Names That Mean Illustrious

  1. Grady
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "noble, illustrious"
    • Description:

      Following in the footsteps of popular brother Brady, Grady is another lively, ebullient Irish surname name. The O'Gradys (originally O Gradaugh) were an ancient clan that produced an impressive number of bishops.

      Perhaps the most remarkable O'Grady descendant is Muhammad Ali, whose mother's maiden name was Grady.

  2. Roark
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "illustrious and mighty"
    • Description:

      This distinguished surname belonged to one of Ireland's great princely families. Its many variations include Rourke (as in actor Mickey), and O'Rourke. The family surname is thought to be one of the oldest in the world, originating in the tenth century, following the death of a young prince named Ruarc. It has literary cred via Howard Roark, the protagonist of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
  3. Haman
    • Origin:

      Persian
    • Meaning:

      "illustrious"
    • Description:

      Whatever its merits as a name, Haman is a Biblical villain, a member of the Persian king's court who plotted to slaughter the Jews. His plan was foiled by Queen Esther and Haman was hanged. Not a role model you want for your child.
  4. Gormlaith
    • Origin:

      Gaelic
    • Meaning:

      "blue princess or illustrious lady"
    • Description:

      Gormlaith was the wife of the 11th century ruler of Ireland Brian Boru. The name is also used in Scotland. Despite its beautiful meaning, many will find the hard "gorm" sound too much to get past.
  5. Jala
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "great, illustrious"
    • Description:

      Simple, pretty, and delicate.
  6. Jalila
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "illustrious"
    • Description:

      The two l's in this Arabic name give it a particularly rich rhythmic quality.
  7. Anoma
    • Origin:

      Unknown possibly Sanskrit "illustrious"
    • Meaning:

      "illustrious"
    • Description:

      Anoma is name occasionally seen in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Its meaning is unknown but likely related to the word meaning "illustrious". It is a name that could easily work in English-speaking countries.
  8. Majid
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "illustrious"
    • Description:

      This evocative Arabic name is often heard in India.
  9. Clelie
    • Origin:

      French from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "famous, illustrious"
    • Description:

      Clelie or Clélie is the French form of the interesting and little-used Roman name Clelia.