Archer m English
From an English surname meaning "bowman, archer"
, of Old French origin.
Bailey m & f English
From a surname derived from Middle English baili
, originally denoting one who was a bailiff.
Baptiste m French
in French, originally deriving from Greek βάπτω (bapto)
meaning "to dip". This name is usually given in honour of Saint John the Baptist, and as such it is often paired with the name Jean
Baxter m English
From an occupational surname that meant "(female) baker"
in Old English.
Bishop m English
Either from the English occupational surname, or else directly from the English word. It is ultimately derived from Greek ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos)
Booker m English
From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books"
. A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.
Bridger m English (Modern)
From an English surname that originally indicated a person who lived near or worked on a bridge.
Cash m English
From an English occupational surname for a box maker, derived from Norman French casse
. A famous bearer of the surname was American musician Johnny Cash (1932-2003).
Chandler m & f English
From an occupational surname that meant "candle seller"
in Middle English, ultimately from Old French.
Clark m English
From an English surname meaning "cleric"
, from Old English clerec
originally meaning "priest". A famous bearer of the surname was William Clark (1770-1838), an explorer of the west of North America. It was also borne by the American actor Clark Gable (1901-1960).
Cooper m English
From a surname meaning "barrel maker"
, from Middle English couper
Cordell m English
From a surname meaning "maker of cord"
or "seller of cord"
in Middle English.
Csaba m Hungarian
Possibly means either "shepherd"
in Hungarian. According to legend this was the name of a son of Attila
Custodio m Spanish
in Spanish, from Latin custodia
Deacon m English (Modern)
Either from the occupational surname Deacon
or directly from the vocabulary word deacon
, which refers to a cleric in the Christian church (ultimately from Greek διάκονος (diakonos)
Dean m English
From a surname, see Dean 1
and Dean 2
. The actor James Dean (1931-1955) was a famous bearer of the surname.
Deemer m English (Rare)
From an English and Scottish surname meaning "judge"
, from Old English demere
Dexter m English
From an occupational surname meaning "one who dyes"
in Old English. It also coincides with the Latin word dexter
meaning "right-handed, skilled"
Ferrer m Various
From a surname that meant "blacksmith"
in Catalan. This name is often given in honour of Saint Vicente Ferrer, a 14th-century missionary who is the patron saint of builders.
Fletcher m English
From a surname meaning "maker of arrows"
in Middle English, ultimately from Old French flechier
Gage m English (Modern)
From an English surname of Old French origin meaning either "measure", originally denoting one who was an assayer, or "pledge", referring to a moneylender. It was popularized as a given name by a character from the book Pet Sematary
(1983) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1989).
Garnet 2 m & f English
From an English surname that either referred to a person who made hinges (Old French carne
) or was derived from the Norman name Guarin
Gobán m Irish
Either means "little smith"
from Irish gobha
"smith" combined with a diminutive suffix, or else derived from the name of the Irish god Goibniu
(which is also a derivative of gobha
Gobnait f Irish
Feminine form of Gobán
. This was the name of a 6th-century Irish abbess, the patron saint of Ballyvourney.
Harper f & m English
From an Old English surname that originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps. A notable bearer was the American author Harper Lee (1926-2016), who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird
Howard m English
From an English surname that can derive from several different sources: the Anglo-Norman given name Huard
, which was from the Germanic name Hughard
; the Anglo-Scandinavian given name Haward
, from the Old Norse name Hávarðr
; or the Middle English term ewehirde
meaning "ewe herder". This is the surname of a British noble family, members of which have held the title Duke of Norfolk from the 15th century to the present. A famous bearer of the given name was the American industrialist Howard Hughes (1905-1976).
Hunter m & f English
From an occupational English surname for a hunter, derived from Old English hunta
. A famous bearer was the eccentric American journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005).
Justice m & f English
From an occupational surname meaning "judge, officer of justice"
in Old French. This name can also be given in direct reference to the English word justice
Kahina f Northern African, Berber
Derived from Arabic الكاهِنة (al-Kahinah)
meaning "the diviner, the fortuneteller"
. This was a title applied to the 7th-century Berber queen Dihya, who resisted the Arab expansion into North Africa.
Kavi m Indian, Hindi
From a title for a poet, meaning "wise man, sage, poet"
Lady f Spanish (Latin American)
From the English noble title Lady
, derived from Old English hlæfdige
, originally meaning "bread kneader". This name grew in popularity in Latin America after the marriage of Diana Spencer, known as Lady Di, to Prince Charles in 1981 and her death in 1997.
Lóegaire m Irish Mythology, Ancient Irish
Means "calf herder"
, derived from Irish loagh
"calf". In Irish mythology Lóegaire Búadach was an Ulster warrior. He saved the life of the poet Áed
, but died in the process. This was also the name of several Irish high kings.
Marshall m English
From a surname that originally denoted a person who was a marshal. The word marshal
originally derives from Germanic marah
"horse" and scalc
Mason m English
From an English surname meaning "stoneworker"
, from an Old French word of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian
"to make"). In the United States this name began to increase in popularity in the 1980s, likely because of its fashionable sound. It peaked in 2011, when it ranked as the second most popular name for boys.
Napier m English (Rare)
From an English and Scots surname meaning "linen keeper"
in Middle English, from Old French nappe
Paige f English
From an English surname meaning "servant, page"
in Middle English. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδίον (paidion)
meaning "little boy".
Pan m Greek Mythology
Possibly from an Indo-European root meaning "shepherd, protector"
. In Greek mythology Pan was a half-man, half-goat god associated with shepherds, flocks and pastures.
Parker m & f English
From an English occupational surname that meant "keeper of the park"
Piper f English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute). It was popularized as a given name by a character from the television series Charmed
, which debuted in 1998.
Porter m English
From an occupational English surname meaning "doorkeeper"
, ultimately from Old French porte
"door", from Latin porta
Rémy m French
French form of the Latin name Remigius
, which was derived from Latin remigis "oarsman, rower"
. Saint Rémy was a 5th-century bishop who converted and baptized Clovis, king of the Franks.
Rórdán m Irish
From the older Irish name Ríoghbhardán
, which meant "little poet king"
from Irish Gaelic ríogh
"king" combined with bard
"poet" and a diminutive suffix.
Ryder m English (Modern)
From an English occupational surname derived from Old English ridere
meaning "mounted warrior"
Satchel m English (Rare)
From a surname derived from Old English sacc
meaning "sack, bag"
, referring to a person who was a bag maker.
Sawyer m & f English (Modern)
From a surname meaning "sawer of wood"
in Middle English. Mark Twain used it for the hero in his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Saylor f English (Modern)
From an English surname that was derived from Old French sailleor
meaning "acrobat, dancer"
. As a modern English given name it could also come from the homophone vocabulary word sailor
Scarlett f English
From a surname that denoted a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet (a kind of cloth, possibly derived from Persian سقرلاط (saghrelat)
). Margaret Mitchell used this name for Scarlett O'Hara, the main character in her novel Gone with the Wind
(1936). Scarlett's name came from her grandmother's maiden name.
Schuyler m & f English
From a Dutch surname meaning "scholar"
. Dutch settlers brought the surname to America, where it was subsequently adopted as a given name in honour of the American general and senator Philip Schuyler (1733-1804).
Scout f English (Rare)
From the English word scout
meaning "one who gathers information covertly"
, which is derived from Old French escouter
"to listen". Harper Lee used this name in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird
Shepherd m English
From an English occupational surname meaning "sheep herder"
Smith m English
From an English surname meaning "metal worker, blacksmith"
, derived from Old English smitan
"to smite, to hit". It is the most common surname in most of the English-speaking world.
Stuart m English, Scottish
From an occupational surname originally belonging to a person who was a steward. It is ultimately derived from Old English stig
"house" and weard
"guard". As a given name, it arose in 19th-century Scotland in honour of the Stuart royal family, which produced several kings and queens of Scotland and Britain between the 14th and 18th centuries.
Tadhg m Irish, Scottish
in Irish. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Connacht.
Tanner m English
From an English surname meaning "one who tans hides"
Taylor m & f English
From an English surname that originally denoted someone who was a tailor, from Norman French tailleur
, ultimately from Latin taliare
"to cut". Its modern use as a feminine name may have been influenced by the British-American author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).
Teague m Irish
Anglicized form of Tadhg
. This name is also used as a slang term for an Irishman.
Thatcher m English (Modern)
From an English surname that referred to a person who thatched roofs by attaching straw to them, derived from Old English þæc
"thatch". The surname was borne by British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013).
Tucker m English (Modern)
From an occupational surname for a cloth fuller, derived from Old English tucian
meaning "offend, torment". A fuller was a person who cleaned and thickened raw cloth by pounding it.
Tyler m English
From an English surname meaning "tiler of roofs"
, derived from Old English tigele
"tile". The surname was borne by American president John Tyler (1790-1862).
Walker m English
From an English surname that referred to the medieval occupational of a walker, also known as a fuller. Walkers would tread on wet, unprocessed wool in order to clean and thicken it. The word ultimately derives from Old English wealcan
Ward 1 m English
From an occupational surname for a watchman, derived from Old English weard
Webster m English
From an occupational surname meaning "weaver"
, derived from Old English webba
Wright m English
From an occupational surname meaning "craftsman"
, ultimately from Old English wyrhta
. Famous bearers of the surname were the Wright brothers (Wilbur 1867-1912 and Orville 1871-1948), the inventors of the first successful airplane, and Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), an American architect.