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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

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)…

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…

Damson

Damson is the name of a subspecies of plum. The name comes from Latin (prunum) damascenum meaning “plum of Damascus” because it was believed that they were first cultivated around the ancient city of Damascus, Syria in antiquity. Damson is also used to refer to a type of dark purple or dark blue color. Origin: Ancient Greek…

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Ageha

Ageha is a Japanese unisex name (and word) meaning “swallowtail butterfly” (揚羽), made up from age 揚 (raise, elevate, hoist) and ha 羽 (feathers; counter for birds, rabbits). There are also other meanings depending on the kanji used such as: age 緋 “scarlet” + ha 芭 “banana” (緋芭); a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + ge 夏 “summer” + ha 葉 “leaf; needle; lobe; blade (of a plant) (亜夏葉); a 亜 “Asia;…

Candida

Candida is a Late Roman name derived from Latin candidus meaning “white” derived from PIE root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine, glow). Nicknames: Candy, Dida, Deedee/DeeDee Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Cándida (Spanish) Cândida (Portuguese) Candide (French)   Male forms: Candidus (Late Roman) Candide (French) Cândido (Portuguese) Cándido (Spanish) Candid (English)  

Rusty

Rusty is an English male given name originally derived from a nickname for someone who had reddish-brown hair or a rust-toned complexion. It may have derived from Russell which comes from Old French rousel meaning “little red one” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word meaning “red”. Rusty is also an English word, an adjective which refers to…

Flannery

Flannery comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Flannghaile meaning “descendant of Flannghal”, Flannghal meaning “red valor”, “red fury”, or “red ardor” made up from Irish flann (red, blood-red) derived from PIE root word *welh₃- (to hit, to strike); and gal (warlike ardor; valor, fury) from Proto-Celtic *galā (might, ability). Flannery could also be the anglicized form of Flannabhra meaning “red eyebrows” from Irish fabhra (eyelash;…

Coral

Coral is used to describe the hard skeleton left behind by marine polyps that forms a larger structure like a reef or an atoll. The name comes from Ancient Greek korallion (coral), of uncertain etymology though it could be derived from a Semitic source, from Hebrew goral (small pebble) or Arabic garal (small stone). Coral also refers to a pinkish, orange and red…

Galatea

Galatea is the name of a few figures in Greek mythology, the most well-known being the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. In this story, Pygmalion is a sculptor who fell in love with his own ivory sculpture of a beautiful woman. He prayed to Aphrodite who turned the statue into a living person and the two married and…

Levana

Levana is the name of an ancient Roman goddess involved in the rituals of childbirth. The name comes from Latin levare meaning “to lift” which derives from PIE *h₁lengʷʰ- (light (not heavy)). Levana is also a variant transcription of Lebanah, a Hebrew name meaning “white” from Hebrew laban though it is also used as a poetic term for “moon”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew…

Kiran

Kiran is an Indian unisex name meaning “dust”, “thread”, or “ray of light” from Sanskrit kirana (ray of light, beam). It could also be a variant spelling of Kieran, the anglicized form of Irish Ciarán, meaning “black, dark” from Irish Ciar with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name essentially means “little dark one”, likely in reference to someone who had dark hair….

Iris

Iris is the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow and a messanger of the gods. Her name means “rainbow” in Greek derived from PIE root word *weh₁y- (to twist, wind, weave, plait; to wrap, enclose cover). Iris also refers to a genus of flowers which comes from the Greek word for rainbow, as well as…

Lavender

Lavender is the name of a group of light purple flowers in the genus Lavandula. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Latin lividus meaning “bluish; envious” and the spelling was altered to resemble French lavare (to wash, bathe). Lavender is also an English and Dutch surname, originally an occupational name for a washerman or…

Cress

Cress is the name of various species of plants with pungent edible leaves such as garden cress, watercress, or winter cress. The name comes from Old English cressa via Middle Low German kerse from Proto-Germanic *krasjon-, deriving from Proto-Indo-European root *gras- (to devour). Cress is also a nickname for names beginning with Cress- such as Cressida (a medieval form of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female…