Feminine Names

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DURIf & mKorean
Means "two" in Korean (Gyeongsang dialect).
Feminine diminutive of DUŠAN.
DUSTYm & fEnglish
From a nickname originally given to people perceived as being dusty. It is also used a diminutive of DUSTIN. A famous bearer was British singer Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), who acquired her nickname as a child.
DUYGUm & fTurkish
Means "emotion, sensation" in Turkish.
Hebrew form of DEBORAH.
DWIm & fIndonesian
Means "two, second" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit द्वि (dvi).
Variant of DIANE.
DYEfMedieval English
Medieval short form of DIONYSIA.
Variant of DILYS.
Anglicized form of DAMHNAIT. This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint who was martyred by her father. She is the patron saint of the mentally ill.
Variant of DYMPHNA.
Means "star" in Macedonian.
EA (2)fSwedish, Danish, Norwegian
Short form of names ending in ea.
Irish form of EVE.
Modern form of ÉTAÍN.
Modern form of ÉTAÍN.
Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and burg "fortress".
Old English form of EDITH.
Scottish Gaelic form of ELIZABETH.
Derived from the Old English elements eald "old" and gyð "battle".
Manx form of ELIZABETH.
EARLEENfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of EARL.
Feminine form of EARL.
Feminine form of EARL.
Combination of the English word earth with the feminine name suffix a. It has been used in honour of African-American philanthropist Eartha M. M. White (1876-1974). Another famous bearer was American singer and actress Eartha Kitt (1927-2008).
From the English name of the Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. It was ultimately named for the Germanic spring goddess Eostre. It was traditionally given to children born on Easter, though it is rare in modern times.
Anglicized form of AOIBHEANN.
EBBA (2)fEnglish
From the Old English name Æbbe, meaning unknown, perhaps a contracted form of a longer name. Saint Ebba was a 7th-century daughter of King Æthelfrith of Bernicia and the founder of monasteries in Scotland. Another saint named Ebba was a 9th-century abbess and martyr who mutilated her own face so that she would not be raped by the invading Danes.
EBELEfWestern African, Igbo
Means "mercy, kindness" in Igbo.
From the English word ebony for the black wood which comes from the ebony tree. It is ultimately from the Egyptian word hbnj. In America this name is most often used by black parents.
Means "paper marbling" in Turkish. Paper marbling is the art of creating colourful patterns on paper.
Romanian form of KATHERINE.
Means "queen" in Turkish.
ECHOfGreek Mythology
Means "echo" from the word for the repeating reflected sound, which derives from Greek ηχη (eche) "sound". In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.
Meaning unknown, possibly from an Arabic word meaning "reward".
EDA (1)fTurkish
Means "well-mannered" in Turkish.
EDA (2)fMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of EDITH.
Latinized form of ÉTAÍN. This was the name of an early Irish saint.
EDDA (1)fItalian
Italian form of HEDDA.
EDDA (2)fIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Possibly from Old Norse meaning "great-grandmother". This was the name of two 13th-century Icelandic literary works: the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda. This is also the name of a character in the Poetic Edda, though it is unclear if her name is connected to the name of the collection.
EDDIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of EDWARD, EDMUND, and other names beginning with Ed.
Spanish feminine form of ADELMAR.
EDENf & mHebrew, English (Modern)
Means "place of pleasure" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament the Garden of Eden was the place where the first people, Adam and Eve, lived before they were expelled.
Feminine variant of EDER (2).
Diminutive of EDITH.
Possibly a Hungarian form of a Germanic name.
EDITfHungarian, Swedish
Hungarian and Swedish form of EDITH.
Portuguese form of EDITH.
French form of EDITH.
EDITHfEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
From the Old English name Eadgyð, derived from the elements ead "wealth, fortune" and gyð "war". It was popular among Anglo-Saxon royalty, being borne for example by Saint Eadgyeth;, the daughter of King Edgar the Peaceful. The name remained common after the Norman conquest. It became rare after the 15th century, but was revived in the 19th century.
EDMÉEfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of EDMÉ.
Italian feminine form of EDMUND.
French feminine form of EDMUND.
EDNA (1)fIrish, Scottish, English
Anglicized form of EITHNE.
EDNA (2)fBiblical
Means "pleasure" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament Apocrypha in the Book of Tobit.
Portuguese feminine form of EDWARD.
Feminine form of EDUR.
Italian form of HEDWIG.
French form of HEDWIG.
Feminine form of EDWIN.
Polish form of EDITH.
EDYTHAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of EDYTHE.
Variant of EDITH.
EEFm & fDutch
Short form of names beginning with Ev, such as EVA or EVERT.
Diminutive of EEF.
Finnish form of ERICA.
Finnish form of EVA.
Finnish form of EVA.
Welsh form of EVA.
EFE (2)m & fWestern African, Urhobo
Short form of EFEMENA or other names containing efe "wealth".
EFEMENAm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "here is my wealth" in Urhobo.
EFFIE (1)fEnglish
Diminutive of EUPHEMIA.
EFFIE (2)fScottish
Anglicized form of OIGHRIG.
Portuguese form of IPHIGENEIA.
EFIGÊNIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of IPHIGENEIA.
Modern Greek form of EUPHEMIA.
Modern Greek form of EUPHROSYNE.
Modern Greek form of EUTHALIA.
Modern Greek form of EUTHYMIA.
Modern Greek form of EUTYCHIA.
EGLANTINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the flower also known as sweetbrier. It was first used as a given name (in the form Eglentyne) in Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century story 'The Prioress's Tale'.
Means "spruce tree" in Lithuanian. In a Lithuanian legend Eglė was a young woman who married a sea snake.
Feminine form of EGUZKI.
Means "dusk" in Estonian.
EHSANm & fPersian
Persian form of IHSAN.
Irish form of AVELINE.
Means "delicate" in Yiddish.
Feminine form of EDER (2).
Possibly from the Finnish happy exclamation eijaa.
EILEENfIrish, English
Anglicized form of EIBHLÍN. It is also sometimes considered an Irish form of HELEN. It first became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland near the end of the 19th century.
Diminutive of EILIONOIR, sometimes taken to be a Gaelic form of HELEN.
Scottish form of ELEANOR.
Irish Gaelic form of ELIZABETH (or sometimes of ALICE).
Anglicized form of EILÍS.
Variant of ELUNED.
Perhaps means "white brow" from Welsh ael "brow" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
Variant of ÉIMHEAR.
ÉIMHEARfIrish, Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of EMER.
Scottish form of EMER.
Feminine form of EINO.
EIRfNorse Mythology, Icelandic, Norwegian
Means "mercy" in Old Norse. This was the name of a Norse goddess of healing and medicine.
EIRA (1)fWelsh
Means "snow" in Welsh.
EIRA (2)fSwedish, Norwegian
Modern form of EIR.
EIREANNfEnglish (Rare), Irish (Rare)
From Éireann, the genitive case of Gaelic Éire, meaning "Ireland". It is commonly Anglicized as Erin.
Irish form of IRENE.
EIRENEfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of IRENE.
EIRIANf & mWelsh
Means "bright, beautiful" in Welsh.
Variant transcription of IRINI.
Means "snowdrop" in Welsh.
Means "white snow" from the Welsh elements eira "snow" and gwen "white, blessed".
EITHNEfIrish, Scottish
Means "kernel, grain" in Irish. This was the name of a 5th-century Irish saint, sister of Saint Fidelma and follower of Saint Patrick.
EJIROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Short form of EJIROGHENE or other names containing ejiro "praise".
EJIROGHENEm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "praise God" in Urhobo.
EKA (1)m & fIndonesian
Means "one, first" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit एक (eka).
EKA (2)fGeorgian
Short form of EKATERINE.
EKATERINAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Russian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of KATHERINE, and a variant Russian transcription of YEKATERINA.
Georgian form of KATHERINE.
Modern Greek form of KATHERINE.
EKENEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "praise, thanks" in Igbo.
EKENEDILICHUKWUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "all praise to God" in Igbo.
Means "harvest, culture" in Turkish.
EKOm & fIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of EKA (1).
EKUNDAYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "sorrow becomes joy" in Yoruba.
ELA (1)fPolish
Diminutive of ELŻBIETA.
ELA (2)fTurkish
Means "hazel (colour)" in Turkish.
ELAHf & mHebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "oak tree" or "terebinth tree" in Hebrew. This was the name of the fourth king of Israel, as told in the Old Testament. He was murdered by Zimri, who succeeded him. In modern Hebrew this is typically a feminine name.
Means "goddess" in Persian.
Means "fawn" in Welsh.
Variant of ELAINE.
ELAINEfEnglish, Arthurian Romance
From an Old French form of HELEN. It appears in Arthurian legend; in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation 'Le Morte d'Arthur' Elaine was the daughter of Pelleas, the lover of Lancelot, and the mother of Galahad. It was not commonly used as an English given name until after the appearance of Tennyson's Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859).
Means "star sun" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien this is Sam's eldest daughter, named after a type of flower.
Possibly a Spanish variant form of ALBA (3).
Italian form of HILDA.
Short form of ELEANOR. This was also the name of an ancient Italian town (modern Velia) which is well known for being the home of the philosopher Parmenides and his student Zeno of Elea, who was famous for his paradoxes.
From the Old French form of the Occitan name Aliénor. Among the name's earliest bearers was the influential Eleanor of Aquitaine (12th century), who was the queen of Louis VII, the king of France, and later Henry II, the king of England. She was named Aenor after her mother, and was called by the Occitan phrase alia Aenor "the other AENOR" in order to distinguish her from her mother. However, there appear to be examples of bearers prior to Eleanor of Aquitaine. It is not clear whether they were in fact Aenors who were retroactively recorded as having the name Eleanor, or whether there is an alternative explanation for the name's origin.... [more]
Latinate form of ELEANOR.
ELECTRAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ηλεκτρα (Elektra), derived from ηλεκτρον (elektron) meaning "amber". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and the sister of Orestes. She helped her brother kill their mother and her lover Aegisthus in vengeance for Agamemnon's murder. Also in Greek mythology, this name was borne by one of the Pleiades, who were the daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
Feminine form of ELEFTHERIOS.
Welsh form of HELEN. This was the name of a 4th-century Welsh saint. It also appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, belonging to a woman who built the roads in Wales.
ELENAfItalian, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Russian, Greek, German, Medieval Slavic
Cognate of HELEN, and a variant transcription of Russian YELENA.
ELENEfGeorgian, Sardinian
Georgian and Sardinian form of HELEN.
Modern Greek form of HELEN.
Swedish variant of ELEANOR.
Hungarian form of ELEANOR.
French form of ELEANOR.
German form of ELEANOR.
Meaning unknown. In Welsh legend she was the daughter of the chieftain Brychan.
Italian form of ELECTRA.
Feminine form of ALF (1).
ELFLEDAfEnglish (Archaic)
Middle English form of both the Old English names ÆÐELFLÆD and ÆLFFLÆD. These names became rare after the Norman conquest, but Elfleda was briefly revived in the 19th century.
Middle English form of the Old English name Ælfþryð meaning "elf strength", derived from the element ælf "elf" combined with þryð "strength". Ælfþryð was common amongst Anglo-Saxon nobility, being borne for example by the mother of King Æðelræd the Unready. This name was rare after the Norman conquest, but it was revived in the 19th century.
German form of ELFREDA.
Persian form of ILHAM.
ELI (3)fSpanish, Norwegian, Danish
Spanish, Norwegian and Danish short form of ELISABET or ELIN.
ELIANm & fDutch
Dutch variant of names beginning with Eli, such as ELIJAH or ELISABETH.
ELIANA (1)fItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ÉLIANE.
ELIANA (2)fHebrew
Means "my God has answered" in Hebrew.
Probably from Aeliana, the feminine form of the Roman name Aelianus, which was derived from the Roman family name AELIUS. This was the name of an early saint and martyr.
Meaning unknown, possibly of Greek or Welsh origin. It may have been inspired by the name of the Ηληδα (Ilida) Valley in western Greece.
Turkish form of Alif, the name of the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, ا. It also means "slender", from the Turkish phrase elif gibi, literally "shaped like elif".
Finnish form of HELEN.
Finnish short form of ELISABET.
Estonian form of ELIZABETH.
Hawaiian form of ELIZABETH.
ELINfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Welsh
Scandinavian and Welsh form of HELEN.
Latvian form of HELEN.
ELINAfFinnish, Swedish
Finnish and Swedish form of HELEN.
Feminine form of ELIOR.
Georgian form of ELIZABETH.
Icelandic form of ELIZABETH.
ELISABETfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, Spanish, Biblical Greek
Scandinavian and Finnish form of ELIZABETH. It is also used in Spain alongside the traditional form Isabel.
Romanian form of ELIZABETH.
Portuguese form of ELIZABETH. This more recent form is used alongside the traditional Portuguese form Isabel.
French form of ELIZABETH.
ELISABETHfGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
German and Dutch form of ELIZABETH. It is also a variant English form, reflecting the spelling used in the Authorized Version of the New Testament.
Italian form of ELIZABETH.
Greek form of ELIZABETH.
ELISAVETAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of ELIZABETH.
French short form of ÉLISABETH.
Form of ELIZABETH used in many versions of the Old Testament, where it belongs to the wife of Aaron.
ELIŠKAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Georgian short form of ELIZABETH.
ELISSA (1)fRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown (possibly Phoenician in origin). This is another name of Dido, the legendary queen of Carthage.
Meaning unknown.
Basque form of ELIZABETH.
ELIZAfEnglish, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Short form of ELIZABETH. It was borne by the character Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's play 'Pygmalion' (1913) and the subsequent musical adaptation 'My Fair Lady' (1956).
ELIZABETAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of ELIZABETH.
ELIZABETHfEnglish, Biblical
From Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע ('Elisheva') meaning "my God is an oath", derived from the roots אֵל ('el) referring to the Hebrew God and שָׁבַע (shava') meaning "oath". The Hebrew form appears in the Old Testament where Elisheba is the wife of Aaron, while the Greek form appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.... [more]
Variant transcription of YELIZAVETA.
ELKE (1)fDutch, German, Frisian
Frisian diminutive of ADELHEID.
ELKE (2)fHebrew
Feminine form of ELKANAH.
ELLA (1)fEnglish
Norman form of the Germanic name Alia, which was a short form of names containing the Germanic element alja meaning "other". It was introduced to England by the Normans and used until the 14th century, and it was later revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the American singer Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996).
ELLA (2)fEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Diminutive of ELEANOR, ELLEN (1), and other names beginning with El. It can also be a short form of names ending in ella.
ELLEfEnglish (Modern)
Diminutive of ELEANOR and other names beginning with El. This name can also be given in reference to the French pronoun elle meaning "she".
ELLEN (1)fEnglish
Medieval English form of HELEN. This was the usual spelling of the name until the 17th century, when Helen became more common.
ELLEN (2)fDutch
Short form of ELEONORA.
ELLIfGreek, German, Finnish
Diminutive of names beginning with El, such as ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELEANOR, ELLEN (1), and other names beginning with El.
ELLINORfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of ELEANOR.
ELLYfEnglish, Dutch
Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH or an English variant of ELLIE.
ELMAfDutch, German, English
Short form of WILHELMINE or names ending in elma, such as ANSELMA. It has also been recorded as a combination of ELIZABETH and MARY, as in the case of the 19th-century daughter of the Earl of Elgin, who was named using her mother's first and middle names.
Means "diamond" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian.
Shortened form of EDELMIRA. It appears in the play 'Tartuffe' (1664) by the French playwright Molière (often spelled in the French style Elmire).
Contracted form of ELEANORA.
Spanish form of ALODIA.
French form of ALODIA.
Spanish form of ELOISE.
Italian form of ELOISE.
French form of ELOISE.
From the Old French name Héloïse, which is probably from the Germanic name Helewidis, composed of the elements heil "hale, healthy" and wid "wide". It is sometimes associated with the Greek word ‘ηλιος (helios) "sun" or the name Louise, though there is not likely an etymological connection. This name was borne in the 12th century by Saint Eloise, the wife of the French theologian Peter Abelard. She became a nun after her husband was castrated by her uncle.... [more]
Means "elm tree" in Cornish. This is a recently coined Cornish name.
Modern Greek form of ELPIS.
ELPISfAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "hope" in Greek. In Greek mythology Elpis was the personification of hope. She was the last spirit to remain in the jar after Pandora unleashed the evils that were in it.
Short form of ELISABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELISABETH.
Scottish form of ELIZABETH.
Scottish form of ELIZABETH.
Derived from Welsh eilun "image, idol". This was the name of a 5th-century Welsh saint.
ELVA (1)fIrish
Anglicized form of AILBHE.
ELVA (2)fDanish, Icelandic
Feminine form of ALF (1).
ELVANf & mTurkish
Means "colours" in Turkish.
Variant of ALVINA.
ELVIRAfSpanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian
Spanish form of a Visigothic name, possibly composed of the Germanic elements ala "all" and wer "true". This is the name of a character in Mozart's opera 'Don Giovanni' (1787).
French form of ELVIRA.
Polish form of ELVIRA.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH. It was popularized in the early 1980s by a character from the television comedy 'Family Ties'.
From Elysium, the name of the realm of the dead in Greek and Roman mythology, which means "blissful".
Lithuanian form of ELIZABETH.
Polish form of ELIZABETH.
Short form of ELŽBIETA.
Short form of EMILY or EMMA.
EMANUELAfItalian, Romanian
Italian and Romanian feminine form of EMMANUEL.
EMBLAfNorse Mythology, Icelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Meaning uncertain, perhaps related to Old Norse almr "elm". In Norse mythology Embla and her husband Ask were the first humans. They were created by three of the gods from two trees.
Means "desire" in Turkish, ultimately of Arabic origin, making this name a relative of Amal.
Variant of AMELIA.
Swedish feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
Spanish form of Amelina (see EMMELINE).
French form of Amelina (see EMMELINE).
EMEMm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "peace" in Ibibio.
EMERfIrish, Irish Mythology
Possibly from Gaelic eimh "swift". In Irish legend she was the wife of Cúchulainn. She was said to possess the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, voice, speech, needlework, wisdom and chastity.
EMERALDfEnglish (Modern)
From the word for the green precious stone, which is the birthstone of May. The emerald supposedly imparts love to the bearer. The word is ultimately from Greek σμαραγδος (smaragdos).
EMERSONm & fEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of EMERY". The surname was borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American writer and philosopher who wrote about transcendentalism.
Feminine variant of EMERSON.
EMERYm & fEnglish
Norman form of EMMERICH. The Normans introduced it to England, and though it was never popular, it survived until the end of the Middle Ages. As a modern given name, it is likely inspired by the surname Emery, which was itself derived from the medieval given name. It can also be given in reference to the hard black substance called emery.
Possibly derived from Finno-Ugric eme meaning "mother". In Hungarian legend this was the name of the grandmother of Árpád, founder of the Hungarian state.
From Japanese (e) meaning "favour, benefit" or (e) meaning "picture, painting" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Spanish feminine form of Emygdius (see EMIDIO).
EMÍLIAfPortuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
Icelandic feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
French feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
Czech feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIEfGerman, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
German and Scandinavian feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
French feminine form of Aemilianus (see EMILIANO).
Latvian feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIJAfLithuanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
Bulgarian feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
English feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL). In the English-speaking world it was not common until after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century; the princess Amelia Sophia (1711-1786) was commonly known as Emily in English, even though Amelia is an unrelated name.... [more]
Bosnian form of AMINAH (2).