SUIJIN m Japanese Mythology
From Japanese 水 (sui)
meaning "water" and 神 (jin)
meaning "god, spirit". This is the name of the god (or gods) of water, lakes and pools in Japanese mythology.
SU-JIN f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 收 (su)
meaning "gather, harvest" or 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 珍 (jin)
meaning "precious, rare". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SUK m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 석
SUKARNO m Javanese
From the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with the name of the mythological hero KARNA
. Sukarno (1901-1970), who did not have a surname, was the first president of Indonesia.
SÜLEYMAN m Turkish
Turkish form of SOLOMON
. Süleyman the Magnificent was a sultan of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. He expanded Ottoman territory into Europe and Persia, reformed the government, and completed several great building projects.
SULLIVAN m English
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Súileabháin
meaning "descendant of Súileabhán"
. The name Súileabhán
means "little dark eye" in Irish.
SULTAN m & f Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali, Avar
Means "ruler, king, sultan"
in Arabic. In the Arab world this name is typically masculine, but Turkey it is given to both boys and girls.
SUMANTRA m Bengali
Means "following good advice"
, from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with मन्त्र (mantra)
meaning "instrument of thought, prayer, advice".
SUMMANUS m Roman Mythology
Means "before the morning"
, derived from Latin sub
"under, before" and mane
"morning". Summanus was the Roman god of the night sky and night lightning, a nocturnal counterpart to Jupiter
SUNAN m & f Thai
Possibly means "good word"
SUNDARA m Hinduism
Derived from Sanskrit सुन्दर (sundara)
. This is the name of several minor characters in Hindu texts, and is also another name of the Hindu god Krishna
SUNIL m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
From Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good, very" combined with नील (nila)
meaning "dark blue".
SUNNY f & m English
From the English word meaning "sunny, cheerful"
SUSANOO m Japanese Mythology
Of Japanese origin, possibly meaning "wild male, impetuous male"
. In Japanese mythology he was the god of storms and the sea, as well as the brother and adversary of the goddess Amaterasu
. He was born when Izanagi
washed his nose after returning from the underworld. After he was banished from the heavens, he descended to earth and slew an eight-headed dragon.
SUSUMU m Japanese
From Japanese 進 (susumu)
meaning "advance, make progress", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
SVANTEPOLK m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of SVYATOPOLK
. It was borne by the prominent 13th-century Swedish nobleman Svantepolk Knutsson. He may have been named after a relative of his Pomeranian mother.
SVAROG m Slavic Mythology
Derived from Slavic svar
meaning "bright, clear"
. This was the name of the Slavic god of the sky and sun. He was originally the supreme god in Slavic mythology.
SVERRE m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Sverrir
meaning "wild, swinging, spinning"
SVETOVID m Slavic Mythology
Derived from the Slavic elements svetu
"blessed, holy" and vidu
"sight, view". This was the name of a four-headed Slavic god of war and light.
SWARNA m & f Indian, Telugu, Hindi
Means "good colour"
, a contraction of the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" and वर्ण (varna)
meaning "colour". This is a transcription of both the masculine form स्वर्ण
and the feminine form स्वर्णा
SWITHIN m History
From the Old English name Swiðhun
, derived from swiþ
"strong" and perhaps hun
"bear cub". Saint Swithin was a 9th-century bishop of Winchester.
SYDNEY f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of the surname SIDNEY
. This is the name of the largest city in Australia, which was named for Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney in 1788. Since the 1990s this name has been mainly feminine.
SYLVAN m English
Either a variant of SILVANUS
or directly from the Latin word silva
meaning "wood, forest"
SYLVESTER m English, German, Danish
Medieval variant of SILVESTER
. This is currently the usual English spelling of the name. A famous bearer is the American actor Sylvester Stallone (1946-).
SZABOLCS m Hungarian
Meaning unknown, possibly from a Slavic word meaning "marten"
. It was borne by a leader of the Magyars at the time of Árpád
. This is now the name of a region in Hungary.
TACITUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "silent, mute"
in Latin. This was the name of a 1st-century Roman historian, known for writing the Histories
and the Annals
TADHG m Irish, Scottish
in Irish. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Connacht.
TAFARI m Eastern African (Rare), Amharic (Rare)
Possibly means "he who inspires awe"
in Amharic. This name was borne by Lij Tafari Makonnen (1892-1975), also known as Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. Rastafarians (Ras Tafari
meaning "king Tafari") revere him as the earthly incarnation of God.
TAFFY m Welsh
Anglicized form of DAFYDD
. It has been used as a slang term for a Welshman.
TAGE m Danish, Swedish
From the medieval Danish byname Taki
, derived from Old Norse taka
meaning "to take, to capture".
TAHA m Arabic
From the Arabic letters ط
) and ه
). These letters begin the 20th chapter of the Quran (surah Ta Ha).
TAHMASP m Ancient Persian
Persian form of the Avestan name Takhmaspa
, which was derived from takhma
"strong, brave, valiant" and aspa
"horse". This name was borne by two Safavid shahs of Persia.
TAHMURAS m Persian Mythology
Persian form of Avestan Takhma Urupi
meaning "strong body"
. Takhma Urupi is a hero from the Avesta who later appears in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
TAI m & f Chinese
From Chinese 太 (tài)
meaning "very, extreme" or other characters pronounced in a similar way.
TAICHI m Japanese
From Japanese 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big" and 一 (ichi)
meaning "one", in addition to other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
TAIKI m Japanese
From Japanese 大 (tai)
meaning "big, great" and 輝 (ki)
meaning "brightness" or 樹 (ki)
meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKAHIRO m Japanese
From Japanese 貴 (taka)
meaning "valuable" or 孝 (taka)
meaning "filial piety" combined with 大 (hiro)
meaning "big, great" or 浩 (hiro)
meaning "prosperous". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKARA m & f Japanese
From Japanese 宝 (takara)
meaning "treasure, jewel", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
TAKASHI m Japanese
From Japanese 孝 (takashi)
meaning "filial piety", 隆 (takashi)
meaning "noble, prosperous" or 崇 (takashi)
meaning "esteem, honour, venerate", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations that result in the same pronunciation.
TAKEHIKO m Japanese
From Japanese 武 (take)
meaning "military, martial" or 竹 (take)
meaning "bamboo" combined with 彦 (hiko)
meaning "boy, prince". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
TAKESHI m Japanese
From Japanese 武 (takeshi)
meaning "military, martial", 健 (takeshi)
meaning "strong, healthy", or other kanji having the same reading.
TAKUMA m Japanese
From Japanese 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" and 真 (ma)
meaning "real, genuine". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAKUMI m Japanese
From Japanese 匠 (takumi)
meaning "artisan" or 巧 (takumi)
meaning "skillful". It can also come from 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" combined with 海 (mi)
meaning "sea, ocean" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth". This name can also be formed of other kanji combinations.
TAKUYA m Japanese
From Japanese 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" combined with 也 (ya)
meaning "also" or 哉 (ya)
, an exclamation. This name can be formed with other kanji combinations as well.
TALBOT m English (Rare)
From a surname that was perhaps derived from a Germanic given name composed of the elements tal
"to destroy" and bod
TALFRYN m Welsh
From a Welsh place name meaning "high hill"
, derived from Welsh tal
"high" and bryn
TALIB m Arabic
Means "seeker of knowledge, student"
in Arabic. Abu Talib was an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad
who raised him after his parents and grandparents died. His name was in fact a kunya (a nickname) formed using Abu
; his real name may have been Imran
TALIESIN m Welsh, Arthurian Romance
Means "shining brow"
, derived from Welsh tal
"brow" and iesin
"shining". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh poet and bard. In later Welsh legends he is portrayed as a wizard and prophet, or as a companion of King Arthur
TALON m English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "talon, claw"
, ultimately derived (via Norman French) from Latin talus
TAMAZI m Georgian
Form of TAMAZ
with the nominative suffix, used when the name is written stand-alone.
TAMMARO m Italian
Italian form of the Germanic name Thancmar
, which was composed of the elements thank
"thought" and mari
TANCRED m Old Norman
Norman form of a Germanic name meaning "thought and counsel"
, derived from the elements thank
"thought" and rad
"counsel". This was the name of a leader of the First Crusade, described by Torquato Tasso in his epic poem Jerusalem Delivered
TĀNE m Maori, Polynesian Mythology
in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Tāne was the god of forests and light. He was the son of the sky god Rangi
and the earth goddess Papa
, who were locked in an embrace and finally separated by their son. He created the tui bird and, by some accounts, man.
TANGAROA m Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Polynesian mythology he was the god of the sea, the son of Rangi
. He separated his parents' embrace, creating the earth and the sky.
TANGUY m Breton, French
From Breton tan
"fire" and gi
"dog". This was the name of a 6th-century Breton saint.
TANNER m English
From an English surname meaning "one who tans hides"
TAO m Chinese
From Chinese 涛 (tāo)
meaning "large waves", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
TARANIS m Gaulish Mythology
Derived from Celtic taran
, cognate with Þórr
). This was the name of the Gaulish thunder god, who was often identified with the Roman god Jupiter
TARAS m Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian and Russian form of the Greek name Ταράσιος (Tarasios)
, which possibly means "from Taras"
. Taras was an Italian city, now called Taranto, which was founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC and was named for the Greek mythological figure Taras, a son of Poseidon
. Saint Tarasios was an 8th-century bishop of Constantinople. It was also borne by the Ukrainian writer and artist Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861).
TARHUNNA m Near Eastern Mythology
From Hittite or Luwian tarh
meaning "to cross, to conquer"
. This was the name of the Hittite god of the weather, storms, and the sky, and the slayer of the dragon Illuyanka. He was closely identified with the Hurrian god Teshub
, and sometimes with the Semitic god Hadad
TARIEL m Literature, Georgian
Created by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for his 12th-century epic The Knight in the Panther's Skin
. He may have based it on Persian تاجور (tajvar)
meaning "king" or تار (tar)
meaning "dark, obscure" combined with یل (yal)
meaning "hero". In the poem Tariel, the titular knight who wears a panther skin, is an Indian prince who becomes a companion of Avtandil
TARIQ m Arabic
Means "he who knocks at the door"
in Arabic. This is the Arabic name of the morning star. Tariq ibn Ziyad was the Islamic general who conquered Spain for the Umayyad Caliphate in the 8th century.
TARŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TARON m Armenian
From the name of a region in historic Armenia (now in Turkey).
TARQUIN m History
, a Roman name of unknown meaning, possibly Etruscan in origin. This was the name of two early kings of Rome.
TASUNKA m Indigenous American, Sioux
From Lakota tȟašuŋke
meaning "his horse"
. This forms the first part of the name of Tasunka Witko (1840-1877), translated as Crazy Horse, a Lakota war leader.
TATANKA m Indigenous American, Sioux
From Lakota tȟatȟáŋka
. This is the first part of the name of the Lakota holy man and chief Tatanka Iyotake (1831-1890), translated into English as Sitting Bull.
TATE m English
From an English surname that was derived from the Old English given name Tata
, of unknown origin.
TATIUS m Roman Mythology, Ancient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning, possibly of Sabine origin. According to Roman legend, Titus Tatius was an 8th-century BC king of the Sabines who came to jointly rule over the Romans and Sabines with the Roman king Romulus.
TATTON m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's town"
in Old English.
TATUM f & m English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's homestead"
in Old English.
TAU m Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).
TAVISH m Scottish
Anglicized form of Thàmhais
, vocative case of TÀMHAS
. Alternatively it could be taken from the Scottish surname MacTavish
, Anglicized form of Mac Tàmhais
, meaning "son of Thomas".
TAWFIQ m Arabic
Means "good fortune"
, derived from Arabic وفق (wafiqa)
meaning "to be successful".
TAYLOR m & f English
From an English surname that originally denoted someone who was a tailor, from Norman French tailleur
, ultimately from Latin taliare
"to cut". Its modern use as a feminine name may have been influenced by the British-American author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).
TEAGAN m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Tadhgáin
meaning "descendant of Tadhgán"
. The given name Tadhgán
is a diminutive of TADHG
TEAGUE m Irish
Anglicized form of TADHG
. This name is also used as a slang term for an Irishman.
TED m English
Short form of EDWARD
. A famous bearer was the American baseball player Ted Williams (1918-2002), who was born as Theodore.
TEGID m Welsh
Possibly derived from Welsh teg
"fair", or possibly from the Roman name TACITUS
. This is the Welsh name of a lake in Wales, called Bala Lake in English. It also occurs in medieval Welsh legends as the husband of Ceridwen
TEIMURAZ m Georgian
Georgian form of TAHMURAS
. This was the name of several kings who ruled over kingdoms located in what is now modern Georgia.
TEKOA m Biblical
Possibly means either "stockade"
or "horn, trumpet"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a both a city and a son of Ashhur.
TÉLESPHORE m French (Archaic)
French form of the Greek name Τελεσφόρος (Telesphoros)
meaning "bringing fulfillment"
or "bearing fruit"
. Saint Telesphorus was a 2nd-century pope and martyr.
TELMAN m Azerbaijani
Soviet-era name derived from the usual Azerbaijani spelling of the surname of the German communist party leader Ernst Thälmann (1886-1944; see THÄLMANN
TELMO m Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from a misdivision of Spanish Santelmo
meaning "saint ELMO"
. This name is given in honour of Pedro González Telmo, a 13th-century Spanish priest.
TEMAN m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "right hand"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a grandson of Esau
for whom the town of Teman in Edom was named.
TEMPLE m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that originally belonged to a person who was associated with the Knights Templar, a medieval religious military order.
TEMUJIN m History
Means "of iron"
in Mongolian, derived ultimately from the Turkic word temür
"iron". This was the original name of the Mongolian leader better known by the title Genghis
Khan. Born in the 12th century, he managed to unite the tribes of Mongolia and then conquer huge areas of Asia and Eastern Europe.
TEMURI m Georgian
Form of TEMUR
with the nominative suffix, used in Georgian when the name is written stand-alone.
TEMÜÜLEN m & f Mongolian
Means "striving, aspiring"
in Mongolian. This was the name of the sister of Genghis Khan.
TENNYSON m English (Rare)
From an English surname that meant "son of Tenney"
being a medieval form of DENIS
. A notable bearer of the surname was British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).
TENZIN m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
From Tibetan བསྟན་འཛིན (bstan-'dzin)
meaning "upholder of teachings"
. This is one of the given names of the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (1935-).