Abel

Abel is a Hebrew male name possibly derived from Hebrew hevel (הֶבֶל) meaning “breath, vapor; vanity” or from Akkadian ablu meaning “son”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen for the name is that it may be related to a word meaning “herdsman”, in reference to Abel’s role as a shepherd while his brother Cain was a farmer. Abel is also a surname…

Agamemnon

Agamemnon is the name of a Spartan king, the brother of Menelaus, the husband of Clytemnestra and the father of Orestes, Iphigenia, Elektra, and Chrysothemis. He led the Greeks to Troy to retrieve his brother’s wife Helen after she was abducted by Paris. He was murdered by his wife and her lover Aegisthus after his return, likely in revenge for sacrificing their daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis so…

Angelica

Angelica is a female given name derived from Latin angelicus meaning “angelic” or something that pertains to angels. It comes from Greek angelos “messenger”,though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Angelica is also the name of a genus of…

Ariadne

Ariadne is the name of a Cretan princess, the daughter of King Minos, who helped Theseus escape the labyrinth of the Minotaur by giving him a ball of thread so he could find his way out. However, she is left behind on the island of Naxos where she is discovered by Dionysios and becomes his wife. It means “most holy”…

Anisa

Anisa is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Anis meaning “friendly, friend, companion, companionable”. Anisa is also a variant form of Anise, the name of a flowering plant in the Mediterranean used as an herb and spice. The name comes from Latin anisum meaning “anise” derived from Ancient Greek anison which seems to be derived from an Egyptian source….

Ageha

Ageha is a Japanese unisex name (and word) meaning “swallowtail butterfly” (揚羽), made up from age 揚 (raise, elevate, hoist) and ha 羽 (feathers; counter for birds, rabbits). There are also other meanings depending on the kanji used such as: age 緋 “scarlet” + ha 芭 “banana” (緋芭); a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + ge 夏 “summer” + ha 葉 “leaf; needle; lobe; blade (of a plant) (亜夏葉); a 亜 “Asia;…

Archana

Archana is an Indian female name meaning “honoring, praising” in Sanskrit. It derives from a Hindu ritual that focuses on the worship of God or the Divine. The name is pronounce ar-cha-na (Forvo). Nicknames: Archie Origin: Sanskrit      

Aatu

Aatu is the Finnish form of Adolf, a Germanic male name meaning “noble wolf” from adal (noble) and wulf (wolf). Nicknames: Atte (Finnish) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aatto (Finnish) Adalwolf (Ancient Germanic) Adolf (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic) Adolph (English) Adolphus (Latinized Ancient Germanic) Adolphe (French) Dolph (English short form of Adolph) Adolfo (Italian, Spanish)  

Antigone

Antigone (pr. an-tig-a-nee) is a Greek female name of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen it listed as meaning “against birth” or “in the place of a child”. It’s made up from Ancient Greek anti meaning “against” though it also has various meanings such as “opposite”, “instead of”, “compared with”, “in place of” and “at the same time”;…

Achilles

Achilles is the name of a great warrior in Greek mythology, the son of the human king Peleus of Aegina, and the sea-nymph Thetis. In fact, it was their wedding that resulted in the Trojan war because of all the gods that attended, only Eris, the goddess of discord, wasn’t invited. Angered, she arrived at the wedding with a…

Ayman

Ayman is an Arabic male name meaning “right-handed, lucky, blessed” and literally “on the right side” derived from yamin (right, right hand). Origin: Arabic Variants: Aymen (Arabic)     Ayman- أيمن (Arabic)  

Aristander

Aristander is an Ancient Greek male name, the Latinized form of Aristandros meaning “best of a man” from Ancient Greek aristos (excellent, best) and andros (man). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aristandros (Ancient Greek)  

Axel

Axel is the Danish form of Absalom, a Hebrew male name meaning “father of peace”, as well as being a Scandinavian, Dutch, and German surname derived from the given name. As a Dutch and Belgian surname, it derives as a habitational name for someone who came from a place called Aksel. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Aksel (Danish, Norwegian) Akseli…

Archer

Archer comes from an English surname originally an occupational name for an archer or bowman which comes from Old French archier (archer) via Latin arcuarius (bow) via arcus (bow; arc) derived from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Archie, Arch Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Anoushka

Anoushka is a Russian diminutive of Anna, the Greek and Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anoushka is also an Indian female name which I’ve seen listed as meaning “one who fulfills their dreams and aspirations”. Origin: Hebrew, Sanskrit Variants: Annushka (Russian) Anushka (Russian, Indian)   Anouskha, Anushka – अनुष्का (Sanskrit)  

Adil

Adil is an Arabic male name meaning “fair, honest, just” derived from Arabic ‘adala (to act justly). Adil is also an Arabic surname deriving from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Adel (Arabic, Persian)- Adel is also a German masculine name meaning “noble” derived from Germanic element adal (noble) Adeel (Arabic)   Female forms: Adila (Arabic) Adile (Turkish)…

Adler

Adler comes from a German surname meaning “eagle”, originally used as a symbol of a noble house or a coat of arms. Adler could also be a shortened form of Old High German Adelar meaning “noble eagle” from Germanic elements adal (noble) and ar (eagle). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Akihiko

Akihiko is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: aki 明 “bright; light” + hiko 彦 “lad, boy; prince” (明彦); aki 昭 “shining; bright” + hiko 彦 “lad, boy; prince” (昭彦); aki 彰 “obvious; clear” + hiko 彦 “lad, boy; prince” (彰彦); aki 聡 “intelligent, clever, bright” + hiko 彦 “lad, boy; prince” (聡彦); aki 晶 “clear, crystal, sparkle” + hiko 彦 “lad, boy; prince” (晶彦); a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after”…

Artan

Artan is an Albanian male name meaning “gold” from Albanian ar which comes from Latin aurum (gold) derived from a PIE root. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Artar (Albanian)  

Arianrhod

Arianrhod is t he name of a figure in Welsh mythology, the mother of Dylan ail Don and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, whom she conceived through magical means. Her name means “silver wheel” from Welsh arian (silver) and rhod (wheel), which may have hinted at an earlier association as a moon goddess. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aranrhod (Welsh)