Sanjay

Sanjay is an Indian male name, the modern form of Sanjaya meaning “victorious, triumphant” in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, Sanjaya features as a charioteer who has the gift of divine sight.

Origin: Sanskrit

Variants:

  • Sanjaya (Hinduism)
  • Sunjay

 

America

America is a unisex given name usually given in honor of the United States of America. It comes from Italian male name Amerigo, the medieval Italian form of Emmerich, a Germanic male name. While the second element of the name comes from ric (power, rule), the first part of the name is a little more complicated. It could be from Germanic ermen (whole, universal), amal (work, labor), or heim (home). Apparently the name came from Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Amerika (English, German, Dutch)
  • América (Spanish, Portuguese)

 

 

Male forms:

  • Americus (Latin)
  • Amerigo (Italian)
  • Emmerich (Germanic)

 

Caledon

Caledon seems to be a shortened form of Caledonia, the old Latin name for Scotland in the northern part of Britain. Apparently the name is derived from a Pictish tribe in northern Scotland called the Caledonii which could be related to Proto-Celtic word *kaletos- meaning “hard/hardy, tough” from Proto-Indo-European *kal- (hard), perhaps in reference to the rocky land of the area or to the people. Caledon is also a surname derived from a place name, likely referring to someone who came from a town called Caledon.

Nicknames: Cal, Cale

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Female forms:

  • Caledonia

 

Brittanya

Brittanya is a variant spelling of Britannia, the Latin name for the island of Britain and later used to refer to a female personification of Britain. The name was first coined by Ancient Greeks, originally called Prettanike or Brettaniai, which might have originally been used to refer to the Picts.

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Britannia
  • Brittania
  • Britton (unisex)

 

Sandulf

Sandulf is a male name, either derived from Germanic elements sand (sand) and ulf (wolf) meaning “sand wolf” or it might be derived from Gothic elements sanths (true) and vulfs (wolf) meaning “true wolf”. It’s also a surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Sandy

Origin: Ancient Germanic, Gothic

Variants:

  • Sandolf
  • Sandalius (Latin)
  • Sandalio (Spanish)

 

Verona

Verona is the name of a city in Italy. The origin behind the name is unknown though there are some theories such as that it was a short form of Versus Romae meaning “in the direction of Roma” or that it comes from an expression, Vae Romae meaning “alas Roma” or “cursed Roma”. Verona is also a German contraction of Veronika, a cognate of Veronica which is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped Jesus’s face with the towel and whose image was imprinted upon it. It was known as the Veil of Veronica.

As a surname, it was used to refer to someone who lived in Verona or came from the city.

Verona has been used as a setting for three of Shakespeare’s plays: Romeo and JulietThe Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Origin: Latin, Greek

 

Scotia

Scotia (pr. skoh-sha) was originally the Roman name for Ireland, derived from Scoti or Scotti, a term used to refer to the Gaels, though it later came to refer to Scotland. The origin of the word Scoti/Scotti is unknown. It could possibly be derived from the name of a Celtic tribe of unknown meaning though that seems unlikely since there is no known tribe of that name. Another possible source according to Irish chronicles and myths is that the name is derived from Scota, the name of a princess who was the daughter of an Egyptian pharoah and whose name was given to the country although I can’t say how accurate that last part is, although the stories behind it are fascinating. Nova Scotia (New Scotland) is the name of a province in Canada.

Scotia is also a word used in architecture referring to a concave molding between two fillets, a type of decorative molding. The word comes from Ancient Greek skotía meaning “dark, darkness, shadowy, gloom”.

Origin: Latin, Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Scota

 

Vikram

Vikram is an Indian male name, the modern form of Vikrama meaning “stride, pace” (in reference to someone who undertakes purposeful action) or “valor” in Sanskrit, referring to one who is wise, brave, and strong as well as victorious. It was used as another name for Hindu god Vishnu, the protector and preserver of the universe. Vikramaditya is the name of a legendary emperor in ancient India, also known as Vikrama. His name means “sun of valor”, combining the names Vikram (valor) and aditya (sun).

Origin: Sanskrit

Variants:

  • Vikrama (Indian)