Naia

Naia has several possible meanings: Naia is a Basque female name meaning “wave, sea foam”; It may also be derived from the Naiads, water nymphs who typically inhabit fountains, streams, or any fresh water. The name comes from Ancient Greek nā́ō meaning “to flow” or nâma “running water”, both derived from Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₂- (to swim, to float); Spelled Nai’a, it’s a Hawaiian word…

Nereus

Nereus is the name of the Greek god of the sea, the father of the Nereids, and was a shapeshifter who had the gift of prophecy. He was known as the Old Man of the Sea. Though the name seems to be derived from Greek neros meaning “water”, it seems more likely that it comes from a…

Calpurnia

Calpurnia is an Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Calpurnius meaning “chalice, cup”. It comes from Latin calpar, used to refer to a vessel for liquids such as wine, which derives from Ancient Greek kalpís (jug, urn). Calpurnia was the third wife of Julius Caesar who apparently had a premonition of her husband’s death and features in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar…

Tyson

Tyson comes from an English surname, either a variant of Dyson, a matronymic surname meaning “son of Dye”, Dye being a medieval form of Dionysia, the female form of Dionysius, the Greek god of vine, wine, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy, who represented both the intoxicating madness of wine as well as its beneficient qualities. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite…

Agafya

Agafya is the Russian form of Agatha which comes from Greek agathos meaning “good”. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Agata (Russian, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian) Águeda (Spanish, Portuguese) Agatha (English, Ancient Greek) Agathe (Ancient Greek, French, German, Norwegian, Danish) Agáta (Czech) Ágota (Hungarian) Ågot (Norwegian) Águeda (Spanish, Portuguese) Agda (Swedish)   Male forms: Agaton (Russian) Agafon (Russian)…

Royce

Royce comes from an English surname which derives from a medieval female name Royse, a variant of Rose, the name of the flower which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning…

Lita

Lita was originally used as a nickname for names ending in –lita such as Rosalita (Spanish diminutive of Rosa, the Latin form of Rose which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning “fame”, originally…

Manuel

Manuel is the Portuguese and Spanish form of Emmanuel, a  Hebrew male name meaning “God is with us”. It seems to have been brought over from the Byzantine empire, belonging to two Byzantine emperors. Manuel is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Manny, Manu (German, French, Spanish, Finnish), Manolo (Spanish) Origin: Hebrew Variants: Emmanuel…

Bonnie

Bonnie comes from the Scottish word bonnie meaning “pretty, beautiful” which derives from Middle French bonne (good) from Latin bonus ultimately derived from the Proto-Indo-European *dew- (to show favor; revere). Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Bonny (English)  

Kenneth

Kenneth is the anglicized form of two Gaelic names: Coinneach which derives from Gaelic caoin meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful, kind”; and Cináed meaning “born of fire”. Kenneth is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Ken, Kenny Origin: Gaelic Variants: Coinneach (Scottish) Cináed (Scottish, Irish) Kennith (English) Kennet (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Cainneach (Irish) Cionaodh (Irish) Cinioch (Irish) Ciniod…

Svetlana

Svetlana is a Slavic female name meaning “light” which comes from Russian svet (light) derived from Proto-Slavic *svě̑tъ (light; world) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweytos (bright; white). Nicknames: Lana, Sveta Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Svjetlana (Croatian, Serbian) Světlana (Czech) Svitlana (Ukrainian) Svetlina (Bulgarian)  

Dmitri

Dmitri is the Russian form of Demetrios, a Greek male name meaning “belonging to Demeter“, Demeter being the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, the second element of the name is from Greek meter meaning “mother”. The first part of the name is a little tricky. It could be…

Hayley

Hayley is a variant spelling of Haley, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hay clearing” from Old English heg (hay) and leah (clearing). Origin: Old English Variants: Haley (English) u Hailey (English) Hailee (English) Hailie (English) Haylee (English) Hayleigh (English) Haylie (English)  

Baxter

Baxter comes from an occupational surname meaning “baker” though this particular spelling was originally used for female bakers. Origin: Old English  

Ethel

Ethel is a female given name meaning “noble” from Old English æðel, originally used as a  short form of names such as Etheldred or Ethelberta, making it a cognate of Germanic adal. Ethel also refers to the Anglo-Saxon rune odal which means “homeland; ancestral lands” from Proto-Germanic ǣþel.  Origin: Old English, Proto-Germanic Variants: Ethyl (English) Ethelyn (English)  

Harrison

Harrison is an English surname, originally a patrynomic name meaning “son of Harry“, Harry being a medieval form of Henry meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (ruler, power). Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Harryson (English) Harry (English)  

Leonie

Leonie is the feminine form of Leo and Leon which derives from Greek leon meaning “lion” so Leonie essentially means “lioness”. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Léonie (French) Leonia (Late Roman) Leona (English, German) Leone (English) Leontina (Italian, Late Roman)   Male forms: Leon (English, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Ancient Greek) Leo (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Croatian,…

Rio

Rio has two separate origins and meanings. The first is that it is a Spanish and Portuguese word and place name meaning “river” derived from Latin rivus (brook, small stream) which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₃er- (to flow, to move). It’s also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian surname derived from the given name referring to someone who lived near…

Noelle

Noelle is the feminine form of Noel (or French Noël) which means “Christmas” derived from Latin natalis (of or relating to birth) which comes Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce, beget; to give birth). Noelle is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Noëlle (French, Dutch) Noelle (English) Noèle (French) Noela (Galician) Noelia (Spanish) Noella (French) Noelene (English)  …

Mark

Mark is the English form of Marcus, an Ancient Roman name which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also be from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”….