Trip comes from a word referring to a journey or a voyage, or it refers to someone who stumbles and falls. It comes from Old French tripper (strike with the feet, tread or skip lightly) which comes from a Germanic source; or it could be from Middle Dutch trippen meaning “to skip, hop, trot, stamp, trample”. Tri- is also a Latin root word meaning “three”, used in conjection with other words such as triple and trisect, so Trip could be used with that in mind, or it could also be used as nickname for someone who is the third (III) generation of the same name.
Origin: Old French Middle Dutch, Latin
Travis comes from a surname, a variant of Travers, meaning “to cross, to cross over”, in reference to crossing over a bridge or a toll after paying a tax, so it’s an occupational surname for someone who collected the money. It comes from Late Latin transversare.
- Travers (English, French)
Tadashi is a Japanese male name with various meanings depending on the kanji used, such as “correct, righteous” (正) or “loyal, faithful” (忠), “lucky, auspicious” (禎), or “villa, solemn” (莊), though there could be other meanings with other kanji used.
Trick is a nickname for Patrick comes from Latin Patricius meaning “patrician” used to refer to the elite of the Roman aristocracy descended from the founding fathers of Rome, derived from Latin patres (father). It has since attained the idea of “nobleman, noble”.
Trick is also an English word meaning “to cheat, deceive” and refers to someone playing a prank. It’s derived from Old Northern French trique from trikier meaning “to deceive, to cheat” which could be from Latin tricari meaning “be evasive, shuffle”
Topaz comes from Old French topaze, topace which comes from Greek topazos which is derived from Sanskrit tapas meaning “heat, fire”. However, according to Roman author, naturalist, and philosopher Pliny, the name came from a remote island in the Red Sea called Topazein meaning “to divine, to locate” though that seems to be folk etymology rather than fact.
Topaz is the birthstone of Novemer and associated with love and good luck, as well as believed to have healing properties.
Topher is a short form of Christopher, which comes from Greek Christophoros meaning “bearing Christ” or “Christ-bearer” from Greek elements pheros (to carry, to bear, to bring) and Greek given name Christos meaning “anointed”.
Tanner comes from an English surname, an occupational name that referred to someone who tanned hides. It derives from Old French taneor or Old English tannere which ultimately derives from Celtic tanno meaning “green oak” or “oak tree”.
Titus comes from an Ancient Roman given name of unknown meaning though it has been linked to Latin titulus meaning “title of honor” or Latin titio “fire-brand”. It’s likely, however, that the name is pre-Roman in origin, possibly Sabine, and its true meaning lost to time. Titus is also a surname originating from the given name.
Origin: Latin, Sabine
- Tito (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
- Tiitus (Estonian, Finnish)
- Titos (Biblical Greek)
- Titas (Lithuanian)
- Tytus (Polish)
- Tit (Russian)
- Titius (Ancient Roman)
- Titia (Ancient Roman, Dutch, German)
- Tita (Ancient Roman)
Taylor comes from an English surname from Old French tailleor from Latin taliere meaning “to cut, to split” from Latin talea (slender stick, rod, staff; twig). It was originally an occupational surname referring to someone who worked as a tailor.
- Tayler (unisex)
- Tayla (female)
Tomyris is a name of uncertain etymology. It’s the Hellenized form of Tahm-Rayiš, the name of a Massagetae queen (the Massegetaens being an ancient Eastern Iranian nomadic tribe in Central Asia in what is now parts of modern day Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, western Uzekistan, and southern Kazakhstan). Although the name is of uncertain etymology, since the original language the Massegetaens spoke is unknown, I’ve seem some sites as possibly linking it to Turkic name Timur meaning “iron” and so her name means “crush iron” or “bend iron”. Another possible meaning is that it comes from Iranian name Tomrouz meaning “girl who respects her home”.
According to Greek historians, Tomyris was the one who killed the Persian ruler Cyrus the Great when he attempted to invade her territory (after she had rejected his marriage proposal). In revenge, and after the death of her son Spargapises, she and her army defeated the Persian army and Tomyris had his corpse beheaded and stuffed the head into a wineskin filled with blood, fulfilling an earlier promise she had made him if he didn’t leave her country- although to be clear, there are different versions of how Cyrus the Great died, and this is just one of them. Apparently, history isn’t as clear-cut as it ought to be.
Origin: Unknown, possibly Turkic or Iranian