The moment has arrived to choose a Christian name for the baptism of a baby boys or girl. What should the child be called? Must he/she receive the name of a saint? According to the revised Catholic Church Canon Law, it is no longer mandatory that the child receive the name of a saint. The Canon Law states:
"Parents, sponsors and parish priests are to take care that a name is not given which is foreign to Christian sentiment." [Canon # 855]In other words, the chosen name must appeal to the Christian community. While the names of Jesus and Judas are Biblical in nature, the choice of such names would result in controversy. To many, the Name Jesus is Sacred and the Most Holy of all names. Because Judas is the disciple who betrayed Jesus, many feel this would be a poor choice.
Equally, names such as 'cadillac' or 'buick' are not suitable because they represent the individual person's personal interest in certain cars.
The following is a short list of names that are suitable for boys and girls. Please keep in mind that this list is far from complete.
Abreviations: Aram. = Aramaic Celt. = Celtic Dan. = Danish Dim. = diminutive Fem. = Feminine Fr. = French Gael = Gaelic Germ. = Germanic Gr. = Greek Heb. = Hebrew It. = Italian Lat. = Latin Rus. = Russian Scan. = Scandinavian Teut. = Teutonic Var. = Variant
Names for boys. Aaron (Heb., the exalted one) Abel (Heb., breath) Abner (Heb., father of light) Abraham (Heb., father of a multitude) Adalbert (Teut., nobly bright) Adam (Heb., the one made; human being; red earth) Adelbert (Var., of Adalbert) Adrian (Lat., dark) Aidan (Celt., fire) Alan (Celt., cheerful) Alban (Lat., white) Albert (Teut., illustrious) Alex (Short for Alexander) Alexander (Gr., helper of men) Alfred (Teut., good counselor) Allan (Var., of Alan) Allen (Var., of Alan) Aloysius (Lat., Louis) Alphonse (Teut., eager for battle) Alvin (Teut., beloved by all) Ambrose (Gr., immortal) Amos (Heb., brave) Andrew (Gr., manly) Angeloa (Lat., angel) Angus (Ir., one) Anselm (Teut., divine helmet) Anthony (Gr., priceless) Antony (Var., of Anthony) Aquinas (From St. Thomas Aquinas) Archibald (Germ., nobly bold) Arnold (Teut., eagle strong) Arthur (Celt., supreme ruler) Athanasius (Gr., immortal) Aubrey (Fr., ruler) Augustine (Dim., of Augustus) Augustus (Lat., majestic) Austin (Var., of Augustine) Baldwin (Teut., noble friend) Barnabas (Heb., son of consolation) Barnaby (Var., of Bernard) Bartholomew (Heb., son of Tolmai) Basil (Gr., royal) Becket (From St. Thomas à Becket) Bede (Old English, prayer) Benedict (Lat., blessed) Benjamin (Heb., favourite son) Bennet (Var., of Benedict) Bennett (Var., of Benedict) Bernard (Ger., bold as a bear) Bertram (Teut., shining raven) Bertrand (Var., of Bertram) Bill (Short for William) Blaise (Gr., babbler) Blase (Gr., babbler) Bob (Short for Robert) Bonaventure (Lat., good luck) Boris (Rus., fight) Brendan (Celt., sword) Brian (Celt., strong) Bruce (Var., of Brice) Bruno (brown) Bryan (Var., Brian) Burton (Teut., shining raven) Byron (Old Eng., bear) Cajetan (Lat., rejoice in) Calaude (Lat., lame) Caleb (Heb., bold, dog) Campion (From Edmund Campion) Carl (Var., Charles) Carroll (Irish for Charles) Cecil (Lat., dim sighted) Cadric (Lat., blind) Chad (Celt., defence) Charles (Teut., man) Chester (Lat., camp) Christian (Gr., christos) Christopher (Gr., Christ bearer) Chrysostom (Gr., golden mouthed) Clarence (Lat., illustrious) Clark (Fr., priest) Claud (Lat., lame) Claude (Lat., lame) Clement (Lat., merciful) Clifford (hence, ford at a cliff) Clifton (town at a cliff) Clint (town) Clinton (town) Clive (the surname) Clyde (Scot., river) Colin (Var., of Colum) Colum (Gael., dove) Conan (Celt., wisdom) Conrad (Teut., bold speech) Constant (Lat., constant, firm) Cornelius (Lat., horn) Cosmas (Gr., order) Cosmo (Gr., order) Craig (western for crag) Cronan (Gael., dark brown) Curtis (Fr., courteous) Cyprian (Gr., of Cyprus) Cyril (Gr., lordly) Cyrus (Gr., kyros) Dale (Old Engl., valley) Damian (Gr., tamer) Daniel (Heb., the Lord is judge) Darby (Var., of Dermot) David (Heb., beloved) Denis (Lat., god of wine) Dennis (Lat., god of wine) Derek (Contraction of Theodoric) Dermot (Celt., freeman) Dewey (Welsh for David) Dewi (Welsh for David) Dexter (Lat., to the right) Dismas (The good thief) Dominic (Lat., the Lord's) Don (Celt., the dark stranger) Donald (Celt., the dark stranger) Douglas (Gael, black stream) Duncan (Gael, brown warrior) Dunstan (Old Eng., hill stone) Dwight (a surname) Eamon (Irish for Edmund) Earl (Old Eng., warrior) Earle (Old Eng., warrior) Earnest (Var. of Ernest) Ebenezar (Heb., stone of help) Edgar (Old Engl., rich spear) Edmond (Old Engl., wealthy protection) Edmund (Old Engl., happy protection) Edward (Old Engl., rich guardian) Edwin (Old Engl., rich friend) Egan (Var., of Aidan Egbert (Old Eng., strong bright) Elbert (Var., of Albert) Eli (Heb., high) Eliot (Dim. of Ellis) Elliot (Dim. of Ellis) Elliott (Dim. of Ellis) Emery (Fr., work ruler) Emory (Fr., work ruler) Emil (Lat., trying to excel) Emanuel (Heb., God with us) Emmanuel (Heb., God with us) Erasmus (Gr., worthy of love) Eric (Old Norse, honourable ruler) Ernest (Ger., serious) Ernst (Ger., serious) Erwin (Ger., host, crowd) Ethan (Heb., strength) Eugene (Gr., well born) Eustace (Gr., fruitful) Evan (Var., of John) Everett (Teut., strong boar) Ezra (Heb., help) Fabian (Lat., bean grower) Felix (Lat., happy) Ferdinand (Fr., bold in peace) Fergus (Celt., manly strength) Finbar (Celt., fair headed) Finian (Celt., fair offspring) Floyd (Var., of Lloyd) Francis (Teut., free) Frank (Dim. of Francis) Franklin (Anglo-French, free man) Frederic (Fr., peaceful ruler) Frederick (Fr., peaceful ruler) Gabriel (Heb., God's strength) Garrett (Eng. for Gerald) Gene (Dim., of Eugene) Geoffrey (Var., of Godfrey) George (Gr., farmer) Gerald (Teut., spear rule) Gerard (Teut., strong spear) Gilbert (Teut., bright pledge) Gils (Gr., kid) Glenn (Celt., valley) Glen (Celt., valley) Godfrey (Teut., God's peace) Gordon (From St. Gordian) Graham (a surname) Grant (a surname) Gregory (Gr., watchman) Gustavus (Germ., staff of the Goths) Guy (Old Fr., guide) Harold (Dan., strong warrior) Harry (Var., of Henry) Harvey (Teut., warrior) Hector (Gr., holding fast) Henry (Teut., home ruler) Herbert (Teut., shining warrior) Herman (Gr., army and man) Hilary (Lat., gay, merry) Hiram (Heb., exalted brother) Homer (Gr., a hostage) Horace (Var., of Haratio) Horatio (Lat., name of Roman people, Horace) Howard (Old Engl., swordwatcher) Hubert (Teut., bright mind) Hugh (Teut., thought) Hugo (Teut., thought) Humphrey (Old Engl., strength in peace) Humphry (Old Engl., strength in peace) Ian (Lat., gay, merry) Ignatius (Gr., fiery) Immanuel (Heb., God with us) Irving (surname) Irwin (Var., of Erwin) Isaac (Heb., laughter) Isador (Gr., gift of Isis) Isodor (Gr., gift of Isis) Isidore (Gr., strong gift) Ivan (Gr., John) Ives (Teut., archer) Jack (Dim., of John) Jacob (Gr., seizing by the heel) James (Heb., supplanter) Jason (Gr., healer) Jasper (Old Fr., Jaspar) Jay (surname) Jeffrey (Var., of Geoffrey Jeremiah (Heb., the Lord loosens) Jeremy (Heb., exalted of the Lord) Jerome (Gr., holy name) Jesse (Heb., strong) Jim (Dim., of James) Jocelyn (Teut., a Goth) Joe (Dim., of Joseph) Joel (Heb., strong willed) John (Heb., God has mercy) Jon (Va., of John) Jonah (Heb., dove) Jonas (Heb., dove) Jones (var., of Jonah) Jonathan (Heb., God gave) Joseph (Heb., increase) Josiah (Heb., fire of the Lord) Joshua (Heb., help of Jehovah) Judah (Heb., praise) Jude (Heb., praised) Jules (Var., of Julius) Julian (From Julius) Julius (Gr., downy) Justin (Var. of Justus, just) Keith (Gael, the wind) Kenneth (Celt., handsome) Kevin (Gael, comely birth) Kieran (Gael, black) Kilian (Celt., church) Lambert (Teut., land light) Lance (Fr., servant) Lancelot (Fr., servant) Larry (Dim., of Laurence) Lars (Dim., of Laurence) Laurence (Lat., Laurel) Lawrence (Lat., Laurel) Lee (Var., of Leigh) Leigh (Old Engl., meadow) Len (Dim., of Leonard) Leo (Lat., lion) Leon (Lat., lion) Leonard (Teut., lion bold) Leopold (Gr., strong, bold) Leroy (Fr., the king) Leslie (surname) Lester (Engl. city, Leicester) Lewis (Var., of Louis) Lincoln (English city) Lionel (Lat., little lion) Llewelyn (Welsh, lionlike) Lloyd (Western, grey) Loughlan (Heb., messenger of the Lord) Louis (Teut., famous war) Lowell (surname) Lucius (Lat., light) Luke (Gr., light) Lyle (British place + surname) Malcolm (Gael, Colum's servant) Manual (Var., of Emmanuel) Marcus (Lat., the god of war) Marion (Fr., Mary) Mark (Lat., of Mars) Marshal (Old Fr., horse servant) Marshall (Lat., warlike) Martin (Lat., of Mars, warlike) Marvin (Germ., sea + a friend) Matthew (Heb., the Lord's gift) Matthias (Var., of Matthew) Maurice (Fr., a moor) Max (Var., of Maximilian) Maximilian (Lat., greatest) Maynard (Anglo-Fr., power + strong) Meinrad (Teut., strong firmness) Mel (Celt., ?) Melvin (Old Engl., council + wine) Meredith (Welsh for Murtagh) Merle (Lat., black bird) Merlin (Lat., sea-hill) Mervin (Var., of Marvin) Mervyn (Var., of Marvin) Michael (Heb., who is like God) Mike (Dim., of Michael) Miles (Gr., crusher; Lat., soldier) Milton (surname) Monroe (surname) Morgan (Celt., sea dweller) Morris (Var., of Maurice) Mortimer (surname) Morton (Old Engl., town) Moses (Heb., child) Murray (surname) Murtagh (Celt., sea protector) Myron (Gr., myrrh) Nathan (Heb., gift) Nathaneal (Heb., gift of God) Nathanie (Heb., gift of God) Neal (Celt., champion) Neil (Celt., champion) Neison (surname) Nelson (Var., of Cornelius) Nevil (Town in Normandy) Neville (Engl. var., of Alban) Nevin (Engl. var., of Alban) Newton (Old Engl., new town) Nicholas (Gr., people's victory) Nicolas (Old Fr., the people) Noah (Heb., comfort) Noel (Fr., Christmas) Norbert (Teut., Niord's brightness) Norman (Old Engl., North man) Oliver (Fr., army) Olivier (Fr., olive tree) Orlando (Var., of Roland) Orson (Lat., bear) Oscar (Teut., divine spear) Osmond (Teut., God's protection) Osmund (Teut., God's protection) Oswald (Teut., power of God) Oswold (Old Engl., a god + power) Otto (old Germ., rich) Owen (Gr., well-born) Pascal (Heb., Passover) Paschal (Heb., Passover) Patrick (Lat., nobly born) Paul (Lat., little) Percival (Fr., pierce valley) Perceval (Fr., pierce valley) Percy (Fr., pierce) Perez (Heb., rent) Perry (Fr., Peter) Peter (Gr., rock) Philip (Gr., horse lover) Phillip (Var., of Philip) Quentin (Lat., fifth) Ralph (Var., of Randolph) Randolph (Old Eng., shieldwolf) Randy (Short for Randolph) Raphael (Heb., God's healer) Raymond (Teut., wise protection) Reginald (Teut., strong judgment) Reuben (Heb., behold, a son) Reymond (Var., of Raymond) Rex (Fr., strong king) Reynold (Var., of Reginald) Richard (Old Engl., firm ruler) Robert (Teut., bright fame) Robin (Short for Robert) Roch (Fr., rock) Rock (Fr., rock) Roderic (Var., of Roderick) Roderick (Teut., noted ruler) Rodney (English place, Rodney Stoke) Roger (Teut., famous spear) Roland (Teut., wide famed) Ronald (Scottish for Reginald) Ross (Western, hill, moor) Roy (Fr., king) Rudoph (Gr., a wolf) Rudolf (Gr., a wolf) Rufus (Lat., red hair) Rupert (Var., of Robert) Russel (Fr., reddish) Russell (Fr., reddish) Ryan (Var., of Brian) Sampson (Var., of Samson) Samson (Heb., bright sun) Samuel (Gr., name of God) Sandy (Scot. dim. for Alexander) Sanford (English place, Sandy, ford) Saul (Heb., of God) Scott (Lat., Irishman, later a Scotsman) Seamus (Irish for James) Sean (Irish for John) Sebastian (Gr., man of Seabastia) Seth (Heb., appointed) Seymour (Old Engl., sea + a hill) Shamus (Irish for James) Shane (Irish for John) Sheldon (Old Engl., ledge) Sidney (From St. Denis) Silas (Gr., asked for) Simon (Heb., obedient) Sinclair (For St. Clair) Solomon (Heb., peaceful) Stanley (Slav., military glory) Stephen (Gr., crowned) Steven (Var., of Stephen) Stewart (Var., of Stuart) Stuart (surname) Sydney (From St. Denis) Sylvester (Lat., a woods) Ted (Dim. of Theodore) Terence (Lat., smooth) Terrance (Var., of Terence) Terri (Short for Terrence) Theodore (Gr., God's gift) Theodoric (Teut., folk rule) Thomas (Aram., twin) Timothy (Gr., god-fearing) Tobias (Heb., goodness of God) Toby (Var., of Tobias) Tom (Short for Thomas) Tony (From Anthony) Ulysses (Latin for Ulixes) Uriah (Heb., God is light) Vaugh (surname) Vaughan (surname) Vergil (Var., of Virgil) Vernon (a town in France) Victor (Lat., victor) Vincent (Lat., to conquer) Virgil (Lat., name of Roman poet) Vivian (Lat., lively) Waldo (Germ., to rule) Wallace (Anglo-Fr., foreign) Walter (Teut., strong warrior) Ward (Old Engl., to protect) Warren (Teut., protecting friend) Wayne (surname) Wenceslaus (Slav., great glory) Wendell (Germ., wander) Wesley (surname) Wilbert (Germ., wish + bright) Wilbur (Old Engl., firm brightness) Wilfred (Old Engl., firm peace) Wilfrid (Old Engl., firm peace) Wilhelm (Germ., for William) Will (Short for William) Willard (surname) William (Teut., strong helmet) Willis (surname) Winston (English name of place) Woodrow (surname) Woolfgang (Teut., wolf's way) Yves (Fr., for Ives) Zachariah (Heb., God remembers) Zachary (Heb., remembered by God)Return to Table of Contents
Names for girls. Abigail (Heb., father is rejoicing) Ada (Teut., happy) Adah (Heb., beauty) Adaline (Teut., noble maid) Adela (Var. of Adelaide) Adelaide (Fr., nobility) Adelia (Var. of Adela) Adeline (Var. of Adelaide) Adriana (Var., of Adrian) Adrienne (Var., of Adrian) Agatha (Gr., good) Agnes (Fr., chaste) Aileen (Irish for Helen) Alberta (Fem. of Albert) Alexandra (Fem. of Alexander) Alexis (Gr., helper) Alice (Teut., noble cheer) Alicia (Var. of Alice) Aline (Var. of Adeline) Alma (Lat., loving, sweet; title of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Amanda (Lat., worthy of love) Amata (Lat., loved) Amelia (Teut., protectress) Amy (Lat., loved) Anastasia (Gr., who will rise again) Andrea (Fem. of Andrew) Angela (Lat., angel) Angelica (Var., of Angela) Anita (Spanish dim. of Ann) Ann (Var., of Anna) Anna (Heb., grace) Annabel (Lat., lovable) Annabelle (Lat., lovable) Anne (Var., of Anna) Anneliese (Gr. for Anna) Annette (Dim. of Anne) Antoinette (Dim. of Antonia) Antoinia (Fem. of Anthony) Ariadne (Gr., holy) Ariana (Var., of Ariadne) Arlene (Var. of Aline) Arline (Var. of Aline) Athanasia (Gr., immortal) Audrey (Old Engl., noble maiden) Augusta (Fem. of Augustus) Aurelia (Lat., golden Barbara (Gr., foreign, strange) Beatrice (Lat., joy bringer) Beatrix (Lat., joy bringer) Belinda (Old Germ., snake) Bella (Dim. of Isabella) Belle (Dim. of Isabella) Berenice (Gr., bringer of victory) Bernadette (Fem. dim. of Bernard) Bernadine (Fem. of Bernard) Bernice (Var. of Berenice) Bertha (Teut., shining one) Bess (Dim. of Elizabeth) Beth (Dim. of Elizabeth) Betsy (Dim. of Elizabeth) Betty (Dim. of Elizabeth) Beulah (Heb., married) Beverley (Engl., beaver) Beverly (Engl., beaver) Blanch (Fr., white) Blanche (Fr., white) Bonita (Fem. var. of Bonaventure) Bonna (Fem. var. of Bonaventure) Bonnie (Fem. var. of Bonaventure) Bonny (Fr., good) Brenda (Teut., sword) Bride (Var. of Bridget) Brigid (Var. of Bridget) Bridget (Celt., strength) Camille (Lat., virgin of unblemished character) Candida (Lat., white) Carlotta (Var. of Charlotte) Carol (Fem. var. of Charles) Carola (Fem. var. of Charles) Carole (Var. of Caroline) Caroline (Fem. var. of Charles) Carrie (Dim. of Caroline) Catharine (Fr., pure) Catherine (Gr., pure) Cecile (Lat., dim-sighted) Cicilia (Lat., dim-sighted) Cecily (Lat., dim-sighted) Celesta (Lat., heavenly) Celeste (Lat., heavenly) Celestina (Dim. of Celesta) Celia (Lat., heavenly) Celine (Lat., heavenly) Charity (Lat., charity) Charlotte (Fr. fem. var. of Charles) Chloe (Lat., blooming) Christina (From Christ) Christine (From Christ) Claire (Fr. for Clara) Clara (Lat., illustrious) Clare (Lat., illustrious) Clarissa (Lat., most illustrious) Claudette (Fem. dim. of Claud) Claudia (Fem. of Claud) Claudine (Fem. var. of Claud) Clementine (Fem. dim. of Clement) Colleen (Irish, girl) Constance (Lat., constant, firm) Cora (Gr., maiden) Cordelia (Celt., daughter of the sea) Cornelia (Fem. of Cornelius) Coreen (Var. of Corinne) Corinne (Fr. for Korinna) Cornelia (Fem. of Cornelius) Cynthia (Used for Diana) Daisy (Name of a flower) Daphne (Gr., bay tree) Debora (Heb., bee) Deborah (Heb., a bee) Delia (Fem. of Delius) Delilah (Heb., delicate) Denise (Gr., god of Nyssa) Diana (Lat., divine) Diane (Fr. for Diana) Dinah (Heb., judged) Dolly (Dim. of Dorothea) Dolores (Sp., Mary of the Sorrows) Dominica (Fem. var. of Dominic) Dominique (Fem. var. of Dominic) Dona (Lat., given) Donna (Lat., given) Dora (Gr., God's gift) Doris (Var. of Dora) Dorothea (Gr., God's gift) Dorothy (Gr., God's gift) Edith (Old Engl., happy war) Edna (Celt, fire) Eileen (Var. of Aileen [Helen]) Elaine (Var. of Helen) Eleanor (From Alienor) Eleanora (From Alienor) Elinor (Var. of Eleanor) Eliza (Var. of Elizabeth) Elisabeth (Heb., God has sworn) Elizabeth (Heb., God is my oath) Ella (Var. of Helen) Ellen (Var. of Helen) Eloisa (Fr., Heloise [Louise]) Eloise (Fr., Heloise [Louise]) Elsa (Gr., ?) Elsie (Var. of Elizabeth) Elvira (Goth., ?) Emilia (Var. of Emily) Emily (Lat., excelling) Emma (Teut., nurse) Emmeline (Var. of Emily) Enid (Old Welsh for soul) Ernestine (Fem. of Ernest) Estella (Lat., star) Estelle (Var. of Estella) Esther (Per., star) Ethel (Old Engl., noble maiden) Etta (Dim. of Henrietta) Ettienne (Fr., var. of Stephen) Eunice (Gr., good victory) Eva (Heb., life) Evangeline (From the four evangelists) Eve (Heb., life) Evelina (Var. of Eveline) Eveline (Fr. for Evelyn) Evelyn (Engl. var. of Irish Eibhlhin [Helen]) Faith (Lat. faith) Fannie (Dim. of Francis) Fanny (Dim. of Francis) Fay (Var. of faith) Faye (Lat., faith Felicity (Lat., happiness) Flora (Lat., flowers) Florence (Lat., flowering) Frances (Fem. of Francis) Frederica (Fem. of Frederick) Frieda (Old Germ. for peace) Gabriella (Fem. of Gabriel) Gail (Dim. of Abigail) Gemma (It., gem) Genevieve (Celt., white wave) Georgette (Fem. var. of George) Georgia (Fem. of George) Georgiana (Fem. var. of George) Georgina (Fem. of George) Geralda (Fem. of Gerald) Geraldine (Fem. of Gerald) Gertrude (Teut., spear strength) Gladys (Welsh from Lat. Claudia) Gloria (Lat., glorious) Gloriosa (Lat., glorious) Grace (Lat., favour, grace) Greta (Dim. of Margaret) Gretchen (Germ., var. of Margaret) Guinevere (Celt., white) Gwendolen (Celt for Guinevere) Gwendolina (Celt for Guinevere) Gwendolyn (Celt for Guinevere) Hanna (Var. of Anna) Hannah (Var. of Anna) Harriet (Fem. of Harry [Henry]) Hattie (Dim. of Harriet) Hazel (Heb., God sees) Heather (Name of a plant) Helen (Gr., light) Helena (Gr., light) Henrietta (Fem. dim. of Henry) Hester (Var. of Esther) Hesther (Var. of Esther) Hilda (Old Engl., battle maid) Hildegard (Teut., protecting battlemaid) Hildegarde (Var. of Hildegard) Hope (Lat., hope) Ida (Teut., labour) Imogene (Fr., From the Shrine of Imoge) Ingrid (Norse, Ingvi's ride) Irena (Gr., peace) Irene (Gr., peace) Iris (Gr., rainbow) Irma (Old Germ., name of war god) Isabel (Var. of Elizabeth) Isabella (Span. for Isabel) Isabelle (Var. of Isabel) Isadora (Fem. of Isidore) Isidora (Fem. of Isidore) Jackie (Short of Jacqueline) Jacqueline (Heb., supplanter) Jane (Engl. for Joanna) Janet (Dim. of Jane) Janice (Dim. of Jane) Jean (Fem. of John) Jeanne (Fem. of John) Jeannette (Dim. of Jeanne) Jennifer (Celt, white wave) Jenny (Dim. of Jane) Jessica (From Joanna) Jessie (From Joanna) Jill (From Julia) Joan (Fem. var. of John) Joanna (Fem. var. of John) Joanne (Fem. of John) Jocelin (Fr. for Joscelin) Joceline (Fr. for Joscelin) Jocelyn (Fr. for Joscelin) Johanna (Var. of Joanna) Josephine (Dim. of Joseph) Joy (Lat., merry) Joyce (Lat., merry) Juanita (Sp. for Joanna) Judith (Heb., praised) Judy (From Judith) Julia (Lat., downy) Julie (Fr. for Julia) Juliana (Fem. of Julian) Juliet (Dim. of Julia) Juliette (Dim. of Julia) June (Lat., youthful) Karen (Scan. for Catherine) Kate (Dim. of Catherine) Katharine (Var. of Catherine) Katherine (Var. of Catherine) Katheryn (Var. of Catherine) Kathleen (Irish var of Catherine) Kay (Dim. of Catherine) Kayla (Var. of Kay) Kit (Dim. of Catherine) Kitty (Dim. of Catherine) Kristen (Lat., follower of Christ) Kristine (Gr., Christ-bearer) Laura (From Laurence) Laurette (From Laurence) Lavinia (Fr., the wine) Leah (Heb., weary) Leila (Ar., darkness) Leilah (Ar., darkness) Lena (Short for Helen) Lenore (Var. of Eleanor) Leona (Fem. of Leo) Leonara (Var. of Eleanora) Leonora (Var. of Eleanor) Leora (Var. of Eleanor) Leslie (Name of a place) Libby (Dim. of Elizabeth) Lila (Lat., lily) Lilian (Lat., lily) Lillian (Var. of Lilian) Lilly (Dim. of Lilian) Lily (Lat., lily) Linda (Dem. of Belinda) Lisa (Var. of Elizabeth) Lise (Var. of Elizabeth) Lisette (Var. of Elizabeth) Lois (Gr., Loïs) Lola (Sp., dim. of Dolores) Lora (Same as Laura) Loretta (Same as Laura) Lorna (Coined by R. D. Blackmore) Loraine (Lat., Laurel) Lorraine (Var. of Loraine) Lottie (Dim. of Charlotte) Lotty (Dim. of Charlotte) Louella (Louise-Ella) Louisa (Fem. of Louis) Louise (Fem. of Louis) Luchina (Lat. dim of Lucy) Lucia (Fem. of Lucius) Lucile (Lat., light) Lucille (Var. of Lucile) Lucinda (Var. of Lucy) Lucy (Fem. of Lucius) Luella (Var. of Louella) Luisa (From Louisa) Luise (From Louise) Lulu (Dim. of Louise) Lydia (Gr., from Lydia) Lynn (Name of British place) Mabel (Lat. lovable) Madalena (Spanish from Magdalen) Madeleine (Fr. for Magdalen) Madge (Dim. of Margaret) Madison (name of a place) Mae (Var. of May for Mary) Magdalen (Heb. of Magdala) Magdalene (Heb. of Magdala) Maggie (Dim. of Margaret) Maisie (Scot. dim. of Margaret) Mamie (From Mary) Marcia (Fem. of Marcus) Margaret (Gr., pearl) Margery (Var. of Margaret) Margo (Short for Margaret) Margot (Short for Margaret) Marguerite (Fr. for Margaret) Maria (Var. of Mary) Marian (From Mary) Marianne (From Mary) Marie (Fr. for Mary) Marilyn (Var. of Mary) Marion (Var. of Mary) Marjorie (Var. of Margaret) Marjory (Var. of Margaret) Martha (Aram., lady) Marthe (Aram., lady) Mary (Heb., beautiful) Mathilda (Var. of Matilda) Matilda (Teut., battle maid) Maud (Var. of Matilda) Maude (Var. of Matilda) Maura (Gr., dark) Maureen (Ir. var. of Mary) Maxine (Fem. of Max) May (From Mary or Margaret) Maybelle (Var. of Mabel) Mayme (From Mary) Meg (Dim. of Margaret) Megan (Var. of Meg) Melissa (Gr., bee) Mercy (Spanish for mercy) Merry (Spanish for mercy) Michaela (Fem. of Michael) Michelle (Fem. of Michael) Mildred (Old Engl., power) Mimi (Teut., strong helmet) Mina (Teut., strong helmet) Minette (Teut., strong helmet) Minna (Teut., strong helmet) Minnie (Teut., strong helmet) Miranda (Lat., strange, wonderful) Miriam (Var. of Mary) Molly (Var. of Mary) Mona (Var. of Monica) Monica (Gr., counselor) Muriel (Gaelic for Mary) Myra (Fem. of Myron Myrtle (Name of a plant) Nadine (Russ. for hope) Nan (Var. of Anne) Nana (Var. of Anne) Nancy (Var. of Anne) Nanette (Var. of Anne) Nannette (Fr. for Anna) Naomi (Heb., my delight) Natalie (Lat., birth) Nathalie (Lat., birth) Nell (Dim. of Helen and Eleanor) Nellie (Var. of Nell) Nelly (Dim. of Helen and Eleanor) Nicole (Fr. origin) Noel (Fr. for Natal) Nora (Lat., honour) Norah (Lat., honour) Noreen (Lat., honour) Norine (Lat., honour) Norma (Lat., rule) Olga (Norse, holy) Olive (Lat., olive) Olivia (Lat., olive) Oona (Lat., one) Oonah (Lat., one) Ophelia (Gr., a help) Pamela (Coined by Sir Philip Sidney) Patrice (Fem. of Patrick) Patricia (Fem. of Patrick) Paula (Fem. of Paul) Paulette (Dim. of Paula) Pauline (Dim. of Paula) Pearl (Same as Margaret) Peg (Pet name of Margaret) Peggy (Pet name of Margaret) Penelope (Gr., Pénelopé) Penny (Dim. of Penelope) Phebe (Gr., bright) Philomena (Gr., beloved) Phoebe (Gr., bright) Phillis (Gr., leaf) Phyllis (Gr., leaf) Pia (Lat., loyal) Polly (Var. of Molly) Portia (Lat., a pig) Priscilla (Lat., ancient) Prudence (Lat., prudence) Rachel (Heb., ewe; same as Agnes) Ramona (Fem. of Ramon [Raymond]) Rafaela (Var. of Raphael) Raphaela (Var. of Raphael) Rebecca (Lat., queen) Regina (Lat., a queen) Reina (Var. of Regina) Reine (Var. of Regina) Rhoda (Var. of Rose) Rita (Short for Margarita [Margaret]) Roberta (fem. of Robert) Rosa (Lat., Rose) Rosalba (Var. of Rosa) Rosalia (Var. of Rosa) Rosalie (Var. of Rosa) Rosalind (Dim. of Rosa) Rosamond (Lat., clean rose) Rosamund (Lat., clean rose) Rosanne (Dim. of Rose) Rose (Lat., Rose) Rosemary (Lat., sea-dew) Rosita (Var. of Rose) Roslyn (Dim. of Rosa) Rowena (Old Engl., a friend) Roxane (Per., brightness) Ruby (Scottish fem. of Robert) Ruth (Heb., beauty) Sadie (Var. of Sara) Sally (Dim. of Sara) Salome (Heb., peaceful) Salomea (Heb., peaceful) Sandra (Contraction of Alexandra) Saphir (delightful) Sara (Heb., princess) Sarah (Heb., princess) Selma (Gr., a ship) Sharon (From Rose of Sharon; title of Blessed Virgin Mary) Sheila (Irish from Cecilia) Shelly (Var. of Sharon) Shirley (surname) Sibyl (Gr., prophetess) Silvia (Lat., of the forest) Silvya (Lat., of the forest) Simona (Fem. var. of Simon) Simone (Fem. var. of Simon) Sofia (Gr., wisdom) Sonia (Russ. var. of Sophia) Sonya (Russ. var. of Sophia) Sophia (Gr., wisdom) Sophie (Gr., wisdom) Sophy (Var. of Sophia) Stella (Var. of Estella) Stefanie (Fem. for Stephen) Stephanie (Fem. for Stephen) Susan (Heb., lily) Susanna (Heb., lily) Susannah (Var. of Susan) Suzanne (Fr. for Susan) Sybil (Gr., prophetess) Sylvia (Lat., a wood) Tabitha (Gr., roe, gazelle) Teresa (Gr., reaper) Terry (Dim. of Theresa) Tess (Dim. of Teresa) Tessie (Dim. of Teresa) Thelma (Var. of Selma) Theodora (Fem. of Theodore) Theresa (Var. of Teresa) Therese (Fr. for Teresa) Tillie (Dim. of Matilda) Tilly (Dim. of Matilda) Tina (Short for Christina) Tracy (Engl. contraction of Teresa) Trudy (Dim. of Gertrude) Una (Lat., one) Ursula (Lat., little bear) Valerie (Fr., to be strong) Vallerie (Var. of Valerie) Vanessa (Substitute for Esther) Vera (Lat., true) Veronica (Gr., victory bringer) Victoria (Lat., victory) Viola (Lat., a violet) Violet (Lat., violet) Violette (Lat., violet) Virginia (Lat., flowering) Vivian (Lat., lively) Vivien (Lat., alive) Wanda (Var. of Wendy) Wendy (Teut., wanderer) Wilhelmina (Germ., fem. of Wilhelm) Wilma (Fem. of William) Wilmett (Fem. of William) Winifred (Western, white wave) Yvette (Fr. from Judith) Yvonne (Fem. of Ives) Zita (Sp., little hope) Zoa (Gr., life) Zoe (Gr., life)