Cecilia f English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Romanian, Finnish
Latinate feminine form of the Roman family name Caecilius
, which was derived from Latin caecus
. Saint Cecilia was a semi-legendary 2nd- or 3rd-century martyr who was sentenced to die because she refused to worship the Roman gods. After attempts to suffocate her failed, she was beheaded. She was later regarded as the patron saint of music and musicians.... [more]
Celia f English, Spanish
Feminine form of the Roman family name Caelius
. Shakespeare used it in his play As You Like It
(1599), which introduced the name to the English-speaking public at large. It is sometimes used as a short form of Cecilia
Charlize f Southern African, Afrikaans
Feminine form of Charles
using the popular Afrikaans name suffix ize
. This name was popularized by South African actress Charlize Theron (1975-), who was named after her father Charles.
Charlotte f French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
French feminine diminutive of Charles
. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. It was the name of a German-born 18th-century queen consort of Great Britain and Ireland. Another notable bearer was Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), the eldest of the three Brontë sisters and the author of Jane Eyre
Christina f English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Greek
, the Latin feminine form of Christian
. This was the name of an early, possibly legendary, saint who was tormented by her pagan father. It was also borne by a 17th-century Swedish queen and patron the arts who gave up her crown in order to become a Roman Catholic.
Ciara 1 f Irish
Feminine form of Ciar
. Saint Ciara was an Irish nun who established a monastery at Kilkeary in the 7th century.
Clara f German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Catalan, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus
, which meant "clear, bright, famous"
. The name Clarus
was borne by a few early saints. The feminine form was popularized by the 13th-century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara
in Italian), a friend and follower of Saint Francis, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages, originally in the form Clare
, though the Latinate spelling Clara
became more popular in the 19th century.
Clare f English
Medieval English form of Clara
. This is also the name of an Irish county, which was itself probably derived from Irish clár
meaning "plank, level surface".
Claude m & f French, English
French masculine and feminine form of Claudius
. In France the masculine name has been common since the Middle Ages due to the 7th-century Saint Claude of Besançon. It was imported to Britain in the 16th century by the aristocratic Hamilton family, who had French connections. A famous bearer of this name was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Clemence f English
Feminine form of Clementius
). It has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it became rare after the 17th century.
Clemency f English (Rare)
Medieval variant of Clemence
. It can also simply mean "clemency, mercy" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clemens
Cloelia f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Cloelius
. In Roman legend Cloelia was a maiden who was given to an Etruscan invader as a hostage. She managed to escape by swimming across the Tiber, at the same time helping some of the other captives to safety.
Colombina f Italian (Rare)
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.
Cornelia f German, Romanian, Italian, Dutch, English, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Cornelius
. In the 2nd century BC it was borne by Cornelia Scipionis Africana (the daughter of the military hero Scipio Africanus), the mother of the two reformers known as the Gracchi. After her death she was regarded as an example of the ideal Roman woman. The name was revived in the 18th century.
Daniela f Italian, German, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Hebrew, English
Feminine form of Daniel
Danielle f French, English
French feminine form of Daniel
. It has been commonly used in the English-speaking world only since the 20th century.
Danutė f Lithuanian
Meaning uncertain, possibly a feminine form of Daniel
. It is found in Lithuania from at least 14th century, being borne by a sister of Vytautas the Great.
Deanna f English
Either a variant of Diana
or a feminine form of Dean
. This name was popularized by the Canadian actress and singer Deanna Durbin (1921-), whose birth name was Edna. Her stage name was a rearrangement of the letters of her real name.
Delphina f Late Roman
Feminine form of the Latin name Delphinus
, which meant "of Delphi"
. Delphi was a city in ancient Greece, the name of which is possibly related to Greek δελφύς (delphys)
meaning "womb". The Blessed Delphina was a 14th-century Provençal nun.
Desiree f English
English form of Désirée
. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by the movie Désirée
Ditte f Danish
Danish diminutive of Edith
or names containing dit
. It was popularized by Martin Andersen Nexø's novel Ditte, Child of Man
(1921) and the film adaptation (1946).
Domitilla f Italian, Ancient Roman
Feminine diminutive of the Roman family name Domitius
. This was the name of the wife of the Roman emperor Vespasian and the mother of emperors Titus and Domitian.
Domna f Late Roman, Greek
Feminine form of Domnus
. Saint Domna of Nicomedia was martyred during the persecutions of the early 4th century. However, in the case of Julia Domna, the Syrian wife of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus, it seems her name was actually of Semitic origin.
Donna f English
From Italian donna
. It is also used as a feminine form of Donald
Dorothea f German, Dutch, English, Late Greek
Feminine form of the Late Greek name Δωρόθεος (Dorotheos)
, which meant "gift of God"
from Greek δῶρον (doron)
meaning "gift" and θεός (theos)
meaning "god". The name Theodore
is composed of the same elements in reverse order. Dorothea was the name of two early saints, notably the 4th-century martyr Dorothea of Caesarea. It was also borne by the 14th-century Saint Dorothea of Montau, who was the patron saint of Prussia.
Éliane f French
Probably from Aeliana
, the feminine form of the Roman name Aelianus
, which was derived from the Roman family name Aelius
. This was the name of an early saint and martyr.
Elmira 1 f Literature
Shortened form of Edelmira
. It appears in the play Tartuffe
(1664) by the French playwright Molière (often spelled in the French style Elmire
Emilia f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Finnish, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Bulgarian
Feminine form of Aemilius
Emily f English
English feminine form of Aemilius
). In the English-speaking world it was not common until after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century; the princess Amelia Sophia (1711-1786) was commonly known as Emily
in English, even though Amelia
is an unrelated name.... [more]
Erika f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, English, Italian
Feminine form of Erik
. It also coincides with the word for "heather" in some languages.