This is a list of submitted names in which the usage is archaic.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABATUR m Judeo-Christian Legend, Near Eastern Mythology, Arabic (Archaic)
Means literally, "father of the Uthre" in Mandaean, which translates roughly to "father of the angels," derived from aba
"father" combined with uthra
) "angel". In the Mandaean Gnostic cosmology, Abatur is "the third of four emanations from the supreme, unknowable deity", and the father of Ptahil
, the Mandaean demiurge.
ABERRIA f Basque (Rare, Archaic)
Coined in the 19th century, this name means "fatherland; homeland". It was in use until 1939. After the Spanish Civil War, however, women answering to Aberria were forced to change their name due to its "conflict-laden meaning".
ABLAYAR m Uzbek (Archaic)
Meaning uncertain. It looks like this is a compound name, of which the first element is probably either 'Abla
. The second element might possibly be the Persian noun یار (yar)
meaning "friend, companion" as well as "assistant, helper" (see Elyar
ACARIO m Italian (Archaic)
From Latin acharis
meaning "ungrateful". It is known because of Saint Acario di Noyon e Turnai.
ADIGE m & f Italian (Archaic)
Name of an Italian river that runs through the regions of Trentino-Alto-Adige-Südtirol and Veneto.
AGMUND m Ancient Germanic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish (Archaic)
The first element of this name is derived from ag
, an uncertain element for which a few possible origins exist. The accepted explanation is that it comes from Proto-Germanic *agjo
, which means "sharp, pointed." Because of that, it also means "edge", as in the sharp cutting side of a sword - which is why the meaning of the element has ultimately come to be "sword"... [more]
AGUINALDO m Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian (Archaic)
From the Latin expression hoc in anno
meaning "during this year". Aguinaldo in Spain and Latin America is the thirteen salary. It is also a folk genre of Christmas music based on an archaic form of Spanish Christmas carols (also called villancicos
AITAL m Polish (Archaic)
This is the name of a Christian saint, most likely from a Persian source meaning "light; bright." The name was borne by the Polish mayor of Sanok Aital Witoszyński (1898-1905).
ALAGIA f Medieval Italian, Italian (Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Alasia
, short form of Adelasia
. The Genoese noblewoman Alàgia dei Fieschi, who Dante praises in his 'Purgatorio' (c.1318), was a niece of Pope Adrian V and the wife of Dante's friend Moroello III Malaspina.
ALAMAN m Ancient Germanic, Gascon (Archaic)
The first element of this name is derived from Gothic alls
"all" or from Gothic alhs
in Old High German) "temple." The second element is derived from man
ALDORNIA f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Perhaps derived from the Old English aldor
, a form of ealdor
meaning "elder, parent, head of family, chief, lord; author, source; age, old age" with the name suffix -nia
to feminize the name.... [more]
ALEFERNA f Low German (Archaic)
Aleferna was Prioress of the Hohenholte monastery in Northern Germany (attested 1237–1240). The name is only partially explained ALA means "all", but the FERNA part is obscure. ... [more]
ALGOL m Astronomy (Rare, Archaic)
Name of a star in the constellation Perseus. Derived from Arabic, meaning "Head of the Ghoul", direct translation in English is "Demon Star"
ALISE f French (Archaic)
Local French form of Alice
recorded up to the 1700s in the French Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region and the Canton of Châtenois in the Vosges département of eastern France and in the region of Lorraine.
ALLOW m Manx (Archaic)
Manx name of uncertain origin, used until the 17th century. Kneen (1937) suggests Old Norse alfr
"elf"; Gill (1963) points to the Manx surname Callow
, which derives from MacCalo
, an Anglicized form of either of the Gaelic surnames Mac Calbach
"son of Calbhach" (the Gaelic name Calbhach
meaning "bold") or Mac Caolaidhe
"son of Caoladhe" (the Gaelic name Caoladhe
being a derivative of caol
ALMEDA f Spanish, English, Breton (Archaic)
As a Spanish given name, Almeda is a transfer of the Spanish surname which is derived from Almeida
, a habitational name from Arabic al-medina
"the city". Its use has been influenced by Alameda
, a topographic name from Spanish alameda
"poplar grove", and ultimately by the Spanish word álamo
ALPHARETTA f English (American, Archaic)
Derived from the name of a suburb in the American city of Atlanta, which itself is derived from Alfarata
, the name of a fictional Native American girl in the popular 19th-century parlor song "The Blue Juniata"... [more]
ALTADONNA f Judeo-Italian (Archaic), Medieval Jewish
Derived from Italian alta
, the feminine form of the adjective alto
, meaning "high; deep; big; towering; elevated" and, when used in a poetic context, "grand; sublime; noble" and donna
AMARGEIN m Irish (Archaic)
Meaning "born of poetry" relating to the modern Irish word amhrán
meaning song. Was the name of ancient poet, Amargein Glúingel, who wrote the Song of Amargein and the foster of father of the hero Cú Chulainn, Amargein mac Eccit.
AMOENA f German (Rare, Archaic)
Derived from Latin amoenus, -a, -um
"charming; delightful; pleasant", this name was occasionally used in German-speaking countries from the 1500s onward. It is, however, all but extinct in this day and age.
AMPLIAS f English (Archaic)
English vernacular form of Amphelisia
(see also Ampflise
), which as an English name survived until the 19th century mainly as Amplias, also as Amphillis
. All forms possibly derive from Greek ampelos
"vine" (compare Ampelio
), though Charnock suggested "speaking two languages"... [more]
AMYEN m French (Archaic)
Archaic French name of uncertain origin and meaning which was recorded up to the 1600s in the French Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. Current theories include a local derivation of Latin Amantius
(which would make Amyen a cognate of Amant
ANASTAGIA f Haitian Creole, Italian (Archaic)
Italian variant and Haitian Creole form of Anastasia
. A famous bearer of this name is Anastagia Pierre (1988-) who is a Bahamian-Haitian-American beauty queen, model, spokesperson, and television host, elected as Miss Bahamas Universe 2011.
ANDRIANAMPOINIMERINA m Malagasy (Rare, Archaic), History
Andrianampoinimerina (1745–1810) ruled the Kingdom of Imerina from 1787 onwards, initiating the unification of Madagascar after more than seven decades of civil war. Therefore he is regarded as a cultural hero and holds near mythic status among the Merina people, being considered one of the greatest military and political leaders in the history of Madagascar.
ANODOS m Greek (Anglicized, Rare, Archaic)
"Ascent" or "Upward Progress" from the Greek οδος
with the prefix αν
. Used by Plato to refer to enlightenment. Anodos is the central character in the George Macdonald novel "Phantastes"... [more]
ANŠLAVS m Latvian (Archaic)
This was the name of Latvian writer, journalist and painter Anšlavs Eglītis who became a war refugee in 1944. He had prolific career as a novelist, and his later work often examined aspects of exile life.
APRIDON m Georgian (Archaic)
Georgian form of Afrīdōn
(also found spelled as Afrīdūn
), which is the arabized form of the Persian name Fereydūn
). Also compare the Middle Persian form of Fereydūn, which is Frēdōn
ÁRLAUG f Icelandic (Rare, Archaic)
Icelandic name with the combination of ár
"year", "plenty", "abundance", "fruitfulnes" and laug
possibly meaning "betrothed woman" or an Icelandic variant of Arnlaug