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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, Manding, Fula, Wolof, Serer
Form of SA'ID used in parts of western Africa.
SEYED m Persian
Persian form of SAYYID.
SEYFETTİN m Turkish
Turkish form of SAIF AL-DIN.
SEYFULLAH m Turkish
Turkish form of SAIFULLAH.
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").
SEYYED m Persian
Persian form of SAYYID.
SEYYİD m Turkish
Turkish form of SAYYID.
SEYYİT m Turkish
Turkish form of SAYYID.
SEZIM f Kazakh
Means "sensitive" in Kazakh.
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 English (Modern)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHAELYN f English (Rare)
Combination of SHAE and LYNN.
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 the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and جهان (jahan) "world". This was the name of the 17th-century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
SHAHNAZ f & m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "pride of the king" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and ناز (naz) "pride".
SHAHNOZA f Uzbek
Uzbek form of SHAHNAZ.
SHAHRAZAD f Persian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) "city" and آزاد (azad) "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.
SHAHRUKH m Urdu, Indian, Hindi
Urdu and Hindi form of SHAHROKH. A notable bearer is 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.
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 Halima, 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).
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.
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.
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 Semitic Mythology
Means "sun" in Arabic. This was 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 AL-DIN m Arabic
From Arabic شَمس (shams) meaning "sun" and دين (din) meaning "religion, faith".
SHAMSUDDIN m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شَمس الدين (see SHAMS AL-DIN).
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)
Elaboration of the popular name element Shan.
SHANDAR m Urdu
Means "fabulous" in Urdu.
SHÁŃDÍÍN f & m Native American, Navajo
Means "sunshine" in Navajo.
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 popular name elements Shan and ene.
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, she has claimed it was based on an Ojibwe phrase meaning "on my way". This appears to be untrue.
SHANICE f African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ice.
SHANIKA f African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ka.
SHANIQUA f African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Shan and qua.
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 Abha an tSionainn in Irish. It is associated with the goddess Sionann and is sometimes said to be named for her. However it is more likely the goddess 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.
SHAPUR m Persian
Means "son of the king" in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
SHAQUILLE m English (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.
SHAUNA f English
Feminine form of SHAUN.
SHAVONNE f Irish, English
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHAW (1) m English (Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from Old English sceaga meaning "thicket".
SHAW (2) m Scottish
From a Scottish surname that was itself derived from the Gaelic byname Sithech meaning "wolf".
SHAWN m English
Anglicized form of SEÁN.
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 Irish
Anglicized form of SÉAGHDHA.
SHAY (2) m & f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שַׁי (see SHAI).
SHAYE f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of SHEA.
SHAYLA f English
Variant of SHEILA, influenced by the spelling and sound of KAYLA.
SHAYLYN f English (Rare)
Combination of SHAE and LYNN.
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.
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-).
SHEHERAZADE f Literature
Anglicized form of SHAHRAZAD.
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 a 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 a 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)
Probably a combination of the prefix She and 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 a 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.
SHEONA f Scottish
Variant of SHONA.
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.
SHEREE f English
Variant of SHERRY. 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 that was derived from Ó Sirideáin meaning "descendant of Sirideán". The name Sirideán means "searcher" in Gaelic.
SHERIE f English
Variant of SHERRY.
SHERIF m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شريف (see SHARIF).
SHERLOCK m Literature
Used by Scottish author Sir 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.
SHERMAN m English
From a surname meaning "shear man" in Old English, 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
Before the 20th century this was probably from the Irish surname Ó Searraigh meaning "descendant of Searrach" (a name meaning "foal" in Gaelic). Later it may have been reinforced 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.
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.
SHET m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of SETH (1).
SHEVAUN f Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
SHEVON f Irish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of SIOBHÁN.
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).
SHICHIRO m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 七郎 (see SHICHIROU).
SHICHIROU m Japanese
From Japanese (shichi) meaning "seven" and (rou) meaning "son". This was traditionally a name given to the seventh son. Other kanji combinations can be possible.
SHIDEH f Persian
Means "bright" in Persian.
SHIGERU m Japanese
From Japanese (shigeru) meaning "lush, luxuriant", as well as other kanji having the same reading. A famous bearer is the Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
SHIHAB m Arabic
Means "shooting star, meteor" in Arabic.
SHIKHA f Indian, Hindi
Means "crest, peak" in Sanskrit.
SHIKOBA m & f Native American, Choctaw
Means "feather" in Choctaw.
SHILA f Indian, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शील (shila) meaning "conduct, disposition, character".
SHILOH m & f Biblical
From an Old Testament place name possibly meaning "tranquil" in Hebrew. It is also used prophetically in the Old Testament to refer to a person, often understood to be the Messiah (see Genesis 49:10). This may in fact be a mistranslation. This name was brought to public attention after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie gave it to their daughter in 2006.
SHIMMEL m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish diminutive of SHIMON.
SHIMON m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of SIMEON (and SIMON (1)).
SHIN m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
SHIN'ICHI m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" or (shin) meaning "fresh, new" combined with (ichi) meaning "one". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
SHINJU f Japanese
From Japanese 真珠 (shinju) meaning "pearl".
SHINOBU f & m Japanese
From Japanese (shinobu) meaning "endurance", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
SHINTA f Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of SITA.
SHIN'YA m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (ya) meaning "also", as well as other kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
SHIORI f & m Japanese
As a feminine name it can be from Japanese (shi) meaning "poem" combined with (ori) meaning "weave". It can also be from (shiori) meaning "bookmark" (usually feminine) or (shiori) meaning "lithe, bending" (usually masculine), as well as other kanji or kanji combinations.
SHIPHRAH f Biblical
Means "beautiful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the midwives who disobeys the Pharaoh's order to kill any Hebrew boys they deliver.
SHIR (1) f Hebrew
Means "song" in Hebrew.
SHIR (2) m Persian (Rare)
Modern Persian form of SHER.
SHIRA f Hebrew
Means "singing" in Hebrew.
SHIREEN f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شیرین (see SHIRIN).
SHIRI f Hebrew
Means "my song" in Hebrew.
SHIRIN f Persian
Means "sweet" in Persian. This was the name of a character in Persian and Turkish legend.
SHIRLEE f English
Variant of SHIRLEY.
SHIRLEY f & m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "bright clearing" in Old English. This is the name of the main character in Charlotte Brontë's semi-autobiographical novel 'Shirley' (1849). The child actress Shirley Temple (1928-2014) helped to popularize this name.
SHIRLI f Hebrew
Means "song for me" in Hebrew.
SHIRO m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 四郎 (see SHIROU).
SHIROU m Japanese
From Japanese (shi) meaning "four" and (rou) meaning "son". This was traditionally a name for the fourth son. Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHIV m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
Northern Indian form of SHIVA (1).
SHIVA (1) m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit शिव (shiva) meaning "benign, kind, auspicious". Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and restoration, the husband of the mother goddess Parvati. His aspect is usually terrifying, but it can also be gentle.
SHIVA (2) f Persian
Means "charming, eloquent" in Persian.
SHIVALI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "beloved of SHIVA (1)" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
SHIZUKA f Japanese
From Japanese (shizu) meaning "quiet" combined with (ka) meaning "summer" or (ka) meaning "fragrance". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHLOMIT f Hebrew
Means "peaceful" in Hebrew.
SHLOMO m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of SOLOMON.
SHMUEL m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of SAMUEL.
SHO m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or (see SHOU).
SHOBHA f Indian, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शोभा (shobha) meaning "brilliance".
SHOHRE f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهره (see SHOHREH).
SHOHREH f Persian
Means "famous" in Persian.
SHOKUFEH f Persian
Means "blossom" in Persian.
SHOLTO m Scottish
Anglicized form of SÌOLTACH.
SHONA f Scottish
Anglicized form of SEONAG or SEÒNAID. Though unconnected, this is also the name of an ethnic group who live in southern Africa, mainly Zimbabwe.
SHONDA f English
Probably a blend of SHONA and RHONDA.
SHOSHANA f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of SUSANNA.
SHOSHANNAH f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of SUSANNA.
SHOTA m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 翔太 (see SHOUTA).
SHOU m Japanese
From Japanese (shou) meaning "soar, glide" or (shou) meaning "prize, reward". Other kanji with identical pronunciations can also form this name.
SHOUHEI m Japanese
From Japanese (shou) meaning "soar, glide" and (hei) meaning "level, even, peaceful", in addition to other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
SHOUTA m Japanese
From Japanese (shou) meaning "soar, glide" and (ta) meaning "thick, big". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
SHPRESA f Albanian
From Albanian shpresë meaning "hope".
SHPRINTZE f Yiddish (Rare)
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA. This is the name of Tevye's fourth daughter in the musical 'Fiddler on the Roof' (1964), based on the late 19th-century Yiddish stories of Sholem Aleichem.
SHQIPE f Albanian
Either from Albanian shqipe meaning "eagle" or shqip meaning "Albanian" (words that may be interrelated).
SHRAGA m Jewish
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שְׁרַגָא (see SHERAGA).
SHRESTH m Indian, Hindi
Means "most excellent, best" in Sanskrit.
SHREYA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati
Means "superior, best" in Sanskrit.
SHRI f Hinduism
Means "diffusing light, radiance, beauty" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. This word is also commonly used as a title of respect in India.
SHRIDEVI f Hinduism
From the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI combined with Sanskrit देवी (devi) meaning "goddess". This is another name of Lakshmi.
SHRINIVAS m Indian, Marathi
Means "the abode of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI combined with Sanskrit निवास (nivasa) meaning "abode, house".
SHRIPATI m Hinduism
Means "husband of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI combined with Sanskrit पति (pati) meaning "husband, lord". This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu.
SHRIVATSA m Indian, Hindi (Rare)
Means "beloved of Shri" from the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI combined with Sanskrit वत्स (vatsa) meaning "beloved, dear". This is the name of a mark on Vishnu's chest.
SHU f Chinese
From Chinese (shū) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming", besides other characters that are pronounced similarly.
SHUFEN f Chinese
From Chinese (shū) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" combined with (fēn) meaning "fragrance, aroma, perfume". Other character combinations are possible as well.
SHUG m Scottish
Scottish diminutive of HUGH.
SHUI m & f Chinese
From Chinese (shuǐ) meaning "water", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
SHUKRI m Arabic
Means "thanking" in Arabic.
SHUKRIYA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic شكريّة (see SHUKRIYYA).
SHUKRIYYA f Arabic
Feminine form of SHUKRI.
SHULA f Arabic
Means "flame" in Arabic.
SHULAMIT f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of SHULAMMITE.
SHULAMITE f Biblical
Variant of SHULAMMITE used in some versions of the Bible.
SHULAMITH f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שׁוּלַמִּית (see SHULAMIT).
SHULAMMIT f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of SHULAMMITE.
SHULAMMITE f Biblical
Derived from Hebrew שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". This name occurs in the Song of Songs in the Old Testament.
SHULMANU m Semitic Mythology
Possibly cognate with the Western Semitic god SHALIM. Shulmanu was an Eastern Semitic (Mesopotamian) god associated with battle.
SHULMANU-ASHARED m Ancient Assyrian
Original Akkadian form of SHALMANESER.
SHUN (1) f & m Chinese
From Chinese (shùn) meaning "obey, submit" or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
SHUN (2) f & m Japanese
From Japanese 駿 (shun) meaning "fast", (shun) meaning "talented", or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
SHURA f & m Russian
Russian diminutive of ALEKSANDRA or ALEKSANDR.
SHWETA f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati
Means "white" in Sanskrit.