Ianthe

Ianthe is an Ancient Greek female name meaning “purple flower” or “violet flower”. In Greek mythology, Ianthe is a ocean nymph, one of the three thousand Oceanids, as well as being the name of a girl who married Iphis, a girl who was raised as a boy in secret by her mother because the father had threatened…

Theon

Theon is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “god, divine” derived from a PIE root word, as well as also being a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Théon (French) Theion (Ancient Greek)- this spelling is also a Greek word meaning “sulfer”   Female forms: Theano (Ancient Greek) Theona (Latinized Ancient Greek)…

Adiana

Adiana is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. It’s possible that it’s a variant of Diana, the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it’s been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Adiana could also be an…

Palmer

Palmer comes from an English surname meaning “pilgrim” which was originally used to refer to those who had gone to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage. Those who had gone would bring back palm leaves as proof that they had been there. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman palmer via Medieval Latin palmarius via Latin palma (palm of…

Fay

Fay is a female given name which derives from several sources: the first is that it’s another word for “fairy”, coming from Middle English faie via Latin fata meaning “destiny, fate” derived from PIE root word *bʰeh₂- (to speak, say). In Arthurian legend, it’s the epithet of Morgan le Fay (meaning Morgan the fairy); it’s also been used as a nickname for…

Torrence

Torrence comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name derived from Gaelic torran meaning “hillock” or “mound”. It may also have derived from an Irish surname, Ó Toráin meaning “descendant of Torán”, the latter an Irish male name meaning “little lord” or “little hero, champion” from Irish tor (lord, hero, champion) and the diminutive suffix -án. It’s also possible…

Elma

Elma may have started out as a short form of names such as Wilhelmina (the feminine form of Wilhelm, the German cognate of William meaning “willful protection” or “desiring protection” made up from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection”) or Anselma (the feminine form of Anselm meaning “god + helmet, protection” or any names endig in elma. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Helma (German, Dutch)   Male forms:…

Jareth

Jareth seems to be a blend of Jared (meaning “descent” from Hebrew) and Gareth (the name of one of the Knights of the Round Tale in Arthurian legends. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it has been linked to Welsh gwaredd meaning “gentleness”. It could also be connected to another name, Geraint, the Welsh form of Latin Gerontius meaning “old man” from Greek geron. Other…

Kyla

Kyla is the feminine form of Kyle, which comes from a Scottish surname likely derived from Scottish Gaelic caol meaning “narrows”, “strait”, “channel”. It may also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning “wood, forest”. Origin: Scottish Gaelic Variants: Kylah (English)   Male forms: Kyle (English)  

Amos

Amos comes from Hebrew meaning “carried (by God)” which comes from a Hebrew verb meaning “to carry, load; burden”. It’s also a surname which could be derived from the given name, but it also has another origin as an English surname derived from Old French Amis, originally a nickname meaning “friend” which comes from Latin amicus (friend), a…

Posey

Posey is a variant spelling of Posy, a shortened form of poesy which originally referred to a small bunch or a bouquet of flowers, or as an archaic word for a motto inscribed inside a ring. The word poesy means “poem” from Middle French poesie (poetry, poem) via Latin poesis (poem, poetry) derived from Ancient Greek poíēsis (poetry, poem; a creation) via poiein (to create, compose) derived from a…

Attila

Attila is a male name, its most famous bearer the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by historians…

Loralin

Loralin is an English female name, either an elaborated form of Lora, a variant spelling of Laura meaning “laurel’ from Latin laurus; a variant of Laureline, a French diminutive of Laura; or it could be a combination of Lora and Lynn, derived from Welsh meaning “lake” derived from Gaelic linne (pond, pool, waterfall). Origin: Latin, Gaelic Variants: Laureline (English, French) Loralyn (English)  

Dillon

Dillon seems like a variant spelling of Dylan at first glance, an Irish name meaning “great tide” or “great flow” and the name of a sea god in Welsh mythology, but Dillon has its own roots. There seems to be a lot of contradictory information on it: it’s an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Duilleáin meaning…

Nicolette

Nicolette originally derived as a French diminutive of Nicole, the French feminine form of Nicholas meaning “victory of the people” coming from Ancient Greek Nikolaos made up from nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nicoletta (Italian) Nicole (French, English, Dutch, German) Nichole (English) Nicollette (English) Nichola (English) Nikola (German, Polish, Czech, Slovak) Nicola (German, Czech,…

Maurice

Maurice comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name, a derivative of Maurus meaning “dark-skinned” in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. It derives from Ancient Greek mauros (black, dark). Maurice is also an English and French derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Maurus (Late Roman) Mauro (Italian,…

Mayu

Mayu is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + yu 優 “tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior” (真優); ma 満 “full; fullness; enough; satisfy” + yu 夕 “evening” (満夕); ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + yu 由 “cause, reason; from, arising from” (真由); ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + yu 夕 “evening” (真夕); ma 茉 “white jasmine”…

Philbert

Philbert is a French male name, a later spelling of Filibert meaning “much brightness” from Germanic elements filu (much) and beraht (bright). The spelling of the name seems to have been changed to resemble Greek philos (friend, lover) or to resemble Philippe, the French form of Philip meaning “lover of horses”. Philbert is also a French surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Jewel

Jewel refers to a gem or precious stone, something that is considered a valuable and costly object. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman juel via Old French jouel meaning “treasure, jewel”. The origin of the word is uncertain though it may be based from Latin iocus (or jocus) meaning “joke, jest” derived from PIE *yek- (to speak); or it could be…

Burton

Burton comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “fort settlement”, “fortified enclosure”, or “settlement by the fort”, made up from Old English burh (stronghold, fort, castle) and tun (settlement, enclosure), both of which derive from PIE root words. Origin: Proto-Indo-European