Color, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Violet/Purple

Violante

Violante is the Latin form of Yolanda, the Spanish form of French Yolande which seems to be possibly influenced from Greek Iolanthe meaning “violet flower” from Greek elements iole (violet) and anthos (flower), though it’s just as likely that it’s a derivative of Latin viola meaning "violet", related to Ancient Greek ion (violet) which seems to be from a pre-I.E.… Continue reading Violante

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Blue, Color, Female, Green, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Viridian

Viridian is the name of a bluish-green pigment and color though more green than blue. The name comes from Latin viridis meaning "green; young, fresh, lively, blooming" with the -ian suffix, deriving from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Ancient Greek, Color, Female, Nature, Surname names, V names, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Violet

Violet is both the name of a flower and a color. It comes from Old French violette via Latin viola meaning "violet" which is related to Ancient Greek íon (violet) which seems to be derived from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean source. Violet is also an English and French surname. Origin: Ancient Greek   Variants: Violette (French) Viola (Latin, Italian, Swedish,… Continue reading Violet

Ancient Greek, Female, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Word names

Vara

Vara is a Spanish and Portuguese surname meaning "rod, stick, cane" via Latin varus (bandy, bow-legged; bent outwards) derived from a PIE root word. Vara was once used as a Spanish and Portuguese unit of length. Vara could also be a short form of Varvara, the Russian, Greek, and Bulgarian form of Barbara meaning "foreign, strange" from Ancient Greek barbaros.… Continue reading Vara

Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Verus

Verus comes from an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "true, real" from Latin verus which derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Vero (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)   Female forms: Vera (Italian, Spanishm Portuguese, English, Russian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Georgian) Vero (Spanish)  

Female, Mythology, Norse mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vorin

Vorin is a Norwegian female name, the Norwegian form of Vårin, which could be an elaborated form of Old Norse vár meaning "spring (season)" derived from a PIE root word. Vár also has several different meanings in Old Norse such as "truth", "woman (poetic)", and "solemn vow, oath". In Norse mythology, Vár is a goddess associated with oaths… Continue reading Vorin

Emotion/Feelings, Female, Love/Beloved, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Venus

Venus is the Roman goddess of love and sex and the Roman counterpart of Aphrodite. In Roman mythology, she is also the mother of the Roman people through her son Aeneas, an important figure in Greco-Roman mythology, who survived the fall of Troy and fled, eventually settling down in what would become the Roman empire and the ancestor… Continue reading Venus

Battle/War, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vivaldi

Vivaldi is an Italian surname of uncertain meaning. It could be derived from Latin Vivaldus meaning "power in combat" or "strength in battle" made up from Old English wīġ (war, battle) via Proto-Germanic *wīgą (fight, battle) derived from a PIE root word; and walda (might, power, authority) also derived from a PIE root word. Vivaldi could also be related to Wigbald, a Germanic name… Continue reading Vivaldi

Female, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Veronique

Veronique is the anglicized form of Véronique, the French form of Veronica which is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped… Continue reading Veronique

Female, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Velma

Velma is an English female name of uncertain origin. It's been linked as a variant form of Wilma, originally used as a short form of Wilhelmina which is the feminine form of Wilhlem, the German cogante of William meaning "desiring protection" or "willfull protection" from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Vilma (Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, German, Swedish, Hungarian, Czech,… Continue reading Velma

Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Veracity

Veracity is an English word referring to something that is accurate and truthful. The origin of the word comes from Old French veracitie from Medieval Latin veracitas (truthfulness) via verax (truthful) from verus (true, real) derived from PIE root word *weh₁- (true). Nicknames: Vera, Vere Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Verity Vera   Male forms: Verus (Ancient Roman, Latin)  

Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vito

Vito is the Italian and Spanish form of Vitus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "life" derived from Latin vita (life, living) from a PIE root word. Vito is also an Italian surname derived from the given name. Apparently it's been confused with Ancient Germanic Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu “wood” or wid “wide”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Vito

Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names

Vance

Vance comes from an English surname meaning "marsh, fen" from Old English fenn which comes from Proto-Germanic *fanją (fen, marsh, swamp) derived from PIE *pen- (moist; wet; swamp; water; mud). It was originally used as a topographical name for someone who lived near a swamp or marsh. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Valentine

Valentine comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus which comes from Latin valens meaning "strong, healthy, vigorous" from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). It's a masculine name in Latin but it's the French feminine form of Valentinus. Valentine is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Valentina (Ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian,… Continue reading Valentine

Etruscan, Latin, Male, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Virgil

Virigl comes from Latin Virgilius (originally spelled Vergilius), a name of unknown meaning. The spelling of the name may have been changed to resemble Latin virgo meaning "maid, virgin" or from Latin virga meaning "young shoot" or "twig, rod; wand", though it's likely that Virgilius/Vergilius is of Etruscan origin. Virgil is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Latin, Etruscan Variants: Vergil… Continue reading Virgil

Etruscan, Etruscan mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Word names

Vikare

Vikare is the Etruscan name of Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek myth. Icarus and his father attempted to escape imprisonment from King Minos of Crete by flying off from wings created by Daedalus from feathers and wax. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun which melted the wax and caused him to fall into the ocean and drown. I couldn't find the origin… Continue reading Vikare

Ancient Germanic, Female, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Vida

Vida is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning "life" as well as the Slovene feminine form of Vitus, a Roman name which derives from Latin vita (life) from Proto-Indo-European *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Vida could also be the Slovene feminine form of Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu "wood" or wid "wide". Vida… Continue reading Vida

Dutch, Female, Literature, Persian, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vanessa

Vanessa is a famous name created by the Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa (1713). He created it by taking the first three letters of his lover’s surname (Esther Vanhomrigh) and adding the pet form Essa. Vanhomrigh is a Dutch surname and van means “from”, referring to a habitational surname, while Esther either means… Continue reading Vanessa

Female, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Valerie

Valerie is the English, Czech, and German form of Valeria, the feminine form of Ancient Roman cognomen Valerius which comes from Latin valere meaning "to be healthy, strong" from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Valerie is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Val, Vally/Vallie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valérie (French, Czech) Valeria (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman) Valarie (English)… Continue reading Valerie