Brown, Color, Female, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Red/Crimson, S names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yellow


Sienna is the name of a city in Tuscany, Italy, notable for the clay used to make the pigment known as sienna, which is a reddish-brown pigment when heated (yellowish-brown in its raw form), and from which the city gets its name from. The city itself was founded over two thousand years ago by the Etruscans;… Continue reading Sienna

L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names


Lorimer comes from a Scottish surname, originally an occupational name for a maker and seller of spurs, bits, and other metal parts for a horse's bridle. It comes from Old French loremier via Latin lorum (thong, leather strap; rein of a bridle) which cold possibly be derived from a PIE root word though it could also be derived from… Continue reading Lorimer

Animals, Bull, Female, I names, Mythology, Nature, Oscan, Place names, Roman mythology


Italia is the Italian name for Italy, apparently named after Italus, a legendary Arcadian king of the Oenotrians, who were among the earliest inhabitants of Italy. The name could possibly be derived from Oscan Víteliú meaning "land of the bulls" or "land of the calves". Origin: Oscan Male forms: Italus (Latinized Ancient Greek) Italos (Ancient Greek) Italo (Italian)  … Continue reading Italia

Ancient Persian, C names, Male, Physical Attributes, Sun, Virtues/Attributes


Ciro (pr. chee-ro in Italian, cee-ro in Latin American Spanish) is the Italian and Spanish form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been listed for it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the… Continue reading Ciro

Female, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Harbor comes from the English word referring to a body of water along the shore deep enough to anchor ships though it can also be used to describe a shelter or refuge. The origin of the word comes from Old English herebeorg (shelter, refuge; military quarters) via Proto-Germanic *harjabergō (army shelter; refuge) which ultimately derives from a PIE source. Harbor… Continue reading Harbor

Hebrew, M names, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Matthew is the English form of Matthaios, the Greek form of Hebrew Mattityahu meaning "gift of Yahweh" made up from matan (gift) and yah, the contracted form of Yahweh. Matthew is also a surname deriving from the given name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Mathew (English) Matthaios (Biblical Greek) Matthias (English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Biblical Greek) Matia (Basque) Mattanyahu (Biblical Hebrew) Matthithyahu (Biblical… Continue reading Matthew

Ancient Greek, Animals, Astronomy, Birds, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Stars/Constellation, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Zodiac

Lyra, Lira

Lyra (pr. lie-ra or lee-ra) is the name of a constellation in which the brightest star in its constellation is Vega. The name receives its name from Greek mythology, representing the lyre of Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician who could charm anything with his music. The name comes from Ancient Greek lúra meaning "lyre" which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek… Continue reading Lyra, Lira

Daemons/Spirits, Elements, Greek mythology, Male, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Thunder/Lightning


Tycho is the Latinized form of Danish Tyge, itself the Danish form of Tóki which comes from Old Norse element Þórr meaning "thunder" which comes from Proto-Germanic *Þunraz (thunder) which derives from a PIE root word. I've also seen it listed as possibly being a Latinized form of Greek Tychon meaning "to hit a target; hitting the mark" deriving from PIE root word *dʰewgʰ- (to… Continue reading Tycho

Ainu, Japanese, M names, Male, Nature, Virtues/Attributes


Musashi is a Japanese male name. The etymology behind the name is uncertain. It's written with the hiragana 武 mu "warrior; military; chivalry; arms" and 蔵 sashi "storehouse; warehouse". However, there are theories that it derives from the Ainu language from the word muzashi which comes from an older word munzashi which could be derived from Aini mun (grass, weeds), sa (open, exposed, a plain open… Continue reading Musashi

G names, Japanese, Literature, Male, Numbers, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Genji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: gen 元 "beginning; origin" + ji 二 "two" (元二); gen 元 "beginning; origin" + ji 児 "newborn babe; child; young of animals" (元児); gen 元 "beginning; origin" + ji 慈 "mercy" (元慈); gen 元 "beginning; origin" + ji 翔 "soar; fly" (元翔); gen 元 "beginning; origin" + ji 治 "govern; regulate; administer" (元治); gen 源 "source; origin" + ji 二 "two" (源二); gen 源 "source;… Continue reading Genji

Ancient Greek, Animals, Battle/War, Black/Dark, Color, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, L names, Lion, Male, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh


Lewis is the medieval English form of Louis, the French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of Germanic name Ludwig, from Chlodovech, meaning "famous battle" or "famous in battle" from Germanic elements hlud (famous) and wig (war, battle). It could also be used the anglicized form of Lughaidh (Lugaid), derived from Lugh. Lewis is also a surname with two… Continue reading Lewis

Brythonic, C names, Female, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Chance comes from an English word in reference to something that happens randomly or by luck or the probability of something happening. It comes from Old French chance (fortune, luck, accident) via Vulgar Latin *cadentia (that which is falling) from Latin cadens (falling) deriving from PIE *ḱh₂d- (to fall). Chance is also an English surname deriving from the origin above. Chance could… Continue reading Chance

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Birds, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Nature, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Germanic, Seagull, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Maven comes from an English word referring to someone who is an expert in a particular field, such as wine or coffee; basically a connoisseur. The origin of the word comes from Yiddish mevyn (expert, connoisseur, know-it-all) derived from Hevrew mevin (one who understands, connoisseur, expert). I've also seen Maven listed as an anglicized form of Meidhbhín, an Irish female name… Continue reading Maven

G names, Male, Nature, Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Grover comes from an English surname meaning "grove of trees", originally used to refer to someone who lived near a grove which comes from Old English grāf (grove). Grover is also an Indian surname predominantly used by Hindu and Sikh communities which comes from the Indian surname Guruvara/Gorovare which comes from Sanskrit guru meaning "teacher, sage" which ultimately derives from a… Continue reading Grover

Elements, Female, Fire, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Irish mythology, L names, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Lassarina is the anglicized form of Lasairfhíona, an Irish female name meaning "flame wine" or "wine made from flames" made up from Irish lasair (flame) via Old Irish lasar (flame, fire) from Proto-Celtic *laxsarā; and Irish fíona, the genitive singular of fíon (wine) via Old Irish fín (wine) from Proto-Celtic *wīnom (wine) via Latin vīnum (wine) deriving from a PIE root word. Apparently, the fh in Irish is always silent. In Irish… Continue reading Lassarina

D names, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Word names


Deke is a modern English name. According to BehindtheName, it seems to have originated as a nickname for American pilot and astronaut Donald Kent Slayton and it could be used as a nickname for names with the initials D.K., or names with a similar sound such as Declan and Deacon. Of course, Deke could also be used as a given name on… Continue reading Deke

Female, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex


Ross comes from a Scottish and English surname via a place name meaning "promontory, headland" from Scottish Gaelic ros which ultimately comes from a PIE root word. Although traditionally a male name, I can see Ross as being used as a unisex name, perhaps because of its similarity to Roz. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ros (English, Irish,… Continue reading Ross