Hayato

Hayato is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: haya 隼 “falcon” + to 人 “person” (隼人); haya 早 “early, fast” + to 人 “person” (早人); haya 勇 “courage; bravery, heroism; cheer up, be in high spirits” + to 人 “person”; haya 颯 “sudden, quick; sound of wind” + to 斗 “Big Dipper” (颯斗); haya 隼 “falcon” + to 斗 “Big Dipper” There are other…

Ajax

Ajax is the name of two heroes in Greek mythology, both of whom fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Greeks, known as Ajax the Great (son of Telamon) and Ajax the Lesser (son of Locris). Ajax is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Aias meaning of the name is uncertain though there are a…

Jinx

Jinx is an English word referring to a charm, a spell, or a hex, something that brings bad luck. It’s a variant spelling of Jynx, the name of a genus of birds; the name comes from Latin Iynx via Ancient Greek iunx meaning “wryneck”. In Greek mythology Iynx was a nymph who supposedly used a magical charm to make Zeus fall in…

Alcyone

Alcyone is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, the name of one of the Pleiades. Another Alcyone was the name of a Thessalian princess married to Ceyx. They loved each other very much and would call each other “Zeus“ and “Hera“, angering Zeus. When Ceyx was at sea, the god caused his ship to sink and him…

Gemina

Gemina is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant form of Gemini,  name of the third sign of the zodiac and a constellation which represents twins Castor and Pollux, who had the same mother, Leda, but different fathers: Pollux was the son of Zeus while Castor’s father was the Spartan king Tyndareus. The name comes from Latin geminī meaning “twins” from geminus (twin; double, paired),…

Brannon

Brannon comes from an Irish surname, a variant spelling of Brennan which is the anglicized form of Ó Braonáin meaning “son of Braonán”, the latter a diminutive of braon meaning “drop, moisture, rain”. Brennan may also be an anglicized form of Ó Branáin meaning “descendant of Branán”, the latter a diminutive of bran meaning “raven”. Nicknames: Bran Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brennan (Irish, English) Brannan…

Crane

Crane comes from an English surname, originating as a nickname for a tall, thing man or someone with long legs, or had any perceived likeness to the bird. The name comes for Old English cran via Proto-Germanic *kranô which derives from PIE root word *gerh₂- (to cry hoarsely;  crane). Crane could also be a variant spelling of Krane, a…

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