Color, Earth, Elements, Gold, Male, O names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Orville

Orville is a male given name that seems to have some mystery behind its origin. Some sites I've went to claim it was invented by English author Fanny Burney for her novel Evelina (1778) while it's also possible that the name comes from a French place name. Either way, the name seems to be derived from French or… Continue reading Orville

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Earth, Elements, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, O names, Proto-Indo-European

Orestes

Orestes is the name of several figures in Greek mythology though the most famous one is the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. He killed his mother and her lover to avenge their murder of his father. He was later driven mad by the Furies for murdering his mother though he was later purified of his son by the… Continue reading Orestes

Female, German/Germanic, O names, Proto-Germanic, Virtues/Attributes

Odette

Odette is the French diminutive of Oda, a Germanic female name derived from Germanic aud meaning "wealth, fortune" derived from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches), though it may also be derived from Germanic odal meaning "fatherland". Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Odetta (English) Oda (Ancient Germanic, German, Norwegian) Auda (Ancient Germanic) Odilia (Ancient Germanic) Odila (Ancient Germanic) Odelia (English) Ottoline (English) Ottilie (German) Odilie (German) Ute… Continue reading Odette

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Male, Nature, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Owen

Owen has two possibly origins and meanings. The first is that it is a modern form of Owain, an Old Welsh name of uncertain origin. It could be a Welsh form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” or "noble born" from Ancient Greek elements eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also… Continue reading Owen

Animals, Egg, Female, Food, Lamb/Sheep, Norse, O names, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European

Ovidia

Ovidia is the feminine form of Ovid, the English form of Latin Ovidius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could be related to Latin ovis meaning "sheep" derived from a PIE root, or from Latin ovum meaning "egg" which also derives from a PIE root word. Ovidia could also be a variant spelling of Ovedia, which is not only… Continue reading Ovidia

Animals, Deer/Roe, Fawn, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Oisín

Oisín (pr. o-sheen or aw-sheen) is the name of a mythological figure in Irish mythology, a great warrior and poet who was part of the Fianna; he was also the lover of a fairy woman named Niamh who took him away to Tir na nÓg (the land of the young) for 300 years before he returned to Ireland and died. Oisín was… Continue reading Oisín

Ancient Greek, Color, Female, Gold, Greek, Literature, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Orinthia

Orinthia may have been based on Ancient Greek orī́nō meaning "to excite, to stir, to agitate" or it may have been an elaborated form of Orinda, which may have been based on Latin orior meaning "to rise" from a PIE root. It may also have been based on Old Irish ór (gold) which comes from Latin aurum (gold) derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ews- (to… Continue reading Orinthia

Emotion/Feelings, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Odysseus

Odysseus is the name of the king of Ithaca who was well-known for his cunning, brilliance, resourcefulness, and versitility. It was he who came up with the plan for the Trojan horse, ending the ten year-long war, but his pride also cost him another ten years before he finally made it back home. Odysseus was… Continue reading Odysseus

Color, Female, Gold, Male, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Orla

Orla is an anglicized form of Irish given name Órfhlaith which means "golden ruler" or "golden princess" from Old Irish ór (gold) which comes from Latin aurum (gold) derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ews- (to shine; dawn, east); and flaith (sovereignty, ruler; prince) which comes from Proto-Celtic *wlatis derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Orla is also a Danish male name of unknown meaning. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Órfhlaith… Continue reading Orla

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nymphs, O names

Oenone

Oenone (pr. ee-no-nee) is the name of a mountain nymph in Greek mythology, who was the first wife of Paris before he left her for Helen of Sparta. They had a son together, Corythus. When Paris was seriously wounded in the Trojan War, Oenone was the only one who could save him but she refused at… Continue reading Oenone

Female, Male, Numbers, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Unisex, Word names

October

October is the name of the tenth month of the year, derived from Latin octo meaning "eight". It comes from Proto-Indo-European *oḱtṓw (eight). It was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar which originally consisted of ten months. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Oktober (English)  

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, Male, Nature, O names, Unisex, Word names

Oleander

Oleander is the name of a flowering shrub belonging to the genus Nerium, which is poisonous to humans if ingested. The name comes from Late Latin lorandrum from Ancient Greek rhododendron meaning "rose tree" from Ancient Greek elements rhodon (rose) and dendron (tree). The spelling of the name may have been changed to resemble Latin olea meaning "olive tree" because it apparently resembles an olive tree.… Continue reading Oleander

Female, Latin, Numbers, O names

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)  

Color, Female, Green, Hebrew, Irish, Japanese, Male, Nature, O names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Orin

Earth, Elements, German/Germanic, Literature, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, O names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Orlando

Orlando is the Italian form of Roland, a Germanic male name meaning “famous land” or “fame land” composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land), though it's possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning "brave, daring". It's the name of a city in Florida as well as a surname derived from the given name and the name… Continue reading Orlando

Animals, Deer/Roe, English, Female, Male, Middle English, Nature, Norse, O names, Old Norse, Russian, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Olin

Olin is a unisex name, a feminine form of Oline from Scandinavian male name Ole, the Danish and Norwegian masculine form of Olaf which comes from Old Norse Áleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant" from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Olin could also be the male form of Olina which also comes from the same source as Oline. Spelled Olen, it's the Russian word for "deer" as well as also… Continue reading Olin