Saber

Saber refers to a type of backsword with a curved blade. The word comes from French sabre (single-edged sword) via German Säbel via Hungarian szablya (saber) via szab (to cut), which itself derives from an uncertain source. It could be derived from a Turkic origin or a Tungusic one. Saber is also a Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician, and Occitan…

Sherlock

Sherlock is an English surname most famously associated with the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by British author Arthur Conan Doyle who first appeared in 1887. As I’ve mentioned, the name itself comes from an English surname meaning “bright lock”, likely in reference to someone who had fair hair. It comes from Old English schir (bright, shining, fair)…

Sunder

Sunder is an Indian male name, an alternate transcription of Sundar, itself a variant of Sundara meaning “beautiful, attractive, handsome” and also “noble” from Sanskrit. In Hindu mythology it’s another name for the god Krishna. Sunder is also an Indian surname originating from the given name. Sunder is also an English word meaning “to separate, divide, sever” which…

Suanne

Suanne is a female given name, a combination of Sue or Susan (the English form of Susannah which comes from Hebrew Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”) and Anne (which comes from Hebrew meaning “favor” or “grace”). Origin: Egyptian, Hebrew Variants: Sueanne (English) Suanna (English) Sueanna (English) SuAnne (English) SuAnna (English)…

Sentry

Sentry is an English word which refers to a soldier or a guard stationed at a gate or an opening, or even at a camp, who keeps watch to keep unauthorized people from getting in or coming out. The origin of the word is uncertain. It could have risen as a shortened form of sentinel (referring…

Seeley

Seeley comes from an English surname which comes from Old English sǣliġ meaning “happy, prosperous, fortunate, blessed” via Proto-Germanic *sēlīgaz which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It originated as a nickname for someone who had a happy or cheerful disposition. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Sealey (English) Seely (English) Seelie (English)  

Shulamite

Shulamite is the name of a woman in the Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon) in the Bible because she came from the village of Shunem; her real name is unknown. The Song of Songs is about two unnamed lovers and has some sexually suggestive dialogue within it. The woman is Shulamite,…

Shadow

Shadow is an English word used to refer to a dark figure or image cast on the ground by something that blocks the light, such as a body or an object; it can also be used to refer to something or someplace that is dark and gloomy. The word comes from Old English sceaduwe (shadow; shade)…

Syracuse

Syracuse is the name of several places in the United States, including New York, which was named after the city in Italy, on the island of Sicily. It was originally founded in the 8th century BC as a Corinthian colony. Though the etymology of the name is unclear, it’s possible that it may be derived…

Sola

Sola is a Spanish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Sola. The name comes from Latin sol meaning “sun”. It’s also possible that it’s an occupational name for a shoemaker which comes from Latin solea meaning “sandal; sole of a shoe”. Sola is also a Latin word meaning “alone,…