earthnut's Personal Name List

Name M/F Remark Rating
Alex m & f  94/06; Greek "defending men"; see Alexander 
Alexander m  Greek "defending men"; family name; A. Fleming, disc'd penicillin, I wouldn't've been born w/o it; A. Graham Bell, inv'd telephone; A. Volta, inv'd batteries; peaked at just 1% in 1993; 4-233 
Alexandra f  Greek "defending men"; variant of family name; nn Xandra & Xanna; peaked 0.5% in 1993 
Amaryllis f  Greek "to sparkle"; never listed 
Amelia f  German "work", Amelia Earhart, pilot; Amelia Bloomer, feminist; most popular now 
Apollonia f  C05; nn Apple & Pony 
Arden m & f  60/40; sounds similar to "ardent" and "garden"; forested areas in England and France; local placename; Mary Arden was the mother of Shakespeare 
Artemisia f  Greek "safe" or "butcher"; goddess of moon and hunting; medicinal herb; Renaissance feminist painter, nn's Mizzy, Aria, Artsy, Temmy, Mimi; never ranked 
Arthur m  most likely meaning is from Celtic "bear king", possibly related to Arcturus, the brightest star in Ursa Major, or a Roman name possibly meaning "plowman" (though not likely); peaked 1.4% in 1880's 
August m  Latin "great, venerable"; peaked 0.2% in 1882, rising now 
Augustine 1 m & f  65/35; C03 
Beatrix f  Beatrix Potter, naturalist; means "traveler" or "happy"; nn Bea & Trixie 
Carmen f  Hebrew "garden" and Latin "song"; peaked 0.1% in 1968 
Carmine m  derived from Hebrew "garden", Latin "song", and Persian "red", ultimately from Sanskrit "worm" 
Clara f  C 3 
Clémentine f  Latin "merciful, gentle"; peaked at 0.2% in 1880's, rising now 
Cole m  Old English "charcoal", also short for Nicholas; peaked 0.3% in 2002 
Douglas m  David Douglas, local botanist; Frederick Douglass, abolitionist & suffragist; means "dark water" 
Emma f  German "whole, universal"; Emmy Noether, mathematician; Emma Darwin, wife of Charles Darwin; Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragist; peak of 2% in 1880, currently just over 1% 
Evander 1 m  Greek "good man"; briefly ranked 1895 
Fae f  means "fairy", from Latin "fate", from PIE "speech". Fae Zephyrine 
Felicity f  Latin "happiness"; actress in Good Neighbors; nn Liz, Filly, Fizzy; most popular now 
Felix m  means "Lucky"; Felix Hoffman, inventor of Aspirin; groundbreaking animation 
Fern f  From English word ult. from Sanskrit "feather"; peaked 0.2% in 1916 
Flora f
Gideon m  Hebrew "feller, hewer"; more popular now than ever 
Gilbert m
Greta f  D1 
Grey m & f
Hugo m
Hypatia f  Greek "highest, supreme"; never ranked 
Iris f  means "rainbow"; flower; color of eyes; goddess of the rainbow; last peaked at 0.08% in 1929. 
Isaac m  Hebrew "he will laugh"; Isaac Newton; most popular now 
Jasper m  Chaldean "treasurer", Hebrew "to polish"; old birthstone for March; nn Jazzy; also a name for wasps, from Old French guespe, ultimately from PIE *webh, to weave or move fast 
Jessamine f  Persian "Jasmine", nn Jem, never ranked 
Jethro m
Joy f  From English word, ult. from Latin; Peaked 0.2% in 1974 
Juniper f & m  From English word, ult. from Latin "ever youthful"; most popular now 
Kai 3 m & f  89/11; Latin "rejoice", Hawaiian "sea", Japanese "forerunner", Chinese "triumphant", Navajo "willow" (unisex); short for Nicholas or Katherine; most popular now 
Lance m
Laurence 1 m  D01 
Leo m  Latin "lion"; constellation; peaked 0.5% in 1903, rising again 
Liana f
Linnéa f
Maia 2 f  C05; means "grow"; goddess of spring; star in Pleiades 
Margaret f  Greek "Pearl"; variant of family name; Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood; Margaret Haley, teacher union leader; nn Greta; peaked at 2.3% in 1916 
May f  Latin "great", goddess of spring; family name; peaked >0.5% before 1880 
Melissa f  Greek "honeybee"; name of herb lemon balm; nn Meli & Liz; peaked at 2% in 1979 
Mira 2 f  Slavic "peace", Sanskrit "ocean", Spanish "look" or "myrrh", Catalan "notable", Albanian "good", Japanese "mirror"; Miriam Makeba, civil rights; star in Cetus; most popular now 
Mirabel f  means "wonderful", older spelling; alt spelling Mirabelle 
Mirabelle f  means "wonderful"; variety of plum 
Morgan 1 m & f  10/90; Welsh "sea circle"; peaked 0.6% for girls and 0.06% for boys in 1995 
Nicholas m  Greek "victory of the people"; Nicholas Copernicus, astronomer; Nicholas Culpeper, herbalist; nn Nicky & Cole; peaked at 1.4% in 1995, low #203 
Ocean m & f  55/45; 70% of the earth's surface; Ocean Augustus, Ocean Meriwether, Ocean Socrates 
Opal f  rainbow/firey gemstone; Opal Seraphine 
Penelope f  Greek "thread, weft"+"face, eye"; most popular now 
Peter m  Greek "stone", peaked at 0.5% in 1957. 
Ravenna f
River m & f  63/37 
Robert m  Germanic "bright fame"; nn Robin; Robert Bunsen, inventor of chemical spectroscopy; Robert Hooke, microbiology and gravity; peaked at 5.7% in 1937, low #63 2015 
Robin m & f  10/90; Germanic "bright fame"; peaked 0.8% in 1961 for girls, now rising for boys 
Ruby f  Latin "red"; family name; Ruby Beach on Olympic peninsula; Ruby Bradley, nurse; peaked 0.8% in 1912 
Sage m & f  32/68; the plant ultimately derives from "safe, whole" and the wise meaning ultimately derives from "good taste, nectar"; most popular now 
Silas m  Latin "forest"; most popular now 
Sky m & f  00/100 
Solomon m  Hebrew "peace"; nn Sol; Solomon the Wise King; peaked 0.05% in 1911, rising now 
Stella 1 f  Latin "star"; Stellaria is chickweed; peaked 0.5% in 1889, rising now 
Sterling m
Susannah f  Hebrew "lily" from Egyptian "lotus"; nn's Suzie & Sunshine; Susan B. Anthony, suffragette; Susanna peaked 0.03% in 1886 
Sylvester m
Sylvia f  Latin "forest", nn Sylvie; peaked 0.4% in 1937 
Thalia f  Greek "to blossom"; peaked 0.04% in 1993 
Timothy m  Greek "honoring God"; Peaked 1.6% in 1967 
Tycho m  nn Tyke; Tycho Brahe, astronomer 
Valerian m  means "strength"; name of medicinal herb 
Vera 1 f  Latin "true", Russian "faith", Albanian "summer"; peak 0.3% in 1900's 
Verity f  English "truth"; nn Vera; ranked in UK but never in US 
Xanthe f
Zephyr m & f  76/24*; means "wind" 
Zipporah f