Gender: Masculine
Origin: Kazakh Бекзат
Meaning: “sultan’s child.”

The name is composed of the Kazakh elements, bek (sultan, ruler) and zat (baby, child).

As of 2010, Bekzat was the 24th most popular male name in Kazakhstan.



Gender: Masculine
Origin: Turkish
Meaning: “ruler; khan.”

The name comes directly from the Turkish meaning, “ruler.”

Its Azeri form of Elxan (EL-shahn) is currently the 6th most popular name among the general population in Azerbaijan, (2010), while its Turkish form is the 73rd most popular in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010) and the 253rd most popular in France, (2009).

The Azeri form is Elxan Эльхан, sometimes transliterated as Elshan.


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Turkish
Meaning: “ruler.”

The name comes from an old Turkish source meaning “ruler.” It was borne by a 15th-century pretender to the Ottoman Empire, Prince Cem , also known in Western Europe as Jem, (1459-1495).

It currently the 331st most popular male name in Germany, (2011).

François-Régis, Régis

Gender: Masculine
Origin: French
Fre (HRAY-ZHEE); Eng (REE-jis)

The name is from a Catalan surname meaning, “ruler” and was originally bestowed as a double name, (in conjunction with François) in reference to a 16th-century French saint, known in English as Francis Regis or just plain Regis.

The name is borne by American TV host, Regis Philbin (b.1931).

The designated name-day in France is June 16.




Gender: Feminine
Origin: German
Meaning: “ruler; soft, gentle: hence possibly meaning “gentle ruler.”

The name is composed of the Germanic elements, rich meaning, “ruler” and lind meaning “soft; tender; gentle.”

The name is considered hopelessly old fashioned in German speaking countries, but it may be appealing to the Anglo-phone parent looking for a name that has a” trendy-surname” appeal, especially if its pronounced the English way, (RICH-lind). In German, it is pronounced (ricH-lin-de), the CH is more of a gutteral H sound and the final E is pronounced.

Other forms are Richlind and Richlindis.

In Germany, its designated name-day is December 26.

Berthold, Bertil, Bertille

Origin: French
Meaning: “bright ruler.”
(bare-TEEL); (bare-TEEY)

Bertil is an old French form of Berthold which is of Germanic origins and is composed of the elements beraht meaning “bright” and wald meaning “ruler.” The French feminine form is Bertille and was borne by two early medieval French saints. Bertille’s designated name-day in France is November 6.

Bertil is also used in Scandinavia. Other forms of the name include:

  • Berthoald (Ancient Germanic)
  • Bertaud (French)
  • Bertoldo (Italian)
  • Bertholdus (Late Latin)
  • Bertoldas (Lithuanian)
  • Bertold (Polish/English/Czech)
  • Bertol’d (Russian/Ukrainian)

Other feminine forms:

  • Bertola/Bertolda (Italian)
  • Bertilla (Italian/Romansch)