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…

Rowena

Rowena is an English female given name of uncertain meaning. It was the name of the daughter of the Saxon warrior (and later king) Hengist who was married to Vortigern, a British warlord also known by the title “King of the Britons”. However, the name appears to have first been used by Geoffrey of Monmouth, an English clergyman and chronicler…

Yuhan

Yuhan is a Chinese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: yu: 玉 “jade; precious stone; gem; pure, beautiful”; 愉 “happy; pleased; delightful”; 雨 “rain”; 宇 “house; building; universe”; 裕 “abundant, rich, plentiful”   han: 悍 “fierce; brave, courageous; violent, cruel” Origin: Chinese  

Jocelyn

Jocelyn was originally used as a male name but in the modern era it’s become more popular as a girl’s name, although in France Jocelyn is purely a male given name (Jocelyne being the feminine form of the name). It originated from the name of a Germanic tribe called the Gauts, also known as the Gautzelin,…

Ronya

Ronya is a female given name, a variant spelling of Ronja, a Swedish female name which was first created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her children’s book Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (1981) (Ronja rövardotter in Swedish). Lindgren was apparently inspired by the name from Juronjaure, the name of a lake in north Sweden which gets it name from a…

Yanyu

Yanyu is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the Cinese characters used: yan 延 “to prolong, to stretch, to extend; to delay” + yu 遇 “to meet, to come across; to encounter”; *used for boys only yan 烟 “smoke; mist” + yu 雨 (rain), meaning “misty rain” *girls only yan 燕 “swallow (bird) + yu 玉 “jade” meaning “swallow jade”; *used for girls…

Baoyuan

Baoyuan is a Chinese unisex name made up of bao: bao 宝 “treasure, jewel, precious, rare”; bao 褒 “praise, honor; to commend”; bao 苞 “bud; flower calyx; luxuriant; profuse” bao 保 “to ensure, to protect, to keep” yuan: 元 “first, primary; head, chief; Yuan dynasty; dollar” 玉 yu “jade; precious stone” + an 安 “calm, peaceful, content; tranquil, quiet”; 愉 yu “happy, pleased, delightful” + an 安 “calm,…

Naoki

Naoki is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nao 直 “straight, honest” + ki “tree, plant” (直樹); nao 七 “seven” + ki “deed; skill” (七伎); nao 直 “straight, honest” + ki “chronicle; narrative; account” (直紀); nao 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + ki 輝 “radiance; shine; sparkle; gleam” (真輝); nao 尚 “esteem” + ki 喜 “rejoice; take pleasure in” (尚喜). Written in hiragana it’s なおき….

Beatrice

Beatrice is a female given name which comes from Latin Beatrix based on Viatrix meaning “female traveler/voyager” though the spelling was later altered to resemble beatus, which comes from Latin meaning “happy, fortunate, blessed” derived from PIE root word *dew- (to show favor, revere). Beatrice is one of the main characters in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Beatrix…