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Each name has its own meaning. Therefore, any person sooner or later comes to the idea, what does his name mean, how does it affect his life, fate, character, relationships with others?

Many names have different meanings depending on their origin and the country where the name is used.

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Meanings of popular female names

Jessica Female nameEnglish names This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play The Merchant of Venice (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name Iscah, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century. It reached its peak of popularity in the United States in 1987, and was the top ranked name for girls between 1985 and 1995, excepting 1991 and 1992 (when it was unseated by Ashley). Notable bearers include actresses Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) and Jessica Lange (1949-).

Jessica Female nameItalian names This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play The Merchant of Venice (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name Iscah, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century. It reached its peak of popularity in the United States in 1987, and was the top ranked name for girls between 1985 and 1995, excepting 1991 and 1992 (when it was unseated by Ashley). Notable bearers include actresses Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) and Jessica Lange (1949-).

Abigail Female nameEnglish names From the Hebrew name אֲבִיגָיִל ('Avigayil) meaning "my father is joy", derived from the roots אָב ('av) meaning "father" and גִּיל (gil) meaning "joy". In the Old Testament this is the name of Nabal's wife. After Nabal's death she became the third wife of King David..

Jami Female nameEnglish names Variant of Jamie.

Anne Female nameEnglish names French form of Anna. It was imported to England in the 13th century, but it did not become popular until three centuries later. The spelling variant Ann was also commonly found from this period, and is still used to this day..

Avril Female nameEnglish names French form of April.

Angelina Female nameEnglish names Latinate diminutive of Angela. A famous bearer is American actress Angelina Jolie (1975-).

Aaliyah Female nameEnglish names Feminine form of Aali. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by the singer Aaliyah Haughton (1979-2001), who was known simply as Aaliyah.

Bee Female nameEnglish names Short form of Beatrix and other names beginning with B.

Nessa Female nameEnglish names Short form of Vanessa and other names ending in nessa.

Brigitte Female nameGerman names German and French form of Bridget.

Jale Female nameAzerbaijani names Azerbaijani form of Zhaleh.

Zaya Female nameMongolian names Заяа Means "fate, destiny" in Mongolian.

Avril Female nameFrench names French form of April.

Jessica Female nameDanish names This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play The Merchant of Venice (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name Iscah, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century. It reached its peak of popularity in the United States in 1987, and was the top ranked name for girls between 1985 and 1995, excepting 1991 and 1992 (when it was unseated by Ashley). Notable bearers include actresses Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) and Jessica Lange (1949-).

Constance Female nameFrench names Medieval form of Constantia. The Normans introduced this name to England (it was the name of a daughter of William the Conqueror).

Ariane Female nameFrench names French form of Ariadne.

Brigitte Female nameFrench names German and French form of Bridget.

Anne Female nameGerman names French form of Anna. It was imported to England in the 13th century, but it did not become popular until three centuries later. The spelling variant Ann was also commonly found from this period, and is still used to this day.

Etta Female nameEnglish names Short form of Henrietta and other names that end with etta. A famous bearer was the American singer Etta James (1938-2012), who took her stage name from her real given name Jamesetta.

Meanings of popular male names

Brad Male name English names Short form of Bradley, Bradford, and other names beginning with Brad. A famous bearer is American actor Brad Pitt (1963-).

Craig Male name English names From a Scottish surname that was derived from Gaelic creag meaning "crag" or "rocks", originally indicating a person who lived near a crag.

Colt Male name English names From the English word for a young male horse or from the surname of the same origin. It may be given in honour of the American industrialist Samuel Colt (1814-1862) or the firearms company that bears his name.

Ed Male name English names Short form of Edward, Edmund, and other names beginning with Ed.

Donald Male name English names From the Gaelic name Domhnall meaning "ruler of the world", composed of the old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". This was the name of two 9th-century kings of the Scots and Picts. It has traditionally been very popular in Scotland, and during the 20th century it became common in the rest of the English-speaking world. This is the name of one of Walt Disney's most popular cartoon characters, Donald Duck. It was also borne by Australian cricket player Donald Bradman (1908-2001).

Cash Male name English names From an English occupational surname for a box maker, derived from Norman French casse meaning "case". A famous bearer of the surname was American musician Johnny Cash (1932-2003).

Davis Male name English names From a surname that was derived from the given name David. A famous bearer of the surname was Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), the only president of the Confederate States of America.

Duane Male name English names From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Dubhán meaning "descendant of Dubhán".

Donny Male name English names Diminutive of Donald.

Hoyt Male name English names From an English surname that was derived from Middle English hoit "stick", originally a nickname for a thin person.

Souta Male name Japanese names 颯太 Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 颯太 (see SŌTA).

Achilles Male name Mythology names From the Greek Ἀχιλλεύς (Achilleus), which is of unknown meaning, perhaps derived from Greek ἄχος (achos) meaning "pain" or else from the name of the Achelous River. This was the name of a warrior in Greek legend, one of the central characters in Homer's Iliad. The bravest of the Greek heroes in the war against the Trojans, he was eventually killed by an arrow to his heel, the only vulnerable part of his body.

Jiahao Male name Chinese names 家豪 From Chinese 家 (jiā) meaning "home, family" combined with 豪 (háo) meaning "brave, heroic, chivalrous". This name can be formed from other character combinations as well.

Aoi Male name Japanese names 葵, 碧 From Japanese 葵 (aoi) meaning "hollyhock, althea" or an adjectival form of 碧 (ao) meaning "green, blue". Other kanji with the same reading can form this name as well.

Al Male name English names Short form of Albert and other names beginning with Al. A notable bearer is American actor Al Pacino (1940-).

Isagani Male name Filipino names Meaning unknown. This is the name of a character in the novel El Filibusterismo (1891) by José Rizal.

Gohar Male name Indian names گوہر From Persian گوهر (gohar) meaning "jewel, gemstone". This name is typically feminine in Iran and Armenia, but masculine in Pakistan.

Min-jun Male name Korean names 민준, 敏俊, 旼俊 From Sino-Korean 敏 (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or 旼 (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with 俊 (jun) meaning "talented, handsome". Other hanja combinations are possible.

Abiah Male name Biblical names אֲבִיָה Variant of Abijah, which also appears in the English Bible.

Seo-joon Male name Korean names 서준, 瑞俊, 舒俊 Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 서준 (see SEO-JUN).