Emilie

Emilie is the Scandinavian form of Emilia, itself a variant of Aemilia, the feminine form of Aemilius, an Ancient Roman name. Though the origin of the name is uncertain, it has often been associated with Latin aemulus meaning “rival; rivaling, striving” via Proto-Italic *aimos (imitation) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aemilia (Ancient Roman) Aemiliana (Ancient Roman) Emílie (Czech) Emilija…

Erina

Erina is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: e 恵 “favor, blessing, grace, kindness” + ri 里 “village” + na 奈 “Nara; what” (恵里奈); e 恵 “favor, blessing, grace, kindness” + ri 利 “profit, advantage, benefit” + a 奈 “Nara; what” (恵利奈); e 絵 “picture, drawing, painting, sketch” + ri 梨 “pear” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (絵梨奈); e 慧 “wise” + ri 理 “reason, logic;…

Elene

Elene (pr. e-LEN-ee; Forvo) is the Georgian and Sardinian form of Helen, the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her kidnapping…

Eunice

Eunice is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Eunike meaning “good victory”, made up from Ancient Greek elements eu (good) and nike (victory). In Greek mythology, Eunice is the name of one of the Nereids, sea-nymphs who were the daughters of Nereus and Doris. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Eunike (Ancient Greek) Unice (English) Eunika (Polish)  

Endrit

Endrit is an Albanian male name meaning “light” which comes from dritë (light) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Drita (Albanian)  

Ebenezer

Ebenezer is a male given name which comes from Hebrew meaning “stone of help”, and is famously associated with author Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol (1843). It depicts the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge as a coldhearted, miserly man who despises Christmas; he is visited by three spirits in the night on Christmas Eve who eventually show…

Erebos

Erebos is the personification of the primordial darkness in Greek mythology. His name means “darkness”. He was born from Chaos and with his sister Nyx had several children, including Aether (ether) and Hemera (goddess of the day). Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Erebus (Latinized Ancient Greek)  

Emer

Emer is the name of the wife of Cúchulainn in Irish mythology (a legendary hero in Irish myth) said to possess the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, a gentle voice, sweet speech, needlework, wisdom, and chastity. Her name means “swift” from Irish eimh. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Éimhear (Irish) Eimear (Irish) Eimhir (Scottish)  

Elyse

Elyse is an English female name, originally used as a diminutive form of Elizabeth meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Elise (English) Elysa (English) Elisa (English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Finnish) Elissa (English)  

Enda

Enda is an Irish male name, an anglicized form of Énna which may mean “birdlike”, from Old Irish én (bird) via Proto-Celtic *ɸetnos (bird) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Énna (Irish) Éanna (Irish)