Ancient Greek, Coptic, Female, Finnish, Greek mythology, K names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Kolina

Kolina is a female given name. I've seen many sites claim its from Greek meaning "pure" so I'm assuming it's somehow related to Katherine, the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek… Continue reading Kolina

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Avestan, Male, Persian mythology, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Siroush

Siroush seems to be a variant transcription of Soroush, a Persian male name which seems to be the Persian form of an Avestan name, Sraosha. I've seen many possible meanings listed behind the name such as "obedience", "observance" or "messenger". In Zoroastrianism, Sraosha is the name of a yazata (genereally used to refer to a divinity or something… Continue reading Siroush

A names, Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Arsinoe

Arsinoe (pr. ar-sin-o-ee; Forvo) is an Ancient Greek female name meaning "raising one's mind" or "raising one's intellect" made up from Ancient Greek arsis ᾰ̓́ρσῐς (raising, elevation) and  νους (mind, brains, intellect) both of which derive from PIE. Arsinoe is the name of several Egyptian queens in the Ptolemaic period, inlcuding belonging to the younger half-sister of Cleopatra VII (of Cleopatra and Antony fame),… Continue reading Arsinoe

Arabic, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Light, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Z names

Zia

Zia is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Ziya derived from Arabic diya (ضياء) meaning "splendor, light, glow" and is also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Zia is also an Italian word meaning "aunt" which comes from Late Latin thia (aunt) via Ancient Greek theíā (aunt) derived from a PIE root word. Zia is also a Hebrew… Continue reading Zia

A names, Female, German/Germanic, Virtues/Attributes

Adele

Adele is an anglicized spelling of French Adèle which comes from Germanic element adel meaning "noble" which could possibly be derived from a PIE source. Origin: Germanic Variants: Adèle (French) Adela (English, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Ancient Germanic) Adelle (English) Adell (English) Adeline (French, English) Adaline (English) Adalyn (English) Adalynne (English) Adelyn (English) Adelynne (English Adelina (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish,… Continue reading Adele

B names, Brown, Color, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bruno

Bruno is a male given name which derives from a Germanic source, either from Old High German brun meaning "brown" which derives from a PIE root word; or it comes from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ meaning "breastplate; armor, protection". Bruno is an Italian and Portuguese word meaning "brown" as well as also being an Italian and Portuguese surname derived… Continue reading Bruno

Female, Japanese, Korean, Physical Attributes, S names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Sumi

Sumi is a Korean female name with a variety of meanings. It's written with the hangul 수미: 수 (秀) su "excellent, outstanding; elegant, graceful" + 미 (美) mi "beauty, beautiful"; 수 (守) su "defend, protect, guard" + 미 (美) mi "beauty, beautiful" There are likely other meanings. Sumi is also a Japanese female name also with a variety of… Continue reading Sumi

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

Jacques

Jacques is the French form of Jacob and James, both of which derive from Hebrew Ya’aqov meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter". It's also a French surname derived from the given name. In French, Jacques is pronounced zhahk. Origin: Hebrew Male forms: Jacob (English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) James (English)   Female forms: Jacqueline (French, English) Jacquette (French) Jacquetta (English)… Continue reading Jacques

Ancient Greek, Earth, Elements, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Nature, S names

Sidero

Sidero is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the second wife of Salmoneus, a king, and the stepmother to his daughter Tyro, whom she apparently mistreated. Sidero was later killed by Tyro's twin sons Pelias and Neleus (fathered by the god Poseidon); she was killed in a temple of Hera's which earned her the undying hatred of Pelias, the uncle of Jason of Argonaut… Continue reading Sidero

Black/Dark, Color, Male, N names, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sabine/Oscan, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Nero

Nero comes from a Roman cognomen, a name of uncertain meaning. It could be derived from a Sabine origin meaning "strong, vigorous", or it could be derived from a PIE root word *h₂nḗr (power, force, vital energy; man); alternatively, it could also mean "man" from the same root word. Nero is also a Finnish word meaning… Continue reading Nero

Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Female, Latin, Light, M names, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Marcella

Marcella is the feminine form of Marcellus, an ancient Roman cognomen which originated as a diminutive of Marcus, a Roman praenomen which may be derived from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars. It's 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… Continue reading Marcella

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

Tate

Tate is an English male name which comes from a surname via Old English personal name Tata, a name of unknown meaning. I've seen a source list it as possibly deriving from an Old Norse word teitr meaning "glad, merry, cheerful" via  PIE root word. Tate (and Tata) was also another name for Æthelburh (or Ethelburga) of Kent, an Anglo-Saxon queen… Continue reading Tate

Akkadian, Akkadian mythology, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, Female, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, S names, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Shamhat

Shamhat is a character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, a temple prostitute and a priestess of Inanna who is sent by Gilgamesh to tame the wild man Enkidu and bring him into civilization through sex. Afterwards, she persuades him to go to Uruk and meet Gilgamesh which results in them becoming best friends and going on a series of adventures… Continue reading Shamhat

Akkadian mythology, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, E names, Male, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Enkidu

Enkidu is the name of an important character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia which is the oldest surviving piece of literature in the world. Enkidu is a wild man, created by the goddess Aruru from clay and water at the behest of the other gods to be a rival for Gilgamesh. He grows up… Continue reading Enkidu

Akkadian mythology, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, Female, I names, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, Physical Attributes, Sky/Heavens, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Inanna

Inanna is the name of the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and war who was also worshipped as Ishtar by the Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, Astarte by the ancient Phoenicians, and who may have been influential in the development of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Inanna has long been associated with the planet Venus; her symbols are the eight-pointed star and the… Continue reading Inanna

Akkadian mythology, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, G names, Male, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, Physical Attributes, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh is the name of the legendary king of Uruk (an ancient Sumerian city-state); he is also the eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia which is the oldest surviving piece of literature in the world. He may have been based on a historical king named Gilgamesh around the 27th… Continue reading Gilgamesh

D names, Female, Gaelic, Mythology, Nature, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Scottish, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Deanna

Deanna is an English female name which could be the feminine form of Dean, either from Middle English dene meaning "valley", a habitional name for someone who lived near one; or else it’s an occupational surname meaning “dean”, referring to a person who was a dean or someone who worked for one, referring to an ecclesialtical head of a cathedral.… Continue reading Deanna

Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf

Lucas

Lucas is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning "from Lucania", the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred… Continue reading Lucas

Earth, Female, G names, Gaelic, Nature, Scottish

Glenna

Glenna is the feminine form of Glenn, a Scottish name meaning "valley". It comes from Scottish Gaelic gleann, glenn (mountain valley) via Proto-Celtic *glendos (valley) which could be derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Scottish Gaelic Variants: Glena (English) Glenne (English) Glynne (English)   Male forms: Glenn (Scottish, English) Glen (Scottish, English) Glyn (Welsh) Glynn (Welsh)  

Color, Earth, Elements, Gold, Male, O names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Orville

Orville is a male given name that seems to have some mystery behind its origin. Some sites I've went to claim it was invented by English author Fanny Burney for her novel Evelina (1778) while it's also possible that the name comes from a French place name. Either way, the name seems to be derived from French or… Continue reading Orville