Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “fire; swordblade.”

The name is a Faroese and Icelandic modern form of the Old Norse male name, Brandr, which comes directly from the word for, “fire” or “swordblade.”

As of 2010, Brandur was the 5th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Brand (Danish/German/Swedish)
  • Brande (Danish/Swedish)
  • Brandar (Faroese)
  • Brandur (Faroese/Icelandic)
  • Brandr (Old Norse)


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: “born of fire.”

The name is an anglicized form of the Scots Gaelic Cináed meaning “born of fire.” It was borne by the first king of the Scots and Picts in the 9th-century. It was by several subsequent Scottish kings thereafter. It was also borne by a few early Scottish and Welsh saints.

It was used by Sir Walter Scott as the name of a hero in his 1825 novel The Talisman.

Currently, Kenneth is the 160th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Kenneth (English)
  • Cináed (Irish/Scottish: kin-NADE)
  • Cionaodh (Irish)
  • Ciniod (Pictish)
  • Kennet (Scandinavian)
  • Cen(n)ydd (Welsh. KEN-nith)
  • Cunedda (Welsh. kun-NETH-thuh)
Common short forms are Ken and Kenny.
Scottish feminine forms are Kenina and Kenna.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “fire; heat; light; glimmer.”

The name is derived from the Lithuanian element ugnis, which could either mean “fire, heat, light, or glimmer.”

Currently, Ugnė is the 6th most popular female name in Lithuania, (2008).

The designated name-day is February 13.

A masculine form is Ugnius.



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Armenian
Meaning: “pomegranate; fire.”

The name is either an elaboration of the Armenian word nar which is a borrowing from the Persian meaning “pomegranate” or an elaboration of an Arabic name meaning “fire.”

Fionntán, Fintan

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: “white fire.”
Ir (fin-TAHN); Eng (FIN-tun).

The name is composed of the elements fionn meaning “white; fair” and tine meaning “fire.” It has been anglicized as Fintan. In Irish legend, Fionntan Mac Bochra was a great seer and druid advisor who supposedly arrived in Ireland, along with Noah’s granddaughter, Cessair. His wives and daughters died during God’s cursed flood but he survived by transforming himself into a salmon and taking refuge in an undersea cave. He later transformed himself into an eagle, then into a hawk and then back into his true form. Supposedly, he lived 5500 years, until the arrival of Christianity into Ireland, where he was baptized and died immediately after. It has been borne by several Irish saints, and its designated name day is July 13. The name might be especially appealing to parents who are considering Connor or Aidan, but find them too popular. Finn or Finty are possible nickname options.