Prunella

Prunella is the name of a genus of herbaceous plants, also known as the self-heals, heal-alls, and allheal as well as the name of a genus of birds. It’s a variant spelling of Medieval Latin brunella, made up from Latin brunus (brown) combined with diminutive suffix ella. Prunella is also the name of a fabric which in this case seems to derive…

Violetta

Violetta is the Italian, Russian, and Hungarian form of Violet, the name of a flower and a color. It comes from Old French violette via Latin viola meaning “violet” which is related to Ancient Greek íon (violet) which seems to be derived from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean source. Nicknames: Letta, Violet Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Violett (English, Swedish, German) Violette (French) Viola…

Iola

Iola (pr. ei-o-la or ee-O-la) is an English female name which seems to be variant of Iole, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “violet” via Ancient Greek ion (violet) which seems to be derived from a pre-I.E. Mediterranean language. In Greek mythology, Iole was the daughter of Eurytus, king of Oechalia, and beloved by Heracles, which would ultimately lead to his death. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Iole (Ancient…

Shika

Shika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shika 鹿 “deer” (it’s also a Japanese surname); shi 史 “history, chronicle” + ka “can; passable, allowed” (史可); shi 志 “purpose, will; aspire; resolve; motives; plans” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (志佳); shi 紫 “purple, violet” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (紫佳); shi 詩 “poem, poetry” + 夏 “summer” (詩夏). I’ve also seen…

Ffion

Ffion (pr. fee-awn; Forvo) is a Welsh female name and word meaning “foxglove; purple foxglove” which seems to be derived from a Proto-Celtic source. Origin: Proto-Celtic  

Shira

Shira is a Hebrew female name meaning “poetry” or “singing/song”. Shira is also a Jewish surname originating from the given name though it could also be an Americanized spelling of Shearer, an occupational name for someone who sheared sheep, or someone who used scissors to trim finished cloth or cut off any excessive fabric. The origin of…

Carmine

Carmine is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Carmen which is the Spanish form of Carmel which comes from Hebrew meaning “garden” or more accurately “vineyard of God” from Hebrew kerem (vineyard) and el (god). Carmen is also a Latin word meaning “song, poem; charm” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word meaning “to sing”. Carmine is…

Iole

Iole (pr. ee-O-lee or ei-o-lee) comes from a Greek female name meaning “violet” which derives from Ancient Greek ion (violet) which seems to be from a pre-I.E. Mediterranean language. In Greek mythology, Iole is the daughter of Eurytus, king of Oechalia. He was a very skillful archer, having even taught Heracles, which is ironic later on when Eurytus offers his…

Cornflower

Cornflower is the name of a flower (also known as bachelor’s button) so named because it grew in cornfields. It’s made up of corn (a grain or seed of a cereal crop such as oats, wheat, and barley) which comes from Proto-Germanic *kurną (corn, grain, cereal) derived from a PIE root word meaning “grain”; and flower. Cornflower blue is…

Violante

Violante is the Latin form of Yolanda, the Spanish form of French Yolande which seems to be possibly influenced from Greek Iolanthe meaning “violet flower” from Greek elements iole (violet) and anthos (flower), though it’s just as likely that it’s a derivative of Latin viola meaning “violet”, related to Ancient Greek ion (violet) which seems to be from a pre-I.E….