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This is a list of submitted names in which the usage is English or American.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABBA f African American
Short form of Abena
. This was used by early slaves in the American south. Attested in the 1730's in South Carolina. It was later westernized as Abby.
ABBOTT m English
From the English surname Abbott, from Old English abbot
, ultimately from Latin abbas
"priest". An abbot is the head of a religious community of monks living in a monastery. The name may also have originated as a teasing nickname for a man with the grave and pious attitude associated with an abbot... [more]
ABERDEEN f & m English
A city in northern Scotland. Its name was originally Aberdon, a Celtic name meaning "mouth of the (River) Don". There are numerous cities in the United States named after Aberdeen in Scotland.
ABIGAILE f English
Variant of Abigail
. This name was given to 35 girls born in the United States in the year 2010.
ABLE m English
Either from the English word "able" or a variant form of Abel
ABSOLOM m English (Rare)
Variant form of Absalom
, possibly influenced by its French form Absolon
. A known bearer of this name was Absolom M. West (1818-1894), an American Confederate general and state politician.
ABUSE-NOT f English (Puritan)
In reference to 1 Corinthians 9:18, "What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my right in the gospel."
ACESON m English (Modern, Rare)
Either a modern, phonetic respelling of Aeson
or, more likely, an elaboration of Ace
by modelling it on surnames like Jackson, etc. Possibly from the surname Acheson, an Anglo-Scots origin name with Norman antecedents... [more]
ACHAEA f English
From a region of Greece that has existed since ancient times.
ACHAIA f English (Rare)
Means "grief, trouble". It is the name of a biblical place, derived from the Greek name Achaeus
. In the New Testament this was one of the two provinces into which the Romans divided Greece when it fell under their dominion, Macedonia being the other; 'hence Achaia and Macedonia are frequently mentioned together in the New Testament to indicate all Greece.'
ACHSAH f Biblical, English (Puritan)
Means "anklet, bangle" in Hebrew (presumably echoic of the click of a moving anklet). In the Old Testament, Achsah is the daughter of Caleb
. It has occasionally been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
ADAGIO m English (Modern, Rare)
From the Italian adagio
meaning "slowly, at ease", a word to indicate a musical composition should be played slowly.
ADAHLIA f English (Modern, Rare)
Several possible origins for this name. It could be a variant spelling of Adalia
, which in turn is a feminine version of the old German name Adal
, meaning "noble one". It could also be a form of the flower name Dahlia
, named for Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, with the popular name prefix A
added to the beginning.
ADALAE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of Adelaide
. This spelling, used for the title of a 2006 pop punk song by The Pink Spiders, was given to 17 girls born in the United States in 2011.
ADAMANTINE f English
Means "of unyielding quality" or "diamond like". From the Latin adamantinus
meaning 'incorruptible, inflexible', itself from the Greek adamantinos
(ἀδαμάντινος) of the same meaning, with the Greek or Latin suffix of -ine
meaning 'like', 'made of', or 'of the nature of'... [more]
ADELPHIA f English
Either a short form of Philadelphia
or else from the name of a district in London ("the site of a popular theater c.1882-1900, which gave its name to a style of performance"), which derives from the same Greek source: adelphos
"brother" (literally "from the same womb", from the copulative prefix a
- "together with" and delphys
ADISON m & f English
Variant spelling of Addison
, though it is also possible that this name is a variant form of Edison
in some cases.
ADLER m English
Derived from Adler
, the German word for "eagle".
ADONAIA f African American (Rare, Archaic)
From the word Adonai used by ancient Israelites to refer to their God Yahweh, whose name was forbidden to be spoken. The name means "The Lord is my God."
ADREAM f English (Modern)
Simply from the english words "a dream". Primarily used for girls in modern usage, historically it has been used rarely for both genders.
AELIAN m English, History
English form of Aelianus
. A bearer of this name was Claudius Aelianus - often called Aelian in English - a Roman author and philosopher from the 3rd century AD.