Erina (Celtic) - "Irish maiden."

Ermentrude (Teutonic) - "Maiden" (trude) of the nation." Also spelt Ermyntrude and Irmentrude.

Erminia (Latin) - "Lordly."

Ernestine (Teutonic) - " Eagle-stone." From "ari" (eagle) "tein." Ernest is the masculine form.

Esmeralda (Spanish) - "Success in love." A jewel name. The Peruvians worshipped their deity Esmeralda, under the form of a huge emerald, which also signifies " hope."

Estelle (Assyrian) - "Star." This name comes from the Assyrian word "Sitarch." The Persian form is "Astarte."

Some authorities prefer to take Estene, Estella, and Stella direct from the Latin "stella" a star, and this certainly is very feasible; but undoubtedly Esther is derived from "Astarte" with little change, and so is Hester.

Ethel (Teutonic) - "Noble." It is interesting to note that whereas this name is nearly always used alone nowadays, in Anglo-saxon times it never stood alone, but was always linked to another, Ethel being really regarded as an adjective qualifying its connecting noun.

Ethelreda (Teutonic) - "Noble counsellor" or "threatener." The popular form of this name is our present Audrey. The masculine is Ethelred.

Ethelfleda (Teutonic) - "Noble increase."

Ethelgiva . (Teutonic) - "Noble gift." The Anglo-saxon form is Aethel-gifu, Aethel being full form of Ethel, Adel, or Edel.

Ethelinda (Teutonic) - "Noble maiden."

Ethelwyne (Teutonic) - "Noble beloved," "a noble friend." For other derivatives see Adelaid, or Adeline.

Ethnea (Celtic) - " Sweet hazel nut."

Etta (Teutonic) - " Home-ruler." See "Enri-quetta."

Ettie - English diminutive of Esther.

Etiennette (Greek) - "A crown." French feminine of Stephen.

Eugenia (Greek) - "Nobly born." Masculine form is Eugene. Genie, or Genee, is diminutive form.

Elllalie (Greek) - "Fair speech." Popular in Spain as Eulalia.

Eunice (Greek) - "Happy victory."

Euphemia (Greek) - "Fair-fame," or "pleasant-spoken." Sometimes signifies "Congratulation." From the Greek eu (eu), good omen, and (pnw (phemi) = to speak. The real meaning is "glad tidings."

Euphrasia (Greek) - "Good cheer."

Euphrosine - Variant of above.

EurydiC3 (Greek) - "Well-known" or "widely known for justice." From "eurus" (wide) "dike" (justice). Famous as the wife of the poet Orpheus.

Eurynome (Greek) - "Wide pasturage."

Eustaehia (Greek) - "Rich in corn." Eusta-chius was the original masculine form, contracted now into our familiar Eustace.

Euterpe (Greek) - "She who delights one."

Eve (Hebrew) - "Life." The original form of this word was "chavah," or "chavva" (life), since Eve was regarded as the mother of all living.

Eva - Spanish form of Eve. There seem to have been two distinct sources of "Eve," one from the Hebrew as given above, and the other from the Celtic "Aoiffa" and "Aoibhium," words meaning "pleasant" and "amiable," and there is much for believing that our familiar Eve is derived from this latter source, while those used by the old Normans came from the Hebrew root; it was known long before among the Celts and Gaels

Evadne (Greek) - " Well-pleasing one."

Evangeline (Greek) - "Happy messenger." From this root, too, comes the word "Evangelist" and "evangelical." Angelina, Angelica, and Angela are all shortened forms of the above.

Eveleen - Diminutive of the Celtic "Eve" (pleasant). Corresponding in formation of the Irish names Dorecn, Maureen, Eileen, and Kathleen.

Eveline - The true modern form of Eveleen, not connected, as often thought, with Evelyn.

Evelina - Variant of above.

Evelyn (Latin) - "Hazel-nut." Originally only a man's name, or a surname, but used in later years as feminine name, too.

Everhilda (Teutonic) - "Courageous battle-maid."

Everilda (Teutonic) - " Wild-boar battle."

Eweline (Celtic) - "Pleasant." A variant of Eveleen.

Fabia (Latin) - " Vestal virgin."

Faith (Latin) - "Faith." This name belongs to the class of "abstract virtue names," which includes such as Hope, Patience, Charity, Mercy, etc.

Fama (Latin) - "Fame," or "illustrious one."

Famula (Latin) - "A hand-maid."

Fanehette (Teutonic) - "Free woman." This form is a diminutive of the root name "Frances."

Fanehon - A contraction of Fanehette.

Fanchonette - Diminutive of Fanehon. This form is chiefly used in France.

Fanny - "Free." A contracted form of Frances. This is probably the most popular variant. The name Frances is derived from the old High German "Frang" ("free lord"), an epithet which the bearers allocated to themselves after they returned in triumph to their German province, Franconia, on the completion of their expedition into Gaul. Francis is the masculine form, but originally the feminine also terminated in "is."

Fauna (Latin) - "The favourer."

Fausta (Latin) - "A Roman lady."

Faustina (Latin) - "Lucky."

FauSstine - A French variant of above.

Fedora (Greek) - "Gift of God." This name, which is so popular and widely used in Russia that it is often erroneously regarded as a Slavonic name, is really a variant of Theodora, from two Greek words θEos (Theos), "God," and Sopov (doron), "a gift." In the Russian form the "th" has been changed into "ph," so that Phcsdora was its first form, till this yielded to the easy contraction of Feodora.

Felicia (Latin) - "Happy one."

Felieitas (Latin) - "Happiness." Among the early Romans Felieitas was worshipped as a goddess. Felicite - A French form of Felieitas. See above. Felicity - English adaptation of the Latin


Fenella {Celtic) - " White shoulders ." A contraction of the Irish name "Finnuala."

Ferdinanda(Teutonic) - "Valorous," "brave." The feminine- form of Ferdinand.

Ferdinandine - French diminutive of above.

Feronia (Latin) - " Liberty."

Fidelia (Latin) - " Faithful."

Fieuchen (Teutonic) - " Noble wolf."

Filomela (Latin) - " Daughter of light." Popular in Italy.

Finella - A variant of Fenella, which see.

Finola (Celtic) - " White shoulders." A favourite form of Fenella, also derived from Finnuala. "Finn," meaning white, is a popular prefix to several Irish names such as the masculine names of Finan, Finghin, Fintan, and Finbar.

Flavia (Latin) - " Golden-yellow." Most | bably originally used with reference to the colour of the hair. Flavius was a favourite masculine name among the Romans.

Flora (Latin) - " A flower." Flora was the Roman goddess of spring and the flowers.

Flore - French variant of above.

Floranthe - Modern Italian form of Flora.

Flordelice - " Delightful flower."

Flordespina - " Thornless flower."

Florence (Latin) - " Flowering "or " flourishing." From "Floris," the genitive case of "Flos," a flower. Florus is the original masculine form, and Florentius was common; but Florence itself, though now confined to girls, was used for both sexes during the Middle Ages. The meaning of the Italian town Florence is thus clear, " The City of Flowers."

Florentia - A derivative of Flora.

Florentina - A diminutive of above.

Florimel - Elizabethan form of Flora.

Florinda - A Spanish diminutive.

Florise - A variant used in Scotland.

FlorPie - Most commonly used contraction of Florence.

Flossie - A variant of above.

Folia (Latin) - " A witch."

Fortune (Latin) - " Fortunate," or " Good fortune." English form of the Latin name Fortuna.

Francelia - Eighteenth century form of Frances.

Frances (Teutonic) - " Free-woman."

Francesca - A beautiful Italian form of Frances.

Francisca - Spanish form.

Francoise - French variant of Frances.

Franziska - Russian form of the German Franziske, both derivates of Franz, the German form of Frances.

Freda and Frida are popular forms in Germany, and mean " peace," or " peaceable."

Frieda - A variant of above.