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Meaning of Names

ANGELICA Feminine English, Italian, Romanian, Literature Derived from Latin angelicus meaning "angelic", ultimately related to Greek αγγελος (angelos) "messenger". The poets Boiardo and Ariosto used this name in their 'Orlando' poems (1495 and 1532), where it belongs to Orlando's love interest. It has been used as a given name since the 18th century.

ETHAN GENDER: Masculine USAGE: English, Jewish, French, Biblical, Biblical Latin OTHER SCRIPTS: ‫תן‬ ָ ‫אי‬ ֵ (Hebrew) PRONOUNCED: EE-thən (English) Means "solid, enduring" in Hebrew. This is the name of a wise man in the Old Testament. After the Protestant Reformation it was occasionally used as a given name in the English-speaking world, and it became somewhat common in America due to the fame of the revolutionary Ethan Allen (1738-1789). It only became popular towards the end of the 20th century. This was the name of the main character in Edith Wharton's novel 'Ethan Frome' (1911).

WILLIAM GENDER: Masculine USAGE: English PRONOUNCED: WIL-ee-əm, WIL-yəm From the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements wil "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection". Saint William of Gellone was an 8th-century cousin of Charlemagne who became a monk. The name was common among the Normans, and it became extremely popular in England after William the Conqueror was recognized as the first Norman king of England. It was later borne by three other English kings, as well as rulers of Scotland, Sicily (of Norman origin), the Netherlands and Prussia.

LIAM GENDER: Masculine USAGE: Irish, English PRONOUNCED: LEE-əm (English) Irish short form of WILLIAM

MICHAEL GENDER: Masculine USAGE: English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek OTHER SCRIPTS: ‫אל‬ ֵ‫כ‬ ָ ‫מי‬ ִ (Ancient Hebrew), Μιχαηλ (Ancient Greek) PRONOUNCED: MIE-kəl (English), MI-khah-el (German) From the Hebrew name ‫אל‬ ֵ‫כ‬ ָ ‫מי‬ ִ (Mikha'el) meaning "who is like God?". This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Michael is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers.

ALEXANDER GENDER: Masculine USAGE: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian, Slovak, Biblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized) OTHER SCRIPTS: Αλεξανδρος (Ancient Greek) PRONOUNCED: al-əg-ZAN-dər (English), ah-lek-SAHN-der (German), ah-lək-SAHN-dər (Dutch)

SOPHIA GENDER: Feminine USAGE: English, Greek, German, Ancient Greek OTHER SCRIPTS: Σοφια (Greek) PRONOUNCED: so-FEE-ə (English), so-FIE-ə (British English), zo-FEE-ah (German) Means "wisdom" in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia "Holy Wisdom", which was the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.

EMMA GENDER: Feminine USAGE: English, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic PRONOUNCED: EM-É™ (English), E-mah (German) Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element ermen meaning "whole" or "universal". It was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife both of king Ethelred II (and by him the mother of Edward the Confessor) and later of king Canute. It was also borne by an 11th-century Austrian saint, who is sometimes called Hemma.

ISABELLA GENDER: Feminine USAGE: Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian PRONOUNCED: ee-zah-BEL-lah (Italian), iz-ə-BEL-ə (English) Latinate form of ISABEL. This name was borne by many medieval royals, including queen consorts of England, France, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary, as well as the powerful ruling queen Isabella of Castile (properly called Isabel).

EMILY GENDER: Feminine USAGE: English PRONOUNCED: EM-É™-lee English feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL). In the Englishspeaking world it was not common until after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century; the princess Amelia Sophia (1711-1786) was commonly known as Emily in English, even though Amelia is an unrelated name. Famous bearers include the British author Emily Bronte (1818-1848), who wrote 'Wuthering Heights', and the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

ELIZABETH GENDER: Feminine USAGE: English, Biblical PRONOUNCED: i-LIZ-ə-bəth (English) From Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name ‫בע‬ ַ‫ש‬ ֶׁ ‫אִלי‬ ֱ ('Elisheva') meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance". The Hebrew form appears in the Old Testament where Elisheba is the wife of Aaron, while the Greek form appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.

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