Names Categorized "life"

This is a list of names in which the categories include life.
gender
usage
Aïcha f Arabic (Maghrebi)
Form of Aisha used in Northern Africa and other French-influenced regions of the continent.
Aïchatou f Western African
Form of Aisha used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
'Aisha f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة (see Aisha).
A'isha f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة (see Aisha).
Aisha f Arabic, Urdu, Western African, Eastern African, Hausa, Swahili, Kazakh, African American
Means "living, alive" in Arabic. This was the name of Muhammad's third wife, the daughter of Abu Bakr. Some time after Muhammad's death she went to war against Ali, the fourth caliph, but was defeated. Her name is used more by Sunni Muslims and less by Shias.... [more]
Aishah f Arabic, Malay
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة (see Aisha), as well as the usual Malay form.
Aishat f Chechen
Chechen form of Aisha.
Aishath f Dhivehi
Dhivehi form of Aisha.
Aishatu f Western African, Hausa
Hausa variant of Aisha.
Aïssa f Western African
Form of Aisha used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Aïssatou f Western African
Form of Aisha used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Aisyah f Indonesian
Indonesian form of Aisha.
Ajša f Bosnian
Bosnian form of Aisha.
Akpofure m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "life is peaceful" in Urhobo.
Amar 1 m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi
Means "immortal" in Sanskrit.
Amar 2 m Bosnian
Bosnian form of 'Ammar.
Amardeep m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and दीप (dipa) meaning "lamp, light".
Amari m & f African American (Modern)
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Arabic Ammar. This name has risen in popularity in America at the same time as similar-sounding names such as Jamari and Kamari.
Amarjeet m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning "immortal" and जिति (jiti) meaning "victory, conquering".
Ambrose m English
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius, which was derived from the Greek name Ἀμβρόσιος (Ambrosios) meaning "immortal". Saint Ambrose was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Milan, who is considered a Doctor of the Church. Due to the saint, the name came into general use in Christian Europe, though it was never particularly common in England.
Ameretat f Persian Mythology
Means "immortality" in Avestan. This was the name of a Zoroastrian goddess (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with plants and long life. She was often mentioned with Haurvatat.
Amichai m Hebrew
Means "my people are alive" in Hebrew.
Ammar m Arabic
Means "long-lived", from Arabic عَمَرَ ('amara) meaning "to live long".
Amrit m Indian, Hindi
Means "immortal" from Sanskrit (a) meaning "not" and मृत (mrta) meaning "dead". In Hindu texts it refers to a drink that gives immortality.
Amrita f Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali
Feminine form of Amrit.
Asha 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
From Swahili ishi meaning "live, exist".
Atropos f Greek Mythology
Means "inevitable, inflexible" in Greek, derived from the negative prefix (a) combined with τρόπος (tropos) meaning "direction, manner, fashion". Atropos was one of the three Fates or Μοῖραι (Moirai) in Greek mythology. When her sister Lachesis decided that a person's life was at an end, Atropos would choose the manner of death and cut the person's life thread.
Ava 1 f English
Variant of Eve. A famous bearer was the American actress Ava Gardner (1922-1990). This name became very popular throughout the English-speaking world in the early 21st century, entering the top ten for girls in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It began to rise sharply after 1997, possibly inspired by the actress Heather Locklear and musician Richie Sambora when they used it for their baby daughter that year.
Ayesha f Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة or Urdu عائشہ (see Aisha), as well as the usual Bengali form.
Ayishah f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة (see Aisha).
Ayşe f Turkish
Turkish form of Aisha.
Beathag f Scottish Gaelic
Feminine form of Beathan.
Beathan m Scottish Gaelic
Derived from a diminutive of Scottish Gaelic beatha meaning "life".
Bion m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from βίος (bios) meaning "life".
Bo 1 m Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse byname Búi, which was derived from Old Norse bua meaning "to live".
Can m Turkish
Means "soul, life" or by extension "darling, sweetheart" in Turkish, from Persian جان (jan).
Caner m Turkish
From Turkish can meaning "soul, life" and er meaning "brave man".
Cansu f Turkish
From Turkish can meaning "soul, life" and su meaning "water".
Chaim m Hebrew
Derived from the Hebrew word חַיִּים (chayyim) meaning "life". It has been used since medieval times.
Chava f Hebrew
Hebrew form of Eve.
Chawwah f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Eve.
Chayim m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew חַיִּים (see Chaim).
Chayyim m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew חַיִּים (see Chaim).
Chijindum m & f Western African (Rare), Igbo (Rare)
Means "God holds my life" in Igbo.
Chinwendu f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "God possesses life" in Igbo.
Chiranjeevi m Indian, Hindi, Telugu
Alternate transcription of Hindi चिरंजीवी or Telugu చిరంజీవి (see Chiranjivi).
Chiranjivi m Indian, Hindi, Telugu
Means "long-lived, infinite" in Sanskrit.
Dukvakha m Chechen
Means "to live long", derived from Nakh duqa "many" and vakha "to live".
Easter f English
From the English name of the Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. It was ultimately named for the Germanic spring goddess Eostre. It was traditionally given to children born on Easter, though it is rare in modern times.
Elo f Estonian
Short form of names beginning with El, such as Eliisabet. It could also be from Estonian elu meaning "life".
Emrys m Welsh
Welsh form of Ambrose. Emrys Wledig (or Ambrosius Aurelianus) was a Romano-British military leader who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. Tales of his life were used by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth to help shape the early character of Merlin, whom he called Merlinus Ambrosius in Latin.
Endymion m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἐνδύω (endyo) meaning "to dive into, to enter". In Greek mythology he was an Aeolian mortal loved by the moon goddess Selene, who asked Zeus to grant him eternal life. Zeus complied by putting him into an eternal sleep in a cave on Mount Latmos.
Enid f Welsh, English, Arthurian Romance
Probably derived from Welsh enaid meaning "soul, spirit, life". In Arthurian tales she first appears in the 12th-century French poem Erec and Enide by Chrétien de Troyes, where she is the wife of Erec. In later adaptations she is typically the wife of Geraint. The name became more commonly used after the publication of Alfred Tennyson's Arthurian poem Enid in 1859, and it was fairly popular in Britain in the first half of the 20th century.
Enide f Arthurian Romance
Old French form of Enid.
Ercan m Turkish
From Turkish er meaning "brave man" and can meaning "soul, life".
Eve f English, Estonian, Biblical
From the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah), which was derived from the Hebrew word חָוָה (chawah) meaning "to breathe" or the related word חָיָה (chayah) meaning "to live". According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis, Eve and Adam were the first humans. God created her from one of Adam's ribs to be his companion. At the urging of a serpent she ate the forbidden fruit and shared some with Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.... [more]
Florence f & m English, French
From the Latin name Florentius or the feminine form Florentia, which were derived from florens "prosperous, flourishing". Florentius was borne by many early Christian saints, and it was occasionally used in their honour through the Middle Ages. In modern times it is mostly feminine.... [more]
Haruki m Japanese
From Japanese (haru) meaning "clear weather" or (haru) meaning "light, sun, male" combined with (ki) meaning "brightness" or (ki) meaning "living". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Hayat f & m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Means "life" in Arabic, from حيي (hayiya) meaning "to live". In Arabic and Persian it is a feminine name, while in Urdu it is masculine.
Hiwot f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "life" in Amharic.
Idir m Northern African, Berber
Means "alive" in Tamazight.
Iesha f African American (Modern)
Variant of Aisha. It was popularized by the song Iesha (1991) by Another Bad Creation.
Iina 2 f Indigenous American, Navajo
From Navajo iiná meaning "life".
Jehiel m Biblical
Means "God will live" in Hebrew. This is the name of several people in the Old Testament, including one of King David's lute players.
Klotho f Greek Mythology
Means "spinner" in Greek. In Greek mythology Klotho was one of the three Fates or Μοῖραι (Moirai). She was responsible for spinning the thread of life.
Lachesis f Greek Mythology
Means "apportioner" in Greek. She was one of the three Fates or Μοῖραι (Moirai) in Greek mythology. She was responsible for deciding how long each person had to live.
Lazarus m Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of Λάζαρος (Lazaros), a Greek form of Eleazar used in the New Testament. Lazarus was a man from Bethany, the brother of Mary and Martha, who was restored to life by Jesus.
Leberecht m German (Rare)
Means "live rightly" from German lebe "live" and recht "right". This name was created in the 17th century.
Liv 1 f Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
Derived from the Old Norse name Hlíf meaning "protection". Its use has been influenced by the modern Scandinavian word liv meaning "life".
Liva f Danish
Variant of Liv 1.
Live f Norwegian
Variant of Liv 1.
Luljeta f Albanian
Means "flower of life" in Albanian, from lule "flower" and jetë "life".
Macbeth m History
Anglicized form of the Scottish Gaelic given name Mac Beatha meaning "son of life", implying holiness. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king. Shakespeare based his play Macbeth loosely on this king's life.
Mahatma m History
From the Indian title महात्मा (Mahatma) meaning "great soul", derived from Sanskrit महा (maha) meaning "great" and आत्मन् (atman) meaning "soul, spirit, life". This title was given to, among others, Mohandas Karamchand, also known as Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).
Mei 2 f Japanese
From Japanese (me) meaning "bud, sprout" combined with (i) meaning "rely on", (i) meaning "life" or (i) meaning "clothing, garment". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Meresankh f Ancient Egyptian
From Egyptian mrs-ꜥnḫ meaning "she loves life". This name was borne by several Egyptian royals during the 4th-dynasty period.
Methuselah m Biblical
Means "man of the dart" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the father of Lamech and the grandfather of Noah. He lived to age 969, making him the longest-lived person in the Bible.
Navneet m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit नव (nava) meaning "new, fresh" and नित्य (nitya) meaning "eternal".
Ndubuisi m Western African, Igbo
Means "life is foremost" in Igbo.
Nnamdi m Western African, Igbo
Means "my father is alive" in Igbo. This name is given to a child when it is believed that he is a reincarnation of his grandfather.
Nurcan f Turkish
Means "bright soul" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" and Persian jan meaning "soul, life".
Omar 1 m Arabic, Kazakh, Malay, English, Spanish, Italian
Alternate transcription of Arabic عمر (see Umar). This is the usual English spelling of the 12th-century poet Umar Khayyam's name. In his honour it has sometimes been used in the English-speaking world, notably for the American general Omar Bradley (1893-1981).
Ömer m Turkish
Turkish form of Umar.
Omri m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "life" or "servant" in Hebrew (or a related Semitic language). This was the name of a 9th-century BC military commander who became king of Israel. He appears in the Old Testament, where he is denounced as being wicked.
Ömür f & m Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "life" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, derived from Arabic عمر ('umr).
Oumar m Western African
Form of Umar used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Oumarou m Western African
Form of Umar used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Phoenix m & f English (Modern)
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird that 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 φοῖνιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".
Pranee f Thai
Means "living being, one that breathes" in Thai, of Sanskrit origin.
Renatus m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "born again".
Rodica f Romanian
Derived from Slavic rod meaning "fertile".
Sanjiv m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Kannada
Derived from Sanskrit संजीव (sanjiva) meaning "living, reviving".
Soo-Jin f & m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 수진 (see Su-Jin).
Sosimo m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of Zosimus.
Suchart m Thai
Means "born into a good life" in Thai.
Su-Jin f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean (su) meaning "gather, harvest" or (su) meaning "long life, lifespan" combined with (jin) meaning "real, genuine" or (jin) meaning "precious, rare". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
Taiwo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "taste the world, taste life" in Yoruba.
Tidir f Northern African, Berber
Feminine form of Idir.
Tsering m & f Tibetan
Alternate transcription of Tibetan ཚེ་རིང (see Tshering).
Tshering m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "long life" in Tibetan, from ཚེ (tshe) meaning "life" and རིང (ring) meaning "long".
Tural m Azerbaijani
Means "to be alive" in Azerbaijani.
Tutankhamon m Ancient Egyptian
From Egyptian twt-ꜥnḫ-jmn meaning "image of the life of Amon", derived from twt "image" combined with ꜥnḫ "life" combined with the name of the god Amon. This was the name of an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, most famous because of the treasures found in his tomb.
Umar m Arabic, Urdu, Indonesian, Western African, Hausa
Means "populous, flourishing", derived from Arabic عمر ('umr) meaning "life". Umar was a companion and strong supporter of the Prophet Muhammad who became the second caliph of the Muslims. He is considered to be one of the great founders of the Muslim state. The name was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Persia, Umar Khayyam.
Umaru m Western African, Hausa
Hausa variant of Umar.
Vakha m Chechen
Derived from Nakh vakha meaning "to live".
Vida 1 m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Vitus.
Vidal m Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Viivi f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of Vivi.
Vital m French, Belarusian
French and Belarusian form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Vitale m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Vitalis, which was derived from Latin vitalis meaning "of life, vital". Vitalis was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
Vitali m Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian Виталий or Ukrainian Віталій (see Vitaliy).
Vitalia f Italian (Rare)
Feminine form of Vitale.
Vitaliano m Italian
Italian form of Vitalianus.
Vitalianus m Late Roman
Roman cognomen that was derived from Vitalis. This was the name of a 7th-century pope who is considered a saint.
Vitalija f Lithuanian
Lithuanian feminine form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Vitālijs m Latvian
Latvian form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Vitalijus m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Vitalik m Russian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of Vitaliy.
Vitalis m Late Roman
Latin form of Vitale.
Vitaliy m Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Vitaliya f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian feminine form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Vitaly m Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian Виталий or Ukrainian Віталій (see Vitaliy).
Vito m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Vitus.
Vitus m Ancient Roman
Roman name that was derived from Latin vita "life". Saint Vitus was a child martyred in Sicily in the early 4th century. From an early date this name was confused with the Germanic name Wido.
Vivian m & f English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Latin name Vivianus, which was derived from Latin vivus "alive". Saint Vivian was a French bishop who provided protection during the Visigoth invasion of the 5th century. It has been occasionally used as an English (masculine) name since the Middle Ages. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name, in which case it is either an Anglicized form of Bébinn or a variant of Vivien 2.
Viviana f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Late Roman
Feminine form of Vivianus (see Vivian). Saint Viviana (also known as Bibiana) was a Roman saint and martyr of the 4th century.
Viviane f French, Portuguese
French form of Viviana, as well as a Portuguese variant. It is also the French form of Vivien 2.
Vivianus m Late Roman
Latin form of Vivian.
Vivien 1 m French
French form of Vivianus (see Vivian).
Vivien 2 f Literature, Hungarian
Used by Alfred Tennyson as the name of the Lady of the Lake in his Arthurian epic Idylls of the King (1859). Tennyson may have based it on Vivienne, but it possibly arose as a misreading of Ninian. A famous bearer was British actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), who played Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.
Vivienne f French
French form of Viviana.
Vyvyan m English (British)
Variant of Vivian. This was the name of one of Oscar Wilde's sons.
Yeong-Su m Korean
From Sino-Korean (yeong) meaning "perpetual, eternal" and (su) meaning "long life, lifespan", as well as other hanja character combinations.
Young-Soo m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 영수 (see Yeong-Su).
Yūki m & f Japanese
From Japanese () meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or () meaning "permanence" combined with (ki) meaning "hope", (ki) meaning "brightness" or (ki) meaning "living". Other combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
Yuuki m & f Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 優希 or 悠希 or 優輝 or 悠生 (see Yūki).
Zenobia f Ancient Greek
Means "life of Zeus", derived from Greek Ζηνός (Zenos) meaning "of Zeus" and βίος (bios) meaning "life". This was the name of the queen of the Palmyrene Empire, which broke away from Rome in the 3rd-century and began expanding into Roman territory. She was eventually defeated by the emperor Aurelian. Her Greek name was used as an approximation of her native Aramaic name.
Zenobios m Ancient Greek
Masculine form of Zenobia.
Zenovia f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Ζηνοβία (see Zinovia).
Zhivka f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of Zhivko.
Zhivko m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic word живъ (zhivu) meaning "living".
Zinovia f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Zenobia.
Zinoviy m Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of the Greek name Ζηνόβιος (Zenobios), the masculine form of Zenobia.
Zinoviya f Russian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare)
Russian and Ukrainian form of Zenobia.
Zinovy m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Зиновий (see Zinoviy).
Živa f Slavic Mythology, Slovene
Means "living, alive" in Slavic. This was the name of a Slavic goddess associated with life, fertility and spring.
Zoe f English, Italian, German, Czech, Ancient Greek
Means "life" in Greek. From early times it was adopted by Hellenized Jews as a translation of Eve. It was borne by two early Christian saints, one martyred under Emperor Hadrian, the other martyred under Diocletian. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by a ruling empress of the 11th century.... [more]
Zoé f French, Hungarian
French and Hungarian form of Zoe.
Zoë f Dutch, English
Dutch form and English variant of Zoe.
Zoi f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Zoe.
Zoilus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ζωΐλος (Zoilos), derived from ζωή (zoe) meaning "life". This name was borne by a 4th-century BC Greek philosopher known as a critic of Homer, and also by two Indo-Greek kings. Saint Zoilus was martyred at Córdoba, Spain during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century.
Zoja f Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of Zoe in several languages.
Zosime f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Zosimos (see Zosimus).
Zosimos m Ancient Greek
Greek form of Zosimus.
Zosimus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ζώσιμος (Zosimos), a Greek name derived from ζώσιμος (zosimos) meaning "viable" or "likely to survive". This was the name of several early saints and a pope.
Zoticus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ζωτικός (Zotikos), derived from ζωτικός (zotikos) meaning "full of life". This was the name of several early saints.
Zotikos m Ancient Greek
Greek form of Zoticus.
Zowie f English (Rare)
Variant of Zoe.
Zoya f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian and Bulgarian form of Zoe.