Feminine Names

gender
usage
Scholastica f Late Roman
From a Late Latin name that was derived from scholasticus meaning "rhetorician, orator". Saint Scholastica was a 6th-century Benedictine abbess, the sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia.
Scholastique f French (Rare)
French form of Scholastica. It is more common in French-speaking Africa than France.
Schuyler m & f English
From a Dutch surname meaning "scholar". Dutch settlers brought the surname to America, where it was subsequently adopted as a given name in honour of the American general and senator Philip Schuyler (1733-1804).
Scilla f Italian
Short form of Priscilla. This is also the Italian word for the squill flower (genus Scilla).
Scout f English (Rare)
From the English word scout meaning "one who gathers information covertly", which is derived from Old French escouter "to listen". Harper Lee used this name in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960).
Seanna f English (Rare)
Feminine form of Seán.
Séarlait f Irish
Irish form of Charlotte.
Sebastiana f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sébastienne f French
French feminine form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sébire f Norman
Norman form of Sibyl.
Seble f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "harvest" in Amharic.
Şebnem f Turkish
Turkish form of Shabnam.
Seda f Turkish
Means "voice, echo" in Turkish.
Sedef f Turkish
Turkish form of Sadaf.
Sedna f Mythology
Meaning unknown. This is the name of the Inuit goddess of the sea, sea animals and the underworld. According to some legends Sedna was originally a beautiful woman thrown into the ocean by her father.
Seela f Finnish
Possibly a Finnish form of Sela.
Seema f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi सीमा (see Sima 2).
Seeta f Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi सीता (see Sita).
Seetha f Tamil
Tamil form of Sita. The name of the mythological figures is சீதை, while சீதா is the spelling used for people.
Sefa m & f Turkish
Turkish form of Safaa'.
Ségolène f French
Possibly a French form of Sieglinde.
Seher f Turkish
Turkish form of Sahar.
Şehrazat f Turkish
Turkish form of Shahrazad.
Seija f Finnish
Derived from Finnish seijas meaning "tranquil, serene".
Sekai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona seka meaning "laugh".
Sela f English (Rare)
From the name of a city, the capital of Edom, which appears in the Old Testament. It means "rock" in Hebrew.
Selah f Biblical
From a Hebrew musical term that occurs many times in the Old Testament Psalms. It was probably meant to indicate a musical pause.
Selby m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was from a place name meaning "willow farm" in Old Norse.
Selena f Spanish, Russian, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Selene. This name was borne by popular Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995), who was known simply as Selena.
Selene f Greek Mythology
Means "moon" in Greek. This was the name of a Greek goddess of the moon, a Titan. She was sometimes identified with the goddess Artemis.
Selima f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic سليمة (see Salima).
Selina f English
Possibly a variant of Céline or Selene. As an English name, it first came into use in the 17th century.
Selini f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Selene.
Selma 1 f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic
Meaning unknown, possibly a short form of Anselma. It could also have been inspired by James Macpherson's 18th-century poems, in which it is the name of Ossian's castle.
Selma 2 f Turkish
Turkish form of Salma.
Selvaggia f Italian (Rare)
Means "wild" in Italian.
Semele f Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly of Phrygian origin. In Greek mythology she was one of the many lovers of Zeus. Hera, being jealous, tricked Semele into asking Zeus to display himself in all his splendour as the god of thunder. When he did, Semele was struck by lightning and died, but not before giving birth to Dionysos.
Semiha f Turkish
Feminine form of Semih.
Semiramis f Ancient Assyrian (Hellenized)
Probably from a Greek form of the name Shammuramat. According to ancient Greek and Armenian sources, Semiramis (Շամիրամ (Shamiram) in Armenian) was an Assyrian queen who conquered much of Asia. Though the tales are legendary, she might be loosely based on the real Assyrian queen.
Semra f Turkish
Turkish form of Samra.
Şenay f Turkish
Means "merry moon" in Turkish.
Sence f Medieval Spanish
Old variant of Sancha.
Senga f Scottish
Sometimes explained as an anagram of Agnes, but more likely derived from Gaelic seang "slender".
Sengphet f & m Lao
From Lao ແສງ (saeng) meaning "light" and ເພັດ (phet) meaning "diamond, gem".
Senja f Finnish
Finnish form of Xenia.
Senka f Serbian, Croatian
Means "shadow" in Serbian and Croatian. It can also be a diminutive of Ksenija.
Senna f & m Dutch (Modern)
Meaning unknown, possibly from the name of the senna plant.
Şenol m & f Turkish
Means "be happy", from Turkish şen "happy".
Sens f Medieval Spanish
Old variant of Sancha.
Senta f German
Diminutive of Kreszentia.
Seo-Hyeon f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" combined with (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
Seo-Hyun f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 서현 (see Seo-Hyeon).
Seona f Scottish
Anglicized form of Seonag or Seònaid.
Seonag f Scottish
Scottish form of Joan 1.
Seònaid f Scottish
Scottish diminutive of Joan 1.
Seong m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded", as well as other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
Seong-Hyeon m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" combined with (hyeon), which refers to a device used to lift a tripod cauldron. Other hanja character combinations are possible.
Seong-Min m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or (seong) meaning "nature, character, sex" combined with (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp". Many other hanja character combinations are possible.
Seo-Yeon f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" and (yeon) meaning "beautiful, graceful", besides other hanja character combinations.
Seo-Yun f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" and (yun) meaning "soft, sleek", as well as other hanja character combinations.
Séphora f French
French form of Zipporah.
September f & m English (Rare)
From the name of the ninth month (though it means "seventh month" in Latin, since it was originally the seventh month of the Roman year), which is sometimes used as a given name for someone born in September.
Septima f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Septimus.
Sequoia f & m English (Rare)
From the name of huge trees that grow in California. The tree got its name from the 19th-century Cherokee scholar Sequoyah (also known as George Guess), the inventor of the Cherokee writing system.
Sera f English (Rare)
Either a variant of Sarah or a short form of Seraphina.
Serafima f Russian
Russian form of Seraphina.
Serafina f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Polish (Rare)
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish form of Seraphina.
Seraphina f English (Rare), German (Rare), Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim, which was Hebrew in origin and meant "fiery ones". The seraphim were an order of angels, described by Isaiah in the Bible as having six wings each.... [more]
Séraphine f French
French form of Seraphina.
Seren f Welsh
Means "star" in Welsh.
Serena f English, Italian, Late Roman
From a Late Latin name that was derived from Latin serenus meaning "clear, tranquil, serene". This name was borne by an obscure early saint. Edmund Spenser also used it in his poem The Faerie Queene (1590).
Serenity f English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "serenity, tranquility", ultimately from Latin serenus meaning "clear, calm".
Sergine f French
French feminine form of Sergius.
Şerife f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Sharif.
Serina f English
Variant of Serena.
Şermin f Turkish
Means "shy" in Turkish.
Serpil f Turkish
Means "grow" in Turkish.
Setare f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ستاره (see Setareh).
Setareh f Persian
Means "star" in Persian.
Sethunya f Southern African, Tswana
Means "bloom, flower" in Tswana, derived from thunya "to bloom".
Setsuko f Japanese
From Japanese (setsu) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can also be possible.
Seung m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seung) meaning "rise, ascent", (seung) meaning "victory, excel" or (seung) meaning "inherit", as well as other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Sevan f & m Armenian
From the name of the largest lake in Armenia, which may be from the Urartian word suinia simply meaning "lake".
Sevara f Uzbek
Means "love" in Uzbek.
Sevda f Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "love, infatuation" in Turkish and Azerbaijani.
Séverine f French
French feminine form of Severinus.
Sevgi f Turkish
Means "love" in Turkish.
Sevil f Turkish
Means "loved" in Turkish.
Sevim f Turkish
Means "love" in Turkish.
Sevinc f Azerbaijani
Means "joy" in Azerbaijani.
Sevinç f Turkish
Means "joy" in Turkish.
Şevval f Turkish
From Arabic شوّال (shawwal), the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.
Şeyma f Turkish
Turkish form of Shaima.
Seynabou f Western African
Form of Zaynab used in parts of western Africa (mostly Senegal).
Sezim f Kazakh
Means "sensitive" in Kazakh.
Shabnam f Persian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
Shachar f & m Hebrew
Means "dawn" in Hebrew.
Shadi 2 f Persian
Means "happiness" in Persian.
Shadiya f Arabic
Feminine form of Shadi 1.
Shadya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شادية (see Shadiya).
Shae f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Shea.
Shaelyn f English (Rare)
Combination of Shae and Lynn.
Shafaqat m & f Arabic
Means "compassion, pity" in Arabic.
Shafiqa f Arabic
Feminine form of Shafiq.
Shahar f & m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שַׁחַר (see Shachar).
Shahd f Arabic
Means "honey" in Arabic.
Shahira f Arabic
Means "renowned" in Arabic.
Shahnaz f & m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "delight of the king" from Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort, coquetry".
Shahnoza f Uzbek, Tajik
Uzbek and Tajik form of Shahnaz.
Shahrazad f Persian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) meaning "city" and آزاد (azad) meaning "free". This is the name of the fictional storyteller in The 1001 Nights. She tells a story to her husband the king every night for 1001 nights in order to delay her execution.
Shahrizad f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شهرزاد (see Shahrazad).
Shahrzad f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهرزاد (see Shahrazad).
Shai m & f Hebrew
Either from Hebrew שַׁי (Shai) meaning "gift" or else a Hebrew diminutive of Isaiah.
Shailaja f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu
Means "daughter of the mountain" in Sanskrit, from शैल (shaila) meaning "mountain" and (ja) meaning "born". This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
Shaima f Arabic
Possibly means "beauty marks" in Arabic. This was the name of the daughter of Halima, the foster mother of the Prophet Muhammad.
Shaimaa f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شيماء (see Shaima).
Shaina f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שיינאַ (see Shayna).
Shaked f & m Hebrew
Means "almond" in Hebrew.
Shakila f Arabic
Feminine form of Shakil.
Shakira f Arabic
Feminine form of Shakir.
Shakti f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "power" in Sanskrit. In Hinduism a shakti is the female counterpart of a god. The name Shakti is used in particular to refer to the female counterpart of Shiva, also known as Parvati among many other names.
Shakuntala f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta) meaning "bird". This is the name of a character in Hindu legend, her story adapted by Kalidasa for the 5th-century play Abhijnanashakuntalam. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta. After a curse is laid upon them Dushyanta loses his memory and they are separated, but eventually the curse is broken after the king sees the signet ring he gave her.
Shakura f Arabic
Feminine form of Shakur.
Shalev m & f Hebrew
Means "calm, tranquil" in Hebrew.
Sham'a f Arabic
Means "lamp" or "candle" in Arabic.
Shamira f Hebrew
Means "guardian, protector" in Hebrew.
Shammuramat f Ancient Assyrian
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from a Western Semitic language and meaning "high heaven". Shammuramat was a 9th-century BC queen of Assyria. After her young son inherited the throne, she acted as his regent for five years. The legendary figure Semiramis may be based on her.
Shams f Semitic Mythology
Means "sun" in Arabic. This was a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess of the sun, identified with the Akkadian sun god Shamash (whose name is related) and the northern Arabian goddess Nuha.
Shan f Welsh
Anglicized form of Siân.
Shana 1 f English
Variant of Shanna.
Shana 2 f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שיינאַ (see Shayna).
Shanae f English (Modern)
Elaboration of the popular name element Shan.
Sháńdíín f & m Indigenous American, Navajo
Means "sunshine" in Navajo.
Shanene f English (Rare)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ene.
Shani 1 f & m Hebrew
Means "red, scarlet" in Hebrew.
Shania f English (Modern)
In the case of singer Shania Twain (1965-), who chose it as her stage name, she has claimed it was based on an Ojibwe phrase meaning "on my way". This appears to be untrue.
Shanice f African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ice.
Shanika f African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ka.
Shaniqua f African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and qua.
Shanna f English
Possibly a feminine variant of Shannon.
Shannon f & m English
From the name of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, called Abha an tSionainn in Irish. It is associated with the goddess Sionann and is sometimes said to be named for her. However it is more likely the goddess was named after the river, which may be related to Old Irish sen "old, ancient". As a given name, it first became common in America after the 1940s.
Shanon f & m English
Variant of Shannon.
Shanta f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "pacified, calm" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the Ramayana this is the name of a daughter of King Dasharatha.
Shantel f English
Variant of Chantel.
Shanthi f Tamil, Indian, Malayalam, Kannada
Southern Indian form of Shanti.
Shanti f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "quiet, peace, tranquility" in Sanskrit.
Shari f English
Diminutive of Sharon or a variant of Sherry.
Sharifa f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شريفة (see Sharifah).
Sharifah f Arabic, Malay
Feminine form of Sharif.
Sharla f English
Variant of Charla.
Sharmila f Tamil, Indian, Marathi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
Sharon f English
From an Old Testament place name, in Hebrew שָׁרוֹן (Sharon), which means "plain", referring to the fertile plain near the coast of Israel. This is also the name of a type of flowering shrub, the rose of Sharon. It has been in use as a given name since the 1920s, possibly inspired by the heroine in the serial novel The Skyrocket (1925) by Adela Rogers St. Johns.
Sharona f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of Sharon.
Sharron f English
Variant of Sharon.
Sharyl f English
Variant of Cheryl.
Sharyn f English
Variant of Sharon.
Shashi m & f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Traditional name for the moon, it literally means "having a hare" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form शशि and the feminine form शशी.
Shauna f English
Feminine form of Shaun.
Shavonne f Irish, English
Anglicized form of Siobhán.
Shawna f English
Feminine form of Shawn.
Shawnda f English
Variant of Shonda.
Shawnee f English (Modern)
Means "southern people" in the Algonquin language. The Shawnee were an Algonquin tribe who originally lived in the Ohio valley.
Shay 2 m & f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שַׁי (see Shai).
Shaye f & m English (Rare)
Variant of Shea.
Shayla f English
Variant of Sheila, influenced by the spelling and sound of Kayla.
Shaylyn f English (Rare)
Combination of Shae and Lynn.
Shayma f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شيماء (see Shaima).
Shayna f Yiddish
From Yiddish שיין (shein) meaning "beautiful".
Shaynah f Yiddish (Rare)
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שיינאַ (see Shayna).
Shazi f Arabic
Means "fragrant" in Arabic.
Shazia f Urdu
Meaning unknown, possibly of Arabic origin meaning "rare, unusual".
Shea m & f Irish
Anglicized form of Séaghdha, sometimes used as a feminine name.
Sheela f Indian, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil
Alternate transcription of Shila.
Sheena f Scottish, English
Anglicized form of Sìne. This name was popularized outside of Scotland in the 1980s by the singer Sheena Easton (1959-).
Sheherazade f Literature
Anglicized form of Shahrazad.
Sheila f Irish, English
Anglicized form of Síle.
Shekinah f Various
From the Hebrew word שׁכִינה (shekhinah) meaning "God's manifested glory" or "God's presence". This word does not appear in the Bible, but later Jewish scholars used it to refer to the dwelling place of God, especially the Temple in Jerusalem.
Shelby m & f English
From a surname, which was possibly a variant of Selby. Though previously in use as a rare masculine name, it was popularized as a feminine name by the main character in the movie The Woman in Red (1935). It was later reinforced by the movie Steel Magnolias (1989) in which Julia Roberts played a character by this name.
Shelena f African American (Rare)
Probably a combination of the prefix She and Lena.
Shelia f English
Variant of Sheila.
Shell f English
Short form of Michelle or Shelley. It can also be simply from the English word shell (ultimately from Old English sciell).
Shelley f & m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "clearing on a bank" in Old English. Two famous bearers of the surname were Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), a romantic poet whose works include Adonais and Ozymandias, and Mary Shelley (1797-1851), his wife, the author of the horror story Frankenstein. As a feminine given name, it came into general use after the 1940s.
Shelly f & m English
Variant of Shelley.
Sheona f Scottish
Variant of Shona.
Sherah f Biblical
Means "kinswoman" in Hebrew. This is the name of a daughter of Ephraim in the Old Testament.
Sheree f English
Variant of Sherry. This particular spelling was popularized by American actress Sheree North (1932-2005), who was born Dawn Shirley Crang.
Shereen f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شیرین (see Shirin).
Sheri f English
Variant of Sherry.
Sheridan m & f English
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Sirideáin meaning "descendant of Sirideán". The name Sirideán means "searcher" in Gaelic.
Sherie f English
Variant of Sherry.
Sherri f English
Variant of Sherry.
Sherrie f English
Variant of Sherry.
Sherry f English
Before the 20th century this was probably from the Irish surname Ó Searraigh meaning "descendant of Searrach" (a name meaning "foal" in Gaelic). Later it may have been reinforced by the French word chérie meaning "darling", or the English word sherry, a type of fortified wine named from the Spanish town of Jerez. This name came into popular use during the 1920s, inspired by other similar-sounding names and by Collette's novels Chéri (1920, English translation 1929) and The Last of Chéri (1926, English translation 1932), in which it is a masculine name.
Sheryl f English
Variant of Cheryl.
Sheryll f English
Variant of Cheryl.
Shevaun f Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of Siobhán.
Shevon f Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of Siobhán.
Shi m & f Chinese
From Chinese (shí) meaning "time, era, season", (shí) meaning "real, honest", (shǐ) meaning "history" or (shí) meaning "stone". Other characters can form this name as well.
Shideh f Persian
Means "bright" in Persian.
Shikha f Indian, Hindi
Means "crest, peak" in Sanskrit.
Shikoba m & f Indigenous American, Choctaw
Means "feather" in Choctaw.
Shila f Indian, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शील (shila) meaning "conduct, disposition, character".
Shiloh m & f Biblical
From an Old Testament place name possibly meaning "tranquil" in Hebrew. It is also used prophetically in the Old Testament to refer to a person, often understood to be the Messiah (see Genesis 49:10). This may in fact be a mistranslation. This name was brought to public attention after actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt gave it to their daughter in 2006.
Shinju f Japanese
From Japanese 真珠 (shinju) meaning "pearl".
Shinobu m & f Japanese
From Japanese (shinobu) meaning "endurance, patience", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
Shinta f Javanese
Javanese form of Sita.
Shion f & m Japanese
From Japanese 紫苑 (shion) meaning "aster". It can also come from (shi) meaning "poem" and (on) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations can form this name as well.
Shiori f & m Japanese
As a feminine name it can be from Japanese (shi) meaning "poem" combined with (ori) meaning "weave". It can also be from (shiori) meaning "bookmark" (usually feminine) or (shiori) meaning "lithe, bending" (usually masculine), as well as other kanji or kanji combinations.
Shiphrah f Biblical
Means "beautiful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the midwives who disobeys the Pharaoh's order to kill any Hebrew boys they deliver.
Shir 1 f Hebrew
Means "song" in Hebrew.
Shira f Hebrew
Means "singing" in Hebrew.
Shireen f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شیرین (see Shirin).
Shiri f Hebrew
Means "my song" in Hebrew.
Shirin f Persian
Means "sweet" in Persian. This was the name of a character in Persian and Turkish legend.
Shirlee f English
Variant of Shirley.
Shirley f & m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "bright clearing" in Old English. This is the name of a main character in Charlotte Brontë's semi-autobiographical novel Shirley (1849). The child actress Shirley Temple (1928-2014) helped to popularize this name.
Shirli f Hebrew
Means "song for me" in Hebrew.
Shiva 2 f Persian
Means "charming, eloquent" in Persian.
Shivali f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "beloved of Shiva 1" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
Shivani f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Derived from the god's name Shiva 1. This is an epithet Hindu goddess Parvati, the wife of Shiva.
Shizuka f Japanese
From Japanese (shizu) meaning "quiet" combined with (ka) meaning "summer" or (ka) meaning "fragrance". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Shlomit f Hebrew
Means "peaceful" in Hebrew.
Shobha f Indian, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शोभा (shobha) meaning "brilliance".
Shohre f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهره (see Shohreh).
Shohreh f Persian
Means "famous" in Persian.
Shokoufeh f Persian
Means "blossom" in Persian.
Shokufeh f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شکوفه (see Shokoufeh).
Shona f Scottish
Anglicized form of Seonag or Seònaid. Though unconnected, this is also the name of an ethnic group who live in southern Africa, mainly Zimbabwe.
Shonda f English
Probably a blend of Shona and Rhonda.
Shoshana f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Susanna.
Shoshannah f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Susanna.
Shpresa f Albanian
From Albanian shpresë meaning "hope".
Shprintze f Yiddish (Rare)
Possibly a Yiddish form of Esperanza. This is the name of Tevye's fourth daughter in the musical Fiddler on the Roof (1964), based on the late 19th-century Yiddish stories of Sholem Aleichem.
Shqipe f Albanian
From Albanian shqip meaning "Albanian". Additionally, the word shqipe means "eagle" in modern Albanian, a variant of older shkabë. These interrelated words are often the subject of competing claims that the one is derived from the other. The ultimate origin of shqip "Albanian" is uncertain, but it may be from shqipoj meaning "to say clearly".
Shreya f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati
Means "superior, best" in Sanskrit.
Shri f Hinduism
Means "diffusing light, radiance, beauty" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. This word is also commonly used as a title of respect in India.
Shridevi f Hinduism
From the name of the Hindu goddess Shri combined with Sanskrit देवी (devi) meaning "goddess". This is another name of Lakshmi.
Shu f Chinese
From Chinese (shū) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming", besides other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Shufen f Chinese
From Chinese (shū) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" combined with (fēn) meaning "fragrance, aroma, perfume". Other character combinations are possible as well.
Shui m & f Chinese
From Chinese (shuǐ) meaning "water", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Shukriya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شكريّة (see Shukriyya).
Shukriyya f Arabic
Feminine form of Shukri.
Shula f Arabic
Means "flame" in Arabic.
Shulamit f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Shulammite.
Shulamite f Biblical
Variant of Shulammite used in some versions of the Bible.
Shulamith f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שׁוּלַמִּית (see Shulamit).
Shulammit f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Shulammite.
Shulammite f Biblical
Derived from Hebrew שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". This name occurs in the Song of Songs in the Old Testament.
Shun 1 f & m Chinese
From Chinese (shùn) meaning "obey, submit" or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Shun 2 f & m Japanese
From Japanese 駿 (shun) meaning "fast", (shun) meaning "talented", or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
Shura f & m Russian
Russian diminutive of Aleksandra or Aleksandr.
Shweta f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati
Means "white" in Sanskrit.
Shyama m & f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit श्याम (shyama) meaning "dark, black, blue". This is a transcription of the masculine form श्याम, which is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, as well as the feminine form श्यामा, one of the many names of the wife of the god Shiva. It is also the name of a Jain goddess.
Shyamala f Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Marathi
Feminine form of Shyamal.
Siân f Welsh
Welsh form of Jeanne.
Siana f Welsh
Diminutive of Siân.
Siani f Welsh
Diminutive of Siân.
Sibéal f Irish
Irish form of Isabel.
Sibilla f Italian
Italian form of Sibylla.
Sibonakaliso m & f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu isibonakaliso meaning "sign, token, proof".
Sibongile f Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "we are thankful" in Zulu and Ndebele.
Sibusisiwe f Southern African, Ndebele
Means "we are blessed" in Ndebele.
Sibyl f English
From Greek Σίβυλλα (Sibylla), meaning "prophetess, sibyl". In Greek and Roman legend the sibyls were female prophets who practiced at different holy sites in the ancient world. In later Christian theology, the sibyls were thought to have divine knowledge and were revered in much the same way as the Old Testament prophets. Because of this, the name came into general use in the Christian world during the Middle Ages. The Normans imported it to England, where it was spelled both Sibyl and Sybil. It became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was revived in the 19th century, perhaps helped by Benjamin Disraeli's novel Sybil (1845).
Sibylla f Late Roman, German
Latinate form of Sibyl.
Sibylle f German, French
German and French form of Sibyl.
Siddhi f Indian, Marathi
Means "accomplishment, success, attainment" in Sanskrit, referring to spiritual or psychic powers attained through meditation or yoga.