Greek mythology; goddess of the hunt, wild animals, etc.
French, place name
Welsh; place name related to the myth of King Arthur
Hindi; meaning “man from the red earth”
Latin; meaning “person of earth”
Hindi; meaning “sandalwood”
Greek mythology: goddess of flower
Greek mythology; a “oread” i.e. a mountain nymph
Latin; place name
Greek mythology; meaning “earth mother”
Greek mythology; a “oread” i.e. a mountain nymph
Greek mythology; a “dryad” i.e. tree nymph
Chinese; meaning “earth”
Roman mythology: goddess of flowers and the spring
Greek mythology; meaning: “earth”
English; meaning “hollow valley”
Sanskrit; meaning “small earth”
German; meaning “yew wood”
Welsh; meaning “person of earth”
Hawaiian; meaning “heavenly flower”
Japanese; meaning “land + person”
English; meaning “wood, forest”
Roman mythology; deity of the woods
English; meaning “land, earth”
Slavic mythology; god of earth/waters/underworld
Celtic mythology; god of vegetation…
Latin; meaning “earth”
Ebner: German; meaning
“dweller on a flat piece of land”
Garland: English; meaning
Harlan: English; meaning
Yarley: English: meaning
Zeman: Czech; meaning
Not a complete list, but hopefully good for
I didn’t add every single flower or plant or animal,
etc.—the list would be ridiculous—just my favorites. Feel free to look up any
others you may like (example: food, minerals, flowers, animals except birds),
and add them on here!
Hannah - Hannah wanted a child and begged the Lord to give her one. In return she promised to raise the child dedicated to the Lord. He answered her prayer and gave her a son. She followed through on the promise - and her son grew up to be Samuel, one of the most influential and godly men in the Bible.
Abigail - Abigail was married to a self-centered, wicked man named Nabal. He denied hospitality to David and angered him. Abigail went to David trying to calm him to prevent a fight (and thus protect her household) and was successful. After hearing that it was his wife and not himself who saved his household, Nabal died of shock and Abigail married David who saw her for who she was, a very strong woman.
Esther - Esther was a Jewish woman married to a king. The King chose her through a contest and did not know she was a Jew, neither was she allowed to go before him without invitation. In fact, doing so without invitation meant death. The King’s right hand, a wicked man called Haman, planned to kill all Jews. When Esther found out, she bravely decided to go before the king uninvited to save her people. She did so cleverly by inviting him for a meal and was successful.
Lois - see Eunice
Eunice - Eunice was the mother and Lois the grandmother of Timothy. While they’re only briefly mentioned in the bible, we know that Timothy learned many things from them and can conclude that they were caring, loving women who raised him to be a faithful student of God’s word.
Mary - You are likely familiar with her story: An angel appeared to her, announcing she had been chosen to give birth as a virgin and she gave birth in a stable - to Jesus!
Ruth - Ruth’s first husband died before they had a child. She loved her mother-in-law and left her homeland to follow
her, declaring “Your people will be my people and your God my God “. Her loyalty to Ruth and to God brought rich rewards and attracted Boaz who marries her. Through her family line came King David and ultimately Jesus.
Elizabeth - As a childless woman, Elizabeth prayed for a baby. The Lord answered her prayer and she gave birth John the Baptist, whom Jesus called the greatest of all men. Remarkably, she recognized the unborn Jesus as the Messiah while the pregnant Mary visits her!
Hagar - Hagar was a surrogate for the infertile Sarah. After she gave birth, Sarah chased her away into the wilderness. But God provided for her and her son and she kept her faith despite her difficult life circumstances.
Magdalena - Jesus delivered Mary Magdalena from seven demons. She became a devoted follower of Him and supported His ministry financially. Later, she was the first who saw Him after He had risen from death!
Puah - See Shiphrah
Shiphrah - She and Puah were two midwives who feared God, and helped prevent the murder of Hebrew male children by the Egyptians, and thus the genocide of the Hebrew people!
Keziah - The bible doesn’t tell us much about her except that she received a equal inheritance from her father which was unusual at that time, so many see her name as a symbol for equality as it’s likely that she was a strong woman who fighted for it!
And now for no particular reason, a list unpopular names that need to be more popular as well as words I think would make great names but aren’t, or at least haven’t been used as names enough for anyone who has them to not get questions about how dorky or pretentious they and their parents are. Bolding the latter to make them easier to spot for anyone looking to add their two cents on whether these deserve to be names or not, or whether you disagree on which genders they would work best with.
Feel free to expand upon this list.
Ace (gender neutral)
Adeline (“LINE” not “LYN”)
Aisha Alaska (gender neutral, Aly as a female nickname) Alchemy (female, Aly as a nickname) Alpha (gender neutral)
Alyeska (female, Aly as a nickname)
Artemis Artisan (gender neutral, Zan as a nickname)
Asahi Ash/Ashes (male or female, on their own or as nicknames for Ashley or
Ashni Aster (gender neutral)
Astrid Astronomy (female)
Athena Aubrey (gender neutral) Auburn (gender neutral)
Avani Axis (gender neutral)
Bluebell (female) Bluejay (gender neutral)
Canary Caster (gender neutral)
Chell(e)/Chelley (pronounced “CH” not “SH” on it’s own or as a nickname for
names like Chelsea, Rachel, or Michelle) Chemistry (female) Cherry (female) Cherry-Blossom (female) Chickadee (female)
Chloe Cho (gender neutral) Chrysalis (female)
Clover Copper (gender neutral)
Cora Cosmic (gender neutral) Cosmos (male) Cyan (gender neutral first name or as a surname)
Deyanira (Nira for short) Dragon (as a male first name, female nickname, or a surname) Dragonfly (female first name, Dragon for short)
Ebony Electric (male, Rick as a nickname) Electricity (female, Tris as a nickname)
Estrella Evening (female, Eve for short) Falcon (male)
Pegasus (gender neutral) Pepper (female) Peppermint (female)
Persephone Phoenix (gender neutral, with Nick, Nikki, and Nix as nicknames) Pixie (female) Pizazz (female, Zaz/Zazz/Zazzy as nicknames) Polaris (female)
Poppy Raav (male) Raava (female) Rabbit (gender neutral) Rav (gender neutral)
Ravee Ravi (gender neutral)
Ravindira (female, combination of “Rav/Ravi” which means “sun” and
“Indira” which means “beauty” to create “Beautiful Sun” Ravindra (gender neutral)
Rayette Red (gender neutral) Redwood (male) Ree/Ri/Rie (female)
Rock (male) Rocket (gender neutral)
Saber (as a male first name or as a nickname for Sabrina)
Saria Science (gender neutral) Scorpion (male) Scorpius (male) Seabreeze (female) Seashell (female) Secret (female) Selkie (female) Seven (female)
Shiri Shiva (female) Siren (female, Ren as a nickname)
Sitara Snake (male) Snapdragon (as a female first name or surname) Snow (female)
Solina Space (gender neutral) Spacey (female)
Starla Starlight (female)
Starshine (female first name or surname) Sterling (male) Stone (male) Storm (male) Stormy (female) Sugar (female) Sun (gender neutral) Sunbeam (female) Sunflower (female) Sunshine (female) Swan (female) Teal (gender neutral) Thunder (male)
Tippi Topaz (gender neutral first name or surname) Turquoise (female) Twilight (female) V (gender neutral) Valentine (as a gender neutral first name, it’s already loved as a surname) Vanilla (female, Nilla as a nickname) Vee (female)
Venita Vi (female)
Vina Violin (female) Vix (gender neutral)
Vixen Vixi (female) Volcano (male) Vortex (gender neutral) Wolf (male) Xan (gender neutral, on its own or as a nickname for Xander or
Zaira Zan (on its own or as a nickname) Zarzuela (female) Zee (gender neutral)
Zelda Zero (gender neutral) Zeta (female)
Apparently I really like names that start with “A”.