Names Starting with S

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Sergio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Sergius.
Sergiu m Romanian
Romanian form of Sergius.
Sergius m Ancient Roman
Roman family name, possibly meaning "servant" in Latin but most likely of unknown Etruscan origin. Saint Sergius was a 4th-century Roman officer who was martyred in Syria with his companion Bacchus. They are the patron saints of Christian desert nomads. Another saint by this name (in the Russian form Sergey) was a 14th-century Russian spiritual leader. The name was also borne by four popes.
Sergiusz m Polish
Polish form of Sergius.
Sergo m Georgian, Armenian
Georgian form of Sergius.
Serhan m Turkish
Derived from Turkish ser "head, top" and han, which is from the title khan meaning "leader".
Serhat m Turkish
Means "frontier" in Turkish.
Serhii m Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian Сергій (see Serhiy).
Serhiy m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Sergius.
Şerif m Turkish
Turkish form of Sharif.
Şerife f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Sharif.
Serik m Kazakh
Means "support" in Kazakh.
Serina f English
Variant of Serena.
Serkan m Turkish
Means "leader, chief" from Turkish ser "head, top" and kan "blood".
Şermin f Turkish
Means "shy" in Turkish.
Serpil f Turkish
Means "grow" in Turkish.
Servaas m Dutch (Rare)
Dutch form of the Late Latin name Servatius, derived from servatus "saved, redeemed". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who helped spread Christianity to the Low Countries.
Servaos m Limburgish
Limburgish form of Servaas.
Servatius m Late Roman
Latin form of Servaas.
Servius m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "to preserve" from Latin servo.
Sesto m Italian
Italian form of Sextus.
Setare f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ستاره (see Setareh).
Setareh f Persian
Means "star" in Persian.
Seth 1 m English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "placed" or "appointed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the third named son of Adam and Eve, and the ancestor of Noah and all humankind. In England this name came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
Seth 2 m Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
From Σήθ (Seth), the Greek form of Egyptian swtẖ or stẖ (reconstructed as Sutekh), which is of unknown meaning. Seth was the Egyptian god of chaos and the desert, the slayer of Osiris. Osiris's son Horus eventually defeats Seth and has him banished to the desert.
Sethunya f Southern African, Tswana
Means "bloom, flower" in Tswana, derived from thunya "to bloom".
Seti m Ancient Egyptian
From Egyptian stẖj meaning "of Seth 2". This was the name of two pharaohs of the 19th dynasty.
Setiawan m Indonesian
From Indonesian setia meaning "loyal, true", ultimately from Sanskrit सत्य (satya), combined with the masculine suffix -wan.
Setsuko f Japanese
From Japanese (setsu) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can also be possible.
Settimio m Italian
Italian form of Septimius.
Settimo m Italian
Italian form of Septimus.
Seumas m Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of James.
Seung m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (seung) meaning "rise, ascent", (seung) meaning "victory, excel" or (seung) meaning "inherit", as well as other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Seva m Russian
Diminutive of Vsevolod.
Sevan f & m Armenian
From the name of the largest lake in Armenia, which may be from the Urartian word suinia simply meaning "lake".
Sevara f Uzbek
Means "love" in Uzbek.
Sevastian m Russian (Rare)
Alternate transcription of Russian Севастьян (see Sevastyan).
Sevda f Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "love, infatuation" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, ultimately from Arabic سوداء (sawda) meaning "black bile, melancholy, sadness".
Seve m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Severiano or Severino.
Sévère m French (Rare)
French form of Severus.
Severi m Finnish
Finnish form of Severus.
Severiano m Spanish
Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Severianus, which was derived from Severus.
Severianus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was derived from Severus.
Séverin m French
French form of Severinus.
Séverine f French
French feminine form of Severinus.
Severino m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Severinus.
Severinus m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Severus. Severinus was the name of many early saints, including a 6th-century Roman philosopher martyred by the Ostrogothic king Theodoric. It was also borne by a pope.
Severo m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Severus.
Severus m Ancient Roman
Roman family name meaning "stern" in Latin. This name was borne by several early saints including a 6th-century patriarch of Antioch.
Sevgi f Turkish
Means "love" in Turkish.
Sevil f Turkish
Means "loved" in Turkish.
Sevim f Turkish
Means "love" in Turkish.
Sevinc f Azerbaijani
Means "joy" in Azerbaijani.
Sevinç f Turkish
Means "joy" in Turkish.
Şevket m Turkish
From Arabic شفقة (shafaqah) meaning "compassion".
Şevval f Turkish
From Arabic شوّال (shawwal), the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.
Seward m English
From a surname that was itself derived from the Old English given name Sigeweard.
Seweryn m Polish
Polish form of Severinus.
Sextilius m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of Sextus.
Sextus m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "sixth" in Latin. It was traditionally given to the sixth child.
Seydou m Western African
Form of Sa'id used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Seyed m Persian
Persian form of Sayyid.
Seyfettin m Turkish
Turkish form of Sayf ad-Din.
Seyfullah m Turkish
Turkish form of Sayfullah.
Şeyma f Turkish
Turkish form of Shaima.
Seymour m English
From a Norman surname that originally belonged to a person coming from the French town of Saint Maur (which means "Saint Maurus").
Seynabou f Western African
Form of Zaynab used in parts of western Africa (mostly Senegal).
Seyyed m Persian
Persian form of Sayyid.
Seyyid m Turkish
Turkish form of Sayyid.
Seyyit m Turkish
Turkish form of Sayyid.
Sezim f Kazakh
Means "sensitive" in Kazakh.
Sganyodaiyo m Indigenous American, Seneca
Means "handsome lake" in Seneca, from sganyodeo "lake" and the suffix -iyo "good". This name was borne by an 18th-century Seneca prophet.
Shaban m Arabic, Albanian
From the name of the eighth month of the Islamic calendar. It is derived from Arabic شعب (sha'aba) meaning "scatter".
Shabana f Urdu
Feminine form of Shaban.
Shabnam f Persian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
Shachar f & m Hebrew
Means "dawn" in Hebrew.
Shad 1 m Arabic
Means "happy" in Arabic.
Shad 2 m English
Perhaps a variant of Chad.
Shadi 1 m Arabic
Means "singer" in Arabic.
Shadi 2 f Persian
Means "happiness" in Persian.
Shadiya f Arabic
Feminine form of Shadi 1.
Shadrach m Biblical
Means "command of Aku" in Akkadian, Aku being the name of the Babylonian god of the moon. In the Old Testament Shadrach is the Babylonian name of Hananiah, one of the three men cast into a fiery furnace but saved by God.
Shadya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شادية (see Shadiya).
Shae f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Shea.
Shaelyn f English (Rare)
Elaboration of Shae using the popular name suffix lyn.
Shafaqat m & f Arabic
Means "compassion, pity" in Arabic.
Shafiq m Arabic
Means "compassionate" in Arabic.
Shafiqa f Arabic
Feminine form of Shafiq.
Shahar f & m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שַׁחַר (see Shachar).
Shahd f Arabic
Means "honey" in Arabic.
Shaheen m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شاهین (see Shahin).
Shahid m Arabic, Urdu
Means "witness" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الشاهد (al-Shahid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Shahin m Persian, Arabic
Means "falcon" in Persian, referring more specifically to the Barbary falcon (species Falco pelegrinoides). The bird's name is a derivative of Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king".
Shahira f Arabic
Means "renowned" in Arabic.
Shahjahan m Urdu
Means "king of the world" from Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king" and جهان (jahan) meaning "world". This was the name of the 17th-century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
Shahnaz f & m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "delight of the king" from Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort, coquetry".
Shahnoza f Uzbek, Tajik
Uzbek and Tajik form of Shahnaz.
Shahram m Persian
Means "king Ram" in Persian. Ram (or Raman) is the name of a Yazata (or angel) in Zoroastrianism.
Shahrazad f Persian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) meaning "city" and آزاد (azad) meaning "free". This is the name of the fictional storyteller in The 1001 Nights. She tells a story to her husband the king every night for 1001 nights in order to delay her execution.
Shahriar m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهریار (see Shahriyar).
Shahrivar m Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Kshathra Vairya meaning "desirable power". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a god of metal and a protector of the weak. This is also the name of the sixth month of the Iranian calendar.
Shahriyar m Persian
Means "lord" in Persian.
Shahrizad f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شهرزاد (see Shahrazad).
Shahrokh m Persian
Means "royal face" in Persian, from شاه (shah) meaning "king" and رخ (rokh) meaning "face". This was the name of a 15th-century ruler of the Timurid Empire (a son of Timur).
Shahrukh m Urdu, Indian, Hindi
Urdu and Hindi form of Shahrokh. A notable bearer is the Indian actor Shahrukh Khan (1965-).
Shahrzad f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهرزاد (see Shahrazad).
Shahzad m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "prince, son of the king" in Persian.
Shahzada m Urdu
Variant of Shahzad.
Shai m & f Hebrew
Either from Hebrew שַׁי (Shai) meaning "gift" or else a Hebrew diminutive of Isaiah.
Shailaja f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu
Means "daughter of the mountain" in Sanskrit, from शैल (shaila) meaning "mountain" and (ja) meaning "born". This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
Shaima f Arabic
Possibly means "beauty marks" in Arabic. This was the name of the daughter of Halimah, the foster mother of the Prophet Muhammad.
Shaimaa f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شيماء (see Shaima).
Shaina f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שיינאַ (see Shayna).
Shaka m History
From Zulu uShaka, apparently from ishaka, a stomach cramp caused by an intestinal parasite. This was the name of a Zulu warrior king (1787-1828), supposedly given because his unmarried mother Nandi and/or his father Senzangakhona blamed her pregnancy symptoms on the parasite.
Shaked f & m Hebrew
Means "almond" in Hebrew.
Shakeel m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شكيل (see Shakil).
Shakil m Arabic
Means "handsome" in Arabic.
Shakila f Arabic
Feminine form of Shakil.
Shakir m Arabic
Means "thankful" in Arabic, from the root شَكَرَ (shakara) meaning "to thank".
Shakira f Arabic
Feminine form of Shakir. A famous bearer is the Colombian singer Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (1977-), known simply as Shakira.
Shakti f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "power" in Sanskrit. In Hinduism a shakti is the female counterpart of a god. The name Shakti is used in particular to refer to the female counterpart of Shiva, also known as Parvati among many other names.
Shakuntala f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta) meaning "bird". This is the name of a character in Hindu legend, her story adapted by Kalidasa for the 5th-century play Abhijnanashakuntalam. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta. After a curse is laid upon them Dushyanta loses his memory and they are separated, but eventually the curse is broken after the king sees the signet ring he gave her.
Shakur m Arabic
Means "thankful" in Arabic, from the root شَكَرَ (shakara) meaning "to thank". In Islamic tradition الشكور (al-Shakur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Shakura f Arabic
Feminine form of Shakur.
Shalev m & f Hebrew
Means "calm, tranquil" in Hebrew.
Shalim m Semitic Mythology
From the Semitic root shalam meaning "peace". This was the name of an Ugaritic god associated with the evening.
Shalmaneser m Ancient Assyrian (Anglicized), Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From שַׁלְמַנְאֶסֶר (Shalman'eser), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Shulmanu-ashared meaning "Shulmanu is preeminent". This was the name of five Assyrian kings, including the 9th-century BC Shalmaneser III who expanded the empire. He is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
Shalom m Hebrew
Means "peace" in Hebrew.
Shalva m Georgian
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a 13th-century Georgian hero, considered a saint in the Georgian Church.
Sham'a f Arabic
Means "lamp" or "candle" in Arabic.
Shamash m Semitic Mythology
Means "sun" in Akkadian. This was the Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian name of Utu.
Shamgar m Biblical
Possibly means "sword" in Hebrew. Shamgar was one of the Old Testament judges.
Shamika f African American (Modern)
An invented name, blending the popular phonetic prefix sha and the name Tamika.
Shamil m Arabic, Kazakh, Avar, Chechen, Tatar, Azerbaijani
From Arabic شاميل (shamil) meaning "comprehensive, universal".
Shamira f Hebrew
Means "guardian, protector" in Hebrew.
Shammuramat f Ancient Assyrian
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from a Western Semitic language and meaning "high heaven". Shammuramat was a 9th-century BC queen of Assyria. After her young son inherited the throne, she acted as his regent for five years. The legendary figure Semiramis may be based on her.
Shams f & m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Semitic Mythology
Means "sun" in Arabic. This was the name of a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess of the sun, identified with the Akkadian sun god Shamash (whose name is related) and the northern Arabian goddess Nuha.
Shams ad-Din m Arabic
Means "sun of the religion", from Arabic شَمس (shams) meaning "sun" and دين (din) meaning "religion, faith".
Shams al-Din m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شَمس الدين (see Shams ad-Din).
Shamsuddin m Arabic, Bengali, Malay
Alternate transcription of Arabic شَمس الدين (see Shams ad-Din), as well as the usual Bengali and Malay form.
Shamus m Irish
Anglicized form of Séamus.
Shan f Welsh
Anglicized form of Siân.
Shana 1 f English
Variant of Shanna.
Shana 2 f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שיינאַ (see Shayna).
Shanae f English (Modern), African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular phonetic elements sha and nay.
Shandar m Urdu
Means "fabulous" in Urdu.
Shandiin f & m Indigenous American, Navajo
From Navajo sháńdíín meaning "sunshine".
Shane m Irish, English
Anglicized form of Seán. It came into general use in America after the release of the western movie Shane (1953).
Shanene f English (Rare)
Combination of the phonetic elements sha and neen.
Shani 1 f & m Hebrew
Means "red, scarlet" in Hebrew.
Shani 2 m Hinduism
From the Sanskrit name of the planet Saturn. This is the name of a celestial Hindu god.
Shania f English (Modern)
In the case of singer Shania Twain (1965-), who chose it as her stage name, it was apparently based on an Ojibwe phrase meaning "on my way".
Shanice f African American (Modern)
Combination of the phonetic elements sha and nees.
Shanika f African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular phonetic elements sha, nee and ka.
Shaniqua f African American (Modern)
An invented name using the popular phonetic elements sha, nee and qua.
Shaniya f African American (Modern)
Variant of Shania, or simply a combination of the popular phonetic elements sha, ny and ya.
Shankara m Hinduism
Derived from the Sanskrit elements शम् (sham) meaning "auspicious, lucky" and कर (kara) meaning "maker". This is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. This was also the name of a 9th-century Indian religious philosopher also known as Shankaracharya.
Shanna f English
Possibly a feminine variant of Shannon.
Shannon f & m English
From the name of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, called an tSionainn in Irish. It is associated with the legendary figure Sionann and is sometimes said to be named for her. However it is more likely she was named after the river, which may be related to Old Irish sen "old, ancient". As a given name, it first became common in America after the 1940s.
Shanon f & m English
Variant of Shannon.
Shanta f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "pacified, calm" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the Ramayana this is the name of a daughter of King Dasharatha.
Shantanu m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "wholesome" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata this is the name of a king of Hastinapura.
Shantel f English
Variant of Chantel.
Shanthi f Tamil, Indian, Malayalam, Kannada
Southern Indian form of Shanti.
Shanti f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "quiet, peace, tranquility" in Sanskrit.
Shapour m Persian
Means "son of the king" in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
Shapur m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شاپور (see Shapour).
Shaquille m African American (Modern)
Variant of Shakil. This name is borne by basketball player Shaquille O'Neal (1972-).
Sharar m Biblical
Means "enemy" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Ahiam.
Shareef m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شريف (see Sharif).
Shari f English
Diminutive of Sharon or a variant of Sherry.
Shariah m Arabic
Means "divine law, noble law" in Arabic, ultimately from an old Arabic word meaning "pathway".
Sharif m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Persian, Malay
Means "eminent, virtuous" in Arabic. This was a title used by the descendants of Muhammad.
Sharifa f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شريفة (see Sharifah).
Sharifah f Arabic, Malay
Feminine form of Sharif.
Sharla f English
Variant of Charla.
Sharma m Indian, Hindi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
Sharmila f Tamil, Indian, Marathi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
Sharon f English
From an Old Testament place name, in Hebrew שָׁרוֹן (Sharon), which means "plain", referring to the fertile plain near the coast of Israel. This is also the name of a type of flowering shrub, the rose of Sharon. It has been in use as a given name since the 1920s, possibly inspired by the heroine in the serial novel The Skyrocket (1925) by Adela Rogers St. Johns.
Sharona f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of Sharon.
Sharron f English
Variant of Sharon.
Sharru-Ukin m Akkadian, Ancient Assyrian
Original Akkadian form of Sargon.
Sharyl f English
Variant of Cheryl.
Sharyn f English
Variant of Sharon.
Shashi m & f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Traditional name for the moon, it literally means "having a hare" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form शशि and the feminine form शशी.
Sha'ul m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Saul.
Shaul m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Saul.
Shaun m English
Anglicized form of Seán. This is the more common spelling in the United Kingdom and Australia, while Shawn is preferred in the United States and Canada (though it got a boost in America after the singer Shaun Cassidy released his debut album in 1976).
Shauna f English
Feminine form of Shaun.
Shavonne f English (Modern), African American (Modern)
Anglicized form of Siobhán. In some cases it might be considered a combination of the phonetic element sha and Yvonne.
Shaw m English (Rare)
From a surname. As an English surname it is derived from Old English sceaga meaning "thicket". As a Scottish surname it is derived from the Gaelic byname Sitheach meaning "wolf".
Shawn m & f English
Anglicized form of Seán, occasionally used as a feminine form. This is the most common spelling of this name in the United States and Canada, with Shaun being more typical in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Shawna f English
Feminine form of Shawn.
Shawnda f English
Variant of Shonda.
Shawnee f English (Modern)
Means "southern people" in the Algonquin language. The Shawnee were an Algonquin tribe who originally lived in the Ohio valley.
Shay 1 m & f Irish
Anglicized form of Séaghdha, sometimes used as a feminine name.
Shay 2 m & f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שַׁי (see Shai).
Shaye f & m English (Rare)
Variant of Shea.
Shayla f English
Invented name, based on the sounds found in other names such as Sheila and Kayla.
Shaylyn f English (Rare)
Invented name, based on Shayla and using the popular name suffix lyn.
Shayma f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شيماء (see Shaima).
Shayna f Yiddish
From Yiddish שיין (shein) meaning "beautiful".
Shaynah f Yiddish (Rare)
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שיינאַ (see Shayna).
Shayne m English
Variant of Shane.
Shazi f Arabic
Means "fragrant" in Arabic.
Shazia f Urdu
Meaning unknown, possibly of Arabic origin meaning "rare, unusual".
Shea m & f Irish
Anglicized form of Séaghdha, sometimes used as a feminine name.
Shealtiel m Biblical
Means "I have asked of God" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father of Zerubbabel in the Old Testament.
Sheamus m Irish
Anglicized form of Séamus.
Sheard m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally from a place name meaning "gap between hills" in Old English.
Sheba m Biblical
Means "oath" in Hebrew. This is the name of several characters in the Old Testament. Also in the Bible, this is a place name, referring to a region in Ethiopia. The queen of Sheba visited Solomon after hearing of his wisdom.
Sheela f Indian, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil
Alternate transcription of Shila.
Sheena f Scottish, English
Anglicized form of Sìne. This name was popularized outside of Scotland in the 1980s by the singer Sheena Easton (1959-).
Sheenagh f Scottish
Variant of Sheena.
Shefqet m Albanian
Albanian form of Şevket.
Sheherazade f Literature
Anglicized form of Shahrazad.
Shehu m Western African, Hausa
From Arabic شيخ (shaykh) meaning "elder, chief, sheikh", a title of Usman dan Fodio (1754-1817), the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate.
Sheila f Irish, English
Anglicized form of Síle.
Shekhar m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati
Means "crest, peak" in Sanskrit.
Shekinah f Various
From the Hebrew word שׁכִינה (shekhinah) meaning "God's manifested glory" or "God's presence". This word does not appear in the Bible, but later Jewish scholars used it to refer to the dwelling place of God, especially the Temple in Jerusalem.
Shel m English
Short form of Sheldon.
Shelach m Biblical Hebrew
Means "dart, plant shoot, sprout" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a grandson of Shem who is an ancestor of Abraham. In English bibles it is written as Salah or Shelah.
Shelah m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "petition, request" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Judah. English bibles also use this spelling to render the unrelated Hebrew name שֵׁלָח (see Shelach), a grandson of Shem.
Shelby m & f English
From an English surname, which was possibly a variant of Selby. Though previously in use as a rare masculine name, it was popularized as a feminine name by the main character in the movie The Woman in Red (1935). It was later reinforced by the movie Steel Magnolias (1989) in which Julia Roberts played a character by this name.
Sheldon m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "valley with steep sides" in Old English. Sheldon is the name of several locations in England.
Shelena f African American (Rare)
Combination of the phonetic prefix sha and the name Lena.
Shelia f English
Variant of Sheila.
Shell f English
Short form of Michelle or Shelley. It can also be simply from the English word shell (ultimately from Old English sciell).
Shelley f & m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "clearing on a bank" in Old English. Two famous bearers of the surname were Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), a romantic poet whose works include Adonais and Ozymandias, and Mary Shelley (1797-1851), his wife, the author of the horror story Frankenstein. As a feminine given name, it came into general use after the 1940s.
Shelly f & m English
Variant of Shelley.
Shelomoh m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Solomon.
Shelton m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "shelf town" in Old English.
Shem m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "name" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Shem is one of Noah's three sons (along with Japheth and Ham) and the ancestor of the Semitic peoples.
Shemaiah m Biblical
Means "heard by Yahweh" in Hebrew. This name is borne by many characters in the Old Testament including a prophet in the reign of Rehoboam.
Shemer m Biblical
Possibly means "preserved" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the owner of the hill upon which Samaria was built.
Shemu'el m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Samuel.
Shenandoah m Indigenous American, Oneida (Anglicized)
Variant of Skenandoa, or from the name of the Shenandoah River (names that may or may not be connected). The traditional American folk song Oh Shenandoah refers to the Oneida chief Skenandoa.
Sheona f Scottish
Variant of Shona.
Shepherd m English
From an English occupational surname meaning "sheep herder".
Sher m Urdu, Pashto
Means "lion" in Persian. A famous bearer of this name was Sher Shah, a 16th-century Mughal ruler.
Sheraga m Jewish
Means "light, candle" in Aramaic.
Sherah f Biblical
Means "kinswoman" in Hebrew. This is the name of a daughter of Ephraim in the Old Testament.
Sherali m Uzbek, Tajik
From Uzbek and Tajik sher meaning "lion" (of Persian origin) combined with the name Ali 1.
Sheree f English
Variant of Sherry or Cherie. This particular spelling was popularized by American actress Sheree North (1932-2005), who was born Dawn Shirley Crang.
Shereen f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شیرین (see Shirin).
Sheri f English
Variant of Sherry.
Sheridan m & f English
From an Irish surname (Anglicized from Irish Gaelic Ó Sirideáin), which was derived from the given name Sirideán possibly meaning "searcher".
Sherie f English
Variant of Sherry or Cherie.
Sherif m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شريف (see Sharif).
Sherlock m Literature
Used by Scottish author Arthur Conan Doyle for his character Sherlock Holmes, who was a detective in Doyle's mystery stories beginning in 1887. The character's name was from an English surname meaning "shear lock", originally referring to a person with closely cut hair.
Sherlyn f English (Modern)
Recently created name, probably based on the sounds found in other names like Sharon, Sherry and Charlene.
Sherman m English
From an English surname meaning "shear man", originally denoting a person who cut cloth. Famous bearers of the surname include American politician Roger Sherman (1721-1793) and American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891).
Sherri f English
Variant of Sherry.
Sherrie f English
Variant of Sherry.
Sherry f English
Probably inspired by the French word chérie meaning "darling" or the English word sherry, a type of fortified wine named from the Spanish town of Jerez. This name came into popular use during the 1920s, inspired by other similar-sounding names and by Collette's novels Chéri (1920, English translation 1929) and The Last of Chéri (1926, English translation 1932), in which it is a masculine name.... [more]
Sherwood m English
From an English place name (or from a surname that was derived from it) meaning "bright forest". This was the name of the forest in which the legendary outlaw Robin Hood made his home.
Sheryl f English
Variant of Cheryl.
Sheryll f English
Variant of Cheryl.
Sherzod m Uzbek, Tajik
Means "son of the lion", derived from Persian شیر (sher) meaning "lion" and the suffix زاد (zad) meaning "son of".
Shet m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Seth 1.
Shi m & f Chinese
From Chinese (shí) meaning "time, era, season", (shí) meaning "real, honest", (shǐ) meaning "history" or (shí) meaning "stone". Other characters can form this name as well.
Shib m Bengali
Bengali form of Shiva 1.