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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]
Acace m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Akakios via Acacius.
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.
Adalsinda f History (Ecclesiastical)
Variant of Adalsind. Saint Adalsinda is a Catholic saint especially venerated in Douai, France.
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.
Adossenda f History
Catalan form of Adosinda.
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.
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, Aglaida 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.
Aisheja f History
Albanian form of Aisha, referring to Muhammad's third and youngest wife.
Ajuricaba m Brazilian, History
Ajuricaba (died c. 1728) was a leader of the Manaos indigenous nation in the early 18th century. He rebelled against the colonizers, refusing to serve as a slave where he became a symbol of resistance and freedom.
Akepsimas m History (Hellenized), Old 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 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), 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 Germanic, History
Variant of Amalfrida. Amalafrida was a daughter of Theodemir, king of the Ostrogoths in the 5th century AD.
Amalaswintha f 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 Old 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.
Ananie m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Hananiah via its Hellenized form Ananias.
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.
Andronique m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Andronikos via Andronicus.
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.
Anko m History
Basque form of Ancus.
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.
Ansgário m History (Ecclesiastical)
Portuguese form of Ansgar via the form Ansgarius.
Ansgario m History (Ecclesiastical)
Italian form of Ansgar via the form Ansgarius.
Ansprand m Germanic, History
Variant spelling of Ansbrand. Ansprand was the name of an 8th-century king of the Lombards.
Anthia f History (Ecclesiastical), Literature
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]
Aouen m History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a minor Breton saint of whom nothing else is known.
Aphrodise m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Aphrodisius (see Aphrodisios).
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 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 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 Old 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.
Ariaramnes m Old Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Ariyāramna. This was the name of the paternal great-grandfather of Darius the Great.
Ariarathes m Old 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 Old 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.
Ariobarzanes m Old 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 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 Germanic, History
Variant form of Arulf. Ariulf was the name of a 6th-century duke of Spoleto (Italy).
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]
Arsames m Old 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 Old 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 Old Persian (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Artavazda via its Greek form Artabazos. This name was borne by two Persian satraps from Phrygia.
Artaphernes m Old Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Artafarnah. This was the name of a brother of King Darius I of Persia.
Artavasdes m Old 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]
Asclipe m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Asclepius via Asklepios. It is the name of a ninth century saint.
Askold m Old High German, History
Variant of Ascolt. Askold and Dir (died in 882) were princes of Kiev and founders of the first Vikings' state in the Dnieper... [more]
Aspais m History (Ecclesiastical), History (Gallicized)
French form of Aspasios via it's Latinized form Aspasius.
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".
Assur m Ancient Assyrian (Polonized), History (Ecclesiastical, Polonized)
Polish form of Ashur, the Assyrian (Mesopotamian) god.
Asti m History (Ecclesiastical), Albanian
Asti is a 2nd-century Christian martyr venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. He was the bishop of Dyrrhachium (now Durrës in Albania). According to legend, he was arrested by Agricola, the Roman governor of Dyrrachium, and was tortured to death around 98 AD for refusing to worship the god Dionysius.
Astrik m History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Astrik of Pannonhalma (died c. 1030/1040) is a saint of the 11th century.
Astyages m Old 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 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 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.
Athénée m History (Gallicized)
French form of Athenaios via Athenaeus.
Atropates m Old Persian (Hellenized), History
Hellenized form of Āturpāt. This name was borne by a Persian satrap from the 4th century BC.
Attaces m History
Attaces (died 418 A.D.) was king of the western Alans in Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula, modern Spain and Portugal).... [more]
Attracta f Irish, Medieval Irish (Latinized), History (Ecclesiastical)
Latinized form of the Gaelic name Athracht, which is of uncertain meaning. The Latinization was perhaps influenced by attractus "attracted". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint who was known as a healer and miracle worker.
Audesinde f History
French form of Adosinda.
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 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.
Auria f Ancient Roman, Medieval Basque, Basque, History
Derived from Latin aurum "gold" and aureus "golden, gilded". Auria was an early consort of Pamplona.
Auriwandalo m Lombardic, History
Lombardic cognate of Earendel. The name is attested as the name of a historical Lombardic prince.
Austrechild f 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.
Baco m Greek Mythology (Portuguese-style), History (Ecclesiastical)
Spanish and Portuguese form of Bacchus. Baco (Bacchus in English) was a fourth-century Roman Christian soldier who, alongside Sergius, is revered as martyr and military saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches... [more]
Baderic m 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.
Baján m History
Hungarian form of Bayan.
Bajazid m History
Bosnian form of Bayezid.
Balambér m History
Hungarian form of Balambér.
Balthild f 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).
Basilisko m History
Basque form of Basiliscus.
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]
Bato m Albanian (Rare), History, Illyrian
Bato the Daesitiate (also known as Bato of the Daesitiates) was a chieftain of the Daesitiates, an Illyrian tribe which fought against the Roman Empire between 6 and 9 AD in a conflict known as Bellum Batonianum.
Bauto m History
Flavius Bauto (died c. 385) was a Romanised Frank who served as a magister militum of the Roman Empire and imperial advisor under Valentinian II.
Bayinnaung m Burmese, History
Means "King's Elder Brother" in Burmese. This was the name of King the Toungoo Dynasty of Myanmar from 1550 to 1581 (Note 1).
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]
Berillo m History (Ecclesiastical)
Italian form of Beryllus. The name coincides with Italian berillo "beryl".
Berilo m History (Ecclesiastical), Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Portuguese form of Beryllus. The name coincides with Portuguese berilo "beryl".
Berteflede f Germanic, History
Variant of Bertefleda. Berteflede was a daughter of Charibert I, a 6th-century Merovingian king of Paris.
Berthilde f 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 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 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]
Blesila f History (Ecclesiastical)
Portuguese and Spanish form of Blaesilla.