Feminine Names

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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.
CATRINEL f Romanian
Diminutive of ECATERINA.
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, Catalan, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Catalan, 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 meaning "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
Norwegian and Danish 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 κέδρος (kedros).
CÉIBHFHIONN f Irish Mythology
Means "fair locks" in Irish. This was the name of an Irish goddess of inspiration.
CEINWEN f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements cain "good, lovely" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
CELANDINE f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which is derived from Greek χελιδών (chelidon) meaning "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, Portuguese
Polish and Portuguese feminine form of CAELINUS. This name can also function as a 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.
CENNET f Turkish
Means "paradise, garden" in Turkish, derived from Arabic جنّة (jannah).
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 m & f Welsh
Meaning uncertain. It could come from the name of the Ceri River in Ceredigion, Wales; it could be a short form of CERIDWEN; it could be derived from Welsh caru meaning "to love".
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.
CEYLAN f Turkish
Means "gazelle" in Turkish, of Persian origin.
CEZARA f Romanian
Romanian feminine form of CAESAR.
CHAE-WON f Korean
From Sino-Korean (chae) meaning "collect, gather, pluck" or (chae) meaning "colour" combined with (won) meaning "source, origin, beginning". Other hanja combinations can also form this name.
CHAE-YEONG f Korean
From Sino-Korean (chae) meaning "colour" combined with (yeong) meaning "glory, honour" or (yeong) meaning "jade". This name can be formed using other hanja combinations as well.
CHAE-YOUNG f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 채영 (see CHAE-YEONG).
CHAGGIT f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of HAGGITH.
CHALCHIUHTLICUE 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) meaning "moon" and នារី (neari) meaning "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.
CHARIKLEIA f Greek, Ancient Greek
From Greek χάρις (charis) meaning "grace, kindness" and κλέος (kleos) meaning "glory". This is the name of the heroine of the 3rd-century novel Aethiopica by Heliodorus of Emesa, about the love between Chariclea and Theagenes.
CHARIKLIA f Greek
Alternate transcription of CHARIKLEIA.
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 χάρις (charis) meaning "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.
CHARLEE f English (Modern)
Feminine form of CHARLES.
CHARLÈNE f French
French form of CHARLENE.
CHARLENE f English
Feminine diminutive of CHARLES.
CHARLEY m & f English
Diminutive or feminine form of CHARLES.
CHARLIE m & f English
Diminutive or feminine form of CHARLES. A famous bearer was the British comic actor Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977). It is also borne by Charlie Brown, the main character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz.
CHARLINE f French
French feminine diminutive of CHARLES.
CHARLIZE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Feminine form of CHARLES using the popular Afrikaans name suffix ize. This name was popularized by South African actress Charlize Theron (1975-), who was named after her father Charles.
CHARLOTTA f Swedish
Swedish variant of CHARLOTTE.
CHARLOTTE f French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
French feminine diminutive of CHARLES. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. It was the name of a German-born 18th-century queen consort of Great Britain and Ireland. Another notable bearer was Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), the eldest of the three Brontë sisters and the author of Jane Eyre and Villette.... [more]
CHARMAINE f English
Meaning unknown, perhaps a combination of CHARMIAN or the English word charm with the aine suffix from LORRAINE. It was (first?) used for a character in the play What Price Glory (1924), which was made into a popular movie in 1926.
CHARMIAN f English (Rare)
Form of CHARMION used by Shakespeare in his play Antony and Cleopatra (1606).
CHARMION f Ancient Greek
Greek name derived from χάρμα (charma) meaning "delight". This was the name of one of Cleopatra's servants, as recorded by Plutarch.
CHARNA f Yiddish (Rare)
From a Slavic word meaning "black".
CHARNETTE f English (Rare)
Probably an invented name.
CHARO f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of ROSARIO.
CHASITY f English
Variant of CHASTITY.
CHASTITY f English
From the English word chastity, which is ultimately from Latin castus "pure". It was borne by the daughter of Sonny Bono and Cher, which probably led to the name's increase in popularity during the 1970s.
CHÂU f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (châu) meaning "pearl, gem".
CHAUSIKU f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born at night" in Swahili.
CHAVA f Hebrew
Hebrew form of EVE.
CHAWWAH f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of EVE.
CHAYA f Hebrew
Feminine form of CHAIM.
CHEA m & f Khmer
Means "healthy" in Khmer.
CHEFTZI-BAH f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of HEPHZIBAH.
CHELLE f English
Diminutive of MICHELLE.
CHELO f Spanish
Diminutive of CONSUELO.
CHELSEA f English
From the name of a district in London, originally derived from Old English and meaning "landing place for chalk or limestone". It has been in general use as an English given name since the 1970s.
CHEN (1) m & f Chinese
From Chinese (chén) or (chén), both meaning "morning". The character also refers to the fifth Earthly Branch (7 AM to 9 AM), which is itself associated with the dragon of the Chinese zodiac. This name can be formed from other characters as well.
CHEN (2) m & f Hebrew
Means "grace, charm" in Hebrew.
CHENDA f Khmer
Means "thought, intellect" in Khmer.
CHENG m & f Chinese
From Chinese (chéng) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or (chéng) meaning "sincere, honest, true", as well as other characters that are pronounced similarly.
CHER f English
Short form of CHERYL. In the case of the American musician Cher (1946-), it is short for her real name CHERILYN.
CHERI f English
Variant of CHERIE.
CHERIE f English
Derived from French chérie meaning "darling". In America, Cherie came into use shortly after the variant Sherry, and has not been as common.
CHERILYN f English
Combination of CHERYL and the popular name suffix lyn.
CHERISE f English
Variant of CHARISSE.
CHERISH f English
From the English word meaning "to treasure".
CHEROKEE f & m English (Rare)
Probably derived from the Creek word tciloki meaning "people of a different speech". This is the name of a Native American people who live in the east of North America.
CHERRY f English
Simply means "cherry" from the name of the fruit. It can also be a diminutive of CHARITY. It has been in use since the late 19th century.
CHERRYL f English
Variant of CHERYL.
CHERYL f English
Elaboration of CHERIE, perhaps influenced by BERYL. This name was not used before the 20th century.
CHESED f & m Hebrew
Means "kindness, goodness" in Hebrew.
CHESLEY m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally from a place name meaning "camp meadow" in Old English.
CHETANA f Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of CHETAN.
CHEVONNE f Irish
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
CHEYANNE f English (Modern)
Variant of CHEYENNE probably influenced by the name ANNE (1).
CHEYENNE f & m English
Derived from the Dakota word shahiyena meaning "red speakers". This is the name of a Native American people of the Great Plains. The name was supposedly given to the Cheyenne by the Dakota because their language was unrelated to their own. As a given name, it has been in use since the 1950s.
CHI (1) f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (chi) meaning "branch".
CHI (2) m & f Mythology, Western African, Igbo
Means "god, spiritual being" in Igbo, referring to the personal spiritual guardian that each person is believed to have. Christian Igbo people use it as a name for the personal Christian god. This can also be a short form of the many Igbo names that begin with this element.
CHIAMAKA f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is beautiful" in Igbo.
CHIARA f Italian
Italian form of CLARA. Saint Chiara (commonly called Saint Clare in English) was a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi.
CHIARINA f Italian
Diminutive of CHIARA.
CHIBUEZE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is the king" in Igbo.
CHIBUIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is strength" in Igbo.
CHIBUZO m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God leads the way" in Igbo.
CHICA f Portuguese
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
CHICHI f Western African, Igbo
Diminutive of Igbo names beginning with the element Chi meaning "God".
CHIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God exists" in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chidi.
CHIDIEBERE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is merciful" in Igbo.
CHIDIEBUBE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is glorious" in Igbo.
CHIDIEGWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is wonderful" in Igbo.
CHIDIMMA f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is good" in Igbo.
CHIFUNDO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "mercy" in Chewa.
CHIFUNIRO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "will, wish" in Chewa.
CHIHIRO f & m Japanese
From Japanese (chi) meaning "thousand" and (hiro) meaning "search, seek", as well as other kanji combinations.
CHIJINDUM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God holds my life" in Igbo.
CHIKA (1) f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is the greatest" in Igbo.
CHIKA (2) f Japanese
From Japanese (chi) meaning "thousand", (chi) meaning "wisdom, intellect" or (chi) meaning "scatter" combined with (ka) meaning "good, beautiful" or (ka) meaning "flower". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
CHIKAKO f Japanese
From Japanese (chi) meaning "thousand", (ka) meaning "fragrance" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can be possible.
CHIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's power" in Igbo.
CHIKERE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God created" in Igbo.
CHIKONDI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "love" in Chewa.
CHIKUMBUTSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "memory" in Chewa.
CHIMWALA m & f Eastern African, Yao
Means "stone" in Yao.
CHIMWEMWE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "joy, pleasure" in Chewa.
CHIN m & f Chinese
Variant of JIN (using Wade-Giles transcription).
CHINA f English (Modern)
From the name of the Asian country, ultimately derived from Qin, the name of a dynasty that ruled there in the 3rd century BC.
CHINASA f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "God answers" in Igbo.
CHINATSU f Japanese
From Japanese (chi) meaning "thousand" and (natsu) meaning "summer", as well as other kanji combinations.
CHINEDU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God leads" in Igbo.
CHINONSO m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is nearby" in Igbo.
CHINWE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God owns" in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chinwe.
CHINWEIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God owns power" in Igbo.
CHINWENDU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God owns life" in Igbo.
CHINWEUBA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God owns wealth" in Igbo.
CHINYERE f Western African, Igbo
Means "God gave" in Igbo.
CHIOMA f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "good God" in Igbo.
CHIPO f Southern African, Shona
Means "gift" in Shona.
CHISOMO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "grace" in Chewa.
CHITA f Spanish
Short form of CONCHITA.
CHIYEMBEKEZO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "hope" in Chewa.
CHIYO f Japanese
From Japanese (chi) meaning "thousand" combined with (yo) meaning "generation" or (yo) meaning "world". Other kanji combinations are possible.
CHIYOKO f Japanese
From Japanese (chi) meaning "thousand" and (yo) meaning "generation" and (ko) meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji characters are possible.
CHIZOBA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God protect us" in Igbo.
CHLOE f English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "green shoot" in Greek, referring to new plant growth in the spring. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter. The name is also mentioned by Paul in one of his epistles in the New Testament. As an English name, Chloe has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
CHLOÉ f French
French form of CHLOE.
CHLOË f Dutch, English
Dutch form and English variant of CHLOE.
CHLORIS f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek χλωρός (chloros) meaning "pale green". Chloris, in Greek mythology, was a minor goddess of vegetation.
CHLOTICHILDA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of CLOTILDE.
CHO f Japanese (Rare)
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji (see CHŌ).
CHŌ f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese (chō) meaning "butterfly".
CHŌKO f Japanese
From Japanese (chō) meaning "butterfly" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can be possible.
CHOLPON f Kyrgyz
Means "Venus (the planet)" in Kyrgyz.
CHOU f Japanese (Rare)
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji (see CHŌ).
CHOUKO f Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 蝶子 (see CHŌKO).
CHRIS m & f English, Dutch
Short form of CHRISTOPHER, CHRISTIAN, CHRISTINE, and other names that begin with Chris.
CHRISSIE f English
Diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRISSY f English
Diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRISTABEL f English (Rare)
Combination of CHRISTINA and the name suffix bel. This name occurs in medieval literature, and was later used in 1800 by Samuel Coleridge in his poem Christabel.
CHRISTAL f English
Variant of CRYSTAL.
CHRISTELLE f French
French diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRISTI f English
Diminutive of CHRISTINE or CHRISTINA.
CHRISTIANA f English, Late Roman
Latin feminine form of CHRISTIAN.
CHRISTIANE f German, French
German and French feminine form of CHRISTIAN.
CHRISTINA f English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Greek
From Christiana, the Latin feminine form of CHRISTIAN. This was the name of an early, possibly legendary, saint who was tormented by her pagan father. It was also borne by a 17th-century Swedish queen and patron the arts who gave up her crown in order to become a Roman Catholic.
CHRISTINE f French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
French form of CHRISTINA, as well as a variant in other languages.
CHRISTMAS m & f English (Rare)
From the name of the holiday, which means "Christ festival".
CHRIZANNE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Combination of CHRISTINE and ANNE (1) used in South Africa.
CHRYSA f Greek
Feminine form of CHRYSANTHOS.
CHRYSANTA f English (Rare)
Shortened form of the word chrysanthemum, the name of a flowering plant, which means "golden flower" in Greek.
CHRYSANTHI f Greek
Modern Greek feminine form of CHRYSANTHOS.
CHRYSEIS f Greek Mythology
Patronymic derived from CHRYSES. In Greek legend she was the daughter of Chryses, a priest of Apollo. After she was taken prisoner by the Greeks besieging Troy, Apollo sent a plague into their camp, forcing the Greeks to release her.
CHRYSSA f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Χρύσα (see CHRYSA).
CHRYSTAL f English
Variant of CRYSTAL.
CHULDAH f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of HULDAH.
CHUN f & m Chinese
From Chinese (chūn) meaning "spring (the season)" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
CHUS m & f Spanish
Diminutive of JESÚS or JESUSA.
CIANNAIT f Irish
Feminine form of CIAN.
CIARA (1) f Irish
Feminine form of CIAR. Saint Ciara was an Irish nun who established a monastery at Kilkeary in the 7th century.
CIARA (2) f English (Modern)
Variant of SIERRA. Use of the name has perhaps been influenced by the brand of perfume called Ciara, which was introduced by Revlon in 1973.
CICELY f English
Medieval variant of CECILY.
CIEL f & m Various
Means "sky" in French. It is not used as a given name in France itself.
ĈIELA f Esperanto
Means "heavenly, from the sky" in Esperanto, from ĉielo "sky", ultimately derived from Latin caelum.
ÇİĞDEM f Turkish
Means "crocus" in Turkish.
CILA f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of CECILIA.
CILI f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of CECILIA.
CILKA f Slovene
Slovene diminutive of CECILIA.
CILLA f Swedish, Dutch
Diminutive of CECILIA.
CILLE f Danish
Danish diminutive of CECILIA.
CINDERELLA f Literature
Means "little ashes", in part from the French name Cendrillon. This is the main character in the folk tale Cinderella about a maltreated young woman who eventually marries a prince. This old story is best known in the English-speaking world from the French author Charles Perrault's 1697 version. She has other names in other languages, usually with the meaning "ashes", such as German Aschenputtel and Italian Cenerentola.
CINDI f English
Diminutive of CYNTHIA.
CINDRA f English (Rare)
Combination of CINDY and SANDRA.
CINDY f English
Diminutive of CYNTHIA or LUCINDA. Like Cynthia, it peaked in popularity in the United States in 1957.
CINTA f Indonesian
Means "love" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit चिन्ता (chinta).
CÍNTIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of CYNTHIA.
CINTIA f Spanish, Hungarian
Spanish and Hungarian form of CYNTHIA.
CINZIA f Italian
Italian form of CYNTHIA.
CIRCE f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κίρκη (Kirke), possibly from κίρκος (kirkos) meaning "hawk". In Greek mythology Circe was a sorceress who changed Odysseus's crew into hogs, as told in Homer's Odyssey. Odysseus forced her to change them back, then stayed with her for a year before continuing his voyage.
CIRILA f Slovene
Slovene feminine form of CYRIL.
CISSY f English
Variant of SISSY.
CITLALI f & m Native American, Nahuatl
Means "star" in Nahuatl.
CITRA f Indonesian
Means "image" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit चित्र (chitra).
CLAIRE f French, English
French form of CLARA.
CLARA f German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Catalan, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus, which meant "clear, bright, famous". The name Clarus was borne by a few early saints. The feminine form was popularized by the 13th-century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara in Italian), a friend and follower of Saint Francis, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages, originally in the form Clare, though the Latinate spelling Clara became more popular in the 19th century.
CLARE f English
Medieval English form of CLARA. This is also the name of an Irish county, which was itself probably derived from Irish clár meaning "plank, level surface".
CLARETTA f Italian
Diminutive of CLARA.
CLARETTE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of CLARA.
CLARIBEL f English
Combination of CLARA and the popular name suffix bel. This name was used by Edmund Spenser in his poem The Faerie Queene (in the form Claribell) and by Shakespeare in his play The Tempest (1611). Alfred Lord Tennyson also wrote a poem entitled Claribel (1830).
CLARICE f English
Medieval vernacular form of the Late Latin name Claritia, which was a derivative of CLARA.
CLARINDA f English
Combination of CLARA and the popular name suffix inda. It was first used by Edmund Spenser in his epic poem The Faerie Queene (1590).
CLARISA f Spanish
Spanish form of CLARISSA.
CLARISSA f English, Italian
Latinate form of CLARICE. This was the name of the title character in a 1748 novel by Samuel Richardson. In the novel Clarissa is a virtuous woman who is tragically exploited by her family and her lover.
CLARISSE f French
French form of CLARICE.
CLARITIA f Late Roman
Possibly a derivative of CLARA.
CLARITY f English (Rare)
Simply means "clarity, lucidity" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clarus "clear".
CLAUDE m & f French, English
French masculine and feminine form of CLAUDIUS. In France the masculine name has been common since the Middle Ages due to the 7th-century Saint Claude of Besançon. It was imported to Britain in the 16th century by the aristocratic Hamilton family, who had French connections. A famous bearer of this name was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
CLAUDETTE f French
French feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
CLÁUDIA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
CLÀUDIA f Catalan
Catalan feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
CLAUDIA f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Biblical, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of CLAUDIUS. It is mentioned briefly in the New Testament. As a Christian name it was very rare until the 16th century.
CLAUDIE f French
French feminine variant of CLAUDE.
CLAUDINE f French
Feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
CLÉA f French
Short form of CLÉOPÂTRE.
CLEENA f Irish
Anglicized form of CLÍODHNA.
CLELIA f Italian
Italian form of CLOELIA.
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