UMID m Uzbek
in Uzbek, ultimately from Persian امید (omid)
ÜMİT m Turkish
in Turkish, ultimately from Persian امید (omid)
UMUT m & f Turkish
Variant of ÜMİT
. The Turkish words umut
are etymologically related synonyms.
UNATHI m & f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "he or she is with us"
in Xhosa, from the prefix u-
meaning "he, she" and nathi
meaning "with us".
UPTON m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "upper town"
in Old English. A famous bearer of this name was the American novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968).
URAL m Bashkir, Turkish
From the name of the Ural Mountains, of uncertain meaning, possibly from Turkic aral
meaning "island, boundary". This is the name of the title character in the Bashkir epic Ural-batyr
URANUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Οὐρανός (Ouranos)
, the name of the husband of Gaia
and the father of the Titans in Greek mythology. His name is derived from οὐρανός (ouranos)
meaning "the heavens"
. This is also the name of the seventh planet in the solar system.
URIA m & f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of URIAH
, also used as a feminine name.
URIAH m Biblical
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיָה ('Uriyah)
meaning "YAHWEH is my light"
, from the roots אוּר ('ur)
meaning "light, flame" and יָה (yah)
referring to the Hebrew God. In the Old Testament this is the name of a Hittite warrior in King David
's army, the first husband of Bathsheba
. David desired Bathsheba so he placed Uriah in the forefront of battle so he would be killed.
URIEL m Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיאֵל ('Uri'el)
meaning "God is my light"
, from אוּר ('ur)
meaning "light, flame" and אֵל ('el)
meaning "God". Uriel is an archangel in Hebrew tradition. He is mentioned only in the Apocrypha, for example in the Book of Enoch where he warns Noah
of the coming flood.
URIJAH m Biblical
Form of URIAH
used in some English versions of the Old Testament (for a character in the Book of Jeremiah).
URMAS m Estonian
Possibly from the dialectal Estonian word urm
UROŠ m Serbian, Slovene
Serbian form of an old Hungarian name, possibly from úr
meaning "man, lord"
combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of five Serbian kings.
URS m German
German form of the Latin name Ursus
, which meant "bear"
. Saint Ursus was a 3rd-century soldier in the Theban Legion who was martyred with Saint Victor. He is the patron saint of Solothurn in Switzerland.
UTHER m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Uthyr
, derived from Welsh uthr
. In Arthurian legend Uther was the father of King Arthur
. He appears in some early Welsh texts, but is chiefly known from the 12th-century chronicles of Geoffrey of Monmouth.
UTHMAN m Arabic
Means "baby bustard"
in Arabic (a bustard is a type of large bird). Uthman was a companion of the Prophet Muhammad
who married two of his daughters. He was the third caliph of the Muslims.
UTTARA m & f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi
in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form उत्तर
(also written Uttar
) and the feminine form उत्तरा
(also written Uttarā
), both of which occur in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
belonging to the son and daughter of King Virata.
UTU m Sumerian Mythology
Derived from Sumerian 𒌓 (ud)
. In Sumerian mythology this was the name of the god of the sun. He was the son of the moon god Nanna
UZZIAH m Biblical
Means "my power is YAHWEH"
in Hebrew, from the roots עֹז ('oz)
meaning "strength, power" and יָה (yah)
referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of several Old Testament characters including a king of Judah.
UZZIEL m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my power is God"
in Hebrew, from the roots עֹז ('oz)
meaning "strength, power" and אֵל ('el)
meaning "God". This is the name of several minor characters in the Old Testament.
VÁCLAV m Czech, Slovak
Contracted form of the older name Veceslav
, from the Slavic elements veche
"more" and slava
"glory". Saint Václav (known as Wenceslas in English) was a 10th-century duke of Bohemia murdered by his brother. He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. This was also the name of several Bohemian kings.
VADIM m Russian
Meaning unknown. It is used as a Russian form of BADEMUS
, but it may actually be derived from the Slavic name VADIMIR
or else from an Old Norse source.
VAHAGN m Armenian Mythology, Armenian
From Avestan Verethragna
meaning "breaking of defense, victory"
. In Armenian mythology this was the name of the heroic god of war.
VÄINÄMÖINEN m Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish väinä
meaning "wide and slow-flowing river"
. In Finnish mythology Väinämöinen was a wise old magician, the son of the primal goddess Ilmatar
. He is the hero of the Finnish epic the Kalevala
VAKHTANG m Georgian
Derived from Old Persian varka-tanu
. This name was borne by several kings of Georgia.
VALENTIN m French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of Valentinus
(see VALENTINE (1)
) in several languages.
VALENTINE (1) m English
From the Roman cognomen Valentinus
, which was itself a derivative of the cognomen Valens
meaning "strong, vigorous, healthy"
in Latin. Saint Valentine was a 3rd-century martyr. His feast day was the same as the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, which resulted in the association between Valentine's day and love. As an English name, it has been used occasionally since the 12th century.
VALERIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Latin valere "to be strong"
. This was the name of several early saints.
VALÉRY m French
Derived from the Germanic elements walha
"foreign" and ric
"ruler, mighty". It has been frequently confused with the name Valère
VĂN m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 文 (văn)
meaning "literature, culture, writing"
. This is a common middle name for Vietnamese boys.
VANCE m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old English fenn
meaning "marsh, fen"
VANNA (2) f & m Khmer
in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit.
VARDAN m Armenian
Derived from Armenian վարդ (vard)
, ultimately from an Iranian language.
VARIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name meaning "versatile"
in Latin. Varius Rufus was a Roman epic poet of the 1st century BC.
VARUNA m Hinduism
Probably from a Sanskrit word meaning "to surround"
. In Hindu mythology Varuna is a god of water and the celestial ocean surrounding the world. He is one of the chief gods in the Rigveda.
VASANTA m Hinduism
in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu personification of the spring.
VASCO m Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
From the medieval Spanish name Velasco
, which possibly meant "crow"
in Basque. A famous bearer was the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to India.
VAUGHN m Welsh, English
From a Welsh surname that was derived from Welsh bychan
VAYU m Hinduism
Means "air, wind"
in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu god of the air and wind, one of the five elements.
VEASNA m & f Khmer
Means "opportunity, good fortune, fate"
VEDASTUS m History
Possibly a Latinized form of a Germanic or Celtic name, possibly Germanic WIDOGAST
. This was the name of a 6th-century saint who helped to convert the Frankish king Clovis to Christianity.
VENA m Hinduism
Derived from Sanskrit वेन (vena)
. This is the name of an evil king in Hindu mythology.
VERCINGETORIX m Ancient Celtic
Means "king over warriors"
from Gaulish ver
"on, over" combined with cingeto
"marching men, warriors" and rix
"king". This name was borne by a chieftain of the Gaulish tribe the Arverni. He led the resistance against Julius Caesar's attempts to conquer Gaul, but he was eventually defeated, brought to Rome, and executed.
VERE m English
From a Norman surname, which was from a French place name, which was itself derived from a Gaulish word meaning "alder"
VEREMUND m Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Germanic name, probably Waramunt
, derived from war
"vigilant, cautious" and mund
"protection". This was the name of a 5th-century king of Galicia (from the Germanic tribe of the Suebi). It was later the name of kings of Asturias and León, though their names are usually spelled in the Spanish form Bermudo
VERÍSSIMO m Portuguese
From the Latin name Verissimus
meaning "very true"
. Saint Verissimus was a Portuguese martyr executed during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century.
VERNON m English
From a Norman surname, which was from a French place name, ultimately derived from the Gaulish word vern
VESPASIAN m History
From the Roman cognomen Vespasianus
, derived either from Latin vesper
. This was the name of a 1st-century Roman emperor, Titus Flavius Vespasianus, the founder of the Flavian dynasty.
VETLE m Norwegian
Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Vetrliði
meaning "winter traveller"
, and by extension "bear cub"
VIBOL m Khmer
Means "abundant, large, vast"
VICTOR m English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Late Roman
Roman name meaning "victor, conqueror"
in Latin. It was common among early Christians, and was borne by several early saints and three popes. It was rare as an English name during the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885), who authored The Hunchback of Notre Dame
and Les Misérables
VICTORINUS m Late Roman
Roman name that was derived from VICTOR
. This was the name of a ruler of the Gallic Empire in the 3rd century. It was also borne by the 4th-century Roman grammarian and philosopher Victorinus Afer as well as a few early saints.
VIDE m Swedish
in Swedish, from Old Norse víðir
VIKING m Swedish
From the Old Norse name Víkingr
meaning "viking, raider"
, ultimately from vík
VIKRAMA m Hinduism
Means "stride, pace"
in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu
. This was also the name of a semi-legendary 1st-century BC king (full name Vikramaditya) of Ujjain in India.
VIKTOR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Estonian, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian, Greek
Form of VICTOR
used in various languages.
VILEN m Russian
Abbreviation of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
, the name of the founder of the former Soviet state.