From the Old English 'aesc' - ash tree, and 'tun' - settlement.
The name is borne by American actor Ashton Kutcher.
The male name Ben is from the Hebrew meaning "son", mentioned in the Old Testament.
Ben is also used as a nickname for Benjamin, the Anglicized form of Binyamin, meaning "son of my right hand". In the Bible, Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob.<
Nickname for Bradley. Borne by popular American actor Brad Pitt.
Surname of American sports celebrity Kobe Bryant and newscaster Bryant Gumble.
In English, a "carter" is someone who carries materials in a cart. Carter is a common English surname, though it has recently gained popularity as boys' first name in English-speaking countries. As a surname, famous bearers include US President Jimmy Car
Charlie is very popular as a stand-alone name in the UK, rated 6h in 2007 (Charles came in at 52nd). It was ranked only 337th in the US.
Charlie is also used occasionally as a nickname for the feminine name Charlotte, or other female "Char"
Cohen is either a Jewish surname from the Hebrew 'kohen' (priest) or an anglicised Irish surname from 'Ó Cadhan' (descendant of Cadhan).
Cohen is not a personal name in Hebrew. In the Jewish faith, a kohen is assumed to be a direct male de
The name Cyrus is derived from either the Persian word "kurush," which may relate to the sun, or "kuru", which relates to throne.
Cyrus the Great was the first Persian ruler; he conquered Babylon, and is known Biblically for releasing the
Traditional Cornish name slightly anglicized with an additional "e", yet used for centuries.
Famous bearers include American actor Denzel Washington.
There have been six British kings called George, and Saint George is the patron saint of England, knights, armorers and archers. This is also the first name of US President, George H. W. Bush and his son, President George W. Bush, and the first US Preside
Harrison is a common surname - examples of bearers include Beatle George Harrison and US Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison, who were grandfather and grandson.
It is the first name of actor Harrison Ford, and Harrison Schmitt w
The heath habitat is a shrubland area with low-growing woody vegetation.
As a first name, famous Heaths include actor Heath Ledger and American politician and former American football player Heath Shuler.
Hudson is of uncertain origin with possible ties to Huda, Hudde, Hugh, and Richard.
Hudson Bay in north-east Canada and the Hudson River which marks the border between New York and New Jersey were named after the explorer Henry Hudson.
Traditionally a surname, Jackson has gained recent popularity as a first name. This rise in popularity is probably due to parents using Jackson as a longer form of the nickname Jack. Jack is traditionally a nickname for the name John.
Nickname for John- or Jon- names. Form of John adopted by popular American actor Johnny Depp.
A prophet of the Old Testament.
Famous bearers include Jonas Salk, American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first safe and effective polio vaccine and Disney's The Jonas Brothers (joe,
There were two Byzantine emperors named Justin. Justin Martyr was an early Christian apologist and saint. Justin Timberlake is an American singer.
Justin was the 8th most popular name in Quebec in 2006.
Kanye is the name of a town in Botswana. The most famous bearer of this name is rapper Kanye West, but it is unknown whether he was named after the town, or whether his parents invented the name themselves.
Occupational surname given to those who were in the employment of making barrels. It was also a name used to describe someone who was a glutton.
Keifer Sutherland is a famous American actor.
Kobe is the name of a town in Japan and a last name, but it is not used as a first name there.
Kobe has been unusually used as a name in the United States in reference to the Japanese town, such as the name of basketball player Kobe Bryant.
Famous bearers include Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci - most famous for his painting the 'Mona Lisa' but also a skilled architect, inventor, scientist, musician and writer. It's more recent popularity may be attributed to actor Leonardo Di
Pet form of Matthew, occasionally found as an independent name.
Famous bearers include actor Matt Damon.
Matthew is the English form of the Hebrew name Mattityahu meaning "gift of God", through the Greek Matthaios.
Matthew the Evangelist, traditionally held as the author of the Gospel of Matthew, is an important Christian figure best known as
To pierce something is to make a hole in something or to penetrate it.
Pierce Brosnan is an actor, most famous for playing James Bond. Franklin Pierce was the 14th American President.
"Prince" is ultimately derived from the Latin "princeps," meaning "the first." Prince is a title used in most royal houses to indicate a son in line for the throne.
Prince is also the name of an American musician who famously changed his n
The Irish form of John. Famous bearers include actors Sean Connery - the first James Bond, Sean Bean, Sean Astin - Samwise Gamgee in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Sean "Puffy" or "P. Diddy" Combs and Sean Penn.
Alternate spelling of Stephen.
Famous bearers include film directors Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh and Steven Seagal, and English footballer Steven Gerrard.
Tom is more widely known as a short form of Thomas. It may also be a Hebrew name of its own, meaning "honesty, innocence."
Celebrity bearers of the name include Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks.
Alicia is the Spanish and modern Latinate form of Alice.
Bearers include American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, actresses Alicia Silverstone and Alicia Witt, and Australian tennis player Alicia Molik.
Angelina Jolie is an American actress. The name is also shared by the character Angelina Ballerina - a dancing mouse.
The French word for "April." Popularized recently by singer Avril Lavigne.
Beyonce is a modern invention and comes from the French surname Beyincé. Beyonce has been made popular by actress and singer Beyonce Knowles.
Respelling of Brittany borne by American pop star Britney Spears.
The English name for the French province of Bretagne, named for the Briton settlers who arrived after the Anglo-Saxon invasion of England.
Brittany joined the US top 1000 in 1971 and experienced it's highest popularity (3rd most popular gir
Variant of Charlotte under influence of Elizabeth.
Charlize Theron is a South African actress and model.
Nickname for Demetria which has become vogue to use as a "stand alone" name in the USA, probably from the popularity of actress Demi Moore.
Famous Denises include actresses Denise Richards and Denise van Outen. Denise Levertov was a poet, whose work was, in particular, critical of the Vietnam War. Denise Lewis is a British Olympic gold-winning heptathlete.
English translation of the Welsh Gwynedd. Made popular in modern times by its association with American actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
'Heidi' is a children's story by Joanna Spyri, set in the mountains of Switzerland. Its sequels were written by Spyri's English translator Charles Tritten. Heidi is also the name of a character in Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' series of novels. The charact
Jennifer joined the US top 1000 names in 1938. It rose until in 1970 it was the #1 name in USA, it held that place until 1985 and has been in decline ever since. In 2006 it was the 51st most popular name in America.
Famous bearers include
Jessica first appeared in the Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice' and her origins are much debated. It is possible that Jessica comes from the Hebrew name found in the Bible as Iscah, which was translated in Shakespeare's time as Jesca.
This nickname of Katherine has been borne by New Zealand suffragette Kate (Katherine) Sheppard, supermodel Kate (Katherine) Moss, singer Kate (Catherine) Bush and actresses Kate Winslet, Kate Hudson, Kate (Kathryn) Beckinsale, author Kate Chopin and Kate
From the Greek Aikaterine of uncertain origin, but associated with the Greek 'katharos' (pure). The name Katherine has been popular since the Dark Ages, and was used by many European royal families over the centuries.
Katherine Swynford wa
Katie is a nickname for Katherine. As a stand-alone name it has been very popular in the UK, falling to 13th place in 2006. Its popularity in the US appears to be declining, with Katie currently hovering just outside the top 100.
Borne by A
Kimora is a name of uncertain derivation; it may simply be an elaboration on the nickname Kim.
The popularity of this name in recent times is undoubtedly due to its association with actress and designer Kimora Lee Simmons.
French feminine form of Michel; variant of Michèle.
The name is now also used extensively in the English-speaking world.
It was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, possibly influenced by the famous Beatles song "Michelle".
Phoenetic respelling of the Hawaiian name Maile.
Miley has been gaining in popularity due to the celebrity of Miley Cyrus and her character Hannah Montana. In her case, the name was a nickname given to her by her father, "Smiley".
Nicole is a feminine form of Nicholas. Bearers include actress Nicole Kidman, socialite Nicole Richie and singer Nicole Appleton.
Lyrical translation and modernization of the Hebrew Ofra. Most widely associated with American journalist and celebrity Oprah Winfrey.
Rihanna is a misspelled version of the name Rhianna. It appeared on the top 1000 names chart in the U.S. in 2006, no doubt influenced by the popularity of the musical artist Rihanna.
Scarlett O'Hara is the protagonist of Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind". It is a little known fact that Scarlett's full name is "Katie Scarlett O'Hara", after her Irish father's mother.
Scarlett Johansson is a popular American
Made popular in contemporary times by British actress Sienna Miller.
Soleil is not used as a first name in France. Marie-Soleil occurs in Québec.
Soleil Moon Frye is an American actress most notable for playing the title role in the 1980's television show "Punky Brewster".
Tyra Banks is an American supermodel and talk show host.
Cameron is used both as a surname and a given name; the Camerons are a clan from the Scottish Highlands. The name is believed to be from the Gaelic 'cam' (crooked) and 'srón' (nose).
Cameron Crowe is a film director, and Cameron Mackintosh
Popularized in the US by actress Halle Berry.
Heather or Calluna is a perennial shrub. Heather is normally found in heathland.
'Heathers' was a comedy about a clique, almost all of whom are called Heather. Famous Heathers include actresses Heather Graham and Heather Locklear. Heather M
Jada is an English transcription of the Biblical male name Yada, from the Hebrew meaning "he knew". In the Old Testament, Yada was a man of the Tribe of Judah.
Today Jada is also used on girls as an elaboration of Jade, from the precious gr
Jude, a form of Judah, is a male name, but it is also used as a feminine nickname (usually for Judith). Jude is used in the Bible opposite Judas Iscariot to distinguish between the two apostles of the same name. In popular culture the name is associated w
Lee is a surname that has become very common as a first name in English speaking countries.
As a first name, famous Lees include actor Lee Marvin, Lee Majors, singer Lee Ryan and the assassin of John F Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Lindsay is derived from the Brithonic name "Lindissi," a corruption of the Latin "Lindum Colonia" - the Roman name for Lincoln. "Lindum" may derive from the old Gaeli "lindu," meaning "dark lake." Lindsay is a unisex name today, usually feminine in the
In Homer's epic poem "The Iliad", Paris was the Trojan Prince whose vanity caused the start of the Trojan war and the eventual downfall of his city. In Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet", Paris was the man the Capulet's wanted Juliet to marry. Paris
A respelling of the masculine Rhys, Reese is commonly used on girls in the United States. "Reese" is also the brand of a very famous peanut-butter candy in the U.S.
Reese Witherspoon is a popular American actress who has influenced the usa
Russian endearment of Alexander that has crossed over from strictly boy's territory to commonly used for girls.
Both comedian Jerry Seinfeld and President Barack Obama have daughters names Sasha.
Sasha Cohen is an American Olympic fi
Taylor was originally an occupational surname which denoted someone who worked as a tailor.
Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States. Taylor is a brand of guitars and the name of Taylor University in Indiana. Taylor Alis
Will is a common nickname for any names starting in "Will/Wil" such as Willard, William, Willem, Wilson or Wilford.
Famous bearers include lead character Will Turner played by Orlando Bloom in Disney's "Pirates of the Carribean" series, Co