Arabic, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Light, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Z names

Zia

Zia is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Ziya derived from Arabic diya (ضياء) meaning "splendor, light, glow" and is also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Zia is also an Italian word meaning "aunt" which comes from Late Latin thia (aunt) via Ancient Greek theíā (aunt) derived from a PIE root word. Zia is also a Hebrew… Continue reading Zia

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Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Female, Latin, Light, M names, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Marcella

Marcella is the feminine form of Marcellus, an ancient Roman cognomen which originated as a diminutive of Marcus, a Roman praenomen which may be derived from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars. It's a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also be from Latin marcus meaning… Continue reading Marcella

Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf

Lucas

Lucas is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning "from Lucania", the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred… Continue reading Lucas

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

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Breton, Female, Japanese, Light, Moon, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly… Continue reading Nora

Arabic, D names, Female, Greek mythology, Light, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dia

Dia is an Ancient Greek female name and the name of several figures in Greek mythology. It means "heavenly, divine" derived from PIE root word *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). There is also a Roman goddess called Dea Dia which means "divine goddess", who was associated with growth and fertility in Ancient Roman religion. Dia is also a Spanish and… Continue reading Dia

A names, Ancient Greek, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, Gaelic, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Light, Moon, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Alaina

Alaina is a variant form of Alana, itself the feminine form of Alan, an Irish and Scottish name of uncertain etymology. It may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning… Continue reading Alaina

Etruscan mythology, Female, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Mars

Mars is the name of the god of war in Roman mythology, making Ares his Greek counterpart, although Mars played a more prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. Mars is also the name of a planet. Much like the previous two posts, I consider this a unisex name. As for the etymology… Continue reading Mars

Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Female, Latin, Light, M names, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Marsha

Marsha is a variant spelling of Marcia, the feminine form of Marcius, an Ancient Roman family name which derives from Marcus which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though… Continue reading Marsha

Female, Hebrew, Korean, Light, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, U names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Uri

Uri is a Hebrew male name meaning "my light" as well as also being a Korean word and unisex given name meaning "us, we, our" as a pronoun and "house, pen hutch" as a noun. Uri is the name of a canton in Switzerland, also Latinized as Uronia, which seems to derive from Latin ora meaning "border, rim, edge, frontier,… Continue reading Uri

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diana

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth, making her the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it's been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diana is also a Finnish word meaning "slide" and a Spanish… Continue reading Diana

Black/Dark, Color, Female, K names, Light, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kiran

Kiran is an Indian unisex name meaning "dust", "thread", or "ray of light" from Sanskrit kirana (ray of light, beam). It could also be a variant spelling of Kieran, the anglicized form of Irish Ciarán, meaning “black, dark” from Irish Ciar with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name essentially means “little dark one”, likely in reference to someone who had dark hair.… Continue reading Kiran

Bright/Clear, Female, Light, Moon, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Roksana

Roksana is the Russian and Polish form of Roxana which ultimately derives from Persian Roshanak which means "bright, light, shining" either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Roxie/Roxy, Rocky/Rockie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roxanna (English) Roxanne… Continue reading Roksana

A names, Bright/Clear, Emotion/Feelings, Japanese, Joy, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Akihiko

Akihiko is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: aki 明 "bright; light" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (明彦); aki 昭 "shining; bright" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (昭彦); aki 彰 "obvious; clear" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (彰彦); aki 聡 "intelligent, clever, bright" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (聡彦); aki 晶 "clear, crystal, sparkle" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (晶彦); a 亜 "Asia; rank next; come after"… Continue reading Akihiko

Animals, Battle/War, Etruscan, Female, Horses/Stallions, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, Word names

March

March is the name of the third month of the year, derived from Latin Martius, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of Mars", Mars being the Roman god of war. The name is of uncertain etymology though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. It's also possible that Mars was derived from an older… Continue reading March

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Light, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diva

Diva comes from an English word referring to a distinguished female singer or prima donna which comes from Latin dīva meaning "goddess; female deity", the feminine form of dīvus (godlike, godly; belonging to a deity) which derives from PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diva is also an Indian female name which comes from Old Marathi meaning… Continue reading Diva

B names, Bright/Clear, Celtic, Female, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

Belisama

Belisama is the name of a goddess of light, fire, and crafts as well as lakes and rivers in Celtic mythology who was equated with the Romann goddess Minerva. Though the etymology of her name is uncertain, it could mean "the brightest one" or "most powerful one". It derives from Celtic *bel(l)- meaning either "strong, powerful" or "bright"… Continue reading Belisama

Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Greek mythology, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Marek

Marek is the Slavic form of Mark which is the English form of Marcus, an Ancient Roman name which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also… Continue reading Marek

Ancient Greek, Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, Greek, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf

Luke

Luke is the English form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the name of a region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred wood” or Greek lykos meaning “wolf”.… Continue reading Luke