Oriole

Oriole is the name of a family of passerine birds. The name comes from Old French oriol which derives from Latin aureolus meaning “gold, golden”, a diminutive of aureus (gold) via Latin aurum (gold) which derives from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Ori Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Chryses

Chryses is the name of several figures in Greek mythology. In the Iliad it’s the name of a Trojan priest of Apollo whose daughter, Chryseis, was abducted by Agamemnon as a war prize. When her father tried to ransom her back, Agamemnon refused and Chryses prayed to Apollo, who sent a plague upon the Greek armies, forcing him to return…

Doria

Doria is an English female name, likely a twist on either Dora meaning “gift” from Ancient Greek and often used as a nickname for names beginning or ending with dora (Pandora, Dorothy, Isadora, etc.), or it could be a feminine form of Dorian, which comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology,…

Flavia

Flavia is the feminine form of Flavius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “blonde, golden, yellow” from Latin flavus via Proto-Italic *flāwos (yellow) which derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Flávia (Portuguese) Flavie (French) Flaviana (Ancient Roman, Italian) Flavienne (French)   Male forms: Flavius (Ancient Roman) Flávio (Portuguese) Flavio (Italian, Spanish) Flavia (Romanian) Flavian (Latin) Flavianus…

Aurelian

Aurelian is a variant of Aurelianus, an Ancient Roman cognomen which derives from Aurelius meaning “golden, gold” via Latin aurum (gold) derived from a PIE root word. Aurelian is also an archaic word for a lepidopterist, someone who studies butterflies and moths; I would love to know how that came about. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aurelius (Ancient Roman) Aurelio (Italian, Spanish)…

Marigold

Marigold is the name of a flower meaning “Mary’s gold”, made up of the given name Mary, which is the English form of Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

Orville

Orville is a male given name that seems to have some mystery behind its origin. Some sites I’ve went to claim it was invented by English author Fanny Burney for her novel Evelina (1778) while it’s also possible that the name comes from a French place name. Either way, the name seems to be derived from French or…

Auric

Auric comes from a term in chemistry, an adjective referring to something that is of or containing gold in the trivalent state. It comes from the Au, the chemical symbol for gold, which derives from Latin aurum meaning “gold” derived from a PIE root word. Of course, it’s just as possible that Auric is made up from Au (gold) and ric, a…

Cress

Cress is the name of various species of plants with pungent edible leaves such as garden cress, watercress, or winter cress. The name comes from Old English cressa via Middle Low German kerse from Proto-Germanic *krasjon-, deriving from Proto-Indo-European root *gras- (to devour). Cress is also a nickname for names beginning with Cress- such as Cressida (a medieval form of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female…