Melanie

Melanie is the English form of Mélanie, the French form of Latin Melania derived from Ancient Greek melas meaning “black, dark”.

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Mélanie (French)
  • Melany (English)
  • Mellony (English)
  • Mellanie (English)
  • Melánie (Czech)
  • Melaina (Greek)
  • Melánia (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Melania (Italian, Spanish, Polish, Late Roman)
  • Melanija (Serbian, Macedonian, Slovene, Latvian, Lithuanian)
  • Melani (Croatian, Slovene, Modern Greek, English)

 

Onika

Onika is an African female name though there doesn’t seem to be a lot of accurate information on it. I’ve seen it with various meanings of “warrior”, or it could be derived from Yoruba meaning “one in possession of”, or it could be a short form of Onyekachi, an Igbo name meaning “who is greater than God?” Onika is also a Maori word meaning “onyx”. Spelled Oni-ka (鬼化) it’s a Japanese word meaning “devil”.

Origin: African, Maori, Japanese

Variants:

  • Oneika
  • Onyeka (short form of Onyekachi)

 

Rei

Rei (pr. ray) is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more popular for women. Some meanings depending on the kanji are: 玲 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade”; 礼威 “reverence + dominate, intimidate, power”; 礼 (reverence, etiquette, bow); 霊 (soul, spirit, ghost); 玲生 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade + life, existence, being”; 礼唯 “reverence + only, sole, alone”; 零 (zero); 麗 (lovely, elegance, beauty); 例 (example, instance); 令 (order, command); 怜 (to know, wise); 鈴 (bell, chime); 嶺 (peak, summit); 黎 (black, dark, gloomy, many); 澪 (waterway, channel, wake “of a ship”); 励 (strive, encourage); and many more depending on the kanji used. Other variants of the name include Reiko, with the (ko) meaning “child”, only used for females; Reika, also used for females with the (ka) ending meaning 香 “fragrance” and 花 “flower”; and Reiki, a unisex name with the (ki) ending meaning 樹 “tree”; 輝 “radiance, brilliance, splendor”; and likely various other meanings.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Reiko (f)
  • Reika (f)
  • Reiki (u)

 

Maurus

Maurus is a Latin male name meaning “dark skinned” in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. Maurus is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Mauro (Italian, Portuguese/Brazilian)
  • Maurizio (Italian)
  • Maurice (French, English)
  • Mauritius (Late Roman)
  • Morris (English)
  • Maurits (Dutch)
  • Mauri (Finnish)
  • Moritz (German)
  • Móric (Hungarian)
  • Muiris (Irish)
  • Maurycy (Polish)
  • Maurício (Portuguese)
  • Mauricio (Spanish)
  • Meurig (Welsh)
  • Meuric (Welsh)

 

Female forms:

  • Maura (Italian, Spanish, Late Roman)

 

Adriano

Adriano is the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Adrian, the English form of 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 name is uncertain, it could be from Illyrian adur meaning “water, sea” though it could also be from Latin atra, a neuter of atrum meaning “black city”, which comes from Proto-Indo-European root *ater (fire).

Adriano is also a Spanish and Italian surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Latin, Illyrian, Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Adrian (English, Romanian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian)
  • Adrien (French)
  • Hadrianus (Ancient Roman)
  • Hadrian (Roman)
  • Adrià (Catalan)
  • Adrijan (Macedonian, Croatian)
  • Jadran (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene)
  • Jadranko (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene)
  • Adriaan (Dutch)
  • Arjan (Dutch)
  • Adrianus (Dutch)
  • Adorján (Hungarian)
  • Adrián (Hungarian, Spanish)

 

Female forms:

  • Adriana (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, English)
  • Adrianna (Polish, English)
  • Adriana (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, English)
  • Adrianne (English)
  • Hadriana (Ancient Roman)
  • Hadria (Roman)
  • Adria (English)
  • Adrijana (Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Jadranka (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene)
  • Adrienne (French)
  • Adrienn (Hungarian)

 

Kiera

Kiera is a variant spelling of Kira which is also another spelling of Ciara, the feminine form of Ciar, an Irish masculine name meaning “black”, referring to someone who had black hair or had a darker complexion.

Origin: Irish

Variants:

  • Kira
  • Ciara
  • Kiara
  • Kiarra
  • Keara
  • Kyra

 

Melantho

Melantho is a Greek feminine name meaning “black flower” from Greek elements melos (black, dark) and anthos (flower).

In Homer’s Odyssey, Melantho is one of the maids of Penelope, wife of Odysseus, who treats her like a daughter, though Melantho is ungrateful to her generosity by sleeping with the suitors of Penelope and who is rude to Odysseus when he returned to Ithaca disguised as a begger. She, along with the other unfaithful maids as well her her brother Melanthios, were all killed when Odysseus revealed himself.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Melantha

 

Douglas

Douglas is the Anglicized Scottish surname Dubhghlas meaning “dark river” or “dark stream” from Gaelic elements dubh (dark) and glais which means “river, stream” though it also means “green” . It comes from the name of a river in Scotland from which the clan Douglas derives its name.

Nicknames include Doug.

Variants:

  • Dubhghlas (Scottish)
  • Douglass (Scottish)