Alula

Alula is a name with quite a few origins and meanings to it: Alula (also known as a bastard wing) refers to a small joint in the middle of a bird’s wing, which has three to five small wing feathers (depending on the species) and helps the birds navigate through the air. It means ‘”winglet”, since…

Alouette

Alouette is the French word for “lark; skylark” via Old French aloe (lark) combined with a diminutive suffix derived from Latin alauda (lark) which seems to derive from a Gaulish source. Origin: Gaulish Variants: Alouetta (English)  

Paloma

Paloma is a Spanish female name meaning “dove, pigeon” which comes from Vulgar Latin palumba via Latin palumbus, palumbēs (wood pigeon) derived from PIE *pal-wo- (dark-colored, gray) via root word *pel (gray; pale). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Aras

Aras is a Lithuanian male which comes from the Lithuanian word meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen Aras listed as being a Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu male name meaning “equal, balanced” which seems to be derived from the name of a river that runs from Turkey to Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan. However, according to Armenian tradition, the…

Linnet

Linnet is the name of a small bird, a type of finch. The name comes from Old French linette, a diminutive of lin meaning “flax” via Latin linum (flax; linen cloth) which seems to be derived from a PIE root word though it may also be possible that it derives from a non Indo-European source, perhaps from a Mediterranean…

Horus

Horus was an important god in Egyptian mythology, the god of the sun, light, sky, law and war, as well as hunting. Seen as the personal god of the reigning monarch at the time, Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis, conceived after his father’s murder at the hands of his uncle Set (also spelled Seth), and who…

Malina

Malina is a Slavic female name derived from the word meaning “raspberry”, though it can also be used as a diminutive form of Malcolmina, the Scottish feminine form of Malcolm, the anglicized form of Scottish Máel Coluim meaning “servant of St. Columba”, referring to someone who followed Irish abbot and missionary St. Columba who spread Christianity into Scotland. Máel means “servant, devout…

Aquilina

Aquilina is an Ancient Roman cognomen, the feminine form of Aquilinus, a derivative of Aquila meaning “eagle” from Latin aquila which derives from an unknown origin though it could be derived from Latin aquilus (dark-colored, swarthy), though another possible derivation for aquilus is Latin aqua (water) derived from a PIE root word. Aquila is the name of a constellation, the name of a genus of eagles,…

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