Mabel

Mabel is an English female name, the medieval form of Late Latin male name Amabilis, or its medieval feminine form Amabel, which derives from Latin amabilis meaning “lovable, worthy of love”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Amabel (English) Mabelle (English) Mable (English) Maybelle (English) Mabella (English) Maybelline (English) Annabel (English) Annabelle (English) Anabelle (English) Anabel (English, Spanish) Annabella (English, Italian) Amabilia…

Pentheus

Pentheus is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, a king of Thebes who banned the worship of the god Dionysos, who happened to be the son of his aunt Semele. As punishment, Dionysos sent the women of Thebes into a violent frenzy which ended in Pentheus’s death as the women (including his own mother) tore him limb…

Marianne

Marianne is a French female name, a combination of Marie (the French form of Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew 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 name either meaning…

Dai

Dai is a Welsh male name, a diminutive of Dafydd, the Welsh form of David which comes from Hebrew meaning “beloved”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from an old Celtic word dei meaning “to shine”. Dai is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 “big, large”; dai 太 “plump,…

Fane

Fane is a pet-form of Ștefan, the Romanian form of Stephen, the English form of Greek Stephanos meaning “crown, wreath” and more literally “that which surrounds or encompasses” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. The word was used in Ancient Greece for a crown of a winner in games or war. Fane is also a word in English, an archaic…

Rami

Rami is an Arabic male name and surname meaning “archer, thrower” which comes from Arabic ramy رَمْي (throwing, flinging shooting); or it could be derived from ram (رام) meaning “to aspire,  to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. However, ram (رام) is also a Persian word meaning “tame, meek, docile”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם)…

Godelieve

Godelieve is the Dutch form of Godeliva, an Old English female name, the feminine form of Gottlieb made up of Germanic elements god (God) and lieb (love, dear) or Old High German leiba (descendant, son) via Proto-Germanic *laibō (what is left, remainder, remnant) via *lībaną (to remain, to be left) derived form a PIE root word. Nicknames: Lieve (Dutch) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Godeliva (Ancient…

Angharad

Angharad is a Welsh female name meaning “more love” or “much loved (one”) and features in The Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh tales, the name of several figures in Welsh myth, including Angharad Golden-Hand, the lover of Peredur. Origin: Proto-Celtic  

Airi

Airi is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ai 愛 “love”;   ri 莉 “jasmine”; ri 梨 “pear”; ri 理 “logic; arrangement; reason; justice; truth”; ri 里 “village” a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after”;i 依 “reliant; depend on; consequently; therefore; due to”; ri 梨 “pear” Written in hiragana it’s あいり. Airi is also a Finnish female name which seems to be derived from…