Belgian Names

Male Names
  • Andre (Greek) - Man, warrior [Dutch, English, French, German and Portuguese speaking countries]

    André is the French and Portuguese form of Andrew.

    André was the 2nd most popular boy's name in France in the 1910s, 20s and early 30s, and has since declined in popularity. André is currently particularly popular in Norway as a middle name

  • Coen (Germanic) - Experienced advisor [English speaking countries]

    Coen (more frequently spelled Koen) is used as a independant given name as well.

  • Hubert (Germanic) - Bright mind; intelligent [English and Polish speaking countries]

    St. Hubert is the patron saint of hunters.

  • Hugo (Germanic) - Mind, heart or spirit [English, French, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Victor Hugo was a French novelist and poet, famous for 'Les Misérables' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'.

    The current President of Venezuela is Hugo Chávez and Hugo Banzer is a former Bolivian president.

    Hugo Grotius, who

  • Louis (Germanic) - Fame and war [English and French speaking countries]

    Louis is a traditional and still very popular French name related to Clovis and Ludovic.
    The Germanic Chlodowig, derived from 'hold' ("glory, fame") and 'wig' ("warrior), was simplified to Clovis. The Latin form of Clovis became Clodovico, which ga

  • Milan (Czech) - Dear; beloved [Bulgarian, Czech, English, Polish, Serbian, Slovak and Russian speaking countries]

    Short form of Slavic names such as Miloslav, beginning with the element 'mil' (gracious).

    Milan is also the main city of northern Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy.
    Milan's name comes from the Celtic Medelhan, meaning "in th

  • Nicolas (Greek) - Victory of the people [English, French and Spanish speaking countries]

    This French and Spanish spelling of Nicolas is borne by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and actor Nicolas Cage.

    Nicolas is also the name of a chain of French wine retailers.

    It was the 8th most popular name in Chile in 2006.

  • Paul (Latin) - Small; humble [Dutch, English, French and German speaking countries]

    St Paul was an early Christian missionary. Originally a persecutor of Christians named Saul, who witnessed the stoning of Stephen, he was converted whilst on the road to Damascus, prompting a name change. Paul travelled throughout the Mediterranean teachi

Female Names
  • Annemarie (German) - Fuse of Anna and Maria [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]

    A fuse of Anna and Maria, which gained popularity in German and Dutch speaking countries in the 18th century. This was due to the fact that both Anna and Maria were quite popular and were sometimes given in pairs; so Anna Maria and Maria Anna. This eventu

  • Audrey (English) - Noble strength [English and French speaking countries]

    St Etheldreda is also known as St Audrey. She was an East Anglian princess who formed the monastery of Ely, and became its first Abbess. The word 'tawdry' comes from St Audrey. Admirers of St Audrey brought lacework to the annual fair in Ely, this later b

  • Carolina (German) - Free man [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Feminine form of the Latin Carolus, from the name Charles.
    It is now the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cognate of the name.

    The states of North and South Carolina in the USA were named after King Charles I of England.

  • Clara (Latin) - Clear; bright; famous [Catalan, English, French, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Clara is a town in Offaly, in the middle of Ireland. Famous Claras include American nurse Clara Barton (born Clarissa Barton) who organized the American Red Cross, and German pianist Clara Schumann, wife of the Romantic composer Robert Schumann.

  • Elise (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [Dutch, English, French, German and Norwegian speaking countries]

    French diminutive of Elisabeth or feminine form of Elisée. Introduced to English-speaking countries in the later half of the 19th century.

    The Lotus Elise is a sports car. Für Elise is a solo piano piece by Ludwig van Beethoven, it is not o

  • Emily (Latin) - Rival; emulating [English speaking countries]

    From the Latin Aemilia, a derivative of Aemilius, an old Roman family name believed to be derived from aemulus (trying to equal or excel, emulating, rival).

    Another explanation concerning the meaning of the name could point in the direction

  • Emma (German) - All-containing; universal [Catalan, English, French, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Armenian speaking countries]

    Emma might be a form of Erma, a short form of various names which begin with the Germanic element Erm(en), Irm(en) which can mean 'strong' but is more literally translated as "whole" or "universal".

    For some, it is a diminutive of Emmanuell

  • Ida (Germanic) - Work [Dutch, English, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Ida is derived from the Greek root "id," meaning "work."

    In Sanskrit it means 'insight' and at the same time refers to planet earth as primary caregiver of all that lives.

  • Julie (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [Danish, English, French and Norwegian speaking countries]

    Famous Julies include actresses Julie Andrews, Julie Delpy and Julie Walters.

    Julie was the 3rd most popular name in Norway in 2006, as well as being the 4th most popular in Belgium and 10th in Denmark.

  • Lea (Hebrew) - Weary [English, French and Polish speaking countries]

    This name may come from the name, Lee or in more modern terms it could also be a nickname for Azalea.

    Léa is also the French form of Leah, it is pronounced LAY ah. It is currently a popular name in France, and in Quebec.

    In E

  • Lisa (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [English speaking countries]

    This short form of Elisabeth is extremely popular as a full given name.

  • Marie (Hebrew) - Bitter [English and French speaking countries]

    French cognate of Maria; French form of Mary.

    Also the earlier form of the name in England until the Authorized version of the Bible established Mary as the English spelling.

    Marie was the name of various queens of France, in

  • Sarah (Hebrew) - Princess [English, French, German, Hebrew, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Sarah was the wife of Abraham, and the mother of Isaac.
    Her name was first Sarai ("my princess"), which God changed to Sarah ("princess") as her descendants were to be the future nation of Israel.

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Gender Neutral Names
  • Camille (Latin) - Altar server [English and French speaking countries]

    Camille is a unisex name in French-speaking contexts, but is generally feminine in the English-speaking world.

    Camillus and camilla were two Latin nouns designating children helping at religious services, much like altar boys. These young b