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EA (1)mSemitic Mythology
Meaning unknown, perhaps from Sumerian meaning "house of water", or perhaps of Akkadian or Hurrian origin. This was the Akkadian, Assyrian, Hurrian and Babylonian name of the Sumerian water god Enki.
EA (2)fSwedish, Danish, Norwegian
Short form of names ending in ea.
ÉABHAfIrish
Irish form of EVE.
EACHANNmScottish, Irish
Means "brown horse" from Gaelic each "horse" and donn "brown". It was sometimes Anglicized as Hector.
EADANfIrish
Modern form of ÉTAÍN.
ÉADAOINfIrish
Modern form of ÉTAÍN.
EADBERHTmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and beorht "bright". This was the name of an 8th-century king of Northumbria and three kings of Kent.
EADBHÁRDmIrish
Irish form of EDWARD.
EADBURGfAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and burg "fortress".
EADGARmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of EDGAR.
EADGYÐfAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of EDITH.
EADMUNDmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of EDMUND.
EADRICmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of EDRIC.
EADWEARDmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of EDWARD.
EADWIGmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and wig "war". This was the name of a Saxon king of England in the 10th century. The name fell out of use after the Norman conquest.
EADWINEmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of EDWIN.
EADWULFmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and wulf "wolf". This name fell out of use after the Norman conquest.
EALAIRmScottish
Scottish Gaelic form of HILARY.
EALASAIDfScottish
Scottish Gaelic form of ELIZABETH.
EALDGYÐfAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements eald "old" and gyð "battle".
EALDRÆDmAnglo-Saxon
From the Old English elements eald "old" and ræd "counsel". This name was rarely used after the Norman conquest.
EALDWINEmAnglo-Saxon
From the Old English elements eald "old" and wine "friend". This name was rarely used after the Norman conquest.
EALHHEREmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements ealh "temple" and here "army".
EALHSTANmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English element ealh "temple" combined with stan "stone".
EALISAIDfManx
Manx form of ELIZABETH.
ÉAMONmIrish
Variant of ÉAMONN. This name was borne by American-born Irish president Éamon de Valera (1882-1975), whose birth name was Edward.
EAMONmIrish
Variant of ÉAMONN.
ÉAMONNmIrish
Irish form of EDMUND.
EANmManx
Manx form of JOHN.
ÉANNAmIrish
Variant of ÉNNA.
EANRAIGmScottish
Scottish Gaelic form of HENRY.
EARDWULFmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English element eard "land" combined with wulf "wolf".
EARLmEnglish
From the aristocratic title, which derives from Old English eorl "nobleman, warrior". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
EARLEmEnglish
Variant of EARL.
EARLEENfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of EARL.
EARLENEfEnglish
Feminine form of EARL.
EARLINEfEnglish
Feminine form of EARL.
EARNESTmEnglish
Variant of ERNEST influenced by the spelling of the English word earnest.
EARTHAfEnglish
Combination of the English word earth with the feminine name suffix a. It has been used in honour of African-American philanthropist Eartha M. M. White (1876-1974). Another famous bearer was American singer and actress Eartha Kitt (1927-2008).
EASTERfEnglish
From the English name of the Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. It was ultimately named for the Germanic spring goddess Eostre. It was traditionally given to children born on Easter, though it is rare in modern times.
EASTMUNDmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of ESMOND.
EASTONmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which was derived from place names meaning "east town" in Old English.
EAVANfIrish
Anglicized form of AOIBHEANN.
EBBA (2)fEnglish
From the Old English name Æbbe, meaning unknown, perhaps a contracted form of a longer name. Saint Ebba was a 7th-century daughter of King Æthelfrith of Bernicia and the founder of monasteries in Scotland. Another saint named Ebba was a 9th-century abbess and martyr who mutilated her own face so that she would not be raped by the invading Danes.
EBBEmDanish, Swedish, Norwegian, German (Rare)
Diminutive of EBERHARD and other names beginning with the Germanic element ebur meaning "wild boar". In Scandinavia it is also a diminutive of ESBEN.
EBELEfWestern African, Igbo
Means "mercy, kindness" in Igbo.
EBENmEnglish
Short form of EBENEZER.
EBENEZERmBiblical
Means "stone of help" in Hebrew. This was the name of a monument erected by Samuel in the Old Testament. Charles Dickens used it for the miserly character Ebenezer Scrooge in his novel 'A Christmas Carol' (1843).
ÉBERmIrish Mythology
Old Irish form of ÉIBHEAR.
EBERARDOmSpanish
Spanish form of EVERARD.
EBERHARDmGerman, Ancient Germanic
German form of EVERARD. This name was borne by a 9th-century Duke of Friuli.
EBONYfEnglish
From the English word ebony for the black wood which comes from the ebony tree. It is ultimately from the Egyptian word hbnj. In America this name is most often used by black parents.
EBRAHIMmPersian, Arabic
Persian form of ABRAHAM. It is also a variant transcription of Arabic IBRAHIM.
EBRUfTurkish
Means "paper marbling" in Turkish. Paper marbling is the art of creating colourful patterns on paper.
EBU BEKİRmTurkish
Turkish form of ABU BAKR.
EBURWINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic cognate of EOFORWINE.
ECATERINAfRomanian
Romanian form of KATHERINE.
ECEfTurkish
Means "queen" in Turkish.
ECGBERHTmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of EGBERT.
ECHOfGreek Mythology
Means "echo" from the word for the repeating reflected sound, which derives from Greek ηχη (eche) "sound". In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.
ECKBERTmGerman (Rare)
German cognate of EGBERT.
ECRİNfTurkish
Meaning unknown, possibly from an Arabic word meaning "reward".
EDmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of EDWARD, EDMUND, and other names beginning with Ed.
EDA (1)fTurkish
Means "well-mannered" in Turkish.
EDA (2)fMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of EDITH.
EDANmIrish, Scottish
Variant of AIDAN.
EDANAfHistory
Latinized form of ÉTAÍN. This was the name of an early Irish saint.
EDDA (1)fItalian
Italian form of HEDDA.
EDDA (2)fIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Possibly from Old Norse meaning "great-grandmother". This was the name of two 13th-century Icelandic literary works: the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda. This is also the name of a character in the Poetic Edda, though it is unclear if her name is connected to the name of the collection.
EDDIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of EDWARD, EDMUND, and other names beginning with Ed.
EDDYmEnglish
Diminutive of EDWARD, EDMUND, and other names beginning with Ed.
EDEmHungarian
Diminutive of EDVÁRD or EDUÁRD.
EDELMIRAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of ADELMAR.
EDELMIROmSpanish
Spanish form of ADELMAR.
EDENf & mHebrew, English (Modern)
Means "place of pleasure" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament the Garden of Eden was the place where the first people, Adam and Eve, lived before they were expelled.
EDER (1)mBiblical
Means "flock" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Beriah in the Old Testament.
EDER (2)mBasque
Means "handsome, beautiful" in Basque.
EDERNEfBasque
Feminine variant of EDER (2).
EDGARmEnglish, French
Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and gar "spear". This was the name of a 10th-century English king, Edgar the Peaceful. The name did not survive long after the Norman conquest, but it was revived in the 18th century, in part due to a character by this name in Sir Walter Scott's novel 'The Bride of Lammermoor' (1819), which tells of the tragic love between Edgar Ravenswood and Lucy Ashton. Famous bearers include author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), French impressionist painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917), and author Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950).
EDGARASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of EDGAR.
EDGARDmFrench
French variant of EDGAR.
EDGARDOmSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of EDGAR.
EDImSlovene, Croatian
Slovene diminutive of EDVARD and a Croatian diminutive of EDUARD.
EDIEfEnglish
Diminutive of EDITH.
EDINAfHungarian
Possibly a Hungarian form of a Germanic name.
EDISONmEnglish
From an English surname which meant either "son of EDA (2)" or "son of ADAM". A famous bearer of the surname was the inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931).
EDITfHungarian, Swedish
Hungarian and Swedish form of EDITH.
EDITEfPortuguese
Portuguese form of EDITH.
ÉDITHfFrench
French form of EDITH.
EDITHfEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
From the Old English name Eadgyð, derived from the elements ead "wealth, fortune" and gyð "war". It was popular among Anglo-Saxon royalty, being borne for example by Saint Eadgyeth;, the daughter of King Edgar the Peaceful. The name remained common after the Norman conquest. It became rare after the 15th century, but was revived in the 19th century.
EDİZmTurkish
Means "high" in Turkish.
EDMAOmLimburgish
Limburgish form of EDMUND. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Edmond.
EDMÉEfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of EDMÉ.
EDMONDmFrench
French form of EDMUND. A notable bearer was the English astronomer Edmond Halley (1656-1742), for whom Halley's comet is named.
EDMONDAfItalian
Italian feminine form of EDMUND.
EDMONDEfFrench
French feminine form of EDMUND.
EDMONDOmItalian
Italian form of EDMUND.
EDMUNDmEnglish, German, Polish
From the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and mund "protection". This was the name of two Anglo-Saxon kings of England. It was also borne by two saints, including a 9th-century king of East Anglia who, according to tradition, was shot to death with arrows after refusing to divide his Christian kingdom with an invading pagan Danish leader. This Old English name remained in use after the Norman conquest (even being used by King Henry III for one of his sons), though it became less common after the 15th century.... [more]
EDMUNDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of EDMUND.
EDNA (1)fIrish, Scottish, English
Anglicized form of EITHNE.
EDNA (2)fBiblical
Means "pleasure" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament Apocrypha in the Book of Tobit.
EDOARDOmItalian
Italian form of EDWARD.
EDOMmBiblical
Means "red" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, Esau was given this name because he traded his birthright for a helping of red broth. The bible goes on to tell that Esau was the founder of the ancient nation of Edom, located to the south of the kingdom of Judah.
EDORTAmBasque
Basque form of EDWARD.
ÉDOUARDmFrench
French form of EDWARD.
EDRICmEnglish (Rare)
From the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and ric "rule". After the Norman conquest this Old English name was not commonly used. It has occasionally been revived in modern times.
EDSELmVarious
Variant of ETZEL notably borne by Edsel Ford (1893-1943), the son of the American industrialist Henry Ford.
EDUmPortuguese
Portuguese short form of EDUARDO.
EDUÁRDmHungarian
Hungarian form of EDWARD.
EDUARDAfPortuguese
Portuguese feminine form of EDWARD.
EDUARDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of EDWARD.
EDUARDSmLatvian
Latvian form of EDWARD.
EDURmBasque
Means "snow" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Nieves.
EDURNEfBasque
Feminine form of EDUR.
EDVÁRDmHungarian
Hungarian form of EDWARD.
EDVIGEfItalian
Italian form of HEDWIG.
EDVINmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian
Scandinavian, Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian form of EDWIN.
EDWARDmEnglish, Polish
Means "rich guard", derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and weard "guard". This was the name of several Anglo-Saxon kings, the last being Saint Edward the Confessor shortly before the Norman conquest in the 11th century. He was known as a just ruler, and because of his popularity his name remained in use after the conquest when most other Old English names were replaced by Norman ones. The 13th-century Plantagenet king Henry III named his son and successor after the saint, and seven subsequent kings of England were also named Edward.... [more]
EDWIGEfFrench
French form of HEDWIG.
EDWINmEnglish, Dutch
Means "rich friend" from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and wine "friend". This was the name of a 7th-century Northumbrian king, regarded as a saint. After the Norman conquest the name was not popular, but it was eventually revived in the 19th century. A notable bearer was the astronaut Edwin Aldrin (1930-), also known as Buzz, the second man to walk on the moon.
EDWINAfEnglish
Feminine form of EDWIN.
EDYTAfPolish
Polish form of EDITH.
EDYTHAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of EDYTHE.
EDYTHEfEnglish
Variant of EDITH.
EEFm & fDutch
Short form of names beginning with Ev, such as EVA or EVERT.
EEFJEfDutch
Diminutive of EEF.
EELISmFinnish
Finnish form of ELIJAH.
EEMELImFinnish
Finnish form of EMIL.
EEMILmFinnish
Finnish form of EMIL.
EERIKmFinnish
Finnish form of ERIC.
EERIKAfFinnish
Finnish form of ERICA.
EERIKKImFinnish
Finnish form of ERIC.
EEROmFinnish
Finnish form of ERIC. A famous bearer was the architect Eero Saarinen (1910-1961).
EETUmFinnish
Finnish form of EDWARD.
EEVAfFinnish
Finnish form of EVA.
EEVIfFinnish
Finnish form of EVA.
EFAfWelsh
Welsh form of EVA.
EFE (1)mTurkish
Means "older brother, brave" in Turkish.
EFE (2)m & fWestern African, Urhobo
Short form of EFEMENA or other names containing efe "wealth".
EFEMENAm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "here is my wealth" in Urhobo.
EFFIE (1)fEnglish
Diminutive of EUPHEMIA.
EFFIE (2)fScottish
Anglicized form of OIGHRIG.
EFIGÉNIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of IPHIGENEIA.
EFIGÊNIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of IPHIGENEIA.
EFIMIAfGreek
Modern Greek form of EUPHEMIA.
EFISIOmItalian
From the Latin byname Ephesius, which originally belonged to a person who was from the city of Ephesus in Ionia. This was the name of a saint martyred on Sardinia in the 4th century.
EFRAÍNmSpanish
Spanish form of EPHRAIM.
EFROSYNIfGreek
Modern Greek form of EUPHROSYNE.
EFSTATHIOSmGreek
Modern Greek form of EUSTATHIOS.
EFTHALIAfGreek
Modern Greek form of EUTHALIA.
EFTHYMIAfGreek
Modern Greek form of EUTHYMIA.
EFTYCHIAfGreek
Modern Greek form of EUTYCHIA.
EGBERTmEnglish, Dutch
Means "bright edge" from the Old English elements ecg "edge of a sword" and beorht "bright". This was the name of kings of Kent and Wessex as well as two English saints. The name was rarely used after the Norman conquest but was revived in the 19th century.
EGEMENmTurkish
Means "dominant" in Turkish.
EGIDIJUSmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of Aegidius (see GILES).
EGÍDIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Aegidius (see GILES).
EGIDIOmItalian
Italian form of Aegidius (see GILES).
EGILmNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse name Egill, a diminutive of names that began with the element agi "awe, terror". This was the name of a semi-legendary Icelandic warrior.
EGILHARDmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements agil "edge of a sword" and hard "brave, hardy".
EGILLmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of EGIL.
EGLANTINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the flower also known as sweetbrier. It was first used as a given name (in the form Eglentyne) in Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century story 'The Prioress's Tale'.
EGLĖfLithuanian
Means "spruce tree" in Lithuanian. In a Lithuanian legend Eglė was a young woman who married a sea snake.
EGONmGerman
Derived from the Germanic element ag, which means "edge of a sword".
EGUZKImBasque
Means "sun" in Basque.
EGUZKIÑEfBasque
Feminine form of EGUZKI.
EHAfEstonian
Means "dusk" in Estonian.
EHECATLmAztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "wind" in Nahuatl. Ehecatl was the name of the Aztec wind god.
EHMETmUyghur
Uyghur form of AHMAD.
EHSANm & fPersian
Persian form of IHSAN.
EHUDmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Meaning unknown, possibly related to Hebrew אֶחָד ('echad) meaning "one". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the biblical judges. He killed Eglon, the king of Moab, and freed the city of Jericho from Moabite rule.
ÉIBHEARmIrish, Irish Mythology
Meaning unknown. According to Irish legend this name belonged to two of the sons of Míl, Éibhear Dunn and Éibhear Finn, the first of the Gaels to conquer Ireland.
EIBHLÍNfIrish
Irish form of AVELINE.
EIDEARDmScottish
Scottish form of EDWARD.
EIDELfYiddish
Means "delicate" in Yiddish.
EIDERfBasque
Feminine form of EDER (2).
EIFIONmWelsh
Meaning unknown. This was an old Welsh name that was revived in the 19th century.
EIJAfFinnish
Possibly from the Finnish happy exclamation eijaa.
EIKEmGerman
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ag "edge".
EILEENfIrish, English
Anglicized form of EIBHLÍN. It is also sometimes considered an Irish form of HELEN. It first became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland near the end of the 19th century.
EILERTmFrisian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Frisian and Scandinavian form of EGILHARD.
EILIDHfScottish
Diminutive of EILIONOIR, sometimes taken to be a Gaelic form of HELEN.
EILIONOIRfScottish
Scottish form of ELEANOR.
EILÍSfIrish
Irish Gaelic form of ELIZABETH (or sometimes of ALICE).
EILISHfIrish
Anglicized form of EILÍS.
EILUNEDfWelsh
Variant of ELUNED.
EILWENfWelsh
Perhaps means "white brow" from Welsh ael "brow" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
EIMEARfIrish
Variant of ÉIMHEAR.
ÉIMHEARfIrish, Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of EMER.
ÉIMHÍNmIrish
Possibly means "swift, prompt" in Irish Gaelic.
EIMHIRfScottish
Scottish form of EMER.
EINARmNorwegian, Icelandic, Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse name Einarr, derived from the elements ein "one, alone" and arr "warrior". This name shares the same roots as einherjar, the word for the slain warriors in Valhalla.
EINDRIDEmNorwegian
Derived from the Old Norse name Eindriði, possibly from the elements ein "one, alone" and ríða "to ride".
EINIfFinnish
Feminine form of EINO.
EINIONmWelsh
Probably from the Latin name Ennianus, a derivative of Ennius (see ENNIO). It is also a modern Welsh word meaning "anvil". This was the name of a 5th-century Welsh king who is considered a saint in some Christian traditions.
EINOmFinnish
Meaning unknown, possibly a Finnish form of a Scandinavian name.
EINRÍmIrish
Irish form of HENRY.
EIRfNorse Mythology, Icelandic, Norwegian
Means "mercy" in Old Norse. This was the name of a Norse goddess of healing and medicine.
EIRA (1)fWelsh
Means "snow" in Welsh.
EIRA (2)fSwedish, Norwegian
Modern form of EIR.
EIREANNfEnglish (Rare), Irish (Rare)
From Éireann, the genitive case of Gaelic Éire, meaning "Ireland". It is commonly Anglicized as Erin.
EIREENfIrish
Irish form of IRENE.
EIRENEfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of IRENE.
EIRIANf & mWelsh
Means "bright, beautiful" in Welsh.
EIRIKmNorwegian
Norwegian form of Eiríkr (see ERIC).
EIRÍKURmIcelandic
Icelandic form of Eiríkr (see ERIC).
EIRINIfGreek
Variant transcription of IRINI.
EIRLYSfWelsh
Means "snowdrop" in Welsh.
EIRWENfWelsh
Means "white snow" from the Welsh elements eira "snow" and gwen "white, blessed".
EITANmHebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ETHAN.
EITHNEfIrish, Scottish
Means "kernel, grain" in Irish. This was the name of a 5th-century Irish saint, sister of Saint Fidelma and follower of Saint Patrick.
EIŽENSmLatvian
Latvian form of Eugenius (see EUGENE).
EJDERmTurkish
Means "dragon" in Turkish, of Persian origin.
EJIROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Short form of EJIROGHENE or other names containing ejiro "praise".
EJIROGHENEm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "praise God" in Urhobo.
EJVINDmDanish
Danish form of ØYVIND.
EKA (1)m & fIndonesian
Means "one, first" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit एक (eka).
EKA (2)fGeorgian
Short form of EKATERINE.
EKAINmBasque
Means "June (the month)" in Basque.
EKAITZmBasque
Means "storm" in Basque.
EKATERINAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Russian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of KATHERINE, and a variant Russian transcription of YEKATERINA.
EKATERINEfGeorgian
Georgian form of KATHERINE.
EKATERINIfGreek
Modern Greek form of KATHERINE.
EKBERmTurkish
Turkish form of AKBAR.
EKENEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "praise, thanks" in Igbo.
EKENEDILICHUKWUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "all praise to God" in Igbo.
EKEWAKAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of EDWARD.
EKİNfTurkish
Means "harvest, culture" in Turkish.
EKKEBERTmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ECKBERT.
EKKEHARDmGerman, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ag "edge" and hard "brave, hardy".
EKOm & fIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of EKA (1).
EKREMmTurkish
Turkish form of AKRAM.
EKUNDAYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "sorrow becomes joy" in Yoruba.
EKWUEMEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "he says, he does" in Igbo.
ELmSemitic Mythology
From a Semitic root meaning "god". This was a title applied to several Semitic gods. The Canaanites used it as the name of their chief deity, the father of the gods and mankind. The Hebrews used it to refer to Yahweh.
ELA (1)fPolish
Diminutive of ELŻBIETA.
ELA (2)fTurkish
Means "hazel (colour)" in Turkish.
ELADIOmSpanish
Spanish form of HELLADIUS.
ELAHf & mHebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "oak tree" or "terebinth tree" in Hebrew. This was the name of the fourth king of Israel, as told in the Old Testament. He was murdered by Zimri, who succeeded him. In modern Hebrew this is typically a feminine name.
ELAHEHfPersian
Means "goddess" in Persian.
ELAINfWelsh
Means "fawn" in Welsh.
ELAINAfEnglish
Variant of ELAINE.
ELAINEfEnglish, Arthurian Romance
From an Old French form of HELEN. It appears in Arthurian legend; in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation 'Le Morte d'Arthur' Elaine was the daughter of Pelleas, the lover of Lancelot, and the mother of Galahad. It was not commonly used as an English given name until after the appearance of Tennyson's Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859).
ELAMmBiblical
Possibly means either "hidden" or "eternity" in Hebrew. This was the name of several characters in the Old Testament, including a son of Shem who was the ancestor of the Elamite peoples.
ELANORfLiterature
Means "star sun" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien this is Sam's eldest daughter, named after a type of flower.
ELAZARmHebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of ELEAZAR.
ELBAfSpanish
Possibly a Spanish variant form of ALBA (3).
ELBERTmDutch
Dutch variant of ADELBERT.
ELCHINmAzerbaijani
Variant transcription of ELÇIN.
ELÇINmAzerbaijani
Possibly means "ambassador" in Azerbaijani.
ELDAfItalian
Italian form of HILDA.
ELDADmBiblical
Means "God has loved" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is one of the two elders who prophesizes in the Israelite camp.
ELDARmAzerbaijani
From Turkic el meaning "country, society" combined with the Persian suffix دار (dar) meaning "possessor".
ELDONmEnglish
From a surname which was from a place name meaning "Ella's hill" in Old English.
ELDREDmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from EALDRÆD.
ELEAfEnglish
Short form of ELEANOR. This was also the name of an ancient Italian town (modern Velia) which is well known for being the home of the philosopher Parmenides and his student Zeno of Elea, who was famous for his paradoxes.
ELEANORfEnglish
From the Old French form of the Occitan name Aliénor. Among the name's earliest bearers was the influential Eleanor of Aquitaine (12th century), who was the queen of Louis VII, the king of France, and later Henry II, the king of England. She was named Aenor after her mother, and was called by the Occitan phrase alia Aenor "the other AENOR" in order to distinguish her from her mother. However, there appear to be examples of bearers prior to Eleanor of Aquitaine. It is not clear whether they were in fact Aenors who were retroactively recorded as having the name Eleanor, or whether there is an alternative explanation for the name's origin.... [more]
ELEANORAfEnglish
Latinate form of ELEANOR.
ELEAZARmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אֶלְעָזָר ('El'azar) meaning "my God has helped". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the sons of Aaron.
ELECTRAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ηλεκτρα (Elektra), derived from ηλεκτρον (elektron) meaning "amber". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and the sister of Orestes. She helped her brother kill their mother and her lover Aegisthus in vengeance for Agamemnon's murder. Also in Greek mythology, this name was borne by one of the Pleiades, who were the daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
ELEFTHERIAfGreek
Feminine form of ELEFTHERIOS.
ELEFTHERIOSmGreek
Modern Greek form of Eleutherios (see ELEUTHERIUS).
ELEKmHungarian
Hungarian form of ALEXIS.
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