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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-).

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..

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-).

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..

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.

Avril Female nameEnglish names French form of April.

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

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.

Brigitte Female nameGerman names German and French form of Bridget.

Avril Female nameFrench names French form of April.

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

Ariane Female nameGerman names French form of Ariadne.

Anne Female nameFrench 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.

Brigitte Female nameFrench names German and French form of Bridget.

Ariane Female nameFrench names French form of Ariadne.

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).

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.

Jale Female nameAzerbaijani names Azerbaijani form of Zhaleh.

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-).

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.

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).

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

Donny Male name English names Diminutive of Donald.

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

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

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.

Adolphe Male name French names French form of Adolf, rarely used since World War II.

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

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

Anselme Male name French names French form of Anselm.

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.

Bishan Male name Indian names बिशन Variant of Vishnu.

Amadi Male name African names Means "free man" in Igbo.

Valentino Male name Italian names Italian form of Valentinus (see Valentine).