Names Categorized "feelings"

This is a list of names in which the categories include feelings.
gender
usage
Abbas m Arabic, Persian, Azerbaijani, Urdu
Means "austere" in Arabic. This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's uncle. It was also borne by a son of Ali, the fourth caliph.
Abhay m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "fearless" in Sanskrit.
Abigail f English, Biblical, Biblical German, Biblical Italian, Biblical Portuguese, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name אֲבִיגָיִל ('Avigayil) meaning "my father is joy", derived from the roots אָב ('av) meaning "father" and גִּיל (gil) meaning "joy". In the Old Testament this is the name of Nabal's wife. After Nabal's death she became the third wife of King David.... [more]
Achilles m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek Ἀχιλλεύς (Achilleus), which is of unknown meaning, perhaps derived from Greek ἄχος (achos) meaning "pain" or else from the name of the Achelous River. This was the name of a warrior in Greek legend, one of the central characters in Homer's Iliad. The bravest of the Greek heroes in the war against the Trojans, he was eventually killed by an arrow to his heel, the only vulnerable part of his body.... [more]
Addolorata f Italian
Means "grieving" in Italian, from the title of the Virgin Mary, Maria Addolorata. It is most common in southern Italy. It is the equivalent of Spanish Dolores.
Adedayo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown becomes joy" in Yoruba.
Ælfwynn f Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements ælf "elf" and wynn "joy". This name was borne by a daughter of Æðelflæd who ruled Mercia briefly in the 10th century.
Aeschylus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αἰσχύλος (Aischylos), derived from αἶσχος (aischos) meaning "shame". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian playwright, known for his tragedies.
Aghi m Old Norse
Old Norse form of Ove.
Agmundr m Old Norse
Old Norse form of Amund.
Agnar m Norwegian, Icelandic
From the Old Norse name Agnarr, derived from agi "awe, fear" or egg "edge of a sword" combined with herr "army, warrior".
Agnarr m Old Norse
Old Norse form of Agnar.
Agner m Danish
Danish form of Agnar.
Ahava f Hebrew
Means "love" in Hebrew.
Ajax m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αἴας (Aias), perhaps deriving from Greek αἰαστής (aiastes) meaning "mourner" or αἶα (aia) meaning "earth, land". In Greek mythology this was the name of two of the heroes who fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War, the son of Telamon and the son of Oileus. When the armour of the slain hero Achilles was not given to Ajax Telamonian, he became mad with jealousy and killed himself.
Alaia 1 f Basque
Means "joyful, happy" from Basque alai.
Alcmene f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ἀλκμήνη (Alkmene), derived from ἀλκή (alke) meaning "strength, prowess" combined with μήνη (mene) meaning "moon" or μῆνις (menis) meaning "wrath". In Greek mythology Alcmene was the wife of Amphitryon. She was the mother of Herakles by Zeus, who bedded her by disguising himself as her absent husband.
Aliza f Hebrew
Means "joyful" in Hebrew.
Allegra f Italian, English (Rare)
Means "cheerful, lively" in Italian. It was borne by a short-lived illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron (1817-1822).
Allegria f Various
Means "cheerfulness, joy" in Italian.
Alyssa f English
Variant of Alicia. The spelling has probably been influenced by that of the alyssum flower, the name of which is derived from Greek (a), a negative prefix, combined with λύσσα (lyssa) meaning "madness, rabies", since it was believed to cure madness.
Amaro m Galician, Portuguese, Spanish
Meaning uncertain, perhaps related to Latin amarus "bitter", or maybe from the Visigothic name Amalric. This was the name of a legendary saint who was said to have sailed across the Atlantic to a paradise. He is especially popular in Galicia and Asturias in Spain.
Amenhotep m Ancient Egyptian
From Egyptian jmn-ḥtp meaning "Amon is satisfied", derived from the name of the Egyptian god Amon combined with ḥtp "peace, satisfaction". This was the name of four pharaohs of the New Kingdom, including Amenhotep III (14th century BC), known as the Magnificent, who ruled over Egypt during a time of great prosperity.
Amika f Esperanto
Means "friendly" in Esperanto, ultimately from Latin amicus "friend".
Amund m Norwegian
Derived from the Old Norse name Agmundr, from the element egg "edge of a sword" or agi "awe, fear" combined with mundr "protection".
Anand m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Bengali
Means "happiness, bliss" in Sanskrit.
Ananda m Tamil
Variant of Anand.
Anandi f Indian, Hindi
Feminine form of Anand.
Andebert m Germanic
From the Old German element anto meaning "zeal" combined with beraht meaning "bright".
Angerona f Roman Mythology
Possibly from Latin angor "strangulation, torment" or angustus "narrow, constricted". Angerona was the Roman goddess of the winter solstice, death, and silence.
Angrboða f Norse Mythology
Means "she who brings grief" in Old Norse, derived from angr "grief" and boða "to forebode, to proclaim". According to Norse mythology Angrboða was a giantess (jǫtunn) and the mother of three of Loki's children: Fenrir, Jörmungandr and Hel.
Angustias f Spanish
Means "anguishes", taken from a Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, meaning "Our Lady of Anguishes". She is the patron saint of Granada, Spain.
Ankhbayar m & f Mongolian
Means "first joy" in Mongolian, from анх (ankh) meaning "first" and баяр (bayar) meaning "joy".
Ante 2 m Frisian
Short form of names beginning with the Old German element anto "zeal".
Antelmo m Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Anthelm.
Anthelme m French (Rare)
French form of Anthelm.
Anuli f Western African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
Aoibhinn f Irish
Variant of Aoibheann. It also coincides with the related Irish word aoibhinn meaning "delightful, pleasant".
Aram 1 m Kurdish
Means "calm" in Kurdish.
As'ad m Arabic
Means "happier, luckier" in Arabic.
Asher m Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "happy, blessed" in Hebrew. Asher in the Old Testament is a son of Jacob by Leah's handmaid Zilpah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The meaning of his name is explained in Genesis 30:13.
Ashoka m Sanskrit
Means "without sorrow" in Sanskrit. This name was borne by Ashoka the Great, a 3rd-century BC emperor of India.
Asiri f Indigenous American, Quechua
Means "smile" in Quechua.
Asiya f Arabic
Possibly from Arabic أسي (asy) meaning "distressed, grieved". According to Islamic tradition this was the name of the wife of the pharaoh at the time of Moses. She took care of the infant Moses and later accepted monotheism.
Asmodeus m Biblical, Judeo-Christian-Islamic Legend
From Greek Ἀσμοδαῖος (Asmodaios) and Hebrew אשְׁמְדּאי ('Ashmed'ai), probably from Avestan 𐬀𐬉𐬱𐬆𐬨𐬀 (aēshəma) meaning "wrath" and 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬎𐬎𐬀 (daēuua) meaning "demon". In the apocryphal Book of Tobit this is the name of a demon who successively kills seven of Sarah's husbands on their wedding nights. He also appears in the Talmud.
Atreus m Greek Mythology
Means "fearless", derived from the Greek negative prefix (a) and τρέω (treo) meaning "to fear, to flee". In Greek mythology, Atreus was a king of Mycenae and the father of Agamemnon and Menelaus.
Avigail f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Abigail.
Ayo f & m Western African, Yoruba
From Yoruba ayọ̀ meaning "joy", or a short form of other names containing this element.
Ayodele m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come home" in Yoruba.
Ayokunle m Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has filled the home" in Yoruba.
Ayomide f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "my joy has arrived" in Yoruba.
Ayotunde m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come again" in Yoruba.
Babis m Greek
Diminutive of Charalampos.
Bahija f Arabic
Means "happy" in Arabic.
Bala 2 f Biblical Latin
Latin form of Bilhah.
Balla f Biblical Greek
Greek form of Bilhah.
Barnabas m German (Rare), English (Rare), Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a Jew from Cyprus who was a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic form is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement".... [more]
Barrett m English
From a surname probably meaning "quarrelsome, deceptive" in Middle English, originally given to a quarrelsome person.
Bassam m Arabic
Means "smiling" in Arabic, from the root بَسَمَ (basama) meaning "to smile".
Batbayar m Mongolian
Means "strong joy" in Mongolian, from бат (batu) meaning "strong, firm" and баяр (bayar) meaning "joy".
Bhavana f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "producing, manifesting, thought, emotion" in Sanskrit.
Bila f Biblical Italian
Italian form of Bilhah.
Bilha f Biblical German, Biblical French, Biblical Spanish, Biblical Dutch
German, French, Spanish and Dutch form of Bilhah.
Bilhah f Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "bashful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the handmaid given to Jacob by his wife Rachel. By him she was the mother of Dan and Naphtali.
Blažena f Czech, Slovak
Derived from Czech and Slovak blažený meaning "blissful, happy".
Blazh m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic name derived from Slavic blagu meaning "good, blessed, happy".
Blue m & f English (Rare)
From the English word for the colour, derived via Norman French from a Frankish word (replacing the native Old English cognate blaw). Despite the fact that this name was used by the American musicians Beyoncé and Jay-Z in 2012 for their first daughter, it has not come into general use in the United States.
Blythe f & m English (Rare)
From a surname meaning "cheerful" in Old English.
Boipelo m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy, rejoicing" in Tswana, from ipela meaning "to rejoice".
Boitumelo f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana, from itumela meaning "to be happy".
Bonnie f English
Means "pretty" from the Scottish word bonnie, which was itself derived from Middle French bon "good". It has been in use as an American given name since the 19th century, and it became especially popular after the movie Gone with the Wind (1939), in which it was the nickname of Scarlett's daughter.
Bontu f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "proud" in Oromo.
Bounmy m & f Lao
Means "happy", from Lao ບຸນ (boun) meaning "happiness, prosperity, goodness" combined with ມີ (mi) meaning "to have".
Brónach f Irish
Means "sad", derived from Irish brón meaning "sorrow". Saint Brónach was a 6th-century Irish mystic.
Bronagh f Irish
Anglicized form of Brónach.
Buz m Biblical
Means "contempt" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of Abraham's brother Nahor in the Old Testament.
Carita f Swedish
Derived from Latin caritas meaning "dearness, esteem, love".
Cassiel m Judeo-Christian-Islamic Legend
From Hebrew קַפצִיאֵל (Qaftzi'el), of uncertain meaning. Suggested meanings include "leap of God", "drawn together by God" or "wrath of God". This is the name of an angel in medieval Jewish, Christian and Islamic mysticism.
Chara f Greek
Means "happiness, joy" in Greek.
Charalampos m Greek
Means "to shine from happiness" from Greek χαρά (chara) meaning "happiness" combined with λάμπω (lampo) meaning "to shine".
Charmion f Ancient Greek
Greek name derived from χάρμα (charma) meaning "delight". This was the name of one of Cleopatra's servants, as recorded by Plutarch.
Chenda f Khmer
From Pali cintā meaning "thought, care", from Sanskrit चिनता (chinta).
Chidiegwu m Western African (Rare), Igbo (Rare)
Means "God is awe-inspiring" in Igbo.
Chimwemwe m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "joy, pleasure" in Chewa.
Cian m Irish, Irish Mythology, Old Irish
Means "ancient, enduring" in Irish. In Irish mythology this was the name of the father of Lugh Lámfada. It was also borne by the mythical ancestor of the Ciannachta and by a son-in-law of Brian Boru.
Cináed m Medieval Scottish, Old Irish
Possibly from Old Irish cin "respect, esteem, affection" or cinid "be born, come into being" combined with áed "fire", though it might actually be of Pictish origin. This was the name of the first king of the Scots and Picts (9th century). It is often Anglicized as Kenneth. The originally unrelated name Coinneach is sometimes used as the modern Scottish Gaelic form.
Coşkun m Turkish
Means "enthusiastic" in Turkish.
Črtomir m Slovene
Derived from the Slavic elements črt "hatred" and miru "peace, world". This is the name of the hero in the Slovene national epic Baptism on the Savica (1835) by France Prešeren.
Cruz f & m Spanish, Portuguese
Means "cross" in Spanish or Portuguese, referring to the cross of the crucifixion.
Ctirad m Czech
Derived from the Slavic elements chisti meaning "honour" and rad meaning "happy, willing". In Czech legend this was the name of one of the men tricked by Šárka.
Cyrus m English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Persian (Latinized)
Latin form of Greek Κῦρος (Kyros), from the Old Persian name 𐎤𐎢𐎽𐎢𐏁 (Kuruš), possibly meaning "young" or "humiliator (of the enemy)". Alternatively it could be of Elamite origin. The name has sometimes been associated with Greek κύριος (kyrios) meaning "lord".... [more]
Davor m Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Possibly from an old Slavic exclamation expressing joy or sorrow.
Dayo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy arrives" in Yoruba.
Dechen f & m Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "great happiness" in Tibetan.
Deimos m Greek Mythology
Means "terror" in Greek. This was one of the sons of the Greek god Ares. Also, a moon of Mars bears this name.
Delicia f English (Rare)
Either from Latin deliciae "delight, pleasure" or a variant of the English word delicious. It has been used since the 17th century (rarely).
Delight f English (Rare)
Means simply "delight, happiness" from the English word.
Delora f English
Altered form of Dolores.
Delores f English
Variant of Dolores.
Deloris f English
Variant of Dolores.
Delshad m & f Persian (Rare)
Means "happy heart, cheerful" in Persian, from دل (del) meaning "heart" and شاد (shad) meaning "happy".
Desideria f Italian (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Late Roman
Feminine form of Desiderio. This was the Latin name of a 19th-century queen of Sweden, the wife of Karl XIV. She was born in France with the name Désirée.
Desta f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "joy" in Amharic.
Diarmaid m Irish, Irish Mythology
Meaning unknown, though it has been suggested that it means "without envy" in Irish. In Irish legend this was the name of a warrior who became the lover of Gráinne. It was also the name of several ancient Irish kings.
Dikeledi f Southern African, Tswana
Means "tears" in Tswana.
Dilan f Turkish
Means "love" in Turkish.
Dilşad f & m Turkish, Kurdish
Turkish (feminine) and Kurdish (masculine) form of Delshad.
Dilshad m & f Urdu
Urdu form of Delshad.
Dipaka m Hinduism
Means "inflaming, exciting" in Sanskrit. This is another name of Kama, the Hindu god of love.
Discordia f Roman Mythology
Means "discord, strife" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of discord, equivalent to the Greek goddess Eris.
Doireann f Irish, Irish Mythology
Possibly from the Old Irish prefix der "daughter" and finn "white, blessed". Alternatively it may be derived from Irish doireann "sullen, tempestuous". This was the name of several characters in Irish legend, including a daughter of Bodb Derg who poisoned Fionn mac Cumhaill after he spurned her advances.
Dolores f Spanish, English
Means "sorrows", taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, meaning "Our Lady of Sorrows". It has been used in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, becoming especially popular in America during the 1920s and 30s.
Dolors f Catalan
Catalan form of Dolores.
Dores f Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of Dolores.
Dragoljub m Serbian, Croatian
From the Slavic elements dragu meaning "precious" and lyuby meaning "love". This is also the Serbian and Croatian word for the flowering plant nasturtium (species Tropaeolum majus).
Drystan m Welsh
Welsh form of Tristan.
Duygu m & f Turkish
Means "emotion, sensation" in Turkish.
Ealar m Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Hilary.
Earnest m English
Variant of Ernest influenced by the spelling of the English word earnest.
Eden f & m Hebrew, English (Modern)
Possibly from Hebrew עֵדֶן ('eden) meaning "pleasure, delight", or perhaps derived from Sumerian 𒂔 (edin) meaning "plain". According to the Old Testament the Garden of Eden was the place where the first people, Adam and Eve, lived before they were expelled.
Edna f English, Biblical
Means "pleasure" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament Apocrypha, for instance in the Book of Tobit belonging to the wife of Raguel. It was borne by the American poet Edna Dean Proctor (1829-1923). It did not become popular until the second half of the 19th century, after it was used for the heroine in the successful 1866 novel St. Elmo by Augusta Jane Evans. It peaked around the turn of the century and has declined steadily since then, falling off the American top 1000 list in 1992.
'Ednah f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Edna.
Effrosyni f Greek
Modern Greek form of Euphrosyne.
Egil m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Egill, a diminutive of names that began with the element agi "awe, fear". This was the name of a semi-legendary 10th-century Viking, described in the Icelandic Egill's Saga.
Ekundayo f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "tears become joy" in Yoruba.
Ellar m Scottish
Anglicized form of Ealar.
Elşən m Azerbaijani
From Azerbaijani el meaning "country, society" and şən meaning "happy, cheerful" (of Armenian origin).
Elvira f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Hungarian, Russian
Spanish form of a Visigothic name, recorded from the 10th century in forms such as Geloyra or Giluira. It is of uncertain meaning, possibly composed of the Gothic element gails "happy" or gails "spear" combined with wers "friendly, agreeable, true". The name was borne by members of the royal families of León and Castille. This is also the name of a character in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni (1787).
Elysia f Various
From Elysium, the name of the realm of the dead in Greek and Roman mythology, which means "blissful".
Enkhjargal f Mongolian
Means "peace blessing" in Mongolian, from энх (enkh) meaning "peace, calm" and жаргал (jargal) meaning "blessing, happiness".
Éowyn f Literature
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.
Ernest m English, French, Catalan, Polish, Slovak, Slovene
Derived from Old High German ernust meaning "serious, earnest". It was introduced to England by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century, though it did not become common until the following century. The American author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a famous bearer of the name. It was also used by Oscar Wilde for a character in his comedy The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).
Ernust m Germanic
Old German form of Ernest.
Étaín f Irish, Irish Mythology, Old Irish
Possibly derived from Old Irish ét meaning "jealousy, passion". In Irish legend she is the subject of the 9th-century tale The Wooing of Étaín. She was the wife of Midir, but his jealous first wife Fuamnach transformed her into a fly. She was accidentally swallowed, and then reborn to the woman who swallowed her. After she grew again to adulthood she married the Irish high king Eochaid Airem, having no memory of Midir. Midir and Étaín were eventually reunited after Midir defeated Eochaid in a game of chess.... [more]
Eudocia f Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Εὐδοκία (Eudokia), derived from the word εὐδοκέω (eudokeo) meaning "to be well pleased, to be satisfied", itself derived from εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and δοκέω (dokeo) meaning "to think, to imagine, to suppose". This name was common among Byzantine royalty. Saint Eudocia was the wife of the 5th-century emperor Theodosius II.
Eun-Jeong f Korean
From Sino-Korean (eun) meaning "kindness, mercy, charity" or (eun) meaning "careful, anxious, attentive" combined with (jeong) meaning "courtyard" or (jeong) meaning "pretty, graceful". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
Euphranor m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek εὐφραίνω (euphraino) meaning "to delight". This was the name of a 4th-century BC Athenian artist.
Euphrosyne f Greek Mythology
Means "mirth, merriment, cheerfulness" in Greek, a derivative of εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and φρήν (phren) meaning "mind, heart". She was one of the three Graces or Χάριτες (Charites) in Greek mythology.
Eustorgio m Italian (Rare)
From Eustorgius, the Latin form of the Greek name Εὐστόργιος (Eustorgios), which was from the word εὔστοργος (eustorgos) meaning "content", a derivative of εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and στέργω (stergo) meaning "to love, to be content". Saint Eustorgius was a 6th-century bishop of Milan.
Euterpe f Greek Mythology
Means "delight" in Greek, ultimately from εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and τέρπω (terpo) meaning "to satisfy, to cheer". In Greek mythology she was one of the nine Muses, the muse of music and joy. She was said to have invented the double flute.
Euthymius m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Εὐθύμιος (Euthymios) meaning "in good spirits, generous", derived from the word εὔθυμος (euthymos), which was composed of the elements εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and θυμός (thymos) meaning "soul, spirit". This was the name of several early saints.
Evaristus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Εὐάριστος (Euaristos) meaning "well pleasing" from the Greek word εὐάρεστος (euarestos), derived from εὖ (eu) meaning "good, well" and ἀρεστός (arestos) meaning "pleasing". This was the name of the fifth pope, supposedly martyred under Emperor Hadrian.
Evîn f Kurdish
Means "love" in Kurdish.
Fachtna m Irish, Old Irish, Irish Mythology
Possibly from Old Irish facht meaning "malice". This was the name of a legendary high king of Ireland, said in some traditions to be the husband of Neasa and the father of Conchobar.
Fadzai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona fadza meaning "please, make happy".
Fajra f Esperanto
Means "fiery" in Esperanto, from fajro meaning "fire".
Farah f & m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay
Means "joy, happiness" in Arabic.
Farai m & f Southern African, Shona
From Shona fara meaning "rejoice, be happy".
Faraj m Arabic
Means "comfort, relief" in Arabic.
Faraji m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "consolation" in Swahili (of Arabic origin).
Farhan m Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Means "happy, cheerful" in Arabic.
Fariha f Arabic, Urdu
Means "happy" in Arabic.
Farrah f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic فرح (see Farah).
Farrokh m Persian
Means "happy, auspicious" in Persian.
Felicidade f Portuguese
Portuguese form of Felicitas. It also means "happiness" in Portuguese.
Felicita f Italian
Italian form of Felicitas. It also coincides closely with Italian felicità "happiness".
Felicity f English
From the English word felicity meaning "happiness", which ultimately derives from Latin felicitas "good luck". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans around the 17th century. It can sometimes be used as an English form of the Latin name Felicitas. This name jumped in popularity in the United States after the premiere of the television series Felicity in 1998. It is more common in the United Kingdom.
Fiera f Esperanto
Means "proud" in Esperanto.
Fortunato m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Fortunatus meaning "fortunate, blessed, happy". This was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
Freyde f Yiddish (Rare)
From Yiddish פֿרייד (freid) meaning "joy".
Frosina f Macedonian
Macedonian form of Euphrosyne.
Fruzsina f Hungarian
Diminutive of Eufrozina, the Hungarian form of Euphrosyne.
Funmilayo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "give me joy" in Yoruba, also a short form of Olufunmilayo or Oluwafunmilayo.
Furaha f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "joy, happiness" in Swahili (ultimately of Arabic origin).
Furiosa f Popular Culture
Means "full of rage, furious" in Latin. This is the name of a warrior who turns against the evil Immortan Joe in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Gailawera f Gothic (Hypothetical)
Possible Gothic form of Elvira.
Gaius m Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman praenomen, or given name, of uncertain meaning. It is possibly derived from Latin gaudere "to rejoice", though it may be of unknown Etruscan origin. This was a very common Roman praenomen, the most famous bearers being Gaius Julius Caesar, the great leader of the Roman Republic, and his adopted son Gaius Octavius (later known as Augustus), the first Roman emperor. This name also appears in the New Testament belonging to a bishop of Ephesus who is regarded as a saint.
Gaja 2 f Esperanto
Means "cheerful, merry, glad" in Esperanto.
Gale 2 m English
From a surname that was derived from Middle English gaile "jovial". It also coincides with the English word gale meaning "storm".
Ganymede m Greek Mythology (Anglicized)
From Greek Γανυμήδης (Ganymedes), which was possibly derived from γάνυμαι (ganymai) meaning "to be glad" and μήδεα (medea) meaning "plans, counsel, cunning". 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.
Gay f English
From the English word gay meaning "gay, happy". By the mid-20th century the word had acquired the additional meaning of "homosexual", and the name has subsequently dropped out of use.
Gaylord m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old French gaillard "high-spirited, boisterous". This name was rarely used after the mid-20th century, when the word gay acquired the slang meaning "homosexual".
Gediminas m Lithuanian
Possibly from the Lithuanian roots ged- "to mourn, to long for" and min- "to think, to remember, to mention". This was the name of a 14th-century Grand Duke of Lithuania.
Geloyra f Gothic (Latinized)
Latinized (Old Spanish) form of a Gothic name (see Elvira).
Gëzim m Albanian
Means "joy, happiness" in Albanian.
Gil 3 m Hebrew
Means "joy, happiness" in Hebrew.
Gilah f Hebrew
Feminine form of Gil 3.
Gili f & m Hebrew
Means "my joy" in Hebrew.
Gioconda f Italian
From the Late Latin name Iucunda, which meant "pleasant, delightful, happy". Leonardo da Vinci's painting the Mona Lisa is also known as La Gioconda because its subject is Lisa del Giocondo.
Gioia f Italian
Means "joy" in Italian.
Gniewomir m Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements gnyevu meaning "anger" and miru meaning "peace, world".
Golnaz f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort".
Gor m Armenian
Means "fierce" in Armenian.
Gráinne f Irish, Irish Mythology, Old Irish
Possibly derived from Old Irish grán meaning "grain" or gráin meaning "hatred, fear". In the Irish legend The Pursuit of Diarmaid and Gráinne she escaped from her arranged marriage to Fionn mac Cumhaill by fleeing with her lover Diarmaid. Another famous bearer was the powerful 16th-century Irish landowner and seafarer Gráinne Ní Mháille (known in English as Grace O'Malley), who was sometimes portrayed as a pirate queen in later tales.
Grid f Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Gríðr, probably derived from either gríð "zeal, vehemence" or grið "peace". In Norse myth she was a giantess (jǫtunn), the mother of Vidar by Odin. She aided Thor in his fight against the giant Geirrod.
Gugulethu f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele igugu "treasure, pride" and lethu "our".
Gurpreet m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit गुरु (guru) meaning "teacher, guru" and प्रीति (priti) meaning "pleasure, joy, love".
Gwandoya m Eastern African, Ganda
Means "met with misery" in Luganda.
Haggai m Biblical
Means "festive" in Hebrew, from the root חָגַג (chagag). This is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament. He was the author of the Book of Haggai, which urges the exiles returning from Babylonia to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
Haggith f Biblical
Means "festive" in Hebrew, derived from the root חָגַג (chagag). In the Old Testament this is the name of one of King David's wives.
Hailwic f Germanic
Old German variant of Heilwig.
Hana 1 f Arabic, Bosnian
Means "bliss, happiness" in Arabic.
Hande f Turkish
From Persian خنده (khandeh) meaning "laughter, smile".
Hani m Arabic
Means "happy" in Arabic.
Happy f & m English (Rare)
From the English word happy, derived from Middle English hap "chance, luck", of Old Norse origin.
Harpreet m & f Indian (Sikh)
From the name of the Hindu god Hari and Sanskrit प्रीति (priti) meaning "pleasure, joy, love".
Harsha m Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Sanskrit
Means "happiness" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a 7th-century emperor of northern India. He was also noted as an author.
Harshad m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit हर्ष (harsha) meaning "happiness".
Hauke m Frisian, German
Frisian short form of Old German given names containing the element hugu meaning "mind, thought, spirit".
Heilwig f German (Rare), Germanic
Derived from the Old German elements heil "healthy, whole" and wig "war".
Hephzibah f Biblical
Means "my delight is in her" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is the wife of King Hezekiah of Judah and the mother of Manasseh.
Hetepheres f Ancient Egyptian
From Egyptian ḥtp-ḥrs meaning "satisfied is her face", from ḥtp "peace, satisfaction" and ḥr "face". This was the name of queens consort and princesses from the Egpytian 4th dynasty (26th century BC).
Hilaire m French
French form of Hilarius.
Hilario m Spanish
Spanish form of Hilarius.
Hilarion m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ἱλαρός (hilaros) meaning "cheerful". This was the name of a 4th-century saint, a disciple of Saint Anthony.
Hilarius m Ancient Roman
Roman name derived from Latin hilaris meaning "cheerful". Alternatively, it could be derived from the Greek name Ἱλαρός (Hilaros) also meaning "cheerful" (the Greek word ἱλαρός was the source of the Latin word hilaris). Saint Hilarius was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Poitiers. This was also the name of a 5th-century pope.
Hilary f & m English
Medieval English form of Hilarius or Hilaria. During the Middle Ages it was primarily a masculine name. It was revived in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century as a predominantly feminine name. In America, this name and the variant Hillary seemed to drop in popularity after Hillary Clinton (1947-) became the first lady in 1993. Famous bearers include American actresses Hilary Swank (1974-) and Hilary Duff (1987-).
Hillar m Estonian
Estonian form of Hilarius.
Hillary f English
Variant of Hilary. A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), the first man to climb Mount Everest. It is borne by the American politician Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-). The name dropped in popularity in 1993 after she became the first lady as the wife of Bill Clinton.
Hillevi f Swedish, Finnish
Swedish and Finnish form of Heilwig.
Hiram m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, English
From Phoenician 𐤇𐤓𐤌 (Ḥirom) meaning "exalted brother". This was the name of a king of Tyre in the Old Testament. He may have reigned in the 10th century BC. As an English given name, Hiram came into use after the Protestant Reformation. In the 17th century the Puritans brought it to America, where it gained some currency.
Huan f & m Chinese
From Chinese (huān) meaning "happy, pleased", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Hugleikr m Old Norse
Old Norse name derived from hugr "mind, thought, mood" and leikr "play".
Ibtihaj f Arabic
Means "joy" in Arabic.
Idris 2 m Welsh
Means "ardent lord" from Old Welsh iudd "lord" combined with ris "ardent, enthusiastic". This name was borne by Idris the Giant, a 7th-century king of Meirionnydd.
Ilar m Welsh
Welsh form of Hilarius. This is the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint.
Ilari m Finnish
Finnish form of Hilarius.
Ilaria f Italian
Italian feminine form of Hilarius.
Ilario m Italian
Italian form of Hilarius.
Ilarion m Bulgarian (Rare), Macedonian (Rare)
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of Hilarion.
Ilariy m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of Hilarius.
Ilga f Latvian
Derived from Latvian ilgas meaning "longing, desire" or ilgs meaning "long time".
Indrani f Hinduism, Bengali, Indian, Hindi
Means "queen of Indra" in Sanskrit. This is a Hindu goddess of jealousy and beauty, a wife of Indra.
Inkar f Kazakh
Means "desire, passion" in Kazakh.
Into m Finnish
Means "enthusiasm" in Finnish.
Invidia f Roman Mythology
Means "envy" in Latin. This was the Roman goddess of vengeance, equivalent to the Greek goddess Nemesis.
Isamu m Japanese
From Japanese (isamu) meaning "brave" or other kanji having the same pronunciation.
Itumeleng m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "be happy" in Tswana, from itumela meaning "to be happy".
Iucunda f Late Roman
Latin form of Gioconda.
Jabez m Biblical
Means "sorrow" in Hebrew. This is the name of a character in the Old Testament who is blessed by God.
Jad m Arabic
Means "serious" in Arabic. This name is most common in Lebanon.
Jarek m Polish, Czech
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element yaru meaning "fierce, strong", such as Jarosław or Jaroslav.
Jargal f & m Mongolian
Means "happiness, blessing" in Mongolian.
Jarmil m Czech
Derived from the Slavic elements yaru meaning "fierce, energetic" and milu meaning "gracious, dear".
Jarogniew m Polish (Rare)
Derived from the Slavic elements yaru meaning "fierce, energetic" and gnyevu meaning "anger".
Jaromír m Czech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic elements yaru meaning "fierce, energetic" and miru meaning "peace, world".
Jehoaddan f Biblical
Means "Yahweh delights" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she was the wife of King Joash of Judah, and the mother of his successor King Amaziah.
Jerahmeel m Biblical
From Hebrew יְרַחְמְאֵל (Yerachme'el) meaning "God will have pity". This name is borne by a few minor characters in the Old Testament.
Jeremiah m English, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יִרְמְיָהוּ (Yirmiyahu) meaning "Yahweh will exalt", from the roots רוּם (rum) meaning "to exalt" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of one of the major prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations (supposedly). He lived to see the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in the 6th century BC.... [more]
Jocosa f Medieval English
Medieval variant of Joyce, influenced by the Latin word iocosus or jocosus "merry, playful".
Joy f English
Simply from the English word joy, ultimately derived from Norman French joie, Latin gaudia. It has been regularly used as a given name since the late 19th century.
Joyce f & m English
From the medieval masculine name Josse, which was derived from the earlier Iudocus, which was a Latinized form of the Breton name Judoc meaning "lord". The name belonged to a 7th-century Breton saint, and Breton settlers introduced it to England after the Norman Conquest. It became rare after the 14th century, but was later revived as a feminine name, perhaps because of similarity to the Middle English word joise "to rejoice". This given name also became a surname, as in the case of the Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941).
Kalea f Hawaiian
Means "joy, happiness" in Hawaiian.
Kamon m & f Thai
Means "heart, mind" in Thai.
Katherine f English
From the Greek name Αἰκατερίνη (Aikaterine). The etymology is debated: it could derive from an earlier Greek name Ἑκατερινη (Hekaterine), itself from ἑκάτερος (hekateros) meaning "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the goddess Hecate; it could be related to Greek αἰκία (aikia) meaning "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name". In the early Christian era it became associated with Greek καθαρός (katharos) meaning "pure", and the Latin spelling was changed from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.... [more]
Kayode m Western African, Yoruba
Means "bringing joy" in Yoruba.
Kazuyuki m Japanese
From Japanese (kazu) meaning "harmony, peace" and (yuki) meaning "happiness, good luck", as well as other combinations of kanji characters having the same reading.
Kebede m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "heavy, serious" in Amharic.
Kelsey f & m English
From an English surname that is derived from town names in Lincolnshire. It may mean "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel "fierce" in combination with eg "island".
Kıvanç m Turkish
Means "pride, joy" in Turkish.
Leah f English, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name לֵאָה (Le'ah), which was probably derived from the Hebrew word לְאָה (le'ah) meaning "weary". Alternatively it might be related to Akkadian littu meaning "cow". In the Old Testament Leah is the first wife of Jacob and the mother of seven of his children. Jacob's other wife was Leah's younger sister Rachel, whom he preferred. Leah later offered Jacob her handmaid Zilpah in order for him to conceive more children.... [more]
Leela f Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam
Alternate transcription of Lila 1.
Leta f English
Possibly derived from Latin laetus meaning "glad". Otherwise, it could be a short form of names ending in leta.
Letitia f English
From the Late Latin name Laetitia meaning "joy, happiness". This was the name of an obscure saint, who is revered mainly in Spain. It was in use in England during the Middle Ages, usually in the spelling Lettice, and it was revived in the 18th century.
Lettice f English (Archaic)
Medieval form of Letitia.
Ligaya f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "happiness" in Tagalog.
Lila 1 f Indian, Hindi
Means "play, amusement" in Sanskrit.
Lilla f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of Lívia or Lídia.
Liron m & f Hebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
Lívia f Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak
Portuguese, Hungarian and Slovak form of Livia 1.
Livia 1 f Italian, Romanian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Livius. This was the name of the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus, Livia Drusilla.
Liviana f Italian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman family name Livianus, which was itself derived from the family name Livius.
Livianus m Ancient Roman
Latin masculine form of Liviana.
Livie f French (Rare), Czech (Rare)
French and Czech feminine form of Livius.
Livius m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that may be related to either Latin liveo "to envy" or lividus "blue, envious". Titus Livius, also known as Livy, was a Roman historian who wrote a history of the city of Rome.
Liwia f Polish
Polish form of Livia 1.
Lola f Spanish, English, French
Spanish diminutive of Dolores. A famous bearer was Lola Montez (1821-1861; birth name Eliza Gilbert), an Irish-born dancer, actress and courtesan.
Lolicia f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of Lola.
Lolita f Spanish
Diminutive of Lola. This is the name of a 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov.
Lorcán m Irish
Means "little fierce one", derived from Old Irish lorcc "fierce" combined with a diminutive suffix. Saint Lorcán was a 12th-century archbishop of Dublin.
Ļubova f Latvian
Latvian form of Lyubov.
Lugalbanda m Sumerian Mythology
From Sumerian lugal "king" and banda "young, wild, fierce". This was the name of a legendary king of Uruk who was said to be the father of Gilgamesh in Sumerian mythology.
Lykke f Danish
Means "good fortune, happiness" in Danish.
Lyssa 2 f Greek Mythology
Means "rage, fury, anger" in Greek. In Greek mythology Lyssa is a goddess associated with uncontrolled rage.
Macario m Spanish
Spanish form of the Latin name Macarius, derived from the Greek name Μακάριος (Makarios), which was in turn derived from Greek μάκαρ (makar) meaning "blessed, happy". This was the name of several early saints.
Mahnaz f Persian
From Persian مه (mah) meaning "moon" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort".
Mahzun m Turkish (Rare)
Means "sad" in Turkish.
Makarios m Late Greek
Greek form of Macario.
Makena f & m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.
Malvolio m Literature
Means "ill will" in Italian. This name was invented by Shakespeare for pompous character in his comedy Twelfth Night (1602).
Manyara f Southern African, Shona
Means "you have been humbled" in Shona.
María de los Dolores f Spanish
Means "Mary of sorrows" in Spanish, a devotional title of the Virgin Mary.
Marley f & m English (Modern)
From an English surname that was taken from a place name meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the Jamaican musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
Martirio f Spanish (Rare)
Means "martyrdom" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora del Martirio, the patron saint of the Spanish town of Ugíjar.
Marvel f English
From the English word meaning "a miracle, a wonder", derived from Old French merveille, from Latin mirabilis meaning "wonderful".
Marzieh f Persian
Derived from Arabic مرضية (mardiyah) meaning "satisfactory, pleasing".
Masozi m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
Mayumi 2 f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "tender, soft, modest" in Tagalog.
Meeli f Estonian
Feminine form of Meelis.
Meelis m Estonian
From Estonian meel meaning "mind, mood".
Megaera f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Μέγαιρα (Megaira), which was derived from μεγαίρω (megairo) meaning "to grudge". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ἐρινύες (Erinyes) in Greek mythology. The name is used as a word in several European languages to denote a shrewish, ill-tempered woman (for example, French mégère and Italian megera).
Mehetabel f Biblical
From the Hebrew name מְהֵיטַבְאֵל (Meheitav'el) meaning "God makes happy". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.