Nino

Nino is an Italian male name, a diminutive o f names ending in -nino such as Giannino (itself a diminutive of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew) or Antonino (a variant of Antonio via Antonius, a Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be Etruscan in origin. However, there have been other possible meanings…

Duana

Duana (pr. doo-ah-na or doo-wain-a) is the feminine form of Duane, itself an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Dubhan meaning “descendant of Dubhán”, Dubhán being a diminutive of Irish dubh meaning “black, dark”, so the name essentially means “little dark one”. Duana is also a Catalan word meaning “customs” which comes from Arabic dīwān (register; collection of poetry; account; council, court) via…

Dunstan

Dunstan comes from an Anglo-Saxon name meaning “dark stone” or “black stone”, made up from Old English elements dunn (brown; dark, bleak) and stan (stone). It’s also an English surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Dunstan. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Jet

Jet is the name of a deep black color as well as the name of a type of gemstone. It comes from Old French jaiet via Latin gagates which ultimately comes from Ancient Greek gagates (lignite; jet), supposedly named after a river named Gages near the town of Gagai, a town in Ancient Greek that no longer exists, because…

Boann

Boann is the name of a goddess in Irish mythology, goddess of the River Boyne. Her name means “white cow” from Irish bó (cow) and fhionn (fair, white). She had an affair with the Dagda, an important god in Irish mythology, despite being married to Elcmar (also known by Nuada), and she became pregnant by him. In order to hide their…

Bora

Bora is a multi-cultural name with various meanings depending on the origin: it’s a Turkish male name meaning “storm, squall” which ultimately derives from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind. Boreas means “north wind” which seems to be derived from an unknown origin, either from Proto-Slavic *gorà (mountain; hill; any mountainous elevation) or a PIE root…

Indigo

Indigo is the name of a purplish-blue color which comes from the color of a dye extracted from plants exported from India to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, who viewed it as a luxury product. That’s where the origin of the name comes from, from Ancient Greek indikon meaning “Indian dye”; India is named from the Indus…

Melinda

Melinda is a female given name, an elaborated form of names such as Melanie (which comes from Latin Melania derived from Ancient Greek melas meaning “black, dark”) or Melissa (which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though…

Greyston

Greyston comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Grayston meaning “gray stone” made up of Old English elements grǣġ (grey) and stān (stone). It’s also possible that the first element is derived from Middle English greyve meaning “steward” combined with the patronymic suffix -son, with would make it a variant of Grayson. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Greystone (English) Grayston (English) Graystone (English)  

Rossa

Rossa is an Italian word meaning “red”, the feminine singular of rosso (red) which comes from Latin russus (red) derived from a PIE root word. Rossa is the name of several places located in Italy and is also an Italian surname originating from the locational name. Rossa could also be used as a feminine form of Ross, a Scottish…