ADHARA f Astronomy
Derived from Arabic عذارى ('adhara)
. This is the name of the second brightest star (after Sirius) in the constellation Canis Major.
AGNES f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἁγνή (Hagne)
, derived from Greek ἁγνός (hagnos)
. Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb"
, resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side. Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe.... [more]
ALUDRA f Astronomy
Derived from Arabic العذرا (al-'adhra)
meaning "the maiden"
. This is the name of a star in the constellation Canis Major.
ASTRAEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Ἀστραία (Astraia)
, derived from Greek ἀστήρ (aster)
. Astraea was a Greek goddess of justice and innocence. After wickedness took root in the world she left the earth and became the constellation Virgo.
BAI m & f Chinese
From Chinese 白 (bái)
meaning "white, pure", 百 (bǎi)
meaning "one hundred, many" or 柏 (bǎi)
meaning "cypress tree, cedar" (which is usually only masculine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. This name was borne in the 8th century by the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, whose given was 白
BELPHOEBE f Literature
Combination of belle
"beautiful" and the name PHOEBE
. This name was first used by Edmund Spenser in his poem The Faerie Queene
DIDO f Roman Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly "virgin"
in Phoenician. Dido, also called Elissa
, was the queen of Carthage in Virgil
. She burned herself to death after Aeneas left her.
GLENDA f English
Probably a feminine form of GLENN
using the suffix da
(from names such as LINDA
). This name was not regularly used until the 20th century.
GLENYS f Welsh
Elaboration of the Welsh word glân
meaning "pure, clean, holy"
. This name was created in the late 19th century.
JUN (2) m & f Japanese
From Japanese 淳 (jun)
meaning "pure", 潤 (jun)
meaning "moisture", 純 (jun)
meaning "pure, clean, simple", or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
JUNKO f Japanese
From Japanese 順 (jun)
meaning "obedience" or 純 (jun)
meaning "pure" combined with 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji characters are also possible.
KASUMI f Japanese
From Japanese 霞 (kasumi)
meaning "mist". It can also come from 花 (ka)
meaning "flower, blossom" combined with 澄 (sumi)
meaning "clear, pure". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
KIYOKO f Japanese
From Japanese 清 (kiyo)
meaning "clear, pure, clean" or 聖 (kiyo)
meaning "holy" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji characters.
KORE f Greek Mythology
in Greek. This was another name for the Greek goddess Persephone.
LILY f English
From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium
MI-SUK f Korean
From Sino-Korean 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" and 淑 (suk)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming", as well as other combinations of hanja characters with the same pronunciations.
MORWENNA f Cornish, Welsh
in Cornish (related to the Welsh word morwyn
). This was the name of a 6th-century Cornish saint.
PALLAS (1) f Greek Mythology
Probably derived from a Greek word meaning "maiden, young woman"
. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Athena
. According to some legends it was originally the name of a friend of the goddess. Athena accidentally killed her while sparring, so she took the name in honour of her friend.
PHOEBE f English, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Φοίβη (Phoibe)
, which meant "bright, pure"
from Greek φοῖβος (phoibos)
. In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter, the moon goddess Artemis
. The name appears in Paul
's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Cenchreae. In England, it began to be used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. A moon of Saturn bears this name (in honour of the Titan).
ROSAMUND f English (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements hros
"horse" and mund
"protection". The Normans introduced this name to England. It was subsequently influenced by the Latin phrase rosa munda
"pure rose". This was the name of the mistress of Henry II, the king of England in the 12th century. She was possibly murdered by his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine.
SAFAA f & m Arabic
, from Arabic صفا (safa)
. As-Safaa is the name of one of the two sacred hills near Mecca. This can also be an alternate transcription of Arabic صفاء
SHUFEN f Chinese
From Chinese 淑 (shū)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" combined with 芬 (fēn)
meaning "fragrance, aroma, perfume". Other character combinations are possible as well.
THEKLA f German (Rare), Greek (Rare), Late Greek
From the ancient Greek name Θεόκλεια (Theokleia)
, which meant "glory of God"
from the Greek elements θεός (theos)
meaning "god" and κλέος (kleos)
meaning "glory". This was the name of a 1st-century saint, appearing (as Θέκλα
) in the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla
. The story tells how Thecla listens to Paul speak about the virtues of chastity and decides to remain a virgin, angering both her mother and her suitor.
YEONG-SUK f Korean
From Sino-Korean 英 (yeong)
meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero" and 淑 (suk)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
ZACCAI m Biblical
From the Hebrew name זַכָּי (Zakkai)
. This is the name of a minor character in the Old Testament.
ZACCHAEUS m Biblical
From Ζακχαῖος (Zakchaios)
, the Greek form of ZACCAI
. In the New Testament he is a tax collector in Jericho who gives half his possessions to charity.