STEPHEN m English, Biblical
From the Greek name Στέφανος (Stephanos)
meaning "crown, wreath"
, more precisely "that which surrounds"
. Saint Stephen was a deacon who was stoned to death, as told in Acts in the New Testament. He is regarded as the first Christian martyr. Due to him, the name became common in the Christian world. It was popularized in England by the Normans.... [more]
STERLING m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from city of Stirling, which is itself of unknown meaning. The name can also be given in reference to the English word sterling
meaning "excellent". In this case, the word derives from sterling silver, which was so named because of the emblem that some Norman coins bore, from Old English meaning "little star".
STEVE m English
Short form of STEVEN
. A notable bearer was American technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs (1955-2011).
STEVEN m English, Dutch
Medieval English variant of STEPHEN
, and a Dutch variant of STEFAN
. The filmmaker Steven Spielberg (1946-), director of E.T.
and Indiana Jones
, is a famous bearer of this name.
STRIBOG m Slavic Mythology
Possibly means "flowing god"
in Slavic. Stribog was the Slavic god of the wind, cold, ice and frost.
STUART m English, Scottish
From an occupational surname originally belonging to a person who was a steward. It is ultimately derived from Old English stig
"house" and weard
"guard". As a given name, it arose in 19th-century Scotland in honour of the Stuart royal family, which produced several kings and queens of Scotland and Britain between the 14th and 18th centuries.
STYLIANOS m Greek, Late Greek
Derived from Greek στῦλος (stylos)
. Saint Stylianos was a 7th-century hermit from Adrianopolis in Asia Minor who is regarded as a patron saint of children.
SU (2) f & m Chinese
From Chinese 素 (sù)
meaning "plain, simple" or 肃 (sù)
meaning "respectful", besides other characters pronounced in a similar way.
SU-BIN f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 秀 (su)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" combined with 斌 (bin)
meaning "refined". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SUELLEN f English
Contraction of SUSAN
and ELLEN (1)
. Margaret Mitchell used this name in her novel Gone with the Wind
(1936), where it belongs to Scarlett's sister.
SUERO m Medieval Spanish
Medieval Spanish form of Suerius
, probably a Latinized form of a Germanic name composed of an unknown first element combined with hari
SUHA f Arabic
Means "forgotten, overlooked"
in Arabic. Al-Suha
(also called Alcor
) is the name of a star in the constellation Ursa Major.
SUHAIL m Arabic, Urdu
Derived from Arabic سَهُلَ (sahula)
meaning "level, even"
. This is the Arabic name of the second brightest star in the sky, known in the western world as Canopus.
SUHARTO m Indonesian, Javanese
From Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good" and अर्थ (artha)
meaning "wealth, property" (borrowed into Indonesian as harta
). This was the name of an Indonesian general (1921-2008) who seized power to become the country's second president.
SUIJIN m Japanese Mythology
From Japanese 水 (sui)
meaning "water" and 神 (jin)
meaning "god, spirit". This is the name of the god (or gods) of water, lakes and pools in Japanese mythology.
SU-JIN f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 收 (su)
meaning "gather, harvest" or 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 珍 (jin)
meaning "precious, rare". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
SUK m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 석
SUKARNO m Indonesian, Javanese
From the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with the name of the mythological hero KARNA
. Sukarno (1901-1970), who did not have a surname, was the first president of Indonesia.
SUKHON f Thai
Means "fragrance, pleasant smell"
in Thai, ultimately of Pali origin.
SUK-JA f Korean
From Sino-Korean 淑 (suk)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" and 子 (ja)
meaning "child". Other hanja characters can form this name as well. Korean feminine names ending with the character 子
(a fashionable name suffix in Japan, read as -ko
in Japanese) declined in popularity after 1945 when Korea was liberated from Japanese rule.
SÜLEYMAN m Turkish
Turkish form of SOLOMON
. Süleyman the Magnificent was a sultan of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. He expanded Ottoman territory into Europe and Persia, reformed the government, and completed several great building projects.
SULLIVAN m English
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Súileabháin
meaning "descendant of Súileabhán"
. The name Súileabhán
means "little dark eye" in Irish.
SULTAN m & f Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali, Avar
Means "ruler, king, sultan"
in Arabic. In the Arab world this name is typically masculine, but Turkey it is given to both boys and girls.
SUMANTRA m Bengali
Means "following good advice"
, from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with मन्त्र (mantra)
meaning "instrument of thought, prayer, advice".
SUMATI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "wise, good mind"
, derived from Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good" and मति (mati)
meaning "mind, thought". In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
this is the name of King Sagara's second wife, who bore him 60,000 children.
SUMAYYA f Arabic
Means "high above"
in Arabic. This was the name of the first martyr for Islam.
SUMIKO f Japanese
From Japanese 澄 (sumi)
meaning "clear" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SUMMANUS m Roman Mythology
Means "before the morning"
, derived from Latin sub
"under, before" and mane
"morning". Summanus was the Roman god of the night sky and night lightning, a nocturnal counterpart to Jupiter
SUMMER f English
From the name of the season, ultimately from Old English sumor
. It has been in use as a given name since the 1970s.
SUNA f Turkish
From the Turkish word for a type of duck, the shelduck (genus Tadorna).
SUNAN m & f Thai
Possibly means "good word"
SUNČANA f Croatian
From Croatian sunčan
, a derivative of sunce
SUNDARA m Hinduism
Derived from Sanskrit सुन्दर (sundara)
. This is the name of several minor characters in Hindu texts, and is also another name of the Hindu god Krishna
SUNDAY f English
From the name of the day of the week, which ultimately derives from Old English sunnandæg
, which was composed of the elements sunne
"sun" and dæg
SUNIL m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
From Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good, very" combined with नील (nila)
meaning "dark blue".
SUNITA f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "well conducted, wise"
, derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with नीत (nita)
meaning "conducted, led". In Hindu legend this is the name of the daughter of King Anga of Bengal.
SUNITI f Indian, Hindi
Means "good conduct"
from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with नीति (niti)
meaning "guidance, moral conduct".
SUNNIVA f Norwegian
Scandinavian form of the Old English name Sunngifu
, which meant "sun gift"
from the Old English elements sunne
"sun" and giefu
"gift". This was the name of a legendary English saint who was shipwrecked in Norway and killed by the inhabitants.
SUNNY f & m English
From the English word meaning "sunny, cheerful"
SUNSHINE f English
From the English word, ultimately from Old English sunne
"sun" and scinan
SUOMA f Finnish
Derived from Finnish Suomi
SUSAN f English
English variant of SUSANNA
. This has been most common spelling since the 18th century. It was especially popular both in the United States and the United Kingdom from the 1940s to the 1960s. A notable bearer was the American feminist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906).
SUSANNA f Italian, Catalan, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
From Σουσάννα (Sousanna)
, the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah)
. This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan)
(in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"
), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn
"lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel
clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministers to Jesus
SUSANOO m Japanese Mythology
Of Japanese origin, possibly meaning "wild male, impetuous male"
. In Japanese mythology he was the god of storms and the sea, as well as the brother and adversary of the goddess Amaterasu
. He was born when Izanagi
washed his nose after returning from the underworld. After he was banished from the heavens, he descended to earth and slew an eight-headed dragon.
SUSUMU m Japanese
From Japanese 進 (susumu)
meaning "advance, make progress", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
SUZU f Japanese
From Japanese 鈴 (suzu)
meaning "bell" or other kanji having the same pronunciation.
SUZUME f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 雀 (suzume)
meaning "sparrow", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations that are pronounced the same way.
SVANTEPOLK m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of SVYATOPOLK
. It was borne by the prominent 13th-century Swedish nobleman Svantepolk Knutsson. He may have been named after a relative of his Pomeranian mother.
SVAROG m Slavic Mythology
Derived from Slavic svar
meaning "bright, clear"
. This was the name of the Slavic god of the sky and sun. He was originally the supreme god in Slavic mythology.
SVEA f Swedish
From a personification of the country of Sweden, in use since the 17th century. It is a derivative of Svear
, the Swedish name for the ancient Germanic tribe the Swedes. The Swedish name of the country of Sweden is Sverige
, a newer form of Svear rike
meaning "the realm of the Svear".
SVERRE m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Sverrir
meaning "wild, swinging, spinning"
SVETOVID m Slavic Mythology
Derived from the Slavic elements svetu
"blessed, holy" and vidu
"sight, view". This was the name of a four-headed Slavic god of war and light.
SVEVA f Italian
Possibly from the name of the Germanic tribe of the Suebi (svevo
SWARNA m & f Indian, Telugu, Hindi
Means "good colour"
, a contraction of the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" and वर्ण (varna)
meaning "colour". This is a transcription of both the masculine form स्वर्ण
and the feminine form स्वर्णा
SWATI f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From the Indian name of the third brightest star in the night sky, called Arcturus in the western world.
SWITHIN m History
From the Old English name Swiðhun
, derived from swiþ
"strong" and perhaps hun
"bear cub". Saint Swithin was a 9th-century bishop of Winchester.
SYBIL f English
Variant of SIBYL
. This spelling variation has existed since the Middle Ages.
SYDNEY f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of the surname SIDNEY
. This is the name of the largest city in Australia, which was named for Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney in 1788. Since the 1990s this name has been mainly feminine.
SYLVAN m English
Either a variant of SILVANUS
or directly from the Latin word silva
meaning "wood, forest"
SZABOLCS m Hungarian
Meaning unknown, possibly from a Slavic word meaning "marten"
. It was borne by a leader of the Magyars at the time of Árpád
. This is now the name of a region in Hungary.