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Samantha

Origin: Germanic, Greek, Sri Lankan

Meaning: most sites I've seen have listed it as being a feminine form of Samuel meaning "God has heard" or "name of God", or a combination Samuel and Anthea, from Greek meaning "flower, blossom".

It could also be the English form of Dutch Sijmentje, the feminine form of Sijmens which is the Dutch form of Sigmund meaning "victory, protection" from Germanic elements sigu (victory) and mund (protection).

I've also seen Samantha as possibly having been influenced by the Greek feminine name Psamanthe, a variant of Psamathe meaning "sand goddess" from Greek psammos (sand) and theia (goddess); the form Psamanthe was occassionally used in some translations of Ovid's Metamorphosis.

Samantha is also a Sri-Lankan masculine name derived from Saman, the name of a Sri-Lankan god meaning "the rising morning son". From what I could find, it's used as a purely male name in Sri Lanka.


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Fallon

Origin: Irish

Meaning: from Irish surname O Fallamhain meaning "descendant of Fallamhan", the latter meaning "leader" from follamhnas meaning "rule" or "supremacy".



Aglaonice

Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek feminine name meaning "splendid victory" or "bright victory" from Greek elements aglaos (splendid, bright) and nike (victory).

There was a female astronomer named Aglaonice who lived in either the 1st or 2nd century BCE and was well-known during her time, believed to be the first recorded female astronomer. She was even considered a sorceress because she could apparently make the moon disappear, though it's more likely that she cold predict when a lunar eclipse would occur.

Pronounced a-glay-o-NI-see or a-glay-o-NIE-kee.


Variants:
Aglaonike AganiceAganike 


Nuada

Origin: Celtic

Meaning: an Irish masculine name possibly meaning either "protector" or "fog".

I've also seen it listed as possibly being related to a Germanic root word meaning "acquire, have the use of".

In Irish mythology, Nuada Airgetlám (Nuada of the Silver Arm) was king of the Tuatha Dé Danann who lost his arm in battle and which was later replaced by a silver one.

I've heard it pronounced noo-a-da or noo-a-tha. 


Variants:
Nuadha Nudd (Welsh)


Katina

Origin: Greek, Coptic

Meaning: the Greek and Macedonian contracted form of Katerina, which comes from Greek feminine name Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is uncertain. It could be derived from Greek Hekaterine from Greek hekateros meaning "each of the two".

The name could also be related to Greek aikia meaning "torture" or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name".

Katherine has also been associated with Hecate, the Greek goddess of witchcraft and the underworld, her name possibly meaning "far off" from Greek hekas. The name has also been associated with Greek katharos meaning "pure", likely in reference to the purity of St. Catherine of Alexandria, and which resulted in the Katherine spelling.

Nicknames: Kat, Katy/Katie


Variants:
Katerina (Macedonian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek)Aikaterine (Greek)Aikaterini (Greek)Katherine (Greek, English)


Idris

Origin: Welsh, Arabic

Meaning: a Welsh masculine name meaning "ardent lord" from Welsh udd (lord, prince) and ris (ardent, enthusiastic).

Idris is also an Arabic masculine name meaning "to study" or "to learn" from Arabic darasa. Idris has also the Arabic name of the prophet Enoch in the Bible.

In Welsh mythology, Idris Gawr (or Idris the Giant) was a legendary giant and magician who was likely based on a real person in seventh century Wales, and who gave his name to a mountain, Cadair Idris (Chair of Idris).


Variants:
Idriss (Arabic)Idries (Arabic)


Zenaïs

Origin: Ancient Greek

Meaning: an Ancient Greek variant of Zenaida meaning "of Zeus", Zeus being the head of the Greek pantheon; his name is related to Indo-European dyeus meaning "shine "or sky".

Pronounced something like zen-uh-ees.

Variants:
Zenais Zenaida (Ancient Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, English)Zénaïde (French)Zinaida (Russian)

Male forms: Zeno (Ancient Greek, Italian)Zenon (Ancient Greek, Polish)Zinon 


Leoncio

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the Spanish form of Leontios, a Greek masculine name derived from Greek leon meaning "lion".


Variants:
LeonLeontios (Ancient Greek)Leontius (Ancient Greek)Levon (Armenian)Leo 


Suha

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: an Arabic feminine name possibly meaning "the forgotten one" or "the neglected one", possibly because it was the Arabic name of the Alcor star in the Ursa Major constellation which could only be seen by a very sharp eye in the night sky, hence the name

I've also seen it listed as possibly meaning "little star" though I'm not too sure of the accurarcy of that.



Cassius

Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a Roman family name possibly derived from Latin cassus meaning "empty, vain".

Nicknames: Cass, Cash

Cassius is pronounced either cash-us or cass-ee-us.


Variants:
Kassius 

Feminine forms: Cassia Kassia 


Agnes

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Latinized form of Greek Hagne derived from Greek element hagnos meaning "chaste, pure". The Agnes spelling later became associated with Latin agnus meaning "lamb".

Nicknames: Aggie


Variants:
Annis (Medieval English)AnniceAgnetha (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Agneta (Swedish)Agnete (Danish)Agnethe (Danish)Hagne (Greek)Hagno (Greek)Ines (Italian, Slovene, Croatian)Inés (Spanish)Inez (English)Nesta (Welsh)Nest (Welsh)


Bruce

Origin: Norman French

Meaning: a Scottish surname derived from Norman origin, a place name from Brix in Normandy, France; Brix itself is a name of uncertain meaning.




Clotilda

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: the English form of Clotilde, a French feminine form of Germanic Chlotichilda meaning "famous battle" or "battle fame" from Germanic elements hlud (fame) and hild (battle).


Variants:
Clotilde (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)Clothilde (French)Klotild (Hungarian)Clothildis (Germanic)Chlotichilda (Germanic)


Hakue

Origin: Japanese

白恵 (Japanese) Hakue "white + blessing/favor" 

Meaning: a Japanese name, possibly unisex. The first part of the name could be from haku 白 meaning "white", and and the second part could be from e 恵 meaning "blessing, favor". I've also seen it listed as meaning "pure blessing".

However, I find very little information about the name and, like all Japanese names, the meaning depends on the kanji used, so there could be other meanings. If anyone knows anything more about the name Hakue, please let me know. 

I think it's pronounced ha-koo-ee.




Winter

Origin: Germanic, Middle English

Meaning: the name of the coldest season of the year, it comes from a Proto-Indian-European word wend meaning "water, wet".

Nicknames: Win, Winnie/Winny


Variants:
Wynter


Dresden

Origin: Slavic

Meaning: the name of a city in Germany, the capital of Leipzig, the name comes from Old Sorbian (a minority language spoken by Sorbs) Drežd'any meaning "people of the riverside forest".



Kate

Origin: Greek, Coptic

Meaning: a diminutive of Katherine, which has several possible meanings. It could be from Greek feminine name Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is uncertain. It could be derived from Greek Hekaterine from Greek hekateros meaning "each of the two".

The name could also be related to Greek aikia meaning "torture" or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name".

Katherine has also been associated with Hecate, the Greek goddess of witchcraft and the underworld, her name possibly meaning "far off" from Greek hekas. The name has also been associated with Greek katharos meaning "pure", likely in reference to the purity of St. Catherine of Alexandria, and which resulted in the Katherine spelling.




Darko

Origin: Slavic, African

Meaning: a Slavic masculine name meaning "gift" from Slavic element daru, though it's also a nickname for names that contain the daru element.

 Darko is also an African surname derived from Ashanti and Akan origin, though I couldn't find a meaning behind the surname.


Variants:
Darco 

Feminine forms: Darka (Slavic)

Tiranna

Origin: Akkadian, Greek

Meaning: from Akkadian possibly meaning "life of heaven" or "rainbow"; it was the Akkadian and Sumerian name for the Vega star.

Tiranna is also an Italian word, the feminine singular form of tiranno derived from Greek meaning "tyrant" or "tyrannical".

It could also be a variant spelling of Tirana, the name of the capital of Albania. There are several theories to the etymology behind the name, which could be derived from Greek Theranda or Terrana apparently coming from the term te ranat meaning "fallen material" in reference to the terrain being formed from solid materials washed down from the mountains. It could also be derived from Tirkan, the name of a castle on Mt. Dajt in Albania which dates back to the 1st century BC.


Variants:
Tir-anna (Akkadian, Sumerian)Tirana 

Frasier

Origin: French

Meaning: a Scottish surname that seems to have been derived from an unknown place name in France, its original form being Freseliere. It's similar to the French word fraisier meaning "strawberry plant" which led to its being adopted as a heraldic symbol by the Scottish clan with the surname.


Variants:
FraserFrazerFrazier 


Cara

Origin: Latin, Gaelic

Meaning: an Italian word meaning "beloved" derived from Latin carus meaning "dear"; it's also a Latin word meaning "face, head".

Cara is also an Irish Gaelic name meaning "friend" derived from Celtic kar-o meaning "to love", which is a cognate of Latin carus.


Variants:
KaraKarra 


Rakesh

Origin: Sanskrit

Meaning: an Indian masculine name meaning "lord of the full moon" from Sanskrit raka (full moon) and isha (lord, ruler).



Mariana

Origin: Ancient Roman, Spanish, Portuguese

Meaning: the feminine form of Marianus, a Roman family name derived from given name Marius, a Roman family name which could be derived from Latin mas meaning "male" or Latinmare 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 (cau…

Barry

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Old French, Welsh

Meaning: an Anglicized form of Bairre, a diminutive of either Fionnbharr meaning "fair hair" or Barrfhionn meaning "fair-headed" or "fair hair"; both names are composed of Irish elements barr (head) and fionn (white, fair).

Barry has also been used as an Anglicized form of Berach, another Irish name derived from Gaelic biorach meaning "sharp" or "spear-like"

It could also be derived from Old French barri meaning "rampart", which also applied to a settlement under the ramparts of a castle.

Barry (also spelled Barrie) also comes from a Welsh background, from a patronymic surname, ap Harry, meaning "son of Harry", though it could also be derived from Welsh bar meaning "bar", as in a bar of sand.


Variants:
BarrieBerryBarriBairre (Irish)Barra (Irish)Berach (Irish)Bearach (Irish)



Amy

Origin: Latin

Meaning: the English form of Old  French Amée meaning "beloved" which ultimately comes from Latin amicus meaning "beloved, sweetheart". 


Variants:
Amée (Medieval French)Aimée (French)Ami (English)Amie (English)Amata (Latin)Amada (Spanish)

Male forms: Amé (Medieval French)Aimé (French)Amado (Spanish)Amato (Italian)Amatus (Latin)


Horatio

Origin: Ancient Roman, Etruscan

Meaning: a variant form of Horatius, a Roman family name that could possibly be derived from Latin hora meaning "hour, time, season", although it's more likely that the name is Etruscan in origin and the meaning lost.


Variants:
Horace (English, French)Horatius (Ancient Roman)Orazio (Italian)Horácio (Spanish)Horacio (Spanish)Horaţiu (Romanian)

Feminine forms: Horatia (Ancient Roman)Orazia (Italian)Horacia (Spanish)


Coralie

Origin: Greek

Meaning: a French feminine form of Koralia derived from Ancient Greek korallion or a French form of Latin corallium which is also derived from Ancient Greek. Korallion could perhaps be derived 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 atoll.


Variants:
Coralee Coraleigh Coraline Coralina Coralyn 


Ashur

Origin: Akkadian

Meaning: the name of an important Mesopotamian god who gave his name to the city of Assyria. The name is derived from Anshar, an Akkadian sky god, whose name means "whole heaven" or "all sky" from Sumerian an (sky) andšar (all, totally). Ashur seems to be a combination of different gods, given many characteristics of the Babylonian god Marduk, likely because of the power struggle going on between Babylonia and Assyria at the time.

Ashur is also the name of Noah's grandson from his son Shem, who survived the Great Flood in the Bible. Some sources say that he founded the city of Ashur but it seems more likely it was named after the god Ashur. 


Variants:
Ašur Aššur AsurAssur 



Oleia

Origin: Greek, Portuguese, Latin

Meaning: there wasn't much I could find behind the name though it could be a Greek feminine name meaning "smooth" or "one who is smooth".

It's also likely that Oleia is a verb in Portuguese, the second and third person singular form of olear meaning "to oil" or "to grease with oil"; Oleia is also the name of a topical oil used for inflammation that can be rubbed onto the skin.

Oleia could also be a variant spelling of Olea, from Latin meaning "olive" or "olive tree".


Variants:
Oleya 


Phlox

Origin: Greek

Meaning: derived from Greek meaning "flame". It's the name of a genus of flowers and apparently means sweet dreams in the language of flowers.



Tyra

Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: an Anglicized form of Þýri, either a variant form of  Þórví, an Ancient Scandinavian feminine name derived from given Thor, the Norse of thunder whose name means "thunder" and ví, an Old Norse element meaning "holy" so essentially meaning "Thor is holy"or "holy Thor".

Þýri could also be a variant of Þórveig, a feminine name also derived from the name Thor and Old Norse element veig meaning "strength", so it means "Thor's strength" or "strength of Thor".

Tyra is also a surname, likely from Anglo-Saxon roots, perhaps related to given name Tyrell or Terrell, derived from Norman French tirel or tirer meaning "to pull" or "to draw", likely in reference to someone who was stubborn.


Variants
Thyra (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Tyri (Norwegian, Swedish)Thyri (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)Þýri (Ancient Scandinavian)Þórví (Ancient Scandinavian)Þórveig (Ancient Scandinavian)


Nox

Origin: Latin

Meaning: derived from Latin nox meaning "night".

In Roman mythology, Nox is the personificatin of the night as well as being the Roman counterpart to Greek goddess Nyx.

Nox is also a homonym to Knox, an English masculine name derived from a surname meaning "round hill".




Sharon

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: the name of two biblical place names in the Old Testament, it means "plain", referring to a fertile plain, though it's also been connected to Hebrew yashar meaning "was straight" or "to be level", or that it could come from a root word meaning "body armor".

The Rose of Sharon is also a name given to several flowers.

Although predominantly a feminine name today, it has also been used for men as well.

Nicknames: Shari


Feminine forms:
Sharyn Sharona Sharron


Verlie

Origin: English

Meaning: a short form of Beverly, an English surname derived from Old English elements beofer (beaver) and licc (stream) meaning "beaver stream" referring to someone who lived near one.

Verlie could also be a short form of Verla or Verlene, both likely being a variant form of Vera, a Russian feminine name meaning "faith", though it's also been associated with Latin verus meaning "truth". Vera is also an Albanian feminine name meaning "summer" from verë.


Variants:
Verly 

Cielo

Origin: Spanish, Italian

Meaning: from the Spanish and Italian word for "sky, heaven".



Jeremiah

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: from Hebrew Yirmiyahu meaning "Yahweh has uplifted" or "Yahweh has exalted".

Jeremiah is the name of several figures in the Bible, including the name of a prophet in the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Jeremiah.

Nicknames: Jerry/Jerrie, Jeremy


Variants:
Jeremias (Greek, German, Portuguese, Finnish)JeremyYirmiyahu (Hebrew)Jérémie (French)Jeremías (Spanish)


Leandra

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the feminine form of Leander, the Latinized form of Greek Leandros meaning "lion of a man" from Greek elements leon (lion) and andros (of a man).


Male forms:
Leandro (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)Leander (Greek)Léandre (French)

Kevin

Origin: Irish

Meaning: the Anglicized form of Caoimhín derived from an older form, Cóemgein, composed of Old Irish elements cóem (kind, gentle, handsome, comely) and gein (birth) meaning "gentle birth", "or handsome/comely birth".


Variants:
Kevyn Kevan (Irish)KevonCefin (Welsh)Caoimhín (Irish)Cóemgein (Irish)

Feminine forms: Kevina 



Liana

Origin: Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Latin

Meaning: a short form of names like Eliana (possibly a feminine form of Aeliana from Aelius, possibly meaning "sun" from Greek helios), Juliana (feminine form of Julian possibly derived from Greek ioulos meaning "downy-bearded" or it could be related to Jupiter meaning "heavenly father" or "sky father"); or Liliana, a form of Lillian either originating as a diminutive of Elizabeth meaning "my God is an oath" or "my God is abundance", though it could also be an elaborate form of Lily.

Liana is also the name for a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from French lier from Latin ligo meaning "to bind".


Variants:
Lianna Leanna Liane Lianne Lyanna Lyanne 


Ryan

Origin: Irish

Meaning: it could be derived from Irish surname Ó Riain meaning "descendant of Rían", Rían meaning "little king" from Irish rí (king) with the diminutive suffix -an. 

It could also come from Mulryan, the Anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Maoilriain meaning "descendant of Maoilriain", the latter being a personal name derived from Maol meaning "hero" or "chief, price" or "devotee"; the second element rian could come from a much older Gaulish word, rēnos (from which the river Rhine derives its name from) , possibly meaning "water" or "sea" or meaning "to move, flow, run".


Variants:
RianRían

Feminine forms: Ryanne RyannRyana Ryanna Riana Rianna 


Enid

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: a feminine name possibly derived from Welsh enaid meaning "soul, life".

Enid is a character in the Arthurian Romance, the wife of Geraint (Erec in some sources). She and Geraint meet when her family provide him with food and armor and fall in love, eventually marrying. However, rumors begin spreading that Geraint has gone soft, neglecting his knightly duties, and when she hears this Enid begins to cry, blaming herself. When Geraint finds her crying and wants to know what's wrong, he misunderstands her answer and thinks she has been unfaithful to him. As a result, Geraint makes her join him on a long and dangerous journey with the command that she not say a single word to him, which Enid disregards several times in order to warn him of danger. In the end, the couple reconcile and live happily ever after.


Variants:
EnideEnida Enyde Enyda EnedEnit EniteEnnyd Eneida (Portuguese)


Bryton

Origin: English

Meaning: a variant spelling of Brighton, an English surname and place name. The first element of the name might come from Old English brycg meaning "bridge" and tun meaning "settlement, enclosure", likely referring to a town near a bridge.

It could also come from Old English beorht meaning "bright" plus tun (enclosure, settlement) meaning "bright town" or "fair town".

The name could also come from personal name Beorhthelm, a combination of beorht (bright) and helm (helmet, protection) combined with Old English tun meaning "Beorthhelm's settlement" or "Brighthelm's settlement".


Variants:
Brighton


Elene

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the Georgian form of Helen, the English form of Helene, a Greek name possibly meaning "torch" or "corposant" from Greek helene or possibly related to selene meaning "moon".

It's pronounced e-LEN-ee.


Variants:
HelenHelene Helena ElenaEleni (Modern Greek)


Zeke

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a short form of Ezekiel, a Hebrew masculine name meaning "God strengthens".


Variants:
Zeek 


Vincenza

Origin: Latin

Meaning: the Italian feminine form of Vincenzo, the Italian form of Vincent, derived from Roman name Vincentius from Latin vincere meaning "to conquer".
Nicknames: Enza

Variants: Vinka (Croatian)

Male forms: Vincenzo (Italian)Vincente (Italian)Vincent Vinko (Croatian)Vincentius (Ancient Roman)


Jack

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a medieval diminutive of John from Jankin or Jackin, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes deriving from Hebrew Yochanan, a Hebrew masculine name meaning "Yahweh is gracious".

It could also be a short form of Jacqueline, the French feminine form of Jacques which is the French form of Jacob meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter".

Jack has also become a generic term for a man, as well as used as a name for Jack Frost, the personification of frost and snow in English folklore.

Nicknames: Jackie/Jacky


Variants:
Jak Jake JacobJacques (French)

Feminine forms: Jacqueline Jacquetta 


Delia

Origin: Greek, Germanic, Irish

Meaning: derived from Greek Delos meaning "of Delos", referring to someone from the island of Delos. It was an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis who was born there. Delos itself could mean "clear", "visible" or "conspicuous" .

Delia is also a short form of names such as Adelia (a variant form of Adela meaning "noble" from Germanic element adal) or Bedelia, an Irish diminutive of Bridget, the Anglicized form of Brighid meaning "exalted one".



Male forms:
DelosDeliosDelius 


Fennec

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: the name of the Fennec fox, a small nocturnal animal that lives in the Sahara Desert. The name is apparently derived from Arabic fanak (فنك), the Arabic word for "fox".

Nicknames: Fen



Variants:
Fennek


Sienna

Origin: Etruscan, Latin

Meaning: deriving its name from a city in Tuscany, Italy, notable for the clay used to make the pigment known as sienna, which is a reddish-brown pigment when heated (yellowish-brown in its raw form), and from which the city gets its name from.

Siena itself was founded over two thousand years ago by the Etruscans; the name itself is uncertain though it could have come from a tribe that lived there, the Saina, or it could have come from the name of a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.

There's also a legend where it was supposedly founded by Senius and his brother Aschius, the sons of Remus who was killed by his brother Romulus in Roman mythology; the name itself might be from Latin senex meaning "old".


Variants:
Siena 


Landry

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: an Old French form of Landric, a Germanic masculine name composed of Germanic elements land (land) and ric (rule, power) meaning "land ruler" or "ruler of the land".


Variants:
LandrieLandri Landree Landerico (Italian, Spanish)Landrigo (Spanish)Landric