Popular Names

Male Names
  • 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

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

    From the Germanic word karl meaning "free man", akin to Old English ceorl "man".
    Charles is the French form of the name. There have been ten French kings named Charles, including Charlemagne (Charles the Great). Under Charlemagne's rule the Frankis

  • Charlie (Germanic) - Free man [English speaking countries]

    Charlie is very popular as a stand-alone name in the UK, rated 6h in 2007 (Charles came in at 52nd). It was ranked only 337th in the US.

    Charlie is also used occasionally as a nickname for the feminine name Charlotte, or other female "Char"

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

    From the Greek 'christos' (the annointed one, Christ) and 'phero' (I carry). Christopher is the patron saint of travellers and, according to the legend, Christopher carried the young Jesus across a river. Another famous bearer of the name is the explorer

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

    Hugo Grotius, who

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

    Though originally a nickname for John, Jack is frequently given as a stand-alone name today. In the UK, it has been the most popular name for baby boys for the last thirteen years.

    In cards, a jack is the lowest-ranking of the face cards.

  • 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.


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

    Originally a nickname for Jacob, Jake has attained considerable success in the UK, where it was rated as the 15th most popular boy's name in 2006. It was ranked 107th in the US.

  • 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

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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Oliver (French) - Elf army [English speaking countries]

    From the French Olivier, believed to be an old French version of the Germanic name Alfihar. The name is also associated with the olive tree and therefore peace. Oliver was the 173rd most popular boy's name in the US in 2006, but the third most popular i

  • Pablo (Latin) - Small; humble [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor, principal in the formation of the cubist art movement.

    Pablo was the 3rd most popular name in Spain in 2006.

  • 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.

  • Sebastian (Latin) - Man from Sebaste [Danish, English, German, Norwegian and Spanish speaking countries]

    In early Christian lore, Saint Sebastian was a Roman soldier who was martyred when his Christian faith was discovered. Sebastian was an extremely popular saint in the Middle Ages.

    In Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', Sebastian is the twin br

  • 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
  • Abigail (Hebrew) - Father in rejoicing [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Abigail was an Old Testament character who saved her negligent husband from the wrath of King David. After her husband's death, she later married David. David's sister was also named Abigail.

    Abigail was quite commonly used in English-sp

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ellie [English speaking countries]

    Ellie is a nickname for El- names, most commonly Eleanor. As a stand-alone name it has only recently made the top 200 in the US, but it has seen great popularity in the UK, where it fell to 13th place in 2007.

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

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

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

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

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

    For some, it is a diminutive of Emmanuell

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jennifer (Cornish) - White; fair; smooth [English speaking countries]

    Jennifer joined the US top 1000 names in 1938. It rose until in 1970 it was the #1 name in USA, it held that place until 1985 and has been in decline ever since. In 2006 it was the 51st most popular name in America.

    Famous bearers include

  • 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.


  • Mia (Hebrew) - Uncertain, maybe bitter [Danish, English and Swedish speaking countries]

    Mia is the Danish and Swedish pet form of Maria, and is also commonly used as an independent given name. In other languages it is used as a nickname for Maria, and sometimes Amelia, among others. Mia is a possessive form in Italian and Spanish, and in som

  • Olivia (English) - Elf army [English speaking countries]

    Invented by Shakespeare for his play "Twelfth Night." Olivia was either meant to be a female form of Oliver or derived from the vocabulary word 'olive' which is a symbol of peace. Olivia was the fifth most popular name for girls in the US in 2005, and the

  • Paula (Latin) - Small; humble [English, Polish and Spanish speaking countries]

    Recently popular in Poland.

    St Paula was a follower of St Jerome. Paula Abdul is an American singer and judge on the show 'American Idol'. Paula Radcliffe is a British runner, the current holder of the women's marathon world record. Paula Y

  • Ruby (Latin) - Red [English speaking countries]

    Whilst remaining moderately popular in the US (ranked 137th in 2006), Ruby has shot up the British charts and in 2007 was the second most popular name in the UK.

    Ruby Sweetheart is the name of actor Tobey Maguire's daughter.

  • 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

  • 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

Gender Neutral Names
  • 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.

  • 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