Alexander m English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Slovak, Biblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἀλέξανδρος (Alexandros)
, which meant "defending men"
from Greek ἀλέξω (alexo)
meaning "to defend, help" and ἀνήρ (aner)
meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός
). In Greek mythology this was another name of the hero Paris
, and it also belongs to several characters in the New Testament. However, the most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, king of Macedon. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame, and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe.... [more]
Alexis m & f French, English, Greek, Spanish, Ancient Greek
From the Greek name Ἄλεξις (Alexis)
, derived from Greek ἀλέξω (alexo)
meaning "to defend, to help". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. It is used somewhat interchangeably with the related name Ἀλέξιος
, borne by five Byzantine emperors. In the English-speaking world it is more commonly used as a feminine name.
Ansar m Arabic, Urdu
in Arabic, referring to those who helped the Prophet Muhammad
when he came to Medina.
Azriel m Biblical
Means "my help is God"
, derived from Hebrew עָזַר ('azar)
meaning "help" and אֵל ('el)
meaning "God". This was the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament.
Bergljot f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Bergljót
, which was composed of the elements berg
"protection, help" and ljótr
Cody m English
From the Irish surname Ó Cuidighthigh
, which means "descendant of Cuidightheach"
. A famous bearer of the surname was the American frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917).
Daisuke m Japanese
From Japanese 大 (dai)
meaning "big, great" and 輔 (suke)
meaning "help". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Ebenezer m Biblical
Means "stone of help"
in Hebrew. This was the name of a monument erected by Samuel
in the Old Testament. Charles Dickens used it for the miserly character Ebenezer Scrooge in his novel A Christmas Carol
Ezer m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Seir, as well as several other minor characters.
Ezra m Biblical, English, Hebrew
in Hebrew. Ezra is a prophet of the Old Testament and the author of the Book of Ezra. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation. The American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was a famous bearer.
Gotthilf m German (Rare)
Derived from German Gott
"God" and hilf
"help". This name was created in the 17th century.
Gottschalk m German (Archaic)
Derived from the Germanic elements god
"god" and scalc
"servant". Saint Gottschalk was a (perhaps spurious) 11th-century prince of the Wends who was martyred by his brother-in-law.
Gunborg f Swedish
From the Old Norse name Gunnbjǫrg
, derived from the elements gunnr
"war" and bjǫrg
"help, save, rescue".
Hosanna f Biblical
From the Aramaic religious expression הושע נא (Hosha' na')
meaning "deliver us"
in Hebrew. In the New Testament this is exclaimed by those around Jesus
when he first enters Jerusalem.
Jabr m Arabic
Means "consolation, assistance"
Jesus m Theology, Biblical, Portuguese
English form of Ἰησοῦς (Iesous)
, which was the Greek form of the Aramaic name יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a)
is itself a contracted form of Yehoshu'a
). Yeshua ben Yoseph, better known as Jesus Christ, was the central figure of the New Testament and the source of the Christian religion. The four gospels state that he was the son of God and the Virgin Mary
who fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. He preached for three years before being crucified in Jerusalem.
Joshua m English, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu'a)
meaning "Yahweh is salvation"
, from the roots יְהוֹ (yeho)
referring to the Hebrew God and יָשַׁע (yasha')
meaning "to save". As told in the Old Testament, Joshua was a companion of Moses
. He went up Mount Sinai with Moses when he received the Ten Commandments from God, and later he was one of the twelve spies sent into Canaan. After Moses died Joshua succeeded him as leader of the Israelites and he led the conquest of Canaan. His original name was Hoshea
Josiah m Biblical, English
From the Hebrew name יֹאשִׁיָהוּ (Yoshiyahu)
meaning "Yahweh supports"
. In the Old Testament this is the name of a king of Judah famous for his religious reforms. He was killed fighting the Egyptians at Megiddo in the 7th century BC. In England this name came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
Nasir m Arabic
in Arabic. This transcription represents two different Arabic names.
Ophelia f English, Literature, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ὠφέλεια (opheleia)
meaning "help, advantage"
. This was a rare ancient Greek name, which was either rediscovered or recreated by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem Arcadia
. It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play Hamlet
(1600), in which it belongs to Hamlet
's lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself. In spite of this negative association, the name has been in use since the 19th century.
Socorro f Spanish
Means "succour, help, relief"
in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary María del Socorro
meaning "Mary of Perpetual Succour".
U-Jin m Korean
From Sino-Korean 宇 (u)
meaning "house, eaves, universe" or 佑 (u)
meaning "help, protect, bless" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 鎭 (jin)
meaning "town, market place". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
Zan f & m Chinese
From Chinese 赞 (zàn)
meaning "help, support", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.