ADDISON f & m English
From an English surname meaning "son of ADAM"
. Its recent popularity as a feminine name stems from its similarity in sound to Madison
AONGHUS m Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Possibly meaning "one strength"
derived from Irish óen
"one" and gus
"force, strength, energy". Aonghus (sometimes surnamed Mac Og
meaning "young son") was the Irish god of love and youth. The name was also borne by an 8th-century Pictish king and several Irish kings.
ASHURBANIPAL m Ancient Assyrian (Anglicized)
From Akkadian Ashur-bani-apli
meaning "ASHUR is creator of a son"
. This was the name of one of the final kings of the Assyrian Empire, reigning late in the 7th century BC. He appears in the Old Testament under the name Asnappar
BARTHOLOMEW m English, Biblical
From Βαρθολομαῖος (Bartholomaios)
, which was the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of TALMAI"
. In the New Testament Bartholomew
is the byname of an apostle, possibly the same person as the apostle Nathanael
. According to tradition he was a missionary to India before returning westward to Armenia, where he was martyred by flaying. Due to the popularity of this saint the name became common in England during the Middle Ages.
BENJAMIN m English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Biblical
From the Hebrew name בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin)
meaning "son of the south"
or "son of the right hand"
, from the roots בֵּן (ben)
meaning "son" and יָמִין (yamin)
meaning "right hand, south". Benjamin in the Old Testament was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob
and the founder of one of the southern tribes of the Hebrews. He was originally named בֶּן־אוֹנִי (Ben-'oni)
meaning "son of my sorrow" by his mother Rachel
, who died shortly after childbirth, but it was later changed by his father (see Genesis 35:18
BEVAN m Welsh
From a Welsh surname that was derived from ap Evan
meaning "son of EVAN"
CADEN m English (Modern)
Sometimes explained as a derivative of the Irish surname Caden
, which is a reduced form of the Irish Gaelic Mac Cadáin
meaning "son of Cadán"
. In actuality, its popularity in America beginning in the 1990s is due to its sound - it shares its fashionable den
suffix sound with other popular names like Hayden
CLANCY m Irish, English (Rare)
From the Irish surname Mac Fhlannchaidh
, which means "son of Flannchadh"
. The Irish name Flannchadh
means "red warrior".
CORMAC m Irish
Possibly derived from Irish Gaelic corb
"raven" or "wheel" and mac
"son". This was the name of a 3rd-century king of Ireland.
DARA (1) m Irish
From the Irish Mac Dara
, which means "son of oak"
. This was the name of a 6th-century saint from Connemara. It is also used as an Anglicized form of DÁIRE
DAWSON m English
From a surname meaning "son of DAVID"
. This name was popularized in the late 1990s by the television drama Dawson's Creek
DUMUZI m Sumerian Mythology
From Sumerian 𒌉 (dumu)
meaning "son, child" and 𒍣 (zid)
meaning "true, loyal". This was the name of a Sumerian god of shepherds and vegetation, the husband of Inanna
. He was said to spend half of each year in the underworld, resulting in the yearly cycle of seasons. He was known to the Semitic peoples of Mesopotamia as Tammuz
EDISON m English
From an English surname that meant either "son of EDA (2)"
or "son of ADAM"
. A famous bearer of the surname was the inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931).
EMERSON m & f English
From an English surname meaning "son of EMERY"
. The surname was borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American writer and philosopher who wrote about transcendentalism.
FIGARO m Literature
Created by playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais for the central character in his plays The Barber of Seville
(1775), The Marriage of Figaro
(1784) and The Guilty Mother
(1792). Beaumarchais may have based the character's name on the French phrase fils Caron
meaning "son of Caron"
, which was his own nickname and would have been pronounced in a similar way. In modern French the word figaro
has acquired the meaning "barber", reflecting the character's profession.
FITZ m English (Rare)
Short form of various given names that are derived from surnames beginning with Norman French fitz
meaning "son of"
(for example FITZROY
FITZROY m English (Rare)
From an English surname meaning "son of the king"
in Old French, originally given to illegitimate sons of monarchs.
GILROY m Irish, Scottish
From an Irish surname, either Mac Giolla Ruaidh
, which means "son of the red-haired servant"
, or Mac Giolla Rí
, which means "son of the king's servant"
GORŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 五 (go)
meaning "five" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This was traditionally a name for the fifth son. Different combinations of kanji are also possible.
GRAYSON m English (Modern)
From an English surname meaning "son of the steward"
, derived from Middle English greyve
HACHIRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 八 (hachi)
meaning "eight" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This was traditionally a name for the eighth son. Other kanji combinations are also possible.
HÅKON m Norwegian
Modern Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Hákon
, which meant "high son"
"high" and konr
"son, descendant". This was the name of seven kings of Norway.
HARRISON m English
From an English surname that meant "son of HARRY"
. This was the surname of two American presidents, William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) and his grandson Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901). The actor Harrison Ford (1942-), who starred in such movies as Star Wars
and Indiana Jones
, is a famous bearer.
HUDSON m English
From an English surname meaning "son of HUDDE"
. A famous bearer of the surname was the English explorer Henry Hudson (1570-1611).
ICHIRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 一 (ichi)
meaning "one" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This was traditionally a name given to the first son. Other combinations of kanji characters are also possible.
JACKSON m English
From an English surname meaning "son of JACK"
. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Andrew Jackson (1767-1845).
JEFFERSON m English
From an English surname meaning "son of JEFFREY"
. It is usually given in honour of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third president of the United States and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
JIRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 二 (ji)
meaning "two" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This was traditionally a name given to the second son. Other combinations of kanji characters can also be possible.
JŪRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 十 (jū)
meaning "ten" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". Traditionally this name was given to the tenth son. Other combinations of kanji characters are possible as well.
KATSURŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 勝 (katsu)
meaning "victory" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". Different kanji characters can combine to form this name as well.
KENDRICK m English
From a surname that has several different origins. It could be from the Old English given names Cyneric
"royal power" or Cenric
"bold power", or from the Welsh name Cynwrig
"chief hero". It can also be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Mac Eanraig
meaning "son of HENRY
KERMIT m English
From a Manx surname, a variant of the Irish surname MacDermott
meaning "son of DIARMAID"
. Theodore Roosevelt used it for one of his sons. The name is now associated with Kermit the Frog, one of the Muppets created by puppeteer Jim Henson.
KICHIRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (kichi)
meaning "good luck" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
KUMARA m Hinduism
Derived from Sanskrit कुमार (kumara)
meaning "boy, son"
. In Hindu texts this is an epithet of both the fire god Agni
and the war god Skanda
KURŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 九 (ku)
meaning "nine" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This name was traditionally given to the ninth son. Other combinations of kanji characters are also possible.
MACAULAY m English (British)
From a surname, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh
meaning "son of Amhalghadh"
, itself a given name of unknown meaning. A famous bearer of the surname was Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1861), a British Whig politician and noted historian. The given name is borne by the American former child actor Macaulay Culkin (1980-), who was named after the British politician.
MACBETH m History
Anglicized form of the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha
meaning "son of life"
, implying holiness. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king. Shakespeare based his play Macbeth
loosely on this king's life.
MACK (1) m English
From a surname that was originally a shortened form of various Gaelic surnames beginning with Mac
(from Gaelic mac
meaning "son"). It is also used as a generic slang term for a man.
MACKENZIE f & m English
From the Gaelic surname Mac Coinnich
, which means "son of COINNEACH"
. A famous bearer of the surname was William Lyon MacKenzie (1795-1861), a Canadian journalist and political rebel. As a feminine given name, it was popularized by the American actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959-). In the United Kingdom it is more common as a masculine name.
MADDOX m English (Modern)
From a Welsh surname meaning "son of MADOC"
. It was brought to public attention when the actress Angelina Jolie gave this name to her adopted son in 2002.
MADISON f & m English
From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD"
. It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie Splash
(1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. It was ranked second for girls in the United States by 2001. This rise from obscurity to prominence in only 18 years represents an unprecedented 550,000 percent increase in usage.... [more]
MCKINLEY f & m English
From a surname, the Gaelic form of which is Mac Fhionnlaigh
meaning "son of FIONNLAGH"
. A famous bearer was the assassinated American president William McKinley (1843-1901).
MOACIR m Native American, Tupi
Possibly means "son of pain"
in Tupi. This is the name of the son of Iracema
and Martim in the novel Iracema
(1865) by José de Alencar.
MOSES m English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh)
, which is most likely derived from Egyptian mes
, but could also possibly mean "deliver"
in Hebrew. The meaning suggested in the Old Testament of "drew out"
from Hebrew משה (mashah)
is probably an invented etymology (see Exodus 2:10
NABOPOLASSAR m Babylonian (Anglicized)
From the Akkadian name Nabu-apla-usur
meaning "Nabu protect my son"
, derived from the god's name NABU
combined with aplu
meaning "son, heir" and an imperative form of naṣāru
meaning "to protect". This was the name of a 7th-century BC king of the Babylonian Empire, the first of the Chaldean dynasty.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR m Babylonian (Anglicized), Biblical
From נְבוּכַדְנֶאצֲּר (Nevukhadnetzzar)
, the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Nabu-kudurri-usur
meaning "Nabu protect my eldest son", derived from the god's name NABU
combined with kudurru
meaning "eldest son" and an imperative form of naṣāru
meaning "to protect". This name was borne by a 12th-century BC king of the Babylonian Empire. It was also borne by a 6th-century BC king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. He captured Jerusalem, and ultimately destroyed the city's temple and deported many of its citizens, as told in the Old Testament.
NEELY m English
From a Scottish surname, an Anglicized form of Mac an Fhilidh
meaning "son of the poet"
NELSON m English
From an English surname meaning "son of NEIL"
. It was originally given in honour of the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). His most famous battle was the Battle of Trafalgar, in which he destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, but was himself killed. Another notable bearer was the South African statesman Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). Mandela's birth name was Rolihlahla
; as a child he was given the English name Nelson
by a teacher.
NIXON m English (Modern)
From an English surname meaning "son of NICK"
. It was borne by the American president Richard Nixon (1913-1994).
PARRY m Welsh
From a Welsh surname that was derived from ap Harry
meaning "son of HARRY"
PERRY m English
From a surname that is either English or Welsh in origin. It can be derived from Middle English perrie
meaning "pear tree", or else from Welsh ap Herry
, meaning "son of HERRY
". A famous bearer of the surname was Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who opened Japan to the West.
PRICE m Welsh
From a Welsh surname that was derived from ap Rhys
meaning "son of RHYS"
REUBEN m Biblical, Hebrew, English
Means "behold, a son"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the eldest son of Jacob
and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Reuben was cursed by his father because he slept with Jacob's concubine Bilhah
. It has been used as a Christian name in Britain since the Protestant Reformation.
ROKURŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 六 (roku)
meaning "six" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This name was traditionally given to the sixth son. Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
SABURŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 三 (sabu)
meaning "three" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This was traditionally a name for the third son. Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
SHAPOUR m Persian
Means "son of the king"
in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
SHICHIRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 七 (shichi)
meaning "seven" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This was traditionally a name given to the seventh son. Other kanji combinations can be possible.
SHIRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 四 (shi)
meaning "four" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". This was traditionally a name for the fourth son. Other kanji combinations are possible.
TARŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are possible.
TAVISH m Scottish
Anglicized form of Thàmhais
, vocative case of TÀMHAS
. Alternatively it could be taken from the Scottish surname MacTavish
, Anglicized form of Mac Tàmhais
, meaning "son of Thomas".
TENNYSON m English (Rare)
From an English surname that meant "son of Tenney"
being a medieval form of DENIS
. A notable bearer of the surname was British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).
WATSON m English
From an English surname meaning "son of WAT"
. A famous fictional bearer of the surname was Dr. Watson, the assistant to Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mystery stories beginning in 1887.
WILSON m English
From an English surname meaning "son of WILLIAM"
. The surname was borne by Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the American president during World War I.
XIMENO m Medieval Spanish
Medieval Spanish or Basque name of uncertain meaning. It is possibly a form of SIMON (1)
, though it may in fact derive from Basque seme
YANCY m & f English
From a surname, which was an Americanized form of the Dutch surname Jansen
meaning "JAN (1)'s son"
YOSHIRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 義 (yoshi)
meaning "righteous" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
ZÉTÉNY m Hungarian
Possibly from the old Slavic root zeti