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…

Flavia

Flavia is the feminine form of Flavius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “blonde, golden, yellow” from Latin flavus via Proto-Italic *flāwos (yellow) which derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Flávia (Portuguese) Flavie (French) Flaviana (Ancient Roman, Italian) Flavienne (French)   Male forms: Flavius (Ancient Roman) Flávio (Portuguese) Flavio (Italian, Spanish) Flavia (Romanian) Flavian (Latin) Flavianus…

Yarrow

Yarrow is the name of several plants in the genus Achillea, used for many kinds of medicinal purposes. Its genus name, Achillea, is named after the Greek hero Achilles, who carried it with him on the battlefield to treat wounds. It comes from Old English ġearwe (yarrow) via Proto-Germanic *garwō (yarrow), perhaps a cognate of Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (yellow) which derives from a PIE…

Marigold

Marigold is the name of a flower meaning “Mary’s gold”, made up of the given name Mary, which is the English form of Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

Barry

Barry is the anglicized form of Bairre, an Irish male name which is a diminutive of either Fionnbharr or Barrfhion both of which mean “fair hair” or “fair-headed”, composed of fionn (white, fair) and barr (head). As a surname Barry has several possible origins: as an Irish surname it could be used as an anglicized form of Berach meaning “sharp” or…

Fulvio

Fulvio is the Italian form of Fulvius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “tawny, yellow” derived from a PIE root. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Fulvius (Ancient Roman) Fúlvio (Brazilian Portuguese)   Female forms: Fulvia (Ancient Roman, Italian)  

Sienna

Sienna is the name of a city in Tuscany, Italy, notable for the clay used to make the pigment known as sienna, which is a reddish-brown pigment when heated (yellowish-brown in its raw form), and from which the city gets its name from. The city itself was founded over two thousand years ago by the Etruscans;…

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree and the name of a light-brown or yellowish-brown color. The origin of the word comes from Old English hæsel (hazel) via Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (hazel) which derives from a PIE root word. Hazel is also an English surname likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a hazelnut…

Fawn

Fawn is the term for a young deer as well as a light yellowish-brown color. It comes from Old French faon via Latin fētus meaning “pregnant, full of young” derived from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse). Fawn is also an English word, a verb used to refer to someone who is seeking favor from someone through flattery, or to behave affectionately over…