Names That Mean House

  1. Xavier
    • Origin:

      Basque
    • Meaning:

      "new house"
    • Description:

      Xavier originated is use as a given name after Saint Francis Xavier, cofounder of the Jesuit order, who got his name from the Spanish-Basque village where he was born. His birthplace was Javier, the name of which was derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, meaning "castle" or "new house." Many Americans pronounce the initial X, as in ex-ZAY-vee-er, but it's equally accepted to pronounce the name ZAY-vee-er, closer to the French pronunciation.
  2. Spencer
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "house steward, dispenser of provisions"
    • Description:

      Spencer is a name that has everything: it's both distinguished sounding and accessible, dignified but Spencer Tracy-like friendly. Picked by several celebrities (a couple of times even for a girl), adding up to an enthusiastically recommended choice.
  3. Bethany
    • Origin:

      Biblical place name and Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "house of figs"
    • Description:

      Bethany is a lyrical name that still strikes many parents as a fresher, more substantial substitute for the overused Brittany/Brittney or the more antiquated Beth.
  4. Xavi
    • Origin:

      Catalan diminutive of Xavier, Basque or Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "new house or bright"
    • Description:

      This nickname was given often enough as a standalone to land it in the Top 1000 from 2010—2013.
  5. Solveig
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian
    • Meaning:

      "the strong house or daughter of the sun"
    • Description:

      Common in Scandinavia, this name has rarely come to our shores. The name of the heroine in Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Solveig is currently a widely-used name in Norway. Pronounced authentically, with a silent 'g', it becomes much more appealing.
  6. Nikita
    • Origin:

      Russian or Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "victor; house"
    • Description:

      Nikita – a masculine Russian name deriving from the Greek name Niketas, meaning "victory" – has come a long way from portly post-Stalin Soviet leader Khrushchev to the female spy/assassin in the movie and TV series La Femme Nikita.
  7. Demelza
    • Origin:

      Cornish
    • Meaning:

      "eel house or Maeldaf's fort"
    • Description:

      A punchy modern Cornish name derived from a place name, which is of disputed origin. It is sometimes said to derive from a rare Welsh name, Maeldaf, plus dinas, the Cornish for "fort". Another theory is that it comes from Cornish ty "house" plus malsai "eel" – likely a reference to Cornwall's fishing trade.
  8. Bibi
    • Origin:

      French, Persian, or diminutive of Bibiana
    • Meaning:

      "toy; delight; lady of the house; life"
    • Description:

      A spunky nickname name for parents with showbiz aspirations for their daughter.
  9. Maison
    • Origin:

      French word name
    • Meaning:

      "house"
    • Description:

      Mason with a French accent. It first entered the US Top 1000 in 2012, and it will likely hang on for as long as its brother-in-spelling-variations, Mayson.
  10. Bethel
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "house of God"
    • Description:

      A rarely used Biblical place-name with a soft and pleasant sound.
  11. Estes
    • Origin:

      English, Welsh, and Spanish surname
    • Meaning:

      "of the East"
    • Description:

      For some, a name that will evoke the beauty of the national park in the Colorado Rockies.
  12. Tania
    • Origin:

      Russian, diminutive of Tatiana
    • Meaning:

      "belonging to the house of Tatius"
    • Description:

      Tania is a Russian name that has been fully integrated into the American name pool, retaining just a touch of its Slavic flavor. It started as a pet form of Tatiana, which is beginning to be used in this country as well. Also spelled Tanya, as in country singer Tanya Tucker.
  13. Xavia
    • Origin:

      Basque or Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "new house or bright"
    • Description:

      Modern feminine form of Xavier
  14. Bethesda
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "house of mercy"
    • Description:

      Unlike other place names, this one might be tied too tightly to a single locale -- the Maryland suburb of D. C. -- to work as a first name.
  15. Nineveh
    • Origin:

      Biblical place name from Akkadian or Babylonian
    • Meaning:

      "house of fish"
    • Description:

      An ancient city in Assyria, where Jonah was sent to spread the word of God.
  16. Baltimore
    • Origin:

      Place name, English from Irish
    • Meaning:

      "town of the big house"
    • Description:

      With place names extending their range, this is an unmapped possibility, though a bit stiff. Baltimore, Maryland was named after Cecil Calvert, the 2nd Baron Baltimore. Baltimore is ultimately derived from the Irish Baile an Tí Mhóir, meaning "town of the big house."
  17. Villa
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "country house"
    • Description:

      A word that carries a broad range of connotations across Europe, all of which ultimately derive from the Roman term for a country estate. Villa is well established as a surname, especially in Spanish-speaking countries, and has also occasionally been used as a first name for girls.
  18. Seldon
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "from the house on the hill"
    • Description:

      Seldom heard as a first name.
  19. Casanova
    • Origin:

      Catalan and Italian surname
    • Meaning:

      "new house"
    • Description:

      Sweeping, romantic overtones.
  20. Bethlehem
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "house of bread"
    • Description:

      The Spanish name Belén is a well-established girl name, but parents have been slower to use the English equivalent. It is beginning to come into wider use, along with other New Testament place names like Galilee and Nazareth.