Penna

Penna comes from Latin meaning “feather, plume, wing”. It’s also an Italian surname, either derived from the given name, or from Spanish Peña meaning “rock, cliff”, a locational surname referring to someone who lived near a cliff or rocky land.

There’s also the Penna river in India (also known as Penneru) which comes from the Telugu words penu (grand) and yeru (river, stream) or neeru (water).

Origin: Latin, Spanish, Telugu

Zafir

Zafir is an Arabic male name, a variant spelling of Zafar meaning “victory, triumph, success”. It’s also a surname derived from the given name.

Spelled zafír (with the accent on the i), it becomes the Hungarian word for “sapphire”.

Origin: Arabic

Variants:

  • Zafeer
  • Zafar

 

Melisent

Melisent seems to be a variant spelling of Millicent, the English form of Germanic Amalasuintha meaning “strong labor” or “strong work” from amal (work, labor) and swinth (strong). Melisent, and Melisende, are the Norman French form of the name.

Origin: Germanic

 

Variants:

  • Melicent (English)
  • Melisende (Medieval French)
  • Mélisande (French)
  • Amalasuintha (Ancient Germanic)
  • Millicent (English)

 

Adam

Adam is a male name that derives from Hebrew. It has various meanings such as “man”, “earth, soil, ground”, and “red”. According to Judaism, Christianty, and Islam, Adam was the first man ever created, along with Eve. It’s also a surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Addy is a Medieval diminutive for Adam.

Origin: Hebrew

Male variants:

  • Adama (unisex)
  • Adamo (Italian)
  • Adán (Spanish)
  • Adão (Portuguese)
  • Aatami (Finnish)
  • Akamu (Hawaiian)
  • Ádám (Hungarian)
  • Ádhamh (Irish)
  • Adomas (Lithuanian)
  • Adem (Turkish)
  • Adamu (Old Slavic)

 

Female forms:

  • Adama (Hebrew, English)
  • Adamina (English)

 

Piper

Piper comes from an English surname meaning “pipe player”, from Old English pipere referring to someone who played the pipes. The name is derived from Latin piper meaning “pepper” via Greek piperi  from Sanskrit pippali (long pepper).

Origin: Sanskrit, Indo-Aryan

Variants:

  • Pyper

 

Rylan

Rylan is a variant form of Ryland, an English surname meaning “rye clearing” or “rye land” from Old English ryge (rye) and land (land), likely a place name referring to someone who lived near one.

Origin: Old English

Variants:

  • Ryland

 

Shae

Shae is a variant spelling of Shea, which comes from O’Shea, which is the anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Séaghdha meaning “descendant of Séaghdha”, Séaghdha being a male given name of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen several possible meanings listed for it such as “admirable” or “hawk-like”; “esteem” and “regard”; or “fine, fortunate”.

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Shay
  • Shaye
  • Shea
  • Séaghdha (Irish)

 

Glenn

Glenn comes from a Scottish surname meaning “valley” from Gaelic gleann, originally used to refer to someone who lived near a valley.

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Glen (English, Scottish)
  • Glyn (Welsh)
  • Glynn (Welsh)

 

Female forms:

  • Glenna (English, Scottish)
  • Glenne (English)