Feminine Names

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BRITT f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITTA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITTANY f English
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.
BROGAN m & f Irish
Derived from Gaelic bróg "shoe" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of several Irish saints, including Saint Patrick's scribe.
BRON f Welsh
Short form of BRONWEN.
BRÓNACH f Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic brón meaning "sorrow". Saint Brónach was a 6th-century mystic from Ireland.
BRONAGH f Irish
Anglicized form of BRÓNACH.
BRONISLAVA f Czech, Slovak, Russian
Czech, Slovak and Russian feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONISŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONTE m & f English (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".
BRONWEN f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements bron "breast" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
BRONWYN f Welsh
Variant of BRONWEN.
BROOK m & f English
From an English surname that denoted one who lived near a brook.
BROOKE f English
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-).
BROOKLYN f English (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.
BRUNA f Italian, Portuguese, Croatian
Feminine form of BRUNO.
BRUNELLA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of BRUNO.
BRÜNHILD f German, 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).
BRUNHILDA f History
Variant of BRÜNHILD, referring to the Frankish queen.
BRUNIHILD f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BRÜNHILD.
BRUNILDA f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of BRÜNHILD.
BRYANNE f English (Rare)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRYGIDA f Polish
Polish form of BRIDGET.
BRYN m & f Welsh, English
Means "hill, mound" in Welsh. It is now used as a feminine name as well.
BRYNHILDR f Norse 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.
BRYNHILDUR f Icelandic
Icelandic form of BRYNHILDR.
BRYNJA f Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "armour" in Old Norse.
BRYNLEE f English (Modern)
Combination of BRYN and the popular name suffix lee.
BRYNN f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of BRYN.
BRYNNE f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of BRYN.
BRYONY f English (Rare)
From the name of a type of Eurasian vine, formerly used as medicine. It ultimately derives from Greek βρυω (bryo) "to swell".
BUDUR f Arabic
Strictly feminine form of BADR.
BUFFY f English
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).
BUĞLEM f Turkish (Modern)
Meaning unknown.
BUHLE f & m Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle "beautiful, handsome", from the root hle.
BULAN f Indonesian
Means "moon" (or "month") in Indonesian.
BUNNY f English
Diminutive of BERENICE.
BURÇİN f & m Turkish
Means "hind, doe" in Turkish.
BURCU f Turkish
Means "sweet smelling, fragrant" in Turkish.
BURGUNDY f English (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).
BUSE f Turkish
Means "kiss" in Turkish, from Persian بوسه (buseh).
BUSHRA f Arabic
Means "good news" in Arabic.
BUSINGE m & f Eastern African, Kiga
Means "peace" in Rukiga.
BÜŞRA f Turkish
Turkish form of BUSHRA.
CÄCILIA f German
German form of CECILIA.
CÄCILIE f German
German form of CECILIA.
CADENCE f English (Modern)
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow". It has been in use only since the 20th century.
CADERINA f Sardinian
Sardinian form of KATHERINE.
CADI f Welsh
Short form of CATRIN.
CAECILIA f German, Ancient Roman
German form of CECILIA, as well as the original Latin form.
CAELAN m & f English (Rare)
Anglicized form of CAOLÁN or CAOILFHIONN.
CAELIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of CAELIUS.
CAELINA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of CAELINUS.
CAETANA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
ÇAĞLA f Turkish
Means "almonds" in Turkish.
ÇAĞRI f Turkish
Means "invitation" in Turkish.
CAHAYA m & f Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Malay and Indonesian.
CAHYA m & f Indonesian
Variant of CAHAYA.
CAHYO m & f Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of CAHAYA.
CAILIN f English (Rare)
Variant of KAYLYN. It also coincides with the Irish word cailín meaning "girl".
CAIRISTÌONA f Scottish
Scottish form of CHRISTINA.
CÁIT f Irish
Short form of CAITRÍONA.
CAITLÍN f Irish
Irish form of Cateline, the Old French form of KATHERINE.
CAITLIN f Irish, English
Anglicized form of CAITLÍN.
CAITRIA f Irish
Possibly a form of CAITRÍONA.
CAITRÍONA f Irish
Irish form of KATHERINE.
CAITRÌONA f Scottish
Scottish form of KATHERINE.
CAJA f Danish
Variant of KAJA (1).
CAJSA f Swedish
Variant of KAJSA.
CALANTHE f English (Rare)
From the name of a type of orchid, ultimately meaning "beautiful flower", derived from Greek καλος (kalos) "beautiful" and ανθος (anthos) "flower".
CALANTHIA f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of CALANTHE.
CALFURAY f Native American, Mapuche
Means "violet (flower)" in Mapuche.
CALISTA f English, Portuguese, Spanish
Feminine form of CALLISTUS. As an English name it might also be a variant of KALLISTO.
CALIXTA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of CALIXTUS.
CALLA f English
From the name of a type of lily, of Latin origin. Use of the name may also be inspired by Greek καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty".
CALLIE f English
Diminutive of CAROLINE, or sometimes of names beginning with Cal.
CALLISTO (2) f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of KALLISTO. A moon of Jupiter bears this name.
CALOGERA f Italian
Feminine form of CALOGERO.
CALYPSO f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Καλυψω (Kalypso), which probably meant "she that conceals", derived from καλυπτω (kalypto) "to cover, to conceal". In Greek myth this was the name of the nymph who fell in love with Odysseus after he was shipwrecked on her island of Ogygia. When he refused to stay with her she detained him for seven years until Zeus ordered her to release him.
CAM (1) f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (cam) meaning "orange (fruit)".
CAM (2) m & f English
Short form of CAMERON.
CAMBRIA f Various
Latin form of the Welsh Cymru, the Welsh name for the country of Wales, derived from cymry meaning "the people". It is occasionally used as a given name in modern times.
CAMÉLIA f French
French form of CAMELLIA.
CAMELIA f Romanian
From camelie, the Romanian spelling of camellia (see CAMELLIA).
CAMELLIA f English (Rare)
From the name of the flowering shrub, which was named for the botanist and missionary Georg Josef Kamel.
CAMERON m & f English
From a Scottish surname meaning "crooked nose" from Gaelic cam "crooked" and sròn "nose".
CAMILA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of CAMILLA.
CAMILLA f English, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, German, Ancient Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of CAMILLUS. This was the name of a legendary warrior maiden of the Volsci, as told by Virgil in the 'Aeneid'. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by Fanny Burney's novel 'Camilla' (1796).
CAMILLE f & m French, English
French feminine and masculine form of CAMILLA. It is also used in the English-speaking world, where it is generally only feminine.
CAMMIE f English
Diminutive of CAMILLA.
CAMRYN f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of CAMERON.
CANAN f Turkish
Means "beloved" in Turkish.
CANDACE f English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the hereditary title of the queens of Ethiopia, as mentioned in Acts in the New Testament. It is apparently derived from Cushitic kdke meaning "queen mother". In some versions of the Bible it is spelled Kandake, reflecting the Greek spelling Κανδακη. It was used as a given name by the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation. It was popularized in the 20th century by a character in the movie 'Meet the Stewarts' (1942).
CANDE f & m Spanish
Short form of CANDELARIA or CANDELARIO.
CANDELA f Spanish
Short form of CANDELARIA.
CANDELARIA f Spanish
Means "Candlemas" in Spanish, ultimately derived from Spanish candela "candle". This name is given in honour of the church festival of Candlemas, which commemorates the presentation of Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary.
CANDELAS f Spanish
Diminutive of CANDELARIA.
CANDI f English
Variant of CANDY.
CANDICE f English
Variant of CANDACE.
CÁNDIDA f Spanish
Spanish form of CANDIDA.
CÂNDIDA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of CANDIDA.
CANDIDA f Late Roman, English
Late Latin name derived from candidus meaning "white". This was the name of several early saints, including a woman supposedly healed by Saint Peter. As an English name, it came into use after George Bernard Shaw's play 'Candida' (1898).
CANDIDE m & f French
French form of CANDIDUS or CANDIDA.
CANDIS f English
Variant of CANDACE.
CANDY f English
Diminutive of CANDACE. It is also influenced by the English word candy.
CANDYCE f English
Variant of CANDACE.
CANSU f Turkish
From Turkish can meaning "soul, life" and su meaning "water".
CAOILFHIONN f Irish
Derived from the Gaelic elements caol "slender" and fionn "fair". This was the name of several Irish saints.
CAOIMHE f Irish, Scottish
Derived from Gaelic caomh meaning "beautiful, gentle, kind".
CAPRICE f English
From the English word meaning "impulse", ultimately (via French) from Italian capriccio.
CAPRICIA f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of CAPRICE.
CAPRINA f Various
From the name of the Italian island of Capri.
CAPUCINE f French
Means "nasturtium" in French. This was the stage name of the French actress and model Capucine (1928-1990).
CARA f English
From an Italian word meaning "beloved". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century, though it did not become popular until after the 1950s.
CARAMIA f Various
From the Italian phrase cara mia meaning "my beloved".
CARDEA f Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin cardo meaning "hinge, axis". This was the name of the Roman goddess of thresholds, door pivots, and change.
CAREN f English
Variant of KAREN (1).
CAREY m & f English
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Ciardha meaning "descendant of CIARDHA".
CARI f English
Variant of CARRIE.
CARIDAD f Spanish
Spanish cognate of CHARITY.
CARIN f Swedish
Variant of KARIN.
CARINA (1) f English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Late Roman
Late Latin name derived from cara meaning "dear, beloved". This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr. It is also the name of a constellation in the southern sky, though in this case it means "keel" in Latin, referring to a part of Jason's ship the Argo.
CARINE f French
French form of CARINA (1). It can also function as a short form of CATHERINE, via Swedish Karin.
CARISSA f English
Variant of CHARISSA.
CARITA f Swedish
Derived from Latin caritas meaning "dearness, esteem, love".
CARLENE f English
Feminine diminutive of CARL.
CARLEY f English (Modern)
Feminine form of CARL.
CARLIE f English
Feminine form of CARL.
CARLIJN f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of CAREL.
CARLISA f English (Rare)
Combination of CARLA and LISA.
CARLOTA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of CHARLOTTE.
CARLOTTA f Italian
Italian form of CHARLOTTE.
CARLY f English
Feminine form of CARL.
CARLYN f English
Contracted variant of CAROLINE.
CARME (1) f Galician, Catalan
Galician and Catalan form of CARMEL.
CARME (2) f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Καρμη (Karme), which was derived from κειρω (keiro) "to shear". This was the name of a Cretan goddess of the harvest.
CARMEL f English, Jewish
From the title of the Virgin Mary Our Lady of Carmel. כַּרְמֶל (Karmel) (meaning "garden" in Hebrew) is a mountain in Israel mentioned in the Old Testament. It was the site of several early Christian monasteries. As an English given name, it has mainly been used by Catholics.
CARMELA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of CARMEL.
CARMELITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of CARMEL.
CARMELLA f English
Latinized form of CARMEL.
CARMEN f Spanish, English, Italian, Romanian
Medieval Spanish form of CARMEL influenced by the Latin word carmen "song". This was the name of the main character in George Bizet's opera 'Carmen' (1875).
CARMINHO f Portuguese
Diminutive of CARMO. It has been popularized in Portugal by the singer simply known as Carminho (1984-).
CARMO m & f Portuguese
Portuguese form of CARMEL.
CAROL (1) f & m English
Short form of CAROLINE. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from CAROLUS. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word, which means "song" or "hymn".
CAROLA f Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish
Feminine form of CAROLUS.
CAROLE f French
French feminine form of CAROLUS.
CAROLIEN f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of CAROLUS.
CAROLIN f German
German feminine form of CAROLUS.
CAROLINA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Swedish
Latinate feminine form of CAROLUS. This is the name of two American states: North and South Carolina. They were named for Charles I, king of England.
CAROLYN f English
Variant of CAROLINE.
CARON f & m Welsh
Derived from Welsh caru meaning "to love".
CARREEN f English (Rare)
Used by Margaret Mitchell in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936), where it is a combination of CAROLINE and IRENE.
CARRIE f English
Diminutive of CAROLINE.
CARRY f English
Diminutive of CAROLINE.
CARSON m & f English
From a Scottish surname of uncertain meaning. A famous bearer of the surname was the American scout Kit Carson (1809-1868).
CARY m & f English
Variant of CAREY.
CARYL f English
Variant of CAROL (1).
CARYN f English
Variant of KAREN (1).
CARYS f Welsh
Derived from Welsh caru meaning "love". This is a relatively modern Welsh name, in common use only since the middle of the 20th century.
CASEY m & f English, Irish
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cathasaigh meaning "descendant of CATHASACH". This name can be given in honour of Casey Jones (1863-1900), a train engineer who sacrificed his life to save his passengers. In his case, Casey was a nickname acquired because he was raised in the town of Cayce, Kentucky.
CASS f & m English
Short form of CASSANDRA, CASSIDY, and other names beginning with Cass.
CASSANDRA f English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Κασσανδρα (Kassandra), derived from possibly κεκασμαι (kekasmai) "to excel, to shine" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek myth Cassandra was a Trojan princess, the daughter of Priam and Hecuba. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but when she spurned his advances he cursed her so nobody would believe her prophecies.... [more]
CASSARAH f English (Rare)
Recently created name intended to mean "what will be, will be". It is from the title of the 1956 song 'Que Sera, Sera', which was taken from the Italian phrase che sarà sarà. The phrase que sera, sera is not grammatically correct in any Romance language.
CÁSSIA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of CASSIUS.
CASSIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of CASSIUS.
CASSIDY f & m English (Modern)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Caiside meaning "descendant of CAISIDE".
CASSIE f English
Diminutive of CASSANDRA and other names beginning with Cass.
CASSIOPEIA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κασσιοπεια (Kassiopeia) or Κασσιεπεια (Kassiepeia), possibly meaning "cassia juice". In Greek myth Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus and the mother of Andromeda. She was changed into a constellation and placed in the northern sky after she died.
CAT f & m English
Diminutive of CATHERINE. It can also be a nickname from the English word for the animal.
CĂTĂLINA f Romanian
Romanian form of KATHERINE.
CATALINA f Spanish, Corsican
Spanish and Corsican form of KATHERINE.
CATARINA f Portuguese, Occitan, Galician
Portuguese, Occitan and Galician form of KATHERINE.
CATE f English (Rare)
Variant of KATE. A famous bearer is Australian actress Cate Blanchett (1975-).
CATELINE f Medieval French
Medieval French form of KATHERINE.
CATERINA f Italian, Catalan
Italian and Catalan form of KATHERINE.
CATHARINA f Dutch, Swedish
Dutch and Swedish form of KATHERINE.
CATHERINE f French, English
French form of KATHERINE, and also a common English variant.
CATHRIN f German
German short form of KATHARINA.
CATHRINE f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of KATHERINE.
CATHY f English
Diminutive of CATHERINE.
CÁTIA f Portuguese
Diminutive of CATARINA.
CATIA f Italian
Italian diminutive of CATERINA.
CATINA f Romanian
Contracted form of CĂTĂLINA.
CATO (2) f Dutch
Diminutive of CATHARINA.
CATRIN f Welsh, German
Welsh form of KATHERINE, as well as a German short form of KATHARINA.
CATRINE f Swedish
Swedish variant of KATRINE.
CATRIONA f Irish, Scottish
Gaelic form of KATHERINE.
CAYETANA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
CECE f English
Diminutive of CECILIA and other names containing a similar sound.
CECELIA f English
Variant of CECILIA.
CÉCILE f French
French form of CECILIA.
CÉCILIA f French
French form of CECILIA.
CECÍLIA f Portuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian form of CECILIA.
CECILIA f English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Romanian, Finnish, German
Latinate feminine form of the Roman family name Caecilius, which was derived from Latin caecus "blind". Saint Cecilia was a semi-legendary 2nd- or 3rd-century martyr who was sentenced to die because she refused to worship the Roman gods. After attempts to suffocate her failed, she was beheaded. She was later regarded as the patron saint of music and musicians.... [more]
CECÍLIE f Czech
Czech form of CECILIA.
CECILIE f Norwegian, Danish, Czech
Norwegian, Danish and Czech form of CECILIA.
CECILIJA f Slovene, Croatian, Sorbian
Slovene, Croatian and Sorbian form of CECILIA.
CECILY f English
English form of CECILIA. This was the usual English form during the Middle Ages.
CECYLIA f Polish
Polish form of CECILIA.
CEDAR f & m English (Rare)
From the English word for the coniferous tree, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κεδρος (kedros).
CÉIBHFHIONN f Irish Mythology
Means "fair locks" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of an Irish goddess of inspiration.
CEINWEN f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements cain "lovely" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
CELANDINE f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which derives from Greek χελιδων (chelidon) "swallow (bird)".
CÉLESTE f & m French
French feminine and masculine form of CAELESTIS.
CELESTE f & m Italian, English
Italian feminine and masculine form of CAELESTIS. It is also the English feminine form.
CELESTINA f Spanish, Italian
Latinate feminine form of CAELESTINUS.
CÉLESTINE f French
French feminine form of CAELESTINUS.
CELESTINE f & m English
English form of CAELESTINUS. It is more commonly used as a feminine name, from the French feminine form Célestine.
CELESTYNA f Polish
Polish feminine form of CAELESTINUS.
CÉLIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of CELIA.
CELIA f English, Spanish
Feminine form of the Roman family name CAELIUS. Shakespeare used it in his play 'As You Like It' (1599), which introduced the name to the English-speaking public at large. It is sometimes used as a short form of CECILIA.
CELINA f Polish
Short form of MARCELINA.
CELINDA f English (Rare)
Probably a blend of CELIA and LINDA. This is also the Spanish name for a variety of shrub with white flowers, known as sweet mock-orange in English (species Philadelphus coronarius).
CÉLINE f French
French feminine form of CAELINUS. This name can also function as a short form of MARCELINE.
CEMİLE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of JAMIL.
CEMRE f Turkish
From a term used in Turkish folklore referring to the warming of temperature at the end of winter, thought to occur in three stages affecting air, water, then earth.
CEREN f Turkish
Means "young gazelle" in Turkish.
CERES f Roman Mythology
Derived from the Indo-European root *ker meaning "to grow". In Roman mythology Ceres was the goddess of agriculture, equivalent to the Greek goddess Demeter.
CERI (2) f Welsh
Short form of CERIDWEN.
CERIDWEN f Welsh
Possibly from Welsh cyrrid "bent" or cerdd "poetry" combined with ven "woman" or gwen "white, fair, blessed". According to medieval Welsh legend this was the name of a sorceress or goddess who created a potion that would grant wisdom to her son Morfan. The potion was instead consumed by her servant Gwion Bach, who was subsequently reborn as the renowned bard Taliesin.
CERISE f French
Means "cherry" in French.
CERRIDWEN f Welsh
Variant of CERIDWEN.
CERRIDWYN f Welsh
Variant of CERIDWEN.
CERYS f Welsh
Variant of CARYS.
CESÁRIA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of CAESARIUS.
CESARINA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of CESARE.
CEVAHİR f & m Turkish
Turkish form of JAWAHIR.
CEZARA f Romanian
Romanian feminine form of CAESAR.
CHAE-WON f Korean
From Sino-Korean (chae) meaning "collect, gather, pluck" combined with (won) meaning "source, origin, beginning". Other hanja combinations are possible.
CHAGGIT f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of HAGGITH.
CHALCHIUHTICUE f Aztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "jade skirt" in Nahuatl. She was the Aztec goddess of water and rivers, the wife of Tlaloc.
CHALICE f English (Rare)
Means simply "chalice, goblet" from the English word, derived from Latin calix.
CHAN m & f Khmer
Means "moon" in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit.
CHANA f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of HANNAH.
CHANAH f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew חַנָּה (see CHANA).
CHANDA m & f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "fierce, hot, passionate" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form चण्ड and the feminine form चण्डा (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga).
CHANDANA f Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi
Feminine form of CHANDAN.
CHANDLER m & f English
From an occupational surname that meant "candle seller" in Middle English, ultimately from Old French.
CHANDRA m & f Hinduism, Bengali, Indian, Assamese, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Nepali
Means "moon" in Sanskrit, derived from चन्द (chand) meaning "to shine". This is a transcription of the masculine form चण्ड (a name of the moon in Hindu texts, which is often personified as a deity) as well as the feminine form चण्डा.
CHANDRAKANTA f Indian, Hindi
Feminine form of CHANDRAKANT.
CHANEL f English
From a French surname that meant "pipe". It has been used as an American given name since 1970s, influenced by the Chanel brand name (a line of women's clothing and perfume), which was named for French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971).
CHANG m & f Chinese
From Chinese (chāng) meaning "flourish, prosper, good, sunlight" (which is usually only masculine), (chàng) meaning "smooth, free, unrestrained" or (cháng) meaning "long". Other Chinese characters are also possible.
CHANNAH f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of HANNAH.
CHANNARY f Khmer
Means "moon-faced girl" from Khmer ចន្ទ (chan) "moon" and នារី (neari) "woman, girl".
CHANNING m & f English (Modern)
From an English surname of uncertain origin.
CHANTAL f French, English, Dutch
From a French surname that was derived from a place name meaning "stony". It was originally given in honour of Saint Jeanne-Françoise de Chantal, the founder of the Visitation Order in the 17th century. It has become associated with French chant "song".
CHANTÉ f English (Modern)
Means "sung" in French.
CHANTEL f English
Variant of CHANTAL.
CHANTREA f Khmer
Means "moonlight" in Khmer.
CHAO m & f Chinese
From Chinese (chāo) meaning "surpass, leap over" (which is usually only masculine), (cháo) meaning "tide, flow, damp", or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
CHARA f Greek
Means "happiness, joy" in Greek.
CHARIS f Ancient Greek, English (Rare)
Feminine form of CHARES. It came into use as an English given name in the 17th century.
CHARISMA f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "personal magnetism", ultimately derived from Greek χαρις (charis) "grace, kindness".
CHARISSA f English
Elaborated form of CHARIS. Edmund Spencer used it in his epic poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
CHARISSE f English
From a French surname of unknown meaning. It was used as a given name in honour of American actress and dancer Cyd Charisse (1921-2008).
CHARITA f Various
Latinate form of CHARITY.
CHARITY f English
From the English word charity, ultimately derived from Late Latin caritas meaning "generous love", from Latin carus "dear, beloved". Caritas was in use as a Roman Christian name. The English name Charity came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation.
CHARLA f English
Feminine form of CHARLES.