Neela

Neela is an Indian female name, a variant transcription of Nila meaning “blue, azure” from Sanskri नीला nila which derives from a Proto-Indo-Iranian root word. Neela is the name of a goddess in Hindu mythology as well as the name of a male character in the Ramayana (spelled Nila), an epic poem of ancient India. Nila also seems to be a…

Liv

Liv is a Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish female name which comes from Old Norse hlíf meaning “protection, cover, defense, shield”, the spelling influenced by the Scandinavian word liv meaning “life”. In Norse mythology, Líf is one of two humans who will survive the events of Ragnarok, along with Lífþrasir. Liv is also a nickname for Olivia or Olive; Olivia may have been based on Latin Oliva meaning…

Odell

Odell comes from an English surname which comes from a place name (Woodhill) near in a town in Bedfordshire. It’s made up from Old English wād meaning “woad” (woad being the name of plant from which blue dye is extracted from the leaves) and hyll (hill) so essentially meaning “woad hill”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: O’dell (English) Odyll…

Azure

Azure is the name of a color, used to describe the color of the sky on a clear blue day and is another name for the lapis lazuli. It comes from Old French azur via Arabic lāzuward لَازَوَرْد (lapis lazuli; azure) ultimately deriving from Persian lāzaward (لاجورد) which seems to have gotten its name from a place. Azure is also a…

Cornflower

Cornflower is the name of a flower (also known as bachelor’s button) so named because it grew in cornfields. It’s made up of corn (a grain or seed of a cereal crop such as oats, wheat, and barley) which comes from Proto-Germanic *kurną (corn, grain, cereal) derived from a PIE root word meaning “grain”; and flower. Cornflower blue is…

Viridian

Viridian is the name of a bluish-green pigment and color though more green than blue. The name comes from Latin viridis meaning “green; young, fresh, lively, blooming” with the –ian suffix, deriving from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Sapphire

Sapphire is the name of a gemstone that is commonly associated with a deep-blue color though it can also be any other color except red. The word comes from Old French saphir via Latin sapphirus which comes from Ancient Greek sappheiros which either derives from a Semitic source or it derives from Sanskrit sanipriya meaning “dear to Saturn”. Sapphire is the…

Indio

Indio seems to be either a male form of India, the name of a country in South Asia; the name comes from Sanskrit Sindhu meaning “river, stream; flood, waters; sea, ocean”. I’ve also seen it listed as a variant form of Indigo, the color of a purplish-blue color. The word comes from Ancient Greek indikon meaning “of India” or “Indian dye”…

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)…