Animals, Arabic, Color, Gazelle, R names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Reem

Reem is an Arabic female name meaning "white gazelle" and which is used to refer to the Arabian sand gazelle. It's a cognate of Hebrew r'em meaning "oryx" which is also a cognate of Akkadian rimu (referring to aurochs or buffalo). Reem is also a nautical word (also spelled ream) meaning "to open (the seams of a vessel's planking)".… Continue reading Reem

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Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, Female, L names, Light, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf, Word names

Lux

Lux is a Latin word meaning "light" which comes from PIE root *lewk- (bright; light; to shine). Lux is also a Germanic short form of Lukas via Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of… Continue reading Lux

Color, Female, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White

Wynne

Wynne is an English unisex given name which seems to be derived from Welsh gwyn meaning "blessed, fair, white" deriving from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Wynne may also derive from another source, from Old English wine (friend, lord, protector) via Proto-Germanic *winiz (loved one, friend) derived from a PIE root word. Wynne is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Wynne

Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf

Lucas

Lucas is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning "from Lucania", the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred… Continue reading Lucas

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Color, Female, Hebrew, J names, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Jenny

Jenny originally arose as a nickname for Jane, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious" from Hebrew, though it's now more often used as anickname for Jennifer, which is the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from) meaning “fair phantom” or “white phantom” or “white specter” from Celtic elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and sebara (phantom, demon, spirit,… Continue reading Jenny

Color, E names, Elves, Female, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Elvira

Elvira (pr. el-vye-ra or el-vee-ra though I prefer the former pronounciation) is a female given name, the Spanish form of a Visigothic name of uncertain meaning. Some possible meanings listed for it are: "all true" from Germanic elements ala (all) and wer (true); it could also be made up from Proto-Germanic *alja (other, foreign) and wer (true); it could be a variant of Guilvira, an Old… Continue reading Elvira

Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, G names, Hebrew, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Gael

Gael (pr. ga-el or gale) is an anglicized spelling of Gaël, a Breton male name of uncertain origin and meaning. It could be derived from a contracted form of Gwenaël, a French name meaning "generous" or "white +genereous" from Breton gwenn (white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white); and hael (generous). I've also seen it linked to Gael, the ethonym of an ethnic group related to Ireland,… Continue reading Gael

C names, Color, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Candida

Candida is a Late Roman name derived from Latin candidus meaning "white" derived from PIE root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine, glow). Nicknames: Candy, Dida, Deedee/DeeDee Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Cándida (Spanish) Cândida (Portuguese) Candide (French)   Male forms: Candidus (Late Roman) Candide (French) Cândido (Portuguese) Cándido (Spanish) Candid (English)  

Ancient Greek, Color, Female, G names, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Galatea

Galatea is the name of a few figures in Greek mythology, the most well-known being the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. In this story, Pygmalion is a sculptor who fell in love with his own ivory sculpture of a beautiful woman. He prayed to Aphrodite who turned the statue into a living person and the two married and… Continue reading Galatea

Color, Female, Hebrew, L names, Moon, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, White

Levana

Levana is the name of an ancient Roman goddess involved in the rituals of childbirth. The name comes from Latin levare meaning "to lift" which derives from PIE *h₁lengʷʰ- (light (not heavy)). Levana is also a variant transcription of Lebanah, a Hebrew name meaning "white" from Hebrew laban though it is also used as a poetic term for "moon". Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew… Continue reading Levana

Color, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, W names, White

Whitley

Whitley comes from an English surname meaning "white clearing" or "white meadow" made up from Old English hwit (white) derived from a PIE root word meaning "bright, white"; and Old English lēah (meadow, clearing) also deriving from a PIE root word. It likely derived from a place name perhaps referring to the color of the tree bark. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Whitley

Color, Elements, Female, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Water, White, Word names

Winter

Winter is the name for the coldest season of the year that comes from Proto-Germanic *wintruz (winter) though the etymology behind it is uncertain. It's possible that it derives from PIE *wend-, the root word of *wed- (wet, water). It's also possible that it may be derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Winter is also a surname, likely originating as a nickname… Continue reading Winter

Ancient Greek, Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, Greek, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf

Luke

Luke is the English form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the name of a region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred wood” or Greek lykos meaning “wolf”.… Continue reading Luke

B names, Color, Female, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Bianca

Bianca is an Italian female name, a cogante of Blanche meaning "white" from Latin blancus (white) from Proto-Germanic *blankaz (white, gleaming, shining, bright) which derives from PIE *bʰleyǵ- (to shine). Bianca is also an Italian surname as well as having been used twice by Shakespeare for his plays Taming of the Shrew (1593) and Othello (1603). Origin: Proto-Ido-European Variants: Blanche (French, English) Blanch (English) Blanka… Continue reading Bianca

Animals, Birds, Brown, Color, German/Germanic, Gray, Latin, Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Raven, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Tawny, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Roan

Roan is a Frisian male name, a form of Ronne which is the Frisian form of Germanic hraben meaning "raven". It could also be a variant spelling of Rowan, an Irish surname which is the anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning “descendant of Ruadhán”, the latter derived from Irish ruadh meaning “red”, derived as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a ruddy complexion.… Continue reading Roan

Color, F names, Male, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Fingal

Fingal is the anglicized form of Fionnghall, a Scottish Gaelic name meaning "white stranger" from Gaelic elements fionn (white, fair) via Proto-Celtic *windos (white) and gall (stranger) via Old Irish gall (stranger, foreigner) which comes from Latin Gallus meaning "Gaul", referring to someone who came from there though it later came to mean "foreigner" from a Proto-Indo-European source. Nicknames: Fin Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Fionnghall… Continue reading Fingal

Color, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White

Wendell

Wendell is an English surname derived from given name Wendel, a short form of Germanic names beginning with wandal meaning "Vandal", referring to a Germanic tribe who invaded Spain and North Africa. Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning "to wander" deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning "to wind, to wrap" from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to… Continue reading Wendell

Arabic, Birds, Color, Female, Japanese, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White

Rukiya

Rukiya is an interesting name with two sources: the first is that it's a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name which means "rise, ascent" or "spell, charm, incantation". Rukiya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "detain; fasten + hope; beg, request; rare; Greece +… Continue reading Rukiya

Color, Female, G names, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Virtues/Attributes, White

Gwen

Gwen is a short form of names beginning with gwen such as Gwendolyn, Gwenllian, and Guinevere, though it can also be used as a given name on its own. It comes from Wlesh gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed" derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Gwenn (Breton) Gwenno (originally a Welsh diminutive of Gwen) Gwenog (originally a Welsh diminutive of Gwen)   Male forms: Gwyn… Continue reading Gwen

Bright/Clear, Color, Female, L names, Light, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Lucera

Lucera is a variant form of Lucero, a Spanish surname which originated as a nickname, a derivative of luz meaning "light" derived from Latin lux via Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (white; light, bright, shine). Lucero del alba is the Spanish term for the Morning Star, the name for the planet Venus. Lucera is also the name of a city in Italy. The name may have been derived… Continue reading Lucera