AJAY m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
, from Sanskrit अ (a)
meaning "not" and जय (jaya)
meaning "victory, conquest".
BERENICE f English, Italian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Βερενίκη (Berenike)
, the Macedonian form of the Greek name Φερενίκη (Pherenike)
, which meant "bringing victory"
from φέρω (phero)
meaning "to bring" and νίκη (nike)
meaning "victory". This name was common among the Ptolemy ruling family of Egypt, a dynasty that was originally from Macedon. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament (in most English Bibles it is spelled Bernice
) belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II. As an English name, Berenice
came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
BOUDICCA f Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Derived from Brythonic boud
. This was the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni who led the Britons in revolt against the Romans. Eventually her forces were defeated and she committed suicide. Her name is first recorded in Roman histories, as Boudicca
by Tacitus and Βουδουῖκα (Boudouika)
by Cassius Dio.
CHAO m & f Chinese
From Chinese 超 (chāo)
meaning "surpass, leap over" (which is usually only masculine), 潮 (cháo)
meaning "tide, flow, damp", or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
DAE-SEONG m Korean
From Sino-Korean 大 (dae)
meaning "big, great, vast, large, high" combined with 成 (seong)
meaning "completed, finished, succeeded". Other combinations of hanja characters can also form this name.
FELIX m German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Romanian, Ancient Roman, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From a Roman cognomen meaning "lucky, successful"
in Latin. It was acquired as an agnomen, or nickname, by the 1st-century BC Roman general Sulla. It also appears in the New Testament belonging to the governor of Judea who imprisoned Saint Paul
FLORIMOND m Literature, French
Possibly from Latin florens
meaning "prosperous, flourishing" combined with the Germanic element mund
meaning "protection". This is the name of the prince in some versions of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty
IL-SEONG m Korean
From Sino-Korean 日 (il)
meaning "sun, day" and 成 (seong)
meaning "completed, finished, succeeded". Other hanja character combinations are possible. A notable bearer was Kim Il-sung (1912-1994), the first leader of North Korea.
JAE-SEONG m Korean
From Sino-Korean 在 (jae)
meaning "located at, exist" or 宰 (jae)
meaning "kill, rule" combined with 成 (seong)
meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or 誠 (seong)
meaning "sincere, honest, true". Other hanja combinations are possible.
JAYA f & m Hinduism, Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit जय (jaya)
. This is a transcription of both the feminine form जया
(an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga
) and the masculine form जय
(borne by several characters in Hindu texts). As a modern personal name, this transcription is both feminine and masculine in southern India, but typically only feminine in the north.
JAYADEVA m Sanskrit
Means "divine victory"
from Sanskrit जय (jaya)
meaning "victory" and देव (deva)
meaning "god". This was the name of a 13th-century Indian poet.
KAI (4) m Chinese
From Chinese 凯 (kǎi)
meaning "triumph, victory, music of triumph", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
KATSU m Japanese
From Japanese 勝 (katsu)
meaning "victory", as well as other kanji having the same pronunciation.
KEMP m English (Rare)
From a surname derived from Middle English kempe
meaning "champion, athlete, warrior"
KHALIFA m Arabic
Means "successor, caliph"
in Arabic. The title caliph
was given to the successors of the Prophet Muhammad
, originally elected by the Islamic populace.
MASARU m Japanese
From Japanese 勝 (masaru)
meaning "victory" or 優 (masaru)
meaning "excellence". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
MIYU f Japanese
From Japanese 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth" combined with 優 (yu)
meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or 結 (yu)
meaning "tie, bind" or 夕 (yu)
meaning "evening". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MIZUKI f Japanese
From Japanese 瑞 (mizu)
meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" and 希 (ki)
meaning "hope", besides other kanji combinations.
NICHOLAS m English
From the Greek name Νικόλαος (Nikolaos)
meaning "victory of the people"
, derived from Greek νίκη (nike)
meaning "victory" and λαός (laos)
meaning "people". Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, as well as Greece and Russia. He formed the basis for the figure known as Santa Claus (created in the 19th century from Dutch Sinterklaas
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NIKANDROS m Ancient Greek
Means "victory of a man"
from the Greek elements νίκη (nike)
meaning "victory" and ἀνήρ (aner)
meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός
). This was the name of a 2nd-century BC Greek poet and grammarian from Colophon.
NIKEPHOROS m & f Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "carrying victory"
from Greek νίκη (nike)
meaning "victory" and φέρω (phero)
meaning "to carry, to bear". This name was borne by several Byzantine emperors, including the 10th-century Nikephoros II Phokas. Besides being a masculine personal name, it was also a title borne by the goddess Athena
NIKETAS m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek νικητής (niketes)
meaning "winner, victor"
. Saint Niketas was a 4th-century bishop of Remesiana in Serbia. He is a patron saint of Romania.
NIKIAS m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek νίκη (nike)
. This was the name of an Athenian general who fought in the Peloponnesian war.
NIKOMEDES m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek νίκη (nike)
meaning "victory" and μήδομαι (medomai)
meaning "to think, to plan". This was the name of a 1st-century saint, a priest beaten to death for refusing to worship the Roman gods.
NIKOSTRATOS m Ancient Greek
Means "army of victory"
from Greek νίκη (nike)
meaning "victory" and στρατός (stratos)
meaning "army". This was the name of a Roman saint martyred during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian at the end of the 3rd century.
ØYVIND m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Eyvindr
, which was derived from ey
meaning "island" or "good fortune" and vindr
possibly meaning "victor".
PROSPER m French, English
From the Latin name Prosperus
, which meant "fortunate, successful"
. This was the name of a 5th-century saint, a supporter of Saint Augustine. It has never been common as an English name, though the Puritans used it, partly because it is identical to the English word prosper
REVAZ m Georgian
Possibly of Persian origin meaning "wealthy, successful"
SIDDHI f Indian, Marathi
Means "accomplishment, success, attainment"
in Sanskrit, referring to spiritual or psychic powers attained through meditation or yoga.
SIEGFRIED m German, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements sigu
"victory" and frid
"peace". Siegfried was a hero from Germanic legend, chief character in the Nibelungenlied
. He secretly helped the Burgundian king Günther
overcome the challenges set out by the Icelandic queen Brünhild
so that Günther might win her hand. In exchange, Günther consented to the marriage of Siegfried and his sister Kriemhild
. Years later, after a dispute between Brünhild and Kriemhild, Siegfried was murdered by Hagen
with Günther's consent. He was stabbed in his one vulnerable spot on the small of his back, which had been covered by a leaf while he bathed in dragon's blood. His adventures were largely based on those of the Norse hero Sigurd
. The story was later adapted by Richard Wagner to form part of his opera The Ring of the Nibelung
SIGURD m Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse name Sigurðr
, which was derived from the elements sigr
"victory" and varðr
"guardian". Sigurd was the hero of the Norse legend the Volsungasaga
, which tells how his foster-father Regin sent him to recover a hoard of gold guarded by the dragon Fafnir. After slaying the dragon Sigurd tasted some of its blood, enabling him to understand the language of birds, who told him that Regin was planning to betray him. In a later adventure, Sigurd disguised himself as Gunnar
(his wife Gudrun
's brother) and rescued the maiden Brynhildr
from a ring of fire, with the result that Gunnar and Brynhildr were married. When the truth eventually came out, Brynhildr took revenge upon Sigurd. The stories of the German hero Siegfried
were in part based on him.
TAWFIQ m Arabic
Means "good fortune"
, derived from Arabic وفق (wafiqa)
meaning "to be successful".
TOMOMI f & m Japanese
From Japanese 智 (tomo)
meaning "wisdom, intellect" or 朋 (tomo)
meaning "friend" combined with 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
TYCHON m Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
From Greek τύχη (tyche)
meaning "chance, luck, fortune"
, a derivative of τυγχάνω (tynchano)
meaning "hit the mark, succeed". This was the name of a minor deity associated with Priapus
in Greek mythology. It was also borne by a 5th-century saint from Cyprus.
VENKA f Esperanto
, from Esperanto venki
"to conquer", ultimately from Latin vincere
VERONICA f English, Italian, Romanian, Late Roman
Latin alteration of BERENICE
, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon
meaning "true image"
. This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus
' face with a towel and then found his image imprinted upon it. Due to popular stories about her, the name was occasionally used in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani. As an English name, it was not common until the 19th century, when it was imported from France and Scotland.
VERONIKA f Russian, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, German, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian
Form of VERONICA
in several languages.
WASSA f Anglo-Saxon
Meaning uncertain. It may be a short form of a longer name such as Wāðsige
, composed of the elements wāð
"hunt" and sige
ZAYD m Arabic
Derived from Arabic زاد (zada)
meaning "to increase"
. This was the name of a slave who became the adopted son of the Prophet Muhammad