Batara GurumIndonesian Mythology From Indonesian batara meaning "god, deity", ultimately from Sanskrit भट्टार (bhattara), and guru meaning "teacher", ultimately from Sanskrit गुरु (guru)... [more]
Batara SambumIndonesian Mythology From Indonesian batara meaning "god, deity" and sambu of uncertain meaning, possibly from Sanskrit शंभु (śambhu) meaning "sage, venerable man". In Javanese mythology, he is the god of teachers and a son of Batara Guru.
BathalamPhilippine Mythology Means "god, deity" in Tagalog, derived from Sanskrit भट्टार (bhaṭṭāra) meaning "holy, honourable, venerable" (through a transmission from Malay betara). In native Tagalog mythology, Bathala is the deity who created the universe... [more]
BaucisfAncient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized) Derived from Greek βαυκος (baukos) meaning "prudish". In Greek mythology, Baucis and Philemon were an elderly couple who showed great hospitality to the god Zeus. Baucis was also the name of a Greek poet contemporaneous with Sappho and Erinna whose work is now lost, apostrophized in Erinna's 'Distaff'.
BebrycefGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Βεβρύκη (Bebryke). In Greek legend Bebryke or Bebryce, otherwise called Βρύκη (Bryke) or Bryce, was one of the Danaids. The Bebryces, a mythical tribe of people living in Bithynia (a region of Asia Minor also known as Bebrycia), were said to be named for Bebryce (or else for a hero named Bebryx or Bebrycus).
BécumafIrish Mythology Means "troubled lady", from Old Irish bé "woman" and a second element, perhaps chuma, meaning "grief, sorrow, wound". In Irish legend she was a woman who "dwelt in the Land of Promise and had an affair with Gaiar, a son of Manannán mac Lir, the sea-god... [more]
BeirafLiterature, Celtic Mythology Anglicized form of Bheur or Bhuer perhaps meaning "cutting, sharp, shrill" in Scottish Gaelic, from Cailleach Bheur "sharp old wife", the name of the Scottish personification of winter, a reference to wintry winds... [more]
Belet-serifNear Eastern Mythology The name of an underworld goddess who was tasked with recording information about the dead entering the afterlife. The first part of her name comes from beltu meaning "lady, mistress" and the second part may come from sartu meaning "crime, lies" or sertu meaning "morning", "bar (part of a lock)" or "punishment".
BelisamafCeltic Mythology Belisama was a goddess worshipped in ancient Gaul and Britain, associated with lakes and rivers, fire, crafts and light, who was identified with Minerva in the interpretatio romana... [more]
BellerophontesmGreek Mythology Possibly means "slayer of the demon Belleros", from the name Belleros and -φόντης (-phontes) "killer of", which is related to φόνος (phonos) "murder, slaughter" (compare Ἀργειφόντης (Argeiphontes) "slayer of Argus", an epithet of Hermes)... [more]
BelphegormJudeo-Christian Legend From Ba'al Pe'or, the name of a Semitic god mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, meaning "Ba'al of Mount Pe'or" or "lord of the opening". In Christian demonology this is the name of a demon that represents the deadly sin of sloth.
BenthesicymefGreek Mythology Derived from Greek βενθος (benthos) meaning "depth of the sea" and κύμα (kyma) "waves, swells". She was a goddess of waves, a nymph of Ethiopia, the daughter of Poseidon and wife of an Ethiopian king.
BenzaitenfJapanese Mythology The name of a Japanese goddess, often considered to be the Japanese form of Saraswati. Her name is derived from 弁 (ben) meaning "dialect, discrimination, petal", 才 (zai) meaning "ability, talent" or 財 (zai) meaning "property, riches, wealth" and 天 (ten) meaning "the sky, heavens".
BeržasmLithuanian, Folklore, Popular Culture Derived from the Lithuanian noun beržas meaning "birch tree". In Lithuanian folklore and popular culture, Beržas is the name of one of the three sons of the titular character of the folk tale Eglė žalčių karalienė, which translates to English as Eglė, the Queen of Serpents.
BétéidefIrish Mythology Means "wanton lady" in Irish Gaelic, from bé "woman" and téide "wantonness" (see Téide). In Irish legend she is a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann, daughter of the goddess Flidais and sister of the witch-like Bé Chuille.
BifurrmAncient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology Possibly derived from German biber or bever both meaning "beaver", or an Old Norse name meaning "the quaking one". In Norse mythology this is the name of a dwarf.
BillingrmAncient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology Derived from Old Norse billingr "twin" or from Ancient Germanic bhi- "two-, double-" and -ingr, a suffix denoting "belonging to" or "descended from". In Norse mythology this is the name of both a dwarf and a giant, the latter of whom is the father of a girl Odin wants to seduce.
BǫlverkrmAncient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology Old Norse name meaning "evil-doer, malefactor" with the combination of bǫl "misfortune", "evil", "bale" and verk "work, piece of work, business, deed". Bǫlverkr is another name for Óðinn who is a character in Norse Mythology.
BoukolosmGreek Mythology Derived from Greek βουκόλος (boukolos) meaning "cowherd, herdsman", which is ultimately derived from Greek βοῦς (bous) meaning "cow, ox, bull". Also compare the Greek verb βουκολέω (boukoleo) meaning "to tend cattle".
BrandubhmIrish Mythology Means "black raven" in Irish. In Irish legend this was a board game played by the heroes and gods. It was also the name of a king of Leinster (whom the 'Annals of Ulster' say died in 604); he was a good friend of Mongán of the Dál nAraidi but coveted Mongán's wife, Dubh Lacha... [more]
BrecamAnglo-Saxon Mythology Breca (sometimes spelled Breoca) was a Bronding who, according to the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, was Beowulf’s childhood friend.
BremusafGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Βρεμουσα (Bremousa), which allegedly meant "raging woman" from Greek βρέμω (bremo) "to roar, shout, rage". This was the name of one of the twelve Amazon warriors who followed Penthesilea into the Trojan War.
BrictafCeltic Mythology Bricta or Brixta was a Gaulish goddess who was a consort of Luxovius. It has, however, been suggested that if "Bricta is a title incorporating Bríg, it may actually be a title assigned to Sirona rather than a separate goddess"... [more]
BrigantiafCeltic Mythology Derived from Celtic *brigant- "high" or *briga- "might, power". This was the name of an important Brythonic goddess. She is almost certainly the same deity as Bridget, the Irish goddess.
Brihaspatim & fHinduism, Indian, Bengali, Hindi From Sanskrit बृहस्पति (bṛhaspati) meaning "Jupiter (the planet)" or "Thursday". This is the name of a Hindu deity of piety and religious devotion who is often identified with the planet Jupiter.
BriseusmGreek Mythology Possibly derived from Greek βρίθω (britho) or (vritho), which can mean "to be laden with, to abound" as well as "to be heavy". In Greek mythology, Briseus was the father of Briseis.
BritomartisfGreek Mythology Possibly means "sweet maiden", from Cretan βριτύ (britu) "sweet" or "blessing" (Attic glyku) and martis "maiden" (Attic parthenos). This was an epithet of a Cretan goddess of mountains and hunting who was sometimes identified with Artemis.
BrontefGreek Mythology From Ancient Greek βροντή (brontḗ) meaning "thunder". She is the Greek goddess of thunder and the sister of Astrape. She was one of the Cyclops, who forged Zeus' thunderbolts/lightning bolts.
ByzasmGreek Mythology Derived from Thracian búzas "he-goat, buck" (similar to Indo-European bhugo "buck" and Greek bous "ox, cow"); since Thracian was not a Hellenic language, one could probably call Byzas a hellenization of sorts... [more]
CaíltemIrish, Irish Mythology Older form of Caoilte, possibly derived from Irish caol meaning "slender". In Irish legend Caílte was a warrior of the Fianna and their foremost poet... [more]
CairennfIrish Mythology In medieval Irish legends, this name was borne by the mother of Niall of the Nine Hostages, a concubine of King Eochu (or Eochaid). She was treated harshly by his jealous wife Queen Mongfind, but later rescued by her son.
CalaismGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Κάλαϊς (Kalais), which meant "turquoise" or "chrysolite" (being the name of "a precious stone of a greenish blue"). In Greek myth Calais and his twin brother Zetes, together known as the Boreads (being sons of Boreas, god of the north wind), were Argonauts.
CalchasmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Κάλχας (Kalchas), which is perhaps derived from Greek χαλκός (chalkos) "bronze". Calchas was a seer featured in Homer's 'Iliad', famous for correctly predicting many events of the Trojan War... [more]
CaliadnefGreek Mythology Means "beautiful and holy". From the Greek kalos (καλή) 'beautiful' and adnos (αδνος) 'holy'. In Greek mythology she is a naiad of the river Nile in Egypt, a daughter of the god of the Nile, Neilus... [more]
CallidicefGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Καλλιδίκη (Kallidike), which is derived from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" combined with Greek δικη (dike) meaning "justice, judgement" as well as "custom, usage"... [more]
CallithyiafGreek Mythology Derived from kαλλι meaning "beautiful" and likely θυία (thuia) referring to the Juniperus foetidissima plant or θύον (thuon) meaning "cypress-pine".
CalmanafJudeo-Christian Legend, Literature Latinized form of Kalmana, the name of Cain's wife and twin sister in Judeo-Christian legend (e.g., found in the (first Greek redaction of the) 'Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius', written in Syriac in the late 7th century)... [more]
CamaelmJudeo-Christian Legend Apparently means "he who sees God" in Hebrew. This is the name of an angel who is often listed as being one of the seven archangels.
CamazotzmMayan Mythology Camazotz represented bats in Mayan mythology. Bats were considered symbols of rebirth and the underworld.
CamulosmCeltic Mythology, Gaulish Derived from Gaulish *camulos "champion; servant". Camulos was an important god of early Great Britain and Gaul, especially among the Belgae and the Remi, who the Romans equated with Mars.
CandeliferafRoman Mythology The cyclical place of the goddess Candelifera, "She who bears the candle," is uncertain. It is sometimes thought that she provides an artificial light for labor that occurs at night. A long labor was considered likely for first-time mothers, so at least a part of the birthing process would occur at night... [more]
CapaneusmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Καπανεύς (Kapaneus), which is possibly derived from Greek καπάνη (kapanē) meaning "chariot". It could also have been derived from Greek κάπη (kapē) meaning "crib, manger" or even from Greek κᾶπος (kapos), which can mean "plot of land, garden" as well as "breath"... [more]
CarmentafRoman Mythology From Latin carmen "song, verse, enchantment, religious formula", from canere "to sing" (the notion is of chanting or reciting verses of magical power). In Roman legend Carmenta was a goddess of prophecy and childbirth, the mother of Evander by Mercury... [more]
CarnafRoman Mythology The goddess who makes strong muscles, and defends the internal organs from witches or strigae.
CarpofGreek Mythology (Latinized), Astronomy Latinized form of Greek Καρπώ (Karpô), which is derived from Greek καρπόω (karpoô) "to bear fruit; to reap or enjoy fruit". In Greek mythology this was the name of one of the Horae or Seasons; Carpo was the goddess of autumn and of the harvest, that is, the fruits of summer... [more]
CarystusmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Karystos. In Greek mythology, Carystus is the name of a rural demi-god that is native to the Greek island of Euboia. He also lent his name to the ancient Euboian city-state of Carystus.
CastaliafGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of the Greek Κασταλία (Kastalia), which is of uncertain origin, possibly related to Greek καθαρός (katharos) meaning "clean, spotless, pure" or κασσύω (kassuô) "to stitch"... [more]
CecropsmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Κέκροψ (Kékrops), which is probably derived from Greek κέκραγμα (kekragma) meaning "scream, cry" combined with Greek οψ (ops) meaning "voice"... [more]
CedalionmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Κηδαλίων (Kedalion), of which the meaning is not entirely certain. It could have been derived from Greek κηδαλιζω (kedalizô) meaning "purifying, cleansing"... [more]
CeladonmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Κελάδων (Keladôn), derived from κέλαδος (kelados) which meant "a noise as of rushing waters; loud noise, din, clamour". This was the name of a stream in Elis.
CelemonfWelsh Mythology Meaning unknown. It occurs briefly in 'Culhwch and Olwen' belonging to a lady at King Arthur's court, the daughter of Sir Kay.
CeleusmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Κελεός (Keleos), which is derived from Greek κελεύω (keleuō) which can mean "to command, to order" as well as "to urge (on), to drive on". In Greek mythology, Celeus was the king of Eleusis.
CelidoniusmJudeo-Christian Legend Probably a Latinized form of the Greek Χελιδόνιος (Chelidonios), which was derived from χελιδών (chelidon) "a swallow". In Christian tradition this name is sometimes ascribed to the unnamed "man born blind" whose sight Jesus miraculously heals (in the Gospel of John 9:1-12), and the form Celedonius belonged to an early saint, martyred c.300.
CessairfIrish, Irish Mythology Allegedly means "affliction, sorrow". According to Irish legend Cessair was a granddaughter of Noah who died in the great flood. The name also belonged to a Gaulish princess who married the Irish high king Úgaine Mór in the 5th or 6th century BC.
CethlennfIrish Mythology Possibly means "crooked tooth". In Irish myth she was the wife of Balor of the Evil Eye, king of the Fomorians and by him the mother of Ethniu (or Eithne, Ethlenn).... [more]
CetofGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of the Greek Κητώ (Kētō), which meant "sea-monster" (supposedly the source of the word κῆτος (kētos) "any sea-monster or huge fish; sometimes the whale, but often the tunny-fish")... [more]
CeyxmGreek Mythology (Rare) Meaning unknown. In Greek mythology, Ceyx was the husband of Alcyone. After he was killed in a shipwreck, his wife threw herself into the water, but the gods saved her and turned them both into kingfishers.
ChacmNew World Mythology The Mayan god of Agriculture, Fertility, and Rain. He is also associated with east and the colour yellow.
Chang'efChinese Mythology From Chinese 嫦娥 (Cháng'é) meaning "beautiful Chang", an altered form of the deity's original name 姮娥 (Héng'é) to avoid the taboo of sharing a homophonous name character with 2nd-century BC Emperor Wen of Han (personal name Liu Heng (劉恆))... [more]
ChangqinmFar Eastern Mythology, Chinese Mythology From a combination of the characters 长 (cháng, meaning “long”) and 琴 (qín, referring to the guqin or Chinese zither). This is the name of a mythological figure found in the Shanhaijing (山海经), or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
Chaosm & fGreek Mythology (Latinized), English (Rare) From the English word meaning "gaping void," ultimately from the Greek khaos "abyss, that which gapes wide open, is vast and empty." In Hesiod's 'Theogeny,' Chaos is the primeval emptiness of the Universe, who gave birth to Gaea (Mother Earth), Tartarus (embodiment of the underworld), Eros (god of love), Erebus (embodiment of silence), and Nyx (embodiment of night).
CharybdisfGreek Mythology The name of a sea monster believed to live under a small rock on one side of a narrow channel. Opposite her was Scylla, another sea monster, that lived inside a much larger rock... [more]
Ch'askafIncan Mythology, Quechua In Incan mythology, Ch'aska ("Venus") or Ch'aska Quyllur ("Venus star") was the goddess of dawn and twilight, the planet Venus, flowers, maidens, and sex. She protected virgin girls. This name is of a separate etmology, with the Quechua ch'aska referring to what they thought was the brightest star but was the planet Venus... [more]
ChaxiraxifSpanish (Canarian), Guanche Mythology Means "she who sustains the firmament" in the Guanche language (source: Dr. Ignacio Reyes García). This is the name of the mother goddess in Guanche mythology. After the conquest of the Canary Islands and their subsequent Christianization, Chaxiraxi became identified with the Virgin of Candelaria, an alleged appearance of the Virgin Mary on the island of Tenerife.
ChelonefGreek Mythology Chelone was a nymph or a mortal woman who was changed into a tortoise by the gods. She was transformed by Hermes for refusing to attend the wedding of Hera and Zeus.... [more]
Chepif & mAlgonquin, New World Mythology Many baby name sites and books list this name as meaning "fairy" in Algonquin but that is incorrect. It more accurately means "ghost", and it was another name for Hobomock, the manito ('spirit') of death-- a destructive, often evil being... [more]
ChimerafGreek Mythology (Latinized) Derived from the Ancient Greek word Χίμαιρα meaning "she-goat". In Greek Mythology, this was the name of a legendary fire-breathing beast which consisted of three animals merged into one, usually depicted as a lion with a goat's head on its back and a tail capped with a snake's head, and is the enemy of the hero Bellerophon.
ChironmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Derived from Greek kheir meaning "hand" (also "skilled with the hands", related to kheirourgos "surgeon"). In Greek mythology he was the eldest and wisest of the centaurs, who educated and trained many of the great heroes... [more]
ChiyoumChinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology The name of a mythological tribal chieftain who famously opposed the Yellow Emperor. Various sources describe him as a horned humanoid with four eyes, six arms, and hoofed feet, with 81 brothers-in-arms... [more]
ChonghuamChinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology From the characters 重 (chóng, meaning “double”, “layered”) and 华 (huá, meaning “flower”, “luxuriance”). This was the supposed personal name of Emperor Shun, one of the Five Emperors said to have ruled in the early days of Chinese civilization... [more]
ChromionmGreek Mythology Diminutive form of Chromios, as this name contains the Greek diminutive suffix -ιων (-ion). In Greek mythology, Chromion was an Achaean who was killed by Eurypylus during the Trojan War.
ChromiosmGreek Mythology Most likely derived from Greek χρῶμα (chroma) meaning "colour", which is a word that originally referred to the colour of one's skin (i.e. complexion). Another possibility for the meaning of this name is a derivation from the Greek noun χρόμη (chrome) meaning "neigh, neighing" (as in, the cry of a horse).
ChrysaormGreek Mythology Meaning "he who has a golden sword" from Greek χρυσός, "golden" and ἄορ, "sword". In Greek mythology Chrysaor was the brother of Pegasus who sprung from the severed neck of Medusa.
ChrysopeliafGreek Mythology The name of an Hamadryad nymph who married Arkas, the eponymous King of Arkadia. Her name is derived from the elements χρυσός (khrysos) meaning "gold, golden" and πελεία (peleia) meaning "dove", a common name element associated with female seers.
ChrysosandalaimopotichthoniafGreek Mythology Epithet of Hecate meaning "(goddess) of the lower world wearing golden sandals and drinking blood", from Greek chrysos "gold", sandalon "sandal", haima "blood", poton "that which one drinks" and chthonios "in the earth".
Chrysothemisf & mGreek Mythology Derived from the Greek noun χρυσός (chrysos) meaning "gold" combined with the Greek noun θέμις (themis) meaning "law of nature, divinely ordained justice, that which is laid down" (see Themis).... [more]
ChthoniafGreek Mythology Means "of the earth, in the earth" in Greek (a derivative of the (mostly poetic) word khthon "land, earth, soil"). This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter.
CinaedionfGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Κιναιδιον (Kinaidion), which meant "(Eurasian) Wryneck", a type of small grey-brown woodpecker (traditionally associated with passionate and restless love as well as witchcraft, i.e., used by witches in a charm to recover unfaithful lovers)... [more]
CinxiafRoman Mythology Roman goddess of conception. She functions within the belt (cingulum) that the bride wears to symbolize that her husband is "belted and bound" (cinctus vinctusque) to her. It was tied with the knot of Hercules, intended to be intricate and difficult to untie... [more]