Celinda

Celinda is a female given name, probably a blend of Celia (which either means “heaven, sky” from Latin Caelia or from a shortened form of Cecelia meaning “blind) and Linda, originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. It’s also possible that it’s a variant form…

Rhodes

Rhodes is the name of an island in Greece with quite a few possible meanings. The first is that it comes from Greek rhódon meaning “rose” which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. It may also be based on Greek rhoíā meaning “pomegranate”. Rhodes may also be pre-Greek in origin,…

Seraphin

Seraphin is a male given name which comes from Latin Seraphinus which derives from Hebrew s’rafím, the plural form of saráf which means “to burn”. 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 the “fiery…

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…

Belinda

Belinda is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Though the first part of the name is often associated with Italian  bella meaning “beautiful” (which comes from Latin bellus “beautiful, pretty, handsome”), the name has an older Germanic source, Betlindis, so it seems more likely that the first element is Germanic in origin. While the second…

Phineas, Phineus

Phineas is a male name of uncertain meaning and etymology. It’s been linked to Hebrew meaning “serpent’s mouth” or “oracle”, as well as Ancient Egyptian meaning “the Nubian”. Spelled Phineus, it’s a Greek name borne by several figures in Greek mythology. The most notable bearer is a king of Thrace who features in the Argonautica, a…

Izumi

Izumi is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more common for women than men. It has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 泉 “spring, fountain water” (used for both sexes); 一角 “one + corner, edge; horn, antler; character, part, role”; 五巳 “five + sign of the Snake”;…

Linda

Origin: Germanic, Spanish, Portuguese Meaning: Linda was originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. Linda is also the Spanish and Portuguese word for “beautiful”. Linda is also the name of the mother of Kalevipoeg in Estonian mythology….