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)…

Pier

Pier is the Italian and Dutch masculine form of Peter meaning “stone” from Greek petros. In Italian, Pier is usually used in conjunction with another name, like Piermario or Pierluigi. Pier is also a surname, likely derived from Peter, but I’ve also seen it listed as being Dutch or Middle Low German meaning “worm, earthworm”. Pier is also…

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”;…

Crimson

Crimson refers to a deep purplish-red color originally derived from Arabic qirmiz from Persian kermes, the name of the insects from which the dye was originally prepared from; the name comes from Sanskrit krmi-ja meaning “produced by a worm” or “worm-made”. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Krimson (English)  

Melina

Melina may be an elaborated form of Greek meli meaning “honey” from PIE *mélit (honey) or it could be a variant form of Melissa, which also comes from Greek meaning “bee, honeybee” deriving from a PIE source; or it may be a variant of Melanie meaning “black, dark” from Greek melas from PIE *melh₂- (to grind, to crush). Melina is also a nickname for names ending in -melina such…

Libelle

Libelle is the German and Dutch word for “dragonfly” as well as the French word (spelled libellé) meaning “wording”; it was used to refer to a type of political pamphlet or book in which it attacked important figures using slander, whether they were real or not, which is where the English word libel comes form. Libelle derive from Latin libellus,…

Beowulf

Beowulf is the name of eponymous hero of the Old English epic poem Beowulf, set in Scandinavia. He fights against the monster Grendel and wins, and later becomes a king of the Geats (a North Germanic tribe living in what is now Southern Sweden), later dying from a fatal found fighting against a dragon. The name comes…

Melissa

Melissa 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) and fed him honey. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants:…

Dora

Origin: Proto-Indo-European Meaning: Dora is usually a short form of names like Theodora (meaning “God’s gift”), Isadora (meaning “gift of Isis”), Pandora (meaning “all-giving” or “all-gifted”), Medora (possibly based on Greek Metrodora meaning “mother’s gift”), Nymphodora (meaning “gift of the nymph” or “gift of the bride), Menodora (meaning “gift of the moon”) or Dorothy (the…