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AKINYI f Eastern African, Luo
Means "born in the morning" in Luo.
AKIO m Japanese
From Japanese (aki) meaning "bright, luminous" combined with (o) meaning "man, husband", (o) meaning "male" or (o) meaning "hero, manly". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AKIRA m & f Japanese
From Japanese (akira) meaning "bright", (akira) meaning "bright" or (akira) meaning "clear". Other kanji with the same pronunciation can also form this name. A famous bearer was the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), given name written .
AKIVA m Hebrew
From an Aramaic form of YAAKOV. Akiva (or Akiba) ben Joseph was a prominent 1st-century Jewish rabbi.
AKONI m Hawaiian
Short form of ANAKONI.
ÁKOS m Hungarian
Possibly of Turkic origin meaning "white falcon". This was the name of a medieval Hungarian clan.
AKOSUA f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
AKPAN m Western African, Ibibio
Means "first-born son" in Ibibio.
AKPOFURE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "life is peaceful" in Urhobo.
AKRAM m Arabic
Means "most generous" in Arabic (a superlative form of KARIM).
AKSEL m Danish, Norwegian
Variant of AXEL.
AKSELI m Finnish
Finnish form of AXEL.
AKSHAY m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada
Means "undecaying" in Sanskrit.
AKSINYA f Russian
Variant of KSENIYA.
AKU m Finnish
Short form of AUKUSTI.
AKUA f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
AKUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "wealth from God" in Igbo.
AKULINA f Russian
Variant of AKILINA.
AL m English
Short form of ALBERT and other names beginning with Al. A notable bearer is American actor Al Pacino (1940-).
ALA m Arabic
Means "excellence, elevation" in Arabic.
ALA AL-DIN m Arabic
Means "excellence of religion" from Arabic عَلَاء ('ala) meaning "excellence, elevation" combined with دين (din) meaning "religion, faith". This was the name of several sultans of Delhi.
ALAATTİN m Turkish
Turkish form of ALA AL-DIN.
ALABA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "second child after twins" in Yoruba.
ALADDIN m Literature
Anglicized form of ALA AL-DIN. This is the name of a mischievous boy in one of the tales of 'The 1001 Nights'. A magician traps him in a cave, but he escapes with the help of a genie.
ALAIA f Basque
Means "joyful, happy" in Basque.
ALAIN m French
French form of ALAN.
ALAINA f English (Modern)
Variant of ALANA, probably influenced by ELAINE.
ALAJOS m Hungarian
Hungarian form of ALOYSIUS.
AL-AMIR m Arabic (Rare)
Means "the commander, the prince" in Arabic. This was the name of a 10th-century Fatimid imam.
ALAN m English, Scottish, Breton, French
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It was used in Brittany at least as early as the 6th century, and it possibly means either "little rock" or "handsome" in Breton. Alternatively, it may derive from the tribal name of the Alans, an Iranian people who migrated into Europe in the 4th and 5th centuries.... [more]
ALANA f English, Breton
Feminine form of ALAN.
ALANIS f English (Rare)
Feminine form of ALAN. Canadian musician Alanis Morissette (1974-) was named after her father Alan. Her parents apparently decided to use this particular spelling after seeing this word in a Greek newspaper.
ALANNA f English
Feminine form of ALAN.
ALANNAH f English (Modern), Irish
Variant of ALANA. It has been influenced by the affectionate Anglo-Irish word alannah, from the Irish Gaelic phrase a leanbh meaning "O child".
ALAOIS m Irish
Irish form of ALOYSIUS.
ALARIC m Ancient Germanic
From the Gothic name Alareiks, which meant "ruler of all", derived from the Germanic element ala "all" combined with ric "ruler, power". This was the name of a king of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in the 5th century.
ALASDAIR m Scottish
Scottish form of ALEXANDER.
ALASTAIR m Scottish
Anglicized form of ALASDAIR.
ALASTAR m Irish
Irish form of ALEXANDER.
ALASTRÍONA f Irish
Feminine form of ALASTAR.
ALAZNE f Basque
Means "miracle" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Milagros.
ALBA (1) f Italian, Spanish, Catalan
This name is derived from two distinct names, ALBA (2) and ALBA (3), with distinct origins, Latin and Germanic. Over time these names have become confused with one another. To further complicate the matter, alba means "dawn" in Italian, Spanish and Catalan. This may be the main inspiration behind its use in Italy and Spain.
ALBA (2) f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of ALBUS.
ALBA (3) f Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element alf meaning "elf".
ALBAER m Limburgish
Limburgish form of ALBERT. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Albert.
ALBAN m German, French, Albanian, English (Rare)
From the Roman cognomen Albanus, which meant "from Alba". Alba (from Latin albus "white") was the name of various places within the Roman Empire, including the city Alba Longa. This name was borne by Saint Alban, the first British martyr (4th century). According to tradition, he sheltered a fugitive priest in his house. When his house was searched, he disguised himself as the priest, was arrested in his stead, and was beheaded. As an English name, Alban was occasionally used in the Middle Ages and was revived in the 18th century, though it is now uncommon.
ALBANO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Albanus (see ALBAN).
ALBANUS m Ancient Roman
Latin form of ALBAN.
ALBENA f Bulgarian
Created by Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov for the heroine in his drama 'Albena' (1930). He may have based it on ablen, the name of a type of peony (a flowering plant).
ALBERICH m Ancient Germanic, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements alf "elf" and ric "power". Alberich was the name of the sorcerer king of the dwarfs in Germanic mythology. He also appears in the 'Nibelungenlied' as a dwarf who guards the treasure of the Nibelungen.
ALBERICO m Italian
Italian form of ALBERICH.
ALBERT m English, French, Catalan, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Romanian, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Adalbert, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright". This name was common among medieval German royalty. The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht. Though it became rare in England by the 17th century, it was repopularized in the 19th century by the German-born Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.... [more]
ALBERTA f English, Italian, Portuguese
Feminine form of ALBERT. This is the name of a Canadian province, which was named in honour of a daughter of Queen Victoria.
ALBERTAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ALBERT.
ALBERTE (1) m Galician
Galician form of ALBERT.
ALBERTE (2) f French, Danish
French and Danish feminine form of ALBERT.
ALBERTINA f Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
Feminine diminutive of ALBERT.
ALBERTINE f French
French feminine form of ALBERT.
ALBERTO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ALBERT.
ALBERTUS m Ancient Germanic (Latinized), Dutch
Latinized form of Adalbert (see ALBERT).
ALBIE m English
Diminutive of ALBERT.
ALBIN m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, French, English, Slovene
Form of ALBINUS in several languages.
ALBÍNA f Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of ALBINA.
ALBINA f Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovene, Polish, German, Lithuanian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of ALBINUS. This was the name of a few early saints, including a 3rd-century martyr from Caesarea.
ALBINE f French
French form of ALBINA.
ALBINO m Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of ALBINUS.
ALBINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of ALBUS. Saint Albinus (also called Aubin) was a 6th-century bishop of Angers in Brittany.
ALBOIN m Ancient Germanic
Form of ALFWIN. This was the name of a 6th-century king of the Lombards who began the Lombard conquest of Italy.
ALBORZ m Persian
From the name of a mountain range (of unknown etymology) in northern Iran.
ALBRECHT m German
German cognate of ALBERT.
ALBUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "white, bright" in Latin.
ALBY m Irish
Anglicized masculine form of AILBHE.
ALCAEUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλκαιος (Alkaios), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength". This was the name of a 7th-century BC lyric poet from the island of Lesbos.
ALCIBIADES m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλκιβιαδης (Alkibiades), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and βια (bia) "force" with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was the name of a notable Greek statesman and general during the Peloponnesian War. He changed allegiance from Athens to Sparta and back again during the course of the war.
ALCIDE m Italian, French (Rare)
Italian and French form of ALCIDES.
ALCIDES m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Portuguese, Spanish
Latinized form of Greek Αλκειδης (Alkeides), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was another name for the hero Herakles.
ALCIPPE f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Αλκιππη (Alkippe), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse". This was the name of a daughter of Ares in Greek myth. Her father killed Halirrhotis, a son of Poseidon, when he attempted to rape her, leading to a murder trial in which Ares was quickly acquitted.
ALCMENE f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Αλκμηνη (Alkmene), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and μηνη (mene) "moon". In Greek mythology Alcmene was the wife of Amphitryon. She was the mother of Herakles by Zeus, who bedded her by disguising himself as her absent husband.
ALCYONE f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Αλκυονη (Alkyone), derived from the word αλκυων (alkyon) meaning "kingfisher". In Greek myth this name belonged to a daughter of Aeolus and the wife of Ceyx. After her husband was killed in a shipwreck she threw herself into the water, but the gods saved her and turned them both into kingfishers. This is also the name of the brightest of the Pleiades, the seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
ALDA (2) f Limburgish
Limburgish short form of ALDEGONDA.
ALDA (3) f Icelandic
Means "wave" in Icelandic.
ALDARA f Galician
Galician form of the Visigothic name Hildiwara, which was composed of the Germanic elements hild "battle" and war "vigilant, cautious". This was the name of the mother of Saint Rosendo (10th century).
ALDEBRAND m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements ald meaning "old" and brand meaning "sword" or "fire". Saint Aldebrand was a 12th-century bishop of Fossombrone in Italy.
ALDEGAR m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form (possibly) of OLEGARIO.
ALDEGONDA f Dutch
Dutch form of ALDEGUND.
ALDEGUND f Ancient Germanic
Germanic name, derived from the elements ald "old" and gund "war". Saint Algegund (or Aldegundis) was a 7th-century Frankish abbess.
ALDEN m English
From a surname that was derived from the Old English given name EALDWINE.
ALDERT m Frisian, Dutch
Frisian form of a Germanic name, either ALDHARD or ADALHARD.
ALDHARD m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ald "old" and hard "brave, hardy".
ALDIN m Bosnian
Bosnian form of ALA AL-DIN.
ALDINA (1) f Portuguese
Feminine form of ALDO.
ALDINA (2) f Bosnian
Bosnian feminine form of ALA AL-DIN.
ALDITH f Medieval English
Middle English form of EALDGYÐ.
ALDO m Italian, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ald "old", and possibly also with adal "noble".
ALDONA f Lithuanian, Polish
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a 14th-century Polish queen, the daughter of a Grand Duke of Lithuania.
ALDOUS m English (Rare)
Probably a diminutive of names beginning with the Old English element eald "old". It has been in use as an English given name since the Middle Ages, mainly in East Anglia. The British author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was a famous bearer of this name.
ALDRIC m French, Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic name, derived from the elements ald "old" and ric "ruler, power". Saint Aldric was a 9th-century bishop of Le Mans.
ALDUS m & f Medieval English
Medieval variant of ALDOUS.
ALDWIN m Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic name, derived from the elements ald "old" and win "friend".
ALE (1) m & f Finnish, Italian, Spanish
Finnish short form of ALEKSANTERI or ALEKSI, an Italian short form of ALESSANDRO, and a Spanish short form of ALEJANDRO or ALEJANDRA.
ALE (2) m Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element adal meaning "noble".
ALEASE f English
Possibly a variant of ALICIA.
ALEC m English
Short form of ALEXANDER.
ALECIA f English
Variant of ALICIA.
ALEĈJO m Esperanto
Esperanto diminutive of ALEXANDER.
ALECTO f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Αληκτω (Alekto), which was derived from αληκτος (alektos) "unceasing". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ερινυες (Erinyes) in Greek mythology.
ALED m Welsh
From the name of a Welsh river, of uncertain meaning.
ALEID f Dutch
Dutch short form of ADELAIDE.
ALEIDA f Dutch
Dutch short form of ADELAIDE.
ÁLEIFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of OLAF.
ALEIX m Catalan
Catalan form of ALEXIS.
ALEIXO m Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of ALEXIS.
ALEJANDRA f Spanish
Spanish form of ALEXANDRA.
ALEJANDRO m Spanish
Spanish form of ALEXANDER.
ALEJO m Spanish
Spanish form of ALEXIS.
ALEKA f Greek
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA.
ALEKOS m Greek
Diminutive of ALEXANDROS.
ALEKSANDAR m Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Form of ALEXANDER in several languages.
ALEKSANDËR m Albanian
Albanian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDER m Polish, Slovene, Estonian, Norwegian, Danish
Form of ALEXANDER in several languages.
ALEKSANDR m Russian, Armenian, Ukrainian
Russian and Armenian form of ALEXANDER. This name was borne by the 19th-century Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin.
ALEKSANDRAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDRE m Georgian
Georgian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDRO m Esperanto
Esperanto form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDRS m Latvian
Latvian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANDRU m Medieval Slavic
Old Slavic form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSANTERI m Finnish
Finnish form of ALEXANDER.
ALEKSEI m Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Alternate transcription of Russian Алексей (see ALEKSEY), Ukrainian Олексій (see OLEKSIY) or Belarusian Аляксей (see ALIAKSEI).
ALEKSEJ m Slovene
Slovene form of ALEXIS.
ALEKSEY m Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Russian form of ALEXIS. This was the name of a 17th-century czar of Russia.
ALEKSI m Finnish
Finnish form of ALEXIS.
ALEKSY m Polish
Polish form of ALEXIS.
ALEKTO f Greek Mythology
Greek form of ALECTO.
ALEM m Bosnian
Bosnian form of ALIM.
ALEMAYEHU m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "I have seen the world" in Amharic.
ALEN m Croatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene form of ALAN.
ALENE f English
Variant of ALINE.
ALENKA f Slovene
Slovene diminutive of ALENA.
ALEŠ m Czech, Slovak, Slovene
Diminutive of ALEXEJ or ALEKSANDER.
ALESANDER m Basque
Basque form of ALEXANDER.
ALESIA f English
Possibly a variant of ALICIA.
ALESSA f Italian
Short form of ALESSANDRA.
ALESSANDRA f Italian
Italian form of ALEXANDRA.
ALESSANDRO m Italian
Italian form of ALEXANDER. A famous bearer was Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), the Italian physicist who invented the battery.
ALESSIA f Italian
Italian feminine form of ALEXIS.
ALESSIO m Italian
Italian form of ALEXIS.
ALETA f English
Possibly a variant of ALETHEA. This was the name of the wife of the title character in the comic strip 'Prince Valiant', which first appeared in 1937.
ALETHA f English
Variant of ALETHEA.
ALETHEA f English
Derived from Greek αληθεια (aletheia) meaning "truth". This name was coined in the 16th century.
ÀLEX m Catalan
Catalan short form of ALEXANDER.
ALEX m & f English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Czech, Russian
Short form of ALEXANDER, ALEXANDRA, and other names beginning with Alex.
ALEXANDER m English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Slovak, Biblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξανδρος (Alexandros), which meant "defending men" from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, help" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek mythology this was another name of the hero Paris, and it also belongs to several characters in the New Testament. However, the most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, king of Macedon. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame, and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe.... [more]
ALEXANDR m Czech
Czech form of ALEXANDER.
ALEXANDRA f English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Feminine form of ALEXANDER. In Greek mythology this was a Mycenaean epithet of the goddess Hera, and an alternate name of Cassandra. It was borne by several early Christian saints, and also by the wife of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia. She was from Germany and had the birth name Alix, but was renamed Александра (Aleksandra) upon joining the Russian Church.
ALEXANDRE m French, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
Form of ALEXANDER in several languages. This name was borne by the 19th-century French author Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), who wrote 'The Three Musketeers'.
ALEXANDRIA f English
Feminine form of ALEXANDER. Alexander the Great founded several cities by this name (or renamed them) as he extended his empire eastward. The most notable of these is Alexandria in Egypt, founded by Alexander in 331 BC.
ALEXANDRIE f French (Rare)
French variant of ALEXANDRA.
ALEXANDRINA f Portuguese, English (Rare)
Elaborated form of ALEXANDRA. This was the first name of Queen Victoria; her middle name was Victoria.
ALEXANDRINE f French
French diminutive of ALEXANDRA. This was the name of a Danish queen, the wife of King Christian X.
ALEXANDRU m Romanian
Romanian form of ALEXANDER.
ALEXEI m Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Alternate transcription of Russian Алексей (see ALEKSEY), Ukrainian Олексій (see OLEKSIY) or Belarusian Аляксей (see ALIAKSEI).
ALEXEJ m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of ALEXIS.
ALEXEY m Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Alternate transcription of Russian Алексей (see ALEKSEY), Ukrainian Олексій (see OLEKSIY) or Belarusian Аляксей (see ALIAKSEI).
ALÈXIA f Catalan
Catalan feminine form of ALEXIS.
ALEXIA f French, English (Modern)
Feminine form of ALEXIS.
ALEXINA f English
Feminine form of ALEX, or a diminutive of ALEXIS.
ALEXIOS m Ancient Greek
Greek form of ALEXIUS.
ALEXIS m & f German, French, English, Greek, Ancient Greek
From the Greek name Αλεξις (Alexis) meaning "helper" or "defender", derived from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, to help". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. It is used somewhat interchangeably with the related name Αλεξιος or Alexius, borne by five Byzantine emperors. In the English-speaking world it is more commonly used as a feminine name.
ALEXIUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξιος (Alexios), a derivative of Αλεξις (see ALEXIS). This was the name of five Byzantine emperors. It was also borne by a 5th-century Syrian saint who is especially venerated in the Eastern Church.
ALEYNA f Turkish (Modern)
From Arabic علينا ('alayna) meaning "on us", a word from the Quran.
ALF (1) m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse alfr "elf". In Norse legend this was the name of king, the suitor of a reluctant maiden named Alfhild. She avoided marrying him by disguising herself as a warrior, but when they fought she was so impressed by his strength that she changed her mind.
ALF (2) m English
Short form of ALFRED.
ALFARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ALVAR.
ALFBERN m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements alf "elf" and bern "bear".
ALFEO m Italian
Italian form of ALPHAEUS.
ALFHARD m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements alf "elf" and hard "brave, hardy".
ALFHER m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements alf "elf" and hari "army, warrior" (making it a cognate of ALVAR).
ALFHILD f Norwegian, Swedish
From the Old Norse name Alfhildr, which was composed of the elements alfr "elf" and hildr "battle". In Norse legend Alfhild was a maiden who disguised herself as a warrior in order to avoid marriage to King Alf. Her life was perhaps based on that of a 9th-century Viking pirate.
ALFIE m English
Diminutive of ALFRED.
ALFONS m German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
German and Dutch form of ALFONSO.
ALFONSINA f Italian
Italian feminine form of ALFONSO.
ALFONSO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of a Visigothic Germanic name, probably meaning "noble and ready", from the element adal "noble" combined with funs "ready". Other theories claim the first element is hadu or hild (see ILDEFONSO), both of which mean "battle". It is possible that two or more names merged into a single form. This was the name of six kings of Portugal and kings of several ancient regions of Spain.
ALFONZ m Slovene
Slovene form of ALFONSO.
ALFR m Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of ALF (1).
ALFRÉD m Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of ALFRED.
ALFRED m English, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Dutch
Derived from the Old English name Ælfræd, composed of the elements ælf "elf" and ræd "counsel". Alfred the Great was a 9th-century king of Wessex who fought unceasingly against the Danes living in northeast England. He was also a scholar, and he translated many Latin books into Old English. His fame helped to ensure the usage of this name even after the Norman Conquest, when most Old English names were replaced by Norman ones. It became rare by the end of the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 18th century.... [more]
ALFREDAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ALFRED.
ALFREDO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ALFRED.
ALFVIN m Ancient Scandinavian
From the Old Norse elements alfr "elf" and vinr "friend".
ALFWIN m Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic elements alf "elf" and win "friend".
ALGAR m English (Rare)
Means "elf spear" from Old English ælf "elf" and gar "spear". This Old English name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest, being absorbed by similar-sounding names and Norman and Scandinavian cognates. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
ALGER m English
From a surname that was derived from the given name ALGAR.
ALGERNON m English
Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from aux gernons "having a moustache", which was applied to William de Percy, a companion of William the Conqueror. It was first used a given name in the 15th century (for a descendant of William de Percy).
ALGIRDAS m Lithuanian
From the Baltic elements al "each" and girdas "rumour, news". This was the name of a 14th-century Grand Duke of Lithuania.
ALHAJI m Western African, Hausa
Means "pilgrim" in Hausa, a derivative of Arabic حَجِّي (hajji) meaning "pilgrimage, hajj".
ALHERI f Western African, Hausa
Means "grace" in Hausa.
'ALI m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عليّ (see ALI (1)).
ALI (1) m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar, Kazakh, Dhivehi
Means "lofty, sublime" in Arabic. Ali ibn Abi Talib was a cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and the fourth caliph to rule the Muslim world. His followers were the original Shia Muslims, who regard him as the first rightful caliph.... [more]
ALI (2) f English
Diminutive of ALISON, ALEXANDRA or other names beginning with the same sound.
ALİ m Turkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of ALI (1).
ALIA (1) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic علياء (see ALYA (1)).
ALIA (2) f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ELLA (1).
ALIAKSANDR m Belarusian
Belarusian form of ALEXANDER.
ALIAKSEI m Belarusian
Belarusian form of ALEXIS.
ALICA f Slovak
Slovak form of ALICE.
ALICE f English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Czech
From the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis (see ADELAIDE). This name became popular in France and England in the 12th century. It was borne by the heroine of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865) and 'Through the Looking Glass' (1871).
ALÍCIA f Catalan, Portuguese
Catalan form of ALICE, as well as a Portuguese variant.
ALICIA f Spanish, English, Swedish
Latinized form of ALICE.
ALICJA f Polish
Polish form of ALICE.
ALIDA f Dutch, German, Hungarian
Diminutive of ADELAIDE.
ALIÉNOR f Occitan
Occitan form of ELEANOR.
ALIISA f Finnish
Finnish form of ALICE.
ALIKHAN m Kazakh
Combination of the name ALI (1) and the Turkic title khan, which means "ruler, leader".
ALIKI f Greek
Greek form of ALICE. It also corresponds with the Greek word αλικη meaning "scarlet".
ALİM m Turkish
Turkish form of ALIM.
ALIM m Arabic, Uyghur
Means "learned, expert, scholar" in Arabic.
ALIMJAN m Uyghur
Uyghur elaboration of ALIM using the suffix جان (jan) meaning "dear".
ALIN m Romanian
Possibly a Romanian masculine form of ALINA. Alternatively it may derive from Romanian alina "to soothe".
ALĪNA f Latvian
Latvian form of ALINA.
ALINA f Romanian, German, Italian, Polish
Short form of ADELINA and names that end in alina.
ALINAFE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "he is with us" in Chewa.
ALINE f French, Portuguese (Brazilian), English
Medieval short form of ADELINE. As an English name, in modern times it has sometimes been regarded as a variant of EILEEN. This was the name of a popular 1965 song by the French singer Christophe.
ALIPRAND m Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic elements alja meaning "other, foreign" and brand meaning "sword" or "fire".
ALIS f Welsh
Welsh form of ALICE.
ALISA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian, Finnish
Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian and Finnish form of ALICE.
ALISE (1) f Latvian
Latvian form of ALICE.
ALISHA f English
Variant of ALICIA.
ALISHER m Uzbek, Kazakh, Tajik
Combination of ALI (1) and SHER.
ALISON f English, French
Norman French diminutive of Aalis (see ALICE). It was common in England, Scotland and France in the Middle Ages, and was later revived in England in the 20th century via Scotland. Unlike most other English names ending in son, it is not derived from a surname.
ALISSA f English
Variant of ALYSSA.
ALISTAIR m Scottish
Anglicized form of ALASDAIR.
ALISTER m Scottish
Anglicized form of ALASDAIR.
ALITA f English (Rare)
Possibly a variant of ALETHEA.
ALIX f French
Medieval French variant of ALICE.
ALIYA (1) f Kazakh, Tatar, Arabic
Kazakh and Tatar form of ALIYAH (1), as well as an alternate transcription of Arabic عليّة (see ALIYAH (1)).
ALIYA (2) f Hebrew
Means "ascent" in Hebrew, a derivative of עָלָה ('alah) meaning "to ascend, to climb". This is also a Hebrew word referring to immigration to Israel.
ALIYAH (1) f Arabic
Feminine form of ALI (1).
ALIYAH (2) f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew עֲלִיָּה (see ALIYA (2)).
ALİYE f Turkish
Turkish form of ALIYAH (1).
ALIYYA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عليّة (see ALIYAH (1)).
ALIYYAH f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عليّة (see ALIYAH (1)).
ALÍZ f Hungarian
Hungarian form of ALICE.
ALIZ f Hungarian
Hungarian form of ALICE.
ALIZA f Hebrew
Means "joyful" in Hebrew.
ALIZÉE f French (Modern)
From French alizé meaning "trade wind".
ALJA f Slovene
Diminutive of ALEKSANDRA.
ALJAŽ m Slovene
Derived from a Slovene surname, which is of unknown meaning.
ALJOŠA m Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Slovene, Croatian and Serbian form of ALYOSHA.
ALKAIOS m Ancient Greek
Greek form of ALCAEUS.
ALKE m Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element adal meaning "noble".
ALKIVIADIS m Greek
Modern Greek form of Alkibiades (see ALCIBIADES).
ALKMENE f Greek Mythology
Ancient Greek form of ALCMENE.
ALKMINI f Greek
Modern Greek form of ALCMENE.
ALKYONE f Greek Mythology
Ancient Greek form of ALCYONE.
ALLA f Russian, Ukrainian
Meaning unknown, possibly of German origin.
ALLAH m Theology
Derived from Arabic الإله (al-ilah) meaning "the deity". It is primarily used to refer to the Islamic God, though it was originally used by pre-Islamic Arabs, and is sometimes used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews.
ALLAN m English, Scottish, Danish
Variant of ALAN. The American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) got his middle name from the surname of the parents who adopted him.
ALLARD m Dutch
Dutch form of ADALHARD.
ALLE m Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element adal meaning "noble".
ALLEGRA f Italian, English (Rare)
Means "cheerful, lively" in Italian. It was borne by a short-lived illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron (1817-1822).
ALLEGRIA f Various
Means "cheerfulness, joy" in Italian.
ALLEN m English, Scottish
Variant of ALAN. A famous bearer of this name was Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), an American beat poet. Another is the American film director and actor Woody Allen (1935-), who took the stage name Allen from his real first name.
ALLI f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of names beginning with Al. This is also the Finnish word for a type of duck.
ALLIE f English
Diminutive of ALISON, ALEXANDRA and other names beginning with the same sound.
ALLISON f English
Variant of ALISON.
ALLOCHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of ALLA.