This name is used across Europe and America, with meaning varying from country to country. In French and English, it relates to the olive tree. The biblical olive tree symbolizes fruitfulness, beauty and dignity. Other meanings include 'affectionate' and 'peaceful'. This name has been top of the most popular list for the past few years.
This name has two meanings: 'the house ruler' and 'the war leader'.
Its origin is Georgios, a Greek name meaning 'farmer'.
In English and Polish Jack means 'God is gracious'. It is also deemed to be a diminutive form of John. In the medieval times, Jack was so common that it was used as a general term for 'man' or 'boy'.
In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel, and his name is explained as "holder of the heel" or "supplanter".
In Hebrew this name means 'rest, comfort'. In the Bible, Noah built an ark that rescued his family and a pair of each species from the Flood.
This one comes from the Old English 'ceorl' which means 'man'.
This is the name of the founder of Islamic religion Prophet Muhammad. The name means 'praised, praiseworthy'. Up four places from 2015.
The Biblical meaning of this name is 'twin'.
Possibly originates from Old Norse name Ásgeirr which stands for 'divine spear'.
This one is derived from the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements will "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection", it is often explained as 'resolute protector'.
This was the name of two apostles in the New Testament. The first was Saint James the Greater, second - James the Lesser. Another James mentioned in the Bible is the brother of Jesus.
Very simply, this name means 'lion'. Up two places from 2015.
The diminutive form of Alfred, meaning ‘elf’ or ‘magical counsel’. Anglo-Saxons believed in elves as wise and powerful beings that have influence over people.
From the Germanic languages, this name means 'home ruler'.
In Hebrew, Joshua means 'generous'. In the Old Testament Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as a city leader.
Freddie comes from the Old German name Frithuric, meaning 'peaceful ruler'.
A diminutive form of Archibald. This one is popular in Scotland but also comes from Germanic, meaning 'genuine, bold'.
This name means 'strong' or 'enduring' in Hebrew.
This name means 'laughter'. In the Old Testament God was testing Isaac ordering him to sacrifice his own son, though angels eventually prevented it.
This name means 'defending men' from Greek
The Biblical meaning of this name is 'increase, adding'. In the Old Testament Joseph was the favourite son of Jacob.
It means 'rich guard', deriving from Old English.
This one also comes from Hebrew and means 'asked of God' or 'heard by God'.
This name comes from the Latin word for 'greatest'.
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