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AAI m Frisian (Archaic)
Archaic Frisian short form of names that contain the element Ag or Adal.
ABADIR m Near Eastern Mythology, Coptic (Bohairic), Coptic (Sahidic), Arabic (Archaic), Harari, Somali (Archaic)
Means "mighty father". This was a Phoenician name for the highest deity. It was borne by a legendary Coptic saint who was martyred with his sister Irais (or Iraja, Herais, Rhais).
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 ('utria) "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.
ABDAL m Pashto (Rare, Archaic)
Means "strong" in archaic Pashto.
ABDJLOS m Medieval Arabic (Rare, Archaic)
The Man Who is Loyal to Creation
ABELA f German (Rare), Low German (Archaic), Swedish (Archaic), Icelandic (Modern)
Obsolete Low German short form of both Apollonia and Alberta. There is, however, another theory which derives this name from Old Saxon aval "strength; force; fortitude". ... [more]
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".
ABIETA f Basque (Rare, Archaic)
From the name of a town in the Basque region of Spain.
ABIGAJIL f Norwegian (Rare, Archaic), Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Variant of Abigail used in the Norwegian translation of the Bible.
ABLAYAR m Uzbek (Archaic)
Meaning uncertain. It looks like this is a compound name, of which the first element is probably either 'Abla or Ablay. The second element might possibly be the Persian noun یار (yar) meaning "friend, companion" as well as "assistant, helper" (see Elyar).... [more]
ABRAAMI m Georgian (Archaic)
Archaic Georgian form of Abraham.
ABRAMA f & m English (Rare), Indonesian (Rare), Italian (Archaic)
Variant or feminine form of Abram and Abramo.
ABRECHT m German (Rare, Archaic)
A variant of Albrecht or possibly transferred use of the surname Abrecht.
ACARIO m Italian (Archaic)
From Latin acharis meaning "ungrateful". It is known because of Saint Acario di Noyon e Turnai.
ACIBELLA f Medieval Occitan, Gascon (Archaic)
Variant of Aizivella via the variant Azivelle.
ACILIO m Italian (Rare, Archaic), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian and Portuguese form of Acilius.
ACSÁD m Hungarian (Archaic)
Means "kin; relation" in Hungarian.
ADARNASE m Georgian (Archaic), History
Georgian form of Adurnarseh, probably via its hellenized form Adarnases. This name was borne by a medieval king of Abkhazia and by several princes of Iberia and Tao-Klarjeti (also in medieval times).
ADAS m Indian (Anglicized, Modern, Archaic)
Means "free man, not a slave" in Sanskrit.
ADATTE f Medieval French, French (Archaic)
Archaic French name of unkown origin and meaning. It seems to have been a local name only found in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ADE m Alsatian (Archaic)
Diminutive of Adam.
ADELEIA f English (American, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly an American variant of Adelaide.
ADELISA f English (Archaic)
Variant of Adeliza, recorded in the 17th and 18th centuries.
ADIGE m & f Italian (Archaic)
Name of an Italian river that runs through the regions of Trentino-Alto-Adige-Südtirol and Veneto.
ADORATO m Italian (Archaic)
Masculine form of Adorata.
AE m Manx (Archaic)
Manx cognate of Áed.
AEBIG m Low German (Archaic)
Short form of Adalbert, used in the 16th century.
AEDUS m Irish (Latinized, Archaic)
Possibly a Latinized form of Aodh.... [more]
AELTJE f Dutch (Rare, Archaic)
Obsolescent variant of Aaltje primarily used in the 1600s and briefly between the 1930s and the 1960s.
AFFRICA f Manx (Archaic)
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Theories include a Manx form of Affraic.
AFRE f French (Archaic)
French form of Afra.
AFRICAIN m French (Archaic)
French form of Africanus. It coincides with the modern French adjective africain "African" and the noun Africain "(man) from Africa".
AFRODISIO m Italian (Archaic), Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Aphrodisius (see Aphrodisios).
AGAZIA f Italian (Archaic)
Italian feminine form of Agazio.
AGDAR m Norwegian (Archaic)
Norwegian masculine form of Agda.
AGESANDRO m Italian (Archaic), Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Agesander.
AGET f Alsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Agathe.
AGHAPI m Georgian (Archaic)
Georgian form of Agapios.
AGIO m Italian (Archaic)
Means "ease" in Italian.... [more]
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]
AGNESINE f American (Rare, Archaic)
Elaboration of Agnes using the suffix -ine.
AGNESZKA f Silesian, Czech (Archaic)
Silesian form of Agnes via Polish Agnieszka.
AGNET f German (East Prussian), North Frisian (Archaic), East Frisian (Archaic)
East Prussian German, North Frisian and East Frisian variant of Agnes via the variant Agnete. As a North Frisian name, Agnet was recorded on the island of Föhr.
AGNETE f Gascon (Archaic)
Gascon diminutive of Agnès.
AGNISE f German (Silesian, Archaic), Medieval German
Variant of Agnes, recorded in Silesia in the 14th century.
AGÜEYBANÁ m Taíno (Archaic)
Interpreted to mean "the great sun" in Taino.
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).
AHASVER m German (Rare, Archaic)
German form of the Biblical name Ahasueros.... [more]
AHLHEIT f Low German (Archaic)
Low German variant of Adelheid used in the 17th and 18th centuries.
AIMABLE f & m French (Archaic)
French form of Amabilis.
AIMERIC m French (Archaic)
Original form of Emmerich used in France, which was later replaced by the more modern Émeric.
AIMERY m French (Archaic)
Variant of Aimeric. The Normans introduced this name to England.
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).
AIZIVELLA f Gascon (Archaic), Medieval Occitan
Derived from Proto-Germanic *agio "blade" and *wela "well; good".
AJDA f Swedish (Archaic)
Local form of Agda traditionally found in Scania.
AKSELIANE f Norwegian (Archaic)
Feminine form of Aksel recorded in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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 (alah in Old High German) "temple." The second element is derived from man "man."
ALAMANDA f Medieval Occitan, Gascon (Archaic)
Derived from Latin Alemannia "Germany".
ALAND m & f Dutch (Rare), West Frisian (Archaic)
Dutch and West Frisian contracted form of Adelland. Also compare Eland.... [more]
ALANG m Hmong (Archaic)
Means "emperor" in Hmong.
ALDONIE f American (South, Archaic)
Probably a variant of Aldonia.
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]
ALEKA f Swedish (Archaic), Old Swedish, Finnish
Low German diminutive of names containing the element adal, especially Adelheid.
ALENDRA f & m English (Modern), Italian (Archaic)
Contracted form of Alexandra or an archaic diminutive of Alessandra.
ALETHA f Old Swedish, Swedish (Archaic)
Latinized contracted form of Adelheid.
ALETTA f Dutch, Swedish (Archaic), Afrikaans, Icelandic (Modern, Rare), Hungarian
Archaic Swedish diminutive of Alhet and Dutch variant of Aleida as well as a Hungarian adoption of the Dutch name. In the Netherlands this name was borne by the country's first female physician, Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929).
ALEYD f German (Silesian, Archaic), Medieval German
Variant of Aleit. It was recorded in Silesia in the 14th century.
ALFUNS m Alsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Alfons.
ALGISA f Ancient Germanic (German, Rare, Archaic)
Short form of Adalgisa, the female Version of Adalgis. Adalgis of Novara was a famous namebearer in the 7th century.
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"
ALHEIT f Low German (Archaic), East Frisian (Archaic)
Archaic short form of Adelheid, in use between the 1400s and 1800s.
ALHET f Low German, German (Archaic)
Low German short form of Adelheid.
ALIKA f English, Swedish (Archaic), Old Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Greenlandic
Low German variant of Aleka, as well as a Greenlandic name of unknown meaning.
ALIS m Alsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Aloysius.
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.
ALLISSAID f Scots (Archaic), Medieval Scottish
Scots phonetic variant of Gaelic Ealasaid found in the early 16th century.
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 "slender, comely").
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 "poplar".... [more]
ALMEDHA f English (Rare, Archaic)
Former Latinization of Welsh Eluned and Eiliwedd.
ALMONDA f Jewish (Archaic), Medieval Jewish
Recorded in England between the 11th and 13th centuries.
ALODIE f French (Rare, Archaic), Medieval French
Medieval French variant of Alodia. It is still sometimes used in France today, albeit (very) rarely.
ALOTTE f Norwegian (Rare, Archaic)
Possibly an elaborated form of Lotte, influenced by Alette or French alouette meaning "lark (songbird)" (see Alouette). This was first documented in Norway in 1780.
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]
ALREKUR m Icelandic (Rare, Archaic)
Icelandic younger form of Alrekr.
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 "woman; lady".
ALTFRID m Medieval German, German (Rare, Archaic)
A dithematic Germanic name formed from the name elements ALT "old" and FRID "piece".
ALVFINN m Norwegian (Archaic)
Archaic Norwegian form of Alffinnr.
ALVLAUG f Norwegian (Rare, Archaic)
Norwegian younger form of Alflaug.
ALYONNE f Provençal (Archaic)
Possibly a feminine form of Hélion.
ALZINA f French (Rare, Archaic)
From the Catalan word alzina, meaning "holm oak".
AMADINA f Medieval Occitan, Gascon (Archaic)
Medieval Gascon diminutive of Amada.
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.
AMAT m Polish (Archaic), Catalan (Rare), Gascon (Archaic)
Catalan, Polish and Gascon form of Amatus.
AMATI m Italian (Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Amato.
AMÉDÉRINE f French (Rare, Archaic)
Extremely rare feminization of Amédée.
AMHALGHAIDH m Irish (Archaic)
Borne by an early king of Munster, and an early king of Connacht. Can be anglicized as Auley or Awley.
AMIANA f Spanish (Archaic)
Spanish form of Ammiana. Also compare the masculine counterpart Amiano.
AMIANO m Spanish (Archaic), Portuguese (Archaic)
Spanish and Portuguese form of Ammianus.
AMMONIA f American (Rare, Archaic), Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Ammon. In Greek mythology, Ammonia is an epithet of the goddess Hera.
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.
AMPELO m Italian (Archaic)
Italian form of Ampelos.
AMPHYLLIS f English (Archaic)
Variant of Amphelise, perhaps influenced by Phyllis. This name was borne by Amphyllis Twigden Washington (1601-1655), an ancestress of George Washington.
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, Amphlis. 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.
ANASTAZYA f Polish (Archaic)
Archaic variant of Anastazja.
ANATHUSA f American (Archaic)
Perhaps an 18th- and 19th-century American alteration of Arethusa, possibly arising from a typographical error.
ANCELLE f French (Archaic), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Archaic), English (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
French variant of Ancille, which has also been used in non-francophone countries over time. Note that in the English-speaking world, there are very likely cases where this name is a feminization of Ansel.... [more]
ANCILLE f French (Archaic), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Archaic), English (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
French form of Ancilla, which has also been used in non-francophone countries over time. Also compare Ancelle.... [more]
ANDEREQUINA f Gascon (Archaic), Medieval Occitan
Derived from Basque andere "lady" in combination with a diminutive suffix.
ANDORF m Norwegian (Rare, Archaic)
Former Norwegian variant of Andor.
ANDREBIS m German (Silesian, Archaic), Medieval German
Medieval Silesian German variant of Andreas.
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.
ANDRODER m Norwegian (Rare, Archaic)
Former Norwegian younger form of Arnrøðr.
ANDROW m English (Archaic)
Archaic English variant of Andrew. This was borne by Androw Myllar (floruit 1503-1508), the first Scottish printer.
ANDRY m French (Archaic)
French form of Andric.
ANGELELLA f Italian (Archaic)
Combination of Angela with the Italian dimitive suffix -ella. ... [more]
ANGENES f Alsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Agnes.
ANGNES f Medieval German, Medieval Scottish, Scots (Archaic)
Medieval southern German variant of Agnes reflecting the southern German pronunciation. It is also a Scots variant of Agnes which was recorded in the late Middle Ages.
ANKARETTE f English (British, Archaic), Medieval English
Medieval English form of Welsh Angharad (compare Anchoretta).
ANKATRĪNA f Latvian (Archaic)
Latvian borrowing of German Anna Katharina.
ANNALIS f Alsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Anneliese.
ANNELINE f Afrikaans, Dutch, French (Archaic), Danish, Norwegian
Dutch and Afrikaans variant of Annelien as well as a Danish and Norwegian combination of Anne and Line (and thus a cognate of Annelien) as well as a Danish, Norwegian and archaic French diminutive of Anne found up to the 1700s in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ANNER f American (South, Archaic)
Phonetic spelling of Anna reflecting the Appalachian accent.
ANNET m Medieval French, French (Archaic)
Masculine diminutive of Anne.
ANNICHE f Frisian (Archaic)
Archaic diminutive of Anna (compare Annika, Anneke, Annike), in use between the 1500s and 1700s.
ANNUL m Norwegian (Archaic)
Former Norwegian dialectal variant of Arnulf.
ANNULV m Norwegian (Archaic)
Former Norwegian dialectal variant of Arnulf.
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]
ANORELLA f American (Rare, Archaic)
Extremely rare elaboration of Annora.
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.
ANTHELIA f Coptic (Archaic), Greek Mythology
In Greek mythology, Anthelia was a water nymph and a dainaid. She is said to be a daughter of Polyxo and the wife of Cisseus.
ANULV m Norwegian (Archaic)
Former variant of Arnulf.
ANWYLYD f Welsh (Archaic)
Directly taken from Welsh anwylyd "beloved; dear".
ANZOLA f Venetian (Archaic)
Venetian form of Angela. (Cf. Angiola.)
AODHNAIT f Irish (Archaic), Medieval Irish
Feminine diminuitive of Aodh. This was "the name of an Irish saint whose feast was kept on 9 November".
AOGUST m Breton (Archaic)
Breton form of August.
APPEL f Alsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Apollonia.
APPLINA f Various (Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a contracted form of Appolonia and Apollonia.
APRIDON m Georgian (Archaic)
Georgian form of Afrīdōn (also found spelled as Afrīdūn), which is the arabized form of the Persian name Fereydūn (see Fereydoun). Also compare the Middle Persian form of Fereydūn, which is Frēdōn.
ARAZBIJA f Medieval Baltic, Medieval Turkic, Tatar (Archaic), Lithuanian (Archaic)
Recorded in Lithuania on a Muslim Tatar female in the 16th-century.
ARBA m Ancient Hebrew (Archaic)
Means "four" in Hebrew.
ARCHELAYA f Ukrainian (Rare, Archaic)
Ukrainian feminine form of Archelaus.
ARENT m Medieval Dutch, East Frisian (Archaic), Dutch (Rare), Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Medieval Dutch and East Frisian form of Arnold as well as a Scandinavian variant of Arend. As for the Netherlands: this given name is still in use there today, but it is not as common there as its modern form Arend is.... [more]
ÁRGILS m Icelandic (Rare, Archaic)
Icelandic combination of ár "year" and gísl "pledge", "hostage" or a Icelandic form of Arngils.
ARGYLE m Scottish (Archaic), English
Transferred use of the surname Argyle.
ARISJE f Dutch (Rare, Archaic)
Feminine form of Aris.
ARISTEO m Italian (Archaic), Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Aristaeus.
ARKA f American (Rare, Archaic), Croatian (Rare)
As a Croatian name it is used as a short form of Arkadija.
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.
ARLOTTA f American (Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a transferred use of the Italian surname.
ARMANTINE f French (Rare), French (Cajun, Rare), Louisiana Creole (Rare, Archaic)
Rare variant of French Armandine historically found in the Poitou-Charentes region.
ARNEST m German (Silesian, Archaic)
Silesian German variant of Ernst and Arnošt.