Middle Names

Male Names
  • Alan (Gaelic) - Rock [English speaking countries]

    The name Alan is of Celtic origin and was introduced to the English by the Breton followers of William the Conqueror. The exact meaning of the name is not entirely known although "rock" seems to be the most probable. There are many variations of this name

  • Alexander (Greek) - Defending men [Dutch, English, German, Hungarian and Slovak speaking countries]

    Anglicised version of the Greek name Alexandros.

    Alexander appears in the Bible as the one who helps Jesus bear the cross on the journey to Calvary.

    Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedon king. Greece was unified by his

  • Allen (Gaelic) - Rock [English speaking countries]

    Variant of Allen.

    Bearers include poet Allen Ginsberg, basketball player Allen Iverson and American musician Allen Toussaint.

    As a surname, notable bearers include film director Woody Allen, singer Lily Allen and musician and

  • 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

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

    John was the name of two characters in the New Testament.

    John is the personal name of four US Presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, and John F. Kennedy.

  • Michael (Hebrew) - Who is like God? [Czech, English, French and German speaking countries]

    Extended form of Micha, meaning "Who is like God?".

    Michael is the name of several characters in the Old Testament. It is most famously that of one of the archangels, the one closest to God, who has the responsability of carrying out God's

  • Reid (English) - Red [English speaking countries]
  • Scott (English) - Painted warrior [English speaking countries]

    Came originally from Old English to mean Scotsman.

    Robert Scott was the leader of the losing team in the 'Race to the Pole', and died on his return. Walter Scott was a novelist.

    'Beam me up, Scotty' is a phrase associated wi

  • Stephen (Greek) - Crown [English speaking countries]

    St Stephen was the first Christian martyr, his stoning is depicted in the New Testament book of Acts. St Stephen's Day is 26 December.

    There have been nine Popes named Stephen, five kings of Hungary named Stephen and one King of England. G

  • William (Germanic) - Will, desire + helmet, protection [English speaking countries]

    William comes from the Germanic elements 'wil' (will, desire) and 'helm' (helmet, protection). It was the 10th most popular name for boys in the US in 2006, and the 7th most popular in the UK.

    There have been many rulers named William, incl

Female Names
  • Ann (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [English speaking countries]

    Ann is the English spelling of Anne, the French form of Hannah, that has been used since Medieval times.

    Ann Arbor is a city in Michigan, the 'Ann' part of the name comes from the first name of the wives of its founders John Allen and Elish

  • Anne (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [English, French and Norwegian speaking countries]

    Anne gained popularity through the belief that St Anne was the mother of the Virgin Mary. There is no Biblical basis for this, though Anna is one of the people who meets the infant Jesus at the Temple of Jerusalem.

    Anne is the name of vari

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

    Nickname for Elizabeth or Bethany.

  • Claire (Latin) - Clear; bright; famous [English speaking countries]

    "Claire" is the French feminine adjective for "clear."

    Claire is the name of a computer programming language; "Claire's" is a well-known accessories store in the U.S and UK. Famous bearers include actress Claire Danes and US senator Claire

  • Dawn (English) - Sunrise, daybreak [English speaking countries]

    Dawn was an extremely popular name in the 1960s and 70s. The multiple pronunciations listed cover a range of accents.

  • 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

  • Elizabeth (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [English, Greek and Hebrew speaking countries]

    From Elisabet, the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheva meaning "my God is a vow".
    In the Old Testament, Elisheva is the wife of Aaron.
    In the New Testament, the name is borne by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Bapti

  • Grace (Latin) - Good will [English speaking countries]

    Grace was the 17th most popular girl's name in the US in 2006, and the most popular (#1) name in the UK in 2007. It is also very popular as a middle name. To Christians, grace means free salvation from God. Grace is also the name of the prayer said before

  • Joy (English) - Joy; jubilation [English speaking countries]
  • June (English) - The sixth month of the year [English speaking countries]
  • Louise (Germanic) - Fame and war [Dutch, English and French speaking countries]

    Louise is a popular feminine form of the name Louis; it is used in all English-speaking and French-speaking countries, and is commonly found across Europe. Louise is a common name in European royal families. Saint Louise de Marillac was born in France i

  • Lynne (English) - N/A [English speaking countries]
  • Margaret (Greek) - Pearl [English speaking countries]

    English form of the latinised Greek name meaning "pearl".

    An extremely common name from the Middle Ages onwards.

    St Margaret of Antioch was a virgin martyr, there is little evidence to suggest that she actually existed, but h

  • 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

  • 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

  • Michelle (Hebrew) - Who is like God? [English and French speaking countries]

    French feminine form of Michel; variant of Michèle.

    The name is now also used extensively in the English-speaking world.

    It was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, possibly influenced by the famous Beatles song "Michelle".

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

    Nicole is a feminine form of Nicholas. Bearers include actress Nicole Kidman, socialite Nicole Richie and singer Nicole Appleton.

  • Noelle (Latin) - Day of birth [English and French speaking countries]

    Feminine form of Noël.

  • Rae (Hebrew) - Ewe [English speaking countries]

    A nickname for Rachael or a feminine form of Ray. Possibly also taken from the vocabulary word 'ray' or the Scottish surname (Mac)Rae.

  • Ruth (Hebrew) - Friend [English and German speaking countries]

    Of uncertain etymology, most think it is derived from a contraction of the Hebrew re'uth ("companion, friend"). The name is borne in the Bible by the wife of Mahlon and daughter-in-law of Naomi. After the death of her husband, father-in-law, and brother-i

  • 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.

    Famous bearer

Gender Neutral Names
  • Jade (English) - Precious green stone [English and French speaking countries]

    Jade has been considered a precious stone for thousands of years, used in jewellery, weapons, and grave goods. Its name is derived from the Spanish phrase "piedra de ijada," which means "bowel stones." It was believed that jade could prevent gastrointes

  • Jean (Hebrew) - God is gracious [English and French speaking countries]

    French male name, modern French form of John. Or English female name, medieval variant of Jane.

    There have been two king Johns or king Jeans of France. The first only ruled for five days - he was born after his Father's death and died soon

  • Lee (English) - Clearing, meadow [English speaking countries]

    Lee is a surname that has become very common as a first name in English speaking countries.

    As a first name, famous Lees include actor Lee Marvin, Lee Majors, singer Lee Ryan and the assassin of John F Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald.

  • Leigh (English) - Clearing, meadow [English speaking countries]

    Became popular in names such at Katie-Leigh, Jodi-Leigh.

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

    Of uncertain origin, possibly derived from Linda.

  • 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