Gender: Masculine
Origin: Greek Δαμων
Meaning: “tame.”
Eng (DAY-mun)

Derived from the Greek word δαμαω (damao), meaning “to tame” it appears in Greek mythology in the story of Damon and Pythias, a story about true friendship and loyalty.

The name did not catch on in the English-speaking world until the 20th-century. It is currently the 419th most popular male name, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Damon Δαμων (English/French/German/Greek/Spanish)
  • Damão (Portuguese)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Italian
Meaning: “air.”
It (AHR-ee-ə)

The name comes from the Italian word for air and has been used as a feminine given name in Italy since Medieval times. Its usage as a given name in the United States may have caught on due to its musical associations, an aria is an elaborate vocal solo.

The name was borne by an early Roman Christian martyr.

Currently, Aria is the 356th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/aria


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: “world ruler.”

The name is composed of the Scots Gaelic elements dumno (world) and val (ruler). The name has always been very popular in Scotland and was borne by two different Medieval Scottish kings.

It is currently the 377th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Donald (Breton/French/German/Polish)
  • Donal/Donál (Irish)
  • Domhnall (Irish)
  • Domnall (Irish)
  • Domnall/Domnhall (Scottish)

Common nicknames are Don, Donnie and Dolly.

Scottish feminine forms are Donaldina, Donella and Dolina.


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/donald




Gender: Masculine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “from Laurentum.”
Eng (LAW-rents)

The name is derived from the Latin cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum.” It was popularized by an early Roman deacon, martyr and saint who was roasted alive when he refused to turn over church property to the Roman authorities. According to legend, he is the patron saint of comedians because when he was being roasted he told his torturers “turn me over, I am done on this side.”

It was borne by several other saints.

Lawrence has been a popular given name since Medieval times and it consistently appeared in the U.S. top 100 from 1880-1971. By 1972 it mysteriously and suddenly fell completely out of popularity and it has been so since. It is currently only the 457th most popular male name, (2010).

Other forms include:

  • Nadja/Nadjeh (Arabic: used among Arab Christians)
  • Toufiq  لورنس (Arabic: used among Arab Christians)
  • Loren (Aragonese)
  • Lorient (Aragonese)
  • Lari (Basque)
  • Lawrencij Лаўрэнцій (Belarusian)
  • Laorañs (Breton)
  • Llorenç (Catalan)
  • Larenzu (Corsican)
  • Lovrenco (Croatian)
  • Lovre (Croatian. Currently the 58th most popular name in Croatia, 2010)
  • Lovro (Croatian)
  • Vavřinec (Czech/Slovak: literally from the Czech word for laurel, it has been used as the proper cognate for Lawrence since Christianity was introduced to the area)
  • Laurits/Lauritz (Danish/Estonian/Icelandic/Norwegian)
  • Lasse (Dutch/Norwegian/Swedish. LAHS-se)
  • Laurens (Dutch)
  • Loris (Dutch/French/German/Italian. Currently the 100th most popular male name in France, 2009)
  • Rens (Dutch. Currently the 79th most popular male name in the Netherlands)
  • Larkin (English: a Medieval diminutive form of Lawrence)
  • Lauri (Estonian/Finnish)
  • Lars (Finnish/Norwegian/Swedish. Currently the 14th most popular male name in the Netherlands, the 23rd most popular in Belgium and the 57th most popular in Norway)
  • Lassi (Finnish)
  • Laurent (French)
  • Laurentin (French)
  • Lourens (Frisian)
  • Labhrás (Gaelic) 
  • Loenso (Genovese)
  • Laurenzius (German: archaic)
  • Lenz (German)
  • Lorenz (German)
  • Lavrentios Λαυρεντιος (Greek)
  • Lőrinc (Hungarian)
  • Lárus (Icelandic)
  • Lorenzo (Italian/Spanish. Currently the 5th most popular male name in Italy and 52nd most popular in France (2009). It is also the 187th most popular in the Netherlands and the 322nd most popular in the United States, 2010)
  • Laurentius (Latin)
  • Lau (Limburgish)
  • Lor (Limburgish)
  • Laurynas (Lithuanian)
  • Lawrenz (Maltese)
  • Laurys (Manx)
  • Louothains (Norman)
  • Lavrans (Norwegian)
  • Laurenç (Occitanian)
  • Lleurant (Occitanian)
  • Laurencjusz (Polish)
  • Laurenty (Polish)
  • Wawrzyniec (Polish: literally from the Polish word for laurel, it has been used as the proper cognate for Lawrence since Christianity was introduced to the area)
  • Lourenço (Portuguese)
  • Laurențiu (Romanian)
  • Lavrentie (Romanian)
  • Lurintg (Romansch)
  • Lavrenti Лаврентий ლავრენტი (Russian/Georgian)
  • Larentu (Sardinian)
  • Labhrainn (Scottish)
  • Lovrenc (Slovene)
  • Laurisch (Sorbian)
  • Lorencio (Spanish: Medieval)
  • Lorens (Swedish)
  • Lavrentij Лаврентій (Ukrainian)
  • Lorenso (Venetian)
A common English diminutive is Larry a less common one Laurie
  • Toufiqia (Arabic)
  • Laurendia (Basque)
  • Laurenza (Corsican)
  • Laurenzia (Corsican)
  • Laurentien (Dutch)
  • Renske (Dutch)
  • Laurence (French)
  • Laurentine (French)
  • Lavrentia Λαυρεντία (Greek)
  • Lorentina (Italian)
  • Lorenza (Italian/Spanish)
  • Lorenzina (Italian)
  • Larentia (Latin)
  • Laurentina (Latin)
  • Laurencja (Polish)
  • Laurentyna (Polish)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek Σεληνη
Meaning: “moon.”
Eng (sə-LEE-nee) Fre (sə-LEN)

The name comes directly from the Greek meaning “moon” and was borne by the Greek goddess of the moon, sometimes identified as Artemis.

Currently, Selene is the 406th most popular female name in France, (2009) while Selena came in as the 329th most popular female name in the United States, (2010). Selena’s popularity in other countries is as follows:

  • # 28 (Austria, 2010, spelled Selina)
  • # 234 (France, 2009)
  • # 344 (the Netherlands, 2010)

The name was borne by Tejana singer Selena Quentanilla (1971-1995).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Selena Селена (Bulgarian/Croatian/Spanish/Russian)
  • Seléné (Czech)
  • Seléna (Czech)
  • Selana Σελάνα (Dorian/Greek: modern)
  • Selina (English/German)
  • Séléné (French)
  • Selanna (Ionian)
  • Selenė (Lithuanian)


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew אוּרִיאֵל
Meaning: “God is my light.”
Eng (YUR-ee-el)

In post-Exilic rabbinical tradition, Uriel is an angel, he is mostly apocryphal and legendary and is not mentioned in the Jewish or Christian Bible. He appears in the apocryphal Book of Enoch and in the Book of Esdras in which Uriel is sent by God to instruct Ezra.

In Catholic legend, Uriel rescued St. John the Baptist and his mother St. Elizabeth from Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents, miraculously transporting them to be with the Holy Family as depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks.

In Eastern Orthodox tradition he is considered one of the seven major archangels.

In Jewish legend, Uriel is the Angel of Saturday, the Angel of Poetry and is one of the Holy Sephiroth.

In Anglican tradition, Uriel is an archangel and is the patron saint of the Sacrement of Confirmation.

He also plays a role in Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Currently, Uriel is the 440th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Uriil Уриил (Bulgarian/Russian)
  • Uriël (Dutch)
  • Uriel ურიელ (Georgian)
  • Uri’yel אוּרִיאֵל(Hebrew)
  • Urielis (Lithuanian)
  • Uril Урил (Macedonian)
  • Urijel Урил  (Serbian)
  • Uryyíl Уриї́л (Ukrainian)


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/uriel


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “good news.”
Eng (ee-VAN-je-LEEN)

The name is derived from the Greek ευ (good) and αγγελμα (news; message). Evangelos (masculine) and Evangelina (feminine) have always been popular names in Greece. Evangeline seems to be particularly common among French-Canadians and the Acadians of Louisiana since the 16th-century. The name was used for the title character in Henry Longfellow’s 1847 poem Evangeline, which recounts the trials and tribulations of the Acadians after their expulsion from Canada.

A parish in Louisiana was named in the character’s honour.

Currently, Evangeline is 333rd most popular female name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Evangeliya Евангелия (Bulgarian)
  • Evangeline/Evangéline (Cajun/Franco-English)
  • Evangelina (Croatian/Hungarian/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian/Serbian/Spanish)
  • Évangéline (French)
  • Evangelia Ευαγγελία (Greek)
  • Vangelia Βαγγελιώ (Greek)
  • Evangelija Евангелија (Macedonian)
  • Vangelija Вангелија (Macedonian)
  • Evangelica (Romanian)

Masculine forms include:

  • Evangelis Ευαγγέλης (Greek)
  • Evangelos Ευάγγελος (Greek)
  • Vangelis Βαγγέλης (Greek)
  • Evangelo (Italian)


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/evangeline


Gender: Masculine
Origin: English
Meaning: “land.”

The name is derived from the Old German name, Lanzo which is derived from the Germanic element, land meaning “land.”

In recent years the name has come to be associated with the weapon and it is most likely the reason why the name is used.

It is currently the 445th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms are the German Lanze and Lanzo.

The name is borne by American cyclist Lance Armstrong (b.1971) and former Backstreet Boy, Lance Bass (b.1979).


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/lance



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek Κυνθια
Meaning: “of mount Cynthos.”

The name was used in ancient Greece as an epithet for the goddess Artemis as she was said to be born on Mount Cynthos in Greece. In the English-speaking world, this was not used as a given name until after the Renaissance when many Greek mythological names were brought to the forefront as proper English given names.

Currently, Cynthia is the 380th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Cynthia (Dutch/English/French/German)
  • Cynthie (French)
  • Kynthia Κυνθία (Greek)
  • Cinzia (Italian)
  • Zinta (Latvian)
  • Cyntia (Polish)
  • Cíntia (Portuguese)
  • Ciniza (Slovene)
  • Cintija (Slovene)
  • Cintia (Spanish/Italian)

In English, Dutch and German, Cindy or Cindi are the default nicknames.


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/cynthia


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Spanish
Meaning: “savior.”

The name is derived from the Spanish word for Savior and is used in honour of Christ. It is currently the 457th most popular male name in the United States, (2010). Its Italian cognate of Salvatore is the 895th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Sotir (Albanian)
  • Gaizka (Basque)
  • Salbatore (Basque)
  • Xalbador/Xalba (Basque)
  • Salvador (Catalan/Spanish)
  • Saveur (French: archaic)
  • Salvatore (Italian)
  • Salvator (German/Latin)
  • Sotirios  Σωτήριος (Greek)
  • Sauvaire (Occitanian)
  • Salwator (Polish)
  • Sarbadore (Sardinian)
  • Sarbaturi (Sicilian)
Common diminutives used especially among Italian-Americans are: Sal and Tory.

Feminine forms include:

  • Salvatrice (Italian)
  • Salvatorica (Italian)
  • Salvatorina (Italian)
  • Torella (Italian)
  • Torina (Italian)
  • Salvatrix (Latin)
  • Salvadora (Spanish)