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Origin: Slavic

Meaning: a Slavic feminine name meaning "viburnum tree". I've also seen it listed as meaning "guelder rose", or perhaps a variant spelling of Kalyna, a Ukrainian feminine name.

Kalina is also a Polish surname likely derived from a place name.

Kalyna (Ukrainian)

Male forms:
Kalin (Bulgarian)


Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Latinized form of Greek Alkeides meaning "strength" from Greek alke (strength) and ides, a Greek patronymic suffix meaning "son of", so essentially meaning "son of the strong one".

In Greek mythology, Alcides was the original name of the Greek hero Heracles, though he was later renamed in an effort to appease Hera'a wrath (which clearly didn't work).

Alcide (Italian, French)Alkeides (Greek) 


Origin: Japanese, Breton, Korean

優奈 (Japanese) Yuna "gentle"

菜 (Japanese) Yuna "gentle + vegetables, greens"

夏 (Japanese) Yuna "citron, citrus fruit + summer" 

윤아 (Korean Hangul) 

Meaning: a multicultural name with many meanings. I've seen it as meaning "night" from the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese.

It also has various other meanings depending on the kanji used, such as yuu "gentle" (優) combined with na (奈), a phonetic character, or na (菜) meaning "vegetables, greens", or yu "citron, citrus fruit"  柚 and na 夏 "summer".

I've also seen Yuna listed as a Breton feminine name possibly the Breton form of Una meaning "lamb" from Irish uan

Yuna is also a Korean feminine name, also spelled Yoona and Yoon-ah, meaning "sleek, soft + beautiful".

Yuuna (Japanese)Yoona (Korean)Yoon-ah (Korean)Younha (Korean)Yu-na (Korean)


Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: Irish form of Scottish Domhnall which comes from Celtic Dumnoualos meaning "ruler of the world" or "world ruler" or "world wielder" from Celtic elements dumno (world) and val (rule).

Nicknames: Don, Donny/Donnie

Donald (English)Domhnall (Irish, Scottish)Domnall (Irish, Scottish)Donall 

Feminine forms: Donalda (Scottish) Donella (Scottish)Donaldina (Scottish)


Origin: Latin

Meaning: the feminine form of Amandus meaning "lovable, worthy of love".

Nicknames: Mandy/Mandi, Amy

Amandine (French)

Masculine forms: Amando (Portuguese, Italian, Spanish)Amand (German)Amandus (Latin)


Origin: Spanish (?)

Meaning: I profiled this name on my old blog and even 2 years later I still can't pinpoint the name's exact origins and meaning. Looking it up online, I saw that it was used a lot for those with Spanish backgrounds and mostly men though I've also found a few women with the name as well. If anyone has any information on this name please let me know :)

Nicknames: Ciel, Josey, Joss


Origin: Scandinavian

Meaning: a feminine form of Thor, the name of the Norse god of thunder whose name is derived from Old Norse meaning "thunder".

Tora (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Torø (Norwegian)

Masculine forms: Thor Tor (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)


Origin: Italian, Dutch, English, Greek

Meaning: the Italian and Dutch masculine form of Peter meaning "stone" from Greek petros.

Pier is also a raised walkway over the water supported by piles or pillars.

In Italian, Pier is usually used in conjunction with another name, like Piermario or Pierluigi.

Pier is also a surname, likely derived from Peter, but I've also seen it listed as being Dutch or Middle Low German meaning "worm, earthworm".

Piers (English)Piero (Italian)Pietro (Italian)PeterPieter (Dutch)Pierino (Italian diminutive of Piero)

Feminine forms: Piera (Italian)Pietra (Italian)Pierina (Italian diminutive of Piera)


Origin: Greek

Meaning: the feminine form of Christian, which is derived from Latin Christianus meaning "a Christian" or "belonging to Christ", which ultimately comes from Greek christos meaning "to anoint".

Nicknames: Chris, Chrissy/Chrissie, Christie, Tina

ChristianCristina (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, English)ChristianaChristabel KristinaChristineKristineChristinChristen Cristiana (Italian, Portuguese)KristenKristinKirsten 

Male forms: ChristianChristianus Cristiano (Portuguese, Italian)


Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: derived froma  Scottish surname meaning "crooked nose" or "hook nose" from Gaelic cam (crooked) and sron (nose).

It's also a habitational surname coming from Cambrun, which seems to have a different source, also from Gaelic meaning "crooked hill" from Gaelic cam (crooked) and brun (hill); I've also seen cam meaning "plus, bent".

Nicknames: Cam, Cammy/Cammie

KameronKamrynCamryn CamronKamron 


Origin: Slavic

Meaning: means "dawn, aurora" in Slavic.

In Slavic mythology, Zorya is the name of guardian goddesses of the dawn (either 2 or 3) who guard the hound Simargl to prevent him from breaking free of his chain and devouring the Ursa Minor constellation, which would cause the end of the world. The Zorya represent the Morning Star (Zorya Utrennyaya) and the Evening Star (Zorya Vechernyaya).

Zorja Zora (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian)Zorica (Serbian, Croatian and Macedonian diminutive of Zora)Zorka (Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian diminutive of Zora)Zorana (Croatian & Serbian form of Zoran)Zarja (Slovene)Zoryana (Ukrainian)

Masculine forms: Zoran (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian)


Origin: Persian

Meaning: possibly derived from Persian meaning "treasurer".

Jasper is also the name of a semi-precious stone from Greek iaspis, likely deriving from Hebrew or Akkadian sources.

Jasper is also the name of one of the 3 wise men.

Casper (Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Caspar Kasper (Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Gaspar (Spanish, Portuguese)Gaspard (French)Jesper (Danish)Kaspar (German)Gáspár (Hungarian)Gaspare (Italian)Gasparo (Italian)Kaspars (Latvian)Kasparas (Lithuanian)Kacper (Polish)Gašper (Slovene)

Feminine forms: Jaspera (English)Jasperine (Dutch)Jasperina (Dutch)


Origin: Welsh

Meaning: from Welsh Maredudd or Meredydd meaning "great lord" or "sea lord"; its Old Welsh form was Morgetiud; the second element iudd means "lord" while the first element mere could possibly mean "great" or "splendid", or from mor meaning "sea".

Nicknames: Merry



Origin: Welsh, Irish

Meaning: from a Welsh surname derived from a place name meaning "big village" from Welsh tref (village, or homestead, town) and mawr (large).

It could also be an Anglicized form of Irish O Treabhair meaning "descendant of Treabhar", Treabhar meaning "industrious", "prudent" or "ambitious".

Nicknames: Trev

Trefor (Welsh)


Origin: English

Meaning: a variant spelling of Laney, a diminutive form of Elaine, an old French form of Helen derived from Greek Helene possibly meaning "torch" or "corposant", or possibly related to Greek selene meaning "moon".

It could also be a nickname for Lane, an English unisex name meaning "lane, path", or Lanier, a French, Dutch and English surname referring to a wool worker, or someone who worked in the wool trade.



Origin: Germanic

Meaning: derived from Germanic element hug meaning "heart, mind, spirit".

It's also been used as an Anglicized form of Gaelic names Aodh meaning "fire" and Uisdean, the Scottish-Gaelic form of Old Norse Eysteinn derived from Old Norse elements ey (island) and steinn (stone) meaning "island stone".

Nicknames: Huey, Hughie, Hewey, Hewie

HugoHugues (French)Huguo (Ancient Germanic)Ugo (Italian)Huw (Welsh)Hudde (medieval diminutive of Hugo)


Origin: Italian

Meaning: the Italian form of Clara derived from Latin Clarus meaning "bright, clear, famous".

Pronounced kee-ah-rah.

Nicknames: Chiarina is a diminutive form of the name in Italian.



Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a Roman family name which could be derived from Latin mas meaning "male" or Latin mare meaning "sea". It could also be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Ares), a name of uncertain etymology though it's possible that Mars was derived from an older source, perhaps from from Etruscan Maris (the god of fertility and agriculture) of unknown meaning. Mars could also be the contracted form of an older name, Mavors (or Mavort) which could come from Latin verb mah or margh (to cut) and vor (to turn), essentially meaning "turner of the battle".

Mars could also be derived from the same  Proto-Indian-European root as Sanskrit marici meaning "ray of light", or Proto-Indian-European mer meaning "to die". It could also be associated with Latin marceo meaning "to (cause to) wither" and "to (make) shrivel" and Latin marcus meaning "hammer".



Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: an Icelandic feminine name meaning "fire lily" composed of Old Norse elements eldr (fire) and lilja (lily).

It's also the name of a genus of lilies.

Nicknames: Elda, Eldy, Lily, Lilla


Origin: Germanic

Meaning: a variant form of Wayland, derived from Weland, the Old English cognate if Wieland, a Germanic name with an uncertain etymology. It could be derived from Germanic elements wela (skill) and land (land) meaning "skill, land".

It could also possibly be composed of Germanic wig (war) and land (land) meaning "war, land", though I've also seen it listed as being derived from Old Germanic Welandaz meaning "battle brave".

The name might also be derived from Old Germanic wal meaning "death, slaughter", or a cognate of Old Norse vel meaning "artifice", "craft", "device"; while the second element comes from Old Germanic meaning "courage".

In Germanic mythology, Wieland was a legandary blacksmith and craftsman who had no equal. He was known as Wayland in Anglo-Saxon mythology and Völundr in Norse mythology.

WaylandWaylinWieland (Germanic)Völund (Norse)Völundr (Norse)Weland (Anglo…


Origin: Hebrew, Japanese

直美 (Japanese) Naomi- "honest, straight + beautiful"

直己 (Japanese) Naomi- "honest, straight + self" 

Meaning: a Hebrew feminine name meaning "pleasantness".

Naomi is also a Japanese unisex name which, depending on the kanji used, means "honest, straight + beautiful" for females  ( 直美 ) or  "honest, straight + self" for males ( 直己).

In the Old Testament, Naomi is the mother-in-law of Ruth.

Noemi (Italian, German, Czech)Noémie (French)Noémi (Hungarian)Noemí (Spanish, Portuguese)Nohemi (Spanish)Noêmia (Portuguese)Noemin (Biblical Greek)Na'omi (Biblical Hebrew)


Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: from a surname derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" from Gaelic lag (hollow) with the diminutive suffix -an.



Origin: English, Latin, Italian

Meaning: the feminine form of Vernon, derived from a Norman surname and place name meaning "alder" from Gaulish word vern referring to someone who lived near a grove of alders.

Verna has also been associated with the Latin word vernus meaning "spring".

Verna is also an Italian surname though its etymology is unclear, although it likely seems to have roots in Latin, either from verno meaning "young in heart" or verna meaning "house servant".

Virna (Croatian, Italian)

Male forms: Vernon Verna 



Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: from Irish surname Mac Branain meaning "descendant of Bran", the latter meaning "raven"  in Irish and Welsh.

It could also come from another Irish surname, O Braondin deriving from the word braon possibly meaning "sorrow" though I've also seen listed as being a variant spelling of Brennan meaning "rain, moisture, drop".

Nicknames: Bran

BrennanBrannan Brannen Brennyn Brannin Brannyn Branon Branan Branen Brenan 



Origin: English

Meaning: from an English surname referring to someone who played the pipes or was a piper.



Origin: English

Meaning: an English surname referring to someone who played the harp or who made harps for a living.



Origin: Russian, Greek, Gaelic, Indian, Polish, Hungarian, Hebrew

Meaning: a short form of Galina, the Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenos, a Greek name meaning "calm".

Gala could also be derived from Greek Galatea from gala meaning "milk" or "milk white".

It's also a Gaelic surname derived from O Gallchobhair, the latter meaning "foreign help", as well as an Indian surname of unknown meaning, and a Polish and Hungarian surname derived from personal name Gal, the Slovene masculine form of Gallus, a Roman family name meaning "rooster".

Gala is also a Hebrew feminine form of Gal, a unisex name meaning "wave".

Gala is also an English word referring to something festive or a special occassion.

Galya (Russian diminutive of Galina)Galene (Greek)Galena (Bulgarian, Macedonian)Galina (Russian, Bulgarian)Halina (Polish)Halyna (Ukrainian)Galenos (Greek)Galen (Greek, English)



Origin: Hebrew, Arabic

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name possibly meaning "merciful" or "grace"; I've also seen it listed as possibly meaning "encampment" or "supplication".
Tahan is also an Arabic and Jewish (Sephardic) occupational surname meaning "miller". 
It also seems to be a word in Tagalog meaning "stop".
In the Bible, Tahan is a descendant of Ephraim. 



Origin: Turkish, Hebrew

Meaning: a Turkish feminine name meaning "moonlight, halo" usually meaning "halo of light around the moon".

Ayla could also be a variant transcription of Elah, a unisex Hebrew name meaning "oak tree" or "terebinth tree".

Ajla (Bosnian)Aylin (Turkish)Aylah 



Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name meaning "my light" or "my flame".

It could also be a short form of names like Uriel meaning "God is my light" and Uriah meaning "Yahweh is my light".

In the Old Testament, Uri is the father of Bezalel.

Pronounced oor-ee or yoo-ree.

Ouri (Biblical Greek)



Origin: Latin

Meaning: French unisex form of Dominic, a Latin name meaning "of the Lord" from Latin dominus meaning "lord" or "master".

Male forms:
DominicDominickDomenicDominik (Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Polish, German, Hungarian, Croatian)Domen (Slovene)Domonkos (Hungarian)Dominicus (Dutch, Roman)Txomin (Basque)Domingos (Portuguese)Domingo (Spanish)Dominykas (Lithuanian)Domenico (Italian)

Feminine forms: Domenica (Italian)Dominica (Roman, English)Dominika (Slovak, Slovene, Czech, Russian, Polish)Dominga (Spanish)Domnika (Macedonian)



Origin: Scandinavian, Etruscan

Meaning: the Scandinavian form of Laurence, derived from Roman name Laurentius meaning "from Laurentum", Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy likely derived from Latin laurus meaning "laurel".

Lars is also the Latinized form of Larth, a Etruscan family name possibly meaning "lord"; it's also been spelled as Larth, Lartia, Larcia, Largia, Larce, Laris and Lartius.

Lar (Etruscan)



Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Latinized form of Greek Kynthia meaning "of Mount Cynthus" or "from Mount Cynthus", referring to someone from Mount Cynthus on the isle of Delos.

Cynthia was an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis because she and her brother were born there (Apollo's epithet was Cynthius).

Nicknames: Cindy/Cyndi

Kynthia Cinzia (Italian)Cintia (Spanish, Hungarian)Cínzia (Portuguese)

Male forms: Cynthius 



Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: a variant spelling of Alvíss, from Old Norse meaning "all wise".

In Norse mythology, Alvíss was a dwarf who was supposed to marry the daughter of Thor, Thrud. However, Thor wasn't too pleased with this arrangement so he came up with a trick requiring the dwarf to prove his wisdom by asking him questions until sunrise when the sun turned him into stone.




Origin: Korean

정아 (Korean Hangul) 

Meaning: a Korean feminine name composed of Jeong meaning "quiet, still, gentle" (靜) or "virtuous, chaste, loyal" (貞) combined with Ah meaning "grace" or "beautiful" (娥). 




Origin: Korean

민호 (Hangul) Min-ho 

Meaning: a Korean masculine name composed of elements Minmeaning "quick, clever, sharp" (敏), "people" (民), "jade" (珉), "gentle, affable" (旼), "heaven" (旻), though there likely other meanings depending on the hanja used; and Ho which means "bright, clear" (皓) or "tiger" (虎) though there are also other meanings depending on the hanja used.




Origin: Arabic, Sanskrit

سمر (Arabic) Samar

Meaning: an Arabic feminine name "evening conversation".

It also seems to be a Hindu masculine name, derived from Sanskrit samara meaning "battle" or "war". It could also be a short form of Samarangana, from the title of an ancient Hindu manuscript titled Samarangana Sutradhara meaning "battlefield commander", composed in the 11th century, which deals with techniques of warfare, and in particular war machines.



Origin: English

Meaning: derived from an English surname which has two possible meanings, either from Old Englishblæc meaning "black", originally a nickname referring to someone with black hair or had a dark complexion; or it could be from Old Englishblāc meaning "pale", a nickname that originally referred to someone with fair hair or had a light complexion. 



Origin: Slavic

Meaning: a variant spelling of Ivana, the feminine form of Ivan, itself the Slavic form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious".

Nicknames: Ivanka is a Russian diminutive of Ivana.


Masculine forms: Ivan



Origin: Germanic

Meaning: a region in Germany with a long history, the name was derived from the Saxons who originally inhabited the area. Though the etymology is uncertain, it's likely the name might have been derived from seax, a type of knife they used meaning "knife, short sword, dagger".

Some sources also cite it as possibly meaning "stone".




Origin: Greek, Hebrew, Arabic

Meaning: derived from Greek korallion, perhaps coming from Hebrew goral  or Arabic garal meaning "small stone" or "small pebble".

Coral refers to a hard skeleton left behind by marine polyps that forms a larger structure like a reef or an atoll.

It also refers to a pinkish, orange and red color, as well as used to make jewelry.




Origin: English

Meaning: from an English surname composed of English elements lang (long) and dun (hill) meaning "long hill".

Langdon Landen 



Origin: Germanic

Meaning: a variant spelling of Maude, which was the medieval form of Matilda meaning "strength in battle" from Germanic elements maht (might, strength) and hild (battle).

MaudMaudieMatildaMathildaMathildeMahaut (medieval French)Mafalda (Portuguese, Italian)



Origin: Welsh, Irish

Meaning: the modern form of Owain, either a Welsh form of Eugene meaning "well born" or it could be derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning "youth".

Owen is also an Anglicized form of Eoghan, an Irish masculine name possibly meaning "born from the yew tree"; it could also be derived from Eugene as well.

Owain (Welsh)Yvain (Welsh)Ywain (Welsh)Eógan (Irish)Eoghan (Irish)Ewan (Scottish)Euan (Scottish)Ewen (Scottish)

Feminine forms: Owena (Welsh)



Origin: German, Italian

Meaning: the German diminutive of Elisabeth, the German and Dutch form of Elizabeth meaning "my God is my oath" or "my God is abundance".

Bettina is also a diminutive of Benedetta, the Italian feminine form of Benedict meaning "blessed".



Origin: Welsh

Meaning: from what I could find, Jeston is a variant spelling of Jestin, the Welsh form of Justin meaning "just, upright".

Jestin Yestin (Cornish)Justin



Origin: Latin

Meaning: from an English word meaning "happiness", derived from Latin felicitas meaning "good luck, good fortune"; Felicitas is also the name of the Roman goddess of good fortune and luck.

Felicitas (Ancient Roman, German)Felizitas (German)Félicité (French)Felicitás (Hungarian)- Zita is its short form in HungarianFelicita (Italian)Felicyta (Polish)- Zyta is its short form in PolishFelicidade (Portuguese)Felicidad (Spanish)



Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name meaning "bear".



Origin: English

Meaning: from Old English wodnesdaeg meaning "Woden's day", Woden being the Anglo-Saxon version of Odin, the Norse god.



Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Latinized form of Okeanos meaning "river ocean".

In Greek mythology, Okeanos was a primordial Titan believed to the the personification of the sea, as well as being the name of a river that encircled the entire world as well as the source of fresh water from the rivers and springs.