Animals, L names, Lion, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Leonardis

Leonardis comes from an Italian surname which derives from Leonardo, the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Leonard, an English name meaning "brave lion" made up from Germanic elements leon (lion) and hard (brave, hardy). Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Leonardi (Italian) Leonardo (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Leonard (English, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic)  

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Animals, Birds, C names, Crow, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Crawford

Crawford comes from an English and Scottish surname derived from a place name meaning "crow ford" likely in reference to a ford where crows gather. It's composed from Old English crawe (crow; raven) via Proto-Germanic *krēǭ (crow) derived from a PIE root word; and ford which also comes from Proto-Germanic *furduz (ford) derived from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Craw, Ford Origin:… Continue reading Crawford

Animals, Boar, E names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Everett

Everett comes from an English surname meaning "brave boar" made up from Old English *eofor (boar; wild boar) derived from a PIE root; and heard (brave, hardy, strong) via Proto-Germanic *harduz (hard; brave) also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Everitt (English) Everette (English) Everard (English) Everardo (Spanish) Eberardo (Spanish) Évrard (French) Eberhard (German) Erhard… Continue reading Everett

Animals, C names, Celtic, Dog, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Colin

Colin originated as an English medieval diminutive of Nicholas, the Englush form of Ancient Greek Nikolaos meaning "victory of the people" made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Colin has also been used as an angliicized form of Scottish names Cailean (meaning "whelp, young dog, puppy" derived from a Proto-Celtic source). Colin is also a surname… Continue reading Colin

A names, Ancient Germanic, Animals, Birds, Female, Hebrew, Irish, Persian, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Ava

Ava is a female given name with a multitude of origins and meanings: it could be related to Latin avis meaning "bird" which derives from a PIE root word; it could be a variant spelling of Eva, the Latin form of Eve which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”; it could also be an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish… Continue reading Ava

Animals, Birds, D names, Duck, Elements, Female, Nature, Old Norse, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Duna

Duna could be used as the strictly feminine form of Dune, used to refer to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions. The origin of the word comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from… Continue reading Duna

Animals, Deer/Roe, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herschel

Herschel is a variant spelling of Hershel, originating as a pet form of Hirsh, a Yiddish male name meaning "deer". Apparently, the deer was commonly associated with the tribe of Naphtali. Herschel is also a German surname which may not only be derived from Yiddish Hirsh but it could also derived from German Hirsch which also means "deer, stag", originally an occupational… Continue reading Herschel

Animals, Elements, Female, Fire, Hebrew, S names, Snake/Serpent, Virtues/Attributes

Seraphina

Seraphina is the feminine form of Seraphinus which derives from Hebrew s’rafím, the plural form of saráf which means “to burn” as well as "seraph; venemous serpent". Seraph refers to the highest order of angels with six wings, hands, and feet. They supposedly emit such a bright light that no one can look straight at them which is why they are known as… Continue reading Seraphina

Animals, Female, H names, Hare/Rabbit, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Harley

Harley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing" or "hare wood" made up from Old English hara (hare) derived from a PIE root word, and lēah (wood, clearing) also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Harli (English) Harlee (English) Harlie (English) Harleigh (English)  

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Irish, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Darcy

Darcy is a unisex given name which comes from a surname with two origins and meanings. The first is that it's derived from Norman French d'Arcy, a locational surname meaning "from Arcy". Arcy is of uncertain meaning though it could be linked to Gaulish artio meaning "bear" with the locative suffix -acum (settlement) so the name means "bear settlement". Darcy is… Continue reading Darcy

Animals, C names, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Conall

Conall is a Gaelic male name meaning "strong wolf" or "strong as a wolf" from Old Irish cú (dog, hound; wolf) which derives from a PIE root word. It belongs to several figures in Irish myth, including Irish hero Conall Cernach. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Conal (Irish) Conell (English) Connall (English) Connell (English) Konall (English)  

Animals, Birds, Blackbird, Elements, Female, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Merle

Merle is the French word for "blackbird" which comes from Latin merula (blackbird) derived from a PIE root word; it's also a French surname which may have derived as a nickname for someone who resembled or had traits of a blackbird. As an English given name, Merle may be a variant spelling of Merrill, an English surname derived from… Continue reading Merle

A names, Animals, Elements, Gothic, Horses/Stallions, Kin/Family, Male, Turkic, Water

Attila

Attila is a male name, its most famous bearer the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by historians… Continue reading Attila

Animals, D names, Elements, Gaelic, German/Germanic, Lion, Male, Mythology, Old English, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh mythology

Dillon

Dillon seems like a variant spelling of Dylan at first glance, an Irish name meaning "great tide" or "great flow" and the name of a sea god in Welsh mythology, but Dillon has its own roots. There seems to be a lot of contradictory information on it: it's an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Duilleáin meaning… Continue reading Dillon

Animals, Deer/Roe, Elements, Fox, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Rey

Rey is a Spanish male name (and word) meaning "king" derived from Latin rex (king, ruler) via a PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) from root word *h₃reǵ- (to straighten, to right oneself; right; just). It could also be a short form of Reymundo, a variant spelling of Raymundo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Raymond, the English form of Germanic Raginmund meaning “advice protector” or “counsel protector… Continue reading Rey

Animals, Brown, Color, Emotion/Feelings, F names, Fawn, Female, Joy, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yellow

Fawn

Fawn is the term for a young deer as well as a light yellowish-brown color. It comes from Old French faon via Latin fētus meaning "pregnant, full of young" derived from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse). Fawn is also an English word, a verb used to refer to someone who is seeking favor from someone through flattery, or to behave affectionately over… Continue reading Fawn

Animals, Fish, Food, Japanese, Literature, Male, Plum, Proto-Indo-Iranian, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Rishi

Rishi is an Indian male name meaning "sage, poet" whoch was originally used for a poet who was inspired by Vedic hymns, as well as the name and term of several characters in Hinduism. The origin of the name derives from Sanskrit via Proto-Indo-Iranian *r̥šíš (seer). Rishi is also a Japanese male name with several different meanings… Continue reading Rishi

A names, Akkadian mythology, Animals, Apricot, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, Birds, Eagle, Female, Food, Japanese, Male, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, Sky/Heavens, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Anzu

Anzu is a Japanese female name meaning "apricot" with the kanji 杏子 and 杏. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it's あんず. Anzu (Anzû) is also the name of a divine bird or monster in several Near Eastertn mythologies (Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian), depicted as a massive bird with the head… Continue reading Anzu

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Humphrey

Humphrey is an English male name meaning either "peaceful warrior" or "peaceful bear cub", made up from Germanic elements hun (warrior, bear cub) and frid (peace). Humphrey is also an English surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Humphry (English) Hunfrid (Ancient Germanic) Onfroi (Medieval French) Hunfrith (Anglo-Saxon)  

Animals, Female, Hebrew, Lamb/Sheep, R names

Raquel

Raquel is the Portuguese and Spanish form of Rachel, a Hebrew female name meaning "ewe". Origin: Hebrew Variants: Rachel (English, Hebrew, German, French, Dutch) Rachelle (English) Rachael (English) Racheal (English) Rachyl (English) Raschelle (English) Rahel (Biblical Latin) Rakel (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic) Raakel (Finnish) Ráhel (Hungarian) Ráichéal (Irish) Rachele (Italian) Rahela (Romanian, Serbian) Ruchel (Yiddish) Rahela… Continue reading Raquel