Rue

Rue is the name of a species of plants that were used as medicinal herbs and in cooking. The name comes from Latin rūta derived from Ancient Greek rhutḗ, derived from an uncertain etymology though it may be derived from a Peloponnesian word. Rue is also an English word meaning “to regret, feel remorse or sorrow for”. It…

Ethan

Ethan is a Hebrew male name meaning “enduring, solid, firm, steadfast” from eitan (firm, strong, enduring). Origin: Hebrew Variants: Eitan (Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew) Eytan (Hebrew) Aithan (Biblical Greek) Etan (Hebrew, French, English)  

Novalee

Novalee is the combination of two names: Nova, a Latin name meaning “new” and Lee which comes from Old English lēah meaning “clearing, meadow” so the name essentially means “new meadow” or “new clearing”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Novalie (English) Novaleigh (English)  

Whitley

Whitley comes from an English surname meaning “white clearing” or “white meadow” made up from Old English hwit (white) derived from a PIE root word meaning “bright, white”; and Old English lēah (meadow, clearing) also deriving from a PIE root word. It likely derived from a place name perhaps referring to the color of the tree bark. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Megumi

Megumi is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: megumi 恵 “favor, benefit; blessing, grace, kindness” (恵); megumi 愛 “love, affection” (愛); megu 恵 “favor; benefit; blessing, grace, kindness” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (恵美); megu 旋 “rotation, go round” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (旋美); megu 寵 “affection; love” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (寵美); megu 巡 “go around; circumference” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (巡美); megu…

Tatsuya

Tatsuya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: tatsu 達 “accomplished, attain; master” + ya 也 “to be” (達也); tatsu 達 “accomplished; attain; master” + ya 矢 “dart; arrow” (達矢); tatsu 竜 “dragon; imperial” + ya 也 “to be” (竜也); tatsu 竜 “dragon; imperial” + ya 哉 “how, what, alas, question mark” (竜哉); tatsu 竜 “dragon; imperial” + ya 弥 “all the more; increasingly” (竜弥); tatsu 辰 “dragon fifth sign of…

Toni

Toni is often used as a short form of Antonia or Antoinette, the feminine form of Antonius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain origin and meaning which seems to be derived from an Etruscan origin. I’ve seen some sources cite it as possibly having  Greek roots, possibly meaning “priceless one” or it could be derived from Latin antius meaning…

Moran

Moran is a Hebrew unisex name meaning “viburnum shrub” as well as being an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Irish O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great” from a PIE root word. Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from…

Avani

Avani is an Indian female name meaning “earth” in Sanskrit. It’s the name of a village in India which has a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita, a Hindu goddess in the Rigveda as well as also being the name of the wife of Rama (who was the avatar of the god Vishnu), who was also the…

Dakota

Dakota is a unisex given name as well as the name of two states in the US: North and South Dakota. The name derives from a Native American tribe belonging to the Sioux tribe meaning “friend, friendly” or “allies”. It’s also known as Lakota and Nakota in different dialects of the language. Nicknames: Kota, Koda Origin: Native…

Nadine

Nadine is the French form of Nadia, the diminutive form of Nadezhda, a Russian female name meaning “hope” from Slavic. Nadine could also be a variant spelling of Nadeen, an Arabic female name which is also a variant of Nadia though it comes from an Arabic source meaning “moist, tender, delicate” or “calling”. Origin: Slavic, Arabic Variants: Nadina (Bosnian,…

Kier

Kier (pr. keer) comes from a Scottish surname, a variant spelling of Kerr, a topographical surname for someone who lived near a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood. It comes from Old Norse kjarr meaning “brushwood” or “thicket, scrub”. Kier could also be the anglicized form of Irish ceàrr meaning “left; incorrect, wrong” or from Old Irish ciar meaning “black, dark”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Dove

Dove is the name of a bird hat symbolizes peace and innocence. It comes from Old English *dūfe (dove; pigeon) from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ. It may be derived from a PIE root word either relating to a word meaning “dive” in reference to its flight or from PIE *dʰewbʰ- (to whisk; smoke; make obscure). Dove is also the past tense of dive meaning…

Renfred

Renfred is an Old English male name meaning “counsel of peace” or “peaceful counsel” derived from Old English elements regin-, ragin- (advice, counsel) and friþ (peace; refuge, sanctuary). Renfred is also an English surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Raganfrid (Old German) Renfry (Old English) Renfree (Old English) Reynfrey  

Rialta

Rialta is a female name as well as an Irish word, the anglicized form of ríagalta meaning “regular, habitual; bound by rule”. It’s also a feminine form of Rialto, the name of a city in Venice. It comes from Rivoaltus meaning “high bank” or “deep river” made up from rivo, the Italian word for “stream, bank, shore, brook” from Latin rīvus derived…

Loris

Loris is the Italian diminutive of Lorenzo, the Italian and Spanish form of Latin Laurentius derived from a Roman cognomen meaning “from Laurentum”, Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus meaning “laurel”. Loris has also been used as a femle name in English, likely for its similarity to names like Laura and Lora. Loris is also the…

Toyoko

Toyoko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:  toyo 豊 (lush, abundant, bountiful, plenty) + ko (child) 子; to 兎 (rabbit, hare) + yo 与 (bestow, impart, participate in, award) + ko 子 (child); to 外 (outside, foreign, other) + yo 世 (generation, age, world, society, public) + ko 子 child); toyo 豊 (lush, abundant, bountiful, plenty) + ko 湖 (lake); to 富 (wealth, enrich, abundant) + yo 世 (generation, age, world, society, public)…

Shoya

Shoya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: sho 祥 (auspicious, happiness, blessed, good fortune) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 哉 (how, what, alas, question mark); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 也 (to be); sho 将 (leader, commander, general) + ya 也 (to be); sho 星 (star) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 夜 (night, evening); sho 勝 (victory, win, excel, prevail)…

Antiope

Antiope is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a daughter of Ares,  and queen of the Amazons as well as the sister of Hippolyte. This Antiope was also the wife of the hero Theseus. Another Antiope was the daughter of the river god Asopus and the mother of Amphion and Zethus by Zeus. The name comes from Ancient Greek anti- (against, compared to, like) and ops which means…

Ixion

Ixion is the name of the king of the Lapiths (an ancient tribe in Thessaly) in Greek mythology who was either the son of Ares, Antion, Leonteus, or Phlegyas. Apparently, Ixion was not a very good person, killing his father-in-law after inviting him for dinner and breaking the laws of xenia, and no one would perform the rituals that would cleanse…