Acacia f English (Rare)
From the name of a type of tree, ultimately derived from Greek ἀκή (ake)
meaning "thorn, point".
Ace 1 m English
From the English word meaning "highest rank"
. More commonly a nickname, it is occasionally used as a given name.
Adoración f Spanish
in Spanish. This name refers to the event that is known in Christian tradition as the Adoration of the Magi, which is when the three Magi presented gifts to the infant Jesus
and worshipped him.
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.
Age 1 m Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element agil
meaning "edge (of a sword), blade"
Ai 1 f Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai)
meaning "love, affection", 藍 (ai)
meaning "indigo", or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
Akane f Japanese
From Japanese 茜 (akane)
meaning "deep red, dye from the rubia plant". Other kanji or combinations of kanji can form this name as well.
Alpha f & m English
From the name of the first letter in the Greek alphabet, Α
Alta f Various
Possibly from Latin altus
or Italian/Spanish alto
Altagracia f Spanish (Caribbean)
Means "high grace"
, taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
, meaning "Our Lady of High Grace". She is considered the patron saint of the Dominican Republic, and it is there that this name is most often used.
Amaryllis f Literature
Derived from Greek ἀμαρύσσω (amarysso)
meaning "to sparkle"
. This was the name of a heroine in Virgil
's epic poem Eclogues
. The amaryllis flower is named for her.
Amber f English, Dutch
From the English word amber
that denotes either the gemstone, which is formed from fossil resin, or the orange-yellow colour. The word ultimately derives from Arabic عنبر ('anbar)
. It began to be used as a given name in the late 19th century, but it only became popular after the release of Kathleen Winsor's novel Forever Amber
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.
Amity f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "friendship"
, ultimately deriving from Latin amicitia
An 1 m & f Chinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese 安 (ān)
meaning "peace, quiet" or other characters with a similar pronunciation. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese 安
meaning "safe, secure".
Angel m & f English, Bulgarian, Macedonian
From the medieval Latin masculine name Angelus
, which was derived from the name of the heavenly creature (itself derived from the Greek word ἄγγελος (angelos)
meaning "messenger"). It has never been very common in the English-speaking world, where it is sometimes used as a feminine name in modern times.
Ángeles f Spanish
, taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles
, meaning "Our Lady the Queen of the Angels".
Anima 2 f English (Rare)
Means "soul, spirit"
in Latin. In Jungian psychology the anima is an individual's true inner self, or soul.
Annunziata f Italian
in Italian, referring to the event in the New Testament in which the angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary
of the imminent birth of Jesus
Ante 2 m Frisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element and
April f English
From the name of the month, probably originally derived from Latin aperire
"to open", referring to the opening of flowers. It has only been commonly used as a given name since the 1940s.
Archer m English
From an English surname meaning "bowman, archer"
, of Old French origin.
Aria 1 f English (Modern)
Means "song, melody"
in Italian (literally means "air"). An aria is an elaborate vocal solo, the type usually performed in operas. As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century. It is not common in Italy.
Ascensión f Spanish
in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the Ascension of Jesus
Ash m & f English
Short form of Ashley
. It can also come directly from the English word denoting either the tree or the residue of fire.
Ask m Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse askr "ash tree"
. In Norse mythology Ask and his wife Embla
were the first humans created by the gods.
Aspen f English (Modern)
From the English word for the tree, derived from Old English æspe
. It is also the name of a ski resort in Colorado.
Asunción f Spanish
in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the assumption of the Virgin Mary
Atlas m Greek Mythology
Possibly means "enduring"
from Greek τλάω (tlao)
meaning "to endure". In Greek mythology he was a Titan punished by Zeus
by being forced to support the heavens on his shoulders.
Aureole f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "radiant halo"
, ultimately derived from Latin aureolus
Autumn f English
From the name of the season, ultimately from Latin autumnus
. This name has been in general use since the 1960s.
Azalea f English (Modern)
From the name of the flower (shrubs of the genus Rhododendron), ultimately derived from Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos)
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".
Basil 1 m English
From the Greek name Βασίλειος (Basileios)
, which was derived from βασιλεύς (basileus)
. Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name (in various spellings) has come into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.
Beau m & f English, Dutch (Modern)
in French. It has been used as a given name since the middle of the 20th century. In Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind
(1936) this is the name of Ashley and Melanie's son.... [more]
Belle f English
Short form of Isabella
or names ending in belle
. It is also associated with the French word belle
meaning "beautiful". A famous bearer was Belle Starr (1848-1889), an outlaw of the American west, whose real given name was Maybelle.
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.
Beryl f English
From the English word for the clear or pale green precious stone, ultimately deriving from Sanskrit. As a given name, it first came into use in the 19th century.
Biff m English (Rare)
From a nickname that was based on the English word biff
, which means "punch, hit, strike"
Bill m English
Short form of William
. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been influenced by an earlier Irish pronunciation of the name. Famous bearers include basketball player Bill Russell (1934-), comedian Bill Cosby (1937-), American president Bill Clinton (1946-), and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (1955-).
Birdie f English
Diminutive of Bertha
and other names with a similar sound, or sometimes simply from the English word bird
Bishop m English
Either from the English occupational surname, or else directly from the English word. It is ultimately derived from Greek ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos)
Blanche f French, English
From a medieval French nickname meaning "white, fair"
. This name and its cognates in other languages are ultimately derived from the Germanic word blanc
. An early bearer was the 12th-century Blanca of Navarre, the wife of Sancho III of Castile. Her granddaughter of the same name married Louis VIII of France, with the result that the name became more common in France.
Blessing m & f English (African)
From the English word blessing
, of Old English origin. This name is most common in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa.
Blossom f English
From the English word blossom
, ultimately from Old English blóstm
. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
Boglárka f Hungarian
Means "buttercup flower"
in Hungarian (genus Ranunculus), derived from the archaic word boglár
Bonita f English
in Spanish, ultimately from Latin bonus
"good". It has been used as a name in the English-speaking world since the beginning of the 20th century.
Booker m English
From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books"
. A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.
Brandy f English
From the English word brandy
for the alcoholic drink. It is ultimately from Dutch brandewijn
"burnt wine". It has been in use as a given name since the 1960s.
Britannia f English (Rare)
From the Latin name of the island of Britain, in occasional use as an English given name since the 18th century. This is also the name of the Roman female personification of Britain pictured on some British coins.
Brook m & f English
From an English surname that denoted one who lived near a brook.
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".
Buck m English
From an English nickname meaning simply "buck, male deer", ultimately from Old English bucc
Buddy m English
From the English word meaning "friend"
. It probably originated as a nursery form of the word brother
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).
Buster m English
Originally a nickname denoting a person who broke things, from the word bust
, a dialectal variant of burst
. A famous bearer was the silent movie star Buster Keaton (1895-1966).
Cadence f English (Modern)
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow"
. It has been in use only since the 20th century.
Calla f English
From the name of a type of lily, of Latin origin. Use of the name may also be inspired by Greek κάλλος (kallos)
Camellia f English (Rare)
From the name of the flowering shrub, which was named for the botanist and missionary Georg Josef Kamel.
Candelaria f Spanish
in Spanish, ultimately derived from Spanish candela
"candle". This name is given in honour of the church festival of Candlemas, which commemorates the presentation of Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary
Caprice f English
From the English word meaning "impulse"
, ultimately (via French) from Italian capriccio
Cara f English
From an Italian word meaning "beloved"
or an Irish word meaning "friend"
. It has been used as a given name since the 19th century, though it did not become popular until after the 1950s.
Carita f Swedish
Derived from Latin caritas
meaning "dearness, esteem, love"
Carol 1 f & m English
Short form of Caroline
. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from Carolus
. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word, which means "song" or "hymn".
Cash m English
From an English occupational surname for a box maker, derived from Norman French casse
. A famous bearer of the surname was American musician Johnny Cash (1932-2003).
Cat f & m English
Diminutive of Catherine
. It can also be a nickname from the English word for the animal.
Cedar f & m English (Rare)
From the English word for the coniferous tree, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κέδρος (kedros)
Chance m English
Originally a diminutive of Chauncey
. It is now usually given in reference to the English word chance
meaning "luck, fortune" (ultimately derived from Latin cadens
Charity f English
From the English word charity
, ultimately derived from Late Latin caritas
meaning "generous love", from Latin carus
"dear, beloved". Caritas
was in use as a Roman Christian name. The English name Charity
came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation.
Chase m English
From a surname meaning "chase, hunt"
in Middle English, originally a nickname for a huntsman.
Chastity f English
From the English word chastity
, which is ultimately from Latin castus
"pure". It was borne by the daughter of Sonny Bono and Cher, which probably led to the name's increase in popularity during the 1970s.
Cherie f English
Derived from French chérie
. In America, Cherie
came into use shortly after the variant Sherry
, and has not been as common.
Cherry f English
Simply means "cherry" from the name of the fruit. It can also be a diminutive of Charity
. It has been in use since the late 19th century.
China f English (Modern)
From the name of the Asian country, ultimately derived from Qin
, the name of a dynasty that ruled there in the 3rd century BC.
Chip m English
Diminutive of Charles
. It can also be from a nickname given in reference to the phrase a chip off the old block
, used of a son who is similar to his father.
Christian m English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the medieval Latin name Christianus
meaning "a Christian"
(see Christos 1
). In England it has been in use since the Middle Ages, during which time it was used by both males and females, but it did not become common until the 17th century. In Denmark the name has been borne by ten kings since the 15th century. A famous bearer was Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), the Danish author of such fairy tales as The Ugly Duckling
and The Emperor's New Clothes
Chuck m English
Diminutive of Charles
. It originated in America in the early 20th century. Two famous bearers of this name were pilot Chuck Yeager (1923-), the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound, and the musician Chuck Berry (1926-2017), one of the pioneers of rock music.
Clarity f English (Rare)
Simply means "clarity, lucidity" from the English word, ultimately from Latin clarus
Clay m English
From an English surname that originally referred to a person who lived near or worked with clay. This name can also be a short form of Clayton
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
Clement m English
English form of the Late Latin name Clemens
(or sometimes of its derivative Clementius
), which meant "merciful, gentle"
. This was the name of 14 popes, including Saint Clement I, the third pope, one of the Apostolic Fathers. Another saint by this name was Clement of Alexandria, a 3rd-century theologian and church father who attempted to reconcile Christian and Platonic philosophies. It has been in general as a given name in Christian Europe (in various spellings) since early times. In England it became rare after the Protestant Reformation, though it was revived in the 19th century.
Clover f English (Rare)
From the English word for the wild flower, ultimately deriving from Old English clafre
Colt m English
From the English word for a young male horse or from the surname of the same origin. It may be given in honour of the American industrialist Samuel Colt (1814-1862) or the firearms company that bears his name.
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.
Consuelo f Spanish
in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary
, Nuestra Señora del Consuelo
, meaning "Our Lady of Consolation".
Coral f English, Spanish
From the English and Spanish word coral
for the underwater skeletal deposits that can form reefs. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek κοράλλιον (korallion)
Coriander f English (Rare)
From the name of the spice, also called cilantro, which may ultimately be of Phoenician origin (via Latin and Greek).
Coy m English
From a surname that meant "quiet, shy, coy"
from Middle English coi
Crystal f English
From the English word crystal
for the clear, colourless glass, sometimes cut into the shape of a gemstone. The English word derives ultimately from Greek κρύσταλλος (krystallos)
meaning "ice". It has been in use as a given name since the 19th century.
Daffodil f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, ultimately derived from Dutch de affodil
meaning "the asphodel".
Daisy f English
Simply from the English word for the white flower, ultimately derived from Old English dægeseage
meaning "day eye". It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.
Dale m & f English
From an English surname that originally belonged to a person who lived near a dale or valley.
Dawn f English
From the English word dawn
, ultimately derived from Old English dagung
Deacon m English (Modern)
Either from the occupational surname Deacon
or directly from the vocabulary word deacon
, which refers to a cleric in the Christian church (ultimately from Greek διάκονος (diakonos)
Dean m English
From a surname, see Dean 1
and Dean 2
. The actor James Dean (1931-1955) was a famous bearer of the surname.
Deemer m English (Rare)
From an English and Scottish surname meaning "judge"
, from Old English demere
Deforest m English
From a French surname meaning "from the forest"
. It was originally given in honour of American author John Deforest (1826-1906).
Dell m & f English
From an English surname that originally denoted a person who lived in a dell or valley.
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.
Derviş m Turkish
From a Turkish word, which exists in English as dervish
, for a Sufi ascetic. It is ultimately from Avestan drigu
meaning "needy, poor".
Destiny f English
Means simply "destiny, fate"
from the English word, ultimately from Latin destinare
"to determine", a derivative of stare
"to stand". It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world only since the last half of the 20th century.
Diamond f English (Modern)
From the English word diamond
for the clear colourless precious stone, the birthstone of April. It is derived from Late Latin diamas
, from Latin adamas
, which is of Greek origin meaning "invincible, untamed".
Diana f English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Roman Mythology
Probably derived from an old Indo-European root meaning "heavenly, divine"
, related to dyeus
). Diana was a Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, forests, and childbirth, often identified with the Greek goddess Artemis
Dick 1 m English
Medieval diminutive of Richard
. The change in the initial consonant is said to have been caused by the way the trilled Norman R
was pronounced by the English.
Dirk m Dutch, German, English
Short form of Diederik
. The name was popularized in the English-speaking world by actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who had some Dutch ancestry. This is also the Scots word for a type of dagger.
Dolly f English
Diminutive of Dorothy
were used from the 16th century, and the common English word doll
(for the plaything) is derived from them. In modern times this name is also sometimes used as a diminutive of Dolores
Dolores f Spanish, English
, taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary María de los Dolores
, meaning "Mary of Sorrows". It has been used in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, becoming especially popular in America during the 1920s and 30s.
Dove f English
From the English word for the variety of bird, seen as a symbol of peace.
Drake m English
From an English surname derived from the Old Norse byname Draki
or the Old English byname Draca
both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δράκων (drakon)
meaning "dragon, serpent". This name coincides with the unrelated English word drake
meaning "male duck".
Dream f English (Modern)
From the English word dream
referring to imaginary events seen in the mind while sleeping or a hope or wish.
Duke m English
From the noble title duke
, which was originally derived from Latin dux
Durante m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Durans
, which meant "enduring"
Dusty m & f English
From a nickname originally given to people perceived as being dusty. It is also used a diminutive of Dustin
. A famous bearer was British singer Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), who acquired her nickname as a child.
Dutch m English
From a nickname given to Americans of German descent. It is related to deutsch
, the German word for "German".
Earl m English
From the aristocratic title, which derives from Old English eorl
"nobleman, warrior". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
Easter f English
From the English name of the Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus
. It was ultimately named for the Germanic spring goddess Eostre. It was traditionally given to children born on Easter, though it is rare in modern times.
Ebony f English
From the English word ebony
for the black wood that comes from the ebony tree. It is ultimately from the Egyptian word hbnj
. In America this name is most often used by black parents.
Echo f Greek Mythology
From the Greek word ἠχώ (echo)
meaning "echo, reflected sound"
, related to ἠχή (eche)
meaning "sound". In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera
, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus
, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.
Eglantine f English (Rare)
From the English word for the flower also known as sweetbrier. It is derived via Old French from Vulgar Latin *aquilentum
meaning "prickly". It was early used as a given name (in the form Eglentyne
) in Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century story The Prioress's Tale
Eglė f Lithuanian
Means "spruce tree"
in Lithuanian. In a Lithuanian folk tale Eglė is a young woman who marries a grass snake. At the end of the tale she turns herself into a spruce.
Elle f English (Modern)
Diminutive of Eleanor
and other names beginning with El
. This name can also be given in reference to the French pronoun elle
Emerald f English (Modern)
From the word for the green precious stone, which is the birthstone of May. The emerald supposedly imparts love to the bearer. The word is ultimately from Greek σμάραγδος (smaragdos)
Emese f Hungarian
Possibly derived from Finno-Ugric eme
. In Hungarian legend this was the name of the grandmother of Árpád, founder of the Hungarian state.
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)
Ernest m English, French, Catalan, Polish, Slovak, Slovene
Derived from Germanic eornost
. It was introduced to England by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century, though it did not become common until the following century. The American author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a famous bearer of the name. It was also used by Oscar Wilde for a character in his comedy The Importance of Being Earnest
Esperanza f Spanish
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Sperantia
, which was derived from sperare "to hope"
Essence f English (Modern)
From the English word essence
, which means either "odour, scent"
or else "fundamental quality"
. Ultimately it derives from Latin esse
Eve f English, Estonian, Biblical
From the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah)
, which was derived from the Hebrew word חָוָה (chawah)
meaning "to breathe"
or the related word חָיָה (chayah)
meaning "to live"
. According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis, Eve and Adam
were the first humans. God created her from one of Adam's ribs to be his companion. At the urging of a serpent she ate the forbidden fruit and shared some with Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden
Faith f English
Simply from the English word faith
, ultimately from Latin fidere
"to trust". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
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".
Fang f & m Chinese
From Chinese 芳 (fāng)
meaning "fragrant, virtuous, beautiful" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
Fawn f English
From the English word fawn
for a young deer.
Felicity f English
From the English word felicity
, which ultimately derives from Latin felicitas
"good luck". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans around the 17th century. It can sometimes be used as an English form of the Latin name Felicitas
. This name was revived in the late 1990s after the appearance of the television series Felicity
Fern f English
From the English word for the plant, ultimately from Old English fearn
. It has been used as a given name since the late 19th century.
Fester m Popular Culture
From the English word fester
meaning "rot, rankle"
. This is the name of the uncle on the Addams Family television series (1964-1966) and subsequent adaptations.
Fiammetta f Italian
Derived from Italian fiamma
combined with a diminutive suffix.
Fife m Scottish
From a Scottish place name that was formerly the name of a kingdom in Scotland. It is said to be named for the legendary Pictish hero Fib.
Fiore f & m Italian
in Italian. It can also be considered an Italian form of the Latin names Flora
Fletcher m English
From a surname meaning "maker of arrows"
in Middle English, ultimately from Old French flechier
Flint m English
From the English vocabulary word, from Old English flint
Flower f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word flower
for the blossoming plant. It is derived (via Old French) from Latin flos
Ford m English
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "ford"
in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the American industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947).
Fortunato m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Fortunatus
meaning "fortunate, blessed, happy"
. This was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
Fox m English (Modern)
Either from the English word fox
or the surname Fox
, which originally given as a nickname. The surname was borne by George Fox (1624-1691), the founder of the Quakers.
Frank m English, German, Dutch, French
From a Germanic name that referred to a member of the Germanic tribe, the Franks. The Franks settled in the regions now called France and the Netherlands in the 3rd and 4th century. They possibly derived their tribal name from the name of a type of spear that they used. From medieval times, the various forms of this name have been commonly conflated with the various forms of Francis
. In modern times it is sometimes used as a short form of Francis
Gage m English (Modern)
From an English surname of Old French origin meaning either "measure", originally denoting one who was an assayer, or "pledge", referring to a moneylender. It was popularized as a given name by a character from the book Pet Sematary
(1983) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1989).
Gale 2 m English
From an English surname that was derived from Middle English gaile "jovial"
Gardenia f English (Rare)
From the name of the tropical flower, which was named for the Scottish naturalist Alexander Garden (1730-1791).
Garland m English
From a surname meaning "triangle land"
from Old English gara
. The surname originally belonged to a person who owned a triangle-shaped piece of land.
Garnet 1 f English
From the English word garnet
for the precious stone, the birthstone of January. The word is derived from Middle English gernet
meaning "dark red".
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.
Ginger f English
From the English word ginger
for the spice or the reddish-brown colour. It can also be a diminutive of Virginia
, as in the case of actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (1911-1995), by whom the name was popularized.
Gloria f English, Spanish, Italian, German
, from the Portuguese and Spanish titles of the Virgin Mary Maria da Glória
and María de Gloria
. Maria da Glória (1819-1853) was the daughter of the Brazilian emperor Pedro I, eventually becoming queen of Portugal as Maria II.... [more]
Gore m English (Rare)
From an English surname meaning "triangular"
(from Old English gara
), originally referring to someone who lived on a triangular piece of land. A famous bearer is American writer Gore Vidal (1925-).
Grace f English
From the English word grace
, which ultimately derives from Latin gratia
. This was one of the virtue names created in the 17th century by the Puritans. The actress Grace Kelly (1929-1982) was a famous bearer.
Grant m English, Scottish
From an English and Scottish surname that was derived from Norman French grand
meaning "great, large"
. A famous bearer of the surname was Ulysses Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War who later served as president. In America the name has often been given in his honour.