Gender: Feminine
Origin: Zapotec
Meaning: “I love you.”

The name comes directly from the Zapotec phrase meaning, “I love you,” it is a name that has appeared among the the Aztec Revival in Latin America, particularly Mexico. It is currently the 67th most popular female name in Puerto Rico and the 387th most popular in the United States, (2010).




Gender: Feminine
Origin: Spanish/Portuguese
Meaning: “sweet; candy.”
DOOL-the (Spanish), DOOL-se (Latin American Spanish)

The name comes directly from the Spanish and Portuguese word for “sweet; candy” and has been used in the Iberian peninsula since the early Middle Ages. It was borne by Douce I of Provence (1090-1129), Douce II of Provenece (b.1166) Dulce of Barcelona (1160-1198) and Dulce I of Léon (b.1195).

Currently it is the 409th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).

It was commonly bestowed among Jews and Christians. Other forms of the name include:

  • Dulcía (Aragonese)
  • Dulze (Basque)
  • Esti (Basque)
  • Estinñe (Basque)
  • Dolça (Catalan/Ladino/Occitanian/Provençal)
  • Dowse (English: archaic)
  • Duce (English: archaic)
  • Dulcie (English)
  • Dulcinea (English/Spanish)
  • Douce (French: archaic)
  • Aldonza/Aldonça (Galician)
  • Dolce (Italian: archaic. DOLE-chay)
  • Zusa (Yiddish. A direct translation of Dolça, this was used among Spanish-Jews who had been expelled from Spain and had settled in Germany and Poland introducing it to Yiddish-speakers, thus creating a Yiddish cognate. A masculine cognate is Zusman)


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Greek Ωριων
Meaning: “boundary; limit.”
Eng (o-RIE-ən)

The name is believed to be derived from the Greek, ‘οριον (horion) meaning, “boundary; limit.” In Greek mythology, it was borne by a great huntsman and a favorite companion of Artemis. Zeus turned him into a constellation.

Currently, Orion was the 466th most popular male name in the United States, (2010). Other forms of the name include:

  • Orioni ორიონი (Albanian/Georgian)
  • Orió (Catalan)
  • Orion Ωρίων (English/Greek/Polish)
  • Órión (Hungarian)
  • Orione (Italian)
  • Orions (Latvian)
  • Orionas (Lithuanian)
  • Órion (Portuguese)
  • Orionte (Portuguese)
  • Orión (Spanish)
The name was borne by an early Christian Greek martyr and in recent history it was borne by Orion Clemens (1825-1897), the first and only Secretary of Nevada Territory and the brother of Mark Twain.
The designated name-day is May 16 (Poland).


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew גִּדְעוֹן

The name name could either be Hebrew for “destroyer” or “tree feller.” It is borne in the Old Testament by one of the Hebrew Judges, (Judges 6–8). He is also mentioned in Epistle to the Hebrews: Chapter 11 as an example of a man of faith.

In the Book of Mormon, it is borne by a powerful Nephite leader.

Regarded as a saint in the Catholic Church, it was occasionally used as a given name in Medieval England, but exploded in popularity after the Protestant Reformation, especially in Germany and the Netherlands.

Currently, Gideon is the 461st most popular male name in the United States and the 496th most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Gideon Гидеон (Afrikaans/Dutch/English/Estonian/German/Scandinavian/Serbian)
  • Gedeó (Catalan)
  • Gédéon (French)
  • Gid’on גִּדְעוֹן (Hebrew)
  • Gedeon Гедео́н (Hungarian/Polish/Russian)
  • Gedeone (Italian)
  • Gideonas (Lithuanian)
  • Gideão (Portuguese)
  • Gedeón (Spanish)
The name was borne by the first discoverer of the dinosaur, Gideon Mantell (1790-1852).
Common English diminutives are Gid and Giddy.



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Mayan

The name is derived from the Mayan name, Ix Chel, which was the name of an important goddess of the moon, midwifery and the earth in Mayan culture. Its modern Spanish transliteration is Itzel or Itxel and it is currently a very popular female name in Mexico. Its meaning is uncertain but it has been suggested to be related to the Yucatan word chel (rainbow).

Currently, Itzel is the 411th most popular female name in the United States, (2010). Two other forms are Itxel and Ixchel.




Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew שְׁלֹמֹה
Meaning: “peace.”

The name is borne in the Old Testament by son of David and the King of Israel. He is credited as being the author of Proverbs, the Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes. In the Talmud he is considered one of the 48 prophets. In Jewish and Christian tradition he is viewed as a wise and holy king but had fallen from grace due to his ego and his marriage to hundreds of foreign wives who led him astray from God. In the Qu’ran, Solomon is a prophet and a messenger from Allah, he is the only one who was ever able to control the djinn with his magical incantations.

The name has always been a popular one among Jews, Muslims and Eastern Orthodox Christians, but has never really been common in the English-speaking world, even after the Protestant Reformation. Currently, Solomon is the 467th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms include:

  • Salomo (Afrikaans/Dutch/Finnish/German/Scandinavian)
  • Salomon (Albanian/Croatian/Finnish/French/Polish/Scandinavian/Ukrainian)
  • Sulayman  سليمان (Arabic)
  • Salamon Саламон (Belarusian)
  • Sulejman (Bosnian)
  • Suljo (Bosnian)
  • Solomon Саламон (Bulgarian/English/Macedonian/Romanian/Russian/Serbian)
  • Salomó (Catalan)
  • Šalomoun (Croatian)
  • Saalomon (Estonian)
  • Sálomon (Faroese)
  • Solamh (Gaelic)
  • Solomoni სოლომონი (Georgian)
  • Shlomo שְׁלֹמֹה (Hebrew)
  • Salamon (Hungarian/Occitanian)
  • Silêman (Kurdish)
  • Salomone (Italian)
  • Shelomo (Ladino)
  • Salamans (Latvian)
  • Zālamans (Latvian)
  • Saliamonas (Lithuanian)
  • Sjelomo (Norwegian: archaic)
  • Szlomo (Polish-Yiddish)
  • Salomão (Portuguese)
  • Šalamún (Slovak)
  • Suleymaan (Somalian)
  • Salomón (Spanish)
  • Sөlәjman Сөләйман (Tatar)
  • Süleyman (Turkish)
  • Selyf (Welsh)
  • Zalman (Yiddish)

Common English diminutives are Sol and Solly.

A Russian feminine form which was common among Russian royalty is Solomonia.