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ANTONIJOmCroatian
Croatian form of ANTHONY.
ANTONÍNmCzech
Czech form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO). A famous bearer was the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).
ANTONINmFrench
French form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO). This name was borne by the French playwright Antonin Artaud (1896-1948).
ANTONINAfItalian, Polish, Russian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO).
ANTONINOmItalian
Italian form of the Roman name Antoninus, which was derived from Antonius (see ANTHONY). There were several early saints named Antoninus, including the patron saint of Sorrento. This was also the name of a 2nd-century Roman emperor.
ANTONINUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name, a derivative of ANTONIUS.
ANTÓNIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTÔNIOmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIOmSpanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish and Italian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY). A famous bearer was the Italian Renaissance painter Antonio Pisanello (c. 1395-1455). It is also the name of the main character in 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596) by William Shakespeare.
ANTONIOSmGreek
Greek form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONISmGreek
Greek form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIUmRomanian
Romanian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIUSmAncient Roman, Dutch
Ancient Roman form of ANTHONY. This is also the official Dutch form of the name, used on birth certificates but commonly rendered Anton or Antoon in daily life.
ANTONIYAfBulgarian
Bulgarian form of ANTONIA.
ANTONOmEsperanto
Esperanto form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONYmEnglish
Variant of ANTHONY. This was formerly the usual English spelling of the name, but during the 17th century the h began to be added.
ANTOONmDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTTImFinnish
Finnish form of ANDREW.
ANTTONmBasque
Basque form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTTONImFinnish
Finnish form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTUNmCroatian
Croatian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTWANmAfrican American
Variant of ANTOINE, in use since the 1960s.
ANU (1)fFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of ANNA.
ANU (2)mSemitic Mythology
Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian form of AN (2), also adopted by the Hurrians and Hittites.
ANUBISmEgyptian Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ανουβις (Anoubis), the Greek form of Egyptian Inpw (reconstructed as Anapa) which possibly meant "royal child". Anubis was the Egyptian god who led the dead to the underworld. He was often depicted as a man with the head of a jackal.
ANUJmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "born later, younger" in Sanskrit. This name is sometimes given to the younger sibling of an older child.
ANUJAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Feminine form of ANUJ.
ANUKIfGeorgian
Diminutive of ANA.
AÑULIfWestern African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
ANUNCIACIÓNfSpanish
Spanish cognate of ANNUNZIATA.
ANUPmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam
Means "watery" in Sanskrit.
ANUPAMmIndian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "incomparable, matchless" in Sanskrit.
ANUPAMAfIndian, Hindi
Feminine form of ANUPAM.
ANUSHfArmenian
Means "sweet" in Armenian. This was the name of an 1890 novel by the Armenia writer Hovhannes Tumanyan. It was adapted into an opera in 1912 by Armen Tigranian.
ANWARmArabic
Means "brighter, more luminous" in Arabic. This name was borne by Egyptian president Anwar Sadat (1918-1981), who was assassinated three years after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
ANWENfWelsh
Means "very beautiful" in Welsh.
ANWERmArabic
Variant transcription of ANWAR.
ANXOmGalician
Galician form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ANYAfRussian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
ANŽEmSlovene
Variant of JANEZ.
ANZHELAfRussian
Russian form of ANGELA.
ANZHELINAfRussian
Russian form of ANGELINA.
ANZOmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element ant meaning "giant".
ANZORmGeorgian, Chechen
Possibly derived from the Georgian noble title აზნაური (aznauri), ultimately from Middle Persian aznawar meaning "noble".
AODmBiblical Greek
Form of EHUD used in the Greek Old Testament.
AODHmIrish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
From the old Irish name Áed, which meant "fire". This was a very popular name in early Ireland, being borne by numerous figures in Irish mythology and several high kings. It has been traditionally Anglicized as Hugh.
AODHAGÁNmIrish, Scottish
Diminutive of AODH.
AODHÁNmIrish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
From the old Irish name Áedán, a diminutive of Áed (see AODH). This was the name of an Irish monk and saint of the 7th century. It was also borne by several characters in Irish mythology.
AOIf & mJapanese
From Japanese (aoi) meaning "hollyhock, althea" or an adjectival form of (ao) meaning "green, blue". Other kanji with the same reading can form this name as well.
AOIBHEfIrish
Variant of AOIFE.
AOIBHEANNfIrish
Means "beautiful sheen" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of the mother of Saint Enda. It was also borne by Irish royalty.
AOIDEfGreek Mythology
Means "song" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the original three muses, the muse of song.
AOIFEfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "beauty" from the Gaelic word aoibh. In Irish legend Aoife was a warrior princess. In war against her sister Scathach, she was defeated in single combat by the hero Cúchulainn. Eventually she was reconciled with her sister and became the lover of Cúchulainn. This name is sometimes used as a Gaelic form of EVE or EVA.
AONGHASmScottish
Scottish variant of AONGHUS.
AONGHUSmIrish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Possibly meaning "one strength" derived from Irish óen "one" and gus "force, strength, energy". Aonghus (sometimes surnamed Mac Og meaning "young son") was the Irish god of love and youth. The name was also borne by an 8th-century Pictish king and several Irish kings.
APARAJITAfBengali, Indian, Hindi
Means "unconquered" in Sanskrit.
APARNAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali
Means "leafless, not having eaten leaves" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
APHRAfVarious
Meaning uncertain; possibly a variant of AFRA (1), or possibly a variant of Aphrah, a biblical place name meaning "dust". This name was born by the English writer Aphra Behn (1640-1689).
APHRODISIOSmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess APHRODITE.
APHRODITEfGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly of Phoenician origin. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified with the Roman goddess Venus. She was the wife of Hephaestus and the mother of Eros, and she was often associated with the myrtle tree and doves. The Greeks connected her name with αφρος (aphros) "foam", resulting in the story that she was born from the foam of the sea. Many of her characteristics are based on the goddess known as Ashtoreth to the Phoenicians and Ishtar to the Mesopotamian Semitic peoples, and on the Sumerian goddess Inanna.
APIKALIAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ABIGAIL.
APOLENAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of APOLLONIA.
APOLINARmSpanish
Spanish form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLLINAIREmFrench (Rare)
French form of APOLLINARIS. It was adopted as a surname by the Polish-French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), who based it on his Polish middle name Apolinary.
APOLLINARISmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from the name of the god APOLLO. This was the name of several early saints and martyrs, including a bishop of Ravenna and a bishop of Hierapolis.
APOLLINARIYAfRussian
Russian feminine form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLLINEfFrench
French form of APOLLONIA.
APOLLOmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Απολλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo "strength". Another theory states that Apollo can be equated with Appaliunas, an Anatolian god whose name possibly means "father lion" or "father light". The Greeks later associated Apollo's name with the Greek verb απολλυμι (apollymi) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis. He was the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom. Later he also became the god of the sun and light.
APOLLODOROSmAncient Greek
Means "gift of Apollo" from the name of the god APOLLO combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift".
APOLLONmGreek Mythology
Original Greek form of APOLLO.
APOLLONIAfAncient Greek, Italian
Feminine form of APOLLONIOS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr from Alexandria.
APOLLONIOSmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek god APOLLO. It was borne by a Greek poet of the 3rd century BC. Several saints have also had this name.
APOLÓNIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of APOLLONIA.
APOLÔNIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of APOLLONIA.
APOLONIAfSpanish, Polish
Spanish and Polish form of APOLLONIA.
APOLONIJAfSlovene
Slovene form of APOLLONIA.
APOORVAm & fIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of APURVA.
APOSTOLmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of APOSTOLOS.
APOSTOLOSmGreek
Means "messenger, apostle" in Greek.
APPHIAfBiblical
Greek form of a Hebrew name which possibly meant "increasing". This is a name mentioned in Paul's epistle to Philemon in the New Testament.
APPIUSmAncient Roman
This was a Roman praenomen, or given name, used predominantly by the Claudia family. Its etymology is unknown. A famous bearer of this name was Appius Claudius Caecus, a Roman statesman of the 3rd century BC. He was responsible for the Aqua Appia (the first Roman aqueduct) and the Appian Way (a road between Rome and Capua), both of which were named for him.
APRILfEnglish
From the name of the month, probably originally derived from Latin aperire "to open", referring to the opening of flowers. It has only been commonly used as a given name since the 1940s.
APURVAm & fIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "unpreceded, new" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form अपूर्व and the feminine form अपूर्वा.
APUTSIAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "snowflake" in Greenlandic.
AQILmArabic
Means "intelligent, wise" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different Arabic names.
AQILAfArabic
Feminine form of AQIL.
AQISSIAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "ptarmigan" in Greenlandic (a ptarmigan is a type of bird which lives in cold regions).
AQUILAm & fBiblical, Ancient Roman
From a Roman cognomen which meant "eagle" in Latin. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lives with Aquila and his wife Priscilla (or Prisca) for a time.
AQUILINAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of AQUILINUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint from Byblos.
AQUILINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of AQUILA.
ARAmArmenian, Armenian Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly of Sumerian origin. In Armenian legend this was the name of an Armenian king who was so handsome that the Assyrian queen Semiramis went to war to capture him. During the war Ara was slain.
ARABELLAfEnglish
Medieval Scottish name, probably a variant of ANNABEL. It has long been associated with Latin orabilis meaning "invokable".
ARABINDAmBengali, Indian, Odia
Bengali and Odia variant of ARAVIND.
ARACELIfSpanish
Means "altar of the sky" from Latin ara "altar" and coeli "sky". This is an epithet of the Virgin Mary in her role as the patron saint of Lucena, Spain.
ARACHNEfGreek Mythology
Means "spider" in Greek. In Greek myth Arachne was a mortal woman who defeated Athena in a weaving contest. After this Arachne hanged herself, but Athena brought her back to life in the form of a spider.
ARADHANAfIndian, Hindi
Means "worship" in Sanskrit.
ARAGORNmLiterature
Meaning unexplained, though the first element is presumably Sindarin ara "noble, kingly". This is the name of a character in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien. In the book Aragorn is the heir of the Dúnedain kings of the north.
ARAM (1)mKurdish
Means "calm" in Kurdish.
ARAM (2)mArmenian
Means "excellence" in Armenian.
ARAMAZDmArmenian Mythology
From a combination of the mythological figures ARA and AHURA MAZDA. This was the name of the supreme creator god in pre-Christian Armenian mythology.
ARAMINTAfEnglish (Rare)
Meaning unknown. This name was (first?) used by William Congreve in his comedy 'The Old Bachelor' (1693) and later by Sir John Vanbrugh in his comedy 'The Confederacy' (1705). This was the real name of abolitionist Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), who was born Araminta Ross.
ARAMISmLiterature
The surname of one of the musketeers in 'The Three Musketeers' (1844) by Alexandre Dumas. Dumas based the character on Henri d'Aramitz, whose surname was derived from the French village of Aramits.
ARAN (1)f & mIrish
From the name of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.
ARAN (2)mBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "wild goat" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of Dishan in the Old Testament.
ARANKAfHungarian
Derived from Hungarian arany meaning "gold". It is used as a vernacular form of AURÉLIA.
ARANTXAfBasque
Diminutive of ARANTZAZU.
ARANTZAZUfBasque
From the name of a place near the Spanish town of Oñati where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its name is derived from Basque arantza "thornbush".
ARARATmArmenian
From the name of a mountain in eastern Turkey (formerly part of Armenia), the place where Noah's Ark came to rest according to the Old Testament.
ARASmLithuanian
Means "eagle" in Lithuanian (a poetic word).
ARASHmPersian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means either "truthfulness" or "bright" in Persian. In Persian legend Arash was a Persian archer who was ordered by the Turans to shoot an arrow, the landing place of which would determine the new location of the Persian-Turan border. Arash climbed a mountain and fired his arrow with such strength that it flew for several hours and landed on the banks of the far-away Oxus River.
ARASTOOmPersian
Persian form of ARISTOTLE.
ARATAmJapanese
From Japanese (arata) meaning "fresh, new". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
ARATIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of AARTI.
ARAVINDmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit.
ARAVINDAmIndian, Kannada
Variant transcription of ARAVIND.
ARAWNmWelsh Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the god of the underworld, called Annwfn, in Welsh mythology.
ARAXfArmenian
From the name of a river (also called the Aras) which flows through Armenia.
ARCADIAfVarious
Feminine form of ARCADIUS. This is the name of a region on the Greek Peloponnese, long idealized for its natural beauty.
ARCANGELOmItalian
Means "archangel" in Italian.
ARCHANAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
Means "honouring, praising" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu ritual.
ARCHELAUSmAncient Greek (Latinized), Biblical Latin, Biblical
Latinized form of the Greek name Αρχελαος (Archelaos), which meant "master of the people" from αρχος (archos) "master" and λαος (laos) "people". This was the name of a son of Herod the Great. He ruled over Judea, Samaria and Idumea.
ARCHEMBALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic variant of ERCANBALD.
ARCHERmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "bowman, archer", of Old French origin.
ARCHIBALDmScottish, English
Derived from the Germanic elements ercan "genuine" and bald "bold". The first element was altered due to the influence of Greek names beginning with the element αρχος (archos) meaning "master". The Normans brought this name to England. It first became common in Scotland in the Middle Ages.
ARCHIEmScottish, English
Diminutive of ARCHIBALD. This name is borne by Archie Andrews, an American comic-book character created in 1941.
ARCHILmGeorgian
Meaning unknown, of Persian origin. This was the name of an 8th-century Georgian noble who was executed for refusing to convert to Islam.
ARCHIMEDESmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements αρχος (archos) "master" and μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to plan". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek mathematician, astronomer and inventor.
ARCHIPPOSmAncient Greek
Means "master of horses" from the Greek elements αρχος (archos) "master" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse".
ARDAmTurkish
Possibly means "marker, stake" in Turkish.
ARDALmIrish
Anglicized form of ARDGHAL.
ARDASHIRmPersian
From the Middle Persian form of Artakhshathra (see ARTAXERXES). This was the name of a 3rd-century king of Persia who defeated the Parthians and founded the Sassanid Empire. He also established Zoroastrianism as the state religion.
ARDENm & fEnglish
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".
ARDESHIRmPersian
Modern transcription of ARDASHIR.
ARDGHALmIrish
Means "high valour", derived from the Irish elements ard "high" and gal "valour".
ARDITOmItalian
Derived from medieval Italian ardito "bold".
ARDUINOmItalian
Italian form of HARTWIN.
AREFmPersian
Persian form of ARIF.
ARELImBiblical
Means "lion of God, hero" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Gad in the Old Testament.
ARENDmDutch, German
Dutch and German variant of ARNOLD. This is also the Dutch word for "eagle".
ARESmGreek Mythology
Perhaps from either Greek αρη (are) "bane, ruin" or αρσην (arsen) "male". The name first appears as a-re in Mycenaean Greek writing. Ares was the blood-thirsty god of war in Greek mythology, a son of Zeus and Hera.
ARETASmBiblical
Greek form of an Aramaic name, of unknown meaning. This was the name of four Nabataean kings of Petra in Jordan, including the first king (2nd century BC). King Aretas IV is mentioned briefly in the New Testament.
ARETHAfEnglish
Possibly derived from Greek αρετη (arete) meaning "virtue". This name was popularized in the 1960s by American singer Aretha Franklin (1942-).
ARETHUSAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Αρεθουσα (Arethousa), which is possibly derived from αρδω (ardo) "water" and θοος (thoos) "quick, nimble". This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who was transformed into a fountain.
AREVIGfArmenian
Variant transcription of AREVIK.
AREVIKfArmenian
Means "like the sun" in Armenian.
AREZOOfPersian
Means "desire" in Persian.
AREZOUfPersian
Variant transcription of AREZOO.
AREZUfPersian
Variant transcription of AREZOO.
ARGImBasque
Means "light" in Basque.
ARGIDERmBasque
Derived from Basque argi "light" and eder "beautiful".
ARGIÑEfBasque
Feminine form of ARGI.
ARGUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Αργος (Argos), derived from αργος (argos) meaning "glistening, shining". In Greek myth this name belonged to both the man who built the Argo and a man with a hundred eyes.
ARGYRISmGreek
Modern Greek form of ARGYROS.
ARGYROSmAncient Greek
Means "silver" in Greek.
ARI (1)mHebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
ARI (2)mAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Finnish
Old Norse byname meaning "eagle".
ARI (3)mArmenian
Means "brave" in Armenian.
ARIA (1)fEnglish
Means "song, melody" in Italian (literally means "air"). An aria is an elaborate vocal solo, the type usually performed in operas. As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century. It is not common in Italy.
ARIA (2)mPersian
Variant transcription of ARYA.
ARIADNAfSpanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish
Spanish, Catalan, Russian and Polish form of ARIADNE.
ARIADNEfGreek Mythology
Means "most holy", composed of the Cretan Greek elements αρι (ari) "most" and αδνος (adnos) "holy". In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos. She fell in love with Theseus and helped him to escape the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, but was later abandoned by him. Eventually she married the god Dionysus.
ARIANEfFrench, German, Dutch
French form of ARIADNE.
ARIANNEfFrench
Variant of ARIANE.
ARIANRHODfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Possibly means "silver wheel" or "round wheel" in Welsh. In Welsh myth Arianrhod was the mother of the brothers Dylan and Lleu Llaw Gyffes. In earlier myths she was a goddess of the moon.
ARICmEnglish
Variant of ERIC.
ARIDAImBiblical
Meaning unknown, possibly of Persian origin. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the ten sons of Haman killed by the Jews.
ARIE (1)mDutch
Diminutive of ADRIAAN.
ARIE (2)mHebrew
Variant transcription of ARIEH.
ARIEHmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew. This was the name of an officer of King Pekahiah in the Old Testament.
ARIELm & fHebrew, English, French, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "lion of God" in Hebrew, from אֲרִי ('ari) meaning "lion" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament it is used as another name for the city of Jerusalem. Shakespeare used it as the name of a spirit in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), and one of the moons of Uranus bears this name in his honour. As an English name, it became more common for females in the 1980s, especially after it was used for the title character in the Walt Disney film 'The Little Mermaid' (1989).
ARIELLAfEnglish (Modern)
Strictly feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIELLEfFrench
French feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIESmRoman Mythology
Means "ram" in Latin. This is the name of a constellation and the first sign of the zodiac. Some Roman legends state that the ram in the constellation was the one who supplied the Golden Fleece sought by Jason.
ARİFmTurkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of ARIF.
ARIFmArabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali
Means "learned, knowing, expert" in Arabic.
ARIJfArabic
Means "fragrance" in Arabic.
ARIJANAfCroatian
Croatian form of ARIANNA.
ARIJITmBengali
Means "conquering enemies" in Sanskrit.
ARIKmHebrew
Diminutive of ARIEL.
ARINAfRussian
Russian variant of IRINA.
ARIS (1)mGreek
Modern Greek form of ARES. It is also used as a short form of ARISTOTELIS.
ARIS (2)mDutch
Diminutive of ADRIAAN.
ARISHAfRussian
Diminutive of ARINA.
ARISTAfAstronomy
Means "ear of corn" in Latin. This is the name of a star, also known as Spica, in the constellation Virgo.
ARISTAEUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αρισταιος (Aristaios), derived from αριστος (aristos) "best". This was the name of a minor Greek god of agriculture, hunting and cattle. He was the son of Apollo and the mortal Cyrene.
ARISTARCHUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αρισταρχος (Aristarchos), derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and αρχος (archos) "master". This name was borne by Aristarchus of Samos, a 3rd-century BC Greek astronomer and mathematician.
ARISTARKHmRussian
Russian form of ARISTARCHUS.
ARISTEIDESmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ARISTIDES.
ARISTEIDISmGreek
Variant transcription of ARISTIDIS.
ARISTIDEmFrench, Italian
French and Italian form of ARISTIDES.
ARISTIDESmAncient Greek (Latinized), Spanish, Portuguese
From the Greek name Αριστειδης (Aristeides), derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This name was borne by the 5th-century BC Athenian statesman Aristides the Just, who was renowned for his integrity. It was also the name of a 2nd-century saint.
ARISTIDISmGreek
Modern Greek form of ARISTIDES.
ARISTOCLESmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αριστοκλης (Aristokles) which meant "the best glory", derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the real name of the philosopher Plato.
ARISTODEMOSmAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and δημος (demos) "the people". This was the name of a descendant of Herakles in Greek legend.
ARISTOMACHEfAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and μαχη (mache) "battle".
ARISTONmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek αριστος (aristos) meaning "the best".
ARISTOPHANESmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and φανης (phanes) "appearing". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian playwright.
ARISTOTELESmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ARISTOTLE.
ARISTOTELISmGreek
Modern Greek form of ARISTOTLE.
ARISTOTLEmAncient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Αριστοτελης (Aristoteles) which meant "the best purpose", derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and τελος (telos) "purpose, aim". This was the name of a Greek philosopher of the 4th century BC who made lasting contributions to Western thought, including the fields of logic, metaphysics, ethics and biology.
ARITRAmBengali
From Sanskrit अरित्र (aritra) meaning "propelling, an oar".
ARJAfFinnish
Variant of IRJA. The Finnish poet Eino Leino used it in his poem 'Arja and Selinä' (1916), though belonging to a male character.
ARJANmDutch
Dutch form of ADRIAN.
ARJUNAmHinduism
Means "white, clear" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a hero in Hindu texts, the son of the god Indra and the princess Kunti.
ARKADImRussian
Variant transcription of ARKADIY.
ARKADIOSmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek name meaning "of Arcadia". Arcadia was a region in Greece, its name deriving from αρκτος (arktos) "bear". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr.
ARKADIUSZmPolish
Polish form of ARKADIOS.
ARKADIYmRussian
Russian form of ARKADIOS. This is the name of one of the main characters in Ivan Turgenev's 'Fathers and Sons' (1862).
ARKADYmRussian
Variant transcription of ARKADIY.
ARKAITZmBasque
Means "rock" in Basque.
ARKEmFrisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element arn meaning "eagle".
ARLEENfEnglish
Variant of ARLINE.
ARLENmEnglish
Meaning unknown, possibly from a surname.
ARLENEfEnglish
Variant of ARLINE.
ARLETTEfFrench
French form of HERLEVA.
ARLIEf & mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "eagle wood" in Old English. This name can also be a diminutive of ARLENE.
ARLINEfEnglish
Meaning unknown, possibly invented by Michael William Balfe for the main character in his opera 'The Bohemian Girl' (1843).
ARLOmEnglish
Meaning uncertain. It was perhaps inspired by the fictional place name Arlo Hill from the poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590) by Edmund Spenser. Spenser probably got Arlo by altering the real Irish place name Aherlow, which is Gaelic meaning "between two highlands".
ARLOTTOmMedieval Italian
Medieval Italian name, recorded in Latin as Arlotus. It is possibly from Old French herlot meaning "vagabond, tramp".
ARMAN (1)mPersian, Kazakh
Means "wish, hope" in Persian.
ARMANDmFrench
French form of HERMAN.
ARMANDOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of HERMAN.
ÁRMANNmIcelandic
Icelandic form of HERMAN.
ARMASmFinnish
Means "beloved" in Finnish (an archaic poetic word).
ARMAZImGeorgian Mythology
Possibly related to the name of the Armenian god ARAMAZD or the Zoroastrian god AHURA MAZDA. In pre-Christian Georgian mythology Armazi was the supreme god.
ARMELmFrench
From the old Welsh name Arthfael, which was composed of the elements arth "bear" and mael "prince". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint who founded abbeys in Brittany.
ARMELLEfFrench
Feminine form of ARMEL.
ARMENmArmenian
Derived from the name of the country of ARMENIA (which is in fact named Հայաստան (Hayastan) in Armenian).
ARMIDAfItalian, Spanish
Probably created by the 16th-century Italian poet Torquato Tasso for his epic poem 'Jerusalem Delivered' (1580). In the poem Armida is a beautiful enchantress who bewitches many of the crusaders.
ARMIDEfLiterature
French form of ARMIDA. This is the name of operas by Jean-Baptiste Lully (in 1686) and Christoph Willibald Gluck (in 1777), both of which were based on 'Jerusalem Delivered' by Torquato Tasso.
ARMINmGerman
Modern form of ARMINIUS.
ARMINIUSmAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Germanic name which was probably derived from the element ermen meaning "whole, universal". Other theories claim that it is related to HERMAN. Arminius was a 1st-century ruler of the Cherusci who led a rebellion against the Roman Empire.
ARMOmFinnish (Rare)
Means "grace, mercy" in Finnish.
ARNmEnglish
Short form of ARNOLD.
ARNALDOmItalian
Italian form of ARNOLD.
ARNAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "girl" in Greenlandic.
ARNAUmCatalan
Catalan form of ARNOLD.
ARNAUDmFrench
French form of ARNOLD.
ARNAUDEfFrench (Rare)
French feminine form of ARNOLD.
ARNBJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse name derived from the elements arn meaning "eagle" and björg meaning "help, save, rescue".
ARNDTmGerman
German short form of ARNOLD.
ARNE (1)mSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Originally an Old Norse short form of names beginning with the element arn meaning "eagle".
ARNE (2)mGerman
Diminutive of ARNOLD.
ARNFINNmNorwegian
Norwegian form of Arnfinnr, which was derived from the elements arn "eagle" and Finnr "Sámi, person from Finland".
ARNFRIEDmGerman (Rare)
From a Germanic name derived from the elements arn "eagle" and frid "peace".
ÁRNImAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ARNE (1).
ARNIEmEnglish
Diminutive of ARNOLD.
ARNIFRIDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ARNFRIED.
ARNOmDutch, German
Short form of ARNOUD or ARNOLD.
ARNOLDmEnglish, German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic name meaning "eagle power", derived from the elements arn "eagle" and wald "power". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Earnweald. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century.... [more]
ARNOLDASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of ARNOLD.
ARNOLDSmLatvian
Latvian form of ARNOLD.
ARNOLFOmItalian
Italian form of ARNULF.
ARNÓRmIcelandic
Icelandic variant form of ANDOR (1).
ARNOŠTmCzech, Sorbian
Czech and Sorbian form of ERNEST.
ARNOUDmDutch
Dutch form of ARNOLD.
ARNOUTmDutch
Dutch form of ARNOLD.
ARNTmNorwegian
Norwegian form of AREND.
ARNÞÓRmIcelandic
Icelandic form of ANDOR (1).
ARNULFmGerman, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements arn "eagle" and wulf "wolf".
AROHAfMaori
Means "love" in Maori.
AROLDOmItalian
Italian form of HAROLD.
ÁRONmHungarian
Hungarian form of AARON.
ARONmPolish, Croatian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic
Polish, Croatian and Scandinavian form of AARON.
ÁRPÁDmHungarian
From Hungarian árpa meaning "barley". This was the name of a 9th-century Magyar ruler who led his people into Hungary. He is considered a Hungarian national hero.
ARRANmScottish
From the name of an island off the west coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde.
ARRATSmBasque
Means "afternoon, dusk" in Basque.
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