Names Categorized "animals"

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AARNEmFinnish
Finnish form of ARNE (1).
AARTmDutch
Dutch short form of ARNOLD.
ADALBERNmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements adal "noble" and bern "bear".
ADERYNfWelsh
Means "bird" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
AETIUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was probably derived from Greek αετος (aetos) "eagle". A famous bearer was the 5th-century Roman general Flavius Aetius, who defeated Attila the Hun at the Battle of Chalons.
AGE (2)fEstonian
Estonian form of AGNES.
AGGIEfEnglish
Diminutive of AGNES or AGATHA.
AGHAVNIfArmenian
Means "dove" in Armenian.
ÁGIfHungarian
Diminutive of ÁGOTA or ÁGNES.
AGILULFmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements agil "edge (of a sword), blade" and wulf "wolf". This name was borne by a 6th-century king of the Lombards and by an 8th-century bishop of Cologne and saint.
AGNĖfLithuanian
Lithuanian form of AGNES.
ÁGNESfHungarian
Hungarian form of AGNES.
AGNÈSfFrench, Catalan
French and Catalan form of AGNES.
AGNESfEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek ‘αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste". Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb", resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side. Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe, being especially popular in England in the Middle Ages.
AGNESAfSlovak, Albanian
Slovak and Albanian form of AGNES.
AGNESEfItalian, Latvian
Italian and Latvian form of AGNES.
AGNESSAfRussian
Russian form of AGNES.
AGNETAfSwedish
Swedish variant of AGNES.
AGNETEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian variant of AGNES.
AGNETHAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian variant of AGNES.
AGNETHEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian variant of AGNES.
AGNEZAfCroatian
Croatian form of AGNES.
AGNIESZKAfPolish
Polish form of AGNES.
AGNIJAfSerbian, Macedonian, Latvian
Serbian, Macedonian and Latvian form of AGNES.
AGRIPPAm & fAncient Roman, Biblical
Roman cognomen of unknown meaning, possibly from Greek αγριος (agrios) "wild" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse" or possibly of Etruscan origin. It was also used as a praenomen, or given name, by the Furia and Menenia families. In the New Testament this name was borne by Herod Agrippa (a grandson of Herod the Great), the king of Israel who put the apostle James to death. It was also borne by the 1st-century BC Roman general Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa.
AHTImFinnish, Finnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. This is the name of the Finnish god of the ocean, rivers and fishing.
AIGNÉISfIrish
Irish form of AGNES.
ÁKOSmHungarian
Possibly of Turkic origin meaning "white falcon". This was the name of a medieval Hungarian clan.
ALCIPPEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Αλκιππη (Alkippe), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse". This was the name of a daughter of Ares in Greek myth. Her father killed Halirrhotis, a son of Poseidon, when he attempted to rape her, leading to a murder trial in which Ares was quickly acquitted.
ALCYONEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Αλκυονη (Alkyone), derived from the word αλκυων (alkyon) meaning "kingfisher". In Greek myth this name belonged to a daughter of Aeolus and the wife of Ceyx. After her husband was killed in a shipwreck she threw herself into the water, but the gods saved her and turned them both into kingfishers. This is also the name of the brightest of the Pleiades, the seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
ALKYONEfGreek Mythology
Original Greek form of ALCYONE.
ALONDRAfSpanish
Derived from Spanish alondra meaning "lark".
ALTAIRmAstronomy, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "the flyer" in Arabic. This is the name of a star in the constellation Aquila.
AMALTHEAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Αμαλθεια (Amaltheia), derived from μαλθασσω (malthasso) meaning "to soften, to soothe". In Greek myth she was a goat who nursed the infant Zeus.
ANDOR (1)mNorwegian
From the Old Norse name Arnþórr, derived from the element arn "eagle" combined with the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR).
ANE (2)mFrisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn "eagle".
ANGUSmScottish, Irish, English
Anglicized form of AONGHUS.
ANNE (2)mFrisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn "eagle".
ANNICEfEnglish
Variant of ANNIS.
ANNISfEnglish
Medieval English form of AGNES.
ANTIMANmNative American, Mapuche
Means "condor of the sun" in Mapuche.
ANTINANCOmNative American, Mapuche
Means "eagle of the sun" in Mapuche.
APOLINARmSpanish
Spanish form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLLINAIREmFrench (Rare)
French form of APOLLINARIS. It was adopted as a surname by the Polish-French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), who based it on his Polish middle name Apolinary.
APOLLINARISmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from the name of the god APOLLO. This was the name of several early saints and martyrs, including a bishop of Ravenna and a bishop of Hierapolis.
APOLLOmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Απολλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo "strength". Another theory states that Apollo can be equated with Appaliunas, an Anatolian god whose name possibly means "father lion" or "father light". The Greeks later associated Apollo's name with the Greek verb απολλυμι (apollymi) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis. He was the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom. Later he also became the god of the sun and light.
APOLLONmGreek Mythology
Original Greek form of APOLLO.
APOLLONIOSmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek god APOLLO. It was borne by a Greek poet of the 3rd century BC. Several saints have also had this name.
AQISSIAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "ptarmigan" in Greenlandic (a ptarmigan is a type of bird which lives in cold regions).
AQUILAm & fBiblical, Ancient Roman
From a Roman cognomen which meant "eagle" in Latin. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lives with Aquila and his wife Priscilla (or Prisca) for a time.
ARACHNEfGreek Mythology
Means "spider" in Greek. In Greek myth Arachne was a mortal woman who defeated Athena in a weaving contest. After this Arachne hanged herself, but Athena brought her back to life in the form of a spider.
ARASmLithuanian
Means "eagle" in Lithuanian (a poetic word).
ARELImBiblical
Means "lion of God, hero" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Gad in the Old Testament.
ARENDmDutch, German
Dutch and German variant of ARNOLD. This is also the Dutch word for "eagle".
ARI (1)mHebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
ARI (2)mAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Finnish
Old Norse byname meaning "eagle".
ARIE (2)mHebrew
Variant transcription of ARIEH.
ARIEHmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew. This was the name of an officer of King Pekahiah in the Old Testament.
ARIELm & fHebrew, English, French, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "lion of God" in Hebrew, from אֲרִי ('ari) meaning "lion" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament it is used as another name for the city of Jerusalem. Shakespeare used it as the name of a spirit in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), and one of the moons of Uranus bears this name in his honour. As an English name, it became more common for females in the 1980s, especially after it was used for the title character in the Walt Disney film 'The Little Mermaid' (1989).
ARIELLAfEnglish (Modern)
Strictly feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIELLEfFrench
French feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIESmRoman Mythology
Means "ram" in Latin. This is the name of a constellation and the first sign of the zodiac. Some Roman legends state that the ram in the constellation was the one who supplied the Golden Fleece sought by Jason.
ARIKmHebrew
Diminutive of ARIEL.
ARKADIOSmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek name meaning "of Arcadia". Arcadia was a region in Greece, its name deriving from αρκτος (arktos) "bear". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr.
ARKEmFrisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element arn meaning "eagle".
ARLIEf & mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "eagle wood" in Old English. This name can also be a diminutive of ARLENE.
ARNmEnglish
Short form of ARNOLD.
ARNALDOmItalian
Italian form of ARNOLD.
ARNAUmCatalan
Catalan form of ARNOLD.
ARNAUDmFrench
French form of ARNOLD.
ARNAUDEfFrench (Rare)
French feminine form of ARNOLD.
ARNBJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse name derived from the elements arn meaning "eagle" and björg meaning "help, save, rescue".
ARNDTmGerman
German short form of ARNOLD.
ARNE (1)mSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Originally an Old Norse short form of names beginning with the element arn meaning "eagle".
ARNE (2)mGerman
Diminutive of ARNOLD.
ARNFINNmNorwegian
Norwegian form of Arnfinnr, which was derived from the elements arn "eagle" and Finnr "Sámi, person from Finland".
ARNFRIEDmGerman (Rare)
From a Germanic name derived from the elements arn "eagle" and frid "peace".
ÁRNImAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ARNE (1).
ARNIEmEnglish
Diminutive of ARNOLD.
ARNIFRIDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ARNFRIED.
ARNOmDutch, German
Short form of ARNOUD or ARNOLD.
ARNOLDmEnglish, German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic name meaning "eagle power", derived from the elements arn "eagle" and wald "power". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Earnweald. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century.... [more]
ARNOLFOmItalian
Italian form of ARNULF.
ARNÓRmIcelandic
Icelandic variant form of ANDOR (1).
ARNOUDmDutch
Dutch form of ARNOLD.
ARNOUTmDutch
Dutch form of ARNOLD.
ARNTmNorwegian
Norwegian form of AREND.
ARNÞÓRmIcelandic
Icelandic form of ANDOR (1).
ARNULFmGerman, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements arn "eagle" and wulf "wolf".
ARSLANmTurkish, Turkmen
Turkish variant and Turkmen form of ASLAN.
ARTHURmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
The meaning of this name is unknown. It could be derived from the Celtic elements artos "bear" combined with viros "man" or rigos "king". Alternatively it could be related to an obscure Roman family name Artorius. Arthur is the name of the central character in Arthurian legend, a 6th-century king of the Britons who resisted Saxon invaders. He may or may not have been a real person. He first appears in Welsh poems and chronicles (some possibly as early as the 7th century) but his character was not developed until the chronicles of the 12th-century Geoffrey of Monmouth.... [more]
ARVIDmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Arnviðr, derived from the elements arn "eagle" and viðr "tree".
ARYEHmHebrew
Variant transcription of ARIEH.
ASADmArabic, Urdu
Means "lion" in Arabic.
ÁSBJÖRNmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse name derived from the elements áss "god" and björn "bear". It is therefore a cognate of OSBORN.
ASHWINmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada
From Sanskrit अश्विन् (ashvin) meaning "possessed of horses". The Ashvins are twin Hindu gods of the sunrise and sunset.
ASLANmTurkish, Kazakh, Azerbaijani, Chechen, Ossetian, Circassian
From Turkic arslan meaning "lion". This was a byname or title borne by several medieval Turkic rulers, including the Seljuk sultan Alp Arslan (a byname meaning "brave lion") who drove the Byzantines from Anatolia in the 11th century. The name Aslan was later used by the author C. S. Lewis for the main protagonist (a lion) in his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series of books, first appearing in 1950.
ASLANBEKmChechen, Ossetian, Circassian
Derived from Turkish aslan meaning "lion" combined with the Turkish military title beg meaning "chieftain, master".
ASTORmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname derived from Occitan astur meaning "hawk".
ASUKAf & mJapanese
From Japanese 明日 (asu) meaning "tomorrow" and (ka) meaning "fragrance", or from (asu) meaning "to fly" and (ka) meaning "bird". Other kanji combinations can be possible as well.
AUCAMANmNative American, Mapuche
Means "wild condor" in Mapuche.
AUNEfFinnish
Finnish form of AGNES.
AVA (3)fGerman, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This was the name of a 9th-century Frankish saint. It was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Melk, Austria.
AVERILLm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
AVEZAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of AVIS.
AVImHebrew
Means "my father" in Hebrew. It is also a diminutive of AVRAHAM or AVIRAM.
AVISfEnglish
Probably a Latinized form of the Germanic name Aveza, which was derived from the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". The Normans introduced this name to England and it became moderately common during the Middle Ages, at which time it was associated with Latin avis "bird".
AYALmHebrew
Means "stag, hart" in Hebrew.
AYALAfHebrew
Means "doe, gazelle, hind" in Hebrew.
AYELETfHebrew
Means "gazelle, hind". It is taken from the Hebrew phrase אַיֶלֶת הַשַׁחַר ('ayelet hashachar), literally "gazelle of dawn", which is a name of the morning star.
BABARmUrdu
Variant transcription of BABUR.
BABURmUrdu
From a Persian word meaning "tiger". This was the nickname of Zahir ud-Din Muhammad, the 16th-century founder of the Mughal Empire in India.
BASTfEgyptian Mythology
Possibly means "fire, heat" or "ointment jar" in Egyptian. In Egyptian mythology Bast was a goddess of cats, fertility and the sun who was considered a protector of Lower Egypt. She was often depicted with the head of a lioness or a house cat. As her role in the Egyptian pantheon diminished, she was called Bastet.
BASTETfEgyptian Mythology
Variant of BAST. This form of the name, a diminutive, was given to her after the similar goddess Sekhmet (protector of Upper Egypt) became more important.
BECKETTmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".
BEEfEnglish
Short form of BEATRIX and other names beginning with B.
BEN (2)mDutch
Short form of BERNHARD and other Germanic names beginning with the element bern meaning "bear".
BEOWULFmAnglo-Saxon Mythology
Possibly means "bee wolf" (in effect equal to "bear") from Old English beo "bee" and wulf "wolf". Alternatively, the first element may be beadu "battle". This is the name of the main character in the anonymous 8th-century epic poem 'Beowulf'. Set in Denmark, the poem tells how he slays the monster Grendel and its mother at the request of King Hroðgar. After this Beowulf becomes the king of the Geats. The conclusion of the poem tells how Beawulf, in his old age, slays a dragon but is himself mortally wounded in the act.
BERAHTHRABANmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM, using an extended form of the second element.
BERAHTHRAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM.
BERENGARmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements bern "bear" and ger "spear". This was the name of two medieval kings of Italy and a Holy Roman emperor.
BERTRAMmEnglish, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright raven", derived from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with hramn "raven". The Normans introduced this name to England. Shakespeare used it in his play 'All's Well That Ends Well' (1603).
BERTRANDOmItalian
Italian form of BERTRAND.
BEVERLYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English city, itself meaning "beaver stream" in Old English. It came into use as a masculine given name in the 19th century, and it became common as an American feminine name after the publication of George Barr McCutcheon's novel 'Beverly of Graustark' (1904).
BIBIGULfKazakh
Means "nightingale" in Kazakh.
BJÖRNmSwedish, Icelandic, German, Ancient Scandinavian
From an Old Norse byname meaning "bear".
BORISmBulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian, German
From the Turkic name Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century King Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his country to Christianity, as well as two later Bulgarian emperors. The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. His mother may have been Bulgarian. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
BRADÁNmAncient Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic meaning "salmon".
BRAN (1)mIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran was a mariner who was involved in several adventures.
BRAN (2)mWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "raven" in Welsh. In Welsh legend Bran the Blessed (called also Bendigeid Vran) was the son of the god Llyr. Later Welsh legends describe him as a king of Britain who was killed attacking Ireland.
BRANWENfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "beautiful raven" from Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is the sister of the British king Bran and the wife of the Irish king Matholwch.
BRENNUSmAncient Celtic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Celtic name (or title) that possibly meant either "king, prince" or "raven". Brennus was a Gallic leader of the 4th century BC who attacked and sacked Rome.
BRENOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BRENNUS.
BROCKmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old English brocc meaning "badger".
BUCKmEnglish
From an English nickname meaning simply "buck, male deer", ultimately from Old English bucc.
BUĞRAmTurkish
Means "baby camel" in Turkish.
BUNNYfEnglish
Diminutive of BERENICE.
BURÇİNf & mTurkish
Means "hind, doe" in Turkish.
CAILEANmScottish
Means "whelp, young dog" in Gaelic. This name is also used as a Scottish form of COLUMBA.
CALEBmEnglish, Biblical
Most likely related to Hebrew כֶּלֶב (kelev) meaning "dog". An alternate theory connects it to Hebrew כָּל (kal) meaning "whole, all of" and לֵב (lev) meaning "heart". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into Canaan. Of the Israelites who left Egypt with Moses, Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who lived to see the Promised Land.... [more]
CALLUMmScottish
Variant of CALUM.
CALUMmScottish
Scottish form of COLUMBA.
CATf & mEnglish
Diminutive of CATHERINE. It can also be a nickname from the English word for the animal.
CELANDINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which derives from Greek χελιδων (chelidon) "swallow (bird)".
CERENfTurkish
Means "young gazelle" in Turkish.
CHOfJapanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of CHOU.
CHOUfJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese (chou) meaning "butterfly".
CHOUKOfJapanese
From Japanese (chou) meaning "butterfly" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can be possible.
CIRCEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κιρκη (Kirke), which possibly meant "bird". In Greek mythology Circe was a sorceress who changed Odysseus's crew into hogs but was forced by him to change them back.
CLARKmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "cleric" or "scribe", from Old English clerec which originally meant "priest". A famous bearer of the surname was William Clark (1770-1838), an explorer of the west of North America. It was also borne by the American actor Clark Gable (1901-1960).
CLOVERfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the wild flower, ultimately deriving from Old English clafre.
COLIN (1)mScottish, Irish, English
Anglicized form of CAILEAN or COILEAN.
COLMmIrish
Variant of COLUM.
COLMÁNmIrish
Diminutive of Colm (see COLUM). This was the name of a large number of Irish saints.
COLOMBAfItalian
Italian feminine form of COLUMBA.
COLOMBANOmItalian
Italian form of COLUMBANUS.
COLOMBEfFrench
French feminine form of COLUMBA.
COLOMBINAfItalian
Italian feminine diminutive of COLUMBA. In traditional Italian pantomimes this is the name of a stock character, the female counterpart of Arlecchino (also called Harlequin). This is also the Italian word for the columbine flower.
COLOMBOmItalian
Italian form of COLUMBA.
COLUMmIrish
Irish form of COLUMBA. This is also an Old Irish word meaning "dove", derived from Latin columba.
COLUMBAm & fLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "dove". The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in Christianity. This was the name of several early saints both masculine and feminine, most notably the 6th-century Irish monk Saint Columba (or Colum) who established a monastery on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. He is credited with the conversion of Scotland to Christianity.
COLUMBANmIrish
Possibly an Irish diminutive of COLUMBA. Alternatively, it may be derived from Old Irish colum "dove" and bán "white". The 7th-century Saint Columban of Leinster was the founder of several monasteries in Europe.
COLUMBANUSmLate Roman
This name can be viewed as a derivative of COLUMBA or a Latinized form of COLUMBAN, both derivations being approximately equivalent. This is the name of Saint Columban in Latin sources.
COLUMBINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a variety of flower. It is also an English form of COLOMBINA, the pantomime character.
CONANmIrish
Means "little wolf" or "little hound" from Irish "wolf, hound" combined with a diminutive suffix. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories.
CONORmIrish, English, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Conchobhar, derived from Old Irish con "hound, dog, wolf" and cobar "desiring". It has been in use in Ireland for centuries and was the name of several Irish kings. It was also borne by the legendary Ulster king Conchobar mac Nessa, known for his tragic desire for Deirdre.
CORALfEnglish, Spanish
From the English and Spanish word coral for the underwater skeletal deposits which can form reefs. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κοραλλιον (korallion).
CORBINmEnglish
From a French surname which was derived from corbeau "raven", originally denoting a person who had dark hair. The name was probably popularized in America by actor Corbin Bernsen (1954-).
CORMACmIrish
Possibly derived from Irish Gaelic corb "raven" or "wheel" and mac "son". This was the name of a 3rd-century king of Ireland.
CORMAGmScottish
Scottish form of CORMAC.
CORNELmRomanian
Romanian form of CORNELIUS.
CRAWFORDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "crow ford" in Old English.
CSABAmHungarian
Possibly means either "shepherd" or "gift" in Hungarian. According to legend this was the name of the son of Attila the Hun.
CUÁNmIrish
Means "little wolf" or "little hound" from the Irish element meaning "wolf, hound" combined with a diminutive suffix.
CUAUHTÉMOCmNative American, Nahuatl
Means "falling eagle" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the last Aztec emperor, ruling until he was captured and executed by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in the year 1525.
CÚCHULAINNmIrish Mythology
Means "hound of Culann" in Irish. This was the usual name of the warrior hero who was named Sétanta at birth, given to him because he took the place of one of Culann's hounds after he accidentally killed it. Irish legend tells of Cúchulainn's many adventures, including his single-handed defense of Ulster against the army of Queen Medb.
CUNOBELINUSmAncient Celtic
Possibly means "hound of Belenus" from the old Celtic element koun "hound" combined with the name of the god BELENUS. This was the name of a 1st-century king of southeast Britain.
DAGONmSemitic Mythology
Perhaps related to Ugaritic dgn meaning "grain". This was the name of a Semitic god of agriculture, usually depicted with the body of a fish.
DAMARISfBiblical, Biblical Greek
Probably means "calf, heifer, girl" from Greek δαμαλις (damalis). In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul.
DAMHÁNmIrish
Means "fawn" from Gaelic damh "stag, ox" combined with a diminutive suffix.
DAMHNAITfIrish
Means "fawn" from Gaelic damh "stag, ox" combined with a diminutive suffix.
DARBYm & fEnglish
From an English surname, which was derived from the name of the town of Derby, meaning "deer town" in Old Norse.
DEBfEnglish
Short form of DEBORAH.
DEBBIfEnglish
Diminutive of DEBORAH.
DEBBIEfEnglish
Diminutive of DEBORAH.
DEBBORAfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of DEBORAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
DEBBYfEnglish
Diminutive of DEBORAH.
DEBIfEnglish
Diminutive of DEBORAH.
DÉBORAfSpanish, Portuguese, French
Spanish, Portuguese and French form of DEBORAH.
DEBORAfItalian, German, Dutch
Italian, German and Dutch form of DEBORAH.
DEBORAHfEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical
Means "bee" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Book of Judges, Deborah is a heroine and prophetess who leads the Israelites when they are threatened by the Canaanites. She forms an army under the command of Barak, and together they destroy the army of the Canaanite commander Sisera. Also in the Old Testament, this is the name of the nurse of Rebecca.... [more]
DEBRAfEnglish
Variant of DEBORAH.
DERORmHebrew
Variant transcription of DROR.
DERORITfHebrew
Variant transcription of DRORIT.
DERYNfWelsh
Possibly from Welsh aderyn meaning "bird".
DEVNETfIrish
Anglicized form of DAMHNAIT.
DONALDmScottish, English
From the Gaelic name Domhnall which means "ruler of the world", composed of the old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". This was the name of two 9th-century kings of the Scots and Picts. It has traditionally been very popular in Scotland, and during the 20th century it became common in the rest of the English-speaking world. This is the name of one of Walt Disney's most popular cartoon characters, Donald Duck. It was also borne by Australian cricket player Donald Bradman (1908-2001).
DORCASfBiblical
Derived from Greek δορκας (dorkas) meaning "gazelle". This is the Greek translation of the name Tabitha in the New Testament (see Acts 9:36).
DOVmHebrew
Means "bear" in Hebrew.
DOVEfEnglish
From the English word for the variety of bird, seen as a symbol of peace.
DRACOmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Δρακων (Drakon) which meant "dragon, serpent". This was the name of a 7th-century BC Athenian legislator. This is also the name of a constellation in the northern sky.
DRAKEmEnglish
From an English surname derived from the Old Norse byname Draki or the Old English byname Draca both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δρακων (drakon) meaning "dragon, serpent". This name coincides with the unrelated English word drake meaning "male duck".
DRAKONmAncient Greek
Greek form of DRACO.
DRORmHebrew
Means "freedom" or "sparrow" in Hebrew.
DRORITfHebrew
Feminine form of DROR.
DVORAHfHebrew
Hebrew form of DEBORAH.
DYMPHNAfIrish
Anglicized form of DAMHNAIT. This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint who was martyred by her father. She is the patron saint of the mentally ill.
DYMPNAfIrish
Variant of DYMPHNA.
EACHANNmScottish, Irish
Means "brown horse" from Gaelic each "horse" and donn "brown". It was sometimes Anglicized as Hector.
ÉANNAmIrish
Variant of ÉNNA.
ELAINfWelsh
Means "fawn" in Welsh.
ENDAmIrish
Anglicized form of ÉNNA.
ENGUERRANDmMedieval French
Medieval French form of the Germanic name Engilram, which was composed of the elements Angil, the name of a Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles, and hramn "raven". This was the name of several French nobles from Picardy.
ENIKŐfHungarian
Created by the Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty in the 19th century. He based it on the name of the legendary mother of the Hungarian people, Enéh, which may mean "cow" or "deer".
ÉNNAmIrish
Possibly means "bird-like" in Irish. This was the name of several Irish kings and heroes. It was also borne by a 6th-century saint who built the monastery of Killeany.
EOFORHILDfAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements eofor "boar" and hild "battle". This name was rarely used after the Norman conquest.
EOFORWINEmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements eofor "boar" and wine "friend". This name was rarely used after the Norman conquest.
ÉOWYNfLiterature
Means "horse joy" in Old English. This name was invented by J. R. R. Tolkien who used Old English to represent the Rohirric language. In his novel 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) Eowyn is the niece of King Theoden of Rohan. She slays the Lord of the Nazgul in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
EPONAfCeltic Mythology
Derived from Gaulish epos meaning "horse". This was the name of the Celtic goddess of horses.
ERDOĞANmTurkish
From Turkish er "brave man" and doğan "falcon".
ERLEAfBasque
Means "a bee" in Basque.
ÉTAÍNfIrish, Irish Mythology
Possibly derived from Old Irish ét "jealousy". In Irish mythology she was a sun and horse goddess who was the lover of Midir.
ETHELINDAfEnglish (Archaic)
English form of the Germanic name ADALLINDIS. The name was very rare in medieval times, but it was revived in the early 19th century.
EVERARDmEnglish (Rare)
Means "brave boar", derived from the Germanic elements ebur "wild boar" and hard "brave, hardy". The Normans introduced it to England, where it joined the Old English cognate Eoforheard. It has only been rarely used since the Middle Ages. Modern use of the name may be inspired by the surname Everard, itself derived from the medieval name.
EVERILDfHistory
Latinized form of EOFORHILD. This was the name of a 7th-century English saint.
EVERLYfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was from a place name, itself derived from Old English eofor "boar" and leah "woodland, clearing".
EZIOmItalian
Italian form of AETIUS.
FAIGAfYiddish
Variant of FAIGEL.
FAIGELfYiddish
Derived from Yiddish פֵֿײגֶל (feigel) meaning "bird".
FALKmGerman
Means "falcon" in German.
FAUNAfRoman Mythology
Feminine form of FAUNUS. Fauna was a Roman goddess of fertility, women and healing, a daughter and companion of Faunus.
FAWNfEnglish
From the English word fawn for a young deer.
FECHÍNmIrish
Means "little raven" from Irish fiach "raven" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of an Irish saint of the 7th century who died of the yellow plague.
FEIGEfYiddish
Variant transcription of FAIGA.
FIACHNAmIrish
Derived from Gaelic fiach meaning "raven". This was the name of a king in Irish legend.
FIACHRAmIrish, Irish Mythology
Derived from Gaelic fiach meaning "raven". In Irish legend Fiachra was one of the four children of Lir transformed into swans for a period of 900 years. This is also the name of the patron saint of gardeners, a 7th-century Irish abbot who settled in France.
FINTANmIrish, Irish Mythology
Possibly means either "white fire" or "white bull" in Irish. According to legend this was the name of the only Irish person to survive the great flood. This name was also borne by many Irish saints.
FIONNUALAfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "white shoulder" from Irish fionn "white, fair" and guala "shoulder". In Irish legend Fionnuala was one of the four children of Lir who were transformed into swans for a period of 900 years.
FISHELmYiddish
Means "little fish" in Yiddish.
FISHKEmYiddish
Variant of FISHEL.
FLUTURAfAlbanian
Means "butterfly" in Albanian.
FOXmEnglish (Modern)
Either from the English word fox or the surname Fox, which originally given as a nickname. The surname was borne by George Fox (1624-1691), the founder of the Quakers.
FULTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the name of the town of Foulden in Norfolk, itself meaning "bird hill" in Old English.
GAL (2)mSlovene
Slovene form of GALLUS.
GALLOmItalian
Italian form of GALLUS.
GALLUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which meant "rooster" in Latin. This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint, a companion of Saint Columbanus, who later became a hermit in Switzerland.
GALOmSpanish
Spanish form of GALLUS.
GARSEAmMedieval Spanish
Meaning unknown, possibly related to the Basque word hartz meaning "bear". This was the name of several medieval kings of Navarre and Leon.
GAWEŁmPolish
Polish form of GALLUS.
GERBENmDutch
Derived from the Germanic elements ger meaning "spear" and bern meaning "bear".
GERULFmGerman (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Derived from Germanic ger "spear" and wulf "wolf".
GILESmEnglish
From the Late Latin name Aegidius, which is derived from Greek αιγιδιον (aigidion) meaning "young goat". Saint Giles was an 8th-century miracle worker who came to southern France from Greece. He is regarded as the patron saint of the crippled. In Old French the name Aegidius became Gidie and then Gilles, at which point it was imported to England.
GOPINATHAmHinduism
Means "leader of the gopis" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, acquired because of his association with the gopis, who are cow-herding girls.
GUADALUPEf & mSpanish
From a Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, meaning "Our Lady of Guadalupe". Guadalupe is a Spanish place name, the site of a famous convent, derived from Arabic وادي (wadi) meaning "valley, river" possibly combined with Latin lupus meaning "wolf". In the 16th century Our Lady of Guadalupe supposedly appeared in a vision to a native Mexican man, and she is now regarded as a patron saint of the Americas.
GULLfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of various Scandinavian names beginning with the Old Norse element guð meaning "god".
GUNDHRAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of GUNTRAM.
GUNTRAMmGerman
Means "war raven" from the Germanic elements gund "war" and hramn "raven". This was the name of a 6th-century Frankish king.
GWALCHMEImWelsh Mythology
Derived from Welsh gwalch "hawk", possibly combined with mei "May (the month)". This is the name of a character in Welsh legend. He is probably the antecedent of Gawain from Arthurian romance.
HADILfArabic
Means "cooing (of a pigeon)" in Arabic.
HAGNEfAncient Greek
Greek form of AGNES.
HAIDARmArabic
Means "lion" in Arabic. This was another name of Ali, the husband of Fatimah the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
HAIDERmArabic
Variant transcription of HAIDAR.
HALCYONfVarious
From the name of a genus of kingfisher birds, derived from Greek αλκυων (from the same source as Alcyone).
HALCYONEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek ‘Αλκυονη (Halkyone), a variant of Αλκυονη (see ALCYONE).
HARImHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali
Means "brown, yellow, tawny" in Sanskrit, and by extension "monkey, horse, lion". This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu, and sometimes of Krishna. It is also borne by the son of the Garuda, the bird-like mount of Vishnu.
HARISHAmHinduism
Means "lord of monkeys" from Sanskrit हरि (hari) meaning "monkey" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord". This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu.
HARLANDmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of HARLAN.
HARTLEYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "hart clearing" in Old English.
HARUTOmJapanese
From Japanese (haru) meaning "light, sun, male", (haru) meaning "distant, remote" or (haru) meaning "clear weather" combined with (to), which refers to a Chinese constellation, or (to) meaning "soar, fly". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
HAVELmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of GALLUS.
HAYATOmJapanese
From Japanese (haya) meaning "falcon" and (to) meaning "person". Other kanji combinations can also make up this name.
HAYDARmTurkish
Turkish form of HAIDAR.
HAYDERmArabic
Variant transcription of HAIDAR.
HAYTHAMmArabic
Means "young eagle" in Arabic.
HELIOSmGreek Mythology
Means "sun" in Greek. This was the name of the young Greek sun god, who rode across the sky each day in a chariot pulled by four horses.
HERONmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘ηρως (heros) meaning "hero". This was the name of a 1st-century Greek inventor (also known as Hero) from Alexandria.
HERSHmYiddish
Variant transcription of HIRSH.
HERUmEgyptian Mythology
Reconstructed Egyptian form of HORUS.
HEYDARmPersian
Persian form of HAIDAR.