Names Starting with A

gender
usage
AVDOTYA f Russian
Russian form of EUDOCIA.
AVE f Estonian
Possibly from the name of the prayer Ave Maria, in which Ave is Latin meaning "greetings, salutations".
AVEDIS m Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of AVETIS.
AVELINE f English (Rare)
From the Norman French form of the Germanic name Avelina, a diminutive of AVILA. The Normans introduced this name to Britain. After the Middle Ages it became rare as an English name, though it persisted in America until the 19th century.
AVENIR m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of ABNER.
AVENIRU m Old Church Slavic
Old Church Slavic form of ABNER.
AVERILL m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
AVERY m & f English
From a surname that was itself derived from the Norman French form of the given names ALBERICH or ALFRED.
AVETIS m Armenian
Means "good news" in Armenian.
AVEZA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of AVIS.
AVGUST m Slovene, Russian, Ukrainian
Slovene, Russian and Ukrainian form of AUGUSTUS.
AVGUSTA f Slovene
Slovene feminine form of AUGUSTUS.
AVGUŠTIN m Slovene
Slovene form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).
AVI m Hebrew
Means "my father" in Hebrew. It is also a diminutive of AVRAHAM or AVIRAM.
AVIA m & f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
ÂVIÂJA f Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "cousin" in Greenlandic.
AVIANA f English (Modern)
Probably an elaboration of AVA (1), influenced by names such as Ariana.
'AVI'EL m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of ABIEL.
AVIEL m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of ABIEL.
AVIGAIL f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of ABIGAIL.
'AVIGAYIL f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of ABIGAIL.
AVIHU m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIHU.
AVILA f Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This name is also given in honour of the 16th-century mystic Saint Teresa of Ávila, Ávila being the name of the town in Spain where she was born.
AVILIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning. Saint Avilius was a 1st-century patriarch of Alexandria.
AVINASH m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada
Means "indestructible" in Sanskrit.
AVIS f English
Probably a Latinized form of the Germanic name Aveza, which was derived from the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". The Normans introduced this name to England and it became moderately common during the Middle Ages, at which time it was associated with Latin avis "bird".
AVISHAI m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of ABISHAI.
'AVISHAY m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of ABISHAI.
AVITUS m Ancient Roman
From a Roman family name that meant "ancestral" in Latin. This was the name of an emperor who briefly reigned over the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century. It was also the name of several saints, including a 6th-century bishop of Vienne.
AVIV m & f Hebrew
Means "spring" in Hebrew.
AVIVA f Hebrew
Feminine variant of AVIV.
AVIYA f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אֲבִיָה (see AVIA).
'AVIYAH m & f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
AVKSENTI m Georgian
Georgian form of AUXENTIOS.
AVNER m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABNER.
AVONLEA f English (Rare)
Created by Lucy Maud Montgomery as the setting for her novel Anne of Green Gables (1908). She may have based the name on the Arthurian island of AVALON, though it also resembles the river name AVON and leah "woodland, clearing".
AVRA f Greek
Greek form of AURA.
AVRAAMU m Old Church Slavic
Old Church Slavic form of ABRAHAM.
AVRORA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of AURORA.
AVRUM m Yiddish
Yiddish form of ABRAHAM.
AVTANDIL m Georgian, Literature
Created by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for his 12th-century epic The Knight in the Panther's Skin. Rustaveli based it on Persian آفتاب (aftab) meaning "sunshine" and دل (del) meaning "heart". In the poem Avtandil is a knight who is sent by Tinatin to search for the mysterious knight of the title.
AVTO m Georgian
Short form of AVTANDIL.
AWA f Western African
Form of HAWA typical of western Africa.
ĀWHINA f Maori
Means "help, support" in Maori.
AWINITA f Indigenous American, Cherokee
Means "fawn" in Cherokee.
AWITI f Eastern African, Luo
Means "thrown away" in Luo, possibly used for a child born prematurely.
AWOTWI m & f Western African, Akan
Means "eighth born child" in Akan.
AWSTIN m Welsh
Welsh form of AUSTIN.
AXEL m Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, French, English
Medieval Danish form of ABSALOM.
AXELLE f French
Feminine form of AXEL.
AXL m English (Modern)
Variant of AXEL, used famously by musician Axl Rose (1962-).
AXMED m Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of AHMAD.
AYA (1) f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design", or other kanji characters with the same pronunciation.
AYA (2) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic آية (see AYAH).
AYAAN (1) m Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit अयान (ayana) meaning "not moving" or "natural disposition" or अयन (ayana) meaning "path" or "precession".
AYAAN (2) f Eastern African, Somali
Means "good luck" in Somali.
AYAH f Arabic
Means "sign, evidence" or "verse" in Arabic, as in one of the passages that make up the Quran.
AYAKA f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" combined with (ka) or (ka) both meaning "flower". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AYAKO f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design" or (aya) meaning "brilliant fabric design, kimono design" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji characters are also possible.
AYAL m Hebrew
Means "stag, male deer" in Hebrew.
AYALA f Hebrew
Means "doe, female deer" in Hebrew.
AYAME f Japanese
From Japanese 菖蒲 (ayame) meaning "iris (flower)". Other kanji or combinations of kanji can also form this name.
AYAN m Bengali
Means "road, path, solar path" in Bengali, from Sanskrit अयन (ayana) meaning "path" or "precession".
AYANDA m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they are increasing" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
AYANE f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design" or (aya) meaning "brilliant fabric design, kimono design" combined with (ne) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AYANO f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" or (aya) meaning "design" combined with (no), a possessive particle. Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
AYAULYM f Kazakh
Means "beloved" in Kazakh.
AYAZ m Turkish, Azerbaijani, Urdu
From Turkish and Azerbaijani ayaz meaning "frost" or "dry and cold air". This was the name of a slave and later companion of the 11th-century sultan Mahmud of Ghazni.
AYBEK m Kyrgyz, Kazakh
Alternate transcription of Kyrgyz/Kazakh Айбек (see AIBEK).
AYBERK m Turkish
Means "high moon" in Turkish.
AYDA f Arabic
Means "returning, visitor" in Arabic.
AYDAN (1) f Turkish
Means "from the moon" in Turkish.
AYDIN m Turkish
Means "enlightened" in Turkish.
AYELET f Hebrew
Means "doe, female deer, gazelle". It is taken from the Hebrew phrase אַיֶלֶת הַשַׁחַר ('ayelet hashachar), literally "gazelle of dawn", which is a name of the morning star.
AYESHA f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة or Urdu عائشہ (see AISHA).
AYGERIM f Kazakh
Alternate transcription of Kazakh Әйгерім (see AIGERIM).
AYGOL f Bashkir, Tatar
Bashkir and Tatar form of AYGÜL.
AYGÜL f Turkish, Uyghur, Azerbaijani
Derived from the Turkic element ay meaning "moon" combined with Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose". In some languages this is also a name for a variety of flowering plant that grows in central Asia (species Fritillaria eduardii).
AYGUL f Uyghur
Alternate transcription of Uyghur ئايگۇل (see AYGÜL).
AYGÜN f Turkish, Azerbaijani
Derived from the Turkic elements ay "moon" and gün "sun".
AYISHAH f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة (see AISHA).
AYLA (1) f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אֵלָה (see ELA (3)).
AYLA (2) f Turkish
Means "moonlight, halo" in Turkish.
AYLA (3) f Literature
Created for the novel Clan of the Cave Bear (1980) by author Jean M. Auel. In the novel Ayla is an orphaned Cro-Magnon girl adopted by Neanderthals. Ayla is the Neanderthal pronunciation of her real name, which is not given.
AYLEN f Indigenous American, Mapuche
Possibly means either "happiness" or "clear" in Mapuche.
AYLİN f Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "of the moon" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon".
AYLMER m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of ELMER.
AYMAN m Arabic
Means "right-handed, blessed, lucky" in Arabic.
AYMERIC m French
French form of EMMERICH.
AYN f Various
This name was assumed by Ayn Rand (1905-1982), originally named Alice Rosenbaum, a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She apparently based it on a Finnish name she had heard, but never seen written.
AÝNA f Turkmen
Means "mirror" in Turkmen, ultimately from Persian آینه (ayneh).
AYNA f Kazakh
Alternate transcription of Kazakh Айна (see AINA (5)).
AÝNABAT f Turkmen
Derived from Turkmen "moon" and nabat "sugar".
AYNUR f Turkish, Azerbaijani, Uyghur
Means "moon light" in Turkish, Azerbaijani and Uyghur, ultimately from Turkic ay meaning "moon" and Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
AYNURA f Kyrgyz
Alternate transcription of Kyrgyz Айнура (see AINURA).
AYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy" in Yoruba, or a short form of names containing that element.
AYODELE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come home" in Yoruba.
AYOKUNLE m Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has filled the home" in Yoruba.
AYOMIDE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "my joy has arrived" in Yoruba.
AYOTUNDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has returned" in Yoruba.
AYOUB m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of AYYUB, as well as an alternate Arabic transcription.
AYŞE f Turkish
Turkish form of AISHA.
AYŞEGÜL f Turkish
Combination of AYŞE and Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose".
AYSEL f Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "moon flood" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon" and sel "flood, stream".
AYŞENUR f Turkish
Combination of AYŞE and Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
AYSİMA f Turkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and sima meaning "face" (of Persian origin).
AYSU f Turkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and su meaning "water".
AYSUN f Turkish
Means "as beautiful as the moon" in Turkish.
AYTAÇ m & f Turkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and taç meaning "crown" (of Persian origin).
AYTEN f Turkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and ten meaning "skin" (of Persian origin).
AYUMU m Japanese
From Japanese (ayu) meaning "walk" and (mu) meaning "dream, vision". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
AYYUB m Arabic
Arabic form of JOB.
AZAD m Persian, Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Kurdish
Means "free" in Persian. This word has derivatives in several other languages, such as Hindi and Turkish.
AZAHAR f Spanish
Means "orange blossom" in Spanish, ultimately from Arabic زهرة (zahrah) meaning "flower". It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora del Azahar, meaning "Our Lady of the Orange Blossom", because of the citrus trees that surround a church devoted to her near Murcia.
AZAHARA f Spanish
Variant of AZAHAR. It can also be given in reference to the ruined Moorish city of Medina Azahara in Córdoba, which derives from the related Arabic root زهر (zahara) meaning "to shine".
AZALAÏS f Occitan
Occitan form of ADELAIS.
AZALEA f English (Modern)
From the name of the flower (shrubs of the genus Rhododendron), ultimately derived from Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos) meaning "dry".
AZALIYA f Russian
Russian cognate of AZALEA.
AZAMAT m Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek, Bashkir
Derived from Arabic عظمة ('azamah) meaning "majesty, glory".
AZAR f & m Persian
Means "fire" in Persian.
AZAREL m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "God has helped" in Hebrew. This is the name of several minor Old Testament characters.
AZARIA m & f Hebrew, English (Modern)
Hebrew form of AZARIAH (masculine), as well as a feminine variant in the English-speaking world.
AZARIAH m Biblical
Means "YAHWEH has helped" in Hebrew, derived from עָזַר ('azar) meaning "help" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of many Old Testament characters including of one of the three men the Babylonian king ordered cast into a fiery furnace. His Babylonian name was Abednego.
AZARIAS m Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of AZARIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
AZAT m Tatar, Kazakh, Turkmen, Turkish, Armenian
Form of AZAD in several languages.
AZAZEL m Biblical
Means "scapegoat" in Hebrew. This is the name of the recipient of a sacrificial goat in the Old Testament. The identity of Azazel is not clear; it may in fact be the name of the place where the goat is to be sacrificed, or it may be the name of some sort of evil desert demon.
AZAZIAH m Biblical
Means "YAHWEH is strong" in Hebrew. This is the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament.
AZEL m Biblical
Means "reserved" in Hebrew. This is both the name of a minor character and a place name in the Old Testament.
AZÉLIE f French (Rare)
Perhaps a form of AZALAÏS. It was borne by Saint Marie-Azélie Guérin (1831-1877), also called Zélie, the mother of Thérèse of Lisieux.
AZENETH f Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
Possibly a Spanish variant of ASENATH.
AZHAR m Arabic, Urdu, Malay
Means "shining, bright" in Arabic.
'AZIZ m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عزيز (see AZIZ).
ƏZİZ m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of AZIZ.
AZİZ m Turkish
Turkish form of AZIZ.
AZIZ m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Tajik
Means "powerful, respected, beloved", derived from Arabic عزّ ('azza) meaning "to be powerful" or "to be cherished". In Islamic tradition العزيز (al-'Aziz) is one of the 99 names of Allah. A notable bearer of the name was Al-'Aziz, a 10th-century Fatimid caliph.
AZIZA f Arabic, Uzbek, Kyrgyz
Feminine form of AZIZ.
AZİZE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of AZIZ.
AZRA f Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Persian, Urdu
Means "virgin" in Arabic.
AZRAEL m Judeo-Christian Legend
Variant of AZRIEL. This was the name of an angel in Jewish and Islamic tradition who separated the soul from the body upon death. He is sometimes referred to as the Angel of Death.
AZRIEL m Biblical
Means "my help is God", derived from Hebrew עָזַר ('azar) meaning "help" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". This was the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament.
AZUBAH f Biblical
Means "forsaken" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Caleb's wife.
AZUBUIKE m Western African, Igbo
Means "the past is your strength" or "your back is your strength" in Igbo.
AZUCENA f Spanish
Means "madonna lily" in Spanish.
ĄŽUOLAS m Lithuanian
Means "oak tree" in Lithuanian.
AZURA f English (Rare)
Elaboration of AZURE.
AZURE f English (Rare)
From the English word that means "sky blue". It is ultimately (via Old French, Latin and Arabic) from Persian لاجورد (lajvard) meaning "azure, lapis lazuli".
AZZURRA f Italian
Means "azure, sky blue" in Italian.