Names That Mean Form

  1. Juul
    • Origin:

      Dutch diminutive of Julia, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "youthful"
    • Description:

      This Dutch version of Jules is used for both girls and boys. The association with the vaping product of the same name (but different pronunciation) makes this one a no-go in the US.
  2. Jannick
    • Origin:

      Dutch and German form of John
    • Meaning:

      "God is gracious"
    • Description:

      Another spelling of JANNIK, a John form that has a terminally Olde Worlde sound to the American ear.
  3. Tu
    • Origin:

      French, intimate form of "you"
    • Meaning:

      "you"
    • Description:

      The onetime star of "Northern Exposure" named his daughter Tu Morrow. Think about it.
  4. Pleun
    • Origin:

      Dutch
    • Meaning:

      "of the sun god"
    • Description:

      Pleun is a unisex Dutch name deriving from Apollonius or Apollonia, although now it ranks far higher for girls in its native land than the original form.
  5. Andrei
    • Origin:

      Russian form of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "manly"
    • Description:

      Russian, Belarusian, Romanian and Bulgarian form of Andrew
  6. Giannis
    • Origin:

      Modern Greek form of John
    • Description:

      Gianni, the Italian form of Johnny, has gotten popular in the US, and there's a good chance Giannis will be next, thanks to rising star basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is Greek. It makes an original spin on John or Jonas. Other variations are Iannis and Yanis.
  7. Jas
    • Origin:

      Abbreviation of James or short form of Jasper
  8. Casimiro
    • Origin:

      Spanish form of Casimir, Polish and Slavic
    • Meaning:

      "destroyer of peace"
    • Description:

      All names Cas are cool right night, from Cassius to Cassian to Caspian to, yes, Casimir and its Latin form Casimiro. An attractive possibility in this appealing group.
  9. Amaranta
    • Origin:

      Spanish and Italian form of Amarantha
    • Meaning:

      "unfading"
    • Description:

      Amaranta is the unusual and intriguing Latinate form of the Greek botanical name Amarantha, which connects to an eternal mythical figure. An excellent choice for the parent who wants an A name but wishes to move beyond the usual complement of names from Amelia to Annabel.
  10. Mingo
    • Origin:

      Short form of Domingo
    • Description:

      Mingo is a cute nickname of the Spanish version of Dominic. It's not to be confused with Mungo, the name of the patron saint of Glasgow.
  11. Aniceta
    • Origin:

      Latinized feminine form of Ancient Greek
    • Meaning:

      "unconquerable"
    • Description:

      A delicate name with strong roots, Aniceta is most often used in contemporary Spain. Saint Anicetus was an ancient pope and martyr.
  12. Teddi
    • Origin:

      Short form of Theodora
    • Description:

      Now that Theodora (and Dorothea) are back, the adorable Teddi might work again for a baby girl.
  13. Caecilia
    • Origin:

      Feminine form of Caecilius, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "blind"
    • Description:

      The ancient Roman name that gave us Cecilia, Cecily, and related names. This spelling looks authentic, but might raise more pronunciation problems than it solves.
  14. Fannie
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Fanny, diminutive of Frances
    • Meaning:

      "from France; free man"
    • Description:

      It's hard to believe, via a 21st-century sensibility, that Fannie was ever a Top 50 name. But Fannie was even more popular than Fanny in its late 19th-century heyday, and stuck around much longer, staying on the Top 1000 until the 1960s while Fanny fell off in 1940. Today, however, Fannie sounds antiquated at best, and rude at worst.
  15. Ciri
    • Origin:

      Short form of Cirilla, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "lordly"
    • Description:

      Ciri may sound exactly like the ubiquitous digital Siri, but it's achieving fame in its own right as the familiar name of Princess Cirilla of The Witcher series. The name's meaning is a nod to her royal status.
  16. Roc
    • Origin:

      Arabic mythical name; Catalan form of Rocco
    • Meaning:

      "rest"
    • Description:

      An earthy rock'n'roll name with multiple origins. The Roc was a giant bird in Middle Eastern legend.
  17. Tavian
    • Origin:

      Romanian form of Octavian
    • Description:

      A cool international name that could join the ranks of cool N-ending boy names. Americans may know it best from retired NFL player Tavian Banks.
  18. Antoni
    • Origin:

      Polish, Catalan and Welsh form of Antonius, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "priceless"
  19. Fayette
    • Origin:

      Short form of Lafayette, French
    • Meaning:

      "faith"
    • Description:

      Short form found in historical records, feels a tad feminine for modern times.
  20. Jeanie
    • Origin:

      Short form of Jean or Jeanne
    • Description:

      Jeanie is a midcentury bobby soxer kind of nickname that might almost be so old it's new again.