WhatName: What is the meaning of my name?

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Marcie - Variant spelling of English Marcy, meaning "defense" or "of the sea."
Neil - Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Niall, arrived at this form via Norman French Nel, meaning "champion." 
Haroun - Variant spelling of Arabic Harun, meaning "light-bringer."
Siegward - Old High German name composed of the elements sige "victory" and wart "guard," hence "victory guard."
Hiltrud - Variant spelling of German Hiltraud, meaning "battle strength."
Chelle - English short form of French Michelle, meaning "who is like God?"
Widad - Arabic name meaning "love."
Hieronymos - Greek name composed of the elements hieras "holy" and onoma "name," hence "holy name."
Annika - Swedish form of Low German Anniken, meaning "favor; grace."
Yonah - Hebrew name meaning "dove." In the bible, this is the name of the prophet who was swallowed by a great fish. Jonah is the Anglicized form.
Hiroyuki - Japanese name meaning "widespread happiness."
Miranda - English Shakespearean name, derived from Latin mirandus, meaning"worthy of admiration." 
Georgii - Russian form of Greek Georgios, meaning "earth-worker, farmer."
Hebel - Hebrew name meaning "breath, breathing." In the bible, this is the name of the second son of Adam and Eve who was killed by his jealous brother Cain. Also spelled Hevel.
Aali - Arabic namemeaning "the high, exalted one."
Halvard - Scandinavian form of Old Norse Hallvar�r, meaning "rock defender."
Hieronymus - Latin form of Greek Hieronymos, meaning "holy name."
Hadrian - Short form of Roman Latin Hadrianus, meaning "from Hadria." 
Hohepa - Maori form of Latin Josephus, meaning "(God) shall add (another son)." 
Parris - Variant spelling of English unisex Paris, a modern name derived from the French capital city, Paris, from the name of a Gaulish tribe called the Parisii, who once lived on the site. 
Hyacinthus - Latin form of Greek Hyakinthos, meaning "hyacinth flower." In Greek mythology, this is the name of a youth loved by Apollo who accidentally killed him, after which the hyacinth flower sprouted from his blood.
Henricus - Latin form of German Heinrich, meaning "home-ruler."
Hildebrand - Old German name composed of the elements hild "battle" and brand "sword," hence "battle sword."
Hephzibah - Variant form of English Hephzi-bah, meaning "she is my desire." In the bible, this is the name of the wife of king Hezekiah.
Hektor - Greek name derived from the word ekhein, meaning "defend; hold fast." In mythology, this is the name of the Trojan champion who killed Patroclus and was himself later killed by Achilles. 
Dulcibella - English compound name composed of Dulcie "sweet" and the Italian word Bella, "beautiful," hence "sweet beauty."
Matthildur - Icelandic form of Latin Mathilda, meaning "mighty in battle."
Haywood - English surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements (ge)haeg "enclosure" and wudu "wood," hence "enclosed wood."
Abi - Anglicized form of Hebrew Abiy, meaning "my father." In the bible, this is the name of the mother of King Hezekiah. Compare with masculine Abi. 
Liberty - English name derived from the vocabulary word, from Latin libertas, meaning "freedom."
Hermês -  Greek name meaning "of the earth." In mythology, this is the name of a son of Zeus and Maia. His Roman name is Mercury.
Plamen - Bulgarian name derived from Slavic plam, meaning "fire, flame." In use by the Romani.
Misu - Native American Miwok name meaning "rippling brook."
Hroda - German short form of longer names beginning with Hrod-, meaning "famous."
Alen - English variant spelling of Celtic Alan, possibly meaning "little rock." 
Sultan - Arabic name meaning "king, ruler."
Prokopios - Greek name derived from the word prokope, meaning "advance, progress."
Prapion - Armenian name meaning "tube rose."
Hjálmar - Old Norse name composed of the elements hjalmr "helmet" and arr "warrior," hence "helmet-warrior."
Menachem - Hebrew name meaning "comforter." In the bible, this is the name of a king of Israel who was notorious for his cruelty.
Theophilus - Latin form of Greek Theophilos, meaning "friend of God." In the bible, this is the name of the man to whom Luke addressed his gospel in the New Testament. 
Penko - Bulgarian pet form of Bulgarian/Croatian Petar, meaning "rock, stone."
Zefania - Variant spelling of English Zephaniah, meaning "hidden by God" or "protected by God."
Ogaleesha - Native American Sioux name meaning "wears a red shirt."
Heammawihio - Native American Cheyenne name meaning "wise one above."
Hayfa - Arabic name meaning "slender."
Argider - Basque name composed of the elements argi "light" and eder "beautiful," hence "light of beauty."
Launo - Finnish pet form of Scandinavian Nikolaus, meaning "victor of the people."
Sissy - Pet form of English Cecily, meaning "blind."
Gennadi - Variant spelling of Russian Gennadiy, meaning "noble."