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

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Gwenllian

Gwenllian is a Welsh female name made up from Welsh elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and llian (flaxen) so the name means "white flaxen" or "fair flaxen", perhaps originally used to refer to someone who was fair-haired, since flaxen was originally used to refer to someone who had blond hair. In Welsh, the double ll is pronoucned like a shl so the … Continue reading Gwenllian

Lukius

Lukius is a variant of Loukios, an Ancient Roman given name meaning "light" from Latin lux. The name derives from Proto-Italic *louks (light) from Proto-Indo-European root word *lewk- (white; light; bright; to shine). Also spelled Lucius though the Ancient Romans pronounced the c like a k. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Lucius (Ancient Roman, English) Loukios (Ancient Roman) Lucio (Italian) Lucjusz (Polish) Lúcio (Portuguese) Lucio (Spanish)   Female … Continue reading Lukius

Alba

Alba is a female given name which has a few different meanings and etymologies: it's a feminine form of Albus, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "white, bright". The name may be derived from Latin albus meaning “white, bright, clear” from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); Alba may also be derived from Germanic element alb meaning "elf" from Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy) which ultimately derives from the same … Continue reading Alba

Wendy

Wendy is often associated with J.M. Barrie's 1904 play (and later novel) Peter Pan and while he is credited with inventing the name, having coined it from a child's expression "fwendy-wendy", the name actually had some use prior to Barrie's play. It may have originally derived as a nickname for Gwendolen meaning "white ring" or "white brow" from Welsh … Continue reading Wendy

Lucille

Lucille is the French form of Lucilla, the Latin diminutive of Lucia which is the feminine form of Lucius, an Ancient Roman name meaning "light" from Latin lux which derives from the Proto-Indo-European word *lewk- (white; light; bright). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Lucilla (Ancient Roman, Italian, English) Lucile (French, English) Lucia (Ancient Roman, Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak) Llúcia (Catalan) Luca … Continue reading Lucille

Svetlana

Svetlana is a Slavic female name meaning "light" which comes from Russian svet (light) derived from Proto-Slavic *svě̑tъ (light; world) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweytos (bright; white). Nicknames: Lana, Sveta Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Svjetlana (Croatian, Serbian) Světlana (Czech) Svitlana (Ukrainian) Svetlina (Bulgarian)  

Winnifred

Winnifred is a variant spelling of Winifred, the anglicized form of Gwenfrewi, a Welsh female name meaning "blessed peace" or "fair peace" from Welsh elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and frewi (peace, reconciliation). It may also be related to Winfred, an Old English male name meaning "peaceful friend" or "friend of peace" from wine (friend) and frid (peace). Nicknames: Winnie, Win, Fred, Freddie/Freddy Origin: Welsh … Continue reading Winnifred

Gavin

Gavin is a medieval form of Gawain, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be derived from Welsh Gwalchgwyn meaning "white hawk" from Old Welsh elements gwalch (hawk) and gwyn (white). Another possible origin for the name is from Welsh Gwalchmei meaning  "hawk of May" from Old Welsh gwalch (hawk) and mei (May). The name may also be derived from an early Brittonic name, *Ualcos Magesos meaning "hawk of … Continue reading Gavin

Fiona

Fiona seems to have first been coined by Scottish poet James Macpherson who based it on the Fianna, the name of a group of warriors in Irish mythology, or as the feminine form of Fionn. The name comes from Old Irish finn meaning "fair, blond, white" from Proto-Celtic *windos- (white). Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Fionna (English, Scottish)   Male forms: Fionn … Continue reading Fiona