Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “blonde.”
Classical Lat (FLAU-wee-ah); Late Lat/It (FLAH-vyah); Fre (flah-VEE)

The name is a feminine form of the Roman family name, Flavius, which is derived from the Latin, flavus (blonde; yellow-haired). Its Greek cognate is Xanthe.

Flavius was a family name of a few 1st-century Roman Emperors, notably Vespasian and Domitian. It was later adopted as a first name by several Late Roman emperors including Constantine.

Its feminine form was borne by two early Roman martyrs and saints, making the name remain popular after the dawn of Christianity.

Flavia appears as the name of a major female character in the Anthony Hope novel, The Prisonor of Zenda (1894).

As of 2010, its French form of Flavie was the 224th most popular female name in France.

Other forms of the feminine include:

  • Flavie (French)
  • Flávia (Hungarian)
  • Flavia (Italian/Latin/Romanian/Spanish)
  • Flavina (Italian)
  • Flawia (Polish)
  • Flávia (Portuguese)

Masculine forms include:

  • Flavi (Catalan)
  • Flávió (Hungarian)
  • Fláviusz (Hungarian)
  • Flavio (Italian/Spanish)
  • Flavius (Latin)
  • Flawiusz (Polish)
  • Flaviu (Romanian)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “blonde horse; yellow horse.”
Eng (ZAN-thip-PEE)

The name is composed of the Greek elements, ξανθος (xanthos), meaning, “blonde; yellow” and ‘ιππος (hippos), “horse.”

The name was most notably borne by the wife of Socrates, of whom, Socrates wrote both quite fondly and also rather harshly about.

Other forms of the name include:

Xantippa (Czech/Swedish)
Xantippe (Danish/Norwegian)
Xanthippe (Dutch/English/French/German/Greek)
Santippe (Italian)
Ksantypa (Polish)
Xântipe (Portuguese)
Xantipa (Romanian)
Ksantippa Ксантиппа (Russian)
Jantipa (Spanish)

Note, the above forms are rare outside of Greece and mostly appear in an historical context.

A masculine form is Xanthippos Ξανθιππος.

The designated name-day in Greece is September 23.


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

Fionnghall, Fingal

800px-Staffa_Fingal's_Cave_14712Gender: Masculine
Origin: Irish/Scottish/Swedish
Meaning: “white stranger, fair stranger.”

The name is from the Gaelic fionn meaning “white; fair” and gall meaning “stranger.” In Ireland, it is the name of an area in county Dublin, it was settled by Vikings in the early middle ages, and the name Fingal was given in reference to the fair-haired inhabitants. A language known as Fingalian, (now extinct) was spoken by the inhabitants till the mid-1800s. It was a mix of Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Gaelic. It was also the name of the hero in the English prose epic written by James Macpherson known as the Poems of Ossian and was the middle name of Oscar Wilde. In the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, it is the name of a cave on the uninhabited Isle of Staffa. It was popularized as a tourist destination after Felix Mendelsohn composed an overture in 1829, entitled Die Hebriden, which were inspired by the echoes he heard in the cave. In Sweden, its designated name-day is October 17.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “blonde; yellow; yellow-brown.”
Pronunciation: (ZAN-thee)

This was the name of one of the daughters of the minor Greek god, Oceanus. She was a nephalai nymph who was responsible for yellow tinged clouds. It was also the name of an Amazon and it was borne by the wife of Aesclepius.

In Classical Greece, the name was most likely bestowed upon fair haired girls or used as a sort of nickname for blondes, the equivalent of the English nickname, Blondie, and of the Latin Flavia.

Blonde hair was considered an exotic trait, and was therefore a rarity, yet pertained much admiration. The Greeks considered it as a sign of divinity, in fact, the Greeks liked to believe that the Gods all had blonde hair, especially Aphrodite.

If the idea of an X name is too much to fathom on a child, then you might prefer the slightly more tamed and Italianate Flavia or Flaviana. Xan would make an incredibly spunky nickname option.

Another form is Xanthia and the masculine form is Xanthos (Ξανθος)