FIDEL m Spanish
From the Late Latin name Fidelis
. A famous bearer was revolutionary leader Fidel Castro (1926-2016), the former president of Cuba.
FIDO m Pet
Means "I am faithful"
in Latin. This name is commonly given to dogs.
FIFE m Scottish
From a Scottish place name that was formerly the name of a kingdom in Scotland. It is said to be named for the legendary Pictish hero Fib.
FIGARO m Literature
Created by playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais for the central character in his plays The Barber of Seville
(1775), The Marriage of Figaro
(1784) and The Guilty Mother
(1792). Beaumarchais may have based the character's name on the French phrase fils Caron
meaning "son of Caron"
, which was his own nickname and would have been pronounced in a similar way. In modern French the word figaro
has acquired the meaning "barber", reflecting the character's profession.
FIHR m Arabic
Means "stone pestle"
in Arabic. This was the name of an ancestor of Muhammad
FIKRI m Arabic
in Arabic, a derivative of فكر (fakara)
meaning "to think, to reflect".
FILBERT m Eastern African
Variant of FILIBERT
. It is particularly used in Tanzania due to track star Filbert Bayi (1953-), who set a world record running the 1500 meter in 1974.
FILIP m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Polish, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian, Romanian, Finnish
Form of PHILIP
in various languages.
FILIPPUS m Dutch
Official Dutch form of PHILIP
, used on birth certificates but not commonly in daily life.
FINA f Italian
Short form of SERAFINA
. Saint Fina, also known as Saint Serafina, was a 13th-century girl from the town of San Gimignano in Italy.
FINGAL m Scottish
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 1762 epic poem Fingal
, which he claimed to have based on early Gaelic legends about Fionn
FINNEGAN m Irish, 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
FINNIAN m Irish
Derived from Old Irish finn
"white". This was the name of several Irish saints.
FINTAN m Irish, 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.
FÍONA f Irish
Derived from Irish fíon
FIONA f Scottish, English
Feminine form of FIONN
. This name was (first?) used by the Scottish poet James Macpherson in his poem Fingal
(1762), in which it is spelled as Fióna
FIONN m Irish, Irish Mythology
From Irish fionn
(older Irish finn
) meaning "fair"
. 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
FIONNBHARR m Irish
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.
FIONNUALA f Irish, 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.
FIORE f & m Italian
in Italian. It can also be considered an Italian form of the Latin names FLORA
FIORELLA f Italian
From Italian fiore "flower"
combined with a diminutive suffix.
FIRAT m Turkish
From the Turkish name of the Euphrates River, which was derived from Old Persian Ufratu
, itself derived from Elamite or Sumerian.
FIRDAUS m Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu
Derived from the Arabic word فردوس (firdaws)
, ultimately from Avestan pairidaeza
meaning "garden, enclosure".
FIRENZE f Various
From the name of an Italian city, commonly called Florence
FIRMIN m French, Medieval English
From the Late Latin name Firminus
. 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.
FIROUZ m Persian
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.
FIROUZEH f Persian
Means "turquoise (the gemstone)"
in Persian. Alternatively, it may be a feminine form of FIROUZ
FISHEL m Yiddish
Means "little fish"
in Yiddish, a diminutive of פֿיש (fish)
FITZ m English (Rare)
Short form of various given names that are derived from surnames beginning with Norman French fitz
meaning "son of"
(for example FITZROY
FITZROY m English (Rare)
From an English surname meaning "son of the king"
in Old French, originally given to illegitimate sons of monarchs.
FLAITHRÍ m Irish
Means "king of princes"
from Gaelic flaith
"prince" and rí
FLANAGAN m English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Flannagáin
meaning "descendant of Flannagán"
. The given name Flannagán
is derived from Irish flann
"red" and a diminutive suffix.
FLANN m & f Irish
in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of a 9th-century king of Tara in Ireland.
FLANNERY f & m English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that 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).
FLAVIAN m History (Ecclesiastical)
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.
FLAVIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name meaning "golden"
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
FLEMMING m Danish
From a medieval Norse nickname meaning "from Flanders"
FLETCHER m English
From a surname meaning "maker of arrows"
in Middle English, ultimately from Old French flechier
FLINT m English
From the English vocabulary word, from Old English flint
FLORENCE f & m English, French
From the Latin name Florentius
or the feminine form Florentia
, which were derived from florens "prosperous, flourishing"
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]
FLORIAN m German, French, Romanian, Polish
From the Roman cognomen Florianus
, a derivative of FLORUS
. This was the name of a short-lived Roman emperor of the 3rd century. It was also borne by Saint Florian, a martyr of the 3rd century, the patron saint of Poland and Upper Austria.
FLORIMOND m Literature, French
Possibly from Latin florens
meaning "prosperous, flourishing" combined with the Germanic element mund
meaning "protection". This is the name of the prince in some versions of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty
FLOWER f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word flower
for the blossoming plant. It is derived (via Old French) from Latin flos
FLYNN m English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Floinn
meaning "descendant of FLANN"
FORBES m Scottish
From a surname that was originally taken from a Scottish place name meaning "field"
FORD m English
From a surname that 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).
FORREST m English
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.
FORTUNA f Roman Mythology
in Latin. In Roman mythology this was the name of the personification of luck.
FORTUNATO m Italian, 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.
FOX m English (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.
FRANCE (1) f French
From the name of the country, sometimes considered a feminine form of FRANK
or short form of FRANÇOISE
, both of which are ultimately related to the name of the country.
FRANCES f English
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.
FRANCESCO m Italian
Italian form of Franciscus
). Francesco Laurana was an Italian Renaissance sculptor.
FRANCIS m & f English, French
English form of the Late Latin name Franciscus
, 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]
FRANCISCO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Franciscus
). This is the Spanish name of Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). Other notable bearers include the Spanish painter and engraver Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) and the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco (1892-1975).
FRANÇOIS m French
French form of Franciscus
). François Villon was a French lyric poet of the 15th century. This was also the name of two kings of France.
FRANK m English, German, Dutch, French
From a Germanic name that 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 possibly 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
. In modern times it is sometimes used as a short form of Francis
FRANKLIN m English
From an English surname that 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).
FRANZ m German
German form of Franciscus
). This name was borne by the influential writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924), author of The Trial
and The Castle
among other works. It was also the name of rulers of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire.
FRASER m Scottish, English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname that is of unknown meaning. A famous bearer of the surname was Simon Fraser (1776-1862), a Canadian explorer.
FRAUKE f German
Means "little lady"
, derived from German frau
combined with a diminutive suffix.
FREDERICK m English
English form of a Germanic name meaning "peaceful ruler"
, derived from frid
"peace" and ric
"ruler, mighty". 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]
FREDERIK m Danish, 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.
FREDIANO m Italian (Rare)
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.