AIJALONm & fBiblical, English (American, Rare), African American (Rare) From an Old Testament place name meaning "place of gazelles" in Hebrew (compare AYALA). Aijalon or Ajalon was the name of several biblical locations, including the valley in Dan where the Israelites defeated the Amorites while the sun and moon stood still in answer to their leader Joshua's prayer.
ALFALFAmEnglish (American) A type of flowering plant. A notable fictional bearer of this name is Alfalfa Switzer from the series of early short films "The Little Rascals" also known as "Our Gang". There was a movie adaptation in 1994... [more]
ALPHARETTAfEnglish (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]
ARCHIAfEnglish (American, Rare), African American (Rare) Derived from the surname of Archia, which is by far the most prevalent in the United States and as such might possibly be a relatively new surname. Its meaning is currently unknown, but it is possible that it is derived from the masculine given name ARCHIE.... [more]
ARLAfEnglish (American) Of uncertain origin and meaning. It might be a direct adoption of the Scandinavian name ARLA; however, it is also possible that Arla arose as an elaboration or quasi-Latinization of ARLIE.
ATHENSm & fEnglish (American) From Greek Athenai (plural because the city had several distinct parts), traditionally derived from ATHENA, but probably assimilated from a lost name in a pre-Hellenic language.
AZERETHfEnglish (American, Rare) Probably derived from the Jewish feast day atzeret (alternative transcription: azereth) with unclear meaning, proposed interpretations include "conclusion" and "gathering" that coincides in time with the Christian pentecost... [more]
BLAKESLEYfEnglish (American, Rare) Derived from the English locational surname Blakesley, which itself is derived from the name of the village of Blakesley in the English county of Northamptonshire. The village's name comes from Old English Blaculveslea or Blaecwulves lea meaning "Blaecwulf's wood" or "Blaecwulf's meadow"... [more]