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

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Ancient Greek, Animals, Birds, Duck, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, P names, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

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

Animals, Birds, D names, Dragon, Duck, Male, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Snake/Serpent, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Drake

Drake comes from an English surname meaning "dragon, snake"  from Old English Draca, which comes from Latin draco (dragon) derived from Proto-Indo-European drakon (dragon, serpent) from *derḱ- (to see). Drake is also a Middle English word meaning "male duck" from Proto-Germanic *anudrekô, made up of *anudz via Proto-Indo-European *h₂énh₂ts (duck) and Proto-Germanic *rekô (king, chief) via Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (king, chief). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Drayke (English) Draki (Old Norse) Draco (Latinized Ancient… Continue reading Drake

Ancient Germanic, Animals, Birds, Duck, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Nickname names, P names, Physical Attributes, Word names

Penny

Origin: Greek, Germanic Meaning: Penny is usually used as a nickname for Penelope, a Greek feminine 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… Continue reading Penny