Feminine Names

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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 is 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. A notable bearer was Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), the eldest of the three Brontë sisters and the author of 'Jane Eyre' and 'Villette'.
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 χαρμα (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 CHAYIM.
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.
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 χλωρος (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 CHOU).
CHOLPON f Kyrgyz
Means "Venus (the planet)" in Kyrgyz.
CHOU f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese (chou) meaning "butterfly".
CHOUKO f Japanese
From Japanese (chou) meaning "butterfly" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can be possible.
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 by Samuel Coleridge in his poem 'Christabel' (1800).
CHRISTAL f English
Variant of CRYSTAL.
CHRISTELLE f French
French diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRISTI f English
Diminutive of CHRISTINE.
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".
CHRISTY (1) f English
Diminutive of CHRISTINE.
CHRIZANNE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Combination of CHRISTINE and ANNE (1) used in South Africa.
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
Feminine form of CHRYSANTHOS.
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.
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
From the French name Cendrillon meaning "little ashes". This is best known as the main character in the fairy tale 'Cinderella'.
CINDI f English
Diminutive of CYNTHIA.
CINDRA f English (Rare)
Combination of CINDY and SANDRA.
CINDY f English
Diminutive of CYNTHIA.
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 Κιρκη (Kirke), which possibly meant "bird". In Greek mythology Circe was a sorceress who changed Odysseus's crew into hogs but was forced by him to change them back.
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 originally named for the Norman invader Richard de Clare (known as Strongbow), whose surname was derived from the name of an English river.
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 variant of CLARISSA.
CLARISSA f English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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.
CLEENA f Irish
Anglicized form of CLÍODHNA.
CLELIA f Italian
Italian form of CLOELIA.
CLEMATIS f English (Rare)
From the English word for a type of flowering vine, ultimately derived from Greek κλημα (klema) "twig, branch".
CLÉMENCE f French
French feminine form of Clementius (see CLEMENT).
CLEMENCE f English
Feminine form of Clementius (see CLEMENT). It has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it became rare after the 17th century.
CLEMENCY f English (Rare)
Medieval variant of CLEMENCE. It can also simply mean "clemency, mercy" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clemens "merciful".
CLEMENTIA f Late Roman
Feminine form of Clemens or Clementius (see CLEMENT).
CLÉMENTINE f French
French feminine form of CLEMENT.
CLÉO f French
Short form of CLÉOPÂTRE.
CLEO f & m English
Short form of CLEOPATRA, CLEON or CLEOPAS.
CLEOPATRA f Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Κλεοπατρα (Kleopatra) meaning "glory of the father", derived from κλεος (kleos) "glory" combined with πατηρ (pater) "father" (genitive πατρος), This was the name of queens of Egypt from the Ptolemaic royal family, including Cleopatra VII, the mistress of both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Augustus she committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp. Shakespeare's tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606) is based on her.
CLÍDNA f Irish Mythology
Old Irish form of CLÍODHNA.
CLÍODHNA f Irish, Irish Mythology
Possibly means "shapely" in Irish Gaelic. In Irish legend this was the name of a beautiful goddess. She fell in love with a mortal named Ciabhan and left the Land of Promise with him, but when she arrived on the other shore she was swept to sea by a great wave.
CLÍONA f Irish
Variant of CLÍODHNA.
CLODAGH f Irish
From the name of a river in Tipperary, Ireland.
CLOE f Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of CHLOE.
CLOÉ f Portuguese, French
Portuguese form and French variant of CHLOE.
CLOELIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of CLOELIUS. In Roman legend Cloelia was a maiden who was given to an Etruscan invader as a hostage. She managed to escape by swimming across the Tiber, at the same time helping some of the other captives to safety.
CLOTILDA f English
English form of CLOTILDE.
CLOTILDE f French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
French form of the Germanic name Chlotichilda, which was composed of the elements hlud "fame" and hild "battle". Saint Clotilde was the wife of the Frankish king Clovis, whom she converted to Christianity.
CLOVER f English (Rare)
From the English word for the wild flower, ultimately deriving from Old English clafre.
CLYTEMNESTRA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κλυταιμνηστρα (Klytaimnestra), from κλυτος (klytos) "famous, noble" and μνηστηρ (mnester) "courter, wooer". In Greek legend Clytemnestra was the wife of Agamemnon and the mother of Orestes and Electra. While her husband was away during the Trojan War she took a lover, and upon his return she had him murdered. She was subsequently killed by Orestes.
COBA f Dutch
Short form of JACOBA.
COBY m & f English
Masculine or feminine diminutive of JACOB.
COCO f Various
Diminutive of names beginning with Co, influenced by the word cocoa. However, this was not the case for French fashion designer Coco Chanel (real name Gabrielle), whose nickname came from the name of a song she performed while working as a cabaret singer.
COKKIE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of CORNELIA.
COLEEN f English
Variant of COLLEEN.
COLETTE f French
Short form of NICOLETTE. Saint Colette was a 15th-century French nun who gave her money to the poor. This was also the pen name of the French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954).
COLINE f French
Diminutive of NICOLE.
COLLEEN f English
Derived from the Irish word cailín meaning "girl". It is not commonly used in Ireland itself, but has been used in America since the early 20th century.
COLOMBA f Italian
Italian feminine form of COLUMBA.
COLOMBE f French
French feminine form of COLUMBA.
COLOMBINA f Italian
Italian feminine diminutive of COLUMBA. In traditional Italian pantomimes this is the name of a stock character, the female counterpart of Arlecchino (also called Harlequin). This is also the Italian word for the columbine flower.
COLUMBA m & f Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "dove". The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in Christianity. This was the name of several early saints both masculine and feminine, most notably the 6th-century Irish monk Saint Columba (or Colum) who established a monastery on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. He is credited with the conversion of Scotland to Christianity.
COLUMBINE f English (Rare)
From the name of a variety of flower. It is also an English form of COLOMBINA, the pantomime character.
COMFORT f English (Rare)
From the English word comfort, ultimately from Latin confortare "to strengthen greatly", a derivative of fortis "strong". It was used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation.
CONCEPCIÓN f Spanish
Means "conception" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. A city in Chile bears this name.
CONCEPTA f Irish
Latinate form of CONCEPCIÓN.
CONCETTA f Italian
Italian cognate of CONCEPCIÓN.
CONCETTINA f Italian
Diminutive of CONCETTA.
CONCHA f Spanish
Diminutive of CONCEPCIÓN. This name can also mean "seashell" in Spanish.
CONCHITA f Spanish
Diminutive of CONCHA.
CONCORDIA f Roman Mythology
Means "harmony" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of harmony and peace.
CONDOLEEZZA f Various
In the case of American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it is derived from the Italian musical term con dolcezza meaning "with sweetness".
CONNIE f & m English
Diminutive of CONSTANCE and other names beginning with Con. It is occasionally a masculine name, a diminutive of CORNELIUS or CONRAD.
CONSOLATA f Italian
Means "consoled" in Italian. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María Consolata.
CONSTANÇA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSTANCE f English, French
Medieval form of CONSTANTIA. The Normans introduced this name to England (it was the name of a daughter of William the Conqueror).
CONSTÂNCIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSTANȚA f Romanian
Romanian form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSTANTIA f Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Constantius, which was itself derived from CONSTANS.
CONSTANTINA f Late Roman
Feminine form of Constantinus (see CONSTANTINE).
CONSTANZA f Spanish
Spanish form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSTANZE f German
German form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSUELO f Spanish
Means "consolation" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, meaning "Our Lady of Consolation".
CORA f English, German, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of KORE. It was not used as a given name in the English-speaking world until after it was employed by James Fenimore Cooper for a character in his novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1826). In some cases it may be a short form of CORDULA, CORINNA or other names beginning with a similar sound.
CORAL f English, Spanish
From the English and Spanish word coral for the underwater skeletal deposits that can form reefs. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κοραλλιον (korallion).
CORALIE f French
Either a French form of KORALIA, or a derivative of Latin corallium "coral" (see CORAL).
CORDELIA f English
From Cordeilla, possibly a Celtic name of unknown meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cordeilla was the youngest of the three daughters of King Lear and the only one to remain loyal to her father. When adapting the character for his play 'King Lear' (1606), Shakespeare altered the spelling to Cordelia.
CORDULA f German
Late Latin name meaning "heart" from Latin cor, cordis. Saint Cordula was one of the 4th-century companions of Saint Ursula.
CORETTA f English
Diminutive of CORA. It was borne by Coretta Scott King (1927-2006), the wife of Martin Luther King.
CORI f English
Feminine form of COREY.
CORIANDER f English (Rare)
From the name of the spice, also called cilantro, which may ultimately be of Phoenician origin (via Latin and Greek).
CORIE f English
Variant of CORRIE.
CORINE f English
Variant of CORINNE.
CORINNA f German, Italian, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Κοριννα (Korinna), which was derived from κορη (kore) "maiden". This was the name of a Greek lyric poet of the 5th century BC. The Roman poet Ovid used it for the main female character in his book 'Amores'. In the modern era it has been in use since the 17th century, when Robert Herrick used it in his poem 'Corinna's going a-Maying'.
CORINNE f French, English
French form of CORINNA. The French-Swiss author Madame de Staël used it for her novel 'Corinne' (1807).
CORNELIA f German, Romanian, Italian, Dutch, English, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of CORNELIUS. In the 2nd century BC it was borne by Cornelia Scipionis Africana (the daughter of the military hero Scipio Africanus), the mother of the two reformers known as the Gracchi. After her death she was regarded as an example of the ideal Roman woman. The name was revived in the 18th century.
CORNÉLIE f French
French form of CORNELIA.
CORONA f Late Roman, Italian, Spanish
Means "crown" in Latin, as well as Italian and Spanish. This was the name of a 2nd-century saint who was martyred with her companion Victor.
CORRIE f English, Dutch
Diminutive of CORINNA, CORA, CORNELIA and other names starting with Cor. Since the 1970s it has also been used as a feminine form of COREY.
CORRINA f English
Variant of CORINNA.
CORRINE f English
Variant of CORINNE.
CORRY f Dutch
Diminutive of CORNELIA and other names starting with Cor.
CORTNEY f & m English
Variant of COURTNEY.
COSETTE f French, Literature
From French chosette meaning "little thing". This is the nickname of the illegitimate daughter of Fantine in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862). Her real name is Euphrasie, though it is seldom used. In the novel young Cosette is the ward of the cruel Thénardiers until she is retrieved by Jean Valjean.
COSIMA f Italian
Italian feminine form of COSIMO.
COSMINA f Romanian
Feminine form of COSMIN.
COURTNEY f & m English
From an aristocratic English surname that was derived either from the French place name Courtenay (originally a derivative of the personal name Curtenus, itself derived from Latin curtus "short") or else from a Norman nickname meaning "short nose". As a feminine name in America, it first became popular during the 1970s.
CRESCENCIA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of CRESCENTIUS.
CRESSIDA f Literature
Medieval form of CHRYSEIS. Various medieval tales describe her as a woman of Troy, daughter of Calchus, who leaves her Trojan lover Troilus for the Greek hero Diomedes. Shakespeare's play 'Troilus and Cressida' (1602) was based on these tales.
CRINA f Romanian
Derived from Romanian crin meaning "lily".
CRISTAL f English
Variant of CRYSTAL.
CRISTIANA f Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of CHRISTINA.
CRISTINA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian form of CHRISTINA.
CROCETTA f Italian
Diminutive of CROCIFISSA.
CROCIFISSA f Italian
Means "crucifix" in Italian.
CRUZ f & m Spanish, Portuguese
Means "cross" in Spanish or Portuguese, referring to the cross of the crucifixion.
CRUZITA f Spanish
Diminutive of CRUZ.
CRYSTAL f English
From the English word crystal for the clear, colourless glass, sometimes cut into the shape of a gemstone. The English word derives ultimately from Greek κρυσταλλος (krystallos) meaning "ice". It has been in use as a given name since the 19th century.
CRYSTIN f Welsh
Welsh form of CHRISTINE.
CSENGE f Hungarian
Possibly derived from Hungarian cseng meaning "to ring, to clang".
CSILLA f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian csillag meaning "star". This name was created by the Hungarian author András Dugonics for an 1803 novel and later used and popularized by the poet Mihály Vörösmarty.
CUA f Hmong
Means "wind" in Hmong.