Sidney m & f English
From the English surname Sidney
. It was first used as a given name in honour of executed politician Algernon Sidney (1622-1683). Another notable bearer of the surname was the poet and statesman Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586).
Sidonia f Late Roman, Georgian
Feminine form of Sidonius
. This is the name of a legendary saint from Georgia. She and her father Abiathar were supposedly converted by Saint Nino
from Judaism to Christianity.
Sidony f English (Archaic)
Feminine form of Sidonius
. This name was in use in the Middle Ages, when it became associated with the word sindon
(of Greek origin) meaning "linen", a reference to the Shroud of Turin.
Sienna f English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "orange-red"
. It is ultimately from the name of the city of Siena in Italy, because of the colour of the clay there.
Sierra f English (Modern)
Means "mountain range"
in Spanish, referring specifically to a mountain range with jagged peaks.
Silver m & f English (Rare)
From the English word for the precious metal or the colour, ultimately derived from Old English seolfor
Silvia f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, German, Dutch, English, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of Silvius
Silvia was the mother of Romulus
, the founders of Rome. This was also the name of a 6th-century saint, the mother of the pope Gregory the Great. It has been a common name in Italy since the Middle Ages. It was introduced to England by Shakespeare, who used it for a character in his play The Two Gentlemen of Verona
(1594). It is now more commonly spelled Sylvia
in the English-speaking world.
Sinclair m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a Norman French town called "Saint Clair
". A notable bearer was the American author Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951).
Sini f Finnish
in Finnish. More specifically, sini
is a poetic term for the colour blue.
Sionann f Irish Mythology
The name of an Irish goddess, a granddaughter of Lir
, who was the personification of the River Shannon. Her name is derived from the name of the river (see Shannon
Siria f Italian
Possibly a feminine form of Cyrus
. It also coincides with the Italian name for the country of Syria
Siriporn f Thai
Derived from Thai ศิริ (sir)
meaning "glory, splendour" and พร (phon)
Sirje f Estonian
Possibly from Estonian sinisirje
, a word associated with a magical bird in the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg
(1857) by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald. Apparently this name was suggested by the linguist Julius Mägiste in the 1920s. It was subsequently used in the 1945 opera Tasuleegid
by Eugen Kapp.
Sirpa f Finnish
Derived from Finnish sirpale
meaning "small piece, fragment"
Sita f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Nepali
in Sanskrit. Sita is the name of the Hindu goddess of the harvest in the Rigveda. This is also the name of the wife of Rama
(and an avatar of Lakshmi
) in the Hindu epic the Ramayana
. In this story Sita is rescued by her husband from the demon king Ravana.
Sitara f Urdu
in Urdu, ultimately from Persian.
Síthmaith f Irish
Means "good peace"
from Irish síth
"peace" and maith
Siv f Swedish, Norwegian, Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Sif
, which meant "bride, kinswoman"
. In Norse mythology she was the wife of Thor
. After the trickster Loki
cut off her golden hair, an angry Thor forced him to create a replacement.
Sivan f Hebrew
From the name of the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar (occurring in late spring). It was adopted from the Babylonian calendar, derived from Akkadian simānu
meaning "season, occasion".
Skaði f Norse Mythology
Means "damage, harm"
in Old Norse. In Norse mythology she was a mountain giantess associated with the winter and skiing. After the gods killed her father, they offered her a husband from among them as compensation. She ended up marrying Njord
Skuld f Norse Mythology
Means "debt, obligation"
in Old Norse. She was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse mythology. She was also one of the valkyries.
Sky f & m English (Modern)
Simply from the English word sky
, which was ultimately derived from Old Norse ský
Skye f English (Modern)
From the name of the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland. It is sometimes considered a variant of Sky
Smiljana f Croatian, Serbian
From Serbo-Croatian word smilje
, a type of plant, known as catsfoot or everlasting in English (genus Antennaria).
Smiltė f Lithuanian
in Lithuanian, referring to flowering plants from the genus Arenaria.
Socorro f Spanish
Means "succour, help, relief"
in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary María del Socorro
meaning "Mary of Perpetual Succour".
Sofia f Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Finnish, Estonian, Slovak, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Form of Sophia
used in various languages.
Soile f Finnish
Possibly from Finnish soilu
meaning "glimmer, blaze"
Solange f French
French form of the Late Latin name Sollemnia
, which was derived from Latin sollemnis "religious"
. This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.
Soledad f Spanish
in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary
, María de Soledad
, meaning "Mary of Solitude".
Soleil f Various
in French. It is not commonly used as a name in France itself.
Sóley f Icelandic
Means "buttercup flower"
in Icelandic (genus Ranunculus), derived from sól
"sun" and ey
Solfrid f Norwegian
From the Old Norse elements sól
"sun" and fríðr
"beautiful". This name was apparently coined in the 19th century.
Sólja f Faroese
Means "buttercup flower"
in Faroese (genus Ranunculus). The buttercup is the national flower of the Faroe Islands.
Solveig f Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From an Old Norse name, which was derived from the elements sól
"sun" and veig
"strength". This is the name of the heroine in Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt
Sona 1 f Indian, Hindi
in Hindi, derived from Sanskrit सुवर्ण (suvarna)
meaning literally "good colour".
Sondra f English
Variant of Saundra
. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by a character in Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy
(1925) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1931).
Songül f Turkish
From Turkish son
meaning "last, final" and gül
Sonja f German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of Sonya
in various languages.
Sonya f Russian, English
Russian diminutive of Sophia
. This is the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace
(1869, English translation 1886).
Sophia f English, Greek, German, Ancient Greek
in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia
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Sora f & m Japanese
From Japanese 空 (sora)
or 昊 (sora)
both meaning "sky". Other kanji with the same pronunciations can also form this name.
Sorrel f English (Rare)
From the name of the sour tasting plant, which may ultimately derive from Germanic sur
Spirit f English (Rare)
From the English word spirit
, ultimately from Latin spiritus
"breath, energy", a derivative of spirare
Spring f English
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English springan
"to leap, to burst forth".
Sprita f Esperanto
Means "witty, lively"
in Esperanto, ultimately from Latin spiritus
Stacy f & m English
Either a diminutive of Anastasia
, or else from a surname that was derived from Stace
, a medieval form of Eustace
. As a feminine name, it came into general use during the 1950s, though it had earlier been in use as a rare masculine name.
Star f English
From the English word for the celestial body, ultimately from Old English steorra
Stelara f Esperanto
From Esperanto stelaro
, ultimately from Latin stella
Stella 1 f English, Italian, Dutch, German
in Latin. This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets Astrophel and Stella
. It was a nickname of a lover of Jonathan Swift, real name Esther Johnson (1681-1728), though it was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century. It appears in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire
(1947), belonging to the sister of Blanche DuBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski.
Su 2 f & m Chinese
From Chinese 素 (sù)
meaning "plain, simple" or 肃 (sù)
meaning "respectful", besides other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Su-Bin f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 秀 (su)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" combined with 斌 (bin)
meaning "refined". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
Suellen f English
Contraction of Susan
and Ellen 1
. Margaret Mitchell used this name in her novel Gone with the Wind
(1936), where it belongs to Scarlett's sister.
Suha f Arabic
Means "forgotten, overlooked"
in Arabic. Al-Suha
(also called Alcor
) is the name of a star in the constellation Ursa Major.