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ALLON m Biblical
Means "oak" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
ALLOVERA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form (possibly) of ELVIRA.
ALLY (1) f English
Diminutive of ALISON, ALEXANDRA and other names beginning with the same sound.
ALLY (2) m Scottish
Diminutive of ALISTAIR.
ALLYN m & f English
Variant or feminine form of ALAN.
ALLYSON f English
Variant of ALISON.
ALMA (1) f English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
This name became popular after the Battle of Alma (1854), which took place near the River Alma in Crimea and ended in a victory for Britain and France. However, the name was in rare use before the battle; it was probably inspired by Latin almus "nourishing". It also coincides with the Spanish word meaning "the soul".
ALMA (2) f Hebrew
Means "young woman" in Hebrew.
ALMAS f & m Arabic
Means "diamond" in Arabic, ultimately from Persian.
ALMAST f Armenian
Means "diamond" in Armenian, ultimately from Persian.
ALMIR (1) m Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian variant of ALMIRO.
ALMIR (2) m Bosnian
Bosnian form of AL-AMIR.
ALMIRA (1) f Literature
Variant of ELMIRA. Handel used it for the title character in his opera 'Almira' (1705).
ALMIRA (2) f Bosnian
Bosnian feminine form of AL-AMIR.
ALMIRO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of ADELMAR.
ALMOG m & f Hebrew
Means "coral" in Hebrew.
ÁLMOS m Hungarian
Possibly from Hungarian álom "dream", though perhaps of Turkic origin meaning "bought". This was the name of the semi-legendary father of Árpád, the founder of the Hungarian state. Álmos's mother Emese supposedly had a dream in which a turul bird impregnated her and foretold that her son would be the father of a great nation.
ALMUDENA f Spanish
Derived from Arabic المدينة (al-mudaynah) meaning "the citadel". It was in a building by this name that a concealed statue of the Virgin Mary was discovered during the Reconquista in Madrid. The Virgin of Almudena, that is Mary, is the patron saint of Madrid.
ALODIA f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Possibly from a Visigothic name derived from the Germanic elements alja "other, foreign" and aud "riches, wealth". Saint Alodia was a 9th-century Spanish martyr with her sister Nunilo.
ALOIS m German, Czech
German and Czech form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOISIA f German (Rare)
German feminine form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOÍSIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOISIO m Italian
Italian form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZ m Slovene, Slovak, Croatian
Slovene, Slovak and Croatian form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZIA f Slovak
Slovak feminine form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZIJ m Slovene
Slovene form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZIJA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian feminine form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZIJE m Croatian
Croatian form of ALOYSIUS.
ALOJZY m Polish
Polish form of ALOYSIUS.
ALON (1) m Hebrew
Means "oak tree" in Hebrew.
ALON (2) m Filipino, Tagalog
Means "wave" in Tagalog.
ALONA f Hebrew
Feminine form of ALON (1).
ALONDRA f Spanish
Derived from Spanish alondra meaning "lark".
ALONSO m Spanish
Spanish variant of ALFONSO.
ALONZO m Italian
Italian variant of ALFONSO.
ALOYS m Medieval Occitan
Medieval Occitan form of LOUIS.
ALOYSIUS m English
Latinized form of Aloys, an old Occitan form of LOUIS. This was the name of a 16th-century Italian saint, Aloysius Gonzaga. The name has been in occasional use among Catholics since his time.
ALP m Turkish
Means "hero" in Turkish.
ALPEREN m Turkish
From Turkish alp "hero" and eren "holy person".
ALPERTTI m Finnish (Rare)
Finnish form of ALBERT.
ALPHA f & m English
From the name of the first letter in the Greek alphabet, Α.
ALPHAEUS m Biblical, Biblical Latin
From Αλφαιος (Alphaios), the Greek form of a Hebrew name that meant "changing". In the New Testament this is the name of the fathers of the apostles James and Levi.
ALPHEGE m History
Middle English form of ÆLFHEAH.
ALPHONSE m French
French form of ALFONSO.
ALPHONSINE f French
French feminine diminutive of ALFONSO.
ALPHONSO m English
Variant of ALFONSO.
ALPHONSUS m History
Latinized form of ALFONSO. This name was borne by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, an 18th-century Italian bishop who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church.
ALPHONZO m English (Rare)
Uncommon variant of ALFONSO.
ALPIN m Scottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ailpein, possibly derived from a Pictish word meaning "white". This was the name of two kings of Dál Riata and two kings of the Picts in the 8th and 9th centuries.
ALTA f Various
Possibly from Latin altus or Italian/Spanish alto meaning "high".
ALTAIR m Astronomy, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "the flyer" in Arabic. This is the name of a star in the constellation Aquila.
ALTAN m Turkish
Means "red dawn" in Turkish.
ALTANSARNAI f Mongolian
Means "golden rose" in Mongolian.
ALTANTSETSEG f Mongolian
Means "golden flower" in Mongolian.
ALTE (1) f Yiddish (Rare)
Feminine form of ALTER.
ALTE (2) m Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ald meaning "old".
ALTER m Yiddish
From Yiddish אַלט (alt) meaning "old". This name was traditionally given to a sickly newborn by Jewish parents in order to confuse the Angel of Death, in the hopes that he would go looking for somebody younger or somebody else.
ALTHEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αλθαια (Althaia), perhaps related to Greek αλθος (althos) "healing". In Greek myth she was the mother of Meleager. Soon after her son was born she was told that he would die as soon as a piece of wood that was burning on her fire was fully consumed. She immediately extinguished the piece of wood and sealed it in a chest, but in a fit of rage many years later she took it out and set it alight, thereby killing her son.
ALTON m English
From an Old English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "town at the source of the river".
ALTTI m Finnish
Finnish form of ALBERT.
ALTWIDUS m Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Derived from the Germanic elements ald "old" and witu "forest".
ALUDRA f Astronomy
Derived from Arabic العذرا (al-'adhra) meaning "the maiden". This is the name of a star in the constellation Canis Major.
ALUN m Welsh
Welsh form of ALAN. This name appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth.
ALV m Norwegian
Variant of ALF (1).
ALVA (1) f Swedish, Norwegian
Feminine form of ALF (1).
ALVA (2) m English
Variant of ALVAH. A famous bearer of this name was the inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).
ALVAH m Biblical
Means "his highness" in Hebrew. This name is mentioned in the Old Testament as belonging to a descendant of Esau.
ALVAR m Swedish, Estonian
From the Old Norse name Alfarr, formed of the elements alfr "elf" and arr "warrior".
ÁLVARO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish form of a Germanic name, perhaps ALFHER. Verdi used this name in his opera 'The Force of Destiny' (1862).
ALVENA f English
Feminine form of ALVIN.
ALVILDA f Danish (Rare)
Danish form of ALFHILD.
ALVILDE f Norwegian (Rare)
Norwegian form of ALFHILD.
ALVIN m English, Swedish
From a medieval form of any of the Old English names ÆLFWINE, ÆÐELWINE or EALDWINE. It was revived in the 19th century, in part from a surname that was derived from the Old English names. As a Scandinavian name it is derived from Alfvin, an Old Norse cognate of Ælfwine.
ALVINA f English
Feminine form of ALVIN.
ALVIS m Norse Mythology, Latvian
From the Old Norse Alvíss meaning "all wise". In Norse mythology this was the name of a dwarf who was to marry Thor's daughter Thrud. Thor was not pleased with this so he tricked Alvis by asking him questions until the sun rose, at which time the dwarf was turned into stone.
ALVISE m Italian
Venetian form of LOUIS.
ALVÍSS m Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of ALVIS.
ALWILDA f History
Latinized form of ALFHILD. This was the name of a legendary female Scandinavian pirate, also called Awilda.
ALWIN m German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
From either of the two Germanic names ALFWIN or ADALWIN.
ALWINE f German (Rare)
Feminine form of ALWIN.
ALWYN m Welsh
From the name of the River Alwen in Wales.
ALYA (1) f Arabic, Indonesian, Malay
Means "sky, heaven, loftiness" in Arabic.
ALYA (2) f Russian
Diminutive of ALEKSANDRA, ALBINA, and other names beginning with Ал.
ALYCE f English
Variant of ALICE.
ALYCIA f English
Variant of ALICIA.
ALYONA f Russian
Originally a Russian diminutive of YELENA. It is now used independently.
ALYOSHA m Russian
Diminutive of ALEKSEY.
ALYS f English
Variant of ALICE.
ALYSIA f English
Variant of ALICIA.
ALYSON f English
Variant of ALISON.
ALYSSA f English
Variant of ALICIA. The spelling has probably been influenced by that of the alyssum flower, the name of which is derived from Greek α (a), a negative prefix, combined with λυσσα (lyssa) "madness, rabies", since it was believed to cure madness.
ALYX f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of ALEX.
ALŽBĚTA f Czech
Czech form of ELIZABETH.
ALŽBETA f Slovak
Slovak form of ELIZABETH.
AMA f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
AMAAL f Arabic
Means "hopes, aspirations" in Arabic.
AMABEL f English (Rare)
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS.
AMABILIA f Late Roman
Feminine form of AMABILIS.
AMABILIS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "lovable". Saint Amabilis was a 5th-century priest in Riom, central France.
AMADA f Spanish
Feminine form of AMADO.
AMADEJ m Slovene
Slovene form of AMADEUS.
AMADEO m Italian
Italian variant of AMADEUS. This was the name of a 19th-century king of Spain (born in Italy).
AMADEUS m Late Roman
Means "love of God", derived from Latin amare "to love" and Deus "God". A famous bearer was the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who was actually born Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart but preferred the Latin translation of his Greek middle name. This name was also assumed as a middle name by the German novelist E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822), who took it in honour of Mozart.
AMADI (1) m Western African, Igbo
Means "free man" in Igbo.
AMADI (2) m Western African, Yoruba
Means "seemed destined to die at birth" in Yoruba.
AMADO m Spanish
Spanish form of AMATUS.
AMADOR m Spanish
Spanish form of AMATOR.
AMADOU m Western African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of AHMAD used in parts of western Africa.
AMAHLE m & f Southern African, Zulu
Means "the beautiful ones" in Zulu.
AMAIA f Basque
Means "the end" in Basque. This is also the name of a mountain and a village in the Basque region of Spain.
AMAL (1) f & m Arabic
Means "hope, aspiration" in Arabic. It is related to Amaal.
AMAL (2) m Biblical
Means "work" in Hebrew. This was the name of an Asherite in the Old Testament.
AMALA f Tamil, Indian, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit अमल (amala) meaning "clean, pure".
AMALASUINTHA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MILLICENT.
AMALBERT m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements amal meaning "work, labour" and beraht meaning "bright".
AMÁLIA f Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovak
Hungarian, Portuguese and Slovak form of AMALIA.
AMALIA f Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Germanic name Amala, a short form of names beginning with the element amal meaning "work".
AMÁLIE f Czech
Czech form of AMALIA.
AMALIE f Norwegian, Danish, German (Rare)
Norwegian, Danish and German form of AMALIA.
AMALIJA f Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian
Lithuanian, Slovene and Croatian form of AMALIA.
AMALRIC m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements amal meaning "work, labour" and ric meaning "power". This was the name of a 6th-century king of the Visigoths, as well as two 12th-century rulers of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
AMALTHEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Αμαλθεια (Amaltheia), derived from μαλθασσω (malthasso) meaning "to soften, to soothe". In Greek myth she was a goat who nursed the infant Zeus.
AMÂNCIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of AMANTIUS.
AMANCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of AMANTIUS.
AMAND m French
French form of AMANDUS.
AMANDA f English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Late Roman
In part this is a feminine form of AMANDUS. However, it was not used during the Middle Ages. In the 17th century it was recreated by authors and poets who based it directly on Latin amanda meaning "lovable, worthy of love". Notably, the playwright Colley Cibber used it for a character in his play 'Love's Last Shift' (1696). It came into regular use during the 19th century.
AMANDEEP m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Punjabi ਅਮਨ (aman) meaning "peace" (ultimately from Arabic) and Sanskrit दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
AMANDINE f French
French diminutive of AMANDA.
AMANDO m Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
Portuguese, Spanish and Italian form of AMANDUS.
AMANDUS m Late Roman
Derived from Latin amanda meaning "lovable, worthy of love". Saint Amandus was a 5th-century bishop of Bordeaux. It was also borne by a 7th-century French saint who evangelized in Flanders.
AMANI f & m Arabic
Means "wishes" in Arabic.
AMANTIUS m Late Roman
Means "loving" in Latin. This was the name of several early saints. It has sometimes been confused with the name Amandus.
AMAR (1) m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "immortal" in Sanskrit.
AMAR (2) m Bosnian
Bosnian form of 'AMMAR.
AMARA f Western African, Igbo
Means "grace" in Igbo.
AMARACHI f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's grace" in Igbo.
AMARANTA f Spanish (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish and Italian form of AMARANTHA.
AMARANTHA f Various
From the name of the amaranth flower, which is derived from Greek αμαραντος (amarantos) meaning "unfading". Αμαραντος (Amarantos) was also an Ancient Greek given name.
AMARDEEP m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
AMARI m & f African American (Modern)
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Arabic AMMAR.
AMARIAH m Biblical
Means "YAHWEH has said" in Hebrew. This was the name of several Old Testament characters.
AMARILIS f Spanish
Spanish form of AMARYLLIS.
AMARJEET m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and जिति (jiti) meaning "victory, conquering".
AMARO m Galician, Portuguese, Spanish
Possibly from the Germanic name ADELMAR, maybe influenced by Latin amarus "bitter". This was the name of a legendary saint who was said to have sailed across the Atlantic to a paradise. He is especially popular in Galicia and Asturias in Spain.
AMARU m Native American, Aymara
Means "snake" in Aymara.
AMARYLLIS f Literature
Derived from Greek αμαρυσσω (amarysso) "to sparkle". This was the name of a heroine in Virgil's epic poem 'Eclogues'. The amaryllis flower is named for her.
AMATA f Late Roman
Feminine form of AMATUS.
AMATERASU f Far Eastern Mythology
Means "shining over heaven", from Japanese (ama) meaning "heaven, sky" and (terasu) meaning "shine". This was the name of the Japanese sun goddess, the ruler of the heavens. At one time the Japanese royal family claimed descent from her.
AMATO m Italian
Italian form of AMATUS.
AMATOR m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "lover (of God)". Saint Amator was a 5th-century bishop of Auxerre.
AMATORE m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of AMATOR.
AMATUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "beloved". The 7th-century Saint Amatus was the first abbot of Remiremont Abbey.
AMAURY m French
French form of AMALRIC.
AMAYA f Basque, Spanish
Variant of AMAIA.
AMBAKOUM m Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of HABAKKUK.
ÁMBAR f Spanish
Spanish cognate of AMBER.
AMBER f English, Dutch
From the English word amber that denotes either the gemstone, which is formed from fossil resin, or the orange-yellow colour. The word ultimately derives from Arabic عنبر ('anbar). It began to be used as a given name in the late 19th century, but it only became popular after the release of Kathleen Winsor's novel 'Forever Amber' (1944).
AMBERLY f English (Modern)
Elaboration of AMBER, influenced by the spelling of the name KIMBERLY.
AMBRA f Italian
Italian cognate of AMBER.
AMBRAM m Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of AMRAM.
AMBRE f French
French cognate of AMBER.
AMBROGINO m Italian
Diminutive of AMBROGIO.
AMBROGIO m Italian
Italian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROISE m French
French form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROOS m Dutch
Dutch form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSE m English
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius, which was derived from the Greek name Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios) meaning "immortal". Saint Ambrose was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Milan, who is considered a Doctor of the Church. Due to the saint, the name came into general use in Christian Europe, though it was never particularly common in England.
AMBROSI m Georgian
Georgian form of Ambrosios (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSIA f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Ambrosios (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSINE f English (Rare)
Feminine form of AMBROSE.
AMBRÓSIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROŽ m Slovene, Czech (Rare)
Slovene and Czech form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROZIJE m Croatian (Rare)
Croatian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBROŻY m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMBRUS m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Ambrosius (see AMBROSE).
AMÉ m Medieval French
Old French form of AIMÉ.
AMEDEA f Italian
Italian feminine form of AMADEUS.
AMÉDÉE m French
French form of AMADEUS.
AMEDEO m Italian
Italian form of AMADEUS. A notable bearer of this name was Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1856), an Italian chemist most famous for the constant that now bears his name: Avogadro's Number. Another famous bearer was the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
AMÉE f Medieval French
Old French form of AIMÉE.
AMEL (1) m Bosnian
Bosnian masculine form of AMAL (1).
AMEL (2) f Arabic (Maghrebi)
North African form of AMAAL.
AMELA f Bosnian
Bosnian feminine form of AMAL (1).
AMÉLIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of AMELIA.
AMELIA f English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Variant of AMALIA, though it is sometimes confused with EMILIA, which has a different origin. The name became popular in England after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century - it was borne by daughters of George II and George III. Another famous bearer was Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), the first woman to make a solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean.
AMÉLIE f French
French form of AMELIA.
AMELIE f German
German variant of AMELIA.
AMELIJA f Lithuanian (Modern)
Lithuanian form of AMELIA.
AMELINA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of EMMELINE.
AMENEMHET m Ancient Egyptian
Means "AMON is foremost" in Egyptian. This was the name of four Egyptian pharaohs, including the founder of the 12th dynasty.
AMENHOTEP m Ancient Egyptian
From the Egyptian Ymnhtp meaning "peace of Amon", derived from the name of the Egyptian god AMON combined with htp "peace, satisfaction". This was the name of four pharaohs of the New Kingdom, including Amenhotep III, known as the Magnificent, who ruled over Egypt during a time of great prosperity.
AMEQRAN m Northern African, Berber
Means "eldest" in Tamazight.
AMERETAT f Persian Mythology
Means "immortality" in Avestan. This was the name of a Zoroastrian goddess (one of the Amesha Spenta) of plants and long life.
AMÉRICA f Spanish, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of AMERIGO.
AMERICA f English
In the English-speaking world, this name is usually given in reference to the United States of America (see AMERIGO). It came into use as an American name in the 19th century.
AMÉRICO m Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of AMERIGO.
AMERIGO m Italian
Medieval Italian form of EMMERICH. Amerigo Vespucci (1451-1512) was the Italian explorer who gave the continent of America its name (from Americus, the Latin form of his name).
AMETHYST f English (Rare)
From the name of the purple semi-precious stone, which is derived from the Greek negative prefix α (a) and μεθυστος (methystos) meaning "intoxicated, drunk", as it was believed to be a remedy against drunkenness.
AMETS m & f Basque
Means "dream" in Basque.
AMEYALLI f & m Native American, Nahuatl
Means "spring, fountain" in Nahuatl.
AMHLAIDH m Scottish
Scottish form of OLAF.
AMHLAOIBH m Irish
Irish form of OLAF.
AMI (1) m Biblical
Means "trustworthy, reliable" in Hebrew. This was the name of a servant of King Solomon in the Old Testament.
AMI (2) f English
Variant of AMY.
AMI (3) f Japanese
From Japanese (a) meaning "second, Asia" and (mi) meaning "beautiful". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AMI (4) m Hebrew
Means "my people" or "my nation" in Hebrew.
AMICE f Medieval English
Medieval name derived from Latin amicus meaning "friend". This was a popular name in the Middle Ages, though it has since become uncommon.
AMICHAI m Hebrew
Means "my people are alive" in Hebrew.
AMIE f English
Variant of AMY.
AMIHAN f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "north wind, winter storm" in Tagalog.
AMIKA f Esperanto
Means "friendly" in Esperanto.
AMÍLCAR m Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of HAMILCAR.
AMILCARE m Italian
Italian form of HAMILCAR.
AMILIA f English (Rare)
Variant of either AMALIA or EMILIA.
AMIN m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Derived from Arabic امين (amin) meaning "truthful". This was the name of the sixth Abbasid caliph.
AMINA f Bosnian, Arabic
Bosnian form of AMINAH (2). It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic AMINAH (1) or AMINAH (2).
AMINAH (1) f Arabic, Malay, Indonesian
Derived from Arabic أمن (amina) meaning "feel safe". This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's mother, who died when he was young.
AMINAH (2) f Arabic
Feminine form of AMIN.
AMINATH f Dhivehi
Dhivehi form of AMINAH (1).
AMINDA f Esperanto
Means "lovable" in Esperanto.
AMINTA m Literature
Form of AMYNTAS used by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso for his play 'Aminta' (1573). In the play Aminta is a shepherd who falls in love with a nymph.
AMIR (1) m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian
Means "commander, prince" in Arabic. This was originally a title, which has come into English as the Arabic loanword emir.
AMIR (2) m Hebrew
Means "treetop" in Hebrew.
AMIRA (1) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic أميرة (see AMIRAH).
AMIRA (2) f Hebrew
Feminine form of AMIR (2).
AMIRAH f Arabic
Feminine form of AMIR (1).
AMIRAN m Georgian, Literature
Variant of AMIRANI. This is the name of the central character in the medieval Georgian romance 'Amiran-Darejaniani' by Moses of Khoni. The author was inspired by the mythical Amirani and the stories surrounding him, and loosely based his tale on them.
AMIRANI m Georgian Mythology
Meaning unknown, probably of Proto-Kartvelian origin. This is the name of a hero from Georgian mythology whose story is similar to that of Prometheus from Greek mythology.
AMIS m Medieval English, Medieval French
Medieval name, a masculine form of AMICE. It appears in the medieval French poem 'Amis and Amiles', about two friends who make sacrifices for one another.
AMISTA f Chamorro
Means "loyalty" in Chamorro, derived from Spanish amistad "friendship".
AMIT (1) m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali
Means "immeasurable, infinite" in Sanskrit.
AMIT (2) m & f Hebrew
Means "friend" in Hebrew.
AMITA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Feminine form of AMIT (1).
AMITABH m Indian, Hindi
Means "immeasurable splendour" in Sanskrit. A famous bearer is Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan (1942-).
AMITAI m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of AMITTAI.
AMITTAI m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my truth" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of the prophet Jonah.
AMITY f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "friendship", ultimately deriving from Latin amicitia.
AMIYAH f American
Possibly an American variant of AMAYA.
AMJAD m Arabic
Means "more glorious" in Arabic.
'AMMAR m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عمّار (see AMMAR).
AMMAR m Arabic
Means "long-lived", from Arabic عَمَرَ ('amara) meaning "to live long".
AMMIEL m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "God is my kinsman" in Hebrew. This is the name of one of the spies sent out by Moses in the Old Testament.
AMMON m Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Yamanu (see AMON).
AMNA f Arabic
Means "safety" in Arabic.
AMNON m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "faithful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the eldest son of King David. He was killed by his brother Absalom in revenge for the rape of his sister Tamar.
AMON m Egyptian Mythology (Anglicized)
From Αμμων (Ammon), the Greek form of Egyptian Ymn (reconstructed as Yamanu) meaning "the hidden one". In early Egyptian mythology he was a god of the air, creativity and fertility, who was particularly revered in Thebes. Later, during the Middle Kingdom, his attributes were combined with those of the god Ra and he was worshipped as the supreme solar deity Amon-Ra.
AMONDI f Eastern African, Luo
Feminine form of OMONDI.
AMON-RA m Egyptian Mythology (Anglicized)
Combination of the names of the gods AMON and RA. During the later Middle Kingdom the attributes of these two deities were merged.
AMOR m & f Roman Mythology, Late Roman, Spanish, Portuguese
Means "love" in Latin. This was another name for the Roman god Cupid. It also means "love" in Spanish and Portuguese, and the name can be derived directly from this vocabulary word.
AMORDAD f Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of AMERETAT.
AMORE m & f Italian
Italian form of AMOR.
AMOS m English, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew עָמַס ('amas) meaning "load, burden". Amos is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Amos, which speaks against greed, corruption and oppression of the poor. Written about the 8th century BC, it is among the oldest of the prophetic books. As an English name, Amos has been used since the Protestant Reformation, and was popular among the Puritans.
AMOUR m & f French
French form of AMOR.
AMPARO f Spanish
Means "protection, shelter" in Spanish.
AMPELIO m Italian
Italian form of Ampelius, the Latin form of the Greek name Αμπελιος (Ampelios), which was derived from αμπελος (ampelos) meaning "vine". Saint Ampelius was a 7th-century bishop of Milan.
AMPELIUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ampelios (see AMPELIO).
AMPORN f Thai
Derived from Thai อํา (am) "hidden, concealed" and พร (phon) "blessing".
AMRAM m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "exalted nation" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Amram is the father of Moses.
AMRIT m Indian, Hindi
Means "immortal" from Sanskrit (a) meaning "not" and मृत (mrta) meaning "dead". In Hindu texts it refers to a drink that gives immortality.
AMRITA f Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali
Feminine form of AMRIT.
AMSE m Frisian
Originally a short form of the Germanic name ADELMAR.
AMULIUS m Roman Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Roman mythology Amulius overthrew his brother Numitor, king of Alba Longa, but was eventually deposed by Numitor's grandsons Romulus and Remus.
AMUND m Norwegian
Derived from the Old Norse name Agmundr, from the element egg "edge of a sword" or agi "awe, terror" combined with mundr "protection".
AMURDAD f Persian Mythology
Middle Persian form of AMERETAT.
AMY f English
English form of the Old French name Amée meaning "beloved" (modern French aimée), a vernacular form of the Latin Amata. As an English name, it was in use in the Middle Ages (though not common) and was revived in the 19th century.
AMYAS m English (Rare)
Meaning unknown, perhaps a derivative of AMIS. Alternatively, it may come from a surname that originally indicated that the bearer was from the city of Amiens in France. Edmund Spenser used this name for a minor character in his epic poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
AMYNTAS m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek αμυντωρ (amyntor) meaning "defender". This was the name of several kings of Macedon.
AN (1) m & f Chinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese (ān) meaning "peace, quiet" or other characters with a similar pronunciation. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese meaning "safe, secure".
AN (2) m Sumerian Mythology
Means "heaven, sky" in Sumerian. An was the supreme Sumerian god of the heavens, the father of Enlil and Enki. His cuneiform sign 𒀭 (dingir) was prefixed to the names of other deities in writing, though it was not pronounced.
ANA f Spanish, Portuguese, Slovene, Bulgarian, Romanian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian
Form of ANNA used in various languages.
ANABEL f Spanish
Spanish form of ANNABEL.
ANABELA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of ANNABEL.
ANACLETO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ANACLETUS.
ANACLETUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ανακλητος (Anakletos), derived from ανακλητος (anakletos) meaning "invoked". This was the name of the third pope.
ANAËLLE f French
Created in the 20th century, probably modelled on Breton names such as Gaëlle and Maëlle.
ANAH f & m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "answer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name belongs to one female character and two male characters.
ANAHERA f Maori
Means "angel" in Maori.
ANAHID f Armenian
Armenian variant of ANAHITA.
ANAHITA f Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "immaculate, undefiled" from Avestan a "not" and ahit "unclean". This was the name of the Persian goddess of fertility and water. She was sometimes identified with Artemis, Aphrodite and Athena.