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The Origins of Names

In many instances, names of particular Ethnic origin are not necessarily in common use today in the country of origin.

When you search for a name you will find the origin of the name. Below is a brief description of the origin.

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Aboriginal Not necessarily traditional indigenous Australian names, but rather Aboriginal words from various parts of the continent.
African This term refers to any one of the related languages that are spoken in central Africa. More specifically, it refers to languages belonging to the Niger-Congo language family. African languages referred to on this website include: Akan (Ghana and Togo), Igbo (Nigeria), Luganda (Uganda), Luo (Kenya), Mwera (Tanzania), Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Shona (Zimbabwe), Swahili (eastern Africa), Tiv (Nigeria), Tswana (Botswana and South Africa), Xhosa (South Africa), and Yoruba (Nigeria).
Akkadian An extinct Semitic language that was spoken in the ancient realm of Akkad, which was located in Mesopotamia.
Albanian The Indo-European language spoken in Albania. It is probably descended from the extinct languages Illyrian and Thracian.
Arabic The Semitic language that is spoken in the Middle East and northern Africa.
Aramaic A Semitic language that was spoken in southwest Asia beginning about 1000 BC.
Armenian The Indo-European language spoken in the Caucasus by the Armenian peoples. Its closest relations were the extinct languages Thracian and Phrygian.
Assyrian A Semitic language that was spoken in the ancient kingdom of Assyria. It was originally a dialect of Akkadian.
Avestan An extinct Indo-European language spoken in ancient Iran. It was related to Old Persian.
Babylonian An extinct Semitic language that was spoken in ancient Babylonia. It was originally a dialect of Akkadian.
Basque From the western Pyrenees region of Spain and France.
Breton The Celtic language that was spoken by the Celts of southeast Britain and Brittany (Bretons).
British Refers to the Brythonic Celtic that was spoken in Britain before the Anglo-Saxon invasions.
Bulgarian The south Slavic language spoken in Bulgaria.
Catalan The language spoken northern and eastern Spain, southern France, Andorra, and the Balearic Islands. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Celtic Breton, Cornish and Welsh names from the Celtic (Indo-European) languages of the far west of Europe.
Chinese This term is used to refer to any of the related languages spoken in China, including Mandarin, Hokkien and Cantonese. Unless otherwise noted, the Chinese names on this website are in Mandarin and they are transcribed using the Pinyin system.
Coptic The language descended from Egyptian.
Cornish Celtic names from Cornwall, the most south-westerly English county.
Croatian The south Slavic language spoken by the Croatian people. It is similar to Serbian except for its use of the Latin alphabet.
Czech The west Slavic language spoken in the Czech Republic.
Danish The language spoken in Denmark. It is one of the Scandinavian languages.
Dutch The Germanic language spoken in Holland (and also parts of Belgium, where it is typically called Flemish and is sometimes regarded as a separate language).
Egyptian Names from the extinct language f the ancient Egyptians.
English This term refers to modern English. It is descended from Middle English.
Esperanto The international language invented by Doctor Ludwig L. Zamenhof (1859-1917). Much of the vocabulary is based on words from European languages.
Ethiopic The Semitic language that was formerly spoken in Ethiopia. It is still used by the Christian church in Ethiopia.
Etruscan This was the language of the ancient Etruscan peoples of Italy. It is now extinct.
Finnish The language spoken in Finland. It is a member of the Uralic language family.
Flemish From a form of Dutch, used mainly in northern Belgium.
French This term refers to the French language at any of its stages from Old French to modern French. French is one of the Romance languages that are descended from Latin.
Frisian A Germanic language spoken in northern Holland and the Frisian Islands.
Gaelic Names that originated from the Gaelic (a form of Celtic) languages of Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland. The definitions 'Irish' and 'Scottish' generally indicate Gaelic names which have been Anglicised.
Galician A language spoken in north-western Spain, closely related to Portuguese. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Gaulish The ancient Celtic language spoken by the Celts who lived in France (Gauls).
German This term is used to refer to the German language at any of its stages from Old High German to modern German. It is one of the Germanic languages.
Germanic This term refers the ancient Indo-European language spoken by the Germanic tribes many centuries ago. Descended from it are Old English, German, Old Norse, Gothic and others. Also called Teutonic.
Gothic The extinct language that was spoken by the Goths. It is descended from Germanic.
Greek The language of Greece. This term refers to the language of both ancient and modern Greece.
Hawaiian The Polynesian language spoken on the Hawaiian islands.
Hebrew The ancient Semitic language of the Israelites. This term refers primarily to ancient Hebrew. Hebrew has been revived and is used today in modern Israel.
Hungarian The language of Hungary. It is a member of the Uralic family and therefore unrelated to the majority of other European languages.
Icelandic The language of Iceland. It is one of the Scandinavian languages.
Inuit The languages spoken by the peoples of northern North America. Also called Eskimo.
Irish The Gaelic language of the Celts of Ireland.
Italian The language spoken in modern day Italy. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Japanese The language spoken in modern day Japan, probably related to the Altaic languages.
Jewish/Modern Jewish Hebrew, but generally popular modem names rather than, ancient names from the Bible and other sources.
Khmer The language spoken in Cambodia.
Korean The Altaic language spoken in Korea.
Latin The Indo-European language spoken in Rome in the time of the Roman empire. It is no longer spoken but it has many descendents including French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
Latvian The Baltic language spoken in Latvia.
Lithuanian The Baltic language spoken in Lithuania.
Macedonian The south Slavic language that is spoken in Macedonia.
Manx The Gaelic language that was spoken on the Isle of Man.
Maori The Polynesian language spoken by the original peoples of New Zealand.
Middle English From the form of English used from approximately AD 1100-1400. Old English names from the form of English (Anglo-Saxon) that was m use prior to AD 1100.
Nahuatlan The language that was spoken by the Aztec people of Mexico, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan language family.
Native American This term refers to any of the several languages spoken by the original peoples of North and South America. Native American languages referred to on this website include: Algonquin (eastern Canada), Apache (Southwest U.S.), Choctaw (Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana), Comanche (central U.S.), Cree (central Canada), Creek (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida), Dakota (Mississippi Valley), Iroquoian (eastern North America), Mayan (Central America), Nahuatlan (Mexico), Nuu-chah-nulth (Vancouver Island), Ojibwa (central North America), Shawnee (Ohio Valley), Taino (Bahamas), and Zapotec (Mexico).
Norwegian The Scandinavian language spoken in Norway.
Old English A language from the Germanic language sub-family. It was spoken in England from about the seventh century to the twelfth century. Also called Anglo-Saxon.
Old French From the form of French used prior to approximately AD 1400.
Old Norse From before AD1400 language of Scandinavia and Iceland.
Persian This term is used to refer to either Old Persian or its descendent, modern Persian. Old Persian forms the basis for the languages spoken today in parts of Iran, Iraq and the surrounding regions. The modern language is also called Farsi.
Phoenician The Semitic language of ancient Phoenicia.
Polish The west Slavic language spoken in Poland.
Portuguese The language that developed in Portugal, also now spoken in Brazil. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Proven├žal The language spoken in the Provence region in France. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Quechua This term refers to the group of languages used by the Native Americans (including the Inca) of Peru and surrounding countries.
Quenya A language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for his novels. It was spoken by the elves of Aman. Sindarin is related.
Romanian The language spoken in Romania. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Russian One of the east Slavic languages. It is spoken in Russia and other places in the former Soviet Union.
Sanskrit An ancient Indo-European language that formed the basis for many of the languages spoken today in India.
Scandinavian A group of languages descended from Old Norse. In this document the term Scandinavian can refer to either Old Norse or the modern Scandinavian languages.
Scottish The Gaelic language spoken in Scotland.
Semitic This term is used to refer to all of the ancient Semitic languages (Akkadian, Aramaic, Assyrian, Hebrew, etc.) as a whole.
Serbian The south Slavic language spoken by the Serbian people.
Sindarin A language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for his novels. It was spoken by the elves who remained in western Middle Earth. It is related to Quenya.
Slavic/Slavonic/Slovak From the Indo-European, languages of the Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Russia, Bulgaria and other eastern European countries.
Slovene The south Slavic language spoken in Slovenia.
Spanish The language spoken in modern day Spain and Latin America and other places. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Sumerian The language that was spoken in the ancient realm of Sumer, a part of Mesopotamia. It is unrelated to the other Semitic languages of that region.
Swahili The language spoken over much of East Africa and the Congo region. It is also called Kiswahili.
Swedish The Scandinavian language spoken in Sweden.
Teutonic Of Germanic origin, including names that are or were used in Germany, Holland, Scandinavia and Britain.
Tibetan From the Sino-Tibetan language. Names which are used in Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh (India), and by the Sherpa people of Nepal.
Turkish The group of Altaic languages spoken in Asia, including modern Turkish. Also called Turkic.
Ukrainian The east Slavic language of the Ukrainian people, closely related to Russian.
Urdu The language spoken in Pakistan and parts of India. It is descended from Sanskrit.
Vietnamese The language of Vietnam.
Welsh The Celtic language that was spoken in Wales. It is still widely spoken there.
Yiddish a form of Hebrew that has incorporated German and Slavonic words.
Yoruba A language of western Africa, spoken in Nigeria and some surrounding countries.
Aboriginal Not necessarily traditional indigenous Australian names, but rather Aboriginal words from various parts of the continent.
African This term refers to any one of the related languages that are spoken in central Africa. More specifically, it refers to languages belonging to the Niger-Congo language family. African languages referred to on this website include: Akan (Ghana and Togo), Igbo (Nigeria), Luganda (Uganda), Luo (Kenya), Mwera (Tanzania), Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Shona (Zimbabwe), Swahili (eastern Africa), Tiv (Nigeria), Tswana (Botswana and South Africa), Xhosa (South Africa), and Yoruba (Nigeria).
Akkadian An extinct Semitic language that was spoken in the ancient realm of Akkad, which was located in Mesopotamia.
Albanian The Indo-European language spoken in Albania. It is probably descended from the extinct languages Illyrian and Thracian.
Arabic The Semitic language that is spoken in the Middle East and northern Africa.
Aramaic A Semitic language that was spoken in southwest Asia beginning about 1000 BC.
Armenian The Indo-European language spoken in the Caucasus by the Armenian peoples. Its closest relations were the extinct languages Thracian and Phrygian.
Assyrian A Semitic language that was spoken in the ancient kingdom of Assyria. It was originally a dialect of Akkadian.
Avestan An extinct Indo-European language spoken in ancient Iran. It was related to Old Persian.
Babylonian An extinct Semitic language that was spoken in ancient Babylonia. It was originally a dialect of Akkadian.
Basque From the western Pyrenees region of Spain and France.
Breton The Celtic language that was spoken by the Celts of southeast Britain and Brittany (Bretons).
British Refers to the Brythonic Celtic that was spoken in Britain before the Anglo-Saxon invasions.
Bulgarian The south Slavic language spoken in Bulgaria.
Catalan The language spoken northern and eastern Spain, southern France, Andorra, and the Balearic Islands. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Celtic Breton, Cornish and Welsh names from the Celtic (Indo-European) languages of the far west of Europe.
Chinese This term is used to refer to any of the related languages spoken in China, including Mandarin, and Cantonese. Unless otherwise noted, the Chinese names on this website are in Mandarin and they are transcribed using the Pinyin system.
Coptic The language descended from Egyptian.
Cornish Celtic names from Cornwall, the most south-westerly English county.
Croatian The south Slavic language spoken by the Croatian people. It is similar to Serbian except for its use of the Latin alphabet.
Czech The west Slavic language spoken in the Czech Republic.
Danish The language spoken in Denmark. It is one of the Scandinavian languages.
Dutch The Germanic language spoken in Holland (and also parts of Belgium, where it is typically called Flemish and is sometimes regarded as a separate language).
Egyptian Names from the extinct language of the ancient Egyptians.
English This term refers to modern English. It is descended from Middle English.
Esperanto The international language invented by Doctor Ludwig L. Zamenhof (1859-1917). Much of the vocabulary is based on words from European languages.
Ethiopic The Semitic language that was formerly spoken in Ethiopia. It is still used by the Christian church in Ethiopia.
Etruscan This was the language of the ancient Etruscan peoples of Italy. It is now extinct.
Finnish The language spoken in Finland. It is a member of the Uralic language family.
Flemish From a form of Dutch, used mainly in northern Belgium.
French This term refers to the French language at any of its stages from Old French to modern French. French is one of the Romance languages that are descended from Latin.
Frisian A Germanic language spoken in northern Holland and the Frisian Islands.
Gaelic Names that originated from the Gaelic (a form of Celtic) languages of Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland. The definitions 'Irish' and 'Scottish' generally indicate Gaelic names which have been Anglicised.
Galician A language spoken in north-western Spain, closely related to Portuguese. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Gaulish The ancient Celtic language spoken by the Celts who lived in France (Gauls).
German This term is used to refer to the German language at any of its stages from Old High German to modern German. It is one of the Germanic languages.
Germanic This term refers the ancient Indo-European language spoken by the Germanic tribes many centuries ago. Descended from it are Old English, German, Old Norse, Gothic and others. Also called Teutonic.
Gothic The extinct language that was spoken by the Goths. It is descended from Germanic.
Greek The language of Greece. This term refers to the language of both ancient and modern Greece.
Hawaiian The Polynesian language spoken on the Hawaiian islands.
Hebrew The ancient Semitic language of the Israelites. This term refers primarily to ancient Hebrew. Hebrew has been revived and is used today in modern Israel.
Hungarian The language of Hungary. It is a member of the Uralic family and therefore unrelated to the majority of other European languages.
Icelandic The language of Iceland. It is one of the Scandinavian languages.
Inuit The languages spoken by the peoples of northern North America. Also called Eskimo.
Irish The Gaelic language of the Celts of Ireland.
Italian The language spoken in modern day Italy. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Japanese The language spoken in modern day Japan, probably related to the Altaic languages.
Jewish/Modern Jewish Hebrew, but generally popular modem names rather than, ancient names from the Bible and other sources.
Khmer The language spoken in Cambodia.
Korean The Altaic language spoken in Korea.
Latin The Indo-European language spoken in Rome in the time of the Roman empire. It is no longer spoken but it has many descendents including French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
Latvian The Baltic language spoken in Latvia.
Lithuanian The Baltic language spoken in Lithuania.
Macedonian The south Slavic language that is spoken in Macedonia.
Manx The Gaelic language that was spoken on the Isle of Man.
Maori The Polynesian language spoken by the original peoples of New Zealand.
Middle English From the form of English used from approximately AD 1100-1400. Old English names from the form of English (Anglo-Saxon) that was m use prior to AD 1100.
Nahuatlan The language that was spoken by the Aztec people of Mexico, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan language family.
Native American This term refers to any of the several languages spoken by the original peoples of North and South America. Native American languages referred to on this website include: Algonquin (eastern Canada), Apache (Southwest U.S.), Choctaw (Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana), Comanche (central U.S.), Cree (central Canada), Creek (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida), Dakota (Mississippi Valley), Iroquoian (eastern North America), Mayan (Central America), Nahuatlan (Mexico), Nuu-chah-nulth (Vancouver Island), Ojibwa (central North America), Shawnee (Ohio Valley), Taino (Bahamas), and Zapotec (Mexico).
Norwegian The Scandinavian language spoken in Norway.
Old English A language from the Germanic language sub-family. It was spoken in England from about the seventh century to the twelfth century. Also called Anglo-Saxon.
Old French From the form of French used prior to approximately AD 1400.
Old Norse From before AD1400 language of Scandinavia and Iceland.
Persian This term is used to refer to either Old Persian or its descendent, modern Persian. Old Persian forms the basis for the languages spoken today in parts of Iran, Iraq and the surrounding regions. The modern language is also called Farsi.
Phoenician The Semitic language of ancient Phoenicia.
Polish The west Slavic language spoken in Poland.
Portuguese The language that developed in Portugal, also now spoken in Brazil. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Proven├žal The language spoken in the Provence region in France. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Quechua This term refers to the group of languages used by the Native Americans (including the Inca) of Peru and surrounding countries.
Quenya A language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for his novels. It was spoken by the elves of Aman. Sindarin is related.
Romanian The language spoken in Romania. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Russian One of the east Slavic languages. It is spoken in Russia and other places in the former Soviet Union.
Sanskrit An ancient Indo-European language that formed the basis for many of the languages spoken today in India.
Scandinavian A group of languages descended from Old Norse. In this document the term Scandinavian can refer to either Old Norse or the modern Scandinavian languages.
Scottish The Gaelic language spoken in Scotland.
Semitic This term is used to refer to all of the ancient Semitic languages (Akkadian, Aramaic, Assyrian, Hebrew, etc.) as a whole.
Serbian The south Slavic language spoken by the Serbian people.
Sindarin A language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for his novels. It was spoken by the elves who remained in western Middle Earth. It is related to Quenya.
Slavic/Slavonic/Slovak From the Indo-European, languages of the Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Russia, Bulgaria and other eastern European countries.
Slovene The south Slavic language spoken in Slovenia.
Spanish The language spoken in modern day Spain and Latin America and other places. It is one of the Romance languages descended from Latin.
Sumerian The language that was spoken in the ancient realm of Sumer, a part of Mesopotamia. It is unrelated to the other Semitic languages of that region.
Swahili The language spoken over much of East Africa and the Congo region. It is also called Kiswahili.
Swedish The Scandinavian language spoken in Sweden.
Teutonic Of Germanic origin, including names that are or were used in Germany, Holland, Scandinavia and Britain.
Tibetan From the Sino-Tibetan language. Names which are used in Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh (India), and by the Sherpa people of Nepal.
Turkish The group of Altaic languages spoken in Asia, including modern Turkish. Also called Turkic.
Ukrainian The east Slavic language of the Ukrainian people, closely related to Russian.
Urdu The language spoken in Pakistan and parts of India. It is descended from Sanskrit.
Vietnamese The language of Vietnam.
Welsh The Celtic language that was spoken in Wales. It is still widely spoken there.
Yiddish a form of Hebrew that has incorporated German and Slavonic words.
Yoruba A language of western Africa, spoken in Nigeria and some surrounding countries.
 
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