Meaning of names
This site is a name meaning aggregator. This means it
automatically searches many other sites for the meaning of a name.
We have served over 35,778 different names.
There are very many sites on the Internet about meaning of names. Some of them
are very subjective while others have reliable information.
Meaning of name synthesizes information from top sites to help
you make an objective idea about name meanings.
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Over the history names have been basic clues about someone's
personality, occupation or appearance. Each nation has different name
practices which are are also important to know. Some have traditions to
pass the names from generation to generation while others use names
related to individuals. Generally meanings of names weight more in
Asia and Africa than in Europe and North America, where it is much more
important how a name sounds like than what it actually means. Most of
the western people have no idea about the meaning of their own name.
Source of data
- Names Encyclopedia - This is
an open encyclopedia of names, it has
the largest database, but not all names are fully explained.
- Behind the Name - The
information on this website is well verified, but it doesn't have so many names.
- Dictionary .com -
Specialized in meanings and definitions of words and since some names are actually words, it can help.
- Ancestry -
Specialized in genealogy and famility trees, it also has information about surnames meaning.
- Zelo - Meanings,
origins, gender and popularity of first names.
- Baby Zone - This site gives alternate spellings,
international variations, famous people carrying the name, and celebrity babies.
Name dictionaries by language
- Russian names - The Russian names are made of three parts
the forename (imya), the patronymic (otchestvo), and the family name
(familya). What's special here is the patronymic which is derived from
the father's forename and is gender dependent.
dictionary of russian names can be found here heraldry.sca.org/paul/.
popular Russian names are: Vasily, Boris, Ivan,
- Iranian names - Persian language belongs to the Indo-European
of languages. It is spoken mostly in the country of Iran in southwestern
You can find a list of Iranian names and meanings here: persia.org.
Iranian names: Arjmand, Yasmin, Cyrus, Aleah.
- Albanian names - Albanian is an Indo-European language which is
spoken by almost 6 million people. It has two main dialects: Gheg and Tosk.
A list with Albanian names and meanings can be found here.
Popular names: Arjun, Eleri, Artan, Besa, Lirim.
- Armenian names - Armenian last names are generally formed from first names with -ian/-yan suffixes, like Petros -> Petrosian.
You can find dictionaries with names and meanings on armenian.name.
Popular names: Aram, Arjan, Behar, Irene, Talin.
- Scandinavian names - Scandinavian names are used in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Most of the names are from viking age, mythology, place names, nature,
religion. Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland have strict laws about
personal names to protect children from having odd names.
names and meanings are found on nordicnames.de.
Popular names: Oscar, Harold, Ingrid, Gunnar, Eric, Kristin.
- French names - They are made of one or more given
names and a family name. Most of the people carry saint names from the
Roman Catholic calendar. France has laws dictating what names
can be given to a newborn baby. Dictionaries: nominis.cef.fr, e-prenoms.com.
Common names: Marie, Jacques, Jean, Michel, Dominique, Pierre.
- Irish names - The pronunciations are very different from English pronunciations. These names are inspired from ancient folklore, Gaelic, Celtic, etc.
Dictionaries: namenerds.com and ireland-information.com.
Top names: Murphy, Kelly, O'Sullivan, Ryan.
- Italian names - A language spoken primarily in Italy, but also in Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, Malta, Monaco and Croatia.
It is a derivative of Latin and it has the closest vocabulary to Latin. You can find a couple of Italian name meanings on
Popular names: Francesco, Alessandro, Andrea, Matteo, Giulia, Francesca, Chiara.
- Filipino Names - Truly Philippine native names are very rare.
The most common are Spanish names as the result of 400 years of
occupation, followed by the English names which become very popular over
the last decades. You can find a good list on bibingka.com/names.