EROS m Greek Mythology
in Greek. In Greek mythology he was a young god, the son of Aphrodite
, who was armed with arrows that caused the victim to fall in love.
ERROL m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a Scottish place name. It was popularized as a given name by the Australian actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959).
ERSKINE m Scottish, Irish, English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from the name of a Scottish town meaning "projecting height"
in Gaelic. A famous bearer of the name was the Irish novelist and nationalist Erskine Childers (1870-1922).
ERTUĞRUL m Turkish
From Turkish er
meaning "brave man" and tuğrul
, referring to a mythical bird of prey.
ERWIN m German, Dutch, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic name Hariwini
, composed of the elements hari
"army" and win
"friend". It may have merged somewhat with the Germanic name EBURWIN
. A notable bearer was Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961), an Austrian physicist who made contributions to quantum theory.
ESAU m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name עֵשָׂו ('Esaw)
, which possibly meant "hairy"
. In the Old Testament Esau is the elder of the twin sons of Isaac
. Once when he was very hungry he sold his birthright to his twin Jacob
for a bowl of stew. Later Jacob disguised himself as Esau and received the elder son's blessing from the blind Isaac. Esau, also called Edom
, was the ancestor of the Edomites.
ESER f & m Turkish
Means "product, achievement"
ESMÉ m & f English (British)
in Old French. It was first recorded in Scotland, being borne by the first Duke of Lennox in the 16th century. It is now more common as a feminine name.
ESMOND m English (Rare)
Derived from the Old English elements east
"grace" and mund
"protection". This Old English name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest. It was occasionally revived in the 19th century.
ETHAN m English, French, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name אֵיתָן ('Eitan)
meaning "solid, enduring, firm"
. In the Old Testament this name is borne by a few minor characters, including the wise man Ethan the Ezrahite, supposedly the author of Psalm 89.... [more]
ETZEL m Germanic Mythology
Form of ATTILA
used in the medieval German saga the Nibelungenlied
. In the story Etzel is a fictional version of Attila the Hun.
EUDES m Medieval French
Old French form of Audo
). This was the name of an 8th-century French saint. It was also borne by a 9th-century French king.
EUDOXOS m Ancient Greek
From Greek εὔδοξος (eudoxos)
meaning "of good repute, honoured"
, itself from εὖ (eu)
meaning "good" and δόξα (doxa)
meaning "notion, reputation, honour". This was the name of a 4th-century BC Greek mathematician and astronomer.
EUGENE m English
English form of Eugenius
, the Latin form of the Greek name Εὐγένιος (Eugenios)
, which was derived from the Greek word εὐγενής (eugenes)
meaning "well born"
. It is composed of the elements εὖ (eu)
meaning "good" and γενής (genes)
meaning "born". This was the name of several saints and four popes.... [more]
EUGRAPHIOS m Ancient Greek
From Greek εὐγραφής (eugraphes)
, itself from εὖ (eu)
meaning "good" and γραφή (graphe)
meaning "drawing, writing". Saint Eugraphios or Eugraphos was a 3rd- or 4th-century martyr from Alexandria.
EUN m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean 恩 (eun)
meaning "kindness, mercy, charity" or 銀 (eun)
meaning "silver, money", as well as other hanja characters that are pronounced in the same way. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.
EURIG m Welsh
Derived from Welsh aur
EURIPIDES m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek Εὔριπος (Euripos)
, referring to the strait between Euboea and Boeotia, combined with the patronymic suffix ἴδης (ides)
. This was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek tragic poet.
EUSEBIOS m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek εὐσεβής (eusebes)
, itself derived from εὖ (eu)
meaning "good" and σέβω (sebo)
meaning "to worship, to honour". This was the name of several saints.
EUSTACE m English
English form of EUSTACHIUS
, two names of Greek origin that have been conflated in the post-classical period. Saint Eustace, who is known under both spellings, was a 2nd-century Roman general who became a Christian after seeing a vision of a cross between the antlers of a stag he was hunting. He was burned to death for refusing to worship the Roman gods and is now regarded as the patron saint of hunters. Due to him, this name was common in England during the Middle Ages, though it is presently rare.
EUSTORGIO m Italian
, the Latin form of the Greek name Εὐστόργιος (Eustorgios)
, which was from the word εὔστοργος (eustorgos)
, a derivative of εὖ (eu)
meaning "good" and στέργω (stergo)
meaning "to love, to be content". Saint Eustorgius was a 6th-century bishop of Milan.
EUTYCHUS m Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Εὔτυχος (Eutychos)
, which was derived from Greek εὐτυχής (eutyches)
. The word was formed of the elements εὖ (eu)
meaning "good" and τύχη (tyche)
meaning "chance, luck, fortune". In the New Testament this is the name of a young man who went to sleep while Paul
was preaching and fell from the third story of the building. He was believed to be dead, but later turned out to be alive.
EVELYN f & m English, German
From an English surname that was derived from the given name AVELINE
. In the 17th century when it was first used as a given name it was more common for boys, but it is now regarded as mainly feminine due to association with the related name Evelina
EVERARD m English (Rare)
Means "brave boar"
, derived from the Germanic elements ebur
"wild boar" and hard
"brave, hardy". The Normans introduced it to England, where it joined the Old English cognate Eoforheard
. It has only been rarely used since the Middle Ages. Modern use of the name may be inspired by the surname Everard
, itself derived from the medieval name.
EVREN m & f Turkish
Means "cosmos, the universe"
in Turkish. In Turkic mythology the Evren is a gigantic snake-like dragon.
EVRON m Hebrew (Rare)
From a biblical place name, also called עַבְדּוֹן ('Avdon)
meaning "servile", for which it may be a clerical error.
EWART m English
From an English and Scottish surname that was either based on a Norman form of EDWARD
, or else derived from a place name of unknown meaning.
EZEKIEL m Biblical, English
From the Hebrew name יְחֶזְקֵאל (Yechezqel)
meaning "God will strengthen"
, from the roots חָזַק (chazaq)
meaning "to strengthen" and אֵל ('el)
meaning "God". Ezekiel is a major prophet of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Ezekiel. He lived in Jerusalem until the Babylonian conquest and captivity of Israel, at which time he was taken to Babylon. The Book of Ezekiel describes his vivid symbolic visions that predict the restoration of the kingdom of Israel. As an English given name, Ezekiel
has been used since the Protestant Reformation.
EZER m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Seir, as well as several other minor characters.
EZRA m Biblical, English, Hebrew
in Hebrew. Ezra is a prophet of the Old Testament and the author of the Book of Ezra. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation. The American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was a famous bearer.
FABIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Latin faba
. Quintus Fabius Maximus was the Roman general who used delaying tactics to halt the invasion of Hannibal in the 3rd century BC.
FABRICE m French
French form of the Roman family name Fabricius
, which was derived from Latin faber
. Gaius Fabricius Luscinus was a 3rd-century BC Roman general and statesman.
FACUNDO m Spanish (Latin American)
From the Late Latin name Facundus
, which meant "eloquent"
. This was the name of a few early saints, including a 3rd-century Spanish martyr.
FADL m Arabic
Means "grace, generosity"
in Arabic. This was a name of both a cousin of Muhammad
and a son of Abbas
(the son of the fourth caliph Ali
FANG f & m Chinese
From Chinese 芳 (fāng)
meaning "fragrant, virtuous, beautiful" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
FANNAR m Icelandic
Possibly derived from Old Norse fǫnn
meaning "snow drift"
FAOLÁN m Irish
Means "little wolf"
, derived from Gaelic fáel
"wolf" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of an Irish saint who did missionary work in Scotland.
FARAG m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic فرج
). This corresponds more closely with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name.
FARAJ m Arabic
FARAMUND m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements fara
"journey" and mund
"protection". This was the name of a semi-legendary 5th-century king of the Franks.
FARHAD m Persian
Means "gained, earned"
in Old Persian. This was the name of several rulers of Parthia. Their names are often spelled Phraates
after the Hellenied form Φραάτης
FARID m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Means "unique, precious"
, derived from Arabic فرد (farada)
meaning "to be unique". This was the name of a 13th-century Persian poet.
FARLEY m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally from a place name meaning "fern clearing"
in Old English. A notable bearer of this name was Canadian author Farley Mowat (1921-2014).
FARON m English
From a French surname that was derived from the Germanic given name Faro
FARUQ m Arabic
Means "person who can tell right from wrong"
in Arabic. This was the name of the last king of Egypt (1920-1965).
FAUNUS m Roman Mythology
Possibly means "to befriend"
from Latin. Faunus was a Roman god of fertility, forests, and agriculture.
FAUST m Literature
From a German surname that was derived from the Latin name FAUSTUS
. This is the name of a character in German legends about a man who makes a deal with the devil. He is believed to be based on the character of Dr. Johann Faust (1480-1540). His story was adapted by writers such as Christopher Marlowe and Goethe.
FAUSTIN m French
French form ofFaustinus
). It is currently more common in French-speaking Africa and the French Caribbean than it is in France. A famous bearer was Faustin Soulouque (1782-1867), a president and then emperor of Haiti.
FAUSTINO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of the Roman cognomen Faustinus
, which was itself derived from the Roman name FAUSTUS
. Faustinus was the name of several early saints.
FAUSTUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "auspicious, lucky"
in Latin. It was also occasionally used as a praenomen, or given name. This was the name of several early Christian saints.
FEARDORCHA m Irish
Means "dark man"
from Irish fear
"man" and dorcha
FEARGHAL m Irish
Means "man of valour"
, derived from the Irish elements fear
"man" and gal
"valour". This was the name of an 8th-century king of Ireland.
FEARGHAS m Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Means "man of vigour"
, derived from the Irish elements fear
"man" and gus
"vigour". This was the name of several characters in Irish legend including the Ulster hero Fearghas mac Róich.
FECHÍN m Irish
Means "little raven"
from Irish fiach
"raven" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of an Irish saint of the 7th century who died of the yellow plague.
FEDDE m Frisian
Short form of Frisian names beginning with the Germanic element frid
FEDERICO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of FREDERICK
. Spanish poet Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) and Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920-1993) are famous bearers of this name.
FELICIUS m Late Roman
Masculine form of FELICIA
. This was the name of a 4th-century saint, a companion of Saint Castor of Karden.
FELINUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "cat-like"
. This was the name of a possibly legendary saint who was martyred with Gratian in the 3rd century.
FELIX m German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Romanian, Ancient Roman, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From a Roman cognomen meaning "lucky, successful"
in Latin. It was acquired as an agnomen, or nickname, by the 1st-century BC Roman general Sulla. It also appears in the New Testament belonging to the governor of Judea who imprisoned Saint Paul
FEN (1) f & m Chinese
From Chinese 芬 (fēn)
meaning "fragrance, aroma, perfume" (which is usually only feminine) or 奋 (fèn)
meaning "strive, exert" (usually only masculine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
FENTON m English
From a surname that was originally taken from a place name meaning "marsh town"
in Old English.