Valko

Valko is a Bulgarian male name meaning “wolf” via Bulgarian valk вълк meaning “wolf” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Valko is also a surname which seems to be derived from a pet form of Czech and Slovak Valentin via Latin Valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous”; or from Hungarian Valér, from Latin valerius meaning “to be strong”. It could also…

Boston

Boston is the name of the capital in Massachusetts, named after a town in Lincolnshire, England, meaning “Botulf’s settlement” or “Botulf’s stone”, Botulf/Botolph being an Old English name made up of Old English boda (messenger, envoy; prophet) and wulf (wolf), combined with Old English elements tun (settlement) or stan (stone). It was either named after a saint who might have built a monastary around…

Holland

Holland is the name of a region in the Netherlands divided into two provinces, North Holland and South Holland, which comes from Old Dutch holt lant meaning “wood land”. There seems to be a popular folk etymology that the name comes from hol lant meaning “hollow land” in reference to its low-lying geography, but that seems to be…

Luca

Luca is the Italian and Romanian form of Luke, the English form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the name of a region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”)…

Rudolph

Rudolph is a variant spelling of Rudolf which comes from Germanic Hrodulf meaning “famous wolf” made up from hrod (fame) and wulf (wolf). Rudolph is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Rudy, Rudi Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Rudolf (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Russian, Armenian) Rodolph (French, English) Rodolphe (French) Rodolfo (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)…

Daciana

Daciana (pr. da-chi-ana; Forvo) is a Romanian female name, derived from Dacia, which was the old Roman name for the region which is now Romania and Moldova. The name came from the name of a tribe that lived there, called the Dacians (known as the Daci to the Romans and the Geta/Getae by the Greeks), who were a Thracian…

Guadalupe

Guadalupe is a Spanish unisex name which comes from the Spanish title “Our Lady of Guadalupe” from the name of a river in Spain. The name is made up of Arabic wadi (valley, river) and Latin lupus (wolf) essentially meaning “valley of the wolf” or “wolf’s river”. Nicknames: Lupe, Lupita Origin: Arabic, Proto-Indo-European  

Cymbeline

Cymbeline is an anglicized form of Cunobelinus possibly meaning “hound of Belenus“, made up of Proto-Celtic *kū (dog, hound, wolf) and Belenus, the name of a sun god in Celtic mythology (identified with the Greek and Roman god Apollo) whose name is of uncertain meaning though it’s popularly been thought to relate to a root word meaning “bright” or “shining”. Cymbeline is…

Conan

Conan is an Irish male name meaning “little wolf” or “little hound” made up from Old Irish cú (dog, hound; wolf) which ultimately derives from PIE *ḱwṓ (dog) and the diminutive suffix -an. Conan is also a surname originating from the given name. Conan is also the name of a few figures in Irish mythology. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Konan (English)