Names Starting with C

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CONSTANTINmRomanian, French
Romanian and French form of Constantinus (see CONSTANTINE).
CONSTANTINAfLate Roman
Feminine form of Constantinus (see CONSTANTINE).
CONSTANTINEmHistory
From the Latin name Constantinus, a derivative of CONSTANS. Constantine the Great (272-337) was the first Roman emperor to adopt Christianity. He moved the capital of the empire from Rome to Byzantium, which he renamed Constantinople (modern Istanbul).
CONSTANTIUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name which was a derivative of CONSTANS.
CONSTANZAfSpanish
Spanish form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSTANZEfGerman
German form of CONSTANTIA.
CONSUELOfSpanish
Means "consolation" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, meaning "Our Lady of Consolation".
CONSUSmRoman Mythology
Possibly derived from Latin conserere meaning "to sow, to plant". Consus was a Roman god of the harvest and grain.
CONWAYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the name of the River Conwy, which possibly means "holy water" in Welsh.
COOPERmEnglish
From a surname meaning "barrel maker" in Middle English.
COOSmDutch
Diminutive of JACOB.
CORAfEnglish, German, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of KORE. It was not used as a given name in the English-speaking world until after it was employed by James Fenimore Cooper for a character in his novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1826). In some cases it may be a short form of CORDULA, CORINNA or other names beginning with a similar sound.
CORALfEnglish, Spanish
From the English and Spanish word coral for the underwater skeletal deposits which can form reefs. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κοραλλιον (korallion).
CORALIEfFrench
Either a French form of KORALIA, or a derivative of Latin corallium "coral" (see CORAL).
CORBINmEnglish
From a French surname which was derived from corbeau "raven", originally denoting a person who had dark hair. The name was probably popularized in America by actor Corbin Bernsen (1954-).
CORDmGerman
German contracted form of CONRAD.
CORDELIAfEnglish
From Cordeilla, possibly a Celtic name of unknown meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cordeilla was the youngest of the three daughters of King Lear and the only one to remain loyal to her father. When adapting the character for his play 'King Lear' (1606), Shakespeare altered the spelling to Cordelia.
CORDELLmEnglish
From a surname meaning "maker of cord" or "seller of cord" in Middle English.
CORDULAfGerman
Late Latin name meaning "heart" from Latin cor, cordis. Saint Cordula was one of the 4th-century companions of Saint Ursula.
CORENTINmBreton, French
Possibly means "hurricane" in Breton. This was the name of a 5th-century bishop of Quimper in Brittany.
CORETTAfEnglish
Diminutive of CORA. It was borne by Coretta Scott King (1927-2006), the wife of Martin Luther King.
COREYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Kóri, of unknown meaning. This name became popular in the 1960s due to the character Corey Baker on the television series 'Julia'.
CORIfEnglish
Feminine form of COREY.
CORIANDERfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the spice, also called cilantro, which may ultimately be of Phoenician origin (via Latin and Greek).
CORIEfEnglish
Variant of CORRIE.
CORINNAfGerman, Italian, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Κοριννα (Korinna), which was derived from κορη (kore) "maiden". This was the name of a Greek lyric poet of the 5th century BC. The Roman poet Ovid used it for the main female character in his book 'Amores'. In the modern era it has been in use since the 17th century, when Robert Herrick used it in his poem 'Corinna's going a-Maying'.
CORINNEfFrench, English
French form of CORINNA. The French-Swiss author Madame de Staël used it for her novel 'Corinne' (1807).
CORMACmIrish
Possibly derived from Irish Gaelic corb "raven" or "wheel" and mac "son". This was the name of a 3rd-century king of Ireland.
CORMAGmScottish
Scottish form of CORMAC.
CORNÉmDutch
Diminutive of CORNELIS.
CORNELmRomanian
Romanian form of CORNELIUS.
CORNELIAfGerman, Romanian, Italian, Dutch, English, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of CORNELIUS. In the 2nd century BC it was borne by Cornelia Scipionis Africana (the daughter of the military hero Scipio Africanus), the mother of the two reformers known as the Gracchi. After her death she was regarded as an example of the ideal Roman woman. The name was revived in the 18th century.
CORNÉLIEfFrench
French form of CORNELIA.
CORNÉLIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of CORNELIUS.
CORNELIOmSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of CORNELIUS.
CORNELISmDutch
Dutch form of CORNELIUS.
CORNELIUmRomanian
Romanian form of CORNELIUS.
CORNELIUSmAncient Roman, English, Dutch, German, Biblical
Roman family name which possibly derives from the Latin element cornu "horn". In Acts in the New Testament Cornelius is a centurion who is directed by an angel to seek Peter. After speaking with Peter he converts to Christianity, and he is traditionally deemed the first gentile convert. The name was also borne by a few early saints, including a 3rd-century pope. In England it came into use in the 16th century, partly due to Dutch influence.
CORNELLmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name CORNELIUS.
CORONAfLate Roman, Italian, Spanish
Means "crown" in Latin, as well as Italian and Spanish. This was the name of a 2nd-century saint who was martyred with her companion Victor.
CORRADINOmItalian
Diminutive of CORRADO.
CORRADOmItalian
Italian form of CONRAD. This was a 14th-century saint from Piacenza, Italy.
CORRAIDHÍNmAncient Irish
Means "little spear", derived from Irish corradh "spear" and a diminutive suffix.
CORRIEfEnglish, Dutch
Diminutive of CORINNA, CORA, CORNELIA and other names starting with Cor. Since the 1970s it has also been used as a feminine form of COREY.
CORTNEYf & mEnglish
Variant of COURTNEY.
CORWINmEnglish
From an English surname, derived from Old French cordoan "leather", ultimately from the name of the Spanish city of Cordova.
CORYmEnglish
Variant of COREY.
COSETTEfFrench, Literature
From French chosette meaning "little thing". This is the nickname of the illegitimate daughter of Fantine in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862). Her real name is Euphrasie, though it is seldom used. In the novel young Cosette is the ward of the cruel Thénardiers until she is retrieved by Jean Valjean.
COSIMAfItalian
Italian feminine form of COSIMO.
COSIMOmItalian
Italian form of COSMAS. A famous bearer was Cosimo de' Medici, the 15th-century founder of Medici rule in Florence, who was a patron of the Renaissance and a successful merchant. Other members of the Medici family have also borne this name.
COŞKUNmTurkish
Means "enthusiastic" in Turkish.
COSMAmItalian
Italian form of COSMAS.
COSMASmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Κοσμας (Kosmas), which was derived from κοσμος (kosmos) meaning "order, decency". Saint Cosmas was martyred with his twin brother Damian in the 4th century. They are the patron saints of physicians.
COSMEmPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of COSMAS.
COSMINmRomanian
Romanian form of COSMAS.
COSMINAfRomanian
Feminine form of COSMIN.
COSMOmItalian, English
Italian variant of COSIMO. It was introduced to Britain in the 18th century by the second Scottish Duke of Gordon, who named his son and successor after his friend Cosimo III de' Medici.
COSTACHEmRomanian
Romanian variant of CONSTANTIN.
COSTANTINOmItalian
Italian form of Constantinus (see CONSTANTINE).
COSTANZOmItalian
Italian form of CONSTANS.
COSTELmRomanian
Romanian diminutive of CONSTANTIN.
COSTICĂmRomanian
Romanian diminutive of CONSTANTIN.
COSTINmRomanian
Romanian short form of CONSTANTIN.
COURTNEYf & mEnglish
From an aristocratic English surname which was derived either from the French place name Courtenay (originally a derivative of the personal name Curtenus, itself derived from Latin curtus "short") or else from a Norman nickname meaning "short nose". As a feminine name in America, it first became popular during the 1970s.
COWALmIrish
Anglicized form of COMHGHALL.
COWESSESSmNative American, Ojibwe
From Ojibwe Ka-we-zauce meaning "little child". This was the name of a late 19th-century chief of the Saulteaux.
COYmEnglish
From a surname which meant "quiet, shy, coy" from Middle English coi.
CRAIGmScottish, English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic creag meaning "crag" or "rocks", originally indicating a person who lived near a crag.
CRAWFORDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "crow ford" in Old English.
CREEmEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a Native American tribe of central Canada. Their name derives via French from the Cree word kiristino.
CREIGHTONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name, originally from Gaelic crioch "border" combined with Old English tun "town".
CRESCENCIAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of CRESCENTIUS.
CRESCENSmLate Roman, Biblical Latin
Latin name which was derived from crescere "to grow". This name is mentioned briefly in one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament.
CRESCENTIUSmLate Roman
Latin name which was a derivative of the name CRESCENS. Saint Crescentius was a child martyred in Rome during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century.
CRESCENZOmItalian
Italian form of CRESCENTIUS.
CRESSIDAfLiterature
Medieval form of CHRYSEIS. Various medieval tales describe her as a woman of Troy, daughter of Calchus, who leaves her Trojan lover Troilus for the Greek hero Diomedes. Shakespeare's play 'Troilus and Cressida' (1602) was based on these tales.
CRINAfRomanian
Derived from Romanian crin meaning "lily".
CRISPIANmEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval variant of CRISPIN.
CRISPINmEnglish (Rare)
From the Roman cognomen Crispinus which was derived from the name CRISPUS. Saint Crispin was a 3rd-century Roman who was martyred with his twin brother Crispinian in Gaul. They are the patrons of shoemakers. They were popular saints in England during the Middle Ages, and the name has occasionally been used since that time.
CRISPUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "curly-haired" in Latin.
CRISTImRomanian
Diminutive of CRISTIAN.
CRISTIÁNmSpanish
Spanish form of CHRISTIAN.
CRISTIANmRomanian
Romanian form of CHRISTIAN.
CRISTIANAfItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of CHRISTINA.
CRISTIANOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of CHRISTIAN. A famous bearer is Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo (1985-).
CRISTINAfItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian form of CHRISTINA.
CROCIFISSAfItalian
Means "crucifix" in Italian.
CROFTONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "town with a small enclosed field" in Old English.
CRONUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Κρονος (Kronos), possibly derived from the Indo-European root *ker- meaning "to cut". Cronus was the Titan who fathered the Greek gods. As his wife Rhea gave birth to the gods, Cronus swallowed them fearing the prophecy that he would be overthrown by one of his children. However Rhea hid Zeus, her last child, who eventually forced his father to disgorge his siblings. Cronus and the rest of the Titans were then defeated by the gods and exiled.
ČRTmSlovene
Short form of ČRTOMIR.
ČRTOMIRmSlovene
Derived from the Slavic elements črt "hatred" and miru "peace, world". This is the name of the hero in the Slovene national epic 'Baptism on the Savica' (1835) by France Prešeren.
CRUZf & mSpanish, Portuguese
Means "cross" in Spanish or Portuguese, referring to the cross of the crucifixion.
CRUZITAfSpanish
Diminutive of CRUZ.
CRYSTALfEnglish
From the English word crystal for the clear, colourless glass, sometimes cut into the shape of a gemstone. The English word derives ultimately from Greek κρυσταλλος (krystallos) meaning "ice". It has been in use as a given name since the 19th century.
CRYSTINfWelsh
Welsh form of CHRISTINE.
CSABAmHungarian
Possibly means either "shepherd" or "gift" in Hungarian. According to legend this was the name of the son of Attila the Hun.
CSENGEfHungarian
Possibly derived from Hungarian cseng meaning "to ring, to clang".
CSILLAfHungarian
Derived from Hungarian csillag meaning "star". This name was created by the Hungarian author András Dugonics for an 1803 novel and later used and popularized by the poet Mihály Vörösmarty.
CTIBORmCzech
Czech form of CZCIBOR.
CTIRADmCzech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic elements chisti meaning "honour" and rad meaning "happy, willing". In Czech legend this was the name of one of the men tricked by Šárka.
CUAfHmong
Means "wind" in Hmong.
CUÁNmIrish
Means "little wolf" or "little hound" from the Irish element meaning "wolf, hound" combined with a diminutive suffix.
CUAUHTÉMOCmNative American, Nahuatl
Means "falling eagle" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the last Aztec emperor, ruling until he was captured and executed by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in the year 1525.
CÚCfVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (cúc) meaning "chrysanthemum".
CÚCHULAINNmIrish Mythology
Means "hound of Culann" in Irish. This was the usual name of the warrior hero who was named Sétanta at birth, given to him because he took the place of one of Culann's hounds after he accidentally killed it. Irish legend tells of Cúchulainn's many adventures, including his single-handed defense of Ulster against the army of Queen Medb.
CUIDIGHTHEACHmAncient Irish
Old Irish byname meaning "helpful".
CUIMÍNmIrish
Possibly from Celtic cam meaning "bent, crooked". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
CULHWCHmWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "hiding place of the pig" in Welsh. In Welsh legend he was the lover of Olwen the daughter of the giant Yspaddaden. Before the giant would allow Culhwch to marry his daughter, he insisted that Culhwch complete a series of extremely difficult tasks. Culhwch managed to complete them, and he returned to marry Olwen and kill the giant. This tale appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth.
CULLENmEnglish
From a surname, either CULLEN (1) or CULLEN (2).
CUMHURmTurkish
Means "public, people" in Turkish.
CUNÉGONDEfFrench
French form of KUNIGUNDE. Voltaire used this name in his novel 'Candide' (1759).
CÜNEYTmTurkish
Turkish form of JUNAYD.
CUNIGUNDfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of KUNIGUNDE.
CUNOBELINUSmAncient Celtic
Possibly means "hound of Belenus" from the old Celtic element koun "hound" combined with the name of the god BELENUS. This was the name of a 1st-century king of southeast Britain.
CUPIDmRoman Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Latin Cupido meaning "desire". This was the name of the Roman god of love, the son of Venus and Mars. He was portrayed as a winged, blindfolded boy, armed with a bow and arrows which caused the victim to fall in love. His Greek equivalent was Eros.
CURROmSpanish
Andalusian diminutive of FRANCISCO.
CURTmEnglish
Either a variant of KURT or short form of CURTIS.
CURTISmEnglish
From an English surname which originally meant "courteous" in Old French.
CUSTÓDIAfPortuguese
Portuguese feminine form of CUSTODIO.
CUSTODIAfSpanish
Feminine form of CUSTODIO.
CUSTÓDIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of CUSTODIO.
CUSTODIOmSpanish
Means "guardian" in Spanish, from Latin custodia "protection, safekeeping".
CUTHBERHTmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of CUTHBERT.
CUTHBERTmEnglish (Rare)
Derived from the Old English elements cuþ "famous" and beorht "bright". Saint Cuthbert was a 6th-century hermit who became the bishop of Lindisfarne, an island off the coast of England. He was known as performer of healing miracles. Because of the saint, this name remained in use in England even after the Norman conquest. It became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was (briefly) revived in the 19th century.
CVETAfSerbian
Serbian form of CVETKA.
CVETKAfSlovene
Derived from Slovene cvet meaning "blossom, flower".
CVETKOmSlovene
Masculine form of CVETKA.
CVIJETAfCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of CVETKA.
CVITAfCroatian
Croatian form of CVETKA.
CYmEnglish
Short form of CYRUS or CYRIL.
CYANf & mEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "greenish blue", ultimately derived from Greek κυανος (kyanos).
CYBELEfNear Eastern Mythology (Hellenized)
Meaning unknown, possibly from Phrygian roots meaning either "stone" or "hair". This was the name of the Phrygian mother goddess associated with fertility and nature. She was later worshipped by the Greeks and Romans.
CYBILLfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of SIBYL. This name was borne by actress Cybill Shepherd (1950-), who was named after her grandfather Cy and her father Bill.
CYMBELINEmLiterature
Form of CUNOBELINUS used by Shakespeare in his play 'Cymbeline' (1609).
CYNBELmAncient Celtic
Derived from Welsh cyn "chief" and bel "war".
CYNDIfEnglish
Short form of CYNTHIA.
CYNEBALDmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from Old English cyne "royal" and beald "bold".
CYNEBURGfAnglo-Saxon
Means "royal fortress" from Old English cyne "royal" and burg "fortress". Saint Cyneburga, a daughter of a king of Mercia, was the founder of an abbey at Gloucester in the 7th century.
CYNEFRIÐmAnglo-Saxon
Means "royal peace" from Old English cyne "royal" and friþ "peace".
CYNEHEARDmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from Old English cyne "royal" and heard "brave, hardy".
CYNEMÆRmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from Old English cyne "royal" and mær "famous".
CYNERICmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from Old English cyne "royal" and ric "power".
CYNESIGEmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from Old English cyne "royal" and sige "victory".
CYNEWEARDmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from Old English cyne "royal" and weard "guard".
CYNTHIAfEnglish, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κυνθια (Kynthia) which means "woman from Kynthos". This was an epithet of the Greek moon goddess Artemis, given because Kynthos was the mountain on Delos on which she and her twin brother Apollo were born. It was not used as a given name until the Renaissance, and it did not become common in the English-speaking world until the 19th century.
CYNWRIGmAncient Celtic
Derived from Welsh cyn meaning "chief" and gwr meaning "hero, man", plus the suffix ig indicating "has the quality of".
CYPRIANmPolish, English (Rare)
From the Roman family name Cyprianus which meant "from Cyprus" in Latin. Saint Cyprian was a 3rd-century bishop of Carthage and a martyr under the emperor Valerian.
CYPRIANUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of CYPRIAN.
CYPRIENmFrench
French form of Cyprianus (see CYPRIAN).
CYRAfHistory
Meaning unknown. Saint Cyra was a 5th-century Syrian hermit who was martyred with her companion Marana.
CYRANOmLiterature
Possibly derived from the name of the ancient Greek city of Cyrene, which was located in North Africa. Edmond Rostand used this name in his play 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (1897). He based his character upon a real person, Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a French satirist of the 17th century.
CYRIACAfLate Roman
Feminine form of CYRIACUS.
CYRIACUSmLate Roman
Latinized form of the Greek name Κυριακος (Kyriakos), which meant "of the lord" (derived from Greek κυριος (kyrios) "lord"). This was the name of a few early saints.
CYRIELLEfFrench
French feminine form of CYRIL.
CYRILmEnglish, French, Czech, Slovak
From the Greek name Κυριλλος (Kyrillos) which was derived from Greek κυριος (kyrios) meaning "lord", a word used frequently in the Greek Bible to refer to God or Jesus.... [more]
CYRILLAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of CYRIL.
CYRILLEm & fFrench
French form of CYRIL, sometimes used as a feminine form.
CYRUSmEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From Κυρος (Kyros), the Greek form of the Persian name Kūrush, which may mean "far sighted" or "young". The name is sometimes associated with Greek κυριος (kyrios) "lord". It was borne by several kings of Persia, including Cyrus the Great, who conquered Babylon. He is famous in the Old Testament for freeing the captive Jews and allowing them to return to Israel. As an English name, it first came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation.
CYRYLmPolish
Polish form of CYRIL.
CZCIBORmPolish (Rare)
Derived from the Slavic elements chisti "honour" and borti "battle".
CZESŁAWmPolish
Derived from the Slavic elements chisti "honour" and slava "glory".
CZESŁAWAfPolish
Feminine form of CZESŁAW.