AELLA f Greek Mythology
in Greek. In Greek myth this was the name of an Amazon warrior killed by Herakles
during his quest for Hippolyta's girdle.
AIOLOS m Greek Mythology
Means "quick-moving, nimble"
in Greek. This was the name of the Greek god of the winds.
AMON m Egyptian Mythology (Anglicized)
From Ἄμμων (Ammon)
, the Greek form of Egyptian jmn
(reconstructed as Yamanu
) meaning "the hidden one"
. In early Egyptian mythology he was a god of the air, creativity and fertility, who was particularly revered in Thebes. Later, during the Middle Kingdom, his attributes were combined with those of the god Ra
and he was worshipped as the supreme solar deity Amon-Ra
AN (2) m Sumerian Mythology
Means "heaven, sky"
in Sumerian. An was the supreme Sumerian god of the heavens, the father of Enlil
. His cuneiform sign 𒀭 (dingir)
was prefixed to the names of other deities in writing, though it was not pronounced.
ANIL m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit अनिल (anila)
meaning "air, wind"
. This is another name of Vayu
, the Hindu god of the wind.
ARACELI f Spanish
Means "altar of the sky"
from Latin ara
"altar" and coeli
"sky". This is an epithet of the Virgin Mary
in her role as the patron saint of Lucena, Spain.
ARIA (1) f English (Modern)
Means "song, melody"
in Italian (literally means "air"). An aria is an elaborate vocal solo, the type usually performed in operas. As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century. It is not common in Italy.
AUSTER m Roman Mythology
in Latin (descended from an Indo-European root meaning "dawn", making it related to the English word east
). Auster was the Roman god of the south wind.
AYAZ m Turkish, Azerbaijani, Urdu
From Turkish and Azerbaijani ayaz
or "dry and cold air"
. This was the name of a slave and later companion of the 11th-century sultan Mahmud of Ghazni.
BORA (1) m Turkish
Means "storm, squall"
in Turkish, ultimately related to Greek Βορέας (Boreas)
, the name of the god of the north wind.
CORENTIN m Breton, French
Possibly means "hurricane"
in Breton. This was the name of a 5th-century bishop of Quimper in Brittany.
ENLIL m Sumerian Mythology
From Sumerian 𒂗 (en)
meaning "lord" and possibly 𒆤 (lil)
meaning "wind". Enlil was the Sumerian god of the wind and storms, the son of An
. He was later worshipped by the Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and other Mesopotamian peoples.
ERA f Albanian
Derived from Albanian erë
ETERI f Georgian
Means "ether, air"
in Georgian. This name features in the Georgian opera Abesalom and Eteri
EVE f English, Biblical
From the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah)
, which was derived from the Hebrew word חָוָה (chawah)
meaning "to breathe"
or the related word חָיָה (chayah)
meaning "to live"
. According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis, Eve and Adam
were the first humans. God created her from one of Adam's ribs to be his companion. At the urging of a serpent she ate the forbidden fruit and shared some with Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden
FRIGG f Norse Mythology
in Old Norse, ultimately derived from Indo-European *pri
"to love". In Norse mythology she was the goddess of the earth, air and fertility, and the wife of Odin
. Some scholars believe that she and the goddess Freya
share a common origin.
GÖKHAN m Turkish
From Turkish gök
meaning "sky" and han
, which is from the title khan
GOVAD m Persian Mythology
in Persian. This was the name of a Yazata (or angel) associated with the wind in Zoroastrianism.
HAYATE m Japanese
From Japanese 颯 (hayate)
meaning "sudden, sound of the wind". Other kanji with the same pronunciation can also form this name.
ILMARINEN m Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish ilma
. Ilmarinen is an immortal smith in Finnish mythology, the creator of the sky and the magic mill known as the Sampo. He is one of the main characters in the Finnish epic the Kalevala
KAITO m Japanese
From Japanese 海 (kai)
meaning "sea, ocean" combined with 斗 (to)
, which refers to a Chinese constellation, or 翔 (to)
meaning "soar, fly". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
NĀLANI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the heavens"
or "the chiefs"
from Hawaiian nā
, a definite article, and lani
"heaven, sky, chief".
NEIL m Irish, Scottish, English
From the Gaelic name Niall
, which is of disputed origin, possibly meaning "champion"
. This was the name of a semi-legendary 4th-century Irish king, Niall of the Nine Hostages.... [more]
NEPHELE f Greek Mythology
From Greek νέφος (nephos)
. In Greek legend Nephele was created from a cloud by Zeus
, who shaped the cloud to look like Hera
in order to trick Ixion, a mortal who desired her. Nephele was the mother of the centaurs by Ixion, and was also the mother of Phrixus and Helle by Athamus.
NEPHTHYS f Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian nbt-ḥwt
(reconstructed as Nebet-Hut
) meaning "lady of the house"
, derived from nbt
"lady" and ḥwt
"house". This was the name of an Egyptian goddess associated with the air, death and mourning. She was wife of the desert god Seth
PSYCHE f Greek Mythology
Means "the soul"
, derived from Greek ψύχω (psycho)
meaning "to breathe". The Greeks thought that the breath was the soul. In Greek mythology Psyche was a beautiful maiden who was beloved by Eros (or Cupid in Roman mythology). She is the subject of Keats's poem Ode to Psyche
SKY f & m English (Modern)
Simply from the English word sky
, which was ultimately derived from Old Norse sky
SORA f & m Japanese
From Japanese 空 (sora)
or 昊 (sora)
both meaning "sky". Other kanji with the same pronunciations can also form this name.
SPIRIT f English (Rare)
From the English word spirit
, ultimately from Latin spiritus
"breath, energy", a derivative of spirare
TEZCATLIPOCA m Aztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "smoking mirror"
in Nahuatl. In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was one of the chief gods, associated with the night sky, winds, war, and the north. Like his rival Quetzalcoatl
, he was a creator god.
TUULIKKI f Finnish, Finnish Mythology
Means "little wind"
in Finnish, derived from tuuli
"wind". This was the name of a Finnish forest goddess, the daughter of Tapio.
VAYU m Hinduism
Means "air, wind"
in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu god of the air and wind, one of the five elements.
ZEFERINO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of the Roman name Zephyrinus
, which was derived from the Greek Zephyros
). Saint Zephyrinus was a 3rd-century pope.