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16 Oldest Names in History You Can Use Today

16 Oldest Names in History

We have created for you a list of the oldest names in history that are still cool today (especially if you are looking for an unusual name). All sources can be found at the end of the article. Have a great time.

 

Narmer

Name origin: Egyptian.

Meaning: evil, bad, severe, harsh, tough.

First mention of the name: around 31st century BC.

Reference: Narmer, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.

Related names: Narrmer, Normer, Narm, Nermor.

 

Enna

Name origin: Irish.

Meaning: rich in silver.

First mention of the name: around 14th century BC.

Reference: Énna Airgdech, a High King of Ireland.

Related names: Ennet, Ennen, Ennon.

 

Aaron

Name origin: Hebrew.

Meaning: exalted, enlightened.

First mention of the name: around 13th century BC.

Reference: Aaron, a prophet and high priest, brother of Moses.

Related names: Aaren, Aharon, Arron.

 

Alexander

Name origin: Greek.

Meaning: defender, protector.

First mention of the name: around 13th century BC.

Reference: Alexandros, better known as Paris, Prince of Troy who fell in love and ran away with Helen, Queen of Sparta. Their escape was one of the main causes of the Trojan War.

Note: the name is widely known thanks to Alexander the Great, a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon (4th century BC).

Related names: Alexandros, Alexandra, Alexa, Zander, Xander, Sander.

 

Ethriel

Name origin: Irish.

Meaning: to go, going.

First mention of the name: around 13th century BC.

Reference: Ethriel Fáid, a High King of Ireland.

Related names: Etriel, Ezriel, Ethry, Ethril.

 

Hector

Name origin: Greek.

Meaning: to hold, restrain.

First mention of the name: circa 13th century BC.

Reference: Hector, Trojan Prince and the greatest warrior of Troy (was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War).

Related names: Hektor, Gektor, Gector.

 

Priam

Name origin: Greek.

Meaning: exceptionally courageous, brave.

First mention of the name: circa 13th century BC.

Reference: Priam, the legendary king of Troy.

Related names: Preyen, Priem.

 

Miriam

Name origin: Hebrew.

Meaning: rebellion, obstinacy, stubbornness.

First mention of the name: around 13th century BC.

Reference: Miriam the Prophetess, the older sister of Moses.

Related names: Mariam, Meriem, Mary.

 

Alba

Name origin: Roman.

Meaning: bright.

First mention of the name: around 11th century BC.

Reference: Alba Silvius, the fifth king of Alba Longa.

Note: in recent years, the name is more often used as a feminine one.

Related names: Albus, Alibius, Albius, Abba.

 

Amata

Name origin: Roman.

Meaning: admired, dear.

First mention of the name: around 11th century BC.

Reference: Amata, wife of Latinus (king of the Latins).

Related names: Ammata, Amita, Amyta.

 

Delilah

Name origin: Hebrew.

Meaning: delicate, thin, slim.

First mention of the name: circa 11th century BC.

Reference: Delilah, beloved of Samson, mentioned in the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Judges.

Related names: Delila, Dalida, Delida, Dalilah.

 

Atys

Name origin: Roman.

Meaning: wealthy, rich.

First mention of the name: circa 10th century BC.

Reference: Atys Silvius, the sixth king of Alba Longa.

Related names: Atis, Attys, Ottis, Otis.

 

Maya

Name origin: Hindu.

Meaning: illusion, magic, or leading to the goal.

First mention of the name: circa 10th century BC.

References: Maya (in Indian philosophies) and Lakshmi (a Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, whose alternative name is Maya).

Related names: Maia, Meeya.

 

Elim

Name origin: Irish.

Meaning: great, aplent.

First mention of the name: circa 7th century BC.

Reference: Elim Olfínechta, a High King of Ireland.

Related names: Ellim, Elin, Elym, Eliem.

 

Aemilia

Name origin: Roman.

Meaning: delicate, gentle.

First mention of the name: circa 3rd century BC.

Reference: Aemilia Paulla, a wife of the Roman consul and overseer Scipio Africanus.

Related names: Amilia, Ammilia, Aemmie.

 

Quintus (or Quinton)

Name origin: Roman.

Meaning: fifth.

First mention of the name: around 3rd century BC.

References: Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (a Roman politician and general) and Quintus Fabius Pictor (earliest known Roman historian).

Related names: Qunten, Quint, Quincy, Quintan, Quintum.

 

Sources:

  1. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, edited by William Smith, 1844.
  2. The Book of the Taking of Ireland Part V, Irish Texts Society, 1956.
  3. Masking the Blow: The Scene of Representation in Late Prehistoric Egyptian Art, University of California Press, 1992.
  4. Homer, The Iliad with an English Translation, 1924.
  5. Lakshmi, Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
  6. The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Vol 3, 1986.

Note from the authors: In this article, we have focused on unique and not so obvious names from around the world (which is why we deliberately did not add Adam, Eve, Abel, and Cain to the list). If this article was helpful to you, please share it.

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