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: Masculine
Origin: French
Meaning: “angel.”

The name comes directly from the French word for angel, and has been used as a given name since at least the 8th-century C.E.

It is techinically an epicène name, that is, one among the several names found within the French lexicon which has always been gender neutral. However, Ange by itself is more often given to males, while for females, it is usually paired with a feminine name, such as Marie-Ange

The name was borne by a few medieval saints. One of the most notable being St. Angelus of Jerusalem (1185-1220), a Christian convert of Jewish ancestry who left his native Palestine to join a friary in Sicily. He was eventually martyred by Berenger, a local knight, who killed him in anger after the saint rebuked him for living in an incestuous relationship.

Ange was a very common name among the early Acadians (Cajuns), of Louisiana and French-Canadians.

As of 2009, Ange was the 264th most popular male name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Àngel (Catalan)
  • Angelus (English/German/Late Latin)
  • Angel (French/Romansch)
  • Angeli(n) (French)
  • Angely (French)
  • Angelo (Italian)
  • Anġlu (Maltese)
  • Àncilu (Sicilian)
  • Ángel (Spanish)
For a more comprehensive list, see Angela.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Slavic Вера
Meaning: “faith.”
Eng (VARE-uh; VEER-uh); Rus (VYEH-rah)

The name is most likely a borrowing from the Russian female name, Vera, which comes directly from the Slavic meaning, “faith.” Initially, it was a Russian-Orthodox cognate of the Greek female name, Pistis (Faith), the name of an early Christian saint and martyr.

The name has been used outside of Eastern Europe since at least the 19th-century. It is unclear how the name caught on in the English-speaking world, but by the time of its popularity the name was usually associated with the Latin, verus, (true), verses, the Slavic, (hope).

Its usage in Albania may also be connected with the Albanian word, verë, (Summer).

The name is borne by several famous Russian women, including silent film actress, Vera Kholodnaya (1893-1919) and theatre actress, Vera Komissarzhevskaya (1864-1910); Chemist, Vera Popova (1867-1896).

Other notable bearers include: English writer and feminist, Vera Brittain (1893-1970); Ukrainian-American actress, Vera Farmiga (b.1973); American actress, Vera Miles (b.1929); American fashion designer, Vera Neumann (b.1907) and American fashion designer, Vera Wang (b.1949).

The highest the name ranked in the United States was in 1919 when she came in as the 65th most popular female name; its popularity may have had something to do with Vera Kholodnaya who died the same year, but this is only my personal conjecture.

As of 2010, Vera is the 675th most popular female name in the United States. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 13 (Veera, Finland, 2011)
  • # 39 (Sweden, 2010)
  • # 45 (the Netherlands)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Vera Вера (Albanian/Bulgarian/Croatian/Dutch/English/Faroese/German/Hungarian/Icelandic/Italian/Latvian/Lithuanian/Macedonian/Portuguese/Russian/Scandinavian/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Věra (Czech)
  • Veera (Estonian/Finnish)
  • Véra (French)
  • Verina (Italian)
  • Verutė (Lithuanian)
  • Wiara (Polish)
  • Wiera (Polish)
  • Verá (Sami)
  • Viera (Slovak)
  • Wera (Swedish)
  • Vira Віра (Ukrainian)

Diminutive forms include:

  • Verica (Czech/Serbian)
  • Verika (Czech)
  • Verochka (Russian)
  • Verunka (Czech)
  • Verusha (Russian)
  • Vierunka (Czech)
  • Vieruška (Czech)
  • Věrka (Czech)
  • Věruna (Czech)
An obscure Latin masculine form is Verus.


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “dark; black”
Fr. (moh-REESE) Eng (MOR-ris).

He may seem a bit dated to some, but parents looking to vintage names like Leo and Brice/Bryce might see the appeal in this. Traditionally nicknamed Maury, parents who opt for the French pronunciation have the advantage of using Reese. Look past Maury Povich and the cartoon character in Madgascar, and you will find that the name has a long and rich history.

He is a derivative of the Roman name Mauritius, which is derived from the Latin Maurus meaning, “dark-skinned; dark complexion.”

The name was borne by Emperor Maurice of Byzantium (539-602). Known in Greek as Maurikios and in his native Armenian as Morik, he was one of the most influential and decisive rulers of the Byzantine Empire, so much so that he is a national hero in his native Armenia till this day.

StMaurice2 (1)The name is also borne by a very popular 3rd century saint. St. Maurice was an Egyptian by birth and a Roman citizen. He served in the Roman army and was apart of the Theban legions, which had been stationed in Switzerland at the time of the saint’s martyrdom. According to legend, Emperor Maximian ordered Maurice and his legions to destroy a local Christian community, when Maurice and his followers refused to harass fellow Christians, the emperor ordered them to be executed. The area of martyrdom is now known as Saint Maurice-en-Valais and the Abbey of Saint Maurice-en-Valais supposedly houses the saint’s relics.

800px-St._Moritz_by_nightThe saint also gave his name to another town in Switzerland: St. Moritz, (Top of the World), is a beautiful little resort town that sits in the Valley of Engadine and the canton of Graubünden. Their coat of arms actually features the legendary saint. St. Maurice is also venerated among Coptic Christians. In fact, the names Maurice and Maurikios are fairly common among Egyptian Christians.

The German form of Moritz is found in the popular German children’s series Max and Moritz written by Wilhelm Busch in 1865. The humorous duo is still a common pop icon in German speaking countries. Other notable appearances include a novel by E.M. Forster, (Maurice) written in 1913, a tale of same sex love in early 20th-century England.

The Island of Mauritius or L’île Maurice in French, is a former French colony off the coast of Africa. It was named in honor of Prince Maurice of Nassau, the Stadtholder of the Netherlands.

The designated name-day is September 22

Currently, Maurice is the 150th most popular male name in Germany, (2011), and he still lurks within the U.S top 1000 coming in as the 445th most popular male name, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Morik Մորիկ (Armenian)
  • Moïc (Breton)
  • Maurici (Catalan)
  • Maurikios (Coptic/Greek)
  • Maric Мариц (Croatian/Serbian)
  • Maurits (Dutch/Scandinavian)
  • Mauri (Finnish)
  • Maur (French)
  • Maurice (French/English)
  • Moriz (German: archaic)
  • Moritz (German/Scandinavian)
  • Móric (Hungarian/Slovakian)
  • Mór (Hungarian)
  • Muiris (Irish)
  • Maurizio (Italian)
  • Mauro (Italian/Portuguese/Romansch)
  • Mauritius (Late Latin)
  • Maurus (Latin/Romansch)
  • Morics (Latvian)
  • Maurycy (Polish)
  • Maurício (Portuguese)
  • Maurin (Romansch)
  • Murezi (Romansch)
  • Murezzan (Romansch)
  • Mauricio (Spanish)
  • Meuric/Meurig (Welsh)

Its feminine counterparts are Maura, Mauricia and Maurizia.

Common English short forms are  Maury, Moe and Morry.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “pious; dutiful; devoted.”

The name is a feminine form of the Late Latin male name Pius which means exactly what it says! Its masculine form was mainly used as a religious name, taken by priests, monks and popes (twelve of whom bore the name).

The name may have been used in reference to a line in a prayer to the Virgin Mary (Salve Regina)

O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria

It was also borne by a 3rd-century Carthaginian Christian saint and martyr.

It was a very popular name in Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden at the beginning of the 20th-century all the way up until the 1960s. The earliest records for the name Pia in Sweden go as far back as 1848.

Currently Pia is the 22nd most popular female name in Slovenia (2010) and the 28th most popular in Chile, (2010). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 25 (Germany, 2011)
  • # 40 (Austria, 2010)
Other forms of the name include:
  • Piia (Finnish/Estonian)
  • Pía (Spanish)
Masculine forms include:
  • Pius (German/Latin)
  • Pio (Italian)
  • Pío (Spanish/Portuguese)



Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew שְׁלֹמֹה
Meaning: “peace.”

The name is borne in the Old Testament by son of David and the King of Israel. He is credited as being the author of Proverbs, the Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes. In the Talmud he is considered one of the 48 prophets. In Jewish and Christian tradition he is viewed as a wise and holy king but had fallen from grace due to his ego and his marriage to hundreds of foreign wives who led him astray from God. In the Qu’ran, Solomon is a prophet and a messenger from Allah, he is the only one who was ever able to control the djinn with his magical incantations.

The name has always been a popular one among Jews, Muslims and Eastern Orthodox Christians, but has never really been common in the English-speaking world, even after the Protestant Reformation. Currently, Solomon is the 467th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms include:

  • Salomo (Afrikaans/Dutch/Finnish/German/Scandinavian)
  • Salomon (Albanian/Croatian/Finnish/French/Polish/Scandinavian/Ukrainian)
  • Sulayman  سليمان (Arabic)
  • Salamon Саламон (Belarusian)
  • Sulejman (Bosnian)
  • Suljo (Bosnian)
  • Solomon Саламон (Bulgarian/English/Macedonian/Romanian/Russian/Serbian)
  • Salomó (Catalan)
  • Šalomoun (Croatian)
  • Saalomon (Estonian)
  • Sálomon (Faroese)
  • Solamh (Gaelic)
  • Solomoni სოლომონი (Georgian)
  • Shlomo שְׁלֹמֹה (Hebrew)
  • Salamon (Hungarian/Occitanian)
  • Silêman (Kurdish)
  • Salomone (Italian)
  • Shelomo (Ladino)
  • Salamans (Latvian)
  • Zālamans (Latvian)
  • Saliamonas (Lithuanian)
  • Sjelomo (Norwegian: archaic)
  • Szlomo (Polish-Yiddish)
  • Salomão (Portuguese)
  • Šalamún (Slovak)
  • Suleymaan (Somalian)
  • Salomón (Spanish)
  • Sөlәjman Сөләйман (Tatar)
  • Süleyman (Turkish)
  • Selyf (Welsh)
  • Zalman (Yiddish)

Common English diminutives are Sol and Solly.

A Russian feminine form which was common among Russian royalty is Solomonia.


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