'dia.
Sadie f English
Diminutive of Sarah.
Şadiye f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Shadi 1.
Saeeda f Urdu
Urdu form of Sa'ida.
Safa m & f Persian, Turkish, Arabic
Persian and Turkish form of Safaa or Safaa', as well as an alternate Arabic transcription of either of those names.
Safaa f & m Arabic
Means "pure", from Arabic صفا (safa). As-Safaa is the name of one of the two sacred hills near Mecca. This can also be an alternate transcription of Arabic صفاء (see Safaa').
Safaa' f & m Arabic
Means "serenity, clarity" in Arabic.
Saffron f English (Rare)
From the English word that refers either to a spice, the crocus flower from which it is harvested, or the yellow-orange colour of the spice. It is derived via Old French from Arabic زعفران (za'faran), itself probably from Persian meaning "gold leaves".
Safira f Esperanto
From Esperanto safiro meaning "sapphire".
Safiya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic صفيّة (see Safiyyah).
Safiye f Turkish
Turkish form of Safiyyah.
Safiyyah f Arabic
Feminine form of Safi. This was the name of one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad.
Sága f Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of Saga.
Saga f Norse Mythology, Swedish, Icelandic
From Old Norse Sága, possibly meaning "seeing one", derived from sjá "to see". This is the name of a Norse goddess, possibly connected to Frigg. As a Swedish and Icelandic name, it is also derived from the unrelated word saga meaning "story, fairy tale, saga".
Sage f & m English (Modern)
From the English word sage, which denotes either a type of spice or else a wise person.
Sagit f Hebrew
Feminine form of Sagi.
Sahar f Arabic, Persian
Means "dawn" in Arabic.
Şahnaz f Turkish
Turkish form of Shahnaz.
Saibh f Irish
Variant of Sadb.
Sa'ida f Arabic
Feminine form of Sa'id.
Saija f Finnish
Diminutive of Sari 1.
Saima 1 f Urdu
From Arabic صائم (sa'im) meaning "fasting".
Saima 2 f Finnish, Estonian
From Saimaa, the name of the largest lake in Finland. The etymology of the lake's name is unknown.
Saira f Urdu
Possibly means "traveller" in Arabic.
Sajra f Bosnian
Bosnian form of Saira.
Saki f Japanese
From Japanese (sa) meaning "blossom" and (ki) meaning "hope", besides other combinations of kanji characters.
Sakiko f Japanese
From Japanese (saki) meaning "blossom" and (ko) meaning "child", as well as other combinations of kanji characters.
Sakina f Arabic
Means "calmness, peace" in Arabic.
Sakineh f Persian
Persian form of Sakina.
Sakshi f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "witness" in Sanskrit.
Sakura f Japanese
From Japanese (sakura) meaning "cherry blossom", though it is often written using the hiragana writing system. It can also come from (saku) meaning "blossom" and (ra) meaning "good, virtuous, respectable" as well as other kanji combinations.
Sakurako f Japanese
From Japanese (sakura) meaning "cherry blossom" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
Sal f & m English
Short form of Sally, Salvador and other names beginning with Sal.
Salacia f Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin sal meaning "salt". This was the name of the Roman goddess of salt water.
Salama m & f Arabic
Means "safety" in Arabic.
Salamatu f Western African
Form of Salama used in western Africa.
Saldís f Ancient Scandinavian
From the Old Norse elements salr "room, hall" and dís "goddess".
Salena f English (Modern)
Perhaps an invented name based on similar-sounding names such as Selina.
Salha f Arabic
Feminine form of Salih.
Saliha f Arabic
Feminine form of Salih.
Salima f Arabic
Feminine form of Salim.
Salina f English
Perhaps an invented name based on similar-sounding names such as Selina.
Salka f Icelandic
Possibly a diminutive of Sara.
Salli f Finnish
Finnish form of Sally.
Sallie f English
Variant of Sally.
Sally f English
Diminutive of Sarah, often used independently.
Salma f Arabic
Means "safe", derived from Arabic سَلِمَ (salima) meaning "to be safe".
Salme f Estonian
From Estonian salm meaning "poem, verse". This name appears in the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg (1857) by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald.
Salome f English (Rare), German (Rare), Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From an Aramaic name that was related to the Hebrew word שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". According to the historian Josephus this was the name of the daughter of Herodias (the consort of Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee). In the New Testament, though a specific name is not given, it was a daughter of Herodias who danced for Herod and was rewarded with the head of John the Baptist, and thus Salome and the dancer have traditionally been equated.... [more]
Salomé f French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of Salome.
Salomè f Italian (Rare)
Italian form of Salome.
Salomea f Polish (Rare)
Polish form of Salome.
Saltanat f Kazakh
Possibly means "festival" in Kazakh.
Salud f Spanish
Spanish cognate of Salut.
Salut f Catalan
Means "health" or "cheers" in Catalan.
Salvatrice f Italian
From Salvatrix, the feminine form of Salvator (see Salvador).
Salvatrix f Late Roman
Feminine form of Salvator.
Salwah f Arabic
Means "comfort" in Arabic.
Sam 1 m & f English, Literature
Short form of Samuel, Samson, Samantha and other names beginning with Sam. In J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings (1954) this is a short form of Samwise.
Samanta f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latvian, Polish
Variant of Samantha used in several languages.
Samantha f English, Italian, Dutch
Perhaps intended to be a feminine form of Samuel, using the name suffix antha (possibly inspired by Greek ἄνθος (anthos) meaning "flower"). It originated in America in the 18th century but was fairly uncommon until 1964, when it was popularized by the main character on the television show Bewitched.
Samar 1 f Arabic
Means "evening conversation" in Arabic, from the root سَمَرَ (samara) meaning "to talk in the evening".
Samara f English (Modern), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Possibly derived from the name of the city of Samarra (in Iraq) or Samara (in Russia). The former appears in the title of the novel Appointment in Samarra (1934) by John O'Hara, which refers to an ancient Babylonian legend about a man trying to evade death. Alternatively, this name could be derived from the word for the winged seeds that grow on trees such as maples and elms.... [more]
Sameera 1 f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic سميرة (see Samira 1).
Sameera 2 f Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Telugu సమీరా or Marathi/Hindi समीरा (see Samira 2).
Samia f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic سامية (see Samiya).
Samina f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ثمينة (see Thamina).
Samira 1 f Arabic, Persian
Feminine form of Samir 1.
Samira 2 f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu
Feminine form of Samir 2.
Samiya f Arabic
Feminine form of Sami 2.
Samiye f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Sami 2.
Sammi f English (Rare)
Diminutive of Samantha.
Sammie f & m English
Diminutive of Samuel, Samson or Samantha.
Sammy m & f English
Diminutive of Samuel, Samson or Samantha.
Samnang m & f Khmer
Means "lucky" in Khmer.
Samra f Arabic
Means "brunette" in Arabic.
Samuela f Italian
Feminine form of Samuel.
Şan m & f Turkish (Rare)
Means "fame, reputation" in Turkish.
Sana f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic سناء (see Sanaa 1).
Sanaa 1 f Arabic
Means "brilliance, radiance, splendour" in Arabic.
Sanaa 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "artwork" in Swahili.
Sanaz f Persian
Possibly means "full of grace" in Persian.
Sancha f Spanish (Rare)
Feminine form of Sancho.
Sanda 1 f Romanian, Croatian, Latvian
Romanian, Croatian and Latvian short form of Alexandra.
Sanda 2 f Burmese
Means "moon" in Burmese, ultimately from Sanskrit चन्द्र (chandra).
Sandhya f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "twilight" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the daughter of the Hindu god Brahma.
Sandie f English
Variant of Sandy.
Sandra f Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Czech, Romanian
Short form of Alessandra. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by author George Meredith, who used it for the heroine in his novel Emilia in England (1864) and the reissued version Sandra Belloni (1887). A famous bearer is the American actress Sandra Bullock (1964-).
Sandrine f French
French diminutive of Sandra.
Sandy m & f English
Originally a diminutive of Alexander. As a feminine name it is a diminutive of Alexandra or Sandra. It can also be given in reference to the colour.
Sanela f Croatian, Slovene
Apparently derived from Latin sana meaning "healthy".
Sanem f Turkish
Means "idol" in Turkish.
Sang m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (sang) meaning "common, frequent, regular" or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Sango f Popular Culture
Means "coral" in Japanese. This name is used in the Japanese comic book and television show InuYasha.
Saniyya f Arabic
Feminine form of Sani.
Sanja f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Derived from South Slavic sanjati meaning "dream".
Sanjana f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "uniting, joining" in Sanskrit.
Sanjica f Croatian
Diminutive of Sanja.
Sanna f Swedish, Finnish
Short form of Susanna. It can also be derived from Swedish sann meaning "true".
Sanne f Dutch, Danish
Dutch and Danish short form of Susanna.
Sanni f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of Susanna.
Santa 1 f Italian
Feminine form of Santo.
Santa 2 f Latvian
Either from Latin sanctus meaning "holy, saint" or a short form of Aleksandra.
Santina f Italian
Feminine diminutive of Santo.
Santuzza f Italian
Diminutive of Santa 1.
Sanya 1 f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic سنيّة (see Saniyya).
Sanya 2 m & f Russian
Diminutive of Aleksandr or Aleksandra.
Saodat f Uzbek
Means "happiness" in Uzbek.
Saoirse f Irish
Means "freedom" in Irish Gaelic.
Saori f Japanese
From Japanese (sa) meaning "sand" or (sa) meaning "already, now" combined with (ori) meaning "weaving". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Sapir f Hebrew
Means "sapphire" in Hebrew.
Sapphira f Biblical
From the Greek name Σαπφείρη (Sappheire), which was from Greek σάπφειρος (sappheiros) meaning "sapphire" or "lapis lazuli" (ultimately derived from the Hebrew word סַפִּיר (sappir)). Sapphira is a character in Acts in the New Testament who is killed by God for lying.
Sapphire f English (Rare)
From the name of the gemstone, the blue birthstone of September, which is derived from Greek σάπφειρος (sappheiros), ultimately from the Hebrew word סַפִּיר (sappir).
Sappho f Ancient Greek
Possibly from Greek σάπφειρος (sappheiros) meaning "sapphire" or "lapis lazuli". This was the name of a 7th-century BC Greek poetess from Lesbos.
Saqui f Indigenous American, Mapuche
Means "favourite" in Mapuche.
Sára f Hungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak form of Sarah.
Sarah f English, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lady, princess, noblewoman" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Abraham's wife, considered the matriarch of the Jewish people. She was barren until she unexpectedly became pregnant with Isaac at the age of 90. Her name was originally Sarai, but God changed it at the same time Abraham's name was changed (see Genesis 17:15).... [more]
Sarai f Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my princess" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, this was Sarah's name before God changed it (see Genesis 17:15).
Saraid f Irish
Means "excellent" in Irish Gaelic.
Sarala f Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Kannada
Feminine form of Saral.
Sarangerel f Mongolian
Means "moonlight" in Mongolian.
Saranna f English (Rare)
Combination of Sarah and Anna, in occasional use since the 18th century.
Saraswati f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "possessing water" from Sanskrit सरस् (saras) meaning "fluid, water, lake" and वती (vati) meaning "having". This is the name of a Hindu river goddess, also associated with learning and the arts, who is the wife of Brahma.
Sári f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of Sarah.
Sari 1 f Finnish
Finnish form of Sarah.
Sari 2 f Indonesian
Means "essence" in Indonesian.
Sariah f Mormon
Possibly from an alternate reading of Hebrew שׂריה (see Seraiah). In the Book of Mormon this is the name of Lehi's wife.
Sárika f Hungarian (Rare)
Hungarian diminutive of Sarah.
Sarika f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From a Sanskrit word referring to a type of thrush (species Turdus salica) or myna bird (species Gracula religiosa).
Sarina f Dutch, English (Modern)
Diminutive of Sara. In modern times it may also be a variant of Serena.
Sarit f Hebrew
Hebrew diminutive of Sarah.
Sarita 1 f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Sara.
Sarita 2 f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "flowing" in Sanskrit.
Šárka f Czech
Meaning unknown. In Czech legend Šárka was a maiden who joined other women in declaring war upon men. She tricked the men by having herself tied to a tree, and, after they came to her rescue, offering them mead laced with a sleeping potion. After the men fell asleep the other women slew them.
Šarlota f Czech
Czech form of Charlotte.
Sarmīte f Latvian
From Latvian sarma meaning "frost".
Sarnai f Mongolian
Means "rose" in Mongolian.
Sarolt f Hungarian (Rare)
From the Old Hungarian name Saroldu, probably of Turkic origin meaning "white weasel, ermine". This was the wife of the 10th-century Hungarian grand prince Géza.
Sarolta f Hungarian
Variant of Sarolt, also used as a Hungarian form of Charlotte.
Sarra f Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Biblical Latin form of Sarah.
Sarrha f Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of Sarah. The spelling Σάρα (Sara) also occurs.
Saša m & f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Croatian, Serbian and Slovene diminutive of Aleksander or Aleksandra.
Sascha m & f German
German form of Sasha.
Sasha m & f Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of Aleksandr or Aleksandra.
Sashenka f Russian
Diminutive of Sasha.
Sashi m & f Indian, Kannada
Alternate transcription of Kannada ಶಶಿ (see Shashi).
Sashka f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian diminutive of Aleksandra, as well as an alternate transcription of Macedonian Сашка (see Saška).
Sasithorn f Thai
Means "the moon" in Thai (a poetic word).
Saskia f Dutch, German
From the Germanic element sahs "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Germanic word sahs meaning "knife". Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612-1642) was the wife of the Dutch painter Rembrandt.
Sassa f Swedish (Rare)
Swedish diminutive of Astrid, Alexandra or Sara.
Sati f Hinduism
Means "truthful" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this was the name of a goddess, a wife of Shiva. After her death she was reborn as the goddess Parvati.
Satomi f Japanese
From Japanese (sato) meaning "village" or (sato) meaning "intelligent, clever, bright" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Satu f Finnish
Means "fairy tale, fable" in Finnish.
Saturnina f Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of Saturninus. This was the name of a legendary saint who was supposedly martyred in northern France.
Sauda f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "dark complexion" in Swahili.
Saule 2 f Kazakh
Means "ray, sunbeam" in Kazakh.
Saulė f Lithuanian, Baltic Mythology
Means "sun" in Lithuanian. This was the name of the Lithuanian sun goddess.
Saundra f Scottish
Scottish form of Sandra.
Savannah f English
From the English word for the large grassy plain, ultimately deriving from the Taino (Native American) word zabana. It came into use as a given name in America in the 19th century. It was revived in the 1980s by the movie Savannah Smiles (1982).
Saveria f Italian
Italian feminine form of Xavier.
Savina f Italian
Italian variant of Sabina.
Savitri f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "relating to the sun" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a hymn dedicated to Savitr, a Hindu sun god, and it is also the name of his daughter. It is borne by several other characters in Hindu epics, including a wife of Brahma, a wife of Shiva, and a daughter of Daksha. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata it is borne by King Satyavan's wife, who successfully pleas with Yama, the god of death, to restore her husband to life.
Sawda f Arabic
Possibly means "palm-tree garden" in Arabic. This was the name of a wife of the Prophet Muhammad.
Sawsan f Arabic
Arabic form of Susanna.
Sawyer m & f English (Modern)
From a surname meaning "sawer of wood" in Middle English. Mark Twain used it for the hero in his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).
Saxa f Ancient Germanic
Older form of Saskia.
Sayaka f Japanese
From Japanese (sa) meaning "sand" or (sa) meaning "thread, silk" with (ya) meaning "also" or (ya), an interjection, combined with (ka) meaning "fragrance" or (ka) meaning "increase". This name can also be composed of other kanji combinations. It is often written using the hiragana writing system.
Sayen f Indigenous American, Mapuche
Means "sweet, lovely" in Mapuche.
Saylor f English (Modern)
From an English surname that was derived from Old French sailleor meaning "acrobat, dancer". As a modern English given name it could also come from the homophone vocabulary word sailor.
Sayuri f Japanese
From Japanese (sa) meaning "small" and 百合 (yuri) meaning "lily". This name can also be composed of other kanji combinations.
Sayyida f Arabic
Means "lady, mistress" in Arabic.
Scarlet f English (Modern)
Either a variant of Scarlett or else from the English word for the red colour (both of the same origin, a type of cloth).
Scarlett f English
From a surname that denoted a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet (a kind of cloth, possibly derived from Persian سقرلاط (saghrelat)). Margaret Mitchell used this name for Scarlett O'Hara, the main character in her novel Gone with the Wind (1936). Scarlett's name came from her grandmother's maiden name.
Scheherazade f Literature
Anglicized form of Shahrazad.