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

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Ancient Greek, Arabic, Breton, Female, Japanese, Light, Moon, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly… Continue reading Nora

Female, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-Iranian, Virtues/Attributes

Nicolette

Nicolette originally derived as a French diminutive of Nicole, the French feminine form of Nicholas meaning "victory of the people" coming from Ancient Greek Nikolaos made up from nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nicoletta (Italian) Nicole (French, English, Dutch, German) Nichole (English) Nicollette (English) Nichola (English) Nikola (German, Polish, Czech, Slovak) Nicola (German, Czech,… Continue reading Nicolette

Ancient Greek, Animals, Female, Greek mythology, Leopard, Mythology, N names, Proto-Semitic

Nemera

Nemera is a female name of uncertain origin though it could be derived from Hebrew and Arabic namir/nemer meaning "leopard" derived from Proto-Semitic namir- (leopard). Nemera is also the name of a healthcare company which states that its name is a combination of Nemer and Emera, the latter a variant form of Ancient Greek Hemera meaning "day", the name of a Greek goddess who… Continue reading Nemera

Arabic, Female, N names, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes

Nadine

Nadine is the French form of Nadia, the diminutive form of Nadezhda, a Russian female name meaning "hope" from Slavic. Nadine could also be a variant spelling of Nadeen, an Arabic female name which is also a variant of Nadia though it comes from an Arabic source meaning “moist, tender, delicate” or “calling”. Origin: Slavic, Arabic Variants: Nadina (Bosnian,… Continue reading Nadine

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Nimo

Nimo is the Italian form of Nemo which derives from Latin meaning "no one" or "nobody", the Latin equivalent of Greek Outis (also meaning "no one"). Némō (νέμω) is also an Ancient Greek verb meaning "to deal out, distribute, dispense" derived from PIE root word *nem- (to distribute; to give, to take); the same root word from which Nemesis (the Greek goddess… Continue reading Nimo

Ancient Greek, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, N names, Virtues/Attributes

Nicanor

Nicanor is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Nikanor which derives from Ancient Greek nike meaning "victory". The origin of the word is uncertain and could derived from a Pre-Greek origin. It has been linked as a cognate of neikos meaning "quarrel, strife" perhaps derived from PIE *neik- (to attack, to quarrel with). In Greek mythology, Nike is the Greek goddess of victory.… Continue reading Nicanor

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Mythology, N names, Nature, Physical Attributes, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Nyssa, Nissa

Nyssa is the name of an ancient town in Cappadocia in Asia Minor, somewhere in what is now modern day Turkey. The name may have been based on Nysa, the name of a mountaineous region where the Greek god Dionysius was raised, though the area itself may have been invented to explain the second element of Dionysius's name. Though the… Continue reading Nyssa, Nissa

Female, Irish, Irish mythology, Mythology, N names, Virtues/Attributes

Niamh

Niamh (pr. neeve) is an Irish female name meaning "bright" or “radiant”. In Irish mythology, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). After what seemed to him three years… Continue reading Niamh

English, Female, Hebrew, Male, Middle English, N names, Old English, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Noah

Noah is a Hebrew unisex name with different meanings in Hebrew. As a male name it means "rest, comfort" from Noach (נוֹחַ) while as a female name it means "motion" No'ah from (נוֹעָה). Noah is also a surname derived from the given name, though it could also be a variant spelling of Noar, a topographical name for someone who lived near… Continue reading Noah

Bright/Clear, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Light, Love/Beloved, N names, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Noa

Noa is a Hebrew female name, the strictly feminine form of Noah meaning "motion", as well as also being a Spanish surname derived from the given name. Noa is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: it's made up with Japanese no (乃), a possessive article combined with a (愛) "affection, love";… Continue reading Noa

Irish, Male, N names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Nolan

Nolan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó'Nualláin meaning "descendant of Nuallán", the latter meaning either "famous, noble" or "howling" or "shout", from Irish nuall with the diminutive suffix -an. Origin: Irish Variants: Nolen (English) Noland (English, Irish) Nolin (English) Nowlan (English, Irish) Nowland (English)   Female forms: Nola (Irish, English)  

Elements, Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Nausicaa

Nausicaa is an Ancient Greek female name meaning "burner of ships" from Ancient Greek naûs (ship) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂us (boat) and kaío (to burn, kindle), which may also be derived from a PIE source though the exact origin of the word is unknown. Nausicaa features in Homer's Odyssey as a princess of Phaeacia who helps a shipwrecked Odysseus by directing him… Continue reading Nausicaa

Astronomy, Female, Male, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Nova

Nova refers to a star that suddenly becomes bright before eventually fading back to its original intensity. The name comes from Latin novus meaning "new" derived from Proto-Indo-European *néwos (new). Nova could also be a short form of Novalee, a female given name combining Nova with Lee, which derives from Old English lēah (woodland, clearing, meadow). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Novalee (English) Novalie… Continue reading Nova

Elements, Female, Hawaiian, Male, N names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Nalu

Nalu is a Hawaiian word meaning "wave" and "surf" though as a verb it also means "to make waves" or "to ponder, speculate, meditate". I'm not sure if it's used as a given name by native Hawaiians but it can be used as part of a compound name such as Kainalu meaning "sea wave". Origin: Hawaiian  

Female, Light, Moon, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Noctiluca

Noctiluca is a female name meaning "something which shines by night" from Latin nox (moon) which derives from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (night) and luceo (to shine) which also derives from Proto-Indo-European root *lewk- (to shine, bright; to see); so the name could essentially refer to a moon or a lantern or a lamp or anything that lights up during the night. Noctiluca is the… Continue reading Noctiluca

Female, Gaelic, Irish, Irish mythology, Kin/Family, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Neve

Neve is an anglicized form of Niamh, an Irish female name meaning "bright" or "radiant". In Irish myth, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). Time passed differently… Continue reading Neve