Meggie

Meggie is a diminutive form of Margaret or Megan, both of which derive from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Meggy (English) Megan (Welsh, English) Meghan (English) Meaghan (English) Meagan (English) Maegan (English) Maeghan (English) Margaret (English) Marjorie (English) Marjory (English) Margery (English) Margarita (Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Late Roman, Greek) Margarid (Armenian)…

Jesse

Jesse comes from a Hebrew male name possibly meaning “gifted” or “Yahweh exists”. Jesse is also a surname originating from the given name. Although traditionally a male name, it has had occasional use as a female name, likely as a variant of Jessie, which is a nickname for Jessica meaning “to behold”, “foresight” or “one who looks forth”. Nicknames:…

Simone

Simone (pr. see-mawn) is the French feminine form of Simon meaning “he who hears” or “he has heard” derived from Hebrew shama (to hear, listen). Simon is also a Greek name which derives from Ancient Greek simos meaning “flat-nosed, snub-nosed”. Simon is also an Italian male name (pr. see-maw-nee), the Italian form of Simon (its feminine form is Simona). Simone is also an Italian…

Crane

Crane comes from an English surname, originating as a nickname for a tall, thing man or someone with long legs, or had any perceived likeness to the bird. The name comes for Old English cran via Proto-Germanic *kranô which derives from PIE root word *gerh₂- (to cry hoarsely;  crane). Crane could also be a variant spelling of Krane, a…

Amalda

Amalda is a female name of uncertain origin. I’ve seen numerous sites list it as deriving from a Germanic origin, likely from Germanic element *amal meaning “work, labor”, and could possibly be considered as a variant of Amalia. Amalda is also the name of a genus of sea snails in the Olividae family (pictured above). There seems to be…

Coram

Coram is an English surname derived from the name of a village called Corham. It seems to be made up from Old English elements corn (corn) and hamm (enclosure; or referring to a low-lying meadow). Coram is also a Latin word meaning “in person; face to face; publicly” and “before; in the presence of” and is used as a…

Aura

Aura is the name of a Titan in Greek mythology, who personified the breeze and fresh cool air of the early morning. Her name, fittingly, means “breeze, cool wind”. The Aurae is the plural form of Aura, referring to the nymphs of the breezes. As an English word, aura is used to refer to distinctive quality…

Frankie

Frankie is a nickname for Francis/Frances or any of its forms (Franklin, Francesca, etc.). The name comes from Franciscus, a Late Latin name meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Franky…

Ylva

Ylva is a Swedish and Norwegian female name meaning “she-wolf” which comes from Old Norse úlfr (wolf) via Proto-Germanic *wulfaz derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Úlfa (Icelandic)   Male forms: Ulf (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Úlfr (Ancient Scandinavian) Úlfur (Icelandic) Uffe (Danish)