- Mary, the commonest of all female
names, is also one of the sweetest given to women. It is not strange
that it prevails so universally. It signifies exalted; Maria and Marie -
the latter French - are only other forms of Mary, and of course have the
- Martha signifies bitterness
- Anne, Anna, and probably Nancy, are from the same source, and signify
kind or gracious;
- Ellen was originally Helen - Helena, Latin, and Helene in French;
according to some ctymologists it has the meaning of alluring, but
others define it as one who pities.
- Jane, now generally familiarized into Jenny, signifies like Anna, kind
- For Sarah, or Sally, there are two definitions. - a princess and the
- Susan signifies a lily, and is a fitting name for a tall, slender,
flower like girl, of delicate complexion and native grace.
- Rebecca plump.
- Lucy signifies like light, and was anciently given to girls born at
daybreak. It may also be considered as meaning brightness of aspect and
- Bertha bright and Alberte all bright.
- Louisa - in French Louise - is the feminine of Louis, and signifies
one who protects.
- Fanny or Frances means frank or free.
- Catherine or Katherine, pure or chaste, is one of the best of our
- Sophia, from the Greek, means wisdom.
- Caroline and Charlotte, queens.
- Emma, tender, affectionate, motherly.
- Margaret, a pearl or a delay;
- Julia, soft haired;
- Juliet, and Julietta, are the same as Julia;
- Agnes means chaste
- Ameila, Amy and Amis, beloved
- Clara, clear and bright
- Eleanor, all fruitful
- Gertrude all bright
- Grace, favor;
- Laura, a laurel
- Matilda, a brave or noble maid
- Phebe, light of life.
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