Adeline

Adeline (pr. a-du-leen and ad-a-lien) was originally used as a French diminutive of Adèle, the French form of Adela which comes from Germanic element adal meaning “noble”.

Nicknames: Addie/Addy, Aline, Leen/Line (pr. leen), Aline, Alene

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Adelina (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, German, Bulgarian)
  • Adalyn (English)
  • Adalynn (English)
  • Adelyn (English)
  • Adele (German, Italian, Finnish, English)
  • Adèle (French)

 

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Evander

Evander is the English form of Evandros, a Greek male name meaning “good man” from Greek elements eu (good) and aner (man). In Roman mythology, Evander was born in Arcadia but later went to Italy, bringing with him the Greek alphabet, laws, and pantheon, and founded the city of Pallantium about sixty years before the Trojan War, and which would later merge with ancient Rome. He was the son of the Roman god Mercury (his Greek counterpart being Hermes) and Carmenta, the Roman goddess of childbirth and prophecy.

Evander has also been used as an anglicized form of Iomhar, a Scottish form of Ivor, the Old Norse form of Ívarr meaning “yew warrior” or “bow warrior” from yr (yew, bow) and arr (warrior).

Origin: Greek

 

Variants:

  • Evandros (Ancient Greek)
  • Evandrus (Latin)
  • Euandros (Greek mythology)
  • Evandro (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Ivor (Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English)
  • Íomhar (Irish)
  • Ivar (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Ívarr (Ancient Scandinavian)

 

Female forms:

  • Evandra (Ancient Greek, English)
  • Evandria

 

Roya

Roya is a Persian female name meaning “dream, vision” which comes from Arabic r-ʾ-y 

(ر ء ي), related to seeing with one’s eyes.

Origin: Arabic

Variants:

  • Röya (Turkish)
  • Rüya (Turkish)

 

رویا (Persian)

 

Clarence

Clarence was first created as the name of the title  of a dukedom for the second son of King Edward III, Lionel of Antwerp, in 1362. The name apparently came from the town of Clare, Suffolk, because his first wife was a direct descendant of the powerful de Clare family. Clare is a medieval English form of Clara, the Latin feminine form of Clarus which means “clear, bright, famous” from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- (to call, cry, summon). Clarence is also a surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Klarence (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Clarencia (English)

 

Wolf

Wolf comes from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz via Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos (wolf). It’s used to refer to the animal, wolves have long been a symbol of the wild and untamed, but also dangerous and predatory. Wolf can also be a nickname for names such as Wolfgang (meaning “wolf path”) and Wolfram (meaning “wolf raven), as well as also being a surname.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Wulf (German)
  • Wolfe (English)
  • Úlfr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Uffe (Danish)
  • Ulf (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)

 

Valerian

Valerian comes from Roman cognomen Valerianus which comes from Latin valeo meaning “to be healthy, strong”, derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Valerian is also the name of a flower and an herb, as well as a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Valerius (Ancient Roman)
  • Valerianus (Ancient Roman)
  • Valérian (French)
  • Valère (French)
  • Walerian (Polish)
  • Walery (Polish)
  • Valeri (Bulgarian, Georgian, Russian)
  • Valeriy (Russian)
  • Valero (Spanish)
  • Valerio (Italian, Spanish)
  • Valério (Portuguese)
  • Valērijs (Latvian)
  • Valeriu (Romanian)
  • Valeriano (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)

 

Female forms:

  • Valeriana (Ancient Roman)
  • Valériane (French)
  • Valeria (Ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German)
  • Valerie (English, German, Czech)
  • Valérie (French, Czech)
  • Valera
  • Valeriane

 

Clio

Clio is the Latinized form of Greek Kleio meaning “glory” which comes from Greek kleo (to make famous, to celebrate) derived from Proto-Indo-European ḱlew- (to hear). In Greek mythology, Clio is the Muse of history and heroic poetry, the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Clio also seems to have some use as a surname, perhaps derived from the given name.

Origin: Ancient Greek

 

Variants:

  • Kleio (Ancient Greek)
  • Cleo (Greek, English)
  • Klio (English)

 

Pan

Pan is the name of a Greek god of the wild, nature, shepherds, and flocks, depicted as a man with the horns, legs, and tail of a goat, and who often played the pan-pipes. His name is somewhat tricky to pin down- it may be related to Greek pan meaning “all”; it could mean “shepherd” or it may come from an old Arcadian word for “rustic”, since Pan’s homeland was Arcadia. However, it’s believed that Pan is a cognate of Pushan, a Hindu god, in charge of the nourishment and protection of cattle; both their names may be from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (to protect, to shepherd). Pan is also a short form of names like Pandora or any name beginning with Pan.

Pan is also a Chinese surname, also common in Korean and Vietnamese, meaning “water in which rice has been rinsed” from the character , though there may be other meanings depending on the character; it’s also a Spanish and Occitan surname meaning “bread” from Latin panis (bread), an occupational name for a baker or a pantryman, as well as a Polish, Ukrainian, and Yiddish surname meaning “lord; master; landowner” from a Slavic word.

Origin: Greek, Proto-Indo-European, Chinese, Latin, Slavic