Aoi

Aoi (pr. ah-o-ee) is a Japanese unisex name with various meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 葵 “hollyhock” and 碧 “blue green”; 青井 “blue green + well”; 蒼井 “blue green + well”, though there are likely other meanings, as well as being a surname.

Origin: Japanese

 

 

Jade

Jade is the name of a semi-precious stone. The name comes from French l’ejade via Spanish piedra de la ijada which means “stone of the colic” because it was believed that it could cure pains in the side. The name itself comes from Vulgar Latin *iliata from Latin ileus (flank or severe colic). Jade is also a surname originating from the given name.

Jade symbolizes bravery, purity, wisdom, loyalty, justice, sincerity, and truth, and used as an emperiel gem by Chinese emperors in the past.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Jayde (English)
  • Jada (English)
  • Jayda (English)
  • Jaida (English)
  • Giada (Italian)

 

Esmeralda

Esmeralda is the Spanish and Portuguese word for “emerald”, also used as a given name. It comes from Old French esmeraude via Vulgar Latin (which is the common speech of Latin including different dialects) esmeralda, esmeraldus which comes from Ancient Greek smaragdos meaning “green gem”. That itself could come from a Semitic source such as Hebrew baraket or bareqeth meaning “emerald, shine” or Arabic barq “lightning”.

Origin: Hebrew, Arabic

Variants:

  • Esmeraude (Old French)
  • Emeraude (French)
  • Émeraude (French)
  • Emerald (English)

 

Tanner

Tanner comes from an English surname, an occupational name that referred to someone who tanned hides. It derives from Old French taneor or Old English tannere which ultimately derives from Celtic tanno meaning “green oak” or “oak tree”.

Origin: Celtic

 

 

Tawny

Tawny is a given name and the name of a color, referring to something that is light-brown or brownish-orange. It comes from Anglo-Norman tauné, a past particle of taner (to tan) which ultimately derives from Celtic tanno meaning “green oak” or “oak tree”.

Origin: Celtic

Variants:

  • Tawnee (English)
  • Tawnie (English)
  • Tahnee (English)

 

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)