Animals, Birds, C names, Falcon, Female, Greek mythology, Hawk, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Circe

Circe (pr. SUR-see) is the Latinized form of Kirke, the name of a sorceress who turned Odysseus's men into pigs before being forced to turn them back when she was bested by Odysseus with the help of Hermes, after which he spent a year on the island with her before leaving. She is also the aunt of Medea, another famous enchantress. The meaning behind her… Continue reading Circe

Advertisements
Etruscan, Latin, Male, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Virgil

Virigl comes from Latin Virgilius (originally spelled Vergilius), a name of unknown meaning. The spelling of the name may have been changed to resemble Latin virgo meaning "maid, virgin" or from Latin virga meaning "young shoot" or "twig, rod; wand", though it's likely that Virgilius/Vergilius is of Etruscan origin. Virgil is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Latin, Etruscan Variants: Vergil… Continue reading Virgil

Emotion/Feelings, F names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Felixa

Felixa is the feminine form of Felix which comes from a Roman cognomen meaning “happy, lucky, successful, auspicious” in Latin. It also means "fruitful, fertile, prosperous", deriving from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse) from which derive several derivatives such as Greek phuo “to make grow” or “to produce”, Latin fio “to become”, fecundus “fertile”, fetus “pregnant” and “offspring” and even femina “woman”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Félice (French) Felice (English) Felicia… Continue reading Felixa

A names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Joy, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Alair

Alair comes from Allaire, an Old French personal name derived from Hilaire, the French form of Hilarius, an Ancient Roman name meaning “happy, cheerful” from Latin hilaris via Ancient Greek hilarós from hílaos (gracious, merciful; kind, mild, gentle) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word. From what I could find it could be used either a male or female name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Alaire (French) Allaire… Continue reading Alair

Animals, Egg, Female, Food, Lamb/Sheep, Norse, O names, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European

Ovidia

Ovidia is the feminine form of Ovid, the English form of Latin Ovidius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could be related to Latin ovis meaning "sheep" derived from a PIE root, or from Latin ovum meaning "egg" which also derives from a PIE root word. Ovidia could also be a variant spelling of Ovedia, which is not only… Continue reading Ovidia

D names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Damian

Damian comes from Latin Damianus derived from Ancient Greek Damianos meaning "to tame, subdue, control" and also "to kill", deriving from the PIE root *demh₂- (to tame, domesticate). Damian is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Damianus (Latinized Ancient Greek) Damianos (Ancient Greek) Damien (French) Damion (English) Damon (English) Damyan (Bulgarian) Damjan (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian,… Continue reading Damian

Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, I names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Isotta

Isotta is the Italian form of Isolde, a name of uncertain origin though it’s believed to have Celtic roots or it may come from a Germanic name made up of is (ice, iron) and hild (battle) meaning “ice battle” or “iron battle”. In Arthurian legend, Isolde is the name of several figures including an Irish princess who fell in love with Tristan, the nephew of… Continue reading Isotta

Arabic, Female, L names, Night/Evening, Virtues/Attributes

Lyla

Lyla is a variant of Leila, an Arabic female name meaning "night". It could also be considered as a feminine form of Lyle, an English surname derived from Norman French l'isle meaning "island", a topographical surname for someone who lived on an island though it may also be derived as a place name from Lille, a city in France. Origin:… Continue reading Lyla

G names, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Gene

Gene derives as a short form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning "well born" from eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also derives from PIE *ǵénh₁os (race, lineage). A gene is also a word used to refer to a molecular unit of heredity among living organisms. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Eugene  

B names, Color, Female, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Bianca

Bianca is an Italian female name, a cogante of Blanche meaning "white" from Latin blancus (white) from Proto-Germanic *blankaz (white, gleaming, shining, bright) which derives from PIE *bʰleyǵ- (to shine). Bianca is also an Italian surname as well as having been used twice by Shakespeare for his plays Taming of the Shrew (1593) and Othello (1603). Origin: Proto-Ido-European Variants: Blanche (French, English) Blanch (English) Blanka… Continue reading Bianca

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

Simeon

Simeon is a male name meaning "he who hears" or "he has heard" derived from Hebrew shama (to hear, listen). It was the name of the second son of Jacob and Leah, given to his mother because she believed God had heard her say that she was not as favored by her husband as her sister Rachel. It's also a variant of Simon,… Continue reading Simeon

A names, Black/Dark, Color, Elements, Female, Fire, Proto-Indo-European, Sorrow, Word names

Atra

Atra is the feminine adjective form of āter, a Latin word meaning "dull black, dark", "gloomy, sad, murky", "dismal, unlucky", "and "malevolent, poisonous, malicious". It derives from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning "fire". Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

J names, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Jefferson

Jefferson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning "son of Jeffrey", Jeffrey being a medieval variant of Geoffrey, the Norman-French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning "peace" from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (peace, tranquility; sanctuary, refuge) from PIE *priHós (beloved, dear) from root word *preyH- (to love, to please). The first element is a little… Continue reading Jefferson

Ancient Greek, Bright/Clear, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Light, Moon, Mythology, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Selene

Selene (pr. se-lee-nee or sel-een in English) is the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology, the sister of Helios and Eos, goddess of the dawn. Much like Helios, she also drove a chariot across the sky every night. Selene fell in love with a mortal named Endymion who is often depicted as a shepherd though other versions portray him as a prince or king.… Continue reading Selene

Greek mythology, H names, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sun, Virtues/Attributes

Helios

Helios is the Greek god of the sun and a Titan who was often depicted as a handsome man who drove a chariot drawn by four winged horses across the sky. He is also the father of the Heliades, his daughters by the Oceanid nymph Clymene, and the father of Phaethon who reluctantly allowed his son to drive… Continue reading Helios

D names, Female, Hebrew

Delilah

Delilah is a Hebrew female name meaning "weak, delicate, languishing" which derives from Hebrew dalal (to hang down, to be low). In the Old Testament, Delilah is the lover of Samson whom she betrays to the Philistines by cutting off his hair, the source of his great strength. Nicknames: Del, Lilah/Lila Origin: Hebrew Variants: Delila (German, Dutch, English)… Continue reading Delilah

B names, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Bradley

Bradley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad clearing" from Old English brād (broad) derived from Proto-Germanic *braidaz (broad, wide) from an unknown source; and lēah (clearing, meadow) from PIE *lówkos (clearing). Bradley has also been used as an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Brolcháin meaning "descendant of Brolachán", Brolachán meaning a diminutive of Brólach. Nicknames: Brad Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants:… Continue reading Bradley

A names, Ancient Greek, Elements, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure. It's possible that she was adopted by the Ancient Greeks from the Phoenician goddess Astarte, who was a cognate of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. As for Aphrodite's name, the first part has often been associated with Greek aphros (foam) in reference to her being born from the sea foam though it… Continue reading Aphrodite

A names, Ancient Greek, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Ares

Ares is the god of war in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Hera, who was often depicted as violent and quick-tempered who portrayed the brutal and violent side of war. He was also a lover of Aphrodite with whom he had children Harmonia, Eros, Phobos, Deimos, Adrestia, and Anteros. His name is often associated with Greek arē meaning "bane, ruin" or from Greek ara meaning “prayer”, “vow”, and… Continue reading Ares