Names Starting with O

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OANAfRomanian
Romanian short form of IOANA.
OANEZfBreton
Derived from Breton oan "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus) and used as a Breton form of AGNES.
OBADIAHmBiblical
Means "serving YAHWEH" in Hebrew, derived from עָבַד ('avad) meaning "to serve" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the twelve minor prophets, the author of the Book of Obadiah, which predicts the downfall of the nation of Edom.
OBDULIAfSpanish
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a saint from Toledo, Spain. The details of her life are unknown.
OBEDmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "serving, worshipping" in Hebrew. This is the name of several Old Testament characters including the grandfather of David.
OBERONmLiterature
Variant of AUBERON. Oberon was the king of the fairies in Shakespeare's comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1595). A moon of Uranus bears this name in his honour.
OBImWestern African, Igbo
Means "heart" in Igbo.
OBRADmSerbian
Possibly derived from Serbian obradovati "to make happy".
OCEANm & fEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word ocean for a large body of water. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ωκεανος (Okeanos), the name of the body of water thought to surround the Earth.
OCÉANEfFrench
Derived from French océan meaning "ocean".
OCHIENGmEastern African, Luo
Means "born when the sun shines", derived from Luo chieng meaning "sun".
OCTAVEmFrench
French form of OCTAVIUS.
OCTÁVIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of OCTAVIA.
OCTAVIAfEnglish, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of OCTAVIUS. Octavia was the wife of Mark Antony and the sister of the Roman emperor Augustus. In 19th-century England it was sometimes given to the eighth-born child.
OCTAVIANmHistory, Romanian
From the Roman name Octavianus, which was derived from the name OCTAVIUS. After Gaius Octavius (later the Roman emperor Augustus) was adopted by Julius Caesar he took the name Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus.
OCTÁVIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of OCTAVIUS.
OCTAVIOmSpanish
Spanish form of OCTAVIUS.
OCTAVIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name meaning "eighth" from Latin octavus. This was the original family name of the emperor Augustus (born Gaius Octavius). It was also rarely used as a Roman praenomen, or given name.
ODAfGerman, Norwegian, Ancient Germanic
Feminine form of Odo (see OTTO).
ODALISf & mSpanish
Spanish form of ODILIA.
ODALRICmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ULRICH.
ODALYSfSpanish
Variant of ODALIS.
ODARKAfUkrainian
Ukrainian variant of DARIYA.
ODDmNorwegian
Derived from Old Norse oddr meaning "point of a sword".
ODDMUNDmNorwegian
Possibly a modern coinage based on the Old Norse elements oddr "point of a sword" and mundr "protection".
ODDOmItalian
Italian form of OTTO.
ODDRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ODD.
ODEmMedieval English
Medieval English form of Odo (see OTTO).
ODEDmBiblical
Means "to restore" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a prophet from Samaria.
ODELIA (2)fHebrew
Means "I will thank YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This is a modern Hebrew name probably inspired by ODELIA (1).
ODELLm & fEnglish
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "woad hill" in Old English. A woad is a herb used for dyeing.
ODENmNorse Mythology
Swedish form of ODIN.
ODESERUNDIYEmNative American, Mohawk
Means "lightning has struck" in Mohawk. This was the name of an 18th-century Mohawk chief, also called John Deseronto.
ODESSAfVarious
From the name of a Ukrainian city that sits on the north coast of the Black Sea. This name can also be used as a feminine form of ODYSSEUS.
ODETAfLithuanian
Lithuanian form of ODETTE.
ODETTAfEnglish (Rare)
Latinate form of ODETTE.
ODETTEfFrench
French diminutive of ODA or ODILIA. This is the name of a princess who has been transformed into a swan in the ballet 'Swan Lake' (1877) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
ODHARNAITfIrish
Means "little pale green one", derived from Irish odhra "pale green, sallow" combined with a diminutive suffix.
ODHIAMBOmEastern African, Luo
Means "born in the evening" in Luo.
ODHRÁNmIrish
Means "little pale green one", derived from Irish odhra "pale green, sallow" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a saint who travelled with Saint Columba through Scotland.
ÖDImHungarian
Diminutive of ÖDÖN.
ODILEfFrench
French form of ODILIA.
ODILIAfAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element odal meaning "fatherland" or aud meaning "wealth, fortune". Saint Odilia (or Odila) was an 8th-century nun who is considered the patron saint of Alsace. She was apparently born blind but gained sight when she was baptized.
ODILOmAncient Germanic
Masculine form of ODILIA.
ODILONmFrench (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
French masculine form of ODILIA.
ODINmNorse Mythology, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn, which was derived from óðr "inspiration, rage, frenzy". It ultimately developed from the early Germanic *Woðanaz. The name appears as Woden in Anglo-Saxon sources (for example, as the founder of several royal lineages in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle) and in forms such as Wotan, Wuotan or Wodan in continental Europe. However Odin is most known from Norse mythology, as the highest of the gods, presiding over art, war, wisdom and death. He resided in Valhalla, where warriors went after they were slain.
ODOmAncient Germanic
Variant of Audo (see OTTO).
ODOACERmAncient Germanic
Variant of ODOVACAR. The Gothic leader Odovacar is frequently called by this name.
ÖDÖNmHungarian
Hungarian form of EDMUND.
ODOVACARmAncient Germanic
From the Germanic name Audovacar meaning "wealthy and vigilant", derived from the elements aud "wealth" and wacar "vigilant". Odovacar, also called Odoacer, was a 5th-century Gothic leader who overthrew the last Western Roman emperor and became the first barbarian king of Italy.
ODRANmIrish
Anglicized form of ODHRÁN.
ODTSETSEGfMongolian
Means "star flower" in Mongolian.
ODYSSEUSmGreek Mythology
Perhaps derived from Greek οδυσσομαι (odyssomai) "to hate". In Greek legend Odysseus was one of the Greek heroes who fought in the Trojan War. In the 'Odyssey' Homer relates Odysseus's misadventures on his way back to his kingdom and his wife Penelope.
OEDIPUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Οιδιπους (Oidipous), meaning "swollen foot" from οιδεω (oideo) "to swell" and πους (pous) "foot". In Greek mythology Oedipus was the son of the Theban king Laius and his wife Jocasta. Laius received a prophesy that he would be killed by his son, so he left the newborn to die of exposure. Oedipus was however rescued and raised in the home of the Corinthian king Polybus. After he had grown and learned of the same prophesy, Oedipus left Corinth so that he would not be a danger to Polybus, who he assumed was his father. On the road to Delphi he chanced upon his real father Laius and slew him in a petty disagreement, thus fulfilling the prophecy. He then correctly answered the Sphinx's riddle, winning the now vacant throne of Thebes and marrying the widowed Queen Jocasta, his own mother. Years later they learned the truth of their relationship, prompting Jocasta to commit suicide and Oedipus to blind himself.
OENONEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Οινωνε (Oinone), derived from οινος (oinos) meaning "wine". In Greek mythology Oenone was a mountain nymph who was married to Paris before he went after Helen.
OFEKmHebrew
Means "horizon" in Hebrew.
OFÉLIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of OPHELIA.
OFELIAfSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of OPHELIA.
OFERmHebrew
Means "fawn" in Hebrew. This makes it a modern variant of the Classical Hebrew name Ophrah.
OFIRm & fHebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of OPHIR. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name.
OFIRAfHebrew
Feminine form of OFIR.
OFRAm & fHebrew
Hebrew form of OPHRAH. Originally it was a masculine name, but it is now used for females too.
OFYDDmWelsh
Welsh form of OVID.
OGDENmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "oak valley" in Old English. A famous bearer was the humourous American poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971).
OGECHUKWUKAMAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's time is the best" in Igbo.
OGHENEKAROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God first" in Urhobo.
OGHENEKEVWEm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God provided for me" in Urhobo.
OGHENEROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God exists" in Urhobo.
OGNENmMacedonian
Macedonian form of OGNYAN.
OGNENAfMacedonian
Macedonian feminine form of OGNYAN.
OGNIANmBulgarian
Variant transcription of OGNYAN.
OGNJANmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian variant form of OGNYAN.
OGNJENmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of OGNYAN.
OGNYANmBulgarian
Derived from Bulgarian огнен (ognen) "fiery".
OGNYANAfBulgarian
Feminine form of OGNYAN.
OHADmBiblical
Means "united" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the third son of Simeon.
OHANNESmArmenian
Armenian form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
OHIYESAmNative American, Sioux
Means "winner" in Dakota and Lakota.
OIERmBasque
Meaning unknown, of Basque origin.
OIGHRIGfScottish
Means "new speckled one" in Scottish Gaelic.
OIHANAfBasque
Means "forest" in Basque.
OILIfFinnish
Finnish form of OLGA.
OISÍNmIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "little deer", derived from Irish os "deer" combined with a diminutive suffix. In Irish legend Oisín was a warrior hero and a poet, the son of Fionn mac Cumhail.
OIVAmFinnish
Means "splendid" in Finnish.
OJIGKWANONGmNative American, Algonquin
Means "morning star" in Alqonguin.
OKAFORmWestern African, Igbo
Means "born on Afor" in Igbo, Afor being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKEANOSmGreek Mythology
From the name of the river or body of water thought by the ancient Greeks to surround the Earth. In Greek mythology Okeanos was the Titan who personified this body of water.
OKEKEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "born on Eke" in Igbo, Eke being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKONKWOmWestern African, Igbo
Means "born on Nkwo" in Igbo, Nkwo being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKORIEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "born on Orie" in Igbo, Orie being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKOROmWestern African, Urhobo
Means "man" in Urhobo.
OKROPIRmGeorgian
Means "gold mouth" in Georgian.
OKSANAfUkrainian, Russian
Ukrainian form of XENIA.
OLA (1)mNorwegian, Swedish
Norwegian and Swedish short form of OLAF.
OLA (2)fPolish
Polish short form of ALEKSANDRA.
OLABODEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "wealth returns" in Yoruba.
OLAFmNorwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Polish
From the Old Norse name Áleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant", derived from the elements anu "ancestor" and leifr "descendant". This was the name of five kings of Norway, including Saint Olaf (Olaf II).
ÓLAFURmIcelandic
Icelandic form of OLAF.
OLALLAfSpanish
Spanish variant of EULALIA. This was the name of two 4th-century saints from Spain.
OLAMIDEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.
OLAMILEKANmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth is increased" in Yoruba.
OLANREWAJUmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth is the future" or "my wealth is moving forward" in Yoruba.
OLAVImFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of OLAF.
OLAVOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of OLAF.
ÓLAVURmFaroese
Faroese form of OLAF.
OLAYINKAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.
OLDŘICHmCzech
Czech form of ULRICH.
OLDRICHmSlovak
Slovak form of ULRICH.
OLEmDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of OLAF.
OLEGmRussian
Russian form of HELGE. The Varangians brought this name from Scandinavia to Russia. It was borne by an important 10th-century grand prince of Kiev.
OLEGÁRIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of OLEGARIO.
OLEGARIOmSpanish
Spanish form of a Germanic name, possibly Aldegar, derived from the elements ald "old" and ger "spear". This was the name of a 12th-century saint, a bishop of Barcelona.
OLEHmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of OLEG.
OLEKmPolish
Short form of ALEKSANDER.
OLEKSANDERmUkrainian
Variant transcription of OLEKSANDR.
OLEKSANDRmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of ALEXANDER.
OLEKSANDRAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of ALEXANDRA.
OLEKSIYmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of ALEXIS.
OLENAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of HELEN.
OLESmUkrainian
Short form of OLEKSANDR or OLEKSIY.
OLEVmEstonian
Estonian form of OLAF.
OLEXIYmUkrainian
Variant transcription of OLEKSIY.
OĽGAfSlovak
Slovak form of OLGA.
OLGAfRussian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek
Russian form of HELGA. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, grand prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.
OLGICAfMacedonian, Serbian
Macedonian and Serbian diminutive of OLGA.
OLHAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of OLGA.
OLImEnglish
Short form of OLIVER.
OLIVAfLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "olive". This was the name of a 2nd-century saint from Brescia.
OLIVEfEnglish, French
From the English and French word for the type of tree, ultimately derived from Latin oliva.
OLIVÉRmHungarian
Hungarian form of OLIVER.
OLIVERmEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak
From Olivier, a Norman French form of a Germanic name such as ALFHER or an Old Norse name such as Áleifr (see OLAF). The spelling was altered by association with Latin oliva "olive tree". In the Middle Ages the name became well-known in Western Europe because of the French epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which Olivier was a friend and advisor of the hero Roland.... [more]
OLIVETTEfLiterature
Feminine form of OLIVER. This was the name of the title character in the French opera 'Les noces d'Olivette' (1879) by Edmond Audran.
OLÍVIAfPortuguese, Slovak, Hungarian
Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian form of OLIVIA.
OLIVIAfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.... [more]
OLIVIEfFrench (Rare), Czech (Rare)
French and Czech form of OLIVIA.
OLIVIERmFrench, Dutch
French and Dutch form of OLIVER.
OLIVIEROmItalian
Italian form of OLIVER.
OLIWERmPolish (Rare)
Polish form of OLIVER.
OLIWIAfPolish
Polish form of OLIVIA.
OLJAfSerbian
Serbian diminutive of OLGA.
OLLEmSwedish
Swedish diminutive of OLAF.
OLLImFinnish
Finnish diminutive of OLAVI.
OLLIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of OLIVER, OLIVIA or OLIVE.
OLOFmSwedish
Swedish form of OLAF.
OLOVmSwedish
Swedish form of OLAF.
OLUBUNMIfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "gift of God" in Yoruba.
OLUCHIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's work" in Igbo.
OLUFmDanish
Danish variant of OLAF.
OLUFEMImWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God loves me" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNKEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has cared for" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILAYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God gave me joy" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILOLAf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUJIMImWestern African, Yoruba
Means "given by God" in Yoruba.
OLUKAYODEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God brings happiness" in Yoruba.
OLUMIDEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has come" in Yoruba.
OLUWAKANYINSOLAm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has added sweetness to my wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEGUNm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has been victorious" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEUNm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "we thank God" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEYIf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.
OLUWATOYINm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.
OLUWAYEMISIf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.
OLWENfWelsh
Means "white footprint" from Welsh ol "footprint, track" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". In Welsh legend Olwen was a beautiful maiden, the lover of Culhwch and the daughter of the giant Yspaddaden. Her father insisted that Culhwch complete several seemingly impossible tasks before he would allow them to marry, and Culhwch was successful with all of them.
OLWINfWelsh
Variant of OLWEN.
OLWYNfWelsh
Variant of OLWEN.
OLYAfRussian
Diminutive of OLGA.
OLYMPEfFrench
French form of OLYMPIAS.
OLYMPIAfGreek, Slovak
Feminine form of OLYMPOS.
OLYMPIASfAncient Greek
Feminine form of OLYMPOS. This was the name of the mother of Alexander the Great. It was also borne by a 4th-century saint.
OLYMPIODOROSmAncient Greek
From OLYMPOS, the name of the mountain home of the Greek gods, combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift".
OLYMPOSmAncient Greek
From a Greek personal name which was derived from the place name OLYMPOS, the name of the mountain home of the Greek gods.
OMmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
From the Sanskrit ओम् (om), considered to be a sacred syllable because it represents the range of sounds that can be made by the human voice.
OMAR (1)mArabic, English, Spanish
Variant transcription of UMAR. This is the usual English spelling of the 12th-century poet Umar Khayyam's name. In his honour it has sometimes been used in the English-speaking world, notably for the American general Omar Bradley (1893-1981).
OMAR (2)mBiblical
Means "speaker" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Eliphaz in the Old Testament.
OMEGAm & fVarious
From the name of the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Ω. It is often seen as a symbol of completion.
ÖMERmTurkish
Turkish form of UMAR.
OMERmHebrew
Means "sheaf of wheat" in Hebrew.
OMIDm & fPersian
Means "hope" in Persian.
OMIROSmGreek
Modern Greek form of HOMER.
OMOBOLANLEf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "a child who met wealth at home" in Yoruba.
OMOLARAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "a child is family" in Yoruba.
OMONDImEastern African, Luo
Means "born early in the morning" in Luo.
OMRANmArabic
Variant transcription of UMRAN.
OMRImBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "life" or "servant" in Hebrew (or a related Semitic language). This was the name of a 9th-century BC military commander who became king of Israel. He appears in the Old Testament, where he is denounced as being wicked.
ONA (1)fLithuanian
Lithuanian form of ANNA.
ONA (2)fCatalan
Short form of MARIONA. It also coincides with a Catalan word meaning "wave".
ONANGWATGOmNative American, Oneida
Means "big medicine" in Oneida. This was the name of a chief of the Oneida people, also named Cornelius Hill (1834-1907).
ONDINAfPortuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of UNDINE.
ONDŘEJmCzech
Czech form of ANDREW.
ONDREJmSlovak
Slovak form of ANDREW.
ONEIDAfEnglish
From the name of a Native American tribe, perhaps meaning "standing rock".
ONÉSIMEmFrench
French form of ONESIMUS.
ONESIMUSmBiblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Ονησιμος (Onesimos), which meant "beneficial, profitable". Saint Onesimus was an escaped slave of Philemon who met Saint Paul while in prison and was converted by him. Paul sent him back to Philemon carrying the epistle that appears in the New Testament.
ONESIPHORUSmBiblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Ονησιφορος (Onesiphoros), which meant "bringing advantage, beneficial". This name is mentioned briefly in Paul's second epistle to Timothy in the New Testament. According to tradition he was martyred by being tied to horses and then torn apart.
ONFROImMedieval French
Norman French form of HUMPHREY.
ONIfWestern African, Yoruba
Possibly means "born in sacred abode" in Yoruba.
ONNImFinnish
Means "happiness, luck" in Finnish.
ONOFREmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ONUPHRIUS.
ONOFRIOmItalian
Italian form of ONUPHRIUS.
ONÓRAfIrish
Irish form of HONORA.
ONUPHRIUSmEgyptian Mythology (Latinized), Late Roman
Latinized form of Greek Οννωφρις (Onnophris), derived from Egyptian Unn-nfr meaning "he who is good, he who is happy". This was an epithet of the god Osiris. It was later used by an Egyptian saint and hermit from the 4th or 5th century.
ONURmTurkish
Means "honour" in Turkish.
ONYEKACHIf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.
ONYEKACHUKWUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Variant of ONYEKACHI, using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
OONAfIrish, Finnish
Irish variant and Finnish form of ÚNA.
OONAGHfIrish
Variant of ÚNA.
OPALfEnglish
From the English word opal for the iridescent gemstone, the birthstone of October. The word ultimately derives from Sanskrit उपल (upala) meaning "jewel".
OPALINEfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of OPAL.
OPEYEMIm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.
OPHELIAfEnglish, Literature
Derived from Greek οφελος (ophelos) meaning "help". This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem 'Arcadia'. It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play 'Hamlet' (1600), in which it belongs to Hamlet's lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself. In spite of this, the name has been used since the 19th century.
OPHÉLIEfFrench
French form of OPHELIA.
OPHIRmBiblical
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a son of Joktan in the Old Testament (where it is also used as a place name).
OPHIUCHUSmAstronomy
Latinized form of Greek Οφιουχος (Ophiouchos) meaning "serpent bearer". This is the name of an equatorial constellation that depicts the god Asklepios holding a snake.
OPHRAHmBiblical
Means "fawn" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of both a man mentioned in genealogies and a city in Manasseh.
OPRAHfVarious
In the case of television personality Oprah Winfrey, it was a childhood mispronunciation of her real name ORPAH that became permanent.
ORm & fHebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
ORA (1)f & mEnglish
Perhaps based on Latin oro "to pray". It was first used in America in the 19th century.
ORA (2)fHebrew
Strictly feminine form of OR.
ORABELAfEsperanto
Means "golden-beautiful" in Esperanto.
ORAHfHebrew
Variant transcription of ORA (2).
ORALmEnglish
Meaning uncertain. This name was borne by the influential American evangelist Oral Roberts (1918-2009), who was apparently named by his cousin.
ORALEEfEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a variant of AURÉLIE.
ORALIEfEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a variant of AURÉLIE.
ORANmIrish
Anglicized form of ODHRÁN.
ORAZIOmItalian
Italian form of HORATIUS.
ORBÁNmHungarian
Hungarian form of URBAN.
ORELmHebrew
Means "light of God" in Hebrew.
ORENmHebrew
Means "pine tree" in Hebrew.
ORESTESmGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek ορεστιας (orestias) meaning "of the mountains". In Greek myth he was the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. He killed his mother and her lover Aegisthus after they killed his father.
ORFEOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ORPHEUS.
ÓRFHLAITHfIrish
Means "golden princess" from Irish ór "gold" combined with flaith "princess". This was the name of a sister of the Irish king Brian Boru.
ORHANmTurkish
Derived from Turkish or "great" and the title khan meaning "leader". This was the name of a 14th-century sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
ORIm & fHebrew
Means "my light" in Hebrew.
ORIAfItalian
Italian form of AUREA.
ORIANAfItalian, Spanish
Possibly derived from Latin aurum "gold" or from its derivatives, Spanish oro or French or. In medieval legend Oriana was the daughter of a king of England who married the knight Amadis.
ORIANEfFrench
French form of ORIANA.
ORIANNEfFrench
French form of ORIANA.
ORIETTAfItalian
Diminutive of ORIA.
ORIGENmHistory
From the Greek name Ωριγενης (Origenes), which was possibly derived from the name of the Egyptian god HORUS combined with γενης (genes) "born". Origen was a 3rd-century theologian from Alexandria. Long after his death some of his writings were declared heretical, hence he is not regarded as a saint.
ORINDAfEnglish (Rare)
Probably an elaboration of Spanish oro "gold". This was the pseudonym of the English poet Katherine Philips (1631-1664).
ORINTHIAfLiterature
Possibly related to Greek ορινω (orino) meaning "to excite, to agitate". George Bernard Shaw used this name in his play 'The Apple Cart' (1929).
ORIOLmCatalan
From a Catalan surname meaning "golden". It has been used in honour of Joseph Oriol, a 17th-century saint.
ORIONmGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown, but possibly related to Greek ‘οριον (horion) meaning "boundary, limit". Alternatively it may be derived from Akkadian Uru-anna meaning "light of the heavens". This is the name of a constellation, which gets its name from a legendary Greek hunter who was killed by a scorpion sent by the earth goddess Gaia.
ORITfHebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
ÖRJANmSwedish
Medieval Swedish form of JURIAN.
ØRJANmNorwegian
Medieval Norwegian form of JURIAN.
ORLA (1)fIrish
Anglicized form of ÓRFHLAITH.
ORLA (2)mDanish
Danish name, meaning unknown.
ORLAGHfIrish
Anglicized form of ÓRFHLAITH.
ORLANDAfItalian
Feminine form of ORLANDO.
ORLANDOmItalian
Italian form of ROLAND. A city in Florida bears this name, as does a character in Shakespeare's play 'As You like It' (1599).
ORLIfHebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
ORLYfHebrew
Variant transcription of ORLI.
ORMAZDmPersian Mythology
Modern Persian form of AHURA MAZDA.
ORMONDmEnglish (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Ruaidh meaning "descendant of RUADH".
ORNA (1)fIrish
Anglicized form of ODHARNAIT.
ORNA (2)fHebrew
Feminine form of OREN.
ORNATfIrish
Anglicized form of ODHARNAIT.
ORNELLAfItalian
Created by the Italian author Gabriele d'Annunzio for his novel 'La Figlia di Jorio' (1904). It is derived from Tuscan Italian ornello meaning "flowering ash tree".
OROITZmBasque
Means "memory" in Basque.
ORPAHfBiblical
Means "back of the neck" in Hebrew. Orpah was Naomi's second daughter-in-law in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.
ORPHAfBiblical, English
Variant of ORPAH used in some translations of the Bible.
ORPHEUSmGreek Mythology
Perhaps related to Greek ορφνη (orphne) meaning "the darkness of night". In Greek mythology Orpheus was a poet and musician who went to the underworld to retrieve his dead wife Eurydice. He succeeded in charming Hades with his lyre, and he was allowed to lead his wife out of the underworld on the condition that he not look back at her until they reached the surface. Unfortunately, just before they arrived his love for her overcame his will and he glanced back at her, causing her to be drawn back to Hades.
ORRELLmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "ore hill" in Old English.
ORRINmIrish
Anglicized form of ODHRÁN.
ORSINAfItalian
Feminine form of ORSINO.
ORSINOmItalian
Italian form of the Roman name Ursinus, itself derived from Ursus (see URS). This is the name of a character in Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night' (1602).
ORSOmItalian
Italian form of Ursus (see URS).
ORSOLAfItalian
Italian form of URSULA.
ORSOLYAfHungarian
Hungarian form of URSULA.
ORSONmEnglish
From an English surname which was originally a nickname meaning "bear cub", from a diminutive of Norman French ors "bear", ultimately from Latin ursus. American actor and director Orson Welles (1915-1985) was a famous bearer of this name.
ORTRUNfGerman (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements ort "point" and run "secret".