January

January is the name of the first year of the month. It comes from Roman cognomen Januarius meaning "January" from Latin ianus meaning “archway, covered passageway” derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ey- (to go). Januarius gets its name from the Roman god Janus, who was the god of doorways, transitions, and beginnings, depicted with two heads- one looking forward and the other backward, looking to the future and … Continue reading January

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Joyce

Joyce was originally a masculine name before becoming more popular for women. It derives from medieval masculine name Josse, the Old French form of Latin Iudocus which comes from Breton Judoc meaning "little lord" from Breton iudh (lord, chief, king) with the diminutive suffix -an. It derives from a Proto-Indo-European source. It later became associated with the Middle English word joise meaning "to rejoice". Joyce is also … Continue reading Joyce

Jana

Jana is a multicultural name with several possible meanings: it is the Latinized form of Jane, the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”; Jana is also the Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German, Slovene, and Catalan feminine form of Jan, a variant form of Johannes which also derives from John;  it's also the Serbian and Croatian form of Ana, a … Continue reading Jana

Jeremiah

Jeremiah comes from a Hebrew male name meaning "Yahweh has uplifted" or "Yahweh has exalted". Jeremiah is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Jerry, Jeremy, Jere Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jeremy (English) Jeremia (English) Hieremias (Biblical Latin) Ieremias (Biblical Greek) Yirmiyahu (Biblical Hebrew) Jeremias (Portuguese, German, Finnish) Jorma (Finnish) Jérémie (French) Jérémy (French) … Continue reading Jeremiah

Josephine

Josephine is the feminine form of Joseph, derived from  Hebrew Yosef meaning “Yahweh will increase” or “Yahweh will add”. Nicknames: Jo, Josie, Seffie/Sephie Origin: Hebrew Variants: Josepha (English, German) Joséphine (French) Josèphe (French) Josée (French) Josette (French diminutive of Joséphine) Josephina (English) Josipa (Croatian) Jozefina (Croatian) Josefa (Spanish, Portuguese, Czech) Josefina (Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish) Josefine (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, Scandinavian) … Continue reading Josephine

Jason

Jason is the name of the leader of the Argonauts in Greek mythology in search of the Golden Fleece which would help him win back the throne of Iolcus from his uncle Pelias, who had taken it from Jason's father Aeson. Jason managed to get the Golden Fleece with the help of Medea, whom he … Continue reading Jason

Jane

Jane is a feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning "Yahweh is gracious". Jane is also a surname originating from the given name. Though Jane is primarily a female given name, it's begun to have some use as a male name. One example would be Jayne Cobb, a male character from the scifi TV … Continue reading Jane

Justin

Justin is the English form of Latin Justinus (or Iustinus) meaning "just, lawful, righteous" which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew- (justice, law) from the root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life age, eternity). Justin is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Iustinus (Latin) Iustus (Latin) Justinus (Ancient Roman) Justus (Late Roman, German, Dutch) Juste (French) Giustino (Italian) Justinas (Lithuanian) … Continue reading Justin

James

James is an English male name derived from Late Latin Iacomus via Greek Iakobos, which comes from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov (English form Jacob) meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. James is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Jaime/Jamie/Jamey, Jimmy/Jimmie, Jim Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jaymes (English) Yakub (Arabic) Yaqoob (Arabic) Yaqub (Arabic) Jakes (Basque) Jacob (English, Dutch, Swedish, … Continue reading James