ASSE m Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element asc
meaning "ash tree"
FANCY f English (Rare)
From the English word fancy
, which means either "like, love, inclination"
. It is derived from Middle English fantasie
, which comes (via Norman French and Latin) from Greek φαίνω (phaino)
meaning "to show, to appear".
FESTER m Popular Culture
From the English word fester
meaning "rot, rankle"
. This is the name of the uncle on the Addams Family television series (1964-1966) and subsequent adaptations.
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.
GAYLORD m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old French gaillard "high-spirited, boisterous"
. This name was rarely used after the mid-20th century, when the word gay
acquired the slang meaning "homosexual".
GORE m English (Rare)
From an English surname meaning "triangular"
(from Old English gara
), originally referring to someone who lived on a triangular piece of land. A famous bearer is American writer Gore Vidal (1925-).
HAM m Biblical
Means "hot, warm"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Ham is one of Noah
's three sons, along with Shem
. He was the ancestor of the Egyptians and Canaanites.
JAM m Persian Mythology
Persian form of Avestan Yima
(related to Sanskrit Yama
). This was the name of a mythological king, more commonly called Jamshid
LOT (1) m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "covering, veil"
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a nephew of Abraham
. Before Sodom was destroyed by God, he was directed to flee the city without looking back. However, his wife looked back on the destruction and was turned into a pillar of salt.
LOT (2) m Arthurian Romance
From the name of the region of Lothian in southern Scotland, of unknown meaning. A king of Lothian by this name appears in early Latin and Welsh texts (as Leudonus
respectively). He was inserted into Arthurian legend by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, who makes him the father of Gawain
MESSIAH m Theology, English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "saviour"
, ultimately from Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach)
meaning "anointed". The word appears in the Old Testament referring to a future king of the Jewish people. In the New Testament it is translated as Christ
and is used as a title of Jesus
ORAL m English
Meaning uncertain. This name was borne by the influential American evangelist Oral Roberts (1918-2009), who was apparently named by his cousin.
PANSY f English
From the English word for a type of flower, ultimately deriving from Old French pensee
PORNTIP f Thai
Means "divine blessing"
, derived from Thai พร (phon)
meaning "blessing" and ทิพย์ (thip)
SEXTUS m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "sixth"
in Latin. It was traditionally given to the sixth child.
SIXTEN m Swedish
From the Old Norse name Sigsteinn
, which was derived from the elements sigr
"victory" and steinn
SIXTUS m Late Roman
Probably the Latin form of the Greek name Ξύστος (Xystos)
meaning "scraped, polished"
. This name was borne by five popes. The first pope by this name was the sixth to serve after Saint Peter, so there is a possibility that this name is in fact derived from Latin sextus "sixth"
TITTY f English
Diminutive of LETITIA
. This is now a slang word for the female breast, and the name has subsequently dropped out of common use.
URANUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Οὐρανός (Ouranos)
, the name of the husband of Gaia
and the father of the Titans in Greek mythology. His name is derived from οὐρανός (ouranos)
meaning "the heavens"
. This is also the name of the seventh planet in the solar system.
URBAN m Swedish, German, Slovene, Polish, Biblical
From the Latin name Urbanus
meaning "city dweller"
. This name is mentioned briefly in one of Paul
's epistles in the New Testament. It was subsequently borne by eight popes.