AlaiaOrigin: Basque
Meaning: “joy; happy”
Gender: Feminine

The name comes directly from the Basque word for “joy; happy.”

It is also the name of a type of surf board and it is the surname of French fashion designer, Azzedine Alaïa.

In the United States, the name has appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 only the last 2 years. It first entered in 2015 and is currently the 615th most popular female name (2016).

In France, the name is sometimes franconized as Alaïa.



Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic سعيد
Meaning: “happy.”

The name comes directly from the Arabic meaning, “happy.”

As of 2009, Said was the 459th most popular male name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Said سعيد Саид (Albanian/Arabic/Assyrian/Azeri/Bosnian/Bulgarian/Chechen/Circassian/Dagestani/Egyptian/Indonesian/Iranian/Javanese/Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Lebanese/Ossetian/Pashtun/Syrian/Tatar/Turkmen/Uzbek)
  • Saïd (Algerian/Moroccan/Tunisian)
  • Sead (Bosnian)
  • Sejad (Bosnian)
  • Sait (Kurdish/Turkish)
The feminine form is Saida.


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “happy victor; gift victor.”
Nor (I-vind)

A few weeks ago I was browsing through some Norwegian birth announcements and noted several unusual names that appeared over and over again. Eivind was one of them. Apparently, Eivind is the Norwegian form of the proto Norse auja “happy, lucky or gift” and windur meaning “victor, winner.” In Norwegian and Scandinavian history, the name was borne by a 9th-century viking by the name of Eyvind Lambi, he figures in the famous Egil’s Saga. Another popular form in Norway is Øyvind and in Sweden it appears as Ejvind.

Currently, the name is the seventy fouth most popular male name in Norway, while its slashed counterpart (see above) comes in much higher at # 27. The name is not as popular in Sweden as it is in Norway.

Its designated name-day was exactly one week ago, August 26th.

Update: Eivind and Øyvind no longer appear in the Norwegian top 100, but as of 2010, its Faroese form of Eivindur was the 8th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Eivin (Danish/Norwegian)
  • Ejvin/Eyvin (Danish)
  • Ejvind (Danish/Faroese/Swedish)
  • Even (Danish/Faroese/Swedish)
  • Oyvind (Danish)
  • Øivind/Øjvind (Danish/Norwegian)
  • Evind (Faroese/Scandinavian)
  • Eivindur (Faroese)
  • Oyvindur (Faroese)
  • Öjvind (Faroese/Swedish)
  • Eyvindur (Icelandic)
  • Eivinn (Norwegian)
  • Ovind (Norwegian)
  • Øivin(n) (Norwegian)
  • Øven (Norwegian)
  • Eyvindr (Old Norse)
  • Eiven (Sami)
  • Eivind/Eyvind (Scandinavian)
  • Evin (Scandinavian)
  • Önder (Swedish)
  • Önnert (Swedish)
  • Öyvind (Swedish)
Feminine forms include:
  • Evena (Norwegian)
  • Evina/Evine (Norwegian)
  • Evinda (Norwegian)
  • Øivine/Øyvine (Norwegian)


The name comes directly from the English word for happiness and the Latin word felicitas of the same meaning. It was borne by an early Christian saint and martyr and later became a common name among American puritans.

In Ancient Rome, Felicitas was the personification of luck and fortune.

Currently, Felicity ranked in as the 764th most popular female name in the United States, (2010). It was the name of late 1990s television series and is also the name of one of the original American Girls in the American Girl series of books which recounts the day and a life of a 18th-century American girl living in colonial Williamsburg.

Other forms of the name include:

Felicitat (Catalan)

Félicité (French)

Felicitas/Felizitas (German)
Felicitás (Hungarian)
Felicitász (Hungarian)
Felìcita (Italian)
Felicitas (Latin)
Felicyta (Polish)
Felicidade (Portuguese)
Felicidad (Spanish)

A common 18th-century diminutive was Flick.