Names Starting with A

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ANISE f English (Rare)
From the English word for the herb, also called aniseed.
ANISH m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "supreme, paramount, without a ruler", from the Sanskrit negative prefix (a) and ईश (isha) meaning "ruler, lord".
ANISHA f Indian, Hindi
Means "nightless, sleepless" in Sanskrit.
ANISIM m Russian
Russian form of ONESIMUS.
ANIȘOARA f Romanian
Romanian elaboration of ANA.
ANISSA f English
This name was first brought to public attention in 1966 by the child actress Anissa Jones (1958-1976). In her case it was a transcription of the Arabic name أنيسة (see ANISA), given to honour her Lebanese heritage. Other parents who have since used this name may view it simply as an elaboration of ANNA using the popular name suffix issa.
ANIT m Indian, Hindi
Possibly means "not guided" in Sanskrit.
ANITA (1) f Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovene, English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Latvian
Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian and Slovene diminutive of ANA.
ANITA (2) f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
Feminine form of ANIT.
ANIYA f English (Modern)
Modern name, possibly based on ANYA or AALIYAH.
ANJA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, German, Dutch
Form of ANYA in several languages.
ANJALI f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "salutation" in Sanskrit.
ANKE f Low German, Dutch
Low German and Dutch diminutive of ANNA and other names beginning with An.
ANKHBAYAR m & f Mongolian
Means "first joy" in Mongolian.
ANKICA f Croatian
Diminutive of ANKA.
ANKIT m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Means "marked" in Sanskrit.
ANKUR m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "sapling, sprout, shoot" in Sanskrit.
ANN f English, Manx
English and Manx form of ANNE (1). In the English-speaking world, both this spelling and Anne have been used since the late Middle Ages. Currently Ann is less popular than Anne (and both are less popular than their relatives Anna and Hannah).
ANNA f English, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Faroese, Catalan, Occitan, Breton, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of Channah (see HANNAH) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna. The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary.... [more]
ANNABEL f English, Dutch
Variant of AMABEL influenced by the name ANNA. This name appears to have arisen in Scotland in the Middle Ages.
ANNABELLA f Italian, English (Modern)
Latinate form of ANNABEL. It can also be taken as a combination of ANNA and BELLA.
ANNABELLE f English, French
Variant of ANNABEL. It can also be taken as a combination of ANNA and BELLE.
ANNABETH f English (Rare)
Combination of ANNA and BETH.
ANNACHIARA f Italian
Combination of ANNA and CHIARA.
ANNAG f Scottish
Scottish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNAGÜL f Turkmen
Derived from Turkmen anna "Friday" and gül "flower, rose".
ANNAIG f Breton
Breton diminutive of ANNA.
ANNALEE f English (Modern)
Combination of ANNA and LEE.
ANNALENA f German
Combination of ANNA and LENA.
ANNA-LIISA f Finnish
Combination of ANNA and LIISA.
ANNALISA f Italian
Combination of ANNA and LISA.
ANNALISE f English (Modern)
Combination of ANNA and LISE.
ANNA MARIA f Italian
Combination of ANNA and MARIA.
ANNAMÁRIA f Hungarian
Combination of ANNA and MÁRIA.
ANNAMARIA f Italian
Combination of ANNA and MARIA.
ANNAS m Biblical, Biblical Latin
Contracted form of ANANIAS. This was the name of one of the high priests of the Jews in the New Testament.
ANNE (1) f French, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, German, Dutch, Basque
French form of ANNA. It was imported to England in the 13th century, but it did not become popular until three centuries later. The spelling variant Ann was also commonly found from this period, and is still used to this day.... [more]
ANNE (2) m Frisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn "eagle".
ANNEGRET f German
Combination of ANNA and GRETE.
ANNEKE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of ANNA.
ANNE-LAURE f French
Combination of ANNE (1) and LAURE.
ANNELI f Finnish, Estonian, Swedish, German
Finnish, Estonian and Swedish form of ANNELIE, as well as a German variant.
ANNELIE f German, Swedish
German diminutive of ANNA or short form of ANNELIESE.
ANNELIEN f Dutch
Combination of ANNA and lien (from names such as CAROLIEN).
ANNELIESE f German, Dutch
Combination of ANNA and LIESE.
ANNELISE f Danish
Danish form of ANNELIESE.
ANNE-MARIE f French
Combination of ANNE (1) and MARIE.
ANNEMARIE f Dutch, German, Danish
Combination of ANNA and MARIE.
ANNEMIEK f Dutch
Combination of ANNA and MIEKE.
ANNEMIEKE f Dutch
Combination of ANNA and MIEKE.
ANNE-SOPHIE f French
Combination of ANNE (1) and SOPHIE.
ANNET f Dutch
Dutch variant of ANNETTE.
ANNETT f German
German variant of ANNETTE.
ANNETTA f Italian
Latinate diminutive of ANNA.
ANNETTE f French, English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch
French diminutive of ANNE (1). It has also been widely used in the English-speaking world, and it became popular in America in the late 1950s due to the fame of actress Annette Funicello (1942-).
ANNI f Finnish, German, Danish
Finnish, German and Danish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIBALE m Italian
Italian form of HANNIBAL.
ANNICE f English
Variant of ANNIS.
ANNICK f Breton, French
French form of Breton Annaig, a diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIE f English, French, Dutch
Diminutive of ANNE (1).
ANNIINA f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIKA f Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, German, English (Modern)
Swedish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIKEN f Norwegian
Norwegian diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIKKI f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNIS f English
Medieval English form of AGNES.
ANNISA f Indonesian
Indonesian feminine form of ANIS.
ANNMARIE f English
Combination of ANN and MARIE.
ANNORA f English (Rare)
Medieval English variant of HONORA.
ANNUKKA f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of ANNA.
ANNUNZIATA f Italian
Means "announced" in Italian, referring to the event in the New Testament in which the angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary of the imminent birth of Jesus.
ANNUSHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
ANNUSKA f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
ANNY f French
Diminutive of ANNE (1).
ANONA f English
Meaning unknown. It was possibly inspired by an American song by this name written by Vivian Grey in 1903 and recorded by musician Vess Ossman. The lyrics tell of a Native American woman named Anona from Arizona.
ANONG f Thai
Means "beautiful woman" in Thai.
ANOOP m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi अनूप, Bengali অনুপ or Malayalam അനൂപ് (see ANUP).
ANOUBIS m Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Anapa (see ANUBIS).
ANOUK f Dutch, French
Dutch and French diminutive of ANNA.
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".
ANSAR m Arabic, Urdu
Means "helpers" in Arabic, referring to those who helped the Prophet Muhammad when he came to Medina.
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).
ANTANINA f Belarusian, Lithuanian
Belarusian and Lithuanian feminine form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO).
ANTARES m Astronomy
From Greek Ἀντάρης (Antares), traditionally said to mean "opposing ARES". This is the name of the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius.
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 Ἄνθεια (Antheia), derived from ἄνθος (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.
ANTI m Estonian
Estonian form of ANDREW.
ANTÍA f Galician
Galician feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTICA f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of ANTONIA.
ANTIGONE f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἀντί (anti) meaning "against, compared to, like" and γονή (gone) meaning "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 Ἀντίγονος (Antigonos), derived from ἀντί (anti) meaning "against, compared to, like" and γονεύς (goneus) meaning "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 Ἀντίοχος (Antiochos), derived from Greek ἀντί (anti) meaning "against, compared to, like" and ὀχή (oche) meaning "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 ἀντί (anti) meaning "against, compared to, like" and ὄψ (ops) meaning "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 Ἀντίπατρος (Antipatros), which meant "like the father" from Greek ἀντί (anti) meaning "against, compared to, like" and πατήρ (pater) meaning "father" (genitive πατρός). 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), also used as the Czech form of Antonius (see ANTHONY). 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, Ukrainian, 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 cognomen, a derivative of ANTONIUS. This name was borne by several emperors.
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). This has been a common name in Italy since the 14th century. In Spain it was the most popular name for boys in the 1950s and 60s.... [more]
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 Ἄνουβις (Anoubis), the Greek form of Egyptian Inpw (reconstructed as Anapa and other forms), which coincided with a word meaning "royal child, prince". However, it might alternatively be derived from the root inp meaning "to decay". 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. The Greeks equated him with their god Hermes.
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, place near the water, lagoon" 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, Urdu, Indonesian
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.
ANŽEJ 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 meaning "little fire", 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 Irish 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.
APARECIDA f Portuguese
Means "appeared" in Portuguese, taken from the Brazilian title of the Virgin Mary Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida, meaning "Our Lady of the Conception Who Appeared". It refers to a statue of the Virgin Mary that was said to have been pulled from a river by fishermen in the 18th century. Our Lady of Aparecida is regarded as the patron saint of Brazil.
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 borne 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 ἀφρός (aphros) meaning "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.
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 Ἀπόλλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo meaning "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 ἀπόλλυμι (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 δῶρον (doron) meaning "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 spellings.
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, yielding to prayer".
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 the 17th-century Henri d'Aramitz, whose surname was derived from the French village of Aramits (itself from Basque aran meaning "valley").
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".
ARÁNZAZU f Spanish
Spanish form of ARANTZAZU.
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.
ARBANA f Albanian
From Albanian arbën meaning "Albanian".
ARCADIA f Various
Feminine form of ARCADIUS. This is the name of a region on the Greek Peloponnese, long idealized for its natural beauty.
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