Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic  حسن 
Meaning: “the handsome; the good.”

The name is derived from the Arabic noun plus definite article الحسن (al-Ḥasan) literally meaning, “the good, the handsome, the beautiful.”

The name was borne by one of the beloved grandsons of the Prophet Mohammed and the son of Ali.

According to Shia and Sunni sources the Archangel Gabriel commanded the Propheth Mohammed to name his grandson, Hasan, a pre-Islamic name. Hasan eventually went on to succeed his father as the Caliph and eventually retired to Madinah where he was poisoned by one of his wives, (the identity of whom is somewhat debated). He is considered a martyr by both Sunni and Shi’a Muslims.

It was the 24th most popular male name in Turkey, (2010) and the 94th most popular in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).

The name is sometimes transliterated as Hassan, especially in the former French colonies, however, this transliteration is actually incorrect as when an extra S is added, the meaning of the name changes, being from the Arabic  حسّان Hassan meaning, “doer of good.”

Other forms of the name include:

  • Hasan Хасан (Albanian/Arabic/Baskkir/Bosnian/Chechen/Dagestani/Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Ossetian/Persian/Tajik/Tatar/Turkmen/Turkish/Ughur/Urdu/Uzbek)
  • Hassan حسن مجتبی (Algerian/Javanese/Malaysian/Moroccan/Persian/Tunisian)
  • Həsən (Azeri)
  • Gasan (Dagastani)
  • Hesan (Kurdish)
  • Alassane (Sub-Saharan African)
  • Lassana (Sub-Saharan African)
  • Hesen (Zazaki)


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Frisian/German

The name is of Frisian origin and could either be a diminutive form of Dietrich or come directly from the Frisian word til meaning, “good; hard.”

The name was borne by a medieval German folk hero, Till Eulenspiegel, a famous 13th-century prankster who appears in several medieval pamphlets.

It is currently borne by Rammstein singer, Till Lindemann, (b.1960).

Currently, Till is the 48th most popular male name in Germany, (2011).

Another form is Dil/Dyl.


Origin: Polish
Meaning: “good man.”

Supposedly a cognate of the Gaulish male, Suvallos, literally meaning “good man.” Dobrowit is composed of the Old Slavonic elements, dobro (good) and wit (lord, ruler).

The designated name-day is Poland is September 18.


  1. http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobrowit


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “good; serious.”

The name is composed of the Lithuanian elements, ger=geras meaning “good” and rim=rimtas meaning “serious.”

The feminine form is Gerimantė.

The designated name-day for Gerimantas is August 4 while for Gerimantė it is July 15.


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/lists/8.php
  2. http://day.lt/vardai/Gerimantas


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “good.”
Eng (AG-uh-thuh)

The name is derived from the Greek, αγαθος (agathos), meaning, “good.”

The name was borne by an early Christian martyr, St. Agatha of Sicily, who, according to legend, refused the advances of a suitor and was renounced as a Christian. Before being beheaded, she was tortured by having her breasts tinctured off. Due to this she has been considered the patron saint against breast cancer and other breast diseases. Her feast day and the designated name-day is February 5.

The name was popular in Medieval England but fell out of usage after the Protestant Reformation. It was revived in the 19th century, one famous modern bearer being English mystery writer, Agatha Christie (1890-1976).

Currently, the name does not appear in the U.S. top 1000, the last time she was seen was in 1945, coming in as the 917th most popular female name.

She remains a staple in other countries, particularly in Poland and France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Agate (Basque)
  • Àgueda/Àgata (Catalan)
  • Agata Агата (Croatian/Icelandic/Italian/Latin/Norwegian/Polish/Romanian/Russian/Serbian/Slovene/Swedish)
  • Agáta (Czech/Hungarian/Slovak)
  • Agate/Agathe (Danish/German/Latvian/Norwegian: ah-GAH-te)
  • Agatha (Dutch/English/German)
  • Aet (Estonian)
  • Agaate (Estonian)
  • Ita/Iti (Estonian)
  • Akaata (Finnish)
  • Agathe (French: ah-GAHT)
  • Ádega (Galician)
  • Agathê/Agathi ἀγαθή (Greek: Modern)
  • Ágota (Hungarian)
  • Agra (Latvian: this one has a completely different etymology, but has also been traditionally used as a form of Agatha).
  • Agota (Lithuanian)
  • Ågot (Norwegian)
  • Aita (Romansch/Estonian)
  • Agafia Агафья (Russian)
  • Gaèa (Serbian)
  • Àita (Sicilian)
  • Agatija (Slovene)
  • Gadea (Spanish: archaic)
  • Águeda (Spanish/Portuguese)
  • Agda (Swedish)
  • Ahafiya (Ukrainian)

An English short form is Aggie.

Croatian diminutives are: Agica, Jaga and Jagica.

A Czech pet form is Hota.

Polish short forms are: Aga, Agatka and Agusia.

Russian diminutives are: Agasha, Gafiya, Ganya, Gasha and Gashka.

A Hungarian short form is Ági.

A male Greek form is Agathon Αγαθων.

Agate is also the name of a precious stone.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Bulgarian
Meaning: “good.”

Do you like Sabrina, but find it just a tad bit too dated? Or perhaps the Sabrina the Teenage Witch associations nag at you. Then you might want to consider this Balkan beauty.

Dobrina is a common Bulgarian female name derived from the word dobra meaning “good.”

It is also the name of a tiny village, made up of 200 something inhabitants, in northeastern Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria, Dobrina’s name day is celebrated on the 27th of July.

Its diminutive forms are Dobrinka, Dobra and Dobri.