Verlie

Verlie could be used as a short form for Beverly, an English surname which originated as a location name meaning “beaver stream”, made up from Old English elements beofor (beaver) and lēac (stream). Beverly was originally used as an male name though it became popular in the early 20th century as a female name. Verlie could also be a short Verla or Verlene,…

Vox

Vox is a Latin word meaning “voice” via Proto-Italic *wōks (voice) derived from PIE root noun *wṓkʷs (voice, speech) from root word *wekʷ- (to speak, to sound out). Vox is also an English surname which arose as a variant form of Fox, the name of the animal; it was likely originally derived as a nickname for someone who was cunning and…

Marlow

Marlow comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational surname for someone who came from a place called Marlow. It’s made up from Old English elements mere (lake; ocean, sea) and Old English lafe (leavings, remains) essentially meaning “remnants of a lake”, perhaps in reference to an area where there had been a lake that…

Oriole

Oriole is the name of a family of passerine birds. The name comes from Old French oriol which derives from Latin aureolus meaning “gold, golden”, a diminutive of aureus (gold) via Latin aurum (gold) which derives from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Ori Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Demelza

Demelza is a Cornish female name which comes from a Cornish place name. The most popular meaning I’ve seen listed for it is “fort of Maeldaf” or “Maeldaf’s fort”, a contracted form of Dinas Maeldaf (dinas being the Cornish word for “fort”) while Maeldaf is an obscure Welsh male name, the first element of the name being “prince”….

Yuma

Yuma is a Japanese unisex name (though far more popular for boys) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 遊 “play” + ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” (遊真); yu 裕 “abundant; rich; fertile” + ma 馬 “horse” (裕馬); yu 優 “tenderness; excel; surpass; tenderness, gentleness” + ma 馬 “horse” (優馬); yu 雄 “male, masculine; hero; leader; superiority; excellence” + ma 磨 “polish; grind; brush (teeth)” (雄磨); yu 悠 “permanence; distant; long time;…

Valko

Valko is a Bulgarian male name meaning “wolf” via Bulgarian valk вълк meaning “wolf” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Valko is also a surname which seems to be derived from a pet form of Czech and Slovak Valentin via Latin Valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous”; or from Hungarian Valér, from Latin valerius meaning “to be strong”. It could also…

Pernell

Pernell is an English surname, a variant spelling of Parnell, a matronymic name of Petronilla, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of Petronius, a Roman family name of uncertain etymology though possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis meaning “rustic; yokel; young ram”. Petronius has also been associated with Ancient Greek petros meaning “rock; stone” but that seems rather shaky. It seems more…

Kit

Kit originated as a nickname for Christopher (the English form of Greek Christophoros meaning “bearing Christ” from Greek pheros (to carry, to bear, to bring) and Greek given name Christos meaning “anointed”) or Katherine (the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the…