B names, Brown, Color, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bruno

Bruno is a male given name which derives from a Germanic source, either from Old High German brun meaning "brown" which derives from a PIE root word; or it comes from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ meaning "breastplate; armor, protection". Bruno is an Italian and Portuguese word meaning "brown" as well as also being an Italian and Portuguese surname derived… Continue reading Bruno

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Black/Dark, Color, Male, N names, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sabine/Oscan, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Nero

Nero comes from a Roman cognomen, a name of uncertain meaning. It could be derived from a Sabine origin meaning "strong, vigorous", or it could be derived from a PIE root word *h₂nḗr (power, force, vital energy; man); alternatively, it could also mean "man" from the same root word. Nero is also a Finnish word meaning… Continue reading Nero

Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf

Lucas

Lucas is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning "from Lucania", the latter the name of an ancient 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”) meaning “sacred… Continue reading Lucas

Color, Earth, Elements, Gold, Male, O names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Orville

Orville is a male given name that seems to have some mystery behind its origin. Some sites I've went to claim it was invented by English author Fanny Burney for her novel Evelina (1778) while it's also possible that the name comes from a French place name. Either way, the name seems to be derived from French or… Continue reading Orville

Color, Female, Greek mythology, Green, M names, Mythology, Nature, Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Myrtle

Myrtle is the name of an evergreen shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Myrtus. It comes from Ancient Greek myrtos meaning "myrtle" which derives from a Semitic root m-r-r meaning "bitter" from which the Arabi مُرّ‎ murr (bitter) and Hebrew מֹר‎ mor (bitterness, acrimony) derive from. Myrtle is also the name of a shade of green. In Greek mythology,… Continue reading Myrtle

Brown, Color, Female, Food, H names, Hazelnut, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names, Yellow

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree and the name of a light-brown or yellowish-brown color. The origin of the word comes from Old English hæsel (hazel) via Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (hazel) which derives from a PIE root word. Hazel is also an English surname likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a hazelnut… Continue reading Hazel

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Color, Female, Hebrew, J names, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Jenny

Jenny originally arose as a nickname for Jane, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious" from Hebrew, though it's now more often used as anickname for Jennifer, which is the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from) meaning “fair phantom” or “white phantom” or “white specter” from Celtic elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and sebara (phantom, demon, spirit,… Continue reading Jenny

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with… Continue reading Laney

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Irish, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Darcy

Darcy is a unisex given name which comes from a surname with two origins and meanings. The first is that it's derived from Norman French d'Arcy, a locational surname meaning "from Arcy". Arcy is of uncertain meaning though it could be linked to Gaulish artio meaning "bear" with the locative suffix -acum (settlement) so the name means "bear settlement". Darcy is… Continue reading Darcy

Color, E names, Elves, Female, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Elvira

Elvira (pr. el-vye-ra or el-vee-ra though I prefer the former pronounciation) is a female given name, the Spanish form of a Visigothic name of uncertain meaning. Some possible meanings listed for it are: "all true" from Germanic elements ala (all) and wer (true); it could also be made up from Proto-Germanic *alja (other, foreign) and wer (true); it could be a variant of Guilvira, an Old… Continue reading Elvira

Bantu, Brown, Color, Female, M names, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Morena

Morena is a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian female name, the feminine form of Moreno meaning "brown, dark brown, dusky, brunette". The origin of the word derives from Latin maurus (Moorish, Moor) via an Ancient Greek origin. It's also a Spanish and Italian surname derived from the given name. Morena is also a word in the Sotho language, a Southern… Continue reading Morena

A names, Color, Earth, Elements, Gold, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Auric

Auric comes from a term in chemistry, an adjective referring to something that is of or containing gold in the trivalent state. It comes from the Au, the chemical symbol for gold, which derives from Latin aurum meaning "gold" derived from a PIE root word. Of course, it's just as possible that Auric is made up from Au (gold) and ric, a… Continue reading Auric

Color, Female, G names, Gray, Male, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Grayer

Grayer is an English surname of uncertain meaning and origin. It could be an anglicized form of Grauer, a German surname meaning "gray", originally starting out as a nickname for someone who had gray hair or a gray beard. The etymology of the name comes from German grau (gray) derived from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (gray). Grayer may also have arisen as… Continue reading Grayer

Color, Female, Greek mythology, I names, Literature, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

Ianthe

Ianthe is an Ancient Greek female name meaning "purple flower" or "violet flower". In Greek mythology, Ianthe is a ocean nymph, one of the three thousand Oceanids, as well as being the name of a girl who married Iphis, a girl who was raised as a boy in secret by her mother because the father had threatened… Continue reading Ianthe

Ancient Greek, Black/Dark, Color, M names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Maurice

Maurice comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name, a derivative of Maurus meaning "dark-skinned" in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. It derives from Ancient Greek mauros (black, dark). Maurice is also an English and French derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Maurus (Late Roman) Mauro (Italian,… Continue reading Maurice

Color, Greek, Greek mythology, I names, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Iamos

Iamos is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Evadne (the daugher of the sea god Poseidon), and Apollo. Evadne was ashamed of her pregnancy and so, when her son was born, she left him exposed to the elements, lying on a bed of violets, where he survived by being fed honey by two snakes before… Continue reading Iamos

Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, G names, Hebrew, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Gael

Gael (pr. ga-el or gale) is an anglicized spelling of Gaël, a Breton male name of uncertain origin and meaning. It could be derived from a contracted form of Gwenaël, a French name meaning "generous" or "white +genereous" from Breton gwenn (white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white); and hael (generous). I've also seen it linked to Gael, the ethonym of an ethnic group related to Ireland,… Continue reading Gael

Animals, Brown, Color, Emotion/Feelings, F names, Fawn, Female, Joy, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yellow

Fawn

Fawn is the term for a young deer as well as a light yellowish-brown color. It comes from Old French faon via Latin fētus meaning "pregnant, full of young" derived from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse). Fawn is also an English word, a verb used to refer to someone who is seeking favor from someone through flattery, or to behave affectionately over… Continue reading Fawn

Blue, Color, Female, G names, Gray, Greek mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European

Glauke

Glauce (pr. glaw-kee) is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including the daughter of King Creon of Corinth, whom Jason abandoned Medea to marry and whom Medea murdered as well as the name of several nymphs. The name comes from Ancient Greek glaukós meaning "blue-gray; gleaming, bright, sparkling" which may be derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Glaucus (Latin)… Continue reading Glauke

Ancient Greek, Blue, Color, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, J names, Mythology, Nature

Jacinta

Jacinta is the Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Hyacinthus, the name of a genus of dark-blue flowers. The origin of the name comes from Ancient Greek huákinthos (referring to a type of blue larkspur, or a certain type of blue color) which seems to originate from a pre-Greek origin. In Greek mythology, the name gets its name from… Continue reading Jacinta