Elektra

Elektra is an Ancient Greek female name which comes from Ancient Greek elektron meaning “amber” which seems to be derived from an uncertain origin. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “shining, bright” but I can’t say how accurate that is. In Greek mythology, Elektra is the name of the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who helped her brother Orestes avenge…

Bay

Bay is an English word with several possible meanings: it refers to an area of water bordered by land on three sides. It comes from French baie via Late Latin baia of uncertain origin though possibly derived from an Iberian origin, bahia;  Bay also refers to a reddish-brown color which comes from Latin badius (chestnut-brown) derived from PIE *badyo- (yellow,…

Alder

Alder comes from an English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived near an alder tree or a grove of alder trees. The word comes from Old English alor (alder) via Proto-Germanic *alizō deriving from a PIE root word meaning “red” or “brown”. Alder may also have originated from two Old English given names: Ealdhere meaning “old army”…

Aveline

Aveline is the Norman French form of Germanic Avelina, a diminutive of Avila which derives from Germanic element avi, of unknown meaning though possibly meaning “desired” or “wished for”. Aveline is also the French word for “hazelnut” which comes from Occitan avellana via Latin abellana. Abella or Avella is a town in Campania, Italy, derived from PIE *h₂ébōl (apple). Origin: Ancient Germanic, Proto-Indo-European…

Sienna

Sienna is the name of a city in Tuscany, Italy, notable for the clay used to make the pigment known as sienna, which is a reddish-brown pigment when heated (yellowish-brown in its raw form), and from which the city gets its name from. The city itself was founded over two thousand years ago by the Etruscans;…

Umber

Umber comes from Latin umbra meaning “shadow; shade” derived from a PIE root word. It’s the name of a reddish-brown pigment clay pigment that, when heated, becomes intensified and is known as burnt umber. Its name comes from Italian terra d’ombra (earth of Umbria) the region it was originally extracted from. Umbria comes from the Umbri people, an ancient Italic tribe…

Bruno

Bruno is a male given name which derives from a Germanic source, either from Old High German brun meaning “brown” which derives from a PIE root word; or it comes from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ meaning “breastplate; armor, protection”. Bruno is an Italian and Portuguese word meaning “brown” as well as also being an Italian and Portuguese surname derived…

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree and the name of a light-brown or yellowish-brown color. The origin of the word comes from Old English hæsel (hazel) via Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (hazel) which derives from a PIE root word. Hazel is also an English surname likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a hazelnut…

Morena

Morena is a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian female name, the feminine form of Moreno meaning “brown, dark brown, dusky, brunette”. The origin of the word derives from Latin maurus (Moorish, Moor) via an Ancient Greek origin. It’s also a Spanish and Italian surname derived from the given name. Morena is also a word in the Sotho language, a Southern…