CYRUSmEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Ancient Greek (Latinized) From Κῦρος (Kyros), the Greek form of the Persian name Kūrush, which may mean "far sighted" or "young". The name is sometimes associated with Greek κύριος (kyrios) meaning "lord". It was borne by several kings of Persia, including Cyrus the Great, who conquered Babylon. He is famous in the Old Testament for freeing the captive Jews and allowing them to return to Israel. As an English name, it first came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation.
GHASSANmArabic Means "youth" in Arabic. This was the name of an Arabian tribe that existed until the 6th century.
GILGAMESHmSumerian Mythology, Semitic Mythology Possibly means "the ancestor is a hero", from Sumerian 𒉋𒂵 (bilga) meaning "ancestor" and 𒈩 (mes) meaning "hero, young man". This was the name of a Sumerian hero, later appearing in the Akkadian poem the Epic of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh, with his friend Enkidu, battled the giant Humbaba and stopped the rampage of the Bull of Heaven, besides other adventures. Gilgamesh was probably based on a real person: a king of Uruk who ruled around the 27th century BC.
JEUNESSEfVarious Means "youth" in French. It is not used as a given name in France itself.
JUNOfRoman Mythology Meaning unknown, possibly related to an Indo-European root meaning "youth", or possibly of Etruscan origin. In Roman mythology Juno was the wife of Jupiter and the queen of the heavens. She was the protectress of marriage and women, and was also the goddess of finance.
MURUGANmHinduism, Tamil Possibly from a Dravidian word meaning "youth". This is the name of a Tamil war god identified with Skanda.
NAJAfIndigenous American, Greenlandic, Danish Means "boy's younger sister" in Greenlandic. It was popularized in Denmark by the writer B. S. Ingemann, who used it in his novel Kunnuk and Naja, or the Greenlanders (1842).
NOVELLAfItalian Derived from Latin novellus meaning "new, young, novel", a diminutive of novus"new". This name was borne by the 14th-century Italian scholar Novella d'Andrea, who taught law at the University of Bologna.
OWAINmWelsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance Probably a Welsh form of EUGENE, though other theories connect it to Welsh eoghunn meaning "youth". This was the name of several figures from Welsh history and mythology. In Arthurian legend Owain (also called Yvain in French sources) was one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and husband of the Lady of the Fountain. His character was based on that of Owain ap Urien, a 6th-century Welsh prince who fought against the Angles. This name was also borne by Owain Glyndwr, a 14th-century leader of Welsh resistance against English rule.
PALLAS (1)fGreek Mythology Probably derived from a Greek word meaning "maiden, young woman". This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Athena. According to some legends it was originally the name of a friend of the goddess. Athena accidentally killed her while sparring, so she took the name in honour of her friend.
QINGf & mChinese From Chinese 青 (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.