Modern respelling of Aidan.
From the Old English elements 'ald' (old) and 'tun' (town, village).
A contracted form of Augustine and originally a surname. Austin is a city in Texas. Austin was a British car manufacturer, that was later called the British Motor Corporation. They were responsible for the first Mini and later the Austin Rover group.
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts, USA. Its name is a contraction of "Botolph's town"; St. Botolph is an English patron saint of farmers and the Danish patron saint of travellers.
Surname from the Old English words 'brad' (broad) and 'ford' (ford). Several places in England bear this name, the largest being a city in West Yorkshire.
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.
Most known as the name of a popular tourist town in Missouri.
Originated as a surname for those who lived by or in an area that had been burned. Also comes from a old Celtic word that meant "steep" or "steep hill" and was granted to those living on one.
It was also a reference to those who had been
A place name used as both surname and, occasionally, first name, possibly meaning 'winding valley'. Camden is a famously bohemian area of London.
Many Western U.S. cities and towns are called "Carson" after American explorer and frontiersman Kit Carson.
At first a placename based on the Celtic name of a nearby river it later made the transfer to surname and finally in the twentieth century to given name.
Chad is a country in central Africa. Lake Chad is a large wetland area in the country.
St Chad was an early English saint, who was Bishop of Northumbria and later Bishop of Mercia.
Chester is rarely used in modern times, although it is probably due for a comeback. Chet or Chas/Chaz are common nicknames for Chester. It is also found as a surname, where it likely originated designating someone who lived near or worked in a camp, fort
Based on Clarensis, a Latinisation which meant 'of Clare' or 'property of Clare'. It was the name of a dukedom created in 1362 by king Edward III for his son Lionel. The dukedom was named for the heiress of the Clare family whom Lionel married. Clarence c
Clark is a common surname and appears in several American place names. It was the middle name of 31st American President, Herbert Clark Hoover.
Clark Gable was an Academy-award winning actor, famous for his role of Rhett Butler in 'Gone wit
English habituation surname that became, at one point, popular to use as a first name. Currently, Cleveland is well known as the most populous city in the state of Ohio, as well as being home to the Rock and Toll Hall of Fame.
Could also mean 'fence settlement' from old English.
Famous bearers include American President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton, funk musician George Clinton.
A river in Scotland. The Gaelic name is Cluaidh.
It may mean "warm" as in Welsh clyd, "snug", or perhaps it has the more appropriate meaning of "powerful enough to be heard from a distance".
In 'Le Morte Darthur' by Thomas Malory, the Holy Grail is found in the Castle of Corbin or Corbenic.
Corbin Bleu is an American actor.
From the Old English name "Deorwine," "dear friend."
Most common as a surname, though it has come into popular use as a first name in the U.S. Perhaps the most famous bearer of this name was naturalist Charles Darwin, who authored "The Ori
Could either be derived from Dalton or Deighton hence the different meaning possibilities.
Destin has no known meaning, and is most likely a variant on the name Dustin. There is a well known tourist destination in Florida called Destin.
There are many places of this name in England; it is impossible to decide from which the family appellation is derived.
Multiple origins are considered. It could mean, from the Old English, "Ella's town". Or the derivation might be from the Saxon
Name associated with Lord Shiva.
Eshan might also be a town of Judah in the uplands of Hebron (Josh 15:52).
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
Houston is the name of largest city in the state of Texas, United States.
Originally a place in Scotland, the name Houston comes from the genitive case of the medieval personal name Hugh and the Middle English 'tune, toun', meaning "settlement, vi
Transcription of the Hebrew Yisrael which is from the Hebrew words meaning "to struggle; wrestle; contend" and "God". Another suggested meaning is "Prince of God".
In the Old Testament, when Jacob wrestled with the angel, he received the new name
Traditionally a surname, Jackson has gained recent popularity as a first name. This rise in popularity is probably due to parents using Jackson as a longer form of the nickname Jack. Jack is traditionally a nickname for the name John.
Kanye is the name of a town in Botswana. The most famous bearer of this name is rapper Kanye West, but it is unknown whether he was named after the town, or whether his parents invented the name themselves.
Keaton is traditionally a surname, famous bearers include silent film actor Buster Keaton, actress Diane Keaton and actor Michael Keaton (Keaton is a stage name).
Kelvin is a Scottish name derived from the river Clyde, and Glasgow as an area, Kelvinside, named after it.
The form of the name has probably been influenced by Melvin.
Kent is a county in south-eastern England.
This was virtually unknown of as a name prior to No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and Bush singer Gavin Rossdale naming their son this in 2006. They chose the name from their fondness for Kingston, Jamaica.
Kobe is the name of a town in Japan and a last name, but it is not used as a first name there.
Kobe has been unusually used as a name in the United States in reference to the Japanese town, such as the name of basketball player Kobe Bryant.
Kyle is the name of a former district of Ayrshire in Scotland. It is also the term for a narrow strip of water between two islands or between an island and the mainland, as in 'the Kyle of Tongue' on the northern coast.
It was the 10th most
Likely from the place name, Leicester, or in the 10th century "Ligora caester" more or less meaning Ligora's fort.
Lewis is a long accepted English spelling of the French name, Louis. It was the 20th most popular boy's name in the UK in 2006 and 2nd in Scotland, but was ranked only 678th in the US. The Isle of Lewis is one of the islands off the west coast of Scotland
The original Lincoln is a city in England, although there are now Lincolns all over the world. It was taken as a surname and is now becoming popular as a first name (it was the 300th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006). For those who don't live nea
Most famous bearer of this surname turned personal name is 36th President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson. Other famous bearers include political activist and economist Lyndon LaRouche,
Indian boy name meaning "absorbed", "engrossed".
Magan was also an ancient region which was referred to in Sumerian cuneiform texts of around 2300 BC as a source of copper and diorite for Mesopotamia. The location of Magan is not known with
From the surname, meaning "son of Finley".
William McKinley Jr. was the 25th President of the United States; he was assassinated by an anarchist in 1901.
McKinley also the name of the highest mountain peak in North America -
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
Surname derived from the place names; from the Old English middel (middle) and tun (settlement); or mylentun (settlement by the mill).
The surname is most famous as that of the poet John Milton, and the given name is sometimes bestowed in h
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
Preston is a city in Lancashire, England on the River Ribble. It was named Preston either as a result of the lands being owned by York Cathedral, or due to the priory set up by St Wilfrid on the Ribble.
Preston Burke was the name of a char
Transferred use of the surname, from the place name Rimington in Yorkshire, so called from the old name of the stream on which it stands (Old English Riming "boundary stream") with the Old English tun (enclosure, settlement).
Transferred use of the surname, from the place name in Somerset, an area of land in the marshes near Markham.
This is first recorded in the form Rodenye; it derives from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Hroda (a short form of the
Ross is a region of north Scotland. The Ross Ice Shelf is the largest ice shelf in Antarctica, it was named after Captain James Ross who discovered it in 1841. It was the place where James Scott and his party died, having failed to become the first people
Shiloh (variant transcription of Shilo) is a Biblical place name. It was a gathering place and sanctuary of the Hebrew at the time of the Judges, between Jericho and Sachem.
It is also used as a reference to the Messiah, although this is l
The River Trent is an English river that traditionally marked the divide between north and south England. It flows through towns such as Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Burton upon Trent.
Trenton is the capital city of the state of New Jersey.
Troy, as a surname, derives from the French city of Troyes. The ancient Greek island of Troy is, presumably, why Troy has become popular as a first name. The meaning is unknown. The name can also be an anglicisation of the Gaelic Troightheach, which me
Tyler is a city in Texas, presumably named so after John Tyler, the 10th US President.
From the name of a County in Northern Ireland, meaning "land of Eoghan, land of the noble".
Vail is a very popular skiing community in Colorado.
St Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of Lisbon.
St Vincent and the Grenadines is an island chain in the Lesser Antilles, with St Vincent being the largest island.
Famous bearers include artist Vincent van Gogh and ac
Walker-on-Tyne is a village in north-east England. There are also five US cities named Walker. Additionally, "Walker, Texas Ranger" was a popular American television show for many years.
Walker is a common occupational surname and the mid
Waylon might be derived from a surname, from a place name meaning "land by the road".
It might also be a variant of Wayland and derived from an Old English name, possibly meanig "land of war".
Xavier comes from the Basque place name "Etcheberria," which means "the new house." Though traditionally a Roman Catholic name, Xavier has grown to be one of the top 100 boys names in the U.S.
St Francis Xavier was the founder of the Jesu
This name was imported to England by Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the wife of William IV of Great Britain. She gave her name to the South Australian city of Adelaide. In contemporary literature of the time, Adelaide was frequently used as a name for upper
Alexander the Great founded many cities in his name, the most famous of which is Alexandria in Egypt. The Library of Alexandria was the largest in the ancient world, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
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
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
Spanish of the masculine Italian name Amerigo. North and South America are named after Amerigo Vespucci, who explored the coast of South America at the turn of the 16th century.
The name is also borne by actress America Ferrera.
Variant spelling of Ashley.
Variant spelling of Ashley.
Variant spelling of Ashley.
Variant spelling of Ashley.
Biblically, the village of Bethany was identified as being approximately 2 miles from Jerusalem, on the slope of the Mount of Olives. It was in Bethany that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and was anointed with expensive perfume by a woman. A religiou
Short form of Gabrielle or a combination of 'Bri' from Bridget or Brittany with the 'elle' suffix.
Brielle is the name of a town in the Netherlands.
The English name for the French province of Bretagne, named for the Briton settlers who arrived after the Anglo-Saxon invasion of England.
Brittany joined the US top 1000 in 1971 and experienced it's highest popularity (3rd most popular gir
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.
Catalina is an island off the coast of California. It is also the name of a type of salad dressing. Femine form of the male Romanian Catalin.
At first a French family name. It came into use as a first name at the beginning of the 20th century.
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
Chelsea is a district of London, England and the name of several places in the States. A Chelsea Bun is a type of cake, formed in the shape of a spiral and made of a yeast dough with a sweet glaze.
A famous bearer is Chelsea Clinton, daught
Respelling of the place name Chelsea.
China is a country in eastern Asia. Approximately one fifth of the world's population lives in China.
The English term "China" likely derives from a corruption of the name Qin. The Qin Dynasty ruled China for a brief period in the second
From the Latin 'clarus' (bright, clear distinguished).
Clare is a county in south-west Ireland. Saint Clare of Assisi was a follower of St Francis. She formed the Poor Clares order.
Clare Short and Clare Martin are politici
Elysia comes from the Greek Elysion (Latinized as 'Elysium'). Elysium was a part of the Greek underworld roughly equivalent to our idea of 'heaven'. Elysium is an obscure and mysterious name that evolved from a designation of a place or person struck by l
Florence is the English equivalent name for the Italian city of Firenze.
Georgia is a country in Eurasia, between Russia and Turkey.
The American state of Georgia was named after King George II of England.
South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands are an inhospitable group of islands in the souther
Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe, and contains the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, part of the UK. Éire is the traditional Gaelic name for Ireland; Ériu was one of three sister goddesses who were the patrons of pre-Christian Irelan
The name Kimberley derives from many sources, and its meaning therefore varies widely. It can mean "Cyebald's forest clearing," "royal forest clearing," and "royal fortress in the forest clearing," among other things. The common element in all these mea
Larissa is a Greek city, the capital of Thessaly. It is situated in an area that has been inhabited for 12000 years. Larissa is also the name of a moon of Neptune. In Greek mythology, Larissa was a nymph from Thessaly.
This surname became a popular first name in Scotland in the 19th century.
Lourdes is a city in France where the Virgin Mary is believed to have revealed herself.
Saint Lucia is an island in the Caribbean. It was named after Saint Lucy (Lucia) of Syracuse.
Saint Lucia enjoys a high degree of popularity in Scandinavian countries, where her feast day is celebrated every December 13th. Her connection
Lydia is the name of a historic region of Asia Minor, that included Troy and Ephesus. Lydia is also the name of a purple goods seller, in the Bible. She is considered the first European convert to Christianity. She was living in Thyatira which was on the
Comes from the name Malaya, which is a comination of two Tamil words, Malay or Malai (hill) and ur (town); thus meaning "hilltown".
Place name referring to a range of Spanish mountains that was considered holy. The name Montserrat is used by the Catalans, and this is a derivative of that name.
Place name referring to a range of Spanish mountains that was considered holy. This name is heavily used by the Catalans.
English form of Moriya.
In the Bible, Moriah is the name given to the mountain or mountain range where Abraham led his son Isaac for the sacrifice ordered by God.
The meaning of the name Moriya is debated.
Jewish scholars have
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
Paisley is a town in Scotland, near to Glasgow. It was famous for its weaving industry in the 19th century - Paisley pattern, which involves a Persian inspired tear-shaped design, comes from the town.
This name is very popular in southern Poland.
Regina was one epithet of the Roman goddess Juno. It is also the name of a city in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Sahara is the name of a vast desert in North Africa.
Sahara may also be taken as derived from the Hebrew "sahar" meaning "moon".
In the bible, there is a place named Samaria which could be where this name originates from. Samaria means "mountain lookout" or "watch mountain".
A samara is a flattened fruit, commonly called a 'helicopter' and found on trees such as the
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.
The Spanish word for a range of mountains is sierra. The name's popularity likely came from Americans using it in homage to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Scandinavian and Spanish spelling of Sophia.
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. It was named after the second oldest church in the capital, the Hagia Sophia or St Sofia Church.
Sofia Coppola is an American film director.
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
The American state of Virginia was named after English Queen Elizabeth I - known as the 'Virgin Queen' because she never married.
Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and Virginia Wade is a Wimbledon winning tennis player.
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
A surname derived from a place name, which probably comes originally from a Celtic word meaning 'high'.
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
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.
Aspens are part of the Willow family, and are characterized by their trembling leaves, white bark, and beautiful fall foliage.
Aspen Matthews is the heroine of the comic book "Fathom."
Aspen, Colorado, is a world-famous ski r
Brooklyn is a borough of New York City. The name comes from the Dutch "Breukelen," probably meaning "broken land." The name has become extremely popular in the U.S., perhaps due to its similarity to two existing names, Brooke and Lynn. British celebrit
Dallas is a city in Texas that grew due to it's importance in the oil and cotton industries. 'Dallas' was a long-running TV show that focussed on the Ewing family.
This is the name of a county in the south of England. It comes from a British tribal name which may mean 'worshippers of the god Dumnonos'.
A surname with two likely origins. Halley is both a diminutive of Hall from the French language and an Old English surname, likely referring to a place name. This place is unknown however.
The name of a state of the United States, this means land of indians (referring to Native Americans). It was the first name of the main character in the Indiana Jones movie and its popularity on females is possibly due to it being seen as an alternative
Jordan is the name of a country in the Middle East; it is also the name of the river that runs along Israel's eastern border in the Great Rift Valley. Jordan was in use as a male name in Europe by the Dark Ages, but it has recently become a popular choic
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
From the town Kilby in Leicestershire. The town was initially called Cilebi which meant Child's town, with Child being a personal name in this case. The town's name comes from the Old English cild meaning child and tun meaning town or settlement. Tun w
The surname Kelsey originated as a place name in Lincolnshire, England. It comes from the Old English name Cenel (which itself came from a word which meant 'fierce' or 'brave') plus the Old English noun 'eg' (meaning 'island' or 'low-lying land'). As a fi
From the place name Kendal in Cumbria, recorded in 1095 as Kircabikendala ‘village with a church in the valley of the Kent river’.
It is also an Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Cynddelw, which was borne by a famous 12th-century Welsh poe
Surname from the place name Kendal in Cumbria, recorded in 1095 as Kircabikendala ‘village with a church in the valley of the Kent river’.
It is also an Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Cynddelw, which was borne by a famous 12th-century W
In a surge of popularity toward using place names as first names, this reached #275 in the United States in 2005.
County Kerry is located in the Munster region of the Republic of Ireland.
The name of the county may mean "country of the children of Ciar", ciar meaning "dark" and probably implying "dark hair and brown eyes".
Lindsay is derived from the Brithonic name "Lindissi," a corruption of the Latin "Lindum Colonia" - the Roman name for Lincoln. "Lindum" may derive from the old Gaeli "lindu," meaning "dark lake." Lindsay is a unisex name today, usually feminine in the
London itself is of obscure etymology, but is possibly connected with the Celtic element 'lond' which means 'wild'. The Latinised Roman name for London was Londinium.
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
From the name of the country which became Malaysia.
Malaya is a comination of two Tamil words, Malay or Malai (hill) and ur (town); thus meaning "hilltown".
Next to this it is also in use as a firstname.
From the name of the town in Tennessee.
Memphis is also the Greek name of the ancient capital of the first nome of Lower Egypt, and of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, which was known in Ancient Egyptian as the city of the "white walls". According
From the Latin for mountainous; name of an American state.
Famous bearers include sports legend, football player Joe Montana.
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
A phoenix is a mythical bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; bo
In some cases a transferred use of the English surname, a local name from a place named with Old English ryge (rye) and leah (wood, clearing).
In other cases it probably represents a respelling of the Irish surname Reilly, which is from an old Iris
Rio is the Spanish vocabulary world for "river".
As a Japanese female name, Rio may be written with the characters for "jasmine" (ri) and "center; middle" (o). Other possibilities include "jasmine" (ri) an "cord; strap; beginning" (o), as well as "
Sable is another name for the color black.
The sable is a species of marten which inhabits forest environments. It has been prized for its fur. The term has become a generic description for some black-furred animal breeds, such as sable cat
The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland.
Shannon Lucid is an astronaut and Shannon Elizabeth is an actress. Examples of male Shannons include musicians Shannon Hoon and Shannon Leto.
The Shasta Indians of the Northwest U.S. gave their name to the famous Mount Shasta.
In the U.S., Shasta is used as a girl's name, and also a popular brand of soda.
As a Sanskrit male name, Shasta means "teacher." It is a nam
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."
Also an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Treasach ('warlike, fierce')
The word "Zaire" is a Portuguese corruption of "nezere," the Kikongo word for "river." Zaire is a former name of the Congo river, and is also the former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.