Meaning of Christian Names
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One of the objects of the occult sciences is to seek out and enumerate those influences which have the power, however slight, to sway the character and destiny of mankind. Not the least of these is the personal name by which every man and woman is designated from a few weeks after birth until his or her life on earth is ended.
It is within reason to suppose that a name whose significance is favourable can exert an auspicious influence over its owner, while the bearer of a name which is sordid or evil in its association may be handicapped in his moral and spiritual development ; in time, therefore, the name may materially affect the character of the person who bears it.
In the following pages, we give a list of Christian names, their origins and meanings, and the characteristics traditionally associated with them. We do not pretend, however, that the characteristics are positive, or that in every case they are applicable to the individuals concerned. Moreover, it will be observed that in a certain number of cases, the name characteristics are diametrically opposed to their original meanings.
Abraham. — Hebrew : « father of a multitude. »
Serious-minded, pessimistic, affectionate. Has simple tastes, fond of the open air. Better as a companion than a husband.
Adolphus. — Teutonic : « noble wolf. » Another form is Adolphe.
Benevolent, placid, cultured. Usually handsome and physically strong. Popular with women, but men are inclined to distrust him.
Alan. — Anglo-Norman : « cheerful. » Other forms are Allan, Allen.
Sentimental, brave, spirited. Unsuited for sedentary occupations. Thrives on adventure and danger. Usually, remains a bachelor, but has love affairs.
Alban. — Latin : « white. »
Austere, just, straightforward. He is not fond of company. A great Nature lover and given to loneliness and contemplation.
Albert. — Teutonic : « nobly bright. »
Thoughtful, tolerant, conservative, hard-working. Suited for all tasks requiring great application and accuracy. Moderate imagination.
Alfred. — Teutonic : « elf in council » or « wise as a supernatural being. »
Practical, moderate, distrustful of women. Usually interested in all forms of sport, either as a player or spectator. Great sense of justice.
Algernon. — Norman : « whiskered. »
Spilt, extravagant, selfish. Over-fond of the opposite sex. Extremely gay, light-hearted and witty.
Andrew. — Greek : « a man .» Another form is Andy.
Powerful, magnetic, simple-mannered, indulgent. Usually interested in medecine and surgery.
Angus. — Celtic : « excellent virtue. »
Straightforward, sober, pious, tolerant. Marries young. Chief interests lie in business and domestic affairs.
Anthony. — Latin : « inestimable. » Other forms are Antony, Tony.
Ascetic, philosophical, lacking in worldly interests. Prefers to be alone but can make a pleasant companion if understood.
Archibald. — Teutonic : « holy prince. »
Obstinate, sensual, egotistic. Kind and helpful to his friends. Often extravagantly generous.
Arnold. — Teutonic : « eagle power. »
Wordly ; pleasure-loving, intelligent. Rather self-centred. He usually makes an unhappy marriage.
Arthur. — Celtic : « high. »
Vivacious, industrious, self-opinionated, literary. Seldom takes advice, but profits by his own mistakes.
Aubrey. — Teutonic : « elf ruler. »
Disciplined, impartial, scrupulous. Has a good sense of humour and alert judgement. His head rules his heart.
Augustus. — Latin : « venerable. » Other forms are Augustin, Austin.
Successful, healthy, inclined to bluster. Capable of much deep affection. Covers a soft heart by a stern face.
Barry. — Celtic : « good marksman. »
Reserved, strong, true. Rather slow-minded, though possessed of a good memory and sound common sense. Not emotional.
Bartholomew. — Hebrew : « son of furrows. »
Ostentatious, proud, affectionate. Leads a lonely life. Responds gratefully to friendship.
Basil. — Greek : « kingly. »
Confident, excitable, obstinate. Sometimes theatrical in behaviour. Seldom a failure. Makes a good husband for a patient wife.
Bernard. — Teutonic : « firm bear. » Another form is Barnard.
Unsociable, strong-willed, obstinate. Makes few friends but usually finds a devoted wife.
Bertram. — Teutonic : « bright raven. » Another form is Bertrand.
Independent, pleasure-loving, dreamy. Usually lacking in strength of mind and concentration.
Brian. — Celtic : « strong. » Another form is Bryan.
Wasteful, luxury-loving, amusing. Possesses great physical strength. Often a confirmed bachelor.
Cecil.— Latin : « blind. »
Well-mannered, proud, careful. Lacks imagination. Calm and collected in an emergency.
Charles.— Teutonic : « man. » Other forms are Carl, Karl.
Gay, sociable, clever, romantic. Falls in and out of love easily.
Christian. — Greek : « « follower of Christ. »
Gentle, just, forgiving. Some bearers of this name, however, are entirely unsuited for it ; it sometimes implies a merciless, adventurous type, such as the bold Norsemen.
Christopher. — Greek : « Christ bearer. »
Loving, enterprising, determined. By his noble example, he often inspires others to great deeds.
Clarence. — Latin : « bright » or « famous. »
Ingenious, enterprising, impetuous. Possesses great ability for financial matters. A devoted husband and father.
Claud. — Latin : « lame. »
Obliging, simple, good-natured. Sometimes, mistrustful of women and seldom popular with them.
Colin. — Latin : « dove. »
Bold, sentimental, passionate. Good looks, but moderate intelligence. Liable to be nervy and irritable.
Cuthbert. — Teutonic : « well-known splendour. »
Level-headed, captivating, contented. Likes music and society. Preferred by woman older than himself.
Cyril. — Greek : « lordly. »
Jealous, hard-working, competent. Has unhappy love affairs and usually marries late.
Daniel. — Hebrew : « God the judge ». »
Sentimental, affectionate, strong and keen-minded. Can display a powerful temper when roused, but quickly relents and forgives.
David. — Hebrew : « beloved. » Another form is Davy.
Alert, ingenious, honourable. Usually handsome, graceful and well loved.
Dennis. — Greek : « of Dionysius. » Other forms are Denis, Denys.
Calm, thoughtful, optimistic. Unromantic and rather fatalistic.
Desmond. — Origin obscure.
Peaceful, sport-loving, spirited. Faithful in love, but inclined to be jealous.
Donald. — Celtic : « proud chief. »
Sprightly, pleasure-loving, sentimental. Displays great skill in business matters.
Douglas. — Celtic : « dark grey. »
Graceful, handsome, talented. Makes many friends of both sexes.
Dudley. — Origin obscure.
Reserved, sincere, egotistic. Inclined to be dull. Possesses keen insight for judging character.
Edgar.— Teutonic : « rich spear. »
Prudent, calm, affectionate. Discriminating tastes. Severely critical of the opposite sex.
Edmund. — Teutonic : « rich protection. » Another form is Edmond.
Good-natured, timid, cheerful. Sometimes artistic in taste, but likes nothing which he does not understand.
Edward. — Teutonic : »rich guard. » Another form is Ted.
Conventional, punctilious, ardent. Capable of loving deeply and lastingly but acutely sensitive.
Edwin. — Teutonic : « rich friend. »
Weak-willed, versatile, sometimes brilliant. Is at his best under the guiding influence of a good friend.
Emanuel. — Hebrew : « God with us. » Another form is Manuel.
Religious, kindly, eloquent. He prefers to remain single, but is capable of displaying great affection.
Eric. — Teutonic : « ever king. »
Moody, contemplative, courageous. Given to day-dreaming. Has a high standard of ideals.
Ernest. — Teutonic : « eagle stone. »
Youthful, enthusiastic, trusting. Has great ambitions which he values more than love or friendship.
Eugene. — Greek : « well-born. »
Proud, honourable, inclined to laziness. Makes few friends and often is unhappy when married.
Felix. — Latin : « happy. »
Business-like, cheerful, stern, faithful. Fond of luxury and will work hard to attain his ends.
Francis. — Teutonic : « free. » Another form is Frank.
Skilful, fearless, lively, independent. Inclined to be outspoken.
Frank. — See Francis.
Frederick. — Teutonic : « peace-ruler. »
Peace-loving, versatile, musical, passionate. He is difficult to understand. Reliable and staunch as a friend.
Geoffrey. — See Godfrey.
George.— Greek : « husband man. »
Good-natured, vivacious, healthy. Chief fault — tactlessness. Prefers to seek his pleasures in his home circle and is devoted husband and father.
Gerald. — Teutonic : « spear power. »
Firm, unemotional, sometimes merciless. A worshipper of truth. He is seldom interested in women.
Gilbert. — Teutonic : « bright pledge. »
Brilliant, powerful, active. His friends are numerous and he is susceptible to flattery. The opposite sex finds him somewhat presumptuous.
Godfrey. — Teutonic : « God’s peace. » Other forms are Geoffrey, Jeffrey.
Idealistic, retiring, sincere. Often impatient, especially with women. Is more sensitive than he appears.
Gregory. — Greek : « watchman. »
Patient, quiet, efficient. Hates insincerity and affection. He forms few but lasting friendships.
Guy. — Celtic : « sense. »
Scientific, worldly, sceptical. Usually shuns society as a whole, but is deeply affectionate towards old friends and relations.
Harold. — Teutonic : « warrior power. »
Generous, intelligent, companionable. He is a good fighter and displays brave face even in the most adverse circumstances.
Hector. — Greek : « defender. »
Freedom-loving, conscientious, impulsive Fond of advising and helping others, but often muddles his own affairs.
Henry.— Teutonic : « home-ruler. » Other forms are Hal, Harry.
Independent, hard-working, worldly. Inclined to judge people by their financial position rather than their abilities. A faithful husband and extremely fond of children.
Herbert. — Teutonic : « bright warrior. »
Pugnacious, rapturous, susceptible. Unsuited for a single life ; he should marry early and a woman older than himself.
Horace. — Latin : Origin obscure. Another form is Horatio.
Just, benevolent, complacent. Is interested in charitable works and capable of great sacrifices.
Hubert. — Teutonic : « mind bright. »
Intellectual, book-loving, indulgent. He is reserved with strangers.
Hugh. — Teutonic : « support of peace. »
Stolid, deep-thinking, unemotional. His opinions are conservative and his tastes democratic.
Humphrey. — Teutonic : « support of peace ».
Impulsive, rash, loyal, loving. Sometimes self-indulgent. He is popular with his own sex, but women fear him.
Ian. — See John.
Isaac. — Hebrew : « laughter. »
Laughter-loving, proud, generous. Frequently self-opinionated, but hard-working and affectionate.
Ivan. — See John.
Jacob. — Hebrew : « supplanter. » Other forms are Hamish, James.
Versatile, keen, ambitious. The worst type can be treacherous. Generally affectionate, but capable of a display of temper. Should be treated with tact.
James. — See Jacob.
Jasper. — Persian : « treasure-master. »
Materialistic, cynical, sometimes cruel. Little sense of responsibility. Women should beware of him.
Jerome. — Greek : « holy name. »
Ambitious, logical, practical,. Some think him obstinate ; actually, however, he is strong-willed.
John. — Hebrew : « grace of the Lord. » Other forms are Ian, Ivan, Jack, Jean, Jock. Ingenious, trusting, honest. Prefers sport to work.
Jonathan. — Hebrew : « the Lord’s gift . »
Severe, upright, unforgiving. Possesses a keen sense of duty. His affections are deep and long lived.
Joseph.— Hebrew : « addition. » Another form is Joe.
Honest, successful, simple. Lacks originality, but remains placid and clear-thinking when others panic.
Jules, Julian. — See Julius.
Julius. — Latin : « downy-bearded. » Other forms are Jules, Julian.
Reticent, introspective, moody, charitable. Few really understand him. He is capable of great affection, but shyness often restrains him.
Kenneth. — Celtic : « comely. »
Handsome, brilliant, serious. Usually a good orator, being diplomatic and imaginative. Prefers intelligence to good looks.
Lancelot. — Latin : « servant. » Another form is Launcelot.
Courteous, faithful, intelligent. Possesses originality of taste. Sometimes acts in rather a rash manner, and may offend conventional people. A devoted and faithful lover.
Lazarus.— Hebrew : « God will help. »
Gracious, kindly, reserved. Shuns the society of others, though he makes one or two intimate friends. Is happier when married.
Leo.— Greek : « Lion. »
Leonard. — Teutonic : « lion-strong. »
Strong-willed, ruthless, intolerant. A dangerous person to trifle with, but he is loyal and loving to friends.
Leopold. — Teutonic : « people’s prince. «
Sincere, truthful, clear-minded. The type of man whose « word is his bond. » He will not forgive deceitfulness or mean-mindedness in others.
Leslie. — Origin obscure.
Fiery, warm-hearted, forgiving. Do not rely on him too much, he is capricious.
Lewis. — Teutonic : « famous war. » Another form is Louis. Lewis is also an English adaptation of the Celtic Llewellyn, which see.
Heroic, self-sacrificing. He is inclined to be headstrong, but has an unimpeachable sense of honour.
Lionel. — Latin : « little lion. »
Staunch, faithful, hot-tempered. Possesses great practical sense, but lacks in tact and diplomacy.
Llewellyn. — Celtic : « lion-like » or « lightning. »
Warm-hearted, sympathetic, just. Reserved in company.
Louis. — See Lewis.
Luke. — Latin : « light. » Another form is Lucas.
Cultured, fastidious, immaculate. Sometimes petty-minded and frivolous. Very variable in temperament.
Malcolm.— Celtic : « servant of Columba. »
Liberal, cultured, sparkling. Takes great pride in his personal appearance. Attracted by rich or famous persons.
Manuel. — See Emanuel.
Marmaduke. — Celtic : « sea-leader. »
Business-like, efficient, brusque. He has great ability to organize and displays an interest in new schemes. Popular with the fair sex.
Marcus. — Latin : « of Mars. » Other forms are Mark, Martin.
Inspiring, enthusiastic, emotional. Is a great supporter of the weak and defender of the wronged.
Mark. — See Marcus.
Martin. — See Marcus.
Matthew. — Hebrew : « gift of the Lord. »
Practical, honest, generous. His love affairs are usually unhappy.
Maurice. — Latin : « Moorish. » Another form is Morris.
Lazy, dreamy, extravagant. A good companion, but seldom rich.
Michael. — Hebrew : « who is like unto God. » Other forms are Michel, Miguel.
Tender, sympathetic, gentle, wise. Often a great traveller.
Miles. — Greek : « crusher » ; Latin : « warrior. »
Dauntless, conceited, rash. Lacking in imagination. His pride may bring him to disaster.
Nathan. — Hebrew : « gift. »
Open-minded, vivacious, sociable. Rather too fond of pleasure and constant variety. Naturally indolent.
Nathanael. — Hebrew : « Gift of God . » Another form is Nathaniel.
Talented, inspired, impulsive. Not very sympathetic. Usually good-looking and healthy.
Nicholas. — Greek : « victory of the people. »
Popular, amusing, hard-working, competent. Is inclined to be selfish and to worry unduly.
Nigel. — Latin : « black. »
Athletic, bold, innocent. Easily deceived and often taken advantage of. He prefers home life to articifial pleasures.
Noel. — Latin : « Christmas. »
Languid, intellectual, highly-strung, retrospective. Little ambition, although usually successful. Cannot always be relied upon.
Norman. — Teutonic : « Niord’s man ».
Impractical, placid, courageous. He is fond of good company, but makes few intimate friends.
Olivier. — Latin : « peace and joy. »
Chivalrous, sensitive, affectionate. He is often thought to be effeminate ; in reality, however, he is manly and capable of great bravery and endurance.
Oscar. — Celtic : « bounding warrior. »
Ardent, sagacious, witty. Has little respect for the opposite sex. Often he makes lifelong enemies through misplaced sarcasm.
Oswald. — Teutonic : « divine power. »
Firm, generous, proud, dignified. Admired chiefly by persons older than himself, among whom he finds his friends.
Otto. — Teutonic : « rich. »
Conceited, intelligent, energetic. Women do not admire him, men fear but respect him.
Owen. — Celtic : « lamb » or « young warrior ».
Fearless, faithfuyl, imaginative. Has many friends.
Patrick.— Latin : « noble. » Another form is Paddy.
Noble, cultured, extravagant. Happier unmarried as a rule.
Paul. — Latin : « small ; »
Thoughtful, sentimental, extremely argumentative. Will make a staunch friend, but is irritated by small matters. Possesses no idealistic views concerning women.
Percival. — Celtic : « companion of the chalice. »
Urbane, pompous, audacious. He is charitable at heart, but offends many by a display of false pride.
Peter. — Greek : « stone. »
Open, firm, unaffected. Always respected and loved. Marries while young and is devoted to his wife.
Philip. — Greek : « lover of horses. »
Extravagant, commanding, handsome. Cannot be happy without money. He has a loving nature, but is somewhat changeable.
Randolph.— Teutonic : « house-wolf. » Other forms are Rafe, Ralph.
Arrogant, humorous, domineering. Does not like to take advice, but is always willing to give it. Prefers to mix with people less intelligent than himself.
Raphael.— Hebrew : « healing of God. »
Sociable, talented, musical. Hates conceited persons. His best qualities are displayed in adversity.
Raymond.— Teutonic : « wise protection. »
Dauntless, care-free, ingenious. Never plays for safety and loves adventure for adventure’s sake.
Reginald.— Teutonic : « powerful judgement. » Another form is Ronald.
Discreet, discerning, imaginative. He makes a good business man and is a lucky gambler.
Reuben.— Hebrew : « behold a son. »
Youthful, enthusiastic, ambitious. A born leader and organizer. Rather wary of women unless he knows them well.
Richard.— Teutonic : « stern king. »
Witty, energetic, generous. He believes in plain speaking, and sometimes offends. Makes many friends, but should not be taken too seriously. Often marries very young.
Robert.— Teutonic : « bright flame. » Other forms are Robin, Rupert.
Loquacious, successful, susceptible. Often becomes a brilliant speaker. Patience is not his strong point.
Roger.— Teutonic : « spear of fame. »
Mystic, emotional, just, reasonable. Often achieves fame and amasses great wealth. Marries late.
Roland.— Teutonic : « fame of the land. »
Dour, faithful, intelligent, stern. Is self-disciplined and will not give away to his passions.
Ronald.— See Reginald.
Rupert.— See Robert.
Samuel. — Hebrew : « asked of God. »
Friendly, understanding, unselfish. Is full of original ideas which usually bring him sucess.
Solomon.— Hebrew : « peaceful. »
Energetic, amusing, competent. Very fond of books and music. Is happier married and takes an interest in the upbriging of children.
Stanley.— Origin obscure.
Cold, sardonic, handsome. Inclined to overrate his abilities. Very susceptible to flattery although the first to condemn flatterers.
Stephen.— Greek : « crown. »
Refined, amiable, fearless. Lacks in physical strength. Usually makes decisions quickly. Can be obstinate at times.
Sydney.— Origin obscure.
Excitable, intellectual, eccentric. Has many brilliant successes, but also disastrous failures. Often despondent. A delightful and amusing companion when in a good mood. Marries young.
Terence.— Latin : « tender. » Another form is Terry.
Soft-hearted, easily-swayed, ambitious, cultured. Very fond of games. Seldom constant in love, until he marries.
Theobald.— Teutonic : « people’s prince. »
Proud, sympathetic, well mannered. Possesses a vivid imagination. Liable to be snobbish concerning friendship.
Thomas.— Aramaic : « twin. »
Practical, plodding, conscientious. Little imagination, but strong passions. Distrustful of matters he does not understand. Prides himself on « plain-speaking. »
Thimothy.— Latin : « fear God. »
Mischievous, selfish, supercilious. Leads an unconventional life. Rapid talker and full of wild schemes. Has many tumultuous love affairs and settles down late in life.
Ulrick. — Teutonic : « noble ruler. » Another form is Uric.
Unconventional, sceptical. Prefers a lonely life. Delights in shocking people by appearing morally worse than he really is. A cheery and amiable companion and good and loyal friend.
Valentine.— Latin : « healthy. »
Versatile, healthy, vivacious. Full of original ideas. Always busy and has little time for pleasure.
Victor.— Latin : « conqueror. »
Strong, manly sympathetic. Intolerance of other people’s failings. Not very passionate. Prefers platonic friendships to love.
Vincent.— Latin : « conquering. »
Sympathetic, loving, studious. Interesting conversationalist. Somewhat hasty in his judgements.
Vivian.— Latin : « lively » or « alive. »
Discerning, well balanced, refined, enterprising. Great business talent. Inclined to be somewhat flirtatious.
Wallace.— Origin obscure.
Healthy, powerful, blundering. Lack of tact is his chief fault. Often impulsive. Deeply affectionate and wishes ill of no one.
Walter.— Teutonic : « resolute peace. »
Intellectual, introspective, ambitious. Conservative in his tastes, hating change and novelties. Marries young.
Wilfred.— Teutonic : « resolute peace. »
Religious, forgiving, just. Inclined to be self-centred. Has many hobbies. Seldom become rich. Makes a faithful and attentive husband.
William.— Teutonic : « helmet of resolution. »
Energetic, susceptible, hospitable. Lacks originality and generally of the plodding type. Prefers home life, although he is not unsociable.
Zachariah.— Hebrew : « remembrance of the Lord. »
Humble, devout, kindly. Usually leads a life of loneliness, but responds happily to frienship and sympathy.
Zedekiah.— Hebrew : « justice of the Lord. »
Solemn, modest, restrained. Austere ideas concerning behaviour. Some call him a « spoil-sport,» but he knows how to find real happiness.
Ada. — See Edith
Agatha. — Greek : « good. »
Brilliant, lively, unemotional Indifferent to flattery. Prefers to seek her own pleasures in books and music.
Agnes.— Greek : « pine. » Other forms are Aggie, Inez, Nesta.
Obstinate. Is careful in the choice of friends.
Aileen.— See Helen.
Alexandra.— Greek : « helper of men. » Another form is Alexandrina.
Passionate, bold, enterprising. Charitable heart, but faulty judgment.
Alice.— Teutonic : « noble cheer. » Other forms are Alicia, Elsa.
Haughty, handsome, commanding. Has a powerful influence over opposite sex. Practical rather than sentimental by nature.
Alma. — Celtic : « all good » ; Latin : « fair. »
Gracious, forgiving, tender-hearted. Independent spirit. Lofty ideals. Her chief fault is laziness.
Amelia.— See Emily.
Amy.— Latin : « beloved. »
Good-natured, brave, gracious. Loved by everyone. Faithful to friends.
Ann.— Hebrew : « grace. » Other forms are Anita, Anna, Anne, Hannah, Nancy.
Graceful, merciful, unselfish. Limited intelligence, but practical nature. Excellent mother and housewife.
April. — From the month.
Charming, lovable, alert. Healthy appearance, attractive rather that beautiful. Always surrounded by numerous friends.
Arabella. — Teutonic : « eagle heroine. »
Austere, spartan, handsome. Leads a life of many interests. Fond of dogs and the open air. Little use for men.
Audrey.— Teutonic : « noble threatener. » Another form is Audry.
Wise, firm, placid. Selfish when single but a devoted wife and mother. Usually fair and rather plump.
Augusta.— Latin : « venerable. »
Old-fashioned, sweet-natured, dreamy. Forms high ideals and suffers frequent disillusions. Loves home life and good books.
Barbara. — Greek : « stranger. »
Cold, distant, idealistic. Intellect rather than good looks appeals to her. Marries late in life.
Beatrice. — Latin : « blesser. » Other forms are Beatrix, Trixy.
Beautiful, cheerful, valorous. Lively imagination. Original ideas.
Belinda. — Italian : « serpent. »
Astute, jealous, graceful. Gives way to her passions.
Bella, Belle. — See Isabel.
Bertha. — Teutonic : « shining one. »
Simple, domesticated, gracious. At her happiest when working. Strong dislike to be alone.
Beryl. — From the semi-precious stone.
Intuitive, amiable, seductive. Sometimes, hasty in her words and actions. Love affairs often unfortunate.
Blanche. — Teutonic : « white. »
Unaffected, candid, animated. Loves company and is the « life and soul » of a party. Does not take men seriously.
Brenda. — Teutonic : « swords. »
Trusting, enterprising, extravagant. Good company and a good wife.
Bridget. — Celtic : « strength .» Another form is Biddy.
Peaceful, homely, devoted. Can be strong-willed if necessary. Her friends are liable to impose on her.
Camilla. — Etruscan : « servant of the temple. » Another form is Camille.
Studious, energetic, alert. Fertile imagination. Refined tastes.
Caroline, Carrie. — See Charlotte.
Catherine, Cathleen. — See Katharine.
Cecilia.— Latin : « blind. » Other forms are Cecily, Cicely, Sheila.
Kind, sensitive, musical, entertaining. Lacks will-power and tenacity. Given to strong passions.
Charity. — Greek : « love. »
Calm, forgiving, frank. Melancholy at times, and inclined to « weep she knows not why. » Devoted and loving wife.
Charlotte. — Teutonic : « man. » Other forms are Caroline, Carrie, Lotty.
Energetic, wise, unemotional. Somewhat manly though attractive in her bearing. Usually prefers a single life.
Christabel.— Greek : « fair Christian. »
Generous, proud, resolute. Simple disposition. Can be obstinate at times.
Christine.— Greek : « Christian. » Another form is Christina.
Introspective, nervous, passionate. Very sensitive nature and easily offended. Usually pretty and graceful.
Cicely. — See Cecilia.
Clara. — Latin : « famous. » Other forms are Clare, Clarice, Clarissa.
Straightforward, proud, resourceful. Her personality is a commandine one. Love affairs predisposed to be turbulent.
Columbine. — Latin : « dove. »
Versatile, loving, emotional. Serious nature and rather timid.
Constance. — Latin : « firm. »
Firm, tactful, shrewd. Her tastes are simple. Does not care much about her appearance, but possesses natureal beauty and charm.
Cora. — Greek : « maiden. » Another form is Corinne.
Ingenious, vague, idealistic. Liable to quarrel violently at times, especially with the opposite sex.
Cynthia. — Greek : « of Cynthus. »
Fickle, captivating, mischievous. Pretty ways, but seldom sincere.
Daisy. — See Margaret.
Daphne. — Greek : « bay tree. »
Ardent, moody, compassionate. Independent by nature. Economical and practical as a wife.
Diana. — Latin : « goddess. »
Strong, beautiful, passionate. Lover of the open air and the countryside. To please her, men must be tall, athletic and courageous.
Dinah. — Hebrew : « judgement. »
Loyal, truthful, affectionate. Slow to take offence and quick to forgive. Good conversationalist and a cheerful companion.
Dolly. — See Dorothea.
Dolores.— Latin : « sorrows. » Another form is Lola.
Flirtatious, garrulous, extravagant. Amicable and sympathetic spirit.
Dora. — See Dorothea.
Doreen. — Origin obscure.
Reserved, meditative, artistic. Easily hurt. Takes life too seriously.
Doris.— Greek : « of Doris » (the island).
Worldly, impatient, handsome. Rather bitter and cynical over love. Her passions are strong, but are seldom roused.
Dorothea. — Greek : « gift of God. » Other forms are Dolly, Dora, Dorothy.
Intellectual, graceful, gifted. Shy and timid in company. Prefers few and intimate friends.
Dorothy. — See Dorothea.
Edith. — Teutonic : « rich gift. » Other forms are Ada, Aline, Ida.
Talented, ambitious, sociable. Fond of travel and little inclination towards domesticity. Changeable in love.
Eileen, Elaine, Eleanor.— See Helen.
Elizabeth. — Hebrew : « oath of God. » Other forms are Bessie, Beth, Betsy, Bettina, Betty, Elise, Elissa, Eliza, Elsie, Elspeth.
Resolute, affectionate, intelligent. Somewhat susceptible. Suited for early mariage. Often artistic or musical.
Ella.— Teutonic : « elf friend. »
Capricious, dainty, unaffected. Displays great intelligence and wit. Usually an expert needle woman.
Ellen.— See Helen.
Elsa.— See Alice.
Elsie, Elspeth.— See Elizabeth.
Emily.— Teutonic : « work. » Other forms are Amelia, Emilia, Emmeline.
Animated, capable, persevering. Independent nature. Cheerful and sympathetic companion.
Emma.— Teutonic : « grandmother. »
Maternal, emotional, patient. Marries early. Devotes herself to the affairs of the household.
Enid. — Celtic : “ spotless purity. ”
Pure, stubborn, proud. Has many hobbies. Frivolous pleasures bore her. Attractive and commanding appearance.
Estelle. — See Esther.
Esther. — Persian : “ star. ” Other forms are Estelle, Hester, Hetty, Stella.
Meditative, silent, composed. Taste for drama and painting. Sometimes rather melancholy.
Ethel. — Teutonic : “ noble. ”
Sensible, irresponsive, talkative. Seldom pretty, but has attractive ways and a sweet expression.
Eunice. — Greek : “ happy victory. ”
Attractive, resourceful, material. Usually marries young. Her chief interests lie with children and affairs of the household.
Eva. — Hebrew : “ life. ” Another form is Eve.
Feminine, wilful, emotional. If dark, of captivating beauty. Fair types are usually plain yet attractive. Always well dressed.
Evangeline. — Greek : “ happy messenger. ”
Happy, confiding, tenacious. Romantic, but always self-possessed.
Evelyn. — Latin : “ hazel-nut. ”
Dreamy, original, ingenious. Possesses a very creative mind, and often wins fame as a poet or author. Changeable temperament.
Faith. — From the cardinal virtue.
Chaste, unimaginative, studious. Delicate and dainty appearance. Affections deep and constant.
Fanny. — See Frances.
Flora. — Latin : “ Flowers. ”
Pleasure-loving, hard-working, placid. Somewhat commonplace intellect. She takes affairs of the heart exceedingly seriously.
Florence. — Latin : “ flourishing. ” Other forms are Florrie, Flossie.
Cheery, brave, charming. Her life may be hard, but she never loses her good nature. She makes an ideal companion.
Frances. — Teutonic : “ free. ” Other forms are Fanny, Francesca.
Pretentious, generous, attractive. She selects her friends with care. Becomes petulant if opposed.
Freda. — Teutonic : “ peace. ” Other forms are Frida, Frieda.
Home-loving, placid, intellectual. She makes no attempt to charm, but is attractive nevertheless.
Frederica. — Teutonic : “ peace-ruler. ”
Peace-loving, passionate, reliable. Inclined to be self-interested. Never embittered or ill-natured.
Gabrielle. — Hebrew : “ hero of God. ”
Tender, dutiful, uncritical. She has many acquaintances, but few friends. Loving and sympathetic to those in trouble.
Georgina. — Greek : “ husband man. ”
Domesticated, unromantic, practical. Implicitly faithful in love. Happiest when married.
Gertrude. — Teutonic : “ spear maid. ”
Just, spirited, affectionate. Careless and slovenly by nature, and often fails to develop her natural charm. She loves passionately.
Gloria. — Latin : “ glory. ”
Radiant, compelling, resourceful. Women are jealous of her, but she never bears malice.
Grace. — Latin : “ thanksgiving. ”
Responsive, cool-headed, imaginative. She never forgets those who have helped her. Sets frienship above love and passion.
Greta. — See Margaret.
Gwendolen. — Celtic : “ white browed. ” Another form is Winifred.
Mystical, solitary, idealistic. Most people irritate or bore her. Yet, she makes a few friends, and to them, is affectionate and faithful.
Hannah. — See Ann.
Harriet. — Teutonic : “ home-ruler. ” Other forms are Henrietta, Hetty.
Self-willed, rebellious, attractive. Her enthusiasms are many and somewhat varied. Her heart is not easily captured.
Heather. — From the plant.
Light-hearted, active, restless. Makes a good leader and organizer. Rather cold and passionless.
Helen. — Greek : “ light. ” Other forms are Aileen, Eileen, Elaine, Eleanor, Ellen, Helena, Lena, Leonora.
Elegant, gentle, cultured. Not necessarily beautiful, but always captivating. Sentimental at times.
Henrietta. — See Harriet.
Hermione. — Greek : “ of Hermes. ” Another form is Hermia.
Determined, elegant, tender. She, herself, is truthful and never forgives those who deceive her. Implicitly faithful in love.
Hester. — See Esther.
Hetty. — See Esther and Harriet.
Hilda. — Teutonic : “ battle-maid.’
Prudent, brave, thoughtful. Somewhat unenterprising. Distrustful of men.
Honor. — Latin : “ honour. ” Other forms are Honoria, Nora, Norah.
Bewitching, greedy, sociable. She thinks more of herself than others. Under the influence of love, however, she becomes noble and self-sacrificing.
Hope. — From the cardinal virtue.
Sensitive, forgiving, lively. Warm and ardent temperament, and exceedingly susceptible in love. Inclined to idolize the object of her affections, and thus sometimes suffers acutely from disillusionment.
Ida. — See Edith.
Irene. — Greek : “ messenger of peace. ”
Ardent, radiant, constant. Her intelligence is profound, and it is impossible to delude her. She usually marries young.
Isabel. — Hebrew : “ oath of God. ” Other forms are Bella, Belle, Isabella, Ishbel.
Modest, eloquent, charming. Usually soft-voiced and dark-eyed. She is sometimes deceitful but suffers remorse.
Ishbel. — See Isabel.
Ivy. — Teutonic : “ clinging. ”
Tenacious, dainty, irresistible. Her charm is deep but inexplicable, and many fall under its spell. She should not be taken too seriously.
Jane, Janet. — See Johanna.
Jasmine. — After the plant.
Fickle, imaginative, daring. Very lively as a companion, but she causes heartaches for those who love her.
Jean. — See Johanna.
Jenny, Jessica, Jessie, Joan. — See Johanna.
Johanna. — Hebrew : “ grace of the lord. ” Other forms are Jane, janet, Jean, Jenny, Jessica, Jessie, Joan, Joanna.
Easy-going, tolerant, attractive. She possesses a retentive memory and is quick to emulate those she admires. Her tastes are rather commonplace.
Josephine. — Hebrew : “ addition. ”
Alert, successful, passionate. Powerful intellect but, sometimes, display lack of judgment. Atractive to elderly men.
Joyce. — Latin : “ sportive. ”
Merry, mischievous, inconstant. She takes nothing seriously but is not cold. Unhappy without money.
Judith. — Hebrew : “ a Jewess. ”
Proud, tender, masterful. Displays artistic taste, especially in dress. Attractive and graceful in appearance.
Julia. — Latin : “ downy-cheeked. ” Other forms are Gillian, Julie.
Dazzling, amorous, superficial. Only deep sorrow willmake her sincere. She lacks imagination and a sense of proportion.
June. — From the month.
Elegant, unaffected, irresolute. She possesses great dramatic ability and is therefore inclined to be very emotional.
Kate. — See Katharine.
Katharine. — Greek : “ pure. ” Other forms are Catherine, Cathleen, Kate, Kathleen, Kitty.
Pure, staunch, contented. She makes the best of everything and is never heard to grumble. Affectionate rather than amorous.
Kathleen, Kitty. — See Katharine.
Laura. — Latin : “ laurel. ”
Timid, amiable, loving. Romantic and sentimental when young.
Leah. — Hebrew : “ wearied. ”
Romantic, charming, fatalistic. Inclined to judge only by appearances, and somewhat arbitrary in her opinions.
Leila. — Arabic : “ night. ”
Ethereal, mysterious, moody. Seldom betrays her feelings, which lie very deep. Requires cheerful companionship and loving care to ward off the depression to which she is subject.
Lena, Leonora. — See Helen.
Lilian. — Latin : “ lily. ” Another form is Lily.
Innocent, imaginative, idealistic. Dependent on others although capable herself. Rather a nervous temperament.
Lois. — See Louise.
Lola. — See Dolores.
Lotty. — See Charlotte.
Louise. — Teutonic : “ famous war. ” Other forms are Lois, Louie, Louisa.
Capable, charming, intelligent. She is a great reader of character. Sometimes, unscrupulous to attain her ends.
Lucy. — Latin : “ light. ” Another form is Lucille.
Brillant, studious, impartial. Never dull though sometimes mysterious. Charm of manner rather than of face.
Lydia. — Greek : “ of Lydia. ”
Beautiful, graceful, serene. She is seldom moved, although not unsympathetic. Her health is often frail.
Mabel. — Celtic : “ mirth. ”
Mirthful, forgiving, broad-minded. She is loved more than she loves. Rather unimaginative.
Madeline. — See Magdalen.
Madge. — See Margaret.
Magdalen. — Hebrew : “ of Magdala. ” Other forms are Madeline, Magdalene.
Passionate, truthful, skilful. Romantic when she is young, somewhat egostical as she grows older.
Maggie, Maisie. — See Margaret.
Margaret. — Persian : “ pearl. ” Other forms are Daisy, Greta, Madge, Maggie, Maisie, Margery, Marguerite, Marjorie, May, Meg, Peggy.
Care-free, firm, forgiving. Keen intellect and a brilliant conversationalist. She marries young, and a husband of her own age.
Margery, Marguerite. — See Margaret.
Maria. — See Mary.
Marie. — See Mary.
Marina, Marion. — See Mary.
Marjorie. — See Margaret.
Martha. — Hebrew : “ becoming bitter. ”
Patient, hard-working, modest. Her value is seldom appreciated. She makes an ideal wife and mother.
Mary. — Hebrew : “ bitterness. ” Other forms are Maria, Marie, Marina, Marion, Maureen, May, Miriam, Molly, Polly.
Placid, gentle, sympathetic. She fears to display emotion. Usually attractive, but seldom beautiful. Highly developed sense of humour.
Matilda. — Teutonic : “ mighty battle-maid. ” Another form is Maud.
Proud, headstrong, thoughtless. She has much beauty, and good looks attract her.
Maud. — See Matilda.
Maureen. — See Mary.
May. — See Margaret or Mary.
Mercy. — From the virtue.
Sweet-tempered, sympathetic, simple-mannered. Her life is totally unselfish and she is never more pleased than when employed in helping “ lame dogs over stiles. ”
Mildred. — Teutonic : “ mild threatener. ”
Daring, hard-hearted, elegant. Clear intellect, unconventional behaviour.
Millicent. — Teutonic : “ work-strength. ”
Wise, calm, amiable. Affectionate nature, seldom passionate.
Minnie. — Teutonic : “ love. ”
Nonchalant, amusing, versatile. Pays great attention to her appearance. Usually, adopts some career and attains eminence.
Miranda. — Latin : “ to be admired. ”
Gentle, unassuming, beautiful. Possesses a dreamy rather than a practical nature. Suited for an early marriage, although a poor housewife.
Miriam. — See Mary.
Moira. — Celtic : “ soft. ”
Elegant, composed, amorous. Cultured intellect and great sense of humour.
Molly. — See Mary.
Mona. — Celtic : “ solitary. ”
Pensive, reserved, unemotional. Usually attractive in looks but self-willed and, at times, rather cruel.
Monica. — Latin : “ adviser. ”
Vague, dreamy, idealistic. Sometimes unfriendly. She lives too much in a world of visions.
Muriel. — Greek : “ myrrh. ” Other forms are Myra, Myrtle.
Practical, timorous, upright. Loves the open air. Little use for sentiment.
Myra, Myrtle. — See Muriel.
Nancy. — See Ann.
Naomi. — Hebrew : “ pleasant one. ”
Gracious, home-loving, intelligent. Rather lacking in imagination, and inclined to jump too hastly to conclusions.
Nesta. — See Agnes.
Nora, Norah. — See Honor.
Olga. — Teutonic : “ holy. ”
Alert, sentimental, optimistic. She is very lucky in all her affairs.
Olive. — Latin : “ peace and joy. ”
Peaceful, proud, beautiful. Displays charming simplicity although having a clear, penetrating intellect.
Pamela. — Origin obscure.
Self-indulgent, sweet-tempered, courageous. Possesses artistic tastes and has reserved disposition.
Pansy. — From the Plant.
Sensitive, dainty, talkative. Cheerful character and attractive. Courageous, delicate, elegant. Very original ideas, and a taste for acting, music and painting.
Patricia. — Latin : “ noble. ”
Noble, forgiving, quiet. Not very passionate, but tender and affectionate.
Pearl. — From the gem.
Childish, pure, elegant. Rather self-willed and not very sensitive.
Peggy. — See Margaret.
Penelope. — Greek : “ weaver. ”
Faithful, hard-working, loving. Often shows great independence of will.
Phyllis. — Greek : “ green bough. ” Another form is Phillis.
Courageous, attractive, determined. Usually marries young and is a devoted wife and mother.
Polly. — See Mary.
Primrose. — From the plant.
Passionless, sweet-natured, forgiving. Not very intellectual but has natural common-sense.
Priscilla. — Latin : “ ancient. ”
Aristocratic, independent, extravagant. Lacks beauty, but possesses charm. Well-developed intellect.
Prudence. — From the virtue.
Austere, reserved, kindly. Attractive looks. She can be sympathetic.
Rachel. — Hebrew : “ ewe. ”
Gentle, yielding, impulsive. Economical nature. Excellent housewife.
Rebecca. — Hebrew : “ noosed cord. ” Another form is Becky.
Mild, good-natured, hesitant. A rather passive temperament, though she can love faithfully.
Rhoda. — See Rose.
Rosalind. — Teutonic : “ beautiful serpent. ”
Confiding, affectionate, idealistic. Frequently remains unmarried, for she seldom finds her true ideal for a partner.
Rosamond. — Teutonic : “ famed protection. ”
Strong, protective, maternal. Intelligence in advance of her years. Great personal charm.
Rose. — Latin : “ a rose. ” Other forms are Rhoda, Rosa, Rosalie.
Gracious, charming, beautiful. Her feelings are tempered with self-controlled and, sometimes, reserve. Implicitly faithfully in love. Usually marries young.
Rosemary. — Latin : “ sea-dew. ”
Passionate, alert, unaffected. Charming ways and a keen intuitive sense. An ideal wife.
Ruby. — From the precious stone.
Indolent, emotional, neurotic. Very easily offended. She has tempestuous, and sometimes tragic, love affairs.
Ruth. — Hebrew : “ beauty. ”
Dreamy, impassive, good-looking. Leads an independant life, cultivating her own interests and hobbies.
Sadie, Sally. — See Sarah.
Sarah. — Hebrew : “ princess. ” Other forms are Sadie, Sally, Sara.
Refined, critical, aesthetic. Religious nature. Kind and sympathetic towards those in trouble.
Selina. — Greek : “ moon. ”
Gentle, yielding, wistful. Inclined to be extravagant and flirtatious.
Sheila. — See Cecilia.
Sibyl. — Latin : “ wise old woman. ”
Whimsical, critical, pure. Makes many friends and is a good organizer.
Stella. — See Esther.
Susan. — Hebrew : “ lily. ” Other forms are Susannah, Suzanne.
Pure, graceful, simple. Very truting and responsive to friendship. She needs someone to advise and help her.
Sylvia. — Latin : “ living in a wood. ”
Unaffected, gracious, healthy. A lover of Nature. Popular with everyone.
Thelma. — Origin obscure.
Virtuous, well mannered, confident. Rather susceptible to flattery. A good wife and mother.
Theresa. — Greek : “ the reaper. ”
Enterprising, ambitious, spirited. Seldom a failure. Little sentiment but genuine affection.
Ursula. — Latin : “ bear. ”
Tactless, vivacious, pretty. Fond of pleasure and company. She seldom troubles to think deeply.
Vera. — Slavonic : “ faith. ”
Faithful, sensible, affectionate. Pleasant appearance and simple manners.
Veronica. — Latin and Greek : “ true image. ”
Idealistic, mystical, yielding. Rather unenterprising. Attractive demeanour.
Victoria. — Latin : “ conqueror. ”
Self-willed, intellectual, courageous. Home-loving nature. Keen judgement.
Violet. — Latin : “ modest grace. ” Another form is Viola.
Modest, graceful, imaginative. Her heart rules her head.
Virgina. — Latin : “ flourishing. ”
Robust, cheerful, tender. Seldom downhearted. Suited for an early marriage.
Wilhelmina. — Teutonic : “ helmet of resolution. ”
Resolute, hospitable, practical. Rather austere temperament and very conservative ideas.
Winifred. — See Gwendolen.
Yvonne. — Teutonic : “ archer. ”
Graceful, inconstant, calm. Flirtatious nature. Has little deep feeling.
Zillah. — Hebrew : “ shadow. ”
Severe, honest, discreet. Deep sense of duty.
Zoë. — Greek : “ life. ”
Captivating, impetuous, skilful. Romantic by nature, but intensely practical if necessary.
Submitted by Maryse Locke