Masculine Names

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AMBROŽmSlovene, Czech (Rare)
Slovene and Czech form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROZIJEmCroatian (Rare)
Croatian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROŻYmPolish (Rare)
Polish form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
Hungarian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMÉmMedieval French
Old French form of AIMÉ.
French form of AMADEUS.
Italian form of AMADEUS. A notable bearer of this name was Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1856), an Italian chemist most famous for the constant that now bears his name: Avogadro's Number. Another famous bearer was the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
AMEL (1)mBosnian
Bosnian masculine form of AMAL (1).
AMENEMHETmAncient Egyptian
Means "AMON is foremost" in Egyptian. This was the name of four Egyptian pharaohs, including the founder of the 12th dynasty.
AMENHOTEPmAncient Egyptian
From the Egyptian Ymnhtp meaning "peace of Amon", derived from the name of the Egyptian god AMON combined with htp "peace, satisfaction". This was the name of four pharaohs of the New Kingdom, including Amenhotep III, known as the Magnificent, who ruled over Egypt during a time of great prosperity.
AMEQRANmNorthern African, Berber
Means "eldest" in Tamazight.
AMÉRICOmPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of AMERIGO.
Medieval Italian form of EMMERICH. Amerigo Vespucci (1451-1512) was the Italian explorer who gave the continent of America its name (from Americus, the Latin form of his name).
AMETSm & fBasque
Means "dream" in Basque.
AMEYALLIf & mNative American, Nahuatl
Means "spring, fountain" in Nahuatl.
Scottish form of OLAF.
Irish form of OLAF.
AMI (1)mBiblical
Means "trustworthy, reliable" in Hebrew. This was the name of a servant of King Solomon in the Old Testament.
Means "my people are alive" in Hebrew.
AMÍLCARmPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of HAMILCAR.
Italian form of HAMILCAR.
AMINmArabic, Persian, Urdu
Derived from Arabic امين (amin) meaning "truthful". This was the name of the sixth Abbasid caliph.
Form of AMYNTAS used by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso for his play 'Aminta' (1573). In the play Aminta is a shepherd who falls in love with a nymph.
AMIR (1)mArabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian
Means "commander, prince" in Arabic. This was originally a title, which has come into English as the Arabic loanword emir.
AMIR (2)mHebrew
Means "treetop" in Hebrew.
AMIRANmGeorgian, Literature
Variant of AMIRANI. This is the name of the central character in the medieval Georgian romance 'Amiran-Darejaniani' by Moses of Khoni. The author was inspired by the mythical Amirani and the stories surrounding him, and loosely based his tale on them.
AMIRANImGeorgian Mythology
Meaning unknown, probably of Proto-Kartvelian origin. This is the name of a hero from Georgian mythology whose story is similar to that of Prometheus from Greek mythology.
AMISmMedieval English, Medieval French
Medieval name, a masculine form of AMICE. It appears in the medieval French poem 'Amis and Amiles', about two friends who make sacrifices for one another.
AMIT (1)mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali
Means "immeasurable, infinite" in Sanskrit.
AMIT (2)m & fHebrew
Means "friend" in Hebrew.
AMITABHmIndian, Hindi
Means "immeasurable splendour" in Sanskrit. A famous bearer is Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan (1942-).
Means "my truth" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of the prophet Jonah.
Means "more glorious" in Arabic.
Means "virtuous, pious" in Arabic.
Means "virtuous, devout" in Arabic.
AMMIELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "God is my kinsman" in Hebrew. This is the name of one of the spies sent out by Moses in the Old Testament.
AMMONmEgyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Yamanu (see AMON).
AMNONmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "faithful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the eldest son of King David. He was killed by his brother Absalom in revenge for the rape of his sister Tamar.
AMONmEgyptian Mythology (Anglicized)
From Αμμων (Ammon), the Greek form of Egyptian Ymn (reconstructed as Yamanu) which meant "the hidden one". In early Egyptian mythology he was a god of the air, creativity and fertility, who was particularly revered in Thebes. Later, during the Middle Kingdom, his attributes were combined with those of the god Ra and he was worshipped as the supreme solar deity Amon-Ra.
AMON-RAmEgyptian Mythology (Anglicized)
Combination of the names of the gods AMON and RA. During the later Middle Kingdom the attributes of these two deities were merged.
AMORm & fRoman Mythology, Late Roman, Spanish, Portuguese
Means "love" in Latin. This was another name for the Roman god Cupid. It also means "love" in Spanish and Portuguese, and the name can be derived directly from this vocabulary word.
AMOREm & fItalian
Italian form of AMOR.
AMOSmEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew עָמַס ('amas) meaning "load, burden". Amos is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Amos, which speaks against greed, corruption and oppression of the poor. Written about the 8th century BC, it is among the oldest of the prophetic books. As an English name, Amos has been used since the Protestant Reformation, and was popular among the Puritans.
AMOURm & fFrench
French form of AMOR.
Italian form of Ampelius, the Latin form of the Greek name Αμπελιος (Ampelios), which was derived from αμπελος (ampelos) meaning "vine". Saint Ampelius was a 7th-century bishop of Milan.
AMPELIOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of AMPELIO.
AMPELIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ampelios (see AMPELIO).
AMRAMmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Hebrew
Means "exalted nation" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Amram is the father of Moses.
AMRITmIndian, Hindi
Means "immortal" from Sanskrit (a) meaning "not" and मृत (mrta) meaning "dead". In Hindu texts it refers to a drink which gives immortality.
Originally a short form of the Germanic name ADELMAR.
AMULIUSmRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Roman mythology Amulius overthrew his brother Numitor, king of Alba Longa, but was eventually deposed by Numitor's grandsons Romulus and Remus.
Derived from the Old Norse name Agmundr, from the element egg "edge of a sword" or agi "awe, terror" combined with mundr "protection".
AMYASmEnglish (Rare)
Meaning unknown, perhaps a derivative of AMIS. Alternatively, it may come from a surname which originally indicated that the bearer was from the city of Amiens in France. Edmund Spenser used this name for a minor character in his epic poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
AMYNTASmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek αμυντωρ (amyntor) meaning "defender". This was the name of several kings of Macedon.
AN (1)m & fChinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese (ān) meaning "peace, quiet" or other characters with a similar pronunciation. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese meaning "safe, secure".
AN (2)mSumerian Mythology
Means "heaven, sky" in Sumerian. An was the supreme Sumerian god of the heavens, the father of Enlil and Enki. His cuneiform sign 𒀭 (dingir) was prefixed to the names of other deities in writing, though it was not pronounced.
ANACLETOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ANACLETUS.
ANACLETUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ανακλητος (Anakletos), derived from ανακλητος (anakletos) meaning "invoked". This was the name of the third pope.
ANAHf & mBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "answer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name belongs to one female character and two male characters.
ANAIAHmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "YAHWEH has answered" in Hebrew. This is the name of a minor character in the Old Testament.
ANAKINmPopular Culture
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a character (also known as Darth Vader) in the 'Star Wars' movie saga, created by George Lucas. Lucas may have based it on the surname of his friend and fellow director Ken Annakin.
ANAKLETOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of ANACLETUS.
Hawaiian form of ANTHONY.
ANAN (1)m & fWestern African, Akan
Means "fourth born child" in Akan.
ANAN (2)mBiblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "cloud" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned very briefly in the Old Testament.
ANANDmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Bengali
Means "happiness, bliss" in Sanskrit.
Variant of ANAND.
ANANImBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my cloud" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned in the Old Testament as belonging to a descendant of King David.
ANANIASmBiblical, Biblical Latin
From ‘Ανανιας (Hananias), the Greek form of HANANIAH. In Acts in the New Testament this is the name of three characters: a disciple in Damascus, the husband of Sapphira, and the high priest of the Jews who tries Paul.
ANANTmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Modern form of ANANTA.
ANANTAm & fHinduism
Means "infinite, endless" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form अनन्त / अनंत (an epithet of the Hindu god Vishnu) and the feminine form अनन्ता / अनंता (an epithet of the goddess Parvati).
ANANTHmTamil, Indian, Telugu, Kannada
Southern Indian form of ANANTA.
ANANTHAmTamil, Indian, Telugu, Kannada
Southern Indian form of ANANTA.
ANAPAmEgyptian Mythology
Reconstructed Egyptian form of ANUBIS.
ANAR (1)mAzerbaijani
Means "will understand" in Azerbaijani.
From the Greek term αναργυρος (anargyros) meaning "poor, incorruptible", derived from Greek α (a), a negative prefix, combined with αργυρος (argyros) "silver". This term referred to saints who did not accept payment for their services.
Maori form of ANDREW.
Means "friendliness" in Arabic. This was the name of one of the Prophet Muhammad's companions.
Variant transcription of ANAS.
ANASTASmRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIOSmGreek, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αναστασιος (Anastasios) which meant "resurrection" from Greek αναστασις (anastasis) (composed of the elements ανα (ana) "up" and στασις (stasis) "standing"). This was the name of numerous early saints and martyrs, including a 7th-century monk and writer from Alexandria who is especially venerated in the Eastern Church.
ANASTASIYmRussian (Archaic), Bulgarian (Archaic)
Older Russian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIUS.
Polish form of ANASTASIUS.
Hungarian form of ANASTASIUS.
ANAT (2)f & mHebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ANATH (1). In modern times it is often used as a feminine name.
ANATH (1)mBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "answer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Shamgar.
ANATJARImIndigenous Australian, Pintupi
Meaning unknown, of Pintupi origin.
Polish form of ANATOLIUS.
French form of ANATOLIUS.
ANATOLImRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of ANATOLIY.
Latvian form of ANATOLIUS.
ANATOLIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek Ανατολιος (Anatolios), derived from ανατολη (anatole) meaning "sunrise". Saint Anatolius was a 3rd-century philosopher from Alexandria.
ANATOLIYmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ANATOLIUS.
Variant transcription of ANATOLIY.
ANAXAGORASmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek αναξ (anax) meaning "master, lord" and αγορα (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". This name was borne by a 5th-century BC Greek philosopher.
Means "love" in Tamil.
Esperanto diminutive of ANTHONY.
Northern Sami form of ANDREW.
ANDEBERTmAncient Germanic
From the Germanic element and "wrath, zeal" combined with beraht "bright".
Czech form of ANGEL.
ANĐELKOmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of ANGEL.
Croatian form of ANGEL.
Basque form of Andreas (see ANDREW).
ANDERSmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of Andreas (see ANDREW). A famous bearer was the Swedish physicist Anders Jonas Ångström (1814-1874).
From a surname meaning "son of ANDREW".
ANDIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ANDREW or ANDREA (2).
ANDILEm & fSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
Basque form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANDOR (1)mNorwegian
From the Old Norse name Arnþórr, derived from the element arn "eagle" combined with the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR).
Hungarian form of Andreas (see ANDREW).
Welsh variant of ANDREAS.
Slovene form of ANDREW.
ANDRÉmFrench, Portuguese, German, Dutch
French and Portuguese form of Andreas (see ANDREW).
ANDREA (1)mItalian
Italian form of Andreas (see ANDREW). A notable bearer of this name was Andrea Verrocchio, a Renaissance sculptor who taught Leonardo da Vinci and Perugino.
ANDREASmGerman, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Welsh, Ancient Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Ancient Greek and Latin form of ANDREW. It is also the form used in modern Greek, German and Welsh.
ANDREImRomanian, Russian, Bulgarian, Old Church Slavic
Romanian form of ANDREW, and a variant Russian and Bulgarian transcription of ANDREY.
ANDREJA (2)mSerbian
Serbian form of ANDREW.
Latvian form of ANDREW.
ANDRÉSmSpanish, Icelandic
Spanish and Icelandic form of ANDREW.
Estonian form of ANDREW.
Catalan form of ANDREW.
ANDREWmEnglish, Biblical
English form of the Greek name Ανδρεας (Andreas), which was derived from ανδρειος (andreios) "manly, masculine", a derivative of ανηρ (aner) "man". In the New Testament the apostle Andrew, the first disciple to join Jesus, is the brother of Simon Peter. According to tradition, he later preached in the Black Sea region, with some legends saying he was crucified on an X-shaped cross. Andrew, being a Greek name, was probably only a nickname or a translation of his real Hebrew name, which is not known.... [more]
ANDREYmRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of ANDREW.
ANDRIAmGeorgian, Corsican, Sardinian
Georgian, Corsican and Sardinian form of ANDREW.
Dutch form of ANDREW.
ANDRIJAmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of ANDREW.
ANDRISmLatvian, Hungarian
Latvian form and Hungarian diminutive of ANDREW.
Lithuanian form of ANDREW.
Ukrainian form of ANDREW.
ANDROmCroatian, Georgian
Croatian form of ANDREW, as well as a Georgian short form of ANDRIA.
ANDROCLESmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Ανδροκλης (Androkles) which meant "glory of a man", derived from ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος) and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of a man who pulled a thorn from a lion's paw in one of Aesop's fables.
ANDRONICUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ανδρονικος (Andronikos) which meant "victory of a man", from ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος) and νικη (nike) meaning "victory". This name was used by Shakespeare in his play 'Titus Andronicus' (1593).
Estonian form of ANDREW.
Polish form of ANDREW.
ANDYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ANDREW or sometimes ANDREA (2). American pop artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a famous bearer of this name.
ANE (2)mFrisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn "eagle".
Welsh name, originally spelled Neirin, which possibly means "noble". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh poet.
Slovene form of AENEAS.
Spanish form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
Catalan form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ANGELm & fEnglish, Bulgarian, Macedonian
From the medieval Latin masculine name Angelus which was derived from the name of the heavenly creature (itself derived from the Greek word αγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger"). It has never been very common in the English-speaking world, where it is sometimes used as a feminine name in modern times.
Italian form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
Greek form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ANGELUSmLate Roman
Latin form of ANGEL.
Romanian form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
Sardinian form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
Macedonian diminutive of ANGEL.
ANGRA MAINYUmPersian Mythology
Means "evil spirit" in Avestan. In Persian mythology Angra Mainyu was the god of darkness, death and destruction, the enemy of Ahura Mazda.
ANGUSmScottish, Irish, English
Anglicized form of AONGHUS.
ANHm & fVietnamese
This name is frequently combined with a middle name to create a compound name; the meaning of Anh changes depending on the Sino-Vietnamese characters underlying the compound. It is often from Sino-Vietnamese (anh) meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero", though in compounds it often takes on the meaning "intelligent, bright".
ANÍBALmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HANNIBAL.
ANICETUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ανικητος (Aniketos), meaning "unconquerable". This was the name of an early pope.
ANIKmIndian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "army" or "splendour" in Sanskrit.
ANIKETmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "homeless" in Sanskrit.
ANILmHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit अनिल (anila) "air, wind". This is another name of Vayu, the Hindu god of the wind.
ANIRUDDHAmHinduism, Bengali, Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Means "unobstructed, ungovernable" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the grandson of the Hindu god Krishna.
Means "friendly, friend" in Arabic.
ANISHmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "supreme, paramount, without a ruler", from the Sanskrit negative prefix (a) and ईश (isha) meaning "ruler, lord".
Russian form of ONESIMUS.
ANITmIndian, Hindi
Possibly means "not guided" in Sanskrit.
ANKITmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Means "marked" in Sanskrit.
ANKURmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "sapling, sprout, shoot" in Sanskrit.
ANNASmBiblical, Biblical Latin
Contracted form of ANANIAS. This was the name of one of the high priests of the Jews in the New Testament.
ANNE (2)mFrisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn "eagle".
Italian form of HANNIBAL.
ANOOPmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam
Variant transcription of ANUP.
Irish form of HENRY.
Georgian form of HENRI.
Italian form of a Germanic name composed of the elements ans "god" and wald "power, leader, ruler".
ANSEHELMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ANSELM.
From a surname which was derived from the given name ANSELM. A famous bearer was American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984).
ANSELMmGerman, English (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ans "god" and helm "helmet, protection". This name was brought to England in the late 11th century by Saint Anselm, who was born in northern Italy. He was archbishop of Canterbury and a Doctor of the Church.
French form of ANSELM.
Finnish form of ANSELM.
ANSELMOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ANSELM.
ANSGARmGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ans "god" and ger "spear". Saint Ansgar was a 9th-century missionary who tried to convert the Danes and Norwegians.
Yiddish form of ANSELM, used as a vernacular form of Asher.
ANSIGARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ANSGAR.
ANSOmAncient Germanic
Short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ans meaning "god".
ANSOBERTmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic cognate of OSBERT.
From a surname meaning "son of AGNES".
ANSOVALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ANSALDO.
Finnish diminutive of ANSELM.
Hungarian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Lithuanian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTE (1)mCroatian
Croatian form of ANTHONY.
ANTE (2)mFrisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element and "wrath, zeal".
ANTELMOmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of ANTHELM.
Finnish form of ANDREW.
ANTHELMmAncient Germanic
From the Germanic element and "wrath, zeal" combined with helm "helmet, protection". Saint Anthelm was a 12th-century bishop of Belley in France.
English form of the Roman family name Antonius, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. The most notable member of the Roman family was the general Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English), who for a period in the 1st century BC ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Augustus. When their relationship turned sour, he and his mistress Cleopatra were attacked and forced to commit suicide, as related in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606).... [more]
ANTIGONUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιγονος (Antigonos), derived from αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and γονευς (goneus) "ancestor". This was the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals. After Alexander died, he took control of most of Asia Minor.
ANTIMANmNative American, Mapuche
Means "condor of the sun" in Mapuche.
ANTINANCOmNative American, Mapuche
Means "eagle of the sun" in Mapuche.
ANTIOCHUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιοχος (Antiochos), derived from Greek αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and οχη (oche) "support". This was the name of several rulers of the Seleucid Empire.
ANTIPATERmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιπατρος (Antipatros), which meant "like the father" from Greek αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and πατηρ (pater) "father" (genitive πατρος). This was the name of an officer of Alexander the Great who became the regent of Macedon during Alexander's absence.
ANTOmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTOINEmFrench, African American
French form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Galician form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Diminutive of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONImPolish, Catalan
Polish and Catalan form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIE (2)mDutch
Dutch form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Macedonian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Serbian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Croatian form of ANTHONY.
Czech form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO). A famous bearer was the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).
French form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO). This name was borne by the French playwright Antonin Artaud (1896-1948).
Italian form of the Roman name Antoninus, which was derived from Antonius (see ANTHONY). There were several early saints named Antoninus, including the patron saint of Sorrento. This was also the name of a 2nd-century Roman emperor.
ANTONINUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name, a derivative of ANTONIUS.
Portuguese form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTÔNIOmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIOmSpanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish and Italian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY). A famous bearer was the Italian Renaissance painter Antonio Pisanello (c. 1395-1455). It is also the name of the main character in 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596) by William Shakespeare.
Greek form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Greek form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Romanian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIUSmAncient Roman, Dutch
Ancient Roman form of ANTHONY. This is also the official Dutch form of the name, used on birth certificates but commonly rendered Anton or Antoon in daily life.
Esperanto form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Variant of ANTHONY. This was formerly the usual English spelling of the name, but during the 17th century the h began to be added.
ANTOONmDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Finnish form of ANDREW.
Basque form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Finnish form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
Croatian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTWANmAfrican American
Variant of ANTOINE, in use since the 1960s.
ANU (2)mSemitic Mythology
Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian form of AN (2), also adopted by the Hurrians and Hittites.
ANUBISmEgyptian Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ανουβις (Anoubis), the Greek form of Egyptian Inpw (reconstructed as Anapa) which possibly meant "royal child". Anubis was the Egyptian god who led the dead to the underworld. He was often depicted as a man with the head of a jackal.
ANUJmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "born later, younger" in Sanskrit. This name is sometimes given to the younger sibling of an older child.
ANUPmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam
Means "watery" in Sanskrit.
ANUPAMmIndian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "incomparable, matchless" in Sanskrit.
Means "brighter, more luminous" in Arabic. This name was borne by Egyptian president Anwar Sadat (1918-1981), who was assassinated three years after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Variant transcription of ANWAR.
Galician form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
Variant of JANEZ.
ANZOmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element ant meaning "giant".
ANZORmGeorgian, Chechen
Possibly derived from the Georgian noble title აზნაური (aznauri), ultimately from Middle Persian aznawar meaning "noble".
AODmBiblical Greek
Form of EHUD used in the Greek Old Testament.
AODHmIrish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
From the old Irish name Áed, which meant "fire". This was a very popular name in early Ireland, being borne by numerous figures in Irish mythology and several high kings. It has been traditionally Anglicized as Hugh.
AODHAGÁNmIrish, Scottish
Diminutive of AODH.
AODHÁNmIrish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
From the old Irish name Áedán, a diminutive of Áed (see AODH). This was the name of an Irish monk and saint of the 7th century. It was also borne by several characters in Irish mythology.
AOIf & mJapanese
From Japanese (aoi) meaning "hollyhock, althea" or an adjectival form of (ao) meaning "green, blue". Other kanji with the same reading can form this name as well.
Scottish variant of AONGHUS.
AONGHUSmIrish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Possibly meaning "one strength" derived from Irish óen "one" and gus "force, strength, energy". Aonghus (sometimes surnamed Mac Og meaning "young son") was the Irish god of love and youth. The name was also borne by an 8th-century Pictish king and several Irish kings.
Ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess APHRODITE.
Spanish form of APOLLINARIS.
French form of APOLLINARIS. It was adopted as a surname by the Polish-French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), who based it on his Polish middle name Apolinary.
Ancient Greek name derived from the name of the god APOLLO. This was the name of several early saints and martyrs, including a bishop of Ravenna and a bishop of Hierapolis.
APOLLOmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Απολλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo "strength". Another theory states that Apollo can be equated with Appaliunas, an Anatolian god whose name possibly means "father lion" or "father light". The Greeks later associated Apollo's name with the Greek verb απολλυμι (apollymi) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis. He was the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom. Later he also became the god of the sun and light.
Means "gift of Apollo" from the name of the god APOLLO combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift".
APOLLONmGreek Mythology
Original Greek form of APOLLO.
APOLLONIOSmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek god APOLLO. It was borne by a Greek poet of the 3rd century BC. Several saints have also had this name.
APOORVAm & fIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of APURVA.
APOSTOLmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of APOSTOLOS.
Means "messenger, apostle" in Greek.
APPIUSmAncient Roman
This was a Roman praenomen, or given name, used predominantly by the Claudia family. Its etymology is unknown. A famous bearer of this name was Appius Claudius Caecus, a Roman statesman of the 3rd century BC. He was responsible for the Aqua Appia (the first Roman aqueduct) and the Appian Way (a road between Rome and Capua), both of which were named for him.
APURVAm & fIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "unpreceded, new" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form अपूर्व and the feminine form अपूर्वा.
APUTSIAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "snowflake" in Greenlandic.
Means "intelligent, wise" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different Arabic names.
AQISSIAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "ptarmigan" in Greenlandic (a ptarmigan is a type of bird which lives in cold regions).
AQUILAm & fBiblical, Ancient Roman
From a Roman cognomen which meant "eagle" in Latin. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lives with Aquila and his wife Priscilla (or Prisca) for a time.
AQUILINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of AQUILA.
ARAmArmenian, Armenian Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly of Sumerian origin. In Armenian legend this was the name of an Armenian king who was so handsome that the Assyrian queen Semiramis went to war to capture him. During the war Ara was slain.
ARABINDAmBengali, Indian, Odia
Bengali and Odia variant of ARAVIND.
Meaning unexplained, though the first element is presumably Sindarin ara "noble, kingly". This is the name of a character in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien. In the book Aragorn is the heir of the Dúnedain kings of the north.
ARAM (1)mKurdish
Means "calm" in Kurdish.
ARAM (2)mArmenian
Means "excellence" in Armenian.
ARAMAZDmArmenian Mythology
From a combination of the mythological figures ARA and AHURA MAZDA. This was the name of the supreme creator god in pre-Christian Armenian mythology.
The surname of one of the musketeers in 'The Three Musketeers' (1844) by Alexandre Dumas. Dumas based the character on Henri d'Aramitz, whose surname was derived from the French village of Aramits.
ARAN (1)f & mIrish
From the name of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.
ARAN (2)mBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "wild goat" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of Dishan in the Old Testament.
From the name of a mountain in eastern Turkey (formerly part of Armenia), the place where Noah's Ark came to rest according to the Old Testament.
Means "eagle" in Lithuanian (a poetic word).
ARASHmPersian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means either "truthfulness" or "bright" in Persian. In Persian legend Arash was a Persian archer who was ordered by the Turans to shoot an arrow, the landing place of which would determine the new location of the Persian-Turan border. Arash climbed a mountain and fired his arrow with such strength that it flew for several hours and landed on the banks of the far-away Oxus River.