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FILIPPUmOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of PHILIP.
Official Dutch form of PHILIP, used on birth certificates but not commonly in daily life.
Latvian form of PHILIP.
Means "sprout, shoot" in Turkish.
Anglicized form of FAOLÁN.
FILOMENAfItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch form of PHILOMENA.
Diminutive of YEFIM.
Short form of SERAFINA. Saint Fina, also known as Saint Serafina, was a 13th-century girl from the town of San Gimignano in Italy.
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the given name FIONNLAGH.
FINEESmBiblical Latin
Form of PHINEHAS used in the Latin Old Testament.
Anglicized form of FIONNUALA.
From Scottish Gaelic Fionnghall meaning "white stranger", derived from fionn "white, fair" and gall "stranger". This was the name of the hero in James Macpherson's epic poem 'Fingal' (1762), which he claimed to have based on early Gaelic legends about Fionn mac Cumhail.
Diminutive of JOZEFINA.
FINLAYmIrish, Scottish, English
Anglicized form of FIONNLAGH.
FINLEYm & fIrish, Scottish, English
Anglicized form of FIONNLAGH.
FINN (1)mIrish Mythology, Irish
Older Irish form of FIONN. This is also the usual Anglicized spelling of the name. As a surname it is borne by Huckleberry Finn, a character in Mark Twain's novels.
FINN (2)mDanish, Norwegian, Swedish
From the Old Norse name Finnr which meant "Sámi, person from Finland".
Diminutive of FIONN.
Older form of FIONNÁN.
Old Irish form of FIONNBHARR.
FINNEGANmIrish, English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Fionnagáin meaning "descendant of Fionnagán". The name Fionnagán is a diminutive of FIONN. This was the name of a character in James Joyce's novel 'Finnegans Wake' (1939), the title of which was based on a 19th-century Irish ballad called 'Finnegan's Wake'.
Older form of FINNIAN.
Derived from Old Irish finn "white". This was the name of several Irish saints.
Icelandic form of FINN (2).
FINOLAfIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of FIONNUALA.
FINTANmIrish, Irish Mythology
Possibly means either "white fire" or "white bull" in Irish. According to legend this was the name of the only Irish person to survive the great flood. This name was also borne by many Irish saints.
Variant of FIONN.
Derived from Irish fion meaning "vine".
FIONAfScottish, English
Feminine form of FIONN. This name was (first?) used by Scottish poet James Macpherson in his poem 'Fingal' (1762).
FIONNmIrish, Irish Mythology
From Irish fionn (older Irish finn) meaning "fair" or "white". Fionn mac Cumhail was a legendary Irish hero who became all-wise by eating an enchanted salmon. He fought against the giant Fomors with his son Oisín and grandson Oscar.
Diminutive of FIONN. This was the name of an early Irish saint.
Means "fair hair", derived from Irish fionn "white, fair" and barr "head". Saint Fionnbharr of Cork was a 6th-century bishop who supposedly performed miraculous cures. The Barry Islands off Wales were named for him.
Scottish Gaelic form of FINGAL.
FIONNLAGHmIrish, Scottish
Means "white warrior" from Gaelic fionn "white, fair" and laogh "warrior".
FIONNTANmIrish, Scottish
Modern Irish form of FINTAN.
FIONNUALAfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "white shoulder" from Irish fionn "white, fair" and guala "shoulder". In Irish legend Fionnuala was one of the four children of Lir who were transformed into swans for a period of 900 years.
FIONOLAfIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of FIONNUALA.
Combination of Italian fiore "flower" and alba "dawn".
FIOREf & mItalian
Means "flower" in Italian. It can also be considered an Italian form of the Latin names FLORA and FLORUS.
From Italian fiore "flower" combined with a diminutive suffix.
Italian feminine form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
Italian form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
Italian form of FLORINUS.
From the Turkish name of the Euphrates River, which was derived from Old Persian Ufratu, itself derived from Elamite or Sumerian.
FIRDAUSmArabic, Persian
Derived from the Arabic word فردوس (firdaws) meaning "paradise", ultimately derived from Avestan pairidaeza meaning "garden, enclosure". This name belonged to the 11th-century Persian poet and historian Firdausi, the author of the 'Shahnameh'.
Variant transcription of FIRDAUS.
From the name of an Italian city, commonly called Florence in English.
FIRMINmFrench, Medieval English
From the Late Latin name Firminus which meant "firm". This was the name of several early saints, notably the 3rd-century bishop Saint Firmin (or Fermin) of Amiens who is especially venerated in Navarre, Spain.
FIRMINOmPortuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of FIRMIN.
Latin form of FIRMIN.
Variant transcription of FIRUZEH.
Variant transcription of FIRUZ.
Variant transcription of FIRUZEH.
Variant transcription of FIRUZ.
FIRUZmPersian, Tajik
From Persian پیروز (piruz) or فیروز (firuz) meaning "victorious". This name was borne by Firuz Shah Tughlaq, a 14th-century sultan of Delhi who did much to build the city's infrastructure.
Azerbaijani form of FIRUZEH.
FIRUZAfTajik, Uzbek, Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani, Tajik, Uzbek and Azerbaijani form of FIRUZEH.
Turkish form of FIRUZEH.
Means "turquoise (the gemstone)" in Persian. Alternatively, it may be a feminine form of FIRUZ.
Means "little fish" in Yiddish.
Variant of FISHEL.
Diminutive of ADOLFO or RODOLFO.
FITZmEnglish (Rare)
Short form of various given names which are derived from surnames beginning with Norman French fitz meaning "son of" (for example FITZROY).
FITZROYmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname meaning "son of the king" in Old French, originally given to illegitimate sons of monarchs.
Variant transcription of FIDDA.
From Albanian fjollë meaning "fine snow".
Means "king of princes" from Gaelic flaith "prince" and "king".
Means "flag" in Albanian.
FLANAGANmEnglish (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Flannagáin meaning "descendant of Flannagán". The given name Flannagán is derived from Irish flann "red" and a diminutive suffix.
FLANNm & fIrish
Means "red" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of a 9th-century king of Tara in Ireland.
FLANNÁNm & fIrish
Diminutive of FLANN.
FLANNERYf & mEnglish (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Flannghaile meaning "descendant of Flannghal". The given name Flannghal means "red valour". A famous bearer was American author Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964).
Portuguese feminine form of FLAVIUS.
From the Roman family name Flavianus, which was derived from FLAVIUS. This was the name of several early saints including a 5th-century patriarch of Constantinople who was beaten to death.
Italian form of FLAVIAN.
French feminine form of FLAVIUS.
French form of FLAVIAN.
French feminine form of FLAVIAN.
Portuguese form of FLAVIUS.
FLAVIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of FLAVIUS.
Romanian form of FLAVIUS.
FLAVIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which meant "golden" or "yellow-haired" from Latin flavus "yellow, golden". Flavius was the family name of the 1st-century Roman emperors Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. It was used as a personal name by several later emperors, notably by Constantine.
From a medieval Norse nickname meaning "from Flanders".
From a surname meaning "maker of arrows" in Middle English, ultimately from Old French flechier.
FLEURfFrench, Dutch, English (Rare)
Means "flower" in French. This was the name of a character in John Galsworthy's novels 'The Forsyte Saga' (1922).
Diminutive of FELICITY.
Diminutive of FILIP.
Short form of FLORENCE or FLORA.
FLOELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of FLO.
FLOORm & fDutch
Dutch form of Florentius (see FLORENCE) or FLORA.
Dutch diminutive of FLOOR.
Hungarian form of FLORA.
FLORAfEnglish, German, Italian, Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin flos meaning "flower". Flora was the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, the wife of Zephyr the west wind. It has been used as a given name since the Renaissance, starting in France. In Scotland it was sometimes used as an Anglicized form of Fionnghuala.
French form of FLORA.
FLORENCEf & mEnglish, French
From the Latin name Florentius or the feminine form Florentia, which were derived from florens "prosperous, flourishing". Florentius was borne by many early Christian saints, and it was occasionally used in their honour through the Middle Ages. In modern times it is mostly feminine.... [more]
Spanish feminine form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
FLORENCIOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
French masculine form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
Original feminine form of FLORENCE.
Latin name which was a derivative of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
Original masculine form of FLORENCE.
Latinate diminutive of FLORA.
FLORETTEfFrench (Rare)
French diminutive of FLORA.
FLORIANmGerman, Polish, French
From the Roman name Florianus, a derivative of FLORUS. Saint Florian, a martyr of the 3rd century, is the patron saint of Poland and Upper Austria.
FLORIANAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Italian feminine form of FLORIAN.
French feminine form of FLORIAN.
Italian form of FLORIAN.
Croatian form of FLORIAN.
Romanian form of FLORINUS.
FLORINDAfSpanish, Portuguese
Elaborated form of Spanish or Portuguese flor meaning "flower".
French feminine form of FLORINUS.
Latin name which was a derivative of FLORUS. This was the name of a 9th-century Swiss saint.
Dutch form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
FLOROmItalian (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of FLORUS.
Diminutive of FLORENCE or FLORA.
Anglicized form of FLAITHRÍ.
FLORUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was derived from Latin flos meaning "flower".
Diminutive of FLORENCE.
FLOWERfEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word flower for the blossoming plant. It is derived (via Old French) from Latin flos.
Variant of LLOYD.
Anglicized form of FLAITHRÍ.
Means "butterfly" in Albanian.
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Floinn meaning "descendant of FLANN".
Russian form of PHOCAS.
FOLAMIm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "respect and honour me" in Yoruba.
Welsh form of VALENTINE (1).
FOLCHERmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of VOLKER.
FOLKEmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of various Old Norse names that contain the element folk meaning "people", and thus a cognate of FULK.
Russian form of THOMAS.
Short form of ALFONS.
From a surname which was originally taken from a Scottish place name meaning "field" in Gaelic.
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "ford" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the American industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947).
Variant of FORREST, or else directly from the English word forest.
From an English surname meaning "forest", originally belonging to a person who lived near a forest. In America it has sometimes been used in honour of the Confederate Civil War general Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877). This name was borne by the title character in the movie 'Forrest Gump' (1994) about a loveable simpleton. Use of the name increased when the movie was released, but has since faded away.
FORTUNATOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Fortunatus meaning "fortunate, blessed, happy". This was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
FORTUNEfEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word fortune, ultimately from Latin fortuna, a derivative of fors "luck".
FOSTER (1)mEnglish
From an English surname which has several different origins: see FOSTER (1), FOSTER (2), FOSTER (3) and FOSTER (4).
FOSTER (2)mEnglish
English form of VAAST, referring to Saint Vedastus.
Variant transcription of FOTINI.
Modern Greek form of PHOTINE.
Modern Greek variant of PHOTIOS.
Modern Greek variant of PHOTIOS.
Variant transcription of FUAD.
FOXmEnglish (Modern)
Either from the English word fox or the surname Fox, which originally given as a nickname. The surname was borne by George Fox (1624-1691), the founder of the Quakers.
FRANm & fSpanish, English, Croatian, Slovene
Short form of FRANCIS, FRANCES or related names.
Slovene form of FRANCIS.
Contracted form of FRANCESCA.
From the name of the country, sometimes considered a feminine form of FRANK (1) or short form of FRANÇOISE, both of which are ultimately related to the name of the country.
FRANCENEfEnglish (Rare)
English variant of FRANCINE.
Feminine form of FRANCIS. The distinction between Francis as a masculine name and Frances as a feminine name did not arise until the 17th century. A notable bearer was Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), a social worker and the first American to be canonized.
Catalan form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FRANCESCAfItalian, Catalan
Italian and Catalan feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Italian form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS). Francesco Laurana was an Italian Renaissance sculptor.
Corsican form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Feminine diminutive of FRANÇOIS.
Diminutive of FRANCISKA.
FRANCINEfFrench, English
Feminine diminutive of FRANÇOIS.
FRANCISm & fEnglish, French
English form of the Late Latin name Franciscus which meant "Frenchman", ultimately from the Germanic tribe of the Franks, who were named for a type of spear that they used. This name was borne by the 13th-century Saint Francis of Assisi, who was originally named Giovanni but was given the nickname Francesco by his father, an admirer of the French. Francis went on to renounce his father's wealth and devote his life to the poor, founding the Franciscan order of friars. Later in his life he apparently received the stigmata.... [more]
FRANCISCAfSpanish, Portuguese, Late Roman
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FRANCISCOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS). A notable bearer was Francisco de Goya, a Spanish painter and engraver. The name was also borne by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
Slovene form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Slovene feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Hungarian feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
French variant of Franciscus (see FRANCIS), now somewhat archaic.
Polish form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Polish feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
French form of FRANK (1).
FRANCO (1)mItalian, Ancient Germanic
Italian form of FRANK (1), as well as an older Germanic form.
FRANCO (2)mItalian
Contracted form of FRANCESCO.
French form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS). François Villon was a French lyric poet of the 15th century. This was also the name of two kings of France.
Feminine form of FRANÇOIS.
Croatian form of FRANCIS.
Scottish form of FRANCIS.
Scottish feminine form of FRANCIS.
FRANJOmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of FRANCIS.
FRANK (1)mEnglish, German, Dutch, French
From a Germanic name which referred to a member of the Germanic tribe, the Franks. The Franks settled in the regions now called France and the Netherlands in the 3rd and 4th century. They derived their tribal name from the name of a type of spear that they used. From medieval times, the various forms of this name have been commonly conflated with the various forms of Francis.... [more]
FRANK (2)mEnglish
Short form of FRANCIS. The singer Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was a famous bearer.
FRANKA (1)fGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch feminine form of FRANK (1).
FRANKA (2)fCroatian
Croatian form of FRANCA.
FRANKIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of FRANK (1) or FRANCES.
From an English surname which was derived from Middle English frankelin "freeman". A famous bearer of the surname was Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), an American statesman, inventor, scientist and philosopher. The name has commonly been given in his honour in the United States. It also received a boost during the term of American president Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).
Croatian form of FRANCO (2).
Diminutive of FRANCES.
FRANNYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of FRANCIS or FRANCES.
Croatian form of FRANCIS.
FRANSmDutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Dutch, Scandinavian and Finnish form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Breton form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Breton feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Czech form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Czech feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Sardinian feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Sardinian form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Basque feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
Basque form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
German form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS). This name was borne by the influential author Franz Kafka (1883-1924), writer of 'The Trial' and 'The Castle' among other works. Also, rulers of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire have had this name.
Diminutive of FRANZISKA.
Short form of FRANZISKA.
German feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FRASERmScottish, English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname which is of unknown meaning. A famous bearer of the surname was Simon Fraser (1776-1862), a Canadian explorer.
Means "little lady", derived from German frau combined with a diminutive suffix.
FREDmEnglish, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese
Short form of FREDERICK or other names containing the same element. A famous bearer was the American actor and dancer Fred Astaire (1899-1987).
Short form of names ending in freda or fred, such as WINIFRED or ALFREDA.
FREDDIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of FREDERICK or FREDA.
Diminutive of FREDERICK.
FREDENANDmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements frid "peace" and nand "daring, brave".
French form of FREDERICK.
English form of a Germanic name meaning "peaceful ruler", derived from frid "peace" and ric "ruler, power". This name has long been common in continental Germanic-speaking regions, being borne by rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, and Prussia. Notables among these rulers include the 12th-century Holy Roman emperor and crusader Frederick I Barbarossa, the 13th-century emperor and patron of the arts Frederick II, and the 18th-century Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great.... [more]
Portuguese form of FREDERICK.
FREDERIKmDanish, Dutch
Danish and Dutch form of FREDERICK. This was the name of nine kings of Denmark over the past 500 years, alternating each generation with the name Christian.
Danish feminine form of FREDERICK.
Italian form of the Roman name Frigidianus, which was derived from Latin frigidus "cold". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish bishop who made a pilgrimage to Rome and settled as a hermit on Mount Pisano.
FREDRIKmSwedish, Norwegian, Finnish
Swedish and Norwegian form of FREDERICK. This was the name of a 18th-century king of Sweden.
FREDRIKAfSwedish, Finnish
Swedish and Finnish feminine form of FREDERICK.
Dutch short form of FREDERICK.
From an English surname meaning "free man". It originally denoted a person who was not a serf.
Variant of FRIEDA.
FREJmDanish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish form of FREYR.
FREJAfDanish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish form of FREYA.
Limburgish form of FRANCIS.
Diminutive of FRENS.
FREYAfNorse Mythology, English (British, Modern), German
From Old Norse Freyja meaning "lady". This was the name of the goddess of love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology. She claimed half of the heroes who were slain in battle and brought them to her realm of Fólkvangr. Along with her brother Freyr and father Njord, she was one of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir). Some scholars connect her with the goddess Frigg.... [more]
Means "joy" in Yiddish.
FREYJAfIcelandic, Norse Mythology
Icelandic and Old Norse form of FREYA.
FREYRmNorse Mythology, Icelandic
Means "lord" in Old Norse. This was the name of a Norse god. He may have originally been called Yngvi, with the name Freyr being his title. Freyr presided over fertility, sunlight and rain, and was the husband of the frost giantess Gerd. With his twin sister Freya and father Njord he was one of the group of deities called the Vanir.
Latvian form of FREDERICK.
FRIDAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name, originally a short form of other feminine names containing the Germanic element frid meaning "peace". This is also the Scandinavian equivalent, from the Old Norse cognate Fríða. A famous bearer was Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954).
FRIDENOTmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements frid "peace" and not "need".
Slovene form of FREDERICK.
Modern form of the Old English name Friðuswiþ, formed of the elements friþ "peace" and swiþ "strong". Saint Frideswide was an 8th-century English princess who became a nun. She is credited with establishing Christ Church in Oxford.
Latvian form of FREDERICK.
FRIDUHELMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of FRIEDHELM.
FRIDUMANmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of FRIEDEMANN.
FRIDUMARmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements frid "peace" and mari "famous".
FRIDURICmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of FREDERICK.
FRIDWALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of FRIEDHOLD.
Short form of names containing the element fried, derived from the Germanic element frid meaning "peace".
Means "man of peace" from the Germanic elements frid "peace" and man "man".
German feminine form of FREDERICK.
Derived from the Germanic elements frid "peace" and helm "helmet, protection".
FRIEDHOLDmGerman (Rare)
Means "peaceful ruler", derived from the Germanic elements frid "peace" and wald "rule".
German form of FREDERICK. This was the name of kings of Germany. The socialist Friedrich Engels (1820-1895) and the philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) are two famous bearers of this name.
FRIGEfAnglo-Saxon Mythology
Anglo-Saxon cognate of FRIGG.
FRIGGfNorse Mythology
Means "beloved" in Old Norse, ultimately derived from Indo-European *pri "to love". In Norse mythology she was the goddess of the earth, air and fertility, and the wife of Odin. Some scholars believe that she and the goddess Freya share a common origin.
Original Latin form of FREDIANO.
Hungarian form of FREDERICK.
Refers to a member of the ethnic group, the Frisians, a Germanic tribe of northwest Europe. Friesland in the Netherlands is named for them.
FRÍÐAfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse cognate of FRIDA, also in part derived from Old Norse fríðr meaning "beautiful, beloved".
Icelandic form of FREDERICK.
Icelandic form of FREDERICA.
Old English form of FRIDESWIDE.
FRITJOFmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Friðþjófr meaning "thief of peace", derived from the elements friðr "peace" and þjófr "thief".
Dutch diminutive of FREDERIK.
German diminutive of FRIEDRICH.
German diminutive of FRIEDERIKE.
FRODEmDanish, Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Fróði, which was derived from fróðr meaning "learned, wise".
Derived from the Germanic element frod "wise". This was the name of the hobbit hero in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, who used Old English to translate some hobbit names (Frodo's real name was Maura). In the novel Frodo Baggins was the bearer of the One Ring on the quest to destroy it in Mount Doom.
Diminutive of SOPHRONIA.
Macedonian form of EUPHROSYNE.
Norwegian form of FREYA.
Means "pious" in Yiddish.
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