AIDA f Arabic, Literature
Variant of AYDA
. This name was used in Verdi's opera Aida
(1871), where it belongs to an Ethiopian princess held captive in Egypt.
AIRI (2) f Finnish
From Finnish airut
meaning "messenger, herald"
, also influenced by place names beginning with the same sound.
ALHAJI m Western African, Hausa
Means "the pilgrim"
in Hausa, a derivative of Arabic حَجّ (hajj)
meaning "pilgrimage, hajj". It is typically a title, not a name.
ARLOTTO m Medieval Italian
Medieval Italian name, recorded in Latin as Arlotus
. It is possibly from Old French herlot
meaning "vagabond, tramp"
ASRA f Arabic
Means "travel at night"
in Arabic. It is related to Isra
AYAAN (1) m Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit अयान (ayana)
meaning "not moving"
or "natural disposition"
or अयन (ayana)
AYAN m Bengali
Means "road, path, solar path"
in Bengali, from Sanskrit अयन (ayana)
AYDA f Arabic
Means "returning, visitor"
AYUMU m Japanese
From Japanese 歩 (ayu)
meaning "walk" and 夢 (mu)
meaning "dream, vision". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
BEATRIX f German, Hungarian, Dutch, English, Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix
, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator
meaning "voyager, traveller"
. It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus
"blessed, happy". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.... [more]
CHRISTOPHER m English
From the Late Greek name Χριστόφορος (Christophoros)
meaning "bearing CHRIST"
, derived from Χριστός (Christos)
combined with φέρω (phero)
meaning "to bear, to carry". Early Christians used it as a metaphorical name, expressing that they carried Christ in their hearts. In the Middle Ages, literal interpretations of the name's etymology led to legends about a Saint Christopher who carried the young Jesus
across a river. He has come to be regarded as the patron saint of travellers.... [more]
DORAN m Irish
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Deoráin
meaning "descendant of Deoradhán"
. The name Deoradhán
means "exile, wanderer" in Gaelic.
DO-YUN m Korean
From Sino-Korean 道 (do)
meaning "path, road, way" and 允 (yun)
meaning "allow, consent", as well as other hanja character combinations.
EINDRIDE m Norwegian
Derived from the Old Norse name Eindriði
, possibly from the elements ein
"one, alone" and ríða
ENDYMION m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ἐνδύω (endyo)
meaning "to dive into, to enter"
. In Greek mythology he was an Aeolian mortal loved by the moon goddess Selene
, who asked Zeus
to grant him eternal life. Zeus complied by putting him into an eternal sleep in a cave on Mount Latmos.
FARAMUND m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements fara
"journey" and mund
"protection". This was the name of a semi-legendary 5th-century king of the Franks.
FERDINAND m German, French, Dutch, English, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Ancient Germanic
, the old Spanish form of a Germanic name composed of the elements fardi
"journey" and nand
"daring, brave". The Visigoths brought the name to the Iberian Peninsula, where it entered into the royal families of Spain and Portugal. From there it became common among the Habsburg royal family of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria, starting with the Spanish-born Ferdinand I in the 16th century. A notable bearer was Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), called Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese, who was the leader of the first expedition to sail around the earth.
HAGAR f Biblical, Biblical German, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "flight"
in Hebrew, though it could also be of unknown Egyptian origin. In the Old Testament she is the concubine of Abraham
and the mother of Ishmael
, the founder of the Arab people. After Abraham's wife Sarah
finally gave birth to a child, she had Hagar and Ishmael expelled into the desert. However, God heard their crying and saved them.
HAJI m Arabic
Refers to a person who has participated in the حَجّ (hajj)
, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that Muslims must undertake at least once in their lifetimes.
HERMES m Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Probably from Greek ἕρμα (herma)
meaning "cairn, pile of stones, boundary marker"
. Hermes was a Greek god associated with speed and good luck, who served as a messenger to Zeus
and the other gods. He was also the patron of travellers, writers, athletes, merchants, thieves and orators.... [more]
ISRA f Arabic
Means "nocturnal journey"
, derived from Arabic سرى (sara)
meaning "to travel at night".
KEALA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the path"
from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and ala
LANE m English
From a surname meaning "lane, path"
, which originally belonged to a person who lived near a lane.
MERCURY m Roman Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Latin Mercurius
, probably derived from Latin mercari "to trade"
or merces "wages"
. This was the name of the Roman god of trade, merchants, and travellers, later equated with the Greek god Hermes
. This is also the name of the first planet in the solar system and a metallic chemical element, both named for the god.
METHODIUS m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Μεθόδιος (Methodios)
, derived from Greek μέθοδος (methodos)
, ultimately from μετά (meta)
meaning "with" and ὁδός (hodos)
meaning "road". Saint Methodius was a Greek missionary to the Slavs who developed the Cyrillic alphabet (with his brother Cyril) in order to translate the Bible into Slavic.
NESTOR m Greek Mythology, Russian
Means "returner, homecomer"
in Greek, from νέομαι (neomai)
meaning "to return". In Homer
this was the name of the king of Pylos, famous for his great wisdom and longevity, who acted as a counselor to the Greek allies.
NJERI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "travelling one"
in Kikuyu. Njeri (or Wanjeri) is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi
in the Kikuyu origin legend.
PALMER m English
From an English surname meaning "pilgrim"
. It is ultimately from Latin palma
"palm tree", since pilgrims to the Holy Land often brought back palm fronds as proof of their journey.
PALMIRO m Italian
in Italian. In medieval times it denoted one who had been a pilgrim to Palestine. It is ultimately from the word palma
meaning "palm tree", because of the custom of pilgrims to bring palm fronds home with them. The name is sometimes given to a child born on Palm Sunday.
PEREGRINE m English (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Peregrinus
, which meant "traveller"
. This was the name of several early saints.
PIPPIN (2) m Literature
The name of a hobbit in The Lord of the Rings
(1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien. His full given name was Peregrin
, a semi-translation into English of his true hobbit name Razanur
ROMEO m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin Romaeus
or Late Greek Ρωμαῖος (Romaios)
, which meant "from ROME"
. In medieval Italian this meant "a pilgrim to Rome"
. Romeo is best known as the lover of Juliet
in Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet
ROSENDO m Spanish
Spanish form of a Visigothic name composed of the Germanic elements hrod
"fame" and sinths
"path". This was the name of a 10th-century Galician saint, also known as Rudesind.
SAIRA f Urdu
Possibly means "traveller"
SOMERLED m Scottish
Anglicized form of the Old Norse name Sumarliði
meaning "summer traveller"
. This was the name of a 12th-century Scottish warlord who created a kingdom on the Scottish islands.
TECUMSEH m Native American, Shawnee
Means "panther passing across"
in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee leader who, with his brother Tenskwatawa
, resisted European expansion in the early 19th century.
TIRTA m & f Indonesian
Means "sacred water, place of pilgrimage"
in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit तीर्थ (tirtha)
TRAVIS m English
From the English surname Travis
(a variant of TRAVERS
). It was used in America in honour of William Travis (1809-1836), the commander of the Texan forces at the Battle of the Alamo.
VETLE m Norwegian
Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Vetrliði
meaning "winter traveller"
, and by extension "bear cub"
VISITACIÓN f Spanish
in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the visit of the Virgin Mary
to her cousin Elizabeth.
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
WANDA f Polish, English, German, French
Possibly from a Germanic name meaning "a Wend"
, referring to the Slavic people who inhabited eastern Germany. In Polish legends this was the name of the daughter of King Krak, the legendary founder of Krakow. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by the author Ouida, who used it for the heroine in her novel Wanda
WAZO m Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element wad
meaning "to go"
meaning "guard, protect"
WENDEL m Dutch, German (Rare)
Old short form of Germanic names beginning with the element wandal
meaning "a Vandal"
. The Vandals were a Germanic tribe who invaded Spain and North Africa in the 5th century. Their tribal name, which may mean "wanderer", was later applied to other groups such as the Wends, a Slavic people living between the Elbe and the Oder.
WOLFGANG m German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements wulf
meaning "wolf" and gang
meaning "path". Two famous bearers of this name were Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and German novelist and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).