Ames

Ames comes from an English surname, originating from the Medieval English and French given name Amis which comes from Latin amicus meaning “friend, friendly; amicable” which itself derives from Latin amare (to love) derived from a PIE root word. It seems to have originated as a nickname for someone who was friendly or well-liked. As a German surname it…

Aurelian

Aurelian is a variant of Aurelianus, an Ancient Roman cognomen which derives from Aurelius meaning “golden, gold” via Latin aurum (gold) derived from a PIE root word. Aurelian is also an archaic word for a lepidopterist, someone who studies butterflies and moths; I would love to know how that came about. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aurelius (Ancient Roman) Aurelio (Italian, Spanish)…

Missy

Missy is a female given name, originating as a diminutive 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…

Carmine

Carmine is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Carmen which is the Spanish form of Carmel which comes from Hebrew meaning “garden” or more accurately “vineyard of God” from Hebrew kerem (vineyard) and el (god). Carmen is also a Latin word meaning “song, poem; charm” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word meaning “to sing”. Carmine is…

Maddoc

Maddoc is a variant spelling of Madoc, a Welsh male name of uncertain meaning though possibly derived from Welsh mad meaning “fortunate, lucky; good” via Proto-Brythonic *mad (good) from Proto-Celtic *matis which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. According to Welsh folklore, there was a Welsh prince (Madog ab Owain Gwynedd) who apparently set sail and discovered America about three hundred years…

Chouko

Chouko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: chou 蝶 “butterfly” + ko 子 “child; sign of the rat” (蝶子); chou 杏 “apricot” + ko 子 “child; sign of the rat” (杏子); chou 澄 “lucidity, clear, be clear, clarify, settle, strain, look grave” + ko 湖 “lake” (澄湖); chou 澄 “lucidity, clear, be clear, clarify, settle, strain,…

Nala

Nala is an Indian male name meaning “stem, reed” and is the name of a king in Hindu mythology, specifially the Mahābhārata, a Sanskrit epic poem. There’s also another character named Nala in the Ramayana (another Sanskrit epic poem) who builds the Rama Setu (Rama’s Bridge) so that Rama could reach Lanka (an island fortress in Hindu mythology)…

Ageha

Ageha is a Japanese unisex name (and word) meaning “swallowtail butterfly” (揚羽), made up from age 揚 (raise, elevate, hoist) and ha 羽 (feathers; counter for birds, rabbits). There are also other meanings depending on the kanji used such as: age 緋 “scarlet” + ha 芭 “banana” (緋芭); a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + ge 夏 “summer” + ha 葉 “leaf; needle; lobe; blade (of a plant) (亜夏葉); a 亜 “Asia;…

Nahal

Nahal (pr. nah-kahl in Hebrew) is a Hebrew female name meaning “stream” as well as also being an acronym for a military program in Israel. Spelled naħal (pr. na-hal), it’s a Maltese word meaning “bees”, the plural form of naħla (bee) which derives from Arabic. Origin: Hebrew, Arabic  

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)…