Names Starting with S

gender
usage
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, spear, plant shoot" 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.
Shelomit f & m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Shelomith.
Shelomith f & m Biblical
Means "peaceful" in Hebrew, from שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". This is the name of several characters in the Old Testament, both female and male.
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, shepherd".
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
Variant of Sheerah used in the King James Version of 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.
Shichiro m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 七郎 (see Shichirō).
Shichirō m Japanese
From Japanese (shichi) meaning "seven" and () meaning "son". This was traditionally a name given to the seventh son. Other kanji combinations can be possible.
Shichirou m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 七郎 (see Shichirō).
Shideh f Persian
Means "bright" in Persian.
Shigeko f Japanese
From Japanese (shige) meaning "flourishing, luxuriant" or (shige) meaning "become" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Shigeo m Japanese
From Japanese (shige) meaning "lush, luxuriant" or (shige) meaning "layers, folds" combined with (o) meaning "hero, manly" or (o) meaning "male, man". Many other kanji combinations can also form this name.
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 Indigenous 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.... [more]
Shim'at f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Shimeath.
Shimeath f Biblical
Means "report, news, fame" in Hebrew, from שֵׁמַע (shema'). In the Old Testament Shimeath is the mother of one of the assassins of King Joash of Judah.
Shimei m Biblical
From Hebrew שָׁמַע (shama') meaning "to hear, to listen". This is the name of many characters in the Old Testament.
Shim'i m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Shimei.
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.
Shingo m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" or (shin) meaning "prudent, careful" combined with (go) meaning "I, me". Other combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
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.
Shinji m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (ji) meaning "officer, boss" or (ji) meaning "two". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
Shinju f Japanese
From Japanese 真珠 (shinju) meaning "pearl".
Shinobu m & f Japanese
From Japanese (shinobu) meaning "endurance, patience", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
Shinsuke m Japanese
From Japanese (shin) meaning "extend, stretch, open" or (shin) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (suke) meaning "help, assist". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji characters.
Shinta f 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.
Shion f & m Japanese
From Japanese 紫苑 (shion) meaning "aster". It can also come from (shi) meaning "poem" and (on) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations can form this name as well.
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 (the other being Puah) 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 an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "bright clearing" in Old English. This is the name of a main character in Charlotte Brontë's semi-autobiographical novel Shirley (1849). Though the name was already popular in the United States, the child actress Shirley Temple (1928-2014) gave it a further boost. By 1935 it was the second most common name for girls.
Shirli f Hebrew
Means "song for me" in Hebrew.
Shiro m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 四郎 (see Shirō).
Shirō m Japanese
From Japanese (shi) meaning "four" and () meaning "son". This was traditionally a name for the fourth son. Other kanji combinations are possible.
Shirou m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 四郎 (see Shirō).
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.
Shivani f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Derived from the god's name Shiva 1. This is an epithet Hindu goddess Parvati, the wife of Shiva.
Shizuka f Japanese
From Japanese (shizu) meaning "quiet" combined with (ka) meaning "summer" or (ka) meaning "fragrance". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Shizuko f Japanese
From Japanese (shizu) meaning "quiet" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
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 Shō).
Shō m Japanese
From Japanese (shō) meaning "soar, glide" or (shō) meaning "prize, reward". Other kanji with identical pronunciations can also form this name.
Shobha f Indian, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शोभा (shobha) meaning "brilliance".
Shōhei m Japanese
From Japanese (shō) meaning "soar, glide" and (hei) meaning "level, even, peaceful", in addition to other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
Shohre f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهره (see Shohreh).
Shohreh f Persian
Means "famous" in Persian.
Shōji m Japanese
From Japanese (shō) meaning "flourish, prosper, good" or (shō) meaning "bright, luminous" combined with (ji) meaning "two". Other combinations of kanji with the same pronunciation can also form this name.
Shokoufeh f Persian
Means "blossom" in Persian.
Shokufeh f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شکوفه (see Shokoufeh).
Sholto m Scottish
Probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic sìoltaich meaning "sower, propagator". It has occasionally been used in the Douglas family since the 17th century, after David Hume of Godscroft claimed it was the name of the 7th-century founder of the clan.
Shon m English
Variant of Shawn.
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
Invented name, probably based on the sounds found in Shawna and Rhonda.
Shoshana f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Susanna.
Shoshannah f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Susanna.
Shōta m Japanese
From Japanese (shō) meaning "soar, glide" and (ta) meaning "thick, big, great". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
Shota m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 翔太 (see Shōta).
Shou m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or (see Shō).
Shouhei m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 翔平 (see Shōhei).
Shouji m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 昌二 or 昭二 (see Shōji).
Shouta m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 翔太 (see Shōta).
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
From Albanian shqip meaning "Albanian". Additionally, the word shqipe means "eagle" in modern Albanian, a variant of older shkabë. These interrelated words are often the subject of competing claims that the one is derived from the other. The ultimate origin of shqip "Albanian" is uncertain, but it may be from shqipoj meaning "to say clearly".
Shraga m Jewish
Alternate transcription of Hebrew שְׁרַגָא (see Sheraga).
Shrek m Popular Culture
Derived from German Schreck or Yiddish שרעק (shrek) meaning "fright". This is the name of a large green ogre in the animated movie Shrek (2001) and its sequels.
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.
Shriram m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From the Sanskrit honourific श्री (shri) meaning "radiance, splendour" combined with the name of the Hindu deity Rama 1.
Shrivatsa m Indian (Rare), 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.
Shubham m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शुभ (shubha) meaning "splendid, bright, auspicious".
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 Scots
Scots diminutive of Hugh.
Shuhrat m Uzbek, Tajik
From Persian شهرت (shohrat), derived from Arabic شهرة (shuhrah) meaning "fame, reputation".
Shui m & f Chinese
From Chinese (shuǐ) meaning "water", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Shukhrat m Tajik
Alternate transcription of Tajik Шуҳрат (see Shuhrat).
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.
Shyama m & f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit श्याम (shyama) meaning "dark, black, blue". This is a transcription of the masculine form श्याम, which is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, as well as the feminine form श्यामा, one of the many names of the wife of the god Shiva. It is also the name of a Jain goddess.
Shyamal m Bengali
From Sanskrit श्यामल (shyamala), a derivative of श्याम (shyama) meaning "dark, black, blue".
Shyamala f Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Marathi
Feminine form of Shyamal.
Shyla f English (Modern)
Variant of Sheila, or a combination of the popular phonetic elements shy and la.
Shylock m Literature
Used by Shakespeare, possibly from the Hebrew name Shelach, for the primary antagonist in his play The Merchant of Venice (1596). Shylock is a Jewish moneylender who demands a pound of Antonio's flesh when he cannot repay his loan. Subsequent to the play, the name has been used as an ethnic slur for a Jewish person and a slang term for a loan shark.
Siamion m Belarusian
Belarusian form of Simon 1.
Siân f Welsh
Welsh form of Jane.
Siana f Welsh
Diminutive of Siân.
Siani f Welsh
Diminutive of Siân.
Siarhei m Belarusian
Belarusian form of Sergius.
Siarl m Welsh
Welsh form of Charles.
Siavash m Persian, Persian Mythology
Persian form of Avestan 𐬯𐬌𐬌𐬁𐬎𐬎𐬀𐬭𐬱𐬀𐬥 (Siiāuuarshan) meaning "possessing black stallions". This was the name of a virtuous prince in Iranian mythology. He appears briefly in the Avesta, with a longer account recorded in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
Siavush m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian سیاوش (see Siavash).
Sib m Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali শিব (see Shib).
Sibéal f Irish
Irish form of Isabel.
Sibilla f Italian
Italian form of Sibylla.
Sibonakaliso m & f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu isibonakaliso meaning "sign, token, proof".
Sibongile f Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "we are thankful" in Zulu and Ndebele, from bonga "to thank".
Sibusisiwe f Southern African, Ndebele
Means "we are blessed" in Ndebele.
Sibusiso m Southern African, Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele
Means "blessed" in Zulu, Swazi and Ndebele, from busisa "to bless".
Sibyl f English
From Greek Σίβυλλα (Sibylla), meaning "prophetess, sibyl". In Greek and Roman legend the sibyls were female prophets who practiced at different holy sites in the ancient world. In later Christian theology, the sibyls were thought to have divine knowledge and were revered in much the same way as the Old Testament prophets. Because of this, the name came into general use in the Christian world during the Middle Ages. The Normans imported it to England, where it was spelled both Sibyl and Sybil. It became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was revived in the 19th century, perhaps helped by Benjamin Disraeli's novel Sybil (1845).
Sibylla f Late Roman, German
Latinate form of Sibyl.
Sibylle f German, French
German and French form of Sibyl.
Sid m English
Short form of Sidney.
Siddhartha m Sanskrit, Bengali
Means "one who has accomplished a goal", derived from Sanskrit सिद्ध (siddha) meaning "accomplished" and अर्थ (artha) meaning "goal". Siddhartha Gautama was the real name of Buddha.
Siddhi f Indian, Marathi
Means "accomplishment, success, attainment" in Sanskrit, referring to spiritual or psychic powers attained through meditation or yoga.
Siddiq m Arabic, Urdu
Means "honest, truthful" in Arabic, derived from the root صدق (sadaqa) meaning "to tell the truth".
Siddiqa f Arabic (Rare), Urdu
Feminine form of Siddiq.
Sidik m Indonesian
Indonesian form of Siddiq.
Sıdıka f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Siddiq.
Sidiki m Western African
Form of Siddiq typical of western Africa.
Sidney m & f English
From the English surname Sidney. It was first used as a given name in honour of executed politician Algernon Sidney (1622-1683). Another notable bearer of the surname was the poet and statesman Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586).... [more]
Sidonia f Late Roman, Georgian
Feminine form of Sidonius. This is the name of a legendary saint from Georgia. She and her father Abiathar were supposedly converted by Saint Nino from Judaism to Christianity.
Sidonie f French
French feminine form of Sidonius.
Sidónio m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Sidonius.
Sidonius m Late Roman
Latin name meaning "of Sidon". Sidon was an ancient Phoenician city corresponding to modern-day Saida in Lebanon. This name was borne by the 5th-century saint Sidonius Apollinaris, a 5th-century bishop of Clermont.
Sidony f English (Archaic)
Feminine form of Sidonius. This name was in use in the Middle Ages, when it became associated with the word sindon (of Greek origin) meaning "linen", a reference to the Shroud of Turin.
Sidsel f Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish variant form of Cecilia.
Sieffre m Welsh
Welsh form of Geoffrey.
Siegbert m German
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and beraht "bright". This was the name of several Frankish kings, including the 7th-century Sigebert III of Austrasia who is regarded as a saint.
Sieger m Dutch (Rare)
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and heri "army".
Siegfried m German, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and fridu "peace". Siegfried was a hero from German legend, the chief character in the Nibelungenlied. He secretly helped the Burgundian king Gunther overcome the challenges set out by the Icelandic queen Brunhild so that Gunther might win her hand. In exchange, Gunther consented to the marriage of Siegfried and his sister Kriemhild. Years later, after a dispute between Brunhild and Kriemhild, Siegfried was murdered by Hagen with Gunther's consent. He was stabbed in his one vulnerable spot on the small of his back, which had been covered by a leaf while he bathed in dragon's blood. He is a parallel to the Norse hero Sigurd. The story was later adapted by Richard Wagner to form part of his opera The Ring of the Nibelung (1876).
Sieghard m German
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and hart "hard, firm, brave, hardy".
Sieghild f German (Rare)
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and hilt "battle".
Sieglinde f German, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and lind "soft, flexible, tender". Sieglinde was the mother of Siegfried in the medieval German saga the Nibelungenlied.
Siegmar m German
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and mari "famous".
Siegmund m German
German variant of Sigmund.
Siegward m German (Rare)
German form of Sigiward, the continental Germanic cognate of Sigurd.
Siem m Dutch
Dutch short form of Simon 1.
Siemen m Dutch, Frisian
Dutch and Frisian form of Simon 1.
Siena f English (Modern)
Variant of Sienna, with the spelling perhaps influenced by that of the Italian city.
Sienna f English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "orange-red". It is ultimately from the name of the city of Siena in Italy, because of the colour of the clay there.
Sierra f English (Modern)
Means "mountain range" in Spanish, referring specifically to a mountain range with jagged peaks.
Siet m Frisian (Archaic)
Meaning uncertain, perhaps originally a short form of names beginning with the Old German element sigu meaning "victory".
Sietse m Frisian
Diminutive of Siet.
Sietske f Frisian
Feminine diminutive of Siet.
Sieuwerd m Dutch (Rare)
Dutch form of Sigiward, the Germanic cognate of Sigurd.
Sievert m Low German (Rare)
Low German form of Sigiward, the Germanic cognate of Sigurd.
Sif f Norse Mythology, Danish, Icelandic
Old Norse, Danish and Icelandic form of Siv.
Sifiso m Southern African, Zulu
Means "wish" in Zulu.
Sigal f Hebrew
Means "violet flower" in Hebrew.
Sigalit f Hebrew
Variant of Sigal.
Sigdag m Germanic
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and tag "day".
Sigeberht m Anglo-Saxon
Means "bright victory", derived from Old English sige "victory" and beorht "bright" (a cognate of Siegbert). This was the name of a king of Wessex. The name fell out of use after the Norman Conquest.
Sigeweard m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements sige "victory" and weard "guard, guardian", making it a cognate of Sigurd.
Sigfrid 1 m Swedish (Rare)
Swedish form of Siegfried. This was the name of an 11th-century saint from England who did missionary work in Scandinavia.
Sigfrid 2 f Norwegian (Rare)
Norwegian variant of Sigrid.
Sigfrido m Italian (Rare), Spanish (Rare)
Italian and Spanish form of Siegfried.
Sigfrøðr m Old Norse
From the Old Norse elements sigr "victory" and friðr "peace, love". It is a cognate of Siegfried.
Sigge m Swedish
Diminutive of Sigurd, Sigfrid 1, and other Old German names beginning with the element sigu meaning "victory".
Sigi m & f German
Diminutive of Siegfried, Sieglinde, and other Old German names beginning with the element sigu meaning "victory".
Sigiberhtaz m Old Germanic (Hypothetical)
Proto-Germanic reconstruction of Sigibert and Sigeberht.
Sigibert m Germanic
Old German form of Siegbert.
Sigifrid m Germanic
Old German form of Siegfried.
Sigifriþuz m Old Germanic (Hypothetical)
Proto-Germanic reconstruction of Sigifrid and Sigfrøðr.
Sigihard m Germanic
Old German form of Sieghard.
Sigiheri m Germanic
Old German form of Sieger.
Sigihild f Germanic
Old German form of Sieghild.
Sigilina f Germanic
Old German form of Ségolène.
Sigilind f Germanic
Old German form of Sieglinde.
Sigimar m Germanic
Old German form of Siegmar.
Sigimund m Germanic
Old German form of Sigmund.
Sigimundaz m Old Germanic (Hypothetical)
Proto-Germanic reconstruction of Sigimund and Sigmundr.
Sigismund m German (Rare), Germanic
Form of Sigmund in which the first element is sigis, an extended form of sigu. Saint Sigismund was a 6th-century king of the Burgundians. This was also the name of kings of Poland and a ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.
Sigiwald m Germanic
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and walt "power, authority".
Sigiward m Germanic
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and wart "guard, guardian". It is a cognate of Sigurd.
Sigiwardaz m Old Germanic (Hypothetical)
Proto-Germanic reconstruction of Sigurðr, Sigeweard and Sigiward.
Sigmund m German, Norwegian, English, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old German elements sigu "victory" and munt "protection" (or in the case of the Scandinavian cognate, from Old Norse sigr and mundr). An early variant of this name was Sigismund, borne by a 6th-century saint and king of the Burgundians. In the Norse Völsungasaga Sigmund is the hero Sigurd's father, the bearer of the powerful sword Gram. A notable bearer was the Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the creator of the revolutionary theory of psychoanalysis.
Sigmundur m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Sigmund.
Signe f Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Estonian, Latvian
Modern Scandinavian form of Signý.
Signy f Norwegian
Norwegian variant form of Signý.
Signý f Old Norse, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse name that was derived from the elements sigr "victory" and nýr "new". In Norse legend she was the twin sister of Sigmund and the wife of Siggeir.
Sigourney f English
From an English surname that was derived from the French town of Sigournais, called Segurniacum in medieval Latin, itself of unknown meaning. The American actress Sigourney Weaver (1949-), real name Susan, adopted this name in 1963 after the minor character Sigourney Howard in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby (1925).
Sigrid f Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Estonian, Finnish (Archaic)
From the Old Norse name Sigríðr, which was derived from the elements sigr "victory" and fríðr "beautiful, beloved".
Sigríðr f Old Norse
Old Norse form of Sigrid.
Sigrún f Old Norse, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements sigr "victory" and rún "secret lore, rune". This was the name of a valkyrie in Norse legend.
Sigrun f Norwegian, German
Norwegian form of Sigrún.
Sigsteinn m Old Norse
Old Norse form of Sixten.
Sigurd m Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse name Sigurðr, which was derived from the elements sigr "victory" and vǫrðr "guard, guardian". Sigurd was the hero of the Norse epic the Völsungasaga, which tells how his foster-father Regin sent him to recover a hoard of gold guarded by the dragon Fafnir. After slaying the dragon Sigurd tasted some of its blood, enabling him to understand the language of birds, who told him that Regin was planning to betray him. In a later adventure, Sigurd disguised himself as Gunnar (his wife Gudrun's brother) and rescued the maiden Brynhildr from a ring of fire, with the result that Gunnar and Brynhildr were married. When the truth eventually came out, Brynhildr took revenge upon Sigurd. The stories of the German hero Siegfried were in part based on him.
Sigurður m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Sigurd.
Sigvard m Swedish
Swedish form of Sigiward, the continental Germanic cognate of Sigurd.
Siim m Estonian
Estonian form of Simon 1, originally a short form but now used independently.
Siiri f Estonian, Finnish
Estonian and Finnish diminutive of Sigrid.
Sikandar m Urdu, Pashto
Urdu and Pashto form of Alexander.
Sikke m Frisian
Originally a short form of names beginning with the Old German element sigu meaning "victory".
Sıla f Turkish
Means "reunion, arrival" in Turkish.
Silas m English, Greek, Danish, German, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
The name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. It is probably a short form of Silvanus, a name that Paul calls him by in the epistles. It is possible that Silvanus and Silas were Latin and Greek forms of the Hebrew name Saul (via Aramaic).... [more]
Síle f Irish
Irish form of Cecilia.
Sìleas f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Cecilia.
Silenus m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Σειληνός (Seilenos), of unknown meaning. In Greek mythology he was a companion and teacher of Dionysos, often depicted as an intoxicated, portly old man.
Silja f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of Cecilia.
Silje f Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish diminutive of Cecilia.
Silke f German, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of Celia or Cecilia.
Sille f Danish
Danish diminutive of Cecilia.
Silouanos m Biblical Greek
Form of Silvanus used in the Greek New Testament.
Silpa f Biblical German
German form of Zilpah.
Silva f Bulgarian, Slovene
Short form of Silviya or Silvija.
Silvan m German (Swiss)
German form of Silvanus.
Silvana f Italian
Italian feminine form of Silvanus.
Silvano m Italian
Italian form of Silvanus.
Silvanus m Roman Mythology, Ancient Roman, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Roman cognomen meaning "of the woods", derived from Latin silva meaning "wood, forest". Silvanus was the Roman god of forests. This name appears in the New Testament belonging to one of Saint Paul's companions, also called Silas.
Silver m & f English (Rare)
From the English word for the precious metal or the colour, ultimately derived from Old English seolfor.
Silvério m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Silverius.
Silverio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Silverius.
Silverius m Late Roman
Probably from Latin silva meaning "wood, forest" (compare Silvanus, Silvester and Silvius). This name was borne by a 6th-century pope who served for less than a year but is considered a saint.
Silvester m Slovak, Slovene, Serbian, German, English, Late Roman
From a Latin name meaning "wooded, wild", derived from silva "wood, forest". This was the name of three popes, including Saint Silvester I who supposedly baptized the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine the Great. As an English name, Silvester (or Sylvester) has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it became less common after the Protestant Reformation.
Silvestr m Czech, Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian form of Silvester.