Feminine Names

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Short form of ELIZABETH, or sometimes BETHANY.
Welsh diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETHÂNIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese variant form of BETHANY.
BETHANIAfSpanish (Latin American)
Spanish variant form of BETHANY.
From the name of a biblical town, Βηθανια (Bethania) in Greek, which is probably of Aramaic or Hebrew origin, possibly meaning "house of affliction" or "house of figs". In the New Testament the town of Bethany is the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. It has been in use as a rare given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, used primarily by Catholics in honour of Mary of Bethany. In America it became moderately common after the 1950s.
BETHARIfIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of BATARI.
From an Old Testament place name meaning "house of God" in Hebrew. This was a town north of Jerusalem, where Jacob saw his vision of the stairway. It is occasionally used as a given name.
Macedonian diminutive of ELISAVETA.
BETJEfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish diminutive of ELISABETH.
BETONYfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the minty medicinal herb.
Welsh form of BEATRICE.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH. A famous bearer was American actress Bette Davis (1908-1989).
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Variant of BETTY.
Turkish form of BATUL.
BEULAHfBiblical, Biblical Hebrew, English
Means "married" in Hebrew. The name is used in the Old Testament to refer to the land of Israel (Isaiah 62:4). As an English given name, Beulah has been used since the Protestant Reformation.
Short form of BEVERLY.
BEVERLYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English city, itself meaning "beaver stream" in Old English. It came into use as a masculine given name in the 19th century, and it became common as an American feminine name after the publication of George Barr McCutcheon's novel 'Beverly of Graustark' (1904).
Anglicized form of BÉBINN.
Diminutive of BAILA.
Means "very white" in Turkish.
BHAVANAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "producing, manifesting" in Sanskrit.
BHAVNAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Variant transcription of BHAVANA.
Means "earth, soil" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu earth goddess. She is the wife of Varaha, an avatar of Vishnu.
Diminutive of BEATRIZ.
BIANCAfItalian, Romanian
Italian cognate of BLANCHE. Shakespeare used characters named Bianca in 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593) and 'Othello' (1603).
BIANKAfGerman, Hungarian, Polish
German, Hungarian and Polish form of BIANCA.
BIBIANAfItalian, Spanish, Late Roman
Possibly an early variant of VIVIANA. Alternatively, it may be a feminine derivative of the earlier Roman cognomen VIBIANUS.
Means "nightingale" in Kazakh.
Derived from Hungarian bíbor meaning "purple".
Short form of BEATRICE.
From Sino-Vietnamese (bích) meaning "bluish green".
Means "way" in Basque.
BIDDYfIrish, English
Diminutive of BRIDGET.
Diminutive of BRIDGET.
Derived from Spanish bienvenido meaning "welcome".
Means "heart" in Basque.
Means "most good" in Turkish.
Means "jewel" in French.
BILAfBiblical Italian
Italian form of BILHAH.
BİLGEm & fTurkish
Means "wise" in Turkish.
BILHAfBiblical German, Biblical French, Biblical Spanish, Biblical Dutch
German, French, Spanish and Dutch form of BILHAH.
BILHAHfBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "bashful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the handmaid given to Jacob by his wife Rachel. By him she was the mother of Dan and Naphtali.
BILJANAfSerbian, Macedonian, Croatian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the South Slavic word биље (bilje) meaning "herb".
BILLIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of BILL. It is also used as a feminine form of WILLIAM.
Bulgarian form of BILJANA.
Diminutive of BELINDA.
BINE (1)fDanish
Short form of JACOBINE.
BÌNHm & fVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bình) meaning "level, even, peaceful".
BIRGITfDanish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Scandinavian variant of BIRGITTA.
BIRGITTAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish
Most likely a Scandinavian form of BRIDGET via the Latinized form Brigitta. Alternatively it could be a feminine derivative of BIRGER. This is the name of the patron saint of Europe, Birgitta of Sweden, the 14th-century founder of the Bridgettine nuns. Her father's name was Birger.
Faroese form of BRIDGET.
Danish diminutive of BIRGITTA.
Danish diminutive of BIRGITTA.
Possibly from Lithuanian birti meaning "to scatter, to pour out" combined with a diminutive suffix. This name was borne by the mother of the 15th-century Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania.
BISERAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from the South Slavic word бисер (biser) "pearl" (ultimately of Arabic origin).
BISERKAfCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of BISERA.
BISTRAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Means "clean, pure" in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
Means "daughter of YAHWEH" in Hebrew, from the roots בַּת (bat) meaning "daughter" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. In the Old Testament this is the name of a daughter of Pharaoh. She is traditionally equated with the pharaoh's daughter who drew Moses from the Nile.
BITUINfFilipino, Tagalog
Means "star" in Tagalog.
BJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BJØRG.
Derived from Old Norse björg meaning "help, save, rescue".
Means "birch tree" in Icelandic.
Manx form of BLÁTHNAT.
Feminine form of BLAGOY.
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAGORODNAfMacedonian, Bulgarian
Means "noble" in Macedonian and Bulgarian.
BLAIRm & fScottish, English
From a Scottish surname which is derived from Gaelic blár meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
Variant of BLÁTHNAT using a different diminutive suffix.
BLANCAfSpanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan cognate of BLANCHE.
BLANCHEfFrench, English
From a medieval French nickname meaning "white, fair". This name and its cognates in other languages are ultimately derived from the Germanic word blanc. An early bearer was the 12th-century Blanca of Navarre, the wife of Sancho III of Castile. Her granddaughter of the same name married Louis VIII of France, with the result that the name became more common in France.
French form of the Roman name Blandina, which was the feminine form of Blandinus, which was itself a derivative of the cognomen BLANDUS. Saint Blandina was a 2nd-century slave from Lyons who was martyred by being thrown to wild beasts.
Anglicized form of BLÁTHNAT.
BLÁTHNATfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "little flower" from the Irish word blath "flower" combined with a diminutive suffix. In Irish legend she was a maiden abducted and married by Cú Roí. She was rescued by Cúchulainn, who killed her husband, but she was in turn murdered by one of Cú Roí's loyal servants.
Croatian feminine form of BLAŽ.
Means "flower" in Cornish.
Derived from Albanian blertë meaning "green".
BLODEUWEDDfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "face of flowers" in Welsh. In a story in the Mabinogion, she is created out of flowers by Gwydion to be the wife of his nephew Lleu Llaw Gyffes. She is eventually changed into an owl for her infidelity.
Means "flower" in Welsh.
Means "white flowers" from Welsh blodau "flowers" combined with gwen "white, fair, blessed".
BLONDIEfEnglish (Rare)
From a nickname for a person with blond hair. This is the name of the title character in a comic strip by Chic Young.
From the English word blossom, ultimately from Old English blóstm. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
Means "flower" in Yiddish.
BLYTHEf & mEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which meant "cheerful" in Old English.
BO (2)m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "wave", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
BOADICEAfAncient Celtic (Latinized)
Medieval variant of BOUDICCA, possibly arising from a scribal error.
Diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBIEf & mEnglish
Variant of BOBBY. As a feminine name it can be a diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BODILfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Bóthildr, derived from bót "remedy" and hildr "battle".
Means "buttercup" in Hungarian, derived from the archaic word boglár meaning "ornament".
Polish feminine form of BOGDAN.
Feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
Feminine form of BOGUSŁAW.
Czech feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUSLAVAfCzech, Ukrainian
Feminine form of BOHUSLAV.
BOIPELOm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELOf & mSouthern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BOLANLEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
BOLESLAVAfCzech (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian feminine form of BOLESŁAW.
Means "crystal mother" in Mongolian.
Means "pretty" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin bonus "good". It has been used as a name in the English-speaking world since the beginning of the 20th century.
Means "pretty" from the Scottish word bonnie, which was itself derived from Middle French bon "good". It has been in use as an American given name since the 19th century, and it became especially popular after the movie 'Gone with the Wind' (1939), in which it was the nickname of Scarlett's daughter.
BONOLOfSouthern African, Sotho
Means "ease" in Sotho.
BONTUfEastern African, Oromo
Means "proud" in Oromo.
Means "flower" in Khmer, ultimately from Pali.
BORA (2)fAlbanian
Derived from Albanian borë meaning "snow".
BORA (3)fKorean
Means "purple" in Korean.
Hungarian variant of BARBARA.
BORGHILDfNorwegian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements borg "fortification" and hildr "battle". In Norse mythology she was the wife of Sigmund.
Icelandic form of BORGHILD.
BORNAm & fCroatian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
Means "juniper" in Hungarian.
BOSEDEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born on Sunday" in Yoruba.
Hebrew variant of BASEMATH.
Means "lotus" in Khmer.
BOUDICCAfAncient Celtic (Latinized)
Derived from Brythonic boud meaning "victory". This was the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni who led the Britons in revolt against the Romans. Eventually her forces were defeated and she committed suicide. Her name is first recorded in Roman histories, as Boudicca by Tacitus and Βουδουικα (Boudouika) by Cassius Dio.
Bulgarian form of BOJANA.
Feminine form of BOYKO.
BOŽENAfCzech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
Polish cognate of BOŽENA.
BOZHENAfMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽENA.
Bulgarian feminine form of BOŽIDAR.
Diminutive of BOŽENA. It also means "goddess" in Croatian.
Feminine form of BOŽIDAR.
Diminutive of ERZSÉBET.
Means "blessing" in Hebrew.
BRAELYNfEnglish (Modern)
A recently created name, formed using the popular name suffix lyn.
BRAIDYm & fEnglish (Rare)
Variant of BRADY.
BRANCAfPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of BLANCHE.
BRANDAfEnglish (Rare)
Perhaps a variant of BRANDY or a feminine form of BRAND.
Variant of BRANDY.
Variant of BRANDY.
Means "crocus" in Romanian.
From the English word brandy for the alcoholic drink. It is ultimately from Dutch brandewijn "burnt wine". It has been in use as a given name since the 1960s.
BRANISLAVAfSerbian, Slovak, Czech, Slovene
Serbian, Slovak, Czech and Slovene feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
Slovak diminutive of BRANISLAVA.
BRANKAfSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Feminine form of BRANKO.
BRANKICAfCroatian, Serbian
Feminine diminutive of BRANKO.
BRANWENfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "beautiful raven" from Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is the sister of the British king Bran and the wife of the Irish king Matholwch.
Feminine form of BRATISLAV. This is the name of the capital city of Slovakia, though it is unrelated.
Means "valiant, brave" in Esperanto.
BREANNfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BREANNEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
Feminine form of BRECHT.
BREDA (1)fIrish
Anglicized form of BRÍD.
BREDA (2)fSlovene
Meaning unknown. It was used by the Slovene author Ivan Pregelj for the title character in his novel 'Mlada Breda' (1913).
Anglicized form of BRÍGH.
Manx form of BRIDGET.
Means "brunette" in Yiddish.
Possibly a feminine form of the Old Norse name Brandr, meaning "sword", which was brought to Britain in the Middle Ages. This name is sometimes used as a feminine form of BRENDAN.
Possibly a variant of BRENDA or a feminine form of BRENNAN.
BRETTm & fEnglish
From a Middle English surname meaning "a Breton", referring to an inhabitant of Brittany. A famous bearer is the American football quarterback Brett Favre (1969-).
Derived from Welsh briallu meaning "primrose". This is a modern Welsh name.
Feminine form of BRIAN. This name was used by Edmund Spenser in 'The Faerie Queene' (1590). The name was not commonly used until the 1970s, when it rapidly became popular in the United States.
BRIANNEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRIARm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the English word for the thorny plant.
Modern form of BRIGHID.
Anglicized form of BRÍD.
BRIDGETfIrish, English, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Irish name Brighid which means "exalted one". In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, the daughter of the god Dagda. In the 5th century it was borne by Saint Brigid, the founder of a monastery at Kildare and a patron saint of Ireland. Because of the saint, the name was considered sacred in Ireland, and it did not come into general use there until the 17th century. In the form Birgitta this name has been common in Scandinavia, made popular by the 14th-century Saint Birgitta of Sweden, patron saint of Europe.
Anglicized diminutive of BRÍD.
BRIELLEfEnglish (Modern)
Short form of GABRIELLE. This is also the name of towns in the Netherlands and New Jersey, though their names derive from a different source.
Derived from Irish brígh meaning "power, high".
BRÍGIDAfPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of BRIDGET.
Italian form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITfIrish Mythology
Old Irish form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITAfSlovene, Croatian, Latvian
Slovene, Croatian and Latvian form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITTAfGerman, Dutch, Hungarian
German, Dutch and Hungarian form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITTEfGerman, French
German and French form of BRIDGET.
Form of BRISEIS used in medieval tales about the Trojan War.
BRISEISfGreek Mythology
Patronymic derived from Βρισευς (Briseus), a Greek name of unknown meaning. In Greek mythology Briseis (real name Hippodameia) was the daughter of Briseus. She was captured during the Trojan War by Achilles. After Agamemnon took her away from him, Achilles refused to fight in the war.
Means "glitter" in Kurdish.
BRISTOLfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the city in southwest England which means "the site of the bridge".
Norwegian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITANNIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the Latin name of the island of Britain, in occasional use as an English given name since the 18th century. This is also the name of the Roman female personification of Britain pictured on some British coins.
BRITTfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITTAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
From the name of the region in the northwest of France, called in French Bretagne. It was named for the Britons who settled there after the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons. As a given name, it first came into common use in America in the 1970s.
BROGANm & fIrish
Derived from Gaelic bróg "shoe" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of several Irish saints, including Saint Patrick's scribe.
Short form of BRONWEN.
Derived from Irish Gaelic brón meaning "sorrow". Saint Brónach was a 6th-century mystic from Ireland.
Anglicized form of BRÓNACH.
BRONISLAVAfCzech, Slovak, Russian
Czech, Slovak and Russian feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
Feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONTEm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname, an Anglicized form of Irish Ó Proinntigh meaning "descendant of Proinnteach". The given name Proinnteach meant "bestower" in Gaelic. The Brontë sisters - Charlotte, Emily, and Anne - were 19th-century English novelists. Their father changed the spelling of the family surname from Brunty to Brontë, possibly to make it coincide with Greek βροντη meaning "thunder".
Derived from the Welsh elements bron "breast" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
Variant of BRONWEN.
BROOKm & fEnglish
From an English surname which denoted one who lived near a brook.
Variant of BROOK. The name came into use in the 1950s, probably influenced by American socialite Brooke Astor (1902-2007). It was further popularized by actress Brooke Shields (1965-).
BROOKLYNfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the borough of New York City, originally derived from Dutch Breukelen meaning "broken land". It can also be viewed as a combination of BROOK and the popular name suffix lyn.
Feminine diminutive of BRUNO.
BRÜNHILDfGerman, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements brun "armour, protection" and hild "battle". It is cognate with the Old Norse name Brynhildr (from the elements bryn and hildr). In Norse legend Brynhildr was the queen of the Valkyries who was rescued by the hero Sigurd. In the Germanic saga the 'Nibelungenlied' she was a queen of Iceland and the wife of Günther. Both of these characters were probably inspired by the eventful life of the 6th-century Frankish queen Brunhilda (of Visigothic birth).
Variant of BRÜNHILD, referring to the Frankish queen.
BRUNIHILDfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BRÜNHILD.
BRUNILDAfSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of BRÜNHILD.
BRYANNEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
Polish form of BRIDGET.
BRYNm & fWelsh, English
Means "hill, mound" in Welsh. It is now used as a feminine name as well.
BRYNHILDRfNorse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of BRÜNHILD. In the Norse legend the 'Volsungasaga' Brynhildr was rescued by the hero Sigurd in the guise of Gunnar. Brynhildr and Gunnar were married, but when Sigurd's wife Gudrun let slip that it was in fact Sigurd who had rescued her, Brynhildr plotted against him. She accused Sigurd of taking her virginity, spurring Gunnar to arrange Sigurd's murder.
Icelandic form of BRYNHILDR.
BRYNJAfIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "armour" in Old Norse.
BRYNLEEfEnglish (Modern)
Combination of BRYN and the popular name suffix lee.
BRYNNfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of BRYN.
BRYNNEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of BRYN.
BRYONYfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a type of Eurasian vine, formerly used as medicine. It ultimately derives from Greek βρυω (bryo) "to swell".
Strictly feminine form of BADR.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH, from a child's pronunciation of the final syllable. It is now associated with the main character from the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003).
BUHLEf & mSouthern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle "beautiful, handsome", from the root hle.
Means "moon" (or "month") in Indonesian.
Diminutive of BERENICE.
BURÇİNf & mTurkish
Means "hind, doe" in Turkish.
Means "sweet smelling, fragrant" in Turkish.
BURGUNDYfEnglish (Rare)
This name can refer either to the region in France, the wine (which derives from the name of the region), or the colour (which derives from the name of the wine).
BUSINGEm & fEastern African, Kiga
Means "peace" in Rukiga.
German form of CECILIA.
German form of CECILIA.
CADENCEfEnglish (Modern)
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow". It has been in use only since the 20th century.
Sardinian form of KATHERINE.
Short form of CATRIN.
CAECILIAfGerman, Ancient Roman
German form of CECILIA, as well as the original Latin form.
CAELANm & fEnglish (Rare)
Anglicized form of CAOLÁN or CAOILFHIONN.
CAELIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of CAELIUS.
CAELINAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of CAELINUS.
Means "almonds" in Turkish.
Means "invitation" in Turkish.
CAHAYAm & fIndonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Malay and Indonesian.
CAHYAm & fIndonesian
Variant of CAHAYA.
CAHYOm & fIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of CAHAYA.
CAILINfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of KAYLYN. It also coincides with the Irish word cailín meaning "girl".
Short form of CAITRÍONA.
Irish form of Cateline, the Old French form of KATHERINE.
CAITLINfIrish, English
Anglicized form of CAITLÍN.
Possibly a form of CAITRÍONA.
Irish form of KATHERINE.
Scottish form of KATHERINE.
Variant of KAJA (1).
Variant of KAJSA.
CALANTHEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a type of orchid, ultimately meaning "beautiful flower", derived from Greek καλος (kalos) "beautiful" and ανθος (anthos) "flower".
CALANTHIAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of CALANTHE.
CALFURAYfNative American, Mapuche
Means "violet (flower)" in Mapuche.
CALISTAfEnglish, Portuguese, Spanish
Feminine form of CALLISTUS. As an English name it might also be a variant of KALLISTO.
CALIXTAfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of CALIXTUS.
From the name of a type of lily. Use of the name may also be inspired by Greek καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty".
Diminutive of CAROLINE, or sometimes of names beginning with Cal.