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ANOUSH f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Անուշ (see ANUSH).
ANOUSKA f Various
Variant of ANNUSHKA.
ANRAÍ m Irish
Irish form of HENRY.
ANRI m Georgian
Georgian form of HENRI.
ANS f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of ANNA.
ANSA f Finnish
Derived from Finnish ansio "virtue" or ansa "trap".
ANSALDO m Italian
Italian form of a Germanic name composed of the elements ans "god" and wald "power, leader, ruler".
ANSEHELM m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ANSELM.
ANSEL m English
From a surname that was derived from the given name ANSELM. A famous bearer was American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984).
ANSELM m German, English (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ans "god" and helm "helmet, protection". This name was brought to England in the late 11th century by Saint Anselm, who was born in northern Italy. He was archbishop of Canterbury and a Doctor of the Church.
ANSELMA f German, Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of ANSELM.
ANSELME m French
French form of ANSELM.
ANSELMI m Finnish
Finnish form of ANSELM.
ANSELMO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ANSELM.
ANSGAR m German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ans "god" and ger "spear". Saint Ansgar was a 9th-century missionary who tried to convert the Danes and Norwegians.
ANSHEL m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish form of ANSELM, used as a vernacular form of Asher.
ANSIGAR m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ANSGAR.
ANSO m Ancient Germanic
Short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ans meaning "god".
ANSOBERT m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic cognate of OSBERT.
ANSON m English
From a surname meaning "son of AGNES".
ANSOVALD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ANSALDO.
ANSSI m Finnish
Finnish diminutive of ANSELM.
ANTAL m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTANAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTE (1) m Croatian
Croatian form of ANTHONY.
ANTE (2) m Frisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element and "wrath, zeal".
ANTEA f Croatian (Modern)
Feminine form of ANTE (1).
ANTELMO m Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of ANTHELM.
ANTERO m Finnish
Finnish form of ANDREW.
ANTHEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Ανθεια (Antheia), derived from ανθος (anthos) meaning "flower, blossom". This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Hera.
ANTHELM m Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic element and "wrath, zeal" combined with helm "helmet, protection". Saint Anthelm was a 12th-century bishop of Belley in France.
ANTHELME m French (Rare)
French form of ANTHELM.
ANTHONY m English
English form of the Roman family name Antonius, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. The most notable member of the Roman family was the general Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English), who for a period in the 1st century BC ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Augustus. When their relationship turned sour, he and his mistress Cleopatra were attacked and forced to commit suicide, as related in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606).... [more]
ANTHOUSA f Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ANFISA.
ANTÍA f Galician
Galician feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTICA f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of ANTONIA.
ANTIGONE f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and γονη (gone) "birth, offspring". In Greek legend Antigone was the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta. King Creon of Thebes declared that her slain brother Polynices was to remain unburied, a great dishonour. She disobeyed and gave him a proper burial, and for this she was sealed alive in a cave.
ANTIGONUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιγονος (Antigonos), derived from αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and γονευς (goneus) "ancestor". This was the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals. After Alexander died, he took control of most of Asia Minor.
ANTIMAN m Native American, Mapuche
Means "condor of the sun" in Mapuche.
ANTINANCO m Native American, Mapuche
Means "eagle of the sun" in Mapuche.
ANTIOCHUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιοχος (Antiochos), derived from Greek αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and οχη (oche) "support". This was the name of several rulers of the Seleucid Empire. It was also borne by a 2nd-century Christian martyr, the patron saint of Sardinia.
ANTIOCO m Italian
Italian form of ANTIOCHUS.
ANTIOGU m Sardinian (Rare)
Sardinian form of ANTIOCHUS.
ANTIOPE f Greek Mythology
Derived from the Greek elements αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and οψ (ops) "voice". This was the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a daughter of Ares who was one of the queens of the Amazons. She was kidnapped and married by Theseus.
ANTIPATER m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιπατρος (Antipatros), which meant "like the father" from Greek αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and πατηρ (pater) "father" (genitive πατρος). This was the name of an officer of Alexander the Great who became the regent of Macedon during Alexander's absence.
ANTJE f Frisian, Dutch, Low German
Frisian, Dutch and Low German diminutive of ANNA.
ANTO m Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTOINE m French, African American
French form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTOINETTE f French
Feminine diminutive of ANTOINE. This name was borne by Marie Antoinette, the queen of France during the French Revolution. She was executed by guillotine.
ANTÓN m Galician
Galician form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONELA f Croatian
Croatian form of ANTONELLA.
ANTONELLA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONELLO m Italian
Diminutive of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONETTE f English
Diminutive of ANTONIA.
ANTONI m Polish, Catalan
Polish and Catalan form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTÓNIA f Portuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTÔNIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIE (1) f Czech
Czech form of ANTONIA.
ANTONIE (2) m Dutch
Dutch form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIETTA f Italian
Diminutive of ANTONIA.
ANTONIJ m Macedonian
Macedonian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIJA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Croatian, Serbian and Slovene form of ANTONIA.
ANTONIJE m Serbian
Serbian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIJO m Croatian
Croatian form of ANTHONY.
ANTONÍN m Czech
Czech form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO). A famous bearer was the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).
ANTONIN m French
French form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO). This name was borne by the French playwright Antonin Artaud (1896-1948).
ANTOŅINA f Latvian
Latvian form of ANTONINA.
ANTONINA f Italian, Polish, Russian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO).
ANTONINO m Italian
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.
ANTONINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name, a derivative of ANTONIUS.
ANTÓNIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTÔNIO m Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIO m Spanish, 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.
ANTONIO PIO m Italian
Combination of ANTONIO and PIO.
ANTONIOS m Greek
Greek form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIS m Greek
Greek form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIU m Romanian
Romanian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIUS m Ancient 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.
ANTONIYA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of ANTONIA.
ANTONO m Esperanto
Esperanto form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONY m English
Variant of ANTHONY. This was formerly the usual English spelling of the name, but during the 17th century the h began to be added.
ANTOON m Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTTI m Finnish
Finnish form of ANDREW.
ANTTON m Basque
Basque form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTTONI m Finnish
Finnish form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTUN m Croatian
Croatian form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTWAN m African American
Variant of ANTOINE, in use since the 1960s.
ANU (1) f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of ANNA.
ANU (2) m Semitic Mythology
Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian form of AN (2), also adopted by the Hurrians and Hittites.
ANUBIS m Egyptian Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ανουβις (Anoubis), the Greek form of Egyptian Inpw (reconstructed as Anapa) possibly meaning "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.
ANUJ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "born later, younger" in Sanskrit. This name is sometimes given to the younger sibling of an older child.
ANUJA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Feminine form of ANUJ.
ANUKI f Georgian
Diminutive of ANA.
AÑULI f Western African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
ANUNCIACIÓN f Spanish
Spanish cognate of ANNUNZIATA.
ANUP m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam
Means "watery" in Sanskrit.
ANUPAM m Indian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "incomparable, matchless" in Sanskrit.
ANUPAMA f Indian, Hindi
Feminine form of ANUPAM.
ANUŠA f Slovene
Diminutive of ANA.
ANUSH f Armenian
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.
ANUSHKA f Russian
Variant of ANNUSHKA.
ANWAR m Arabic
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.
ANWEN f Welsh
Means "very beautiful" in Welsh.
ANWER m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic أنور (see ANWAR).
ANXO m Galician
Galician form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ANYA f Russian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
ANŽE m Slovene
Variant of JANEZ.
ANŽELIKA f Latvian, Lithuanian
Latvian and Lithuanian form of ANGELICA.
ANZHELA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ANGELA.
ANZHELIKA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ANGELICA.
ANZO m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element ant meaning "giant".
ANZOR m Georgian, Chechen
Possibly derived from the Georgian noble title აზნაური (aznauri), ultimately from Middle Persian aznawar meaning "noble".
AOD m Biblical Greek
Form of EHUD used in the Greek Old Testament.
AODH m Irish, 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.
AODHAGÁN m Irish, Scottish
Diminutive of AODH.
AODHÁN m Irish, 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.
AOI f & m Japanese
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.
AOIBHE f Irish
Variant of AOIFE.
AOIBHEANN f Irish
Means "beautiful, pleasant, radiant" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of the mother of Saint Enda. It was also borne by Irish royalty.
AOIBHÍN f Irish
Variant of AOIBHEANN.
AOIBHINN f Irish
Variant of AOIBHEANN.
AOIDE f Greek Mythology
Means "song" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the original three muses, the muse of song.
AOIFE f Irish, 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.
AONGHAS m Scottish
Scottish variant of AONGHUS.
AONGHUS m Irish, 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.
APARAJITA f Bengali, Indian, Hindi
Means "unconquered" in Sanskrit.
APARNA f Hinduism, 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.
APHRA f Various
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).
APHRODISIOS m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name that was derived from the name of the Greek goddess APHRODITE.
APHRODITE f Greek 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.
APIKALIA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of ABIGAIL.
APOLENA f Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of APOLLONIA.
APOLINAR m Spanish
Spanish form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLINARY m Polish
Polish form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLLINAIRE m French (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.
APOLLINARIS m Ancient 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.
APOLLINARIYA f Russian
Russian feminine form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLLINE f French
French form of APOLLONIA.
APOLLO m Greek 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.
APOLLODOROS m Ancient Greek
Means "gift of Apollo" from the name of the god APOLLO combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift".
APOLLONIA f Ancient Greek, Italian
Feminine form of APOLLONIOS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr from Alexandria.
APOLLONIOS m Ancient Greek
From an ancient Greek personal name that 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.
APOLÓNIA f Portuguese (European)
European Portuguese form of APOLLONIA.
APOLÔNIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of APOLLONIA.
APOLONIA f Spanish, Polish
Spanish and Polish form of APOLLONIA.
APOLONIJA f Slovene
Slovene form of APOLLONIA.
APOORVA m & f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi अपूर्व or अपूर्वा (see APURVA).
APOSTOL m Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Romanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of APOSTOLOS.
APOSTOLOS m Greek
Means "messenger, apostle" in Greek.
APPHIA f Biblical
Greek form of a Hebrew name that possibly meant "increasing". This is a name mentioned in Paul's epistle to Philemon in the New Testament.
APPIUS m Ancient 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.
APRIL f English
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.
APURVA m & f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "unpreceded, new" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form अपूर्व and the feminine form अपूर्वा.
APUTSIAQ m Native American, Greenlandic
Means "snowflake" in Greenlandic.
AQIL m Arabic
Means "intelligent, wise" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different Arabic names.
AQILA f Arabic
Feminine form of AQIL.
AQISSIAQ m Native American, Greenlandic
Means "ptarmigan" in Greenlandic (a ptarmigan is a type of bird that lives in cold regions).
AQUILA m & f Biblical, Ancient Roman
From a Roman cognomen meaning "eagle" in Latin. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lives with Aquila and his wife Priscilla (or Prisca) for a time.
AQUILINA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of AQUILINUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint from Byblos.
AQUILINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of AQUILA.
ARA m Armenian, 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.
ARABELLA f English
Medieval Scottish name, probably a variant of ANNABEL. It has long been associated with Latin orabilis meaning "invokable".
ARABINDA m Bengali, Indian, Odia
Bengali and Odia variant of ARAVIND.
ARACELI f Spanish
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.
ARACELIS f Spanish
Variant of ARACELI.
ARACELY f Spanish
Variant of ARACELI.
ARACHNE f Greek 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.
ARADHANA f Indian, Hindi
Means "worship" in Sanskrit.
ARAGORN m Literature
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) m Kurdish
Means "calm" in Kurdish.
ARAM (2) m Armenian
Means "excellence" in Armenian.
ARAMAZD m Armenian 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.
ARAMINTA f English (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.
ARAMIS m Literature
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 & m Irish
From the name of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.
ARAN (2) m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "wild goat" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of Dishan in the Old Testament.
ARANKA f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian arany meaning "gold". It is used as a vernacular form of AURÉLIA.
ARANTXA f Basque
Diminutive of ARANTZAZU.
ARANTZAZU f Basque
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".
ARARAT m Armenian
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.
ARAS m Lithuanian
Means "eagle" in Lithuanian (a poetic word).
ARASH m Persian, 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.
ARASTOO m Persian
Persian form of ARISTOTLE.
ARATA m Japanese
From Japanese (arata) meaning "fresh, new". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
ARATI f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi आरती (see AARTI).
ARAVIND m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit.
ARAVINDA m Indian, Kannada
Alternate transcription of Kannada ಅರವಿಂದ (see ARAVIND).
ARAWN m Welsh Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the god of the underworld, called Annwfn, in Welsh mythology.
ARAX f Armenian
From the name of an Armenian river, also called the Aras.
ARCADIA f Various
Feminine form of ARCADIUS. This is the name of a region on the Greek Peloponnese, long idealized for its natural beauty.
ARCANGELO m Italian
Means "archangel" in Italian.
ARCELIA f Spanish
Variant of ARACELI.
ARCHANA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
Means "honouring, praising" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu ritual.
ARCHELAUS m Ancient 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.
ARCHEMBALD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic variant of ERCANBALD.
ARCHER m English
From an English surname meaning "bowman, archer", of Old French origin.
ARCHIBALD m Scottish, 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.
ARCHIE m Scottish, English
Diminutive of ARCHIBALD. This name is borne by Archie Andrews, an American comic-book character created in 1941.
ARCHIL m Georgian
Meaning unknown, of Persian origin. This was the name of an 8th-century Georgian noble who was executed for refusing to convert to Islam.
ARCHIMEDES m Ancient 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.
ARCHIPPOS m Ancient Greek
Means "master of horses" from the Greek elements αρχος (archos) "master" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse".
ARDA m Turkish
Possibly means "marker, stake" in Turkish.
ARDAL m Irish
Anglicized form of ARDGHAL.
ARDASHIR m Persian
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.
ARDEN m & f English
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".
ARDESHIR m Persian
Modern transcription of ARDASHIR.
ARDGHAL m Irish
Means "high valour", derived from the Irish elements ard "high" and gal "valour".
ARDITO m Italian
Derived from medieval Italian ardito "bold".
ARDUINO m Italian
Italian form of HARTWIN.
AREF m Persian
Persian form of ARIF.
ARELI m Biblical
Means "lion of God, hero" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Gad in the Old Testament.
AREND m Dutch, German
Dutch and German variant of ARNOLD. This is also the Dutch word for "eagle".
ARES m Greek 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 bloodthirsty god of war in Greek mythology, a son of Zeus and Hera.
ARETAS m Biblical
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.
ARETHA f English
Possibly derived from Greek αρετη (arete) meaning "virtue". This name was popularized in the 1960s by American singer Aretha Franklin (1942-).
ARETHUSA f Greek 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.
AREVIG f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Արեւիկ (see AREVIK).
AREVIK f Armenian
Means "like the sun" in Armenian.
AREZOO f Persian
Means "desire" in Persian.
AREZOU f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آرزو (see AREZOO).
AREZU f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آرزو (see AREZOO).
ARGI m Basque
Means "light" in Basque.
ARGIDER m Basque
Derived from Basque argi "light" and eder "beautiful".
ARGIÑE f Basque
Feminine form of ARGI.
ARGUS m Greek 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.
ARGYRIS m Greek
Modern Greek form of ARGYROS.
ARGYRO f Greek
Feminine form of ARGYROS.
ARGYROS m Ancient Greek
Means "silver" in Greek.
ARI (1) m Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
ARI (2) m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Finnish
Old Norse byname meaning "eagle".
ARI (3) m Armenian
Means "brave" in Armenian.
ARIA (1) f English (Modern)
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) m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آریا (see ARYA (1)).
ARIADNA f Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish
Spanish, Catalan, Russian and Polish form of ARIADNE.
ARIADNE f Greek 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.
ARIANE f French, German, Dutch
French form of ARIADNE.
ARIANNE f French
Variant of ARIANE.
ARIANRHOD f Welsh, 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.
ARIC m English
Variant of ERIC.
ARIDAI m Biblical
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) m Dutch
Diminutive of ADRIAAN.
ARIE (2) m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אַרְיֵה (see ARIEH).
ARIEH m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew. This is the name of an officer of King Pekahiah in the Old Testament.
'ARI'EL m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of ARIEL.
ARIEL m & f Hebrew, 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).
ARIELLA f English (Modern)
Strictly feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIELLE f French
French feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIES m Roman 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.
ARİF m Turkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of ARIF.
ARIF m Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali
Means "learned, knowing, expert" in Arabic.
ARIHEL m Biblical Latin
Latin form of ARIEL.
ARIJ f Arabic
Means "fragrance" in Arabic.
ARIJANA f Croatian
Croatian form of ARIANNA.
ARIJIT m Bengali
Means "conquering enemies" in Sanskrit.
ARIK m Hebrew
Diminutive of ARIEL or ARIEH.
ARILD m Norwegian
Possibly a variant of HARALD or ARNOLD.
ARIN f & m English (Rare)
Variant of ERIN or AARON.
ARINA f Russian
Russian variant of IRINA.
ARIS (1) m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of ARES. It is also used as a short form of ARISTOTELIS.
ARIS (2) m Dutch
Diminutive of ADRIAAN.
ARISHA f Russian
Diminutive of ARINA.
ARISTA f Astronomy
Means "ear of corn" in Latin. This is the name of a star, also known as Spica, in the constellation Virgo.
ARISTAEUS m Greek 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.
ARISTARCHUS m Ancient 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.
ARISTARKH m Russian
Russian form of ARISTARCHUS.
ARISTEIDES m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ARISTIDES.
ARISTEIDIS m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Αριστειδης (see ARISTIDIS).
ARISTIDE m French, Italian
French and Italian form of ARISTIDES.
ARISTIDES m Ancient 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.
ARISTIDIS m Greek
Modern Greek form of ARISTIDES.
ARISTOCLES m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αριστοκλης (Aristokles) meaning "the best glory", derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the real name of the philosopher Plato.
ARISTODEMOS m Ancient 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.
ARISTOMACHE f Ancient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and μαχη (mache) "battle".
ARISTON m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek αριστος (aristos) meaning "the best".
ARISTOPHANES m Ancient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and φανης (phanes) "appearing". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian playwright.
ARISTOTELES m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ARISTOTLE.