Freesia

Freesia is the name of a genus of flowers named after German botanist Friedrich Freese. Freese itself is a German surname meaning “Frisian”, referring to someone who came from Friesland, an area in Germany in Lower Saxony (as well as the name of a province in the Netherlands). The name itself comes from the name of a…

Foster

Foster comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it could be a variant form of Forester, an occupational surname given to someone who worked in the forest, overseeing the upkeep of hunting grounds for kings and nobles and ensuring people didn’t poach animals; it could also be a habitational surname referring to someone…

Fennec

Fennec is the name of the Fennec fox, a small nocturnal animal found in the Sahara Desert. The name comes from Arabic fanak فنك meaning “fox”. Origin: Arabic Variants: Fenneck (English) Fennek (English)    

Florentino

Florentino is a Spanish male name, the Spanish form of Late Latin Florentinus, a derivative of Florentius meaning “prospering, flourishing” via Latin florens (flourishing, prospering, blossoming) derived from a PIE root word. Florentino is also a Spanish surname. Nicknames: Tino Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Florentinus (Late Latin) Florentius (Late Latin) Florencio (Spanish) Florêncio (Portuguese) Florent (French) Florentin (French, German,…

Fenno

Fenno seems to be a variant form of Old Norse Finnr meaning “Sámi, Finn, Laplander”, a byname used to refer to someone who came from Finland or was part of the Sami people (also known as Lapps). Although the origin behind  finnr is uncertain it has been linked to Old Norse meaning “wanderer”. I’ve also seen Fenno listed as…

Fox

Fox comes from the name of the animal, which has gained a reputation of being and wily, depicted as tricksters in folktales, such as Reynard the fox. Fox is also a surname, originally given as a nickname for someone who was cunning, or who had red hair. The word comes from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz (fox) derived from a…

Florian

Florian comes from Roman cognomen Florianus, via Ancient Roman Florus meaning “flower” which comes from Latin flos (blossom, flower) derived from PIE root word *bʰleh₃- (bloom, flower). Florian is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Florianus (Ancient Roman) Florus (Ancient Roman) Florinus (Late Roman) Florin (Romanian) Floro (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Fiorino (Italian) Fiorello (Italian) Fiore (Italian) Fiorenzo…

Floyd

Floyd is a variant of Lloyd, which comes from a Welsh surname meaning “gray” via Welsh llwyd, derived from a PIE root word. It was originally a descriptive name referring to someone with gray hair. Floyd is also a Welsh surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Lloyd (English) Loyd (English) Llwyd (Welsh)  

Forsythia

Forsythia is the name of a genus of flowering plants, named after Scottish botanist William Forsyth, Forsyth being a Scottish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Fearsithe meaning “man of peace” or “peaceful man”, made up of Scottish Gaelic elements fear (man; husband) and sìth (peace), the latter also being “fairy”. It’s also possible that Forsyth may have originated as a locational…

Farhan

Farhan is an Arabic male name meaning “happy, cheerful, merry”, derived from the same root word as Farah; Farhan is also a surname originating from the given name.  Origin: Arabic Female forms: Farhana (Arabic, Bengali) Farrah (Arabic) Farah (Arabic)