Names Categorized "birds"

This is a list of names in which the categories include birds.
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AARNEmFinnish
Finnish form of ARNE (1).
AARTmDutch
Dutch short form of ARNOLD.
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.
AGHAVNIfArmenian
Means "dove" in Armenian.
ÁKOSmHungarian
Possibly of Turkic origin meaning "white falcon". This was the name of a medieval Hungarian clan.
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.
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".
ANNE (2)mFrisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn "eagle".
ANTIMANmNative American, Mapuche
Means "condor of the sun" in Mapuche.
ANTINANCOmNative American, Mapuche
Means "eagle of the sun" in Mapuche.
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.
ARASmLithuanian
Means "eagle" in Lithuanian (a poetic word).
ARENDmDutch, German
Dutch and German variant of ARNOLD. This is also the Dutch word for "eagle".
ARI (2)mAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Finnish
Old Norse byname meaning "eagle".
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".
ARVIDmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Arnviðr, derived from the elements arn "eagle" and viðr "tree".
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.
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.
AVELINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the Norman French form of the Germanic name Avelina, a diminutive of AVILA. The Normans introduced this name to Britain. After the Middle Ages it became rare as an English name, though it persisted in America until the 19th century.
AVEZAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of AVIS.
AVIAfHebrew
Variant transcription of AVIYA.
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".
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".
BERAHTHRABANmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM, using an extended form of the second element.
BERAHTHRAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM.
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.
BIBIGULfKazakh
Means "nightingale" in Kazakh.
BLODEUWEDDfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "face of flowers" in Welsh. In a story in the Mabinogion, she is created out of flowers by Gwydion to be the wife of his nephew Lleu Llaw Gyffes. She is eventually changed into an owl for her infidelity.
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.
CALLUMmScottish
Variant of CALUM.
CALUMmScottish
Scottish form of COLUMBA.
CAUÃmNative American, Tupi
Means "hawk" in Tupi.
CELANDINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which derives from Greek χελιδων (chelidon) "swallow (bird)".
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.
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.
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.
CRAWFORDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "crow ford" in Old English.
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.
DERORmHebrew
Variant transcription of DROR.
DERORITfHebrew
Variant transcription of DRORIT.
DERYNfWelsh
Possibly from Welsh aderyn meaning "bird".
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).
DOVEfEnglish
From the English word for the variety of bird, seen as a symbol of peace.
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".
DRORmHebrew
Means "freedom" or "sparrow" in Hebrew.
DRORITfHebrew
Feminine form of DROR.
ÉANNAmIrish
Variant of ÉNNA.
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.
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.
ERDOĞANmTurkish
From Turkish er "brave man" and doğan "falcon".
EZIOmItalian
Italian form of AETIUS.
FAIGAfYiddish
Variant of FAIGEL.
FAIGELfYiddish
Derived from Yiddish פֵֿײגֶל (feigel) meaning "bird".
FALKmGerman
Means "falcon" in German.
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.
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.
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.
GANYMEDEmGreek Mythology (Anglicized)
From Greek Γανυμηδης (Ganymedes), which was possibly derived from γανυμαι (ganymai) "to be glad" and μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to plan". In Greek mythology this was the name of a beautiful boy who was abducted by Zeus to become the cupbearer to the gods, the successor of Hebe. A moon of Jupiter is named after him.
GAUVAINmFrench
French form of GAWAIN.
GAVINmEnglish, Scottish
Medieval form of GAWAIN. Though it died out in England, it was reintroduced from Scotland in the 20th century.
GAWAINmWelsh, Arthurian Romance
Meaning uncertain, from the Latin form Walganus used by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth. This was the name of a nephew of King Arthur and one of the Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. He can be identified with the earlier Welsh hero Gwalchmei, and it is likely that the name derives from GWALCHMEI. Alternatively it may have a different Celtic or even a Germanic origin. Gawain was a popular hero in medieval stories such as the 14th-century romantic poem 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'.
GAWEŁmPolish
Polish form of GALLUS.
GRIFFINmEnglish
Latinized form of GRUFFUDD. This name can also be inspired by the English word griffin, a creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, ultimately from Greek γρυψ (gryps).
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.
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).
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.
HAYTHAMmArabic
Means "young eagle" in Arabic.
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.
HERUmEgyptian Mythology
Reconstructed Egyptian form of HORUS.
HONGm & fChinese
From Chinese (hóng) meaning "rainbow", (hóng) meaning "enlarge, expand, great" (which is usually only masculine) or 鸿 (hóng) meaning "wild swan, great, vast" (also usually only masculine). Other characters can also form this name.
HORUSmEgyptian Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of ‘Ωρος (Horos), the Greek form of Egyptian Hrw (reconstructed as Heru) possibly meaning "falcon" or "high". In Egyptian mythology Horus was the god of light, often depicted as a man with the head of a falcon. The son Osiris and Isis, he avenged his father's murder by killing Seth.
HRAFNmIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "raven" in Old Norse.
HUITZILOPOCHTLImAztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "southern hummingbird" or "left-handed hummingbird" in Nahuatl. In Aztec mythology he was the god of the sun and war. He was a patron deity of the city of Tenochtitlan (at the site of modern Mexico City).
IONA (2)mRussian, Georgian, Biblical Latin
Form of JONAH used in the Latin Old Testament, as well as the Russian and Georgian form.
IONASmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of JONAH used in the Greek Bible. It is also the form used in the Latin New Testament.
JAY (1)mEnglish
Short form of names beginning with the sound J, such as JAMES or JASON. It was originally used in America in honour of founding father John Jay (1749-1825), whose surname was derived from the jaybird.
JEMIMAfBiblical, English
Means "dove" in Hebrew. This was the oldest of the three daughters of Job in the Old Testament. As an English name, Jemima first became common during the Puritan era.
JONAHmEnglish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יוֹנָה (Yonah) meaning "dove". This was the name of a prophet swallowed by a fish, as told in the Old Testament Book of Jonah. Jonah was commanded by God to preach in Nineveh, but instead fled by boat. After being caught in a storm, the other sailors threw Jonah overboard, at which point he was swallowed. He emerged from the fish alive and repentant three days later.... [more]
JÓNASmIcelandic
Icelandic form of JONAH.
JONÁŠmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of JONAH.
JONAS (2)mSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Biblical
From Ιωνας (Ionas), the Greek form of JONAH. This spelling is used in some English translations of the New Testament.
JOONAmFinnish
Finnish form of JONAH.
JOONASmFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of JONAS (2).
KESTRELfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the bird of prey, ultimately derived from Old French crecelle "rattle", which refers to the sound of its cry.
KOLOMANmGerman (Rare), Slovak
German and Slovak form of COLMÁN. Saint Koloman (also called Coloman or Colman) was an Irish monk who was martyred in Stockerau in Austria.
KORBINIANmGerman
Derived from Latin corvus meaning "raven". This was the name of an 8th-century Frankish saint who was sent by Pope Gregory II to evangelize in Bavaria. His real name may have been Hraban (see Raban).
KÖRBLmGerman
Diminutive of KORBINIAN.
LÆRKEfDanish
Means "lark" in Danish.
LAGLEfEstonian
Means "goose" in Estonian.
LARKfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of songbird.
LEDAfGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek myth she was the mother of Castor, Pollux, Helen and Clytemnestra by the god Zeus, who came upon her in the form of a swan.
LINNETfEnglish (Rare)
Either a variant of LYNETTE or else from the name of the small bird, a type of finch.
LLINOSfWelsh
Means "linnet, finch" in Welsh. The linnet (species Linaria cannabina) is a small European bird in the finch family.
LONÁNmIrish
Means "little blackbird", derived from Irish Gaelic lon "blackbird" combined with a diminutive suffix.
MANAIAf & mMaori
From the name of a stylized design common in Maori carvings. It represents a mythological creature with the head of a bird and the body of a human.
MARTINmEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Finnish
From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. He was a favourite saint during the Middle Ages, and his name has become common throughout the Christian world.... [more]
MAVISfEnglish
From the name of the type of bird, also called the song thrush, derived from Old French mauvis, of uncertain origin. It was first used as a given name by the British author Marie Corelli, who used it for a character in her novel 'The Sorrows of Satan' (1895).
MAYURmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "peacock" in Sanskrit.
MERLEf & mEnglish
Variant of MERRILL or MURIEL. The spelling has been influenced by the word merle meaning "blackbird" (via French, from Latin merula).
MERLINmArthurian Romance, English
Form of the Welsh name Myrddin (meaning "sea fortress") used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th-century Arthurian tales. Writing in Latin, he likely chose the form Merlinus over Merdinus in order to prevent associations with French merde "excrement".... [more]
MIUfJapanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (u) meaning "feather". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MOAfSwedish
Possibly derived from Swedish moder meaning "mother". This was the pen name of the Swedish author Moa Martinson (real name Helga Maria Martinson).
NÖLmLimburgish
Limburgish short form of ARNOLD.
NÖLKEmLimburgish
Limburgish diminutive of ARNOLD.
ODETTEfFrench
French diminutive of ODA or ODILIA. This is the name of a princess who has been transformed into a swan in the ballet 'Swan Lake' (1877) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
OSMANmTurkish
Turkish form of UTHMAN. This was the name of the founder of the Ottoman Empire (14th century).
PALOMAfSpanish
Means "dove, pigeon" in Spanish.
PARASTOOfPersian
Means "swallow (bird)" in Persian.
PARASTUfPersian
Variant transcription of PARASTOO.
PËLLUMBmAlbanian
Means "dove" in Albanian.
PENELOPEfGreek Mythology, English
Possibly derived from Greek πηνελοψ (penelops), a type of duck. Alternatively it could be from πηνη (pene) "threads, weft" and ωψ (ops) "face, eye". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of the wife of Odysseus, forced to fend off suitors while her husband is away fighting at Troy. It has occasionally been used as an English given name since the 16th century.
PEREGRINEmEnglish (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Peregrinus, which meant "traveller". This was the name of several early saints.
PHILOMELfLiterature
From an English word meaning "nightingale" (ultimately from PHILOMELA). It has been used frequently in poetry to denote the bird.
PHILOMELAfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and μηλον (melon) "fruit". The second element has also been interpreted as Greek μελος (melos) "song". In Greek myth Philomela was the sister-in-law of Tereus, who raped her and cut out her tongue. Prokne avenged her sister by killing her son by Tereus, after which Tereus attempted to kill Philomela. However, the gods intervened and transformed her into a nightingale.
PHOENIXm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird which appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years. The name of the bird was derived from Greek φοινιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".
PHƯỢNGfVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phượng) meaning "phoenix". This refers to the mythological creature known as the Chinese phoenix or the Fenghuang.
QUETZALCOATLmAztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "feathered snake" in Nahuatl, derived from quetzalli "feather" and coatl "snake". In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was the god of the sky, wind, and knowledge, also associated with the morning star. According to one legend he created the humans of this age using the bones of humans from the previous age and adding his own blood.
RABANmAncient Germanic
From a Germanic byname derived from hraban meaning "raven".
RAMBERTmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hramn "raven" and beraht "bright".
RAVENf & mEnglish
From the name of the bird, ultimately from Old English hræfn. The raven is revered by several Native American groups of the west coast. It is also associated with the Norse god Odin.
RAVENNAfEnglish (Rare)
Either an elaboration of RAVEN, or else from the name of the city of Ravenna in Italy.
RHEAfGreek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology
Latinized form of Greek ‘Ρεια (Rheia), meaning unknown, perhaps related to ‘ρεω (rheo) "to flow" or ερα (era) "ground". In Greek mythology Rhea was a Titan, the wife of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia. Also, in Roman mythology a woman named Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome.
ROANmFrisian
Variant of RONNE.
ROBENAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
ROBINm & fEnglish, Dutch, Swedish
Medieval diminutive of ROBERT. Robin Hood was a legendary hero and archer of medieval England who stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern times it has also been used as a feminine name, and it may sometimes be given in reference to the red-breasted bird.
ROBINAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of ROBIN. It originated in Scotland in the 17th century.
ROBYNfEnglish
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
ROBYNNEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
ROCmCatalan
Catalan form of ROCCO.
RONNEmFrisian
Frisian short form of Germanic names beginning with the element hraban meaning "raven".
SACAGAWEAfNative American
Probably from Hidatsa tsakáka wía meaning "bird woman". Alternatively it could originate from the Shoshone language and mean "boat puller". This name was borne by a Native American woman who guided the explorers Lewis and Clark. She was of Shoshone ancestry but had been abducted in her youth and raised by a Hidatsa tribe.
ŞAHİNmTurkish
Turkish form of SHAHIN.
SARIKAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
From a Sanskrit word referring to a type of thrush (species Turdus salica) or myna bird (species Gracula religiosa).
mIrish
Variant of SÉAGHDHA.
SEAGHDHmScottish
Scottish form of SÉAGHDHA.
SÉAGHDHAmIrish
Possibly means "admirable" or "hawk-like" in Gaelic.
SÉPHORAfFrench
French form of ZIPPORAH.
SHAHEENmPersian
Variant transcription of SHAHIN.
SHAHINmPersian
Means "peregrine falcon" in Persian.
SHAKUNTALAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta) meaning "bird". This is the name of a character in Hindu legend, her story adapted by Kalidasa for the 5th-century play 'Abhijnanashakuntalam'. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta. After a curse is laid upon them Dushyanta loses his memory and they are separated, but eventually the curse is broken after the king sees the signet ring he gave her.
SHAW (2)mScottish
Anglicized form of SEAGHDH.
SHAY (1)mIrish
Anglicized form of SÉAGHDHA.
SHEAm & fIrish
Anglicized form of SÉAGHDHA, sometimes used as a feminine name.
SHIKOBAm & fNative American, Choctaw
Means "feather" in Choctaw.
SHQIPEfAlbanian
Either from Albanian shqipe meaning "eagle" or shqip meaning "Albanian" (words which may be interrelated).
SPARROWm & fEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the bird, ultimately from Old English spearwa.
SUZUMEfJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese (suzume) meaning "sparrow", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations which are pronounced the same way.
SVANAfIcelandic
Short form of SVANHILDUR.
SVANHILDfNorwegian, Norse Mythology
Scandinavian cognate of SWANHILD. In Norse legend she was the daughter of Sigurd and Gudrun.
SVANHILDURfIcelandic
Icelandic form of SVANHILD.
SWANAHILDAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of SWANHILD.
SWANHILDfGerman (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements swan "swan" and hild "battle".
TEALfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of duck or the greenish-blue colour.
ÞÓRARINNmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse name derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr (see THOR) combined with arn "eagle".
TINUVIELfLiterature
Means "nightingale" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Tinuviel was the daughter of Thingol the elf king and the beloved of Beren, who with her help retrieved one of the Silmarils from the iron crown of Morgoth.
TOIBAfYiddish
Means "dove" in Yiddish.
TOYGARmTurkish
Means "lark" in Turkish.
TSUBAMEfJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese (tsubame) meaning "swallow (bird)" or other kanji which have the same pronunciation.
TURGAYmTurkish
Means "skylark" in Turkish.
TZIPORAfHebrew
Variant transcription of TZIPPORAH.
TZIPORAHfHebrew
Variant transcription of TZIPPORAH.
TZIPPORAHfHebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ZIPPORAH.
TZUFITfHebrew
Means "hummingbird" in Hebrew.
URPIfNative American, Quechua
Means "pigeon, dove" in Quechua.
USMANmArabic
Variant transcription of UTHMAN.
USOAfBasque
Means "dove" in Basque.
UTHMANmArabic
Means "baby bustard" in Arabic (a bustard is a type of large bird). Uthman was a companion of Muhammad who married two of his daughters. He was the third caliph of the Muslims.
UXUEfBasque
From the Basque name of the Spanish town of Ujué where there is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its name is derived from Basque usoa "dove".
VASCOmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
From the medieval Spanish name Velasco which possibly meant "crow" in Basque. A famous bearer was the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to India.
VEGAfAstronomy
The name of a star in the constellation Lyra. Its name is from Arabic الواقع (al-Waqi') meaning "the swooping (eagle)".
VELASCOmMedieval Spanish
Medieval Spanish form of VASCO.
VULFERAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WOLFRAM.
WOLFRAMmGerman
Derived from the Germanic element wulf meaning "wolf" combined with hramn "raven".
WRENfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word for the small songbird. It is ultimately derived from Old English wrenna.
XOCHIQUETZALfAztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "flower feather" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the Aztec goddess of love, flowers and the earth, the twin sister of Xochipilli.
YAENfHebrew
Means "ostrich" in Hebrew.
YONINAfHebrew
Feminine form of YONAH.
YONITfHebrew
Feminine form of YONAH.
YUNUSmArabic, Turkish
Arabic and Turkish form of JONAH.
ZIPPORAHfBiblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name צִפּוֹרָה (Tzipporah), derived from צִפּוֹר (tzippor) meaning "bird". In the Old Testament this is the name of the Midianite wife of Moses. She was the daughter of the priest Jethro.
ZITKALAfNative American, Sioux
Means "bird" in Lakota.