Su-Jin f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 收 (su)
meaning "gather, harvest" or 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 珍 (jin)
meaning "precious, rare". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
Sukhon f Thai
Means "fragrance, pleasant smell"
in Thai, ultimately of Pali origin.
Suk-Ja f Korean
From Sino-Korean 淑 (suk)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" and 子 (ja)
meaning "child". Other hanja characters can form this name as well. Korean feminine names ending with the character 子
(a fashionable name suffix in Japan, read as -ko
in Japanese) declined in popularity after 1945 when Korea was liberated from Japanese rule.
Sultan m & f Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali, Avar
Means "ruler, king, sultan"
in Arabic. In the Arab world this name is typically masculine, but Turkey it is given to both boys and girls.
Sumati f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "wise, good mind"
, derived from Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good" and मति (mati)
meaning "mind, thought". In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
this is the name of King Sagara's second wife, who bore him 60,000 children.
Sumayya f Arabic
Means "high above"
in Arabic. This was the name of the first martyr for Islam.
Sumiko f Japanese
From Japanese 澄 (sumi)
meaning "clear" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Summer f English
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English sumor
. It has been in use as a given name since the 1970s.
Suna f Turkish
From the Turkish word for a type of duck, the shelduck (genus Tadorna).
Sunan m & f Thai
Possibly means "good word"
Sunčana f Croatian
From Croatian sunčan
, a derivative of sunce
Sunday m & f English (African)
From the name of the day of the week, which ultimately derives from Old English sunnandæg
, which was composed of the elements sunne
"sun" and dæg
"day". This name is most common in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Sunita f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "well conducted, wise"
, derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with नीत (nita)
meaning "conducted, led". In Hindu legend this is the name of the daughter of King Anga of Bengal.
Suniti f Indian, Hindi
Means "good conduct"
from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with नीति (niti)
meaning "guidance, moral conduct".
Sunniva f Norwegian
Scandinavian form of the Old English name Sunngifu
, which meant "sun gift"
from the Old English elements sunne
"sun" and giefu
"gift". This was the name of a legendary English saint who was shipwrecked in Norway and killed by the inhabitants.
Sunny f & m English
From the English word meaning "sunny, cheerful"
Sunshine f English
From the English word, ultimately from Old English sunne
"sun" and scinan
Suoma f Finnish
Derived from Finnish Suomi
Susan f English
English variant of Susanna
. This has been most common spelling since the 18th century. It was especially popular both in the United States and the United Kingdom from the 1940s to the 1960s. A notable bearer was the American feminist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906).
Susanna f Italian, Catalan, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
From Σουσάννα (Sousanna)
, the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah)
. This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan)
(in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"
), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn
"lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel
clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministers to Jesus
Suzu f Japanese
From Japanese 鈴 (suzu)
meaning "bell" or other kanji having the same pronunciation.
Suzume f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 雀 (suzume)
meaning "sparrow", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations that are pronounced the same way.
Svea f Swedish
From a personification of the country of Sweden, in use since the 17th century. It is a derivative of Svear
, the Swedish name for the ancient Germanic tribe the Swedes. The Swedish name of the country of Sweden is Sverige
, a newer form of Svear rike
meaning "the realm of the Svear".
Sveva f Italian
Possibly from the name of the Germanic tribe of the Suebi (svevo
Swarna m & f Indian, Telugu, Hindi
Means "good colour"
, a contraction of the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" and वर्ण (varna)
meaning "colour". This is a transcription of both the masculine form स्वर्ण
and the feminine form स्वर्णा
Swati f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From the Indian name of the third brightest star in the night sky, called Arcturus in the western world.
Sybil f English
Variant of Sibyl
. This spelling variation has existed since the Middle Ages.
Sydney f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of the surname Sidney
. This is the name of the largest city in Australia, which was named for Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney in 1788. Since the 1990s this name has been mainly feminine.
Tabea f German
German short form of Tabitha
. This form was used in earlier editions of the Luther Bible.
Tabitha f English, Biblical, Biblical Greek
in Aramaic. Tabitha in the New Testament was a woman restored to life by Saint Peter
. Her name is translated into Greek as Dorcas
(see Acts 9:36
). As an English name, Tabitha
became common after the Protestant Reformation. It was popularized in the 1960s by the television show Bewitched
, in which Tabitha (sometimes spelled Tabatha) is the daughter of the main character.
Tacey f English (Archaic)
Derived from Latin tace
meaning "be silent"
. It was in use from the 16th century, though it died out two centuries later.
Tahel f Hebrew
Means "you will shine"
in Hebrew, from the root הָלַל (halal)
meaning "to praise, to shine".
Táhirih f History
Variant of Tahira
. This was the title of Fatimah Baraghani, a 19th-century Persian poet, theologian and reformer.
Tahmina f Persian Mythology, Tajik, Bengali
Derived from Avestan takhma
meaning "strong, brave, valiant"
. This is the name of a character in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
. She is a daughter of the king of Samangan who marries the warrior hero Rostam
and eventually bears him a son, whom they name Sohrab
Tai m & f Chinese
From Chinese 太 (tài)
meaning "very, extreme" or other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Taimi f Finnish, Estonian
From Finnish taimi
meaning "sapling, young tree"
or Estonian taim
(words from a common origin).
Takako f Japanese
From Japanese 孝 (taka)
meaning "filial piety" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child", as well as other combinations of kanji characters.
Takara m & f Japanese
From Japanese 宝 (takara)
meaning "treasure, jewel", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
Talia 2 f English (Australian)
From the name of a town in South Australia, perhaps meaning "near water"
in an Australian Aboriginal language.
Talin f Armenian
From the name of an Armenian town (meaning unknown), which is home to a famous 7th-century cathedral.
Talitha f Biblical
Means "little girl"
in Aramaic. The name is taken from the phrase talitha cumi
meaning "little girl arise" spoken by Jesus
in order to restore a young girl to life (see Mark 5:41
Tallulah f English (Rare)
Popularly claimed to mean "leaping waters" in the Choctaw language, it may actually mean "town" in the Creek language. This is the name of waterfalls in Georgia. It was borne by American actress Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968), who was named after her grandmother, who may have been named after the waterfalls.
Talulla f Irish
From the Gaelic name Tuilelaith
, which was derived from Irish tuile
"abundance" and flaith
Tamar f Hebrew, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "date palm"
in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah
and later his wife. This was also the name of a daughter of King David
. She was raped by her half-brother Amnon
, leading to his murder by her brother Absalom
. The name was borne by a 12th-century ruling queen of Georgia who presided over the kingdom at the peak of its power.
Tamara f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Lithuanian, Georgian
Russian form of Tamar
. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world. It was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
Tamari f Georgian
Form of Tamar
with the nominative suffix, used in Georgian when the name is written stand-alone.
Tamia f English (Modern)
Elaborated form of the popular name syllable Tam
, from names such as Tamara
. It was popularized by Canadian singer Tamia Hill (1975-), who is known simply as Tamia.
Tamika f English
Variant of Tamiko
, inspired by the American jazz singer Tamiko Jones (1945-) or the American movie A Girl Named Tamiko
Tamiko f Japanese
From Japanese 多 (ta)
meaning "many", 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
Tanith f Semitic Mythology
Derived from Semitic roots meaning "serpent lady"
. This was the name of the Phoenician goddess of love, fertility, the moon and the stars. She was particularly associated with the city of Carthage, being the consort of Ba'al Hammon
Tansy f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which is derived via Old French from Late Latin tanacita
Tara 1 f English
Anglicized form of the Irish place name Teamhair
, which possibly means "elevated place"
in Gaelic. This was the name of the sacred hill near Dublin where the Irish high kings resided. It was popularized as a given name by the novel Gone with the Wind
(1936) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1939), in which it is the name of the O'Hara plantation.
Tara 2 f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Nepali
in Sanskrit. Tara is the name of a Hindu astral goddess, the wife of Brhaspati. She was abducted by Soma, a god of the moon, leading to a great war that was only ended when Brahma
intervened and released her. This is also the name of a Buddhist deity (a female Buddha).
Taru f Finnish
Means "legend, myth"
in Finnish. It is also used as a diminutive of Tarja
Taryn f English
Probably a feminine form of Tyrone
. Actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian created it for their daughter Taryn Power (1953-).
Tashlultum f Akkadian
Meaning unknown, presumably of Akkadian origin. It appears to end with the Akkadian feminine suffix -tum
. This was the name of a wife of Sargon
Tatiana f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, French, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus
, a derivative of the Roman name Tatius
. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна
) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
Tatum f & m English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's homestead"
in Old English.
Tawny f English (Modern)
From the English word, ultimately deriving from Old French tané
, which means "light brown"
Taylor m & f English
From an English surname that originally denoted someone who was a tailor, from Norman French tailleur
, ultimately from Latin taliare
"to cut". Its modern use as a feminine name may have been influenced by the British-American author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).
Teagan m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Tadhgáin
meaning "descendant of Tadhgán"
. The given name Tadhgán
is a diminutive of Tadhg
Teal f English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of duck or the greenish-blue colour.
Tegan f Welsh
Derived from Welsh teg
Tegwen f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements teg
"fair" and gwen
Tellervo f Finnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. Tellervo was a Finnish forest goddess. She is variously described as either the wife or daughter of Tapio.
Temperance f English (Archaic)
From the English word meaning "moderation"
. This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
Tempest f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "storm"
. It appears in the title of William Shakespeare's play The Tempest
Temple m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that originally belonged to a person who was associated with the Knights Templar, a medieval religious military order.
Temüülen m & f Mongolian
Means "striving, aspiring"
in Mongolian. This was the name of the sister of Genghis Khan.
Tenzin m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
From Tibetan བསྟན་འཛིན (bstan-'dzin)
meaning "upholder of teachings"
. This is one of the given names of the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (1935-).