Masculine Names

gender
usage
Séarlas m Irish
Irish form of Charles.
Sebastiaan m Dutch
Dutch form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sebastián m Spanish, Czech
Spanish and Czech form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sebastian m German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Finnish, Romanian, Czech
From the Latin name Sebastianus, which meant "from Sebaste". Sebaste was the name a town in Asia Minor, its name deriving from Greek σεβαστός (sebastos) meaning "venerable" (a translation of Latin Augustus, the title of the Roman emperors). According to Christian tradition, Saint Sebastian was a 3rd-century Roman soldier martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Diocletian. After he was discovered to be a Christian, he was tied to a stake and shot with arrows. This however did not kill him. Saint Irene of Rome healed him and he returned to personally admonish Diocletian, whereupon the emperor had him beaten to death.... [more]
Sebastiano m Italian
Italian form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sebastião m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sébastien m French
French form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sebastijan m Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sebastjan m Slovene
Slovene form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Šebestián m Czech (Archaic)
Older Czech form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sebestyén m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sechnall m Irish
Variant of Seachnall.
Secundinus m Ancient Roman
Roman family name derived from the praenomen Secundus. Saint Secundinus, also known as Seachnall, was a 5th-century assistant to Saint Patrick who became the first bishop of Dunshaughlin.
Secundus m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, which meant "second" in Latin.
Sefa m & f Turkish
Turkish form of Safaa'.
Sefton m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "town in the rushes" in Old English.
Sefu m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "sword" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic سيف (sayf).
Segismundo m Spanish
Spanish form of Sigismund.
Şehzade m Turkish
Turkish form of Shahzad.
Seisyll m Ancient Welsh
Old Welsh form of Sextilius.
Sejad m Bosnian
Bosnian form of Sa'id.
Sekani m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "laugh" in Tumbuka.
Sekar m Tamil
Tamil form of Shekhar.
Sekhar m Indian, Telugu, Bengali
Telugu and Bengali form of Shekhar.
Selâhattin m Turkish
Turkish variant of Selahattin, using an optional circumflex accent.
Selahattin m Turkish
Turkish form of Salah al-Din.
Selby m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was from a place name meaning "willow farm" in Old Norse.
Seleucus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Σέλευκος (Seleukos), of unknown meaning. It is possibly related to λευκός (leukos) meaning "bright, white". This was the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals, who established the Seleucid Empire in Western Asia after Alexander's death.
Selim m Turkish
Turkish form of Salim. This was the name of three Ottoman sultans, including the father of Süleyman the Magnificent.
Selman m Turkish
Turkish form of Salman.
Selwyn m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from an Old English given name, which was formed of the elements sele "manor" and wine "friend".
Sem m Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Dutch
Form of Shem used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Semen m Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian form of Simon 1, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian Семён (see Semyon).
Semih m Turkish
Means "generous" in Turkish.
Semion m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Семён (see Semyon).
Semir m Turkish
Turkish form of Samir 1.
Şemsettin m Turkish
Turkish form of Shams al-Din.
Semyon m Russian
Russian form of Simon 1.
Senán m Irish
Means "little old person", derived from Old Irish sen "old" combined with a diminutive suffix. Saint Senán was a 6th-century monk from Munster, Ireland.
Senan m Irish
Anglicized form of Senán.
Sender m Yiddish
Yiddish form of Alexander.
Sendoa m Basque
Means "strong" in Basque.
Seneca m Ancient Roman
From a Roman cognomen derived from Latin senectus meaning "old". This was the name of both a Roman orator (born in Spain) and also of his son, a philosopher and statesman. This name also coincides with that of the Seneca, a Native American tribe that lived near the Great Lakes, whose name meant "place of stones".
Şener m Turkish
From Turkish şen meaning "happy" and er meaning "brave man".
Sengphet f & m Lao
From Lao ແສງ (saeng) meaning "light" and ເພັດ (phet) meaning "diamond, gem".
Senn m Dutch (Modern)
Meaning unknown, possibly related to Senne.
Senna f & m Dutch (Modern)
Meaning unknown, possibly from the name of the senna plant.
Sennacherib m Ancient Assyrian (Anglicized), Biblical, Biblical Latin
From Akkadian Sin-ahhi-eriba meaning "Sin has replaced my (lost) brothers", from the god's name Sin combined with a plural form of aḫu meaning "brother" and riābu meaning "to replace". This was the name of a 7th-century BC Assyrian king who destroyed Babylon. He appears in the Old Testament.
Senne m Dutch (Modern)
Possibly a Dutch diminutive of Sebastian or Sander.
Şenol m & f Turkish
Means "be happy", from Turkish şen "happy".
Seoc m Scottish
Scottish Gaelic form of Jack.
Seoirse m Irish
Irish form of George.
Seo-Joon m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 서준 (see Seo-Jun).
Seo-Jun m Korean
From Sino-Korean (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" or (seo) meaning "open up, unfold, comfortable, easy" combined with (jun) meaning "talented, handsome". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
Seok m Korean
From Sino-Korean (seok) meaning "stone" or (seok) meaning "tin", as well as other characters that are pronounced the same way.
Seong m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded", as well as other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
Seong-Ho m Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or (seong) meaning "abundant, flourishing" combined with (ho) meaning "stove, bright" or (ho) meaning "daybreak, bright". Many other hanja character combinations are possible.
Seong-Hun m Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" combined with (hun) meaning "meritorious deed, rank". Other hanja character combinations can form this name as well.
Seong-Hyeon m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" combined with (hyeon), which refers to a device used to lift a tripod cauldron. Other hanja character combinations are possible.
Seong-Jin m Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or (seong) meaning "star, planet" combined with (jin) meaning "town, marketplace" or (jin) meaning "shake, tremor, excite". Other hanja character combinations are also possible.
Seong-Min m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or (seong) meaning "nature, character, sex" combined with (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp". Many other hanja character combinations are possible.
Seong-Su m Korean
From Sino-Korean (seong) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or (seong) meaning "holy, sacred" combined with (su), which refers to a river in China. Many other hanja character combinations are possible.
Seòras m Scottish
Scottish form of George.
Seòsaidh m Scottish
Scottish form of Joseph.
Seosamh m Irish
Irish form of Joseph.
Sepi m Finnish (Rare)
Finnish diminutive of Seppo 1 or Sebastian.
Sepp m German
German diminutive of Joseph.
Seppe m Flemish
Flemish diminutive of Sebastian.
Seppel m German (Rare)
German diminutive of Joseph.
Seppo 1 m Finnish, Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish seppä meaning "smith". Seppo Ilmarinen ("the smith Ilmarinen") is the name of a master craftsman in the Finnish epic the Kalevala.
Seppo 2 m Finnish
Finnish variant of Sepeteus or Sebastian.
September f & m English (Rare)
From the name of the ninth month (though it means "seventh month" in Latin, since it was originally the seventh month of the Roman year), which is sometimes used as a given name for someone born in September.
Septimius m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Septimus. Septimius Severus was an early 3rd-century Roman emperor. This was also the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr.
Septimus m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, which meant "seventh" in Latin.
Sequoia f & m English (Rare)
From the name of huge trees that grow in California. The tree got its name from the 19th-century Cherokee scholar Sequoyah (also known as George Guess), the inventor of the Cherokee writing system.
Sequoyah m Indigenous American, Cherokee
Possibly from Cherokee siqua meaning "hog". This was the name of the Cherokee man (also known as George Guess) who devised the Cherokee writing system in the 19th century.
Serafeim m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Σεραφείμ (see Serafim).
Serafim m Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Form of Seraphinus (see Seraphina) in various languages.
Serafin m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of Seraphinus (see Seraphina).
Serafino m Italian
Italian form of Seraphinus (see Seraphina).
Seraiah m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "Yahweh is ruler" in Hebrew. This is the name of several minor characters in the Old Testament, including the father of Ezra.
Séraphin m French
French form of Seraphinus (see Seraphina).
Seraphinus m Late Roman
Masculine form of Seraphina.
Serapion m Ancient Greek
From the name of the Greco-Egyptian god Serapis. This was the name of a 13th-century saint, a Mercedarian friar who was martyred by pirates.
Serapis m Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
From a compound of Asar, the Egyptian form of Osiris, and Apis, the sacred bull of the Egyptians. This was the name of a syncretic Greco-Egyptian god, apparently promoted by Ptolemy I Soter in the 3rd-century BC in an attempt to unite the native Egyptians and the Greeks in the Ptolemaic Kingdom.
Serdar m Turkish, Turkmen
Turkish and Turkmen form of Sardar.
Serge m French
French form of Sergius.
Sergei m Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Сергей (see Sergey).
Sergej m Serbian, Russian, Bulgarian
Serbian form of Sergius, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Сергей (see Sergey).
Sergejs m Latvian
Latvian form of Sergius.
Sergey m Russian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of Sergius.
Serghei m Romanian
Romanian (Moldovan) form of Sergey.
Sergi m Catalan
Catalan form of Sergius.
Sérgio m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Sergius.
Sergio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Sergius.
Sergiu m Romanian
Romanian form of Sergius.
Sergius m Ancient Roman
Roman family name, possibly meaning "servant" in Latin but most likely of unknown Etruscan origin. Saint Sergius was a 4th-century Roman officer who was martyred in Syria with his companion Bacchus. They are the patron saints of Christian desert nomads. Another saint by this name (in the Russian form Sergey) was a 14th-century Russian spiritual leader. The name was also borne by four popes.
Sergiusz m Polish
Polish form of Sergius.
Serhan m Turkish
Derived from Turkish ser "head, top" and han, which is from the title khan meaning "leader".
Serhat m Turkish
Means "frontier" in Turkish.
Serhii m Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian Сергій (see Serhiy).
Serhiy m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Sergius.
Şerif m Turkish
Turkish form of Sharif.
Serik m Kazakh
Means "support" in Kazakh.
Serkan m Turkish
Means "leader, chief" from Turkish ser "head, top" and kan "blood".
Servaas m Dutch (Rare)
Dutch form of the Late Latin name Servatius, derived from servatus "saved, redeemed". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who helped spread Christianity to the Low Countries.
Servaos m Limburgish
Limburgish form of Servaas.
Servatius m Late Roman
Latin form of Servaas.
Servius m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "to preserve" from Latin servo.
Sesto m Italian
Italian form of Sextus.
Seth 1 m English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "placed" or "appointed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the third named son of Adam and Eve, and the ancestor of Noah and all humankind. In England this name came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
Seth 2 m Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
From Σήθ (Seth), the Greek form of Egyptian swtẖ or stẖ (reconstructed as Sutekh), which is of unknown meaning. Seth was the Egyptian god of chaos and the desert, the slayer of Osiris. Osiris's son Horus eventually defeats Seth and has him banished to the desert.
Seti m Ancient Egyptian
From Egyptian stẖj meaning "of Seth 2". This was the name of two pharaohs of the 19th dynasty.
Setiawan m Indonesian
From Indonesian setia meaning "loyal, true", ultimately from Sanskrit सत्य (satya), combined with the masculine suffix -wan.
Settimio m Italian
Italian form of Septimius.
Settimo m Italian
Italian form of Septimus.
Seumas m Scottish
Scottish form of James.
Seung m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seung) meaning "rise, ascent", (seung) meaning "victory, excel" or (seung) meaning "inherit", as well as other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Seva m Russian
Diminutive of Vsevolod.
Sevan f & m Armenian
From the name of the largest lake in Armenia, which may be from the Urartian word suinia simply meaning "lake".
Sevastian m Russian (Rare)
Alternate transcription of Russian Севастьян (see Sevastyan).
Seve m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Severiano or Severino.
Sévère m French (Rare)
French form of Severus.
Severi m Finnish
Finnish form of Severus.
Severiano m Spanish
Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Severianus, which was derived from Severus.
Severianus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was derived from Severus.
Séverin m French
French form of Severinus.
Severino m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Severinus.
Severinus m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Severus. Severinus was the name of many early saints, including a 6th-century Roman philosopher martyred by the Ostrogothic king Theodoric. It was also borne by a pope.
Severo m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Severus.
Severus m Ancient Roman
Roman family name meaning "stern" in Latin. This name was borne by several early saints including a 6th-century patriarch of Antioch.
Şevket m Turkish
From Arabic شفقة (shafaqah) meaning "compassion".
Seward m English
From a surname that was itself derived from the Old English given name Sigeweard.
Seweryn m Polish
Polish form of Severinus.
Sextilius m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of Sextus.
Sextus m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "sixth" in Latin. It was traditionally given to the sixth child.
Seydou m Western African
Form of Sa'id used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Seyed m Persian
Persian form of Sayyid.
Seyfettin m Turkish
Turkish form of Saif al-Din.
Seyfullah m Turkish
Turkish form of Saifullah.
Seymour m English
From a Norman surname that originally belonged to a person coming from the French town of Saint Maur (which means "Saint Maurus").
Seyyed m Persian
Persian form of Sayyid.
Seyyid m Turkish
Turkish form of Sayyid.
Seyyit m Turkish
Turkish form of Sayyid.
Shachar f & m Hebrew
Means "dawn" in Hebrew.
Shad 1 m Arabic
Means "happy" in Arabic.
Shad 2 m English
Perhaps a variant of Chad.
Shadi 1 m Arabic
Means "singer" in Arabic.
Shadrach m Biblical
Means "command of Aku" in Akkadian, Aku being the name of the Babylonian god of the moon. In the Old Testament Shadrach is the Babylonian name of Hananiah, one of the three men cast into a fiery furnace but saved by God.
Shae f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Shea.
Shafaqat m & f Arabic
Means "compassion, pity" in Arabic.
Shafiq m Arabic
Means "compassionate" in Arabic.
Shahar f & m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שַׁחַר (see Shachar).
Shaheen m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شاهین (see Shahin).
Shahid m Arabic, Urdu
Means "witness" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الشاهد (al-Shahid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Shahin m Persian, Arabic
Means "falcon" in Persian, referring more specifically to the Barbary falcon (species Falco pelegrinoides). The bird's name is a derivative of Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king".
Shahjahan m Urdu
Means "king of the world" from Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king" and جهان (jahan) meaning "world". This was the name of the 17th-century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
Shahnaz f & m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "delight of the king" from Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort, coquetry".
Shahram m Persian
Means "king Ram" in Persian. Ram (or Raman) is the name of a Yazata (or angel) in Zoroastrianism.
Shahriar m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهریار (see Shahriyar).
Shahrivar m Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Kshathra Vairya meaning "desirable power". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a god of metal and a protector of the weak. This is also the name of the sixth month of the Iranian calendar.
Shahriyar m Persian
Means "lord" in Persian.
Shahrokh m Persian
Means "royal face" in Persian, from شاه (shah) meaning "king" and رخ (rokh) meaning "face". This was the name of a 15th-century ruler of the Timurid Empire (a son of Timur).
Shahrukh m Urdu, Indian, Hindi
Urdu and Hindi form of Shahrokh. A notable bearer is the Indian actor Shahrukh Khan (1965-).
Shahzad m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "prince, son of the king" in Persian.
Shahzada m Urdu
Variant of Shahzad.
Shai m & f Hebrew
Either from Hebrew שַׁי (Shai) meaning "gift" or else a Hebrew diminutive of Isaiah.
Shaka m History
From Zulu uShaka, apparently from ishaka, a stomach cramp caused by an intestinal parasite. This was the name of a Zulu warrior king (1787-1828), supposedly given because his unmarried mother Nandi and/or his father Senzangakhona blamed her pregnancy symptoms on the parasite.
Shaked f & m Hebrew
Means "almond" in Hebrew.
Shakeel m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شكيل (see Shakil).
Shakil m Arabic
Means "handsome" in Arabic.
Shakir m Arabic
Means "thankful" in Arabic, from the root شَكَرَ (shakara) meaning "to thank".
Shakti f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "power" in Sanskrit. In Hinduism a shakti is the female counterpart of a god. The name Shakti is used in particular to refer to the female counterpart of Shiva, also known as Parvati among many other names.
Shakur m Arabic
Means "thankful" in Arabic, from the root شَكَرَ (shakara) meaning "to thank". In Islamic tradition الشكور (al-Shakur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Shalev m & f Hebrew
Means "calm, tranquil" in Hebrew.
Shalim m Semitic Mythology
From the Semitic root shalam meaning "peace". This was the name of an Ugaritic god associated with the evening.
Shalmaneser m Ancient Assyrian (Anglicized), Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From שַׁלְמַנְאֶסֶר (Shalman'eser), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Shulmanu-ashared meaning "Shulmanu is preeminent". This was the name of five Assyrian kings, including the 9th-century BC Shalmaneser III who expanded the empire. He is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
Shalom m Hebrew
Means "peace" in Hebrew.
Shalva m Georgian
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a 13th-century Georgian hero, considered a saint in the Georgian Church.
Shamash m Semitic Mythology
Means "sun" in Akkadian. This was the Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian name of Utu.
Shamgar m Biblical
Possibly means "sword" in Hebrew. Shamgar was one of the Old Testament judges.
Shamil m Arabic, Kazakh, Avar, Chechen, Tatar, Azerbaijani
From Arabic شاميل (shamil) meaning "comprehensive, universal".
Shams al-Din m Arabic
Means "sun of the religion", from Arabic شَمس (shams) meaning "sun" and دين (din) meaning "religion, faith".
Shamsuddin m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شَمس الدين (see Shams al-Din).
Shamus m Irish
Anglicized form of Séamus.
Shandar m Urdu
Means "fabulous" in Urdu.
Sháńdíín f & m Indigenous American, Navajo
Means "sunshine" in Navajo.
Shane m Irish, English
Anglicized form of Seán. It came into general use in America after the release of the western movie Shane (1953).
Shani 1 f & m Hebrew
Means "red, scarlet" in Hebrew.
Shani 2 m Hinduism
From the Sanskrit name of the planet Saturn. This is the name of a celestial Hindu god.
Shankara m Hinduism
Derived from the Sanskrit elements शम् (sham) meaning "auspicious, lucky" and कर (kara) meaning "maker". This is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. This was also the name of a 9th-century Indian religious philosopher also known as Shankaracharya.
Shannon f & m English
From the name of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, called Abha an tSionainn in Irish. It is associated with the goddess Sionann and is sometimes said to be named for her. However it is more likely the goddess was named after the river, which may be related to Old Irish sen "old, ancient". As a given name, it first became common in America after the 1940s.
Shanon f & m English
Variant of Shannon.
Shantanu m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "wholesome" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata this is the name of a king of Hastinapura.
Shapour m Persian
Means "son of the king" in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
Shapur m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شاپور (see Shapour).
Shaquille m English (Modern)
Variant of Shakil. This name is borne by basketball player Shaquille O'Neal (1972-).
Sharar m Biblical
Means "enemy" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Ahiam.
Shareef m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شريف (see Sharif).
Shariah m Arabic
Means "divine law, noble law" in Arabic, ultimately from an old Arabic word meaning "pathway".
Sharif m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Persian, Malay
Means "eminent, virtuous" in Arabic. This was a title used by the descendants of Muhammad.
Sharma m Indian, Hindi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
Sharru-Ukin m Akkadian, Ancient Assyrian
Original Akkadian form of Sargon.
Shashi m & f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Traditional name for the moon, it literally means "having a hare" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form शशि and the feminine form शशी.
Sha'ul m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Saul.
Shaul m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Saul.
Shaun m English
Anglicized form of Seán.
Shaw 1 m English (Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from Old English sceaga meaning "thicket".
Shaw 2 m Scottish
From a Scottish surname that was itself derived from the Gaelic byname Sithech meaning "wolf".
Shawn m English
Anglicized form of Seán.
Shay 1 m Irish
Anglicized form of Séaghdha.
Shay 2 m & f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שַׁי (see Shai).
Shaye f & m English (Rare)
Variant of Shea.
Shayne m English
Variant of Shane.
Shea m & f Irish
Anglicized form of Séaghdha, sometimes used as a feminine name.
Shealtiel m Biblical
Means "I have asked of God" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father of Zerubbabel in the Old Testament.
Sheamus m Irish
Anglicized form of Séamus.
Sheard m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally from a place name meaning "gap between hills" in Old English.
Sheba m Biblical
Means "oath" in Hebrew. This is the name of several characters in the Old Testament. Also in the Bible, this is a place name, referring to a region in Ethiopia. The queen of Sheba visited Solomon after hearing of his wisdom.
Shefqet m Albanian
Albanian form of Şevket.
Shekhar m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati
Means "crest, peak" in Sanskrit.
Shel m English
Short form of Sheldon.
Shelach m Biblical Hebrew
Means "dart, plant shoot, sprout" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a grandson of Shem who is an ancestor of Abraham. In English bibles it is written as Salah or Shelah.
Shelah m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "petition, request" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Judah. English bibles also use this spelling to render the unrelated Hebrew name שֵׁלָח (see Shelach), a grandson of Shem.
Shelby m & f English
From a surname, which was possibly a variant of Selby. Though previously in use as a rare masculine name, it was popularized as a feminine name by the main character in the movie The Woman in Red (1935). It was later reinforced by the movie Steel Magnolias (1989) in which Julia Roberts played a character by this name.
Sheldon m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "valley with steep sides" in Old English. Sheldon is the name of several locations in England.
Shelley f & m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "clearing on a bank" in Old English. Two famous bearers of the surname were Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), a romantic poet whose works include Adonais and Ozymandias, and Mary Shelley (1797-1851), his wife, the author of the horror story Frankenstein. As a feminine given name, it came into general use after the 1940s.
Shelly f & m English
Variant of Shelley.
Shelomoh m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Solomon.
Shelton m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "shelf town" in Old English.
Shem m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "name" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Shem is one of Noah's three sons (along with Japheth and Ham) and the ancestor of the Semitic peoples.
Shemaiah m Biblical
Means "heard by Yahweh" in Hebrew. This name is borne by many characters in the Old Testament including a prophet in the reign of Rehoboam.
Shemer m Biblical
Possibly means "preserved" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the owner of the hill upon which Samaria was built.
Shemu'el m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Samuel.
Shepherd m English
From an English occupational surname meaning "sheep herder".
Sher m Urdu, Pashto
Means "lion" in Persian. A famous bearer of this name was Sher Shah, a 16th-century Mughal ruler.
Sheraga m Jewish
Means "light, candle" in Aramaic.
Sherali m Uzbek, Tajik
From Uzbek and Tajik sher meaning "lion" (of Persian origin) combined with the name Ali 1.
Sheridan m & f English
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Sirideáin meaning "descendant of Sirideán". The name Sirideán means "searcher" in Gaelic.
Sherif m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شريف (see Sharif).
Sherlock m Literature
Used by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his character Sherlock Holmes, who was a detective in Doyle's mystery stories beginning in 1887. The character's name was from an English surname meaning "shear lock", originally referring to a person with closely cut hair.
Sherman m English
From a surname meaning "shear man" in Old English, originally denoting a person who cut cloth. Famous bearers of the surname include American politician Roger Sherman (1721-1793) and American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891).
Sherwood m English
From an English place name (or from a surname that was derived from it) meaning "bright forest". This was the name of the forest in which the legendary outlaw Robin Hood made his home.
Sherzod m Uzbek, Tajik
Means "son of the lion", derived from Persian شیر (sher) meaning "lion" and the suffix زاد (zad) meaning "son of".
Shet m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Seth 1.
Shi m & f Chinese
From Chinese (shí) meaning "time, era, season", (shí) meaning "real, honest", (shǐ) meaning "history" or (shí) meaning "stone". Other characters can form this name as well.
Shib m Bengali
Bengali form of Shiva 1.
Shichiro m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 七郎 (see Shichirō).
Shichirō m Japanese
From Japanese (shichi) meaning "seven" and () meaning "son". This was traditionally a name given to the seventh son. Other kanji combinations can be possible.
Shichirou m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 七郎 (see Shichirō).
Shigeru m Japanese
From Japanese (shigeru) meaning "lush, luxuriant", as well as other kanji having the same reading. A famous bearer is the Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
Shihab m Arabic
Means "shooting star, meteor" in Arabic.
Shikoba m & f Indigenous American, Choctaw
Means "feather" in Choctaw.
Shiloh m & f Biblical
From an Old Testament place name possibly meaning "tranquil" in Hebrew. It is also used prophetically in the Old Testament to refer to a person, often understood to be the Messiah (see Genesis 49:10). This may in fact be a mistranslation. This name was brought to public attention after actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt gave it to their daughter in 2006.
Shimmel m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish diminutive of Shimon.
Shimon m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Simeon (and Simon 1).
Shin m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
Shingo m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" or (shin) meaning "prudent, careful" combined with (go) meaning "I, me". Other combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
Shin'ichi m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" or (shin) meaning "fresh, new" combined with (ichi) meaning "one". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
Shinobu m & f Japanese
From Japanese (shinobu) meaning "endurance, patience", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
Shinsuke m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "extend, stretch, open" or (shin) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (suke) meaning "help, assist". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji characters.
Shin'ya m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (ya) meaning "also", as well as other kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
Shion f & m Japanese
From Japanese 紫苑 (shion) meaning "aster". It can also come from (shi) meaning "poem" and (on) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations can form this name as well.
Shiori f & m Japanese
As a feminine name it can be from Japanese (shi) meaning "poem" combined with (ori) meaning "weave". It can also be from (shiori) meaning "bookmark" (usually feminine) or (shiori) meaning "lithe, bending" (usually masculine), as well as other kanji or kanji combinations.
Shir 2 m Persian (Rare)
Modern Persian form of Sher.
Shirley f & m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "bright clearing" in Old English. This is the name of a main character in Charlotte Brontë's semi-autobiographical novel Shirley (1849). The child actress Shirley Temple (1928-2014) helped to popularize this name.
Shiro m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 四郎 (see Shirō).
Shirō m Japanese
From Japanese (shi) meaning "four" and () meaning "son". This was traditionally a name for the fourth son. Other kanji combinations are possible.
Shirou m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 四郎 (see Shirō).
Shiv m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
Northern Indian form of Shiva 1.
Shiva 1 m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit शिव (shiva) meaning "benign, kind, auspicious". Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and restoration, the husband of the mother goddess Parvati. His aspect is usually terrifying, but it can also be gentle.
Shlomo m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Solomon.
Shmuel m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Samuel.
Sho m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or (see Shō).
Shō m Japanese
From Japanese (shō) meaning "soar, glide" or (shō) meaning "prize, reward". Other kanji with identical pronunciations can also form this name.
Shōhei m Japanese
From Japanese (shō) meaning "soar, glide" and (hei) meaning "level, even, peaceful", in addition to other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
Sholto m Scottish
Anglicized form of Sìoltach.
Shōta m Japanese
From Japanese (shō) meaning "soar, glide" and (ta) meaning "thick, big, great". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
Shota m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 翔太 (see Shōta).
Shou m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or (see Shō).
Shouhei m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 翔平 (see Shōhei).
Shouta m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 翔太 (see Shōta).
Shraga m Jewish
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שְׁרַגָא (see Sheraga).
Shresth m Indian, Hindi
Means "most excellent, best" in Sanskrit.
Shrinivas m Indian, Marathi
Means "the abode of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess Shri combined with Sanskrit निवास (nivasa) meaning "abode, house".
Shripati m Hinduism
Means "husband of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess Shri combined with Sanskrit पति (pati) meaning "husband, lord". This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu.
Shrivatsa m Indian (Rare), Hindi (Rare)
Means "beloved of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess Shri combined with Sanskrit वत्स (vatsa) meaning "beloved, dear". This is the name of a mark on Vishnu's chest.
Shubham m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शुभ (shubha) meaning "splendid, bright, auspicious".