Names Starting with E

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ÉMILIENNE f French
French feminine form of Aemilianus (see EMILIANO).
EMĪLIJA f Latvian
Latvian feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIJA f Lithuanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMÍLIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIOS m Greek
Greek form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIYA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMĪLS m Latvian
Latvian form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILY f English
English feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL). In the English-speaking world it was not common until after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century; the princess Amelia Sophia (1711-1786) was commonly known as Emily in English, even though Amelia is an unrelated name.... [more]
EMİN m Turkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of AMIN.
EMIN m Bosnian
Bosnian form of AMIN.
EMINA f Bosnian
Bosnian form of AMINAH (2).
EMİNE f Turkish
Turkish form of AMINAH (2).
EMİR m Turkish
Turkish form of AMIR (1).
EMIR m Bosnian
Bosnian form of AMIR (1).
EMIRA f Bosnian
Bosnian form of AMIRAH.
EMİRHAN m Turkish
Derived from Turkish emir "amir, prince" and han "khan, ruler, leader".
EMLYN m Welsh
Probably from the name of an ancient region in Wales, its name meaning "around the valley". It has also been suggested that this name is a Welsh form of Aemilianus (see EMILIANO).
EMMA f English, French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element ermen meaning "whole" or "universal". It was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife both of King Ethelred II (and by him the mother of Edward the Confessor) and later of King Canute. It was also borne by an 11th-century Austrian saint, who is sometimes called Hemma.... [more]
EMMALYN f English (Modern)
Variant of EMMELINE, or else a combination of EMMA and the fashionable name suffix lyn.
EMMANOUEL m Biblical Greek
Form of IMMANUEL used in the Greek Bible.
EMMANOUIL m Greek
Greek form of EMMANUEL.
EMMANUEL m Biblical, French, English
From the Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל ('Immanu'el) meaning "God is with us", from the roots עִם ('im) meaning "with" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". This was the foretold name of the Messiah in the Old Testament. It has been used in England since the 16th century in the spellings Emmanuel and Immanuel, though it has not been widespread. The name has been more common in continental Europe, especially in Spain and Portugal (in the spellings Manuel and Manoel).
EMMANUELLE f French
French feminine form of EMMANUEL.
EMMANUHEL m Biblical Latin
Form of IMMANUEL used in the Latin Bible.
EMMELINE f English
From an Old French form of the Germanic name Amelina, originally a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element amal meaning "work". The Normans introduced this name to England.
EMMERICH m German, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name, in which the second element is ric meaning "ruler". The first element may be ermen "whole, universal" (making it a relative of Ermenrich), amal "work, labour" (making it a relative of Amalric) or heim "home" (making it a relative of Henry). It is likely that several forms merged into a single name.
EMMET m English
Variant of EMMETT. It is used in Ireland in honour of the nationalist and rebel Robert Emmet (1778-1803).
EMMETT m English
From an English surname that was derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name EMMA.
EMMI f Finnish
Short form of names beginning with Em.
EMMIE f English
Diminutive of EMMA or EMILY.
EMMY f English, French, Swedish, Dutch, German
Diminutive of EMMA or EMILY.
EMORY m & f English
Variant of EMERY.
EMPERATRIZ f Spanish
Means "empress" in Spanish.
EMRAH m Turkish, Bosnian
Possibly a variant of EMRE.
EMRE m Turkish
Means "friend, brother" in Turkish. This name was borne by the 13th-century Turkish poet Yunus Emre.
EMRIK m Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of EMMERICH.
EMRYS m Welsh
Welsh form of AMBROSE. Emrys Wledig (or Ambrosius Aurelianus) was a Romano-British military leader who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. Tales of his life were used by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth to create the character of Merlin, who he called Merlinus Ambrosius or Myrddin Emrys.
EMY f French
Diminutive of EMMA or ÉMILIE.
EMYGDIUS m Late Roman
Latin form of EMIDIO.
EMYR m Welsh
Means "king, lord" in Welsh.
ENA (1) f Irish
Anglicized form of EITHNE.
ENA (2) f Croatian
Short form of IRENA.
ENARA f Basque
Means "swallow (bird)" in Basque.
ENCARNA f Spanish
Short form of ENCARNACIÓN.
ENCARNACIÓN f Spanish
Means "incarnation" in Spanish. This is given in reference to the Incarnation of Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
ENDA m Irish
Anglicized form of ÉNNA.
ENDER m Turkish
Means "very rare" in Turkish.
ENDIKA m Basque
Basque form of HENRY.
ENDRE (1) m Hungarian
Possibly a Hungarian form of ANDREW, though it may in fact originate from a pre-Christian source.
ENDRE (2) m Norwegian
Norwegian short form of EINDRIDE.
ENDRIT m Albanian
From Albanian dritë meaning "light".
ENDYMION m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἐνδύω (endyo) meaning "to dive into, to enter". In Greek mythology he was an Aeolian mortal loved by the moon goddess Selene, who asked Zeus to grant him eternal life. Zeus complied by putting him into an eternal sleep in a cave on Mount Latmos.
ENDZELA f Georgian
Means "snowdrop flower" in Georgian (genus Galanthus).
ENE f Estonian
Possibly a form of ANU (1), ANNE (1) or HENRIKA.
ENEA m Italian
Italian form of AENEAS.
ENÉAS m Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of AENEAS.
ENEIDA f Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish (Latin American)
From the Portuguese and Spanish name of the Aeneid (see AENEAS).
ENEJ m Slovene
Slovene form of AENEAS.
ENEKO m Basque
Possibly derived from Basque ene "my" and ko, a diminutive suffix. This was the name of the first king of Pamplona or Navarre (9th century), whose name is usually rendered as Íñigo.
ENES m Turkish, Bosnian
Turkish and Bosnian form of ANIS.
ENFYS m & f Welsh
Means "rainbow" in Welsh.
ENGEL m German (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Originally this was a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element angil, referring to the Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles. Since the Middle Ages it has been firmly associated with the German word engel meaning "angel".
ENGELBERT m German, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements angil, the name of a Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles, and beraht "bright". Saint Engelbert was a 13th-century archbishop of Cologne murdered by assassins.
ENGİN m Turkish
Means "vast" in Turkish.
ENGUERRAND m Medieval French
Medieval French form of the Germanic name Engilram, which was composed of the elements angil, the name of a Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles, and hramn "raven". This was the name of several French nobles from Picardy.
ENHEDUANNA f Akkadian
From Sumerian En-hedu-anna, derived from 𒂗 (en) meaning "lady, high priestess" combined with 𒃶𒌌 (hedu) meaning "ornament" and the god's name AN (2). This was the Sumerian title of a 23rd-century BC priestess and poet, identified as a daughter of Sargon of Akkad. Presumably she had an Akkadian birth name, but it is unrecorded. She is regarded as one of the earliest known poets.
ENID f Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Derived from Welsh enaid meaning "soul" or "life". She is the wife of Geraint in Welsh legend and Arthurian romance.
ENIKŐ f Hungarian
Created by the Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty in the 19th century. He based it on the name of the legendary mother of the Hungarian people, Enéh, which may mean "cow" or "deer".
ENIOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "person of wealth" in Yoruba.
ENİS m Turkish
Turkish form of ANIS.
ENIS m Bosnian
Bosnian form of ANIS.
ENISA f Bosnian
Bosnian feminine form of ANIS.
ENİSE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of ANIS.
ENITAN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "person with a story, storied person" in Yoruba.
ENKHJARGAL f Mongolian
Means "peace blessing" in Mongolian.
ENKHTUYA f Mongolian
Means "ray of peace" in Mongolian.
ENKI m Sumerian Mythology
From Sumerian 𒂗 (en) meaning "lord" and 𒆠 (ki) meaning "earth, ground" (though maybe originally from 𒆳 (kur) meaning "underworld, mountain"). Enki, called Ea by the Akkadians, Assyrians and Babylonians, was the Sumerian god of water and wisdom and the keeper of the Me, the divine laws.
ENLIL m Sumerian Mythology
From Sumerian 𒂗 (en) meaning "lord" and possibly 𒆤 (lil) meaning "wind". Enlil was the Sumerian god of the wind and storms, the son of An and Ki. He was later worshipped by the Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and other Mesopotamian peoples.
ÉNNA m Irish
Possibly means "bird-like" in Irish. This was the name of several Irish kings and heroes. It was also borne by a 6th-century saint who built the monastery of Killeany.
ENNI f Finnish
Feminine form of EINO.
ENNIO m Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Ennius, which is of unknown meaning. Quintus Ennius was an early Roman poet.
ENNIS m English
From an Irish surname that was derived from inis meaning "island".
ENNIUS m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of ENNIO.
ENOBARBUS m Literature
Form of AHENOBARBUS used by Shakespeare in his play Antony and Cleopatra (1606).
ENOCH m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name חֲנוֹך (Chanokh) meaning "dedicated". In Genesis in the Old Testament this is the name of the son of Cain. It is also the name of a son of Jared and the father of Methuselah, who was the supposed author of the apocryphal Books of Enoch.
ENOK m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of ENOCH.
ENOLA f English
Meaning unknown. This name first appeared in the late 19th century. It is the name of the main character in the novel Enola; or, her Fatal Mistake (1886) by Mary Young Ridenbaugh. The aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima was named Enola Gay after the mother of the pilot, who was herself named for the book character.
ENORA f Breton, French
Breton form of HONORIA, or directly from Breton enor "honour" (a word of Latin origin). This was the name of a 6th-century saint, the wife of Saint Efflamm.
ENOS m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ENOSH used in many versions of the Old Testament.
ENOSH m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "man, person, mortal" in Hebrew. He was a son of Seth and a grandson of Adam in the genealogies in Genesis in the Old Testament.
ENRIC m Catalan
Catalan form of HENRY.
ENRICA f Italian
Italian feminine form of HENRY.
ENRICHETTA f Italian
Diminutive of ENRICA.
ENRICO m Italian
Italian form of HENRY. Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) was an Italian physicist who did work on the development of the nuclear bomb.
ENRIQUE m Spanish
Spanish form of HENRY.
ENSAR m Turkish
Turkish form of ANSAR.
ENSIO m Finnish
Derived from Finnish ensi meaning "first".
ENU m & f Western African, Akan
Means "fifth born child" in Akan.
ENVER m Turkish, Bosnian
Turkish and Bosnian form of ANWAR.
ENYA f Irish
Anglicized form of EITHNE.
ENYINNAYA m Western African, Igbo
Means "his father's friend" in Igbo.
ENYO f Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown. She was a bloodthirsty Greek war goddess and a companion of Ares.
ENYONAM f Western African, Ewe
Means "it is good for me" in Ewe.
ENZO m Italian
The meaning of this name is uncertain. In some cases it seems to be an old Italian form of HEINZ, though in other cases it could be a variant of the Germanic name ANZO. In modern times it is also used as a short form of names ending in enzo, such as VINCENZO or LORENZO.
EOFORHILD f Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements eofor "boar" and hild "battle". This name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest.
EOFORWINE m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements eofor "boar" and wine "friend". This name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest.
EOGHAN m Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Possibly means "born from the yew tree" in Irish, though it is possibly derived from EUGENE. It was borne by several legendary or semi-legendary Irish figures, including a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
EOIN m Irish, Scottish
Gaelic form of JOHN.
EOS f Greek Mythology
Means "dawn" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn.
ÉOWYN f Literature
Means "horse joy" in Old English. This name was invented by J. R. R. Tolkien who used Old English to represent the Rohirric language. In his novel The Lord of the Rings (1954) Eowyn is the niece of King Theoden of Rohan. She slays the Lord of the Nazgul in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
EPAPHRAS m Biblical, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Derived from Greek ἔπαφρος (epaphros) meaning "foamy". In the New Testament this is the name of one of Paul's co-workers.
EPAPHRODITOS m Ancient Greek
Means "lovely, charming", derived from Greek ἐπι (epi) meaning "on" combined with the name of the Greek love goddess APHRODITE.
EPHESIUS m Late Roman
Latin form of EFISIO.
EPHRAIM m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אֶפְרָיִם ('Efrayim) meaning "fruitful". In the Old Testament Ephraim is a son of Joseph and Asenath and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
EPHRATH f Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "fruitful place" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name was borne by one of the wives of Caleb. Also in the Bible, it is the name of the place where Rachel was buried.
EPIFANIO m Spanish, Italian
From the Latin name Epiphanius, which was from the Greek name Ἐπιφάνιος (Epiphanios), itself derived from the Greek word ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia) meaning "appearance, manifestation". This name was borne by a few early saints. It is associated with the event known in English as the Epiphany (Spanish Epifanía, Italian Epifania, Latin Epiphania), the coming of the three Magi to visit the infant Jesus.
EPIKTETOS m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name meaning "newly acquired". This was the name of a 1st-century Greek stoic philosopher.
EPIMETHEUS m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἐπιμήθεια (epimetheia) meaning "hindsight, hindthought". In Greek mythology he was a Titan, the brother of the god of forethought Prometheus.
EPIPHANES m Ancient Greek
Means "appearing, manifesting" in Greek. This was an epithet of two 2nd-century BC Hellenistic rulers: the Seleucid king Antiochus IV and the Ptolemaic king Ptolemy V.
EPIPHANIUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Epiphanios (see EPIFANIO).
EPIPHANY f English (Rare)
From the name of the Christian festival (January 6) that commemorates the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. It is also an English word meaning "sudden appearance" or "sudden perception", ultimately deriving from Greek ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia) meaning "manifestation".
EPONA f Celtic Mythology
Derived from Gaulish epos meaning "horse". This was the name of the Celtic goddess of horses.
EPONINE f Literature
Meaning unknown. Victor Hugo used this name in his novel Les Misérables (1862) for a daughter of the Thénardiers. Her mother got her name from a romance novel.
ERA f Albanian
Derived from Albanian erë meaning "wind".
ERAN m Biblical
Means "watchful, vigilant" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is a grandson of Ephraim.
ERASMO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ERASMUS.
ERASMOS m Ancient Greek
Greek form of ERASMUS.
ERASMUS m Late Greek (Latinized)
Derived from Greek ἐράσμιος (erasmios) meaning "beloved". Saint Erasmus, also known as Saint Elmo, was a 4th-century martyr who is the patron saint of sailors. Erasmus was also the name of a Dutch scholar of the Renaissance period.
ERASTUS m Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἔραστος (Erastos) meaning "beloved". This was the name of an assistant of Paul mentioned in Acts and two epistles in the New Testament.
ERASYL m Kazakh
Means "noble hero" in Kazakh.
ERATO f Greek Mythology
Means "lovely" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the nine Muses, the muse of lyric poetry.
ERAZEM m Slovene
Slovene form of ERASMUS.
ERCAN m Turkish
From Turkish er meaning "brave man" and can meaning "soul, life".
ERCANBALD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ARCHIBALD.
ERCILIA f Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of HERSILIA.
ERCOLE m Italian
Italian form of HERCULES.
ERCWLFF m Welsh
Welsh form of HERCULES.
ERDEM m Turkish
Means "virtue" in Turkish.
ERDENECHIMEG f Mongolian
Means "jewel ornament" in Mongolian.
ERDMANN m German
Variant of HARTMANN. It can also be interpreted as meaning "earth man" from German Erde "earth", and thus was sometimes used as a translation of Adam.
ERDOĞAN m Turkish
From Turkish er "brave man" and doğan "falcon".
EREBOS m Greek Mythology
Greek form of EREBUS.
EREBUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Ἔρεβος (Erebos), which means "nether darkness". Erebus was the personification of the primordial darkness in Greek mythology.
EREKLE m Georgian
Georgian form of Herakleios (see HERACLIUS). This name was borne by two Georgian kings of the Bagrationi dynasty.
EREN m Turkish
Means "saint, holy person" in Turkish.
ERESHKIGAL f Sumerian Mythology
Means "lady of the great earth", from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (ereš) meaning "lady, queen" combined with 𒆠 (ki) meaning "earth" and 𒃲 (gal) meaning "great, big". In Sumerian mythology she was the goddess of death and the underworld.
EREZ m Hebrew
Means "cedar" in Hebrew.
ERFAN m Persian
Persian form of IRFAN.
ERHAN m Turkish
From Turkish er "brave man" and han, which is from the title khan meaning "leader".
ERHARD m German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element era "honour, respect" or hari "army" combined with hard "brave, hardy". In some cases it may be a variant of EBERHARD.
ÉRIC m French
French form of ERIC.
ÈRIC m Catalan
Catalan form of ERIC.
ERIC m English, Swedish, German, Spanish
Means "ever ruler", from the Old Norse name Eiríkr, derived from the elements ei "ever, always" and ríkr "ruler, mighty". A notable bearer was Eiríkr inn Rauda (Eric the Red in English), a 10th-century navigator and explorer who discovered Greenland. This was also the name of several early kings of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.... [more]
ÉRICA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of ERICA.
ERICA f English, Swedish, Italian
Feminine form of ERIC. It was first used in the 18th century. It also coincides with the Latin word for "heather".
ERICH m German
German form of ERIC. The German novelist Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970) was the author of All Quiet on the Western Front.
ERICK m English
Variant of ERIC.
ERICKA f English
Variant of ERICA.
ÉRICO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of ERIC.
ERIK m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, German, Dutch, English
Scandinavian form of ERIC. This was the name of kings of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. King Erik IX of Sweden (12th century) is the patron saint of that country.
ÉRIKA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of ERICA.
ĒRIKA f Latvian
Latvian form of ERIKA.
ERIKA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, English, Italian
Feminine form of ERIK. It also coincides with the word for "heather" in some languages.
ERIKAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ERIC.
ĒRIKS m Latvian
Latvian form of ERIC.
ERIN f English, Irish
Anglicized form of EIREANN. It has been used as a given name since the middle of the 20th century.
ERIS f Greek Mythology
Means "strife" in Greek. In Greek mythology Eris was the goddess of discord. She was the sister and companion of Ares.
ÉRIU f Irish Mythology
From the name of an Irish goddess, who according to legend gave her name to Ireland (which is called Éire in Irish). In reality, the goddess probably got her name from that of the island, which may mean something like "abundant land" in Old Irish.
ERJA f Finnish
Variant of IRJA.
ERKAN m Turkish
From Turkish er "brave man" and kan "blood".
ERKİN m Turkish
Means "free" in Turkish.
ERKIN m Uyghur
Uyghur form of ERKİN.
ERKKI m Finnish
Finnish form of ERIC.
ERLAND m Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse byname Erlendr, which was derived from ørlendr meaning "foreigner".
ERLANTZ m Basque
Means "glow, shine" in Basque.
ERLE (1) f Norwegian
Feminine form of JARL.
ERLE (2) m English
Variant of EARL.
ERLEA f Basque
Means "bee" in Basque.
ERLENDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ERLAND.
ERLENDUR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of ERLAND.
ERLING m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Means "descendant of the jarl", a derivative of the Old Norse word jarl meaning "chieftain, nobleman, earl".
ERLINGR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ERLING.
ERLINGUR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of ERLING.
ERMA f English
Variant of IRMA. It began to be used in the English-speaking world in the 19th century, along with Irma.
ERMACORA m Italian
Italian form of HERMAGORAS.
ERMANNO m Italian
Italian form of HERMAN.
ERMELINDA f Italian
Derived from the Germanic elements ermen "whole, universal" and lind "soft, tender, flexible".
ERMENDRUD f Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ermen "whole, universal" and thrud "strength".
ERMENEGILDO m Italian
Italian form of HERMENEGILDO.
ERMENRICH m Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic elements ermen "whole, universal" and ric "ruler, mighty". Ermenrich (also often called Ermanaric) was a 4th-century Gothic king.
ERMES m Italian
Italian form of HERMES.
ERMETE m Italian
Derived from Hermetis, the Latin genitive form of HERMES, the name of the Greek messenger god.
ERMINGARD f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of IRMINGARD.
ERMINHILT f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of IRMHILD.
ERMINIA f Italian
Italian feminine form of HERMINIUS.
ERMINIO m Italian
Italian form of HERMINIUS.
ERMINLINDA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ERMELINDA.
ERMINTRUDE f English (Archaic)
English form of ERMENDRUD. It was occasionally used until the 19th century.
ERMIS m Greek
Modern Greek form of HERMES.
ERMO m Medieval Italian
Italian diminutive of ERASMUS.
ERMOLAI m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Ермолай (see YERMOLAI).
ERN m English
Short form of ERNEST.
ERNA (2) f Norse Mythology, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means "brisk, vigorous, hale" in Old Norse. This was the name of the wife of Jarl in Norse legend.
ERNEST m English, French, Catalan, Polish
Derived from Germanic eornost meaning "serious". It was introduced to England by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century, though it did not become common until the following century. The American author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a famous bearer of the name. It was also used by Oscar Wilde for a character in his comedy The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).
ERNESTA f Italian, Lithuanian
Feminine form of ERNEST.
ERNESTAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ERNEST.
ERNESTINA f Italian
Italian feminine form of ERNEST.
ERNESTINE f French, German, English
Feminine form of ERNEST.
ERNESTO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ERNEST.
ERNIE m English
Diminutive of ERNEST.
ERNO m Finnish
Finnish form of ERNEST.
ERNŐ m Hungarian
Hungarian form of ERNEST.
ERNST m German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
German, Dutch and Scandinavian form of ERNEST.
ERNUST m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ERNEST.
EROL m Turkish
Means "brave" in Turkish.
EROS m Greek Mythology
Means "love" in Greek. In Greek mythology he was a young god, the son of Aphrodite, who was armed with arrows that caused the victim to fall in love.
ERRAMUN m Basque
Basque form of RAYMOND.
ERROL m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a Scottish place name. It was popularized as a given name by the Australian actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959).
ERSILIA f Italian
Italian form of HERSILIA.
ERSKINE m Scottish, Irish, English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from the name of a Scottish town meaning "projecting height" in Gaelic. A famous bearer of the name was the Irish novelist and nationalist Erskine Childers (1870-1922).
ERTUĞRUL m Turkish
From Turkish er meaning "brave man" and tuğrul, referring to a mythical bird of prey.
ERVA f Turkish
Turkish form of ARWA.
ERVIN m Hungarian, Croatian
Hungarian and Croatian form of ERWIN.
ERVĪNS m Latvian
Latvian form of ERWIN.
ERWAN m Breton
Breton form of IVO (1) or YVES.
ERWANN m Breton
Variant of ERWAN.
ERWIN m German, Dutch, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic name Hariwini, composed of the elements hari "army" and win "friend". It may have merged somewhat with the Germanic name EBURWIN. A notable bearer was Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961), an Austrian physicist who made contributions to quantum theory.
ERYK m Polish
Polish form of ERIC.
ERZSÉBET f Hungarian
Hungarian form of ELIZABETH. This is the native name of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. It was also borne by the infamous Erzsébet Báthory, a 16th-century countess and murderer.
ERZSI f Hungarian
Diminutive of ERZSÉBET.
ESA m Finnish
Finnish form of ISAIAH.
ESAIAS m Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of ISAIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
ESAU m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name עֵשָׂו ('Esaw), which possibly meant "hairy". In the Old Testament Esau is the elder of the twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca. Once when he was very hungry he sold his birthright to his twin Jacob for a bowl of stew. Later Jacob disguised himself as Esau and received the elder son's blessing from the blind Isaac. Esau, also called Edom, was the ancestor of the Edomites.
'ESAW m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ESAU.
ESBJÖRN m Swedish
Swedish variant form of ÁSBJǪRN.
ESDRAS m Biblical, Biblical Greek
Greek form of EZRA. This spelling is used in parts of the Old Testament Apocrypha.
ESE m Frisian
Possibly a Frisian form of ANSO.
ESELD f Cornish
Cornish form of ISOLDE.
ESEN f & m Turkish
Means "the wind" in Turkish.
ESEOGHENE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God's gift" in Urhobo.
ESER f & m Turkish
Means "product, achievement" in Turkish.
ESFIR f Russian
Russian form of ESTHER.
ESHA f Indian, Hindi
Means "desire, wish" in Sanskrit.
ESI f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
ESİLA f Turkish (Modern)
Possibly from Arabic أصيلا (asila) meaning "late afternoon, evening".
ESİN f Turkish
Means "inspiration" in Turkish.
ESKANDAR m Persian
Persian form of ALEXANDER.
ESKARNE f Basque
Means "mercy" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Mercedes.
ESKIL m Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
Modern Scandinavian form of ÁSKETILL.
ESKO m Finnish
Finnish form of ÁSKETILL.
ESLEM f Turkish (Modern)
Possibly from Arabic أسْلَمَ (aslama) meaning "to submit".
ESMA f Turkish, Bosnian
Turkish and Bosnian form of ASMA.
ESMAE f English (Modern)
Feminine form of ESMÉ.
ESMAIL m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of ISHMAEL. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic إسماعيل (see ISMA'IL).
ESME f & m English (British)
Variant of ESMÉ.
ESMÉ m & f English (British)
Means "esteemed" or "loved" in Old French. It was first recorded in Scotland, being borne by the first Duke of Lennox in the 16th century. It is now more common as a feminine name.
ESMÉE f English (British), Dutch
Feminine form of ESMÉ.
ESMEE f English (British), Dutch
Feminine form of ESMÉ.
ESMERALDA f Spanish, Portuguese, English, Literature
Means "emerald" in Spanish and Portuguese. Victor Hugo used this name in his novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831), in which Esmeralda is the Gypsy girl who is loved by Quasimodo. It has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since that time.
ESMOND m English (Rare)
Derived from the Old English elements east "grace" and mund "protection". This Old English name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest. It was occasionally revived in the 19th century.
ESPERANTA f Esperanto
Means "hoping" in Esperanto.
ESPERANZA f Spanish
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Sperantia, which was derived from sperare "to hope".
ESPIRIDIÓN m Spanish
Spanish form of SPYRIDON.
ESRA f Turkish
Possibly a Turkish form of ASRA.
ESSA m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عيسى (see ISA (1)).
ESSENCE f English (Modern)
From the English word essence, which means either "odour, scent" or else "fundamental quality". Ultimately it derives from Latin esse "to be".
ESSI f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of ESTHER.
ESSIE f English
Diminutive of ESTELLE or ESTHER.
ESTA f English
Diminutive of ESTHER.
ESTEBAN m Spanish
Spanish form of STEPHEN.
ESTEBE m Basque
Basque form of STEPHEN.
ESTEE f Jewish
Diminutive of ESTHER. A famous bearer was the American businesswoman Estée Lauder (1908-2004), founder of the cosmetics company that bears her name. Her birth name was Josephine Esther Mentzer. Apparently she added the accent to her name Estee in order to make it appear French.
ESTEFÂNIA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of STEPHEN.
ESTEFANÍA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of STEPHEN.
ESTELA f Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of ESTELLE.
ESTELLA f English
Latinate form of ESTELLE. This was the name of the heroine, Estella Havisham, in Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations (1860).
ESTELLE f English, French
From an Old French name meaning "star", ultimately derived from Latin stella. It was rare in the English-speaking world in the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century, perhaps due to the character Estella Havisham in Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations (1860).
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