Pyrrha

Pyrrha is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the wife of Deucalion who were the only survivors of a great flood sent by Zeus during the Bronze Age. They survived having been warned by the Titan Prometheus and after consulting a Delphic oracle, repopulated the earth by throwing the bones of their mother over their shoulders,…

Pyrrhos

Pyrrhos is another name attributed to Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles and Deidamia, so named because his father had been disguised as a girl under the name Pyrrha to prevent him from joining the Trojan War. The name means “flame-colored; yellowish-red; fiery; red” via Ancient Greek pûr πῦρ (fire) derived from PIE root word. In Greek mythology, Achilles hid as a woman at the court…

Sandy

Sandy is a shortened form of Alexander or its feminine forms Alexandra and Sandra, all of which derive from Ancient Greek Alexandros meaning “defending men” or “defender of men” from Greek elements alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man). In Greek mythology, it was another name for the Trojan prince Paris, famous for abducting Helen, wife of Menelaus, which started the ten year Trojan war. It’s…

Sohrab

Sohrab is a Persian male name which seems to be made up of Persian elements swhr (red) and ab (water) meaning “red water” which seems to be in reference of something illustrious or shining. In the Persian epic of the Shahnameh (meaning Book of Kings, an epic long poem about the mythical history of the Persian empire) Sohrab is the…

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,…

Hind

Hind (pr. hend; Forvo) is an Arabic female name which means “group of camels”, referring to a number that is more than one or two hundred. Hind is also the Arabic name for India which comes from Sanskrit Sindhu meaning “river, stream; flood, waters; sea, ocean” via Proto-Indo-Iranian *síndʰuš (river, stream). Hind (pr. haynd; Forvo) is also an English word- as a noun it…

Cheyenne

Cheyenne is the name of a Native American tribe that lived in the Great Plains. The name comes from a Dakota word, shahiyena, meaning “red speaker”. Cheyenne has been used as a unisex name in English, though probably more popular for girls. Origin: Dakota Variants: Cheyanne (English) Shyanne (English)  

Alara

Alara is a unisex name with several possible etymologies: it’s a Turkish female name, or at least it appears in Turkic mythology as a water fairy who is able to grant wishes as well as the name of a historic castle located in southern Turkey, built under the Byzantine Empire. I couldn’t find a meaning…

Rory

Rory is the anglicized form of Irish Ruaidhrí meaning “red king”, made up from Old Irish rúad (red) and rí (king). Although traditionally and commonly a male name, it’s gotten some use in the U.S. as a female name as well, and has also been used as nickname for Aurora or Lorelei, the name of a siren in Germanic folklore. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…