Linnet

Linnet is the name of a small bird, a type of finch. The name comes from Old French linette, a diminutive of lin meaning “flax” via Latin linum (flax; linen cloth) which seems to be derived from a PIE root word though it may also be possible that it derives from a non Indo-European source, perhaps from a Mediterranean…

Lionel

Lionel originated as a diminutive of French Léon meaning “lion” derived from Ancient Greek leon (lion). In Arthurian legend, Lionel is also the name of a knight of the Round Table, a double cousin of Lancelot. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Léonel (French) Lionello (Italian)   Female forms: Lionella (Italian)  

Yvain

Yvain is the French form of Owain, the name of a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. Yvain is one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and Morgan le Fay. In Yvain, Knight of the Lion he is depicted as seeking revenge for the death of his cousin by the…

Timon

Timon is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “to honor, to esteem” which comes from Ancient Greek timao τιμαω (to honor, to esteem). Timon of Athens is a play written by Shakespeare. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Timaios (Ancient Greek) Timaeus (Latinized Ancient Greek) Timée (French) Timeo (Spanish, Italian) Timéo (French) Tymon (Polish)   Female forms: Timo (Ancient Greek)  

Norma

Norma is a female given name which seems to have first been used by Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini for his opera Norma (1831). He may have possibly based it from Latin norma meaning “rule; standard, pattern; a carpenter’s square”, though it could also be used as a feminine form of Norman which comes from an English surname, a byname originally given to those…

Lorna

Lorna is a female given name first coined by English novelist R.D. Blackmore for his novel Lorna Doone (1869). It appears he may have based it on a Scottish locational name, Lorne, of unknown meaning; I’ve seen some sources list it as deriving from Celtic loverno meaning “fox” but I can’t say how accurate that is. Male forms:…

Miranda

Miranda is a name invented by Shakespeare for his play The Tempest (1610-11) which seems to be based on Latin mirandus (which is to be wondered at, marveled at) via Latin adjective mīrus (wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome) derived from PIE *sméyros (laughing, smiling) via root word *smey- (to laugh, to be glad). Miranda is also. Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish (Sephardic) surname, a locational name…

Peredur

Peredur is the name of several figures in Welsh mythology from which the name Percival may have been based upon. The name possibly means “hard spear”.  Nicknames: Perry Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Belphebe

Belphebe is a variant spelling of Belphoebe, which was first created by English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen, an allegorical work celebrating the rule of Queen Elizabeth I; Spenser intended her to represent Queen Elizabeth. The name is a combination of belle, a French word and name meaning “beautiful” and Phoebe, a Greek feminine name meaning “bright, pure,…