Deborah

Deborah comes from Hebrew dvorá meaning "bee", the name of two different women in the Bible. The first is the nurse of Rebecca while the other is a heroine and prophetess who led the Israelites in a successful war against the Canaanites. Nicknames: Deb, Debbie/Debby/Debi Origin: Hebrew Variants: Debra (English) Devorah (Hebrew) Devora (Hebrew) Dvora (Hebrew) Dvorah (Hebrew) …

Mariposa

Mariposa comes from a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning "butterfly" and is the name of several places in the U.S., Canada, and Peru. I don't believe it's used as an actual name in Spanish-speaking countries. Mariposa is also the name of several lily-like plants in the genus Calochortus found in the western U.S. and Mexico, which received …

Melinda

Melinda is a female given name, an elaborated form of names such as Melanie (which comes from Latin Melania derived from Ancient Greek melas meaning “black, dark”) or 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 …

Mellifera

Mellifera is the scientific name for honeybees which comes from Latin meaning "honey-bearing" or "bearing honey", made up from mel (honey) and -fer (carrying, bearing, bringing), both go which derive from a PIE root. Interesting fact: Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), known as the father of modern taxonomy, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist. He created the binomial …

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; …