Baby names: boys

A

Aaron – High Mountain, Lofty, or Inspired
Abbey – Father rejoiced, or father’s joy
Abbott – Head of a Monastery
Abdul – Servant of God
Abdullah The servant of Allah
Abel – Son or Breath
Abner – My father is luminous
Abraham – Father of a Multitude
Ace – One who Excels
Achmed – Praiseworthy
Adam – Son of the Red Earth
Addison – Adam’s Child
Adiel – Decorated by the Lord
Adrian – From Hadria
Aero – Of the Sky
Agenor – Son of Poseidon
Aiden – Fiery One
Akeem – Knowledgeable, Wise
Aladdin – Servant of Allah
Alan – Handsome
Albert – Noble, Bright
Alberto – Noble, Bright, Famous
Albin – White, Related to Alba, A Place
Albie – Brilliant, bright
Alden – Old friend, wise protector
Alex – Man’s Defender
Alexander – Defender of the People
Alfonso – Noble, Eager, Brave
Alfred – Magical counsel
Ali – All High
Alistair – Defender of Mankind
Alphie – Elf Wisdom
Alpine – From the Alps
Alston – Elf stone
Alvan – Friend of the Elves
Alwyn – Loved by All
Amadeus – God’s Love
Amando – Worthy of love
Amari – Strength
Ambert – A bright, shining light
Ambrose – Immortal
Amiel – The Lord of my people
Anderson – Andrew’s Son
Andy – Brave, Manly
Andre – Manly, Brave
Andrew – Twelfth Night
Angelo – Messanger from God
Angus – One Strength
Ansel – Nobleman’s Follower
Anthony – Worthy of admiration or praise
Anwaar – Multiple lights
Anwill – Beloved
Apollo – Uncle of Tristan
Apollos – Manly beauty
Archie – Diminutive form of Archibald
Ari – Eagle / visible and clear
Armand – Army man, soldier
Arnaldo – eagle
Arne – The eagle rules, strong as an eagle
Arnon – rushing stream
Arsen – strong
Artemus – Follower/gift of Artemis
Arthur – Strong as a bear
Ash – Ash Tree
Asher – Blessed, Happy
Ashley – Lives in the ash tree grove
Ashraf – More noble
Ashton – From the town with ash trees
Ashur – Ashur was the Assyrian god of war
Ashwin – Spear friend
Atlas – A Titan
Aubrey – Rules with elf-wisdom
Auburn – Handsome
Audric – An old, wise ruler
Augustine – Majestic dignity, grandeur
Augustus – Venerable, the exalted one
Austin – Venerable, the exalted one
Avery – Elfin
Avner – The father of light. A biblical name
Axel – Father of peace
Azariah – Help of God
Azriel – Help of God
Azul – The Color Blue
Azure – Bluish Color

B

Bade – Incomparable
Baden – Bather
Bailey – Server
Baird – Minstrel, Poet
Balder – god of light
Baldwin – Friend
Bale – home of the Mutima clan
Bali – Mighty warrior
Balin – A knight of the Round Table
Bandit – Thief
Bangizwe – Fighting for land/born during a civil war (Zulu)
Banner – Flag
Barack – Blessed
Barak – Blessing, Spark
Barclay – From the meadow of the Birch tree
Barden – From the valley of barley
Barlow – Hardy
Barnabas – Prophet
Barnard – As brave as a bear
Barney – As brave as a bear
Baron – A nobleman
Barrington – From Barentin in France or Barrington in England
Barry – Marksman
Bart – Hill, furrow. From the name Bartholomew
Bartholomew – Hill, furrow
Barton – From Barton
Bary – Fair headed
Bash – Chief, commander
Bashir – A good omen
Basil – Like a king
Batson – Son of Bartholomew
Baxter – A baker
Bayle – Beautiful
Bayley – A bailiff or administrative official
Beacher – dweller by the beech tree
Beagan – Small
Beckett – Dweller by the Brook
Beckham – From the Beck Homestead
Ben – Son of my right hand
Benedict – Blessed
Benjamin – A son of the south, or the son of the right hand. The brother of Joseph in the Bible
Bennet – Little blessed one
Benny – Son of my right hand
Benson – Son of Benjamin. Son of my right hand
Bentley – From the bent grass clearing or meadow
Benton – From the bent grass farm
Bernard – Bold as a Bear
Bernie – Bold as a Bear
Bert – Bright, nobility
Bevan – Son Of Evan
Bill – A strong and resolute protector
Billy – A strong and resolute protector
Birch – At the Birch tree
Bishop – Overseer, Guardian
Blade – Glory, prosperity
Blaine – Yellow
Blake – Fair-haired
Blaze – Flame
Blythe – Joyous and cheerful
Bob – Famous, bright fame
Bobby – Famous, bright fame
Bolton – Of the manor farm
Bongani – Give thanks (Zulu)
Booker – Bleacher
Boris – Warrior
Boston – From St. Botolf’s stone
Boswell – forested town
Brad – Broad meadow
Braden – From the wide valley
Bradford – A broad ford
Bradley – A broad lea, meadow
Bradshaw – From the Broad Field, Forest
Brady – From an old surname
Brandon – A raven
Branson – Son of Brand
Brant – Firebrand
Brasen – Bold
Brawley – Descendant of Brolach
Braxton – Brock’s town
Bray – Brick Layer
Braylon – Combination of Brayden and Waylon
Brayton – From Bray’s Town
Brend – Prince
Brendon – Little Raven
Brenner – Charcoal Burner
Brent – A steep climb
Brentley – From the Place by the Hill
Brenton – From Bryni’s Town (Town of Fire)
Brett – Breton
Brewster – Brewer
Breyson – Son of Bryce/Barry
Brian – Strong one
Brock – Badger
Broderick – Son of Rhydderch
Brody – Son of Roderick. A renowned ruler
Bronson – From Branson
Brooklyn – Water, stream
Bruce – Woods
Bruno – Brown haired
Brutus – Heavy, Muscular
Bryce – The speckled, or freckled, one
Brycen – Elaboration of Bryce
Buckley – From the meadow of the buck deer
Buddy – Friend
Burley – From the fort or castle meadow
Burt – A short form of the name Burton. Also a variation of Bert
Burton – Town of the Fortress
Buster – A nickname, but it is sometimes used independently
Butch – Manly
Buzz – Village in the Woods
Byrd – Like a Bird
Byron – Bear or cottage

C

Caden – Fighter
Cadman – A man of battle
Cadmus – A man from the east. A mythological figure
Caesar – The name of the famous Roman emperor
Cage – Confining Structure with Bars
Cain – The son of Adam and Eve who murdered his brother Abel
Calder – From the Wild Water
Caldwell – cold spring
Caleb – The devoted one
Caley – Slender
Calvin – The little bald one.
Cam – orange fruit, sweet, beloved, referring to the sun
Cameron – A crooked nose. From an old Scottish surname
Camlin – crooked line
Caphis – From Shakespeare’s play Timon of Athens
Caradoc – Beloved or amiable
Carel – A free man
Carl – A free man
Carlisle – The place of the fort
Carlo – A free man
Carlos – A free man
Carlton – From the settlement of the free peasants
Carrick – A rocky cliff or cape
Carrington – beautiful
Carson – From the marshland, son of Carr
Carsten – A follower of Christ. A Christian
Carter – A cart driver or maker
Carvell – The marshy estate, or the estate of the spearman
Carver – Wood carver
Carwyn – Blessed love
Casey – The vigilant one
Cash – Maker of chests
Casper – treasurer
Cassio – From Shakespeare’s play Othello
Cassius – Vain
Castiel – Angel of Thursday
Cathal – A battle ruler
Cavan – The handsome one
Cedric – Chief
Cesar – The name of the famous Roman emperor
Chad – Battle, warrior. From the name of a 7th-century saint
Chadwick – Battle, warrior
Chalice – Cup, Goblet
Chancellor – Keeper of records, secretary
Chapman – A merchant or trader
Charles – Manly, full grown
Charlie – Free man
Charlton – From the settlement of the free peasants
Chase – The hunter
Chester – A Roman site or camp
Chetwin – From the cottage on the winding path
Chilton – From the children’s farm
Chris – Bearing Christ. The patron saint of travellers
Christian – A follower of Christ
Christopher – Bearing Christ
Christos – Christ
Chuck – Manly, full grown
Chuckie – A free man
Churchill – From the church on the hill
Ciprian – A man from the island of Cyprus
Ciro – The name of the founder of the Persian empire
Clancy – A red or ruddy warrior
Clark – A cleric or scholar. Also see Cleary
Claude – The lame one
Claudius – The lame one
Claus – The victory of the people
Clay – From the clay
Clayton – Town on clay land
Cleatus – Illustrious
Cledwyn – Rough but blessed
Clemens – Gentle, merciful. From the name Clement
Clement – Gentle, merciful
Cliff – From the ford by the cliff or slope
Clifford – From the ford by the cliff or slope
Clifton – From a town near a cliff
Clint – The place on the headland
Clinton – The place on the headland
Clitus – From Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar
Clive – Cliff
Cloten – From Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline
Clyde – The name of a river
Cody – A pillow or cushion
Colbert – A bright seafarer
Colby – From the dark country
Cole – Dark and swarthy
Collin – Fire
Colman – Little dove
Colton – From the dark town
Conan – Wise and intelligent
Conley – Hero
Conner – Wise
Conrad – Bold, wise counsellor
Conroy – Wise
Constantine – Firm, constant
Conway – Welsh: Holy water. Irish: A yellow hound
Cooper – Barrel maker
Corban – a gift devoted to God
Corbett – A raven
Corey – Dweller in the hollow
Corin – The name of a Roman deity, possibly meaning a spear
Cornelius – Horn-coloured
Cornell – Talkative person, also derived from cornelius
Corwin – A friend of the heart
Cosmo – Perfect order, harmony
Coty – Old house
Craig – A rock or crag
Cranley – From the meadow of the cranes
Crawford – From the ford with the crows
Cristiano – A follower of Christ
Cristo – Bearing Christ
Crosby – From the village with the cross
Cubert – A Celtic saint and a placename
Curan – From Shakespeare’s play King Lear
Curt – Bold, wise counsellor
Curtis – Courteous
Cusick – One Who Provokes
Cyril – Lordy
Cyrus – The name of the founder of the Persian empire

D

Daemyn – Constant, Loyal
Dagan – Grain, or the earth
Dakarai – happiness
Dakota – A friend
Dale – A valley dweller
Dallas – Skilled, or from the field of water
Dalton – The town near the valley
Damian – Tame, domesticated. Also a true friend
Damon – Day or constant
Dan – God is my judge
Dane – From Denmark
Daniel – God is my judge
Danny – From The Name Daniel
Dante – Enduring, steadfast
Danton – Everlasting
Dara – Star/ compassion or pearl of wisdom / wealthy
Darby – Irish Gaelic: Free from envy. Middle English: The deer settlement
Darel – Blue Sky
Daren – Born at night
Darien – Wealthy
Darius – Wealthy. The name of several ancient Persian kings
Darnell – From the hidden place
Darrel – beloved
Darrell – The dear one, the beloved
Darren – Great
Darryl – Dear, beloved
Darshan – a god’s name
Darth – Dark
Darton – From the deer forest or estate
Daruka – Tree
Darwin – A beloved friend
Dave – Beloved. From the name David, but also used independently
Davey – The beloved, the adored one. From the name David
David – The beloved, the adored one
Davidson – The beloved, the adored one
Davie – The beloved, the adored one. From the name David
Davin – The bright one from Finland
Davis – David’s son
Dawson – Son of Ralph
Daxton – From the town of Dax in France
Dayton – Bright and sunny town
Deacon – servent, messenger
Dean – Latin: A soldier. Tuetonic: Merciful
Deandre – Combination of De and Andre
Declan – The name of a 5th-century bishop
Dedric – A ruler of the people. Also see Theodoric
Dedrick – A ruler of the people. Also see Theodoric
Deiondre – Valley
Delbert – Bright as day
Deli – warrior
Delmar – From the sea
Delroy – The son or servant of the king
Delsin – He is so
Delwyn – Old English: A friend from the valley. Welsh: Neat and fair
Deman – Man
Demarcus – Combination of De and Marcus
Demario – Son of Mario
Demas – Popular
Demitrius – Lover of the earth
Demos – Of the people
Dempster – The judge
Denes – wine, drama
Denham – A homestead in the valley
Denis – Wild, frenzied. Also a lover of wine
Denley – From the meadow in the valley
Dennis – Wild, frenzied. Also a lover of wine
Dennison – The son of Dennis. Wild, frenzied. Also a lover of wine
Denny – Devotee of Dionysos
Denton – From the farm or town in the valley
Denver – From the edge of the valley
Denzel – From a placename meaning high stronghold
Denzil – From a placename meaning high stronghold
Derek – A ruler of the people
Derion – Upholder of the Good
Dermot – Envy free
Derrell – The dear one, the beloved
Derren – From an old Welsh name
Derrick – From the Oak grove
Derron – Great
Derry – Cornish: Of the Oak trees
Derward – The deer-keeper
Derwent – The name of rivers in England and Tasmania
Derwin – A beloved friend
Derwood – The gatekeeper
Derwyn – A beloved friend
Desmond – The world
Devante – fighter of wrong
Devarsi – sage of the Devas
Devdan – The gift of the gods
Devin – A poet
Devlin – Fierce bravery
Devon – The name of a Southwestern English county
Devonte – From the tribe of Dumnonii
Dewayne – Wagon maker
Dewi – Welsh form of David. The beloved, the adored one
Dexter – Right-handed, dexterous
Dexton – Town of Dyer
Diamond – A shining protector
Dickson – The son of Richard (Dick’s son). Brave and strong
Diego – Spanish form of James. The supplanter
Dieter – Of a warrior race
Dietrich – A ruler of the people
Dillan – Son of the sea
Dillian – Created Name
Dillon – Man from the sea
Dimitri – The Earth Mother and goddess of fertility
Dino – Latin: A religious official. Old English: From the valley
Dinsdale – Born on Sunday
Dion – A lover of wine. From Dionysus
Dirk – A ruler of the people
Dixon – Richard’s son
Dolan – Black-haired
Dolf – A noble wolf
Dolph – A noble wolf
Dominic – Belonging to the Lord
Dominick – Belonging to God
Donald – The ruler of the world
Donny – The ruler of the world
Donohue – A warrior dressed in brown
Donovan – Dark warrior
Dorian – A man belonging to the Dorian tribe
Doron – A gift. A modern Jewish name
Doug – Diminutive form of Douglas
Douglas – From the dark stream
Doyle – A dark stranger
Drake – Dragon
Drew – Courageous
Drogo – Carry
Drostan – The noisy one
Druce – The son of Drew. Manly, courageous. From the name Andrew
Dryden – From the dry valley
Drystan – The noisy one
Duane – A little dark one
Duarte – Portuguese form of Edward. Happy guardian
Dudley – From the meadow
Duglas – dark stranger
Duke – Leader
Duman – Smoke, or mist
Dumisani – Praise (Zulu)
Dunbar – A dark branch
Duncan – Dark skinned warrior
Dunham – A dark man
Dunley – From the meadow of the Roe deer
Dunmore – From the fortress on the hill
Dunstan – From the dark stone or hill
Dural – A hollow tree that is on fire
Durand – enduring
Durant – Enduring, steadfast
Durham – A hilly peninsula
Durward – The gatekeeper
Durwin – A dear friend
Dustin – Warrior
Dusty – Diminutive form of Dustin
Dutch – the German
Dwaine – A little dark one
Dwane – A little dark one
Dwayne – A little dark one
Dwight – White, fair one
Dyfan – Welsh form of Damon. Day or constant
Dylan – Man from the sea
Dyre – A dear or precious one
Dyson – Son of Denise

E

Earl – A nobleman
Earnest – The serious, earnest one
Easton – From East town
Earvin – From a placename (Irving)
Eban – Stone
Ebenezer – The rock of help
Ebrahim – Arabic form of Abraham
Ed – Happy guardian
Edan – The little fiery one
Eddie – Great spearman
Eddy – Great spearman
Eden – The place of pleasure, abear cub
Edgar – Great spearman
Edgardo – prosperous warrior
Edison – The son of Edgar
Edlin – A prosperous friend
Edlin – A prosperous friend
Edmond – prosperous protector
Edmund – Protector
Edolf – A prosperous wolf
Edom – Red
Edric – A prosperous ruler
Edsel – The noble one
Edward – Happy guardian
Edwardo – Happy guardian
Edwin – Prosperous friend
Efrem – Fruitful
Egan – Little fire
Egbert – A bright sword
Egerton – edge
Egmont – weapon, defender
Egon – The point of a sword
Egor – Russian form of George. A tiller of the soil (farmer)
Ehren – Honourable
Einar – A lone warrior
Eirik – An all-powerful ruler
Eisig – he who laughs
Eladio – A man from Greece
Elan – Hebrew: A tree. North American Indian: The friendly one
Elbert – Noble and illustrious
Elbow – From Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure
Elden – An old, wise friend
Eldin – An old, wise friend
Eldred – A great counsellor
Eldric – An old, wise ruler
Eldrich – An old, wise ruler
Eldridge – From the Alder tree ridge
Eldwin – old friend
Elgan – bright circle
Elgar – A noble spear
Eli – The highest. A biblical name
Elias – The Lord is God. An Israelite prophet in the Bible
Elijah – The Lord is God
Eliot – The Lord is God
Elisha – God is my salvation. The successor of Elijah in the Bible
Elkan – Possessed by God
Ellar – A butler or steward
Ellard – A noble ruler
Elliot – The Lord is God. From the name Elijah
Elliott – The Lord is God
Ellis – A form of Elias. See Elijah
Ellison – The son of Ellis or Elias
Elmar – famous nobleman
Elmo – proctector
Elner – Famous
Eloy – To choose. A Spanish name
Elroy – The king
Elston – From the nob one’s farm
Elton – The old town
Elvin – All wise
Elvis – All wise
Elward – A noble guardian
Elwin – A friend of the elves
Elwood – The ruler of the elves
Ely – The highest
Emerson – The son of Emery. Ruler of work
Emery – Ruler of work
Emil – Industrious. The masculine form of Emily
Emilio – Industrious. The masculine form of Emily
Emir – charming prince
Emlen – Industrious. The masculine form of Emily
Emlyn – Industrious. The masculine form of Emily
Emmanuel – God is with us
Emmet – Industrious
Emrey – An industrious ruler
Emrick – immortal
Emrys – Welsh form of Ambrose. Immortal
Emyr – Honour
Engelbert – A bright Angel
Ennis – From the island
Ennor – From the boundary
Enos – Mankind
Enrico – The ruler of the home or estate
Enrique – The ruler of the home or estate
Enzo – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Ephraim – Fruitful
Erasmus – Worthy of love
Erastus – The loving one
Ercole – From the exceptionally strong mythological hero (Hercules)
Erebus – The mythological God of darkness
Eric – Honourable ruler
Erik – Honourable ruler
Erin – From Ireland
Ernest – The serious, earnest one
Ernie – The serious, earnest one
Errol – To wander
Erroll – To wander
Ervin – From a placename (Irving)
Erwin – From the words `boar’ and ‘friend’
Esam – Mine (my gift) (Xhosa)
Esmond – The gracious or handsome protector
Esra – The helper
Esteban – Spanish form of Stephen. A crown or garland
Ethan – Firm, strong
Eton – From the estate by the river
Eugene – Born lucky
Eustace – Fruitful, or steadfast
Evan – Young warrior
Everard – As strong or brave as a boar
Everet – As strong or brave as a boar
Everild – The slayer of the boar
Ewald – He who rules by the law
Ewart – A ewe herder
Ezekiel – God strengthens, or the strength of God

F

Faber – A little blacksmith
Fabian – Bean grower
Fabiano – Bean Grower
Fabio – Bean Grower
Fabrice – A craftsman
Fabrico – Artisan
Fabrizio – Craftsman
Fabron – A little blacksmith
Fadil – The generous or distinguished one
Fagan – The little fiery one
Fairley – A clearing in the woods
Faisal – A wise judge
Fane – Eager
Fanyana – Little boy (Zulu)
Farand – Attractive, pleasant
Farkas – Wolf
Farley – From the fern clearing
Farman – A traveller or hawker
Farnell – From the hill of ferns
Farrell – The valorous one
Favian – Understanding
Fearghus – Strong Man
Fedele – Faithful
Federico – A peaceful ruler
Felipe – A lover of horses
Felix – Happy and prosperous
Fenwick – From the farm in the marshland
Ferdinand – To be Courageous
Fergal – A man of valour
Fergus – Fearghas (Gaelic), Feargus
Ferguson – Son of Fergus. Manly
Fernando – Daring, adventurous
Fernley – From the fern meadow
Ferran – Baker
Ferrand – A grey-haired man
Ferrer – The blacksmith
Ferris – A rock
Feste – From Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night
Festus – Steadfast
Fidel – Faithful
Fielding – A field dweller
Figaro – Daring, cunning
Filbert – Very bright
Finbar – Fair-headed
Fineas – Egyptian: The Nubian (dark-skinned). Hebrew: An oracle
Fingal – The fair stranger
Finlay – The fair warrior
Finley – Fair haired one
Firdos – Paradise
Firmin – Steadfast and firm
Fisher – Fisherman
Fitch – A lance or spear
Fitz – son
Fitzgerald – The son of Gerald. A spear warrior
Fitzpatrick – The son of Patrick. Nobleman
Fitzroy – The son of the king
Flanders – Person from Finland
Flavian – Golden-haired
Flavius – Golden-haired
Fleming – a native of Flanders
Fletcher – Arrow maker
Flint – A hard stone
Floyd – The hollow
Forbes – Prosperous
Ford – From the ford or river crossing
Forest – out of the woods
Forester – A forester or gamekeeper
Foster – Old English: A foster parent. Old French: A shearer
Francis – a free man
Francisco – a free man
Francois – Free
Frank – A member of the tribe of the Franks
Frankie Free, honest
Franklin – Free man
Frans – a free man
Fraser – A strawberry, or from a Norman family name
Frasier – Strawberry
Fred – A peaceful ruler
Freddie – A peaceful ruler
Freddy – A peaceful ruler
Frederick – A peaceful ruler
Freeman – A freeborn man
Fritz – A peaceful ruler
Fuller – A fuller, or cloth-thickener
Fulton – From the muddy place
Fulton – From the muddy place
Furnell – A furnace
Fyodor – The gift of God

G

Gabai – delight, adornment
Gable – Little Gabriel. A man of God
Gabor – Hungarian form of Gabriel. A man of God
Gabriel – God is my strength. One of the archangels in the Bible
Gadiel – God is my fortune
Gage – A pledge
Gaius – To rejoice
Galahad – From a place name in the Bible. One of King Arthur’s knights
Galen – The calm one, or the helper
Galeno – little bright one
Galip – winner
Gallagher – The foreign helper
Gallard – From gay and lively, or a dandy
Galloway – A stranger or foreigner
Galton – From the rented estate or farm
Galvin – The right one
Galway – A stranger or foreigner
Gamal – camel
Gamaliel – The recompense of God
Gamba – warrior
Gamel – The old one
Ganan – From the west
Gandolf – The progress of the wolf
Ganesh – The lord of the hosts. The elephant-headed Hindu God of wisdom
Gannon – The little blond or fair one
Gareth – Gentle, or an old man
Garett – powerful with the spear
Garfield – From the triangular field or battlefield
Garin – warrior
Garland – A crown or wreath of flowers
Garman – The spearman
Garmond – A spear protector
Garnet – Dark red, from the colour of pomegranates. Also the name of a gemstone
Garrett – English from Old French. A spear warrior. Also see Gerald and Gerard
Garrick – Leads by the spear
Garridan – You hid
Garrison – Troops in battle
Garron – Guardian
Garry – To watch
Garth – A field or garden
Garvey – From the rough place
Garvin – A spear friend
Garwood – From the Firtrees
Gary – English: A spearman. Also from the name Gareth, Tuetonic: Garfield and Garrett
Garyson – son of Gary
Gaspar – The master of the treasure
Gassy – The staff of the Goths
Gaston – A man from the province of Gascony
Gautama – The name of the Buddha
Gautier – A mighty ruler
Gavan – White hawk
Gavin – Little hawk
Gavril – A man of God
Gayle – Father’s joy
Gaylord – Brave
Gedeon – warrior, devastator
Gelar – A brother
Genesis – origin
Geoff – Divinely peaceful
Geoffrey – Divinely peaceful
Geordi – Hill near meadows
Geordie – Hill near meadows
George – A tiller of the soil (farmer)
Geraint – Gentle, or an old man
Gerald – A spear warrior
Gerard – A spear warrior, or brave spearman
Gerik – prosperous spearman
Germain – A brother
Gerome – A sacred or holy name
Geronimo – A sacred or holy name
Gerry – A spear warrior
Gershom – In exile. A stranger
Gerwyn – Fair love
Gianni – Italian form of John. God is gracious
Gibson – Son of Gilbert. Trusted
Gideon – The mighty warrior. A biblical name
Gifford – A gift
Gilbert – Trusted
Gilby – A pledge
Gilchrist – The servant of Christ
Gilford – By the ford
Gillet – Little Gilbert. Trusted
Gilmer – A servant of the Virgin Mary
Gilroy – A son of the red-haired man
Gino – Short for names ending with Gino
Giordano – Flowing down, as in the River Jordan
Giovanni – God is gracious
Giraldo – A spear warrior
Girvan – The rough little one
Giulio – A Roman family name, possibly meaning youthful. Born in July
Givon – hill, heights
Gladstone – A bright rock
Gladwin – A bright or kind friend
Glanville – From the estate of Oak trees
Glen – From the valley or glen
Glendon – From the fortress it the glen
Glenn – From the valley or glen
Goddard – Divinely brave or strong
Godfrey – God’s peace
Godwin – A divine or good friend
Golding – The son of the golden one
Goliath – Revealing
Gomer – Hebrew: Complete. Old English: Good and famous
Gomez – A man
Gordon – Triangular hill
Gordy – Triangular hill
Gorman – Blue-eyed
Gorran – A hero
Gough – Red-haired
Govinda – A cowherd, one who is good at finding cows
Gower – Pure
Grady – Illustrious, noble
Graeme – From the gravelly place or homestead. A common Scottish surname
Graham – From the gravelly place or homestead. A common Scottish surname
Granger – A farmer
Grant – The large or tall one
Granville – Large village
Gratian – Pleasing, or thankful
Gray – Gray
Grayson – The son of the bailiff
Greg – Vigilant, watchful
Greger – vigilant
Gregg – Vigilant, watchful
Gregory – Vigilant, watchful
Gresham – From the grazing land
Greville – From a placename in Normandy
Griffin – Mythological beast
Griffith – A powerful lord. Also see Gryffyn
Grosvenor – A great huntsman
Gryffyn – Mythological beast
Guido – The wide one, or from the wood
Guildford – By the ford
Gunnar – bold warrior
Gunther – A bold warrior
Guntur – Thunder
Gurion – Of lion-like strength, or the place of God
Gus – The staff of the Goths
Gustav – Lord’s cane
Guthrie – From the windy place
Guy – The wide one, or from the wood
Gyles – A kid, or young goat

H

Habib – The beloved one
Hackett – little woodsman
Hadar – glorious
Hadden – child of the heather-filled valley
Haddon – From the heathery hill
Hadi – A guide or leader
Hadley – From the heathery field
Hadrian – The dark one or a man from the sea, as in the Adriatic The name of six Popes
Hadwin – A friend in battle
Hafiz – The guardian
Hagan – strong defense
Hagen – Little Hugh Heart and mind
Hagley – From the hay wood clearing
Hahn – rooster
Haig – From the enclosure or paddock
Haines – From the fenced area
Hakan – noble, fiery
Hakim – Wise and judicious
Hakon – Of noble birth
Hal – Estate ruler
Halbert – A brilliant hero
Halden – Half Danish
Haldor – Rock of Thor (the Norse God of thunder)
Hale – The dweller in the nook
Halford – From the ford in the nook
Halian – of Julius
Halifax – From the Holy field A city in northern England and a seaport in Canada
Hall – From the manor house or hall
Hallam – The dweller at the rocks
Halse – From the neck of land
Halsey – from Hal’s island
Halstead – The stronghold
Halsten – A rock
Halvard – The defender of the rock
Hamal – As gentle as a lamb
Hamar – Ingenious
Hamid – The thankful one
Hamilton – From the crooked hill
Hamish – Scottish form of James The supplanter
Hamlet – From the enclosed land Also the name of a famous Shakespearian character and play
Hamlin – From the small home
Hamon – The faithful one
Hampton – From the river meadow
Hanan – Arabic: The affectionate one Hebrew: The gracious gift of God
Handel – Little Hans God is gracious Also the name of a famous composer
Ha-Neul – sky
Hanford – From the rocky ford
Hani – The contented one
Hank – Diminutive form of Henry
Hank – The ruler of the home or estate Also see Harrison, Henderson and parry
Hanke – The ruler of the home or estate From the name Henry
Hanley – From the high clearing
Hannes – God is gracious
Hannibal – The famous general of Carthage (Northern Africa) who crossed the Alps and invaded Italy
Hannu – Finnish form of John
Hans – God is gracious
Hansel – God is gracious From the name Hans
Hansi – God is gracious
Hanson – Son of Hans, God is gracious
Hanson – Son of Hans God is gracious
Haral – Army power, or ruler of the army
Harald – Army power, or ruler of the army
Harcourt – The dweller at the falconer’s cottage
Harden – From the valley of the hare
Hardey – Variant forms of Hardy
Harding – A brave warrior
Hardwin – A brave friend
Hardwin – A brave friend
Hardy – Bold, daring
Hare – Maori form of Charles Manly, full grown
Harford – The ford of the stag
Hargreave – From the hare grove
Hari – He who removes evil
Harith – cultivator
Harlan – From the rocky land
Harleigh – From the hare or stag meadow
Harley – From the hare or stag meadow
Harlow – From the fortified hill
Harman – A man of the army
Harold – A campion or general of an army
Harold – Army power, or ruler of the army
Haroun – Arabic forms of Aaron
Harper – A harp player or maker
Harrison – Son of Harry Army power, or ruler of the army
Harry – Army power, or ruler of the army
Harsh – joy
Hart – deer, stag
Hartley – from the deer pasture
Hartman – The strong man
Hartwell – From the well
Hartwin – A brave fiend
Hartwood – From the forest of stags
Haru – born in the spring
Harun – Arabic forms of Aaron
Harvey – Army warrior
Harwin – A brave friend
Harwood – From the wood of the hares
Hasad – Harvest
Hasim – The decisive one
Haslett – From the Hazel tree wood
Hassan – Handsome and good
Hastin – elephant
Hastings – swift one
Havika – Beloved
Hawley – From the hedged meadow
Hayden – From the heathery hill
Hayes – From the hedged area
Hayward – The brave one, or the chief guardian
Haywood – From the fenced wood
Hearst – A dweller in the wood
Heath – The heath-land dweller
Heathcliff – From the cliff-land heath The hero of Emily Browns Wuthering Heights
Heathcote – From the cottage on a heath
Hector – To hold fast The name of a Trojan hero in classical mythology
Heddwyn – Blessed peace
Hedley – A clearing in the heather
Heilyn – A steward
Heinrich – German form of Henry The ruler of the home or estate
Heinz – Ruler of the home From the name Heinrik
Helaku – sunny day
Heller – the sun
Helmut – A courageous protector
Helmuth – helmet, protector, courage
Henderson – The son of Henry The ruler of the home or estate
Hendra – From the old farm
Hendy – The courteous one
Henleigh – From the high clearing
Henley – From the high clearing
Henning – ruler of an estate
Henri – The ruler of the home or estate
Henrik – Ruler of the home
Henry – The ruler of the home or estate
Herbert – Bright, excellent army or ruler
Hercules – The exceptionally strong mythological hero
Herman – Person of high rank
Hermes – The messenger of the gods
Hermon – A man of the army
Hernando – Prepared for the journey An adventurer or traveller
Herold – Army power, or ruler of the army
Herrick – The army ruler
Hershel – A deer
Herst – A dweller in the wood
Hertford – The ford of the stag
Herve – Battle-worthy
Hervey – Battle-worthy
Herwin – A battle companion
Hesketh – From the horseracing track
Hew – Heart and mind Also see Hagen, Hubert and Hudson
Hewett – Little Hugh Heart and mind
Hewie – Heart and mind Also see Hagen, Hubert and Hudson
Hewston – From the place of Hugh
Heyward – The brave one, or the chief guardian
Hieronymus – German form of Jerome A sacred or holy name
Hilary – The cheerful one
Hildebrand – A battle sword
Hilton – From the farm on the hill
Hippolyte – He who frees the horses
Hiram – Exalted A name from the Bible
Hiroshi – Generous
Hirsh – A deer
Hobart – A brilliant mind
Hogan – A youth
Holbrook – From the brook in the valley
Holden – From the deep valley
Holger – Spear-like
Hollis – From the grove of Holly trees
Holman – A dweller in the hollow
Holmes – From the island in the river
Holt – A dweller in the wood
Homer – The name of the epic Greek poet, possibly meaning a pledge
Hont – dogbreeder, friend of dogs
Hopkin – The son of Robert Famous, bright fame
Horace – Hour in time
Horatio – Hour in time
Hori – Polynesian form of George A tiller of the soil (farmer)
Horst – From the wood or wooded hill
Hortensio – The garden lover
Hortensius – The garden lover
Horton – From the grey or muddy place
Hosea – Salvation
Houghton – From the farm on the hill
Howard – Guardian of the home
Howe – A hillock or burial mound
Howell – The eminent one Also see Powel
Howie – Guardian of the home
Huatare – The name of a famous chief
Hubert – A brilliant mind
Hudson – The son of Hugh Heart and mind
Huey – Heart and mind Also see Hagen, Hubert and Hudson
Hugh – Heart and mind Also see Hagen, Hubert and Hudson
Hugo – Heart and mind Also see Hagen, Hubert and Hudson
Humbert – A famous warrior
Hume – From the river island
Humphrey – The protector of the peace
Hunor – a name of an etnhic group
Hunter – The huntsman
Huntley – From the hunter’s meadow
Hurst – A dweller in the wood
Hutton – From the farm on the hill
Huxley – The inhospitable place
Hyam – Life
Hyatt – A high gate
Hyde – A hide (an old measurement) of land
Hylton – From the farm on the hill
Hyram – Exalted A name from the Bible
Hywel – The eminent one Also see Powel

I

Iagan – The little fiery one
Iago – Spanish form of James The supplanter Also from Shakespeare’s play Othello
Iain – God’s gracious gift
Ian – God is gracious The Scottish form of John
Ibeamaka – the agnates are splendid
Ibrahim – The father of many
Icarus – A legendary figure
Ichabod – The glory has departed
Iden – Prosperous
Idris – Arabic: A good man Welsh: A fiery, impulsive lord
Idwal – The lord of the wall or rampart
Iestin – Welsh form of Justin Just or true
Iestyn – Welsh form of Justin Just or true
Ieuan – Welsh form of John God is gracious Also see Evan and Owen
Iggi – Only son
Iggy – Firey One
Ignacio – one who is lively
Ignatius – Ardent, fiery
Igor – Hero Also a Russian variation of the name George
Ihorangi – Rain
Ike – Laughter, the laughing one
Ikey – Laughter, the laughing one
Ilar – Cheerful
Ilario – Cheerful
Ilias – Jehovah is my God
Ilie – Romanian form of Elias The Lord is God
Ilya – Russian form of Elijah The Lord is God
Imam – One who believes in God
Imaran – Prosperity
Immanuel – God is with us
Imre – An industrious ruler
Inam – With me (The Lord) (Xhosa)
Ince – innocent
Indra – The God of the atmosphere and sky
Ingemar – A famous son
Inger – A son’s army or a Hero’s daughter
Inglebert – A bright Angel
Ingmar – famous son
Ingram – Raven angel or river meadow
Inigo – Ardent, fiery
Innes – An island in the river, or from the island Also see Ennis
Innocent – Harmless, innocent The name of several saints and popes
Ioannes – Greek form of John
Iolo – A handsome lord
Iolyn – A handsome lord
Ion – Romanian form of John God is gracious
Iorweth – A handsome lord
Ira – Watchful, vigilant A biblical name
Iravan – son of Arjuna/Uloopi
Irawaru – A figure from legend
Irvin – Friend of boars
Irving – Handsome and fair
Irwin – From the words `boar’ and ‘friend’
Isa – Sanskrit: A lord Teutonic: Strong-willed
Isaac – Laughter, the laughing one The son of Abraham in the Bible
Isaiah – God is salvation, or God is my helper One of the prophets in the Bible
Isha – one who protects
Ishmael – The Lord will hear The first son of Abraham in the Bible
Isidore – The gift of Isis (an Egyptian goddess)
Isidro – Chidro
Israel – The Lord’s soldier
Istvan – Hungarian form of Stephen A crown or garland
Itzaak – Laughter, the laughing one
Itzak – laughter
Itzik – Laughter, the laughing one
Ivan – Russian form of John
Ivar – A battle archer
Ives – The little archer
Ivo – The little archer
Ivor – A battle archer
Iyana – It is raining (Xhosa)
Izaak – Laughter, the laughing one

J

Jabari – The brave one
Jabez – Sorrowful
Jabir – The comforter
Jace – The healer
Jacek – A lily A male form of hyacinth
Jack – From the name John, but also used as an independent name God is gracious
Jackson – Son of Jack God is gracious
Jacob – Held by the heel
Jacob – Supplanter, diminutive form of Jake
Jacques – French form of Jacob, James
Jacques – French form of Jacob and James
Jacy – the moon
Jade – Light-green semi-precious stone
Jael – To ascend or a wild goat
Jafar – little stream
Jagdish – The ruler of the world
Jagger – A carter or hawker
Jago – Cornish form of James
Jaiden – A modern name derived from Jai or Jay
Jaidon – A modern name derived from Jai or Jay
Jaime – French for I love you
Jake – Held by the heel From the name Jacob, but also used as an independent name
Jakob – The supplanter One who takes the place of another
Jakub – The supplanter One who takes the place of another
Jal – wanderer
Jaleel – great, fine
Jalil – Majestic
Jamal – The handsome one
James – The supplanter A form of Jacob
Jamie – Diminutive form of James
Jamie – The supplanter
Jamieson – The son of James The supplanter
Jamison – son of James
Jan – Diminutive form of John
Jan – God is gracious
Janus – The Roman God of doors and gates
Japhet – Youthful A son of Noah in the Bible
Jaques – French form of Jacob and James
Jared – The descendant
Jarek – born in January
Jarlath – A leader or prince
Jarman – A man from Germany
Jaron – To sing
Jaroslav – The glory of spring A popular Czech name
Jarrad – The descendant
Jarrah – A type of Eucalyptus tree
Jarratt – A spearman
Jarred – The descendant
Jarrod – The descendant
Jarvis – A spear servant
Jaryn – Jar
Jason – The healer The mythological hero who retrieved the golden fleece
Jasper – The treasurer The name of a gemstone Also see Caspar and Gaspar
Java – An Indonesian island
Javan – angel of Greece
Javed – Eternal A popular Muslim name
Javier – Of the new house
Jay – Sanskrit: Victory Old English: A bird
Jayant – victorious, a Rudra
Jayden – God has heard
Jayvyn – light spirit
Jean – God is gracious
Jed – Beloved of God From the name Jedediah, but also used independently
Jedediah – Beloved of God A biblical name
Jedidiah – beloved of the Lord
Jedrek – strong, manly
Jeevan – life
Jeff – Divinely peaceful Derived from Godfrey
Jefferson – The son of Jeffrey Divinely peaceful See Geoffrey
Jeffrey – Divinely peaceful Derived from Godfrey
Jehosophat – The Lord judges
Jelani – mighty
Jens – God is gracious
Jensen – God is gracious
Jerald – A spear warrior Also see Garrett and Gerard
Jerara – Falling water
Jered – The descendant
Jeremiah – Appointed by God
Jeremias – Appointed by God from the biblical name Jeremiah
Jeremy – God will uplift
Jericho – Moon city
Jermain – From Germany
Jermyn – A saint’s name
Jerod – Descendant
Jerold – A spear warrior Also see Garrett and Gerard
Jerolin – holy name
Jerome – A sacred or holy name
Jerrard – A spear warrior, or brave spearman Also see Garrett and Gerald
Jerrie – A spear warrior From the name Gerald, Gerard, Jeremy and Jerome Also used independently
Jerry – A spear warrior From the name Gerald, Gerard, Jeremy and Jerome Also used independently
Jervaise – A spear servant
Jervis – A spear servant
Jerzy – Polish form of George A tiller of the soil (farmer)
Jesse – God’s gift
Jessie – Wealthy
Jesus – The saviour or God is salvation A variation of Joshua, and a popular Spanish and Portuguese name
Jethro – Outstanding, excellent
Jibril – archangel Gabriel
Jim – The supplanter A form of Jacob From the name James
Jimmie – The supplanter A form of Jacob From the name James
Jimmy – The supplanter A form of Jacob From the name James
Jimuta – one of 108 names of the Sun God
Jin – Chinese: Golden Korean: A jewel
Jiri – Czech form of George
Jiro – second male
Jirra – A kangaroo
Jitender – The powerful conqueror
Jivana – one of 108 names of the Sun God
Jivin – to give life
Jo – God shall add Nickname of Joseph
Joab – Praise the Lord
Joachim – Established by God The name of a king of Judah in the Bible
Joakim – the Lord will judge
Job – The persecuted one A name that is associated with patience
Jock – Short form of Jacob or John God is gracious
Jody – God shall add Nickname of Joseph
Joe – God shall add Nickname of Joseph
Joel – God is willing
Joey – God shall add Nickname of Joseph
Johann – God is gracious
Johannes – God is gracious
John – God is gracious The name of many saints
Johnny – God is gracious The name of many saints
Johnson – Son of John God is gracious
Jolyon – English form of Julius Also suitable for a child born in July
Jon – God is gracious The name of many saints
Jonah – A dove A man of peace
Jonathan – God has given, or a gift of the Lord The friend o David in the Bible Also see John
Jonny – God is gracious The name of many saints
Joo-Chan – praise the Lord
Joost – Fair and just
Joram – The Lord is exalted
Jordan – Flowing down, as in the River Jordan
Jorge – A farmer St George is the patron saint of England
Jorgen – A farmer St George is the patron saint of England
Jorma – Appointed by God from the biblical name Jeremiah
Jory – Cornish form of George Also from the name Joram
Jose – Spanish form of Joseph God shall add
Josef – God will increase
Joseph – God shall add The father of Jesus and husband of Mary in the Bible
Joshua – God is salvation The biblical figure who led the Israelites to the promised land
Josiah – God heals A biblical name
Joss – The merry one From the name Jocelin Also used as an independent name
Jourdan – Flowing down, as in the River Jordan
Jowan – God is gracious
Juan – Spanish form of John God is gracious
Judah – The praised one A son of Jacob in the Bible
Judd – Praised
Jude – Diminutive form of Judah
Jude – praise
Julian – Youthful
Julius – A Roman family name, possibly meaning youthful Born in July
Juma – born on a Friday
Jung – righteous
Junior – The young, child
Junius – Born in June
Jurgen – German form of George A tiller of the soil (farmer)
Justin – Just or true
Justus – justice
Jyotis – Light

K

Kabos – swindler
Kadin – friend, companion
Kadir – Powerful
Kai – sea, willow tree
Kaikara – traditional name of God
Kain – Warlike
Kalani – Of the Heavens
Kalb – dog
Kalden – Of the golden age
Kale – strong and manly
Kaleb – The devoted one
Kalid – Eternal
Kalidas – the poet, musician
Kalil – good/best friend
Kalkin – tenth incarnation of God Vishnu
Kalman – strong and manly
Kama – Sanskrit: The golden one Thai: Love
Kamal – Perfect
Kami – A prickly lizard
Kamil – Arabic: Perfecr Czech: From a Roman family name
Kanak – gold
Kanaye – zealous one
Kane – Warlike
Kaniel – Arabic: Spear-like Hebrew: A reed
Kano – The God of the waters
Kaplony – tiger
Karan – A warrior
Kardal – mustard seed
Kardos – swordsman
Karel – A free person
Karim – Noble and generous
Karl – A free man
Karma – A star
Karsa – falcon
Karsten – A follower of Christ A Christian
Karter – Cart maker
Kartal – eagle
Kasen – protected with a helmet
Kasey – The vigilant one
Kasim – One who shares or distributes
Kasimir – The great destroyer
Kaspar – The treasurer The name of one of the three wise men in the new testament
Kasper – The treasurer The name of one of the three wise men in the new testament
Kathel – A battle ruler
Kavan – The handsome one
Kavi – poet
Kayin – celebrated child
Kayne – Warlike
Kazimir – The great destroyer
Keane – Handsome and bold
Kearney – warrior
Keary – father’s dark child
Kedar – Powerful
Keefe – Handsome, noble
Keegan – Fiery, determined
Keeland – little and slender
Keeley – Beautiful
Keenan – Little, ancient
Keeran – Dark, black
Kegan – fiery
Keiran – Little and dark
Keith – The wind
Kelan – Slender
Kelby – From the farm by the spring or ridge
Keleman – gentle, kind
Kell – From the well or spring
Kellen – swamp
Keller – Little companion
Kelso – A Scottish town
Kelt – A Celtic person
Kelvin – The name of a Scotich river, meaning narrow water Meaning warrior or athlete
Kemal – Perfect
Kembell – Warrior chief
Kemble – Warrior chief
Kemp – From the royal manor or estate
Ken – Handsome and fair, or born of fire From the name Kenneth and other names beginning with `Ken’
Kenan – The name of a legendary Cornish king
Kendall – Valley of the river Kent
Kende – name of a honor
Kendra – loving male
Kendrick – Celtic: A hill Old English: Royal power
Kenley – From the royal meadow
Kenn – Clear as bright water
Kennard – Bold and hardy
Kennedy – Royal
Kenneth – Handsome and fair, or born of fire
Kenny – Handsome and fair, or born of fire
Kenrich – chief hero; royal ruler
Kenrick – A bold ruler
Kent – Bright, white Also from the English county, and from the name Kenneth
Kenton – From the royal manor or estate
Kenver – A great chief
Kenward – A bold guardian, a brave soldier
Kenwyn – The name of a saint
Kenya – The name of an African country
Kenyon – White or fair-haired
Ker – house
Kerby – From the church village
Kermit – A free man
Kern – The little dark one
Kernick – From the little corner
Kernow – From Cornwall
Kerry – The dark one Also the name of an Irish county
Kers – name of a plant
Kersen – A cherry
Kerwin – The little black-haired one
Keshav – Krishna’s name
Kester – Scottish form of Christopher Bearing Christ
Keve – pebble
Keverne – The name of a saint and a placename
Kevin – Handsome, beautiful
Keyon – guiding, leading
Khairi – kingly
Khalid – Eternal
Khalif – Successor
Khalil – A friend
Khunga – Support (Xhosa)
Kieran – Dark, black
Killian – The little warlike one
King – A ruler, a sovereign
Kingsley – From the king’s wood or meadow
Kingston – From the king’s town
Kiran – A ray of light
Kirby – From the church village
Kirkley – From the church meadow
Kirkwood – From the church wood
Kiron – A wise teacher
Kirwin – The little black-haired one
Kisho – one who knows his own mind
Kit – Bearing Christ or pure
Kito – A jewel
Kitto – Bearing Christ From the name Christopher
Kiyoshi – The quiet one
Klaud – The lame one
Klaus – Leader in victory
Klemens – Merciful, mild
Kliment – Merciful, mild
Knox – From the Hillod
Knut – A knot The name of several Danish kings
Kolos – scholar
Kolya – Winter Also a Russian nickname from Nikolai (see Nicholas)
Konan – Wise and intelligent
Konol – The sky
Konstantin – Steadfast
Kontar – only child
Koora – The day
Koorong – A canoe
Korey – Dweller in the hollow
Kornel – A horn
Korvin – crow
Kosmo – Perfect order, harmony
Kostya – Steadfast
Kozma – decoration
Kripa – has a twin sister Kripi
Kris – A follower of Christ, a Christian
Krischnan – christian
Krishna – Dark, black
Krispen – The curly-haired one
Krispin – The curly-haired one
Kristoffer – Bearing Christ The patron saint of travellers Also see Christian
Kulan – A possum
Kumar – A boy or son
Kund – a name of a honor
Kupe – The name of a heroic explorer
Kurt – A bold counsellor
Kuruk – A bear
Kusagra – a king
Kush – son of Rama
Kwan – Strong
Kyle – From the narrow strait Also the name of a Scottish region
Kyler – archer
Kynan – Wise and intelligent
Kyne – Royal
Kyran – Dark, black

L

Laban – White
Lachlan – From the land of the lochs
Lacy – Lace
Ladd – A page or attendant
Laertes – A legendary figure
Lafayette – Faith
Laibrook – The path by the brook
Laidley – From the water meadow
Laird – Head of household
Lakota – friend
Lakshman – Auspicious
Lakshya – target
Lamar – Famous around the land
Lambert – From the bright or famous land
Lamberto – wealthy in land, brilliant
Lamech – Strong or powerful
Lamont – Old Norse: A lawyer French: The mount
Lance – A lance bearer Also see Lancelot
Lancelot – A spear or lance attendant The most famous of king Arthur?s knights
Lander – property owner; lion man
Landers – A launderer
Landon – From the long hill
Landon – From the long hill
Langa – Sun (Xhosa)
Langley – From the long meadow
Langston – The farm of the tall man
Langworth – From the long enclosure
Lanny – From the rocky land
Lanny – From the rocky land
Lantos – lute player
Lanyon – A cold pool or lake
Laris – Cheerful
Larrie – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels Nickname of Laurence
Larry – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels Nickname of Laurence
Lars – Scandinavian form of Laurence From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Larson – The son of Lars From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lartius – From Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus
Lascelles – The hermitage or cell
Lasse – Finnish form of Laurence
Laszlo – Hungarian form of Ladislav A glorious ruler, or glorious power
Latham – A division
Latif – Kind and gentle
Latimer – An interpreter or teacher
Lauchlan – From the land of the lochs
Laughlin – From the land of the lochs
Launce – A lance bearer Also see Lancelot
Launcelot – A spear or lance attendant
Laurence – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lavache – From Shakespeare’s play All’s Well that Ends Well
Lawford – From the ford by the hill
Lawler – The mumbler, the soft-spoken one
Lawley – From the meadow on the hill
Lawrance – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lawrence – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lawson – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lawson – The son of Lawrence or Laurence
Lawton – From the town on the hill
Laxman – Auspicious
Layland – Protector of men
Layton – The dweller at the farm by the meadow
Lazarus – God is my help The man who Jesus raised from the dead in the Bible
Leal – Loyal and true
Leander – The lion man The name of a hero in Greek legend
Lear – Joyful, or from the sea
Lee – A meadow or clearing
Lee – A meadow or clearing
Lehel – breathes
Leigh – A meadow or clearing
Leighton – The dweller at the farm by the meadow
Leith – A broad river A Scottish placename
Leland – From the meadowland
Lemuel – Devoted to God
Lennie – From a Scottish district and a surname
Lennon – A little cape or cloak
Lennox – From a Scottish district and a surname
Lenny – From a Scottish district and a surname
Lensar – with his parents
Leo – A lion, lion-hearted
Leon – A lion, lion-hearted
Leonard – As brave as a lion
Leonardo – As brave as a lion
Leonidas – one who is bold as a lion
Leopold – Brave for the people, patriotic The name of kings of Belgium and bohemia
Leron – the song is mine
Leroy – The king Also see Elroy
Lesta – Lestie
Lester – From the place name Leicester, meaning a Roman site or fort
Levente – being
Leverett – A young hare
Leverton – From the farm of the rushes
Levi – United
Levin – A lion, lion-hearted
Lewie – A famous warrior
Lewis – An English variation of Louis
Leyman – A man from the meadow or valley
Liam – Determined guardian
Lief – Beloved, or a descendant, an heir
Lincoln – The settlement at the lake or pool
Lindan – From the hill of the Lime trees
Lindberg – The hill of the Lime trees
Lindell – From the valley of Lime trees
Linden – From the hill of the Lime trees
Lindsay – From an old Scottish clan surname
Linford – From the Lime tree ford
Linley – From the field of Flax
Linton – From the Flax farm or enclosure
Linus – Flaxen-haired
Linwood – stream forest
Lionel – A young lion
Litton – From the place on the river
Livingston – A dear friend’s place
Liyema – Standing still (Xhosa)
Llewellyn – Lion-like, a leader or ruler
Llfryn – An unusual Welsh name
Lloyd – Grey-haired
Lobsang – The kind- Hearted one
Lockwood – From the enclosed wood
Lodovico – From Shakespeare’s play Othello
Logan – Small cove
Loman – Enlightened The name of several early Irish saints
Lombard – Long-bearded
Lonnie – Handsome one
London – Fierce
Lorand – brave warrior
Lorant – A form of Roland
Loren – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lorenz – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lorenzo – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lorimer – A harness and spur-maker
Lorin – From the Laurel tree or crowned with laurels
Lorinc – Laurentian
Loring – A man from Lorraine, a former French province (now part of Alsace-Lorraine)
Lorne – of Lorne
Lothair – Tuetonic: A famous warrior Old French: A lute player
Lothar – A famous warrior
Lothario – A famous warrior
Loughlin – From the land of the lochs
Louis – A famous warrior A name borne by sixteen French kings
Lovel – A little wolf
Lowan – A mallee fowl
Lowell – A little wolf
Loxley – The place of a lock of hair
Lucas – A man from Lucania
Lucentio – From Shakespeare’s play Taming of the Shrew
Lucian – Person of Light
Lucilius – Light
Lucio – Light
Lucius – From Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens and Titus Andronicus
Lucretius – Gain An early Roman poet
Lucullus – From Shakespeare’s play Timon of Athens
Ludlow – From the prince’s hill
Ludovic – An English variation of Louis
Ludwik – A famous warrior
Luke – A man from Lucania One of Christ’s apostles, and the author of the third book of the New Testament
Lulo – Confirmation (Xhosa)
Lundy – Born on Monday Also the name of an island off the coast of England
Lungelo – Right
Lungile – The good one (Zulu)
Lunje – It is like this (Love) (Xhosa)
Lunt – From the sacred wood
Luther – Tuetonic: A famous warrior Old French: A lute player
Luzio – Light
Lykaios – wolfish, of a wolf, wolf-like
Lyle – From the island
Lyman – A man from the meadow or valley
Lymoges – From Shakespeare’s play King John
Lyndell – From the valley of Lime trees
Lyndon – From the hill of the Lime trees
Lyonel – A young lion Also see Leander, Leo and Leonard
Lyre – a fork from river or glen
Lysander – The liberator
Lytton – From the place on the river

M

Macarius – Blessed
Macbeth – From Shakespeare’s play Macbeth
Macduff – From Shakespeare’s play Macbeth
Mace – aromatic spice
Macey – Little Matthew A man
Mackay – Son of the fiery one
Mackenzie – The son of the handsome one
Macon – to make
Maddock – champion, good fortune
Maddox – Son of the patron
Madison – Child of Maud or Matthew
Madoc – Fortunate
Madron – A nobleman A Jewish name Also a Cornish placename
Magee – The son of the handsome one
Magne – fierce warrior
Magnus – The great one
Magus – A magician or priest
Mahabala – strength
Mahavira – son of Priyavrata
Mahendra – The great God Indra (the God of the sky)
Mahesh – A great ruler
Mahir – Industrious
Mahmood – Praiseworthy Also see Muhammad
Mahomet – The praised one Also see Mahmood
Makani – The wind
Mako – The name of a shark
Maksim – The greatest
Makya – The eagle hunter
Malachi – The messenger of the Lord A prophet in the Bible
Malcolm – A follower of St Columba, `the dove’
Malcom – disciple of Saint Columbia
Malden – From the hill with a monument
Malik – The master or king
Malin – A little warrior
Malise – The servant of God
Mallee – Scrubland
Malone – A devotee of St John
Malvern – The bare hill
Manco – king
Mandek – army man
Mandel – Tuetonic: An almond Jewish: A little man
Mander – from me
Mandhatri – prince
Mandla – Energy or power (Zulu)
Mandu – The sun
Manfield – From the communal field
Manfred – A man of peace
Mani – Aboriginal: Equal Sanskrit: A jewel
Manley – Brave and manly
Mannie – God is with us
Mannix – A little monk
Manny – God is with us
Mansa – A king
Mansoor – Victorious
Mansur – divinely aided
Manu – The man of the birds
Manuel – God is with us
Manus – The great one
Marama – The moon man
Marc – Warlike
Marcade – From Shakespeare’s play Love’s Labour Lost
Marcel – From Marcus, which relates to Mars, the God of war
Marcell – From Marcus, which relates to Mars, the God of war
Marcello – From Marcus, which relates to Mars, the God of war
Marcellus – From Marcus, which relates to Mars, the God of war
Marcin – warlike
Marco – From Marcus, which relates to Mars, the God of war
Marcos – From Marcus, which relates to Mars, the God of war
Marcus – Defender
Marden – from the valley with the pool
Mardian – From Shakespeare’s play Antony & Cleopatra
Margarelon – From Shakespeare’s play Troilus & Cressida
Marian – Bitter, as in a bitterly wanted child Also – The star of the sea
Marijan – Marian
Marino – Of the sea Masculine form of Marina
Mario – Virile The warlike one From a Roman family name
Marion – Bitter, as in a bitterly wanted child Also – The star of the sea
Marius – Virile The warlike one From a Roman family name
Mark – From Marcus, which relates to Mars, the God of war
Marland – From the lake land
Marley – From the pleasant meadow
Marlon – Wild falcon
Marlow – From the lake or pond
Maron – A character from Greek mythology
Marot – Moravian
Marron – A leaf
Marsden – From the valley boundary
Marsh – From the marshy land
Marshall – A horsekeeper, or a steward
Marston – The place by the marsh
Martin – Of Mars, the Roman God of war
Martius – From Shakespeare’s play Titus Andronicus
Marty – Of Mars, the Roman God of war
Marvin – Friend of the sea
Marvyn – A famous friend
Masakazu – first son of Masa
Maslin – little twin
Mason – A stone mason
Massimo – The greatest
Masud – The fortunate one
Matai – gift of God
Matanga – sage, advisor to Devi Lalita
Matareka – The one with a smiling face
Matari – A man
Mather – strong army
Matt – A gift of God Also see Macey and Madison
Matthew – A gift of God One of the twelve apostles and the author of the first book of the New Testament
Maurice – Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Mawgan – The name of a saint
Max – From the stream of Magnus
Maxey – From the island of Magnus
Maximilian – The greatest
Maxwell – From the stream of Magnus
Mayer – One who gives light
Maynard – Powerful, brave
Mayon – the black God
Mecaenus – From Shakespeare’s play Antony & Cleopatra
Medwin – A friend from the meadow
Mehetabel – favoured by God, God is doing good
Mehul – A derivative of Mukul
Meir – One who gives light
Meirion – A traditional name of uncertain meaning
Meka – eyes
Mel – From the bad or poor settlement
Melancton – black flower
Melbourne – From the millstream
Melburn – From the millstream
Melchior – The king of the city
Melford – From the ford by the hill
Melor – A Cornish placename
Melun – From Shakespeare’s play King John
Melville – From the bad or poor settlement
Melvin – Mill worker
Melvyn – From the bad or poor settlement
Menachem – The comforter
Menadue – From the dark hill
Menas – From Shakespeare’s play Antony & Cleopatra
Mendel – The comforter
Menyhart – royal light
Mercade – From Shakespeare’s play Love’s Labour’s Lost
Mercer – A merchant
Mercutio – From Shakespeare’s play Romeo & Juliet
Meredith – A lord
Merle – A blackbird
Merlin – From the fort by the sea, or the falcon
Merrick – Welsh form of Maurice Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Merrill – Of the bright sea Also joyful, happy
Merten – Of Mars, the Roman God of war Also see Marius and Mark
Merton – The place by the lake
Merv – Friend of the sea
Mervin – Friend of the sea
Mervyn – A famous friend
Meyer – One who gives light
Mica – The name of a mineral
Micah – A Hebrew form of Michael, mentioned in the Bible
Michael – Like the Lord One of the archangels in the Bible
Michelangelo – Michael the angel The first name of the famous artist Michelangelo Buonarroti
Mick – Like the Lord
Mickey – Like the Lord
Midas – A legendary figure that transformed all that he touched into gold
Miguel – Like the Lord
Mihaly – who is like God?
Mikael – Like the Lord
Mike – Like the Lord
Mikhail – Like the Lord
Miki – Aboriginal: The moon Japanese: A stem
Mikkel – Like the Lord
Mikkeli – Like the Lord
Mikko – Like the Lord
Miklos – Czech form of Nicholas
Miksa – similar to God
Milan – The favoured or beloved one
Milbourn – From the millstream
Milburn – From the millstream
Miles – Latin: A soldier Tuetonic: Merciful
Milford – From the ford by the mill A Welsh and New Zealand placename
Millard – The mill-keeper
Miller – A graingrinder or miller
Milo – Latin: A soldier Tuetonic: Merciful
Milos – Favoured Also see Milan
Milton – From the mill town
Minar – A mariner
Minas – The great one
Miner – youth
Ming – After a dynasty
Mingma – Born on a Tuesday
Minos – The son of Zeus in Greek mythology
Miro – A throwing stick
Miroslav – Great glory
Mischa – Like the Lord
Mitali – friend
Mitch – Like the Lord
Mitcham – The large homestead
Mitchel – Like the Lord
Mitchell – Like the Lord
Mogens – The great one
Mogo – A stone axe
Mohammed – The praised one
Mohan – The bewitching one
Mohinder – The great God Indra (the God of the sky)
Monro – From the mouth of the River Roe, in Ireland
Monroe – From the mouth of the River Roe, in Ireland
Montague – Sharp cliff
Montana – The name of an American State
Montano – From Shakespeare’s play Othello
Monte – Sharp cliff
Montego – Mountainous
Montgomery – From the hill of the powerful man
Monti – A stork
Montmorency – From the hill of Maurentius
Monty – Sharp cliff
Mopsa – From Shakespeare’s play Winter’s Tale
Mor – moorish
Moray – From the land by the sea Derived from the region of Moray
Morcum – From the valley near the sea
Morgan – The bright sea
Moriarty – sea warrior
Morice – Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Moritz – Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Morland – From the moors
Morley – From the clearing on the moor
Morrell – Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Morrie – Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Morris – Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Morrison – The son of Maurice Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Morry – Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Morse – Dark-skinned, like a Moor
Mort – Stumpy Also from the name Mortimer and Morton
Morten – Of Mars, the Roman God of war Also see Marius and Mark
Mortimer – Lives near the sea
Morton – From the town near the moor
Morty – Lives near the sea
Morven – A Scottish region
Moses – Drawn out of the water
Moshe – Drawn out of the water
Mosi – The firstborn
Moss – born of the biblical patriarch who led the Israelites out of Egypt
Mostyn – From the field of the fortress
Mountjoy – From Shakespeare’s play Henry V
Mowan – The sun
Mthandeni – Love him (Zulu)
Mthunzi – Shade (Zulu)
Mubarak – Blessed Fortunate
Muhammad – The praised one Also see Mahmood
Muir – The moor
Mukasa – God?s chief administrator
Mukhtar – The chosen one
Mukta – means a pearl in Telugu
Mulga – An Acacia tree
Mull – grinder
Mullion – An eagle Also a Cornish placename
Mungo – A dear friend
Munro – From the mouth of the River Roe, in Ireland
Murdoch – A mariner
Murdock – victorious at sea
Murphy – A warrior of the sea
Murray – From the land by the sea Derived from the region of Moray
Musa – An Arabic form of Moses
Mustafa – The chosen one
Mutius – From Shakespeare’s play Titus Andronicus
Myer – One who gives light
Myles – Latin: A soldier Tuetonic: Merciful
Mylo – Latin: A soldier Tuetonic: Merciful
Mylor – A Cornish placename
Myron – Fragrant From myrrh, an aromatic shrub

N

Naaman – Pleasant
Nabil – Noble
Nabulung – do not receive
Nachiketa – Nachik
Nachmanke – compassionate one, one who comforts
Nadav – nobel, a generous one
Nadir – Precious, rare
Naeem – benevolent
Nahum – The comforter
Nalong – The source of the river
Nambur – A tea-tree
Namdev – poet, saint
Namid – A dancer
Namir – Like a leopard
Nanda – Joy
Nandin – the delightful, follower of Shiva
Nantan – spokesman
Napoleon – Fierce one from Naples
Narayan – The son of man
Narayana – Vishnu
Narciso – a lily, daffodil
Narcissus – The flower
Nardu – A plant with edible seeds
Narendra – The mighty man
Narrah – The sea
Narsi – poet, saint
Nartana – makes others dance
Nash – cliff
Nasir – The helper, the supporter
Nassir – protector
Nat – The gift of God A biblical prophet
Natal – Christmas
Natale – Christmas
Natan – A Figtree
Nathan – The gift of God A biblical prophet
Nathaniel – Gift of God
Naum – The comforter
Naveen – Navin
Nawang – The possessive one
Neal – The champion
Neale – The champion
Ned – A rich guardian
Neddie – A rich guardian
Neddy – A rich guardian
Neel – blue
Nehemiah – The consolation of the Lord
Neil – Champion
Neill – The champion
Nek – Neko
Nelek – like a horn
Nelson – The son of Neal or Neil The champion
Nemo – no name, nobody
Neo – new
Nerang – Little
Nero – Dark, or black-haired
Neron – strong, stern
Nestor – Wisdom
Nevada – Snow, or as white as snow
Nevan – holy, little saint
Neville – From the new town or settlement
Nevin – The servant of the saints
Newbold – From the new building
Newell – From the new hall
Newlyn – The dweller at the new pool
Newman – New comer
Newton – From the new town or estate
Niall – The champion
Nicholas – The victory of the people
Nick – Belonging to the Lord
Nickie – Belonging to the Lord St Dominic founded an important order of monks
Nickson – The son of Nicholas The victory of the people
Nico – The victory of the people
Nicodemus – victory of the people
Nicol – The victory of the people
Nicolas – The victory of the people
Nieander – A man of victory
Niel – The gift of God From the name Nathen
Niels – A horn
Nieodemus – The conqueror for the people
Nigel – Dark, black-haired
Nihar – mist, fog, dew
Niklaus – The victory of the people
Nils – The victory of the people
Nilson – The son of Neal or Neil The champion
Nima – Sun
Nimai – name of Lord Krishna
Nimbus – rain cloud, halo
Nimrod – Valiant, or great hunter
Ninian – The name of a 5th century saint
Nino – God is gracious From the name Gianni and Giovanni
Nioka – Green hills
Niraj – lotus flower
Niran – Eternal
Nirel – God’s field
Nishad – the musical note Ni
Nishan – A sign
Niven – The servant of the saints
Nivens – The servant of the saints
Nixon – The son of Nicholas The victory of the people
Noadiah – God assembles
Noah – Rest, peace
Noam – Pleasant
Nodin – wind
Noe – peace, rest
Noel – Christmas
Noi – small
Nolan – Famous, a champion
Norbert – Light or brilliance from the North
Norbu – A precious gem
Norm – Norseman or ruler
Norman – Norseman or ruler
Normand – Norseman or ruler
Norris – Norseman or ruler
North – from the north
Northclif – From the north cliff
Northrop – From the Northern farm
Norton – From the Northern farm or town
Norville – From the Northern farm or town
Norvin – A friend from the north
Norwell – From the north spring or well
Norwood – From the Northern forest
Nowell – Christmas
Nowra – A black cockatoo A town in NSW
Nuncio – A messenger
Nur – Fire
Nuri – fire
Nye – Truly golden
Nyek – borderlands
Nyle – island

O

Oakes – The dweller by the Oak trees
Oakley – One who lives at the Oak tree meadow
Obadiah – The servant of God
Obelix – pillar of strength
Oberon – A character in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Obert – Wealthy and bright
Obiajulu – the heart is consoled
Ochen – one of the twins
Octavius – The eighth born
Oddvar – the spear’s point
Odell – Wealthy
Odern – By the sea
Odil – rich
Odin – The Scandinavian God of war
Odion – first of twins
Odolf – A noble wolf
Odon – wealthy protector
Odysseus – full of wrath
Ogden – From the valley of Oak trees
Oglesby – Awe-inspiring
Oguz – arrow
Okely – One who lives at the Oak tree meadow
Okko – From the name Oscar
Olaf – Divine remnant
Olaf – Ancestor
Oldrich – one with riches and power
Oleg – The name of an early prince of Kiev
Oleos – holy oil used in church
Olin – holly
Oliver – An Olive tree or branch A symbol of peace
Olivier – From Shakespeare’s play As You Like It
Ollie – An Olive tree or branch A symbol of peace
Olunje – Like this (Love) (Xhosa)
Olwam – Mine (baby) (Xhosa)
Omar – First born son
Ompoly – Ampleumian
Onslow – The hill of the zealous one
Ora – Latin: Light, golden Polynesian: Life
Orad – Earth
Oram – From the enclosure by the riverbank
Oran – Pale-skinned
Orazio – From a Roman family name
Orban – A city dweller
Ordway – The spear fighter
Oren – A tree Also see Oran
Orestes – A man of the mountain A hero of Greek mythology
Orfeo – A name from ancient mythology
Orford – A dweller at the ford
Orion – The son of light The name of a constellation
Orlan – From the pointed land
Orlando – Italian form of Roland Famed throughout the land
Orman – spearman
Ormond – A spearman
Ormos – like a cliff
Oroiti – The slow-footed one
Orpheus – A name from ancient mythology
Orran – Pale-skinned
Orren – Pale-skinned
Orrin – Pale-skinned
Orsen – A little bear
Orsino – A little bear
Orson – A little bear
Orton – From the farm by the river
Orville – Golden city
Orvin – A spear friend
Osaze – favoured by God
Osbert – Divinely bright or famous
Osborn – A divine warrior
Osborne – soldier of God
Oscar – A divine spearman
Osgood – A pagan god
Osip – God shall add
Oskar – A divine spearman
Oskari – A divine spearman
Osman – An Ottoman Turk, or a servant of God
Osmar – Divinely glorious
Osmond – A divine protector
Osric – A divine ruler
Ossian – fawn
Oswald – Divinely powerful
Oswin – A friend of God, or a divine friend
Otello – Italian forms of Otto Rich, prosperous
Othello – Prosperous
Otis – Keen of hearing
Ottavio – The eighth born
Otto – Rich, prosperous
Otway – Fortunate in battle
Ove – A well-known Scandinavian name
Ovid – lamb
Owam – Mine (Xhosa)
Owen – Well-born Also a Welsh form of John (see Evan)
Oxford – From the ford of the oxen An English university city
Oxton – From the ox enclosure
Oz – strength
Ozias – From the ox enclosure
Ozor – name of an ethnic group
Ozsvot – deity, might

P

Paavo – Finnish form of Paul
Pablo – Small Spanish form of Paul
Pacifico – Peaceful
Paco – Gold eagle Also a Spanish nickname of Francis
Paddy – Noble, wellborn From the name Patrick
Padget – A young attendant or page
Padgett – A young attendant or page
Page – A young attendant or page
Pahniro – Born on Palm Sunday
Paige – A young child French: A young attendant or page
Paine – A countryman
Paki – a witness
Palani – A free man
Palmer – A palm-bearing pilgrim
Palti – my escape
Pancho – Tuft, plume
Pancras – All-powerful The name of an early saint
Pancrazio – supreme ruler, all powerful
Pandarus – From Shakespeare’s play Troilus & Cressida
Pandita – scholar
Pankaj – lotus flower
Panos – a rock
Panthino – From Shakespeare’s play Two Gentlemen of Verona
Panyin – older of twins
Paolo – Italian form of Paul Small
Paramartha – great entity
Paras – touchstone
Paris – A character in Greek mythology
Parker – The park-keeper
Parkin – Little Peter A stone or rock
Parlan – ploughman, farmer
Parolles – From Shakespeare’s play All’s Well that Ends Well
Parri – A stream
Parrish – From the church parish
Parry – The son of Harry Army power, or ruler of the army
Parsefal – To pierce the valley
Parsifal – To pierce the valley
Parth – A name given to Arjun by Lord Krishna
Partha – A name given to Arjun by Lord Krishna
Pasang – Born on a Friday
Pascal – Born at Easter
Pat – Nobleman The name of the patron saint of Ireland
Patamon – raging
Patern – Padern, Padarn
Patrick – Nobleman The name of the patron saint of Ireland
Patroclus – From Shakespeare’s play Troilus & Cressida
Patton – A warrior
Paul – Little
Paulo – Place of rest
Pavel – Small Also see Pollock
Paxton – From the estate of the warrior
Payton – A dweller on the warrior’s farm
Pazman – right, man
Peace – peace
Pearce – A stone or rock
Peder – stone
Pedrek – The name of a famous Celtic saint (Petroc)
Pedro – A stone or rock
Pedrog – The name of a famous Celtic saint (Petroc)
Pell – A scarf
Pellegrin – pilgrim
Pelton – From the farm by a pool
Pemba – Born on a Saturday
Pembroke – A broken hill
Penley – From the enclosed meadow
Penrice – From the end of the ford
Penrith – The chief ford
Penrod – A famous commander
Penrose – The end or top of the moor
Pentele – merciful, lion
Penwyn – The fair-haired one
Pepe – God shall add
Pepin – The petitioner, one who seeks a favour
Percival – To pierce the valley
Percy – A Norman surname from a placename Also from the name Percival
Peregrine – A stranger or pilgrim
Pericles – From Shakespeare’s play Pericles
Peril – a trial or test
Perri – wanderer
Perry – The dweller by the pear tree
Perth – A thornbush thicket
Pete – A rock
Peter – A stone or rock One of Christ?s apostles
Petroc – The name of a famous Celtic saint
Petruchio – From Shakespeare’s play Taming of the Shrew
Peverall – A piper
Phelan – As brave as a wolf
Phelps – The son of Philip A lover of horses
Philani – To be alive (Zulu)
Philario – A lover of horses
Philbert – Very bright
Philemon – Loving
Philip – A lover of horses One of the new testament apostles
Philippe – French form of Philip
Phillip – A lover of horses One of the new testament apostles
Phillips – The son of Philip A lover of horses
Philo – Loving
Philostrate – From Shakespeare’s play Midsummer-Night’s Dream
Philotus – From Shakespeare’s play Timon of Athens
Phineas – Egyptian: The Nubian (dark-skinned) Hebrew: An oracle
Phoenix – The legendary bird that rose again from its own ashes
Phuong – destiny
Pickford – From the ford at the peak
Pierce – A stone or rock
Piero – A stone or rock
Pierpont – A stone bridge
Pierre – A stone or rock
Pierrot – A stone or rock
Piers – A stone or rock
Pierson – The son of Peter A stone or rock
Piet – A stone or rock
Pietro – A stone or rock
Pilan – supreme essence
Pinch – From Shakespeare’s play Comedy of Errors
Pindan – A desert
Pindari – From the high ground
Pindarus – From Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar
Pino – A lover of horses From the name names such as Filippo See Philip
Piran – A saint’s name
Pisanio – From Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline
Pita – Maori form of Peter A stone or rock
Pitney – Preserving one’s island
Piusz – Pious, Pius
Placido – Calm, quiet
Plato – Strong shoulders
Platon – broad-shouldered
Platt – From the flat land or plateau
Pluto – The mythological God of the underworld
Polixenes – From Shakespeare’s play Winter’s Tale
Pollock – Little Paul Small
Polonius – From Shakespeare’s play Hamlet
Pomeroy – From the apple orchard
Pompey – From Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure
Pongor – all might
Pontius – The fifth
Porter – The gatekeeper
Powell – The son of Howell The eminent one
Powys – A man from Powys, a Welsh county
Pradeep – light
Prakash – Light, or famous
Pramana – Wisdom
Pramsu – A scholar
Pranav – OM
Pranay – love, romance
Prasad – Brightness
Prasata – father of Draupad
Prassana – cheerful
Pratik – symbol
Praveen – proficient
Prem – Love
Prentice – Beginner, learning
Prescott – Priest’s cottage
Presley – Meaning priest’s meadow
Presley – From the priest’s meadow
Preston – From the priest’s farm or town
Prewitt – valiant one
Priam – A mythological king of Troy
Primel – Primael, Privel
Primo – The firstborn son
Prince – The first in rank
Prior – The head of a monastery or priory
Prithu – first Ksatriya, son of Vena
Privrata – son of Satarupa
Probert – The son of Robert Famous, bright fame
Proctor – The administrator or manager
Proculeius – From Shakespeare’s play Antony & Cleopatra
Prometheus – Forethought
Prosper – Fortunate Prosperous
Prospero – From Shakespeare’s play The Tempest
Proteus – Changeable
Pryce – The son of the loving man
Pryderi – To care for
Pryor – The head of a monastery or priory
Publius – From Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus
Puck – From Shakespeare’s play Midsummer-Night’s Dream
Pundarik – white in colour
Purujit – conqueror of many
Purvis – The purveyor, provider
Pusan – a sage
Putnam – from the sire’s estate

Q

Qadir – Powerful
Qasim – One who shares or distributes
Quasim – one who divides goods among his people
Quemby – From the woman’s estate
Quennel – The one who lives at the little Oak tree
Quentin – The fifth, as in the fifth-born child
Quigley – A spinning distaff
Quillan – A cub
Quilliam – Gaelic form of William A strong and resolute protector
Quimby – From the woman’s estate
Quinby – from the queen?s estate
Quince – From Shakespeare’s play Midsummer-Night’s Dream
Quincy – The fifth, as in fifth child
Quinlan – Well-shaped, athletic
Quinn – Wise and intelligent
Quinney – The son of the crafty one
Quintin – The fifth, as in the fifth-born child
Quinto – Italian form of Quintus
Quinton – The fifth, as in the fifth-born child
Quintus – Fifth, as in the fifth child
Quirce – The name of a 4th-century martyr
Quirino – The name of a 4th-century martyr

R

Rabbie – Scottish nickname for Robert Famous, bright fame
Radborne – From the red brook or stream
Radcliff – red cliff
Radcliffe – From the red cliff
Radek – Glad
Radford – From the red ford
Radley – From the red meadow
Radman – joy
Radnor – From the red shore
Raeburn – dweller by the stream where does drink
Rafael – God heals, or healed by God
Rafe – An alternative form and pronunciation of Ralph
Raffaele – God heals, or healed by God
Rafferty – Prosperous
Rafi – The exalted one
Rafiq – A companion, a friend
Rafu – A net
Raghnall – A wise and powerful ruler
Ragnar – A wise warrior
Rahman – Merciful
Raibeart – Scottish Gaelic form of Robert Famous, bright fame
Raidon – thunder God
Rainer – A wise warrior
Rainier – A wise warrior
Raivata – a Manu
Raj – A king
Rajendra – A mighty king
Ralph – Wolf counsellor A fearless adviser
Ralston – A dweller on Ralph’s farm or estate
Ramanuja – a saint
Rambert – Mighty and brilliant
Rambures – From Shakespeare’s play Henry V
Ramelan – A prophecy
Rameses – Born of the sun
Ramesh – ruler of Rama
Ramiro – A great judge or adviser
Ramon – A wise or mighty protector
Ramsay – An island of wild garlic Most commonly used in Scotland
Ramsden – The ram’s valley
Ramsey – ram’s land
Ranald – A wise and powerful ruler
Rance – a kind of Belgian marble
Randal – A wolf-like shield
Randall – A wolf-like shield
Randell – A wolf-like shield
Randie – A wolf-like shield or the admired one
Randolph – A wolf-like shield
Randy – A wolf-like shield or the admired one
Ranen – joyous
Rangi – Heaven or the sky
Rankin – A little shield
Ransford – From the ford of the raven
Ransley – From the meadow of the Raven
Ransom – A warrior’s son
Ranulf – Wolf-like advice
Raphael – God has healed One of the four archangels in the Bible
Rarna – Pleasing An alternative name for the Hindu God Vishnu
Rashid – The well guided one a director
Rasmus – Worthy of love
Rastus – The loving one
Rata – Aboriginal: A plant Polynesian: The name of a great chief
Ratri – night
Rauf – The compassionate one
Raul – The counsel of the wolf A fearless adviser
Raven – a raven
Ravi – Of the sun
Ravid – The wanderer
Ravinger – ravine
Rawiri – Maori form of David The beloved, the adored one
Rawley – From the meadow of the Roe deer
Rawlins – son of a little wise wolf
Rawly – From the meadow of the Roe deer
Rawson – The son of the little wolf
Ray – A stream or a king
Rayburn – From the deer brook
Raymon – A wise or mighty protector
Raymond – Wise protection
Raynard – Brave, or a fox
Rayner – A wise warrior
Raynold – A wise and powerful ruler
Reagan – Wise
Rearden – A royal poet
Reardon – A royal poet
Redford – From the red ford
Redmond – A wise or mighty protector
Redmund – A wise or mighty protector
Reece – Ardent
Reed – Red-haired
Reede – Red-haired
Rees – Ardent
Reese – ardent one
Reeve – A steward
Regan – The descendant of a king
Regin – A figure from mythology
Reginald – A wise and powerful ruler
Regis – Ruler, king
Reid – Red-haired
Reilly – A Rye meadow
Reilly – Irish Gaelic: Valiant Old English: A Rye meadow
Reinhard – Brave, or a fox
Reinhold – A wise and powerful ruler
Remington – From the farm of ravens
Remus – Fast In legend, one of the brothers who founded Rome
Remy – An oarsman
Renaldo – A wise and powerful ruler
Renard – Brave, or a fox
Renaud – Brave, or a fox
Rendor – policeman
Renfred – Mighty but peaceful
Renfrew – From the still river
Rennard – Brave, or a fox
Renshaw – From the forest of the Ravens
Reuben – Behold a son One of Jacob’s sons in the Bible
Reuel – Friend of God
Rex – A king
Rey – A king
Reynaldo – From Shakespeare’s play Hamlet
Reynard – Brave, or a fox
Reynold – A wise and powerful ruler
Rhett – Possibly a form of Rhys
Rhisiart – Brave and strong
Rhodes – The place of roses The name of an Aegean island
Rhodri – The ruler of the wheel
Rhydwyn – A dweller by the white ford
Rian – A little king
Ric – Honourable ruler From the name Eric and Richard
Richard – Brave and strong
Richman – A powerful protector
Rick – Brave and strong From the name Eric and Richard
Ricker – A powerful army
Rico – noble ruler
Rider – A horseman or knight
Ridgeway – From the ridge road
Ridgley – From the meadow’s ridge
Ridley – From the cleared wood
Rigby – The valley of the ruler
Rikard – Brave and strong
Riley – A Rye meadow
Riley – Irish Gaelic: Valiant Old English: A Rye meadow
Rimon – pomegranite
Rinaldo – A wise and powerful ruler
Ringo – A bell-ringer
Rinzen – The holder of intellect
Riordan – A royal poet
Ripley – From the shouter’s meadow
Rishab – the musical note Re
Rishley – from the wild meadow
Rishon – first
Risley – From the brushwood meadow
Riston – From the brushwood farm
Ritchell – nasty, gross
Ritchie – Brave and strong
Ritter – A knight
Rivers – stream of water
Rizal – Rizzy
Roald – A famous ruler A Norwegian form of Ronald
Roan – Little red-haired one
Roarke – A famed ruler
Rob – Famous, bright fame
Robert – Famous, bright fame
Robertson – The son of Robert Famous, bright fame
Robin – A small bird
Robinson – The son of Robert or Robin Famous, bright fame
Robyn – A small bird
Rocco – To rest
Rochester – A rocky fortress, or camp on the rocks
Rockley – From the rocky meadow
Rockwell – From the rocky well or spring
Rocky – To rest
Rod – A renowned ruler
Rodd – A renowned ruler
Roddie – A renowned ruler
Roddy – A renowned ruler
Roden – From the valley of the reeds
Roderick – A renowned ruler
Roderigo – A renowned ruler
Rodman – A famous hero
Rodney – Land near the water
Rodolf – A famous wolf
Rodolfo – A famous wolf
Rodrigo – A renowned ruler
Rodrigue – A renowned ruler
Rodwell – From the Christian’s well
Rogan – The red-haired one
Rogelio – beautiful one
Roger – A famous spearman or warrior
Rohan – Little red-haired one
Rohit – red color
Roland – Famed throughout the land
Roldan – powerful, mighty
Rolf – The famous wolf
Rollo – From the famed land
Roly – From the rough meadow
Roman – A citizen of Rome
Romeo – A pilgrim to Rome A famous Shakespearian character
Romney – A curving river A place name from Kent, England
Romulus – One of the legendary brothers who founded Rome
Ronald – A wise and powerful ruler
Ronan – Little seal
Rongo – The God of rain and fertility
Roni – My joy
Ronit – Hebrew: A song Irish Gaelic: Prosperity
Ronson – The son of Ronald A wise and powerful ruler
Rooney – Red-haired
Roosevelt – field of roses
Roper – A ropemaker
Rory – The red king
Roscoe – From the Deer forest
Roshan – Splendid One who emanates light
Roslin – The small red-haired one
Ross – Woody meadow
Roswald – A mighty horse
Rothwell – From the red well or spring
Rourke – A famed ruler
Routledge – From the red pool
Rowell – From the deer spring
Rowland – From the famed land
Rowley – From the rough meadow
Rowse – From the heathland
Rowson – The son of the red-haired man
Roxbury – From the rock fortress
Roy – Old French: A king Scottish Gaelic: The red one
Royce – The son of the king
Roydon – From the hill of Rye
Royston – An English placename
Ruben – Behold a son One of Jacob’s sons in the Bible
Rubens – Behold a son One of Jacob’s sons in the Bible
Rubin – Behold a son One of Jacob’s sons in the Bible
Rudi – A famous wolf
Rudolph – A famous wolf
Rudy – A famous wolf
Rudyard – From the red enclosure
Rufford – From the rough ford
Rufus – Red-haired
Ruhinda – Prince of Cows
Rumford – From the wide ford
Runako – handsome
Rune – Secret lore
Rupert – Famous, bright fame
Rurik – Russian and Scandinavian form of Roderick A renowned ruler
Rush – red-haired
Rushford – From the ford with rushes
Ruskin – The small red-haired one
Russ – Red head From the name Russell
Russel – red-haired; fox-like
Russell – Red head
Rusty – Red head From the name Russell
Rutger – A famous spearman or warrior
Rutherford – From the cattle ford
Rutland – From the stump land
Rutledge – From the red pool
Rutley – From the stump meadow
Ryan – A little king
Rycroft – From the Rye field
Ryder – A horseman or knight
Rylan – From the Rye land
Ryle – From the hill of Rye
Ryley – Irish Gaelic: Valiant Old English: A Rye meadow
Rylie – A small stream
Ryman – A rye seller
Ryton – From the rye farm
Ryuichi – first son of Ryu

S

Saben – A Sabine man (from central Italy)
Sabir – The patient one
Sabola – prophetess
Sabre – Swordlike
Sacha – The defender, or helper of mankind
Sadi – Sadie, Sady
Sadik – Truthful, or faithful
Safford – From the willow ford
Sagar – king
Sage – Wise Also the name of a herb
Sahale – above
Sahara – Inca gold
Sahen – falcon
Sahib – sir
Sahnan – Wise and peaceful
Saidi – Helper
Sakda – Power
Sakima – A king
Salah – Good, righteous
Salerio – From Shakespeare’s play Merchant of Venice
Salim – Safe, secure
Salisbury – The fort by the willow pool
Salman – protector, conqueror
Saloman – peaceful
Salomo – Wise and peaceful
Salomon – Wise and peaceful
Salter – A salt seller
Salton – From the place in the willows
Salvador – A saviour
Salvatore – Saviour
Sam – She who listens also an achievement
Samien – to be heard
Samir – wind
Sammie – She who listens also an achievement
Sammon – grocer
Sammy – She who listens also an achievement
Sampson – Of the sun, or a strong man A biblical name
Samson – Like the sun
Samson – Of the sun, or a strong man A biblical name
Samudra – lord of the ocean
Samuel – Asked of God A name from the Bible Also see Saul
Sanborn – From the sandy brook
Sancho – Truthful and sincere
Sandeep – Rishi (Sega of Gods), named after Sandipani Rishi
Sanders – The son of Alexander Protector of men
Sandie – The protector and helper of mankind
Sandon – From the sandy hill
Sandor – Protector of men From the name Alexander
Sanford – From the sandy ford
Sanjay – Triumphant
Sanjeev – Sanjiv
Sankara – Auspicious
Sansom – Of the sun, or a strong man
Sansone – Of the sun, or a strong man
Santiago – Of St James
Santo – a saint
Santon – From the sandy hill
Santos – Of the saint
Santoso – Peaceful
Sargent – A military officer
Sarni – The elevated one
Sarosh – prayer
Sasha – The protector and helper of mankind
Saul – Asked for, or prayed for A name from the Bible
Saunak – boy sage
Saunders – The son of Alexander Protector of men
Saunderson – The son of Alexander Protector of men
Saviero – Of the new house
Saville – From the willow estate
Sawyer – A sawer of wood
Sawyer – A sawer of wood
Sawyl – Welsh form of Saul Asked for, or prayed for
Saxby – From the farm of the short sword
Saxon – Of the Saxons, or people of the sword
Saxton – From the farm of the Saxon
Sayed – The lord, the master
Sayer – A carpenter
Scarus – From Shakespeare’s play Antony & Cleopatra
Schuyler – shield, scholar
Scipio – A staff or walking stick
Scott – Of Scottish origin
Scully – A herald or town crier
Seabert – Sea glorious
Seaborne – The sea warrior
Seabrook – From a brook by the sea
Sealey – Blessed
Seamus – Irish Gaelic form of James The supplanter
Sean – Irish Gaelic form of John God is gracious
Seanan – Old, or wise
Searle – An armed warrior
Seaton – A place by the sea
Sebastian – Venerable A man from Sebasta The name of a 3rd-century saint
Sebes – fast
Secundus – The second child
Sedgewick – From the farm in the rushes
Sedgley – From the warrior’s meadow
Seeley – Blessed
Seely – Blessed
Seff – a wolf
Sefton – The dweller at the place in the rushes
Seger – The sea warrior
Selby – From the willow farm
Seldon – From the house on the hill
Selig – Blessed fortunate
Selim – Safe, secure
Selwyn – Of the woods
Senan – Old, or wise
Senichi – first son of Sen
Sennett – Bold in victory
Senon – given life by Zeus
Septimus – The seventh son
Serafino – The ardent one The masculine form of Seraphina
Seraphim – burning ones, angels, ardent
Serge – Servant
Sergeant – A military officer
Sergent – A military officer
Sergio – Attendant
Sergius – A Roman family name
Sesto – The sixth son
Seth – Hebrew: A biblical name meaning the appointed one
Setiawan – Faithful
Seton – A place by the sea
Seung – successor, winning
Sevastian – A man from Sebasta The name of a 3rd-century saint
Severin – river in England
Severino – Severe
Severn – The name of a British river
Sevilin – beloved
Seville – A Spanish city
Seward – A sea defender
Seyed – The lord, the master
Seymour – From a place name
Sezni – Senan, Sane
Shadwell – From the shady stream
Shafiq – Compassionate
Shah – The king
Shakar – grateful
Shakir – The grateful one
Shallow – From Shakespeare’s play Merry Wives of Windsor
Shalom – Peace Also see Solomon
Shaman – holy man
Shamus – Irish Gaelic form of James The supplanter
Shanahan – The wise one
Shandy – Boisterous
Shane – From Irish Gaelic a Variation of Sean (John), and so a form of Jane
Shankar – He who gives happiness
Shanley – A venerable hero
Shannon – From the name of a river in Ireland
Sharif – The honourable one
Sharma – Giving protection
Shaun – Irish Gaelic form of John God is gracious
Shaw – From the grove of trees
Shay – The stately one
Shea – hawk-like, stately
Sheehan – Peaceful
Sheffield – From the crooked field, or the sheep field
Shelby – The dweller at the ledge estate and a sheltered town
Sheldon – Meaning heathery hill with a shed, flat-topped hill, or steep valley
Shen – A deep thinker
Shepherd – one who heards sheep
Sherborne – A clear stream
Sheridan – The wild one
Sheridon – wild one
Sherlock – Fair-haired
Sherman – Shearer or servant
Sherwin – A swift runner
Sherwood – From the bright forest
Shima – An island dweller
Shimon – The listener
Shing – victory
Shipley – From the sheep pasture
Shipton – The dweller at the sheep farm
Shiva – Benign An important Hindu God
Shlomo – Wise and peaceful
Shoichi – first son of Sho
Sholto – A sower of seed
Shomari – Forceful
Shuichi – first son of Shu
Shulamith – peaceful
Shunichi – first son of Shun
Shunnar – pleasant
Shylock – From Shakespeare’s play Merchant of Venice
Sibusiso – Blessing (Zulu)
Siddel – from the wide valley
Sidell – From the broad valley
Sidney – Old English: From the riverside meadow Old French: From St Denis
Siegbert – A famous victory
Siegfried – Peace after victory
Sigfried – victory peace
Siggy – From the name Siegbert, Siegfried
Sigi – From the name Siegbert, Siegfried
Sigmund – A victorious protector
Sigurd – A victorious guardian
Silas – From the forest
Silvanus – From the forest
Silvester – Of the woods
Silvio – belonging to the forest, silver
Silvius – From Shakespeare’s play As You Like It
Simeon – The biblical form of Simon
Simon – The listener
Simpson – The son of Simon The listener
Sinbad – A sparkling prince
Sinclair – A clear sign From St Clair
Sipho – Gift (Zulu, Xhosa)
Siva – Benign
Sivan – the ninth month
Siward – From Shakespeare’s play MacBeth
Skene – A bush
Skipper – A ship’s captain
Skylar – Protection, shelter
Slade – From the valley
Slate – A fine-grained rock
Slevin – The mountain climber
Sloan – A warrior
Sly – From the name Silvanus and Silvester
Smedley – From the level meadow
Smith – A blacksmith
Snowden – From the snowy hill
Socrates – The name of the ancient Greek philosopher
Sofronio – self-controlled
Solanio – From Shakespeare’s play Merchant of Venice
Solinus – From Shakespeare’s play Comedy of Errors
Solomon – Wise and peaceful A son of David in the Bible
Solyom – falcon
Soma – a kind of berry
Somerled – The summer traveller A Scottish name
Somerville – From the summery hill
Sonam – The fortunate one
Sonny – Diminutive for names that includes `son’
Soren – The stern one
Sorley – The summer traveller
Sorrell – Bitter A plant name
Soterios – saviour
Southwell – From the southern spring
Spalding – divided field
Sparke – The lively one
Spence – A dispenser of provisions From the name Spencer
Spencer – A dispenser of provisions Administrator
Spike – A nail, or an ear of grain Generally used as a nickname
Spiridon – Of the soul or spirit
Squire – A knight’s attendant
Stacy – Prosperous or resurrection
Staffan – Swedish form of Stephen A crown or garland
Stafford – From the ford by the landing place
Stamford – A dweller at the rocky ford
Stanbury – From the stone fort
Standen – A dweller in the stony valley
Standish – From the rocky pasture
Stanfield – From the stony field
Stanford – A dweller at the rocky ford
Stanhope – From the stony valley
Stanislaus – The glorious government
Stanislav – Glory of the camp
Stanislaw – Glory of the camp From the name Stanislav
Stanley – Rocky meadow
Stanton – From the rocky farm or estate
Stanwick – From the rocky village
Starbuck – The stream in the sedges
Stavros – Crowned Greek form of Stephen
Stedman – A farmer
Steele – Like steel
Stefan – A crown or garland
Stefanos – A crown or garland
Steffan – A crown or garland
Stein – stone
Sten – A stone
Stenton – From the rocky farm or estate
Stephan – A crown or garland
Stephano – A crown or garland
Stephen – A crown or garland
Sterne – Austere Stern
Steve – A crown or garland
Steven – A crown or garland
Stevenson – The son of Stephen A crown or garland
Stewart – A steward, or keeper of a household
Stig – The wanderer
Stillman – Quiet, gentle
Stinson – The son of Stephen, or the son of stone
Stiofan – Irish Gaelic form of Stephen
Stockley – A clearing with tree stumps
Stockton – From the place near the tree trunk
Stokley – from the tree-stump meadow
Storr – A great man
Stowe – From the place or religious site
Stratford – From the ford on a Roman road
Strato – From Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar
Stratton – From the place on a Roman road
Strom – stream; tree
Stroud – The overgrown marshland
Stuart – A steward, or keeper of a household
Studs – a house
Sudarshan – Sudarsana
Sudesha – a son of Krishna
Sudeva – good Deva
Sudi – Luck
Suffield – A dweller in the southern field
Sukarman – reciter of 1000 Samhitas
Sukumar – tender
Sulaiman – peaceful
Suleiman – Arabic form of Solomon
Sullivan – The blackeyed one
Sully – to stain
Sulwyn – The fair sun
Sumadhur – very sweet
Suman – Cheerful and wise
Sumantu – Atharva Veda was assigned to him
Sumner – The one who summons
Suresh – The ruler of the gods
Surony – name of an honor
Surya – The sun
Sutton – The dweller at the southern farm or town
Suvrata – a child of Daksa
Sven – A youth
Sweeney – The little hero
Sweeny – little hero
Swindon – From the hill of the pigs An English city
Swinford – The pig ford
Swithin – Strong The name of an English saint
Sycamore – A tree name
Sydenham – From the wide river meadow
Sykes – At the stream or gully
Sykes – At the stream or gully
Sylvain – From the forest
Sylvan – From the forest
Sylvester – From the forest, woods
Symon – The listener
Synclair – A clear sign
Syrus – The name of the founder of the Persian empire From the name Cyrus
Szemere – small man, demolisher
Szymon – Polish form of Simon The listener

T

Taavi – The beloved, the adored one From the name David
Tabansi – one who endures
Tabari – after famous muslim historian
Tabor – A drum or drummer
Tad – A poet or philosopher
Tadd – Courageous
Taddeo – Courageous
Tadi – wind
Taggart – A priest
Tahir – Pure and virtuous
Tai – The talented one
Tailer – The tailor
Tailor – The tailor
Tait – Jolly, cheerful Also see Tatum
Tajo – day
Takoda – The friend of all
Taksa – a son of Bharata
Taksony – well fed, content, merciless, wild
Talbot – From the valley
Talfryn – From the top of the hill
Taliesin – A radiant brow
Tallis – Wise, learned
Talman – to injure, to oppress
Talos – giant protector of Minos island
Tama – Japanese: A jewel Polynesian: A boy or son
Tamas – A twin
Tamir – pure, tall stately
Tancred – A thoughtful adviser
Tancredo – of thoughtful counsel
Tanek – immortal
Tangaroa – Of the sea
Tangwyn – Peace
Tannar – Leather worker
Tanner – Leather worker
Tano – name of river
Tarasios – of Tarentum
Tardos – bald
Taree – A wild fig
Tariq – The night visitor
Tarjan – name of an honor
Tarn – A mountain pool
Taro – The firstborn son
Tarquin – The name of two early Roman kings
Tarrant – From the name of a river
Tarun – Young, tender
Tashi – Prosperity
Tate – Jolly, cheerful Also see Tatum
Tatum – From Tate’s homestead
Taurin – born under the sign of Taurus
Taurus – From Shakespeare’s play Antony & Cleopatra
Tavis – twin
Tavish – A twin A form of Thomas
Tawhiri – A tempest
Taylor – A tailor
Teagan – Good looking
Teague – A poet or philosopher
Teal – A water bird
Tean – One of the Isles of Scilly
Tecwyn – White, fair
Ted – Divine gift
Teddie – Divine gift
Teddy – Divine gift
Telford – An iron-cutter
Tem – country
Teman – right hand, south
Temani – of Teman
Templar – A knight
Tenenan – Tinidor, Tenedor
Tennyson – The son of Dennis Wild, frenzied Also a lover of wine
Tenzin – Protector of Dharma
Tenzing – Protector of Dharma
Teodor – The gift of God
Terence – Tender, good gracious
Terrel – thunderer
Terrence – Tender, good gracious
Terrie – Smooth and polished
Terry – Greek: The harvester or reaper Latin: Smooth and polished
Tertius – Third
Tetony – chieftain
Tex – From Texas
Thaddeaus – couragues, praiser
Thaddeus – Gift of God
Thai – many, multiple
Thaliard – From Shakespeare’s play Pericles
Thaman – name of a god
Thanos – Noble
Thatcher – roof fixer
Themba – Hope (Zulu)
Theobald – A bold leader of the people
Theobold – the boldest
Theodore – Divine gift
Theodoric – The ruler of the people
Theon – Godly
Theophilus – beloved of God
Theron – The hunter
Thersites – From Shakespeare’s play Troilus & Cressida
Theseus – A hero of Greek legend
Thidias – From Shakespeare’s play Antony & Cleopatra
Thomas – A twin
Thor – The God of thunder in Norse mythology
Thorald – Ruling in the manner of Thor
Thorburn – Thor’s warrior
Thormund – Thor’s protection
Thorne – thorn tree
Thornley – From the thorny clearing
Thornton – From the place among the thorns
Thorpe – From the farm village
Thurborn – dweller by Thor’s stream
Thurso – A Scottish placename
Thurstan – Thor’s stone
Thurston – Thor’s stone
Tibald – A bold leader of the people
Tibalt – people’s prince
Tiberius – After the River Tiber
Tibold – A bold leader of the people
Tiernan – The descendant of a lord
Tierney – The descendant of a lord
Tihamar – likes silence
Tiki – One who is fetched, as in a spirit after death
Tilford – From the good man’s ford
Tim – Honouring God, or honoured by God
Timeus – perfect
Timoleon – I honor what I say
Timon – A reward, an honour
Timor – After the Timor Sea
Timothy – Honouring God, or honoured by God
Timur – iron
Tipene – Maori form of Stephen
Titus – An old Roman name
Titusz – dove, honored
Tivadar – gift of God
Tivon – lover of nature
Tobias – God is good A biblical name
Tobie – God is good
Toby – The Lord is good
Tod – A fox or foxhunter
Todd – A fox or foxhunter
Toft – From the site of the building
Tom – A twin A form of Thomas
Tomaj – name of a clan
Tomas – A twin A form of Thomas
Tomasz – A twin A form of Thomas
Tomi – Red
Tomkin – Little Tom or Thomas
Tommy – A twin A form of Thomas
Tomo – A twin A form of Thomas
Tong – fragrant
Tony – Praiseworthy, of inestimable worth
Tormey – A thunder spirit
Torrance – Smooth and polished
Torsten – Tompkin, Tomlin
Torvald – Thor the ruler
Touchstone – From Shakespeare’s play As You Like It
Toussaint – All the saints
Tovi – Good
Townley – From the town meadow
Townsend – From the towns end
Toyo – plentiful
Tracy – Brave
Trahaearn – strong as iron
Traherne – Of iron strength
Tran – A family name
Tranio – From Shakespeare’s play Taming of the Shrew
Tranter – wagoneer
Travis – From the crossing or crossroads
Trefor – From the large village
Trefusis – A placename
Trelawney – From the church village
Tremayne – From the place of the stone or rock
Tremeur – Treveur
Trent – Thrifty From the name of a river
Tresco – From a placename, one of the Isles of Scilly
Trevor – Prudent From the large village
Trey – third born, three
Trinity – A trio or triad, as in the Holy Trinity
Tristan – The noisy one
Tristen – The noisy one
Tristram – Sad
Troilus – place name
Trowbridge – From the wooden bridge
Troy – Water or foot soldier From a placename
Truman – A trusty or faithful man
Trystan – The noisy one
Tubal – From Shakespeare’s play Merchant of Venice
Tucker – A cloth-worker
Tudor – Welsh form of Theodore Devine gift
Tugdual – Tual, Tugal, Pabu
Tujan – Tugen, Tujen
Turi – The name of a famous chief
Turiau – Turio
Turner – A lathe-worker
Turpin – A Finnish man of Thor
Twain – two pieces
Twyford – From the double ford
Tyack – A farmer
Tybalt – A bold leader of the people
Tycho – He who hits the mark
Tye – From the enclosure
Tyee – chief
Tyler – A tiler or tile-maker
Tymon – A reward, an honour
Tynan – The dark one
Tyne – The name of an English river
Tyrol – After the Austrian alpine region
Tyrone – The name of a county in Northern Ireland
Tyrus – person from Tyre
Tyson – A firebrand
Tytus – An old Roman name

U

Ualtar – Strong fighter
Uba – Wealthy
Udeh – Praise
Udo – Prosperity, fortune
Ugod – Name of a clan
Uland – The noble land
Ulf – Wolf-like, courageous
Ulfred – Peace
Ulmer – A famous wolf
Ulrich – A ruler
Ultan – From an old Gaelic name
Umar – Flourishing, long-lived
Umberto – A famous warrior
Unni – Modest
Upton – From the upper farm or town
Upwood – From the forest on the hill
Urban – A city dweller
Uriah – God is light
Urie – God is light
Uriel – Light
Urien – Have privileged birth
Ursel – A bear
Urson – A little bear
Usko – Faith
Usman – An Ottoman Turk
Utah – The name of an American State
Uwan – To meet
Uwe – A well-known Scandinavian name

V

Vaino – Legend name
Valdemar – Famous ruler
Valen – Strong
Valentine – Name of saints and three Roman emperors
Valiant – Brave
Vallois – A Welshman
Vance – Grain fans
Vanderbilt – From the hill
Vanderpool – From the pool
Vanko – Gracious gift

W

Wade – A ford
Wadyka – Sweet kind strong
Waggoner – Wagon maker
Wakefield – Wet field
Walden – Mighty
Waldo – Rule
Walker – Cloth worker
Walter – Powerful warrior, rule army
Walton – Dweller by the wall
Ward – To guard
Warner – Defending army
Warren – Watchman, game keeper
Washington – From the estate of the wise one
Watson – Son of Walter
Waverly – From the tree-lined meadow
Wayde – Angel from God
Wayland – From the path land
Waylen – Land near the highway
Waylon – Man of great voice
Wayne – Wagon maker
Webster – Weaver
Wendel – Wanderer
Wendell – A wend
Werner – Warin warrior
Wesley – west meadow
Westin – Bold, meant to be strong
Weston – Residence name
Wheeler – A driver
Whitfield – From a small field
Wilbur – Bright resolve
Wilfred – Much peace
Will – Determined guardian
Willard – Bold resolve
William – Valiant protector
Willis – Variant of Will
Willow – Willow
Willray – Combined for William and Rachel
Wilmer – Will famous
Wilson – Son of Will
Winslow – From the friend’s hill
Winston – Joy stone, victory town
Winter – Winter
Wirt – Worthy
Woodley – Residence name
Wyatt – Little warrior, water
Wylie – Enchanting
Wyome – Plain
Wystan – Battle stone

X

Xadrian – Strong Warrior
Xander – From Alexander
Xanthus – Yellow
Xavier – Bright, new house
Xenophon – Strange voice
Xenos – Stranger
Xerxes – Prince
Ximen – Obedient
Xylon – Forest

Y

Yadid – Friend, beloved
Yadon – He will judge
Yakecan – Sky, song
Yale – One who pays or produces, corner of land
Yan – God’s grace
Yana – Bear
Yardley – Of the yard
Yarin – To understand
Yaron – He will sing
Yashwant – Glorious
Yates – Gate keeper
Yehudi – Praise god, a man from Judah
Yerik – Appointed by God
Yervant – An Armenian king
Yohann – Form of Johan
Yong – Courageous
York – Yew tree, from the farm of yew trees
Yoshi – Better, best
Yu – Universe
Yukio – Gets what he wants, God will nourish
Yule – Born at Christmas
Yuvraj – Prince

Z

Zabulon – To exhalt, honour
Zaccheo – The one God remembers
Zachariah – Remembered by the Lord
Zachary – God remembers, renowned by God
Zadine – Sweet handsom
Zafir – Victorious
Zahid – Self-denying
Zahir – Shining, bright
Zahur – A flower
Zaid – Increase, growth
Zaim – Brigadier general
Zaki – Bright, pure
Zale – Sea-strength
Zalman – Peaceful and quiet
Zanchoo – Boy
Zander – Form of Alexander
Zane – God’s grace, sea-friend
Zanebono – The good one
Zaniel – Angel of Mondays
Zanipolo – Little gift of God
Zareb – Protector
Zared – Ambush
Zarek – May God protect the king
Zarion – Angel of God
Zatch – One from lightning
Zeal – Passionate
Zebediah – God’s gift
Zebulon – Home
Zedekiah – Justice of the Lord
Zeeman – Seaman
Zefirino – Wind of spring
Zeke – The memory of the Lord
Zekerijah – Strong, independent
Zelimir – Wishes for peace
Zemar – Lion
Zen – Religious
Zenon – Living
Zephan – Treasured by God
Zeroun – Wise, respected
Zeth – Investigator, researcher
Zimraan – Praise
Zinan – Second son
Ziven – Vigorous and alive
Zobor – Gathering
Zoello – Son of Zoe
Zombor – Buffalo
Zorro – Golden dawn
Zuriel – My rock
Zyler – Strong, independent, and trustworthy

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