Aaliyah f Arabic, English (Modern)
Feminine form of Aali
. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by the singer Aaliyah Haughton (1979-2001), who was known simply as Aaliyah.
Ainsley f & m Scottish, English (Modern)
From a surname that was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves derive from Old English anne
"alone, solitary" or ansetl
"hermitage" and leah
Aisha f Arabic, Urdu, American
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. This name is used more by Sunni Muslims and less by Shias.... [more]
Akane f Japanese
From Japanese 茜 (akane)
meaning "deep red, dye from the rubia plant". Other kanji or combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
Akira m & f Japanese
From Japanese 昭 (akira)
meaning "bright", 明 (akira)
meaning "bright" or 亮 (akira)
meaning "clear". Other kanji with the same pronunciation can also form this name. A famous bearer was the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), given name written 明
Alannah f English (Modern), Irish
Variant of Alana
. It has been influenced by the affectionate Anglo-Irish word alannah
, from the Irish Gaelic phrase a leanbh
meaning "O child".
Amaia f Basque
Means "the end"
in Basque. This is the name of a character in the historical novel Amaya, or the Basques in the 8th century
(1879) by Francisco Navarro-Villoslada (Amaya
in the Spanish original; Amaia
in the Basque translation).
Aria 1 f English (Modern)
Means "song, melody"
in Italian (literally means "air"). An aria is an elaborate vocal solo, the type usually performed in operas. As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century. It is not common in Italy.
Ashanti f & m Various
From the name of an African people who reside in southern Ghana. It possibly means "warlike" in the Twi language.
Aspen f English (Modern)
From the English word for the tree, derived from Old English æspe
. It is also the name of a ski resort in Colorado.
Azalea f English (Modern)
From the name of the flower (shrubs of the genus Rhododendron), ultimately derived from Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos)
Beckett m English (Modern)
From an English surname that could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke
meaning "stream, brook"
Blakely f English (Modern)
From a surname that was derived from Old English blæc
"black" and leah
Brielle f English (Modern)
Short form of Gabrielle
. This is also the name of towns in the Netherlands and New Jersey, though their names derive from a different source.
Brinley f English (Modern)
From an English surname that was taken from the name of a town meaning "burned clearing"
in Old English.
Caden m English (Modern)
Sometimes explained as a derivative of the Irish surname Caden
, which is a reduced form of the Irish Gaelic Mac Cadáin
meaning "son of Cadán"
. In actuality, its popularity in America beginning in the 1990s is due to its sound - it shares its fashionable den
suffix sound with other popular names like Hayden
Cadence f English (Modern)
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow"
. It has been in use only since the 20th century.
Camden m English (Modern)
From a surname that was derived from a place name, perhaps meaning "enclosed valley"
in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the English historian William Camden (1551-1623).
Cason m English (Modern)
From a surname derived from the English place name Cawston
, itself derived from the Old Norse given name Kálfr
combined with Old English tun
meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
Chandra m & f Hinduism, Bengali, Indian, Assamese, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Nepali
in Sanskrit, derived from चन्द (chand)
meaning "to shine". This is a transcription of the masculine form चण्ड
(a name of the moon in Hindu texts, which is often personified as a deity) as well as the feminine form चण्डा
China f English (Modern)
From the name of the Asian country, ultimately derived from Qin
, the name of a dynasty that ruled there in the 3rd century BC.
Ciara 2 f English (Modern)
Variant of Sierra
. Use of the name has perhaps been influenced by the brand of perfume called Ciara, which was introduced by Revlon in 1973.
Dakota m & f English (Modern)
From the name of the Native American people of the northern Mississippi valley, or from the two American states that were named for them: North and South Dakota (until 1889 unified as the Dakota Territory). The tribal name means "allies, friends"
in the Dakota language.
Diamond f English (Modern)
From the English word diamond
for the clear colourless precious stone, the birthstone of April. It is derived from Late Latin diamas
, from Latin adamas
, which is of Greek origin meaning "invincible, untamed".
Easton m English (Modern)
From an English surname that was derived from place names meaning "east town"
in Old English.
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
, lived before they were expelled.
Elle f English (Modern)
Diminutive of Eleanor
and other names beginning with El
. This name can also be given in reference to the French pronoun elle
Fallon f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Fallamhain
meaning "descendant of Fallamhan"
. The given name Fallamhan
meant "leader". It was popularized in the 1980s by a character on the soap opera Dynasty
Fox m English (Modern)
Either from the English word fox
or the surname Fox
, which originally given as a nickname. The surname was borne by George Fox (1624-1691), the founder of the Quakers.
Freya f Norse Mythology, English (Modern), German
From Old Norse Freyja
. This is the name of a goddess associated with love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology. She claims half of the heroes who are slain in battle and brings them to her realm of Fólkvangr. Along with her brother Freyr
and father Njord
, she is one of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir). Some scholars connect her with the goddess Frigg
Genesis f English (Modern)
Means "birth, origin"
in Greek. This is the name of the first book of the Old Testament in the Bible. It tells of the creation of the world, the expulsion of Adam
and the great flood, and the three patriarchs.
Grayson m English (Modern)
From an English surname meaning "son of the steward"
, derived from Middle English greyve
Griffin m English
Latinized form of Gruffudd
. This name can also be inspired by the English word griffin
, a creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, ultimately from Greek γρύψ (gryps)
Hendrix m English (Modern)
From a Dutch surname that was derived from the given name Hendrik
. A famous bearer of the surname was the American rock musician Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970).
Ireland f English (Modern)
From the name of the European island country, derived from Irish Gaelic Éire
, which may mean something like "abundant land" in Old Irish.
Jaden m & f English (Modern)
An invented name, using the popular den
suffix sound found in such names as Braden
. This name first became common in American in the 1990s when similar-sounding names were increasing in popularity. It is sometimes considered a variant of Jadon
Jalen m African American (Modern)
An invented name. In America it was popularized in the 1990s by basketball player Jalen Rose (1973-), whose name was a combination of those of his father James
and maternal uncle Leonard
Jayden m & f English (Modern)
Variant of Jaden
. This spelling continued to rapidly rise in popularity in the United States past 2003, unlike Jaden
, which stalled. It peaked at the fourth rank for boys in 2010, showing tremendous growth over only two decades. It has since declined.
Jericho m English (Modern)
From the name of a city in Israel that is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain, but it may be related to the Hebrew word יָרֵחַ (yareach)
meaning "moon", or otherwise to the Hebrew word רֵיחַ (reyach)
Kaede f & m Japanese
From Japanese 楓 (kaede)
meaning "maple" or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
Kalani m & f Hawaiian
Means "the heavens"
from Hawaiian ka
"the" and lani
"heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Kamalani f & m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly child"
or "royal child"
from Hawaiian kama
"child" and lani
"heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Kayleigh f English (Modern)
Variant of Kaylee
. This is also a common Anglicized form of the Gaelic word ceilidh
, a traditional social gathering and dance.
Keanu m & f Hawaiian
Means "the cool breeze"
from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and anu
"coolness". This name is now associated with Canadian actor Keanu Reeves (1964-).