Raven

Raven is the name of several bird species belonging to the genus Corvus notable for their black plumage and loud, croaking calls. The raven has a long history of symbolism in various cultures and mythologies such as being the symbol of the Greek god Apollo and the Norse god Odin who is always depicted with two ravens- Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) who fly all … Continue reading Raven

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Roan

Roan is a Frisian male name, a form of Ronne which is the Frisian form of Germanic hraben meaning "raven". It could also be a variant spelling of Rowan, an Irish surname which is the anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning “descendant of Ruadhán”, the latter derived from Irish ruadh meaning “red”, derived as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a ruddy complexion. … Continue reading Roan

Wren

Wren is the name of small, brownish songbirds with loud and complex songs. It comes from Old English wrenna from Old High German wrendo, wrendilo via Proto-Germanic wrandijô though the source and etymology of the word is unknown. Wren is also an English surname, likely originating as a nickname for someone who resembled the wren in some way such as being … Continue reading Wren

Penelope

Penelope is a Greek female name of uncertain etymology but which could be derived from Greek penelops, referring to a type of duck. Penelope could be also be derived from Greek pene (threads, weft) and ops (face, eye). This meaning seems more fitting for the character in Greek mythology: Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, who was apparently faithful to him for the twenty years … Continue reading Penelope

Rukiya

Rukiya is an interesting name with two sources: the first is that it's a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name which means "rise, ascent" or "spell, charm, incantation". Rukiya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "detain; fasten + hope; beg, request; rare; Greece + … Continue reading Rukiya

Aquila

Aquila comes from an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "eagle" from Latin aquila derived from aquilus (black, dark-colored). It's the name of a constellation, the name of a genus of eagles, as well as a surname derived from the given name. Although Aquila was traditionally a masculine name in Ancient Roman (with Aquilina being its feminine form), it has been … Continue reading Aquila

Arnold

Arnold comes from a Germanic name meaning "eagle power" from Germanic elements arn (eagle) derived from Proto-Germani *arô via Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (eagle); and wald (power, leader, ruler) from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). It was used as a cognate of Anglo-Saxon name Earnweald also meaning "eagle power" from Old English elements earn (eagle) and weald (power, might) eventually replacing it. Arnold … Continue reading Arnold

Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning "peacock", an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "cocoon + … Continue reading Mayura

Peregrine

Peregrine is the English form of Late Latin Peregrinus which means "traveler, foreigner" from Latin peregrē (foreign, abroad) made up from Latin per (through, by means of) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *per- (to go over); and ager (field, farm) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éǵros (field, pasturage). Peregrine is also a surname usually given to those who went on a pilgrimage so it also connotes the idea of a "pilgrim". It's … Continue reading Peregrine