Kira

Kira is the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been attributed to it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the enemy in verbal contest” from Elamite, an extinct language that was once…

Aquilina

Aquilina is an Ancient Roman cognomen, the feminine form of Aquilinus, a derivative of Aquila meaning “eagle” from Latin aquila which derives from an unknown origin though it could be derived from Latin aquilus (dark-colored, swarthy), though another possible derivation for aquilus is Latin aqua (water) derived from a PIE root word. Aquila is the name of a constellation, the name of a genus of eagles,…

Lee

Lee comes from an English surname, a locational name which comes from Old English lēah meaning “clearing; woodland”. Lee is also a variant transcription of Li, a Chinese unisex name with various meanings depending on the characters used such as: 理 “reason, logic”; 立 “stand, establish”; 黎 “black, dark”; 力 “force, power, capability, strength”; *usually masculine; 丽 “beautiful, pretty”. Of course there…

Adrienne

Adrienne is the French feminine form of Adrien, the French form of Adrian which comes from Latin Hadrian derived from Roman cognomen Hadrianus meaning “from Hadria” or “from Adria”, Adria being another form of the name. It referred to someone who came from the town of Hadria/Adria situated in Northern Italy. The Adriatic sea received its name from the town. Though the origin behind the…

Akulina

Akulina is a Russian female name, a variant of Akilina which is the Russian form of Aquilina, the feminine form of Aquila, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “eagle” which derives from an unknown origin though it could be derived from Latin aquilus (dark-colored, swarthy), though another possible derivation for aquilus is Latin aqua (water) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Akilina (Russian) Aquilina…

Sullivan

Sullivan comes from a surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Súileabháin meaning “descendant of Súileabhán”, the latter a personal name meaning “little dark-eyed one”, made up from Irish elements súil (eye), dubh (black) combined with the diminutive suffix án. Other possible meanings I’ve seen listed for it are “one-eyed” or “hawk-eyed” though I can’t say how accurate those are….

Doris

Doris is the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology, daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys, and the wife of the sea-god Nereus with whom she had the Nereids, the fifty daughters of Nereus, one of whom was Thetis, the mother of Achilles. She seems have been the goddess of fishing grounds at the mouth of rivers where fresh water mingled with sea…

Merrick

Merrick comes from a Welsh surname, a variant of Meurig which is the Welsh form of Maurice which comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name which is 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). As an English surname, it derives from…

Daiyu

Daiyu is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: dai: 代 “to replace; generation; era; 黛 “blacken eyebrows; black” *used for girls only* 戴 “to wear on top; to put on; to support; to respect; to esteem, honor” yu: 玉 “jade; precious stone; gem; pure, beautiful”; Origin: Chinese…