Names That Mean Nation

  1. Uma
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "light, peace, nation"
    • Description:

      Uma is a sweet, strong name for a Hindu goddess... and a Hollywood one. But as popular as Uma Thurman is, other parents have not yet picked up on her name, making it a rarity.
  2. Gladys
    • Origin:

      Possibly a form or Claudia or Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "land, nation"
    • Description:

      Hard as it might be to believe, Gladys was the Harper of 1900, emerging almost out of nowhere to take the naming world by storm. It became a favorite among parents — and writers of romantic Edwardian novels, seen as alluring and unusual. One impetus was the 1870 Ouida novel Puck, whose heroine was the idealized beauty, Gladys Gerant.
  3. Eliam
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "God is my nation"
    • Description:

      A less common — and biblical — alternative to Liam. Eliam joined the Top 1000 for the first time in 2021. In Puerto Rico, it's a Top 50 choice.
  4. Baram
    • Origin:

      Israeli
    • Meaning:

      "son of a nation"
    • Description:

      This is one of hundreds of modern Israeli names that are unknown here but could translate to our culture.
  5. Deshan
    • Origin:

      Hindi
    • Meaning:

      "of the nation"
    • Description:

      Attractive Indian name unfamiliar to most Western parents.
  6. Amram
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "exalted nation"
    • Description:

      In the Old Testament, Amram is the father of Moses. It is most frequently seen as a Jewish surname.