Acacia f English (Rare)
From the name of a type of tree, ultimately derived from Greek ἀκή (ake)
meaning "thorn, point".
Africa 1 f African American (Rare)
From the name of the continent, which is of Latin origin, possibly from the Afri people who lived near Carthage in North Africa. This rare name is used most often by African-American parents.
Alanis f English (Rare)
Feminine form of Alan
. Canadian musician Alanis Morissette (1974-) was named after her father Alan. Her parents apparently decided to use this particular spelling after seeing this word in a Greek newspaper.
Aldous m English (Rare)
Probably a diminutive of names beginning with the Old English element eald
"old". It has been in use as an English given name since the Middle Ages, mainly in East Anglia. The British author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was a famous bearer of this name.
Algar m English (Rare)
Means "elf spear"
from Old English ælf
"elf" and gar
"spear". This Old English name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest, being absorbed by similar-sounding names and Norman and Scandinavian cognates. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
Amethyst f English (Rare)
From the name of the purple semi-precious stone, which is derived from the Greek negative prefix ἀ (a)
and μέθυστος (methystos)
meaning "intoxicated, drunk", as it was believed to be a remedy against drunkenness.
Amice f Medieval English
Medieval name derived from Latin amicus
. This was a popular name in the Middle Ages, though it has since become uncommon.
Amity f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "friendship"
, ultimately deriving from Latin amicitia
Amyas m English (Rare)
Meaning unknown, perhaps a derivative of Amis
. Alternatively, it may come from a surname that originally indicated that the bearer was from the city of Amiens in France. Edmund Spenser used this name for a minor character in his epic poem The Faerie Queene
Anima 2 f English (Rare)
Means "soul, spirit"
in Latin. In Jungian psychology the anima is an individual's true inner self, or soul.
Araminta f English (Rare)
Meaning unknown. This name was (first?) used by William Congreve in his comedy The Old Bachelor
(1693) and later by Sir John Vanbrugh in his comedy The Confederacy
(1705). This was the real name of abolitionist Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), who was born Araminta Ross.
Aureole f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "radiant halo"
, ultimately derived from Latin aureolus
Azure f English (Rare)
From the English word that means "sky blue". It is ultimately (via Old French, Latin and Arabic) from Persian لاجورد (lajvard)
meaning "azure, lapis lazuli".
Balfour m English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname, originally from various place names, which meant "village pasture"
Berry 2 f English (Rare)
From the English word referring to the small fruit. It is ultimately derived from Old English berie
. This name has only been in use since the 20th century.
Bevis m English (Rare)
From an English surname that is possibly derived from the name of the French town Beauvais
Blondie f English (Rare)
From a nickname for a person with blond hair. This is the name of the title character in a comic strip by Chic Young.
Bryony f English (Rare)
From the name of a type of Eurasian vine, formerly used as medicine. It ultimately derives from Greek βρύω (bryo)
meaning "to swell".
Burgundy f English (Rare)
This name can refer either to the region in France, the wine (which derives from the name of the region), or the colour (which derives from the name of the wine).
Camellia f English (Rare)
From the name of the flowering shrub, which was named for the botanist and missionary Georg Josef Kamel.
Cedar f & m English (Rare)
From the English word for the coniferous tree, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κέδρος (kedros)
Chesley m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally from a place name meaning "camp meadow"
in Old English.
Christabel f English (Rare)
Combination of Christina
and the name suffix bel
. This name occurs in medieval literature, and was later used in 1800 by Samuel Coleridge in his poem Christabel
Chrysanta f English (Rare)
Shortened form of the word chrysanthemum
, the name of a flowering plant, which means "golden flower" in Greek.
Clancy m Irish, English (Rare)
From the Irish surname Mac Fhlannchaidh
, which means "son of Flannchadh"
. The Irish name Flannchadh
means "red warrior".
Clarity f English (Rare)
Simply means "clarity, lucidity" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clarus
Clematis f English (Rare)
From the English word for a type of flowering vine, ultimately derived from Greek κλήμα (klema)
meaning "twig, branch".
Clemency f English (Rare)
Medieval variant of Clemence
. It can also simply mean "clemency, mercy" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clemens
Comfort f English (African)
From the English word comfort
, ultimately from Latin confortare
"to strengthen greatly", a derivative of fortis
"strong". It was used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. It is now most common in parts of English-influenced Africa.
Coriander f English (Rare)
From the name of the spice, also called cilantro, which may ultimately be of Phoenician origin (via Latin and Greek).
Cree m & f English (Rare)
From the name of a Native American tribe of central Canada. Their name derives via French from the Cree word kiristino
Crispin m English (Rare)
From the Roman cognomen Crispinus
, which was derived from the name Crispus
. Saint Crispin was a 3rd-century Roman who was martyred with his twin brother Crispinian in Gaul. They are the patrons of shoemakers. They were popular saints in England during the Middle Ages, and the name has occasionally been used since that time.
Cybill f English (Rare)
Variant of Sibyl
. This name was borne by actress Cybill Shepherd (1950-), who was named after her grandfather Cy and her father Bill.
Cyprian m Polish, English (Rare)
From the Roman family name Cyprianus
, which meant "from Cyprus"
. Saint Cyprian was a 3rd-century bishop of Carthage and a martyr under the emperor Valerian.
Dacian m Romanian
Derived from Dacia
, the old Roman name for the region that is now Romania and Moldova.
Daffodil f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, ultimately derived from Dutch de affodil
meaning "the asphodel".
Daley m & f Irish, English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Dálaigh
meaning "descendant of Dálach"
. The name Dálach
means "assembly" in Gaelic.
Dashiell m English (Rare)
In the case of American author Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) it was from his mother's surname, which was possibly an Anglicized form of French de Chiel
, of unknown meaning.
Digby m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from the name of an English town, itself derived from a combination of Old English dic
"dyke, ditch" and Old Norse byr
Dulcibella f English (Archaic)
From Latin dulcis
"sweet" and bella
"beautiful". The usual medieval spelling of this name was Dowsabel
, and the Latinized form Dulcibella
was revived in the 18th century.
Ebba 2 f English (Rare)
From the Old English name Æbbe
, meaning unknown, perhaps a contracted form of a longer name. Saint Ebba was a 7th-century daughter of King Æthelfrith of Bernicia and the founder of monasteries in Scotland. Another saint named Ebba was a 9th-century abbess and martyr who mutilated her own face so that she would not be raped by the invading Danes.
Edric m English (Rare)
From the Old English elements ead
"wealth, fortune" and ric
"ruler". After the Norman Conquest this Old English name was not commonly used. It has occasionally been revived in modern times.
Elsdon m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "Elli's valley"
in Old English.
Epiphany f English (Rare)
From the name of the Christian festival (January 6) that commemorates the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus
. It is also an English word meaning "sudden appearance" or "sudden perception", ultimately deriving from Greek ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia)
Esmond m English (Rare)
Derived from the Old English elements east
"grace" and mund
"protection". This Old English name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest. It was occasionally revived in the 19th century.
Eustace m English
English form of Eustachius
, two names of Greek origin that have been conflated in the post-classical period. Saint Eustace, who is known under both spellings, was a 2nd-century Roman general who became a Christian after seeing a vision of a cross between the antlers of a stag he was hunting. He was burned to death for refusing to worship the Roman gods and is now regarded as the patron saint of hunters. Due to him, this name was common in England during the Middle Ages, though it is presently rare.
Everard m English (Rare)
Means "brave boar"
, derived from the Germanic elements ebur
"wild boar" and hard
"brave, hardy". The Normans introduced it to England, where it joined the Old English cognate Eoforheard
. It has only been rarely used since the Middle Ages. Modern use of the name may be inspired by the surname Everard
, itself derived from the medieval name.
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".
Flannery f & m English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Flannghaile
meaning "descendant of Flannghal"
. The given name Flannghal
means "red valour". A famous bearer was American author Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964).
Flower f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word flower
for the blossoming plant. It is derived (via Old French) from Latin flos
Gardenia f English (Rare)
From the name of the tropical flower, which was named for the Scottish naturalist Alexander Garden (1730-1791).
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.
Glanville m English (Rare)
From an English surname that was taken from a Norman place name, which possibly meant "domain of (a person named) Gland"
in Old French.
Gloriana f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of Latin gloria
. In Edmund Spenser's poem The Faerie Queene
(1590) this was the name of the title character, a representation of Queen Elizabeth I.
Gypsy f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word Gypsy
for the nomadic people who originated in northern India. The word was originally a corruption of Egyptian
. It is sometimes considered pejorative.
Hamnet m English (Archaic)
Diminutive of Hamo
. This was the name of a son of Shakespeare who died in childhood. His death may have provided the inspiration for his father's play Hamlet
Happy f & m English (Rare)
From the English word happy
, derived from Middle English hap
"chance, luck", of Old Norse origin.
Hartley m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from a place name, itself from Old English heort
"hart, male deer" and leah
Honey f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word honey
, ultimately from Old English hunig
. This was originally a nickname for a sweet person.
Indigo f & m English (Rare)
From the English word indigo
for the purplish-blue dye or the colour. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ἰνδικὸν (Indikon)
meaning "Indic, from India".
Jessamine f English (Rare)
From a variant spelling of the English word jasmine
), used also to refer to flowering plants in the cestrum family.
Jolyon m English (Rare)
Medieval form of Julian
. The author John Galsworthy used it for a character in his Forsyte Saga
novels (published between 1906 and 1922).
Jonquil f English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower, derived ultimately from Latin iuncus
July f English (Rare)
From the name of the month, which was originally named for Julius Caesar.
Kemp m English (Rare)
From a surname derived from Middle English kempe
meaning "champion, athlete, warrior"
Kestrel f English (Rare)
From the name of the bird of prey, ultimately derived from Old French crecelle
"rattle", which refers to the sound of its cry.
Lake m & f English (Rare)
From the English word lake
, for the inland body of water. It is ultimately derived from Latin lacus
Leith m & f English (Rare)
From a surname, originally from the name of a Scottish town (now a district of Edinburgh), which is derived from Gaelic lìte
"wet, damp". It is also the name of the river that flows though Edinburgh.
Lotus f English (Rare)
From the name of the lotus flower (species Nelumbo nucifera) or the mythological lotus tree. They are ultimately derived from Greek λωτός (lotos)
. In Greek and Roman mythology the lotus tree was said to produce a fruit causing sleepiness and forgetfulness.
Maitland m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was from a Norman French place name possibly meaning "inhospitable"
Malone m & f English (Rare)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Maoil Eoin
meaning "descendant of a disciple of Saint John"
Maris 2 f English (Rare)
Means "of the sea"
, taken from the Latin title of the Virgin Mary
, Stella Maris
, meaning "star of the sea".
Mercia f English (Rare)
Latinate form of Mercy
. This was also the name of an old Anglo-Saxon kingdom, though it has a different origin.
Mirabelle f French (Rare), English (Rare)
Derived from Latin mirabilis
. This name was coined during the Middle Ages, though it eventually died out. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
Modesty f English (Rare)
From the English word modesty
, ultimately from Latin modestus
"moderate", a derivative of modus