Female, J names, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

July

July is the name of the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calenders, named after Julius Caesar. Julius comes from an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter),… Continue reading July

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Bright/Clear, D names, Emotion/Feelings, Japanese, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Numbers, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Daijirou

Daijirou is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 "large, big" + ji 二 "two" + ro 郎 "son" (大二郎); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 二 "two" + ro 朗 "bright, clear; melodious; cheerful, merry" (大二朗); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 次 "next, order; sequence" + ro 郎 "son" (大次郎); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 治 "reign; govern; regulate" + ro 郎 "son" (大治郎); There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.… Continue reading Daijirou

Japanese, Kin/Family, Male, Numbers, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes, Y names

Yujiro

Yujiro is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 佑 "to help; assist" + ji 次 "next, order; sequence" + ro 郎 "son" (佑次郎); yu 裕 "abundant; rich; fertile" + ji 次 "next, order; sequence" + ro 郎 "son" (裕次郎); yu 雄 "male, masculine; hero; leader; superiority; excellence" + ji 二 "two" + ro 郎 "son" ( 雄二郎); yu 勇 "courage; bravery; heroism" + ji 治 "reign; govern; regulate" + ro 郎 "son" (勇治郎); yu 裕 "abundant; rich; fertile"… Continue reading Yujiro

A names, Animals, Elements, Gothic, Horses/Stallions, Kin/Family, Male, Turkic, Water

Attila

Attila is a male name, its most famous bearer the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by historians… Continue reading Attila

Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, G names, Hebrew, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Gael

Gael (pr. ga-el or gale) is an anglicized spelling of Gaël, a Breton male name of uncertain origin and meaning. It could be derived from a contracted form of Gwenaël, a French name meaning "generous" or "white +genereous" from Breton gwenn (white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white); and hael (generous). I've also seen it linked to Gael, the ethonym of an ethnic group related to Ireland,… Continue reading Gael

Aramaic, B names, Battle/War, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names

Bartholomew

Bartholomew is the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of Talmai" made up from Aramaic bar (son) and Talmai, the latter either a Hebrew name meaning "furrow", either referring to a ploughman or someone who owned land; or it could be related to Ptolemy meaning “warlike, aggressive” which comes from Ancient Greek pólemos (war, battle) derived from a pre-Greek origin. Bartholomew… Continue reading Bartholomew

Battle/War, Female, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Madison

Madison comes from an English surname, a matrynomic surname meaning "son of Maud", referring to a man whose mother's name was Maud, a medieval diminutive of Matilda meaning "strength in battle” or “might in battle”. Despite its meaning, Madison is a popular name for girls. Nicknames: Maddie/Maddy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Maddison (English) Maddyson (English) Madisyn (English) Madyson… Continue reading Madison

Astronomy, Female, J names, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jupiter

Jupiter is the name of the chief god of Roman mythology and the Roman counterpart of Zeus in Greek myth, as well as the name of a planet named after him. Traditonally a male name, it has been used as a female name for the 2015 sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending. Does that automatically make it a unisex… Continue reading Jupiter

A names, Akkadian, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Abel

Abel is a Hebrew male name possibly derived from Hebrew hevel (הֶבֶל) meaning “breath, vapor; vanity” or from Akkadian ablu meaning “son”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen for the name is that it may be related to a word meaning “herdsman”, in reference to Abel’s role as a shepherd while his brother Cain was a farmer. Abel is also a surname… Continue reading Abel

B names, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Bartimaeus

Bartimaeus is the Latinized form of Greek Bartimaios meaning "son of Timaeus", made up from Hebrew bar (son) and personal name Timaeus, an Ancient Greek male name meaning "to honor" from Ancient Greek timao. Nicknames: Barty/Bartie, Bart Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Bartimaios (Ancient Greek) Bartimée (French)  

B names, Female, Kin/Family, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Briar

Briar refers to a prickly plant or brush with thorns such as sweetbriar and greenbriar. The origin of the word comes from Old English brǣr meaning "briar, bramble" which may be derived from PIE *wert- (to twist, turn). Briar also refers to a pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub. The origin of that word comes… Continue reading Briar

Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Patroclus

Patroclus is the name of one of the Greek warriors in Homer's Iliad, the best friend of Achilles and portrayed as his lover. In the Iliad, Patroclus persuades Achilles to lend him his armor and lead his men into battle when he refuses to fight after his spat with Agamemnon over Briseis. He is killed by Hector in battle and this… Continue reading Patroclus

A names, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Axel

Axel is the Danish form of Absalom, a Hebrew male name meaning "father of peace", as well as being a Scandinavian, Dutch, and German surname derived from the given name. As a Dutch and Belgian surname, it derives as a habitational name for someone who came from a place called Aksel. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Aksel (Danish, Norwegian) Akseli… Continue reading Axel

Emotion/Feelings, G names, Kin/Family, Love/Beloved, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Gottlieb

Gottlieb is the German form of Goteleib which is an Ancient Germanic male name meaning "God's love" or "beloved by God" or "beloved of God" composed from Old High German elements got (god) from PIE *ǵʰutós (invoked, poured) derived from root word *ǵʰew- (pour, liberate); and lieb (beloved, dear) derived from PIE root word *lewbʰ- (to love). Gottlieb also means "god +offspring, son", the latter from Old High German leiba (offspring,… Continue reading Gottlieb

C names, Female, Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Cleopatra

Cleopatra is most famously connected to the last queen of Egypt, the lover of Mark Antony who killed herself rather than surrendering to Octavian's forces. There were actually several princesses with that name, which is why she's Cleopatra VII, as well as also being the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology, including the daughter of… Continue reading Cleopatra

African, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Kin/Family, L names, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Sorrow, Spanish, Tagalog, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yoruba

Lola

Lola originiated as a diminutive of Dolores, a Spanish female name meaning “sorrows”, taken from the Spanish title La Virgen María de los Dolores meaning “The Virgin Mary of Sorrows”. It's a word in Tagalog meaning "grandmother". I've also seen it listed as being a short form of Yoruba given names  ending in -lola such as Temilola meaning "wealth is mine", Omolola possibly meaning… Continue reading Lola

J names, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Jefferson

Jefferson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning "son of Jeffrey", Jeffrey being a medieval variant of Geoffrey, the Norman-French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning "peace" from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (peace, tranquility; sanctuary, refuge) from PIE *priHós (beloved, dear) from root word *preyH- (to love, to please). The first element is a little… Continue reading Jefferson

Female, G names, Kin/Family, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Genevieve

Genevieve is the English form of Geneviève, a French female name which derived from Genovefa, a medieval name of uncertain origin. The first part of the name has been linked to Germanic kuni (kin, family) from Proto-Germanic *kunją (kin, family, clan) derived from PIE *ǵenh₁- (to produce, to beget, to give birth), though it's also possible that first part of the name derives… Continue reading Genevieve

Female, J names, Kin/Family, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Julia

Julia is the feminine form of Julius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter), the name of the chief god in the Roman pantheon. His name is derived from Indo-European… Continue reading Julia