Julissa

Julissa is a Spanish and English female given name, an elaborated form of Julia, 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…

Demetrius

Demetrius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Demetrios, itself the masculine form of Demeter, the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture and the mother of Persephone. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, the second element of the name is from Greek meter meaning “mother”. The first part of the name is a little tricky. It could be linked…

Kelson

Kelson comes from an English surname, made up of Old Norse personal name Kel, a diminutive of Ketill meaning “kettle, cauldron; helmet” combined with the patronymic son meaning “son of Kel” or “son of Ketill”. Ketill derives from Proto-Germanic *katilaz, of uncertain origin, though it may be derived from Latin catillus (small bowl) via a PIE root word. Kelson is also…

Nerina

Nerina is an Italian female name, the feminine form of Nerio, itself a variant spelling of Nereo which is the Italian form of Nereus. In Greek mythology, Nereus is the name of the Greek god of the sea, the father of the Nereids, and was a shapeshifter who had the gift of prophecy. He was known as the Old Man…

Leta

Leta is an English female name of uncertain origin. It could an anglicized form of Laeta, the feminine form of Laetus, a Roman cognomen meaning “happy, joyful, cheerful” from Latin laetus deriving from an unknown origin. Leta could also be used as a shortened form of Letitia, a variant form of Laetitia which derives from the origin above. In Roman mythology, Laetitia is the…

Menelik

Menelik is the name of several Ethiopian emperors, including the first emperor of Ethiopia, traditionally believed to be the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. The closest meaning I could find behind the name is that it developed from Arabic Ibn al-hakim meaning “son of the wise one”. Origin: Proto-Semitic, Arabic Variants: Menelick (English) Ménélik (French)…

Greyston

Greyston comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Grayston meaning “gray stone” made up of Old English elements grǣġ (grey) and stān (stone). It’s also possible that the first element is derived from Middle English greyve meaning “steward” combined with the patronymic suffix -son, with would make it a variant of Grayson. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Greystone (English) Grayston (English) Graystone (English)  

Nana

Nana is both a female and male given name with multiple origins and meanings behind it: Nana is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nana 七 “seven”; na 菜 “greens; vegetables” + na “Nara; what?” (菜奈); na 奈 “Nara; what?” + na 々 (used to indicate the repetition of the kanji before it);…

Bethel

Bethel is the name of a town in the Old Testament, meaning “house of God” made up from Hebrew beth (house) and el (God), both of which derive from a Proto-Semitic origin. Bethel is also a Welsh surname, an anglicized form of ab Ithel meaning “son of Ithael”, Ithael coming from Old Welsh Iudhail meaning “bountiful lord”. Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European    

Polina

Polina is either a Slavic and Greek form of Paulina (the feminine form of Paulinus, a Roman cognomen meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) derived from a PIE root word) or it’s a Russian diminutive of Apollinariya, the Russian feminine form of Apollinaris which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. The name is of uncertain etymology and…