Brown, Color, Female, Food, H names, Hazelnut, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names, Yellow

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… Continue reading Hazel

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Female, Food, Japanese, Korean, Nature, Nickname names, Pear, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Rika

Rika is a Swedish and Dutch short form of Fredrika (the Swedish and Finnish feminine form of Frederick meaning "peaceful ruler") and Henrika (the Swedish feminine form of Henry meaning "home ruler") and any names ending in rika. Rika is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ri 理 "reason, logic; arrangement; justice; truth" + ka 香 "incense; smell; fragrance"… Continue reading Rika

Female, Food, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Rye, Surname names, Unisex

Ryden

Ryden is a surname which comes from two different backgrounds and meanings. The first is that it is an English surname meaning "rye hill" made up from Old English elements ryġe (rye) and dun (hill, mountain) both of which derive from a PIE source. It originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a hill where rye… Continue reading Ryden

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with… Continue reading Laney

Animals, Fish, Food, Japanese, Literature, Male, Plum, Proto-Indo-Iranian, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Rishi

Rishi is an Indian male name meaning "sage, poet" whoch was originally used for a poet who was inspired by Vedic hymns, as well as the name and term of several characters in Hinduism. The origin of the name derives from Sanskrit via Proto-Indo-Iranian *r̥šíš (seer). Rishi is also a Japanese male name with several different meanings… Continue reading Rishi

A names, Akkadian mythology, Animals, Apricot, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, Birds, Eagle, Female, Food, Japanese, Male, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, Sky/Heavens, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Anzu

Anzu is a Japanese female name meaning "apricot" with the kanji 杏子 and 杏. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it's あんず. Anzu (Anzû) is also the name of a divine bird or monster in several Near Eastertn mythologies (Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian), depicted as a massive bird with the head… Continue reading Anzu

Ancient Greek, Blue, Color, D names, Female, Food, Male, Nature, Plum, Unisex, Violet/Purple, Word names

Damson

Damson is the name of a subspecies of plum. The name comes from Latin (prunum) damascenum meaning "plum of Damascus" because it was believed that they were first cultivated around the ancient city of Damascus, Syria in antiquity. Damson is also used to refer to a type of dark purple or dark blue color. Origin: Ancient Greek… Continue reading Damson

A names, Anise, Arabic, Egyptian, Female, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Anisa

Anisa is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Anis meaning "friendly, friend, companion, companionable". Anisa is also a variant form of Anise, the name of a flowering plant in the Mediterranean used as an herb and spice. The name comes from Latin anisum meaning "anise" derived from Ancient Greek anison which seems to be derived from an Egyptian source.… Continue reading Anisa

Apple/Apple tree, Elements, Female, Japanese, M names, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Marina

Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of the sea" or "belonging to the sea", derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the… Continue reading Marina

Anatolian, C names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Food, Greek mythology, Joy, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Cherise

Cherise comes from the Norman-French word for cherry (the modern French word is cerise) which comes from Latin cerasus meaning "cherry; cherry tree" via Ancient Greek kerasós (cherry tree) derived from an ancient Anatalion source. Cherise could also be a variant form of Charisse, a variant spelling of Charissa which is an elaborated form of Charis, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “grace, kindness, beauty,… Continue reading Cherise

A names, Apple/Apple tree, Female, Food, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Taíno, Virtues/Attributes

Anona

Anona could be a variant spelling of Annona, the name of the Roman personification of the yearly harvest. It comes from Latin annona meaning "yearly produce; corn, grain; means of subsistence" derived from annus (year) derived from a PIE root word. Annona is the name of a genus of plants known as the sugar apple; in this case the name… Continue reading Anona

Animals, English, Food, Male, Nature, Old English, Persian, Phoenician, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Snake/Serpent, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Rhodes

Rhodes is the name of an island in Greece with quite a few possible meanings. The first is that it comes from Greek rhódon meaning "rose" which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. It may also be based on Greek rhoíā meaning "pomegranate". Rhodes may also be pre-Greek in origin,… Continue reading Rhodes

Animals, Egg, Female, Food, Lamb/Sheep, Norse, O names, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European

Ovidia

Ovidia is the feminine form of Ovid, the English form of Latin Ovidius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could be related to Latin ovis meaning "sheep" derived from a PIE root, or from Latin ovum meaning "egg" which also derives from a PIE root word. Ovidia could also be a variant spelling of Ovedia, which is not only… Continue reading Ovidia

Ancient Greek, Apricot, Burmese, Earth, Elements, Female, Food, Hebrew, Indian, Japanese, Male, Nature, S names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Saya

Saya is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings  depending on the kanji used such as: "sand + question mark" (沙耶); "sheath, scabbard" (鞘)- it's a Japanese term referring to a sheath/scabbard for a sword; "little; small + night; evening"; "early; fast + dart; arrow" (早矢); "gauze; gossamer + design; figured cloth; twill"… Continue reading Saya

Female, Food, Greek mythology, Honey, Insects, M names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Melitta

Melitta is the Ancient Attic Greek form of Melissa which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who looked after him)… Continue reading Melitta

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Honey, M names, Nature, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Melrose

Melrose comes from an English surname derived from a place name in Scotland meaning "barren moor" or "barren heath" from Welsh moel (bare, barren; bald) from Proto-Celtic *maylos; and rhos (moor, heath), though the second element may also be derived from Old Irish ros meaning "promontory". However, Melrose as a given name could also be a combination of Mel, either a short… Continue reading Melrose

Food, Kernel/Grain, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Spike

Spike is an English word referring to a very large nail or a surge in power, and is often used as a nickname than an actual name. It's also an English surname, either originally derived as a nickname for a tall, thin person, or perhaps derived from Latin spica meaning "ear or a head of grain". It… Continue reading Spike

Arabic, Color, Elements, Female, Food, Japanese, Nature, Numbers, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Red/Crimson, S names, Surname names, Vegetables, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Senna

Senna is the name of a genus of flowering plants. The etymology derives from Arabic senna (سنا) which may be derived from ṣanʿā meaning "splendor, radiance, brilliance". Senna is also a surname with various possible meanings and origins: it could be derived from a habitional name for someone who lived near a place where senna grew or perhaps derived… Continue reading Senna

Arabic, Brazilian mythology, Elements, Female, Food, Hebrew, Honey, Insects, Japanese, Mermaid/Siren, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Old Tupi, Persian, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Turkish, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Y names

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning "courage, strength, power" from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it's also a Turkish word meaning "wound"; it's a Hebrew female name meaning "honeycomb" or "honeysuckle" though it may also be related to Hebrew ya'ar יַעַר meaning "forest, woods, woodland";… Continue reading Yara

Ancient Greek, Corn, E names, Food, Greek, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Eustace

Eustace is an English male name, which either comes from Eustachius, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Eustachys meaning "fruitful" from Greek elements eu (good) and stachus (ear of corn); or it could be derived from Ancient Greek Eustathius meaning "well built, stable, steadfast", made up from Greek elements eu (good) and histemi (to stand up, to set up). Eustace is also a surname derived from the given name.… Continue reading Eustace