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Abdiesus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Means "servant of Jesus" from Arabic عبد ('abd) meaning "servant" combined with Iesus. This was the name of multiple Persian saints.
Aberkios m Ancient Greek (?), History
Meaning unknown. It was borne by a 2nd-century saint of Phrygia in Asia Minor, a bishop and wonderworker of Hieropolis who is the subject (and probable author) of an early Christian inscription.
Abiatha f History (Ecclesiastical)
Abiatha, Hathes, and Mamlacha were virgins and martyrs of the Beth-Garma province of Syria.
Abibus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Latinized form of Ἄβιβος (Abibos) or (Habibos), which is also found written as Ἄββιβος (Abbibos) or (Habbibos). It is a hellenization of the Hebrew name Aviv, and not of the Arabic name Habib, which most people would think at first glance.... [more]
Abra f History, Literature
Possibly a feminine form of Abraham. It coincides with a Latin word meaning "maid". A known bearer was Saint Abra of Poitiers, a Gallo-Roman nun of the 4th century.
Abrocomas m History
Latinized form of the given name Aβρόκoμας (Abrokomas) or (Habrokomas), which is either the hellenized form of an unknown Persian given name, or a genuine Greek given name. In case of the latter, the name is probably derived from Greek ἁβροκόμης (habrokomēs) meaning "with delicate hair" as well as "with luxuriant foliage"... [more]
Acarius m History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Acarius (died 14 March 642) was bishop of Doornik and Noyon, which today are located on either side of the Franco-Belgian border. He was especially attentive to the poor and afflicted, whose needs he enjoyed relieving and calming their suffering.
Acco m Gaulish, History
Derived from Gaulish *acu- "swift, quick, fast". Acco was a chief of the Senones in Gaul, who induced his countrymen to revolt against Julius Caesar in 53 BC.
Aceolus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Aceolus of Amiens worked as a sub-deacon who was studying for the priesthood when he was arrested and murdered as part of the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian in 303 near Amiens, France.
Acepsimas m History (Latinized)
Latinized form of Akepsimas. Saint Acepsimas was a 4th-century bishop of Hnaita in western Persia who was martyred in 376.
Achillas m History (Ecclesiastical)
Bishop and theologian who lived in an era of dispute in the Church. Achillas was the bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the most powerful cities in the world at the time. Succeeding as bishop a man named St... [more]
Adalolphe m History (Gallicized)
French form of Adalwolf via the Latinized form Adalolphus.
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).
Adelphus m Late Roman, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from Greek ἀδελφός (adelphós) "brother" (literally "from the same womb", from the copulative prefix a- "together with" and delphys "womb"). Adelphus was a bishop of Metz, France, who is now venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.
Adil-giray m History
From Arabic عَادِل (ʿādil) meaning "just, fair" (see Adil) combined with the Turkic title giray denoting a khan of Crimea. A notable bearer was Adil Khan Giray, the khan of the Crimean Khanate from 1666-1671.
Adityawarman m History, Indonesian (Rare)
Derived from Sanskrit आदित्यवर्मन् (adityavarman) meaning "protection of Aditya" or "protection of the sun", from the name of the Hindu god Aditya combined with Sanskrit वर्मन् (varman) meaning "armour, protection, shield"... [more]
Adomnán m History (Ecclesiastical)
Adomnán (c.625–704) was ninth abbot of the monastery on Iona off the Scottish coast, and comarba (head) of the confederation of churches associated with St Columba/Colum Cille. Like Columba, Adomnán came from what is now County Donegal... [more]
Adon m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Ado. Adon de Vienne (known as Ado of Vienne in English) was archbishop of Vienne in Lotharingia from 850 until his death and is venerated as a saint.
Aeacides m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Aiakides. This was the name of a king of Epirus, who lived in the 4th century BC.
Aedesius m History (Ecclesiastical)
Martyr and brother of St. Apphian. Aedesius, a Christian of some note in Caesarea, now part of modern Israel, witnessed the persecution of Christians, the result of Emperor Diocletian's policies... [more]
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.
Aemilian m English, History
English form of Aemilianus. This name was borne by a Roman Emperor from the 3rd century AD.
Æthelwald m Anglo-Saxon, History
Variant of Æthelweald. Also compare Æthelwold. A known bearer of this name was Æthelwald Moll, an 8th-century king of Northumbria.
Afrelia f History (Ecclesiastical)
Afrelia was a late 6th century saint, and princess of Powys. It has been suggested that she may be identical to the little-known Saint Arilda of Gloucester.
Agabius m History (Ecclesiastical)
Agabus /ˈæɡəbəs/ (Greek: Ἄγαβος) was an early follower of Christianity mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as a prophet. He is traditionally remembered as one of the Seventy Disciples described in Luke 10:1–24
Aganus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Benedictine abbot of St. Gabriel's in Campania, Italy.
Agapitus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Martyr in the reign of Emperor Aurelian. Buried in Palestrina, in Italy, Agapitus is traditionally identified as a fifteen-year old caught in the persecutions of the Christians in Antioch. He was brought before the governor when he announced his faith... [more]
Agatho m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Agathon. This name was borne by a 7th-century pope.
Agathokleia f Ancient Greek, History
Feminine form of Agathokles. This name was borne by an Indo-Greek queen from the 2nd century BC.
Agesilaus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Agesilaos. This was an epithet of the Greek god Hades, as well as the name of two kings of Sparta.
Agesipolis m Ancient Greek, History
The first element of this name is either derived from Greek ἆγειν (agein) meaning "to carry, to fetch" or from Greek ἄγω (ago) "to guide, to lead" (also see Agis)... [more]
Agis m Ancient Greek, History
Derived from the Greek verb ἄγω (ago) meaning "to lead, to guide" as well as "to bring, to carry". It is closely related to the Greek verb ἡγέομαι (hegeomai) meaning "to go before, to lead (the way)" as well as "to guide"... [more]
Aglaida f Russian (Archaic), Bulgarian (Rare), Moldovan (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
Cognate of Aglaia. According to Orthodox Christian ecclesiastical traditions, Apollinaria is venerated as a Virgin-Martyr alongside Saint Drosis.
Agobard m History (Ecclesiastical)
Agobard of Lyon (c. 779–840) was a Spanish-born priest and archbishop of Lyon, during the Carolingian Renaissance. The author of multiple treatises, ranging in subject matter from the iconoclast controversy to Spanish Adoptionism to critiques of the Carolingian royal family, Agobard is best known for his critiques of Jewish religious practices and political power in the Frankish-Carolingian realm... [more]
Aidric m History (Ecclesiastical)
From the Germanic name Aldric. This was the name of a 9th-century saint.
Aignan m French (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Anianus. Saint Aignan (358–453) was Bishop of Orléans, France, and assisted Roman general Flavius Aetius in the defense of the city against Attila the Hun in 451.
Ailerán m Medieval Irish, History (Ecclesiastical)
Borne by Ailerán the Wise, Irish scholar and saint.
Akepsimas m History (Hellenized), Ancient Persian (Hellenized, ?)
The origin and meaning of this name are uncertain; it is a hellenized form of some name, which was perhaps of Middle Persian origin. This was the name of a 4th-century Christian saint and martyr, a bishop of Hnaita in western Persia who was tortured to death in 376.
Aksil m Berber, Northern African, History
Means "cheetah" or "leopard" in Shawiya Tamazight. This was the real name of Kusaila (كسيلة), a 7th-century Berber king.
Alavivus m Ancient Germanic (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Alaviv. Alavivus was a leader of the Thervingi (a Gothic tribe), who lived in the 4th century AD.
Albinianus m Ancient Roman, History
Roman cognomen which was derived from Albinius. A bearer of this name was Lucius Sestius Quirinalis Albinianus, a Roman proquaestor and suffect consul from the 1st century BC.
Alda f Alanic, History, Georgian (Rare)
This name was most notably borne by the Alan princess Alda of Alania (11th century), who was the second wife of king Giorgi I of Georgia.... [more]
Alkelda f English (British, Rare, Archaic), Anglo-Saxon Mythology, History (Ecclesiastical)
Younger form of Old English Hǣlcelde. Saint Alkelda (died on 28 March c. 800) was ostensibly an Anglo-Saxon princess who was strangled by pagan Viking women during Danish raids in about 800 at Middleham in Yorkshire, England... [more]
Alpaïde f History (Gallicized), Ancient Germanic (Frankish, Gallicized)
French form of Alpaidis. This name belonged to the mother of Charles Martel, the 8th-century Frankish military and political leader.
Amalafrida f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Amalfrida. Amalafrida was a daughter of Theodemir, king of the Ostrogoths in the 5th century AD.
Amalaswintha f Ancient Germanic, Dutch, History
Derived from the Germanic elements amal "work" and Gothic svinths (swind in Old High German) "strength." This name was borne by a daughter of Theodoric the Great, who became queen of the Ostrogoths after his death in 526 AD.
Amasis m Ancient Egyptian (Hellenized), History
Variant form of Άμωσις (Amosis), which is the hellenized form of the ancient Egyptian name IaH-ms or I'h-ms meaning "son of Iah". It is composed of the name of the Egyptian god Iah combined with the word mes "son" or mesu "be born"... [more]
Ambiorix m Ancient Celtic, History
Continental Celtic name, derived from Celtic ambio "enclosure" (or ambi "around, about" or ambitio "rich") combined with Celtic rix "king." This was the name of one of the two kings of a Gaulish tribe called the Eburones, who was famous for revolting against Julius Caesar in 54 BC (which eventually led to the extermination of the Eburones).
Americus m History
Latin form of Amerigo.
Ammianus m Late Roman, Late Greek (Latinized), History
From the late Roman cognomen Ammianus, which is of uncertain origin and meaning, but it is noteworthy that all of the bearers known to history are of Byzantine Greek descent. As such, the original form of the name must have been Ἀμμιανός (Ammianos), which thus means that Ammianus is a latinization of the original name.... [more]
Ammonaria f History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the name of the Egyptian god Ammon combined with the suffix -αρία (-aria). Alternatively it may be a Latinized form of Ammonarion... [more]
Amynander m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Amynandros. A notable bearer of this name was king Amynander of Athamania, who lived in the 3rd century BC.
Analeʻa f Hawaiian, History
Meaning uncertain. It was borne by Hawaiian chiefess Analeʻa Keohokālole (1816-1869), the mother of Queen Liliʻuokalani.
Anantawikramottunggadewa m History
Derived from Sanskrit अनन्तविक्रमतुङ्गदेव (anantavikramatungadeva) meaning "infinite valor of the high god". This is part of Airlangga's regnal name, as well as that of his uncle, Dharmawangsa.
Anaxander m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Anaxandros. This name was borne by a king of Sparta (Greece) from the 7th century BC.
Anaxandridas m Ancient Greek, History
Aeolic and Doric Greek form of Anaxandrides, because it contains ίδας (idas), which is the Aeolic and Doric Greek form of the patronymic suffix ἴδης (ides).... [more]
Anaxidamus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Anaxidamos. This was the name of a Eurypontid king of Sparta, who lived in the 7th century BC.
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.
Andriscus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Andriskos. This was the name of the last king of Macedon, who lived in the 2nd century BC.
Anèse m History (Ecclesiastical, Gallicized)
French form of Anesius. This name was borne by an obscure saint martyred alongside Théodule, Felix and Cornélie.
Angadresma f Medieval French (Latinized, ?), History
Saint Angadresma (or Angadrisma) was a 7th-century abbess and miracle worker venerated in Beauvais, France.
Annemund m History
From the Germanic name Aunemund, in which the second element is mund "protection". Saint Annemund was a 7th-century archbishop of Lyon; Queen Balthild had him assassinated, according to Bede.
An-sa m Korean, History
Meaning unknown. This was the name of I (also transliterated Yi, Lee and Ri) An-sa (d. 1274), an ancestor of the Joseon dynasty. Over a hundred years after his death his great-great-grandson King Taejo granted him a royal title and posthumously declared him King Mokjo of Joseon.
Ansprand m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Ansbrand. Ansprand was the name of an 8th-century king of the Lombards.
Anthia f History
Possibly a variant of Anthea. This name was borne by a 2nd-century Illyrian saint who was martyred with her son Eleutherius during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Hadrian... [more]
Antialcidas m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Antialkidas. This was the name of an Indo-Greek king from the 2nd century BC.
Antioch m Literature, History
English form of Antiochus. The capital city of Syria bore this name, an important centre in early Christianity (founded c.300 BC by Seleucus I Nictor and named for his father, Antiochus)... [more]
Apolinaria f Spanish (Latin American, Rare), Polish (Rare), Moldovan (Rare), Ancient Greek, History (Ecclesiastical)
Spanish and Polish feminine form of Apollinaris and Romanian form of Apollinaria. This is also attested as an ancient Greek name.
Apollinaria f Russian, History (Ecclesiastical)
Russian feminine form of Apollinaris. According to Orthodox Christian ecclesiastical traditions, Apollinaria is venerated as a Virgin-Martyr alongside Saint Drosis.
Apollodotus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Apollodotos. This name was borne by an Indo-Greek king from the 2nd century BC.
Apphian m History (Ecclesiastical)
Aphian (Apphian, Apian, Appian, Amphianus, Amphian; Amfiano in Spanish and Italian) is venerated as a martyr by the Catholic Church and by the Eastern Orthodox Church. He is said to have died during the persecutions of the Emperor Galerius on April 2 in or around the year 305.
Aqualtune f History
Meaning unknown. According to legend, the name of a former Angolan princess and general, who commanded an army of 10,000 men to fight the invasion of her kingdom in the Congo.
Arabia f Arabic, History
The Arabian Peninsula, this was the name of the daughter of the Byzantine emperor, Justin II.
Archidamus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Archidamos. This name was borne by five kings of Sparta (Greece).
Ardagast m Medieval Slavic, History
The meaning of the first element of this name is unknown to me, but the second element is probably derived from Slavic gost "guest". Also note the resemblance to the Germanic name Arbogast... [more]
Ardaric m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Hardaric, with reduction of the 'h.' Ardaric was the name of a 5th-century king of the Gepids, a Germanic tribe.
Aregund f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Aragund. Aregund was the name of the wife of Chlothar I, a 6th-century Merovingian king of the Franks.
Areus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Areios. This name was borne by two kings of Sparta, both of whom lived in the 3rd century BC.
Ariamnes m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Possibly an abbreviated form of Ariaramnes. This was the name of a satrap of Cappadocia, who lived in the 4th century BC.
Arianwen f Medieval Welsh, Welsh, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from Welsh arian "silver" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". According to legend, Arianwen verch Brychan was the daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog and later went on to become a saint herself.
Ariaramnes m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Ariyāramna. This was the name of the paternal great-grandfather of Darius the Great.
Ariarathes m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of an Old Persian male name, of which the first element is derived from Old Persian aryā "Aryans". The second element is not really certain, but may have been derived from Old Persian wratha "joy"... [more]
Ariaspes m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Of ancient Persian origin, but the meaning is unknown to me at this time. This was the name of one of the three legitimate sons of King Artexerxes II Mnemon, who lived in the 4th century BC.
Arilda f History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Arilda was an obscure female saint from Oldbury-on-Severn in the English county of Gloucestershire who probably lived in the 5th- or 6th-century. She may have been of either Anglo-Saxon or Welsh origin.
Arioald m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Ariwald. Arioald was the name of a 7th-century king of the Lombards.
Ariobarzanes m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of the Old Persian name *Arya-bṛz-ana- which possibly meant "making the Aryans great", of which the first element is derived from Old Persian aryā "Aryans". The second element is not really certain, perhaps *brzi- "high"... [more]
Ariogaisos m Gaulish, History
Derived from Gaulish arios “noble” and *gaisos “spear”. Ariogaisos (flourished in 2nd century AD) was a ruler of the Quadi, a Germanic tribe, during the Marcomannic War.
Aripert m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Aribert. Aripert I was a 7th-century king of the Lombards in Italy.
Aristagoras m Ancient Greek, History
The first element of this name is derived from the Greek adjective ἄριστος (aristos) meaning "best". The second element is derived from either the Greek verb ἀγορεύω (agoreuo) meaning "to orate, to speak publicly" or the Greek noun ἀγορά (agora), which can mean "assembly" as well as "market, marketplace".... [more]
Aristobulus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Aristoboulos. This name was borne by several kings and princes of Judea, as well as a Greek philosopher and a Greek historian.
Aristonicus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Aristonikos. This name was borne by a king of Pergamon, as well as several ancient Greek scholars.
Ariulf m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant form of Arulf. Ariulf was the name of a 6th-century duke of Spoleto (Italy).
Arnoald m History (Archaic), Medieval English (Archaic)
Variant of Arnold. Arnoald (ca. 540/560 – ca 611) was a Bishop of Metz between 601 and 609 or 611.
Arnulphe m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Arnulf and variant of Arnoulf.
Arrhabaeus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of the ancient Greek given name Ἀρραβαῖος (Arrhabaios), which is also found spelled as Arrhibaios. The meaning of the name is uncertain. The first element of the name may possibly consist of the Greek prefix ar meaning "not, without" (similar to the word arrhythmia), whereas the second element might possibly be related to the Greek verb ῥαβάσσω (rhabasso) "to make a noise"... [more]
Arrhidaeus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of the ancient Greek given name Ἀρριδαῖoς (Arrhidaios), which might possibly be a variant form of the Greek given name Ἀρραβαῖος (Arrhabaios) (see Arrhabaeus)... [more]
Arsaces m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Arsakes, itself the Hellenized form of Old Persian Arshaka.
Arsames m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Aršāma. This was the name of the paternal grandfather of Darius the Great, who possibly may briefly have been King of Persia.
Artabanus m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Artabānu via its Greek form Artabanos. This name was borne by at least four kings of Parthia.
Artabazus m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Artavazda via its Greek form Artabazos. This name was borne by two Persian satraps from Phrygia.
Artaphernes m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Artafarnah. This was the name of a brother of King Darius I of Persia.
Artavasdes m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Variant hellenization of Artavazda (also compare Artabazos). This name was borne by three ancient kings of Armenia.
Artazostre f History
Derived from the Old Persian *Arta-zausri, of unknown meaning.
Arthelais f History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Arthelais (544–560) is venerated as a Christian saint.... [more]
Asparuh m Bulgarian, Bulgar, History
Asparuh was а ruler of the Bulgars in the second half of the 7th century and is credited with the establishment of the First Bulgarian Empire in 680/681.
Asparukh m Bulgarian, Persian (Archaic), History
Etymology disputed, either meaning "one who has shining horses" or "one who has the soul of a horse".
Asteria f Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek, History (Ecclesiastical), German (Bessarabian)
Feminine form of Asterios. In Greek mythology Asteria was a daughter of the Titans Phoebe and Coeus and sister of Leto... [more]
Astyages m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Old Persian Ishtovigu or Ištovigu, which apparently derives from Old Iranian rishti vaiga, meaning "swinging the spear". This was the name of a Median king, who lived in the 6th century BC.
Athalaric m Ancient Germanic, History
Form of Adalric. This name was borne by a king of the Ostrogoths in the 6th century AD, who was a grandson of Theodoric the Great.
Athanagild m Ancient Germanic, History
Derived from Gothic athn or atathni "year" (or possibly a derivative of athala "noble") combined with Gothic gild "sacrifice." Athanagild was a 6th-century king of Visigothic Hispania.
Atropates m Ancient Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Āturpāt. This name was borne by a Persian satrap from the 4th century BC.
Audifax m History (Ecclesiastical)
The best-known (and possibly the first) bearer of this name is saint Audifax, who was of noble descent and born in the Persian Empire. Somewhere between 268 and 270 AD, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome with his parents and brother, whose names were Marius, Martha and Abachum (also known as Habakkuk)... [more]
Audofleda f Ancient Germanic, History
Derived from the Germanic element auda "wealth, property" (also see Audovacar) combined with flâdi "beauty, respectability." Audofleda was the wife of Theodoric the Great, a 6th-century king of the Ostrogoths.
Aufidia f Ancient Roman, History
Feminine form of Aufidius. A bearer of this name was Aufidia, a daughter of the Roman magistrate Marcus Aufidius Lurco. Her own daughter, Livia Drusilla, would later become Roman Empress (as the wife of Emperor Augustus).
Aufidius m Ancient Roman, History, Literature
From the Roman nomen gentile Aufidius, which is of uncertain origin and meaning. The first element, au, may have been derived from the Latin preverb au "away, off", but it could also have been a phonetic variant of the Latin preverb ab "from"... [more]
Augustulus m Late Roman, History
Means "little Augustus" in Latin, as it consists of the name (then title) Augustus combined with the Latin diminutive suffix -ulus.... [more]
Aurée m & f History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Aureus and Aurea.
Aurelian m History, English, Dutch, Romanian, Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), German (Rare), Polish, Lengadocian, Provençal
Form of Aurelianus (see Aureliano). This name was borne by a Roman emperor from the 3rd century AD.
Auriwandalo m Ancient Germanic (Lombardic), History
Lombardic cognate of Ēarendel. The name is attested as the name of a historical Lombardic prince.
Austrechild f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Austrahild. It might also be a variant spelling of Austregild, but that is less likely... [more]
Aventine m History
Anglicised form of Aventin, or English form of Aventinus.
Averky m Russian (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical, Russified)
Alternate transcription of Russian Аверкий (see Averkiy).
Avicenna m History, Medieval Arabic (Latinized)
Transferred use of the surname Avicenna.
Azarmidokht f Persian, History
From the Middle Persian name Āzarmīgdukht, which was possibly derived from Persian آزرم‎ (âzarm) "modesty, shame; honour, respect" and دخت (dokht) "daughter". This was the name of a queen of the Sasanian Empire who reigned from 630 to 631.
Baderic m Ancient Germanic, History
Means "powerful battle", derived from the Germanic elements badu "battle" and rîcja "powerful, strong, mighty." The second element is also closely related to Celtic rîg or rix and Gothic reiks, which all mean "king, ruler." Baderic was a 6th-century co-king of the Thuringii, a Germanic tribe.
Baglan m History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a 6th-century Welsh saint.
Balthild f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Baldhild. Balthild was the wife of Clovis II, a 7th-century Merovingian king of Neustria and Burgundy.
Bang-gwa m Korean, History
Meaning unknown. This was the personal name of Jeongjong (1357-1419), second king of the Joseon dynasty.
Bang-u m Korean, History
Meaning unknown. This was the personal name of Grand Prince Jinan (1354-1394), oldest son of Seong-gye (King Taejo).
Bang-won m Korean, History
Meaning unknown. This was the personal name of Taejong (1367-1422), third king of Joseon.
Barbarossa m History
Meaning "red beard" in Italian. ... [more]
Barisan m History
This name was first found in Northern Italy (Tuscany and Liguria, to be precise). Its meaning and etymological origin is unknown, though it is probably related to the name of the Italian town of Barisano, which was named Castrum Barisani (meaning "Barisan's castle") in its earliest records... [more]
Basilides m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Basileides. Bearers of this name include the philosopher Basilides the Epicurean (2nd century BC) and saint Basilides (died around 205 AD).
Basina f Medieval French, Medieval German, History
Basina (c. 438 – 477) was a queen of Thuringia in the middle of the fifth century.
Bathilda f English (Rare), German, History
Variant of Bathild. This was the name of a 7th-century English saint who became queen of the Franks after being sold to them as a slave. She was canonised for fighting against the slave trade, promoting monasticism and founding a convent... [more]
Béline f French (Rare), Literature, Theatre, History
Gallicized form of Belina. It was used by Molière in his play 'The Imaginary Invalid' (1673) ('Le Malade imaginaire' in French), where it belongs to the wife of Argan.
Belisarius m Greek (Latinized), History
From Greek Βελισάριος (Belisarios), probably of Illyric origin. This was the name of a famed Byzantine general and war hero who served the emperor Justinian. He was possibly of Slavic ancestry which has led to speculation that the name derives from Slavonic Beli-tzar "white prince" (the -sarius element being interpreted as coming from the old Slavic word tsesar or tsesari, which was derived from Caesar, thus giving Belisarius a "princely" connotation), but this etymology has since been discounted as somewhat dubious.
Benen m History
Benen was the name of the first Irish Bishop of Ireland, who was a follower of St. Patrick. ... [more]
Berteflede f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Bertefleda. Berteflede was a daughter of Charibert I, a 6th-century Merovingian king of Paris.
Berthilde f Ancient Germanic, Dutch, English, German, History
Variant of Berthild. Berthilde lived in the 7th century AD and was one of the five wives of Dagobert I, king of the Franks.
Biette f French (Rare), Medieval French, History
Perhaps from Bietta, the Romansch form of Beata. ... [more]
Bilichild f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Bilihild. Bilichild was the wife of Childeric II, a 7th-century Frankish king.
Bilistiche f Ancient Greek (Rare, ?), History
Perhaps a Macedonian dialectical form of Philistiche, or a Hellenized form of a non-Greek name. This was borne by a 3rd-century BC hetaira (courtesan or prostitute of ancient Greece) of uncertain origin... [more]
Billfrith m History
Saint Billfrith is a famous bearer.
Biltrude f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Biltrud. Biltrude was the wife of Grimoald, an 8th-century duke of Bavaria.
Birillus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Birillus of Antioch was the first evangelizer and the first bishop of Catania in Sicily.
Blaesilla f History (Ecclesiastical)
Feminine diminutive of Blaesus. Blaesilla (364–384) was a Roman widow and disciple of Jerome. Most of the knowledge about Blaesilla's life comes from the writings of Jerome, in which he described her piety and virtue... [more]
Bobo m History (Ecclesiastical), Ancient Germanic (Frankish, Latinized, ?)
This was the name of a 10th century saint.
Bodmaël m Breton (Gallicized), History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from Gaulish Bodd "good will" and Breton mael "prince". This is the name of a 6th century saint.
Boeddha m History
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Buddha.
Bohemond m History, Medieval
From Italian Buamundo, which is of uncertain meaning. According to the Norman historian Orderic Vitalis it was derived from Latin Buamundus, the name of a mythical Gigas (giant), originally given as a nickname to the crusader prince Bohemond I (christened Mark; c. 1058-1111) by his father because he was extremely large at birth.
Bonizella f Italian (Rare, Archaic), Medieval Italian (Tuscan), History (Ecclesiastical)
Feminine form of Bonizone. The Blessed Bonizella or Bonizzella Cacciaconti (1235-1300) was a Sienese widow who devoted her time and money to the poor after the death of her husband, Naddo Piccolomini.
Bonna f History (Ecclesiastical)
Alternate name of Saint Wuna.
Bordokhan f Alanic, History, Georgian (Archaic)
Variant of Burdukhan. This is the name that the Alan princess and Georgian queen consort Burdukhan of Alania (12th century AD) is also known by.
Börte f History, Medieval Mongolian
This was the name of the first wife of Temujin, better known as Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire. Borte, or Börte, became the head of the first Court of Genghis Khan, and Grand Empress of his Empire.
Botolph m Anglo-Saxon (Latinized), History
English form of Botolphus, which was a variant form of Botulphus (see Botulph, Botwulf)... [more]
Brasidas m Ancient Greek, History
Derived from Greek βράσις (brasis) meaning "boiling" combined with ίδας (idas), which is the Aeolic and Doric Greek form of the patronymic suffix ἴδης (ides).... [more]
Brennos m Gaulish, History
Brennos, chieftain of the Senones, led an army of Cisalpine Gauls in their attack on Rome in the Battle of the Allia, in 387 BC. Another Brennos was one of the leaders of the army of Gauls who attempted to invade and settle in the Greek mainland in 278 BC... [more]
Bridei m Pictish, History
Name of seven Kings of the Picts.
Brioc m History
Derived from Briocus, a Latinate form of Breton Briog.... [more]
Bromerus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of the Greek given name Βρόμερος (Bromeros), which might possibly have been derived from Greek βρομέω (bromeo) meaning "to buzz". Also compare Greek βρόμος (bromos), which can mean "any loud noise" as well as "stench, bad smell"... [more]
Brudus m Pictish, History
Brudus was a leader of the Picts.
Bryvyth f Medieval Cornish, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a medieval Cornish saint.
Bu m Korean, History
Meaning unknown. This was the personal name of Prince Jeongwon (1580-1619), father of King Injo.
Budda m History
Azerbaijani, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian form of Buddha.
Budoc m History (Ecclesiastical), Breton Legend
Derived from Old Celtic boudi "victory". However, folk etymology likes to associate this name with beuziñ meaning "drown", with the intended meaning of "saved from the waters". In Breton legend this is the name of a 6th century saint, son of Azenor.
Burdukhan f Alanic, History, Georgian (Archaic)
This name was most notably borne by the Alan princess Burdukhan of Alania (12th century AD), who was the wife of king Giorgi III of Georgia and the mother of queen Tamar the Great of Georgia.... [more]
Buriana f History (Ecclesiastical, Latinized)
This was the name of an Irish saint who lived during the 6th-century, a hermit in St Buryan, near Penzance, Cornwall. She is identified with the Irish Saint Bruinsech.
Cadok m Medieval Cornish, History
According to William of Worcester, writing in the fifteenth century, Cadoc of Cornwall was a survivor of the Cornish royal line at the time of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 and was appointed as the first Earl of Cornwall by William the Conqueror... [more]
Cælin m History (Ecclesiastical)
Cælin was an Orthodox priest in England in the seventh century, and brother of St. Cedd of Lastingham. The name Cælin is a spelling variant of the name of a West Saxon king Ceawlin, and is of Celtic rather than Anglo-Saxon derivation.
Caesarion m Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, History
Latinized form of Greek Καισαρίων (Kaisarion), which in turn was a Hellenized form of Caesar with the Greek diminutive suffix -ιων (-ion) added to it... [more]
Camissares m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Kamisares (also spelled Kamissares), which is the hellenized form of an ancient Persian male name. Its meaning is currently unknown to me. This was the name of an Achaemenid satrap from the 4th century BC.
Canaul m History (Rare)
Variant of Conall found in the Poppleton manuscript (14th century) as a name owned by only one of the Pictish kings, Conall mac Taidg.
Carantoc m Medieval English, History (Ecclesiastical)
Anglicized form of Carannog. Saint Carantok was a 6th-century abbot, confessor, and saint in Wales and the West Country.
Carinus m Late Roman, History
Extended form of Carus. This name was borne by a Roman emperor from the 3rd century AD.
Carriaric m Ancient Germanic, History
This name might be derived from Gothic kara "worry" combined with rîcja "powerful, strong, mighty." (The second element is also closely related to Celtic rîg or rix and Gothic reiks, which all mean "king, ruler.") But it is probably a form of either Hariric or Gararic... [more]
Carriarico m History
Spanish form of Carriaric.
Cartimandua f History, Ancient Celtic
Celtic name, in which the second element is mandu "pony, colt, filly". The first element is less certain, perhaps from karti "drive out", or it may mean "clean, sleek". This was the name of a 1st-century queen of the Brigantes.
Carus m Ancient Roman, History
Derived from Latin carus "dear, beloved." This name was borne by a Roman Emperor from the 3rd century AD.
Cassandane f Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Κασσανδάνη (Kassandanē), the Hellenized form of an uncertain Old Persian name. Cassandane was an Achaemenian Persian noblewoman and the "dearly loved" wife of Cyrus the Great.
Cassiodorus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), Late Roman, History
Latinized form of Kassiodoros. A well-known bearer of this name was Cassiodorus, a Roman statesman and writer from the 6th century AD.
Castritian m History (Ecclesiastical)
English form of Castricianus. This was the name of a saint from the 3rd century AD.
Castus m Ancient Roman, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from Latin castus "pure, chaste, virtuous".
Catanes m Ancient Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Katana via its Greek form Katanes.
Cathan m History (Ecclesiastical)
Scottish form of Cathán. The name coincides with Scottish Gaelic cathan "barnacle goose". ... [more]
Catuvolcus m Ancient Celtic (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Catuvolcos. A bearer of this name was Catuvolcus, one of the two kings of a Gaulish tribe called the Eburones. In 54 BC, he committed suicide by poisoning himself.
Cedd m Anglo-Saxon, History (Ecclesiastical)
St. Cedd of Lastingham was Bishop of Essex in the seventh century.
Celerinus m Late Roman, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the Latin word celer, meaning "quick, swift", followed by the masculine diminutive suffix -inus. This was the name of an African martyr, revered for his suffering while imprisoned by Emperor Trajan Decius in Rome... [more]
Cerneuf m History (Ecclesiastical)
This is one of the names by which the 4th-century martyr and saint Serenus the Gardener is known in France.
Chararic m Ancient Germanic, History
This name is most likely a form of Hariric - however, this is not completely certain. The first element in the name might also be derived from (or is a blend with) garva "ready, prepared", Gothic gairu "spear" or from Old High German wachar "vigilant." Chararic was a 5th-century king of the Salian Franks.
Charibert m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Herbert. Charibert I was a Merovingian king who ruled in the 6th century AD.
Charilaus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Charilaos. This was the name of the Spartan king who embraced the Minoan legislation for Sparta in the 8th century BC.
Cheok m Korean, History
Meaning unknown. This was the personal name of Sunjong (1874-1926), the second and last emperor of Korea (r. 1904-1910).
Childebert m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Hildebert. Childebert I was a Merovingian king who ruled in the 6th century AD.
Childebrand m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Hildebrand. Childebrand was an 8th-century Frankish duke, the son of Pepin of Herstal and brother of Charles Martel.
Childeric m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Hilderic. Childeric I was the Merovingian king of the Salian Franks in the 5th century AD.
Chilperic m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Hilperic. Chilperic I was a Merovingian king of Neustria (or Soissons) in the 6th century AD.
Chindaswinth m Ancient Germanic, History
Derived from Old High German chind "child" combined with Gothic svinths (swind in Old High German) "strength." Chindaswinth was a 7th-century king of the Visigoths in Hispania.
Chlodio m Ancient Germanic, History
Derived from Old High German hlûd "famous." Chlodio lived in the 5th century AD and was a Merovingian king of the Salian Franks.
Chlodomer m Ancient Germanic, History
Derived from Old High German hlûd "famous" combined with Old High German mâri "famous." Chlodomer lived in the 6th century AD and was one of the four sons of Clovis I, king of the Franks.
Chlodoric m Ancient Germanic, History
Derived from Old High German hlûd "famous" combined with rîcja "powerful, strong, mighty." The second element is also closely related to Celtic rîg or rix and Gothic reiks, which all mean "king, ruler." Chlodoric lived in the 6th century AD and was the son of Sigobert the Lame, a Frankish king of Cologne.
Chlodosind f Ancient Germanic, History
Derived from Old High German hlûd "famous" combined with Gothic sinths "way, path." Chlodosind lived in the 6th century AD and was a daughter of Chlothar I, a Frankish king from the Merovingian dynasty.
Chlothilde f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Chlothild. Chlothilde was the wife of Clovis I, a Merovingian king of the Franks.
Chnodomar m Ancient Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Cnodomar. Chnodomar was the name of a 4th-century king of the Alamanni, a Germanic tribe.
Chrischona f Medieval German (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
Alemannic variant of Christiana recorded in medieval German-speaking Switzerland. This name was occasionally used in honor of Saint Chrischona, particularly in the Swiss city of Basel.... [more]
Chrodegang m History (Ecclesiastical), Ancient Germanic (Frankish)
Form of Rotgang borne by an 8th-century Frankish saint.
Chrotilda f Ancient Germanic, History
Variant of Chrothild. Chrotilda was the daughter of Clovis I (a Frankish king) and wife of Amalaric, a 6th-century king of the Visigoths.
Chrysanthus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History (Ecclesiastical)
Latinized form of Chrysanthos. Saints Chrysanthus and Daria (3rd century – c. 283) are saints of the Early Christian period. Their names appear in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, an early martyrs list, and a church was built in their honour over their reputed burial place in Rome.
Chulalongkorn m History
From Thai จุฬา (chula) meaning "excellent, beautiful" and อลงกรณ์ (alongkon) meaning "decoration, ornament". This was the name of the fifth king of Siam (1853-1910), who is also known as Rama V.
Chun m Korean, History
Meaning unknown. This was the name of I Chun (d. 1342), an ancestor of the Joseon dynasty's royal family. Fifty years after his death his descendants granted him a royal title and posthumously declared him King Dojo of Joseon.
Cingetorix m Ancient Celtic, History
Derived from Celtic cingeto "marching men, warriors" combined with Celtic rix "king." This name was borne by one of the four kings of Kent in 54 BC.
Cissa m Anglo-Saxon, History
Meaning unknown. One source theorizes that the name might possibly be derived from Old English cisse meaning "gravelly place" or from Old English cís meaning "fastidious". Even Old Norse kyssa meaning "to kiss" was suggested by this source, but this seems unlikely, given that this name is Anglo-Saxon in origin.... [more]
Cleomenes m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Kleomenes. Cleomenes was the name of a king of Sparta (Greece) from the 6th century BC.
Clerina f English (American, Archaic), History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Clerina of Carthage was a 3rd-century saint. She is said to have been the aunt of Saint Celerinus.
Clodoaldo m History (Ecclesiastical)
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Clodoald.
Clodulfo m History (Ecclesiastical)
Portuguese and Spanish form of Chlodulf.
Cloud m French (Archaic), History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from various Germanic names beginning with the element Chlodo-, particularly Chlodowald and Chlodulf.
Commodus m Late Roman, History
Derived from the Latin word commodus, which can mean "suitable, convenient, opportune" as well as "full, complete, of full weight". The word is ultimately derived from Latin com "with, together" and modus "measure, manner"... [more]
Conomor m Breton Legend, History, Medieval Breton (?)
From a Brythonic name, possibly *Cunomāros, derived from Common Celtic *kwon- "hound" or *kuno- "high" and *māros ‎"great". This was the name of Conomor the Cursed, a 6th-century king of Domnonée (modern-day northern Brittany) notorious for his cruelty, who was ultimately excommunicated at the behest of Saint Samson of Dol... [more]
Consortia f History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the Latin adjective consors meaning "having a common lot, of the same fortune" (genitive consortis). This name was borne by a 6th-century saint who is said to be venerated at Cluny, France.
Conven m History, Breton
From the Breton name Konwenn meaning "white dog" or "white warrior", derived from kon, singular (or plural? genitive?) of ki "dog, warrior" (compare Tanguy, Cunobelinus) combined with gwenn "white"... [more]
Coriolanus m Ancient Roman, History, Theatre
Roman cognomen which was derived from Corioli, the name of an ancient but now lost Volscian city. Although derived from the Volscian language, it is not known what the meaning of the city's name was in Volscian... [more]
Cotiso m Romanian (Rare), History
Cotiso was the name of a Dacian king (approximately 30 BC) who ruled the mountains between Banat and Oltenia (modern-day Romania).
Crispulus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the Latin adjective crispulus meaning "curled, having curled hair". Also see the related names Crispus and Crispinus.... [more]
Crovan m History
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Middle Irish crobh bhan "white hand". This was the byname of Godred Crovan (d. 1095), an 11th-century Norse conqueror who ruled the Isle of Man. It has been interpreted as a mocking reference to Godred's supposed habit of wearing white gauntlets into battle and aversion to getting his hands dirty in combat.
Cuby m History (Ecclesiastical)
Cornish form of Cybi. Saint Cuby was a 6th-century Cornish bishop, saint and, briefly, king, who worked largely in North Wales.