Octavia

Octavia is the feminine form of Octavius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “eighth” from Latin octavus.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Ottavia (Italian)
  • Octávia (Portuguese)
  • Otávia (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Octavie (French)

 

Male forms:

  • Octavio (Spanish)
  • Octavius (Ancient Roman)
  • Ottavio (Italian)
  • Octávio (Portuguese)
  • Otávio (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Octave (French)

 

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Shepherd

Shepherd comes from an English surname, an occupational name for someone who tended over sheep. It comes from Old English sceap (sheep) and hierde (herdsman) or weard (guardian, watchman). A shepherd also refers to someone who protects, watches over, and guides over someone or a community as well as also referring to a member of the clergy.

Nicknames: Shep, Herd

Origin: Old English

Variants:

  • Shepard (English)
  • Sheppard (English)
  • Shepperd (English)

 

Devon

Devon is the name of a county in England which derives its name from a Celtic tribe who inhabited the area known as the Dumnonii which is made up from Proto-Celtic *dubno- meaning “deep” or “world” and *nanto meaning “stream” or “valley” so the name would mean “deep valley” or “deep stream”. It may also be a variant spelling of Devin, a surname which either originated as a nickname for someone who acted divinely from Old French devin meaning “divine” from Latin divinus (soothsayer, fortuneteller); or Devin could be an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Damháin meaning “descendant of Damhán”, the latter meaning “fawn” from Gaelic damh (stag, ox), or an anglicized form of Ó Dubháin “descendant of Dubhán”, the latter the diminutive form of dubh “black, dark”.

Origin: Proto-Celtic, Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Devin (English, Irish)
  • Deven (English)
  • Devan (English)
  • Devyn (English)
  • Devona (English) female

 

Hannibal

Hannibal is the name of a famous Carthaginian general who is considered one of the greatest military generals in history and caused the Ancient Romans great fear. His name comes from Phoenician haan (grace) combined with the name Ba’al meaning “grace of Ba’al”, Ba’al being the name of the chief god of the Phoenician pantheon which means “lord, husband”. Hannibal is also a surname, either derived from the given name or else a variant spelling of Hunnibal or Hunnabell, an Old English surname perhaps derived from Germanic given name Hunnbald meaning “brave bear cub” from Germanic elements hunn (bear cub) and bald (bold, brave). It may also be a derivative of female given name Anabel derived from Late Latin Amabilis meaning “lovable”.

Origin: Phoenician, Germanic, Late Latin

Variants:

  • Annibale (Italian)
  • Aníbal (Spanish, Portuguese)

 

Moria

Moria is a female given name with several etymologies and meanings:

  • it’s a the name of a Naiad nymph in Greek mythology whose brother Tylos was killed by a dragon, though she later brought him back to life with a magical herb. This myth is similar to the story of Pelops, who had been killed by his father Tantalus but was brought back to life by the Moirai, the three goddesses of fate. It appears this myth might have its origins in Lydian mythology; the name may be related to Ancient Greek moros meaning “fate, doom”. Moros is also the name of the personification of impending doom in Greek mythology, who drove men to their fated death and who not even Zeus could go against;
  • Moria is also the name of a type of olive tree which were considered the property of the state, a gift given from the goddess Athena to the people of Athens, so it’s possible the name also means “olive tree”;
  • it’s the name of an underground compound in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world of Middle-Earth; it comes from his fictional language of Sindarin meaning “black chasm” or “black pit” from mor (black) and ia (void, abyss, pit);
  • it may also be a variant spelling of Moriah, the name of a mountain in the Book of Genesis in which Abraham is instructed to take his son Isaac and sacrifice him to God; the name possibly means “chosen by Yahweh” or “seen by Yahweh”;

Moria is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:

  • “forest; woods + Asia; rank next; come after; -ous” (森亜);
  • “forest; woods + love; affection; favorite” (森愛);
  • “guard; protect; defend; obey + Asia; rank next; come after; -ous” (守亜);
  • “woods; grove + Asia; rank next; come after; -ous” (杜亜)

Origin: Ancient Greek, Sindarin, Hebrew, Japanese

Variants:

  • Moriah (Hebrew, English)

 

Orin

Orin could be a variant of Orrin, itself an anglicized form of Odhrán, an Irish male name meaning “little pale green one”, or a variant spelling of Oren, a Hebrew male name meaning “pine tree”. It’s also a surname originating from the given name. Orin is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:

  • “cherry + small bell; buzzer” (桜鈴);
  • “at; in; on; as for + ethics; companion” (於倫)

In hiragana it’s written as おりん.

Origin: Irish, Hebrew, Japanese

Male forms:

  • Orrin (Irish)
  • Oren (Hebrew)
  • Odhrán (Irish)
  • Odran (Hebrew)
  • Oran (Irish)
  • Orren (English, Irish)

 

Massima

Massima is the feminine form of Massimo, the Italian form of Maximus, which comes from an Ancient Roman family name meaning “greatest”. Massima is also an Italian word meaning “maxim, rule, maximum”.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Maxima (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximiliana (Ancient Roman)
  • Máxima (Spanish)
  • Maximiliane (German)
  • Maximilienne (French)
  • Maxine (English)
  • Maxene (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Massimo (Italian)
  • Maximos (Latin Greek)
  • Maksim (Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Macedonian)
  • Maxim (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Maxime (French)
  • Maksym (Polish, Ukrainian)
  • Máximo (Spanish)
  • Macsen (Welsh)
  • Maxen (Welsh)
  • Maximilian (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximillian (English)
  • Maximilianus (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximillus
  • Maximilien (French)
  • Massimiliano (Italian)
  • Maximiliano (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Maksimilian (Russian)
  • Maksymilian (Polish)
  • Maxmilián (Czech)
  • Maximilián (Slovak)

 

Piero

Piero is the Italian form of Peter, the English form of Greek Petros meaning “stone, rock”. Piero is also an Italian surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Pierino (Italian diminutive)

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Pietro (Italian)
  • Pier (Italian, Dutch)
  • Peter (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Slovak)

 

Female forms:

  • Piera (Italian)
  • Pietra (Italian)
  • Pierina (Italian diminutive of Piera)

 

Seven

Seven comes from the English word for 7, a number long since considered lucky, such as the idea of a seventh son of a seventh son being lucky. It comes from Proto-Germanic *sebun derived from Proto-Indo-European *septḿ̥ (seven).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

 

 

Lyndon

Lyndon comes from an English surname meaning “lime tree hill” or “flax hill” from Old English elements lind (lime tree) derived from Proto-Germanic *linþaz (flexible, supple, mild), or lin (flax) and dun (hill). It was originally used as a topographical name for someone who lived near lime trees.

Origin: Old English, Proto-Germanic

Variants:

  • Lindon (English)
  • Linden (English)