Fríða

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Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “beautiful; beloved.”
(FREE-thah)

The name is derived from the Old Norse, fríðr, meaning, “beautiful; beloved.”

As of 2010, Fríða was the 4th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Fríða (Faroese/Icelandic)
  • Fríður (Icelandic)
  • Frid (Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Fryd (Norwegian)
  • Fríðr (Old Norse)
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Maite

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Basque
Meaning: “beloved; loveable.”
(MY-tey)

The name could either be a contracted form of María Teresa or it could come directly from the Basque word meaning, “loveable; beloved.”

As of 2006, it was the 24th most popular female name in Chile and the 65th most popular female name in Mexico, (2010).

The name is borne by Mexican actress and singer, Maite Perroni (b.1983).

Sources

  1. http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maite
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/maite-2
  3. http://www.babycenter.com.mx/pregnancy/nombres/nombres_populares_2010/

Aimé, Aimée, Amy

Origin: French
Meaning: “beloved.”
Fre (ey-MAY); Eng (A-mee)

Aimé is a French masculine name which is derived from the Latin Amatus, meaning, “beloved.” Its feminine counterpart is spelled Aimée and its anglicized version is Amy.

Amy was introduced into England after the Norman invasion, and was revived in the 19th-century.

In the United States, Amy is currently the 132nd most popular female name, between 1973-1976, she ranked as high as # 2.  Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 37 (Australia, 2008)
  • # 71 (Canada, 2008)
  • # 34 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 26 (the Netherlands, 2009)
  • # 9 (Scotland)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Amý (Icelandic)
  • Amata (Latin)
  • Amée (Medieval French)

Masculine forms are: Amato (Italian), Amatus (Latin) and Amé (Medieval French).

The name is borne by Amy Adams, Amy Grant and Amy Winehouse.

The designated name-day in France is February 20.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/amy
  2. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/amy?view=uk
  3. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/aimee?view=uk

David

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: “beloved.”

The name is derived from the Hebrew דָּוִד (Dawid), which is derived from the Hebrew word דוד (dwd) meaning “beloved.”

The name is borne in the Old Testament by King David, he is considered to be the greatest Jewish king in history, he is famous for defeating the evil Philistine, Goliath and several other endeavors mentioned in the Bible. He also plays a part in the Qu’ran and in Christian tradition, is considered an ancestor of Jesus.

In the English speaking world, the name has been in usage since the Middle Ages, it was borne by two Scottish Kings and St. Dewi (known as St. David in English) is considered the patron saint of Wales.

In the United States, the name currently ranks in as the 14th most popular male name, actually, David has been in the U.S. top 20 since 1880, and he peaked in 1960, coming in at # 1. In other countries, his popularity is as follows:

  • # 2 Davit (Armenia, 2008)
  • # 74 (Australia, 2007)
  • # 6 (Austria, 2008)
  • # 7 (Catalonia, Spain, 2008)
  • # 87 (Belgium, 2006)
  • # 53 (Canada, B.C. 2008)
  • # 31 (Chile, 2006)
  • # 64 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 1 (Faroe Islands, 2008)
  • # 96 (France, 2006)
  • # 6 (Hungary, 2008)
  • # 16 (Ireland, 2007)
  • # 4 (Israel, among Jewish boys, 2008)
  • #  9 Davide (Italy, 2007)
  • # 1 (Liechtenstein)
  • # 4 Dovydas (Lithuanian)
  • # 41 (the Netherlands, 2008)
  • # 51 (Norway, 2007)
  • # 8 Dawid (Poland, 2008)
  • # 4 (Romania, 2008)
  • # 27 (Scotland, 2008)
  • # 9 (Slovenia, 2005)
  • # 4 (Spain, 2008)
  • # 40 (Sweden 2007)
  • # 4 (Switzerland, among German-speakers, 2008)
  • # 6 (Switzerland, among French-speakers, 2008)
  • # 5 Davide (Switzerland, among Italian-speakers, 2008)

The David form is used in Albanian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Galician, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.

Other forms of the name are:

  • Davidi (Albanian)
  • Da’ud/Da’oud/Da’wud/Da’wood داؤود (Arabic)
  • Davit Դավիթ (Armenian)
  • Davud (Azeri)
  • Davud/Daud/Daut (Bosnian)
  • Daveth (Cornish)
  • Taavet/Taave/Taavi/Taavo/Tavo (Estonian)
  • Daavid (Finnish)
  • Taavetti/Taavi (Finnish)
  • Dáibhead/Dáibheid/Daithí/Davy (Gaelic/Irish)
  • Dawit/Dato დავით (Georgian)
  • David Δαβίδ (Greek)
  • Dávid (Hungarian/Faroese/Slovak)
  • Davíð (Icelandic)
  • Daud (Indonesian)
  • Davide (Italian: Davidino and Daviduccio are obscure diminutive forms that were occasionally used as independent given names)
  • Daudi (Kiswahili)
  • Dawid (Kurdish)
  • Dāvids/Dāvis (Latvian)
  • Dovydas (Lithuanian)
  • Davidu Давідъ(Old Church Slavonic)
  • Davud داوود (Persian)
  • Dawid (Polish: DAH-veed)
  • David Давид (Russian/Belarusian)
  • Davíd (Spanish)
  • Dàibheid/Dàibhidh/Daividh (Scottish)
  • Davud/Dâvud (Turkish)
  • Davyd (Ukrainian)
  • Dai (Welsh: a Welsh diminutive form of David, occasionally used as an independent given name)
  • Dafydd/Dewi (Welsh)
  • Dewydd (Welsh: archaic)
  • Dovid (Yiddish)
  • Dudel (Yiddish)
  • Tavel (Yiddish)

Feminine forms are:

  • Davida (English/Scottish)
  • Davina/Davinia (English/Scottish)

Designated name-days are December 29 and December 30.