New Zealand Names

Male Names
  • Aidan (Gaelic) - Little fire [English and Gaelic speaking countries]

    Anglicized form of Aodhán. When combined with variants like Aiden, Ayden, Aydan, and Aden, Aidan was the most popular name for boys in the U.S. in 2006.

    St Aidan was the founder of the monastery of Lindisfarne in north England. He is credit

  • Aiden (Gaelic) - Little fire [English speaking countries]

    A modern respelling of Aidan. May also be a variant of Eden. When combined with variants like Ayden, Aydan, and Aden, Aiden was the most popular name for boys in the U.S. in 2006.

  • Andrew (Greek) - Man, warrior [English speaking countries]

    Andrew was a disciple of Jesus and of John the Baptist, who it is said was martyred by being crucified on a cross in the shape of an "X". He became a saint. This symbol is now referred to as Saint Andrew's cross. Andrew was the brother of Peter.

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

    Anthony is from the Roman family name Antonius. Commonly shortened to "Tony" in the English speaking world, Anthony is one of the most common male names in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

    Saint Anthony the Great was the fa

  • 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

  • Brandon (English) - Broom hill [English speaking countries]

    Originally a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "broom hill" in Old English. Brandon is the name of the second-largest city in the Canadian province of Manitoba, and is the name of several towns throughout the U.S. and U.K.

  • Caleb (Hebrew) - Dog; Heart [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Caleb and Joshua were among the Israelites who left Egypt for Canaan with Moses. They were the only two who lived to see the promised land. Caleb is sometimes translated as "faithful" or "loyal," probably because a dog displays the

  • Christoper (Greek) - Bearer of Christ [English speaking countries]

    Variant form of Christopher rarely found.

  • Daniel (Hebrew) - God is my judge [Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Armenian speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Daniel was a Hebrew prophet and the Book of Daniel contains prophecies concerning the future. Daniel was among the Jews who were taken captive in Babylon. He rose to a high position in the Babylonian government by interpreting the ki

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

    A recently coined name made by combining the prefix De with the name Marco.

  • Dominick (Latin) - Lord [English speaking countries]

    This is a variant spelling of Dominic commonly encountered in English-speaking countries.

  • Elias (Hebrew) - My God is the Lord [English and Greek speaking countries]

    Greek variant of the Hebrew Elijah. "Elias" is the name of an oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn. It is sometimes claimed that Elias is linked to the ancient Greek name Helios, though this theory is not strongly supported by onomastic evidence.

  • Elijah (Hebrew) - My god is the lord [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Elijah was a Hebrew prophet who appeared mysteriously during the 9th century B.C.E. and left this earth in a blazing chariot ascending into the heavens. He appears in the Bible in 1 and 2 Kings, and is seen with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus.<

  • Ethan (Hebrew) - Strong, firm, impetuous [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Ethan means strong and optimistic, solid and enduring, or permanent. The name Ethan appears eight times in the Hebrew Bible. Ethan the Ezrahite, is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. It may be that Ethan was a cymbal-player in King David's court. He authored

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

    Evan is considered to be Welsh and is, like Ieunan, a form of John and means "God is gracious". Evan and Even are used also in Britanny where they are linked to John the Baptist. These forms overlap in Ireland and Scotland with forms of Eoghan, which are

  • George (Greek) - Earth worker [English speaking countries]

    There have been six British kings called George, and Saint George is the patron saint of England, knights, armorers and archers. This is also the first name of US President, George H. W. Bush and his son, President George W. Bush, and the first US Preside

  • 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

  • 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

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

    This is a combination of both names John and Paul. It seems to be a popular combination, helped along in many countries by the association with Popes John Paul I and II.

  • Jonathan (Hebrew) - God has given; gift of God [English, German and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Jonathan was the eldest son of King Saul and the best friend of the future king David. Jonathan was a courageous defender of Israel and was killed in battle against the Philistines.

  • Kaelan (Gaelic) - Slender [English speaking countries]
  • Kaelen (Gaelic) - Slender [English speaking countries]
  • Lachlan (Gaelic) - Warrior from the Land of the Lochs [English speaking countries]

    This spelling is more commonly used in North America and Australia.

  • Lester (English) - From Leicester [English speaking countries]

    Likely from the place name, Leicester, or in the 10th century "Ligora caester" more or less meaning Ligora's fort.

  • Luke (Greek) - Man from Lucania [English speaking countries]

    St Luke was the author of the Biblical books of Luke and of the Acts of the Apostles. He is traditionally seen as being a physician or a doctor.

    Luke was ranked as the 17th most popular boy's name in the UK in 2006, but was rated 43rd in t

  • 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.

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

  • Nathan (Hebrew) - He (God) has given [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Nathan is a prophet who served King David and his son, who was also called Nathan. Nathan is also used as a short form of Nathaniel or Jonathan.

  • Noah (Hebrew) - Rest; comfort [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Noah rounded up two of every species and built an ark in order to survive the great Flood. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights and everyone on earth died except Noah and his family. After the Flood God sent a rainbow as a sign of the

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

    In the Old Testament, Samuel was the son of Hannah, a prophet and a judge who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Samuel was the 25th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006 and the 8th most popular in the UK.

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

    Anglicised form of Sean.

  • Taine (Norse) - Man; god of the forests [English speaking countries]

    An Anglicised form of the Maori name Tane, however Taine itself is not Maori.

  • 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
  • Alexa (Greek) - Defending men [English speaking countries]

    Short form of Alexandra or feminine form of Alexis.

    Alexa Vega is an American actress.

  • Alexandra (Greek) - Defending men [Czech, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak and Russian speaking countries]

    There have been various Alexandras in royalty: Alexandra of Hesse was the wife of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, Alexandra of Denmark was the wife of British King Edward VIII and Princess Alexandra is a cousin of British Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Alysha (French) - Noble kind; of the noble sort [English speaking countries]

    A variant of Alicia first used in the 1980s.

  • Alysia (French) - Noble kind; of the noble sort [English speaking countries]

    A recently coined variant of Alicia. Most often pronunced ah-LISS-ee-ah it is occasionally said ah-LEESH-yah or ah-LEES-ee-ah.

  • Audrianna (Latin) - Audrey and anna combined [English speaking countries]

    A variant of Audrianna.

  • Ava (Germanic) - N/A [English and German speaking countries]

    This name could be a respelling of Eva.

    St Ava was a 9th century nun, the daughter of Pepin II of Aquitaine.

    It has become more popular in the USA since the late 1980s, and in 2006 was the fifth most popular name.

  • 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

  • Corrie (Greek) - Maiden [Dutch and English speaking countries]

    Diminuative for any feminine name starting with 'Cor' such as Corrine, Coral, Corabel, Cordelia, etc.

  • Cristin (Latin) - Follower of Christ [English speaking countries]

    Modern respelling of Kristin or Kristen which first became popular in the early 1970's.

  • 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

  • Ella (Greek) - Torch; bright light [English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Ella originated as a short form of any of the various names containing the Germanic element ali (foreign, other).

    Ella is now taken as a variant of Ellen, and also a possible nickname to other names with a strong el-sound in them.

  • Ember (English) - Burned coal [English speaking countries]

    Similar in sound to the name Amber, Ember is a far less common alternative.

  • Emma-Lee (English) - A combination of Emma and Lee [English speaking countries]

    This compound name combines the names "Emma" and "Lee" to become a form of "Emily."

  • Gabriella (Hebrew) - God is my might [English, Hungarian and Italian speaking countries]

    Lady Gabriella Windsor is the daughter of Prince Michael of Kent, and is a member of the British royal family. The main female character in Disney's 'High School Musical' is Gabriella Montez.

  • 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

  • Haily (English) - Hay clearing or hay woods [English speaking countries]

    Alternate trendy spelling of the traditional Hailey or Hayley. Haily did not feature on the US top 1000 popular baby names in 2006. However, if you go by sound and combine all the HAY lee pronunciations together (eg Hailey, Hayley, Haley, Hayleigh etc.)

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

    The holly is a type of plant with red berries and a serrated leaf edge. It is usually associated with Christmas - especially with the song: 'The Holly and the Ivy'.

    Holly Hunter is an Academy Award winning, or Oscar winning, actress. Holly

  • 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

  • Jasmine (Persian) - Jasmine [English speaking countries]

    Jasmine is the name of a flower. In the Disney film Aladdin, Jasmine is the name of one of the main characters.

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


  • Jewel (English) - Precious stone [English speaking countries]
  • Jorja (Latin) - Farmer; earth-worker [English speaking countries]

    Modern American English variant respelling of the classic Georgia.

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

    A short form of Michaela (McKayla), or perhaps an elaboration on Kayley.

  • Kia (English) - Pet form of Kiana [English and Swedish speaking countries]

    Kia is a Swedish pet form of Kristina.

    In the English-speaking world, its use is recent, and probably arbitrary, or a pet form of Kiana.
    In New Zealand and Australia it may have been inspired by the Maori phrase 'kia ora' (be well),

  • Lauryn (Latin) - Man from Laurentum [English speaking countries]

    Alternate spelling of Lauren.

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

    Lillian Bounds was the wife of animator Walt Disney. Lillian Gish and Lillian Roth were American actresses, and Lillian Hellman was a playwright. The name was most popular around 1900, and these four examples of bearers of the name Lillian were all born w

  • 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.

  • Mandi (Latin) - She who must be loved [English speaking countries]
  • Marcie (Latin) - From the god Mars [English speaking countries]

    Pet form of Marcia.

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

    Pet form of Marcia.

    Marcy is sometimes found in historical documents as an alternate spelling of the name Mercy.

  • Nakia (Greek) - Unconquered, unconquerable [English speaking countries]
  • Priscila (Latin) - Ancient [English speaking countries]

    A spelling variant of Priscilla that has fallen into disuse.

  • Samantha (Aramaic) - Listener [English speaking countries]

    As Samantha is likely an English variation on Samuel, it does not retain the original Hebrew meaning "heard by God," as it is not a Hebrew name.

    Samantha is a relatively new name, arising in the latter part of the 18th century. It was popu

  • 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

  • Savannah (Spanish) - Plateau [English speaking countries]

    A savanna (also spelled "savannah") is a large, grassy plateau. Savannah is the name of a large city in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is also the name of a breed of cat.

  • Sophia (Greek) - Wisdom [English, German, Greek and Italian speaking countries]

    The name Sophia is derived from the Greek word for "wisdom." In early religious and philosophical texts, characters who personified wisdom are referred to as "Sophia figures."

    Famous bearers include actress Sophia Loren, Sophia Myles and

  • Valerie (Latin) - To be healthy, strong [English and French speaking countries]
  • Victoria (Latin) - Conqueror; victory [English, Romanian and Spanish speaking countries]

    Victoria was the Roman goddess of victory, the equivalent of the Greek Nike.

    A notable bearer of this name is Queen Victoria who reigned between 1819 - 1901 and is the longest reigning British monarch. Victoria was not a common name when Qu

Gender Neutral Names
  • Abbey (Hebrew) - Father in rejoicing [English speaking countries]

    A nickname for Abigail, and also a surname from Middle English originally used for someone who worked at an abbey. Abbey is also the name of a British bank.

  • Addison (English) - Son of Adam [English speaking countries]

    Addison, which means 'son of Adam', is one of the surnames which has been enthusiastically taken up in the current trend to find 'unique' names for baby girls. It has been climbing the American charts since 1994 and in 2006 was the 27th most popular name

  • Alexis (Greek) - Defender [English, French, German and Greek speaking countries]

    This traditionally male name is now also used for girls in the English-speaking world. In modern Greece it remains a male name, which might more literally be transliterated as 'Alexes': in the Greek alphabet it is written 'alpha-lambda-epsilon-xi-eta-sigm

  • Ashley (English) - Ash wood [English speaking countries]

    A place name and surname from the Old English words 'æsc' (ash) and 'leah' (wood). This name transferred from surname to male first name but in recent decades has become increasingly popular for girls.

  • Chris (Greek) - Bearer of Christ [English speaking countries]

    Nickname for Chris- names.

  • 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.

    Famous peopl

  • Hailey (English) - Hay clearing or hay woods [English speaking countries]

    A common spelling of this name, it is found mostly on females. It was the 25th most popular name in the US in terms of spelling. If you go by sound and combine all the HAY lee pronunciations together (eg Hailey, Hayley, Haley, Hayleigh etc.) then Hailey (

  • Ira (Hebrew) - Watchful [English, German and Hindi speaking countries]

    In the Bible Ira is King David's priest. Popular in the early part of the twentieth century it has since become rare. This is said EYE rah.

    It is also used as a female name in Germany and other European countries. This use comes from it be

  • Madison (English) - Son of Maud; Matthew's son [English speaking countries]

    Transferred use of the surname meaning "son of Maud"; and also perhaps "Mad's son", Mad being a common pet form of Matthew during the Middle Ages.

    Although Madison, today, is given as a name to both genders, it isn't a legitimate unisex nam

  • Mandy (Latin) - She who must be loved [English speaking countries]

    A short form of Amanda or Miranda, Mandy is also bestowed as an independent given name. Very occasionally Mandy is used as a male name.

  • 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

  • Nikita (Greek) - Unconquered, unconquerable [English and Russian speaking countries]

    A Russian male name now often used for girls in the English-speaking world, perhaps due to its similarity to the female names Niki or Nita. Perhaps the best-known Nikita in the last century was Nikita Khrushchev, an important leader in the USSR's Communi

  • Taylor (English) - A tailor [English speaking countries]

    Taylor was originally an occupational surname which denoted someone who worked as a tailor.

    Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States. Taylor is a brand of guitars and the name of Taylor University in Indiana. Taylor Alis