Names Categorized "modern English"

This is a list of names in which the categories include modern English.
gender
usage
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.
Adalyn f English (Modern)
Variant of Adeline using the popular name suffix lyn.
Adalynn f English (Modern)
Variant of Adeline using the popular name suffix lynn.
Addilyn f English (Modern)
Variant of Adeline using the popular name suffix lyn.
Adelyn f English (Modern)
Variant of Adeline using the popular name suffix lyn.
Adelynn f English (Modern)
Variant of Adeline using the popular name suffix lynn.
Aidan m Irish, Scottish, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of Aodhán. In the latter part of the 20th century it became popular in America due to its sound, since it uses the same fashionable den suffix sound found in such names as Braden and Hayden.
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 "woodland, clearing".
Aisha f Arabic, Urdu, American
Means "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. This name is used more by Sunni Muslims and less by Shias.... [more]
Akane f Japanese
From Japanese (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 (akira) meaning "bright", (akira) meaning "bright" or (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 .
Alaina f English (Modern)
Variant of Alana, probably influenced by Elaine.
Alani f English (Modern)
Possibly a variant of Alana, or possibly from Hawaiian ʻalani meaning "orange (tree or fruit)".
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".
Alexia f French, English (Modern)
Feminine form of Alexis.
Aleyna f Turkish (Modern)
From Arabic علينا ('alayna) meaning "on us", a word from the Quran.
Alondra f Spanish (Latin American)
Derived from Spanish alondra meaning "lark".
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).
Amani f & m Arabic
Means "wishes" in Arabic.
Amari m & f African American (Modern)
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Arabic Ammar.
Amaya f Basque, Spanish
Variant of Amaia.
Amberly f English (Modern)
Elaboration of Amber, influenced by the spelling of the name Kimberly.
Angeline f French
French diminutive of Angela.
Angélique f French
French form of Angelica.
Angelique f Dutch
Dutch form of Angélique.
Aniya f English (Modern)
Modern name, possibly based on Anya or Aaliyah.
Annabella f Italian, English (Modern)
Latinate form of Annabel. It can also be taken as a combination of Anna and Bella.
Annalee f English (Modern)
Combination of Anna and Lee.
Annalise f English (Modern)
Combination of Anna and Lise.
Anya f Russian
Russian diminutive of Anna.
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.
Ariella f English (Modern)
Strictly feminine form of Ariel.
Ashanti f & m Various
From the name of an African people who reside in southern Ghana. It possibly means "warlike" in the Twi language.
Ashlea f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Ashley.
Ashlee f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Ashley.
Ashleigh f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Ashley.
Ashlie f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Ashley.
Ashlyn f English (Modern)
Combination of Ashley and the popular name suffix lyn.
Asia 1 f English (Modern), Italian (Modern)
From the name of the continent, which is perhaps derived from Akkadian asu, meaning "east".
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.
Asya 2 f Turkish
Means "Asia (the continent)" in Turkish.
Aubree f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Aubrey.
Austyn m & f English (Modern)
Variant or feminine form of Austin.
Aviana f English (Modern)
Probably an elaboration of Ava 1, influenced by names such as Ariana.
Ayna f Kazakh
Alternate transcription of Kazakh Айна (see Aina 5).
Azalea f English (Modern)
From the name of the flower (shrubs of the genus Rhododendron), ultimately derived from Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos) meaning "dry".
Beauden m English (New Zealand, Modern)
Elaboration of French beau "beautiful", using the popular den suffix sound found in such names as Braden, Hayden and Aidan. This name has become popular in New Zealand due to rugby player Beauden Barrett (1991-).
Beckett m English (Modern)
From an English surname that could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".
Bellamy f & m English (Modern)
From a surname derived from Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
Blakely f English (Modern)
From a surname that was derived from Old English blæc "black" and leah "woodland clearing".
Braylon m English (Modern)
An invented name, using the same sounds found in names such as Braden and Jalen.
Breann f English (Modern)
Feminine form of Brian.
Breanne f English (Modern)
Feminine form of Brian.
Brianne f English (Modern)
Feminine form of Brian.
Briar m & f English (Modern)
From the English word for the thorny plant.
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.
Brynlee f English (Modern)
Combination of Bryn and the popular name suffix lee. It could also be considered a variant of Brinley.
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, Aidan and Braden.
Cadence f English (Modern)
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow". It has been in use only since the 20th century.
Cairo m English (Modern)
From the name of the city in Egypt, called القاهرة (al-Qahirah) in Arabic, meaning "the victorious".
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).
Camélia f French
French form of Camellia.
Camelia f Romanian
From camelie, the Romanian spelling of camellia (see Camellia).
Carley f English (Modern)
Feminine form of Carl.
Casandra f Spanish, Romanian
Spanish and Romanian form of Cassandra.
Case m English (Modern)
Short form of Casey.
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".
Casper m Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Dutch and Scandinavian form of Jasper. This is the name of a friendly ghost in an American series of cartoons and comic books (beginning 1945).
Cassidy f & m English (Modern)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Caiside meaning "descendant of Caiside".
Chandra m & f Hinduism, Bengali, Indian, Assamese, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Nepali
Means "moon" 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.
Channing m & f English (Modern)
From an English surname of uncertain origin.
Chanté f English (Modern)
Means "sung" in French.
Charlee f English (Modern)
Feminine form of Charles.
Cheyanne f English (Modern)
Variant of Cheyenne probably influenced by the name Anne 1.
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.
Christoffer m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian variant of Kristoffer.
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.
Codie m & f English (Modern)
Variant or feminine form of Cody.
Cristina f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Romanian form of Christina.
Dahlia f English (Modern)
From the name of the flower, which was named for the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl.
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.
Daquan m African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Da and quan.
Deion m African American (Modern)
Variant of Dion. A notable bearer is retired American football player Deion Sanders (1967-).
Delaney f English (Modern)
From a surname: either the English surname Delaney 1 or the Irish surname Delaney 2.
Devan m & f English (Modern)
Variant of Devin.
Devyn f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Devin.
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 and Eve, lived before they were expelled.
Eliana 1 f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English (Modern)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Éliane.
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 meaning "she".
Ember f English (Modern)
From the English word ember, ultimately from Old English æmerge.
Emberly f English (Modern)
Elaboration of Ember, influenced by the spelling of Kimberly.
Emmalyn f English (Modern)
Variant of Emmeline, or else a combination of Emma and the fashionable name suffix lyn.
Everly f English (Modern)
From a surname that was from a place name, itself derived from Old English eofor "boar" and leah "woodland, clearing".
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 meaning "lady". 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.... [more]
Gael m Breton, English (Modern), Spanish (Modern)
Probably from the ethno-linguistic term Gael, which refers to speakers of Gaelic languages.
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 Eve, Noah and the great flood, and the three patriarchs.
Gracelyn f English (Modern)
Elaboration of Grace using the popular name suffix lyn.
Gracelynn f English (Modern)
Elaboration of Grace using the popular name suffix lynn.
Graeme m Scottish, English (Modern)
From a surname that was a variant of Graham.
Grayson m English (Modern)
From an English surname meaning "son of the steward", derived from Middle English greyve "steward".
Grey m & f English (Modern)
Variant of Gray.
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).
Gwyneth f Welsh, English (Modern)
Possibly a variant of Gwynedd or a form of Welsh gwyn meaning "white, fair, blessed". It has been common in Wales since the 19th century.
Heaven f English (Modern)
From the English vocabulary word meaning "paradise".
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).
Iesha f African American (Modern)
Variant of Aisha. It was popularized by the song Iesha (1991) by Another Bad Creation.
Iman f & m Arabic, Persian, Indonesian
Means "faith", derived from Arabic أمُنَ (amuna) meaning "to be faithful". It is typically feminine in Arabic and typically masculine in Persian.
Imani f & m Eastern African, Swahili, African American
Means "faith" in Swahili, ultimately of Arabic origin.
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, Hayden and Aidan. 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.
Jadyn f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Jaden.
Jaiden m & f English (Modern)
Variant of Jaden.
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.
Janae f English (Modern)
Elaborated form of Jane.
Janessa f English (Modern)
Elaborated form of Jane, influenced by Vanessa.
Jaquan m African American (Modern)
Combination of the popular name elements Ja and quan.
Jax m English (Modern)
Short form of Jackson.
Jaxton m English (Modern)
Variant of Jaxon influenced by similar-sounding names such as Paxton and Braxton.
Jaxx m English (Modern)
Short form of Jackson.
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.
Jaylen m & f African American (Modern), English (Modern)
Variant of Jalen. It can also be a feminine elaboration of Jay 1.
Jaylin m & f African American (Modern), English (Modern), Dutch (Modern)
Variant of Jalen. It can also be a feminine elaboration of Jay 1.
Jazlyn f English (Modern)
Modern name, a combination of the popular name elements Jaz and lyn.
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) meaning "fragrant".
Jessika f German, English (Modern)
German and English variant of Jessica.
Joi f English (Modern)
Variant of Joy.
Jordyn f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Jordan.
Journey f English (Modern)
From the English word, derived via Old French from Latin diurnus "of the day".
Juniper f English (Modern)
From the English word for the type of tree, derived ultimately from Latin iuniperus.
Kaede f & m Japanese
From Japanese (kaede) meaning "maple" or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
Kailani f Hawaiian
From Hawaiian kai "ocean, sea" and lani "sky, heaven".
Kalani m & f Hawaiian
Means "the heavens" from Hawaiian ka "the" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Kaleb m English (Modern)
English variant of Caleb.
Kam m & f English (Modern)
Short form of Kameron.
Kamalani f & m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly child" or "royal child" from Hawaiian kama "child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Karma m & f Bhutanese
From the Sanskrit word कर्म (karma) meaning "action, deed, fate".
Karsyn f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Carson.
Kasandra f English (Modern), Polish
English variant and Polish form of Cassandra.
Kasper m Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish
Dutch and Scandinavian form of Jasper.
Kassandra f Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek, English (Modern)
Greek form of Cassandra, as well as a modern English variant.
Kaycee f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Casey.
Kayden m & f English (Modern)
Variant of Caden.
Kaylee f English (Modern)
Combination of Kay 1 and the popular name suffix lee.
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.
Kaylyn f English (Modern)
Combination of Kay 1 and the popular name suffix lyn.
Keanna f English (Modern)
Combination of the popular name prefix Ke and Anna.
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-).