Unisex Names

gender
usage
KEAHI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the fire" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and ahi "fire".
KEALA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the path" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and ala "path".
KEALOHA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the loved one" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and aloha "love".
KEANU m & f Hawaiian
Means "the cool breeze" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and anu "coolness". This name is now associated with Canadian actor Keanu Reeves (1964-).
KEELAN f & m Irish
Anglicized form of CAOILFHIONN, sometimes used as a masculine name.
KEFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "I was given" in Tswana.
KEI m & f Japanese
From Japanese (kei) meaning "intelligent", (kei) meaning "gemstone" or (kei) meaning "congratulate". This name can also be formed from other kanji or kanji combinations.
KELCEY m & f English (Rare)
Variant of KELSEY.
KELLEY f & m English
Variant of KELLY.
KELLY m & f Irish, English
Anglicized form of the Irish given name CEALLACH or the surname derived from it Ó Ceallaigh. As a surname, it has been borne by actor and dancer Gene Kelly (1912-1996) and actress and princess Grace Kelly (1929-1982).
KELSEY f & m English
From an English surname that is derived from town names in Lincolnshire. It may mean "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel "fierce" in combination with eg "island".
KENDAL m & f English (Modern)
From a surname that was a variant of KENDALL.
KENDALL m & f English
From a surname that comes from the name of the city of Kendale in northwest England meaning "valley on the river Kent".
KENNEDY f & m English, Irish
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cinnéidigh meaning "descendant of CENNÉTIG". The name is often given in honour of assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
KENZIE m & f English
Short form of MACKENZIE.
KEONE m & f Hawaiian
Means "the homeland" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and one "sand, homeland".
KERRY m & f English
From the name of the Irish county, called Ciarraí in Irish Gaelic, which means "CIAR's people".
KESHET m & f Hebrew
Means "rainbow" in Hebrew.
KETUT m & f Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "small banana". This name is traditionally given to the fourth child.
KEVYN m & f English (Rare)
Variant or feminine form of KEVIN.
KHAM m & f Lao
Means "gold" in Lao.
KHAMPHET m & f Lao
From Lao ຄຳ (kham) meaning "gold" and ເພັດ (phet) meaning "diamond, gem".
KHAYRAT m & f Arabic
Means "good deeds" in Arabic, plural of خيرة (khayrah).
KHORSHID m & f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian خورشید (see KHURSHID).
KHURSHID m & f Persian, Urdu, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Hvare Khshaeta meaning "shining sun". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel) who was associated with the sun.
KIM (1) f & m English
At the present it is usually considered a short form of KIMBERLY, but it in fact predates it as a given name. The author Rudyard Kipling used it for the title hero of his novel Kim (1901), though in this case it was short for KIMBALL. In her novel Show Boat (1926) Edna Ferber used it for a female character who was born on the Mississippi River and was named from the initials of the states Kentucky, Illinois and Mississippi. The name was popularized in America by the actresses Kim Hunter (1922-2002) and Kim Novak (1933-), both of whom assumed it as a stage name.
KIRABO m & f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "gift" in Luganda.
KIRAN f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, Nepali, Urdu
Derived from Sanskrit किरण (kirana), which can mean "dust" or "thread" or "sunbeam".
KIRBY m & f English
From an English surname that was originally from a place name meaning "church settlement" in Old Norse. This name briefly spiked in popularity for American girls in 1982 after the character Kirby Anders Colby was introduced to the soap opera Dynasty.
KISEMBO m & f Eastern African, Tooro
Means "gift" in Rutooro.
KIT m & f English
Diminutive of CHRISTOPHER or KATHERINE. A notable bearer was Kit Carson (1809-1868), an American frontiersman and explorer.
KOHAKU f & m Japanese
From Japanese 琥珀 (kohaku) meaning "amber".
KOMANG m & f Balinese
Meaning unknown. This name is traditionally given to the third-born child in Balinese families.
KONANI m & f Hawaiian
Means "bright" in Hawaiian.
KONDWANI m & f Southern African, Chewa, Tumbuka
Means "be happy, rejoice" in Chewa and Tumbuka.
KRIS m & f English, Flemish, Danish
Short form of KRISTIAN, KRISTOFFER, and other names beginning with Kris.
KULAP f & m Thai
Means "rose" in Thai (of Persian origin).
KUMBUKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "remember" in Chewa.
KUN f & m Chinese
From Chinese (kūn) meaning "earth, female", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
KUNZANG m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "all good, ever excellent" in Tibetan.
KUSUMA m & f Indonesian
Derived from Sanskrit कुसुम (kusuma) meaning "flower".
KYO m & f Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or or or (see KYŌ).
KYŌ m & f Japanese
From Japanese (kyō) meaning "unite, cooperate", (kyō) meaning "capital city", (kyō) meaning "village", (kyō) meaning "apricot", or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
KYOU m & f Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or or or (see KYŌ).
KYRIE m & f English (Modern)
From the name of a Christian prayer, also called the Kyrie eleison meaning "Lord, have mercy". It is ultimately from Greek κύριος (kyrios) meaning "lord". In America it was popularized as a masculine name by basketball player Kyrie Irving (1992-), whose name is pronounced differently than the prayer.
KYUNG m & f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul (see GYEONG).
LACEY f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of LACY.
LACY f & m English
From a surname that was derived from Lassy, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name that was Latinized as Lascius.
LAKE m & f English (Rare)
From the English word lake, for the inland body of water. It is ultimately derived from Latin lacus.
LAKSHMI f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi, Odia
Means "sign, mark" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu and her symbol is the lotus flower, with which she is often depicted.
LAN (1) f & m Chinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese (lán) meaning "orchid, elegant" (which is usually only feminine) or (lán) meaning "mountain mist". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese meaning "orchid".
LÀNH m & f Vietnamese
Means "good, favourable, gentle" in Vietnamese.
LASHAWN f & m African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name SHAWN.
LAUREN f & m English
Variant or feminine form of LAURENCE (1). Originally a masculine name, it was first popularized as a feminine name by actress Betty Jean Perske (1924-), who used Lauren Bacall as her stage name.
LAURIE f & m English, Dutch
Diminutive of LAURA or LAURENCE (1).
LAVERN m & f English
Variant of LAVERNE.
LAVERNE f & m English
From a surname that was derived from a French place name, ultimately derived from the Gaulish word vern meaning "alder". It is sometimes associated with the Roman goddess Laverna or the Latin word vernus "of spring".
LAXMI f & m Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Alternate transcription of Telugu లక్ష్మి or Marathi/Hindi लक्ष्मी (see LAKSHMI), as well as the most common Nepali transcription.
LEE m & f English
From a surname that was derived from Old English leah meaning "clearing". The surname belonged to Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), commander of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. In his honour, it has been commonly used as a given name in the American South.
LEHUA f & m Hawaiian
Means "ohia flower" in Hawaiian.
LEI (1) m & f Hawaiian
Means "flowers, lei, child" in Hawaiian.
LEI (2) m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lěi) meaning "pile of stones" (which is typically masculine) or (lěi) meaning "bud" (typically feminine). Other characters can also form this name.
LEIGH f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of LEE.
LEIGHTON f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of LAYTON.
LEILANI f & m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly flowers" or "royal child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
LEITH m & f English (Rare)
From a surname, originally from the name of a Scottish town (now a district of Edinburgh), which is derived from Gaelic lìte "wet, damp". It is also the name of the river that flows though Edinburgh.
LENNIE m & f English
Diminutive of LEONARD, sometimes a feminine form.
LENNON m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Leannáin, which means "descendant of Leannán". The name Leannán means "lover" in Irish. This surname was borne by musician John Lennon (1940-1980), a member of the Beatles.
LENNOX m & f Scottish, English (Modern)
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the name of a district in Scotland. The district, called Leamhnachd in Gaelic, possibly means "place of elms".
LÉONCE m & f French
French form of LEONTIOS, also used as a feminine name.
LÉONIDE m & f French (Rare)
French masculine and feminine form of LEONIDAS.
LESLEY f & m English
Variant of LESLIE.
LESLIE f & m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from a Scottish place name, probably derived from Gaelic leas celyn meaning "garden of holly". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century. In America it was more common as a feminine name after the 1940s.
LHAMO f & m Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "goddess" in Tibetan.
LI (1) f & m Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "reason, logic", () meaning "stand, establish", () meaning "black, dawn", () meaning "power, capability, influence" (which is usually only masculine) or () meaning "beautiful" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
LI (2) f & m Hebrew
Means "to me" in Hebrew.
LIAN (2) m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lián) meaning "lotus, water lily", (lián) meaning "waterfall", or other Chinese characters that are pronounced similarly.
LILIAN f & m English, French
English variant of LILLIAN, as well as a French masculine form.
LIM m & f Chinese
Hokkien Chinese form of LIN.
LIMBANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "be strong" in Chewa.
LIMBIKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "work hard" in Chewa.
LIN m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lín) meaning "forest" or (lín) meaning "fine jade, gem". Other characters can also form this name.
LINDSAY f & m English, Scottish
From an English and Scottish surname that was originally derived from the name of the region Lindsey, which means "LINCOLN island" in Old English. As a given name it was typically masculine until the 1960s (in Britain) and 1970s (in America) when it became popular for girls, probably due to its similarity to Linda and because of American actress Lindsay Wagner (1949-).
LINDSEY f & m English, Scottish
Variant of LINDSAY.
LINDY m & f English
Originally this was a masculine name, coming into use in America in 1927 when the dance called the Lindy Hop became popular. The dance was probably named for aviator Charles Lindbergh. Later this name was used as a diminutive of LINDA.
LING f & m Chinese
From Chinese (líng) meaning "spirit, soul", (líng) meaning "bell, chime", or other Chinese characters that are pronounced similarly.
LINH f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (linh) meaning "spirit, soul".
LIOR m & f Hebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
LIRAZ m & f Hebrew
Means "secret for me" in Hebrew.
LIRON m & f Hebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
LISHAN f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "award" in Amharic.
LOGAN m & f Scottish, English
From a surname that was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.
LONDON f & m English (Modern)
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain. As a surname it was borne by the American author Jack London (1876-1916).
LOREN m & f English
Either a short form of LAURENCE (1) (masculine) or a variant of LAUREN (feminine).
LORETO f & m Italian, Spanish
From the name of a town in Italy, originally called Lauretum in Latin, meaning "laurel grove". Supposedly in the 13th century the house of the Virgin Mary was miraculously carried by angels from Nazareth to the town.
LORIN m & f English
Variant of LOREN.
LORRIN m & f English (Rare)
Variant of LOREN.
LOU f & m English, French
Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS. Famous bearers include the baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) and the musician Lou Reed (1942-2013).
LUCKY m & f English, Indian, Hindi
From a nickname given to a lucky person. It is also sometimes used as a diminutive of LUKE.
LUCRÈCE f & m French
French form of both LUCRETIA and its masculine form Lucretius.
LUNGILE f & m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
LUPE f & m Spanish
Short form of GUADALUPE.
LUX f & m Various
Derived from Latin lux meaning "light".
LYNN f & m English
From an English surname that was derived from Welsh llyn meaning "lake". Before the start of the 20th century it was primarily used for boys, but it has since come to be more common for girls. In some cases it may be thought of as a short form of LINDA or names that end in lyn or line.
LYRIC f & m English (Modern)
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικός (lyrikos).
MAACAH f & m Biblical
From Hebrew מָעַך (ma'akh) meaning "to press, to crush". This name is borne by both male and female characters in the Old Testament.
MAACHAH f & m Biblical
Form of MAACAH in some versions of the Old Testament.
MA'AKHAH f & m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MAACAH.
MAAYAN f & m Hebrew
Means "spring of water" in Hebrew.
MACHLAH f & m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MAHLAH.
MACKENZIE f & m English
From the Gaelic surname Mac Coinnich, which means "son of COINNEACH". A famous bearer of the surname was William Lyon MacKenzie (1795-1861), a Canadian journalist and political rebel. As a feminine given name, it was popularized by the American actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959-). In the United Kingdom it is more common as a masculine name.
MADALITSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
MADE m & f Balinese
From Sanskrit मध्य (madhya) meaning "middle". This name is traditionally given to the family's second-born child.
MADHU f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu
From Sanskrit मधु (madhu) meaning "sweet, honey". This is another name of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu year (which occurs in March and April).
MADHUR m & f Indian, Hindi
Means "sweet" in Sanskrit.
MADISON f & m English
From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie Splash (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. It was ranked second for girls in the United States by 2001. This rise from obscurity to prominence in only 18 years represents an unprecedented 550,000 percent increase in usage.... [more]
MAHINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of MAHENDRA used by Sikhs.
MAHLAH f & m Biblical
From the Hebrew name מַחְלָה (Machlah), possibly from חָלָה (chalah) meaning "weak, sick". This name is used in the Old Testament as both a feminine and masculine name. In some versions of the Bible the masculine name is spelled Mahalah.
MAITLAND m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was from a Norman French place name possibly meaning "inhospitable".
MAKANA m & f Hawaiian
Means "gift" in Hawaiian.
MAKARA m & f Khmer
Means "January" in Khmer.
MAKENA f & m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.
MAKOTO m & f Japanese
From Japanese (makoto) meaning "sincerity", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations.
MALAK f & m Arabic
Means "angel" in Arabic.
MALONE m & f English (Rare)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Maoil Eoin meaning "descendant of a disciple of Saint JOHN".
MANAIA f & m Maori
From the name of a stylized design common in Maori carvings. It represents a mythological creature with the head of a bird and the body of a human.
MANDEEP m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
MANINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
MANJEET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and जिति (jiti) meaning "victory, conquering".
MANPREET f & m Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and प्रीति (priti) meaning "pleasure, joy, love".
MANU (2) m & f French, Spanish, German, Finnish
Short form of MANUEL or EMMANUEL (and also of MANUELA in Germany).
MARAM f & m Arabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.
MARÍA f & m Spanish, Galician, Icelandic
Spanish, Galician and Icelandic form of MARIA.... [more]
MARIA f & m Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Estonian, Corsican, Sardinian, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Latin form of Greek Μαρία, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.... [more]
MARIE f & m French, Czech, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
French and Czech form of MARIA. It has been very common in France since the 13th century. At the opening of the 20th century it was given to approximately 20 percent of French girls. This percentage has declined steadily over the course of the century, and it dropped from the top rank in 1958.... [more]
MARIJN m & f Dutch
Dutch masculine and feminine form of MARINUS.
MARLEY f & m English (Modern)
From a surname that was taken from a place name meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the Jamaican musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
MARLOWE f & m English (Modern)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "remnants of a lake" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the English playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593).
MARLYN f & m English
Variant of MARILYN (feminine) or MARLIN (masculine).
MARTIE m & f English
Diminutive of MARTIN, MARTINA or MARTHA.
MASAMI f & m Japanese
From Japanese (masa) meaning "become" or (masa) meaning "right, proper" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji.
MASOZI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
MATIJA m & f Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Slovene, Croatian and Serbian form of MATTHIAS, used to refer to the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. It is occasionally used as a feminine name.
MATTIE f & m English
Diminutive of MATILDA or MATTHEW.
MĀUI m & f Hawaiian, Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Hawaiian mythology Māui was a trickster who created the Hawaiian Islands by having his brothers fish them out of the sea. He was also responsible for binding the sun and slowing its movement.
MAVUTO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "troubles, problems" in Chewa.
MAWUNYO m & f Western African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
MAXI m & f Spanish, German
Spanish short form of MAXIMILIANO (masculine) or German short form of MAXIMILIANE (feminine) or MAXIMILIAN (masculine).
MAYAMIKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
MAYESO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
MCKINLEY f & m English
From a surname, the Gaelic form of which is Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH". A famous bearer was the assassinated American president William McKinley (1843-1901).
MEADE m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that indicated one who lived on a meadow (from Middle English mede) or one who sold or made mead (an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey; from Old English meodu).
MEGA f & m Indonesian
Means "cloud" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit मेघ (megha).
MEHR m & f Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA. As a Persian vocabulary word it means "friendship" and "sun". It is also the name of the seventh month of the Persian calendar. All these derive from the same source: the Indo-Iranian root *mitra meaning "oath, covenant, agreement".
MEL m & f English
Short form of MELVIN, MELANIE, MELISSA, and other names beginning with Mel.
MEREDITH m & f Welsh, English
From the Welsh name Maredudd or Meredydd, possibly meaning "great lord" or "sea lord". Since the mid-1920s it has been used more often for girls than for boys in English-speaking countries, though it is still a masculine name in Wales. A famous bearer of this name as surname was the English novelist and poet George Meredith (1828-1909).
MERLE f & m English
Variant of MERRILL or MURIEL. The spelling has been influenced by the word merle meaning "blackbird" (via French, from Latin merula).
MERLYN m & f English
Variant of MERLIN, sometimes used as a feminine form. It has perhaps been influenced by the Welsh word merlyn meaning "pony".
MEZTLI m & f Aztec and Toltec Mythology, Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Means "moon" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the Aztec god (or goddess) of the moon.
MICAIAH m & f Biblical
Means "who is like YAHWEH?" in Hebrew. This name occurs in the Old Testament in a variety of Hebrew spellings, belonging to both males and females. It is the full name of Micah, both the prophet and the man from the Book of Judges. As a feminine name it belongs to the mother of King Abijah (at 2 Chronicles 13:2), though her name is listed as Maacah in other passages.
MICAJAH m & f Biblical
Variant of MICAIAH.
MICHA (2) m & f German, Dutch
Short form of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICHAIAH m & f Biblical
Form of MICAIAH in some versions of the Old Testament.
MICHI (1) m & f Japanese
From Japanese (michi) meaning "path". Other kanji can also form this name.
MICHI (2) m & f German
German diminutive of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICKEY m & f English
Diminutive or feminine form of MICHAEL. This was the name that Walt Disney gave to Ub Iwerks' cartoon character Mickey Mouse, who was originally named Mortimer Mouse. Another famous bearer was the American baseball player Mickey Mantle (1931-1995).
MIES f & m Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA or BARTHOLOMEUS.
MIKHAYAHU m & f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MICAIAH.
MILLE f & m Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Danish and Norwegian short form of EMILIE (feminine) and Swedish short form of EMIL (masculine).
MIN m & f Chinese, Korean
From (mǐn) meaning "quick, clever, sharp", (mín) meaning "people, citizens", or other Chinese/Sino-Korean characters that are pronounced similarly.
MINATO m & f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese (minato) meaning "harbour", as well as other combinations of kanji having the same pronunciation.
MINENHLE f & m Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini "day" and hle "beautiful".
MING m & f Chinese
From Chinese (míng) meaning "bright, light, clear" or (míng) meaning "inscribe, engrave", as well as other characters that are pronounced similarly.
MIN-JUN m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with (jun) meaning "talented, handsome". Other hanja combinations are possible.
MINKE m & f Frisian, Dutch
Diminutive and feminine form of MEINE.
MINORU m & f Japanese
From Japanese (minoru) meaning "to bear fruit", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
MIN-SU m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "people, citizens" or (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with (su) meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" or (su), which refers to a river in China. Other hanja combinations are possible.
MIŠA m & f Serbian, Slovene
Serbian diminutive of MIHAILO, MIROSLAV and other names beginning with a similar sound. In Slovenia it is typically feminine.
MITRA (1) m & f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "friend" in Sanskrit, a cognate of MITHRA. This is a transcription of both the feminine form मित्रा and the masculine form मित्र, which is the name of a Hindu god of friendship and contracts who appears in the Rigveda.
MO f & m English
Short form of MAUREEN, MAURICE, MORRIS, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
MOANA f & m Maori, Hawaiian, Tahitian
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea" in Maori and Hawaiian (as well as in other Polynesian languages).
MODESTE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of MODESTUS.
MOERANI m & f Tahitian
From Tahitian moe "sleep" and rani "heaven, sky".
MOHANA m & f Hinduism
Means "bewitching, infatuating, charming" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form मोहन (an epithet of the Hindu gods Shiva, Krishna and Kama) and the feminine form मोहना.
MOHINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of MAHENDRA used by Sikhs.
MONET f & m Various
From a French surname that was derived from either HAMON or EDMOND. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONROE m & f Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname meaning "from the mouth of the Roe". The Roe is a river in Ireland. Two famous bearers of the surname were American president James Monroe (1758-1831) and American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962).
MONTANA f & m English (Modern)
From the name of the American state, which is derived from Latin montanus "mountainous".
MOR f & m Hebrew
Means "myrrh" in Hebrew.
MORAN f & m Hebrew
Means "viburnum shrub" in Hebrew.
MORGAN (1) m & f Welsh, English, French
From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which was possibly derived from Welsh mor "sea" and cant "circle". Since the 1980s in America Morgan has been more common for girls than boys, perhaps due to stories of Morgan le Fay or the fame of actress Morgan Fairchild (1950-).
MOTYA m & f Russian
Diminutive of MATVEY or MATRONA.
MPHATSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
MPHO m & f Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
MTENDERE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
MU m & f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "admire, desire", () meaning "tree, wood", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
MUDIWA f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "beloved" in Shona.
MUMTAZ m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "distinguished" in Arabic. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as tomb for his wife Mumtaz Mahal (1593-1631).
MUNASHE m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona.
MURPHY m & f Irish, English
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of MURCHADH".
MYEONG m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (myeong) meaning "bright, light, clear" or other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
MYUNG m & f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul (see MYEONG).
NĀLANI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the heavens" or "the chiefs" from Hawaiian , a definite article, and lani "heaven, sky, chief".
NAO f & m Japanese
From Japanese (nao) meaning "straight" or from a combination of (na), a phonetic character, and (o) meaning "center". Other kanji or kanji combinations can form this name as well.
NAOMI (2) f & m Japanese
From Japanese (nao) meaning "straight" and (mi) meaning "beautiful" (usually feminine) or (mi) meaning "self" (usually masculine). Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
NARCISSE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of NARCISSUS. This is also the French word for the narcissus flower.
NARINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of NARENDRA used by Sikhs.
NASEEM m & f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم or Urdu نسیم (see NASIM).
NASIM m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "breeze" in Arabic.
NASSIM m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم (see NASIM).
NAT m & f English
Short form of NATHAN, NATHANIEL, NATALIE, or other names beginning with Nat.
NAVDEEP m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
NAVNEET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and नित्य (nitya) meaning "eternal".
NAZARET f & m Spanish, Armenian
From Nazareth, the town in Galilee where Jesus lived. This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Armenian.
NDIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
NEELAM f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi नीलम (see NILAM).
NEO (1) f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "gift" in Tswana, a derivative of naya "to give".
NERGÜI m & f Mongolian
Means "no name" in Mongolian. This name was traditionally given in order to mislead bad spirits.
NERMIN m & f Bosnian, Arabic (Egyptian)
Bosnian (masculine) and Egyptian Arabic (feminine) form of NERMİN.
NESİM m & f Turkish
Turkish form of NASIM.
NETA f & m Hebrew
Means "plant, shrub" in Hebrew.
NEVADA f & m English
From the name of the American state, which means "snow-capped" in Spanish.
NGAWANG m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "powerful speech" in Tibetan, from ངག (ngag) meaning "speech" and དབང (dbang) meaning "power, force".
NGỌC f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (ngọc) meaning "jade, precious stone, gem".
NGOZI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
NHUNG f & m Vietnamese
Means "velvet" in Vietnamese.
NICKY m & f English
Diminutive of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NIKA (1) f & m Russian
Russian short form of VERONIKA and other names ending in nika. It can also be a short form of NIKITA (1) (masculine).
NIKEPHOROS m & f Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "carrying victory" from Greek νίκη (nike) meaning "victory" and φέρω (phero) meaning "to carry, to bear". This name was borne by several Byzantine emperors, including the 10th-century Nikephoros II Phokas. Besides being a masculine personal name, it was also a title borne by the goddess Athena.
NIKORA m & f Maori
Maori form of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NILAM f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "dark blue, sapphire" in Sanskrit.
NIMA (1) f & m Arabic
Means "blessing" in Arabic.
NIMAT f & m Arabic
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of NIMA (1).
NING f & m Chinese
From Chinese (níng) meaning "peaceful, calm, serene", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
NISHAT m & f Arabic, Bengali
Means "energetic, lively" in Arabic.
NITYA f & m Indian, Hindi
Means "always, eternal" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form नित्या (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga) and the masculine form नित्य.
NITZAN m & f Hebrew
Means "flower bud" in Hebrew.
NJINGA m & f Central African, Mbundu
Possibly from a Bantu root meaning "to twist, to wrap" (kujinga in Kimbundu), alluding to the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the neck of the newborn. This name was borne by kings and queens of the African kingdoms of Ndongo and Kongo, notably a 17th-century queen of Ndongo who resisted the Portuguese.
NKEMDILIM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "let mine be mine" in Igbo.
NKRUMA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.
NOAM m & f Hebrew, French
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
NOEL m & f English
English form of NOËL or NOËLLE (rarely).
NOGA f & m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of NOGAH, usually used as a feminine name.
NOLLAIG m & f Irish
Means "Christmas" in Irish.
NOOR (1) f & m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu نور (see NUR).
NOR (1) f & m Malay
Malay variant of NUR.
NOUR f & m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نور (see NUR).
NOY f & m Hebrew
Means "beauty" in Hebrew.
NSIA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
NSONOWA m & f Western African, Akan
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.
NTHANDA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "star" in Tumbuka.
NUKA m & f Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "younger sibling" in Greenlandic.
NUR f & m Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition النور (al-Nur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
NURUL m & f Arabic, Indonesian, Malay
First part of compound Arabic names beginning with نور ال (Nur al) meaning "light of the" (such as نور الدين (Nur al-Din) meaning "light of religion").
NYOMAN m & f Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "end, remainder". This name is traditionally bestowed upon the third-born child.
OAKLEY m & f English
From an English surname that was from various place names meaning "oak clearing" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the American sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860-1926).
OCEAN m & f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word ocean for a large body of water. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ὠκεανός (Okeanos), the name of the body of water thought to surround the Earth.
ODALIS f & m Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly an elaboration of ODILIA used in Latin America. In most countries it is a feminine name, but in the Dominican Republic it is commonly masculine.
ODELL m & f English
From a surname that was originally from an English place name, itself derived from Old English wad "woad" (a plant that produces a blue dye) and hyll "hill".
OFIR m & f Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of OPHIR. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name.
OFRA m & f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of OPHRAH. Originally it was a masculine name, but it is now used for females too.
OFRI f & m Hebrew
Means "my fawn" in Hebrew.
OGHENEKARO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God first" in Urhobo.
OGHENEKEVWE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God provided for me" in Urhobo.
OGHENERO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God exists" in Urhobo.
OLAMIDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.
OLAYINKA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.
OLLIE m & f English
Diminutive of OLIVER, OLIVIA or OLIVE.
OLUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's work" in Igbo.
OLUFUNKE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has cared for" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gave me joy" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWAKANYINSOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has added sweetness to my wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEGUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has been victorious" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "we thank God" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEYI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.
OLUWATOYIN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.
OLUWAYEMISI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.
OMEGA m & f Various
From the name of the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Ω. It is often seen as a symbol of completion.
OMER m & f Hebrew
Means "sheaf of wheat" in Hebrew.
OMID m & f Persian
Means "hope" in Persian.
OMOBOLANLE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "a child who met wealth at home" in Yoruba.
ONYEKACHI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.
ONYEKACHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo, a variant of ONYEKACHI using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
OPEYEMI m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.
OR m & f Hebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
ORA (1) f & m English
Perhaps based on Latin oro "to pray". It was first used in America in the 19th century.
ORI m & f Hebrew
Means "my light" in Hebrew.
OSHER m & f Hebrew
Means "happiness" in Hebrew.
OTGONBAYAR m & f Mongolian
Means "youngest joy" in Mongolian.
OTOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
OYIBO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
ÖZGÜR m & f Turkish
Means "free" in Turkish.
PACEY m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from the French place name Pacy, itself derived from Gaulish given name of unknown meaning.
PADERAU f & m Welsh
Means "beads" or "rosary" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
PADMA f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form पद्मा and the masculine form पद्म. According to Hindu tradition a lotus holding the god Brahma arose from the navel of the god Vishnu. The name Padma is used in Hindu texts to refer to several characters, including the goddess Lakshmi and the hero Rama.