Dior

Dior comes from a French surname, apparently a locational name for someone who came from a Diors, Indre, in France. The name could perhaps be related to French d’or meaning “golden”. It’s also possible that it may be related to Greek dios meaning “of Zeus”, though it could also be related to PIE *dyew” (sky, heaven, god; shining). Dior…

Gold

Gold is the name of a precious metal with the symbol Au for gold, as well as referring to a bright yellow color. It comes from Proto-Germanic *gulþą (gold) which derives from a PIE root word. Gold is also an English and Jewish surname which could have originated as an occupational name for someone who worked with…

Cressida

Cressida is a female given name, seemingly a Medieval English and Renaissance variant of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female name, a patronymic meaning “daughter of Chryses“; Chryses is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “gold, golden” which seems to be derived from a Semitic source. Chryseis‘s real name was Astynome. Chryseis features in the Iliad, the daughter of an Apollon priest who…

Aubryn

Aubryn is an English unisex name, possibly a variant of Aubrey, the Norman French form of Germanic Alberich meaning “elf power” made up from Germanic elements alf (elf) and ric (power). In Germanic mythology, Alberichi s a dwarf and appears in the Nibelungenlied, an epic poem in which he guards the treasure of Nibelung. it’s also possible that Aubryn is a combination of…

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…