Names Categorized "happiness"

This is a list of names in which the categories include happiness.
gender
usage
Abigail f English, Biblical, Biblical German, Biblical Italian, 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]
Adebayo m Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown meets joy" in Yoruba.
Adedayo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown becomes joy" in Yoruba.
Adegoke m Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has ascended the mountain" in Yoruba.
Alaia 1 f Basque
Means "joyful, happy" from Basque alai.
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.
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.
Ankhbayar m & f Mongolian
Means "first joy" in Mongolian.
Anuli f Western African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
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.
Avigail f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Abigail.
Ayelen f Indigenous American, Mapuche
From Mapuche ayelen "laughing", ayliñ "clear" or aylen "ember".
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.
Basim m Arabic
Means "smiling" in Arabic, from the root بَسَمَ (basama) meaning "to smile".
Basma f Arabic
Means "smile" in Arabic, from the root بَسَمَ (basama).
Bassam m Arabic
Means "smiling" in Arabic, from the root بَسَمَ (basama) meaning "to smile".
Batbayar m Mongolian
Means "strong joy" in Mongolian.
Benvenuto m Italian
Means "welcome" in Italian. A famous bearer was the Italian Renaissance sculptor and writer Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571).
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".
Blythe f & m English (Rare)
From a surname meaning "cheerful" in Old English.
Boitumelo f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana, from itumela meaning "to be happy".
Bounmy m & f Lao
Means "happy", from Lao ບຸນ (boun) meaning "happiness, prosperity, goodness" combined with ມີ (mi) meaning "to have".
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.
Chimwemwe m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "joy, pleasure" in Chewa.
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.
Dakarai m Southern African, Shona
Means "rejoice" in Shona.
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.
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.
Delshad m & f Persian (Rare)
Means "happy heart, cheerful" in Persian, from دل (del) meaning "heart" and شاد (shad) meaning "happy".
Desta f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "joy" in Amharic.
Dilşad f & m Turkish, Kurdish
Turkish (feminine) and Kurdish (masculine) form of Delshad.
Dilshad m & f Urdu
Urdu form of Delshad.
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.
Eija f Finnish
Possibly from the Finnish happy exclamation eijaa.
Ekundayo f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "tears become joy" in Yoruba.
Elşad m Azerbaijani
From Turkic el meaning "country, society" combined with Azerbaijani şad meaning "happy, glad" (from Persian شاد).
Elysia f Various
From Elysium, the name of the realm of the dead in Greek and Roman mythology, which means "blissful".
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.
Etsuko f Japanese
From Japanese (etsu) meaning "joy, pleased" and (ko) meaning "child", as well as other kanji combinations.
Euphrasia f Ancient Greek
Means "good cheer" in Greek.
Euphrasie f French
French form of Euphrasia.
Euphrosyne f Greek Mythology
Means "mirth, merriment" in Greek. She was one of the three Graces or Χάριτες (Charites) in Greek mythology.
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.
Fadzai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona fadza meaning "please, make happy".
Farah f & m Arabic, Malay
Means "joy, happiness" 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.
Farruh m Uzbek
Uzbek form of Farrokh.
Farrukh m Urdu, Tajik
Urdu and Tajik form of Farrokh.
Farrux m Uzbek
Uzbek form of Farrokh.
Felicidad f Spanish
Spanish form of Felicitas. It also means "happiness" in Spanish.
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.
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).
Gaja 2 f Esperanto
Means "cheerful, merry, glad" in Esperanto.
Gale 2 m English
From an English surname that was derived from Middle English gaile "jovial".
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.
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.
Gurpreet m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit गुरु (guru) meaning "teacher, guru" and प्रीति (priti) meaning "pleasure, joy, love".
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.
Hailwic f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Heilwig.
Hana 1 f Arabic, Bosnian
Means "bliss, happiness" in Arabic.
Hanaa f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هناء (see Hana 1).
Handan f Turkish
From Persian خندان (khandan) meaning "laughing, smiling".
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".
Harshad m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit हर्ष (harsha) meaning "happiness".
Heilwig f German (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements heil "happy, hearty, healthy" 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.
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-).
Hilla f Finnish
Short form of names beginning with Hil. It also means "cloudberry" in Finnish.
Hillevi f Swedish, Finnish
Swedish and Finnish form of Heilwig.
Huan f & m Chinese
From Chinese (huān) meaning "happy, pleased", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Ibtihaj f Arabic
Means "joy" in Arabic.
Ibtisam f Arabic
Means "smile" in Arabic.
Ilona f Hungarian, German, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Hungarian form of Helen. In Finland it is associated with the word ilona, a derivative of ilo "joy".
İlshat m Tatar
Tatar form of Elşad.
Ilshat m Bashkir, Tatar
Bashkir form of Elşad, as well as an alternate transcription of Tatar Илшат (see İlshat).
Isaac m English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) meaning "he will laugh, he will rejoice", derived from צָחַק (tzachaq) meaning "to laugh". The Old Testament explains this meaning, by recounting that Abraham laughed when God told him that his aged wife Sarah would become pregnant with Isaac (see Genesis 17:17), and later Sarah laughed when overhearing the same prophecy (see Genesis 18:12). When Isaac was a boy, God tested Abraham's faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son, though an angel prevented the act at the last moment. Isaac went on to become the father of Esau and Jacob with his wife Rebecca.... [more]
Isac m Romanian (Rare), Swedish
Romanian form of Isaac, as well as a Swedish variant form.
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.
Jingyi m & f Chinese
From Chinese (jìng) meaning "quiet, still, gentle" combined with () meaning "joy, harmony". Other character combinations are possible as well.
Joi f English (Modern)
Variant of Joy.
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).
Joye f English
Variant of Joy.
Jun-Seo m Korean
From Sino-Korean (jun) meaning "talented, handsome" combined with (seo) meaning "open up, unfold, comfortable, easy" or (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
Kalea f Hawaiian
Means "joy, happiness" in Hawaiian.
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.
Kıvanç m Turkish
Means "pride, joy" in Turkish.
Kōji m Japanese
From Japanese () meaning "prosperous", () meaning "happiness, good luck" or () meaning "peace" combined with (ji) meaning "officer, boss", (ji) meaning "two" or (ji) meaning "next". This name can also be formed from many other combinations of kanji characters.
Kōki m Japanese
From Japanese () meaning "light" or () meaning "happiness, good luck" combined with (ki) meaning "hope" or (ki) meaning "brightness". This name can be formed from other combinations of kanji characters as well.
Kouki m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 光希 or 幸輝 (see Kōki).
Lætitia f French
French form of Laetitia.
Laetitia f Late Roman, French
Original Latin form of Letitia, as well as a French variant. This name began rising in popularity in France around the same time that Serge Gainsbourg released his 1963 song Elaeudanla Téïtéïa (this title is a phonetic rendering of the letters in the name Lætitia). It peaked in 1982 as the fourth most common name for girls.
Lakshmi f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi, Odia
Means "sign, mark" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu and her symbol is the lotus flower, with which she is often depicted.
Laxmi f & m Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Alternate transcription of Telugu లక్ష్మి or Marathi/Hindi लक्ष्मी (see Lakshmi), as well as the most common Nepali transcription.
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.
Liron m & f Hebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
Lykke f Danish
Means "good fortune, happiness" in Danish.
Macaria f Spanish
Feminine form of Macario.
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.
Makar m Russian
Russian form of Makarios (see Macario).
Makena f & m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.
Manpreet f & m Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" and प्रीति (priti) meaning "pleasure, joy, love".
Mehetabel f Biblical
From the Hebrew name מְהֵיטַבְאֵל (Meheitav'el) meaning "God makes happy". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
Meriwether m English (Rare)
From a surname meaning "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person. A notable bearer of the name was Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), who, with William Clark, explored the west of North America.
Merry 1 f English
From the English word merry, ultimately from Old English myrige. This name appears in Charles Dickens' novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), where it is a diminutive of Mercy.
Miley f English (Modern)
In the case of actress and singer Miley Cyrus (1992-), it is a shortened form of the nickname Smiley, given to her by her father because she often smiled. Although it was not at all common before she brought it to public attention, there are some examples of its use before her time, most likely as a diminutive of Miles.
Mirinda f Esperanto
Means "wonderful" in Esperanto.
Naamah f Biblical
Means "pleasant" in Hebrew. This name is borne in the Old Testament by both a daughter of Lamech and a wife of Solomon. Some later Jewish texts give Naamah as the name of Noah's wife, even though she is not named in the Old Testament.
Na'im m Arabic
Means "tranquil, happy, at ease" in Arabic.
Nand m Indian, Hindi
Modern northern Indian form of Nanda.
Nanda m Hinduism, Indian, Kannada, Tamil
Means "joy" in Sanskrit. In Hindu texts this is a name of both Vishnu and the foster-father of Krishna, as well as various other characters. In Buddhist texts this is the name of a god and a disciple of Buddha. Nanda was also the name of a 4th-century BC king who founded a dynasty in Magadha in India.
Nandita f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From Sanskrit नन्द (nanda) meaning "joy".
Naomi 1 f English, Hebrew, Biblical
From the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omi) meaning "pleasantness". In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth. After the death of her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. There she declared that her name should be Mara because of her misfortune (see Ruth 1:20).... [more]
Neşe f Turkish
Means "joy, happiness" in Turkish.
Nihal 2 m Indian, Hindi
Means "content, happy" in Hindi.
Noam m & f Hebrew, French
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
Nobuyuki m Japanese
From Japanese (nobu) meaning "trust" or (nobu) meaning "extend, stretch, open" combined with (yuki) meaning "row, line" or (yuki) meaning "happiness". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
Noham m French (Modern)
French variant of Noam.
Obrad m Serbian
Possibly derived from Serbian obradovati meaning "to make happy".
Olufunmilayo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me joy" in Yoruba.
Onni m Finnish
Means "happiness, luck" in Finnish.
Onuphrius m Egyptian Mythology (Latinized), Late Roman
Latinized form of Greek Ὀνούφριος (Onouphrios), derived from Egyptian wnn-nfr meaning "he who is good, he who is happy". This was an epithet of the god Osiris. It was later used by an Egyptian saint and hermit from the 4th or 5th century.
Osher m & f Hebrew
Means "happiness" in Hebrew.
Otgonbayar m & f Mongolian
Means "youngest joy" in Mongolian.
Parviz m Persian
Means "fortunate, happy" in Persian. This name was borne by a son of the Mughal emperor Jahangir.
Pedram m Persian
Means "happy, successful" in Persian.
Phúc m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phúc) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing".
Pramoda m Hinduism
Means "joy" in Sanskrit. This is the name of an attendant of the Hindu god Skanda.
Preeti f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Alternate transcription of Hindi प्रीति or प्रीती, Marathi प्रीती or Gujarati પ્રીતિ (see Priti).
Priti f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "pleasure, joy, love" in Sanskrit.
Rada f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
Radana f Czech
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
Radimir m Russian (Rare)
Russian variant form of Radomir.
Radko m Bulgarian, Czech
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element rad meaning "happy, willing".
Radmir m Russian
Russian form of Radomir.
Radomil m Czech, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rad "happy, willing" and milu "gracious, dear".
Radomír m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of Radomir.
Radomir m Serbian, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element rad "happy, willing" combined with meru "great, famous" or miru "peace, world".
Radomíra f Czech
Czech feminine form of Radomir.
Radomira f Serbian
Feminine form of Radomir.
Radosław m Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements rad "happy, willing" and slava "glory".
Radovan m Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element rad "happy, willing" combined with another element of unknown meaning.
Radúz m Czech (Rare)
Derived from the Czech word rád "happy, glad". The Czech author Julius Zeyer probably created it for a character in his play Radúz and Mahulena (1898).
Rayno m Bulgarian
Bulgarian variant of Radko.
Răzvan m Romanian
Meaning unknown, possibly related to the name Radovan. Alternatively it may have been brought to Romania from India by Gypsies, and may mean something like "bringer of good news".
Rhonwen f Welsh
Welsh form of Rowena, appearing in medieval Welsh poems and stories as a personification of the English people.
Rhys m Welsh, English
From Old Welsh Ris, probably meaning "ardour, enthusiasm". Several Welsh rulers have borne this name, including the 12th-century Rhys ap Gruffydd who fought against the invading Normans.
Ridha m Arabic
Means "satisfaction, contentment" in Arabic. This name was borne by Ali al-Ridha, a 9th-century Shia imam.
Rina 2 f Hebrew
Means "joy, singing" in Hebrew.
Ris m Old Welsh
Old Welsh form of Rhys.
Ritika f Indian, Hindi
Means either "movement, stream" or "brass" in Sanskrit.
Ron 2 m Hebrew
Means "song, joy" in Hebrew.
Ronen m Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew רֹן (ron) meaning "song, joy".
Roni 1 f & m Hebrew
Means "my joy" or "my song" in Hebrew.
Rowena f English
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Latinized form of a Germanic name derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wunn "joy, bliss". According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, this was the name of a daughter of the Saxon chief Hengist. Alternatively, Geoffrey may have based it on a Welsh name. It was popularized by Walter Scott, who used it for a character in his novel Ivanhoe (1819).
Rufaro f Southern African, Shona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
Sa'adah f Arabic
Means "happiness, luck" in Arabic.
Sachie f Japanese
From Japanese (sachi) meaning "happiness, good luck" and (e) meaning "branch" or (e) meaning "favour, benefit". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Sachiko f Japanese
From Japanese (sachi) meaning "happiness, good luck" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Saeed m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Dhivehi
Alternate transcription of Arabic سعيد (see Sa'id), as well as the usual Persian, Urdu and Dhivehi transcription.
Saeeda f Urdu
Urdu form of Sa'ida.
Saeid m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian سعید (see Saeed).
Şahnaz f Turkish
Turkish form of Shahnaz.
Sa'id m Arabic
Means "happy, lucky" in Arabic. This was the name of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
Sa'ida f Arabic
Feminine form of Sa'id.
Salut f Catalan
Means "health" or "cheers" in Catalan.
Saodat f Uzbek
Means "happiness" in Uzbek.
Sead m Bosnian
Bosnian form of Sa'id.
Sejad m Bosnian
Bosnian form of Sa'id.
Şenay f Turkish
Means "merry moon" in Turkish.
Seo-Joon m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 서준 (see Seo-Jun).
Seo-Jun m Korean
From Sino-Korean (seo) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" or (seo) meaning "open up, unfold, comfortable, easy" combined with (jun) meaning "talented, handsome". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
Sevinc f Azerbaijani
Means "joy" in Azerbaijani.
Sevinç f Turkish
Means "joy" in Turkish.
Shad 1 m Arabic
Means "happy" in Arabic.
Shadi 2 f Persian
Means "happiness" in Persian.
Shahnaz f & m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "delight of the king" from Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort, coquetry".
Shahnoza f Uzbek, Tajik
Uzbek and Tajik form of Shahnaz.
Sharma m Indian, Hindi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
Sharmila f Tamil, Indian, Marathi
Means "protection, comfort, joy" in Sanskrit.
Simcha f & m Hebrew
Means "happiness, joy" in Hebrew.
Sok m & f Khmer
Means "healthy, peaceful, happy, pleasant" in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit सुख (sukha).
Souad f Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic سعاد (see Su'ad) chiefly used in Northern Africa.
Ssanyu f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "joy" in Luganda.
Su'ad f Arabic
Means "happiness, luck" in Arabic.
Suad f & m Arabic, Bosnian, Albanian
Alternate transcription of Arabic سعاد (see Su'ad). In Bosnia and Albania it is typically masculine.
Suada f Bosnian, Albanian
Bosnian and Albanian form of Su'ad.
Sunny f & m English
From the English word meaning "sunny, cheerful".
Szczęsny m Polish (Archaic)
Means "lucky, successful, happy" in Polish, a vernacular form of Felix.
Taalay m Kyrgyz
Means "lucky, happy" in Kyrgyz.
Tafadzwa m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "we are pleased" in Shona, from fadza meaning "please, make happy".
Tamandani m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "exalt, praise" in Chewa.
Terpsichore f Greek Mythology
Means "enjoying the dance" from Greek τέρψις (terpsis) meaning "delight" and χορός (choros) meaning "dance". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of dance and dramatic chorus, one of the nine Muses.
Thabo m Southern African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "joy, happiness" in Sotho and Tswana.
Tímea f Hungarian
Created by the Hungarian author Mór Jókai for a character in his novel The Golden Man (1873). The name is apparently based on the Greek word εὐθυμία (euthymia) meaning "good spirits, cheerfulness".
Titilayo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "eternal happiness" in Yoruba.
Uni m Old Norse
Probably from Old Norse una meaning "to enjoy".
Uno m Swedish, Estonian
Meaning uncertain. It is possibly from the Old Norse name Uni. It could also come from Latin unus "one".
Vedran m Croatian, Serbian
Means "clear, cheerful" in Croatian and Serbian.
Vedrana f Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of Vedran.
Veljko m Serbian, Croatian
Diminutive of Veselko.
Vesela f Bulgarian
Derived from South Slavic vesel meaning "cheerful".
Veselin m Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Derived from South Slavic vesel meaning "cheerful".
Veselko m Croatian, Serbian
Derived from South Slavic vesel meaning "cheerful".
Vojtěch m Czech
Czech form of Wojciech.
Vojtech m Slovak
Slovak form of Wojciech.
Winston m English
From an English surname that was derived from the Old English given name Wynnstan. A famous bearer was Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the British prime minister during World War II. This name was also borne by the fictional Winston Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984.
Wojciech m Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements voji "warrior, soldier" and tekha "solace, comfort, joy". Saint Wojciech (also known by the Czech form of his name Vojtěch or his adopted name Adalbert) was a Bohemian missionary to Hungary, Poland and Prussia, where he was martyred in the 10th century.
Wojciecha f Polish (Rare)
Feminine form of Wojciech.
Wulfwynn f Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and wynn "joy".
Wynnflæd f Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wynn "joy" and flæd "beauty".
Wynnstan m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wynn "joy" and stan "stone".
Xinyi m & f Chinese
From Chinese (xīn) meaning "happy, joyous, delighted" or (xīn) meaning "heart, mind, soul" combined with () meaning "joy, harmony". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
Yi f & m Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "suitable, proper", () meaning "resolute, decisive, firm", () meaning "justice, righteousness", () meaning "profit, benefit", () meaning "joy, harmony" (which is usually only feminine) or () meaning "ceremony, rites" (also usually feminine). Other characters can also form this name.
Yoshiko f Japanese
From Japanese (yoshi) meaning "good, virtuous, respectable", (yoshi) meaning "fragrant, virtuous, beautiful" or (yoshi) meaning "joy, pleased" combined with (ko) meaning "child". This name can be formed from other kanji combinations as well.
Yuki f & m Japanese
From Japanese (yuki) meaning "happiness" or (yuki) meaning "snow". It can also come from (yu) meaning "reason, cause" combined with (ki) meaning "valuable" or (ki) meaning "chronicle". Other kanji or kanji combinations are also possible.
Yukiko f Japanese
From Japanese (yuki) meaning "happiness" or (yuki) meaning "snow" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Alternatively, it can come from (yu) meaning "reason, cause" with (ki) meaning "joy" or (ki) meaning "valuable" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Zelig m Yiddish
Means "blessed, happy" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Asher.
Zorion m Basque
Means "happiness" in Basque.
Zorione f Basque
Feminine form of Zorion.