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ARISTOTELIS m Greek
Modern Greek form of ARISTOTLE.
ARISTOTLE m Ancient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Αριστοτελης (Aristoteles) meaning "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.
ARISZTID m Hungarian (Rare)
Hungarian form of ARISTIDES.
ARITRA m Bengali
From Sanskrit अरित्र (aritra) meaning "propelling, an oar".
ARJA f Finnish
Variant of IRJA. The Finnish poet Eino Leino used it in his poem 'Arja and Selinä' (1916), though belonging to a male character.
ARJAN m Dutch
Dutch form of ADRIAN.
ARJUNA m Hinduism
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.
ARKADI m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Аркадий (see ARKADIY).
ARKADIOS m Ancient 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.
ARKADIUSZ m Polish
Polish form of ARKADIOS.
ARKADIY m Russian
Russian form of ARKADIOS. This is the name of one of the main characters in Ivan Turgenev's 'Fathers and Sons' (1862).
ARKADY m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Аркадий (see ARKADIY).
ARKAITZ m Basque
Means "rock" in Basque.
ARKE m Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element arn meaning "eagle".
ARKHIP m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of ARCHIPPOS.
ARLEEN f English
Variant of ARLINE.
ARLEN m English
Meaning unknown, possibly from a surname.
ARLENE f English
Variant of ARLINE.
ARLET f Catalan
Catalan form of ARLETTE.
ARLETTE f French
French form of HERLEVA.
ARLIE f & m English
Diminutive of ARLINE and other names beginning with Arl.
ARLINE f English
Meaning unknown, possibly invented by Michael William Balfe for the main character in his opera 'The Bohemian Girl' (1843).
ARLO m English
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".
ARLOTTO m Medieval Italian
Medieval Italian name, recorded in Latin as Arlotus. It is possibly from Old French herlot meaning "vagabond, tramp".
ARMAN (1) m Persian, Kazakh
Means "wish, hope" in Persian.
ARMAN (2) m Armenian
Variant of ARMEN.
ARMAND m French
French form of HERMAN.
ARMANDO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of HERMAN.
ÁRMANN m Icelandic
Icelandic form of HERMAN.
ARMAS m Finnish
Means "beloved" in Finnish (an archaic poetic word).
ARMAZI m Georgian 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.
ARMEL m Breton, French
Breton and French form of the Brythonic name Arthmael, 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.
ARMELLE f French
Feminine form of ARMEL.
ARMEN m Armenian
Derived from the name of the country of ARMENIA (which is in fact named Հայաստան (Hayastan) in Armenian).
ARMIDA f Italian, 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.
ARMIDE f Literature
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.
ÁRMIN m Hungarian
Hungarian form of ARMINIUS.
ARMIN m German
Modern form of ARMINIUS.
ARMINIUS m Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Germanic name that 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.
ARMO m Finnish (Rare)
Means "grace, mercy" in Finnish.
ARN m English
Short form of ARNOLD.
ARNALDO m Italian
Italian form of ARNOLD.
ARNAQ f Native American, Greenlandic, Inuit
Means "woman" in Greenlandic and Inuktitut.
ARNAU m Catalan
Catalan form of ARNOLD.
ARNAUD m French
French form of ARNOLD.
ARNAUDE f French (Rare)
French feminine form of ARNOLD.
ARNBJÖRG f Icelandic
Icelandic form of ARNBJǪRG.
ARNBJǪRG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements arn meaning "eagle" and bjǫrg meaning "help, save, rescue".
ARNBORG f Swedish (Rare)
Swedish form of ARNBJǪRG.
ARND m German
German short form of ARNOLD.
ARNDT m German
German short form of ARNOLD.
ARNE (1) m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Originally an Old Norse short form of names beginning with the element arn meaning "eagle".
ARNE (2) m German
Diminutive of ARNOLD.
ARNFINN m Norwegian
Norwegian form of Arnfinnr, which was derived from the elements arn "eagle" and finnr "Sámi, person from Finland".
ARNFRIED m German (Rare)
From a Germanic name derived from the elements arn "eagle" and frid "peace".
ÁRNI m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ARNE (1).
ARNIE m English
Diminutive of ARNOLD.
ARNIFRID m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ARNFRIED.
ARNO m Dutch, German
Short form of ARNOUD or ARNOLD.
ARNOLD m English, 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]
ARNOLDAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ARNOLD.
ARNOLDS m Latvian
Latvian form of ARNOLD.
ARNOLFO m Italian
Italian form of ARNULF.
ARNÓR m Icelandic
Icelandic variant form of ANDOR (1).
ARNOŠT m Czech, Sorbian
Czech and Sorbian form of ERNEST.
ARNOUD m Dutch
Dutch form of ARNOLD.
ARNOUT m Dutch
Dutch form of ARNOLD.
ARNT m Norwegian
Norwegian form of AREND.
ARNÞÓR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of ANDOR (1).
ARNULF m German, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements arn "eagle" and wulf "wolf".
ARNVIÐR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ARVID.
AROA f Basque
Derived from Basque aro meaning "era, age, time".
AROHA f Maori
Means "love" in Maori.
AROLDO m Italian
Italian form of HAROLD.
ÁRON m Hungarian
Hungarian form of AARON.
ARON m Polish, Croatian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic
Polish, Croatian and Scandinavian form of AARON.
ARONAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of AARON.
ÁRPÁD m Hungarian
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.
ARRAN m Scottish
From the name of an island off the west coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde.
ARRATS m Basque
Means "afternoon, dusk" in Basque.
ARRIGO m Italian
Italian form of HENRY.
ARRON m English
Variant of AARON.
ARSEN m Armenian
Armenian form of ARSENIOS.
ARSÈNE m French
French form of ARSENIOS.
ARSENI m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Арсений (see ARSENIY).
ARSÉNIO m Portuguese (European)
European Portuguese form of ARSENIOS.
ARSÊNIO m Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of ARSENIOS.
ARSENIO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of ARSENIOS.
ARSENIOS m Ancient Greek
Means "virile" in Greek. Saint Arsenius was a 5th-century deacon who was tutor to the two sons of the Roman emperor Theodosius. The two sons, Arcadius and Honorius, divided the empire into eastern and western halves upon their father's death.
ARSENIY m Russian
Russian form of ARSENIOS.
ARSLAN m Turkish, Turkmen
Turkish variant and Turkmen form of ASLAN.
ART m English
Short form of ARTHUR.
ARTAIR m Scottish
Scottish form of ARTHUR.
ARTAXERXES m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), Biblical
Greek form of the Persian name Artakhshathra meaning "righteous ruler". This was the name of several Achaemenid Persian rulers. It was also borne by the founder of the Sassanid Empire, usually known by the Middle Persian form Ardashir.
ARTEM m Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian
Ukrainian and Belarusian form of ARTEMIOS. It is also an alternate transcription of Russian Артём (see ARTYOM).
ARTEMIDOROS m Ancient Greek
Means "gift of Artemis" from the name of the goddess ARTEMIS combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a Greek author of the 2nd century who wrote about the interpretation of dreams.
ARTEMIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ARTEMIOS.
ARTEMIOS m Ancient Greek
From an ancient Greek name that was derived from the name of the Greek goddess ARTEMIS. This was the name of a 4th-century general in the Roman army who is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church.
ARTEMIS f Greek Mythology, Greek
Meaning unknown, possibly related either to Greek αρτεμης (artemes) "safe" or αρταμος (artamos) "a butcher". Artemis was the Greek goddess of the moon and hunting, the twin of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was known as Diana to the Romans.
ARTEMISIA f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ARTEMISIOS. This was the name of the 4th-century BC builder of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. She built it in memory of her husband, the Carian prince Mausolus.
ARTEMISIOS m Ancient Greek
From an ancient Greek name that was derived from the name of the Greek goddess ARTEMIS.
ARTEMIY m Russian
Russian variant form of ARTEMIOS.
ARTEMON m Ancient Greek
From an ancient Greek name that was derived from the name of the Greek goddess ARTEMIS.
ARTHFAEL m Medieval Welsh
Welsh form of ARMEL.
ARTHIT m Thai
Means "sun" in Thai, derived from the name of the Hindu god ADITYA.
ARTHMAEL m Ancient Celtic
Old Brythonic form of ARMEL.
ARTHUR m English, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
The meaning of this name is unknown. It could be derived from the Celtic elements artos "bear" combined with viros "man" or rigos "king". Alternatively it could be related to an obscure Roman family name Artorius. Arthur is the name of the central character in Arthurian legend, a 6th-century king of the Britons who resisted Saxon invaders. He may or may not have been a real person. He first appears in Welsh poems and chronicles (some possibly as early as the 7th century) but his character was not developed until the chronicles of the 12th-century Geoffrey of Monmouth.... [more]
ARTI f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi आरती (see AARTI).
ARTIE m & f English
Diminutive and feminine form of ARTHUR.
ARTJOMS m Latvian
Latvian form of ARTEMIOS.
ARTO m Finnish
Finnish short form of ARTHUR.
ARTTU m Finnish
Finnish short form of ARTHUR.
ARTTURI m Finnish
Finnish form of ARTHUR.
ARTÚR m Hungarian
Hungarian form of ARTHUR.
ARTŪRAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ARTHUR.
ARTURO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ARTHUR.
ARTŪRS m Latvian
Latvian form of ARTHUR.
ARTYOM m Russian
Russian form of ARTEMIOS.
ARUNA m & f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi
Means "reddish brown" in Sanskrit. The Hindu god Aruna (अरुणा) is the charioteer who drives the sun god Surya across the sky. The feminine form अरुणा is transcribed the same way. The modern masculine form is Arun.
ARUNDHATI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
The name of a star (also called Alcor), which was named after a type of climbing plant, possibly meaning "not restrained" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief it is the name of the sage Vasishtha's wife, who is identified with the star.
ARUSHI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit अरुष (arusha) meaning "reddish, dawn", a word used in the Rigveda to describe the red horses of Agni. This name also appears in the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' belonging to a daughter of Manu and the wife of Chyavana, though in this case it might derive from Sanskrit आरुषी (arushi) meaning "hitting, killing".
ARUZHAN f Kazakh
Means "beautiful soul" in Kazakh.
ARVE m Norwegian
Variant of ARVID.
ARVEL m English
Meaning unknown, possibly a variant of ARWEL.
ARVID m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Arnviðr, derived from the elements arn "eagle" and viðr "tree".
ARVĪDS m Latvian
Latvian form of ARVID.
ARVO m Finnish
Means "value, worth" in Finnish.
ARWA f Arabic
Possibly means "mountain goats" in Arabic. This name was borne by some relatives of the Prophet Muhammad. It was also the name of a 12th-century queen of Yemen.
ARWEL m Welsh
Old Welsh name of unknown meaning.
ARWEN f Literature
Means "noble maiden" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Arwen was the daughter of Elrond and the lover of Aragorn.
ARWYN m Welsh
From the Welsh intensifying prefix ar- and gwyn meaning "white, fair".
ARYA (1) m & f Persian, Indian, Hindi, Malayalam
From an old Indo-Iranian root meaning "Aryan, noble". In India, this is a transcription of both the masculine form आर्य and the feminine form आर्या. In Iran it is only a masculine name.
ARYA (2) f Literature
Created by author George R. R. Martin for a popular character in his series 'A Song of Ice and Fire', published beginning 1996, and the television adaptation 'Game of Thrones' (2011-2019). In the story Arya is the second daughter of Ned Stark, the lord of Winterfell.
ARYAN m Indian, Hindi
Variant of ARYA (1).
ARYEH m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אַרְיֵה (see ARIEH).
ARZHEL m Breton
Breton form of ARMEL.
ARZU f Turkish, Uyghur
Turkish and Uyghur form of AREZOO.
ÁSA f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese form of ÅSA.
ÅSA f Swedish
Short form of Old Norse feminine names beginning with the element áss "god".
ASA m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "healer" in Hebrew. This name was borne by the third king of Judah, as told in the Old Testament.
AS'AD m Arabic
Means "luckier" in Arabic.
ASAD m Arabic, Urdu
Means "lion" in Arabic.
ASAF m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ASAPH.
ASAPH m Biblical
Means "collector" in Hebrew. This name belongs to several minor characters in the Old Testament.
ASAR m Egyptian Mythology
Egyptian form of OSIRIS.
ÁSBJÖRN m Icelandic
Icelandic form of ÁSBJǪRN.
ÁSBJǪRN m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements áss "god" and bjǫrn "bear". It is therefore a cognate of OSBORN.
ASBJÖRN m Swedish
Swedish form of ÁSBJǪRN.
ASBJØRN m Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish form of ÁSBJǪRN.
ASCELIN m Ancient Germanic
Derived from a diminutive of the Germanic element asc meaning "ash tree".
ASCENSIÓN f Spanish
Means "ascension" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
ASCO m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element asc meaning "ash tree".
ÁSDÍS f Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements áss "god" and dís "goddess".
ASDRUBAL m Spanish
Spanish form of HASDRUBAL.
ÅSE f Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Danish and Norwegian form of ÅSA, as well as a Swedish variant. It was used by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen in his play 'Peer Gynt' (1867), where it belongs to the mother of the title character.
ASEEM m Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi असीम (see ASIM (2)).
ASEN m Bulgarian
Meaning unknown, probably of Turkic origin. This was the name of a 12th-century Bulgarian emperor (Ivan Asen I) and several of his successors.
ASENATH f Biblical
Means "devoted to the goddess NEITH" in Ancient Egyptian. In the Old Testament this is the name of Joseph's Egyptian wife. She was the mother of Manasseh and Ephraim.
ASENETH f Biblical Latin
Form of ASENATH used in the Latin Bible.
ASENNETH f Biblical Greek
Form of ASENATH used in the Greek Old Testament.
ASER m Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ASHER used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
ÁSGEIR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of ASGER.
ASGEIR m Norwegian
Norwegian form of ASGER.
ÁSGEIRR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ASGER.
ASGER m Danish
From the Old Norse name Ásgeirr, derived from the elements áss meaning "god" and geirr meaning "spear".
ASH m & f English
Short form of ASHLEY. It can also come directly from the English word denoting either the tree or the residue of fire.
ASHA (1) f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit आशा (asha) meaning "wish, desire, hope".
ASHA (2) f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "life" in Swahili, related to AISHA.
ASHANTI f & m Various
From the name of an African people who reside in southern Ghana. It possibly means "warlike" in the Twi language.
ASHER m Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "happy, blessed" in Hebrew. Asher in the Old Testament is a son of Jacob by Leah's handmaid Zilpah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The meaning of his name is explained in Genesis 30:13.
ASHERAH f Semitic Mythology
Perhaps derived from Semitic roots meaning "she who walks in the sea". This was the name of a Semitic mother goddess. She was worshipped by the Israelites before the advent of monotheism.
ASHFAQ m Arabic
Means "compassions, kindness" in Arabic.
ÅSHILD f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Áshildr, derived from the elements áss "god" and hildr "battle".
ASHKII m Native American, Navajo
Means "boy" in Navajo.
ASHLEA f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of ASHLEY.
ASHLEE f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of ASHLEY.
ASHLEIGH f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of ASHLEY.
ASHLEY f & m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from place names meaning "ash tree clearing", from a combination of Old English æsc and leah. Until the 1960s it was more commonly given to boys in the United States, but it is now most often used on girls.
ASHLIE f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of ASHLEY.
ASHLING f Irish
Anglicized form of AISLING.
ASHLYN f English (Modern)
Combination of ASHLEY and the popular name suffix lyn.
ASHOKA m Sanskrit
Means "without sorrow" in Sanskrit. This name was borne by Ashoka the Great, a 3rd-century BC emperor of India.
ASHRAQAT f Arabic
Means "brightness" in Arabic.
ASHTAD f Persian Mythology
Means "justice" in Persian. This was the name of a Yazata (or angel) in Zoroastrianism.
ASHTON m & f English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name that meant "ash tree town" in Old English.
ASHTORETH f Biblical, Semitic Mythology
From עַשְׁתֹרֶת ('Ashtoret), the Hebrew form of the name of a Phoenician goddess of love, war and fertility. Her name is cognate to that of the East Semitic goddess ISHTAR.
ASHUR m Semitic Mythology
From the name of the city of ASHUR, the capital of the Assyrian Empire, which is of unknown meaning. Ashur was the patron deity of the city and the chief god of Assyria.
ASHURBANIPAL m Ancient Assyrian (Anglicized)
From Akkadian Ashur-bani-apli meaning "ASHUR is creator of a son". This was the name of one of the final kings of the Assyrian Empire, reigning late in the 7th century BC. He appears in the Old Testament under the name Asnappar.
ASHWIN m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada
From Sanskrit अश्विन् (ashvin) meaning "possessed of horses". The Ashvins are twin Hindu gods of the sunrise and sunset.
ASIA (1) f English (Modern), Italian (Modern)
From the name of the continent, which is perhaps derived from Akkadian asu, meaning "east".
ASIA (2) f Polish
Polish diminutive of JOANNA.
ASIER m Basque
Means "the beginning" in Basque.
ASIF m Arabic
Possibly means "forgiveness" in Arabic.
ASIH f Indonesian
Variant of KASIH.
ASİL m Turkish
Means "noble" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic أصيل (asil).
ASIM m Turkish
Turkish form of ASIM (1).
ASIM (1) m Arabic
Means "protector" in Arabic.
ASIM (2) m Indian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "boundless, limitless" in Sanskrit.
ASK m Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse askr "ash tree". In Norse mythology Ask and his wife Embla were the first humans created by the gods.
ÁSKETILL m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse áss "god" and ketill "cauldron, helmet".
ASKLEPIADES m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name that was derived from the name of the Greek god ASKLEPIOS combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). It was borne by several Greek physicians.
ASKLEPIOS m Greek Mythology
Possibly means "cut up" in Greek. Asklepios (Aesculapius to the Romans) was the god of healing and medicine in Greek mythology.
ASKR m Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of ASK.
ASLAN m Turkish, Kazakh, Azerbaijani, Chechen, Ossetian, Circassian
From Turkic arslan meaning "lion". This was a byname or title borne by several medieval Turkic rulers, including the Seljuk sultan Alp Arslan (a byname meaning "brave lion") who drove the Byzantines from Anatolia in the 11th century. The author C. S. Lewis later used the name Aslan for the main protagonist (a lion) in his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series of books, first appearing in 1950.
ASLANBEK m Chechen, Ossetian, Circassian
Derived from Turkish aslan meaning "lion" combined with the Turkish military title beg meaning "chieftain, master".
ÁSLAUG f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ASLAUG.
ASLAUG f Norwegian
Derived from the Old Norse elements áss meaning "god" and laug possibly meaning "betrothed woman".
ASLI f Turkish
Means "genuine, real" in Turkish.
ASLÖG f Swedish
Swedish form of ASLAUG.
ASLØG f Danish
Danish form of ASLAUG.
ASMA f Arabic
Means "supreme" in Arabic.
ASMAA f Arabic
Means "appellations, names" in Arabic. This was the name of a daughter of Abu Bakr, the first caliph of the Muslims.
ÅSMUND m Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Ásmundr, cognate of OSMOND.
ÁSMUNDUR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of ÅSMUND.
ASNAPPAR m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From אָסְנַפַּר ('Asnappar), the Hebrew form of ASHURBANIPAL. This name is used in the Old Testament to refer to the Assyrian king.
ASPASIA f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ασπασιος (aspasios) meaning "welcome, embrace". This was the name of the lover of Pericles (5th century BC).
ASPEN f English (Modern)
From the English word for the tree, derived from Old English æspe. It is also the name of a ski resort in Colorado.
ASRA f Arabic
Means "travel at night" in Arabic. It is related to Isra.
ASSE m Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element asc meaning "ash tree" or ans meaning "god".
ASSUMPCIÓ f Catalan
Catalan cognate of ASUNCIÓN.
ASSUMPTA f Irish
Latinate form of ASUNCIÓN, used especially in Ireland.
ASSUNÇÃO f Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of ASUNCIÓN.
ASSUNTA f Italian
Italian cognate of ASUNCIÓN.
ASTA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of ASTRID.
ASTAROTH m Literature
From Ashtaroth, the plural form of ASHTORETH used in the bible to refer to Phoenician idols. This spelling was used in late medieval demonology texts to refer to a type of (masculine) demon.
AŞTÎ f & m Kurdish
Means "peace, tranquility" in Kurdish.
ASTON m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from either a place name meaning "east town" in Old English or from the given name ÆÐELSTAN.
ASTOR m English (Rare)
From a surname derived from Occitan astur meaning "hawk".
ASTRA f English (Rare)
Means "star", ultimately from Greek αστηρ (aster). This name has only been (rarely) used since the 20th century.
ASTRAEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Αστραια (Astraia), derived from Greek αστηρ (aster) meaning "star". Astraea was a Greek goddess of justice and innocence. After wickedness took root in the world she left the earth and became the constellation Virgo.
ASTRID f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, French
Modern form of ÁSTRÍÐR. This name was borne by the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002), the author of 'Pippi Longstocking'.
ASTRIDE f French
French variant of ASTRID.
ÁSTRÍÐR f Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements áss "god" and fríðr "beautiful, beloved".
ÁSTRÍÐUR f Icelandic
Icelandic form of ÁSTRÍÐR.
ASTROPHEL m Literature
Probably intended to mean "star lover", from Greek αστηρ (aster) "star" and φιλος (philos) "lover, friend". This name was first used by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney in his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'.
ASUKA f & m Japanese
From Japanese 明日 (asu) meaning "tomorrow" and (ka) meaning "fragrance", or from (asu) meaning "to fly" and (ka) meaning "bird". Other kanji combinations can be possible as well.
ASUMAN f Turkish
Means "sky" in Turkish.
ASUN f Spanish
Short form of ASUNCIÓN.
ASUNCIÓN f Spanish
Means "assumption" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven.
ÁSVALDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of OSWALD.
ASWATHI m Indian, Malayalam
From Sanskrit अशवत्थ (ashvattha) meaning "sacred fig tree".
ASYA (2) f Turkish
Means "Asia (the continent)" in Turkish.
ATA (1) m Turkish
Means "ancestor" in Turkish.
ATA (2) m Arabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
ATAAHUA f Maori
Means "beautiful" in Maori.
ATALANTA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Αταλαντη (Atalante) meaning "equal in weight", derived from αταλαντος (atalantos), a word related to ταλαντον (talanton) meaning "a scale, a balance". In Greek legend she was a fast-footed maiden who refused to marry anyone who could not beat her in a race. She was eventually defeated by Hippomenes, who dropped three golden apples during the race causing her to stop to pick them up.
ATALIA f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of ATHALIAH.
ATALLAH m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عطاء الله (see ATAULLAH).
ATALYAH f & m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of ATHALIAH.
ATANAS m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of ATHANASIUS.
ATANASIJ m Macedonian
Macedonian form of ATHANASIUS.
ATANASIJA f Serbian, Macedonian
Serbian and Macedonian feminine form of ATHANASIUS.
ATANASIJE m Serbian
Serbian form of ATHANASIUS.
ATARA f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew עֲטָרָה (see ATARAH).
ATARAH f Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "crown" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Atarah is a minor character, the wife of Jerahmeel.
ATAULLAH m Arabic
Means "gift of ALLAH" from Arabic عطاء ('ata) "gift" combined with الله (Allah).
ATEFEH f Persian
Persian form of ATIFA.
AÐALBJÖRG f Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements aðal "noble" and bjǫrg "help, save, rescue".
ATHALIAH f & m Biblical
Possibly means "YAHWEH is exalted" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is both a feminine and masculine name. It was borne by the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, who later came to rule Judah as a queen.
AÐALSTEINN m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements aðal "noble" and steinn "stone".
ATHANARIC m Ancient Germanic
From the Gothic name Athanareiks, derived from the Germanic element athana meaning "year" combined with ric meaning "power, ruler". Athanaric was a 4th-century ruler of the Visigoths.
ATHANAS m Ancient Greek
Short form of Athanasios (see ATHANASIUS).
ATHANASE m French
French form of ATHANASIUS.
ATHANASI m Medieval Slavic
Old Slavic form of ATHANASIUS.
ATHANASIA f Greek, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Athanasios (see ATHANASIUS).
ATHANASIUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αθανασιος (Athanasios) meaning "immortal", from Greek α (a), a negative prefix, combined with θανατος (thanatos) "death". Saint Athanasius was a 4th-century bishop of Alexandria who strongly opposed Arianism.
ATHAULF m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from atta "father" and wulf "wolf". This was the name of a 5th-century king of the Visigoths.
ATHELSTAN m History
Modern form of ÆÐELSTAN.
ATHENA f Greek Mythology, English
Meaning unknown. Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare and the patron goddess of the city of Athens in Greece. It is likely that her name is derived from that of the city, not vice versa. The earliest mention of her seems to be a 15th-century BC Mycenaean Greek inscription from Knossos on Crete.... [more]
ATHÉNAÏS f French
French form of ATHENAIS.