Neutral names starting with E
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An alphabetical list of neutral names starting with E, continued from the names page, which see for more information. These are neutral-gender names, otherwise known as unisex names. They are equally appropriate for girls, boys, and people of any gender. Nonbinary people don't have to have neutral names, and many notable nonbinary people have names that are usually either masculine or feminine. Neutral names can help make it safer for people to explore their gender expressions. In English-speaking countries, some of the most familiar gender-neutral names starting with E are Emory and Ezra. However, there are many more unisex names from around the world that start with E, more than 90 of them, as listed below. Previous page: neutral names starting with D. Next page: neutral names starting with F.
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Ea. Irish. Meaning "Fire." Keywords: elements, fire, power
Earth. Puritan. Perhaps refers to Psalm 24:1, "The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it."
Easter. English. From the name of the holiday Easter.
Easton. English. From the surname, from the place name, meaning "East town."
Echo. Greek. Meaning "Reverberating sound," from the name of a Greek nymph. More often feminine. Keywords: arts, music, mythology, two syllables
Ed. English and Dutch. Short form of many names containing Ed, including masculine names Edgar (English, French, Portuguese, and German, meaning "wealth" and "spear") and Edward (English and Polish, "rich guard"), and feminine names such as Edwina (English, meaning "rich friend"). More often masculine. Variants: Eddi, Eddie, Eddy. Keywords: masculine inclined, one syllable, two syllables. Notable people with this name include English comedian Eddie Izzard (b. 1962), who goes by "he" or "she," depending on presentation.
Edel. German. Meaning "Noble."
Eden (עֵדֶן). Hebrew. Meaning "delight" or "place of pleasure." A place in the book of Genesis. Keywords: Biblical, places, two syllables
Eder 1. עֵדֶר. Hebrew. Meaning "Herd, flock." A Biblical name. Unisex. 2. Basque. Meaning "Gorgeous." Also unisex. Keywords: animals, beauty, Biblical, two syllables
Edge. English, modern. Meaning "Border, end of a surface." Keywords: liminal spaces, modern, one syllable
Eef. Dutch. Short form of names starting with Ev. Keywords: one syllable
Efa, Efah, or Eifa (עֵיפָה). Hebrew. Meaning "Darkness" or "gloomy." Keywords: inauspicious, two syllables
Efe. Western African, Urhobo. Short form of names starting with Efe (meaning "wealth").
Efemena. Western African, Urhobo. Meaning "Here is my wealth."
Egypt. English, modern. From the Greek name of the country in Africa. Keywords: antiquity, places, two syllables
Ehsan (احسان). Persian. Meaning "Compassion." Keywords: personality, two syllables, virtue
Eike. German. Short form of names starting with Ag (meaning "edge").
Eilian, or Elian. Welsh. Meaning "Second, a moment in time." A saint name. Keywords: Christian, saints, time
Eire. Irish. Meaning "Ireland." Keywords: places
Eirian. Welsh. Meaning "Bright, beautiful."
Eisa. Arabic. An Arabic form of the name Jesus, meaning "God is salvation." Keywords: Christian, religious, two syllables
Ejiro. Western African, Urhobo. Short form of names starting with Ejiro (meaning "praise").
Ejiroghene. Western African, Urhobo. Meaning "Praise God."
Eka (एक ). Indonesian. Meaning "One, first." Variant: Eko. Keywords: two syllables
Ekene. African, Igbo. Meaning "Praise."
Ekenedilichukwu. African, Igbo. Meaning "All praise to God."
Ekin. Turkish. Meaning "Harvest, culture."
Eko. Indonesian and Javanese. Meaning "One, first." Keywords: two syllables
Ekundayo. African, Yoruba. Meaning "Sorrow becomes joy." Keywords: emotions, joy
Elam. Arabic. From the place name in what is now the country of Iran, meaning "Highland." Keywords: places, two syllables
Elan. Hebrew. Meaning "Tree." Keywords: nature, plants, two syllables
Eleuia. Native American, Nahuatl. Meaning "Wish."
Eli. Short form of many names starting with Eli. Keywords: two syllables. Genderqueer writer and activist Eli Clare bears this name.
Elian. Dutch. Pet form of names starting with Eli.
Elicot, Elisot, or Elisotae. English. During the 1300s in England, these were neutral names. They were pet forms of the masculine name Elias. Elias comes from Elijah. Elijah, originally 'Eliyyahu (אֱלִיָּהוּ), is a masculine Biblical Hebrew name, meaning "My God is Yahweh." Keywords: Christian, four syllables, medieval, three syllables.
Elie. French. Short form of many names starting with El (such as the feminine name Eleanor) or Eli (such as the masculine name Elijah). Keywords: two syllables
Elisha. Hebrew. Meaning "God is my salvation." Keywords: three syllables
Eliya. Hebrew. Meaning "God is my Lord." Keywords: three syllables
Ella. English. Feminine pet form of the English feminine name Eleanor (meaning "foreign"), or masculine Middle English form of Anglo-Saxon name Ælla (meaning "all, universal"). Keywords: two syllables
Ellery. English. Variant of neutral name Hillary, meaning "Joyful." Keywords: emotions, joy, three syllables
Elliot. English. From the given name Elijah, from the Biblical Hebrew given name 'Eliyyahu (אֱלִיָּהוּ), meaning "My God is Jehovah." Variants: Eliot, Elliott. Keywords: Christian, religious, three syllables. Notable people with this name include the English musician Eliot Sumner (b. 1990), who when asked about their gender, replied that they simply identify as a musician. Elliot Page, a famous nonbinary actor, also uses this name.
Ellis. English. From the given name Elijah, from the Biblical Hebrew given name 'Eliyyahu (אֱלִיָּהוּ), meaning "My God is Jehovah." The variants Ellis or Elis were names of some Christian saints, and so were popular names in the Middle Ages. Keywords: Christian, religious, two syllables
Elon. Hebrew. Meaning "Oak tree." Keywords: two syllables
Elvan. Turkish. Meaning "Colours." Keywords: two syllables
Elwyn. English. From the surname, meaning "Elf friend." Keywords: elves, magic, mythology, two syllables
Elya. Slavic. Meaning "The Lord is my God." Keywords: religious, two syllables
Ember. English. Meaning "Spark, a low-burning fire." Keywords: elements, fire, two syllables
Embry. English. From the surname, meaning "Work rule." Keywords: occupation, two syllables
Emem. Western African, Ibibio. Meaning "Peace." Keywords: peace, two syllables
Emerson. English. From the surname, meaning "Son of Emery;" the English gender-neutral given name Emery came via the Normans from the German masculine name Emmerich, possibly meaning "Universal ruler," "Work ruler," or "Home ruler." Variant: Emmerson. Keywords: royalty, three syllables
Emlen. Latin. Meaning "Charming."
Emlyn. Welsh. Neutral form of German name Emmeline, meaning "Work."
Emsley. English. From the surname, from the place name, meaning "The elm wood." Keywords: nature, places, plants
Emrys. English/Scottish. Meaning "immortal".
Enfys. Welsh. Meaning "Rainbow." Keywords: arts, colours, joy, nature, sky
Eniola. African, Yoruba. Meaning "Wealthy." Keywords: luck, prosperity
Enitan. Western African, Yoruba. Meaning "Person with a story."
Enjolras. Spanish. From the surname, meaning "To terrify." Popularized by the character in Les Miserables. Keywords: emotions, inauspicious, literary, three syllables, warrior
Ennis. Irish. From the place name, meaning "Island." Variant: Innis. Keywords: places, two syllables
Enu. African, Akan. Meaning "Fifth born." Keywords: family, numbers, two syllables
Ephah or Eyphah (עֵיפָה). Hebrew. Meaning "Darkness" or "gloomy." The Bible uses this name for figures including a son of Midian and a concubine of Caleb. Keywords: Biblical, inauspicious, two syllables
Eridian. Greek. Meaning "Of Eris, the goddess of chaos." Keywords: four syllables, mythology
Erlea. Basque. Meaning "Bee." Keywords: animals, insects, nature
Errigal. Irish. From the name of a mountain in Ireland. Places: mountains, nature, places
Erryn. English, modern. A modern spelling variant of the names Aaron (masculine, Biblical Hebrew, possibly meaning "Exalted") and Erin (feminine, Irish, meaning "Ireland"), all three of which are pronounced the same. Keywords: modern, neutral inclined, two syllables
Esadowa. Native American, Wichita tribe. Meaning "Many wolves." Keywords: animals, nature, numbers, wolves
Esarosa. Native American, Comanche tribe. Meaning "White wolf." Keywords: animals, colours, nature, wolves
Esen. Turkish. Meaning "The wind."
Eseoghene. Western African, Urhobo. Meaning "God's gift."
Eser. Turkish. Meaning "Achievement." Keywords: luck, power
Esmé. French. From Old French, meaning "Esteemed, loved." Originally a masculine name, now more popular as a feminine name. Variant: Esme (British English). Keywords: affection, family, two syllables
Essa. 1. English. Pet form of Persian Esther. Meaning "Star." Feminine. 2. Arabic. Variant of Isa. Meaning "God is salvation." Masculine. Keywords: religious, sky, stars, two syllables
Essery. English. From the surname, meaning "Cart maker." Keywords: occupation, three syllables, vehicles
Eston. English. From the place name, meaning "East town." Keywords: places, two syllables
Etalpalli. Nahuatl. Meaning "Wing."
Ethelred. English. Meaning "Noble counsel." Variants: Æthelred. Keywords: royalty, three syllables
Etienne (pronounced ey-TYEN). French. From the name Stephen, meaning "Crown." In French-speaking areas, this is a masculine name, but in English-speaking areas, it's beginning to be used for girls as well. In the USA, 93% of people with this name are boys. Keywords: masculine inclined, royalty, two syllables
Eurus. Greek. Meaning "The east wind." Traditionally masculine, coming to be used for girls as well. Keywords: air, elements, nature, two syllables
Ev. Various. Short for many names starting with "ev."
Evans. English. From the surname, meaning "Son of Evan," Evan meaning "God is good." Keywords: two syllables
Ever. English, modern. Meaning "Always." Keywords: modern, time, two syllables
Everest. English. From the English surname Everest, from the French name Devereaux, from the Celtic name Eburovices, from the place name "The Ebura River." Westerners named Mount Everest after the Welsh geographer George Everest. Keywords: earth, mountains, nature, places, rivers, water
Everix. English. From the English surname Everix, which like the English surname Everest came from the French name Devereaux, from the Celtic name Eburovices, from the place name "The Ebura River." Keywords: nature, places, rivers, water
Everly. English. Meaning "From the boar meadow." Variants: Everlee, Everleigh, and Everley. Keywords: animals, nature, places, three syllables
Evert. English. From the surname, meaning "Wild boar herd." Keywords: animals, nature, two syllables
Evren. Turkish. Meaning "Cosmos, the universe." Evren is the name of a dragon in Turkic mythology. Keywords: mythology, two syllables
Evrim. Turkish. Meaning "Evolution."
Exodus. Greek. Meaning "Exit of a large group of people," and the name of a book of the Bible. Keywords: Biblical, three syllables
Ezhil (எழில்). Tamil. Meaning "Beauty." Keywords: appearance, beauty
Ezra. Hebrew. Meaning "Help." Keywords: two syllables. Notable people with this name include American musician Ezra Furman (b. 1986), who goes by he/she, and American actor Ezra Miller (b. 1992) who goes by they/them.
Eztli. Nahuatl. Meaning "Blood."
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- Charles W. Bardsley. Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature. New York: R. Worthington, 1880. https://www.google.com/books/edition/Curiosities_of_Puritan_Nomenclature Page 28-29.
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