Abital f Biblical
Means "my father is the night dew"
in Hebrew. She is the fifth wife of David
in the Old Testament.
Arethusa f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ἀρέθουσα (Arethousa)
meaning "quick water"
, which is possibly derived from ἄρδω (ardo)
meaning "water" and θοός (thoos)
meaning "quick, nimble". This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who was transformed into a fountain.
Brennan m Irish, English
From an Irish surname derived from Ó Braonáin
meaning "descendant of Braonán"
is a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop" (with a diminutive suffix).
Brook m & f English
From an English surname that denoted one who lived near a brook.
Delta f English
From the name of the fourth letter in the Greek alphabet, Δ
. It is also the name for an island formed at the mouth of a river.
Ema 2 f Japanese
From Japanese 恵 (e)
meaning "favour, benefit" or 江 (e)
meaning "bay, inlet" combined with 麻 (ma)
meaning "flax". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Endla f Estonian
From the name of an Estonian lake, which often appears in folk poetry. The lake's name is ultimately derived from the medieval personal name Ent
Glaw m & f Welsh
in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
Hai m & f Chinese
From Chinese 海 (hǎi)
meaning "sea, ocean" or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Hyeon-U m Korean
From Sino-Korean 賢 (hyeon)
meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or 顯 (hyeon)
meaning "manifest, clear" combined with 祐 (u)
meaning "divine intervention, protection" or 雨 (u)
meaning "rain". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
Jiang m & f Chinese
From Chinese 江 (jiāng)
meaning "river, Yangtze", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
Ji-U f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 芝 (ji)
meaning "sesame" or 志 (ji)
meaning "will, purpose, ambition" combined with 雨 (u)
meaning "rain" or 宇 (u)
meaning "house, eaves, universe". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
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.
Kelvin m English
From the name of a Scottish river, perhaps meaning "narrow water"
. As a title it was borne by the Irish-Scottish physicist William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), who acquired his title from the river.
Kerr m Scottish, English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname that was derived from a place name meaning "rough wet ground"
in Old Norse.
Khnum m Egyptian Mythology
From Egyptian ẖnmw
(reconstructed as Khenmu
), derived from ẖnm
meaning "to unite"
. This was the name of an early Egyptian god associated with fertility, water and the Nile. He was often depicted as a man with the head of a ram, sometimes with a potter's wheel.
Lan 1 f & m Chinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese 兰 (lán)
meaning "orchid, elegant" (which is usually only feminine) or 岚 (lán)
meaning "mountain mist". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese 蘭
Leili f Estonian
Probably from Laila 2
, but also associated with Estonian leil
meaning "vapour, steam"
. It became popular due to Andres Saal's novel Leili
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.
Melusine f Mythology
Meaning unknown. In European folklore Melusine was a water fairy who turned into a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. She made her husband, Raymond of Poitou, promise that he would never see her on that day, and when he broke his word she left him forever.
Milford m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from various place names all meaning "ford by a mill"
in Old English.
Misty f English
From the English word misty
, ultimately derived from Old English. The jazz song Misty
(1954) by Erroll Garner may have helped popularize the name.
Mortimer m English
From an English surname that was derived from the name of a town in Normandy, itself meaning "dead water, still water"
in Old French.
Nada 1 f Arabic
Means either "generosity"
Napoleon m History, English
From the old Italian name Napoleone
, used most notably by the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), who was born on Corsica. The etymology is uncertain, but it is possibly derived from the Germanic Nibelungen
meaning "sons of mist"
, a name used in Germanic mythology to refer to the keepers of a hoard of treasure (often identified with the Burgundians). Alternatively, it could be connected to the name of the Italian city of Napoli (Naples).
Nechtan m Irish Mythology, Ancient Celtic
Celtic name of uncertain meaning, possibly meaning "damp"
(cognate with Neptune
). In Irish mythology Nechtan was the husband of Boand, the goddess of the River Boyne. This name was also borne by the 5th-century Saint Nectan of Hartland in Devon, who was supposedly born in Ireland. It was also the name of several kings of the Picts.
Neith f Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian nt
, possibly from nt "water"
or nrw "fear, dread"
. This was the name of an early Egyptian goddess of weaving, hunting and war. Her character may have some correspondences with the goddesses Tanith
Nerina f Italian
Probably from Greek Νηρηΐδες
). This name was used by Torquato Tasso for a character in his play Aminta
(1573), and subsequently by Giacomo Leopardi in his poem Le Ricordanze
Ngaire f Maori
Possibly from the name of the town of Ngaere
in New Zealand, of Maori origin meaning "wetland"
Noelani f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly mist"
from Hawaiian noe
"mist" and lani
"heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Phirun m Khmer
in Khmer, from the name of a rain god in the mythologies of southeast Asia. The god's name is possibly derived from Varuna
Poseidon m Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek πόσις (posis)
meaning "husband, lord" and δᾶ (da)
meaning "earth". The name first appears in Mycenaean Greek inscriptions as po-se-da-o
. In Greek mythology Poseidon was the unruly god of the sea and earthquakes, the brother of Zeus
. He was often depicted carrying a trident and riding in a chariot drawn by white horses.
Rafferty m English
From an Irish surname that was an Anglicized form of Ó Rabhartaigh
meaning "descendant of Rabhartach"
. The given name Rabhartach
means "flood tide".
Rocío f Spanish
in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary María del Rocío
meaning "Mary of the Dew".
Rosemary f English
Combination of Rose
. This name can also be given in reference to the herb, which gets its name from Latin ros marinus
meaning "dew of the sea". It came into use as a given name in the 19th century.
Roswell m English
From a surname that was derived from an Old English place name meaning "horse spring"
Shannon f & m English
From the name of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, called Abha an tSionainn
in Irish. It is associated with the goddess Sionann
and is sometimes said to be named for her. However it is more likely the goddess was named after the river, which may be related to Old Irish sen
"old, ancient". As a given name, it first became common in America after the 1940s.
Si-U m Korean
From Sino-Korean 始 (si)
meaning "begin, start" combined with 祐 (u)
meaning "divine intervention, protection" or 雨 (u)
meaning "rain". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
Takumi m Japanese
From Japanese 匠 (takumi)
meaning "artisan" or 巧 (takumi)
meaning "skillful". It can also come from 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" combined with 海 (mi)
meaning "sea, ocean" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth". This name can also be formed of other kanji combinations.
Talia 2 f English (Australian)
From the name of a town in South Australia, perhaps meaning "near water"
in an Australian Aboriginal language.
Terhi f Finnish
Short form of Terhenetär
, which was derived from Finnish terhen
. In the Finnish epic the Kalevala
Terhenetär is a sprite associated with mist and forests.
Undine f Literature
Derived from Latin unda
. The word undine
was created by the 16th-century Swiss author Paracelsus, who used it for female water spirits.
Walton m English
From a surname that was originally taken from various Old English place names meaning "stream town"
, "wood town"
, or "wall town"
Yu f & m Chinese
From Chinese 玉 (yù)
meaning "jade, precious stone, gem", 愉 (yú)
meaning "pleasant, delightful" or 雨 (yǔ)
meaning "rain". Other characters can form this name as well.
Zedong m & f Chinese
From Chinese 泽 (zé)
meaning "moist, grace, brilliance" combined with 东 (dōng)
meaning "east", as well as other character combinations. A notable bearer was the founder of the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong (1893-1976).