Color, Female, Greek mythology, I names, Literature, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

Ianthe

Ianthe is an Ancient Greek female name meaning "purple flower" or "violet flower". In Greek mythology, Ianthe is a ocean nymph, one of the three thousand Oceanids, as well as being the name of a girl who married Iphis, a girl who was raised as a boy in secret by her mother because the father had threatened… Continue reading Ianthe

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Color, Greek, Greek mythology, I names, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Iamos

Iamos is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Evadne (the daugher of the sea god Poseidon), and Apollo. Evadne was ashamed of her pregnancy and so, when her son was born, she left him exposed to the elements, lying on a bed of violets, where he survived by being fed honey by two snakes before… Continue reading Iamos

Ancient Greek, Blue, Color, D names, Female, Food, Male, Nature, Plum, Unisex, Violet/Purple, Word names

Damson

Damson is the name of a subspecies of plum. The name comes from Latin (prunum) damascenum meaning "plum of Damascus" because it was believed that they were first cultivated around the ancient city of Damascus, Syria in antiquity. Damson is also used to refer to a type of dark purple or dark blue color. Origin: Ancient Greek… Continue reading Damson

Animals, Birds, Celtic, Color, Dove, Female, Hebrew, I names, Japanese, Male, Nature, Numbers, Old Norse, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning "island" though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning "yew". It's just as possible that Iona may be a variant form… Continue reading Iona

Blue, Color, Female, Greek mythology, I names, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Iris

Iris is the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow and a messanger of the gods. Her name means "rainbow" in Greek derived from PIE root word *weh₁y- (to twist, wind, weave, plait; to wrap, enclose cover). Iris also refers to a genus of flowers which comes from the Greek word for rainbow, as well as… Continue reading Iris

Blue, Color, Female, L names, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Violet/Purple, Word names

Lavender

Lavender is the name of a group of light purple flowers in the genus Lavandula. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Latin lividus meaning "bluish; envious" and the spelling was altered to resemble French lavare (to wash, bathe). Lavender is also an English and Dutch surname, originally an occupational name for a washerman or… Continue reading Lavender

Animals, Color, F names, Female, Fox, German/Germanic, Nature, Proto-Germanic, Red/Crimson, Violet/Purple

Fuchsia

Fuchsia (pr. fyoo-shuh) is the name of a genus of flowers as well as the name of a vivid purplish red color derived from the color of the flower. It was named after botanist Leonard Fuchs; Fuchs is a German surname meaning "fox", originally derived as a nickname for someone who was sly and cunning, or for someone who… Continue reading Fuchsia

Ancient Germanic, Color, Earth, Elements, Female, German/Germanic, Greek, Nature, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Y names

Yolanda

Yolanda is 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 derived from Violante derived from Latin viola meaning "violet". Yolanda could also be Germanic in origin, perhaps deriving from Old Germanic iv… Continue reading Yolanda

Ancient Greek, Color, Greek, Male, P names, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

Porfirio

Porfirio is the Italian and Spanish form of Porphyrios, an Ancient Greek name meaning "purple dye" from Greek porphyra. Purple (also known as Tyrian purple where it was produced) was an expensive dye in the ancient world, created using sea-snails, and was a color that became associated with royalty and power. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Porphyrios (Ancient Greek)… Continue reading Porfirio

Color, Greek, Hebrew, J names, Japanese, Latin, Male, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Joden

Joden seems to be a modern name, either an elaborated form of Jody, a diminutive of Joe or Joseph (though it's also been used as a nickname for Judith), a Hebrew male name meaning "Yahweh will increase" or "Yahweh will add"; or it could a variant spelling of Jodan, which could be a combination of given names Joe/Joseph and Dan, a Hebrew male name… Continue reading Joden

Color, Earth, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Violet/Purple

Thistle

Thistle is the name of a genus of prickly plants which comes from Old English þistel from Proto-Germanic *þistilaz which seems to come from Proto-Indo-European *steig-,*steyg- meaning "to prick". Thistle also refers to a color, a pale purplish color like the flower, as well as also being the national emblem of Scotland. It's also a surname, likely used to… Continue reading Thistle

Ancient Greek, Color, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, I names, Latin, Male, Mythology, Nature, Surname names, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Ion

Ion is a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Creusa (an Athenian princess) and either the god Apollo or the Peloponnesus king Xuthus depending on some versions, and who is the ancestor of the Ionian people. The meaning behind the name is unknown, though it might be a stretch to relate it to Greek ion which… Continue reading Ion

Color, Earth, Female, Latin, Literature, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Sound, Surname names, V names, Violet/Purple

Viola

Viola comes from Latin viola meaning "violet" referring to the flowers. It's also the name of a musical instrument related to the violin. Viola is the name of the protaganist of Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night (1601-02), the twin sister of Sebastian, who dresses up as a man and becomes entangled in a somewhat humorous love triangle that all works… Continue reading Viola