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Unique Names Starting With E

EmrysHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh, variation of Ambrose
  • Meaning:

    "immortal"
  • Description:

    If you're looking for a Welsh name less common than Dylan, Griffin, Evan, or Morgan, you might want to consider this offbeat epithet of the wise wizard Merlin.

    Root name Ambrose is an ancient saints' name derived from the Greek ambrosia, the food and drink of the gods that conferred immortality.

ElioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Elio is a sunny and spirited Italian and Spanish name that makes a great crossover prospect, which could catch on as Enzo has. Elio is also currently popular in France, ranking in the Top 250.

EvanderHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish; Greek
  • Meaning:

    "bow warrior; strong man"
  • Description:

    Evander is a name that could build on the popularity of shorter form Evan, and could work and play well with schoolmates like Zander and Xander.

ElowenHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "elm"
  • Description:

    A beautiful modern Cornish nature name that is rapidly picking up steam in the States: even spawning variant spellings like Elowyn and Elowynn. In its native region, it wasn't widely used as a name before the twentieth century, when the Cornish language was revived. A (currently) unique member of the fashionble El- family of names, it has a pleasant, evocative sound.

EdieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Edith
  • Meaning:

    "prosperous in war"
  • Description:

    Edie is part of the Evie-Ellie et al family of cute and friendly short forms that sometimes stand on its own. Briefly popular in the 1960's, it could well be due for rediscovery.

ErnestHeart

  • Origin:

    English from German
  • Meaning:

    "serious, resolute"
  • Description:

    Ernest is one of those sober, so-far-out-they're-beginning-to-be-reconsidered Great Uncle names. It was a Top 40 name from 1880 to 1926, and has never been completely off the Social Security list.

EiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    This Welsh nature name that can be pronounced exactly like the male Ira. Or, to avoid confusion, you could just name her Snow.

EffieHeart

  • Origin:

    English diminutive of Euphemia, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "pleasant speech"
  • Description:

    Effie is the old-fashioned short form for Euphemia. It shares a vintage charm with Hattie and Letty although is much rarer than either. Effie is a character in The Hunger Games and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

EilidhHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaelic form of Eleanor
  • Description:

    Long popular in Scotland, this attractive name is strictly-speaking the Gaelic version of Eleanor, but is also often considered part of the Helen family of names. After the Normans introduced it into the British Isles, it was transformed into Aileen or Evelyn. It has rarely been heard in the US, but it is slowly starting to be used here too.

EdmundHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "fortunate protector"
  • Description:

    The sophisticated Edmund and its nearly-identical French twin Edmond are coming out of mothballs now that Edward, inspired by Twilight, is once again a hot name.

EchoHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    Echo, the pretty, resonant name of a legendary nymph, was the heroine of Joss Whedon's sci-fi series Dollhouse. Nick Hexum, of the band 311, named his daughter Echo Love.

ErosHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name, meaning "desire"
  • Meaning:

    "desire"
  • Description:

    The name of the Greek winged god of sexual love may seem a lot to live up to, but like other deity names, it's on the rise. He appears in DC comics as an ally of Wonder Woman, and is the alias of Marvel's Starfox character. Eros is also the name of an asteroid in our solar system. The name is more popular in Italy, where it's been in the Top 200 in recent years,

EamonHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish variation of Edmund
  • Meaning:

    "wealthy protector"
  • Description:

    Eamon is one of the traditional Irish names that has not yet emigrated to the US. This Irish name pronounced ay-mon was popularized by early president of the independent republic Eamon de Valera (birth name George), who was born in the United States to an Irish mother and a Cuban father. Eamon definitely has possibilities as a successor to the epidemically popular Aidan/Aiden.

ElaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    Elara, a lover of Zeus who gave birth to a giant son (ouch); it's also the lovely name of one of the moons of Jupiter.

ElspethHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Elspeth is one of those names that never quite made it out of the British Isles--particularly Scotland, but possesses a winningly childlike charm. Elspeth was used by Sir Walter Scott for several of his female characters.

EwanHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish form of Gaelic Eoghan
  • Meaning:

    "born of the yew tree"
  • Description:

    This appealing name has a good chance of catching on due to the popularity of Ewan McGregor, and the trend towards Gaelic names in general. Pronunciation is YOO-un.

EverHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    Ever's timeless quality would make this evocative word a positive middle name choice for a boy or girl. Alanis Morissette and Souleye named their son Ever Imre.

    Ever also seems to have ties to a Scandinavian name meaning "wild as a boar" and a Hebrew name meaning "beyond,"-- a variation of the name Eber.

EnyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "fire"
  • Description:

    This phonetic Anglicization of the Irish name Eithne was made familiar by the single-named Irish singer and composer. St. Eithne was the daughter of a king and an early Irish convert to Christianity.

EulaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sweetly speaking"
  • Description:

    Eulalia is a melodious name with a southern drawl, thanks to those lilting double Ls.

EmilHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "rival"
  • Description:

    In the US, the preferred boys' spin on the mega-popular Emily and Emma is Emmett, but in much of Europe it's Emil. As Emmett gets trendier in the US, parents in search of a more unusual Em name may look to Emil.

ElleryHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "island with elder trees"
  • Description:

    In the past few years Ellery has gone from middle-aged male detective to a plausible girls' name, a la Hillary.

EvelinaHeart

  • Origin:

    English from French
  • Meaning:

    "desired; or water, island"
  • Description:

    A popular name in the Middle Ages, Evelina was eclipsed by Evelyn in the last century, but has a chance at a well-deserved comeback now, fitting right in with the other Ev-names. Like Evelyn, it derives from the Norman name Aveline.

EowynHeart

  • Origin:

    Old English
  • Meaning:

    "horse lover"
  • Description:

    A literary name created by J. R. R. Tolkien for a Lord of the Rings noblewoman of Rohan. Pronounced Ay-oh-win, it would make an interesting if somewhat challenging choice.

EeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Eric
  • Meaning:

    "eternal ruler"
  • Description:

    Creative gem perfect for an architect's son, in tribute to modern Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.

EoinHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Though Eoin is a Gaelic form of John, its Anglicized pronunciation links it directly to Owen. Eoin is currently a Top 30 name in Ireland. Other variations: Ewan, Ewen, Evan and Eoghan (pronounced as Owen but also translated as Eugene).

EnidHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "life, spirit"
  • Description:

    This Celtic goddess and Arthurian name may sound terminally old-ladyish to many ears--but so did names like Ella and Etta not so long ago. So Enid is yet another forgotten four-letter E-possibility: she's has been M.I.A since 1954.

EdnaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "rejuvenation, delight"
  • Description:

    Edna is one of those names that, until what it seemed like a few minutes ago, felt so terminally frumpy that no one could imagine a parent choosing it for an innocent modern baby girl. But with the great upswing in names honoring ancestral family members, several of them being other four-letter, e-ending names, we wouldn't be so sure.

EilaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, Norwegian variation of Elina
  • Meaning:

    "oak tree; bright, shining light"
  • Description:

    Eila is a Hebrew name heard in Israel, due for wider consideration thanks to sound-alike sister Isla, as in actress Fisher. Either way you spell it, the name is simpler than it looks: Pronunciation is I, as in the letter, followed by la.

EuphemiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "fair speech"
  • Description:

    Ancient martyr's name that, though not especially appealing, might still be mildly possible, especially for Anglophiles. It was widely used in early Scotland, but was overtaken by its nickname, EFFIE.

EnolaHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Enola was a precursor of Nevaeh: It's "alone" spelled backwards. But the name Enola is newly in the spotlight thanks to a Netflix film.

EricaHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse, feminine form of Eric
  • Meaning:

    "eternal ruler"
  • Description:

    The straightforward Erica is a Norse feminization that was long associated with the complex, mega-popular character Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci for decades on the soap opera All My Children. Used in Scandinavia since the early eighteenth century, where it was usually spelled Erika, it was in the Top 50 girls' list in the USA in the 1970s and eighties.

EthelHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "noble maiden"
  • Description:

    Ethel is a name we once declared as 'So Far Out They'll Probably Always Be Out,' but with the return of other names on that list and with its new starbaby cred via Lily Allen, its soft sound and admirable meaning, we're not so sure.

EchoHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "echo"
  • Description:

    Although this is traditionally seen as a female name, via the classical mythological nymph who pined away for Narcissus until all that remalined of her was a disembodied voice--it can also be used for boys. Remember that old song, 'Little sir echo, how do you do?'

EithneHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "nut kernel"
  • Description:

    Pretty and soulful name of a goddess from Irish mythology and several Irish saints. Singer Enya, born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, has made the Anglicized spelling familiar. Eithne comes from the vocabulary word "kernel", which was used as a term of praise in old bardic poetry.

EtienneHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Stephen
  • Meaning:

    "garland, crown"
  • Description:

    It's the French Steve yet feels oh so much more debonair. Well-used and still a popular classic in French-speaking lands, but one of the many French names for boysunfamiliar to most English speakers, except maybe fashionistas who associate it with designer Etienne Aigner. A new way to honor Grandpa Steve?

EbenezerHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "stone of help"
  • Description:

    Ebenezer is the name of a biblical place --the stone set up by Samuel to mark his victory over the Philistines--rather than a person. It was adopted by the British Puritans as a first name and then exported to America, where it had some early popularity, even entering the Top 1000 in the 1880s.

EbonyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "deeply black wood"
  • Description:

    Word name favored by African-American parents because of its connotations of blackness and beauty, trending down since the eighties.

EleanoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latinate form of Eleanor
  • Description:

    Eleanor is back, Nora is back, and soon Eleanora will be too. Off the charts since the 1930s, this elaboration of the classic Eleanor was in common use for decades before falling from favor. Spelling Eleonora adds yet another syllable to make the pronunciation el-LAY-oh-nor-a, and you can try to instruct people to say Eleanora that way too, but most will pronounce it like Eleanor with an a at the end and that's just fine. That final vowel gives a serious, stately name a little flip at the end, making it more distinctive and modern if not right for every taste.

ElioraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord is my light"
  • Description:

    Eliora is a melodic name ripe with vowel sounds.

ElysiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "from Elysium"
  • Description:

    This version stands out from the pack of Alyssas, Elissas et al, as Elysia relates to Elysian Fields, the mythological home of the blessed.

EnderHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkish
  • Meaning:

    "very rare"
  • Description:

    This popular Turkish name has a very on-trend sound and is familiar to English speakers thanks to Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. The book has recently been turned into a movie, starring Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin.

ElviraHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "white, fair"
  • Description:

    Before there was the campy TV Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Elvira was the long-suffering wife of Don Juan, and remnants of those negative, gothic images still cling to it, though they are fading.

    Other references include the romantic film Elvira Madigan, based on a real person, and the main ghostly character in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, as well as appearances in several operas.

ElonHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "oak tree"
  • Description:

    The boys' name Elon is best known today as the name of Elon Musk, eccentric billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX. With Canadian singer Grimes, Elon Musk has a son with an even more unusual name, X Æ A-12.

ErasmusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "beloved, desired"
  • Description:

    Erasmus has long retained the image of the bearded and bespectacled Dutch philosopher, but could be one that the audacious baby namer just might dare to dust off.

ElvaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "leader of the elves"
  • Description:

    Elva is the anglicized version of Ailbhe, growing more popular in Ireland.

EmmettHeart

  • Origin:

    English; Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "truth; universal"
  • Description:

    Emmett has had an interesting and unusual gender history. A long-obscure masculinization of Emma, Emmett is now rising as a boys' name as a companion to the very popular Emma and Emily. And at the same time, Emmett itself is seen by a handful of parents as a new spin for girls on those uber-popular choices. While the Emmet spelling might still seem most masculine, the extra T in Emmett does make it seem girl-appropriate. Emmette is an even more feminine spelling. But don't be too alarmed: There were over 3000 boys named Emmett in one recent year compared to only 13 girls.

ElinHeart

  • Origin:

    Swedish variation of Ellen
  • Description:

    The Elin variation makes an old favorite sleeker and more modern. Elin came to prominence via the ex-Mrs.Tiger Woods. It entered the US Top 1000 in 2010, though it's now in danger of dropping off.

ElowynHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Elowen, Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "elm"
  • Description:

    The -en ending is the authentically female one, so although Americans especially consider the y a feminizing element in the final syllable of a name, we recommend sticking with the Elowen spelling of this lovely name.

ElectraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "shining, bright"
  • Description:

    Though the tragedies of the Greeks and Eugene O'Neill that used this name are filled with incest and murder, Electra is still a brilliant choice. Isabella Rossellini chose the gentler Italian verson, Elettra, for her now grown daughter.
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