Tünde f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian tündér
. The Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty created this name in the 19th century.
Tuulikki f Finnish, Finnish Mythology
Means "little wind"
in Finnish, derived from tuuli
"wind". This was the name of a Finnish forest goddess, the daughter of Tapio.
Twila f English
Meaning unknown. Perhaps based on the English word twilight
, or maybe from a Cajun pronunciation of French étoile
"star". It came into use as an American given name in the late 19th century.
Tyche f Greek Mythology
Means "chance, luck, fortune"
in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess of fortune, luck and fate.
Tyyne f Finnish
Derived from Finnish tyyni
meaning "calm, serene"
Tzeitel f Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish diminutive of Sarah
. This is the name of Tevye's oldest daughter in the musical Fiddler on the Roof
(1964), based on Sholem Aleichem's stories from the late 19th century.
Udane f Basque
Derived from Basque uda
Uʻilani f & m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly beauty"
or "royal beauty"
from Hawaiian uʻi
"youth, beauty" and lani
"heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Uma f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi
in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati
. In Hindu texts it is said to derive from the Sanskrit exclamation उ मा (u ma)
meaning "O (child), do not (practice austerities)!", which was addressed to Parvati by her mother.
Ume f Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume)
meaning "Japanese apricot, plum" (refers specifically to the species Prunus mume). In Japan the ume blossom is regarded as a symbol of spring and a ward against evil. Different kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
Umeko f Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume)
meaning "apricot, plum" (referring to the species Prunus mume) and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Umut m & f Turkish
Variant of Ümit
. The Turkish words umut
are etymologically related synonyms.
Úna f Irish
Possibly derived from Irish uan
Unathi m & f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "he or she is with us"
in Xhosa, from the prefix u-
meaning "he, she" and nathi
meaning "with us".
Undine f Literature
Derived from Latin unda
. The word undine
was created by the 16th-century Swiss author Paracelsus, who used it for female water spirits.
Unity f English (Rare)
From the English word unity
, which is ultimately derived from Latin unitas
Unni f Norwegian
Possibly a modern coinage based on the Old Norse elements unnr
"to wave, to billow" or unna
"to love" combined with nýr
Urd f Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Urðr
. In Norse mythology Urd was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny. She was responsible for the past.
Uria m & f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Uriah
, also used as a feminine name.
Ursa f Late Roman
Feminine form of Ursus
. This is the name of two constellations in the northern sky: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
Ursula f English, Swedish, Danish, German, Dutch, Finnish, Late Roman
Means "little bear"
, derived from a diminutive form of the Latin word ursa
"she-bear". Saint Ursula was a legendary virgin princess of the 4th century who was martyred by the Huns while returning from a pilgrimage. In England the saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and the name came into general use at that time.
Usagi f Popular Culture
in Japanese. This name was used on the Japanese television show Sailor Moon
, which first aired in the 1990s.
Ushas f Hinduism
in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of the dawn, considered the daughter of heaven.
Uttara m & f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi
in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form उत्तर
(also written Uttar
) and the feminine form उत्तरा
(also written Uttarā
), both of which occur in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
belonging to the son and daughter of King Virata.
Uxue f Basque
From the Basque name of the Spanish town of Ujué where there is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary
. Its name is derived from Basque usoa
Vaike f Estonian
From Estonian vaikus
meaning "silence, calm"
. This name was coined by Andres Saal for a character in his story Vambola
Valencia f Various
From the name of cities in Spain and Venezuela, both derived from Latin valentia
meaning "strength, vigour".
Valentina f Italian, Russian, Lithuanian, German, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Valentinus
(see Valentine 1
). A famous bearer was the Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (1937-), who in 1963 became the first woman to visit space.
Valkyrie f Various
Means "chooser of the slain"
, derived from Old Norse valr
"the slain" and kyrja
"chooser". In Norse myth the Valkyries were maidens who led heroes killed in battle to Valhalla.
Valli f Hinduism
Means "creeping plant"
in Dravidian. In Dravidian mythology the goddess Valli was the wife of Murunga.
Vanadís f Norse Mythology
Means "goddess of the Vanir"
in Old Norse. This was an epithet of the Norse goddess Freya
, given because she was a member of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir).
Vanessa f English, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his 1726 poem Cadenus and Vanessa
. He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther
Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.
Vanna 2 f & m Khmer
in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit.
Vardo f Georgian
Derived from Georgian ვარდი (vardi)
, ultimately from an Iranian language via Armenian.
Varpu f Finnish
From the Finnish name for a type of berry bush.
Vashti f Biblical
Possibly means "thread"
in Hebrew, but it is most likely of Persian origin. In the Old Testament this is the name of the first wife of King Ahasuerus of Persia before he marries Esther.
Vasudha f Indian, Hindi
Means "producer of wealth"
in Sanskrit, used to refer to the earth.
Veasna m & f Khmer
Means "opportunity, good fortune, fate"
Vega f Astronomy
The name of a star in the constellation Lyra. Its name is from Arabic الواقع (al-Waqi')
meaning "the swooping (eagle)".
Velda f English
Meaning unknown, possibly a derivative of the Germanic element wald
meaning "power, rule"
Velia f Italian
From the Roman family name Velius
, which possibly means "concealed"
Velma f English
Probably a variant of Wilma
, the spelling with an e
perhaps due to the influence of Selma 1
. This name has been in use since the 19th century.
Velta f Latvian
Derived from Latvian velte
meaning "gift, tribute"
. The Latvian playwright Aspazija used it for a character in her play Zaudētās Tiesības
Velvet f English
From the English word for the soft fabric. It became used as a given name after the main character in Enid Bagnold's book National Velvet
(1935) and the movie (1944) and television (1960) adaptations.
Venetia f English (Rare), Greek
Originally this was probably a Latinized form of Gwynedd
. It also coincides with the Latin name of the city of Venice
in Italy. This name was borne by the celebrated beauty Venetia Stanley (1600-1633). Benjamin Disraeli used it in his novel entitled Venetia
Venka f Esperanto
, from Esperanto venki
"to conquer", ultimately from Latin vincere
Venus f Roman Mythology
Means "love, sexual desire"
in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of love and sex. Her character was assimilated with that of the Greek goddess Aphrodite
. As the mother of Aeneas
she was considered an ancestor of the Roman people. The second planet from the sun is named after her.
Vera 1 f Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Belarusian, Georgian
in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus "true"
. It has been in general use in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.
Verbena f Various
From the name of the verbena plant, which is derived from Latin verbena
meaning "leaves, twigs".
Verdandi f Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Verðandi
meaning "becoming, happening"
. Verdandi was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse mythology. She was responsible for the present.
Vered f Hebrew
in Hebrew, originally a borrowing from an Iranian language.
Verena f German, Late Roman
Possibly related to Latin verus "true"
. This might also be a Coptic form of the Ptolemaic name Berenice
. Saint Verena was a 3rd-century Egyptian-born nurse who went with the Theban Legion to Switzerland. After the legion was massacred she settled near Zurich.
Verity f English
From the English word meaning "verity, truth"
. This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
Verna f English
Feminine form of Vernon
, sometimes associated with the Latin word vernus "spring"
. It has been in use since the 19th century.
Verona f Various
From the name of the city in Italy, which is itself of unknown meaning.
Veronica f English, Italian, Romanian, Late Roman
Latin alteration of Berenice
, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon
meaning "true image"
. This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus
' face with a towel and then found his image imprinted upon it. Due to popular stories about her, the name was occasionally used in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani. As an English name, it was not common until the 19th century, when it was imported from France and Scotland.
Veronika f Russian, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, German, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian
Form of Veronica
in several languages.
Veslemøy f Norwegian
Means "little girl"
from Norwegian vesle
"little" and møy
"girl". This name was created by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg for the main character in his poem Haugtussa
Vesna f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
in many Slavic languages. This was the name of a Slavic spirit associated with the springtime. It has been used as a given name only since the 20th century.
Vespera f Esperanto
Means "of the evening"
, derived from Esperanto vespero
"evening", ultimately from Latin vesper
Vesta f Roman Mythology
Probably a Roman cognate of Hestia
. Vesta was the Roman goddess of the hearth. A continuous fire, tended by the Vestal Virgins, was burned in the Temple of Vesta in Rome.
Vida 2 f Slovene
Slovene feminine form of Wido
. Lepa Vida ("beautiful Vida") is a character in Slovene tradition and later romantic poetry (notably by France Prešeren).
Viktoria f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Belarusian
German, Scandinavian and Greek variant of Victoria
. It is also an alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Виктория
or Ukrainian Вікторія
) or Belarusian Вікторыя
Vilja f Finnish
Possibly from the Finnish word vilja
meaning "cereal, grain"
or the Swedish word vilja
meaning "will, intent"