Saturday, December 31, 2016


Origin: French, Italian

Meaning: the French feminine form of Simon, the Greek form of Hebrew Shim'on meaning "he has heard".

Simone also an Italian masculine name, the Italian form of Simon, and is strictly a masculine name in Italy; its feminine form would be Simona.

Pronounced see-mon in French while it's see-maw-nee in Italian.

Link: Forvo

Masculine forms:
  • Simon 
  • Simeon

Feminine forms:
  • Simona (Italian)
  • Simonetta (Italian)


Origin: Russian

Meaning: the Russian diminutive of Mikhail, the Russian form of Michael meaning "who is like God?"

It's a strictly masculine name in Russia and Ukraine though it's been used for girls in English-speaking countries.

  • Mischa 
  • Micha 


Origin: Russian, Latin, Albanian

Meaning: a Russian name meaning "faith", though it's also been associated with the Latin word verus meaning "truth".

Vera is also an Albanian feminine name meaning "summer" from verë.

Nicknames: Verusha and Verochka are Russian diminutives of the name. 

  • Vjera (Croatian, Serbian); Verica is the diminutive form of the name
  • Veera (Finnish)
  • Wera (Polish)
  • Vira (Ukrainian)


Origin: Persian

Meaning: although the meaning is uncertain, I've seen it listed as meaning "tall" or "strong", or a combination of Raodh meaning "growth, reap, developed", and Takhma meaning "brave".

In Persian mythology, Rostam is the son of Zal and Rudaba, a princess of Kabul. He's a legendary hero, the champion of champions, and the hero of the Persian epic Shahnameh (meaning The Book of Kings). According to legend, his mother Rudaba had a prolonged labor because of his size and Zal was sure she was going to die. He summoned a simurgh (a mythical bird in Iran sometimes equated with a phoenix or griffin) which instructed him how to perform a Rostamzad (the Persian equivalent of a C-section), saving the lives of both mother and child.

Rostam also accidentally kills his own son, Sohrab, unaware of his identity until after fatally wounding and killing him in battle.

  • Rustam (Arabic, Uzbek, Azerbaijani, Tajik)
  • Rostom (Georgian)
  • Rüstem (Turkish)


Origin: Latin, Germanic, Old Norse

Meaning: it could be derived from Latin oliva meaning "olive" or "olive tree", which is seen as a symbol of peace.

It could also be feminization of Oliver, which is either the Norman French form of Germanic Alpher meaning "elf army" or "elf warrior" from Germanic elements alf (elf) and hari (army, warrior); or it could be derived from Olaf derived from Old Norse Aleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant" from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor, father) and leifr (descendant, heir, heritage).

Nicknames: Liv, Livia

Feminine forms:
  • Oliva (Latin)
  • Olyvia

Male forms:
  • Olivier (French)

Friday, December 30, 2016


Origin: Arabic

طارق‎‎ (Arabic)

Meaning: it comes from Arabic verb taraqa meaning "to knock" or "to pound", or taraq meaning "striker".

It also means "one who knocks at the door at night" or meaning "night visitor" or "star"; mentioned in the Quran, it refers to the stars at night.

  • Tarik 
  • Tarek 
  • Tareq 
  • Tarick


Origin: Japanese, Turkish, Persian

留美 (Japanese) detain + beauty/beautiful

瑠美 (Japanese) lapis lazuli + beauty/beautiful

流美 (Japanese) current/flow + beauty/beautiful

流水 (Japanese) current/flow + water

Meaning: a Japanese feminine name meaning "lapis lazuli beautiful" from Japanese elements ru 瑠 (lapis lazuli) and mi 美 (beautiful, beauty). It also has other meanings depending on the kanji used such as : "detain + beauty/beautiful" (留美), "current/flow + beauty/beautiful" (流美), and "current/flow + beautiful" (流水).

Rumi is also a name (or surname), derived from Rûm, the Turkish and Persian name for Rome, referring to someone from Rome or the Roman Empire. This is the name of a famous and well-known Persian poet, a writer, scholar, and theologian from the 13th century. He was born in Anatolia, at one point being part of the Roman Empire. 

  • Rumiko (a Japanese feminine name with the -ko ending meaning "child")


Origin: English

Meaning: more of a nickname than an actual given name, it comes from an English word that usually refers to a low vibrating or humming sound such as bees or people talking; it is also used in slang to refer to a feeling of being high either from drugs or alcohol. It also means to gossip or whisper about something, or to move along or keep going.

Thursday, December 29, 2016


Origin: Hebrew, Romanian

Meaning: a unisex Hebrew name meaning "slender, delicate", used in the Old Testament as the name of a soldier.

I've also seen it listed as a Romanian feminine name, possibly a short form of Adelina, a variant of Adela, meaning "noble" from Germanic element adal (noble).

  • Adin (strictly masculine form of Adina)
  • Adena
  • Adeena 


Origin: Czech, Slovak

Meaning: the Czech and Slovak form of Clemens, from Latin meaning "merciful, gentle". It could also be a variant spelling of Clement, the form usually used in English.

Nicknames: Klem, Clem

  • Clement
  • Clementius (Latin)
  • Clemens (Latin)

Feminine forms:
  • Clementine
  • Clementina 


Origin: Persian

Meaning: from Persian gulab or golab meaning "rose water" from Persian elements gul (rose) and ab (water), which eventually became julep in English.

Julep is the name of a drink that originally referred to a sweet drink made out of water and sugar, used as a medicinal drink, and later became an alcholic drink with bourbon or brandy and crushed or shaved ice and garnised with mint.


Origin: Hebrew, Old Norse

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name meaning "he judged" "or "judge". It's a given name in its own right though it's often used as a nickname for Daniel meaning "God is my judge".

Dan is also an Old Norse name meaning "a Dane" or "Dane".

In the Old Testament, Dan is one of the sons of Jacob with Bilhah, his wife Rachel's servant.

  • Daniel
  • Danr (Ancient Scandinavian)

Female forms:
  • Danielle
  • Daniella
  • Daniela
  • Danya (Hebrew)
  • Dana (another form of Danya pronounced dah-nah)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Origin: Old French

Meaning: an Old French form of Helen, a Greek name possibly meaning "torch" or "corposant" from Greek helene or possibly related to selene meaning "moon".

Elaine is a name used for several different characters in the Arthurian legend, including Elaine of Astolat, who falls into an unrequited love with Lancelot and ends up dying because of it (the subject of The Lady of Shalott, a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson), as well as being the name of the mother of Lancelot, and the mother of Sir Galahad by Lancelot, just to name a few.

  • Elayne 
  • Elayna
  • Elaina
  • Alaina
  • Alayne
  • Alaine


Origin: English

Meaning: from an English surname meaning "son of Robin", Robin being a medieval diminutive of Robert meaning "bright fame".


Origin: Greek

Meaning: the Latinized form of Agaue, a Greek feminine name meaning "illustrious, noble".

In Greek mythology, Agave was one of the sisters of Semele, the mother of the god Dionysus, who spread a false rumor about the death of her sister. In revenge, Dionysus drives Agave and her sisters mad and cause them to tear apart her son, Pentheus, making them believe in their frenzy they were killing a lion.

Agave is also the name of the plant from which the syrup comes from, used as an alternative to sugar.

Pronounced a-gah-vee.

  • Agaue 


Origin: Native American, Dakota

Meaning: derived from a Dakota word, shahiyena, meaning "red speaker", a name given to a Native American tribe in the Great Plains because they spoke a different language from the Dakota.

  • Cheyanne 
  • Shyanne 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Origin: French

Meaning: from a French surname meaning "beautiful friend" or "fine friend' from French elements belle (beautiful) and ami (friend).

  • Belamy 
  • Bellamie 


Origin: French

Meaning: the French form of Germanic Adalhard meaning "noble, brave" from Germanic elements adal (noble) and hard (brave, hardy).

  • Adalhard 


Origin: Greek, Sanskrit

Meaning: from Greek topazos derived from Sanskrit tapas meaning "heat" and "fire", though there's also a story that it was named for a remote island in the Red Sea where it was mined, from Greek topazein meaning "to divine, to locate".

Topaz is the name of a gem as well as usually referring to a yellow-brownish color. It's also the name of a genus of hummingbird.


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name meaning "feller" or "hewer".

In the Old Testament, Gideon was a judge and military leader who led his people to victory against the Midianites and won. He was also known as Jerubbaal (meaning "let Baal contend against him") because he destroyed shrined dediciated to Baal and Asherah.

  • Gid'on (Hebrew)
  • Gedeon

Monday, December 26, 2016


Origin: Russian, Irish, Japanese

Meaning: the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, which is the Greek form of Kyros from Persian Kurush meaning "far-sighted" or "young". It has also been associated with Greek kyrios meaning "lord".

Kira could also be the feminine form of Kir, a Russian masculine name meaning "master, ruler" so Kira could translate to "mistress, ruler".

It could also e a variant spelling of Ciara, an Irish feminine form of Ciar meaning "black".

Kira also seems to be a Japanese unisex name, as well as a surname, though I couldn't find a specific meaning behind the name. The term kira kira means "glittery, shiny" in Japanese.

  • Kyra
  • Keira
  • Keera
  • Keara 
  • Kiara
  • Kiarra 
  • Kyrra 
  • Kyrrah 
  • Kirra 


Origin: Latin

Meaning: usually a short form of Francis/Frances or Franklin, from Latin Franciscus meaning "Frenchman".

  • Franky 
  • Frank
  • Frances
  • Francis
  • Franklin
  • Francine


Origin: English, Spanish

Meaning: either an elaborate form of Julia, the feminine form of Julius possibly meaning "downy-bearded" from Greek ioulos. It could also be related to the Roman god Jupiter composed of elements dyeus meaning "shine" or "sky" and pater meaning "father", meaning "heavenly father" or "sky father".

It could also be a combination of Julia and Isabel, the latter being a medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth meaning "my God is abundance" or "my God is an oath".

Nicknames: Jules, Julie, Lissa

  • Yulissa (Spanish)


Origin: Latin, English, Arabic

Meaning: an occupational surname referring to someone who was either a dean or worked for one, a dean being the ecclesiastical head of a cathedral. It comes from Latin decanum meaning "ten", referring to someone who was in charge of ten subordinates. Dean is also used to refer to the head of a university or college.

It also comes from Middle English dene meaning "valley".

Dean could also be a variant spelling of Deen or Dīn meaning "religion".

  • Dene 
  • Deen


Origin: Scandinavian

Meaning: a short form of Astrid, which is the modern form of Astridr, an ancient Scandinavian name meaning "beautiful god" from Old Norse elements ass (god) and fridr (beloved beautiful).

As a surname, Asta comes from a habitational place name in Sicily. It could also be a short form of given name Astancollo meaning "lance in neck", or comes directly from asta meaning "lance".

  • Astrid 


Origin: Spanish

Meaning: the Spanish form of Henry, from a Germanic name meaning "home ruler".

Nicknames: Kike (Spanish), Quique (Spanish), Rico

  • Henry
  • Enrico (Italian) 


Origin: Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic

Meaning: the Russian and Ukrainian form of Zoe, a Greek feminine name meaning "life".

It also seems to have some popular use in Hindi and Arabic, from Arabic meaning "light", "radiant", and "brilliant".

  • Zoja (Macedonian, Polish)
  • Zoiya 
  • Zoeya 
  • Zoe
  • Zoey
  • Zoie 


Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek Eugenios meaning "well born" from Greek elements eu (good) and genos (born).

Nicknames: Gene

  • Eugenios (Greek)
  • Eugenius (Greek)
  • Evgeni (Bulgarian, Russian)
  • Yevgeniy (Russian)
  • Yevgeny (Russian)
  • Evgeniy (Russian)
  • Owain (Welsh)
  • Yvain (Welsh)
  • Ywain (Welsh)
  • Eugenio (Italian, Spanish)
  • Eugen (German, Czech, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian)
  • Uxio (Galician)
  • Ewan (Scottish)
  • Eoghan (Scottish, Irish)
  • Euan 

Feminine forms:
  • Eugenia (Greek)
  • Eugenie (French)
  • Eugena

Sunday, December 25, 2016


Origin: Hungarian

Meaning: most of the sites I’ve gone to list it as the Hungarian form of Priscilla, meaning “ancient” but Behind the Name (a site I go to frequently) lists it as coming from the word piros, which means red in Hungarian, with a diminutive suffix. Since piros does mean red in Hungarian, it could very well be true. So its meaning is either “ancient” or “red”.

Nicknames: Piri 

The name is pronounced pee-rosh-kaw. 


Origin: English

Meaning: from a surname meaning "stone clearing" from Old English elements stan (stone) and leah (clearing, wood).

Nicknames: Stan



Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a Roman cognomen meaning "solid, thick, dense" or "fat, gross, plump" from Latin crassus.


Origin: Arabic

Meaning: an Arabic unisex name meaning "garden" or "paradise", the plural form of Jannah.

Jinan is also the name of the capital of Shandong, a coastal province in the Eastern part of China. It means "south of the Ji (waters), a city known for its 72 artesian springs and eventually converging onto Daming Lake. Older forms of the name were Tsinan and Chi-nan.

  • Jannah (Arabic)
  • Jenan (Arabic)
  • Tsinan (Chinese)
  • Chi-nan (Chinese)


Origin: Latin

Meaning: from Roman cognomen Valentinus derived from Latin valens meaning "strong, healthy, vigorous". It's a masculine name in Latin, but it's the French feminine form of Valentinus.

  • Valentinus (Ancient Roman)
  • Valens (Ancient Roman)
  • Valentin (French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Valentyn (Ukrainian)
  • Balendin (Basque)
  • Valentijn (Dutch)
  • Valentín (Spanish, Slovak)
  • Valentino (Italian)
  • Folant (Welsh)
  • Ualan (Scottish)
  • Walenty (Polish)

Feminine forms:
  • Valentina (Ancient Roman, Italian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Spanish)
  • Walentyna (Polish)
  • Valentyna (Ukrainian)


Origin: English, Greek, French, Latin, Welsh

Meaning: a variant form of Coraline, either an elaborate form of Cora, the Latinized form of Greek Korë meaning "maiden", or derived from Latin cor or cordis meaning "heart". Coraline could also be another form of Coralie, the French form of Koralia, a Greek feminine name meaning "coral" from Greek korallion, or the French form of Latin corallium also meaning "coral".

Coralyn could also be a combination of given names Cora and Lyn, Cora meaning either "maiden" or heart", and Lyn being a variant spelling of Lynn meaning "lake" from Welsh llyn meaning either "maiden's lake" or "heart's lake".

  • Koralyn 
  • Coraline
  • Coraleen 
  • Coralie
  • Coralee
  • Coraline
  • Koralina 
  • Koralia
  • Coralia 


Origin: Spanish, Italian

Meaning: the Spanish short form of Ricardo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Richard meaning "brave power".

It's also the Italian short form of Enrico, the Italian form of Henry meaning "home ruler".

As a surname, Rico comes from the Spanish nickname rico meaning "rich", while the Italian surname Rico comes from Italian ricco meaning "curly", referring to someone with curly hair.

  • Ricardo (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Richard (English)
  • Enrico (Italian)
  • Henry (English)

Feminine forms:
  • Rica (Spanish)
  • Ricarda (Spanish, German)
  • Enrica (Italian)

Saturday, December 24, 2016


Origin: Greek, Finnish, German, Dutch

Meaning: the feminine form of Timon, a Greek masculine name meaning "honor, esteem". It could also be a short form of Timothea, the feminine form of Timotheus meaning "to honor God" or "honoring God".

Timo is also the Finnish, German, and Dutch form of Timothy, the English form of Greek Timotheus meaning "honoring God" to "to honor God" from Greek timao (to honor) and theos (God).

Timo is also the German and Dutch form of Thiemo, a short form of Thietmar (or Dietmar) meaning "famous people" from Germanic elements theud (people) and meri (famous).

Male forms:
  • Timon (Greek)
  • Thiemo (German, Dutch)
  • Timotheus (Greek)
  • Timothy

Feminine forms:
  • Timothea 


Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek timao meaning "to honor, to esteem".

  • Timaeus 
  • Timaios 
  • Tymon (Polish)

 Feminine forms:
  • Timo (Greek)


Origin: Greek

Meaning: the name of an herb (also called aniseed), derived from Latin anisum from Greek aneson meaning "dill".

Anise has a history in the ancient world as being used as both a spice and a fragrance and has a sweet, licorice-like taste which is why anise oil is used in licorice candy. It's also been used as a flavoring in both food and drinks.

Anise is pronounced an-is or a-neez (I prefer the former).

  • Anisa (which is also an Arabic feminine name meaning "friendly".


Origin: English

Meaning: it's likely a form of Berkeley, an English place and surname meaning "birch clearing" from Old English elements beorc (birch) and leah (clearing, wood).

  • Berkeley 
  • Barkley

Friday, December 23, 2016


Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: the feminine form of Augustus, originally used as a title for the first Roman emperor, Octavian, meaning "great" or "venerable" from Latin augere.

  • Auguste (German)
  • Augustina (Ancient Roman)
  • Augustine (French, German)
  • Agostina (Italian)
  • Agustina (Spanish)
  • Augustyna (Polish)
  • August

Male forms:
  • Augustus (Ancient Roman)
  • Augustine 
  • Auguste (French)
  • Agostino (Italian)
  • Agustin (Spanish)
  • August


Origin: Welsh

Meaning: the name has been associated as another form of Owen, a Welsh masculine name either derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning "youth", or a Welsh form of Eugene, a Greek name meaning "well born" from Greek elements eu (good) and genes (born).

In Arthurian legend, Yvain is one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and Morgan le Fay. In Yvain, Knight of the Lion he is depicted as seeking revenge for the death of his cousin by the hands of the knight Esclados. Yvain kills him but falls in love with his widow, Laudine. With the help of her maid Lunete, he manages to make her fall in love with him and they get married, but is later convinced by Gawain to embark on an adventure. Laudine agrees to let him go but only if he returns within the year, which he fails to do, so Laudine rejects him yet again, though he eventually manages to win her back again.

  • Ywain 
  • Owain
  • Owen 
  • Eugene 

Feminine forms:
  • Yvaine 


Origin: Latin

Meaning: from Late Latin idealis, referring to an idea or concepton of perfection or excellence, a stand for people to strive for; it also refers to something that exists only in the mind.


Origin: Latin

Meaning: a French masculine form of Prudentius, a Latin name derived from Latin providere meaning "to see ahead, to forsee, provide". As an English word it refers to someone who shows good judgment or someone who is wise or discreet, and has good sense.

Nicknames: Prue/Pru

  • Prudentius (Roman)
  • Prudenzio (Spanish, Italian)
  • Prudencio (Spanish)
  • Prudence 

Feminine forms:
  • Prudentia (Roman)
  • Prudence
  • Prudencia (Spanish)

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Origin: Indian

Meaning: the feminine form of Chetan, an Indian masculine name meaning "visible, conscious, soul" in Sanskrit.

Male forms:
  • Chetan 


Origin: Lithuanian, Greek, Hebrew

Meaning: the Lithuanian form of John, from a Hebrew name meaning "Yahweh is gracious", though it's pronounced yo-nas.

Jonas is also the Greek form of Jonah, from Hebrew Yonah meaning "dove".


  • Ionas (Greek)
  • Yonah (Hebrew)
  • Yunus (Arabic, Turkish)
  • Jonah


Origin: German, Scandinavian

Meaning: the German and Scandinavian feminine form of Emil, from Ancient Roman name Aemilius meaning "rival" from Latin aemulus. 

It could also be a variant spelling of Emily.

  • Emily
  • Emaly
  • Emely
  • Emalee
  • Emelie (Swedish)
  • Emilia
  • Emiliya (Bulgarian)
  • Emilija (Lithuanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Aemilia (Ancient Roman)
  • Émilie (French)

Male forms:
  • Emil (Latin)
  • Aemilius (Ancient Roman)
  • Émile (French)
  • Emilio (Portuguese, Italian, Spanish) 


Origin: Irish

Meaning: from Irish surname Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of Murchadh", the latter meaning "sea warrior" or "sea battle" from Gaelic elements muir (sea) and cadh (warrior or battle).

  • Murphey
  • Murphie

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Origin: French

Meaning: a short form of Nicolette, a French diminutive of Nicole deriving from Nicholas meaning "victory of the people".

  • Collette
  • Colletta 
  • Nicolette
  • Nicoletta


Origin: Indian

Meaning: an Indian masculine name meaning "wise man, sage, poet". It's been used as a term for an intelligent man and thinker as well as used as an epithet for several Hindu gods.

Feminine forms:
  • Kavita