Teacozy's Personal Name List

ALTHEA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Αλθαια(Ancient Greek)
Rating: 47% based on 26 votes
From the Greek name Αλθαια (Althaia), perhaps related to Greek αλθος (althos) "healing". In Greek myth she was the mother of Meleager. Soon after her son was born she was told that he would die as soon as a piece of wood that was burning on her fire was fully consumed. She immediately extinguished the piece of wood and sealed it in a chest, but in a fit of rage many years later she took it out and set it alight, thereby killing her son.
AMABEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 58% based on 28 votes
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS.
ANNORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 51% based on 28 votes
Medieval English variant of HONORA.
ANTHEA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Ανθεια(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: AN-thee-ə(English)
Rating: 51% based on 7 votes
From the Greek Ανθεια (Antheia), derived from ανθος (anthos) meaning "flower, blossom". This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Hera.
ARDEN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AHR-dən
Rating: 59% based on 24 votes
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".
ARTHUR
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: AHR-thər(English) AR-TUYR(French) AR-tuwr(German) AHR-tuyr(Dutch)
Rating: 66% based on 22 votes
The meaning of this name is unknown. It could be derived from the Celtic elements artos "bear" combined with viros "man" or rigos "king". Alternatively it could be related to an obscure Roman family name Artorius. Arthur is the name of the central character in Arthurian legend, a 6th-century king of the Britons who resisted Saxon invaders. He may or may not have been a real person. He first appears in Welsh poems and chronicles (some possibly as early as the 7th century) but his character was not developed until the chronicles of the 12th-century Geoffrey of Monmouth.

The name came into general use in England in the Middle Ages due to the prevalence of Arthurian romances, and it enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 19th century. Famous bearers include German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), mystery author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), and science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008).

ATTICUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Literature, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Αττικος(Ancient Greek)
Rating: 66% based on 23 votes
Latinized form of Greek Αττικος (Attikos) meaning "from Attica", referring to the region surrounding Athens in Greece. This name was borne by a few notable Greeks from the Roman period (or Romans of Greek background). The author Harper Lee used the name in her novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1960) for an Alabama lawyer who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.
AUGUSTE (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: French
Pronounced: O-GUYST
Rating: 42% based on 9 votes
French form of AUGUSTUS.
AUGUSTUS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Ancient Roman, Dutch
Pronounced: ow-GOOS-toos(Classical Latin) aw-GUS-təs(English) ow-KHUYS-tus(Dutch)
Rating: 56% based on 21 votes
Means "exalted, venerable", derived from Latin augere "to increase". Augustus was the title given to Octavian, the first Roman emperor. He was the adopted son of Julius Caesar who rose to power through a combination of military skill and political prowess. In 26 BC the senate officially gave him the name Augustus, and after his death it was used as a title for subsequent emperors. This was also the name of three kings of Poland (August in Polish).
AURELIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Roman, Romanian, Italian, Spanish, Polish
Pronounced: ow-REH-lee-a(Classical Latin) ow-REH-lya(Italian, Polish)
Rating: 63% based on 22 votes
Feminine form of AURELIUS.
CEDRIC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SEHD-rik
Rating: 50% based on 20 votes
Invented by Sir Walter Scott for a character in his novel 'Ivanhoe' (1819). Apparently he based it on the actual name Cerdic, the name of the semi-legendary founder of the kingdom of Wessex in the 6th century. The meaning of Cerdic is uncertain, but it does not appear to be Old English in origin. It could be connected to the Brythonic name CARATACOS. The name was also used by Frances Hodgson Burnett for the main character in her novel 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (1886).
CONRAD
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, German, Ancient Germanic
Pronounced: KAHN-rad(English) KAWN-rat(German)
Rating: 49% based on 21 votes
Derived from the Germanic elements kuoni "brave" and rad "counsel". This was the name of a 10th-century saint and bishop of Konstanz, in southern Germany. It was also borne by several medieval German kings and dukes. In England it was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, but has only been common since the 19th century when it was reintroduced from Germany.
CRESSIDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature
Pronounced: KREHS-i-də(English)
Rating: 50% based on 23 votes
Medieval form of CHRYSEIS. Various medieval tales describe her as a woman of Troy, daughter of Calchus, who leaves her Trojan lover Troilus for the Greek hero Diomedes. Shakespeare's play 'Troilus and Cressida' (1602) was based on these tales.
ÉLODIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: EH-LAW-DEE
Rating: 77% based on 24 votes
French form of ALODIA.
EMIL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Hungarian, Icelandic, English
Other Scripts: Емил(Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian) Эмиль(Russian)
Pronounced: EH-mil(Swedish, Czech) EH-meel(German, Slovak, Hungarian) eh-MEEL(Romanian) EH-myeel(Polish) ə-MEEL(English) EHM-il(English)
Rating: 46% based on 13 votes
From the Roman family name Aemilius, which was derived from Latin aemulus meaning "rival".
EVANDER (1)
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Greek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology
Other Scripts: Ευανδρος(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: ee-VAN-dər(English) ə-VAN-dər(English)
Rating: 64% based on 22 votes
Variant of Evandrus, the Latin form of the Greek name Ευανδρος (Euandros), derived from Greek ευ (eu) meaning "good" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Roman mythology Evander was an Arcadian hero of the Trojan War who founded the city of Pallantium near the spot where Rome was later built.
GRAHAM
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Scottish, English
Pronounced: GRAY-əm(English) GRAM(English)
Rating: 52% based on 20 votes
From a Scottish surname, originally derived from the English place name Grantham, which probably meant "gravelly homestead" in Old English. The surname was first taken to Scotland in the 12th century by the Norman baron William de Graham. A famous bearer was Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), the Scottish-Canadian-American inventor who devised the telephone.
ILONA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hungarian, German, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech
Pronounced: EE-lo-naw(Hungarian) ee-LO-na(German) EE-lo-nah(Finnish) ee-LAW-na(Polish) I-lo-na(Czech)
Rating: 39% based on 20 votes
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Hungarian form of HELEN. In Finland it is associated with the word ilona, a derivative of ilo "joy".
ISADORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: iz-ə-DAWR-ə
Rating: 67% based on 23 votes
Variant of ISIDORA. A famous bearer was the American dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927).
KIMBALL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KIM-bəl
Rating: 27% based on 22 votes
From a surname that was derived from either the Welsh given name CYNBEL or the Old English given name CYNEBALD.
LAUREL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LAWR-əl
Rating: 57% based on 20 votes
From the name of the laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus.
LORELEI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature
Pronounced: LAWR-ə-lie(English)
Rating: 60% based on 21 votes
From German Loreley, the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River. It is of uncertain meaning, though the second element is probably old German ley meaning "rock" (of Celtic origin). German romantic poets and songwriters, beginning with Clemens Brentano in 1801, tell that a maiden named the Lorelei lives on the rock and lures boaters to their death with her song.
LOUISA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Dutch
Pronounced: loo-EEZ-ə(English) loo-EE-za(German)
Rating: 50% based on 4 votes
Latinate feminine form of LOUIS. A famous bearer was the American novelist Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), the author of 'Little Women'.
MATILDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Swedish, Finnish
Pronounced: mə-TIL-də(English) MAH-teel-dah(Finnish)
Rating: 66% based on 22 votes
From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle", from the elements maht "might, strength" and hild "battle". Saint Matilda was the wife of the 10th-century German king Henry I the Fowler. The name was common in many branches of European royalty in the Middle Ages. It was brought to England by the Normans, being borne by the wife of William the Conqueror himself. Another notable royal by this name was a 12th-century daughter of Henry I of England, known as the Empress Matilda because of her first marriage to the Holy Roman emperor Henry V. She later invaded England, laying the foundations for the reign of her son Henry II.

The name was popular until the 15th century in England, usually in the vernacular form Maud. Both forms were revived by the 19th century. This name appears in the popular Australian folk song 'Waltzing Matilda', written in 1895.

MIRABELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French (Rare), English (Rare)
Rating: 68% based on 22 votes
Derived from Latin mirabilis "wonderful". This name was coined during the Middle Ages, though it eventually died out. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
OLIVE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: AHL-iv(English) AW-LEEV(French)
Rating: 67% based on 3 votes
From the English and French word for the type of tree, ultimately derived from Latin oliva.
ROMOLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian
Pronounced: RO-mo-la
Rating: 33% based on 6 votes
Italian feminine form of ROMULUS.
SILAS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Σιλας(Greek)
Pronounced: SIE-ləs(English)
Rating: 56% based on 18 votes
Probably a short form of SILVANUS. This is the name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. Paul refers to him as Silvanus in his epistles, though it is possible that Silas was in fact a Greek form of the Hebrew name SAUL (via Aramaic).

As an English name it was not used until after the Protestant Reformation. It was utilized by George Eliot for the title character in her novel 'Silas Marner' (1861).

SYLVAN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: SIL-vən
Rating: 54% based on 21 votes
English form of Sylvain.
TAMSIN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (British)
Pronounced: TAM-zin
Rating: 46% based on 23 votes
Contracted form of THOMASINA. It was traditionally used in Cornwall.
THEA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English
Pronounced: TEH-a(German) THEE-ə(English)
Rating: 77% based on 7 votes
Short form of DOROTHEA or THEODORA.
THEORA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch (Rare), English (Rare)
Rating: 54% based on 5 votes
Often a contracted form of Theodora, but there are also instances where it is actually a name on its own, then derived from Greek theorein "to watch, to look at."
VIOLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Czech
Pronounced: vie-O-lə(English) vi-O-lə(English) VIE-ə-lə(English) VYAW-la(Italian) vi-OO-la(Swedish) VYO-la(German) VEE-o-law(Hungarian)
Rating: 64% based on 22 votes
Means "violet" in Latin. This was the name of the heroine in Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night' (1602).
WREN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: REHN
Rating: 69% based on 22 votes
From the English word for the small songbird. It is ultimately derived from Old English wrenna.
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