Anglish Given Names

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The following are English names which spring from Anglo-Saxon, or Old English. They have not been greatly shaped or otherwise lost thanks to the Danish onslaughts and French overthrow of England.

While there are many living names, many more names have been quickened from their dead matches. This has been done by their likenesses to words and names that outlived them, such as, Wilhelm/Willelm, from Old English Wilhelm, which was upset by the Norman name William/Guillaume. In a few falls, such as Biblical names, an outlandish name has been borrowed straight from its beginning, to sidestep the French-swayed shapes of that name.

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The Names

The names are shown in their mainstream English spellings, and in Anglish Spellings only when the two are not alike. The Anglish spellings are only that -- spellings. They do not shift how the names are said. Read more on the Anglish Spelling leaf on the Anglish wiki.

See the Make Your Own Name deal on this leaf for the meanings of the naming words.

Living: A name that is found within the time of New English, whether having been in unbroken use (such as 'Edward'), or having been quickened by others in a New English shape, as many were, in the 18th and 19th centuries. (Such as 'Ethel'.)
Lastname: A name that is found as a living name but which has not been in unbroken use as a given name since Old English times. It might be from an Old English name that only lived on as a lastname (such as 'Alfrich'), or from a word or name that was not a given name in Old English (such as 'Stanley').
Quickened: A name that is found as an Old English name but which does not have a known shape in New English. Brought back to life (quickened) and shaped by the writers of this leaf (mostly Wordwork) by its likeness to living, New English names and words. (Such as 'Wolfrich', from OE 'Wulfriċ', by likeness to the New English words 'wolf', 'rich', and known, living names, such as 'Wolfroun' and 'Aldrich'.)
Frozen: A name that, by way of a 'learned borrowing', often by a well-known writer, has a spelling that's frozen in time from Old English, while being used in New English. (Such as: 'Beowulf', which may otherwise have come to us as 'Beewolf' if it were still borne in unbroken use.)
Unfounded: A name that has cognates in other Germanic tongues but which is not found in Old English.

English Anglish Kind Whence Forebear Foreword Afterword Background
Acbald - Quickened Ācbeald āc beald
Acfrith - Quickened Ācfriþ āc friþ Lives on as the name of a Woodland in Wiltshire.
Ackerley - Lastname - acer lēah Not a given name in OE. From from the OE stow-name ‘Acerlēah’ meaning: acre-lea (ploughed-field).
Ackoun Ackune Quickened Āchūn āc hūn
Acstan - Quickened Ācstān āc stān
Acton Actun Lastname - āc tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Āctūn’, meaning: oak-town.
Acwolf - Quickened Ācmǣr āc mǣr
Acwolf - Quickened Ācwulf āc wulf
Addis - Quickened Ādhyse ād hyse Not tied to the Hebrew name ‘Addis’, which is instead a shape of ‘Adam’.
Ailith - Living Æþelgȳþ æþel gȳþ
Aimbald - Quickened Ǣġenbeald ǣġen beald
Ainard - Quickened Ǣġenheard ǣġen heard
Aingar - Quickened Ǣġengār ǣġen gār
Ainild - Living Ǣġenhild ǣġen hild
Ainmer - Quickened Ǣġenmǣr ǣġen mǣr
Ainnar - Quickened Ǣġenhere ǣġen here
Ainrich Ainric Unfounded *Ǣġenrīċe ǣġen rīċe Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Eric’, which comes from Old Norse.
Ainsley - Lastname - ǣġen, ān setl + lēah Also spelled: Ansley. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ānsetllēah’.
Ainsworth - Lastname - ǣġen worþ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ǣġenworþ’, meaning: own/lonely-stead.
Ainwolf - Quickened Ǣġenwulf ǣġen wulf
Aldhelm - Quickened Ealddhelm eald helm Borne by the the hallow, and in the 1818 tale written of him by Ripley.
Aldrich Aldric Lastname Ealdrīċe eald rīċe
Aldrin - Lastname - alor - Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Aloren’, meaning: alder-tree. Borne by the American astronaut and second man to ever walk on the moon, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin (born 1930).
Aldwin - Lastname Ealdwine eald wine Also found as the lastname, ‘Alden’.
Alf - Living Alf ælf - A shortening of ‘Alfred’.
Alfbert - Quickened Alfbeorht ælf beorht
Alfchettle Alfcetel Quickened Alfċetel ælf ċetel
Alfgood - Quickened Ælfgōd ælf gōd
Alfie Alfy Living Alfa ælf - A shortening of ‘Alfred’.
Alfled - Living Ælfflǣd ælf flǣd
Alfmer - Quickened Ælfmǣr ælf mǣr
Alfnoth - Quickened Ælfnōþ ælf nōþ
Alfred - Living Ælfrǣd ælf rǣd Spread by ‘Alfred the Great’ (849—889), king of Wessex, who freed the English from the Danish onslaught of England.
Alfrich Alfric Lastname Ælfrīċ ælf rīċe Aldridge is another offshoot, which has been blended with Ethelrich (from OE Æþelrīċ) and Aldrich (from OE Ealdlrīċ). Borne by many holymen, such as the great writer and holyman of Eynsham (955—1010), and also by the Hallow of Abingdon (d. 1005). Kin with the Norman names: Aubrey, Avery.
Alfrith Alfrith Quickened Ælfrīþ ælf friþ
Alfswith - Living Ælfswīþ ælf swīþ
Alger - Living Ælfgār ælf gār Like many names that died out with the Norman overthrow, this Old English name was brought back in the 1800s.
Alkar - Quickened Ealhhere ealh here
Alkard - Quickened Ealhheard ealh heard
Alkbert - Quickened Ealhbeorht ealh beorht
Alkbury - Quickened Ealhburg ealh burg
Alkelm - Quickened Ealhhelm ealh helm
Alkmund - Living Ealhmund ealh mūnd Borne by a 700s Hallow of Derby and Northumbria, and a 700s Hallow of Hexham, Northumberland.
Alkoun Alkune Quickened Ealhhūn ealh hūn
Alkred - Quickened Ealhrǣd ealh rǣd
Alkrich Alkric Quickened Ealhrīċ ealh rīċe
Alkswith - Quickened Ealhswīþ ealh swīþ
Alkward - Quickened Ealhweard ealh weard
Alkwer - Quickened Ealhwaru ealh waru
Alkwin - Quickened Ealhwine ealh wine Borne by the great writer, teacher and Hallow of York (735—804), after whom Alcuin College was named. The Latin spelling is ‘Alcuin’, or ‘Alcuinus’. See also: Alwin.
Alleaf - Quickened Ælflēof ælf lēof
Alrich Alric Quickened Ælriċ æl rīce Kin with the Norman name ‘Alaric’.
Alsey - Quickened Ælfsiġe ælf siġe
Alston Alstan Lastname Ælfstān , Æþelstān , Ealdstān , Ealstān ælf , æþel , eald , ealh stān Living name from the English Lastname ‘Alston,’ which could come from sundry OE forenames, such as ‘Ælfstān’ (elf-stone), ‘Æþelstān’ (atheling-stone), ‘Ealdstān’ (old-stone) or ‘Ealstān’ (holy-stone).
Althrith - Quickened Ælfþrȳþ, Ealhþrȳþ ælf, ealh þrȳþ Two names that would have blended together over time, owed to their likeness when spoken. Can also be spelled: Elthrith.
Alton Altun Lastname Ealdtūn eald tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ealdtūn’, meaning: old-town.
Alvald Alfald Quickened Ælfweald ælf weald Borne by a 700s King of East Anglia, 700s King of Sussex, and by 700s and 800s kings of Northumbria.
Alvar Alfar Living Ælfhere ælf here
Alvard Alfard Quickened Ælfġeard , Ælfheard , Ælfweard ælf ġeard , heard , weard A blend of a few Old English names that would likely have blended into one another over time.
Alvat Alfat Quickened Ælfġēat ælf ġēat
Alvelm Alfelm Quickened Ælfhelm ælf helm
Alver Alfer Quickened Ælfwaru ælf waru Also found as ‘Alvara’ in the English lastname.
Alvey Alfey Quickened Ælfhēah ælf hēah
Alvild Alfild Quickened Ælfhild ælf hild
Alvin Alfin Living Ælfwine , Ælfwynn ælf wine, wynn Borne by a widely-known cartoon chipmunk in America in the 1960s. While not known as a woman’s name today, it could be once more. The wifely shade died out and became ‘Alvina’ in English, with the Latinate -a ending.
Alving Alfing Quickened Ælfing ælf ing
Alvith Alvith Quickened Ælfgȳþ ælf gȳþ
Alvive Alfife Quickened Ælfġifu ælf ġifu Shortened in some Lastnames as ‘Alvey’.
Alvolf Alfolf Quickened Ælfwulf ælf wulf
Alvoun Alfune Quickened Ælfhūn ælf hūn
Alvy Alfy Quickened Ælfwīġ ælf wīġ
Alwin - Lastname Ealhwine ealh wine Alwin has been shaped by a blending together of likewise names, such as ‘Alden’ (from OE Ealdwine), ‘Alvin’ (from OE Ælfwine), and ‘Athelwin’ (from OE Æþelwine). Borne by the great writer, teacher and Hallow of York (735—804), after whom Alcuin College was named. See also: Alkwin.
Ambald - Quickened Andbeald and beald
Ambert - Quickened Andbeorht and beorht
Ancoal - Quickened Andcōl and cōl
Anfrith - Quickened Andfriþ and friþ
Anlof - Quickened Anlāf an lāf Kin with the Norse name, ‘Olaf’. Made of withering words: ‘an’ and ’lof’, meaning: ‘forebear-afterbear’.
Anmer - Quickened Andemar and mǣr
Annar - Quickened Andhere and here
Announ Annune Quickened Andhūn and hūn
Anshoe Anscoe Quickened Andṡċoh and ṡċoh
Anwolf - Quickened Andwulf and wulf
Ardwolf - Quickened Eardwulf eorþe wulf Borne by a 700s King of Northumbria.
Armstrong - Lastname - earm strang Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as a nickname for a man with a strong arm. Borne by the American astronaut and first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012).
Ash Asc Living Æṡċ æṡċ - Either as a standalone name from the everyday English words for the tree, or for the outcome of fire, or as a shortening of names like Ashley and Ashton, which are named for the ash-tree.
Ashar Ascar Quickened Æṡċhere æṡċ here Not tied with the Hebrew name Asher. Only tied to the lastname Asher by sharing the alike foreword, 'ash', as in, someone who works with ashes.
Ashard Ascard Quickened Æṡċheard æṡċ heard
Ashbert Ascbert Quickened Æṡċbeorht æṡċ beorht
Ashbury Ascbury Lastname - æṡċ burg Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Æṡċburg’.
Ashden Ascden Lastname - æṡċ denu, dūn, tūn Not a given name in OE. Could be from any of the following OE stow-names: ‘Æṡċdenu’ (meaning: ash-tree dene) ‘Æṡċdūn’ (meaning: ash-tree downs), or ‘Æṡċtūn’ (meaning: ash-tree town).
Ashey Ascey Quickened Æṡċhēah æṡċ hēah
Ashford Ascford Lastname - æṡċ ford Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Æṡċford’.
Ashfrith Ascfrith Quickened Æṡċfriþ æṡċ friþ
Ashley Ascley Lastname - æṡċ lēah Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Æṡċlēah’. Like many Lastnames, it was once borne mostly for weremen, but it has shifted towards a woman’s name.
Ashlock Asclock Quickened Æṡċlāc æṡċ lāc
Ashman Ascman Quickened Æṡċmann æṡċ mann
Ashmer Ascmer Quickened Æṡċmǣr æṡċ mǣr
Ashmund Ascmund Quickened Æṡċmūnd æṡċ mūnd
Ashred Ascred Quickened Æṡċrǣd æṡċ rǣd
Ashton Asctun Lastname - æṡċ tūn Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Æṡċtūn’, meaning: ash-tree-town.
Ashwald Ascwald Quickened Æṡċweald æṡċ weald
Ashwin Ascwin Lastname Æṡċwine ♂ , Æṡċwynn ♀ æṡċ wine , wynn Not tied to the Hindi name Ashwin, which is instead from Sanskrit Aśvin.
Ashwolf Ascwolf Quickened Æṡċwulf æṡċ wulf
Ashwood Ascwood Lastname - æṡċ wudu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Æṡċwudu’.
Ashwy Ascwy Quickened Æṡċwīġ æṡċ wīġ
Aspen - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the name of the wort, or from the name of the ski town in Colorado.
Aston Astun Lastname - ēast tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ēasttūn’, meaning: east-town.
Athelstan - Frozen Æþelstān æþel stān Can also be spelled: Ethelstan. Borne by the King of the Anglo-Saxons (924-927) and the King of the English (927-939). The name died out following the Norman overthrow. Brought back following Sir Walter Scott's (1771-1832) book, Ivanhoe.
Atley - Lastname - æt lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ætlēah’.
Atwater - Lastname - æt wæter Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ætwæter’.
Atwell - Lastname - æt wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ætwille’.
Atwood - Lastname - æt wudu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ætwudu’.
Atworth - Lastname - æt worþ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ætworþ’.
Awald - Unfounded *Āwaweald āwa weald Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Ewald’, which comes from the mainland name ‘Ewawald’.
Badhild - Living Beaduhild beadu hild Kin with the German name ‘Bathilda’.
Bagmund - Quickened Bēagmūnd bēag mūnd
Bagnoth - Quickened Bēagnōþ bēag nōþ
Bagstan - Quickened Bēagstān bēag stān
Balday - Quickened Bealddæġ beald dæġ Also the name of an English god, known in Old Norse as ‘Baldr’, meaning ‘the bald one’.
Baldhelm - Quickened Bealdhelm beald helm
Baldhild - Living Bealdhild beald hild
Baldhoun Baldhune Quickened Bealdhūn beald hūn
Baldive Baldife Quickened Bealdġifu beald ġifu Shortened in some Lastnames as ‘Baldey’.
Baldred - Quickened Bealdrǣd beald rǣd Borne by an 800s King of Kent.
Baldrich Baldric Quickened Bealdrīċ beald rīċe Kin with the Norman name 'Baldric', spelt alike in Anglish Spelling. The Old English name looks to have died out.
Baldwin - Living Bealdwine beald wine The Old English name may have died out, but it would have ended up alike as the name 'Baldwin', which was brought by the Normans.
Bancroft - Lastname - bēan croft Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bēancroft’. Borne by American historian and ethnologist Hubert Howe Bancroft (1832-1918).
Barden - Lastname - bær denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bærdenu’.
Barrington Barringtun Lastname - beorn ing + tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Beorningastūn’, meaning: the town of the folk of Beorna.
Barton Bartun Lastname - bær tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bærtūn’.
Baxter - Lastname - - - Meaning ‘baker’. From a a lastname that began as a feminine shape of the word ‘baker’. (As in, a spinster is a female spinner.)
Beck - Lastname Bæċa bæċ - Either from the English Lastname Beck, or as a shortening of English Lastnames such as Beckham, from ON bekkr (beck, brook), kin with OE bæċ (beach).
Beddard - Quickened Beaduheard beadu heard
Bede - Living Bēda bēd - Living name from OE bēd: To ask, bid, beseech, or a worshipping bead. Spread by the holyman and writer Bede (672–735).
Bedfrith - Quickened Beadufriþ beadu friþ
Bednoth - Quickened Beadunōþ beadu nōþ
Bedthane - Quickened Beaduþeġn beadu þeġn
Bedwald - Quickened Beaduweald beadu weald
Bedwolf - Quickened Beaduwulf beadu wulf
Bedwy - Quickened Beaduwīġ beadu wīġ
Beewolf - Quickened Bēowulf bēo wulf Brought into New English from Old English by J. R. R. Tolkien in his wending of Beowulf, ‘Sellic Spell’, as the name Beewolf. See also: Beowulf.
Bentley - Lastname - bent lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bentlēah’. Spread by English wain-maker Bentley Motors, started in 1919.
Benton Bentun Lastname - bent tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Benttūn’.
Beowulf - Frozen Bēowulf bēo wulf Frozen spelling borrowed straight from the Old English folk tale of alike name. See also: Beewolf.
Beresford - Lastname - beofor ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Beoforsford’.
Berkeley - Lastname - birċe lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Berclēah’. Spread by the Berkeley kindred of Gloucestershire, and later by the San Fransisco bough of the University of California. Kin with Barclay, a name brought by the Normans.
Bern - Quickened Beorn beorn - May be kin with the Norse name ‘Björn’. The words for ‘bear’ and ‘man’ blended together in Old English names, since the OE word beorn (meaning: man) took the same shape as the Frankish word beorn (meaning: bear).
Bernard - Living Beornheard beorn heard A blend of the Old English name Beornhard and Norman name Bernard. The word beorn, as found in OE bindnames, may have a meaning of a man/child, and may not come from alike spring as ‘beorn’, as found in Mainland Europe, meaning ‘bear’.
Berndred - Living Beornþrȳþ beorn þrȳþ Can also be spelled: Bernthrith.
Bernfled - Quickened Beornflǣd beorn flǣd
Bernfrith - Quickened Beornfriþ beorn friþ
Berngar - Quickened Beorngār beorn gār
Bernheath - Quickened Beornhǣþ beorn hǣþ
Bernhelm - Quickened Beornhelm beorn helm
Bernhey - Quickened Beornhēah beorn hēah
Bernich Bernic Quickened Beorniċ beorn
Bernith - Quickened Beorngȳþ beorn gȳþ
Bernlof - Quickened Beornlāf beorn lāf
Bernmood - Quickened Beornmōd beorn mōd
Bernmund - Quickened Beornmūnd beorn mūnd
Bernred - Quickened Beornrǣd beorn rǣd Borne by a 700s King of Mercia.
Bernrich Bernric Quickened Beornrīċ beorn rīċe
Bernsey - Quickened Beornsiġe beorn siġe
Bernstan - Quickened Beornstān beorn stān
Bernwald - Quickened Beornweald beorn weald
Bernwin - Quickened Beornwine ♂ , Beornwynn ♀ beorn wine , wynn
Bernwolf - Quickened Beornwulf beorn wulf Borne by an 800s King of Mercia.
Bernwy - Quickened Beornwīġ beorn wīġ
Bert - Living Beorhta beorht - The latter-day bearing of ‘Bert’ is often as a shortening of the Norman name ‘Albert’ (kin with the native name Ethelbert).
Bertar - Quickened Beorhthere beorht here
Bertelm - Quickened Beorhthelm beorht helm
Bertey - Quickened Beorhthēah beorht ġifu, hēah
Bertferth - Quickened Beorhtferhþ beorht ferhþ
Bertfrith - Quickened Beorhtfriþ beorht friþ
Berthank - Quickened Beorhtþanc beorht þanc
Bertive Bertife Quickened Beorhtġifu beorht ġifu Also found shortened as the lastname ‘Bertey’.
Bertlof - Quickened Beorhtlāf beorht lāf
Bertmer - Quickened Beorhtmǣr beorht mǣr
Bertmund - Quickened Beorhtmūnd beorht mūnd
Bertnoth - Quickened Beorhtnoþ beorht nōþ
Berton Bertun Quickened Beorhttūn beorht tūn
Bertoun Bertune Quickened Beorhthūn beorht hūn
Bertrand - Unfounded *Beorhtrand beorht rand Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Bertrand’, which came to England with the Normans.
Bertred - Quickened Beorhtrǣd beorht rǣd
Bertren - Unfounded *Beorhtræfn beorht hræfn Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Bertram’, which came to England with the Normans.
Bertrich Bertric Quickened Beorhtrīċ beorht rīċ Borne by a 700s King of Wessex.
Bertsey - Quickened Beorhtsiġe beorht siġe
Bertstan - Quickened Beorhtstān beorht stān
Bertwald - Quickened Beorhtweald beorht weald
Bertwer - Quickened Beorhtwaru beorht waru
Bertwin - Quickened Beorhtwine ♂ , Beorhtwynn ♀ beorht wine , wynn
Bertwolf - Quickened Beorhtwulf beorht wulf Borne by an 800s King of Mercia.
Bertwy - Quickened Beorhtwīġ beorht wīġ
Bertyils - Quickened Beorhtġils beorht ġīsel
Beverley Beferley Lastname beofor lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Beoforlēah’. Borne as a man’s name in the 1800s. Made well-known as a woman’s name following the George Barr McCutcheon book, Beverly of Graustark (1904).
Billard - Quickened Billheard bill heard
Billfrith - Quickened Billfriþ bill friþ
Billnoth - Quickened Billnōþ bill nōþ
Birchall - Lastname berċ heall Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Berċheall’.
Blackburn - Lastname blæc burne Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Blæcburna’.
Blackstone - Lastname blæc stān Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Blæcstān’.
Blackwell - Lastname blæc wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Blæcwille’.
Blagden - Lastname blæc denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Blæcdenu’.
Blake - Lastname Blæc blæc -
Blakeley - Lastname blæc lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Blæclēah’.
Blakeney - Lastname blæc nēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Blæclnēah’.
Blessing - Living - bletsian - Not a given name in OE. A puritanical Christian name, from the everyday English word.
Blithar - Quickened Blīþhere blīþ here
Blithrith - Quickened Blīþþrȳþ blīþ þrȳþ
Blossom - Living - - - Began as a given name in the 1800s.
Blythe - Living - blīþ - Not a given name in OE or ME.
Bond - Lastname Bonda - - From the lastname ‘Bond’. Also found as a standalone given name in Old English. Borne by the main player in the books and films of the alike name, by the English writer Iam Fleming (1908-1964).
Booker - Lastname - - - From the lastname ‘Booker’, an work-name for someone who made books.
Boot - Quickened Bōte bōt -
Borden - Lastname - bār denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bārdenu’.
Botwin - Quickened Bōtwine bōt wine
Botwolf - Quickened Bōtwulf bōt wulf
Brad - Lastname Brāda brād - A shortening of lastnames such as Bradley.
Bradburn - Lastname - brād burne Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brādburna’.
Bradford - Lastname - brād ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brādford’.
Bradley - Lastname brād lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brādlēah’.
Brand - Quickened Branda brand -
Brandon Brandun Lastname - brōm denu, dūn Not tied to the name ‘Brendon’. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Brōmdenu’ and/or ‘Brōmdūn’, where latter half could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Branson Brandsun Lastname Brandassunu brand sunu
Branton Brantun Lastname - brōm tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brōmtūn’, meaning broom/brushwood town.
Braxton Braxtun Lastname - - tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Braccastūn’, meaning Bracca’s town.
Brenton Brentun Lastname - bryne tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brynestūn’.
Breyswith - Quickened Breġoswīþ breġu swīþ
Breywald - Quickened Breġoweald breġu weald
Breywin - Quickened Breġowine breġu wine
Breywolf - Quickened Breġowulf breġu wulf
Briar - Living - brær - Not a given name in OE. First became a name in the 1900s.
Bridgeley Bricgley Lastname - bryċġ lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bryċġlēah’, meaning: bridge-lea (field).
Brigham - Lastname - bryċġ hām Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bryċġhām’. Borne by Brigham Young, a leading Morman and starter of Salt Lake City.
Brighton Brigtun Lastname - bryċġ tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bryċġtūn’, meaning: bridge-town.
Brinley - Lastname Brynlēah bryne lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brynlēah’, meaning: burnt-lea (field).
Brinnar - Quickened Brynhere bryne here
Brinning - Quickened Bryning bryne ing
Brinwald - Quickened Brynweald bryne weald
Bristol - Lastname - bryċġ stow Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Bryċġstow’.
Brock - Lastname Brocca brocc -
Brockley - Lastname - brōc lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brōclēah’.
Brockton Brocktun Lastname - brōc tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brōctūn’.
Bromley - Lastname - brōm wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brōmlēah’.
Bromwell - Lastname - brōm lēah Also spelled: Bramwell. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Brōmwille’.
Bronson Bronsun Lastname Brūnsunu brūn sunu
Brooke - Lastname - brōc - Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From an OE stow-name for someone who lived near a brook (a stream).
Brunard - Quickened Brūnheard brūn heard
Brunstan - Quickened Brūnstān brūn stān
Buck - Living Bucca bucc - Mainly found as a name in the USA. Kin with the name "Butch".
Buckley - Lastname Buccalēah bucc lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Buccalēah’, meaning: Bucca’s lea.
Burhard - Quickened Burgheard burg heard
Burhelm - Quickened Burghelm burg helm
Burhild - Quickened Burghild burg hild
Burnelm - Quickened Byrnhelm byrne helm
Burnferth - Quickened Byrnferþ byrne ferhþ
Burnfled - Quickened Byrneflǣd byrne flǣd
Burnild - Quickened Byrnhild byrne hild Kin with the German name ‘Brünhild’, from Old Norse ‘Brynhildr’ of the Volsung Saga and Brunhilda of the Nibelung Saga; both of whom are likely set upon the life of the 600s Frankish Queen.
Burnoth - Quickened Burgnōþ burg nōþ
Burred - Quickened Burgrǣd burg rǣd Borne by an 800s King of Mercia.
Burrich Burric Quickened Burgrīċ burg rīċ
Burried Berreed Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A puritanical Christian name, from the everyday English word.
Bursey - Quickened Burgsiġe burg siġe
Burstan - Quickened Burgstān burg stān
Burton Burtun Lastname - burg tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Burgtūn’. Borne by American filmmaker Tim Burton (1958).
Burwald - Quickened Burgweald burg weald
Burwin - Quickened Burgwine ♂ , Burgwynn ♀ burg wine , wynn
Burwolf - Quickened Burgwulf burg wulf
Buxton Buxtun Lastname - bēag tūn Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who came from the town of alike name in Derbyshire, so named for the stones by the spring that would shift about (bow) when touched. From OE ‘Bēagastūn’.
Byron - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. Named after Lord Byron (1784-1824), whose name comes from the Old English saying, ‘æt þǣm bȳrum’ (at the [cow] byres (sheds)).
Cade - Lastname Cada - - From the lastname ‘Cade’, which comes from the Old English name ‘Cada’, meaning: lumpy, or swollen.
Caldwell - Lastname - cald wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Caldwille’.
Calvert Calfert Lastname - cealf hierde Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cealfhierde’.
Cedric - Frozen Cerdic - - Brought back by Sir Walter Scott for the player in his book Ivanhoe, set after the Old English name ‘Cerdic’, with a metathesis of the ‘r’, a name which was borne by the starter of the Kingdom of Wessex.
Chad Cead Living Ċeadda ċēad -
Chaddar Ceaddar Quickened Ċeadhere ċēad here Not kin with the stow-name (and cheese name) ‘Cheddar’.
Chadley Ceadley Lastname - ċēad lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ċeaddaslēah’, meaning: Chad’s lea (field).
Chadwick Ceadwick Lastname - ċēad wiċ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ċeaddaswic’, meaning: Chad’s wick (homestead).
Chapman Ceapman Lastname Ċēapmann ċēap mann Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as an work-name for a chap-man (a dealer).
Chelbald Cealbald Quickened Ċēolbeald ċēol beald
Chelbury Cealbury Quickened Ċēolburg ċēol burg
Chelfled Cealfled Quickened Ċēolflǣd ċēol flǣd
Chelfrith Cealfrith Quickened Ċēolfriþ ċēol friþ
Chellar Ceallar Quickened Ċēolhere ċēol here
Chellard Ceallard Quickened Ċēolheard ċēol heard
Chellelm Ceallelm Quickened Ċēolhelm ċēol helm
Chelley Cealley Quickened Ċēolhēah ċēol hēah
Chelnoth Cealnoth Quickened Ċēolnōþ ċēol nōþ
Chelred Cealred Quickened Ċēolrǣd ċēol rǣd Borne by a 700s King of Mercia.
Chelrich Cealric Quickened Ċēolrīċ ċēol rīċe
Chelsea Cealsea Lastname - ċealc, ċeol Also spelled: Chelsey. Not a given name in OE. A blend of the words for chalk (OE ‘Ċealcsǣ’), and keel (OE ‘Ċēolsǣ’), the latter of which also yields Kelsey, with a 'hard k', likely from Norse inflow.
Chelsey Cealsey Quickened Ċēolsiġe ċēol siġe For the living name with the alike spelling, see: Chelsea.
Chelstan Cealstan Quickened Ċeolstān ċēol stān
Chelswith Cealswith Quickened Ċēolswīþ ċēol swīþ
Chelthrith Cealthrith Quickened Ċēolþrȳþ ċēol þrȳþ
Chelwald Cealwald Quickened Ċēolweald ċēol weald
Chelwin Cealwin Quickened Ċēolwine ♂ , Ċēolwynn ♀ ċēol wine , wynn
Chelwolf Cealwolf Quickened Ċēolwulf ċēol wulf Borne by a 500s King of Wessex, by a 700s King of Northumbria and by an 800s King of Mercia.
Chelwy Cealwy Quickened Ċēolwīġ ċēol wīg
Cherl Cerl Quickened Ċeorl ċeorl - Borne by a King of Mercia in the 600s. The name Ċeorl was seldom borne in Old English times, and seems to have died out as an English name. Most likely all living names with Charl- / Charles are from the later French borrowings. Kin with Carl, Carla, Carly, Charlie, Carole, Caroline, Karl.
Chester Cester Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as a town name found all over Great Britain and made its way into Old English from the Latin word for an army camp, ‘Castra’, which became OE ‘Ċeaster’.
Chillie Cilly Quickened Ċille ċille -
Churchbur Circbor Unfounded - ċirce būr Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the name ‘Kirby’, which came from Old Norse. In OE it would have been ‘Ċirċebūr’.
Churchill Circhill Lastname - ċirce hyll Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ċirċehyll’. Borne by the English leader and writer, Sir Winston Churchill.
Clay - Lastname - clǣġ - Not a given name in OE. Either a shortening of the English stow-name Clayton, or from the OE stow-name ‘Clæġ’, which comes from the the everyday word for earthen clay.
Clayland - Lastname clǣġ land Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Clæġland’.
Clayton Claytun Lastname - clǣġ tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Clæġtūn’.
Cleveland Clefeland Lastname - cliff land Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Clifland’. Borne by American leader Grover Cleveland (1837-1908).
Cliff - Lastname - cliff - Not a given name in OE. A shortening of the lastnames Clifford and Clifton. See also: Clive.
Clifford - Lastname - cliff ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Clifford’. Borne by the big red dog in the books of the alike name by Norman Bridwell (1928-2014).
Clifton Cliftun Lastname - cliff tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cliftūn’.
Clint - Lastname - glim - Not a given name in OE. A shortening of the lastname Clinton. Borne by American film star Clint Eastwood (born 1930).
Clinton Clintun Lastname - glim tūn Not a given name in OE. From a stow-name of a town on the Water Glyme, from OE ‘Glimtūn’. The former half of the name is from a Welsh word meaning, and likely kin with, the English word 'glimmering'. Borne by American leader Bill Clinton (born 1946).
Clive Clife Lastname - cliff - Not a given name in OE. From an OE stow-name for someone who lived by a cliff.
Clover Clofer Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for the wort, which comes from OE ‘clāfre’.
Coaser - Quickened Cāsaer - - Kin with the German name ‘Kaiser’, and in the end, from Latin ‘Caesar’, which came to mean ‘emperor’.
Colbur - Unfounded - cōl būr Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Colby’, which comes from Old Norse. The OE name would be ‘Cōlbūr’.
Colburn - Lastname - cōl burne Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cōlburne’.
Colden - Lastname - cōl denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cōldenu’.
Cole - Lastname Cōla cōl - From the lastname ‘Cole’, sometimes comes from the Old English nickname for someone with dark, or ‘coal’ like skin. Not an Anglish name when a shortening of ‘Nicholas’.
Coleridge Colericg Lastname - cōl hryċġ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cōlhryċġ’. Borne by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834).
Colgate - Lastname - cōl ġēat Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cōlġēat’. Borne by Englishman William Colgate (1783-1857), who made the Colgate toothpaste business.
Colton Coltun Lastname - cōl tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cōltūn’.
Conwel - Quickened Cēnewealh cēne wealh
Cranford - Lastname - cran ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cranford’.
Cranley - Lastname - cran lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cranlēah’.
Cranston Cranstun Lastname - cran tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Crantūn’.
Crawford - Lastname - crāwe ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Crāweford’.
Crofton Croftun Lastname - croft tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Crofttūn’.
Cromwell - Lastname - crumb wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Crumbwille’. Borne by Lord Protector of the United Kingdom, Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658).
Crow - Living Crawa crawa -
Crystal Cristal Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word, which was found in Old English and then later shaped with a ‘y’ spelling.
Cuthard - Quickened Cūþheard cūþ heard
Cuthbald - Quickened Cūþbeald cūþ beald
Cuthbert - Living Cūþbeorht cūþ beorht Borne by a 500s Hallow of Lindisfarne, whose fame kept the name alive in England even after the Norman overthrow. It is also a widespread lastname.
Cuthbury - Quickened Cūþburg cūþ burg
Cuthmund - Quickened Cūþmūnd cūþ mūnd
Cuthred - Quickened Cūþrǣd cūþ rǣd
Cuthrich Cuthric Quickened Cūþrīċ cūþ rīċe
Cuthswith - Quickened Cūþswīþ cūþ swīþ
Cuthwin - Quickened Cūþwine cūþ wine
Cuthwolf - Quickened Cūþwulf cūþ wulf
Cuthyils - Quickened Cūþġils cūþ ġīsel
Daisy - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. The given name comes from the name of the flower, which comes from OE ‘dæġeseġe’ (day’s eye).
Dale - Lastname - dæl - Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dæl’, meaning: a dale/dell, a hollow.
Dalton Daltun Lastname - dæl tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dæltūn’, meaning: dale-town.
Dalwin - Quickened Dealwine deal wine
Dane - Lastname Dena denu - While sometimes misread to mean ‘Danish’, the given name ‘Dane’ comes from the English stow-name ‘Dene’ / ‘Dean’, meaning: a dale, a hollow. See also: Dean.
Darbur - Unfounded - dēor būr Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Darby’ / ‘Derby’, which comes from Old Norse. The OE name would be ‘Dēorbūr’.
Darton Dartun Lastname - dēor tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dēortūn’.
Darwin - Lastname - dēore wine Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dēorewine’. Borne by Charles Darwin (1809-1882), writer of On The Origin of Species.
Dawn - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the word meaning the start of a new day, from OE ‘daging’, meaning: becoming day (word-for-word: daying).
Daybert - Quickened Dæġbeorht dæġ beorht
Dayelm - Quickened Dæġhelm dæġ helm
Dayey - Quickened Dæġhēah dæġ hēah
Daymund - Quickened Dæġmūnd dæġ mūnd
Dayren - Quickened Dæġhræfn dæġ hræfn
Dayrich Dayric Quickened Dæġrīċ dæġ rīċe
Dayton Daytun Lastname - dæġ tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dæġtūn’.
Dean - Lastname - dene - Also spelled ‘Dene’. Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dene’. Not tied to the churchly stead of Dean, which is instead through French, from Latin 'decanus', meaning: a leader of ten men. Not known to be a standalone name in Old English times. See also: Dane.
Dell - Lastname - dæl - Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dæl’.
Dembert - Quickened Denebeorht dene beorht
Denard - Quickened Deneheard dene heard
Denfrith - Quickened Denefriþ dene friþ
Denham - Lastname - denu hām Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Denuhām’.
Denley - Lastname - denu lēah Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Denulēah’.
Denmood - Quickened Denemōd dene mōd
Denton Dentun Lastname - denu tūn Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Denutūn’.
Denver Denfer Lastname - dene fær Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Denefær’.
Denwald - Quickened Deneweald dene weald
Denwolf - Quickened Denewulf dene wulf
Denyils - Quickened Deneġils dene ġīsel
Derbert - Quickened Dēorbeorht dēor beorht
Derland - Lastname - dēor land Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dēorland’.
Dermood - Quickened Dēormōd dēor mōd
Dermund - Quickened Dēormūnd dēor mūnd
Dernoth - Quickened Dēornōþ dēor nōþ
Derswith - Quickened Dēorswīþ dēor swīþ
Derwald - Quickened Dēorweald dēor weald
Derwolf - Quickened Dēorwulf dēor wulf
Dexter - Lastname - - - Now a werely name, which comes from a work-name, it first meant a wifely cloth dyer, OE ‘Dēaġstre’. (A dye-ster, in the likewise way as a spinster is a wifely cloth-spinner.) It’s not tied to the Latin word of alike spelling, which instead means right-handed.
Dolbode - Unfounded *Dālbod dāl bod Not a given name in OE. An unfounded name, kin with the Norman name Talbot.
Dove Dufe Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the word for the bird, which comes from Old English ‘dūfe’, mostly found in compound words.
Drake - Lastname Draca - -
Drayton Draytun Lastname - dræġ tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dræġtūn’.
Dritnoth - Quickened Dryhtnōþ dryht nōþ
Drittelm - Quickened Dryhthelm dryht helm
Dritwald - Quickened Dryhtweald dryht weald
Dryden - Lastname - drȳġe denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Drȳġedenu’.
Dudley - Lastname - - lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Duddaslēah’, meaning: Dudda’s lea (field).
Dunnar - Quickened Dunnhere dunn here
Dunstan - Lastname - dūn stān Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dūnstān’.
Dunton Duntun Lastname - dūn tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dūntūn’.
Dunwald - Quickened Dunnweald dunn weald
Durward - Lastname - dūru weard Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Dūruweard’.
Earl - Living *Eorla eorl - From the title of Earl. Not known as a standalone name in Old English, but it was found in compound names. Mostly found as an American given name today.
Earnest - Living - - - Also spelled: Ernest. Not a given name in OE. Either from the everyday word, from OE ‘eornost’, or from the the German name ‘Ernst’. Borne by American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), and found in Oscar Wilde’s tale, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (1895).
Easter - Living Ēaster ēaster - A latter-day name, for the now Christianised spring festival, formerly known as a heathen goddess and spring festival. It was found in bind-names but not as a standalone given name in Old English times.
Easterwin - Quickened Ēasterwine ēaster wine
Easton Eastun Lastname - ēast tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ēasttūn’.
Ed - Living Ēadda ēad - A shortening of names like Edward and Edgar.
Edbald - Quickened Ēadbeald ēad beald Borne by a 600s King of Kent.
Edbert - Living Ēadbert ēad beorht Borne by a 700s King of Northumbria and by a 700s King of Kent.
Edbury - Quickened Ēadburg ēad burg Also found as the Lastname ‘Ebba’.
Eddar - Quickened Ēadhere ēad here
Eddelm - Quickened Ēadhelm ēad helm
Eddey - Quickened Ēadhēah ēad hēah
Eddie Eddy Living Ēadda ēad - Also spelled: Eddy. A shortening of names like Edward and Edgar. Kin with the mainland names Otis (Norman) and Otto (German).
Edfled - Quickened Ēadflǣd ēad flǣd
Edfrith - Quickened Ēadfriþ ēad friþ
Edgar - Living Ēadgār ēad gār Borne by the King of the English (959-975).
Edie Edy Living *Ēaddo ēad - A shortening of the name ‘Edith’. Not known to be a standalone name in OE.
Edild - Quickened Ēadhild ēad hild
Edils - Quickened Ēadġils ēad ġils
Edith - Living Ēadgȳþ ēad gȳþ
Edive Edife Quickened Ēadġifu ēad ġifu Also shortened in Lastnames as 'Edey'.
Edleaf - Quickened Ēadlēofu ēad lēof
Edlof - Quickened Ēadlāf ēad lāf
Edmar - Living Ēadmere ēad mere
Edmer - Quickened Ēadmǣr ēad mǣr
Edmund - Living Ēadmūnd ēad mūnd
Ednoth - Quickened Ēadnōþ ēad nōþ
Edoun Edune Quickened Ēadhūn ēad hūn Also sometimes spelled as the werely name ‘Eden’.
Edred - Living Ēadrǣd ēad rǣd
Edrich Edric Quickened Ēadrīċe ēad rīċe Borne by a 600s King of Kent.
Edsey - Quickened Ēadsiġe ēad siġe
Edstan - Quickened Ēadstān ēad stān
Edswith - Quickened Ēadswīþ ēad swīþ
Edwaker - Quickened Ēadwacer ēad wacu
Edwald - Quickened Ēadweald ēad weald
Edward - Living Ēadweard ēad weard One of mighty few Old English names to have not only lived through the Norman overthrow of England, but to have shone with ongoing bearing by Englishman of all iks, even the kings, since Old English times.
Edwin - Living Ēadwine ēad wine While not known as a woman’s name today, it could be once more. The wifely shade died out and became ‘Edwina’ in English, with the Latinate -a ending.
Edwolf - Quickened Ēadwulf ēad wulf
Edwy - Quickened Ēadwīġ ēad wīġ
Edyard - Quickened Ēadġeard ēad ġeard
Egbald - Quickened Eċġbeald eċġ beald
Egbert - Living Eċġbeorht eċġ beorht Borne by a player in the 2000s American webstrip ‘Homestuck’.
Egbury - Quickened Eċġburg eċġ burg
Egfrith - Quickened Eċġfriþ eċġ friþ
Eggard - Quickened Eċġheard eċġ heard
Eggelm - Quickened Eċġhelm eċġ helm
Eggoun Eggune Quickened Eċġhūn eċġ hūn
Eglof - Quickened Eċġlāf eċġ lāf
Egmund - Quickened Eċġmūnd eċġ mūnd
Egnoth - Quickened Eċġnōþ eċġ nōþ
Egred - Quickened Eċġrǣd eċġ rǣd
Egrich Egric Quickened Eċġrīċ eċġ rīċe
Egstan - Quickened Eċġstān eċġ stān
Egwald - Quickened Eċġweald eċġ weald
Egwel - Quickened Eċġwealh eċġ wealh
Egwin - Quickened Eċġwine eċġ wine
Egwolf - Quickened Eċġwulf eċġ wulf
Eldar - Quickened Ealdhere eald here
Eldbert - Quickened Ealdbeorht eald beorht
Eldelm - Quickened Ealdhelm eald helm
Eldfrith - Quickened Ealdfriþ eald friþ
Eldith - Quickened Ealdgȳþ eald gȳþ
Eldon Eldun Lastname - Ella dūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ellasdūn’, meaning: Ella’s down (hill). Also spelled: ‘Elsdon’ (Anglish Spelling: Elsdun).
Eldoun Eldune Quickened Ealdhūn eald hūn
Eldred - Living Ealdrǣd eald rǣd Also spelled: Aldred.
Elfled - Quickened Ælfflǣd ælf flǣd
Elfrith - Quickened Ælfrǣd ælf rǣd
Elfroun - Quickened Ælfrūn ælf rūn
Elfswith - Quickened Ælfswīþ ælf swīþ
Elith - Quickened Ealhgȳþ eald gȳþ Could also be spelled: Alith.
Elmer - Lastname Æþelmǣr æþel mǣr See also: Ethelmer.
Elton Eltun Lastname - Ella tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ellastūn’. Borne by songwriter Elton John (1947), who was born as Reginald Dwight, and who named himself after his former band-mate, Elton Dean (1945-2006).
Elver Elfer Quickened Ælfwaru ælf waru
Elvild Elfild Quickened Ælfhild ælf hild
Elvith Elfith Quickened Ælfgȳþ ælf gȳþ
Elvive Elfife Quickened Ælfġifu ælf ġifu
Elwood - Lastname - Ella wudu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ellaswudu’.
Embald - Quickened Ēanbeald ēan beald
Embert - Quickened Ēanbeorht ēan beorht
Emer - Quickened Ēomǣr eoh mǣr
Enfled - Quickened Ēanflǣd ēan flǣd
Enfrith - Quickened Ēanfriþ ēan friþ
Engelren - Unfounded Engelhrafn engel hræfn An unfounded name, kin with the Norman name ‘Ingram’.
Enith - Quickened Ēangȳþ ēan gȳþ
Enmund - Quickened Ēanmūnd ēan mūnd
Ennar - Quickened Ēanhere ēan here
Enred - Quickened Ēanrǣd ēan rǣd
Enstan - Quickened Ēanstān ēan stān
Enswith - Quickened Ēanswīþ ēan swīþ
Enwald - Quickened Ēanweald ēan weald
Enwin - Quickened Ēanwine ēan wine
Enyard - Quickened Ēanġeard ēan ġeard
Enyisel - Quickened Ēanġīsl ēan ġīls , ġīsl
Erendel - Quickened Earendel earendel - The star, known in Old Norse folklore as ‘Aurvandill’, and borne by J. R. R. Tolkien for the name of ‘Eärendil the Mariner’ in The Silmarillion.
Erkenbald - Quickened Eorconbeald eorcon beald Could also be spelled ‘Arkenbald’. Kin with the name ‘Archibald’, which was brought by the Normans, whose ‘ch’ spelling was shaped by likeness to the Greek word ‘archos’.
Erkenbert - Quickened Eorconbeorht eorcon beorht
Erkenwald - Quickened Eorconweald eorcon weald
Erkenyat - Quickened Eorconġēat eorcon ġēat Could also be spelled ‘Arkenyat’, by likeness of J. R. R. Tolkien's wending of OE ‘eorconstān’ (meaning: great/dear-stone) to ‘Arkenstone’ for The Hobbit.
Ermenbury - Quickened Eormenburg eormen burg
Ermenhild - Quickened Eormenhild eormen hild
Ermenlof - Quickened Eormenlāf eormen lāf
Ermenred - Quickened Eormenrǣd eormen rǣd
Ermenrich Ermenric Quickened Eormenrīċ eormen rīċe
Ermenthrith - Quickened Eormenþrȳþ eormen þrȳþ
Ermenyard - Unfounded Eormenġeard eormen ġeard Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the German name ‘Irmgard’, and the Norman name ‘Ermengarde’.
Ernwald - Quickened Earnweald earn weald Kin with the name ‘Arnold’, which was brought by the Normans.
Ernwin - Quickened Earnwine earn wine
Ernwolf - Quickened Earnwulf earn wulf
Ernwy - Quickened Earnwīġ earn wīġ
Erpwald - Quickened Eorpweald eorp weald
Erpwin - Quickened Eorpwine eorp wine
Esmund - Lastname - ēast mūnd Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ēastmūnd’. Most often spelled 'Esmond', which is a Norman spelling of the latter word.
Estrild - Living Ēasthild ēaster hild Written by Geoffrey of Monmouth to be the name of a Germanic atheling who was stolen by the Briton leader, Humber the Hun, known in the tale by the name ‘Estrildis’.
Ethel - Living Æþel æþel - The name died out but came back in the 1800s. Kin with the Norman name Adele.
Ethelbald - Quickened Æþelbeald æþel beald Borne by a 700s King of Mercia and by an 800s King of Wessex.
Ethelbert - Living Æþelbeorht æþel beorht A short-lived name brought back in the 1800s. Borne by many kings from the 500s to 800s, and outstanding Americans of the 1800s, such as Ethelbert Watts (1846–1919). Kin with the Norman name Albert.
Ethelbrand - Quickened Æþelbrand æþel brand
Ethelbury - Quickened Æþelburg æþel burg
Etheleaf - Quickened Æþellēof æþel lēof
Ethelfled - Quickened Æþelflǣd æþel flǣd Can also be spelled: Athelfled. Borne by the daughter of Alfred the Great and Lady of Mercia in the 800s.
Ethelfrith - Quickened Æþelfriþ æþel friþ Borne by a 500s King of Bernicia.
Ethelgar - Quickened Æþelgār æþel gār
Ethelith - Quickened Æþelgȳþ æþel gȳþ
Ethelive Ethelife Quickened Æþelġifu æþel ġifu
Ethellad - Unfounded *Æþelhād æþel hād Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Norman name ‘Adelaide’, and the French name ‘Alice’.
Ethellar - Quickened Æþelhere æþel here Borne by a 600s King of East Anglia.
Ethellard - Quickened Æþelheard , Æþeġeard æþel heard , ġeard A blend of two Old English names that would likely have blended into one another over time. Æþelheard was borne by a 700s King of Wessex.
Ethellelm - Quickened Æþelhelm æþel helm
Ethelley - Quickened Æþelhēah æþel hēah
Ethellild - Quickened Æþelhild æþel hild
Ethelloun Ethellune Quickened Æþelhūn æþel hūn Can also be spelled: Athelloun (Anglish Spelling: Athellune)
Ethelman - Quickened Æþelmann æþel mann Can also be spelled: Athelman.
Ethelmer - Quickened Æþelmǣr æþel mǣr Can also be spelled: Athelmer. Kin with Elmer, which is a shortening, from alike Old English name.
Ethelmood - Quickened Æþelmōd æþel mōd
Ethelmund - Quickened Æþelmūnd æþel mūnd
Ethelnoth - Quickened Æþelnōþ æþel nōþ
Ethelred - Quickened Æþelrǣd æþel rǣd Can also be spelled: Athelred. Borne by a 600s King of Mercia, by 700s and 800s Kings of Northumbria, by an 800s King of East Anglia, by an 800s King of Kent and by an 800s King of Wessex.
Ethelrich Ethelric Quickened Æþelrīċ æþel rīċe Can also be spelled: Athelrich (Anglish Spelling: Athelric). King of Bernicia and by a 500s King of Deira.
Ethelsey - Quickened Æþelsiġe æþel siġe For the living name with alike spelling, see: Chelsea.
Ethelstan - Quickened Æþelstān æþel stān See: Athelstan.
Ethelswith - Quickened Æþelswīþ æþel swīþ Can also be spelled: Athelswith. Borne by a Queen of Mercia in the 800s.
Ethelthrith - Quickened Æþelþrȳþ æþel þrȳþ Can also be spelled: Athelthrith. Borne by the Holywoman and Queen of Northumbria and The Fens in the 600s. Kin with the Norman name ‘Audrey’.
Ethelwald - Quickened Æþelweald æþel weald Can also be spelled: Athelwald. Borne by a 600s King of East Anglia, by a 600s King of Deira and by a 700s King of Northumbria.
Ethelward - Quickened Æþelweard æþel weard Can also be spelled: Athelward. Borne by an 800s King of East Anglia.
Ethelwel - Quickened Æþelwealh æþel wealh Can also be spelled: Athelwel. Borne by a 600s King of Sussex.
Ethelwin - Quickened Æþelwine ♂ , Æþelwynn ♀ æþel wine , wynn Can also be spelled: Athelwin. Borne by an English holyman of the 600s and another of the 1000s.
Ethelwolf - Living Æþelwulf æþel wulf Can also be spelled: Athelwolf. Borne by an 800s King of Kent and by an 800s King of Wessex. Kin with the German name ‘Adolf’ and its Latinised English shape, ‘Adolph’.
Ethelwy - Quickened Æþelwīġ æþel wīge Can also be spelled: Athelwy.
Ethelyard - Quickened Æþelġeard æþel ġeard Can also be spelled: Athelyard. Kin with Edelgard.
Everard Eferard Lastname Eoferheard eofer heard Also found as the lastname, ‘Everett’ (Anglish Spelling: Eferett). Likely a blend of the Old English ‘Eoferheard’ and Norman ‘Eburhard’, though the OE shape would likely yield alike outcome, even if it had died out.
Everley Eferley Lastname - eofer lēah Also spelled: Everly (Anglish Spelling: Eferly). Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Eoferlēah’.
Everton Efertun Lastname - eofer tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Eofertūn’.
Everwich Eferwic Unfounded - eofer wiċ Not a given name in OE. This is the inborn shape of the word that became the town of ‘York’, which itself was shaped by Old Norse, from ‘Iorvik’, and which was ‘Eoferwiċ’ in OE.
Everwin Eferwin Lastname - eofer wine Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Eoferwine’. Also found shortened in names such as ‘Irwin’ and ‘Erwin’.
Fairchild Faircild Lastname - fæġer ċild Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as a nickname for a child with fair hair, from OE ‘Fæġerċild’.
Fairfax - Lastname - fæġer fax Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as a nickname for someone with fair hair. From OE Fæġerfax.
Farman - Quickened Færmann fær mann
Farnham - Lastname - fearn hām Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Fearnhām’.
Farnley - Lastname - fearn lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Fearnlēah’.
Farnoth - Unfounded *Færnōþ fær nōþ Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Ferdinand’, which is a Spanish shape of an older mainland Germanic name.
Fastwolf - Quickened Fæstwulf fæst wulf
Fear - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A puritanical Christian name, from the everyday English word.
Felbert - Unfounded *Felbeorht fela beorht Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Philbert’, a name brought from mainland Europe, and which is spelled by likeness to the Latin ‘philos’, meaning ‘love’.
Felton Feltun Lastname - feld tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Feldtūn’.
Felyeld - Quickened Feoluġeld feld ġeld
Fenn - Lastname Fenn fenn - Not a given name in OE. Either from the standalone lastname of ‘Fenn’, or as a shortening of the name ‘Fenton’, which also began as a lastname.
Fenton Fentun Lastname - fenn tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Fenntūn’.
Fenwick - Lastname - fenn wīċ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Fennwīċ’.
Fern - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A name that became widespread in the 1800s, both for boys and girls, and later mostly for girls, named for the wort.
Fleetwood - Lastname - flēot wudu Not a given name in OE. From the lastname ‘Fleetwood,’ frome OE ‘Flēotwudu’, Spread by the rock band Fleetwood Mac.
Flint - Living Flint - - From the everyday word ‘flint’, meaning: tough, sturdy, or steadfast.
Folkar - Quickened Folchere folc here
Folkard - Quickened Folcheard folc heard
Folkbert - Quickened Folcbeorht folc beorht
Folkbury - Quickened Folcburg folc burg
Folkwald - Quickened Folcweald folc weald
Folkwin - Quickened Folcwine folc wine
Ford - Lastname - ford - Not a given name in OE. A name that began as a stow-name for someone who lived near the ford of a stream.
Frank - Living Franca frenc - Either to do with the French folk, or from the word meaning ‘free’ (as in: to speak frankly).
Freeman - Lastname Frēomann frēo mann Borne by the main player in the American games ‘Half-Life’ and ‘Half-Life 2’.
Frelof - Quickened Frēalāf frēa lāf
Frewer - Quickened Frēawaru frēa waru Also found as the lastname ‘Frewer’, from OE ‘Frēowaru’, where the first bit is from frēo (free, highborn).
Frewin - Quickened Frēawine ♂ , Frēawynn ♀ frēa wine, wynn
Frewolf - Quickened Frēawulf frēa wulf
Friday - Living Friġedæġ frēo dæġ A given name since at least Old English times. From the everyday word for the day of the week, named for the god and heavenly body, ‘Fry’ (‘Frigg’ in Old Norse; Interpretatio Roman from ‘Venus’). Given to children born on the day.
Frith - Living Friþ friþ - Kin with the name ‘Fred’, a shortening of ‘Frederick’, which is an Anglo-Norman name.
Frithbert - Quickened Friþubeorht friþ beorht
Frithelm - Quickened Friþuhelm friþ helm
Frithgar - Quickened Friþugār friþ gār
Frithith - Quickened Friþugȳþ friþ gȳþ
Frithlof - Quickened Friþulāf friþ lāf
Frithmund - Quickened Friþumūnd friþ mūnd Kin with the Norse name ‘Friðmundur’.
Frithred - Quickened Friþurǣd friþ rǣd
Frithrich Frithric Quickened Friþurīċ friþ rīċ Kin with the Anglo-Norman name ‘Frederick’.
Frithstan - Quickened Friþustān friþ stān
Frithswith - Quickened Friþuswīþ friþ swīþ
Frithwald - Quickened Friþuweald friþ weald
Frithwin - Quickened Friþuwine friþ wine
Frithwolf - Quickened Friþuwulf friþ wulf
Frithyard - Quickened Friþuġeard friþ ġeard
Frithyils - Quickened Friþuġils friþ ġīsel
Frodo - Living Frōda frōd - A name spread by J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The -o ending may be a Latin shape of the name; it may otherwise be spelled ‘Frode’.
Frost - Living - frost - Not known to be a given name in OE. Either from the lastname Frost, often named for the writer Robert Frost, or from the everyday word, for someone born in winter, or for someone with fair or white hair.
Fry - Lastname - frēo - Not known to be a given name in OE. From the lastname ‘Fry’, which began as a name of standing for a free-man. See also: Freeman.
Fulred - Quickened Fulrǣd full rǣd
Fulton Fultun Lastname - fugol tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Fugoltūn’.
Gadfrith - Quickened Gādfriþ gād friþ
Gadrich Gadric Quickened Gādrīċ gād rīċ
Gangwolf - Quickened Gangwulf gang wulf See also: Wolfgang.
Gar - Quickened Gara gār - See also: Gary.
Garfield Garfeeld Lastname gār feld Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Gārfeld’. Spread by American leader James Garfield (1831—1881), and later by the funny-strip ‘Garfield’ by Jim Davis (1945-present).
Garland - Lastname gār land Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Gārland’.
Garmund - Quickened Gārmūnd gār mūnd
Garrard - Quickened Gārheard gār heard Kin with the German name ‘Gerhard’, and the Norman name ‘Gerard’.
Garthrist - Quickened Gārþrist gār þrist
Garthrith - Unfounded Gārþrȳþ gār þrȳþ Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Norse name ‘Gertrude’.
Garwald - Quickened Gārweald gār weald Kin with the Norman name ‘Gerald’.
Garwin - Quickened Gārwine gār wine
Garwolf - Quickened Gārwulf gār wulf
Gary - Living Gara gār - See also: Gar. Short for any of the names beginning with ‘Gar’, such as ‘Garfield’.
Gaz Gas Living - gār - See also: Gary. A nickname for ‘Gary’ or other names beginning with ‘Gar’.
Gladstone - Lastname - glæd stān Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Glædstān’.
Gladwin - Lastname - glæd wine Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Glædwine’.
Goddard - Lastname Godheard god heard A blend of the Old English name ‘Godheard’ and Norman name ‘Godard’, which spring from alike Germanic name.
Godfrith - Quickened Godfriþ god friþ Kin with the Norman names ‘Godfrey’ and ‘Geoffrey’.
Godiva Godifa Living Godġifu god ġifu Living name from a Latin shape of OE ‘Godġifu’. Borne by Lady Godiva in the 1000s. It may otherwise be written as ‘Godive’ (Anglish Spelling: Godife).
Godroun Godrune Quickened Godrūn god rūn Kin with the Norse name ‘Gudrun’ from the Volsung Saga.
Godshalk Godscalk Quickened Gōdṡċealc wulf ṡċealc
Godwin - Living Godwine god wine Borne by an leading helper to the king in the 1000s, whose son, Harold Godwinson, was later made king and then killed in the Norman overthrow of England. The given name may come from a lastname rather than ongoing bearing since Old English times.
Goldar - Quickened Goldhere gold here
Goldie Goldy Living Golda ♂ gold -
Golding - Quickened Golding gold ing
Goldive Goldife Quickened Goldġifu gold ġifu
Goldman - Quickened Goldmann gold mann
Goldrich Goldric Quickened Goldrīċ gold rīċ
Goldroun Goldrune Quickened Goldrūn gold rūn
Goldsey - Quickened Goldsiġe gold siġe
Goldstan - Quickened Goldstān gold stān
Goldwin - Quickened Goldwine gold wine
Goodar - Quickened Gōdhere gōd here
Goodey - Quickened Gōdġifu gōd ġifu
Goodie Goody Quickened Gōde gōd -
Goodman - Lastname Gōdmann gōd mann
Goodwife - Quickened Gōdwīf gōd wīf
Goodwin - Quickened Gōdwine ♂ , Gōdwynn ♀ gōd wine, wynn
Goodwolf - Quickened Gōdwulf gōd wulf
Goodwy - Quickened Gōdwīġ gōd wīġe
Gorham - Lastname Gārhām gār hām Not a given name in OE.
Gorton Gortun Lastname Gārtūn gār tūn Not a given name in OE.
Grafton Graftun Lastname - grāf tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Grāftūn’, meaning: grove-town.
Graham - Lastname - grund hām Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Grundhām’.
Gresham - Lastname - græs hām Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Græshām’.
Grey - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From the lastname ‘Grey’, which can come from the everyday word borne as a nickname.
Grimbald - Quickened Grimbeald grim beald
Grover Grofer Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From the stow-name for someone who lived in or by a grove. Borne by American leader Grover Cleveland (1837–1908).
Guthar - Quickened Gūþhere gȳþ here Kin with the German name ‘Günther’, and the Norse name ‘Gunnar’.
Guthfrith - Quickened Gūþfriþ gȳþ friþ
Guthlock - Quickened Gūþlāc gȳþ lāc https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guthlac_of_Crowland
Guthlof - Quickened Gūþlāf gȳþ lāf
Guthmund - Quickened Gūþmūnd gȳþ mūnd
Guthwald - Quickened Gūþweald gȳþ weald
Guthwin - Quickened Gūþwine gȳþ wine
Gytha - Frozen Gūþa ♂, Gūþo ♀ gȳþ - A frozen spelling of an Old English name that was brought back in Victorian times with a latinised wifely -a ending. (In Old English, -a was a werely ending, the wifely ending being -o.)
Hadley - Lastname - hǣþ lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hǣþlēah’.
Hal - Living - - - A lambdaism of the shortened name Harry. (When an ‘r’ becomes an ‘l’.) See also: Harry.
Hale - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a stow-name for someone who lived in a hollow or nook, from the OE word for hole, ‘halh’.
Halfdan - Quickened Healfdene healf dene
Hall - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a stow-name for someone who lived in a shared hall.
Halwid - Unfounded *Hǣlþwīd hǣlþ wīd Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Norman name ‘Eloise’.
Hamilton Hamiltun Lastname Hameldūn hamel dūn Not a given name in OE. Borne by American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton (about 1756 to 1804).
Hamrich Hamric Unfounded *Hāmrīċ hām rīċe Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the German name ‘Heinrich’, as well as the Norman names ‘Hank’, ‘Harry’ and ‘Henry’.
Handmaid - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A puritanical Christian name, from the everyday English word.
Handshoe Handscoe Quickened Hondṡċio hond ṡċio A name meaning ‘Glove’. Friend of Beowulf in the tale of Beowulf.
Harbald - Quickened Herebeald here beald
Harbert - Quickened Herebeorht here beorht Lives on in the Norman-swayed name ‘Herbert’.
Hardbert - Quickened Heardbeorht heard beorht
Harding - Lastname Hearding heard ing While it was a name in Old English, it lives on today by way of the lastname. Spread by the American leader Warren Harding (1865-1923).
Hardred - Quickened Heardrǣd heard rǣd
Hardwick - Lastname - heard wiċ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Heardwiċ’.
Hardwin - Lastname - heard wine See also: Harwin. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Heardwine’.
Harfrith - Quickened Herefriþ here friþ
Harich Haric Quickened Hererīċ here rīċe
Harith - Quickened Heregȳþ here gȳþ
Harland - Lastname - hara lond Also spelled: Harlan. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Haralond’.
Harleaf - Unfounded *Herelēof here lēof Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Norse name ‘Herleifr’.
Harley - Lastname - hara lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Haralēah’. Often named after the motorcycle business Harley Davidson.
Harlow - Lastname - here hlǣw Also spelled: Arlo, Arlow, Harlowe. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Herehlǣw’.
Harman - Quickened Haramann here mann Lives on as a lastname. Kin with the living mainland name of alike shape, ‘Harman’, as well as the names ‘Harmon’, ‘Hermann’, ‘Herman’, ‘Harmann’, ‘Harmin’, ‘Arman’, ‘Armani’, and ‘Ehrman’.
Harmer - Quickened Haramǣr here mǣr
Harmood - Quickened Haramōd here mōd
Harold - Living Hereweald here weald Could also be spelled: Harwald. The -old ending instead of -wald is likely owed to being shaped by its Norse kin, Haraldr. Died out after the Norman overthrow, brought back in the 1800s. See also: Harwald.
Harper - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From an occupational lastname for a harp-player, from OE ‘hearpa’.
Harred - Quickened Hererǣd here rǣd
Harris - Lastname - here - A lastname for someone fathered by a ‘Harry’. Straightforwardly: Harry’s.
Harrison Harrisun Lastname - here son A lastname for the son of a ‘Harry’. Straightforwardly: Harry’s son.
Harry - Living - here - While this began in English as a shortening of ‘Henry’, an Anglo-Norman name, it is also a shortening of other Har- names, such as ‘Harold’.
Harsey - Quickened Heresiġe here siġe
Harstan - Quickened Herestān here stān
Harswith - Quickened Hereswīþ here swīþ
Hartford - Lastname - heorot ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Heorotford’.
Hartley - Lastname - heorot lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Heorotlēah’.
Hartwell - Lastname - heorot wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Heorotwille’.
Harwald - Quickened Hereweald here weald See also: Harold.
Harward - Lastname Hereweard here weard Borne by Hereward the Wake, a man who fought back the 1066 Norman overthrow of England. Also kin with the Norse name Harvard. See also: Hereward.
Harwin - Quickened Herewine here wine The lastname of alike spelling is said by Coats and Others in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland to be from the Anglo-Norman name ‘Harduin’ (Hardwin).
Harwolf - Quickened Herewulf here wulf
Hathaway - Lastname - hǣþ weġ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hǣþaweġ’. Borne by the film player Anne Hathaway.
Hathbald - Quickened Heaþubeald heaþu beald
Hathbert - Quickened Heaþubeorht heaþu beorht
Hathfrith - Quickened Heaþufriþ heaþu friþ
Hathkin - Quickened Heaþucyn heaþu cynn
Hathlock - Quickened Heaþulāc heaþu lāc
Hathlof - Quickened Heaþulāf heaþu lāf
Hathred - Quickened Heaþurǣd heaþu rǣd
Hathrich Hathric Quickened Heaþurīċ heaþu rīċe The name of a hero in the great poem Widsith.
Hathwald - Quickened Heaþuweald heaþu weald
Hathwolf - Quickened Heaþuwulf heaþu wulf
Hathwy - Quickened Heaþuwīġe heaþu wīġe Kin with the German name ‘Hedwig’.
Hawk - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. Either for the everyday word for the bird (from OE ‘hafoc’) or from the lastname, also from alike word.
Hayden - Lastname - heġ denu , dūn Also spelled: Haden, Haydon (Anglish Spelling: ‘Haydun’). Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Heġedenu’ or ‘Heġedūn’. The latter bit could be from either OE ‘denu’ (a den, dale) or ‘dūn’ (a down, hill). Tied only by likeness to the glee-writer, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), whose name comes instead from the Netherlandish word for ‘heathen’. The likeness to the Irish name ‘Aidan’ is also by luck.
Hayley - Lastname - heġ lēah Also spelled: Haley. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Heġelēah’. Borne by the English child player Hayley Mills (b. 1946).
Hayward - Lastname - heġ weard Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Heġeweard’.
Haywood - Lastname - heġ wudu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Heġewudu’.
Hazel Hasel Living - - - Not a given name in OE. Crafted in the 1800s after the name of the wort, from OE ‘hæsel’.
Heath - Living Hǣþa hǣþ - Borne by the drawer William Heath Robinson (1872—1944), whose name spurred the saying ‘Heath Robinson’ for an overly knotty tool. See also: Heather.
Heather - Living Hǣþe hǣþ - See also: Heath.
Heaven Heafen Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word, ‘heaven’, from OE ‘heofon’.
Hedley - Lastname - heaþ lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hǣþulēah’, meaning: heath-lea (field).
Helmstan - Quickened Helmstān helm stān
Helmwald - Quickened Helmweald helm weald
Helmwolf - Quickened Helmwulf helm wulf
Helmyils - Quickened Helmġils helm ġīsel
Helstan - Quickened Helstān hel stān
Helwald - Quickened Helweald hel weald
Hereward - Frozen Hereweard here weard Borne by Hereward the Wake, a man who fought back the 1066 Norman overthrow of England. Hereward is a frozen spelling of a name that would most likely be spelled ‘Harward’ if it came to us through ongoing bearing. (See words like ‘harbor’, or names like ‘Harold’ and ‘Alvar’.) See also: Harward.
Hergar - Quickened Heorugār heoru gār
Herrend - Quickened Heorrenda heoru rand A shop from the Battle of the Heodenings.
Herrolf - Quickened Heorulf heoru wulf
Herstan - Quickened Heorustān heoru stān
Herwald - Quickened Heoruweald heoru weald
Herward - Quickened Heoruweard heoru weard
Heybert - Quickened Hēahbeorht hēah beorht
Heybury - Quickened Hēahburg hēah burg
Heyfrith - Quickened Hēahfriþ hēah friþ
Heymund - Quickened Hēahmūnd hēah mūnd Kin with the Norman name ‘Hammond’.
Heynoth - Quickened Hēahnōþ hēah nōþ
Heyred - Quickened Hēahrǣd hēah rǣd
Heystan - Quickened Hēahstān hēah stān
Heyward - Quickened Hēahweard hēah weard Kin with the name ‘Howard’, which is thought to be from a name such as mainland ‘Hugihard’ (kin with Hugh-hard) or Norse ‘Hávarđr’.
Heywolf - Quickened Hēahwulf hēah wulf
High Hige Unfounded *Hēah hēah - Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Norman name ‘Hugh’, meaning: mindful, kindhearted.
Hild - Quickened Hild hild -
Hildbald - Quickened Hildbeald hild beald
Hildbert - Quickened Hildbeorht hild beorht Kin with the Anglo-Norman names ‘Hilbert’ and ‘Ilbert’.
Hildbury - Quickened Hildburg hild burg
Hildfrith - Quickened Hildfriþ hild friþ
Hildmer - Quickened Hildmǣr hild mǣr
Hildred - Living Hildrǣd hild rǣd Died out following the Norman overthrow and was brought back in the 1800s.
Hildrich Hildric Quickened Hildrīċ hild rīċ Seldom, if ever found in Old English times. Written about in the Onomasticon Anglo-Saxonicum to be borne by an abbot of Monte Cassino, Italy, in the 800s. Looks to have been borne in Proto-Germanic, and borrowed into Latin, but died out as a widely borne Germanic name.
Hildwin - Quickened Hildwine ♂ , Hildwynn ♀ hild wine
Hildyard - Quickened Hildġeard hild ġeard Kin with the German name ‘Hildegard’, as borne by Hildegard von Bingen.
Hill - Lastname - hyll - Not a given name in OE. From a stow-name for someone who lived in or near a hill. Sometimes a shortening of the name ‘Hilton’. See also: Hilton.
Hilton Hiltun Lastname - hyll tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hylltūn’. Borne by Conrad Hilton (1887-1979), starter of Hilton Hotels.
Hisbert - Quickened Hysebeorht hyse beorht
Hisnoth - Quickened Hysenōþ hyse nōþ
Holden - Lastname - hol denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Holdenu’. Borne by the player Holden Caulfield in the J. D. Salinger book ‘Catcher in the Rye’ (1951).
Holly - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word, ‘holly’, from OE ‘holeġn’. Mostly given to girls born about Yuletide.
Holmgar - Unfounded *Holmgār holm gār Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Norse name ‘Holger’. The Norse word ‘holm’ meant ‘island’, but the Old English word ‘holm’ spoke to seas and waters on the whole.
Holy - Quickened Hāliġ hāliġ - Kin with the Norse name, ‘Helga’, and the Russian names, ‘Oleg’ and ‘Olga’.
Honey Huney Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word, ‘honey’, from OE ‘huniġ’.
Hoover Hoofer Lastname *Hōfaru - - Not found in OE. It comes from a straightforward Englishing of the German working-name, ‘Huber’, to English ‘Hoover’, meaning: a hoof-worker. It follows the trend of Germans shifting their names to their English matches upon settling as Americans, like the German name ‘Stein’ becoming the English name ‘Stone’; and ‘Schmidt’ becoming ‘Smith’. ‘Hoover’, however, was not a longstanding English lastname, and is therefore an English name known first to the Americas. Borne by two Americans of high standing: American leader Herbert Hoover (1874-1964); and head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972).
Hope - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A puritanical Christian name, from the everyday English word.
Horse - Quickened Horsa hors - Horsa, along with his brother Horsa, are said in English lore to have begun the English settling of Albion with a slaughter of the British leaders. Kin with the German name, ‘Horst’.
Horselind - Unfounded Horslind hors lind Not a given name in OE. Kin with the name Rosalind.
Horton Hortun Lastname - horh tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Horhtūn’. Borne by the main player in the Dr. Seuss books ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’, and ‘Horton Hears a Who’.
Hrothgar - Frozen Hrōþgār hrōþ gār A frozen spelling from Old English, brought straight from the great tale, Beowulf. Borne by economic historian Sir Hrothgar John Habakkuk (1915-2002). Kin with the Norman name ‘Roger’. See also: Rothgar.
Hudson Hudsun Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. Sometimes from a Norman name, for the son of a man named Hugh. As an Anglish name, it is from the OE name, ‘Hūdassunu’, meaning: son of Hūda.
Humbert - Living Hūnbeorht hūn beorht Either blended with, or was upset with the Norman name, which also became ‘Humbert’.
Hunfrith - Quickened Hūnfriþ hūn friþ Kin with the Norman name ‘Humphrey’.
Hunith - Quickened Hūngȳþ hūn gȳþ
Hunive Hunife Quickened Hūnġifu hūn ġifu
Hunlof - Quickened Hūnlāf hūn lāf
Hunred - Quickened Hūnrǣd hūn rǣd
Hunsey - Quickened Hūnsiġe hūn siġe
Hunstan - Quickened Hūnstān hūn stān
Hunter - Living Hunta ♂ , Hunto ♀ hunt -
Huntley - Lastname - hunt lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Huntlēah’.
Hunwald - Quickened Hūnweald hūn weald
Huxley - Lastname - - lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Huccaslēah, meaning: Hucca’s lea (field). Often named after Charles Darwin’s supporter, Thomas Huxley (1825-1895).
Hybald - Quickened Hyġebeald hyġe beald
Hybert - Quickened Hyġebeorht hyġe beorht Kin with the Norman name ‘Hubert’.
Hylock - Quickened Hyġelāc hyġe lāc
Hyton Hytun Unfounded - hyġe tūn Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Anglo-Norman name ‘Houston’, which would read in OE as ‘Hyġetūn’.
Ingbrand - Quickened Ingbrand Ing brand
Ingbury - Quickened Ingburg Ing burg Kin with the Norse name ‘Ingeborg’.
Ingmer - Quickened Ingmǣr Ing mǣr
Ingrith - Quickened Ingriþ Ing friþ Kin with the Norse name ‘Ingrid’. While Ingrid was almost always a woman’s name, the seemingly Old English match, ‘Ingriþ’ was only found as a man’s name.
Ingwald - Quickened Ingweald Ing weald
Irwin - Lastname Eoferwine eofer wine Also spelled: Erwin. A shortening of the Middle English name ‘Everwin’ that lives on as a Lastname.
Isenhewer - Unfounded *Īsenheawa īsen heawan Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Eisenhauer’, which is a German lastname meaning ‘iron-hewer’, spread in the English-speaking world by the American leader.
Ivy Ify Living - ifiġ - Not known to be a given name in Old English times.
Kembert - Quickened Cēnbeorht cēne beorht
Kembury - Quickened Cēnburg cēne burg
Kemp - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname, from the Middle English nickname for a fighter, or ‘kemp’.
Ken - Living - cēne - A shortening of names starting with Ken.
Kenelm - Living Cēnhelm cēne helm
Kenfous Kenfuse Quickened Cēnfūs cēne fūs Borne by a 600s King of Wessex.
Kenfrith - Quickened Cēnfriþ cēne friþ
Kenlof - Quickened Cēnlāf cēne lāf
Kennar - Quickened Cēnhere cēne here
Kennard - Lastname Cēnheard cēne heard , weard
Kenred - Quickened Cēnrǣd cēne rǣd Died out in the Middle Ages, and was borrowed back from Germany in the 1800s as the name Conrad. Borne by a 700s King of Mercia and by a 700s King of Northumbria.
Kenswith - Quickened Cēnswīþ cēne swīþ
Kent - Living - - - Either a shortening of the name ‘Kenton’, or named straight for the historic English county of Kent, which came from a Brythonic word meaning ‘edge’.
Kenthrith - Quickened Cēnþrȳþ cēne þrȳþ
Kenton Kentun Lastname - cēne, cyne tūn From a lastname that comes from sundry forewords, such as keen, kingly, or the stream Kenn.
Kenwald - Quickened Cēnweald cēne weald
Kenwel - Quickened Cēnwealh cēne wealh Borne by a 600s King of Wessex.
Kenwin - Quickened Cēnwine ♂ , Cēnwynn ♀ cēne wine , wynn
Kenwolf - Quickened Cēnwulf cēne wulf Borne by a 700s King of Mercia.
Kenyisel - Quickened Cēnġīsl cēne ġīsel
Kim - Living - cyne - Short for ‘Kimberley’.
Kimbald - Quickened Cynebeald cyne beald
Kimber - Living Cyneburg cyne burg See also: Kimbury.
Kimberley - Living - cyne burg + lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cyneburgaslēah’, meaning: Kimber’s lea (field).
Kimbert - Quickened Cynebeorht cyne beorht
Kimbill - Quickened Cynebill cyne bill
Kimbury - Quickened Cyneburg cyne burg See also: Kimber.
Kinfrith - Quickened Cynefriþ cyne friþ
King - Living - cyne - Mostly found in the United States, sometimes straight after the word of high standing, and sometimes after Black rights backer, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968).
Kingsley - Lastname - cynning lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cynningaslēah’.
Kingston Kingstun Lastname - cynning tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cynningastūn’.
Kingswell - Lastname - cynning wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cynningaswille’.
Kinleaf - Quickened Cynelēof cyne lēof
Kinmund - Quickened Cynemūnd cyne mūnd
Kinnard - Quickened Cyneheard cyne heard
Kinnild - Quickened Cynehild cyne hild
Kinred - Quickened Cynerǣd cyne rǣd
Kinrich Kinric Quickened Cynerīċ cyne rīċe
Kinsey - Lastname Cynesiġe cyne siġe
Kinsley - Lastname - cyne lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cyneslēah’.
Kinstan - Quickened Cynestān cyne stān
Kinthane - Quickened Cyneþeġn cyne þeġn
Kinwald - Quickened Cyneweald cyne weald
Kinwin - Quickened Cynewine ♂ , Cynewynn ♀ cyne wine, wynn
Kinwolf - Quickened Cynewulf cyne wulf
Kinyils - Quickened Cyneġīls cyne ġīsel
Knight Knigt Lastname Cniht cniht - From either the lastname or straight from the everyday word.
Knightley Knigtley Lastname - cniht lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cnihtlēah’.
Kynaston Kinastun Lastname - cyne friþ + tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cynefriþastūn’, meaning: Kinfrith’s town.
Landon Landun Lastname - lang denu, dūn Also spelled: Langdon (Anglish Spelling: Langdun). Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Langdenu’, ‘Langdūn’. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Lane - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who lived by a Lane.
Langford - Lastname - lang ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Langford’.
Langley - Lastname - lang lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Langlēah’.
Langston Langstun Lastname - lang stān Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Langstān’.
Langworth - Lastname - lang worþ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Langworþ’.
Lark - Living Lāwerce - - Not a given name in OE. A latterday name, after the sweet-singing, early-rising bird.
Layton Laytun Lastname - lēac tūn Also spelled: Leighton (Anglish Spelling: Leytun). Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Lēactūn’, meaning: leek-town.
Leaf - Living Lēof ♀ , Lēofa ♂ lēof - A blend of the everyday English word ‘leaf’ of a wort, and the Old English name ‘lēof’ (beloved), which is kin with the Norse name ‘Lief’/’Leif’, from ‘Leifr’, and which likely backed up the bearing of the word ‘Leaf’ as a name, which was a making of 1960s hippy tilth.
Lechild Lecild Quickened Lēofċild lēof ċild
Ledbald - Quickened Lēodbeald lēod beald Kin with the German name ‘Leopald’.
Leddar - Quickened Lēodhere lēod here Kin with the German name ‘Luther’.
Ledfrith - Quickened Lēodfriþ lēod friþ
Ledwald - Quickened Lēodweald lēod weald
Ledwolf - Quickened Lēodwulf lēod wulf
Lee - Lastname - lēah - Also spelled: Lea. As a woman’s name, often spelled: Leigh. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Lēah’, meaning: lea (field). Borne by the American Confederate hartow Robert E. Lee (1807–1870).
Lefled - Quickened Lēofflǣd lēof flǣd
Lefrich Lefric Quickened Lēofrīċe lēof rīċe
Lefrith - Quickened Lēoffriþ lēof friþ
Legar - Quickened Lēofgār lēof gār
Leland - Lastname - lēah land Also spelled: Leyland. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Lēahland’.
Leman - Living Lēofmann lēof mann Lives on as a lastname (also spelled ‘Lemmon’ (Anglish Spelling: ‘Lemmun’)), and in the English word ‘leman’, meaning: someone beloved.
Lemer - Quickened Lēofmǣr lēof mǣr
Lenoth - Quickened Lēofnōþ lēof nōþ
Lequen Lecwen Quickened Lēofcwēn lēof cwēn
Leroun Lerune Quickened Lēofrūn lēof rūn
Lesey - Quickened Lēofsiġe lēof siġe
Leson Lesun Quickened Lēofsunu lēof sunu
Lestan - Quickened Lēofstān lēof stān
Leving Lefing Quickened Lēofing lēof ing
Leward - Quickened Lēofweard lēof weard
Lewer - Quickened Lēofwaru lēof waru
Lewin - Living Lēofwine lēof wine
Leyive Leyife Quickened Lēofġifu lēof ġifu
Lily - Living - lilie - Not known to be a given name in Old English times.
Linford - Lastname - līn, lind, hlyn ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Līnford’, ‘Lindford’, or ‘Hlynford’.
Linton Lintun Lastname - līn, lind tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Līntūn’ or ‘Lindtūn’.
Livingston Lifingstun Lastname - lēof wine + tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Lēofwinestūn’, meaning: Lewin’s town.
Lothar - Quickened Hlōþhere hlōþ here Kin with the living mainland name of alike shape.
Love Luf Living Lufu lufu - From the everyday word. Borne as a given name since OE times. A puritanical Christian name.
Luddar - Quickened Hlūdhere hlūd here
Ludlum - Lastname - hlūd lǣw + hām Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hlūdhlǣwhām’, meaning: Ludlow’s home.
Ludwy - Unfounded *Hlūdwīġe hlūd wīġe Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the names Alois, Clovis, Lewis, Louis, Louise and Ludwig.
Lyndon Lindun Lastname - lind dūn Also spelled: ‘Lindon’. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Linddūn’.
Mainar - Quickened Mæġenhere mæġen here
Mainard - Lastname Mæġenheard mæġen heard The last name is likely from the Anglo-Norman ‘Mainard’, though the OE shape, ‘Mæġenheard’, would likely yield alike outcome, even if it had died out.
Manfrith - Quickened Mannfriþ mann friþ Kin with the German name ‘Manfred’.
Manley - Lastname - mann lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mannlēah’, meaning: men’s lea; lea of the folk.
Marley - Lastname - mǣre, miriġe, mearþ lēah Not a given name in OE. From a blend of lastnames of sundry springs, ‘Mǣrelēah’, ‘Miriġelēah’, ‘Mearþlēah. Borne by Jamaican singer Bob Marley (1945–1981).
Marsh Marsc Lastname - merṡċ - Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Merṡċ’, meaning: marsh.
Marston Marstun Lastname - merṡċ tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Merṡċtūn’.
Marwood - Lastname - mere wudu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Merewudu’.
Mathellard - Quickened Mæþelheard mæþel heard
Melbourne - Lastname - mylen burne Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mylenburne’. Most often named for the head stead in the Australian rich of Victoria. See also: Milburn.
Merrard - Quickened Mǣrheard mǣr heard
Merry - Living - miriġe - As an Anglish name, from the everyday word.
Merryweather - Lastname - miriġe weþer From a lastname which first began as a nickname in Middle English, meaning merry, good, or fair weather.
Mershalk Merscalk Unfounded - mere [2] ṡċealc Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Norman name ‘Marshall’, a word of standing which first meant: ‘horse-carer’.
Merton Mertun Lastname - mere tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Meretūn’.
Merwel - Quickened Merewealh mere wealh
Merwhite Merhwite Quickened Merehwīt mere hwīt
Merwin - Quickened Merewynn mere wynn
Merwy - Unfounded *Mǣrwīġe mǣr wīġe Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Merovech’, king of the Salian Franks in the 400s and starter of the Merovingian House.
Middleton Middeltun Lastname - middel tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Middeltūn’.
Milburn - Lastname - mylen burne See : Melbourne.
Mildred - Living Mildþrȳþ mild þrȳþ Could also be spelled: Mildrith
Milford - Lastname - mylen ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mylenford’.
Millard - Lastname - mylen weard Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mylenweard’.
Miller - Lastname - mylen - Not a given name in OE. From the working name for someone who runs a mill.
Milton Miltun Lastname - mylen tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mylentūn’.
Misty - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A latterday name, from the word ‘misty’, from OE ‘mistiġ’.
Mittild - Unfounded *Mihthild miht hild Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Norman name ‘Matilda’.
Modwulf - Quickened Mōdwulf mōd wulf
Monday - Living Monandæġ mōna dæġ A given name since at least Old English times. From the everyday word for the day of the week, named for the god and heavenly body, ‘Moon’ (Interpretatio Roman from ‘Luna’). Given to children born on the day.
Morcar - Quickened Mōrcār mōr cār
Morland - Lastname - mōr land Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mōrland’.
Morley - Lastname - mōr lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mōrlēah’.
Morton Mortun Lastname - mōr tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mōrtūn’.
Mycroft - Lastname - mǣd croft Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Mǣdcroft’. From a shape of the lastname ‘Medcroft’, where the -d was lost. Borne by the player Mycroft in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Nash Nasc Lastname - æt æṡċ Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who lived ‘at the ash-tree’. The ‘n’ from the saying ‘atten ash’, in way like the words ‘newt’ (an ewt) and ‘nickname’ (an ekename) came about.
Ned - Living - ēad - Made from misreading of the last as the start of the next word in sayings like, ‘mine ed’, where ‘Ed’ is short for names like ‘Edward’. (Like the words: ‘nickname’, from ‘an ekename’; and ‘newt’, from ‘an ewt’.)
Newcombe - Lastname - nēowe cume Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Nēowecume’.
Newland - Lastname - nēowe land Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Nēoweland’.
Newman - Lastname - nēowe mann Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Nēowemann’.
Newport - Lastname - nēowe port Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Nēoweport’.
Newton Newtun Lastname - nēowe tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Nēowetūn’. Borne by English mathematician and physicist, Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727).
Nithad - Quickened Nīþhād nīþ hād A cruel king in Germanic folklore.
Nithard - Quickened Nīþheard nīþ heard
Nithmund - Quickened Nīþmūnd nīþ mūnd
Norbert - Living Norþbeorht norþ beorht A blend of the inborn Old English name, and the Norman Frankish name. Borne by a Holyman of Xanten, Germany in the 1000s.
Norman - Living Norþmann norþ mann A name borne in Old English and backed up by the Normans of Normandy following the overthrow of 1066. The name itself, straightforwardly: north-man, wises to someone being of the north, often meaning ‘viking’, or of the Nordic or Scandinavian lands.
Northrop - Lastname - norþ þorp Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Norþþorp’, with a metathesis of ‘thorp’ to ‘throp’.
Norton Nortun Lastname - norþ tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Norþtun’. Borne by Joshua Abraham Norton (1818-1880), self-said to be ‘Emperor of the United States’.
Norwood - Lastname - norþ wudu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Norwudu’.
Nothar - Quickened Nōþhere nōþ here
Nothard - Quickened Nōþheard nōþ heard
Nothbald - Quickened Nōþbeald nōþ beald
Nothbert - Quickened Nōþbeorht nōþ beorht
Nothelm - Quickened Nōþhelm nōþ helm Borne by a 600s King of Sussex.
Nothith - Quickened Nōþgȳþ nōþ gȳþ
Nothmund - Quickened Nōþmūnd nōþ mūnd
Nothwolf - Quickened Nōþwulf nōþ wulf
Oak - Living Āca āc - From the everyday word for the tree. Found as a given name since at least Old English times. Kin with the German name ‘Eich’, and Norse wifely name ‘Eik’. (The name ‘Ike’, is only tied by likeness, coming either from ‘Isaac’, or else, the American leader, Dwight ‘Ike’ Eisenhauer, whose nickname comes from a shortening of his German last name, ‘Eisenhauer’.)
Oakley - Lastname - āc lēah Also spelled: Ackley. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Āclēah’.
Odell - Lastname - wād hyll Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wādhyll’.
Ogden - Lastname - āc denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ācdenu’.
Onel - Quickened Onela - - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onela
Onyenthew - Quickened Anġenþēow anġen þēow
Ordbert - Quickened Ordbeorht ord beorht
Ordfrith - Quickened Ordfriþ ord friþ
Ordgar - Quickened Ordgār ord gār
Ordhelm - Quickened Ordhelm ord helm
Ordhey - Quickened Ordhēah ord hēah
Ordlof - Quickened Ordlāf ord lāf
Ordmer - Quickened Ordmǣr ord mǣr
Ordnoth - Quickened Ordnōþ ord nōþ
Ordrich Ordric Quickened Ordrīċ ord rīċe
Ordwald - Quickened Ordweald ord weald
Ordwolf - Quickened Ordwulf ord wulf
Osbald - Quickened Ōsbeald ōs beald Borne by a 700s King of Northumbria.
Osbert - Living Ōsbeorht ōs beorht
Osborn - Living Ōsbeorn ōs beorn
Osbury - Quickened Ōsburg ōs burg
Osfrith - Quickened Ōsfriþ ōs friþ Kin with the Old Norse name ‘Astrid’.
Osgar - Quickened Ōsgār ōs gār While the living name Oscar may come from the Old English name ‘Ōsgār’, it's more likely that it instead comes from the Irish name ‘Oscair’, making it untied to the Old English name, which looks to have died out.
Osgood - Lastname Ōsgōd ōs gōd
Oslock - Quickened Ōslāc ōs lāc Borne by a 700s King of Sussex.
Oslof - Quickened Ōslāf ōs lāf
Osmer - Lastname Ōsmǣr ōs mǣr
Osmood - Quickened Ōsmōd ōs mōd
Osmund - Living Ōsmūnd ōs mūnd Also found by the Norman-spelling of ‘Osmond’. Borne by a holyman who was put to the See of Salisbury by William of Normandy, following the overthrow of England in 1066. Like many Old English names, it mostly died out and was brought back to life in the 1800s.
Osred - Living Ōsrǣd ōs rǣd Borne by two 700s kings of Northumbria. Died out following the Norman overthrow. Brought back in the 1900s.
Osrich Osric Quickened Ōsrīċ ōs rīċe Borne by a 600s King of Deira, by a 700s King of Northumbria and by a 700s King of Sussex.
Osselm - Quickened Ōshelm ōs helm Kin with the Norse name Ansel, or Anselm, which was borne by the photographer Ansel Easton Adams (1902-1984).
Osser - Quickened Ōshere ōs here
Osthrith - Quickened Ōsþrȳþ ōs þrȳþ
Oswald - Living Ōswald ōs weald Borne by the 600s King of Northumbria who fought against Penda Pybbing (the last great heathen king of mainland England) who was throed in death. Also borne by a 900s bishop who was beloved for his works at edhewing the church. The name died out in the aftermath of Norman lordship, and was brought back to life in the 1800s.
Osward - Quickened Ōsweard ōs weard
Oswin - Living Ōswine ōs wine Borne by a 600s King of Northumbria (kin to Oswald of Northumbria) who was also hallowed as a throer. The name died out about the 1400s and was brought back in the 1800s.
Oswolf - Quickened Ōswulf ōs wulf
Oswood - Quickened Ōswudu ōs wudu
Oswy - Living Ōswīġ ōs wīġ
Ottar - Quickened Ōhtere ōht here
Outferth Ugtferth Quickened Ūhtferhþ ūht ferhþ
Outred Ugtred Lastname Ūhtrǣd ūt rǣd Also spelled: Oughtred.
Oz Os Living Ōsa ōs - A shortening of names such as ‘Oswald’ or ‘Oswin’.
Ozzy Osy Living Ōsa ōs - Also spelled: Ozzie. A shortening of names such as ‘Oswald’ or ‘Oswin’.
Paxton Paxtun Lastname - *Pælloc or *Pæcc tūn Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone from Paston, Northumberland likely named for someone named *Pælloc, as *Pælllocestūn; or from Paxton, Cambridgeshire, likely named for someone named *Pæcc, as Pæccestūn, or from OE Pearroctūn (paddock-town).
Payton Paytun Lastname - Pǣġa tūn Also spelled: Peyton (Anglish Spelling: Peytun). Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone from Peyton, Sussex. The town was likely named for someone named Pǣġa, as *Pǣġestūn. Spread by the book and show, ‘Payton Place’.
Pelham - Lastname - *Pælloc hām Not a given name in OE. Maybe from OE ‘Pællloceshām’.
Pendleton Pendeltun Lastname - pinn dæl + tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Pinndæltūn’.
Penley - Lastname - pinn lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Pinnlēah’.
Penn - Lastname - pinn - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname from Old English ‘Pinn’, which can mean either a headland, or livestock pen. Borne by William Penn (1644–1718), starter of Pennsylvania.
Pillard - Quickened Pīlheard pīl heard
Piper - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who plays the pipe.
Pitt - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who lived by a pit in the ground.
Playard - Quickened Pleġheard plēg heard
Playbert - Quickened Pleġbeorht plēg beorht
Playmund - Quickened Pleġmūnd plēg mūnd
Playred - Quickened Pleġrǣd plēg rǣd
Playwin - Quickened Pleġwine plēg wine
Poppy - Living *Popiġ - - Not known as a given name in Old English times. From the name of the blossom.
Portland - Lastname - port land Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Portland’. Often named after any of the widely-known steads, such as Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine; or Portland, England.
Potter - Lastname - - - Not known as a given name in Old English times. From a lastname of someone who made pots for a living. Borne by Arnold Potter (1804-1872), self-said to be ‘Son of the living God’.
Prescott Preskot Lastname - prēost cote Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Prēostcot’.
Presley - Lastname - prēost lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Prēostlēah’, meaning: priest lea (field). Often named after the rock and roll singer, Elvis Presley (1935-1977).
Preston Prestun Lastname - prēost tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Prēosttūn’.
Queen Cween Living Cwēn cwēn - In Old English times, queen was a word that meant any woman, only only the king's wife.
Queenie Cweeny Living Cwēn cwēn - Spread in the time of, and named after, Queen Victoria.
Quenbury Cwenbury Quickened Cwēnburg cwēn burg
Quenith Cwenith Quickened Cwēngȳþ cwēn gȳþ
Quenthrith Cwenthrith Quickened Cwēnþrȳþ cwēn þrȳþ
Quickhelm Cwickhelm Quickened Cwichelm cwic helm
Quickwin Cwickwin Quickened Cwicwine cwic wine
Quinton Cwentun Lastname - cwēn tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Cwēntūn’. Shaped by, but not wordlorely tied to the French name ‘Quentin’, which instead comes from Latin ‘Quintinus’, meaning 'fifth born child'.
Radburn - Lastname - rēad burne Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Rēadburne’.
Radcliff - Lastname - rēad cliff Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Rēadcliff’.
Radford - Lastname - rēad ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Rēadford’.
Radley - Lastname - rēad lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Rēadlēah’.
Rainar - Living Reġenhere reġen here Blended with the Norman name ‘Reiner’ / ‘Reyner’, and kin with the Norse name ‘Ragnar’.
Rainard - Quickened Reġenheard reġen heard Kin with the Norman name ‘Raynard’ and German ‘Reinhard’.
Rainbow - Living - reġn boga Not known as a given name in Old English times. A name that sprung out of the hippy tilth of the 1960s.
Raingar - Quickened Reġengār reġen gār
Rainhold - Quickened Reġenhold reġen hold
Rainmund - Quickened Reġenmūnd reġen mūnd Kin with the Norman name ‘Raymond’.
Rainwald - Quickened Reġenweald reġen weald Kin with the Norman name ‘Reginald’, and Norse ‘Ronald’.
Rainward - Quickened Reġenweard reġen weard
Raleigh Raley Lastname - lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Rālēah’. Often named after the writer and wanderer Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618).
Ramsden - Lastname - ramm denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Rammsdenu’.
Ramsey - Lastname - hramsan īeġ Also spelled: Ramsay. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hramsīeġ’. Borne by head cook and TV star Gordon Ramsay (1966).
Randwolf - Quickened Randwulf rand wulf Kin with the names ‘Randall’ and ‘Randolph’, first brought to England by Norse settlers and later backed up by Normans.
Raven Rafen Living *Hræfn hræfn - A name that is made from the OE word for raven, but may not have been a given name in Old English times.
Read - Lastname *Rēad - - Spelled as ‘Reid’ in Scotland. A name that is made from the OE word for red, but may not have been a given name in Old English times. Likely as a nickname for someone with red hair.
Reddar - Quickened Rǣdhere rǣd here
Redfrith - Quickened Rǣdfriþ rǣd friþ
Rednoth - Quickened Rǣdnōþ rǣd nōþ
Redrich Redric Quickened Rǣdrīċ rǣd rīċe
Redwald - Quickened Rǣdweald rǣd weald
Redwin - Quickened Rǣdwine rǣd wine
Redwolf - Quickened Rǣdwulf rǣd wulf Kin with the Norse name ‘Ralph’, and the Norman ‘Raoul’.
Rich Ric Living Rīċ rīċe - Either a shortening of names like ‘Richard’, or as a standalone name, from the English word meaning ‘wealthy’. Kin with the name ‘Rick’.
Richard Ricard Living Rīċheard rīċe heard A name spread widely by the Normans, but which would have blended with its seldom-borne, Old English match.
Richbert Ricbert Quickened Rīċbeorht rīċe beorht
Richie Ricy Living Rīċa rīċe - A shortening of names like ‘Richard’. Kin with the name ‘rick’.
Richmond Ricmund Living Rīċmūnd rīċe mūnd A seldom-borne name in Old English. Spread in English by the Normans.
Richsey Ricsey Quickened Rīċsiġe rīċe siġe Borne by an 800s King of Northumbria.
Ridgebur Ricgbor Unfounded - hryċġ būr Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Rigby’, which comes from Old Norse. In OE it would be: *Hryċġbūr.
Ridgeley Ricgley Lastname - hryċġ lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hryċġlēah’.
Ridgeway Ricgway Lastname - hryċġ weġ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hryċġweġ’.
Ridley - Lastname - hrēod lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hrēodlēah’.
Riley - Lastname - ryġe lēah Also spelled: Ryley. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ryġelēah’. Not tied to the Irish name ‘Reilley’, which comes instead from from Gaelic ‘Raghallach’.
Rodney - Lastname - hrōþ īeġ Not a given name in OE. Borne by British admiral Lord Rodney (1719-1792). Its etymology is not sound. Said by Coats and others in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland to likely be from Old English ‘Hrōþasīeġ’.
Roman - Living Rōmān - - Someone from Rome.
Rose - Living - rōse - A name borne through Middle English but not known to be a given name in Old English times. It may have started in English as a shape of the nickname ‘horse’, from Old Norse ‘hross’.
Rosefield Rosefeeld Unfounded *Rōsefeld rōse feld Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Roosevelt’, which is a Netherlandish lastname spread in the English-speaking world by the American leaders.
Rothbert - Quickened Hrōþbeorht hrōþ beorht Kin with the Norman name ‘Robert’, and German name ‘Rupert’.
Rothgar - Quickened Hrōþgār hrōþ gār Kin with the Norman name ‘Roger’. See also: Hrothgar.
Rothland - Unfounded *Hrōþland hrōþ land Kin with the Norman name ‘Roland’, and the Italian name ‘Orlando’.
Rothmund - Quickened Hrōþmūnd hrōþ mūnd
Rothrich Rothric Quickened Hrōþrīċ hrōþ rīċ Kin with the Norman name ‘Roderick’.
Rothschild Rothscild Unfounded *Hrōþesċild hrōþ ċild Not found in OE. Crafty wordplay by likeness to the name ‘Rothschild’, with which it’s not kin, and is rather a German lastname meaning ‘red-shield’.
Rothwer - Quickened Hrōþwaru hrōþ waru
Rothwin - Quickened Hrōþwine , Hrōþwynn hrōþ wynn As a woman’s name, it may be tied to the Latinised name Rowena, as written by Sir Walter Scott in the book Ivanhoe (1819).
Rothwolf - Quickened Hrōþwulf hrōþ wulf Kin with the Norman names ‘Rolph’ (or ‘Rolf’), ‘Ralph’, ‘Rafe’; ‘Roul’, Latinised as ‘Rollo’; and the German name ‘Rudolph’ (or ‘Rudolf’).
Rowley - Lastname - rūh lēah Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Rūhlēah’, meaning: rough lea (field).
Rudyard - Lastname - rud ġeard Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Rudġeard’, meaning: ruddy yard.
Rusty - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A latterday name, from the word ‘rusty’, from OE ‘rūstiġ’, for someone with red hair. For likeness of meaning, see the name ‘Read’.
Rutherford - Lastname - hrȳþer ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hrȳþerford’. Borne by Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th leader of the United States.
Rycroft - Lastname - ryġe croft Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ryġecroft’.
Ryland - Lastname - ryġe land Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ryġeland’.
Samwise - Living *Sāmwīs sām wīs Not found as a name in OE, only as the adjective, ‘sām-wise’, meaning half-wise, or dull. J. R. R. Tolkien quickened the name for Samwise Gamgee, the dull grover, in ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
Sandford - Lastname - sand ford Also spelled: Sanford. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sandford’.
Sandy - Living - sand - Not known as a given name in Old English times. As an Anglish name, it’s for someone with sandy-hued hair. Found in English as a shortening of Alexander/Alexandria.
Saturday - Living - - dæġ Not found as a name in OE. From the everyday word for the day of the week, named for the god and heavenly body, Saturn, borrowed into early Old English from Latin.
Saxbold - Quickened Seaxbeald seax beald
Saxbury - Quickened Seaxburg seax burg
Saxhelm - Quickened Seaxhelm seax helm
Saxred - Quickened Seaxrǣd seax rǣd Borne by a 600s King of Essex.
Saxwolf - Quickened Seaxwulf seax wulf
Scott Skot Living Scot - - Mostly borne nowadays from the lastname, which came from the nickname or given name for someone from Scotland.
Seabert - Lastname Sǣbeorht beorht
Seaborne - Living - - Not a given name in OE. A puritanical Christian name, from the everyday English word.
Seabrook - Lastname - brōc Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sǣbrōc’.
Seabury - Lastname Sǣburg burg The -bury ending would make this a woman's name in Old English times, but it is now more likely found to be found as a man's name, coming from the living Lastname.
Seafled - Quickened Sǣflǣd flǣd
Seafrith - Quickened Sǣfriþ friþ
Seaman - Lastname Sǣmann mann
Seathrith - Quickened Sǣþrȳþ þrȳþ
Seaton Seatun Lastname - tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sǣtūn’, meaning: sea town.
Selbur - Unfounded *Sealhbūr sealh būr Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with ‘Selby’ and ‘Shelby’, which come from Old Norse.
Selbury - Quickened Seleburg sele burg
Seldon Seldun Lastname - sealh denu, dūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Sealhdenu’, ‘Sealhdūn’. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Sellard - Quickened Seleheard sele heard
Selred - Quickened Selerǣd sele rǣd Borne by a 700s King of Essex.
Selthrith - Quickened Seleþrȳþ sele þrȳþ
Selwy - Quickened Selewīġe sele wīġe The lastname ‘Selway’ is said by Coats and Others in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland to be from the likewise OE name, though they write it as unfounded spelling ‘Sælwīġ’.
Selwyn - Lastname Selewine, Seolhwine sele , seolh wine Also spelled: Selwin. The lastname ‘Selwyn’ may sometimes come from OE 'Seolhwine' (seal-friend), or from ‘Selewine’ (house-friend). As an English lastname, it sometimes comes from the Norman given name Selvein, from Latin Silvanus (woodsman, wildman).
Seward - Lastname Siġeweard siġe weard Sometimes shortened to ‘Sword’ as a Lastname. Kin with the Norse name ‘Sigurd’.
Sewell - Lastname Siġeweald siġe weald
Sewin - Quickened Siġewine siġe wine
Sewolf - Quickened Siġewulf siġe wulf
Seyar - Quickened Siġehere siġe here See also: Siggar.
Seyard - Quickened Siġeheard siġe heard
Shaftar Scaftar Quickened Ṡċeafthere ṡċeaft here
Shaftwin Scaftwin Quickened Ṡċeaftwine ṡċeaft wine
Sheldon Sceldun Lastname - ṡċylf denu, dūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Ṡċylfdenu’, ‘Ṡċylfdūn’. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill). Borne by a player in the 2000s American TV show ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and its spinoff show ‘Young Sheldon’.
Shell Scell Lastname - ṡċylf - A shortening of names such as: Shelley, Sheldon.
Shelley Scelley Lastname - ṡċylf lēah Also spelled: Shelly. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ṡċylflēah’. Not wordlorely tied with the Irish name ‘Shelley’, which is from Irish Gaelic ‘Sealbhaigh’.
Shelton Sceltun Lastname - ṡċylf denu, dūn, tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Ṡċylfltūn’, ‘Ṡċylflden’, or ‘Ṡċylfldūn’.
Shepherd Scepherd Lastname - ṡċēap hierde Not a given name in OE. From the OE working name, ‘Ṡċēaphierda’, meaning: a sheep-herder, shepherd.
Shepley Scepley Lastname - ṡċēap lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ṡċēaplēah’.
Sherbald Scerbald Quickened Ṡċīrbeald ṡċīr beald
Sherburn Scerburn Lastname - ṡċīr burne Also spelled: Sherborn[e] (Anglish Spelling: Scerborn). Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ṡċīrburne’.
Sherlock Scerlock Lastname - ṡċīr locc Spread by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. From OE ‘Ṡċīrlocc’, meaning: sheer locks (hair); a nickname for someone with sheer, fair hair.
Sherman Scerman Lastname - ṡċeran mann Not a given name in OE. From the OE working name ‘Ṡċermann’, meaning: someone who would shear (cut) thread, like woven wool.
Sherrard Scerrard Lastname Ṡċīrheard ṡċīr heard
Sheriff Sceriff Lastname Ṡċīrheard ṡċīr rēfa Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as an work-name for a sheriff (a shire-reeve).
Sherwald Scerwald Quickened Ṡċīrweald ṡċīr weald
Sherwood Scerwood Lastname - ṡċīr wudu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ṡċīrwudu’. Spread by the Sherwood found in the English tale of Robin Hood.
Shirley Scirley Lastname - ṡċīr lēah Also spelled: Sherley (Anglish Spelling: Scerley). Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ṡċīrlēah’.
Sibbald - Quickened Siġebeald siġe beald
Sibbert - Quickened Siġebeorht siġe beorht Borne by a 600s King of East Anglia, two 600s kings of Essex and by an 700s King of Wessex.
Sibbery - Lastname Siġeburg siġe burg The -bury ending would make this a woman's name in Old English times, but it is now more likely found to be found as a man's name, coming from the living Lastname.
Sidman - Quickened Sīdemann sīde mann
Sidney - Lastname - sīde īeg Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sīdenīeġ’. Often spelled ‘Sidney’ for boys and ‘Sydney’ for girls. Often shortened to ‘Sid’. The head stead in the Australian rich of New South Wales. Otherwise, not as an Anglish name, sometimes comes from the name for the French town of Saint Denis, or from the Biblical ‘Sidon’, or a sundry of ‘Sindy’, from ‘Cindy’.
Sifled - Quickened Siġeflǣd siġe flǣd Also found as the lastname ‘Sifleet’.
Sifrith - Quickened Siġefriþ siġe friþ Kin with the German name ‘Siegfried’.
Sigger - Lastname Siġegār, Siġehere siġe gār, here A blend of the Old English names ‘Siġegār’ and ‘Siġehere’, and could sometimes come from the standalone Old Norse name ‘Sigar’, kin with Old English ‘siġe’. See also: Seyar.
Sillock - Quickened Siġelāc siġe lāc Also spelled: Sillick. Not known as a living given name. Shaped after the living lastname which comes from the likewise Old English given name.
Silver Silfer Living - - - Not known as a given name in Old English times. Often named for fair-haired children. For likeness of meaning, see also: Sherlock.
Simmer - Quickened Siġemǣr siġe mǣr
Simmund - Quickened Siġemūnd siġe mūnd Kin with the German name ‘Siegmund’.
Sinnoth - Quickened Siġenōþ siġe nōþ Also found as the living Lastname ‘Sinnott’.
Sirred - Quickened Siġerǣd siġe rǣd
Sirrich Sirric Quickened Siġerīċe siġe rīċe
Smedley - Lastname - smēþe lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Smēþelēah’.
Snowden - Lastname - snāw denu, dūn Also spelled: Snowdon (Anglish Spelling: Snowdun). Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Snāwdēnu’ and ‘Snāwdūn’. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill). Borne by American political dissident Edward Snowden.
Somerset - Lastname - sumor tūn + sǣte Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sumertūnsǣte’, meaning: Somerset County, England, which was named for those seated or settled about Somerton (Summer-town).
Somerton Somertun Lastname - sumor tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sumertūn’, meaning: Somerton, in Somerset County, England. Said in Robin Bush's 1994 book, Somerset: The Complete Guide, the town of Somerton was likely named after what was once a Summer grazing land for livestock, which would flood in the colder months of the year.
Southwell Suthwell Lastname - sūþ wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sūþwille’, meaning: someone who lived near a well at the southern end of a town; or south of a town's main well.
Stafford - Lastname - stæf, stede ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-names ‘Stæfford’ and ‘Stedeford’. The first deal of the name could be from either ‘stæf’, meaning a staff (pole) that marked where to ford a stream; or it could be from ‘stede’, a meaning a stead (town) where folks would ford a stream.
Stan - Lastname Stān stān - A shortening of bind-names such as ‘Stanley’ and ‘Stanton’. See also: Stone.
Standish Standisc Lastname - stān ediṡċ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Stānediṡċ’, meaning: stony eddish (a meadow, grass for feeding livestock). Borne by the Pilgrim fighter and leader Myles Standish (1580s—1656).
Stanford - Lastname - stān ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Stānford’.
Stanley - Lastname - stān lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Stānlēah’.
Stannand - Quickened Stānhand stān hand
Stanton Stantun Lastname - stān tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Stāntūn’.
Star - Living Steorra - - As an Anglish name, from the everyday word. Otherwise, as a shortening of ‘Stella’.
Steadman - Lastname Stedemann stede mann
Steel - Living - - - From the everyday word for the hardened metal. Sometimes from the English lastname, from the likewise word. From OE ‘stēle’.
Stewart - Lastname - stī weard Not a given name in OE. From the OE working-name ‘Stiġweard’, meaning: sty (house) ward. The ‘Stewart’ spelling is more widespread as a lastname. Often shorted to ‘Stu’ as a given name. The spelling ‘Stuart’ is French, first made widespread in the 1500s, by Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, who was reared in France. Borne by the House of Stewart/Stuart, which lead Scotland from 1371 to 1567, and then the United Kingdom from 1567 to 1714.
Stockley - Lastname - stocc lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Stocclēah’.
Stockton Stocktun Lastname - stocc tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Stocctūn’.
Stockwell - Lastname - stocc wille Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Stoccwille’.
Stone - Living Stān stān - Most often from the stow-name, ‘Stone’, named for someone who lived on stony land. Sometimes named straight for the word ‘stone’, as a token of strength and steadfastness. See also: Stan.
Storm - Living - storm - Seems to first become a given name in the 1900s. Not known to be a given name in Old English times.
Stratford - Lastname - strǣt ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Strǣtford’.
Strickland - Lastname - stirc land Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Stircland’. From a lastname that has a metathesis of ‘stirk-’ (a bullock) to ‘strick-’.
Suffield Suffeeld Lastname - sūþ feld Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sūþfeld’.
Suffolk - Lastname - sūþ folc Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sūþfolc’.
Summer - Living Sumar sumer - From the everyday word for the time of year.
Summerlider - Quickened Sumerlida sumer lid
Sunday - Living Sunnandæġ sunne dæġ Not found as a name in OE. From the everyday word for the day of the week, named for the god and heavenly body, ‘Sun’ (Interpretatio Roman from ‘Sol’). Given to children born on the day.
Sunny - Living Sunna ♂ , Sunno ♀ sunne - While the Old English word ‘Sunne’ (Sun) was wifely, it was sometimes made werely as a given name ‘Sunna’, and in today’s English, as ‘Sunny’, is almost only given to women.
Sutcliff - Lastname - sūþ cliff Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sūþcliff’.
Sutton Suttun Lastname - sūþ tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Sūþtūn’.
Swafbert - Quickened Swǣfbeorht swefn beorht
Swanton Swantun Lastname swan tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Swantūn’.
Swavard Swafard Quickened Swǣfheard swefn heard
Swavild Swafild Quickened Swǣfġild swefn ġild
Swavred Swafred Quickened Swǣfrǣd swefn rǣd
Swinburne - Lastname - swīne burne Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Swīnburne’.
Swinford - Lastname - swīne ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Swīnford’.
Swinton Swintun Lastname - swīne tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Swīntūn’.
Swithbald - Quickened Swīþbeald swīþ beald
Swithbert - Quickened Swīþbeorht swīþ beorht
Swithelm - Quickened Swīþhelm swīþ helm
Swithfrith - Quickened Swīþfriþ swīþ friþ
Swithnoth - Quickened Swīþnōþ swīþ nōþ
Switholf - Quickened Swīþwulf swīþ wulf
Swithoun Swithune Quickened Swīþrǣd swīþ rǣd
Swithwin - Quickened Swīþwine swīþ wine
Swoon - Quickened Swān - - Kin with the names ‘Sven’ (New Norse), ‘Sveinn’ (Old Norse), and the latterday word ‘swain’, meaning, ‘young man’, which comes from Old Norse. The Old English match was ‘swān’.
Tanner - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From the lastname for someone who tans leather, from the OE word ‘tān’, as found in the saying, ‘getannede hyd’ (tanned hide).
Tate - Lastname Tāta - - As an Anglish name, from the Lastname ‘Tate’, thought to be from the Old English name, ‘Tāta’, of unknown spring. Sometimes mingled with the lastname ‘Tait’, which instead comes from the Old Norse word, ‘teitr’, and was borrowed into English, meaning ‘glad’, ‘merry’.
Teal - Living *Tǣle - - From the everyday word for the hue and the duck. A word thought to come from Old English, but which has not yet been found. Not known to be a name in Old English.
Ted - Living - ēad - A shortening of names that start with ‘Ed’, such as ‘Edward’ and ‘Edgar’. Not an Anglish name when a shortening of ‘Theodore’.
Teddy - Living - ēad - A shortening of names that start with ‘Ed’, such as ‘Edward’ and ‘Edwina’. Not an Anglish name when a shortening of ‘Theodore’.
Thankful - Living - þanc - Not a given name in OE. A puritanical Christian name, from the everyday English word.
Thedbert - Quickened Þēodbeorht þeod beorht
Theddild - Quickened Þēodhild þeod hild
Thedred - Quickened Þēodrǣd þeod rǣd
Thedrich Thedric Quickened Þēodrīċ þeod rīċe Kin with Old Low German Dederick, which yields Derek, Derreck, Derrick, Dirk, and Terry.
Thedwolf - Quickened Þēodwulf þeod wulf
Thingfrith - Quickened Þingfriþ þingfriþ friþ
Thorburn - Lastname Þurbeorn þur beorn Also spelled: Thurburn. The ‘Thor-’/‘Thur-’ shape of Thor/Thunder is a late borrowing into Old English straight from Norse.
Thorn - Living Þorn þorn - Either from the everyday English word, or from the lastnames such Thorn (from the alike word) or as a shortening of the lastname Thornton.
Thornton Thorntun Lastname - þorn tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Þorntūn’, meaning: thorn town.
Thrithgar - Quickened Þrȳþgār þrȳþ gār
Thrithred - Quickened Þrȳþrǣd þrȳþ rǣd
Thrithwolf - Quickened Þrȳþwulf þrȳþ wulf
Thurbrand - Quickened Þurbrand þur brand
Thurfrith - Quickened Þurfriþ þur friþ
Thurlock - Quickened Þurlāc þur lāc
Thurlow - Lastname - þur hlǣw Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Þurhlǣw’, meaning: Thunder’s low (hill).
Thursday - Living - þur dæġ Not found as a name in OE. From the everyday word for the day of the week, named for the god and heavenly body, ‘Thunder’ (‘Thor’ in Old Norse; Interpretatio Roman from ‘Zeus’). Given to children born on the day.
Thurstan - Lastname - þur stān Also spelled: Thurston. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Þurstān’. The Old English name also yielded lastnames such as ‘Duston’ and ‘Dustin’.
Thurwald - Quickened Þurweald þur weald
Tidbald - Quickened Tīdbeald tīd beald
Tidbert - Quickened Tīdbeorht tīd beorht
Tidbury - Quickened Tīdburg tīd burg
Tiddelm - Quickened Tīdhelm tīd helm
Tiddey - Quickened Tīdhēah tīd hēah
Tiddoun Tiddune Quickened Tīdhūn tīd hūn
Tidfrith - Quickened Tīdfriþ tīd friþ
Tidwald - Quickened Tīdweald tīd weald
Tidwolf - Quickened Tīdwulf tīd wulf
Tilbert - Quickened Tilbeorht til beorht
Tilden - Lastname - til denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Tildenu’.
Tilford - Lastname - til ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Tilford’.
Tillar - Quickened Tilhere til here
Tillman - Lastname Tilmann til mann
Tilred - Quickened Tilrǣd til rǣd
Tilthane - Quickened Tilþeġn til þeġn
Tilton Tiltun Lastname - til tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Tiltūn’.
Tilwin - Quickened Tilwine til wine
Tirwald - Quickened Tīrweald Tīr weald The ‘Tir-’ shape of Tue/Tye is a late borrowing into Old English straight from Norse.
Tirwolf - Quickened Tīrwolf Tīr wulf
Tone - Lastname Tūna tūn - From a lastname from the word that yields us ‘town’, which, as a name, meant ‘townsman’. Found as a standalone name in Old English as well.
Tortar - Quickened Torhthere torht here
Tortbert - Quickened Torhtbeorht torht beorht
Tortelm - Quickened Torhthelm torht helm
Tortith - Quickened Torhtgȳþ torht gȳþ
Tortmund - Quickened Torhtmūnd torht mūnd
Tortred - Quickened Torhtrǣd torht rǣd
Tortwald - Quickened Torhtweald torht weald
Tortwin - Quickened Torhtwine torht wine
Townsend Tunsend Lastname - tūn ende Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Tūnesende’, meaning: town’s end.
True  Trew Living - trīewe - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for someone who is true or trustworthy. Not a widely borne name outside of the Puritans in the 1800s. Borne by the main player of the 1900s strip, ‘The Outbursts of Everett True’.
Truman Trewman Lastname - trīewe mann Not a given name in OE. From the lastname that comes from OE ‘Trīewemann’. Borne by the American leader Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) and the American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984).
Trumbert - Quickened Trumbeorht trum beorht
Trummar - Quickened Trumhere trum here
Trumwin - Quickened Trumwine trum wine
Tucker - Lastname Tucca - - From a lastname for a clothmaker (like the names Walker and Fuller). Also found in Old English, maybe from the likewise word, which meant to beat or weary someone or something (in the way that one beats cloth).
Tuesday Tewsday Living Tīwesdæġ Tīw dæġ Not found as a name in OE. From the everyday word for the day of the week, named for the god and heavenly body, ‘Tue’ or ‘Tew’ (‘Tyr’ in Old Norse; Interpretatio Roman from ‘Mars’). Given to children born on the day.
Tumbert - Quickened Tūnbeorht tūn beorht
Tunred - Quickened Tūnrǣd tūn rǣd
Tunrich Tunric Quickened Tūnrīċ tūn rīċe
Tunwald - Quickened Tūnweald tūn weald
Tunwolf - Quickened Tūnwulf tūn wulf
Twyford - Lastname - twīġe ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Twīġeford’.
Tye - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. Either as a shortening of the name Tyler, or from the lastname ‘Tye’, for someone who lived by a meadow, or a yard, from OE ‘tēah’.
Tyler - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From the lastname, for someone who makes tiles. Borne by the tenth American leader, John Tyler (1790–1862).
Upton Uptun Lastname - upp tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Upptūn’. Borne by the American writer and politician Upton Sinclair (1878-1968).
Wade - Lastname Wada wad - Also found as as a given name in Old English times. Today it comes from the lastname, which meant ‘to go’, or ‘wade’, as one would wade through low-waters, when at a ford. Wade, or, Wada, was the Old English god of the seas and waters.
Wadsworth - Lastname - wad worþ Also spelled: Wordsworth. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wadasworþ’.
Waldar - Quickened Wealdhere weald here Kin with the Anglo-Norman name ‘Walter’.
Waldelm - Quickened Wealdhelm weald helm
Walden - Lastname - wealh denu Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wealdene’.
Walder - Lastname Walda wald - From a lastname that meant a wold-dweller (woods-dweller).
Waldred - Quickened Wealdrǣd wald rǣd
Walker - Lastname - wealc - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who make cloth, by walking on it, from OE ‘wealcere’. (Like the names Tucker and Fuller.)
Wallard - Quickened Wealhheard wealh heard
Walloun Wallune Quickened Wealhhūn wealh hūn
Walmer - Quickened Wealdmǣr weald mǣr Kin with mainland ‘Waldemar’, and through that tie, maybe also kin with the Slavic name ‘Vladimir’.
Walthew - Quickened Wealhþēow wealh þēow
Walthrith - Quickened Wealdþrȳþ weald þrȳþ Kin with the German name ‘Waltraud’.
Walton Waltun Lastname - wald, wealh, weall tūn Not a given name in OE. From any number of OE town names, ‘Waldtūn’ (woods-town), ‘Wealhtūn’ (welsh-town), ‘Wealltūn’ (wall-town).
Warbald - Quickened Warbeald waru beald
Warbert - Quickened Warbeorht waru beorht
Warbury - Quickened Wærburg waru burg
Ward - Lastname Wearda weard -
Wardar - Quickened Weardhere weard here Kin with the German name ‘Werner’, and the Norman name ‘Warner’.
Wardell - Lastname weard hyll Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Weardhyll’.
Warfrith - Quickened Warfriþ waru friþ
Warhard - Quickened Warheard waru heard
Warhelm - Quickened Warhelm waru helm
Warmund - Quickened Warmūnd waru mūnd
Warnoth - Quickened Warnōþ waru nōþ
Warstan - Quickened Warstān waru stān
Warthrith - Quickened Wærþrȳþ waru þrȳþ
Warwick - Lastname - wer wiċ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Werwic’.
Washington Wascingtun Lastname - Hwæssa (?) ing + tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hwæssingatūn’, meaning: Hwassa’s town. Most often named after the American revolutionary leader George Washington (1732-1799).
Waybrand - Quickened Weġbrand weġ brand
Wayday - Quickened Weġdæġ weġ dæġ
Wayne - Lastname - - - Also spelled: Wain. Not a given name in OE. From the English lastname, for someone who made or rode wains (wagons). From the OE word ‘wæġn’, tied to the word ‘way’. (The word ‘wagon’ was borrowed into English from Netherlandish, upsetting the inborn word.)
Webster - Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From the lastname for someone who weaves web, from OE ‘webbestre’. Borne by American wordlorer Noah Webster (1758–1843).
Wednesday - Living - wōd dæġ Not found as a name in OE. From the everyday word for the day of the week, named for the god and heavenly body, ‘Woden’ or ‘Wooden’ (‘Ođinn’ in Old Norse, Interpretatio Roman from ‘Mercury’). Given to children born on the day.
Weestan - Quickened Wēohstān wēoh stān A hero spoken of in the great tale ‘Beowulf’.
Weldon Weldun Lastname - wille denu, dūn Also spelled: Welden. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Willedūn’. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Wellington Wellingtun Lastname - Weola (?) ing + tūn Not a given name in OE. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Weolingatūn’. Either from the lastname, or named after Arthur Wellesley the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), who ended the Napoleonic wars by beating Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Welthrith - Quickened Wealhþrȳþ wealh þrȳþ
Welton Weltun Lastname - wille tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Willetūn’.
Wentworth - Lastname - winter worþ Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Winterworþ’.
Wesley - Lastname - west lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Westlēah’.
Weston Westun Lastname - west tūn Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Westtūn’.
Whatbert Hwatbert Quickened Hwǣtebeorht hwǣte beorht
Whaton Hwattun Quickened Hwǣtetūn hwǣte tūn
Wheatley Hweatley Lastname - hwǣte lēah Also spelled: ‘Whatley’. Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hwǣtelēah’. Borne by a player in the 2011 American game ‘Portal 2’.
Whitaker Hwitaker Lastname - hwīt acer Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hwītacer’.
White Hwite Lastname Hwīta hwīt - Either from the everyday English word, or from the lastname. Borne by the player Walter White in the 2000s TV show Breaking Bad.
Whitfield Hwitfeeld Lastname - hwīt feld Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hwītfeld’. Borne by American cryptographer Bailey Whitfield Diffie (1994).
Whitley Hwitley Lastname - hwīt lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hwītlēah’.
Whitney Hwitney Lastname - hwīt nēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Hwītnēah’.
Whitred Hwitred Quickened Hwītrǣd hwīt rǣd
Whittis Hwittis Quickened Hwīthyse hwīt hyse
Widsith - Quickened Wīdsīþ wīd sīþ
Wilbur Wilber Lastname - wild bār Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wildbār’.
Wilder - Lastname - wild dēor Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wilddēor’.
Wilfled - Quickened Willflǣd will flǣd
Wilford - Lastname - will ford Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Willford’.
Wilfred - Lastname Willfriþ will friþ Also spelled: ‘Wilfrid’ (Anglish Spelling: Wilfrith). Borne by a holyman in the 600s. Brought back in the 1800s. The lastname ‘Wilfred’ sometimes comes from a metathesis of ‘Wilford’.
Wilgar - Quickened Willgār will gār
Will - Living Willa will - A shortening of names starting with ‘Will-’, such as ‘William’ and ‘Wilbur’.
Willar - Quickened Willhere will here
Willard - Lastname Willheard will heard
Willelm - Quickened Willhelm will helm Can also be spelled: Wilhelm. Overcome by its Norman match, ‘William’, thanks to William of Normandy.
Willoughbur - Unfounded - weliġ būr Not a given name in OE. An unfounded name made by likeness to the lastname ‘Willoughby’, where the Norse -by stead-word has been swapped for inborn -bor. Meaning: the willow-bower (homestead). Could also be spelled ‘Willowbor’.
Willow - Living - weliġ - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for the tree, from OE ‘welig’.
Willy - Living - will - A shortening of names that start with ‘Will’.
Wilmer - Lastname Willmǣr will mǣr
Wilmund - Quickened Willmūnd will mūnd
Wilnoth - Quickened Willnōþ will nōþ
Wilred - Quickened Willrǣd will rǣd
Wilsey - Quickened Willsiġe will siġe
Wilstan - Quickened Willstān will stān
Wilyils - Quickened Willġils will ġīsel
Wimbald - Quickened Winnbeald wine beald
Wimbert - Quickened Winnbeorht wine beorht
Windsor - Lastname - windles ōra Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Windlesōra’. Borne by the British Royal Family since 1917.
Winfield Winfeeld Lastname - wine feld Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Winnfeld’, meaning: won (worked, tilled) field.
Winfled - Quickened Wynnflǣd wynn flǣd
Winfred - Living Winefriþ wine friþ Died out following the Norman overthrow, brought back in the 1800s. The name ‘Winifred’ has been swayed by ‘Winfred’, but Winifred is rather an Englishing of the Welsh name ‘Gwenfrewi’.
Winfrith - Quickened Wynnfriþ wine friþ See also: Winfred.
Winhelm - Quickened Wynnhelm wine helm
Winnar - Quickened Wynnhere wine here
Winnie Winny Living - wine - A shortening of names such as ‘Winfred’, ‘Winifred’ (see: Winfred) and ‘Winston’. More often a woman’s name than a man’s name.
Winsey - Quickened Wynnsiġe wine siġe
Winston Winstun Lastname Winnstān wine stān From the lastname ‘Winston’, not a name that lived through time as a given name. Borne by the English leader and writer Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965).
Winter - Living - winter - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for the season, often given to someone born in the season of winter, or for someone with fair hair or skin, or ironically for someone with dark skin and hair.
Winthrop - Lastname - wine þorp Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wynnasþorp’, meaning: Wynna’s thorp (town). Spread by the early settler kindred of Winthrop of New England.
Winton Wintun Lastname - wine, wiþiġ tūn Not a given name in OE. From the lastname ‘Winton’, which comes at times from OE ‘Winastūn’ (Wina’s town), ‘Winntun’ (field-town), or ‘Wiþiġtūn’ (withy/willow-town).
Witbald - Quickened Wihtbeald wiht beald
Witbert - Quickened Wihtbeorht wiht beorht
Witbrod - Quickened Wihtbrord wiht brord
Witbury - Quickened Wihtburg wiht burg
Witfled - Quickened Wihtflǣd wiht flǣd
Witfrith - Quickened Wihtfriþ wiht friþ
Witgar - Quickened Wihtgār wiht gār
Witlof - Quickened Wihtlāf wiht lāf
Witmund - Quickened Wihtmūnd wiht mūnd
Witnoth - Quickened Wihtnōþ wiht nōþ
Witred - Quickened Wihtrǣd wiht rǣd
Witsey - Quickened Wihtsiġe wiht siġe
Wittar - Quickened Wihthere wiht here
Wittard - Quickened Wihtheard wiht heard
Wittelm - Quickened Wihthelm wiht helm
Wittoun Wittune Quickened Wihthūn wiht hūn
Wityils - Quickened Wihtgils wiht ġils
Wolf - Living Wulfa , Offa wulf -
Wolfbald - Quickened Wulfbeald wulf beald
Wolfbert - Quickened Wulfbeorht wulf beorht
Wolfgang - Unfounded *Wulfgang wulf gang Not found in OE. If it were, it would likely become the alike shape as the living mainland name, ‘Wolfgang’. See also: Gangwolf.
Wolfgar - Quickened Wulfgār wulf gār
Wolfled - Quickened Wulfflǣd wulf flǣd
Wolflof - Quickened Wulflāf wulf lāf
Wolfmer - Quickened Wulfmǣr wulf mǣr
Wolfred - Quickened Wulfrǣd wulf rǣd
Wolfrich Wolfric Quickened Wulfrīċ wulf rīċe Kin with the German name ‘Ulrich’.
Wolfroun Wolfrune Lastname Wulfrūn wulf rūn The name died out as a given name but lives on as the English Lastname ‘Wolfroun’.
Wolfsey - Quickened Wulfsiġe wulf siġe
Wolfstan - Quickened Wulfstān wulf stān
Wolswith - Quickened Wulfswīþ wulf swīþ
Wolthrith - Quickened Wulfþrȳþ wulf þrȳþ
Wolvar Wolfar Quickened Wulfhere wulf here Born by a 600s King of Mercia.
Wolvard Wolfard Quickened Wulfheard wulf heard
Wolvat Wolfat Quickened Wulfġeat wulf ġeat
Wolver Wolfer Quickened Wulfwaru wulf waru
Wolvey Wolfey Quickened Wulfhēah wulf hēah
Wolvin Wolfin Quickened Wulfwine ♂ , Wolfwynn ♀ wulf wine , wynn
Wolvith Wolfith Quickened Wulfgȳþ wulf gȳþ
Wolvive Wolfife Quickened Wulfġifu wulf ġifu
Wolvoun Wolfune Quickened Wulfhūn wulf hūn
Wood - Lastname - wudu - Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wudu’, meaning: wood, or woods, woodland. Also found as the lastname ‘Woods’. May sometimes come from the everyday word.
Woodrow - Lastname - wudu rǣw Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wudurǣw’. Borne by the United States leader Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
Woodstock - Lastname - wudu stocc Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Wudustocc’. Spread by the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969.
Woodward - Lastname - wudu weard Not a given name in OE. From the OE working-name ‘Wuduweard’, meaning: woodland ward (worker).
Woody - Living Wuda wudu - Either a shortening of names that start with ‘Wood’, or after the everyday word. Borne by American funnyman Woody Allen (1935), who was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, and named himself after American folk singer Woodrow ‘Woody’ Guthrie (1912–1967). Also borne by the wooden toy, Sheriff Woody, in the 1995 film Toy Story.
Worth - Lastname - worþ - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who lived by a worth (a yarded field, meadow).
Wren - Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for the bird, from OE ‘wrenna’.
Wright Wrigt Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for a craftsman, from OE ‘wyrhta’. Borne by the main player in the 2000s Japanish game ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’ and its follow-ups.
Wybald - Quickened Wīġbeald wīġ beald
Wybert - Living Wīġbeorht wīġ beorht
Wybury - Quickened Wīġburg wīġ burg
Wyfous Wyfuse Quickened Wīġfūs wīġ fūs
Wyfrith - Quickened Wīġfriþ wīġ friþ
Wyhar - Quickened Wīġhere wīġ here
Wyhard - Quickened Wīġheard wīġ heard Kin with the Anglo-Norman name ‘Wyatt’, borne by American lawman Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) who was in the Gunfight at the OK Corrall of 1881.
Wyhelm - Quickened Wīġhelm wīġ helm
Wyhey - Quickened Wīġhēah wīġ hēah
Wylof - Quickened Wīġlāf wīġ lāf
Wymund - Living Wīġmūnd wīġ mūnd Also found by the Norman-spelling of ‘Wymond’.
Wyndham - Lastname - wīġ + mūnd hām Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone from Wyndham, from OE Wīġmūndhām, meaning ‘Wymund’s home’.
Wynne - Lastname Wine ♂ , Wynn ♀ wine , wynn - Likely from the lastname rather than ongoing bearing as a given name. A blend of the werely OE name ‘Wine’, and the wifely OE name ‘Wynn’, both springing from the alike word, and both with a rough overall meaning of ‘gladness, mirth’. Could also be spelled ‘Win’.
Wynoth - Quickened Wīġnōþ wīġ nōþ
Wyred - Quickened Wīġrǣd wīġ rǣd
Wystan - Living Wīġstān wīġ stān Also spelled: ‘Wistan’, as in the hallowed man of the 800s who was an atheling, and was killed by his nephew Bertwolf. Borne by the writer Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973).
Wyswith - Quickened Wīġswīþ wīġ swīþ
Wythane - Quickened Wīġþeġn wīġ þeġn
Yardley - Lastname - ġeard lēah Not a given name in OE. From the OE stow-name ‘Ġeardlēah’. Borne by the actress Yeardley Smith (1964-now), the steven of Lisa Simpson of The Simpsons.
Yardwin - Quickened Ġeardwine ġeard wine
Yardwolf - Quickened Ġeardwulf ġeard wulf
Yarrow - Living - - - Not known as a given name in Old English times. From the name of the blossom.
Yembald - Quickened Ġēanbald ġēan beald
Yembert - Quickened Ġēanbeorht ġēan beorht
Yembury - Quickened Ġēanburg ġēan burg
Yenred - Quickened Ġēanred ġēan rǣd
Yenthrith - Quickened Ġēanþrȳþ ġēan þrȳþ
Yetstaff - Unfounded *Ġēatstaf ġēat stæf Not found in OE. A name which would be kin with the Swedish name ‘Gustav’.
Yildwin - Quickened Ġildewine ġeld wine
Yiselar - Quickened Ġīslhere ġīls , ġīsl here
Yiselard - Quickened Ġīslheard ġīls , ġīsl heard
Yiselbert - Quickened Ġīslbeorht ġīls , ġīsl beorht Kin with the Norman name Gilbert.
Yiselmer - Quickened Ġīslmǣr ġīls , ġīsl mǣr
Yiselmund - Quickened Ġīslmūnd ġīls , ġīsl mūnd

Make Your Own Name

The following is a hoard of words that are often found in English bindnames. (Further reading on Germanic Names on Wikipedia.) These long-standing English naming words can be blended together to make new names. While there are many spellings of words that have come down to us over the years, only the most widespread, well-known shapes are given. So, for the bind-word shape of “lea” we only have “-ley”, as in “Ashley” rather than “Ashlee”, “Ashleigh” and so on. Since many naming words died out altogether, some of them had to be shaped anew for today’s readers. These are marked with a star (*).

The old Germanic naming way was to blend an adjective (“beloved”) with a noun (“fighter”). While some of our names keep this trend, many have come to us through lastnames. This is also why there are not only more werely (♂) names, but that many of the landmark words (“east”, “field”, “hill”, and so on) are linked with naming men. Stanley bears this out, as it comes from a lastname for someone who lived in a stony lea. True Germanic naming words, words that were borne as given names through Old English times and earlier, are marked as 'given'.

Another Old English naming way is rhyming. A rhyme these days might read like, “Alvin, Edwin and Elwin”. Though there are also fore-rhymes, like “Edgar and Edward”.

The naming words are marked as werely (♂), wifely (♀), or shared (⚥) kinds of man, to show you how they've been borne before. However, it’s up to the reader to find the word that fits best for any given name. Ashley, like Stanley, was once a werely name, as it was meant to show kinship, but it has since shifted to mostly a wifely name.

Some craftiness and understanding of how speech works is needed when making bindnames. English has two kinds of consonants, spoken and whispered. Put your finger to your throat, make an “f” and then a “v”. You’ll see that you make the same shape in your mouth. But as your finger will tell you, you only whisper the “f”, while you speak the “v”. Vowels are always spoken. So, when the fricative consonants (s/z, f/v, th/TH) fall between vowels, they’re often spoken too. It’s also needful to think of how the twained staves shift how a word reads, “sh”, “th”, “ch”. You should also think about the “unspoken e” that shifts the lengths of vowels (as in “bit” to “bite”). It’s best to speak a name aloud a few times to see how it flows, and then to think of how to put that in writing.

Binding “Alf-” and “-win” yields Alvin (not “Alfwin”). When “Alf-” is bound with “-win” it’s smoother to drop the “w”. The “f” is spoken since it blurs into the incoming “i” vowel, and the “f” is therefore written as a “v”.
Binding “Os-” and “-helm” yields “Oselm” (not “Oshelm”).
Binding “Bert-” and “-har” yields “Bertar” (not “Berthar”).
Binding “Blis-” and “-har” yields “Blissar” (not “Blisar”).
Binding “Ed-” and “-gith” yields “Edith” (not “Edgith”).

Staves are therefore marked in square brackets [] if they might need to be swapped or dropped.

OE Word Kind Whence English Foreword English Afterword Anglish Foreword Anglish Afterword Meaning
āc Both Ac[k] *oak Ac[k] oak An oak tree, or tall, or strong.
acer Lastname Acker aker Acker aker An acre, field, a tiller, tilled land.
ād Given *Ad - Ad - A bonfire, a fire great enough to burn bones.
æġel Given Ail - Ail - An atheling, highborn, or leaderly, or righteous. (A late offshoot of OE æþel.)
ǣġen Given Ain - Ain - One’s own, beholden only to oneself.
æl Given *Al - Al - All, full, whole, or everyone.
ælf Given Al[f/v] alf Alf[f] alf An elf; someone with otherworldly smarts or handsomeness.
æṡċ Given Ash - Asc - An ash tree, or the World Tree, or the first man. (Ash [Askr] in Germanic folklore was the first Man, along with the first woman, Elm [Embla].)
æt Lastname At - At - At, on, near to.
æþel Given Ethel - Ethel - An atheling, highborn, or leaderly, or righteous.
amal Given Amal - Amal - Bold; hardworking; or of the Amalings.
an Given *An - An - A forebear, forefather.
ān Lastname An - An - One, or alone.
and Given *An - An - Back, against, wither, over, or without. (Like in the word ‘answer’, to swear/talk-back.)
angel-, engel-, ingel- Given *Eng[e]l - Eng[e]l - English, Anglo-Saxon; or an angler; or an angle. (They all spring from a shared root meaning of “an angle”, as in “a hook”.)
anġen Given *Onyen - Onyen - Ongoing, forward; or against; or to come again.
āwa Given *Aw[a] - Aw[a] - Always, ever, forever.
bær Lastname Bar - Bar - Bare, naked.
bær Lastname Bar - Bar - Barley.
bār Given Bor bur Bor bur A boar, a wild swine.
beadu Given *Bad - Bad - To beat; fight.
bēag Given Bag - Bag - Bent, like a bight, bow, or ring.
beald Given Bald bald Bald bald Bold; strong; lordly; or the Bold god (Balday, Baldr).
bēan Lastname Ban - Ban - A bean, or bean-tiller.
bearn Given - *barn - barn A barn, a child; newly born.
bec, bæċ Lastname Beck - Beck - A beck, beach, brook, or stream.
bēd Given *Bede *bede Bede bede To ask, bid, beseech; or a worshipping bead.
bēo Given *Bee - Bee - A bee, honey-maker; or busy.
beofer Lastname Bever - Befer - A beaver; or busy, hardworking.
beonet Lastname Bent - Bent - Bent (the strong, stiff grass).
beorg Given *Ber *bery Ber bery A barrow, berg, hill, mound.
beorht Given Bert bert Bert bert Bright, fair, beloved, shining.
beorn, bera Given Bern bern Bern bern A bear; or a strong man or woman. (The words for ‘bear’ and ‘man’ blended together in Old English names, since the OE word beorn [meaning: man] took the same shape as the Frankish word beorn [meaning: bear].)
bēt Given *Bet *bet Bet bet Better, great, good, well.
bill Given *Bill *bill Bill bill Bill-like, sharp, smart (in all meanings), an edge, a sword.
birċe Lastname Berk - Berk - A birch tree.
blæc Lastname Black - Black - Black, dark, swart; or deep; or dirty; or evil.
blīc Given *Blick - Blick - Blick, shining, beloved.
blīþ Given *Blith - Blith - Blithe, bliss, gladness, happiness.
bod Given *Bod *bode Bod bode To bode, tell; ask.
bord Given - bord - bord A board, shield.
bōt Given *Bot *boot Bot boot To boot, help, free; eke to.
brād Lastname Brad - Brad - Broad, wide, deep, open.
brand Given Brand brand Brand brand A brand, fire, light, or sword.
breġu Given *Brey - Brey - Strong, leaderly, shining, beloved.
brōc Lastname Brock brook Brock brook A brook, stream.
brocc Lastname Brock - Brock - A brock, or earth-dweller.
brōm Lastname Brom - Brom - Broom, sedge, underwood, a besom.
brord Given Brod *brod Brod brod A brad, spike, spear, arrow, thin blade.
brūn Given Bron *brown Bron brune Brown, dark, or a bear.
bryċġ Given Bridge - Bricg - A bridge.
bryne Given Bren - Bren - Burning, fiery, hot-blooded.
bucc Lastname Buck - Buck - A buck, a goat or hart.
būr Lastname - *bur - bur A bower, an abode, a town.
burg Given Bur bury Bur bury A borough, a strong, walled town.
burne Lastname Burn burn Burn burn A burn, stream, brook, spring.
byrne Given Burn - Burn - A burne/byrnie, harweed, shield; shelter.
cæd Given *Cad - Cad - A boat, or a seaman.
cald Lastname Cald - Cald - Cold, wintry.
camb Lastname - comb - comb A comb, a hollow, or a narrow dale.
cār Given - car - car Careful, burdened, or worried.
ċead Lastname Chad - Cead - (Of unknown spring. Maybe an Old English borrowing of the Brythonic word 'kad', meaning fightlock.)
ċealc Lastname Chel - Cel - Chalk; white.
cealf Lastname Cal[f/v] - Calf[f] - A calf, a young cow.
ċēap Lastname Chap - Ceap - Cheap; a good deal; to deal in goods.
cēne Given Ken - Ken - Keen, bold, fit.
cent Lastname Kent - Kent - The land of Kent.
ċēol Given *Chel - Cel - Of a ship’s keel, a ship, or a sailor. (The hard-k in ‘keel’ was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ċeorl Given *Cherl *cherl Cerl cerl A churl, a freeman, a bower. (A churl in olden times was an everyday free-man, above a thew, but not of high standing.) (The name was seldom borne even in Old English times. Most likely all living names with Charl- / Charles are from the French borrowing.)
ċetel Given *Chettle *chettle Cetel cetel A holy kettle, or a helm, headwear. (The hard-k in ‘kettle’ was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ċild Given - child - cild A child, youthful.
ċirċe Lastname Church church Circ circ A church. (Kin with the Northern word 'Kirk', which was shaped by Norse inflow.)
clǣġ Lastname Clay - Clay - Clay, sticky earth.
clif Lastname Cli[f/v] cliff Clif[f] cliff A cliff, headland, or stone.
cniht Lastname Knight - Knigt - A knight, righteous fighter, or a boy.
cnof Given *Knu[f/v] - Knuf[f] - A knuff, churl, free-man, or boyish.
cōl Given Col coal Col coal Coal, dark, black, swarthy.
cote Lastname Cot - Cot - A cote, house, an abode.
cran Lastname Cran - Cran - A crane, a wading bird.
crāwe Lastname Craw - Craw - A crow; black; forboding.
croft Lastname Croft croft Croft croft A croft, field, lea.
crumb Lastname Crom - Crom - Bent, hooked.
cume Lastname - combe - combe To come, happen, arise.
cūþ Given Cuth - Cuth - Couth, well-known, or beloved. (Couth has an older meaning of “well-known”.)
cweld Given *Queld - Cweld - To quell, stop, kill; or death, ending; evening.
cwēn Given Quen - Cwen - Queenly, leaderly, or womanly, wifely. (A queen in olden times meant not only a king’s wife, but the same as “lady” or “woman” does today.)
cwic Given Quick - Cwick - Quick, lively, or speedy.
cyne Given Kin - Kin - Of the kin, theed, folk, or kingly, leaderly. (The words kin, and kind, both spring from the OE word, cynn, which meant “folk” or “strain”. King comes from cynning [leader of the kin] and was shortened to cyne in names. These therefore often get lumped together.)
cynning Lastname King - King - See: cyne.
dæd Given *Ded - Ded - A deed, or a doer.
dæġ Given Day day Day day The day, bright, shining.
dæl Lastname Dale dale Dale dale A dale, a great dell, a hollow, land between hills.
dāl Given *Dol - Dol - To dole, split; shatter; end, quell.
deal Given Dal - Dal - Proud, a blowhard.
dell Lastname Dell dell Dell dell A dell, a small dale, a hollow, land between hills.
dene Given Dan dan Dan dan Danish.
denu Lastname - den - den A dene, dale, hollow, or a being’s den. (-den is often blended with -don, meaning a “down” or “hill”, as in names like Snowdon/Snowden.)
dēor Given Der der Der der A roe deer, hart; any wild being; or bold. (The word ‘deer’ was once borne to mean any wild being.)
dēore Lastname Dar - Dar - Dear, beloved.
dod Given *Dod - Dod - Naked, or without.
dōm Given *Dom dom Dom dom Doom, outcome; or something foretold.
drēam Given *Dream - Dream - To dream, or happiness, or song.
drȳġe Lastname Dry - Dry - Dry.
dryht Given *Drit - Drit - A dright, a band of fighters, a folk; or a leader.
dūn Lastname Dun don Dun dun A down, dune, a hill. (The -don shape is often blended with -den, meaning a “dene" or “hollow”, as in names like Snowdon/Snowden.)
dunn Given Dun - Dun - Dun, dark, brown, or black.
dūru Lastname Dur - Dur - A door, an opening.
ēad Given Ed - Ed - Wealth, riches, a gift, or happiness.
eald Given Al[d] - Al[d] - Old, elderly; wise, learned.
ealh Given Al[k] - Al[k] - A holyhall, shelter.
ēan Given *Ean - Ean - To yean, eke, breed, yield, or bloom.
earn Given Ern - Ern - An erne; bird; seabird; or flight.
ēast Lastname East - East - East, shining, the rising sun.
ēaster Given Easter - Easter - The god of yeaning, the rising sun in the East.
eċġ Given Eg - Eg - An edge, sword, or smart, sharp.
ediṡċ Lastname - dish - disc Eddish, aftermath, mown grass, or feeding grass, a meadow.
eofer Lastname Ever - Efer - A boar.
eoh Given *E - E - A horse, or horse-rider.
eorcon Given *Erken - Erken - Shining, or dear, or great, or the god Tiw.
eorl Lastname Earl - Earl - An earl, a man of high standing.
eormen Given *Ermen - Ermen - Great, strong, or endless, or the god Woden. (Armin, as found in the name Irminsul, “the World Tree”, was also likely a nickname for the god Woden. The Norse name for the World Tree, Yggdrasil, comes from Ygg’s- “Woden’s” -drasil “horse/hanging-tree”.)
eorp Given Erp - Erp - Swarthy, or brown.
eorþe Given Ard - Ard - Earth, land, homeland.
fæġer Lastname Fair - Fair - Fair, handsome, light.
fær Given Far [f/v]are Far [f]fare To fare, wander.
fæst Given *Fast - Fast - Fast, set, strong, true.
fearn Lastname Fern - Fern - A fern (the leafy wort).
feax Given - fax - fax Hair, locks.
fela Given *Fel - Fel - Fele, much, many.
feld Given Field [f/v]ield Feeld [f]feeld A field, croft, lea.
fenn Lastname Fen - Fen - A fen, a marshland.
ferhþ Given *Ferth *[f/v]erth Ferth [f]ferth Mind, soul, heart.
flǣd Given Fled [f/v]led Fled [f]fled Fair, pretty, beloved.
flēot Lastname Fleet - Fleet - Floating; or a fleet of ships; a harbour; a sailor.
folc Given *Folk [f/v]olk Folk [f]folk The folk, theed, one’s kinsmen.
ford Lastname Ford [f/v]ord Ford [f]ford A ford, water-faring.
frēa Given *Fre *[f/v]rey Fre [f]frey A lord, or the god of yeaning Frey Ingwin.
frenc Lastname Frank - Frank - A Frank; being frank (free), or a freeman.
frēo Given Free - Free - Free, frithful, or beholden to no one.
friþ Given Frith [f/v]rith Frith [f]frith Free, frithful; sheltered.
frōd Given *Frod - Frod - Frood, old, wise, learned.
frost Lastname Frost - Frost - Frosty, wintry; cold; white-haired.
fugol Lastname Ful - Ful - A fowl, or any bird.
full Given Ful - Ful - Full, whole.
fūs Given - *[f/v]ouse - [f]fuse Fouse, keen, bold, ready.
gād Given Gad - Gad - A gad, a gore, a spear, or a sharp stick.
gang Given Gang gang Gang gang To go, to fare. (As in a gangway.)
gār Given Gar gar Gar gar A gore, spear; or any three-sided thing.
ġēan Given *Yen - Yen - To go; or go back again. (The 'hard g' in again was likely shaped by Norse inflow.)
ġeard Both Yard [y]ard Yard [y]ard A yard, field, or the stakes that bind them. (‘Yard’ shares its spring with the word ‘garđr’ (which also yields English ’garth’) in ON Miđgarđr “Middle-Yard” or “Middle-Earth”.)
ġēat Given *Yet *yet Yet yet A Geat, a Goth. (The ‘hard g’ found at the start of the living English word for gate was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ġeld Given *Yild *[y]eld Yild [y]eld Golden, gilded, worthy, or yielding. (The ‘hard g’ found at the start of the living English word for gold/gild was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ġeong Given *Young - Yung - Young, new, youthful.
ġifu Given - *[y]ive - [y]ife A gift. (The ‘hard g’ found at the start of the living word was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ġīls Given *Yils *[y]ils Yils [y]ils See: ġīsel.
ġīsel Given *Yisel *[y]isl Yisel [y]isl A guest, or someone held in oath. (A ġīsel in Anglo-Saxon times was often a child of a king or lord held in trust against another.)
glæd Lastname Glad - Glad - Glad; shining; blessed.
god Given God - God - A god, or the God (Yahweh).
gōd Given Good good Good good Good, worthy; a gift.
gold Given Gold - Gold - Golden, gilded, worthy; yellow-haired.
græs Lastname Gres - Gres - Grass, or an open field.
grāf Lastname Graf - Graf - A grove; green; blossoming.
grim Given Grim grim Grim grim A grime (a shroud for someone’s looker), grimy (something shrouded, often with filth).
grund Lastname Gra - Gra - Ground, crushed, grit.
gūþ Given *Guth *[g]uth Guth [g]uth A fight, a fighter, or fightlock. (As in Guthlock.)
gȳþ Given - [g]ith - [g]ith A fight, a fighter, or fightlock. (As in Edith.)
hād Given - *[h]ood - [h]ood A kind, a way of being (-hood).
hǣlþ Given *Hal - Hal - Healthy, whole.
hǣst Given *Hest - Hest - Anger, storm, madness.
hǣþ Given Hath [h]eath Hath [h]eath A heather shrub, a heath; or wild lands.
hǣþen Lastname Heathen - Heathen - A heathen, believer in the old gods; or wild.
hāliġ Lastname Holy - Holy - Holy, godly.
hām Lastname Ham [h]am Ham [h]am A home, an abode, homestead, or town.
hamel Lastname Hamil - Hamil - Broken, rough.
hand Given Hand *[h]and Hand [h]and Hand; strength; shelter; leadership.
hār Given Hor - Hor - Hoary (grey, old, wise; beloved).
hara Lastname Hare - Hare - A hare, coney, bunny.
hēafod Given Head [h]ead Head [h]ead Head, hair, mind, soul.
hēah Given Hey *[h]ey Hey [ey] High, above, leaderly, beloved.
heald Given Hold [h]old Hold [h]old To hold; or friendly; or watchful.
healf Given Half - Half - Half, split.
heall Lastname Hall [h]all Hall [h]all A hall, a building, an abode.
heard Given Hard hard Hard hard Hard, strong, stern, leaderly.
heaþu Given *Hath - *Hath - A fight, a fighter, or fightlock.
heġ Lastname Hay - Hay - Hay, grass, fodder.
helm Given Helm [h]elm Helm [h]elm Helm, shelter, shielding, harweed.
help Given *Help - Help - Help, uplifting.
heorot Lastname Hart - Hart - A hart, stag, roe deer.
heoru Given *Her - Her - A sword, an edge, or sharpness.
here Given Har *[h]er Har [h]er A here (a body of fighters).
hierde Lastname - [h]erd - [h]erd A herder, a shepherd.
hild Given Hild [h]ild Hild [h]ild A fight, hild, a fighter, or fightlock.
hlǣw Lastname Low low Low low A low (a hill).
hlūd Given *Lud - Lud - Loud (well-heard, or well-known).
hlyn Lastname Lin - Lin - A maple tree.
hol Lastname Hol - Hol - A hole, a hollow; deep.
holm Given Holm* Holm* - A sea, the sea; a wave; a stream. (The everyday word, ‘holm’, to mean ‘island’, comes from the Norse kinword.)
horh Lastname Hor - Hor - Hore (earth, mud), filth, unclean.
hors Given *Horse - Horse -
hræfn Given Ren *ren Ren ren A raven; watchful; foreboding.
hramsan Lastname Ram - Ram - Ramsons, wild garlic.
hrēod Lastname Rid - Rid - Reed, rush (watery grass).
hrōþ Given Roth roth Roth roth Great, well-known, beloved.
hryċġ Lastname Ridge ridge Ricg ricg A ridge, row of hills, or a spine.
hūn Given *Hun *[h]oun Hun [h]une A young bear, or a child.
hunt Lastname Hunt - Hunt - A hunter, or hound, wolf.
hwæt Given What - Hwat - Quick, lively; bold.
hwǣte Lastname Wheat - Hweat - Wheat; or any corn.
hwīt Given Whit whit Hwit hwit White, shining, bright, fair, beloved.
hyġe Given Hy - Hy - High, thought, understanding, mindful. (As in Ođinn’s raven, ‘Huginn’.)
hyll Lastname Hill [h]ill Hill [h]ill A hill (a down, mound or barrow).
hyse Given His [h]is His [h]is A young man, a fighter.
hȳþ Given *Hy eth Hy eth A hithe, haven, wharf.
Given - ich - ic I, the self, awareness.
īeġ Lastname Ey ey Ey ey An island. (The “s” spelling in “island” was put in by writers who mistakenly likened the word to the Latin word “isle”.)
ing Given - ing - ing Belonging to, or a child of.
Ing(wine) Given Ing - Ing - The god Frey (Lord) Ingwin. Yeanful, bearing.
īren Given Iron iron Iron iron Iron, hard, strong, steadfast.
īsen Given *Isen - *Isen - See: īren. An early shape of the word ‘iron’.
lāc Given Lock lock Lock lock A godly gift, or beloved, or playful, or a deed or way of being (as in wedlock).
lāf Given La[f/v] lof Laf[f] lof Who is left, an afterbear, a follower, an erve.
land Lastname Land land Land land Land, earth, a folkdom.
lang Lastname Lang - Lang - Long, tall.
lēac Lastname Lay - Lay - A leek (the spring, greens).
lēah Lastname Le ley Le ley A lea, field.
lēod Given *Led - Led - The lede, folk, theed; or a kinsman.
lēof Given Le leaf Le leaf Lief, beloved, dear, a leman.
lid Given *Lid lid Lid lid To lithe; a wayfarer/seafarer; or a ship or wain.
līn Lastname Lin - Lin - Linen, flax; a line.
lind Lastname Lin - Lin - A linden (lime) tree; or weak.
locc Lastname - lock - lock A lock of hair.
lufu Given - *love - luf Beloved, fair, lovely.
mǣd Lastname Med - Med - A meadow.
mæġen Given Main - Main - Main, mighty, great.
mǣr Given Mer mer Mer mer Mere (great, well-known, couth). (Not tied to the Anglo-French word ‘mere’, meaning ‘only’.)
mǣre Lastname Mar - Mar - A mark, hem, edge.
mæþel Given *Mathel - Mathel - Meetly, talkative, friendly, bringing together.
mann Given Man man Man man A man (werely or wifely); a fighter; strong.
marṡċ Lastname Mars - Mars - A marsh.
mearc Lastname Mark - Mark - A mark, hem, edge; a spot.
mearþ Given Mar - Mar - A weasel.
Mere Given Mar more Mar more A mere (sea, stream, or any body of water).
Mere [2] Other *Mer - Mer - A mere (wifely horse).
miht Given *Mit - Mit - Mighty, great, strong; beloved.
mild Given Mild - Mild - Mild, soft, mellow.
miriġe Lastname Merry - Merry - Merry, sweet, gladly.
mōd Given *Mod mood Mod mood Mood, soul, mind, heart.
mōna Lastname Mon - Mon - The Moon.
mōr Given Mor - Mor - A moor, fen, marsh, swamp.
mūnd Given Mound mund Mund mund A mound, march, shelter, hand, strength.
mȳþe Lastname My - My - The mouth of a stream.
nēah Lastname - ney - ney Nigh, near; or an island.
nēowe Lastname New - New - New, young.
nīþ Given Nith *nithe Nith nithe Nithe, hatred.
norþ Lastname North - North - North.
nōþ Given *Noth noth Noth noth Bold, daring, ready.
ōht Given *Ot - Ot - Fear, foe, doom, weird.
ōra Lastname - or - or Muddy earth, an edge, or a shelf of land.
ord Given Ord - Ord - An ord, a spear-tip.
ōs Given Os - Os - One of the gods (Ese), the god Woden, or speech. (Ese is the English kin to the Norse word Æsir. The word Os is also linked with speech (maybe through folk wordlore, thanks to Latin) and with Woden, the god of words and wisdom.)
pīl Lastname Pil - Pil - A pile, spike, spear, arrow.
pinn Lastname Pen - Pen - A pin, something stuck out, such as a cliff or ridge.
pleġ Lastname Play - Play - Playing, quick, lively.
port Lastname - port - port A port, a haven.
rǣd Given Red red Red red Rede, reading, telling, understanding, wisdom.
rǣw Lastname - row - row A row, string.
rāhā Lastname Ray - Ray - A roe deer.
ramm Lastname Ram - Ram - A ram, a sheep.
rand Given Rand *rand Rand rand A rand, an edge, a shield-rim.
rēad Lastname Red red Red red Red, ruddy; fiery.
reġn Given Rain - Rain - To set right; to lead; to give rede or reading.
rīċ Given Rich rich Ric ric Rich, wealthy, leaderly; a leader.
rōse Lastname Rose - Rose - A rose blossom.
rud Lastname Rud - Rud - A rudd fish; ruddy, red.
rūh Lastname Row - Rug - Rough, furrowed.
rūn Given *Roun roun Rune rune Rouns, the unknown, riddle, understanding. (The rouns, or ‘runes’, were seemingly otherwordly markings that came to the English before the Latin staffrow. Roun means “something hidden”.)
ryġe Lastname Ry- - Ry- - Rye corn/grass.
ryṡċ Lastname Rush - Rusc - Rush (marsh-grass).
Given Sea sea Sea sea The sea, or any body of water.
sǣte Lastname - set - set A settle, a seat; a house, home, abode, or any settled land. (See also: setl.)
sām Given Sam - Sam - Half, split.
sand Lastname Sand sand Sand sand Sand, grit.
ṡċeaft Given Shaft - Scaft - A shaft, spear; something made; or something to make with.
ṡċeaga Lastname - shaw - scaw Shaw, thicket.
ṡċealc Given Shalk -shalk Scalk scalk A shalk, man, fellow, helper, sailor, fighter. (A shalk in olden times could be a bondman or a man of low standing who might work or go to fight.)
ṡċēap Lastname Shep - Scep - Sheep, lamb; shy; weak.
ṡċeran Lastname Sher - Scer - To sheer, cut.
ṡċio Given - shoe - scoe A shoe, clothing, sheath.
ṡċīr Given Sher - Scer - Sheer, shining, bright, fair, white, beloved.
ṡċylf Lastname Shel - Scel - A shelf, slope, floor.
sealh Lastname Sel - Sel - A sallow (willow tree); yellow; sickly.
seax Given Sax sex Sax sex A sax knife, sword, or a Saxon.
sele Given Sel - Sel - A great hall or house.
seolh Lastname Sel - Sel - A seal (the living being of land and sea).
setl Lastname - set - set A settle, a seat; a house, home, abode, or any settled land. (See also: sǣte.)
sīde Given Sid - Sid - Side, edge, long, wide.
siġe Given Si sey Si sey Sey, winning, shining.
sīþ Given *Sith *sithe Sith sithe Wayfaring, outing, wandering.
smēþe Lastname Smed - Smed - Smooth, calm, mindful.
smiþ Lastname Smith smith Smith smith A smith, craftsman.
snāw Lastname Snow - Snow - Snow, white, fair, or cold, wintry.
stæf Given Sta[f/v] staff Staf[f] staff A staff (a stick, rod, pole; a straight line, bookstaff).
stān Given Stan stan Stan stan A stone; hard, strong, steadfast.
stede Lastname Stead stead Stead stead A stead (settled land, such as an abode, town); steadfast.
stī Lastname Ste - Ste - A sty (house, hall). (As in a pig sty, or a steward.)
stīrc Lastname Strick - Strick - A stirk (steer, bull).
stocc Lastname Stock stock Stock stock A stock, tree stump, or stead.
stōw Lastname - stow - stow A spot to stow something; a stead.
strǣt Lastname Strat - Strat - A street, road, way.
sumer Given Summer - Summer - Summer, warm, sunny.
sunne Lastname Sun - Sun - The sun; bright, shining.
sunu Given - son - sun A son of.
sūþ Lastname South - Suth - South.
swan Lastname Swan - Swan - A swan.
swefn Given Swe[f/v] - Swef[f] - Asweve (asleep, dead).
swīn Lastname Swin - Swin - A swine, pig, boar.
swīþ Given *Swith *swith Swith swith Swithe (true, strong), healthy.
tīd Given *Tid - Tid - Tide, time, happening.
til Given Til - Til - Tilled, good, fit. (As in, tilled earth is ready to seed.)
Tīr- Given Tir - Tir - See: Tīw. (A late borrowing into Old English from Old Norse.)
Tīw Given Tue - Tew - Shining, beloved, great, the one-handed god, Tue/Tew. (‘Tue/Tew’ comes from a word meaning “shining one”, springing from the same word as deity, Deus and Zeus.)
torht Given *Tort - Tort - Bright, shining, beloved, watchful.
trēow Lastname Trow - Trow - A tree, tall, strong.
trīewe Lastname Given Given Trew trew True , trustworthy, troth.
trym Given Trim - Trim - Trim, fit, strong, sound.
tūn Both *Tun ton Tun[e] tun A town, an abode, or a yard.
twīġe Lastname Twy - Twy - Twice, two, a twin.
ūht Given *Ut *out Ute ute Dawn, dusk, twilight, daybreak.
upp Lastname Up - Up - Up, above.
wacu Given Wake - Wake - Awake, watchful, lively.
wad Lastname Wad - Wad - To wade, wayfare, or water, or the god Wade.
wād Lastname Od - Od - Woad, blue.
wæl Given *Wal - Wal - Death, slaughter. (‘Wal’ is found in words such as Woden’s Walhall “hall of the slain” and Walkyries “choosers of the slain”.
wæter Lastname Water water Water water Water, sea, steam, flow.
wald Lastname Wald [w]ald Wald [w]ald A wold (woodland).
wand Given *Wand - Wand - To wander, wayfare, or wend (go; shift).
waru Given War *[w]are War [w]are Aware, watchful, wise.
wealc Lastname Walk - Walk - To walk, tread, step, fare.
weald Given Wald [w]ald Wald [w]ald Wielding, strength, leadership, lordly.
wealh Given Wel *[w]el Wel [w]el Welsh, an outsider, or bondman. (Welsh was a word once borne for any un-Germanic outsider, not only the Welsh folkdom of today. It was often borne in a way of ill-will.)
weard Given Ward [w]ard Ward [w]ard A ward, watchman, keeper, leader, lord, or strong.
weġ Given Way [w]ay Way [w]ay A way, road, or to wayfare, wander.
wel Lastname Wel - Wel - Well, good, fit, strong.
weliġ Lastname Wil - Wil - A willow tree; tall; strong.
wēoh Given *Wee - Wee - Blessed, hallowed, the soul. (One of the three shapes that make up the All-father: Wode (see Wod-), Will (see Wil-) and Wee. As in Ođinn, Vili & .)
wer Lastname War - War - A weir (dam).
west Lastname West - West - West; the setting sun.
wiċ Lastname Wick [w]ick Wick [w]ick A wick, town, abode, homestead; or haven, bay.
wīd Given Wid [w]ide Wid [w]ide Wide, far.
wīf Given - *[w]ife - [w]ife Wife, woman, lady. (A wife in olden times meant the same as ‘woman’ or ‘lady’ does today. ‘Woman’ is a shortening of ‘wife-man’, where ‘man’ means our kind as a whole, and our other half is a ‘weapon-man’ or ‘were-man’.)
wīġ Given Wy [w]y Wy [w]y A fight, a fighter; or fightlock, wye.
wiht Given *Wit [w]ight Wit [w]igt A wight, an elf; ghost; a man; or any living being.
wilde Given Wild [w]ild Wild [w]ild Wild, free, carefree, unbroken.
will Given Wil - Wil - Will (to wish, to yearn). (One of the three shapes that make up the All-father: Wode (see Wod-), Will and Wee (see Wee-). As in Ođinn, Vili & Vē.)
wille Lastname Wel - Wel - A well, spring, or stream.
wine Given Win [w]in Win [w]in Winner, friendly, or work, or wishfulness, or gladness. (Blended with the womanly OE word ‘wynn’. ‘Win’ springs from an old word which split into sundry meanings, the main being “to wish”.) See also: wynn.
winter Lastname Went - Went - Winter, cold, dark.
wīs Given - *[w]ise - [w]ise Wise, smart, or a way of being.
wiþig Lastname Wi[n] - Wi[n] - A withy (a willow-tree).
wōd Given *Wod - Wod - Wood (madness, insight); song; the god Woden. (‘Wode’, meaning “madness” or “insight”, springs from the like word as the name of the god Woden/Ođinn. One of the three shapes that make up the All-father: Wode, Will (see Wil-) and Wee (see Wee-). As in Ođinn, Vili & Vē.)
worþ Lastname - [w]orth - [w]orth A yard, tilled land, homestead.
wudu Lastname Wood [w]ood Wood [w]ood Woods, woodland.
wulf Given Wol[f/v] [w]olf Wolf[f] [w]olf A wolf, hound; or a hunter.
wynn Given Win [w]in Win [w]in See: wine.
þanc Given Thank thank Thank thank To think, thoughtful, thankful, mindful, smart.
þeġn Given Thane thane Thane thane A thane, leader, fighter, man. (A thane in Anglo-Saxon times was a free man of high standing. He was often a leader of fighting men.)
þēod Given *Thed - Thed - The theed, folk, lede, kinsmen, homeland.
þēow Given Thew *thew Thew thew A thew, worker, helper, bondman. (A thew in Anglo-Saxon times was a lowly working bondman, owned by another man.)
þing Given Thing - Thing - A thing, being, self, or deed, or meeting (as in, ‘a moot’ is akin to ‘the thing’).
þorn Lastname Thorn - Thorn - A thorn, spiked bush, or rough.
þorp Lastname Thorp thorp Thorp thorp A thorp, town, or throng; one who brings together.
þrīst Given - *thrist - thrist Bold, daring.
þrȳþ Given *Thrith thrith Thrith thrith Thrith, strength, the god and daughter of the Thunder god. (Thrith in Germanic folklore is a god born from the god of Thunder [Thor] and his wife, Sib [Sif].)
þuner Given Thur - Thur - The weather, thunder; or the god of Thunder (Thor) and the working man.
þur Given Thur - Thur - See: þuner. (A late borrowing into Old English from Old Norse.)

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Welsh Names

English names of Welsh, or, 'Insular Celtic' spring, which were found in Old English. [This list may have names which came into English at later times, and which need pruning.]

Name Kind Forebear Background
Aidan Aodhán, Aodhàn, Aeddan Also: Aiden; From Old Irish Áed "fire" + diminutive suffix
Aisling aisling Also: Aislinn, Aislin, Ashling, Ashlyn; A name created in the 20th century meaning "dream, vision", from the poetic genre's name
Alistair Alasdair Also: Alister, Allister, Alastair; Scottish form of Alexander, from Greek ἀλέξω (alexo) "to defend, help" + ἀνήρ (aner) "man" (genitive ἀνδρός)
Angus Aonghas, Aonghus, Oíngus, Óengus Possibly from Old Irish óen "one" + guss "force, strength"
Arthur Arthur Alternatively from Latin Artorius? Possibly from Proto-Celtic *artos "bear" + *wiros "man" or *rīxs "king"
Barry Báire, Bairrfhionn, Fionnbharr Bairrfhionn and Fionnbharr are both derived from Old Irish finn "white, fair" + barr "top, head"
Blaine Bláan From Old Irish blá "yellow" + diminutive suffix
Brady Ó Brádaigh, Brádach Also: Braidy
Brian Brian Also: Bryan, Bryant, Bryant; Possibly from Proto-Celtic *brixs "hill, high" or related *brigā "might, power"
Brianna Brian Also: Breanna
Bridget Brighid, Brigit Also: Brigitte, Brigitta, Brigid; From Proto-Celtic *Brigantī "the exalted one"
Brodie Brodie Also: Brody; A place in Moray, Scotland; It probably means "ditch, mire" in Gaelic
Bronte Ó Proinntigh Possibly from Irish bronntach "generous"
Cadmon Cædmon The first element is likely connected to Brythonic kad "battle"
Caelan Caolán or Caoilfhionn Caolán is from Old Irish cáel "slender" + diminutive suffix while Caoilfhionn is from Old Irish cáel "slender" + finn "fair, white"
Calum Calum Also: Callum; Scottish form of Columba, from Saint Columba
Cameron cam sròn or cam abhainn Also: Camron, Camryn, Kameron, Kamryn; From Gaelic cam "crooked" + sròn "nose"
Carey See Note This comes from 9 different patronymics in Ireland like Ó Ciardha
Casey Ó Cathasaigh, Cathassach Also: Kacey, Kasey, Kaycee; Means "vigilant" in Irish
Cassidy Ó Caiside, Caiside Also: Kassidy; Irish byname meaning "curly-haired" from Irish cas "twisted, curly".
Clyde Clud From the name of the River Clyde in Scotland, from Cumbric Clud, which is of uncertain origin
Cody Ó Cuidighthigh and Mac Óda Also: Codie, Kodie, Kody; Ó Cuidighthigh means "descendant of the helpful one" and Mac Óda means "son of Odo"
Colin Cuilen, Cailean, Coileáin Also: Collin; Cailean means "whelp, young dog" in Scottish Gaelic
Colleen cailín Also: Coleen; Irish cailín means "girl"
Conan Conán, Cúán From Irish cú "wolf, hound" + diminutive suffix
Connell Ó Conaill, Conall From Old Irish cú "hound, dog, wolf" (genitive con) + fal "rule"
Connor Conchobhar Also: Conner, Conor; From Old Irish cú "hound, dog, wolf" (genitive con) + cobar "desiring"
Craig craeg Same word as "crag"; Originally a person who lives near a crag
Darren Darragh, Dáire, Darren Also: Darin, Darrin; Alternatively, possibly from Norman French d'Airelle (Darrell); The meaning of this name is uncertain
Declan Deaglán The meaning of this name is uncertain
Desmond Deasmhumhain, Ó Deasmhumhnaigh Deasmhumhain means "south Munster", referring to the region of Desmond in southern Ireland, formerly a kingdom; Ó Deasmhumhnaigh is someone from Desmond
Devin Ó Damháin or Ó Dubháin Also: Davin, Devan; Ó Damháin is a patronym for Damhán from Old Irish dam "ox, deer" + diminutive suffix; Ó Dubháin is a patronym for Dubhán from Old Irish dub "dark, black" + diminutive suffix
Donald Domhnall Also: Donnell, Donal; From Old Irish elements domun "world" + fal "rule"
Donovan Ó Donndubháin, Donndubán Also: Donnovan; Old Irish donn "brown" + dub "dark" + a diminutive suffix
Douglas Dùbhghlas, Dúghlas Also: Douglass; From a Scottish surname that was from the name of a town in Lanarkshire, itself named after a tributary of the River Clyde called the Douglas Water, meaning "dark river", derived from Gaelic dubh "dark" + glais "water, river" (an archaic word related to glas "grey, green").
Duane Dubhán Also: Dwayne, Dwain, Dwaine, Devin (some origins); From Old Irish dub "dark, black" + diminutive suffix
Duncan Donnchadh From Old Irish donn "brown" + cath "battle"
Dylan Dylan Also: Dillon, Dillan, Dyllan; From the Welsh prefix dy "to, toward" + llanw meaning "tide, flow"
Erin Éireann Genitive case of the Irish word for Ireland
Finn Fionn Also from unrelated Norse name Finnr; Also: Fiona, Viona
Floyd llwyd Also: Lloyd; From Welsh llwyd "grey"
Gavin Gawain, Gwalchmai (?) From Old Irish finn "fair, white"
Glenn gleann From a Scottish surname that was derived from Gaelic gleann "valley"
Gordon Gòrdan From a Scottish surname that was originally derived from a place in Berwickshire, itself derived from Brythonic elements meaning "spacious fort"
Harvey Haerviu From Breton haer "battle" + viu "worthy"
Ian Iain Scottish form of Johannes; kin: John, Johan, Hans, Giovanni, Jean, Juan, Evan, Ivan
Irving Irbhinn Also: Irvin, Irvine; From a Scottish surname that was derived from the town of Irvine in North Ayrshire, itself named for the River Irvine, which is derived from Brythonic elements meaning "green water"
Jennifer Gwynnever Yennifer in Anglish? From a Cornish form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere) meaning "white phantom", ultimately from the Proto-Celtic roots *windos "fair, white, blessed" + *sēbros meaning "phantom, magical being"
Kane Ó Catháin, Cathán Also: Keane; Cathán is from Old Irish cath "battle" + a diminutive suffix.
Keegan Mac Aodhagáin, Aodhagán Aodhagán is a double diminutive of Aodh from Old Irish Áed "fire"
Keenan Cianán From Irish Cian "ancient, enduring" + diminutive suffix
Keir Ciar Also: Kier; Names such as Keiran seem to be a diminutive; Names like Keira are feminine; These are from Irish ciar "black"
Keith Keith From a Scottish surname that was originally derived from the name of a place in East Lothian, itself possibly derived from the Celtic root *kayto- meaning "wood"
Kelly Ceallach, Ó Ceallaigh, Ó Cadhla From Old Irish Cellach, of uncertain origin, traditionally said to mean "bright-headed"; Alternatively it could be derived from Old Irish cellach "war, strife" or cell "church".
Kennedy Cennétig, Ó Cinnéidigh Also: Kenedi, Kennedi; From Old Irish cenn "head" and étiud "armour, clothing" or étig "ugly, misshapen"
Kenneth Cainnech and Cináed From Old Irish name Cainnech, derived from caín meaning "handsome, fair"; Cináed is possibly from Old Irish cin "respect, esteem, affection" or cinid "be born, come into being" combined with áed "fire", though it might actually be of Pictish origin
Kevin Caoimhín From Old Irish Cóemgein, composed of cóem "dear, beloved, gentle" and gein "birth"
Kyle caol Also: Kyla; From various place names from Gaelic caol "narrows, channel, strait"
Lachlan Lachlann, Lochlainn Means "Viking, Scandinavian" from Old Irish Lochlann, a name for Scandinavia, meaning "land of the lakes", derived from loch "lake".
Leslie leas celyn From a Scottish surname that was derived from a place in Aberdeenshire, probably from Gaelic leas celyn meaning "garden of holly"
Lester Ligora cæster From the Latin-Welsh town of 'Lester', from Ligora cæster ('chester', an Old English word borrowed from Latin, meaning a Roman stronghold). The Brithonic name's meaning and origin is unknown.
Lincoln Lindum colonia From a Latinised name for what was likely an Old Welsh word for 'lake'. See Welsh 'llyn'. Borne by American leader and winner of the American civil war, Abraham Lincoln.
Lindsay Lindissi Also spelled: “Lindsey”. From the Latin-Welsh town of Lincoln, with the Old English word for island, '-eġ'. 'Lincoln Island'. See also: Lincoln.
Mackenzie Mac Coinnich, Coinneach Also: McKenzie, Makenzie; Coinneach is from Old Irish caín "handsome, fair", one of the origins of Kenneth
Maisie Maisie Diminutive of Scottish Mairead, a form of Margaret
Malcolm Máel Coluim, Maol Choluim "Devotee of Saint Columba"
Maureen Máirín Irish diminutive of Mary
Megan Megan Also: Meghan; Welsh diminutive of Margaret
Moira Máire Irish form of Maria; kin: Mary, Mariam
Morgan Morcant and Morgen Morcant is possibly from Welsh mor "sea" and cant "circle" and Morgen is likely from Old Welsh mor "sea" and the suffix gen "born of"
Neil Niall Also: Neill, Nigel, Neale; This name's meaning is unknown; Possibly connected to the Proto-Celtic root *nītu- "fury, passion" or the (possibly related) Old Irish word nia "hero"
Oscar oss carae Possibly from Old Irish oss "deer" + carae "friend"
Owen Owain and Eoghan Some etymologists consider it to be from Latin Eugenis; Owain could be from Celtic roots *owi- "sheep", *wesu- "good" or *awi- "desire" combined with the Old Welsh suffix gen "born of"; Eoghan possibly means "born from the yew tree", from Old Irish eó "yew" + the suffix gan "born"
Rhiannon Rhiannon Also: Rhianna, Rihanna; Probably derived from an unattested Celtic name *Rīgantonā meaning "great queen" (Celtic *rīganī "queen" and the divine or augmentative suffix -on)
Rory Ruaidhrí Also: Rorie; From Old Irish rúad "red" + rí "king"
Roy Ruadh Often connected with, though not related to, French roi "king"; From Old Irish rúad "red"
Ryan Ó Riain, Rian Also: Rian; Traditionally said to mean "little king", from Irish rí "king" + a diminutive suffix.
Sean Seán Irish form of Johannes; Also: Shawn, Shaun, Shayne, Shane; kin: John, Johan, Hans, Giovanni, Jean, Juan, Evan, Ivan
Shannon Sionann Also: Shana, Shannah; From the River Shannon, whose name may be related to Old Irish sen "old, ancient"
Sheila Síle Irish form of Cecilia
Sullivan Ó Súileabháin, Súileabhán From Irish súil "eye" + dubh "dark, black" + diminutive suffix
Tara Teamhair Possibly means "elevated place"; This was the name of the sacred hill near Dublin where the Irish high kings resided
Tegan Tegan Also: Teagan; From Welsh teg "fair, pretty" + diminutive suffix
Trent ??? From the waterway that flows through Great Britain. A name of unknown spring.
Trevor Trefor, Trevorrow, Ó Treabhair From the name of towns in Wales meaning "big village", derived from Middle Welsh tref "village" and maur "large"

Greek Names

Name Kind Forebear Kin Background
Ayax Αἴας (Aiāx) Ajax. A Greek hero in the tale of the Trojan War.
Fillip Φίλιππος (Philippos) Philip, Phil, Filippo, Philippe. A compound of 'philos' (love) and 'hippos' (horse), meaning: a lover of horses. Spread by early Christians, and brought back in the 1800s.
Yason Ἰάσων (Iason) Jason, Giasone. From a Greek word meaning: healer. Borne by the leader of the Argonauts in the Greek epic. As a Christian name, from the New Testament, it may instead come from a shape of the Hebrew name Yehoshu'a (Joshua).

Latin Names

Name Kind Forebear Kin Background
Anton Antonius Anthony, Tony Borne by the Roman General Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius), backer of Julius Caesar and member of the Second Triumvirate. Also borne by St Anthony the Great, of the 300s.
Chester castrum Shortened to 'Chet'. From a the locational English lastname, Chester, named for towns in England which were once Roman forts.
Cristen Christiānus Christian, Chris, Kris From the followers of Christendom. The Anglish spelling died out in the 1500s, having being upset by the spelling ‘Christian’.
Louk Lūcās Luke, Lucas, Luca. Anglish Spelling: Luke. A borrowing from Latin, which itself was from Greek Λουκᾶς (Loukas), meaning: from Lucania, Italy. Borne by the Christian Holy, after whom a book of the Bible is named.
Mark Marcus Marcus, Marco, Marcellus, Martin Borne by the Christian Holy, after whom a book of the Bible is named. The element 'Mark' found in English lastnames such as Markham is unrelated and comes from the Old English word mierċe, meaning a border/edge, as in the land of Mercia -- the historical Borderlands between England and Wales, and The Mark from Tolkien's writings.
Paul Paulum A leader of the early Christian church.

Hebrew & Aramaic Names

Name Kind Forebear Kin Background
Aaron אַהֲרֹן ('Aharon)
Andres Andreas Andrew, Andre, Andres
Barþolomeus Bartholomæus Bartholomew
Benyamin ‎♂ בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin) Benjamin, Ben
Ewe Eve
Maria Maria Mary, Mariam
Matþeus Matthaeus Matthew, Mateo This name wasn't found as a given name in England until the Norman invasion.
Petrus Petrus Peter
Ruþ רְעוּת (re'ut)‎
Sara שרה (sará)
Simeen Simeon Simeon, Simon
Simon Simon Simeon
Susanna Susanna Susan, Sukey
Timoþeus Timotheus Timothy
Yacob Iacobus James, Jacob, Jack, Jacques, Iago, Jeb, Giacomo, Seamus, Jim, Josephine
Yames Iacomus James, Jacob, Jack, Jacques, Iago, Jeb, Giacomo, Seamus, Jim, Josephine
Yeshua Ieshua Joshua, Jesus Hebrew.
Yesu ‎♂‎ יֵשׁוּע (yēšūʿ) Joshua, Jesus Aramaic.
Yohanna Iohanna Jean, Joan, Johanna, Siobhán, Joana
Yohannes Iohannes John, Johan, Hans, Giovanni, Jean, Juan, Evan, Ian, Ivan
Yoodas Ioudas Judas, Jude
Yoode Ioudas Jude, Judas
Þaddeus Thaddaeus Thaddeus
Þomas Θωμάς Thomas, Tomas