Abeiku

Abeiku is an Akan male name in the Fante dialect meaning “born on Wednesday”, the Akan an ethnic group living primarily in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Origin: Akan

Meaning: “born on Wednesday”

Usage: Akan (Fante)

Variants:

  • Abeeku
  • Kwaku
  • Kaku
  • Kuuku
  • Kweku
  • Keku
  • Koku

Female forms:

  • Akua
  • Aku
  • Akuba
  • Kukua
  • Akuma
  • Akusea
  • Ekua

Alaric

Alaric is an Ancient Germanic male name meaning “ruler of all” composed of Proto-Germanic *allaz (all) and *rīks (king, ruler). It was the name of Alaric I, the first king of the Visigoths famous for the Sack of Rome in 410 AD, one of the first signs that would lead to the eventual fall of the Roman Empire.

Alaric was also the name of a legendary king of the Swedes who along with his brother Eric co-ruled.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “ruler of all”

Usage: Ancient Germanic, English, Catalan

Variants:

  • Alaricus (Latin)
  • Alarich (German, Czech)
  • Alarik (Finnish, Estonian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Frisian, Croatian, Hungarian)
  • Alrik (Swedish)
  • Alar (Estonian)
  • Alarico (Spanish, Galician, Portuguese, Italian)

Female forms:

  • Alarica (Italian, Spanish, English)
  • Alarika (English)

Amias

Amias is a variant spelling of Amyas which derives from Latin amicus meaning “friend, friendly; amicable” via root word amō (to love) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and from which the word amicable comes from.

Amias is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “friend, friendly; amicable”

Usage: English

Pronunciation: a-mye-es (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Amyas (English)
  • Amis (Medieval English, Medieval French)
  • Ames (English)
  • Amys (Old English)
  • Amicus (Ancient Roman

Female forms:

  • Amice (Medieval English)
  • Amica (Ancient Roman)
  • Amity (English)

Amit

Amit अमित is an Indian male name meaning “immeasurable, infinite, boundless” which derives from Sanskrit.

Amit עָמִית is also a Hebrew unisex name meaning “friend” or “colleague

Origin: Sanskrit; Hebrew

Meaning: “immeasurable, finite, boundless” in Sanskrit; “friend” or “colleague” in Hebrew

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali, Hebrew

Pronunciation: ah-mitt (Forvo) in Hindi; ah-meet in Hebrew

Variants:

  • Ameet (Indian, Hindi)

Female forms:

  • Amita (Indian, Hindi, Nepali, Marathi)
  • Ameeta (Indian, Hindi)

Asim

Asim عاسم is an Arabic male name meaning “protector”, as well as also being an Arabic surname originating from the given name.

Asim असीम is also an Indian male name meaning “boundless, limitless, endless” which derives from Sanskrit, made up of negative prefix a-(अ-) and sima सीम (limit, border).

Origin: Arabic; Sanskrit

Meaning: “protector” in Arabic; “boundless, limitless, endless” in Sanskrit

Usage: Arabic, Indian, Hindi, Bengali

Variants:

  • Assem (Arabic)
  • Aseem (Indian, Hindi)

Female forms:

  • Asima (Indian, Hindi, Arabic)

Abdulrahman

Abdulrahman (عبد الرحمٰن) is an Arabic male name meaning “servant of the merciful” made up of Arabic abdul عبد ال (servant of the) combined with rahman رحمن (merciful), Rahman being one of the 99 names of Allah in Islam.

Rahman is also used as a given name on its own, or used as a nickname for Abdulrahman.

Abdulrahman is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “servant of the merciful”

Usage: Arabic

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Variants:

  • Abdulrahman (Arabic)
  • Abdul-Rahman (Arabic)
  • Abd al-Rahman (Arabic)
  • Abd Ar-Rahman (Arabic)
  • Abdur-Rahman (Arabic)
  • Abderrahmane (Maghrebi Arabic)
  • Abdurrahman (Indonesian, Turkish)
  • Rahman (Arabic, Persian, Indonesian, Malay, Bengali)
  • Rahmi (Turkish)
  • Rehman (Urdu)

Arden

Arden comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from Arden in Warwickshire or the one from North Yorkshire. The name seems to derive from a Celtic source, via Celtic *ardwo meaning “high”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen listed for Arden as a surname is “eagle valley”, made up of Old English elements earn (eagle) and dene (valley).

Arden is also a Spanish word, the third person plural or arder meaning “to burn”, derived from Latin ardere

Arden is the name of several places in England, including the Forest of Arden located in Warwickshire; the Forest of Arden is the main setting used in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It (1599), which may have been based on the Ardennes, a heavily forested, hilly region spread out among France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium, which may derive from the same Celtic root word as above. 

Origin: uncertain, either from a Celtic or a Proto-Indo-European source

Meaning: as an English surname it seems to derive from a Celtic source “high”, though it may also mean “eagle valley”; also a Spanish word “they burn”

Usage: English

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Aidan

Aidan is an Irish male name, the anglicized form of Aodhán meaning “little fire” or “little fiery one”, made up of Aodh via Old Irish Áed (fire) and the diminutive suffix -án.

In Irish mythology Aodh (pr. ae like hay) is one of the sons of King Lir and the brother of Fionnuala, Conn, and Fiachra; he and his siblings were turned into swans by their jealous stepmother Aoife for 900 years.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “little fire” or “little fiery one”

Usage: Irish, Scottish, English

Variants:

  • Aiden (English)
  • Aden (English)
  • Aydan (English)
  • Ayden (English)
  • Aedan (Irish, English)
  • Edan (Irish, Scottish)
  • Áed (Ancient Irish)
  • Áedán (Ancient Irish)
  • Áedh (Ancient Irish)
  • Aodh (Irish, Scottish)
  • Aodhán (Irish, Scottish)
  • Aodhagán (Irish, Scottish)
  • Iagan (Scottish)
 

Ander

Ander is the Basque form of Andrew, itself the English form of Ancient Greek Andreas meaning “man, manly” via aner ᾰ̓νήρ (man) derived from a PIE root word.

Ander could also be used as a nickname for Alexander, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Alexandros meaning “defending men” or “defender of men” from Ancient Greek elements alexo (to guard, protect, defend) and aner (man), both of which derive from a PIE origin.

Ander is also a Scandinavian surname, a shortened form of Andersson/Andersen, a patronymic surname meaning “son of Andrew”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: the Basque form of Andrew “man, manly”; could also be used as a nickname for Alexander “defending men” or “defender of men”; also a shortened form of Scandinavian surname Andersson/Andersen “son of Andrew”

Usage: Basque, English, Scandinavian

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Variants:

  • Andreas (Ancient Greek, Greek, German, Swedish Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Welsh, English)
  • Anders (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Andrew (English)
  • André (French, German, Dutch, Portuguese)
  • Andries (Dutch)
  • Andras (Welsh)
  • Andre (French, English, African American)
  • Deandre (African American, English)
  • Andrei (Romanian, Russian, Belarusian, Bulgarian)
  • Andrey (Russian, Belarusian, Bulgarian)
  • Andriy (Ukrainian)
  • Andreu (Catalan)
  • Andrej (Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian)
  • Andraž (Slovene)
  • Ondřej (Czech)
  • Ondrej (Slovak)
  • Andrija (Croatian, Serbian)
  • Andreja (Serbian)
  • Andro (Croatian, Georgian)
  • Andria (Corsican, Sardinian, Georgian)
  • Andres (Estonian)
  • Andrus (Estonian)
  • Anti (Estonian)
  • Antero (Finnish)
  • Andor (Hungarian)
  • András (Hungarian)
  • Endre (Hungarian)
  • Andrés (Spanish, Icelandic)
  • Aindréas (Irish)
  • Aindriú (Irish)
  • Andrea (Italian)
  • Andrejs (Latvian)
  • Andris (Latvian, Hungarian)
  • Andrius (Lithuanian)
  • Anaru (Maori)
  • Andrzej (Polish)
  • Jędrzej (Polish)
  • Ándaras (Sami)
  • Aindrea (Scottish)

Abner

Abner is a Hebrew male name meaning “my father is light” or “father’s light”, made up from Hebrew av אָב (father) and ner נֵר (lamp; light), both derived from a Proto-Semitic origin.

Abner is the name of a figure in the Old Testament, the cousin of Saul, the first king of Israel, and the commander of his army.

Abner is also an English surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Semitic

Meaning: “my father is light” or “father’s light”

Usage: Hebrew, English

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Variants:

  • Avner (Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew)
  • Abenner (Biblical Greek)