Literary Characters Names

Male Names
  • Alec (Greek) - Defending men [English speaking countries]

    Diminutive of Alexander, originally popular in Scotland.

    Bearers include former British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home, and actors Alec Guinness and Alec Baldwin.

    Alec Stoke-d'Urberville is one of the main characters in Tho

  • Arthur (Gaelic) - Possibly "bear" or "stone" [English speaking countries]

    Arthur is a name that probably dates back as far as pre-Roman times in Britain. It is possibly derived from the Celtic "artos" (bear), the Irish Gaelic "art" (stone), or the Welsh term "arth gwyr," or "bear man." Its modern form may be based partly on t

  • Atticus (Latin) - From Attica [English speaking countries]

    Attica is the region of Greece which contains Athens, the capital city. Today, the name is mainly known from the character Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Atticus was also the name of a number of ancient Greek philosophers and

  • Benjamin (Hebrew) - Son of my right hand [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Benjamin is the anglicized form of the Hebrew Binyamin. In the Old Testament, Benjamin was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob. Benjamin was the 24th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006, and the 11th most popular in the UK. It is also commonly fou

  • Brady (Gaelic) - Descendant of Brádach [English speaking countries]

    Brady is a surname that has recently come into use as a first name. 'The Brady Bunch' was a 1970s TV show which aimed to present the challenges involved in blending a family - Mike Brady and his three sons having Carol Martin and her three daughters join

  • Brendan (Gaelic) - Prince [English speaking countries]

    Brendan is an Irish saint whose travels are narrated in the immram "The Voyage of St. Brendan".

  • Cedric (Literary) - N/A [English and French speaking countries]

    First used in Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe." Possibly derived from a celtic word meaning "first choice."

    Cedric the Entertainer is an American comedian, and Cedric Diggory is a character in the Harry Potter series. The Nissan Cedric is a lu

  • Collin (Gaelic) - Dove [English speaking countries]
  • Dorian (Literary) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Oscar Wilde is the first to use Dorian as a given name in his famous novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
    The Dorians were one of the principal ancient Greek tribes. The name might be derived from them, via the Latin "Dorianus".

  • Earnest (Germanic) - Earnest, serious [English speaking countries]

    Earnest as a name was rendered famous by Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest', a comedy of manners where he plays with the quality of being earnest, making it resound with the name of same origins Ernest.
    This hilarious play is se

  • Edgar (English) - Protector of the good [English, French and Polish speaking countries]

    From the Anglo-Saxon 'eád' or German 'ôt' - 'good, property, inheritance' and 'gar' or 'ger' meaning 'spear'. This combines in the meaning 'spear of prosperity', 'protector of the good (with the spear)'.

    Originally and English name which b

  • Edmond (English) - Prosperous protection [English and French speaking countries]

    See Edmund for more background information.
    In the 20th century, this French form has tended to overtake the English Edmund.

    A noted literary character by the name Edmond was the Count of Monte Cristo in the novel of the same name w

  • Edward (English) - Wealth protector [English speaking countries]

    From the Old English Eádweard; a compound name composed of the elements "ead" (riches, prosperity, fortune) and "weard" (guardian, protector). Hence: 'protector of the riches, inheritance', or maybe 'rich guardian', 'fortunate protector'.
    It is mo

  • Ernest (Germanic) - Earnest, serious [English speaking countries]

    Cognate of the Germanic Ernst, the name was introduced to England in the 18th century following the coronation of George I (1660-1727), the "German King". George III's son Ernest Augustus, was the first of five Kings of Hanover to hold the name. Ernest Au

  • Felix (Latin) - Happy, lucky, fortunate [English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    There have been several St Felixs. St Felix and his sister, St Regula, are the patron saints of Zurich. St Felix of Burgundy is known as the bishop who introduced Christianity into East Anglia, in England. There have been four Popes named Felix.

  • Harry (Germanic) - Home ruler [English speaking countries]

    Harry started out as a nickname for Henry, but is now used as a name in its own right. In the US it was the 593rd most popular name for boys in 2006. In the UK however, where it is the popular name of one of the royal princes, the name comes in fifth. It

  • Holden (English) - Deep Valley [English speaking countries]

    Holden is an English surname which was first taken from the same English place name. It is made up of the Old English elements 'hol' (deep, hollow) and 'denu' (valley). It is used fairly regularly as a first name in the USA, where it has been in the top 1

  • Homer (Greek) - Pledge or hostage [English speaking countries]

    The most famous bearer of this name in history is undoubtedly the ancient Greek epic poet. This association has been unfortunately overshadowed in recent years by the cartoon buffoon, Homer Simpson. There are many towns in the U.S. that bear the name Ho

  • Ishmael (Hebrew) - God will listen [English speaking countries]

    In the Hebrew Bible, Ishmael is the first son of the patriarch Abraham. According to tradition, it was Ishmael who engendered the Arab people. He is also reputed to have built the foundations of the Ka'aba in Mecca.

    Ishmael is the name of

  • Ivan (Hebrew) - God is gracious [English and Russian speaking countries]

    This Russian form of John was the name of four rulers of Russia, including 'Ivan the Terrible', who was the first monarch to be called a 'tsar'. Ivan was also the codename given to 'Tsar Bomba', the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated, developed by the Ru

  • Jacob (Hebrew) - Supplanter; held by the heel [English speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Jacob is the son of Isaac and Rebekah, the twin brother of Esau and the father of twelve sons and a daughter. From his sons came the twelve tribes of Israel - the Israelites. God later changed Jacob's name to Israel.


  • James (Hebrew) - Supplanter [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    There are many saints called James, the most famous being Saint James the Elder, one of the Apostles. As a common name it has many namesakes, such as the author James Joyce or the fictional British spy James Bond ("007"). The name has been used for royalt

  • Jared (Hebrew) - To descend, descendant [English speaking countries]

    In the Bible, Yared is the grandfather of Methuselah. Jared may also be taken as a variant of Yered, one of the names applied to Moses.

    Actor and musician Jared Leto is a famous bearer.

    Captain Jared Bilby is a main charac

  • Karan (Sanskrit) - Ear [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    The name of a warlord in the 'Mahabharata'.

  • Malcolm (Gaelic) - Columba's servant [English speaking countries]

    Gaelic name meaning "follower or devotee of the dove", where the dove is usually St. Columba.

    It was a popular name among Scottish nobility, and the first name of black Muslim Minister and Civil Rights leader Malcolm X.

  • Marcus (Latin) - From the god Mars [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name) with Etruscan origins; the original Latin form of Mark.
    Marcus was probably derived from the name of the Roman god of war Mars, or the adjective 'mas' meaning "male, virile". Hence the meaning "from Mars", "from the g

  • Mark (Latin) - From the god Mars [English speaking countries]

    English form of Marcus.

    Saint Mark the Evangelist is traditionally believed to be the author of the second Gospel (Gospel of Mark) and a companion of Peter.
    A famous Roman bearer of the name was Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius), politi

  • Nicholas (Greek) - Victory of the people [English speaking countries]

    There are various saints named Nicholas, the most famous of whom is St Nicholas of Myra. His name became Santa Claus and, combined with his reputation for secretly-giving gifts, he became associated with Father Christmas.

    'Nicholas Nickleby

  • Octavius (Latin) - Eighth [English speaking countries]

    From Latin 'octavus' meaning "eighth". Octavius was the family name of the Roman emperor Augustus. It is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar".

  • Orlando (Germanic) - Famous country [English and Italian speaking countries]

    Italian form of Roland. A character in Shakespeare's play 'As You like It' bears this name, as does a city in Florida.
    Orlando appeared as a central character in a sequence of verse romances from the XVth century onwards, including Orlando Furioso

  • Orville (French) - Gold town [English speaking countries]

    The name was coined by the 18th-century female writer Fanny Burney in her novel "Evelina".
    Also the names of a few French towns.

  • Oswald (German) - Uncertain, possibly divine power [English, French and German speaking countries]

    It is of Germanic origin. It might be derived from the Old English elements os "god" and weald "rule".
    It was the name of two saints, including Saint Oswald king of Northumbria. He participated in spreading Christianity to northeast England in the

  • 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

  • Peter (Greek) - Stone [Dutch, English, German and Hungarian speaking countries]

    St Peter was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, and became the first pope of the Church. Peter's original name was Simon, but it was changed by Jesus to the Aramaic name Cephas (rock). Peter is the Greek equivalent of Cephas.

    The first R

  • Rhett (English) - Advice, counsel [English speaking countries]

    Rhett is an aglicized form of a Dutch surname meaning "advice, counsel". Quite notably, it is the name of a character in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" and brought to the screen by legendary actor Clark Gable.

  • Roderick (Germanic) - Famous ruler [English speaking countries]

    Roderick is from the Latin Rodericus, which is from the Old High German Hrodrich, a compounding of the elements 'hruod' meaning "fame" and 'rik' meaning "ruler; king". King Roderick was supposedly the 'last king of the Goths' in the 8th century, but very

  • Roland (Germanic) - Famous country [English and French speaking countries]

    From an Old French personal name of Germanic origin, from hrod (fame) and land (land, territory).
    This was adopted by the Normans and introduced by them to Britain.

    In Old French literature, it is borne by a legendary Frankish hero,

  • Ronald (Norse) - Ruler with counsel [English speaking countries]

    From the Old norse, composed of the elements meaning "Advice; decision; the gods" and "ruler".

    Ronald Reagan was President of the United States 1981-9. Ronald McDonald is the clown mascot of restaurant chain McDonald's and Ronald Weasley is

  • Ronan (Gaelic) - Little seal [English speaking countries]

    There have been various St Ronans, including a Celtic bishop who preached in Cornwall and Brittany. The town of Locronan in Brittany is named after him.

    There are several famous Irishmen named Ronan - singers Ronan Keating and Ronan Tynan,

  • Santiago (Spanish) - Saint James [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Iago is the Spanish version of James. Santiago de Compostela (Saint James of Compostela) in Spain is a Christian pilgrimage destination that has been popular since the Middle Ages.

    The Old Man and the Sea is a short novel written by Ernest

  • Sawyer (English) - One who saws wood [English speaking countries]

    Sawyer's rise in popularity on boys in the U.S. is likely the combined effect of the increasing popularity of surnames as first names, and public interest in the character named Sawyer on the television show "Lost."

    Tom Sawyer is a literary

  • Seth (Hebrew) - Appointed [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Bible, Seth was the son of Adam and Eve, he was born after the murder of Abel by his twin brother Cain. Seth is noted as the son of Adam from whom Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and consequently David and Jesus are descended. Seth or Set was also an

  • Toby (Hebrew) - God is good [English speaking countries]

    Toby can be a nickname for Tobias, Tobiah or Tobin, or a stand-alone name.

    In Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' Sir Toby Belch is the frequently drunk uncle of Olivia.

    In British 'Punch and Judy' shows, Punch's dog is called Toby

  • Trystan (Gaelic) - Tumult [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    The Welsh spelling of Tristan.

  • Westley (English) - Western meadow [English speaking countries]

    Westley is a main character in William Goldman's fantasy novel "The Princess Bride" (1973) and the subsequent Rob Reiner film (1987). The dashing hero Westley was brought to the screen by British actor Cary Elwes.

  • Yorick (Greek) - Earth worker [English speaking countries]
Female Names
  • Alice (Germanic) - Noble kind; of the noble sort [English, French and Swedish speaking countries]

    Alice was an extremely common name in medieval England, though it frequently appeared in the alternate form Alys. It is found several times in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," most famously as the name of the Wife of Bath. The name fell into disuse for man

  • Alma (Hebrew) - Maiden [English, Hebrew and Spanish speaking countries]

    Could be explained as from the Hebrew, 'maiden', from the Germanic 'amal', 'effort', or from the Latin 'alma', 'nourishing'.

    The River Alma in Ukraine was the site of a battle during the Crimean War, which was won by British, French and Ot

  • Amelia (Germanic) - Work; effort; strain [English and German speaking countries]

    Amelia is actually derived from two names: "Emilia," a Latin name meaning "rival," and "Amalia," a Germanic name meaning "work" or "labor." Henry Fielding popularized this name with his novel "Amelia" in 1751. More recently, the name took center stage i

  • Amy (French) - Loved [English speaking countries]

    English form of the Old French Aimée, in use in the United States since the 18th century. It should be noted that the spellings Ami, and Amie are not used in France because they are the words used to refer to a friend.

    Amy is the name of

  • Antonia (Latin) - N/A [Dutch, English, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish speaking countries]

    Antonia is the name of the main character in WIlla Cather's landmark American novel, "My Antonia."

  • Beatrice (Latin) - Voyager through life [English, French, German and Italian speaking countries]

    Italian and French form of Beatrix, which is probably a form of the early Christian name Viatrix, altered to incorporate the Latin 'beatus' (blessed).

    Beatrice is a character of Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing". It was also the n

  • Belinda (Latin) - Beautiful serpent [English speaking countries]

    The origin and meaning of Belinda is still uncertain, but it very likely comes from the Germanic lindi meaning "serpent" and Latin bellus meaning "beautiful."

    Belinda loses a lock of her hair in Alexander Pope's satirical poem "The Rape of

  • Berenice (Greek) - Victory bringer [English and French speaking countries]

    Berenice is the name of several Ptolemaic and Seleucid queens in Cyrenaica and Egypt and of two Judean princesses.

    "Bérénice" is a tragedy by the French 17th-century dramatist Jean Racine.
    The subject was taken from the Roman histori

  • Camilla (Latin) - Altar server [English speaking countries]

    Camilla was the name of a legendary female warrior who chose to fight against Aeneas when he landed in Italy, and was killed on the battlefield. She one of the few strong female characters in Vergil's Aeneid.

    Camillus and camilla were two

  • Carmen (Hebrew) - Garden; orchard [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    To create this name the spelling of Carmel was altered to fit the Latin noun 'carmen' (song). Carmen is the name of a famous opera by Bizet.

    Carmen Electra (born Tara Leigh Patrick), is an American glamor model, actress, television personal

  • Charlotte (Germanic) - Free man [English and French speaking countries]

    Charlotte is a feminine form of the name Charles; though often interpreted as "woman" or "feminine," Charlotte might equally be interpreted as "masculine." Many texts reconcile these differences by defining Charlotte as "strong woman." Whilst moderately

  • Cora (Greek) - Maiden [English speaking countries]

    From the Greek 'korè' meaning 'girl'. The term 'korè' was used for certain female statues in ancient Greek sculpture. Her male counterpart was the so-called 'kouros'.
    In Greek mythology Cora was a byname of the goddess Persephone and it was the na

  • Dejah (French) - Already [English speaking countries]

    Dejah Thoris is Edgar Rice Burroughs's Martian princess in his Barsoom series. She first appeared in the initial Mars novel, A Princess of Mars (1917). It seems that Burrough created the name as a word-play on the French expression "déjà-vu", which is als

  • Delia (Latin) - Of Delos [English speaking countries]

    Delia is the feminine form of the Latin Delius, from the Greek place name Delos, a small Aegean island and the legendary birthplace of the divine twins Artemis and Apollo. In ancient times Delia was a cult title of Apollo and not used as a girl's first na

  • Dora (Greek) - Gift [English speaking countries]

    A nickname for any name containing the Greek element dôron, such as Dorothy, Theodora, and Isadora. Dora has had increasing popularity as a name, independant of any of its fuller versions.

  • Dorothy (Greek) - Gift of god [English speaking countries]

    Dorothy is the name of heroine in L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" which was later adapted in immensely popular film "The Wizard of Oz" which featured Judy Garland as Dorothy.

  • Elaine (Greek) - Torch; bright light [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Old French form of Greek Helen. Revived in Britain at the end of the 19th century and very popular in the 1950s, especially in Scotland.

    In Arthurian legend, Elaine is a name shared by several different female characters, including King Art

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

    A short form of Elisabeth, Elissa is also bestowed as an independent given name.

    Elissa is another name of the mythological, famous and tragic queen Dido of Carthage. Her history and faith formed a part of the plot of Virgil's Aeneas.

  • Emilia (Latin) - Rival; emulating [English, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish speaking countries]

    From Aemilius, the name of a Roman noble family, which has been associated with as well the Greek aimulos' and the Latin 'aemulus' that mean 'soft; friendly' and 'emulating; rival' respectively.

    Many Polish queens and princesses have had t

  • 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

  • Esmeralda (Spanish) - Emerald [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Means "emerald" in Spanish. In Victor Hugo's novel 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' Esmeralda is the Gypsy girl whom Quasimodo is in love with. Another literary connection for Esmeralda would be in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" in which Esmeralda

  • Evangeline (Greek) - Good news; bearer of good news [English and French speaking countries]

    The name Evangeline was invented by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for his Acadian epic poem, "Evangeline." Though it is derived from Greek elements [euangelion], its use is primarily in the English and French speaking worlds, particularly among the Acadian

  • Fay (English) - Fairy [English speaking countries]

    Fay is derived from Middle English faie meaning "fairy", such as in the popular Arthurian figure of Morgan Le Fay.

    Faye is also the English form of the old French Foy, meaning "faith" (from the Latin 'fides').
    Sainte Foy was a French

  • Griselda (Germanic) - Grey battle [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    In medieval European lore, Griselda was the wife of nobleman who tolerated any annoyance or grief he caused her. She is known in several literary works, including the Canterbury Tales and the Decameron, as "Patient Griselda."

  • Heidi (Germanic) - Noble one [English and German speaking countries]

    'Heidi' is a children's story by Joanna Spyri, set in the mountains of Switzerland. Its sequels were written by Spyri's English translator Charles Tritten. Heidi is also the name of a character in Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' series of novels. The charact

  • Imogene (English) - Maiden [English speaking countries]

    A variant of Imogene that has that became popular in the twentieth century.

  • Isabella (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [Dutch, English, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]

    There have been various queens named Isabella. Isabella of Castile laid the foundations for the unification of Spain, with her husband Ferdinand of Aragon. They reconquered Granada, and patronised Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to America. She w

  • Jessica (Literary) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Jessica first appeared in the Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice' and her origins are much debated. It is possible that Jessica comes from the Hebrew name found in the Bible as Iscah, which was translated in Shakespeare's time as Jesca.


  • Josephine (Hebrew) - He will enlarge [English, French and German speaking countries]

    Josephine is an English and French feminine form of the name Joseph.

    Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, is an early bearer of this name. She was born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, and her first husb

  • Juliet (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [English speaking countries]

    Juliet is the name of the ill-fated heroine of Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". A moon of the planet Uranus is named after this character.

    Juliet is the NATO Phonetic Alphabet word for the letter 'J'.

    Juliet Steven

  • Katrina (Greek) - Pure [English speaking countries]

    Anglicisation of Caitríona or a form of Katherine.

    Hurricane Katrina occurred in 2005, devastating, in particular, New Orleans and Mississippi. The cost of reconstruction following the hurricane was set at $10.5 billion - making it the most

  • Leah (Hebrew) - Weary [English speaking countries]

    This name may also be taken from the Hebrew word meaning "wild cow" or "gazelle".

    Biblically, Leah is the wife of Jacob and the older sister of Rachel. Jacob laboured for seven years for Leah's father Laban to win Rachel's hand. On his wed

  • Leila (Persian) - Dark-haired beauty; night [Arabic, English and Persian speaking countries]

    Leila is a common Persian name that has recently gained a measure of popularity in the English-speaking world.

  • Luciana (Latin) - Light [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Luciana is a main character of Shakespeare's play "The Comedy of Errors".

  • Lucinda (Latin) - Light [English speaking countries]

    "Lucinda" first appears in literature in Cervantes' "Don Quixote," though it is unclear whether Cervantes invented this name himself. Lucinda first became popular in the nineteenth century; it is currently quite uncommon in the U.S.

  • Marcella (Latin) - Little Marcus [English and Italian speaking countries]

    Latin feminine of Marcellus, a diminutive of Marcus. In regular use in the English-speaking countries since the 1860s.

    The most famous Marcella is probably "the most beautiful creature ever sent into the world", in Don Quixote by Cervantes.

  • Marina (Latin) - From the god Mars [Bulgarian, English, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish and Russian speaking countries]

    A feminine form of the Roman family name Marinus.

    The name is derived from Marius (from the god Mars), but is identical to the Latin adjective 'marinus' meaning "of the sea", and therefore commonly associated to it.

    Marina is

  • Mary (Hebrew) - Bitter [English speaking countries]

    Originally a Middle English Anglicized form of the French "Marie," derived from the Latin "Maria," and ultimately from the Hebrew name of uncertain origin "Miryam".

    This is the New Testament form of Miriam, which St. Jerome derives from ele

  • Matilda (Germanic) - Powerful battler [English, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish speaking countries]

    Latinized form of Mathilda.

    Matilda of Flanders was Queen consort of the Kingdom of England and the wife of William the Conqueror.

    "Matilda," by Roald Dahl, is a children's book about a girl with extraordinary mental powers.<

  • Melissa (Greek) - Honey-bee [English speaking countries]

    From the Greek "honey bee".

    In Greek mythology, this was the name of a nymph that saved Zeus from his father, Cronus.

    The 16th century Italian poet Ariosto used the name for a good fairy in his poem "Orlando Furioso."

  • Myra (Latin) - Uncertain, perhaps myrrh, unguent [English speaking countries]

    The name was invented in the 17th century by the poet Fulke Greville for use in his love poems.
    He perhaps based it on Latin 'myron' from the Greek (myrrh, onguent - a sweet smelling oil), creating a feminine form of Myron.
    It has also been

  • Octavia (Latin) - Eighth [English speaking countries]

    In Roman times, Octavia was the name of the wife of Mark Antony , also sister of Roman emperor Augustus. Octavia is a character in Shakespeare's play "Antony and Cleopatra".

  • Ophelia (Greek) - Help; aid [English speaking countries]

    Ophelia is a main character in Shakespeare's tragic play "Hamlet" who dies by drowning while in a state of delirium and mental torment. Ophelia has since become a symbol of angst for teenage girls.

  • Oriana (Latin) - Dawn, gold [English and Italian speaking countries]

    In 16th Century Portuguese tale "Amadis de Gaula", Oriana was the daughter of a king of England who married the knight Amadis.

  • Pamela (Literary) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Pamela was created by the 16th century English poet and statesman Sir Philip Sidney for the name of a character in his pastoral "Arcadia". It's possible that the meaning is "honeyed sweetness" or "honey."

    Pamela was later the name of Br

  • Pearl (English) - Pearl [English speaking countries]

    Pearl is also a surname, and was used with some frequency on boys in the early twentieth century. Its use as a masculine name faded as Pearl grew in popularity as a feminine name.

    In Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" protagonist H

  • Portia (Latin) - Pig [English speaking countries]
  • Rebecca (Hebrew) - To tie [English speaking countries]

    Sometimes touted as meaning 'to tie/to bind' or 'heifer', this name is of doubtful meaning and probably has its roots in Aramaic. The Biblical Rebecca was the wife of Isaac in the Old Testament and the mother of Jacob and Esau.

    This is al

  • Scarlett (English) - Scarlet [English speaking countries]

    Scarlett O'Hara is the protagonist of Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind". It is a little known fact that Scarlett's full name is "Katie Scarlett O'Hara", after her Irish father's mother.

    Scarlett Johansson is a popular American

  • Shirley (English) - Bright grassland [English speaking countries]
  • Sophie (Greek) - Wisdom [English, French and German speaking countries]

    Sophie is a traditional French name, derived from the Greek meaning "wisdom".

    "Les Malheurs de Sophie" ("Sophie's Misfortunes") is a famous children's novel in France, written by Madame La Comtesse de Ségur and published in 1859.

  • Stella (Latin) - Star [English speaking countries]

    Stella is a character in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

    As a product name, Stella Artois is a brand of Belgian beer, and Stella is a magazine produced by the British newspaper 'The Sunday Telegraph'.


  • Susan (Hebrew) - Lily [English speaking countries]

    Susan B Anthony was an American suffrage leader, who helped to secure the vote for women in USA. Susan Sarandon is an Oscar-winning actress.

    Susan Pevensie is one of four siblings that find their way to Narnia in CS Lewis' 'The Lion, the W

  • Tess (Greek) - Harvester [English speaking countries]

    Tess (Teresa) is the heroine in Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel "Tess of the D'Ubervilles".

  • Thelma (Literary) - Will; wish [English speaking countries]

    Possibly from the Greek 'thelema' (wish, act of will). The name was probably coined by the author Marie Corelli in her novel "Thelma, A Norwegian Princess." The name does not have any apparently relation to the Norwegian language.

  • Una (Latin) - One [English speaking countries]

    Una appears as a name in Spenser's "Faerie Queene," and her character is considered a personification of Truth and the Church. She is set up in opposition to the antagonist Duessa (from the Greek word for "two"), who is set up as the "False Church."

  • Vanessa (Literary) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    This name was coined by Jonathan Swift for his friend Esther Vanhomrigh. Other famous bearers include actress Vanessa Redgrave, singer Vanessa Carlton and actress and singer Vanessa Williams.

    Vanessa is also the name of a genus of butterfly

  • Vanna (Italian) - She who sifts [English speaking countries]
  • Violet (Latin) - Violet [English speaking countries]

    Violets are small plants, whose flowers are usually violet or purple in colour.

    There are several fictional characters named Violet: in the comic 'Peanuts', Violet Beauregarde is a chewing-gum addict golden ticket winner in Roald Dahl's 'C

  • Wanda (Slavonic) - N/A [English and Polish speaking countries]

    Of uncertain etymology, Wanda is generally believed to be of Germanic origin, perhaps from 'vond' (wand, stem, young tree) or from Wend, a term denoting a member of the old Slavic people who now live in an enclave south of Berlin.


  • Wendy (Literary) - Friend [English speaking countries]

    Author J.M. Barrie created the name Wendy for "Peter Pan." Wendy is meant to serve as the word "friend", and inspired by childish lisps. Wendy is sometimes thought to be a nickname for Gwendoline.

  • Zenobia (Greek) - The life of Zeus [English and Polish speaking countries]

    In history, Zenobia of Palmyra was a North African queen descended from Cleopatra who campaigned through much of North Africa before being defeated by Rome.

    Zenobia was the name of a character who drowned herself in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "B

  • Zoraida (Arabic) - Uncertain, perhaps captivating woman [English speaking countries]

    Zoraida may be of Arabic origin, but could also be an invention of the author Cervantes.

Gender Neutral Names
  • Ariel (Hebrew) - Lion of God [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Ariel is generally regarded as the masculine spelling of this name, with the feminine forms Ariela and Arielle. A famous male Ariel is Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    Ariel appears in the Bible as a name for the city of Jerusalem and a

  • Christian (Latin) - Follower of Christ [English, French and German speaking countries]

    A Christian is someone who follows the religion of Christianity, based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    Christian is the main character of John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress', which is a Christian allegory.

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  • Jay (English) - Jay bird [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    Jay may also be used as a nickname for names beginning with J, or as a full name independently.
    A jay is a type of small bird.
    Jay is the name of a character of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gasby" (1925).

  • Jody (Hebrew) - Of Judea [English speaking countries]

    Jody, along with it's variant Jodie, have both been traditionally used for boys and girls.

    The main character in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings classic Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Yearling" was 11 year old Jody Baxter, a boy who lived in the

  • Kara (Gaelic) - Friend [English and Turkish speaking countries]

    As a female name, Kara is derived from Cara - which has roots in Gaelic and Italian. As a male name it is Turkish.

    Kara refers to several geographical places.

    It is a character in the novel 'Benim Adým Kýrmýzý' by the Turki

  • Laurence (Latin) - Man from Laurentum [English and French speaking countries]

    Laurence is an English masculine name and a French feminine name. Friar Laurence is a character from Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet".

  • Morgan (Welsh) - Uncertain, perhaps bright sea [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which is derived from Welsh mor (sea) or mawr (great), and can (bright, white) or cant (circle, completion).
    This name is common as a surname in both Wales and Ireland and is becoming increasingly popular

  • Paris (Greek) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    In Homer's epic poem "The Iliad", Paris was the Trojan Prince whose vanity caused the start of the Trojan war and the eventual downfall of his city. In Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet", Paris was the man the Capulet's wanted Juliet to marry. Paris

  • Robin (Germanic) - Bright fame [English speaking countries]

    Robin is a pet form of Robert and has strong literary ties. Robin Hood is a legendary champion of the poor and Robin is also the name of two character's in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", including the trickster Robin Goodfellow who is also kn

  • Sam (Hebrew) - His name is God [English speaking countries]

    Either a short form of Samantha or Samuel.

    Sam is a character in Stephenie Meyer's popular Twilight series of books. It is also the name of the lead character in John Hughes quintessential teen movie, starring Molly Ringwald, "Sixteen Cand

  • Sydney (English) - Wide meadow [English speaking countries]

    Sydney is a variant of the name Sidney, and can be used on both males and females.

    Sydney Carton is the male hero of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities."

    Sydney Bristow is the heroine in the television show "Alias."

  • Winnie (Welsh) - Blessed peace; fair reconciliation [English speaking countries]

    Winnie the Pooh is a central character in A.A. Milne's children's stories involving the Hundred Acre Woods which he had written for his son. Winnie was also a main love interest for the main character in the popular American sitcom The Wonder Years.