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

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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

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

Black/Dark, Color, Female, K names, Light, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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.… Continue reading Kiran

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Morella

Morella is a female given name with several possible meanings and origins: it was used by author Edgar Allan Poe for the eponymous character of his short story Morella (1835). There are several possible inspirations for Poe's character's name: he could have derived it from Latin mors meaning "death" with the diminutive suffix -ella; Morella is also the name… Continue reading Morella

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Kier

Kier (pr. keer) comes from a Scottish surname, a variant spelling of Kerr, a topographical surname for someone who lived near a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood. It comes from Old Norse kjarr meaning "brushwood" or "thicket, scrub". Kier could also be the anglicized form of Irish ceàrr meaning "left; incorrect, wrong" or from Old Irish ciar meaning "black, dark". Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Kier

Animals, Birds, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Dove, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dove

Dove is the name of a bird hat symbolizes peace and innocence. It comes from Old English *dūfe (dove; pigeon) from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ. It may be derived from a PIE root word either relating to a word meaning "dive" in reference to its flight or from PIE *dʰewbʰ- (to whisk; smoke; make obscure). Dove is also the past tense of dive meaning… Continue reading Dove

A names, Black/Dark, Color, Elements, Female, Fire, Proto-Indo-European, Sorrow, Word names

Atra

Atra is the feminine adjective form of āter, a Latin word meaning "dull black, dark", "gloomy, sad, murky", "dismal, unlucky", "and "malevolent, poisonous, malicious". It derives from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning "fire". Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Black/Dark, Color, D names, Frankish, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dougray

Dougray is a male name which seems to have originated as a French surname. It could be a variant form of Dugarry, a French surname referring to someone from a town called Le Garry, or perhaps from another habitational surname, Duguay, referring to someone from a place called Dugay.  I've also seen it as possibly being… Continue reading Dougray

Ancient Greek, Animals, Black/Dark, Color, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, L names, Lion, Male, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Llewellyn

Llewelyn comes from Welsh Llywelyn, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be the Welsh form of Celtic Lugubelenus, a combination of two names: Lugus and Belenus; Lugus is a Celtic god of commerce and craftsmanship who was equated with the Roman god Mercury. Though the exact origin of his name is unknown, it has been linked to Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Llewellyn

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Honey, M names, Nature, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Melrose

Melrose comes from an English surname derived from a place name in Scotland meaning "barren moor" or "barren heath" from Welsh moel (bare, barren; bald) from Proto-Celtic *maylos; and rhos (moor, heath), though the second element may also be derived from Old Irish ros meaning "promontory". However, Melrose as a given name could also be a combination of Mel, either a short… Continue reading Melrose

Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Norman French, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Delaney

Delaney comes from an English surname with two possible sources: the first is that it may be derived from a Norman French place name, de l'aunaie, meaning "from the alder grove"; the second is that it comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Dubhshláine meaning "descendant of Dubhshláine", the latter made up from Gaelic elements dubh (black) and… Continue reading Delaney

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Aquila

Aquila comes from an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "eagle" from Latin aquila derived from aquilus (black, dark-colored). It's the name of a constellation, the name of a genus of eagles, as well as a surname derived from the given name. Although Aquila was traditionally a masculine name in Ancient Roman (with Aquilina being its feminine form), it has been… Continue reading Aquila

Black/Dark, Color, Demons, Female, Hindu mythology, K names, Male, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Sanskrit, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kali

Kali is the name of a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction and the consort of Shiva. The name derives from Sanskrit meaning "black, dark-colored", which also comes from the same root word as kali, which is kala meaning "time, era, age, epoch"; kali is the feminine form of kala. Kali iss also being the name of a (male) demon whose name… Continue reading Kali

Black/Dark, Color, Irish, K names, Male, Physical Attributes

Kieran

Kieran is the anglicized form of 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. Origin: Irish Variants: Ciarán (Irish) Ciaran (Irish, English) Ciar (Irish) Kieron (Irish, English) Keiren (Irish) Kyran (Irish, English) Keiran (English) Kiaran (English)   Female… Continue reading Kieran

Black/Dark, C names, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Irish, Love/Beloved, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Carey

Carey is an English unisex name, derived from Irish surname Ó Ciardha meaning "descendant of Ciardha", the latter a given name derived from Irish ciar meaning "black" though it may also be derived from Welsh caer meaning "fort, castle", making it a variant form of Carew meaning "fort on the hill". Carey may also be derived from Irish car (love) which comes from Proto-Celtic *kareti (to… Continue reading Carey

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Carlyle

Carlyle is a variant spelling of Carlisle, a surname derived from the name of a city in Cumbria, England. The place was originally called Luguvalium, originally a Roman settlement named by the Ancient Romans meaning "strength of Luguvalos", made up of Lugus, a Celtic god associated with the Roman god Mercury; the origin of his name is unknown though it's… Continue reading Carlyle

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Dwayne

Dwayne is a variant spelling of Duane, itself the anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Dubhán meaning "descendant of Dubhán", the latter derived from Irish dubh meaning "dark, black" with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name means "little dark one". Origin: Gaelic Variants: Duane (English, Irish) Dewayne (English) Dewain (English) Dwain (English) Devin (English, Irish) Devyn (English)   Female forms: Duana (English)… Continue reading Dwayne

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Rama

Rama is an Indian male name, the name of a reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. He features in an ancient Indian epic poem, the Ramayana, in which his wife Sita is abducted by the demon king Ravana though he rescues her. The name has two possible meanings: it means "dark, dark-colored, black" and it also means "pleasing, charming,… Continue reading Rama

Ancient Greek, Black/Dark, Color, Elements, Etruscan, Etruscan mythology, Female, Greek mythology, Latin, M names, Male, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Maris

Maris is a female name taken from Latin meaning "of the sea" from Latin mare (sea) derived from Proto-Italic *mari (sea) from Proto-Indo-European *móri (sea). It comes from the Latin title stella maris "star of the sea" used for the Virgin Mary. Maris may also come from Latin mās meaning "male". Maris is also the name of an Etruscan god of agriculture and fertility, his… Continue reading Maris