African, Akan, Armenian mythology, Avestan, Dwarf, Elements, Female, Food, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Japanese, Kin/Family, Male, Mythological creatures, Mythology, N names, Nature, Nickname names, Numbers, Persian mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Seasons, Unisex, Vegetables, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

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);… Continue reading Nana

B names, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

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    

Akkadian, Akkadian mythology, Animals, Female, Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Light, Lion, Literature, Mythology, Near East mythology, Nickname names, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sun, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Polina

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

Julietta

Julietta is a variant of Juliet which ultimately comes from 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… Continue reading Julietta

Animals, Arabic, Female, Hindu mythology, Horses/Stallions, Japanese, Kin/Family, Light, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Sanskrit, U names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Uma

Uma is another name for Parvati, a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, devotion, and power.  The name means "flax; linseed" as well as "light; splendor; fame; tranquility; night". It's also possible that Uma comes from an expression, u mā "oh, don't", because Parvati wanted to practice self-denial in order to gain Shiva's attention and her mother tried to dissuade… Continue reading Uma

African, Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, L names, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Sun, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Zulu

Liana

Liana is the name of a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie). Liana is also derived as a short form of names ending in -liana such as Eliana (a possibly a variant of Aeliana, the feminine form… Continue reading Liana

Kin/Family, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Maddox

Maddox comes from a Welsh surname, a patronymic name meaning "son of Madoc", Madoc being a Welsh male name of uncertain meaning. It could possibly be 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… Continue reading Maddox

Female, G names, Gaulish, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Germaine

Germaine is a French female name, the feminine form of Germain, the French form of Germanus, an Ancient Roman cognomen given to those who were from Germany or who came from one of the various Germanic tribes at the time. The origin of the name is uncertain; it may be derived from a Celtic or Gaulish word,… Continue reading Germaine

C names, Color, Female, Gold, Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Semitic, Virtues/Attributes

Cressida

Cressida is a female given name, seemingly a Medieval English and Renaissance variant of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female name, a patronymic meaning "daughter of Chryses"; Chryses is an Ancient Greek male name meaning "gold, golden" which seems to be derived from a Semitic source. Chryseis's real name was Astynome. Chryseis features in the Iliad, the daughter of an Apollon priest who… Continue reading Cressida

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

Baron

Baron is the name of a title in English nobility, which is of low rank. It comes from Late Latin barō meaning "man, servant; baron" via Frankis *barō (servant; man, warrior) which may be derived from PIE root word *bʰer- (to bear, carry). It's also possible that Baron may be related to Old English beorn (man, warrior) but that's just a possibility.… Continue reading Baron