Ever wonder what your name means? Or maybe wanted to know of some distinguished namesakes? Either way, this is your place. Check out the list below!
From bonnie, the Scottish word for "pretty," which originated from the French word of bonne, meaning "good." It is also used as an adjective to mean "pretty."
Originally from the Greek name of Christos, this is the English version meaning "bearing Christ."
Namesakes: Christopher, who carried a young Jesus across a river, is the patron saint of travelers. Also, Christopher Columbus, the 15th century explorer.
Derived from the German word for "man."
Namesakes: Charles the Great, or Charlemagne, was the king of the Franks who eventually came to rule most of Europe. Kings in England, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and Hungary have also held this name. Additionally, naturalist Charles Darwin, and author Charles Dickens.
Greek. Means "Goddess from Mount Cynthos." In Greek mythology, the moon goddess Artemis was given the nickname of Cynthia, after Mount Cynthos, where she and her twin brother were supposedly born.
Originally a Scottish surname that meant "crag" or "rock." Has only been used as a first name since the last century.
A Biblical name. Possibly derived from the Hebrew word dod, which means "beloved."
Namesakes: In the Old Testament, David killed Goliath, and later became the King of Israel and author of the Psalms of the Bible. Also, the patron saint of Wales is named Saint David.
Means "bee" in Hebrew.
Namesakes: The name of a heroine in the Old Testament, who led the Israelites in their conquering the Canaanites. Revolutionary war heroine Deborah Sampson of Massachusetts who fought in the war disguised as a man.
Means "son of the sea" in Wales. In Welsh mythology, Dylan is a god of the sea who is accidently killed by his unclle Govannon.
An Old English name meaning "wealthy defender." It's use dates back to before the Norman Conquest.
Namesake: Nine English Kings held this name, including Saint Edward the Confessor, whose immense popularity kept the name from being forgotten after the Norman Conquest.
A French version of the name Alienor, which may come from German roots, or could possibly just be a form of Helen.
Namesake: In the 12th-century, Eleanor of Aquitaine was the wife of Louis VII, King of France, as well as Henry II, King of England.
An English version of the name Eireann Eireann derived from Eire, a Gaelic word meaning "Ireland." The name Erin and Eire are both used often to signify Ireland in poetry. Still, the name is not actually used in Ireland.
"In bloom; flourishing." Used for both men and women until the 1600's. Now it is exclusively a girls name.
Namesake: Florence Nightingale, a nurse during the Crimean War. She was named for the Italian city where she was born.
The feminine version of the name Francis.
Stems from a Latin name meaning Frenchman. This version was originally used for both boys and girls.
Comes from Old German roots and means "estate ruler." It came to be known as a royal name in England, and was the name of eight English Kings. Several Kings of France and Germany haver also carried this name.
Namesakes: Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; automobile pioneer Henry Ford.
Comes from the same roots as the word "hilarious." Hilary was used as a boy's name until the 17th-century, when it started to fade out. In the late 1800's, it re-emerged as a girl's name and became quite popular.
Meaning is simply "hope."
A modern English variant of Jane, which is a feminine form of John.
Namesake: Actress Jayne Mansfield; Novelist Jane Austin
A feminine form of the medieval name Josse, which is derived from a word meaning "Lord." Joyce can also mean "joyous."
Means "youthful." A French form of Julia, which is in turn a feminine version of the Latin name Julius.
Shortened versions of Katherine.
One of the oldest names ever recorded, with roots in ancient Greek. As a result of its long history, there are numerous spellings and nicknames associated with it.
The name of a county in southwestern Ireland. Could possibly mean "dark-haired" in Irish Gaelic.
The English version of Louis.
French form of the German name Ludwig. An early French variation was Clovis, a name carried by a number of Frankish Kings. Louis was the name of 18 Kings of France.
Namesake Author Robert Louis Stevenson
A name from Greek mythology; means "foliage" in Greek.
A flower name of great popularity in the early 1900's., along with several other flower names.
Comes from a Hebrew word meaning "friend." Has been used steadily since the 1600's.
Namesake: Ruth is the main character in the Old Testament's aptly titled "Book of Ruth."
Simply enough, comes from its homonym Scot, as in a person from Scotland or of Scottish heritage.
Originally a surname. Comes from a place name meaning, "bright meadow."
Nakesakes: Child star Shirley Temple; actress Shirley MacLaine
Originally a surname; which meant "stony field" in Old English.
A version of the name Susanna
In ancient Hebrew, this name meant "lily." In movern Hebrew, it still indicates a flower, only now it means "rose."
Feminine version of Vivanus, a Roman name meaning "alive."
Namesakes: Saint Vivian protected people during the invasion of France in the 5th century.